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Hope those who celebrate had a safe & joyous Thanksgiving with the ones you love! How many of you ventured out at the crack of dawn to shop the Black Friday deals? I am blissfully content missing out on that adventure every year mainly because I enjoy the warmth and comfort of my bed & cherish my sleep wayyyy too much to save a few bucks. Plus there is hardly a reason for me to shop for deals because my gifts are mostly handmade bundles-o-love 😉

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Speaking of bundles…& love…& gifts:
I mentioned in my previous entry how I wanted to knit a particular cable pattern but was unable to find a free pattern for what I had in mind. So I came up with my own & want to share it with you today. Enjoy this fairly easy chunky cable knit cowl/neck warmer pattern. It is my Black Friday thank you gift!

If you do not knit but would love to own one of these cabled cowls you may purchase one from my etsy shop. My grand re-opening will begin on 12-1-14 🙂 I have loads of cozy items waiting to be listed so feel free to favorite my shop for future goodies 😉

If you are unfamiliar with knit cables but would like to learn check out these awesome tutorials before beginning this project. Once you’ve become comfortable with the basics of knit cables, this pattern is an excellent project to practice & master your new skills!

The Purl bee
How to cable for beginners on YouTube
cable tutorial

* A quick knit & if you are ambitious can be completed in one evening which is great for those of us who enjoy a little instant gratification in our lives 😉
** edit: This pattern uses American knitting terms. Until recently I had no idea there were differences but apparently there are *blush*. Thanks to the blogger who so passive aggressively kindly brought that to my attention 😉 .
Cowl measures approximately 19″ length x 7 ” wide using the materials & 5 pattern repeats listed below. If you’d like your cowl longer or shorter just add or subtract one pattern repeat. (12 row)

Materials :
1 skein of chunky yarn.
I used a little less than one skein (109 yrd) of Alize Superlana Maxi which is a blend of acrylic & wool & is extremely soft-n-cushiony. It’s what I had on hand & was purchased in Cairo, Egypt so I’m unsure if the exact brand is available everywhere however any equivalent chunky yarn will suffice.

Size 8mm or 9mm knitting needles. (I’ve tested both sizes & find they worked nicely with this yarn. The end result is not remarkable enough to note)

Cable needle, dpn or circular to hold stitches for working cables.
I have actually used chopsticks but that will not work with this chunky yarn so I will save that information for another post 🙂

Large Buttons. Depending on how many you would like to close your cowl. You can work 1-3 in this pattern. Buttonhole placement I will leave to your discretion. I’m leaning toward the one button cowl but both look nice and do the job. You may wish to forgo the buttons (& buttonholes) altogether & sew bands of ribbon or fabric that can be tied into bows for closure.

Abbreviations:
C/o -cast on
B/o -bind off
K -knit
P -purl
Sl- slip
Dpn- double pointed needles

Cable stitches:
C8f – sl4 stitches purlwise onto a cable needle leaving draped in the front of work, k4 stitches from left needle, k4 stitches from canle needle, k4 stitches
(12 stitches in total)

C8b – k4 stitches, sl4 stitches purlwise into cable needle & leave draped in back of work, k4 stitches from Left needle, k4 stitches from cable needle (12 stitches in total)

Pattern:
C/o 26 stitches using the long tail cast on method

Begin and end pattern with a 4 row border (buttonhole is worked on the last 4 row border edge)
Row A- K1,p1 across
Row B- P1, k1 across
Repeat rows A&B once more

((Right side)
Rows 1,3,7,&11
(K1, p1) x 2, p3, k12, p3, (k1, p1) x 2

(Wrong side)
Rows 2,4,6,8,10,12
(P1, k1) x2, k3, p12, k3, (p1, k1) x2

Cable rows (right side) Rows 5 & 9

Cable row 5: work in pattern as row 1, cable is worked over the center 12 stitches: (c8f, k4), continue row in pattern as row1.

Cable row 9: work in pattern as in row 1, cable is worked over the center 12 stitches (k4, c8 b), continue in pattern as in row 1.

Repeat these 12 rows of pattern to desired length (mine is 5 repeats with plenty of yarn to spare for additional repeats) ending with 4 additional edge rows a & b
Buttonhole row is worked over the very last row A in this pattern
Please refer to this method to work a three stitch bind off to add (3,2 or 1 buttonholes )spread evenly over 26 stitches.

