Uses for Ruffle Scarf Yarn
September 25, 2015
Ruffle scarf yarn is for crocheting and knitting scarves – hence the name. This type of yarn became very popular a few years ago. It is still popular and you see it in craft stores or online in various colors an textures.
I knit a LOT of scarves in this ruffle yarn. I knit many for gifts, to sell and for myself. After a while I got tired of just knitting scarves with it and decided to try using it as an edging on scarves or shawls.
The above scarf is a crochet version I designed using Homespun yarn as the base and Patons Pirouette yarn as the ruffle edge. The pattern can be found in my etsy shop.
The photo of the red, black and white scarf is a knit version. I knitted this scarf in Texas Tech colors for my neighbors daughter who goes to school there. The ruffle yarn is a lot of fun to use with one or two other colors of yarn to showcase some team colors. This pattern is also available in my etsy shop.
The above cape is something I designed about a year ago for my Grandmother. Again the main body of the cape is knit with Homespun yarn and the ruffle edge is Patons Pirouette. This pattern is easy and can be found on etsy.
The blue shawl above is a lovely prayer shawl design that is knitted in Homespun yarn and then edged with the ruffle yarn. I gave this to my friend this summer who was going through chemo therapy to fight breast cancer. Blue is one of her favorite colors. This pattern is also on etsy.
It is pretty easy to use this yarn as a decorative accent. You have to crochet or knit with your base yarn and the ruffle yarn held together. Below are a couple of photos showing how to crochet or knit with it for an edging.
I have also found that a lot of the Homespun yarns from Lion brand yarn coordinate well with some of the Red Heart Boutique Sashay or the Patons Pirouette yarns.
Patterns for these designs can be found in my etsy shop – links above highlighted for each specific pattern or in my craftsy pattern store.
Have you used ruffle yarn before? Let me know by leaving a reply in the comments and tell me what you made.
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Knitting Pattern Lacy Wrap
August 19, 2015
This knitting pattern is one of my new designs I recently completed.
I actually designed this wrap after finding this pretty yarn in my oldest son’s school colors figuring I could wear it to some of the football games in the fall. I bought the yarn at Tuesday Morning, of all places. I didn’t even know they had yarn there until someone in my facebook knitting group posted a photo months ago of a bunch of yarn they bought there. So, I had to go check it out and this was one of the yarns I found. The yarn is by Rozetti and it is called Soft Payette.
I originally had the idea to make this into a longer wrap but ran out of yarn. When I went back to Tuesday Morning to see if they had more (it was a few months later) it was all gone. So, I decided rather than frogging the project I could create this pretty tie front cape. I think I actually like it better that way as it is just perfect for covering the back and shoulders – which is just what you need in the kind of climate I live in for the early fall.
The other feature I really love about this wrap is the pretty scallop edges on each side. The stitch pattern I used to knit this created the pretty edges. This pattern is now available in my etsy shop, as well as on craftsy and ravelry if you are interested in knitting one click on one of the highlighted links to take you to the pattern.
I have also been crocheting a lot lately. I will be sharing some of my crochet creations soon so check back.
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June Artyarns KAL
June 19, 2015
This month I decided to participate in the Artyarns group KAL on Ravelry. KAL stands for Knit Along. I think it has been at least six months or more since I did a KAL and decided that the Stepping Stones Shawl pattern was a great summer knitting project.
The yarn used in this knitting project is called Merino Cloud from Artyarns. I bought mine from Fabulous Yarns. I actually bought 3 colors – the shawl takes one skein. The color I am using for the shawl in the photos is called Antique Ivories. I thought it was a good neutral and would go with a lot of things. The yarn is super soft and a joy to knit with.
Above is my progress so far on part 2. There are 3 parts to the pattern and when you complete one Iris, the designer of the pattern and the yarn, emails you the next part. I will say that the pattern is fairly simple if you are familiar with knitting lace and are an intermediate knitter. There is optional short row shaping, which I am doing, and that does require knowing how to wrap and turn. The short row shaping was one part I kind of messed up on my first try so I had to start over again this past Sunday. Now that I am doing that part correctly I am pleased with the shawl so far.
If you are interested in joining the KAL check out the Artyarns group on Ravelry. There are lots of people knitting this shawl and it is fun to see the different colors of the yarn being used and everyone’s progress in the group. Also, for me the KAL keeps me motivated to get the project done in a timely manner.
I have also recently completed a few other projects, crochet and knitting, but haven’t found time to post about them yet. Hopefully I will get around to that in the next couple of weeks. The kids are out of school for the summer and days are filled with summer activities and having friends over. Also, one of my son’s had his wisdom teeth out this past week so we have been dealing with that and dental appointments. Thankfully his recovery has gone well, much better than mine did when I had it done over 25 years ago.
What crochet or knitting projects are you currently working on? Let me know in the comments.
Also, before I sign off I want to mention that Craftsy is having a big summer sale this weekend only, June 19-21. 2015. Note – this is an affiliate link and I get a small commission from Craftsy if you go through the link below. Now is the time to stock up on supplies or try a class while they are on sale!
