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The Monday Report!

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend – and I hope you made it through the weekend without too many real ice cream sandwiches winding up in your bellies!  Thank you to everyone for the wonderful response to that pattern, as well!

The lovely ladies at SimplyNotable were kind enough to do a feature interview with me on their blog!  Check it out at http://www.simplynotable.com/2014/featured-designer-drfrankknits/ ! You can learn a little more about me and my process of designing toys … and make sure to check out the rest of the SimplyNotable blog as well!  It’s a wonderful place for inspiration and lots of creative ideas!

I’m working on designing the next vehicle pattern set in the Land and Air Series.  As usual, I like to keep these things a bit under wraps, but I will say that the “Land” portion of this set is super cute, and a different type of vehicle than those you’ve seen from me before.  I hope to have this pattern set available by the end of this week or early next week.  The finished toys will also be available on Etsy.

I’m very excited about this week’s free pattern offering – I hope the week flies by so I can share it with you sooner!  No hints, of course, but it has become one of my personal favorite designs!  Of course, I suppose I say that about everything – but that’s OK.  I find there’s no need to pick a single “favorite” toy!  There’s room in my heart for lots of favorites!  I hope you feel the same way!  Be sure to stop back on Friday to get this newest free pattern!

Since I don’t like to give away too many details on projects I’m working on, my posts during the week tend to be more about me as a person and my experiences outside of making toys – so there’s a lot more here than just Friday patterns!  I like to tell stories, I like to learn and discover and then impart that knowledge to other people, and I like to be a little silly.  If you just like a good read, try following me for more than just Fridays!

Thanks again for reading!  Have a great Monday!


New Vehicle Toys Available in the Etsy Shop!

Well, I guess they’re not technically “new” vehicle toys, since I debuted the patterns for both of these already, but the toys themselves are now listed for purchase at DrFrankKnits on Etsy for those of you who don’t knit but would still like the opportunity to have a hand-knitted, unique toy!

One is the small classic biplane toy, designed in the style of the WWI era Sopwith Camel planes:

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The other is a small police car toy:

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Both toys are between 4 and 5 inches long and are great for both play and display!

I also have larger, similar versions of both of these types of toys on Etsy, so check my shop for those as well!

I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far – and be sure to come back tomorrow for the weekly free toy knitting pattern!

Thank You, DrFrankKnits Blog Readers!

Happy Monday!  I wanted to start off with a big thanks to all my Ravelry readers who gave the little dragster cars all their hearts!  I really wasn’t expecting them to be so popular, so it made me very happy to see.  I’m also very excited that they may be bringing some fun into your little ones’ (or big ones’) lives!  That is, after all, the real joy of toymaking – seeing someone get excited about something you made!  Also, thank you for the lovely comments – as an up-and-coming (hopefully, anyway) knitting pattern designer, it means the world to me!

Also this week, I’m working on a very special pattern set for the Etsy shop.  I am super-excited about it!  It’s so painful to keep things under-wraps, but I like the drama and anticipation it creates – so sue me!  Pattern sets are appealing to me  because I like people to be able to play with my toys … and sometimes one toy alone isn’t enough to play with!  The small pie playset (https://www.etsy.com/listing/196809423/pie-softies-playset-original-knitting?ref=shop_home_active_6) is an example of that – sure, one pie slice is great, but four pie slices plus a pie server are much better!  Many of my stand-alone patterns have a bonus pattern or craft idea attached, so the pattern sets are really just an extension of that.  I’m hoping to have this new set available by Friday – although it’s still in the design process, so sometimes that takes a little longer than expected.  In any event, there will still be a related freebie pattern available on Friday!  And sorry, that’s under-wraps, too!  I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, though!

Other than that, the July blog reader discount is still available – but Thursday is the last day, so don’t miss out!  Enter coupon code DFKBLOG1 at checkout and get 20% off your order – there’s no minimum purchase.  Visit http://drfrankknits.etsy.com to check it out!

In other news, I’m thinking about adjusting the look of this blog page.  I’m not totally enthused with the layout and appearance of the default theme I selected.  All of this blogging and social media stuff is still somewhat of a foreign language to me, which I think many of you can probably empathize with!  Anyway, I don’t really know what effect that may have on your viewing of the pages, but please just bear with me.  I don’t think it will cause the pages to be unavailable – but if you see some strange things going on with headers and the like, that’s what’s happening!

