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Birdhouse Patterns of the Week

Every week we’re going to share a pattern that we think you’ll love. If you purchase yarn for the project during the following week either through our online shop or in person we will gift you the pattern! Let us know when you’re purchasing the yarn quantity in person or online in the notes during checkout and share your email or ravelry name.

Patterns of the Week

beautiful bright colored crocheted shawl

Tunisian Flowers Shawl by Elena Fedotova

Tunisian Flowers is a bright little kerchief-shaped shawl, which is fun to crochet and to wear.

The design combines regular and Tunisian crochet techniques. The motif centers are made using standard double crochet stitches, while the rest of the motif is worked in Tunisian crochet. A lace edging, consisting of slip stitches and picots, gives each motif a nice border and a pretty way to join them all together. Ravelry link

YARN: This is knit in fingering weight yarn. For bright pops and economy we’d suggest Cascade Heritage.

Rock It Tee by Tanis Lavalee

Alternating stripes of fingering and mohair yarn in your favourite shade of ? This basic shape lends itself to infinite possibilities when it comes to stripes and colour blocking. Knit top down, flat until the neck shaping is complete and in the round after that. For the smaller sizes you need just one skein of fingering weight and a couple of mohair. For those of us who are more robust it will take two skeins of a delicious indie dyed yarn and three skeins of mohair and boy do we have plenty of options.

YARN: Silky Kid by Ella Rae in a bevy of colors and a host of fingering weight yarns to choose from. Perhaps a little Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere, or some Baah Yarns. We’ve lots of options.

Previous Patterns of the Week

May 14 – 20

Poison Apple by Lily Kate France (ravelry link)

Lily Kate wears poison apple design in blue

The Poisoned Apple top is worked seamlessly from the top down. The upper back is worked first in a DK weight yarn followed by the upper front in mostly your mohair yarn. Front and back stitches are then placed on the needle together to work the main body in rounds down to the waist. Optional bust darts can be added at this point.

The sleeves are worked by picking up around the armhole edge, working increases at the shoulder to create a ‘poof’, then filling in the set in sleeve ‘cap’ with short rows. A single box pleat gathers the sleeve into a ribbed cuff. The DK weight is used to pick up stitches around the neck for a ribbed neckband. Finally, a button loop is created and a button is attached to the back neck.

Choosing yarn: I would recommend choosing a DK weight yarn with plenty of body and not too much drape, as this will help the sleeves hold their shape.

The Blue House Blanket by Janie Crowfoot (ravelry link)

Blue crochet blanket thrown over chairThe main hexagonal motif used in this project was originally designed to be part of Janie’s Frida’s Flowers blanket crochet along project in 2016, however she felt it wasn’t totally right for the design, so made an alternative piece instead. Despite its omission from the project, she loves the motif and so  named it ‘Diego’s Flowers’ after Frida Kahlo’s husband Diego Rivera.

Fast forward a few years and here we are with the updated pattern, which now also includes the instructions for a matching half motif. The colours for this project were inspired by the décor of Frida & Diego’s fabulous kitchen within their home in Mexico City ‘The Blue House’, which is now a museum. The kitchen surfaces feature bright yellow and blue ceramic tiles and the painted table and chairs that sit at the centre of the room have green and red hand painted details. The large terracotta bowls and cooking pots that are placed around the room are decorated with flashes of orange and pink.

Choosing yarn: We have some fabulous Superwash Elysian by Cascade in colors that would follow Janie’s idea. Or make it a little bigger with Nifty Cotton!

April 30- May 6

Beautiful woman wears pink speckled summer sorrel knit tee shirt with yoke detail

Summer Sorrel by Wool and Pine

Summer Sorrel is a charming short-sleeved tee for effortless everyday wear. There are quite a few changes from the original Sorrel including a flattering wide-neck featuring a beautiful I-cord collar, deeper dips, short rows at the back of the neckline for a comfortable fit and a loose casual drape using one-strand of fingering weight yarn.

Construction: Knit seamlessly top-down in the round, the body of the tee is worked inside out for the ease of working in knitted stockinette stitch rather than purling!

Pattern includes written and charted instructions as well as video tutorials and written explanations for special stitches.

YARN: 

If ever there was a time to use Smooshy with Cashmere from local indie dyers Dream in Color this is it! Of course we have lots of pretty fingering weight yarn, but I think this would be scrumptious in Merry Voice or String and Key by Dream in Color.

Tucson Afghan Square by Jessica Wifall

Well, we couldn’t resist this afghan square by local crochet designer Jessica Wifall just given it’s name! But it’s free! So instead of purchasing the pattern for you we’re going to give you 10% off Nifty Cotton by Cascade, so you can choose some fabulous colors to make it in! Nifty Cotton is a yummy yarn that has the durability of cotton in cheery colors. Knitting or crocheting at a worsted weight, this yarn is a great choice for washcloths, market bags, kids clothing, baby blankets and home decor. GET MY 10% OFF NIFTY COTTON ALL WEEK

Winston Shawl by Shay Johnson

The Winston Shawl is a knit shawl with soothing sections of stockinette and honeycomb slip stitch color work. The shawl has a retro, 1970s flair. This is a two-in-one pattern, which includes instructions for a small size and large size of the shawl. The small size requires two skeins of fingering weight yarn (one of each color), while the large one requires four skeins, 2 of each color.

YARN: We suggest Chicken Coop Dyeworks for similar drape.

Viking Knot Cushion Cover by Tinna Thorudottir

For the Viking Knot Tinna sought inspiration in her Icelandic heritage and the design is based on an old Viking pattern of a continuous knot. She then simplified the pattern, with the intention of giving it a modern and more abstract look.

Despite the modern approach, the meaning is still the same and these knots and the way they are interlaced represent unity, strength and how we are all connected in past, present and future.

YARN: We’re thinking Cascade Heritage would give you bold colors and washability

Rift by Jacqui Cieslak

Rift cracks open all your assumptions about what a “basic tee” pattern should be. This lightweight, bottom-up knit includes instructions for two necklines, optional bust darts, short or long sleeves, and a custom fit bicep. The design features a slightly cropped body and a split high-low hem in twisted rib, giving it enough detailing to be interesting while maintaining a timeless simplicity.

YARN: One of Jacqui’s recommendations is Berrocco’s Remix Light and we’ve just added more colors to our stocks! Or you could go fancy with the silk/linen blend Pollock from Juniper Moon. 

Branch out Raglan by Kayla of Kay Krochets

A woman wears a crocheted sweater with a waffle texture on the front, close neck, nice drapeThe Branch Out Raglan is a lightweight, unisex sweater that is filled with drool-worthy texture. Front post stitches cover the front and back sections, creating a stunning design and back loop stitches are used throughout to provide effortless drape. The finished piece fits closely around the neck, loosely around the body, and fitted around the arms. Plus, it’s worked from the top down, so you can totally try it on as you go!

YARN: This is crochet in a sport weight, so we’re all about the lighter summer yarns for this like Berrocco Remix Lite or Pollock by Juniper Moon Farms.

 

April 10 – April 16

Spraoi by Carol Feller

This light airy cardigan is the perfect finish for your summer outfit. It is knit from the top down using raglan shoulder shaping and a gentle v-neck. The button band is integrated so when you bind off the cardigan the only finishing you will have is to sew on the buttons!

YARN: Summer Solstice by Juniper Moon is a luxurious linen/cotton blend in the sport weight suggested for this pattern.

Melissa by Vicky Chan

Woman wearing lilac crochet lace tunic over black dressWith beautiful lacy shells and a flattering scalloped V-neck, Melissa makes an irresistible crochet piece for the spring and summer. Requiring no sewing, the construction enables you to alter the body width and length, and adjust the V-neck depth and armhole size as you go. Melissa can be easily customized and turned into an equally stylish tunic or oversized beach cover-up.

YARN: Yep, the same again – Summer Solstice. We can’t wait to see your projects in this yarn!

April 3-April 9
This week we have just a knit pattern, but never fear crocheters we have a deal for you too!

Koro Koro by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. 

This slip-stitch shawl is a right-sided triangular shawl is created tip up and is worked using alternating stripes of color. All the while combining basic stitches that become intuitive and repetitive as this satisfying 3D texture begins to emerge! Addictive in its nature, you won’t be able to put your needles down until it is finished, and being a DK-weight project this shawl will be knit in a blink of an eye!

YARN: Dos Tierras by Malabrigo OR maybe try it in Juniper Moon’s Zooey for a cotton linen blend. It will take 2-3 skeins per color dependent on the yardage of the skein.

But what about the CROCHETERS?!!?!?! Never fear dear hookers or wannabe crocheters. This week we’re doing something a little different. We’re offering 10% off Cotton True Sport, Phoenix DK or Hempathy when you purchase a minimum of 3 colors and we’ll print out the free Blooming Lotus Square pattern by Therese Eghult and Inas Basymeleh.

 

I know! Another Yumiko Alexander pattern, but they’re just so perfect for our climate and apparently you all agree too! The latest knit pattern is Yumiko’s newest design, Zen Garden. Knit with 2 skeins of her Silk+ yarn

This unique scarf is a lovely accessory that can be worn with a variety of outfits – a simple tank or a turtleneck. The center of the scarf is narrow, so there is little fabric around the neck when worn. The wider sides fall over the shoulders like a shawl showing off the beautiful sheer knitted fabric.

We’re really digging the crochet pattern of the week which is called Just Breathe by CJ Brady. It seems perfect to show off an indie variegated skein.

“The Just Breathe scarf is another of my easy and relaxing crochet scarf patterns. The scarf is crocheted from side to side and starts and ends with a few stitches. Just Breathe has an asymmetrical boomerang shape, and is an easy and fast crochet project. After the first several rows, the stitch pattern is an easy four-row repeat that you can easily memorize, and then it moves to an easy two-row repeat. The rows are crocheted in diagonals, the double crochet stitches stack up on each other to form columns, and decorative points are formed on the bottom decrease edge.”

 

Both the crochet and the knit patterns this week came from local designer Yumiko Alexander of DanDoh Designs. Yumiko is based in Phoenix and designs patterns with yarn that is appropriate for warm climates.

Crochet pattern – Prism

The main stitch pattern, the Star Net Stitch pattern, is worked using basic crochet stitches — chain, single crochet and triple crochet. The edging incorporates a puff stitch.

Yumiko says, “When I saw this stitch pattern for the first time, it caught my eyes. It is so simple and beautiful. I felt “this is the reason I want to crochet”. This is the type of fabric only crochet can make, I think. I was thinking of designing a mobius cowl, combining this stitch with another stitch pattern, like my “Duality” knit cowl. But once I started working this stich pattern with DanDoh Linen yarn, it turned out to be beautiful by itself, and it became a rectangular shawl. I hope many people want to try making this beautiful crochet shawl.”

YARN – 3 Skeins of DanDoh Linen

Knit pattern – Tulip

This cardigan shows off a beautiful combination of a heavier fabric, which is knit with two strands of yarn, and a lighter fabric, which is knit with one strand of yarn.
A very charming lace pattern is used on both the back and fronts. The back is worked with two strands of yarn which makes it more like a motif. The fronts are knit with one strand of yarn, creating a delicate airy fabric. This lacy pattern is knit from the top down, and the lace becomes a recurring tulip motif when turned.

YARN – 3 Skeins of DanDoh Cotton Fine

Week starting: Friday, Mar. 12 – Thursday, Mar. 18

Anker’s Summer Shirt by PetiteKnit

Anker’s Summer Shirt is worked from the top down. The yoke is worked in sections of rib with increases in the round, followed by classic raglan increases when the stockinette stitch section begins. The sleeves are worked at the end, either on double-pointed needles or on circular needles using the Magic Loop technique. Anker’s Summer Shirt has no finishing other than weaving in ends. Begin by working a swatch to determine which needle size you need to achieve the correct gauge. Note that the swatch needs to be washed and blocked before measuring the gauge.

YARN Suggestions: Silk + by Dan Doh, Cuzco Cashmere, or Zooey

Queen CAL by Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir

A large beautiful crochet blanket that plays on the classic harlequin pattern and diamonds.

Tinna calls this an interactive pattern. You can choose the basic design is a diamond grid that is beautiful in its own right, the Simple Queen. Then you have a variation where there are some pattern fillings preset in the diamond grid, the Traditional Queen. And finally, there is the Adventurous Queen, where you can design your own version of the Queen, by arranging various different patterns that are included, inside the diamond grid.

