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  • The perfect fall scarf

    October's in-between-y weather calls for a scarf that's cozy but not so stifling that you have to take it off the minute you get indoors. This lacy lightweight scarf can be made with just about any yarn you like (and it's a great way to use up your stash), but I used super soft organic merino wool.

    Here's the pattern:

    Lightweight lace scarf

    Materials:
    1 skein Sublime organic merino wool DK
    Size J/10 crochet hook
    Scissors
    Tapestry needle

    Chain 20. Single crochet into the 8th chain from the hook. Chain 5. Skip 3 stitches and single crochet into the 4th stitch over. Repeat ch 5 and SC into 4th stitch until you reach the end. Chain 5, turn.

    Row 2: SC into the middle of the loop you just made. Chain 5 and SC into the next loop. Repeat until the end of the row, ch 5 and turn. Repeat the pattern across every row until piece measures 60 inches. Weave in ends.

    I've made this scarf with a lot of different yarns. I really liked the softness and extra bulk of Lion Brand's organic cotton yarn, which is discontinued now, but there are a lot of similar cotton yarns out there.  

    This pattern is really adaptable to whatever yarn you want to use and whatever length and width you want the scarf to be.

    It's been really fun seeing all the different versions on Ravelry. You gotta love a pattern that works up this quickly and easily!

  • Crochet color block blanket

    I had a bunch of leftover yarn from a secret project, so I got to thinking it would make an adorable blanket with blocks of bright colors.

    The final version was just about big enough to cover my 4'x6' rug.

    Since I was using my leftovers, but also had to buy some new yarn, my blanket isn't exactly perfect. But I'm pretty sure, putting this into a pattern, that you can make it with two skeins each of these:

    Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe (55 percent bamboo, 45 percent wool) – Periwinkle (A), Geranium (B), Snapdragon (C), Mermaid (D), Twilight (E), Lipstick (F), Beach Glass (G), Mercury (H)
    *I'm sorry to say that this yarn has been discontinued, but you can use the pattern to create a stripe sequence with any worsted weight yarn that comes in 8 colors. 

    You need a J/10 size crochet hook.

    Ch 152. DC across for a total of 150 stitches. (Here's a refresher on double crochet.)

    The stripe sequence:

    8 rows A
    4 rows B
    2 rows C
    7 rows D
    4 rows E
    2 rows F
    7 rows G
    3 rows H
    5 rows C
    4 rows B
    5 rows F
    Repeat once.

    (In between I added 8 rows E plus 4 rows H, but that is optional).

    I love the colors and the soft, fuzzy texture of this yarn. It's just a happy blanket.

  • Arm knit cowl pattern

    I'm happy to say that my first knitting class went very well. We had a huge turnout — 16 people. Which is a challenge as far as helping each person goes, but it was fun to see that many cowls come together in all different colors.

    I put together a tutorial for the class and I thought I would make it available here in case anyone wants to give arm knitting a try. It's certainly helpful to have the in-person instruction of a class. But there are a lot of helpful YouTube videos that are great if you are trying to teach yourself.

    Download the PDF here.

    The pattern shows you how to make either a single loop or longer double loop cowl.

    I'm thinking that teaching more classes could be a really great next step for me in my business. So I'm trying to come up with more ideas for quick and easy projects. After churning out so many of the same design it's fun to put on your super creative hat sometimes!

  • Stripey baby leg warmers

    Unfortunately, the now-defunct Goodsmiths site has finally come down. So a lot of my blog projects that had been published there have disappeared. I'm not going to try to save all of them, but I would like to re-post some patterns that I have posted on Ravelry, and add some new ones. 

    I'm gonna start with this baby leg warmer pattern because I enjoyed making these so much for Harper when she was a baby. 

    They're made with a fuzzy acrylic yarn that is machine washable and comes in a lot of great colors. You can knit them up plain or go with the stripe sequence I came up with. And if you like that yarn, you can also get my pattern for stretchy leg warmers that will grow with your kiddo from my Etsy pattern shop

    Stripey baby leg warmers
    sized for 0-3 months
    make 2

    Materials:

    • Lion Brand Jiffy yarn in colors: grape (A), country green (B), silver heather (C), and dark grey heather (D), (or any combination of 4 colors you like)
    *Note: Lion discontinued this yarn :( but there are other similar yarns out there. Because of the fuzziness, these were in the bulky category. 

