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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 for pre-order on Ravelry.  You can save 50% using the coupon code phoenix through Friday, February 7.  The completed pattern will be uploaded this weekend, and you’ll get an email/Ravelry message update if you’ve already ordered it.

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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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FO Friday: Diamond Eye Beanie

Last week, I mentioned I was working on some designs for the My Mountain Hat Design contest using Schachenmayr‘s My Mountain line of yarns.  For my first submission, I used this skein of Bravo Big Color in Fire Print.

Bravo Big Color Fire Print

As many of my readers know, I’m a super slow knitter, so I knew the super bulky yarn would be perfect for a knit design.  I was actually able to finish the sample in a week’s time.

I wanted to make a unisex beanie because the color seemed perfect for men and women.  I also wanted to have an unusual traveling cable design, with something other than stockinette (or reverse stockinette) stitches inside of it, running up the center.  I decided to make the rest of the hat ribbed so it would be extra stretchy.  That way, it can be worn with a variety of hair styles without leading to “hat head.”

I named the pattern the Diamond Eye Beanie, and I made the sample in a men’s size (just to make sure there’d be enough yarn for a larger size).  I wrote the pattern to include a smaller, women’s size, too.

Unfortunately, MC wasn’t very excited about modeling a heavy hat in 80+ degree weather, so I took just one picture of him wearing it inside, protected by the air conditioning.

Unfortunately, MC wasn't very excited about modeling a heavy hat in 80 degree weather.

He was, however, happy to serve as my chief photographer, and snapped some great pictures of me wearing the beanie in front of Central Park on Sunday.

You can see it's a bit large for my head.

You can see it’s a bit large for my head.

Diamond Eye Beanie on Marie close up front1

I love the moss stitch (a.k.a. double seed stitch) detail in the center of the cable.  It’s a bit hard to see in the picture above because of the vibrant yarn color, but in person it’s more noticeable.

Diamond Eye Beanie close up cable

You can see the details of the cable and it’s center a little better in this closeup.

Diamond Eye Beanie on Marie side view

You could also wear the cable off center, but I tend to prefer symmetry.  (Boring, I know.)

Diamond Eye Beanie flat

Designers were asked to talk about our own version of My Mountain, “a goal that feels unattainable – right up until the moment you reach it.”  I’m proud to say that I’ve achieved a few of those type of goals in my lifetime – and have others planned for the future.

One that’s been on my mind lately was being the first person in my father’s family, and one of just a handful in my mom’s family (at that time), to graduate from college.  There were many times when that degree seemed really out of reach, but with persistence, faith, and hard work, I was able to complete my bachelor’s degree.  I’ve even gone on since to earn two Master’s degrees at night while working full time.  The best thing about achieving this goal is that now going to college and graduating is more common in my family, and my younger relatives don’t even see it as being unusual.

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FO Friday: Seafoam Scarf

Some of my regular readers know that I love to participate in swaps.  There’s something fun about meeting a new fiber friend and who doesn’t love receiving a package in the mail?

Right now, I’m participating in the International Scarf Swap‘s Wishlist Swap.  The main idea is to choose a scarf pattern from your partner’s Ravelry favorites and make it!  This is a secret swap, so can’t tell you who the lucky recipient will be, but let’s just say this scarf has a long journey ahead of it.

First, I dug deep into my stash to see what I had on hand to match her favorite colors, and I happened to have one remaining skein of Cascade 220 Superwash in Pacific.

Pacific

My partner had a great wishlist filled with all of these beautiful knit and crochet scarf, cowl, and shawl patterns.  I decided to make Ali Green‘s Seafoam Scarf because it looked simple enough to remember the pattern repeats without being boring enough to put me to sleep.

Seafoam progress 2013-07-05

For me, this was a quick knit.  I finished it in just 4 days (including a holiday and a weekend, but remember I’m a slow knitter).

Seafoam scarf blockingThis was something that definitely needed blocking to open up those dropped stitches.

Seafoam scarf long

I secretly hoped it might get a bit longer after blocking.  After all, it’s just a one skein scarf.  But my partner mentioned she sometimes wears scarves in the summer, and this seems perfect for that.

Seafoam scarf detail after blocking

I debated adding a button.  I like to have buttons on short scarves, but I didn’t find one that seemed to be asking to pair up with this scarf.

