Woodsman’s Wife Ruana Pattern

Oh man! Another new pattern from me this month! And I’m totally in love with it. Soft, squishy, chunky Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick and a “P” hook makes this project doable in one cozy autumn weekend…

Snag it for 5.50 USD in my Etsy Shop, or on Ravelry.

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The ruana is a traditional style of wrap worn by many cultures including the Celts and the native peoples of the Andes. It consists of one large rectangle with a slit in the front half that allows the wearer to wrap or belt it in a number of different ways. This crocheted version includes a hood as well!

This cuddly ruana feels like a pumpkin spice latte with maple bacon sprinkles, only for your shoulders. The main body is worked flat in one whole piece, while the hood is worked separately in one piece and then seamed together. Made with a super bulky yarn and a โ€œPโ€ hook, this wrap can be finished in one rainy fall weekend (with a hot drink by your side, of course.) Wear it belted, over-the-shoulder, or add buttons or ties for a less open style!

The pattern for this versatile, convertible wrap includes alternate sizing instructions and construction charts, as well as two photo-tutorials for the post stitch and the double chain technique. The Woodsman’s Wife Ruana is a great Easy level pattern for crocheters ready to move on from hats and scarves and includes all the instructions you need to make this fashionable fantasy piece for autumn!

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I just barely managed to squeeze in my homework amidst all the pattern editing. Priorities.

EDIT!:ย  I’ve made a wider version of this pattern with Lion Brand Heartland Thick and Quick and included the notes on how to make it on my Ravelry project page ๐Ÿ™‚

-MF

 

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After a Weekend in the Woods

Even with school and rushing from one place to the next and releasing a new pattern, I had time to order and play with some of Dharma Trading Company’s limited-time release 2015 Fall Tones, which were DELIGHTFUL.

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I also added a new pair of floral mitts to my Etsy shop, a pair that I am particularly proud of. The first three rows of petals on each of these pretty half-gloves are hand-dyed by me and handspun with a Navajo-ply technique. They reminded me of big, beautiful garden roses.

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook already know that I recently did some vending at my favorite local festival community, Lothlorien Nature Sanctuary. I always receive such love and support from my fellow community members there, and I couldn’t be more grateful! Plus the dancing and drumming ain’t bad.

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Plus, look at that VIEW.

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But now it’s back to reality – or semi-reality – as I crochet some mushrooms for my visual journal project and write about Greek amphora painting.

-MF

Mini Mandala Slouchy Tam Pattern

After a couple weeks of hard work, I’ve just debuted my new pattern – the Mini Mandala Slouchy Tam Crochet Patternย available now in my Etsy Shop.

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With instructions for three different styles, this versatile and fashionable tam is a perfect Easy level project for learning new skills while creating something exceptionally un-boring! Learn to work circular netted lace and post stitches with this functional hat that tames your locks and keeps damp hair from freezing in the wintertime. Crochet the rounds following the instructions for color-changing to create a colorful mandala, or use a self-striping yarn to create the illusion of color change without the extra work.

Pattern includes 3 different sizes, all with sized to fit an adult head with a brim of about 23โ€. Includes a photo-tutorial for front post double crochet and back post double crochet!

Inspired by the original netted hat I designed three years ago, this one comes out chunkier, slouchier, and easier than either the original or the other spin-off, the Filigree Lace Cap. The post stitches on the brim create more elasticity, and the largest size allows you to stuff quite a lot of hair up there.

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As someone with an extremely low maintenance hair regimen, these hats save my butt during the semester – I can just stuff my hair up there and go! โค

-MF