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The Willow Sweater from TLYarnCrafts:

Cotton spring threequarter length sleeve sweater designed by tl yarn crafts and sewn by ila quinn designs a comfortable and unique geometric seamed sweater

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The Willow Sweater is off my hook and in my closet!!! And I am so pleased with how it turned out I thought I would share a little about my yarn choices, Positive ease, and styling my latest garment!

You may know that I am into slow and sustainable fashion. I make, buy used, and fix old clothes nearly exclusively. With that purpose in mind, I have been using my handmakes to fill in gaps in my wardrobe!

Each January I participate in Fuzzy What Knots #acrossthewipline

It’s a really fun way to finish your projects that were put aside and get your crafting off to an organized and successful start to the year!

Another finish from this year!

Last year I finished a sweater, infinity scarf (which is a free pattern on my blog!), and another scarf which is a free pattern Designed by Leah over at iplaywithfiber.com

This year I finished not one but FOUR sweaters and tops that are all designated for my spring wardrobe!

The first finish was my longest ever wip the Enigma hooded cardigan.

The second was my bright as sunlight Lined up vest in one color!

The Third was my pattern that is currently in testing, the Star Lace Cardigan:

And the fourth was my Willow Sweater designed by Tlyarncrafts, which is what I’m here to talk to you about today!

First I will talk about my yarn choice! We all know cotton is known as a spring and summer choice, and for good reason! It’s cooling against the skin and still adds weight and drape to your garments! I adore cotton. It’s a fantastic solution for those of us with wool allergies, and it is truly a tough long wearing yarn! With the right cotton, it will still be soft and comfortable against your skin, so I highly recommend finding garment-worthy cotton yarns before you dive in!

Bernat Softee cotton is pretty great. Affordable, really good structure and stitch definition, is comfortable to wear, and adds weight without heat! The perfect combination for my spring wardrobe!

The willow sweater is made with two colors. I wanted to keep my teal/green theme going in my wardrobe so I used the colors “Refresh” and “Pool Green”!

The colors work well with what I already have in my closet, and because they are colors I love working with them was really enjoyable too!

Let’s talk Positive Ease and choosing the size to make!

I love an oversized cozy long-sleeved sweater. You can tell because I design and make them regularly!

But for this make, I am aiming for SPRING. Which means might be cold and might not be. But most likely it will be both (Idaho, amIright).

I decided to do a fitted sweater! This works really well with the structure of the cotton yarn, and would allow me to fill in some of the gaps in my wardrobe! I sized down 2 full sizes from what the pattern called for in my bust size. This took it from being an oversized sweater to a fitted garment! I shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length for coolness and because as much as I love a good puffy sleeve they can be a hassle in day-to-day life with my toddler. And I wear my makes constantly. And they need to be manageable!

Lastly, let’s talk STYLE!

I’m leaning into my love of mild steam punk light vibes and chose to pair it with thrifted tan bell bottoms and this beautiful brown linen jacket with brass clasps!

Go check out the pattern from TLYarnCrafts and grab the yarn from LoveCrafts

I love this design and am so glad I get to wear it all summer long!!!

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December Make Along: Interview with Sydney @Sydney.Victor.Creations

All the links in this post will go directly to the content of the person I am interviewing! Please explore their content and follow along through their various sites, shops, and emails for more amazing patterns and more!

If you click any of the photos it will take you directly to that pattern or product!

When did you start crocheting, and why?

I started crocheting about 5 years ago. I was in school for fashion design and was always drawn to the style of crochet!”

What are your favorite items to create?

“I love creating cardigans because they are so cozy and can be worn all year round. I love creating bikini sets with lace designs because I find that style so stunning.”

Tell us about a design you are particularly proud of, and what sets it apart from the crowd?

“I absolutely love my crochet pajama set I made last year. I combined my love with lace with my love for comfort by creating this set out of Bernet Velvet yarn paired with a thin lace trim!”

Will you show us your contribution to the December MAL!

Tell us a few features of this design and what you love about it?

This Cardigan features a beautiful color pallet that makes it stand out! It consists of DC’s, Tr’s and chain stitches to give it a really unique pattern. I love the coziness of the Bernet yarn for this pattern.It is designed to be oversized and to drape on the body nicely like a warm hug.”

Do you make other things besides yarn art? What are your hobbies or other products in your business?

I also sew. I love creating coats, hoodies, jumpsuits! My goal is to one day replace all of my clothes in my closet with my own personal made collection ♡.”

Tell me something about you that you want other people to know, or that you wish more people understood?

“The reason I crochet is because it brings me inner peace. When ever I am crocheting I feel so calm. It’s like the whole world is on pause! I love the therapeutic benifits of this craft and I am so grateful to be apart of a community that can relate to this ♡.”

Will you show us a few of the things you have designed or made?

Make sure to follow Sydney on IG and check out her Ravelry for the Cozy Cardigan!!!

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December Make Along: Interview with Teresa @FuzzyWhatKnots

All the links in this post will go directly to the content of the person I am interviewing! Please explore their content and follow along through their various sites, shops, and emails for more amazing patterns and more!

If you click any of the photos it will take you directly to that pattern or product!

When did you start crocheting/knitting, and why?

My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 7 and it just kind of stuck with me. There was a long period in my late teens/ early 20s that I didn’t as much but I picked it back up around 30 and have been crocheting basically every day since. I taught myself how to knit when I had my daughter about 5 years ago out of determination to finally do it. You ask why…I say why not 😆

What are your favorite items to create and why?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’m very fond of 1 skein projects so hats, socks but I’m not actually sure if I have a favorite.

Tell us about a design you are particularly proud of, and what sets it apart from the crowd?

I’d say my Advent shawl, which is unreleased at the moment. It’s my biggest design to date and a lot went into it for many months. I think its unique approach to basic stitches is what sets it apart.

(I had the great pleasure of testing this pattern, and I have to agree! It’s so unique and fun to make!)

Will you show us your contribution to the December MAL!

Tell us a few features of this design and what you love about it?

“This is a really beginner-friendly pattern. It’s a basic k1,p1 rib for the entire body with a different take on the crown than normal. It takes less than 1 skein of DK weight yarn (which I love) and because of its elasticity it can fit most adult-sized heads.”

Do you make other things besides yarn art? What are your hobbies or other products in your business?

“I dye wool and cotton yarn for a living but besides fiber art, I enjoy sewing although I don’t get to do it as often as I would like.

I had the great joy of collaborating with Teresa on my Cross Stitched Beanie. Her yarn is amazing, and she dyes with such care and attention to stitchers!

Crochet Slouchy Beanie Hat Pattern

Look around Teresa’s shop and pick up some gorgeous yarn and knit patterns!!! Make sure to come back and tell me what you got! I have been working on my Fuzzy What Knots yarn collection, and I’m probably not going to quit.