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wisegirl
« on: October 25, 2008 11:21:30 AM »

So for the last year i have been either stuck with no internet access or a busted camer, or both!  I've been having craftster withdrawal Tongue  But luckily I bought a new digital camera two days ago and having been taking pictures of everything I have made since last fall.  Enjoy!

This pinwheel sweater I made last October by unraveling 5 thrift store sweaters to get the yarn.  I love the way it turned out and I love the shawl pin I found at my LYS.  Sorry, no picture of me modeling...I'm pregnant and the belly just gets in the way!

 





These are two blankets I finished over the summer to give as Christmas gifts.  The black and green one is for my 15 yr. old nephew...very manly I thought. The bright, garishly ugly one is for 12 yr. old neice.  Not exactly what I would like but I know she will love all those colors.









...and finally two bats.  My son found a stuffed bat he just loved at a garage sale.  Well, he lost it which was just a tragedy for a four year old.  So I cruised around the internet, got some ideas and made my own.  Once I was done with the brown one his twin brother, of course, wanted one of his own.

Hanging upside down with their wings buttoned.






Thanks for looking!

As requested, here are my notes for the knitted bats. This is the first pattern I have ever wrote so if some of it doesn't make sense, please let me know and I will try to clarify.

I used cheap acrylic worsted that someone gave me a ton of from an auction but I am sure any type would work.
Body
Cast on 5 st. on dpn. i used #5
Increase 5 st. every other round until you have 40 st.
Knit for 5 more inches. 
Next row decrease 5 st.
and the next row decrease 5 st.
slide tapestry needle through stitches but do not pull tight. 
Embroidery facial features, then stuff and then pull tight stiches and weave in ends. 

Feet - Make 2
Cast on 12 st.
Stockinette St. for 6 rows. Bind off.  Sew in a loop so cast on and off edges are on the side of feet and sew onto body of bat.

Ears - Make 2
cast on 6 st.
slip first st. of every row
stockinette st. for 6 rows.
Row 1 - slip st, ssk, k2tog, k1
Row 2 - purl
row 3 - slip st, k2tog, k1
row 4 - purl
cast off
sew on to head

Wings - Make 2
cast on 20 st.
knit for 6 rows in garter stitch
Row A - knit to last 3 st., k2tog, k1
Row B - k1, ssk, knit to end
Repeat A
Repeat B
Repeat A
Repeat B
knit two rows
Row C - k1, ssk, knit to last 2, inc. 1 st, k1
Row D - k1, inc 1 st, knit to end
Repeat C
Repeat D
knit two rows
Row E - k1, ssk, knit to last 3, k2tog, k1
Row F - k1, ssk, knit to end
Repeat E
Repeat F
Repeat E
Repeat F
knit 2 rows
Row G - k1, ssk, knit to last 2, inc. 1 st, k1
Row H - k1, inc 1st, knit to end
Repeat G
Repeat H
knit 2 rows
Repeat E
Repeat F
Repeat E

* from this point each wing will be different. The following will go on wing 1, for a buttonhole

Row I - k2, yo, k2
Row J - knit
Row K - k1, ssk, k2
Row L - k1, ssk, k1
Cast off

** For wing 2 knit the same as wing 1 until the *
Row I - k1, ssk, k1
Row J - knit
Row K - knit
Row L - k1, ssk, k1
cast off

sew wings to body and add button to wing where needed.

If you find any mistakes or have suggestions on how to make this pattern better I would appreciate any input. I'm not too happy with the ears so if you come up with a better way let me know.

« Last Edit: October 26, 2008 07:03:02 PM by wisegirl » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2008 01:15:10 PM »

That pinwheel sweater looks amazing!  I've never seen one of those before!  and Yay for recycling yarn!

Those bats are freakin' adorable!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2008 04:30:25 PM »

the bats are really cool!!! love it!!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2008 09:09:18 PM »

Those bats are so cute! Do you have notes or a little pattern you could post? I'd love to make a couple for my little cousins.
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2008 10:54:22 AM »

LOVE LOVE LOVE the bats!!! those are so freaking cute! i always see the cutest things i'd love to make my kids.... but i'm always so busy with WIP's!!!

and ditto on the pattern!! i'd love to see how you made those little scary cuties!
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2008 05:11:25 PM »

You do great work!
I'm crazy about those bats!
Ditto the request for a tute!
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