Saturday, April 30, 2016

Gold Leaf Cowl

This soft chunky yarn has pretty bits of gold painted right on the yarn, for an interesting gold leaf effect. This simple stitch showcases this lovely yarn so well!
I used two skeins of Lion Brand Gold Leaf in Teal Gold with size 15 circular needles. 
Co 70, join without turning
Row 1: (yo, k2tog) to end
Rep row one until your cowl is as wide as you would like. 
Bo loosely in k. 
Fasten off, and weave in all ends. 
This stitch creates a nice lacy rib type texture. I love the gold peaking through on the occasional stitch!
My finished cowl is about 10"x38". 
Next time you see this yarn in the craft store, pick some up! I know I will be!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pink Lacy Triangular Shawl

This pretty pastel scarf is perfect for spring, with the delicate lace design. 
I used about one and a half skeins of Simply Soft in Soft Pink with a J hook. 
Ch 5, dc in 1st ch (this forms a "point") 
Row 1: ch3, turn, dc, ch1, dc in the point.
Row 2: ch3, turn, (dc, ch1, dc) in ch1 sp, ch1, (dc, ch1, dc) in next ch1 sp
Row 3: ch3, turn, (dc, ch1, dc) in ch 1 sp, *ch1, dc in next ch1 sp; rep from * to end to last ch1 sp, (dc, ch1, dc) in last ch1 sp

Rep row 3 until desired size. 
Without cutting the yarn, work the edging along the 2 sides of the shawl. 

Row 1: ch1, turn, sc along edges. (3 sts per dc, and 9sc in the beginning point)
Row 2: ch5, turn, sc in 3rd sc, *ch 5, sk 2 sc, sc in next sc; rep from * across to point, (only sk 1 sc, ch5, sc in next sc) three times, then continue with * to end across to end of row
Row 3: ch5, turn, sc in 1st ch5 sp, *ch 1, (dc, ch1) 6 times in next ch5 loop, sc in next ch5 loop, ch5, sc in next ch5 loop; rep from * to end until end of row
Row 4: ch1, turn, sc in 1st ch 5 loop, *ch2, (dc, ch2) in each of the 6 dc from previous row, sc in ch5 loop; rep from * to end until end of row
Row 5: ch1, turn, sc in 1st ch2 sp, *(sc, ch 3 sc ) in each of the 5 ch2 sps, sc in each of next 2 ch2 sps; rep from * to end of row 

Fasten off, and weave in any remaining ends. 
You may have to mess around with the edging, depending on how many rows you have. Just do whatever looks right at the point!
The ruffled edging adds about 3" to the sides of the scarf. Total, the shawl is about 30" from the top to the bottom point, and 65" along the top edge. 
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Pacific Lace Shawl

I love the pretty teals of this yarn. It reminds me of summer, so I matched it up with an airy, lacy pattern. This scarf is a triangle worked on the bias, so it is not a symmetrical triangle. 
I used one skein of KnitPicks Stroll Fingering in Pacific Tonal with size 6 circular needles to accommodate the large number of stitches. 

CO 3, long tail
Row 1: k2, kfb
Row 2: kfb, k to last 2 sts, k2 tog
Row 3: k to last st, kfb

Rep rows 2 and 3 for the solid sections. 
So every other row 2 will have an even number of sts, and the other row 2 will have an odd number. This is because it increases 1 stitch every two rows, and the pattern repeat is only two rows long, so one time it will be even and the next it will be odd. 

For the even rows: 
Row 1: kfb, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, k1, k2tog
Row 2: k to last st, kfb

For the odd rows: 
Row 1: kfb, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 2: k to last st, kfb

I wouldn't bother counting the sts to determine if it's an even or odd row, I would just knit the lace pattern of (yo, k2tog) until the last few sts and see if there needs to be another st or not before the k2tog. 

Randomly do big and small sections of the solid knitting and the lace pattern. This will give it a nice, random, lacy look. 
When you're almost out of yarn, BO using Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, or another stretchy one. 
Fasten off, and weave in ends. 
I blocked this to open up the lace. Blocking gave this scarf a fantastic drape!
Since this is a triangle worked on the bias, it is not perfectly symmetrical. From the center point to the top it is 15". From end to end, along the longest side, it is 107". This makes it the perfect narrow scarf, since the ends are very skinny and the deepest part isn't too wide. I wrap the ends a few times, which helps make it more secure. 
Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Rose Lace Cowl

This lacy cowl is nice for spring, with the sweet lace and the bright color. 
I used a little over one skein of Simply Soft Light in Bubble Gum with a G hook. 

Ch 273, join, without turning with a sl st. 

Row 1: ch 2, *sk next ch, sc in next ch, ch 1; rep from * to end across, join with sl st in 1st ch of beg ch 2
Row 2: ch 1, *sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1; rep from * to end across, join with sl st in beg ch 1
Row 3: ch 2, *sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1; rep from * to end across, join with sl st in 1st ch of beg ch 2

Rep rows 2 and 3 until your cowl is the desired width. For me, I repeated rows 2-3 until I finished the first skein, and then I started on the second. 

Edging:
Row 1: ch 1, sc in every sc and ch 1 sp around, join to beg ch 1 with sl st
Row 2: ch 1, sc in next sc, * ch 4, sk 2 sc, sc in next sc; rep from * to end around to last 2 sc, ch 4, join in beg ch 1 with sl st
Row 3: sl st to ch 4 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (ch 2, dc, ch 4, sl st in 1st ch of ch 4, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch 4 sp, * sk next ch 4 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc, ch 4, sl st in 1st ch of ch 4, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch 4 sp; rep from * to end across, sk next ch 4 sp, join to 1st ch of beg ch 3 with sl st

Fasten off, and weave in ends. 
I did not block this because it's acrylic and acrylic typically doesn't block all that well, but if you're using a different type of yarn, like a wool blend, you could definitely block it go open the lace and define the points of the edging more. 
My finished cowl is 7"x54". 
I love the effect this simple lacy edging has on the scarf. 
Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Emphasis Cowl

This bold, magenta cowl has a thick cable running through one side, placing the emphasis of the cowl on the cable and the emphasis of your outfit on this cowl. 
I used two skeins of Loops & Threads Charisma in Fuschia with size 15 needles. 
CO 88, long tail. Join without turning. 
Row 1,2,4,5,6,8: p20, k18, p42
Row 3: p20, sl next 6 sts to cn, hold in back, k6, k6 from cn, k6, p42
Row 7: p20, k6, sl next 6 sts to cn, hold in front, k6, k6 from cn, p42

Rep rows 1-8 until you have the desired width. After a row 2, BO loosely. 
Weave in all ends, and you're finished!
This is a braided cable, one of my favorites to do. 
This cowl is 30" around and 17" tall. 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa