Kristen TenDyke / Caterpillar Knits

eBooks available as Ravelry Downloads

eBook : 5 patterns

A collection of five hand-knitting patterns, using eco-friendly yarns from Maine-based farms and yarn companies.

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Pullover
This sassy tunic is knitted in a bulky weight yarn for extra core warmth. Seriously, this is so warm, I’m glad it has short sleeves!
Knitting: Cardigan
I was inspired to design this cardigan many, many years ago when I was knitting another lace cardigan. When the body was finished, before sewing in the sleeves I tried it on as a vest, and was wearing a striped shirt underneath. I loved the result! That sweater completed with its intended sleeves, but THIS sweater was on my mind ever since! I’m...
Crochet: Cardigan, Coat / Jacket
Anthurium is crocheted from the bottom up in one piece to the armholes. It begins with the ribbing worked side to side, then the texture pattern is worked along the side edge of the ribbing and continues to the underarms. The sleeves are worked in a similar manner then the body and sleeves are joined into a yoke and continue to the neck, decrea...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves, Beanie, Toque
Sizes:
Knitting: Cardigan, Coat / Jacket
The back, fronts and sleeves are knit separately in ribbing then sewn together. An I-cord waistband is woven through eyelet holes at the waist for added warmth and an extra cozy feel. An oversized collar buttons up for those breezy cold days!
Knitting: Cardigan
The sleeves and body are knit separately form the bottom up to the underarms where they are joined. Decreases are worked on the fronts and back, then the sleeve caps are decreased. The front neck shaping begins before the sleeve cap shaping is completed. A few short rows are worked to finish off the tops of the sleeve caps, then the back and fr...
Knitting: Cowl
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Knitting: Earflap Hat
Sizes: One size
Knitting: Cardigan
Like the gentle ripples of water lapping the shoreline, decorative garter ridges spread across the yoke of this sweater. Find a bit of simple contemplation in the riot of Spring and imagine yourself sitting on the edge of a still lake.
Knitting: Pullover
The Sleeves and Body of this pullover are worked separately from the bottom up to the underarm where they are joined and worked together for the Yoke. The Yoke is decreased along 4 raglan lines from the underarm to the neck. Stitches for the neckband are picked up and the underarm stitches are joined using a three-needle bind-off to finish.
Knitting: Cardigan
The PDF download of this pattern, available above, is the same version of the pattern from the magazine. It only contains metric measurements, and uses UK terminology. To figure standard measurements (inches), divide the centimeters by 2.54.
Knitting: Tee
Knitting: Pullover
Construction Notes:
Knitting: Pullover
Curl up with a good book this winter, hugged by warmth in this cozy Cinders pullover.
Knitting: Pullover
The shoulder tabs are knit first, then placed onto stitch holders. The back and front stitches are picked up along the selvedge edges of the shoulder tabs and knit separately to the underarms where they are joined for the body. The body is worked in the round from the top down. The sleeve stiches are picked u around the armhole edge, and joined...
Crochet: Cardigan, Coat / Jacket
Sizes: Extra Small (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large)
Crochet: Baby Blanket
Dāna is a pali word for generosity or giving—specifically the act of unconditional generosity without the expectation of receiving anything in return.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Danbury is available as part of an e-book, as well as an individual pattern. For more info please see here-
Knitting: Pullover, Tee
Very little seaming! This beauty is knit in the round, from the bottom up to the armholes, then divided for the back and front. The Front and back are worked separately to the shoulders where they are BO. The front neck trim continues up until it measures long enough to fit comfortably along the back neck.
Knitting: Cardigan
Eleanor is a simple, seamless cardigan featuring an all-over fun-to-knit smocked textured pattern. The contrast of the ribbed sleeves gives a modern feel to this versatile piece. Knit a bit longer than usual, the sleeves can be turned up at the cuff or left long to keep your hands warm on a chilly day. Curl up by the fire to enjoy knitting or r...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This stylish hat can be made for everyone in the family! Knit it in matching colors, or different colors for everyone—or both!
Knitting: Cardigan
The garter eyelet stitch pattern worked all over the body and sleeves of this sweater makes it a great transitional-weather sweater. It’s warm yet airy, so your little one will stay warm without overheating. The body and sleeves are knit separately to the underarms, where they are joined and worked together to the shoulders. The tops of the sle...
Knitting: Pullover
This sweater is seamlessly knit from the bottom up. The sleeves are knit first, then set aside while the body is knit. At the underarms, the sleeves are added to the circular needle with the body and they are worked together, while decreasing at the four points where they meet for raglan shaping. When the Eyelet Ridge pattern begins, the raglan...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
SIZES: One Size
Knitting: Shrug / Bolero
SIZE: Extra Small (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large)
Knitting: Pullover, Tee
Sizes: Extra Small (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2X Large)
Knitting: Cardigan
Knit seamlessly from the bottom up, Growing Up Twisted is as fun to make as it will be for your little sprout to wear! The front cable panels grow out of the pockets and are a scaled down version of the central back cable panel. It’s machine washable, stylish and what kid doesn’t love pockets?
