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.)

Tuesday, November 17

Holiday pattern sale - one week only

From November 16 through November 23, 2015, purchase 2 or more patterns from my Ravelry pattern store and get 25% off your total purchase. Below is the link to my pattern store on Ravelry.

Simple Knits Pattern Store

Patterns must all be purchased at the same time to get the discount.

No discount code needed. The discount will show up if you have 2 or more patterns in your cart at checkout.

Have fun choosing!

Wednesday, November 11

Holiday pattern sale -- which ones to choose??

Since I missed out again on being part of Ravelry's Indie designer giftalong, I thought I would offer a 25% discount on a few of my patterns for a week in November.

The problem is I have so many patterns to choose from that I can’t decide which ones I should put on sale.

Want to help me decide?

Click the link below to my Ravelry Simple Knits group.


Post in the thread the names of three knit or crochet patterns from my pattern store that you would most like to see featured in this sale.


Sunday, October 18

Autumn Filigree Scarf/Shawl to crochet

Autumn Filigree is a quick-to-hook triangle scarf/shawl worked sideways and finished with a beautiful filigree edging. This is a crocheted take on my Shifting Sands knit shawl.

You’ll need a size G crochet hook and fingering weight yarn. The scarf at top requires 250 yards for body and 30 yards of a contrasting color for the edging (46” x 23” x 42” blocked). The shawl takes 500 yards for body and 60 yards for edging (69” x 40” x 66” blocked). The shawl version is the third picture.T

You can make it with any weight of yarn by changing the hook to suit the yarn weight.

The 4 page pattern has full written instructions and crochet charts for $4.00 in my Ravelry pattern store.  Pattern prices subject to change without notice. Check my Ravelry Store for current pattern prices.

Shifting Sands Shawl to knit

Introducing my Shifting Sands Shawl. It is constructed from side-to-side in an easy to remember pattern.

I love garter stitch! it’s so squishy, comfortable, and warm.

Wrap and wear this asymmetrical triangle shawl any way you want to wear it. The ends are long enough to wrap around my waist and tie in the back.

Knit with 460 yards of Aran/heavy worsted weight yarn and size 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles, this one will fly off your needles.

Finished size is 61” along neckline x 15” deep x 97” along the lower edge.

Can be made any size with any weight of yarn by changing the needle size to suit the yarn.

Doesn’t need to be blocked unless you want to.

The 2 page pattern has written instructions and sells for $3.00 in my Ravelry pattern store.  Pattern prices subject to change without notice. Check my Ravelry Store for current pattern prices.

Saturday, October 17

Granny Mile-a-Minute Afghan pattern to crochet

As promised, here is the Granny Mile-a-Minute Afghan pattern. This is the afghan version of the scarf pattern I posted awhile back. It took me awhile to finish the afghan and get the instructions tested. This afghan was gifted as part of a wedding present to the son of friends. I guessed right on the colors and they loved it! :-)

I used 3 colors of Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! in turquoise, gray mist and ocean and a size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook. I had 2 skeins of each color and had leftovers of all three. Finished size of my afghan that is 8 strips wide is 50" long x 49" wide. I worked the 5 round strips, joined them together, and finished by working a border around the entire blanket.

You can make the blanket larger by adding more strips or adding more stitches in multiples of 3 to the first round of the strip.

I used 1,520 yards of yarn in 3 colors: Colors #1 & #3 - 456 yards each and Color #2 - 608 yards.
You could use just 2 colors and alternate them every other round or use a main color and use scraps for the other rounds.

The five page patterns has complete written instructions and two crochet charts -- one for the body of the strips and another for the border. This pattern is a free download available through my Ravelry store.