Thursday, January 11, 2018

Another go at textured scarf

I really like the lemon peel stitch.. really gives a nice over all look so easily .. wanted to give it another go.. in the future I am sure this this will be coming up again lol

This scarf is hade using the same amount of stitches ( link to pattern below ) as the last.. I changed the hook to a H8/5.00 mm..
        quick side note so loving my Susan Bates hooks for loose yarn like this especially

I was going through my yarn bins, when I came across a item I had set aside, as it didn't suit the person I was planning on gifting it to.. a bit dishearten, I just set it aside never finishing it.. such pretty yarn needed another go.. took less time to frog than I was expecting..

I love the way it came out.. supper soft .. the drape is so light and flowing.. this stitch was perfect for it.. I used Red Hearts Boutique Unforgettable in Parrot.. the yarn has since been discontinued sadly.. Their new line of Unforgettable is thicker but just as soft.. might give that a go soon..

link to scarf pattern

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Textured crochet scarf

First post of the new year wow time is flying.. as always we have been keeping very busy.. started going to the big farmers and crafts market in town.. about 300 vendors, even on slow days there are hundreds of people shopping.. love the change up.. costs more to set up of course but so far has proven to be worth it.. been crocheting and knitting over 10 hours a day to keep up.. not leaving much time for crafting for myself, writing down the patterns I am making or even blogging updates..
got me a head cold now.. have no choice but to slow down.. so what do I do with my off time.. that's right play with yarn lol
 a sale on Premier's Sweet Roll yarns.. less than half price after taxes... lead me to grab a few..
I have only used one of the four I picked up at this point, this is what I found...
not a foot into it was the first knot, thankfully only one other
I wasn't really happy with the color change overs.. nothing smooth about it at all..

blotches of color through out, only one large one, rest were only a stitch or less long..
 the yarn was very easy to work with.. soft but not fraying soft.. no splitting at all.. nice stretch, bounced back well, good thickness, worked up fast, easy to frog if need be ;)
over all wasn't real hot on the color changes ups even though I like the colors themselves,
I liked working with the yarn ... minus the knots..
 for a first try of the yarn it wasn't anything that would get me to buy more..
however who knows, the next few cakes may hold another story.. never judge a yarn by one skein alone
This is the out come, even with the issues I like the feel and fun look of it

Textured crochet scarf

245 yds. of worsted weight yarn shown in Premier's Sweet Roll color way Pixie Pop *

Size K 10.5/6.50 mm hook *

Gauge is not essential

Size 8 inches wide by 47 inches long

size can be changed by sticking to a even count of foundation chains plus one turning chain, adding as many or few rows as you like

Written using American terms

Worked in the Lemon peel stitch = sc1, dc1 every row ( a known stitch pattern )


ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

1) ch 21

2) sc into second chain from hook, dc next stitch continue with sc one, dc one to end 

3) chain 1, *sc 1, dc1* repeat to end of row 

repeat row 3 until you reach the size you want or run out of yarn

fasten off weave in ends


each sc will have a dc worked in it, as each dc will have a sc worked in it

you will always end row with a dc

*any yarn can be used with corresponding hook size


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Shortest day of the year... means each day starts to get a bit longer bringing us closer to warm weather... never been a fan of cold.. to help keep ya'll warmer through the upcoming months until the sun kicks up some heat... all of my patterns are now 25% off

Pattern Sale on Raverly 25%

Everything on Etsy 25% off

now through the end of the year... 12/31/2017 midnight mt. time

Best wishes for a wonderful and warm winter

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Chain Two headband

Chain Two Headband

Size I/9-5.50mm hook

approximately 47 yards of worsted weight yarn

one button I used 1/2 inch size

gauge = first three rows shown in photo, main body 4 inches wide


ch= chain

sc= single crochet


Chain one after each row (turning chain) through out pattern, does not count as stitch. Pattern is worked into the sc's only, skipping the chains in between.

chain 4

1) sc into second ch from hook, sc 2

2) sc twice into each ch ( 6 stitches )

3) sc 6

4-6) sc1, *ch1, sc1* to end ( working only in sc's here and through out )

Main body

this section determines the length of the headband. I made mine to fit approximately 23" ... add or subtract rows to adjust size as desired.

