Interconnected

I’m thrilled to introduce my latest pattern, Interconnected! Find it on Ravelry or LoveCrafts.

This fun, chunky necklace is perfect for both summer knitting and summer wearing. Show off your knitting year round!

This pattern is yet another collaboration with the incredible Lake Knit Yarns, this time on her fun Sparkle Sock base and in the exclusive new colorway Hopes and Dreams.

The pattern is quick and relatively simple to knit, made of interconnecting rings of i-cord. The beaded cord holding them together only enhances the sparkle of the yarn itself!

Please come try it out in our Make-along in the Happiness Make-A-Long group on Ravelry or our challenge on Instagram using hashtag #happinessmakealong2020. You might even win some prizes!

Pom Poms

Pom poms are a common topper for many hats, and a fun accessory for other knitted goods as well. You can buy them pre-made or make one using a purchased pom pom maker, but I’m cheap and prefer to make them with things I already have on hand!

Step 1

First, decide the desired diameter for your pom pom, and find something that is that wide. Most women’s palms are 3-4 inches across, so will make a 3-4 inch pom pom. For different sized pom poms, you could use a fork, a ruler, a book, or even a square of cardboard. Wrap your yarn around your chosen “maker” until you have a nice, dense pile of yarn. The fatter your pile of yarn, the fatter your pom pom will be.

Step 2

When your pom pom is as fat as you would like it, slide it off your maker and turn it. Wrap the yarn end tightly around the middle a few times. Leave both ends of the yarn dangling from the center.

Step 3

Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the loops at each end of the “yarn bow” you’ve made.

Step 4

Use the yarn ends you’ve left dangling to firmly secure your pom pom to the top of your hat, or whatever other piece of fabric you’re decorating. Not only will this keep the pom pom from falling off; it will also keep it from unraveling.

Step 5

Finally, fluff your yarn! If you’re working with an animal fiber, you may even want to dampen the yarn (or just your fingers) to help the pom pom fluff and bulk out a bit. You are done when you can no longer see the wrapped yarn in the center.

That’s it! Cheap, easy and endlessly customizable!

Ribbon Candy

I’m excited to introduce my latest pattern, Ribbon Candy!

This summery confection is the perfect blend of luxury and fun. The broad-shouldered tank features flattering chevrons in seven different colors, making it a great way to use up those single skeins of luxury yarn or a gorgeous artsy gradient set.

The sample uses two different yarns from Lake Knit Yarns, Pebble MCN and a Mini Skein Set, which lend themselves particularly well to a gradient pattern like this. Choose a bright, candy-coated color for extra fun!

In light of recent events, for the first week after publication (June 3 through June 10), 50% of all sales of Ribbon Candy will be donated to Know Your Rights Camp.

I-Cord

I-cord is a fun, easy way of knitting a tiny tube that can be used for everything from jewelry to toys to edgings. If you’ve never tried it before, it’s not as intimidating as you might think!

Step 1

Step 1
Start by casting on the required number of stitches. If you’re just testing out a new technique, 3 and 4 are the most common numbers to cast on. The example photos are a 3 stitch i-cord. Knit to the end of the row.

Step 2

Step 2
Switch the finished needle back into your left hand, with the most recently completed stitch (and working yarn) at the bottom of the needle.

Step 3

Step 3
Pull the working yarn, still attached to the bottom stitch, up to where you normally hold your working yarn. Knit the first stitch on the needle. All other stitches on the needle will be knit normally.

Step 4

Step 4
When you reach the end of the needle, switch hands and repeat the process. The first stitch of every row will be knit with the working yarn pulled up from the final stitch of the previous row. This pulls your fabric back in on itself and creates a tube. When your i-cord is long enough, bind off as for flat knitting.

Yes, it really is that easy!

Goose Creek

The weather is getting cool, and it’s the perfect time to cuddle up under a new blanket like my Goose Creek!

Young child with Goose Creek blanket pulled up over his lap and one shoulder.

Log cabin blankets and herringbone stitch are both classics that are currently back in trend. Boost the modern, trendy feel of this children’s blanket with bold, on-trend colors or go classic with softer pinks or blues. Either way, this sturdy security blanket is sure to be loved by a kid in your life for years to come.

Young child wearing Goose Creek blanket and smiling at the camera.

Goose Creek includes includes a schematic and written instructions for creating the log cabin-style blanket. Suggestions are included for modifying the size of the blanket if desired, including a chart with common blanket sizes. The pattern also include written and photo instructions for knitting herringbone stitch, as well as links to a video tutorial on herringbone stitch.

Close-up of Goose Creek blanket.

Mountain Air

I’m so happy to share a cool breeze with you on this hot August day! My new pattern Mountain Air is exactly the sort of light, airy tunic you need on a hot summer day.

This charming a-line tunic features a few creative, highly-personalized shaping options to insure the perfect fit for every body.

Mountain Air is worked with a provisional cast-on from the bust up, and then from the bust down. Its soft, floating lines pair well with a light skirt, or with jeans for a nice transitional piece between seasons.

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Fire on the Mountain

I’m excited to introduce you to another shawl pattern this summer, Fire on the Mountain!

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This shawl was specifically designed to show off Abstract Fiber’s newly released Super Sock+ colorway, Mountain Sunshine.

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The lightweight lace is perfect for keeping the mountain breeze off your shoulders. The relatively simple patterns make an easy summer project for the experienced lace knitter, and are very manageable for those newer to lace as well.

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If you’re looking for some great vacation knitting ahead of your next mountain adventure, this is the pattern for you!

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Water’s Edge

I’m so thrilled to introduce my latest summer knit, Water’s Edge.

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This light, elegant shawl was created specifically to show off Inner Yarn Zen’s newest Duality colorway, Beachcomber, and it certainly looks at home on the shoreline!

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The simple, airy seafoam body knits up surprisingly fast, and the striking scalloped edging is positively loaded with sparkle thanks to roughly 1700 glass beads!

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If you have a special occasion coming up or are just looking for an extra dose of glitter in your life, this is the pattern for you!

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Old Dominion

Feeling cold? Want an attractive sweater that won’t take a million years to complete? My super-bulky weight Old Dominion is just the pattern for you!

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This ultra-cozy cardigan knits up impressively fast. it’s not only incredibly warm, but also an ideal project for when you suddenly decide you need a new sweater right now.

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With its fitted waist and romantic detailing, there’s no need to compromise on style just because you’re cold!

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M1 and Variations

Did you know there is more than one way to m1 (make one)? When a designer simply indicates to “m1”, they are stating that the variety of m1 used makes little difference to the pattern, and you should choose whichever you’re happiest with. All varieties of m1 require you to pick up a stitch from the bar between two stitches.

M1L
To m1l (make one left), insert the left needle from front to back under the bar between stitches. Knit into the back of the loop you just created. This is often considered the easiest way to m1.

front to back  back loop

M1R
To m1r (make one right), insert the left needle from back to front under the bar between stitches. Knit into the front of the loop you just created.

knitside to purlside  purl into back

M1LPW
To m1lpw (make one left, purlwise), insert the left needle from purlside to knitside under the bar between stitches. Purl into the back of the loop you just created.

purlside to knitside  front to back

M1RPW
To m1rpw (make one right, purlwise), insert the left needle from knitside to purlside under the bar between stitches. Purl into the front of the loop you just created.

knitside to purlside  purl front

So those are the four possible ways to do an m1 increase. By and large you’ll use the m1l most often, but it never hurts to have a few extra tricks up your sleeve!

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