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Designing 101

Designing 101

Just go for it!

writing and swatching

Have you ever gone looking for the perfect pattern, knowing exactly what you want to do with “this yarn,” only to discover that your perfect pattern doesn’t seem to exist?
Maybe you bought the yarn on a whim because you just had to have it (*raises hand*) and you knew that it needed to be cowl for next Fall. You have just the thing in mind: a textured stitch, at a tight gauge, with a rolled edge, and just long enough to double up snuggly, but no longer than that. However, all the cowl patterns for the correct yarn weight, and that are anywhere close to the yardage you have, just…… aren’t what you want.
Hey, welcome to my yarny life, haha! Seems like every time I find the perfect yarn, and plan for it to be the perfect thing, I can’t find a pattern anywhere that even comes close. So what do you do when this happens? Do you “make do” with a pattern you don’t love? Do you pet your yarn one last time and then drop it in the stash? WHAT ARE YOU, CRAZY?!
Why not just design yourself the perfect cowl? It’s not as hard as you think…

Getting started

First and foremost, when you pull out that glorious yarn and start trying to figure things out, please oh please, do at least a couple (ideally, more) gauge swatches.

To some, this may seem like a waste of time, but let me tell you why you want to do this. Swatching will do two things for you:
First, it will let you figure out what size needles/hook you need for the fabric you want to have.

Do you want a dense, tight fabric, great for keeping warm? Do you want a looser fabric to show drape and sheen of shiny yarn, such as silk or bamboo? Are you unsure of the stitch pattern you want to use, and therefore need to try a few to compare? This is the biggest reason why you need to start with a swatch! As long as your yarn is froggable (can be undone) then it’s not a waste; you can always unravel your swatch if you start running out of yarn on your project.
The second reason you need to swatch is for math. Yeah, I said it. Don’t you just LOVE math?! Well…. some people do, but I’m not one of them. I will tell you this though, if you’re making anything with shaping, or that needs to fit properly (like, not a scarf but maybe a top,) then you’re going to need to do a little math. It can’t be helped. You do want to be able to wear your finished item, don’t you?

Math: Don't be scared!

Enwrapped

The thing about math in designing, is that if you’re only designing for yourself (i.e.- not to sell a pattern,) you only need your own body. This makes things super simple! You’ll need to measure yourself wherever the finished item is going to go (if you’re making a top, you’ll need your bust measurement, length of where you want the hem to hit, and perhaps a measurement from your underarm to top of shoulder for armhole.)
Now take your favorite swatch. You know, the one that is exactly the stitch pattern and fabric you want to use. Measure your gauge: take a ruler and measure across 2″ and count your stitches. Let’s say you have 12 stitches. This makes your stitch gauge 6 stitches per inch. Now measure 2″ up and down. Let’s say you have 8 rows. That makes your row gauge 4 rows per inch.
See how easy that is?

Now we get to do our little bit of math. You need to multiply the measurements you want your finished item to be by the number of stitches/rows in your swatch.
If you’re working top-down, and you want your top to be 20″ long, you would multiply 20 by 4 (because you have 4 rows to an inch, right?) This gives you 80. You’re going to need about 80 rows in this top to reach the desired length.
Now do the same for the stitches. Let’s say you have a 36″ bust and you want this top to fit you exactly (not loosely, and not squeezy.) You’re going to multiply 36 by 6 (because you have 6 stitches to an inch.) This gives you 216. You will need 216 inches all the way around, at your bust, for this top to fit you.
Now do the same for your hips. Let’s say you’re at 32″ for your hips. 32 * 6 = 192. So after you’ve finished working the bust, you’re going to need to decrease your 216 stitches to 192. This means you’ll need to lose 24 stitches. Figure out how to evenly space your decreases at a rate that won’t cause your top to pinch in. Maybe decrease 4 stitches every 4 rows, six times. This will give you your 192!

Practice practice practice

If there is a fast and true math method that works every single time without fail, I am unaware of it. The way I’ve gotten so much better at designing for myself is simply because I’ve done it so many times by now. Your first design probably won’t be perfect, and that’s okay! Just keep going, and every time you design something new, you’ll be just a little better at it.

