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Variations on a theme

I used the basic shawl pattern and keeping the increases on the sides and middle, incorporated colors and patterns to make different designs.



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Hi!  I'm Evan Rebekah Bryant, better known as Evan Becky on Etsy.  I'm from near Greenville, SC and am extremely proud of my Southern accent and love of sweet tea.  I started crocheting about 12 years ago when I was in the 7th grade.  My great grandmother, Ma Epps, crocheted, but my grandmother didn't pick up the skill, and my father really had no interest in learning it, so it skipped two generations.  I checked out a book at the library, taught myself, and have been looping my yarn up ever since.  I just recently started writing patterns after a few years of making stuff up off the top of my head, but never writing them down.  I'm finding writing patterns to be a challenge, and I'm making a lot of similar objects in different colors or with slight variations in order to get sizing right.  My pattern writing is also making me notorious for carrying around a big zebra striped tote bag filled with balls of yarn with half finished projects attached to most of them and a scrappy little composition book filled with illegible notes.  
 
My favorite thing to make is baby hats.  You can put something on a young'uns head that is far beyond cute that on an adult would just look silly.  I also like making hats for babies that look like little versions of big people hats.  I make shoes to go with the hats, but they aren't nearly as much fun to me.  My favorite material to work with is undoubtedly cotton yarn.  It's just so soft and so versatile.  It comes in so many bright colors and creates such clean lines and stitches that I find it hard to use anything else nowadays.   
 
When I'm not crocheting and writing patterns, I'm a Medical Technologist by profession.  I know it's something completely out of the art field, but I really enjoy it.  If I'm not crocheting and not at my "real job" I'm hanging out with my husband of almost 3 years, Dave, and our beast of a Black Labrador Retriever, Ike, named for the hurricane that stirred around in the Carribean and eventually hit Galveston, TX in 2008.
 
You can check out my blog at evanbecky.blogspot.com for my random ramblings and a few freebies.
 
My Etsy shop is at evanbecky.etsy.com.

Tiny Tillia

Tiny Tillia's newest collection launched on April 12th!  The line is full of affordable baby clothes and accessories for moms and infants up to 2 years-old. Avon is proud to expand and grow Tiffany Lerman’s original vision, bringing the magical collection to moms and their little ones everywhere. For a sneak peak, check out tinytillia.com

Contact me today by email,  or visit my online store if interested in receiving a book or learning more about the Tiny Tillia Collection. 

Go to http://www.tinytillia.com/, find a rep and look for my name “Louise Felice” in Desert Hills AZ
Any orders you place this way will entitle you to a free gift

Here is a sneak peek of what Tiny Tillia Offers









An easy shawl pattern

I wrote this as i knitted it so if you find any mistakes let me know!


The cast on sts are the top of the shawl, the cast off will be the bottom. This is a very basic pattern that you can then embellish - i used an eyelet pattern on random rows.(k2tog YO) The first stitches should not be slipped (as i usually do when knitting) but knitted.
You can use any yarn you like with its corresponding needles. there really is no gauge
You can also knit it to any size. Just remember that the final amount of stitches you have will be its width and the number of rows you knit will be the length. You can check that on a swatch and calculate accordingly


Cast on 7 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): k2, yo, k1, yo,place marker k1 place marker, yo, k1, yo, k2.
Row 2 (WS): K2 , P to last 2 sts knit last 2 sts (and on all WS)
Row 3 (RS): k2, yo, k to marker, YO, k1,move marker YO, k to last 2 stitches, YO, k2.
and so on


So to give a quick recap.
The 1st 2 sts of every row are always K followed by YO
Before the 1st marker, there is always a YO - the stitch between the markers is knitted as it presents its self (k one side P the other) and after you slip the 2nd marker there is always a YO.


On the Purl side, its always K2 and purl to last 2 sts -  K2 (no increases )


Using your swatch you can calculate the size you would like to make. Amount of sts = width, amount of rows = length


Hope this makes sense!



Giveaway!

Want to win? Now through Saturday, April 30th at 11:59pm MST you can enter to win a handmade cowl just right for spring! The color may vary from the one shown here.


