An older pattern gets an upgrade thanks to new Monster Minis from Jems Luxe Fibers!
Jems Luxe Fibers has introduced new bulky mini sets called Monster Minis and I’m in love! These little wonders are a fun way to play with color. I’m one of the lucky first designers to get their hands on some to see how they work up. The first thing I did was reinvent my classic Lush Cowl to feature Jems’s coordinating sets. This version uses a full skein of Jems Luxe Fibers Bulky in Graphite and the Hebe Collection Monster Minis. Don’t you love the color combination?
The warm and squishy cowl features a unique crochet cable technique. It works up quickly with enough plush layers to sit high over your nose, and is soft enough to scrunch around your neck. So grab the pattern and your Monster Minis from Jems Luxe Fibers. They are the only ones who carry bulky minis!
When you are knitting a top down sweater like a yoke or raglan pattern, after you complete the shoulders and top of bust, you will separate the sleeve stitches from the body stitches. The sleeve stitches will be held unworked as you finish the body down to the waist.
In the Fireworks pattern by Olive Knits, at the beginning of the round you will work a few extra stitches before you separate the body and sleeves. This is because your BOR (beginning of round) is at the top of the shoulder and you must first work to the stitches that will be under the arm. Where you place your first marker is going to be the new BOR. Then you will continue by working a certain number of stitches for the front, slipping the appropriate number of stitches for one arm PURLWISE onto waste yarn, adding a few stitches under the arm, working a certain number of stitches for the back (this brings the front and back together), slipping stitches purlwise for the other arm, adding stitches for under the other arm, and joining the back to the front.
For other top down patterns, the process is the same, but the position of the BOR will change the process a little. A well written pattern will give exact numbers of stitches to work and slip and in what order.
Most patterns suggest holding sleeve stitches on waste yarn. But if you have extra cables you can use those instead. It is important that you use a generous length of waste yarn or a long cable so it will be easy for you to try on your sweater. That’s one of the big advantages of making a top down sweater!
To slip stitches to waste yarn, you will need a tapestry needle and a generous length of waste yarn. (See images below) I recommend using a contrasting yarn in a lighter weight than your work. Thread your waste yarn on your tapestry needle, but don’t knot it. Slip stitches PURLWISE onto the tapestry needle the same way you would slip them from the left to the right needle. Continue working your stitches down your waste yarn, but don’t let them fall off the other end! When you have the appropriate number of stitches slipped for one sleeve, tie the ends of your waste yarn together so you don’t drop the stitches. Be sure to leave plenty of room for you to try on your sweater.
If you are using cable needles, use any needle size smaller than what you are knitting with. This keeps from stretching your stitches and changing the gauge. Slip stitches PURLWISE from the left needle to the new cable being careful to not let them slip off the other end. Secure your needles together so stitches won’t fall off as you are working the body. Be sure to use a cable long enough to allow you to try on your sweater!
My favorite way to hold sleeve stitches is on an interchangeable cable so the needles don’t get in the way. For this technique, you will need:
an extra cable long enough to allow you to try on your sweater
a needle any size smaller than what you are knitting with
something to secure your cable, like a connection piece or stoppers
Attach the needle to one end of the cable and a connection piece or a stopper to the other end. Slip your stitches PURLWISE as described. Then replace the needle with the other end of the connection piece or the other stopper.
After your sleeves are separated from the body, you are ready to work the rest of the body! You will come back to the sleeves after the body is complete.
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:
It’s such a time of joy and there’s so much to be delighted about! I find joy in the warmth of the long days, the expectation and freedom of summer exploration, summer recipes that delight the senses, colors that scintillate in the sun! And Jems Luxe Fibers served it all up with their What’s Cooking yarn subscription this spring!
Yummy colors and delicious southern recipes were delivered the last 3 months: Carrot Soufflé in April, Pig Pie in May, and Blueberry Rumble in June. These colors brought me such delight, I named my newest pattern “Chara,” Greek for “joy.” You can crochet your own delicious Chara Shawl using the colors from Jems Luxe Fibers What’s Cooking collection or choose your own color palette that brings you joy!
Joy is the warmth of spring, delighting in the flavors of fresh recipes, and the dazzling colors inspired by What’s Cooking Spring 2021 by Jems Luxe Fibers. Fill your senses with joy as you immerse yourself in creating this shawl!
Difficulty Advanced Beginner
Finished Measurements Approx. 60 inches by 32 inches after blocking
I’m working on a math heavy pattern right now, and my brain just needed a diversion. So I took a break last night a designed this Tamagotchi ON cozy. Tamagotchis are a cool little diversion themselves. It’s a revival of the 90’s electronic pet. You start with a digital egg and it hatches and grows through different stages of life. But only if you feed it, clean it, and play with it…Every. Single. Day. Or it dies.
It’s fun to play when I’m supposed to be cleaning house or feeding my real kid. Why go through all that when you can do it digitally in a game? The device is a little egg shaped game, and the originals had a keychain attached so you could carry it with you where ever you go. The newest version lacks the keychain, so I needed a cozy that would protect it, make it a little shock resistant, and have a convenience loop to carry it. So here is a quick diversion for you to make for your or your kid’s Tamagotchi.
Tamagotchi ON Cozy
Rnd 1: In magic loop, ch 6. Do not join; work in spiral.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st. 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
Rnd 7: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 8: Sc in next 3 sts, ch 15, sk 3 sts, sc in next 30 sts.
Rnd 9: Sc in next 3 sts, ch 3, sk ch-15 lp, sc in next 30 sts.
Here is the Kirithra Cowl and Scarf! One pattern, two styles! “Kirithra” means “honeycomb” in Greek and it’s the same honeycomb pattern as the Kirithra Shawlette. I am so proud of the Kirithra Shawlette, but there are so many things I love about the cowl version.
First, it’s a perfect use of a pack of mini skeins from JemsLuxe Fibers! Do you have a mini skein set waiting for a project or 5 random minis you can put together? You can use that, or even left over sock yarn from your last few pairs. You just need 20 grams or 90 yards each in 5 different colors. You can even use a couple of full size handdyed skeins if you want.
Another thing is how fast it is. The cowl only takes a few hours to make, so it’s a great last minute Christmas present. The scarf, of course, takes a little longer, but it’s only December 1st. You still have time!
It’s easy too! If you were hesitant about the Intermediate skill level of the Kirithra Shawlette, this is a fun Beginner alternative.
If you like a challenge, or math (ha!), the cowl and scarf patterns are adjustable. The stitch count is included so you can alter the width and length.
I hope you enjoy this cowl as much as I have had designing and wearing it!
Once you have your kit or pattern, you can join the Kirithra Shawlette Crochet Along! Starting November 9th, gather with other crocheters in a private Facebook group to share progress, hints and tips, and some much needed community. Look for your invitation to join after you complete your purchase!
I’m so excited to introduce my newest design! It’s a shawl! It’s a scarf! It’s a SHAWLETTE! I love how this turned out. It’s long and narrow. You can wear it loose around your shoulders for cool fall nights or bundle it around your neck when it gets colder.
I used 3 skeins of Luxe Sock yarn by @jemsluxefibers. The design features a spike stitch pattern with crocheted linen stitch stripes and a ribbed edging all around. The smart unisex design is perfect for anyone!
The pattern will be released November 9th with a special event for a few lucky stitchers! Details are coming later this week!
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 yarn (one ball will make 2-3 scrubbies) or cotton dish yarn US I Hook or hook for Basic Crochet Supplies Tapestry Needle
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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!