I think I am using Ravelry wrong.

I love to use Ravelry to find new patterns or just to search for ideas about what I could knit or crochet next. However, I currently seem to use the library and queue functions interchangeably to save  links to patterns I want to try or more often than not I just pin them to my inspiration boards over on Pinterest.

I havent even begun to use the functionality attached to groups forums or people.

One feature I do really like however is the ‘yarns’ tab. You know when you are in a shop and you see a yarn that you just need. Well this is where you can see what other people have made with it and suddenly it is no longer that impulse buy that you don’t know what to do with but instead it is a gateway to hundreds of new projects just waiting to be started!

If you want to see the chaos of my Ravelry page you can find it here.

H.

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Free Pattern: Andalusian Boot Cuffs

I have some exciting news!

If you liked the look of my boot cuffs that I made in my previous post you will be delighted to hear that the pattern is now available to download for FREE on here on Ravelry!

I would love any feedback anyone has on this pattern as it is my first attempt at publishing and I’m sure there will be some mistakes. I have tried to keep it simple though and as I explained in my last post the boot cuffs are a simple make and are knitted flat.

Perhaps you could make them as a mothers day gift (UK mothers day is on the 12th March in case you were wondering!)

I hope you enjoy this pattern.

H.

Getting social!

I’ve eventually set up a Facebook page so now you can get me on all of you’re favourite social networks:

Facebook Facebook,

Twitter Twitter,

Pinterest Pinterest,

Etsy Etsy (Although there’s nothing on there…yet),

ravelry  Ravelry,

Bloglovin Bloglovin,

Email and good old fashion email!

I’m also on Google plus although I won’t really be using that very much as I do not really like the feel of it and find it a bit clunky, but if you find that’s the best way to get in touch the. Feel free just don’t be offended if it takes me a few days to respond as I won’t be checking it too often!

Turquoise Crochet cowl

Geometric Crochet Cowl

So I thought I would introduce you to the geometric cowl I crocheted just before Christmas.

After a trip to Hobbycraft to purchase some Christmassy wool I returned with two 400g balls of aran-wool blend for just £6 each and only because the paper band was missing. However, there were other balls on the shelf so I wrote down all the information I needed and started planning what to do with my new found treasure!

turquoise red wool

2 balls of Aran on clearance at hobbycraft

Obviously the red wool was put to good use for the Christmas decorations I had planned but what to do with that lovely turquoise?

i turned to my new found favourite feature on Ravelry, the yarn search. You simply type in the brand of yarn and then find the type you have. It then allows you to search through the projects other people have made with that yarn as well Aston look at pictures of how they turned out.

I spotted this Twist ‘n Shout Cowl and immediately fell in love with the geometric pattern. I had to make it!

It is quite a simple pattern really, you create a chain 90 stitches long and the work in the round using just front- and back-post double crochet to create the two different stitches you see here.

geometric pattern using fpdc and bpdc

front- and back- post double crochets make the 2 different stitches seen here which look like they run in opposite directions

As I had to look these up I will be posting a short tutorial on how to do these soon!

The whole thing was completed in three crochet sessions as the chunky wool made up so quickly and now I never take it off as it is perfect for this sudden winter spell we have been having.

I hope you like it.

H.