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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FREE Crochet Pattern – Oval Rug

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

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.
 

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.)

 

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.

Free Crochet Pattern – Cluster Headband with Daisy

I love the texture of the clusters in this simple headband crochet pattern, and think it is lovely made of our Astral yarn, which has just such a beautiful sheen to it.

Silky Alpaca Headband

The pattern is a FREE one, that I found on a blog called Flower Girl Cottage and will share with you here.

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HOOK

US Size G Hook

MATERIALS

1 skein of Astral yarn (took about 100 yards)

PATTERN NOTES

Note: This band is approx. 5″ wide to adjust size, adjust foundation chain in multiples of 4

DIRECTIONS

Row 1: Chain 20, Double Crochet, Chain 2, Single Crochet into 4th chain from Hook, * Skip 3 chains, work 2 Double Crochets, Chain 2, Single Crochet in next chain stitch*, Repeat the stitches between *  * to the end of the row.

Row 2: Chain 2 Turn, Double Crochet, Chain 2, Single Crochet in 1st Chain 2 Space, 2 Double Crochets, Chain 2, Single Crochet into each remaining Chain 2 Spaces across to end.

Repeat Row 2 until Strip Measures 18”.  Join by slip stitching ends together or sew together with yarn needle. Weave in ends.

FIVE PETAL DAISY CROCHET PATTERN

Daisy Crochet Pattern

HOOK

US Size G Hook

MATERIALS

1 skein of Astral yarn (about 15 yards)

PATTERN NOTES

To work the 4x Crochet Stitch, add one more stitch to a regular triple crochet stitch in the middle or at the end.

DIRECTIONS

Crochet 10 sc into Magic Circle, join with slip stitch.

Petal Cluster:  Working in the same joining slip stitch, chain 3, work a 4x Crochet Stitch 3 times, chain 3, slip stitch all into the same stitch.

Skip 1 sc, ss and repeat the petal cluster 4 times.  End last petal with slip stitch.

Flower Center:  Ch 15, trim the ends of chain stitch string.

Twirl the chain stitch string into a circle and use fabric glue or hot glue to place in the center of flower

 

Astral Yarn - Libra

  ASTRAL YARN

 The Astral yarn used for this headband is a heavenly blend of 30% Alpaca, 20% Wool, and 50% Tencel with incredible luster.  The DK-weight yarn combines Alpaca and Merino wool to create body and softness, while the Tencel produces a lovely drape as well as adding durability and strength.  There are currently 15 rich shades of Astral.  The one used for this headband is called Libra.

Enjoy!

FREE Crochet Pattern – Snuggle Hat with Cuff

This is a very simple hat crochet pattern that I have used over and over again.  It has been adapted from the pattern called Crochet Head Hugger by Christine Marie Way Tyler & John Wesley Tyler for use with our bulky Snuggle Yarn by The Alpaca Yarn Company.

Snuggle Hat with Cuff - Group of Greens

 For this hat, I used the colorway, A Group of Greens.

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Here’s the pattern:

HOOK

US Size J

MATERIALS

1 Skein of Snuggle Hand-Dyed
1 Skein of Snuggle Solids

Body of hat requires about 90 yards, brim takes about 15 yards.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

This hat measures 21″ around at the widest point and is 8″ from the top to the bottom of the turned up brim.

PATTERN NOTES

CH 2 always counts as 1 DC.

DIRECTIONS

CH 4 or 5 (which ever you usually like to use to make a ring). SL ST in first ST to form a ring.
Round 1 – CH 2, 11 DC in ring. SL ST in top of CH 2. (12 DC)
Round 2 – CH 2, DC in the same ST. 2 DC in each ST around. SL ST in top of CH 2. (24 DC)
Round 3 – CH 2, *2 DC in next ST, DC in next ST*; Repeat around. SL ST in top of CH 2. (36 DC)
Round 4 – CH 2, DC in next ST. *2 DC in next ST, DC in next 2 ST*; Repeat around. SL ST in top of CH 2. (48 DC)

Round 5 – *CH 2, skip 1 DC, SC in next DC*; Repeat around. SL ST in top of CH 2.
Round 6 – SL ST into CH, CH 2, DC in same CH 2 space, *2 DC in each CH 2 space around*. SL ST in top of CH 2.
Round 7 – CH 2, skip the first 2 DC, SC in space between 2ND & 3RD DC, *CH 2, skip 2 DC, SC in space between DC’S of previous round*;
Repeat around. SL ST in top of CH 2.
Rounds 8 thru 13 –  Repeat rounds 5 & 6 until cap is the length that you want, ending with either round. Finish off here or add brim.

Round 14 – Change colors for brim.  Repeat rounds 5 & 6 until brim is the width you want.  Finish off.

Snuggle Hat - A Plethora of Pinks

Here is the same hat using A Plethora of Pinks.

See more patterns using our Snuggle Yarn:

CROCHET PATTERNS

Basic Chunky Cowl

Fingerless Mittens

Color Block Scarf

Simple Ear Warmer Pattern

KNIT PATTERNS

Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf

 

Texting Mittens Pattern

Called by a variety of names, fingerless mittens, fingerless gloves, wrist warmers, fingerless mitts, glovelies, treads, tipless gloves, I was told young people call them “texting mittens”, so that’s what I’m going with!

Hand-Crocheted Alpaca Texting Mittens

I rarely make something that is a solid color, but rather like to mix and match yarn, using different colors, and different textures.

