Knitting Toys 101: How to Knit & Purl

Knit and purl are the two foundational knitting stitches. You will need to learn them both to be able to knit adorable toys. But first we are going to make a pit stop for a little encouragement. Afterwards we will peek at my newly organized yarn. And finally I will share the teeny tiny vintage hangers I found at my local antique mall.

A Little Note of Encouragement

I hope you’re enjoying working on your cable cast on and that you’re finding it fairly simple to do. But this little note is for those of you who may be reading this and knitting is not coming so easily. Maybe you’re feeling frustrated and disappointed. Your hands aren’t cooperating. The videos don’t make sense. You just want to give up.

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Knitting Toys 101: Cable Cast On and Blocking

The cable cast on is a fundamental skill that you will need to master to hand knit toys. Today I’m going to show you how to do it and share a little about the importance of blocking!

Conversation with a Bunny

Bunny: So there’s a rumor going around that you want to learn how to make me.

You: Who told you that? Wait…you can talk?

Bunny: Of course I can talk! You think I’m just some dumb animal? I also heard that you think knitting toys is too hard.

You: Well that’s definitely true. It looks so complicated.

Bunny: It’s not complicated, but there are skills you need to learn. By the way, you got any carrots?

It is a well known fact that bunnies have very short attention spans so I think I’ll take over from here.

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How to Knit a Fuzzy Bunny

This week I will show you how to make a fuzzy bunny of your very own!

Have you ever experienced what you thought was a total disaster but it turned out to be an opportunity in disguise? Didn’t Bob Ross call those “happy little accidents”? It happened to me over the weekend and what a delight it has been!! But let’s start back at the very beginning of this delightful tale.

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Amigurumi 101: Part 3 – Basic Skills

Every craft has basic skills that must be mastered before the individual can move on to more advanced techniques. Think of the ballerina who spends years at the barre perfecting the five positions of the feet. She cannot star as Clara in the Nutcracker until she knows those basic skills up and down, inside and out. This is also true for crocheting amigurumi. The fundamentals matter and once they are mastered the possibilities are endless!

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Amigurumi 101: Part 2 – Choosing a Pattern and Color Palette

Are you caving in to the peer pressure? Have you dipped your toe into the incredible world of amigurumi yet? Before diving into Part 2, Choosing a Pattern and Color Palette, make sure you visit the last post. In Part 1 of Amigurumi 101 we discussed the most important skill you need to possess before crocheting your first toy. Not to be all doom and gloom, but seriously do not skip this step! I believe that if you skip this essential skill you are setting yourself up failure! And ain’t nobody got time for that!

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Amigurumi 101: Part 1 – Never Give Up

This is the first post in a four part series all for the amigurumi newbie! Part one of Amigurumi 101 focuses on the most essential skill any beginner must have and that is perseverance. The following three weeks will describe and demonstrate the fundamental techniques that you will need to master and become a confident toy maker!

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How to Edit Photos for Free

I used to think photo editing just meant adding a fancy Instagram filter to my pictures. My favorites were Lark, Juno, and Ludwig. Now there’s nothing wrong with those filters but using an actual photo editing app gives you so much more control. More control = more happiness! Haha! Well, it does for me anyway!

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The Lazy Gal’s Guide to Beginner Embroidery

I’m lazy. I hate doing things the hard way. I always have. If there’s an easier way to do something, sign me up! If you want to stitch a beautiful embroidery project with half the effort, this is the tutorial for you!

This beautiful design by Lolli and Grace is perfect for the beginner embroiderer. Not only will learn how to make several foundation stitches, but how to prepare to embroider as well. The Lazy Gal’s Guide to Beginner Embroidery will help you stitch a beautiful hoop without any fussy, unnecessary steps!

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Poppy Pig’s Tutu Tutorial

IMG_3560As I was sitting in church on Sunday an idea popped into my head. I wasn’t super happy with how the new piggie I was making was turning out. Something just wasn’t right. Thankfully the heavens opened up and the word “tulle” dropped right into my mind! I immediately knew that the pig needed a tutu! These are the steps I took and I hope that you find them useful!

I used light pink and purple tulle but any color or combination of colors would look great. I bought it at Walmart for only $0.97/yard so I bought a yard of each color. I likely only used 1/2 yard total.

I cut the tulle in strips of 1.5″ wide and 9″ long. This worked well for the length I wanted the skirt. To make a skirt the length you want, measure and then double the number since you will be folding the strip over when attaching it. My pig’s skirt is 4.5″ long from where it is attached to the bottom.

  1. I knew I would be adding a skirt from the beginning of making the pig. So at the waist I crocheted in the BLO (back loop only) to be able to attach the skirt easily. IMG_3505
  2. Next fold over the tulle strip, insert your hook underneath the loop and pull the tulle from the center fold. IMG_3506
  3. Pull the tulle strip through the loop. IMG_3507
  4. Continue to pull the tulle strip through the loop. At this point I adjusted the ends so they were even lengths. IMG_3508
  5. Now you have a large tulle loop on one side of the stitch and two tulle ends on the other side. Pull both ends through the tulle loop. IMG_3509
  6. Pull the loop taut to secure. IMG_3510
  7. I added two strips for each stitch and alternated pink and purple.
  8. Finally I trimmed the ends so they were mostly even but perfection wasn’t the goal.

TA-DAH! IMG_3525

I am ecstatic about how she turned out and am sure that every single animal I make from this day forward will have a tulle skirt!