YARN: Check out our Bamboo Pop to create a sunset version, or Cherub DK for a rainbow version, or how about a blue neutrals in Cotton True Sport? Not sure about your colors? Make a shopping appointment to compare and contrast! 

Friday, Mar. 5 – Thursday, Mar. 11, 2021

Hallgrim Scarf by Jamie McCanless

hallgrim scarfThere is something romantic about the simple, flowing lines of this design. It hints at Arts and Crafts Movement and Prairie School styles mixed with, dare I say, a touch of Lothlórien. Because the cable motifs at each end are joined by a length of pattern ribbing, the scarf can be knit to most any length. If you’re comfortable with 1×1 cables and knitting/purling through the back loop, it’s time to cast on!

YARN We love the way Jamie’s scarf looks so much we’ve set up a kit for it using the yarn he used, Urth Monokrom Worsted. But of course you can use any yarn you want too. It takes 440-620 yards of worsted weight dependent on whether you’re making the long or super long scarf. We strongly advise a tonal or solid yarn.

Falling Blossoms Shawl by Ana. D

Coming shortly!

 

Friday February 26 – Thursday, March 4, 2021

Charlie V Neck Sweater by Joji Locatelli

joji in a sweaterCharles is the perfect every-day sweater. Unstructured, un-fitted, easy going. The V-neck that I designed it for it is quite shallower than my usual V-neck, so you don’t have to worry about what you’re wearing underneath showing much. This is a great unisex pattern.

YARN: Both patterns this week hold a fingering weight with a mohair to create something truly luxurious. Try out our new fingering weight yarn, Moonshine Fine, from Juniper Moon Farms and pair it with mohair.

Wildbird Shawl by Toni Lipsey

Let yourself get carried away by a blend of airiness and texture in the Wildbird Shawl. Breeze through sections of comforting crochet stitches and lightweight mesh to reach a sea of subtle bobbles. All the while, indulge in the opulence of silk, mohair, and merino wool. After all of that satisfying stitching, wrap yourself in what will easily become your everyday luxury accessory.

YARN: Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine Fine  (or any fingering weight yarn) & mohair held together

Friday, February 19 – Thursday, February 25, 2021

Seve by Isabell Kraemer

We LOVE Isabell Kraemer patterns. They are so well written and wearable and Seve is no exception. Seve is worked seamlessly from the top down. Both the front and the back are worked in stockinette stitch with a slip stitch pattern in the center. There is no difference in shaping with this sweater which means that you can wear the wide pattern panel either way. Knitting starts with the cast on of the upper back (shoulders and neck). Once the short row shaped shoulder slope is done, the back is worked flat to underarm. To work the front to the same length, the shoulder stitches are picked up from the cast on edge of the back and the front neck is cast on. At underarm both front and back are joined to work the body top down in rounds to the bottom hem (optional split hem instructions are given). For the long sleeve version, stitches are then picked up around the arm openings to work them top down in rounds. No finishing required.

Yarn: We’re leaning toward Malabrigo Rios for this beauty, but you could also make it in Juniper Moon Farm’s Moonshine or Cascade 220.

Feather Wing Shawl by Meghan Lapp

This is a statement piece! And what a statement piece. I think the word glorious is what comes to mind. The pattern is apparently 91 pages long and includes detailed tutorials. Given it is 91 pages long and is photo heavy we’re going to save the trees and suggest you do too by not printing this one out, but use a free online app like knitCompanion or Alpaca to track your progress, oh and we want to see you modeling this beauty!

 

YARN: Any worsted weight, heavy DK. We think that a tweedy yarn or perhaps Cascade Effects  Splatter will give some of the flecks like a bird’s win. Or perhaps go for multiple colors to get your best peacock look.

Friday, February 12 – Thursday, February 18, 2021

Bee Loved by Jennifer Weissman

Bee Loved celebrates the symbiosis between blossoms and bees with slip-stitch honeycomb cells and tiny dots of pollen (that won’t make you sneeze). This sport or fingering weight scarf is knitted from one pointed end to the other and is a great way to showcase a gorgeous skein of variegated yarn. When not in use, this color can be carried invisibly in the i-cord edges, so there are very few ends to weave in.

