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top 16 all-time favorite patterns!

Hey everyone! It’s been a loooooong time, because I honestly haven’t been crafting very much this year. Even so, I wanted to share my top 16 all-time favorite knitting and crocheting patterns (there’s a healthy mix here, gathered from years and years of crafting; and no I did not include all of my own self-published patterns 😉). I hope you enjoy, and let me know if any of these are your favorites too down in the comments, or if you have other favorites I didn’t mention! And in no particular order, here we go!

1. Neat Ripple (crochet)

Many people think this pattern from Attic24 is a classic, and I agree. I’ve made 2!

2. Color Kaleidoscope Blanket (crochet)

I’ve only made one so far, but this quick and fun textured pattern is really easy and would be great for all kinds of variegated yarn! It’s also pretty cozy!

3. Chunky Circle Scarf (crochet)

I love this thing so much I’ve made 7 and am not planning to stop anytime soon. Quick to work up, they make great cozy squishy gifts!

4. African Flower Potholders (crochet) (square, round)

not your average crochet - african flower potholder

not your average crochet - african flower potholder

While these are technically separate patterns, the idea is the same. I like to put a simple backing on all of my potholders for both looks and function. I’ve made around 15, as they also make good gifts.

5. Giftie Slouchie Beanie (knit)

These are quick to make and are what I traditionally give to people in my family when they are in the hospital (except my Dad, who got one for Christmas one year and was totally not in the hospital). I think I’ve made 4.

6. Thai Crochet Cowl (crochet)

Thai Crochet Cowl from Not Your Average Crochet

Ok so this is one of my originals, but I love it because it’s a good stash buster and it produces a supremely plush and toasty fabric!

7. Ribbed Waffle Hat (knit)

Ribbed Waffle Hat

I love this because it’s quick, cozy, and will fit even the largest of heads (but I also go up a needle size from what’s recommended, as I tend to knit tightly). I’ve made 9.

8. Recuerdos de Infancia (crochet)

recuerdos de infancia crochet shawl

I made one in lace (pictured) and one in fingering weight, and I love both.

9. The Olympia Cowl (knit)

the olympia cowl

Another one of my own design, I love this thing and am currently making more.

10. No-Purl Ribbed Scarf (knit)

This photo is of one I have in the works now, not my completed one, and I will actually seam this one to make an infinity scarf. I love the cozy squishy texture this stitch pattern makes!

11. Springtime Satin Balls (crochet)

I made 4 of these ornaments for Christmas gifts. The pattern is not available online, only in a booklet called “Springtime Satin Balls” that I found on eBay, but I’d say it’s worth finding; the author made other booklets with similar ornament patterns as well, if you can’t find that one.

12. Arlequin Shawl (knit)

I’m on my second one of these asymmetrical beauties now. Love it.

13. Sunburst Flower Granny Square (crochet)

Probably my favorite granny square. Makes a fun but beautiful puffy square. I plan on making more of these.

14. Aspen Blanket (knit)

I affectionately named mine “the blanket everyone wants” because these super chunky cable knit throws were (are?) so popular. It was really fun (and warm) to make and I’d totally make another one!

15. Black Cat Slouch Hat (crochet)

not your average crochet pussyhat project

While I did make a black one for Halloween one year, I’ve made 8 pink ones for the Pussyhat Project (a feminist movement). In fact I’m making more now for the Women’s March in DC at the beginning of 2019, and if you want to make some to send my way to distribute, I would be very grateful!

16. Quick and Simple Granny Shawl (crochet)

not your average crochet granny shawl

This is another of my patterns; well, I wrote out the details, but it’s just a granny triangle. In this yarn it worked up cozy and gorgeous! I’ll be making more.

Well that’s it folks, what do you think? Are some of these on your favorites list, or did I miss your fave? Let me know! As always, thanks for stopping by!

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we are knitters abruzzo sweater kit: progress (& life update)!

Hello everyone!  It’s been a long time.  My apologies for dropping off the face of the earth!

Although I haven’t been doing as much knitting and crocheting as I would like, I have managed to finish both the front and the back of the Abruzzo Sweater by We Are Knitters (check out my last post for more details).  The back piece is slightly longer and was a little harder to keep in frame on my small white background, but I got a decent photo of the front!

we are knitters abruzzo sweater front

I really like the simplicity of the pattern and how you don’t have to worry about shoulder shaping.

Now I just need to kick it into high gear and get those sleeves done!  It’s starting to cool off here (finally) and I wanna wear this soon!  It’ll be my first [complete] knitted sweater!

we are knitters abruzzo sweater front

The color is more accurate in the first photo.  Sometimes in closeups my iPad decides to severely change the temperature of photos, so much so that it’s hard to correct the photos afterward.  Can’t wait to show you the rest when I’m done!

As I also mentioned in a previous post, I started a new job in August.  I work at a psychiatric hospital now as a “human services coordinator” (basically a counselor who also makes sure that the treatment team is functioning properly and doing its job).  I really like it so far, even though it can get a bit intense!

