Joan Rowe

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Knitting: Snood
The snood can be knitted onto an elastic hair band or left with a wide opening and tied with a ribbon. It can be decorated or left plain. It is knitted in the round from the bottom up. The only sewing is to attach the decorations.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A beanie in three sizes featuring night-time sky of knit-purl textured patterns, with bats flying by. The beanie is knitted in the round, and the bats are knitted separately and sewn onto the hat. Choose a dark yarn for the night-time sky, or a colorway that mirrors the colors of sunset or the dawn sky. Add some stars and a bat (or two) for a q...
Knitting: Animal Toy
More and more bats are being recognized as the beneficent creatures they are, chowing down on mosquitoes and pollinating flowers. Brown Bats are common in the US, and so I decided to design a Brown Bat rather than a fruit bat even though they have beautiful big eyes and adorable faces.
Knitting: Bonnet
Framed by knitted flowers this bonnet is definitely for a baby girl. It is knitted in the round and with short rows, and is entirely without seams. The only sewing is to sew in ends.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A beanie in three sizes featuring a flower pattern with bumble bees flying through. The beanie is knitted in the round, and the bumble bees are knitted separately and sewn onto the hat. Make one bumble bee, or as many as you want for your beanie.The only sewing is to attach the bumble bees to the hat.
Knitting: Animal Toy
This pattern is written for experienced knitters and uses many different techniques. Most of the pattern is knitted without seams and only the legs are sewn onto the body. It is not a ‘quick knit’ but the finished product is well worth the time and effort that goes into it.
Knitting: Animal Toy
This pattern is written for experienced knitters and uses many techniques. Most of the pattern is knitted without seams and only the head and legs are knitted separately and then sewn onto the body. The head is knitted in 1 piece. It is not a ‘quick knit’ but the finished product is well worth the time and effort that goes into it.
Knitting: Scarf
This scarf shows a comparison of daytime highs, or if you prefer, night time lows for two widely spaced years. The 2 edges of the scarf are knitted separately and then joined at the center with an Icord panel. All the ends are hidden under the center panel of the scarf so there is no sewing at all, except to sew in the very last end. The wavy e...
Knitting: Electronics Cozy
The cozy is knitted from the top down, one side at a time, then joined at the sides and bottom. Finally stitches are picked up around the top and a band knitted on. There is no sewing except for sewing in the intarsia ends and embroidering the cat’s eyes, ears and whiskers. The size is easily adjusted to fit most smart phones. The top band can ...
Knitting: Animal Toy
Dumbo octopuses live in the deep open ocean down to depths of at least 13,100 feet (4000 m) and perhaps much deeper, making this group the deepest living of all known octopuses.
Knitting: Animal Toy
This pattern is written for experienced knitters and uses many different techniques. Most of the pattern is knitted without seams and only the head, wings and legs are sewn onto the body. The head is knitted in 1 piece. The belly plate and back ridges are knitted onto the body. It is not a ‘quick knit’ but the finished product is well worth the...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A beanie in three sizes featuring a gorgeous garden filled with flamboyant flowers. This beanie is knitted in the round with fingering weight yarn, although the flowers can be attached to any hat. The flowers and leaves are knitted separately and are attached mostly with the CO and BO tails so that there is very little sewing, aside from some c...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This beanie features flamingos. The beanie is knitted in the round and the flamingos are knitted separately from the hat and attached later. They are not sewn down all around, except for the head. They are just tacked down with the cast on and bind off yarn ends.
Knitting: Animal Toy
This pattern is written for intermediate to experienced knitters. You will need to know kitchener stitch or 3-needle bind-off, knitted cast-on, picking up stitches and circular knitting. It requires a set of dp needles and 2 circular needles.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A beanie in three sizes featuring a grass pattern with frogs jumping through. The beanie is knitted in the round, and the frogs are knitted separately and sewn onto the hat. Instructions are given for a small and large frog. Make as many of either size as you want for your beanie. The small frog is a good fit for the 18” beanie.
Knitting: Animal Toy
Frolicsome Frog is a tree frog, about 10” / 25 cm long when all stretched out. You can make the toes with bobbles in the same yarn as the foot, or, to add a little sparkle you can attach beads for the toes. The front legs are sewn on and the upper section of the back legs is seamed, but all the rest is knitted together.
Knitting: Cowl
This cowl features leaf and heart motifs knitted using an Entrelac technique. Each block is knitted on to the previous block, to form a rectangle, and then the ends of the rectangle joined using Kitchener stitch. Finally an Icord edging is added to each edge. You may also just join half of the ends together, leaving the cowl open on one edge to...
Knitting: Animal Toy
Cuttlefish are quite glorious creatures, with spectacular colors that they can change at any time. They have 8 arms, and 2 tentacles, a siphon and a beak mouth.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Hearts and Flowers Shawl is knitted from the top down with the side shaping accomplished by short rows. It has knit and purl combinations on most rows, including the lace rows, and so is a little more difficult than a straight stockinette lace shawl, but still, the testers think this is an intermediate level pattern. The knit and purl combinati...
