Skinny Scrappy Scarf!

My lovely friends have often shown up at gatherings exclaiming “I have yarn for you!” – and this is a situation to be thoroughly enjoyed. However, I can’t always find a use for every single one of these yarns, among them long-forgotten cheap acrylics from granny’s attics, abandoned yarn sale yarn, and other orphaned skeins.

Some of these yarns have a lot more merit than others – and I try to use everything I can possibly use, because it is a rare occasion that I can bring myself to evict the yarn from the Sad Yarn Orphanarium.

However, I finally said goodbye to a huge bag full of old yarn that I just knew I wasn’t ever going to use (and actually most of it was stuff that I had bought :P) It’s slated to go to Goodwill, where it might be just the thing some other stitchmaster needs.

As a result, my yarn wall looks a lot less scary. This has virtually nothing to do with the following project. I’m just proud of myself.


I cheated. I still have a lot of yarn that isn’t on that wall. BUT, at least I no longer fear an avalanche.

Okay, it’s not totally unrelated, because while I was cleaning I rediscovered some old handspun and some other bits and pieces that would look nice together and got inspired to create a scrap-buster project!

This little skinny scarf combines beading, crocheting, and knitting to create a unique artsy accessory that’s great for using up small lengths of yarn.


Skinny Scrappy Scarf

Materials Needed:
20 g packet of 6/0 seed beads
1 beading needle
#10 cotton crochet thread
2.10 mm steel crochet hook
12.5 mm knitting needles
An assortment of yarn scraps, preferably 15-20+ yards each

  1. First, grab your beading needle, crochet thread, and half of your packet of beads (set the other half aside). Your amount doesn’t have to be exact. String the beads on your crochet thread.
  2. With your 2.10 hook, start chaining the crochet thread. Every 15-20 chains (again, we’re not worried about exact numbers here) grab a bead and include it in your stitch.

    Continue beading & chaining until you run out of your first half of beads and you have a nice little beaded strand ball. Cut the thread and tie it off. You can go ahead and make a second ball from the other half of your beads now, or (if you are sick of chaining like I was) you can wait until you’re ready for it later.
  3. Using your beaded strand and two other yarns, CO 6 sts to your 12.5 mm knitting needles using three strands.
  4. Using all three strands, knit the next row. Purl the next row. Repeat, alternating knitting and purling and tying in new yarn strands whenever you run out of one.
  5. Once you have your scarf almost the length you’d like (for me this was about 60″), replace one of your strands with the second beaded yarn ball and continue knitting until you run out of beaded cord. Bind off and weave in all of your ends.

I like the beaded cord because it gives the ends a nice swing-y weight! These also make pretty good handmade gifts, since they don’t take a ton of time to make.

Here in the midwest it’s getting pretty nippy outside… maybe a nice free cowl pattern is more weather appropriate for you?



Shaman Coat Pattern


It was a pretty long haul – and many many hours worth of stitching – to get from conception of this pattern to the premier of the pattern itself. Thankfully my new fall design, the Shaman Coat Tunisian crochet pattern, combines some of my favorite attributes:

a.) fairly long stretches of simple stitching so I can zone out to a Netflix binge,

b.) magical design tweaks that look fancy but are simply executed, and

c.) yarn that keeps things interesting and surprising even when you’re doing the same thing over and over again.

You can get the pattern for the Shaman Coat here in my Etsy Shop or through my Ravelry Pattern Store for 5.50 USD!

UPDATE 10/18: Thank you so much everyone for the clicks on Moogly’s HOHD Link Party! If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that I have a 15% off deal on ANYTHING in my Etsy shop right now , including this pattern, with the code FALLPROMO16! So, there’s that😉

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A warm, practical outerwear garment with a touch of magic! The Shaman Coat uses the unique structure of Tunisian crochet to create a gorgeous woven look that is eye-catching with any variegated yarn. Featuring a deep, draping hood and cropped kimono-style sleeves, the Shaman Coat includes the pattern for sizes Small, Medium, and Large.

The entire main body of the garment is worked flat and completed with only two easy seams while the hood is picked up and worked flat with decrease shaping and then closed with a partial seam at the top.

Never worked Tunisian crochet before? The Shaman Coat pattern includes a Tunisian Primer, with photo and written tutorials for every single Tunisian technique needed to complete the pattern – including basic Tunisian crocheting itself. Learn something new AND look amazing!

