WitchHunt Scarf

Every now and again, we all make something we’re not really that into. Sometimes it’s the design, sometimes the materials, often the combination of both. Not succeeding every time is the price of crafting. We invest our time and energy to a project only to realize it didn’t turn out quite as planned.

For my Birthday, I got a skein of hand-dyed yarn. I love shades of red, and this 80/20 Merino/Bamboo had the most delicious tones of red. It’s named WitchHunt, and dyed special pour moi. The yarn was really light, and I chose to work it with 3mm needles. I usually go for larger needle sizes due to impatience, but it’s actually kinda nice to sometimes work with smaller needles. 

Due to the small needles, I wanted the easiest stitch repeat ever. Garter. It makes a nice, fully reversible surface, and works really well with self-patterning yarns. After a few inches of knitting, I noted two things.

Working a shawl on small needles takes FOREVER.

And the yarn had shades of brown hidden into it.

These facts combined slowed me down quite a bit. I worked on the garter scarf whenever I was in between projects, and was pretty eager to pick up something else.

Despite my eagerness to pick up another knit, I finished the scarf. It took a whopping five months, but I finally got it done.

I got bored with garter at some point pretty early on, and worked simple lace stripes into the garter scarf. Then I noted they made knitting even slower, and counted my lucky stars for not committing to a full lace project. I knit the scarf as long as I dared, and still had a third of the skein (now of course a ball) left!

I toyed around with knitting a lace border to the scarf. The thought scared me a little, so I went with a crochet edge instead. I’m really happy with this choice. Crocheting was a lot faster than knitting, and gave the scarf a cute, frilly finish.

A this point I was actually pretty pleased with the scarf, and though it is a pretty basic scarf with nothing fancy to it, I considered turning it into a pattern.

And then I washed it.

Dying yarns is a challenging venture. There are many, many things that can go wrong with the process. I don’t feel that nice having to say this, considering they just went into business in dyeing yarns, but this skein bled like crazy. After washing this scarf, the bathroom looked like I’d killed someone in there.

The shape of the scarf is actually pretty nice. Blocking it would bring more shape to it and open the crochet lace, but I don’t really want to introduce it to water ever again. The scarf’s obvious dislike toward moisture keeps me from wanting to wear it, too. What if it rains and the scarf gets wet and starts bleeding? That’d be a “goodbye, coat” -moment.

As you see, sometimes we end up making something that doesn’t quite work. The reason why I wanted to show this garter scarf is to remind you that designers mess up, too, and more often than we’d like to admit!

This post will also set the theme for this week and next. I’m trying to get a new pattern out for Friday, so we’ll be focusing on shawls!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Mermaid and Wrap – Looks pt. 2

This week, we’ve been concentrating on two skirts. Our Wrap Skirt and Mermaid Skirt are this week’s featured pattern, and on sale for all VIPs. To gain access to our special offers, all you have to do is is sign up for our weekly newsletter. Each Friday, you’ll receive an email with a recap or our blog posts, info on what we’re currently working on, and a coupon code for 15% off on featured products. You’ll also get a code that’ll get you 20% off on any pattern.

Speaking of discounts, we’re having a Black Friday sale today! Everything is 10% off, and all you have to do is enter code BLACKFRIDAY into your cart. You can even use it in conjunction with your VIP code for these two skirts to gain a whopping 25% off on them!

Now, let’s look at some ways to style up these two skirts through three cute looks. The Mermaid Skirt gave me a really hard time, so I kept things casual with it. After all, it’s designed for everyday wear.

Warm It Up

The Mermaid Skirt is embellished with lacings, D-rings, and patch pockets. It has a lot going on, so pairing it up with simple tops is always a good idea. Basic tops balance out the skirt, and keep looks based on it casual. For this look, I picked out a light sweater. I don’t remember exactly where I got this from (I rip tags off of everything) but I suspect it might have been KappAhl. Originally, the sweater had a turtleneck and lace-up sleeves. The sleeves were cold, and the collar suffocating, so I modded the sweater a bit. I gave it a round neckline, and sewed lace into the sleeves. Now it’s really nice, and goes wonderfully with tight skirts.

