Ruby Shawl

The Ruby Shawl is the seventh pattern available in the Birthstone Collection.

The theme for 2020, where each month I have a cowl, scarf, or shawl pattern in the color of that month’s birthstone.

Other patterns available in the Birthstone Collection:
Garnet Cowl – January
Amethyst Scarf – February
Zoe’s Aquamarine Infinity Scarf – March
Diamond Shawl – April
Emerald Asymmetrical Shawl – May
Pearl Infinity Cowl – June

The Yarn

When scrolling Facebook, I stumbled upon Jen from Laine & Lotus in a local group. I commented on the picture she posted about the beautiful yarn she was using. It turns out she is a local indie-dyer.

I started following Laine and Lotus on Instagram and Facebook. She posted the stunning “Eat Your Heart Out” colorway on Valentine’s Day and I fell in love with the color.

I had an inner debate with myself.
– “Do I have the funds to buy this yarn?”
– “What will I use the yarn for?”
– “What patterns do I have coming up”

RUBY!!!!!!

It works perfectly for Ruby. There are so many different shades of red and pink that really make the yarn stand out.

The texture of the yarn is unique too. Every yard or so, there is a little puff of fiber. Pictures DO NOT do it justice.

The Pattern

Because of the texture of the yarn itself, I needed a sequence of simple stitches to really make the yarn standout.

First, due to the texture of the yarn I knew that working into a starting chain was going to be a nightmare. I decided that a triangle shawl would be a perfect solution.

Second, I couldn’t use the same stitch for the whole shawl, that would be boring. Then came the idea to alternate rows. I did one row with one stitch and then did another stitch for the following row.

Finally it all came together, including the math (usually the hardest part most of the time).

Supplies

– Approximately 875 yards of Chic Sock from Laine & Lotus or your favorite fingering/sock weight yarn
– G/4.00 crochet hook
– Measuring Tape
– Scissors
– Yarn needle
– Blocking materials

Stitches Used

As stated before, I wanted to use simpler stitches. These stitches include:

Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Sp – Space
St(s) – Stitches
Tr – Treble Crochet

Pattern Notes

Ch 3 & Ch 4 at the beginning of the row DO count as stitch.

Ch 2 Sp in the center does NOT count in stitch count.

Blocking when finished is not necessary, but advised.

Availability

This pattern is available to purchase on both Ravelry and Etsy.

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Sizzling Summer Tee

If you’ve read my bio in the “About” section, you would have read that I test patterns for other designers. Many of the patterns I’ve tested have been garments.

The Sizzling Summer Tee is my first garment design, but not my last. I hope you love it as much as I do.

If you have been crocheting for a while and have always wanted to make a garment, THIS IS THE PATTERN FOR YOU!

The instructions are easy to follow and I’ve done my best to make it as simple as possible. Should you have questions while making it, I’m usually always available to help you through it.

My Inspiration

The Sizzling Summer Tee was inspired by my Madi Cardi, set to release Fall 2020. While the cardigan is intended to be worn in autumn and winter, I wanted something that would be perfect for spring and summer.

Although the two patterns are similar, there are enough differences that they shouldn’t have the same names. So after a lengthy inner dialogue, I’ve decided to keep them separate.

That means, eventually, there will be a Sizzling Summer Collection!!!

The Yarn

The yarn I decided to use was “Lion Brand’s ZZ Twist” in the color way Periwinkle. A few months ago I was able to score 10 skeins for $1.00 each, normal price is roughly $5.00! For that price, I had to give it a try.

This was the first time I’ve used this yarn. I’m not too sure if I’ll purchase anymore. I liked it, but it is not my favorite.

I’m glad that I gave the yarn a try, it worked perfectly for the Sizzling Summer Tee.

ZZ Twist is listed as a #4 weight, but it is on the lighter side of the worsted weight category. A few substitutes would be Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend, Caron Cotton Cakes, and Caron Simply Soft.

When substituting the yarn, make sure that you do a gauge swatch to make you will end up with the intended measurements.

Sizes and Yardage Needed

The sizes range from XS to 3X. There is a positive ease of 2″ and will be loose fitting. Below you will see the sizes available, the range of your bust size, the finished measurements for that size and the estimated yardage needed.

