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Plaid for Beginning Weavers!

2nd of 14 patterns for 2014!

Remember this teaser photo from a few days ago?

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Well here’s what it is!

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I made this wonderful plaid scarf on my Ashford SampleIt 8″ Loom, and fell in love with it! The finished product came out to 7.5″ wide, and just over 70″ long (not including fringe). I used Knit Picks’ Wool of the Andes Sportweight, which has a ton of lovely color options. If you don’t understand the terminology, feel free to comment or message me and I will help you out in any way that I can!

Here’s how I did it:

Supplies:

  • 8″ (or larger) Rigid Heddle Loom
  • Main color (Mink) 300 yards, sportweight
  • Light color (White) 75 yards, sportweight
  • Dark color (Chocolate) 155 yards, sportweight
  • Contrast color (Marina) 40 yards, sportweight
  • Scrap yarn

Warp:

I set the warping peg about 80″ away from the loom, and direct warped using a 10 DPI reed. Here is a helpful video on how to do a direct warp: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa1WrHOTjxY

  • 12 ends main color
  • 2 ends contrast color
  • 24 ends main color
  • 6 ends dark color
  • 6 ends light color
  • 6 ends dark color
  • 6 ends light color
  • 6 ends dark color
  • 12 ends main color

And there’s your warp! Now comes the fun part… WEAVING!

Weft:

  • Starting: 16 picks, main color
  • 6 picks dark color
  • 6 picks light color
  • 6 picks dark color
  • 6 picks light color
  • 6 picks dark color
  • 24 picks main color
  • 2 picks contrast color
  • 24 picks main color

Repeat this until you are almost out of warp room (approximately 6″ remaining).

  • Finishing: 16 picks main color

I recommend hemstitching for a neater, finished look. I braided the fringe on my scarf, but the options are open! Go ahead, try a twisted fringe, or leave it natural! I bet this scarf would look great a variety of ways! Don’t forget to full your finished item, and weave in any ends.

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First of 14 for 2014! Easy Peasy Crochet Cowl

So, going on with my goal of publishing 14  patterns for 2014 (maybe even a few more than that!), here is the first one! Keep on checking back as more will be coming soon!

Easy Peasy Crochet Cowl

This cowl can be made with nearly any weight yarn and a suitable sized hook. Fingering/Lace weight will give you collar style cowls, while Sport, DK, and Worsted weight will give you slightly looser cowls. Bulky weight will give you a nice, loose cowl that is almost like an infinity scarf. It is a lacy type cowl that still gives you some warmth, but not quite as much as a solid cowl would. This style would be best suited for Spring/Fall, or Winter in warmer climates. Of course, this all depends on the warmth of the yarn you use as well! You can adjust the number of rows you do on each side to make the cowl thicker/thinner, as well as the length of the starting chain to make it tighter/looser.

Feel free to sell any finished items from this pattern, but please do not sell the pattern itself! If you do choose to sell items you make using this pattern, please link to my blog!

Sport/DK Weight Yarn, Worsted or Bulky weight if you like loose cowls. Approximately 195 yards.

6.5 mm hook (Bulky Weight)

5.5 – 6 mm hook (Worsted Weight)

5.5 mm hook (DK Weight)

4.5 – 5 mm hook (Sport Weight)

4 mm hook (Fingering Weight)

2.5 – 3 mm hook (Lace Weight)

Abbreviations:

DC = Double crochet

SS = Slip stitch

CH = chain

Chain 112 (or any multiple of 8)

Connect being careful not to twist.

Row 1 – CH 4, skip one CH, DC into next CH, skip 2 CHs, 5 DCs into next (one cluster). Skip 2. *DC, skip next CH, DC into next CH, skip 2 CHs, 5 DC into next CH. Repeat from * around. SS into 3rd CH.

Row 2 to Row 7 – CH 4, skip CH from previous row, DC into next DC. 5 DC into 3rd DC of cluster. *Skip 2 DC. DC into next DC then CH 1, DC into next DC of previous row. 5 DC into the 3rd DC of cluster. Repeat from * around. SS into 3rd CH.

Repeat Row 1 to Row 7 on the other side of the chain as well!

Here is a close-up view of the pattern. This version was worked in a fingering weight yarn held double (approximately DK weight).

Here is a close-up view of the pattern. This version was worked in a fingering weight yarn held double (approximately DK weight). The yarn was Knit Picks Diadem.

This was one I made in DK weight as a Christmas gift.

This was one I made in DK weight as a Christmas gift. The yarn was Knit Picks Swish DK.

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