"Knitting and crocheting has been my hobby since childhood. I started making stuffed toys for children hospitals several years ago. It has become a passion, I absolutely love making them. My “Critters” are a nice cuddly, hug-gable, lovable size for the children. And what’s truly amazing is how much pure pleasure a person can receive by creating them."
My patterns are written so that they are easy to follow, and include photos and instructions to help you. If you haven’t tried making a toy using the knitting in the round method, give it a try, your in for a very pleasant surprise! If you have a question contact me at bjfromnv@gmail.com

Tuts, Link, Info

Videos by Bjfromnv

Here is the link for my Playlist  with all four videos called “Knitting in Circles” on YouTube

How to Knit: pick up stitches in the middle of your knitting project


 How to knit: 3 needle cast on with double pointed needles for knitting in the round


How to Knit: W&T or short rows in the round 




 How to knit: M1(inc) in the round 



Face Embroidery on Knitted Toys by SusanBAnderson

This is a great video for giving you the basics of embroidery on toy, knitted and crocheted.


How to Embroider Eyes by shinyhappywendi 
Another good video which will also work for knitted and crocheted toys.

   

Outline Stitch Video

  Here's a video for  a basic hand embroidery stitch. The "Outline stitch" Its a versatile easy stitch and it's what I use on my faces. Just remember to take small stitches and if you don't like it pull it out and try again.


Casting on and starting to work in the round, the first link I have found is from Stitch Diva Studios, and it give you a really good view of starting to knit in the round. This is an excellent video and the pictures are nice and clear.

Small Diameter Circular Knitting, is another page I would recommend is Knitting Help.com come down the page just a bit, and you will find the first link. Very informative and helpful. This entire site is just awesome

Kitchener Stitch, I-Cord and more....this link can be found farther down on the same page listed under "finishing." Again this is a wonderful site, so much great information.


Picking up Stitches in the middle of work....There is so much information out on the web, but I have found that there just does not seem to be much instruction on picking up stitches in the middle of work. There's lots of info on picking up from the edges for socks, etc. But this type of picking up is entirely different. The first word or should I say "RULE OF PICKING UP STITCHES"  is "Clockwise." Your stitches should always be started and picked up in a clockwise direction.  I am going to post some pictures of a project I'm working on at this moment, so I am going to make the pictures as clear as possible and then I will explain what you are looking at. The first picture here shows that I am picking up stitches for the ear  of this critter.

 I think  you can see here that I have picked up a total of 12 stitches. I always use a crochet hook when I pick up the stitches, that way I can also use my fingers if necessary to help get under the loop. I am picking up stitches for 3 needles here, so working clockwise the top needle is #1, and the stitches I have picked up altogether at the same time will be transferred to #2, & #3 needles. As I am picking up the stitches I am pulling the yarn through. I am only picking up one loop at a time.
 Here you can see that I have transferred the six stitches from the crochet hook, to needles #2 & #3. Next I will tie the yarn and start knitting on needle #1. I will also put a marker on #3 needle. Also on the first row you need to be careful not to twist your stitches, so you need to look at your stitches as they are coming off to make sure they are mounted correctly.

You can also pick up stitches in 4 sided squares, in rectangles and also in triangles. These stitches are being picked up for bottom legs for a setting critter. There are a total of 20 stitches, #1=7,#2=3,#3=7&#4=3.  Again picked up clockwise, sometimes because of shaping, etc. the stitches need to be picked up in an exact manner. My patterns will always state this, and I will try to give you as exact a stitch count for positioning your pick up points as close as I can.
I have added this information:
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find your center in the front. Then holding that line,  go to the bottom where you closed the body. Count back up 12 or 13 sts, now counting to the left, count 5 sts. On the 6th stitch is where you will start picking up for the bottom left leg. 
Here's another view:

This shows the position of the legs after they have been finished, but shows you the bottom view.

Wrap & Turn

Here is a link for a great video: you will need to scroll down.

Wrap & Turn is  simply a method of wrapping your yarn around a stitch to avoid making a hole in your work, this is how it is done:
 *To w&t on the knit side, bring the yarn to the front of the work, slide the next stitch from the left needle to the right needle, bring the yarn around the front of the slipped stitch and then to the back of the work. Your making a loop around that stitch.  Return the wrapped stitch to the left needle and turn the work.
For a w&t on the purl side, place the yarn at the back of the work, slip the next stitch from left needle to right, draw the yarn around the slipped stitch, back to the front and return the stitch back to the left needle before turning the work.  The loop prevents a gap from forming. Then when knitting or purling the wrapped stitches just pick up wrap and  knit them with the wrapped stitch.


I want to add a great link for Knitting in the round using the Magic Loop method.

If you aren't crazy about double pointed needles and don't mind sewing on the different pieces instead of picking up stitches, this might work for you. It's very easy and I know a lot of people prefer it to the double pointed needles. Check it out! 

A very nearly invisible increase 

There are many different types of increases, but this one really is almost invisible!