The Gift of Love Throw | A Crocheted Loop Yarn Throw Blanket

Give the gift of warmth when you stitch up the Gift of Love Throw, a FREE crochet pattern from Rohn Strong, JOANN & Susan G Komen®. Check out my inspiration, design process, and find the FREE pattern below!

Before we jump in, I want to remind you all that from October 6, 2019, to November 2, 2019, Jo-Ann Stores, LLC will donate to Susan G. Komen® $0.50 for each skein of select pink loop yarns purchased, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $5,000.

Yarn included this promotion is Lion Brand Off The Hook Yarn in colorways Secret Princess and Paradise, Lion Brand Off the Hook Crayola Yarn in Magenta, and Big Twist Yarns Loopity Loops in colorways Pink and Gradient Pink!

Head HERE for all the info you need!

The Inspiration

I often find inspiration in the strangest of places. When researching the kind of project I wanted to make with this awesome yarn, Big Twist Yarns Loopity Loops, I was streaming a television show. In it, one of the characters mentions a quote that I found fitting and it helped guide my hand through this design.

It was from Julian of Norwich, a nun who is widely credited with having been the first woman to write a book in English that has survived. She said, “He said not ‘Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be dis-eased’; but he said, ‘Thou shalt not be overcome.”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Susan G. Komen has teamed up with my friends at JOANN to benefit cancer research. In 2019, it’s estimated that among U.S. women and men there will be about 270,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 42,000 breast cancer-related deaths.

Between 1989 and 2015 the breast cancer mortality rate declined 39% here in the U.S. in large part because of awareness of the disease and cancer research.

I’ve always felt that we crafters have this innate ability to come together and make change happen when it’s needed. This is why I’m so proud to work with Susan G. Komen and JOANN on this project.

So, here’s the deal. For every single skein of Big Twist Loopity Loops Yarn in PINK or PINK OMBRE that is sold, JOANN will donate $0.50, with a minimum donation amount of $5,000.

That means, if you make the throw blanket below you’ll effectively be helping donate $3.00 toward cancer research. Amazing right? Even more amazing? You can then donate the blanket to your local hospital or give it as a gift to a member of your family courageously undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

The Design Process

I knew right off the bat I wanted to create a nice large cuddly soft blanket. Why?

Many cancer patients fighting the fight, have said that soft blankets are the perfect option when going through chemo as they often are cold and hospital blankets just aren’t the same. So, how amazing would it be to stitch up a blanket for a man or woman fighting breast cancer out of this soft loopy yarn?

Big Twist Loopity Loops is, as it’s name implies, a loop yarn. This mean you don’t need a crochet hook or knitting needle to stitch it up! You just need your two hands. There are a ton of tutorials on how to use this yarn out there but I just couldn’t make it work for me.

Then I grabbed my crochet hook.

Crocheting with loop yarn is quick and easy. It’s basically like doing a slip stitch over and over again. It’s fun, easy, and works up much faster than just using my fingers, at least in my experience.

I know most of you out there are crocheters and kntters wondering, “Why the heck would I use this yarn? I can just get some thick yarn and crochet with it!”

So, here are my top three reasons you should give loop yarn a shot:

  1. It’s soft. Like, soft soft. I was legit cuddling this blanket as I was stitching it. You can’t get this kind of softness anywhere else.
  2. Its economical. Big chunky yarn like this costs a ton of money. Have you seen those arm knit blankets? They can cost a pretty penny. Buying Big Twist Loopity Loop yarn isn’t only affordable, for every single skein of Big Twist Loopity Loop Yarn in PINK or PINK OMBRE that is sold, JOANN will donate $0.50, with a minimum donation amount of $5,000 to Susan G. Komen.
  3. It’s fast. This blanket worked up in a day. From start to finish. I worked on it on my front porch. I even stopped to play with the dogs a few times. And it’s even easier to sit down a pick back up!

This throw blanket is easy as pie and even if you’ve never knit or crocheted a stitch in your life, you could work this up in no time flat.

Gift of Love Throw Pattern

MATERIALS:

FINISHED SIZE:

47″ wide and 54″ long

GAUGE:

Gauge does not apply to this project.

