Get Your Swatch On!

My beautiful yarn came in from Jems Luxe Fibers so I’m swatching for the Fireworks 4 Day KAL today! Look below for a peek at the colorway I ordered. If you are just joining us, get all the Fireworks KAL details here.

If this is your first time swatching, here are a few of tips.

  • Use your size 6 needles because you want to use the needles you’re going to use for the body of the sweater.
  • Cast on more than 20 stitches. The edges tend to warp a little bit, so you won’t get an accurate measurement if you count the stitches on the edge.
  • Your swatch should be a little more than 4″ x 4″ of stockinette stitch (k on one side, p on the other). There’s no “right” way to do it other than that. But if you like specific directions, I’ll post row by row directions below.
  • Notice the gauge says the swatch should be “blocked.” For the most accurate gauge, wash your block the same way you’ll wash your finished piece. When you wash different fibers, they may grow or shrink, so you’ll definitely want to take that into account for your sweater.

Let me know if you have any other questions! Happy swatching!

Swatch pattern

Cast on 28 sts.

Row 1: (K1, P1) across.

Row 2: (P1, K1) across.

Rpt rows 1 & 2.

Row 4: (K1, P1) twice, K 20, (K1, P1) twice.

Row 5: (P1, K1) twice, P 20, (P1, K1) twice.

Rpt rows 4 & 5 thirteen more times.

Rpt rows 1 & 2 twice. Bind off.

Luxe DK in colorway Euclase by Jems Luxe Fibers

Welcome to the Fireworks KAL!

This is your Olive Knits Fireworks Sweater Headquarters! Here, you can find links to everything you need to participate in the Fireworks Knitalong throughout the month of July. Let us know you are knitting with us by signing up here. If this is your first sweater, great! I’ll also have a variety of resources available to you to make it fun and easy.

A huge thanks to Olive Knits for organizing this worldwide KAL, and to Jems Luxe Fibers for hosting our small group KAL! First, bookmark these websites for easy access:

https://www.oliveknits.com/fireworks-4day-kal/ Olive Knits Fireworks KAL page: Contains the Pattern Details link, Events Timeline, Swag and much more!

https://jemsluxefibers.com/ Jems Luxe Fibers for ordering yarn.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/758681594755974 Join Jems: For the Love of Knitting and Cooking Facebook Group for meetings, updates, and to share progress.

https://katieclarkcrochet.com/ I’m your hostess and KAL leader! Look here for resources, videos, updates, tips and more. Email me at KatieClarkCrochet@gmail.com for personalized help along the way!

Event Dates

June 22nd: Swatch Party: Zoom party hosted by Jems Luxe Fibers, See Jems: For the Love of Knitting and Cooking Facebook Group for details about how to participate

July 1st: Virtual Cast On Party – Livestream: Hosted by Olive Knits

July EVERY TUESDAY: Weekly Zoom meetings hosted by Jems Luxe Fibers, See Jems: For the Love of Knitting and Cooking Facebook Group for details about how to participate

• July 6: Working the yoke

• July 13: Dividing for the body and working the body

• July 20: Working the sleeves

• July 27: Finishing

July ALL MONTH: Weekly livestreams and prize drawings with Marie on Facebook 

July 30th: Official end of KAL and Virtual Bind Off Party – Livestream

What You May Have Missed

• Order your pattern and yarn ASAP! The pattern is discounted for a limited time only. Order your yarn soon so you will receive your order in time to cast on with us!

• Let us know you are knitting with us by signing up here.

• June 7: Olive Knits unveils the Fireworks Sweater! View the video here.

Resources

Learn tips and tricks for swatching here.

• Video: How to read the information in the Pattern details, what materials you will need, and prepare to swatch

• Photo Tutorial on Dividing the Sleeves in a top down sweater

• Find errata on the Fireworks Pattern at the bottom of this page.

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Christmas in September

2020 has been something else, hasn’t it?! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the end of the year! There has to be a light at the end of this tunnel. And it should have something to do with Christmas. And yarn. How about a crochet along?

Forbidden Fiber Company is introducing this year’s advent calendar, and it’s gonna be so fun! It’s a White Elephant Advent Calendar! Have you played a White Elephant or Dirty Santa gift exchange? It’s like that. You choose a squishy present out of the box and see what you get. If you like it, you keep it to use in your pattern today. If you don’t, put it back and choose another! The catch is, you eventually get to keep them all!