When you’re done, you or your ‘honey’ can wrap up and feel the love!

Yarn: We suggest one of the indie dyed fingering weight yarns. The main color should be a tonal rather than a varigated and we’d suggest going for a high contrast combo. Chicken Coop Dyeworks, Dream in Color or Baah Yarns would all make a divine wrap.

Bargello Blocks Throw or Baby Blanket  
(clarify in the check out notes which pattern you want) by Michelle Westlund

Bargello is originally a type of needlepoint embroidery consisting of upright flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. It has been translated into patchwork, using the varying widths of pieces to create dramatic waves, twists and stripes.

The needlework style of bargello has been around in crochet for a while and there are many beautiful patterns out there. The patchwork style of bargello is new to crochet, and using simple stitches and a bit of maths we can mimic this vibrant, almost 3D art style.

The 3D-looking wave is created by keeping the height of each row the same (by using the dc block) but changing the width of each column (by increasing and decreasing the number of stitches). It is worked corner to corner, right to left.

The blocks on this throw are made up of 3 rows of dc, worked back and forth.

YARN: Bamboo Pop, Nifty Cotton, Walkabout are all great options dependent on what you want to use it for.

Friday, February 5 – Thursday, February 11, 2021

Make My Heart Beat by Andréanne Pérusse

Make My Heart Beat is a pretty pair of socks with a colorwork motif representing the heartbeat surrounded by little hearts! Knit each sock with the complimentary colors combo or both the same. Make 2 pairs of socks and give one pair to a person that you love, spreading the love!

Yarn: We’re all over the Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere this week for this one. Maybe Ghost Town with Charged Cherry?

Have a Heart Tote by Marken of The Hat & I

A lovely tote for the beach, park, pool, market, or just about anywhere you want to go! Have fun and look fab!

Yarn: Try Nifty Cotton for a lovely cotton yarn or Cotton True Sport and a smaller hook to create a smaller tote.

Friday, January 9- Thursday, February 4, 2021

Alma Sweater by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk – Crochet

This pattern was released today! Tatsiana Kupryianchyk is a Czech knit and crochet designer who creates stunning patterns.

Alma Sweater is designed to fit with 2-4cm (¾ – 1 ½ in) of positive ease at the bust. It is worked seamlessly from top down. It’s shown here with a collar, but you could make it with a crew neck. The yoke is brioche crochet and is worked in rounds to where the sleeves separate. The lower body is worked in rounds to bottom. Sleeves are worked top down. The length of the body and sleeves are easily adjustable so you can choose to do short or long sleeve, and make that sweater into a dress! Haven’t done brioche crochet before? Tatsiana includes a phototutorial on the ravelry listing which we expect is for this technique.

Yarn:

For some almost iridscent colorwork and a little bit of heaven to work with we suggest Chicken Coop Dyeworks Two Feathers yarn, but it would also be glorious in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere, or Cascade Heritage.

Goldenfern sweater by Jenn Steingass

Goldenfern is a simple, seamless circular yoke sweater with colorwork details on the body and sleeve cuffs. This design is inspired by ferns lit aglow by the sunset on an evening walk in the forest. Knit from the top down, you can try on this sweater while it’s in progress, for your ideal fit. This yoke is very easy to knit – it includes a little bit of raglan shaping before the body and sleeve separation, to make for a great fit in the shoulders. After knitting just a few inches / centimeters of the body, the fun part begins – the ferns! If you want to create the same fade effect in the pattern as seen here, choose 3 colors from lightest to darkest, create a fading effect as you knit the colorwork . This design also lends itself well to a single contrasting color or you can use a gradient yarn. With cuffs that echo the body design, you might find yourself knitting your sleeves a little faster than usual, so you can knit more of the fun colorwork at the end!

Yarn:

We think this is what Less Travelled Yarn’s Tweed Me was made for. Can’t you just imagine it? Pumpkin and nightfall colorways? Or perhaps go for the traditional colorwork yarn Jamieson’s Spindrift.

Claret by Thea Coleman

Claret is a deeply textured, cabled sweater featuring cables in diagonal lines. At both hem and wrist, the cable motif emerges from the cast on rib in beautiful V-shaped sections, which are then worked upwards to create a deeply striking fabric.

