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Biased Marie Sweater

It’s a beautiful and cold morning here in the West, and I cannot think of a better day to share more about my pattern, the Biased Marie Sweater!

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Can I tell you something?

I love this sweater…

Don’t mind the frosty glow in the photos. The clouds were super excited about it too!

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Remember to pick up the notions you will need for this project!
A cute pair of scissors
A super gorgeous set of wooden hooks that will have all the sizes you need!
Or just a decent ergonomic hook to keep your hands healthy!
Tapestry needle (My mom always called it a darning needle because she would use it to weave yarn into socks to repair them).
And at least one Stitch Marker!
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This sweater is worked on the Bias, which means corner to corner! You will use Aran weight yarn (heavy level 4 worsted or light level 5 bulky) and some quick texture techniques that will have you flying through the panels! 

I really enjoyed figuring out how to use squares to make a sweater! I often enjoy the shaping and design elements most when it comes to creating a new pattern! 

I spent many years designing garments out of fabric, and one of my favorite things about yarn garments is how it interacts and shapes differently than their fabric counterparts! The shaping used in crochet is vastly different from what is needed in a sewing project, and that will always fascinate me! 

One thing that will remain the same is how seams add an elevation and wearability to a garment that cannot be reached with most seamless designs. I love the drape and fit that is achieved simply by seaming the pieces together! I encourage all crocheters who aspire to garment stitching to find a seaming method that works well for them! 

In this pattern, you can expect to find textured but simple stitches, light use of turned stitches as a design element, seaming, and ribbing! 

This design was a huge passion project for me, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 

 

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The Baby Unicorn: Crochet Costume!

It’s Halloween season again, and you just KNOW I’m over here doing the most for costumes!

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Listen. Mythical creatures are kinda my thing when it comes to costumes. What is the phrase? “Be you, unless you can be a Unicorn, and then be a Unicorn!”

It should come as no surprise that my children feel the same way I do! Each year a request is made for something outlandish to be crocheted!

And I mean. I can’t exactly say no…

Specs:

This project is made in Bernat Blanket which is a Level 6 super bulky fleece yarn.

For all sizes you will need 2 skeins of the Whipped Cream color, a partial skein of “Dark Grey” for the hooves and horn, and a partial skein of “Ocean Shades” for the mane and tail! But there are a ton of shades to try! All of them would make amazing costumes!

You will also need a 9mm hook or so.

A tiny bit of stuffing

A zipper

And the usual bits and bobs!

This costume is stitches flat and then seamed together. You can use any method you like, but I like to use a simple Whip Stitch to get it done quick, and it creates a pretty ridge along the edges!

I don’t know if I’m the first to use the method I use for making the mane and tail, but I couldn’t find anything about it when I was searching around. So I created a 21 photo step by step tutorial walking through each movement to accomplish it! This method can be used in so many ways in different patterns, so I hope you have fun playing around with it after you get the hang of it!

Before I’m done I wanted to offer some insights into other yarns that can be used for this pattern.
When I was first starting to read patterns I never could figure out the yarn weights and what was the same as another or different! So I will list a few yarns I think would be gorgeous in this pattern!

You know I love me some Lion Brand. And Hometown USA is a great Super Bulky yarn!

Like a wool blend? Of COURSE Woolease is in!

PaintBox yarns has an amazing number of beautiful colors that would work perfectly in this costume!!!

Stylecraft has some gorgeous shades!!!

Alright. Last look at my sweet little one in the costume!

And go get started! There is plenty of time!