Muriel

Knit leafy sea dragon

Hello, my darlings. I have a little PITA treasure of a pattern almost ready for you. This is Muriel:

Knit leafy sea dragon
Muriel is a leafy sea dragon, the third in my dragon series.

Muriel, an Irish name meaning something like “brightness of the sea,” is a leafy seadragon. She is named partly for her own nature, and partly for my great-aunt who passed a few years ago and who was herself a shining spirit.

I do not want to discourage you from giving this pattern a try, but I have noticed some consistent feedback on my two easier dragons that makes me feel I must give you fair warning. The skills used to create Muriel are in and of themselves pretty basic. Muriel is, however, tedious at times. She is decidedly fiddly. Most importantly: she requires artistic interpretation. I have given explicit instructions for reproducing the body exactly and for general ways to make all the different types of fronds, but what fronds go where, how long they are, and which ones you mix and match is entirely up to you.

I fully expect that this means that some of your Muriels will outshine mine, so I hope you’ll share pictures with me on Ravelry. And if you run into rough spots, I also hope you’ll message me–I’m happy to give clarification, make corrections, or offer general advice on my designs.

And here’s where you find her when you’re ready.

UPDATE: The Ravelry code I sent out is apparently malfunctioning for folks. I’m trying to solve the problem, but if you can’t make it work, just reply to the enewsletter that went out and I’ll reply with the PDF. Thanks to the folks who pointed the issue out!

SlipPIPpers

That’s a hiccup slipper, a slipPIPper. Say it out loud, go ahead. Are you giggling yet? Hrm. Maybe I need to lay off the mimosas when I’m knitting. Might lead to a few less hiccups in my slippers anyway. Don’t look at the pattern stitch too closely.

SlipPIPpers

Anywho…

I’ve been playing around with the Must-Try Stitch Sampler Slippers from the Summer 2013 Creative Knitting and I LOVE them as a Christmas present. Why?

  • Super easy and fast!
  • The principle works with just about any stitch you want to mess with.
  • Hello, sexy use of i-cord!

This is also one pattern I like acrylic for (my favorite is Caron’s Simply Soft) because it wears pretty well and doesn’t tend to pill as badly with multiple washings and abusive use, which is what I need in a slipper. Two strands held together in a light worsted makes a pretty sturdy fabric and, of course, acrylic is cheap enough that I can afford to make these for ALL THE PEOPLE.

Regarding the i-cord, I can’t stress enough how I love this. I hate doing i-cord that I then have to go back and attach. It’s boring and stupid. I LOVE magical i-cord that gets worked into the edge of something as you go, making it look all purty.

I’m going to make the next pair up using the Bee Stitch, which I think will make them thick and fluffy. I haven’t done the gauge or the decreases for the toe, but here’s the stitch with the i-cord.

Cast on a multiple of 2 + 7 stitches.

  • Row 1 & 3: k to last 3 stitches, slip 3 purlwise with yarn in front
  • Row 2: k4, *k1b, k1, repeat from * to last 3, slip 3 purlwise with yarn in front
  • Row 4: k5, k1b, *k1, k1b, repeat from * to last 3, slip 3 purlwise with yarn in front

k1b means knit 1 below. The link for the Bee Stitch above has a video demonstrating the technique if you’re not familiar with it.

Keldan’s Dice Bag

Free pattern! Whee! I promised you a few holdover freebie while I’m getting through a sweater design that’s slowing down the dragons, and here’s the first of the bunch!

Keldan's Dice Bag
Druid’s Dice Bag of Tippy Toes +1 (Click image to download pattern PDF.)

This dice bags houses the luck-wielding devices of a level 4 half-elf druid named Keldan. His finest moment in battle was an inspired transmutation in which he turned into an enormous tree, holding a door shut against a boss and her outsider minions for three full rounds while our barbarian tank gathered her wits. He is very good with brambles and his hawk companion, Fara, has been known to save the party from doom with a well-aimed swipe of her talons.

View Pattern in My Ravelry Store

You can sell stuff made from this pattern!

I know not many of you are likely to do a booming trade in handmade dicebags for Pathfinder geeks, but if you do, feel free to use this pattern. I’m licensing it under CC BY-SA. In short, that means you can use this pattern to make items you want to sell or use it as the basis to do something new under two easy conditions. (1) Anywhere you sell items made from this pattern, please include the following attribution: Designed by Melissa Walshe, Variations on a String. (2) If you make a new pattern that build substantially off of this one, please make it available to other folks under the same terms.

This license will not apply to all of my patterns, so pretty please do read the copyright line carefully before you use my patterns for for-sale items. 🙂

Techniques you might need for this pattern!

Adjustable Loop Cast-On

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Yes, this is a crochet technique. Just pop the crocheted stitches onto your needles as you make them. It works, I promise, and when you finish, you’ll be able to cinch that bad boy nice and tight.

I-cord

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=700AG7Kvbhc&w=560&h=315]

Nothing too fancy about this i-cord, but if you haven’t worked it before, learning from a video if much easier than learning from written instructions.

Dobby Socks

At long last! Here is the promised pattern for the Dobby socks. If you missed the story and the tips behind the crazy steeking, you can catch up here. Now that the pattern is written, I can get these in the mail in time for my sister’s birthday…if two years late.

Harry Potter Socks_5_sm

Dobby Socks

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you might also like Cho’s Magical Gryffindor Gloves.

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