knitting love {Irish Moss Stitch Cowl}

So, I started knitting another scarf the other day because it seemed like the cold weather would never go away. It was finally March, but the frigid air and the freezing rain were still blasting us each time we headed out the door. 
I had some really soft wool roving in my stash, so I decided that knitting up a cozy cowl would help me embrace the cold and ease my anger towards it, just a little.

This knit cowl is made using the Irish Moss stitch, which I really love. It has such great texture! I’ll give some direction on how to work this stitch below, but if you need a little extra encouragement, this video is a great source with great instructions!
To make this cowl, you will cast on as many stitches as you need to achieve the height that you want (must be a multiple of 2). Then the scarf will be knit straight until you’ve achieved the width that you want. The two short ends are then sewn together to form the “tube.” I actually only sewed about 3/4 of the length together because I liked how it looked, but that is totally optional!

Supplies:
1 skein Bernat Roving Yarn Knit, Low Tide

Size 15 knitting needles
Large eye sewing needle
Scissors
Stitches/Abbreviations to know:
CO- cast on
K- knit
P- purl
BO- bind off
Pattern:
In Low Tide, CO 40 sts (or any multiple of 2).
Row 1: K1, P1
Row2: K1, P1
Row 3: P1, K1
Row 4: P1, K1
Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 20 inches long.
Switch to Squashed.
Continue following pattern until entire piece measures 28 inches, or desired length.
BO, leaving long tail for sewing.
Use long tail and large eye needle to sew two short edges together. Leave 6 inches not sewn at the bottom, if desired.

Another way to understand the Irish Moss stitch:

After working Row 1 (K1, P1), mark that side as your “Right Side.” The other side will be the “Wrong Side.”

On all “Wrong Side” rows you will knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.

On all “Right Side” rows you will purl the knit stitches and knit the purl stitches.

This Irish Moss stitch cowl is so warm and so soft. I love working with this type of roving yarn because it has such great squish and it really brings the texture of the stitch to life!

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saw it, loved it, made it {knitted & knotted turban headband}

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I kind of obsessively pin to my “kid style” board on Pinterest. I don’t know why I love stylish and different children’s clothes so much, but looking through the photos I’ve curated brings me so much joy (and I’m totally laughing at myself for being such a geek as I’m typing)!
A couple weeks ago I saw and pinned this adorable picture to that board. I just love the way her knitted headband is tied up on her head and so I decided to make one and put my own little twist on it! I definitely think this headband would look way cuter on a little girl, so use your imagination…
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This knitted turban headband is so easy to make that you’ll be able to whip out several in all different colors in no time at all!
Supplies:
1 skein worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice in Honey which I also used in my knitted bandana fringe scarf pattern)
Size 11 straight knitting needles
Large eye needle for a seam
Scissors
Knitting stitches to know:
CO- cast on
K- knit stitch
BO- bind off
Instructions:
1. CO 16 stitches.
2. Slip first stitch, K each remaining stitch.
3. Repeat step 2 until piece measures approximately 30 inches.
4. BO but leave a 6 inch tail for sewing.
5. Fold over the short end that you just BO about 3 inches. Using your large eye needle and the 6 inch tail, sew in place.
6. To put headband together, fold over the non-sewn short end to make a loop. Scrunch up loop formed by the sewn end. Pull non-sewn loop through, but not all the way.
This knitted headband gives the illusion of an actual knot being tied, when it is really just a loop pulled up through the hole created by your folded over and sewn edge. 
Following this pattern will give you a turban that will fit a child up to an adult. If you wanted to make it for a baby/toddler, I would do a few less stitches when casting on and alter the length as well. 

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I really love the simplicity of this pattern. It would be a great project for a beginning knitter!

Please email me with any questions by clicking the “Contact Me” button on the sidebar and hashtag any finished projects with #LoveCityBlog or #LoveCityCrochet on Instagram! You can also share anything you’ve made to my facebook page, @Lovecitycrochet! I truly love to see how your projects turn out so please, share away!