    • Size 10.5 straight knitting needles

    • Yarn needle to sew up seams

    Instructions:

    Cast on 18 stitches, leaving a 14-inch tail so you can sew up the seam at the end. Using a stockinette pattern (knit one row, purl one row), follow this stripe sequence:

    5 rows A

    4 rows B

    2 rows C

    3 rows D

    2 rows A

    3 rows C

    1 row B

    4 rows D

    3 rows A

    2 rows C

    Bind off on your last row of C. Using your yarn needle, weave in any loose strings to the back side of the piece and snip off the ends. You can actually use these ends to carefully sew up the seam, matching the colors on each side. But if you don't have the patience for that (half the time I don't!), you can just use the long tail from the beginning of your work to sew up the seam. 

    To make plain leg warmers, follow these instructions. You will only need one skein per pair. 

    0-3 months 
    Cast on 18 stitches. Knit in stockinette pattern until piece measures  7 inches. Bind off. 

    3-6 months
    Cast on 20 stitches. Knit in stockinette pattern until piece measures 8 inches. Bind off. 

    6-12 months
    Cast on 22 stitches. Knit in stockinette pattern until piece measures 9 inches. Bind off. 

    Finishing

    With right sides facing, use the long tail of yarn you left at the beginning of the piece to sew a seam all the way up to the top. You can use mattress stitch, or your favorite seaming stitch. Then snip off any extra yarn and turn the leg warmer right-side-out. Repeat with the second one. 

    *If you don't want a seam, you can always knit with DPNs or a magic loop instead. 

  • Cozy knit reversible cowl

    Here's another freebie pattern that I absolutely love for fall and winter. This cowl is super warm and cozy, and the bonus is that it is ribbed on one side and bobbly on the other. You can wear it long like a scarf, or doubled up around your neck. Or you can even pull it over your head like a hood or lower on your shoulders like a shawl.

    Cozy knit reversible cowl

    Materials

    • 3 skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn in cranberry (or your favorite color)
    Other super bulky yarns would work great for this, too.

    • Size US 15/10 mm straight knitting needles

    • Yarn needle to sew up the seam

    Instructions

    Cast on 32 stitches.
    Row 1: K1P1 across.
    Row 2: Knit.
    Repeat these two rows until the piece measures 52 inches. Bind off on last knit row, leaving a long tail to sew up the seam.

    With right sides facing and using the long tail of yarn, sew up the seam using mattress stitch or your favorite seaming stitch. Weave in any ends and turn the piece right-side-out.

    *You could also just leave the piece as a scarf and make it longer or shorter. Up to you!

  • Super bulky cowl

    If you're looking for a project that works up quickly (a la the arm-knit cowl), try this one. I can have one of these babies finished in half an hour!

    At first this project came up out of necessity — my other cowl patterns were just taking too long to make, especially when I needed to make lots of them for shows. But now I think I would make this cowl anyway, just because it is so cute and so warm.

    Super bulky cowl

    Materials

    • 4 skeins Lion Brand wool-ease thick and quick yarn in navy (or your favorite color). *Note: 2 skeins is actually just the right amount for this cowl, but you will have to separate them into 4 equal parts to make the cowl.
    Other super bulky weight yarns would also work great for this.

    • Size US 50/25 mm knitting needles (the biggest they have, baby)

    • yarn needle to weave in ends

    Instructions

    Start by holding 4 strands of yarn together and tying a knot in the end. Leave a few inches of tail and then cast on 6 stitches.

    Work in garter stitch (knitting every row) until the piece measures approximately 48 inches. Bind off, leaving about 12 inches of tail to sew up the seam.

    Tie another knot on the end of the tail and then use it to seam the two ends of the cowl together. I usually just do this part with my hands. When you're done, you can cut off the knots from both tails and then use the yarn needle to weave any remaining ends into the cowl. I usually make a few knots just so the seam is nice and secure. Then snip off any extra yarn.

    The garter stitch pattern makes this cowl nice and stretchy, so you can wear it doubled up or let it hang longer like a scarf.