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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Flutter of the Wings Shawl Knitting Pattern and Kit for Sale


Flutter of the Wings is a crescent shaped shawl worked from the bottom up without short rows. The lace pattern is worked on both the right side and wrong side but it is easy enough to memorize and knit. Because of the shape, this shawl is very easy to wear and stays put on the shoulder. You can use lace-weight yarn for lacy shawl or you can use thicker yarn (Fingering/DK) for more textured effect.

Pattern includes charts and row by row written directions. If you would like to add beads to your shawl, instructions are included on where to place the beads.




Flutter of the Wings in Rendezvous Cashmere Lace  (400 yd / 366 m per 50 g skein; 100% Cashmere) 
Fawn colorway - 2 skeins (7 repeats)

Technical Editor: Chaitanya Muralidhara

Needle:
Lace weight: At least 24" / 60 cm long circular needles size 3.5 mm (US 4).
Fingering weight: At lease 24" / 60 cm long circular needles size 3.75 (US 5).
DK weight: At least 24" / 60 cm long circular needles size 4.00 mm (US 6).

Notions:
Tapestry needle, blocking pins, size 14 US / 0.75 mm steel crochet hook for beads (optional), stitch markers, size 8 seed beads for lace weight yarn or size 6 seed beads for fingering/DK weight yarn (optional).

Level: Advanced.

Suggested yarn and yardage needed:
Any lace, fingering, or DK weight yarn (see table).



Lace weight: I used Rendezvous Cashmere Lace (400 yd / 366 m per 50 g skein; 100% Cashmere) in Fawn colorway - 2 skeins (7 repeats).
DK weight: I used Rendezvous Cashmere DK (200 yd / 183 m per 50 g skein ; 100% Cashmere) in Rossetta colorway - 2 skeins (3 repeats).




Flutter of the Wings in Rendezvous Cashmere DK (200 yd / 183 m per 50 g skein ; 100% Cashmere) 
Rossetta colorway - 2 skeins (3 repeats)


Finished Sizes (in blocking board):
Lace weight:
Across top edge: 92 (110, 128, 146, 164, 182, 200, 218, 236) cm / 36.2" (43.3, 50.4, 57.5, 64.6, 71.7, 78.7, 85.8, 92.9)"
Depth: 38 (43, 48, 53, 58, 63, 68, 73, 78) cm / 15 (16.9, 18.9, 20.9, 22.8, 24.8, 26.8, 28.7, 30.7)" 

Fingering weight:
Across top edge: 100 (120, 140, 160, 180, 200, 220, 240, 260) cm / 39.4 (47.2, 55.1, 63, 70.9, 78.7, 86.6, 94.5, 102.4)"
Depth: 40.5 (46, 51.5, 57, 62.5, 68, 73.5, 79, 84.5) cm / 15.9 (18.1, 20.3, 22.4, 24.6, 26.8, 28.9, 31.1, 33.3)"

DK weight:
Across top edge: 110 (132, 154, 176, 198, 220, 242, 264, 286) cm / 43.3 (52, 60.6, 69.3, 78, 86.7, 95.3, 103.9, 112.6)"
Depth: 43 (49, 55, 61, 67, 73, 79, 85, 91) cm / 16.9 (19.3, 21.6, 24, 26.4, 28.7, 31.1, 33.5, 35.8)"

All posts about this projects and more photos: click here.

How to Buy:
1. The Pattern only: Pattern is 28 pages in PDF includes charts, written directions and photo tutorials. Payment by Paypal and delivery by Ravelry, no accounts required. Credit cards accepted.

USD 6.00,-
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or

Shawl Collection to Knit 3 e-book (Dandelion on A Meadow, Princess and The Pea, Fox and The Grapes, Flutter of the Wings).

USD 15.00,-
add to cart


2. The Kit: You get the PDF pattern and the yarn(s).
You can choose the color of the yarn here.
Note: If you want to buy the kit, please do not click buy now button on that page, unless you want to buy the yarn only.
The pattern will be email to your email address and the yarn will be sent to your address (please make sure to update your shipping address in Paypal). Shipping cost is FREE! Please allow 10 - 20 days to reach your hand.


