Monday, March 12, 2018

Creating My Own Sunshine Shawlette

A Premium Knitting Pattern 

I'm so happy to share with you my first triangle shawl pattern. A lot of love has gone into this pattern and project. 
For Christmas this year I received Knitpicks Hawthorne speckled yarn pack from my MIL and FIL. It came with 4 skeins of the speckled yarn. I wanted to design something simple that would complement the yarn. One of the favorite things my MIL says when she gets too hot is "I'm just over here creating my own sunshine." So this shawlette is named after her.    

This shawlette is perfect for that transition into spring. It is light and airy with great drape created by using needles that are a bit bigger than what is recommended for this yarn. It fits just right around your neck for a nice statement piece. It would be easy to adapt the pattern for a larger size if you would like. One of the pattern testers did just that, so be sure to checkout her project page on Ravelry if you want to make yours larger.
The pattern is simplified with those right and left stitches that I love so much. The body transitions into a beautiful lace pattern that has the look of feathers or blooms coming off of their stems. Also I love the little heart created in the middle of each side.

Where Can You Get This Pattern?

 The question you have all been asking. This is a pattern that will only be available through my Ravelry Pattern Store. It is on sale for $3.00.
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With this pattern you will get the written instructions, explanation of stitches, and the chart.

If you use the coupon code NEWPATTERN, you can get $2.00 off the pattern. This code is good until the 19th of March.

This pattern has been tested by pattern testers through the free pattern testers raverly group. If you want to read through the feed for it you can here. 

My testers were great and they have project pages for their finished shawlettes that you might find helpful as I mentioned above.

What Will You Need For This Pattern?

Designer Julia Schwartz 
Yarn: knit picks Hawthorne Specked color confetti 357 yards 100g.
Needle 3,5mm/US 4 circular 40 in
Notions: Yarn Needle to weave in your ends, 2 place markers
Size: 42 by 20 inches
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, s1pw: slip 1 stitch purl wise, k2tog: knit 2 stitches together, psso: pass slipped stitch over, ssk: slip, slip knit 2 together, pm: place marker, sm: slip marker, crocheted bind off (explained at end of pattern).

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March Promotion

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I do not have my act together this week.
My pattern testers and I have been working hard at getting my newest knitting pattern ready for sale next week.  In loo of a newsletter and a new post I thought I would run a sale in my Ravelry Pattern Store.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Functional Elegance Cowl

A free Crochet Pattern

Lace is one of my favorite things to make with crochet. Lace does not keep you warm in the winter and those colder months though. I wanted a pattern that showed of my lace skills but still kept me warm for those transitional months from winter into spring.

This cowl was inspired by the decor using burlap with an overlay of lace. Do you know what I'm talking about? I love all those ball glass jar candles wrapped with burlap and lace. They are so pretty.

I kept the lace simple. It is an 8 stitch repeat, so If you want it longer or shorter you can increase or decrease by 8. Also I started this pattern with foundation stitches instead of chains because there are so many. If you are more comfortable with starting with a chain make sure you start with 203 chs to make your starting dc.

Where Can I Get This Pattern?

This is a free crochet pattern on the blog. Just keep scrolling down to see this pattern. By having it free on the blog I am able to promote the pattern more and share it with more people. I also feel that I bring some trust to my readers who can read through the pattern before they decide if they want to purchase the pattern.

If you would like to purchase this pattern that is ads free and printer friendly, it is available for Download through my Ravelry Store For $3.00.
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Designer Julia Schwartz 
Yarn: Knit picks: Hawthorne Speckled yarn for the lace section 100 grams (1 skein) and Knit Picks Palate Yarn for the solid color 100 grams (2 skeins). 
or any fingering weight size yarn.
Hook: E/ 4 3.5mm
Notions: Yarn Needle to weave in your ends
Size: 7 inches by 34 inches circumference
Gauge: 20 dc and 13 rows equals 4 inches
Stitches Used: ch, sl st, sc, dc, picot, foundation dc

Special Stitches: 
  • Picot: ch 4, sl st into last st made
  • Foundation DC: yo, insert hook into ch of last st, yo pull up a loop, yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull though 2 loops) 2 times.

Notes: If you want it longer or shorter you can increase or decrease by 8. Also I started this pattern with foundation stitches instead of chains because there are so many. If you are more comfortable with starting with a chain make sure you start with 203 chs to make your starting dc.

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

Functional Elegance Cowl Pattern: 

Round 1: Ch 4, make a foundation dc in the 1st ch, make 198 more foundation dc for a total of 200 dc, sl st into beginning dc to close up loop.

Round 2 and 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in each st around, sl stitch into first dc

Round 4: Ch 4 (counts as dc ch 1), {sk 1 dc, dc in the next dc, ch 1} repeat {to} to the last dc, sl st into the 3rd ch of the beginning ch 4.

Round 5: Sl st into the first ch 1 sp, ch 1, {sc in the ch 1 sp, 3 dc in the next ch 1 sp}, repeat {to}, sl st in the first sc.

Round 6: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), dc in starting st, sk 1 dc, sc in the next dc, { (dc, ch 2, dc) in the next sc, sk 1 dc, sc in the next dc} repeat {to} to the fist dc, sl st in beginning dc.

Round 7: Sl st into the first ch 2 sp, ch 1, sc, ( 4 dc, picot, 3 dc) {sc in the next ch 2 sp, (4 dc, picot, 3 dc) in the next ch 2 sp} repeat {to} to the beginning st, sl st in starting sc.

Round 8: Ch 5, dc in starting st, ch2, sc in picot, ch 2, {(dc, ch 3, dc) in sc, ch 2, sc in picot, ch 2}, repeat {to}, to the beginning dc, sl st into beginning st.

Round 9: Sl st into ch 3 sp,  Ch 6 (first dc and picot just made), 3 dc in same stitch, sc in next picot,     { (4 dc, picot, 3 dc) in the next ch 3, sc in the next picot},  repeat {to} to the starting ch sp, 3 dc in starting sp, sl st into starting st.

Finish off

Rotate the cowl around and sl st into starting st. repeat rounds 2- 9. 

Finish off.

Under layer 

Round 1: With Solid color, working with the lace folded down, sl st into an open dc of row 3 that lines up with the top of a shell of the row 9 of lace work, ch 3, dc in the same st, (2 dc in the next open dc) repeat (to) for a total of 200 dc, sl st into the starting dc.

Round 2-6: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in each st around, sl stitch into first dc

Round 7: Ch 3, dc in the next 7 dc, {dc into the picot of top of lace and the dc of row 6(this is to secure the lace to the solid underlayer), dc in the next 7 dc} repeat {to}, sl st into the first st (200 dc)

Round 8 and 9: Ch 3, dc in each st around, sl stitch into first dc (200 dc)

Round 10: Ch 1, reverse sc in each stitch across for a total of 200 st. Sl st into first st.
Finish off.
Rotate the cowl and repeat the instructions for the under layer.
Weave in your ends 


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