Mistletoe Magic is Here – Quilt Book Review

It’s Christmas in July…kinda.

A few weeks back my friend Nancy Scott reached out and asked if I would be interested in joining her Christmas Collection Blog Hop to celebrate her book, which is available on Amazon here!

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Easy Reader Book Sleeve – Free Sewing Pattern

Whip up these easy and quick to stitch Easy Reader Book Sleeves with this month’s free quilting pattern with JOANN! Read through my inspiration, design process, and more below!


Hello friends and welcome to another episode of, “Rohn Sews Something Else…”

In our last episode, I shared one of my favorite free quilting patterns to date, the Old Glory Quilted Pillow. You can find the free pattern right here!

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Spring Hope Crochet Shawl – Free Crochet Pattern and Book Review

A quick to stitch cotton shawl with the simplest of shaping, my String Network Crochet Shawl, is the perfect accent piece for your summer nights on the town. Get the free pattern below and read a special book review for “Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary” by Dora Ohrenstein.

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Edenton Top – Free Crochet Pattern

Copped. Colorful. Cold Should. Edenton is just about everything you need in a chic summer top. Worked in two identical panels and seamed, it’s perfect for first time garment makers.


The Inspiration

I absolutely love a colorful cropped top. There is just something about summer that makes me want to design all of the cropped tops.

This top was super special. I know, I feel like I say that about every design of mine but…this one. Ugh!

Okay, so I’ve been obsessed with Granny Stripes for as long as I can remember. Granny stitch itself is so undeniably classic crochet that it’s hard to dismiss. This top was all about combining bright colors, modern shapes, and being as size inclusive as possible!

The Design

This design is really easy to construct. You begin with a long chain, work a short body, then construct the sleeves up to the neckline. From there it’s just about working a few shoulder rows to create the straps! How fun is that?

You’ll notice that the sizing is a little different than what I’ve used in the past. Instead of standard sizing with labels, I’ve decided to offer sizes in 12 sizes. The sizes will differ based on the designs moving forward, but for this pattern we’ll be working the bust sizes ranging from 40in through 69in!

The Instructions

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:

Lion Brand Yarn ZZ Twist Yarn (100% Acrylic; CYC 4: Medium; 246yds/225m; 3.5oz/100g)

Yarn A: Peacock (#763-170) x 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) [5, 6, 7, 8] balls

Yarn B: Hot Pink (#763-195) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 3, 3] balls

Yarn C: White (#763-100) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 3, 3] balls

Yarn D: Sky Blue (#763-106) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 3, 3] balls

Yarn E: Coral (#763-103) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 3, 3] balls

US H/8 (5mm) Crochet Hook

Tapestry Needle

Gauge: Work 14dc and 8.5 rows to measure 4in x 4in over double crochet using 5mm hook, or size required to obtain gauge.

Work 4.5 3-dc groups and 8 rows to measures 4in x 4 in over 3-dc granny stripe pattern using 5mm hook, or size required to obtain gauge.

Dimensions:

Sizes Offered: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) [6, 7, 8, 9]

Finished Bust: 40 (43.5, 48.5, 52, 55.5) [58.75, 62.25, 65, 69] inches

Sleeve Seam: 10.25 inches

Length: 13.5 inches Note: this is adjustable.

Top shown is wearing a size 4. Model is 5’10” tall with a 46” bust.

Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain

Dc – Double Crochet

St(s) – Stitches

Rep – Repeat

In – Inch

WS – Wrong Side

Notes:

Front and back (including sleeves) are each worked in one piece from the bottom up.

Weave in ends as work progresses.

Pattern Instructions

With yarn A, ch 36, fasten off and set aside (make 2).

Front

With 5mm hook and yarn A, ch 72, (78, 87, 93, 98) [105, 111, 116, 123]

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (70, 76, 85, 91, 97, 103, 109, 114, 121)

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), dc in each dc across, turn.

Rep row 2 until piece measures 5.5in., end after worked a WS row.

Note: If a longer sweater is desired, simply work more rows as needed before beginning granny stripe pattern.

Shape Sleeves

Row 1 (WS): Ch 38, turn, dc in 4th ch from hook and in back bar of next 34 ch, dc across front sts, pick up one of the set-aside chains and dc in back bar of each of the 36 ch across, turn. – (142, 148, 157, 163, 169, 175, 181, 186, 193) sts.

