Croc-a-tail Scarf

This cute scarf pattern was great fun. Again, it’s a pretty simple pattern, but there are great details for not just visual interest, but to keep your attention. There are little spikes knit along the edge to imitate a croc tail. I used a Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball for this, as the pattern calls for fingering weight. I knit until I was pretty much out of yarn. This pattern is fantastic for that. You can just keep knitting away until you are about to fun out and then bind off. A lot less waste that way. So many times I end up with balls of fingering weight hanging around because the pattern didn’t use it all.

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Angels Flight Cap

This cute hat can be whipped up in no time at all. I think I did it in an evening. It has a great design running up to the top, to give it some great interest. The pattern uses a sport weight yarn, which makes it warm, but not overly so. It’s great if you live in a more temperate climate where it gets cold, but not frigid. I used Ornaghi Filati Camel Hair yarn. It was a bit too fuzzy for this project, but it still feels nice.

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Pushmi Pullyu socks

These socks were so much fun to knit. They are really a simple vanilla type sock that is great for a quick knit, and if you are just starting out. The fun arises in the construction. Instead of finishing at the cuff of the sock and then getting second sock syndrome, these socks keep going. You work a couple rows with a scrap yarn, and then go right into sock two. But, this time you work from the cuff to the toe. It’s great. They will work great with any yarn, since there is no patterning in the sock. I chose a yarn with a great stripe in it. The yarn is Continuum Self Striping from String Theory Colorworks in the Carbon colorway. I love their sock yarns. Their stripes are magic. Well, not really magic. They work really hard with their measurements and things to get the stripes to be perfect.

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Romancing The Brioche

I have just completed another test knit for YarnOverNewYork. This hat is absolutely adorable. It makes use of the Brioche style to give definition to the ribbing and the heart. It has child and adult sizes, so if you are looking for a cute hat for a little girl, this one will be fantastic. It’s also great with Valentines day coming up.

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Fioritura Shawl

This test knit was for Yarn Over New York once again. She has lovely patterns, and you really should go check out her Ravelry page. This one is a lovely shawlette. It is long enough to cover your shoulders on a chilly day, or bundle up around your neck. This pattern is set to be released in just a couple short weeks.

I’m not sure what yarn this is, but it required a fingering weight yarn. Unfortunately, the ball band for this went missing ages ago, but the yarn was sparkly and crying to be used for this. Who was I to refuse! To knit this pattern, you will need to be able to work increases and decreases, and be able to follow a special stitch pattern that she has included. She does a great job of detailing how the stitch works, and includes pictures. Also, while there are charts in the pattern, she has also written out the instructions for you.

BB-8 Beanie Hat

First of all, this hat is adorable. It’s based on the BB-8 character from Star Wars, who is very cute in the movie as well. The designer is Level Up Nerd Apparel. The hat is crocheted and uses mostly basic techniques of double crochets, increases and decreases, and color changes. The designer does a great job in her pattern of describing the techniques and does give details on how to work color changes. You will need worsted weight yarn in white, black, orange and grey for this pattern. The hat took me only a couple days to work up. It would have been faster, but I made a mistake and had to tear it back. Thankfully, that is very fast to do with crochet.

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Fawkes’s Tail Scarf

This is Fawkes’s Tail Scarf by Yarn Over New York. This lovely scarf uses a fingering weight yarn and creates a pattern of feather like protrusions over the length of the scarf. I used Purple Goddess Design Yarn in the Blue Twinkle Toes colorway. The designer was recommending a yarn with some sparkle in it, because honestly who can resist sparkle? It is a lovely scarf that can be worn both casually and as a more formal look.  I ended up with a length that wraps around the neck once, with the ends coming to rest gently around the chest area. This gives a lovely loose drape.

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