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[pinit] This whimsical hat design comes in 3 sizes – two for children and one for adults! The pattern is an advanced beginner project – the stitch pattern is mostly Stockinette with a pattern round of dropped sts – quickly learned. I used this stitch pattern to design the Strawberry Baby Blanket, so it may be familiar to some knitters already. Four leaves, an I-Cord stem and I-Cord vines with newly forming white berries embellish the top. White seeds are stitched on after the knitting is complete.
[pinit] The Old Shell stitch pattern, worked in more than one color, highlights the undulating nature of the stitch pattern, reminiscent of waves upon the shore, or the lines on a scallop shell. This pattern gives several options - DK and Chunky weight neck and shoulder cowls. Knit in Kraemer Yarns lovely, new incarnation of their soft Alpaca Handknitting Yarn, which is now blended with 30% merino, so there's still plenty of alpaca drape and softness, but now has better body. Both the alpaca and merino fiber come from US sources and are spun in Pennsylvania, giving us a beautiful, natural fiber yarn, with a smaller carbon footprint than imported yarns, and at a reasonable price. These cowls will add soft, warm accessories to your wardrobe, as well as make ideal, last-minute gifts.
Double Infinity Scarves
[pinit] This design turns my shaped, double knot cable into a chic infinity scarf, and allows for a non-reversible fabric to be used. After coiling the finished scarf, only the right side faces out, as these scarves have a 360º twist. I’ve used super luscious Cascade Yarns Cloud (an airy, chained yarn of merino wool and baby alpaca), for all the scarves. The pattern has 2 versions – a thinner, lighter version, using 1 strand yarn, and a wider, extra thick, version, using 2 strands yarn, worked in a neck-snugging size, as well as a looser size. So, whether winters by you are blustery or mellow, here’s a neck wrap that will keep you warm with style!
Twirling Leaf Scarf
[pinit] This is a great skill-building design, yet is rhythmical to knit and fun to wear! I knit two samples, one short and one very long. It's the kind of design that you can just knit until your yarn is used up, if you want to, and not worry about the length. Cascade Yarns Eco Peruvian wool yarn is used in the long version and Patons Grace is used, double, in the shorter version.
Shaped Accessories – Scarves, Belts & Neckties
|[pinit]These accessories were adapted from my pattern, 2 Shaped Belts, originally designed for my Curvaceous Cables book, published in 2005.I have reworked the two shapes in newer, more exciting and interesting Cascade Yarns, as their original yarns are no longer available.I've also expanded their applications, so depending on the yarn used, either design could be a scarf, belt, or necktie. In the lighter weight yarns, the necktie can be used as a hair accessory - the choice is totally up to you. Naturally, these quick-to-knit projects make great gifts!|
Twin Rib Warmer Set (updated)
This design is practical, yet stylish and easy to work up. The neck warmer is shaped through a change in needle size, to create the gentle shoulder flare.
The wrist warmers are in 2 sizes and shaped with a thumb gusset. The fan stitch crochet edging softens the vertical lines and adds femininity.
This design was originally sampled in hand-dyed Targhee wool and cashmere yarns. As these yarns are no longer available, I wanted to re-sample the design in Cascade Yarns beautiful new Cloud and Eco Cloud yarns.These yarns are very soft, yet, due to their cabled structure, give a slightly terrycloth-like fabric.
The neck warmer is in one size, and the wrist warmers are offered in two sizes. One hank makes the set what a great way to have luxury accessories on a budget, and be able to make sets as gifts!
In The Loop Scarf
[pinit] This is another great skill-building design. The lace pattern consists of 3 simple stitches which are repeated on every row. The quirky construction makes the fabric reversible, so the fabric peeking through the keyhole openings on both sides of the scarf never show a wrong side. Whether chunky and casual, silky and elegant, or romantically light as a feather, this scarf can complement any outfit. So, knit it short, knit it long, knit it fine, knit it thick - the design is very adjustable. Samples show Medium, Long, and Even Longer lengths. Samples are knit in Cascade Yarns Dolce, Kid Seta and Cotton Rich DK (used double), showing a wide variety of textures, drapes and thicknesses. Flair is just 2 skeins away!