B/O in pattern, tuck in strands.
If desired: Hand wash/rinse using cold water with a little wool safe powder/liquid & lightly block by stretching gently into shape & drying flat taking care not to stretch pattern too vigorously as you want those cables to remain full, fluffy & defined.
Finish by sewing button(s) to opposite side of buttonhole(s).

Wear it.
Gift it.
Enjoy it ❤

If you run into any problems, errors or confusion please feel free to bring those to my attention & I will try my best to correct/clarify.

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Well it’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged anything! Life has been hectic, crazy, great, stressful & everything in between. I’ve taken some time to study, research,jot & test my own patterns for my shop. Soooo on this beautiful fall day I thought I would pop in & share a free beginner lace knit boot cuff pattern to say thanks for hanging in there with me & dealing with my sporadic appearances on this blog. I can’t make any promises but hopefully I will manage to be a bit more consistent with my updates 😉

This boot cuff pattern is knit on straight needles and then seamed together using the wonderful seamless mattress stitch Please keep in mind I am far from an expert nor am I a very
experienced knitter. If you happen upon any mistakes within this pattern my apologies in advance 😉
If you have any questions/ suggestions in regards to this pattern please do not hesitate to bring them to my attention. I am unsure if this cuff can be worked in the round. If you happen to figure that out and would like to share…that’d be great! 😉

Pattern Notes:
Pattern is worked in multiples of 10 + 1
It is recommended to take measurements of calf circumference to be sure of proper fit. If you find cuff too snug around try going up a 1/2 to a full size needle.

Supplies:
Size 6.0mm straight needles
Worsted weight yarn of your choice. I would recommend staying away from novelty yarns as the details of this lace pattern may become lost. A flat wool or blended yarn works nicely.

Terms:
K-Knit
P-Purl
BO- bind off
Yo – yarn over. Wrap yarn over from back to front before knitting next stitch ( stitch increase)
Co – cast on.
Sl 1- slip one stitch purl-wise from left needle to right needle
K2tog- knit next two stitches together
Psso- pass slip stitch over. with left needle grab the slipped stitch from right needle and pass it over the k2tog just made. ( stitch decrease)

Pattern:
CO 51 stitches using the long tail cast on method
Row1. K1 *yo,k3,sl1,k2tog,paso,k3,yo,k1* repeat *-* to end applies to each row.
Row 2 & even rows: Purl all stitches
Row3. K1 *k1, yo, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo, k2*
Row 5. K1 * k2,yo, k1, sl1,k2tog,psso,k1, yo, k3*
Row 7. K1 *k3,yo,sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k4*

Repeat these 8 rows 2x’s more for a 5 in length cuff. Add additional repeats for desired length.

BO on last purl row (8) leaving a tail long enough to stitch side seam.

Happy knitting!

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You may remember the beautiful yarn my husband gifted me a couple of weeks ago?….. I wrote about it here:  SNEAK PEEK SUNDAY

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…here is an additional ‘peek’ of my not-quite-finished project.
 Maggie’s FREE PATTERN   is intended for a table runner however I’m thinking about turning mine into window panels.   I just  love the way they drape when hung.  Super pretty :]    I’ve got a ways to go but will post up some pictures when it’s complete.

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In other news I have attempted to recreate this interesting pattern because I absolutely love the little flower look! There are many mistakes made here…but I’m getting it and once I do I shall share a written version of this same pattern.  That is if the artist doesn’t mind.    You can find the pictorial  pattern  HERE

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detail in white cotton.

What crochet/knit projects are you currently working on?  I love to see what you do so share away!  🙂

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I crocheted this small hexagon using left over white thread from a previous project though I imagine this pattern would look fantastic worked up with vibrant color yarn.   The materials I used are a size 3 crochet thread with a size 0 crochet hook.  While I have not tested this pattern using any other type of yarn I am pretty certain  it can be worked up in a worsted weight yarn as well.   My example measures approximately  3.5 inches

Skill Level: Easy

American Crochet Terms

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sl= slip stitch
bo= bind off
beg= beginning
dc= double crochet
rep=repeat

Special stitches:
Beg 3dc cluster:
Ch 3, make 2 more dc but hold onto the last chain of each dc, yo & pull through all 3 loops on hook   (ch3, yo, insert into stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through 1 loop* rep 1x more, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook)

3dc cluster:
dc 3x’s holding onto the last chain of each dc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook  ( yo, insert into stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through 1 loop* rep 2x more, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.)