Sizes
Yarn Weight
Colors




Info about the yarn:

Rendezvous Cashmere Lace:
Weight: Lace
Fibers: 100% Cashmere
Yardage/Weight: approx. 400 yds / 50g
Hand Wash/lay flat to dry using bleach-free detergent. May bleed slightly upon first wash.

Rendezvous Cashmere DK:
Weight: DK
Fibers: 100% Cashmere
Yardage/Weight: approx. 200 yds / 50g
Hand Wash/lay flat to dry using bleach-free detergent. May bleed slightly upon first wash.

Monday, December 09, 2013

FO: Flutter of the Wings

This was my first shawl pattern in crescent shape without short rows. I know some people love crescent shape, and yet they feel hesitant to do short rows. So, this time I tried to design without one.

I made 3 samples for this pattern. The first one I made was using Rendezvous Cashmere Lace in Evil Stepsister (purple). Since this is a trial. I made the shawl only using 1 skein (200 yards / 50 gram) and without beads. Although it was only 50 gram skein, but it turned out quite a decent size and I really like how the shawl looked.

So, here the first Flutter of the Wings sample look like:



Pattern: Flutter of the Wings (Lace Weight - 4 Repeats)
Materials: Rendezvous Cashmere Lace 100% Cashmere (Evil Stepsister colorway)
Quantity: 1 skein (50g, 400 yards / skein)
Needles: 3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
Start Date: 16 July 2013
Finish Date: 28 July 2013
Finished Size on Blocking Board: : 110 cm (43.3") across top edge, 43 cm (16.9") depth.

Next, I knitted the DK weight version, because I have the same yarn in DK weight and I really wanted to know how it looks like in DK weight. This time I did the smallest size (3 Repeats) because I wanted to use only 2 skeins of DK weight. Also, I used beads. Before blocking, your hardly saw the beads on the right side, but you can clearly saw them on the wrong side. I tried several possible placement to make it more visible on the right side, but no luck. So, I just hoped that after blocking it would be more visible.




Pattern: Flutter of the Wings (DK Weight - 3 Repeats)
Materials: Rendezvous Cashmere DK 100% Cashmere (Rossetta colorway)
Quantity: 2 skeins (50g, 200 yards / skein)
Needles: 4.0 mm (US 6) circular needle
Start Date: 25 August 2013
Finish Date: 28 August 2013
Finished Size on Blocking Board: : 110 cm (43.3") across top edge, 43 cm (16.9") depth.

As you can see above photos, the beads were more visible after blocking. It turned out the same size as the lace weight, and as pretty as the lace weight. I decided that 2 samples should be enough to showcase the result of this pattern and move on to new design. However, after I published the first clue and saw the spoiler of other people, I had the urge to make another one, and this time I made bigger size using lace weight yarn. 

At first I planned to put beads, however, the hole of size 8 beads was too small for the 0.75 mm hook that I had. So, I decided not to use beads. I knitted until second clue, until I saw other people's result with beads in the spoiler thread. I was such in dilemma. Should I bought smaller hook and starting over, or should I continue without beads. I was not afraid of frogging. I just did not want to stop knitting while waiting for my new hook to arrive (yes, I ordered smaller hook online). In the end, my mother in law had a small hook that I wanted, so I borrowed it from her. I restarted my shawl with beads and I was a happy camper.






Pattern: Flutter of the Wings (Lace Weight - 7 Repeats)
Materials: Rendezvous Cashmere Lace 100% Cashmere (Fawn colorway)
Quantity: 2 skeins (50g, 400 yards / skein)
Needles: 3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
Start Date: 25 August 2013
Finish Date: 28 August 2013
Finished Size on Blocking Board: : 164 cm (64.6") across top edge, 58 cm (22.8") depth.

About the cashmere yarn, it is really soft and heaven to knit with. I really was enjoying knitting with it. The only problem with cashmere yarn is that they are very easy to break. During frogging, you really need to be careful not to snag the yarn. I didn't have a problem during blocking, though. 

I read somewhere that cashmere yarn use the fur on the neck or under belly part, which is very soft but it is also very short. That is why it is easy to break.


