Monster Hats by Vanessa Mooncie Book Review with Alien hat Pattern

Free knitting pattern: Alien hat by Vanessa Mooncie via Underground Crafter | Monster Hats book coverIf you enjoy giving quirky gifts, the knitting pattern collection by Vanessa Mooncie that I’m reviewing today will be right up your alley! I’m also sharing an excerpted pattern for the unisex Alien hat from the book, so read on for details!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. A free review copy of Monster Hats: 15 Scary Head Warmers to Knit by Vanessa Mooncie was provided to me by GMC Publications. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Book Review

Monster Hats: 15 Scary Head Warmers to Knit by Vanessa Mooncie is a fun, knitting pattern collection. All of the patterns are available in both child and adult sizes.

The book opens with an introduction from Vanessa, who took her inspiration from comic books and mythology. This is a very visual book, so the next 16 pages are pictures of the hats being worn by kids and teens who look to be having a lot of fun. The first section is Make the Monsters, which includes patterns for all 15 hats. Each pattern includes a detailed materials list, the completed project sizes, and the tension (gauge) used for the pattern. Within each pattern, there is a introduction to the monster, zany illustrations, and several large pictures of the hat being worn. Each pattern starts with “method,” which explains the construction, and ends with “making up,” which explains how to add various pieces to the finished hat.

Free knitting pattern: Alien hat by Vanessa Mooncie via Underground Crafter | Alien hat on modelAfter the patterns, there is an Other Things You Need to Know chapter that includes:

  • Getting Started, with tips on sizing, tension (gauge), needles and notions, substituting yarn, and reading patterns and charts;
  • Knitting Basics. with written and illustrated instructions for the slip knot, 3 cast on methods, knit and purl stitches, knitting into the front or back loop, 3 types of increases, making loops (usually used for “hair”), casting off, and 4 seaming methods;
  • Finishing Touches, with written and illustrated instructions for twisted and striped cords, tassels, and 4 embroidery stitches;
  • Fleece Linings, with instructions and a template for making a fleece lining for your hats;
  • Knitted Linings, with detailed instructions for making knitted linings for each hat; and
  • Appendices for knitting needle sizes, pattern abbreviations, and a list of materials (yarn suppliers).

The book’s layout is just as unconventional as the patterns and it mixes illustrations, writing, and typed text to great effect. The book doesn’t list difficulty levels, but many of the hats could be successfully made by advanced beginners with patience. Several of the patterns are more suited to intermediate knitters. If you like knitting hats, and if you like making something different from the “typical” hat pattern, try out Monster Hats. I think you’ll like it!


Alien

Knitting Pattern by  Vanessa Mooncie

Published in Monster Hats: 15 Scary Head Warmers to Knit

Pattern and Photos © 2016 Vanessa Mooncie and GMC Publications Ltd. Shared with permission from GMC Publications Ltd.

Free knitting pattern: Alien hat by Vanessa Mooncie via Underground Crafter | Alien hat flat layNotes from Underground Crafter:

  • This pattern uses Craft Yarn Council knitting abbreviations. A full list of abbreviations is available here.
  • Video tutorials the special stitches are linked below.
    • Kfb tutorial by Deramores is available here.
    • C4B tutorial by New Stitch a Day is available here.
    • C4F tutorial by New Stitch a Day is available here.
    • K2tog tutorial by Deramores is available here.
    • Psso tutorial by Very Pink Knits is available here.
    • K2togtbl tutorial by ChemKnits is available here.
  • One of the yarns used in this pattern has been discontinued. You can find a list of recommended substitutes for Wendy Serenity Chunky here.

Free knitting pattern: Alien hat by Vanessa Mooncie via Underground Crafter | Alien hat on modelThis monster is out of this world, featuring a cable design down the centre of the head, and embroidered details to enhance the glistening gaze of the bug-eyed alien.

Materials

  • Wendy Serenity Chunky, 70% acrylic, 20% alpaca, 10% wool (87yd/80m per 100g ball): 1[1] ball in 3205 Oyster (A)
  • Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton DK, 100% cotton (219yd/201m per 100g ball): 1[1] ball in 1949 Poppy Red (B)
  • Twilleys of Stamford Goldfingering, 80% viscose, 20% metalized polyester (109yd/100m per 25g ball): 1[1] ball in 38 Red (C)
  • Oddment of DK yarn in black (D)
  • 1 pair each of 4mm (UK8:US6), 6mm (UK4:US10) and 7mm (UK2:US10.5/11) knitting needles
  • Cable needle
  • Small amount of toy stuffing
  • 2 x 6in (15cm) long pipe cleaners
  • Blunt-ended tapestry needle

Sizes

  • To fit: child, up to 20in (51cm) head circumference [adult, up to 22in (56cm) head circumference]

Tension (Gauge)

  • 13 sts and 18 rows to 4in (10cm) over stocking stitch using 7mm needles and A. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

Special abbreviations

  • C4B: Sl 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k2, k2 from cable needle
  • C4F: Sl 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, k2, k2 from cable needle

Method

  • The hat is started with a wide rib. A cable design is worked in the centre of the main piece, knitted in stocking stitch. The shaping of the eyes is begun by slipping the first stitch and turning the work before the last stitch of each row, working one less stitch each time. The shaping is finished by knitting into one extra stitch at the end of each row, until all the stitches are back on the same needle. These are stuffed, stitched to the hat and finished with embroidery in duplicate stitch. The antennae are made from knitted strips covering pipe cleaners. These are topped with a knitted button. The lower ends of the antennae are stuffed to help them stand up on the hat. The nostrils are two duplicate stitches embroidered onto the rib of the hat.

Main section

  • With 6mm needles and A, cast on 59[63] sts.

Child size only

  • Row 1 (RS): K1, (p2, k3) to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
  • Row 2 (WS): P1, (k2, p3) to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
  • Rows 3–4: As rows 1–2.

Adult size only

  • Row 1 (RS): (K3, p2) to last 3 sts, k3.
  • Row 2 (WS): (P3, k2) to last 3 sts, p3.
  • Rows 3–4: As rows 1–2.

Both sizes

  • Change to 7mm needles.
  • Next row (RS) (inc): K4[6], (kfb, k9) 5 times, kfb, k4[6] (65[69] sts).
  • Next row: Purl.

Adult size only

  • Next row: Knit.
  • Next row: Purl.

Both sizes

  • Work in cable pattern as follows (see chart below):
  • Row 1: K27[29], p1, C4B, k1, C4F, p1, k27[29].
  • Row 2: P27[29], k1, p9, k1, p27[29].
  • Row 3: K27[29], p1, k9, p1, k27[29].
  • Row 4: As row 2.
  • Rows 5–16: Rep rows 1–4 3 more times.

Free knitting pattern: Alien hat by Vanessa Mooncie via Underground Crafter | cbart with Alien hat on modelShape crown

  • Row 1 (RS) (dec): K2tog, k10[11], sl1, k2tog, psso, k10[11], k2tog, p1, C4B, k1, C4F, p1, k2togtbl, k10[11], sl1, k2tog, psso, k10[11], k2togtbl (57[61] sts).
  • Row 2 (WS): P23[25], k1, p9, k1, p23[25].
  • Row 3 (dec): K2tog, k8[9], sl1, k2tog, psso, k8[9], k2tog, p1, k9, p1, k2togtbl, k8[9], sl1, k2tog, psso, k8[9], k2togtbl (49[53] sts).
  • Row 4: P19[21], k1, p9, k1, p19[21].
  • Row 5 (dec): K2tog, k6[7], sl1, k2tog, psso, k6[7], k2tog, p1, C4B, k1, C4F, p1, k2togtbl, k6[7], sl1, k2tog, psso, k6[7], k2togtbl (41[45] sts).
  • Row 6: P15[17], k1, p9, k1, p15[17].
  • Row 7 (dec): K2tog, k4[5], sl1, k2tog, psso, k4[5], k2tog, p1, k9, p1, k2togtbl, k4[5], sl1, k2tog, psso, k4[5], k2togtbl (33[37] sts).
  • Row 8: P11[13], k1, p9, k1, p11[13].
  • Row 9 (dec): K2tog, k2[3], sl1, k2tog, psso, k2[3], k2tog, p1, C4B, k1, C4F, p1, k2togtbl, k2[3], sl1, k2tog, psso, k2[3], k2togtbl (25[29] sts).
  • Row 10: P7[9], k1, p9, k1, p7[9].
  • Row 11 (dec): K2tog, k0[1], sl1, k2tog, psso, k0[1], k2tog, p1, k9, p1, k2togtbl, k0[1], sl1, k2tog, psso, k0[1], k2togtbl (17[21] sts).

Adult size only

  • Row 12: P5, k1, p9, k1, p5.
  • Row 13 (dec): K2tog, k1, k2tog, p1, C4B, k1, C4F, p1, k2togtbl, k1, k2togtbl (17 sts).

Both sizes

  • Break yarn and thread through rem sts, draw up tight and fasten off.

Eyes (make 2)

  • Slip all stitches p-wise.

Shape eyelid

  • With 4mm needles and B, cast on 10[12] sts.
  • Row 1 (RS): Purl.
  • Row 2 (WS) (inc): Kfb k to last st, kfb (12[14] sts).
  • Row 3 (inc): Sl1, p to last st, sl1.
  • Row 4 (inc): As row 2 (14[16] sts).
  • Row 5: Purl.