I want to leave you with my best advice yet: BLOCK YOUR PROJECT!!! For the love of all things holy, block it. If you don’t know what that means or how to do it, here’s what you need to know. A good blocking makes all the difference between “homemade” and “hand crafted.” If you want your finished garment to look like a million bucks, do yourself a favor and block it one good time before you wear it. If you’re local and need help with your first blocking, come into the shop and I’ll show you how it’s done. Bring your own blocking mats and pins because mine are often already in use.
Anytime you need to block something and don’t have the room, bring it by the shop. We have a blocking platform there that is especially for customers’ blocking!

I hope you have gotten some value from this post. If so, please consider sharing. Every little action to you take, here and on the facebook page, helps gain this little business some visibility. Thank you for all that you do ♥

Pride Bag

Pride Bag

FREE crochet pattern

Pride bag show in Bisexual flag colors

Show your pride, and carry your stuff. Introducing the Pride Bag, the perfect bag for all of your rallies. Crocheted in your choice of flag colors, this little bag will fit a phone, cash, card, and a lip balm. The crossbody design makes it easily adjustable; just tie a knot in the strap! Now you can wear your flag with pride, and make one for all your friends, too.
(Please consider creating a project page in Ravelry if you make this bag, and I would be ever so grateful if you’d give the pattern a rating, as well!)

Want a printable .pdf of this pattern for just $1.99? Click here.

Getting Started

Stitches:  Ch, sc
Yarn:  Worsted (#4) approx. 100 yards
Shown in WeCrochet Dishie “Blue” ~35 yards, “Mulberry” ~25 yards, and “Begonia” ~35 yards
Hook:  US7/4.5mm
Sizes:  5” tall, 4” wide
Gauge:  not important, just get the fabric that you want

NOTES:
~ Pay attention to how rounds are joined. They are joined differently on even rows than they are on odd rows. This keeps your “seam” from creeping across the front or back of your bag. If you join the way the pattern states, then your “seam” will disappear into the side edge.

pride bag

~ Please make the strap as long as you want it. Fully customizable.  All bodies are different and deserve a bag that fits comfortably.

~ I did not include instructions as to color changes. Each flag is different, so simply join your new color with a sl st into the first st of any round, whenever you need to.

Show your PRIDE!

Pattern:

Ch 21

1) Sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch around, working all the way around your starting chs (so first up one side, and then down the other.) Join to 1st sc with sl st.  = 40 sc

2) Ch 1, *sc, ch 1, sk 1; rep from * around. Join.

3) Ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp,* ch 1, sk 1, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around. Rather than ending with “ch 1, join,” simply omit the ch-1 and join with sc.

4) Ch 1, sc in sp created by your joining sc in prev round, ch 1, sk 1, *sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 1; rep from * around. Join.

5-22 ) Rep Rounds 3-4, changing colors when you want, adding or subtracting rounds to get you the bag you want (remember that adding/subtracting rounds will alter your yardage requirements.)

23) Ch 1, sc in each st and ch-1 sp around. Join.

After joining your last round, make your strap by chaining until it’s as long as you want it to be, then join with sl st to other side of bag. I chained 120 for the bag shown above.

All finished

Pride bag in bisexual, Dad's Can Cozy in non-binary, and flag in genderqueer colors.

Now you’re ready to show off! I sure hope you enjoyed this pattern. If you’re interested in making more Pride stuff, my Dad’s Can Cozy pattern is free and works beautifully with any of the flag colorways.

