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Summer Blog Hop

Summer Blog Hop

Summer is here and we are celebrating with everyone’s favorite thing: YARN!
June is the month for Simply Melanie Jane’s Summer Blog Hop. Here, you’ll find all sorts of gorgeous patterns by some really talented designers for just $1 each. Be sure to check Melanie’s blog each day for the daily one-buck pattern. 
On June 15, the $1 pattern is Flutter, my latest design that’s perfect for summer breezes. This shawlette is crocheted using just one skein of Rows & Roses Classical Sock. A simple 4-row repeating pattern, lightweight yarn, and a great shoulder cover that’s the perfect size for throwing into your bag on the way out the door. What’s not to love about that?
So set an alarm for June 15 and go grab the coupon code, good for that day only, over at the Simply Melanie Jane blog. Then follow me to Ravelry to snag your copy of Flutter for just a buck.

Bundle Deal!

Wanna go ahead and grab the complete bundle of patterns at a steal of $12.99? Use my affiliate link and you’ll have a whole summer full of stitching in no time at all!
Be quick, though. This bundle expires once the hop is over.
Spring Shawl-along

Spring Shawl-along

Come stitch with us!

Let’s get into the SPRING of things at our favorite LYS! There’s nothing like wrapping up in a shawl on a breezy spring day, and even better if it’s a shawl you made yourself. Grab a copy of a fun shawl pattern you want to knit or crochet, and bring it along with your hooks, needles, and yarn to our Starty Party to kick off the spring! Once it’s finished, don’t forget to wear it into the shop on Fashion Show day. If you wear it across the catwalk, you’ll be entered to win a prize!

Sat. March 18, 2pm- Starty Party!
Sat. April 15- Halfway check in
Sat. May 27, 2pm- Fashion Show

Knit Patterns

How about some inspiration? Here are a few knit patterns I absolutely LOVE! Remember that you may use any pattern, no pattern, or even write your own as you go. The sky’s the limit!

Harvest Hues
by Tami Gore

Frosted Dogwood
by Tabetha Hedrick

Rewilding Shawl
by Helen Stewert

Legacy Park Shawl
by Cori Eichelberger

Crochet Patterns

Our crocheters sometimes need inspiration, too. Aren’t these patterns just gorgeous? Yes, I did throw a couple of mine in there 😉

by Sati Glenn

Shawl Leaf
by Santal Crochet

Sonata Shawl
by Sharon Silverman

Cloud Flare
by Sati Glenn

Great Yarns for Shawls!

Of course, picking a pattern is only half the fun. I myself prefer to pick my yarn first, and then find a pattern that goes with it. Here at Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber, you’ll find some great yarns that are perfect for a spring shawl…

As always, I am more than happy to help you choose. Do you have a yarn you love but can’t find a pattern to go with it? Do you have the perfect shawl pattern but just aren’t sure which yarn would work best? Come in early on Saturday, March 18 (Starty Party day) and we’ll work together to get you the perfect combination for a shawl that you will love to wear.

Small Business Saturday 2022

Small Business Saturday 2022

#SBS making a comeback!

Are you ready for Small Business Saturday? Because it’s ready for you!

This year, forego the Black Friday chaos and madness, and decide to support small businesses instead. Stay home and enjoy leftovers and a nap, then rise and shine on Saturday morning to come shop small, shop local, gather your thoughtful gifts and support the little guy while doing it.

Saturday, November 26 is our day! Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber will be celebrating with a huge sale, an amazing giveaway, free patterns with qualifying purchase, and the hot cocoa buffet that we all love so much.

Every $20 you spend on Small Business Saturday, both in store and online, will earn you an entry into the drawing for this glorious gift basket. The basket is handmade by our very own Joan, and is stuffed to bursting with all kinds of gift cards and goodies from small businesses in the area.

Let’s meet all the wonderful small businesses that make this giveaway possible. Click their pic, visit their site, and be sure to show them some love on facebook and instagram!

Nevermore Tattoo

Are you dreaming of your next tattoo? Let Brock Glenn of Nevermore Tattoo ink you up!

