I had two balls of Scarfie yarn leftover after a cardigan project. I knew I wanted to find a pattern that takes advantage of it's fun ombre effect and warm wool blend for a fall accessory. The cable knit leg warmers by Joanne Loh fit the criteria and look great to boot! Just one ball of Scarfie is enough for both generously long leg warmers.
Doris Chan's fourth book breaks down lace garment construction into simple shapes, then guides the reader through construction of sophisticated-looking skirts, vests, wraps, and dresses. This is not only a wonderful introduction to charted crochet patterns, but also a great starting point for more experienced crafters to adapt shapes to their own vision.
I visited Milwaukee with my friend Megan and boyfriend Scott recently. At only an hour from Chicago, it's a perfect weekend stop. Scott and I had only been there for Bucks games before, but this time we dug into all the Lake Michigan gem had to offer.
I designed this simple, middle-out knitted wrap based on a common design of alternating decorative and mesh panels. It's designed for summer nights in Georgia, made of a cool and easy care cotton-acrylic blend. The light, springy yarn was enjoyable to work with and easy to carry around in my canvas project bag.
I sent it to my mom last week, and it arrived on the Thursday before Mother's Day. I think she really liked it, and she will use it as a shield from the fierce air conditioning required by all public buildings in the deep South.
I found this great-looking pattern on Love Knitting's pattern search when I was looking for a Mother's Day shawl. It had straightforward center-out repeating panel construction, a nice light weight, and was not a yarn hog. I downloaded it in the yarn store and bought the right-size crochet hook. With Premier's cool white cotton yarn in hand, I settled in to a day of crafting and Lost in Space. I had this project all planned, so why did I end up frogging this simple piece 10 times in 2 days?
Hats are a great one-skein project, worn by almost everyone, and quick to make. They're also wonderfully customizable, especially when you find a "teaching" pattern that gives you tips and a recipe rather than just straightforward color by the numbers steps.
When a coworker was getting rid of ultra soft sport-weight alpaca in this neutral dusty navy, I knew I wanted to make a top down hat.
If you love a color shift, whether from dark to light or one hue to a complement, former Vogue Knitting editor Tanis Gray has the versatile picture book for you.
I finally finished these simple arm warmers. I didn't use a pattern here, just kept trying them on my wrists as I went. Each row is double-crochet, with 3 rows of 2 decreases toward the wrist, and the same number of increases back out to the hand. I decided against an added thumb so it wouldn't add bulk when picking wild berries or carrying a hiking stick.
This winter has been dreadfully cold and icy, but spring feels near. We've passed Daylight Savings Time now, and had some days in the low 40s. I like to take an afternoon walk around the pond on the right when my head is too full of spreadsheets. Today was not one of those nice days, though. I got these pictures during a brief break in the swirling, thick snow that fell all day.
I was discouraged to see more snow, but it didn't stick. In any case, the colder weather is a great excuse to wear this thick, soft knit skirt!