Lotus Cardigan Sleeve Free Pattern

First off, I am having a PATTERN SALE through my Ravelry store from now until June 30, 2017! Buy one pattern, get one free with the coupon code SALESTICE. Hope you are having a lovely summer so far!

Secondly, as promised, here is the FREE pattern/tutorial on attaching a cardigan-style sleeve to the Lotus Mandala Vest! I can’t stop making these in every colorway of Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball πŸ™‚

The sleeve pattern shown here is also now available as an adjunct PDF when you buy the PDF for the Lotus Vest (an option available for those who want a portable file rather than having to work from the free online version). If you already have bought the pattern, you should be able to access the new PDF through your purchases.


These instructions are for adding sleeves to the Lotus Mandala Circular Vest – the pattern is written for size small sleeves, but you can size up by skipping 1 dc in Rnd 2 instead of 2 dc and working fewer decreases throughout the pattern.


5.5 mm hook

Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball – 3 skeins (2 for working the vest itself, 1 for adding the sleeves). Color show in Tutorial is “Prism,” color shown on model is “Peaceful Earth”

Scissors and tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

To Begin:

Work the Lotus Vest in its entirety – with or without the extra rounds before the armholes is fine (the tutorial instructions are pictured WITH the 2 extra rounds). However, if you modified the length of the armhole chain & spacing, remember that the stitch counts for adding the sleeves will not be the same.


Rnd 1: Join yarn in between the first 2 dc’s on the chain base of the upper part of the shoulder yoke. Ch-3.


(1 Dc in between the next 2 dc sts) 39 times.


2 dc under the side of the next dc.


If you worked extra rounds: 2 dc in the same chain space occupied by the dc just worked into. 2 dc in each of the next 11 ch spaces. 2 dc in the next ch space (also occupied by the dc of the armhole round). 2 dc under the side of the next dc. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch of beg ch-3. – 70 dc sts


If you didn’t work extra rounds: 1 dc in the same st occupied by the dc just worked into. 1 dc in ea of the next 24 sts. 1 dc in the next dc (also occupied by the dc of the armhole round). 2 dc under the side of the next dc. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch of beg ch-3. – 70 sts


Rnd 2: Ch 4 – counts as first dc + ch-1. Sk next 2 sts. (1 dc in the next st, ch 1, sk next 2 sts) 22 times. 1 Dc in the next st, join with a hdc to the 3rd ch of beg ch-4. – 24 ch spaces

For a larger sleeve, skip only one st between dc stitches in Rnd 2.

Rnd 3: Ch 4 – counts as first dc + ch-1. (1 dc in the next space, ch 1) 22 times. 1 dc in the next space, join with a hdc in the 3rd ch of beg ch-4. – 24 ch spaces


Rnds 4-7: Rpt Rnd 3.


Rnd 8: Ch 4 – counts as first dc + ch-1. (1 dc in the next ch space, ch 1) 11 times. Dc2tog over the next 2 ch spaces, ch 1. (1 dc in the next ch space, ch 1) 9 times. 1 dc in the next space, join with a hdc in the 3rd ch of beg ch-3. – 23 spaces


Rnd 9: Ch 4 – counts as first dc + ch-1. (1 dc in the next ch space, ch 1) 11 times. Dc2tog over the next 2 ch spaces, ch 1. (1 dc in the next ch space, ch 1) 8 times. 1 dc in the next space, join with a hdc in the 3rd ch of beg ch-3. – 22 spaces

Rnd 10: Ch 4 – counts as first dc + ch-1. (1 dc in the next ch space, ch 1) 20 times. 1 dc in the next space, join with a hdc in the 3rd ch of beg ch-3. – 22 spaces.

Rnds 11-14: Rpt Rnd 10

Rnd 15: Ch 4 – counts as first dc + ch-1. (1 dc in the next ch space, ch 1) 10 times. Dc2tog over the next 2 ch spaces, ch 1. (1 dc in the next ch space, ch 1) 8 times. 1 dc in the next space, joing with a hdc in the 3rd ch of beg ch-4. – 21 spaces. – 21 spaces

Rnd 16: Ch 4 – counts as first dc + ch-1. (1 dc in the next ch space, ch 1) 10 times. Dc2tog over the next 2 ch spaces, ch 1. (1 dc in the next ch space, ch 1) 7 times. 1 dc in the next space, joing with a hdc in the 3rd ch of beg ch-4. – 21 spaces. – 20 spaces

Rnd 17: Ch 4 – counts as first dc + ch-1. (1 dc in the next ch space, ch 1) 18 times. 1 dc in the next space, join with a hdc to the 3rd ch of the beg ch-4. – 20 spaces.

Rnds 18 – 34: Rpt Rnd 17.

Rnd 35: Ch 4 – counts as first dc + ch-1. (1 dc in the next ch space, ch 1) 19 times. Join with a sl st in the 3rd ch of beg ch-4. 20 spaces.

