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.

Monday, March 31

Banish the Blues! Scarf to crochet

This scarf did banish my blues from this never ending winter weather. I picked up a ball of Yarn Bee Fetching in turquoise, grabbed a size H (5 mm) crochet hook and started hooking. Found some 3/4" wooden craft beads with large holes in my stash and decided to use them on the fringe.

This is an easy one row scarf pattern that creates the fringe as you work each row. The ribbed look is from working in the back loops of the previous row. The ends taper to give the scarf a little more interest. Add beads to the fringe after you have finished the scarf. 

I used 300 yards of a light worsted/DK weight yarn for a scarf that measures 51" x 4.5" (excluding fringe). You could change it up by using a lighter weight yarn by changing the hook size to suit the yarn. Make it longer or shorter. Or narrower for more of a necklace type scarf.

After the scarf is done, slip a bead on each fringed loop and tie a knot under it to keep it in place.

This two page pattern has written instructions only. Pattern price is $3.00. It is available for a Paypal payment through my Ravelry pattern store.

Friday, March 28

Two more granny stitch scarves to crochet

Channeling Granny is the second in a series of scarves I designed using spiral construction. Worked in a yarn with a long color run (or scrap yarn tied together using magic knot), this quick to crochet scarf will be ready to wear in a flash. Finish the scarf with a fun wave edging. I used sport/DK weight yarn and a size H (5 mm) hook for this design though you could make it with any weight of yarn by changing the hook size to suit the yarn. The pictured scarf was made with a ball of Silk Garden Sock yarn. Finished size 54.5 long x 5” wide. Only two ends to weave in! This 4 page pattern has written instructions and a crochet chart. Pattern price is $3.00.

Spiral Granny Scarf is the one that started it all. It will use up your scrap worsted weight yarn to make a scarf. Tie your pieces together into a magic ball using magic knot (no pesky ends to weave in). You’ll need 300 yards and a size I crochet hook for this project. (Or any weight of yarn by changing the hook size.) Finished size: 56” x 7.5”. Add fringe or not.

Pattern also includes instructions for making a panel afghan with multiple scarves.

The 3 page pattern has both written instructions and a crochet chart. Pattern price is $2.00.

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Friday, March 7

Comet's Tail Shawl to crochet

This shawl is shaped like a comet's tail, hence the name. It also works up very fast.

This asymmetric triangle shawl begins with a few stitches and grows along the neckline edge. Keep going until you run out of yarn or stop and add the border.

You'll need 450-500 yards of fingering/sock weight yarn and a size G (4 mm) crochet hook for this project. (You could easily make this in a lighter or heavier weight of yarn by changing the hook size to suit the yarn.)

I used Pagewood Farm St. Elias in a green colorway for my shawl. I love it!

You must block the shawl to open up the lace pattern.

The four page pattern features written instructions and a crochet chart.

Pattern download sells for $4.00 through my Ravelry pattern store.

Hope you decide to try it out. It's one of those designs that you will reach for again and again it is so fast and easy to make.