Broomstick Crochet Lace Scarf Class

Crochet Lace ScarfDebi Botteron Lawson will teach us how to make a beautiful scarf, lacy and textured, with the age-old broomstick crochet method. As you choose the piece you will be making, you should think about making a cowl, longer infinity scarf, or just a regular scarf with fringe. Also if you use a solid color, you will see more stitch definition but a variegated yarn can be very rich and fashion forward.
broomstick lacy crochet scarf
Class: Sunday July 19th from 1 to 3 PM. Fee: $10 to reserve your space. You will also be purchasing 1 skein of yarn of your choice. You will need any size crochet hook and at least 1 Size 50 (25mm) knitting needle(sets are $7.45).

Join us for a fun afternoon – this is a beginning class and the method is so different from either knitting or crocheting that if you have done either, you will probably pick this up very quickly!

This class is sponsored by Yarn Designers Boutique LLC. Please contact us by phone 909 584-9715 or email to register or with questions.

Classes will be in the Co-op room at 439 W Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear City, CA 92314. For more information about our company, please see our website:


New Fashion Designs from Yarn Designers Boutique

I’ve had the honour again to participate in the Chamber of Commerce’s annual charity fashion show, this time I unveiled four new designs, MaggiKnits Charcoal Tweed Capelet and Rich Red Linen Sweater, Feza’s Lime Boho Vest, and Louisa Harding’s Bohemian Sweater. Our glamorous models this year were Katy Strand and Pat Holt.
MaggiKnits Charcoal Shawl
MaggiKnits Charcoal Tweed Capelet
You won’t be bored knitting our MaggiKnits Charcoal Tweed Capelet with its own matching removable Tartan Cowl.  The red and white accents add crisp definition to a fun knitting pattern.   The main yarn is Maggi’s Irish Tweed wool which is really fast to knit up and very warm.  The shoulders are nicely shaped and this kit comes in several sizes with its own custom made matching buttons included.  Katie has paired this elegant capelet with a readymade grey knit dress and tall boots.  This project is a regularly stocked kit at Yarn Designers Boutique and was knit by Gena Hester.  Maggie has done it again combining a sense of knitting history with a touch of class!

MaggiKnits Rich Red Linen SweaterMaggiKnits Rich Red Linen Sweater
As the Fall chill moves in, you can stay warm with MaggiKnits rich red linen sweater.   Designed by Irish Knitwear Designer Maggie Jackson and knitted by Gena Hester, the tapered front and back compliment every figure. With this lightweight yarn, you can actually wear it on any chilly morning or evening all year long, especially in Big Bear with our cool overnights.  Pat teams our sweater with black knit slacks and tall boots.  The classy tassels are tied on to a purl stitch that is knit into the entire pattern.  With drop shoulders there is very little shaping to this pattern – even an advanced beginner will enjoy knitting this sweater.   The removable collar-scarf can be worn many different ways.  Surprisingly this sweater is machine washable 100% Irish linen and just drip dry!   Dress it down for daytime or up for the evening!   Choose one of MaggiKnits many linen colors from Yarn Designers Boutique in Big Bear City.  If you have problems with any pattern just drop into one of our twice weekly free help sessions.

Feza Lime Boho Vest
The Feza Lime Boho Vest is a fun topping for classic black – dressy or casual.  Feza yarns come from Turkey and are well known for their bright cheery colors and textured thick and thin strands.  Each hank is made from 8 to 10 yarns which have been hand tied together by the women of Turkey every 15 to 18 yards.  This vest was hand knit and designed by Gena Hester who added 2 more complementary yarns throughout as well as the lattice ties on the sides and front closures of the vest for added detail.  The fun ruffled matching scarf dresses up this look.  Since the yarn does all the work, the knitting is very easy to do.  Notice the special way it is constructed along the back neckline – the vest is really only 2 rectangular pieces mysteriously sewn together to create the interesting back neckline.
The perfect complement to our lime vest is our lime cabled a-line skirt designed by Laura Zukaite and knitted by Gena Hester.  Made from Lion Brand 100% organic cotton, this skirt is warm and flatters the figure perfectly with flare shaping.  Many knit skirts can hug the body in the wrong places – but not this one – perfect shaping!  Most of that shaping is provided just by changing needle sizes – it’s a miracle in itself!  Stop by Yarn Designers Boutique to choose your favorite organic cotton color and we’ll help you customize your pattern to fit your figure!
Louisa Harding Romantic Bohemian Sweater
Bohemian ruffles and gathers introduce this fun Fall colored outfit.  The two-tone orange and brown sweater is a Louisa Harding English design and knit by Gena Hester.   The yarn is also Louisa’s “Jasmine” – a cotton blend with just a tiny bit of sparkle to grab your eye.   The ruffles and sleeve shaping add such a detailed romantic touch.  Louisa loves details and even publishes books about how details can make or break a knitwear project.  When Gena found this skirt in her daughter’s clothing toss outs, she knew it was perfect for this developing sweater at the time – what a great combination with your favorite boots!  Yarn Designers Boutique is a store whose purpose is to inspire today’s knit and crochet enthusiasts.  We are located in Bear City on the Boulevard, just across from the airport.  Drop by to see us soon – you’ll be glad you did!

