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1  flaming pirate mini cardie in Knitting: Completed Projects by Shortstuff411 on: February 07, 2010 03:00:29 PM

I was asked by some biker friends to make thier baby girl some 'baby biker knitted stuff that wasn't pink' for when we all went on holiday together, and this was the result.

It has a short pirate style moss stitch placket on the front, with enamel skull buttons and those flames, well, lets say it was a labour of love!!

The flames pattern is a slightly modified version of the one by 'bikerchicknits'.

They were thrilled, and it only got finished on day 3 of our holiday!!!  Roll Eyes

Oh, she also got this hat a modded 1960's pattern...  Grin

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2  Blythe hats, coats and dresses in Knitting: Completed Projects by Shortstuff411 on: November 22, 2007 05:19:01 AM
I've been making Blythe hats, coats and  dresses for the last couple of months, waiting for my Enchanted Petal Blythe to arrive.

(I've also put a post about the hats on the knitting forum)

The dress is made from Kaffe Fassett quilting material (there are more dresses to come, but I can't post pics yet as they are secret santa gifts).

I based the coat patterns on patterns available online.

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3  Blythe hats, coats and dresses in Knitting: Completed Projects by Shortstuff411 on: November 22, 2007 04:59:55 AM
Ok, I've finally got my Blythe doll, and I have been knitting hats for her for the last couple of months. My faves are the nepalese style ones.  Smiley

All the pics are on my Flickr;

Cheese in beanie by shortstuff411, on Flickr

my own kool-aid dyed blythe hat! by shortstuff411, on Flickr

pointy top of pixie beanie by shortstuff411, on Flickr

Double pointy Blythe hat prototype by shortstuff411, on Flickr

Show those stripes! by shortstuff411, on Flickr

Red mohair Blythe pixie hat by shortstuff411, on Flickr

Someone pass me the sunglasses! by shortstuff411, on Flickr

My Enchanted Petal Blythe is here at last!! by shortstuff411, on Flickr

Side of Blythe pixie hat by shortstuff411, on Flickr

My Fenella-Altea by shortstuff411, on Flickr

(too many to upload, and cos I'm a numpty, and don't know how to upload the pics onto here)  Shocked

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4  Pistachio... the geek lovechild of 'Cheese' (inc pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Shortstuff411 on: July 25, 2007 01:31:29 PM

This guy was developed from knitting my daughter 'Cheese' from Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends. (which I posted on the forum)
As usual, I knitted him as I went, without writing the pattern down, so I developed this guy for my son who wanted one too.

Knit in DK or aran yarn, on DPNs, any size between 3.5 mm and 4.5mm (smaller is better for stuffing). The original cheese was made in aran weight Jaeger, not sure what size needles..

You need:

Lime DK for body
White DK for eyes
Small amount of purple yarn for pupils
Small amount of teal for mouth

5 DPNs
pair of 2.5mm needles (for making eyeballs)
toy stuffing


C/on 6st in main colour, divide between 3 dpns, 2 st on each needle.
Join and knit 2 rows.
Next row, inc1,k1,inc1,k1 on each dpn.
Next row, knit.
Rep last 2 rows until 12st on each dpn.
next row, knit.
Next row, start to decrease-each needle- k2tog, k1, to last 2 st, k2tog. Rep on each needle.
Next row, knit.
(Start to stuff some of the body, but not too much).
Rep last 2 rows, until 2st remain on each dpn.
Knit 4 rows (this is his neck).
(Stuff rest of body through neck).
K1, inc1, at beg of each dpn, until 12st total (4 on each dpn).
Now divide evenly between 4 dpns- 3 st on each, to begin head.
Knit 1 row.
Next row, each dpn- knit1, inc1, k to last st, inc1, k1.
Next row, knit.
Rep last 2 rows until 15 st on each dpn (of bigger, if you want him to have a bigger head)  Cheesy
Knit 10 rows (or a few more if you want him to have a bigger head).
Next row, k2tog, k to last 2 st, k2tog.
Knit 1 row.
Rep until 9st left on each dpn.
Next row, k2tog, k1, all the way round (all 4 needles)
(Stuff head)
Knit 1 row.
Next row, k2tog all the way round. (3st on each dpn).
K2 rows.
(You may need to top up stuffing in the head).
k2tog, k1 all the way around.
k 1 row.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread through stitches and pull tight, fasten off.


Lime DK. Make two, obviously.

C/on 3 st.
Icord for 12 rows.
C/on 3 st.
K across row.
c/on in purl 3 st.
purl across row.
St st for 6 rows.
k2tog, k2tog, k1, k2tog cast off the single stitch, k2tog. (Hope this bit makes sense).
K first 2 st, c/off. Break yarn and rejoin and rep.


Make 2 in lime DK.

c/on 6 st, divde between 3 dpns.
k1 row.
k1, inc1, k2.
k 6 rows.
k6st, turn, p3st, turn, k3, k to end of round.
k1 row.
K1, k2tog, rep 3 times.
K1 row.
K2tog, put stitches on one needle.
K1 row.
I cord for 12 rows.


