Rainbow Vera in her raingear

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Karel

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I’ve got an already-identified thing for knitting bunnies. In fact, one of my early bunnies recently surfaced and put in an appearance on the blog. Isaac’s baby bunny was a recent addition to the bunny hutch.

This is Karel, Dutch knit designer Annita Wilschut’s enhancement of the knitted bunny kingdom. Wilschut’s patterns are available on her blog and on Ravelry. My Karel is knit in an extravagant luxury yarn for a critter: Cricket, by Anzula. Cricket is DK weight, 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon. Perfect for socks and for small rabbits. Karel’s overalls, which are included in his pattern, are knit in Quaere Fibre self-striping sportweight.

The details on Wilschut’s patterns are wonderful. Not just the obligatory bunny tail hole. (But isn’t it a cute one?) She is a master of short row placement. This gives just the needed shaping for rounded bellies and for butts that let the animals sit upright. And, as with all her patterns, when you finish the knitting there’s no parts to sew together.

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Jacobus and Saar

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Meet Jacobus and his buddy Saar, more Annita Wilschut designs. In fact, she’s also designed Jabobus’s overalls and Saar’s dress. All of Wilschut’s patterns are available on Ravelry.

These little monkeys tickle my knitting funny bone more than anything I’ve knit in a long while. Vera was fun. Joris was a hoot. But these guys are possibly the best monkeys in all the knitting kingdom. And we’ve got lots of monkeys in the kingdom.

monkey_pair_back_dressedHere’s a closer look at Saar.

saar_dress_frontsaar_dress_backSaar’s a tad vain and kind of likes this shot of her in profile.

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Jacobus is sitting on my desk telling me he should have been featured first because he’s older than Saar (by a few days). He says I’m always fighting against female stereotypes and then I do the “ladies first” thing. Sigh.

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There. Jacobus has quieted down some. Now Saar is tossing little gobs of yarnie bits at Jacobus. She found them on the desk. He’s making spitballs out of the yarnie bits and…

“Cut it out you two.”

A hush falls over the pair. They’ve spotted it. My payback for their silly bickering.

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The two of them, in the flesh, wearing only their Quaere Fibre self-striping sport weight skin, in the Hanukkah colorway.

Jacobus, who plans to study law, is telling me I need a signed release before I can publish his photo on my blog. He’s threatening to sue for invasion of privacy and misappropriation of his likeness. I told him to add false imprisonment to his complaint because he’s about to put into my cedar closet.

Vera

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This is Vera, another Annita Wilschut pattern, available on her website and in her Ravelry Shop. Like Joris, it is a wonder of a pattern. No errors. Clearly written. Lots of photos to help out if a knitter gets confused.

One of the features I much appreciate is that, when you finish a Wilschut knit, you don’t have to spend an equal number of hours sewing tons of little parts together. There is no sewing. That bears repeating. There is no sewing. Well, you do have a stuffing hole to sew closed, but that can’t be helped and is an easy stitching job. I’ve made lots of stuffies in my more than fifty years of knitting. Completing the knitting and finding yourself with a giant pile of small parts to sew together can be daunting.

My Vera is knit in Stonehedge Fiber’s Crazy, a DK weight wool/llama/alpaca mix. It’s always a good idea to use needles a few sizes smaller than what’s recommended on the ballband when knitting toys. You want a close knit so that the stuffing doesn’t show through.

vera4I don’t know where Vera got that bow. I told her that it clashes with her skin tone. I told here that it’s not her color. But she insists she will wear it even in the bathtub. I told her if she’ll give up the bow, I’ll try again on her eyes and mouth to see if she can look a little less odd in the facial feature department. She’s a stubborn little bear. She says she likes the way her face looks and she wants to keep the bow.

Joris

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

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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:

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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.

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