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Crochet Felted Wool Dryer Balls

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This pattern is crocheted in the round, amigurumu style so there will be no joining and chaining.  Just keep crocheting in a continuous spiral.  You’ll need a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

You will need to make a wool ball of yarn that is 9 1/4 inches in circumference to place inside the outer pouch.  See more information here.


Size J Hook (6.0 mm)

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle


Worsted weight yarn in 100% wool  (make sure it’s not superwash).  I highly recommend Knit Picks Wool of the Andes for felted projects.


2scinc: 2 single crochet stitches in the same stitch, one stitch increased.

sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together, one stitch decreased.


Starting with a magic ring, sc 6 times in the loop.  Pull tight.

1. 2scinc, repeat around. (12 sts)

2. 2scinc, 1 sc.  Repeat around (18 sts)

3. 2scinc, 2 sc.  Repeat around (24 sts)

4. 2scinc, 3 sc. Repeat around (30 sts)

5. 2scinc, 4 sc.  Repeat around (36 sts)

6. 2scinc, 5 sc. Repeat around (42 sts)

7. 2scinc, 6sc. Repeat around (48 sts)

Rounds 8- 15 sc in each st.

16. sc2tog, sc in next 6 sts. Repeat around (42 sts)

17. sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat around (36 sts)

18. sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts. Repeat around (30 sts).  Put the yarn ball inside the pouch.

19. sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat around (24 sts)

20. sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat around (18 sts)

21. sc2tog, sc in next st. Repeat around (12 sts)

22. sc2tog around (6 sts)

Cut yarn, thread onto tapestry needle and seam the hole closed.  Weave in ends.

The pouch will be large and loose before felting.  Felt as desired.  For more information about felting, click here.



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Knit Felted Wool Dryer Balls


This is the pattern for the pouch that will go over the wound up balls of yarn to make felted wool dryer balls.  You will need to start this project by making a ball of yarn 9 1/4 inches in circumference.


US 10 (6 mm) knitting needles, either DPN or 40″ circular for magic loop

Stitch marker to indicate beginning of round

tapestry needle

Worsted weight 100% wool yarn (make sure it’s not superwash)


CO 6 sts, divide evenly between needles.  Place marker to indicate beginning of round.

1. KFB around (12 sts)

2. K all sts

3. K1, KFB repeat around (18 sts)

4. K all sts

5. K2, KFB repeat around (24 sts)

6. K all sts

7. K3, KFB repeat around (30 sts)

8. K all sts

9. K4, KFB repeat around (36 sts)

10. K all sts

11. K5, KFB repeat around (42 sts)

12. K all sts

13. K6, KFB repeat around (48 sts)

14. K all sts

15. K 7, KFB repeat around (54 sts)

16. K all sts

17. K8, KFB repeat around (60 sts)

Rounds 18-21, knit all sts.

22. K8, K2tog repeat around (54 sts)

23. K all sts

24. K7, K2tog repeat around. (48 sts)

25. K all sts

26. K6, K2tog repeat around (42 sts)

27. K all sts

28. K5, K2tog repeat around (36 sts)

29. K all sts

30. K4, K2tog repeat around (30 sts)

31. K all sts, place ball inside pouch.

32. K3, K2tog repeat around (24 sts)

33. K2, K2tog repeat around (18 sts)

34. K all sts

35. K1, K2tog repeat around (12 sts)

36. K2tog around (6 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail.  Thread yarn tail onto a tapestry needle, and draw it through the live sts.  Pull tight to close the pouch.  Secure and weave in yarn ends.  Felt as desired, or for more information, click here.


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Rainbow Striped Beanie

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I wanted to make my 4 year old son a new hat, so I gave him a pattern book to look through.  He seemed to get a little frustrated that he couldn’t find exactly what he wanted, so we searched on Ravelry for patterns together.  Again, he was frustrated he couldn’t find exactly what he wanted. 

I asked him to tell me what he was looking for.  He told me he wanted a hat with red, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, gray, and white stripes.  I got out a huge pile of yarn and had him pick out the colors for his hat.  He piled up 9 balls of yarn and said those were the colors he wanted.  We worked together to arrange the colors. 

We ended up with a Roy G Biv rainbow plus a few more colors.  What follows is the pattern to the cheerful hat my sweet 4 year old came up with. 

Pattern Gauge: 5 stitches and 7 rounds per inch in stockinette stitch


US 5 16 inch circular knitting needle (or size needed for gauge)

US 7 16 inch circular knitting needle (or size needed for gauge)

US 7 DPNs or US 7 40 inch circular needle for magic loop

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


I used 9 colors of worsted weight yarn, most of which were Cascade 220 and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.  The sequence for the hat was red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, gray, black.  This is an excellent project for using up all those obscure yarn ball leftovers so you can use whatever worsted weight yarn you have on hand.  You will need approximately 120 yards.


