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Looking for a fun warm weather top?  Look no further than the Tie Sleeve Tee!  I wore this tee last week at the CGOA Chain Link Conference and received so many compliments on it!  

We took this pic while we were up in Manchester, NH so I could share a sneak peek of the sweater on my Instagram.  I love sharing sneak peeks.

This entire sweater is crocheted in two pieces with a matching front and back.  It is made of double crochet and chain spaces – no complicated stitching required!

I worked mine up in Malabrigo Worsted and I would really love to work up a version in a cotton yarn.  This was perfect for the mild New England summer, but I wore it at home and it was a bit hot – I’m thinking of making another in Caron Cotton Cakes!  

Any worsted weight yarn would work for this sweater as long as you can get gauge with it – let your imagination run wild!  Color blocking, stripes, anything you can think of.  I think all of these would look great.

I can’t wait to see what you make with this free crochet pattern for the Tie Sleeve Tee!

Find this pattern on Ravelry here!

Tie Sleeve Tee What You’ll Need

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 210 yards [192 meters]/100 grams): Lettuce, 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) skeins

Hooks: US size J/10 (6.0 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Bust Size 37 (41, 46, 50, 55)” to fit bust 34 (38, 43, 47, 52)”
3” positive ease recommended
Shown in size 37”

Gauge: 4 V-sts = 3”; 8 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Stitch Pattern after blocking

Special Stitches:
V-st:
dc, ch 1, dc in same st or space

Pattern Back

Ch 79 (88, 97, 106, 115).
Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook, (ch 1, dc) in same ch, *sk 2 ch, V-st in next ch; rep from * to last 2 ch, sk next ch, dc in last ch, turn – 25 (28, 31, 34, 37) V-sts.
Row 2: Ch 3, sk first dc, *V-st in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across row, ending with dc in top of t-ch, turn.

Rep Row 2 until piece meas 12” from beginning.

Shape Sleeves

Row 1: Ch 3, V-st in first dc, V-st in ch-1 sp, V-st in last dc, turn – 27 (30, 33, 36, 39) V-sts.

Row 2: Rep Row 1 – 29 (32, 35, 38, 41) V-sts.

Row 3: Rep Row 1 – 31 (34, 37, 40, 43) V-sts.

Row 4: Rep Row 1 – 33 (36, 39, 42, 45) V-sts.

Row 5: Ch 19, dc in 5th ch from hook, (ch 1, dc) in same ch, *sk 2 ch, V-st in next ch; rep from * across to last 2 ch, sk last 2 ch, V-st in each V-st, turn – 38 (41, 44, 47, 50) V-sts.

Row 6: Rep Row 5 – 43 (46, 49, 52, 55) V-sts.

Row 7: Ch 3, sk first dc, *V-st in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across, ending with dc in top of t-ch, turn.

Rep Row 7 until piece meas 7 (7, 8, 8, 9)” from Sleeve Row 5.

Tie

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip first dc, dc in next 3 sts; turn – 4 dc.

Rows 2-11: Work even in dc.
Fasten off.

Front

Work same as Back.

Finishing

Block Front and Back.

Sew Front to Back at shoulders in 1½” seams using schematic as guide.

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With RS facing, join yarn at side seam.

Rnd 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), dc in same st, V-st in each ch-2 sp, join to 3rd ch of t-ch with sl st.

Rnd 2: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc, ch-1), dc in same ch-1 sp, V-st in each ch-1 sp, join to 3rd ch of t-ch with sl st.

Rnd 3: Rep Rnd 2.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc evenly around.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.  Tie sleeve edges together.

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I love it when the weather warms up enough to break out the flip flops.  In fact, since I live in the South, I practically live in them.  We are even allowed to wear them to work!  When I was thinking of a fun, summery bag design to incorporate some color work, they were one of the first things to come to mind so the Flip Flop Tote was born.

This project taught me a new skill.  When I was deciding how to do the handles I decided to try and double knit them.  I am SO happy with how that turned out.  The handles are far more durable and can hold a lot more weight than if I had just knit them in Stockinette.  Plus they don’t curl!!

You can work the chart either in intarsia or work the front the same as the back and come back and work it in duplicate stitch.  Either way works, it really  just depends on what you like to do.  It really depends on the project for me.

Sometimes I like to work intarsia but I have a lot to learn about it.  Mostly I use duplicate stitch, which is what this design uses.  I think it turned out really well and it gives you an option if you are afraid of color work!

You could also use this chart with single crochet and crochet this bag with tapestry crochet.  That would look really pretty and I plan on eventually working one that way with a flower behind it.  I think that would be awesome!


Flip Flop Tote

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Flip Flop Tote What You’ll Need

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; 197 yards [180 meters]/85 grams): #099 Fisherman (MC) 1 ball; #107 Blue Heather (CC), 1 ball

Needles: US size 9 (5.5 mmm) straight

Notions: Tapestry Needle

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Approximately 10” wide x 12½” tall

Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

ABBREVIATIONS

Wyib – with yarn in back

PATTERN Back

With MC, CO 52 sts.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl

Rows 3-66: Rep Rows 1-2.

