Regular Guy Beanie – Free Beanie Knitting Pattern

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Making the Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright as found on Ravelry.

This year I am trying to knit as much as possible, and collect bulk general items for cheap, so I can create Christmas present packages for the local homeless community.

The Regular Guy Beanie was my first creation.

It’s a free pattern, and very easy to make, so check it out here and through the link above, and see what else Chuck has designed.

I don’t like DPNs (double-pointed needles), and I didn’t want to knit in the round, so I amended this patten for two straight needles.

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To fit head – 24″

1 x 100g ball


1x US 6 or 7 knitting needles
1x wool needles for sewing up

20sts over 4″

Easy. You only need to know how to do a few different stitches.
Requires: K, P, K2tog, P2tog

Using 4mm needles, cast on 84sts.


First 2″: K2, P2
Until 5.5″: Stockinette st (K one row, P one row)


Row 1: *K12, K2tog, rep from * to end
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *K11, K2tog, rep from * to end
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: *K10, K2tog, rep from * to end
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: *K9, K2tog, rep from * to end
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: *K8, K2tog, rep from * to end
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: *K7, K2tog, rep from * to end
Row 12: Purl
Row 13: *K6, K2tog, rep from * to end
Row 14: Purl
Row 15: *K5, K2tog, rep from * to end
Row 16: Purl
Row 17: *K4, K2tog, rep from * to end
Row 18: Purl
Row 19: *K3, K2tog, rep from * to end
Row 20: Purl
Row 21: *K2, K2tog, rep from * to end
Row 22: *P1, P2tog, rep from * to end
Row 23: *K2tog, rep from * to end


Join back seam. Sew in all ends.


That’s it! Very easy to make.

Make sure you click through to Chuck’s Ravelry page and give this knit a try.

Crayola Easy Animation Studio – Product Review

When you think of animation, you think of hours of hard work to create simple second-long videos.

Not anymore.

While wandering through Target the other week, I found the Crayola Easy Animation Studio.


It immediately caught my interest, and with it only costing $29, I figured I would give it a try.

Inside you will find – Manny the Mannequin (with a stand to clip him into), Crayola Twist crayons, a stand for your phone/tablet, and a book full of characters and backgrounds for you to colour-in. You will need to download a program on your smart-phone/tablet, but it’s free.


Inside the book –

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*Helpful Hint*
I wanted to make something really cool, so I decided to make Captain Hammer from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008). Unfortunately, I used other brand crayons as well, and I think that put-off the system, so always use Crayola crayons.

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I’ll take you through step-by-step making an easy short animation.

STEP 1 – Character

Either colour your own character, or use one provided on the program.


STEP 2 – Background

You can choose a background from the book, use one on the program, or you can even take a photo of your house and your character can be there with you.


STEP 3 – Actions

There are a bunch of actions you can choose on the program, or you can use Manny to do it yourself. The program works by capturing images of Manny in positions, and filling in the blanks.

It works best if you keep the smart-phone/tablet still, and have Manny facing a window with light.

*Helpful hint*
You’ll have to be patient while capturing the positions, as it needs time to figure out where Manny’s limbs are (through the symbols on his limbs). Here is what happens when it is having trouble:


To make your character wave, capture Manny in these three positions:

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STEP 4 – Voice

You don’t have to do this, but you can record some audio. I record “Hello” in my best bear-voice.

STEP 5 – Save

It only takes a second to turn it into a video.

And voilà, here is my video: