Private Lessons – Knitting and Crochet

Been wanting to come to a class, but your schedule never coincides with mine?  Or you’ve come to a beginner’s class and now you’re ready for more?  Perhaps a private lesson is in order.  Some people learn easier one-on-one.  Schedule the day and time that works best for you.  A thirty-minute lesson is just $20 and you get a one-on-one lesson focused on what you need the most.  Choose a project you’d like to start on, or I can make suggestions.  Bring your own yarn, or enjoy a 10% discount on any yarn in The Fiber Studio.  Fiber friends ages 7 and over are welcome.

Check your calendar then call or contact us to schedule your private lesson!

Beginner Knitting

Transfix Alpaca Shawl

Knitting is the new yoga!  You will learn to cast-on, knit, purl and bind-off.  Your private lesson also includes an overview of knitting vocabulary, materials, accessories and more.

Beginner Crochet

Bulky Ribbed Crochet Scarf

Crochet is is enjoying a renaissance and is my personal favorite.  This cherished fiber art is faster than knitting, and easier to correct mistakes.  Yes, I make them!  Learn to crochet or refresh your memory.  You will learn to create a foundation chain as well as single, half-double, double, and triple crochet stitches. Your lesson also includes an overview of crochet vocabulary, materials, accessories and more.

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Swizzle Alpaca Scarf – FREE Knitting Pattern

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 and is a FREE Ravelry download.  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 – Spring Petals Scarf

This pattern is called Spring Petals Scarf, a free pattern I found on Ravelry by Ragamuffin.  I adapted it for our Astral Yarn and love how it turned out!  I used Star Bright White Astral Yarn by The Alpaca Yarn Company.  The pattern called for a worsted weight yarn, and Astral Yarn is DK weight, also referred to as light worsted.  A little lighter than worsted weight, I figured the DK weight might make the scarf a little bit more lacy looking.  And so it did!

Spring Petals Scarf - Astral

HOOK

 US Size H – 5.0 mm

MATERIALS

265 Yards of Astral Yarn

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

6 inches wide, and 68 inches long

Spring Petals Scarf - Astral

DIRECTIONS

Chain 25.

Row 1 – 3 dc in 5th ch from hook, skip next 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch, *ch 3, 3 dc in same ch as last sc, skip 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch, repeat from *, ending with 1 sc in last ch, turn.

Row 2 – Ch 4, 3 dc in first ch, skip [1 sc, 3 dc], 1 sc in ch 3 space, *Ch 3, 3 dc in same ch 3 space as last sc, skip [1 sc, 3 dc], 1 sc in next ch 3 space, repeat from *, work last sc under ch 4, turn.

Repeat row 2 to desired length.  Finish off and weave in ends.

Optional ending row (to even out edge):

Ch 3, 3 hdc in first sc, *sc in ch 3 space, 3 hdc in first dc, repeat from *, sc in last ch 4 sp.

Finish off and weave in ends.

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The Astral Yarn is a beautiful blend of 30% alpaca, 20% wool, and 50% Tencel.  It has a sheen to it that is gorgeous and so sumptuously lovely to work with.

Spring Petals Scarf - Astral

This is the scarf made up in Gold Rush, such a rich, pretty color, especially in the sunlight.

Spring Petals Scarf - Astral

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.

FREE Crochet Pattern – Oval Rug

This super soft rug is made from our own Alpaca Rug Yarn, and here is the pattern!

Oval Alpaca Rug

HOOK

Size “S” Crochet Hook

MATERIALS

150 Yards of Alpaca Rug Yarn

PATTERN NOTES

Finished Size is 45″ long by 24″ wide.

Increasing:  Increases start on the second round and are made by crocheting 2 sc  in the same stitch.
 

Oval Alpaca Rug

DIRECTIONS

Chain 21.

Round 1 – Begin in 2nd ch from hook and sc 40 around the chain (20 sc on each side of ch).

Round 2 – Sc around, increasing twice at each end.

Round 3 – Sc around, increasing 3 times at each end.

Round 4 -11  – Sc around, increasing only at ends, and only as required to keep rug flat. If rug begins to curl, add more increases at ends. Try not to increase at same places in succeeding rounds to avoid forming an undesirable pattern.

Larger rug: Keep adding rounds until you have the width and length you desire.

