Pasadena is famous for their colorful parade in the New Year. The beautiful roses – pinks and yellows – in varying shades of this cowl remind me of that time of year. Made in a simple two row repeat even a beginning crocheter can make this scarf quickly. Adding fun buttons make this stylish cowl a treat to wear.
Back in the middle of the summer, I was contacted by the Yarnover Truck asking if I would design the first pattern of their 2017 Yarn Club in Crochet. When I heard that the yarn was going to be specially dyed in the Space Cadet’s Capella yarn in a Yarn Club only colorway called Pasadena – a wonderfully evocative blend of reds, pinks and yellows – I knew I had to do this.
You see, I am a New Year’s Baby. In fact I was born at 12:00:25 AM on January 1, 1967. I was dubbed Miss East Bay 1967. (I was born in Hayward, California) Granted it is just an honorary title – but, hey, sometimes you have to flaunt it! 😉
Being a New Year’s baby isn’t always easy. The fun part of it was that I shared my birthday with my Dad’s sister – my Lala Marie – and the Tournament of Roses Parade. (in my Italian heritage, “lala” is the Genovese dialect for aunt, which is my dad’s side of the family) But the not so fun thing, at least when I was a child, is that I shared my birthday with the Rose Bowl.
Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE FOOTBALL! But as a child I had to deal with my entire family putting the cake and presents on hold – after a large Italian meal – to watch the Rose Bowl. One year, to show my displeasure, I actually snuck up behind the TV console and unplugged it. I don’t remember the year or who was playing – but I remember how upset my dad was! Needless to say, I never messed with football in our house again.
Back to the pattern!
The key to this project for the Yarnover Truck was that it needed to be one-skein and needed to incorporate four 1.5-inch buttons from Jennie the Potter. Once the yarn arrived, and I got to ooh and awe over the colors and play with it, The Pasadena Button Cowl was born!
Here are the details:
7 inches wide by 32 inches long
195 yards worsted weight yarn
Model uses Space Cadet Capella (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 3.5 oz /100g = 195 yds / 178m) in color Pasadena
US size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook or size needed for gauge.
4- 1 ½ inch buttons
In pattern 4 repeats and 8 rows = 4 inches (blocked)
The pattern includes a fun split leg double crochet two together that actually crosses over three other doubles to give a puffy cluster feel. I love that it makes a holes that are perfect for button holes! You can button up the cowl anyway you want.
I know that you cannot get this particular colorway if you weren’t a part of the Yarn club, but Capella comes in many colors that would look just as great. Take a look at Tantrum or Molten Cool!
As a Thank you for reading my blog, you get a special discount! Save $1.00 off the retail price of $6.50 as my thank you for letting me visit your inbox!
Just add Pasadena Button Cowl in your ravelry cart, click on the “use coupon code” and the use the coupon code parade to see the price change right away.
This coupon code is good today through the end of day pacific time Monday, February 20, 2017.
Are you going to Stitches West February 23-26, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA?
I will be there on Friday, February 24, 2017 from before opening though the end of the Fashion show that evening. I would love to meet up with some of you who might be there during that day! If you are going to be there, Leave a comment below.
I just might have in hand a first copy of my book for you to look at!
Also, I will be at the Yarnover Truck booth (#1048) from 3-5 PM for a meet and greet. Come see my newest pattern that launches there and get the kit too. That piece will also be on the runway. Let me know you are planning to stop by.
Even though I do have to work today, We are having a snow day in Western WA! I woke up to a winter wonderland.
Even though I do have a lot of work ahead, I must say the view is amazing!
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Originally called the Northwest Wagon Wheel, I first designed this square in 2001 for a square exchange I was involved in. Now it reminds me of the Great Wheel in Seattle!
This is a fast and easy square for an afghan, and a really great way to use up scrap yarn too! For more details about the pattern, visit the Northwest Wheel Square pattern page.
I have a very special pattern for you as my first release of 2017! The little one in your life needs a Cherry Cola Cardigan!
The name of this pattern comes from the colors I used, and that fact it is sock yarn. I think about the 1950s and “sock hops” and cherry colas! The pattern is a classic cardigan yet with modern features that will always keep it in fashion – unlike the old soda shops!
One thing I have never understood about children’s patterns is why so many are made with worsted-weight yarn. Using a fingering weight, the fabric has drape and doesn’t make the child look like the Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. I used Lion Brand Yarns Sock-Ease in the Cotton Candy colorway for the model, but it would look great in any color!
Despite the color of the model, that pattern is made to be a unisex sweater, with instructions on putting the buttons on either side of the sweater as it suits your needs. It is designed with children ages 2-8 in mind but with minimal shaping you can easily adjust it to fit smaller children if needed! The pattern is professionally tech, edited, and includes stitch charts as well as the written pattern. 6 pages in full color.
As a valued blog reader, I want to offer you 10% off the pattern. Just add Cherry Cola Cardigan in your ravelry cart, click on the “use coupon code” and the use the coupon code sodashop to see the price change right away.
This coupon code is good today through the end of day pacific time Friday, January 27, 2017.
I am looking for a part-time (1-2 hours a week to start) Virtual Assistant who is willing to grow with me.
Applicants should be a part of the fiber industry and know crochet since I am focused more on that – but knitting as well since once in a while I dabble in that. However if you are interested but are mostly knit centric and are willing to learn more about crochet please do apply!
Up front you will be doing tasks assigned to you but as the position grows and the need comes up I would love to have you offer ideas and contribute to the bigger picture. I’m looking for a friendly person who will eventually work with customers and suppliers for me as well.
Tasks to start will include:
- Developing and executing a Social Media plan including creating images
- Marketing tasks for my upcoming book and patterns
- Copy editing, word-smithing, laying out and scheduling blog posts and newsletters.
You must have strong knowledge of these programs:
- Google (Gmail, Docs, Calendar, etc)
You should be willing to learn:
If you are interested in applying, contact me before end of day on Friday January 27, 2017. Be sure to include your email address, any experience you have in the above detailed items and what your hourly fee is, if you have one. If you would like to offer a reference, include their contact information.
It’s Taxes Day.
17 things about the last 6 days…
- Having the some sort of flu bug last week really wiped me out.
- (My nose is so red.)
- Which means that I didnt get done the last part of the week what I was planning to!
- Sometimes when you post your goals to the world, it puts something out there that says “Ah Ha! you are going to have to work hard for this!”
- I really am not fun to be around when I am sick.
- All I want to do is drink tea and soup.
- Which is not fun for my carnivorous husband.
- But last night we did make it out to Famous Dave’s for dinner.
- I had the Catfish.
- I did knit three baby hats for charity! (they are the last three in the series of pictures)
- (did I mention one of my goals is to knit 4 baby hats a month for charity?)
- This morning I woke up feeling so much better
- (Even if my nose is still red.)
- And all I really want still is to drink tea and soup.
- I turned in the first edits of my new book this morning!
I had no idea until today when I got a notification that Target now sells Crochet Books!
You can get Pocket Shawls now – Online Only!