... a little free squirrel

as part of my once a month free pattern aka #freebeefridayknits 
but only free for a day - grab the pattern here - Ravelry

A little light squirrel painting...

I had a beautiful wooden box of water colours given to me for my 50th (last July!) - time I got them out...

A bird in the hand...

is always a good thing - especially if it's a free pattern - which it is.... because today it's #freebeefridayknits January! 
Pick up your pattern here - but remember it's only free for a day!
Oh... and Happy Friday!

Happy Christmouse...

...And thank you for all your support and encouragement regarding my knitting and patterns throughout the whole of this year... I'm looking forward to next year's knitting - have ordered and had my yarn already delivered! And there will be more #freebeefridayknits too...
So - a Very Happy Christmas to all of you.... Claire
Mouse pattern here

December -

That's a magic word... must be, because say it and it conjures up and evokes so many glittery and shiny feelings and thoughts of wondrous things.
For this magical month's #freebeefridayknits I've chosen to knit a barn owl - I've seen a few flying around here (my home in Cornwall) and even once saw one perched on a fence right outside my kitchen window, that was truly special.
... I love all owls but this little character is my personal favourite... and what characters they are - I hope I've captured something of it in my homage to... the pattern link is here - Ravelry/dotpebbles
She/ he is knitted all at once - joining on and picking up stitches as you go... I've added a detailed and photographic 'how to make up' section and you could always email me if you get stuck!


Woodland Collection

Hello - another month... I do actually like November - I know it brings the cold, damp and dark days but that for me signifies cosy warm fires, warm soups, thick wooly jumpers and family togetherness... and of course the pending suspense that is Christmas... bring in the woods - knit your own for free! - the pattern is here but is only free for a day...

Chunky just got chunkier...

Who isn't in love with the on trend chunky knits - who doesn't love their cloud soft-ness? Let me tell you - your little one-cup-teapot is in for a total treat!

Yarn - I used 1/2 ball Yarn and Colors Urban and 15mm US P Hook
Starting at the top make 3ch
Round 1 1ch, beg with 2nd ch from hook work 6dc (sc) - working either side of 3 ch so that's 3dc (sc) along one side, 3dc (sc) along the other. Place marker
Round 2 2dc (sc) in 1st, 1dc (sc) in next, 2dc (sc) in each next 2, 1dc (sc) in next, 2dc (sc) in last. 10dc (sc)
Round 3 2dc (sc) in 1st, 1dc (sc) in each next 3, 2dc (sc) in each next 2, 1dc (sc) in each next 3, 2dc (sc) in last. 14dc (sc)
Round 4 2dc (sc) in 1st, 1dc (sc) in each next 5, 2dc (sc) in each next 2, 1dc (sc) in each next 5, 2dc (sc) in last. 18dc (sc)
Spout and handle
Round 5 1dc (sc) in each next 9, turn and work in rows on one side as follows:
*Row 1 1ch, 1dc (sc) in each 9, turn
Rows 2, 3 & 4  as Row 1**
Cut yarn and fasten off.
Return to remaining 9 sts, pull yarn through 1st of 9dc (sc) to work the other side as before from * to **
Joining both sides
After working across last row, do not turn but carry on across your first side and then across the second so 1dc (sc) in each next 18 dc (sc). Fasten off

Fancy a fig?

We endulged on these fancy figs on our holidays - the ones I can buy here are not as jammy and sweet but still delicious and so beautiful to look at - objet d'art in themselves - I'm totally inspired by them hence this knitted version!

I used 3.75mm (US 5) straight needles with Drops Bomull-Lin yarn in off-white and embroidered with single strands taken from 6 stranded embroidery thread
Beginning at the stalk end
In MC cast on 5sts
Rows 1-3 Beg. with a p row st st 3 rows
Row 4 inc) K1, kfb 3 times, k1 - 8sts
Row 5 P
Row 6 inc) [k2, kfb] twice, k2 - 10sts
Row 7 P
Row 8 inc) [K1, kfb] 5 times - 15sts
Row 9 P
Row 10 inc) kfb 15 times - 30sts
Rows 11-17 Beg. with a p row st st 7 rows
Row 18 dec) [K4, k2 tog] 5 times - 25sts
Row 19 P
Row 20 dec) [K3, k2 tog] 5 times - 20sts
Row 21 P
Row 22 dec) [K2, k2 tog] 5 times - 15sts
Row 23 P
Row 24 dec) [K1, k2 tog] 5 times - 10sts
Row 25 P2 tog across - 5sts
Cut yarn, thread end through rem 5 sts, pull up and secure - mattress sew up seam stuffing at same time.
Work many short stitches in fig colour shades all over the fruit - there is no particular method as long as each stitch is worked in a similar direction - I think of it similar to machine embroidery only by hand!
Note: this makes a round fig - if you want the effect of a cut fig then push in one side as you work embroidery over it

September = fox

... at least it does here - here's your #freebeefridayknits pattern for this merry month - I do love September even though it means back to early mornings... pattern here by the way

Budgie blank...

