Simplicity Socks

New Release! This is a free pattern I have just launched on Ravelry. It’s a super simple pattern design that is easy to memorize. That makes it a great travel project. Also, there are no additional tools needed, beyond the basics of the needles and a tapestry needle (for sewing in the ends when you are finished). The pattern creates just a bit of visual appeal that will help break up any pooling from a variegated yarn.

I used an Into The Whirled club yarn, but any sock yarn will work for this pattern. It also works with any color of yarn, be it plain, variegated, hand painted, speckled, etc.

Enjoy!!

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Celtic Cabled Fingerless Mittens

Released! These mitts were started this past winter, but due to pain in my hands I had to put them down. Now that I have my arthritis under control, I have been able to pick them back up. The cable is a twisting pattern that works its way up the hand, but is not on the palm at all. The palm is a plain stockinette stitch to allow for the mittens to sit flat. That way they will not cause problems with typing or knitting. There are small, medium and large versions of this pattern and for the cable. I have sized the cable to have a similar hand coverage in each size.

The inspiration for this pattern was more vague. I am just a big fan of cables. I had wanted to learn how to knit cables since I was a child, and I am still infatuated with them. Plus I grew up in Nova Scotia, where we have quite a bit of Celtic influence. It can’t help but bleed out of Cape Breton into the rest of the province.

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Spring Flower Socks

Released! I have finally finished my Spring Flower Socks, and they are now released. These socks came about when I was looking around at different stitch patterns and really felt inspired by Spring. I settled on making a stitch that looked like flowers that are just coming up, and others say it reminds them of dandelions. Either way, very spring. hehe

I worked with Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering weight yarn on this one. The colorway is called Fremont, and is a lovely blend of pink and green, which again just screamed Spring. I love this yarn. It is holding a stitch pattern beautifully, and has just enough color variation to keep it interesting. It hasn’t seemed to have a pooling problem as of yet. I think the changes are random enough with the greens to keep that to a minimum.

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Easter Weekend Ramblings

It’s that time of year when the trees have started to fully pop with leaves, the flowers and coming up and everything is looking green and pretty. It’s also that time of year when my sinuses go crazy and hate me. Thankfully I can take lots of stuff to make that a bit easier. It also means I can throw open all the windows and listen to the birds happily chirping at the great weather.

I have started a couple projects in the last few days. That’s the problem when I don’t feel well. I need something new to occupy my mind. Just ignore that bag of wips..and that bag….aaand that bag. lol We went out to the local yarn store last week to meet up with a friend who was in town, and I was drawn to this lovely Miss Babs yarn. I mean, when am I not?! I love her yarn. I think I have a problem. lol This one is Miss Babs Yowza in the Adobe colorway, and it’s so pretty! It’s a light dusty rose color and it’s gorgeous. It will become a sweater soon..I hope. Again, ignore the two sweaters I have on the go already. The pattern is Jesse’s Girl in the book by Kate Oates called “Grown”. It’s such a pretty sweater. It’s a pullover style, with lovely cables on the arms and the body. I thought the cables would make it go slower, but so far it’s going really well. The pattern starts with having you knit the sleeves, which I love. I usually do that with my sweaters, because I almost always lengthen the body. Doing the sleeves first means I know that the yarn I have left is all for the body.

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This is the only thing I started from someone else. I did however start working on a new pattern design. This will become a t-shirt as Spring progresses. The prototype is being knit in Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Serrano colorway. It’s a nice vibrant red. It’s a bit difficult to work with, because it splits a lot. It is still a very nice yarn, and very pretty, though. It won’t be as drappey as other lace weights, because it feels more like a cotton. The picture shows a wee taste of the sweater, only the neckline, and all the goodies piled up on the ottoman for all the calculations and things I have to do for sizing. There are even cat toys thrown in for good measure. 🙂

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HopScotch Socks

New Release!  Introducing HopScotch Socks. This simple, easy to remember pattern is great for travel knitting. I was trying to design a pattern that would be easily transportable for car rides, or doctor appointments. The pattern is a simple knit and purl design, that resembled the tiles of the hopscotch game I played as a kid. It brings back fond memories of spring coming around and finally being able to play outside with friends. It was a great combination to go with the idea of being out and about with your knitting.

The sock is a toe up design, with a simple heel flap. Since there is nothing other than purls and knits, it’s a great beginner pattern to learn how to knit socks.

You can find this pattern on my Ravelry Store, or on Craftsy.

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Moving forward

You may have noticed a new feature on the side bar. I have put up a Patron button. I thought I would give this a try. It’s mostly to assist in making a steady flow of patterns available for people. This entails a certain level of commitment, though. In addition to the patterns, I am looking at starting a knitting e-magazine for patrons. This will include what is going on within TLCrafts and Designs, in terms of the patterns, but will also include reviews of what I have knit recently and the yarns I have been using. I have also noticed that there are techniques that people would like to know more about. When the e-magazine launches, that will include a “How To” section. I plan on including information on how to knit socks, and various stitch techniques.

Over the next week or so, I will continue to work on the “sample” version of the magazine. This will be an April issue, but will be worked a bit differently. Instead of the usual How To section, I am giving a glance into how a day as a designer works. The e-magazine will be a bit like a podcast in magazine format. I’m really trying to make the e-magazine look as good as possible, while using the free versions of templates. Part of the monthly goal is to allow me to pay for functions to make the e-magazine better. This sample edition will be available to everyone, and I will post the link on here when it’s complete. However, once the e-magazine officially launches it will be for patrons only.

Patrons will be given additional access to information regarding patterns, including a more in depth sneak peek at upcoming projects, and insider information about larger projects or knit a longs as they come up. The highest patron level also receives a copy of the patterns every month as they are released. I am hoping to improve things as I get patrons, but for now this will have to do.

Feel free to go over to the Patreon page with the link on the right hand side of the page, and take a look through the public posts. The blog, Facebook page and Ravelry page will not change in any way going forward. The same information will be posted there. Also, Ravelry will still be where I handle all the test knits.

I look forward to seeing you at Patreon!

Leaf Slouchy

Introducing the Leaf Slouchy. This hat is a slouchy with the ability to be made smaller into a normal depth hat. It is available in Small, Medium and Large adult sizes.  As the winter was coming the leaves were falling everywhere and I wanted to incorporate that into something. A hat seemed like a great way to show this level of a design.

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