Recommended yarn: 11-15 skeins of Lion Brand Amazing (#4, 147 yd/50 g, 53% wool, 47% acrylic)

Finished Measurements: Small (19″ w. 33″ h.) Medium (21″ w. 33″ h.) Large (25″ w. 33″ h.)


Size shown in photos is medium. Model – Regina Weiss (me) Photographer – Chaston Starling

Another big bonus for this pattern is the super-luscious array of colorways the pattern yarn comes in – I recommend checking out the Lion Brand webpage to see the full range. I kinda want to make one in every single color. They’re not even paying me to say that.


Yarn colorways from left to right – Constellation (small), Arcadia (medium), Vineyard (large)

This one is dedicated to the motley group of trashpandas that I call my circle of best friends. You know who you are.❤



MF’s Costume Pattern Collection

I’m busily working away today on the upcoming new design, but I thought I’d take a break from that to do a little shameless self-promotion😉  Halloween is only a month away, and as a fan of the fantastical I happen to have written a number of costume patterns!

Some are fancy creatures, some are fantastic characters, all of them can be completed before the ‘Eve. Here’s a list!


  1. Sylphie Crocodile Stitch Hat: This PAID pattern includes Adult, Child, and Baby sizes for this sweet croc stitch accessory, as well as an intro to croc stitch for those who have never worked it before. Follow the optional horn instructions for a dragon hat!
  2. Tunisian Fantasy Hood: I wrote this FREE pattern for my blog, and it seems to be a continued favorite – worked in Tunisian simple stitch, it uses bulky weight roving yarn for a thick barrier against the cold, but it looks great in worsted as well!
  3. Deer Hat: This PAID pattern has a special place in my heart because it is the first pattern I ever designed & sold. Thankfully I learned a lot since then and it has gotten a makeover or two! Worked using simple single crochet and amigurumi shaping techniques for the antlers and ears. Perfect for a cute and warm creature costume!
  4. Mermaid Mitts and Sandals: This PAID pattern includes directions for both the scaly fingerless gloves and the barefoot sandal equivalent. Appropriate for naiads, dryads, and a number of other wee folk costumes.
  5. Steampunk Ruffled Wristers: FREE pattern for a ruffled pair of buttoned wrist cuffs that look awesome with a top hat and goggle combo. Uses DK weight cotton blend yarn and satiny ribbon yarn.
  6. Candy Corn Baby Hat: FREE pattern for an easy candy corn hat for infants! Keep a li’l guy warm AND comfy with the post stitch brim that adds a little elasticity to the design.

Merry Costume Making to all! I personally do not know what I will be for Halloween yet, but something always comes to me in time.


Pounds of ‘paca


I recently took advantage of a VERY good deal through Alpaca Direct and ordered myself up some beautiful 100% alpaca fiber, 12 oz of dark brown (Sarah) and one pound of soft white (Victoria). Oh, and a pound each of Merino / Bamboo blend and Polworth / Tussah blend, ya know, for good measure. The blends will be dyed eventually and put up for sale in my shop, but the pure Alpaca fiber I plan on spinning as is.

This is by far the largest amount of one type of wool I have ever set my mind to spinning. I hope to produce a pretty hefty amount of yardage from them, but since I’ve never spun more than about 8 oz of wool into one set of yarns, there’s a lot to be thinking about.


One is that my drive band was in a truly deplorable state and I had to change it for the first time since I got my wheel about a year ago. I should have changed it before now. I have shameful upkeep habits.

Another is that I’m sure my hyperactive brain will get bored very quickly and I’ll have to take a large amount of breaks from the project. And the longer you spend in between spinning sessions, the more your muscle memory fades and the harder it is to find the sweet spot where you are spinning consistently NOT ONLY within your current ply, but from skein to skein as well.

I found that out first hand with my most recently finished set of handspuns, where there was about a month-long gap between the last skein and the first two. The last, though appreciably close in size and look, just doesn’t FEEL exactly the same. Since this is a novelty set that includes size differences on purpose anyway, that’s not a problem.


The fluffiness differential isn’t obvious. But I know it lurks.

Overall, exacting consistency is really not tantamount to handspinning success. If you wanted perfection in a yarn, you’d buy expensive commercially produced yarns. I like my handspun, even when consistency is the goal, to LOOK like it was the loving work of someone’s hands and heart. It’s the little imperfections that make it unique and beautiful (just so for people). But because I have spun little else besides art yarns since I got my jumbo bobbin and flyer kit, I have to adjust a little so that I’m at least not spinning all wacky on purpose.


