Finished Project, Patterns

GAL Projects

Between my furious crafting fest for the bazaar next Tuesday (ahhh, it’s coming up so fast!), I’ve been sneaking time to work on an Indie Design now & then. The prizes are pretty awesome & it’s been a lot of fun scouring the patterns and picking out gifts. It’s also nice working from stash.

This particular hat pattern is a fave of mine. I’m going to make another up soon, even!

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The pattern is called Feathery Owl Hat, and it’s up for sale on Rav, which you can find by clicking here.

Want to learn more about the Indie Design GAL & maybe enter for a chance at some prizes? You can read all about it in the Rav group located here: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/indie-design-gift-a-long

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Finished Project

2017 Indie Design Giftalong

Sometimes, I’m surprised to find there are things I don’t actually know about happening in the fiber community. One of those things that took me by surprise recently is the Indie Designer Gift-along.

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I managed to catch this early enough to quite possibly impulse purchased more patterns than I should have – but now the crafting portion is in full swing! I haven’t been keeping up on IG much, I admit, but I have managed to finish 2 GAL projects while also gearing up for my craft fair next Tuesday!

For now, I’ll leave you with a link to the Rav group where you can learn more about it – come work up a project or two and enter for some fab prize opportunities!

Click here to go to the Ravelry group!

Patterns, Promotions

Black Friday / Small Business / Cyber Monday

How many sales can we hit at once? Three, apparently! Right now, until 11/27 @ 11:59PM (PST), all of my patterns on Ravelry are 30% off – no coupon code needed! If you’ve had your eye on any, now is the time to catch ’em!

Click here to check out my Ravelry patterns!

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Free Patterns

Outlander Cowl

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The infamous Outlander Cowl! I decided I wanted something simple, beginner friendly, and fast. Fast was really something I was after. This pattern fits the bill – it is very simple, works up fast – and best of all, it’s gorgeous. Squishy and drapey, the bulky yarn really shines.

Great for beginners or experienced knitters, this project is a hit for holiday gifts, too.

For a classic Claire style, pick a heathered grey yarn.

This pattern is free, but if you’d like to support my designing habit, buy me a cup of coffee!

Materials

Yarn: 200 yards of bulky weight yarn. Sample used Loops & Threads Charisma in “Forest”, 2 skeins.

Needle(s): US 35 (19 mm)

Notions: Optional buttons (sample used 2 but 3 would work better), sized 1 1/8” (28 mm) or larger as needed.

Note: This cowl is worked flat with two strands held together to create a super soft, squishy end project.

Pattern

Using 2 strands at once, CO 10 stitches. If making a solid loop, use a provisional cast on for a seamless finish. Otherwise, cast on as usual.

Row 1: k all stitches

Repeat row 1 until cowl is desired length, leaving enough yarn to BO (measure 4 x the width of your piece and leave at least that much yarn – a bit extra doesn’t hurt though!).

For a seamless finish with a provisional cast on, sew pieces together using Kitchener stitch.

If no provisional cast on was used, seam ends together.

Optionally, twist piece as it’s being sewn to make the cowl lay flat when worn longer as a scarf.

To add buttons, sew along one end. No button holes are needed since the piece is gappy enough to let them slip through.

Don’t knit? I make these to order in my Etsy shop in colours of your choice. Check out the listing here!

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Free Patterns

Pumpkin Chart

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Autumn! My favorite time of year. Between the cooler weather rolling in, the grey rainy days, and shrugging into my favorite sweaters yet again, I’ve noticed once again, the theme is back:

PUMPKINS.

People love ’em. So do I. So I designed up this cute little pumpkin chart that can be used for various crafting purposes – tapestry crochet, double knitting, stranding, etc. Do whatever you’d like with it!

I’ve made a printable PDF version available on Etsy & Ravelry, as usual – there’s 3 charts in the paid version (plain pumpkin, pumpkin face, checkered divider), as well as some direction on what sort of crafts could be used with the chart – summaries, really – nothing in depth. If you’d like to check those out though, here’s the links.

Etsy — & — Ravelry

For those of you who would like to jump right in, here’s a free chart to get you started! I can’t wait to see what everyone uses it for. I think it’d be adorable on a sweater pocket, perhaps…

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Enjoy!