Again, thanks so much for your support and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Free Pattern Fridays – Knitted Drag Racer!

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Welcome to another edition of DrFrankKnits’ Free Pattern Fridays – your source for quirky, fun toy knitting patterns!

I’ve always been something of a tomboy.  Well, perhaps “tomboy” isn’t really the right word … I think I just don’t give a flying fig about “what I should like.”  As a kid, I played with Barbie dolls, but you’d be just as likely to find me playing with my brother’s Matchbox car collection or tossing around a baseball.  If it looked fun and enjoyable, I was there!  On any given day, you might find me listening to Classical Music, Showtunes, American Pop Standards, or Classic Rock and Roll … or other bizarre music that can’t be categorized.  I love educational TV shows, but I also like the silly, irreverent humor of shows like “South Park.”  I don’t wear a stitch of makeup, but I don’t mind playing dress-up when I see a fancy dress in the department store.  In summary, I think my motto has always been (to quote one of those American Pop Standards) “Don’t Fence Me In!”

Today’s model is one of my “tomboy” creations.  It’s a small knitted dragster stuffed toy!  When made with worsted weight yarn and size 6 dpns, it measures about 6 inches long – so it’s super portable and easy for little hands to hold!

Funny story: I’m the oldest of three siblings.  When we were growing up (and probably before my sister was born), my brother’s bedroom had rainbow wallpaper in it.  No, not rainbow-colored wallpaper … wallpaper with a humongous rainbow arching across it.  I have no idea why – I can only imagine it was there when my parents bought the house, because we’re not exactly the kind of people who would have wall art like that.  Anyway, I’m pretty sure my brother hated it, so he and I were always throwing his Matchbox cars at the wall.  It dinged up the wallpaper … and the wall as well.  I bet my parents wished we had soft toy cars like this one back then!  So, if you have kids that like to cause damage with their toy cars – give this pattern a try!  Enjoy!


Knitted Dragster Race Car

by Ilana Marks


-Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in a Main Color (MC), black, gray and light blue or white.

(Main Colors pictured are Red, Yellow and Light Blue … but pick any color you want!)

-Small amount of Polyester Fiberfill Stuffing

-One set US Size 6 double pointed needles (dpns)

-Tapestry Needle

(Note: Sorry about the blurriness of some of the photos in the tutorial – my camera was being bratty.  I swear I hear it laughing at me sometimes!  I think you can still see what’s going on, though.  However, if anything’s unclear, don’t hesitate to ask.  I’m more than willing to help!)

Main Body

Using MC yarn, cast on 4 stitches onto one dpn.  Slide the stitches over to the other end of the needle and work the next round as for i-cord:

Rnd 1: (kf&b) 4 times (8 st)

Divide the 8 stitches among 3 dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 2-3: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 4: k2, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k2 (10 st)

Rnd 5-6: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 7: k3, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k3 (12 st)

Rnd 8-9: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 10: k4, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k4 (14 st)

Rnd 11-12: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 13: k5, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k5 (16 st)

Rnd 14-15: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 16: k6, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k6 (18 st)

Rnd 17-18: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 19: k7, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k7 (20 st)

Rnd 20-21: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 22: k8, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k8 (22 st)

Rnd 23-24: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 25: k9, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k9 (24 st)

Stuff the piece so far.

Rnd 26: k6, (k2tog) 6 times, k6 (18 st)

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(Begin “Engine” Section)

Switch to black yarn, cutting the MC yarn.

Rnd 27: k3, (k2tog) 6 times, k3 (12 st)

Rnd 28-33: Knit 6 rounds.

Add some more stuffing to the black “engine” portion of the car.

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Rnd 34: (k2tog) 6 times (6 st)

Rnd 35-49: Knit 15 rounds, stuffing lightly as you go.

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Cut the yarn, leaving a few inches of tail, and thread the tail through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.

-Weave in the ends, but leave the yarn tail at the back of the tail piece – we’ll use that to sew on the rear spoiler later.

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-Press the thin tail piece flat and fold up against the back of the engine piece.  Make sure it lines up between the increase seams along the top of the colored part of the body.  Using a scrap of yarn, make a few stitches to hold the tail piece in place at an upward angle.  Weave in the ends.

