Last month, I had a crazy idea. I was thinking about using garter stitch for my next shawl, but there are so many garter stitch shawls out there. Then it hit me: why not combine knitting and crochet? The idea seemed outrageous at first and I wondered if this would even work. Maybe the fabric would curl? I decided to use a crochet stitch as easy and as loved as the garter stitch – and hello granny triangle! As soon as this was finished, I picked up stitches from the top and knitted a few rounds. It worked! Now that this shawl (release date late May) is with the testers and I have gotten quite a few positive comments, I will definitely design more combination patterns!
Are you ready to take the plunge? My new shawl pattern is all about dropping stitches!
Hiatus does not only have sections of drop stitches adding lacy holes but also sections of Tuck Stitch. To make a Tuck Stitch, you have to deliberately unravel your work a few rows! Sounds scary? Don’t worry, a Tuck Stitch is easy to make and a written explanation is given in the pattern.
Throw in easy short rows (just turning, no special stitches) to form the long wingspan and you have a shawl that is interesting to knit, reversible and will look great in any color combination.
Knitting my sample, the green-white one, I knew I had to make another one in solid colors to highlight the Tuck stitches.
And because I had three colors in my stash, the large version was born! The small version uses about 420 meter/ 460 yards of fingering weight yarn and the large version 3x 210 meter / 230 yards in three colors. Both versions can be adjusted and made even larger!
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Do you need a quick gift for the easter holidays? Here comes a Freebie to help you out — the Flip it Dishcloth!
First, you knit two triangles of the same size — then you flip one to the wrong side! Graft both triangles together and you have a dishcloth displaying both right side and wrong side at the same time!
A photo tutorial on how to do kitchener stitch with garter stitch is included in the pattern. I really love how you can play with different colors to highlight the two halves of this dishcloth. Pssst, this one is a gift for my aunt!
A new knitting pattern is now available — the shawlette Thingamajig!
I love small shawls and designing this shawlette was a lot of fun. There is a bit of this and that: stockinette, garter stitch, short rows, eyelets and a wavy edge! The Eyelet pattern is worked a little different than what you would expect. A little change leads to boldly defined holes. I used Ferner Sommernachtsreigen (hand dyed in Austria) for my sample — as you can see, this shawlette looks great in hand dyed yarns! A solid yarn would look great, too. I hope you like this pattern, happy knitting!
Now, there is a new menu called sneak peek — this will take you to a page that shows my latest pattern in progress! Once a pattern is published, I will change the picture to my new design. Have a look at my new knitted shawl (the sample is nearly finished, yeah!): Sneak Peek
My new Freebie is here — Loopcatcher, a colorful drawstring bag with lots of possibilities to make it your own!
I love making bags. Bags are quick projects, they’re useful and don’t use a lot of yarn (depending on the size). My loopcatcher is rather small, but it will serve as project bag for small projects like dishcloths and it is big enough for that purpose. The tapestry crochet rounds use up very little yarn, perfect for stashbusting!
Are you wondering why this bag is called Loopcatcher? Because that’s what you’re doing, working stitches around (catching) the chain-loops worked in a previous round. This adds an interestng texture to the bag and looks deceptively like post stitches. The pattern includes lots of suggestion on how you can customize your drawstring bag — let your creativity run wild!
Today, I present you two variations of the same idea — one loophole scarf for knitters and one for crocheters!
For knitters, the Wishbone Loophole Scarf offers two cable patterns separated by a rib pattern. The Cluster Loophole Scarf for crocheters has three interesting stitch patterns: easy colorwork and two different cluster stitches!
Both scarves follow the same design. First, you make a loophole (worked in the round) to pull your scarf through so it will never slip off. Then you add length with two different stitch patterns. The resulting scarf is narrow and light enough to be worn on a chilly spring day and keep your neck cosy.
Right after I finished my Neckhugger, a scarf that uses a similar concept, I had this idea to work a kind of buckle in the round. After some swatching, the loophole scarf was born! I decided very early to do a crochet and a knit version. The crochet version uses appr. 125gr of DK weight yan, the knit version uses about 60gr of fingering weight yarn.