Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Last month I did a post for Canada's Thanksgiving Day that was autumnal-themed rather than specifically related to Thanksgiving so I could save the turkey, pilgrim, and cornucopia patterns for the American Thanksgiving Day post. But when it came time to write today's post, I found I again had to fall back on selecting some generically autumnal patterns in order to fill out the set of patterns, because it turns out that a lot of turkey, pilgrim, and cornucopia patterns are really pretty tacky. However, I did find a rather decent set of patterns that were very much in keeping with the spirit of the day, and I hope you like them.
The above pattern is the Fall Pumpkin design, by Sarah Hawkins. This pattern is available for free and these little pumpkins might be used to make Thanksgiving decorations, such as a centrepiece. A little knit pumpkin might also be used as a pin cushion.
These little Pilgrim Bears, by Noreen Crone-Findlay, are just too cute. The pattern originally appeared in From Knitting Today! #7 in October/November 2011, and Your Knitting Life, October/November 2011. Back issues of these magazines can be ordered.
This is the Teeves Turkey, by Lisa Tomko. This pattern is available for $5.00(USD).
This Fall Wreath, by Lion Brand Yarn, is felted but too pretty not to include. This pattern is available for free.
This is the Pumpkin Patch Socks design, by Maggie van der Stok. This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download.
This is the Pilgrim Bonnet, by Heather Buelow. I can't imagine anyone other than a plain dress Quaker having any use for a pilgrim bonnet unless it's for a Halloween costume (even in the promo shot it's used for yarn bombing), but in the event that you do want one, this one is quite a well-designed example and the pattern is available for free.
This sweater with its striking wheat-like device is the Eastlake design, by Norah Gaughan. This pattern appeared in Berroco's pamphlet, Norah Gaughan Vol. 3.
The Waves of Grain scarf, by Rosemary (Romi) Hill, is a Knitty pattern and therefore available for free.
This is the Pumpkin Patch Baby Blanket, by Dawn Brocco, and of course it could be lengthened and/or widened to be a full-sized afghan. This pattern is available for $6.00(USD).
This is the Pumpkin Spice cushion pattern, by Michelle Treese. This pattern was originally published in Creative Knitting's September 2011 issue.
These are the Little Pumpkins fingerless mitts design, by Chris Abbott. This pattern is available for $4.00(USD).
Monday, 14 October 2013
This year I faced the prospect of having to do two Thanksgiving posts: one for the Canadian Thanksgiving as I'm Canadian; and one for the U.S. Thanksgiving as the majority of my readers are American. I decided to put together a selection of autumnal-themed designs for the Canadian Thanksgiving post (to wit: this one), leaving the topic of explicitly Thanksgiving-related patterns for the U.S. Thanksgiving post, which seems only fair given that Thanksgiving was their idea in the first place.
The pattern above is the first autumnal pattern of this post. It's the Autumn Fall Leaves pattern by Erssie Major. Please note that this design, which is available as a $1 download, is only a chart that can be applied towards any design you wish to make, not a full pattern in itself.
This cardigan is the Autumn pattern by Ruth Sørensen, and is available as a $8(USD) download.
These are the Autumn Fire Mittens, designed by Jouni Riihelä and Leena Riihelä. Love the slightly offbeat but still autumnal colourway. This pattern is available as part of a kit.
If all that colourwork isn't for you, you might try a textured solid colour pattern. This is the Oaked hat, designed by Alicia Plummer. It's available as a $4(USD) pattern.
This is the Autumn Leaf Beret, designed by Nicky Epstein. The pattern appears in Epstein's book Knitting in Circles: 100 Circular Patterns for Sweaters, Bags, Hats, Afghans, and More.
A bit of simple embroidery sets the otherwise basic Autumn Leaves Jacket apart. This pattern, which was designed by Jenny Snedeker, is available for free.
Love these Autumn Road Socks. This sock pattern is a Sweaterscapes design and is available for $3.50(USD).
These are the perfect autumnal socks. There is no pattern available for these socks as Ravelry user Lunitink improvised this pattern from a basic double knit heel sock pattern, but it should be easy for a good knitter to do the same with the help of the picture.
This is the Autumn Leaves Hat, designed by Terry Morris. The pattern is available as a $5(USD) download.
These are the Oregon Handwarmers, by Alice Starmore. This pattern is available as a part of a kit, which includes the pattern and materials to make not only the handwarmers but also a cowl, hat, and gloves.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
The American Thanksgiving weekend is approaching. You might want, as 213 people on Ravelry have, to knit your baby a turkey hat, downloading the pattern from this page.
Then again, if you're Canadian you're probably glad to have Thanksgiving well behind you so you can focus on something