Row 67: Rep Row 1.

Rows 68-72: Knit.

BO knitwise.

Front

Work same as Back, following Flip Flop Chart for intarsia.

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Strap (make 2)

With CC, CO 79 sts.

Row 1: K1, *sl 1 wyib, k1; rep from * to end.

Row 2: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end.

Rows 3-8: Rep Rows 1-2.

Row 9: Rep Row 1.

BO in Row 2 patt.

Finishing

Block Front and Back. Weave in ends.

Sew sides and bottom of bag.

Sew straps to top of bag with CC as shown in photo.

That’s it!  I hope you’ve enjoyed this free knitting pattern for the flip flop tote.  If you would like to see more free knitting patterns, be sure to check out my free pattern library!

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It is definitely summer around here!!  Even though the calendar may still be spring, we have already had so much hot weather that the kids have been swimming almost every day.  We are blessed to have my parents nearby (who really help with the kiddos!) and they have a pool, so the kids love to swim there when it’s hot.  In TN we have swimming weather from May to September, so there are quite a few months we can take advantage of the pool and I’ve been using the Striped Summer Tote to carry our swim essentials.  We’ve never given our kids formal swimming lessons, but I was so proud of my oldest (9 years old) who passed the swim test at the YMCA with flying colors!!

When we went for the swim test my second son wanted to try, too.  (For those of you who are new here, I have four boys under age 10!)  He isn’t as strong of a swimmer and has had less practice than my oldest, so he got about halfway across and the lifeguard threw him the floatation device and said he was done.  He was totally bummed but it has given him something to strive for and he’s been practicing at my parents’ house!

So, for all of these swim outings I’ve been taking along this tote and I really love it!  It’s the perfect size to throw some essentials in, such as sunglasses, swim suits, a towel or two (how do you like the Baby Shark towel?  I bet you’re singing it now in your head… do doo doo…) and I always take along my favorite sunscreen from Babyganics.  I looked for a long time before I found a sunscreen I felt good putting on my kids and this one definitely fits the bill.  SPF 50 for those of us who burn easily (my youngest two and myself) and SPF 30 for my husband and oldest two.  We also like their natural insect repellant!  We pick ours up at the local Walmart whenever we run out.

Ready to knit your own Striped Summer Tote?  It’s easy!  This bag is knit using the double moss stitch, which is just a combination of knit and purl stitches.  You knit the two side panels first, then pick up stitches on the side to make the vertical stripes.  It’s a lot easier than it looks!  I love the way the stripes run in different directions.  A small base is knit separately and then you easily stitch up the two panels and the base.

You can use any purchased handles you like, or you could knit some to match.  I found these jute handles at my local JoAnn store and loved the look of them for a summer tote.  I just used regular thread to stitch them in place and my tote was ready to go!

Striped Summer Tote What You’ll Need

Yarn: Bernat Super Value (acrylic; 426 yards [389 meters]/197 grams): #00607 Berry (MC), 1 ball; #07391 White (CC), 1 ball

Needles: US size 9 (5.5 mm) straight needles

Notions: Yarn needle; two 18” jute purse handles; scissors; sewing needle; matching thread

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Approximately 13” wide by 9” tall by 1½” deep

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in double moss st

SPECIAL STITCHES

Double Seed Stitch Pattern (DSS)

Rows 1-2: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.

Rows 3-4: *P1, k1; rep from * to end.

Rep Rows 1-4 for pattern.

PATTERN Side Panel (make 2)

With MC, CO 48 sts.

Rows 1-8: Work in DSS. Change to CC.
Rows 9-16: Work in DSS. Change to MC.
Rows 17-24: Work in DSS. Change to CC.
Rows 25-32: Work in DSS. Change to MC.
Rows 33-40: Work in DSS. Change to CC.
Rows 41-48: Work in DSS. Change to MC.
Rows 49-56: Work in DSS.

Bind off in pattern.

Check out all of my free knitting patterns here Front Panel

With MC and RS of Side Panel facing, pick up and knit 40 sts along side of panel.

Rows 1-8: Work in DSS. Change to CC.
Rows 9-16: Work in DSS. Change to MC.
Rows 17-24: Work in DSS. Change to CC.
Rows 25-32: Work in DSS.

Bind off in pattern.

Repeat for second Side Panel.

Base

With MC, CO 58 sts.

Work 9 rows in DSS.

Bind off in pattern.

Finishing

Sew top of Front Panels to opposite Side Panels. Sew base in place.

Sew on handles.

Optional – work one row sc at top of bag.  I did this with the Berry for the top of this bag as you can see in the photo.  Just join the yarn in any stitch, ch 1 and sc evenly around.  Join with a slip st to the first sc.  This is totally optional and the bag still looks great without it.