He’s been tattooing since 2016, and specializes in linework, dotwork, and black & grey.

He can design your next perfect piece completely from scratch, or use components you may already have, such as a signiture or piece of music. Gifts cards are available!

Attention to Detail

Attention to Detail is a small, local, automotive detailing business that you will definitely want to check out. I had the pleasure of working with Jade recently when she did a whole detail on my car, and let me tell you, my car looked and smelled like a new car when she was finished with it!

She truly does pay special attention to detail, and her prices are better than any I’ve found at the “big car places.” She offers interior and exterior cleaning for cars, trucks, boats, and ATVs. Give her a call and get something set up!

Carolina Classic Canine

Do you have a dog? Carolina Classic Canine can help your dog become the best they can be!
Every interaction with your dog is teaching them something. Concierge Etiquette Coaching helps you make the most of every teachable moment. Help your dog become confident and develop self control without intimidation or fear.
CCC tailor’s the coaching curriculum for you and your dog to help achieve your goals. From basic house manners through therapy dog coaching, we help dogs of all breeds and all life stages.
In-home pet sitting, classes, workshops, and seminars are also available.

Raventree Studio

It would appear that Summer of Raventree Studio can do it all, and so well!
Raventree specializes in fine art, boutique jewelry, and home decor, as well as graphic design and illustration.

Pick up one of her cutting boards from a local market or craft show, or commission her to design your small business logo or website. Summer will leave you feeling less stressed and much impressed!

Nell Kennedy- Yoga for Real People

Nell Kennedy doesn’t teach yoga like you’re probably imagining. She teaches yoga for regular people, and will make sure to help you get the most out of your session.

Maybe you want to become super flexible and have amazing balance? She can help you!
Or… maybe you just want to be able to comfortably tie your shoes, and rise from your seat. She’s there for that, too.

She offers stretches, meditation, and breathwork. Go get bendy with Nell!

Green Heart Awakening

Green Heart Awakening is a natural wellness store in Pendleton, SC with a large selection of organic bulk herbs, spices, and teas plus organic produce and other local products.

Green Heart Awakening offers nature-inspired wellness for mind, body, and spirit.
Come explore our store, which is filled with organic bulk herbs, spices, and teas and other natural wellness products, like local honey, CBD products, Ayurveda-inspired chocolate, essential oils, incense, natural personal care items, Himalayan salt and salt lamps, herbal books, and DIY supplies for your homemade herbal goodies. We now also carry local, organic produce and other local food items.

Gracious Living Designs

 Love your Home, from Decorating Den Interiors, is a fabulous “coffee table” sized book, which starts with the decorating basics and leads you through a personal design quiz and discussions of style and color to help you decide where and how you want to begin transforming your home – one room at a time or all at once.

Let Grace Shetromp help you design your perfect den!


A huge thank you goes out to all the small businesses that make Small Business Saturday so great. A big thank you as well to all of you who are dedicated to supporting your community. Helping real people stay in business and support their families, while purchasing truly meaningful gifts (rather than mass produced “big box” items,) makes all the difference in the world ♥

2nd Anniversary Celebration

2nd Anniversary Celebration

Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber is turning two!

Can you believe that this LYS is turning two years old? Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber has been providing great yarns, patterns, tools, fibers, and more to our community for two whole years now. That’s something to celebrate!

Remember when this was just a tiny hole-in-the-wall yarn shop? Since opening in 2020, this shop has moved into a bigger location, become a Kromski Looms & Wheels dealer, taught over 60 classes, added a dye studio, created a hand-dyed yarn and fiber label, won the Upstate Unsung Hero award, been invited to speak at Carolina FiberFest (next year!) and encouraged so many new friendships and watched them grow. And guess what? This shop is still growing and growing and growing!

Here's how we're Celebrating

~ BIG giveaway basket full of goodies. Every $20 spent in-store AND online earns you 1 entry into the drawing.
~ 1 free ball of Coastal Cotton with every $40 spent.
~ Free R&R Y&F sticker with every purchase.
~ Yummy snacks
~ Batt blending demo on the drum carder at 2pm. Everyone gets a turn!

In addition to all of these wonderful things, I am trying to get us some new Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber T-shirts made, and we will of course have lots of R&R hand-dyed yarn and fiber available.

Bring a friend and let’s party all day! Don’t forget your punch card 🙂

Wanna see what's in the giveaway?

This giveaway’s a big one! $170+ of delightful goodies will go home with one special customer. We have:

~ 1 skein Kim Dyes Yarn on Sugar Cookies Sock
~ 1 skein Rows & Roses Hand-dyed yarn on Glam Sport
~ 1 ring of Zauberperlen
~ 1 skein Rasta
~ 1 pack heart shaped stitch markers
~ 1 Mindful sterling silver plated hook/needle gauge
~ 1 pair gold cat scissors by Twice Sheared Sheep
~ 1 Knitting Barber in hot pink
~ 1 Prym tape measure
~ “Make Wear Mend” enamal pin
~ “Wool Enemy #1” project bag

Remember that every $20 spent in-store and online on September 22 will earn you an entry!

Autumn Stitch-along

Autumn Stitch-along

It’s all about the accessories!

There’s just a bit of crispness in the air. Everyone’s home from their vacations, and the kids are back to school. It’s time for another stitch along!

Let’s take a break from the big projects for a while and get back to just enjoying the yarn! Accessories are quick, and can be used to play around with stitch patterns, colorwork, and techniques (not to mention a great way to knock out your holiday gifts.) Each accessory you complete will count as one entry for the prize drawing. This time, instead of a Fashion Show, we’ll have a big group picture of all the accessories together! Won’t that be fun 🙂


Starty-Party: Saturday, Sept. 3 at 2pm

Halfway check-in: Saturday, Oct. 1

Fashion Show: Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2pm

Feel free to reach out or swing by the shop for help with patterns, yarn options, and books on techniques and ideas. Here are a few patterns I found on Ravelry that would be just perfect…

Crochet Patterns

Fern by Jan Power
Lattice Love by Ashlea Konecny
Backroads by Leedra Scott
Hellas Cowl by Sia Karamalegos
Rock Creek Cabled Fingerless Mitts by Darla J. Fanton
Sunday Ballet Slippers by Ashlea Konecny

Knitting Patterns

Rhinebeck Hat by Woolly Wormhead
Wanderer by Robin Peters
Wendy's Fern by Princesse Grenouille
Text(ure) Me Cowl by Jennifer Beaulieu
Forest for the Trees Mitts by Hook Mountain Handmade
Seefeld by Sabrina Schumacher

I sure can’t wait to see you on Saturday, September 3 as we get started on all of the fun things! I’ll have cookies and coffee, as usual. Please feel free to bring a friend to join in. It’s going to be such a good time ♥

Pattern Fudgin’

Pattern Fudgin’

Making it work for the crocheter

How often have you gotten to the end of a row, only to realize that your stitch count is off by one? Or maybe a few… Or hey, what about when you realize that the mistake you made is actually six rows back? Doesn’t that just burn you up?!

Heavy sigh, and maybe a bad word of two, and then I guess it’s time to frog. Or is it? Maybe not!

We all know that there is a time and place for ripping out hours of work (ugh) in order to make our finished item exactly how we want it (although I’m a huge fan of using blocking to hide a multitude of sins.) If the mistake is clearly noticeable, or if it is messing up your stitch counts in a way that can’t be faked, then sometimes we have to suck it up and get to ripping. However, it’s just not always necessary. We want to enjoy the journey of our craft, so if there’s a way to hit on a quick fix and move on where nobody would ever notice, then shouldn’t we give that possibility a day in court? Let me help you with some easy fixes so you can continue on with what you love. We’ll leave the frogs in the pond.


Adding Stitches

Sometimes when your stitch count is short just one or two, it’s easiest to squeeze in a couple of stitches here and there and keep going, rather than frog. However, putting two stitches into one stitch can be noticeable, especially if you’re using bulky yarn or working at a tight gauge.
My preferred method is to work a decrease as an increase. Yes, you read that right! Ready? Here we go!

