Updated patterns!

I'm in the process of updating my old patterns, particularly the bibs, to include charts. I'm rewriting some of the directions to make the patterns even easier and including alternative methods for beginning the bibs and for making the ties. Look for these patterns in the sidebar to see which ones have been added. It's a slow process, but eventually, they'll all be there!



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tail A Wagging!

Here, as promised, is my birthday present to you!  Every year now for the past four years, I've posted a new pattern on my birthday.  I love getting presents, but I love giving them even more!
This fellow might look a little familiar to some of you.  He's a version of the pattern that I did for one of the past dishcloth calendars.  I tweaked him and he's facing the opposite way.  He also doesn't have the heart border.

I get requests all the time for the old version of this pattern and the two other dog and cat patterns that I did.  All three of the designs were exclusive to the calendar.  The rights to them have been returned to me and I can choose to do whatever I want with them.  It would be easy just to post them, but I really don't think that's fair to those of you who purchased the calendar just for my patterns.  (And I know a lot of you did, because you told me so!)  On the other hand, you might have noticed that I'm not in the habit of selling any of my patterns!  What to do? I think I've come up with a fair solution.  I've decided to post the old designs in a "new" format.  They won't have the heart borders and I may change them slightly.  If you want them with the hearts, then you'll have to buy a back issue of the calendar.  Otherwise, you'll just have to settle for the basic design, which I hope you'll still think is cute!

This pup is 37 stitches wide so it will fit in with most of the other patterns for those who'd like to mix and match.  The pattern also includes a chart as well as the written directions.  The pdf files are in the sidebar, or you can get the bib by clicking here  and the cloth by clicking here.
Now, I get to go and open up my birthday presents!  Of course, with my husband laid up and unable to do much of anything on his own, I "had" to do my own birthday shopping!  There's no wrapping paper involved, but I do get to open the shipping boxes!  There are a couple of new knitting books and some of my favorite stitch markers  (I can never have enough of them!).  There's a possibility that there might even be a new skein of yarn. . .or two.

8 comments:

Dorothy said...

Happy birthday Elaine. Enjoy that box of goodies. I love your patterns - thanks for sharing.

Brittany said...

So cute! Thank you for sharing... and Happy Birthday!

andrea said...

happy birthday Elaine. you could not have picked a cuter pattern to share

Mamere Knits Too Much said...

Happy belated Birthday !

i too love your patterns - thank you.

Jessica said...

Happy Belated Birthday Elaine!

I love your idea. I am one of the people who bought the calendars for your patterns (but have since found I want to knit every pattern in the book). Since all of your other patterns are free, I didn't have a problem paying for some and supporting the Calendar group at the same time. (Janet is so winderful to work with). Of course now I will be making the puppy with the heart and the new one you posted. Thanks again!

tim carpenter said...

my wife loves the blanket and would love the pattern if possible I went to the ravelry link and searched through 160 pages and never found the bloody thing can you narrow the description please will be watching for a reply thanks tim c

Elaine said...

Tim, I'm not sure what blanket you're talking about. I don't have an actual pattern for a blanket. I did make a blanket for my granddaughter using my squares. See my April 10, 2012 post called "Ruthie's Farm". Is this what you're referring to? You should email me directly and maybe I can help you. Be sure to put something in the subject line that lets me know what you're writing about, otherwise, I won't open it!

Kathleen Cambiano said...

I would like to make this "Tail A Wagging" into a blanket with just the one large dog on it. Do you think that would look good or should I just make a blanket with the small dog in the middle or in a corner? I am kind of new to knitting and do not have a creative vision. But I have a grand-nephew that will be born in April and I would like to get started on a baby blanket for him. Also, would I just multiply the stitches by a number until the size would be right for a baby blanket?
I appreciate your advice and the free pattern!
Kathleen