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Knitting: Animal Toy
Got the urge to decorate with tentacles? Turn to this charmingly persistent little octopus. He works up quickly, grows arms to your desired length, and takes on a creepily realistic aspect once stuffed and mounted. He will happily attack any surface you’d like to sew him onto—hats, cushions, bags, tea cosies, and more. Only note that he comes wi...
Knitting: Neck / Torso - Other
Knitting on the bias with interlocking cables makes this neck warmer stylish, warm, and customizable to most sizes. Wear it with the cables in front for a v-neck or lapeled look…or rotate it for flaps that fold up to shield your face from winter winds.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Slanting ribbing and interlocking cables make this winter hat stylish, warm, and elastic enough to fit almost any head size. Wear it helmet-style, with the cables centred over your face…or rotate it to achieve a snug watch-cap effect. It’ll even go on a toddler for a decidedly elfin look.
Slanting ribbing, interlocking cables, and long cuffs make these mittens both stylish and warm. Customize the overall length to fit each recipient. Use the smaller size is to accommodate older children and adults with slender hands. Enjoy the squooshy fabric and converging lines.
Now geeks can get their unsuspecting offspring to a simultaneous and early start in two obsessions: handknits and fantasy fiction. If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien, you need only check Appendix E of your copy of The Return of the King to confirm that the runes depicted in this chart correspond to the letters ‘B’,...
Ponyo is a charming animated childrenʼs film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. The titular character is a little goldfish who, like the Little Mermaid, wants to become a human girl so that she can be with a certain human boy. Along the way, Ponyo is carried around in a bucket and takes a great liking to sliced ham. There is a...
Knitting: Hot Water Bottle
A hot water bottle is an economical and environmentally friendly way to keep your toes or lap warm during cold winter nights. But they’re not exactly classy, are they? Spruce up your hot water bottle with some formal wear—a masculine tuxedo, some feminine lace, or both at once! Next time you throw a party in your bed, your hot water bottle...
Looking for something exotic and weird, but with a distinguished history? These colourwork charts are based on traditional face-painting designs for certain roles in Beijing opera. Each design is unique to a specific character, with the patterns and colours hinting at that character’s personality to the Chinese audience. Without too much t...
Miffy is a cute little rabbit from my childhood. You also might remember her from the popular series of children’s picture books by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. With her simple lines and expression, she just cries out for knit-representation. Whether you outline her in black embroidery or just leave her in plain intarsia, she’ll look great.
In the wonderfully creepy 2009 animated film Coraline, a young girl gets the help of a black cat to battle long-tailed jumping mice and win a button-ended key that will get her back home. I decided that the cat, mouse and key would make great visual statements in knitting, and would look good even if people didn’t recognize the movie refer...
Knitting: Hot Water Bottle
A hot water bottle is an economical and environmentally friendly way to keep your toes or lap warm during cold winter nights. But who wants a rubbery old thing in his or her bed, even if it is nice and warm? Cover it up with a cuddly platypus cozy—because if there’s anything weirder than a platypus, it’s a platypus in your bed!
Knitting: Animal Toy, Softies - Other
Totoros are shy forest spirits portrayed in My Neighbor Totoro, a charming animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. The smallest totoro shown in the movie is known as the chibi totoro in Japanese, and it often appears to be nothing more than a white body with eyes, ears and a tail.
Totoros are the shy forest spirits portrayed in Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese animated film My Neighbor Totoro. There’s a big one with an umbrella, two little ones, and a bunch of dust bunnies (or soot sprites) who like to swirl out of dark corners. I wanted to capture all of these elements on mittens, which in the Norwegian tradition ar...
This pattern was developed so that a class of high school students could learn a variety of basic techniques, experience what it means to adapt sizing and gauge to one’s own needs, and incorporate their own colourwork designs into an otherwise blank piece. As a result, no specific yarn information, needle size, or decorative motif is provi...
Knitting: Stitch pattern, Chart
Totoros are shy forest spirits portrayed in My Neighbor Totoro, a charming animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. In that movie there are two smaller totoros: one plain with no markings, the other with a big belly and a predilection for acorns. This lace picture of them can be adapted to your own projects, using your own yarn and gauge.
Totoros are shy forest spirits portrayed in My Neighbor Totoro, the charming animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Given that Totoros could show up without warning anywhere, I’ve provided this chart without any directions as to how it might be used in your projects. I happened to make a pot-holder; you can pick your own yarns ...
Because these illusion knitting charts can be incorporated into various knitting projects, no particular yarn, needles or gauge are specified. Depicted in these charts are kodamas and totoros, cute little characters from Japanese animated films directed by Hayao Miyazaki. (These shy forest spirits appeared in Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor To...