Crochet Flower Capelet
[pinit] This is a lovely accessory, to cover the shoulders on a cool summer's eve. It is quick and easy to make, and has no finishing! Each motif is joined to the others on its last round. After blocking it, just run the ribbon through it and wear it! After I designed the pentagon motif (with a central flower), I discovered that, when they were joined together a certain way, they created a curve - the perfect curve to drape around shoulders. This capelet is made using just 2 hanks of Oasis Yarn Aussi Wool Worsted (doubled), a soft Australian wool yarn, which come in beautiful solid colors.
Fan Stitch Crochet Scarf & Beaded Pin
[pinit] This design is quick and easy to work up. There are two styles of beading used in the design. The pin uses the hook-on method, where a bead is hooked onto each finished stitch, as you crochet. The scarf fringe uses the pre-strung method, but there’s only 23 beads strung onto the yarn for each fringe. Each fringe is worked separately, so there’s not a lot of prestringing to do at one time. The yarns used are very soft and are ideal for wearing around the neck – Targhee wool, which is as soft as Merino and Cashmere, the queen of softness! These accessories would make wonderful gifts, as they are quick to make, yet unique and elegant.
Fan Stitch Capelet
[pinit] This capelet is warm, stylish ,and easy to crochet. The size of the fans decrease from the shoulders to the neck, so that the capelet sits comfortably on the shoulders and hugs the neck. It stays on the shoulders even when the pewter clasp is undone! I used Peace Fleece Worsted as I love the heather and tweed colors. The mohair content also makes this yarn special. Or you can use your favorite heavy worsted weight yarn.
Flower Basket Purse
[pinit] This adorable spring purse is a quick knit and crochet project! The flower embellishment and picot mesh strap are crocheted in Patons Soy Wool Stripes, a wool and bamboo blend yarn. The long color lengths within this striping yarn create a subtle movement from one color to the next. The purse body is knit in a basket weave stitch pattern in a solid color to either contrast or coordinate with one of the colors in the striped yarn.
Crochet Mini bags
[pinit] These bags are the perfect size for a cell phone or car keys, credit card and lipstick! The magnetic snaps keep the top opening secure. The bags are easy to crochet and come in 3 styles - a basic bag with shoulder strap, a bag with a buckled adjustable long strap, and a bag with buttoned adjustable long strap and a shaped bag bottom. Each bag uses only 2 balls of Heirloom Breeze, a cotton/wool/lycra blend stretch yarn that's comfortable to work with.
Lace Neck Snuggle
[pinit] This is another great skill-building design. I took an every-row lace edging stitch pattern, mirror-imaged it and then inserted knit (not purled) wrong-side rows, for a reversible garter stitch and lace fabric. Samples are knit in Cascade Yarns Dolce, used double, and Kid Seta, used triple. Knitting with 3 strands of this yarn couldn't be easier. The kid mohair in the Kid Seta wants to cling to itself, so the strands work as one. Whether chunky and casual or romantically light as air, this scarf can complement any outfit. So, knit it short and shirr it around your neck for some youthful style, or knit it long to wear traditionally wrapped - the wear options are yours
Double Knot Cable Scarves
[pinit] This scarf has two versions, a straight-edged version, and my favorite, the shaped-edge version. Cables undulate. Their curves beckon to be noticed, and how better to notice them than to not have anything else surrounding them! Though the shaping occurs on the wrong side rows, alleviating some of the right side row work, this stitch pattern is not one that can be knit in one's sleep. Its beauty, though, is definitely worth the extra attention needed. And the 100% cashmere yarn makes the journey a very enjoyable one. Knit this luscious scarf for yourself or as a gift for a very special friend. It will become your favorite!
