C2C Video Tutorial: Part One

Surprise!  I have an early video tutorial release for you guys today! I wanted to do this for a couple of reasons. One- I am super excited to get the Fallen Arrows Blanket CAL going! and Two- I want those of you who are unfamiliar with the C2C technique to have a chance to practice ahead of time if you want to.

Part One of the tutorial includes everything you will need to know to complete the first portion of the Fallen Arrows Blanket CAL.  You will learn how to crochet the C2C stitch using HDC, how to crochet C2C increase rows, how to read and follow a pixel chart, and how to switch colors mid-row.

I hope you find this video helpful, and don't forget to join me on Wednesday when the first part of the pattern will be released :)

A side note-the yarn for this blanket is on sale at Michaels this week for $2/skein!!!  You can make the Fallen Arrows Blanket for UNDER $40!

Make It! Giveaway Announcement

Happy Monday everyone!  I've been using my #yarnitforward tags all winter-leaving scarves and hats around town for people to find and keep.  And now I want to spread some yarn love to you guys.  So it's time for a giveaway!

This year I have decided that, each month, I will give away the yarn and hook to make one of my most popular patterns to one lucky winner!  This month, you can enter to win one skein of Lion Brand Scarfie yarn and a 5.5mm Clover Soft Touch crochet hook and use it to make the Puffs Mod Scarf.  Now of course you don't HAVE to make the suggested pattern-you can use the yarn however you choose :)  Use the form below and enter to win!  AND remember to follow me or sign up for my mailing list so that you don't miss next months giveaway!

I TRULY appreciate all of my readers, but as I am personally funding these giveaways international shipping is unfortunately cost prohibitive at this time.  I hope that, as my blog grows, I will be able to expand the scope of these giveaways in the future.

In case you missed it, I had another big blog announcement last week!  I will be starting my first CAL, the Fallen Arrows Blanket, on February 1st.  Get all the details here.

Celtic Winters Cowl Video Tutorial

Hey guys!  Last month I posted seven free patterns for "Seven Days of Scafie".  The most popular pattern was the Celtic Winters Cowl which uses the Celtic weave stitch in the round, and I had a lot of video tutorial requests!  And now I'm happy to say that it is here for your viewing pleasure ;)

Over the past month I have been working on fine-tuning my video filming.  I know that video tutorials are helpful for many when learning new stitches or techniques, and it is something that I am going to try to do more of this year!  The biggest trick is trying to find a time to film in daylight, while my 2 year old, 2 dogs and 2 cats won't disturb me (ha! That never actually happens).  But thanks to my daughter's long nap and my husband's interference with the critters, I was able to get this video shot last weekend :)  I hope that you find it helpful!

 

 

 

 

Michaels Flat-Rate Shipping Deal: Get the NEW Caron Cake colors shipped for less than retail price!

Ok Caron Cakes fans-one more post for you!  Last night, the online inventory of the new Caron Cakes colors went live, and now I have three pieces of good news for you:

  1. All colors are (while I am writing this) in stock and available to ship!
  2. The yarn is on sale for $6 instead of $7.99
  3. Michaels is offering flat-rate shipping for $2.95 today (Friday) and tomorrow!

You do have to order the yarn in quantities of three, but this means that if you order 3 skeins, your will be paying $6.99 per skein which is still LESS than retail price even after you factor in shipping (taxes will depend on where you live).

The more you order, the less your "per skein" price will be since the $2.95 shipping rate will stay the same.

So if you are itching to get the new colors and don't want to wait for them to show up in the store-now would be a PERFECT time to order them.  You can also stock up on a few of the discontinued colors as well.  At the time of posting this - Lemon Lime and Lilac Frosting are still in stock!

Please note that inventory can change at any time!  This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting free patterns and yarn deals on Left in Knots!

Aztec Print Double Pom Toddler Hat

Since this is my first pattern of the new year I'm going to say officially - Happy 2017!  This project was a fun little project that I was working on over the holiday "break".  If your New Year's resolution is to learn a new crochet technique, try this project to learn tapestry crochet!

Personally, this is my first double pom hat.  It is a SUPER easy way to make a hat, and since my daughter refuses to wear pigtails - I can at least get that effect when she wears this hat :)

Supplies

Abbreviations

  • ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • SC: single crochet

 

Gauge

14 sts x 14 rows = 4" square in SC

 

Finished Size:

Width: approx. 8.5"

Height (excluding pom pom): approx. 7" 

 

Pattern Notes

  • Ch stitches at the beginning of the round do not count as a stitch UNLESS otherwise noted (see 'Hat' portion of the pattern for details)
  • The end of each round is attached to the first st of the round with a sl st.
  • I only made this hat in a toddler size, and therefore the pattern is written in that size.  You can easily adjust the size by adding or subtracting repeats of the Aztec print pattern pictured below.  Each repeat adds or subtracts approx. 4" from the total circumference.
  • The length of this hat can be modified by adding or subtracting rows of the Moss Stitch portion of the hat.
  • For the Aztec print portion of the pattern-yarn should be carried for the color changes (aka tapestry crochet) 

Instructions

Aztec Print Band

  • Color A: Blue Hawaii/Color B: White
  • The use of SC stitches throughout the band is implied.  For pattern instructions I will note the color changes.
This pattern will repeat 4 times total for the toddler size

This pattern will repeat 4 times total for the toddler size

Ch 56, attach the end of your ch to the first ch with a sl st, making sure there are no twists.

Round 1: (With color A) ch 1, SC around (56)

Round 2: (Color B) ch 1, SC around (56)

Round 3: (Color A) ch 1, SC around (56)

Round 4: ch 1, (2 A, 3 B, 2 A, 3 B, 1 A, 3 B) repeat this sequence a total of 4 times around

Round 5: ch 1, (1 B, 2 A, 1 B, 2 A, 3 B, 3 A, 2 B) repeat this sequence a total of 4 times around

Round 6: ch 1, (2 B, 3 A, 3 B, 2 A, 1 B, 2 A, 1 B) repeat this sequence a total of 4 times around

Round 7: ch 1, (3 B, 1 A, 3 B, 2 A, 3 B, 2 A) repeat this sequence a total of 4 times around

Round 8-10: repeat rounds 1-3

Hat (this portion of the hat uses the Moss Stitch.  Even numbered rows will begin with 2 ch stitches.  This counts as your "beginning ch" AND your ch 1 required to continue the Moss Stitch pattern.)

Round 11: ch 1, *SC, ch 1, skip 1, repeat from * around (28 SC, 28 ch)

Round 12: ch 2, SC in next ch space of previous round, *ch 1, skip 1, SC in next ch space of previous round, repeat from * around (this round will end with a sl st into the ch 2 from the beginning of the round)

Rounds 13-28: Repeat Rounds 11 and 12 respectively.

At the end of Round 28 (or once you have reached your desired length) tie off the yarn and cut it leaving a 12+" tail.  Using a yarn needle, loop stitch across the top to close the seam.  Tie off the yarn.  Make two large pompoms and attach them at each point on top of the hat.  Weave in all ends.

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Now the legal stuff...You may sell items made from this pattern, but please credit me as the original designer.  Also, please do not share the written pattern in print or electronically.  The photos on this webpage belong to Megan Meyer of Left in Knots and may not be used for product sales/product listings.  You may share a link back to my blog if you would like someone else to see or work with this pattern.  Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

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Caron Cakes News: 8 NEW colors and 9 DISCONTINUED!

Heads up Caron Cake lovers!  The Crochet Crowd released a video today sharing 8 NEW colors of Caron Cakes yarn that will be released mid to late January 2017.  This video also included information for 9 colors that will be DISCONTINUED.  If you want any of these colors before they disappear, make sure to swing by Michaels or shop online

Here is a compilation of the discontinued colors:

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Faux Fur Pom Poms - Super Fantastic Price!!

Hey guys!  Just a quick note to anyone looking for a fantastic deal on faux fur pom poms.  I spotted these at Michaels today:

This pack of nine was EIGHTY PERCENT off!  My total cost was $2.59 or about $0.29 per pom pom.  That is a FANTASTIC deal since I have seen these run around $3.50-$5 per pom pom usually.

Please note-these are not sold as "faux fur pom poms" but they absolutely are.  They are about 2.5"-3" wide (depending on fluffiness) which is a perfect size for hats!  Here is a close up shot:

So if you love faux fur pom poms - I suggest you run to Michaels and check out their Christmas clearance.  I only found one box available at mine.  Good luck!

