Free Crochet Pattern – Crescent Shawl

I love, love, love the new yarn called Mariquita from The Alpaca Yarn Company.  If you liked the Astral Yarn in all its beautiful colors, you will like this one too.  It has 50% tencel which is what gives it the lovely sheen like the Astral, and it is blended with 50% baby alpaca!  This Crescent Shawl, pattern by Julie Aakjaer, was perfect for the Mariquita, our new fingering weight yarn.  I used a smaller size hook than what the pattern calls for, which created a very lacy look that I think is very pretty with this yarn.

Crescent Shawl

 

HOOK

I used a 3.5 mm (E)

MATERIALS

One Skein Mariquita Yarn, the color I used is called Winter Wheat

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

I crocheted 50 rows, and ended up with a shawl that measures roughly 52 inches wide / 132.1 cm long and is 19 inches/ 48.3 cm long at the widest point.  Lovely use of the Mariquita yarn!

NOTES

The size of the shawl depends on the number of rows you crochet. Suggestions are given on the pattern for sizes from young child to adult size large, with approximate yarn requirements and recommended hook size given for each.

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CH – chain
SC- single crochet
HDC  – half double crochet
DC – double crochet
PIC – picots
TOG- together
SP – space

DIRECTIONS

Click Spring Crescent Shawl Crochet Pattern!

 

Crescent Shawl

 

 

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers

I love hats with flowers, maybe not on me, but a flower just sets off a hat, makes it so much more stylish!  I love flowers, and it is Spring, so thought I would share my Flowers, Flowers, Flowers Pinterest Board.  On it you will find crocheted, knitted, fiber, and felted flowers, some with instructions and some just for inspiration!  Be sure to check out our Classic Alpaca Yarn for many, many pretty colors of 100% alpaca yarn for flower making, and my favorite patterns for Knitting and Crocheting Flowers!

Follow Alpaca Meadows’s board Flowers, Flowers, Flowers on Pinterest.

There are also many FREE flower patterns for knit and crochet, or perhaps you can create your own!  Some of the flowers shown are knit, then felted by throwing them in the washing machine and dryer.  Some have been cut out of felt, others needle felted.  Our Bloomin’ Brites Needle Felted Flowers Kit uses a combination of both cutting flowers from felt and needle felting fiber onto them. Our Felted Bouquet Kit uses another felting technique called wet felting. More on these subjects in another post!

Happy Spring!

 

Free Crochet Pattern – Two Tone Mitts

I love these fun two-tone gloves, each glove with colors opposite from the other.  The pattern is by Pollyfoofoo and her website is pollyfoofoo.blogspot.com.  Her pattern calls for a bulky yarn, but I’ve chosen our Astral Yarn, a dk weight yarn, which comes in some gorgeous colors.  I think you could mix-n-match almost any two colors of this Alpaca/Merino/Tencel blend yarn and be pleased with the combination.

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Stitches Used:

SC- single crochet
SC BLO – single crochet back loop only
SC FLO – single crochet front loop only
HDC BLO – half double crochet back loop only
HDC 3rd LIF – half double crochet through 3rd Loop In Front
DC – double crochet
TR – treble crochet

Astral Two Tone Fingerless Gloves

HOOK

4.0 mm (G)

MATERIALS

Astral Yarn – 1 skein of two colors, approximately 191 total yards

Yarn Colors – 1st Picture:
Copper Penny, Aries

Yarn Colors – 2nd Picture:
Gold Rush, Virgo

Yarn Colors – 3rd Picture:
Aries, Pavo

NOTES

The arm is worked first, then you turn your work ¼ turn clockwise to work the hand. The thumb is created by skipping stitches and making a chain as a bridge over those stitches. These mitts are worked flat and seamed when finishing.

Do not skip the first stitch of the row when doing HDC. Treat it like a SC, to keep edges tidy and less holey. Even though you will be seaming the edges, it’s not a place you want holes.

