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Stripy Wrist Warmers

In the world of crafting, left-over yarn is a rule. It’s always around, and sometimes, it’s difficult to find a use for little balls and skeins. As I was given an opportunity to write a guest post for Craftic, I chose to create these cute, stripy wrist warmers to share. The wrist warmers require basic skills in both knitting and crocheting. Stitches used are very simple, so I would label this as a beginner level project. 

stripy wrist warmers worked in black and purple

Materials

  • sport weight yarn in two tones. The amount of yarn needed depends on how long you wish to make the wrist warmers. For the black and purple ones, I worked 10 contrast colored stripes and used 50 grams (142 yards) of yarn in total.

  • double-pointed needles size 3,5mm/US 4

  • crochet hook size 3,5mm/US 4 and 4mm/US 6

  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Notes

The wristwarmers come in three sizes, S (M), and L. Size S suits an arm of 20 cm/ 7.8 inches in diameter, size M 22 cm/ 8.6 inches, and size L 24 cm/ 9.45 inches. Gauge (taken from a wristwarmer while it’s worn) is 8 stitches and 24 rows in a 5 cm x 5 cm / 2” x 2” square.

Abbreviations

K – knit

P – purl

DC – double crochet

* * – repeat

Pattern

Cast on 40 (44) 48 stitches on DPNs with black yarn, divide them eavenly, and join to knit in the round. The wristwarmers are worked in *K2, P2* -rib up until the crochet cuff.

Counting in the foundation row, work four rows of rib with black yarn. Switch to purple, and work two rows. Alternating the stripe pattern of *four rows in black, two rows in purple*, work in the round until the wristwarmer is approx 15cm/ 6 inches long. Finish with a black stripe.

Switch to the smaller crochet hook. From the beginning of the first row, pick up two stitches onto your hook. Crochet them together with a slip stitch, and chain four. In between of the two stitches you just crocheted together, double crochet.

DC the next two stitches together, chain two, and DC in between the two stitches crocheted together. Continue like this through the row.

Switch to hook size 4mm/ US 6.

Row 1: Into each arch formed by two chain stitches, DC three times.

Row 2-5: Using slip stitches, move to the middle DC of the first group. Chain two, and DC twice. *DC three times into the middle stitch of the next group.* Slip stitch to close the round.

Row 6: Using slip stitches, move to the middle DC of the first group. Chain two, and DC four times. Single crochet in between groups. *DC five times into the middle stitch of the next group, single crochet in between groups.* Slip stitch to close the round.

Cast off, and weave in ends.

stripy wrist warmers worked in double rib and crochet lace

 I hope you’ll enjoy The Stripy Wrist Warmers Knit/Crochet Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Lovelace

This fall, I found yellow mystery yarn in my stash. I don’t usually go for yellow, but this wool blend Spoke to me. The yarn announced its will to become a pair of cabled gloves. It had a quite loud and very demanding voice, so I set out to fulfill its dream. After a few little mishaps, the yellow yarn turned into intricate gloves knitting pattern I named Lovelace.

Most knitting patterns I create are targeted for beginners. I like to keep things simple, and to make patterns that are quick and easy to knit.

This one, though, came out a bit more demanding. I labeled it under Intermediate, but I do believe it’s border-lining Advanced… This pattern features rib, lace columns, cables, reverse stockinette, and an Indian thumb gusset with a cable worked into it. The design is full of detail, which makes the gloves remarkably pretty.

This pattern demands some skills in knitting. In addition to basic stitches, decreases and increases, you’ll need to have knowledge of cabling and glove construction. If you do know the basics of both, the pattern in itself isn’t that hard create.

Lovelace are full of intricate detail on the outside, but the inside of the gloves is smooth. I wanted them to be a pleasure to wear, both in the aesthetic and practical sense. Reverse stockinette makes cables and lace pop out, and keeps the inside of the snug-fitting gloves smooth. Though it does take a bit more effort, I do believe it’s worth it.

The Lovelace Pattern was released in February. It was test knit right after, and now it has been approved by a community of knitters. You can find it also on Ravelry along with the beautiful projects my testers created. Before seeing The Lovelace Gloves worked in pink, I never believed how much the choice of color can affect the design!

Lovelace Gloves are designed for sport weight wool blend. You can use other materials, such as merino or alpaca blends, as long as the gauge matches. These gloves might look lovely worked with cotton, too. Winter’s starting to be almost over, and more breathable materials will make these gloves nice to wear as spring draws near.

