Monday, October 10, 2016

Knitscene Winter 2016

Have you seen the latest Knitscene magazine? Winter 2016 edition has FĂȘte Cardigan designed by me, pictured on page 26 and 27. 

Knitscene Winter 2016

It's a top down, raglan sleeved cardigan with lots of pretty cables and a touch of lace too.

FĂȘte Cardigan

If you plan to knit this cardigan, I've created a tutorial for the pkyk stitch that is only available to newsletter subscribers. Sign up for my newsletter and you will find a link to the tutorial inside the October edition emailed on October 12th.

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There are lots of beautiful patterns in this magazine, so I hope you check them all out!

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Two New Hats

September has been a busy month for me ... Not only organizing my 2 teenagers to get them ready to go back to college, but also on the knitting front.

Two new hat patterns are available on Ravelry and Love Knitting websites.

First up is Strolling Hat ... a pretty leaf and cable pattern is worked on this slouchy hat. I used cashmere fingering weight yarn so the hat is super soft. My daughter stole it from me already!

Strolling Hat

This is Burghal Hat .... I used to do a lot of quilting and still do a bit of sewing occasionally, but knitting has taken over my life. I saw this beautiful, modern quilt and thought it would make a bold knit hat. Worked in 4 colours of fingering weight yarn, I used Blacker Yarns 4ply Classic for this version. Head over to Ravelry to see the colours two of my testers used.  

Burgal Hat

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Crochet Designs

I'm so excited to let you know that I have 2 new crochet designs published in the October Issue of I Like Crochet.

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Japanese Maple Pillow is worked with 4 colours of Cascade 220 yarn using Spike Stitch to create the "leaves". Buttons on the back flap allow the pillow form to be removed for washing. By combining any 4 colours of yarn, this pillow could be made for any season.

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This pillow finished to 18" square.

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Falling Leaves Baby Blanket is my second pattern available at I Like Crochet. Also worked with 4 colours of yarn, I used Berroco Vintage wool/acrylic yarn. Machine washable which is a bonus for baby stuff. 

Use red, pink, purple and white for a more feminine blanket or blues, purple and white for the little boys in your life.

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This blanket finishes at 36" square but can be easily made larger or smaller.

Find the entire October Issue on the I Like Crochet website!

Happy Crocheting!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Cascade Yarns Anthem

I have another design accepted into the I Like Crochet online magazine for February 2017. Yeah!! It's a throw/lap blanket worked with 3 colors of worsted weight yarn. This time around I chose Cascade Yarns newer offering, Anthem. It's 100% acrylic so perfect for baby and kids stuff. 

Nature has the best colour palettes 

Cascade Yarns Anthem100% Acrylic; 186 yards [170 meters]/100 grams

Comes in 33 beautiful colours and it's soft and definitely not acrylic like. No squeaking on the hook when I use it.

Size I/9 (5.5mm) hook makes a nice drapy fabric. I'm getting 13 double crochets in 4 inches.

Cascade Yarns Anthem

Colours are Emerald 032, Cockatoo 033, and Apricot Blush 001.

I'll let you know how it washes up, but I'm thinking it will look just like it does before washing.

Don't forget to sign up for your subscription to I Like Crochet which is on sale from August 29th through September 4th for $19.97. 

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For that price you get 6 issues (one year) with at least 30 patterns per issue and all the back issues (16 of them). That's a lot of patterns for $19.97.

Happy Crocheting!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Three Little Birds Pouch

As some of you may already know, I like to quilt as well as knit, crochet, and spin. One can never have too many hobbies!

I recently made this adorable quilted pouch for a wonderful friend who had her birthday in July. Three Little Birds Pouch was originally a Japanese kit and Priscilla from Stitch Publications translated it into English. It's a wonderful quick project that turns out fabulous!

You can find the pattern on Willow Lane Quilting Company for $11.95.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Working Cables In The Round

Have you ever tried working a simple cable in the round? How do you keep track of which round you are on so the cables are crossed consistently? 