Ch1 for turning chain on HDC.

The last stitch of every row is worked as you normally would (under both loops/legs). This keeps your edges tidy and less holey.

The stitches for the arm are SC but worked in BLO and FLO. The hand portion is mostly HDC, but worked in either the BLO or through the 3rd loop in the front (LIF).

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

 

Astral Two Tone Fingerless Gloves

DIRECTIONS

ARM:

Foundation Row: Chain 25 (or if you do chainless foundations, FSC 24, turn and go to Row 1).  Starting in the second chain of your hook, SC 24 stitches turn.

Row 1 (RS): – ch 1, SC BLO 23, regular SC in last st, turn (24)

Row 2 (WS): – ch 1, SC FLO 23, regular SC in last st, turn (24)

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you have 25 rows. (End with a RS row)

For gloves bigger or smaller than pattern, you can make adjustments by making more or fewer rows, but please note that you will also have to make adjustments when time to do the hand portion by making more or fewer stitches.

HAND:

If you are going to make your hand with a different color, cut your arm yarn now, leaving an 18 inch tail for seaming later. If all one color, don’t cut.

With RS facing, turn work ¼ turn clockwise and attach new yarn color in the upper right hand stitch.  Work 27 HDC evenly into this edge, turn.

Row 1 (WS): – ch 1, not skipping the first stitch, work HDC into the 3rd LIF for 26 sts, and work the last HDC as normal, turn. (27)

Row 2 (RS):((thumbhole row)) ch 1, HDC BLO 8, DC 1, Tr 1, make a chain of 6, skip the 6 sts under them, Tr 1, DC 1, HDC BLO 8, HDC last st, turn. (27)

Row 3 (WS): – ch 1, not skipping the first stitch, work HDC into the 3rd LIF 11 sts, HDC into the back bump of each ch st (6), HDC into the 3rd LIF 9 sts,  and work the last HDC as normal, turn. (27)

Row 4 (RS): – ch 1, not skipping the first stitch, work HDC BLO 26 sts, and work the last HDC as normal, turn. (27)

Row 5 (WS): – work as Row 1

Row 6 (RS): – work as Row 4

Repeat rows 5 and 6 until hand portion reaches 2 inches tall and ending on a RS row. Cut yarn, leaving a tail to seam with. Give yourself 24 inches or so tail to seam with if you used 1 color for your mitts. If you did hand in different color you only need 10 inches or so to seam it, and then you’ll pick up your other color tail to seam the arm portion.

Before you do your seam, however, weave in your ends. It’s just easier that way.

SEAMING:

Then, fold WS together. Using clips/locking stitch markers to line up the stitches and hold your work together while you seam is a good idea, removing as you approach them. Use them as checkpoints to make sure you are seaming equally so your mitt seams won’t be lopsided. A mattress stitch works quite nicely.

Weave in your seaming yarn tail ends.

Astral Two Tone Mitts

To print pattern, click Two Tone Astral Mitts Crochet Pattern.

Crafty’s Big Back to School Supplies and Classes Sale

This post contains affiliate links through which I might earn a small commission on purchases.  Funds earned will be used to help fund my mission trip to Guatemala.

Perfect timing, I just find out how to offer online classes, and there’s a sale offered!   Now thru 9/9/15, Craftsy is having a Big Back to School Sale offering all their classes, yarn (and yes they have alpaca yarn), and craft supplies at 50% off!

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What I love about Craftsy is once you purchase a class, you have lifetime access to that class and can go back and watch it over and over again.

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If you have questions, you can ask your instructors, and you can go at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.

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With Christmas ahead, right now is the perfect time to learn a new skill for making gifts!  Click Shop ClassesShop Yarn, or Shop Craft Supplies!

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Craftsy has over 800 online classes!  They offer topics like cooking, woodworking, photography, sewing, quilting, and more. They have some gardening classes that look interesting to me.  By all means, check it out!