The center cable on the front of the sweater opens up to create a clean edge for the deep V-neck, and this edge is brought around the shoulders and back neckline for a beautifully finished look around the collar.

Claret’s sleeves echo the body with a single panel of the cables, and the back of the sweater provides some contrast, using a simpler version of the chart – and some less involved knitting!

Yarn:

Knit in a worsted weight yarn, we have everything from a wool acrylic tweed blend you can throw in the washing machine, to Juniper Moon Farm’s Moonshine which is all alpaca, wool and silk softness and indulgence.

Rosebud Raglan by Knits + Knots

The Rosebud Raglan is a top-down raglan sweater. It uses a stitch pattern that alternates single crochets and double crochets to create a textured fabric that remind me of little rosebuds. Since each dc is worked into a sc, and each sc is worked into a dc, there is zero confusion as to where the first and last stitch of the round are to be worked (which is my favourite part)!

This pattern has been professionally graded + tech edited to be as correct as possible. All sizes have been tested!

Yarn:

This sweater is written for a quick crochet using worsted weight yarns. Cascade Effects would provide beautiful interest to the texture without overpowering it.

 

Promenade Shawl by Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts

Promenade shawl on manniquinEmbrace your inner romantic when wearing the Promenade Shawl. Contrasting stripes of varying widths make up the body of this crochet crescent shawl, then transition into a sea of textured stitches. The finishing touch is a dramatic border constructed of points and lace

-Practice striping, solid stitches, mesh, and the camel stitch in this deceptively interest pattern.
-Add a touch of whimsy to any outfit by creating your Promenade Shawl in bold or muted colors.
-Designed for the intermediate level crocheter, you’ll want to be comfortable changing colors, working slightly advanced stitches, and blocking lace.

YARN: Fingering weight. We suggest two high contrast colors from Chicken Coop Yarn. The pattern requires 1100-1200 yards so 1 skein of one color, 2 skeins of the other.

 

Waiting for Rain by Sylvia McFadden

Waiting for Rain is a lovely, beautiful garter and lace crescent shawl that uses an unusual short row lace technique.

It fits perfectly over your shoulders and drapes in a way which is very pleasing to the eye. It’s worked top down with lacy increases.

Hacking your Waiting for Rain shawl PDF now included in purchase! This includes instructions for how to do stripes, how to move or add lace panels, make lace panels larger, and how to do the fancy knit-on cast-off shown in the two colour version. It also includes a tight-edge fix. Stitch counts included!

This is different than any other charted0-style short rows I’ve seen because it can easily incorporate large lace motifs. The way the garter opens up to reveal lovely architectural lace is like lace-y rips through the garter.

YARN: 700-800 yards required fingering weight. Two skeins of Chicken Coop Dyeworks yarns. We suggest one of the tonals rather than a highly varigated. Perhaps Al’s Overall or Nymeria Colorways?

Friday, January 8- Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Bonny by Tin Can Knits

Simple yet striking, this lacy top is an excellent light weight addition to your knitted wardrobe. Knit in the round from the bottom up it is a simple knit but a very delicate and fetching finished garment. This is a great knit for Tucson or any warm climate location. While it is knit in lace, you’re using a size 4 needle approximately so this should be a relatively quick knit. As always Tin Can Knits have a large range of sizes available and are generally very clear patterns.

YARN 

We’re loving on the Findley by Juniper Moon Farms right now which has just come in. It’s silk and merino and has amazing drape.

Ultravioleta by Elena Fedotova

Mix simple stitches, chains and double crochet shells, to achieve a fascinating pattern of diamonds and zigzags! This shawl is light weight and perfect year round with its open lace, great drape and generous size. It is worked sideways starting from one corner and quickly grows into an asymmetrical eye-catching accent piece. Use one skein for a smaller shawl and two skeins for a larger full-sized shawl.

YARN

You could, of course, use the Findley mentioned above, but we also have Malabrigo Baby Silkpaca. 420 yards in every skein of drapey, silky yarn in a 70:30 combo. Or for real decadence, the Jade Sapphire Silk Cashmere. Or something totally smooshable? Cascade’s Alpaca Lace.

