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Free Pattern Fridays – Rocket Ship Reprint!

Unfortunately, I’ve decided that I can’t keep up the Free Pattern Friday feature every week.  I know the patterns seem to materialize out of thin air, but as anyone who has ever written a pattern before can attest to, they take up a large chunk of time.  Between designing and perfecting the new toys, knitting them, transferring pattern note scrawl into a usable pattern, typing it up, reknitting the item for in-progress pictures and doing a finished toy photo shoot, it simply is taking up too much of the time I need for designing items for my Etsy shop, particularly as the busier holiday season rolls around.  That’s not to say that there won’t be occasional free patterns here, and none of the older patterns are going anywhere, I simply can’t justify spending the time designing free patterns every week, particularly when I start to feel like my blog has become a “grab-and-go” pattern service to most of its audience, instead of the thriving, toy-loving community I’ve been striving to create.

This week I’m reprinting the very first Free Pattern Friday rocket ship pattern here on WordPress for those of you who may not have been able to access it on Tumblr.  When I initially decided to do a blog, I didn’t know anything about them or popular hosting sites, so I just signed up for the first one I found, which was Tumblr.  However, I quickly began to feel like an old “fuddy-duddy” around there.  Not that there’s anything wrong with Tumblr, it’s just that anytime I’m on there, the generational gap becomes painfully apparent. 😀  So, I moved over here to WordPress in the hopes of attracting a broader audience.  I still share all posts here with that blog, but this is my “home base” now.  Since I believe Tumblr requires registration to view posts, I fear that some of you may not have been able to access that first pattern, so I thought it might be beneficial to repost it here.  Anyway, it’s still one of my favorite patterns, fun to knit, with some cute pictures that will look good on this new blog!  I hope you enjoy the revisit!

(Reprinted from my Tumblr blog)

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Let’s get this blog started with an adorable free pattern for a small (about 3” tall) rocket ship softie!

I don’t know what it is about the classic retro-style rocket design.  Maybe it’s because the lines are so clean and elegant, or maybe it’s because I grew up watching low budget old sci-fi flicks late at night on our public access tv station.  Whatever the reason, I just adore the look.

Quick to knit, I think this tiny rocket has a multitude of decorative uses.  Use them as place card holders/favors for a space/sci-fi themed party, string a bunch together (in different colors, or the same color) to make an awesome garland, or just display them individually in random locations around the house.  Have fun with it!  If you do make some cool craft with your rockets, feel free to send me pictures!  I’d love to see them!  This is also a wonderful stash-buster because it uses a very small amount of yarn!

(If this whets your appetite for more rockets, I also have a large rocket ship pattern available for purchase at my Etsy shop! (http://www.etsy.com/shop/drfrankknits ))

Mini Rocket Ship Pattern

by Ilana Marks

Materials:

  • Worsted Weight White Yarn (Main Color – MC)
  • Worsted Weight Red Yarn (Contrasting Color – CC)
  • Worsted Weight Blue Yarn (Accent Color – AC)
  • Worsted Weight Orange Yarn (optional)
  • Polyester Fiberfill Stuffing
  • One Set Size 6 Double Pointed Needles (dpns)
  • Crochet Hook (Size F or thereabouts) (optional)
  • Tapestry Needle

Main Body

With White or MC yarn, co 8 stitches, leaving a short tail.  Divide the stitches onto 3 dpns and proceed to work in the round.

Rnd 1: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 2: (kf&b, k1) X4 (12 st)

Rnd 3-4: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 5: (kf&b, k2) X4 (16 st)

Rnd 6-13: Knit 8 rounds.

Rnd 14: (k2tog, k2) X4 (12 st)

Rnd 15-16: Knit 2 round.

Rnd 17: (k2tog, k1) X4 (8 st)

Rnd 18: Knit 1 round.

Cut the white (MC) yarn and continue with red (CC) yarn.

Rnd 19: Knit 1 round.

Stuff the piece

Rnd 20: (k2tog) X4 (4 st)

Rnd 21: Knit 1 round.

-Cut the red yarn, leaving a short tail.  Thread the tail into a tapestry needle, then draw it through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.  Weave in the end.

-You may add a little more stuffing through the open cast-on edge if necessary, then use the cast-on tail to cinch that opening closed.  Weave the end you used to cinch up the piece back up through the now-closed hole into the body, pulling tightly to flatten out the base of the ship.  Weave this tail back through the piece a few more times to secure.

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Fins

Turn the rocket ship so that the red nose tip is on your left.  Beginning just to the left of the first increase row and using Red or CC yarn, pick up and knit 5 stitches onto one dpn, heading toward the nose.  Turn the ship so that the nose is on your right and, using a second dpn, pick up 5 more stitches parallel to and about 1 row over from the first 5.  Continue to knit these 10 stitches in the round.

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Rnd 1: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 2: kf&b, k2, k2tog, ssk, k2, kf&b (10 st)

Rnd 3-4: Repeat Round 2.

Cut the yarn, leaving a tail for seaming.  Ensure that the 10 stitches are evenly distributed on two needles, with the tail coming off the rightmost stitch on the back needle.  Place a small pinch of stuffing in the fin, then seam the fin closed using Kitchener Stitch (grafting).  Weave in the ends.  (You can even off the overhanging end from the Kitchener stitch by weaving the tail back into the piece and pulling tightly)

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-Make another fin in the same manner, beginning to pick up stitches for the second fin about 4 stitches to the right (when the nose is facing away from you) from the first fin.

