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Veter Shawl

close up of my Veter Shawl. The shawl is light blue and cream.

Pattern: Veter Shawl by Life Is Cozy (link leads to Ravelry)

Yarn: Robin’s Egg on Simple Sock and Vanilla on Mohair Lace
Amount: 1 skein of each

Needles: US 8 (5 mm), US 9, US 10

Started: May 16, 2020
Finished: June 8, 2020

Modifications:
I cast on with a US 10 and bound off with a US 9. I ended my shawl on sections 19 – instead of working the last wrong side row, I bound off. I just barely had enough of my Robin’s Egg yarn to finish!

Notes:
This is quite possibly the FLUFFIEST piece of knitting I own. So light and airy! Yes, it creates a large shawl, but is so thin that it can be worn like a scarf without any bulk.

Ravelry: I also have a Ravelry Project Page for this knit. However, many people (myself included) have had issues with the new Ravlery. It is known to cause eye strain, headaches, migraines, and seizures. Please be careful when proceeding to Ravelry!

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Posting about knitting seems… trivial right now. However, knitting on this test knit has brought me a little bit of joy during this time, so I wanted to share a sneak peek with you. This is part of the Veter Shawl by @life_is_cozy and it’s quite possibly the fluffiest bit of knitting I’ve ever had. I used one skein of my Simple Sock and one skein of my new mohair base! I’d love to know… what’s bringing you joy right now? While I cant say this brings me “joy,” I really appreciate all the growth that I see happening with eyes being opened to the injustices of the world… I will continue to do my best to share anti-racism and Black Lives Matter resources in my Stories and do my own learning and changing. #lifeiscozy #vetershawl #testknit #testknittersofinstagram #testknitting #patternpreview #heatheredhandmades #handknitshawl #handdyedyarn #indiedyedyarn #indieyarn #knittersofinstagram #knittersofravelry

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The Veter Shawl by @life_is_cozy is now live on @hi.ravelry! @life_is_cozy is donating 20% of the pattern sales to ACT-SO, a division of NAACP designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among Aftrican-American high school students. Like I said on Wednesday, this is quite possibly the fluffiest piece of knitting I have! Not only is it fluffy, it’s also so light and airy! I can wear this as a scarf with practically no bulk. Well, only indoors… cause it is way too hot outside right now. 🥵🌡☀️ #patternrelease #knittersofinstagram #knittersofravelry #knit #heatheredhandmades #vetershawl #lifeiscozy #knitshawl #yarnlove #knitstagram #yarnlovers #indiedyedyarn #indieyarn #testknittersofinstagram #testknitting #testknit

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Portage

closeup of a purple hand knit cardigan

Pattern: Portage by Melissa Schaschwary (link leads to Ravelry)

Yarn: Perfect Storm on Classic DK
Amount: 7 skeins (88 g remaining)

Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm), US 6 (4 mm), US 7 (4.5 mm), US 8 (5 mm)
Size: 35″

Started: February 15, 2020
Finished: March 31, 2020

Modifications:
Because I tend to knit in the round more tightly than when knitting flat, I went up to US 8 for the sleeves and US 6 for the sleeve cuffs. I also knit an extra inch before starting the cuffs, only knit 4 inches of the cuff, and did not include the turning row. I’m certain I also lengthened the body a bit, but I forgot to take notes on that part!

Notes:
I absolutely adore this finished cardigan! Seriously, I love everything about it. The pockets are perfect, my modifications worked out great, and the color is 100% me. I would happily knit this again… probably while wearing this one! Seriously, I’ve napped while wearing it. I adore this cardigan.

There’s a few pieces of the pattern that are initially a little hard to understand, but I had the good fortune of knitting this during a KAL! If anyone is knitting this pattern and has questions, I now feel pretty confident that I can help!

My only suggestion, especially if using hand dyed yarn, is to knit the sleeves before the collar! Yarn management became a bit of a challenge for me when it came down to the sleeves. It’s much easier to use the leftover partial skeins in the collar than in the sleeves (at least to me).

