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Molly's Sketchbook: Bunny Hat and Paw Mittens

I love halloween! It's such a strange and wonderful day. You can dress up like anything from something scary like a ghost or a witch to something sweet like a pumpkin or this adorable little bunny.

When I was young I took Halloween very seriously. I would come up with an idea and my mom and I would go to the fabric store and pick out some fantastic fabric. One year I was a mermaid and we puffy painted all of my lycra scales individually and went to the fish market to buy big scallop shells for my top. Another time,I was a black cat and the costume was made out of the softest black cotton velvet. My favorite part of that costume was the hat. It was lined with satin and it had a big pink bow. I wore it long after halloween and I bet it's still in my parents attic somewhere.

Inspired by that cat hat I decided to make this sweet little bunny hat for a Halloween project. It's designed to fit a three year old but the pattern could easily be blown up or shrunk to fit many different sizes. It's made from wool but lined in ultra soft Moda Muslin so it won't itch! I used the Mary Flanagan Felted Wool but it would work beautifully in our brand new (and organic!) Wool Melton Fat Quarters or Wollfilz Wool Felt as well. 

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Whit's Knits: Halloween Witch Doll

It's a lot of fun to knit this witch because she really starts to come to life as you make her. The slant of her eyes, the twist of her hands, the style of her hair, all contribute to a unique personality that you create!

This pattern can also serve as a basic human doll pattern. Change the outfit, the colors, the yarns, and the world is your oyster! Make an old gentleman, or a bathing beauty, or an astronaut, or a clown or whatever captures your imagination.

But if it's Halloween that you're into, now is the time for a little knitting witchcraft!

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Whit's Knits: Autumn Equinox Vest


Gear up for fall hikes through the changing leaves with this cozy zippered vest. Easy details make this project fun and unique: a lofty slip stitch rib, pretty waist shaping and a bold plastic zipper. (Conquer zipper fears with our new Zipper Tutorial!)

I think vests are an autumn staple, and, for me, a pure knitting pleasure. Without sleeves, it's over before you even knew it began! And on to the next project!

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Whit's Knits: Snuggle Sack (and Bonus Hat!)

The Snuggle Sack is designed for total toastiness. Made out of soft merino wool, it will stow your baby inside a warm hug!

This project celebrates Purl's new line of YKK Zippers, which come in a wide variety of sizes, styles and colors. Zippers are too wonderful a convenience to avoid, so if you have fears, conquer them with our new Zipper Tutorial. It walks you through the easy steps of sewing a zipper into a knit garment. I promise you will wonder what all the fuss was about!


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Zipper Week!

You probably already know how hard it is to find just the right zipper to finish off your handmade projects.  It's so frustrating when you come to the end of a piece and discover that you can't find the perfect color to match, or the right length, or it's too big; or you do find a good one but you've had to run all over town and back again to find it.  We're right there with you so we were thrilled when we found a source for zippers in amazing colors and styles, and now after much waiting, they're finally here!   Being true to our love for all things colorful, we hand picked our zippers in a beautiful spectrum from bold bright neons to soft subtle neutrals.  Whether you're finishing up a petite baby sweater, an extra-large man's cardigan or an oversized weekend tote you'll find a zipper that meets your needs!  The chunky molded plastic zippers are our favorites, but you'll also find invisible zippers and regular everyday nylon zippers in all different lengths and colors to suit your highly refined zipper tastes.

We're so thrilled by these new arrivals that we decided to dedicate an entire week at The Purl Bee to all things zipper, so stay tuned for more free zipper-centric projects and tutorials.  Welcome to Zipper Week!

Here are some quick links to all of our zippers:

Or you can find all of our zippers here: