Tuesday, February 28

Touch the Sky - a shawl to crochet

Touch the Sky is a generous, crescent shaped shawl that is fast and easy to crochet in an easy two row repeat. Make it in one color, pair a neutral with scraps for stripes, or use a yarn with a long color run. Work the edging in a contrasting or complimentary color.

This shawl can be made with any weight of yarn you like by changing the hook size to suit the yarn. It’s easy to make it the size you desire. My testers worked this shawl in a sport, worsted and fingering/sock weight yarns.

The pictured shawl was made with 445 yards of DK weight yarn for the body and 62 yards for the edging. I used Yarn Bee Urban Chic in gray. (I removed all the brightly colored section and magic knotted the yarn together.) The edging yarn was Yarn Bee Mimosa in tuquoise.

Blocked this shawl measures 69” neckline x 21.5” deep. I wet blocked it for the cotton in the yarn and steam blocked it to control the acrylic yarn.

Regular price is $4.00. The 4 page pattern includes written instructions and crochet charts.

You can find the pattern for sale in my Ravelry pattern store.


Friday, February 10

Whispering Falls - a shawl to crochet

Whispering Falls is a big, slightly asymmetrical shaped shawl that is quick to crochet. Work it in one or more solid colors, a yarn with a long color run, or mini skeins, and finish by working the edging in a contrasting color.

It can easily be made smaller or larger depending on how much yarn you have. It can be made in any weight of yarn by changing the hook size to suit the yarn.

With fingering weight yarn and a size G hook, you’ll need 500 yards for the body and 67 yards for the border to make a blocked shawl that measured 76” neckline x 49.5” last row x 64” lower edge.

The 4 page pattern includes written instructions and crochet charts.

Twirlish scarf to knit

Twirlish is a scarf knit in the round in an easy diagonal lace pattern that begins and ends with a few rounds of ribbing. You can make it as short or long or as narrow or wide as you like with however much yarn you have. I’ll show you how to use up all of your yarn.

The pictured cowl was knit with 98 yards of Aran weight yarn (27” around x 5.5” tall) and the long scarf with 220 yards of yarn (54” around x 9” wide) using a size 9 (5.5 mm) circular knitting needle. It’s easy to adjust this pattern to use whatever weight of yarn you have in your stash by changing the knitting needles to suit the yarn and adjusting the number of stitches you cast on. Pattern price is $3.00. Find the pattern in my Ravelry pattern store.

All proceeds from this pattern will be donated to the Mercy Corp.

Tuesday, November 8

Revolve - a scarf to crochet

Revolve is a long scarf that is worked in spiral rounds of crochet. It's a very easy scarf that whips up in no time. Working in the back loop gives a nice line look to the front of the scarf and a different texture to the other side. It is long enough to be wrapped around your neck twice of placed over your head as a hood. This is the type of pattern that you can use up every bit of yarn in your skein.
This long version of the scarf was made with about 350 yards of Caron Cakes in the Funfetti colorway. Any worsted weight or Aran weight yarn with a size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook. My finished scarf measures 70" around x 9" wide. You can get a narrower scarf out of 175-200 yards of yarn.

My testers liked this pattern so much that most of them made both sizes and were talking about making more for gifts.
Or make a small cowl type scarf with about 100-150 yards. I used 100 yards of Red Heart Gumdrop for this 26" around x 6" high cowl.

This scarf is easy to adapt to any weight of yarn by changing the hook size to suit your yarn and changing the number of stitches that you start with for a longer or shorter scarf/cowl.

The 3 page patterns features written instructions and a crochet chart. Instructions are given for joining to work in a spiral round (and not joined rounds). Pattern price is $4.00 in my Ravelry store.

Monday, October 24

Flaming Feathers Shawl to crochet - 1 skein wonder!

Check out my newest design!

Flaming Feathers Shawl is a crescent shaped shawl that is quick-to-hook with one 400 yard skein of sock yarn and a size G (4 mm) crochet hook. The pictured shawl was made from one skein of Sweet Georgia Cashluxe Fine in the evergreen colorway. Blocked, my shawl measured 60” neckline x 18” deep at center back.

I designed this as a challenge to see if I could get a decent sized shawl out of a 400 yards skein of sock yarn. :-) How many of us have this size skein of yarn sitting in our stash! It worked!

The shawl is very easy to make larger. Simply work the body until you use up 50% of your yarn before you begin the flame and feather border. If you have more yarn you can also make the body wider and the border deeper.

Use any weight of yarn you like by changing the hook size to suit your yarn. The size of your shawl depends on how many yards you have, the fiber you use, and how severely you block your shawl.

The pattern is featured in Yarn Crush’s Holiday Gift Box. You can read more about it and how to order a box on Ravelry. http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/yarn-crush/3516904/1-25#6 or here

Yarn Crush Holiday Box

The four page pattern includes line-by-line written instructions, crochet charts, and tips for making the shawl larger. Pattern price is $5.00.

Monday, July 11

Pleasant Hill Shawl to crochet

Pleasant Hill is my latest crochet design. I named it after the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill in Kentucky. Hubby and I visited there years ago and stayed overnight. I've always wanted to go back. It's a beautiful and peaceful place to visit if you are ever in the area.

This shawl can be worked as a half circle (see blue shawl below) or a 9 petal larger shawl (shown above courtesy of my tester Anita). It's worked from the top down. It is an asymmetric design that is fast to crochet and a little more challenging. The half circle shawl has 7 petals and 8 floral inserts at the edge. One of my testers told me that the flowers look like thistles. I have to agree!

The half circle shawl requires about 550 yards of fingering/sock weight yarn and a size G (4 mm) crochet hook. The 9 petal shawl uses about 650-700 yards of fingering/sock weight yarn. Finished the blocked size is about 58" along the neckline x 26" deep. The 9 petal is about the same size with a little more to wrap around your shoulders.

I like this design so much that I am making a circular version of this shawl with some lace weight yarn and size F crochet hook.

I would recommend using a solid color, a tone-on-tone yarn, or one with a long color run. This 7 page pattern includes written line-by-line instructions and two crochet charts. The price for this pattern is $6.00 in my Ravelry pattern store.

Thursday, June 9

Soaring Above - a shawl to crochet

Introducing my newest crochet design -- Soaring Above.

This big crescent shaped shawl is fast and easy to crochet. It looks stunning made up in mini skeins or a gradient yarn.

The body is an easy mesh stitch that can be made as wide as you like before adding the wide leaf/feather border. The border is 6 rows but can be shortened to 4 rows or made as long as you like by adding more rows.

I’d recommend 300-400 yards for the body and the same amount for the border (more for a deeper border).

My blue shawl used 400 yards for the body and 355 yards for the six row border. Blocked is measures 100” along the neckline x 23” deep at center back.

This five page pattern includes written instructions and crochet charts for the body and border. It sells for $5.00 in my Ravelry pattern store.