Have you heard of Gecko Frecko? No? Then let me tell you about him.
Gecko Frecko is the companion of my youngest son, Benjamin. Gecko Frecko sleeps with Benjamin every night, and even went camping with him. He is content to snuggle under the covers, but mainly he sits right on top of Benjamin while he's falling asleep, like a scaly sentry making sure that bad dreams stay away.
While I was making Gecko Frecko, Benjamin literally sat by my side for hours, watching my hands and watching his new friend grow. When I had everything done except for the eyes, I handed him over. I ended up needing to sneak and steal him back in order to add the eyes several weeks later!
I absolutely loved the way this pattern is written! Let me tell you why.
I am not a big chart person. I can make do with one, but I prefer to have both line by line instructions and a chart to refer to if I need a visual. But in general, I spend more time squinting at the chart trying to figure out where I'm supposed to be than I really should.
But Gecko Frecko, he's a special one. The author, Raphaela Blumenbunt, used line by line instructions, but with symbols! So each line, instead of being incredibly wordy, contains the symbols for the stitches required. She took the best of written patterns and the best of charting and fit them together. I found this pattern incredibly easy to follow, and the finished Gecko is extraordinarily cute. Even if I did put one of his legs on upside down. Ahem.
I sincerely hope that everyone makes themselves a Gecko Frecko! Be sure to read the abbreviations and explanations closely at the beginning of the pattern, and this lizard will fly off of your hook!