Free Pattern – Super Simple Garter Stitch Headband

Here’s something a little different from my norm – a free knitting pattern! A friend and her two 10 year old daughters want to teach themselves to knit. They live too far away for me to physically help them, so I thought I would help find them a fun and easy pattern to learn with.

They were looking for something that would be a quick and easy, first time success, and the girls, being 10 years old, aren’t particularly interested in washcloths. Headbands though? Well that’s a different story! Who doesn’t need a great new headband (or 10) with which to start out the new school year?

This headband can be made with or without the twist. It is knit flat, with only knit stitches. The pattern also includes a detailed diagram showing how to sew the one easy seam.

This pattern is protected by copyright. Please do not distribute or share this pattern in any way other than by sharing a link to this page.  Click here for copyright information.

Note: When you click the download link, you will first see an advertisement. When you are done viewing the ad (or after 5 seconds), please click the “skip ad” button in the top, right corner of the page to continue to the pdf file.

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If this is your first time knitting, I recommend the basic tutorials on Knit Picks because they provide both photo and video versions. Here are links to the Knit Picks tutorials for the techniques required for this pattern:

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – August – Week #3

I got a bit ahead of myself this month! The Granny Tea Cozy by Crochet with Raymond works up really quickly, and before I knew it I was nearly done! All that’s left now is sewing in all those ends, and the edging along the spout and handle holes.

progress

On another note, I FINALLY got caught up and added all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know! Remember to visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, and to follow everyone’s progress too!

If you post about your cozy, please remember to link your post back to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page or to this post so everyone can check it out! Alternately, you can add a link in the comments here or on the main page. If you haven’t already, please do check out the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the button, rules, and other useful links.

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Queuing

Ravelry QueueLast night, I couldn’t decide what to do. I could have made some progress on any of the 3 new patterns I’ve been working on. I could have (finally) written up the review of my LYS that I’ve been meaning to write. I could have just worked on my Socks with Sarah socks, or the lacey vest/jacket thing that is going nowhere, or any of my other 4 or 5 WIPS. But I just didn’t feel like doing any of that…so I didn’t.

Instead, I looked at Ravelry. I thumbed through pattern after beautiful pattern, trying to find just the right patterns for all those beautiful skeins patiently waiting on my stash shelf. I queued up many (MANY) new projects, all of which I want to get to this year. Realistically, I doubt that’s going to happen…but I’ll see how far I can get!

Most of the items I’ve added to my queue are for gifts, so I can’t tell you about them. Here are some of the ones I CAN share with you. Since not everyone is on Ravelry, I have included non-Ravelry links in brackets where available.

Wow…I’m going to be busy!

 

 

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Free Pattern – Spiral Seashell Square

An on-line friend was having a baby. One of the members of our group asked us all to send an 8″ square, so she could put them together into a nice blanket for her. We were asked to use the blue and green colors that she was already using in other projects in the nursery. The colors made me think of the beach, and that is how the spiral seashell idea came about.

This is almost the same as the square that I made for that blanket, but I made a couple of changes when I wrote up the pattern. It starts with the Spiral Seashell Motif and has a little scalloped border. Although it was originally designed as a blanket square, It can also be doubled up and used as a trivet.

I’m currently working on a few other patterns that also use this motif as a starting point, so I should have more for you soon! As they become available, you will be able to find all my spiral seashell related patterns here.

As always if you see any errors or have any questions, please let me know! Enjoy :)

This pattern is protected by copyright. Please do not distribute or share this pattern in any way other than by sharing a link to this page.  Click here for copyright information.

Note: You will need both of the patterns listed below in order to make the square. When you click the download link, you will first see an advertisement. When you are done viewing the ad (or after 5 seconds), please click the “skip ad” button in the top, right corner of the page to continue to the pdf file.

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – August – Week #2

This month’s pattern, the Granny Tea Cozy by Crochet with Raymond, is another good stashbuster for me. I think I can use up all these bits of yarn that I have left over from my April cozies and my May cozy. They’re all Lisa Uni and I think the colors work well together. What do you think?

materials

Remember to visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, and to follow everyone’s progress. You can also view all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know!