-Make a third fin in the same manner, beginning to pick up stitches about 4 stitches away from the second fin.  You should have three evenly-spaced fins, and the ship will be stable when placed on a flat surface.

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Using Blue or AC, cast on 8 stitches onto 3 dpns, leaving a tail for seaming, and proceed to knit in the round.

Rnd 1-2: Knit 2 Rounds.

Cut the yarn, leaving a short tail.  Thread the tail into a tapestry needle and draw through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.

Place this knitted circle about halfway between the top of a fin and the color change at the nose of the ship.  Using the cast on tail, begin seaming the window to the ship body using mattress stitch.  Add a tiny pinch of stuffing before finishing the seam.  Weave in the ends.

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Fire (optional)

-Cut 4 – 5” strands of orange yarn.

-Thread a crochet hook under a stitch at the base of the rocket ship.  Wrap a strand of orange around the crochet hook and pull the loop under the stitch.  Bringing the hook and loop above the stitch, grab the tail ends of the orange yarn and pull them through the loop.  Pull the tail ends tight to secure.

-Repeat with the other orange strands, attaching them to evenly-spaced stitches on the base.

-Using one blade of a pair of scissors, split the plies of the yarn tails to give a fiery look.

-Trim the fire pieces to the desired length.

Weave in any remaining ends and enjoy your rocket!


Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you continue to visit me, even though the free patterns may be several weeks apart from now on.  You can click the “follow” button in the sidebar to receive e-mails when I update the blog or follow me on Twitter or Facebook for updates (links also in the sidebar.)  I’m busily working on some new vehicles for the shop, which will eventually be part of future Land and Air Pattern sets.  Some samples of what I’m working on – a cement truck, a small fire engine and a small single engine Piper-style aircraft:

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Be sure to check out Etsy and Ravelry for more toys and patterns!

Have a great weekend!

 

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Free Pattern Fridays – Knitted “Ferrari” Sports Car!

I’m always putting the offer out there for toy design requests – and someone finally took me up on it! A very kind and always-supportive friend on Ravelry had a dream of knitting a Ferrari!  I have to say I don’t blame her – they make beautiful cars!  The request was somewhat of a coincidence, seeing as I had been looking at Ferraris (images of them, not the real thing, unfortunately) a few weeks ago in a quest to design a fancy sports car.  I put it on the back burner after a few design failures, but this request made me revisit it, and I’m super glad I did!  So, as a gift to my friend … and to you as well, I’m sharing the pattern here on Free Pattern Friday!  I know you and your family are going to love these cars as much as I do.  It’s based loosely on the Enzo model and its racing equivalent, the FXX.  In the R&D phase of this pattern, I learned that Ferraris are often painted red because that was the official race car color of Italy.  In the days before racing sponsorships were common, color was used to identify what country a particular car was racing for.  Even though the colors aren’t a standard in international races anymore, the Ferrari racing team has stuck with the tradition of painting their cars red.  The association of Ferrari with the color red is such a strong one that it seems to carry over into their street-legal vehicles as well – with most people opting for the classic red paint job.  However, if you want to break with tradition and use a different color yarn for your car model, that’s entirely up to you!  Other than a stylized Ferrari logo, I’ve left my models as a clean slate – but you can add additional details like racing numbers, stripes, etc.

Perhaps the best part of this pattern – you can make one and tell all your friends that you just got a Ferrari!  Wait for the jaws to drop, then smile and produce this model from your bag!

When knitted with worsted weight yarn, the cars measure about 6 inches long.  Enjoy!

Ferrari Sports/Race Car

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by Ilana Marks

Materials:

-Small Amounts of:

  • Worsted Weight Black Yarn
  • Worsted Weight Red Yarn
  • Worsted Weight Dark Gray Yarn
  • Worsted Weight Light Gray Yarn
  • Worsted Weight White Yarn
  • Worsted Weight Yellow Yarn (Optional – for logo)
  • Worsted Weight Green Yarn (Optional – for logo)

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

-Polyester Fiberfill Stuffing

-Tapestry Needle

Main Chassis

Using Black Yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 24 stitches onto three dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1: Knit 1 round.

-Cut the Black Yarn, join in the Red Yarn and continue to work with red.

Rnd 2-4: Knit 3 rounds.

Rnd 5: k2, (kf&b) twice, k4, (kf&b) twice, k14 (28 st)

Rnd 6: k3, (kf&b) twice, k6, (kf&b) twice, k15 (32 st)

Rnd 7: k4, (kf&b) twice, k8, (kf&b) twice, k16 (36 st)

Rnd 8-12: Knit 5 rounds.

Rnd 13: k4, ssk, k2tog, k8, ssk, k2tog, k16 (32 st)

Rnd 14: k3, ssk, k2tog, k6, ssk, k2tog, k15 (28 st)

Rnd 15: k4, ssk, k2tog, k4, ssk, k2tog, k14 (24 st)

Rnd 16-25: Knit 10 rounds.

Rnd 26: k2, (kf&b) twice, k4, (kf&b) twice, k14 (28 st)

Rnd 27: k3, (kf&b) twice, k6, (kf&b) twice, k15 (32 st)

Rnd 28: k4, (kf&b) twice, k8, (kf&b) twice, k16 (36 st)

Rnd 29-43: Knit 15 rounds.