NOTES:

  • When beginning project, you can begin at either the right or left. Instructions are written with yarn beginning at the far right. Reverse directions if it is more comfortable.
  • Right Side of project is facing at all times.
  • Working Yarn is held behind stitches throughout.
  • Loops from working yarn are always pulled through the stitches from back to front of work.

PATTERN:

Count 60 loops for the foundation row.

Row 1: Work from left to right, pull the 61st loop up through the 60th loop from behind to create a knit stitch. Pull next loop from working yarn up through next loop of foundation row. Continue in this manner across to end of row. DO NOT TURN.

Row 2: Working from right to left, work as for row 1.

Row 3: Working form left to right, work as for row 2.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until all 5 skeins of yarn have been used.

Bind off row: Working in same direction as last row, pull 2nd stitch through first stitch. Then pull 3rd stitch through 2nd stitch. Pull 4th stitch through 3rd stitch. Continue in this manner to end of row. Cut last loop to create a yarn tail. Tie to secure and weave in ends.

I really hope you enjoyed stitch up the Gift of Love Throw with me. I can’t wait to donate mine to my local hospital! Share your blanket with me on Instagram using the hashtags #giftoflovethrow and #rohnstrong. Oh! And don’t forget to show off your project in the Rohn Strong Maker Community Facebook group too!

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The Waterrock Scarf | An Easy Tunisian Crochet Scarf

Fall is right around the corner and I’ve got the perfect scarf for you! The Waterrock Scarf is easier to make than it looks, and takes just three skeins of yarn!

Get this FREE Tunisian crochet pattern from Rohn Strong and JOANN below!

The Inspiration

I’m one of those people that feels the slightest nip in the air and I’m throwing on a scarf, breaking out the autumn leaf scented candles, and spraying strangers with Pumpkin Spice…

I might be exaggerating a bit…maybe.

The Waterrock Scarf gets its name from the mountain, Waterrock Knob, which is the 16th highest mountain in the Eastern United States – and the 15th highest of the 40 mountains in North Carolina over 6,000 feet. And Waterrock Knob in fall? GORGEOUS!pin-it-for-later-logo-1

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The Design

Waterrock is worked in one long rectangle from end to end with increases and decreases to give it that slanted stripe look. We begin by casting on a few stitches, increase to the total width, then work back and forth in rows (with those increases and decreases) until the scarf is the desired length. Lastly, we work decreases on both sides which will give us the finished rectangle.

This method is often referred to in knitting as “bias knitting’. That’s primarily because we are working on the bias the whole time. In tunisian crochet, the concept is the same, we just work back and forth with the right side of our work facing us the whole time.

We maintain the bias look by working an increase at the beginning of each row and a decrease at the end of each row. Changing colors at different points is what really shows off the resulting slanting stitches. While working this in one color would be equally cool, working it in multiple colors really shows off the bias look.

The Yarn

I knew I needed a great yarn that carried a hefty amount of yardage when I started the scarf. Yarn choice is often make it or break it for me. This scarf was designed for this kind of yarn. A 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn that has a tight twist.

Why?

Yarn can have a huge impact on your finished piece. Whether it’s knit or crochet. Tunisian crochet produces a fabric that shifts all the stitches to the back and creates an imbalance. That’s why you get the curl when working tunisian crochet. When designers recommend a few rows at the beginning of a project to help combat curl, this is to help cure that imbalance.

Tunisian also uses a great deal of yarn. Which can create a heavy project. A tight twist, which Big Twist Soft has, will make sure the scarf holds up for years to come and doesn’t stretch out. Acrylic yarn will also help the design keep its luster, as it tends to hold up better than wool. Definitely stay away from cotton or any kind of cotton blend.

Big Twist Soft is definitely one of my go-to yarns. It’s a soft acrylic with a tight twist and just the right amount of yardage. With a 6oz ball bringing in nearly 320 yards. How amazing is that? There are also a number of colors to choose from and for about $4 a yard (before a coupon of course) you can’t really beat it.

Wanderrock Scarf

MATERIALS:

FINISHED SIZE:

7.5 inches wide and 72 inches long after blocking

GAUGE:

12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches before blocking

ABBREVIATIONS:

Ch – Chain

YO – Yarn Over

Tks – Tunisian knit stitch

Sl st – Slip Stitch

St – Stitch

Tks2tog – Tunisian Knit Stitch 2 Together

RetP – Return Pass

NOTES:

Tunisian Knit Stitch (Tks): Beginning in the second vertical bar, insert the hook from front to back between the front and back vertical pars and draw up a loop. Repeat this in each pair of vertical bars across, working under both bars on the last stitch.

