Please check out www.flickr.com/knittycat for larger photos and all of the peeps.
Why knitting Peeps is fun...
- You don't have to worry about gauge.
- You rarely have to weave in ends (they just get buried into the peep).
- You can use any yarn that pleases you, including scraps.
- They are generally very short term projects (instant gratification - something we knitters don't often get).
- Pretty much one-size-fits-all.
- They give you the opportunity to try out new techniques on a small project.
- They're cute and knitting them makes you a very cheerful knitter!
- They make the recipients happy!
Info about Hello Kitty Peep and Muppet Peeps...
I've been getting requests for patterns for a number of my peeps, and I want to thank you all so much for your kind interest in them! :o) I'm so pleased that you like them so much! As you probably know by now, I don't actually HAVE patterns for them. You may have already guessed that I'm not much of a pattern writer, since I like to make things up as I'm knitting them. This makes it a little difficult to reproduce them. :o) But I am making an effort to share the things I've learned, and I'm writing up instructions as best as I can for the little guys. I'll be putting up a "nearly" pattern for the Thing here soon, which has been taking up a LOT of my time, and frying my brain (at the moment, it's fairly complete except for the arms and hands), and then I'll be able to concentrate a little more on instructions for some of the other peeps. I do have some notes on a couple of the others that just need finishing, and I'll put them up as soon as I'm able.
The Hello Kitty that some of you are interested in was actually a very simple variation on the classic peeps, which are made using the double knitting technique. My recommendation is that you start out by trying out the free pattern for the double-knit bear that is linked to on the intro page (Peeps! and how to make them... Introduction). It teaches the inside-out double knitting technique really well (that's where I learned it, though I had tried the right-side out technique previously), and it is the starting point for the classic peeps.
Then if you want to make Hello Kitty after that - her legs are a bit shorter and instead of increasing in the center of the front of the face, you increase at the sides, to make her head wide and rather flat, and quite large in proportion to the rest of her body.
(TIP: I find it unwieldy to do much increasing and decreasing while the peep is inside out, so I turn them right side out after the arms are made, and place the stitches on two circular needles to do the increasing for the head, or you could use dpns. Also, I've found that turning goes a lot easier if you turn the arms first. I also stuff the legs, arms and body at this point, using the back end of a size K crochet hook to push the stuffing into the limbs.)
I used a slip stitch technique to shape her ears so I wouldn't have to knit them separately and sew them on (which I heartily dislike doing), but it would work just as well to make them separately, or pick up stitches at each side of the head for them. I will eventually provide the slip stitch technique, but I'm not sure when I'll get to it, since there are so many things to do! So I'd suggest making the ears one of the other ways, and not waiting for me! :o) When I do make the bits and pieces separately, I knit them in the round with 2 circular needles so I don't have to make a front and back and sew them together. The ears on the classic peeps are double knitted while making the heads, and require a break in the yarn for the second ear, but no other sewing. (Have you gotten the idea yet that I don't like sewing?).
As to the muppets... I don't have any patterns started yet, but since I am making an Elmo, and possibly a Cookie for Christmas gifts, I will try to make some notes as I go. Except for Kermie, They are based on the classic peeps, but are larger, and have much larger heads. Then their eyes, Elmo's nose, and Cookie's cookies were knitted separately in the round, then stuffed and and sewn on. Kermie was approached totally differently, knitting his body and head in the round in one piece, then each limb knitted in the round, then stuffed and sewn on.
I hope this has been helpful to you. If you check back here occasionally, I hope to eventually get some patterns done and posted. But as I keep making new peeps, and I'm as slow as a snail at writing patterns (if a snail wrote patterns) ... I think it is going to be a looong process! :o)