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Featured Blog: Whistle & Ivy
I love skimming through Pinterest looking for new ideas. There is literally a never ending supply of inspiration from a bevy of fantastic designers. So, in addition to keeping up my themed Pinterest boards, that you can follow here; I am going to feature patterns I have tried by some of my favorite bloggers.
Now, these are NOT my original patterns, so if you would like to follow along and make your own piece, you will just need to click on through to their blog for the full version. This also means that you must abide by the policies of the author, viewable on their webpage. However, I will post images of my finished work, as well as notes on anything I may have done a little bit differently. All images directly in this post are mine, please do not use them as your own sales photos or redistribute in any way.
This was one of the first patterns I tackled when I started making things for the shop. I really wanted to learn fair isle knitting, and once I realized how long it was taking me, decided to find some ways to get a similar effect with crochet.
One of the great things about this pattern, is that it is super easy to customize the size. Additionally, she includes links on how to make your own pom topper from yarn or from fur, and a cinching method that I now use for my knitted hats too.
One thing I will point out, if you have never done fair isle, you may wonder what the heck you are supposed to do with the accent color when it isn’t being used. Basically, there are two options for carrying it through your work:
As you work the main color, lay the accent color across your previous row of stitches and stitch around the strand and the loops of the previous round to create your stitch. When you get to the point where you would need to use it, simply lay the main color across instead.
While this option will leave the inside of your hat clean and pretty, it will allow the accent color to be seen through your stitches. This can be a really nice effect. I worked up my first hat made off this pattern using this method and the baby weight yarn. Keep in mind that adding that strand will also add to the overall thickness of the hat.
Instead of laying the accent strand across the previous round and stitching it into the hat as you go, simply leave it outside the work and continue crocheting with your main color. Pick it up as instructed, then switch back to your main and continue. This will create loops on the inside of your hat.
When using this option, you want to be careful not to pull the inner strand taut as you pick it up. This will make your hat look wonky and your stitches will be pulled too tight. Since I don’t want my hats to be too thick using the regular worsted weight yarn, I primarily use this method now.
Whistle & Ivy is one of my favorite crafting blogs. I definitely recommend signing up for her newsletter. She always has great free patterns.
Stay tuned in for more featured patterns, and if you don’t already, be sure to follow me on Pinterest for lots of inspiration.