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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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Have you ever search hi-n-lo for that perfect knit/crochet pattern only to find ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I mean not one single pattern worthy of the fantastical idea you have in mind? Yeah, me too. Don’t get me wrong there are some gorgeous patterns available online & some are graciously shared for free by the artists. Just not the one I wanted today 🙂

I have an awesome original idea for a knitted cable pattern that has probably been made before but really wanted someone else an experienced knitter to provide me a free pattern. Ho-hum.

While I consider myself a newbie in the world of knit I have thrown caution to the wind and decided if I want something done right I’m just gonna have to do it myself. So that’s what I’m doing today!
If I am successful I will share the pattern on this blog to save others from similar expense aggravation.
Fingers & toes crossed (ew, right!)

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pattern will be available for purchase via Etsy soon 🙂

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While I’ve been away from the blogging world over the past several months I have managed to finish quite a few projects as well as grow in my craft….& life for that matter.
Its been a productive year for me but It is seriously so great to be back! I’m spending some time this morning enjoying my delicious homemade English muffin w/orange marmalade & steaming hot cuppa while catching up on all of my favorite blogs. There are so many wonderfully talented artists here….I am in awe of your beautiful work,words, incredible inspirations, talents and creations.

Here are a few quick (mostly ipad) snaps of just some of my yarn art from this past year.

I LOVE detachable crochet collars. Seriously it’s becoming a borderline obsession of mine. An OTHD original collar pattern worked up in colorful wool. Excuse me while I brag a moment…..I am quite proud of this design! It looks adorable on! It’s soft & comfy as well

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My very first attempt at felting wool. Added a cute thread crochet doily embellishment. Kinda digging these soft-n-comfy slippers.

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My favorite color cotton knit scarf using this free pattern from purlbee

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Adorable crochet infant sandals made for a friend who recently gave birth to a cute little girl

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Crochet thread embellished tank. An OTHD original

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Detail

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Crochet lace doily pattern by Off The Hook Designs by KeKe

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Crochet thread jar cozy. An OTHD original pattern

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Little girl crochet slipper pattern

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Pink skull crochet pattern- an OTHD original

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Until next time…enjoy this cell snap of an Incredible sunset captured in 2012 Rhode Island, USA

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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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I confess I have had a little bit of a crochet doily obsession as of late.  To prove my point enjoy a  few quick IPad captures:

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worked this beauty from a diagram pattern. So excited I finally made the plunge!
The plan is to turn this one into a bowl.   I’ll share when it’s complete.

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I almost gave up on this  because I don’t really care for patterns that require breaking off and finishing things separately. Call me crazy but I like to have the freedom to rip stitches if I’m not thrilled with how the pattern is working up……However I loved how this turned out so happy that I hung in there!    Find the free pattern  HERE

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in my world these items go together 🙂

 

If you are one of the lucky folks who have a three-day weekend….ENJOY!

I am not one of them.

Peace!

 

 

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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! :]

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!
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