Archive for February, 2011

Heavenly Herringbone by Purl Bee

Feb 13

Big Herringbone Cowl by Purl BeeOMG! Heart this herringbone stitch from Purl Bee’s Big Herringbone Cowl. The pattern is offered for free on their website! And it comes with excellent photos of how to do the Herringbone Stitch.

They also have a huge collection of lovely free knit and crochet patterns. A bonus is each pattern features really nice tools like these Blue Sky Double Pointed Needles (they’re made of dark rosewood from Vietnam!) and lovely photos. Drawback is they’re hard to wade through. The “Whit’s Knits” patterns are usually my fave. A post about my fave picks coming soon.

Materials
5 skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca’s Worsted in Ecru #2003, Alpaca/Merino Blend $20.60 per skein
Needle: US #17, 32 inch circular needle.
Jumbo Stitch Markers

Gauge
15 stitches = 4 inches in herringbone stitch

Finished Size
14 inches wide and 58 inches around

Herringbone Cowl by Purl Bee - Stitch Detail - Right Sidel Herringbone Cowl by Purl Bee - Stitch Detail - Wrong Side

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Bramcost Vintage Patterns

Feb 12

Vintage Crochet Brassiere

Ooo lala, 1800′s to 1960′s sew retro! Bramcost Vintage Patterns has a lovely free pattern on their site! This pattern is free to our customers until February 19, 2011! Oddly enough, I’ve been looking for a crochet brassiere pattern. And this is even cuter than I could have imagined with bonus vintage inspiration! I’m going to try this one “on for size”. They publish vintage Sewing, Millinery, Knitting, and Crochet patterns! If you’re into vintage, they also offer other vintage books for beauty and hair. Above is the free pattern they’re giving away!

Bramcost Vintage Patterns

OMG! Heart – Drops Design

Feb 09

Drops Design by Garn Studio

Here’s DROPS Design based in Oslo, Norway. I discovered these guys awhile ago on Ravelry. I loved their patterns!! Too many to list. Below is a random sampling. Norwegians know their knits! I heart their style. Modern, sophisticated, casual. Just beautiful stuff. And guess what? They offer over 36,000 FREE patterns. In 14 different languages no less. And they’re good! They’re site also has a great way of filtering for just the patterns you’re looking for. Hooray! The have a cute tutorial page too full of video how-tos.

Drops Design by Garn Studio

One *slight* drawback is that sometimes their patterns are hard to decipher. I suspect it’s because they are translated from Norwegian into English. From reading through a few patterns, the knitting techniques are occasionally unusual and not something I’m accustomed to. But they do come with video tutorials! Projects featuring some DROPS Designs coming soon! They’re big faves among the Ravelry crowd so they should be decent.

They also carry their own line of yarns, DROPS Yarn. All their patterns are designed to feature their yarns (or vice versa). I’ve never tried their yarns but I do love their patterns. Their yarn fibers feature blends like Mohair Superkid and Silk, Baby Alpaca and Mulberry Silk, Merino Superwashes, and Egyptian Cotton. From what I can tell from the pics, they knit up gorgeous. I’ll have to somehow get my hands on some so that I can try them at some point. For now they are only offered online and in Wisconsin and California… Why?! See their site for more details.

www.garnstudio.com
www.ravelry.com/designers/drops-design

Pattern: Bomber Hat

Feb 08

Bomber Hat Here is a simple crochet hat done in ribs! Yup, it is a ribbed hat done using Crochet instead of Knit! I made this for my friend who specifically requested a “crochet hat in black with tight stitches!”. (shrug)

Here’s what I came up with. I made it dark grey instead in a heavy stitch for extra warmth (and also to avoid the “hole-y” ness that normal crochet hats are prone to). I mixed the yarns for added depth and a slight luxe detail without changing the overall personality of the hat. That mixed with the stitch gave it lovely yet subtle unique texture.

Overall it’s a utilitarian Counterstrike/Black Ops inspired look. It came out sportier than I would have liked but I loved the stitch with the yarn mix so I just went with it. It’s on the stiff side, no drape. Dense and thick yet doesn’t really look like it. Great for a guy! The stitch is more intermediate but the hat pattern itself is beginner making it an Advanced Beginner project! It’s a stretchy stitch normally used for cuffs or edges. It fit perfectly!

Bomber Hat

Materials:
1.5 Balls Red Heart Heathers – Dark Grey (4480) – Medium Worsted Weight [4], 260 yards per ball
2 Balls Lion Brand Collection Baby Alpaca – Silver Grey Heather (152) – Light Weight [3], 146 yards per ball
Crochet Hook Size I9 [5.5mm]
Yarn Needle

Special Stitch:
1×1 Rib Stitch: [fpdc, bpdc] repeat until end
fpdc – Double Crochet into Front Post
bpdc – Double Crochet into Back Post

Size: Approx. 22 inches in diameter. About 9 inches high.

Skill Level: Adv. Beginner

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Patternfish: Patterns Galore

Feb 02

Patternfish - Pattern EmporiumCheck out this lovely site, Patternfish.com just for Knit and Crochet patterns!

You can buy or sell your very own patterns too in this easy to use website. A nice outlet for the indie pattern maker. It also includes patterns for sale from anyone from Louet to Classic Elite.

The search panel they have on the right is handy too. Kind of like the one on Ravelry (heart it!) that lets you search by very helpful categories to easily find just what you’re looking for. It’s a great way to find a pattern to fit the yarn size and project you’re looking for. I plan to use it for “Operation: Use Up All My Yarn”!

All patterns are instantly downloadable in PDF format.

Jimmy Beans Wool: Beans for Brains

Feb 01

Jimmy Beans Wool ZOMG! (I work for a media company and “editorial” has a bunch of banned phrases on a dry-erase board that include “OMG”. Ha!) Irregardless (Double Ha!). Check this out:

Jimmy Beans Wool has a yearly scholarship program called “Beans for Brains“. If you Knit or Crochet, you could be eligible to win money for school! Yup, if you’re a student who loves Knitting or Crochet and are looking for scholarships for school, here’s your opportunity! For the 2011-2012 Program, five lucky winners will get $3000 to go towards education! One winner will be selected from 4 regions of the United States – Northeast, Midwest, West, and South. The fifth winner will be selected from where Jimmy Beans Wool is headquartered in Reno, Nevada! Visit their scholarship page to apply! And good luck!

This year’s scholarship begins today! Applications will be accepted from February 1st, 2011 to April 1st, 2011. Award letters will start going out on May 10, 2011. Funds will be awarded beginning August 12, 2011.

Jimmy Beans Wool was started by a husband and wife team in May 2002! Along with a great selection of yarn and Knitting and Crochet tools and resources, they have a cute blog, and a section for free patterns.