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!
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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.
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!
Are You Ready?
I am really excited to announce my FIRST ever mystery crochet-a-long!
After a busy holiday season – it’s time to sit back, relax and make something fun with a whole group of crocheters! Camaraderie, any help with questions you might have direct from the designer and being one of the FIRST to actually make this pattern before it is released to the public!
And did I mention Prizes? There will be prizes for 3 lucky finishers – Project bags – yarn and more!
The project is a shawl, but I cannot show you what it looks like – yet! That’s why it is a MYSTERY!
I can also tell you that thought the original pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, you can use other weights and adjust the pattern, (I will tell you how in each clue!)
The CAL is running from February 1 – March 10, 2017. Clues will be distributed on Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15 and Feb 22.
I have created an official Facebook Group for the CAL! All of the details of how to join that group are detailed when you join the CAL by purchasing the MCAL 2017 pattern up front. See more below about that!
Are you wanting join us? Starting right now, you can join us by purchasing the pattern at a very deep discount. When you purchase the pattern before February 1, 2017 – you will get the FAQs and information sheet. You’ll get a complete materials list, information about the gauge and all the notes to help you get ready to go. Including how to join the group.
Every week after I launch the first clue, I will be increasing the price as each clue is released so your best bet is to join before the launch date! On March 14, 2016 – I will be releasing the full pattern at it’s full price ($7.50).
To win prizes, you will have until March 10th to finish and post photos of your completed shawl. On the 11th, I will draw names and announce the winners!
ARE YOU IN?
Great! All you need to do is buy the pattern now for $3.50 here!
Tilt Socks – a new kit from Karen and Craftsy!
I was asked to design a new sock pattern for Craftsy and they really wanted some socks with cables. Tilt was born. If you look closely at the photo of the toe, you can see the cables are graduated – thus the name Tilt.
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Tilt socks are toe-up style crochet socks with a simple slanted cable pattern that is reversed on the opposite foot. This results in a beautiful unisex sock that everyone will love. Gorgeous in solid and tonal yarns, this sock is also a charming pattern in variegated, handpainted or long striping yarns.
Written in 4 foot widths, the sock is easily customizable to foot length and leg height just by adding more or less of the 2 pattern row repeats once the slanting cables are established. Notes are included to help create a larger leg for those who may have thicker calves than others.
I am so excited that these are available in a kit! Right now there are 28 colors to chose from can you can chose kits for standard socks or knee highs! Lots of customization options too!
At some point in our lives, we have all needed a little bit of help. It might have been physical, such as clothing, shelter or food. It might have been emotional such as a listening ear, prayers, or just the knowledge that you have someone in your corner.
I am grateful to everyone who has crossed paths in my life and has helped me out in some way over the years. Now its time to give back.
Today and tomorrow (November 29 and 30, 2016) 100% of the profit of ALL SALES will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society on the campus of my Church, St. Mary Magdalen in Everett WA. The link there will bring you to the page on the website that tells you more about the program and how to contact them directly. (Scroll down to find St. Vincent de Paul)
Blessings to you and your families!
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I have known Andee for quite a while! As her official CGOA Mentor , I have watched her career take off and now I can honestly say this book caps off an amazing ride she has had! Even though it has been several years since I’ve needed my Mentor hat, we still are fantastic friends!
From the Publisher:
Shawls and wraps can take any outfit from ho-hum to fabulous! Designer Andee Graves has created this outstanding collection of wraps that will leave you puzzled about which one to make first. She has included shawls that will be perfect for every climate and season. The six designs cover a broad range of shapes from square, round, triangular, Mobius wrap and a ruana – certainly something for everyone! Whether making these for gifts or yourself, you will fall in love with the beauty of each unique design.
All 6 wraps are beautiful. they are well written and thought out in Andee’s signature style. She uses a variety of yarns from fingering to bulky – so no matter what you are looking for, you will find it here in this book. Just take a look here at all the gorgeous designs!
My favorite is the Summer Seaside Shawl! Which is yours?