Chimney by Hunter Hammersen


October 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
blocked stockinette
50 - 125 yards (46 - 114 m)
The pattern includes two shapes of houses (square and rectangular base), and three sizes for each shape. My houses are between 1.25 and 3.25 inches high, though this is adjustable.
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Chimney noun (dialect) fireplace, hearth

This is a companion to Belfry and Foghorn (the church and lighthouse in the pictures at the bottom of this page), and you can buy all three patterns together for a discount. The price for the set is $24.00 (that’s a savings of $6.00 off the price of the individual patterns).

If you put all three patterns in your cart together, you’ll see the price reduced to $24.00 (you don’t need a code, it happens automatically).

And don’t worry! If you’ve already bought one of the other pieces, whatever you spent on them will be counted towards the price of the set (as long as you’re logged into the same ravelry account when you make both purchases).

You already know if these are for you or not. If you looked at the picture, gasped in delight, and immediately started making plans, they’re for you. If you looked at the picture, thought ‘huh, folks sure do knit some weird stuff,’ and went on with your day, they’re not for you.

And that’s ok! We should all kit the stuff that brings us joy. For some of us, that’s respectable sweaters and intricate shawls and massive blankets. And for some of us, that’s teeny tiny houses. Lots and lots and lots of tiny houses. A whole village full!

The trick to happiness is knowing what group you’re in (and yes, you can totally be in both) and knitting whatever fills you with delight!

What to do with the sweet, silly little things:

  • Knit a whole tiny village, you know you want to
  • Knit a haunted house
  • Make one in colors to match your house (or the house you grew up in)
  • Make one in the colors of someone else’s house as a truly adorable hostess or housewarming gift
  • Make one to remind you of the cool houses you saw or stayed in on a great trip
  • Knit a Christmas ornament

Your imagination is the limit here. I suspect you already have a whole host of ideas for exactly how you could use a few of these!

The pattern is tremendously detailed and gives you lots of possible variations to experiment with. There are instructions for two different house shapes (the rectangular base and the square base) and the square base looks adorable in either a tall or a short form, for a total of three different styles of house. Each house shape is given in three different stitch counts, and you can adjust your gauge a bit to get a wide variety of finished sizes (and work with a variety of different yarns).

The knitting is easy. The walls of the house are all knit in one piece, and they’re mostly stockinette and mostly knit in the round. The roof is knit flat (and is far smaller than a respectable swatch so you’ll be done in no time). The only sewing is one seam at the end where you attach the roof to the house (and it doesn’t really show when you’re done, so you don’t have to be especially tidy about it, I totally wasn’t).

Each house took less than 30 yards of yarn for the walls and less than 20 yards of yarn for the roof (if you’re making bigger ones, you should be able to make the houses with less than 75 yards of yarn and the roofs with less than 50). I used a fingering weight, single ply yarn, but anything that will give you a smooth, dense fabric is fine (this is a great project for using up yarn scraps). The windows and doors are duplicate stitched on with embroidery floss once the knitting is finished.

I’ve stuffed my houses with blocks, which give the finished pieces a delightful heft and structure. I’ve got a blog post up over here with more information about the exact blocks I used, but almost any set of kids blocks will work great. If you don’t want to use blocks, I’ve also included templates you can print out and assemble to make your own out of card stock. Or if you’re the industrious type, I’ve heard from people who have cut upholstery foam to size or assembled blocks out of plastic canvas. So you do have options! But I think toy blocks are going to be your easiest and most satisfying choice.

Oh and if you’re feeling nervous about knitting something tiny and 3D, don’t worry. The pattern includes a lengthy photo tutorial with pages and pages of step-by-step photos to walk you through every part of the process. There’s also a worksheet to help you figure out your gauge (in case you’re using different size blocks than I did), a resource guide with links to techniques you might need, a printable grid so you can sketch out your windows and doors, and printouts you can use to assemble your own shapes if you don’t want to track down blocks.

The pattern is 28 pages long and holds your hand the whole way through. There are lots of pictures and lots of cheer leading and encouragement. If you take it step by step, you can totally do this!

Oh, and just to be super clear so no one misunderstands, this pattern is for the houses (the three smaller buildings shown at the top of the page). The two-level building that appears in the pictures towards the bottom of the page (the one with the tower on the front) is the Belfry pattern. You’ll get the set at a discount if you buy both.

These are perfect for you if:

  • You knew there was a reason you had a box of blocks kicking around in the basement
  • You suddenly find yourself filled with ideas for all the awesome things you can do with these

They’re not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You are a respectable grownup at all times and couldn’t possibly let anyone know you made something so absurd