Free Bunnicula Carrot Pattern!

When Claire Reagan designed Bunnicula for Geek Knits, she included a bonus little drained carrot pattern! It was so cute and fun, but we didn’t have room for it photo wise. So here it is for free!

***Note: Materials call for skein, but this can easily be made with your leftovers from Bunnicula, or a few dozen yards of white, a yard of black and less than a yard of green!

Drained Carrot for Bunnicula
by Claire Reagan

One Size Only

22 sts and 30 rows = 4″/10cm (10cm) in St st.

Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand (100% premium acrylic), 3½ ounce (100g) skeins, each approx. 170 yards (155m)
1 skeins in White (A)
1 skein in Black (B)
Small amount of green yarn
One pair US size 6 (4mm) straight needles
Stitch holder
Washable toy stuffing
Tapestry needle

With A, cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2 and all even rows: Purl.
Row 3: M1L twice, k1—5 sts.
Row 5: K1, M1L, k1, M1L, k1—7 sts.
Row 7: K1, M1L, k3, M1L, k1—9 sts.
Row 9: K1, M1L, k5, M1L, k1—11 sts.
Rows 10–14: Work in St st.
Row 15: K1, M1L, k7, M1L, k1—13 sts.
Row 17: K1, M1L, k9, M1L, k1—15 sts.
Row 19: K1, M1L, k11, M1L, k1—17 sts.
Row 21: K1, M1L, k13, M1L, k1—19 sts.
Rows 22–26: Work in St st.
Rows 27–38: Repeat rows 15–26—27 sts.
Row 39: K2tog across to last st, k1—14 sts.
Row 40: P2tog across—7 sts.
Cut yarn, draw through remaining sts, pull tight, and secure. Weave in ends prior to stuffing. Sew seam using mattress stitch and stuff to desired firmness.
With B, sew 2 bars on the side of the Carrot for fang marks. With green yarn, cut two 10″ lengths of yarn. Sew to top of Carrot in center of each strand, leaving ends hanging as fringe. Knot ends close to base of Carrot. Unravel fringe to look like a carrot top.

Photos by Kyle Cassidy. Models Miracle Laurie and Leah Cevoli. Bad cropping job on the carrot photo by me!

How to be a better designer.

Someone asked me during the Q&A portion of my signing last night about how to take a concept and turn it into a finished pattern. I said a lot of things, but one of the main things I stressed was that I still learn. I still read design books, I’ve attended workshops, I take advice from tech editors and work to be better at what I do!

Then, just now, I got an email about a new online course that one of my favorite tech editors, Kate Atherly is teaching. So I put my money where my mouth is and signed up!

Surely this was a sign right?

Click HERE for a link to the course!

This will be my first time doing an online course and I’m really excited! I feel like I’ll get a lot more out of this than I do with workshops which are usually only a few hours.

This happened.

Yesterday was pretty darn amazing: 

Yes, that is GK in the number one spot on amazon for knitting! 
Not bad for the second day!

Geek Knits in the Wild!

Since we’ve done it three times now, it’s officially tradition! Go to the bookstore on the day of my books release and make sure it’s really real.

It is.

I also got to guest blog for Tor.Com and that went live yesterday! Check it out HERE , especially if you like scary books!

My Blanket Fort

In a few hours, Geek Knits will be out in the world. People can buy it, love it and… criticize it.

Is it odd that the thought of the praise AND the criticism makes me want to hide in a blanket fort for several weeks?

Geek Knits has been my baby for several years now. I thought up the idea over 3 years ago. I spent over a year of my life dedicating every single day to it’s creation. Now that it’s ready to hit the shelves I’m finding myself a bundle of nerves. I’m coping by buying way too much make up on line, working out like crazy and will more than likely eat my weight in vegetarian sushi in the coming days.

So, if you need me tomorrow I’ll be attempting to stay out of the blanket fort by alternately running laps around my block or obsessively googling myself.


My grandmothers closet

I inherited almost all of my gram’s clothing when she died and I’m trying to honor her by actually wearing it. I especially decided that today and tomorrow are appropriate days to show off some of her creations, as Geek Knits comes out tomorrow and without my grandma teaching me how to knit well… That wouldn’t be the case.

So here is one of my favorite skirts that she made. I’m very proud to wear it and think for being over 25 years old, it has held up really well!