Saturday, November 28, 2009

Corrections for Itty-Bitty Toys

Hi Knitters,
Although we all work incredibly hard to achieve perfection in our pattern writing, mistakes still happen. Thank you to the diligent knitters who take the time to contact me with any errors they may come across. This is immensely helpful to me. What would I do without you, dear Knitters?

With each subsequent printing of the book these corrections will be fixed. Here are the omissions and errors I have collected so far:

Corrections for Itty-Bitty Toys

Page 46
Pig:
Foot (make 2):
Rnd 6:
Needle 3: (k1, m1) twice, k2, m1, k1 (8 sts)

Page 54
Giraffe:
Decrease rounds for neck:
Rnd 16: (k3, k2tog), repeat to the end of the round (16 sts per needle, 48 sts total remain)
Rnds 17-37: knit

Page 87
Panda Puppet:
Eyes:
Black eye patch (make 2):
With Black and working back and forth, cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: kfb, k1, kfb (5 sts)
Row 2: purl
Row 3: knit
Row 4: purl
Row 5: ssk, k1, k2tog
Bind off. Whipstitch to the face using a yarn needle and one of the tails. Weave in the ends to the inside.
Cut a 12-inch-long length of Natural and thread on a yarn needle. (The rest is the same.)

Page 93
Mama Duck and Ducklings:
Gauge: 6 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

pg. 93
Decrease Rows
Row 4: p2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog (5 stitches remain)
Place a stitch marker on the first of these 5 stitches and then knit them. Continue... (as is from there)

Page 99
Wrap Me Up Puppies:
Gauge: 6 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

p. 99
Round 36:
Needles 2 and 3: (k3, k2tog) repeat twice (8 sts remain)

p. 112 (added Oct. 2, 2010)
Pea Pod

Add another two rows after the rows 1 and 2:
Next row: k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1 (7 sts remain)
Next row: purl

Then go on to row 3 and complete as written.



Page 127
Baby Doll
Body decrease rounds:
Rnd 16: (k2tog) repeat to the end of the round (4 sts per needle, 12 sts total remain)

Page 130
Baby Doll
Ruffle Pants:
Back:
Place the front and back pieces together, purl sides facing and use mattress stitch (see p. 10).

Page 130:
Decrease the same as for the front (6 sts remain).
Added Text: Leave the 6 remaining stitches on the needle and cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch tail. With the right sides facing out, graft the 6 stitches remaining from the back together with the 6 stitches remaining from the front using the kitchener stitch (see p. 9). Weave in the ends to the inside and trim.

Page 143
Lion and Elephant:
Yarn:
Lion: 1 skein each in Amber #6122 and Agate #8014

Page146
Face:
With a length of Agate and the yarn needle... (the rest is the same).

Reversibles:
For the Elephant p. 143, Cat p. 149 and Sisters p. 155:
O-Wool Balance in Slate #2215 has been discontinued.
O-Wool Balance in Jade #3125 is recommended as a substitute for the Elephant and Sisters dolls.
O-Wool Balance in Agate #8014 is recommended as a substitute for the Cat doll.

I hope this helps!

best, susie

65 comments:

PghCathy said...

I'm saving these corrections...I've asked Santa for your book for Christmas. The giraffe & lamb are just too dang cute!

TAMI said...

Thanks for getting these up. I plan on needing ALL of them!
=)

Kekumukula said...

I love looking at your photos of the Itty Bitty Toys. They look so fun. I'm going to have to treat myself and get this book during the holidays. The godfather of my girls and his wife are preggers and due in July next year. I'll have plenty of time!

Kate said...

Thanks Susan!

Arlene said...

The best laid plans are often turned off course. Thanks for the update. I'm also planning on needing all of these and had noticed the giraffe was off.

christine m. east of toronto said...

is there an easy-to-print version of the corrections? thanks!

Susan said...

christine,
I am just leaving the corrections page as a blog post so it is easy for me to update and make changes as needed.

It is very simple to copy and paste the text into your word program and then print it out.

susan

missyn said...

Susan, I am wondering if there is somewhere that the stitich is explained to make the snake coil up. I am so confused by this.
Thanks

missyn said...

Susan, I am in need of some more explanation on how to make the snake coil. Could you direct me to a site that can explain this? Thanks

Amy said...

Just wanted to let you know I added the errata links to the relevant patterns on Ravelry. :)

I'm working on the Giraffe now myself. :)

Susan said...

missyn,
All you do to make the snake coil is take a length of yarn on a yarn needle and make a running stitch up one side of the snake and pull up so the snake curls up. Tie off and pull the end to the inside.
Good luck,
susan

missyn said...

