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 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

 

FREE Knit and Crochet Patterns – Go Green!

In the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day I’ve made a few items out of the colorway Group of Greens – Snuggle Yarn by The Alpaca Yarn Company.  There are two FREE patterns below, one a crochet pattern and the other a knit pattern.

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KNIT

 The pattern used for this scarf was adapted from Purl Soho’s Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf.

Knit Scarf - Group of Greens Snuggle Yarn

  Ribs do pull in and will make this scarf narrower than you might anticipate.  If you want to add additional stitches for a wider scarf,  just make sure your cast on is in multiples of four stitches.

NEEDLES

US Size 11

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

60-inches long by approximately 6-inches wide

PATTERN NOTE

Mistake rib is a multiple of 4+3

THE PATTERN

Cast on 29 stitches.

K2, p2, repeat to last 3 stitches, k2, p1.

Repeat this row until desired length. So easy!

Weave in ends, hand wash, block and let dry.

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CROCHET

 

Ear Warmer Headband - Snuggle Yarn

FREE Simple Ear Warmer Pattern

Crocheted Ear Warmer Headband

 

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Found this recipe on Pinterest posted by Spoonful, so simple just had to share , in the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day!

Ingredients

Canned refrigerated bread stick dough
Colored sugar
Cinnamon

Directions

1.  Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat it with cooking spray.
2.  To create the clover shape, mold 3 sections of bread sticks into hearts and press them together as shown. Attach a small stem, decorate, bake according to the package directions, and serve them up to your lucky guests.

Yards Per Ounce Calculations – Alpaca Yarn Company

I wish I would have written down how much yarn it took to make that …
Resolved to get better at keeping records, I’m adding this post to my blog for your reference and mine!

Alpaca Cowl Neck Warmer

 Using the formula from my previous post on Figuring the Yardage Used in A Finished Project,  I have come up with the following calculations for each line of yarn from The Alpaca Yarn Company.  Figuring the yardage used in a finished project made from any of these yarns, can be found by multiplying the weight of the item times the yards per ounce of that yarn.

Astral – Alpaca Blend Yarn
197 yards in a 3.5 ounce (100g) skein = 56 yards per ounce

Paca Peds Alpaca Sock Yarn

Paca Peds – Alpaca Blend Sock Yarn
360 yards in a 3.5 ounce (100g) skein = 103 yards per ounce

Paca Paints – Alpaca Yarn
220 yards in a 3.5 ounce (100g) skein = 63 yards per ounce

Snuggle – Alpaca Blend Yarn
104 yards in a 3.5 ounce (100g) skein = 29.71 yards per ounce

I am in the process of creating Pinterest boards for each yarn, with links to FREE patterns for each and yardage required!  Be sure to check back!

 

Valentines I Love

I don’t know if any of you like Pinterest like I like Pinterest!   Now I’m even more excited this morning after learning something new, and that is how to embed a Pinterest board on my website.  So I am happy to share with you my “Valentines I Love” board.  A collection of Valentines Day projects and creations that impress and inspire me … hope you enjoy!

Follow Alpaca Meadows’s board Valentines I Love on Pinterest.

Be sure to click See on Pinterest above to see more!

FREE Crochet Pattern – Headband Ear Warmer

This year in my Learn To Crochet Class, we’ll be making headbands.  As I began to prepare for the class, I found there are many different styles, and FREE patterns too!  And headbands seem to be very popular right now!

Learn To Crochet

The headband we will be making in class is pictured above in a handful of different colors, using our Snuggle yarn.  I love to use this bulky yarn because it works up quickly.  It is nice when first learning to be able to complete a project in a relative short amount of time. This yarn makes it that much easier!  Snuggle yarn is available in Snuggle Solids and Snuggle Hand-Dyed.

For those that have never crocheted before, there is some helpful information is below:

How to Hold a Crochet Hook

How to Hold Yarn for Crochet

How to Make a Slip Knot

Here’s the pattern:

Simple Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern

The stitches used in this pattern are the most basic, chain stitch and single crochet stitch.

You will need a Size N crochet hook.

Ch 11.

Row 1:  Place a stitch marker or safety pin in the first ch from your hook. Sc in 3rd ch from hook. (Ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch.) Rep across entire row. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: (Sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1.) Rep the sequence in parentheses across the rest of the row.  At the end of the row, work a sc st into the st where you placed the marker (you can remove the marker before working the stitch). Ch 1, turn.

