Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pocket Scarf and Fingerless Gloves: Free Knitting Pattern

I designed this pocket scarf and fingerless glove knitting pattern set to match my original earflap hat knitting pattern.  The pocket scarf is super long, so that it can wrap around your neck and still reach to hip length - a handy little feature that allows you to keep your fingertips warm when you are not using them to knit...or text...or any other activity that typical gloves won't allow.  Happy Knitting!

Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern


8 stitches and 12 rows per 2 inches


One skein Impeccable yarn

5 US size 7 dpn (double pointed needles)

Small stitch holder (or large safety pin)


Main Glove

  1. Cast on 28 stitches and divide onto 4 needles (7 sts. per needle).
  2. Join round and knit in rib (K1, P1) 12 rnds.
  3. Continue knitting in stockinette (knitting all stitches) M1, k14, m1, K14.
  4. Knit 2 rounds.
  5. Continue as established, increasing at the beginning of the 1st and 3rd needles every third round, six more increases and a total of 42 sts. (Balance the stitches between the 1st and 2nd needles and the 3rd and 4th needles, as needed.)
  6. On the last increase round, knit until 4 sts remain on the 4th needle.
  7. Separate the last 4 stitches from the fourth needle and the first 4 stitches on the first needle. Place on a small stitch holder (or large safety pin).
  8. Balance remaining stitches on the 4 needles, join together as a round, and knit 15 rounds.
  9. Bind off. (The top edge is designed to roll over slightly.)


  1. Holding with the cuff at the bottom of the work, pick up 6 stitches around the top and edges of the main glove.
  2. Knit the 7 existing stitches.
  3. Balance stitches onto 3 or 4 needles.
  4. Join stitches into a round. Knit 4 rounds, marking the beginning of the first round after the picked up stitches.
  5. Bind off.


Sew in all loose ends.

Pocket Scarf Knitting Instructions


5 stitches and 7 rows per 2 inches (gauge is not essential)


One skein Impeccable Yarn

US size 11 straight needles


  1. Cast on 20 stitches.
  2. Knit in rib (K1,P1) for 30 rows.
  3. Purl one row.
  4. Knit in rib for 225 rows (or to desired length).
  5. Purl one row.
  6. Knit 30 rows.
  7. Bind off.


  1. Fold scarf ends along the purl lines to form pockets. 
  2. Sew sides together along the fold. 
  3. Sew in all loose ends. 
  4. If desired, add pom-poms or tassels along the folded edges.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Free Knitting Pattern - Earflap Hat

Free Knitting Pattern Flashback: August 28, 2012

Earflap Hat Knitting Pattern

Free knitting pattern author modeling the Earflap Hat in a multicolor set.

This hat was one of my first original free knitting pattern designs.  It is knit in single rib stitch with pick up stitches to add the earflaps.  The ties are made from 3 braided i-cords.  The hat is finished with a border and home-made pom-poms on the top and tails.  (Learn how to make a pom-pom with Vickie Howell here).

I haven't made an earflap hat from this knitting pattern in awhile...may have to add one in my Ravelry queue.  I remember it as a fun knit.  I enjoyed experimenting with fun color combinations (see more pics below).  As always, I would love to see your finished products!  I hope you enjoy the free knitting pattern.  Happy Earflap Hat Knitting!

18 sts and 24 rows per 4 inches


  • Impeccable Yarn - 1 skein mc, 1 skein cc
  • US size 7, 24 inch circular needles
  • 5 US size 7 dpn

Seafoam/gray variation of the free earflap hat knitting pattern.


  1. Cast on 104 stitches.
  2. Knit in 1 x 1 rib for 28 rounds.
  3. Begin decrease. *K k2tog. K11 skspk2tog.* Repeat across round.
  4. Dec. Round 2: *K10, K2tog* repeat across round.
  5. Continue decrease as established for 9 more rounds, switching to dpn when needed.
  6. Next three rounds: k2tog around.
  7. Last round: k2tog, cut yarn tail and pull through loop.

Green/pink variation of the free earflap hat knitting pattern.

