Monday, November 21, 2011

Three Button Wrap

A little over a year ago, a friend asked me to make a wrap that she saw in some expensive store.  It was knitted, of course, and back then I didn't knit yet.  So I made one in Tunisian crochet and I *wish* I would have written down the instructions at the time.  Anyway, fast forward one year and sure enough, she asked for another one!  This time, I've got the pattern to share.  Not so much a pattern as it is a formula.  This can be worked in any stitch pattern, crochet, knit, Tunisian crochet, you name it.
 This wrap is basically a wide, long rectangle, with approximate dimensions of 18" X 72".  Mentally break up the wrap into 3 equal sections.  In the last third of the wrap, evenly place button holes, approximately 6" apart.  You can add or take away space depending on your preferences and choice of buttons.  Use any yarn, any hook, and/or any needles.

Start with a foundation single crochet (or chain) equaling your desired length.  In the example shown it is 18".  Continue in desired stitch pattern for 54", place button hole, continue 6" and place another button hole, continue 6", place last button hole, and finish off wrap with a final 6" of pattern stitches.  I placed my button holes approximately 2" from the edge of the fabric.


Here is a very basic diagram showing the dimensions.  Forgive my pathetic Paint skills.  LOL!  The blue dots represent the button holes.  Can't wait to see what you make with it!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Charlotte, and the lesson I've learned

So up until now, the only patterns I've really listed here, or even alluded to, were all my freebies.  Which I love!  However, it's occurred to me that if I want to be serious about being a designer I really need to get the word out about all the other designs I create.  Is that a bad thing?  No, I don't think so.  A lot more famous designers than I (which would be, um, everyone) do it all the time.  Why not me?  So, from now on, this blog is going to be a lot more active.  Every time I create a pattern, free or not, it's is going to be shown here.  Cool?

With that being said, let me introduce you to Charlotte!  Isn't she beautiful?  All Tunisian, simple, functional and feminine.  And it only took one skein of Madelinetosh Sock yarn!  Gotta love it.  :)  I also had a lovely lady test this for me in worsted weight.  Turned out great!  For those interested in making it in a heavier weight, count on using about 600 - 700 yds to make a nice, full size shawl.