Ok, friends, I’ve been keeping a secret but today is the day to share some good news with you!
Some designer friends and I have gotten together for the Second Annual 30 Days of Cozy where we’ll release 30 new free and premium designs over the course of the next 30 days on the Made With a Twist blog.
That’s right, a new designer will be featured each day and they’ll be sharing a BRAND NEW, NEVER RELEASED design just for you. I can’t wait...it’s going to be epic!
CHECK OUT THE DESIGN THAT WAS RELEASED TODAY, RIGHT HERE!
Back to basics...back to school...back to stripes!!! It’s that time of the year again! September is approaching and while some of you have already seen your kiddos off to school, there are a few still prepping for that day. Whether you’re reaching for the tissues or releasing that sigh of relief...or both...we all go through that emotional roller coaster getting ready for a brand new shift in our lives.
I’ve been meaning to write this from a long time ago, but when it comes to yarn ...how can you rush!? You could be crocheting or knitting, learning about yarn, reading about yarn, writing about yarn, ...either way - there is no way to rush the process. And even if you could...why would you want to? LOL. I know I wouldn’t, especially if I’m crocheting with some of my favorite fibers!
A little over a year ago, I made a huge decision that changed my entire life. Everything I’ve ever known, I left behind. In search of finding something new, something refreshing, somewhere to start again, I moved further south about 400 miles from my hometown.
The first #wip I completed in my new setting was this yellow top with blossom like stitches. At first I didn’t take note on the color, but afterwards I realized that the color yellow symbolizes so many things. Freshness...positivity...optimism...and most importantly happiness. When you find yourself in unusual and unfamiliar spaces, you ultimately hope for and aspire to be all those things.
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to the Basic Spring Tee! This top was designed to make life easy whether you are making it and/or wearing it! I love simple garments with a pop of “something” on the side. In this case, the Basic Spring Tee sports a boat neck and puffy sleeves which adds a sweet and fashionable character to it.
The Winterberry Sweater gives you the best of all four worlds! I had a blast designing this sweater, which may or may not be the last in her collection (See Winterberry Slouch Crochet Pattern and Winterberry Infinity Crochet Pattern). Working with the honeycomb stitch and designing from the top-down, I can honestly say it was a task figuring out the numbers and increases. But once it hit me….it HIT me!
When I began my crocheting journey I was clueless. My whole family were crafters at heart and here I was, a lost soul who couldn't even sew on a button. So what brought me to crochet? I was in search of a hobby to help me past time and get through rough patches in life. I found myself in the yarn aisle at Wal-Mart and that is when my life changed forever.
The Alpha Beanie was inspired by a few knit creations I found on Instagram & Pinterest. I'm a HUGE fan of texture (if you didn't already know) so I'm always playing around with stitch combos.
The Alpha Beanie is quick, simple and beginner friendly. For this pattern, I used less than one ball of Lion Brand's Jean's yarn and a 6 mm hook. This pattern uses two simple stitches to get a textured design; single crochet ribbing and extended double crochet. I learned extended double crochet just a few months ago. I'm pretty sure it's not new, but I hardly ever see it being used. This was my first time incorporating it in a design, so if you haven't yet...grab your materials & here's your chance!
The Iona Arrow Scarf was designed using Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Cake in colorway Namaste Neutrals. When I first saw this yarn, I thought of my mother; hence the name which is quite similar to hers. Warm neutrals were always her favorite and I just knew I had to make her something from it. Now she is a woman who doesn't like big heavy scarves and wraps, so this lightweight fiber was perfect for her. Its made of cotton, acrylic and metallic material, a perfect blend for someone who loves the light and airy next to skin feeling.
At first I was a bit worried when working up this design because it does tend to have a fuzz factor. But after a few rows into the project, I realized the “fuzz” was adding a unique texture to the design…and I kept going. I began to fall in love, especially with the smooth subtle color changes. Not all ombres are the same, but the colors were still beautiful. I gifted it to my mother and her gigantic smile from ear to ear made me feel all sorts of happy.
Not only did she love the scarf and the pattern, but my Instagram followers as well! So here’s the short and sweet pattern for you to try. I trust it’ll make the perfect gift from you to you or a loved one! Happy Making!