Monthly Archives: November 2016

Jeannette Rankin Quote Free Cross Stitch Embroidery Pattern | “I would be nastier”


I’m home sick today. On my way home from organizing for a sub NPR was doing a story on Jeannette Rankin. She was the first woman to hold federal office and voted to give women the right to vote. NPR closed the story with a quote from her:

“If I had my life to live over, I would do it all again, but this time I would be nastier.”

It was the exact kind of thing that needed to be shared on a cheeky embroidery piece. So when I got home I cuddled up to my computer and made this up.

This is a free cross stitch pattern and should not be sold. Share it across the interwebs, but please do so by sharing the link to this post, not the images.

Here’s the diagram you’ll need (Click to enlarge and print):


And the key for the stitching:

jeannette rankin quote if i had my life to live over I would do it but this time I would be nastier free cross stitch embroider pattern

I haven’t stitched it yet, so if you do, please tag me in your Instagram posts @pinssneedles. ūüôā

A Pumpkin Hat For My Little Pumpkin

carver-baby-pumpkin-hat-knit-ribI was reeeeallly hoping that my little sister would send a picture of my nephew in his new pumpkin hat and today I got my wish!

Doesn’t this little cutie just make your whole November?! (It’s okay if not. I used to get annoyed by people who gushed over tiny babies but now I totally get it.)

Pattern: Berry Baby Hat by Michele Sabatier

Needles: Size 7 DPN

Yarn: For the orange I alternated every other row between worsted acrylic in neon orange and a weird rusty orange- both thrifty finds. I like the effect it gives. Acrylic can look very flat and factoried (not a real word) but the alternating gave some dimension. For green I used I Love This Yarn (and I do!) in Key Lime.

Notes:¬†Sadly, I didn’t have this little guy close by to take measurements. I would have been too lazy to test gauge anyway. I knit the body of the hat in a stretchy 2 x 2 rib and made it 7″ long before the decreases for a turn-up brim. I followed the pattern for the green leafy decreases and I really love how it pops up!

This pattern was very easy but makes a really cute finished product. It would be easy to adapt for many sizes so I’ll keep that in mind for donating to The Preemie Project next year for Boo in the NICU.