Bear Cub Hat, or: Enough with the animal hats! (another Pony Hood variation)

This used the Hood Pattern, but skipped the collar, ears, mane, and harness.

I just cast on the number of stitches left after binding off the collar tabs and went from there until the hat was finished. Turned it inside out so the exterior was reverse stockinette.
For the ears: 2 little crocheted shells.

Used less than 2 balls Lana Grossa Ultra (discontinued; although Patons Anna, also discontinued and now $10/bag at ybtb.com, would also work well)

FREE BONUS PATTERN: Frenchy!

(Cleaner photos + schematics when I subdude my pre-meltdown data & retouch.)

A lot of people have been asking about this getup. Its photo was used in a chapter opener, but the pattern’s not given. So: ta da! It’s fast and fun!

Making fun of the French has become a national pastime, so no one wants to French it up anymore. But browse through any vintage lingerie catalog, and you’ll learn that in the good old days, the dirtiest things were always French. Tear the crotch out of some panties, snip the cups out of a bra, et voilà! C’est Français! One upon a time, invoking France made everything cosmopolitan, sexy, fun, and naughty, naughty, naughty. That ship has sailed, but don’t fret–you can still hump through your underwear—or even let ‘em steal 2nd without taking off your bra.

Presenting a reinterpretation of two “authentic French creations,” for your knitting pleasure. The Ooh La La Bra is based on a “French open bra,” while the Fancy Pants, an ever-so-slightly more demure take on crotchless panties, were inspired by the flap-front bottoms you see in old strip-tease costumes. Add some gloves, a boa, and pasties, and you’re ready to hit the stage with your best bump-and-grind.

Sizing

Women’s S (M, L, XL) + Custom, to measure
Where no parentheses are used, instructions/quantities apply to all sizes.

Yarn, etc.

2 (2, 3, 3) balls Karabella Empire Silk (50g; 90yds; 100% Italian silk), 503 red
2 matching 3/8″ fancy buttons (pearl or rhinestone, preferably)
shiny (silk, nylon, or rayon) sewing thread to match
Needles & Notions

US 5 (3.75mm) double-pointed needles, or size necessary to achieve gauge
US 5 (3.75) straight or circular needles, or size necessary to achieve gauge
F/5 crochet hook, or size corresponding to needle size (or simply use needles)
locking stitch markers or small safety pins
sewing needle
Gauge

To avoid heartache, ALWAYS CHECK YOUR GAUGE! Measure swatch unwashed and unblocked, just relaxed and patted flat (NOT smoothed out).
STOCKINETTE stitch: 4″ =19.5 st
Notes
• Since you make these separately, feel free to mix and match sizes between garments. These are actually custom garments, based on your own measurements; the sizes simply guide dimensions and placement of various elements.
• The nature of the silk cord-type yarn creates an I-cord that flattens prettily against your curves. Measuring properly and knitting to size (not too tight) will preserve this nice, flattened appearance.
• Frenchie does Vegas: Feel free to deck out the set to suit your taste: spangles, beaded trim, feathers, tassles, rhinestones—anything goes!
Instructions

Ooh la la bra
Built of flat I-Cord Straps, this long-lived design*, like the Coneheads, comes from France.

*Its distant cousins still grace the Frederick’s and Playboy catalogs.

Chest strap

• Measure your chest, under your breasts, where your bra band goes.
• CO 6. Knit I-cord until within 2″ of your measurement.
• Wrap around (bare) chest, checking for size, and continue to knit, checking every row or two, until edges meet.
• BO, leaving last live stitch. Insert crochet hook and ch 4. If using knitting needles, YO and pull through as if BO, repeat 3 more times.
• Sew down tail to right edge of BO end to form loop. This becomes the loop for your fancy button.

Cups (Make 2)

• Mark center of band, plus 8 (8.5, 9, 10)” from either side of center as well.
• With RS of strap facing, PU 5 st directly to the right of center marker and knit 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5)” I-cord, counting rows as you go. Break yarn and transfer to st. holders.
• Repeat directly to the left of the right-hand side marker. When you’ve reached the same row count, slide reserved stitches onto your needle as well.
• S1*K2tog K1 repeat from * to end—7 st
• Sl 1 K2 K1 K2tog K1—5 st
• Continue in I-cord 8″, counting rows as you knit. Break yarn, leaving 3 yd tail wound into butterfly.
• Repeat on other side of marker, using row counts from first cup.

