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Tuesday, September 6, 2016



Designing has become quite the passion with me lately.  Maybe it's because I've wanted to for so long but lacked confidence.  Maybe it's because I've been working with Indie dyed yarn almost exclusively.  Maybe it's because there aren't enough crochet patterns out there that require the use of fine yarn, Indie dyed or not.  Whatever the reason, ideas have been flowing.

I recently sent a pattern up to my test group, a simple crochet lace scarf called Let There Be Lace.

All three of the designs above use a dk or sport weight yarn.  I will say, I designed this for a wool or wool blend, so it may be blocked to open up the lacework.From left to right:

"Almost Hidden" a beautiful variegated single ply 100% superwash merino from Adella's Crochet Cottage.  One of many many gorgeous colorways by the fabulous Indie dyer.  You can find her shop here:

In the center is Sueno from Hikoo.  This is a tonal solid of 80% superwash merino and 20% viscose from Bamboo.  This yarn can be found at your LYS, or anywhere that sells fine yarn.

And last but not least, the yarn on the right is "Sage Succulent And Soil" from the awesome Leslie Balaney of LBArtyarn, again in superwash merino, and again, just a fabulous Indie dyer. Her shop can be found here:

So any dk or sport weight will do.  In fact, you could probably use worsted, but will need more yarn. One of my testers did hers in fingering.  Very lacey indeed!

Whichever you choose, I hope you love it!    And, I'm making it a free pattern!  Yes!  Free!!  Enjoy!!!

What you’ll need:

(1) 100-gram skein DK weight yarn. I used Sueno by HiKoo, 100 grams, 255 yards
Hook size 5.5mm (I)
Needle to weave in ends

Stitches and abbreviations used:

ch        chain 
yo        yarn over
sc        single crochet
dc        double crochet
cl         3 double crochet cluster
st         stitch
sl st     slip stitch

Special Stitches  

3 Double Crochet Cluster:  YO, insert hook into indicated stitch. YO, draw through stitch, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook.  *YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO, draw through stitch, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook*.  Repeat * to* once more. 4 loops remain on hook.  YO, draw through all 4 loops.

Shell: (DC, ch 1, DC, ch-1, DC) in indicated stitch.


This pattern is worked as 2 separate sides.  I wanted the lace stitch to flow the same way on both sides.  
When selecting yarn, the skein yardage will determine how many rows you make on each side.  One suggestion would be to wind 2, 50-gram skeins to ensure you have enough for each side.  Or you may want a longer scarf, in which you might need more than 1 skein.  If you work with worsted weight, you will definitely need at least a skein and ½.   Just as an example, I made another scarf using dk single ply, 240 yards, and instead of 28 rows on each side, I only got 24 2 row repeats, and the length was 60 inches before blocking.  Worked with the Sueno yarn, I got 28 2 row repeats with a length of 72 inches before blocking.    Keep in mind, blocking will open up the lace and lengthen the scarf.

Begin Pattern:


Starting Chain: Ch 34. (FSC will not work with this pattern).

Foundation Row: (Right side of work) Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, skip 3 ch.  Make Shell in next ch. Ch 1, skip 3 chs, sc in next ch. *Ch 1, skip 3 ch, Make Shell. Ch 1, skip 3 chs, sc in next ch*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times.  (4 shells and 5 sc).  turn.

Row 1: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3). Skip 1 dc, SC in next dc (top of middle dc of shell in row below).  *Ch 3, work cl in sc of row below, ch 3, SC in next dc (top of middle dc of shell in row below) *.  Repeat from * to * 2 more times.  Ch 3, dc in final sc at end of row. Turn. 

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first dc.  *ch 1, work shell in first sc, ch 1, sc in top of cl* Repeat from * to * to end.  Ch 1, sc in 3dd ch of ch-6 sp. Turn 

Rows 3 to 56:  Repeat rows 1 and 2, 26 times.  Fasten off.