  • work your next stitch as usual
  • now work a decrease in the SAME stitch as the stitch you just worked AND the next stitch
  • and now work a new stitch in the same stitch into which you finished your decrease

    Do you see what just happened? You just worked three stitches (regular stitch, decrease, regular stitch) into two stitches. I have found this to be the least noticeable way to squeeze in stitches, although it works better with single crochet than it does with double. Give it a try on a swatch and see what you think!

Decreasing Like a Pro

Just as there can be less noticeable increases, there is a little known decrease that is equally less detectable when done correctly. I can’t figure out why this isn’t the new standard way to decrease, as it’s super easy and almost can’t be found even when you’re looking for it later. I did not create this decrease, but you can thank me for the info when you decide that your life has been changed 😉
Let’s do it!

  • To decrease the next two stitches, insert your hook into just the front loop of the next stitch. Do not draw up a loop!
  • Now insert your hook into just the front loop of the next stitch. Do not draw up a loop! You should now have two front loops on your hook.
  • Work your stitch as usual (a regular sc, hdc, dc, or whatever you happen to be doing.)

    Yep, that’s it. Dead easy, right? Once you’ve worked a couple of rows/rounds, go back and look at that decrease. It’s almost invisible! It also uses less yarn than the standard 2tog stitches. You are very welcome.

Fudge for the win!

Are you liking how this is working? Fudging is my favorite way of getting a project back on track, as long as I can make it work. Using these two tricks can help you modify so many other stitch patterns so that your mistakes are mostly covered up without the need to rip out so much of your precious time and effort.

Sometimes we want things to be perfect (wedding dress, perhaps?) We also sometimes can’t fudge in a way that won’t be glaringly obvious (ask me about the V-stitch turned dc right smack dab in the middle front of a sweater I made…) When we can though, saving ourselves the time and aggravation tends to be our best bet for continuing to enjoy our project. As my friend Kristy says, “If they can’t see it when you’re riding by on a galloping horse, then it doesn’t matter.” 

Til next time, friends. Enjoy your stitching ♥

Summer Lace-Along

Summer Lace-Along

Don’t be scared! It’s just lace.

It’s finally summer, and you know what that means….. a brand new KAL/CAL! This season, we’re all about that lace. Be it lace-weight yarn, a lace stitch pattern, or both, summer is the time to kick back and enjoy all the light and lovely things.

So here's the plan

I want to do something a little different and you will have the chance to earn multiple entries into the prize drawing! You may choose how YOU define lace. 

You’ll get one entry into the Fashion Show drawing if you use a lace weight yarn, you’ll get one entry if you make something using a lace stitch pattern, but you’ll get THREE entries if you use both!
(As always, entries only count if you participate in the Fashion Show) 

Here’s our timeline:
Cast-on (or chain) Party: Friday, June 17
Halfway check-in: Friday, July 15
Fashion Show!: Saturday, August 13

*Yarn suggestions: Silkpaca, Findley, and Garden 10 crochet thread*

Pattern Ideas for Lace-weight Yarn *Crochet*

If you’re dying to play with some lace-weight yarn, here are some patterns that would be great!

Galatea Lace Top
by Dora Ohrenstein


Blithe Tank or Dress
by Laurinda Reddig

Porcelain Berry Shawl
by  Elena Fedotova



Spring Blossom Shawl
by A La Sascha

Pattern Ideas for Lace-weight Yarn *Knit*

Birds of a Feather
by Andrea Mowry

Lake Mist
by Romi Hill

Phantom Fuzz
by Park Williams




Lochnager Top
by Littletheorem

Pattern Ideas for Lacy Stitches *Crochet*

Not quite ready to take the plunge into lace-weight? Well if I can’t convince you to try it, here are some patterns using heavier weights with some delightful lacy stitch patterns.