This was the fifth year Yarn Designers Boutique has participated in the Chamber Auxiliary’s annual charity Fashion Show.  Again we enjoyed ourselves so much.  Thank you Katy Strand and Pat Holt for your wonderful and gracious modeling and Lisa Movius for hair and makeup styling.  We’re a great team!  I look forward to next Fall’s show and am already planning my outfits!

Lacy Drop Stitch Scarf

So normally, the last thing you want to do is drop a stitch. Well, with this lacy scarf that’s exactly what you want to do! Dropping a stitch is harder than you may think, it takes awhile to work the stitches out all the way down the scarf. This technique creates a beautiful ladder all the way through the scarf giving the scarf almost a woven look.

This technique can be used for anything from knitted curtains to let a bit of light through. Or to a plain sweater pattern to jazz it up, you can even drop the stitch different lengths down the sweater  to create a design (at the end of the ‘run’ just sew it with matching thread to keep it from running further). To get started with the technique try our latest scarf pattern.


Drop Stitch Sock yarn scarfWhat you will need:

400-500 yards sock weight striping yarn. Sample is 2 skeins Mary Maxim Gemstones color #21 Peridot variegated sock yarn. (Or try Premier Yarns Wool-Free Sock Stripes, or Deborah Norville Serenity Garden Yarn for a silky satiny feel.)

Size 6 needles for main scarf, Size 9 for bind off or bind off very loosely.
9 safety pin type stitch markers

Before drop: 6 ½” X 59” After drop: 8 ¼” X 62”

28 stitches = 4” Gauge is not all that important for this project.

Buy this pattern online $5 or get the pattern free when you buy the yarn from us!


Herringbone Ruffled Cowl

I find the Herringbone stitch pretty interesting because it looks more like woven fabric, than knit. Some people would even say it looks crocheted! It’s only a 2 row repeat so it gets easier as you do it.

Yarn:Herringbone Ruffle scarf
Super Bulky weight 80 to 90 yds. I chose Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick 1 skein 87 yds). New color Marble (black accent on white and grey) makes for an interesting repeat pattern for the cowl. You might also try Sandstone which has the creams and grey.

Size 19 US short needles Size 15 US short needles 3 complementary buttons

About 5 Herringbone “V’s” to 4”
Finished size before ruffle: 7” by 25”
Using your favorite method, cast on 20 stitches.

You can wear this with the collar up or down for effect!

Get this pattern for $4 or free when you buy the yarn from us!

Turtleback Fitted Shrug Pattern

1,050 yards of worsted weight yarn for small/medium – Add 150 yards for large/X-large.

Pictured shawl is made from Simply Soft Shadows, 0005 Soft Merino color and it took 7 skeins.

Needles all 29” or 36” circular knitting needles:Turtleback Shrug
Size 6 (4 mm)
Size 9 (5.5mm)
Size 11 (8mm)
Plus Size 10 straight needle for bind off row.
Or any size to obtain correct gauge.

Yarn needle to finish seams
Package of safety pin or split ring markers

20 sts = 4”; 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch (Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row) using size 6 needles.

Special Stitches:
SK2P: Sl 1 st as if to Purl, K2tog, pass the sl st over the K2tog.
Project Notes:

Because the cast-on edge must be stretchy (for use at neckline), you may wish to use a larger needle size to work this row.
Circular needles will only be used to knit back and forth.

Finished Measurements:
Approximately 33” wide slightly stretched by 18” long folded in half.

Turtleback shrug

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Feza Ripple Scarf

Buy the yarn for this scarf from Yarn Designers Boutique and get the pattern FREE. (Just ask for “FEZA RIPPLE SCARF PATTERN” in the notes box when you order online.)

MATERIALS: 1 ball Alp Premier or Alp Dazzle
You can also use Alp Light with size 10 needles as it is finer and you will get the longest scarf.

NEEDLES: 8 mm (US 11)

GAUGE: 12 R X 21 S = 4”

Block this scarf to look really nice!

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Flora Fina Keyhole Scarf Pattern

1 skein Flora Fina by Pagewood Farms (sample shown in Black) Size 15 short needles

Flora Fina is an art yarn brought in by Pagewood Farms from Argentina. In California, Pagewood Farms does the hand dyeing and has hand made needle felted flowers needle felted every so often to the yarn so there are really no substitutions for this unique scarf. The roving for the flowers is also hand dyed with all the hand work being done in California. You can purchase the yarn on our website at

Scarf size: 4” X 48”
Gauge: Garter portion = 2 1⁄2 stitches X 5 rows per inch

When you reach a flower (flora) be careful to knit it in gently but snugly. I usually try to put the first stitch just before the flower and the next stitch after the flower. This will keep your scarf flowers looking neatly placed. If the first flower hangs off the edge, don’t worry about it – just make sure it’s snug.

To wear your scarf: Carefully feed your beginning end through the keyhole and arrange on your neck and enjoy your compliments for your own original art scarf!

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