Trip Trap Wrap

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Introducing my Trip Trap Wrap. This can be found in the Spring 2016 issue of Crochet! magazine.

The yarn is Premier Yarns Wool Free Sock Stripes in color #4204 Farm Stand and takes 5 skeins of this yarn. You'll need a size F/5/3.75mm hook, or the the size that works for you to make gauge, and a yarn needle.

The construction of this shawl is very interesting, as you can see from the (blurry, sorry) flat photo above. These are trapezoids that continue one from the other, so there is no seaming involved.

This was an interesting yarn to use for the project. It was extremely stretchy! It would make an excellent sock yarn, I'm sure!

If you make this shawl I would love to see photos of the finished shawl! You can share them on Ravelry, or on my Facebook page!

Happy stitching!


Zinnia Cap and Slouch Hat

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Introducing my Zinnia Cap and Slouch Hat. I'm so excited to have this design out! This pattern is found in the new Interweave Crochet Accessories 2016. This hat is made of square motifs. I've found that square motifs make a pretty nice hat. Our heads aren't cube-shaped, but this hat is, and the stretch of crochet allows it to fit nicely on your head. You can make the fitted version with 5 motifs, or the slouch version with 9 motifs. You can make a wide band as on the left, or just single row of sc as on the right.

Whichever color you seam with, will show through when you stretch the hat out on your head, so use a color if you want your seams to show. Use white if you don't want them to show. The yarn is Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool; 220 yds or 200 m per skein). I used colors #910A winter white, #821 daffodil, #1940 peach, and #1960 pacific. One skein of each color is enough to make both a fitted and slouch hat, or two fitted hats.

When I get these two hats back, I'll keep one for myself and give the other to one of my daughters. That will be kind of fun to have matching, but still slightly different, hats. You could make a set for yourself and a friend, daughter, mother, or sister.

Interesting things about this last photo...the hats are wrong side out. Oops! That happens sometimes. When you don't have the designer there for the photo shoot, and if they've done a very good job of keeping the wrong side neat, you don't always know. This is not the first time I've seen a published photo wrong side out.

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Anyhow...I first designed this hat a few years ago when I was gearing up for a book proposal. That proposal didn't pan out, and it turned out to be a really bad time for me to do a book, so it's a good thing that it didn't work out. But this was one of the designs in the proposal. Here is my original hat done in Cascade 220 Superwash Sport #812 Turquoise, #821 Daffodil, #807 Raspberry, and #871 White.


What colors will you use for your hat? I look forward to seeing lots of these completed. This is a design that I'm really proud of, and so pleased how it turned out! Please share photos of your finished Zinnia hat or cap on my Facebook page or on Ravelry. I love seeing FOs from my patterns!

Happy stitching!


Brassica Scarf

Today I'm here to share my Brassica Scarf. The yarn you see here is the lovely Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts 100% Superwash Merino Wool 3 ply fingering/sock. There are 372 yds [340 m] to a skein. I offer this in two different lengths: Standard 6" x 65 1/2" or Extra-long 6" x 77 1/2". The standard length uses one skein of each color, the extra-long requires 2 skeins of the main color plus 1 skein of the accent color. I used French Lilac for the main color and Beaujolais Nouveau for the accent color.

The scarf begins at one long edge and is worked in a textured ripple stitch. Post stitches provide the texture. No worries though, this is really a pretty easy stitch pattern. If you've never tried post stitches, check out my "Post Stitch Post". After completing several rows of the main stitch pattern, you complete the scarf by edging just one side with a complementary edging. I really love asymmetry and unexpected details, such as this one-sided edging.

I actually wore this scarf out and about today and loved how it completed my outfit.

You should definitely hop on over to the Ancient Arts website and see all the lovely colors that they have to offer! Pick out two of your favorites today and make this beautiful scarf. It will be your new favorite for the season! Available on Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy for just $3.00!


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. 


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!


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!


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!


Cumulus Cowl

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Today I have the pleasure of showing you one of my latest designs, "Cumulus Cowl" published in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2015. I seriously cannot wait to get this sample back from the publisher. I'm hoping I'll have it back before winter sets in. This cowl is so warm!

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Now, you can see that the stylist decided to have the model wear this as a stole, and that can work if you are fairly small, and believe me it will be cozy. I did, however, mean for this to be a very chunky cowl, so I guess it is a very versatile piece that you can wear many ways. In addition to doubling as a stole, it has an interesting texture on both sides, so it is reversible as well. The top two pictures show it on both sides. If you can zoom into those, you'll see the difference. The next photo just below shows one side closer, and the bottom photo shows the other side closer.

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The yarn used is Cascade Yarns Magnum, which is super bulky 100% wool that comes in 123 yd skeins. You'll need 3 of these deliciously soft skeins and a 15 mm/Q hook to make this fast-finish accessory. Start today and you could have it finished before the week is over.

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In this last photo you can see the very visible diagonal join. While making this, I thought about trying to find a less-visible way to join the rounds, but I decided I rather liked this feature. I'm guessing that the publisher liked it as well since they decided to photograph it. I can see wearing this cowl with the join showing since it adds another interesting line to the piece.

When you finish yours please share your photos on my Facebook page and/or Ravelry! I love seeing photos of finished projects from my patterns!

Happy stitching!