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.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Autumn Blanket Pattern

Whenever I'm commissioned to knit or crochet something special for a customer, I always write up the pattern.  A cozy throw to cuddle up in on crisp autumn days was the request.  I love when the client puts their trust in me to select colors for them as choosing colors in one of my strong suits. 

Gorgeous colors of plum, cranberry, pumpkin, golden yellow and leafy green crocheted together like the autumn colors of a changing maple tree.

Big enough at 64" L x 41" W for some cozy couch snuggling.

Crocheted to look like fine linen with a simple single crochet border.

I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby has THE best colors anywhere!  Very soft and machine washable.  

Customer is VERY happy and so am I!  We all know how it makes the heart soar when something we have created and put so much time into is loved.  

Find this crochet hook at The Clay Bean Co. on etsy.  If you don't see what you want, just send Kelli a convo and she'll get right back to you.  She's a great seller and easy to work with.

Find the Fall Back Blanket pattern here: 

Ravelry or  

Happy fall to all,

Purls of Wisdom:
I always enclose a little care instruction card, along with some yarn in each of the colors, in my packages that reads:

Not a very good's more blue.  You can find the paper in almost any store that carries scrap booking supplies.  I just line up the wording on a business card template, then print and cut them out.
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