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18
Nov

TeddyBear Knit Along–Week 5

This week we knit our last pieces – the arms.  The directions are similar as with other pieces WITH ONE EXCEPTION. This pattern has a stitch that reads K2tog tbl. This translates to Knit 2 Together Through Back Loop. 

When you knit 2 together you typically knit in the front of the stitch. This time you will you knit but stitch your needle into the back of the stitch instead of the front.

Now pay close attention because has you also do a K2tog, the usual way. Here is what you will end up with.

Now, IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCED, you can try to make both arms at one time.  You do this by working with 2 skeins OR as I did, from using both ends of the skein.   Cast on with one end then pick up the other end and cast one.  Work a row on one, change yarn, work the other.  Be careful that you do not carry your yarn over to the 2nd arm.

There is a big plus to working this way.  Sometimes you loose count and one piece could end up 1 or 2 row off. This way your rows are always the same.   Also, you don’t do one, then get frustrated or busy and not complete the other.

Work each end. Turn your skein so the threads don’t get tangled.  Hey, this is a learning project, try it. If  you like it, you will use it again. If you don’t  you don’t have to do it again. It’s always fun to learn new techniques.

Anyway, next week we will seam up this bear.   I do hope you enjoyed the project. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Until next week, bear hugs from

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11
Nov

Teddy Bear Knit Along–Week 4

We are into the 4th week and now have the head, body, snout and ears made. This week we will make 2 legs.

You will be using stitches similar to those used in the body for shaping. When you bind off it will look like this.

Later we will fold this over and stitch it together. Here is a bit of the direction we will be going when we put it together. You will see that tongue there is the sole of the foot and the next part will wrap around it to complete the foot then up the leg.

I hope you are enjoying this project.  Next week we will make the arms and then begin seaming this bear together. 

Until next week – keep on stitching,

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04
Nov

Teddy Bear Knit Along–Week 3

If you haven’t started your bear yet, DON’T WORRY!!   RELAX!!  These are blog posts. That means you can just scroll back to Week 1 and get started at your leisure.

Week 1 we made the body. It is 2 pieces.

Week 2 we made the head knitting flat in 1 piece.

 

The round shape is created with increases and decreases. You can do it!

This week we are going to make the muzzle and the ears. 

This shows the muzzle right side and wrong side.

Here are the ears.

These pieces will work up quickly so you can use this week to catch up if need to.

Follow along on the event on Facebook where you can post pictures and questions.  You are welcome to comment here as well.

Keep on stitching,

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28
Oct

Teddy Bear Knit Along–Week 2

(be sure to see the updated information added after my signature)

Did you get the body finished?  You should have 2 pieces completed that will look like this:

We will seam these together later, so set them aside and let’s move on the head.

This week we will the head. The head form is made in one piece. The cast on edge will be the neck opening.  You will work this piece flat, doing lots of increases and decreases to create the form. Later we will sew the seam to make it a round piece.

For now, look closely at the pattern.  You will need to do knit front/back increases.  This is accomplished by knitting into the stitch, then before you drop it off the left needle, knit into the back of the stitch, then slip off the left needle. You now have 2 stitches where there was one.

Pay attention to the decreases.  There are 2 decreases used: skpo and k2tog. 

SKPO – slip, knit, pass over.  You will slip the first stitch to the right needle. Then knit the next stitch. Now, take the 1st stitch that you slipped to the right needle and pull it over the knitted stitch and off the needle.

K2TOG – knit 2 together. Knit 2 stitches as if they are one.

Work on this piece and then next week we will move on the snout and ears.

Until next week, keep on knitting,

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UPDATE – added 10/28/13   If you are new to reading patterns let me help you.  After doing 2 rows of knit your instructions read:

[Kf/b, k6, Kfb] 4 times

This means that you do what is inside the [ ] brackets 4 times.  So for this row you will

Kf/b (this is you increase), then you will knit 6 stitches then you will Kf/b. You have now completed 1 set. Begin again, Kf/b, K6, Kfb, Kfb, K6, Kfb, Kfb, K6, Kfb.  This has you completing the work inside the brackets as described,4 times.

I hope this helps.  Check the facebook EVENTS tab on BearyAnnCrafts and post questions there OR on the comments here.

20
Oct

Teddy Bear Knit Along–Week 1

We are ready to begin. Have you downloaded the pattern and gotten your supplies together? (see the prev post)

This week we will make the body.  It is made in two pieces which we will stitch together later. You start at the neck and work down.  You will do increasing for the belly by increasing each end and then knitting 5 rows and increase each end until you have all the stitches.

You will then work several rows and begin decreasing.  You will be using 2 decreases: skpo and k2tog.

skpo – slip one stitch, knit one stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted one and off the needle

k2tog – knit 2 stitches together

As you get to the end you will find a combination of these two – sk2togpo, you will slip the 1st stitch, knit 2 together, then pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch and off the needle.

You will find a k3tog. Think about it,  you  can do it.  You did a k2tog, this time you will work with 3 stitches.