With smaller needles and red yarn, cast on 96 stitches.  Place marker to indicate beginning of round. Work K2 P2 ribbing for 8 rounds.

Switch to larger needles, cut red yarn and begin working with orange, knit 4 rounds stockinette stitch. 

Knitting 4 rounds per color, knit in stockinette stitch until hat measures 7 inches from cast on edge.  (color sequence for this hat was red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, gray, black)

Continuing to switch colors every 4 rounds, begin decreasing.

Round 1: K 10, K2tog around (88 sts)

Round 2: K all sts

Round 3: K 9, K2tog around (80 sts)

Round 4: K all sts

Round 5: K 8, K2tog around (72 sts)

Round 6: K all sts

Round 7: K 7, K2tog around (64 sts)

Round 8: K all sts

Round 9: K 6, K2tog around (56 sts)

Round 10: K all sts

Round 11: K 5, K2tog around (48 sts)

Round 12: K all sts

Round 13: Switching to DPN’s or 40″ circular for magic loop, K 4, K2tog around (40 sts)

Round 14: K all sts

Round 15: K 3, K2tog around (32 sts)

Round 16: K all sts

Round 17: K 2, K2tog around (24 sts)

Round 18: K all sts

Round 19: K 1, K2tog around (16 sts)

Round 20: K all sts

Round 21: K2tog around (8 sts remaining)

Cut yarn, leaving 6 inch yarn tail.  Thread onto tapestry needle, thread remaining sts onto needle and pull the top of the hat closed.  Secure, and weave in all ends. 

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The M107 Hat (Free Pattern!)

This pattern is now available as a free Ravelry Download for digital readers or a printable hard copy!  It’s also available on this blog, below.

The M107 Hat

Pattern designed by Janelle Wood

I made my husband a pair of fingerless gloves to wear during target practice. I decided he needed a matching hat. The result is this pattern. I just happened to finish knitting the hat on the day he finally got his Barrett M107, so that’s what he decided to name the pattern.

The hat fits a wide range of head sizes. It fits an adult man and a woman’s head size comfortably, thanks to the elasticity the cables provide.


Size 4 (3.5mm) 16 inch circular needle

Size 6 (4mm) 16 inch circular needle

Size 6 (4mm) DPNs or 40 inch circular

Cable needle

Stitch markers


200 yards DK or Sportweight yarn (the example was knit in baby alpaca)


23 sts and 32 rows-4 inches stockinet stitch (5.75 sts per inch)

Horseshoe Cable sequence (worked over 12 sts)


Rnds 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8: K12

Rnd 3: C6B, C6F (slip 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold in back. K the next 3 sts, K the 3 stitches off the cable needle. Slip next 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold in front. K the next 3 sts, then K the 3 sts off the cable needle)


With Long Tail Cast On method and smaller needles, CO 120 sts

Place marker and join, begin working K2P2 ribbing in the round.

Work ribbed brim for 1.5 inches (4 cm) or 12 rounds

Next Round: Switch to larger needles and P6, *K12, P12 repeat from * until last 18 sts, K12, P6

Begin working Horseshoe cable sequence over the knit stitches

Work in established pattern until entire work measures 7 inches (18 cm), or desired length. (The example was knit to 6 inches then began decreases because my husband likes a shorter hat. Make it to your liking).


Begin decreases as follows:

Rnd 1: P1, P2tog, *K12, [P1, P2tog 4 times] repeat from * to last 16 sts: K12, [P1, P2tog twice]

Rnd 2: work even in pattern

Rnd 3: P4, *SSK, SSK, K4, K2tog, K2tog, P8 repeat from * to last 16 sts, Ssk, SSK, K4, K2tog, K2tog P4

Rnd 4: Work even in pattern (for me this was a cable round so I did C4B, C4F. Continue to work cable rounds where appropriate)

Rnd 5: (Switch to DPN’s or long circular for magic loop) P2tog twice, *K8, [P2tog twice] repeat from * to last 10 sts, K8, P2tog

Rnd 6: Work even in pattern

Rnd 7: P2, *SSK, SSK, K2tog, K2tog, P4 repeat from * to last 10 sts, Ssk, Ssk, K2tog, K2tog, P2

Rnd 8: Work even in pattern

Rnd 9: Work even in pattern

Rnd 10: P2tog, *K4, [P2tog twice] repeat from * to last 6 sts, K4, P2tog

Rnd 11: P1, *SSK, K2tog, P2 repeat from * to last 5 sts, SSK, K2tog, P1.