How To Use A Ball Winder and Swift

Anyone that plays with yarn will be interested in two great tools, a Swift and a Ball Winder.

Swift                  Ball Winder

Otto and Joanne Strauch, owners of Strauch Fiber Equipment and makers of fine tools for spinners, demonstrate how to make a center-pull ball using these two must-have tools.

Free Crochet Pattern – Half Moon Shawl

Featuring a bobble stitch, this pretty Half Moon Shawl has a bit of a textured look with lacy, open stitches, a luxuriously soft feel, and an elegant sheen that will make you feel like a queen!

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Adapted from a pattern from the Lion Brand Yarn website that calls for a super bulky yarn and Size N hook, I’ve used yarn from our Astral line and a Size J hook.

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The rich, beautiful color I chose is called Gemini.

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SKILL LEVEL

Easy

HOOK

6.0 mm (J)

MATERIALS

625 Yards or 3.2 skeins of Astral Yarn
I think I’ll use a smaller hook next time to see if I can’t get the yardage down to three skeins.  The thicker the yarn, and the bigger the hook, the more yarn you’ll need so stepping down a few sizes should help to cut the yardage.  I will keep you posted.  On that note,  How Much Yarn Do I Need from the Fresh Stitches blog is a very helpful post for trying to calculate yardage required for different weights of yarn.

STITCH EXPLANATION

*Bobble Holding back last loop of each dc, work 5 dc in next st, yarn over and pull through 6 loops on hook.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Approximately 32 inches/ 81.28cm long and 64 inches/162.56cm across the top edge

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DIRECTIONS

Ch 3, sl st in beg ch to form a ring.
Row 1: Ch 3  (does not count as st in this row and in all following rows), 9 dc in ring, do not join.

Note: The turning ch-3 does not count as first dc in each row. This means that you should work your first dc into the very first st (at base of turning ch-3), unless you are instructed to sk the first st. When you reach the end of a row, do not work into the top of the turning ch-3, unless instructed to do so. When counting sts, do not count the turning ch.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc) twice, bobble* in next dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) twice – 13 sts.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) across, end dc in last dc – 19 dc.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in next dc, (ch 2, sk 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc) across – 6 ch- 2 sp.
Row 5: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), turn, (3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2) across, end dc in top of ch-3 – 7 ch-2 sp.
Row 6: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in beg ch-2 sp, (ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp) across – 6 ch-2 sp.
Row 7: Ch 3, turn, skip first dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, (4 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 3 dc) across, end last dc in top of ch-3 – 44 dc.
Row 8: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 3 dc, (bobble in next dc, dc in each of next 8 dc) to last 5 dc, end bobble in next dc, dc in each of next 4 dc – 5 bobbles.
Row 9: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in beg dc, dc in each st across to last dc, 2 dc in last dc – 46 dc.
Row 10: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in beg dc, (ch 2, sk 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc) across – 15 ch-2 sp.
Row 11: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), turn, (3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2) across, end dc in top of ch-3 – 16 ch-2 sp.
Row 12: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in beg ch-2 sp, (ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp) across – 15 ch-2 sp.
Row 13: Ch 3, turn, skip first dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, (2 dc in ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 3 dc) across, end last dc in top of ch-3 – 77 dc.
Row 14: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, (bobble in next dc, dc in each of next 8 dc) to last 3 dc, end bobble in next dc, dc in each of next 2 dc – 9 bobbles.
Row 15: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across, inc 2 dc evenly spaced – 79 dc.
Row 16: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in beg dc, (ch 2, sk 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc) across – 26 ch-2 sp.
Row 17: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), turn, (3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2) across, end dc in top of ch-3– 27 ch-2 sp.
Row 18: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in beg ch-2 sp, (ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp) across – 26 ch-2 sp.
Row 19: Ch 3, turn, skip first dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, (2 dc in ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 3 dc) across, end last dc in top of ch-3 – 132 dc.
Row 20: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, (bobble in next dc, dc in each of next 8 dc) to last 4 dc, end bobble in next dc, dc in each of next 3 dc – 15 bobbles.
Row 21: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in beg dc, dc in each st across – 133 dc.
Row 22: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in beg dc, (ch 2, sk 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc) across – 44 ch-2 sps.
Row 23: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), turn, (3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2) across, end dc in top of ch-3 – 45 ch-2 sps.
Row 24: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in beg ch-2 sp, (ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp) across – 44 ch-2 sps.
Row 25: Ch 3, turn, skip first dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, (2 dc in ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 3 dc) across, end last dc in top of ch-3 – 222 dc.