 

Cast on, let’s get started.

 

P.S. Post your progress and ask questions on the facebook event page – BearyAnnCrafts . click on EVENTS

15
Oct

A Teddy Bear Knit Along

While enjoying the Etsy Craft Party a few months ago, there was a discussion about some of the bears and dolls I make. Melissa is one of the participants who is also a friend and  has been in my Knit and Crochet Bible Study classes and other craft projects with me. She asked about doing a knit along of a bear.

So I looked at the various patterns I use and have come up with one that I think would be a fun project. This garter stitch bear is made from a free pattern.

To make this, you will need to know how to cast on, bind off and knit. The bear is made in garter stitch, which means knit every row.  You will need to know how to increase using the knit in front and back of same stitch method.  You will need to decrease by knitting 2 or 3 stitches together.

I will post ‘the next step’ every Sunday asking you to spend the week working on one part of the project. The first post will go up this Sunday, October 20, 2013.

TO BEGIN:

1. Download the pattern (click here)

2. Gather your supplies – see my substitutions

  • I used a skein of Red Yarn Yarn instead of the suggested yarn
  • I did not sew the felt embellishments, I used Liquid Stitch
  • I used size 3 knitting needles, which are 3.25mm – there is no 3mm US needle size.

3. Read through the pattern – we will discuss each part, make note of questions you have.

4. Check back here each week for the next step of the knit along.

Let’s have fun, knit your first bear and perhaps start your love of this type of project. You may even have completed a gift for someone special.

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25
Jun

Doll-along winner at Fresh Stitches

Well, I submitted my doll into the doll-along contest at Fresh Stitches (see prev posts for details on the process of creating this doll)

This was one of 40 entries.

Fresh Stitches announced the winner and posted pictures of all the entries. It would have been tough to pick a winner from the selection. I am glad I didn’t have that job.

Click through to the blog post at Fresh Stitches and see all the entries along with the final winner.  It is amazing all the variations that came from the same pattern.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO FRESH STITCHES BLOG POST.

Off to another project!!!

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22
Jun

The Etsy Craft Party was a Success

We had a great time at Etsy Craft Party 2013.  I was hostess again this year.  I had help from friends Melisssa, Gina and Jamie.

Fourteen guest of the 39 signed up were able to attend.  We had several craft possibilities set up at tables at Mosaics Church in Lee’s Summit.

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One group was busy knitting a simple hat pattern for newborns and one was crocheting hats. These will be take to a local hospital.

Another table was knitting fingerless mittens to take to a local mission.

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A third table was busy making cards for Operation Write Home. These cards are given to soldiers to use to write home to their families.

Gift cards to Starbucks, a set of quilting/blocking pins and a set of paint brushes were offered up as giveaways throughout the evening.

With snacks provided by the participants, along with water and pop provided by Cosentino’s Price Chopper in Lee’s Summit, everyone was well fed and laughter filled the room.

I’ve already been asked when the next event is and ‘can’t we do this more often?’

Thank you to all who participated and helped. 

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18
Jun

Fresh Stitches Doll Along is complete

She is complete!

As you know, I have been participating in the Fresh Stitch Doll Along using patterns from her ebook ‘A Doll Like Me’.

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I loved the pattern. It is well written and offers so many ways to personalize the doll that no 2 dolls will be alike.

In my previous posts you saw the doll grow from a skein of yarn to a naked form.

I added her hair – 350 strands of 20 inch long strands, doubled over. This girl has a head of hair!

I had a lot of trouble finding the right facial features. I tried the felt option as offered in the ebook, but her this doll it did not look right. I tried several variations, then with a prompting from my husband to add eyelashes, her face came together. I used crochet thread for her eyes.

To finish her I added a bow I just completed while testing a pattern for Schere’ Crafty Crochet.  You can find the bow pattern on Ravelry – click or search for spiral hair bows.

In her arms is a little dollie I made altering a patterns called “Pink Little Lady Amigurumi Crochet Pattern” found in Kindle version on Amazon.

And now…………the final project.  I haven’t named her yet. A few people have offered some ideas. What would you name her?

And now, back to my unfinished items…….and a new mystery crochet along I just signed up for Smile

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07
Jun

Doll Along is Dressed

As you know from previous posts, I am participating in a crochet Doll-Along with Fresh Stitches.

 

 

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I still haven’t seamed the neck completely, I have decided that I am going to try to rearrange the stuffing.

One great thing about this project is there is almost no seams and everything is attached – even the dress.

I put the strap on her shoes and added her dress. I regret not making socks, but I will do that next time.

She is looking beary cute, if I may say so myself.

The pattern book is an excellent tutorial. If I had read the entire book before starting, I would have socks on her. Instead I foolishly went to the ‘basic doll’ page and got started.  I know, I know, I know. One of the first rules of knit and crochet is to read the pattern completely through so you can be familiar with what the designer is planning throughout the project. Like checking gauge, I sometime forget this step.

I am looking for a name for this doll. Got any suggestions?

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