Knitting: Cardigan
Hardy is worked from the top down. There is raglan shaping on the yoke, then at the underarms, the body and sleeve stitches are divided then worked separately. The pockets are worked seamlessly by increasing stitches at the top of the pocket, working the body and pocket separately, then joining them together with the body just before the ribbin...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Errata:
Knitting: Cardigan
The PDF download of this pattern, available above, is the same version of the pattern from the magazine. It only contains metric measurements, and uses UK terminology. To figure standard measurements (inches), divide the centimeters by 2.54.
Knitting: Pullover
The upper body and sleeves are knit from the center out to the sleeve cuff, with some short rows worked to shape the armholes and sleeve caps. The lace body is picked up from the lower edge of the bodice and worked in the round to the lower edge.
Knitting: Cowl
Cozy and warm, filled with well-being and inner peace—that’s what hygge is all about. Wrap yourself up in it with this Hygge Cowl. It’s knit in the round, with slight shaping created by changing needle sizes. A great project for lace lovers, or anyone just learning how to knit yarnovers and decreases. Pattern is written and charted.
Knitting: Cardigan
This cardigan is knitted from the top down, with a twisted cable panel worked along each raglan line. The yoke is increased along each side of the cable panels from the neckline to the underarm, where the sleeve and body stitches are divided and knitted separately. There
Crochet: Beanie, Toque
Watch the Increase Round Tutorial on Youtube.
Knitting: Pullover
Knitting: Cardigan
The Kanti Baby Cardi is knit seamlessly from the top down. It begins with a provisional cast-on at the back of the collar. The left collar is knit, stitches are cast-on for the left shoulder then the left front is knit to the bottom of the armhole. Left front stitches are put onto a holder. Provisional cast-on stitches are returned to needle an...
Knitting: Cardigan
Construction Notes
Crochet: Shrug / Bolero
Karuna is crocheted using motif squares that are joined together as they are being created. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for each motif. Edging is worked around the body and sleeves, with a picot edge, for an elegant touch. All crochet terms are American.
Knitting: Pullover
The sleeves and bottom are knit separately, from the bottom up to the underarm where they are joined and worked together with the yoke. The yoke is shaped by working a few decrease rounds. A keyhole is worked in the upper part of the yoke by changing to rows, the rejoining to working in rounds at the neck. The underarm stitches are returned to ...
Knitting: Pullover
Construction Notes
Knitting: Pullover
Kukui is knit from the bottom up in pieces then sewn together. The neck stitches are all held on stitch holders, then after sewing they are worked together for a simple garter stitch neck trim.
Knitting: Pullover
The body is knit in the round from the bottom up to the underarms where the back and front are divided and knit separately to the shoulders. The shoulders are seamed. The sleeves are worked in the round to the cap shaping then worked back and forth in rows. The sleeve caps are sewn into the armholes. Cowl stitches are picked up around the neckl...
Knitting: Cardigan, Pullover
This pattern includes instructions for both cardigan and pullover versions of this sweater. Beginning at the center of the right front with a provisional cast-on for the pullover and a regular cast-on for the cardigan, these sweaters are knit from the center of the body, out to the sleeve cuff on the right. The provisional cast-on stitches are ...
Knitting: Sleeveless Top, Dress
Beginning with a picot cast-on, the body is worked in a lacy tube from the hem to the underarms, then box pleats are used to decrease stitches at the front. The back is knit for a little ways in garter stitch to raise the back neck, then extra stitches are cast on for the straps and the yoke is shaped in garter stitch.
Knitting: Cardigan
Knitting from the top down makes this sweater easy to try on your little friend as you knit (if they’re interested in that sort of thing). There are some simple garter/rib panels worked along each raglan, with increases to each side. The rest of the sweater is knit in easy Stockinette stitch with a little garter and rib edging.
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
Finished Measurements
Knitting: Cardigan
FINISHED BUST MEASUREMENTS:
Crochet: Shawl / Wrap
This motif scarf was originally printed in the Crochet Prayer Shawl Companion book. The individual motifs are crocheted and joined together as it’s being worked. There are 2 different types of motifs. Once the shawl motifs are completed, an edging is worked around all of them.
Crochet: Beanie, Toque
Mauna Kea is begins with the crochet brim, worked from side to side, fastened off, then seamed into a ring. The rise of the hat is worked along the side edge of the brim, back and forth, joining the end of the round to the beginning, then turning. One decrease round is worked toward the crown of the hat, then stitches are gathered to join at th...
Knitting: Mittens
SIZES: One size, to fit average woman.