There have been some more life changes as well.  A family member passed away since I last wrote, and I might be moving across town within the next few months (we’ll see).  My car became quite unreliable so I have a new (to me) one, which is great, and my puppy is now a significantly larger dog who doesn’t like to hold still for pictures:

I’ve been doing quite a bit of drawing lately, too, which is something I used to do all the time.  In kindergarten I used to say I wanted to be an artist when I grew up, but I never pursued it in school.

This is a character from an anime TV series.  I wish I could claim credit for the whole thing but I did use a picture on the Internet as a reference.

And if you made it all the way to this point in the post, you get a heads up to something neat coming up soon: a giveaway!  I won’t say too much now but stay tuned, it’ll be in about a week (probably my next post)!

we are knitters abruzzo sweater kit – begin!

Hey everyone!  It’s been a while — so much has been going on!  A family member recently passed away, I got a new job that I start at the beginning of August, my car is in the shop and might be unfixable, my mom and I went on vacation, and all of this plus some other big life stuff has got me really busy (not to mention overwhelmed, minus the vacation)!

Needless to say, I’ve been a bit slow with the crafting, but I did want to do a little update post on what I’m primarily working on now.  I have occasionally picked up my king-size chevron crochet blanket but I’ve been really excited about a knitting kit that the nice people at We Are Knitters were so kind as to send me for review: the Abruzzo Sweater kit!  Here’s some of my progress:

Abruzzo Sweater Kit Progress

First off, let me say how grateful I am to them for letting me try out the Abruzzo Sweater kit because I really do love all of their yarn I’ve tried (and I’m not just saying that, I even used it for my free knitting pattern earlier this year, the Olympia Cowl), and I’d been wanting to try a pattern/kit for a while.  So thank you so much to We Are Knitters!

The photo above is the back side of the sweater.  It’s knit with the cotton yarn from WAK & their size 8 (5 mm) needles.  I’m making the size medium using the colors Salmon & Terracotta and I love both the yarn and how the colors are coming together!

Abruzzo Sweater Kit Progress

There will be much more detail in the in-depth review that I will post about the kit once the sweater is complete, and I’ll continue to post progress here and on my Instagram (@notyouraveragecrochet).  If you’ve made this kit or any other kits from We Are Knitters (or even if you’ve just tried their yarn), let me know what you think in the comments!

a slow start

2017 was all set to be productive and had gotten on a decent roll until I fractured a metacarpal in my right hand on Jan. 31.  They said 6-8 weeks was the healing time, and that’s over, and my hand feels normal.  Just a little pain if I hit it the wrong way on something hard (on accident, of course).  Of course that meant I had to take a break from pretty much everything for a little while, and I didn’t knit or crochet at all for over 2 months (with the exception of trying 1 time before I went to the doctor and found out the hand was fractured).

It’s been hard to get back going.  Ravelry hasn’t enthralled me as much or taken up nearly as much of my time, the projects sitting around haven’t been calling me to get to work.  I’ve bought yarn only once.

Finally the other day though a #widn tag on Instagram prompted me to drag myself out of my lethargy and actually DO something crafty.  I got to work more on my second Arlequin Shawl:

These Knit Pro Zing needles are awesome af for wool or stickier yarns (silk I’m sure would just slide right off).  I really want to get the new circular interchangeable set and the double point sets.  And I’m loving this pastel rainbow yarn from Devon Suns Yarns.  So gorgeous.

There’s crochet stuff to work on too, like my king size vintage pink chevron blanket, but I haven’t picked that back up yet.  Now that I know I’ll need to buy even more yarn and that it will take longer than I figured it has me a bit reluctant.

But at least I’ve got something started, and I wanna pick it up again tonight.  I’ll probably do a life update soon because, you know, life happens.

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

giveaway winner & life without crafting

The winner has been notified & confirmed!  Congratulations to Meredith, the winner of my “Every Which Way Crochet Borders” giveaway!  I hope you love the book and get tons of use out of it!

If you’re disappointed that you didn’t win this go-round, subscribe to the blog so you can get notified of future giveaways!  I’ll also always announce my giveaways on my social media.

This is another bland post without photos because I have done absolutely NOTHING in the past month even closely related to crafting.  My fractured hand feels much better and while I can now go without wearing a brace (during the day, at least), I’ve been wary of trying to craft because I don’t want to strain anything from repetitive motion before stuff is really healed.  I should be grateful that I can finally open medicine bottles and write legibly, etc. but it is SO HARD not to be knitting or crocheting.

Strangely after 2 weeks of doing nothing I had no problem with going back to my Wing Chun class (during which the hand was broken); I just have to wear some secure hand wraps for a while and not use my right hand (which isn’t hard because there’s so much more to this style of kung fu than punching).  My classmates are aware and I trust them not to accidentally do any damage.

Surely I’ll be back to crafting soon — staying away is hard — but I think part of why I haven’t tried anything yet is because I know it’ll be really hard to take it easy and take breaks and stuff!  For now though, thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

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