Saturday, August 20, 2016

Purple Lace Wrap

This beautiful lace wrap is very time consuming, but well worth the effort. It is made with a delicate lace yarn and a rather simple pattern. 
I used two skeins of KnitPicks Gloss Lace in Lilac with size 8 needles. 

CO 80 sts, longtail method

*yarn overs (yo) are done purlwise in this pattern. 

Row 1: k across

Row 2: p2, *yo, p4 tog; rep from -* to end across to last 2 sts, p2

Row 3: k2, *k1, (k1, p1, k1) in yo from previous row; rep from * to end to last 2 sts, k2

Rep rows 1-3 until you have knit the desired length. Fasten off and weave in all ends. 

I blocked this, just by wetting it and pinning it out. It really helped open up the lace and helped it sit flat. 

My finished scarf is 15"x102". 
This is definitely a time consuming scarf, with the delicate lace yarn. I actually spent about 10 months working on this scarf on and off, maybe an hour or three one week and then not working on it for a few weeks and then going back. I worked on it between projects, when I was getting ready to start something new. Since it was so time consuming and fidgety with the lace yarn, I would recommend not trying to knit it all at once, with nothing to break it up. The beauty of the finished lacey project will certainly make up for the effort though!
Hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Chain Infinity Scarf

This scarf is super easy to whip up, and I think it looks great with this variegated yarn. I ordered this yarn online, and the little picture of the swatch only showed the red, pink, and pale pink/ white color. Needless to say, I was surprised when it came and had blue and yellow in it! Even with this little surprise I think it makes an interesting scarf, with a really nice, fluffy texture. 
I used 2 skeins of Kaleidoscope in color #51, Item 147 with a J hook. 
Ch 124, join in 1st ch with sl st
Row 1: ch 3, (counts as dc), dc in next ch, *ch 3, Sk next 3 ch , dc in each of next 2 ch; rep from * across to end of row, ch 3, sk next 3 ch, join to top of begininning ch 3 with sl st. 
Row 2: ch 3, (counts as dc), dc in next dc, *ch 3, sk ch 3 so, dc in each of next 2 dc; rep from * across to end of row, ch 3, sk ch 3 so, join to top of begininning ch 3 with sl st. 
Repeat row 2 until desired width, or almost out of yarn. Fasten off, and weave in any remaining ends. 
My finished cowl is 21"x 38". I wrapped it once, but to make it longer, just add a few more multiples of 5. The colors are actually pretty interesting, even though I was completely thrown off by the blue and yellow. 
Hope you make one of these scarves!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Breezy Night Sky Scarf

This ombre ripple scarf is made with yarn in pretty blues, allowing the pattern to fade through the shades of blue and white. 
I used one skein of Patons Lace in Porcelain with size 6 needles. I used circulars to accommodate the large number of stitches. 

CO 344
 
Row 1 and 4: k across

Row 2: k1, p to last st, k1

Row 3: k1, (yo, k1) 3 times, (k2tog) 6 times, *(yo, k1) 6 times, (k2tog) 6 times; rep from * to end to last 4 sts, (yo, k1) 3times, k1

Rep rows 1-4 until you have reached your desired width. 

BO loosely, or using JSSBO. Fasten off and weave in all remaining ends. 

I blocked this lightly, just by wetting it and pinning it out, making sure to pin the ripples. 
I love the Patons Lace yarn, in all their ombre colorways. 
My finished scarf is 9"x75". 
Hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Grey Shell Cowl

This simple cowl crochets up really fast, and will keep you cozy through the winter. 
I used two skeins of Simply Soft in Stormy Weather with an I hook. 
Ch 100, join without turning. 