Rnd 36: (Sk next ch-1 space. In the next dc work 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc. Sk next ch-1 space, sl st in the next dc.) 10 times. Cut yarn and tie off. Repeat on the other side.

Weave in all ends.



Next color up: Moonstone! They’re addictive πŸ˜‰





It’s been about a year since I published my two sister patterns, the Lotus Mandala Duster and the Lotus Circular Vest – crazy right? I mean I’m not sure if I can’t believe it’s already been a year, or if I can’t believe it’sΒ onlyΒ been a year, but either way. Y’know?

Anyway, those two freebies continue to be my most popular posts these days, so I’ve spent a lot of time making them as good as they can be and as widely available as possible – revising and updating the writing to make it clearer, answering questions, publishing the vest pattern in PDF form (which you can purchase on Ravelry or Etsy – although it’s still free on the blog) and of course making a bunch more of them because I love them! Β And, by the way, I have LOVED seeing all the versions that everyone has made of these designs – thank you all for creating art with me! ❀

So here’s some more updates on what I’ve been doing with them lately:

First – I’ve been promising a PDF version of the Duster for some time now, and it’s officially underway and will hopefully be ready to release in the fall. I’m determined to make it very much worth the wait! There’s a couple of aspects of the pattern that I thought needed reworking, and therefore re-testing. Fortunately I don’t mind making these over and over again πŸ˜‰

This one is called “Joni” (I have taken to naming them all after female singer/songwriters) and it’s been done for a while but until recently I didn’t have a proper picture of it. It’s a size small, for sale in my Etsy shop.


Like the others, this duster is primarily handspun yarn and recycled cotton sweater yarn, lovingly yanked out of it’s original form and restitched by yours truly. I love how the dark blue makes it look a little witchier. I’m not gonna cackle here but I could – I’ve been taking lessons.

Second, I can’t stop making the Lotus Circular Vest with the gorgeous colorways of Shawl in a Ball. That yarn fits the design even better than the yarn I originally designed it with. Except, I like to add little variations when I’m repeating a design, so I experimented with adding sleeves to this version too.


I went for a practical, slender sleeve this time – and it worked out awesome! So guess what I’m working on now? Getting that written out, too πŸ˜› Which actually shouldn’t take too long, so keep an eye out because the Lotus Cardigan Sleeve will be appearing on the blog and as an adjunct PDF file very soon!


AAAaaaand this is what happens when I get tired of making the same four faces when I’m modeling my stuff:




Blossom Vest Crochet Pattern


Yay! I love pattern-release days. Designing, creating, writing, modeling, and laying out a crochet pattern is definitely a labor of love – and that makes it so exciting to sit back and look at the final product when it’s all put together. So, I hope you enjoy this new one as much as I do! It’s the Blossom Vest, now available through Etsy and Ravelry for 5.50 USD πŸ™‚


This retro-chic granny square vest is what your wardrobe needs for all of your summer adventurings! Whether you wear it over tanks and tees as a vest or lace it up for a sweet halter top, the Blossom Vest is ready to jam.


This pattern can create 4 different vest sizes using sleek and comfortable 100% cotton yarn in #4 weight – with tons of color possibilities, you’ll want to make one for every outfit!



From left to right: X-small, Small, Medium, Large

X-small: 3.50 hk, 5 Rnds – 30” bust, 16” length (measured from top of strap to lowest point on the square)
Small: 5.00 hk, 5 Rnds – 35” bust, 18” length
Medium: 3.50 hk, 6 Rnds – 37” bust, 19” length
Large: 5.00 hk, 6 Rnds – 44” bust, 23” length

Pattern includes tons of tutorial photos for the main pattern, plus bonus tutorials on working all of the less common stitches used in the pattern. A separate Printer-Friendly PDF is also included! Written in US crochet terminology.


3.50 hook, 5.00 hook
4-5 skeins Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton
Scissors, Tapestry Needle, Fringe Maker (a book or stiff cardboard will do!)
Blocking board and pins (recommended)

Now it’s REALLY starting to feel like summer! ❀


Sneak Peaks

Now that I’ve had a full week to catch up on various life-type things, I can post a few fun pictures from my vending adventures! I had a great time camping and drumming and dancing and wheeling and dealing, as usual – I didn’t manage to take any photos of myself, but I did get my best boo Danielle to strut her stuff in my Janis Duster in front of our little booth!


There’s a few items hanging up in these photos that represent my next couple of designs – but I’m not telling! πŸ˜‰ Okay, maybe one more sneak peak, since I’ve been working intensely on finishing up this pattern all week:


Just a few more days!


Tattered Fairy Vest


I wind up making a lot of bright pieces because I love playing with color, but I have a personal bias for earthy tones and neutrals (like over half of the things I own are brown. I love brown). So when I was thinking about the color scheme for this Forest Fae Vest pattern I bought from the Etsy shop ForeverWanderingg, I decided to follow her example and go with pretty, soft, and earthy.