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Asymmetrical Knit Wrap Pattern
May 2, 2015
This knit wrap is a fun and easy design I recently finished. This is a free pattern that I am sharing on my blog. It is the perfect project for an advanced beginner.
Asymmetrical Knit Scarf or Wrap – click on this highlighted link for the free pattern.
I originally saw a wrap like this on pinterest about a month ago. The pattern was a free pattern on Ravelry but it was written in another language – there was an English version but I was not sure I understood the way it was written – even the person who wrote it said their English wording might not be so easy to understand. So, I decided to create my own version using a worsted weight wool and acrylic yarn.
The yarn I knitted my wrap in was from Knit Picks – Chroma Worsted in the color Theatre. I have had in in my stash for at least six months now. If you decide to use that same yarn the pattern will take 2 1/2 skeins but you will need to buy three, obviously. If you use another worsted weight you will need approximately 575 yards.
This accessory can also be worn as a scarf, doubled around the neck for warmth.
Click on the highlighted text of the pattern name above for the free pdf pattern. You can also find the free version of this pdf pattern on Craftsy.
I hope you enjoy the pattern – happy knitting!
Rib Knit Tunic Sweater
April 17, 2015
This is a project that I actually finished a month or so ago but have not gotten around to posting about it. I don’t know where time goes these days but it sure does go by quickly.
This tunic style sweater was designed by me with a fun rib knit stitch. Even though I finished it closer to spring than winter I have been able to wear it a couple of times since it has been a cooler spring so far. Also, I plan to be able to wear it in the coming fall and winter since it is a classic style.
I am currently working out the final details for the pattern for this sweater and I will have it available soon in my etsy shop and on craftsy.
The weather is starting to get warmer lately so I will be breaking out the lace or cotton weight yarns and designing some new wraps and sweaters with them. Currently I am working on finishing a worsted weight wrap pattern that I will be sharing on my blog soon and I also have a cardigan sweater pattern that I am designing in a worsted weight.
What knitting or crochet projects are you currently working on? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear about them.
Have a good weekend!
Ripple and Lace Knit Sweater
January 17, 2015
This sweater is a recently finished knitting design of mine. I have designed many cowls, scarves and shawls and decided to give sweaters a try.
This is not the first time I have knit a sweater but it is the first time I have actually designed a sweater with my own idea. It was a lot of fun and I love the way it turned out. I have already wore it several times.
The idea for this sweater began first with the variegated yarn which is Red Heart Soft. I then found a pretty ripple scallop sytle stitch to use for the lower edge and the ends of the sleeves using this yarn.
For the middle section I chose a lace, openwork, stitch and switched to a solid color yarn to bring out one of the colors in the variegated yarn – this part is the brown. I also knew I had made some brown leggings last winter and that they would match perfectly.
The top part of the sweater and the top of the sleeves are knit in another stitch – the stockinette stitch – and I switched to the turquoise color yarn for this part to bring out the turquoise blue in the variegated yarn.
I really enjoyed using my creative ideas to knit this sweater. I am currently taking a class on craftsy to learn sweater designing techniques. Hopefully I will be able to offer this pattern in multiple sizes – currently I have it written for a small to medium size and it will be available soon on craftsy and in my etsy shop.
Craftsy is a wonderful place to take online courses to learn new skills. I have taken many of their knitting and sewing classes and have always learned a lot from them. Below is an affiliate link to take you to craftsy if you are interested in checking out any of their knitting classes. They have classes for beginners as well as advanced knitters. This weekend, January 17 and 18, 2015, many of their classes will be half off – this is a great time to give a craftsy class a try or to stock up on classes you have on your wish list.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Knitting Project Blue Lace Cowl
November 13, 2014
Life has been so busy lately it seems. I look back at the past month and realize I have not really accomplished much in the crochet and knitting department. One of the reasons may be because I have a lot of projects going – two crochet and three knitting – and I work on one for a day or two and then on another one. I think I am going to have to start focusing on finishing one thing before starting another. The problem with that plan is I get tired of working with the same yarn so I switch – or I think of some great new idea or find a new yarn that I want to use. The dilemmas of crochet and knitting, I guess.
I did recently finish this pretty blue lace crochet cowl. I love how it turned out!
I designed this knitting project myself and I am really pleased with the finished product. I showed it to my knitting friend today, who I meet with twice a month to knit and have coffee, and she really liked how it turned out. She had seen me knitting it a week ago when it was still on my needles.
The cowl is versatile and can be worn long – as show above – or doubled for warmth as in the top photo. The yarn I used to knit it with was something I had bought over a year ago and had in my stash – Red Heart Boutique Midnight. The yarn color is called moonlight and has shades of dark blue and some silver sparkles in it. It was easy to knit with and has a nice drape.
The above photo gives you a close up of the lace stitch and you can kind of see the sparkles in the yarn. I designed this cowl to be knit in the round so there is no seaming. I will eventually be offering the pattern available in my etsy shop and on craftsy in the future.
Next week I plan to share a crochet project and pattern on my blog and as a guest post on Skip To My Lou blog. I hope you are having a great week and getting more projects accomplished than I have lately.