I hope you’ll like The Lovelace Pattern as much I as enjoyed creating it!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Lune

Lune is a knitting pattern for a striped, crescent scarf. It’s worked in garter stitch, and has a narrow crochet border. Lune is unisex, and entirely beginner-friendly. Lune can be modded in size to work as a scarf or a shawl.

Lune is a knitting pattern for a crescent shawl

I didn’t really plan for Lune to happen. After working on The Lovelace Gloves, I wanted to knit something very simple on large needles. In a way, Lune was a comfort-knit. As rewarding it is to create something very intricate, a fast-paced project that requires very little concentration is just and only pure fun.

For me, Lune was fun to knit. The feel of the yarns was nice and fluffy, large needles made the project come together in very little time, and not having to purl or read a chart was relaxing for a change.

Lune was born on a whim. I went through my stash, and found two balls of mystery yarn in black and green. The color-combo brought Loki to my mind. I immediately knew I wanted to use the yarns on scarf, as long as possible, and easy to mix and match.

The shape of the scarf was also quickly decided. I wanted to find the easiest possible way to create a crescent scarf in order to make the pattern as beginner-friendly as possible.

I set to work, and decided Lune needed a little something-something to make it special.

Garter stitch stays flat without ribbed edges. It’s ideal for scarfs and shawls: it looks nice, has a lot of elasticity, and stays put on its own. I chose to finish Lune with a narrow crochet edge not for practical reasons, but to give it a unique look.

Working on Lune was an absolute pleasure. I enjoyed every moment of it so much I’m actually thinking about casting on another one in black and purple.

I hope you’ll love The Lune Knitting Pattern, too!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Fishnet Top

Red, upcycled cotton wanted desperately to be a sweater, something light, airy, and darkly inclined. After a few moments of contemplation, I turned it into a mesh top. Naturally, the process resulted in the Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern.

Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern can be made with any yarn as long as the gauge matches

Following along the lines of our previously published Fishnet Gloves Knitting Pattern, this pattern is androgynous and completely beginner-friendly. In my opinion, the world lacks in basic knitting patterns suitable for those just starting with the wonderful craft. I like to offer simple patterns as well to help those still increasing their knitting skills. This pattern is worked in straight lines, in the round, and is made with easy, repetitive stitch patterns.

The Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern includes sizes XS-L along with an option for a version made with ribbed neckline, hem, and cuffs. The sweater has a low, scooped neckline which makes it both trendy and comfortable to wear. The hem can be knit to any length: it can be made long, or left at a cropped line. The sleeve length is also entirely optional. The model sweater is made with long sleeves, but a short sleeved version works as well.

The model sweater is knit with upcycled cotton. This yarn choice makes the style cool for the summer. The Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern can be worked with any yarn as long as the gauge matches. It can be made with cotton, wool blend, or even acrylic. Try self-striping or self-patterning yarns for an even funkier look!

Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern is worked without increases

Since the fishnet sweater is simple, it can be worn with many kinds of outfits which makes it quite versatile. I paired it with a pleated mini, but the sweater also works with jeans and long skirts. It can also be worn over a dress to bring extra warmth to cold nights.

I hope you’ll enjoy our Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern suits both him and her

Fishnet Gloves

Once upon a time, I had pretty basic black cotton stashed. I wanted to turn it into something simple, something easy to create. The yarn turned into fingerless gloves, and the process turned into a knitting pattern. Our Fishnet Gloves Knitting Pattern combines fishnet with twisted rib, and is beginner-friendly.

made with cotton, these fishnet gloves are cool to wear during the summer

Knitting and crocheting are fun, productive ways to unwind. Repetive motion allows the mind to calm down, and seeing items created feels rewarding. Personally, I believe there are far too few beginner-level knitting patterns around. Simple projects are quick to master, and the satisfaction gained from being able to make something beautiful is pretty close to the best thing in the world. That’s why I like to offer knitting patterns for beginners as well.

Our Fishnet Gloves Knitting Pattern features elements of Dark fashion. Fishnet armwarmers have been around since the birth of Punk, and still enjoy the love of those darkly inclined. Knit in black, the Fishnet Gloves make the perfect Gothic accessory. In brighter colours, the style can work for more ordinary styles as well. Try self-striping yarn for an interesting, multi-toned look. Yarns with metallic shimmer add a futuristic element to the mix, and soft pastels make gloves that even Lolis can rock.

our fishnet gloves knitting pattern is beginner-friendly

The model gloves are knit to a moderate length. Modifying the length is easy, and you can knit the rib as long or as short as you choose. These gloves are versatile in nature, and can be shaped to a knitter’s whim.