Eyeball

  • Join and cont in B and C, used together.
  • Row 6 (WS): Sl1, p12[14], turn.
  • Row 7: Sl1, k11[13], turn.
  • Row 8: Sl1, p10[12], turn.
  • Row 9: Sl1, k9[11], turn.
  • Row 10: Sl1, p8[10], turn.
  • Row 11: Sl1, k7[9], turn.

Adult size only

  • Row 12: Sl1, p8, turn.
  • Row 13: Sl1, k7, turn.

Both sizes

  • Next row: Sl1, p7, pick up the horizontal loop before the next st and ptog with the next st to prevent a hole appearing in the work, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, k8, pick up the horizontal loop before the next st and ktog with the next st, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, p9, pick up the horizontal loop before the next st and ptog with the next st, turn.

Adult size only

  • Next row: Sl1, k10, pick up the horizontal loop before the next st and ktog with the next st, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, p11, pick up the horizontal loop before the next st and ptog with the next st, turn.

Both sizes

  • Shape lower edge of eye
  • Next row: Sl1, k10[12], change to yarn A, pick up the horizontal loop before the next st and ktog with the next st, turn.
  • Cont with yarn A.
  • Next row: Sl1, p11[13], pick up the horizontal loop before the next st and ptog with the next st, turn.
  • Next row: Sl1, p12[14], pick up the horizontal loop before the next st and ptog with the next st, turn.
  • Cast off k-wise, leaving a long length of yarn A at the end.

Antennae (make 2)

  • With 4mm needles and A, cast on 12[15] sts.
  • Starting with a k row, work 5 rows in st st.
  • Cast off k-wise, leaving a long length of yarn at the end.

Free knitting pattern: Alien hat by Vanessa Mooncie via Underground Crafter | Alien hat antenna detailAntennae tip

  • With 4mm needles and yarns B and C held together, cast on 7 sts.
  • Starting with a p row, work 11 rows in rev st st, finishing on a RS row. Cast off k-wise, leaving a long length of yarn B at the end.

Making up

  • Join the back seam with mattress stitch (see below for tutorial).

Eyes

  • Sew each eye in place at an angle, with the shaped eyelid at the top, positioning them just above the ribbing and overlapping the edges of the cable design. Stitch neatly around the edges, leaving an opening to insert the stuffing before closing. Use the duplicate stitch technique (see below for tutorial) and D to embroider a line up the central knit stitches of the eyes.

Nose

  • Embroider the nose in D, working one duplicate stitch for each nostril on the ribbing.

Antennae

  • Fold each pipe cleaner in half and twist the two halves together. Turn under the sharp edges and place one twisted pipe cleaner in the centre of the wrong side (purl side) of each knitted strip. Fold the strip around the pipe cleaner, bringing the long edges together. Use the length of yarn left after casting off to sew the edges together, encasing the pipe cleaner. Sew together the cast-on and cast-off edges of the tip of the antennae to form a tube. Gather the open edges at each end and work a few stitches through the centre, from one side to the other, to flatten the piece, forming a button shape. Stitch the knitted buttons to the top of the antennae. Use the end of a knitting needle to push a small amount of stuffing firmly into the first 3/4in (2cm) of the open end of each antenna. This will help them to stand upright when attached to the hat. Sew the antennae in place, halfway between the eyes and the top of the hat. Weave in all the yarn ends.

Lining

Fleece linings

Add a lining to your monster hat to make it even cosier. Choose a fabric with some stretch that feels soft to the touch, in a contrasting or a matching colour.

Fabric lining materials

  • 22 x 22in (56 x 56cm) [25 x 25in (63.5 x 63.5cm)] of stretch fabric, such as polar fleece or jersey
  • Matching thread
  • Needle
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Squared pattern paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Method

  1. Scale the pattern template to size, transferring all the markings onto the paper. Cut out the pattern, following the continuous line. Seam allowances of 5⁄8in (1.5cm) are included in the pattern. Place the pattern on the folded fabric, ensuring that the fold indicated on the pattern is placed exactly on the fold of the fabric. Pin the pattern in position and cut out the fabric.
  2. Stitch the darts indicated on the pattern template. Cut to within 1⁄2in (1.25cm) of the point of the dart and press open. With right sides together, pin and stitch the main seam, allowing for a 5⁄8in (1.5cm) seam. Trim the seam and cut notches in the curve, taking care not to cut into the stitching.
  3. Turn under the hem and pin the lining to the inside of the hat, just above the knitted edging or the ribbing, with the main seam of the lining at the centre back of the hat. Ease the fabric evenly around the lower edge. Slip stitch in place by hand. Work a few stitches through the top of the crown into the knitted hat to keep the lining in place.

