Gradient Puff Stitch Cowl

I love crochet and lately I’ve been obsessed with working with those gradient yarns, you know the ones. They’re being made by just about every yarn company out there from indie dyers to big box companies.

A few months ago…well…more than a few months ago Premier Yarns (my FAV yarn company) contacted me and asked if I’d like to design something with their new yarn, DIY Gradient. Thus the Gradient Puff Stitch Cowl was born!

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I mean…how can you not love this? It will work with ANY worsted weight gradient yarn you’ve got but I do kinda love this DIY Gradient…why? Well…you DIY! Each DIY Gradient Box contains five 40 gram balls of medium weight, 100% anti-pilling acrylic yarn. That’s plenty of yarn to make a scarf, a cowl, a hat and mitten set, or a baby sweater. So, that means you get to choose which order to work it in. Of course, you could also work it in one color, if you’d like.

You can download the free pattern from Premier Yarns here or just go ahead and follow along below!

Gradient Puff Stitch Cowl

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: 36”

MATERIALS
Premier® Yarns D.I.Y. Gradient Yarn (100% An – pilling Acrylic; 40g/72 yds per skein; 200g/360 yds total)
• #1046-04 Violet – 1 box
Hook: US Size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle

GAUGE

6 Long Puff Stitches x 6 rows = 4”

Save time, check your gauge.

PATTERN NOTES

Cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up. The colors in the box are worked in order, starting with the darkest color and ending with the lightest color.

 

STITCH GUIDE
Long Puff Stitch – yo, insert hk in next st, yo, pull up loop matching loop height to previous ch-3 or lp, [yo, insert hk in same st, yo, pull up lp matching loop height to previous lp] twice, yo, pull through all 7 lps on hk, ch 1 to close st.

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With darkest color, ch 100, join to work in the round being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3, *Long Puff St, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * around, join with a sl st to beg ch-3. Rnds 2-10: Rep Rnd 1, working 2 rnds in each color from darkest to lightest.
Rnd 11: With lightest color, ch 1, sc in each st and ch-1 sp around.
Rnd 12: Ch 1, sc in each sc around.

Bottom Edge
Rnd 1: Working in unused lps of beg chain, join darkest color, ch 1, sc in each ch around, join with sl st in sc. Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st in sc. Fasten off.

Weave in ends. Block gently.

A Cowl for the Candy Lovers!

$2 Pattern Price is only good for the first 100 people! Get them while they’re here…chances are by the end of the day, they will be gone!

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This cowl, inspired by the golden leaves of fall, is an homage to my love for that strange confection…that’s right boys and girls…candy corn.

What is more iconic and more ‘octoberish’ than a big bowl of rock hard candy corn that your grandmother has had sitting on the table in the same candy dish for six years. Or is it sixty?

Anyways…

This cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up in a chevron/flame stitch accented with little candy corns. The cowl is quick enough to be worked up in a weekend or one sitting of your favorite holiday movie.

The pattern is fully charted and easy to customize. Want a longer cowl? Work more repeats. What a wider cowl? Work more rows!

It really is that easy.

Purchase the pattern here for just $2.00 and be one of the only 100 to get this pattern for this price!

Happy Halloween!

SWEET ROLLS! And a Free Pattern (Or Two)

Who’s ready for a free pattern…OR TWO!

Premier Yarns and I worked together to design a few patterns using my FAV new yarn of the fall, Sweet Rolls!

Sweet Rolls combine 3 different, but complimentary colors in each ball! The yarn is designed to create wide stripes in a regular repeat (meaning it is not a crazy variegated). It is sort of a gradient yarn except it doesn’t slowly change colors. Think of it like working with three different colored yarns but never having to join a new color which means…NO ENDS TO WEAVE IN!

Sweet Roll is the classic worsted/medium weight yarn in a gorgeously soft 100% acrylic yarn. Each ball comes with 245 yards which is more than enough to make a couple of hates. The colors offered range from pastels to bright feminine to masculine! There is something for everyone.

The yarn is now available in most Joann stores around the country. I popped into mine here in Raleigh and found it right away! I even picked up a few skeins to add to my collection.

You can also pick up the yarn online here! Now, Premier Yarns has offered us a coupon code! STRONG10 This will give you readers 10% off any purchase at http://www.premieryarns.com, and it is valid through October 31, 2016! Just click here!

I designed a Crochet Hat Pattern that is worked from side to side…perfect for beginners (click the photo for more info and to grab the pattern):

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And a Knit Slipper Pattern that’s super fun and easy to make (click the photo for more info and to get the pattern):

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Learn to Crochet A Hat!

7459.jpgFirst things first…the winner of my Craftsy class! Congrats to Alaxandra L! I’ve already contacted her. Thank y’all for playing along!

Now…onto the actual blog post!

Remember my blog post, Learn to Crochet a Shawl? When I announced my new line of patterns, Singles?

Singles are specific patterns available via Ravelry that are perfect for beginners to take their skills to the next level. Each will focus on a different technique!

This week we have a really cool hat, Ruga. A perfect three season hat (maybe four depending on where you live) that is versatile, unisex, and really fun to work up! Did I mention it is only ONE DOLLAR.

You can get the pattern here for just $1.00!

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Crochet hat’s are a perennial favorite. They tend to be the second or third thing we learn to crochet and they are a lot of fun.

However, one of the scariest steps for crocheters is to go from working flat (back and forth) to working in the round. That, combined with decreasing/increasing, pattern stitches, and changing colors can make a lot of hats challenging.

I wanted to counter that by making a fun and fashionable hat that is worked flat! Yup! FLAT.

The hat uses an older yarn that is no longer in production but that’s okay. You just need a DK weight yarn. Something in between a fingering weight yarn and a worsted weight yarn. As long as everything matches up gauge wise…you’ll be good to go.

Gauge is the measurement of stitches and rows per inch.

The fun stitch is inspired by one of my FAVORITE plants and the colors just happen to be that of one of my fav college football teams. You can make it in your favorite colors, though.

You can get the pattern here for just $1.00!

I hope you share this post with all of your friends!

Keep Crocheting!

R

Learn to Crochet a Shawl!

 

Happy Thursday y’all!

Today, I have a really cool new thing to share with you. For awhile I’ve wanted to do a series of patterns that are fun, quick to stitch, and great for learning new techniques. I get to do that now!

Introducing – Singles!

Singles are going to be specific patterns available on via Ravelry that are perfect for beginners to tale their skills to the next level. Each will focus on a different techie and the pattern will include LOTS of information about that technique.

This week we have a really sweet shawl, Camellia. Named for the strong flowering plant…this shawl will stand up to the rigors of spring, summer, fall, and winter. It is a versatile piece, made in a popular yarn…and only ONE DOLLAR.

You can get the pattern here for just $1.00!

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There is something special about crochet shawls, amiright?

They are perfect for spring, summer, fall, and winter. They are a great way to show off that special skein of yarn. Not to mention…they make every outfit a bit brighter.

However…want to know why I love crochet shawls?

They are perfect for learning new techniques, don’t take all that long, and look gorgeous in the end. This shawl will definitely take you from beginner to advanced beginner overnight. If you can crochet a granny square…you can crochet this shawl.

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I need to clean my desk…

This shawl is worked from the top down beginning at the back of the neck and working your way out. The overall stitch is one you may be familiar with, a modified granny triangle stitch. Modified in that it’s a lot lacier. What’s this mean? Not only is it great for this time of year, but it uses only a tiny bit of yarn.

How much?

Just two skeins of Deborah Norville Everyday Worsted. However, you can use any worsted weight yarn you’d like! Red heart? Yup. Vanna’s Choice? Yup. Caron Simply Soft? Yup. Cascade 220? Yup.Just make sure you have about 250-300yds of whatever yarn you choose.

Any worsted weight yarn will work. The pattern itself is less about the yarn than it is about the hook. You need a larger hook, it’s a must. The larger the hook the lighter weight the shawl will be overall.

Remember, when crocheting shawls use a hook size 3-4 sizes larger than that recommended on the ball band. 

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The overall shawl size is the perfect size at a 48in. wingspan. The depth is close to 14in. from the neck to the point. The shawl could be made larger, or smaller, depending on what you’d like! A rose petal inspired border is added to give the shawl a finished and classic appearance!

The shawl itself was inspired by the botanical gardens I visit every weekend here in North Carolina.

You can get the pattern here for just $1.00!

I hope y’all will share this post and this pattern!