XS – 28-30″ – 32″ – 700 yards
S – 32-34″ – 36″ – 800 yards
M – 36-38″ – 40″ – 900 yards
L – 40-42″ – 44″ – 1000 yards
XL – 44-46″ – 48″ – 1100 yards
2X – 48-50″ – 52″ – 1200 yards
3X – 52-54″ – 56″ – 1300 yards

Supplies

The supplies needed are:
– The appropriate amount of yarn for your size
– I/5.50mm crochet hook
– Measuring tape
– Stitch markers
– Yarn needle

Stitches & Abbreviations

Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Rs – Right side
SDc – Starting Double Crochet
STr – Starting Treble Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Tr – Treble Crochet
Ws – Wrong side

Stitch Definitions

Starting Double Crochet – (also known as Long Chain Double Crochet or Chainless Starting Double Crochet.)  Pull up your loop to the height of your usual Double Crochet. Yarn over, insert into the 1st St, yarn over, pull through the Stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops on the hook, yarn over, pull through the remaining two loops on your hook.

Starting Treble Crochet – Worked the same way as the Starting Double Crochet but the height of a Treble Crochet.

Pattern Notes

Pattern is written in American Crochet Terms.

Ch 3 can be substituted for SDc.

Ch 4 can be substituted for STr.

Construction consists of:
working the body in turned rounds from the bottom up & two panels for the upper body to form armholes.

Sizes – Pattern is worked in size XS with additional sizes in parentheses.

I advise starting a new skein/ball to do the back panel, just in case you need to add to the front panel for a proper fit.

My Favorite Part

My favorite part about this design is that its completely adjustable to your liking. If you wanted it to fall more to your waist instead of your hips, go for it. If you want it slightly longer than your hips to cover your bum a little bit more, go for it.

The Sizzling Summer Tee makes the perfect beach coverup too!

Availability

The Sizzling Summer Tee Pattern is available to purchase on Etsy and Ravelry.


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Pearl Infinity Cowl


June 2020 features the Pearl Infinity Cowl. The sixth pattern in the Birthstone Collection. The theme for 2020, where each month I have a cowl, scarf, or shawl pattern in the color of that month’s birthstone.

Other patterns available in the Birthstone Collection:
Garnet Cowl – January
Amethyst Scarf – February
Zoe’s Aquamarine Infinity Scarf – March
Diamond Shawl – April
Emerald Asymmetrical Shawl – May

The Yarn

Most of us know that pearls come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. When it came to this month’s design, I knew that I didn’t want to have just a plain white or off white. I searched tons of images of pearls and these are the images and colors that really spoke to me:

As luck would have it, I just happened to have the perfect colors in my stash. The yarn I used is Knitpick/WeCrochet Brava Sport. The four colorways I used are: White, Silver, Seraphim, and Blush.

My favorite color out of the four is the Seraphim, it is this gorgeous purplish-grey color; very similar to a shade of purple in the yarn I dyed using Kool-Aid. You can read about how we dyed our own yarn using Kool-Aid HERE.

The Pattern

In April 2020 I was given the great opportunity of being a guest designer on Made With A Twist blog. My featured design was the Pearl Headband. This cowl was the design that I was working on when I thought of the Pearl Headband. You can read all about the Pearl Headband HERE.

The Pearl Headband is the perfect project to get the hang of the stitches I used to form the ‘pearls’. The cowl is worked to be reversible, where as the headband is not. I wanted the cowl to have the textured stitches on both sides so when its twisted and folded back over there isn’t a right or wrong side.

I love the texture that the ‘pearls’ create. There are plans to add to this collection later in the year, so be on the lookout.

Supplies

– Approximately 850 total yards of KnitPicks/WeCrochet Brava Sport. With the 4 colors, I used roughly 212 yards of each skein; a little more than three-quarters of each skein.
– H/5.00 mm crochet hook
– Measuring tape
– Scissors
– Yarn needle

Stitches Used

Although the design uses basic stitches, I would considering it more an advanced beginner pattern. I say this because of the way the stitches are worked, working two different stitches into the same stitch can be tricky for someone just starting out on their crochet journey.

The basic stitches used are:
Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Tr – Treble Crochet

Pattern Notes

I changed colors at every 4 rows, so at the row 5 repeat. But you don’t need to change colors at all.

Worked in rows and seamed at the end.

If changing colors, leave ends long enough to use the tails to weave and connect the side at the same time.

Color A – White
Color B – Blush
Color C – Seraphim
Color D – Silver

Finished Size:    (When laid flat)
Width – (before seamed) – 94” – (after seamed) – 47”
Height – 9” tall

Availability

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I Dyed Our Own Yarn

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I have been following a few independent yarn dyers for a few months now and find the entire process so interesting. While I have no future plans of becoming a professional yarn dyer, I do like seeing the final results. However, I did have a whole lot of fun with the kids on our yarn dying adventure using Kool-Aid.

I stumbled upon Chemknits on YouTube last month and fell in love with her video series on dying yarn with Kool-aid. After watching her video “Dyepot Weekly #197 – Dip Dyeing Yarn in Two Flavors of KoolAid – A Great Beginner’s Project!” I knew this was a perfect project to do with the kids while they are learning from home.

