Monday, May 21, 2018

Waterways Cowl

A Free Knitting Pattern



This Pattern gained a lot of inspiration from the color itself. The colorway is called Aquatic Speckle. I wanted to explore the different ways we represent water in knitting. I really wanted the cowl to have the look of water moving through a creek or the different stages of a storm.

It took me awhile to pin point the exact design that I wanted. I actually had the design flip flopped and the cowl was half way done. I decided it needed to be the other way.
I ripped it all out. That was a rough day.
I started again and I'm so glad I did. I love how the different textures effect how the speckles lay in the cowl giving it a striking difference in the middle block.

The pattern starts with a simple eyelet pattern, that grows into the middle cable section, and then back to the eyelet pattern.

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Designer Julia Schwartz 
Yarn: Knit Picks Hawthorne Specked color aquatic Speckle 357 yards 100g.
Needle 3,5mm/US 4 circular 24 in
Notions: Yarn Needle to weave in your ends, 1 place marker
Size: 9 in by 32 (circumference) in after blocking
Gauge: 16 k, and 28 rows after blocking equals 4 inches.
Stitches Used:
 K: knit, p: purl, yo: yarn over, RT: Right twist, LT: Left twist, k2tog: knit 2 stitches together,  pm: place marker, sm: slip marker, Left 4 st cable, right 4 st cable, B: Knit through the back loop,
Special Stitches: 

  • Right Twist (RT): Knit 2 together keeping both stitches on the left needle, knit into the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.
  • Left Twist (LT): Knit through the back loop of the 2nd st, keep the stitch on the left needle, knit in the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.
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.


Cowl Instructions

Cast on 200 stitches
Row 1: pm, k2, p2,
Row 2-4: sm, k2, p2,
Row 5: sm,  k
Row 6: sm, {YO, k2tog, k2} repeat {to}for all 200 sts 
Row 7: sm, {B, k3} repeat {to}for all 200 sts
Row 8-9: sm, k
Row 10: sm, {k2, YO, k2tog} repeat {to}
Row 11: sm, k2, {B, k3} repeat {to}, k in last stitch
Row 12-13: sm, k
Rows 14- 37: repeat rows 6- 13 3 times
Row 38: sm, {YO, k2tog, RT, LT, k2} repeat {to} 
Row 39: sm, {B, k7}, repeat {to}
Row 40: sm, k2, {LT, RT, k4} repeat {to}, k2 in last 2 sts
Row 41: sm,  k 
Row 42: sm, {right 4 st cable, left 4 st cable} repeat {to} 24 times
Row 43-45: sm, k
Row 46: sm, {left 4 st cable , right 4 st cable}repeat {to} 24 times
Row 47-49: sm, k
Rows 50-65: Repeat rows 42-49
Rows 66- 73: repeat rows 42-46
Row 74: sm, k
Row 75: sm, {YO, k2tog, RT, LT, k2} repeat {to}
Row 76: sm, {B, k7}, repeat {to}
Row 77: sm, k2, {LT, RT, k4} repeat {to}, k2 in last 2 sts 
Row 78: sm,  k
Row 79: sm, {YO, k2tog, k2} repeat {to}for all 200 sts
Row 80: sm, {B, k3} repeat {to}for all 200 sts
Row 81-82: sm, k
Row 83: sm, {k2, YO, k2tog} repeat {to}
Row 84: sm, k2, {B, k3} repeat {to}, k in last st
Row 85-86: sm, k
Rows 87- 111: repeat rows 79- 86 3 times
Rows 112-115: sm, {k, p} repeat {to}
Cast off
Weave in your ends
Block

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Monday, May 14, 2018

The Ultimate List of Crochet Scrapghan Patterns

A round-Up by Designs by Diligence




I love scrapghans. I've even designed a few of them myself. I wanted to have them all in one place, and I thought why not add a whole bunch more to the list. Some of these blankets I have not made, some of them I have. Most of the patterns listed are free, but a few of them are paid patterns. I had a lot of fun making this list. I hope you find a new favorite!

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Box of Color 12 in square blanket 
By Fiber Flux
I love that this one is so simple, but it is so much better with all the colors.


Crochet Cable Hexagon
By mypicot.com
This one is just a stunning show stopper.


Modern Chrysanthemum Throw 
By Designs by Diligence
This is my newest Scrapghan. I try and make up a new one every year.



The Icicle Granny Square
By the Slippin Stitch
Who knew that by just changing the granny square just a little could make the whole pattern pop!

Crochet Flower in the Square Granny
Crochet Flower in the Granny Square 
By the Crochet Crowd
Mickey always has a great eye for detail and this square has a lot!


Colorful Overlay Square
By Knit and Crochet blog
I always love all the color that Tuula puts into her designs. This square has always been a favorite of mine.




The colors of Sunshine Scrapghan 
By Designs By Diligence
I made this pattern years ago. I keep telling myself that I'm going to update the colors on it. I just need more time.