Crochet: Shawl / Wrap
Molokini is worked in square and triangle motifs that are joined as they are being made, so no seaming is required to make this piece. A diagram is provided, showing how to assemble the pieces. A simple one-row trim is added along the longest edge when all pieces have been joined together.
Knitting: Tote, Laptop
Sizes: One size
Knitting: Cardigan
This sweater has a really fun and unique construction. It begins by working the upper body from the center of the back out to the sleeve cuffs. A provisional cast-on is used at the center of the back for an invisible join. The body stitches are picked up along the lower edge of the upper body, then knit down.
Knitting: Pullover
This sweater is knit from the top down—the yoke is worked, then the sleeve stitches are placed on holders while the body is worked. The sleeve stitches are returned to double pointed needles then worked for a few rounds.
Knitting: Cardigan, Coat / Jacket
Vertical lines and elegant cable placement are the highlights of this classic hoodie. A wide overlapping button band and cozy hood add to the comfort of this sweater. And, like many of Kristen TenDyke’s designs, it’s engaging to knit, without being overly complicated!
Knitting: Pullover
This sassy tunic is a great pattern to try out a few techniques that you may not be familiar with: stripes, stranded knitting (fair isle) and steeking. The striping and fair isle patterns are super simple—worked in the round, and the unused colors are carried along the inside of the sweater. When you get to the armhole shaping, you have an opti...
Knitting: Cardigan
Knit from the top down using clever one-piece construction, this sweater requires very little finishing work when you are done with the knitting. The simple shape is enhanced with a classic basketweave pattern on the trim along the collar, button band, and sleeves. A comfortable shape and easy fit create a sweater that is perfect with jeans or ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Errata: After the 42 rows of the chart are completed, knit 2 rows (not one), ending after a WS row. This has been updated in v2 of the individual pattern and Knitting Maine e-book.
Knitting: Cardigan
Every librarian needs a cardigan (who doesn’t?). Kristen TenDyke’s Open Book Cardigan steps in, dressing up the librarian standby with long, flattering lines and ladylike picot edgings. The upside-down V-stitch pattern is reminiscent of a book placed open on the counter (perhaps the reader was interrupted by a patron who needed help?). The body...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
SIZES: One Size
Knitting: Cape, Shawl / Wrap
Finished Measurements:
Knitting: Legwarmers, Beanie, Toque
Finished Measurements:
Knitting: Costume, Hats - Other
The perfect gift-hat for the anime-lover in your life! Pika-Hat and ears are worked in the round. The only seaming necessary is to join the ears to the top of the hat.
Crochet: Shawl / Wrap
This delicate, intermediate pattern features repeating shell stitches to create an intricate pineapple stitch wrap that is perfect for a fancy night out. With a pattern written for three wingspan sizes, this wrap will be a match for anyone.
Knitting: Cardigan
The body of this everyday cardi is knit in one piece, from the bottom up. At the armholes the back and fronts are divided and worked separately to the shoulders where they are joined with a three needle bind off. The sleeve stitches are picked up around the armhole edge, short rows are worked to shape the sleeve cap, then the sleeve is worked i...
Knitting: Pullover
Worked in the round Rail Trail is a fun to knit colorwork pullover. Made in one piece with raglan shaping it’s a great way to use single skeins the color combinations are almost endless!
Knitting: Beret, Tam
A quick-to-knit beret, with a lace pattern to match the Homa sweater. Rasa is knit in the round from the brim to the crown. Pattern includes written and charted instructions for the lace patterns.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
SIZE: To fit Women’s US sizes 5–7 (8–10)
Knitting: Vest
Layer with your favorite long-sleeve top, or over something dressy, Rousabout is perfect for a bit of added warmth. This simple vest is knit seamlessly and worked from the top down, adding interest to the knitting process, and making it easy to customize. Try it on as you knit and adjust the lengh as necessary to fit your body.
Knitting: Cardigan
The Sleeves and Body of this cardigan are worked separately from the bottom up to the underarm where they are joined and worked together for the Yoke. The Yoke is decreased along 4 raglan lines from the underarm to the neck. Stitches for the collar and button bands are picked up and the underarm stitches are joined using a three-needle bind-off...
Knitting: Sleeveless Top
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Knitting: Pullover
Finished measurements:
Knitting: Pullover
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Knitting: Soakers
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Knitting: Cardigan
September Spirit is the perfect Autumn sweater. The lacy leaf pattern resembles the colorful changing leaves, and the eyelets help the sweater breathe preventing it from being too warm. This fun-to knit sweater is worked in one piece to the underarms where it joins with the sleeves and decreases over a few rounds of the yoke. To finish, the sle...
