Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Meet Trilobite

Other than knitting my other interests include fossil hunting. As I looked at some fossil trilobites I was thinking that I could probably knit one. So, last night I knit a trilobite while thinking of a cute name for it. Unfortunately, I didn't think of one. Therefore, I present to you ..... Knit Trilobite. If you want to knit one for your self than you may do so by clicking here. If you are more of a Ravelry type, than you can click here.

EDIT: Since the link for the pattern has died (it's dead Jim) I am posting the pattern here:


  • 1 50 gr ball of Needful Yarns Kim (discontinued). Each trilobite takes about half a 50 gr ball so use whatever scraps you have.
  • 4 3.25mm DPNs (use whatever needles give you a firm gauge with the yarn that you are using, usually 1-2 sizes below the recommended needle size on the ball band)
  • Crochet hook in whatever size needle you used
  • Darning needle
  • 3 stitch markers
  • Small amount of fibrefill or yarn scraps
  • Catnip and bell (if you are making a cat toy)


Any gauge will do just as long as it is firm enough so that the filling doesn't show through.


Pygidium (“tail”)
Cast on 6 sts, pm marking beginning of round
(K1, m1, pm, K1, m1, K1) 2 times - 10 sts
(K2, m1, K1, m1, K2) 2 times - 14 sts
(K3, m1, K1, m1, K3) 2 times – 18 sts
(K4, m1, K1, m1, K4) 2 times – 22 sts
(K5, m1, K1, m1, K5) 2 times – 26 sts
(K6, m1, K1, m1, K5) 2 times – 30 sts

Thorax (“body”)
P7, K1, P14, K1, P7 for 2 rows
K the next 2 rows
Repeat this pattern 5 times

Cephalon (“head”)
P6, K3, P12, K3, P6 for 2 rows.
K5, P1, K3, P1, K10, P1, K3, P1, K5 for 2 rows
K5, P2tog, K1, P2tog, K10, P2tog, K1, P2tog, K5 – 26 sts
K5, P3tog, K10, P3tog, K5 – 22 sts
ssk, K7, K2tog, ssk, K7, K2tog – 18 sts
ssk, K5, K2tog, ssk, K5, K2tog – 14 sts

Antenna (make 2)
Using crochet hook ch 7. Break yarn and pull through loop.

Stuff him to desired firmness, than graft the head. Sew the antenna to the top of head. Weave in ends.

Monday, September 28, 2009

woo hoo!!!!

I'm famous!!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

How do you solve a problem like one skien of Noro? (reprise)

Last night I cast on a scarf in the noro Taiyo and it looked like this:
I was trying to do the risotto stitch from super stitches knitting , but I missed a direction and I got some thing that wasn't risotto stitch. It was kind of lacy and squarish, and I was fine with it. I even kind of liked it. Until my mom said "it looks a little like crochet". CROCHET?! I couldn't knit some thing that looked like crochet. The rest of the evening I was deciding what to do with it. I didn't want to frog it as this yarn is delicate and breaks easily and this stitch is sticky. Yet, if I kept knitting I would have a scarf made out of very beautiful yarn in a stitch that looked like crochet. So I frogged it, and about an inch and a half from bottom the yarn broke and so I have a lovely piece of crochet looking knitting to show you today.

After much deliberation, looking at cables, looking at lace patterns and looking at other woven looking stitches I decided to try the risotto stitch again. this time doing it right. so I cast on 28 stitches and bravely started knitting. And now I love it! It looks like woven fabric and lays flat. So I present you ......... risotto stitch done right.

Friday, September 25, 2009

How do you solve a problem like one skein of Noro?

I won this skein of yarn at the Lanark county knitting guild last week (it was a door prize) and I have no idea what to do with it. It's 100 gr of noro Taiyo (cotton/silk/wool/nylon) in white, green, red, blue, purple, brown and orange. I was sort of thinking of a scarf or wrist warmers. Any ideas?

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Hello, my name is madeleine. Im 13 years old and already a pretty competent knitter and designer. I home school
and I live with 5 chickens, 2 rats, 2 parents and a border collie and blah blah blah.... Let's talk about knitting now. I just finished blocking this scarf I made out of the louet merlin dk and I love it. It's light and soft and drapey. I got the yarn at fiber fest for free because of my amazing young talent (thank you again Heather) . I came up with the pattern, but the stitch pattern is from super stitches knitting and is called candle light lace. (thank you giant pumpkin for molding the scarf)

In other knitting news my mom's socks are almost done. I finally grafted the toe on the first one and I have just finished turning the heel on the second one. they where an IOU for her birthday last april.