Kanata Kercheif Tank
by Jennifer Ozses

Idris Shawl
by K.A.M.E Crochet

Daydream Shawl
by Adina Bucknall

Journey’s Lace Top
by Anastasia R Smith

Pattern Ideas for Lacy Stitches *Knit*

by Knitting for Breakfast



Good Vibes
by Nadia Cretin-Lechenne

Hitofude Cardigan
by Hiroko Fukatsu

by Dorothy Bulac-Erikson

I sure hope you’ll consider joining us for this stitch-along! We’re going to have a blast, for sure.

Rainbow Banner

Rainbow Banner

FREE Crochet Pattern

Nothing brightens up a day like a rainbow, am I right? This rainbow banner is just what we all need to feel cheerful and happy! Crocheted in simple motifs and strung together with a simple chain, you can whip this banner up in no time at all. In fact, why not make a bunch to sell at craft shows or in your Etsy shop? They’re so quick and easy, I just know you’ll be hooked at first stitch.

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

First of all...

Stitches:  Ch, sc, dc

Yarn:  Any worsted weight (#4) cotton in rainbow colors, or any colors you like. Get creative and rep your flag! Clean Cotton at Rows & Roses is an excellent choice.

Hook:  H8/5mm

Sizes:  Adjustable. My motifs are approx. 7” wide and 3.5” tall.

Gauge:  Absolutely not important 

~ Picot is worked as follows: ch 2, sl st in first ch made
~ Please make the starting dc of each row however you like. I used a standing double crochet, but you can use a “ch 3, (counts as a st,) dc in first st” or a “ch 2 (does not count as a st,) 2dc in first st.” This is yours. Make it how you like it.

Let's Go!


Ch 4. Join with sl st to first ch made. Now you have a ring.

1) 6dc in ring. Do NOT join. Turn.

2) 2dc in each st across. Turn.

3) (dc, ch 1) in first st, *dc in next st, (dc, ch 1) in next st; rep from * to last st, dc in last st. Turn.

4) Dc in first st, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, dc 2; rep from * to last ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp, dc in last st. Turn.

5) Dc in first two st, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, dc 4; rep from * to last ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp, dc 2. Turn.

6) Ch 1, sc 3, *(2 sc, picot, sc) in ch-1 sp, sc 6; rep from * to last ch-1 sp, (2 sc, picot, sc) in last ch-1 sp, sc 3. Do not turn, do not cut! Continue to border.


Work two more sc in same st, sc evenly across the top of motif. Work two more sc in last st and join with sl st to first sc from Row 6.

Cut yarn, weave in ends.

Make as many motifs as you like. I made seven, one in each ROYGBIV color to create a true rainbow. Once you are finished making motifs, join them with a long chain, working into the top border stitches of each motif and chaining between them.

This is how I joined mine, but again, please make this your own.

In white, ch 12, join with sl st to first ch made (this makes a hanging loop,) ch 20, sl st into the back loop of each st across top of first motif. After final sl st, ch 1, and continue working across top of second motif.

Once finished with the final motif, ch 20, place marker in ch on hook, ch 12 more, join with sl st to marked ch, remove marker.

Weave in ends. Hang anywhere you need to remember how amazing you are and how bright and happy life can be <3

Please show us your banners! Share a pic to your favorite social media and tag @RowsAndRoses and #RowsAndRosesPride so we can all see what you’ve created. As always, if you need me, I’m only a click or two away.



April 30, Let’s Celebrate!

Are you ready for an amazing good time at your Local Yarn Shop? Join us on Saturday, April 30 for the 5th Annual LYS Day. This is the day where we all celebrate our local yarn shop, get to know the local yarn community, participate in a community project, and enjoy snacks, coupons, and fun, all day long!
This year, Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber will be participating for the very first time, and we have a super fun project for you to get in on. We’re making squares to frame the front windows, so everyone driving by will KNOW where the yarn shop is.
Yarn and hooks will be provided to use while in store to make your square. At this time, I do not have a set of “shop needles” for public use, so knitters, bring your own needles! Knit or crochet a square, any size (within reason, of course,) right here in the sitting area while sipping coffee or tea, munching on goodies, and enjoying the company of other local yarn lovers. Once your square is complete, I’ll trade you a coupon for it with no expiration date. In fact, you can turn right around and use it that very day!

