Monday, November 4, 2019

Bethlehem Cowl

A premium Knitting Pattern




There is a long history of telling stories through our art. Through painting on cave walls, mosaics and stained glass in our places of worship, quilt making, and other forms we have been recounting our traditions and histories. I feel so special that I can share the traditions and histories of my family through the medium and knit and crochet.

Christianity is such and important part of my life it's a joy to be able to share a piece of that with you through the Bethlehem Cowl. This cowl takes you through the story of Jesus' birth told by Luke. You can find the story for yourself in Luke chapter 2. The story starts with Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem. Then Jesus is born in the stable. The final scene is of the shepherds right before the angels visit them giving glory to God.

For the neutral yarn color I used Knit Picks Stroll yarn and for the red and brown tone yarn I splurged and used some yarn from one of my favorite dyers; Mandy Pole from Spun Ware Over the Rainbow.  This cowl is truly something special that you can make and want to keep it forever.

And for those of you asking, "where are the free patterns?" I know it was time for a free pattern but I wanted to get this pattern out before the holiday rush and the free knitting pattern for November is coming soon.




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This premium pattern comes with all the instructions and charts needed to make this stunning cowl. I have decided to make all of my stranded knitting patterns paid patterns for a number of reasons. some of those include: It helps offset the cost of the software used to make the charts. A lot more time is spent on coming up with the designs and by having it a paid pattern it is harder for people to just copy and paste my hard work and treat it as their own.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Tree Farm Cowl

A Free Crochet Pattern




We have now entered into the layering season and I am all here for it. I wanted to make a cowl that was easy to make, lots of texture and extra long to loop it around twice. This is the finished product. The Tree Farm Cowl is really easy to follow once you get the repeats down. There are only 2 rows to remember so you don't have to constantly be looking at the pattern to know what to do next.

For the yarn, I recommend using a size 4 or 5 yarn that is soft and slightly fuzzy.

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Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Yarn Bee Alpaca Twist Yarn: 90% acrylic 10% alpaca, 4 medium, 3.5 oz 175 yards (skeins needed)
Hook: J/10 6mm (I'm a really loose crocheter so you might have to choose a larger hook to get gauge)
Notions: Tapestry needle
Size: 6 by 26 inches (in the loop)
Gauge: 13 st x 10 rows = 4 inches
Stitches Used: Chain (ch), Foundation double crochet (fdc), Half Double Crochet (hdc), Slip Stitch (sl st), Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc), Double crochet stitch (dc), Front post  double treble crochet (fpdtc)
Special stitches:

  • fdc: yo, insert hook through the bottom horizontal v at the bottom of stitch just finished, yo, and pull back through for a total of  3 loops on the hook, yo and pull through 1 loop (this counts as the chain), (yo and pull through 2 loops) twice.
  • fpdtr: yo 3 times, insert hook around desired stitch from front to back, yo and pull through for a total of 5 loops on the hoop, (yo and pull through 2 loops) 4 times.


Copyright: Julia Schwartz.

Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.


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Instructions

pattern repeat is 25 + 1 

Round 1: ch 4, fdc in 4th chain from hook, fdc 150 more times for a total of 151 fdc, being careful to not twist your work sl st into starting dc to form a loop. 

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in each dc, sl st in to first dc. (151 sts)

Round 3: Ch 3, *(fpdc around next dc, dc in next dc) repeat (to) 2 times, sk 3 sts, fpdtr in the next st 2 rows down, sk the st behind the fpdtr just made, {dc in each of the next  4 sts, fpdtr in the st 3 rows below right next to the fpdtr previously made, sk 4 sts, fpdtr in the next st 2 rows below, skip  2 sts behind the fptdc sts just made} repeat {to}, dc in the next 4 sts, fpdtr in the st 3 rows below right next to the fpdtr previously made, sk st behind the fpdtr just made, dc in the next st,* Repeat *to* 5 times. Sl st into beginning st. (Note on last repeat the last dc is not needed) (18 fpdc, 36 fpdtr, 97 dc) 

Rounds 4: Ch 3, {(fpdc around next dc, dc in next dc) repeat (to) 2 times, dc in the next 19 sts,} repeat {to} 5 times, sl st into beginning st. (note on last repeat the last dc is not needed) (18 fpdc, 114 dc)

Rounds 5- 12: Repeat rounds 3 and 4

Round 13: Repeat row 2

Finish off. 

Weave in your ends. Make a special note to close the gap created when connecting the first round. 


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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Watching Sparrows Cowl

A premium Knitting pattern

Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31


There is a new stranded knitting pattern available in the Ravelry Shop. This pattern is so pretty. I no I will be wearing it a lot this fall and winter. The pattern uses 2 color stranded work. The cowl is worked in the round to make a long tube and then the tube is stitched together to form the cowl. This means that all the floats are hiding inside the cowl, and it makes is double thick making it extra cozy.



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The pattern is charted and written in a simple manner for anyone comfortable with stranded work to accomplish. I would love for you to go give it some love on Ravelry. As a thank you to my readers I
am offering a code for $1.00 (USD) off of this pattern with the code SPARROWLOVE.

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I think the hardest part of this cowl is the provisional cast on. In the pattern I include a link for a video to follow to start the pattern right. Below is all the information needed for the cowl.

Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tweed fingering weight, 65% super wash merino wool 25% nylon 10% donegal, 230 yrds/ 50g 2 skeins needed. Colors used Thirst Heather (color A), and Garnet Heather (color B)
Needles: #5 3.75 16 inch circular needle (used an extra one for the provisional cast on.
Notions: Yarn needle to weave in your ends and finishing kitchener stitch, stitch marker to mark the start of a round
Gauge: 8 to 9 stitches per inch
Size: 7 inches by 16 inches folded in half
Stitches used: k (knit), p (purl), Pm (place marker, Sm (slip marker)
Notes:
  • Make sure your floats are no more than 5 stitches wide.
  • This pattern is worked in the round starting with a provisional cast on and finishing with the kitchener stitch.
  • Make special note about which yarn color is your dominant color as it changes from each section.
Copyright: Julia Schwartz.
Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact me through e-mail.

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