I’d love to see your bag! Post a pic to your favorite social media and tag @RowsAndRoses and #RowsAndRosesPrideBag so we can all see what you’ve made. 
As always, if you need me, I’m just a click or two away ♥

March Showcase

March Showcase

March was a quick month for me! Did anyone else feel like it flew right out the door as soon as it got here? I can’t believe we’re heading into April already.
Let’s take a look at some of the things that went on this month. I had no orders to complete, so mostly I got to play around with yarn, work on a couple of new patterns, and make a thing or two for myself…

Mostly, I'm moving

To be perfectly honest, I’ve been spending most of my time and energy on this move! You know I’m moving my shop, right? Yup, the LYS is moving a whopping four whole doors down the sidewalk from where we are right now, and it is taking so much more “doing” than I had anticipated. I wasn’t thinking that a 20 yard move is still a WHOLE MOVE with fees, and deposits, and installs, and all of the forms to keep my shop legal.
I’m so thankful for all the help I’m getting. More people have offered themselves to help than I ever would have expected. My dad has done the painting of the new place almost single-handedly. I’ve had to place so many huge orders for new stuff because I’ve got easily double the retail space to fill! It’s been a fun and crazy time, and hasn’t left me a whole lot of time to mess around, know what I mean? But we’re getting there.
Spring Specials & Customs opens on April 1st, and the new shop has the Grand Reopen on April 6. Once we’ve partied through these things, we should get back to new normal. Thanks for sticking around and showing your support for my little business. You all mean the world to me ♥

Spring Sweater-along

Spring Sweater-along

The official R&R CAL/KAL of the season

Sweater
Chevron Lace Cardigan by Milobo
Sweater
Anker's Summer Top by PetiteKnit

Say goodbye to Winter blues and say hello to a fresh Spring project. Rows & Roses is hosting a Sweater-along for Spring 2021 and you’re invited to join! Starting this week, let’s make sweaters together to welcome in the new season. Any yarn, any pattern, anything goes! We have a knit pattern and a crochet pattern all picked out for anyone who needs a little nudge, and I would LOVE to help you pick your yarn for either (or both!)

Knitting pattern: Check out Anker’s Summer Shirt pattern. It is GORGEOUS, isn’t it? Our sweet Sharon brought this pattern to show me, and I fell in love with it. We both thought this would be a great pattern for anyone still new at knitting who would like to take a swing at their first garment. Easy stitches and easy construction, so you can just enjoy playing with the yarn!

Crochet Pattern: The Chevron Lace Cardigan seems like just the thing for Spring. This crochet top also has easy stitches and easy construction, definitely suitable for beginners and advanced crocheters alike.
 

Either of these patterns would look great in Bamboo Pop, Providence, or two strands of Malabrigo Sock held double. I would especially love to see the crochet sweater done in Mal sock and brushed Suri alpaca held double! I think that would be an absolute dream… 

Here's our Schedule

After some thought, I decided that a schedule will help to keep us all on track:
~ Cast on: Wednesday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day)
~ Half way WIP (work-in-progress) pic posted: Tuesday, April 20
~ Finish knitting/crocheting: Wednesday, May 19
~ Blocked and wearable: Saturday, May 22

Cast-on Party at the shop!
Join us at 1pm on Wednesday, March 17 to cast on your sweater amongst friends. We’ll enjoy coffee and conversation, and help anyone who needs a little guidance. If this is your first sweater, don’t be scared! Come early if you need help picking out yarn. We will be sitting down at 1pm to get started, and I can’t wait to see what you all pick for your pattern and yarn!

But wait, there’s more! Be sure to wear your finished sweater to the new shop on Saturday, May 22. We will have a “fashion show” that day, including stylized pics of you modeling your new spring sweater. Refreshments will be served, and everyone who wears their sweater in that day will be entered into a drawing for a special prize.
PRIZES!! Yes, of course, there will be prizes.
~ For everyone who posts their desired pattern and yarn, along with an “I’m in!” in the Ravelry thread, I will offer you one free Rows & Roses pattern of your choice.
~ For everyone who joins us for the cast-on party on Wednesday, I will give you one free sample pack of Eucalan Wool wash of your choice so you will have the perfect wash for your sweater when you finish it (this stuff is good for anything, not just wool 🙂 )
~ And finally, everyone who comes in to model their sweater on Saturday, May 22, will be entered into a drawing for a Rows & Roses gift package. Details on the gift package coming soon!

So, who’s in? Join the Ravelry group, as that’s where the thread will be (it’s too hard to keep a thread like this going on facebook; it gets buried and I can’t tag from the page.) I hope to see you all on Wednesday at 1pm. This is going to be so much fun ♥

Time to Move!

Time to Move!