Top 10 of 2016!

Phew!  2016 has been a big year for me!  And I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of your for making my blog possible :)

Because of you, I have published 54 free patterns.  I started blogging in March-so I feel pretty proud about this!  The good news?  I had so much fun sharing these patterns with you, making new crochet friends, and working on all the self improvement that comes along with learning and sharing a craft.  The great news?  I have SO MUCH more planned for 2017 :)  Be sure to follow me to be the first to know about new free patterns:

That being said, here is a look at my most popular patterns from 2016, click the pattern title for access to each free pattern:

1. Amelia Poncho Adult Sweater -

this one has been wildly popular on both Ravelry and Pinterest.  A perfect project to make for yourself if you need a break from gifts or craft fair items.

2. Snow Drops Mod Scarf -

my most popular Mod Scarf pattern!  I loved learning the star stitch and you will definitely see more of it in future patterns.

3. Autumn Chill Mod Scarf -

My Autumn Chill patterns are my personal favorites because of the awesome texture :)

4. Puffs Mod Scarf -

do you see a "Mod Scarf" trend forming??

5. Autumn Chill Angled Super Scarf -

Another Autumn Chill pattern, and my first "super scarf"

6. Crochet Water Balloons -

my first "popular" pattern and a personal favorite because they are so fun!  Eco-friendly, simple to make and reusable :)

7. Double Crochet Hat in 10 Sizes -

because it is nice to have a simple pattern as a starting point that can then be embellished.

8. Amelia Poncho Sweater -

the first project that my daughter sort of willingly modeled for me, and my first experiment with Caron Cakes yarn!

9: Warm Wool-ish Mittens -

I have been wearing mine a lot lately! 

10. Celtic Weave Cowl -

So soft and squishy, but also so elegant!  Look for a left handed video tutorial for this stitch coming soon.

Did your favorite make the list?!  Whether you have been with me from the start or just finding my blog now - I would love to hear what you want to see more of in 2017!  Now is the perfect time to share as I am making my plans for the next year.  Thank you all again, and I hope you have happiness, health and yarn in the coming year :)

How to Wear a Triangle Scarf

A triangle scarf.

..wait what?...

 A triangle scarf?  Yep! I have designed a few triangle scarves this year, and now I want to show you how I like to wear them:

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Step 1:

Hold the long side of the scarf so that the 90 degree angle is at your waist.  Drape the other corner of the long side over your shoulder and wrap it slightly behind your neck.

Step 2:

Wrap the skinny end of the triangle scarf behind your neck.

Step 3:

Adjust the scarf by shifting it off to the side.  Secure with a shawl pin or brooch with the skinny end hanging down or wrapped at the neck (pictured below).  If you want a hidden closure, you can use a bobby pin :)  

See my tutorial here to learn how to make a faux button brooch.


Make a Faux Button Brooch in only 5 MINUTES!

Sometimes you need that perfect touch to finish off a project.  That was my problem when I finished my Winter Rays Scarf.  My OTHER problem was that the temperature was below zero and there was NO WAY I was going out to look for a brooch at a craft store. 

So it was time to get creative!  And I honestly don't know why I hadn't thought of this before!  

Here is the quick tutorial:

Supplies:

Step 1: Thread yarn through the button holes twice.  Tie the yarn in the back to secure it and trim off excess.

Step 2: Wrap the top half of your alligator clip with yarn and tie to secure it.  Be sure to cover all of the teeth on the clip to prevent snagging.  Trim off excess.

Step 3: Apply hot glue to the yarn on the back of the button and attach the yarn wrapped end of the alligator clip.  Hold tightly until set.  Do not try to glue two smooth surfaces together-the yarn is essential for proper adhesion!

Step 4: Use it!  Add it as a functional clip for a scarf, or as an afterthought embellishment on a hat. Everything is cuter with a button!

Now the legal stuff...You may sell items made from this tutorial, but please credit me as the original designer.  Also, please do not share the written tutorial in print or electronically.  The photos on this web page belong to Megan Meyer of Left in Knots and may not be used for product sales/product listings.  You may share a link back to my blog if you would like someone else to see or work with this tutorial.  Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

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