I really like this cowl because it is so easy and still manages to be fashionable! The yarn used is textured, and I crocheted into the back loop for even more texture. And it whips up so quickly there’s plenty of time for you to make several for Christmas. I used the Fiesta colorway because it is so colorful it will flatter most any skin.
You ever spend way too much time on the wrong project with the wrong yarn at the wrong time of year? Welcome to the last several weeks of my crafting! I have been fighting this thing since the beginning.
Several weeks ago I put out an impassioned request for some ideas on how to use the linen stitch. I rattled off a list of items I didn’t want to make, which included a cowl, but as a proper linen stitch needs to be worked in the round, I was limited. So what did I do? I started a cowl. No big deal. Except I had to cast on 16 different times because I kept twisting the foundation row. That is such a rookie mistake, that I should have taken my cue from such an inauspicious start.
The yarn is Malabrigo that I’ve had tucked away in a bag in my closet for over a year, and I wanted to use it. I even rescued a snarled skein that had previously kept me from using the yarn at all – that’s how bad I wanted to get this thing started! As for a pattern, I was loosely basing in on Kristen Kapur’s Chickadee Cowl, but not having too much success. The yarn combination was just wrong for me. So now it sits, rewound and back on its shelf in the closet, awaiting a more suitable project.
In the meantime, I figure it’s never a wrong time to work on socks!
I thought I’d share this with you. It was one of those ideas that come to you while you’re in the yarn store – never mind that you came in for something totally different! I wanted to give this to a friend of mine, and as she is an outdoorsy girl who hikes and camps and fishes, well, the color scheme fit and my cable idea fit, so I thought to myself, why not? I double stranded a bulky yarn, so this sucker is nice and warm and bulky. Enjoy!
It’s getting closer to Christmas and the search for pretty, useful and QUICK knits is on! This is actually a complement to another easy pattern I found online for a hat – there is a link to the other pattern and artist – but this is cool enough to make alone. Both work up fast so you can make a set or two in plenty of time. Click the link for the pattern.
Hey everybody! As I sit here in my home, sipping a lovely butterscotch latte, I’m feeling quite magnanimous. Also, I figured since it’s been over a month since I posted any freebie patterns, that it’s about time. I am especially endeared to this pattern as I was inspired by local surroundings. I feel fortunate to live in the great state of California, and really lucky that I am a native. I also understand that many of you who live elsewhere have a dim view of my beloved home based on the reports of others, or you had a bad experience yourself (just to remind you, those happen everywhere). I currently reside in the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountain range, where bears, mountain lions, deer, raccoon, foxes, coyotes, etc., roam free. I know they’re in our neighborhood because they leave little “gifts” in the most conspicuous places, but I don’t really mind because I love being here. Besides, I’m already picking up after my dogs and cats, what’s a little wildlife scat going to hurt?
Anyway, after all that, here’s a link to the pattern and for those of you who don’t crochet or just don’t want to be bothered I have included a link to my online shop, as usual. I also keep all my patterns and some others I find online on my Crafting Links tab, where it’s broken down into Knit and Crochet patterns. If you just click the tab with choosing from the drop down menu, there is a form where you can upload your own pattern. Enjoy!