How to Add Earflaps and Braided I-cords

  1. Using 2 dpn, pick up and k 29 sts. on each side of hat. (Use start tail as a center point on one side of hat. Start and end pick up on a purl stitch.)
  2. K two rows in rib.
  3. Begin dec. Row 1: Skspk2tog, k in rib to last two sts., k2tog.
  4. Row 2: P2tog, k in rib to end, p2tog.
  5. Repeat rows 1 and 2 three times.
  6. Repeat row 1 one more time. (9 sts.)
  7. K two rows in rib.
  8. Separate first 3 sts., k into an I-cord 50 sts. long (using contrast color). Knit 3 middle stitches into an I-cord (using main color). Knit final 3 sts. into an I-cord (using the contrast color). 
  9. Braid and sew ends together. Make and attach a small pom-pom.

Original variation of the earflap hat with no model.

How to Add Earflap Hat Border

  1. Pick up the sts. on front side of hat, from flap to flap. (Number does not have to be exact, but make sure it is the same on the front and back.)
  2. Knit one row (or three, if desired) in garter st.
  3. Next row: Knit and bind off.
  4. Repeat for back of hat.

Finishing Your Earflap Hat:

Sew in all loose ends.


  • dpn - double pointed needles
  • k - knit
  • p - purl
  • k2tog - knit 2 together
  • skspk2tog - slip one as if to knit, slip one as if to purl, knit the two together. (This stitch keeps the knit stitch in front to maintain the ribbed look.)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Harry Potter Knitting Patterns - Free

Well, I finally fell onto the wagon.  I have fallen in love...with Harry Potter.  Honestly, after finishing the series, I don't know why it took me so long.  My darkest fears of being snatched into the sacrilegious, have been completely eradicated.  In fact, I've stumbled upon many embedded biblical themes in the magical, albeit fictional, world.

I have to admit, I'm glad I saved the series for now.  This year is the exact year that I desperately needed to escape into an amazing fictional leave behind my own challenges, triumphs and heartbreak, for a bit, and enter into someone else's.

Harry's world has given me respite, and more...many new things to knit!  Here are the best (and most realistically worth my time) Harry Potter Knitting Patterns - Free I have found.

Harry Potter Knitting Patterns - Free

1.  Hogwarts Scarves Knitting Patterns by Studio Knit

Knitting Pattern for scarves in all the house colors using the first year scarf pattern, which rotates large, even color blocks.

Studio Knit provides a lovely Free Gryffindor Scarf Knitting Pattern tutorial.  The scarf is knit in the round with Lion's Brand Wool Ease yarn on size 8 16-in. circulars.  I love the addition of the Hogwarts badge!

2.  Harry Potter Bag Knitting Pattern by Rosemary Waits

Lovely knitting pattern with intarsia design and charts for all four Hogwarts houses.
by Quietish  Flickr
I absolutely LOVE this pattern by Rosemary Waits as a Ravelry download.  Both of my girls decided they wanted scarves and hats for their Hogwarts Houses.  (Get sorted just like Harry Potter at the Pottermore Website!)  So, I bought a boat load of Impeccable Yarn by Loops and Threads at Michaels (which is the yarn I use for my Harry Potter scarves!).  Before I even began, the first daughter had changed her mind.  She didn't think she would wear the knitted scarf much, so I ended up making her slippers in Hufflepuff's black and gold colors.

I went on the hunt to find something more authentic Harry Potter and Hogwarts themed for my other daughter, and I landed on this lovely Harry Potter bag knitting pattern, which includes charts for all four Hogwarts Houses!  I am currently working on the Slytherin chart.

3.  Harry Potter Knee Highs Knitting Pattern by Nicomara

These blue and silver Ravenclaw knee highs, using the small repeated striping of the later Hogwarts years could easily be knit in any of the four Hogwarts School Colors.
by simplyeca  Flickr
I am DEFINITELY going to put these Harry Potter Knee Highs in my knitting queue! They are pictured in Ravenclaw blue and silver.

Actually, the official Hogwarts house colors are defined by J.K. Rowling on her Pottermore website:

"The four Hogwarts houses have a loose association with the four elements, and their colours were chosen accordingly. Gryffindor (red and gold) is connected to fire; Slytherin (green and silver) to water; Hufflepuff (yellow and black, representing wheat and soil) to earth; and Ravenclaw (blue and bronze; sky and eagle feathers) to air."