To enter this contest, simply visit Lucindas Designs etsy boutique and pick out your favorite item. Then leave a comment (in English, please) here with your name, contact information, and favorite item. Receive bonus entries by (1) following this blog or (2) becoming a fan on facebook

Contest is open worldwide. There are no residency restrictions for this contest. Must be 18 or older. Limit four entries per household/person/email address (only one entry per method). Void where prohibited by law. All entries are audited and confirmed prior to drawing. Entrants must be fans/followers at the time of the drawing for additional entries to be valid. Random drawing will be held the first week of May.
Odds of winning depend on the number of entries. There are no size, color, or condition guarantees. The winner will be notified on the Louise Knits Facebook PageFACEBOOK and shipping details will be shared through Facebook messaging and email. Please be sure to leave your contact information and become a fan on Facebook!!

Honeycomb stole, scarf cowl

This stitch is easy but very effective. I used it to make a cowl.
For this i used knit picks Andean silk and #10US needles. (6mm)
I used a provisional cast on so that i could join the two ends together.
The finished result was 12" high and i knitted it to be 26" wide

Cast on 50 sts
Knit 4 rows in 1st color (in my case this was the taupe)
(start pattern changing to color 2, in my case the red)
slip 1st 3 sts
*Knit in 2nd color until last 3 sts (leave these on left needle)
turn and purl to last 3 sts, turn*
repeat * to * (you have knitted 4 rows)

Change to 1st color
knit the 1st 3 slipped stitches
*knit 4
drop the 5th stitch until you reach the stitch in 1st color


put the right hand needle into the stitch in 1st color

pass needle under the dropped stitches and knit it*

Keep on for * to * in this way until last 3 stitches and knit these
Turn and knit
Knit two more rows.
Change to 2nd colour
and continue as in (1)

 This is the pattern!

the 1st and last 3 sts will always be in the 1st color to create the edge. Unlike most pattern, KNIT  the 1st stitch dont slip it.

below see how the back of the work is - very neat!



Available for sale HERE

Joyuna

Now if you want to check out a REALLY talented knitter..look no further!!

I'm Joy Gerhardt, alias Joyuna. I've been knitting and spinning for some time now, but only in the past few months have I taken up designing. I love design as a creative outlet, and a way to put something new out into the world. I love knitting, and I spend a lot of time trying to discover or "unvent" techniques that will make knitting easier or more interesting. I'm a big fan of seamless and
flowing designs. I love handknit items, because they are fully customizable in a way that off-the-rack clothing is not - you can change the look and the feel of the fabric, the color, the size, and make it exactly the way you want it. If you don't like something, you can just change it. Several of my designs have sprung from looking for an item that doesn't exist in shops, so I made it myself.

I get my inspiration from all sorts of places - Victorian buildings, wildlife, high street fashion... Since moving to the UK from the United States half a year ago, there has been so much to inspire me. I'm taking in the big cities, the open countryside, the culture and the history - everything here has such a history to it, which is eye-opening for someone from a country barely 200 years old!

So far, all my designs are self-published, either free on my blog or
for sale on Ravelry. In a few months, my first published design will
be available in the fall issue of Knitcircus. I'm also continually
coming up with ideas, so there are several more designs on the way
soon, and hopefully many more to come.

My blog is http://joyarna.blogspot.com/ and I sell my patterns on
Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/designers/joy-gerhardt and Etsy
http://www.etsy.com/shop/joyuna

Free Knitting Pattern - top down cardi

I am actually trying to work on writing out the pattern for a top down cardi - its super easy!

UPDATE
pattern now available! I wrote it while knitting so if you find any mistakes please let me know.
You can vary it - add long sleeves, frills, appliqu├ęs etc etc

 Update 2. There is a pattern, very similar, and adult size HERE


Finished Size: 19 (21, 23)" chest circumference,
to fit 3–6 (9–12, 18–24) months. Sweater shown
measures 21".
Yarn: Double Knitting yd [115 m]/50 g; ):
4 (4, 5) balls.
Needles: Body—size 4 (3.5 mm):
Adjust needle size if necessary to
obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m);
Gauge: 23 sts and 33 rows


Stitch Guide:
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Notes
• This sweater is worked from the top down in one piece. Body is picked up and worked downward after the sleeves
is completed.
• Keep the first and last five stitches in garter stitch throughout for front bands.
• A Make button holes every 20 rows starting from the 1st one indicated in the pattern


Top Body
Neckband: CO 70 (75, 80) sts.
Knit  3 rows,at the end of the 4th, knit to last 5 sts.
K1, yarn over needle, k 2 tog k2. Do this every 20 rows for buttonholes)
Knit 4 rows.
Next row: (RS) Knit and inc 10 (11, 12) sts evenly across 80 (86, 92) sts.