Row 1: ch 1, sc in every ch around, join to ch 1 with sl st

Row 2: ch 1, sc in every sc around, join to ch 1 with sl st

Row 3: ch 3, *sk next 3 sc, 4 dc in next sc; rep from * to end to last sc, 3 dc in last sc, join to top of beg ch 3 with sl st

Row 4: ch 1, sc in every dc around, join to ch 1 with sl st

Row 5: ch 3, 3 did in same st, *sk next 3 sc, 4 dc in next sc; rep from * to end to last 3 sc, sk last 3 sc, join to top of beg ch 3 with sl st

Row 6: ch 1, sc in every dc around, join to ch 1 with sl st

Rep rows 3-6 until your cowl is nearly the desired length. Then repeat row 4 twice, to finish with another two rows of sc. 
Fasten off, and weave in all ends. 
This yarn ranges from a nice grey to black, making it neutral to match many outfits. My finished cowl is 28" around and 16" tall. 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Casual Cowl

This soft yarn knits up to make a lovely textured cowl. The stitch is simple, but adds interest. The scarf has a ribbed border, to give it clean lines. 
I used a skein of Red Heart Soft in Teal with size 7 and 10 circular needles. 
Co 248 on size 7 needles, join without turning

Knit 5 rows of k2, p2 ribbing. 

Change to size 10 needles 

Rows 1,3,5, and 7: k around

Row 2 and 4: (k1, p3) around

Row 6 and 8: p2, (k1, p3) around, k1, p1

Rep rows 1-8 until you are ready to add the ribbing. 

Change to size 7 needles

Knit 5 more rows of k2, p2 ribbing. 

Bo loosely, or using JSSBO. 
Fasten off, and weave in ends. 
This texture makes for a very soft, comfortable cowl, perfect for wrapping two or three times under a coat in the winter. 
My finished infinity scarf is 8"x 76". 
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dahlia Wrap

This glittery yarn creates a lovely, lacy wrap in a color that reminds me of blooming dahlias. 
See the bright purple color? This shawl is made of double and treble crochet stitches, to make a nice lacy pattern. 
Here's a delightful dahlia, picture taken in my backyard last year when these flowers were blooming. This yarn just reminded me so much of one of my favorite flowers. 

I used two skeins of Patons Glamstripes in Orchid with an H hook. 

Ch 300

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in every ch across

Row 2: ch 5 (counts as tr, ch 1), turn, *sk next dc, tr in next dc, ch 1; rep from * to last dc, tr in last dc

Row 3: ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, *dc in ch 1 so, do in tr; rep from * to end across

Rep rows 2 and 3 until your shawl is the desired width. 

To add the picot border: 
Without cutting yarn, ch 1, turn, *sc in each of next 3 dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next dc; rep from * to end across. You may have to fudge it at the ends a little bit, but I didn't have any problems. 

To add the picot border on the other side, join yarn at the beginning ch, then repeat the instructions for the other side, crocheting on the opposite side of the chain. 

Fasten off, and weave in all ends. 

My finished shawl is 9"x98". I find this yarn really interesting, with the slight shimmer through all the yarn, with sections of more shimmer. 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Basketweave Cowl

This beautiful ombre yarn creates a great canvas for the basketweave stitch. This was my first time using both this yarn and this stitch, and I was pleasantly surprised with both. 
I used one skein of Knit Picks Chroma in Hollyhock with size 6 circular needles. This scarf is not worked in the round, but I used circulars just because I tend to prefer them. 

wyib: with yarn in back
wyif: with yarn in front

CO 131, longtail method. 

Purl 1 row

Row 1: sl 1 st kw wyib, sl 2nd st pw wyib, [sk next st on needle, k next st tbl (do not drop st off needle), k the skipped st, drop both sts off needle] to last st, k last st tbl

Row 2: sl 1st st pw wyif, sl 2nd st pw wyif, [ sk next st on needle, p next st (do not drop st off needle), p the skipped st, drop both sts off of needle] to last st, p last st

Rep rows 1 and 2 until the scarf is the desired width. 

BO using JSSBO. Fasten off. I left an extra long tail so that I could seam the ends together after blocking, but you could also just add some more yarn. I blocked this lightly to stretch out the stitch and make it more even. Blocking also helped reduce the curling of the edges very much. I was sort of worried about how much the edges curled, but after blocking it, just wetting and pinning it down, the edges flattened right out. 

