Crochet Pattern: Crimson Cowl

Crimson Cowl Universal Yarn designed by Edie Eckman

Get ready for the cooler days of fall with my newest design for Universal Yarn: the Crimson Cowl. The cowl is shaped to drape gently around the neck and to sit lovingly over the shoulders.

The Yarn

Fine Weight Yarn-2 Craft Yarn Council

Fibra Natura’s Cashmere Lusso from Universal Yarn is a luxurious blend of virgin cashmere and recycled cashmere. You can feel good about using yarn with recycled fiber, and the yarn feels great against the skin.

Cashmere yarn is lightweight but warm, and is lovely to crochet with.

 

You’ll need just a single skein in either this beautiful Anthurium color or one of the other on-trend colors available.

 

The Pattern

Crimson Cowl  designed by Edie Eckman for Universal Yarn

There are no tricky stitches here. Just chains, single and double crochets worked in the round and fanning out to create a lovely drape from the neck down. Use a size H-8 (5 mm) hook or whatever size you need to get gauge.

The pattern for the Crimson Cowl is free at Universal Yarn’s website. The pattern is both written and charted.

 

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Other Projects

For other small crochet projects to keep your neck and shoulders warm, check out these patterns. Hint: They all have text AND charted instructions.

Bobble Fringe Scarf

Cascade of Color Scarf

Easy-to-Wear Cowl

 

 

Free Knitting Pattern: Quick & Easy Summer Placemats

Easy Summer Placemats Free Knitting Pattern by Edie Eckman
Easy Summer Placemats Free Knitting Pattern designed by Edie Eckman

Brighten up your summer with these quick and easy summer placemats. They are a perfect first project for beginning knitters, and they make a great house-warming gift for new neighbors.

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The Yarn

Craft Yarn Council Size 5 yarn icon

Bulky-weight yarn makes the knitting go fast! Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn is fun to work with. Because of its construction, it’s less bulky than you would think, and it imparts a great texture to the fabric.

 

Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn

I love the exuberant colors that I used, but you can also choose from more muted shades to suit your taste. The instructions below are for two placemats in different main colors. If you want to make four placemats, two of each color shown, with a yellow stripe on each, you’ll need two balls each of the blue and pink, and one ball of the yellow.

 

The Pattern

Garter stitch is about as basic as a knitting stitch can be, and that’s all you need to know to knit these placemats! Minimal pattern-reading is required, and gauge doesn’t even matter all that much.

Easy Summer Placemats Free Knitting Pattern designed by Edie Eckman

Quick & Easy Summer Placemats

One size: 16″ x 13″/40.6 x 33 cm

Materials
Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn (70% polyester/30% viscose, 3.5 oz / 100 g, 242 yd / 221 m), 1 ball each color 148 Fish Bowl (A), color 195 Think Pink (B), and color 157 Make Lemonade (C) [See note above about yarn amounts for multiple placemats.]

US Size 10.5 / 6.5 mm knitting needles

Stitch marker or piece of waste yarn

Gauge
13 sts and 22 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in garter stitch (knit every row)
Gauge is not crucial in this project.
Watch How to Measure Gauge in Knitted Garter Stitch for more information.

Pattern Notes
Leave a 6″ / 15 cm tail for weaving in each time you begin and end a yarn.

Beginning knitters will want to knit the pattern exactly as written. More experienced knitters may create a slip-stitch selvedge by slipping the last stitch of each row knitwise with yarn in front.

Abbreviations
k: knit
RS: right side
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side

Instructions
With A, long-tail cast-on 42 sts. Knit 1 WS row. Turn work, and place a marker or piece of waste yarn on this side to indicate that the side is the right side.

Knit every row until piece measures 13″ / 33 cm from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row. Cut A, leaving a 6″ / 15 cm tail for weaving in.

With C, knit 10 rows (5 garter stitch ridges). Cut C.

With B, knit 2 rows (1 garter stitch ridge). Cut B.

With A, knit 6 rows (3 garter stitch ridges). Bind off.

Weave in ends.

Make a second placemat, substituting B for A and A for B in the instructions above.

Other Projects

Check out these other easy knitting patterns:

Blue Springs Double Cowl

Easy Quick-Knit One-Skein Tea Cozy

Molly Hat

Stoneybrook Shawlette

Zig Zag Eyelet Scarf

 

Oliver Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Oliver Baby Blanket

Oliver Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Wrap your little one in love with the easy and practical Oliver Baby Blanket.  The free crochet pattern is right here on the blog, but you have the option of purchasing a pattern that offers stitch charts.

The all-over stitch pattern makes this cozy blanket a relaxing project for all skill levels. One-row stripes in three colors allow you to carry the yarn up the side without cutting, so you only have a few ends to weave in.


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Every Which Way Crochet BordersUse the instructions for the simple edging provided, or customize the blanket with your own choice of border from Around the Corner Crochet Borders or Every Which Way Crochet Borders.

The Yarn

Craft Yarn Council Yarn Symbol 3Light Weight Yarn is the perfect choice for a baby blanket. Choose your favorite three colors to match your nursery decor. 

Bernat Softee Baby is a 100% acrylic yarn soft and easy to crochet, and it goes in the washing machine, which is so important for a baby blanket!

The Pattern

The free crochet pattern instructions follow, with all the information you need to make the blanket. If you’d like a printable PDF pattern which includes full color stitch charts for the blanket and border, you can buy the premium pattern from Ravelry.

The PDF pattern is also available from LoveCrafts.com.

Oliver Baby Blanket

One Size, Finished Dimensions: 34″/86 cm square

Materials

Light Weight Yarn (CYC #3): approximately 362 yds/331 m each of colors A, B and C. Sample used Bernat Softee Baby (100% acrylic, 5 oz/140 g, 362 yd/331 m), 1 skein each #30010 Little Mouse (A), #30008 Antique White (B), and #30201 Aqua (C)

Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook or size to obtain correct gauge

Gauge

17  sts and 11 rows = 4″ /10 cm in Half Double Crochet Seed Stitch

To save time, take time to check gauge.

Pattern Notes

To change color at the end of a row, work the last stitch of the row until 2 loops remain on the hook, yarn over with the new color and pull the new color through the remaining 2 loops to complete the stitch. Watch How to Change Colors in Crochet for a video tutorial.

Carry the yarn up the side as you work.

Abbreviations

ch: chain

hdc: half double crochet

rep: repeat

RS: right side

sc: single crochet

st(s): stitch(es)

standing sc: Beginning with a slip knot on the hook, work a single crochet in the stitch or space indicated. Watch How to Work Standing Single Crochet.

X-st (crossed st): Skip 1 st, dc in next st; dc in skipped st, keeping st just made to the front. Watch How to Work Crossed Double Crochet (3 Ways).

Half Double Crochet Seed Stitch

Oliver Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern half double crochet seed stitch With A, loosely chain a multiple of 2 + 1. Work 1 row each of A, B, C throughout. 

Foundation Row (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (skipped chs count as hdc), *ch 1, skip 1 ch, hdc in next ch; rep from * across, changing to B on last st, turn.

Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc here and throughout), *hdc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; rep from * across, ending hdc in top of turning ch, changing to next color on last st, turn.

Rep Row 1 for pattern.

Instructions

With A, chain 139.

Work Half Double Crochet Seed Stitch Foundation Row—70 hdc, 68 ch-1 spaces.

Continue in Half Double Crochet Seed Stitch until piece measures 32″/81 cm.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Border

Oliver Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern closeup of corner

The premium pattern has stitch charts, which makes following the border instructions much easier!

Rnd 1: With B and RS facing, standing sc in first st of last row, [single crochet 136 sts evenly spaced along edge to corner st, 3 sc in corner st] 3 times, single crochet 136 sts evenly spaced along edge to corner st, 2 st in same st as beginning, join with slip st to first sc. Place a marker in each corner st. You should have 138 sts along each side, plus 4 marked corner sts.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each st around, placing 3 sc in each marked corner st and moving marker up to center st of corner as you work, join with slip st to first sc—140 sc each side, 4 corner sts. Fasten off B.

Rnd 3: Refer to stitch diagram to aid with placement of stitches. With A, standing dc in first st to left of any corner st (to right of corner st for left-handers), dc in corner st, keeping st just made to the front (first X-st complete); *X-st across, placing first dc of last X-st in corner sc; ch 2**; X-st in same corner sc and next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at ** , join with slip st in top of dc. Fasten off A.

Rnd 4: Work in the space between the dcs on each X-st. With C, standing sc in any ch-2 corner space, *[(sc, ch 3, sc) in next X-st, sc in next X-st] to corner**, sc in corner space; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with slip st to first sc.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.  

Flame Stitch Crochet Stitch Pattern

Show your colors with the Flame Stitch crochet stitch pattern! There are several variations of this stitch, but they are all great ways to use different yarn colors. Try it in vibrant hues, or more subtle gradient shades.

This pattern uses American crochet terminology. You’ll be using single crochet, double crochet, and long double crochet (also know as spike double crochet). Watch the video below for more details.

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You’ll need at least thee colors of yarn, in any weight, and a hook in an appropriate size for the yarn.  The yarn I’m using is Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird. I’m using a 5.5 mm Clover Amour crochet hook.

Flame Stitch

Flame Stitch stitch chart

Worked in three colors: A, B and C.

With A, chain a multiple of 4 + 2.

Set-Up Row 1 (WS): Working in back bumps of chains, sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across, changing to B on last st, turn.

