Holiday Sale

Whew! As usual around this time of year, the semester has kept me super busy πŸ™‚Β  I do hope to use part of my Thanksgiving break to work on some new designs I have planned – but for now I just have some sale info for you! ❀ ❀ ❀

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From now through Dec. 1, 2017 I am offering a nice fat 20% OFF all physical (non-pattern) items in my Etsy shop! That includes art yarns, handpainted rovings, and original wearables all made by yours truly. We are talking seriously good deals here ^.^

Meanwhile, have you subscribed to follow my Facebook page? I don’t always post sale info on the blog so if you want to make sure you never miss a deal, give a girl a like!

XOXO
-MF

 

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Post Stitch Pixie Hat

I added some major updates and new pictures to my Post Stitch Pixie Hat, so I’m reblogging my own blog here so everyone will see πŸ™‚ Hope you like!

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I think every yarn twisting mama (or papa) has a few tricks in their repertoire that they favor over others. One of my personal favorite crochet techniques is the post stitch.

While this stitch may be daunting at first because you aren’t working into the top loops like with most stitches, the results are fantastic, especially if you’re designing something you want to be stretchy (like my big booty Boho Poncho).

Alternating front and back post stitches creates a moderately stretchy fabric with the added bonus of an interesting, ribbed texture. Working it in bulky yarns enhances these characteristics for a big, cushy, warm garment. Here’s a little pattern I worked up recently to hone down my stash – a simple but fun pointed bonnet in small (child) and large (adult) sizes!

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Stitches used: Chain (ch), double crochet (dc), front post double crochet (FPDC ), back post double crochet…

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Gone Vending

It’s time once again for my biannual camping/vending trip! I’ve been super busy making a ton of cute stuff to stock my booth, which is why these pictures are all crummy Instagram phone photos instead of nice camera ones.

This camping trip is always low-tech, which means I will be unavailable to respond to questions or comments until the 30th! Thanks in advance for your patience πŸ™‚

See you soon! ❀

-MF

Lotus Mandala Vest PDF Pattern is Here!

Thanks everyone who waited so patiently for me to produce the Lotus Mandala Vest pattern in PDF form: it’s finally out! I got a lot of very sweet comments from people about this pattern lately, and some questions included in this little FAQ page. Many wanted a version of the pattern they could print or view offline, and since I was planning to clean up this pattern’s writing anyway I decided to wait to release a PDF until I could make it nice and pretty and (most importantly) easier to understand.

So here it is! This PDF is available throughΒ Ravelry, for FREE with the code PLOTUS until Feb. 28, 2017. After that it will be the same price as all of my other paid PDF patterns, 5.50 USD. The pattern on the blog, however, will remain FREE, FOREVER – and has also been updated to the cleaned-up version.

Although I have also added this pattern to my Etsy Shop, unfortunately the nature of Etsy promos does not allow me to add the free pattern code 😦

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My Lotus Mandala Vest pattern now in swanky PDF format! This new option includes extra tutorial photos, tips on adjusting size, and a print-friendly text-only version! Please note that the pattern will remain free on my blog, this option is just for those who want the portability and extra tutorial photos featured in the PDF version (or if you just love me and want to give me yarn money).

This bright crochet mandala vest is both visually appealing and simple to work with tons of tutorial photos and a detailed, written pattern. This vest is written in Free Size, which easily fits up to a 42″ bust, and tons of tips for customizing the size are included. This circular lace shawl has a smooth drape and swing-y ruffle to accent movement and looks right at home in any free-spirited outfit.

Yarn: Worked in Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, but also looks fabulous in Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball!
Hook Size: 5.5 mm
All instructions are in US terms

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It’s nice to be reminded of things when they were warm and green!

Thank you again to everyone who has posted their comments and tips and shared their beautiful projects for this design! You really make doing this so rewarding!

-MF

Lotus Mandala Video Tutorial

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My free Lotus Mandala Vest pattern was getting some attention on Facebook recently and so for convenience I put together a little FAQ page for that pattern a few days ago to try to answer some of the most common questions. One of them is “Is there a video tutorial available?” Well, now there is!

A very great big THANK YOU to fellow blogger Cynthialoowho, who volunteered to create a video tutorial for this pattern! It is now available on her Youtube channel here.Β I am really excited about this new video option because I know a lot of crocheters work exclusively from patterns and tutorials that are heavy on visuals or exclusively visual.
*** EDIT: I have been told that the video directions differ from my written directions at certain points – which is fine and many people have used the video successfully – however PLEASE be aware that if you work from the video pattern, you need to direct your questions to Cynthia as I may not be able to answer them for this reason***

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For the written pattern crocheters, I’m working on making this pattern available for download as a PDF file so it can be viewed offline or printed out. Since I was planning on cleaning up the written instructions anyway, I started another Lotus Vest using Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, and oh my goooodnessss!