7-51) sc1, *ch2, sc1* to end 


52-54) sc1, *ch1, sc1* to end

55) sc 6 ( remember to skip chain stitches )

56) sc 2 together three times

Button loop

size can be changed to fit the button you are using by adjusting the chains in between sc's

57) sc1, ch3, skip next sc, sc1 in last sc, fasten off, weave in ends, sew on button.

Pattern by Barbra Szabrowicz, items made with this pattern may be sold.

PDF's can be purchased at

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Texture Stitch Headband free knit pattern

Texture Stitch Headband

Can be made to any size and width you like by sticking to the multiple of 2+1 for width and knit until as long as you want.
Any yarn will work just use appropriate needle size for said yarn, if unsure check label.

The cool thing about this stitch other than it's ease is it is reversible, not sure which side I like better lol

the stitch is as follows
1) right side: purl
2) k1, *yf, sl 1 purl wise, yb, k1* to end

that's it... super easy

I cast on 19 for this one.. didn't pay attention to gauge or yardage just worked until it was the right size for me and cast off..... seamed it wove in ends and good to go.. super fast ...

yf= yarn forward
yb= yarn back
sl= slip one
k= knit

Monday, October 9, 2017

Free patterns and hat sale

I love this time of year.. still warm enough that no jacket s needed but night are perfect for cozy shawls and playing with yarn... about the time of year I start wearing my fingerless gloves at night too.. I keep a pair in my car to year round.. great for grabbing a hot steering wheel..
with this in mind here are a couple of patterns to help enjoy this wonderful time of year..
stop by my Etsy shop to take advantage of my hat sale going on now ( sale ends 10/14/17 )

Etsy shop

Now the patterns...

The larger needle size makes these very quick and easy,great for last minute gift. The ribbing gives them enough stretch to fit a wide range of hand sizes. Beads add a bit of flare but are optional. 

1 by 1’s fingerless gloves 

Both gloves are made the same
Size 10 US dpns needles
Gauge 4.5 stitches by 5.5 rows per inch 
50 yards of sport weight yarn ( for both )
26 size 11 clear seed beads
k = knit
m1 = make new stitch by picking up bar between stitches and knit through the back loop
p = purl
1 by 1 ribbing = knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch, repeat. Always purling the purl stitches and knitting the knit stitches. Continue in this manner
** repeat instructions to end of round

Cast on 26 stitches using alternating knit one purl one long tail method after placing 13 beads on thumb side off cast on tail sliding beads in place with the purl stitches, join in the round

1 - 7 ) *1 by 1*

8 ) k1, m1, p1, *1 by 1*

9 ) *1 by 1*

10 - 13 ) repeat rows 8 and 9 twice more

14 - 16 ) *1 by 1*

17 ) Bind off 6 stitches in 1 by 1, *1 by 1* turn ( next few rows are knit flat )

18 ) *1 by 1* turn

19 ) *1 by 1* rejoin in the round knitting

20 - 26 ) *1 by 1*

Bind off in 1 by 1, weave in ends

mindless knit shawl

 I used worsted weight yarn as well as some fun fur and other novelty yarns
the needles were a size 11 US
cast on 5 stitches

1) k1, yo, knit to the last stitch, yo, k1

2 ) knit until the center stitch yo, knit center stitch, yo, knit to end

I kept knitting until I liked the size ..... this one was huge, felt like wrapping up in a cozy blanket ... I have since made them in all sizes.. smaller ones double quite well as a scarf                                                        
bind off and weave in ends

I will admit to putting in a bit of thought but not much lol...... I knew I would be using at lot of different yarns so to keep things even ( sort of ) I added the novelty yarns on the "wrong" side as well as the variegated yarn....
by even I mean, not all of the ends of the added in yarns were on the same side, there for the thickness that weaving the ends adds was on both edges.... in my latter shawls I started to join my yarns instead of weaving in.. so much easier and only two ends to deal with :) see post with video on fast way of joining yarn here not my video but love this method used it often. Work the last stitch of a row before yarn change.. cut yarn very close to end of stitch.. remove stitch and join new yarn.. your new yarn should start at the end or middle of the stitch.. done.. no extra weight, join is hidden in stitch... if you don't mind change overs mid row join before you start to knit shawl ... making the change over random can result in some very interesting projects...