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FO Friday: Brooklyn’s Baby Blanket

Way back in February, I learned my cousin had a newborn daughter via Facebook.  Her name is Brooklyn. (Yes, like me, my cousin was born in Brooklyn, but he hasn’t lived there for about 20 years).

I decided to make her a baby blanket using some stash yarn.  I started with the motif from Frankie Brown‘s Jelly Mould Blanket and some leftover Red Heart Super Saver in Candy Print, but I ran out of yarn after 14 squares.  The stiffness of the yarn was the perfect pairing with this pattern.

Jelly Moulds through 2013-02-06

Since I didn’t have another complementary color in my stash, I thought it would be the perfect time to use my 20% off coupon to the Lion Brand Yarn Studio.  Once at the shop, I decided I wanted to go in a new direction, and instead of choosing more pink, I picked up three skeins of Vanna’s Choice in greens.  (I was feeling a bit spring-like at the time.)  Vanna’s Choice is much softer than the Red Heart, so it wasn’t as suited for the 3D shape of the Jelly Mould motif.

Jelly Mould and African Flower

At around the same time, Barbara from Made in K-Town released her African Flower Square Tutorial, and I decided to make 14 African Flower squares.  I had to make some adjustments, of course, to get the motifs to be the same size.

African Flower

And then, for good measure, I decided to make 14 (modified versions) of Ellen Gormley‘s Sunny Spread motifs.

Sunny Spread Row

I used a stash skein of Caron One Pound in white for all the borders, and joined each of the motifs in rows of 7.

Brooklyn Baby Blanket

I had a bit of a tough time taking pictures (thank you Central Park, for serving as a backdrop!), but I really like how the blanket came out.  It’s about 32 inches square, and I used about 990 yards of yarn (including about 530 yards of stash yarn!).

Brooklyn baby blanket folded

The whole project was much more improvised than my baby blankets usually are.  I guess you could say that the motifs came about organically.  And I used different techniques for joining the squares together to form rows, which helped to even out the slight differences in sizes.  I also used two different methods for joining the rows together (the green join is a very decorative v-stitch join, and the white join is a chain join).  These joins were inspired by ones I found in Robyn Chachula‘s Crochet Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia.

Brooklyn baby blanket 2

I think this means that my next blanket may be a bit more spontaneous!

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FO Friday: Pineapples for Everyone Shawl & CAL winners

It’s been three months since I last participated in FO Friday, and it is great to be back!  This FO is actually quite a few weeks old, but I haven’t shared these pictures yet on my blog.

This is my second version of my Pineapples for Everyone Shawl pattern.  I made it during the crochet-along back in February and March.

Pineapples for Everyone striped

Once again, I must credit MC with taking beautiful pictures.  These were taken on a Sunday afternoon, when we took a stroll outside of the Ziegfield Theater.

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I used Galler Yarns Inca Eco in Denim and Raspberry.  I had a lot of fun making this striped version.  I like the contrast between the two colors.

And there were many other really great versions made during the CAL!  These fourteen were completed during the CAL and entered into the giveaway.

Blacky67

Blacky67‘s Glamorous Pineapples

yarnpumpkin pineapples for everyone shawl

yarnpumpkin‘s Pineapples for Everyone Shawl

yarnpumpkin Pineapples for Everyone

yarnpumpkin‘s Pineapples for Everyone Shawl

vibeskat purple pineapples shawl

vibeskat‘s Purple Pineapples Shawl

donnaknitsdolls pineapples for everyone 5 for 13

donnaknitsdolls‘s Pineapples for Everyone 5 for 13

ramhist pineapples for everyone

ramhist‘s Pineapples for Everyone

izybit pineapples for everyone shawl cal

izybit‘s Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL

bjclark63 pineapples for everyone shawl

bjclark63‘s Pineapples for Everyone Shawl

abhall76

abhall76‘s Pineapples for Everyone Shawl

jaye-yarns

jaye-yarns‘s Pineapple Blues

shhshh

shhshh‘s Pineapples for Everyone CAL

cherublace

cherublace‘s Pineapples for Everyone

Adele from South Africa

Adele from South Africa’s version

Aria Swiftwind

Aria’s version

It’s great to see the different versions and how the choice of yarn, or the degree to which you block the edges, or the number of repeats can create so many looks.