I’ve been trying to work from crochet patterns other than my own lately and I bought this one as soon as I saw it. I love the tattered aesthetic and the mandala- I never met a mandala I didn’t like. Β So here’s my version of the Forest Fae Vest πŸ™‚

I made the main body using Premier Cotton Fair (using two strands held together) and it came out feeling soft and thick and perfect! I wanted to achieve the longer tattered bustle style of the last model picture on the Etsy listing, so I searched through my collection of magical garbage. Which you can see a little of in the background here πŸ˜‰


I came up with an old lacy scarf that had gotten accidentally dyed in the wash and a big piece of crochet lace I had salvaged from a dress I found at Goodwill. Time to dye those puppies to match!


I used some Rit dye that I have had foreverΒ – can you believe I used dark brown and tan for this? Well, if you’ve dyed with Rit before you might, because it does tend to be a little bit of a crapshoot for color accuracy if you’re not careful. However, I prefer the lovely muted purple and am super glad that it didn’t come out dark brown. I even dyed that jersey cotton cowl to match!

Sewing it on took some psyching up, because taking something you’ve lovingly crocheted by hand and sticking it in a machine to punch a bunch of tiny thread into it is SCARY. But it went smooth as butter and before I knew it this sweet fairy vest was ready to rock!

Maybe you can tell I had a lot of fun making this? My favorite projects have always been based around upcycling – giving new life to old things, rediscovering their beauty. This project definitely fit that category.


Ivy Crown Free Crochet Pattern



When I first worked out my little quirky leaf motifΒ I knew I had to make a leafy crown out of it at some point – I just couldn’t find the right yarn at the hobby stores. I wanted it to be delicate and pretty, not bulky, but the yarns I tested didn’t fit the bill.


And then the very obvious solution hit me – use THREAD, not yarn, holding two strands together to make it bigger. Yay! So without further yammering, here’s the FREE crochet pattern for this fun leafy DIY floral crown.

Ivy Crown Crochet Pattern


2.25 hook
#10 cotton crochet thread – You will need 2 cones of either the same or coordinating colors, because the pattern is worked with the 2 threads held together.

For a full photo tutorial on how to make the quirky crochet leaf, see this blog post.

  1. Grab both strands of cotton thread and form a slipknot.
  2. Ch 12.
  3. In the 3rd ch from the hook, work 4 dc.
  4. Work a ch-2 length picot in the top of the last dc.
  5. 3 hdc in the same st as the first 4 dc sts.
  6. Rotate the leaf – work 2 hdc in the same stitch but on the other side of the beginning chain (This is the quirky part – see the photo tutorial for help)
  7. Sl st in the 2nd ch of beg ch-2 on the leaf.
  8. Β Sl st into the 2nd ch st from the motif on your original chain, anchoring the back of your leaf.DSCN8069
  9. Repeat from Step 2 – you can vary the spacing of the leaves by adding or subtracting chain stitches in between, as long as you have a minimum of 5 ch sts. I like to randomize the chain length at anywhere between 8-12 stitches between leaves for a subtle organic look.

I repeated 44 times, for a total of 45 leaves or 55″ in length, and made three in different colors!


These leafy li’l guys have tons of potential:

  • twist or braid several together to create even fuller floral crowns (as seen pictured on my head)
  • add beads, charms, or little crocheted flowers
  • make shorter versions to create a choker necklace or double up the long version to make a lariat-style necklace. Like this!

I’ve got a respectable amount of crochet thread hanging around currently so I know I’ll be making more of these garlands!



Rainbow Hooded Vest

Something I don’t do nearly enough, in my opinion, is make time to try out other people’s crochet patterns. Although I ogle tons and tons of designs (and buy a fair few), I seem to always be busy with other projects.

Lately, though, I’ve made a point to get cracking on some of the patterns in my collection – first up was the renowned Glenda’s Hooded Gypsy CardiganΒ . Man, I have been wanting to make this forever! It’s exactly in my style wheelhouse. Since I have an intense amount of acrylic solid yarn leftovers from making Mandala Tops and Pullovers, of course it had to be a color extravaganza.

I also decided to leave off the sleeves to make it more warm-weather friendly. My main vending event is coming up at the end of the month, and it’s usually quite hot during the day and somewhat chilly at night. Since it is now a vest, I used corset-lacing in the back instead of the dart lacing described in the pattern to make the back more fitted.


I am loving the super 70’s mirror wall in this apartment. It reminds me of my parents’ house and is conveniently great for quick picture taking of my stuff.

I used ripped gauze fabric for the back and side ties, and added tassels to the hood point and each point at the hem of the garment.


I also added 4-5 extra rounds of trim on the hood, since I like a deep hood and this one came out a little too shallow for me. The choker and the halter top underneath were a matching set on their own but go great with this vest – Β Raise your hand if you are super happy that chokers are back in style. So. Easy. To. Crochet. OMG.


Conclusion: awesome! This pattern was really easy to follow and customize. And it used up A LOT of random acrylic solid orphan yarn balls. Recommend! Thanks Glenda!


P.S – you can view this project on my Ravelry Project Page as well πŸ™‚