This LYS is growing…

Holding a key in front of the new place

Y’all. I truly can’t believe I’m saying this but… even though Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber just opened 6 months ago, we’ve already outgrown our space!
Back in September of 2020, I opened up R&R Y&F in a little 950 square foot building, I wanted to bring Seneca a nice little yarn shop full of community, classes, demos, education, and lots of scrumptious yarns and fibers that you can’t get anywhere else around here. Once I moved in a work station, a spinning wheel, a library, a sitting area, and a retail space, there wasn’t much room to grow. But grow we did, and hugely! Rows & Roses now carries more than double (and coming up on triple) the amount of stuff that it opened with. The classes and workshops and events have seen such a great response that we are sometimes running out of room for people to sit!
So, onward and upward! Rows & Roses is moving at the end of the month, four doors down, to a MUCH larger space, complete with a classroom, a much bigger storage area (thank goodness,) and even the hookups for a dye kitchen. Just look at the pics below and you’ll get an idea.

Some "before" pics for ya

As you can see, this place is so much bigger. It’s like a mansion on the lake compared to our current location! I’m going to have fun filling it with wonderful stuff for you all to enjoy. 
So! How about some details?

** Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber **

Closing on Saturday, March 27 at 6pm at the old location, 105 E. North 1st St, Seneca.

Reopening on Tuesday, April 6 at 10am at the new location, 113 E. North 1st St, Seneca.

Also, MOVING SALE!!!

From now until 6pm on Saturday, March 27, everything in the shop is 20% off. Shop this sale in-store, or use the code moving in the eCom. Come on in and say goodbye to our first “home” and help me lighten my moving load a little. The less I have to move, the quicker we can get everything ready to go in the new place!

moving sale 20% off

Be sure to keep an eye on the facebook page, the Google listing, or this blog, for all of the Grand Reopening info as I get it nailed down. We’re going to have a PARTY! Be sure to let your friends know about the 20% off everything going on right now, and mark your calendars for our big day on Tuesday, April 6 at the brand new place!

February Showcase

February Showcase

Spoiler: there’s yarn

February has been so full of STUFF going on! Especially for being the shortest month of the year. There have been pattern proposals sent, patterns graded, lots of wonderful things crocheted, and so much happening at the shop right now I sometimes feel like I’m two people. I’m not complaining though; all this busy busy busy makes me feel alive. I am so thrilled to be doing what I love full-time!
Let’s take a look back at some of the things from this month in this February Showcase. 
(Pic above is my Budding Conifer wrap, formally known as Sawtooth. Pic credit goes to Molly at Interweave Crochet.)

Lovely little things!

Patterns

My newest freebie pattern, Heartbeat, was a real hit this month! The month of love always brings out the desire to work with reds and pinks, at least for me it does. This triangle shawl is worked with three colors of WeCrochet’s Memento, using the “drop & swap” technique. You can view it for free on my blog, or purchase your .pdf for $1.99 here on Rav.

My Budding Conifer Wrap just went “live” with the latest issue of Interweave Crochet, Spring 2021. This whole issue makes me so happy! I love most of the patterns in it and can definitely see myself making some of them. If you’re local, you can grab your copy form my shop the next time you come to visit, as long as I still have some left.

This little number will be my newest pattern if I can ever get it graded…. I’ve been working on grading this pattern for a week now and something always comes up to pull me away! This top is crocheted top-down in the round, using the new gradient in my shop, Universal Yarn’s Colorburst. My size, pictured here, took less than one ball! Can you believe it? As soon as I finish the grading and get it tested, I’ll post about it so you can check it out.

What else?

Besides all this, I’ve been working tirelessly on the Knotions/Rows & Roses eBook that comes out this fall. Are you excited about this?? I know I am! All proposals have been accepted, yarn support has been requested, and soon I will be able to start teasing some swatches. Keep an eye on the facebook page to stay up to date on eBook news!