Knitting: Animal Toy
These ancient invertebrates have been drifting with the ocean currents long before dinosaurs roamed the earth—more than 500 million years ago.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A beanie in three sizes featuring a wave pattern with a jellyfish floating through. The beanie is knitted in the round, and the jellyfish is knitted in one piece. The only sewing is to attach the jellyfish bell and the ends of the tentacles to the hat.
Knitting: Scarf
This scarf featured little owls with sparkling eyes at each border. It is reversible, with the owls on both sides of the border. The body of the scarf is knit with a horizontal garter rib pattern. The pattern includes instructions for a full length scarf and for a neck kerchief that buttons to hold it in place.
Knitting: Animal Toy
Beautiful but deadly, the Portuguese Man of War roams the ocean with trailing venomous stinging tentacles that can reach 165 ft (50 m) in length. It is not a jellyfish but a siphonophore - a colony of specialized minute individual organisms called zooids. These zooids are attached to one another and integrated to the extent that they cannot sur...
Knitting: Scarf
One side of this reversible scarf shows a comparison of daytime highs and the other side, a comparison of night time lows for two widely spaced years. The 2 sides of the scarf are knitted separately and then joined with an Icord edging. All the ends are hidden on the inside of the scarf so there is no sewing at all, except to sew in the very la...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque, Toy Plant
This pattern includes six mushroom varieties with patterns for stand-alone versions of the mushrooms as well as versions for attaching to a beanie or other item. The beanie features a moss-like texture and is knitted in the round from the bottom up. Although 2 colors are used for the beanie, it is only the band that uses a Fair Isle technique. ...
Knitting: Pullover
This comfortable sweater in 3 sizes features an intarsia trees front and back panel, long sleeves with raglan armholes and a crew neck. It is knitted in separate pieces and sewn together at the end.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A beanie in three sizes featuring a loop pattern with an octopus swimming by. The beanie is knitted in the round, and the octopus is knitted in one piece. The only sewing is to attach the octopus body and tentacles to the hat.
Knitting: Animal Toy
Here is an all-knowing octopus to grace your place. The suckers are knitted as you go, and there is very little seaming to be done. He does have 8 arms though, so that is a lot of suckers - but not nearly as many as a real, living octopus.
Knitting: Scarf
This scarf features a daisy lace pattern with a garter stitch border. The lace pattern shows best with either a solid color or a yarn with long colorways. Short color repeats tend to confuse the eye when looking at an all over lace pattern. This sample scarf uses 50g of Knitpicks Chroma fingering, 396yds/100g, color ‘Midwinter’.
Knitting: Scarf
This pattern was designed to use just one 50g ball of any of the lovely colorways in fingering weight yarn. Gauge is not important, except that it be a final texture that will drape nicely. This sample scarf uses 50g of Knitpicks Chroma fingering, 396yds/100g, color ‘Azalea’.
Knitting: Scarf
This lace scarf can be knitted with any 50g of fingering/sock weight yarn. There are some wonderful yarns with beautiful colorways that come in 50g skeins. This scarf is knitted with 1/2 skein of KnitPicks Chroma fingering, which comes in 100g skeins.
Knitting: Scarf
This lace scarf is designed to use just 50g fingering/sock weight yarn and show off the lovely colorways that are available. This sample scarf is knitted with KnitPicks Chroma fingering, color ‘Galapagos’.
Knitting: Scarf
This is a lovely flowery pattern that looks like lace, but is not. It is a combination of slipped and dropped sts. Once you get accustomed to the pattern is it fairly easy to do. An intermediate knitted should have no trouble.
Knitting: Scarf
This scarf was designed to use just 50g of any of the lovely fingering weight yarn colorways that are available. Gauge is not important, except that it be a final texture that will drape nicely. This sample scarf uses 50g of KnitPicks Chroma fingering, 396yds/100g, color ‘Azalea’.
Knitting: Scarf
This scarf is designed to show off the lovely colorways in sock weight yarn, and also to do it with just one 50g ball. The sample uses 50g of Knitpicks Chroma fingering, colorway ‘Galapagos’
Knitting: Scarf
This is a very pretty lace pattern and is reversible - it looks great on both sides. However it is a difficult pattern and not advisable for novice lace knitters. Every row is a lace-knitted row and every row has a combination of knit and purl sts.
Knitting: Scarf
This scarf uses just 50g of fingering or sock weight yarn, and was designed to show off the lovely colorways that are available. This sample was knitted with Knitpicks Chroma fingering, color ‘Atlantis’.
