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My End of the Year Holiday Sale is on Now!

25% off of all of my Patterns for Purchase until
December 31, 2017 11:59pm EST!
No Coupon Code Required!

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If You’re Able, Please Help

Hi everyone, I don’t very often make personal posts, but this is something very important to me and extremely close to my heart.

I have been talking about a bag that I have been making for my Uncle, but I have yet to make the post about my journey this year making it. I still plan on writing the post. Well, in short, this bag, actually a backpack, that I’ve been working on is very special because I designed it to hold and carry a 6 pound oxygen tank. My Uncle Allen has C.O.P.D. and is now in need of a lung transplant. To be put on the transplant list, there are various medications and treatments that he needs and a lot of it is not covered by his insurance, so he had to set up a GoFundMe page. The link to his page is just below. Any little bit that can be donated is very helpful. I have the Share buttons turned on also, so feel free to share my post.

Allen is my mothers “baby” brother, and he and I grew up together.

*From his GFM page:

“Hello my name is Allen, I am 53 yrs. old and I have C.O.P.D. and currently have 18% to 22% function of my lungs, Breathing is difficult even with oxygen, plus medication. 

I need a lung transplant to get better. The funds i need as soon as possible because with out them i cannot be put on the list for transplant. They are for the medications and uncovered treatment, they need to see this so I can show i can pay for the treatment and the medications.

My sister JoAnn Woofenden had this to add:
” This is my brother. He does not smoke cigarettes and the transplant doctors are continually checking his lungs as he struggles for each breath he takes. Anything would help him to get to his goal for a transplant.”

Thank you for Helping!
Allen Piwowar”

 

⇒ Allens Lung Transplant GoFundMe ⇐


 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you are able to help in any way, Thank you so very much.

Also, Please Share this post, even if you are unable to Donate.
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*I do have permission from my Uncle to be sharing his GoFundMe and his photo to my WordPress Page

Same Theme, New Look!

I have had this theme for a few years now and I had been thinking about changing it. I was looking through the themes WordPress had to offer and I had found something that I liked the look of, but didn’t have some of the options that I had gotten used to, plus I would have to redo my entire sidebar and that was something I didn’t want to do. So, I decided to used some of the options this theme has available and found a new background. I am happy with the new look and I hope you like it too!

Just In Case You Haven’t Seen This Yet…

My End of the Year Holiday Sale is on Now!

*The Sale is 25% off of all of my Patterns for Purchase until December 31, 2017 11:59pm EST! No Coupon Code Required!

The patterns for sale are:

 

*Sale only Valid on WordPress and Ravelry.

 

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Daughter of Dragons Shrug

Dragon Scale Shrug

Dragon Scale Shrug

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Dragon Scale Shrug

Lapis Dragon Skin Pouch

Lapis Dragon Skin Pouch

Isabeau

Isabeau Choker

Faerie Magic 4x

Faerie Magic

 

Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of the Dragon Scale Shrug in the Plus Sizes to share. If anyone has made, or will be making, the Dragon Scale Shrug in the Plus Sizes, I would love to feature any photos of it you have with full credit to you for your photo(s) (and if you have a crochet blog, I can link to that also) here on my Dragon Scale Shrug Plus Sizes page. If you are interested, please contact me at midknightstarr@gmail.com so we can discuss the details.

Thanks!

Still Here! and my End of the Year Holiday Sale is Coming up!

Sorry for the inactivity this year. I had a lot going on with dealing with my health issues, home, kids, finishing the slipper socks for my sister in-law, and a huge project for my Uncle (which I will be making a separate post about at a later date. With pictures!).

While working on the project for my Uncle, I had an idea for a bag that I have been working on on and off for awhile when I needed a break. I haven’t decided yet if I am going to write a pattern for it yet though. I’m still working on figuring out how I want the bag to be. I made 2 already, but there are elements to it that I want to change and have 3 different colors already started. 1 is a solid color in Lime Aide (nice bright springy green), the 2nd is a 2 color in black and dark grey heather, and the 3rd is a 2 color in brown and sky blue. The ones that I already finished, a 3 color cross-body shoulder bag, and then a 2 color backpack that I’m sending to my mom. I’ve been using the 3 color one and it’s helped me see what I would like to change in the construction of some parts of it.

The Knee-High Slipper Socks I made for my sister in-law I did write a pattern for that was was thinking about selling, but I don’t have any good photos for it. I really should get it tested some more, but I haven’t had any luck with reliable testers (except for 1 friend of mine, who was great). The slipper socks are knitted in worsted weight yarn and was made to fit up to a 20 inch calf, a wider foot width, and the foot length is customizable.

My End of the Year Holiday Sale is coming up very, very soon! It will be starting on the 1st of November, 12am EST, this year! Ending on December 31, 11:59pm EST! 2 months long! 25% off of All Patterns! The sale includes everything in my Patterns for Purchase page.

 

I hope everyone had a good 2017 and a very Happy Holiday Season coming up! Keep an eye out for my upcoming blog post on the huge project that I have been working on this year!

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A Quick Update and an “It’s 2017!” Sale

I know I haven’t been active for pretty much almost the entire year. I really didn’t do very much crocheting at all, the projects I had started in 2015 I wasn’t very happy with any longer and the one special order I had was a bit discouraging for me, plus my health had been on a major roller-coaster also. Both physically and mentally. At that point, just looking at yarn caused me stress, so I just really needed a break. Badly.