Granny Stripes

Row 1 (RS): Join B, ch 4 (counts as a dc, ch 1), *sk 2 dc, 3dc in next dc, ch 1; rep from * across, ending with a dc in last dc, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), 2dc in first ch-1 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across to last ch-1 sp, 2dc in last ch-1 sp, dc in last dc, turn.

Work these two rows 8 times more, changing colors ever RS row in the following order:

C, A, C, D, B, C, E, A

Next Row: With A, Ch 1, sc in each st and ch-sp across. Finish Off.

Back

Work as for Front.

Finishing

Seam sides and underarms. Mark center 40 sts on both back and front, seam top of sleeves from cuff to just above elbow (about 6 inches).

Note: The center 40 sts on both the back and front are for the neck hole. Customize this, as desired! Stick the neckline where you’d like it – just make sure it’s centered!

Straps

With Front facing and beginning at marker on right, join A, and work strap as follows:

Note: For the larger sizes, you may want to make the straps a bit wider/longer. This will depend on your bust and your personal preference. There is a lot of room for customization here!

Row 1: Sc in each of the next 10 sts, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across.

Rep Row 2 a further 38 times.

Finish Off.

Seam strap to corresponding stitches on back.

Repeat for second strap on left side of Front. Weave in all ends and block as desired.

Sorbet Summer Shawl – Free Crochet Pattern

The perfect way to add a little pop of color to your summer wardrobe, my Sorbet Summer Shawl is the newest free pattern from Rohn Strong!


Hello Friends!

I love welcoming each of you like that. That’s exactly how I think of each of you. Friends. You bring such positivity and light to my little corner of the world and, for that, I thank you.

Alright, back to the crochet!

I whipped up this shawl some time ago and haven’t had a moment to share it with you! It’s a gorgeous simple shawl using some cotton yarn.

Here in the south, we have the hottest summers known to man and each year they just seem to get hotter. This year is no exception. The truth is, as hot as it gets outside, it gets colder inside.

If you’re like me, that damn A/C unit just chills me right to the bone. So, having a little something to throw around my shoulders is just perfect.

The Design

This design is constructed back and forth using a thinner worsted weight yarn and a larger hook. Increases and decreases form the asymmetrical shape and I worked stripes every few rows to give it a really cool and modern look!

The yarn I chose to use was discontinued between actually making this project and posting this pattern. So, in lieu of that I am just going to share the yarn amounts/yardage with you and you can make the shawl as you wish!

The Pattern

Finished Shawl Size:

Wingspan: About 54in.

Depth: About 20in.

Approximately Materials:

  • 3 colors worsted weight cotton yarn (approximately 150yds of each)
  • Size US K/6.5mm Crochet Hook
  • Stitch Markers
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Gauge:

Gauge is not essential for this shawl. The most important thing is that the fabric is loose and there is quite a bit of drape. 

Shawl

Section 1:

Row 1: Using Color A, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, 2sc in each of the next 2 sts. (6 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2sc in first st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (6 sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2sc in each of the last 2 sts. (8 sts)

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, 2sc in first st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (8 sts)

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until working row has 60 sts. End after working a Row 4.

Section 2:

Row 1: Join B with a sc, ch 3, turn, tr in each st across to last 2 sts, 2tr in each of the last 2 sts. (62 sts)

End off B.

Row 2: Join A with a sc, 2sc in first st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (62 sts)

End off A.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the working row has 78 sts. End after working a Row 2.

Section 3:

Row 1: Join B with a sc, ch 3, turn, tr in each st across to last 2 sts, 2tr in each of the last 2 sts. (62 sts)

End off B.

Row 2: Join C with a sc, 2sc in first st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (62 sts)

End off A.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the working row has 86 sts. End after working a Row 2.

Section 4:

Row 1: Join C with a sc, ch 3, turn, tr in each st across to last 2 sts, 2tr in each of the last 2 sts. (88 sts)

End off.

Row 2: Join C with a sc, ch 3, turn, 2tr in first st, tr in each st across to last 2 sts, tr2tog. (88 sts)

End off.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until working row has 94 sts.

Repeat Row 1, once more. (96 sts)

Edging

With RS facing, join A in the last st worked. Working from Left to Right, reverse single crochet in each st across. End off.

Finishing

Block shawl to finished shape. Weave in all ends.