Knitting Kit – Forget Not Mitt Kit

Looking for a Spring knitting project?  While cooler seasons are known to be the height of knitting and crocheting, many of us know that knitting and crochet season never really ends.  With warmer temperatures, we might opt not to be covered in super bulky alpaca wool yarn, but rather enjoy lighter yarns and smaller projects.  Today I wanted to share the Forget Not Mitt Knitting Kit with you, along with all the pretty color combinations available.  The pictures below are from Ravelry, and all the fingerless mitts were made using this kit.

These quick-to-knit mitts are a basic argyle pattern that pops with the use of a semi-solid and a marbled multi-color yarn. The yarn in these kits was dyed especially for these fingerless mitts. With an easy to follow color chart, interesting thumb gusset and straight-forward 1×1 striping on the palm, these mitts will keep your attention without driving you crazy.  Not to worry, it’s easier than it may look!

The yarn in the kits is our Paca Peds, a fingering weight sock yarn, obviously not just for socks!  You’ll need #2 knitting needles, if you don’t already have them.  It is a blend of 20% superfine Alpaca, 65% superwash Wool, and 15% Nylon for durability.  Just check out these yarn color names and pictures of yarn swatch options available in this kit:

Bollywood (Teal)

Bora Bora (Aqua)

Dancing Queen (Acid Green)

Figgy Pudding (Brown)

Hidden Glen (Olive)

Millefori (Yellow)

Night Shade (Purple)

Persist (Pink)

Poison Apple (Red)

Rhinebeck (Rust)

One of my favorite things to do in the Spring (other than gardening), is to head outside with my knitting or crocheting, grab a lawn chair, and head for the alpaca pasture!  Early morning, I’d have coffee too.  It’s so peaceful just sitting and watching the alpacas, sipping coffee, and knitting … now that’s living!  Order a Kit today … then head for your favorite knitting spot!

Alpacas Grazing in Pasture

Ever wonder what the definition of argyle is?  According to Wikepedia, “It is a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background (originally for knitted articles); patterned after the tartan of a clan in western Scotland.”

Payne Stewart (1957–1999), who won the U.S. Open in 1991 and 1999 and the PGA championship in 1989, was known for his flashy tams, knickerbockers, and argyle socks.

As a knitting pattern, argyle is generally accomplished using the Intarsia technique.  Check out the online class below and learn how to knit Intarsia.

Intarsia: Basics & Beyond
Intarsia: Basics & Beyond – $19.99

Knit custom color work with images you adore for impressive results that are unmistakably yours. Learn intarsia to bring meaningful images to life on garments and more.

 

Here are 7 Tips for Decoding any Knitting Chart

 

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Free Crochet Pattern – Go With the Flow Scarf

I found this pattern on the My Hobby is Crochet website.  It is called Go With the Flow Super Scarf, and can be made as wide and as long as you like.  For this scarf I opted for a DK weight yarn, one from our Classic Alpaca Yarn line, because well,  I just wanted to make something with this yarn!  I love how it turned out!

Here’s the yarn I used.  It is beige, light brown, black, and grey, and is 100% alpaca, so is super soft.

classic baby alpaca yarn

The color is called Chain Maille.  It is one of our Classic Baby Alpaca Tweed yarns, all pretty!

classic baby alpaca yarn chain maille

Using a combination of front and back crossed double crochet stitches, this scarf has wonderful texture and nice drape.

Stitches Used:

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

st = stitch

back bump of chains

csdc = chainless starting double crochet

This scarf took three skeins of Classic Alpaca Yarn.  I used a Crochet Hook size H-8 (5mm) and began with 173 chains.  Of course, you’ll need a Yarn Needle for weaving in ends, and pair of Scissors, if you don’t already have those items.  This scarf is worked lengthwise, so your foundation chain will determine how long the scarf will be.  That also means that you will not have to keep turning your work.

Here’s the pattern.

My scarf turned out to be 64″ long (without fringe) and 6″ wide.  It’s long enough it can be wrapped around your neck several times, if desired.  I’ve also made this scarf with a bulky weight yarn called Snuggle, which you can see here.

 

 Interested in purchasing the scarf in this post?  Click here.

 

To learn more stitches for creating texture, you might enjoy this online class called Fun & Fantastic Textured Crochet Stitches!