Free knitting pattern: Alien hat by Vanessa Mooncie via Underground Crafter | adding fleece liningKey for both charts

  • 1 square = 3⁄8in (1cm)
  • 5⁄8in (2.5cm) seam allowance is included

CHART

  • Adult lining cut 1

Free knitting pattern: Alien hat by Vanessa Mooncie via Underground Crafter | adult's lining chart

  • Child lining cut 1

Free knitting pattern: Alien hat by Vanessa Mooncie via Underground Crafter | child's lining chart

  • Stitch main seam, trim seam and cut notches in the curve.
  • Stitch darts

Knitted linings

A knitted lining is a cosy alternative to the fleece lining. It can be worked in the same shade as the monster hat, or you can choose a contrast colour. As the earflap facings are worked into the knitted lining pattern, omit them where applicable from the pattern when knitting the hat. The lining is stitched in place after the features are added to the main part of the hat. If twisted cords are to be attached to the earflaps, the knitted lining should go in first.

Materials

  • Approximately 50g yarn for Pop-eyes; 100g yarn for other monster hats (A)
  • See chosen monster hat pattern for required needle sizes
  • Stitch holder
  • Blunt-ended tapestry needle

Sizes

  • To fit: child, up to 20in (51cm) head circumference [adult, up to 22in (56cm) head circumference]

Tension

  • See chosen monster hat pattern for required tension.

Method

The knitted lining is worked in the same yarn as the hat you are making: refer to the pattern for the yarn type, needles required and tension. The earflap facings are worked first, where applicable. The main part of the lining is then continued in stocking stitch. The back seam is joined and the lining slipped inside the hat and stitched in place. Then finish with twisted cords and tassels, if using.

Alien, Fluffball, Skull, Slug, Troll and Zombie

  • Using A and 8mm needles for Fluffball or 7mm needles for Alien, Skull, Slug, Troll and Zombie, cast on 61[65] sts.
  • Starting with a knit row, work in st st for 18[20] rows, ending with a WS row.

Shape crown

  • Row 1 (RS) (dec): K2tog, (k12[13], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k12[13], k2tog (53[57] sts).
  • Row 2: Purl.
  • Row 3 (dec): K2tog, (k10[11], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k10[11], k2tog (45[49] sts).
  • Row 4: Purl.
  • Row 5 (dec): K2tog, (k8[9], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k8[9], k2tog (37[41] sts).
  • Row 6: Purl.
  • Row 7 (dec): K2tog, (k6[7], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k6[7], k2tog (29[33] sts).
  • Row 8: Purl.
  • Row 9 (dec): K2tog, (k4[5], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k4[5], k2tog (21[25] sts).
  • Row 10: Purl.
  • Row 11 (dec): K2tog, (k2[3], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k2[3], k2tog (13[17] sts).

Adult size only

  • Row 12: Purl.
  • Row 13 (dec): K2tog, (k1, sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k1, k2tog (9 sts).

Both sizes

  • Break yarn and thread through rem sts, draw up tight and fasten off.

Making up

  • Join the back seam with mattress stitch (see below). With WS together, pin the lining in place inside the main part of the hat and slip stitch neatly around the lower edges. For the Alien, Blob, Fluffball, Skull, Troll and Zombie, slip stitch the lower edge of the lining to the first row of stocking stitch after the rib on the main part, or after the garter stitch edging if making the Slug. Work a few stitches into the top of the crown to stop the lining slipping.

Mattress stitch

  • The mattress stitch produces an invisible seam that is suitable for stocking stitch fabric. It produces a neat finish, ideal for joining the seam at the back of the hats.
  • Place the two edges to be joined side by side with the right sides of the work facing you. Insert the needle under the horizontal bar between the first two stitches on one side, then under the same bar on the other piece. Continue picking up the stitches and drawing the edges together, every few stitches, to join the seam.

Free knitting pattern: Alien hat by Vanessa Mooncie via Underground Crafter | mattress stitch illustrationDuplicate stitch

  • Insert the needle from the back to the front of the work at the base of the ‘V’ formed by the knitted stitch that you want to embroider over. At the front of the work, insert your needle behind both arms of the stitch above it and pull the yarn through.Free knitting pattern: Alien hat by Vanessa Mooncie via Underground Crafter | duplicate stitch illustration 1
  • Insert the needle back through the pointwhere it first emerged to cover the knitted stitch.

Free knitting pattern: Alien hat by Vanessa Mooncie via Underground Crafter | duplicate stitch illustration 2

Very British Toddler Knits by Susan Campbell Book Review with Mouse Scarf Pattern

Very British Toddler Knits cover via Underground CrafterI’m delighted to share my review of a knitting pattern collection by Susan Campbell, along with an excerpted pattern for the adorable, child-sized Mouse Scarf, and a giveaway for your chance to win the copy of her book, so read on for details!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. A free review copy of Very British Toddler Knits: 25 Classic Designs for 1 to 6 Year Olds by Susan Campbell was provided to me by Search Press North America. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Book Review

Very British Toddler Knits: 25 Classic Designs for 1 to 6 Year Olds is a delightfully presented pattern collection by Susan Campbell. I liked this book from the moment I opened it because on the cover flap, there are rulers printed in both inches and centimeters. What a cool idea and a great way to get started with your garment knitting journey (by checking your gauge, that is!).

