Rainbow Vera in her raingear


Recently I’ve been on an Annita Wilschut knitting frenzy. I’ve knit Joris, Karel, Jacobus and Saar, and Vera. Mostly I’ve knit in Quaere Fibre Self-Striping Sportweight Superwash–a wonderful yarn, including for stuffed buddy projects.

Here’s my entire Wilschut gang, including Rainbow Vera decked out in her raingear.annita_gang

Vera’s clothes, a separate Wilschut pattern, are very detailed. Apparently Vera is a bit fussy about how her clothes fit. You knit linings, pockets, and even some short row shaping.



That teeny raincoat even needed blocking to assure that its seams laid properly and that the garter stitch band didn’t curl. There are three small yarn over buttonholes knit into the band. But Vera is headed to a little one and so right now buttons are not a good idea.

Vera is especially pleased with her hat.


She thinks the color shows off her stripes quite nicely and even tones down her red nose a tad.


She isn’t sure why she’s got both a hood on her raincoat and a hat, but she’s not complaining. I told her that the hood could come in handy in a major downpour.

Vera pleaded with me not to show her naked, but I told her knitters and readers would want to see her pretty rainbow skin. I did agree that I’d not put her butt on display, though.





Yep. He’s a, or she’s a…probably a…maybe a dragon?  Maybe a dinosaur?


This is Joris, a pattern by the Dutch designer, Annita Wilschut. Most of her patterns, and certainly the ones knitters have knit most often, are stuffies of one sort or another. Bears, sheep, the monkey Jacobus, fox, dog, cat, mice. If I could clone myself, I’d knit them all. They are that cute.

Here’s Joris from behind, showing off his head spikes:


Here he is not quite ready for prime time.

joris_unstuffedHonestly, his feet and hands are a fiddly pain to knit. But by then the knitter is so absorbed in how the project is unfolding, fiddly is tolerable.

I knit my Joris in Quaere Fibre‘s sportweight, self-striping, washable merino in the colorway “The Usual Suspects.” I’ve not worked with Quaere Fibre before this project. The colors are deep and saturated. The dyeing was precise. The dye was set and did not bleed out. And there was not a single knot to contend with. A perfect yarn for this cool project.