Crochet with Handspun: Merino Cowl

Working with handspun yarn you're not crazy about can surprise you. When I finally used this yarn with a fun free cowl pattern, I found its true potential.

Sometimes, working with a soft but seemingly lackluster handspun yarn can surprise you. I spun a skein of single-ply yarn out of some fabulous merino combed top, but I wasn’t very excited about the results. It sat around for a couple of years while I pondered its fate. This winter, while looking for a quick and simple project to knock out in between working on larger garments, I found myself yearning for something thick and soft to counter all of the thin, hard lace I’d been working. My handspun yarn just felt so luscious. I’m glad … read more

Flowers and Tiles Top

The Flowers and Tiles Top has been added to my wardrobe and I'm very pleased! This crochet pattern is worked in motifs with a ribbed border.

The Flowers and Tiles Top has been added to my wardrobe and I’m very pleased! This crochet pattern is worked in motifs with a ribbed border. The ribbing around the edges took a long time, and almost as much yarn as all of the motifs. The ribbing was designed to be knitted, but I used crochet post stitches to imitate the knit look. If you’re interested in the details on how I worked it out, you can visit my project page on Ravelry for more info. Download the pattern to crochet one too. Pattern: Flowers … read more