Finally Yarn Overload

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could find the yarn mother load.  Often in the crochet groups someone will post a picture of their mother load stash, whether it be given to them, found at Goodwill or Estate Sales.  I’ve been to Goodwill a few times and I never find anything.  While in one of the crochet groups someone posted their picture of their yarn score from OfferUp.  OfferUp is basically your typical buy and sell from people in your area.  There are many sickos out there, so be careful, and if it looks to good to be true leave it alone.

*Disclaimer:  I’m  not endorsing this company.  I’m sharing my experience only.

I was able to find something on the first try.  I was lucky enough and met a nice woman who could no longer crochet due to a hand injury.  For the $20 I paid I was overjoyed.  I told her the yarn was going to a good home.  The bag was huge and I did not expect that much yarn.  The yarn selection was definitely something that I would not normally buy.    That’s a huge plus because it will force my creativity with the textures.  There were many brands that I’ve heard of and quite a few I’ve never heard of.

Good Find
Yes, I will organize this one day I hope

Bored on a Saturday I picked out some bulky yarn and started a “listening” to movie on Netflix.

The yarn was from Blue Sky Alpaca, yay a company I’ve never heard of.  It’s 50% alpaca/50% wool super bulky yarn that comes in 24 colors.  I tried searching for a price on their site and didn’t find one.  The skeins are 45 yards and you will need plenty if you are making something larger than a cowl.    The cowl I made used 3 skeins with about 12″ leftover.    Overall it’s a very good quality, high end of the scale yarn.  The downsize of this yarn is the shedding.  By the time I finished my red shirt had white strands all over.  Maybe overtime it will stop shedding.  It’s no biggie to me.

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I was finished way before the movie was over.  I love instant gratification and cowl making satisfies my needs.  In between projects I find myself making a cowl.  A cowl would make a last minute gift.
Enough of the blabbing and on to the pattern already!
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Supplies

  • Blue Sky Bulky Hand Dyes

50% alpaca 50% wool

45 yards/100 grams

    • (3) Frost
  • Q Hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

st – stitch

Notes:

  • Ch3 count as stitch

Gauge:  4 X 4               6dc X 3 rows

Instructions:

Row 1:  Ch22  (loosely), dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, dc in each st from hook, turn.

Row 2:  Ch2, dc in each dc from previous row to end, turn.

Row 2-21:  Repeat Row 2 or until desired length.

Finish off and with wrong sides together whipstitch short sides and weave ends.

Soft & Warm Cowl

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Happy Hooking!

Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs

Boot cuffs and cowls are a popular thing this season.  I’ve made and sold several of them so far.  Boot cuffs are a great stash buster and a  pair can be completed while watching a movie.

Make a few to go with every outfit in your color.  Have fun and play with the colors I always say.

Now on to the pattern.

Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs

Supplies:

  • Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarn or your favorite yarn
  • I (5.5mm) hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

st – stitch

sc – single crochet

yo – yarn over

blo – back loop only

flo – front loop only

ps – puff stitch

Notes:

  • Worked in rows and joined when finished
  • Puff Stitch – yo, insert hook in st, yo pull up a loop, (yo, insert hook in same st, yo and pull up a loop) 3X’s, yo pull through all 7 loops on hook

Size:  Medium (13”-14”) – Finished length 12 X 4 1/2

Instructions:

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Row 1:  Ch44, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each sc to end, turn. (43)

Row 2:  Ch1, *sc in 1st 3 chs or stitches when repeating, ps in next st, repeat from * to end, turn. (33sc, 10ps)

Row 3:  Ch1, sc in each st to end, turn. (43)

Row 4:  Repeat Row 2

Row 5:  Repeat Row 3

Row 6:  Repeat Row 2

Row 7: Repeat Row 3

Row 8: Repeat Row 2

Row 9-10:  BLO Repeat Row 3

Row 11-12:  FLO Repeat Row 3

Row 13-14:  Repeat Row 9-10

Row 15-16:  Repeat Row 11-12

Row 17:  Through both loops, ch1, sc in each st to end.

Leave a long tail, weave ends and finish off.

With wrong sides together seam short edges and weave ends.

Turn inside out and you are ready to go with your new Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs.

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The pattern can be found here.

Happy Hooking! J

Something Quick

Here’s something quick and fast to make for that last minute gift.  It’s a cowl using 3 strands of yarn.  Grab 3 skeins of your favorite worsted weight yarn and a Q hook.  I chose I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.  This yarn is soft and squishy compared to Red Heart Super Saver.

  • I Love This Yarn (3 skeins)
  • Q Hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Row 1:  Ch 18 (loosely), dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, dc in each st from hook, turn.

Row 2:  Ch2, dc in each dc from previous row to end, turn.

Row 2-14:  Repeat Row 2 or until desired length

Finish off and with wrong sides together whipstitch short sides and weave ends.

It’s that easy.

3 Strand Cowl

Three Strand Cowl

I made this with Loops and Thread Urban in Red.  I scored this yarn at Michael’s in the clearance section last summer for a $1.  Oh boy, I love a bargain.

Sorry for the picture quality, it’s been raining here for days.  I hope the sun will come out soon.

Click here for the pattern.

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Happy Hooking!

 

Rainbow Twist Infinity Cowl

This is an easy infinity scarf to make, it should take between 2-3 hours to crochet.  Variegated yarn makes this scarf burst with color.  The stitches used are basic and you must know how to foundation double crochet, front and back post double crochet.   Remember the internet is your friend, there are many tutorials and videos on these stitches.  This scarf can be worn around the neck, doubled around the neck and as a hooded scarf.  The choice is up to you.  I’m stuck on the Big Twist Rainbow Classic yarn for the moment and this may be my go to cowl yarn.  Make sure you check my post on Joann’s Big Twist yarn.

The pattern can be found below.

Rainbow Twist Infinity

Rainbow Twist Infinity

Rainbow Twist Infinity

Rainbow Twist Infinity

Rainbow Twist Infinity Collage
Rainbow Twist Infinity Collage

Materials:

Big Twist Rainbow Classic Yarn

8 oz/227gms/447yds

Fun Brights

J Hook

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Pattern Notes:

Ch3 counts as stitch throughout

Gauge:

4X4 = 13dc X 7 rows

Finished Measurements:

12 ½” by 55”

Abbreviations

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

fpdc – front post double crochet

bpdc – back post double crochet

st – stitch

fdc – foundation double crochet

Instructions:

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Row 1:  Ch3, dc in next st, dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 2 – 100:  Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 55” or desired length.

DO NOT finish, you are going to continue working on first side

Row 1: Ch3, dc across evenly to last st, turn.

Row 2:  Ch3, *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next * repeat from * to end and finish off.

Repeat steps for second side.  Instead of ch3 you are going to join yarn and ch3 and begin your dc across.

Weave ends and mattress stitch the two short ends.  Be sure the scarf is not twisted.

The pattern can also be found on Ravelry.

Happy Hooking!

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Holy Cowl

My fringed cowl was slightly modified from Posh Patterns Blog.  I used Bernat Softee Chunky yarn in Wine.  Instead of chaining 43, I chained 60 and crocheted 10 rounds instead of 7 rounds.  Depending on your tension I would suggest purchasing 2 skeins.  I needed the extra skein for the fringes.

The cowl can be completed in a couple of hours and would make a nice gift for someone.  Howl Cowl, I’m going to get my sister for putting me on this cowl phase.

This to can be made for you from Crochet Styles 4U.

Fringed Cowl

Fringed Cowl

Rainbow Twist Cowl

Another cowl completed using the Holy Cannoli Cowl pattern.  Yarn used was Fun Brights Big Twist Rainbow Collection.  The package said it was bulky yarn which I think should be considered worsted weight yarn.  I bought some more of this yarn in a different color while it was 50% off.

Hope you enjoyed this quick post and Happy Hooking!

 

 

Big Twist

If you have noticed Joann’s yarn section has been looking pretty slim to none during the last 4 weeks.  I was able to pick up many skeins on clearance and yarn that I normally wouldn’t purchase.  Something new must be coming.  Every Saturday I would go back to watch the disappearance of the yarn.

Beyond the shelves were full again and behold a new brand of yarn by Joann’s called Big Twist Collection Value Worsted Yarn.  The regular price $3.19 for 6 ounces, but I was able to get it with a coupon, of course.  In my opinion, the colors were alright, nothing new and exciting.  There were some colors that caught my attention.  I would compare this yarn to the Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn at Michaels.  It was a tad bit softer than Redheart Super Saver Economy.  Big Twist looks like it will hold up during washings and will make a great sturdy blanket.

This is the color palette I chose, black, cream and scarlet.

Big Twist Yarn

Big Twist Hat

Hat & Cowl Set 2

Cowl

Hat & Cowl Set

Hat and Cowl Set1

The pattern for the hat can be found here and the cowl here.  If you have trouble with front and back post double crochet make sure you watch this video for more help.

