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 two skeins 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