Choosing Colors

A tip for choosing colors, especially colors for stripes or other types of patterns, that I learned in either my color theory class or my first photoshop class: take a picture and desaturate it to black and white.

Five skeins of neon yarn on a light wooden table: blue, pink, green, magenta, and purple from left to right. A speckled black skein sit above them.
Black and white version of the photo above with five skeins of yarn lined up with a sixth, smaller skein above them. The five skeins of yarn are in order of medium, medium, light, dark, dark

A bit easier to do now than it was back then when it involved actually getting out a digital camera, taking a picture, importing it to photoshop, and then changing the color. And I acknowledge that I was lucky to be able to do that a bit over a decade ago. Imagine that same process with black and white film and having to either develop it or take it to Walgreens. Yeah, pretty sure no one would do that.

Five skeins of neon yarn on a light wooden table: blue, magenta, pink, purple, and magenta from left to right. A speckled black skein sit above them.
Black and white version of the photo above with five skeins of yarn lined up with a sixth, smaller skein above them. The five skeins of yarn are in order of dark, dark, medium, dark, light

I was able to make each of these pictures in a matter of seconds right on my phone, and it makes all the difference. This shows you which ones are similar tones and can help you get whatever effect you are going for.

Five skeins of neon yarn on a light wooden table: purple, pink, magenta, green, and blue from left to right. A speckled black skein sit above them.
Black and white version of the photo above with five skeins of yarn lined up with a sixth, smaller skein above them. The five skeins of yarn are in order of dark, medium, dark, light, dark

I wanted contrast in my stripes, so I chose this order. If I had wanted more of a gradient, even with the bright colors, I could’ve rearranged the first group to pull the lightest out of the center and place it to the end.


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Crochet Bobble Patchwork Blanket Pattern Release!

I am finally ready to release the crocheted version of my Patchwork Throw Blanket, the Crochet Bobble Patchwork Banket. I’ve been meaning to release this for quite some time, but I just kept putting off taking the pictures

This version works up just as quickly as the original, and can easily be customized to whatever length you need.

The bobbles provide great texture, and the suggested Lion Brand Heartland yarn makes the blanket super cozy and soft. Plus, it’s machine wash and dry friendly making it super easy to take care of.

Here is the info from the front page of the pattern:

Wrap up in this super cozy lap throw blanket with a textured pattern for a subtle flair. This blanket features alternating squares of flat and textured crochet worked first with a flat border worked around once the body is finished. 

This pattern, written in US crochet terms, uses single and half double crochet stitches along with a bobble stitch. Links to video tutorials for the bobble stitch are included. This project is great both for those who have never done a bobble stitch (because there will be lots of practice), or those who are already comfortable with the stitch.

I have made versions of this blanket in Lion Brand Heartland Tweed (black) and regular Heartland (red).

I am so excited to finally be releasing a new pattern, and I have several more on the way. You can find this pattern in my Ko-Fi Shop, Ribblr, and on LoveCrafts!


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Trusty Tunisian Tee Pattern Release

I recently had the pleasure of testing the Trusty Tunisian Tee pattern for Amy Kate of The Graceful Tangle, and it is finally available to purchase!

This pattern uses the Tunisian crochet simple stitch and a regular single crochet stitch. There is minimal shaping done only in single crochet, making this a perfect beginner Tunisian crochet project.

I made mine in Lion Brand Mandala Ombré yarn in the colorway Happy. It took 2 full balls and a small bit of a third to complete the sleeves and the full hem of the medium size. I originally left off the sleeves and the final row of the hem when I only had 2 balls of the yarn, so it is possible to just use 2 for the size medium if that’s all you have on hand, and you definitely only need 2 for the extra small and small sizes.

If you have a good grasp of the Tunisian simple stitch, this project works up fairly quickly. Working on this and several other projects at the same time, I was able to finish in 3 weeks spending around 30 minutes every few days.

This is my first full garment in Tunisian crochet. I’ve only done the simple stitch in a baby blanket prior to this. I did also make gloves using a different Tunisian stitch, but I am still fairly new to this and it was super easy.

All the seaming and details are done in single crochet, so this can be a good project for a true beginner to crochet all together if you want to learn both techniques in a single project.
I love the simple details on this design and the texture of the panels as well.

Check out The Graceful Tangle on Instagram for full details, and to pick up this new pattern!


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