Free Patterns

Lucky Horseshoe Mason Jar Cover

I set out to design this mason jar cozy after finding an interesting stitch pattern that reminded me of horseshoes. I thought the arches and gaps in the pattern would make for very interesting light patterns on the wall – and it turned out great!

If you’d like an easy to print PDF with notes on how to adjust your pattern, you can purchase it on Ravelry, Etsy, or Craftsy! Thank you for your support & I hope you enjoy the pattern!

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Materials

Yarn: 50 yards (~25 grams) of worsted weight yarn. A lighter worsted weight yarn will give a more delicate effect.

Hook(s):

J (6 mm) hook

Notions:

Yarn needle for weaving in ends, Mason jar (32 oz  / 1 quart).

Pattern

Note: Ch 3 do not count as a st.

Ch 26, join in the round being careful not to twist. (Or, fdc 26 and join to work in the round with a slip stitch to first fdc. Begin pattern on round 2.)

Round 1: Ch 3, dc in each st to end. Join with a slip stitch to first dc. (26 dc)

Round 2: Ch 3, *fpdc, hdc. Repeat from * to end. Join with a slip stitch to first fpdc.

Round 3: Ch 3, *fpdc, hdc. Repeat from * to last two stitches. Fpdc, 2 hdc in last st. (27 st)

Round 4: Ch 3, *dc in next 3 st, ch 2, skip 2 st, dc in next 3 st, ch 1, skip 1 st. Repeat from * twice more. Join with a slip stitch to first dc.

Round 5: Ch 3, *dc in next 3 st, ch 5, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1. Repeat from * twice more. Join with a slip stitch to first dc.

Round 6: Ch 1, *skip next sts and 12 dc in ch 5 space from previous round, sc in ch 1 space. Repeat from * to end. Do not join at the end of this round. We’re moving the beginning of this round a little, but it’s okay, I promise!

Round 7: Ch 7 (counts as tr and 3 ch). *Skip 4 dc, sc in next 4 dc, skip 4 dc, ch 3**, tr in next sc, ch 3. Repeat from * twice more, finishing the last repeat at **. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the beginning tr (4th ch of the ch 7).

Round 8: Slip st into ch 3 space. Ch 3, *3 dc in ch 3 space, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 3 space, ch 1. Repeat from * to end, join with a slip stitch to first dc.

 

Repeat rounds 5-8 once more. Your cover should be about 8” (20 cm) long. If you want a longer cover, repeat rounds 5-8 as desired. (If your cover is about 7” (18 cm) long, you should still be fine to start decreases, it will just stretch a bit more.)

If you want your cozy to have a bottom, work the decreases. Otherwise, work round 1 of the decreases and finish off, weaving in your ends. This will leave the bottom uncovered and make a sleeve instead of a cozy.

Begin decreases below.

Decreases

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each dc and ch around. Join with a slip stitch to first sc. (27 sc)

Round 2: Ch 1, *sc in next 7 st, sc2tog. Repeat from * to end. Join with a slip stitch to first sc. (24 sc)

Round 3: Ch 1, *sc in next 4 st, sctog. Repeat from * to end. Join with a slip stitch to first sc. (20 sc)

Round 4: Ch 1, *sc in next 3 st, sctog. Repeat from * to end. Join with a slip stitch to first sc. (16 sc)

The bottom should be flat – if it’s not quite working out, decrease another round more or less to get a flat bottom so the jar sits level.

Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Using a yarn needle, weave through the stitches of round 4 and pull tightly. Weave in ends.

Free Patterns, Patterns

Flower Cup Cozy

Flower Cup Cozy

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This quick little cup cozy works up perfectly in spring colours! Use it to hold your hot or cold drink year round. The size listed in the pattern is for a standard large sized cup from Starbucks – if you order various sizes, make it a little smaller than directed for some flexibility, as the pattern does stretch depending on the yarn you use.

Hook: H (5 mm)

Yarn: Worsted weight in 2-3 colours, roughly 12 grams total.

Special Stitches

Beginning Cluster: *Yo, insert hook into st, pull up a loop, yo, pull yarn through 2 loops. Repeat from * once more, then pull yarn through all three loops on hook.

Cluster (cl): *Yo, insert hook into st, pull up a loop, yo, pull yarn through 2 loops. Repeat from * twice more, then pull yarn through all four loops on hook.

Corner Cluster: cluster, ch 2, cluster.

Pattern

Make a magic ring with yarn A, or ch 4 and slip stitch to first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), beginning cluster into ring, ch 3, *cl into ring, ch 3. Repeat from * 5 times, join with a slip stitch into top of beginning cluster. Cut yarn.

Round 2: Join yarn B to any ch 3 space. Ch 3, beginning cluster in same ch 3 space yarn was joined in, *ch 3, corner cluster in next ch 3 space, ch 3, corner cluster in next ch 3 space, ch 3**, cluster in next ch 3 space. Repeat from * once more, ending at **. Join with a slip stitch to beginning cluster. If using 3 colours, cut yarn.

Round 3: Join yarn C in ch 3 of first corner cluster after round 2’s end OR sl st with yarn B into ch 3 space of first corner cluster. Ch 1. Sc 2 in ch 3 space, sc in cluster. Sc 3 in next ch 3 space, sc in cluster, sc 2 in ch 3 space of next corner cluster, turn. (9 sc)

Row 4: Ch 2, hdc in each stitch across, turn. (9 hdc)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in back loop of each stitch across, turn. (9 sc)

Repeat row 4 – 5 until piece measures 9″ (23 cm). Fold cozy with right sides facing and cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Seam ends together to create a tube.

Note: To create a custom sized cozy, crochet until desired size instead of 9″ – you could crochet even longer for a headband option or boot cuff!

Edging: Turn cozy right side out and attach yarn colour of choice to the cozy. Ch 1. Sc evenly around. Repeat edging for the other end. Weave in ends. Optionally, slip stitch or a basic picot could be added for a decorative edge.

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Finished Project, Patterns

Fairy Hat & Petal Skirt

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Welp folks, I finally got a new pattern published! I’ve been working on a bit of a side project lately, so pattern making has been put a bit on back burner. But I was feeling an itch to make something cute and straight forward. I found myself drawn, as usual, to baby items!

Hence this cute fairy flower hat and petal skirt. The version I made used the tulle under the petals option, but there’s directions for a two layer petal skirt, as well. It’s sized for 0-3 months and 3-6 months, so you can get those baby photos in pronto! (Seriously, get the pictures in before the kiddo figures out how to wiggle around so much!)

You can find this pattern up on the various sites I sell at, linked here:

Ravelry Etsy Craftsy

As always, thank you for your support & I hope your weekend is going fabulously! We’re melting here in the pacific northwest, so there’s not much hope for us at this point.

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Finished Project

A Finished Test

 

There’s nothing more satisfying than finishing up a test. That feeling of having finished combing the pattern for errors, and also creating something brand new. Like, never made before, right? Something the creator thought up and put down in a pattern and I got the first go at it!20170419_145612_medium2

This blanket is one of those patterns I’m so happy to have tested – it was a really enjoyable project. The designer is great to work with & the pattern is flexible in that it can work with almost any yarn weight. I chose to do it in worsted weight because I have plenty of colour options, and the size I tested would make something along the lines of a baby blanket or a lap-ghan.

My finished project ended up being about 37″ across after blocking, and turned out so cool. My mother (happy birthday mom!) suggested that she should be getting it for her birthday (and it’s likely going to head that way, since currently, it’s being monopolized by Hiro as a nap blanket – cats, they do what they want, I guess).

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This project was a joy to work on from start to finish – the pattern will likely be published in May, and when it is, I’ll post up a link for it! It’s written and charted, making it a really versatile & fun project to work on.

I may or may not have decided on a second one already – this time in sport weight black cables and rainbow Mandala (in Gnome) for the panels. I’m so excited to start it, too! Just gotta find some time in between designing.

Do you test at all? Would you be interested? I was thinking of writing a blog post about the testing process and how to get into it – we can always use more reliable testers to share the process with! Let me know!

Free Patterns

Free Pattern Friday

It’s that time of week again already! This week has zoomed by for me, personally. This week I’m actually featuring one of my patterns that Red Heart just published! Excitement, right?!lc5558_medium2

These quick little hanging baskets are so great for spring and organizing! You can find the Ravelry link to the pattern here, which lists all the details and links to the pattern on Red Heart’s website. The yarn used for the basket is a little tricky to work with, but it’s worth it – it creates a very dense, stable fabric, perfect for the little things at your work station.