Saturday, October 1, 2016

Oatmeal Cowl

This chunky cowl is super simple to make, with a double seed stitch pattern, and seamless from being worked in the round. 
I used three skeins of Vanna's Choice in Oatmeal with size 15 circular needles. Hold two strands throughout. 

CO 90, join without turning. 

Rows 1 and 2: *k1, p1; rep from * to end around

Rows 3 and 4: *p1, k1; rep from * to end around

Rep rows 1-4 until you have the desired width. 
BO loosely and weave in all ends. 
Seed stitch and double seed stitch are some of my favorite knitting stitches, because of the thick texture, and coziness of the resulting fabric. 
My finished cowl is 14"x40". 
Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Breeze Infinity Scarf

This lace weight yarn crochets up into a delicate, lacy shell pattern. The scarf is so light, making it perfect for spring, especially with the pastel color. 
I used one skein of Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Wonderland Heather with a D hook. 

Lacy shell: (tr, ch1, tr, ch1, tr) in same st

Ch 67
Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook, *sk 3 ch, lace shell in next ch, sk 3 ch, hdc in next ch; rep from * to end across

Row 2: ch4, turn, (tr, ch1, tr) in same st, *hdc in center of next lacy shell, work lacy shell in next hdc; rep from * to end across, hdc in last lacy shell, (tr, ch1, 2tr) in last hdc

Row 3: ch2, turn, hdc in same st, *lacy shell in next hdc, hdc in center of next lacy shell; rep from * to end across, work lacy shell into next hdc, hdc in turning ch

Rep rows 2-3 until you have reached the desired length of your scarf. I blocked this to open up the lace. After blocking, if you choose to block it, seam the ends together. 
My finished scarf is 10"x50". 
This is an alpaca yarn, which makes it really soft and fluffy. This was my first time using this yarn, but I really enjoyed it. 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Eggplant Cowl

This pretty stitch is only a simple four row repeat, but knit with a soft yarn, it becomes a really pretty, lacy cowl. 
I used two skeins of Knit Picks Capretta in Regal with size 5 needles. 
CO 135
Row 1: k1, *k1, yo, k2tog; rep from * to end to last 2 sts, k2
Row 2: k1, p1, *p1, k1, p1; rep from * to end to last st, k1
Row 3: k1, *k1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to end to last 2 sts, k2
Row 4: k1, p1, *k1, p2; rep from * to end to last st, k1

Rep rows 1-4 until you have knit your desired length. 
I gently blocked this, to help even out the lace. 
Seam the ends together, and then weave in all remaining tails. 
My finished cowl is 27" around and 20" wide. The actual color is much darker, but the camera had a tough time picking it up. 
Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Plum Shawl

This soft yarn works up nicely into this slightly lacy triangular shawl. It is a shallow, wide triangle, perfect to wrap around your neck. 
I used 2 skeins of Heartland in Hot Springs with a J hook. 
Ch 5
Row 1: (dc, ch 2, dc, trc) in 5th ch from hook
Row 2: ch 4, turn, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in trc, ch 1, 2dc cluster in ch 2 sp, ch 1, (2 dc, ch 2, dc, trc) in top of ch 5 sp
Row 3: ch 4, turn, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in trc, *ch 1, 2dc cluster in ch 2 sp, ch 1, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in 2dc cluster; rep from * to end across to last 2 dc cluster, ch 1, 2dc cluster in ch 2 sp, ch 1, (2 dc, ch 2, dc, trc) in top of ch 4 sp

*2dc cluster is just like a dc2tog, but it is only in one space*

Rep row 3 until desired size. 
Edging:
Don't cut yarn, sc around two edges. 
Row 1: ch 4, turn, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in 1st sc, *ch 1, sk 3 sc, 2dc cluster in next sc, ch 1, sk 3 sc(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next sc; rep from * to end across ( you may have to fudge it a little bit at the center point to get a (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) at the center)
Row 2 and 3: row 3 of main body
Fasten off, weave in any remaining ends. 
This stitch is perfect to show some design but still be nice and warm. 
My finished shawl is 88" across the top and 20" deep. 
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Chevron Lace Cowl

This pretty lace chevron pattern is knit into a lovely cowl. The cowl is light and drapey, matching the delicate lace perfectly. 
I used two skeins of Knit Picks Palette in French Lavendar with size 9 needles. 

CO 60, longtail. If you wish, place a marker between sts 47 and 48. This marks where the lace edging pattern starts. 
Row 1: k47, k3, (yo, k2tog) 4x, yo, k2

Rows 2,4,6,8,10,12,14: k across

Row 3: k47, k4, (yo, k2tog) 4x, yo, k2

Row 5: k47, k5, (yo, k2tog) 4x, yo, k2

Row 7: k47, k6, (yo, k2tog) 4x, yo, k2

Row 9: k47, k7, (yo, k2tog) 4x, yo, k2

Row 11: k47, k8, (yo, k2tog) 4x, yo, k2

Row 13: k47, k9, (yo, k2tog) 4x, yo, k2

Rows 15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,30: k across 

Rows 16,18,20,22,24,26,28: k3, (k2tog, yo) 3x, k2tog, k to end. 

Rep rows 1-30 until job have knit the desired length. BO loosely, or using JSSBO, and then fasten off. I blocked this to make the points sharper and more defined, and the open up the lace. 
I love this bright purple color! 
I have come to really enjoy working with the Knit Picks Palette yarn. I like the fingering weight, and how this yarn can be really drapey, depending on the needle size. They also offer it in a ton of amazing colors! 
My finished cowl is about 15" wide at the points, and 46" long. 
Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Oatmeal Infinity Scarf

This chunky cowl is fast to make, but with the neutral color and fluffy yarn, it will become a staple for cold winter days. 
I used two skeins of Loops & Threads Country Loom in Shale with an N hook. 

Ch 127

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, dc in next ch, *sk next ch, dc in next ch, ch 1, dc in next ch; rep from * to end across to last 2 ch, do in last ch

Row 2: ch 3, turn, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in each ch 1 sp across to last ch 1 sp, dc in ch 3 sp of turning ch

Rep row 2 until the scarf is the desired width. Seam or sc ends together, and fasten off. 
This infinity scarf is big and fluffy, making it perfect to snuggle into. My finished cowl is 9"x78". 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

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