If you post about your cozy, please remember to link your post back to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page or to this post so everyone can check it out! Alternately, you can add a link in the comments here or on the main page. If you haven’t already, please do check out the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the button, rules, and other useful links.

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Yarn Crawling!

This post is a little photo-heavy, but I wanted to share this experience with you all. Last week I learned that there is an annual “yarn crawl” in the Chicago area. It turned out to be a fun way to see some other area stores and, of course, buy some yarn!

Basically, we all got a “passport” with a list of participating stores, divided up geographically into 4 regions. Each store had a 10% discount, free pattern, and raffle. If you visited (and got your passport stamped at) 5 different stores, you were entered in a grand prize raffle. There were also grand prize raffles for visiting 10 stores and 15 stores. The event started on Saturday the 2nd and ended today (the 10th).

For the sake of my budget, I decided to stick with only 5 stores, and I ended up going to these 5:

The first store I visited was of course my home LYS, the Nook in Lisle. It’s a FABULOUS store, but I plan to write a full review for you soon, so will not go into detail here. Suffice it to say that after visiting the others, it’s still my favorite. You can read all about how I stumbled across it in this post about my LYS adventure.

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Next, I stopped by Knitche in Downers Grove.

Knitche collage

puppy snips1I love the layout of this store – with several separate, cozy, yarn-filled nooks and niches, the name is perfect!  On display during the crawl was a pop-up store of hand-dyed yarns from a local artist. Knitche has also recently become the first Quince & Co. flagship store in Illinois. They had other amazing, beautiful yarns too, but to be honest it all felt a little out of my price range. This is definitely a great store to come to whenever I want something special though! Of course I couldn’t leave without buying something…just as I was leaving, these adorable Hiya Hiya Puppy Snips caught my eye and just had to be mine.

 
Next on the list was Gentler Times in Naperville.

Gentler Times collage

This store is actually in the town where I live, and I have been here before. I do like the setup, and everyone I’ve met who works here has been nice and helpful. I walked the whole store, touching and looking at all the different yarns – a good collection at all different price points, from really expensive silk yarns, to basic acrylics. In the end, I settled on an old favorite. I picked up these three skeins of Berroco Weekend, intending to make myself a shawl or nice long scarf.

 
Then I visited Craftique / Never Enough Knitting in Wheaton

Never Enough Knitting Collage

This store is all yarn on one side, and all fabric on the other. I only took pictures of the yarn side, as they had just that morning had some water damage on the fabric side. I found parking to be an issue at this store, but it was worth it to come. In addition to a nice selection of yarn, it also had a lot of interesting notions, tools, buttons, etc. What really caught my eye though was this skein of Berroco Elements. It has a beautiful, sparkly sheen to it. I thought, instead of the grey, this would look really nice with the purple Berroco Weekend that I had picked up earlier. Of course that left me with an extra grey skein that I had no plans for…what to do?

 
Well, go to another store, of course! The last store on my crawl was String Theory in Glen Ellyn.

String Theory Collage

After visiting all the other stores, this one didn’t really seem to have anything new that I hadn’t already seen…until I got to the back. Tucked away in the back corner was a space that I assume they use for dying small batches of yarn. Near that were some bins of clearance yarn, which is where I found what I was looking for. They are 2 skeins of DK weight, superwash merino, that were dyed right there in the store – and they were on sale for half off! I think these will go perfectly with the leftover grey skein from earlier, to make another scarf.

 
Day 5Overall, the yarn crawl was a good experience and I came away with some great deals, and some more projects on my to-do list. Nothing feels as nice as coming home though, so Friday night I did what I enjoy best. I spent all evening knitting and chatting with my friends at what I still think is the best LYS in the area, The Nook in Lisle (I mean come on, they even have ice cream!)

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Which type of yarn are you?

You’ve seen lots of different kinds of yarn and no doubt have your favorite, but do you know which one you are most like? Maybe you’re a soft, cuddly, delicate baby alpaca, or a sturdy, hardworking cotton… Take the quiz and find out!

All the yummy yarns pictured in the quiz (and lots more!) are available at my fabulous, favorite LYS – The Nook in Lisle IL. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to stop by!

yarn1 novelty merino1 Cotton1 baby alpaca1 bamboo1

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