stash 'n' strawberry bowl...

Today's (and my what a very historic day!) #freebeefridayknits

anyone for strawberries?...

perfect with tennis
- and a little sweet, simple, strawberry FREE pattern...
P.S - would you like to join in with my IG hashtag #freebeefridayknits ? - click the link here, follow and get a free pattern EVERY Friday!
Strawberries pattern
I used Scheepjes Catona 25gm balls  in shades of red  and green with 3.25mm/ size 3 needles for mine
Cast on 19sts
*Row 1 RS) K3, turn
Row 2 WS) Slip 1 knit-wise, k2
Row 3 K9, turn
Row 4 Slip 1 knit-wise, k8
Row 5 K15, turn
Row 6 Slip 1 knit-wise, k14
Row 7 K12, turn
Row 8 Slip 1 knit-wise, k11
Row 9 K6, turn
Row 10 Slip 1 knit-wise, k5
Rows 11 - 12 Garter stitch 2 rows**
Rep last 12 rows from * to ** 3 times.
To join the cast on edge with live stitches on the needle you are now going to knit them together as you cast (bind) off, as follows:
Have cast on edge adjacent to the live stitches
*Tip of needle into the first 'live' stitch (as if to knit) then needle into first cast on stitch nearest to that (knit-wise), pull yarn through both stitches and onto the needle in the right hand*,  repeat from * to *  - 2 stitches are now on the needle in the right hand - cast off (first stitch over the second and off the needle), repeat so to knit the live stitch with cast on stitch and then cast off all along the row/ cast on edge to the tip of the strawberry. Fasten off.
Turn the strawberry right way out.
Stuff  then work a running stitch around the open edge at top of the strawberry, pull up to gather and close the top. Weave in the end.
Stamen - with green yarn work a ten spoke star shape across the top of the strawberry, work over the star again so that each spoke is two strands thick, weave the end into the middle of the star pull it through to RS and snip it for the stalk.
Work little short dashes with yellow/ ochre embroidery thread or fine yarn for the seeds - if you look at a strawberry the seeds are positioned in four dot diamond-shape symmetry.
And that's it!




Chelsea/ Ascot/ Wimbledon?...

When DON'T you need this hat! - direct link to purchase at just £2!

Midsummer madness...

the #freebeefridayknits pattern I have for you today is homage to the mystery and magic that this time of year promises - it's called Unicorn Moon and I know it's a bit different to the other #freebeefridayknits - I just hope you like it?  - the pattern is here - Ravelrylink

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.