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.


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.


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.


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.


Butterfly Socks

Released!! The Butterfly socks are written for three sizes (S, M, L), so they will be a versatile pattern for anyone. I decided on a butterfly pattern, because they were cheerful and spring like. I sense a theme from my projects lately. I seem to really like Spring and Fall. Perhaps that is the best time to consider making items to warm the hands and feet. I used Knit Picks Stroll in the Cucumber Tonal colorway. The yarn was soft and nice to work with. It makes for very comfortable socks. 😀


By The Shore Fingerless Mittens

Released! The pattern for these mittens has now been released, and is for sale on Ravelry. I have added a small extra of detailing the mitten flaps that I made for my cousin to go with these mittens. The flaps have not been tested, and are purely just a little extra tidbit to go with the pattern. The main body of the mitten pattern has been fully tested.

This pattern is in the advanced category. The stitch pattern is called the Oyster stitch, and reminds me of days by the water watching the waves crash, and hunting for little creatures or dulse (a dried seaweed that I grew up eating). Sometimes when you are sitting down on the rocks, on the shore where I grew up, and the sun sets, you really need something to cover your hands. These are fantastic for that. They are warm and snuggly, but leave the fingers free to do what you need to.

The yarn is Woolfolk TYND, which is heavenly to knit with. I had 223 yards, but didn’t use all of it. This oyster stitch has proven to be challenging for some of my testers. It is more complicated and very tension fussy. If the tension is too loose, the oysters will not line up and will not be as defined as you want them to be. This makes them very awkward.