I would definitely purchase this yarn again and would also like to try their other premium yarns which can be found here.

If you would like this made email me at crochetstyles4u@gmail.com or you can find me on 

That’s it for now and until then Happy Hooking!

Cold Weather is Coming

It’s not hardly cold here in Virginia.  It was in the upper 70’s today and it’s still September.  Christmas and Halloween decorations are out already.  Why do they rush the holidays?

During my trolling on social media I’ve come across some cold weather crocheting patterns.  These are free patterns but if you would like for me to make one please send me an email.

Cowl was made with LionBrand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton yarn.  That’s a mouthful to say.

Expresso
Expresso
Pistachio
Pistachio
Color Block Cowl
Color Block Cowl

The above picture was taken at work.  I have to catch my models where ever I can find them.  Jessica is such a sport when it comes my crochet shenanigans.

It's So Soft
It’s So Soft

No pattern.  I chained 56, 3 rows of fpdc/bpdc, and some dc’s and thought of some stitches as I went along.

Purple Brim Again
Crochet Styles 4U

This was a combo of two patterns Ewa and Ribbon and Bow Cloche

Flattering Cowl
Flattering Cowl
Crochet Styles 4U
Crochet Styles 4U

Another lovely created using the following 3 patterns

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ewa

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ribbon–bow-cloche

http://www.ravelry.com/patt…/library/crocodile-stitch-flower

The Big Easy Scarf
The Big Easy Scarf
Beige Bow Brim
Crochet Styles 4U

Made using Ewa’s pattern and secured flipped brim to make it my own.

Millbrook Cowl
Millbrook Cowl

 

Easy Sleeveless Top

First, let me give a big shout out to my pattern testers.  They all did a wonderful job and they were able to recreate my vision.  This was my first pattern that I actually spent some time with trying to get it right.  I made it during the summer and it took me this long to get it tested.  I was a little apprehensive and nervous but I took the plunge and I’m glad I did.

With anything new, you learn from trial and error.  My next top will have foundation crochet as it was suggested.  The pattern was written and crocheted before the suggestion and I couldn’t grasp my mind around the new addition since I didn’t start it out that way.  But I’m determined to figure it out for the next time.  There’s nothing like a challenge. 🙂

Here are some of the tops from the Crochet Styles 4U Pattern Testers.  More will be added as they finish them.

Sleeveless Top

Rebeca Grieco
Just Handcrafts

I like the changing yarn colors.

Tammie Grandon

Great idea Tammy with adding a different shade of purple.

Hooked On You
Hooked On You

Nice yarn choice.

Debbie Wachter
Debbie Wachter

Pretty smile and good job on the top.

I’m thinking of making a few  changes before I actually post the pattern after wearing a similar top today posted below.


Bright Sleeveless Top No, sorry, the above pattern has not be written or tested.

Stay tuned there’s more to come.

The pattern can be found on Ravelry.

Happy Hooking!

Back Loop Only Scarf

Back Loop Only Scarf

Back Loop Only Scarf

Materials

  • RedHeart Super Saver
    • Burgundy (A)
    • Gold (B)
    • White (C)
  • I Hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

st – stitch

Pattern Notes:

  • Back Loop Only (BLO) in every stitch throughout pattern
  • Change color in last stitch
  • Gauge not important

Instructions

  • Row 1: With A, ch190, hdc in 3rd ch from hook (counts as hdc), hdc in each ch to end, turn.
  • Row 2: Ch2, hdc in next st, hdc in every st to end and change color to B in last st, turn.
  • Row 3: With B, ch1, sc in same st, sc in each st to end and change color to A, turn.
  • Row 4: Repeat Row 2, change color to C, turn.
  • Row 5: Repeat Row 3, change color to B, turn.
  • Row 6: Repeat Row 2
  • Row 7: Repeat Row 2
  • Row 8: Repeat Row 2, change color to A, turn.
  • Row 9: Repeat Row 3, change color to C, turn.
  • Row 10: Repeat Row 3, change color to B, turn.
  • Row 11: Repeat Row 3, change color to A, turn.
  • Row 12: Repeat Row 2, turn
  • Row 13: Repeat Row 2, finish off and weave ends.

Optional:  You can do a row of sc on the ends for a more finished look or add fringes.

 Please do not claim this pattern as your own.  If you share, please link back to my blog or Facebook page. 

 Pattern can also be found on ravelry-logo-81r

 Happy Hooking

BLO Only Scarf