Free Cowl Knitting Pattern – available for a limited time!

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Hi friends,

Remember the Chunky Cable Cowl I posted awhile (okay, more than awhile) ago?  I have made items from this pattern several times since I designed it two years ago, and I always enjoy making it.  It knits up quickly and the result is a soft and cozy cowl that’s perfect for fall and sees you straight through winter.  Now is the perfect time to get a head start on Christmas gifts, and this works up so quickly you’ll be able to knit one for every one of your friends and loved ones (and they’ll thank you, too).  🙂

DPP_0003I want you to enjoy this pattern – and its result – as much as I have! I’ve decided to share this pattern for free for a limited time.  Head over to Ravelry to download your own copy for free!  Simply add the item to your cart and enter the coupon code HAPPYFALL14 at checkout to receive a full discount of the purchase price.  When you’ve completed your project, be sure to come back and share photos with me – I love to see them!

While you’re at Ravelry, be sure to also check out my Moss Stitch Mug Cozy.  Worked with bulkMoss Stitch Mug Cozy - Buttonsy yarn, or two strands or worsted held together, and size 10 needles, this little mug cozy is a very fast knit and is the perfect small gift or stocking stuffer.  It’s a great way to use up scraps from all the other projects you’ve finished this year.  This pattern is easily customizable to the size of mug you prefer and only requires a couple dozen yards of yarn and a couple of your cutest buttons.

Happy knitting!

Chunky Knit Cable Cowl

The Chunky Knit Cable Cowl and the Chunky Knit Cable Cowl Pattern are now available for purchase in my Etsy shop!  The cowl is knit out of soft chunky wool/acrylic blends that keep you snug while keeping the cold winter winds at bay.  Or knit one up for yourself or a friend – using large needles and thick yarn, this cowl works up in no time!

For a limited time, enter the code WINTER at checkout to receive 20% off your entire order.  Not on Etsy?  You can also find the pattern on Ravelry here.  Happy Thursday!

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You can also find the pattern on Ravelry here.

Current Projects: 1/4/2013

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I haven’t been on here in ages…but in my defense, I’ve been a busy girl!  I started some online classes in December, I’ve published two knitting patterns, I’m trying to dedicate more time to my true love – writing – all while attempting to spend more time with friends, old and new alike.  I suddenly found I have much less time to blog than I thought!

Anyway, I’m still cranking along on that Granny Stripe Blanket, and I’ve started two new knitting projects and completed a third.  I never can stick with a single large project until it’s done – I have to have smaller ones to carry me through.  Right now, I’m working on my first ever (believe it or not) shawlette, aptly named Balm to the Soul by Jaala Spiro, as well as a pair of socks, entitled Busy Bees from the book Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence (the pattern’s available for free on the link – it’ll take you to Ravelry), that I am enjoying but that are going mind-numbingly slow on size 2 needles.  Perhaps developing patience would be a good goal for me this year.

I recently (as in 5 days before Christmas) finished the Hallows Scarf for my husband.  Nothing like waiting until you’re down to the wire.  It was easy as pie, but I enjoyed making it.  Berroco’s Vintage worked up into a very warm, cushy scarf.  I think I’m going to have to make one for myself.

Now that fall is over, I am anxiously awaiting spring.  However, I would like to finish the shawl and the socks before spring arrives – which, around here, is usually in Mid-March.  Guess I’d better get crackin’!

Moss Stitch Mug Cozy

As I’ve mentioned before, I do quite a variety of crafts – I sew, I crochet, I knit, I paint…pretty much anything I can try, I will.  The fun part for me is that once I learn the gist of a craft, I can go wild with it and create.

Today, I am posting one of my own original knitting patterns for sale on Etsy for the first time ever! (See it here.)  To celebrate, I’m sharing another of my designs with you all for free.  It’s a charming little mug cozy, perfect for young and old alike, and easy enough that even the most novice of knitters can whip one up in no time.  It’s the perfect way to use up a little leftover yarn from a previous project, and you can crank these out so quickly that you can make one for all your friends and family for Christmas.  I hope you enjoy!