Knitting: Scarf
This is a pattern for a lace scarf that uses just one 50g skein of fingering weight yarn. There are so many lovely colorways now that I wanted to design a scarf to show off the colors and also have an interesting texture. It is a balance with lace and colors to find a combination that shows colors but does not distract from the lace. I also wan...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This hat was designed as a way to use Sari Silk yarn, which has beautiful colors but is overwhelming when used alone. In this hat the brilliant colors of the Sari silk peek through a more subdued shade of wool. It also works well for other shiny yarns, such as chunky banana yarn. It is a very quick knit.
Knitting: Tee
This is a completely customizable pattern for a short-sleeved top. It is knitted in sections that are seamed together. You can customize every measurement - length, width, sleeve width and length, and even the design on the front and back panels.
Knitting: Electronics Cozy
If you want to keep a stylus with your phone or tablet, then this cozy is just the ticket.
Knitting: Animal Toy
This very versatile pill bug can be a favorite toy, a neck pillow or a throw cushion, and will delight kids and adults alike. Just change the size of the yarn and needles to get the size you want.
Knitting: Animal Toy
This pattern was first commissioned by an aquarium so it is quite detailed. There are 2 urchin stitch instructions. The first version will give a more realistic urchin, with sharp, straight spikes and is quite fiddly to do. The second version is more whimsical and much faster to knit. An intermediate knitter may want to give this pattern a try ...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Wholesale cutting of forests has had a devastating effect on the world’s climate. Here is a pattern of trees circling a beanie designed for the Science March, to try to bring awareness of the ways in which we are destroying life as we know it on this earth.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Our meadows used to be noisy places – filled with the sounds of birds and insects. Now they are falling quiet as more and more creatures become endangered, rare and finally extinct, during this earth’s sixth extinction.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
I wanted to design a hat for the science march that would be easy for anyone to knit. I think the pussyhat was so successful because it was a pattern that even beginners could easily knit. Oceans are one of my biggest concerns and so my design is for an ocean themed hat, with waves washing up onto a sandy beach. You can decorate it with a sewn-...
Knitting: Animal Toy
The Purple Sea Star lives along the northwest coast of the US, and scurries about quite quickly on hundreds of little feet. This sea star has feet knitted in (but not hundreds of them, although it may seem that way). You can stiffen the arms with pipe cleaners – or not - as you prefer.
Knitting: Animal Toy
These iconic creatures are actually quite lumpy and bumpy in texture, and so this pattern includes lots of binding off and picking up stitches with a large number of picots thrown in as well. For all that it can be knitted by an adventurous intermediate level knitter.
Knitting: Animal Toy
A sloth’s hair is quite long, so this pattern is best knitted with a fur or eyelash yarn. The length of the eyelash varies a lot between different yarns, and the longer the eyelash, the more difficult the knitting becomes. Any errors will be extremely difficult to repair as you cannot see the stitches. Also, many eyelash yarns are quite bulky i...
Knitting: Animal Toy
This Giant Green Sea Anemone was originally designed for an aquarium and is true to life in size and color. It is missing a couple of rows of tentacles (there are limits!), and although these tentacles fold in, in real life, the tentacles fold all the way out of sight when pulled in. It lives along the northwest coast of the US.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The beanie is knitted in the round and features loose cables ending in a star shaped crown. There are only 6 cable rows in the pattern. It is an easy intermediate pattern and a very quick knit with this weight yarn.
Knitting: Billed Hat
This winter hat was designed to keep your ears warm, while giving your ponytail a place to go, and featuring a bill, that instead of falling flat on your face, will keep your raincoat hood up and out of your eyes. If you don’t have a ponytail, instructions are also given for a closed back.
Knitting: Electronics Cozy
This cozy is knitted flat, one side Kitchener stitched closed, stitches picked up and the top knitted on, then lastly the second side Kitchener stitched closed. Finally, an optional pocket can be knitted on.
Knitting: Animal Toy
Tenacious turtle is quite a life-like turtle. The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, but you may use any weight, bearing in mind that you will need more yarn if you use thicker yarn, and that the final size will be quite a bit bigger. Yarn that includes at least 50% wool will hold the shape better. I used Noro Kureyon sock yarn color 217,...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A beanie in three sizes featuring a riffle pattern with trout swimming through. The beanie is knitted in the round, and the trout are knitted in one piece. The only sewing is to attach the trout to the hat at the fins and mouth. Make one trout or several, or none if you’d just like a Riffle Beanie.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The whale has been a symbol of our oceans but yet persecuted in many ways for a long time.
Knitting: Animal Toy
This Slithering snake is made with no sewn seams except kitchener st. The body is closed with Kitchener st and the head is knitted on to the body. It uses garter and seed st. It is a pattern that a new knitter might attempt as a challenge, but will be easy for more experienced knitters.
Knitting: Tee
This top, which was originally written by me 12 years ago, has been re-designed and re-written so that it is adaptable to any size. The pattern gives instructions for adjustments to basic small, medium, large and 3X sizes, but there are also instructions for any custom size you wish to make. You can also adjust the length.