As some of Ysolda’s first published designs, there are many wonderful versions of Elijah, Sophie and Otto. Most are knitted up in similar colours to the original little toys, but recently the projects knitted in bold, bright or rainbow colours have been capturing my attention. The toys featured today have me reaching for my dpns, and hopefully they’ll inspire you too!
An adorable little Sophie knitted by babyjag, she looks wonderful in such a strong colour.
I love this little Otto by DeDitte, and it’s a nice reminder that you don’t have to use dark or black yarn for the features – this paler contrast works so well.
There aren’t too many yellow Elijahs, so I love this one by LittleLollyKnits, and not just because she added a tail, which he looks very happy with…
This Sophie shows another lovely way to add colour, with some wonderful rainbow ears. Those little rabbit ears are probably the easiest of the toys to add stripes of colour to, as they’re knit straight down with just a little shaping. This adorable bunny was knit by LadyDeity.
A wonderful, truly colourful little Elijah, knitted by lkristy.
This is definitely one of my favourite Otto projects – such a great colour and he’s stuffed with wool from a farm local to his owner, pawsinthyme.
And finally, a sweet Sophie knitted by sophierachael in a beautiful, strong red – gorgeous.
An alternating cable cast on is a useful, stretchy cast on for ribbing that’s less fussy to work than a tubular cast on. It’s worked like a regular cable cast on, but instead of casting on each stitch knitwise stitches are alternately cast on knitwise and purlwise.
This tutorial includes both step by step photos and videos so you can use whichever suits you better.
This post was originally in our newsletter last week and since then several subscribers have reached out with incredible kindness to say that they'll miss the club but want to keep supporting us. We appreciate that so much, and, although we obviously need purchases to keep the business going there are lots of other ways that you can support us. I've added a few notes at the end on ways that you can support our business and my design work without spending money. All of them apply to other small yarn businesses, and many of them to small businesses of all kinds.