Yoke:
Establish patt and shape raglan:
Row 1: (and all odd numbered rows)(WS) Purl.

Row 2: (RS) K5 (front band; see Notes) K 12 (14, 14) sts,
k1f&b, ( knit one stitch in the front of stitch on left handed needles and knit one in the back of same stitch – you are increasing a stitch)
place marker (pm),  
k1f&b, k8 (8, 10), k1f&b, pm,
k1f&b, k22 (24, 26), k1f&b, pm,
k1f&b, k8 (8, 10), k1f&b,pm,
k1f&b, K 12 (14, 14) sts,
k5(front band)—8 sts increased.

Row 3: Keeping front bands in garter st. P

Row 4: K5, k12 12 (14, 14) , *knit to 1 st
before m, k1f&b, sl m, k1f&b; rep from * 3 times, knit to
last 17 (19, 19) sts, K 12 (14, 14)  k5—
8 sts increased.

Cont in patt and rep last 2 rows 17 (19, 21) more times, ending
with a RS row—232 (254, 276) sts total: 62 (68, 74) sts for
back, 48 (52, 58) sts for each sleeve, and 37 (41, 43) sts for
each front. Work 1 row even.

Divide sleeves and body: (RS)



Sleeves

Knit to first marker,
Knit across 1st sleeve (sts between 1st and 2nd marker0
continue on these sts 48 (52, 58) and knit 10 rows in stocking stitch (1 row K 1 row P)
Knit 10 rows in garter stitch (k both sides)
Cast off
Rejoin yarn and knit to next marker (that’s the back)
Then knit to the 4th marker and turn, knitting on these 48 (52, 58) sts that are the other sleeve
K 10 rows in stocking stitch and 10 rows in garter stitch.
Cast off.

Bottom Body

Rejoin yarn to remaining 37 (41, 43) sts (the other front) turn and knit across all remaining stitches so that you have a front, 37 (41, 43) sts  the back: 62 (68, 74) sts and the other front 37 (41, 43) sts.

Knit until back measures 9 (10, 11½)" from CO, measured straight
down back, ending with a RS row. Knit 7 rows. In garter stitch.
Cast off all sts.


Finishing
Weave in loose ends, sew up underarms, add buttons
FINISHED!!!!






More designers I think you may like...

My name is Sophie, and I make clothes for small girls (0 to 5). 


In a world where children grow up all too fast, I look to my country childhood and to the storybooks I loved then and now read to my daughter, for inspiration. In the rosy cheeked girls of Mabel Lucy Atwell, and the enchanting imagery of Elsa Beskow and Sybille Von Olfers,  I find a simplicity and nostalgia I try to emulate using Liberty prints and vintage fabrics and trimmings. Please do have a look, and look again soon, as I have more items coming! Thank you!
www.etsy.com/people/DovesAndPomegranates
















My name is Eva and I live in the South of Germany, close to the mountains and the borders to Switzerland and Austria.

I've been addicted to knitting since my childhood and I've always loved colorful yarns. At the beginning of last year I started my first experiments with dyeing my own yarns with acid dyes and simply couldn't stop. Since then I'm working with my colors almost every weekend and also try to learn the things behind the practice as much as my fulltime job as a bookseller allows me to. In my Etsy-shop you can find my hand painted sock, merino and lace yarns.
In the medium term I would love to build up a second living with my yarns.
I'm still dreaming of a combined shop with books and yarns, maybe when I'm in my fifties...

Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lakesideyarns


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We set up Peony and Thistle in February this year so we’re pretty new!

