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For your summer vacation album!

Free knitting pattern from Lion Brand Yarn!

Don’t forget to check out Word Butterfly Kitting Patterns (The new words of a butterfly website) for more great free patterns like this!

Summer Vacation Photo Album Cover

Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®

GAUGE:

18 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (knit on RS, purl on WS). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

ALBUM COVER
Flap

With A, cast on 27 sts. Work in Garter st (k every row) until piece measures 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm) from beg.
Next Row (RS): Knit.
Next Row (WS): K2 (for Garter st edge), p23, k2 (for Garter st edge).
Rep last 2 rows 3 more times.
Next Row (RS): K2, p23 (for turning ridge), k2.
Front Cover
Next Row: K2, p23, k2.
Begin Stripe and Ridge Sequence
Row 1: With A, knit.
Rows 2-4: With A, k2, p23, k2.
Row 5: With B, knit.
Row 6: With B, k2, p23, k2.
Row 7: With C, knit.
Row 8: With C, k2, p23, k2.
Rows 9-12: Rep Rows 1-4.
Row 13: With C, knit.
Row 14: With C, k2, p23, k2.
Row 15: With B, knit.
Row 16: With B, k2, p23, k2.
Rep Rows 1-16 once more.
Spine
Next Row (RS): With A, knit.
Next Row (WS): With A, k2, p23, k2.
Rep last 2 rows 5 more times.
Back Cover
Rep Rows 5-16 of Stripe Sequence.
Rep Rows 1-16 of Stripe Sequence.
Rep Rows 1-4 of Stripe Sequence.
Continue with A only.
Next Row (RS): Knit.
Next Row (WS): With A, knit (for turning ridge).
Flap
Next Row (RS): Knit.
Next Row (WS): K2, p23, k2.
Rep last 2 rows 3 more times.
Work in Garter st for 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm).
Bind off.

FINISHING
Fold Flaps along turning ridges to WS of Cover. Sew ends of Flaps to Cover.
Label
With B, cast on 15 sts.
Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 1 in. (2.5 cm) from beg.
Bind off.
Sew Label, centered, to Spine. Cut short lengths of C and glue to Label to spell out year. Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
Click for explanation and illustration
beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
p = purl rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

Learn to Knit instructions:  http://learnToKnit.LionBrand.com

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For teens, tweens and trendy adults everywhere: Ipod sock! (Or MP3 sock).ipodsocka

Don’t forget to checkout Lion brand Yarn and Word Butterfly Free Patterns for more free stuff!

This comes from Lion Brand Yarn!

iPod Sock

Lion Brand® Microspun
Pattern #: BK4K-0507001-K

SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner

SIZE: One Size
One size fits all iPods except iPod shuffle
Finished dimensions 5.5″ x 2.25″ [approximately 14 cm x 6 cm]
PUBLISHED IN: By Kids, For Kids

iPod Sock

Lion Brand® Microspun

GAUGE:

24 sts + 32 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] in ribbing (see below) BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

STITCH EXPLANATION:

This sock is made in ribbing. Ribbing is made with a combination of knit stitches and purl stitches and produces a stretchy fabric.

Knit two stitches. Bring the yarn from the back of your work between the needles to the front. Now purl two stitches. Bring the yarn to the back of your work between the needles. Knit two stitches. Continue to knit two stitches, purl two stitches until you reach the end of the row.
On the subsequent row, knit into the wrong side (WS) of the purl stitches and purl into the wrong side (WS) of the knit stitches. Remember to have the working yarn in BACK when you knit and in FRONT when you purl
Turn and repeat rows 1 and 2 as many times as the pattern instructs.
SOCKCast on 40 sts

All Rows: *Knit 2, purl 2. Repeat from * 9 more times (until the end of the row is reached). Turn. Repeat until piece measures 5.5 inches [approximately 14 cm]. Bind off all stitches.

FINISHING:

Cut yarn, leaving a tail of approximately 18 inches. Thread it into the large-eyed, blunt needle.

Working on the right side, sew the sides and bottom together as shown to form a sock. Tie off end of yarn firmly on the inside of the sock and trim.