The White Elephant Advent Calendar comes with everything you need to complete a surprise pattern by the end of the month: 18 coordinating hand-dyed mini-skeins, A MKAL (knit) pattern designed by Afifa Knits OR MCAL (crochet) pattern designed by me, Katie Clark, and a few extra goodies throughout the month.

If you choose the crochet option, find me on Facebook along the way for help, tips, and a good time! Are you ready to get started? Find the MCAL pattern here.

Summer Blog Hop

It’s Fri-yay! AND…it’s my day for the Summer Blog Hop! Here is today’s free pattern, the Espartina Scarf, a light beachy wrap that features a crochet “drop stitch” motif. It’s available free today, June 26th, 2020, only. But if you missed the promotion, don’t worry! It’s available for purchase all the time on my Patterns page.

Espartina Scarf

I want to thank Jess from SunSandStitch.com for organizing the blog hop. She has one more surprise for you tomorrow, so be sure to check out her page one more time tomorrow! And thanks to the other awesome designers, Creativ Anaviv, Fobas Designs, Potter Productions & Desamour Designs. It’s been so fun!

Making Chores More Fun?!

Free Pattern: Scrubbies

Have you been productive during the Shelter-In-Place? Did you start to tackle projects or to-do lists you’ve been putting off? Or have you perfected your procrastination skills by avoiding chores when you can’t even leave your home?

I’m the eternal procrastinator! I have projects and tasks that “I’ll get to one of these days.” Some are fun, like getting around to that design that’s been floating around in my head. (Hopefully, you’ll see the product of some of those soon!) Some are working through yarn in my stash. Some are just chores I don’t want to do so I avoid them like the Coronavirus! Ha!

Well, the last two things just came together! I had a bag of various scrubby yarns I’d been waiting to work up and try out. I finally found some time to make kitchen scrubbies. Now, I hate housework, but it’s a little bit better when you have good tools that do the job. I love my handmade dish cloths, and I expect I’ll love these scrubbies as well.

So, here are a few patterns for your scrubby yarns that are good for your kitchen or your bath. Plus, I’ve added a few options you may want to try out for yourself!

Scrubby Square
Scrubby Square
with Eyelet Edging
Scrubby Pouf

Materials

Scrubby yarn (one ball will make 2-3 scrubbies)
or cotton dish yarn
US I Hook or hook for
Basic Crochet Supplies
Tapestry Needle

Scrubby Square

Ch 4, 4 dc in 4th ch from hook. Turn.
-4 dc

Ch 3 (does not count as dc), 3 dc in 1st st, dc to last st, 3 dc in last st. Turn.
-8 dc

Rpt last row until you have 24 sts. Begin decrease rows as follows.

Ch 3, dc3tog, dc to last 3 sts, dc3tog. Turn.
-20 dc

Rpt last row until you have 4 sts left.

Last row: Ch 2, dc3tog. Finish off. Weave in ends.

Option: Replace the double crochets with front and back post double crochets for more scrubby ridges. Work bpdc on the right side and fpdc on the back side.

Scrubby Square with Eyelet Edging

Ch 5 (counts as dc & ch-1 sp), dc in 5th ch from hook. Turn.
-2 dc, 1 ch-1 sp

Ch 4 (counts as dc & ch-1 sp throughout), dc in first st, dc in ch-1 sp, [dc, ch 1, dc] in top of turning ch. Turn.
-5 dc, 2 ch-1 sp

Ch 4, dc in first st, dc in ch-1 sp, dc in each st across to ch-1 sp, dc in ch-1 sp, [dc, ch 1, dc] in top of turning ch. Turn.
-9 dc, 2 ch-1 sp

Rpt last row until you have 25 dc. Begin decrease rows as follows.

Ch 2, sk ch-1 sp, dc in each dc across to 1 st before ch-1 sp, dc2tog the next st and the last st skipping ch-1 sp. Turn.
-23 dc

Ch 2, sk first 2 dc, dc across to last 3 sts, dc2tog the next st and the last st skipping 1 dc. Turn.
-19 dc

Rpt last row until you have 3 sts left.