 

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Free Knitting and Crochet Pattern – Stormy Sky Shawl

Surely it will be warm weather soon, and thoughts will turn to lighter weight yarn for knitting and crochet projects.  I found this pretty shawl on Ravelry, knit by Lynn Fukutani, using Mariquita Yarn, a Fingering weight yarn, which is a luxurious blend of 50% Baby Alpaca and 50% Tencel.

Mariquita yarn has a subtle shine and a beautiful drape, and is the perfect choice for this lightweight, asymmetrical shawl.

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Alpaca and Llama Face Masks

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an updated set of guidelines on wearing face coverings in public, including homemade face masks as the US struggles to fill a coronavirus-driven demand for more personal protective equipment.  If you love alpacas and llamas, like I do, you might enjoy checking out the alpaca and llama collection of face masks available.  You can click on either the picture, or the link below the picture, to purchase!

Many other designs available too!

Flock Of Alpacas Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom
Flock Of Alpacas Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom

(A group of alpacas is actually referred to as a herd.)

Bright Colorful Alpaca Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom
Bright Colorful Alpaca Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom

Alpaca Maskcom
Alpaca Maskcom

There’s no strong evidence that homemade masks and face coverings can keep you from acquiring the coronavirus, but there are some benefits.

Alpaca Cacti Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom
Alpaca Cacti Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom

Wearing a homemade face mask may block large particles ejected from sneezing and coughing.  They might help protect others from your sneezes and coughs if you acquired the virus but are otherwise asymptomatic and in public.  Face masks could encourage more mindful behavior, including avoiding touching one’s mouth, nose and eyes.  Last but not least, wearing a handmade face mask can give peace of mind.

Cute Alpacas Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom
Cute Alpacas Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom

Homemade face masks should be used in combination with appropriate social distancing.  Thorough hand-washing is still the most advocated medical advice for healthy people to avoid acquiring the virus.

Doodle Alpaca Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom
Doodle Alpaca Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom

Trendy Dressed Llama Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom
Trendy Dressed Llama Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom

Colorful Llamas Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom
Colorful Llamas Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom

Pattern Of Alpacas, Cute Llamas With Hats, Flowers Cloth Face Maskcom
Pattern Of Alpacas, Cute Llamas With Hats, Flowers Cloth Face Maskcom

Cute Llamas With Scarfs, Alpacas, Cactus, Stars Cloth Face Maskcom
Cute Llamas With Scarfs, Alpacas, Cactus, Stars Cloth Face Maskcom

Cute Llamas On Teal Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom
Cute Llamas On Teal Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom

For more Alpaca and Llama Face Mask designs, click here.

Homemade face masks are not medical-grade and are not in any way a substitute for N95 or surgical masks, but they do serve a purpose.

How to Make a Face Mask at Home

How to Make a Face Mask at Home

To start a DIY face mask, you’ll want these supplies on hand:

Cotton fabric

Elastic

A sewing kit or sewing machine

A nonporous yet breathable material to go between the fabric (this may be detailed in a pattern)

Some designs call for filter material, which is added in an effort to block smaller particles.

According to Etsy, “Tens of thousands of sellers have already augmented their product offerings to include fabric face masks, demand will very likely outpace our sellers’ existing supply.  That’s why we are continuing to let sellers know that those with the skill and materials may want to consider creating and selling face masks on Etsy.”

If you’re looking to donate homemade face masks, there are multiple options, including Joann Fabrics and hospitals and organizations on this list.

 

The video above shows How to Make a No-Sew Face Mask.  For a video on How to Crochet a Face Mask, click here and a video on How to Knit a Face Mask, click here.

Stay safe!

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Free Pattern – Sampler Fingerless Gloves

Loving texture, and interesting, unique patterns that also keep me interested while I’m making them, I was inspired by a blanket pattern.  Thinking about a class to teach at the farm, for those that had taken my Learn to Crochet Class, were tired of making scarves, interested in making fingerless gloves, and ready for a bit more of a challenge, I designed my first pattern!

The inspiration came from the Chunky Sampler Blanket Crochet Pattern – Wintertide Throw on the Mama In A Stitch website.  I thought that a sampling of different stitches in one project, would make a great next crochet class.  I’ve had to reschedule, and cancel, and reschedule my classes again, like many others, due to the worldwide pandemic we are currently experiencing, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Since I still have not been able to hold the Sampler Fingerless Gloves Class, I thought I’d share the pattern, the beautiful yarn I used, and make a Kit available to purchase.  I am not a pattern designer, so please allow some forgiveness if you find an error in the pattern, and by all means, please let me know so that I can correct it.