All the fun details...

There are so many things happening on this special day! Come on into the shop to enjoy:
~ Exclusive LYS Day colorway, “Orchids,” will be available in Rows & Roses Hand-dyed Yarn in multiple bases.
~ Free copy of knit Coterie Shawl pattern with purchase of any two skeins/balls of fingering weight yarn.
~ Special Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber merch will be available.
~ Light refreshments provided. 

As if this weren’t enough of a good time…… perhaps we’ll put a few things on sale. You know, to make it interesting.
We’re open 10am-5pm that day, so come early, bring a friend, make a square, and enjoy all the fun and friendship your LYS can provide.

Karma Vest

Karma Vest

FREE crochet pattern

Get glitzy and glam this spring with a brand new vest! Karma Vest makes the most out of your Lang Karma by letting this shimmery yarn do it’s thing. A super easy fold-over construction makes this a cinch to seam, and the ability to just toss it on (or off!) allows for ease of wear. The open stitch pattern makes it a quick stitch, and the FRINGE! Oh my, that fringe is everything.

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

The Details

Stitches:  Ch, sc, dc, sdc (standing double crochet)
Yarn:  Lang Karma, DK (#3) 311 yards per ball, 2 (3) balls
Shown in color 0003
Hook: I9/5.5mm
SizesWomens S/M (L/XL)
Across the back, from armhole to armhole, measures 20” (24.25) at rest
Gauge: 5 V-st x 7 rows = 4″, blocked

NOTESListen, this is a VERY forgiving, shapeless, fluttery, flappy garment. It doesn’t need to “fit” as much as other garments. I would say the S/M would be good for anyone with average sized back and shoulders, or up to a  size L in most womens clothing. The L/XL is best suited for those with a broader back and shoulders. It hangs open in the front, so no need to fit around the bust.

Karma Vest

Let's Gooooo!


Ch 83

1) Sc across. Turn.  = 82 st

2) Sdc in first st, sk 1, *V-st, sk 2; rep from * to last 3 st, v-st, sk 1, dc in last st. Turn.  = 27 V-st

3) Sdc in first st, *V-st in space of V-st; rep from * to last st, dc in last st. Turn.

4-31) Rep Row 3

Divide for front panels:

Panel 1:

Pm in center of 14th V-st. There should be 13 V-st on each side of m.

1) Sdc in first st, *V-st in space of V-st; rep from * until you have 1 V-st left before m, dc in center of that V-st, leaving marked V-st unworked. Turn.   = 12 V-st with 1 dc on each end of row.

2) Sdc, *V-st in next V-st; rep from * to last st, dc in last st. Turn.

3-30) Rep Row 2

Cut yarn.

Panel 2:

1) Join yarn in V-st just before marked st with a sdc, leaving marked V-st unworked, *V-st in next V-st; rep from * to last st, dc in last st. Turn.  = 12 V-st with 1 dc on each end of row

2) Sdc, *V-st in next V-st; rep from * to last st, dc in last st. Turn.

3-30) Rep Row 2

Cut yarn, weave in ends. 

Fold front panels “over the top” to touch end-to-end with back panel. Seam sides as you like them. I left 2” vents at the bottom of mine, and large armholes for a loose, fluttery fit.

Block to measurements (this yarn takes a block pretty well, so don’t be afraid to pull and stretch and pin how you need it. You won’t hurt it.)

Once dry, remove from blocking mat and use remaining yarn to make fringe. I like to wrap mine around a small book over and over so they’re all the same size.

Attach fringe however you want! I attached 3 strands in each V-st sp on both front panels and back panel. You can do more, or fewer, or even add beads to your fringe for a boho look. Make it YOURS! That’s the most important part.

Thank you so much for making a Karma Vest with me! I’d love to see what you’ve created. Post a pic to your favorite social media and tag @RowsAndRoses and #RowsAndRosesKarmaVest so we can all see what you’ve done with yours. As always, if you need me, I’m only a click or two away.

Karma Vest
Karma Vest
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