This look is super-casual. The messy half-up hair-do makes it even more so. Despite this outfit being comfy and warm, I probably wouldn’t make it my first choice. I like polished, cute looks more.

Peep Hole

On Tuesday, I paired The Wrap Skirt up with a peep hole top. I wanted to use the same top for a Mermaid Skirt look just to show you how much changing one thing can alter a look.

The Wrap Skirt is A-lined and androgynous. Paired with a tight basic top, it still has a neutral tone to it. The Mermaid Skirt, however, is the exact opposite. It draws out every curve of the female form, and makes any outfit smoking hot. That’s why I like to emphasize that there’s a time and place for this kind of styles. Shopping? Yes. Lunch date? Why not. Office? Maybe not.

I really like this look. It comfortable, although a bit slow to walk in, and stunning. With only two actual elements on this look, it’s low-maintenance, too.

Tied Up 2

On Tuesday, I paired The Wrap Skirt with a blouse and a tie to keep it androgynous. Today, I wanted to use it to create a more feminine look. I paired The Wrap Skirt up with a zip up corset I made based on our DeathRock Bustier pattern, and delicate heels. I tied the skirt to the front, and left the belts loose. Tying hem into a little bow would add another feminine detail to the style, but it was a bit too much for me personally.

This shoulder-revealing look can change a lot through hair styles. I chose a simple bun, but leaving hair loose will make bear shoulders less noticeable if you’re on the shy side.

Corsets are usually worn over skirt waists. For this look, I tied The Wrap Skirt over the corset. This trick works with skirts that have a difficult waist. Tucking a wrap skirt under a corset is both difficult and painful! Wearing the skirt as an outer layer helps save you from belt marks.

I really like this look, but figuring out where to wear it was a bit challenging. Any Gothic club would do nicely, so I guess I’ll save this look for those.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our our Mermaid and Wrap Skirt looks. Don’t forget to take advantage of our Black Friday sale!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Mermaid And Wrap – Looks pt. 1

This week, our featured products are The Mermaid Skirt and The Wrap Skirt. It’s also Thanksgiving week, which means we’ll be having a Black Friday sale on Friday! With the code BLACKFRIDAY, you’ll get 10% of on everything. Dot that down, and use the code when shopping on Friday!

Today, I wanted to share three looks based on this week’s featured products. These skirts are not that easy to style. They love most kinds of tops, but… well, that’s about it. Luckily, an outfit can change drastically with just one little change. Let’s see how with a few wrap and mermaid skirt styles!

Casual Wrap

A wrap skirt can be super-comfy. It’s also easy to pair up with any basic top. For this everyday style, I paired our Wrap Skirt with a peephole top. This used to be a basic turtleneck, but I have it a makeover. I cut off the collar, cut a peephole to the front, bound it, and reattached the collar after shortening it and adding a button closure. I also added holes for thumbs since the original top was blessed with overly long sleeves. This top is my absolute favorite basic ever, and I’ve worn it so much it’s really starting to show on the fabric.

I guess I’ll just have to make a new one.

This very simple look is perfect for running errands and shopping. It even works for a lunch date!

Figure-hugging Fun

Mermaid and pencil skirts are famous for drawing out the female form. Depending on situation, it can be seen as alluring or scandalous. Though this skirt is designed for everyday wear, I’d be a bit cautious with it. It sexy and beautiful, but if you’re visiting your elderly Grandfather at a nursing home, wear something else.

For this look, I paired our Mermaid Skirt with a basic, short-sleeved blouse. I got the blouse from H&M, but our Loli Outfit has a top that’s quite similar to this one.

I wanted this look to be soft and feminine. The skirt has details that can be seen as harsh and unforgiving, so I balanced the look out by leaving my hair loose. The puff-sleeves on the blouse make the outfit even more feminine.

I really like this look. It’s lovely and comfy, and makes me feel pretty. This isn’t that practical during the coldest winter, but popping a mesh top under the blouse adds a bit of warmth to this figure-hugging look.

Tied Up

Mixing up masculine and feminine features is quite popular in ladies’ fashion. I for one love to play with opposites. For today’s last look, I paired The Wrap Skirt with a lace blouse with cuffle cuffs, a tie, and delicate high heels.