The yarn I used is called Espiral Yarn, it is a worsted weight yarn, and 100% alpaca.  It is fairly new to the line-up from The Alpaca Yarn Company and is meant to replicate the look of hand spun yarn with every skein being unique.  I like that the randomness of this yarn just adds even more to this pattern for a fun pair of mis-matched, yet matching pair of fingerless gloves.  The yarn comes in both Natural Colors and Hand-Dyed Colors.  The color shown in the gloves is called Blue Curacao.

This pattern was meant to be shared in a class, so for that reason I’ve included links to instructions and videos to help you with the stitches that might be unfamiliar to you.   The following is a list and abbreviations of the stitches you’ll be using in this pattern.  What You Need to Know to Read any Crochet Pattern is an article you might find helpful.

Abbreviations (US) & Skills:

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
blo-work stitch through the back loops only
flo – work stitch through the front loops only
hdc flo – half double crochet through the front loop only
hdc blo – half double crochet through the front loop only
bphdc – back post half double crochet
sts – stitches
sk – skip
ch sp – chain space
yo – yarn over
sl st – slip stitch

Bobble Stitch
Yarn over, insert hook into st, pull up a loop, yo and pull through two, * yo, insert hook into same st, yo pull up a loop, yo and pull through two more, repeat from * three more times for a total of 5 loops on the hook, yarn over, pull through all loops on the hook.

Bean Stitch
Row 1 Insert hook in st, pull up a loop, yo, insert hook into same st, pull up another loop (4 loops on hook) yo, insert hook in same st, pull up a loop (6 loops on hook) yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook (bean stitch made), * ch1, sk 1 ch, work bean stitch in next st, repeat from * around.
Row 2 Work bean stitch in 1st ch sp, *ch 1, sk st, work bean st in next st; repeat from * around.

Granite Stitch
Sc in 2nd st from hook, *ch1, sk st, sc in next st, repeat from * across the row.

Finished Size:
Instructions are given to fit size Small. Changes for Medium and Large sizes are in parentheses (). S (M, L)

To fit Hand Circumference:  7″ (8″, 9″)

Finished Length:  9″

Hook Size: H-8, 5mm

Materials:  One Skein Espiral Alpaca Yarn

Instructions
Make 2.

CUFF
1. Ch8. Turn, Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. – 7 st
2. Ch1. Hdc blo in 1st st and each st across. Turn. – 7 st

 

Lesson 12: How to Crochet in the Front and Back Loop

Working in the back loop

To crochet in the back loop of a stitch, insert your crochet hook underneath the back loop only and make the stitch as indicated in your pattern.

Lesson 12: How to Crochet in the Front and Back Loop

3. Repeat Row 2 until you have a total of 17 (19, 21) rows.

Gauge check: Your band should be 7″ (7 3/4″, 8 1/2″) long x 2″ wide

Slip Stitch the ends of the cuff together.
Turn your work as if you’re going to another row of hdc blo, but don’t ch.
Fold up the bottom row so that it is behind your top row.
Insert hook through the back loop of your top row and the bottom loop of your starting chain. Slip stitch.
Slip stitch in this manner across (this is the wrong side of your cuff).

Turn the cuff right side out. Do not cut. The first round will be worked into the side of the cuff where your hook is. You will now be working in the round, but turning after each round.

BODY
Round 1 Ch2. Work 28 (32, 36) hdc evenly around the cuff. Ss to 1st hdc. Turn. – 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 2 Ch1. Dc in next flo of same stitch and each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts

Working in the front loop

To crochet in the front loop of a stitch, insert your crochet hook underneath the front loop only and make the stitch as indicated in your pattern.

Lesson 12: How to Crochet in the Front and Back Loop

Round 3 Ch1. Work row 1 of Bean Stitch Pattern in each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 4 Ch1. Work row 2 of Bean Stitch Pattern each ch sp around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 5 Ch1. Work row 1 of Granite Stitch Pattern, working through front loops only in each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 6 Ch1. Hdc flo in same stitch and each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 7 Ch1, BPHdc in same stitch and each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 8 Ch 1, work Bobble Stitch in flo of same st, * dc flo in each of next 2 sts, bobble flo in next st; repeat from * across to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts of row. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 9 Ch 1, turn, work row 1 of Granite Stitch, working through the front loops only, across the row, working last sc in the turn ch 3 of previous round. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 10 Ch1, turn, work hdc flo in same st and in each ch st and sc each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 11 Ch1, turn, work BPhdc in each st each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 12 Ch1, work round 1 of Bean Stitch Pattern, working through the front loops only each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 13 Ch1, work round 2 of Bean Stitch Pattern in same ch sp and each ch sp around (work normally, not flo). Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 14 Ch 1, sc in 1st st, ch1, sk1, *sc in next st, ch1, sk1* 2 times, sc, ch4, sk4, sc in next st, ch1, sk1* until end of round. (Thumbhole made) Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 15 Ch1, turn, hdc blo in each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts.
Round 16 Ch1, turn, hdc flo in each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts.

