Magnum Reversible Vest/Wrap

Magnum Capelet #2 or the Beehive

Misti Brioche Honeycomb Sweater


Saturday, May 09, 2015

I received more yarn from the Montreal based Illimani Yarn for my latest offering... the crochet version of the Montreal. I'm loving this yarn, so very luxurious!

Crocheted using a Q (16mm) hook in Half Double Rib with edgings and collar in Single Crochet through the back loop, this is a fairly easy pattern that works up quickly (do I say that about all my patterns lol!)

The size shown here is a large and used 13 skeins of Cadena I (100g 45m/49yds) by Illimani. This yarn is unbelievably soft and has an excellent drape (I'm repeating myself again) which is perfect for this type of piece.

The Montreal is worked from sleeve edge to sleeve edge in one piece with the collar and bottom edging picked up and worked off of the main body. There are only 2 increases in the whole sweater, so I would rate this for an advanced beginner on up.

Here's a picture of the knit version. This shows the small size (the small size has the same dimensions for both knit and crochet).

I've seen both sizes on many different body types and they both look great!

This shows the beginnings of the Half Double Rib, it may seem daunting at first, but this stitch pattern is super simple and has a great look!

Available as a PDF download. $6.50

OK, I know I've probably said it too many times to count BUT the next post you see here will be the crochet version of the Swing Coat! I'm currently getting the pattern ready for the tech editor so... stay tuned! :D

And Happy Mother's Day to all out there who mother someone or something! 
My mom, always on my mind :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sometimes it's slow going but I'm getting there... working my way down my list of patterns 'to do'. This vest I made over a year ago to coincide with my Tunisian crochet tutorial. A simple vest made side to side in one piece this is a great one to start with in Tunisian crochet. 

Made using approximately 300yds/275m of a chunky yarn like Magnum by Cascade (color shown 8013, Walnut Heather) and a size 'S' Tunisian crochet hook (I found mine on etsy) this could easily be worked up over a couple of nights. The pattern is a 'one size' but with notations on how to adjust the size if necessary. 

Pattern available as a PDF $6.50

I know you've all heard it before ;) but I am currently working on the pattern for the crochet version of the Swing Coat!!! I should have the pattern available here by the beginning of June... like I said, slow going!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I'm on a 'simplicity' kick. Trying to simplify things around here. It started with the Montreal and continues with my latest pattern. The Day Coat is very simple, 3 pieces sewn together and a collar, no shaping.. fat yarn and big needles (of course, so not only simple but quick!)

I was lucky enough to receive more Cadena l from Illimani Yarn, the Canadian yarn company based in Montreal. This alpaca/merino blend is such a pleasure to work with and the drape is amazing, just what you need for these oversized pieces.

The Day Coat uses approximately 539yds/492m (11 skeins) of Cadena l and US #19 (16mm) I would rate this as an easy pattern, good for an advanced beginner on up. It's a one size pattern but using the schematic and the notations included is easy to adjust if needed. 

Available as a PDF download. $6.50

Thursday, March 26, 2015

This weekend most LA County yarn shops will be opening their doors as part of our local yarn crawl. Today, Friday March 27, 2015 at 1 & 5pm I'll be at The Little Knittery giving Tunisian crochet demos as part of the weekend long festivities.

This Tunisian crocheted vest pattern will be available at The Little Knittery this weekend... I'll post it here next week.

If you can't make it to the demos check out my Tunisian crochet tutorial here and learn to make a simple cowl. The simple Tunisian crochet stitch is super easy to learn even if you don't crochet!

Hope to see you there!

Tunisian crochet cowl

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

If I may, I'm totally in love with my latest design.. but is it the design or the yarn I love so much?! "the Montreal" is named in honor of the home city of Illimani Yarn, a Canadian yarn company specializing in alpaca yarns from Bolivia and Peru. Illimani contacted me asking if I would be interested in working with their yarn.. of course I said yes knowing how good it would be and so they sent this gorgeous alpaca/merino blend.. the yarn "Cadena" (@430 yards total for the Montreal) is amazingly soft and has just the right weight to it to give this piece great movement and drape.

I have been wearing "the Montreal" non stop since I finished it! You could easily knit this super simple piece up in a weekend since "Cadena" is a chunky yarn worked on US #17's (US #19's for the collar) in Garter Stitch and a variation of a rib stitch.
A crochet version is on my hook and will be out soon!

Pattern available as a PDF $6.50


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