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Knitter’s Doodles Free Font

Free Knitting Font

Knitter’s Doodles (ZIP)

Earlier this week I discovered PaintFont, a site that allows you to turn your handwriting into a font. My handwriting isn’t particularly interesting but I thought it would be fun to create a dingbat, and so I drew some knitting-related doodles in Paper by 53, then cut and pasted them into the font template using Gimp. The result is a cute, though somewhat haphazard font which I think will nevertheless be useful for adding character to your project photos. Allow me to demonstrate, with apologies to Bouguereau:


The zip file includes an OTF and a TTF version. You’re welcome to use the font in any personal, educational or commercial projects. I only ask that you do not redistribute it.

If you’d like to use the font to jazz up your Instagram photos, I’ve found it’s possible to install fonts on iOS using the AnyFont app. You can then edit your image with any app that uses the system fonts. I’ve had luck with Moldiv, but do let me know if you have any other recommendations. Enjoy! :)

ETA: Connie has done what I was too lazy to do & put together a cheat sheet. Vielen dank! :)

P.S. The knitting background is available here.

20th September, 2014  // Downloads // tags: , .

Knitting on Paper

knitting paper


I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that one of my new year’s resolutions for the past TWO years has been to knit a Fair Isle slipover, possibly with matching socks or legwarmers (& a jumper for Teddy?) and I haven’t even come close to designing one. The trouble is that there are so many wonderful possibilities! Where to begin?

More Fair Isle inspiration on Pinterest.

Online Knitting ClassDo I want colours of similar hues, or do I want to mix them up? What about keeping the background colour constant throughout? I do know that I’d like to combine modern patterns with the traditional ones, and I’d quite like each design to have some sort of symbolic meaning, even if I’m the only one who knows about it.

With so much to keep in mind, I thought it would be better to start small, and use this knitting paper I designed to doodle Fair Isle patterns I liked, when I came across them. Mary Mucklestone’s amazing 200 Fair Isle Motifs (more on that later) gave me a head start on patterns, and when I have time I’ll be working through her Fair Isle course on Craftsy. Of course I could do the job in iWork, but it wouldn’t be half as much fun, would it? You all know how much I enjoy colouring in! :)

knitting paper

Once I have the patterns I like, I can cut them out in strips and play with the positioning until I’m happy with the way they look together. I may need to find some more coloured pencils though… ;)

knitting paper


The PDF includes both large and small versions of the stitch paper, in both orientations. I hope you find it useful! :)

12th February, 2013  // Downloads, Prtinables // tags: , , .

Beaded Heart Garland

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Yes, hearts again! I made this heart garland nearly 8 years ago and it’s been hanging on my wall ever since (you can actually catch a glimpse of it in this post). I thought some of you might enjoy making it as a pre-Valentine’s Day weekend project. It’s so quick and easy!

pink beads & sequins

For my hearts I used about 32cm of wire (any wire will do, as long as it’s thin enough to thread the beads through, but sturdy enough to hold its shape), 30 pink beads and 30 sequins. For some reason I tied them together with pink string, but I think transparent nylon line would be better, or, to make them even prettier, some organza ribbon.

bead & sequin heart

They look lovely on the wall, but for best effect, hang them in the window and watch the facets of the beads catch the light!

bead & sequin heart

Things to Try

  • Tie the hearts together side-by-side.
  • String the hearts on a length of ribbon.
  • Make a garland with hearts that decrease in size.

❤ Derya.

9th February, 2013  // How To // tags: , , .
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