Susan,
Thanks for the explanation, I finished the snake and love him!! I hate that I have to give him up as he is a present. I think he's my favorite now from the book. Thanks again.

Christi said...

Hi Susan,

I'm making the giraffe and was hoping you could tell me how to make the pom poms.

Thanks!
Christi

Eugenie said...

Hi, I've bought and find the book iw devastatingly am to 4 knitting needles to the lerem. I do not know what I will do first. Now albedankt all fine knitting hours ahead. Happy Holidays
Greetings Eugenie (Netherlands)

Amy said...

Susan,
I just received your book for Christmas and can't wait to start. I'm looking for the Koigu KPM for the hippo, and can't seem to find the color recommended - is it discontinued or is it a typo? There are other pinks with a close color number, but not the listed one.

Susan said...

Hi Amy,
It is correct. I don't know if it is discontinued but any light pink would look just as good:)
Have fun!
susan

jennacar2 said...

Hi Susan,
Any tips on using fiberfill? My projects are never as round as yours are.

Also, I'm knitting the reversible frog/turtle. When you whipstitch the frog head to the body, did you whipstitch it about 1 inch down from the cast on edge? Mine seems too "wobbly" and I think I need to do it farther down, if that makes sense???

THANKS!

Susan said...

Hi Jennacar2,
Yes, just whipstitch the head farther out from the center of the top of the body to make it more stable. That will solve the problem:)
susan

The Neighborhorhood Knit Shop said...

Itty Bitty Toys
Susan on page 125 we reached the 36 stitches on Round 6, However, on round 10 increasing by K2, Kfb to reach 48 stitches, we are getting more than the 48. What are we doing Wrong????Sharon Lewis
Knitshopgirltn

Susan said...

Knit shop girl,
you have 12 sts on each needle.

Rnd 10: (k2, knit in the front and back of the next stitch), repeat to the end of the round. this increases 4 stitches per needle. 16 sts per needle, 48 sts total.

Hope that helps.
susan

Christie, Jeff and Kennedy said...

is the ear pattern correct for the wrap me up puppies?
Mine look so small, even in comparison to the body.

And I agree with the PP, your animals always look so much neater stuffed than mine do!

Susan said...

Christie,
It is correct. You can always make the ears bigger if you'd like.

good luck with your puppy!
susan

Christie, Jeff and Kennedy said...

one more question. On the bobble for the wrap me up puppies, it says to cast on one, then KFB until there are 5 stitches on the needle.
Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but if I KFB from one stitch, I have 6 stitches in the 3rd row, but only 4 in the second row...
It's probably something I'm doing, and I'm quite possibly too tired to be working on this right now, but I'd love any advice. :)

Jflowers said...

I just wanted to add how you helped me with round 36 of the wrap me up puppies just in case anyone else gets stuck. :)

On Round 36 you will (k3, k2tog) on needles 2 and 3.

pookie said...

Hi Susan…I’m currently making the giraffe, and i think there is something left out in the instructions on the head. After beginning the decrease rounds for the nose, after round 1 it says to “stuff with fiberfill”…but it never says to pull through the stitches on the back of the head and gather up tight to close the hole so that the fiberfill doesn’t come out. It says to do it for closing up the nose…but not the back of the head. I didn’t see the addition on the corrections for the itty bitty toys, so i just thought I’d mention it. he's coming out really cute!!! i love all of the itty bitty toys!

sbourgeois said...

Hi Susan - I've made your lamb with Mia cotton (cannot find Astrakhan), but it was really tight to knit on size 4 needles. Do you have another substitute, or should I use larger needles?

Thanks so much! I'm going to make a black lamb with Mia, and probably lots more! Love this pattern - so easy, cute, fast and a GREAT baby gift!

Thanks,
Sandy

Susan said...

Hi Sandy,
If you like that yarn just go up a needle size or two but you want the fabric to remain fairly tight. That's how it is in toy knitting.

The Debbie Bliss yarn has been discontinued. Some are using Bernat Boucle but I am not familiar with it.
susan

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Norwegian knitter here, loving your book :). I am having some trouble understanding a line in your book, and I hope you can help med out.

I am currently knitting the bunny, and on p. 40, Head, it says " Knit every round for 14 rounds". Could you please explain what you mean here? Probably a language issue.

Kristin

Susan said...

Hi Kristin,
Knit for 14 rounds.

or

work even for 14 rounds.