-Knit only the first 4 stitches of the next round then cut the red yarn, leaving a tail for seaming. Distribute the stitches evenly onto 2 needles (18 stitches per needle) with the working yarn coming off the rightmost stitch on the back needle.

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-Using the tail, seam the two sets of stitches using Kitchener Stitch.

-Stuff the car chassis, making sure to fill out the back section and the front wheel wells.

-Using the cast on tail, seam the open cast on edge using mattress stitch, adding additional stuffing to the front of the car as needed before closing the seam.

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-Weave in the ends. The front seam may have a slight overhang, so when weaving in the front end tail, pull it tightly to “sink” this overhang into the body before weaving through the body a few more times to secure.

Cab

Using Dark Gray Yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 32 stitches onto three dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 2: k6, ssk, k6, k2tog, k6, ssk, k6, k2tog (28 st)

Rnd 3: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 4: k6, ssk, k4, k2tog, k6, ssk, k4, k2tog (24 st)

-Cut the Dark Gray yarn and join in the Red Yarn. Proceed to knit with Red.

Rnd 5-6: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 7: (k2tog, k1) 8 times (16 st)

Rnd 8: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 9: (k2tog) 8 times (8 st)

-Cut the Red yarn, thread the tail into a tapestry needle and weave through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.

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Attaching the Cab:

-Lightly stuff the cab piece and pin it in place on top of the chassis, just behind the front wheel wells. The cab piece should be slightly squared off, with the decrease seams facing the sides of the car body.

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-Seam the cab to the chassis using the tail and mattress stitch. You can add additional stuffing to the cab before closing the seam if necessary.  Weave in the end.

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-Thread the red cab closing tail into a tapestry needle and weave it down into the closed-up hole at the top of the cab, pulling tightly to flatten out the top before weaving through the cab a few more times to secure.

Tires (Make 4)

Using Black Yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 8 stitches onto three dpns and join to knit in the round.

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

Rnd 2: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 3: (kf&b, k1) 8 times (24 st)

Rnd 4: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 5: (k2tog, k1) 8 times (16 st)

-Cut the Black Yarn and join in the Light Gray Yarn. Proceed to work with Light Gray.

Rnd 6: Knit 1 round.

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

-Lightly stuff the tire.

-Cut the light gray yarn, thread the tail into a tapestry needle and weave through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.

-Make 3 more tires in the same manner.

Attaching the tires:

-Press the tire flat, with the gray hubcap centered and facing outward.

-Align the tire along the side of the body, underneath the wheel well at the front of the chassis.

-Using the cast on tail, seam the wheel to the body with a few stitches. Weave in the end.

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-Thread the Light Gray closing tail into a tapestry needle and weave it into the closed-up hole at the center of the hubcap and down through the tire into the body. Pull tightly to flatten out the tire before weaving the end through the body a few more times to secure.

-Attach the back tire in the same manner, in line with the front tire and near the rear of the chassis.

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-Attach the other two tires in their appropriate places on the opposite side of the toy.

Rear Spoiler

Using Red Yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 8 stitches onto three dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1-20: Knit 20 rounds, stuffing lightly as you go.

-Cut the yarn, leaving a tail for seaming. Distribute the stitches evenly onto 2 dpns (4 stitches per needle) with the tail coming off the rightmost stitch on the back needle.

-Seam the two sets of stitches together using Kitchener Stitch. Weave in the end.

-Thread the cast on tail into a tapestry needle and seam the cast on edge using mattress stitch. Do not weave in this end just yet.

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Attaching the spoiler:

-Position the spoiler on the rear end of the chassis. Using the cast on tail you left on the spoiler, attach the spoiler to the body with a few stitches along the spoiler’s length.  Weave in the end.

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Decorations

-Thread a length of red yarn into a tapestry needle and make 6 or 7 long straight stitches at the two back corners of the cab, stretching from the color change at the top of the cab down to the point where the cab was attached to the chassis. Weave in the ends.

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-Thread a length of red yarn into a tapestry needle and make two sets of 2 vertical straight stitches spanning the black grill at the front of the toy. These two sets of stitches should be about 2 stitches apart.  Weave in the ends.

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-Thread a length of black yarn into a tapestry needle and make 4 long straight stitches near the back of the body, just in front of the back wheel wells and underneath the cab. Repeat on the other side of the cab.  Weave in the ends.

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-Thread a length of light gray yarn into a tapestry needle and make 3 small stitches at the front edge of one of the front wheel wells to make a headlight. Repeat on the front of the other wheel well to make the other headlight.  Weave in the ends.

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-Thread a length of white yarn into a tapestry needle and make 2 sets of 4 long straight stitches near the edges of the spoiler. Weave in the ends.

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-(Optional “Ferrari Logo) Thread a length of yellow yarn into a tapestry needle and make 3 straight stitches across 2 knitted stitches just behind the front wheel, on one of the “doors” of the car. Weave in the ends.  Make one stitch each across the top of the yellow stitches in red, white and green as shown.  Weave in the ends.

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There you have it!  Add any additional decorative touches you’d like and enjoy your new car!

