2014 Scavenger Hunt

November, 24th, 2014

Who is ready for some homework?

I’m excited to announce what I hope will become a new Tot Toppers tradition, and that is a holiday weekend Scavenger Hunt! We have worked to come up with a fun, manageable, internet based hunt complete with prizes for the upcoming weekend to cover Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. You can complete them at your leisure, whenever it works for you. Just make sure to finish up by Saturday in order to receive your TT discount.

We have 15 questions for you; some are interactive and others require you to report an answer. The TT & WIGU Ravelry Group is the main host for the hunt.  Here’s a direct link to the thread there.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of time:

  • -You will need a Ravelry ID in order to participate
  • -Questions will be posted in the Ravelry Group sometime on Tuesday evening, and will be viewable first thing Wednesday morning
  • -Answers to the first 10 questions need to be sent to contest@tottoppers.com, please don’t post them publicly and ruin the surprise :)
  • -The other 5 question ask you to make opinion-based posts in the forum


Dates to note

  • -Everyone who completes the hunt by the end of Small Business Saturday/11.29.14 will receive a coupon for 20% off their entire purchase on tottoppers.com
  • -The 20% off coupon expires at the end of Cyber Monday/12.1.14
  • -Everyone who completes the hunt by the end of the day on Sunday/11.30.14 will be entered to win prizes
  • -Prizes will be announced on Cyber Monday/12.1.14



  • -First Prize: $20 credit to tottoppers.com
  • -Second Prize: $10 credit to tottoppers.com
  • -Third Prize: Free pattern of your choice

So get ready to snuff up some dirt in between courses!

Scavenger Hunt


Wonderful Wednesday #5: Unseamed

October, 29th, 2014

Photography by Kickstand Studio


There is more to this project than meets the eye.


The design was inspired by seamed stockings! However, this seam is just pretend.


This project is easy peasy and wonderful for beginning knitters who are ready to try their hand at some color changes.  Its sized for all ages (I want some for me)!  And it definitely makes cute little boys want to hold your hand. (Shown below with Eliot Hoodie)


Think of all the wonderful adorable little outfits that could be accented with a happy striped Unseamed warmer project! They would look cute peeking out from some boots, too. Originally, I knit these to be included as part of the Fancy Ruffles design; once again I used Big Bad Wool Weepaca.  I thought it would look super adorable with the ensemble.  It did, but, on little 1 year old Ceci it was a bit TOO much. Had I knit Fancy Ruffles in one of the larger sizes, I bet I would have stuck with my original plan.  Either way, I definitely suggest you consider working Fancy Ruffles & Unseamed as a set if you want to be most-popular-at-the-baby-shower. Who am I kidding, I think either of the projects alone would do it.


If you were on my mailing list as of this pattern release…you got a special little gift in your inbox.  I sent a free copy of this pattern to EVERY mailing list member for their personal use.  I wanted to say thank you for the support this month during my Wonderful Wednesday adventure. I have never done this kind of pattern giveaway before, but I hope it was a fun surprise! (Please and thanks do not distribute your copy :) its for your eyes only.)


Although I have been working very hard behind the scenes over this past year (primarily on the new book, due to come out in March), I definitely got a bit out of the loop as far as my Tot Toppers patterns go; keeping up with everything was a challenge.  I definitely feel back into the swing of things now & there are so many plans for the coming months. Knitalongs and other fun stuff in the Ravelry group, new patterns galore along with makeovers for some of my oldie-but-goodies (Master Charles just got one today), traveling and teaching and shows.  Speaking of which, I’ll be at Loop in Philadelphia for a trunk show and to teach my Grow-With-Me class on November 8.  I hope to make some new friends!  Sign up to take the class and you will learn loads.


Unseamed Pattern Details

Sassy seamless warmers that appear otherwise are a treat to knit and wear. The faux seam is fashioned with a single vertical stripe. This easy project is worked in the round with no shaping and a simple stripe pattern, making it suitable for beginning knitters. Its sized for all ages and shown in Toddler. Pattern is written to be worked on DPNs but feel free to work in your preferred method of small circumference knitting, such as Magic Loop.

Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult)

Finished Measurements
Finished Circumference: 5.5 (6.25, 7.25, 8.75)”
Finished Length: 8 (10.5, 12.5, 15)”

35 (50, 75, 95) yards each A & B and 30 (35, 40, 75) yards C worsted weight yarn

21 sts and 30 rows per 4” in stockinette on larger needles

Sets of Size 5 (3.75 mm) and size 6 (4 mm) DPNs, stitch marker


Enjoy and happy fall.  