White DK and 2.5mm needles

Make 2.

C/on 4st.
K 1 row.
P 1 row.
K1, inc1, k to last st, inc1, k1.
p1 row.
Rep last 2 rows until 10 st.
P 1 row.
K 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows twice (four rows total)
P 1 row.
K2tog, k to last 2 st, k2tog.
P 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows until 4 st left.
P 1 row.


Sew eyes onto body, then, using purple DK, french knot or embrioder a pupil into the centre of each eye.
Backstitch a mouth using teal DK.

Arms, sew up the hands and sew onto sides of body.

Legs, sew onto bottom of, err, bottom!!  


I wondered about getting some REALLY STRONG magnets, to put into his hands and feet, but I couldn't get any that would make him stick through the yarn.
Apart from him, I've made a blue one called roquefort (a blue kind of cheese!)
And 'Hampton' (currently sans arms, legs and eyes) who is multi striped, and I made while holidaying in Northampton.

They don't take long, proficient knitters should be able to do one on a day.

Post pics if you make one!!
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5  The 'it's gonna be a tattooed summer' skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Shortstuff411 on: February 26, 2007 05:41:03 AM
Here is my first attempt at making something to wear (I'm usually a knitter)  Cheesy

I loved this fabric and had to get it on special order from an Ebay seller, as nowhere in the UK stocks it (why?Huh)  Roll Eyes

I was pleased how the zip and darts in the back went, that was a first too.

I've used my overlocker (erm, 'serger' to you US ladies??) and have finally figured out how it works!

Shame it's far too cold here in the UK to wear it atm, roll on summer!

I think you may be seeing more of me on here!  Smiley
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6  Crackers for Cheese! (Foster's home...) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Shortstuff411 on: February 26, 2007 04:45:14 AM
My kids loooove Foster's Home for imaginary friends, and it was coming up to my daughters (14th) birthday, and she asked me to knit her a 'Cheese'... me and the boys went quiet, cos little did she know, I was already half way through making him!!!  Cheesy

Soooo, here he is!!  Grin

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7  American idiot 80's inspired flag bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Shortstuff411 on: December 30, 2006 02:53:25 PM
MY daughter loves Greenday, and I wanted to get her a bag for Christmas, but the prices were waaay too much for what you got.

I had been chatting to friends about the canvas army bags people painted themselves, in the UK, in the 80's, and had seen a few similarly recently, so thought I'd have a go.   Shocked

Ok, so I bought the bag and patches etc, but got some fabric paint and came up with this;

She thought it was amazing, and didn't realise I'd made it until later that day, she thought I'd bought it!!  Grin

(The link says knitting, cos thats where I'm usually found on Craftster!) Mucho confuso!!  Roll Eyes

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8  Knitting survival instincts... in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Shortstuff411 on: September 03, 2006 01:51:59 PM
Oh, whats a girl to do when the urge to knit takes over in a tent in a pitch black field in the middle of nowhere??  Huh

...GLOWSTICKS!!!  Grin

One pic is how it really looked in the dark, the other is with a torch shone on me.  Cheesy

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9  Re: You Can't Knit All Day? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Shortstuff411 on: August 20, 2006 11:30:52 AM
My Daughter, age 13 (who knits!!)- "Mummy, you're knitting is an obsession too far!"  Grin

I recently went on a camping holiday with my hubby and about 40 of our friends, to a Land Rover festival- When we arrived (I had knitted on the way) I got out the car with my knitting, and after a few jokes thrown my way about 'being an old Granny' (it's approx 90% men in the camp) Then they asked WHAT I was knitting- a hat for our forum mascot, "Mr. Cheeky". They soon thought it was cool and thought I was clever!!  Grin Lol, it turned out like a little SnB 'devil' hat!  Grin

(The next day I knitted a little red/black stripey Nautie, THEN they thought I'd lost the plot!) LOL.  Cheesy  Grin

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10  R2D2 KIDS Beanie Hat (Star Wars) *Now* with link to free pattern/charts (page 1) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Shortstuff411 on: August 11, 2006 01:45:20 PM
We are in love with R2D2 in this house, so this was the perfect answer for this winters hat!

I had been thinking about this for AGES now, and had time to fit a quick project in, so went for it.  Smiley
I used a model of R2 for the shapes on his hat, and just simplified them.

*EDIT* THIS PATTERN COMES OUT SMALL- probably suitable for a child age 4-ish. It would be easy to insert the chart onto a bigger hat, and add some extra length and panels into the back with a little work Smiley

ETA: this is my first intarsia project (needs practice, I know!)  Roll Eyes

I've already had several requests for R4D4 ones as well, including a local barman (who also wants a batman balaclava) shouting "make me one!, make me one, PLEEEASE!!" over the bar!!   Grin


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