Free Crochet Pattern – Waved Arm Warmers

The Waved Arm Warmers FREE crochet pattern by Mon Petit Violon is a lovely pattern for our Astral yarn.  Simple, but elegant.  It is a one size fits most pattern that is adaptable to thicker yarns using a bigger crochet hook, if desired.  The Astral yarn is a DK weight yarn and suits this pattern wonderfully.

Astral yarn is a heavenly blend of 30% Alpaca, 20% Wool, and 50% Tencel with incredible luster. The Alpaca and Merino wool combination creates body and softness, while the Tencel produces a lovely drape as well as adding durability and strength.

The color I chose for these Arm Warmers is called Virgo.  A September birthday makes me a Virgo (not that I follow my horoscope), maybe that’s why I like it.  The warmers took about 130 yards, so one skein will do it.

I do a small amount of affiliate marketing, and there are several links in this post that lead to products that we don’t sell at Alpaca Meadows, but we do receive a small percentage of the sale should you purchase those items.  Every little bit helps pay the bills, so thank you in advance!

The pattern calls for a Crochet Hook size E-4 (3.5mm).  You’ll need a Yarn Needle for weaving in ends, and pair of Scissors, if you don’t already have those items.

Gauge:

5 dc and 2 rows = 1 inch

Stitches Used:

ch = chain

st(s) – stitches(es)

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

sl st – slip stitch

sp – space

st = stitch

Special Stitches:

Two dc together (dc2tog):

Begin to work dc in next st, but don’t complete it, leaving
2 loops on hook, work another incomplete dc in next st,
so that you have 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull
through all 3 loops on the hook. Stitch completed.

Have lots of yarn leftovers?  These arm warmers would be super cute made striped, changing color every row, or every couple rows.

There is no thumb hole with this style which is designed to wear more on the arm, than hand, but a thumb hole would be easy to add.

Vita Apala is the designer behind the Mon Petit Violon brand and has many other lovely patterns on her website and in her Etsy shop.  Vita also shares some Free Stitch Patterns that she has collected along the way!

Interested in purchasing the Waved Alpaca Arm Warmers?  Click the link and they’re yours!

 

Crochet Hooks and Case - Teal | KnitPicks.com
Crochet Hooks and Case – Teal | KnitPicks.com

Halloween Needle Felting Kit for Beginners

In our brand new DIY Halloween Needle Felting Kit for beginners, you will learn the basics of needle felting. The kit includes five different Halloween designs to cut out and use as stencils. Designs can be felted onto a backing fabric such as jeans, a sweatshirt, a canvas bag, a piece of felt, or onto the piece of fabric included in the kit. Designs can also be felted as individual shapes to make into pins, ornaments, magnets, or coasters.  Needle felting is the process of using a single barbed needle to repeatedly jab alpaca/wool fibers causing the fiber to tangle and become compact in order to create a two-dimensional flat piece or three-dimensional sculpture.  Needle Felting on a flat surface is an enjoyable craft that is a bit like “painting”, but with fiber.  The sky is the limit when it comes to the things you can create, and you can’t make a mistake!

Halloween Felting Kit

This kit will provide a very simple introduction to needle felting that will give you an idea of what this fun craft is all about!  Step-by-step instructions, patterns, alpaca wool roving in colors needed to produce the designs pictured, backing fabric, re-usable felting foam and two felting needles are included.  Stencils will need cut apart, and then the centers cut out with scissors or a craft knife.  The process involves placement of the stencil with the felting foam underneath, filling the stencil with fiber, and then poking.  Keeping your fingers out of the way is important.  Felting needles are sharp and it will hurt if you poke yourself!  The more you poke, the firmer the new fabric you’re making will become.

Halloween Felting Kit for Beginners

Felting inside a cookie cutter is another fun way to needle felt, and there are so many shapes and sizes of cookie cutters to choose from.  Check out Needle Felting in Christmas Cookie Cutters for directions on how to do this.  When felting inside a cookie cutter, you must be careful not to poke the metal or plastic edges of the cookie cutter, which often results in needle breakage.  Felting inside of a stencil eliminates this problem.

