Introducing Tess!

Hello Crochet Artists,

I am celebrating April Fool’s Day with a new shawl pattern. Meet Miss Tess, isn’t she pretty? I think of her as understated, elegant, and strong.

The PDF crochet pattern is available at a ♥ super special ♥ price of just 99 cents! Buy now because this launch price will expire on April Fool’s Day. ***4/1/2016: Launch price has now expired***

See more on Ravelry.

And stay tuned for the drawing for our giveaway of a signed copy of Poetic Crochet. It’s not too late to enter the drawing! I’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow–April Fool’s Day–no foolin’!

In the Press: Perfectly Pink Headband

Hi Crocheters,

Update 3/4/2017:

This pattern has been out for over one year, so I can now offer it to you free! Enjoy.

Free PDF Pattern Download: perfectly-pink-headband

I Like Crochet Magazine published a fun little design of mine in their February 2016 issue–the Perfectly Pink Headband!

If you’ve never worked with crochet post stitches, this is an easy design to get you started. I love the woven texture, and it’s pink for Valentine’s Day of course. Also, it’s a one-skein wonder making it a great stash-buster project.

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Happy Stitching,

Sara Kay

Mabel Mitts

Hi Knitters,

The Mabel Mitts are made in a plush lace rib that will keep you texting, stitching, and cozy all the while.

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They are worked flat and seamed at the inside wrist leaving a thumb hole. You’ll pick up thumb stitches and work an easy-peasy gusset–so easy we should really just call it a tube–because it has no shaping whatsoever.mabel2

Cute and practical, these mitts work up in a snap of your fingers.

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They also make nice gifts for friends you deem worthy of knitted lace.

The pattern includes a chart and written instructions so you can choose your own adventure!mabel8

 

 

Free PDF Pattern Download: mabel-mitts

In Stitches,

Sara Kay

Whirlwind Romance Beret

Hi Crocheters,

Got something for you!

It’s a ♥ free ♥ PDF download for my crocheted beret, Whirlwind Romance. The link is at the end of the post, but if you stick with me I’m taking you on a little trip to Paris first.

Ooh la la!

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The Whirlwind Romance Beret is worked seamlessly in the round from the top down in a full-bodied lace–hang on–

I just said ‘full-bodied lace.’

If you make it, I think you’ll know what I mean.

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It’s edged with post-stitch ribbing worked on a smaller hook that makes a tidy brim.

You may not know this about me, but I like tidy! I like it very, very much.

The pattern is offered in a single size to fit heads 20-22″ (teen – medium adult), but you can make larger or smaller sizes by following the tips in the pattern notes.

You can whip it up as quickly as a whirlwind romance!

Which is an actual, measurable amount of time.

Obviously.

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Imagine wearing it as you stroll down a Parisian boulevard [say it with me: “bool-vahhhhr.”]

There’s a fresh baguette under your arm,

and a twinkle in your eye,

when you look up and spy the love of your life…♥ ♥ ♥

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You can also wear it to the grocery store to cover your dark roots like I do.

And I don’t eat wheat so there goes my baguette,

but it was a nice story.

PDF Pattern Download: Whirlwind Beret Pattern

Thanks for visiting me today. If you enjoy using this pattern, please share with others, meet up with me on social media, or let me know in the comments!

♥ knit, crochet, love; rep from ♥ forever.

Sara Kay

Ellie Headband

Hi. Thanks for visiting!

Ellie is a low-stress bit of crocheted fun that I’m very excited to share with you.

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I’m going to chat a little about the idea behind the design, but if you want to get straight to the juicy stuff, the pattern download awaits you at the bottom of the post. If your scroll wheel spins wildly out of control while I’m in mid-sentence, you won’t hurt my feelings. ♥ ♥ ♥
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For months, I admired all the cute turban-style headbands I was seeing on Pinterest, in boutique shops like Francesca’s, Anthro online, (which I troll for the pretties but have never visited a brick-and-mortar store) and of course in mass-market discount stores as well. DSCN0238

I found a few sewing tutorials for making them from 2 tubes of fabric crossed over one another and sewn together with a seam at the back. Ever intrigued by the the voodoo magic of twisting rectangles into something interesting and wearable, [Knitters, see Miss Sadie. Crocheters, see Pip & Emma.] I thought, okay I’m in.

I thought that in crochet, there might be an even easier to create the wrap top without having to stitch 2 separate strips.

There is.
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By crocheting a single long strip…

centering it at the nape of your neck…

criss-crossing into a full twist at your forehead….

stitching down the two short ends to the opposite sides of the band…

and turning the headband right side out…

you get the turban twist from a single strip with no visible stitching!

This method is nice because you can size it perfectly to your [daughter’s/sister’s/roommate’s] head and there’s no double-thickness of crochet fabric beneath you fashionably messy bun or pony tail.

The stitch pattern is just alternate rows of half-double crochet with single crochet which gives a surprisingly nice fabric with a honeycomb look. It’s plain enough to show the knot design, textured enough to keep it interesting, and has enough flexibility to allow the crossed strips to squish softly together without flipping over or pinching over in an awkward way.2

Fun to design! And fun for you to make, I hope!

Here’s the PDF pattern download, just for you.

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♥ knit, crochet, love; rep from ♥ forever.

Sara Kay

Miss Sadie’s Scarflette

Miss Sadie is the first knitting pattern I designed and shared in 2010. Since then, she’s been made by hundreds of knitters. I’ll never forget how exciting it was to discover that knitters 4,741 miles away from me were making my pattern and posting it in Russian needlecraft forums. It was an inkling of how special and connective knitting can be.sadie 2

The original blog is now extinct, so I freshened up the post, kept the original photos (eek), and added a few much-more-charming customer images at the end.sadie

Miss Sadie is the same fun, easy, squishy, cozy knit she always has been! I hope you enjoy.
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MATERIALS

  • 2 balls/skeins worsted weight yarn – 80 g each, held double
  • US 15 (10 mm) knitting needles
  • A yarn needle

GAUGE

10.5 sts and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Garter Stitch worked with 2 strands held together

SIZES

One size fits most. To make the scarflette looser, knit a few inches longer than the recommended 19.5 inches. To make it tighter, knit fewer inches shorter. Adjust the width of the scarflette lapels by casting on more or fewer stitches.

NOTES

ABBREVIATIONS

CO – Cast on

Sl – Slip

Sts – Stitches

Rep – Repeat

K – Knit

K2tog – Knit 2 together

BO – Bind off

PATTERN

CO 26 sts.

Row 1: Sl 1 as if to knit, K across.

Rep Row 1 until work measures 19.5 inches from cast-on edge.

BO 23 sts.

With 2 sts remaining on the left-hand needle, K2tog and BO final stitch leaving a 10” tail for seaming. Note: Knitting 2 together before binding off your last stitch provides a neatly squared-off corner.

FINISH

Lay scarflette out vertically in front of you. Seam 4.5 inches of upper side edge to 4.5 inches of opposite lower side edge [see photos below].

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Once seamed, the scarflette will resemble a tube in the shape of a parallelogram. Weave in yarn ends. Put on scarflette and fold down “lapels.” Position as desired and wear with style like some of these beautiful people.

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♥ knit, crochet, love; rep from ♥ forever.