Fasten off.

FINISHING
Edging

From RS, join yarn at any edge of shawl.
Work [sc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts, tr in each of next 2 sts, dc in each of next 2 sts] evenly around Shawl.
Weave in ends.

To print pattern, click Half Moon Shawl Pattern.

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This Half Moon Shawl is available to purchase, just click here!  Custom orders are welcome in any of the pretty Astral colors available.

Free Knitting Pattern – Drop Stitch Swizzle Alpaca Scarf

Scarf Crocheted with Swizzle Alpaca Yarn

I love how this scarf turned out!

Scarf Crocheted with Swizzle Alpaca Yarn

The yarn I used is 100% alpaca so of course it is soft and lovely!  This yarn is hand-dyed.  The color is Academy Blue, one of the nine beautiful shades in the Swizzle line from The Alpaca Yarn Company available at Alpaca Meadows.

Swizzle Alpaca Yarn Scarf

 The pattern is by Christine Vogel of Frazzled Knits.  She is right, it does look beautiful in a variegated yarn.  The horizontal drop stitch makes it fun to knit … as the yarn overs are dropped, the lacy design is created!

Swizzle Alpaca Yarn Scarf

Free Knitting Pattern – Transfix Lace Shawl

 Featuring an elongated pattern stitch, this easy lace shawl is a fun accessory for those cooler spring days that surely lie just ahead.  Adapted from a pattern by the Berroco Design Team, I’ve used our 100% alpaca Paca Paints Yarn and this shawl turned out lovely!  The color I chose is called Spiked Punch.

Transfix Alpaca Shawl

SKILL LEVEL

Easy

NEEDLES

Straight knitting needles, size 7 (4.50 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE gauge 14 sts = 4”; 16 rows = 4”

MATERIALS

2.5 skeins of Paca Paints Yarn

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Approximately 18” wide x 70” long

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DIRECTIONS

Cast on 60 sts loosely. Work even in Elongated Pat St for 72”, end with Row 1 of Pat. Bind off loosely knitwise.

NOTE: When casting on and binding off loosely, if you prefer, use a larger size needle.

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ELONGATED PATTERN STITCH

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: K1, * yo twice, k1, rep from * across.

Row 4: Knit, dropping all yo’s. Rep these 4 rows for Elongated Pattern Stitch.

Transfix Alpaca ShawlEnjoy!

This shawl is available for purchase in any of the many pretty Paca Paints colors!  Click here.

Free Crochet Pattern – Bulky Ribbed Scarf

 I use this pattern by Prague Loop over and over.  It is easy, mindless and quick, especially with a bulky yarn.  Any yarn could be used and any size hook.  My favorite yarn to use with this pattern is our Snuggle Yarn.  This scarf is worked lengthwise, back and forth in rows, and gauge is not important.

Ribbed Crochet Scarf

The color of the Snuggle Yarn pictured above is called Seafoam.

HOOK

US Size N – 9.0 mm

MATERIALS

131 Yards of Snuggle Yarn

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

6 inches wide, and 50 inches long
Bulky Ribbed Crochet Scarf

The color of this Snuggle Yarn is called Winkle.

DIRECTIONS

Decide how long a scarf is good for you.  Chain an amount of st that is the length you want.  The scarves above were made with 100 stitches, though next time I make it I may go a little longer.