Last row: Ch 2, sk next st, dc in last st. Finish off. Weave in ends.

Option: Red Heart’s Sparkly Scrubby yarn isn’t very absorbent. To make a more cloth-like scrubby, hold it together with an all cotton yarn. Be sure to go up at least 2 hook sizes.

Scrubby Pouf

Work in rounds.

Ch 4, 24 dc in 4th ch from hook. Join w sl st to first dc.

Ch 3 (does not count as dc), 3 dc in each st around. Join w sl st to first dc.
-72 dc

Ch 3, dc3tog around. Join w sl st to first dc.
-24 dc

Rpt last rnd once.
-8 dc

Finish off. Use a tapestry needle to stitch last 8 sts closed. Tie firmly. Thread end into center of pouf.

Option: For a soap saver, work the first round of double crochets around a small elastic hairband. When you are done, insert a sample size soap into the center through the elastic.

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Coronavirus Amish Puzzle Ball

I know these times are stressful. We are dealing with work and kids and dishes…the DISHES! (Does your family want to eat every day like mine?)

And everybody deals with stress differently. Some bake bread, filling the house with that delicious aroma. You might escape the circumstances by binge watching a show or getting lost in a book.

I’m the kind that deals with stress by making irreverent fun. So here’s the result of my stress crocheting….

The Coronavirus Amish Puzzle Ball!

Start with the virus. Discover how to destroy the virus. Then discover a cure!

Fight the virus!
Wash your hands to destroy the virus!
Discover a cure!

Finished Size: Approx. 5 inches
Materials:
Worsted weight yarn (#4)
1 ball red, 1 ball gray, 1 ball any color for the cure side (CC)
US G hook
Polyester fiber fill
Basic Crochet supplies (scissors, tapestry needle, etc.)

Gauge: not critical

Abbreviations:

beg – beginning
ch – chain
lp – loop
m – marker
ML – magic loop
rnd – round
rpt – repeat
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch

Cure Side

Using CC, beg w ML.

Rnd 1: In ML, ch 1, sc 4 in lp. Do not turn.
4 sc

Note: Do not ch 1 at the beginning of rnd here and throughout. Work in a spiral.
Use an open m to mark your beg of rnd.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around.
8 sc

Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 4 times.
12 sc

Rnd 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 4 times.
16 sc

Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 4 times.
20 sc

Rnd 6: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st] 4 times.
24 sc

Stop here or continue in pattern for a larger finished project. Finish off. Hide ends.

Make 12 pieces.

Virus side

Note: The beginning of this piece is very fidgety. If it’s too frustrating, use Gray to make pieces just like the Cure Side. Then use a lark’s head or other knot to attach short pieces of red yarn to the centers of each gray piece.

Using Red, ch 8, sl st in bottom lp of beg ch to form a lp.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc2tog around.
4 sc

Rnds 2 & 3: Sc around. Finish off changing to gray in last st.

Continue as for Cure Side starting with rnd 2.

Make 12 pieces.

Assembly

Using gray, hold 1 virus side and 1 cure side with wrong sides together making sure the cure side is closest to you. Working through both layers, join with a sl st. Ch 1, sc in same st and next 12 sts.

*Hold another pair of virus and cure sides together with the cure side closest to you, and working through both layers and beg in any st, sc in 13 sts. Rpt from * until 4 sections are attached. Join to beg sc being careful not to twist work.

Rotate work to continue around the other half making sure the cure side is still closest to you. * Sl st in top of first sc of next section. Working through both layers, sc in same st as last sc, sc in next 11 sts stopping halfway to stuff section, sc in same st as next sc. Rpt from * around. Join sl st to beg st. Finish off weave in ends.

Rpt 2 more times to make 3 rings with 4 sections in each ring.

Need a hint to put it together? Coming soon! Try it yourself first!

A Merry Star Wars Christmas

Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas season has started. Disney has blessed us this season by introducing us to an adorable Baby Yoda. Of course, I had to have one, so I made my own Baby Yoda!

And you can have one, too! Here’s the crochet pattern to bring home your own Baby Yoda. Merry Christmas!

