Monday, February 3, 2020

I Heart You Hat


A free Knitting Pattern



Somehow it is already February, and Valentine's Day is right around the corner. I have a cute little hat to share with you today. It works the left and right twists to form layered hearts. I love the texture of this hat. The ribbing really adds some stretch and dimension to the design. It has been a while since I have shared a twisted stitch pattern. I'm so glad to have another one to share.

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Pattern Information
Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Any aran weight yarn. Model used Red Heart Chic Sheep Yarn, 100% merino wool,
Needles: 7/ 4.5mm
Notions: yarn needle for sewing up the hat
Gauge: 18 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
Size: 19 inch circumference (stretches to fit adult head)
Stitches used: SM (slip marker), k , p, RT, LT, wrap and Twist,  kbl (knit through the back loop, k2tog (knit 2 stitches together), k2tbl (knit 2 stitches together 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.

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Instructions


Cast on Cast on 96 stitches to a circular needle using a long tail cast on. Place a stitch marker. Without twisting the cast on, complete the circle by putting your first stitch into the first cast on stitch (which will be a purl stitch). 

Round 1-10: (P, k) repeat around to marker. (96 sts here through round 46) Row 11: SM, (p, k, p, k, RT, k, LT, k, p, k ) repeat (to) 7 times Row 12: SM, (p, k, p, RT, k3, LT, p, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 13: SM, (p, k, RT, k5, LT, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 14: SM, (p, RT, k7, LT) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 15-17: SM, (p, KBL, k9, KBL) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 18: SM, (p, LT, k, RT, p, LT, k, RT) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 19: SM, (p, k, p, RT, k, p, k, LT, p, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 20: SM, (p, k, RT, p, k, p, k, p, LT, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 21-22: SM, (p, k), repeat (to) 7 times
Row 23: SM, (k, LT, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, RT) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 24: SM, (k2, LT, p, k, p, k, p, RT, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 25: SM, (k3, LT, k, p, k, RT, k2) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 26: SM, (k4, LT, p, RT, k3) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 27-29: SM, (k5, KBL, p, KBL, k4) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 30: SM, (p, LT, k, RT, p, LT, k, RT) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 31: SM, (p, k, LT, p, k, p, k, p, RT, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 32: SM, (p, k, p, LT, k, p, k, RT, p, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 33-34: SM, (p, k), repeat (to) 7 times
Row 35- 46: Repeat rounds 11-22

Hat should measure 7 1/2 inches at this point if you need more length
repeat round 34 until you reach your desired length.

Decreasing crown (Switch to double point needles).
Row 47: SM, (p, k, p, k, k2tbl, p, k2tog, k, p, k) repeat (to) 7 times (80 loops) Row 48: SM, (p, k) repeat (to) marker (80 loops)
Row 49: SM, (p, k, p, k2tbl, p, k2tog, p, k) repeat (to) 7 times (64 loops)
Row 50: SM, (p, k) repeat (to) marker (64 loops)
Row 51: SM, (p, k, k2tbl, p, k2tog, k) repeat (to) 7 times (48 loops)
Row 52: SM, (p, k2), repeat (to) marker (48 loops)
Row 53: SM, (p, k2tbl), repeat (to) marker (32 loops)
Row 54: SM, (p, k), repeat (to) marker (32 loops)
Row 55-56: SM, (k2tog) repeat (to) marker (16, then 8 loops)
Row 57: K last 8 sts, cut a long tail and weave it through the last 8 stitches and pull tight.
Secure in a knot and weave in your ends.


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Monday, January 20, 2020

Starburst Blanket

A Free Crochet Pattern


I have a new Scrapghan pattern for you today. If you have been around this blog for awhile you will know that I love a good scrap busting blanket. I have tried to make a new one every year. If you are on the lookout for more, I have a round-up of my favorite scrapghans here!   Some of the patterns are from my own collection and some are from my favorite designers. 

For this scrapghan I decided to visit the granny square and see how I could incorporate the use of scraps in a classic pattern. Have you worked with spike stitches before? They are a great way to add a pop of color to a project with a lot of extra effort. 

For my blanket I used 2 cakes of Lion brand Mandala yarn and 1 skein of Lion brand Pound of Love. With that amount I was able to get 60 granny squares and a good sized border.  Like with all good scrapghans you can swap out whatever yarn you would like to use for it. 

Get Ready there are a lot of pictures in this pattern so you can really see how this square comes together. 





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Starburst Blanket

Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: 
  • Lion brand yarn Pound of Love 4 medium,100% acrylic, 1020 yards/ 932 m, color Oxford grey one skein needed
  • Lion brand yarn Mandala 3 light, 100% acrylic, 590 yards/540 m, color Pegasus 2 cakes needed 
Hook: G/ 7 4.5mm 
Notions: Tapestry needle
Size: 6 by 6 inches per square
Gauge: Each square is 6 by 6 inches. 

