10 Sep

stellaria cowl

Stellaria Cowl - a design by La Visch Designs

The Stellaria Cowl was inspired by a desire to use up various odds and ends of the lovely rustic yarn by Moeke Yarns. Named for the tiny flowers in the design, this cowl is an entertaining and relaxing knit.

This cowl is knit in the round, with easy jog-less striping and flower texture stitch pattern. Included in the pattern is a photo tutorial on how to work the flower stitch. Available in two sizes, the Stellaria Cowl is bound to become a favorite to make, wear and gift!


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Size and finished measurements
The Stellaria Cowl is available in 2 sizes, S (L), the cowl pictured is size S. Finished dimensions: height of 42.5 cm (16 ¾ inches) and 73 (93) cm (28 ¾ (36 ½) inches) circumference, measured after blocking.

Difficulty
This cowl is knit in the round. Stitches used include knit, purl, skp and k2tog. The pattern is suitable for the intermediate knitter.

Pattern details

  • Worked in the round.
  • Gauge is not critical in this design. For the sample cowl: 18 sts / 27 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) over stockinette in the stripe section, measured after blocking.
  • Pattern languages included: English and Dutch (Dit patroon omvat zowel een Nederlandse als een Engelse versie).
  • Digital PDF has 4 pages (letter size).

Materials

  • Yarn: Moeke Yarns Elena (100% wool; 330 m (361 yds) / 100 g) in the following colors and amounts:
    Color A: 73 (93) m (79 (101) yds) / 22 (28) g in Gray
    Color B: 195 (250) m (214 (273) yds) / 60 (76) g in Natural
    Color C: 102 (130) m (111 (141) yds) / 31 (40) g in Dark Coral
  • A 4 mm (US #6) circular needle, 60 cm (24 inch) length.
  • Yarn needle.
  • 1 “end-of-round” stitch marker
01 May

sedum shawl

Sedum Shawl by La Visch Designs

The Sedum Shawl is a lovely two-tone shawl with a striped body and delicate contrasting lace edging. Make it in the small size for a sweet kerchief or in one of the three larger sizes for a lovely elegant and warm cover-up.

This shawl is worked from the top-down in one piece, starting at the neck edge. The instructions for the border of the shawl are provided both fully charted and written out.

This pattern is written in American English crochet terminology.


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Size and finished measurements
This pattern includes 4 sizes: S (M, L, XL) with a wingspan of 126 (155, 200, 229) cm (50 (61, 79, 90) inches) and a depth of 60 (77, 100, 115) cm (24 (30, 39, 45) inches), measured after blocking.

Difficulty
Techniques used in The Sedum Shawl consist of sl st, sc, hdc, dc and ch st. Because of this the pattern is suitable for the advanced beginner.

Pattern details

  • Worked flat back and forth.
  • Gauge is not critical in this design. For the sample shawl: 14 sts / 9 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) over hdc, measured after blocking.
  • Pattern languages included: English and Dutch (Dit patroon omvat zowel een Nederlandse als een Engelse versie).
  • Digital PDF has 3 pages (A4 size).

Materials

  • Yarn: Yarn in DK weight in the following quantities: MC – Lilac: 275 (445, 760, 1025) m or 300 (485, 835, 1120) yds, CC – Blue / Petrol: 200 (275, 390, 490) m or 215 (305, 425, 535) yds. Used in the sample: Ice Yarns Virgin Wool Deluxe (100% wool; 280 m (306 yds) / 100 g) in lilac and blue / petrol.
  • Size 5.5 mm (US I/9) and size 6 mm (US J/10) crochet hooks.
  • Yarn needle
  • 2 removable stitch markers (optional)
02 Dec

tutorial – stripes in crochet

Stripes in crochet - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

Making stripes is the most simple way to use colour in your project. This way you can give it that little bit extra. This works especially well with a simple stitch pattern, such as single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet. But what are the things to pay attention to when making stripes in crochet?

In this post, I will tell and show you some things with respect to striping technique in crochet.

Stripes in crochet - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

 

Changing colours the tidy way

When you crochet your rows as usual and switch colours after completion of a row, you will see that a bit of the old colour appears in the new row. To prevent this, do the following:

1. Crochet to the very end of your row, but do not complete the very last stitch. In this example of hdc fabric, it means that I have three loops left on the hook and have not finished this last stitch by pulling the yarn through these stitches.

Stripes in crochet - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

 

2. Next, pick up the yarn in your other colour and pull through the last loops to complete the stitch.

Stripes in crochet - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

 

Stripes in crochet without breaking your yarn

Weaving in ends is something most people do not find pleasure in. Therefore, it is good to know that it is also possible to crochet stripes without breaking the yarn. To do this, you just let the yarn in the colour you are not using for that stripe alongside the edge of the work. This method works best with an even number of rows and using only two colours.

1. Work as usual until the end of your row, but do not complete the final stitch as described above. Pick up the other coloured yarn from the side of the work, where you left it. Finish the last stitch with the new colour. Make sure not to pull this thread too tight!

Stripes in crochet - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

2. In the case of a wider stripe, you do not want your contrast colour yarn to form a long loop on the edge of your piece. To avoid this, do the following: Whenever both colours of yarn are on the same side of your work, you twist them. This “catches” the thread of contrasting colour behind that of the colour where you are currently working with.

Stripes in crochet - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

 

3. When switching to another colour, do it the same way as described above under 1.

Stripes in crochet - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

And this is how to work stripes in crochet!

One last tip: Only crochet stripes without breaking the yarn if the stripes are not too wide. With wider stripes, it can be difficult to keep the tension of the thread running along on the side just right. Often it just gets too tight or too loose. The result in these cases is usually better if you indeed just break the yarn.