See my last Saw It, Loved It, Made It post HERE.

my marley bag

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Wool and the Gang, a really hip and fun company that sells crochet and knit patterns, yarns, and kits. I have admired their work for a long while! I was even inspired by one of their designs when I wrote my wrap sweater crochet pattern. They saw my wrap sweater floating around the internets and thought I might like to try one of their knit kits to review. Of course, I jumped at the chance!

 
I decided to try the Marley Bag because I love purses and I really wanted to try out Wool and the Gang’s Jersey Be Good cotton yarn.
When the kit arrived in the mail, I think I actually squealed. I was so excited, and I pretty much got started on making the bag right away!
The kit came with every supply that I would need to make my bag (yarn, knitting needles, hardware for the purse, and of course the pattern). The pattern was so incredibly detailed and easy to follow! Every stitch and technique that I needed to know to make the bag was defined and explained so that even a beginner could breeze right through it! 

It took me about 3 days to complete the bag, with most of that time being dedicated to making the strap. The paracord technique used for the strap was slow going for me, but it looks great and I’m glad I went with the longer length!
I am totally in love with this pattern, the knit kit, this bag! It is definitely going to be my new go-to date night purse and I have some plans to take it with me on a little adventure this weekend! 
I mean, look at me in these pictures below….don’t I look happy? 🙂

Wool and the Gang gifted me this knit kit, but all opinions in this post are 100% my own!…

knitting love {bandanna fringe scarf}

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I am loving fringe lately! 
I have always really liked bandanna shaped scarves. I crocheted one for me a while back that I still wear often! But, I honestly have way more fun designing for the kids, and that’s how this scarf came about! Since I have also jumped on the fringe bandwagon, I knew that I had to add it on!

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The scarf is knitted in the round, with a circular needle, until you start tapering off into the point for the “bandanna” shape.
For the fringe, I knew that I wanted to take a different approach than the usual “tying on” with strips of yarn. I just felt like it would be too easy for the boys to pull out those pieces, and then I would *for sure* find little strips of yarn lying all over the house! So, I ended up using a loop stitch around the border of the scarf instead!

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Now on to the pattern!
Supplies needed:
1 skein any worsted weight yarn
(I used Vanna’s Choice in Honey)
Size 10 29 inch circular knitting needles
Scissors
Stitch marker
Abbreviations and stitches to know:
co-cast on
bo- bind off
sts- stitches
k- knit
p- purl
p2tog- purl two together
k2tog- knit two together
loop stitch- this is a great video tutorial if you are unsure how to complete this stitch!
Let’s begin!

1. CO 72 sts.
2. Place stitch marker and begin knitting in the round. k all stitches.
3. P next 2 rounds.
4. K in the round until piece measures 4 3/4 inches from co.
5. Bo 24 sts.
6. K next 48 sts.
*Stop working in the round and turn work. You will now be working in rows, but keeping your stitches on the same needle! You will begin decreasing by 1 stitch on each end of your work, on every row.*
7. P2tog. P to last 2 sts. P2tog.
8. K2tog. K to last 2 sts. K2tog.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 until only 3 sts remain. BO.
10. Still using your circular needle, pick up and knit evenly around the entire bottom border of the scarf. It shouldn’t matter where you start picking up stitches, but I started in the back middle.
11. Loop stitch in each st around. Your loops should be about 3 inches in length. Try to keep loop lengths consistent!
12. BO, weave in loose ends and you’re done!
This scarf is intended for toddlers and kids.
It measures approximately:
5 inches from CO edge to bottom edge in the back (not including fringe)
9 3/4 inches from the CO edge down to the point (not including fringe)
21 inches around with a good amount of stretch!
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You should end up with a fun little ribbed edge on the top of the scarf, a pointed bandanna edge on the bottom, and really fun fringe as well!
If you want to make this scarf in another size, it shouldn’t be too hard to alter! Just cast on a multiple of 3 stitches. After you make your ribbed border and knit for your desired amount, you will BO the first 1/3 of your stitches. The remaining 2/3 will be worked into the pointed shape. You may need to then alter the degree of decrease in the point, depending on how small or large you make your scarf!
So far the boys have enjoyed wearing this bandanna scarf! They love playing around with the fun fringed edge and they feel a little bit like “cowboys” every time they wear it!

