Gift idea for Teacher

Teachers like books - right? - You love knitting - right again? - Well here's a gift to suit both... bookmark bird - knits in under an hour...
And it's FREE!  - from here...


Public enemy no.1...

Well here in Cornwall anyway...
'Though I have to admit they are truly remarkable aviators...
this ones for you, for free, for today
as part of my #freebeefridayknits on Instagram - enjoy it until it flies off into the sun

Not Bombay...

... but Ombre Duck - today's Happy Friday #freebeefriday knit - for you
Makes a great bath toy - I stuffed mine with cut up old towelling
Pattern here

Lucky stork

- knit one for whom ever needs it
I'm knitting them for my children who have been working hard towards their imminent exams later this month - something to slip into their bags as a little luck reassurance...
 - this pattern is free today as part of #freebeefridayknits @dotpebbles Instagram - the pattern is posted ready for download - here

Love me - love my dog...

Free for Friday 29th April
- do you love it? Download your pattern from here 


Flamingo follow...

... for fun free friday patterns (oh why can't 'patterns' begin with a letter 'f' - I love alliteration!)
What I mean to say is follow my Instagram @dotpebbles for free patterns for one day only, like this flamingo, every Friday! FANTASTIC FUN

Fancy that - a flamingo!

And it's free today - catch him while you can! - over here ---> dotpebbles' patterns

These boots... {and shoes} are made for...

knitting.
Today's #freebeefridayknits joint Instagram and Ravelry feed...
Have fun with these - I'd love to see some real tiny ones - tag yours with Instagram #myfreebeefridayknits - pleeease!

Sorry about this title...

ERRATA (sorry about that, I uploaded the wrong pattern!) - this is what the pattern should read:

End of short rows for Side A dec) Cast off 7sts, k10, kfb, k1, kfb, k to end -  34sts
...short rows for feet - Side B
Rep as for Side A feet short rows 1 - 7 from * to **
Row 10 dec) Cast off 7sts, k10, k to end - 27sts

SHAPE TOP OF LEG WITH SHORT ROWS
Short row 1 K13, W+T
Short row 2 K12, W+T
Short row 3 K11, W+T
Short row 4 K10, W+T
Short row 5 K9, W+T
Short row 6 K8, W+T
Short row 7 K21, W+T
Short row 8 K10, W+T
Short row 9 K9, W+T
Short row 10 K8, W+T
End of short row 11 K to end

Row 11 dec) Skpo, k to last 2 sts, k2 tog - 25sts
Row 12 K
Row 13 dec) Skpo, k10, kfb, k to last 2 sts k2 tog - 24sts 
Rows 14 - 16 Work 3 rows garter stitch

FRONT LEGS
Row 17 inc) Cast on 8 sts, k across - 32sts
Row 18 inc) Cast on 8 sts, k across - 40sts
Rows 19 - 26 Work 8 rows garter stitch
Row 27 dec) Cast off 12 sts, k to end - 28sts
Row 28 dec) Cast off 12 sts, k to end - 16sts

etc. etc...

... but it seemed so right at the time - #freebeefridayknit no.4 - New Delhi Ele Tea Cosy
here in Ravelry and free for 24 hours!


#sleepanywheredoll

As seen on my Instagram feed under the hashtag #sleepanywheredoll - I figured you may wish to make your own and join in the fun by sharing yours at #mysleepanywheredoll
... that said here's the pattern

Use any 4 ply or sock weight cotton or fine yarn in body colour and 3mm/ size C crochet hook for her head, arms and legs and in dress colour and 3.75mm/ size F hook for dress

N.B - DC = English double crochet (US terminology = SC)

Foundation Chain Starting with a slip knot and smaller hook make 4 chain.
You will now work around (i.e either side of) the foundation chain
enabling you to crochet in the round as follows:
Round 1 1DC in each of the 4 chain - now, turn your work upside down
to work into the remaining loops of the chain stitches. (When you
are done, your last stitch should be next to the first stitch you made) – 8dc
Round 2 inc) 2DC into each 8dc - 16dc
Round 3 inc) 2DC into next dc, 1DC into each next 7dc, 2DC in next dc, 1DC into each next 7 dc to end of the round – 18dc.
Round 4 1DC into each 18dc

Continue to work in rounds of crochet until piece measures 6mm/ 1 inch, placing a marker at the beginning of the round so that you know where to begin and end (about 7 or 8 rounds)

Next round dec) 2DC tog, 1DC into each next 7dc, 2DC tog, 1DC into each next 7 dc to end of the round – 16dc

NECK
Round 4 1DC into each 16dc
Next round dec) [2DC tog] 8 times – 8dc
Next round 1DC into each 8dc
Next round Rep last round

ARMS
Next round *Make 25CH,
HAND
Next row Turn, 1CH, 1DC into each next 5ch, SL ST in next ch – then you’re going to crochet back up the 5 CH – 1DC in each ch - but this time along the other side – when you get to the tip of the hand work SL ST in each of the 5dc  from Hand and then SL ST into the remaining 20ch back down to the body**. 1DC in next dc then repeat from * to ** for the other arm.