The alpaca fiber itself is lovely combed top, thinner than the commercial roving I typically get and less densely packed as well, which makes it just perfect for what I’m doing with it. And HOO BOY is it soft, and fairly heavy! Normally I draft on the wheel with some sort of bastard combination of short forward draw and long draw (if that even exists?) – I just sort of go by what works. With this roving, I find my motions trending a lot heavier toward simple long draw, and only using short forward drafting if I get to a clumpy patch.

For the record, long draw is a method of drafting that uses the twist of the fiber and the tension of the wheel to pull out the fibers into a ply. Your active hand holds the fibers, and pulls the wool backward away from the wheel as you treadle, so that the twist and the tension draw out a yarn. Craftsy has a good overview of this technique here. And here’s a good video, since explaining it in words is basically useless if you’re not an experienced spinner.


It’s really high time I got a niddy noddy that is more photogenic.

Long draw isn’t the most consistent method of drafting, but it works well for this fiber and I’ve been producing something that is sort of consistently inconsistent, which mostly evens out when plied. Plus, it’s FASTER. Which I will take considering the amount of fiber I’m trying to get spun for this batch.

One of my favorite spinning bloggers, Ask the Bellwether, has some tips for spinning consistent yarn.

One other thing that I would like to note is that this would be an ideal time for me to already have hand carders (or preferably a drum carder, but I am sooooo close to running out of space for my hobby equipment as it is!). The 100% alpaca is lovely, but the density of the fiber make it a good candidate for spinning from rolags or batts rather than from the commercially carded roving – ya know, because carding again would fluff the fiber more and more air would get trapped inside during spinning making the final product loftier. *sigh* Oh well. Someday I will have an actual studio, in which all the wonders of the fiber world will easily and comfortably fit.

Haha, just kidding. I would find a way to fill that, too.


Pre-Camping PSA

I’ve been busy busy busy around here doing homework (bleh) and housework (meh) but also hook work (yay)! The start of the fall semester takes me a few weeks to get into some sort of stride, but I’m almost there. Of course, the regularly scheduled program is getting interrupted so I can hike my happy ass out to the woods for fall festival.

Fresh Air! Campfire Food! Vending! Potentially Getting Lyme Disease!

All this, and more. So, if you have questions or comments please be patient with me as I may not be able to answer them until after 9/19.  Hope the weather is lovely for you wherever you hail from, and enjoy your weekend!





Even though it’s still basically a big humid griddle outside, there have been murmurs abound containing dangerous and possibly spiced autumn themes. Which means the time for SQUISHY BULKY COZY AMAZINGNESS is approaching!



With this in mind, I got busy with my 6.00 mm hook and whipped up a bunch of these faux fur pompom beanies from my Gnome Toboggan crochet pattern, and gave the pattern itself an update. Oh yeah! And I put it on sale through Ravelry, where you can get it for $2 OFF until September 14. Yay! Just plop it in your cart and the discount will be taken at checkout.


This pattern can be made with about 250-300 yards of any bulky weight yarn, and has a soft stretchy knit-look texture. That’s thanks to the post stitches, for which there is a photo tutorial and step-by-step instruction section in case you aren’t familiar with them.

I made a couple cosmetic changes to the PDF file, including switching to the two-column layout for easier reading on mobile devices.  Try it out! Getcha some squishy hats goin’ on!



To reiterate: Yay!


Mandatory Summer Wrap-Up

This summer has been super busy but hugely rewarding, filled with family, friends, and outdoor adventurings. Like at Clifty Falls!

And playing with yarn… tons of that.

It’s been a little quiet on the blog the past few weeks as I’ve focused my attention on wrapping up in-progress projects, some old and some new, in preparation for starting my fall semester at IU. Allow me to make this up to you with pretty pictures! Here are some of the things I’ve been working on and dreaming up over the summer break.

Be prepared for vaguely categorized rambling.

Lotus Mandala Duster:

I was just insanely gratified to see the response this design got! I love being a part of the online crafting community, and seeing others create versions of my designs is one of my very favorite things about designing. Check out the project gallery on Ravelry to see some of the pretties being made from this pattern!

