10.20.2015

Shifting Shawl

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Today I'm here to tell you about "Shifting Shawl", a pattern of mine found in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2015.

Truthfully, this is such an awesome design! This is an asymmetric triangular shawl. The filet panel you see is offset in this triangle.


The only stitches used in this shawl are double crochet. You begin at one corner, and increase every few rows to widen the shawl to the point. Then you decrease to reach the other corner. The "edging" of this shawl is not really an edging, it is just the pattern made by the increases and decreases to shape the shawl. 

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This is a really easy pattern. You'll need to focus on the filet chart while doing the filet panel, but the rest of the shawl could probably be worked one while chatting with friends.

The yarn for this design is Lion Brand LB Collection Superwash Merino. This is a nice yarn, and it is inexpensive, so that's good news for you. It's a DK weight yarn that comes in 26 colors. You'll need 2 skeins to complete the shawl.

Please share photos of your completed shawl on Ravelry or on my Facebook page! It makes my day to see that others have enjoyed my patterns!

Happy stitching!
April

10.13.2015

Holly Sweater

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Introducing my "Holly Sweater" from Crochet! Winter 2015.

I was looking to make a girls sweater with fashionable details. This sweater has a small split at each hip that is edged with small panels of ribbing. The boat neck is also edged with ribbed panels. The sleeves are made separately and sewn in. There are small buttons where the ribbed panels overlap. These are for looks, not function.

The really soft yarn that I used for this sweater is Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash. You'll need 3(4, 5) skeins #1121 fuchsia, 1(1, 2) skeins #1127 blush, and 1 skein #1132 green lake to make your own in size 2, 4, or 6.

I used one of my favorite stitch patterns for this sweater: wattle stitch. When worked in stripes like this, it almost looks like a chevron stitch, but it's not.

I thought you might like to see my sketch from my original submission for this design:

Main sketch with details pointed out in writing

Detail of side split
When you send a submission to a magazine editor, it usually involves a written description, a sketch, like these, and a swatch. You don't have to be a great artist to sketch a design. Clearly, mine are not fabulous. You just need to get your point across. Editors must have great imaginations to be able to envision the finished product.

In a few weeks I'll have another post available with some how-to helps for this design. In the meantime, don't forget to visit me on my Facebook page!

Happy stitching!
April

10.06.2015

Suburbia Cowl


I'm back today to introduce my latest knitting pattern, "Suburbia Cowl." This is made in Baah Sonoma in color Tart Apple. This is a smooth dk weight 100% Merino Superwash yarn. It is comfortable against my skin and pleasant to work with.


This cowl is knit in the round from the bottom-up. It's a very simple pattern, with nice texture, but easy enough for a near-beginner. The most complicated part is the applied i-cord edging on top and bottom. However, I had never done applied i-cord before making this cowl. I found this tutorial video from Berroco and was able to figure it out very easily. You can do this!


I knit this cowl on size 9 needles, which makes a fabric with nice drape -- very nice to wear. Both sides have an attractive appearance so, it's no problem to have either, or both, sides showing. The color is so on trend! Pantone just released its 2016 color report, and bright green is going to be a great shade to use!

When you finish your's please share your photos on my Facebook page and on Ravelry! I look so forward to seeing them!

Happy stitching!
April