Our shops on etsy and folksy sell vintage and retro goodies for the home and also a range of hand-made journals and other hand-made items (we are still getting together our full range!)

Peony and Thistle consists of me, Dorothy - I search for vintage treasures and make journals and paper goods - and Phil - who makes journals.

Seven years ago I was a Lawyer and University Law Lecturer. But I wanted something more from my working life... So, with no idea what I was going to do, I gave up my job!

During the last seven years, I’ve worked for a personal development company, qualified as a life coach, volunteered with children, worked for a foodstore, organised an Environment Fair and a Genealogy Festival and started studying journalism .... but none of these were for me....

Over the past few years, I discovered that I LOVE browsing in charity shops (thrift stores) and going to car boot sales. I’m always amazed by the gorgeous things that people discard. Phil and I also did a book-binding course and Phil discovered a passion for book-making. He loves to make beautiful notebooks and journals out of discarded objects, like vinyl LPs, maps, unwanted comic books. And that’s how Peony and Thistle was born....

We wanted the name of our business to somehow reflect both Phil and me. Eventually we came up with the name, Peony and Thistle - the Peony (national flower of China) for Phil, who is part Chinese and the Thistle (national flower of Scotland) for me ...

We are based in Glasgow, Scotland where Phil has his own Executive Coaching company (Authentic Change Ltd) - which leaves him very little time for book-making!



Our links are:
http://www.facebook.com/PeonyandThistle
http://www.etsy.com/shop/peonyandthistle
http://www.folksy.com/shops/peonyandthistle
http://twitter.com/peonyandthistle


ANASTASIA NAZAROVA

I am a jewellery designer. In 2005 I graduated from Academic School of Design, Moscow, Russia and have being designing and making jewellery ever since. I specialise in contemporary and ethnic jewellery designs including necklaces and earrings. I design and make jewellery using a variety of materials, including semi precious stones, glass, artificial leather, natural materials.

For the spring/summer season I presented two new collections: "Dreaming of Butterflies" and "Web". One of the necklaces from the "Dreaming of Butterflies" collection was featured in January's issue of VOGUE Magazine UK 

the other necklace from the same collection was featured in May's issue of VOGUE Magazine UK 
"Dreaming of Butterflies" was inspired by natural beauty of butterflies, Gustav Klimt paintings and gorgeous vintage brooches.
My shop on etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/lovisetto


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Nikki Henry
Designer, NKHenry

Biography
Nikki Henry is a self taught accessories designer from Philadelphia. Although Nikki has always had a love of beautiful things and even considered a career in modeling at one point, her interest in the fashion industry remained mostly passive.

Nikki developed her eye for design synthesis through work as a commercial and wedding photographer following her graduation from Temple University in 2000 with a BA in Psychology. Most of her photography skills were self taught although she did utilize some home study programs to hone her skills. Nikki’s photography work has been published in Popular photography magazine.

In between her photography work, Nikki worked in the human services field with Autistic children, the homeless population and with other disadvantaged populations. This developed Nikki’s sense of perseverance- witnessing firsthand people who strive to overcome life debilitating disorders and disabilities in the pursuit of happiness and meaningful lives. This strengthened Nikki’s resolve- through the motto “Life is too short not to pursue one’s passion”.

Nikki’s journey in becoming an accessories designer started with a flash of insight following a trip to a retail store and admiring some home products in the store by designer Kate Spade. Nikki thought to herself” why can’t I do that”? Nikki always had an eye for design synthesis and a love of all things beautiful. Nikki figured the hardest part would be, like most creative people, was to learn and master the business side of becoming a designer.

Nikki founded NKHenry handbags and accessories in 2007 with a soft launch. The mission was to create simple, yet chic accessories that women were timeless and luxurious, yet affordable. The business model  for NKHenry was to venture away from the traditional model of creating collections, instead creating individual pieces that women would covet. In this fashion ,the brand builds off of staple pieces each year which lends to the philosophy of creating timeless accessories.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                        
 Although Nikki never imagined herself with a fashion business, she couldn’t imagine anything else now. She truly has a passion for making accessories and wanting women to look beautiful.

In addition to being the creative force behind NKHenry, Nikki is often the model for the brands imagery and occasional photographer as well. Most of the brands pieces are created by Nikki herself and in collaboration with local crafters.