Well, my break is over. It started when a friend “hired” me to crochet a gift for his fiance and even paid me upfront for it, then my mother asked for something knitted for my Sister In-law, which is something I am now working on since I finished and delivered my friends gift. Thanks to my friend and my mother, I am out of my “yarnie slump” and back into the “fiber groove”. I think I really needed someone to give me a nudge to get back motivated. It was also helpful that the requested projects were/are very simple ones. I do have to admit that my love for playing Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online really didn’t help to get me back playing with yarn for a little while either. LOL

I do not know when I will be producing new patterns again yet. I think I need to go back through all of my UFO’s, re-evaluate them and decide which I will finish and which I will frog. I also really need to go back though my yarn stash and reorganize it.

About that sale. I realized that I missed my annual Holiday Sale, so I decided to have a New Year Sale. Starting on January 3, 2017 at 12am EST all of my Crochet Patterns for Purchase will all be 25% off until January 31, 2017, 11:59pm EST. This sale will be valid only through my Ravelry Store. Purchase can be made through the Patterns for Purchase Tab on my WordPress site also, since the”Buy Now” buttons will take you to the Ravelry Shopping Cart.

Simple Winter Cowl ~ Free Pattern

A WordPress Exclusive Free Pattern!

This design happened because of a need for a quick to make and useful Christmas gifts. I had come across the Waistcoat Crochet Stitch on Pinterest a couple of years ago and liked the look of it; like a knitted stockinette stitch, but not, it’s not Tunisian either, just a simple single crochet, but worked differently. From what I read, it is a vintage crochet stitch come back. It is also known as the Center Single Crochet and the Crochet Stockinette Stitch. The Waistcoat Stitch makes for a nice warm fabric using worsted or aran weight yarn when finished. It is much easier than it looks, but it does require a loose tension and using a tapered crochet hook helps too. I paired it with the 3rd Loop Half Double Crochet and it added some fun textured stripes within the stockinette look of the Waistcoat Stitch.

This pattern is written for one size, but because it is worked in a multiple of 1, it is very easy to size up or down to fit anyone from child to adult.

I do plan on getting better photos once I can get some one to model it for me.

Simple Winter Cowl

 

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Difficulty:

Easy, but not for beginners

Sizes:

One Size, approx. 24 inches circumference and 8 inches long

Materials:

6.00mm hook
1 skein of Caron Simply Soft for single color cowl
2 skeins of Caron Simply Soft (color A & B) for 2 color cowl (optional)

Stitches used are in US terminology

Terms used with abbreviations:

ch – chain
fsc – foundation singe crochet
sc – single crochet
wcs – waistcoat stitch
hdc – half double crochet
slst – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)

Gauge:

Working the Waistcoat stitch in the round (see special stitches below):

For gauge swatch, fsc 30, join in 1st fsc with slst

rnd 1: ch1, sc in 1st st and in each st around, join with slst in 1st sc

rnd 2 – 20 : ch1, ch 1, wcs in same st as joining and in each st around, join with slst in 1st wcs

7 sts and 10 rnds = 2 inches, if your gauge is a little bigger, that’s ok.

Keep tension loose, may go up a hook size if tension is still to tight with the 6.00mm hook to work the wcs. Working with a tapered hook also helps.

The Waistcoat Stitch in the round will slant a bit.

Special Stitches:

Waistcoat Stitch (wcs): insert hook in between the “legs” of the stitch indicated in the previous row, yo, pull through stitch loosely (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through both loops. (on the front of the stitch (right side), the “legs” look like a V, on the back of the stitch (wrong side), the “legs” look like an upside down V. You will work between both, insert the hook into the front legs and out the back legs for working in the round)

(video tutorial on Moogly, but keep in mind the tutorial is worked flat, this project is worked in the round)

right side waistcoat stitch

wrong side waistcoat stitch

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Finding the 3rd loop on a hdc: (video tutorial on Moogly for 3rd loop half double crochet)

3rd loop hdcclick to enlarge

 

Note: This pattern has not been tested. Please let me know if there is anything that is unclear. Thanks

Pattern

Note: Do not turn at the end of the rounds.

fsc: 75, join in 1st st making sure not to twist

rnd 1: ch1, sc in 1st st and in each st around, join with slst in 1st sc (75 sc)

rnds 2 – 5: ch 1, wcs in 1st st and in each st around, join with slst in 1st wcs (75 wcs)

rnd 6: ch 1, hdc in 1st st the same way as the wcs is made and in each st around, join with slst in the 1st hdc (75 hdc)

rnds 7 & 8: ch1, hdc in the 3rd loop in the back of 1st st and in the 3rd loop of each st around, join with slst in the 1st hdc (75 3rd loop hdc)

rnd 9: ch1, sc in the 3rd loop in the back of 1st st and in the 3rd loop of each st around, join with slst in the 1st sc (75 sc)

rnds 10 – 25: repeat rnds 2 -9 2x’s (75 sts)

rnds 26 – 29: repeat rnds 2 – 5 once (75 sts)

rnd 30: repeat rnd 1 (75 sc)

Finish off, weave in ends

For 2 colors: (optional)

change to color B when starting the hdc rnds (rnd 6), changing back to color A when starting the sc/wcs rnds (rnd 9) in the above pattern instructions.

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