Set Up Row:  This row is worked into the opposite side of the starting chain.  Holding right side facing, join yarn to first sc with a sl st.  ch 1, sc in same st.  Ch 1. Skip 3 ch, work Shell in next ch (should be using same ch used for opposite shell).  *Ch 1, sc in next ch as next sc, ch 1, work shell in same ch as next shell*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times.  Ch 1, sc in last sc. Turn.

Rows 1 – 56:  Repeat as for side 1 ending with the same number of rows.  Fasten off.

Block and weave in ends!  Enjoy!

Designed and written by Kim Simpson.  All rights reserved.  Do not copy or distribute this pattern without express written permission from the designer.  You may sell items made from this pattern, however please provide credit to the designer in any listing. © 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Welcome Back

Good Morning!  I've been missing in action for quite awhile.  Life took a different direction for me, but I'm back and committed to providing high quality and frequent posts.

I'd be very interested in suggestions!  Tell me what you want to see, what you want to learn about, what you want to discuss.  I am still in the process of developing this blog, so ALL suggestions are welcome!  I want you, the reader, to be involved, enlightened, entertained, educated, and most of all, to become friends!

As a gift for my long hiatus, I will be posting a link to a free crochet basket pattern.  This has been posted before, but has been revised and updated.  It will also introduce you to my Ravelry store!  I have begun designing again, and I sincerely hope you like what you see!

So grab a hook, wind some yarn, and kick back with me on this new journey!


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's been almost ALMOST 3 years since I posted anything.  Really does show that as we get older, time really does fly!!! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Crochet Earrings

It's been a cold, windy, cloudy day here in the midlands of South Carolina.  Right now it's a whopping 48 degrees!  But, when the 100 degree days get here in a few months I'm sure I'll be wishing for this coolness again!  Spring Fever has a hold on me now!

I wanted to share some designs I've been working on and get some feedback.  I have been trying to make some items quickly so I can begin selling on Etsy, so small things like earrings and hair ties have been my obsession lately.  These are my own designs and I hate to say it, but I am scared to death to put them up for sale!  What if no one buys them?  Does that mean my designs are no good?  Or my color choices?  It's all a learning process and I need to dive in. 

Please share your thoughts, I would welcome all of them.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

New Completed Project

ALPINE SHAWL Designed By Cristina Mershon in Cascade Ultra Pima.

I fell in love with this pattern from the second I saw it.  So perfect for spring, and I have the fever bad!  So, I decided to make this for myself.  I had some cotton thread that had been hand dyed for me several years ago that I still had not put to use.  I ended up doubling the yarn and using it.  My version is below.  My neighbor now wants one, in the same color.  Koodoes (sp) to the author for her talented pattern and for her generosity with the share for free!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Good Day!  Today, we got up early and went to several yard sales in the pouring rain!  A couple I looked up didn't open because of the weather, but I sure hit the jackpot at one that did.  The woman having the sale was a retired art teacher and she had a ton of crafty "leftovers" that I scooped up on for cheap!  My boyfriend was not too happy, but he carried it to the car for me anyway...such a gentleman!  I think once I get completely organized and develop my Etsy shop and make some sales that it isn't just more sxxx taking up space (those are his words).  He's a good egg though and does support my efforts.  I can't blame him if he wants to see some fruits of our labor.

I am finding that I am spending a lot of time on researching items I want to make and sell, like getting ideas on Pinterest, and other web sites, as well as trying to learn the whole crux of blogging and building traffic.   I am also not a big chatterbox and generally choose my words carefully or don't speak at all, so I am having to learn how to communicate.  I'm not always silent by any means, but the process of learning over the years that always speaking my mind is not always in my best interest has caused some, well, introversion.  I also just don't think people always want to hear what I have to say.  In the course of my research, I am also reading other blogs, looking at trends of the DIY world, and trying to become more communicative.  Any thoughts or ideas from any one reading this would be very much appreciated, you know, any tips or tricks.  I love to share and will be happy to reciprocate.
Well, thanks for reading.  Hope it's not raining where you all are!  And, just so this post is not so boring, I am including a picture of some hair ties I made the other night.  Hope you enjoy!