Finishing

• Try on chest strap. Sew button into place to fasten properly (snug but not too tight).
• Pin unbound straps to back of chest strap, 4″ from center fastener. If the fit feels good, BO and sew down. Otherwise, continue knitting, or unravel ends for proper fit, then BO and sew down. If you knit on or unravel, keep the row counts constant so your straps stay the same size (unless you know from experience your shoulders aren’t symmetrical; then work independently).
• Weave ends into center of I-cord.
• Reinforce seams, including where chain tail forms button loop, with matching sewing thread.
Fancy Pants

• Measure high around your hips where you want your fancy pants to rest. To stay put, you’ll probably want to go about 3 – 4″ above the widest point—that way, they’ll hit a wide point instead of sliding off (that’s for later!).
Hip band

• CO 6. Knit I-cord until within 2″ of your measurement. Wrap snugly around (bare) hips, checking for size, and continue to knit until edges meet.
• BO, leaving last live stitch. Insert crochet hook and ch 4. If using knitting needles, YO and pull through as if BO, repeat 3 more times.
• Sew down tail to right edge of BO end to form loop. This becomes the loop for your fancy button.

Peekaboo flaps

• Spread out the hip strap on a flat surface. Using small safety pins or locking stitch markers, and working along the top RS edge, mark center. Now mark both quarter way points—halfway between center and edge, on either side.
• Finally, measure and mark 3.5 (4, 4.5, 5)” from either side of one of the quarter markers, and 4 (4.5, 5, 5.5)” out from either side of the other quarter marker. Remove both half and quarter markers
• With RS facing, rotate the strap so the marked edge is on the bottom, and PU and knit each stitch between the 2 markers that are closer together—7 (8, 9, 10)” wide flap.
• Knit flap in stockinette with a slipped stitch edge and 3-st garter border, starting with a purled row (WS/purled row: Sl 1, K2, P to 3 st from end, K3; RS/knit row: Sl 1, K to end)
• Work until 4.5 (5, 5, 6,)”
• Knit 4 rows in garter and BO.
• Repeat between opposite pair of markers—8″ (9, 10, 11)” wide flap.

Side straps

• On the continuous side, measure hip strap between two flap panels.
• 1″ down from hip strap on edge of flap, PU 5 st. Knit I-cord to the length you just measured, + 1″. Leaving 2′ tail, break yarn & transfer stitches to safety pin or locking stitch marker.
• Move 1″ down on flap, repeat, this time working I-cord to measured length + 2″
• Repeat on opposite side of flap.

Finishing.

• Pin all side straps to opposite flap in same position (count number of rows down for exact placement).
• Try on Fancy Pants for fit. The top strap should go snugly around your hips, and the side straps should drape down a bit. As a result, releasing the button makes the whole thing drop like a rock. Saucy! Mark button placement with a safety pin.
• If side loops don’t drape, knit on until they do slightly. If they’re too droopy, unravel for better fit. When they’re just right, BO and seam.
• Sew on button.
• Weave ends into center of I-cord.
• Reinforce seams, including where chain tail forms button loop, with matching sewing thread.

FREE BONUS PATTERN: Bottoms Up! Hootchie Kootchie Tassled G-String

(More pictures & schematic coming when my pre-meltdown data’s in better order!)

The Bottoms Up! G-string (modeled by the ladies on the ends) is the glittery companion to the quick-knitting pasties in Naughty Needles. It ties in the back with cords festooned with sassy tassels or pompoms, and the front panel has a modest cut (well, as modest as you can be in a g-string) that won’t require specialty waxing. The plain pattern begs for imaginative decoration—try contrast single crochet edging, a Fair Isle message like “Come and Get it!” or a glittery intarsia skull and crossbones. And as with the pasties, this pattern’s light yarn requirements mean you can substitute something glitzy from your stash.
Sizing
Women’s S (M, L, XL)
Where no parentheses are used, instructions/quantities apply to all sizes.