Baby Yoda

Materials
• Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in green and tan
• Stuffing
• 12mm safety eyes (I used the brown colored eyes)
• Tapestry needle
Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)
dec – decrease
flo – front loop only
lp(s) – loop(s)
ml – magic loop
rev sc – reverse single crochet
rnd(s) – round(s)
rpt – repeat
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet two together
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over

Notes on Amigurumi

• When working in rounds, do not join. Just continue crocheting in the next stitch creating a spiral. Use an open stitch marker to keep up with beginning of round.

• Decrease: (Insert hook in flo of next stitch, yo, pull up a lp) twice, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.

• Invisible Finish Off: Pull the last lp up until tail comes through st. Using tapestry needle, sew tail under next st and then through the center of the previous st. Draw yarn to back and secure. Weave in end.

Instructions for Baby Yoda with attached coat

Head (green)

Rnd 1: Starting with a ml, ch 1, sc 6 times.
6 sc

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
12 sc

Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around
18 sc

Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) around
30 sc

Rnds 6-8: Work 3 rnds even.

Rnd 9: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 10: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts) around
18 sc

Rnd 11: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st) around
12 sc

Add eyes in center of ball about 6 sts apart. Stuff firmly.

Rnd 12: Dec over next 2 sts around. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.
6 sc

Sew 1 long st each for top eye lid and bottom eyelid.

Ears (green)

Right Ear

Row 1: Ch 4, sc in 2nd st from hook. Turn.
1 sc, 2 chs

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in sc. Turn.
1 sc

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in sc. Turn.
2 sc

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc. Turn.
3 sc

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Turn.

Rpt last row twice more.

Ch 1. Rev sc in end of each row along long edge of ear. Reverse sc in first ch, 3 rev sc in second ch, rotate ear and rev sc in remaining loop of first ch. Continue rev sc in end of each row along edge of ear. Finish off leaving long tail for sewing.

Left Ear

Work rows 1-4 same as first ear.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next sc. Turn.
3 sc

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Turn.

Rpt last row twice more. Turn.

Sl st across 3 sts on end of ear. Finish the same as the other ear. Turn.

Sew on ears onto head in a slight curve.

Body (tan)

Rnd 1: Starting with a ml, ch 1, sc 6 times.
6 sc

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
12 sc

Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around
18 sc

Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) around
30 sc

Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts) around
36 sc

Rnds 7-12: Work 6 rnds even.

Rnd 13: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts) around
30 sc

Rnd 14: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 15: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts) around
18 sc

Rnd 16: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st) around
12 sc

Stuff.

Rnd 17: Dec over next 2 sts around.
6 sc

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Whip st in each st around and cinch hole closed. Sew yarn through opposite end, pull tight and secure end.

Sew body to head.

Collar (tan)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, ch 5.

Row 1: Sc in second st and next 3 sts. Turn.
4 sc

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st. Turn.

Rpt row 2 until you have 37 rows or collar is long enough to wrap around the widest part of body with 3 extra rows overlapping.

Last row: Ch 1, sc 2 together twice. Invisible finish off.

Sew ends together with rounded end overlapping square end by a few rows. Slip collar around coat and sew in place.

Hide all ends inside body and head.

Katie Clark Crochet on Tour!

Well, it’s not a rock ‘n’ roll tour, but it’s a class tour and I may be coming to a city near you!

Come by and see me at 2019 Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip in Vicksburg, MS September 26-28. I will be joined by other big names in fiber for a slate of classes unprecedented in Mississippi! Click here for a list of classes. Besides the classes, come visit the marketplace heaven for fiber enthusiasts. Click here for info on the vendor hall.

In October, you will find me in Ashville, NC for Southeastern Fiber Fair! I’m so excited to be joining this renowned and respected fiber festival October 24-27! Here are links for classes and event info. Or click the logos for more information on each festival.

Check out Katie Clark Crochet on Instagram and Facebook for updates on my classes and workshops.

It’s time to Let the Good Times Roll!

Let the Good Times Roll Shawl Mystery Crochet Along is live! We are gearing up for 2019 Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip with this fun MCAL. Our vendors have put together yarn kits especially for this pattern. Visit the Let the Good Times Roll page under the Patterns menu or click here for full details!

Ready to jump in? Preregister now!

Already registered? Bought your yarn? Tell us what colors you chose in the comments below!