Stitches Used: Chain (ch), Slip Stitch (sl st), Double crochet stitch (dc), Single crochet stitch (sc), spike stitch (spike stitch) 
Special stitches:
  • Spike stitch: Insert hook into stitch indicated in the pattern, yo, pull back through the stitch stretching the loop up to your current row, yo and pull through both loops on the hook. 

Instructions for the spike stitch granny square


Round 1: Ch 4, sl st in to beginning ch to form a ring, ch 1, 12 sc around the ring, sl st into beginning sc (12 sc)



Round 2: Ch 3(counts as a dc here and throughout), dc in starting st, 2 dc in each of the next 11 sts, sl st into beginning dc. (24 dc)



Round 3: With new color, Ch 1, sc in starting st, sc in the next st, spike stitch in the first stitch of round 1, {Do Not Skip a Stitch, sc in each of the next 2 sts, spike stitch in the next st of round 1}, repeat to last stitch, sl st into first sc. (24 sc sts, 12 spike sts)



Round 4: With Color A, ch 3, dc in each of the next 8 sts, ch 3, {dc in the next 9 sts, ch 3} repeat {to} 2xs, sl st into starting dc. (36 dc)



Round 5: With Color B, ch 1, {sc in the first 2 dc, (spike st in corresponding st of round 3, sk 1 st, sc in next st), repeat (to) 2xs (for a total of 6 sts), sc in each of the next st, 3 sc in the 3 ch sp}, repeat {to} 3xs, sl st into beginning st. (12 spike sts, 36 sc)



Round 6: With color A, Ch 3, dc in each of the next 9 sts, {(2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in the next st, dc in the next 11 sts}, repeat {to} 2xs, (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in the next st, dc in the last st, sl st into beginning dc. (60 dc)



Finish off both colors and weave in your ends.

Connecting the Squares

Arrange all the squares how you would like them. Take two squares together with their backsides facing each other and sl st through both the back loop of the square closest you and the front loop of square farthest to you. Continue to sl st the squares together until you have the two rows of squares stitched together.




When all the rows are stitched together, go back and sl st all the columns of squares together.

Blanket Border

Round 1: In any corner stitch, sl stitch, ch 1, 2 sc in corner sp, sc in each st and 2 sc in each ch sp down the sides (see picture for reference), and 3 sc in each of the corner spaces, sc in the last corner, sl st into the beginning st.



Round 2-3: Ch 3, dc in corner st, dc in each st and (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each of the corner sts, for the last corner st ( 2 dc, ch 2,) sl st into beginning st

Round 4: Ch 1, sc in each st, and 3 sc in each corner sp, sl st into beginning st.

Finish off and weave in all your ends (find a good show to watch while weaving in all your ends.) 




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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Schuyler Hat

A Premium Crochet Pattern


I have some news that I am late in sharing. Last week I published a new paid Tunisian Crochet pattern. The Schuyler Hat is a companion pattern to the Schuyler Ear Warmer that was published in the All Free Crochet website. If you want to see that pattern follow the link here.

The Schuyler hat is full of texture but it works up quick for those last minute gift needs. The hat is worked flat and seamed together when it is all done. Any worsted weight yarn will work for this pattern, but for the model I used Caron Simply Soft yarn. Here are all the notes I have for the pattern.


Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft 100% acrylic, worsted weight 170 grams/ 6oz., 288 m/ 315 yrds (60 grams/ 100 yrds are needed for the project)
Hook: 5mm Tunisian hook
Notions: Tapestry needle
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: 21 inch circumference
Gauge: 20 rows x 20 stitches = 4 inches using tks
Notes: First loop on the hook always counts as the first TKS
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 the 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 the instructions in the pattern.
TK2tog (Tunisian knit 2 together): (forward pass): working with the yarn behind your work insert your hook through the left vertical loops of the next 2 stitches, yo, pull the yarn through , keep your loop on the hook. (return pass): follow the instructions in the pattern.
TK3tog (Tunisian knit 2 together): (forward pass): working with the yarn behind your work insert your hook through the left vertical loops of the next 3 stitches, yo, pull the yarn through , keep your loop on the hook. (return pass): follow the instructions in the pattern.
Yo (yarn over): (Forward pass) put the yarn over the hook from back to front, (Return pass): treat this as a loop on the return pass


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Now I know you want to know how to get the pattern. I have a secret, not really, I just haven't told you yet. I'm now selling my patterns on LoveCrafts and Ravelry. I have slowly been moving over my more popular patterns to Lovecrafts. So far there are about 25 of my patterns on the site. 

If you have never heard of Lovecrafts it is a site that supports indie-designers, sells fiber craft patterns, and yarn. 

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