Archimedes Spiral Earrings — Yarnbending

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Archimedes Spiral Earrings — Yarnbending

Pattern Conversion…de-mystified


Stitching in Saskatoon

Whether you are a well seasoned knitter or a beginner there are many choices to be made in each project you decide to knit.  Deciding on the yarn to the which pattern to knit; deciding on the type of needles to use to the particular gauge to knit; and so on the decisions must be made.  When it comes to knitting technique, though, most people resort to their personal favourite.  Knitting in the round or knitting pieces flat have many followers.  Whether you love or hate either technique there will be a time when you fall head over heels in love with a pattern that is designed for the other side.  You might want to consider converting the pattern to your favourite technique.  What follows is a simple to guide to accomplishing a conversion.

I’ve often come across a pattern where the designer chose to knit flat  and wondered why…

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The Sock Monkey Affair

Info hot line!

Stitching in Saskatoon

Where is spring? Sock Monkeys come in all shapes and sizes. They arrive complete with the love and joy of their creator, which only grows when the recipient gives the doll their first hug. These creatures are a favourite of stitchers all over the world and that includes me.

I’ve been busy stitching a whole community of Sock Monkey dolls that will find themselves in loving homes across Canada.  Phillip, my original Sock Monkey, travels the prairies (and documents his trips with photos), Egypt is excited to begin her new life in Brooks, Alberta, and Terrance, the baby Sock Monkey, is busy exploring his surroundings before he finds a new home in Regina, Saskatchewan. Before I introduce you to Phillip, the Sock Monkey, and friends, let’s first figure out where and when the Sock Monkey began…

The Sock Monkey is Born:

Phillip loves to knit!The sock monkey journey began, we suspect, during the 1950s…

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Crochet Pin Cushion / Fashion Doll Chair

Is this crochet again!

Stitching in Saskatoon

I thought I would gift a pattern to the crocheters in our group. I hope you take a moment to stitch one up. The uses are many, including a cute way to store your DPNs. They fit around the outside of the chair base!

Happy Holidays and Happy Stitching…(PS I’d love to see your creations so please send pictures and progress updates.)

Chair Pincusion
(or Doll Chair)

Are you looking for something useful, pretty and functional?

This easy pattern for crochet uses up your scrap yarns, recycles your tuna cans and provides a unique
place to rest your pins, needles and sewing supplies.

It can easily be made in an evening or two and is sure to please anyone. It can also be used as a comfy
seating place for one’s favourite fashion doll!

4 oz. Worsted weight yarn (Main Colour MC)
1 oz. Worsted weight yarn (Contrast Colour…

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Introducing Helmikuu Boot Toppers

Rememmber your double points.

Sunshine Ravioli Knits

Drumroll, folks… I am about to log my 100th project on Ravelry!

99 projects

In honor of this momentous occasion (which feels less momentous when I remember that the count includes several WIPs and hibernating projects), I’ve put together a little treat: a free pattern for a pair of Helmikuu Boot Toppers, my 100th project.


Love having cozy, cabled socks peeking out of your boots? Knit these quick cuffs to get the look at a fraction of the cost! They’re versatile, too– wear them right side-out to look like tall socks, or flip inside-out and fold over for a cuffed look.

Helmikuu is the Finnish word for February, the perfect time for tall boots and tweedy yarns. It means “month of the pearl,” in reference to the pearl-like drops of ice that freeze on tree branches.

Two versions of this pattern are available here: a no-nonsense edition for experienced knitters, and a

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Style Trend: Boot Toppers

Feeling knit inside.


Photo of boot toppersThank goodness for girl friends. A few weekends ago, I got together with some friends from college, all of whom are so supportive of KnitOutsideTheBox. They asked me what I was making for this year’s holiday fundraising. As I told them about the cabled wraps and headbands, one of my friends asked if I had considered knitting boot toppers. What a brilliant suggestion! I’m always looking for accessories that are trendy and that won’t take too long to knit. Boot toppers fit the bill perfectly.

As I started looking for patterns on Ravelry and Pinterest, I asked my teenage daughter for her input. Would she wear boot toppers? (Answer: “Yes!”) Would she prefer ones that would fold over the top of a boot or that would be layered over her boots and skinny jeans? (Answer: “Layered.”) Given she has a thing for owls, I asked if…

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Panda Ski Mask – Free Pattern

Actually interesting. I like it’s special.

The Running Yarn

This is the perfect accessory for the mischief-maker in your life, even if that person is you! When wearing this cuddly face warmer on the ski slopes, no one will mistake you for someone else. Great for costumes parties or for every day use, whichever you prefer.

Level: Intermediate

Size: Fits most adults

Circumference (unstretched): 20 inches
Length (Short): 17.5 inches (shown in picture)
Length (Long): 21.5 inches


Caron Simply Soft [100% acrylic; worsted weight 4ply; 315 yd per 170g skein]; 1 skein each color
[MC] White
[CC] Black


1 16-inch US #9 / 6 mm circular needle
1 set US #9 / 6 mm double-pointed needles
6 stitch markers
Tapestry needle

Gauge: 17 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in pattern

Pattern Notes:

There are two lengths for this mask. The short version, shown in the picture, ends just below the chin to…

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Free Pattern: Knit Fisherman Ribbed Hipster Hat

Fisherman Hat Instruction Page

Classy Crochet

One day (like, back in December-when-it-was-still-cold one day), as I was trawling across Pinterest like I do, I came across this pin:

The caption of the pin read: “DIY Incredible Knitted Mustard Hat – Super Easy and Awesome”.  Ooh!  I thought.  Super easy awesome free knitted hat pattern!  So I clicked it.  The link took me here: a fashion design blog written in French, with beautiful designs, gorgeous handmade products for sale, and nary a knitting pattern in sight.

So, being the masochist that I am, I decided to figure out the pattern by myself.  It couldn’t be that hard, right?  Just some sort of rib with a wide wale, and a huge pompom on top?

As my not-so-subtle leading question would imply, with any pattern I attempt to replicate, the project took me many, many, many evenings of researching knitted rib patterns, figuring out how they work in…

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