Friday, March 4, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: MJ Yarns Bonus Crochet Pattern

From the first moment I held the MJ Yarns Peruvian Dream Worsted in my hands, I was head-over-heels in love with it.  The color...the texture...the fiber...the softy oh so yummy squish it has.  And then I started working on the stitch pattern for our curator card and fell even harder for this yarn! 

The beautiful colors Jonathan Berner chooses for yarns are something to be celebrated.  It's an ideal yarn for both open, lacey projects and tightly stitched projects.  The crochet pattern includes with this box (the Wyvern Warmer by Denise Lavoie) is open and lacey, I thought it would be great to put together a bonus crochet pattern that shows this beautiful yarn in a tighter stitch.




For this pattern, I used the Crunch Stitch, a basic back and forth half double crochet and slip stitch pattern.  Alternating between the two allows that free loop of the half double crochet to give your piece texture and a little ridge through your pattern, almost like a tight, loopy ridge throughout.  Not only did I think this stitch highlight the great points of this yarn but I also thought it would be a great pattern for those participating in our Beginning Crochet Learn-A-Long on Ravelry.   




Another thing I like about this stitch is how the edge looks.  Sometimes when you have your turning chains act as the first stitch of the row, it can be a little loose.  Because the next stitch you do is a slip stitch, everything stays pretty tight and you get this lovely straight edge.  Now, with that said, the first two stitches of each row are pretty tight.  I found it helpful to mark theses stitches so I could easily find them when they needed to be worked into.




This design is really ideal for any length cowl or scarf that you'd like.  I made it to be more of a cowl but you could keep going to make a longer infinity scarf to loop around your neck twice.  Or, make it shorter for a tighter cowl.  Or, make it longer and make it a scarf.  So this is kind of a choose your own adventure pattern!  No matter which way you choose to go, it's truly a dream to work up with the Peruvian Dream Worsted.




Bessie Cowl
by Aimee Hansen

Materials:
Size H crochet hook
2 skeins MJ Yarns Peruvian Dream Worsted (you will use 1 1/2 for the pattern as written)
4 stitch markers (optional but trust me on this)

Pattern Notes:
The chain 2 at the beginning of each row counts as the first half double crochet.

Because this stitch pattern is tight, mark the top chain of the turning chain and the first slip stitch of the row.  You may also wish to mark the last half double crochet of the row as well so you know where to put the first slip stitch on the next row.  This will help you better understand where to work the first and last stitches of each row.

I worked the first row into the back ridge of the beginning chain because I find seaming easier that way.  You could choose to do the same or work into the beginning chain as you normally do.

Gauge:
20 stitches of this pattern x 22 rows = 4" x 4" square.  However, gauge is not super important for this pattern.  I have about 1/2 a skein left over of this yarn for the pattern as written.

Adjustments:
To make the cowl wider, increase beginning chain by a multiple of 2.

Finished Measurements:  Approximately 32" long x 6 1/2" wide before seaming; 6 1/2" wide x 16" long when seamed.

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
hdc - half double crochet


Pattern:

With H hook, ch 33. 

Row 1:  Sl st in the 3rd ch from hook (the first 2 skipped chains counts as the first hdc).  Mark the top ch of the skipped ch 2 and the sl st you just made.  *hdc in the next ch.  Sl st in the next ch.  Repeat from * across.  Mark the last hdc you made.  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc).  Mark the top ch of this turning ch.  Sl st in the next st.  Move the stitch marker up to this stitch.  *Hdc in the next st.  Sl st in the next st.  Repeat from * across moving the stitch markers up as you stitch.  Turn.

Repeat row 2 till you reach your desired length.

Rows 3-180 (or desired length):   Repeat row 2.  Finish off. 

Seam the two ends of the cowl together in your preferred method and weave in ends.  I seamed using a mattress stitch.  Here's the link to a handy showing you how the mattress stitch is done. 




There are still some skeins of Peruvian dream worsted in stock in our Overstock Shop.  Buy your skeins before their gone!

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