The book opens with a Table of Contents which is followed by a Project Gallery with small photos of each project. In Susan’s introduction, she mentions that she is a mother, stepmother, grandmother, or stepgrandmother to 27, so she is a veteran in the design of baby clothes. She says, “I’ve been designing small person’s knitwear for a very long time — no design of mine will have to be squeezed over a child’s head and no baby will have to be stripped almost naked to facilitate a nappy change.” I loved that she emphasized the practicality of her designs because they are also beautiful!

The book then continues on to the patterns, which are organized into five collections. The first four are named for locations and Susan provides some historical background about each in the introduction to the collection. There are two collections designed for girls and two collections designed for boys. The fifth collection is a set of mice toys with outfits that coordinate with each of the four children’s clothes collections.

Each collection includes the introduction to the collection, several full page, beautifully staged and photographed pictures of children (or mice toys!) dressed in the full collection. This is followed by the individual patterns, which include sizes by age and measurements, recommended yarn and needles, a list of extras (such as buttons), and the tension (gauge). The patterns list any special abbreviations at the top of each pattern. Within each pattern, there are additional smaller photos of the designs.

The book includes the following types of patterns for children:

  • 6 cardigans,
  • 4 hats and headbands,
  • 3 jumpers (sweaters),
  • 2 dresses (each with instructions for knitted or fabric skirts),
  • 2 scarves,
  • 1 gilet (hooded vest), and
  • 1 bag.

There is also the amigurumi mice pattern, which includes 2 dresses, 2 jumpers (sweaters), 2 trousers (pants), and a jacket to coordinate with the children’s clothes.

The book ends with Size Diagrams, which includes illustrated schematics for each of the children’s garments and accessories; Finishing Touches, which provides written and illustrated instructions for making covered buttons, bias binding, embroidery stitches (lazy daisy, French knot, and stem stitch), and buttonhole loops; a list of pattern abbreviations; and acknowledgements.

The book doesn’t include pattern difficulty levels, but I would described it as best for intermediate knitters, although a confident and adventurous beginner could make most of the projects in Very British Toddler Knits. The book assumes you know how to knit and read patterns; it’s a pattern collection, not an instructional book. The designs are adorable and the photography is inspiring. If you like to knit for toddlers, I think you’ll get a lot of inspiration from this book.


Mouse Scarf

Knitting Pattern by Susan Campbell

Published in Very British Toddler Knits: 25 Classic Designs for 1 to 6 Year Olds

Pattern and Photos © 2018 Quail Publishing. Shared with permission from Search Press North America.

Free knitting pattern: Mouse Scarf by Susan Campbell - excerpted from Very British Toddler Knits with permission from Search Press via Underground CrafterNotes from Underground Crafter:

  • This pattern uses Craft Yarn Council knitting abbreviations. A full list of abbreviations is available here.
  • Video tutorials for many of the increases and decreases are linked below.
    • M2 tutorial by JennyKnits is available here.
    • M1 tutorial by Deramores is available here.
    • Skpo tutorial by Deramores is available  here.
    • K2tog tutorial by Deramores is available here.
  • A mattress stitch seaming tutorial is available here.
  • A French knot embroidery tutorial is available here.
  • This pattern uses a super fine (#1/fingering/4 ply) yarn held double (two strands together).
  • The finished scarf measures 93 cm (36.5”) long, excluding mouse head and tail.
  • This pattern is part of the Hampton collection in Very British Toddler Knits.

Size

  • One size – child 1–6 years

Yarn

  • Rowan Pure Wool 4 ply
  • 3 x 50g/1.75oz balls in main colour (Snow)
  • 1 x 50g/1.75oz ball in pale pink for mouth scraps of grey for nose

Needles

  • Pair each of 3mm (US 2/3) and 4.5mm (US 7) knitting needles
  • Pair each of 3mm (US 2/3), 3.5mm (US 4) and 4mm (US 6) double-pointed needles

Extras

  • 2 buttons, beads or safety eyes (for very small children work eyes and nose in coloured yarn)

Tension (Gauge)

  • 28 sts and 36 rows to 10cm/4in square 20 sts and 37 rows to 10cm/4in square over garter st with 4.5mm (US 7) needles and yarn held double

Warning

  • Never leave a young child alone wearing a scarf.