The next round calls for Back Post Half Double Crochet

Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of corresponding stitch below, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Back post half double crochet (BPHdc) how to article from Interweave.

Round 17 Ch 1, turn, BPhdc in same hdc space and each hdc sp around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts

Tie off and weave in ends.
Block to shape and size as desired.

 

Interested in purchasing a Kit to make these gloves?  Click here.  Again, you can find the Espiral Yarn here.  The classes below are Online Classes by Bluprint that I thought you might be interested in.  I do a small amount of affiliate marketing so if you purchase one of these classes, I do receive a small percentage of the sale, and I thank you, especially during these difficult times!

Improve Your Crochet: Essential Techniques   Seaming Crochet  Next Steps in Crochet

Is My Alpaca Pregnant?

Pregnant, or not pregnant, that is the question.  Bred just one time on May 14th of last year, to our herdsire Thunderstruck, Lorelei was still refusing to be bred again when behavior tested in August.  To me, that looks like a pregnant belly, and she is eating like there is no tomorrow.  What do you think?  I have been wrong before.

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Free Crochet Pattern – Primrose and Proper Fingerless Gloves

This FREE crochet pattern is called Primrose and Proper Fingerless Gloves, and it is designed by Kirsten Holloway.  The pattern is an easy one.  I love the feminine, lacy look of these pretty fingerless gloves!  I used just one skein of our Classic Alpaca Yarn which is available in dozens of colors.   I can imagine them also in a Classic Alpaca Tweed Yarn.  Pure alpaca equates with very soft, wonderful to work with and feels wonderful on your hands … warm too even with the open stitch pattern in these elegant gloves!

 

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Free Crochet Pattern – Ridged Wrist Warmers

These Ridged Wrist Warmers work up super quickly using our bulky Snuggle yarn.  One of my favorite yarns for teaching, because learning something new can be challenging, and gratification that comes more quickly is sometimes the motivation we need to hang in there and get past that learning curve that we have to push through.  The color I chose is called Majestic, a fitting name for this deep, beautiful shade.  This yarn is a blend of 55% alpaca, 30% wool, 15% acrylic and comes in a number of great colors, as well as multi-colors.

Free-Crochet-Pattern-Ridged-Wrist-Warmers

The first round of this pattern calls for a chainless Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch. It’s a technique I really like as it creates your stitch and chain at the same time.  It seems faster to me, and produces a foundation row that is sized similarly to a regular row.  This method eliminates the chain altogether and makes your foundation row and the rest of the rows and stitches in your project more evenly aligned.

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What is a Ruana?

So what is a Ruana, anyway?  Quite fitting, both alpacas and ruanas are originally from the Andes region of South America. The word Ruana means “Land of Blankets”.  Simply put, it is a blanket you can wear!  Usually they are thick, soft, sleeveless, and about knee length.  The shape is square or rectangular, with a slit for your head and the front piece split down the middle to drape over the shoulders.

 

Garnet Gem Ruana

Ruanas are quite easy to throw on and take off, and add an extra layer of warmth without having to be all buttoned up as you would in a coat.  They can also be worn over a winter coat for extra warmth and style.   Ruanas are great for dressing up, or dressing down.

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Free Crochet Pattern – Chris Cross Snuggle Scarf

I ran across a crochet pattern that I really liked, used a different yarn than what the pattern called for, tweaked it a little, and I’m quite happy with the results.  I love the texture that is created with a combination of front and back crossed double crochet stitches.  Sound hard?  Not really, once you understand the stitch and get going with it.  The pattern is worked lengthwise so this scarf can be made whatever length and width you’d like.   For a longer scarf start with more foundation chain stitches.  For a wider scarf add more rows in the pattern repeat.

Free Crochet Pattern – Chris Cross Snuggle Scarf with Tutorials on Crocheting Crossed Double Crochet Stitches

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