The pattern includes written instructions on how to knit the gloves, along with charts for both rib and fishnet. These gloves come in size Medium, and the pattern has tips on how to adjust the size to fit larger arms. Note, that this pattern can work for both him and her, especially for androgynous styles.

I hope you’ll enjoy our Fishnet Gloves Knitting Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Fishnet gloves combine elements of dark fashion

Faux Cable Shrug

Shrugs are beloved items among all those darkly inclined. The offer the perfect chance to both keep warm and show off detailed garments, such as corsets. Our Faux Cable Shrug Knitting Pattern is designed to be a snug fit, and it suits petite beauties best of all.

HeathersFauxCableShrug_1

Our Faux Cable Shrug Knitting Pattern combines stockinette and mock cables. With a fitted back and shaped sleeves, this design is comfortable to wear, and a bit more challenging to work than a classic shrug. As an added design element, the shaped sleeves are knit from the shoulder down, allowing you to choose the sleeve length freely.

This design is best knit with soft yarns, such as alpaca or mohair-blend. Though it does work with acrylic yarns, natural fibers may feel nicer when worn.

I love to add a little bit of extra detail to knitting patterns. Our shrug pattern has a crochet shell edge around the border and on the cuffs. The stitches used are very basic, and the pattern has instructions on how to create the shell edge. Be warned, though: working with this shrug does require a bit of crochet skills as well!

Shrugs are often small and delicate. Knitting one can be a lot of work, though. For this reason, I’ve chosen a large needle size. With large needles, the shrug is quick to finish, and the knit fabric remains light and airy.

HeathersFauxCableShrug_4

Little bolero-styled shrugs are best paired with dresses that have a defined waist. Shrugs worn wonders with corsets and corset-tops, but pairing them with jeans and tank tops can create an interesting outfit as well. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination when pairing shrugs to outfits. Taking a risk can create an unexpected yet delightful combo!

I hope you’ll enjoy our Faux Cable Shrug Knitting Pattern.

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

HeathersFauxCableShrug_3

Wide Sleeved Cardigan

Soft, red yarn turned to rib and simple lace, and the combination made way for a unique cardigan. Our Wide Sleeved Cardigan Knitting Pattern is easy to work, and a relatively quick knit. With interesting details, it’s a delight to work and wear.

wide sleeved cardigan knitting pattern, image four

The model cardigan is made with a self-patterning yarn. This gave the cardigan a unique colorization. The style works with single-toned yarns as well as with self-striping products. With so many yarn options, you’re sure to be able to find your favourite. The cardigan calls for sport weight yarn, which comes in many colours and textures. The model cardigan is made with a wool-polyamide -yarn, but feel free to use cotton or alpaca instead. Whichever yarn you pick, this style will love it. Just make certain the gauge matches!

The wide sleeved cardigan knitting pattern features a low-cut neckline and a large collar. This gives the knit a decadent feel. With flared sleeves and a dropped shoulder line, this cardigan is delightfully different. A cropped hem makes it easy to pair the cardigan with various outfits. It works well with short dresses, and looks fabulous paired with skinny jeans and knee-high boots. Though the cardigan in itself doesn’t bear options for alteration, you can spruce it up by pairing it with a number of versatile outfits and your favourite accessories.

The wide sleeved cardigan is worked in the flat. It combines 2×2 rib and simple lace. The alteration of two basic knit surfaces makes the pattern quick and easy to work with, and creates an interesting look. As an added detail, the sleeves have a narrow picot edge. This means you’re going to need a bit of crochet skills as well! The pattern is easy to work with, and it suits both beginners and those of us who love to knit while binging on our fav TV-shows.

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

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

red cardigan with large collar and bell sleeves, image two

The NightSky Set

A while back, I found a yarn that wanted desperately to come home with me. It was a simple, sport-weight acrylic with a touch of lurex. I bought it, took it home, and knit it in two weeks. The yarn turned into fingerless gloves and a hat to match. Since they both sparkled like starts, I called it the NightSky Set.

Set of hat and fingerless gloves featuring seed stitch and cables

As you may have noticed, I have a lot of hair. To make life easier, I wanted a hat that can house all of that. Also, I wanted a hat that can be changed to a warmer style. Knitting up a hat that can go from slouchy beanie to regular beanie seemed a bit daunting, but with a little bit of thought, I got what I wanted.