Free knitting pattern: Mouse Scarf by Susan Campbell - excerpted from Very British Toddler Knits with permission from Search Press via Underground CrafterScarf

  • Work with 2 strands and in garter st, throughout.
  • Using 4.5mm (US 7) needles and 2 strands of MC, cast on 4 sts.
  • Row 1 M2 into fi rst st, K1, M2 into next st, K1. 8 sts
  • K 3 rows.
  • Row 5 K1, M2 into next st, K3, M2 into next st, K2. 12 sts
  • K 3 rows
  • Row 9 K2, M2 into next st, K5, M2 into next st, K3. 16 sts
  • K 3 rows.
  • Row 13 K3 inc twice into next st K7, inc twice into next st K4. 20 sts
  • K 3 rows.
  • Cont in this way, inc 4 sts on next and every foll 4th row until there are 44 sts.
  • Next row K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog. 42 sts.
  • Rep last row until 22 sts remain.
  • Work straight until scarf measures 86cm/34in or required length.
  • Cast off 2 sts at beg of each row until 6 sts remain.
  • Slip these 6 sts onto 4mm (US 6) double-pointed needles and work an I-cord.
  • To make an I-cord K to end of row.
  • *Slide the sts to the right-hand side of the needle. Pull yarn taut and K another row. *
  • Rep from * to * until the ‘tail’ is 18cm/7in long.
  • Change to 3.5mm (US 4) double-pointed needles and work I-cord for another 4cm/1½in.
  • Change to 3mm (US 2/3) double-pointed needles and work I-cord until the tail measures 32cm/12½in or required length. P6tog.
  • Fasten off.

Lower Jaw

  • With 4.5mm (US 7) needles and 2 strands of MC, cast on 4 sts.
  • Working in garter st, inc 1 st at each end of every 4th row until there are 22sts.
  • K 11 rows straight.
  • Cast off.

Mouth

  • With 4.5mm (US 7) needles and 2 strands of pink yarn, cast on 4 sts.
  • Working in garter st, inc 1 st at each end of every 4th row until there are 12 sts.
  • Next row P.
  • Next row K.
  • Next row P.
  • Working in garter st, dec 1 st at each end of next and every 4th row until 4 sts remain.
  • K 3 rows.
  • Cast off.

Outer Ears (make 2)

  • With 4.5mm (US 7) needles and 2 strands of main yarn cast on 5 sts.
  • Row 1 K1, M1 into next 2 sts, K2. 7 sts
  • Row 2 P2, M1 into next 2 sts, P3. 9 sts
  • Row 3 M1 into first st, K6, M1 into next st, K1. 11 sts
  • Row 4 M1 into first st, P8, M1 into next st, P1. 13 sts
  • Row 5 K1, [M1 into next st, K2] to end of row. 17 sts
  • Work 7 rows in st st.
  • Row 13 [Skpo] twice, K9, [K2tog] twice. 13 sts
  • Row 14 P.
  • Row 15 Skpo, K7, K2tog K2. 11 sts
  • Row 16 P.
  • Row 17 Skpo, K1, K3tog, K1, K2tog, K2. 7 sts
  • Row 18 P.
  • Row 19 Skpo, K3, K2tog. 5 sts
  • Row 20 P.
  • Cast off.

Inner Ears (make 2)

  • With 3.25mm (US 3) needles and 1 strand of pink yarn, cast on 5 sts.
  • Row 1 K1, M1 into next 2 sts, K2. 7 sts
  • Row 2 P2, M1 into next st, P3. 9 sts
  • Row 3 M1 into first st, K6, M1 into next st, K1. 11 sts
  • Row 4 M1 into first st, P8, M1 into next st, P1. 13 sts
  • Row 5 K1, [M1 into next st, K2] to end of row. 17 sts
  • Row 6 P1, [M1 into next st, P2] to last st. P1. 22 sts
  • Work 8 rows in st st.
  • Row 15 [Skpo] twice, K14, [K2tog] twice. 18 sts
  • Row 16 P.
  • Row 17 [Skpo] twice, K10, [K2tog] twice. 14 sts
  • Row 18 P.
  • Row 19 Sk2po, K7, [K2tog] twice. 10 sts
  • Row 20 P.
  • Row 21 Skpo, K6, K2tog. 8 sts
  • Row 22 P.
  • Row 23 Skpo, K4, K2tog. 6 sts
  • Row 24 P.
  • Cast off.

To Make Up

  • Fold the mouth in two and, using mattress st, sew the top half to the nose end of the main piece.
  • Sew the bottom half to the lower jaw.
  • Using mattress st, sew the sides of the bottom jaw to the sides of the head.
  • Using mattress st, sew the inner and the outer ears together and sew the ears into place.
  • Sew beads/buttons into place for eyes, or use black yarn and French knots.
  • With grey yarn and satin stitch, sew the nose.
  • Sew whiskers into place each side of nose by using yarn and knotting it each side of the face.
  • Using mattress st, sew the tail decrease together so that it tapers into the tail.

