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.
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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!
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?
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
Why do plain crocheted stripes when you can do 3-D stripes? Add some texture and dimension to your fabric with this fun and easy crochet stitch pattern.
This pattern uses American crochet terminology. You’ll be using single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet. You’ll also be using the front loop only/back loop only technique to create the pattern, with what I call a “folding single crochet”. I demonstrate both methods in the video below.
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You’ll need at least two 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.
Worked in two colors, a main color (MC) and a contrasting color (CC).
Folding sc: Insert hook into back loops of next treble (BLtr) and into back loop of corresponding stitch on previous row, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Alternatively, you can insert the hook into both loops of the treble and into the back loop of the corresponding stitch. Just choose one method and be consistent with it.
With MC, chain any multiple.
Set-up Row (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, changing to CC on last st, turn. The skipped chs count as a dc.
Row 1 (WS): With CC, ch 4 (counts as tr), BLtr in each st across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, folding sc in each st across, changing to MC on last st, turn.
Row 3: With MC, ch 3 (counts as dc) dc in each st across, turn.
Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st across, changing to CC on last st, turn.
Rep Rows 1-4 for pattern.
Abbreviations BLtr (back loop treble crochet): treble crochet into the back loop only CC: contrasting color ch: chain dc: double crochet MC: main color sc: single crochet st(s): stitch(es) tr: treble crochet
You’ve heard about the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program, and you may have even signed up for their correspondence course. But did you know that they have an on-site program, as well?
With the on-site program, you can cover both Knit Levels 1 and 2 or Crochet Levels 1 and 2 in one weekend. There’s homework to do, of course, but there are additional benefits to taking the course in person.
Learn from Others
You get to spend a couple of days with both a Master Teacher and a roomful of other experienced knitters or crocheters. There is plenty of opportunity to learn from each other and ask questions in real time.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of your home life, and concentrate on your craft for two days. What could be better?
Discuss Real-Life Situations
What really happens in a class, in real life? We’ll discuss ways to deal with challenges you’ll face as a teacher. Everyone will have a chance to speak up and offer suggestions of what has worked for them in similar situations.
Learn the Business of Teaching
Teaching is not all about sitting down and sharing your knowledge with someone. You have to consider how to market your classes and how to get paid. Learn how to be a professional from professionals.
Make New Friends
You’ll begin the course with a bunch of strangers, but you’ll leave with a group of new friends. These new friends will become a new virtual support group. With them, you can share your joys and frustrations as you take your new teaching skills out into the world.
You’ll be tired after spending hours thinking and learning. But you’ll also be energized and excited to use your new knowledge.
Where Do I Sign Up?
UPDATE as of 5/29/19: Unfortunately, we didn’t receive enough sign-ups for the knitting portion of the onsite course, so that portion has had to be cancelled. I’m very disappointed! Continue to watch the Craft Yarn Council website for announcements of upcoming onsite classes.
The next on-site class for crochet is being offered July 14-15, 2019, in Manchester, New Hampshire. It takes place immediately following the Crochet Guild of America’s Chain Link Conference. I’ll be teaching the knitting program. Barbara Van Elsen will be teaching the crochet program, and we’ll probably be teaming up to team teach some sections together.
If you can’t make it to the on-site class in July, but you are interested in learning more about teaching in your community, consider signing up for the Craft Yarn Council’s (CYC) Certified Instructors Program (CIP) correspondence course. I serve as one of the “Master Teachers” for that program, so you might be assigned to me!
Baby Eyelet Cables is a knitting stitch pattern that’s fun to do and easy to memorize. It has a repeat of only four rows, and three of those are “knit the knits and purl the purls”. That means you only have to think on one row!
Despite its name, Baby Eyelet Cables are not true cables. You won’t need a cable needle because the stitches don’t really switch places.
It’s easily converted to knitting in the round, which makes it a versatile stitch pattern for many projects.
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The yarn I used for the sample is Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird. It’s a sqooshy medium weight yarn with excellent stitch definition. However, this stitch pattern looks great in any weight yarn; solid colors are best to show up the patterning.
In order to design garments, you must know something about body measurements. Many new knit and crochet designers struggle with understanding body measurements, especially for body types that are different from their own.
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My colleague Lindsey Stephens realized that this struggle is real, and has written Body Basics, an e-book to help designers understand more about body measurements. See what Lindsey has to say about Body Basics. And if you decide you want to buy it, use coupon code Edie1 for $1 off the purchase price.
What made you decide to write Body Basics?
I initially sat down to write a booklet on grading, or the process of changing one pattern in one size to multiple sizes. The more I thought about it, though, I realized that the reason so many people have difficulty with grading is because they’re missing a fundamental bit of knowledge. They don’t understand all the body measurements that come in to play when designing a garment.
If you understand the body measurements, and how to turn those body measurements into garment measurements, then not only will your designs look better and fit better, but you’ll have a much easier time when you do decide to tackle grading.
Who needs to read Body Basics?
Anyone who wants to design a garment to fit a human body. Especially if you want it to fit a specific human or specific measurements.
In your opinion, what is the #1 mistake that novice designers make when designing garments?
Crossback and Armscye. Those are the two measurements that the majority of beginning designers don’t take into account. Many of them don’t even realize they exist. However, these measurements are critical to a good fit and to determining the silhouette of the garment.
How will understanding the concepts in the book streamline the design process?
This book isn’t about streamlining. It isn’t about doing things faster and quicker. It’s about doing a deep dive to gain the critical knowledge and understanding to do the job well. Once you have that understanding, then yes, you’ll find that not only the quality of your design work will be better but you will be able to do the design math more efficiently.
Why can’t I just design a garment in one size and let my tech editor calculate all the other sizes?
You totally can just hire a tech editor. And you will be better able to judge the tech editor’s quality of work if you know what they’re actually doing. I’m a big fan of doing something yourself at least a couple of times before you farm it out. It makes you a wiser and more knowledgeable buyer and employer.
I personally prefer to do my own grading and then have my tech editor double-check the pattern. Why? Because there are design decisions that have to be made as part of the grading process. Should the cable be the same for all sizes? Should the button band be wider for plus sizes? Is the goal to make the waist shaping happen in 4 distinct locations around the body or just evenly around? There are no right or wrong answers, but deciding these things is part of the process of design.
After I’ve read Body Basics, what should my next step be in learning more about design?
The next step after reading Body Basics is to design a garment based off the new information you’ve learned. That’s why every Body Basics purchase includes my free Schematics Templates pdf. This is an additional pdf of over 40 blank schematics. Use these as a launching point to start your new designs. (Don’t forget to use coupon code Edie1 to get $5 off the purchase price.)
Lindsey Stephens is a near-fearless crafter with a passion for making things. She spends her time crafting 24/6 (no crafting on Shabbos*). Lindsey shares her crafting expertise with her followers, who love her signature wit and humor. Lindsey also works as a technical editor for crochet and knit patterns, as a website manager, and is a mom of two. Read about her latest intrepid crafting adventures on her blog.
*Shabbos, also known as Shabbat: The Jewish Sabbath observed from sundown Friday to nightfall Saturday