Sunday, September 14

Baboodie - a baby hoodie to knit

Baboodie is a baby hoodie that I created after knitting lots of different baby sweaters that weren't quite what I wanted. This pattern is a blank canvas for any special stitch pattern, stripes, or color work you wish to add to it.

The sweater is knit from the hood down to the bottom in one piece. After knitting the yoke increases, you put the sleeve stitches off on waste yarn and knit the body of the sweater. Then go back and knit the sleeves flat and seam them or knit them seamless in the round. You'll need 3 buttons, 200 yards of Aran or heavy worsted weight yarn and size 9 circular knitting needles. (For worsted weight I would suggest size 8 needles which will give you a slightly smaller sweater.)

The sweater should fit sizes 6-14 months. Buttoned my sweater measured 18.5" around the chest.

The four page pattern has written instructions. You can purchase it in my Ravelry store at an intro price of only $2.00.

Fresh Catch - dishcloth, hot pad, oven mitt, facecloth to knit

Fresh Catch is a pattern that has instructions for a fish shaped dishcloth (pictured above). You'll need a size 8 knitting needle and about 40 yards of worsted weight dishcloth cotton like Sugar 'n Cream. 10" long x 6.5" wide

A Big Fishy Hot Pad/Cat Feeding Mat. See how much bigger it is than the dishcloth? You'll need size 11 knitting needles and doubled worsted weight cotton or wool yarn. 126 yards total. 14" long x 8.5" wide.

A Fish Oven Mitt knit in one piece and seamed. You'll need size7 knitting needles and about 67 yards of dishcloth cotton. 9.5" long x 6.5" wide.
And a baby Fishy wash cloth knit with size 3 needles and about 28 yards of fingering weight cotton or acrylic yarn. Size 6.5" long x 4.25" wide.

You get all 4 patterns in this 3 page pattern for only $3.00. Pattern can be purchased and downloaded through my Ravelry pattern store.


Cool Springs Shawl to knit


Cool Springs Shawl is a quick-to-knit garter stitch shawl that has rows of yarnover holes sprinkled through the project. Cast on and knit from the bottom up. For a summery shawl or scarf, choose a linen, cotton, rayon, or silk blend yarn. For warmer wear, choose wool. If you flip this shawl over your head, it becomes a hooded scarf. (Small point over head with arms wrapped around your neck.)

I used 3 skeins of Berroco Linsey yarn (a cotton linen blend) for the pictured shawl. The yarn is much prettier than the picture shows.

You'll need 350 yards of worsted weight yarn and size 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles for a 69" neckline x 14.5" deep shawl (unblocked). If you have more yarn, you can make it even larger.

This shawl can be knit with any weight of yarn you like by changing the needles to suit the yarn you have chosen.

It looks good knit in a solid color or a yarn with long color runs. The 3 page pattern includes written instructions and a line-by-line chart with stitch counts provided by my tester Liz.

Pattern sells for $4.00 and can be purchases through my Ravelry store.

Sunday, August 24

Another hit to the heart...

Sorry I have been MIA. My older brother, David, passed away very suddenly late last Monday night after a two year battle with cancer of the spleen that spread to his bones.

It's been a very rough week for my entire family. We've lost 3 family members in the past 10 months -- first my dad, then my aunt Maxine, and now my older brother -- all to cancer. Praying this is it as I don't know how much more my family can take.

I have new patterns to post as soon as I feel up to doing it. I'm still reeling from the shock and loss.

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.


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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