In a spat of full moon madness I worked all evening to bring out the pattern for the Hippie Heaven Drop Sleeves a week early! This is a pattern add-on for my Mandala Top, with instructions for making these heavenly winged sleeves with a devil-may-care dropped shoulder. See what I did there? Pretty good eh?
UPDATE 6/14/16 – This pattern has been revamped! To get the latest info on the Mandala Top Drop sleeves and the related patterns, see this post.
Oh, and that matching headband I’m sporting is the Genius Headband, a sweet little free pattern from The Lovely Crow.
Happy Thanksgiving to you United States types! I’ll be celebrating by spending way too much time in the car. If only I had some sort of portable hobby that I can do for hours on end without wanting to stop…
So, the week before Thanksgiving Break was a little nutty, but I managed to still get the Rhiannon Hooded Cowl pattern rolling AND conquer the papers and projects due before the mid-semester holiday.
Super-bulky knit headband! I confess I have been drooling over mega big knitting and wanting to make something rad and chunky, so that’s what I did, using this amazing free knitting pattern from Margo Knits.
I love the oversize style mixed with the simple, pretty cable lines. It sort of reminds me of Swedish Christmas bread or Challah bread, but for your head.
I love this yarn so much I might never do anything with it except for pet it. Having the colors and texture pre-planned as opposed to experimentally cobbling whatever wool was at hand really worked out 😉
4 oz of solid color persimmon merino blend plied against 4 oz of variegated (blue,brown,yellow,orange) BFL blend from the LYS. These are the exact colors I saw all around IU and Bloomington during the long, mild October and early November we had here.
A mild autumn that’s come to an end! Freezing and snow are at hand for this weekend, and I’m planning a break that is crammed full of as much yarn and hearty vegetarian fare as I can manage. Off to spin all the wool and eat all the gourds!
Happy to say that the Rhiannon Convertible Hooded Cowl just became available for 5.50 USD in my Etsy Shop and Ravelry Store!
Though it started as part of a different project (that didn’t work out), I am totally happy with what it turned into – an awesome, versatile piece that’s even more fun to wear than it is to make. The first few I made were great stash-busters, and the chunky silver version pictured here is so soft! The best part? You can totally crochet this while watching Netflix, because the pattern is deceptively simple. ‘Tis the season… to binge-watch.
Enough blathering, here’s the official rundown.
If you can chain, single crochet, and double crochet, you can make this fabulous convertible cowl! With a deceptively simple stitch pattern and a few quick construction elements, even beginners can work this stylish fairytale wardrobe staple. Wear it four different ways – stitch it in two different yarn weights – paint it in endless color combinations! Great for gift-giving, stashbusting, and just plain looking sweet.
Though it can be used by anybody, I wanted to offer a high-quality, clear pattern that is also unique and interesting for beginners to make. The pattern includes a quick-reference list of abbreviations for ease of pattern reading and photo-tutorials with step-by-step instructions.
The Rhiannon Convertible Hooded Cowl is long enough to wear as a small wrap vest, while the leaf motif drawstring can convert it to a closed, deep-hooded capelet look. The open ended front has enough room to double up the cowl around your neck for extra warmth, and the back of the hood comes to a sweet but subtle point.
Now’s as good a place as any to say a great big Thank You to everyone who supports my blog and patterns – not just through sales but subscribing, sharing, and leaving those awesomely sweet comments! That said, I’m off! As ever, homework (and more patterns) awaits me.
After waffling about whether or not I wanted to try this color scheme I’ve been toying with, I finally bit the bullet and used some superfine Merino to test dye (sometimes exhaustion lends you just enough crazy). I have to confess I adore it. It’s called “Mango Punch” and I’ll be tinkering with the colors and amounts more in the future, as I’d like to make it my first signature roving colorway.
I also played with getting multiple tones out of a one color + silver dyes in Marsala:
What else have I been up to? Lots more playing with color in these hooded cowls (for which I am working on a pattern!)
The cowls themselves are both available right now in my Etsy shop. If you’d like to get notified when the pattern becomes available, make sure you subscribe to my blog or follow me on Facebook!
My Mandala Top pattern still yields me lots of color therapy – I just worked up with autumn-toned version in size small with some extra flounce added to the bottom. It reminds me of browned leaves falling to the ground. Can you tell I have a forest obsession? I have a forest obsession.
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