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Patterns and Designs

There are a few things you should know about me (Lisa) and why the patterns are what they are:

  • I needs projects that are easy to put down and pick back up after an interruption (the phone, helping customers, etc.), so most of these patterns are repetitive. They often look difficult, but once you figure out the stitch or pattern repeat, they tend to be easier than they look.

  • I try to write the directions so that a beginner is comfortable stretching their knowledge base. So if you are an advanced stitcher, some of the information may seem quite basic to you.

  • For some reason, maybe it's the binary nature of knitting (knit, purl, knit, purl, purl, purl, knit), even though I prefer to crochet, most of the patterns are written for knitters. However, if an event requires a pattern (like a shop hop), I try to make a version of the pattern in both options or at least offer both a crocheted and a knit pattern.

  • I likes cowls and "shawlettes" and I wear them often. They frequently require about as much yarn as a scarf, are portable, and a great way to learn, practice, or show off a stitch.

The links will take you to a link on Ravelry.com (if it's not a free pattern) or the pattern itself.  

Also, most of my patterns are free. Here's why:

1. They are often more like fill-in-the-blank templates and I'm not comfortable putting a price on them

2. I know not everyone can afford to purchase all the patterns they want to use.

 

But I still put a lot of work into each one and I try to make them easy to follow. So if you'd like to support me, you can "Buy me a cup o'tea". It's not a real cup of tea (I know that's confusing with Wunderbar right next door), but rather a few dollars to support my pattern writing. It's not required. I'll continue to offer many of my patterns for free, but if you feel that you'd like to support my "habit", you're now able to, simply click the "Buy me a cup'o tea" button below.

Free

Use any yarn and hook that works well with it, work this pattern until it's a size you like.  

Simple Simon's Flat Fingerless Mitts - Crochet

Free

These mitts are worked FLAT!    

Yarn: Good For Ewe Claddagh (sport)

Needles: US G (4 mm)

Criss Crossed Cool Weather Cowl - Crochet

$2.00

Designed for the 2016 Steel Valley Yarn Crawl, this pattern uses a crossed Treble Crochet.  It is worked in rounds, not as a spiral, and the joining stitch(es) can be awkward but they will practically disappear in the finished piece.  

Yarn: Mirasol Sulka Legato (fingering)

Hook: US F (3.75 mm)

Amy-Ellen's Monocromatic Cowl

Free

This cowl is knit in the round on circulars.  It's not to difficult, but can be because the stitch requires you to work 3 stitches together.  If you knit tight, that can prove problematic, but not impossible.  The pattern was designed to show off the gradient colors and squish-factor of Brown Sheep's Shepherd's Shades yarn.   

Yarn: Brown Sheep Shepherd's Shades (Bulky)

Needles: US 10 1/2 (6.5 mm) 

Fancy Dishcloth Blanket

Free

Using the basic dishcloth pattern, I've added a center spines to this classic baby blanket design. The "double" spine is worked in the center as the blanket increases, the optional eyelet row is added at the halfway point.

Grey February Scarf

Free

This scarf was created around the Indian Pillar Stitch (IPS).  I found the stitch used in another pattern but didn't like the way the pattern was working out so I did some math and made a scarf to showcase the beautiful stitch.  This can be a difficult pattern, especially if you knit tight, because the IPS requires you to work 3 stitches together.

Pop Goes the Weasel

Free

I wanted a way to showcase some hand dyed sock yarn, that wasn't a pair of socks!  This is what I came up with.  It's a basic hat pattern, with a simple twist - you pick a color in your yarn and when you reach it on your needle, you purl.  It's that simple.  But if you need more guidance, download the pattern.

Yarn: Yarn Carnival High Wire

Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm)

Sarah's Getting Coffee

Free

This is more of a formula than a pattern, but it was so much fun and turned out well, that I thought I should share it.  You may use any yarn/needle.  It's a basic 5 sts repeat with a garter border that is 5 sts wide on each side (5 rows on top/bottom edges).  It uses a simple cable that can be worked on the needles!

Downloaded pattern has no "frills" - since it's a basic formula, I opted to leave it printable at 1 page with out photos or extra information.  It's very basic, but I understand how often we prefer a downloadable copy for reference or to print and mark up.  

It was named for my cousin Sarah.  She once made it into the newspaper on a cold and blustery Maine winter day.  It was a photo of her heading out to get coffee.  She was bundled up in a coat, bulky scarf, and a mini-skirt, bare handed, holding her coffee.  Our Grandmother never let her forget that photo.  So when her sister asked for a scarf Sarah as a gift, I thought naming it after her appropriate.  ;)

Simple Simon's Flat Fingerless Mitts

Free

These mitts are worked FLAT!  No need to know how to use double pointed needles, magic loop, or any other method of knitting in the round.  There is a "Simple" option and an option to add a decorative panel.

Yarn: Good For Ewe Claddagh (sport)

Needles: US 5 (3.75)

Communicator Cowl

$2.00

This pattern uses the Little Fountain Stitch.  When viewed upside down, the stitch reminded me of a Star Trek communicator.  It was created as part of the 2016 Steel Valley Yarn Crawl.

 

Yarn: Mirasol Sulka Legato (fingering)

Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) 

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