That’s it. I hope you’ve enjoyed this February Showcase. If you know someone who may be interested in my little corner of the yarn world and what R&R has going on, please consider sharing this post, or the facebook page, with them. Tweet, pin, comment, and anything else you feel moved to do. Every little action on your part has a BIG impact on my little business. Thank you so much for following along with my adventures. I couldn’t do this without you ♥

Heartbeat

Heartbeat

FREE crochet pattern

Heartbeat

Heartbeat is here, and just in time for Valentine’s Day. I”ve been working on this design for weeks and am finally ready to share! This gorgeous cotton shawl is crocheted using three colors of WeCrochet’s Memento. 100% Pima cotton, the stitch pattern utilizes my favorite: the “drop & swap” technique, to bring you color striping that only LOOKS complicated. Heartbeat is worked from tip to edge, and features a lovely border. You’ll want to wrap up in this cozy shawl every day. 

Want a printable .pdf  of Heartbeat for just $1.99? Click here.

Get Ready...

Stitches:   Ch, sc, dc
Yarn:  WeCrochet’s Memento (#4 worsted-weight, 100% Pima Cotton, 232 yards/100g) 1 ball each of Moonshadow, Winter Bloom, and Fuchsia
Hook:  J10
Sizes:  52” long, 36” along scalloped edge
Gauge:  20 sts x 8 rows = 4” in st patt, blocked

NOTES:
~ There is no need to cut your yarn after each row. Simply drop your current color and pick up the available color during your last pull-through of each row. This is called the “drop & swap” and you can carry your yarns up the sides of your project. When you finish your last row, you will sc over all those long “floats” all the way around, creating a lovely border.
~ All odd rows are worked in dc, and all even rows are worked in sc.

Heartbeat

Let's do it!

Pattern:

Ch 4

Row 1) In C1, (Dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, 2dc) all in 3rd ch from hook, dropping C1 and picking up C2 on final pull-through. (Beginning ch-3 counts as st, here and throughout.) Turn.  = 5 dc, 2 ch-1 sp

Row 2) In C2, ch 1, sc, ch 1, sk 1, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next st, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 1, sc, dropping C2 and picking up C3 on final pull-through. Turn.  = 5 sc, 2 ch-1 sp

Row 3) In C3, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, sk 3 st, dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc, dropping C3 and picking up C1 on final pull-through. Turn.  = 6 dc, 3 ch-1 sp

From here on out, I will not be specifying which colors to use; you will utilize the drop & swap method, as established.

Row 4) Ch 1, sc, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 2, sk 2, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next st, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 1, sc. Turn.  = 6 sc, 1 ch-2 sp, 1 ch-1 sp

Row 5) Ch 3, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, sk 3, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-2 sp, sk 1, dc. Turn.  =  8 dc, 4 ch-1 sp

Row 6) Ch 1, sc, ch 1, sk 1, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next st, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 2, sk 2 sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next st, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 1, sc. Turn.  = 8 sc, 2 ch-1 sp, 1 ch-2 sp

Row 7) Ch 3, *(dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, sk 3; rep from * to last ch-1 sp, dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in last st. Turn.  =  9 dc, 5 ch-1 sp

Row 8) Ch 1, sc, sc in ch-1 sp, *ch 2, sk 2, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next st, sc in ch-1 sp; rep from * to last 2 st, ch 1, sk 1, sc in last st. Turn.  = 9 sc, 2 ch-2 sp, 1 ch-1 sp

Row 9) Ch 3, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, *sk 3, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp; rep from * to end, dc in last st. Turn.  = 11 dc, 6 ch-1 sp

Row 10) Ch 1, sc, ch 1, sk 1, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next st, sc in ch-1 sp, *ch 2, sk 2, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next st, sc in ch-1 sp; rep from * to last 2 st, ch 1, sk 1, sc in last st. Turn.  = 11 sc, 2 ch-1 sp, 2 ch-2 sp

Rep Rows 7-10 twenty-three (23) more times.

Rep Rows 7-8 one (1) more time.

Using next available color, work edging as follows:

Dc, 3 dc in ch-2 sp, *(sc, ch 3, sl st into 1st ch, sl st) into next ch-2 sp, 7dc into next ch-2 sp; rep from * to end of row. DO NOT CUT YARN. Pivot work, and sc evenly across top of shawl, 3sc in “point” at tip of shawl, sc evenly down final side of shawl. Join to 1st dc with sl st. 

