Monday, June 24, 2013

Cathedral Shawl

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I'm off on vacation tomorrow, so I'm getting in one last post for the week.  Going to do some visiting with family in St. Louis, Missouri and visit a few local yarn shops.  Will return with lots of yummy yarny goodness to share.  This is my latest pattern and is an easy, advanced beginner pattern.  Still, it's interesting enough to keep the more advanced knitter happy! Great project for car or airplane trips.  Would look gorgeous in a long run yarn! 

A generous size for the smaller frame or larger gal like myself!  Beautiful Madeline Tosh DK in Cathedral was a joy to knit with.  Three skeins will get you this size, but even two skeins will give a pleasing outcome.

Stockinette stitch brings out the lovely colors and a simple eyelet row and soft ruffles add interest.  The garter stitch border rounds out this simply elegant shawl.

Softly draping your shoulders or over a coat is fashion at its best.  Would look great in a cotton yarn too, for the warmer weather this side of the pond!

One skein of Caron Simply Soft and larger needles is very cost effective for a scarflette.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Dream In Color Shawl

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Dream In Color Wisp yarn created this gorgeous shawl.  Lace weight from WEBS in Daylily was a joy to work with.  Three skeins gives you a very generous size as each hank is 550 yards (502 meters).  I believe I used a size D (3.25 mm) or E hook.

I often add beads to my scarves and shawls and I had these in my bead box.  They were not in the original container, but I'm pretty sure they are from Hobby Lobby, E Beads by Create A Craft.  They do need to be strung on to your yarn before you begin, and as this is a very big shawl, that means alot of stringing on of the beads.  That can cause your yarn to stress a wee bit with the constant pushing of the beads down the yarn.  What I do is complete the shawl and cut the yarn before I begin the border.  I then string on 50 or so beads and start the edging.  If I need more beads, I cut and fasten off and start again with more beads.  This way, you save the stress on the wool.

It turned out to be a very lightweight, but warm shawl as the yarn is 50% silk and 50% wool.  I love how it turned out and my daughter likes to borrow it as it is so light.

I have discovered that I am allergic to wool!  Can you believe that?  A knitter breaking out in hives all up and down her arms as she is clicking away?  ARG!  Even around my neck as I try on the scarf to check the drape.  I think this is happening as I have been working with wool yarn only, for the last few months catching up on orders.  I'll have to take a break from that and go to cotton or non-wool yarn for a time.  Well, I suppose the timing is good as it has started to heat up here in the mid west.

Click here for the yarn on WEBS

Click here for the Easy Triangle pattern

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Boneyard Shawl

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Knitting God, Stephen West. Need I say more? Super simple pattern with spectacular results!
I knitted with worsted weight yarn and a larger needle than the pattern suggested as I had this yummy Knit Picks Simply Cotton Worsted in Golden Harvest just waiting for a project.

The perfect shade of orange to blend with spring time rains and the colors of changing leaves in the fall.
Nice oversized scarf/shawl in cotton can carry you through many seasons.

This is the perfect project to get you started with Stephen’s wonderful designs. Simple but has some interest with the garter stitch rows.
I’d make another shawl for sure. Maybe some semi solid, hand painted, fingerling weight for the stockinette stitch and some not so attractive fingerling for the garter stitch rows. We all have a skein of that stashed. You’ve tried making something with it and ripped it out! Or you have a half skein of something. Try it in this pattern from my favorite Knitting God!

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Artyarns Scarf

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If you remember back when I posted about Karens Carnival Scarf, I had purchased some Artyarns Mohair Splash.

Gorgeous is all it's yarny, beady goodness!  I bought one skein in the 904 Berry Bliss with silver beads color at the top.  You can find it in the Craftsy Yarn Shop , AND it comes with a FREE set of 8 scarf, shrug and shawl patterns!   It really is a beautiful silk and mohair yarn with beads already worked in.
I did not use one of the free patterns, but did a little simple design of yarn overs at the sides and stockinette stitch throughout.  My daughter loves this little scarflette!  The beading is spread out intermittently....not too much or too little.  It's unbelievably soft as well.
This is only one skein at 165 yards (150 meters) and a size US 9 needle.
I added a little button from my stash that matched perfectly and my standard "made with love" sterling silver charm.  These are sewn on the end points to keep the scarf together as it is a bit slippery to keep on otherwise.  If you have a shawl pin or a cute brooch, that would look great too!
Here's a not-so-great-photo of the beading.  I think there are just enough of them and they look like stars in a midnight sky to me!

Well, there you go!  A great yarn to make something special for yourself or someone special in your life.

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Have a great week,

Saturday, June 8, 2013

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Parchment Shawl

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I have been working on a shawl pattern for a custom order.  I must say, that I am so pleased with how it came out.  It's a great size if you are thin, like my daughter, or "fluffy" like me!

This is an easy, advanced beginner pattern.  Great project for car trips as it is a two row repeat.  Easily make it larger or smaller.  Would look gorgeous in a long run yarn!  

Beautiful Madeline Tosh in a neutral colorway makes a nice size using 2 skeins.  If you are a “one skein stasher” a scarflette would make a nice neck warmer.  Pop over to the Craftsy Yarn Shop to buy some Madeline Tosh!

I purchased my Madeline Tosh in Omaha, Nebraska at Personal Threads If you don’t see what you like online, give them a call at 800-306-7733.  The folks there are very friendly and eager to help you with all your yarn and fabric needs.  If you are ever in our area and like to visit local yarn shops, stop by 8600 Cass St, in the center of the city and right off the interstate!

If crochet is not your thing, a simple garter stitch border will keep the edge from rolling and still look great!  

The crocheted edge in a contrasting color would be stunning!  A cotton weight with larger needles would be great for the warmer months and give a breezy, open weave effect.

Find the pattern here in my Etsy Shop.  


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Graduating Granny 2

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Another graduation coming up and Alexandra loves pink!  I love this shade of pink, myself.  Bright, cheerful, not too Pepto Bismol (sp?), not too baby pink.  If you look closely, you can see I added a "A" charm at one corner.  It's white on one side and pink leopard on the other.  I wish I took a close up of that, darn.

I used my Easy Triangle Scarf Pattern, which you can find in my Etsy Shop.  Easy pattern and great for car/airplane trips or at the beach.  Inexpensive Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread in Hot Pink or any fine lace yarn you have in your stash make this special gift.  The charm I purchased at my local Hobby Lobby for a couple dollars.  They were 2 in a pack.  String on some beads when you get to the trim and really make it special!

Here's a close up photo of the beading.  The instructions for this are in the pattern.  They really make the scarf special and are well worth the effort.

Have a great week,
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