Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Easy Eyelet Cowl Knitting Pattern

I've been so busy the last several weeks.  My husband was let go from his job as a food broker (not to worry, he found another one within two weeks), the cold is making my bones ache, and getting ready for Thanksgiving and now Christmas is tiering.  I do have two fun trips coming up....a wedding in the Washington, DC area this weekend.  Then a family bridal shower is St. Louis next weekend.  Also, I still have to keep designing and filling orders for my business.

So, I've sneaked in a simple cowl. 

Who doesn't need a quick knit, one skein cowl for the holidays?  Actually, you can get two from one skein of Patons Lace.  Yay!

Knit in the round with a k2, p2 ribbed edge, add some knit rows and some eyelet rows and you're done!

Two row repeat for easy memorization.  Cozy up in front of the television or listen to your favorite podcast and knit away.

Lightweight and oh so toasty warm.  I'm getting ready for tons of traveling this month and this will be so easy to wear and pack in my suitcase.  

There's still plenty of time to whip some up for under the tree.  So affordable for your hairdresser, teacher, secret santa, boss or hostess.

Something from you sock yarn stash would be gorgeous.

This one is a skein of Moonlight Sonata by James C, Brett.  You can't tell from the photo, but there is tons of sparkle in this yarn.  Perfect for the season and the coming New Year.  

The pattern is $2.00 for the entire month of December and can be found in my shops on

Happy hump day,

Purls of Wisdom:
When working with fine yarn and doing a lace or eyelet pattern, your knitting will be much more enjoyable if you use really pointy needles.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Heirloom Mitts & Headband Patterns

I've been busy working on some fingerless mitts patterns, all in worsted weight yarn.  They are such a great gift and when my church has fund raising events, they are the first to be snatched up.  Affordable to make, easy to whip up and loved by so many.

I've added iron-on appliques for a unique twist.  They don't interfere with the fit or distort them in any way and are so easy to apply.

Four super easy patterns for one price of $6.00.  Most of my patterns are $5.00 each, so this is a great bargain. 

One with a thumb, one with a slit and is adjustable for size, and one with no slit or thumb.  I've also included a checkerboard headband in black and white, but you could easily knit it to coordinate with any of the mitts.

The pattern for this plumb and lemongrass pair is knit flat with a crocheted edge.  The buttons allow the wearer to adjust the size.  No button holes as the small size of the buttons just push through the fabric.

Open one button and slip your thumb through or.....

just wear them as wrist warmers.

And because you still need some in the spring and summer months because of too cold, air conditioned offices, these are pretty in pastels. This pair is knit in the round and I think is so feminine and delicate. 

All four patterns are super easy for any advanced beginner or better. 

To save a bit of money, I strategically cut the appliques so I could have one on each mitt.  By doing so, they are slightly different on each mitt, which is fine by me as I don't like things to matchy, matchy.

I love a checkerboard pattern in any color combo, but black and white is a fav of mine.  

I give you all the instructions on how to apply the appliques.  I found mine at Joann Fabric.

You can find the pattern on 

and Ravelry

or click  

Have a great week, and if you are in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving,


Purls of Wisdom:
Do you suffer from one-sockitis?  Think of them as a gift bag!  My daughter doesn't mind mismatched socks, especially in the winter as no one sees them.  I'm gifting her these chocolate smelling votive candles from Root in a vintage espresso cup with a lighter from Target.  These candles are pricey but the chocolate smell is like no other I have found.  So worth the money.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Free Pattern! Tiffany Cowl & Headband Knitting Pattern

The wonderful folks over at Craftsy and working with Cloudborn Fibers, a new yarn company.  Their yarn is exclusive to Craftsy and can't be found anywhere else.

A few months ago, Cloudborn asked me to design something using their yummy yarn!  A privilege indeed.  They sent some super soft Baby Alpaca Bulky fiber in light blue and cream.  I immediately saw Tiffany's signature blue!

Cloudborn has made this yarn in a perfect blend of baby softness and a lovely halo for the most luxurious feel around your neck.  It has great stitch definition and no splitting as you work.

The cowl is knit in the round, no purls, except for the rib sections.  Wear it down or wrapped around your neck....

(if you look closely you can see me in my daughters sunglasses)!  I always think this is funny for some reason.  Anyhoos....

The seed stitch headband coordinates beautifully without being too matchy, matchy.

I wish you could feel the softness of this squishy goodness!

This is a beginner pattern, however, still satisfying for all levels of skill.