KAL for Circular Perspectives Cowl
September 24, 2014
KAL – stands for Knit Along. I think I have mentioned that before but just wanted to let anyone know who might not be familiar with it. I just finished this cowl that was part a KAL from the Mountain Colors yarn group on Ravelry. I really like how it turned out.
The yarn used to knit this cowl was from Mountain Colors – Crazyfoot yarn – and came in a kit with the five different colors. The cowl is knit on size US 6 circular knitting needles and is knit in the round so there is no seaming.
The above photo is of the yarn and how it comes packaged in the kit with the colors in the order to use. I ordered two kits as I liked both of the color combinations and I will be giving this finished one away as a Christmas gift – so glad to have something finished super early this year. I knit this project on my new Chiaogoo knitting needles. This was my first time using this brand of bamboo needles and I love them. They are very pointed for bamboo. I got the small size interchangeable kit so there are sizes 2 through size 8.
You can see how nicely the colors transition and how pretty the stitch is in the above photo. This pattern looks complicated but I thought it was pretty simple to follow as long as you used markers in between the repeats in the pattern. I would think that if you are an intermediate knitter you can knit this cowl. It was also simple enough to do while watching TV or Netflix. The pattern can be found on Ravelry at this link: Circular Perspectives Cowl
The cowl can also be worn long, in a single layer. I am looking forward to knitting the other one in the blue-teal colors but I am going to have to wait as I need to finish up a couple of other things I have on needles or a crochet hook.
Fall and Winter seem to be the time of year for me to really get into a crochet and knitting mood. Are you working on any new crochet or knitting projects? Tell me about them by clicking on Leave a Reply.
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Lace Tee Knitting Project
September 17, 2014
The lace tonal tee that I was working on for a KAL with the Artyarns group on Ravelry is complete. I actually have had it done for a few weeks but had to block it – which I did last week and I wore it to church this past Sunday. Also, it has been too hot here to wear it until this past weekend when it really cooled down here in Texas.
I am really proud of knitting this lace tee – sweater. I believe this is one of the most intricate lace projects I have ever done. The whole sweater is knit on circular knitting needles and knit in the round so there is no seaming . The project was part of a KAL – knit along – in a group on Ravelry for Aryarns. I think the only way to get the pattern right now is to do the KAL. The link to the KAL is: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-tonal-tee-knitalong
The above photo gives you a close up view of the lace pattern. The pattern is suppose to have more of a sleeve with the diamond border but I ran out of yarn and hated to have to order one more skein just for a few more rows. So, I just finished the sleeve with a round of knit and then the bind off for a small cap sleeve. I think it turned out fine.
The Regal Silk yarn from Artyarns that this is made with is a lovely yarn to knit with. The project is actually suppose to be knit with various skeins in a tonal color scheme but I already had this color in Parrot so I decide to just use it. Also, less weaving in of ends after the project is done since I didn’t do all of the color changes.
I plan to knit another one of these in the future. I think I will make it a little shorter though and not do an extra round of the middle diamonds as called for in the pattern. This is more of a tunic length for me. Also, I learned that the 100 percent silk yarn is very stretchy. Since this was my first time using this yarn or making this type of sweater I didn’t realize it was going to “grow” as you put it on. That’s okay though. I like how it looked with my tiered skirt that I made a few months ago and I think it will also look great with some leggings in one of the colors.
I hope everyone is having a good week. I am currently working on some new crochet and knitting pattern designs. Fall is in the air here in Texas and scarf, shawl and sweater season is soon to be here.
Knitting Project Lace Shrug
September 11, 2014
This knitting project is one of my recently completed patterns that I designed myself. The shrug is knit with Knit Picks Chroma Fingering weight yarn. This yarn is a lot of fun to knit with as it has such beautiful color changes and the yarn is also super soft. I cannot wait to design more projects with this yarn.
The color of this yarn is called Guppy so I am calling it the Guppy Lace Knit Shrug. The lace pattern I knit this with is a two row repeat and lot of fun to knit. I used size 7 circular knitting needles to knit this accessory.
The above photo is a close up of the back so you can see the pretty lace pattern and just how beautiful the color changes are in the yarn. I am so glad I decide to buy some of this yarn this past summer and try it out – it did not disappoint me. I also ordered some in a couple of different colorways with ideas for knitting some other accessories and possibly a sweater. The Chroma yarn also comes in a worsted weight which I ordered in one color thinking as the weather cools down it will be nice to have a heavier weight yarn for a scarf or shawl.
I have been designing a lot of new shrugs lately. I like having this type of accessory with me when at church or a chilly restaurant. It is not as bulky as a full sweater and just enough to keep the chill off of your arms and shoulders. Also, they are perfect for those that live in warmer climates because sometimes a sweater is just too hot in the fall and winter.
This pattern is available in my etsy shop or on craftsy if you are interested in knitting one. You can click on the highlighted link or the icons in the sidebar for either shop.
What knitting projects are you currently working on? Click on Leave a Reply to tell me about them.
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