Use this simple pattern as a platform to add your own freestyle embroidery to create your own 'knitted' pet budgie.... pop by my @dotpebbles_knits Instagram gallery for more pictures

I used 3.25mmm straight knitting needles with DK cotton yarn such as Scheepjes Catona or Paintbox Yarn, toy filling and 6mm toy eyes (try Ebay)

Beginning at the tail cast on 8sts
Rows 1 - 22 Stocking stitch 22 rows
Row 23 dec) K3, skpo, k3 - 7sts
Row 24 P
Row 25 inc) Kfb, k to last st, kfb - 9sts
Row 26 P1, pfb, p to last 2 sts. pfb, p1 - 11sts
Rows 27 - 32 inc) Rep last 2 rows 3 times  - 23sts
Row 33 inc) Kfb, k to last st, kfb - 25sts
Rows 34-50 Beg. with a purl row, stocking stitch 17 rows
Row 51 Skpo, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, k2 tog
Row 52 dec) P2 tog, p to last 2 sts, p2 tog - 23sts

... short rows to shape the head
Short row 1 K17, with yarn in front sl next st purl-wise onto RH needle, with yarn in back, sl st back onto LH needle, turn (WTk - wrap and turn knit)
Short row 2 P11, with yarn behind sl next st purl-wise onto RH needle, with yarn in front, sl st back onto LH needle, turn (WTp - wrap and turn purl)
Short row 3 K10, W+T
Short row 4 P9, W+T
Short row 5 K8, W+T
Short row 6 P7, W+T
Short row 7 K6, W+T
Short row 8 P5, W+T
Short row 9 K4, W+T
Short row 8 P3, W+T
Short row9 K2, W+T
Short row 8 P1, W+T
End short row K12 sts to end

Row 53 dec) P2 tog 5 times, p3tog, p2 tog 5 times - 7sts
Cast off.

Match then mattress stitch the row ends to join along the front of the body - stuff the body through the open cast off end at the head - at the same times adding the eyes - then mattress join the cast off edge to form the front of the head.
Along this front of head seam work a single long stitch then over that stitch work buttonhole stitch.

A five star knit for a starry July...

Hi - another month!
And another knitted pattern for you for free today only #freebeefridayknits on Ravelry
I love July... not only is it my birthday month but also it reminds me of school holidays of old... warm evenings, tennis, lighter evenings... ah halcyon days - you know those days when the sun shone endlessly! 
By the way if you liked knitting the number then you'll be pleased to know that I'm working on the other nine - so watch this space or follow along here
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little grey elephant for you

Here's another pattern to use up your stash...
Elephant Pattern
Cast on 31sts in DK, sportweight or 4 ply yarn and with appropriate sized needles - this little sole was knitted in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino on 3.25mm needles
Row 1 K31
Row 2 inc) K14, kfb, k1, kfb, k to end - 33sts
Row 3 inc) K.
Row 4 inc) K15, kfb, k1, kfb, k to end - 35sts
Row 5 inc) K.
Row 6 inc) K16, kfb, k1, kfb, k to end - 37sts
Row 7 inc) K.
Row 8 inc) K17, kfb, k1, kfb, k to end - 39sts
Row 9 inc) K.
...short rows for feet - Side A
*Short row 1 K4, w+t
Short row 2 K4
Short row 3 K3, w+t
Short row 4 K3
Short row 5 K2, w+t
Short row 6 K2
Short row 7 K1, w+t**
End of short rows for Side A dec) Cast off 7sts, k10, kfb, k1, kfb, k to end -  34sts
...short rows for feet - Side B
Rep as for Side A feet short rows 1 - 7 from * to **
Row 10 dec) Cast off 7sts, k to end - 27sts

Short row 1 K13, W+T
Short row 2 K12, W+T
Short row 3 K11, W+T
Short row 4 K10, W+T
Short row 5 K9, W+T
Short row 6 K8, W+T
Short row 7 K21, W+T
Short row 8 K10, W+T
Short row 9 K9, W+T
Short row 10 K8, W+T
End of short row 11 K to end

Row 11 dec) Skpo, k to last 2 sts k2 tog - 25sts
Row 12 K
Row 13 dec) Skpo, k10, kfb, k to last 2 sts k2 tog - 24sts 
Rows 14 - 16 Work 3 rows garter stitch

Row 17 inc) Cast on 8 sts, k across - 32sts
Row 18 inc) Cast on 8 sts, k across - 40sts
Rows 19 - 26 Work 8 rows garter stitch
Row 27 dec) Cast off 12 sts, k to end - 28sts
Row 28 dec) Cast off 12 sts, k to end - 16sts

Row 29 inc) Kfb, k3 (place stitch marker for ear) K3, skpo, k3 (place stitch marker for ear) K3, kfb - 17sts
Row 30 K
... short rows to shape top of head
Short row 1 K16, W+T
Short row 2 K15, W+T
Short row 3 K14, W+T
Short row 4 K13, W+T
Short row 5 K12, W+T
Short row 6 K11, W+T
Short row 7 K10, W+T
Short row 8 K9, W+T
Short row 9 K8, W+T
Short row 10 K7, W+T
Short row 11 K6, W+T
Short row 12 K5, W+T
Short row 13 K4, W+T
Short row 14 K3, W+T
Short row 15 K2, W+T
Short row 16 K1, W+T
End of short rows 17 K to end of row.