Sew the two edges together. When you join a knitted or crocheted piece, you do so on the right side so you can see how the finished seam will look

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
Click for explanation and illustration
k = knit p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) st(s) = stitch(es)

Learn to Knit instructions:  http://learnToKnit.LionBrand.com

CORRECTIONS: None

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For mothers without “Nana” the dog from Peter Pan. Bunny Bath Mitts

A nice alternative!

Do remember to buy the yarn from Lion Brand Yarn in appreciation for the nice free pattern!

Don’t Forget to check Word Butterfly Knitting for more great free projects!

Free Knitting Pattern
Bunny Bath Mitt

Lion Brand® Lion® Organic Cotton
Pattern #: 70032A

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy +

SIZE: One Size
About 9 in. (23 cm).

CORRECTIONS: None

Bunny Bath Mitt

Lion Brand® Lion® Organic Cotton

GAUGE:

18 sts + 34 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter st (k every row) using larger needles. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

MITT
With smaller needles, cast on 44 sts. Work in Garter st (k every row) for 1 1/2 in. (4 cm). Change to larger needles and continue to work in Garter st until piece measures 3 1/2 in. (9 cm) from beg.
Shape First Half of Mitt
Next Row:
K16, sl rem 28 sts to a stitch holder; turn.
Working on 16 sts only, work even in Garter st for 1 in. (2.5 cm).
Shape Front Head
Row 1:
Inc 1 st at each end of row – 18 sts.
Rows 2-4: Knit.
Row 5: Inc 1 st at each end of row – 20 sts.
Work even until piece measures 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) from beg.
Next Row: Decrease 1 st each end of row – 18 sts.
Next Row: Knit.
Shape Ears
Row 1:
K8, sl rem 10 sts to stitch holder; turn. Working on 8 sts only, work even in Garter st for 1 in. (2.5 cm).
Row 2: Inc 1 st at each end of row – 10 sts.
Rows 3-5: Knit.
Rows 4-11: K2tog, k to end of row – 2 sts.
Row 12: K2tog – 1 st. Fasten off.
Sl 10 sts from holder back to larger needle. Rejoin yarn, bind off 2 sts and knit to end. Rep Rows 2-12 for second ear.
Sl first 12 sts from st holder to a second holder for thumb. Rejoin yarn and work next 16 sts on larger needles same as Front Head.
Shape Thumb
Sl thumb sts to larger needle. Rejoin yarn and work in Garter st for 2 in. (5 cm).
Next Row: K2tog across row – 6 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a long end, thread end through rem sts, pull tight and secure. With same end, sew thumb seam. FINISHING
Sew on buttons for eyes and mouth. Lap button for nose slightly over mouth and sew on. With rust, embroider straight st whisker lines. Sew seam. Weave in ends PomPom
Following package instructions, make a small pompom. Trim ends. Sew fasten pompom to tip of thumb. Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
Click for explanation and illustration
beg = begin(s)(ning) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
rem = remain(s)(ing) sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es)

Learn to Knit instructions:  http://learnToKnit.LionBrand.com

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A nifty little thing called…caf cozy

The half caf cozy

This cozy is an eco-friendly alternative to cardboard drink thingys.

Remember to buy the yarn from lion brand yarn!

Half Caf Cozy

Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®

GAUGE:

Exact gauge is not essential to this project.

NOTES:

To change color, fasten off old color then join new color with a slip stitch in same stitch.

STRIPE SEQUENCE
With A work 1 round, with B work 1 round, with C work 1 round, with D work 1 round, with E work 1 round, with F work 1 round, with G work 1 round, with H work 1 round, with C work 1 round, with B work 1 round, with D work 1 round.

COZY
With first color of Stripe Sequence, chain 22. Being careful not to twist, join with a slip stitch in beginning chain to form a ring.
Round 1: Single crochet in each chain around; join with slip stitch in beginning stitch – 21 stitches.
Rounds 2 and 3: Single crochet in each single crochet around; join with slip stitch in beginning stitch.
Round 4: Single crochet in each of next 6 stitches, work 2 single crochet in next stitch, repeat from * around; join with slip stitch in beginning stitch – 24 stitches.
Rounds 5 – 7: Repeat Round 2.
Round 8: Single crochet in each of next 7 stitches, work 2 single crochet in next stitch, repeat from * around; join with slip stitch in beginning stitch – 27 stitches.
Rounds 9 – 11: Repeat Round 2.
Fasten off.

