Dec 29, 2016

Knitting Patterns Sale

Stana's critters etc
Everywhere I look there is a sale going on, therefore I have decided to have a sale as well. For limited time only, I have a sale of my knitting patterns - Buy one and get one free.
The sale runs until December 31st 2016 midnight of US Eastern Time.

Use the coupon code Knit during the checkout process.

Here is the link to my Ravelry store:

Stana's critters etc.

Happy Knitting.

Dec 24, 2016

Happy Holidays

Stana's critters etc

This year has been a challenge for many of us in many ways.
I would like to keep my blog as a small corner in the Universe where anyone is welcome, including Monster Al and his friends. 
I promise to continue and offer you, my readers, various knitting patterns, especially my favorite - the  whimsical toy mystery KAL's.

Monster Al and his friends

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful time with your family and friends.

Dec 22, 2016

Needle Felting Class

Class set up
Every once in a while I like to create small critters using the needle felting technique. Once in a while our local library offers the needle felting class. The regular instructor couldn't make it and I was asked if I could teach the class.

I think the people who came enjoyed it, and in less than two hours they created needle felted pumpkin and few acorns.
needle felted pumpkin and acorns

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Nov 27, 2016

Knitting Pattern for Kittie Pillow

Grande Gatto and Kittie Pillow
The Kittie Pillow is knit in the rounds, with option to knit stripes on the back of the pillow.
The pattern offers two sizes, 16"/ 41 cm large and 14"/ 35.5 cm small pillow in diameter.

Kittie Pillow

The pattern is available in my Ravelry store or you may purchase it by clicking on this button:

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Knitting Pattern for Grande Gatto

Grande Gatto and Kittie Pillow
Every once in a while I get the opportunity to try different yarn, this time it was Knitpicks Super Tuff Puff, jumbo weight yarn. It was fun to work with, and because I was using knitting needles US 13/ 9 mm Grande Gatto was done in just a few hours.

Grande Gatto can be a pillow, or giant stuff soft toy, or door holder, or even just a cool decoration.
The finished Grande Gatto is approximately 15" / 38 cm tall and you will need  3 skeins of Knitpicks Super Tuff Puff yarn (each skein has 44 yards per 200 grams).

The pattern is available to purchase in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:

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Nov 20, 2016

Gift-a-long 2016

Gift-a-long 2016
It's that time of year again, time for gift-a-long.  This year gift-a-long is fourth year and although I missed the first year due to working on my thesis, I have participating in all of the others.

Gift-a-long is awesome collaboration of more then 300 independent knitwear and crochet designers from all over the world with more then 6000 participants in the event. The link to Ravelry group where it all happens is here, the group is named Indie Design Gift-a-long. The activities are fantastic, from Knit-a-long, through various games to entertain as well as many fabulous gifts to win, not just free knitting patterns, but physical prizes as well.

The official start of the Gift-a-long is on November 22nd at 8PM (US-EST time) with sale period and continues with Knit-along and games all the way to the end of this year.

Some important dates to remember:
Sale period runs from Tuesday, November 22nd 8PM (US-EST time) through Wednesday, November 30th 11.59PM (US-EST time).
Discount is 25% off selected patterns.
The code to enter:


The festivities continue with games, Knit-a-long and prizes to win, until December 31st 2016.

Thank you for visiting and come join us for some knitting.

Nov 13, 2016

Knitting Pattern for Hilda, the Hen

Hilda, the hen
Hilda, the hen and her nest filled with chicks and eggs. 

The pattern is available to purchase in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:

Chick and eggs
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Nov 12, 2016

Knitting Pattern for Morcella Hat

Morcella Hat
The reversible pattern for Morcella Hat in broken rib pattern allows you to wear the hat whichever side you prefer. The pattern in three sizes is available to purchase now in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:

Morcella Hat

Knitting Pattern for Blank Square Dishcloth

Blank Square
Start with a Blank Square, the dishcloth that helps you clean the mess.  The squares are knitted in one piece, with I-cord attached all around. The colors to choose are endless, just use your imagination.

70 - 80 yards / 64 - 74 meters main color
20 - 30 yards / 18 - 27 meters contrast color
To download PDF file with the pattern click on the link below or visit my Ravelry store.
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Blank Square One
Blank Square Two
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Nov 5, 2016

Work in progress

Grande Gatto and Kittie Pillow
This week was all about cats. I have received parcel with yarn from Knitpicks to work on my new patterns that have been accepted into their fabulous IDP (independent designer program). I have several knitting patterns in the program already and I really enjoy to participate in this program. It gives me an access to various type of their yarn and in return my patterns are available on their website.

The left Kittie Pillow is done in their worsted weight yarn, Mighty Stitch. It's a nice  and soft mix of 80% Superwash Wool and 20% Acrylic yarn. Easy to work with.
The right Grande Gatto Pillow is done in their new yarn Super Tuff Puff. Even though the yarn called for needle size US 17/ 12.75 mm I have used the size US 13 / 9 mm to make the pillow more dense and to make sure that the polyester fiberfill stays inside.

