Introducing “The Bonnie Cowl”…

Hi everyone!

The Bonnie Cowl pattern has been released! 😀

I used Red Heart Soft Essential yarns for this cowl making it super cozy!

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It’s available on lovecrafts.com, on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

This BIG, cushy and versatile cowl is sure to become one of your favourites!

Happy knitting.

Diana

New pattern coming this week…

Hello there.

I just wanted to let everyone know that my “Bonnie Cowl” pattern should be released this week, so stay tuned.

I’ve been SO busy in the last couple of weeks that I haven’t had a chance to get it written out.

Happy knitting!

Diana

Tri-coloured Diagonal Garter Stitch blanket…

Hello there.

A couple of days ago I posted a picture of a baby blanket on my Instagram account and on my Facebook page.

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Since posting it, I’ve had a few people ask me for the pattern, so I decided to write it out for you.

You will need approximately 750 yards of bulky yarn. I used Red Heart Soft Essentials – 250 yards of each colour or 2 balls of each colour if using the Red Heart Soft Essentials.

Cast on 6 stitches with your first colour using US size 10 circular needles.

The blanket is knit flat but you will need the circular needles to hold all the stitches.

Knit across all 6 stitches for 3 rows.

On the fourth row, knit 3 stitches, yarn over, knit the rest of the stitches in the row.

Continue with the fourth row until you have knit all of your first colour and 1 ball of your second colour.

You will now begin decreasing your stitches.

Knit the first 2 stitches, knit the next 2 stitches together, yarn over, knit 2 stitches together, then knit the rest of the stitches across the row.

NOTE: When you change to your third colour, make sure you make the change on the SAME side as your previous colour change.

Continue decreasing until you have 6 stitches on your needle, then knit all the 6 stitches for 3 rows and cast off.

The finished size is approximately 36″ x 36″.

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Using the bulky yarn for this blanket makes it super cushy and soft.  Perfect for that baby or toddler in your life!

If you decide to make one, I’d love to see it! 😀

Happy knitting.

Diana

My Mission hats…

Hello there!

I completed my mission hats about 2 weeks ago and dropped them off, but hadn’t had a chance to post them yet.

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I ended up making about 16 of them. Not as many as other years, but with moving houses and starting up my own business, time got away from me.

It’s a simple pattern that’s suited for anyone because of the ribbing (it has good stretch) and also the brim can be folded up as little or as much as needed.

It knits up really quickly using chunky yarn.  I used Bernat Softee Chunky that I purchased from YarnCanada.ca.

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If you would like to make a hat or 2 of your own, here’s the pattern

MATERIALS:

US size 10.5 needles

100 yards of chunky yarn (total)

Darning needle

NOTE: THIS HAT IS KNIT FLAT AND SEAMED

PATTERN:

Knit 1, Purl 1 across every row until the decrease.

DIRECTIONS:

Cast on 60 stitches with your first colour.

Follow the above pattern until your piece measures 5″ (approx. 20 rows) ending on the same side as your cast on “tail”.

Tie on your second colour.

For the first row with your new colour, knit across the entire row.  This prevents your second colour from showing through the stitches of your first colour giving you a nice, clean colour change.

After your one row of knit stitches, continue with the knit 1, purl 1 pattern until your second colour measures 5″, ending on the same side as your cast on “tail”.

DECREASE:

With the cast on “tail” on your right hand side, knit 2 stitches together, purl 2 stitches together across the row.  You will end up with 30 stitches.

The next row, knit 1, purl 1 across the row.

The next row, knit 2 stitches together, purl 2 stitches together across the row. You will now have 15 stitches.

For the final row, purl 1, knit 1 across the row ending with purl 1.

Cut off your yarn leaving about 8″.  Thread your yarn through a darning needle and lift the stitches off the knitting needle and onto the darning needle.

Pull tight so the top closes and start sewing up the hat using an invisible stitch.

Once you get to the end of the top colour, cut off your yarn and tie on about 8″ of yarn of the bottom colour and continue sewing up your hat.

Once at the end, knot your yarn and weave in your ends.

Alternately, you can make the hat just one colour.  The hat uses exactly 1 ball of the Bernat Softee Chunky.

So, I think this hat pattern is going to be my go-to pattern for next year for all my Mission hats.  And I think I’ll start much, MUCH earlier so I can get more done. 😀

If you decide to make some too for your local charity, I would love to see them.  Send me a photo at diana.poirier@yahoo.ca.

Happy knitting!

Diana

The Sherbrooke Scarf…

Hello everyone!

I’ve completed a new pattern and I really think this is going to become everyone’s go to scarf this winter! 😀

It’s big! It’s cushy! And it’s FUN!! And it’s the perfect weekend project.

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I used Red Heart Soft Essential yarns for this pattern, but a great alternative would be Stylecraft Special Chunky yarns.

The pattern is for sale over at lovecrafts.com, on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

Happy knitting!

Diana

 

Grass Roots Cowl…

Hey everyone!

Last week I decided I’d pack up my Mission hats and all my yarn because we’re moving soon, but in hind sight, that was a little premature as it left me with nothing to pick up in the evenings! LOL!

So I went and bought some Red Heart Soft Essential yarn at Michaels and decided to make some cowls out of it.

I’ve completed one so far.

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It’s a very simple seed stitch and knits up quickly on US size 10 needles.

I wrote out the pattern and am offering it for FREE, so get your copy by clicking here.

I’ve started my second one and am almost done, so will post that one soon!

Happy knitting!

Diana

Introducing “Metro Stripes”…

NEW PATTERN ALERT!!

Introducing the “Metro Stripes” cushion cover!

This cushion cover is created using 100% cotton making it perfect for indoor or outdoor use.  A modern and sleek design that is easily customizable to your own home decor.

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Purchase your pattern today over at lovecrafts.com, in my Etsy shop or on Ravelry.

Happy knitting!

Diana