Moss Stitch Mug Cozy

Gauge: approximately 3 stitches per inch in pattern

Materials

  • Bulky weight yarn, or two strands worsted weight held together – I used two strands of Patons Classic Wool held together
  • 1 pair knitting needles, size 10 (6.0mm) (or size to obtain gauge)
  • 1 crochet hook, size J (6.0mm)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Measuring tape
  • 2 buttons
  • Thread, in color of your choice, and needle, for sewing on buttons

Abbreviation guide:

  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • sl = slip (For example, “sl1 purlwise” means “slip one stitch as if to purl” – the yarn is held in the front.  “Sl1 knitwise” means “slip one stitch as if to knit” – and the yarn is held in the back.)

Measure the circumference of your mug.  Multiply this number by 3 (your gauge) to get the number of stitches for cast on.  (For example, a 10-inch circumference multiplied by 3 stitches per inch = 30 stitches for cast on.)  If the resulting number is even, add one stitch – you must always cast on an odd number of stitches – so, in this case, I cast on 31 stitches.

Using the long-tail cast on method, cast on the desired number of stitches and work the following rows:

Rows 1, 4, 5, 8, and 9:  Sl1 knitwise, *p1, k1; repeat from * to end of row.

Rows 2, 3, 6, and 7:  Sl1 purlwise, *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of row.

You can work as many rows as you like, for as wide a cozy as desired.  With 9 rows, I got a cozy that measures about 2-1/4 inches wide.

Bind off in pattern; weave in ends.  Block the finished piece to get it as close to rectangular as possible.

When blocking is finished, you are ready to sew on the buttons and make the loop that will hold everything in place.  Measure 1/2″ from one end and find the middle height-wise.  Mine measures 2-1/4″ high, so I will start at 1/2″ from the end at 1-1/8″ high.  Insert your crochet hook and pull up a loop, leaving a decent sized tail.  Now, you are ready to make the chain for your loop.  Chain 8.  Insert crochet hook back into your starting point and pull up a loop to connect.  Break yarn; weave in ends.

Flip your piece over so that your chain is actually starting on the back of the piece.  Sew one of your buttons over the starting point on the front side.

Place your second button in the matching spot on the opposite end of the cozy; stitch in place.

Wrap it around your mug, secure with the loop, and you are ready to go!

Til next time – Shannon

Shop Launch Sale Starts Today!

I have been busy as a little bee around here.  Sew sew sew, paint paint paint, knit knit knit.  Or maybe I’m as busy as a Christmas elf.  Getting ready for all those gift shipments.  I thrive off the busyness.  It’s fun and exciting!

As several of you no doubt know by now, I recently re-launched my Etsy shop.  I sell handmade home decor and wearables – aprons, vintage-inspired signs, pillow covers, coasters, knit hats, you name it.

For the month of October, everything in my shop is 20% off for all buyers with Etsy coupon code LAUNCH.  Simply log on to Etsy and place one (or more!) of my items in your cart.  At checkout, enter the coupon code to receive the discount.

Feel free to share the coupon code – the more, the merrier!  It’s never too early to get a jump on all that holiday shopping, and I’ll be adding new items all month long!

So stop by and say hi.  As always, thanks for reading!

-Shannon

Current Project: Granny Stripes Blanket

Hello everyone!  Lately I’ve been working on a new crocheted blanket/afghan for either our sofa or bed.  (I haven’t decided yet.  It will probably start on one and end up on the other.)  My pile of acrylic yarn (all at once now: “EWW, acrylic!”) has been piling up over the past couple of years, and though I have come to prefer more natural fibers, I just couldn’t throw out or give away all this perfectly good yarn.  I am of the mindset that acrylic has its place in the universe, and keeping me warm in the winter is now that place!

I’m going incognito as ladylovely over at ravelry, where I found this great pattern.  I know this pattern has been around for ages, but I can’t resist how cute it is or how well it lends itself to the use of multiple colors.  I have been knitting almost exclusively when it comes to yarn crafts and found that I was really missing crochet.  I have been enjoying working on this project.  I’m using several bright, cheery colors that will brighten my day in the middle of February when it’s rainy and dreary and bitter cold.

Are any of you knitters or crocheters?  If you do both, are you preferential to one over the other?  Why?  Please share – I’d love to hear!