Ravelry: I also have a Ravelry Project Page for this knit. However, many people (myself included) have had issues with the new Ravlery. It is known to cause eye strain, headaches, migraines, and seizures. Please be careful when proceeding to Ravelry!

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Adjusting to the new normal is… weird. Don’t get me wrong, I usually spend a lot of time at home… But nothing about what’s going on is normal. Honestly, I think I’ve done LESS knitting. How about you? How are you coping with everything? Pictured is a #wip shot of my Portage cardigan! Granted, this photo is several weeks old. 😅 I’ve since finished the body, collar, & pockets. All that’s left are sleeves! If you’re wondering what yarn this is, it’s my first variegated colorway! After seeing the Portage at @themodernskein knit in @suburbanstitcher’s Oslo, I knew my goal was to have something similar, but in purple! And frankly, I wasn’t sure how to ACTUALLY get a similar effect… but I’m quite proud of this color! So thanks Dianne & Sharon for being the fantastic inspirations for the color. 😊 Pattern: Portage by @dandiliongrl Yarn: Perfect Storm (available soon) on Classic DK by me! #portagecardigan #portagekal #replicasurfaces #tkptmskal #knittingwip #knittersofig #heatheredhandmades #purpleyarn #themodernskein #knitalong #wipwednesday

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It’s finished! My Portage cardigan is finished! Ok… so it’s actually been finished for over a week. 🙈 It took me awhile to weave in & trim the ends since I’ve been wearing it any chance I can! I adore this cardigan. Seriously, this is already my most worn piece of knitwear. I may have even napped in it one day… 😪 Pattern: Portage @dandiliongrl Yarn: Perfect Storm (coming soon) @heatheredhandmades #tkptmskal #portagecardigan #portagekal #heatheredhandmades #knitcardigan #purpleyarn #indiedyer #indiemakers #knittersofig #finishedfriday #finishedobject #finishedprojectfriday #knitlife #knit #knitting #knittersofinstagram #melissaschaschwary #themodernskein #theknittingplace #knitalong #knittersofravelry #handdyedyarn #handdyed @themodernskein @theknittingplace

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Kniterator Raglan

closeup of a purple hand knit sweater

Pattern: Kniterator Raglan by Tineke Corin

Yarn: Dreamcloud on Classic DK
Amount: 5 skeins (56g left of my 5th skein)

Needle: US 6 (4 mm)
Gauge: 4.5 stitches and 8 rows over 1 inch

Started: November 6, 2019
Completed: January 15, 2020

Notes:
What I love about this pattern is that it is completely customizable! You get to input the measurements you want for your final garment and chosen gauge (with whatever yarn and needles you want)… and like magic, Kniterator churns out a pattern just for you! Including estimated yardage needed! Since I’m tall, this was such a nice change. I usually have to add a bit of length to the body and sleeves, so I’m never quite sure how much more yarn I’ll need. Plus, I have a pretty large head and I could even change the neck measurement! I know a lot of experienced knitters have learned how to adjust a pattern, but other that’s not something I’m super comfortable with yet. The fact that I was able to knit a sweater that fit exactly the way I like was just amazing!

Ravelry: I also have a Ravelry Project Page for this knit. However, many people (myself included) have had issues with the new Ravlery. It is known to cause eye strain, headaches, migraines, and seizures. Please be careful when proceeding to Ravelry!

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Hi, y’all! Happy Friday! I thought today would be a great day to share my finished test knit for @kniterator! I still can’t believe how well it ended up fitting! In case you don’t know, Kniterator is this super awesome site where you can put in the measurements that you want your sweater to be (ease included) and it calculates a pattern for you! I’ve never had a store-bought sweater fit me correctly, so knitting one that actually fits is kinda mind blowing. I highly recommend this pattern.⁣ ⁣ I also wanted to share that I’m starting a newsletter! My newsletter will be the first place to hear about new products, upcoming events, special offers, and so much more! I have lots of awesome stuff planned for 2020, so you definitely want to sign up to hear about it all first. In fact, there might even be a little goodie just for signing up for the emails! 😉 Sign up with the link in my bio!⁣ ⁣ #knittersofinstagram #knitting #kniterator #customfitsweater #instaknit ⁣ #knitwear #testknittersofinstagram #testknit #knittersofig #knit ⁣ #sweaterknitting #knittersoftheworld #finishedobject ⁣ #finishedobjectfriday #igknitters #newsletter #makersofinstagram

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Crochet Bedside Basket

featured image for the crochet bedside basket blog post. light grey basket filled with jewlery surrounded by scissors, yarn, needle, and crochet hook.