FINISHING
Weave in ends.

Enjoy!

…from the ever-diligent butterfly…

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A usual day for grocery shopping? Not.

As I slammed down the door, my 80 year-old mother screamed after me, “DON’T FORGET THE CRACKERS!!” So at 1 in the morning my mother sent me out for crackers for some food craving–and she’s not even pregnant.light

So I went to Walmart. Inside, walking around the “junk foods” section I stopped and stared in amazement. Two groups of couples were having a grocery cart race! As I watched, the two guys climbed into their carts, then the girls pushed as hard as they could then start their cheerleading routine. As the two guys zoomed down the main isle one smashed into a cash register.

Then a sleepy voice announced over the speakerphones, “the gwuy with the fat belly is winner. He wins a year’s swupply of Rits crackers.” The guy who didn’t smash himself into the cash register stood up and yelled “I won!” The other started yelling insanities and started trowing anything at the winner–cans, boxes, fruits–anything he could get his hands on. Pretty soon a couple of employees dragged him and his girl outside of the store .

But seeing that gave me an idea. I saw our next door neighbors, Diane and Cole Smit walking down the “Movies” isle. I discreetly gabbed a box of Ritz cracker, and walked over to where they were. Cole was looking at a cover of a dvd and yawning incessantly. I came up and said “Hey Cole, Hey Diane!”

“Hey,” yawned Cole.

“Oh hey girl! What are you doing here at his time of night? Can’t sleep?” asked Diane. She seemed very hyper. I guess she had too much chocolate. I remember seeing Cole buying a huge box of chocolates the other day. I guess it was for their wedding anniversary.

“No, not really. What about you? Had too much chocolate?”

Her face grew red, signaling that I hit bulls eye.

“Hey, isn’t that Jacky Chan over there? Omg it’s Jacky Chan!!” I yelled, and started jumping up and down, faking my performance quite nicely, I thought.

She gasped, and dropped the two dvds she had in her hands. “Where? Where?” she screeched, letting all the effects of the chocolates show through. I slipped the Ritz box of crackers in her basket. Even Cole has stopped yawning and was looking for Jacky Chan, so I think my performance had been first-class.

“Just kidding!” I said with a big smile and a wink. Diane’s face grew so red it looked like the setting sun. I ran and disappeared around the next corner before she could say another word.

I grabbed more Ritz boxes and continued to search for more victims. I would bump into people, trip them, or distract them by shooting one of those kiddie arrows and making heavy objects like soup cans come thundering down to the ground. And then I’d always slip in the Ritz cracker box when they’re weren’t looking. After about 1 hour of hard work I had got every customer in the store.

When I got home, I heard yells coming out of Diane’s and Cole’s house. Me and my mother opened our back door and heard,

“What do you mean you didn’t buy this? I thought we were in a committed relationship that involved to NOT lying to each other! WHY are you LYING to me?” obviously that came from Diane.

“Well, I’m not lying, and I didn’t buy the darn crackers! Would you leave me ALONE! You won’t let me sleep, you won’t let me do anything! And DON”T start blaming my mother!” yelled Cole.

“I’m not talking about your stupid mother! I’m talking about YOU!” yelled Diane.

“There you go blaming my mother again! Would you stop–!”

There was a thudding noise, and yelp, and slammed door and the sound of a car starting and zooming off.

“AND DON’T COME BACK!” screamed Cole out his front door.

Me and my mother looked at each other in opened-mouth surprise.

“Oops!” I said to myself.”Amazing what you can do with a box of crackers.”

~~from the observing antennas of a butterfly…

condron.us

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For all you knitters out there, I have now updated my website list. It now includes:

How-to-Knit websites for new knitters,

FREE Knitting Patterns websites for freebie-lovers,

and Knitting Tips websites in case you ever get stuck with a project!

Check them out at my new website!

Free Knitting Patterns & Helpful Wesites

Enjoy!

~~from the ever-busy butterfly…

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Yep. I’m getting my own hosted hosh-posh website for Words of a Butterfly!

Here’s the link: wordbutterfly.co.cc

I’m still building it, so be patient with me people. 😀

~~~from the site-building butterfly…

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