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Carnival poncho/skirt Ready for something a little zany?   How about a poncho that becomes a skirt?  See details underthe "Patterns - Wraps/Shawls" tab.  Pattern Price $6.00.
















Crocheted eight-gore skirtA still photograph can't do justice to the great way this skirt moves when you walk. It floats from side to side in a graceful but flirty motion that is flattering to every body type.   Pattern price: $ 8.00.

You will need:

Yarn:: Sock or fingering weight yarn (you are looking for something that has a KNITTING gauge of 8 stitches to an inch using a size 1-3 knitting needle). Also, elastic for the waistband (p. 3-4).  The amount to buy of course varies by size:XSM 1800 yds; SM 2,250 yds; MED 2,475 yds; LGE 2,700 yds; XL 3,150 yds; XXL 3,600 yards. Sizing is based on measurement of the abdomen a couple of inches below the waist. Begin the skirt from that point and work down. The waistband is worked last. The stitch pattern is based on a multiple of 8 shells, so if your measurement falls between the numbers given but your gauge is correct, you might want to change hook sizes to make your skirt slightly smaller or larger.

Note: The skirt is crocheted, but it will be easier to purchase the right type of yarn if you look at knitting gauges on the label. Yardage amounts given are based on a skirt that is 24.5” finished length. If you plan to make it significantly longer, add another skein or two of yarn. If making it shorter, you might get by with less than the stated amount.

I used Tess Designer Super Sock and Baby yarn, 450 yards per skein, in Eucalyptus. There is quite a lot of color variation in hand-dyed yarn; if you don’t like this effect, you should buy regular commercial sock or baby fingering yarn in a solid color.

Hook: Size G hook (or size needed to obtain the gauge), plus smaller hook for the waistband (p.3-4).

Gauge: 6 shells = 4”   Shell = 4 dc worked in the same place.


yellowtopwebsmallThis square-necked sweater may be worn as a vest over a blouse or sweater, or as a tank top on a sunny day.  The matching scarf and flower add flair.  Pattern price:  $8.00

You will need:

Yarn:  For top:  6/6/7/7 50-gram balls (137 yards each) of Schachenmayr Catania, Color 0208; for scarf and flower: two 50-gram balls (137 yards each) Schachenmayr Catania, Color 0208 and three 50-gram hanks (100 yards each) Great Adirondack Milky Way (rayon ribbon), Colorway Painted Desert

Hook:  Size G-6 (4 mm) or size to obtain gauge.

Gauge: To measure gauge, work first 8 rows of scarf, using the Catania. Measure your gauge on Row 5. Your scarf should be 5.5” wide. If it is wider, try a smaller hook; if it is smaller, try a larger one.

Finished Chest Measurement: SM 36”/MED 40.5”/LGE 45”/XL 49.5”
Finished Length from shoulder: SM 18”/MED 19.5”/LGE 21”/XL 23”



Customized Shrug photoShrug2websmallThis comfy shrug can be made in many sizes with a few easy calculations.  I give you two versons, either of which may be custom-fitted.  Both are extremely simple to make, and the stitches used are easy to decrease.  The shrug is worked sideways, from the center of the back out toward the sleeves. After finishing one side, you reattach your yarn at the center back and work in the opposite direction down to the wristfor the second side. Pattern Price: $8.00

You will Need:
Yarn: Both versions shown were made with the same yarn in different colorways. It is Lorna’s Laces Lion & Lamb (50% silk, 50% wool), worsted weight, 100-gram skeins (205 yards each). Version 1 (blue-green model) is done in Icehouse; for Version 2 I used Embers, a red/charcoal/mauve mix.  As for amounts needed, a
 lot will depend on whether you make your shrug short or long, the length of your arms, and how fitted you make the sleeves. These amounts are therefore approximate: Petite-Extra Small 3 skeins; Small-Medium 4 skeins; Large-Extra Large 5 skeins; 2-4 XL 6 skeins.

Hooks: Three hooks:  Size K/10.5/6.5mm (or a different size if needed to obtain the gauge), I/9/5.5mm (or two sizes smaller than hook used for shrug), and H/8/5mm.  Also, size 6 knitting needles if you want knitted cuffs (featured in Version 1)

Gauge: with larger hook - 16 dc=4” (4 dc=1”); 10 rows=4” (2.5 rows=1”)

Pattern price: $8.00