Saturday, November 30, 2013

sneak peek.

This crochet pattern has been in the works forever....

Originally, this started out as a baby blanket. I wanted to incorporate some word art into a design, so I came up with the idea of a basket weave, baby blanket with the word "DREAM" worked in popcorn stitch and framed by horizontal cables. I pictured a sweet, little, baby blanket all worked up in a fingering weight organic cotton. I invested quite a bit of time working out the numbers, and graphing the letters but what seemed perfect on paper, as you can see from the picture below, did not translate well when crocheted.
The post stitches on the basket weave section of the baby blanket worked out to be narrower then the popcorn panel making for a misshaped blanket. I thought about tearing it all out and salvaging the yarn, but I left it, just in case, and I'm glad that I did. Last year when I got into cabled owls I came up with the idea to switch out the popcorn panel and add in it's place a row of adorable owls. I was worried about buttons for little ones, so I chose instead to work the blanket up in a worsted weight yarn making for a beautiful decorative throw, or lapghan, perfect to snuggle up in while watching TV.
The crochet pattern for this cozy throw should be ready soon!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

new crochet pattern - morning frost cowl by tara schreyer.

Morning Frost Cowl - Tunisian Crochet Pattern (PDF)  - INSTANT DOWNLOAD

Skill Level: Easy Plus

This tunisian stitch cowl is light and airy and sparkles in the sunlight. It reminds me of the hoar frost that lingers on the trees on a crisp winter morning. This is a beautiful simple cowl that snuggles around your neck but is wide enough that it can also be pulled up to be worn like a snood.

The cowl is made up using simple tunisian crochet stitches and the pattern includes figure pictures to assist with some of the stitch placements.

Finished measurement:
25.5" circumference x 14.5" high

(Purchase this pattern and receive 20% off by entering the coupon code "morningfrost20" at the checkout!
Offer valid until Monday - December 9th, 2013) 


Monday, November 18, 2013

sneak peek.

I have been working at some tunisian crochet again and this squishy cowl is my result. It bunches perfectly around the neck but also high enough that you can pull it up around your ears on those crisp days. We are getting some of those days already this year  : (

It won't be long before the pattern will be released and you will be able to have your very own "Morning Frost Cowl". 


Friday, November 15, 2013

new crochet pattern - french twist cowl by kim miller.

Skill Level: Intermediate

This is a fun crochet project that works up surprisingly fast!!! This Möbius cowl is worked from the center outward in a continuous, figure 8 loop. Also, the pattern is a 4 row repeat, so although it is easy to memorize there's lots going on to keep you interested. It is such an addictive pattern that the hardest part will be to make just one!

This crochet pattern calls for 1¾ skeins of Cascade Yarns® Eco Duo [100 g (3.5 oz)/180 meters (197 yds) per skein], which is an aran weight (4). This well written pattern includes tons of illustrations to help you to successfully complete your project.

The crochet instructions are written for one size only, but a multiple has been included making it easy for you to adjust the size, or to experiment with different weight yarns. The finished cowl measures approximately 33 cm (13”) in width and 33 cm (13”) in length.

I should warn you, your friends and family are all going to want you to make one for them!

(Purchase this pattern and receive 20% off by entering the coupon code "frenchtwistcowl20" at the checkout!
Offer valid until Friday - November 29th, 2013) 

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kim and tara.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

sneak peek.

Sometimes the hardest part of designing crochet patterns is coming up with a new name, but now that my daughter is taking a hairdressing course I've discovered a whole range of hairdressing terms to tap into. It just so happens that as I was working on this design for a möbius cowl, my daughter was learning how to do a French Twist in hairdressing school. As I was crocheting and listening to my daughter explain how to do a French Twist, I started thinking.....hmmmmm....."French Twist" what a great name for my new cowl design.

The crochet pattern for the French Twist Cowl is so close to being ready for publication that I almost wasn't going to do a sneak peek.


Friday, November 8, 2013

the joys of working with a live model.

With the shorter days and the overcast skies, I needed something to make me smile. These pictures definitely did the trick for me, so I'm posting them with hopes that they add a little sunshine to your day and bring a smile to your face :) If you click on the link below each picture you can see the pictures that I chose to publish with the pattern. Enjoy!

Button-Up Cowl - Crochet Pattern

Drawstring Slouch - Crochet Pattern

Vintage Inspired Felted Cloche - Crochet Pattern

Monday, November 4, 2013

new crochet pattern - button scarf by kim miller.


Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

You can crochet this beautiful scarf and get the classic look of a handmade sweater without the added bulk! This scarf features a rolled, ribbed collar and 2 front button closures so it stays secure...keeping you warm and toasty!

This well written crochet pattern calls for 2 skeins of Berroco Vintage which is a worsted weight (4) yarn, [100 g (3.5 oz)/200 meters (217 yds) per skein]. The pattern calls for a 5.00 mm (H) crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge), and a 5.50 mm (I) crochet hook. The pattern uses the following stitches: single crochet, half double crochet, and single crochet 2 together. A stitch counter is recommended, but not necessary.

The finished scarf measures 138.4 cm (54 ½”) long and 12.7 cm (5”) wide, and comfortably fits a 30.5 cm (12”) to a 42 cm (16.5”) sized neck.
(Purchase this pattern and receive 20% off by entering the coupon code "buttonscarf20" at the checkout!
Offer valid until Monday - November 18th, 2013)