Cut all yarn. Weave in all ends. Block.

All Finished!

And there you have it! A lovely Heartbeat, made of lovely yarn, stitched with ALL the love <3 And it didn’t even take very long, did it? Don’t forget to check out my other free patterns!

I’d love to see your Heartbeat creations! Post a pic to your favorite social media and tag #RowsAndRosesHeartbeat and @RowsAndRoses so we can all be inspired by your amazing abilities. As always, if you need me, I’m only a click or two away.
#WeCAmbassadorsFeb21

Sati Glenn, owner and operator of Rows and Roses Fiberworks. 
Email: sati@rowsandroses.com
Website: www.rowsandroses.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/rowsandrosescrochet
Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/stores/rows-and-roses

New Year Showcase

New Year Showcase

First projects of 2021!

New years are always so exciting for me! Everything just feels fresh. I’ve made so much this month, I can’t even remember it all. Take a look at how far we’ve come already!

Check out these gorgeous makes

Patterns!

Squozen is my newest pattern on Ravelry, and I wrote it especially for WeCrochet. Crocheted in Twill worsted, this poncho is “technically” colorwork, without the work of stranding, intarsia, or mosaic. This project is great for beginners, or for anyone who wants to use multiple colors in a totally laid-back and stress free way. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did!

I released Shipwrecked, a crocheted scarf pattern, mostly because of the yarn. Do you know how often a visitor in my shop will exclaim excitedly over this Slub yarn by Treehouse Knits, only to end up putting it back, saying, “I just don’t know what I’d do with it?” Too many times to count. So here you go. One skein, easily memorized three row stitch pattern, just go until you run out of yarn, or until you’re ready to stop. Perfection.

Bella Morn, my crocheted scarf pattern using Universal Yarn’s Bella Cash, came about kind of on accident. I wanted to use some leftover Bella Cash to make a shop sample, but couldn’t find a pattern that really did it for me. So I made one up, wrote it down, and sent a pic to Universal. They loved it! They’ve since linked it on their website, and taken professional glamour shots for me. I bet you will LOVE this cashmere blended yarn for this scarf. It’s really just so wonderful.

I hope you see something in this post that inspires you to get creative or up your stitching game. Sharing with all of you is one of my favorite parts of this “job.” As always, if you have any questions, any suggestions, or just want to chat, I’m only a click or two away. Please consider sharing this post with others who may enjoy it. Everything little action you take- be it a like, a share, a tweet, or a pin- helps Rows & Roses to grow. I thank you so much for being a part of my life ♥

Shipwrecked

Shipwrecked

FREE crochet pattern
Shipwrecked

How many times have I heard, “Oh what a beautiful yarn! But… I just don’t know what to make with it?” Too many times to count! This gorgeous slubby yarn, hand-dyed by Treehouse Knits, just cries out to be touched. So let’s make it shine! Shipwrecked calls to mind tattered sails and sunken treasure. Worked from one end to the other, you can enjoy this simple lacy stitch pattern right up until you run out of yarn, or until you feel that your scarf is long enough. No need to measure, and once you’ve mastered the stitches, no need to count. Shipwrecked is truly the epitome of easy and enjoyable crochet.

Want a printable .pdf of this pattern for just $1.99? Click here.

Details

Stitches:  Ch, sc, standing dc (sdc,) dc
Yarn:  Treehouse Knits Slub in “Jarrahdale,” (fingering #1, 438 yards/100g) 1 skein
Hook:  I9/5.5mm
Sizes:  6” wide, length is completely customized

Gauge:  20 st x 9 rows = 4” unblocked

NOTES:
I have found that unblocked looks best in this yarn, for this particular pattern. So no need to block your Shipwrecked 🙂

Shipwrecked

Let's get wrecked!

Pattern:

Ch 30

Row 1) SC in 2nd ch from hook and across. Turn.  = 29 st

Row 2) SDC in 1st st, *ch 3, sk 3, DC; rep from * to end. Turn.

Row 3) SDC in 1st st, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in ch-3 sp, DC; rep from * to end. Turn.