Row 31 dec) Skpo, k13, k2 tog - 15sts
Row 32 dec) K1, skpo, k9, k2 tog, k1 - 13sts
Row 33 dec) Skpo, k9, k2 tog. 11sts
Row 34 K
Row 35 dec) Skpo, k7, k2 tog - 9sts
Rows 36 - 37 Work 2 rows garter stitch
Row 38 dec) Skpo, k5, k2 tog - 7sts
Rows 39 - 41 Work 3 rows garter stitch
Row 42 dec) Skpo, k3, k2 tog - 5sts
Rows 43 - 45 Work 3 rows garter stitch
Cast off, leave a long tail end for sewing up.

EAR side A
With the back of the elephant facing you, begin at the stitch marker on your right, pick up 4 sts
*Row 1 inc) Kfb, k to last st, kfb - 6sts
Row 2 K
Row 3 inc) K to last st, kfb - 7sts
Row 4 K
Row 5 inc) K to last st, kfb - 8sts
Row 6 K
Row 7 inc) Kfb, k to last st, kfb - 10sts
Row 8 K

... a few short rows to shape the ears
Short row 1 K9, w+t
Short row 2 K8, w+t
Short row 3 K7, W+T
Short row 4 K6, W+T
Short row 5 K5, W+T
Short row 6 K4, W+T
Short row 7 K3, W+T
Short row 8 K2, W+T
Short row 9 K1, W+T
End of short rows 10 K to end of row.
Cast off**.
EAR side B
With the front of the elephant facing you, begin at the stitch marker on your right, pick up 4 sts
Work as Ear Side A from * to **

Join all seams with mattress seam -
Beginning at the cast off edge at the trunk - fold in half and join. Then sew along the trunk and head.
Fold each fore leg in half across the row end and join.
Join along the belly.
Fold each rear leg in half across the row end and join - easing the shaping against the straight edge to create a foot shape. Join in between the legs at the belly.
Stuff the elephant with spare yarn.
Join along the back - cast on - seam from foot to tail - for the tail leave a short length hanging down after you’ve secured the yarn at the end of the seam and with a sewing needle tease a little of the yarn to create a frayed edge.

'tis the season to eat strawberries...

Or rather - 'tis the season to eat make strawberries...
So here's a simple free project for a sitting outside knitting kind of day...
Strawberries pattern
I used small amounts Paintbox Cotton DK in shades of red  and green with 3.25mm/ size 3 needles for mine
Cast on 19sts
*Row 1 RS) K3, turn
Row 2 WS) Slip 1 knit-wise, k2
Row 3 K9, turn
Row 4 Slip 1 knit-wise, k8
Row 5 K15, turn
Row 6 Slip 1 knit-wise, k14
Row 7 K12, turn
Row 8 Slip 1 knit-wise, k11
Row 9 K6, turn
Row 10 Slip 1 knit-wise, k5
Rows 11 - 12 Garter stitch 2 rows**
Rep last 12 rows from * to ** 3 times.
To join the cast on edge with live stitches on the needle you are now going to knit them together as you cast (bind) off, as follows:
Have cast on edge adjacent to the live stitches
*Tip of needle into the first ‘live’ stitch (as if to knit) then needle into first cast on stitch nearest to that (knit-wise), pull yarn through both stitches and onto the needle in the right hand*,  repeat from * to *  - 2 stitches are now on the needle in the right hand - cast off (first stitch over the second and off the needle), repeat so to knit the live stitch with cast on stitch and then cast off all along the row/ cast on edge to the tip of the strawberry. Fasten off.
Turn the strawberry right way out.
Stuff  then work a running stitch around the open edge at top of the strawberry, pull up to gather and close the top. Weave in the end.
Stamen - with green yarn work a ten spoke star shape across the top of the strawberry, work over the star again so that each spoke is two strands thick, weave the end into the middle of the star pull it through to RS and snip it for the stalk.
Work little short dashes with yellow/ ochre embroidery thread or fine yarn for the seeds - if you look at a strawberry the seeds are positioned in four dot diamond-shape symmetry.
And that’s it!

A little free Midsummer magic...

Now - who doesn't believe in unicorns?
The most elegant and dreamy of magical creatures - and apparently - only the pure of heart will ever see one!
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