Yarn
Will cover both Hootchie Kootchie patterns (Bottoms shown here + pasties from book).
[A] 1 ball Lion Brand Glitterspun (50g; 115yd/105m; 60% acrylic, 27% Cupro, 13% Polyester), color of your choice
Optional:
[B] 1 ball Berroco Laser FX (10g; 70yd/64m; 100% polyester with sequins), color of your choice

Needles & Notions
US 7 (4.5mm) needles, or size necessary to achieve gauge
US 4 (3.5mm) double pointed needles, or close size (gauge not critical)

Gauge
To avoid heartache, ALWAYS CHECK YOUR GAUGE! Measure swatch unwashed and unblocked, just relaxed and patted flat (NOT smoothed out).
STOCKINETTE stitch on larger needles: 4″ =20 st
Notes

• Moss Stitch is sort of like doubled seed stitch—K1P1 rib that repeats for 2 rows, then shifts one stitch for two rows. It trims the top and sides of your G-string, keeping the fabric from curling. Because you’ll be slipping the first stitch of every row and knitting the last, it will really be more of a modified moss stitch along the sides. Just make sure you have alternating knits and purls that repeat in little 2-row stacks, for the 3 stitches just inside that slipped/knitted edge.
• Your can substitute any small reversible stitch pattern of your choice (seed, ribbing, etc.)
• If you’re using the optional Yarn B, leave it off the back strap for comfort.
Instructions
CO 25 (31, 35, 41) st.
Moss Border for Front Panel

Work moss stitch border over 4 rows:
Row 1 (RS): K1 *P1 K1 repeat from * to end
Row 2 (WS): P1 *K1 P1 repeat from * to end
Row 3: Row 2
Row 4: Row 1

After these rows, the first stitch will always be slipped and the last stitch will always be knit. You’ll repeat a 4 row pattern: stockinette trimmed with moss and a slipped/knit edge, decreasing either side once every four rows. On this very first set, use the different Row 1 to place your markers, and the usual rows 2-4. In subsequent rows, use the Row 1 included with the rest of the set.

First set Row 1: Sl 1, P1, K1, P1, PM, K2tog, K 13 (19, 23, 29), ssk, PM, P1, K1, P1, K1 (then proceed to Row 2).

Row 1: Sl 1, P1, K1, P1, SM, K2tog, K to 2 st from marker, ssk, SM, P1, K1, P1, K1.
Row 2: Sl 1, K1, P1, K1, SM, P to marker, SM, K1, P1, K2.
Row 3: Sl 1, K1, P1, K1, SM, K to marker, SM, K1, P1, K2.
Row 4: Sl 1, P1, K1, P1, SM, P to marker, SM, P1, K1, P1, K1.
Continue until you’ve decreased out the stockinette center panel, then continue to decrease twice every 4 rows until you have 5 live st.
Thong

Switch to dpns and knit 3 (3.5, 4, 4.5)” I-cord.
Next row: Sl 1, K1, P1, K2.
Repeat row.
Sl 1, K 3 into front and back loops, K1—8 st
Row 1: *K1, P1, repeat from * to end
Row 2: *P1, K1, repeat from * to end
Row 3: Row 2
Row 4: Row 1
Form eyelets for cord

K2tog, YO, *K1, P1, repeat from * to 2 st from end, YO, K2tog.
Purl next row, then BO.

Side straps

With RS facing, PU 4 st along top right corner.
Knit 2″ I-cord.
K2tog, K2—3 st
Knit 2″ more I-cord
K2tog, K1—2 st
Knit 15″ more I-cord, for a total of 18″
Feed end through same-side eyelet on back tab. Make and attach tassel or pompom to end of cord.
Repeat other side.
Alternately, you make one cord 24″ long, lace it through both eyelets, make other cord 12″ long, and tie at side.
To wear, tie cords in bow at back or side.

FREE BONUS PATTERN: Kitten with a Whip, Take 2 (Braided Barbed Version)

(Picture and schematic to be added as soon as I’ve got my data back!)

An alternate version of the Naughty Needles “Kitten With a Whip” pattern, this long leather whip features a knitted grip, a tapering braid, and little leather “barbs.”

Yarn, etc.
1 spool Tejas Lace Company Pro-Lace (3/32″ x 50yd; 100% leather), 01 black
clear or black zip ties

Needles & Notions
US 10 (6mm) needles, or comfortable size

Gauge
Gauge is not critical.