Front Fins (Make 2)

Using MC yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 6 stitches onto 3 dpns.  Join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1-5: Knit 5 rounds.

Cut the yarn and thread the tail through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.  No need to stuff.

-Press the fin flat and line it up just behind the front tip of the car body and just below the increase seam that runs along the side of the body.  Stitch in place using the tail and mattress stitch.

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-Repeat to make the second fin and attach it opposite the first fin.

Back Tires (Make 2)

Using black yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 8 stitches onto 3 dpns.  Join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1: (kf&b) 8 times (16 st)

Rnd 2-6: Knit 5 rounds.

Rnd 7: (k2tog) 8 times (8 st)

Cut the yarn and thread the tail through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.

-Stuff the tire through the open cast on edge and position it against the side of the “engine” section of the body.

-Sew the tire in place using the tail and mattress stitch.

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-Repeat to make a second tire and sew it in place opposite the first tire.

Front Wheels (Make 2)

Using black yarn, cast on 3 stitches onto one dpn to work flat.

Row 1: Purl 1 row.

Row 2: kf&b, k1, kf&b (5 st)

Row 3: Purl 1 row.

Row 4: Knit 1 row.

Row 5: Purl 1 row.

Row 6: ssk, k1, k2tog (3 st)

Cut the yarn, leaving a tail for seaming, and draw the tail across the purl side of the tire and then thread through the stitches on the needle from right to left, pulling tightly to finish off.

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-Position the wheel against the side of the body, just behind the front fin and seam in place using the tail and backstitch.

-Repeat to make a second wheel and sew it in place opposite the first wheel.

Exhaust Pipes (Make 2)

Using gray yarn, cast on 2 stitches onto one dpn.

Rnd 1-8: Knit 8 rounds i-cord.

Cut the yarn, pulling the tail through all stitches on the needle to finish off.

-Leaving the tail on the tapestry needle, thread the exhaust pipe under 1.5 stitches at the top of the “engine” just behind where it meets the colored body section.  Pull through, leaving an equal amount of pipe protruding from either side.  Weave the ends through the i-cord and into the body to secure.

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-Repeat to make a second pipe and thread it through the engine just behind the first pipe.

Rear Spoiler

Using MC yarn, cast on 6 stitches onto 3 dpns to knit in the round.

Rnd 1-15: Knit 15 rounds.

Cut the yarn, pulling the tail through all stitches on the needle to finish off.  No need to stuff.

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-Position the spoiler on top of the black tail piece, and using the black yarn tail you left from knitting that piece, mattress stitch the spoiler in place.

-Weave in the ends.


-Cut a strand of black yarn, thread into a tapestry needle, and embroider a few stripes on top of the rear spoiler, wrapping about 1.5 stitches for each stripe.

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-Cut a strand of gray yarn, thread into a tapestry needle, and embroider a hubcap on the rear tire with a few long straight stitches.  Repeat for the other tire.

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-Embroider spokes on the front wheels in the same manner as for the tire hubcaps.

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-Using a strand of light blue (or white if you’re making a blue car) yarn, embroider a cockpit with a few long straight stitches on the top of the widest part of the car body.

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Weave in any remaining ends and enjoy your dragster!


Make them in several colors and have pretend drag races with them!  Try embroidering other decal-like details on the cars to personalize!

If you’re not a knitter, or don’t feel like knitting this pattern but like the toy, they’re available for purchase in my shop here:


Don’t forget you can use the special blog coupon code DFKBLOG1 through the end of July for 20% off your order of anything from DrFrankKnits (toys or patterns … or a combo!)  Time’s running out, so if you’ve had your eyes on something, now’s the time to get it!

As always, I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions!

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here next week!


One of my favorite things to knit are vehicles.  I think I’ve always had something of a fascination with classic cars – many of them were truly works of art.  I think they must have had actual designers that worked on cars in those days … people who really took an interest in how they looked.  Most cars these days will get you where you’re going, but they aren’t going to win any beauty contests!

I borrowed a bunch of large die-cast vehicles from a friend of mine to use as inspiration for my toys.  Aren’t they just wonderful?!


