I am hoping that this blog will help you and me experience the craft of crochet as well as knitting. During times of silence or turmoil, crochet and knitting continuously help me quiet my mind at my own pace, enabling me to find my center. I have patterns for sale in PDF Format, you can find them at their own Pages at the top menu. The posts are classified By labels which are at the far right, all the way down. We are the Borg! I think it will bring Order into Chaos!

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

October 2016 Crafty is being crafty

WIP Oct2016 
Just in case you were wondering, I have been very busy.  I have also taken my Facebook account offline.  It gives me more time to do more of what I really want to do.

I have been very creative this month and have published one pattern and I am on the way of publishing a second pattern  and maybe a third, before the year ends.  Facebook has taken a lot of my valuable time, or rather I have given Facebook a lot of my time willingly.

One of the thing that I want to do is get back my blogging and get back more of my creativity.  I have been back to the main workforce for about 1.5 years and life has to be modified to accomplish things.

I have made new friends and truly love my job.     In the end I will be happier and enjoying the company of the people I really love and enjoy around me.   Well I finished organizing my yarn cabinet and that was a big deal.  Hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Chiron Cowl

This is my first published pattern for 2016.  It has been a challenging year, yet a fantastic year.

This cowl is done with two colors, but using one color at a time.  It has texture and is completely reversible.  I have made it with Wollemeisse, Kauni, Kenzie and even handspun.  You have to modify the amount of stitches that you want it to be.  The smaller the gauge the more stitches you will need.

Chiron Cowl (1)

Chiron is a completely reversible cowl, done with two colors. It creates a nice vertical lines illusion while using one color at a time in the round.

Always use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round and to hold your live stitch when not crocheting. The Cowl Pictured above used 9 reps of the main pattern and 1 skein of each color. You can try a Main solid color and a variegated as contrast color.

Materials:
Main Color (MC) 160-320 yards and Contrasting color (CC) 160-320 yards as well.
• Suggested yarn “Kenzie” by HiKoo | Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) | 160 yards - 50 grams
• 2 or 3 Stitch markers
• 5.5 mm or I hook
• Blocking pins and mat

Gauge unblocked 7 sts = 2 inches | 7.5 Rnds = 2 inches in pattern, (Rnd 3 and Rnd 4 repeats)

43 inches for Small 150 sts ; 48 inches for Medium 170 sts; 54 inches for Large 190 sts.

You can extend the sizes by increasing in multiples of two, depending on the yarn weight and your desired gauge. The above sizes are mainly a guide. If you are using Dk , Fingering or lace weight, you will need more stitches and more yarn to create your desired size.

$ 6.00

Sunday, June 19, 2016

TImberline Finished

Ionian Timberline 
1 year and 10 months!  That 's how long it took me to finish this Cardigan.  It is a great knit, but too many cables.  The instructions are pretty good, 99.9 %.  This will be a project that I would make again.  I am in the workings and thinking about adding pockets to the Cardigan, but I have to see if I have the time to add pockets . I like it just as it is.

I do have some new patterns that I want to publish, and will have the time now to work on the patterns.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Tmberline Cardigan in the last stages of knitting

Ionian timberline right collar 
Having knitted a lot of thing, we learn from experience.  We learn that sometimes things have to be modified.  I have had to modify some of the knitting for this Cardigan, specially the Collar Bands.  I do have the sleeves for the cardigan already done, I am almost at the point of finishing this baby.


I will finish the right side collar band.  In the picture is on the left.  This is actually the buttonhole band.  At any rate this is my latest work and I will be trying this new technique using this video  for doing a grafting on a ribbed piece.  It should be very interesting.  This below is a great video to help you out.   This will be a video that I will use and review many times.
 

Thanks for stopping by .

Monday, May 30, 2016

Timberline Work in Progress

Ionian cardigan 
I wanted to share with you one of my works in progress.  I have been knitting this cardigan for almost 1.5 years.  The pattern is not that difficult to follow, but it is very time consuming.  You also have to make decisions along the way about whether or not follow certain instructions or not.  Why you may ask?

It says to bind of by k2tog some of the cabled stitches when you bind off.  The difficulty with this action  is that you  need to bind off the complementary area in the same way.  Why you ask again?  Well if you want things to pair off nicely when you are sewing the shoulders together, I rather have the same amount of stitches on both sides.  I think this makes is easier right?

Today I finished the right side as well.  I am going to start the left side panel tomorrow and hopefully finish it  before i go to my Monday Night Knit group.  What is actually left is the button band and collar.  I am also interested in making after thought pockets by mimicking the pattern of one of the panels.  I will keep you apprised of the progress as I have other things to do and in the works.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Bunnies and the New Year 2016




Bunnies Dutch

This pattern is  Dutch Rabbits by Rachel Borello Carroll.

Happy New Year 2016!  I have been very busy with personal stuff that has taken me away from my blogging, and pattern creation .  I am in the process of finishing a scarf pattern, but it will be a while, before I finish the scarf and take pictures.  The scarf still has a long way to go.  I am also working on a Cardigan that is very intricate and not for the faint of heart.  Timberline by Jared Flood.  I do not like Mr. Flood's yarn line, so I am making it in a different yarn.



