A few days ago we had someone on Facebook point out (correctly) that we’ve been offering more knit than crochet patterns, and that we need to be sure to show our crocheting friends some love. It’s a point well-taken, and I was delighted that we had something coming up so quickly that fit the bill!
The Skylark Capelet calls for three hanks of Radiant Cotton, a smooth 100% Egyptian cotton with a light sheen somewhere between mercerized and matte. It’s a pleasure to work with.
What I love about this capelet is that just by varying the number of buttons and where you choose to fasten them, you could easily turn this from a capelet into a buttoned cowl, or really into any shape you wish. The edging lends itself particularly well to buttoning.
There’s no limit to what you can do with this versatile crochet piece.
We hope you have a great weekend, and take time to make something just for you!
You may remember last Friday’s free pattern, the Kaye Cardigan. It took its inspiration from the mother of one of our LYS owners here in town. Well, we loved the way her cardigan turned out, and we thought it would make a great pullover. So, voila!
The Kaye Pullover is a nice warm-weather piece, with its openwork in Cotton True Sport (197yds/50g). Unlike the cardigan, the pullover has a picot neckline for an extra decorative touch. It keeps the same diamond patterning just above the cuffs and hem.
It’s such a great feeling to be able to customize a beloved design to make it work perfectly for you. We’re glad we were able to take inspiration from Kaye’s closet, and we’re delighted to be able to share it with you.
Today’s pattern takes its name from the lady who inspired it, Kaye. She’s the mother of Lyn, who owns a LYS just up the road from us, Cottage Yarn in Mint Hill, NC. Kaye had a cardigan that she just loved, and she wondered if we might come up with something similar. This is a family of knitters, after all, so it’s only natural that they’d want to take something special and customize it.
We were happy to oblige, and the Kaye Cardigan was born. We made this design in Fibra Natura Cotton True Sport, a great choice for the open laciness of the fabric. Then we added Garden 10 Metallic, because… bling! Held together, Cotton True Sport 108 Island Blue and the metallic 702-28 Turquoise were a dead-on match.
Kaye’s original cardigan had one button at neckline, but we added a full row. You could easily modify the pattern back to the original one-button design if you wished.
Next week we’ll dive back into Kaye’s closet, with another modification. Can’t wait!
This tee is named after the town of Bienne, Switzerland. Both German and French are spoken there, and with its old Gothic architecture and modern high rises, the city is a beautiful blend of rustic and sophisticated.
Likewise, the Bienne Tee is a lovely mix of cables and lace in sturdy Flax Lace 100% linen, a classic plant fiber that softens with every wash.
It’s easy to see how good this would look over a tank or cami, with contrasting color capris or jewelry. Although it’s a classic in color 101 Taupe as pictured, I’m wondering how something more colorful might work. There are a lot of lovely tones to choose from.
I was so excited to see this piece in our office. Fibra Natura Whisper Lace (440g/50yds) is one of my favorite yarns, and accessories like this, which are gorgeous but still very achievable to the novice lace knitter, are always welcome.
When the time came to photograph this, I brought a shawl pin from home. I picked up this JulDesigns shawl pin from an LYS here in Charlotte, and have been waiting for the perfect occasion to break it out. Jul’s designs are so beautiful, and I wanted to show what the right accessory can do for an already lovely garment.
But back to the scarf! The stitches are simple – knit, purl, yo, and ssk (slip, slip, knit). The 4-row pattern is written and charted. The scarf is knit on the bias, and once you’ve done a couple of repeats it’s easy to see what’s coming up next.
This is also a great example of what blocking can do for a scarf. Look at how wide it gets! There are plenty of options with a fabric this sheer. Spread it wide or gather it for a more casual look.
If you’re looking for something that’s simple but delicate, this is a great choice. We hope you enjoy it.