Photo courtesy of Rowan Yarns

A few years ago knitnscribble wrote about Rowan’s free knitting pattern ‘online only’ offerings for teen pullover sweaters by Sarah Hatton.  Since then, the links have been removed by Rowan, because their KidSilk yarn has been discontinued. Still looking for the unisex sweater jumper pattern called ‘Bria’? …a  good answer for everyday casual wear for ‘tweens,  depending on the yarn used, can be appropriate for girls or boys.

A reader from New Zealand brought the dead links to my attention and with a few emails was able to get the sweater pattern from Rowan. Kindly sent and now posted here. Please download it and print it out for future use.

Knit with US 8 (5 mm) and 10 (6 mm) needles, it should be easily finished in no time and also a good beginner sweater pattern.  Sized to fit ages 10 to 16:  S, M, and  L.

Bria sweater pattern by Sarah Hatton from Rowan.

copyright 2012 Sharon Watterson

I have always been amazed by crochet and knitted amigurumi toys and dolls, but have never ventured in that direction. This little Easter chick and egg knitting pattern caught my eye this week, and I thought it would be the perfect Easter basket keepsake for our twelve-year-old granddaughter… something she would cherish forever, since her mother is a lover of all things Easter, too.

copyright 2012 Sharon Watterson

It’s an Alan Dart free pattern from his website. Dart is a UK maven for amigurumi patterns. He has every sort of knitting pattern imaginable in story-telling props for children.  And none of his patterns are more than $5.00. This little chick and egg pattern is free, even better.

Knit tightly on US size 3 needles with DK gauge yarn, the pattern works up really quickly with Dart’s well-written pattern and photos. One mistake I made initially was in sewing the head to the tail, realizing later that the head belongs across the top of the body, exposing the cute little duck’s tail.

copyright 2012 Sharon Watterson

Nothing is difficult about this pattern which uses knit front and back in the same stitch (KFB) as “Inc1.” After you are finished, you can “decorate” your egg, if you wish, with a bit of Easter embroidery. This was quickly done, but I should have taken the time to search for some thinner embroidery floss; but alas, it stands as is. The two eggshells are sewn together in the back, which I haven’t done yet in these photos.

copyright 2012 Sharon Watterson

The chick and the egg knitting pattern is here, a free download on Alan Dart’s website. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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Bucket of Roses Felted Hobo PurseDomestic-DivaOnline has graciously featured this free pattern for my felted hobo purse, Bucket of Roses. (more…)