Another Cocoon sweater…

Hey everyone!

I made another Cocoon sweater! I just love making them. 🧢

They’re such an easy, mindless knit

The pattern is written out in the post below if you want to make one too!

And since it’s knit with 2 strands of yarn, you can mix a dark colour with a light colour for a marled look!

The weekend is here and I have some sewing to do and tagging, but will definitely be making time to knit too!

Happy weekend!

Diana

Cocoon sweater…

I’ve been seeing these cocoon sweaters everywhere and they look super cozy so I decided to make one using up some yarn I had left over from other projects.

I was so excited when I finished it, I took pictures even before I had the ends woven in! LOL!

I double knit this using 2 strands of yarn at one time.

Below is the pattern if you want to make one too! πŸ™‚

You’ll need approximately 1600 yards of a medium weight acrylic yarn (also called Aran weight or #4).

It’s double knit using 2 strands of yarn at one time, so you’ll be working with 2 balls of yarn at all times. You can use either 2 balls of the same colour of yarn or 2 balls of different colours like I did above. It’s completely up to you!

US size 13 circular needles to hold the stitches only. It’s knit flat.

This piece is knit lengthwise.

GAUGE: Approximately 3 stitches per inch.

Finished size measured on a smooth, flat surface is 36″L x 38″W. (The piece will stretch in length when you put it on). For reference, I’m 5″4″ and the sweater goes to the back of my knees.

Cast on 100 stitches with 2 strands of yarn held together creating 1 stitch.

PATTERN: Slip the first stitch purl wise, knit across to the last stitch, purl the last stitch. The slipped stitches give the sweater a nicer finished edge.

Continue the above pattern for every row until the piece measures 38″W on a smooth, flat surface. Cast off in pattern

ASSEMBLY: Fold the sweater in half matching up the slipped stitch edges and sew together the sides for 11″ leaving 7″ for the armholes.

And that’s it! Nice and simple.

Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

It’s a quick knit, so you have plenty of time to make one before it gets REALLY cold!

Happy knitting.

Diana

Meet Me For Coffee…

Courtney shared with me these photos of her “Meet Me For Coffee” sweater she made!

Doesn’t it look amazing on her?

The pattern is available in my Etsy Shop.

Head over and grab yourself a copy today!

Happy knitting!

Diana

New sweater…

I pinned together this sweater today to give it a little try on!

I absolutely LOVE it! πŸ’šπŸ’™

It’s going to be one of my favourites! I just know it!

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

Happy knitting.

Diana

Requests for a pattern…

So, I included pictures of my Ruana I made myself in my little selfie photo shoot I did on the weekend.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me if I was going to write up the pattern for it and I decided I would! πŸ˜€

Life has been pretty busy lately so I can’t say when it will be released so just stay tuned. I will post it here on my blog!

So off to organize all my knitting projects and prioritize them. I feel like I’m all over the place lately with all the WIP’s I have. Time to finish things up!!

Happy knitting!

Diana

I’m finally done…

Hey everyone!

I’m finally done my Ruana and I’m in love! ❀

It was a lot of work, but totally worth it.

The mornings are starting to get chilly so it will be perfect to just throw over anything and go. It will certainly keep me warm!

And our winters can be pretty mild, so I think I might be able to get a ton of use out of it.

I used about 2,400 yards of Stylecraft Special Aran in 6 different colours – about 12 balls in total – 2 of each colour.

Well, I just wanted to share this finished piece with you.

Now off to work on my other WIPs!

Have a great day everyone and happy knitting.

Diana

Meet Me For Coffee…

Hey everyone!

I’m so excited to share my newest pattern with you…

“Meet Me For Coffee”!

This fun, oversized sweater is PERFECT to throw on for a casual coffee date or lunch with the girlfriends.

Since it’s made using only the garter stitch, it’s an ideal project for the beginner knitter.

It’s also very versatile and can be worn with the seam exposed or hidden, with a shawl collar or flat.

Pick up your copy today in my Etsy shop, on Ravelry or over at lovecrafts.com.

Happy knitting!

Diana

Ruana update…

Hi everyone!

I’ve started on the back of my Ruana so I was able to sort of try it on.

I think I’m in love! ❀

I’ve always just sold patterns but I’m thinking I might start selling finished products. Maybe just one item instead of trying to sell a ton of different things. I’m thinking the one thing I might want to sell are these Ruanas. πŸ€”

The turnaround time would be about 4 weeks for a custom order so I could only take about 1 order per month. I’m hoping to have a couple already made though if I launch a little shop.

I’m very undecided at this time but if anyone has any suggestions or experiences you would like to share, I would be happy to hear them.

For now, off to work more on this Ruana!

Happy knitting.

Diana

The weekend sweater…

I have to admit, I had no idea how this was going to turn out.

When I finished it last night at midnight, I wasn’t too sure about it. But trying it on today, I’m happy to say I love it! πŸ’™

You have 2 ways you can wear it – with a collar or not. It’s definitely a weekend sweater. Big, loose and comfortable.

Pattern coming soon! (for reference, I’m 5’4″ and wear a medium/large in clothes).

Happy knitting!

Diana

Back Porch Shawl…

Hello everyone!

I’ve been working on finishing up a shawl for myself before I get started on my pattern for Paintbox Yarns.

We have a lovely back porch at our house and my husband and I are out there all the time having our morning coffee on the weekends (except in the Winter of course!) and in the Spring and Fall it sometimes gets a little chilly!Β  So I thought, what would be better than having a shawl toΒ  wrap myself up with while enjoying my coffee! πŸ˜€

I’ve always wanted to make myself a shawl but most of the patterns I found I thought to be too difficult.Β  Finally after a considerable amount of browsing, I found some super easy instructions, modified them a bit and came up with this!

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I still have one more ball of yarn to go and I should be done.

If you would like to make one for yourself, here’s what you’ll need to know:

You will need approx. 850 yards of Aran (4) weight yarn

US size 8 circular needles (36″ min.)

Cast on 3 stitches

Row 1: Knit, Knit, Yarn over, Knit (the yarn over creates a new stitch)

Row 2: Knit, Knit, Knit, Yarn over, Knit

Knitting every row creates the Garter Stitch.

Continue with knitting every stitch, yarn over before the last stitch, knit the last stitch. Do this for all the rows.

Click here for a video on the Yarn over if you are not familiar with how it’s done.

In the video she does her yarn overs in the middle of her piece.Β  For the shawl, the yarn overs are only done once per row just before the last stitch.Β  Also, in the video she purls the stitches once she turns her work – you’ll be knitting all your stitches.

Here’s how your edges will look.

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Well, off to get this shawl finished!

If you give it a try, please share a photo over on my Facebook page.Β  I would LOVE to see your work!

Happy knitting!

Diana