About a month back, I designed a classic Chevy Corvette, like the kind they used in the TV show “Route 66” … I haven’t decided whether I’ll sell the model yet, since it was quite difficult to knit, but I thought you might like to see some of my more intricate vehicle work.


And right now in the shop, I have a police car and fire engine model:

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I am working on some more vehicle design for the shop … and this week’s free pattern will be a vehicle.  That’s all I’ll say for now!  Surprises are fun!

Free Pattern Fridays – Video Game Edition!

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Welcome to another edition of Dr. Frank’s Free Pattern Fridays!

Before we get to this week’s pattern, I have a few shop announcements:

1)The Small Knitted Pie Set Pattern is now available.  Learn how to make a basic pie slice shape, as well as 3 other delicious-looking variations!  It’s an easy to intermediate level pattern and also comes with a bonus tutorial on how to make a knitted pie server.

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2) Also available now is a large hand-knit Pac-Man doll!  It’s about 7 inches tall and can be made with either a black or yellow mouth lining.  It’s also double-sided:  One side is Pac-Man and the other side is Ms. Pac-Man with “hair” bow and dimple!  It’s a fun toy for play or display!

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Don’t forget about the blog reader discount for this month!  Use coupon code DFKBLOG1 at checkout and get 20% off your order!

Alright, on to this week’s pattern!  In honor of my large Pac-Man doll, I’ve created a mini Pac-Man playset!  I don’t know if the game still holds the popularity that it once did, but I know I played the heck out of it as a youngster some 30 years ago … and I think many of you did as well!  Designing this playset, with its chomping hero and double-sided ghosts, brought back a lot of memories for me!  Please note that this pattern is slightly more difficult and longer than my other free patterns, and may present a challenge for beginners. Feel free to ask questions if you’re having trouble!

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Pac-Man Playset

by Ilana Marks


-Worsted Weight Yellow, Black, White, Red, Orange, Pink, Light Blue and Dark Blue Yarns

-1 Set US Size 6 Double Pointed Needles (dpns)

-Polyester Stuffing

-Tapestry Needle


With Yellow yarn, cast on 6 stitches onto 3 dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1: (kf&b) 6 times (12 st)

Rnd 2: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 3: (kf&b, k1) 6 times (18 st)

Rnd 4: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 5: (kf&b, k2) 6 times (24 st)

Rnd 6: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 7: Knit the first 12 stitches onto one dpn, then slide the remaining 12 unworked stitches onto another dpn or stitch holder


Working on just the first 12 stitches, turn the piece to begin working them flat.

Row 8: Purl 1 row.

Row 9: k1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1 (10 st)

Row 10: Purl 1 row.

Row 11: k1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1 (8 st)

Row 12: Purl 1 row.

Row 13: k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1 (6 st)

Row 14: Purl 1 row.

Row 15: Bind off all stitches knitwise.


Reattach the yellow yarn to the rightmost stitch (with the knit side facing you) of the 12 held stitches.  Again, these stitches will be worked flat.


Row 1: Knit 1 row.

Row 2: Purl 1 row.

Row 3: k1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1 (10 st)

Row 4: Purl 1 row.

Row 5: k1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1 (8 st)

Row 6: Purl 1 row.

Row 7: k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1 (6 st)

Row 8: Purl 1 row.

Switch to black yarn, cutting the yellow yarn.   (Note: if you’d like an entirely yellow Pac-Man, simply continue working with the yellow yarn)


Row 9-24: Beginning with a knit row, work 16 rows of stockinette stitch.

Row 25: Bind off all stitches knitwise.  Leave a tail for seaming.


Making Up

(There are a lot of tails hanging around, particularly if you did the color change – you can simply cut them reasonably short and tuck them inside the doll before seaming.  Make sure to leave the tail from the end of the liner strip – that will be used for seaming.)

Pull the liner piece across the doll to meet up with the bound-off stitches on the other side.

Mattress stitch the bound off edges together using the tail.

Continue mattress stitching along the side of the liner, attaching it to the side of the doll.

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When you reach the point where the liner originated, thread the tail through to the other side and continue mattress stitching that side of the liner to the corresponding side of the doll.

When you’re about halfway stitched up on that side, stuff the piece, making sure to get stuffing into the corners.