Place last P stitch on first needle and continue as follows:

Rnd 12: *P2tog, K2tog, repeat from *


Cut yarn, leaving a 12 inch tail. Draw yarn through remaining sts, pulling tight to close. Weave in ends, wash and block as desired.

Pattern Variation

To make this hat in Worsted weight, use size 5 (3.74mm) for the brim and size 7(4.5 mm) for the body of the hat. Cast on 96 sts instead of 120. Work pattern as written.

This pattern was intended for personal use only. Feel free to gift any finished projects made from this pattern. Selling projects made from this pattern is prohibited without the written consent of the designer.

For questions, feel free to leave a comment

or find her as johnsie4 on Ravelry.


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Hootie Pants

The weather in Florida turned cold overnight!  All my baby has is soakers and t-shirts from the scorching summer.  I needed to make longies, and quick.  The trouble was, I can’t say I’m too crazy about all the longie patterns on Ravelry.  I have so many ideas for longies in my head.  I put one on paper, and knit it up.

The pattern is now available as a free Ravelry Download

I have a slight obsession with owl cables, so I incorporated them into the pants.  I think they are so cute, and even cuter on my baby’s fluffy bum. 

I made the pants for use with cloth diapers.  I used Cascade 220 Wool in color 8400, slate gray.  I think the color is very owlish.  For more information on using wool covers with cloth diapers, see this post.

 I can’t not smile when I see this picture.  This one’s going in a frame.


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Little Black Clutch

This Pattern is Available as a free Ravelry Download.  It is also available for free, instructions in this post.

When my mother in law was visiting, we stopped in the local yarn shop.  She’s a quilter and I’m a knitter.  I didn’t expect her to think too much about the yarn shop because she’s more into fabric.  Upon entering, a felted clutch that was on display immediately caught her attention.

“I love this!  Will you knit it for me?”  She asked excitedly.

“Sure,” I replied.  It didn’t look very hard.  I asked the girl working what pattern and yarn were used.  She didn’t have an exact pattern and gave me very vague instructions about how it was made.  I inspected it and got a good idea about how I would make it.

Meanwhile, my mother in law was combing through the variety of wools, trying to find the perfect color for her clutch.  Finally she settled on Lamb’s Pride Bulky in black.

I was thrilled to see her so excited in the yarn shop.  I had fun showing it off to her and I almost expected her to be uninterested.  It went so differently than I had imagined.

The pattern came together really easily, and it was nothing like the vague instructions the girl at the LYS gave me.  At first I made a wide clutch style, but I wasn’t totally sure that was what she had in mind.  I made another one using 2 strands of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.  It was smaller and longer.  The instructions are for the smaller one first, and the wider one in the parenthesis. (I just wanted to come back and add that project notes on Ravelry say they don’t really like the wide, short purse, instructions in parenthesis.  It’s not very practical which is why I made a different version.)

Finished Measurements:

9 x 6 1/2 inches felted (10 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches felted)


3 sts and 4 rounds/ 1 inch before felting  (Gauge is not really important, just make sure it’s nice and loose for easier felting.)


125 yards of bulky weight wool yarn (Or 220 yards of worsted weight wool, with 2 strands held together throughout)

size US 13 16 inch circular needles

stitch marker


Using long tail cast on, cast on 60 (80) sts.  Place marker and begin working in the round.

Work 6 rounds of garter stitch (purl one round, knit one round)

Next round: K 8 (10) sts, bind off 14 (20) sts, K 16 (20) sts, bind off 14 (20) sts, k 8 (10) sts.

Next round: K 8 (10) sts, using backward loop method cast on 14 (20) sts, k 16 (20) sts, cast on 14 (20) sts, k 8 (10) sts.  Begin working in round again.

K every round until it measures 10 (8) inches from cast on edge.

Divide sts evenly, with the first st from where the stitch marker was placed.

Finish by grafting (kitchener stitch) live sts together.

Felt as desired.

Adorn with decorative pin, ribbon, buttons, ect.  Use your imagination!

Resources (click on the links to view instructions on the techniques used in this pattern):

Backward Loop Cast On

Kitchener Stitch

Hand Felting

Machine Felting


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Get Well Soon Socks

My sock design is finished!  Pattern is available as a free Ravelry download.

When my husband became ill with pneumonia, I wanted to make him as comfortable as possible. In addition to pushing fluids and making him bland meals, I decided to make him a pair of socks.
The cables make these man socks cozy, perfect for times when he’s under the weather. They are knit toe-up and have Sivia Harding’s toe-up heel flap incorporated into them. She has graciously given me permission to use her heel design.
I’ve added some links to instructional tutorials for some techniques in the pattern.

Magic Cast On

Short row heel

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