The Yarn

I wanted to use the yarn that Rebecca from Chemknits used, Sparkle Sock, for a few different reasons. The first reason is because I knew this yarn would work since she used it. Secondly, I’ve been working with a lot of fingering weight yarn lately. The last reason, THE SPARKLES!!!

The yarn can be purchased at DyerSupplier.com. The Sparkle Sock is a blended yarn containing: 70% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon, and 10% Stellina. There are A LOT of other options to choose from that you could use instead, and they should work the same way.

Sparkle Sock Yarn by Dyer Supplier. It’s hard to capture the sparkles on camera but if you look closely its you can tell it’s there.

The Kool-Aid

We have a large stash of Kool-Aid in our home. I tend to buy packets in pairs to make a gallon at a time, but I do have a few flavors where there is only one. According to Rebecca’s directions, I would need one packet of two different colors.

Once my yarn arrived, I dove into our Kool-Aid stash to see what color options I had. I saw that we had a single packet of Watermelon that was past the expiration date. One color down, one more to go.

The only other colors I have that would work well with the pink were red and purple; Cherry or Grape. Since I wanted two different colors, I decided on the purple that the Grape would provide.

Dying The Yarn

Using Rebecca’s video as a guide, I grabbed a large container that we rarely use to let the yarn soak in tap water for about 30 minutes. While the yarn was soaking, I grabbed all the other materials we would need.

I asked the kids which color they wanted to do, luckily they didn’t argue about it. Zoe wanted to do the Watermelon/pink and Gavyn picked the Grape/purple. Gavyn grabbed the pot and I had Zoe measure out the 8 cups of water we needed (a great way to practice fractions).

While the water was heating up on the stove, I added the first packet to the water. Rebecca advises to use the least concentrated color first, so pink it was. It worked out perfectly since Zoe wanted to do the pink, she will be the example that Gavyn needed to see. When the water reached a low simmer, I placed the pot on the kitchen floor. This made it easier and safer for the kids to reach.

Zoe did a great job and followed directions really well. She slowly lowered the yarn into the pot and made sure each strand was able have access to the dye. After a few minutes 95% of the color was in the yarn and we just put the rest of the hank into the pot. I returned the pot to the stove and removed the yarn to a separate container to cool off.

We followed the same process for the Grape/purple color. While the water was heating up again, I moved the zip-tie to the opposite end from where it was for when we dipped the pink. Gavyn dipped the yarn a few time and then gave up. It worked out perfectly so I could have a turn too.

The Results

After washing and drying overnight, I was able to put the yarn back in hank form. The results are stunning!

The way the sparkles shimmer and shine against the contrast of the darker purples is absolutely gorgeous. I don’t know how long I can wait to start a project with it; oh wait, I already did.

Right after I took these pictures I got my yarn swift and cake winder out. Ten minutes later, I had the cutest cake of yarn ready to be made into the project.

I ended up dying another skein in a semi-solid purple, using just the grape. I didn’t have enough to make my Amethyst Scarf in just the one color. I love the end result!

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Emerald Asymmetrical Shawl

May 2020 features the Emerald Asymmetrical Shawl. The fifth pattern in the Birthstone Collection. The theme for 2020, where each month I have a cowl, scarf, or shawl pattern in the color of that month’s birthstone.

Other patterns available in the Birthstone Collection:
Garnet Cowl – January
Amethyst Scarf – February
Zoe’s Aquamarine Infinity Scarf – March
Diamond Shawl -April

The Yarn

This pattern has been a labor of love for over a year now. In March 2019, I special ordered my yarn from MelodyyByWolltraum on Etsy. I originally name for the Emerald Shawl was “Kelly Shawl” but when it fits perfectly within the Birthstone Collection, you adjust.

You could use any yarn. I recommend using a ‘cake style’ yarn because this design is perfect for the gradients available. The shawl will look great in a solid color too. The yarn doesn’t need to be a fingering weight yarn either, go ahead and use your favorite worsted weight. I do advice to not go any larger than a #4 weight, you might loose the detail of the stitches.

The Pattern Notes

This design can be a little tricky at first. The slip stitch rows tend to push the top of the previous row forward.  When working the next row, try to make sure that to put the stitch in the slip stitch and NOT the top of the previous row.  If having difficulty try doing a sample piece using contrasting colors.

Yours doesn’t need to be as long as mine, I custom ordered the cake so I wanted to use it all. Make yours as long or short as you would like.

Supplies

– 1246 Yards/10.6 oz 4ply Wolltraum cake, Red Heart It’s a Wrap or similar weight yarn
– G/4.00mm crochet hook
– Scissors
– Measuring tape
– Yarn needle

Stitches Used

Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Tr – Treble Crochet

Availability

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