Giveaway

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Knitting Pattern: Tiny Double Moss Diamonds Square

Free knitting pattern: Tiny Double Moss Diamonds Square in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn by Underground Crafter [Harmony Blanket Knit Along Square #40]The knitting pattern for the Tiny Double Moss Diamonds Square forms columns of diamonds using the double moss stitch. This is the fortieth pattern in the Harmony Blanket Knit Along.

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About the Harmony Blanket KAL

Harmony Blanket Knit Along with KAL Corner | Join us each Thursday from January through November 2018 as we release a new, free knitting pattern for a 6" (15 cm) square in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn. Get 48 free knitting patterns by 13 designers to join into a baby blanket, or make fewer or more squares for a different sized project. For more details, visit Underground Crafter or join the KAL Corner group on Facebook. #KALCorner #knitting

If you make your own Tiny Double Moss Diamonds Square, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Tiny Double Moss Diamonds Square

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free knitting pattern: Tiny Double Moss Diamonds Square in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn by Underground Crafter [Harmony Blanket Knit Along Square #40]

US terms 504-medium 50Form columns of textured diamonds with the double moss stitch.

 

Finished Size

  • 6″ (15 cm) square.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/170 yd/156 m) – 1 skein in 135 Rust, or approximately 41 yd (37.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size 7/4.5 mm knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 18 sts = 4″ (10 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl 1 – slip 1 st, knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Rep instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Pattern repeat is any multiple of 6 sts, + 1 sts, + 8 sts for borders.

Pattern Instructions

  • CO 27 sts.

Border

  • Border Row 1: K to last st, p1.
  • Border Row 2: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Border Rows 3 & 4: Rep Row 2 twice.

Tiny Double Moss Diamonds Pattern

  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, k3, *k3, p1, k2; rep from * across to last 5 sts, k4, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k3, p1, *p2, k1, p3; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 3: Sl 1, k3, *k2,  [p1, k1] twice; rep from * across to last 5 sts, k4, p1.
  • Row 4: Sl 1, k3, p1, *[p1, k1] twice, p2; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 5: Sl 1, k3, *k1, p1; rep from * across to last 5 sts, k4, p1.
  • Row 6: Sl 1, k3, p1, *k1, p1; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 7: Sl 1, k3, *k2, [p1, k1] twice; rep from * across to last 5 sts, k4, p1.
  • Row 8: Sl 1, k3, p1, *[p1, k1] twice, p2; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Rep Rows 1-8 until square measures approximately 5.5″ (14 cm), ending after Row 8.

Border

  • Border Rows 1-4: Rep Border Row 2, 4 times.
  • BO in pattern for Border Row 2. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 3 times the width of square).
© 2018 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2018/10/04/knitting-pattern-tiny-double-moss-diamonds-square. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Knitting Pattern: Broken Lines Square

Free knitting pattern: Broken Lines Square in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn by Underground Crafter | Harmony Blanket Knit Along Square 38The knitting pattern for the Broken Lines Square combines a traveling diagonal stitch pattern with horizontal garter “stripes” to create an interesting texture. This is the thirty-eighth pattern in the Harmony Blanket Knit Along.

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About the Harmony Blanket KAL

Harmony Blanket Knit Along with KAL Corner | Join us each Thursday from January through November 2018 as we release a new, free knitting pattern for a 6" (15 cm) square in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn. Get 48 free knitting patterns by 13 designers to join into a baby blanket, or make fewer or more squares for a different sized project. For more details, visit Underground Crafter or join the KAL Corner group on Facebook. #KALCorner #knitting

If you make your own Broken Lines Square, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Broken Lines Square

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free #knitting pattern: Broken Lines Square in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice #yarn by Underground Crafter | Harmony Blanket Knit Along Square 38 #KALCorner #undergroundcrafter #lionbrand #freeknittingpatternUS terms 504-medium 50A traveling diagonal stitch pattern combines with horizontal garter “stripes” to create an interesting texture.

 

Finished Size

  • 6″ (15 cm) square.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/170 yd/156 m) – 1 skein in 124 Toffee, or approximately 41 yd (37.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size 7/4.5 mm knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Completed square = 6″ (15 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl 1 – slip 1 st, knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Pattern repeat is any multiple of 5 sts, + 2 sts, + 8 sts for borders.

Pattern Instructions

  • CO 30 sts.

Border

  • Border Row 1: K to last st, p1.
  • Border Row 2: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Border Rows 3 & 4: Rep Row 2 twice.