However, in the movies, the Ravenclaw colors are blue and silver. has an interesting explanation of the whole debate.

 Regardless, the Harry Potter Knee Highs are easily knit, using fingering weight yarn (30 stitches and 41 rows per 4 inches) in whichever house colors you choose!  Just be sure to pay attention to the addendum mentioned on Ravelry!

4.  Harry Potter Uniform Sweater Knitting Pattern via Katie Marcus

Katie Marcus provides a link on Ravelry for this archived sweater pattern in the Hogwarts uniform style.
© brandnew

I love this version of the Hogwarts uniform sweater provided by Katie Marcus.  Katie has kindly included a web archived link to an old pattern that has since been removed from the internet.  Thanks, Katie...I didn't even know that was possible!  It looks like it is worth the hunt and the pattern was definitely worth archiving.  I may just have to try it out.  Find the archive link for yourself on Katie's Ravelry page.

5.  Harry Potter Doll Knitting Pattern by The Leaky Cauldron

Knitting Pattern provided by The Leaky Cauldron through a link on Mamynany's Ravelry page.
by lily411  Flickr

Because...doesn't EVERYONE need a Harry Potter stuffie?!!  I know I do, and thanks to The Leaky Cauldron, we can all make one for our dearest Harry Potter Fanatic.  Thanks to Mamynany for posting the link to the Harry Potter Doll Knitting Pattern on Ravelry.

6.  Hogwarts Inspired Coffee Cozy Knitting Pattern by Pattymac Knits

Free Knitting Pattern for Coffee Cozies in Hogwarts School Colors provided by PattyMacKnits.
© Pattymac Knits

The question is, who doesn't need this cozy for their Starbucks in the morning?  (Actually, I tend to make my own mochas at home...very Weasley-ish of me, I know.  Then, again, we do have 4 kids.  Not red-heads, but just as much of a handful!)  Thanks to PattyMacKnits for the lovely knitting pattern and link on Ravelry!  I know a few deserving friends, who would appreciate a lovely gift.  

7.  Hogwarts House Hats Knitting Patterns by Sara Belcher

Lovely stocking hats in all four Hogwarts House colors.  The hats include the House names, along with some fair isle work.
© ForeverSarah

It doesn't get much cuter than this!  What a lovely set of Hogwarts House hats provided as a free knitting pattern download on Ravelry by Sara Belcher.  Sara designed these fair isle hats using worsted weight yarn. I love that the Hogwarts house names are written into the design.   I must make one for my winter collection!  The only question is...Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Slytherin or Hufflepuff?

8.  Harry Potter Inspired Sock Patterns by Karen S. Lauger

Four lovely sock pattern designs, inspired by our favorite wizarding school.
 © Karen S. Lauger
Yet another talented, generous knitter, provides us with a quality pattern.  I really can't believe the free knitting patterns you can find on Ravelry...not to mention the cute titles!  As a fellow knitter and designer, I realize the amount of work this takes, and I am happy to share the links.  Karen provides patterns for all four Hogwarts Houses as Ravelry downloads.  Check out each separate link below:

9.  Hermione Sweater Knitting Pattern by Fuschia12

The lovely Hermione in a sweater.  The pattern is inspired by the one she wore in The Order of the Phoenix.

For the true Harry Potter fan, Jessica aka Fushia12 on Blogspot, provides a knitting pattern to match Hermione's in The Order of the Phoenix.  I love the color, and the 1980's retro appeal.  I would knit this, even if I didn't know it came from the movies.  I would like to see a picture of a sweater knitted from the patterned work, however.  So, if I ever get to it in my queue, I will post a pic of my own!

10.  Hermione Hearts Ron Hat Knitting Pattern by Christy Aylesworth  

Lovely knit hat with cables and eyelets, based on the hat Hermione wore in The Half-Blood Prince.
© Christy Aylesworth

While we are on the topic of Hermione, no Harry Potter pattern compilation would be complete without this lovely knit hat pattern, inspired by Hermione's own in Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.  It is another lovely piece that I would knit-to-own, even if it had no connection to the movie.  Christy provides the popular pattern as a free download on Ravelry.