Continue mattress stitching the final portion of the liner to the doll, adding more stuffing before closing up if necessary.

Weave in the ends.  You may use the initial cast-on tail to close up the small hole at the back of the piece.


(You may make a Ms. Pac-Man doll by embroidering a pink or red bow with two sets of 3 or 4 straight stitches near the top.)


(All ghosts are knit the same way – just in different colors.  My pictures depict Blinky, the red ghost)

Using Red yarn, cast on 6 stitches onto 3 dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1: (kf&b) 6 times (12 st)

Rnd 2: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 3: kf&b, k4, (kf&b) twice, k4, kf&b (16 st)

Rnd 4-9: Knit 6 rounds.

Stuff the piece very lightly.

1) Knit the first two stitches, then place the next 12 stitches onto one dpn or a stitch holder.


2) Pulling the working yarn tightly across these held stitches, knit the last 2 stitches in the round.

3) Knit 1 more round on these 4 stitches.

4) Cut the yarn, leaving a few feet of tail.  Thread the tail through all 4 stitches and pull tightly to close.

5) Thread the tail into the closed-up “foot.”  Weave the yarn through the middle of the foot and out to attach to the rightmost stitch on the purl side of the held stitches.

6) Place the first two held stitches onto one dpn, and the last two held stitches onto another dpn.  Leave the remaining 8 stitches on their holder.

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7) Knit the first two stitches, then pull tightly across the held stitches to knit the last two stitches.

(Alternately, you may slide the first two stitches onto the same needle as the last two stitches and work the 4 stitches as i-cord.  Not necessarily any easier, but this does make one less needle to fight with!)


8) Knit 1 more round on these 4 stitches.

9) Thread the tail through these 4 stitches and pull tight to close.

10) Again, weave the tail into the closed up foot and draw through to connect to the rightmost held stitch.


Repeat steps 6-10 two more times to make the last two feet.


Weave in the ends.  You can use the initial cast-on tail to cinch up the small opening at the top of the ghost.


Cut a strand of White yarn, and make two sets of duplicate stitches about 3 stitches down from the top of the ghost and 1 stitch apart, as shown.  Weave in the ends to secure.

Cut a strand of Black yarn and make pupils with 2 stitches for each, wrapping one leg of a duplicate stitch from the previous step.  You can adjust the direction the ghost is looking by embroidering the pupils in a different location.


Sleeping Ghost

Work as for the regular ghost, using deep blue yarn instead.


Cut a strand of white yarn and embroider eyes about three stitches down from the top of the ghost, with 2 stitches for each across one knitted stitch and one stitch apart, as shown.

Turn the ghost upside down, and beginning 2 stitches below and just outside an eye, embroider a row of duplicate stitches, 4 stitches long, as shown.

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Making Up

Place the colored ghost and the blue ghost back to back, then using a scrap of yarn, stitch them together along the edges.  When you get to the feet section, you may attach each foot to its corresponding foot on the other side by making one mattress stitch on the inside, connecting the two.  This is easier than seaming all the way around the foot.  Finish seaming, then weave in the ends.

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Poke and shape your ghost to make it stand on its own, if necessary.

That’s it!  Enjoy your new Pac-Man playset!  I would venture to guess that Kix cereal would make good Pac Pellets … I haven’t bought or eaten cold cereal in such a long time that I don’t even know if they make that cereal anymore, though!  Anyway, grab some small circular candies or cereal and play your own real-life Pac-Man game – this time YOU get to eat the pellets!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here next week for more DrFrankKnits fun!

Getting Hungry? I know I am!

I wanted to share one of my favorite pictures … I think maybe I’m getting better at the whole photo-taking thing!  (I know that’s not saying much, since I was pretty bad at it to begin with – but practice makes perfect.)

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m pretty crazy about pie … so I know I’m biased, but I really love this set.  It’s available now on etsy at https://www.etsy.com/listing/196760796/hand-knit-small-pie-slices-stuffed?ref=shop_home_active_1 !  So fun for tea parties!  Also, the pattern to make this set is coming out tomorrow.

Today’s post is short – but there’s a lot going on tomorrow, including an awesome Free Pattern Friday item and another new release in the shop!  So make sure to stop by tomorrow to join in on the fun!