Spooky Spider Web Shawl

About a month ago, Shaina E on  The Crochet Addiction Facebook group posted a photo of a spider web shawl/poncho that she designed and free-handed.  I thought it was so clever, and I thought I could probably recreate it.

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This would be the first time I ever tried to recreate something by a picture.  I did recreate her design, and I think mine came out pretty close to hers.  She said she just used all treble crochet (tr) and chains, but I had my stitches grow from double crochet (dc) to quadruple treble crochet (qtc).  I may have made that last stitch up.  I haven’t seen anything written about that one, but I imagine it’s out there somewhere.

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My First Legwarmer Pattern

I finally finished.  I made my very own leg warmer pattern.  Granted, it is not very original, but I designed it myself.  This is also the first pattern that I’ve ever written up, so feel free to provide feedback on the pattern.  Note, while this pattern is pretty easy, it’s probably more for people with experience reading and interpreting patterns, since I’m not experienced at writing patterns.

My legwarmers 4

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Russian Crochet

One thing my time on Pinterest has taught me, Russian crochet is beautiful.  There are so many patterns that I pin, and the URLs are Russian.  In fact, I’ve pinned enough Russian crochet, that I’ve created a separate board for it.  Now it’s not always easy to find the patterns for what I’ve found.  But, many times I can find charts for the patterns.  So one of my goals for the year is to learn how to read charts.

Russian Crochet

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Mini Plaits Winter Hat #2 and Cowl

I went back to Kid Ewe Knot last weekend and picked up my second skein of Galway Worsted yarn so I could finish my original hat.  This time I bought different buttons on Amazon and a different pom pom.  I think the second hat came out as well (although I still like mine more).

Mini Plaits Winter Hat 2 and Cowl

The original hat that I started, but the second hat that I finished.

One of my employees kept remarking about how much she loved my hat, so I ended up giving her the second hat.  Most of what I crochet, I crochet for myself, or gifts.  So since I already had a hat, the second hat was bound to be a gift anyway and she really liked my hat.

Mini Plaits Winter Hat 2 and Cowl 2

Both hats in progress. I made mine a size bigger than the original hat.

I ended up having some extra yarn left over from my hat, so I decided to try to make a cowl with the left overs.  I followed the same motif as the hat and just winged it.  Since both the hat and the cowl are 100% wool, I’m thinking of lining them both with a soft fleece or soft faux fur.  But, I have not gone fabric shopping yet.  Perhaps if I line them I’ll show off the end results.

Mini Plaits Winter Hat 2 and Cowl 3

My improvised cowl using the same motif.  It’s a little small, just wanted to use up the excess yarn.