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s pattern!  I’ll offer again – if you ever have anything you’ve dreamed of seeing as a knitted toy, let me know!  I love to hear about the types of things that interest my readers!  I can’t guarantee that everything you request will show up in pattern form here, but it never hurts to ask. 🙂  Sometimes I feel a little bit like a clown at the birthday party – making balloon animals on request.  Of course, knitted toys take much longer to make, but the idea of starting from nothing and creating something fun and joyous is definitely the same!  And, as always, feel free to check out Ravelry and Etsy for other toys and patterns I have available!  I also encourage you to share this pattern link and my blog with your social networks and anyone you think may enjoy it!  Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a great weekend!

Free Pattern Fridays – Gecko Lizards!

Gecko lizards are a common sight out here in the desert.  The other night, I noticed one on the outside of my kitchen window.  It had obviously been attacked or otherwise frightened because it was missing a part of its tail.  Shedding off a part of its tail is a fascinating method that many of these lizards use as a defense mechanism.  I grew up with cats – and as you probably know, cats like to play with lizards.  So, as a child, it was a common occurrence for me to find these amputated tails, still flopping around.  Anyway, I snapped a picture of this lizard on the window – my camera has trouble taking pictures at night, so it’s not super-clear but you get the idea.

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Then, a few nights later, when returning from my evening walk, I noticed another gecko on the outside garage wall, hanging out under the lights.  It was blending in quite well with the wall!

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These gecko encounters inspired me to make a knitted gecko!  In addition to being a cute, portable toy to play with, it would also make an interesting wall decoration.  Any time I’m in the garden section of a home improvement or department store, I always see these sculptural metal lizards – but why spend money on something like that when you can make a hanging lizard decoration using your stash?  You could even use these outside on a patio, although they may fade over time from exposure to the elements – but they’re quick enough to make that you could easily whip up some more if they wear out.  Geckos come in all kinds of colors and patterns, so feel free to experiment with this basic pattern to make your own colorful lizard.  I bet they’d look great incorporating some bead-knitting work, for those of you who are adept at that.  You can also knit more or less rows of i-cord on the tail to change its length.  When knitted as written with worsted weight yarn, these lizards measure about 5 inches long.

Gecko Lizard Doll

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by Ilana Marks

Materials:

-Small amount of light green worsted weight yarn (or other lizard-y color of your choice)

-Scrap of black worsted weight yarn

-Small amount of polyester fiberfill stuffing

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

-Tapestry Needle

 

Lizard Body

Using light green yarn (or your color choice,) cast on 2 stitches onto one dpn to work as i-cord.

Rnd 1-2: Knit 2 rounds i-cord.

-Continue to work as i-cord, sliding the stitches to the right end of the needle and pulling the yarn across the back of the work.

Rnd 3: (kf&b) twice (4 st)

Rnd 4-15: Knit 12 rounds i-cord.

Rnd 16: (kf&b, k1) twice, still working as for i-cord. (6 st)

Distribute the 6 stitches onto three dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 17: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 18: kf&b, k1, (kf&b) twice, k1, kf&b (10 st)

Rnd 19: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 20: kf&b, k3, (kf&b) twice, k3, kf&b (14 st)

Rnd 21-28: Knit 8 rounds.

Rnd 29: ssk, k3, k2tog, ssk, k3, k2tog (10 st)

-Stuff the body so far.

Rnd 30: kf&b, k3, (kf&b) twice, k3, kf&b (14 st)

Rnd 31: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 32: ssk, k3, k2tog, ssk, k3, k2tog (10 st)

Rnd 33: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 34: ssk, k1, k2tog, ssk, k1, k2tog (6 st)

Rnd 35-36: Knit 2 rounds.

-Stuff the head portion of the lizard.

Rnd 37: (k2tog, k1) twice (4 st)

Cut the yarn, thread the tail into a tapestry needle and weave through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.

-Weave in the ends.

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Legs (Make 4)

Using light green yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 3 stitches onto one dpn to knit as i-cord.

Rnd 1-3: Knit 4 rounds i-cord.

Rnd 4: (kf&b) 3 times, still working as for i-cord. (6 st)

Separating the toes:

-Again pulling the yarn across the back of the piece as for i-cord, knit only the first 2 stitches of the round.

-Cut the working yarn, leaving about 8-12 inches of tail.  Thread the tail into a tapestry needle and weave through these two stitches from right to left to finish off.

-Weave the tail down through the toe and reattach to the second of the remaining 4 stitches.

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-Working only on the first two stitches, work 1 round of i-cord.

-Again, thread the tail through these two stitches and weave down through the second toe to reattach to the leftmost of the remaining two stitches.

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-Work 1 round of i-cord on these last two stitches, then thread the tail through them to finish off.

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-Make 3 more legs in the same manner.

Attaching the Legs to the Body

-Position the cast on edge of a leg piece against the side of the lizard body, just behind the neck.

-Using the cast on tail, attach the leg to the body with a few stitches.

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Note: If you’re giving this toy to a very young child, or you have very young children around the house, make sure to attach the legs well as they are small and could present a choking hazard.

-Attach the rear leg in the same manner, positioning it just in front of the tail and in line with the first leg.

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-Attach the remaining two legs on the opposite side of the lizard.

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-Weave in the ends.  Weave the end at the tip of the toe down through the toe, into the leg, and finally into the body.

Eyes

-Using a small scrap of black yarn, embroider the eyes with a few stitches on either side of the head, a few stitches back from the tip of the nose.  Weave in the ends.

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(Alternately, if you’re not giving this toy to a child or you plan on using it for a decoration, you can try sewing on some colorful or sparkly beads for the eyes.)