Oh goodness! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve published a blog post. Since my last post I’ve moved into a new house! And with a new house, comes new organizational issues.

Case in point, my bedside table. It’s a disaster pretty much all the time. Frankly, I’ve lost things on it. It’s also an old family piece that I painted several years ago, so I’d really like to show it off, not bury it under junk! And unfortunately, my watch and ring have made a few chips in the paint on the surface. That’s no good!

Enter my solution: a crochet bedside basket! I looked around a bit for patterns that already existed, but I couldn’t find anything that really suited my needs. There are some beautiful crochet basket patterns out there, but I simply didn’t need anything fancy or large. Ideally I wanted something about as wide as a standard bowl, only a few inches deep, and cushioned enough to prevent any more dings in my piece of furniture!

After not finding anything to suit my fancy, I decided I would just design one myself! After all, I’d already decided I didn’t need anything fancy or large… how hard could it be? So I went to my craft room, pulled out yarn from my stash, a hook, and went to work!

I’ll be honest, what I came up with is extremely simple – and it’s exactly what I needed! It’s the perfect size to hold all my jewelry, soft enough to prevent dings in the paint on my piece of furniture, and I already had the yarn in my stash! Plus: it hardly took any time at all to make!

Enough of my jabbering! On to the pattern!

All you need to know to make this basket is how to single crochet, crochet in the round, and crochet in the back loop!

Materials:
P (mm) crochet hook
Lion Brand Fettuccini (Fabric) Yarn (also known as Zpagetti. Unfortunately this yarn was discontinued, but another super bulky yarn should work just fine)
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Abbreviations:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
inc: 2 single crochet in the same stitch
flo: stitch in the front loop only

Pattern notes:
Worked in continuous rounds. If that bothers you, you’re welcome to join with a slip stitch after each round and chain one to begin the next row.

Pattern:

Round 1: ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)
Round 2: inc around (16)
Round 3: *sc, inc* around (24)
Round 4: *sc, sc, inc* around, sl st into first stitch (32)
Round 5: sc in flo around (32)
Round 6-7: sc around (32)
Round 8: sc around, sl st into first stitch (32)
Break yarn & weave in ends.

Optional: turn basket inside-out. It all depends on your preference here; I turned mine inside-out because I preferred the look.

And that’s it! You have a finished crochet bedside basket! This is also super easy to modify. If you want a wider basket, add more rows of increases before Round 5. If you want a taller basket, add more repeats of Round 6. Smaller basket? Remove some of the increase rounds. I’m considering making a smaller one myself to hold some coasters on my coffee table!

Let me know what you think! If you make a bedside basket, I’d love to see your finished product! Feel free to tag me (@heatheredhandmades) in any posts on Facebook or Instagram!

Don’t want to make one yourself? You’re welcome to contact me and request a custom crochet bedside basket!

I’d also really appreciate it if you pinned this post on Pinterest! Feel free to use the image below!

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Crafting for a Cause: Special Olympics

Special Olympics Texas Scarf

I started knitting about 3 years ago and crocheting 2 years ago. I had no idea it would happen, but knitting and crocheting has become a part of my everyday life. I carry yarn and hooks/needles everywhere I go. Seriously… everywhere.

However, I quickly ran out of things to make for myself! Thankfully, that didn’t mean my yarn crafting days were over! My friend Julie introduced me to charity crafting. I still get all the joy of knitting and crocheting with the added bonus that I’m crafting for a cause. I’ve made things for several different charities, but today I want to share one project in particular with you: Special Olympics scarves.  Continue reading Crafting for a Cause: Special Olympics