Pantry Staples pattern

I’ve been working on a new pattern, and it’s finally ready to share! It’s a set of paper piecing templates for 14 different bottles and jars, and 15 different labels. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure kind of a pattern – you can mix and match the labels and containers, or make containers without labels. My favorite block I’ve made so far is the little red jar of cherry pie filling.

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A close runner-up for favorite is the little blue jelly jar.

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The little round spice jar is the smallest block, measuring just 2″ x 2″. I’ve been slowly gathering more text prints, to make cute labels like the one on the right.

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The milk bottle is the largest block, measuring 4″ x 7 7/8″. The tulip jar on the right is modeled after the Weck canning jars that are so popular now.

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I used the blocks to create a table runner, 12″ x 40″. I used straight-line quilting, spacing the lines using the edge of my walking foot.

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This was such a fun pattern to make – drawing all the different jars and labels was quite addictive. I want to turn everything into a paper piecing pattern now!

You can find the Pantry Staples pattern for sale at Craftsy and Etsy.

 

 

Baby Plaid Quilt Pattern

I’ve been kicking around the idea of a plaid quilt for a while. This summer I did a lot of sketches, some math, bought some fabric and stitched a baby quilt. And then I wrote up the pattern.

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I wanted a simple, bold, macro-view of a plaid pattern. I wanted the crossing of stripes to mimic a woven plaid, where two stripes combine to create a new color. I also wanted it to be efficient – quick and easy to piece, with minimal leftover fabric. Although the top of the quilt uses 10 different fabrics, there is not a lot leftover. For 5 of the fabrics only a fat eighth or 1/8 yard is required.

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The finished dimensions are 36″ x 50″, which is big enough to cover a standard toddler bed. I made this quilt for a baby boy, but I know it would look equally cute in girly colors. I already have plans for a few more.

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I quilted the background pretty densely and quilted into the plaid stripes by about 1/8″. I think straight lines at a 45 degree angle across the whole quilt or meandering in the background would also look great.

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I’ve written up the pattern and it’s available in my etsy shop. The pattern includes tips for selecting fabric, detailed instructions and diagrams for cutting and piecing the top.

Fruit bowl

I want to put together a little set of knitted play food. I was inspired by all the fancy schmancy play kitchens I’ve seen lately and some adorable knitting patterns I found on ravelry. I’ve started with the fruit bowl:

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Figure 1. Still life with fruit

I used this pattern from Peachcake Knits for the lemon and lime. (ravelry link) The (so simple it may not be worth writing up) orange pattern is my own, below. Yarn is Cascade 220 for all fruits.

 

Orange (ravelry link)

With US5 DPNs, cast on 6 stitches and join in round.

Row 1: Kfb all sts

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: knit

Row 3: K1, Kfb. Repeat 6 times

Row 5: K2, Kfb. Repeat 6 times

Row 7: K3, Kfb. Repeat 6 times

Row 9: K4, Kfb. Repeat 6 times

Row 11: K5, Kfb. Repeat 6 times

Row 12-15: knit

Row 16: K5, K2tog. Repeat 6 times

Rows 17, 19, 21, 23: knit

Row 18: K4, K2tog. Repeat 6 times

Row 20: K3, K2tog. Repeat 6 times

Row 22: K2, K2tog. Repeat 6 times. At this point, you should start stuffing your orange with fiberfill.

Row 24: K1, K2tog. Repeat 6 times

Row 25: K2tog. Repeat 6 times. Finish stuffing your orange with fiberfill.

Cut yarn, thread tail through remaining 6 stitches. Embroider a green asterisk

(*) on the top. Weave in all ends. Play with your food :P

Free pattern! Staghorn cable wrist warmers

I just finished writing up a pattern for staghorn cable wrist warmers. The pattern starts at the wrist, so it’s easy to make them longer or shorter depending on the amount of yarn you have. Mine each used up a ball of yarn about the size of an apricot. These are a super quick knit and a great use for small amounts of yarn left over from other projects.

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Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, can substitute any worsted weight wool

Needles: US6 and US7 dpns

Gauge: 5 sts and 5.5 rnds per inch

You can download the pattern here and view the Ravelry pattern page here. Happy knitting!