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Knitted leprechauns {a tutorial}

Ah, wee little leprechauns (said of course in an Irish accent)! Do they look somewhat familiar? That’s because I’ve adapted the wonderful knitting pattern from Wee Folk Art’s basic gnome.
Here are the leprechaun modifications (for great instructions on each step check out Wee Folk Art!)

Leaving a long tail of wool, cast on 10 stitches in black ~ for his boots.
Knit 2 rows.
Change to green wool and knit 8 rows.
Don’t cast off, but do cut the wool.
Do the same thing for the second leg.

Slide the legs together and knit across to join them, creating the body.
Knit 5 rows.
Using black wool knit 2 rows (for his belt ~ you could get fancy and use some yellow for a buckle too if you want).
Change back to green wool and knit 8 rows.

Switch to white or cream wool and work in stockinette stitch (knit a row, purl a row) for 10 rows.
Don’t cast off – instead use a wool needle to draw the wool through the stitches (you will pull this tight to make the head later).

Cast on 24 stitches in green.
Knit for 8 rows.
Knit 2 together at the start and end of the next 3 odd rows.
Change to black wool and knit 2 together at each end.
Knit the even row also in black.
Switch back to green wool and knit 4 rows.
Again, instead of casting off, use a wool needle to draw the wool through the stitches so you can pull the hat closed later.

To make up the leprechaun follow the instructions on Wee Folk Art. 
Next add a red beard because what leprechaun would be complete without one! Use a wool needle to draw the wool through and tie off as you go. Trim to shape 🙂

So other than making wee little leprechauns, I’ve been reading Baking Bread with Children by Warren Lee Cohen.

I’m yet to try any of the recipes, but there are some great ones in there. And I love the stories and songs provided that you can use before, during or after bread making. I read one to Master D today before we made corn bread (more about that tomorrow), and it was great to set the bread baking mood.

Joining Ginny and the gang for another Yarn Along 🙂

Warmly, Kelly

Crafting & yarning… on

My bonnet is finished, and well… umm I don’t like it at all. I’m not sure where I went wrong?! Well ok, I know that I got a bit distracted on the ribbing to finish it off, but that can’t be the reason for the strange almost adult size and odd shape… or can it??

Somehow this picture of Master D doesn’t show quite how badly the shape and fit are… For comparison here is a link to a picture from the pattern.

And here is Little Miss Q trying it on for size (this is her new *smile for the camera* face hee hee)

So I’m not sure what I will do with the bonnet… probably pull it apart and try a different pattern?? I’d really like to try the Aviatrix that so many clever knitters have been making, but I’m not sure I understand what I need to do in parts. Maybe I’ll just give it a go ~ can’t turn out worse than this bonnet surely, lol.

For a change from knitting in the evening I thought I would try my hand at some very simple needlework. I found some super cute patterns here and have started the first one. My thought is they might make a cute table runner 🙂

And I also managed to finish reading A Clash of Kings ~ to be honest it got so good I simply had to find time to read it! I went out and bought the next one, well I thought it was the next one… turns out it comes in two parts and I bought the wrong one – doh!

Luckily my lovely Fraggle friend sent me a new book in the mail. It is called The $21 Challenge and is about challenging yourself to spend only $21 for a week’s shopping. Not every week mind you, but every now and again when you are feeling the pinch, or want to make sure you are using your pantry stores up. I’ve only just started reading it, so hopefully I will read some gems to share 😉

This week I’m joining in with Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and Ginny at Small Things for the Yarn Along 🙂 Can’t wait to see what everyone else has been up to!

Warmly, Kelly