The set is knit in seed stitch, and sprayed with a cable pattern. Together, these two surfaces create an elegant look. Since seed stitch looks the same on both sides, the set is easy to alter. The fingerless gloves have a long edge. It can be worn long for warmth, and turned down when you need to use your phone. And the beanie… thanks to invisible decreases, it can be turned inside out for easy manipulation. Wear it long when you want a slouchy beanie. When you need a regular one, flip it over, and fold the edge to show off the cable pattern. Quick, simple, and practical.

NightSkySet2

This set has quickly become my favourite one. The sparkle of the yarn brings happiness to dark nights, and the practicality of the set is a delight. I’m super-happy to have been able to publish it before Christmas, since it has an added bonus hidden inside. The cable pattern works in fingerless gloves, and hats. And scarves! In the knitting pattern, you’ll find a chart for a scarf to complete the set.

I hope you’ll enjoy the NightSky Set -knitting pattern! It’s also available on Ravelry along with the rest of my knitting patterns.

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

NightSkySet3

Sneak Peaks

I’ve been working on quite a few new designs during the fall. Now, some of them are ready for sneak peaks!

A you may know, I like to create knit and crochet items along with sewn garments. Knitting and crocheting takes a longer time than sewing, so a lot of patience is needed when making patterns. Even a fast knitter takes more than a week to knit up a set of hat and wristlets, and a knit cardigan may take even longer to finish. Rewards are wonderful, though, and I’ve found that knitting and crocheting is a great way to unwind and relax.

A year ago, I finished a cardigan made with two light yarns, both upcycled. The cardigan quickly grew to be my favourite one, and as the nights grew dark again, I decided to turn it into a pattern. The blue cardigan was crocheted using a 5mm hook.

filet crochet cardigan made with two light yarns

The shape and feel of the cardigan appealed to me. As I’d chosen two yarns, it turned out decadently heavy.

For a fresh version to be written out as a pattern, I chose an upcycled cotton yarn, and a size 4mm hook. The cardigan is quick to make, but I lost interest in it five times in the process. As photoshoot-day crept closer, I decided to push the cardigan out. I finished it just three hours before it was time to take pictures! Trying it on for the first time after fully finishing it was nerve-wrecking, but the black cardigan proved pretty much perfect.

black filet crochet cardigan made with upcycled cotton yarn

Last for today, is a versatile set of hat and fingerless gloves. The hat and mitts are both knit with a glittery yarn, and feature seed stitch and cables. They both can be worn in two ways. Though I finished the set more than a year ago, it’s taken long to finish the process. I’m happy to let you know that the NightSky Set will be published just as soon as I put some finishing touches into the pattern.

I hope you’ll enjoy these upcoming designs!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Set of hat and fingerless gloves featuring seed stitch and cables

Seed Stitch Shrug

Seed stitch is one of my favourite knitting stitches. It’s lovely, easy to work, and very versatile. For the Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug, I paired it with stockinette, and a crochet cast-off.

As I often do, I dug up a discarded sweater from a flea market, and scavenged it for yarn. You can find my tutorial on how to do that here.

What I got after unraveling the sweater, was a multitoned chunky yarn light and soft. I wanted to knit it into something warm, something that could be worn in many ways. Versatility is a key factor in shrugs and cardigans, and with simple alterations, this shrug changes moods with you.

seed stitch shrug, open

The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug calls for soft, chunky yarn. It’s worked with needlesize 7 mm – US 10.75 which makes it a quick knit. The construction is a cross between cardigan and shrug: this garment has a shaped sleeves, and a border worked in the round. The combination of seed stitch and stockinette work wonderfully with self-patterning and multitoned yarns. On a calm design, colours work to their full advantage. This shrug can even pull off stripes if you so choose: try asymmetrical stripes in bold colours, or thin ones with just two shades.

seed stitch shrug, closed at neck

The shrug has a large border. It has no closure, so it’s perfect to wear with shawl pins and brooches. The collar can be pinned in many ways: high on the neck or low at the waist. The shrug can also be worn open for a more casual look. A versatile style can be paired with all kinds of outfits. Though this shrug loves dresses, it works well with jeans, too.

seed stitch shrug, sleeve detail

The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug features a crochet cast-off. In order to gain an elastic edge, I created a picot cast-off. It works both to give the shrug a detailed, feminine look, and as a practical solution for binding off. The cast-off method is time consuming, and requires knowledge of basic crochet, but the end result is well worth the labour.

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

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

seed stitch shrug, closed at hem