Support for Herdy designs by Janice Anderson

Here you will find information about some of the Herdy designs by Janice Anderson. If you have a question regarding a technique described here, or a technique from one of our patterns which we have not described, please do not hesitate to contact us by email (theauldwoollyalliance [at] gmail [dot] com). We will do our best to help you.

Quick access to:
  • Dimple Stitch: it produces an exaggerated texture which, when knitted in a chunky yarn, looks a bit like puffy sheep fleece; which is why Janice chose to use it to design Herdy Rucksack. To help any struggling Herdy knitters we have included a tutorial on working the ‘gathering stitch’ used in the pattern.
  • Herdy Cushion: photographic guides for assembly and facial features.
  • Herdy Rucksack: photographic guides for assembly, construction and facial features.
  • Herdy Hot Water Bottle Cover: photographic guides for assembly, construction and facial features.


Herdy Cushion

Details of where to buy the Herdy Cushion Knitting Kit can be found on Janice’s design page on the blog. Here are a few photographs to help with assembly and embroidery of facial features.

Herdy Cushion

Picture shows inside seams of envelope closure.

Cushion Facial features

Stitching guide for nose and mouth.

Herdy cushion facial features

Stitching guide for eyes.



Herdy Rucksack

Details of where to buy the Herdy Rucksack Knitting Kit can be found on Janice’s design page on the blog. Here are a few photographs to help with assembly and embroidery of facial features.

Rucksack

Close up of Herdy head attached to flap closure.

Features

Stitching guide for nose and mouth.

Eyes

Stitching guide for eyes.

Closure

Detail of closure. Shows the gathered opening with twisted cord tie, and the flap in a raised position.

Strap attachment

Close up view of strap attachment.

Feet attachment

Close up of foot position and attachment.

Back View

Back view showing position of straps.

Strap attachemnt

Picture shows twisted cord threading through back of rucksack and positioning of straps.



Herdy Hot Water Bottle Cover

Details of where to download the pattern for the Herdy Hot Water Bottle Cover can be found on Janice’s design page on the blog. Here are a few photographs to help with assembly and embroidery of facial features.

Herdy Hot Water Bottle Cover-Front View

Herdy Hot Water Bottle Cover-Front View

Hot Water Bottle Cover-Back View

Hot Water Bottle Cover-Back View

Herdy Hot Water Bottle Cover-shows close up of texture stitch

Herdy Hot Water Bottle Cover-shows close up of texture stitch

Herdy Hot Water Bottle Cover-Back View, showing opening,

Herdy Hot Water Bottle Cover-Back View, showing opening,

Herdy's Face-showing stitching of features

Herdy’s Face-showing stitching of features


16 Responses to Support for Herdy designs by Janice Anderson

  1. Emily says:

    Hi,
    I’m currently making the hot water bottle and am a bit stuck making it up. I’m concerned the bottle won’t go in once I’ve sewn it all up – does it go through the neck?
    Yours looks great by the way, I felt liking giving up as it’s been a bit of a slog but this has inspired me!

    • whippety says:

      Hello Emily,
      I am sorry that you have found the pattern a bit tricky, it is very hard trying to explain things fully when you have limited print space. If you look at photographs 2 and 4 you will see the opening. The idea is: the base of the bottle pushes through this large opening and the top (where you fill it) pushes up through the cuff. The cuff is left open so that you can fill the bottle once it is inside the cover. I used a standard sized bottle and had no problems. Sometimes the bottle is not completely flat at the base and may have a solid rubber piece that protrudes beyond the fillable area. If that is the case you may need to trim this with sharp scissors to make it fit nicely inside the cover. Hope this helps, Janice

  2. Emily says:

    That’s really helpful, thanks Janice. I’ve finished it now, it’s not as good as yours mind! 🙂

    • whippety says:

      I am sure it will be just grand. Will you be posting the finished cover on your Ravelry project page?

  3. Emer says:

    Hello, I’m so confused with making up the pattern, specifically the legs. I’m worries I didn’t knit them correctly, as they look like mini hats when I see them up and not twisted candy.
    Please help!
    Thank you!

  4. Emma says:

    Hi there
    Just attempting the herdy rucksack and am struggling a bit … May I ask a quick question – instructions for “Rucksack Body” at row 5 & 7 states “knit”. I have knitted row 5, purled row 6 then knitted row 7. Moving on to row 8 I am attempting to gather however as my three previous rows are simply knit and purl stitches (and therefore do not have any slip stitches) I do not have the 3 strands available from below. Should I have read that rows 5,6 and 7 should be as rows 2 and 3 (I.e. With slip stitches)?

    Hope this makes sense…
    Many thanks
    Emma

    • whippety says:

      Hello Emma, Just had a quick look at the pattern and your email to refresh my memory! The pattern instructions are correct as you are lifting up the strands that you made on rows 2, 3 and 4. If you have a look at the tutorial https://theauldwoollyalliance.wordpress.com/tutorials/#DimpleStitch you will find a instructions and pictures on how to work the stitch. Let me know how you get on and don’t hesitate to get on touch if you have any problems. Regards, Janice

  5. Denise Moore says:

    We are knitting Herdy rucksack. We are on first body. We have knitted the pattern rows 5 times as instructed & have now come to leg shaping but cannot understand the instructions on Side 1 then Side 2 – rejoin yarn. We are really stuck on what we are supposed to be doing. Can you help please ? Thanks.

    • whippety says:

      Hello Denise,
      I have had a look at the pattern (It has been some time since I knit it myself!) and will reply today to your query via your email address.
      Janice

      • Anthony says:

        Hello there,
        I was so pleased to see Denise’s question as I find myself in the situation: possibly more so as I cannot fathom what you mean by “Side 1” and “Side2”. However the post/reply doesn’t reveal an explanation. Can you help please?

        That apart, I am enjoying the project. The “dimple” stitch was something new learned. Thank you

      • whippety says:

        Hello Anthony,
        Apologies for the delay in replying to your query, I had not checked my email for a couple of days and just found your message this evening.

        I will do my best to explain… The rucksack is knit from the top down, i.e. from the opening down to the feet. Where the pattern begins ‘Leg Shaping’, the first 4 rows of Side 1 shape the outer edges of both legs. On row 5 (where you are instructed to cast off 13 sts in the middle of the row) the division is made to separate the right and left legs (Or, to separate Side 1 and Side 2) Rows 6-10 complete Side 1 (Or, leg 1). For Side 2, return to the sts that still remain on needle and complete instructions for Side 2 (Or, leg 2).

        The Herdy rucksack is a few years ago now and I hope my pattern writing skills have improved since then. Meanwhile, if you have any other queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

        Kind regards,

        Janice

  6. Anthony Moore says:

    Dear Janice

    I don’t know if my first message got through, so please forgive me if I am repeating myself.
    I am knitting the Herdy rucsac and am having difficulty understanding the Side 1 Side 2 part. Exactically the same difficulty as your previous correspondent, Denice Moore, (no relation), was experiencing, it would seem. Can you assist on this please?

    On a positive note I am really enjoying the project so far and have learned at least one new technique along the way.
    Thank you
    Anthony

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