Rows 3 and Up:  The rest of the rows are all exactly the same as row 2, with one minor difference.  At the end of the row you will work your last sc st into the turning chain of the previous row. Rep this row until the headband is the length you want it to be.

I worked 49 rows total.  Depending on how tall your stitches turn out, you might need to crochet a different number of rows.

If you would like to check the fit before you sew the edges of the headband together, put a safety pin in your active loop and pin the sides of the headband together. Try it on. If i t is too big, you can unravel a bit.  If it is too small, crochet another row or two until it is the size you want.

Finishing the Ear Warmer

When you are satisfied that the ear warmer is the correct size, cut the yarn leaving an extra long length of yarn (around ten inches long.) Thread a tapestry needle using this end of yarn.  With right sides together, use the tapestry needle to stitch the ends of the headband together. Weave in your ends. Turn the headband right side out. You are finished!

For notes on Gauge, Finished Size, and Design, go to Simple Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern.

Abbreviations Used In This Pattern:

ch = chain
ch-1 sp = chain-1 space (This is the space formed when you crocheted a chain stitch in the previous row.)
rep = repeat
sc = single crochet
st = stitch

Simple Ear Warmer with Flower

If time allows, we’ll make a flower too!  I have found there are many patterns for Knitting and Crocheting Flowers.  The pattern for this flower is here.

A good book on crochet packed with hundreds of tips and ideas is The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet.

Be sure to check out my FREE Headband Crochet Patterns board on Pinterest!

Follow Alpaca Meadows’s board Crochet – Headband Patterns on Pinterest.

Enjoy more …

FREE HEADBAND CROCHET PATTERNS

Crocheted Headband with Flower – Celestial’s Creations
This pattern uses chain stitch and single crochet with rows going horizontal across the band, and has a button closure.

Stretchy Headband with Flower – Flower Girl Cottage
This pattern uses chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet and has a lacy look.

Knit Look Crochet Headband Earwarmer – Craftster
This pattern uses chain stitch, double crochet, front post double crochet, and back post double crochet, and would be a little more challenging pattern for a beginner.

Crochet Headwrap Pattern – 4T Designs
This pattern uses some special stitches like back loop single crochet which is just like it sounds, a single crochet through the back loop of the stitch.  The pattern has good pictures showing how to do this.  I love the flower on this headband!

Adorable Headwrap Pattern – Sweet Sweezers
This pattern uses chain stitch and double crochet, and something new, double crochet two stitches (dc next 2 sts tog) together!

Amazing Grace Headband – Beatrice Ryan Designs
This pattern uses chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, half-double crochet, and reverse single crochet.  The pattern was designed in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.  Opportunities to crochet and donate headbands are available on this site.

Knot Knitted Headband – Cotton Fables
With this pattern, you will learn to use a foundation single crochet, and also a back post double crochet.  It is a crochet pattern with a knit look.

Headband and Cuff – Little Birdie Secrets
In this pattern you will learn single crochet in back loop only, and how to crochet a half-double cross stitch.  Both have videos showing this technique.

Textured Headband/Earband – Cotton Gin Studios
This pattern uses three stitches, slip, single crochet and double crochet.  A chainless foundation technique keeps the headband from tightening up on one edge.

FREE VIDEO

How To Crochet an Earwarmer Headband

Free Crochet Pattern – Color Block Scarf

Okay Ohio State fans, here’s an easy project to crochet!  It doesn’t get much more basic than this, and the pattern is free!  Click Beginner’s Easy Single Crochet Scarf Free Pattern.  If you click on the link, Sandi Marshall has written a full explanation of the instructions for each row. If you are a beginner following this pattern, you will learn about the most basic crochet abbreviations, how to read a pattern, and have an understanding of how to follow some of the most common instructions found in most every crochet pattern.

Ohio State Alpaca Snuggle Scarf

For this scarf I have used a size J crochet hook, two skeins of yarn, one of Gray Heather and one called Snowberries by The Alpaca Yarn Company available through our Online Store or The Farm Store.

