Craft Scan Friday, Walrus Edition, Goo Goo G’joob

A child’s cardigan and matching socks set to knit as shown in this fab photo from Coat’s & Clark’s Favorite Designs to Knit & Crochet, book number 198, copyright 1970.

Instructions / patterns below.

It’s Craft Scan Friday, So Don’t Blow It

One sure way to make sure people don’t blow their noses in your head kerchief is to knit it. No one likes to snot on the knots.

Pattern from the 1969 Bernat Handicrafter Learn To Knit Book #127.

Knit Converse Chuck Taylors Are A Shoe-In, Even With Dogs

BlueAndRedCows knit a pair of Chucks and shares the pattern too.

Clearly, these shoes are dog approved — and not (just) for chewing.

I don’t knit (yet), so I’m not sure if this is the same pattern or not… And I wonder if they could be modified for these Converse shoes?

If you also haven’t (yet) learned to knit, check out handmade knitted sneakers by Katie at Pretty Sneaky where you can find Converse Chuck Taylor high tops hand knit in many designs and patterns, including the classic pirate skull and crossbones.

Or maybe you’re more of a robot lover?

Don’t worry; if you can’t find your size, she’ll make them in your size — just for you.

Katie’s sneakers are made a bit differently; the handknit uppers are stitched over the original shoe. I’d imagine this helps the shoes keep their shape better.

No word on whether or not dogs love them just as much.

Craft Scan Friday: Dopey Baby Hat

Um, that’s a “dopey” hat for baby… We don’t know if your baby has to be dopey to wear it or not. We’d bet that any baby wearing said knitted hat will appear slightly dopey — but in that charming way babies can get away with. Anyway, enjoy the free knitting pattern.

Pattern from 1969 Bernat Handicrafter Learn To Knit Book #127.

Pom-Pon Girl


Remember, ponchos can be skirts!

Coats & Clark’s book #207, Shawls & Ponchos, crochet, knit, hairpin lace; copyright 1971, second edition.

Love it? Need it? If you’re in the Us or Canada, you can buy it from me. Otherwise, check eBay.


PS I just love that a pom-pon or pom-pom is defined as “a decorative ball of fluff.”

Craft Scan Friday: Knit Your Doll A Hula Skirt

As promised, pattern instructions from Virginia Lakin’s Petite Bazaar Knitting Book Three. I’m including the hula skirt and the bra or swimsuit top — because I don’t want your fashion doll to go topless! (And the tips pages too, so you can be sure to make your fashion doll’s clothing just right.)

Dress-Up Dolls Fit To Be Knit

Photographs of vintage fashion dolls wearing homemade knit fashions scanned from Virginia Lakin’s Petite Bazaar Knitting Book Three (1963).

If you live in the US or Canada and love it, you can buy this vintage booklet from me; or you can check eBay.


PS Keep an eye on Craft Scan Fridays for one or two of the patterns to be posted.

I Want To Be a Viking

Some days, you’re just sitting around with a couple knitting needles and a few skeins of wool, and you think to yourself, “self, I really should knit myself a viking.”  So you go to work, without really thinking about how one would really knit a viking, but you’re a dedicated crafter, and in the end your result looks like this:

Knit Viking Hat and Beard

And then the entire Reddit world totally freaks out at your awesomeness.   (via)