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Subj:  Knitting News April 25 Edition


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In this issue:
   Craft & Knitting Websites
   Trends and Fashions
   Pattern Requests
   Knitting Tips - teaching children to knit
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   It's Summertime (it is?) Patterns

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Trends and Fashions
Hello again. I hope all of you are enjoying the spingtime weather!

Now that we're well into spring, most of us are feeling the fever: spring fever, spring cleaning, renewal, etc. - and trying to finish up our winter projects before we get busy with summer vacations and activities. I don't know where the time goes, but I do know summer IS on it's way. We have even had some wonderful samples of summer weather here in Boise and was it ever great! We have been reminded, however, that we are not free from the frosty nights quite yet.  Nevertheless, I have decided to include some fun summer type patterns in this issue.

Flowers are in for spring, so if you are feeling the winter blues, try wearing a flower print skirt or dress! The cheerful looks and compliments alone will brighten your day! Get ready, get set and get into summer.....

If you are looking for the new Baby Brights by Red Heart, I noticed that Mary Maxim has them in their new catalog....they are great colors for children and infants. 

Pattern Requests
Each issue of Knittingnews contains a section where subscribers can request and share patterns with each other. This section has been left out of this reprint as those requests have now been fulfilled.

Knitting Tips
Teaching Children to Knit - Here's a fun rhyme you can use to teach children knitting.... "Under the fence, catch the sheep, back we come, off we leap." 

Beanie Baby Updates:
You will find patterns for Beanie Babie clothing at If you have any special requests, be sure to write me at Do we need more patterns for Beanie Babies, and if so, what would you like to see

New Yarn by Redheart:
Redheart has a new brightly-colored sport weight yarn called "Baby Brights" - a nice change from the typical pastels. Redheart's website is

This Issue's Patterns:

Children and babies love to play with balls. Here is a pattern for a "beachball" that is safe enough to play with inside when the weather is still not cooperating...

Materials: Knitting worsted weight yarn in assorted colors, knitting needles No. 8, polyester fiberfill.

Make 5 of the following sections in different colors:
Cast on 3 sts. Work in garter st throughout.
Row 1: Knit, increasing 1 st in first and last st.
Rows 2-4: Knit even.
Repeat Rows 1-4 twice more. Knit 9 rows even. Now dec 1 st both sides next and every 4th row 3 times. Bind off rem 3 sts. This completes one section of the ball. Make 4 more in different colors. Sew all 5 sections together, leaving a small opening. Stuff with fiberfill, sew opening.


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Materials: One 50 g ball of royal blue sport weight yarn and small amount of gold or bright yellow sport weight yarn, knitting needles No. 5 and No. 4, 10 small gold doll buttons (or substitute gold beads).
Gauge: 6 sts and 8 rows = 1 inch.

FRONT: Begin at lower edge, with No. 6 needles, usin royal blue, cast on 30
sts. Knit 2 rows. Work even in St st for 3 inches. Now work in k1,p1 ribbing for 2 rows. Drop royal blue and attach yellow or gold. Bind off in ribbing.
BACK: Work same as for front.
FINISHING: Lap front neck ribbing over back neck ribbing and sew at armhole edges. Sew side seams, leaving a 1-inch opening for the armholes just below the neck ribbing. Sew 8 buttons to the front, by sewing two next to each other on down the front, making a double row of buttons.

LEFT LEG: Beg at lower edge, with No. 6 needles, using gold or yellow, cast on 20 sts. Drop yellow and attach royal blue. Knit 2 rows. Now work even in St st until piece measures 2-3/4 inches. Cast on 5 sts beg next 2 rows. Continue in St st until piece measures 2-1/4 inches from cast on sts. Change to No. 4 needles and work in k1,p1 ribbing for 4 rows. Bind off in ribbing. FINISHING: Sew center front and back seams. Sew inside leg seams. Sew one gold button to the lower center of each outer leg.

See our pattern list for other cute Beanie Baby Patterns. They can also be
viewed at the website,

Until next time, may your blessings be many and Happy Knitting!


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