Our Wrap Skirt is designed to suit both him and her. It’s androgynous in style, and can be tied in various ways. For this look, I tied it to the front, and tucked in the ends of the belt. I like to have only one thing flapping about in an outfit, and in this one it’s the tie.

The lace blouse is ultra-feminine with its see-through material and ruffled cuffs. A tie brings a very masculine detail to it. Shoes define this look. Wearing army boots would push it toward masculine, and the heels I picked for this style make it feminine.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Mermaid Skirt styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Unisex Wrap Skirt

Long, A-lined skirts work for both him and her. Our unisex Wrap Skirt Sewing Pattern is a perfect example of the styles that can go both ways. And that’s not all: sewn fully lined, this skirt can be reversed for a different look.

black cotton unisex wrap skirt

This sewing pattern comes in sizes 32 – 42. The tutorial included comes with a drafting tutorial just in case you need a larger or smaller size. When making a skirt for him, make sure to double-check the length!

Our wrap skirt is best made with non-elastic fabrics, such as cotton. For an everyday look, cotton lined with anything slippery works best. For the model skirt, I chose black cotton and a beige lining silk in order to add a bit of colour to the dark style. Feel free to use patterned fabrics and delisciously colourful lining materials for a fun, unique look!

When making a reversible skirt, make sure to pick fabrics that have a smooth finish. I recommend two layers of satin or taffeta for a reversible skirt. Materials with a rough surface, such as cotton, tend to stick to tights. To make the skirt as comfortable as possible, steer clear of anything clingy when creating a reversible look!

Choosing different materials alters the appearance of this style drastically. Cotton and twill make a stiffer skirt, satin and taffeta fall softer. For a light summer skirt, you can make the skirt without lining, and use viscose jersey. You can even use leather for this style, be it real or faux. I dug up a few fabrics on Amazon which I like. All of these materials are a bit narrower than the cotton I used, so if you do go for these, remember to calculate how much you’ll need! Also, if you order through these link, I might earn a little extra.

First is the Skull and Roses fabric by Timeless Treasures. I love-love-love this print and it would look fabulous paired with red lining!
Timeless Treasures Skulls & Roses Black Fabric By The Yard

The second one I fell for is Under a Spell by Wilmington Prints. The tan tones make this witchy fabric just perfect.
Under a Spell Large Allover Tan Fabric By The Yard

The last one is a skull print cotton sold by Minerva Crafts in the UK. I’ve been eyeing this fabric on eBay for a while now, and though it would work wonderfully for our wrap skirt, I might sew it into a dress instead. if I were to order some as a Christmas prez for myself.
Gothic Skulls Print Cotton Poplin Fabric White on Black – per metre

Adding embellishments, such as pockets and D-ring details, adds attitude to this basic wrap skirt. Use your imagination, and play with the pattern to make the finished garment totally yours. Fashion is all about having fun, and this pattern offers the change for just that.

I hope you’ll enjoy our unisex Wrap Skirt Sewing Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

black cotton wrap skirt with beige lining

Bondage-Inspired Mermaid Skirt

Mermaid skirts are easily associated to formal parties. The figure-flattering shape can work as a part of an everyday wardrobe as well. Our Mermaid Skirt Sewing Pattern is designed to be just that: a comfortable, stunning piece that works wonders on a weekday.

The Mermaid Skirt is designed for elastic materials. I made the model skirt with a pinstripe gabardine that has loads of stretch. The fabric is meant for pants, so it has a lot of elasticity which makes it comfortable to wear. With skin-tight garments this is an extremely important point. A skirt like this can feel absolutely horrible if made with the wrong material!

Mermaid Skirt

The Mermaid Skirt features bondage-inspired details. I wanted it to have a Gothic feel, but in a sophisticated way. A flattering shape gives the skirt a feminine, ladylike silhouette, while subtle details make it totally bad ass.

Our bondage-inspired Mermaid Skirt features a lacing at the back of the knees, embellished pockets, and shaped waist band. With an option to decorate the skirt with D-rings, the style is versatile and cute in the dark sense of the word. The long, widening hem is trumpet-shaped. This style can be made into a knee-length pencil skirt as well. With a figure-hugging shape, this skirt is designed to flatter an hourglass figure.

