For the Greater Good Fingerless Mitts Pattern

I like Harry Potter.

I also like fictional villains.

For the Greater Good Fingerless Mitts

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These mitts were created for my fellow Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them fans, in time for the release of The Secrets of Dumbledore in April, 2022.

For the Greater Good mitts are inspired by Gellert Grindelwald’s organization, The Alliance, whose purpose was to promote wizarding supremacy, until Grindelwald’s defeat by Albus Dumbledore in 1945. Grindelwald used the phrase For the Greater Good to justify his crimes against those who opposed him and his self-proclaimed superiority.

For the Greater Good Fingerless Mitts

The mitts are knit in the round from the bottom up, and include a shaped thumb gusset. The Alliance’s logo (the two G’s incorporating the Deathly Hallows symbol) adorn the front while mysterious magical symbols circle the cuff.

The pattern can be worked with a long circular needle and Magic Loop or with double-pointed needles. Mitts contain long floats, so be sure to “catch” the yarn frequently on back of work.

If you like these, check out my Budgie Mittens and other designs on Ravelry.

Materials Needed for For the Greater Good Mitts

For these mitts, you’ll need two colors of fingering weight wool yarn. I used 90 yards of Knit Picks Palette in  Oregon Coast Heather for the Main Color. For the Contrasting Color, I used 85 yards of Palette in Asphalt Heather.

You will also need needles that will give you the correct gauge. I used Size US1.5 for a gauge of 9 stitches/inch. This produces about a women’s medium with a hand  circumference of 8 inches. Change needle sizes if you want a smaller or larger size.

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I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Download For the Greater Good here.

Jack-O Garter Mosaic Knit Washcloth

It’s almost here folks. The best time of the year. You know, falling leaves, pumpkin spice, rain, football, crisp air. And Halloween. And to  celebrate, I’ve got this jolly jack-o-lantern washcloth pattern to get you into the spirit.

Jack-O Pattern

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Jack-O is a garter stitch, mosaic knit washcloth that is created by working one color at a time and slipping stitches to create the design.  It’s an easy and entertaining  method that uses only one color per row, making it a great colorwork technique to start out with.

Size and gauge aren’t critical. The sample turned out at about 10 x 10 inches.

Materials

I like worsted cotton for washcloths. For this one, I used Peaches & Creme in colors Black (50 yards), Bright Orange (40 yards), and Rosemary(8 yards). Traditional, I know, but maybe you want to make a purple Jack-O. Now that I think about it, that’d be pretty cool.

Peaches & Creme yarn black orange rosemary

You’ll also need size US 7 Needles or whatever is recommended for your yarn.  And a tapestry needle comes in handy for weaving in those ends.

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The Jack-O pattern includes a color chart AND line-by-line written instructions. It can be purchased here for $2.50.

Please feel free to contact me at tara@megapteraknits.com with any questions or comments.

Happy Autumn!

Pebble Socks Knitting Pattern

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For most knitters, it’s  currently sweater-knitting weather. But for me, it’s sock-knitting weather. But that’s pretty much anytime. Or all the time. Socks are a blank canvas waiting to be filled with whatever stitch pattern your imagination can produce. And the constructions methods are endless. Socks never bore me.

Knit Pebbles Socks

Construction

Pebble socks were created  using a modified costruction method from Cat Bordhi’s book New Pathways for Sock Knitters. Sadly, Cat passed away from  cancer in September 2020. I never got to meet her in person, but she helped fuel my love of sock knitting. I hope these socks can be my small tribute to her creative and ingenious spirit that will continue to inspire all knitters for all time.

Knit Pebbles Socks Left

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Construction of Pebble socks begins at the toe, and includes plenty of fun details like wrapped stitches, a reinforced heel AND heel turn, and a twisted rib guesset that sits off center from the top of the foot. The “pebbles” form a gently curving path from the toe to the top of the leg. Despite the off-center gusset, each sock hugs the foot beatifully and comfortably.

Knit Pebbles Socks Right

Pattern

The 10-page pattern contains written instructions, and charts for the “pebbles.” It is written for 4 different sizes (foot circumferences of 7, 8, 9 and 10 inches). Video links to techniqes are included. The pattern has been tested, but please contact me (Ravelry link) with any questions or problems. I’m happy to help.

