ravelry store!

i finally designed a pattern worth selling, i think... so now i have a ravelry store :). "twilight knitting"

first pattern for sale - modesty


grandpa slippers

*this pattern is a slight variation on Anna Peck's "Lightning Quick Slippers" published on Knitting up a Storm. Thank you to her for allowing me to post a man-sized version of these great slippers!*

grandpa slippers

these guys should fit a typical man's foot - yarn is stretchy. but if your guy has smaller feet, size down the needle (or use wool and felt them!) and see what happens.


at least three DPNs of the same size - 10.5 or 11 US
aran or heavy worsted weight yarn, held double (i used red heart super saver), less than one skein (~250y)
tapestry needle

foot/toe section
CO 17 stitches
rows 1- 25 garter stitch
row 26: RS: SSK, knit to the last 2 stitches, K2tog. (15 sts)
... now work 6 more rows in garter stitch. put a marker on this row.
row 31: k 13, turn, sl 1, k10, turn, sl 1, knit to the end.
...work in garter stitch for 44 rows.
row 76: RS: SSK, knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog. (13sts)
work 5 rows in Stockinette Stitch.
row 82: k5, skpo, k6 (12sts)
work 7 rows in garter stitch.

sewing the foot/toe section
with WS facing, fold on the row where your marker was placed. sew both sides of the foot together and turn right-side out.

heel section
pick up 10 stitches along the right side of the heel with one needle, then 9 stitches along the back of the heel with a second, and 10 more stitches along the left side of the heel with a third needle. DO NOT JOIN... they are worked back-and-forth.
rows 1-6: knit/garter stitch
row 7: knit 21, turn, sl 1, knit 12, turn, sl 1, knit to end
row 8: BO

sew the sides of the heel to the sides of the foot, weave in all ends, and voila. slippers to keep grandpa's (or dad's, or hubby's, or uncle's...) feet nice and toasty.


woodland denizens mobile project - done!

whew! this was fun and made me feel very productive--i so rarely finish knitting projects, and this one took less than two weeks. it's for my gestating son, since he will be sharing a room with his older sister and as of now the room is all fairies and butterflies... here come the bugs! hehe.

patterns are a mix of originals and ravelry patterns - see the project for details or my patterns on this blog. there are two mushrooms, a snail, a dragonfly, and a caterpillar, with a large mushroom as the centerpiece.


erythemis simplici-knittus : dragonfly pattern

another original from my "woodland denizens" mobile project. he lives in the enchanted forest and eats dewdrops from the many mushrooms found amongst the undergrowth.

knit in two colors and about 5" long finished. i used a bit of mystery scrap yarn for the wings so unfortunately i cannot say what it is or where it was from... pretty colors, though, no?

vanna solid worsted in ? (purple) - body
?? sport/baby weight - wings & eyes

set of 4 DPNs size 2 or 3

pattern for body
CO 6
join and knit one round
kfb all
k all
kfb all - 24 st
next 4 rounds: k all
[k2, k2tog]
k all
[k2tog] - 9 st
next 20 rounds: k all
k2tog, [k]
k all
k2tog, [k]
k all
k all
k2tog, [k] - 6 st
k all
k last 3 st, break and pull yarn through to close up tail

pattern for wings
(knit flat, make 2)
CO 2
kfb, k, k, kfb
next 10 rows: [k]
k2, k2tog, k2
k, k2tog, k2
k2tog, k2tog - 2 st
next 5 rows: [k]
kfb, kfb
k, kfb, k2
k2, kfb, k2
next 10 rows: [k]
k2tog, k2, k2tog
bind off

arrange wings in an x-shape on the back just behind the head, attach with yarn needle as you like. eyes were done by wrapping yarn around a few stitches on the head. legs could be made using small i-cord or even just looped yarn...

erythemis simplici-knittus, playing with his pals

(patterns for other critters linked on my ravelry project page)


amanita not-so-scaria : large mushroom pattern

the centerpiece of the "woodland denizens" mobile i knit for my gestating son. i wanted a slightly dark feel to it, so i opted for a deeper red and off-white yarns instead of the typical bright red/bright white. the mushroom was knit top-down in three pieces and stitched together. there are patterns out there for knit-at-once mushrooms but they are MUCH smaller than this one. i also gauged it looser than most toys are knit, because frankly i was lazy and wanted it to knit quickly. you may want to use smaller needles for a tighter fabric!

edits were made to the pattern and construction after the piece was finished when i saw all sorts of things i should've done! i.e., the pattern is better than my finished work.

knitpicks DK swish in hollyberry
red heart worsted in soft white
?? worsted, some sort of tan
?? worsted, some sort of brown

set of 4 DPNs size 9 (see note above)

pattern for red cap
CO 4 to one DPN
work first round in i-cord style: kfb, k1, kfb, k1
distribute to 3 DPNs and join, knit one round
kfb all st - 16 total
k all st
[kfb, k1]
k all st
[kfb, k1]
k all st
[kfb, k2]
k all st
[kfb, k3]
k all st
...repeat pattern, adding one stitch to the k's until the cap is as big as you want it.* then bind off.
i knit my cap to about 36 stitches per needle, end size approx. 6.5" diameter (the size of my hand with fingers outspread).

*revision note: i recommend actually adding 10-15 solid knit rows at the end to give the cap some curve, like a hat. otherwise your mushroom will look like mine - a flying saucer. hehe.

pattern for underside of cap
repeat as above with a different color, but don't add the solid knit rows at the end (if you did for the red cap).

pattern for stem
CO 20 st, join on DPNs
knit 17 rounds - or as many as you like for the stem length
[k2, k2tog] - 14st
[k1, k2tog] - 10st
[k2tog] - 5 st
...bind off.

pattern for white dots on cap
using the off-white yarn and a yarn needle, wrap 4, 6, or 9 stitches on the red cap. or you could crochet into fabric, or weave spirals. felt dots would work too. use your imagination to style it the way you like!

i sewed the caps together inside-out (leaving a space to stuff with filling) and then turned them right-side out, stuffed, and finished the seam. then i stuffed and attached the stem to the underside.

voila, big fat amanita not-so-scaria. the perfect shelter for a small gnome to get out of the rain :)