The Mermaid Skirt has sewn on pockets. The pockets are naturally entirely optional, but they add an interesting detail to the bondage-flavoured skirt. With a lacing on them, the pockets repeat the detail at the back of the knees, tying the design together. With D-rings, the skirt has a unique, Gothic-inspired look.

Bondage-inspired mermaid skirt pocket detail

For the model skirt, I used pinstripe-patterned gabardine. Aligning stripes was quite challenging: with curved seams, this skirt demands a lot from patterned fabrics. Luckily, gabardines come in a variety of delicious shades of black. And possibly brighter colors as well.

Though the pattern comes with a selection of details, feel free to add more to the skirt. With bondage-flavored garments, there can never be too many embellishments. Try a sewn-on lacing to the thigh, or add chains and belts to the hem. With things like this, only your imaginations sets limits.

Mermaid Skirt with bondage-details

I hope you’ll enjoy our bondage-inspired Mermaid Skirt Sewing Pattern! This skirt will be our featured product this week and the next along with another skirt.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Health Benefits of Knitting

Knitting is one my favorite things to do. I can’t think of a nicer way to spend a day than to snuggle up on the sofa, dig into a fresh ball of yarn, and binge-watch Once Upon a Time while knitting. I know I’m not alone with this. Taste in yarn and TV-shows may vary, but deep down, all knitters are alike. We all just want to binge on Netflix and knit nice things. Sometimes, it’s nice to pause and remember all the reasons why knitting is good for you.

Knitting has many benefits. It helps you relax, and gives you a sense of accomplishment through creating a knit garment or accessory. These are the things we all know, the things that make us love knitting so much. Along with these obvious good points, knitting can affect our health in many ways. The internet is full of articles on the health benefits of knitting, but two posts caught my eye today. I was feeling a bit under the weather again, and all I want to do is to knit and knit. Before I can do that, I need to get through today’s work. One of the things on my to do -list was a blog post. Instead of turning to Polyvore for an outfit post, I wanted to write about something that holds more meaning.

I’m willing to bet a ball of yarn that many of us are coming down with a cold right now. Fall is the time for not only warm sweaters and scarves, but also flus. Getting sick is pretty much inevitable, and knitting can help cope with an oncoming flu. It helps wind down, gives you the perfect excuse to stay under warm blankets, and offers you something to concentrate on other than an itchy, achy throat or a runny nose. Nice people over at littlethings.com have listed a whole bunch of reasons why knitting is good for you. Among them is one thing that I personally have found to be true.

I’ve struggled with a panic disorder for as long as I can remember. Knitting helps deal with both panic attacks, and related anxiety. It lowers blood pressure and gives the brain something to distract itself with, thus reducing the symptoms of anxiety. Quite often, those suffering from said condition tend to self-medicate with alcohol or substance abuse. Knitting can be more helpful, and it most certainly is a healthier option!

Allfreeknitting.com has also listed a number of reasons why knitting is good for you. Unlike many others, they point out that knitting can help improve self-esteem. I strongly agree with this. Knitting forces you to learn new skills all the time, and learning has a positive impact on the sense of self worth. Seeing a finished item that you made yourself can also really boost up your confidence.

Knitting has helped many people through dark times. Working with yarn-related projects is rewarding, and it can even bring stability to a difficult life situation. Making crafts or knitting patterns, even dyeing yarn can turn into a profitable business! More important than that is still the fact that knitting isn’t just a hobby. It’s a way of life that brings both happiness and peace of mind.

I hope I haven’t bored with this post too much. Next time, I’ll show you the featured pattern for next week!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

Grey In The Making

Cardigans aren’t only fun to wear. They’re fun to knit, too! I’m currently working on two new patterns for cardigans. Both are quite deep in the making, but I wanted to give you sneak peaks  of my works in process anyway. These designs will be fun to mix and match, and easy to knit up. Instead of funky details, these cardigans feature classic shapes.