In my opinion, the fun part is done, now it's all about the work - sitting in front of PC and type up the pattern, editing, and also have the pattern test knit. All of this will take few weeks, and then the pattern will be available; just in time to knit the pillows for yourself or as a gift for the cat lover in your life. 

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Oct 30, 2016

Knitting Pattern for Flynn, the Flamingo

Flynn, the Flamingo
Knitting Pattern for Flynn, the flamingo was my last toy mystery KAL hosted in my group on Ravelry. The mystery part is over, but you can still knit your own flamingo. If you like the mystery KAL the next one hosted in my group will be in January.

The pattern is available now to purchase in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:

Flynn, the Flamingo
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Oct 23, 2016

Knitting Pattern for Pat and Mat

Pat and Mat
The knitted toys for Pat and Mat were inspired by the Czech animated show named Pat and Mat. Two handy men doing all sorts of do it yourself project with some unfortunate accidents and unexpected results. We love to watch them and after so many years I finally start working on the two toys just before last Christmas, thinking that they would be a great Christmas gift. Nine months later I finally finished the two dolls. After the time it takes to write the pattern, edit it, and have it test knit the pattern is available now.
Pat and Mat

You can download it in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:

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Don't forget to check out the adventures of Pat and Mat, they are possible to find on YouTube, and have fun knitting.

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Oct 22, 2016

Knitting Pattern for Foxy Lady Bag

Foxy Lady Bag
There is something adorable about foxes. I like to knit them especially during the fall season.

Last year I have created Fredrick, the fox pattern

Fredrick, the fox

This year, I have created  pattern for the Foxy Lady Bag. Even the fabric liner has foxes on them.

You can purchase the pattern in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:

Thank you for visiting and have fun knitting.

Knitting Pattern for Samuel and Fiona

Samuel and Fiona

Just in time for Halloween, knit your own Samuel, the spider and Fiona, the fly.

The pattern is available to purchase in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:

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Oct 19, 2016

Work in progress

Somehow the past few months have been rather quiet in terms of keeping up with once a week blog post. I have to admit, having a group on Ravelry keeps me busy, as well as the page on Facebook. I do not remember when I visited the last time the other social media (Twitter, Pinterest, Craftsy etc.) In my opinion it's way too much work trying to update all of the social media outlets while trying to keep on knitting and writing the knitting patterns as well.

My kid kindly shared the flu and I have been home sick for the past eight days. I had some time on my hands to play with yarn and catch up on things.
First of all I managed to work on my second Flynn. He is this month toy mystery KAL hosted in my group on Ravelry.

This is what he looked like two days ago:

And this is what he looks like today, sitting in the company of the first Flynn :

Also I am participating in first design-a-long organized in Amigurumi designers group on Ravelry. We have to design a bird during the month of October. I was browsing the images of  rare and exotic birds, but the chicken soup somehow made me think of chicken. So Hilda was created:

The pattern is at the test knitting and editing stage, but will be available later next month.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting.

Oct 16, 2016

Knitting Pattern for Runner Hat

photo by Knitpicks
Runner Hat is my second pattern featured in the book Under 200 published by Knitpicks.

The hat uses 2 skeins of Swish DK from Knitpicks. The pattern is available to purchase here or you can purchase the entire collection of 28 patterns here.

photo by Knitpicks
The variety of colors to use for this pattern is endless.

Runner Hat
Pictured above is the hat in green and black with a stripe of highlighter yarn; blue and white combination in picture bellow.

Runner Hat

Have fun knitting, and thank you for visiting.

Oct 15, 2016

Knitting Pattern for Giselle, the Giraffe

Giselle, the giraffe
Giselle, the giraffe is one of my two pattern include in a new knitting book Under 200, published by Knitpicks.

The pattern is available to purchase individually
or the complete book.
It's a wonderful collection of 28 knitting patterns all using under 200 grams of yarn.

Happy knitting.

Sep 22, 2016

Knitting Pattern for Nami Clutch

Nami Clutch
This cute bag is knit in the rounds, the top is knit flat, has two buttons, and fabric liner and zipper.

The pattern for this Nami clutch is available in my Ravelry store or you may purchase it by clicking on this link:

You may win this clutch during the month of September, 2016. I have a gift away in my group on Ravelry to celebrate the second year anniversary.

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Sep 12, 2016

Knitting Pattern for Pavo Cowl

Pavo cowl
This cowl is knit in the round. Start with Provisional Cast on. Use I-cord bind off for a nice finish. The Provisional Cast on is finished by using I-cord bind off.
Finished cowl measures 30" (77 cm) long and 8" (20.5 cm) wide.
This fairly simple pattern is easy to work on during those long road trips, or while waiting at the doctor's office. It's great for relaxing knitting.

Pavo cowl
You may purchase the pattern in my Ravelry store, or by clicking on this button:

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Sep 7, 2016

Knitting Pattern for Iron Man toy

Iron Man
This toy is the result of another request for a pattern. This time it's Iron Man.

The pattern is free and you can download the PDF file by clicking on this button

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or get it in my Ravelry store.

Iron Man
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