My First Attempt at Lace Knitting!


First off, I cannot believe it’s been this long since I’ve posted on here! I sincerely apologize for this, and I will be making more of an effort to at least post once a week or maybe more if time permits.

Lately, I’ve been knitting more than crocheting and I find I love both of these crafts for what they can accomplish. My new favorite is lace knitting, I am absolutely amazed at how a few yarn overs can create such a beautiful fabric! I’ve started out small, creating a mug cozy and it was a perfect way to also incorporate a little crochet stitches when the button loop had to be added.

This is the cozy from Valley Yarn’s website, just click on the photo to download the pattern ūüôā

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Here is how my cozy turned out. I’m very happy with it, even though the yarn I used is probably a little bit thicker than what was called for in the pattern (I used Caron Simply Soft in Ocean):

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I’m going to experiment with using finer yarns, perhaps Paton’s Grace yarn would make for a lacier look and they do have such beautiful colors available!

Have a great weekend everyone and happy crafting!

a Doily Redux


One of the reasons I took up crochet is because I love doilies. Not only do I love the intricate look of them, but also their romantic and vintage feel. They truly are a work of art in my eyes. This past Saturday I had an urge to make one, and as I was skimming through my magazines and books, I came across this one from a booklet called Thread For the Home by Leisure Arts. ¬†It’s available through Amazon and the link has been added to the photo below.

I love the “spiderweb” look of ¬†this doily. ¬†It took me all day and into the wee hours of the morning to get it done, and I’m proud with how it came out. ¬†It’s in the blocking stage right now, and I can’t wait to get home from work to see if it’s dry and how the finished result looks.

Last night I had another urge to recreate something new with this pattern. I decided to use¬†Patons¬†Grace fine yarn in a pretty purplish color and a D hook to see what I could come up with. I worked the first seven rounds of the original pattern, and then wanted to create my own edging to complete it. I worked¬†picot¬†stitches and a fan design at first, ¬†but didn’t care for how those looked. ¬†Then I remembered a doily pattern that creates almost a castle¬†turret¬†look and decided to go with that idea. ¬†I love castles, so it combines two loves into one. ¬†The result was just what I was looking for! ¬†If you notice, there’s ¬†a slight ruffle to it, which created almost a “puff stitch” between the “turrets”. ¬†I Love that!!

I’m thinking about creating a pattern for a shawl or blanket with this design motif. ¬†Which do you think would look better? ¬†if you have any other ideas I would love to hear them!