Spread the love with yarn this Valentine's Day! This knitting pattern makes three of the most adorable, romantic, and Wickedly Sweet Valentine's Day friends, sure to make any one fall in love instantly. This is a great Valentine treat to knit for your family and friends as a holiday gift, or the perfect gift to give your knitting friends for them to make up themselves. The three critters are designed to hold candy, either by hugging a piece in their arms, or tucking it in their little pocket. The pattern also includes instructions to knit the hearts they are holding for people who like to steer away from candy. All the sweet with no sugar (or candy consuming guilt!).
This pattern was written by Rebecca Danger for Wicked Chickens Yarn. Rebecca is a prolific knitting pattern designer and author with more than 150 published designs. She is known for her whimsical monster and creature patterns, making her the perfect fit to design some Wickedly Sweet Valentine's Trio for us!
Skill Level: Intermediate as determined by the Craft Yarn Council. We would recommend this pattern for beginning knitters that are comfortable knitting in the round or who want a bit of a challenge. We have rated it "intermediate" because according to the Craft Council skill level guidelines, anything knitted in the round is intermediate.
Skills used: Basic knit and purl stitches, changing colors, increases, decreases, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, i-cordholding live stitches and coming back to them later, and basic sewing skills. This pattern is written using Magic Loop Method for knitting in the round. See Rebecca's Frequent Questions page for more info on dpn's vs Magic Loop: http://rebeccadanger.typepad.com/rebecca_danger/frequent-questions.html
Pattern Format: Instant download Adobe .pdf file
Yarn: 35-60 yards of tan yarn for pug and monkey 25-50 yards of dark brown yarn for monkey 35-60 yards of light gray yarn for bunny 35-60 yards of light pink yarn for sweaters and hearts 25-50 yards of red yarn for sweaters and hearts 25-50 yards of dark pink yarn for sweaters and hearts 20-45 yards of white yarn for sweaters The heavier the yarn weight, the more yardage needed.
This pattern is written round by round so that you can use any weight yarn you want to create all sorts of sizes of Valentine's friends. Try sock yarn for perfect candy giving friends, or bulky for your favorite Valentine.
Gauge: You pick! Simply knit with your choice of yarn on needles 2-3 sizes smaller than called for to get a tight knit fabric your stuffing wont show through.
Needles: You pick! A 40" or longer circular needle (for Magic Loop Method) in a size right for your yarn. You can also optionally use two double pointed needles in the same size as your circular, but it is not necessary. See the pattern for more info.
Notions: Scissors, tapestry needle, beginning of the round stitch marker (removable or closed) and optional row counter. Removable stitch markers: 12 for the pug, 10 for the bunny, and 12 for the monkey. Stuffing, three sets of safety eyes, and two safety noses (or other eye and nose choice such as buttons or scrap yarn for embroidery). You can use stitch holders, or an additional any length circular needle, or 2 dpn’s for the legs.
Finished size: Varies depending on the yarn you use. For the samples shown in the pattern we used sock weight yarn and 6mm safety eyes and 8mm safety noses. The finished critters are about 4" tall
This 7 page pattern is very clearly written, and Rebecca offers many tutorials on the techniques used in it on her blog to keep you from feeling confused while knitting: www.rebeccadanger.typepad.com. She also has a Frequent Questions page for instant pattern help: http://rebeccadanger.typepad.com/rebecca_danger/frequent-questions.html.
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