Instructions

Cut nine 4-yd strips of leather.
Fold three cords at 3′ from end, three cords at 4′ from end, and three cords at 5′, from end.
Bundle folded ends and secure with a zip tie 18″ from folds.
Handle Braid

Starting with short end, divide loops equally and braid down to end.
Feed a zip tie through all the loops, then double the braid back up on itself, and secure it to the starting point with a another zip tie right. Trim all zip tie ends.
Then turn to the long side. Divide strands into 3 sections of 6 strands, one of each length.
Loosely (you’ll want to be able to easily remove ties) bundle and tie off each section with yarn or extra zip ties at 18″ increments, to keep it all tidy while you braid.
Have a friend hold the end, or loop the handle over a door knob, and braid tightly down to the end. The braid will be thicker at the base and taper to a skinny tip, with little ends sticking out where they stop like barbed wire.
Firmly knot off the end.

Grip
Leaving an 18″ tail, CO 6.
Work 3 rows in garter stitch
Work 20 rows of stockinette
Work 3 more rows of garter
BO final row.
The natural curl of the stockinette will make it easy to shape handle around flogger. Wrap around zip-tied center to conceal all ties. Seam from the bottom up, then weave in end down through shaft and out bottom (use a large crochet hook if you’re having trouble).

FREE Bonus Pattern: Fast Track Handbag (fancy techniques practice purse)

This pattern uses all three Fast Track Techniques from Naughty Needles. You’ll start with two tubular cast-ons, join them in the round, , throw in some short rows to plump the shape, and finish with kitchener stitch. This bag is about 12″ wide and 9.5″ deep, with a roomy bulge in the middle and a tapered mouth. I used bulky Airwool, but any yarn will work. Knit with a needle sized to make a nice, dense fabric. If you’re using a lighter yarn, you’ll need a shorter circular needle. You can sub leather or silk cord or crocheted or metal chain for the ribbon straps.

Yarn, etc.

2 balls Lana Grossa Airwool (60% merino, 40% Acrylic; 40m; 50g), or yarn of your choice
2 yards coordinating ribbon, or strap material of your choice
2 yards cotton waste yarn

Needles & Notions

US 10 (6mm) 24″ circular needle, or size to make dense fabric
Size M (or size appropriate for main yarn) crochet hook
spare circular needle (any size smaller/equal to main needles)
stitch markers and yarn needle

Instructions

Tubular Cast-on (make 2)
With crochet hook and cotton yarn, chain 16.
With main yarn and circular needle, pick up 16 st through the bumps on the underside of the crochet chain.
Starting with a knit row, work 3 rows stockinette.
Work casing of Tubular cast-on to produce 31 st. Transfer to spare circular and repeat to make a second casing. Leave it on the needles.

Join casings
Turn work and knit across rnd. Place marker, then continue knitting first cast-on (the one on the spare needle). When you get to the end of the row, join and place marker—62 st.
Knit 10 rnds.
Short row shaping
Row 1: K 25. Wrap and turn.
Row 2: P19. Wrap and turn.
Row 3: K 21, working in wrap at 20th stitch. Wrap and turn.
Row 4: P 23, working in wrap at 22nd stitch. Wrap and turn.
Row 5: K 25, working in wrap at 24th stitch. Wrap and turn.
Row 6: P 27, working in wrap at 26nd stitch. Wrap and turn.
Row 7: K to marker, working in wrap at 28th stitch. Wrap and turn.
Slip marker, then repeat short row shaping on other side. (So start counting for Row 1 after marker.)
Bottom of bag
Knit 10 rnds.
Next 4 rnds: SSK, knit to 2 st from marker, K2tog, slip marker and repeat on other side—23 st.
Bottom seam
Break yarn, leaving 2 yard tail. Thread end onto yarn needle and work kitchener stitch across bottom. Weave in ends.
Straps
Unravel waste yarn crochet chain, leaving string in place.
Cut ribbon in half (two 1-yd lengths).


With one end of the cotton string, make a slip-knot loop. Slip one ribbon through the loop, then GENTLY pull the string through the casing.


Loop a free ribbon end through the loop you just fed through, and knot both ends. Adjust so knot rests just at edge.

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