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The colors are way too pretty! This colorway is “Calming Desert”. And did you know they have Shawl in a Ball Metallics now? Moonstone is my favorite. Agh, I feel a large yarn purchase coming on.

I’m also cleaning up and formatting the Lotus Duster pattern for PDF availability, which I had been working on before the Lotus Vest went briefly viral.

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BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! I’m also working (slowly) on finishing up a brand new mandala-based crochet pattern. Basically my desk is just one big heap of colorful yarn mandalas right now. Which makes me happy πŸ™‚

-MF

Stuff I Made

This blog has been dead air lately, which is in my humble opinion INCREDIBLY LAME. The spirit is willing but the time allotment is pretty weak, what with school and final projects and such. I have still been stitching away however, mostly on custom pieces and gifts, so at least I have some pictures to throw down!

So in lieu of an actual blog post, here’s some stuff I made. I’ve got new patterns and freebies brewing away of course, but they have to wait their turn.

I made this Unicorn hat on a whim, but it was quickly claimed as a Christmas gift and led to a request for a similarly styled giraffe hat for a different young lady. Which I didn’t get a picture of because I totally forgot. Because my brain has been running on fumes. Anyway, both animal hats were made using my Deer Hat pattern as a base!

I did, to my own astonishment, actually make it through spinning the giant pile of alpaca fiber I wrote about in my Pounds of ‘Paca blog post. I’d like to photograph the entirety of the cushy, luxurious pile of yarn I produced, but since I BOUGHT EVEN MORE alpaca fiber to add to this madness, I’ll wait. Alpaca mountain, here I come.

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It’s Coraline! This was a special commission for my friends’ little girl, who loves all things creepy. I used Carmen Rent’s Coraline Doll patternΒ as a template (it was great!) and freestyled the rest. Couldn’t be happier with the way she came out!

The big piece I just completed was this lovely bright lotus duster, made custom for an Etsy order. I used my best sweater-hunting skills to create the color scheme she requested and I just love how bright yet soft the colors came out! Handspun Merino/Silk blend creates the central mandala, then brushed alpaca / silk (the fuschia) and pure silk yarn (the lime green). The main body is several recycled cotton sweater yarns, one that I plied myself on the wheel in order the get the correct weight.

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The pattern for the Lotus Duster can be found on my blog for free, although I admit the instructions remain a little rough and I’ve been wanting to fix them for like forever. It’s one my To Do list. Which is about a mile long right now, ha! Still, keep an eye out because I’m (pretty) sure I’ll actually do that one.

-MF

 

Shaman Coat Pattern

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It was a pretty long haul – and many many hours worth of stitching – to get from conception of this pattern to the premier of the pattern itself.Β Thankfully my new fall design, the Shaman Coat Tunisian crochet pattern, combines some of my favorite attributes:

a.) fairly long stretches of simple stitching so I can zone out to a Netflix binge,

b.) magical design tweaks that look fancy but are simply executed, and

c.) yarn that keeps things interesting and surprising even when you’re doing the same thing over and over again.

You can get the pattern for the Shaman Coat here in my Etsy Shop or through my Ravelry Pattern Store for 5.50 USD!

UPDATE 10/18: Thank you so much everyone for the clicks on Moogly’s HOHD Link Party!

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A warm, practical outerwear garment with a touch of magic! The Shaman Coat uses the unique structure of Tunisian crochet to create a gorgeous woven look that is eye-catching with any variegated yarn. Featuring a deep, draping hood and cropped kimono-style sleeves, the Shaman Coat includes the pattern for sizes Small, Medium, and Large.

The entire main body of the garment is worked flat and completed with only two easy seams while the hood is picked up and worked flat with decrease shaping and then closed with a partial seam at the top.

Never worked Tunisian crochet before? The Shaman Coat pattern includes a Tunisian Primer, with photo and written tutorials for every single Tunisian technique needed to complete the pattern – including basic Tunisian crocheting itself. Learn something new AND look amazing!

Recommended yarn: 11-15 skeins of Lion Brand Amazing (#4, 147 yd/50 g, 53% wool, 47% acrylic)

Finished Measurements: Small (19″ w. 33″ h.) Medium (21″ w. 33″ h.) Large (25″ w. 33″ h.)

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Size shown in photos is medium. Model – Regina Weiss (me) Photographer – Chaston Starling

Another big bonus for this pattern is the super-luscious array of colorways the pattern yarn comes in – I recommend checking out the Lion Brand webpage to see the full range. I kinda want to make one in every single color. They’re not even paying me to say that.

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Yarn colorways from left to right – Constellation (small), Arcadia (medium), Vineyard (large)

This one is dedicated to the motley group of trashpandas that I call my circle of best friends. You know who you are. ❀

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-MF