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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

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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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The Marvelous Crochet Blanket:

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I’ve been thinking about the #DecemberMAL for so long I can hardly believe it’s finally time!
It started when Kaelyn of iiiwind said she wanted to make a blanket after school ended for the semester!

I was like “Yes, genius! Let’s all make a blanket!”

I was told very sweetly by other makers that not everyone has a deep desire to make a whole blanket in the last 30 days of the year. So I opened up the choices! One other brave soul made a lapghan that has my texture loving heart swooning, I have 2 makers who designed hats for the MAL, one who designed the CUTEST seasonal coasters, two who very sweetly added textured and amazing scarfs to the list, and one very ambitious lady who made a whole cardigan!

I would not be detoured from my chosen course! And the Marvelous blanket was stitched lovingly and with great anticipation!
If you follow me on Instagram you know that yesterday, this blanket didn’t have a name. I knew it would come to me, I just had to wait! Shout out to my Digital artist for bringing up M words that lead me to the right place!

When I was designing this blanket I wanted to be very careful to play to the strengths of the yarn. Homespun is the acrylic version of a single ply. It’s fluffy and bumpy and can make gorgeous textures. But if you aren’t careful it can be easy to lose stitches or not know where to insert your hook.
I tested hook sizes, stitches, and so many different combinations until I found the stitches that were easiest with this yarn!

I use a much larger hook than recommended to make it easier to see the top loops. The hook actually wants to go into the correct place with this method!

Next, I wanted to be sure the Stitches worked well with the yarn!
I use several methods to accomplish this. Contrast in the stitches that are being worked over each other, good use of spaces and posts, and not to busy. You want to keep it workable and not overload your eyes trying to find the correct loops!

For this Pattern you will need:

1400 yards of level 5 bulky weight yarn.

I used 8 skeins of Homespun: 3 in Black (A), 1 in Lagoon (B), 1 in Forest (C), 1 in Colonial (D), 1 in Waterfall (E), 1 in Hepplewhite (F).

A 9mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

Measuring tape
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Blocking mats and needles (optional)

Stitches:

CC = Color Change
Ch = Chain
BpDc = Back post Double crochet
Dc = Double crochet
FpDc = Front Post Double Crochet
Sc = Single crochet
Sc-Blo = Single crochet Back loop only
Dc-Blo = Double crochet Back loop only
Tr-Blo = Treble crochet Back loop only
Tr = Treble crochet
Sk = Skip
Sl St = Slip Stitch
Yo = yarn over

Special St:

B-St = Bobble St:
1: Yo, and insert hook into the St indicated. 
2: Pull up a loop, pull through 2 loops. 
Repeat steps 1 & 2 four more times. 
3: Yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook. 
Continue with pattern as indicated.

Gauge:
9 sts by 6 rows in Dc = 4” blocked.

Notes:
If using alternate “Ch 1, Dc” Ch 1 at the beginning of rows does not count as st.
Border is worked with the body of the blanket. Each block is worked in a different St pattern along the same number of Sts, with the border rows remaining consistent along the edges and between sections. 
[ ] indicates repeat.

Begin pattern:

Block 1:

Row 1: With A, F-Dc 96, turn. 96

Row 2-3: With A, Fl-Dc (alternately, Ch 1, Dc) in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Row 4: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, Sk 1, [Dc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A , Dc 5, turn. 

Row 5: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, Sk 1, FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 6: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 7: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, Sk 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 8: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, Ch 1, Sk1, FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 9: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with B, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, [FpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1, BpDc 4, Ch 1, Sk 1] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Rows 10-15: Repeat Rows 7-9 twice. 

Row 16-18: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Block 2:

Row 19: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with C, Sc in next 2 Sts, [Sk 2, 5 Tr in next St, Sk 2, Sc] across until 6 Sts remain, Sc, with A , Dc 5, turn. 

Row 20: With A, Fl-Dc in first St, Dc 4, with C, Tr in next St, 3 Tr in next St, Sk 2, Sc, [Sk 2, 5 Tr in Sc, Sk 2, Sc in third Tr] across until 9 Sts remain, Sk 2, 3 Tr in Sc, Tr in next St, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Rows 21-28: Repeat Rows 19-20 four times.

Row 29-31: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Block 3:

Row 32: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with D, Tr in next St, Dc, [Sc 2, Dc, Tr, Dc] across until 9 Sts remain, Sc 2, Dc, Tr, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 33: With A Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with D, Sc-Blo in next St, Dc-Blo, [Tr-Blo 2, Dc-Blo, Sc-Blo, Dc-Blo] across until 9 Sts remain, Tr-Blo 2, Dc-Blo, Sc-Blo, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Row 34: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with D, Tr-Blo in next St, Dc-Blo, [Sc-Blo 2, Dc-Blo, Tr-Blo, Dc-Blo] across until 9 Sts remain, Sc-Blo 2, Dc-Blo, Tr-Blo, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Rows 35-40: Repeat Rows 33 & 34 three times.

Row 41-43: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Block 4:

Row 44: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with E, [Tr, Sc] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 45: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with E, [Ch 1, Sk 1, Sc in the top of Tr] across until 5 Sts remain, turn. 

Row 46: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with E, [Tr into the top of Sc, Sc into Ch Sp] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Rows 47-54: Repeat Rows 45 & 46 four times. 

Row 55: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with E, [Tr into the top of Sc, Sc into the top of Tr] across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 56-58: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Block 5:

Row 58: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in each St across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Row 59: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in next 5 Sts, [B-St, Dc 10] across until 10 Sts remain, Dc 5, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 60: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in each St across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Row 61: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in next 10 Sts, [B-St, Dc 10] across 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn. 

Row 62-65: Repeat Rows 58-61 once.

Row 66: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc 4, with F, Dc in each St across until 5 Sts remain, with A, Dc 5, turn.

Rows 67-69: With A, Fl-Dc in the first St, Dc in each St across, turn.

Clip yarn and pull through.

Weave in all ends securely.

Lightly block to finish measurements. 

You did it!!! Now Squish that gorgeous blanket and make a celebratory beverage!!!