Asphodel Meadows

Asphodel Meadows Collage

Asphodel Meadows crochet design is offered free to thank all my Facebook fans and followers, to celebrate reaching the Milestone of 1000 “Likes” on my page, West Coast: Super, Natural.  If you look at the top post on my page you will find a link to a HUGE Giveaway that I am participating in; there are over two dozen vendors offering prizes to celebrate “Milestones Madness and More”…just click on the link and you’ll be whisked over to the page where you can enter!  You can also click right here:  Milestones Madness and More Giveaway

Asphodel Meadows was Inspired by:

asphodel whiteAsphodeline yellow

Ode on Saint Cecilia’s Day

By the streams that ever flow,

By the fragrant winds that blow

O’er th’ Elysian flow’rs,

By those happy souls who dwell

In yellow meads of Asphodel,

Or Amaranthine bow’rs…

                             ~ Alexander Pope

This pattern is for a quick little flower motif that was originally used for a lamp cover in an 1861 French magazine, La Mode Illustrée. I think it would be lovely as a floral shawl or scarf—or, in worsted weight, an afghan. I have tons of photos in the pattern to help you make this 3-Round flower, and how to join the flowers as you go (you could sew them together after you make them if you prefer).  I also show how I made it into a pendant for a necklace.  While it would be nice made in one colour, I would love to see something made with either self-striping yarn or with flowers made in different colours. I hope that if you make something using this motif, you will share photos on my Facebook page, West Coast: Super, Natural, or link to the design on Ravelry: “Asphodel Meadows.”

FREE PATTERN FOR ASPHODEL MEADOWS IS ON MY RAVELRY PATTERN PAGE, CLICK HERE!

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Entwisted Cloth Knitting Pattern

Entwisted Cloth

The “Entwisted Cloth” free pattern, designed to thank all my followers and fans on Facebook for “1000 Likes Milestone Reached” is now available in my Ravelry Pattern Store.  Please take a moment to add it to your Favourites in Ravelry and feel free to share the link on Facebook.

This cloth is knitted with a simple but really effective knitted mesh lace that I found in a Victorian book from 1871. There are a lot of photos–so if you are a beginning knitter you can make this cloth.  All you need to know is cast on, knit, slip a stitch, yarn forward, knit 2 together, and cast off.  If you haven’t done a yarn over or a knit 2 together, there is a photo tutorial at the end of the pattern to show how to do them.

Soon there will be another design in “A Victorian Potpourri for Bed and Bath” that uses this stitch pattern, and making a cloth is a really useful way to learn new stitches.  I think this cloth in the size I made only used about 25g of worsted weight Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (with 5mm needles), so you could make a set of 3 from a ball of cotton–a lovely gift for someone on your Christmas gift, if you wrap it up with a bar of locally handcrafted soap!

 

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Tour de Fleece and Entwisted Cloth

Pelerine Elisabeth Buddy fleece

Today is the beginning of the Tour de Fleece. I’m in Team Canada and getting set to spin a few yards. My Tour de Fleece goal is to spin all the yarn I need for my “Pelerine Elisabeth” which is a cape-like garment I am re-working from a Victorian-era French design. And I don’t read or speak French, even though I live in an officially bi-lingual country…oops. Maybe my secondary goal should be to learn to speak French a little, too, even a phrase or word a day! Eh!

Entwisted Cloth

As well, today, I am finishing the pattern for another “A Victorian Potpourri for Bed and Bath” design.  The “Entwisted Cloth” will be a free pattern offered to thank all my followers and fans on Facebook for “1000 Likes Milestone Reached”  It is a simple but really effective knitted mesh lace that I found in a Victorian book from 1871. There will be tons of photos–so if you are a beginning knitter you can make this cloth.  All you need to know is cast on, knit, slip a stitch, yarn forward, knit 2 together, and cast off.  If you haven’t done a yarn over or a knit 2 together, a photo will show you the how it looks.  Always remember to search on Google or on Youtube for tutorials for these basic knitting instructions too.  They are the basics of all lace knitting, and they open up a new world from basic stockinette stitch (knit one row, then purl one row) or garter stitch (knit every row).

I made a very simple crocheted edging on my cloth, but you don’t have to do that if you don’t know how to crochet or prefer it without it.  I also show what it would look like with just a row of single crochet around the edges, or a chain loop edging.

This stitch pattern will be used in another larger project in the Victorian Potpourri for Bed and Bath series, and making a cloth is a useful way to learn the stitch.  Tomorrow I will be publishing another free cloth pattern as a “1000 Likes Milestone Reached” thank you for Facebook followers! It will be based on a Victorian crochet stitch pattern and will also be used in a larger project later on.

The patterns for the Ocean Spray Cloth and the 1888 Slumber Slippers may already be found in my RAVELRY PATTERN STORE  as instant Pdf downloads for just $1.95 each.

Victorian Potpourri collageslumber slippersOcean Spray cloth

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A Victorian Potpourri for Bed & Bath: Slumber Slippers

The latest design in this series is now available–a cute, adaptable crocheted slipper pattern that is sure to be a favourite with young and old!

slumber slippers

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These Slumber Slippers are adapted from an 1888 Victorian design, re-designed to be made with any yarn and in any size.  Directions are included so that you can easily make a pair using any weight of yarn with the appropriate hook, from baby to mens large size!

I made Women’s Medium size, with chunky weight acrylic yarn and a 6.5mm hook.  It used about 70g of the main colour (green) and 30g of the contrast colour (pink).  The second pair of slippers is a 1-3 year size, and used about 50g of yarn.  There are lots of photos so making these slippers is easy!  If you find any errors or need any help please write to me on the comment form or write a message on Facebook or Ravelry and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can–I check my mail boxes at least once a day.

Victorian Potpourri collage

 

 

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A Victorian Potpourri for Bed & Bath: Ocean Spray Cloth

ocean shetland 8

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This lace stitch comes from an 1867 pattern for a Shetland Shawl, forming the large centre square. In the original shawl, there is a wide 18 inch Shell or “Old Shale” border around it.  I made this cloth with 5mm needles and about 35g of worsted weight cotton.  To make it you need to be able to cast on, cast off, knit, knit 2 together, knit 3 together, yarn over.  I crocheted a single crochet and then crab stitch round on mine to finish the edge, but you can also leave it just as knitted.

There will be a variety of patterns in this series using different stitch patterns and re-worked designs, both crocheted and knitted: soapsaver bag, slippers, a cushion, lace curtains, and more!  They will be available singly then, later, as an e-book which you can buy at a discount if you have already purchased individual patterns.

Ocean Spray cloth Victorian Potpourri collage

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Christmas in July: Winter Elf Knitting Pattern

 

winter elf Collage

Are you celebrating Christmas in July? Here is a pattern for a cute little ‪#‎handmade‬ gift you can ‪#‎knit‬ http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/winter-elf-on-a-shelf

A cute Winter Elf who can sit on the shelf until the children notice it and invite it to join in their play! If you make this little Christmas charmer, it is sure to be treasured for many years. I’d love to see your photos–please link to my pattern on your project page.

The pattern includes many photos to help you make this little elf for someone special. The legs, body, head and hat are knit in one piece then seamed up the centre back. The arms and trim are worked separately then sewn on.

Only small amounts of yarn are needed. I used worsted weight with 4 mm needles, and my Elves are about eleven and a half inches long. If you used fingering weight yarn and smaller needles, your elf would be a cute pocket pal. As with most toys, gauge is not critical–but it is important to work tightly so the stuffing doesn’t show.

I ALSO MAKE THESE LITTLE ELVES–CUSTOM ORDERS WELCOME! JUST $9.50 EACH OR 2 FOR $15.00 PLUS ACTUAL SHIPPING COSTS.  CONTACT ME WITH YOUR PAYPAL EMAIL AND POSTAL ADDRESS SO I CAN SEND YOU AN INVOICE.  CUSTOM ORDERS CURRENTLY BEING MAILED OUT ABOUT A WEEK AFTER PLACING THE ORDER FOR THIS OR OTHER ITEMS.

Please ask for help if you don’t understand part of the pattern, and contact me if you find errors. You can contact me here or on Ravelry.

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800 Facebook Fans = Flash Sale 50% off Patterns!

I just reached 800 Facebook Page “likes” so there will be a #flashSale on all my #knitting and #crochet patterns: 50% off with no #coupon needed from now until midnight Pacific Time! Thanks, friends, family,  fans  & #MMMakers !

RAVELRY PATTERN STORE 50% OFF NO COUPON CODE NEEDED

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