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There really are only two responses to these. Either you're thinking 'huh, folks sure do knit some odd things' or you're thinking 'holy smokes, get out of my way, I *must* make some of those right this very second.'
If you're in that first group, I get it, go find whatever knitting makes you happiest and do that instead. But, if you're in that second group...we should totally talk!
Before we start, I should warn you, these are hard to put down. Both in the sense that they're hard to stop knitting and in the sense that they're hard to stop holding once you've knit a few. They really are more charming than they have any right to be!
What to do with the sweet, silly little things:
- Knit a whole bunch of just the leaves and make them into a wreath or a garland
- Hide them where someone who could use a smile will find them
- Give one to your favorite kiddo and see what sort of clever games they come up with (just make sure you're only giving it to folks who won't put them in their mouths!)
- Use them as party favors or place card holders at your next party
- Use them as table decorations for you holiday table
- Use the leftover yarn from a baby sweater to make a toy the kiddo won't grow out of
Your imagination is the limit here. I suspect you already have a whole host of ideas for exactly how you could use a few of these!
The pattern is tremendously detailed and gives you lots of possible variations to experiment with. You can make the leaf in two different sizes and two different textures, and there are three different cape shapes and three ways to finish the tip of the hood.
It's quick knitting (each leaf or cape takes a few hours). And it's almost all stockinette or ribbing with just a little bit of shaping to make them dangerously cute.
The only special equipment you'll need is the peg dolls, and you can find them at most any craft store (and at a lot of toy stores). Mine are between two and three inches tall. You may also want some pipe cleaners if you want to hold the stems or the points of the hoods in just the right shape.
And just in case you’re feeling a bit nervous, the pattern includes a *lengthy* photo tutorial to walk you through every step of the process. There are all sorts of helpful tips on everything from where to get the peg dolls to how to block the pieces to how and when to weave in your ends. It’s almost absurdly detailed, but it really does mean you can totally make these!
These are perfect for you if:
- You really just need something you can start this morning, finish this evening, and call a win...because some days you just need a quick win
- You find yourself gripped with plans...plans to put one of these at each place setting on your Thanksgiving table, or one in each grandkids' Christmas stocking, or in a care package for a special someone, or just to hide them around your house for no good reason at all
They’re not for you if:
- You don't like charts (the pattern uses charts)
- You are looking for a proper, serious, grownup sort project to impress strangers with