This shawl is my most popular pattern- and it’s no mystery why. It’s a pattern that puts you in the designer’s seat (without having to do all the math). You choose where to place your stripes and watch your short row shawl become a one of a kind work of art!
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Oh summer knitting. After knitting a few shawls, I just wanted a short and chic project. So I created this sunglass case to keep my sunglasses safe in my purse!
You will need to know:
How to sew a seam
Martha Stewart Merino Yarn (1 skein= approx 120 yds) (colorway: peacock)
-Or any worsted medium weight yarn
Size 7 knitting needles
Darning needle for weaving ends and sewing seams
Co 20 sts.
1. K5 *K9, P1, rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
2. K5 *K2, P8 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
3. K5, *K7, P3 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
4. K5*K4, P6 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
5. K5*K5 P5 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
6. K5 *K6, P4 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
7. K5 *K3, P7, rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
8. K5 *K8, P2, rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
9. K5 *K1, P9 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
10. K5, *P9, K1 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
11. K5, *P2, K8 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
12. K5, *P7, K3 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
13. K5, P4, K6 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
14. K5 *P5, K5 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
15. K5 *P6, K4 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
16. K5 *P3, K7 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
17. K5 *P8, K2 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
18. K5 *P1, K9 rep from * until 5 sts. rem. K5
Repeat rows 1-18 3 times
Knit until piece measures 12” flat.
Bind off and sew the side seams together.
Wet and block to get a flatter look to the stitches.
I cheated on my knitting, and learned how to crochet a few weeks ago. It was a thrill! Well, it was, you know, thrilling in the way that pulling loops through other loops on a stick is thrilling. Something only knitters/crocheters can understand!
This is a simple blanket, the finished product ended up being a little larger than 5×7′ and taking about 11 skeins of “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby. I decided to go with a fun blue tweed and a mustard yellow. I love the way it turned out! I’m sitting under it right now near my fireplace trying to pretend I’m in Belize.
I really like doing long projects in the summer, since I’m not eager to use them, I can take my time on bigger projects that can last me a long time. It also keeps me away from the yarn store, which is working out well for my bank account! Since this was my first crochet project, I used some cheap yarn called “I love This Yarn”. I like that it’s machine washable (as you can see my doggie likes to take over any blankets and claim them as his own). So there was no way I could use something more expensive.
If you want to make your own crochet blanket, it’s really easy! You just need to know: Chain Single Crochet Double Crochet How to change colors (optional) You can use as many colors as you want for the stripes- this pattern would also look great in a solid color.
You will need:
Size US: I9 (5.5mm) crochet hook About 10-12 skeins of worsted “I Love This Yarn” (about 3,300 yards? That seems like a lot, I apologize I didn’t really keep count.)
Ch 180 sts. (This is the width of your blanket)
1. sc 10 rows with mc (ch1, turn at end of each row until 10th row)
2. ch 2, turn. dc 2 rows
3. (switch colors) ch1, turn. sc 10 rows
Repeat rows 2 & 3 until blanket reaches desired length.
*Final Stripe: With MC sc 10 rows, Dc 2 rows, Sc 5 rows.
One of the things I love about crochet is the ability to create a long chain and crochet all the way across. I wanted a scarf that was high-fashion, yet inexpensive and easy to make, ridiculously long, and dramatic. I came up with this very simple pattern that works for worsted weight yarn- and love the results! It’s a great T.V. crochet project, with it’s long rows, and simple stitches. It is also surprisingly quick to make since you only turn your work 8 times! The scarf wraps around 3 times, and is still dramatically long!
Yarn Used In This Pattern:
Dc: Double Crochet
Tr: Treble crochet (U.S.) (triple crochet)
1. Dc in 4th ch from hook and each remaining chain. Ch 4, Turn
2. Tr in 1st dc, and each remaining dc. Ch 2, turn
3. Dc in 1st tr and each remaining tr.
4. Ch 2, turn. Dc in 1st 2 dc, *3dc into nect dc, sk2, 3dc into next dc ; repeat from * until 2 sts remain, dc last 2 sts.
5. Ch 2, turn. Dc in 1st dc and each remaining dc.
6. Ch 4, turn. Tr in 1st dc, and each remaining dc. Ch 2, turn.
7. Ch 2, turn. Dc in 1st tc and each remaining tc.
8. Rep. Row 4
9. Rep. Row 5
Chain 1, and pull yarn out of loop. Weave in ends.