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That’s it!  Weave in any remaining ends and enjoy your lizard.  If you wish to hang him on a wall, simply thread a small piece of scrap yarn or cord through the piece and tie to make a hanging loop.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s free pattern!  I’ve just released a new pattern set available for purchase on Ravelry – The “Land And Air” set 2!  It contains a pattern for a locomotive and a P51 Mustang fighter airplane!

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Both are easy to intermediate level toy patterns and are super fun, whether you’re using them as a toy or as home décor!  For those who don’t knit, the locomotive and P51 Mustang toys are available in my Etsy shop, hand-knitted by me.

In other news, I’ve created a Flickr photo-sharing group – “The DrFrankKnits Playground.”  I welcome you to join the group and share pictures of the fun you and your family are having with the toys you’ve made from any of my patterns!  Visit http://www.flickr.com/groups/drfrankknits/ for more info.  The playground is pretty lonely right now, but eventually I hope to make it a fun place to share a smile with other toy lovers!

Thanks for reading!  As always feel free to comment if you need help or just feel like chatting. 🙂  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Free Pattern Fridays – Music Note Softies!

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My mind has been on music this week.  Of course, I don’t know that there’s ever a time when my mind isn’t on music!  I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t spend at least a few minutes listening to music.  I’ve been a violinist since I was 9 years old – with about a 10 year hiatus after high school before picking it up again as an adult.  I also made somewhat of an effort to learn acoustic guitar in college.  I took a music appreciation course as a bit of a respite from the much more difficult coursework in my molecular biology major.  I knew it would be an “easy A” because I could already read music. 😀  Anyway, guitar playing was a component in the class.  I never progressed much beyond a few basic chords, and I found that learning a new instrument as an adult is much more difficult than it is as a child.  I haven’t really played guitar since.  However, I do still play the violin from time to time.  Part of me would love to be a concert violinist, but I’m quite inconsistent with the instrument.  Some days I play like a virtuoso, some days I sound like that 9 year old squeaking out a rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”  I march to the beat of my own drum, anyway, so playing in a group isn’t really my forte.  Therefore, I’m content just being a hobbyist musician!

I think music has touched all of our lives in some way over the years, whether we play an instrument or just listen.  I came up with this cute little musical note pattern to celebrate that love of music!  Try hanging several of them up as a garland or mobile for the music room or entertainment area of your house.  I think they’d make lovely hanging décor for a music classroom if there are any knitting teachers reading my blog!  If you or the kids are musicians, try hanging the notes on an instrument case!  Similar to the backpack charms from last week, these music notes could serve as a way to identify your case when it’s amongst many similar cases.  Use them to dress up a boring music stand.  Have a music party and use them to adorn gift or treat bags for your guests.  They use very little yarn and are super-quick to knit, so you can make lots in different colors to use up some of that stash!    As usual, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

When knitted with worsted yarn, they measure about 3 inches tall.

(Of course, traditionally, music notes are black, but black yarn is very difficult to photograph, so I’ve selected some gold, silver/gray, and purple yarns from my stash for the tutorial here.  And due to my color choice, I now suddenly have the urge to listen to Franz Lehar’s “Gold and Silver Waltz.”  That’s not a bad thing, though!)

Enjoy!

Musical Notes

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by Ilana Marks

 

Materials:

-Small amount of any color worsted weight yarn

-Small amount of polyester fiberfill stuffing

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

-Tapestry Needle

Note Body and Shaft

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, k10, kf&b (14 st)

Rnd 4: kf&b, k12, kf&b (16 st)

Rnd 5: ssk, k12, k2tog (14 st)

Rnd 6: ssk, k10, k2tog (12 st)

Rnd 7: ssk, k8, k2tog (10 st)

Rnd 8: ssk, k6, k2tog (8 st)

Stuff the rounded portion of the note.

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Rnd 9: ssk, k4, k2tog (6 st)

Rnd 10-24: Knit 15 rounds, stuffing as you go.

Cut the yarn, thread the tail into a tapestry needle and weave through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.

-Weave in the ends.  You can use the cast-on tail to cinch up the small hole in the bottom before weaving in.

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Cinching up the small cast-on hole.

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If you want a Quarter Note, you can stop right here!  If you want an Eighth Note, proceed to the next steps.

Flag

Cast on 10 stitches onto 3 dpns, leaving a tail for seaming, and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 2: ssk, k2, (kf&b) twice, k2, k2tog (10 st)

Rnd 3-5: Repeat Round 2 three more times.  You’ll start to run out of stitches on some of the needles as you make the decreases.  Simply redistribute stitches from time to time as necessary.  Alternately, you can work the flag on 2 needles instead of 3, with 5 stitches per needle to avoid this.

-Distribute the stitches evenly onto 2 dpns (5 stitches per needle) with the working yarn coming off the rightmost stitch on the back needle.  Cut the yarn, leaving a tail for seaming.

-Seam the two sets of stitches together using Kitchener stitch.

-Stuff the flag piece through the open cast-on edge.

-Align the flag along the top of the note shaft.  Positioning depends on how you’d like to hang or display the note.  Musical convention: If the note shaft is facing up, the note head is on its left and the flag is on its right.  If the note shaft is facing down, the note head is on its right and the flag is also on its right.

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-Using the cast-on tail, stitch the flag to the top of the shaft using mattress stitch.