Take a look back at all of the Wonderful Wednesday 2014 designs by clicking on the thumbnails below.

Luca Slouch

Fancy Ruffles

Eliot Hoodie

Buttoned Slipper Socks

Buttoned Slipper Socks

Wonderful Wednesday #4: Fancy Ruffles

October, 22nd, 2014

Photography by Kickstand Studio

Fancy Ruffles

Well hello sweet little Cecilia! Aren’t you too adorable for words in your Fancy Ruffles?

Fancy Ruffles

As you know, I have all boys.  Most of what I do is for them and other fellows.  But every once in a while I get a wild hair and need to be a little girly.  So that’s what happened here.

Fancy Ruffles

Fancy Ruffles is a pattern that includes 2 projects: a pullover and a diaper cover. It is sized from Preemie to age 4. Ceci is wearing the size 12 month top and the size large cover in order to fit her cloth bottoms.

Fancy Ruffles

Both pieces are worked from the bottom up.  The ruffles are knit separately and then attached seamlessly. The pullover features raglan style sleeves and a button closure at the back neck to help with fit. It also provides instructions for some alternatives like making a ruffled hem on the sweater or adding length to make it work with leggings. The bottoms include optional short row shaping (really only recommended if the cover will be worn with bulky cloth diapers).

Fancy RufflesThis pattern is written for intermediate level knitters who have some experience with techniques like i-cord, provisional cast on, picking up stitches and short row shaping–or folks that are willing to learn!

Fancy Ruffles

I used incomparably squishy Big Bad Wool Weepaca yarn in colorways Ashes and Lilac.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to give this yarn a try, you really owe it to yourself.  Its so dreamy to knit and the softness is just amazing.  Perfect for sensitive babies. Eliot Hoodie also features Weepaca, as does the final WW design for next week!

Fancy Ruffles

Of course you can purchase this pattern online, but you should also look for it at your local yarn shop!  Yarn shops can order this pattern though NNK Press; it has been added to the TT Signature Line which means that the hard copy includes a download key for the knitter to have both the printed pattern and a PDF for safekeeping. The sample will also be added to one of my trunk shows.

Fancy Ruffles

Thank you to Fancy Cecilia for doing such an excellent job modeling these pieces, and to her mama for lending her to me for the afternoon!  You will get to see her big sister next week wearing the final Wonderful Wednesday design.

Fancy Ruffles

Fancy Pullover
Size: Preemie (Newborn, 6 months, 12 months)(2, 4)
Finished Chest: 14.75 (17.25, 19.5, 21)(22.5, 24.75)”
Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows per 4” in stockinette
Yarn: 175 (225, 275, 325)(425, 500) yards color A and 50 (50, 75, 150)(150, 175) yards color B worsted weight yarn
Tools: Size 6 (4 mm) 16” circular needles and set of 5 DPNs, 1 to 3 (3, 4, 4)(5, 5) sets of spare circular needles ranging 0–2 sizes smaller than used for gauge (scrap yarn may also be used), size G crochet hook, stitch markers
Notions: 1 small button

Fancy Ruffles

Fancy Bottoms
Size: Preemie (Newborn, Small, Medium)(Large, Toddler)
Finished Waist: 10.75 (12.5, 14, 15.75)(17.25, 19)”
Finished Hip: 12.25 (14, 16, 18)(19.75, 21.75)”
Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows per 4” in stockinette
Yarn: 75 (105, 130, 150)(170, 200) yards color A and 50 (60, 75, 80)(100, 110) yards color B worsted weight yarn
Tools: Size 6 (4 mm) 16” circular needles and set of 5 DPNs, 1 to 3 (3, 4, 4)(5, 5) sets of spare circular needles ranging 0–2 sizes smaller than used for gauge (scrap yarn may also be used), size G crochet hook, stitch markers
Notions: 10 (11.5, 13, 15)(16.5, 18)” length 1” elastic for waistband, optional: two 7.5 (9.5, 10, 10.5)(10.5, 11)” lengths 3/8” elastic for leg openings

Fancy RufflesOh dear.  I just can’t seem to stop posting pictures.  They are just so sweet.

Fancy RufflesSo, we are closing in on the end of our month long adventure of Wonderful Wednesdays.  It has been fun for me to get excited about each design and share all the details with you.  I hope that you have enjoyed it as well!  Next week I will be giving a special surprise to the folks subscribed to the mailing list.  Make sure you join up so that you can receive it as well!

Fancy Ceci & her boyfriend

Eliot & Ceci… these two are good friends.