Row 4) SDC in 1st st, * ch 1, sk 1, DC in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 1, DC in next DC; rep from * to end. Turn. 

Rep Rows 2-4 until you feel your scarf is long enough, or until you run out of yarn.

Cut yarn, weave in ends.

Shipwrecked on table

All finished! Wow, just look at your super cool scarf. I’m so proud of you! I’d love to see your creation. Just share a pic to your favorite social media and tag it #RowsAndRosesShipwrecked and @RowsAndRoses so we can all see how awesome you are. As always, if you need me, I’m only a click or two away.

Sati Glenn, owner and operator of Rows and Roses Fiberworks. 

Email: sati@rowsandroses.com

Website: www.rowsandroses.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/rowsandrosescrochet

Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/stores/rows-and-roses

Colossal Collaboration

Colossal Collaboration

Rows & Roses, Himaymay, and Malabrigo!

Do you love knitting? Do you LOVE Malabrigo? Are you into trying new things? Well well well…. I just may have something for you. Rows & Roses has partnered up with Himaymay Creations to bring you a fun opportunity, at a discount, and with a chance to win big!

Discount, you say?

Why yes I did. Rufina of Himaymay Creations has designed a very special promotion for a cause: she has decided to use the release of her brand new cowl pattern to help save local yarn shops!

The details:
If you purchase any two skeins of Malabrigo Sock from Rows & Roses from now until February 28, you will receive a 25% discount on her pattern.

This gorgeous cowl pattern is knit brioche, using two contrasting colors of Malabrigo sock. The color combo possibilities are endless!

Pattern sneak peek
This pattern will be released on January 22, so if you purchase your yarn before then, I will email you the discount code on the 22nd once the pattern is live.

But wait, there's more!

Wanna win a $50 gift card to Rows & Roses? Read on, my yarny friend….

Criteria for $50 GC raffle draw:
  1. Must have purchased Malabrigo Sock/Arroyo or yarn of a similar yardage, weight, and fiber material (superwash or non superwash merino wool/nylon combo, 100% merino wool, or acrylic if you are allergic to merino wool) at Participating LYS during promo period (January 22, 2021- February 28, 2021). Please take a picture of your receipt for verification clearly noting the date of purchase, purchased items, and store where the yarn was purchased)

  2. If you cannot afford to purchase yarn from an LYS but have stock of Malabrigo Sock/Arroyo or similar yarn, at least purchase my pattern at full price from my website from January 22, 2021-February 28, 2021).

  3. Must have a Facebook account (because I will do the drawing by checking out who used the hashtag (#tpakcowlchallenge2021)

  4. Must have a camera or a means to take a photo of their work to post in Facebook for drawing.

  5. Must enter as an individual and not as a business. One entry per person. (If you are a small business owner who would want to knit for this cause, please enter/purchase yarn/pattern with your name and not your business name)

  6. If you do not have a Facebook account, please send (1) a picture of you wearing your finished work, (2) your first and last name, (3) complete mailing address, (4) phone number that I can text a message to, and (5) Participating LYS of your choice where you want to spend the GC to my email at rufina@himaymaycreations.com. You can only use your GC on one Participating LYS. If you choose to purchase from Unwound Artisan Yarn Shop but their supplies are depleted or the store has closed, you may choose another Participating LYS by June 30, 2021. Disclaimer: the information above will not be sold or given away. It is simply a means for me to contact you if you have won. I will not use it to pester you with emails unless you willingly subscribe to my email list.

  7. Like and Share Himaymay Creation Facebook page and/or subscribe to the mailing list (these are my main avenues to announcing who won).

 

How to win $50 Gift Certificate:

Once you meet the criteria above, (purchase the yarn, purchase the pattern) just knit the Two-Phase Ami-Kata Cowl (TPAK Cowl). Post a photo of yourself and the finished product on Facebook with your Facebook name (@name) and write #tpakcowlchallenge2021 #himaymaycreations. The picture of the finished product must be posted on or before March 24, 2021 (11:59pm Pacific Standard Time). The winner will be randomly drawn and the announcement will be made on March 31, 2021.