11.  Harry Potter Knitting Collection by In The Loop Knitting

Wonderful knitting pattern based on the sweater Neville wore in Deathly Hollows part 2.
by JMN  Flickr
Tiny scarves in Hogwarts house colors make a perfect bookmark to keep your spot in our favorite wizard series.
© KnittingWithLaura

Cute little broomstick bookmark, reminiscent of our dear Harry Potter's wizarding world.
© Kristina Gill

Terry Matz offers a delightful variety of patterns (some knitting patterns for free and some patterns for purchase), on her site at  Among my favorites free patterns are: 
  1. An AMAZING replica of Neville's Sweater from the final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  2. A sweet set of Hogwart's Double Knitted Bookscarves (i.e. bookmarks) in colorwork
  3. A Broomstick Bookmark
  4. A Hogwart's scarf pattern bookmark, the Harry Potter Bookscarf
  5. A knitted and felted Sorting Hat
  6. A knitted and felted Aragog the Spider Monster
*Matz also provides a link to the Harry Potter Bag.

So many Harry Potter Knitting Patterns for Free!!!  I don't know where to begin.  If you know of a great Harry Potter Pattern that I did not link, comment and link below.

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Girl's Beret Knitting Pattern

A sweet pattern from the early days of my knitting design.  I hope you enjoy the free girl's beret knitting pattern, with matching scarf and mittens!


1 skein Lion’s Wool (100% wool) by Lion Brand Yarn, shown in Cadet Blue #110

2-4 skeins specialty yarn to gauge *

5 pairs US size 5 double pointed needles

5 pairs US size 10 ½ double pointed needles

1 pair US size 19 straight needles
Stitch holder

*Note: I originally knit this pattern with the lovely yarn pictured called "Ragdoll." It was, sadly, discontinued. Isaac Mizrahi has a similar gauge specialty yarn at Michael's that would be a reasonable replacement.


  • Using 10 ½ needles (or sized to gauge) and specialty yarn in SS: 12 stitches per 4 inches
  • Using Lion’s Wool and size 5 needles in (K2,P2) rib: 21 stitches per 4 inches

Abbreviations and Explanations

  • K2tog = knit 2 together
  • P2tog = purl 2 together
  • * * = repeat from * to * until the end of the round
  • Rib = knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches until the end of the round
  • Garter stitch = straight knit stitch all around

Girl's Beret Knitting Pattern

  1. Using Lion’s wool and size 5 needles, cast on 100 stitches. Divide stitches between 4 needles.
  2. Round 1: Using K2, P2 rib, join work in round.
  3. Rounds 2-8: Knit in rib.
  4. Round 9: *K8 (in rib), k2tog, k8 (in rib) p2tog* (90 stitches remain).
  5. Switch to size 10 ½ needles and Lamb’s Pride yarn.
  6. Round 10-25: Knit.
  7. Begin decreasing by knitting together as directed. You may have to knit together stitches between needles at times.
  8. Round 26: *K13, k2tog* (84 stitches)
  9. Round 27: *K 12, k2tog* (78 stitches)
  10. Round 28: *K 11, k2tog* (72 stitches)
  11. Round 29: *K 10, k2tog* (66 stitches)
  12. Round 30: *K 9, k2tog* (60 stitches)
  13. Round 31: *K8, k2tog* (54 stitches)
  14. Round 32: *K7, k2tog* (48 stitches)
  15. Round 33: *K6, k2tog* (42 stitches)
  16. Round 34: *K5, k2tog* (36 stitches)
  17. Round 35: *K4, k2tog* (30 stitches)
  18. Round 36: *K3, k2tog* (24 stitches)
  19. Round 37: *K2, k2tog* (18 stitches)
  20. Round 38: *K1, k2tog* (12 stitches)
  21. Continue k2tog until 1 stitch remains. Tie off and sew in loose ends.