Halloween Felting Kit for Beginners

Of course you can create your own design without a cookie cutter or stencil working directly on the piece of foam or onto something like a sweatshirt, jean jacket, or pillow.  If felting directly on the piece of foam, care must be taken to peel your design off of the foam so that it doesn’t become permanently attached.  Felting onto a piece of fabric or a piece of fabric inside an embroidery hoop is fun.  Take a look at a Fall design I’m working on below.  I call this Hoop Art Felting and I do have a kit available if you want to take a “stab” at it, click here.

Another fun felting kit for Fall is our Pumpkin Needle Felting Kit!  This is a good one for beginners, and so is our Frog Needle Felting Kit.

 Pumpkin Needle Felting Kit

Need extra Felting Supplies?  We have Felting Tools, Felting Needles, Finger Protectors, and Felting Foam as well as Roving for felting.  We even have an Alpaca Wool Roving Sampler Pack with Autumn colors for your Fall felting pleasure.

Alpaca Wool Roving Sampler - Autumn Colors

Need some inspiration?  See Felted Creations by Julie Petty, some of my own handiwork!  For more blog posts on Needle Felting, click here!  For other Needle Felting Kits, click here.   This really is a fun craft, not hard to do, an outlet for your creative juices, and great stress relief too!

Live near Mansfield, Ohio?  Perhaps you’d be interested in our Needle Felting Classes.

Free Crochet Pattern – Klaziena Alpaca Shawl

This luxuriously lacy triangular shawl is crocheted with a fingering weight yarn called  Mariquita Yarn from The Alpaca Yarn Company.  This yarn is 50% baby alpaca and 50% tencel.  It has a subtle shine and beautiful drape which makes it a great choice for this shawl with alternating lace work and solid bands of stitching. The Klaziena Shawl pattern is designed by Kirsten Bishop and her design is dedicated to a dear friend.

The colors chosen for this ridiculously soft shawl are Blue Suede Shoes, Copperpot, and Lava Cake, a beautiful color combination for Fall and Winter.  The shawl measures approximately 33 inches from the top to the point of the triangle and 63 inches across the top edge.

I do a small amount of affiliate marketing, and there are several links in this post that lead to products that we don’t sell at Alpaca Meadows, but we do receive a small percentage of the sale should you purchase those items.  Every little bit helps pay the bills, so thank you in advance!

 

The pattern calls for a Crochet Hook size E-4 (3.5mm).  You’ll need a Stitch Marker, Yarn Needle for weaving in ends, and pair of Scissors, if you don’t already have those items.

The pattern is designed to repeat, so you can continue until the desired size of shawl is achieved.

Stitches Used:

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

dc cross = 1/1 double crochet cross

edc = extended double crochet

fpdc = front post double crochet

sk = skip

sp = space

st = stitch

*…* = repeat between

The pattern is available here.  It is also available in French, Dutch, Russian, and Polish so for a different language, look up Klaziena Shawl on Kirsten Bishop’s Ravelry page.

Triangular shawls are very versatile and there are so many different ways to wear them!  Throw it over your shoulder, wear it like a scarf, off to the side, over your head, belted around the waist, tied in the front, tied in the back … just depends on your mood and the occasion!  You may want to check out this Ways to Wear Your Knit Shawl video by Susan B Anderson.

For more Shawl Crochet Patterns, click here.  Be sure to see Mariquita Yarn Patterns. You may also enjoy my Pinterest board collection, Patterns – Mariquita Yarn. This board is a combination of knit and crochet patterns, many of them Free!  Want to purchase this shawl?  I’d love that!  Click here.