Set-Up Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc throughout), *dc in next ch-space, skip 1 ch of foundation ch, dc in back bump of next foundation ch; dc in same ch-3 space**, ch 1; rep from * to last st, ending last rep at **, dc in last sc, turn.

Row 1 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, *ch 3, skip (dc, ch 1, dc), sc in next dc; rep from * to last 2 sts, ch 1, skip 1 dc, sc in last st changing to C, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in next ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip 1 sc, dc in next ch-3 space, dc in next sc 2 rows below, enclosing the ch-3 and ch-1 spaces, dc in same ch-3 space; rep from * to last 3 sts, ch 1, skip 1 sc, dc in next ch-1 space, dc in last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 3, skip (dc, ch 1, dc), sc in next dc; rep from * across, changing to A on last st, turn.

Row 4: Ch 3, *dc in next ch-3 space, dc in next sc 2 rows below, dc in same ch-3 space; rep from * to last st, dc in last st, turn.

Repeat Rows 1-4, continuing in established A, B, C color sequence, for desired length. End with a RS row.

Last row (WS):  Ch 1, [sc in each dc and long dc, and long dc in sc 1 row below each ch-1 space] across. Fasten off. Cut other two colors.

Love this stitch? Want to see it in action? Want to learn more crochet techniques like this? The Skill-Builder Crochet Blanket pattern offers lots of opportunity to grow your crocheting skills. Written text with helpful notes, video tutorials and charts combine to make it easy to learn more than you ever knew.

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River Heights Shawl Crochet Pattern

River Heights Shawl closeup of one end

Crochet the River Heights Shawl to wear now and all summer long! Warm weather calls for a lightweight wrap that will keep the chill off in the air conditioning or on cooler evenings. In this generously sized yet feather-weight shawl, the stitch pattern grows, creating gentle sawtooth edgings on two of the three sides.

River Heights Shawl-wingspan

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The Yarn

I used Red Heart It’s a Wrap, a fingering weight 50% cotton/50% acrylic yarn. It comes in a single 1100 yd /1006 m cake and you’ll need most of the skein. The color pictured is Comedy, but there are more subtle colorways to choose from, if that’s more your style.

Please note, however, that there is a difference in weight and in length between It’s a Wrap and It’s a Wrap Rainbow. You can use It’s a Wrap Rainbow, but you’ll need to use a larger hook and fewer repeats of the stitch pattern. Your gauge and finished size will be different.

Although the pattern is designed for a color-changing yarn, you can substitute any of a similar fingering-weight yarn for a custom look. Make it with multiple colors, or in a single color. This design can handle it!

The Pattern

River Heights Shawl crochet pattern first page

Intermediate and advanced crocheters will enjoy making this carefree wrap. Beginning crocheters willing to stretch their skills will be happy to see how it takes them to the next level.

It uses only the most basic of crochet stitches: chain, single crochet and double crochet.

Both text and charted instructions guide you on your way. American crochet terminology is used throughout.

Photographer Kellie Nuss did a great job of demonstrating the drape of this shawl and the many ways you can wear it. I can’t wait to wear my River Heights Shawl now that the weather is warm. How about you?

River Heights Shawl closeup of one end
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For more crocheted shawls, see the Three Pines Shawl and the Eulerian Triangles Shawl.

Easy Lacy Rib Knitting Stitch Pattern

Easy Lacy Rib swatch

This Easy Lacy Rib knitting stitch pattern is perfect for warm-weather knitting. With only a 3-stitch and 4-row repeat, you’ll soon get into the rhythm of the pattern without having to think too much.

Can’t you see this as a cotton summer wrap, or perhaps as a tunic to wear over your tank top or swimsuit? Or use a lightweight yarn to create a simple shawl for cooler weather.

The yarn I’m using is Chic Sheep by Marly Bird from Red Heart. I’m using US 8 [5 mm] Clover Takumi bamboo knitting needles. The grey yarn pictured below is Nifty Cotton from Cascade Yarns.

Easy Lacy Rib

Easy Lacy Rib stitch chart
Easy Lacy Rib stitch chart
Easy Lacy Rib stitch key
Easy Lacy Rib swatch in grey

Cast on a multiple of 3 sts + 1.

Row 1 (WS): K1, *p2, k1; rep from *.
Row 2: P1, *yo, ssk, p1; rep from *.
Row 3: Rep Row 1.
Row 4: P1, *k2tog, yo, p1; rep from *.

Repeat Rows 1-4 for pattern.

That’s it! Watch the video for tips on how to read your knitting so that you can go “off pattern” and pick up wherever you left off.

Abbreviations
k: knit
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
p: purl
rep: repeat
ssk (slip, slip, knit): slip the next 2 sts one at a time knitwise, insert left needle into the fronts of these two sts, then knit them together through the back loops
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side
yo: yarn over

For more knitting stitch patterns, check out the list of stitch pattern dictionaries