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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!)


Musical Notes

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by Ilana Marks



-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.


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!


A Rockin’ Start to the Week!

I’m usually pretty easily distracted.  When something comes up that inspires me, or an idea materializes out of the creative mess that is my brain, sometimes I just have to follow it for fear that the inspiration and excitement will be too ethereal to hold on to for any length of time.  That happened this weekend when I started thinking about music and found myself with the desire to knit a guitar.  So, I toyed around a bit with some design ideas.  I knew I wanted to do some sort of fancy-shaped, edgy electric guitar, so my first thought was the famous Gibson Flying V.  My initial attempt was good, but not great:

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The neck was too floppy, the shaping not quite right, and I didn’t really like the way the strings were done.  Since I try to make toys that kids of all ages can play with, I didn’t want to simply make the strings in one long piece for fear that it might be a strangulation hazard for very young children, so I tried doing smaller straight stitches, but they looked too disjointed.  So, I went back to the drawing board and made everything a bit smaller to solve the problem of the floppy neck and embroidered the strings with one long strand, addressing the strangulation hazard by locking them in place with a few tiny stitches along the length of the strings.  That did the trick, and the second version came out thoroughly rockin’!

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It’s about 12 inches tall, so definitely not a full-sized guitar but still fun to look at!  The best part about it is that I can go all Pete Townshend with it and have absolutely no worries!  I’ve started working on some other guitar designs, since electric guitars come in so many awesome shapes.  I’m hoping to have a collection of patterns for the Flying V and other guitars in the near future, and the toys themselves will definitely be available on Etsy soon!  Of course, I also need to get back to the task-at-hand of writing up and photographing the patterns for the next vehicle set!  Like I said, I’m easily distracted!

Have a great Monday!