Hand-Crocheted Alpaca Texting Mittens

I’ve used three different Alpaca Yarn Company yarns here, The Snuggle yarn is a bulky weight alpaca, wool, acrylic blend, the Swizzle is a DK weight and is 100% alpaca, and the Paca de Seda is a worsted weight alpaca and silk blend, all gorgeous yarns!

Hand-Crocheted Alpaca Texting Mittens

The colors I used for this project were Snuggle in Lime Green, Swizzle in Plum Perfection , and Paca de Seda in Lavender Fields.

Alpaca Hat and Texting Mittens

One skein of each was enough to do Texting Mittens and a Hat!

Texting Mittens Pattern

Materials: Swizzle—One Skein, Paca de Seda—One Skein, Snuggle—One Skein

Crochet Pattern: Texting Mittens

Hook: G if you crochet loose, H if you crochet tight.

This pattern is designed so the mitten will fit either hand.

CUFF – All stitches on the cuff are through the back loops only.

Using Paca de Seda Yarn, ch 14 to begin.

ROW 1 – 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 11 chains, ch 1, turn. (12 sc)

ROW 2 – 1 sc in next 12 sc (remember, through the back loops of stitches only), ch 1, turn. (12 sc)

ROWS 3 to 18 – Same as Row 2. (If you are making larger mittens, add 2-3 more rows here – for smaller mittens, subtract a couple rows.)

ROW 19 – Joining row, ss to corresponding chains in Row 1, turn inside out (this is the right side).

REST OF THE MITTENAll sts through both loops.

Switch to Snuggle Yarn.

ROW 1 – Join yarn. With right side of work towards you, ch 1, 1 sc in the end of each row of ribbing. Join with slip st. (18 sc, – this st count will be different on all rows if you are making smaller or larger mittens.)

ROW 2-4 – Ch1. Sc around. Join with slip st.

Switch to Swizzle Yarn.

ROW 5—Join yarn. Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.

ROW 6-7—Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.

Switch to Snuggle Yarn.

ROW 8—Join yarn. Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.

ROW 9 – Ch 1. Sc in next st, ch 4, skip next 4sts (this is for the thumb opening), 1 sc in the next 14 sts. (make a smaller thumb opening for smaller mittens, larger thumb opening for larger mittens.
Switch to Paca de Seda Yarn.

ROW 10—Join yarn. Sc around (work the 4 chains for thumb opening as if they were regular sts. Add a few more rows for larger mittens, subtract rows for smaller mittens.) Join with slip st.

ROW 11-15—Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.
Switch to Snuggle Yarn.

ROW 16 – Join yarn. Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.

ROW 17-18 Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.
Switch to Swizzle Yarn. ROW 19 – Join yarn. Sc around. Join with slip st. ROW 20-21—Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.
THUMB (Optional)

Switch to Snuggle Yarn.

THUMB ROW 1 – Join yarn. Ch 1 and sc in the first st of thumb opening, 1 sc in the next 3 sts, pick up 7 sts around the remaining thumb opening, ss to join to first sc. (11 sc – more or less if you are making smaller or larger mittens.)

ROW 2-3– Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st. Add a few more rows for larger (longer) thumb, subtract rows for smaller (shorter) thumb. ROW 4– Ch 1. Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next sc, Join with slip st. (8 sc) Weave in ends

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Abbreviations used in this pattern:

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
ss = slip stitch
sc tog = single crochet together 

Click on the links above for instructions, if needed.  Here are a few other links that may be helpful:

Changing Colors in Crochet

Crocheting Over Yarn Ends

Crocheting Yarn Ends Up The Sides


Free Crochet Pattern – Fingerless Mittens

I love our Snuggle Yarn!  Being a bulky yarn, it works up so quickly!  Being a blend of  55% alpaca, 30% wool, and 15% acrylic it is much less expensive than many other alpaca yarns.  Fingerless Mittens can be knit or crocheted easily in an evening or two.  Keep your hands warm in cold weather, but still be able to use your fingers!

I usually crochet, was told once it is faster, which makes me opt to pick up a hook rather than needles!

The crochet pattern I used was one I found on a blog called 123Crochet Patterns.  I used this pattern, but left off the thumbs and the top of the mitten, trying the mitten on to determine how much of my fingers I wanted to cover, so that I knew when to quit.  I also changed colors which the pattern does not call for.  For help on changing colors, see How To Change Colors in Crochet.

Other Crochet Patterns for Fingerless Mittens are available on Ravelry.  Knitting Patterns for Fingerless Mittens available too!

Snuggle yarn comes in 18 great colors, is incredibly soft, and fun to work with!

Fiber Arts Friday – A Dainty Little Alpaca Hat

Just finished crocheting this hat!

Hand-Crocheted Alpaca Hat

It is a pattern I use frequently but still manage many different looks depending on the yarn I use. In this case I used some of my hand-spun alpaca, then a few rows of bamboo yarn, a few rows of an alpaca and wool combo, and then some of my Worsted Weight Alpaca Yarn.  It is a great way to use up small amounts of yarn left from other projects.

The pattern is a FREE one I found on Ravelry … if you haven’t checked out Ravelry yet you will want to!  It is a free site for knitters, crocheters, and other fiber lovers…a place to organize your projects, your stash, find patterns, people, get help with projects and more!

Hand-Crocheted Alpaca Hat Close-up

I usually do some improvising on the pattern and in this case added a scalloped edge and flower, gives it a dainty look don’t you think?

 

 

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Alpaca Meadows