Perhaps I’ve moved back around to the monsters

I’ve been trying to modify/improve the Furryness pattern, and this is what I’ve come up with:


Rowan named her Abigail, and she’s MY monster because I haven’t made one for me yet.


She’s made with Paton’s Classic Wool (color Too Teal), it’s so bright it’s hard to look at, but so so irresistable. I’ve definately improved the knobbles– I found a much better way to do them. This time I made them with kitchen cotton which makes for very sturdy and solid knobbles.


Profilin’, that’s all.

I took the original pattern and used some worsted weight yarn and my size 3 double points, and threw in some extra rows for the skinnyness. I’ll need to make another one, I want to work out a couple of kinks. I’m also wanting to do one in bulky yarn, and a minature version. I think I may make a little ebook and put it up on Etsy.

I got 8 balls of that Patons Classic Wool in Too Teal and I have made the Lo-Tech Sweat, the felted bag from instructables.com, and this little monster. I still have most of a skein left!

The sweater is sort of wonky. I made one of the button bands about one inch longer somehow, and one of the front pockets is about an inch longer than the other one, and I think the extra inches are both on one side, because it’s really noticable. This is why I don’t like making useful things.

But it’s okay, because I can now put on my wonky sweater, put my silly monster in the pocket, and carry my bag and they’ll all be this INSANE color! Sweet.

Also, excitingness! The curlers have another purpose– entertaining small children. You can thread the loops through each other and make a chain. If you make them AS toys, you don’t even have to make that crazy pod thing unless you want to– you could just do a ball shape instead. It looks like a necklace of pickles the way they are! I might work on a pattern for toy versions, they’d be neato in all different colors and junk.

I couldn’t help throwing this one in. She’s THIS many!

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Curler Experiment Results

My hair was a little too wet, I think. I wore them all day and it never did dry completely. They are fun to wear, I felt like an elf princess all day. I think next time I’ll start with dry hair. Maybe I’ll buy some hair gel or something. But it did give me this much anyway– and my hair is usually straight as a stick. (That’s my “I’m taking a picture in the bathroom mirror and I’m concentrating really hard” face.)

This is the Summer Knit Head Wrap from Craft Leftovers. I made it with Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton, which is one of my favorite cotton yarns. It doesn’t pill nearly as bad as Sugar and Cream. But I think it would be more summery had I used something lighter, like mercinized cotton. This may be a Fall Head Wrap, for me 😀

Quite a refreshing stash buster

My new project. What the hell, you ask?

Knitted tampons, perhaps? Cannibas? Pod people?

No way! Curlers!

I hope you guys appreciate this– it’s not every day I decide to model curlers for the world.

These are great. They are snag-free and super light. You can make each one from a different yarn scrap. I also have this thing about going out and buying things made in China, so I avoid that. I just put my hair up in them rather messily because I was so excited that they were finished and wanted to share them with you guys!

This is more of an idea than a proper pattern– but I’m writing it up anyway.

Hair curlers

Materials:

Yarn: This is meant to be a stash buster, so you can really use whatever yarn you have on hand. I have lots and lots of acrylic that I don’t know what to do with. So I’m using that. You can use wool or cotton– but I think acrylic is actually a good idea, because your hair will probably be a bit damp when you use them. Also, if you use any products, you will want to test for color fastness. I used some Homespun and some Red Heart Soft Yarn. If you use sport weight, you can double up strands.

Needles: I used size 7 double pointed needles, but I’m a crazy loose knitter. With the boucle or anything bulky you may want to go up a size if it’s too tight to work with. When you get to the middle you can knit that part on straights if need be, and just do a seam up the side.

You will also need a blunt end needle and some stuffing.

Note: kfb= increase by knitting into the front and back of a stitch.

CO 3 sts.
Work i-cord for 3 1/2 inches.
Kfb each st: 6 sts.
Divide sts evenly onto dpn’s and join in the round.
k 1 round/row.
(kfb, k1) around. 9 sts.
Work even for 2 1/2 inches.
Stuff lightly but evenly (or do this at the end if you are using straight needles)
(K2tog, k1) around: 6 sts.
K 1 row.
K2tog around– it helps to knit the rem 3 sts onto one needle.
Work i-cord for 4 more inches.
BO sts.