NKHenry is unveiling the Spring 2011 collection beginning in the month of    February. You can see the Spring collection atwww.nkhenry.com as well her Etsy shop at etsy.com/shop/nkhenryeditions

Find anything handcrafted here!


Hi! My name is Gracie Beal, and I am a earring designer!


I've been designing and making earrings since before my own ears were pierced. I've been creative for such a long time, sculpting with my hot pink Play-Doh as a kid to making a tissue paper floral arrangement for my mom for Mother's Day.
If I can make it, I will; my friends laugh at me because if I see something I like I'll google it and try to find a tutorial on how to make it! I'm really passionate about my work, which really helps due to the unfortunate fact that there are so many people out there who make jewelry. On days when I get up and sales have been slow, I'll slap a smile on my face because I know that I'm lucky enough to even have the opportunity to create what I want. I'm really thankful for the opportunity I've had to expand my little business, from making my first pair of earrings to selling to my first shop to buying my first Etsy listing! I'm always excited to list something new on my Etsy page...world, look at what I can do!
 









PAPER ON PARADE
http://zibbet.com/PaperOnParade

My grandmother taught me to sew when I as 8 years old and I was using the sewing machine with ease by 10. Now, I'm 56 and sewing/crafting have always been a part of my life. Hubby and our 3 grown children have always supported and encouraged me through out the years. Our two girls were never interested in learning any type of craft or seiwng while they were growing up, however they both love crafts now and are very creative! Which is super exciting to me!
My business name might be somewhat confusing, so here is a little history on POP embroidery.
When I started my online selling venture, almost 2 years ago, I was designing scrapbook albums. We moved from GA to NC last Summer and during the unpacking, I set up my embroidery machine. Realizing how much I missed sewing and embroidery I focused on that venue. In an attempt to keep the online marketing I had built, POP embroidery by PaperOnParade was born.















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LORIS STYLING HAIR STUFF


My family is very important to me and that is why I quit working out of the home after I had my daughter. Then I had my son and with all the medical issues we had with him. I knew I did not want to return to work while he was going thru all his stuff.  He spit up as a baby. Yea ya say all babies to. Well his came up so bad all day long it came thru his nose and he stopped breathing. He did not sleep longer then 3 hours at the longest for over the first year. Found out he was not producing enough Growth Hormone on his own. So    in trying to keep this short he went on Growth Hormone Therapy that meant a Daily Shot before bed each night I started to look for something to do that could bring extra $ to try and pay for our medical bills.  I was getting frustrated in trying to find something. Then one day I ordered a Hair Bow for my daughter from someone online and when it came I thought I could make that.  So I went and got a roll of ribbon and BAM! There it was.  I started to sell them online in a baby group I belonged to then it took off and I created my own website.  Hair Bows is relaxing work to me while I am hand folding them and creating them.  I love coming up with different ideas.  Now that my daughter is older and seems to be a creative person herself she brings me ideas and I go from there




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Witty hearts

My name is Mitty  I create unique and bright hand painted, fairtrade heart-themed tees and cards with the main mission of brightening up your day a little bit more. We truly believe that feeling happy in what you wear, can lead you to feel more confident and ultimately more happy. 

This little venture started with a sleepy doodle that with a bit of magic has morphed into the wonderful world of Witty Hearts :)    The symbol of the heart is universal and embodies so many exciting and inspiring aspects of the the human character. Representing things from loyalty to love, fun to friendship. No matter who you are, everyone is concerned with matters of the heart!










About me:

Raised in Woodstock , NY area, I was surrounded by creative people my entire life.  My grandparents were in the Antiques business and started me collecting by the age of about two!  I always have loved vintage clothing of all decades and preferred these to new clothing or jewelery, even as a teenager.  My passion for vintage and antiques grew as I discovered Europe and the big wide world in highschool and the influences of many different cultures and history.  I now live full time in the UK and spend every second free traveling about exploring and seeking out those lost treasures.  It's a delight to share my vintage/antiques/eclectic treasures in my Etsy shop, Retromagination.  A day is just not complete without some new discovery!
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