Though the pattern isn’t as proofed as I’d like, I am going to continue improving it as long as I keep making the dusters themselves. Next one I promise I will figure out an estimate of how much yarn it actually takes:/

The free pattern can be found here.

All three of these are also for sale in my Etsy Shop!

I’ve been fretting over the closure of this garment design, because I really didn’t think that buttons had the right aesthetic and I don’t personally enjoy using shawl pins (they’re pretty, I just end up losing things that aren’t attached to me). But with the Janis duster I cooked up a pretty good solution: four braided string ties on each side, mounted from the inside on a length of reinforcing slip stitching somewhere around Rnd 32.

If it managed to keep this large size duster on my shoulders, it will surely work for a size that actually fits my body! And, speaking of large sizes, I am still toying with figuring out a good strategy for increasing the size of the duster. I think a good guideline is to move the armholes further inward the larger you make it, but if you’re interested please see the full discussion in the comments section of the original post.

Handspun Art Yarns:

Since I got a jumbo bobbin kit for my Ashford Traveler, spinning art yarns has proven to be incredibly addictive, and I find myself dreaming up yarn weirdness and scrolling through pictures of art yarn on Pinterest endlessly. Here’s a few weird ones I’ve done recently:

Check out this great weaving from the Etsy shop Loom and Thistle, featuring one of my art yarns:


As far as stitching goes, I normally see art yarns being utilized by knitters. I’m not sure exactly why I don’t see crocheters use them as much, but I think part of the issue is that art yarns are usually lumpy and easier to utilize in a knit stitch than a crochet stitch. Since crochet is my main squeeze, I’m working on a pattern for crocheters that utilizes art yarn! Who knows, I may even come up with a few😉

Pattern Updates & New Patterns

I admit that I had entered the summer with a laundry list of patterns to complete, and only about half of them got done. One or two of them were scrapped – perhaps to appear at a later date, perhaps to appear never, who knows? I try not to force anything and only work on what is really inspiring me.

You know what inspires me? Amazing women of all types feeling confident and beautiful.

Which is why putting out the Sol Halter top in a larger size was really important to me, and why I spent so much time trying to make it the best it could be. Hopefully I accomplished that! My friend Danielle, show modeling above, seemed to enjoy it anyway🙂


I also spent some time updating older patterns, including the Woodsman’s Wife Ruana and the Filigree Lace Cap.


Lainy Clayton modeling in the new Filigree Lace Cap pattern

After getting some better equipment and taking a wild ride on the learning curve, I decided some of my older patterns needed makeovers. Perfectionism is a cruel mistress. I squeezed as many makeovers in as I could, but there are still a few more to go… in between cooking up new stuff, like the Freewheelin’ Poncho…


… which I hadn’t even planned for but just sort of came out anyway.

Pixie Pocket Skirts

Amidst all the pre-planning and pattern writing, it’s really nice to pause and make something off the top of your head. These Pixie Pocket costume belts are my take on a funky festival-centric crochet item that I’d been planning to try for, I dunno, years.  The awesome thing about these is that they are so whimsical and fantastical that they really lend to using freeform techniques and making it up as you go along.


More info on these can be found in my Etsy Shop where they are for sale, including a bit about the materials I’ve been using – I especially love the look of the ones that include the tattered fabric skirt fringe. Also with those I get to rip stuff,which is hugely satisfying.

Even though these are freeform-ish, I’ve been toying the the idea of doing a sort of tutorial-style guide with mix-and-match options. At some point. Maybe. What do you think?

I messed about with the fun effects for this photo of me modeling the “Titania” belt. Am I slightly embarrassed to post this? Absolutely. Am I going to show you anyway? Yep.


Mandala Top Sweater

After the Lotus Duster, adding sleeves to stuff has sort of been my jam. One of the last things I’ve been finishing up recently has been these experimental Mandala Pullovers, using the Mandala Top pattern as a base. It’s looking pretty likely that this will end up as a paid pattern eventually, but I think I’ll change it up a little bit more first. A different mandala in the center, maybe? We’ll see!

Being the sneaky sneak that I am, I haven’t really touched on the big fall design that is definitely, without a doubt on its way to being completed for release. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water are great, but I prefer the element of Surprise.

For the record, I would like to say that the crochet/knit/fiber creative community is fabulous, and thank you everyone who has supported my stuff and commented and shared my work (or just lurked!). I freaking love you guys.