Loop already on hook at beginning of the forward pass counts as first stitch.

SCARF

This scarf is completed using three different colors. Here we’ll refer to them as A (Taupe), B (Orange), and C (Blue). 

For the stripe sequence as shown in the photo, you’ll change the colors at the beginning of every forward pass after completing the number of rows outlined below:

A – 1 row
B – 1 row
C – 2 rows
A – 3 rows
B – 5 rows
C – 8 rows
A – 13 rows
B – 21 rows
C – 34 rows
A – 55 rows
B – 14 rows

Here is an up-close photo of the beginning stripe sequence.

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Row 1: Yo, tks in each st across to last st, yo, tks in last st. RetP.

Rep Row 1 until there are a total of 41 stitches or desired width of scarf.

Next Row: Yo, tks in each st across to last 3 sts, tks2tog, tks in last st. RetP.

Rep last row until scarf measures 72″ when measured along the longest end, or desired length.

Next Row: Tks2tog, tks in each st across to last 3 sts, tks2tog, tks in last st. RetP.

Rep last row until just 5 sts remain.

Last Row: (Tks2tog) twice. RetP.

Finish off.

Weave in all ends. Wash and lay flat to block.

I really hope you enjoyed this pattern! I just love sharing all these free patterns with you all! If you stitch this up, make sure you take a photo and tag me in them on Instagram and show off your project in the Rohn Strong Maker Community on Facebook too!

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RIDGE ROCK GANSEY SET | An Annie’s Signature Designs Crochet Pattern

 


Get the Ridge Rock Gansey Set just CLICK HERE!


I’ve worked for and with Annie’s for the last five years! I can’t believe it’s been that long! Over that time I’ve designed a slew of projects for their different publications and I’m so excited to let you know I have another! YAY!

Last week, Annie’s Signature Designs released their Fall 2019 collection and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I’m always humbled to be in such great company with designers I’ve always admired. Lena Skvagerson has such a beautiful eye for design and brings us designers together to create a truly stand out collection.

My contribution was the Ridge Rock Gansey Set!

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These patterns were such fun to design and presented a few challenges. Read all about my design process, inspiration, and then enter our giveaway below!

My Design Process

Designing for a collection is always fun. The theme is usually set and yarn selections are made, which allows me to flex my muscles. I love designing within constrictions. If I don’t have those limitations I tend to simply flail. Lena knows this (I think!) and works with me to come up with the very best design.

We knew a shoulder piece was absolutely needed and I loved the crescent shape of a cowl, but we needed a modern textural update. The shape was difficult to get down if I’m being honest. Crochet doesn’t move organically so working with increases and the right set of stitches, I was able to get it to work.

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On top of that, I took advantage of both front and back loops to give the piece the dimension it needed.


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The hat proved much more simple than I originally thought. Everything came together, from the textured stitches to the cables to decreases at the crown. I loved everything about this hat and kind of want to make one…or two for myself!

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My Inspiration

This entire collection was inspired by the classic Gansey Sweater. Now, Gansey’s (or Guernsey’s) are hard-wearing sweaters, often seamless, that were worn by the fisherman who spent their days at sea. These sweaters were often knitted by the wives to protect their husbands from the harsh sea life.

Gansey’s are really known for their texture which, for the most part, was reserved the knitwear for many years. However, innovative designers have been able to translate that texture to crochet and the entire Fall 2019 Annie’s Signature Designs collection is a celebration of that texture!

I was so excited to spend a bit of time exploring texture because, for the most part, I’ve spent my career exploring color. To delve deep into texture has made my design brain go a little crazy!

Final Thoughts

To celebrate the launch of Annie’s Signature Designs Fall 2019 launch, I’m SO excited to give away a copy of my pattern, Ridge Rock Gansey Set! All you need to do is comment on this blog post! That’s it!  

Check back next Monday when I reveal our winner!

Thanks so much for checking in with me today! We’ll talk soon friends! If you crochet this up, make sure you snap a few photos and tag me in them on Instagram and show off your project in the Rohn Strong Maker Community on Facebook too!

 

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.