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Ho! Ho! Ho!

All your stuffed friends can feel Christmasy in their new Santa hats!

Insiders Notes: The white is O-Wool Balance Bulky. I held worsted acrylic doubled for the red – it was all I could find at the last minute. To scale the hat up or down, just change the yarn size. I’d love to see ornaments!

Happy Thanksgiving – and Christmas a little early!

EggHeads: An Easter Treat

If you get your eggs from a farm or buy organic, cage-free or free-range eggs at the grocery store, chances are your eggs are brown. This is great for the chickens, but not great for dyeing eggs bright colors. It’s cool. I’ve got your Easter eggs covered.

hats to keep your eggs snuggy

Covered with hats! These are the yokes, folks.
(Sorry. I haven’t had much sleep.)

The pattern is available to download on Ravelry for the low low price of free. It’s also available on my free patterns page right at the top for convenience.

Each hat takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and uses a tiny bit of sport weight yarn. The pink one with the folded brim and pompom only weighs four grams. In addition, this may be the easiest pattern I’ve ever written and there are endless variations.

Happy Easter! Happy spring! If you make an EggHead, I’d love to see it.

Valentine’s is for…Sweets

I have a sweet nothing for you.

The Sweeties pattern is free all day for my blog readers! Leave a comment on this post (something like “I don’t know how I have lived without this pattern!” or “MINE MINE!”) with a viable email address and I will attach the PDF to my reply.

I’ll close comments about this time tomorrow morning so you can have time to tell your friends.

Or don’t tell them and make them jealous. Your call.

Now go eat some chocolate. That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about right?

Not the Stick

Every Easter basket needs one to keeps the bunnies away from the chocolate. This stuffed carrot is a great last minute project – it’ll take less than an hour.

It’s Good for You


They look exotic with a bunch of different green yarns on top.

Materials: You’ll need about 20 yards of worsted in orange, miscellaneous green yarns for the carrot’s top (I used Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton), a set of 4 double pointed needles (I used US3s) and something to stuff it and a yarn needle for finishing. A safety pin to use as a marker is also handy.

Gauge: isn’t super important as long as your stuffing doesn’t show. My standard worsted toy gauge is 5sts to 1″ – that will get you a 5.5″ carrot not counting the greens.

Abbreviations: M1 means do that increase where you lift the yarn between the stitches. *blah blah blah* means do the stuff between the *s for the whole round.

Notes: If you don’t like to knit in the round, no problem. Knit it flat in stockinette, seam and stuff before you add the greens. Want a bigger carrot? Double the yarn and increase your needle size accordingly. Try braiding some of the green yarn to make the top more substantial for the big version.

Cast on 6 stitches leaving a 4 inch tail.
Arrange stitches evenly on three needles and join to knit in the round.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: *K1, M1, K1* (9 sts)
Round 3-6: Knit (4 rounds)
Use the cast on tail to close up the bottom of the carrot, securing it to the inside. Mark the beginning of the round with a safety pin if you need to.
I need to.
Round 7: *K1, M1, K2* (12 sts)
Round 8-13: Knit (6 rounds)
Stuff the tip.
Round 14: *K1, M1, K1* (18 sts)
Round 15-24: Knit (10 rounds)
Round 25: *K1, M1, K2* (24 sts)
Round 26-37: Knit (12 rounds)
Round 38: *K1, K2tog, K1*
Round 39: *K1, K2tog*
Round 40: K2tog around
Break yarn leaving about a 6″ tail. Using a yarn needle, pull the cast off tail through the live stitches and remove from the needles. Finish stuffing the carrot, but don’t pull up the opening.
Cut several six inch (at least) pieces of green yarn and tie them all together with an overhand knot at one end.

carrot pieces

Already looks yummy!

Stuff the knotted end into the open top of the carrot, and draw the stitches up tightly.

stuff in the yarn pull it up

This is the only part that might be considered remotely tricky.

Use a yarn needle to run the tail through the knot several times to hold the green in place and secure the end. Hide the rest of the tail inside the carrot. Trim the green yarn to the desired length. I put knots in my carrot’s greens to give them a nice little flop and to keep them from unraveling. But that’s optional.

Feed to your bunny.



As always, the things you make from my patterns are yours to give, sell or hoard. But don’t sell my patterns of derivatives of my patterns. That’s just tacky. PDF available on the patterns page. Or just go straight to the pdf.