Mittens to Match Girls Beret Knitting Pattern

  1. Using size 5 needles, cast on 32 stitches. Distribute 8 stitches per needle onto 4 needles.
  2. Rounds 1-9: Join in round and knit in rib.
  3. Round 10: K2tog at the beginning of each needle and p2tog at the end of each needle (23 stitches).
  4. Round 11-13: Switch to Lamb’s Pride Yarn and 10 ½ needles. Knit straight.
  5. Begin increase.  Round 14: *Knit 5, increase in between 5th and 6th stitches, knit 7, increase between the 7th and 8th stitch* (28 stitches)
  6. Rounds 15-18: Knit
  7. Round 19: *Knit 5, increase between the 5th and 6th stitch, knit 9, increase between the 9th and 10th stitches* (32 stitches)
  8. Rounds 20-23: Knit
  9. Round 24: Knit until 4 stitches remain. Separate the last 4 stitches on needle 4 and the first 5 stitches on needle 1 onto a stitch holder.
  10. Divide remaining 23 stitches onto 3 needles (8 stitches, 8 stitches, 7 stitches). Join work on the 3 needles.
  11. Rounds 25-39: Knit
  12. Round 40: Knit until the last stitch remains. K2tog with the 1st stitch of needle 1.
  13. Round 41: K9, k2tog, k9, k2tog
  14. Round 42: K8, k2tog, k8, k2tog
  15. Round 43: K7, k2tog, k7, k2tog
  16. Bind off with Kitchener’s stitch.
Thumb Knitting Instructions
  1. Pick up 3 stitches around the open edge. Knit around joining in stitches from holder. Distribute 4 stitches per 3 needles as you knit.
  2. Rounds 1-6: Knit
  3. Round 7: Knit until the last stitch remains. K2tog with the 1st stitch on needle 1.
  4. Round 8: K5, k2tog, k4
  5. Round 9: K2tog, k3, k2tog
  6. Balance stitches onto 2 needles. Bind off with Kitchener’s stitch and sew in loose ends.

Scarf to Match Gloves and Beret Knitting Pattern

Using Lamb's Pride yarn and size 19 needles, cast on 6 stitches. Knit in garter stitch until work measures 65 inches (or desired length). Bind off. Sew in loose ends. Using Lion’s wool, make tassles and tie on the edge. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Girl's Gift Set Knitting Pattern: Tiara, Purse, Scarf


1 skein Lion Brand Fun Fur (Shown in Hot Pink)

1 skein Lion Brand Lion Wool (Shown in Rose)

1 pair size 6 needles

1 pair size 10 ½ needles

Darning Needle

One button

Beads (optional)


18 stitches x 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch using Fun Fur and size 6 needles.

12 stitches x 24 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch using Fun Fur and Lion Wool and size 10 ½ needles.

Purse Knitting Pattern

  1. Using Fun Fur and size 6 needles, cast on 54 stitches.
  2. Knit 6 rows in garter stitch.
  3. Knit 25 rows in stockinette stitch.
  4. Knit 6 rows in garter stitch.
  5. Bind off.
  6. Sew bottom and sides together so that the garter stitch creates a border on the top and bottom.
  7. Sew in loose ends.
  8. (Option not shown) Sew strings of beads spaced evenly around the top edge.

Purse Handles: Cast on 4 stitches with the size 6 needles. Knit in garter stitch until the strap measures 7 1/2 inches (or desired length). Make 2 straps. Sew each end of one strap in the inner part of one side of the purse, spacing each end about 1/2 to 1 inch from the edge. This will form a u-shaped handle. Repeat with the other strap on the other side of the purse.

Scarf Knitting Pattern

Using Fun Fur and size 10 ½ needles, cast on 8 stitches. Knit in garter stitch until work measures 40 inches (or desired length).

Tiara Knitting Pattern

Use Lion Wool and Fun Fur together on size 10 ½ needles. Slip 7 beads onto Lion Wool, if desired.

  1. Cast on 84 stitches.
  2. Knit 1 row.
  3. Create a button hole over the next two rows: k5, *k1, bo” repeat from * to * 3 times, k to end.
  4. K to 5 stitches remaining, K in front and back of stitch 2 times, k4.
  5. Knit one row.
  6. Drop Fun Fur and continue in Lion Wool alone.
  7. *K1 , bo1* repeat from * to * 32 times, k18, *k1, bo1* repeat 32 times.
  8. Knit one row.
  9. K2tog, k1, sb, k12, sb, k1, ssk.
  10. Knit one row.
  11. K 2 together, k12, ssk.
  12. Knit one row.
  13. K2tog, k, sb, k8, sb, k1, ssk.
  14. Knit one row.
  15. K2tog, k10, ssk.
  16. Knit one row.
  17. K2tog, k8, ssk.
  18. Knit one row.
  19. K2tog, sb, k4, sb, ssk.
  20. Knit one row.
  21. K2tog, k4, ssk.
  22. Knit one row.
  23. K2tog, k2, ssk.
  24. Knit one row.
  25. K1, sb and k2tog, k1.
  26. K2tog.
  27. Draw yarn through loop and sew in loose ends. Felt and sew on button.