Hexagon Fade Crochet Pattern by Jessie At Home - 2
Hexagon Fade 
By Jessie at Home
This one just looks so modern. You can use the littlest of scraps on this one and it would still look great.



Scrap Log Cabin
By Annie's Catalog 
You can never go wrong with a traditional pattern.



In a Flash Mitered Corners Blanket 
By Designs By Diligence
This was my take on combining the ten stitch blanket with the log cabin blanket with the mitered square blanket.


Vintage Wobble Afghan :: free #crochet pattern on moogly
Vintage Wobble Blanket
By Moogly Blog
I love the story behind this blanket and it is one that I have made as a scrapghan. I did every other row as a different color and white. It's a family favorite cuddle blanket.


Colorful Visions Afghan
By Yarnutopia
I just really love the texture that is in this square.



Chic Sheep Day Dream Blanket 
By Marly Bird
There are so many possibilities with this blanket.


flying-afghan
The Flying Afghan 
By the Crochet Dude
When I first started crochet, this was my first big project that I undertook. I still have it. This blanket taught me so many new things. It will always hold a special place in my heart.



Here we Go Do-se-do Blanket 
By Designs By Diligence
I Made this pattern while I was pregnant and I was really trying to whittle down my scraps. It's a great t.v. watching blanket.



Mitered Square Temperature Blanket
By Kaye Adolphson
I love the concept of this one!

Warp and Weft Blanket {Free Crochet Pattern} by Susan Carlson of Felted Button using Scheepjes Stonewashed, Riverwashed and Colour Crafter
Warp and Weft Blanket 
By the Felted Button
I really like this modern take on granny squares, I mean granny rectangles.


Always Pointing North Blanket 
By Designs By Diligence
This is one of the very first blankets I designed. The squares are quick to make and they are join as you go so you can't lose them.


Lara's Lapghan 
by the Loopy Stitch
Again, I just really love all the texture happening in this blanket.



Apple Blossom Baby Blanket 
By Bori Varga
I love the color choices for this blanket. What scraps would you use?

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Puddles of Love Hat

A Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern


I'm sure I have said this before. I love making baby hats!

I have probably made more baby hats than any other item. It was only natural that I would make a hat to go along with the Puddles of Love Blanket. This hat is made with Tunisian Crochet. To keep it simple it is worked flat and seamed together when you are done. 

This hat is a great option to start with if you find the size of the blanket overwhelming. Try the hat first, master the stitches and then you will be ready for the blanket.

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Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: worsted yarn 2 colors 1 skein of the main color and scraps of the second color. Model used   Loops and Threads Impeccable color gold 100 yrds 2.5 oz
Hook: 6mm Tunisian hook (I used the addi click hook with the 24 inch extension cord)
Notions: tapestry needle
Size: 15 inch circumference
Gauge: 15 sts 13 rows equals 4 inches
Special Stitches:
  • TPS (Tunisian Purl stitch): (forward pass) Place yarn in front of your work, insert your hook into the left vertical bar of the st below, yo and pull your yarn through. (Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
  • TKS (Tunisian Knit stitch): (Forward pass)working with the yarn behind your work, insert your hook between the vertical bars below the horizontal bars in the st below, yo, pull the yarn through, keep your loop on the hook.(Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
    • M1L (make one left):  (forward pass)with yarn behind your work, insert the hook between the stich just made and the vertical bar of the next stitch (Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
    • TKS2tog (Tunisian Knit Stitch 2 togeter): (forward pass) working with the yarn behind your work insert the hook through the left vertical bars of the 2 stitches below, pull the yarn through, keep your loop on the hook. (Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
    • TKS3tog (Tunisian Knit stitch 3 together): (forward pass) working with the yarn behind your work insert the hook through the left vertical bars of the 3 stitches below, pull the yarn through, keep your loop on the hook. (Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.

    Notes:

    • Keep your tension loose throughout the whole hat. 
    • There is not a lot of stretch in the hat so be sure your gauge is correct so you end up with the right circumference. 
    • Just like the blanket the hat is a pattern repeat of 10 + 1. 

    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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    Pattern Instructions 


    Row 1: Ch 51, (Forward pass)  insert hook into each ch and pull up a loop for a total of 51 loops on the hook,
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.


