I used just about 2 balls of Lion Brand Mandala in the Wizard colorway for my Tic Tac Toasty Shawl design sample. I have been holding on to that yarn for 2 or 3 years, because nothing I was designing was "right' for that colorway. I sure am glad that I waited so long to use it, because I am in love with the bright happy colors that match the changing colors outside!
A few months back, I received an email from a new yarny friend who wanted to tell me that she loves my signature stitch, the Dolphin Stitch, and wanted to crochet a shawl for her best friend's mother but wasn't sure how to go about it. I asked my new friend if I could design a pattern in her friend's memory and if we could share her friend's story, and she agreed! The shape is a long trapezoid, which drapes beautifully off the shoulder. This is a quick project and will make the perfect wrap for summer activities and quick gifts.
The Windows and Walls Shawl was super fun to design, and I know you will have lots of fun making yours. The repeats are easy to remember, making this a great project to work on as you are being mindful, praying, or just watching your favorite movie.You will need worsted weight yarn in your favorite colorway and a 5.5mm crochet hook.
As soon as I opened my package of City Tweed DK yarn from KnitPicks, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. This soft yarn was begging to be made into an ultra-wide shawl, with just enough ventilation to allow me to breathe but not become too chilly. This meant it was time to try my hand at designing something with the filet crochet technique.
I wanted to create a versatile summer wrap that can be worn for any occasion, from an outdoor wedding to hanging around the campfire. And so I present to you the Practical Pashmina! I designed this pashmina using just under 800 yards of Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend, although any 3 weight yarn will work perfectly for this design. You will also want your favorite 5mm crochet hook and a little pile of stitch markers to make your Practical Pashmina.
The Radiant Ridges Shawl pattern is perfect for an intermediate crocheter, but with a little patience, an advanced beginner could tackle this project as well! You just need knowledge of front and back post stitches to create this stunning texture. The PDF includes step by step photos of the more complex stitches used.
The great thing about this cold snap is that it is finally getting a fall-vibe around here. I lit my Pumpkin Woods scented candle this morning and am thinking of making a nice butternut squash later this evening. You know what else is great about fall? All of the cute fashions you can make using only yarn and hooks! I have gathered up a whole bunch of fabulous fall fashion crochet patterns to share with you this month. In fact, there are so many I want to share with you that this is going to be at least 2 parts long, so make sure you bookmark this site or subscribe to my newsletter so you won't miss out!