POWs from Previous Weeks:

Friday, December 18, 2020- Thursday, December 24, 2020

Chocomania by Elena Fed0tova (Crochet Shawl)

Rich in color and texture, Chocomania shawl uses the most basic of crochet stitches: single crochet (and its variations) and chain.

The pattern is written out and charted and includes a step by step tutorial.

The technique used in this pattern is simple, yet it requires your attention and following the directions carefully to prevent tangling of the yarn. To get a better idea of how the cables are worked you may try it out on a small swatch using the simpler cable instructions given on the last two pages.

YARN
This sweater is designed for 2-4 skeins sport weight and with the Choco colorway in Malabrigo’s Arroyo. We typically have Choco, Rich Chocolate, Coffee Toffee, and Sand Bark in the brown colorways, but you could check out any of the possibilities we have in Arroyo, or maybe check Plymouth Reserve Sport Solid which has some delicious colors available!

Dress it Up by Lisa K. Ross

 

This crescent-shaped shawl design is an effortless accessory that is sure to enhance almost any outfit. A variegated yarns is highlighted in this design, paired with  a matching solid that accentuates the intricate lace design. The look is completed with a picot bind-off for the perfect finish. Jeans and a t-shirt become a stylish ensemble when you wrap this lacy adornment around your neck before heading out the door… it’s all you need to Dress it Up!

YARN

We’re loving a Raspberry Blaze from Dream in Color paired with La Jolla’s Pink-a-boo for this, but there is any number of choices.

 

Friday, December 11, 2020- Thursday, December 17, 2020

Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak

Woman sitting in chair wearing hand knit v neck sweater URSA is a bear of a sweater — chunky, bold, snuggly, fierce. With simple construction and interesting detailing, this cropped bulky weight pullover is a quick and enjoyable knit. The sweater is constructed from the top-down with raglan shaping for the sleeves and optional horizontal bust darts in 3 cup sizes. The pattern includes directions to try it on as you work and notations to help you tweak the size (including the length, if cropped isn’t your thing!) according to your preference. Also included in the pattern are links to custom video tutorials that will walk you through the techniques for half brioche stitch and German short rows.

YARN
This sweater is designed for a bulky weight wool. We’re suggesting 128 Superwash by Cascade or Deluxe Chunky from Universal Yarns

 

Dream in Diamonds by Stephanie Erin

Woman laughing while holding a glass of champagne and wearing a crocheted sweater with a wide neck.

The Dream in Diamonds Sweater is the sweater you would have worn to every holiday party, except there are no parties in 2020. You’ll light up every room of your house and every zoom party.

It pairs perfectly with a tulle skirt or a pair of jeans depending on how you want to dress it up or down.

YARN

The original is worked up in an aran weight held with a light fingering so works up really quickly. Silky Wool Aran by Elsebeth Lavold will work as the aran maybe with a little Malabrigo Mora for sheer decadence . Or you could just go for one of the bulky weights recommended above or perhaps get fancy and go Creativo by Gedifra.

 

Friday, December 4, 2020- Thursday, December 10, 2020

Muna Cardi by Toni Lipsey

Woman wearing purple cardiAdd a touch of luxury to your casual outfits when you crochet the Muna Cardi. This Tunisian crochet cropped cardigan adds a feminine flair to the classic t-shirt and jeans. A sea of Tunisian simple stitches is bordered by the delicate honeycomb stitch on the body, cuffs, and pockets. Perfect for beginners, this pattern features basic Tunisian crochet stitches and easy construction. We think that the EcoTweed by Ella Rae would work well, or Malabrigo’s Dos Tierras.

We love Toni Lipsey patterns. Her patterns are detailed and she is a true teacher of craft. If you’re interested in Tunisian crafts TLYCrafts is a great source of information.

 

Wool and Honey by Andrea Mowry

Andrea Mowry wearing burnt orange wool and honey design sweaterThis pattern came out two years ago, but it’s remained in the ‘hot right now’ stream in Ravelry for a lot of that time. It’s a top down, slip-stitch and garter stitch masterpiece that is just darn clever. It’s easier than it looks to get that textured look, with the slip stitches and garter. A tonal, tweed or solid color yarn would show the design off best, and while it is a bit cropped, you can easily add on to the base to get the length you want.