Thursday, November 07, 2013

Tenta Cowl Mystery KAL


Tenta Cowl is a stunning cowl with a bold textural lace pattern. Knit in 100% Cashmere yarn, this cowl is a pleasure to knit and cozy to wear. The MKAL is starting after Christmas, so this is a perfect small project to wind down and enjoying the rest of your holiday seasons. Plus in the end of MKAL you have a beautiful and stunning cowl to wear.
Pattern includes charts and row by row written directions. If you would like to add beads to your cowl, instructions are included as to where to place the beads.

Suggested yarn and yardage needed: 
Fingering or DK weight yarn (see table).
I used Rendezvous Cashmere DK (100% Cashmere) 1 skein, Irridessa colorway.



Needle: 
Fingering Weight:
16" / 60 cm long circular needles size 4.0 mm (US 6).
16" / 60 cm long circular needles size 4.0 mm (US 6).

DK Weight:
16" / 60 cm long circular needles size 4.0 mm (US 6).
16" / 60 cm long circular needles size 4.5 mm (US 7).

Notions: 
Tapestry needle to weave in ends, size 14 US / 0.75 mm steel crochet hook for beads (optional), stitch markers, size 6 seed beads (optional).

Level: Intermediate

Finished measurements: 
Fingering Weight:
Circumference: 14.2 (16.5, 19)” / 36 (42, 48) cm
Height from top to bottom edge: 6.7" / 17 cm

DK Weight:
Circumference: 14.8 (17.7, 20.7)” / 37.5 (45, 52.5) cm 
Height from top to bottom edge: 8" / 20 cm

Note: The smallest size (both in Fingering and DK weight) fits over my 23 inch head.

Gauge:
Fingering Weight: 24 sts and 33 rows = 4” in stockinette (unblocked)
DK Weight: 22 sts and 32 rows = 4” in stockinette (unblocked)

The Mystery KAL is divided into 4 Clues published every Thursday starting on 26 Dec 2013.
1st clue: December 26,
2nd clue: January 2
3rd clue: January 9
4th clue: January 16

To participate into The “Tenta Cowl” Mystery KAL, there are 2 options:

Option 1:
  • You can buy the "Tenta Cowl" kit from my etsy store.    
  • The kit includes hand-dyed yarn Rendezvous Cashmere DK, clues, and shipping to anywhere in the world.
  • There are 2 kits available: USD 32,- for single skein, USD 55,- for 2 skeins (shipping and clues are included). 
  • You can choose your color here
  • Payment by Paypal, no accounts required. Credit cards accepted. The pattern will be sent to you via Ravelry and the yarn will be sent to your address (please make sure to update your shipping address in Paypal). Please allow 10 - 21 days to reach your hand. 
  • Latest date to order: November 20, 2013
Link to my etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/listing/168322875/tenta-cowl-mkal-kit?
Note: Make sure you choose your quantity and color from the drop down box.

Option 2: 

You can buy the clues only for USD 5,-
Payment by Paypal and delivery by Ravelry, no accounts required. Credit cards accepted.
Latest date to order: December 26, 2013.

Tenta Cowl Pattern only 
USD 5,- 

add to cart

Project Set-up: 
- Once you bought the clues or the yarn, you’ll receive a notification every time a new clue is uploaded.
- You also need to sign up here.
- On your Ravelry Project Page: Click photo, then choose slurp from web, copy and paste this link: http://images4.ravelry.com/uploads/lprajogo/193518479/Tenta_Cowl_with_text.jpg

Additional Information:
At the end of the KAL, the participants will receive a copy of the complete pattern at no additional cost. After December 26, 2013 the pattern will be released with a full price USD 5,- Pattern is protected by copyright, so participants in the KAL are required to not distribute copies of the clues or copies of the whole pattern.

Info about the yarn for the kit: 
Weight: DK
Fibers: 100% Cashmere
Yardage/Weight: approx. 200 yds / 50g for DK weight.
Hand Wash/lay flat to dry using bleach-free detergent.
May bleed slightly upon first wash.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Proud as a Peacock Crochet Pattern and Kit for Sale





“Look at me!” The peacocks shout, then they fan their feathers out. 
Their feathers reach up to the sky, each one has a big, dark eye. 
“Look at me!” The peacocks shout, then they fan their feathers out. 

Proud as a Peacock is a deep triangular shawl that can be made with only one skein of lace yarn. This shawl is crocheted from the neck down, and can be adjusted very easily depending on the amount of yarn you have. As with all my other patterns, this pattern comes with row-by-row written direction in US crochet term and charts

Technical Editor: Chaitanya Muralidhara

Yarn:
I used Rendezvous Silky Lace 50% Merino wool/50% Silk.
For small shawls, I used Sleeping Beauty and Whisper colorway @ 1 skein (100g, 800 yards).
For medium shawl, I used Emerald colorway 2 skeins (200 g, 1600 yards).


Note: 
Option 1 and option 2 require the same number of beads, but for option 1, you use larger beads on the last row. 
Option 3 uses beads on last row only (you can use size 6 or 8). 





Hook: 3.5 mm (E) (adjust hook size accordingly if you use thicker yarn).

Notion: Removable stitch markers, size 6 and 8 beads (optional, see table).

Level: Intermediate

Gauge (after blocking):
After the first 9 rows, will give you 28 cm (11”) wingspan and 13 cm (5.1”) depth.
Every repeat of rows 10 - 15 adds 5.5 cm (2.2”).

Finished Size:
Small: 176 cm (69.3") across top edge, 84 cm (33.1") depth.
Medium: 226 cm (89") across top edge, 107 cm (42.1") depth.
Large: 282 cm (111") across top edge, 135 cm (53.1") depth.

All posts about this projects and more photos: click here.





How to Buy:
1. The Pattern only:
Pattern is 9 pages in PDF includes charts and written directions. Payment by Paypal and delivery by Ravelry, no accounts required. Credit cards accepted.

USD6.00,-
add to cart


2. The Kit:
You get the PDF pattern and the yarn(s). You can choose the color of the yarn here.
Note: If you want to buy Proud as a Peacock kit, please do not click buy now button on that page, unless you want to buy the yarn only.
The pattern will be email to your email address and the yarn will be sent to your address (please make sure to update your shipping address in Paypal). Shipping cost is FREE! Please allow 10 - 20 days to reach your hand.

Sizes
Colors


Info about the yarn:
Weight: Lace
Fibers: 55% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester / 45% Silk
Yardage/Weight: approx. 800 yds / 100g
Hand Wash/lay flat to dry using bleach-free detergent.
May bleed slightly upon first wash.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

FO: Proud as a Peacock

I designed this shawl a long time ago (about 2 years ago). If I remember correctly, I designed this after I designed Cassandra. I was in China that time and the weather was starting to get cold. I whipped up rectangular shawl using worsted weight yarn. When it's done, I was thinking that it would look lovely in triangle shape. So, I quickly drew a chart first before I forgot about it. After the chart was done, I was trying to crochet the newly designed shawl using the existing yarn I had. After the first 20 rows or so, I didn't really like the result. Not sure it was because the pattern, the yarn or my mood. So, I stopped and put it aside. Furthermore, another idea came out, so I had to chase after the new idea before it got lost (it became Remember Me).

Last year, I tried to make the shawl again using light fingering weight yarn, and once again after the first 20 rows or so, I didn't like the result. So, I stopped and designed Laura instead. Only last April, when I got lace weight yarn sample, I decided to have another go. This time, after the first few rows, I immediately fell in love and really enjoyed making it.

Here is my first sample made using only 1 skein of lace weight yarn. Surprisingly, the finished result is quite large.



Pattern: Proud as a Peacock (Small)
Materials: Rendezvous Silky Lace 50% Merino Superwash/50% Silk (Sleeping Beauty colorway)
Quantity: 1 skein (100g, 800 yards)
Hook: 3.5 mm (E)
Start Date: 20 April 2013
Finish Date: 28 April 2013
Finished Size on Blocking Board: : 176 cm (69.3") across top edge, 84 cm (33.1") depth

I love the result and decided to do the larger size with beads. I had difficult time to decide the placement of the beads. Once I decided, crocheting was a breeze.
Here is the result of medium size shawl with beads:



Pattern: Proud as a Peacock (Medium)
Materials: Rendezvous Silky Lace 50% Merino Superwash/50% Silk (Emerald colorway)
Quantity: 2 skein (200g, 1600 yards)
Beads: Toho Size 8 Seed Beads Dark Peridot Sil/Lined Frosted
Hook: 3.5 mm (E)
Start Date: 22 July 2013
Finish Date: 3 August 2013
Finished Size on Blocking Board: 226 cm (89") across top edge, 107 cm (42.1") depth

When the MCAL started, I could could resist to start another one. I wanted to know how light colorway looks like in this pattern. So, this time, I used light pink/purple colorway. I also did a slight modification, and stop PART A after I used only 30% of the yarn instead of using 45%. This way, I can repeat PART B one more time as per the medium and large pattern. I also only added size 6 beads on the last row instead of picot because I almost run out of yarn.
Here is the result:



Pattern: Proud as a Peacock (Small)
Materials: Rendezvous Silky Lace 50% Merino Superwash/50% Silk (Whisper colorway)
Beads: Toho SIZE 6 Seed Beads Light Topaz Silver Lined
Quantity: 1 skein (100g, 800 yards)
Hook: 3.5 mm (E)
Start Date: 17 June 2013
Finish Date: 28 june 2013
Finished Size on Blocking Board: : 226 cm (89") across top edge, 107 cm (42.1") depth

Which one you like?


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Flutter of the Wings Mystery KAL

ETA: The MKAL is over, you can buy the full pattern and kit here.


Flutter of the Wings is a crescent shaped shawl worked from the bottom up without short-row. The pattern is worked both wrong and right side but it is easy enough to memorize and knit. Because of the shape, this shawl is very easy to wear and stays put on the shoulder. You can use lace-weight yarn for lacy shawl or you can use thicker yarn (Fingering/DK) for more textured effect.

Pattern includes charts and row-by-row written directions. If you would like to add beads to your shawl, instructions are included as to where to place the beads. 

Suggested yarn and yardage needed: Any lace, fingering, or DK weight yarn (see table for yardage needed).

Lace weight: I used Rendezvous Cashmere Lace (100% Cashmere)
For 4-Repeat sample I used Double Fuchsia colorway 1 skein (50g, 400 yards).

DK weight: I used Rendezvous Cashmere DK (100% Cashmere)
For 3-Repeat sample I used Rossetta colorway 2 skeins (100g, 800 yards).


Finished Sizes (in blocking board):
Lace weight:
Across top edge: 92 (110, 128, 146, 164, 182, 200, 218, 236) cm / 36.2" (43.3, 50.4, 57.5, 64.6, 71.7, 78.7, 85.8, 92.9)"
Depth: 38 (43, 48, 53, 58, 63, 68, 73, 78) cm / 15 (16.9, 18.9, 20.9, 22.8, 24.8, 26.8, 28.7, 30.7)" 

Fingering weight:
Across top edge: 100 (120, 140, 160, 180, 200, 220, 240, 260) cm / 39.4 (47.2, 55.1, 63, 70.9, 78.7, 86.6, 94.5, 102.4)"
Depth: 40.5 (46, 51.5, 57, 62.5, 68, 73.5, 79, 84.5) cm / 15.9 (18.1, 20.3, 22.4, 24.6, 26.8, 28.9, 31.1, 33.3)"

DK weight:
Across top edge: 110 (132, 154, 176, 198, 220, 242, 264, 286) cm / 43.3 (52, 60.6, 69.3, 78, 86.7, 95.3, 103.9, 112.6)"
Depth: 43 (49, 55, 61, 67, 73, 79, 85, 91) cm / 16.9 (19.3, 21.6, 24, 26.4, 28.7, 31.1, 33.5, 35.8)"

Needle:
Lace weight: At least 24" / 60 cm long circular needles size 3.5 mm (US 4).
Fingering weight: At lease 24" / 60 cm long circular needles size 3.75 (US 5).
DK weight: At least 24" / 60 cm long circular needles size 4.00 mm (US 6).

Notions: Tapestry needle, blocking pins, size 14 US / 0.75 mm steel crochet hook for beads (optional), stitch markers, size 8 seed beads for lace weight yarn or size 6 seed beads for fingering/DK weight yarn (optional).

Level: Advanced.

The Mystery KAL is divided into 4 Clues published every Thursday starting on Oct 10. 
1st clue: October, 10
2nd clue: October, 17
3rd clue: October, 24
4th clue: October, 31

To participate into The “Flutter of the Wings” Mystery KAL, there are 2 options:

Option 1

  • You can buy the "Flutter of the Wings" kit from my etsy store
  • The kit includes hand-dyed yarn Rendezvous Cashmere Lace/DK, clues, and shipping to anywhere in the world. 
  • There are 4 kits available: USD 35,- for single skein, USD 55,- for 2 skeins, USD 72,- for 3 skeins or USD 87,- for 4 skeins (shipping and clues are included). 
  • I will refund you USD 4,- if you bought my e-book “Shawl Collection to Knit 3”. Just leave a message during check out.
  • You can choose your color here.
  • Payment by Paypal, no accounts required. Credit cards accepted. The pattern will be sent to you via Ravelry and the yarn will be sent to your address (please make sure to update your shipping address in Paypal). Please allow 10 - 21 days to reach your hand.
  • Latest date to order: September 9, 2013.

Link to my etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lprajogo?section_id=10883130
Note: Make sure you choose your color and weight from the drop down box.

Option 2
You can buy the clues only for USD 4,- or the e-book for USD 15,- The e-book consist of 4 patterns: Dandelion on A Meadow, Princess and The Pea, Fox and The Grapes, and Flutter of the Wings MKAL.
Payment by Paypal and delivery by Ravelry, no accounts required. Credit cards accepted. Latest date to order: October 10, 2013.

If you bought 1 of these patterns/kits before, you will get USD 5 discount.
If you bought 2 of these patterns/kits before, you will get USD 10 discount.
If you bought 3 of these patterns/kits before, you will get the e-book for free.
Pm or email me at lprajogoathotmaildotcom for the discount code
Note: If you bought "Shawl Collection to Knit 3" before, you will automatically get the "Flutter of the Wings" pattern.

Flutter of the Wings Pattern only 
USD 6,- 

add to cart


Shawl Collection to Knit 3 
(Consist of 4 patterns: Dandelion on A MeadowPrincess and The PeaFox and The Grapes, and Flutter of the Wings MKAL)
USD 15,- 

add to cart


Project Set-up:
- Once you bought the clues or the yarn, you’ll receive a notification every time a new clue is uploaded. - You also need to sign up here.
- On your Ravelry Project Page: Click photo, then choose slurp from web, copy and paste this link: http://images4.ravelry.com/uploads/lprajogo/178076447/Flutter_of_the_Wings_with_text.jpg

Additional Information:
At the end of the KAL, the participants will receive a copy of the complete pattern at no additional cost. After October 10, 2013 the pattern will be released with a full price USD 6,-
Pattern is protected by copyright, so participants in the KAL are required to not distribute copies of the clues or copies of the whole pattern.

Info about the yarn for the kit:
Weight: Lace/DK
Fibers: 100% Cashmere
Yardage/Weight: approx. 400 yds / 50g for laceweight and 200 yds / 50g for DK weight.
Hand Wash/lay flat to dry using bleach-free detergent.
May bleed slightly upon first wash.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

YARNS


Rendezvous Cashmere Lace / DK
(Free Shipping Worldwide)


Quantity
Weight
Color

Info about the yarn:

Rendezvous Cashmere Lace: 
Weight: Lace
Fibers: 100% Cashmere
Yardage/Weight: approx. 400 yds / 50g
Hand Wash/lay flat to dry using bleach-free detergent.
May bleed slightly upon first wash.

Rendezvous Cashmere DK:
Weight: DK
Fibers: 100% Cashmere
Yardage/Weight: approx. 200 yds / 50g
Hand Wash/lay flat to dry using bleach-free detergent.
May bleed slightly upon first wash.