Oliver Teddy Bear Pattern – now available

Many years ago I designed a little bear for Let’s Knit Magazine, Oliver.  I have had so many requests for the pattern to be made available, I decided to give him a makeover and make some changes to the original construction.


Oliver 2.0 is knitted using the gorgeous Scheepjes, Stone Washed, with a slightly heathered effect, the yarn hides a multitude of sins. Worked in the round with minimal sewing up, what is not to love? Templates are provided for the felt pieces to take the guess work out.

To knit Oliver you will need to be able to knit in the round, either using DPN’s or magic loop.


Knit Kit:


Scheepjes, Stone Washed, Yarn (A) Smokey Quartz 802; one 50g ball; Yarn (B) Moonstone 801; one 10g ball (optional)


3.25mm (US 3) needles for working in the round

Also Needed:

Toy stuffing (safety)

Stitch markers

White felt

Grey felt

Oddment of black yarn

Grey sewing thread and needle


26sts x 36rows = 10cm x 10cm using 3.25mm needles and stocking stitch in the round.

Sizing Notes:

Sitting height: 18cm


If you prefer you can knit the soles of the feet in a contrasting yarn, see optional instruction in pattern.

You can find Oliver’s Santa Hat pattern (available for free) here.


Snuggly Eskimo Buddy, super quick knit!

This cute little chap is knitted in a variety of textures and will make the perfect snuggle buddy for some little (or not so little person).

knitted eskimo joe toy jane burns

Joe is worked in King Cole Cuddles Chunky, King Cole Merino Blend DK and James C Brett Faux Fur.  Knitted in the round, there is very little sewing up to do, perfect!

knitted eskimo joe toy jane burns

You can find Joe inside issue 99 of Let’s Knit Magazine.  As always I would love to see your finished makes on my Facebook page.

Happy Knitting,  Jane x


Jumping up and down squealing

I love designing for this time of year,  us knitters love any excuse to get our ‘Knit On’ and gift season is the perfect excuse for extra knitting hours!

In the November issue of Let’s Knit I have four new designs.  My first glimpse of the cover was at Alexander Palace, Knitting & Stitching Show.  I popped along to the stand to meet up with Sarah Neal, Let’s Knit Editor and I was delighted to see two of my designs on the cover.  I am playing it cool in the picture, but inside I am jumping up and down squealing.

Sarah Neal Lets Knit with Jane Burns

Talking of playing it cool, let me introduce you to Monkey.

cool sock monkey lets knit

This cool dude is knitted in the round; the head and body being one piece, and separate tubes worked for arms, legs, nose and ears.  This is an ideal project for using up left over sock yarn!

cheeky sock monkey lets knit

Also in this issue, Arcitc the snowman hat wearing a hat (I think that makes sense)

arctic snowman hat

This quirky novelty topper is knitted in Rowan Pure Wool to keep your little treasure snug and warm.


duchess fingerless mittens cable and lace

How about making these delicate lace trimmed, cable and lace mittens as a Christmas Gift?

Finally, this issue of the magazine has a cover mount kit containing the yarn you need to make these three knitted stars.

orion stars lets knit kit

orion stars lets knit kit

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What the Butler Saw.. Knitted Maid

I have just published another free pattern on Ravelry.  Inspired by my trip to the cinema in the summer to see Despicable Me 2.  Which was possibly the funniest film I have seen in a number of years! (I laughed more than most of the children, not sure what that says about me).

After working my way through the amazing blog tutorial by ‘All about Ami’  I made a crochet minion and adapted it to make a French maids outfit, including frilly pants.  This inspired me to make a mini knitted version.

vintage pose

laying down pose

climbing candle pose

frilly pants

Check out those frilly bloomers!


Me and my mate