Monday, 21 April 2014

Jelly Bum Chicken

Pattern available from Etsy, Website & Ravelry

I've popped by today to officially announce the release of the Jelly Bum Chicken toy knitting pattern. I'm wondering if you guys are all fed up looking at eggs, especially of the chocolate kind since yesterday! This pattern has been hugely requested over the years so I've been itching to make one. It adds another little animal to the farmyard bunch including the cat, dog, pig, cow, goat and sheep! Keep an eye out for more friends to join them in the very near future.

It's that time of year when a lot of knitters slow down with their projects as the weather heats up. The Jelly Bum patterns are great quick and simple knit projects for passing the time on lazy days in the garden.

This week I want to say a huge well done to Emma G who won the Koala pattern last week. If you want to have a first look at the pattern I'll be releasing on the 28th April then head over to the give-away page for your chance to win the first copy. Remember you got to be in it to win it, and it's really simple with the rafflecopter entry.

So until next week my friends, have lots of fun knitting and best of luck to all the competition entrys.
♥ Raynor

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Jelly Bum Koala

Pattern available from Etsy, Website & Ravelry

Hello, Hello and welcome my good friends. Today is release day for the Jelly Bum Koala knitting pattern. This little cutie patootie will be joining the rest of the gang as the 38th design. I hope you all like him, particularly all my Australian friends out there.

I want to say a huge congratulations to Jodie H for winning the first copy of the Jelly Bum frog knitting pattern. I'll be announcing the winner of the Koala pattern today so finger crossed you get the lucky email through your inbox! If you want to be in with a chance of winning the next design from the collection the pop over to our give-away page. What is the pattern you ask? Click that link and go see and be in with a chance of winning yourself a copy. By the way I just wanted to add that if you are already a friend of the Jelly Bums facebook page you can simply click 'I'm a fan' and you'll get an easy entry to the comp.

Have fun knitting these guys up, and as usual remember to send in photos to the facebook page or upload your finished toys onto the Ravelry pattern pages so everyone can see your skills. Also I particularly love to feature toys which have a special story behind them like this lot.

Happy Knitting everyone and good luck to all competition entrants.
♥ Raynor

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Frog Toy Knitting Pattern

Pattern available from Etsy, Website & Ravelry

Hey all, today this little froggy will be added to the Jelly Bum crew.  I've had quite a lot of requests for this pattern over the years. I had never really worked out how to design the face to look as you know frogs have those big protruding eyes. I'm really happy with how the finished toy looks, and he has a lot of character is that little green face.

Let me know what you think of him by commenting below or over on the Jelly Bums Facebook page. The frog pattern is now the 37th pattern Jelly Bum design, so i'm now making my way through my huge animal list that I set up when I started designing these knitting pattern nearly 6 years ago! If there is a pattern you would love to see me create them please do let me know as I may not have it down in my list. I was contemplating maybe reaching my original goal of 50 patterns and then branching out a section for different breeds of animals like dogs or monkeys. So if that's what you would like to see me create then let me know.

Want to find out what the next pattern release will be on Tuesday 15th April? Then pop over to the competition page for the chance to win a copy on release day.

See you next week for the next pattern release
Happy Knitting
Raynor x

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Leopard Knitting Pattern

Woohoo, today is pattern release day! This adorable little leopard pattern is now available to purchase from my Etsy shop, Ravelry and Website.

Also a huge congratulations to Bonnie B who was the winner of our pattern give-away.

If you didn't win this time, don't fret as you have the chance to win the next pattern to join the gang....

It's a Jellybum frog!

This pattern wil be released on 8th April. In the meantime get your entries in to win a copy on release day.

If you're a newbie to the Jelly Bum world, pop over to my Etsy shop and see toy knitting patterns available in the range.

The small print
Competition will run from 1st-7th April (12 midnight GMT). The prize is one Jelly Bum Frog pattern so remember to leave a valid working email address so I can send it on.

Competition is open world-wide.

Please feel free to leave comments below, I always love to hear from you all, plus let me know which animals you'd love to see in the Jelly Bum Collection.

Good luck to all entrants
♥ Raynor
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Apurl Giveaway

Hello Friends,
I've been secretly working away at Jelly Bum HQ over that last few months to create 10 new  designs to add to the collection. It's been ever so hard not to try and release these patterns as they were finished, but I've managed without whispering a peep! I will be kicking off the schedule with our Apurl Giveaways (see what I did there!). So before I release each pattern, I'll give everyone a chance to win a copy and then release the following day.

The patterns will be released weekly, so on these days: a pattern will be released, the competition winner announced, next pattern revealed plus a new competition to win the pattern.

1st April  Leopard Pattern now available
8th April Frog Pattern now available
15th April Koala Pattern now available
21st April Chicken Pattern now available
28th April
6th May
13th May
20th May
27th May
3rd June

I will be releasing the first design which is that elusive pattern I've had going for about 2 years now. It's a little leopard toy pattern.

I will be releasing this leopard toy pattern on 1st April. So if you want to be in with a chance of winning a copy of the pattern on release day then enter our pattern give-away below.

Please note that this pattern is suitable for intermediate knitters as it does contain a lot of  complex colour changes. If this toy isn't your bag keep tuned on the 1st for the second pattern to be released which is more suited to beginners.

If you're a new-comer to the Jelly Bums Knitting Patterns then pop over to my Etsy shop (click the little banner below) and have a peek at the 35 pattern I have available already. The patterns are super cute and simple to knit up, and pattern deals are available if you want more than one pattern. Each pattern come with instructions to make three body types: a toy, finger puppet and egg cosy PLUS three leg types for the toys: animal legs, dangly legs and big foot legs.