Snuggle Alpaca Yarn - Gray Heather     Snuggle Bulky Alpaca Blend Yarn - Snowberries

I adapted the pattern for the Snuggle Yarn which is a bulky yarn, chaining 25 instead of 15 as instructed in the pattern.  I crocheted 12 rows of red, than alternated with 12 rows of gray, then red, gray, red, gray, finishing with 12 rows of red.   Click to watch the video on How To Change Colors Seamlessly for help with changing colors.  Of course you can make a narrower scarf, or shorter blocks of color, whatever you prefer.

Ohio State Alpaca Scarf

I finished the scarf with a single crochet stitch around the outside edge of the entire scarf, putting in a couple extras at the corners for a nice turn.

Scarf Close-up

Like the scarf, but don’t crochet or have any interest in learning?  You’re in luck!  It is available to purchase here.

April Yarn of the Month

The Alpaca Yarn Company has launched a new program, and will be introducing a Limited Edition YARN OF THE MONTH!  The first yarn is from the Suri Elegance yarn line and is called “Curiosity Cabinet”.  It is a beautiful yarn with deep, rich tones!

Suri Elegance Yarn of the Month

Suri Elegance is an elegant, lustrous, lace-weight yarn made of 100% Suri Alpaca. Each 3.5 ounce (100g) skein has approximately 875 yards and is perfect for lace projects.  The manufacturer’s suggested gauge for lace knitting is 7 stitches per inch using US#3 (3.25 mm) needles.

The Suri Alpaca is the rarer of the two types of alpacas. A suri in full fleece is absolutely breathtaking, with its locks of fiber blowing in the breeze. Draping locks are what characterize these elegant animals. The fiber grows vertically and hangs down their sides. It is straight and has a slick, silky feel.  It has a high degree of sheen, often referred to as luster.

The alpaca pictured above is a Grand Champion named Matterhorn and he resides at our farm!

If you order Curiosity Cabinet during the month of April, you will receive a FREE downloadable pattern of either Bouvardia (knitting pattern) or Mithril (crochet pattern).  Just send me an email and let me know which one you’d like!

Helpful TIPS on knitting lace can be found here:

Majoring in Lace: Introduction

Majoring in Lace – Part II

Hat Crochet Pattern

I just finished another project with coordinating yarns of different colors and weights!

Alpaca Hat

For this hat, I used three different Alpaca Yarn Company yarns, available online or here at the farm.   The yarns I used were Snuggle in Seafoam, Swizzle in Peacock , and Paca de Seda in Black.

Snuggle Yarn - Seafoam

Snuggle Yarn

Swizzle Alpaca Yarn

 As I’m crocheting, I usually try the hat on periodically to be sure it is fitting.  We all crochet at different tensions.  Switching back and forth from one weight yarn to another can cause a hat to end up too big or too small, if you stick to the pattern exactly.  So, use the pattern as your guide, stay flexible, and add or subtract double crochets as needed.

Alpaca Hat

If you would feel better measuring as you go, keep in mind that knitted or crocheted hats should be made about 1- 1 1/2″ smaller around than the head circumference, as the hats should stretch and sizes are not an exact science!

To find out the correct way to measure your head, click Standard Body Measurements/Sizing.

 The pattern follows.  If you decide to use different yarns, feel free to alternate as desired!

Loving Georgia Lee Tyler

by  Christine Marie Way Tyler & John Wesley Tyler

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

— CH 2 always counts as 1 DC. (or CH 3, which ever you usually like to use)

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, DC in next 2 ST. *2 DC in next ST, DC in next 3 ST*; Repeat around. SL ST in top of CH 2. (60 DC)

If making child sized cap use fewer “2 DC in next ST” in this round or skip this round.

If making large adult cap repeat this round, or just add a few “2 DC” in another round of DC.

If making cap with 3 ply yarn for adult sized cap, add more rounds of increases.

Round 6 – *CH 2, skip 1 DC, SC in next DC*; Repeat around. SL ST in top of CH 2.

Round 7 – 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 8 – 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.

Repeat rounds 7 & 8 until cap is the length that you want, ending with either round. Finish off.

Alternate ending round – CH 1 & either SC OR HDC around. SL ST in top of CH 1. Finish off.

Alpaca Hat and Texting Mittens

One skein of each of the yarns mentioned was enough to do both a Hat and a pair of Texting Mittens!

Alpaca Texting Mittens

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!

Alpaca Meadows