After blocking, seam together and weave in all ends. 
I loved watching each color emerge as I knit on, with the vibrant purples, indigos, and greys. As I said, I've never used this yarn before, but I really enjoyed it and will definitely be using it again. 
My finished cowl is 29"x11" after blocking. 
I hope you enjoy is pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Coral Semi-Hexagon Shawl

This semi-hexagon shawl is a great variation from the typical triangle! I love this shape with the pretty lace edging. 
I used about 1 1/2 skeins of Patons Lace in Calypso Coral with a G hook. 
Ch 6, join with sl st to form ring. 
Row 1: ch 4, (counts as dc, ch 1), (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1, dc) in ring
Row 2: ch 4, (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, 2 dc in ch 1 sp, sk next dc, dc in next dc, sk next dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, sk next dc, dc in next dc, sk next dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, sk next dc, dc in next dc, sk next dc, (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in ch 1 sp
Row 3: ch 4, (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, 2 dc in ch 1 sp, sk next dc, dc in each st until last st before ch 2 sp, sk next dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, sk next dc, dc in each st until last st before ch 2 sp, sk next dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, sk next dc, dc in each st until last st before ch 1 sp, sk next dc, (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in ch 1 sp

Edging: 
* count every ch as a st as well
You may have to fudge this a little bit to get it to work, which is fine. I made sure that there was a ch 5 loop over each ch 2 sp. 
Row 1: ch 1, turn, dc in 1st dc, (ch 5, sk 3 sts, sc in next dc) rep (to) to end of row
Row 2: ch 5, turn, sc in ch 5 sp, *9 dc in next ch 5 sp, (sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5) twice, sc in next ch 5 sp; rep from * to end across, 9 dc in ch 5 sp, sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 2, dc in sc
Row 3: ch 1, dc in dc, *(dc, ch 1) in each of first 8 dc, dc in next dc, sc in ch 5 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch 5 sp; rep from * to end across, (dc, ch 1) in each of first 8 dc, dc in next dc, dc in 4th ch of starting ch 5
Row 4: ch 1, sc in sc, *(sc in dc st and ch 1 sp) 8 times, dc in next dc, sk next sc, 5 sc in ch 5 sp, sk next sc; rep from * to end across, (sc in dc st and ch 1 sp) 8 times, sc in next dc, sc in last dc 

Fasten off, and weave in any remaining ends. 
This coral color is my favorite! My finished shawl is 22" deep and 72" across the top. 
Here is a photo of the shawl laid out. It makes a half-hexagon, or a trapezoid, depending on how you decide to see it. 
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Stormy Lace Cowl

This soft, fluffy, single plied yarn creates a delightful lacy cowl. The lacy texture is perfect for spring, with a soft neutral color to match so much in your wardrobe. 
I used one skein of Knit Picks Preciosa Tonal in Stormy with size 10.5 needles. 
CO 53, longtail. 
Row 1: k1, *k1, yo, k3, slip 1 kw, k2tog, pass slipped st over, k3, yo; rep from * to end across to last 2 sts, k1, k1
Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8: purl across
Row 3: k1, *k2, yo, k2, slip 1 kw, k2tog, pass slipped st over, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to end across to last 2 sts, k1, k1
Row 5: k1, *k3, yo, k1, slip 1 kw, k2tog, pass slipped st over, k1, yo, k2; rep from * to end across to last 2 sts, k1, k1
Row 7: k1, *k4, yo, slip 1 kw, k2tog, pass slipped st over, yo, k3; rep from * to end across to last 2 sts, k1, k1

