Free Patterns

A look into the life of a Jaunty Bear

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A Jaunty bear is something of a treasure. Something to be respected, held close to your heart and protected from unsavory influences. If you should meet a jaunty bear, do not play dead or run away, instead invite him to lunch and a walk in the park. You should count yourself lucky to befriend such a creature, don’t ruin the opportunity with fears or doubts.

happy happy joy joy
Jaunty bears like to knit, dance, and wear sweaters.


To help you in the process of fitting in with and befriending the bears, I present to you … Bear Ridge Scarf. Now I’ve never met a real jaunty bear in person (or a grumpy bear, for that matter) but from what I understand a lot of them live in places that can get pretty cold. I know they have fur and all that but some bears may be more sensitive to cold than others and need an extra layer or two. Humans differ, after all, so why not bears? Maybe grumpy bears are just uncomfortably cold bears. Besides, if a bear did want to wear a scarf, I’m pretty sure it would look something like this; simple, elegant, classy and cool. Ok, ok, without further hubbub, here is the Bear Ridge Scarf and pattern.


The Bear Ridge Scarf is a shallow, triangular scarf knit back and forth in garter stitch. It features a small picot edging along the two bottom edges. 
sooo cozy!
bear scarf is about 12″ deep and 52″ wide



Here’s what I used:
1 pair of size 9 circular knitting needles, 32″
1 darning needle or crochet hook for weaving in ends
2 skeins Noro Silk Garden (45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lambswool) in colorway #349

You can use 220 yards of any worsted weight yarn you’d like, sky’s the limit!

What’s my gauge again?

Gauge is not important with this project. If you don’t want to use a worsted yarn, just make sure you adjust your needle to a size appropriate for the yarn you end up choosing.

Here’s how I did it:

CO 3 sts

Row 1: knit

Row 2: Using the cabled cast on method CO3, BO1, knit until the end of the row.

Row 3-?: Repeat row 2 until your scarf is as large as you would like it or until you run out of yarn, leaving some yarn for BO (if you want to be a rebel, knit yourself out of yarn and BO using the crochet hook method) and weave in those nasty ends.


Block your scarf by pinning your picots out and steaming the hey out of it (trust me, blocking this project makes a world of difference).


Wear and enjoy! My favorite way to wear it is modeled below but feel free to be your own person and make your own decisions on the matter. Don’t worry, we’ll still be friends.

Blending in with bears


Obligatory bear pin (to indicate I am friend, not foe)


scarfs have ridges!
Bear Ridge namesake: garter stitch for days!

Alpaca Farmer Scarf

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When I grow up, one of my hopes and dreams is to be an alpaca farmer. My ultimate plan is to run the Noah’s Ark of magic farms. I will have two alpaca, two cows, two sheepsies, couple of cashmere goats, angora rabbits, Fiberous Joys!  James said he’s cool with all the animals as long as I do all the cleaning after them.. Eh, we’ll see how that goes.

Alpaca Farmer

Here’s what I used:
1 pair of 24″ knitting needles in size 10.5
2 pretty little stitch markers
1 darn useful darning needle
1 beyond soft skein of Cascade Eco Duo in grey and charcoal

What’s my gauge again?

5 sts / inch (gauge is not super important with this project)

Here’s how I did it:

CO 3 sts

Row 1: knit into front and back of first stitch, k, knit in front and back of final stitch (4 sts)

Rows 2-14: rep row 1 (17 sts at ent of row 14)

Row 15 (RS): sl as if to knit, k7, pm, yo, k, yo, pm, knit to end

Row 16: sl first st, k until first marker, p until second marker, k until end

Row 17: sl first st, k up to center stitch, yo, k, yo, k until end (beyond the 8 sts for your border, the number of stitches between the markers and the center stitch will increase by one with every odd row. For example, for this row you will have 1 st between the marker and the center stitch, for row 19 you will have 2.)

Rep rows 16-17 until your scarf is about 2 inches shy of the size you would like ending after completing a wrong side row (I stopped at 108 sts)

Ending border

RS: slip first st as if to knit, knit in front and back of second stitch, knit until last two stitches, knit in front and back of next stitch, knit last stitch.

WS: Knit even across

Repeat these two rows 8 times (ending after a WS row)

Now that you’ve finished your Farmer Scarf, wrap it ’round your neck and go tend to your flock!


No BS Boyfriend Beanie

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Have you ever needed to knit a last second, easy-peasy, super awesome hat present for someone? Have you ever wondered what the frick and I gonna make out of this one super amazing skein of yarn? Have you ever wondered where the heck am I going to find an ultra easy, uber simple and otherwise perfect pattern that will show off the lovely yarn you’re using for your project? Look no further (well, you might have to scroll down a little) because I have just written up this superb pattern for an easy hat that anyone will love. I give you… the ‘No BS BF Beanie.’

Here it is, modeled by my handsome hun!

James is one of my favorite models ❤

Knitted with 3×1 ribbing and plain ol’ stockinette, this easy hat pattern just might become a go to pattern when you don’t know how to show off that super special yarn of yours.

Here’s what I used:
1 pair each of 16″ knitting needles in sizes 6 and 7
1 set of dpns in size 6
9 pretty little stitch markers (or a bunch of paperclips)
1 darn useful darning needle
1 beyond soft skein of Cascade Eco Duo in black and white

What’s my gauge again?

5 sts = 1 inch on size 7 needles

Here’s how I did it:

*Be sure to break out your dpns when you have too few stitches to knit comfortably on your circulars.

  1.  Using your smaller needles CO 88 st.
  2. Being careful not to twist, place a marker indicating the beginning of your rows and join stitches in the round.
  3. Work (K3, P1) until your ribbing is 1.5″ or desired height.
  4.  Work in stockinette st until your work measures 6″ tall.
  5. (K11, place marker) rep until end of round.
  6. Begin your decreases: k until the last 2 sts before your marker, k2tog. Rep until end of round.
  7. Work the next row even with K st.
  8. Rep step 6 + 7 three times.
  9. Rep step 6 until you only have a few stitches left and cut your yarn leaving a tail long enough to weave in ends.
  10. Use your trusty darning needle to pull the tail though the remaining sts, tie off and weave in ends.


Mistake Rib Scarf

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As I mentioned in a previous post this delightful yellow scarf is the first finished object made from my own handspun yarn. With beautifully dyed wool from spinningtheweb on etsy (I highly recommend her shop) I managed to make a gorgeous skein of 2-ply yarn which as you see here has been made into a wonderfully simple scarf to keep my giraffe neck warm against the icy Pacific Winds of Santa Cruz. Once oh so cold, now ever so toasty. 🙂

Banana Scarf
You too could don a scarf such as this!

Now, as my loyal readers (at this point, probably just Gramma. Hey Gramma!) I offer you an easy to follow knitting pattern that, with varying yarns and needles, will yield spectacularly varying results!

banana scarf yields gelato
Disclaimer: pattern does not include production of ice cream.

Behold, the Mistake Rib Scarf pattern:

Any yarn with any coordinating set of needles. For this version I used worsted-bulky handspun yarn and size 11 needles with an initial cast on of 13 sts (116 yds makes a 5 ft scarf).

CO any number of odd stitches
Work each row (k2, p2)
Knit until you have no more yarn or until you’ve reached the desired length.

Wrap it around your neck or that of a loved one and enjoy it’s warmth and let the love begin!