The competition will run from 27th -31st March (12 midnight GMT). The prize is one Jelly Bum Leopard pattern so remember to leave a valid working email address so I can send it on.

Competition is open world-wide.

Please feel free to leave comments below, I always love to hear from you all, plus let me know which animals you'd love to see in the Jelly Bum Collection.

Good luck to all entrants
♥ Raynor

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Hedgehog Knitting Pattern

The jelly needles have been click clacking like mad this week and it's time for me to unveil the latest little hedgehog pattern.
A few year ago I very generously recieved a big parcel of yarn from a lovely Ravelry RAK member which contained this brown fuzzy eyelash yarn.  I wanted to use it to create a hedghog as it was perfect for the job - but i'll confess now that it intimidated me! I've also had a request for a hedgehog for a while now so he's been long overdue.
This pattern is classed as advanced beginner as it uses basic beginner skills with some simple intarsia involved. I suggest that you use regular brown yarn rather than the eyelash yarn if you have never worked with the eyelash yarn before. It's fairly tricky to work with as you can see your stitches so it's quite difficult to keep track of what has been knit. The brown pieces are knit in reverse stockinette so even if you use a regular yarn then the 'bumps' give the detail of the spikes.
I hope you like him, he was super fun to make. I really enjoyed the challenge of using unfamiliar yarn and my kids absolutely love him.

The hedgehog pattern is available from the website, Etsy and Ravelry.

The littl efuzzy one brings the Jelly Bum pattern total to 35! As I mentioned before I still have another pattern in progress and it has mostly been knit up and i'll be releasing it before the end of January so keep checking back for any updates.
Raynor x

Friday, 4 January 2013

Camel Knitting Pattern

 Hello all, i've dropped by with another new pattern today, this time it's a camel.
This one was a little tricky to take a photo of as without a side shot it's  difficult to tell what the animal is as its distinguishing feature is obviously its hump.  I just wanted to point out that if you make this little guy, he wont fit into any of the dress up clothes as him hump makes him a lot wider than the other animals.He's really easy to knit up as you only really require increasing decreasing and a small simple colour change.

I've included a side shot for you to see  how he looks from the side.

The Camel pattern is available from the website, Etsy and Ravelry.

I'm still riding this creative wave at the moment and have got cracking with the next new design which I planned. Also good news as i found all my notes on that half finished toy o told you about in the last post which i will complete as a fouth new release. I hope you enjoy the new pattern and remember if you knit then id love you to share.
Have a great weekend and happy knitting.
Raynor x

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Otter Knitting Pattern

The latest little Jelly Bum has arrived and it's an adorable little otter pattern. This little guy looks like he gets up to lots of mischief! I've has a few followers request an otter for the range and finally this little guy popped into my head, I hope you like him. He is super quick to knit up and a great project for those looking to advance their knitting skills as it has small and simple pieces of intarsia within the face.
As always he's available from the website, Etsy and Ravelry.
I wanted to show you a glimpse of how I go about working out the shaping for my toys.

This is a printout my otter notes. I start with the basic shape I keep for all my patterns but adjust to  form into the desired animal along with intarsia charts. I use this to jot things down along with any other pattern related thoughts which pop into my head (you can see my doodling of how I wanted the nose/mouth area to look). The lines and dots are my workings for increasing and decreasing along the piece, however I think it looks a bit like some sort of alien code to an outsider!

I still have two more designs drafted and ready to go to schematic stage. Plus I also found a toy I had started to knit up ages ago (possibly a year or two) which I found tucked away with a bunch of 'back burner' projects. Now if I can find the notes and colour charts I created for it then that's another pattern I can get to working on.
I'm off for now but remember that if you knit up one of these little otters then share your pics because I always love to see them. I'll see you all soon for some updates
Raynor x

Monday, 24 December 2012

Triple Update

Hello all,
It's good to see you again, as usual i'm skulking in with my tail between my legs for being so lax about the blog. The notion took me this morning to read though all my old blog posts and it brings back some great memories of starting up my little knitting patterns. I wanted to let you know that i'm back to creating patterns again and have three in the sketching stage so i can get an idea of how the finished toy will look. Over the next few days (well when Christmas settles down) i'll be picking up the needles to create them.  I'm a bit undecided on wheter i should release them altogether or spread them out over a few weeks, let me know if you would have a preference.
For the past few months I've been working away on a new project of sewing pattern for my new Etsy shop Elf Pop, I have loads of doll patterns available and have started on an animal toy patterns too. So if you sew then check it out and if you don't then the little cuties are a great way to learn.
I'm going to be a busy bunny over the next few months but remember to keep me posted on what you make with the Jelly Bums because you know I love to see your finished works.


I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a very happy start to 2013 and i'll see you all back with those new patterns.
Love Raynor x

Friday, 22 June 2012

Skunk Knitting Pattern

Introducing our June 2012 pattern, a stinky little skunk. As usual he is available from the website, etsy store and as instant ravelry download.
My apologies for it being nearer the end of the month to release this pattern. I've been really busy working on my new line of sewing patterns. I hummed and ahhed about whether I should make them a new line of Jelly Bums, however I decided it might get a bit too cluttered in my etsy shop and website. So my sewing pattern range is known as Elf Pop which you can find on my website and new etsy shop. I currently only have one dog pattern available but I will be working hard over the next few months to get a good range going. Similar to Jelly Bums I want to have lots of animal pattern with dress ups, however I will probably introduce a doll range too. Don't worry I'm sticking to my promise to bring out at least one Jelly Bum Knitting pattern a month.
I hope you enjoy this months little edition, and as always if you knit one up then let me see.
Raynor x