Lately, I’ve developed a liking toward grey. It’s soft and neutral, and, well, let’s face it, easier to knit than black. Grey is subtle and elegant, and never goes out of style. The color dictated the style for the first cardigan. I wanted it to have classic lace and a V-shaped neckline. The yarn I chose for this cardigan is thick and heavy, and 100% cotton. This makes the finished (well, almost finished, I still need to weave in ends and sew in buttons) decadently heavy and delightfully warm.

I like raglan-sleeves best of all when it comes to cardigans. Knitting a top down raglan cardie is fun and relaxing, and the shape is comfortable to wear. For this style, I wanted something different. Most top down raglan cardigans have a round collar. With this design, I wanted to create a V-shaped neckline. This took so much brain work I had to turn to google for help. I found a blog post with instructions on the general process of knitting a V-neck for a raglan sweater. When I looked again, the post was nowhere to be found. I’m starting to think I might have dreamt it!

I wanted to work lace for the hem of the cardigan. Feather and Fan was the perfect choice for this design. It’s easy to knit, and the result is just lovely. The sleeves are free of lace, but they come with the option to work in purled stripes.

I’m not a big fan of after thought -buttonlists. I like to work them in while knitting, or not at all. This cardigan has seed stitch button lists. They’re worked in from cast on, so the’re will be no tasks waiting after cast off. When you’re done, you’re done. Well, there will be a few ends to weave in and buttons to sew, but no knitting buttonlists!

I really like the Feather and Fan Cardigan, and I’m hoping to get the pattern published soon.

The second WIP is also grey. This is actually a re-design of a cardigan pattern I made a long while back. It’s a short sleeved shrug-like cardigan which I’ve never learned to wear. A week or so ago I realized I had an ugly shawl worked with the same yarn as the shrug. I frogged it, ripped out the cardigan’s sleeves, and cast on long, stripy ones! I love working with this yarn, it’s a shame Novita discontinued it.

The re-vamped cardigan is going to have a light grey bodice, stripy sleeves and maybe a stripy border. I also want it embellished with a fall of crochet flowers. This project is so much fun I think I’m going to go work on it right now!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my grey works in process.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Cute Cardigan Looks

This week and next, we’ll be focusing on two featured products. It’s getting cold outside, and cardigans are the perfect way to keep warm. Now is a good time to start knitting new ones, too! I’m currently working on a new knitting pattern for a cute cardigan. I can’t promise when it’ll be launched, but in the meanwhile, I wanted to feature two of our older patterns. These cardigans are a bit funkier in design. The Seed Stitch Shrug can be closed in many ways, and The Wide Sleeved Cardigan features a low-cut neckline with a huge collar. Today, I’m showing you a few cute cardigan looks.

Long and Red

I like skirts and dresses. Venturing out in a skirt during the harshest winter might sound like a silly idea, but, well, I do that. Two layers of long skirts paired with tights, a garter petticoat, and long socks can be a warmer solution than jeans. For this look, I wore a black cotton peasant skirt with a red satin skirt beneath. Both of these skirts are made with lots of fabric, and they move beautifully. When wearing these, I always feel like Scarlett O’Hara!

I paired the skirts with our Wide Sleeved Cardigan. I wore a mesh top and a spaghetti strap top under the cardie. If I get too warm and want to shed a layer, I’ll be wearing something cute under it.

I really like this look. It’s comfy and warm, and the cardigan makes it super-special.

Cute Cardigan Looks - This style is fit for winter!

Crinkled!

For the second look, I paired our Seed Stitch Shrug with my Crinkle Skirt. Choosing a top for this style gave me a really hard time. I finally chose to wear two layers: a mesh top, and a low-cut lace top over it. Both of these tops are see-through, but wearing them together reduces the effect. Together with The Crinkle Skirt they create a cute, very feminine look. I wore black pearls to fade out the different shapes of the neckline, and repeated the detail with earrings. 

Cute Cardigan Looks - Seed Stitch Shrug likes our Crinkle Skirt

This is my favorite of this bunch of cute cardigan looks. It’s super-comfy, has all the elements I like, and it works for many kinds of outings. I liked this style so much I wanted to show it to you without the cardigan, too! I hid the waist of the skirt with a belt for this pic just to make it a bit more polished.

