Tuesday, November 8

Revolve - a scarf to crochet

Revolve is a long scarf that is worked in spiral rounds of crochet. It's a very easy scarf that whips up in no time. Working in the back loop gives a nice line look to the front of the scarf and a different texture to the other side. It is long enough to be wrapped around your neck twice of placed over your head as a hood. This is the type of pattern that you can use up every bit of yarn in your skein.
This long version of the scarf was made with about 350 yards of Caron Cakes in the Funfetti colorway. Any worsted weight or Aran weight yarn with a size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook. My finished scarf measures 70" around x 9" wide. You can get a narrower scarf out of 175-200 yards of yarn.

My testers liked this pattern so much that most of them made both sizes and were talking about making more for gifts.
Or make a small cowl type scarf with about 100-150 yards. I used 100 yards of Red Heart Gumdrop for this 26" around x 6" high cowl.

This scarf is easy to adapt to any weight of yarn by changing the hook size to suit your yarn and changing the number of stitches that you start with for a longer or shorter scarf/cowl.

The 3 page patterns features written instructions and a crochet chart. Instructions are given for joining to work in a spiral round (and not joined rounds). Pattern price is $4.00 in my Ravelry store.


Monday, October 24

Flaming Feathers Shawl to crochet - 1 skein wonder!

Check out my newest design!

Flaming Feathers Shawl is a crescent shaped shawl that is quick-to-hook with one 400 yard skein of sock yarn and a size G (4 mm) crochet hook. The pictured shawl was made from one skein of Sweet Georgia Cashluxe Fine in the evergreen colorway. Blocked, my shawl measured 60” neckline x 18” deep at center back.

I designed this as a challenge to see if I could get a decent sized shawl out of a 400 yards skein of sock yarn. :-) How many of us have this size skein of yarn sitting in our stash! It worked!

The shawl is very easy to make larger. Simply work the body until you use up 50% of your yarn before you begin the flame and feather border. If you have more yarn you can also make the body wider and the border deeper.

Use any weight of yarn you like by changing the hook size to suit your yarn. The size of your shawl depends on how many yards you have, the fiber you use, and how severely you block your shawl.

The pattern is featured in Yarn Crush’s Holiday Gift Box. You can read more about it and how to order a box on Ravelry. http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/yarn-crush/3516904/1-25#6 or here

Yarn Crush Holiday Box

The four page pattern includes line-by-line written instructions, crochet charts, and tips for making the shawl larger. Pattern price is $5.00.

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.