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FO Friday: Phoenix Sunset

Years ago, I was in a job I didn’t love which required me to travel to Phoenix for a conference.  After a long, dreary day under artificial, hotel conference room lighting, I stepped outside just in time to see a stunning sunset.

The beautiful browns, yellows, and oranges really lifted my spirit.  The colors were in contrast with the blues and purples I usually see in New York City sunsets.  I tucked that image away in my mind for a future project.

A few years later, Knit Picks was seeking designs for a collection that was heavily influenced by the same colors.  I matched my idea for that design with a really cool stitch pattern and submitted the design.  It wasn’t chosen for the collection, but Knit Picks provided me with yarn so that I could submit the pattern to their Independent Designer Partnership Program.

And thus, the Phoenix Sunset was born.

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I used one skein each of City Tweed Aran/Heavy Worsted in three colors.

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I crocheted it flat, so it could be worn as a scarf.  I decided to join the short edges to make a circle scarf/infinity cowl, since I tend to wear those more often.

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It’s so cozy and we’re experiencing a cold spell.  It was pretty tough to mail away the sample to Knit Picks (so they can add it to their pattern collection).  This is definitely a project I’ll be excited to see again.  I love the ripples and the texture, as well as the colors (which work well with my winter coat).

The Phoenix Sunset pattern is now available on Ravelry.

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The pattern uses chains, double crochets, increases, and decreases.  I’m including two photo tutorials – one for the front post cluster (the stitch creating those beautiful, textured v shapes) and one for the invisible seam if you want to make it into a cowl.

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Frantic Holiday Crafting: Finish 2

This is the second project I finished since I challenged myself to finish a project every two days in December.

OB hat

I crocheted this hat last night.  It’s for a friend of mine who bought one of my crocheted hats at a craft fair a few years ago.  We went to Smiley’s to shop for this yarn a few weeks ago.  She wanted a remake of the hat using black and grey yarn, and I held three strands of Patons Shetland Chunky together to make it.  It’s super cozy and made with a small brim, just as she requested.  I didn’t weave in the ends, though, because I’m not sure about the size and since she commissioned it, I want it to fit exactly as she wants.  (She lost the original before she could measure the circumference, and described the fit ans not too snug and not too loose.)  The next step is to schedule a fitting.

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FO Friday: My Mountain Crochet Hat Designs

I’ve mentioned the My Mountain Hat Design Contest, sponsored by Schachenmayr in their My Mountain yarns, on the blog a few times before.  I finished two crochet designs in the past week, but didn’t have a chance to take pictures of both of them until last night.

Boston Teal & Sage Green

Boston in Teal and Sage Green.

This hat started out with these three skeins.  I wanted to make something that had post stitches in different colors to create a textured look.

My mountain 3 top

I love the star pattern at the top, and I’m very fond of how the sides worked out.

My Mountain 3 side smile

This was a nice yarn to work with.  Boston is described as a “24-ply ‘millifilli’ yarn.”

My Mountain 3 top outdoors

It has a soft feel, and it’s also plump so it’s great for a hat.  It seems to fill in all the airholes, if that makes sense.

My Mountain 3j

This was my attempt at a self portrait.  I cut off some of the hat, but I think I look extra cheerful in this one.

The other design used alternating shells to create… a statement piece.  I confess that I would probably not personally wear such bold colors, but I like how they look nonetheless!  This hat started with these two skeins: Bravo Big in Neon Pink and Lumio in lime.

Bravo Big hot pink & Lumio chartreuse

I wanted to emphasize the pink, since I had already used the green in another design, so I used treble crochets to make the pink shells a bit taller.

My Mountain 4 top.jpg

It was pretty difficult for me to capture the true colors of this hat in the twilight.

My Mountain 4 look up

This one has a snugger fit around the head and a pom pom.

My Mountain 4 side2

Have I mentioned how much I love my pom pom maker?

My Mountain 4 smile

I’m open to suggestions for names for either design!

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