Friday, June 6

Sunrise Shawl - a crescent to crochet

Crocheters have been asking me for some time to come with a crescent shaped shawl. It took me a couple of tries to come up with shaping that worked. This shawl uses the same stitch pattern as Sweet Tea but results in a crescent shaped shawl.

I used a 490 yard skein of KR Dyeworks Ultra merino 3 ply sock yarn and a size G hook for this shawl. Blocked it measures 68" along the neckline x 21.5" deep. The stitch pattern is simple but effective, especially when worked in a yarn with a long color run. It would look great made in a solid color too. You could even work the 2 row border in a contrasting color.

The picture below was my first try at this shawl using Noro Taiyo sock yarn (462 yards). After getting a bump at the center back neckline that would not block out, I made some modifications to create the shawl at the top of this post. (You can make this shawl with a 462 yard/100 gm ball of sock yarn by omitting a row or two in the body of the shawl before adding the border.)

The three page pattern includes written instructions and crochet charts for the body and border. Pattern price is $4.00 through my Ravelry pattern store.

Now that I've figured out the shaping, I'm hoping to have another crescent shawl design worked out soon. :-)

Wednesday, May 14

Sweet Tea Shawl to crochet

Sweet Tea Shawl is a sweet and easy to crochet shawl. Constructed from the neck down, it whips up in a flash! There are only 25 rows and a two row border to crochet. It's very easy to make the shawl larger if you like.

My sample shawl was made with 487 yards of J.L. Yarns Vinca (fingering/sock yarn) and a size G (4 mm) crochet hook. (You can make it with any weight of yarn you like by changing the hook size to go with the yarn you choose.)

Blocked it measures 52” along neckline x 18” deep at center back.

The four page pattern includes written instructions and 2 crochet charts.

Regular price will be $4.00. Special pricing until Friday, May 16 is $3.00.  Click on the link below to go to my Ravelry store where you can purchase the pattern.


Ravelry pattern store

 

Thursday, May 1

Leafing Out Shawl to crochet

Just in time for spring, Leafing Out is a stunning top-down shawl featuring an all over leaf motif. It finishes with a flowering border. The name came from impatiently waiting for winter to be over and the trees to leaf out in their springtime glory.

This leaf motif is something I have been working on for almost a year. You won't find it in any stitch dictionary. I would work on it for awhile, get discouraged because I wasn't getting the look I wanted, and then put it aside for awhile. I was ready to work on it last fall about the time I had the very bad drug reaction to antibiotics that put me out of action for months. I stumbled across the chart in March, took a go at it again, and this is the result. I hope you like it as much as I do! :-)

This more than a half circle shawl offers more coverage than a triangle shawl and will stay in place on your shoulders. (Psst, make it a 2, 3, or 4 triangle shawl by changing the number of stitches you start with in Row 1.

You’ll need 700-750 yards of fingering/sock yarn, a size G hook, and 2 locking stitch markers for this project. Blocked size: 56” neckline x 22” deep.

It's easy to make larger or smaller. Can also be worked in any weight of yarn by changing the hook size to go with the yarn.

The 5 page pattern includes full written instructions and two crochet charts for $5.00. Download the pattern through my Ravelry pattern store (link below) with a Paypal payment.

http://www.ravelry.com/stores/simple-knits

Friday, April 18

Spinning some pretty yarn

When I saw these batts for sale I just had to buy them. (Yes, even though my stash is overflowing!) They are 3.2 ounces of lusciousness in BFL, silk, and bamboo. The colors are so beautiful. Ordered them and when they arrived I immediately started spinning them up on my Kromski Fantasia. Finished the first batt in an evening and the second the next evening. Plyed my singles on the third evening.

I spun each batt up by color to create a long color run in the yarn. I love working with colorways like this. Here's a picture of my finished yarn wound up in a ball. I now have. 210 yards of I'm guessing a sport or DK weight yarn to play with. It's so pretty that I have to dream up something fun to make from it.




These batts were so smooth, well prepped, and easy to spin that I have been extremely tempted to go back and buy a braid of merino/tencel in shaded pinks or to order the 3 month rolag club. Then this morning I learned that Roe of Purls is offering a 15% off discount this weekend on all purchases.

Oh, oh! Step away from that keyboard and lock up the credit cards! LOL!

I'll offer more eye candy by showing you the gorgeous turquoise stitch markers I also purchased with the batts.

Will I share a link for this shop and the discount code? Why not? I can't keep this Etsy shop to myself.

Roe of Purls on Etsy

Discount code for 15% off through Sunday is DROP15. Use this code at checkout to get 15% off your order.

Better now wait long to check it out, I'm on my way over to see what items are calling my name. LOL!




Thursday, April 10

Baby Blossoms - a baby blanket to crochet

Baby Blossoms is a good blanket to crochet for a baby boy or a girl depending on what colors you use to make it. The floral block pattern is easy to crochet in sc, dc, and ch. A simple border in a contrast color is added after finishing the blanket.

You'll need 1100 yards of DK/sport weight with a size H crochet hook for a 37.5” x 37.5” (9x9 blocks) blanket. Use 950 yards of worsted weight with a size I crochet hook for a 40” x 40” (8x8 blocks) blanket. The 5 page pattern has written and charted instructions for two sizes in both weights of yarn. Pattern sells for $3.00 in my Ravelry pattern store.

Chill Forecast Hat & Cowl to knit


Chilly Forecast is a hat and cowl set for women. Both are knit in the bottom up in the round. The swirl stitch pattern is very easy to knit. Keeping the top of the hat in pattern as it decreases is a little tricky but follow the instructions and it will work out. Finish the top of the hat with an I-cord knot. Pictured hat was knit with Malabrigo worsted on a size 8 - 16” circular and dpns for the top. Hat measures 19” at ribbing, 22” around body and 9” tall. Hat is a little slouchy. Use a smaller size needle for a smaller hat. Cowl was knit with Malabrigo worsted in lettuce on a size 9 - 16” circular. Finished size is 29” around x 6” tall. (Make a longer cowl if you like.) About 255 yards of any Aran weight yarn should make the hat and cowl. The two page pattern sells for $4.00.

Jet Stream Scarf & Hat for guys to knit



Jet Stream is a hat and scarf set designed for a guy in Aran or heavy worsted weight yarn. The hat is knit from the bottom up in the round and the top finishes with a garter stitch rectangle that finishes with a Russian garter stitch graft joining the seam. (It’s easy! Directions are provided.) No double points needed! The scarf is knit in the round and can be worn looped twice around the neck or one end slipped through the loop to look like a necktie. Hat knit with 125 yards on size 7 - 16” circular. 21” around x 8.5” deep. Scarf knit with 250 yards on size 9 - 16-24” circular. I used Lion Brand Heartland for the hat and scarf. After washing and laying scarf flat it measured 68” x 6”. Options are given for making a smaller cowl with 100-150 yards. The four page pattern sells for $4.00.