 Less Travelled Yarn Tweed Me would show off the design beautifully.

 

Friday, November 27, 2020 – Thursday, December 3, 2020

Skik’is Cowl and The Peaceful People by Jennifer Berg

Jennifer Berg, aka Native Knitter splashed into the design world just over a year ago. A designer from northern New Mexico and of the Diné (Navajo) she brings Native American design into the community and represents her people with enthusiasm and inclusion. Jennifer shares her culture and encourages others to learn more about the Native people that live in the surrounding areas where they live.

Shik’is (my friend in Navajo) Cowl is inspired by the swirling pottery of the Acoma people. This swirl is used in many pueblo designs. We think Reserve Sport Solid will work beautifully for this pattern.

The Peaceful People Hat

Jennifer Berg wears her Peaceful People Hat designJennifer was inspired by the pottery and jewelry designs of the Hopi Tribe, designs that swirl with clean bold lines. She named it after the Hopi people who are referred to as The Peaceful People. To learn more about the Hopi People visit their tribal website. 

Jennifer made her original out of Malabrigo Rios.

 

 

 

Friday, November 19, 2020 – Thursday, November 26, 2020

Stripes by Andrea Mowry

A round yoke sweater worked from the top down, this pullover is the perfect blank canvas. Think of it as a template to mix up colors, yarn bases and your creativity! You could even knit it up in a solid color for a classic wardrobe staple. Be playful and have fun! This sweater is worked seamlessly. The sleeve stitches are put on hold while the body is finished and then returned to the needle. This sweater includes instructions for a cropped or full length fit and different collar options. We suggested United by Queensland or Ciao by Jody Long to create this beauty. We’ve included images on those yarn pages with our color picks to get you started.  Find out more about the pattern here.

 

Friday, November 14, 2020 – Thursday, November 19, 2020

Coffeehouse Cowl by Amy Christoffers

Coffeehouse cowl is knit in the round and features an easy stitch repeat so it can be something you can do while snuggled in front of the television or on a car trip. It takes around two skeins of super bulky. We recommend Be Wool by Universal Yarns for a machine washable blend, or for those who handwash – Malabrigo Rasta. Beyond knit stitch, you’ll need to know how to yarn over and how to pass a slip stitch over knit stitches. A confident beginner would have no problem with this.

 

 

 

Friday, November 6, 2020 – Thursday, November 12, 2020Carissa Browning’s Dissent Cowl (knit or crochet)

This top-down, flared cowl was inspired by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s famous (and fabulous) collar, worn when she dissented from a decision by the Supreme Court.

The upper section is a simple polka dot mosaic pattern, followed by a band of larger mosaic blocks. The lower section is separated into polka dots in the back with the bejeweled bib in the front. Increases are worked into the bib portion, so the jewels get larger as you work downward, which gives the cowl its flared shape.

Knit version

Mosaic knitting is a form of colorwork where only one color is used on any given row. The stitches you want to be that color are either knitted or purled, while the stitches you want to be other color are simply slipped from needle to needle without being worked, while the working yarn is held in the back.

Crochet version

The upper section is a simple polka dot linen stitch, followed by a band of puff stitches. The lower section is separated into polka dot linen stitch in the back with the “bejeweled” bib in the front. Increases are worked into the bib portion, so the “jewels” get larger as you work downward, which gives the cowl its flared shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday October 30, 2020 – Thursday, October 5, 2020

Stephen West’s Bubbles & Brioch

Bubbles & Brioche Shawl by Stephen WestThis semi-circular shawl combines graphic striped sections of garter stitch and brioche with colorful bursts of bubbles. The bubbles are super easy and fun to knit. The pattern is written using a dark and light color for the graphic stripes plus four contrast color pops, but you can use as many colors as you like. A striped I-cord bind off finishes the border of this top-down shawl. Check it out here on ravelry.

Recommended yarns: Fingering weight – approx.1300 yards

Baah Yarns, Chicken Coop Dyeworks, Dream in Color, maybe even Jamieson for something a little more woolly!

Techniques:
Brioche, brioche tuck – will add some video resources shortly for this.

Rachel Miller

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