Today’s topic for Knitting and Crochet Blog week is to create a dating profile for one of your projects. Meet Barney, a lonely teddy bear, seeking a fellow bear to hang out in the yarn basket with.
Hi! I’m Barney, a small, stripy bear, and I’m seeking a teddy bear (no yarn preference) for fun times and stash diving. I have a good sense of humour, am well stuffed, enjoy cuddles, stripes, hanging out in the yarn basket, long train journeys, camping, and wrapping myself in a massive duvet. I’m not so keen on hot water, washing machines or dogs.
I was created in Brighton about 6 years ago using Regia sock yarn. Sock yarn always makes a happy bear, it turns out, as we are bright, colourful and distinctive. There were a few of us in the beginning, but over the years we have all found friendship with tiny human beings and have lost touch with eachother.
I’m looking for another bear as sometimes I can get a bit lonely, now my human is older and interested in other toys. It would be nice to have a fellow bear to play with when he is asleep or no longer free to cuddle me.
The pattern used to knit me is a free vintage teddy bear pattern from Weldon’s, that my knitter found on a website a long time ago. The original blog it was on is no longer working, so if you would like to knit me a friend you can download my pattern here for free!
I look forward to seeing all the other potential bear friends!
I went along to the show on Thursday and was on hand to help anyone who felt like joining in. We provided a nice space for new and experienced knitters to put their feet up and click their needles for a bit, and in the process met some lovely people. The free workshops ran Thursday to Sunday, and each of us on the team took part in a day at the show, showing newbies the ropes and chatting with some of the more speedy folk.
Knitted bunting seems to be pretty popular at the moment, it’s cute and makes a great party decoration. I lent my set (pictured) to a friend for her wedding, and it now resides in our office at The Knitter.
Aran or worsted weight yarn in several colours A pair of 5mm (UK 6/US 8) knitting needles Tapestry needle Lengths of ribbon as desired
CDD slip two sts knitwise together, K1, pass two slipped sts over knitted stitch. K knit K2tog knit next 2 sts together rep repeat RS right side SSK slip two stitches knitwise one at a time to RH needle, slip LH needle through the front of these stitches, wrap yarn around RH needle to knit the two stitches together. st(s) stitch(es) st st stocking stitch WS wrong side Yo yarn over
Flag (make 12)
Using 5mm (UK 6/US 8) needles cast on 30 sts.
Row 1 (WS): Knit. Row 2 (RS): (K2tog, yo) rep to last 2 sts, K2tog. Row 3: Knit. Row 4: K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. Row 5: Knit. Row 6 Knit.
Rep Rows 3-6 until there are 5 sts left.
Next row: (WS) Knit. Next row: K1, CDD, K1. Next row: Knit. Next row: CDD.
Draw yarn through remaining stitch and weave in ends. Make 11 more flags the same. Thread ribbon through eyelets.
If you’ve been following my blog and Instagram lately you might have seen a few pictures of my free knitted bunting pattern! This was a design for Simply Knitting and The Knitter, which we used in workshops over the weekend at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia.
A few of you have asked if the pattern is available, and I am happy to say that yes, it is! You can now download the pattern for free at the bottom of this post.
I went along to the show on Thursday and was on hand to help anyone who felt like joining in. We provided a nice space for new and experienced knitters to put their feet up and click their needles for a bit, and in the process met some lovely people. The free workshops ran from 11-3.15, Thursday to Sunday, and each of us on the team took part in a day at the show, showing newbies the ropes and chatting with some of the more speedy folk.
I’d have loved to have stayed longer to have a look around, and even check out Somerset House’s “Wool House” if I hadn’t been booked in a taxi home, but alas that shall have to wait! There are so many things to see and do in London..
All in all it was a successful weekend and we all had a great time – hopefully those of you that joined in enjoyed it too!
As some of you are aware, I also regularly write for a blog for Cosy Tea. Once a week I feature free knitting patterns for tea cosies which I have found online or patterns that are sent to me.
Since I started writing for Cosy Tea back in October, I have gathered quite a few free knitting patterns for Tea cosies and mug cosies. The pattern page is starting to pack out a bit now and is looking good, so I thought I’d share a few here and direct you over there to take a look!
You can find links to these gorgeous knitting patterns, and stacks more free ones over at Cosy Tea’s Blog. Don’t forget to check out the tea too!