Pattern:
Beg Round.  chain 5, sl to form a ring.

Round 2.    Beg 3dc cluster in ring, ch 3, *(3dc cluster in ring, ch3) 5x = 6 3dc clusters & 6 ch3 spaces.

Round 3. Sl to first ch3 sp, beg 3dc cluster, ch3, 3dc cluster all in same space, ch3 (3dc cluster, ch3, 3dc cluster, ch3)  in each ch3 sp around. Sl to Beg 3dc cluster of previous round.

Round 4. Sl to first ch3 sp. beg 3dc cluster in first ch3 sp. (3dc cluster, ch3, 3dc cluster in next ch3 sp, 3dc cluster in next ch 3 sp) around. sl to beg 3dc cluster of previous round.

Round 5.  Sl to first ch3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, (3dc,ch2,3dc in next ch3 sp. 3dc in next 2 ch3 sp’s) around. Sl to join. bo, weave in ends.

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stitch motifs together & create something awesome! :]

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Hi again!

You  may remember a couple of posts ago,  I mentioned that a bottle of extra virgin Olive oil is kept on my dresser in my bedroom for which I fashioned a cute little cotton crocheted cozy (say that 10 X’s fast).  You can find that pattern here.   I must say that every time I glance at my little bottle-o-love my heart does a happy dance.  That’s what creativity is all about!  It just makes me happy to know that I’ve  created something with my own two hands which is  pleasing to the eye! I absolutely Love it!

I’ll bet you have been wondering since said post (all of two days ago),  Why does Karen keep that bottle of oil on her dresser? Well I’m here to explain myself.  :]

I use my olive oil as a very important added ingredient in my delicious homemade diy body scrub recipe. Because I do not want to mistake this oil for the one that I use to cook with, it is kept in my room.   There you have it!    In addition, it serves as a handy lip balm, foot rub and hair tonic during these cold winter months…or anytime really!!  For the lips: dab a bit straight from the bottle onto a q-tip & apply.  For hair and feet: warm a 1/4 cup in the microwave for a few seconds and apply leave overnight (sock your tootsies) and rinse well in the a.m..  Its wonderful, all natural, and great for your skin and hair! (not to mention your body)

So without further ado, I present you with my very own

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smells good enough to eat!

Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub Recipe:

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup White sugar
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/4 cup pure honey
2 tsp. ground cinnamon {freshly ground or powdered}

Utensils:

Medium mixing bowl
wooden mixing spoon
measuring cups and measuring spoons

Instructions:

warm honey in the microwave for just a few seconds.  Operative word here is “WARM“.  You do not want to boil or over heat the honey. This step is to thin the honey consistency a bit before adding to other ingredients.   Set aside.

Measure out your sugars and mix them together to incorporate.
add olive oil, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract to your sugar mixture.  Stir well.
add honey. Stir very well.

Place in a airtight container to keep fresh and moist.
This body scrubs will stay fresh for up to one month as long as it is stored properly. You may find that you have used it up before the expiration- in which case, you may double your recipe or add a bit more to each ingredient.  Its not a perfect science so play around with it a bit.  Add your own twist by incorporating other wonderful scents & natural ingredients.  This scrub makes a wonderful gift for friends and family.   I always appreciate homemade gifts!

Notes:
*You may add a few drops more of olive oil or sugars if you are not satisfied with the consistency. The olive oil tends to separate a bit as it is stored so be sure to stir well before each use.

*Because this mixture is rather abrasive, it is not intended for use on your face.  I do have an awesome facial recipe that I use faithfully and swear by.  I will share this with you next time.

For now, have a wonderful day & enjoy your very own vanilla body scrub!

K.

Olive Ewe- Crochet glass jar Cozy

There is a story behind this bottle cozy I designed a few days ago, but I won’t bore you with all the mundane details except to say that I keep a glass jar of virgin olive oil on my dresser in my bedroom ( there is a perfectly sane & innocent reason for this which I will blog about another time ) I wanted to make it a little more room appropriate, hence the short (ish) version of how this little gem came to be.

For those of you who enjoy a little instant gratification stay tuned for a free written pattern for this cozy!
K.

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