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Next Steps - Fair Isle Knitting - Project 2

I am Louise from Wildflower Wool, a knitter who loves knitting and teaching others how to knit. Join me as I knit every pattern from Next Steps Eight: Fair Isle Knitting and blog my progress along the way.

Fun & Simple Project #3

This might look like my Fun & Simple Project #1, but in this case looks can be deceiving.

Yes, this is another Easy Scarf. Yes, it's made with Patons' Wild Child yarn (this  blue-green colorway is "Puppet"). But unlike the previous Easy Scarf, this was crocheted. (The first one was

Finally Done: A T-Rex

Project – T-Rex Toy (free pattern)
Yarn – Patons Canadiana
Blogger – YoElizbo

RRRRR! It's a dinosaur! After a lot of knitting, a whole raft of sewing, it is finally, officially a T-Rex. And I am so happy with the final dino. I had to wrench it out of my kids's hands. They thought it

FO - Vine Lace Beret

Project – Vine Lace Beret
Patons pattern book #500879, Breathtaking
Yarn –  Patons Lace color #33129 Porcelain
Blogger – terriknitspatons

As a rule, hats are a quick knit.  This project has the added bonus of being beautiful.  A lot of bang for your knitting buck.

On Being a Detailer

Project – T-Rex Toy (free pattern)
Yarn – Patons Canadiana
Blogger – YoElizbo

So once you get most of the sewing done, then comes the detail work. Actually this is sort of fun.

Using duplicate stitch and outline stitch, you add spots:

And a face:

On Being a Seamstress

Project – T-Rex Toy (free pattern)
Yarn – Patons Canadiana
Blogger – YoElizbo

So once you get all the knitting done on the T-Rex, then comes the real work.

The sewing.

I read a comment somewhere about this project that it involved a lot of seaming and handwork. I had looked over the pattern and

A Big Gift

Project – Two Strand Jacket
Patons pattern book #500840 Men
Yarn –  Patons Canadiana - the New Generation
Blogger – K1Paula2

As previously discussed on the blog, many of us are busy knitting and crocheting holiday gifts. Since my brother would probably rather read a Corvette blog than a knitting blog, I

On Being an Archeologist

Project – T-Rex Toy (free pattern)
Yarn – Patons Canadiana
Blogger - YoElizbo

I've been thinking a lot about archeology lately I've been knitting my T-rex. Cause like an archeologist on a dig, you start by knitting this in pieces.

The soles of the feet. Little

Quick Hat-FO

Project – Striped Band Hat
Pattern Book – Luxury Knits #500873
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool

When I said in my last post this would be a quick hat, I wasn't joking. This is a very quick hat pattern--and completely perfect for using up those partial skeins of Patons Classic Wool. I love it

Leftovers

When I cast off my Faded Cables Pullover and was itching to start something quick and easy, serendipity came into play as I had just gotten a hold of the book, Luxury Knits. Inside is the cutest pattern, the Striped Band hat. One of those quick to knit, easy to modify, and open to lots of color choices sort

Invasion!

Project – Ladybug Pillow (knit)
Patons free pattern (download here)
Yarn – Patons Décor in Barn Red and Black
Blogger – K1Paula2

I don't know what it's like where you live, but the bugs here seem really big this year.

Good thing ladybugs

Flip Flop Felting

Project – Moccasins for Him
Patons Pattern Book #500871 – Family Felting
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Royal
Blogger – YoElizbo

Before I even tossed my Moccasins for Him into the pillowcase for felting, I knew I had one problem. My gift was being felted here in Seattle, and the pair of

Ready Set Felt

Project – Moccasins for Him
Patons Pattern Book #500871 – Family Felting
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Royal
Blogger – YoElizbo

The Moccasins for Him from Family Felting are so flippin' easy and fast to knit, it defies gift giving deadlines. Honestly? I knit a pair in four evenings--and that

Casting on in the Middle

Project – Moccasins for Him
Patons Pattern Book #500871 – Family Felting
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Royal
Blogger – YoElizbo

I've never been all that good at adding stitches to things--you know when the directions say "Cast on 12 stitches at the end of the row." I'd do that loop method

Bear-y Good

Project –  Bunny and Bear Rattles
Bernat Pattern Book #530199 Baby Gifts
Yarn – Bernat Softee Baby
Blogger – Teresaknits

I love seeing a project come together. From this

to this

to, finally, this

Getting Ahead of Myself

Project – Chevron Scarf
Bernat Pattern Book #530196 Show Your Stripes
Yarn – Bernat Jacquards in Jade Jacquard
Blogger – JenWKnits

At the beginning of  my last few projects, I’ve taken pictures of the yarn and told you the story behind why I picked the project that I did.  Well, this time

Felted and Fini!

Project – Felted Posy Bag (knit)
Patons free pattern (download here)
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Mercury, Wisteria, Currant, Water Chestnut, Royal Purple, Lemongrass, Leaf
Blogger – YoElizbo

After I got the Felted Posy Bag all felted and ready to put together, I started out by trimming off the tails.  I rarely

Felting Fun

Project – Felted Posy Bag (knit)
Patons free pattern (download here)
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Mercury, Wisteria, Currant, Water Chestnut, Royal Purple, Lemongrass, Leaf
Blogger – YoElizbo

As I said before, this Felted Posy Bag is fast! It took me less than a week to knit it, and I wasn't even

Mother's Day? Already?

Project – Felted Posy Bag (knit)
Patons free pattern (download here)
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Mercury, Wisteria, Currant, Water Chestnut, Royal Purple, Lemongrass, Leaf
Blogger – YoElizbo

Yikes. I looked at the calendar this weekend and realized that Mother's Day is only two weeks away. Panic.

You see in our family,

A Tisket, a Tasket, a Set of Knitted Baskets

Project – Round Baskets
Bernat Pattern Book #530185 – Eco Kitchen
Yarn – Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Twists in 41420 Rose Twists
Blogger – Teresaknits

I try to be an eco-friendly gal. So when I saw the Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Eco-Kitchen book, I knew I wanted to give some of the

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