Knit Pebbles Socks Gusset

Pebbles is available here for US $3.00.

Baby Yoda Santa Hat – Free Pattern

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Yep, I adopted one of those cute Baby Yodas. To earn his keep, I decided he needed to perform an additional function (other than taking up space with his cuteness), namely as a Christmas decoration.

baby yoda santa hat

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This Santa Hat fits snugly on Baby Yoda’s head and even has holes in the brim to accomodate his oversized, lime-green alien ears. I figure he appreciates it, he is bald and my house is fairly cold in the winter.

Maybe yours needs one too?

Baby Yoda Santa Hat Pattern

.pdf download at end of post

Materials

  • Size US13 long circular needles for Magic Loop or double-pointed needles
  • 20 yards super bulky furry yarn, white or desired color. I used Lion Brand Go For Faux.
  • 20 yards super bulky red yarn. I used Lion Brand Hometown USA
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Abbreviations

  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit 2 together
  • Kfb – Knit front and back
  • st(s) – Stitch(es)

back of baby yoda's head and santa hat

Method

Using furry yarn, cast on 36 stitches. Join for working in the round.

Rounds 1-2: Knit to end of round.

Round 3: K5, *K1, pass second stitch on right needle over first one. Repeat from * 5 more times, for a total of 6 stitches bound off. K16. *K1, pass second stitch on right needle over first one. Repeat from * 5 more times, for a total of 6 stitches bound off. K3.

Round 4: K4. Using Cable Cast-On, cast on 7 stitches. K1, pass the last cast-on stitch over that K stitch. K15. Using cable Cable Cast-On, cast on 7 stitches. K1, pass the last cast-on stitch over that K stitch. K3. (36 sts)

Round 5: K to end of round.

Cut yarn, leaving a tail to weave in later. Attach red yarn.

Rounds 1-2: Knit to end of round.

Round 3: *K4, K2tog. Repeat from * to end of round. (30 sts)

Rounds 4-5: K to end of round.

Round 6: *K3, K2tog. Repeat from * to end of round. (24 sts)

Rounds 7-8: K to end of round.

Round 9: *K2, K2tog. Repeat from * to end of round. (18 sts)

Rounds 10-11: K to end of round.

Round 12: *K1, K2tog. Repeat from * to end of round. (12 sts)

Round 13: *K2tog. Repeat from * to end of round. (6 sts)

Break yarn and thread through live stitches to close top.

For the pom, using size 13 needles and the furry yarn, I cast on 3 stitches, then joined for knitting in the round. (I kept my long tail inside the pom for stuffing.)

Round 1: *Kfb. Repeat from * to end of round (6 stitches).

Round 2: K around.

Round 3: *K1, Kfb. Repeat from * to end of round. (9 stitches)

Round 4: K to end of round.

Stuff pom if desired.  Cut yarn, leaving a tail and thread through live stitches to close pom.

Use tail to sew pom onto top of hat. Weave in ends.

Slide one of BY’s ears into an ear hole, then gently stretch the other hole over his other ear. Remember, the beginning of the knitting rounds are the back of the hat, so if it fits funky, try turning it around.

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If you find any problems or errors in the instructions, please let me know!

That’s it! Enjoy.

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Clan of Two – Free Knitting Pattern

I’ve got a free knitting pattern for all you Star Wars/Mandalorian fans. Clan of Two is worked from the bottom up and includes a corrugated rib cuff and thumb gusset.

Clan of Two knitted mittens

The Mudhorn signet was granted to our hero by the Armorer in the final episode of the first season of The Mandalorian, after she declares Dyn Jarren and Baby Yoda a “clan of two.”

I used US1.5 needles with a gauge of 9 stitches/inch, which made the mittens about 7 inches in circumference. If you need them a bit larger, use size US2 needles with a gauge of 8 stitches/inch.

The pattern has only been tested by me, so feel free to contact me with any questions or errors.

Enjoy!

Download here: ClanOfTwo

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