Without further ado, according to Random.org, the winner of the CAL giveaway is #3…

Nancy L. Drew, also known as yarnpumpkin from Stitchin’ and Stuff!

She is the winner of several skeins of yarn, courtesy of Galler Yarns, and crochet hooks courtesy of Skacel Collection!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  I will be announcing the next crochet-a-long soon.

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FO Friday: Pineapples for Everyone Shawl and upcoming CAL!

I’ve been keeping today’s finished object secret since September, so I’m really excited to finally share it.  It’s a pineapple shawl I crocheted for the Spring, 2013 issue of Crochetvolution.

I crocheted this shawl with Inca Eco, a super soft, organic cotton yarn.  It’s a worsted weight, thick and thin yarn.

I picked this yarn for a few reasons.  The combination of the yarn thickness and the cotton fiber makes the shawl a little heavier, so it’s great for transitional weather without being very long.  (As a, shall we say, vertically challenged person, I don’t really like very long scarves or shawls.)

The yarn thickness also means you can make it relatively quickly, which I like.  And although cotton tends to be heavier per yard than many other yarns, it’s really breathable, so that’s another reason I really love this yarn for a transitional weather shawl.

These pictures were actually taken on an unusually cold and somewhat windy day in September. I convinced MC to be my photographer in Riverside Park.

I know from being a crochet teacher that a lot of people struggle with pineapples.  I chose a thick and thin yarn because it is really forgiving.  You can always cover up your mistakes by saying it was a yarn irregularity :).

Although this picture has the least shawl detail, it’s my favorite one!

You can check out the free Pineapples for Everyone pattern here.  The pattern is really customizable and can be made with a lot of different yarn weights and to different lengths.

I’ll be hosting a CAL starting on February 15 for this shawl (more details here), and the nice folks at Galler Yarns will be sponsoring some prizes for a giveaway for participants!

I hope you’ll consider joining in and will spread the word.

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FO Friday: Calm Cowl

I’ve recently been joining a lot of -alongs.  Crochet Happy hosted a CAL in January for Suzana Davidovic‘s Calm Cowl.  (Now you try to say Calm Cowl CAL five times fast…)

The CAL was sponsored by Galler Yarns and held in the Galler Yarns Ravelry group. I’m not eligible for the awesome prizes since I already do some work for Galler Yarns, but I still had a lot of fun!

I finished mine at the very end, just a day before the CAL ended.  (What can I say, I like living on the edge.)

I made mine using Galler Yarns Prime Alpaca in Nutmeg.  I made a few modifications based on watching others in the CAL.  I basically changed the pattern so it was symmetrical and made it a few rows shorter in total.

It’s very soft and it’s long enough to wrap around twice.  I’m thinking it will be a great holiday gift for my aunt.  It feels good to cross something off the list so early in the year!

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FO Friday: Fever

I actually finished this hat a few weeks ago, but I had to keep it secret until the pattern was released.

I wish I could take credit for this picture, but it is (c) Kollabora.

You can download the free pattern for the Givin’ Me Fever Pom Pom hat here on Kollabora.  If you haven’t already checked out Kollabora, you should :).  It’s a newish maker community with a focus on women’s fashion.

Here's another great shot (c) Kollabora.

I generally forget to take progress photos of my secret designs.  But this time, I actually took quite a few.

The brim band is knitted flat to start.

The band is a garter ridge rib.  Actually, the whole pattern uses very simple stitch combinations, so this is a very beginner friendly pattern.

And then you pick up stitches along the edge and work the rest of the hat in the round.

I used 40″ circular needles and the magic loop method, but of course you could use DPNs or two circular needles, too.

This is the self portrait I took before adding the pom pom.

Kollabora took a nice picture of the hat all finished so you can see the relative size of the pom pom.

(c) Kollabora.

This hat knit up pretty quickly because I held two strands of yarn together throughout.  The brim band is made with Like a Rolling Stone and Let’s Shag.  It is super soft because of the alpaca and silk content in Like a Rolling Stone.  The rest of the hat is made with two strands of Let’s Shag.  I love the fun texture the mohair in the yarn makes.  If you like the look, too, you can buy the yarn directly from the project page on Kollabora.

The pattern name reminds me of Peggy Lee‘s Fever.

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For more finished objects, visit Tami’s Amis.  If you’re looking for a quick holiday project, or something fun for January, check out the Chubby Sheep crochet-a-long!