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