Cute Cardigan Looks - Crinkle Skirt and Two See-Through Tops

Red Hearts

For the last look, I wanted to create a cute, fun style. I took one of my favorite dresses, and styled it up a bit. I added a lace petticoat and socks with a red heart print. I added a bit more hearts to the look with my heart choker. The red cardigan completes the look, and brings it loads of warmth.

This style turned out quite romantic. I can totally see myself wearing this for Valentine’s! 

Cute Cardigan Looks - Red Details complete the look.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our cute cardigan looks.

Until next time!

Love,

Heather

Wide Sleeved Cardigan

Knitting is an important part of my life. It offers a way to express my creativity, calms me down when I’m feeling agitated, and helps me feel productive even when I’m low on energy. I designed this cardigan quite a while back, but it’s still on of my favorite patterns. With simple lace and 2×2-rib, this wide sleeved cardigan is easy to knit, and super-fun to style. The cardigan has a huge collar, low neckline, and flared sleeves which are all my favorite details.

wide sleeved cardigan knitting pattern, image four

The model cardigan is worked with a self-patterning yarn.

Going through Amazon, I found two yarns that would work well with this cardigan. Digging up sport-weight yarns on Amazon is more challenging than one might think. Most yarns in this category are made with knitting for babies in mind, and the color choices are quite pastel. The two I came out with come in more grown-up colors. I loved Ultra Pima by Cascade Yarns, it both sounds and looks soft and smooth. Vanna’s Glamour Yarn, however, does come with a healthy dose of glitter!

If you purchase yarn through the links below, I might earn a little extra.
Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima
Lion Brand Yarn Vanna’s Glamour Yarn

I really like the shape of this cardigan. It’s fun and quirky and pretty unique. The basic eyelet lace combined with rib makes the cardigan easy to knit, too. Despite the extravagant shape, this garment is worked with basic stitches and techniques. Knitting this cardigan will take a bit more time, though. It’s worked with size 3,5mm needles, so there’s a lot of stitches to move around. The result will be worth the effort, though! This cardigan is guaranteed to turn some heads.

red cardigan with large collar and bell sleeves, image two

I hope you’ll enjoy our Wide Sleeved Cardigan Knitting Pattern.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Seed Stitch Shrug

As winter draws closer, it gets chilly indoors. This time of year, I like to reach for the warmest cardigans. Being cold is a big no-no for me, and cardigans rise to my rescue each fall. Cardigans are not only my go-to garments, but also one of my favorite things to knit. I’ve used all sorts of yarns and techniques when knitting cardies, and found that I like simple designs best.They’re easy and quick to knit up, and pair up beautifully with all kinds of dresses. The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug is among the easiest cardigan patterns I’ve made. It’s worked with seed stitch and stockinette, and features a super-cute picot cast off.

seed stitch shrug, open

The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug is designed for chunky yarn. It’s worked with large needles, which makes it a quick knit. I used upcycled yarn for the original design, but any kind of chunky yarn will do just as long as the gauge (4″ x 4″/ 10 cm x 10 cm = 20 rows and 15 stitches in stockinette) matches.

Leafing through Amazon, I found two yarns that would be pretty perfect for this shrug. Both are easy-care acrylics. Using acrylics to knit cardigans is a widely debated area. Acrylic yarns can be annoying to work with, but they do make a light garment that’s easy to care for. With thicker yarns, weight becomes an important factor. A heavy yarn can make, say, this cardigan a bit uncomfortable to wear. Both of the yarns I picked out seem light and soft, and they come in many color choices. If you purchase yarn through these links, I might earn a little extra.
Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn
Lion Brand Heartland Thick and Quick Yarn

seed stitch shrug, sleeve detail

The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug is a mix between cardigan and shrug. It has shaped sleeves and back, and a round edge that doubles as the collar and front pieces. The cardigan has no closure: it’s designed to be versatile and easy to combine with various outfits. It can be closed with a pin or brooch at the neck, bust, or hem, or even worn open. The Seed Stitch Shrug will be our featured pattern (with another cardigan that I’ll post about tomorrow), and I’ll be sharing outfits based on both during the next two weeks.

seed stitch shrug, closed at neck

I hope you’ll enjoy our Seed Stitch Shrug Knitting Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather