Quick to knit, quick to throw on on top of any casual outfit, the Acorn sweater features an oversized fit paired with a cropped length for a front hem that looks curved even though it’s knit straight! Knit the back with the lace Acorn panel as shown in the front, or make it plain by continuing the stitch pattern for the body all the way up to the shoulder. This piece was originally shown on the cover of Love Of Knitting magazine, Holiday 2012 issue. Peek-a-Boo Party
Net bags are great for marketing, but sometimes smaller items get caught in the holes, or lost in the process of getting them from store to home. To say nothing of the fact that there isn’t a whole heck of a lot you can do design-wise with a simple mesh bag.
Here is a cotton bag in three sizes that combines beauty with utility. Use your favorite colors, and use the smallest size for keys and a wallet, the medium one for some goodies for dinner from the farmer’s market, or the largest one during your weekly shopping trip.
S – 5” diameter x 8.5”, M – 9” diameter x 13”, L – 16” diameter x 20”. Photo shows sizes S and M only – the L bag as written is very large!
The Arches Cowl is a true moebius, started by putting a 180 degree twist in the first round of single crochet. It’s the perfect size to wear long and loose, or to twist a second time to wear it close about your neck. Choose a soft yarn for comfort. The stitch pattern shows off yarns with a long color repeat nicely but any sport weight yarn will do. If you want to make it wider simply buy more yarn and keep repeating the two-round stitch pattern – it’s that simple!
The perfect transitional hat and cowl between Winter and Spring, this lovely, lacy set provides just enough warmth with plenty of visual interest! Soft to knit, delicately colored silk-blend yarn gives just enough sheen – and you can get both projects out of one skein of luscious yarn so you get a lot of bang for your buck!
This wisp of a shawl is crocheted top down, in a pattern stitch that reminds me of the Scottish thistle. Each thistle is embellished with a #6 seed bead in the Aurora Borealis finish, and beads accent the edging as well. Perfect for a holiday party, an evening out, or as a gift for a treasured friend.
Beads were crocheted on as the shawl was worked to avoid the awfulness of trying to pre-string beads on Mohair yarn. There is a photo tutorial of this technique on page 2.
Requires approximately 1.5 ounces of #6 seed beads, more if you want to add beads to the neck edge.
While this wrap has a striking geometric design, it’s the perfect beginner project for Tunisian Crochet afficionados because it only utilizes the Tunisian Simple Stitch. All the colorwork is done by alternating a solid colored yarn with a coordinating multi. This one even looks great on what is technically the wrong side of the work, and the size is easily adjustable for any height and width from a scarf to a blanket.
This pattern originally appeared in I Like Crochet online magazine as the Tunisian Sunset Wrap.
This is the perfect top for summer, knit in cool mercerized cotton yarn and a simple stitch pattern, combined with stylish color-blocking and fun I-cord details. This fun contoured top is a snap to stitch and to wear, but the details keep things interesting both on the needles and out on the town.
(Originally in the August 2014 issue of I Like Knitting)
This soft cotton shrug is quick to knit on large needles, and has a striking X pattern on the back to add some interesting detail to a simple shape. The shrug is knit in one piece from cuff to cuff, and comes in three sizes. The stretchy fabric conforms to your body; the sleeves are slightly tapered and can be adjusted in length during seaming if desired.
This is a 2014 update of a pattern first published by Leisure Arts in 2007.
So soft, so lacy, this wisp of a scarf is a great addition to any outfit. The scarf shown is extra long so it can be wrapped around your neck more than once, and it makes great use of a 50g skein of yarn, but it’s easy to make the scarf longer or shorter by adding or subtracting pattern repeats.
This actually used almost all of one skein of Winter Lace Junior, which is the same yarn as Winter Lace only in a 50g skein instead of a 100g skein.
Long, skinny scarves may be fashionable, but they aren’t really warm! Cold weather calls for this wide, cushy scarf – the columns of front post and back post treble crochet stitches create a dense fabric that will keep you toasty, and the texture variations in the yarn add visual interest.
The matching slouchy hat will keep your look stylish - for more slouch, work more rows of the hat body – and the flat crown is flattering to most face shapes.
Scarf is 10” x 58”, hat in two sizes - M (20” x 7” tall) and L (23” x 7”) tall.
Damask is one of those designs that grew from my hook as I doodled. It doesn’t look at all like what I originally envisioned, but I love its Victorian look. I was inspired by the meandering textures of old damask napkins and tablecloths.
Choose your own favorite colors for the flower centers-- these remind me of a series of fabrics that were popular in the 1940’s. Toss it on over a sundress or a t-shirt and jeans to lend a romantic air to any summer evening.
This confection of lace and beads is knitted flat, then sewn into a moebius shape during assembly. An easy-to-learn lace repeat made up in a pre-beaded lightweight yarn gives you an elegant, flexible neck or head covering that looks a lot more complicated to make than it is!
Wear it draped loosely over your shoulders, or pull it over your head to let the garter stitch edging frame your face.
Quick to crochet, quick to toss on at the beach, this ultra-lacy tank top in super stretchy yarn is the perfect summer accessory. Light as air to carry and to wear – make several in your favorite summer brights to perk up your wardrobe. Use contrasting colors for a stripe as shown here, or make the top in one color.
In three sizes - see above. Super stretchy yarn and stitch pattern make this easy to fit.
One of the great things about crocheting accessories is that you can pay great attention to design details without making a lifetime commitment to creating the project! These luscious gauntlets have glistening seed beads on the diamond section covering the back of the hand, and lace up with slinky silk ribbons that both look incredible and help adjust the fit.
Use materials in closely coordinating colors as I did in the photos for a more subtle look or go wild with contrasting colors for a funky, fun look.
Model colorway is Midnight in Manhattan - available only at The Yarn Company in NYC. Any colorway will work!
Short and sweet, the simple shaping of this shrug makes it a terrific introduction to both garment-making and filet lace crochet. The filet pattern is completely charted to help you in stitching and the fit is easily adjustable by lengthening or shortening the sleeve seams.
Pattern is written in three sizes and uses 2 (2, 3) skeins of the featured yarn.
Originally published in the April 2015 issue of I Like Crochet now available as a single pattern from Hooked for Life.
Staggered shell stitches make a crocheted fabric with an even, overall texture which accentuates the lush tonal qualities of hand-dyed yarns. The fold-back hem on the hat and mitts hides a cleverly concealed bit of elastic that you can customize for the perfect fit, and the buttons are decorative and add a bit of flair.
This pattern originally appeared in I Like Crochet magazine as the Wistful Wisteria Set.
Neat little stacks of flowers make up the Fleuron Shawl. Made in soft merino wool in a lacy floral pattern, it is the perfect topper for a variety of outfits – not too warm, not too cold, it is just right!
Use our pattern of asymmetrical stripes, choose your own stripy pattern, or go with the solid color of your choice. While the model is long to provide plenty of fabric to wrap up in, you can also adjust the length by adding or subtracting pattern repeats. Fleuron is worked flat, center out, with a scalloped edging along the short edges.
This gossamer shawl is crocheted from the center/top down in a luscious multi-colored laceweight yarn. The border changes from a mesh background to a double crochet background to add both visual interest, and a little weight to the fabric at the hem so it hangs nicely when being worn. The beginning of the shawl is written out row by row, then, with a little help from some traveling stitch markers, it’s a short intuitive leap to placing the butterflies and completing the shawl.
This is the perfect travel shawl - it can be dressed up or dressed down, and it weighs next to nothing!
Inspiration comes from many places – this throw is loosely based on an openwork cement support I saw holding up a friend’s front porch.
While I chose a warm color palette and decided to orient each block the same way, you can go crazy with your own color selections, or orient the blocks differently to create pools of color. You can even hit the stash and use up all your scraps for the interior colors as long as you use one neutral color for the framework, to hold it all together visually.
Easy to crochet, finished Size: 48” x 55” after a light blocking
Materials: Approximately 2600 yards worsted weight (CYCA medium 4) 80%...
Light and lacy, this oversized top with cropped sleeves and hem is perfect to toss on over a swimsuit or tank top at the beach, or to wear out to a summer time dinner, Despite the two-toned fabric, you need only stitch with one color of thread at a time so don’t be afraid to dive in. And don’t let the word “thread” scare you either - the size 3 thread used here is no lighter than your average sock yarn! This variation on a traditional butterfly stitch makes a fabric that is completely reversible.
This pattern originally appeared in the I Like Crochet June 2014 magazine as Butterfly Cardi.
Inspired by the popularity of BBC programs like Downton Abbey and The Forsyte Saga, the Highclere Shrug adds a romantic touch to any outfit.
Knit in fingering/sock weight yarn, the body is worked in one piece, bottom-up, to the armholes, then split into fronts and back. The body of the shrug, as well as each sleeve, is finished with a neat row of single crochet, then a luxurious lace ruffle is picked up and knit in the round, and completed with a delicate picot bind off.
Colorway is Aphrodite, and this sweater is featured in a special advertising section of the 30th Anniversary Issue (The Pearl Issue) of Vogue Knitting.
This lovely cardigan was inspired by the classic vintage beaded sweaters that were so popular in the 1950s, with their close fit and extra tall ribbings. The knitting is very simple; the tonal yarn and sparkly beads do most of the work for you!
The beads for the meandering vines on the fronts are pre-strung and knitted in. The cardigan also features set-in sleeves, and button/buttonhole bands that are picked up and knit after the fronts are finished.
It’s the details that make this simply shaped tank top a go-to summer piece. The split, seed stitch hem allows the top to hang neatly, and the small intarsia triangle makes the front visually interesting.
Use a super soft cotton yarn for comfort, and express your creativity with the ties! You can use ribbon as shown, or anything from i-cord to a crocheted chain to a string of beads - whatever looks great to you.
Soft, cool and with a luxurious sheen, this lacy tunic is knitted in a gorgeous shade of Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply yarn. The all-over lace pattern is complemented by cable edgings with a plaited appearance, which are knitted separately and then sewn onto the neckline, armholes and lower hem. These hem edgings are worked with mitred corners, to enable them to fit neatly around the side seams, which are left open at the bottom.
Knit in the round in one piece, the two-colored center, which is accomplished with slip stitches so you only have to knit with one color at a time, is bound with a picot hem on either side. Wear it long and lovely or tucked into your coat for extra warmth.
A note on yardage - I used less than 20 yards of the second skein of Cloudgate in the multi-color. I would estimate you would need 120 yards of the solid and 140 of the multi.
The Melinda purse is the perfect clutch for Fall! Melinda has a structured shape, V-shaped flap, and crab stitch trim, and the flowered embellishment neatly covers a magnetic snap closure. The bag is easy to crochet using only slip, single crochet and chain stitches, although there are additional stitches in the flower.
Category: Accessories • Bag • Clutch
Size: 14" wide x 7" tall
While crocheted mitered squares are simple to stitch, a little planning with the color placement can give you a finished piece that packs a strong visual punch!
The Mosaic Tile Wrap is made in two rectangular pieces and joined by a center seam, which cuts way down on the finishing. The fingering weight yarn give you a warm wrap that isn’t too heavy to wear – or to carry when it’s noton your shoulders. It would also make a terrific throw on the back of the sofa or the foot of the bed.
This piece originally appeared in Koigu Magazine issue #3 as Crocheted Mitered...
I find I get the most use out of wardrobe pieces that can be worn in a variety of ways. This lacy, oversized, linen and cotton rectangle can be worn as a simple shawl, or you can slip your arms or head through the slits and arrange it in several different looks.
Short rows of single crochet stitches create the staggered floating blocks. Its natural, neutral color adds to its versatility, but you could also make a bold color choice with more wildly colored yarns or different fibers. And one size truly does fit all!
A lacy cowl is perfect for changeable weather - you can cover your head if it drizzles, your ears if they are cold, or just pile it around your neck to keep off the chill. And no matter which way you wear it, you still look great!
Oblique is easy to knit in this ‘soft enough to wear next to your face’ sock yarn. Wider at the neck edge than the top to give you some fabric to tuck into your jacket, the shaping is achieved by changing needle sizes rather than changing the stitch pattern. Simple and stylish!
This tunic-length pullover sweater features a V-neck, dolman sleeves, and waist shaping, with rolled edgings at the hem, sleeve hems, and neckline. Oceanic is knit in two pieces from the bottom up, with the sleeves added by casting on additional stitches after the dolman shaping is complete.
The sweater has waist shaping and is designed to be close fitting - choose your size accordingly!
Now available as a single pattern, great if you don’t have the book!
As the title says, this shawl is made one stepped section at a time. The foundation chain is at the bottom of the shawl and two pattern blocks wide. Adding chains at the beginning and the end of the row once per repeat adds width and height. The stairstep edges are an unusual variation on a traditional triangular shawl shape.
Errata: a line of type is missing at the end of Row 5. It should read - ”…Ch 3, turn at end of Row 4; end off, turn work at end of Row 5.” At the start of Row 6, you ch 18 (as specified), work across the top of the Row 5 as directed,...
This sturdy barrel-shaped bag is perfect for a day on-the-go – use it for the gym, sports or dance practice, or carry it off to your local yarn store as a shopping bag because it holds lots and lots of yarn! Try different color combinations if you like, or use up stash yarn for individual dots for a unique look.
The polka dots are crocheted in a basic single crochet panel, placed by following a chart, then embellished with surface crochet. A fabric lining and zipper are sewn in, then the spiral-crocheted strap is sewn on.
Gateway to another dimension? Nope, but the Portals Scarf can lead to all sorts of crocheting fun!
This is an easy-to-learn pattern, worked from the center foundation chain out to each scalloped end. These two models are the same stitch pattern shown with different widths and color changes. You can choose as many or as few patterns as you like, arrange them in stripes or blocks, and go wild with color patterns! American crochet terminology.
These models were done in Creative Juices, a Soak worthy collection inspired by everything Ravelry (tm) otherwise known as Louet Gems Worsted.
Soft and tweedy, this hooded scarf adds to its textured look with a pair of diamond-shaped cables. Worked bottom-up in two pieces, all of the shaping for the hood takes place outside the cable panel, so it’s still a great piece for those who are new to cables.
This very lacy, incredibly drapey shawl is a design I made for a birthday present for my friend Renee. Renee is a needlepoint designer so is already yarn-friendly, but she is fascinated by yarn that has a long color repeat-– long repeats are not incredibly useful in most needlepoint!
I prefer the trapezoid shape shown in the model, but have included modifications for a triangular shawl as well, so you can choose whichever shape you like. Both versions are made bottom-up so you can customize the height and width to suit yourself.
The Rose Cardigan is a flattering combination of openwork stitching and clean shaping. Built in two directions off of the center band, the stitch patterns are set up so the fabric expands a bit in width as you stitch, giving you a terrific cardigan that forms to your curves without bulk where you don’t want it!
The sleeves and cardigan hems are slightly ruffled. There are no side seams; the upper body and cardigan ruffle are worked in one piece, back and forth in rows, until you divide fronts from back. Perfect for semi-solid or tone-on-tone yarns with good stitch definition – and quick enough to make that you can make some in...
A crisp cotton yarn with a nautical-inspired, navy and white, chevron insert makes a light summer tank that would work great over a stretchy tank top or under a blazer for an evening out. The button-up side means you can get in and out of it without stretching it out, which makes it the perfect top for any summer outing.
