Monday, July 11

Pleasant Hill Shawl to crochet

Pleasant Hill is my latest crochet design. I named it after the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill in Kentucky. Hubby and I visited there years ago and stayed overnight. I've always wanted to go back. It's a beautiful and peaceful place to visit if you are ever in the area.

This shawl can be worked as a half circle (see blue shawl below) or a 9 petal larger shawl (shown above courtesy of my tester Anita). It's worked from the top down. It is an asymmetric design that is fast to crochet and a little more challenging. The half circle shawl has 7 petals and 8 floral inserts at the edge. One of my testers told me that the flowers look like thistles. I have to agree!

The half circle shawl requires about 550 yards of fingering/sock weight yarn and a size G (4 mm) crochet hook. The 9 petal shawl uses about 650-700 yards of fingering/sock weight yarn. Finished the blocked size is about 58" along the neckline x 26" deep. The 9 petal is about the same size with a little more to wrap around your shoulders.

I like this design so much that I am making a circular version of this shawl with some lace weight yarn and size F crochet hook.

I would recommend using a solid color, a tone-on-tone yarn, or one with a long color run. This 7 page pattern includes written line-by-line instructions and two crochet charts. The price for this pattern is $6.00 in my Ravelry pattern store.

Thursday, June 9

Soaring Above - a shawl to crochet

Introducing my newest crochet design -- Soaring Above.

This big crescent shaped shawl is fast and easy to crochet. It looks stunning made up in mini skeins or a gradient yarn.

The body is an easy mesh stitch that can be made as wide as you like before adding the wide leaf/feather border. The border is 6 rows but can be shortened to 4 rows or made as long as you like by adding more rows.

I’d recommend 300-400 yards for the body and the same amount for the border (more for a deeper border).

My blue shawl used 400 yards for the body and 355 yards for the six row border. Blocked is measures 100” along the neckline x 23” deep at center back.

This five page pattern includes written instructions and crochet charts for the body and border. It sells for $5.00 in my Ravelry pattern store.

Monday, May 16

On Top of the World 2 Shawl to crochet

On Top of the World 2 is a larger size of my On Top of the World shawl.

The pattern has so many changes from the original that I am offering it as a separate design. This version adds an additional row of diamonds, elongated leaf border with spacers between them for better blocking, and a modified edging. This design adds five rows to the length. The pattern includes three crochet charts instead of two.

The instructions are written for a 6 spoke shawl using 700 yards of fingering/sock weight yarn with a size G crochet hook.

Also included is a table that tells you how to modify the pattern to make a 4 spoke/half circle shawl (500 yards), slightly wider 5 spoke shawl (600 yards), larger 7 spoke shawl (800 yards), and an 8 spoke flat or circular version (900 yards). The pattern is eight pages long.

Blocked size: 58” neckline x 25” deep.

This 8 page pattern with full written instructions and three crochet charts sells for $6.00 in my Ravelry pattern store.

Spiny Ridge Shawl to knit

Spiny Ridge Shawl is the cousin to my Lizard Tail Scarf. It uses the same techniques though the stitch count increases much faster to create a shawl instead of scarf. It makes a big, snuggly, warm shawl.

No pesky short rows! The curve of the shawl is formed by the increases.

The pictured shawl was knit with 530 yards of Noro Silk Garden with size 8 circular knitting needles. I blocked my shawl which gave me a shawl that measures 73” along the neckline x 29” deep at the deepest point. It is a big, snuggly warm shawl to wear.

You can make this shawl as big or small as you like. Block it or not. Or make it with a different weight of yarn using needles that go with that weight of yarn.

The 3 page pattern sells for $4.00 in my Ravelry pattern store.

Lizard Tail Scarf to knit

Got a skein of worsted or Aran weight yarn and nothing to use it for? Try out this fun and easy-to-knit scarf design in garter stitch.

There are no short rows in this design. Increases shape the scarf and the points. You’ll need 100 or more yards of yarn and size 8 knitting needles for this project.

I knit the pictured scarf with one skein of Crystal Palace Danube Aran. My finished scarf measures 28” along neckline edge x 10” wide at bind off end.

The 3 page pattern sells for $3.00 in my Ravelry pattern store.

Tuesday, March 8

Lilac Blossoms Shrug to Crochet

Lilac Blossoms Shrug is my newest design. It is a crocheted shrug worked from cuff-to-cuff in a floral lace pattern. It begins with a flat rectangle that is seamed and all but one edging added without cutting your working yarn. This shrug adds a little extra warmth when worn over a top or a dress. Wouldn't it look great worn over a strapless wedding gown?

You'll need 580 yards of a DK or light worsted weight yarn and a size H (5 mm) crochet hook. A solid color works best to show off the lace motif.

Finished size is about 60" long x 14" around sleeves. It should fit up to an XL in size but is easy to adjust by changing the number of motifs you work, the size of the hook and the weight of the yarn you use.

You can also work this as a stole by adding more stitches in your beginning chain.

The pattern has written instructions and a crochet chart.

The price of this pattern is $4.00 my Ravelry pattern store.

Thursday, November 19

Tunisian Tides Shawl to crochet

Tunisian Tides Shawl is a different crochet riff on my Autumn Filigree design. Instead of a regular crochet hook it is made with a Tunisian crochet hook with a flexible cable extension. The slightly asymmetrical shawl is worked sideways in Tunisian Simple Stitch, vertical ladders, and a lace border. The pattern assumes you have a basic knowledge of Tunisian simple stitch.

My shawl was made with 600 yards of worsted weight yarn and a size J (6 mm) Tunisian crochet hook with a flexible cable extension. The edging used about 60 yards of worsted weight yarn in a contrasting color. My shawl finished at 59” neckline x 27.5” deep at center back and 84” along the bottom edge. The edging adds another 2” to the length. The shawl will be larger if you block it. I used a microfiber yarn so I settled for washing and laying it out flat to dry.

This easy-to-hook design can be worked in any weight of yarn by changing the hook size to suit the yarn. You want a soft and not stiff fabric. Make it as small or large as you like depending on how much yarn you have.

The 5 page pattern with written instructions and a Tunisian crochet charts sells for $4.00. (Buy it before November 24, 2015 along with another pattern and get 25% off in my Ravelry pattern store.)