Sunday, April 10, 2016

Short Crochet Mesh Vest using Premier Yarns Aurora in Midnight

Yarn Review:  Premier Yarns Aurora in Midnight

Information from Premier Yarns website:  "This medium weight acrylic roving yarn combines many hues in each skein to make moody, blended stripes. The soft hand and complex colors will produce beautiful sweaters, blankets and accessories. The 9 color combinations include something for everyone in the family.
  • 100% Acrylic.
  • 3.5 oz/ 100 g, 166 yds/151 m.
  • #4 Medium Weight.
  • Machine wash, lay flat to dry
  • Crochet gauge, I-9 (5.5mm) hook: 17 sc & 22 rows = 4” (10.2cm).
  • Knit gauge in st st, US 9 (5.5mm) needles: 16 sts & 24 rows = 4” (10.2cm).

 The color combinations include something for everyone in the family. 
Care: hand wash dry flat do not bleach do not iron do not dry clean. "

This is a very soft, thick #4 weight worsted yarn, it is thicker than Red Heart.  
I am also a spinner and this yarn reminded me of hand spun yarn with slight changes in thickness throughout.  There were several spots that were "overspun" and other spots that weren't spun enough. I had to cut out a few large sections of the yarn because it was already fuzzy and looked like it had been through a couple of washes, but was able to hand twist it enough to use for the seams.

The Pattern I used it on is the Short Mesh Vest in a size medium.  My gauge came out correct with a slightly tighter tension than I use with Red Heart or other #4 weight yarns similar to Red Heart.  This created a stiffer feel in the stitches, but still very soft.

This vest used about 4 1/2 skeins, so about 747 yards for a size medium.

Overall, I really like the feel of this acrylic yarn and enjoyed working with it and believe it would be perfect for a garment that needs some extra thickness without having to use a bulky yarn.  

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Pineapple Drop Crochet Cardigan

New Design
Pineapple Drop Cardigan
Pattern can be purchased at Copper Llama Studio at Craftsy

The pineapple stitch is much easier then it looks and works up fast.
Sleeves can be adjusted to any length
Easy to adjust for Petite and Tall sizes
Pattern includes sizes Small to 6X

I used Lion Brand Cotton in Avocado for this one.
I believe this yarn has been discontinued, but any #4 weight worsted yarn like Red Heart will work

Saturday, March 19, 2016

V Stitch Crochet Top

Pattern includes sizes from Small to 6X

Work up in any yarn marked #4 weight worsted

Great for Spring and Summer when worn over a tank top

For more information about this pattern or to order it with an instant download
Visit my Store, Copper Llama Studio at Craftsy or Ravelry

Friday, March 11, 2016

Swimsuit Cover Up Pattern

Pattern includes all sizes from Small to 6X

Pattern is worked from side to side
Design creates a slightly flared lower section and the bottom edging is worked as you go

Materials Needed
#4 Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn - I used Lion's Brand Cotton Ease in Cactus
Size H Crochet Hook

Length is about 42 inches and can be easily adjusted for Tall and Petite

Instant Download available at Copper Llama Studio

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Published Patterns

 Pineapple Flare

 Crochet Fan Vest
 Light and Airy DC Cardigan
 Crochet Swing Jacket
 Top 20 for over a year Pineapple Swing Cardigan
 No Seams Cardigan
 Tunic with Optional Cowl and Sleeves
 Touch of Lace Neck Collar
 Chunky Crochet Neck Warmer
 No-Seams Shell Cardigan
Long Lace Cardigan

Here are some of my patterns that were published with Annie's Attic last year.  It has been such a great experience working with them.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Crochet Spring Dress

Spring Dress
I used Loops & Threads "Woolike" which is a #1 fine fingering yarn that acts more like a #2 fingering weight yarn because of it's texture. It gave this dress a light and airy feel and look.
My daughter IS wearing something under it... lol. She has a tank dress under it and I asked her to pick the tank top up a bit to show off the bottom. It kinda bunched up under the dress.

This pattern uses basic stitches
Finished length is about 45 inches, but can be easily adjusted shorter or longer
You can also easily adjust the length of the sleeves if you prefer longer sleeves
Pattern includes written instructions for the complete dress and a graph for the pineapple section for those that love graphs

Pattern includes sizes Small to 6X

To purchase pattern, please visit my shop at Crafty

Monday, February 22, 2016

Pineapple Scarf Pattern

Crochet Pineapple Scarf
A touch of vintage simplicity 

Pattern is available at Copper Llama Studio
Click here to order at Craftsy or Ravelry

Basic Skills Needed:
single crochet
double crochet
treble crochet

Recommended Yarn
Red Heart Super Saver or any other #4 Worsted Weight Yarn 

Pattern includes written instructions as well as charts and photo help.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Lion Brand Cotton Yarn Comparison

Just a quick comparison of yarns from Lion Brand

I used Lion Brand 24/7 100% Mercerized Cotton yarn in Aqua and Lion Brand 100% Pure Cotton yarn on this project.

Both are the same pattern
Both are cotton yarns
Both yarns are rated as #4 weight

But, there is a difference.  The 24/7 yarn is much lighter and feels so soft.  The 100% Pure Cotton is MUCH heavier and doesn't drape as nice as the 24/7, but the look of the stitches appeals to me more.

Easy Beach Coverup Pattern includes Small to 6X sizing

My results with measuring the Wraps per Inch

Lion Brand 24/7 I got 16 WPI
Lion Brand Cotton I got 12 WPI

I love BOTH yarns and will miss their old cotton.  I have used it for many things and for many years.

BUT, I am Very Pleased with the new 24/7 yarns and the colors that are available.  This yarn gave the garment lots of luster and the drape is fantastic.

Here's the information from Lion Brands Site

Lion<SUP>® </SUP> Cotton

Lion® Cotton Yarn

Article # 760
DISCONTINUED: This yarn is no longer available; however, we make this information available as a courtesy to those who still have the yarn.
Our classic 100% cotton, 4-ply worsted-weight yarn with great absorbency. Ideal for dishcloths, washcloths, placemats, and all kitchen/dining/ bath projects, as well as accessories and garments.

24/7 Cotton Yarn

Article # 761
24/7 Cotton is a worsted-weight, mercerized 100% natural fiber yarn. The mercerization process gives the yarn incredible color and sheen which will last through multiple wash cycles. Choose from a variety of 24 colors, which will be perfect for making fashion garments, home d├ęcor, bath and kitchen accessories, and items for babies and children.