DRESS
Switch yarn to dress colour and use larger hook
Next row 1DC in each 8dc around – working into the dc beneath the chain that make each arm
Next row Rep last round 7 times.
-      Switch to a different colour if you want a different colour for the skirt
Next row inc) 2DC in next dc, 1DC in each next 3dc around, 2DC in next, 1DC in each next 3dc – 10dc
Next row 1DC in each 10dc around
Next row inc) 2DC in next dc, 1DC in each next 4dc around, 2DC in next, 1DC in each next 4dc – 12dc
Next row 1DC in each 12dc around
Next row inc) 2DC in next dc, 1DC in each next 5dc around, 2DC in next dc, 1DC in each next 5dc – 14dc
Fasten off

LEGS – make 2 alike
Next round Make 32CH,
FOOT
Next row Turn, 1CH, 1DC into each next 7ch, SL ST in next ch – then you’re going to crochet back up the 7 CH – 1DC in each ch - but this time along the other side – when you get to the tip of the foot work SL ST in each of the 7dc from Hand and then SL ST into the remaining 25ch back down to the other end of the chain.

Sew the legs to the dress top - just under the skirt.

HAIR
Cut even lengths of crochet cotton or any thread you wish to use, fold each strand in half and beginning at the crown stitches hook under one of the crochet stitches, grab hold of a length of hair yarn in its middle – at the fold and pull through the stitch to create a loop of hair yarn  - pass the cut ends through the loop and pull until the knot that you’ve created lies against the head.

Embroider a simple straight line for her mouth in black thread to complete.


                 

Plucky hen.

I'm free - today... a happy hen loves free-dom right! -
Please go to my Ravelry page for more details... pluck

E G G

EGG - One of my favourite words... that and Lemon, for whatever reason, I don't know!
Anyhow, here's a eggstremely (I know, eggs are rather victim to the pun so I make no apologies!) easy stash-busting make... so let's CRACK ON (yay!) - PATTERN BELOW THE PIC
FINISHED SIZE Similar to a hen’s egg!   
YARN    Small amount of any dk or sport yarn (or 4-ply, aran or chunky) depends how
     small or large you’d like your egg to be! I used Quince and Co. and Drops
     Lima from my stash
NEEDLES  For the yarn I used - 3.25mm/ size 3
EXTRAS     Toy filling or scraps fabric, yarn for stuffing

Cast on 4sts
Row 1 inc) Kfb into each stitch - 8sts
Row 2 K
Row 3 inc) [K1, kfb] 4 times - 12sts
Row 4 K
Row 5 inc) [K2, kfb] 4 times - 16sts
Row 6 K
Row 7
inc) [K3, kfb] 4 times - 20sts
Rows 8 - 9 Garter stitch 2 rows.
Row 10 inc) [K4 ,kfb] 4 times - 24sts
Rows 11 - 12 Garter stitch 2 rows
Row 13
inc) [K7 ,kfb] 3 times - 27sts
Row 14 K
Row 15 inc) [K8 ,kfb] 3 times - 30sts
Rows 16 - 17 Garter stitch 2 rows
Row 18 inc) [K4 ,kfb] 6 times - 36sts
Row 19 K
Row 20 dec) [K4, skpo] 6 times - 30sts
Row 21 K
Row 22 dec) [K3, skpo] 6 times - 24sts
Rows 23 - 24 Garter stitch 2 rows
Row 25 dec) [K2, skpo] 6 times - 18sts
Row 26 K
Row 27 dec) [K1, skpo] 6 times - 12sts
Row 28 K
Row 29
dec) K2 tog 6 times - 6sts
Cut the yarn leaving a length that’s long enough to use for the seam, thread the end through the stitches and pull up to gather the stitches together.

TO MAKE UP
This was the easiest way I found it to sew up:
Wrap the egg around the stuffing then sew up the seam - matching the shaping - working mattress seam - you can add a little more stuffing as you near the end of the seaming if it needs it.
Mould the completed egg with your hands to create that perfect egg shape.
Decorate your eggs at will - I simply embroidered on a few straight stitches radiating around some French knots and or some lazy daisy-ish flowers  - SEE SOME PRETTIES ON MY INSTAGRAM @dotpebbles FEED
- but really anything goes... they look lovely plain too!

#freebeefridayknits pattern 2

Hare - sitting - for Easter - here's the pattern (remember it's only free for 24 hours!) - oh my it's only next week isn't it! - Enjoy you weekend and I'll see you next week for another free pattern via Instagram @dotpebbles. Happiness is a ball of yarn and a pair of needles!

#freebeefridayknits

Each Friday I'm going to be giving away any one of my patterns for free - old ones and new ones like this one - more pictures see @dotpebbles Instagram