Fox & Fleur: A Knitting Pattern for All Ages

Hi Knitters!

Today I’m sharing a sweet design for foxy folk of all ages. Fox & Fleur is a stranded colorwork hat available to knit in 6 sizes: newborn, baby, toddler/child, adult small (teen), adult medium, adult large.

I designed the original cap as a baby shower gift for a friend’s baby girl on the way. Foxes and woodland creatures were the mommy’s nursery theme, so I ran with that and added a feminine touch with the tiny flower border (fleurs!) that runs above and below the fox faces.

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Mommy & Baby Twinsies!

I had this design test-knit by some awesome folks on Ravelry, and they helped to refine and enhance the pattern, so I know you’ll have a great experience. The pattern contains complete written instructions, a full colorwork chart, and tips for knitting the stranded colorwork.

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Use any aran-weight, smooth worsted yarn that comes in a good range of colors.

 

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It works for all ages, foxes are such a fun motif and so hot right now!

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Check out the Ravelry projects page to see how the hat knit up for others!

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I hope it makes you smile as you knit it and as you wear it. Whenever my daughter and I wear ours, we always get extra smiles from the people we meet. ūüôā

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Thanks for visiting me today!

In Stitches,

Sara

 

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 ‚ô• super special ‚ô• 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’!

Crochetville Blog Tour: Shawl Talk, Free Pattern & Book Giveaway

Update: 4/1/2016: The book giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Rubra! Thanks to all who participated!

Update: 4/3/2016: Bellamy shawl pattern is back to its normal price of $5.99.

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Welcome to my stop on Crochetville’s NatCroMo blog tour. My name is Sara Kay Hartmann and I am a crochet designer and the author of Poetic Crochet: 20 Shawls Inspired by Classic Poems.

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Have you ever made a crocheted shawl? There is no project I enjoy more. Shawls are luxurious and beautiful. Even though they look exquisite, they aren’t difficult to¬†make. The same kind of stitches you already use to make baby blankets or potholders can be worked to make shawls that will last a lifetime and add a little romance to your wardrobe.

How I Got Started Making Shawls

I was a relatively new crocheter, and spent a lot of time online admiring the work of other crochet artists. I am a passionate knitter as well, and often read about the process of knitting and blocking lace shawls. I thought making lace was too hard for me, and my finished projects never seemed to look like what I saw in pictures–crisp openwork, ethereal fabrics, and elegant styles. I learned that with the help of wet-blocking and steam-blocking techniques, even simple stitches took on new life and achieved a more polished look.

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Wearing Crocheted Shawls

Even though we are modern folk who no longer lose our amethyst brooches in the lace of our country shawls (Marilla Cuthbert, anyone?),¬†I advocate the wearing and enjoyment of shawls–the lacier the better. But how to wear a shawl without feeling stuck in the 19th century?

It’s all about the wrap. Shawls look stunning when swirled about¬†the neck and top of the shoulders, allowing the arms to move freely. Unexpected. Chic. Almost urban, with a little of that European flair for using scarves and wraps as wardrobe-enhancing accessories. Cowls are all the rage these days and most shawls can be worn cowl-style to great effect.¬†That said, if you are comfortable rocking the full-body wrap, you should go for it and look amazing doing it. Ponchos, ruanas, kimonos and shawls have been coming back in a big way so it’s our time, shawl-makers!

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Freebies & Giveaways

Now for the good stuff…I have a couple¬†fun things¬†to share with you in honor of National Crochet Month!

♥ ♥ ♥ To celebrate National Crochet Month, the Bellamy Shawl is free for this week only! The pdf file is available here: this giveaway is now closed.

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‚ô• ‚ô• ‚ô• I am doing a giveaway of a signed copy of Poetic Crochet. To enter, just leave a comment on this post! On March 31st¬†I will do a random drawing from the commenters and the lucky winner will receive a free copy of Poetic Crochet plus the bonus material shawl pattern–if you have purchased Poetic Crochet, let me know so I can send you your PDF¬†free pattern!

Thank you for stopping with me on Crochetville’s blog tour, I hope you’ll leave comments to enter the book drawing, enjoy the freebie, and try making a shawl!

‚ô• Sara

 

 

 

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.

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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

‚ô• MBS: My Beautiful Sweater ‚ô•

Hi Knitters and Crocheters,

Guess what? This is project chit-chat.

I rarely post what’s “on the needles” or “off the hook…”

[was just struck with realization that “off the hook” is one of the best crochet puns I have never used.]

ahem…because I typically design with the end goal of submission or indie release and usually I can’t share them with you early.

Since finishing the book, I’ve been in an exploring phase that turned into an L&D phase. L& D = Learning & Development. YAY!

I decided to make myself a sweater to get more familiar with lace knitting, working from (and creating!) knit lace charts, playing with semi-tailored garment fits, poring over knit garment design books to study and apply the principles (later to crochet as well!), embracing seamed garment-making, and just getting back into the swing of sweater designing.

I can’t tell you how tired I am of looking at that water stain on my graph paper chart.

Yes, I could have recopied it. But was I going to?

No.

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I decided to approach this undertaking with a very positive attitude, so I named it “MBS” for “My Beautiful Sweater” instead of giving it a fanciful or feminine name as I normally do. I think referring to it that way helped my mindset when progress slowed to a crawl!

I tried it on and it fits, but I’m 9.99 months pregnant (due date is the day after tomorrow), and I just couldn’t¬†bring myself to get in front of the camera.

One problem I’ve had when making fitted garments is not allowing for enough wearing ease. You know that impulse when shopping to really want to buy the smallest size you can get away with? It’s a little like that. Do you do that?

I think it’s that same problem that sometimes attacks me when I face my body measurements and then I’m supposed to add in¬†extra inches for ease.¬†But it’s denial to think you don’t need them, friends.

Pure denial.

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My mannequin is a skinny minny, so there’s lots of extra ease and the fit is oversized on her, but I think it looks pretty and tunic-like.

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We still need a neckline finish and I’m thinking just a very simple, narrow reverse stockinette rolled neckline will fit the bill.

Now I’m casting on for a baby size! Whee! If it pans out, I hope to release the sweater pattern for little ones.

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Thanks for visiting me today.

‚ô• knit, crochet, love; rep from ‚ô• forever.

Sara Kay