Rep these last 8 rows until you have the desired length. BO loosely, I used JSSBO. I left a fairly long tail here, so that I could see the two ends together to make a cowl. I blocked this scarf because it's wool, and to open up the lace. I just wet it and then pinned it out in the rectangle shape. After it was dry, I seamed it together. Weave in any remaining tails. 
The blocking really helped this lace. The drape is fantastic afterwards too. I've never used this yarn before, and I was pleasantly surprised! 
My finished cowl is 13" wide and 40" around. 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Purple Parallelogram Scarf

This sequined lacy shawl is perfect for adding some glamor to your outfit. This airy stitch makes it light, but still warm for a chilly day. 
I used two skeins of Patons Lace Sequin in Amethyst with a G hook. 
Ch 218
Row 1: in 4th ch from hook, (dc, ch2, 2dc), *sk 4 ch, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch; rep from * across to end
Row 2: ch6, turn, (dc, ch2, dc) in 4th ch, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in every ch2 sp across
Row 3: ch1, turn, sl st to 2nd ch2 sp, ch3, (dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 sp, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in every ch2 sp across 

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your scarf is the desired width or almost out of yarn. Fasten off, and weave in all the ends. 
This scarf is 13"x75". The increasing at one ends and decreasing at the other forms an interesting parallelogram shape. The scarf hangs nicely with this, as it kind of drapes down. 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Liquid Teal Scarf

This parallelogram scarf is a larger version of my popular Liquid Silver Scarf. I like the silver one, but this one is longer and wider, more suitable for colder weather than the silver one. The shimmery, silky yarn is really beautiful with the simplistic stitch pattern. 
I used three skeins of Patons Metallic in Metallic Teal with size 8 needles. 
CO 81sts
Row 1: k across
Row 2: k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end across

Rep rows 1 and 2 until your scarf is the desired length. 
BO after a row 1, and weave in all remaining ends. This is a little tricky with the lacy pattern, but I've found that weaving it through the sort of vertical stripes the lace makes works pretty well. 
My finished scarf is 16" wide and 64" from end to end. I love the parallelogram shape the scarf makes, being worked up on the bias. The ends form nice triangular shapes with this stitch, making the scarf look flowy and smooth and not boxy at the ends. 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Purple Picot Infinity Scarf

This lacy stitch is perfectly feminine and delicate. The light stitch is combined with a thicker worsted weight yarn, making it great to wear all the time. 
I used one skein of Red Heart Soft in Lilac with an I hook. 
Ch 42
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, *sk next 4 ch, ch 5, sc in next ch; rep from * to end across
Row 2: ch 6 (counts as trc, ch 2), turn, *(sc, ch 3, sc) in 3rd ch of ch 5 sp, ch 5; rep from * to end to last ch 5 sp, (sc, ch 3, sc) in 3rd ch of ch 5 sp, ch 2, trc in sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in trc, *ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in 3rd ch of ch 5 sp; rep from * to end to last ch 5 sp, ch 5, sc in 4th ch of beg ch 6

Rep rows 2 and 3 until desired length. Seam ends together, or sc. Weave in any remaining tails. 
I love how this stitch looks, and it's so easy. My finished scarf is 13"x52". 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mist Cowl

This beautiful yarn has subtle color changes and a slight shimmer, making a lovely, lacy cowl. 
I used two skeins of Red Heart Boutique Midnight in Misty with size 11 circular needles. 

Co 84 sts, join without turning
Row 1 and 3: k all sts
Row 2: *k3, yo, sl 2 sts as if to knit, k next st, pass two slipped sts over k st, yo; rep from * to end to end of row
Row 4: *yo, sl 2 sts as if to knit, k next st, pass two slipped sts over k st, yo, k3; rep from * to end to end of row 

Rep rows 1-4 as many times as you would like. 
Co loosely after a row 1, in knit. 
I love the simple lace, and how the cowl scrunches up around my neck. My finished cowl is 30" around and 21" long. 
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Stained Glass Infinity Scarf

These bright colors make a great simple scarf, in an easy chain stitch pattern. I tend to avoid variegated yarns, but I loved the bright colors in this skein and wanted to try it. 
I used one skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Stained Glass with a J hook. 