 

Want to learn more crochet stitches?  This is a great reference!500 Crochet Stitches | KnitPicks.com
500 Crochet Stitches | KnitPicks.com

Knitting Pattern – Tidal Beanie

Erin Gates of Lizzy Knits reached out to me and wondered if we might do some collaborating … so we did!  She sent me some of her wonderful knitting patterns, and I sent her some of our alpaca yarn.  We both agreed to promote each other and Erin has quite a following, so that is super exciting, and I am happy to team up with another small business owner!  The first pattern I knit was Erin’s Tidal Beanie.  I used our bulky weight Snuggle Yarn in the color Tan Heather, one skein will do it.  I am very new to knitting cables and must say I’m a little less awkward than I was at first.  I love the dimension and texture that cables add to a project.  Of course, an Alpaca Pom Pom was the finishing touch!

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Alpaca 4-H Program 2020

Four kids from local 4-H clubs came to Alpaca Meadows this summer, adopted alpacas to work with and prepare to show at the Richland County Fair.   This gives kids an opportunity to learn about alpacas and select alpacas as a 4-H project, without the commitment of owning one.  Kat Krietemeyer showed Shiya, Anna Irwin showed Annalise, Arica Uplinger showed Amelia, and Carson Abbott showed Alvira.  Impressive how well they all cleaned up for the fair!

Though nervous about how to re-open our farm in a safe way during a pandemic, I’m happy we were able to offer this opportunity to a few kids whose activities have been cancelled everywhere they turn (along with the rest of the world).  Parents and kids seemed to all enjoy the diversion and a chance to focus on something besides what’s going on in the world right now.

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Alpaca Bird Nesting Balls

What is an Alpaca Bird Nesting Ball, you ask? It is a ball made of grapevine stuffed full of alpaca fiber, for the birds to pluck out and carry away to build nests for their young! Alpaca fiber is very soft, and very warm. Can you just imagine what a comfortable nest a mama bird could build for her babies!

The birds really do use this fiber and I frequently find it when cleaning out birdhouses in the Fall.  The grapevine balls are approximately 4″ in diameter and generously filled with 3 ounces or more of alpaca fiber inside, and sticking out of them. Nesting balls hang from a piece of twine, and can be hung on a branch or tied.

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Crochet Pattern – Faroese Shawl

This wonderful triangular shawl called Faroese Shawl is a traditional design by Cheri McEwen from the Faroe Islands.  Ever heard of this place?  Eighteen mountainous islands form an archipelago that are located half way between Scotland and Iceland in the Northeast Atlantic.  Looks like a beautiful spot, and an interesting fact, it is home to puffins … who knew!  Be sure to click the link for a delightful video.  Anyway, a Faroese shawl is a traditional piece of clothing from the Faroe Islands with the distinguishing feature of these shawls being the lovely center back gusset shaping.

The pattern designer crocheted the shawl in a solid color and it is very pretty (click the link above).   I opted to use two different types of Dk weight yarn and three different colors, in shades of blues and grays and purples.   I happen to really like this color combination, but whether a solid color, or mixing and matching, you can’t go wrong either way!

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How to Needle Felt a Frog

If you’ve been wanting to take a stab at needle felting, a roly poly needle felted frog is a fun beginner’s project.  Frog Needle Felting Kits are available to purchase that have instructions with lots of pictures, all the materials and felting supplies that you’ll need to make this cute little guy.

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Handmade Knit Alpaca Ornaments

We are now selling these adorable knit alpaca ornaments, handmade by a not-for-profit social enterprise called Global Goods Partners.  GGP is is committed to providing sustainable jobs for women, and as stated on their website, they have tapped into the rich well of skill and artistry that is passed from one generation of women to the next.

Hand Knit Alpaca Ornaments

Since GGP first launched in 2005, they have partnered with over 60 artisan groups in more than 20 countries throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas, helping to design and bring to market the fair trade, handcrafted products they produce.  Each artisan earns reliable, fair living wages, and gains experience that can add benefit to all aspects of her life.

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Free Knitting Pattern – Darn Knit Cable Hat

This knit hat is called Darn Knit Cable Hat and the design is by Aimee Pelletier.  Aimee’s grandmother taught her to knit when she was a young girl.  She put her knitting away for many years, and then according to Aimee, her Nan conned her into it again!  She now owns her own yarn shop in Stillwater, Minnesota called Darn Knit Anyway.  To see more of Aimee’s projects on Ravelry, click here.

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