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saw it, loved it, made it {long and chunky knit scarf pattern}

When it’s absolutely freezing outside, there’s nothing I like better than a giant, chunky, warm scarf! Wouldn’t you agree?
Cozy cowl scarves are always abundant, but this year I keep seeing extra long and chunky scarves. I pinned some of my favorite images of these extra long knit and crochet scarves on my Style board on Pinterest. I love how stylish they look while also being ridiculously warm since you can wrap them around your neck as many times as you want!
So, I saw something I liked and then I went out and made one for myself. 
Here’s how I made it:
Materials
– size 11 knitting needles (size 15 would’ve been better, but 11 is what I had on hand!)
Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in Santa Fe Tweed (5 skeins, at least)
Cast on 30 sts (or any multiple of 2)

Row 1: K1, P1
Row 2: P1, K1
Continue in this pattern until you have reached your desired length! When my scarf hangs around my neck, the ends dangle just above my knees. This is a great length for me because it gives me a lot of room to wrap it around my neck. The fun part about this is that you can design it however you want!
A couple notes about seed stitch:
– As you work (aside from row 1), you should be knitting the purl stitches and purling the knit stitches.
– When working in seed stitch, you will always (k1,p1) the odd rows and (p1,k1) the even rows.
– Here is a great tutorial: How to knit the seed stitch by Studio Knit
Once your done try adding on a fun addition like pockets or fringe!
(Thanks to my friend Courtney, who writes really thoughtful poetry, for obliging me and taking these pictures!)

knitting love {cinched turban head wrap}

 
I am in the process of growing my hair out. And boy, is it a longgg process! With the heat of the summer, I have been dying to be able to throw it up into a bun high on my head! I am almost there, but there are still all these short stragglers underneath that can’t quite reach up the back of my head. And for some reason, bobby pins are useless back there! 

I decided that a wide headband was the perfect way to hold my hair in and keep it off my neck! Also, I just love a good turban headband, don’t you!? I knit this one up real quick and I kind of love it. It is really (I mean really) simple, but I used a larger needle to make it look a little more interesting. And there’s also that gathered cinch in the center, that I love, that makes me feel all “Rosie the Riveter-esque.”

Supplies: 
Any worsted or medium weight yarn
Size 11 knitting needles
Tapestry needle
scissors
How To:
Measure head from forehead to the nape of your neck.
1. CO 30 sts.
2. (K1, P1, K1, P1) in first 4 sts. K next 22 sts. (P1, K1, P1, K1) in last 4 sts.
2. (P1, K1, P1, K1) in first 4 sts. K next 22 sts. (K1, P1, K1, P1) in last 4 sts.
3. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until piece matches your head measurement. Cast off, leaving a long tail for sewing together.
4. Attach tapestry needle to the long tail and sew the two short ends of your piece together as if you were closing a seem. Tie off, but don’t cut your yarn just yet.
5. Cinch/gather the fabric together where you just sewed your seem. Slide your tapestry needle through this gathered section to keep it together. Tie off, making sure the gather/cinch stays tight. Weave in loose ends.
Like I said, it is so easy with a basic garter stitch and ribbing along the edges, but using the larger needle makes the fabric of the yarn look kind of stripey and lacey at the same time. It gives it a loose, stretchy texture that I really like. 
This turban head wrap would make a great ear warmer in cooler temps, but has also been great at keeping the hair off my neck!
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knitting love {on talents and the sweet peach shawl}

A couple weekends ago, I knitted up this shawl, the Sweet Peach Shawl by Lion Brand. It was my first attempt at knitting a shawl and I was surprised how quickly I was able to learn the pattern and knit this up (and it would’ve been even faster if I hadn’t spent two days untangling a massive yarn knot…).
I really love the look of lacey, knitted shawls. They are feminine and elegant…yet…I still haven’t gotten the guts to actually wear one outside of my own home! 
Knitwear isn’t exactly “high fashion” and many people seem to categorize knitting as an activity only elderly women participate in. I even joke pretty often about how I’m an “old lady” trapped in a young person’s body. 

But as weird a hobby as it is, and as “unfashionable” as it may be, I still love what I do. I like to make things by hand. I like to create, and I’m good at it. So maybe I need to stop wondering how other people might judge and stop stereotyping myself as well. 