Cardigan wip 
Well I will be coming back soon , thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Achilles a Fair Isle Hat

Achilles (1)

 In Greek mythology, Achilles (/əˈkɪliːz/; Ancient Greek: Ἀχιλλεύς, Akhilleus, pronounced [akʰilːéu̯s]) was a Greek hero of the Trojan War and the central character and greatest warrior of Homer's Iliad. His mother was the nymph Thetis, and his father, Peleus, was the king of the Myrmidons. This is another hat in the series of Gods and Demigods, I hope you make one for you and one for a friend.

**This is a charted pattern NO WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN.**

Materials:

You will need a skein of each color, about 110 to 185 yds for MC, and 100 to 170 yds For CC.

Yarn: Main picture Above Medium hat, 126 sts 53 grams

Little Brother by YOTH Yarns

MC “Poppy Seed“, 26 gms,114 yds ; CC “Cracked Pepper“, 27 gms, 118 yds grams

Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi), 100 gms,435 yds;80% Merino,10% Nylon (Polyamide),10% Cashmere

Pattern Notes: If you substitute the yarn, go with fingering weight
yarn with the same Wraps per Inch (WPI)

Needles: US 4, 3.50 mm double pointed needles or 1 or 2 circular needles with cable of 30 ” (or bigger if you are looking to make the hat using magic loop). At one point DPNs will be useful.

Gauge: 2 “ = 11.5 Sts , 16 Rows in Stockinette Stitch (adjust needle size to get gauge if needed)

Notions: Stitch marker, Darning needle, enough waste yarn for provisional cast on, crochet hook.

Finished dimensions before blocking: The unstretched rib band will measure about 18 (22, 25, 28) inches, if you get gauge. If you want a more fitted rib band, you may drop one needle size down. Do your gauge swatch and see how the fabric behaves and decide if you like it or not. Blocked this hat at 126 sts, measured from crown to purl edge about 8.50 inches tall and 22 inches in the round. Blocking this hat consisted of the hat being hand washed, then laid flat to dry. I used a towel to remove the excess water, by patting it to an almost dry point. You may use other ways of blocking as for a tam or a bigger slouchy form. It has a negative ease of about 1 to 2 inches.

The instructions given are merely a suggestion, a guide for you to follow , or improve upon. This pattern is $6.00

 

Centauro A mosaic Knitting Hat

Collage Centauro Mosaic Hat (2) 
 
Centauro is the word in Spanish for a Centaur. A centaur is a mythological creature with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse. They are depicted with the hindquarters of a horse attached to them. This half-human and half-horse composition has led many writers to treat them as liminal beings, caught between the two natures, embodied in contrasted myths, both as the embodiment of untamed nature, as in their battle with the Lapiths (their kin), or conversely as teachers, like Chiron.

The technique used in this pattern is of two-color slip-stitch knitting or Mosaic knitting. This is a charted Pattern, no written instructions are given. If you can knit simple stripes and slip a stitch, you have all the skills you need. Mosaic knitting involves using the main color for knitting while slipping the stitches of the complementary, contrasting or “other” color. If you are knitting the complementary color, you slip the main color; if you are knitting the main color, you slip the other color. This is another way of working with two colors, but one color at a time. No real floats or locking the unused yarn as you go.

Aside from the allure of color patterning using just one yarn at a time, slip-stitching has other advantages over other multicolor techniques: Mosaic knitting works well either flat or in the round which gives it more flexibility than intarsia or Fair Isle techniques.

Your work will be smaller than you think. When you block your piece, you will need to stretch it a little. This will help the slip stitches to come into form and settle. The hats that I have made with this technique in the round are usually smaller than expected, but do stretch after blocking.

The gauge given “Gauge: 2 “ = 16 Sts and 17 Rows in 1 x 1 ribbing st (adjust needle size to get gauge if needed)”. The gauge for Rows in mosaic knitting is a bit different. I found that mine was about 20 to 21 Rows per 2 inches after blocking, even though my ribbing gauge was 17 Rows per 2 inches. This is due to the fact that these slipped stitches make the fabric a little tighter on the vertical Axis.

Materials:
You will need a skein of each color, about 100 to 175 yds for MC, and 70 to 160 yds For CC.

Yarn: Main picture Above Medium hat, 126 sts 53 grams

Option 1: Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin by Wollmeise (MAIN PICTURE)
Fingering / 4 ply 80% Merino, 20% Nylon 510 yards / 150 grams
Hat at 126 sts MC Neptune 108 yards, 31 grams; CC Allegria 77 yards , 22 grams

Option 2: YOTH Yarns Little Brother (Page 4)

MC “Poppy Seed“, 100 gms,435 yds ; CC “Cracked Pepper“,100 gms, 435 yds grams
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi), 100 gms,435 yds;80% Merino,10% Nylon (Polyamide),10% Cashmere
Pattern Notes: If you substitute the yarn, go with Sport yarn with the same Wraps per Inch (WPI)
Needles: US 4, 3.50 mm double pointed needles or 1 or 2 circular needles with cable of 30 ” (or bigger if you are looking to make the hat using magic loop). At one point DPNs will be useful.
Gauge: 2 “ = 16 Sts and 17 Rows in 1 x 1 ribbing st (adjust needle size to get gauge if needed)

This pattern is available for $6.00 USD