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-Weave in the ends.

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That’s it!  Simply thread a piece of yarn or beading wire through the notes and tie in a knot to create a loop for hanging your music notes.

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I hope you enjoy knitting this week’s free pattern!  I’ve become kind of sidetracked working on some custom electric guitar toy design requests, so my other upcoming patterns are on hold right now, but all my previously released patterns are still available – you can check them out on Ravelry here!  If you haven’t seen them, check out my blog posts from earlier this week for the pictures of the guitars I’ve been creating!  I’m really quite pleased with them!  I’m planning on making some of the designs that aren’t too mind-numbing available as patterns in the future!

My friends often come to me with special design requests – and I hope that you’ll feel free to do the same!  If there’s something you’ve been wanting to see knitted but just can’t find anywhere, by all means, drop me a line about it!  You may see it here in the future!

Thanks for reading!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Free Pattern Fridays – Knitted Ice Cream Sandwiches!

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To quote Monty Python’s Flying Circus:  “And now for something completely different!”

After a few weeks of vehicle patterns, I thought you might like a bit of a change!  August 2nd was National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, so I thought I’d celebrate that ever-so-important holiday by knitting ice cream sandwiches!  Of course, simple ice cream sandwiches just aren’t quirky enough for me, so I knew I had to do something crazy with them.  In addition to toys, I also like to make useful pieces of decoration for around the house, so my first idea when I thought about ice cream sandwiches was napkin rings.  What?  That wasn’t your first thought, too?  Seriously – when I thought about ice cream sandwiches, I thought about ice cream socials, kids’ parties, family sundae nights – and how I could turn these toys into something you could use at those types of parties.  Simply thread a rolled or folded up napkin through the opening between the filling and the cookie and you’ve got a unique, festive adornment that the kids will love … and I think the adults in attendance will love it, too!  Make the filling in the color or colors of your favorite ice cream and, if you’re feeling generous, let your party attendees take them home as a favor.  If you use a washable acrylic yarn, you can simply throw them into a pillowcase and machine wash them if they get dirty – which is pretty likely to happen at an ice cream party!  When you’re not using them as table décor, you can stack them up on a counter for a whimsical piece of kitchen art.  The kids could also use them as a cute addition to their tea party or other fake food playsets.  I was also thinking that little girls might like wearing them in their hair as a sort-of barette.  I can’t test this theory as I have enough hair for 3 people and it would never fit in the slot on this toy – but if you do try it, leave a comment and let me know!

Please note that if you’re using these as napkin rings, they work best with a thinner, smaller napkin.  I don’t have any cloth napkins, so I used bandanas for my photos.  Not that there’s anything wrong with using a bandana as a napkin – they’re very multi-functional items!  The napkin rings work well with paper napkins, too.

When knitted with worsted weight yarn and US Size 6 dpns, the toys measure about 2.5 inches long.

Ice Cream Sandwich Toys/Napkin “Rings”

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by Ilana Marks

Materials:

-Small amounts of worsted weight Cream and Brown yarns

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

-Small amount of Polyester Fiberfill stuffing

-Tapestry Needle

Ice Cream Filling

Using Cream yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 16 stitches onto 3 dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1-18: Knit 18 rounds.

-Evenly distribute the 16 stitches onto two dpns (8 stitches per needle.)  Cut the Cream yarn, leaving a tail for seaming.  The tail will be coming off the rightmost stitch on the back needle.

-Seam the two sets of stitches using Kitchener Stitch.

-Stuff the ice cream filling piece through the open cast-on edge, then use the cast-on tail to seam the opening with Mattress stitch.

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-Weave in the ends.

Cookies (Make 2)

Using Brown yarn and leaving a long tail for seaming, cast on 16 stitches onto 3 dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1-3: Knit 3 rounds.

Rnd 4: k1, p2, k2, p2, k9

Rnd 5-6: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 7: k3, p2, k11

Rnd 8-9: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 10-15: Repeat Rnds 4-9 one more time.

Rnd 16: Repeat Rnd 4 once more.

Rnd 17-19: Knit 3 rounds.

-Cut the yarn, leaving a tail for seaming.  Distribute the stitches evenly onto 2 dpns (8 stitches per needle) with the tail coming off the rightmost stitch on the back needle.

-Seam the two sets of stitches together using Kitchener stitch.

-Seam the open cast-on edge using mattress stitch.  No need to stuff the cookie.

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-Make a second cookie in the same way.  Do not weave in the ends just yet.

Attaching the Cookies to the Ice Cream

Top Cookie

-Place a cookie piece on top of the ice cream filling.  The long edges of the cookie should line up with the long edges of the filling and the purl bumps should be facing outward.

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-Using one of the tails, attach the cookie to the ice cream with several short vertical stitches, going through the cookie and into the ice cream.  Make these stitches evenly around the length and width of the cookie to attach it securely to the filing.  Don’t pull the yarn too tight as you stitch or you will create divots in the cookie.  When you’re satisfied that the cookie is well-attached, weave in the ends.  (Alternately, you could mattress stitch around all the edges of the cookie, but I find that method makes it look a little too much like one piece.  Random vertical stitches through the center of the piece keep the edges free to make it look more like an actual ice cream sandwich.)

Bottom Cookie

-Place the other cookie piece on the opposite side of the filling piece, again with the purl bumps facing outward.  Thread one of the tails into a tapestry needle and stitch only the short edge of the cookie to the short edge of the filling using mattress stitch.

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-Repeat to attach the other side of the bottom cookie.

-This will leave a gap between the bottom cookie and the filling that you can put your fingers through.

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-Weave in the ends.  Make sure you don’t weave any ends through the unattached portion of the bottom cookie – rather weave them into the filling along the edges of the piece and weave through just the filling several more times before cutting short.

-If you want to use these as simply a play food toy, you can stitch the bottom cookie snugly to the filling as you did for the top cookie.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Neapolitan Variation:

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To make a Neapolitan ice cream sandwich, cast on the filling section with a light brown yarn, knit 6 rounds of brown, then switch to cream and knit 6 more rounds.  Finally, switch to pink and knit a final 6 rounds.  Proceed to finish as for the vanilla ice cream filling.  You can minimize the “jog” between the color changes by knitting one round with the new color, then slipping the first stitch of the next round and proceeding to knit around as before.

There are lots of other variations possible.  Try working the filling in a light green yarn then making numerous short stitches of black over the surface to make a “mint chip” filling.  If you’re having a party with a certain color-scheme, try embroidering “sprinkles” of those colors over the vanilla filling.  Use your imagination!  Be warned, though – these little toys may cause some very strong cravings!  I had to go out and pick up a package of the real thing …. I justified my purchase by saying I needed them for the photo shoot.  Justify your purchase however you want! 😀


I’m working on developing the 2nd edition of the Land and Air Pattern Sets that I introduced last week – I hope to have that available by the end of next week.  Also don’t forget that I have more for-sale patterns now available as Ravelry purchases for those of you looking for more fun stuff to knit! (http://www.ravelry.com/designers/ilana-r-marks )  Also, many of my patterns and exclusive toys are available on Etsy as well. (http://drfrankknits.etsy.com )

Thank you for stopping by – I hope you enjoyed this week’s pattern!  If you have any suggestions for future Free Pattern Friday items, feel free to contact me by leaving a comment on this blog or messaging me on Ravelry or Etsy!  I’d love to hear from you!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Free Pattern Fridays – Fighter Jets!

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As a knitter who thinks out of the box, I get inspiration from all kinds of places.  Usually the more “difficult” a shape looks, the more eager I am to try knitting it!  I’m a pretty huge stickler for detail as well, and I try to make models as accurate as possible.  Given that stuffed toys are safer than their metal or plastic counterparts, I try to design items that not only provide an alternative, but provide an alternative that you and your children would RATHER play with!  With that in mind, the charming little details mean a lot to me.

This week’s free pattern was inspired by a trip down the model vehicle aisle at the craft store.  Since vehicles are a passion of mine, I love looking at those tiny models!  Well, this time I came to the end of the aisle and a Snap-Tite model of a Blue Angels F-18 Hornet Fighter Jet caught my eye.  I immediately whipped out my camera and snapped a few pictures!  For those unfamiliar with the Blue Angels, they are the United States Navy’s flight exhibition squad.  They do all kinds of fancy maneuvers, tricks and formation flying.

This little Fighter Jet model, at about 5 inches long and 5 ½ inches in wingspan is the perfect size for taking with you wherever you go.  Also, the little ones can toss it around to make it “fly” without the worry of causing damage or injury.  I bet they’d make a pretty awesome mobile or other hanging display, too.  I made my models in the blue and yellow signature colors of the Blue Angels squad, but you can try knitting it in your child’s favorite colors, or forego the color changes and make it a single color.  The model would also take well to additional embroidered or felt details to make it special for your family!  I hope you love it as much as I do!

Small Fighter Jet Knitted Toy

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by Ilana R. Marks

Materials:

-Small Amounts of Worsted Weight Black, Dark Blue, Yellow and Light Blue Yarns

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

-Small amount of Polyester Fiberfill Stuffing

-Tapestry Needle

Main Fuselage

“Thrusters”

Using black yarn, cast on 8 stitches evenly onto 2 dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1-2: Knit 2 rounds.

Cut Black Yarn, leaving a short tail.

Set this thruster piece aside – you may leave it on the needles.

Onto 2 more dpns, cast on 8 stitches and join to knit in the round.  Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 above to make a second thruster.  Do not cut the black yarn.

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-Line up the stitches from the two thrusters as pictured.  The working yarn is coming off the rightmost stitch on the back needle of the set on the right.

-Slide the front four stitches from the right set of needles onto the front needle of the left hand set.

-Slide the back four stitches from the right set of needles onto the back needle of the left hand set.

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-You’ll now have two needles with 8 stitches apiece on them, with the working yarn coming off the rightmost stitch of the back needle.  Now the thrusters are side-by-side waiting to be joined.

Joining

Knit the 8 stitches on the front needle, then turn and knit the 8 stitches from the back needle (16 st)

Cut the black yarn, and join the dark blue yarn.  Distribute the 16 stitches onto 3 dpns (for easier working) and continue to knit in the round.

Rnd 3-4: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 5: kf&b, k6, (kf&b) 2 times, k6, kf&b (20 st)

Rnd 6-15: Knit 10 rounds.

Rnd 16: ssk, k6, k2tog, ssk, k6, k2tog (16 st)

Rnd 17: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 18: ssk, k4, k2tog, ssk, k4, k2tog (12 st)

Rnd 19-22: Knit 4 rounds.