    Row 2-3: (forward pass) {TKS, TPS} repeat {to}for all 51 sts.
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Row 4-5: (forward pass): TKS 3 times, TPS, TKS, TPS, {TKS 7 times, TPS, TKS, TPS}, Repeat {to} 3 times, TKS 4 times
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Row 6: (forward pass): TKS, TKS2tog, TPS, M1L, TKS, M1L, TPS, {TKS2tog, TKS 3 times, TKS2tog, TPS, M1L, TKS, M1L, TPS} Repeat {to} 3 times, TKS2tog, TKS 2 times
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Row 7: (forward pass): TKS2tog, TPS, M1L, TPS, TKS, TPS, M1L, TPS, {TKS2tog, TKS, TKS2tog, TPS, M1L, TPS, TKS, TPS, M1L, TPS} repeat {to} 3 times, TKS2tog, TKS
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Row 8: (forward pass): TKS, TPS, M1L, TPS, TKS 3 times, TPS, M1L, TPS, {TKS3tog, TPS, M1L, TPS, TKS 3 times, TPS, M1L, TPS} repeat {to} 3 times, TKS2tog
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Row 9 and 10: (forward pass): {TKS, TPS, TKS, TPS, TKS 3 times, TPS, TKS, TPS}, repeat {to} 4 times, TKS
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Row 11: (forward pass): TKS, TPS, TKS2tog, TPS, TKS, TPS, TKS2tog, TPS, {M1L, TKS, M1L, TPS, TKS2tog, TPS, TKS, TPS, TKS2tog, TPS} repeat {to} 3 times, M1L, TKS
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Row 12: (forward pass): TKS, M1L, TPS, TKS2tog, TKS, TKS2tog, TPS, {M1L, TKS 3 times, M1L, TPS, TKS2tog, TKS, TKS2tog, TPS} repeat {to} 3 times, M1L, TKS 2 times
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Row 13: (forward pass): TKS 2 times, M1L, TPS, TKS3tog, TPS, {M1L, TKS 5 times, M1L, TPS, TKS3tog, TPS} repeat {to} 3 times M1L, TKS 3 times
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Row 14:(forward pass): TKS 3 times, TPS, TKS, TPS, {TKS 7 times, TPS, TKS, TPS}, Repeat {to} 3 times, TKS 4 times
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.


    Rows 15- 20: Repeat rows 4-9

    Decrease Crown

    Row 21:  (forward pass): TKS, TPS, TKS2tog, TPS, TKS, TPS, TKS2tog, TPS, {TKS, TPS, TKS2tog, TPS, TKS, TPS, TKS2tog, TPS} repeat {to} 3 times, TKS
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Row 22: (forward pass): TKS, TPS, TKS2tog, TKS, TKS2tog, TPS, {TKS, TPS, TKS2tog, TKS, TKS2tog, TPS} repeat {to} 3 times, TKS 
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Row 23: (forward pass): TKS, TPS, TKS3tog, TPS, {TKS, TPS, TKS3tog, TPS} repeat {to} 3 times TKS 
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Row 24: (forward pass): (TKS2tog) repeat all the way across, TKS in last st
    (return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

    Finish off.
    Leave a long tail to seam up the top and side seam.
    Seam the top and side seam with a wip stitch.
    Weave in your ends.

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    Wednesday, May 2, 2018

    Newsletter: May 2018

    It's been awhile since I have written a newsletter for you guys.


    2018 has been and is going to continue to be a year of change for me. Designing wise I have really been trying to be intentional with what I have been making and designing. I've been putting a lot of care into what I have been adding to the blog. I want to share patterns that are new and fresh, and that have elements of learning potentials for you and for me. I have been trying to stretch myself into making more in depth patterns, but with that I'm moving at a slower pace. I hope in the end you will benefit the most from me taking my time and really getting the patterns just how I want them.

    Family wise, change is coming for us. Our Visas into Canada expire in 10 weeks... And we still have no idea what we are doing. In 10 weeks it might be extremely anticlimactic by us just renewing our visas for another year, or we might be moving back to the states somewhere. We have the potential to go anywhere we want to. There is not anything that is limiting us in any way other than lots of people that love us. But with that we still want to make the best decision that fits our family.

    My oldest just got approved to join the gifted program at school, so its important to find somewhere where she will stay challenged. My youngest would love a place where she can just run wild without any shoes or coats on, haha. My husband needs a place where he can finish his paper and still be intellectually stimulated without being on college campus, and I just need somewhere with a yarn store and easy internet. Most importantly we want to find somewhere where we can serve in a church and build a community around us that loves the church and mission as much as we do.

    I say all this so you know things might be a little crazy around here for the next couple of months as we figure out what in the world we are doing.

    What's Happening on the Blog


    I know I am not the only designer with this problem but viewership has been a lot lower the last two months. Everyone is done with the holidays and we are spending more time outside as it gets warmer. Even though the page views have been down, I've been happy with how things are going.

    I've been most excited about my Community board on Pinterest. There have been a lot of new designers that have joined and have been adding their pins. If you're on Pinterest you should check out the new pins being added daily.

    My favorite pattern so far has been the Creating My Own Sunshine Shawl. It is so beautiful, I can't believe how well it turned out. I also really enjoyed working with testers on the pattern to get it just right.

    Coming up next month on the blog I have a Tunisian Crochet baby hat that will match the Puddles of Love blanket and I have been working on a knit cowl. I have restarted it too many times to count, but I'm really happy with how it is coming now. I'm calling it Waterways Cowl to give you a hint about what it might look like.

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