Setup row: HDC (half double crochet) in each st.

Row 1: HDC into back loop of every HDC of previous row.

(Note for the beginner: Unlike single or double crochet, the HDC stitches appear to have an extra loop at the top.  You will be using the loop that is at the back of the stitch.  In a few rows, you will see that the two loops you have not been using form a “chain” along the length of the scarf.)

Repeat row 1 until the scarf is as wide as you want or you run out of yarn.

You might want to work one round of single crochet around the whole thing, so the edge looks neat, but it is not necessary.  Weave in ends.

Blocking is optional.

Enjoy your new scarf or give it to someone!

Bulky Ribbed Crochet Scarf - Knot of Naturals

 This scarf was made with the same pattern using one of the Hand Dyed Snuggle Yarns called Knot of Naturals.  The hand dyed line comes in seven different colors!

Bulky Ribbed Scarf - Group of Greens

Of course, any of the scarves pictured above are for sale, in other color options as well.  Just click on the image to find out more!

FREE Crochet Pattern – Graceful Shell Shawl

This is a great shawl to keep your shoulders warm whether you wear it to dress up with, or dress down.  I used one of our Astral yarns by The Alpaca Yarn Company, a blend of alpaca, wool, and tencel.  The color I chose is Aquarius.

Graceful Shell Shawl - Astral Yarn

This pattern was designed by Tammy Hildebrand for Red Heart.

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The photo session that followed was almost as fun as crocheting the shawl!

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Ariella takes a closer look!

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HOOK

 6.5mm (US K-10½)

MATERIALS

Astral Yarn – 3 skeins (took about 467 yards)

PATTERN NOTES

Roughly 18 inches long and 136 inches from one end of bottom edge to the other.
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DIRECTIONS

 Special Stitches cl = cluster: [yo, insert hook in indicated st or space, pull up loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

shell: (cl, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, cl) in indicated st or space.

inc-shell = increase shell: (shell, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, cl) in indicated st or space.

SHAWL

Row 1 (Right Side): Ch 53; shell in 4th ch from hook (beginning ch counts as first dc), *[skip next 3 ch, shell in next ch] 2 times, skip next 3 ch, inc-shell in next ch, [skip next 3 ch, shell in next ch] 2 times, skip next 3 ch*, (shell, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, shell) in next ch (2 increases made); repeat from * to *, shell in next ch, dc in last ch, turn—30 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 3 ch-6 spaces, (shell, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, shell) in next ch-6 space, shell in next 3 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, inc shell in next ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch, turn—42 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 3: Ch 3, inc-shell in next ch-6 sp, shell in next 5 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 11 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 5 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch, turn—54 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 4: Ch 3, [inc-shell in next ch-6 sp, shell in next 6 ch-6 spaces] 2 times, (shell, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, shell) in next ch-6 sp, [shell in next 6 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space] 2 times, dc in top of turning ch, turn—64 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 5: Ch 3, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in each ch-6 space across to last ch-6 space, inc-shell in last ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch, turn—72 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 6: Ch 3, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 7 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 8 ch-6 spaces, (shell, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, shell) in next ch-6 space, shell in next 8 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 7 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch, turn—82 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 7: Ch 3, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 9 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 21 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 9 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch, turn—96 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 8: Ch 3, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 11 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 11 ch-6 spaces, (shell, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, shell) in next ch-6 space, shell in next 11 ch-6 spaces, inc- shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 11 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch—110 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 9: Ch 3, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 13 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 27 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 13 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch, turn—124 clusters and 2 dc. Do not fasten off.

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Edging Row 1: Ch 1, working in ends of rows across side edge, work 2 sc in end of each row; working in free loops across bottom of foundation ch, sc in each ch across; working in ends of rows across other side edge, work 2 sc in end of each row. Fasten off.

FINISHING

Weave in ends.

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If you’d like to purchase this shawl, click here.



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