(originally in the June 2015 issue of I Like Crochet)
Semifreddo usually refers to a dessert, and is from the Italian words meaning “half cold.” This cute semi-circular shawlette is perfect for those times when you are in between temperature-wise yourself! Just enough to cover your shoulders, with alternating bands of double crochet and open mesh stitching, accented with a picot edge. Makes great use of one 100g skein of sock yarn.
8/16/14 - the new, revised PDF is up and active. It turns out that if you got it as a free pattern you will not automatically get the update, so if you got it during the promo period, message me telling me when you downloaded it and I will...
Sometimes a stitch pattern will just tell you what it wants to be. This one, with alternating columns of leaves and garter stitch, really wanted to be a slouchy hat! I love the way the decreases for the crown fit neatly into the established stitch pattern.
This hat is knit in the round, and offered in two sizes - the small will fit older children and young teens, the large, shown in the photos, will fit most adult women. There is plenty of room in the body of the hat; if you need to size up or down for a more customized fit,adjust the ribbing accordingly and just make sure you have a multiple of 14 stitches when you begin the leaf pattern.
The Substantial Cowl is, well, substantial! Bulky yarn held double and crocheted in thickly textured post stitches gives you an incredibly warm, super-fast-to-stitch, spot-on-trend mobius that is suitable for men or women. Wear it loose around your neck or shoulders, or double wrap it to keep your upper extremities toasty warm. Substantial Cowl is crocheted flat, then seamed into its mobius shape.
It was crocheted with a Bates P hook which is 11.5mm - not a choice here on Rav :-) Yarn is held double throughout.
Summer Throw is perfect for a little bit of warmth while watching the sunset over the beach, or reading a book on the front porch while a cooling breeze blows. It’s also terrific for a quick pop of color in your home décor when you put your winter blankets away for the season.
Make in three colors as shown, use up your scraps for a wilder look, or go solid for something more subtle.
Summer Throw is join-as-you-go, and its size can easily be adjusted.
The swing, swing, swingy shape of this a-line vest with tie-front closures gives a sleek, flattering finish to any outfit. Take advantage of the wide variety of fabulous sock yarns out there to create something unique for your wardrobe. The stretchy stitch used in the bodice makes this vest comfortable as well as flattering, and since the a-line shape is achieved by increasing hook sizes as you stitch, this is a very quick project to whip up.
If you have the Unisono Crochet Vest from Skacel, this is very nearly the same pattern in different yarn - don’t buy it twice :-)
Soft yarn, a simple stitch pattern, and several sizes of crochet hooks combine to create a stylish shaped cowl that looks great, feels terrific and didn’t use up too many brain cells to create!
Twisty Cowl is crocheted in the round from the bottom up, and has two options for neckline fit. Wear the cowl over your coat, or tuck the bottom half under your collar for a more tailored look. Twisty Cowl is perfect for using extra-warm yarns like alpaca - it will still keep you warm outside, but the open work pattern will prevent you from instantly over-heating when you step into your home, office, or the local yarn store.
There’s nothing like a new baby to make us want to wield our knitting needless in a frenzy of creativity. There are tons of ways to make a fabulous baby blanket, but these two beauties are the ultimate in practicality as well. Each fits neatly inside a car seat with just a little bit of fabric to tuck around its occupant, and has an off-center opening for the buckle. You can tuck Baby into the car seat without having to unwrap all of her layers, or waking him up while you wrestle with a too-big blanket!
Category: Home • Blanket • Baby...
Errata: Tension listed in the magazine is for 1” or 2.5 cm, not for 4”/10 cm. Actual tension/gauge is correct here - 16 sts and 16 rows = 4”/10cm in Tunisian simple stitch.
Foundation chain is incorrect in the magazine- should read: With MC, 74 (84, 94, 104, 114) ch.
“Inspired by classic menswear patterns, I wanted to create a pattern that men would actually want to wear! Tunisian crochet is perfect for classic pieces - in a lightweight yarn it retains its shape but isn’t bulky.”