Broken Lines Stitch Pattern

  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, k3, p1, *p1, k4; rep from * across to last 5 sts, p1, k3, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k4, *p3, k1, p1; rep from * across to last 5 sts, k4, p1.
  • Row 3: Sl 1, k3, p1, *k2, p1, k2; rep from * across to last 5 sts, p1, k3, p1.
  • Row 4: Sl 1, k4, *p1, k1, p3; rep from * across to last 5 sts, k4, p1.
  • Row 5: Sl 1, k3, p1, *k4, p1; rep from * across to last 5 sts, p1, k3, p1.
  • Row 6: Rep Border Row 2.
  • Rep Rows 1-6 until square measures approximately 5.5″ (14 cm), ending after Row 5.

Border

  • Border Rows 1-4: Rep Border Row 2, 4 times.
  • BO in pattern for Border Row 2. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 3 times the width of square).
© 2018 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2018/09/20/knitting-pattern-broken-lines-square. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Knitting Pattern: Uneven Cable Square (Harmony Blanket #27)

Free knitting pattern: Uneven Cable Square (Harmony Blanket Knit Along) in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn by Underground CrafterThe knitting pattern for the Uneven Cable Square features an uneven cable over a seed stitch background. The uneven cable really pops, while the seed stitch adds great texture. This pattern is the twenty-seventh square in the Harmony Blanket Knit Along.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links.Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Lion Brand.

If you’re following along with the Harmony Blanket Knit Along, you probably love learning new knitting stitch patterns as much as I do. For each of the 10 patterns I’m designing in the Harmony Blanket KAL, I’m highlighting the book where I came across the stitch pattern. I found the pattern for the uneven cable in Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book: Completely Revised & Updated by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine, my new favorite knitting reference book. You can read my full review here (and, if you’re seeing this on or before July 11, 2018, you can also enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy).

Book Review: Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book (Copmletely Revised & Updated) via Underground Crafter

About the Harmony Blanket KAL

Harmony Blanket Knit Along with KAL Corner | Join us each Thursday from January through November 2018 as we release a new, free knitting pattern for a 6" (15 cm) square in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn. Get 48 free knitting patterns by 13 designers to join into a baby blanket, or make fewer or more squares for a different sized project. For more details, visit Underground Crafter or join the KAL Corner group on Facebook. #KALCorner #knitting

If you make your own Uneven Cable Square, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Uneven Cable Square

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free knitting pattern: Uneven Cable Square (Harmony Blanket Knit Along) in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn by Underground CrafterUS terms 504-medium 50An uneven cable is worked over a seed stitch background.

 

Finished Size

  • 6″ (15 cm) square.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/170 yd/156 m) – 1 skein in 173 Dusty Green, or approximately 42 yd (38.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.

Shop for Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice at your favorite retailer! Lion Brand | LeisureArts | Craftsy | Amazon | Wool Warehouse UK

  • US Size 7/4.5 mm knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Cable needle. You can find a list of substitutes for a cable needle and a tutorial for knitting cables without a cable needle in this video by Lion Brand here.

Gauge

  • 18 sts = 4″ (15 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • 5-st LC – 5-stitch left cable – Slip 3 sts onto cable needle, hold cable needle at front, k2 from main (left) needle, k3 from cable needle.
  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl 1 – slip 1 st, knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Rep instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Pattern repeat is any multiple of 5 sts (for cable), + even number of sts (for seed st) + 8 sts for borders.
  • To change this pattern for a larger or smaller number of stitches, keep the borders (first and last 4 sts of each row) the same, then work seed stitch [p1, k1] across to stitch before cable, p1, work cable, p1, [k1, p1] across to border. On wrong side, work p across cable.
  • You can find a list of substitutes for a cable needle and a tutorial for knitting cables without a cable needle in this video by Lion Brand here. If you’ve never knit cables before, this video will also help you understand the basic construction.

Pattern Instructions

  • CO 27 sts.

Border

  • Border Row 1: K to last st, p1.
  • Border Row 2: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Border Rows 3 & 4: Rep Row 2 twice.

Uneven Cable Pattern

  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, k3, [p1, k1] 3 times, p1, 5-st LC, p1, [k1, p1] 3 times, k3, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k3, [p1, k1] 3 times, p7, [k1, p1] 3 times, k3, p1.
  • Row 3: Sl 1, k3, [p1, k1] 3 times, p1, k5, p1, [k1, p1] 3 times, k3, p1.
  • Row 4: Rep 2.
  • Row 5: Rep 3.
  • Row 6: Rep 2.
  • Rep Rows 1-6 until square measures approximately 5.5″ (14 cm), ending after Row 2, Row 4, or Row 6.

Border

  • Border Rows 1-4: Rep Border Row 2, 4 times.
  • BO in pattern for Border Row 2. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 3 times the width of square).
© 2018 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2018/07/05/knitting-pattern-uneven-cable-square. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own Uneven Cable Square, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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