Weirdly Wonderful Knitting Patterns
Okay, I admit that I’ve posted some unusual collections. But these patterns are so odd that they deserve a place all their own.
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Free Knitting Patterns
This versatile roadkill design by Susan Glinert Stevens can be used as a coaster, a bookmark, or any place you could use a flattened rodent.
Sarah Pasternak’s pattern is an easy quick knit in garter stitch with chunky yarn. As she says, “With hands on each end of the scarf, I can hug the people I love even when I’m not there! It’s easy, just take out the scarf, wrap it around you and…voila! I gave you a hug!”
QR Code Scarf
Lisa Bogart created this geeky scarf pattern that contains two charts for “My Scarf” and “Love Mom”. Look through the projects to see charts for other codes. She says that if they are knit correctly they will actually scan to reveal the message.
Eff Off I’m Reading Bookmark
Edith Cummings created this subtle message for when we don’t want to be bothered. I think this would also be great to tie to your knitting needles or project bag to send the message “Eff Off I’m Knitting”. Easy quick project that knitters reported only took a couple of hours. It does recommend using a spool knitter to create the i-cords but you can knit them with needles. Pictured project by bloepper
Zebbie Barback’s pencil / knitting needle holder is inspired by the prehistoric underwater creature Hallucigenia sparsa from the Middle Cambrian period that had spines for protection. In place of its spines, this Hallucigenia sports pencils, knitting needles, or whatever else you want to store in its back.
Ninja Nunchucks and Throwing Stars
Millie E. designed these ninja weapons in response to a challenge from a friend who didn’t believe she could knit “anything”. Would make great costume accessories or safer toys (if you stuff the handles instead of using dowels). Pictured project is by KnittingMommyof2
According to the designer Claire Scope-Farrell the purpose of this pattern is to encourage smokers who are trying to quit.
Tin Foil Hat (Reversible, of course)
Michelle Miller created the ultimate in protective headgear. The “tin foil” layer that protects you from aliens and conspiracies taking over you mind is knit with strips from a mylar blanket. Reverse it and you have a regular garter stitch yarn beanie to protect you from the cold…and hide your tin foil layer from prying eyes.
Patterns for Purchase
Squashed Rat Bookmark
The body is flat and the head is thicker so it can stick out of the top of your book. The blood oozing out from his side is optional. (Good to know!)
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!