I have the obession to make crochet blanket these days. I plan to make granny square with lots of color with white border. Something like this:
The problem is I don't have the yarn and I need to buy them. The idea of yarn shopping spree make me excited. However, before buying the yarn, I need to decide first whether I want a cotton blanket or wool blanket. I still can not decide until now. What do you think?
Nowadays, not so many people like to make crocheted doily anymore and think that doily is passtime hobby for grandma. However, I used to like to make doilies and even now, once in the blue moon I got a urge to design one. I don't display my doily and I don't know what to do with them, until I come across this picture:
I think this is a good idea to personalize your gift bag. Here is the link to the free pattern.
If you need idea what to crochet in this holiday season, you probably can make this card to send for your family and friends. If you don't send card anymore and prefer the electronic card, you still can make this cute crocheted wreath and christmas tree as applique for your table cloth with a matching napkins, or to hang on the christmas tree. Interested? Here the free pattern link.
In certain angle, this pattern looks like 3D blocks to me. It reminds me of the buildings in the big cities, hence the name. This scarf begins with stitches cast on for the lace edge along the two lower sides, then stitches are decreased to produce a triangle shape.
Pattern includes charts and written directions, and stitch count totals for every rows. I also include the tips how to make larger shawl and the yardage needed.
Suggested yarn: Any sock yarn (I am using Dream in Color Smooshy 100% Merino Wool, color: Absolute Magenta) 355 yards.
Knitting Needle: 9.0 mm only to cast on and 4.0 mm for the rest. Crochet Hook: 3.5 mm to cast on (optional). If you use crochet hook to cast on, you can use knitting needle size 7.0 mm instead of 9.0 mm
Gauge: Follow instruction inside the pattern.
Finished Size: 102 cm (40") across top edge, 51 cm (20") long from centre top to point.
How to Buy: Pattern is 8 pages in PDF includes charts and written directions, and stitch count totals for every rows. I also include the tips how to make larger shawl and the yardage needed. Payment by Paypal and delivery by Ravelry, no accounts required. Credit cards accepted.
I guess I have to make an official FO post about my Metropolitan shawl. To tell you the truth, I am not really love this shawl originally. I made with different yarn at first, with slightly different structure and didn't really like the result. So, I decided to remake with sock yarn. Since I didn't have any sock yarn in my stash, I bought from other people detash in Ravelry. I got the color that I like and the price is very good too. Only USD 19 including shipping from US to Malaysia. Good deal don't you think? And the yarn have a very good yardage too.
The result? I Love it!
Pattern: Metropolitan Shawl Source: here Materials: Dream In Color Smooshy. Color: Absolute Magenta. Qty: 1 skein 113 grams (3.99 ounces) 450 yards (411 meters), I used only 355 yards. Needles: Addi Lace size 4.5 mm Cost: USD 19 (I got it from detash in Ravelry, this is including shipping) Start Date: 16 August 2010 Finish Date: 26 August 2010 Finishe size: 102 cm (40") across top edge, 51 cm (20") long from centre top to point.
I need some testers to test my new pattern. It's called Metropolitan Shawl. I know the name is funny. I am not very good in choosing name. The reason I name it Metropolitan is because in certain angle, this pattern looks like 3D blocks to me. It reminds me of the buildings in the big cities.
This scarf begins with stitches cast on for the lace edge along the two lower sides, then stitches are decreased to produce a triangle shape.
You need to have about 355 sock yarn to make this. I am using Dream in Color Smooshy 100% Merino Wool.
Finished Size: 102 cm (40" across top edge, 51 cm (20") long from centre top to point. Anybody interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, one more thing, you need to post your FO in Ravelry as well.
After successfully designing “Garden Path” shawl, I am inspired to design another crocheted shawl. Gathering Leaves shawl is crocheted from the top down and starts with an easy leave motifs that repeats every 10 rows. Then from small leaves the pattern morph seamlessly into bigger leaves and ended with a beautiful tulip motifs. You may use greater or lesser yardage to produce a smaller or larger shawl by simply reduce or increase the repeat of the smaller leaves pattern. This shawl can be worked in many different weights of yarn by changing hook size. As usual, this pattern comes with row-by-row written direction in US crochet term and charts.
Yarn: I used Malabrigo Lace for the red shawl (1500 yards) and Plucky Knitter Sock Yarn for the green one (1200 yards). See here for the red shawl photo.
Hook: 3.5 mm (E) for lace weight yarn, 4.5 mm (G) for fingering weight yarn.
Lace weight: First 10 rows = 11” across top edge, 5.5” long from centre top to point (after blocking)
Fingering weight: First 10 rows = 15” across top edge, 7.5” long from centre top to point (after blocking)
Lace weight: 58” across top edge, 28” long from centre top to point (work from row 1 to the last row).
Fingering weight: 72” across top edge, 37” long from centre top to point (work row 1 - 19, skip row 20 - 39, directly to row 40 to last row).
You can easily make the shawl bigger by adding the repeat.
Pattern is 14 pages in PDF. Complete with symbols and diagram (like the one you always find in Japanese pattern book) beside the written instruction.
Remember this post? Well, I didn’t have to wait 3 weeks. In about 1 week after I bought the yarn from somebody detash in ravelry, the yarn arrived. Yay!! And it matched with my previous yarns. So, I could happily continue my project. I really was enjoying working with this yarn enormously, and felt sad when it’s over.
After blocking, this shawl is big enough but not as big as my black Garden Path. Too bad I don’t have more skeins. Next time I want to buy 5 skeins of sock yarn to make very big shawl. I love big shawl.
I really like the finish result, and actually it is nicer in real person than in the photo.
Pattern: Gathering Leaves Shawl Source: Here Materials: Plucky Knitter. Color: Father Goose Qty: 3 x 100 gram (860 m/940 yards total) Needles: Clover Hook size 4.5 (G) Cost: USD 78 (most expensive project to date) Start Date: 12 July 2010 Finish Date: 1 August 2010 72" across top edge, 37" long from centre top to point.
Garden path is my first experience to crochet with lace weight yarn. I found that JaggerSpun Zephyr was to thin to crochet, so I used double instead. For my second crocheted lace shawl, I used Malabrigo lace. This time, I used single strand as I found that my swatch look OK with single strand. What I don’t like about this yarn is the thick and thin nature, and I found the yarn could not glide easily against my hook. Thus, I had to crochet slower.
But, the result…. Oh, the result is so soft, velvety and the color is very pretty. It is really worth all the trouble. Too bad I did have enough yarn. I did too many repeat, and in the end I didn’t have enough yarn to complete the edging properly. If the yarn not so difficult to frog, I would frog and do less repeat, but the yarn was a nightmare to frog. So, here it is….. ta ….da……
Pattern: Gathering Leaves Shawl Source: Here Materials: Malabrigo Lace. Color: Amoroso 157 (red) dye lot 22061 Qty: 2 x 50 gram (860 m/940 yards total) Needles: Clover Hook size 3.5 (E) Cost: USD 24 Start Date: 8 May 2010 Finish Date: 1 June 2010 Finishe size: 58" across top edge, 28" long from centre top to point
As you are aware that I always writing my patterns using 2 weight yarns, fingering/4 ply/sport and DK weight. The reason is because I always enjoy knitting with lightweight yarn, but I understand that most people don’t. One exception is my Sage Cardigan Pattern. Sage Cardigan was my first pattern and the only pattern that was not written in 2 different weight yarn and not a top down pattern. Thus, I decided to redesign something similar like Sage Cardigan, but knitting using the top down method and this time I used worsted weight instead of fingering weight.
This is actually 2009 project and I posted the FO long time ago. However, I decided to publish the pattern now as this cardigan is perfect for fall.
How To Buy: Pattern has 11 pages in PDF. Consist of written instruction, crochet chart for the lace edging on the sleeves and photo tutorial to do short row on the collar. Payment by Paypal and delivery by Ravelry, no accounts required. Credit cards accepted.
I am in the middle of designing another crocheted shawl. I name this new design "Gathering Leaves". I used my lace Malabrigo (amoroso color), however, I run out of yarn and could not finish the edging properly. It is still nice but not like the pattern. So, I decided to buy another yarn, this time I bought 2 skeins of "Plucky Knitter" sock yarn in green color from detash in Ravelry (suitable with the name of the pattern: leaves = green) to give an idea how the pattern looks like if crocheted with sock yarn plus I will be able to test my own pattern. I follow the written pattern this time instead of looking at the chart.
However, I almost pulled my hair, when I found out that, again, I run out of yarn. I missed calculated, thinking that the yardage of each skein is 500 yards (it's 400 yards). Luckily I found another skein in the same color (not sure whether it will match) from somebody that detashing in Ravelry. Sooooo, I contacted her and bought her skein. I only will receive the yarn next 3 weeks. I only need to crochet another 4 rows, and now I have to wait for 3 weeks before I will be able to finish it and release the pattern. Sighhh.....
Whenever I started a shawl project, Lauri would ask me whether it was for her. So I decided to make one for her using my Bella Shawl pattern. I modified the pattern and made it into square to become a cape. Basically I just double up the shawl, left out the several rows on top, and added buttons.
I used Pierrot yarn that I ordered online. I wanted to try this yarn since I saw a very pretty granny square blanket using this yarn. I thought that I also wanted to make blanket using it, and before I bought 50+ balls of this yarn, I thought I wanted to try it first. So I ordered 5 balls first to make cape for Lauri.
However, the tragedy happened. I forgot that I am not supposed to wash-machine non superwash 100% wool. Just imagine my surprised when I picked up this felted thing from my washing machine. I could not recognize it at first, until I realized what had happened. Well, unfortunately, this is become my first “felted” project.
The sad thing was that I made this cape quite big and I even could wear it. When it came out from washing machine, it shrank! It looked like a collar. It’s even too small for Lauri. Not to be desperate, I tried to block out the cape (now collar). I tried to tretch it using all my strength. I pinned the “collar” on my blocking board and stretched it until it could not stretch anymore.
And you can see it yourself below, how it looks like now:
Source: Here Materials: Pierrot Soft Merino Fingering Color: 313-6 Pale Red Brown Qty: 4.1 x 40 gram (750 m / 685 yards) Needles: Addi Metal Circular Needle 4.50 mm Cost: USD 14.71 (including shipping) Start Date: 2 June 2010 Finish Date: 26 June 2010
I live on a tropical island called Penang which is one of the states in a country called Malaysia, but it does not stop me from learning how to knit. I knew how to crochet since I was 6 and taught myself to knit about 4 years ago and after a couple of projects, I began designing my own patterns. I just love the process of designing my own patterns, from the imagining of the design to the drawing and even the math part of it. I love to wear something pretty and feminine and it is reflected in all of my designs. I have 2 small daughters that need a lot of attention besides my full time job, so I am happy enough if I can publish 3 patterns a year. My patterns can be found on my blog
and through Etsy and on Ravelry.