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Free Knitting Patterns for Some Super Groovy Toys

Many years ago, when the internet was mostly made of text and your website host complained if your site went over a megabyte in size, I paid a rather exhorbitant price for a lift-out from a 1968 Australian Women’s Weekly in an out of the way antique shop in rural Victoria. Alas, when I went to knit the toys, the front page had been torn in half and was nowhere to be found. To say I was miffed would be a massive understatement.

Imagine my surprise all these years later to find the exact patterns available in Trove, the Australian National Library’s online digital archive.

Groovy knitted toys from the October 2nd Australian Women's Weekly, 1968
Groovy knitted toys from the October 2nd Australian Women’s Weekly, 1968

(Re)Introducing: The Mod Menagerie of Beasts and Birds including, The King of the Beasts, Carrot-Power Cottontail, Cat of Super Colors, Mopsy Bird, Hippie-Potamus, Wiggy Bird, Flower Bearing Bruin and Bangle Bell Bossy. They’re all knit at 3sts to the inch to make them super groovy and super fast.

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Free Baby Doll Cradle Purse – Limited Time Only

Baby Doll Cradle Purse knitting pattern

As a special thank you to everyone who has supported Knitting-and.com over the last 19 years, my Baby Doll Cradle Purse knitting pattern (usually US$3.50), is available for free as a Ravelry download until 11:59pm on the 18th of December, Sydney Australia Time

Use the code FiggyPudding at checkout to receive your pattern for free.

Feel free to spread the word but remember, that’s Australian time so get in early!

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The Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

I’ve been doing a little tidying here and there on Knitting-and.com including adding charts to one of my most popular free knitting patterns, the Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl.

The Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl with free knitting pattern

I designed the Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl way back in 2004. It was only intended to be a swatch, but it was so much fun to knit I just kept adding colours until I ended up with a full size shawl.

The shawl can be knit with any yarn, at any gauge and in any size so it’s not only fun to knit but a great stash buster too! I hope you find the new charts useful, and if there are any other patterns you’d like to see charts added to, please let me know.

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A Matter of Scale

I’m so close to finishing knitting the samples for the Ladies’ Guide to Elegant Lace Patterns Etc that victory is in sight at last! I just have one tidy (table runner thingy), one afghan (I’ll just be knitting a sample), and the fringe on another tidy to go.

At the moment I’m knitting the very last edging, which is actually the first edging from the book and one of the largest.

Here it is next to one of the smallest for scale.

Lace from "The Ladies' Guide to Elegant Lace Patterns, Etc" 1884
One of the largest edgings from The Ladies’ Guide to Elegant Lace Patterns Etc, next to one of the smallest.

Whilst it has you cast on 50 stitches and work 32 rows per repeat, it’s actually quite easy to knit because it has a lovely rhythm to it. This is a good thing because I still have another two repeats to go 😛

I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with all of my samples after I’ve finished blocking and photographing them for the website. I had planned to frame them but there are just too many. Perhaps some kind of archival book?

Any ideas?

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Still Knitting Lace!

I just realised it’s been ten days since I posted about updating the lace patterns from The Ladies’ Guide to Elegant Lace Patterns Etc. 

I’m still knitting! In fact, I’ve been knitting lace in every spare moment, and sometimes all day (I’m looking at you, pointy forty-plus stitch lace on the top right)!

Lace from "The Ladies' Guide to Elegant Lace Patterns, Etc" 1884
Some unblocked lace edging samples from The Ladies’ Guide to Elegant Lace Patterns Etc, 1884

I have eight and a half samples to go, then I’ll be uploading all the patterns with corrections, updated language and stitch maps, wherever possible. Wish me luck, one of them starts off with fifty stitches!

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