Home sweet tiny home, one stitch at a time

November 18, 2022



Oh me, I made a tiny knitted village; cozy fat houses complete with chimneys and a handsome snowman with stick arms. How could I resist this? These patterns have been out a year or two and I knew it was only a matter of time before I would have to knit a set for myself--and I may add more because they are awfully fun to make! The pattern spells out every little detail for you and the construction is really quite ingenious. My wee houses and dashing snowman just make me happy!





Detail how the roof is attached to the peaked sides.

I love that the houses are round and fat and each has it's own personality.


The pattern has a sweet knitted carrot nose, but I had a little carrot in my craft supplies.
Doesn't everyone? With some simple changes you could use this same pattern to make an elf or a gnome.







It was fun roaming the neighborhood searching for stick arms! The snowman pattern is pretty straight forward and knit in the round from the bottom up. The pattern is written out row by row and has little purl bumps to help with placement of the eyes and nose. 

 


The house pattern is clever and I had a ball making it, but then, I do love anything miniature. When I was making the second house it occurred me to you might like to see the construction, photos below. The house is knit in the round from the bottom up. The front and back stitches are bound off and the peaked sides are knit from held stitches. In the second photo you can see the windows and door are made by picking up stitches next to the purl bumps written into the pattern the the three loose sides are stitched down. The roof stitches are picked up and worked separately with a clever technique to attach the roof to the peaked sides that is all very easy. The designer has video tutorials linked within the pattern. I gave it a little water bath to even the stitches (optional), then stuffed my little house, and finished with a three needle bind off at the peak. Lastly, stitches are picked up for the sweet little chimney. I used the recommended yarn, Woolens by Barrett Wool Co. This yarn is magnificent. It's an American grown, spun and dyed wool and while it says 100% American wool, and not the type, because it's very sturdy, wooly and surprisingly soft I'm guessing it's not entirely merino, but possibly corriedale or a blend. Whatever it is, it's definitely a wool I could wear next to my skin and will purchase again.

Little House by Susan B. Anderson
Snowman by Susan B. Anderson
My Ravelry project pages, Snowman and Wee Houses for all the details.





You'll knit the roof, one side at a time, catching the edges of the peaked sides in a decorative way. There is a video link for this in the pattern. In this picture, both front and back roofs are finished. At this time I gave it a lukewarm bath, optional, below, and when dry it was time to stuff and close with a three needle bind off.


Thank you so much for stopping in today. I hope to come back soon to show how I refreshed a tired nativity scene and Christmas village. I think you'll love what I did, so stay tuned! I hope you have a good weekend. xo Kristen

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  1. The door and windows look like little eyes and mouths. Leave it to Susan B, Anderson. A knitting buddy just recently described to the rest of us how ingenious her patterns were. You are living proof of this, Kristen. I am not a tiny toy knitting fan but may have to succumb just to experience her construction. Chloe

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    1. Agree! Susan is a very accomplished and clever designer. She made what could have been a very fiddly pattern, enjoyable to make.

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