Work a slip stitch over last row for a more finished looking edge.

To Change Colors: Cut the yarn, leaving a 3″ length, and slip this through the back of the next stitch. Turn rug around about half way and start with the new color. Continue to sc around as before, and when you come to the 3″ length of the previous color, carry it in with the new color. This manner of joining colors will give complete and even rows. (Do not start a new color at point where you break off old color.)

Oval Alpaca Rug Close-Up

 

Be sure to see other FREE patterns for our Alpaca Rug Yarn:

Circular Rug

Rug Yarn Purses

FREE Knitting Pattern – Suri Art Yarn Cowl

Inspired by Ashley Martineau’s pattern and free video, I’ve created this cowl out of my own hand spun Suri Art Yarn.  Though the bulky, very textured yarn is a bit of a challenge, the results were well worth it!

Suri Art Yarn Cowl

NEEDLE

Circular 16″ Needles US Size 15 – 10.0 mm

MATERIALS

50 Yards of Hand Spun Suri Art Yarn

PATTERN NOTES

Roughly 30 inches around at neck edge, 8 inches wide, and 38 inches around bottom edge depending on how loosely or tightly you knit.

 

DIRECTIONS

 Make a Slip Knot, then cast on 30 stitches.  Knit in the round using the double elongated stitch until you’re reached the desired length.  Bind off loosely.

Very simple!

Fasten off, and weave in ends.

 

FREE Crochet Pattern – Basic Chunky Cowl

Super easy, quick too, with our Snuggle yarn and a large crochet hook!  For this cowl, I used Plethora of Pinks colorway.

Basic Chunky Cowl

HOOK

US Size 9.0 mm (M/N) Hook

MATERIALS

2 skeins of Snuggle yarn (took about 137 yards)

PATTERN NOTES

Roughly 48 inches around and 8 inches wide, depending on how loosely or tightly you crochet.

DIRECTIONS

 Make a Slip Knot, then crochet 95 Chains.  (With a 12mm crochet hook, crochet 55 and with a 10mm crochet hook chain 81.)

Row 1~ Chain 3, skip one stitch, then hdc into the following stitch (5th Stitch). *Chain 1, skip one stitch, then crochet a hdc into the next stitch.* Repeat from the * mark all across, making sure to end with a hdc into the last Chain.
Row 2~ Chain 2, then hdc into the Chain one space. *Chain 1, skip one stitch, then crochet a hdc into the next Chain one space.* Repeat from the* mark all across, making sure to end with a hdc into the top of the 3 Chains you made in the previous row.
Row 3 – 13~ Chain 2, then hdc into the Chain one space. *Chain 1, skip one stitch, then crochet a hdc into the next Chain one space.* Repeat from the* mark all across, making sure to end with a hdc into the top of the 2 Chains you made in the previous row.

When you’ve completed all the rows, connect the two ends of the scarf together to create a circle. Add half a twist before Slip Stitching the two ends together.

Fasten off, and weave in ends.

Basic Chunky Cowl

Pattern adapted from a free pattern by Hopeful Honey!  Her pattern calls for a bigger hook, which I may try next time and the finished dimension of her cowl is 14″ wide.

Picnic in Alpaca Pasture is Highlight of Farm Tour

 A group of gals from Columbus, Ohio came for a Farm Tour over the weekend.  They had asked if they could bring their lunch, then do a Drop Spindle Class in the afternoon.  Though they enjoyed learning to spin, and they enjoyed shopping in The Fiber Studio, their picnic in the alpaca pasture was the highlight!

Picnic in the Pasture

When given some options where they could have their lunch, they opted for in the pasture under a shade tree.

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What a spread they had … they were very kind and invited me to join them!

Picnic in Pasture is Highlight of Farm Tour

Mabelle, Martha, and our guard llama, Silver Beauty ventured over to the picnic spot to see what was going on.

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Before long, curiosity got the best of some of our other girls and they ventured over to check out who was in their pasture.

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Having been a little disappointed during the tour that our alpacas were not more social, our guests were now getting undivided attention.

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I thought they might end up having to share their lunch with their new fiber friends.

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 That is what “Miss Miami” was hoping!

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Lunch in the pasture after a Farm Tour was definitely a first, and very much enjoyed by our guests!

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See it live!  Watch it on YouTube.

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Little Martha enjoyed some lunch too!

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