Thursday, July 23

Zipper Shawl to Crochet

My Zipper Shawl is a triangle shawl that is fast to hook with sport weight yarn and a size H (5 mm) crochet hook. I used 2 balls of Premier Serenity Garden (370 yds) to make this shawl plus 60 yards of cotton for the border. (430 yards of sport weight yarn)

Constructed sideways from tip to center in two pieces and seamed with an almost invisible zipper seam down the middle. Then add a border around the shawl.

Finished size: 62" wide x 19" long and 70" wide x 23" long (after blocking)

Block or not, it’s up to you.

You can make this with any weight of yarn by changing the hook size to suit the yarn. Easy to make larger or smaller. Start shawl with both ends of your yarn and work until both pieces are the same size. Seam them together and add the border in the same yarn or a coordinating or contrasting color.

The 4 page pattern includes written instructions and two crochet charts for $3.00.  Pattern prices subject to change without notice. Check my Ravelry Store for current pattern prices.

Ridgeline Spiral Blanket to crochet

Ridgeline Spiral Blanket is my newest crochet design. This blanket was made with only 2 skeins of Lion Brand Ice Cream yarn with a size J (6 mm) crochet hook.  (788 yards of sport weight yarn)
The blanket is worked in a continuous spiral with no joined rounds. Working in the BLO produces a ridge that spirals around the blanket. Work in one color, multiple bands of color, or a yarn with a long color run like I used.

Although this is sized at 33” across as a baby blanket, it can be made any size you wish with any weight of yarn. You will need to choose a hook larger than usually recommended for the yarn.

The same size baby blanket made in worsted weight yarn uses only 600 yards of yarn with a size K (6.5 mm) hook.

The 4 page pattern includes written instructions, two photo tutorials and a crochet chart. The pattern sells for $3.00. You can purchase it through my pattern store on Ravelry.  Pattern prices subject to change without notice. Check my Ravelry Store for current pattern prices.

Free pattern: Felted Phone Belt Case to knit

My Felted Phone Belt Case pattern has just been uploaded to Ravelry.

Knit this cell phone case to hang from your belt or strap of your purse. The case is knit flat from the top down using a provisional cast on. When the strip is long enough to be folded in half to fit over a belt with a little to spare, it is joined into a belt loop. Then cast on stitches to work the pouch flat (or in the round), three needle bind off the bottom seam and sew the side seam. Felt the case to make it thicker and durable. Thread your belt (or purse strap) through the loop at the left in the picture and you are ready to go.

I used a size 8 knitting needle with about 40 yards of 100% wool (not superwash!) and felted the case to fit my husband’s iPhone 4. It’s easy to change the size to fit whatever phone you have. The 3 page pattern has written instructions and some photos to help along the way.

The pattern is a free download in my Ravelry pattern store.