I've tried counting rounds but could never figure out exactly which round the cable was crossed on. I've also tried those "click" type row/round counters and would get a few stitches past the beginning of the round and think .... "Did I click it or not" (I have a very, very short memory)!

Following are a couple of ways I keep track ....

If I'm working a hat for example with multiple cables that all cross on the same round I usually use this funky row/round counter (I found it on Etsy a long time ago). Each ring counts one round and the beaded loop counts each 10th round for a total of 100 rounds.

Row/Round counter found on Etsy

If, for instance, the pattern I'm using crosses the cables every 5th round, I would do so when the counter is at 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. rounds. Not too difficult? 

Place marker on first ring after first cable cross.

Work rounds in pattern until fifth ring is on the needle.
Cross cables on this round.

Work even until 10th ring on needle ... cross cables again on this round.
Continue in this manner and your cables will be even.

What if I have cables that all cross at different times? It could be very confusing to figure out which rounds to cross a specific cable. 

For example, the cable on the sleeves (worked in the round) of this pullover has a cable that crosses at odd intervals. 

Cable on sleeve worked at odd intervals

In this case, I use a removable marker to keep track of how many rounds I've worked since the last cable cross. 

Insert marker through stitch on round cable is crossed

Work even and count rounds worked from the marker to the current round
(2 rounds worked above)

Here 7 rounds worked and ready to work cable round

After cable is worked, remove marker and insert it into the new stitch

Work even until round for next cable cross
(1 round worked above)

After cable worked, remove marker and insert it into the new stitch

Continue in this manner (working cable cross and inserting marker into new stitch) and you won't have to wonder if it's time to cross that cable.

Happy Knitting!

Note: Here's a similar row/round counter on Etsy (Knitting Row Counter by WychwoodDreams). It counts up to 110 rows/rounds.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Newsletter Signup

I'm starting a newsletter ... yeah! Or maybe your thinking "Oh no, not more email"! 

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I promise not to send out many emails ... at most one or two per month and probably fewer than that, if my blog writing in the past is any indication.

What will be in the newsletter ... 

Updates on new patterns and where they've been published, probably a coupon code for a discount on a pattern exclusively for you as a subscriber, maybe even free patterns.
As a thank you for signing up I will email you a code to 
receive my Caprea Hat pattern for free on Ravelry. 
You don't need an account there to use the code and get the pattern emailed to you.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August Accessory SALE

In the northern hemisphere, August tends to be the hottest month of the year. Here in the pacific northwest though, it never gets really hot and typically is upper 70s to low 80s (25C to 30C) with low humidty. Most other places it is too hot to be knitting or crocheting on large projects.

Hat Patterns on Ravelry

Now is the perfect time to cast on one of my smaller accessories and what better incentive than a SALE.

Purchase 2 of my accessory patterns and receive a 3rd one free. 

Simple head over to Ravelry and place 3 accessory patterns in your cart and $4.00 will be discounted off the price (no coupon needed). Sale valid for the month of August 2016.

Sock Patterns on Ravelry

I hope you are finding a spare moment somewhere cool to knit or crochet your favourite project!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: August Issue of I Like Crochet

The August Issue of I Like Crochet has been out for a few weeks now. Have you looked at the new patterns? There are some really cute ones.

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My most favourite of this issue is the Owl See You At School by Kristi Simpson. Any little girl or boy would be adorable bringing this bag to thier first day of school. It uses mostly double crochet but has crocodile stitch on the outside pocket to give it some texture.

Owl See You At School by Kristi Simpson

This Boho Tote by Nanette Seale is also very fashionable. These colours work very well together and create a very "beachy" feel. The bag is worked in single crochet with instructions for the mandala as well.

Boho Tote by Nanette Seale

There are many more patterns in this issue, so go check them out.

August Issue of I Like Crochet

Happy Crocheting!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Updated Patterns

I've finally updated my Carry On Hat and Fingerless Mitts patterns with new, easier to read charts and my updated layout. 

These patterns were created in 2013 and I didn't have any charting software at that time so I used excel which isn't really optimal for charts.

Find these patterns on Ravelry, Patternfish, and LoveKnitting websites.

Happy Knitting!