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Rainy Day Scarf

This little scarf is the perfect project for that lonely hank of yarn that you don’t know what to do with. And it is perfect for those rainy days when you want to craft, but you don’t feel like thinking and counting too much. It makes a quick gift for a special person too! This little pattern, is my go-to when I am tired of life and I just want to cuddle some yarn until I feel better. You really only need 100g of yarn. I prefer fingering weight, but I have done this in sport weight and lace weight too; just choose your needles according to your yarn. Don’t work too tight, then you won’t have nice drape – use needles suitable for a project that requires drape.

Requirements

  • 100g fingering weight yarn (±400m /100g)
  • 3.5mm knitting pins (circular is recommended)

Abbreviations

k – knit * k2tog – knit 2 together (decrease) * p – purl * slk – slip the next stitch knit-wise * st – stitch * yo – yarn over *

Pattern

  • Cast on 5 sts.
  • Row 1: slk1, k2, yo, k1, yo, p1 (7 sts)
  • Row 2: slk1, k till 1 st remains, p1
  • Row 3: slk1, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p1 (9 sts)
  • Row 4: as row 2
  • Row 5: slk1, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, k2tog, p1
  • Row 6: as row 2
  • Row 7: slk1, k2, yo, k1, yo, k until 3 sts remain, k2tog, p1
  • Repeat rows 6 and 7 until you only have enough yarn to cast off.

How to wear

Place the widest part of the scarf in front.
Throw the ends over your shoulders, cross them at the back, and bring back to the front. You will see the one end hangs a lot lower than the other. Adjust the entire scarf now gently, to have the points hang at more or less the same height. Alternatively, secure the short end under the scarf and leave the long one to hang.

My patterns are free of charge and free of copyright. If you made and enjoyed this pattern, please consider a small donation via Paypal to hildasteyn@me.com, or use the donate button on the right.

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Design and crochet your own garments

My mother taught me to crochet and knit when I was four years old, however, she never taught me to read a pattern, nor did I ever see her knit or crochet from one. She had little books called the Harmony Guides, which contained only little stitch patterns; that is all we ever used. The design of each garment was our own.

As an adult crafter in the era of social media, I noticed the following two disadvantages of using patterns.

Yarn substitution

We are scattered all over the globe and what is readily available to me, isn’t readily available to the crafter in another country. Finding something with exactly the same fibre content and weight is sometimes so tedious that many people give up and never use the pattern they paid for.

Sometimes, the yarn the designer used is available but way out of budget for the crafter. He or she is left excluded from a beautiful pattern because of financial constraints. I find that so unfair.

The fit

Even though most patterns have different size options, it is still difficult to make a garment that really fits well. Our bodies differ so much; what works for me, won’t necessarily work for you. Add to that the cost and time involved in the design of a multi-size pattern; each size has to be tested and for that I have to find testers that fit the pattern sizes. Schlep and lots of it.

I think it is for this reason that many patterns exclude the petitie and the slightly bigger bodies, as if they don’t exist. I know that I shy away from publishing multi-size patterns. There are always unhappy crafters to whom the pattern sizes do not apply. Every time this happens, I feel so heartbroken. It feels as if I have personally let a crafter down.

Value for Money

Most people use a pattern only once. After all, who wants a closet full of garments all looking the same? Free patterns are sometimes (not always) riddled with mistakes as they were not properly tested. Paid patterns are seen as the better option, but is it really if you are only going to use it once? I don’t think so. A pattern that is easy to adapt, both to a different size and to a different stitch pattern, is more value for money in my opinion.

Do I have an answer to these issues? Yes, I do.

Design Your Own

In 2020 I will host a month long CAL each month, with a different design each time. The design won’t be given as a pattern, instead, it will be given as a method. A method that will allow you to use any yarn and make the garment for any size body, from baby right through to adult male if you so wish. Make it once and change it each time thereafter. Another type of yarn, another colour, another stitch pattern and voila! Something entirely different. Now that is value for money, don’t you think?

The project for each month will be added to the Design Your Own Gallery and it will be advertised on the Ilona Slow Life Creations Facebook Page. For 2020 I am focussing on tops – all of them. Closed jumpers, cardigans, jackets, coats etc. I will even throw in a unisex item or two. Different construction methods will be used in order to broaden your horizons.

To join:

  • Make a payment of $10 via Paypal to hildasteyn@me.com, or, use the Paypal button on the right. If you are based in South Africa, you can send an email to hildasteyn@me.com requesting banking details for a payment of R150.
  • Send proof of payment to me via email, stating which month you want to join and I will reply with the link to the relevant group on Facebook.
  • Each project will span over two months – the first month of the CAL and a second month to support those who are still busy. After the second month, the Facebook Group will be closed.
  • Payment is only for one project.
  • Special offer: If you want to do all 12 projects, even thought you haven’t seen them yet, you can make a payment for $90 for the entire year (25% discount). If you are based in South Africa that would amount to R1350.


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Wacky Weave – The End

It took me 5 years of continuous effort to get interlocking crochet, trending. When I started with this technique, I simply fell in love with it. I couldn’t get enough of it. Getting other people as excited about it was a long road however. For me it was a fantastic journey that I enjoyed immensely. I don’t know how many workshops I facilitated on Wacky Weave; I didn’t keep track. But it was many. I travelled substantially to teach this technique and I thoroughly enjoyed every class. I met so many amazing people during this journey, that I can honestly say, this journey was life changing for me.

Each CAL was an improvement on the previous one. In each CAL we explored something new, something different. La Loba is no exception. You need big girl panties for this one! There is some shaping involved.

I hope you all enjoyed the journey with me. Thank you to each person who participated in my CALs. Without people like you, people like me can’t do much. I appreciate each one of you.

Here is a celebration of my Wacky Weave CALs.

Wacky Weave Squares
Wacky Weave Babette
Wacky Weave Log Cabin
Wacky Weave Rainbow in the Round
Wacky Weave La Loba

Will there be another one? I don’t know. I have learned never to say never. Who knows?

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To block, or not to block…. that is the question

One of my first patrons requested information on blocking. Brilliant choice for a tutorial series isn’t it?

I am thus working on a series of tutorials that will cover different blocking tools, different blocking methods, as well as some information on how some fibres will react to blocking.

If you are not a patron yet, sign up for my Patreon! For only $2 a month, you can look forward to an average of 1 tutorial per week, although I sometimes post four tutorials at once at the end of the month.

The tutorials on blocking will be available by the end of the October 2019. Sign up now! Oh just so you know, if you join, you will have access to all the previous tutorials already shared as well. And, you can end your membership at any time.

Support me. It is the only way I can keep doing what I do best: design beautiful stuff and give the patterns free of charge and free of copyright.

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Wacky Weave La Loba

Wacky Weave La Loba is my last Wacky Weave (interlocking) CAL. I love a shawl and I love a hood. So this project is the perfect one with which to finish my 5-year journey with Wacky Weave. The hood is optional; if you don’t like a hood, make the shawl only.

This project is dedicated to myself and every other strong woman, who at some stage of her life, had to sing to the dry bones of her life, to get it alive again. It is for every woman who crocheted through trauma. It is for every woman who has been labelled weird, eccentric or nerdy. It is for every woman who values herself more than fashion. This cape is for the wild woman archetype. It is for La Loba, the bone woman. (From the book: Women who run with the wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estees).

Kits are available already from Afrique; the CAL starts on the 1st of November 2019.

Are you joining me La Loba?