Isaac Pullover restyled

This little guy has completely captured our hearts. He is one big, happy personality filled with hugs and giggles and cuteness. And bless him, he shows off my hand knits so well and I can't stop knitting for him! I love this fisherman pullover so much; I want to make it in a bigger size so he can wear one just like it next year. The leggings--are they just the cutest things? I got them on Etsy from Village North Baby. I cannot recommend this Etsy seller highly enough. I bought a few pair and I'm going to order a few more for him. They are super soft, very, very well made, wash up nicely and come in the coolest patterns.

Visit the Etsy shop,  Village North Baby for the leggings. The above are called the Boho leggings. I also bought these darling black and white trees to wear with his gold honeybee sweater for fall and his red sweater for Christmas. I'm swooning over these moon phases pants, but truly, I could buy up every design in the shop, I just love them all so much.

The sweater is called Isaac Pullover by Linda Whaley from her Little Rowan Cherish Book. It's a fantastic book that is still available; they have six books at Webs and I imagine you could easily find it elsewhere with a little search. I have knit several things from the book and love it. This Ravelry link shows all the designs in the book.  Here's my Ravelry project page for the Isaac Pullover.

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Top Ten Totally Fun and Totally Free Knits for Christmas

We knitters like to start our Christmas knitting in August, but sometimes that doesn't exactly work out, does it? If you are in the need of a quickly made knit, I think you'll find something in this top ten totally fun and totally free list. The links are within the text, so have fun queuing away!

Fire up the glue gun for this charming no-knit wreath from thischarmingyarn.
This HAS to be on my front door this year.

Every year I look at this pattern and think, "this is the year". I love how
 Jean Gifford uses simple cables to create the most darling snowman!
The above mittens were made by Corvid.
Julie Williams from Little Cotton Rabbits designed these lovely advent mini socks.
There are so many beautiful projects on Ravelry; above and below are just two. I'll be honest, I don't think 25 socks
could be made quickly, but a half dozen seems possible and would look awfully cute on the tree.

I love anything scrappy and stripey, and Scrappy Santa by Whole Earth Education
has inspired me for a set of family hats for next year.
Rebecca Danger's Snowman, Elf and Christmas Monsters are just sweet!
I hope you don't mind if I toot my own horn, but I do love my own little Christmas Dolls.
The pattern uses craft supplies as well as knitting yarn, but it includes the specs on everything you need.
These Christmas gnomes use vintage wooden spools wrapped with yarn.
Pattern includes the directions to knit a very simple hat. Woodland Elves by Kristen Rettig.

Another one from the Knitionary design shop. I love to wear Candy Cane at Christmas,
but also for chilly July 4th picnics at the beach. A fun, pretty, and easy knit.
Last year I used the Mrs. Claus Boxy Hat pattern to knit a family's worth of hats for my son, daughter-in-law, and their son.
Seriously, is there anything cuter than this? A family of hats really does not take much time.
The designer says, "I haven't met a kid yet who doesn't love these mittens!"
I believe her! Santa Mittens from Theresa Pendlebury. I will have to make these for Carter one day.

If you want to knit something darling and fast for an 18" doll or teddy bear this Christmas,
consider my Popsicle Toes pattern. You can also knit the original sweater and hat for a child, also free patterns.
French Macaroon Sweater by Noble Knits, sizes newborn to 4 years.
Tiny Tot Hat by me, Kristen Rettig, sizes newborn, baby, toddler, and child.

Of course, you can knit anything in red and proclaim it to be a Christmas sweater,
but if you need something quick, I knit Flax from Tin Can Knits in 3 days!
The pattern is sized for the entire family from newborn to 4XL
and it, like all of the others on this page, is free.

The Clover site has quite a few cute patterns that are free, in fact, three pages of free patterns
including the Santa Bear and doggie-in-stocking above, and the Christmas dog house below.

I can count and know this is more than ten, but top ten sounds so much better than top fifteen!
Thank you to all the designers who bring these special patterns to us for free.

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Merry Christmas Flax

Last night we went to our downtown Holiday Stroll. The downtown is decorated for Christmas, the lights are up and carolers are singing on every corner. The shops are open and looking gorgeous, and most of them are serving wine. It's a very fun evening.  I knew we'd run into plenty of friends, and since our grandson was coming with us, it was a perfect opportunity to show him off! I needed a Christmas sweater pronto! Flax from Tin Can Knits is perfect for a quick knit. The pattern is free, very well-written and easy to follow, and it comes in sizes from newborn to 4XL. I knit a size 2-4 years to give some room to grow. He is 15 months old and the next size down would have been a perfect fit, but I'm hoping this will fit next year too. The yarn is Malabrigo Rios, machine washable lovely lovely wool in Ravelry Red. It is scrumptious. The hat is last years hat that still fits. Here are the links: 

The first stop was the toy store of course.

Last year!

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Top Ten Leaf Inspired Freebies For Fall

Here is a repost of a popular post from 4 years ago; my top ten leaf inspired free patterns for fall. No cable needle is required for most of these.. Simple leaf knitting is just some knit togethers and yarn overs. Links are included with each picture caption.

1. Let's start off with a baby dress. Here is Mattedcat's pretty version of Taiga Hilliard's Leaf Love Dress.

2.  Easy to wear Saroyan by Liz Abinante has a lovely leafy border.
3. There's lots of leaves to knit, but I like Little Leaves by Alana Dakos best.
 Any weight yarn is appropriate but they are extra pretty in tweedy yarn.
Knit a bowl full for a fall decoration, or use them as book marks, napkin rings, or appliques.  
You could even make a wreath or a baby mobile!

Alana Dakos also offers a free pattern for Tiny Ivy.

 I also had to share this totally adorb Wee Acorn by Pamela Wynn.

4. Leafy Baby Blanket by Leyla Alieva is a beautiful example of the overall leaf pattern.

5. Knit Cascade by Reva Budrevich for baby's first autumn season.  Make sure you knit it in a softy superwash.

6. You could knit a beautiful shawl.  It's hard to believe that A New Season by Maanel is free.

7.  We could knit some leaf themed socks. 
 Interlocking Leaves by Kelly Porpiglia are very nice, don't you think?

8. Foliage Hat by Irma Dmetrieva.
9.  Leaving Cuffs by Maria Magnussen.

10.  Hemlock Ring Afghan, is an old pattern updated by Jared Floor, aka Brooklyn Tweed.
Bonus 11. Here's one I made over ten years ago. I still have it and think I should pull it out and wear it again!
The Alpine Shrug is originally from Rowan Mag. 42 by Sarah Hatton and is now free. 

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