Inca Eco Blog Tour, Day 14

Posted by Underground Crafter on April 1, 2012 | Short Link

I’m excited share my post today as part of the Inca Eco blog tour.  As you may know if you’ve been following my blog, I’ve been working with Galler Yarns, a third generation family owned yarn importer, since last fall.

I was attracted to working with Galler Yarns for a few reasons.  Their yarns are largely made with natural fibers, and I’ve been trying to be more thoughtful about the environmental impact of my crocheting and knitting.  Galler Yarns is a family business, a small business, and a woman-owned business.  All of these things are close to my heart since my mom is an entrepreneur and president of a certified women’s business enterprise.  Star Galler, the woman at the helm of Galler Yarns, spent plenty of time with her grandparents as a child, as I did, and her grandmother was a knitter as mine was.

Here's a picture of Renee Galler, Star's grandma, with her knit creations at a yarn show in 1953. (Image courtesy of Galler Yarns.)

Inca Eco is one of the newest yarns in the Galler Yarns line, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with it for a few designs already.

I wish I could say that I took this picture, but it is courtesy of Galler Yarns. This is the colorway I've been using most recently, Sage.

Inca Eco is an organic cotton yarn that comes in 140 yard (128 m/100 g/3.5 oz) skeins.  All of the colors are dyed with low impact, eco-friendly dyes, except for Ecru, which is undyed.  I love the softness of the yarn as well as the thick and thin texture.  Inca Eco isn’t scratchy like kitchen cotton and looks almost handspun.  Inca Eco is great for baby projects, especially if you are gifting to a family worried about the environmental impact of acrylic or about harsh chemical dyes.  For the first time in a few years, I don’t seem to have any pregnant friends or co-workers, but I would love to use Inca Eco on my next baby blanket.

You could also make some great scrubbies and washcloths which could be part of a nice spa or pampering gift.  (Galler Yarns will be releasing one of my patterns on their blog later in April that is along these lines.)

You can find a list of retailers that currently stock Inca Eco, along with the rest of the blog tour stops, here.

As for my contribution to this blog tour, on Friday, I unveiled a quicky project I made for myself with some scraps of Inca Eco left over from a design sample.

I made this in the hours after a comprehensive eye exam, and my pupils were dilated. So let's just ignore those gauge changes and scraggly corners.

A crocheted mug hug!

This is a simple project that only uses about 1/10 of a skein of Inca Eco :).  You could easily make up a batch of these to give as gifts or to use on your own beverages with one skein.

Broomstick Lace Mug Hug in Inca Eco by Underground Crafter

Finished Size: Approximately 2.5″ (6 cm) wide by 9.5″ (24 cm) long

Materials: 

  • About 14 yds (13 m) of Inca Eco (colorway Sage is pictured)
  • I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook and US 35 (19 mm) knitting needle or any sizes needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • 2 buttons (large enough to fit inside of broomstick lace loops)

Gauge:  9 sc = 2.5″ (6 cm)  Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations:

  • 3 lp-sp: space created by 3 broomstick lace loops on hook
  • blo = back loop only
  • ch(s) = chain(s)
  • sc(s) = single crochet(s)
  • yo = yarn over

Special Stitch:

Broomstick lace – If you haven’t made broomstick lace before, check out this tutorial by Crochet Cabana.  (Note that this pattern uses groups of 3 broomstick lace loops and 3 single crochets while the tutorial uses groups of 5.)

Pattern Instructions:

With crochet hook, ch 10.

Row 1: Turn.  Skip first ch.  Sc in each of next nine chs.  (9 sc)

Row 2: Turn.  Ch 1.  Sc in each sc across.

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures approximately 1.5″ (4 cm) from beginning.

Row 3: Do not turn.  Pull up loop on hook and place it on knitting needle.  Skip first sc.  *Insert hook in blo of next sc.  Yo and draw up loop onto needle.*  Repeat from * to * across row.  (9 broomstick lace loops)

Row 4: Do not turn.  Insert hook under first three loops.  Remove loops from knitting needle, being careful not to unravel.  Yo, draw yarn through 3 lp-sp.  Ch 1.  3 sc in 3 lp-sp.  *Insert hook under next 3 loops.  Remove loops from knitting needle.  3 sc in 3 lp-sp.*  Repeat from * to * once more to end of row.  (3 broomstick lace groups/9 sc)

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until piece measures approximately 9″ (23 cm) long.

Row 5: Repeat Row 2.  Fasten off.

Using yarn needle, weave in ends.  With yarn and yarn needle, sew buttons to single crochet area (Rows 1-2), using picture as a guide.  Slip buttons through broomstick lace loops as button holes.

Tip: You could also make a broomstick lace bracelet (or choker) using this basic formula.  Adjust the length for the Repeats of Rows 3 and 4 to measure the circumference of your wrist (or neck).

 

Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the Inca Eco Blog Tour!

Monday, March 19 – Day 1 - In the Loop in Norfolk, MA (shop website)
Tuesday, March 20 – Day 2 - Knit Purl Gurl
Wednesday, March 21 – Day 3 - FreshStitches
Thursday, March 22 – Day 4 - Crafty Is Cool
Friday, March 23 – Day 5 - Cute Crochet Chat
Saturday, March 24 – Day 6 - Redshirt Knitting
Sunday, March 25 – Day 7 - CraftSanity
Monday, March 26 – Day 8 - Craft Gossip with JD Wolfe (includes a free crochet pattern!)
Tuesday, March 27 – Day 9 - Crafting a Green World with Julie Finn
Wednesday, March 28 – Day 10 - Crazy for Ewe in Leonardtown and La Plata, MD (shop website)
Thursday, March 29 – Day 11 - Crochet Concupiscence
Friday, March 30 – Day 12 - KRW Knitwear Studio
Saturday, March 31 – Day 13 - About.com with Sarah E. White
Sunday, April 1 – Day 14 - Underground Crafter
Monday, April 2 – Day 15 - Monarch Knitting and Quilts in Pacific Grove, CA (shop website)

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