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Floral Knit Cowl

This floral cowl was a fun excuse to learn a new skill. I designed the chart and knit it as a double-knit, so the inside and outside are the same pattern but inverse colors. I figured a little cowl is just a tube so it should be quick and easy to knit, right? Ha! 40 hours of knitting later (and one stripe less than I originally planned!) it’s finally done. But it was worth every (slow) stitch because it’s bright and fun and happy and cheerful and cozy. I knit this from Sublime cashmere-merino-silk DK weight yarn given to me by Minerva Crafts for being a part of their blogger network. It’s a lovely yarn and I would be very happy to use it again in another project. In fact, I’d be tempted to use this same selection of colors to knit myself a little cardigan or a simple pullover. …

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Queen Anne’s Lace Free Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern

My friend Ann lives in a gorgeous 1800’s farmhouse on an Island outside of Seattle. Nestled in the trees, it’s charming, rustic, a welcoming dwelling. It’s also pretty darn drafty in the winter. To keep her hands warm and dextrous for sewing on cold days, Ann wears fingerless gloves. I designed this pair of gloves to suit her elegant, vintage influenced style, while still providing function. You can download the pattern free on Ravelry. The lace pattern along the top of the glove has a subtle leaf pattern. I knit these gloves in Plymouth Yarns Alpaca Prima yarn because it is light-weight but very warm (and a gorgeous color). The yarn has a slight mohair-like halo which slightly obscures the pattern. In a yarn without halo, the leaf pattern will stand out more. The bottom of the gloves have a subtle peplum, with three lobes of the lace pattern. The …

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Radial Purse Template and Instructions

Plastic canvas is a pretty fun material to have on hand. It’s excellent for craft projects but also makes a great backbone for sewn projects needing structure – including the radial purse I put together as a part of the Plastic Canvas Blog Hop hosted by Diane of CraftyPod. When you think of plastic canvas purses (if you ever think of plastic canvas purses) you probably think of cheap acrylic yarn in olive green and mustard yellow needlepointed onto a purse by your grandmother in the 1970’s. While there’s nothing wrong with those purses (I proudly carry one myself!), plastic canvas purses can be so much more! My Radial Purse uses a quilting technique to get the fun radials and requires beginner sewing skills. Supplies: Download Radial Purse Template¬†(Print without scaling.) Fabric (Works for many fabric types. Amount varies based on your design decisions.) Snap or velco (optional) Interfacing or …