Hannah designed Dwell, the cute and snug little house. I love this pattern – growing up, my family would set up a little ceramic wintery scene on our coffee table every year from November to January, complete with tiny houses, lakes, trees & people! Every year, we’d buy a new piece and my sister & I would argue who got to add it to the collection. So when I saw Hannah’s prototype, I thought how fun it would be to have a whole knitted display instead of the ceramic – at least when our dogs & cats knocked them over, they wouldn’t break! This, sadly, happened to a lot of my family’s pieces over the years.
And think of all the colors you could use in Palette! Now I am totally going to start designing my little town!
Hannah came up with the idea for the cover first, and while she was creating Dwell, she asked if Jenny K. & I would help make tiny trees to go along with it. We didn’t really have a pattern to use, until Jenny K. came up with this adorable tree pattern!
To confess, I seem to be addicted to making these little trees. I made a couple of them for the catalog cover and helped Jenny knit the samples above. Then I decided to see how they would look in different sized yarns!
I wanted to see how worsted & bulky weight would work with the pattern. And I always have various scraps of those weights laying around so I grabbed my needles and got to work!
The big guy is in Wool of the Andes Bulky in Oregano and ended up about 4 inches tall. I knit it very tightly on size 6 needles so it would stand up better & only took about an hour to make. The second one is in Swish Worsted in Parrot and is about 3 inches tall. Again, I knit it at a tight gauge on size 3 needles. The original one, for comparison, is in Glimmer White and is a little over 2 inches tall. I believe I used size 1 needles.
So the possibilities are endless when it comes to the trees! I’m not brave enough to try laceweight but if someone does, be sure to let me know! I wonder how it would look in Aloft actually? Hmm…
Have fun with these fun free patterns and please show us your houses & trees on our Facebook page or on the Ravelry pattern pages (here’s the one for Tinsel Tree and the one for Dwell)! We’d love to see them!