On the CO end (slightly shorter i-cord) make a big honkin knot. I do a slip-knot– wrapping the remaining half inch or so that sticks out around the base of the knot, and weaving the yarn tail through the knot to secure it.

Fold other end over one inch (or however much will fit over knot) and sew a loop down securely with yarn tail.

Make 8-10.

I think it would be really easy to modify the pattern to make the really giant rollers or even little bitty ones. Just increase (by kfb’ing every st in the round) until the size makes you happy.

Voila! Go get some stellar waves!

Monster Recipe

I thought I’d go ahead and post the monster pattern here, so you guys don’t have to go through the Knitalong to find it. If you make one, all I ask is that you don’t sell them online (charity stuff is fine) and that you send me a picture of the final product, or post it to the KAL. I love to see what people are doing with my patterns.

As always, if you have any problems, email me at rupestur AT yahoo DOT com.

Furryness!

By Heather Rupe

This monster really likes to hang out near people who are knitting. I swear, every time I turn around he is sitting in my chair right beside me, watching me work. Silly monster. He would be a great companion for a kid as well, although babies like to taste him and he’s simply not into that sort of thing.

Materials:
• 1 skein Moda Dea Wild! (100% nylon, color Flames, 50g, 1.75 oz, 103 yd)
• 1 skein worsted weight acrylic, random cheapo size (or wool, or whatever, I used some Bright! Pink! that just happened to be in my stash, red or orange would work as well)
• Knobbles made with small amount of Lamb’s Pride Worsted, Orange.
• Yarn or embroidery floss for mouth/teeth
• Blunt end tapestry needle
• Two felt circles, one the size of a quarter in desired eye color, one black piece the size of a Cheerio
• Needle and thread for eye
• Poly fiberfill
• Stitch marker and row counter (optional)
• Sizes 3 and 7 double pointed needles, set of 4 each.

Pattern notes:

Kfb= increase by knitting into front of stitch, then into back of same stitch.

A note about gauge: In this project, the goal is to get a tightly knitted fabric, tight enough that the stuffing won’t show through. Gauge isn’t really that important here. But if you start and your stitches are too tight to even work with, you may need to go up a couple of needle sizes.

The front of the monster is the last needle before you get to your marker.

Also, parts of this pattern may seem to defy logic, but it works. At least, I hope it works, so if it doesn’t work for you, please come bitch on my shoulder. I’ll help you figure it out.

Body & Head (starting at the butt):

CO 6 sts (rather loosely) holding Moda Dea and worsted weight acrylic together on larger needles. Divide evenly onto needles and join in the round, being careful not to twist. Place marker.

