Freebie Release — Flip it Dishcloth

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!

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Freebie Release — Mitered Rib Dishcloth

Here comes a new knitting Freebie – the Mitered Rib Dishcloth!

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Until last year, I had never used a handmade dishcloth! And yet it took only one crochet dishcloth to get me hooked 🙂 . Since then, I have made a lot of dishcloths, crocheted and knitted ones. There are two brands of cotton yarn that I love to use, Catania (Schachenmayr) and Cotone (Lana Grossa), because they are available in lots of solid colors and gorgeous multicolor balls! That’s what I used for my other two knitted dishcloths (Two Sides Dishcloth and Diagonally Twisted Dishcloth). Last time at the yarn shop, I bought a pale lilac ball. This color seemed perfect to highlight a rib pattern. This dishcloth is mitered, meaning it starts with a small cast-on and is increased only in the middle. I love how the rib pattern seems to radiate outwards from the starting point. Enough fawning, happy knitting!

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Flowers, Lace and a shooting star

Yarn Adventure Sneak Peek

Wow, my new Freebie Knitted Home for the Cake is a shooting star – and Hot right now! Thanks everyone for taking a peek, queuing  or adding it to your favourites! I’m really amazed at how popular this design is! When I started putting my patterns up on ravelry I would have never dreamed of this…

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The craft must go on and here is some eye-candy of what I’ve been working on.  A new knitted dishcloth is taking shape, I don’t want to say to write too much about it yet – but it looks amazing in a solid color. Also in a solid color, my new shawl pattern features all-over lace and garter stitch. It works up fast, not sure about the release date yet. The golden version looks stunning, but I really want a multicolor version, too. Because I happen to have the perfect handpainted skein sitting in my stash, waiting for a chance to shine. It is often difficult to find a pattern that works with short color changes, especially a lace pattern. Well, we’ll see how it works up… Next pattern to be released on Saturday is a crochet scarf. But not any old scarf – a C2C scarf with flowers. I love to tweak C2C, to add a little something to make it more interesting. My knobbly Wrap is quite popular, and because spring is (hopefully) here soon, I found a way to add big flowers to the blocks.
Thanks for reading, happy crocheting and knitting!

Freebie Release — Two Sides Dishcloth

My second knitting Freebie and… drumroll… my 20th pattern!

Wow, 20 patterns already… and still many projects to come (and to be finished, sigh). I hope you enjoy making this dishcloth, I certainly did. The texture is fabulous and it is really thick. You could also use this as potholder. Like my other knitted dishcloth it starts with a few stitches and is shaped by increases and decreases. My next knitted dishcloth will be something different, a mitered square! Don’t worry, there will be other knitting freebies, too. And I’m working on something really crazy… Maybe I’ll write about this in my next Yarn Adventure Sneak Peek on Wednesday.

Now, let’s grab some cotton yarn and roll!

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Two Sides Dishcloth

Magical dishcloths, spirals and neon bubbles

And here comes yet another Yarn Adventure Sneak Peek!

How do you like my ramblings about what’s on my hooks/knitting needles? Well, I certainly enjoy writing these sneak peeks. Mostly because I love to surprise other people, but also because writing about my WIPs (or rather PIPs – pattern in progress) helps me focus.

I would have never imagined how long it takes to write a pattern. And I’m not talking about the swatches, the trial and error, the actual knitting/crocheting — I’m talking about putting a pattern into words that (hopefully) make sense and tricky parts easy to follow.

This week is your lucky week with three patterns being released. One is already available (Fuzzy, a Freebie!) and the second one will be out Thursday. It is also a Freebie and a magical knitted dishcloth. Why is it magical? It’s reversible, one side has a knobbly texture and the other shows the slipped stitches! No doubt, this dishcloth stays with me — its really thick and there are no purls! The third pattern is a knitted shawl (paid, comes with my usual 10% discount), to be released on Sunday. The special thing about this shawl is its border — a little cable that sneaks alongside the shawl and is used for a sideways bind-off.

Not to worry, crocheters! The orange triangle shows the start of yet another crochet dishcloth, made with herringbone hdc.

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Another knitted shawl that I’m working on is the Neon Bubbles Shawls. It’s called this because there are short row bubbles all over it. So far, I really love the color combination, the in-your-face-yellow against the grey. My new yarn got delivered yesterday, and it really is scrumptious as the label says. Merino and silk rolled into one georgeous hank, what will it become? Probably a knitted shawl or wrap, this woul be perfect for a lace pattern. I’m more a texture and cables girl, but who knows?

About the little square on the bottom left picture… I’m not sure if I should frog it or not. It started how a lot of my patterns (and failures) start, with a crazy idea. I love spirals (there is a really creepy movie based on even creepieer mangas called Uzumaki, if you are not afraid of spirals, you’ll be after you’ve seen this movie!). It works like a lacy spiral, but it loks a bit wonky and just not very orderly. Crazy spiral lace. The thing is, what can you do with it? A lacy blanket? A coaster? Wall Art? To frog or not to frog, that’s the question…

Thanks for reading, stay crafty!

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Freebie Release — Unruly Discloth

A new freebie arrives to bring fun to the tedious chore of doing the dishes!

This dishcloth has quite an usual shape and there are a two versions available. Worked almost like a log cabin, this dishcloth starts small and grows quickly with the edges getting more and more unruly. Blocks of alternating double crochet and single crochet add texture.

Version 2 is a result of my tendency to ask myself weird questions. When I blocked Version 1, I wondered what would happen if I changed the amount of rows? After a bit of frogging, I knew that 6 rows worked with the Checkers pattern. And Version 2 was born!

Dishcloth are among my favourite projects ever. No matter if knitted or crocheted, a discloth works up quickly and uses little yarn. And isn’t doing the dishes more fun with a bright, handmade dishcloth? What’s more, they make great gifts! My grandma loved her set of dishcloths I made for her as a Christmas gift. Enough said, dig into your stash and make yourself or somebody else happy with this dishcloth!

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Unruly Discloth (Version 1: middle, Version 2: bottom)