Find the free pattern only in my Craftsy shop

Find the yarn, Cloudborn Fibers Baby Alpaka Bulky only at Craftsy

There are 11 different weights to choose from and all are on sale!

If you do not want to invest in 4 skeins, you can easily make this with two skeins and a shorter cowl.

Here are some pattern details for you:

Cowl circumference - 72” (183cm) 
Cowl width - 11” (29cm) 
Headband circumference - 18” (46cm) 
Headband width - 4” (10cm)

*US size 10.5 (6.5mm) 32” circular needles 
*Optional needles: if the circular needles are a bit fiddly when knitting the headband, use US size 10.5 (6.5mm) straight or even double pointed needles will work.
*Cloudborn Fibers Baby Alpaca Bulky (5); 109 yds/100g (100m) 
Two skeins in Sky Blue (A) 
Two skeins in Ivory (B)
*one stitch marker 
*tapestry needle

Thanks for stopping by,

Purls of Wisdom:
As gift giving time approaches, think about adding some tags to the gift bag!  I found these by searching on Pinterest.  I'm sorry I don't have the links for you.  While you're over at Craftsy getting your free pattern, type "free tags" in the search box and a bunch will pop up for you!
Print them off, cut them out and you're done!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Granny Corner 2 Corner Blanket Pattern

Like many of you, I love the Corner2Corner stitch.  I wondered if one could do the same thing in a granny-type stitch.  Granny Corner 2 Corner.

I came up with a deceptively simple pattern with spectacular results!  You work it in the same way, but using the granny stitch instead, from corner to corner.

Simpler, faster and uses less yarn.  Love that!

The border might me slightly changeling for the beginner, but any border you are comfortable hooking will look lovely.  A chart is included for the border and the pattern is written in American and UK terms.

I have the pattern for sale in my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry shops.  Oh, and selling the finished item is permitted.

Have a great week,

Purls of Wisdom:
My daughter took violin lessons in Middle School for about 5 seconds.  I use her music stand for so many things.  Holding a pattern book open, holding a paper pattern and using it to watch a Craftsy class while I'm knitting!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Granite and Marble Cowl Ta Da!

I've had this on my needles for months.  MONTHS!  When the hot summer days and nights are upon us, I don't know any knitter or hooker that enjoys working with wool yarn or even super bulky weight yarn.  That's what happened to me.  Started designing, cast on, knit a few rows then plop, down it goes on the studio floor.

I had every intention of picking it up again, but alas, there it sat.  Last week was my "finish up" that dang cowl and write the pattern!

I receive a fair amount of requests for patterns using super bulky (6) weight yarn and fat needles.  I understand that completely.  Quick, affordable projects that can be whipped up in no time.

I love the double thickness of this cowl.  Chunky, cozy and chic.  You can wear it over your coat, my favorite way to wear it, or under.  
It's knit flat and seamed up at the end.  If you know how to knit in the round, you can certainly do it that way. 

As you can see, I've added a clip on embellishment over the seam.  I used the mattress stitch, but some newbies might be a bit daunted by that and use the whip stitch method which makes the seam unsightly.  The clip on hides that.  Big buttons sewn over the seam would work as well.

I found these two clips at my local Hancock Fabrics store.  This grey one has the clip already on it.  The black one did not, so I just added a barrette to the back with needle and thread.

Here's a look at how I did that on another embellishment.  Easy to take off, switch out or remove altogether, especially if you need to wash your cowl.

I like it scrunched up too!      

Here's the blurb from the listing on Etsy:
Be chic and cozy at the same time with this stylish cowl. Wear it doubled over or scrunched up. Either way you can’t go wrong with this squishy goodness around your neck!

Easy pattern using two skeins of super bulky weight yarn and big needles. My closet is filled with grey, black and white, but any two colors you choose will look fabulous! My next one will be classic black and white. Two shades of a neutral would look great, navy and cream would be stunning or red and white for the holidays.
13” (33cm) from top to bottom
24” (61cm) across before sewing up
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick super bulky (6) weight; 5oz/140g; 87 yds/80m; 80% acrylic/20% wool.
One skein in Granite
One skein in Marble 
US size 17/12mm straight needles

****Selling the finished product is permitted******

If you would like to purchase the pattern, you can find it in my shops on

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by,


Purls of Wisdom:
Don't forget about YouTube when you're stuck on how to do a stitch, sew up a seam or just about anything.  Just type in what you need....
"how to do a mattress stitch"
and all kinds of videos will pop up for you to choose from.

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