Felting Instructions

Place washing machine on hottest setting with highest agitation. Put the tiara in with a small amount of detergent. Agitate for approximately 40 minutes, resetting the dial as needed. Check the shrinkage every 10 minutes until work measures 21 inches. (Note: The orginal length should be about 26 inches pre-felting. As you are felting, the band will initially lengthen.)

Explanations and Abbreviations

  • Garter stitch is knitting both sides of the work.
  • Stockinette stitch is knitting one side of the work and purling the other side.
  • K = Knit
  • BO = Bind off
  • K2tog = Knit two stitches together.
  • SB = Slip bead. If you do not choose to use beads, ignore the SB and just knit the stitches in between decreases.
  • SSK = Slip two stitches without knitting onto the right hand needle. Use the left hand needle to pick them up and knit them together.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Best I Could Give

So...we are "celebrating" the first Christmas without my sister, who died of liver failure this summer.

I really can't believe the words I just typed.  I am still so stupefied., that is REALLY a good word for grief!  Stupefied:  What happened?!  What happened?!  How can this have happened?!  How can this be real?!

Grief is trying to bring back order from the chaos that remains in the wake of the hurricane that was her life and death.  It is overwhelming and confusing and hard.  It is very, very hard.

While she was dying, I became oddly obsessed with her feet.  I don't know what it was about her feet.  Perhaps it was just that everyone wanted to be up by her face, and her feet were out of the way.  I could stay there and be close and not feel like I was hogging up the last moments of her.

I had this image in my mind of a lady at the feet of Jesus. (It was probably a Mary.) She was weeping. She knew His death was imminent, and she poured out her heart upon him.  She anointed his feet with her tears, wiping them with her draping, dark hair.

I knelt at Kerri's feet.  I let my tears roll.  I watched her skin absorb each one.  I let my hair down anyway.  I looked at her toes.  The chipping, yellow paint made me sad.

We had changed her attitude toward the potential of having to move into a nursing home with the promise of a pedicure.  She was supposed to go recuperate and prepare for a liver transplant.  I had put aside the horror of looking at nursing homes for my 45-year-old sister, and turned the horror into determination to make it THE BEST place possible.  She was most excited about the salon.

But now, here we were at her deathbed.  She would never go.  She would not recuperate.  She would not get a transplant.  She would not go to the salon, and I could not change this truth.  My tears fell more intensely.

Kerri had been less and less responsive over the last few days.  What had started out as minimal became non-existent.  "Kerri, can you squeeze my fingers?" Nothing.  "Kerri, can you wiggle your toes?" Nothing.  We struggled to accept the inevitable, as we watched her body struggle to breath, and I held her feet in my hands.

I held her feet in my hands, and then, I felt her point her toe.

She pointed her toe!

I thought it must be reflex, but I spoke back with a squeeze.  She pointed.  I squeezed. She pointed.  I squeezed.  And I knew this was not reflex.  This was communication.  This was MY big sister, comforting me in her death.  And this was me responding, "I love you" and "We are going to be okay."

I arranged one last pedicure.  My love came to me with purple polish from the gift shop, and he knelt for me...and he honored my sister...and he honored he painted her toenails.  My throat tightened, but my heart swelled, and my tears fell more peacefully.

My sister loved high school.  She was pretty.  She was popular.  She was involved in everything.  Those were some of her best days.  I remember being dragged along to football games and band concerts and all kinds of places I'd rather not have gone.  It is interesting...her last moments were spent with some of those same people from the old days.

I can't imagine there has ever been a death experience anything like hers.  The room was full, and we were all talking...speaking, praying... messages of love, happy thoughts, encouragement, promises.  I was taken back to the old times, out on the football field.  As the home team was announced, the fans would form a tunnel and cheer the boys through as they ran onto the field.  I held that image in my mind, and I saw that WE were that tunnel.  Here we were, cheering and encouraging Kerri through from life into eternity.  A happy thought in the midst of our sorrow.