Ch 200, sl st in 1st ch to join, being careful not to twist
Row 1: ch 3, dc in next ch, *ch 8, sk next 8 ch, dc in each of next two chs; rep from * to end across, ch 8, sk next 8 ch, join to top of original ch 3 with sl st
Row 2: ch 3, dc next to second dc, *ch 8, sk ch 8 lp, dc in sp between 1st and 2dc dc, dc next to 2dc dc; rep from * to end across, ch 8, sk ch 8 lp, join with st st to top of original ch 3 with sl st 
Rep row 2 as many times as you would like, or until out of yarn. 
Fasten off, and weave in all ends. 
I actually really like the way these colors blended. I wasn't sure if they would get too muddled together. It's always good to take risks in your crocheting!
My finished infinity scarf is 15" wide and 54" around. 
Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Summertime Shawl

This shawl is so soft and light, perfect for spring or summer, especially with the pretty pinks of the yarn. 
I used one skein of KnitPicks Stroll Fingering in Summer Blooms Tonal with size 6 circular needles to accommodate the large number of stitches. 
Co 3 sts, long tail
Row 1: k across
Row 2: k1, (yo, k1) twice
Row 3: k1, yo, k3, yo, k1
Row 4: (k1, yo, k2, yo), pm, rep (to) once more, k1
Row 5: k1, yo, k to marker, sm, k to last st, yo, k1
Row 6, k1, yo, k to marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, k to last st, yo, k1

Rep rows 5-6 until you would like to start the edging. 
Row 1: k1, yo, *k2tog, yo; rep from * to end to last st before marker, k1, sm, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end to last st , yo, k1
Row 2: rep row 6
Row 3: k1, yo, *k2tog, yo; rep from * to end to last 2 sts before marker, k2, sm, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end to last st, yo, k1
Row 4: rep row 6

Rep these 4 rows until you would like to bind off
Rep row 5 once more, the bo loosely in knit. I recommend using Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy bind off. 
I wet blocked this to open up the lace and give it more drape. 
I just love the drape on this shawl. It makes it so perfect for warmer months, or so that you can wear it inside all day. 
My blocked, finished shawl measures 22" from the top to the tip, and 75" across. The lace edging is 3" wide, measured after blocking. 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Coral Crocodile Cowl

This is a similar version to my popular crocodile shawl, but in a cowl form so it stays wrapped nicely around your neck. 
I used 3 skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Papaya Heather with a J hook. 

If you would like the photo tutorial, please go to my crocodile shawl pattern. The beginning of this cowl is the same as that pattern. 
*ch 3 counts as dc

Ch 5. Sl st into 3rd ch, ch 3
Row 1: dc 4, ch 1, dc 5 in loop
Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc into top and side of last dc of 1st petal, ch 1, dc in middle sp of 10 dc from previous row, ch 1, 2 dc into last ch of ch 3 from previous row. 
Row 3: dc 5 around 1st dc, ch 1, dc 5 around next dc, sl st in next dc, dc 5 around next dc, ch 1, dc 5 around next dc. 

Repeat rows 2 and 3 in the manner shown, until you have enough petals to sit around your neck. This was 14 for me. 
Join two ends together with a sl st
Row 1: ch 3, turn, dc in sl st, *ch 1, dc in sp between 10 dc, ch 1, 2dc in next dc; rep from * to end to end of round, ch 1, join to 3rd ch of beg ch with st st
Row 2: turn, sl st in 1st dc, *dc 5 around next dc, ch 1, dc 5 around next dc, sl st in next dc; rep from *to end to end of round, sl st in same dc as you did in the beginning of the row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 two more times. 
The petals will move over one with each repeat of rows 1 and 2, but it doesn't make a difference when it is finished. 
Fasten off, and weave in any remaining ends. 
Here is the back, to show how the ends are connected and seamless. 
I love the funky texture of crocodile stitch. 
My finished cowl is about 15" deep, and 26" around the neck. 
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa