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Labour Day Weekend 30% Off

Enjoy this weekend by choosing some new projects to keep your needles and hooks busy:

30% off all 72 patterns in my Ravelry Store! NO COUPON NEEDED

The discount will apply at checkout. I’ll also be releasing new patterns that will be perfect for quick Christmas gifts or to make for yourself and your family–keep your eye out for them, they’ll be here in a few days!  There will be an exciting, fun new Pokemon Inspired pattern later this week, and The Crunchy Carrot Market Bag is will be in the Pattern Store this weekend.Crunchy CarrotSlippers, socks, a scarf, a washcloth/soap sack spa set, toys…lots of new designs coming in September, as well as a MYSTERY CROCHET-ALONG and KNIT-ALONG!

If you need more inspiration meantime, you can check out the Interweave Store!

Save 30% on hundreds of crafting resources. No coupon needed. Sale runs now through 9/5. Some exclusions apply.  In addition, be sure to also check out the just released Atoll Cowl Kit. It is on sale, too, and the link is on the right, just below the “Interweave Store” tab.

Happy Labour Day…enjoy this weekend, and let me know if you need help with any of my designs. The quickest way to get help is usually to write a personal message on my Facebook Page: West Coast Fibre Arts

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Happy Mother’s Day! Free Pattern today only

Geillis Cloth no starch2Geillis Cloth no starch An easy and fun way to make a d’oyley that you don’t have to re-starch! This would be pretty framed, too.  See this FaceBook post for how to get the pattern free only today May 10/2015 ~ Happy Mother’s Day!

no starch Geillis d'oyley

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Victorian KAL Cloth of the Month

Join us on West Coast Fibre Arts for the very first

Victorian KAL Cloth of the Month!

Learn new stitches and read about what inspired the choices.

The pattern is just $1.95–and it is 50% off for the until January 21/2015 at midnight Pacific Time, in my Ravelry Store.  Pre-purchase now at 50% off, and the pattern will be automatically updated on January15/2015

victoiran KAL cloth1

Victorian women had the choice of dozens of magazines & books that either included or were devoted entirely to “Fancy Work,” which included all forms of fibre fun…knitting, crochet, tatting, embroidery, patchwork, sewing, millinery, and more.  We are fortunate that some of these have been preserved in private collections, libraries, and museums–and that many institutions and organizations have made the works available online for those of us intrigued by the needlework and needle-workers of the past.

Sometimes I just browse through these works, jotting down bits and pieces that intrigue me.  Though I may begin with a search for a particular subject or item–for instance, I may search for “crochet hood”–I invariably get sidetracked and end up wandering down various side-paths and byways–many of them unrelated to knitting or crochet (which is what happened when I was looking for a stitch to use for the first Victorian KAL Cloth!).

I set myself the goal of having one Crochet Cloth of the Month AND one Knit Cloth of the Month this year, all based on Victorian era stitch patterns & offered to my faithful followers and new readers in the form of a little Mystery CAL or KAL.  There is only 1 ‘clue’ for each cloth–the entire pattern is released on the pattern release day–but it will be a mystery what stitches are used until you make the cloth!

What may make this even more fun is that I will be using the stitches from the cloths to make a longer Mystery KAL or CAL later on!  Making the cloths is a way to learn how to do the required stitches.  If you need help with them, you can ask now–then when the other project comes up, you will be ready.

I hope you’ll join us…and there is now a West Coast Fibre Arts Ravelry Group, too, where you can share comments, photos, meet others, and make sure you don’t miss new CAL and KAL projects!

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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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The Painted Veil Cloth



Just a little more 1884 knitted lace…and another cloth, this one is approximately 6″ by 6″ and uses worsted weight cotton with 5mm needles again.

I found these two lace stitch patterns in the instructions for a baby’s veil. This is my interpretation of the instructions, as they used different terminology in those days.  I am using them in another design-in-progress using hand-painted yarn, and the cloth is the way I practiced the stitches.

If you like the combination, watch for more “Painted Veil” patterns!

You can use any worsted weight cotton to make these small cloths.  I like to use them on my desk, under my coffee mug.  They are also great to use for small clean-up jobs instead of a piece of paper towel!  Or make a couple to use as washcloths, and include a bar of locally-made soap as a nice little gift to a friend or co-worker.


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1884 lace design: Happy Wanderer

infant's sweater cloth

There is an evergreen vine with purple flowers, native to Australia and popular in Victorian gardens, called Hardenbergia violacea, or “Happy Wanderer.”  I have chosen the name for this pattern because the lace looks so complex, but it is only 6 stitches and 8 rows in each pattern repeat! As well as rewriting the Infant’s Knitted Sweater pattern that uses the stitch, I am designing a shawl that incorporates this lace too, so I have made a cloth to practice it.  One of the little tricks that will make knitting go more quickly and happily is to learn and practice the shortcut in yesterday’s post for doing the one-step skp decrease–and you can use the same method for the double decrease, the ‘slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over.’

Materials:  I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton and 5mm needles.

Size:  My  cloth is approximately 9 inches square.


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A Fall Affaire: Collar and Cuffs

Fall Affaire Collar and Cuffs

PATTERN: $5.00  Buy Now

“A Fall Affaire” is a design adapted from an 1844 pattern for a”ruff” or collar. It provides a surprising amount of warmth worn over a sweater for fall, without adding the bulk of a cowl or scarf.  A Bonus pattern for matching cuffs is included.

The first photo shows the collar worked in a sport or fingering weight alpaca/wool/polyamide blend yarn with a long colour change, Lana Grosso’s Alta Mode Fine “Degrade” or Print — which, though it has 160m in 25g, has a suggested needle size of 5mm! This collar is worked using 3mm needles for the centre band, and 7mm needles for the lace on either side.

The pattern for the crochet Fuchsia Flower with leaf is included, as a lovely finishing touch to the chain cord fastener. It is reworked from a pattern from 1850.

Fall Affaire Collar and Cuffs3

Fall Affaire Collar and Cuffs2

This version is knit in Patons Classic Wool, “Harvest”colour; 1 -100g ball was exactly enough to make the collar and cuff set, without an inch of yarn leftover! The last few yards were used to make the cute tassels.

The cuffs provide a little warmth in cooler fall weather, perfect to use while doing some yard work and gardening chores.  To fasten them, a small button that fits through the yarn overs in the band makes them adjustable, up to a 7.5″ – 8″ wrist.

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The collar provides a splash of colour if you are wearing neutrals.

Fall Affaire Collar and Cuffs7Fall Affaire Collar and Cuffs8

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