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 yarn@verizon.net 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: www.yarndesignersboutique.com

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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:

Materials:
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

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

Gauge:
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!

 

Braided Cable Scarf

Hot off the press is our latest original design by our in house knitwear designer. This new cowl is all cable, made flat and sewn together. Great for bundling up on those cold winter days.

Braided Cable Cowl

Size: 9” by 60”

Materials: 440 yards bulky yarn. Sample uses 8 skeins of Mirasol Sulka (merino wool/alpaca/silk blend) – color 214 burnt orange. Any solid or striping bulky yarn can be used. Buy the yarn from us and get the pattern Free!

Pattern: You can buy the pattern online for $5

Gauge: doesn’t really matter but the fabric should be soft so that it lays softly. If it’s too stiff, go up one needle size.

Needles: Size 11 needles, Cable needle, and Row Counter

Play with how you wear this scarf.  You can leave it long with one twist or you can wrap it once or twice for different effects!  If you choose a heavier or lighter weight yarn, do a swatch to calculate how many stitches to cast on.

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MaggiKnits Weekend Retreat: Last Chance!

MaggiKnits Retreat

We are now going for the finish line on our weekend with Maggie Jackson! If you are planning to join us, you really need to register NOW so that we can make our final plans to make this a wonderful weekend for you and your knitting friends! You can even call me anytime on my cell phone (909) 261-9185 with any questions regarding registration, lodging problems, Big Bear questions – whatever. Let’s get you registered so you don’t miss out as classroom space is limited! I hope to hear from you soon and have a great Labor Day Weekend! PS I will be working Friday through Monday so don’t hesitate to call!

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Original Ruffle Scarf Pattern by Gena Hester

 

 

Well, after our last post about ruffling yarns, and seeing the scarf patterns the manufacturers came up with, I couldn’t help but design my own. And its way more glamorous and unusual than what the yarn manufacturers have been touting around. The central bit is made in Lion Brand’s Homespun yarn, I’ve used two colors here that match the color scheme of the the ruffling/mesh yarn – the new Boutique Sashay from Red Heart Yarns. Its a development on from my previous Infinity Scarf pattern and is super simple to make.

What You Will Need:

Yarn: 1 skein Red Heart Boutique Sashay “Conga” green (30 yds ruffle yarn), Homespun Fawn and Olive, 1 skein each.  If you want to use one color of Homespun, 1 skein is enough (about 185 yds).
Needles: one pair Size 11 24”  OR 32” circular needles
Pattern: You can buy the pattern online for $5 or get it free when you buy your yarn from us.
Finished Size:  56” (round) by 8 ½” wide which can be wrapped around your neck once to be doubled or just left long one time.

Play with how you wear this scarf.  You can leave it long with one twist or you can wrap it once or twice for different effects!  If you choose a heavier or lighter weight yarn, do a swatch to calculate how many stitches to cast on.  Make a ruffle hat to match!  Enjoy!

 

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How to Knit with Ruffling Yarns

I just wanted to share with you the latest yarn craze- it’s Mesh yarns! These yarns open up a whole new world of options for your knit and crochet projects, and they come with their own set of instructions. Mostly they are being promoted for ruffle scarves (see our next post with our own original scarf pattern for these unusual yarns), but there is so much more you can do with them from wraps and shawls to skirts, or add a little ruffle edging for an extra touch, the sky is the limit!

These unusual yarns are also known as ruffle yarns due to the ruffled effect they create when knitted. Knitters who are used to wrapping an entire strand of yarn around their needles may be perplexed at first, since you do not pull the whole strand through a stitch when you knit it. Once you get the hang of working with mesh yarns, you can use simple garter stitch to create intricate pieces that look much more complicated than they actually are.

Here at Yarn Designers Boutique we carry the following Brands and colorways

Bernat Twist & Twirl

Ruffling Yarn Bernat Twist'n Twirl

Patons Pirouette
Ruffling Yarn Patons Pirouette

 

Flounce and Flounce Metallic by Knitting Fever
Ruffling Yarn Knitting Fever Flounce and Flounce Metallic 

Triana and Triana Lux by Katia (Knitting Fever)
Ruffling Yarn Knitting Fever Katia Triana and Triana lux 

Below are instructions on how to make a ruffle scarf using Patons Pirouette yarn.

Knitting with Pirouette, step 1

1. Cast on by inserting needle from back to front across top edge of yarn into every second space.

Knitting with Pirouette, step 2

2. Insert right-hand needle from front to back through first st on the left-hand needle.

Knitting with Pirouette, step 3

3. Miss next space and wrap yarn of second space around right-hand needle.

Knitting with Pirouette, step 4

4. Draw working yarn through to create stitch on right-hand needle. Slip stitch off left-hand needle.

Knitting with Pirouette, step 5

5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 until 12 spaces of working yarn are left. Cast off, working through every second space.

 The instructions below describe how to make a ruffle scarf using Bernat’s Twist and Twirl yarn.

Casting on and working the first row

1. Cast on by inserting needle from back to front across top edge of yarn, approx 1 inch [2.5 cm] apart. Turn to work first row.

Beginning the stitch

2. Insert right-hand needle from front to back through first st on the left-hand needle. Insert right-hand needle into top edge of working yarn, approx 1 inch [2.5 cm] from last stitch.

Finishing the stitch

3. Draw working yarn through to create stitch on right-hand
needle.

Knitting a row

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3, knitting into yarn at approx 1 in [2.5 cm] intervals.