Free Pattern Friday – Bruges Noel Shawl

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, the Bruges Noel Shawl in Classic Shades Metallic.

cshades-metallic-607-zenith-hi-resThis is the perfect time of year to highlight one of our most holly jolly colorways, 607 Zenith in Classic Shades Metallic.  We’ve previously shown off this color, in this 2014 blog post with a knitted project, shown below.

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Red, dark ash, green, and some silver sparkle.  Love this yarn!
brugesnoelshawl_hh_alt-blogThe Bruges Noel Shawl is a triangular shawl that is worked sideways from one tip to the other. The stitches used are traditional crochet Bruges lace, constructed with strips of double crochet and connected with chain spaces. This shawl is worked in one piece.  At 84″ (7 feet) long, this is a great shawl to wrap around yourself and show off.  It’s a fun crochet project with the right amount of sparkle.

If bling isn’t your thing, this would work up at exactly the same gauge in self-shading Classic Shades, which has the same fiber content without the metallic strand.  But if ever there were a time of year to sparkle a little, this is it.

We hope your weekend is merry and bright.

Happy crafting!

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Trade Street Cowls and Hat – Applied Crochet Lines

Today, I have another tutorial involving a crochet hook  to go along with our In Transit e-book.  The Trade Street Cowls and Hat pattern uses contrasting applied crochet lines to create vertical stripes. The  lines are added to the purl columns in the finished pieces.

The Trade Street Hat and Cowls feature an applied crochet stripe. No carrying colors on the back side! The pattern comes with both long and short versions of the cowl.
The Trade Street Hat and Cowls feature an applied crochet stripe. No carrying colors on the back side! The pattern comes with both long and short versions of the cowl.

It can be a lot of fun choosing the color for the applied crochet lines, and there are a few options, depending on the look you would like to create. Using a solid color in Uptown Bulky that also appears in the Main Color produces a plaid-like effect. With Classic Shades Big Time as the Contrasting Color, there are a ton of options – choose a highly contrasting section of the color repeat to make the stripes pop, use a section that is neutral or similar to the Main Color for more subtle stripes or choose a section with quicker color changes for gradient stripes.

Let’s get started!

Once you have finished and blocked your cowl or hat, you are ready to add the applied crochet lines.

Step 1: Holding yarn beneath work, insert crochet hook through the center of the first purl st in a column.

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Step 2: Pull a loop of yarn through to the front of the work.

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Step 3: Insert hook through the next st up in the same purl column, pull a loop of yarn through to the front of the work (2 loops on hook), pull the second loop through the first loop (1 loop on hook); repeat along entire column.

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Step 4: When entire column is complete, break yarn, leaving a 3 to 4 inch tail and pull through last loop.

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Step 5: Pull tail to wrong side and weave in ends.

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Keep going until all of the purl columns have applied crochet lines.

Will you go for subtle or bold stripes on your Trade Street Cowls and Hat?

 

 

 

Free Pattern Friday – Squoosh Cowl

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, the Squoosh Cowl in Uptown Bulky Amplify.

 

Squoosh!

 

Squoosh!!

 

SQUOOOOSH!!!

 

The Squoosh Cowl lives up to its name.

squooshcowl2_uptownbulkyamplify_blogIt’s made with one ball each of two colors in Uptown Bulky Amplify, a super soft anti-pilling acrylic with lots of bounce.

Knit it up on size 13 (9mm) needles, alternating balls to create the colorful striping.  It’s super-easy.  Just work straight garter stitch, then sew the ends together.  You can wrap this baby up to four times around your neck.  Just decide how much “squoosh” you want.

We hope you enjoy this thick and quick simple project in one of our most squishable yarns.

Happy knitting!

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