Budding Oak Scarf
[pinit] This is a great skill-building design. Skills are aquired through repetition, which teaches our hands and minds. This doesn't mean that a skill-building design is, therefore, boring to knit or wear! This design keeps your attention, even through the repeats. The main techniques used are exterior cable shaping, lifted increases and bobbles. Other techniques include Long Tail CO in purl and cabling without a needle. I knit two long scarves, to wear alone or together, in Cascade Yarns Eco Peruvian wool yarn.
Interlocking Cable Hat
[pinit] Since designing the Interlocking Cable Socks, years ago, I've been wanting to use the cable pattern in other designs. It suits a hat perfectly. Two sizes are workable, through a change in needle size. The hats were sampled in Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazareth, a 100% domestic wool yarn. Both sizes uses less than one skein each.
new Pillbox with Roll Brim
[pinit] I have been wanting to rework my Pillbox hat design for a long time, and include girls' sizes. So when I finally began the samples, I decided to also rework the ladies' samples in the same lovely yarns, but in more adult colors. The crocheted rose instructions are also included! The ladies' version is super bulky weight, as in the original pattern, but the girls' version is offerred in 2 weights: bulky and superbulky. The Cascade Yarns Eco+ and Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted yarns come in a wide array of colors and the texture of the Plymouth Yarn Alpaca Boucle is wonderful. The original Pillbox pattern, sampled in Bartlettyarns' Fisherman Bulky, is included at the end of the pattern.
2 Shaped Headbands
[pinit] These 2 headband designs are from my Curvaceous Cables Collection - How to Shape a Cable's Inner and Outer Edges. The curving outer edges add visual interest to a quick-to-knit accessory.
Simply Lovely Beaded Hat & Scarf
[pinit] This design is pure feminine luxury! Super soft yarns and glass beads knit into a delicate, slip stitched cable pattern create an elegant design with texture and shine. The hat and scarf are knit in Garden Yarns heavy worsted weight 100% cashmere in natural and hand-dyed colors. The beads were chosen to coordinate with the tone of the yarn, which adds luminosity to the design. Garden Yarns 100% Soft Targhee Wool is another yarn option for this design. The beading is easy to do, as the beads are hooked onto the stitches, as you knit. So, these accessories won't take long to knit and would make a lovely gift for that special person or a treat for yourself.
[pinit] These ladies' mittens come in tons of options: 2 weights of yarn, 2 and 3 color Houndstooth patterning, up to 3 sizes, and 2 thumb styles. They are sampled in Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 and 128 Solids and Tweeds. Make a fun pair of mittens for yourself or for a gift!
Spring Lace Wrap
[pinit] This V-shaped shawl is not difficult to knit, but it will keep your attention! The 2-row stitch pattern is adapted from Barbara Walker's Charted Knitting Designs. The shawl needs no edging, unless you desire one - as knit, it is non-curling. In this lovely alpaca yarn, it is a luscious coverup for cool spring days and summer evenings. It is sampled in Kraemer Yarns Alpaca, a 100% North American alpaca yarn, in a DK wt.
Alsacian Scallops Scarf & Mittens
[pinit] The motif in the scarf and mittens is a slightly adapted version of a counterpane motif inMary Walker Phillips' Knitting Counterpanes. I am glad Mary included it in her collection, as it's a lovely, sculptural motif. The scarf is made from two panels that are grafted (Kitchener Stitch) at the center. The mittens were a natural accompaniment to the scarf. The thumb gussets are on the palm, for maximum hand movement, and more ease throughout the hand. The yarn I chose to use is produced by a small cooperative of sheep farmers in West Virginia Helvetia Shepherds Association. Settled by Swiss and German immigrants in 1869, many descendents in Helvetia carry on the crafts of their forebears. This yarn is natural and rich with lanolin. I have chosen to briefly pre-wash the yarn prior to knitting, which keeps some lanolin in the yarn, but fluffs it up enough for easier knitting.
[pinit] I've always loved flowers, and floral brooches are popular, so the two fit well. My aim was to make the flowers look more realistic than some I've seen. In this pattern, the Lilac Brooch comes closest to that goal. The Rose and Sunflower are both easy to do. The beading at the center of the sunflower is stitched on afterwards-- so there's no threading or hooking on beads. The Lilac is a bit more complex, but do-able for a intermediate knitter or even an eager beginner. It looks far more complicated than it actually is to make, as the pieces are knit separately, then joined.
Alpaca Boucle Kimono Jacket & Purse
[pinit] This jacket is an easy shape to wear and knit; just stockinette and seed stitch. What makes it fabulous is the simple kimono style with waist shaping, the smooth, short-row construction method for the sleeves and the wonderful Alpaca Boucle yarn from Plymouth Yarns. Striped, color-blocked, or a solid color, this jacket is cozy and fabulous!
[pinit] I designed this purse to replicate the shape of a small black leather purse I have used regularly for several years. It has simple lines, with shaped side panels. The bottom of the bag and the strap is in a tight single crochet for strength, and in a darker, coordinating color, for practical purposes! Pattern is in charts (color!) and text.
Buckled Up Bags
[pinit] This pattern has 2 bag options – purse or tote. It also has 2 buckle options and 2 color options, so that knitters can further personalize their bag. The cable and seed stitch pattern adds dimension and texture. The yarn I used for these bags is Bartlettyarns Fisherman Bulky wool yarn, for the bag body, and Bartlettyarns 2-ply wool yarn, used double, for the straps. The bag is fulled in the washer and dryer, before adding the straps. By all means, don't limit yourself to the colors I've chosen. The Fisherman Bulky now comes in 11 colors and the 2-ply comes in 74 solids, heathers and raggs. Make subtle or colorful bags, to your pleasing!
Shaped Aran Headband
[pinit] I love to wear headbands in winter, rather than hats, so when I started to design the accessories to coordinate with the Zipped-Up Aran Tunic, a headband naturally came to mind. The honeycomb pattern is ideal for covering the ears, because of its natural depth. The back of neck is a narrower twisted ribbing. Knit tightly in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, for warmth!
Wild Ripple Warmer
[pinit] This is a fun accessory with its wild animal colors enlivened with shots of bright color, in a zig zaggy stitch pattern, which ruffles ever so slightly around the body when worn. Trendy pieces should always be quick to knit, and this one is no exception - a weekend is all it takes, using 3 strands of yarn on large needles. The cheetah sample (pink edging) is knit using 2 shades of Cascade Yarns Eco and 1 strand of Cascade 220. The snow leopard sample (blue edging) uses 3 shades of Eco.
Woven Herringbone Tote
[pinit] This tote weds classic colors with a classic herringbone design. The changing bands of color add interest to the easy-to-work 4-row pattern repeat. The crocheted bottom and straps add needed strength and durability, which is further enhanced by the fulling of the tote. Exactly how much fulling is up to you! The sample's dimensions show slight fulling. I've used a shed antler button, which compliments the tote's coloring, but, you could insert a zipper, instead! Knit and enjoy!
Tree of Life Accessories
[pinit] These accessories are ideal on which to learn the fair isle technique, as the Tree of Life motif is used as an accent, rather than an allover pattern, as in the sweater. I offer a headband pattern, as I don't wear hats, but do love earmuffs! Socks and mittens finish the set.
Maine Raglan Jacket & Mittens
[pinit] This raglan cardigan was designed for everyday wear. It has textural interest, without being complicated to knit, and its easy shape will look good on wearers of many sizes. It's neutral coloring will go with almost any outfit and be a comfortable, classic addition to your wardrobe. Knowledge of steeking is needed , tho one could opt to work the jacket back and forth.