Knitting: Cardigan
Knitting: Stocking
Sizes:
Crochet: Pullover
This is the perfect transitional-weather sweater. Smoky Silhouette has the perfect balance of fun-to-crochet lace and slimming vertical ribbing. As with all of Kristen’s designs the interesting construction—including sideways crocheted body and trim for ribbing—makes crocheting this sweater an enjoyable and engaging experience.
Knitting: Pullover
Proving that simplicity and intricacy can go hand in hand, a closer look at this beautiful colorwork yoke reveals stitches cleverly placed so that no more than two colors are used per row. Designed with such attention to detail, even the most basic of colorwork blossoms into art.
Knitting: Pullover
The back, front and sleeves are knitted separately, then seamed together. The neckband sts are picked up around the neckline. The cast-off edge of the neckline hem is sewn to the WS. The cable panel can be worked from charts or written instructions, whichever you prefer.
Knitting: Cardigan
Sizes:
Knitting: Pullover
Fancy enough for a night out and comfortable enough for an afternoon in, enjoy the snazzy stylings of this chic top. Wear it with a set of killer heels to pair perfectly with the sassy stiletto lace panels.
Knitting: Vest
Sizes: Small (Medium, Large, Extra Large)
Knitting: Cardigan
Every Tuesday I attend a knitting group hosted at A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm in Sumner, ME. Being surrounded each week by friendly knitters, and a flock of sheep, I was inspired to design this sweater. Sumner is seamlessly knit from the top down, with raglan shaping. At the underarm the body and sleeves are divided and knit separately. While worki...
Knitting: Pullover
Cables have a great look and feel to them, but it can be somewhat tiresome to pick up (and find) the cable needle for each twist, and it’s easy to loose track of exactly how many rows you’ve worked since the last twist. With the Mock Cable pattern on this sweater, it’s easy to create the effect of cables, without all the fuss!
Knitting: Shrug / Bolero
This pretty, warm-weather shrug begins with a provisional cast on and the lace pattern is worked as a rectangle. The waste yarn is removed from the provisional cast on and some stitches are cast on at the underarms. The trim is then worked in the round for a few inches. For a stretchy and fun edge, the trim is bound off with some picots!
Knitting: Sleeveless Top
Knit seamlessly from the top down, this top has V-lace panels worked on the front and the back and k1, p1 ribbing worked at each edge. The neckband is knit first, then the back and front are divided and worked separately to the underarm with short-rows used to shape the neck. They are rejoined at the underarm for the body and worked down to the...
Crochet: Beanie, Toque
There’s something about ribbing that fits and feels snug around your head. Teego combines the look and feel of a knitted rib (but by crocheting hdc-blo sideways) with an alternating stripe pattern.
Knitting: Pullover
Also, see the matching fingerless mitts, Tundra Mitts.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
See the Matching Mittens.
Knitting: Mittens
See the matching hat.
Crochet: Beanie, Toque
This pattern includes detailed instructions for two different versions of the crown shaping—one is solid for more warmth, and the other is lacy for a consistent all-over lacy look. Both are fun and work up fast!
Knitting: Cardigan, Coat / Jacket
One of Kristen TenDyke’s signature seamless sweaters, Waipi’o is a fun and easy-to-knit cardigan with simple stitch patterns. It’s perfect for anyone new to sweater knitting.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
See the matching mitts.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
See the matching hat.
Knitting: Cardigan
A cozy buttoned cardigan
Crochet: Dress
SIZES: Extra Small (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large)
Knitting: Sleeveless Top
This pattern has been updated in April, 2015 to be knit in the round, seamlessly.
Knitting: Pullover
Are you making this? Come show it off in Kristen’s group!
Knitting: Cardigan
SIZES: 6 (12, 18, 24) months
Crochet: Beret, Tam
Sizes:
Knitting: Home - Other
SIZE: One Size
Knitting: Scarf
SIZES: One size
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Sizes: One Size
Knitting: Pullover
Sizes:
Knitting: Scarf
Size
Crochet: Kerchief
Errata: A revised version of the pattern was updated on April 1, 2009. Row 1 on the Band should be marked as a WS row.
Knitting: Throw
Sizes: One Size
Knitting: Cowl
Finished Measurements:
Knitting: Pullover
Sizes: Small (Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2X Large)
Knitting: Containers
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Crochet: Food Cozy
SIZE: One Size
Crochet: Scarf
SIZES: One size
Crochet: Sleeveless Top
SIZES: Extra Small (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large)
Knitting: Vest
You may also like Purna—a seamless long-sleeve full-length cardigan, similar to this vest,
Knitting: Cup / Mug
Or, make this into a Christmas Mug Cozy—see the Christmas-Tree charts on Kristen’s blog.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves, Cuffs
Handspun yarn often comes in a single hank—one of a kind, and just waiting to be made into a small treasure. These Wabi-Sabi Mitts were designed for a single hank of handspun yarn. The model mitts use approximately 94 yards, but the pattern is written so more or less could be used.