Stuff the piece.

Rnd 23: (k2tog, k1) 4 times (8 st)

Rnd 24-29: Knit 6 rounds.

Add some more stuffing to the nose piece.

Rnd 30: (k2tog) 4 times (4 st)

Cut the blue yarn, thread the tail into a tapestry needle and draw through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to finish.

-Weave the end back down into the closed up nose and into the toy to secure.

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-Add a little stuffing to the thrusters through their cast-on openings.  Weave the black cast on tails through the loops of the cast on edge, pulling tightly to cinch closed.  Weave the ends through the closed up thrusters and into the toy to secure.  You may use the tail between the two thrusters to close up any gap there – then weave in that end as well.

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Front Wings (Make 2)

Using Dark Blue Yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 12 stitches onto 3 dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1-3: Knit 3 rounds.

Rnd 4: ssk, k8, k2tog (10 st)

Rnd 5-7: Knit 3 rounds.

Rnd 8: ssk, k6, k2tog (8 st)

Rnd 9-11: Knit 3 rounds.

-Cut the blue yarn and join the yellow yarn, continuing to knit with yellow.

Rnd 12-13: Knit 2 rounds.

-Cut the yellow yarn, leaving a short tail for seaming.

-Divide the 8 stitches evenly onto 2 dpns (4 stitches per needle), with the working yarn coming off the rightmost stitch on the back needle.

-Seam the two sets of stitches using Kitchener Stitch.

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-Lightly stuff the wing, press it flat, then place it against the side of the fuselage, with the decrease seam facing the nose of the aircraft, and the front edge of the wing lining up at approximately the second decrease round on the fuselage.

-Pin in place if you like, then seam the wing to the fuselage using the tail and mattress stitch.

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-Repeat all steps to make a second wing, and attach it opposite the first wing. (At this point, your fighter jet really wants a hug 😀 )

-Weave in the ends.

Rear Wings and Fins (Make 4)

(Note: The rear wings and the upward facing fins on the top of the body are knit in the same way)

Using Dark Blue Yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 8 stitches onto 3 dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1-3: Knit 3 rounds.

Rnd 4: ssk, k4, k2tog (6 st)

Rnd 5-6: Knit 2 rounds.

-Cut the blue yarn and switch to yellow yarn.  Continue knitting with yellow yarn.

Rnd 7-8: Knit 2 rounds.

-Cut the yellow yarn, leaving a short tail for seaming

-Divide the 6 stitches evenly onto 2 dpns (3 stitches per needle), with the working yarn coming off the rightmost stitch on the back needle.

-Seam the two sets of stitches together using Kitchener Stitch.

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-Repeat all steps to make 4 of these pieces.

Attaching Rear Wings

-Lightly stuff a rear wing piece, press it flat and line it up along the fuselage, just behind the front wing, again with the decrease seam facing the front of the plane.

-Pin in place if desired, then seam the rear wing to the fuselage using the tail and mattress stitch.

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-Repeat on the opposite side of the plane with a second rear wing piece.

-Weave in the ends.

Attaching Fins

-Lightly stuff a rear wing/tail fin piece, press it flat and place it on top of the fuselage, centered between the front and rear wings, about a stitch in from where the wings were attached.

-Pin in place if desired, then seam the fin to the fuselage using the tail and mattress stitch.

-Repeat to make a second fin on the other side of the top of the fuselage.

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-Weave in the ends.

Cockpit

Using Light Blue Yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 12 stitches onto 3 dpns and join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 2: ssk, k2, k2tog, ssk, k2, k2tog (8 st)

Rnd 3: Knit 1 round.

-Cut the light blue yarn, thread the tail into a tapestry needle, then weave through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.

-Lightly stuff the cockpit piece, then position it on top of the fuselage, just in front of the front set of wings.

-Pin in place if desired, then seam the cockpit to the top of the fuselage using mattress stitch.  Add some more stuffing if necessary before closing the seam.

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-Weave in the ends.

Details

-Cut a strand of yellow yarn and make a line of duplicate stitches as shown along the top of the fuselage between the fins, and stretching from the cockpit to just in front of the thrusters.  Make two more lines of duplicate stitch flanking this center line, stretching from the cockpit to the front of the fins.

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-Alternately, if you’re not comfortable with duplicate stitch, you may embroider several long straight stitches for the stripes … or use some felt scraps … or leave them off entirely as you like.

-Weave in any additional ends.

Enjoy your fighter jet!!

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In shop news today, I have a new “Land and Air” pattern set available.  I’m hoping to have a series of these types of pattern sets in the future featuring different types of vehicles.  This first one includes a pattern for an adorable classic biplane and the sweetest little police car you’ve ever seen!  I’d classify them as intermediate level patterns, with the police car being slightly more advanced (read: fiddly) however if you can knit this fighter jet, you should be just fine on both of them.  In other news, I’ve made this set and all of my other for sale patterns available as Ravelry purchases for your convenience!  Check out my designs page at http://www.ravelry.com/designers/ilana-r-marks !

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Thanks so much for stopping by for this week’s Free Pattern Friday!  As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, comments … or just want to chat, I’d love to hear from you!  Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you back here next week!

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!

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Knitted Dragster Race Car

by Ilana Marks

Materials:

-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.

Details

-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!

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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:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/197424275/hand-knit-small-dragster-race-car?ref=shop_home_active_1

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!