Hope that helps.
susan

Anonymous said...

Thank you!
Not stuck anymore.
Kristin

kimberly Maurin said...

I really love your Giraffe. Any chance of helping me to do a Camel? All the others out there are either hokey or look poorly thought out. I'm contemplating altering the Giraffe to make due. I have a friend from Northern African having her first child and I thought it would be nice to do something different and more from her area. Thanks for any help, insight you might be able to give.
P.S. I really enjoy your patterns. I look forward to more!

Anonymous said...

Love the book, and want to knit the lamb but can't find any of the Debbie Bliss cashmerino astrakhan yarn. Found some cream on EBay. Is there a substitute you could recommend? or a source for this yarn? Thanks!

sbourgeois said...

Hi Susan - I'm making the Lion/Elephant and putting the face on the lion... why is there only one side of the mouth? I'm not sure I understand and the pictures are not close enough to see. Thanks so much!! Love love LOVE!

Susan said...

sbourgeois (sp?)
I purposely made a little half smile on the lion's face, you can make a whole smile if you prefer that:)

Have fun:)
susan

Stacey said...

Hi Susan,
I'm currently knitting the Santa from the Christmas Set and have a question about the bobble for the top of his hat. The pattern says to cast on one then kfb til 3 sts on right needle. (3 sts) Then, on row 4, pass the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd stitches over the 1st. (so, now I have 4 sts?). I'm assuming that the instructions for Row 1 are incorrect and should end with 4 sts. Is this right?

Thanks!

Stacey

Susan said...

stacey, pass the 2nd and 3rd over the first.

the first row is correct.

thanks,
susan

Stacey said...

Thanks for the bobble clarification, Susan. I'd also like to clarify for anyone else reading & confused by the instructions for Row 1. It reads cast on 1, then kfb til 3 sts on right needle. This tripped me up for a bit until I realized that what was essentially meant is "Row 1 - kfb, leave both 2 sts on needle. Knit into front again. Now there are 3 sts on right needle." At least this is how I did it and it worked out, leaving me with 3 sts and a cute little bobble!

I wonder if there is another term for an increase 2 which is what we're doing, right?

Thanks again! My Santa is almost done!

Stacey

*monyca* said...

I'm working on the matryoshka. On page 124, top of the small doll, the directions read "continue, knitting every round until the top measures 3/4 inch from the purl rounds." Then, you do 2 decrease rounds, place a stitch marker, then "Knit every round until the top measures 1/2 inch from the purl rounds." Obviously, if it already was 3/4 inch, then it was already 1/2 inch. So, do you think that it was supposed to be 1/4 inch before the decrease rounds, or do you think it was supposed to be 1/2 inch from the placed marker? Help, I'm stuck! I wouldn't want the small doll to end up larger than the next doll!

Also, FYI, on page 121, the bottom of the large doll, you case on 9, divided by 3, 3 on each needle. Then round 2, you increase, "kfb in each stitch (6 sts on each needles, 9 sts total), I think this should be 19 sts total at this point.

*monyca* said...

Oops, I meant: On page 121, the bottom of the large doll, you case on 9, divided by 3, 3 on each needle. Then round 2, you increase, "kfb in each stitch (6 sts on each needles, 9 sts total), I think this should be 27 sts total at this point.

But my martyoshka question still stands, if anyone has an idea for me?

Susan said...

monyca,
1/2 inch above stitch marker.

yes, 27 stitches.

sorry for the delay in my response. i am just getting back in action.
susan

Anonymous said...

I am working on the bluebird and egg reversible. Am I supposed to stuff the egg and bird's body before I whipstitch them together?
Jennifer

Susan said...

jennifer, the egg and body are not stuffed.

Becki said...

This is my first time knitting toys from your book and I'm having a hard time getting the gauge correct for the bunny on page 39. I'm using Blue Sky Organic Cotton as called for and have gone all the way down to size one needles and still don't get 5 1/2 stitches per inch. At size one I'm around 5 stitches per inch. Any suggestions?

Christy T. said...

I'm working on the babydoll set. On page 129, after rearranging the stitches to work the knee bend, I have 18 on needle one. Then when I switch to working back and forth on needle one, row one totals 14 stitches used. What do I do with the other 4 stitches left on the needle? I may be completely misunderstanding, so thanks for your patience!

LeslieE said...

Hi, I am knitting the "a new sock money" and I have started making arms. I have knitted the arms to 3 &1/2 inches and am starting the hands. (p. 72) When round one is over I have 12 stitches, 4 on each needle. Round two says k5,m1,k2,m1,k5. I only have 4 stitches per needle so how is it possible to do that? Thanks!

