Thistle West

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Knitting: Beanie, Toque
I’ve been watching the Olympics and one of my favorite sports is the slopestyle snowboarding. I noticed the different beanies the Olympians wore, and I wanted to design something simple, warm and practical, the kind of tight-fitting aerodynamic hat you’d want on your head while you flew upside-down, high above the snow in the middle of an intri...
Knitting: Legwarmers
Here are some lovely legwarmers with cables at the bottom to hold them securely around your ankles.
Crochet: Animal Toy
I designed this in honour of one of my friends who’s a jellyfish. Sorry, who was a jellyfish. Right now he’s a nine-year-old boy, but in his last life, he was a jellyfish. He once tried to teach me the language that they speak under water, but unfortunately i never really got the hang of it.
Knitting: Doll Clothes
Inspired by the costuming in the Star Trek episode “Errand of Mercy”, i realized if there is an entire planet where everyone, including Kirk and Spock, need legwarmers, then my poor lawn flamingos—Jane, Ziggy, Rory and Fred—must be freezing their asses off and in some serious need of some accessories.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Right now these socks are currently available for test knitting. If you’re interested, check out the link above.
Knitting: Scarf
This morning I followed a little coyote up a pine-covered hill and through a grassy meadow in the light, misty rain that comes with California winters. It was a beautiful morning, watching the rain gently give way for a few spots of washed-out sunlight to show themselves before the fog rolled back in; the perfect morning for knitting and drinkin...
Knitting: Electronics Cozy
Wanna knit something tiny, cute and utterly pointless? Well here you go! Now you can have a sweater for your iPod because, as we all know, they need to be protected from the cold, just in case they might catch pneumonia. Or, for that matter, if your iPod suddenly becomes rabid or turns into a zombie, remember that if only you had taken my advic...
Knitting: Gloves
Inspiring Quotes by Chaitanya Malik:
Knitting: Cozy - Other
I have made a chart, which you are welcome to follow if you can figure it out, but in case not, I also have the stitch pattern written out. A lot of things about this pattern are fairly arbitrary, and the basic stitch pattern is the only thing that’s really important.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
On a windy, rainy weekend trapped inside your zombie survival base with nothing much to do but hopefully fantasize that the rain will wash away the hoards of undead ghouls currently occupying your front lawn, this is the perfect hat to knit.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
With a simple yet elegant lace pattern, these gloves can be made in any length and are a fun and fabulous accessory while keeping your hands toasty warm, but your fingers free. They are also reasonably stretchy and hence make a great gift because the sizing doesn’t have to be extremely precise and they knit up quite quickly. The recommended yar...
Knitting: Costume
You can be pretty sure that both Yoda and Obi Wan knew how to knit. How else could they both survive all those dreary years in Jedi Master isolation? Now you can join them by using the woolly force yourself as a stitching Skywalker.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
The Polish Frizzle is a fairly elite breed of chicken known for their massive crests of curly feathers. In fact, Frizzles are bred almost entirely for show because their vision is often impaired due to all the feathers that flop down over their eyes.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
So… there must be a million ribbed hat patterns out there, quite a few of them cabled. Why should you knit this one?
Knitting: Beret, Tam
This is my first beret design, but i think it came out really well. it’s easy to knit with simple shaping, but i think it came out really well. Basically, it winds up as a big pouffy mushroom shape, a little Renaissance-y and a little bit like a chef hat. It also comes out very big, so some basic blocking or felting will probably be necessary d...
Knitting: Sleeveless Top
Available in sizes Small, Medium and Large. Medium and Large in particular need test knitters. If you are interested, check out this thread or feel free to simply cast on and start your project.
Knitting: Toy Mobile
The owls who swoop on silent wings,
Knitting: Scarf
This scarf is quite simplistic—a Garter Stitch rectangle.
Knitting: Laptop
11” x whatever.
Knitting: Doll Clothes
I designed this Renaissance era blouse and skirt set for Cinzia, a porcelain doll my mom bought at Ren Faire around 20 years ago. Cinzia is handmade, but compared to standard, mass-produced dolls, I’d say she’s around the size of a Groovy Girl. As far as the outfit goes, it seems like a peasant style, although most outfits like this which I’ve ...
Knitting: Skirt
This is a basic short skirt with a ruffly lace edge and the pattern is set up so it can be knit in basically any size. The number of stitches you use is just the number of inches around your waist times the gauge and then rounded to the nearest multiple of twenty-four.
Crochet: Headband
I know hardly anything about crocheting, but the more little things like this i make, the more it seems to make sense. As you can probably guess, this pattern is really easy. It took me around ten minutes to make, but would probably snap off the hook even faster for someone who really knew what they were doing.
Knitting: Bag - Other
I designed this easy little pouch to hold tea bags when i’m traveling. It would work for anything small though: coins, stitch markers, guitar picks…
Crochet: Cozy - Other
I designed this as a cute cozy for my stainless steel water bottle. I think stainless steel water bottles are very good at keeping your water cool, and they help the earth by using less plastic for disposable bottles.
Knitting: Ornamental Flower
In a cold harsh world of concrete and apocalyptic gore, you really need some fuzzy, hand knit flowers to brighten your day. Make one of these to plant in the little strip of grass next to the sidewalk, or put one in a pot and give it to that absent-minded friend of yours who can’t seem to feed themselves properly, let alone a house plant. If yo...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Shapka is a Russian word which just hat. It’s not a fancy, feminine hat (shlerpka) or a hat with a brim (kipka), it’s just a hat.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Want an awesome multi-colored Mohawk without having to shave your head? —Hell yeah!
Knitting: Scarf
Nimoy is one of my chickens. This design has nothing to do with her, but i needed a name and Nimoy is one of the coolest chickens in the world.
Knitting: Applique / Embellishment
This was originally designed for yarn bombing, but there are tons of things you could use it for: sew one on a headband, pin one on a bag (or a sweater, or a hat), put knit ladybugs on your house plants or bouquets…
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
I hate dropping stitches when the mess up your pattern, but i have to admit dropping a stitch and unraveling it all the way to the cast-on is pretty fun. I designed Scaffolding because i realized that dropping a stitch could actually be considered “decreasing” if you don’t use it to often. Well, i think this actually came out pretty well.
Knitting: Cozy - Other
This design is meant for yarn bombing, but really you could use the simple lace pattern for almost anything. When i yarn bomb i never use patterns, but this came out really well so i decided to type it up in case anyone else felt like using it.
Knitting: Pet Toys
I designed this for Lepton, my little black cat when I found a guitar string under the couch. You can use any type if wire, but i thought the guitar thing was a fun way to recycle (and it makes it a little less of a pain to change strings)
Knitting: Cup / Mug
“One venti low-carb decaf fat-free vegan blended iced soy pumpkin spiced latte with sugar-free syrup and an extra shot of fair trade espresso for Éva.”
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This is literally the first hat i ever made or designed. I made it when i was seven, but until now i never wrote out the pattern. It is super easy to make and takes very little time. I mean, if a seven-year-old could do it, so can you!