Saturday, March 14, 2009

So, What's New?

Blue Garter KerchiefFO: Blue Garter Kerchief

My handspun sock yarn version of Laura Chau's kerchief turned out even better than I expected. Since I knit in the slow lane, it took an entire week for me to finish and pin to the blocking board (thank Jeebus for blocking wires!).

Recall that I used two 200 yard skeins of Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop yarn (held double) to create a kerchief that ended up measuring 40"x 28" x28".

My version includes "k2tog, YO" pairs on every 7th wrong side ridge row. By adding an additional yarn over to either side of the last 7 ridge rows, I was able to create elongated ends suitable for draping or tying. Blocking really opened up the yarn overs, both within the fabric and along the edges.

Add Laura's Kerchief to your Ravelry queue.

Easy Glamour NeckwarmerEasy Glamour Neckwarmer pattern

Just as the seasons are changing, what do I come out with finally? An actual pattern for the neckwarmer portion of the Easy Glamour duo that debuted in February '08.

The Easy Glamour Crochet Neck Warmer (PDF) is crocheted lengthwise using a variant of a shell or fan stitch. While you'll need a couple of buttons to fasten the neckwarmer, you do not need to make buttonholes, thanks to the open chain stitch.

By the way, the pattern includes "how to" stitch information and a construction schematic to assist in finishing your creation. Once the piece is complete, you simply sew those buttons on the left side and there you have it: Easy Glamour in less than two days.

Want to add Easy Glamour to your Ravelry queue? Clique ici.

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Blogger Bonnie said...

Your version of the kerchief is just stunning! Very cute crochet neck warmer, too.

3/15/2009 06:22:00 AM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Gorgeous. Love the kerchief, and the neck warmer is just in time for me to start on my Christmas gifts. <3

3/15/2009 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Clasca said...

I love the kerchief (new English word for me :-) ). That broche really gives it a little extra. You make such beautiful things!

3/15/2009 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Gorgeous, I will be casting on for at least 1 of these patterns TODAY!

3/15/2009 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

I like the blue kerchief. Very nice!

3/15/2009 12:14:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Holy cow, that's a gorgeous twist on the kerchief pattern. And all those lovely blues...

If only I wielded a crochet hook as well as a knitting needle, I'd start an Easy Glamour right away!

3/15/2009 05:32:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Oh, that kerchief is fabulous!

3/15/2009 08:02:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

How pretty! You've been busy!

3/16/2009 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

you are so kind to share your lovely pattern. now a real reason for me to learn to crochet! absolutely LOVELY, karen.
and so is your kerchief. it lays PERFECTLY!

3/16/2009 08:38:00 PM  
Blogger KSee said...

Love you mods to the kerchief. Beautiful.

3/17/2009 04:34:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

wow. that kerchief is drop. dead. gorgeous.

you've got mad skills, woman!

3/17/2009 06:09:00 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

The kerchief is so pretty! I love those blues, and the blocking and YOs really makes it look light.

3/17/2009 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger monica said...

Both FO's are gorgeous! Your neckwarmer is tres chic!!

3/17/2009 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

they're both so beautiful.

3/18/2009 07:39:00 PM  

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