I posted a quote on my Instagram (@lovecitycrochet) last week from a crafty business podcast that I love, Elise Gets Crafty, and it was,
“Don’t water down who you are. Be you!”
This quote really made me think. Why be embarrassed or shy to show off something you love to do? And, this doesn’t just apply to my knitting or crochet habits…but really any talent or gift that anyone has.
So my questions to you are…what are you good at? Have you ever been a little timid about sharing it? What are you doing to really appreciate your talent(s)?
Really…I want to know!

knitting love {little guy knit tie}

I kept seeing knit ties for men in stores (like this one from J.Crew) lately so I asked Curtis (skeptical of crochet/knitted clothing) if he would wear one. To my surprise, he said he would! It just had to be skinny and not have a huge knot. So I set out to make one for him. But knitting is slow, and men’s ties are long…

So I made a children’s version instead!

 The Little Guy Knit Tie…

Here’s how I made it:

Supplies:
-worsted weight yarn
-size 8 knitting needles
-scissors

1. cast on 10 sts.
2. work seed st for 13 inches.
3. on next row, still working in seed st, decrease 1 st in first and last st (now 8 sts).
4. continue seed st for 15 rows (or 2 1/4 inches).
5. on next row, still working in seed st, decrease 1 st in first and last st (now 6 sts).
6. continue seed st until entire piece measures 39 inches. Cast off.

Now, the knot is a little bigger than I (or Curtis) would like, but that is probably because my tie tying skills are sparse. But other than that, I like how it turned out!
It’s always fun to find stuff to make for my boys. Let’s face it, there aren’t many knitting/crochet patterns for boys (atleast patterns that my kids would actually wear). So when I do find something, I get excited. I think Anderson even had a good time modeling the tie for me.
Or, maybe it was the candy incentive…

Don’t know how to tie a tie? Watch this video!
Need help with seed stitch? Here’s a great how-to video!
Email me with any questions! lindsayhaynie @ gmail [dot] com

yarn love {cozy cover ups}

Hello! I am trying to get back into the swing of things as life slowly gets back to normal after the holidays. I miss Christmas already, but I’m also ready to get back on schedule.

The chilly winter air kind of comes and goes around here. I was expecting it to be really cold tonight so we decided to burn our Christmas tree and cook hot dogs over the fire with some friends. It turned out to be pretty  mild but we had fun anyways!

Sitting around the campfire always gets me into the mood to snuggle up in some really great knit blankets and wrap up in some scarves and hats…so there’s my inspiration for today’s yarn love round-up of crochet and knitted goodness!

This hat caught my eye right away. What a great design! It has a vintage quirk to it and it’s just adorable. It is the Poppy hat by Justine Turner.
This shawl is so pretty and I love the way she wears it. This is the Gillespie by Louisa Harding.
I love this clamshell crochet pattern by Sandra of Cherry Heart. She made a pillow cover with it, but I really love this blanket! I worked up a swatch of my own and the pattern is written really well and easy to follow along! 
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That’s all for now!
Here’s to a good start to a new week! 

crochet and knitting love {favorite projects of 2013}

I have been so blessed with a huge amount of holiday orders from my shop and have been busily crocheting for a few weeks now, trying to get everything done and shipped in time! I am so grateful for all of the support from my family, friends, and customers. Thank you! 
All of this work has meant that I haven’t really had time to create any new patterns or tutorials for the blog lately, and I haven’t made anything for myself in quite a while! But that’s okay because as I looked over blog posts from this past year I realized that I sure made a lot! Here are some of my favorite crochet and knit projects from 2013…
Top: 1, 2, 3
Middle: 4, 5, 6
Bottom: 7, 8, 9

Top: 1, 2, 3
Middle: 4, 5, 6
Bottom: 7, 8, 9
I sure learned a lot this year. I am so proud of myself for learning how to knit over the summer. It seemed so daunting at first, but I think I am slowly getting the hang of it! 
I plan to get back into the routine of new crochet and knit projects after the holidays. But for now, I am excited to share a lot of time with my family and enjoying company of old and new friends!