And that last breath.  We somehow knew, in rhythm, that this one was the that we had the privilege to shout one last goodbye.  "Good-bye, sister.  Good-bye.  I love you!"

And the sorrow hit like a heavy weight on my chest. Yet, there was gratitude in the midst.  There is always gratitude in the midst of pain, for to those determined to hunt.  Even in Kerri's burial...gratitude...I had the privilege, once again, to honor her feet.

When we came to view her, I wondered...and I could not let her be buried with unanswered questions in my heart.  So, I opened the casket to look at her feet.  Had they changed her toes?  They had not.  However, we were disturbed that her feet were bare.  She would NOT have wanted her feet to be bare, and even though we knew it didn't really mattered.

So, I gave her the best final gift I could give.  My special hand-knit socks.  I had made them FINE.  Small stitches (like zero's...) of Cascade Heritage Silk in K.C. Royal's blue (her favorite team).  They were precious...some of my best work.

And I had the privilege of putting them on her feet...a precious, piece of me to go with her to the grave.  She is not alone.  I am not alone.  WE are not alone.  We are united in our hearts, in our love, in the people who remain who knew her and love her and love me.  We are united in a Kingdom that is beyond this desolate, barren world, and we are united in a King who gives hope to the hopeless and healing to the broken...and I am grateful to give Kerri the best I could give, from my needles and from my heart, as I let go a piece of it.

With love, to my sister...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Free Knitting Pattern: Cotton Dress


  • 5 US size 10 ½ double pointed needles
  • US size 10 ½ circular needles ( 24 inch)
  • 8 - 2 oz. rolls 100% cotton yarn (Shown in Peaches and Creme Pink Lemonade and Pink Lilacs)
  • Stitch markers, if desired.


3 stitches and 4 rows per inch

Finished Measurements

14 inches wide; 24 inches long (before adding straps)



Dress Knitting Pattern

  1. Knit with two strands of yarn at once using double pointed needles. Cast on 70 stitches.
  2. Knit 22 rounds in stockinette stitch. Switch to circular needles.
  3. M1, k 35, m1, k to the end of the round.
  4. Knit 4 rounds.
  5. M1, k36, m1, k to end.
  6. Knit 4 rounds.
  7. M1, k37, m1, k to end.
  8. Knit 4 rounds.
  9. M1, k38, m1, k to end.
  10. Knit 4 rounds
  11. M1, k39, m1, k to end.
  12. Knit 4 rounds.
  13. M1, k40, m1, k to end.
  14. Knit 4 rounds,
  15. M1, k 41, m1, k to end.
  16. Knit 4 rounds.
  17. M1, k 42, m1, k to end.
  18. Knit 4 rounds.
  19. M1, k 43, m1, k to end.
  20. Knit 4 rounds.
  21. M1, k 44, m1, k to end.
  22. Knit 4 rounds.
  23. M1, k 45, m1, k to end.
  24. Knit 4 rounds.
  25. M1, k46, m1, k to end.
  26. Knit 4 rounds.
  27. M1, k47, m1, k to end.
  28. Knit 4 rounds. (96 stitches)
  29. Purl one round.
  30. Knit one round.
  31. Purl one round.
  32. Knit one round.
  33. Purl one round.
  34. Knit and bind off. Sew in loose ends.


Dress Straps Knitting Pattern

Using 2 double pointed needles, cast on 4 stitches. Knit 35 rows. Bind off (approximately ¼ inches long and 1 ¼ inches wide). Position straps to fit child and sew in place.


Knitting Pattern Abbreviations and Explanations

  • When knitting in the round, stockinette stitch is creating by simply knitting all stitches.
  • M1 = Make one stitch. Place the left hand needle under the horizontal bar between the 2 stitches (from front to back). Use the right hand needle to pick up the back side of the new stitch and knit.
  • Alternative top: The original top is knit in straight knit stitch,which gives it a curl-down effect. To create a border to match the bottom of the dress, alternate between knit and purl rows for 6 rounds: knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl. Then, continue using the knit stitch for 16 more rows. Begin increase at step 3.