Bonnie Franz

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Knitting: Mittens, Beanie, Toque
Mittens and hats for toddlers through adults! Knit in the round, top down. Why? Because this way, you can use every bit of yarn without worrying about running out- make the cuffs as long as possible!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Very simple hat and scarf set designed to fit most adults. Hat is ribbed on smaller needles, scarf in garter stitch on larger needles. Gauge isn’t critical since the ribbing should make it fit most. Set uses a full cake of Caron Tea Cakes yarn. I designed this to make for homeless men at my church; I’m offering it free in hopes it may help othe...
Knitting: Cardigan
I designed this sweater for a friend’s child’s first birthday. I wanted something that would be quick and easy (kids grow so fast she’d outgrow it quickly!), inexpensive to knit (see above!) and give a lot of ‘bang’ for the effort- which is why I went with the pre-striping cake yarn; there’s no striping involved by the knitter. I love hoods on ...
Knitting: Cardigan, Coat / Jacket
This pattern was ‘born’ when a friend adopted a beautiful boy she named Moses. Of course I decided he needed a basketweave sweater! I love hoods and easy closures on babies. I like to make baby projects in relative inexpensive, washable yarn (they grow so fast, and spit up so much!) but the strong textured pattern looks good in all kinds of yarn!
Knitting: Cape
I just love capes on babies (well, on anyone, but especially babies)- so easy to layer over other pieces, and no struggling to get arms into sleeves! Also, you don’t need to know exactly what size the baby is (or is going to turn out to be!) if you’re gift knitting (or knitting in anticipation!) I used an inexpensive, very washable yarn, but a ...
Knitting: Cardigan
This sweater was born when a friend (very) unexpectedly became a grandfather. I wanted to design a cardigan whose simplicity would work to showcase a beautiful sock yarn. Although I named it “Mason” (after the baby in question) there’s certainly nothing particularly masculine about the design.
Knitting: Cardigan, Coat / Jacket
Easy baby hooded jacket/cardigan in stockinette with seed stitch (British Moss Stitch) edges, sleeves, and hood. Pattern includes only size 12 months (which also fits a Vermont Teddy Bear). Directions included for knitting sleeves flat or in the round, and for choice of closures- zipper, buttons and button holes, buttons and loops, or tie closu...
Knitting: Pullover
I designed this when a beloved cousin was pregnant and didn’t know the gender of the baby to be- I wanted something with openwork (summer baby!) but not necessarily lacey/feminine. That’s also why I chose a white yarn.
Knitting: Pullover
Show your Irish spirit! This sweater was designed for a friend whose daughter wanted something special to wear to our local St. Patrick’s Day Parade! I didn’t have time for a full-on Irish cabled sweater, so I came up with this!
Knitting: Cowl
Super quick bulky cowl knitted in the round- requires 2 wheels roving or 3 skeins Savannah as shown; you can make it much deeper if you like (but you’ll need more yarn!) Eyelets trap air for warmth and allow you to breathe through it if you pull it up over your face (hey, it’s REALLY cold out there!)
Knitting: Cowl
Cowl to match Miranda Mitts, worked in one piece in the round. This is a good project for the first time knitting cables in the round.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Stretchy cable and ribbing fingerless mitts accommodate most hands, male and female, from teen to adult. You can make 2 pairs of mitts from one skein of wool- make a matching set for you and a friend!