Rd 1: Kfb each stitch. (12 sts)
Rd 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: Kfb each stitch. (24 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts.
Rd 5: [kfb, k1] 3 times, kfb, k2, [kfb, k1] 5 times, kfb, k4. (34 sts)
Rd 6: k all sts.
Rd 7: [kfb, k2] 3 times, kfb, k4, [kfb, k2] 5 times, kfb, k4. (44 sts)
Rds 8, 9, 10: k all sts.
Rd 11: [kfb, k3] 3 times, kfb, k6, [kfb, k3] 4 times, kfb, k8. (53 sts)
Rds 12, 13, 14: k all sts.
Rd 15: [ kfb, k4] 3 times, kfb, k8, [kfb, k4] 4 times, kfb, k8. (62 sts)
Rd 16, 17: k all sts.
Rd 18: [ssk, k4] 3 times, ssk, k8, [k2tog, k4] 4 times, k2tog, k8. (53 sts)
Rd 19: k all sts.
Rd 20: [ssk, k3] 3 times, ssk, k6, [k2tog, k3] 4 times, k2tog, k8. (44 sts)
Rds 21, 22, 23: k all sts.
Rd 24: [ssk, k2] 3 times, ssk, k4, [k2tog, k2] 4 times, k2tog, k8. ( 35 sts)
Rds 25, 26, 27, 28: k all sts.
Rd 29: [ssk, k1] 3 times, ssk, k2, [k2tog, k1] 5 times, k2tog, k2tog, k3. (24 sts)
Rds 30, 31, 32: k all sts. Stuff body firmly.
Rd 33: ssk 4 times, k2, k2tog 4 times, k6. (16 sts)
Rds 34, 35: k all sts.
Rd 36: [kfb, k1] around. (24 sts)
Rd 37: k all sts. It helps to divide sts evenly again at this point.
Rd 38: [kfb, k2] around. (32 sts)
Rds 39, 40: k all sts.
Rd 41: [kfb, k3] 6 times, kfb, k7. (39 sts)
Rds 42, 43, 44, 45: k all sts.
Rd 46: [ssk, k3] 3 times, [k2tog, k3] 3 times, k2tog, k7. (32 sts)
Rds 47, 48, 49: k all sts.
Rd 50: [ssk, k2] 4 times, k2tog, k4, [k2tog, k2] 2 times, k2tog. (24 sts)
Rd 51: k all sts.
Rd 52: [ssk, k1] 4 times, [k2tog, k1] 4 times. (16 sts.) Stuff head firmly.
Rd 53: k all sts.
Rd 54: [k2tog, k2] around. (12 sts)
Rd 55: k all sts.
Rd 56: k2tog around. [6 sts]
Break yarn, pull through remaining stitches. Weave in ends. It’s okay to tie a knot, you don’t want the creature falling apart. Set him/her down on a flat surface, pretend it’s Play Doh, and mold and squeeze until you get an ideal shape, making the bottom sit flat. The Moda Dea seems to be furrier on the inside, maybe it’s just how I knit or something, but I like to take a soft bristle brush (like a baby brush) and gently brush the fur out.

Arms:

CO 12 sts with smaller needles, Moda Dea only. Divide evenly and join in the round.
Work for 2 ¾ inches without stretching to measure.

Then: Join acrylic to Moda Dea, hold together and knit 1 row, changing to larger needles as you go. (Let’s call this Rd 1.)
Rd 2: kfb, k5, kfb, k5. (14 sts)
Rd 3: k all sts.
Rd 4 kfb, k6, kfb, k6 (16 sts)
K 4 more rounds
You have two options for finishing hand:
I turn the arm inside out very carefully, divide sts evenly onto 2 double points, and do a 3 needle bind off. This is easier than you think, and if you have made it this far you shouldn’t be afraid! But you can certainly BO all sts and sew up the end.

Legs:

CO 14 sts with smaller needles, Moda Dea only. Divide evenly and join in the round.
K 3 ¼ inches without stretching to measure.

Then: Join acrylic to Moda Dea, hold together and knit 1 row, changing to larger needles as you go. Lucky you, you’re to the best part, the FEET!(Rd 1)
Rd 2: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (16 sts)
Rd 3: k all sts.
Rd 4: k1, kfb, kfb, k to last 3 sts, kfb, kfb, k1. (20 sts)
Rd 5: k all sts.
Rd 6: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (22 sts)
K 4 more rounds.
BO in same way as arms.

Knobbles!

CO 6 sts with worsted or light worsted, leaving a tail long enough to sew onto head. Divide evenly onto smaller needles and join in the round, being careful not to twist.
K 9 rounds.
Next row: [k1, kfb] 3 times. (9 sts)
K one row.
Bind Off by: k1, m1, BO 1, [k1, BO1, m1, BO1 etc. around.] This makes the ends fluted.

Finishing: Stuff hands and feet firmly. You can stuff the arms and legs as well but I leave them empty, it makes them irresistibly floppy. Weave in the ends, make knots or whatever you have to do to ensure that he won’t fall apart. I recommend using the cheapo acrylic to sew him together, the Moda Dea isn’t nearly as strong. He may have some visible seams but that adds to his soul. Sew the black felt onto the eye color felt, then sew onto head. Embroider mouth and teeth.