Amy said...

Hi Susan,

Do you know where I might be able to find the fabric you used for the Nested Boxes? I haven't been able to find anything quite as cute as you used.

Thank you!
Amy

Susan said...

Amy - the fabric is anna maria horner, she has a site and blog under her name.

Susan said...

Christy T.
I think you are talking about the short row bend for the knee. I don't have my book with me right now but you just ignore the stitches at the ends of the needle when you turn around and head the other direction.

I hope that helps.
susan

Susan said...

Becki, that doesn't sound quite right. hmmm... do you have a local yarn shop where you could ask someone to look at your gauge?

If not, I would not knit the bunny on a size one needle with the Blue Sky Cotton. That would be really hard. Gauge is not the most important thing when you are knitting toys. It is good to be close though.

I would just make sure you are getting a nice dense fabric that isn't too painful to knit.
susan

Christy T. said...

I want to make sure I understand that. Needle 1 has 18 st on it, needles 2 and 3 each have 3 st.

I switch to working back and forth on needle 1, (row 1: K11, K2tog, k1,turn). When I turn, I'll be leaving 4 st on that needle, so I'll need to get another needle to continue with?

Somehow I think I'm missing something...

Susan said...

Christy T. ,
It is short row shaping if you want to google it or look it up on youtube. You knit back and forth in the center of the needle and each time you knit one more stitch so that by the end you will have knit all of the stitches.

susan

Melanie said...

Hi Susan,

I am making the Santa (love him!) and had a Question about his hat. On page 114 when doing the stripping with the rosso and bleached, it says to "repeat rounds 4 through 7 until the hat measure 1 1/2 inches from the cast on edge.". From the Picture and my hat so far, it doesn't seem like 1 1/2 inches is enough length before decreasing?.? Thank you for any help.

I love your patterns so much! They have such lovely expression in their shape! Thank you.

Susan said...

Melanie,
My hat is 1 1/2 inches for the sample. If you want to make the hat longer before decreasing then that is fine!

Thanks for the kind words:)
susan

Susan said...

Leslie,
Rnd 2 is for the entire round, not for each needle.
susan

LeslieE said...

Hi again, I'm just a little confused. So on round 2, does that mean all the stitches will end up on one needle?
There are currently four stitches per needle, now do I take a stitch from the second needle to make it k5 and then continue the pattern from there? Thanks again.

Susan said...

Leslie,
No, not all of the stitches end up on one needle on round 2. You may have to shuffle the stitches around to make it work.

Susan said...

Hi Susan, Sorry for the duplicate post if this is one, I was having trouble with my computer. I am wondering if the color of the koala mama and baby might be a typo. In looking at Blue Sky's colors, Stone #626 seems to be a tan color, rather than gray. Graphite #625 looks more like the koala photo in your book. Is this a mistake or is the color of my computer screen throwing me off?
Thanks. I love the book!

Susan said...

Susan - I believe the colors listed are accurate in the book. Sometimes photography makes colors look a little different.

susan

Kate said...

Susan, I am making the reversible blue bird and egg. I had a question when making the egg. When it says to leave a stitch marker on round six and then knit in stockinette stitch for two inches, does it mean work in stockinette stitch on the first needle for two inches? Thanks!

Kate

Susan said...

Kate - you work back and forth in stockinette stitch on all three dpns.
susan

Kate said...

So I knit back and forth on needle 1 for 2 inches and then the same on needles 2 and 3? Kate

Susan said...

kate- you work across needles 1, 2 and 3 and then turn and work back across needles 1, 2 and 3.

LaineyLove5 said...

Susan,
I need a little help. I am working on the legs of the baby doll on pg 129. I have 18 stitches on needle one and 3 on needles 2 and 3. It says to stitch back and forth on needle one and after working on the directions for row 1 of this process I have 4 stitches left over on my needle, what do I do with them? "Row 1: k11, k2tog, k1, turn"
Thanks!
Jess

Danielle said...

Susan,
I am a relatively new knitter and love your patterns. I knit the baby doll set for my 2 year olds birthday. She loves it, but has recently started asking for new clothes for it. I am making a new set but wondered if you had ever considered making other patterns for this doll's clothes?..pjs would be awsome... just wondering...

Norene said...

Susan, I am makings the elephante and enjoying it. However, have a question re: after kitting off three needles onto four(using the stripe pattern), I end up with the #1 needle short one row of the proper color yarn for the stripe. How do I correct this? Norene