Weave in ends.

That’s it!  I hope you enjoy this free knitting pattern.  Be sure to check out my library of free knitting patterns here!

Happy Knitting!
Amanda

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We love baby blankets around here.  With four little boys, we’ve had our share of blankets!  I love creating baby blankets as gifts because they are simple, very welcome, and can become family heirlooms.  The most popular patterns on the site are the Duchess Baby Blanket and the Easy Ombre Baby Blanket, so I figured another sweet blanket was in order.  I’m in love with this Red Heart Super Saver Ombre yarn for blankets because the color changes are amazing and it’s so affordable, so it was a no-brainer for the Elegant Ombre Baby Blanket.

The last time I created a blanket with this yarn I decided on a solid yarn border, but this time I kept going with the ombre and really like how it turned out.  It gave just enough color variation while still looking uniform.  See how the final row of the border is a bit darker?  I really like that effect and it is all due to the yarn.  As far as colors go, this yarn is a big favorite around here!

We are winding down the school year and things are hectic, so it was nice to have a project that was easily put down and picked back up.  I’ve been working on this for a while off and on – in the car (while riding, of course!), at ballgames, whenever I needed an easy project that I didn’t have to worry about shaping or what row I’m on.  This fit the bill perfectly, and it uses one of my favorite stitches – the modified bean stitch (also called mini bean stitch).

If you need a gift for a little in your life give this a try.  If you’d like to make it larger this stitch pattern is a multiple of 2 plus 3, so be sure to always chain an odd number.  Then just work the first two rows and you have a one-row repeat that’s easy to remember (even if it’s been a while since you picked up your project… just saying!).


Elegant Ombre Baby Blanket What You’ll Need

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Ombre in Deep Teal (2 skeins)

Hook: US Size K-10.5 (6.50mm)

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors

Skill Level: Easy

Finished Size:

Gauge:

Special Stitches
Modified Bean Stitch (mbs):
insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo, insert hook into same st and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all loops on hook

Pattern

Ch 127.

Row 1: Mbs in 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, mbs in next ch; rep from * to end – 125 sts.

Row 2: Ch 2, mbs in first st, *ch 1, mbs in next mbs; rep from * to end.

Repeat row 2 until piece measures __

Border

Round 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around, working (sc, ch 1, sc) into each corner st.

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same st, *sk 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, sk 2 sc, 7 dc in next dc; repeat from * to 4 sts before corner, sc in next 2 sc, 7 dc in corner st; repeat from * around, working 7 dc in each corner, work 4 dc in same st as beginning; join with sl st to top of ch-3.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, ch 3, sk dc, sc in next dc, *ch 3, sk 2 sc, sc in dc, (ch 3, sk dc, sc in next dc) three times; repeat from * to last dc, ch 3, join with sl st to beginning.

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As a mom with four little boys, there’s not a whole lot feminine in my house.  You can find fire trucks, police cars and super heroes, but not much that is pink.  So recently I’ve decided that I need a little more pink in my life.  So I created a pink sweater!  Introducing the Ribbon Tee.

My last sweater design used filet crochet and cables (you can view it on Joy of Motion Crochet here, where I was a guest blogger) and I really loved the open, airiness of the filet crochet, so I am using it here just as accents.  The front of the sweater has two rows of filet eyelets as well as the sleeve, and the bottom uses chain spaces to make room for a ribbon that gets woven through.  I’m really enjoying this tee…

I’m also really excited to be participating in the 2019 Celebrate Mom Blog Hop hosted by Pattern Paradise! Each day in May, a different crochet designer will be featured and share a new free pattern with you! There are lots of fun prizes too, so be sure to check it out! For the list of designers and all the details, go to this post:

For the Ribbon Tee, I used Berroco Comfort DK.  Comfort is one of my favorite yarns from Berroco and this was my first time working with the DK.  I had used both the worsted and chunky and the DK was also amazing.  I’ve actually loved every yarn I’ve used from them, so this was no surprise that I loved it, too!

So expect to see some more feminine sweaters coming in the future as I work toward a more handmade wardrobe.  I’ve been reading a lot on Instagram about makers who are filling their closets with handmade items and I really like the idea.  My major was in fashion design and I spent a lot of time sewing in college and after, but once we had kids I didn’t sew much.  I made a couple of things when the first was a baby, but that was about it.  Now I’m thinking about making some dresses for me, modeled after the styles I own and love.  The only thing I will not be making anytime soon is pants – I was never any good at sewing them!

Until then I will keep knitting and crocheting.  (Okay, let’s be honest – it’s mostly crocheting!)  I will be making for my family and for gifts and enjoy the art of taking a piece of string and turning it into something beautiful.  And I hope you’ll join me for the ride.  You can see all my free crochet patterns here and find some other patterns to love.

Ribbon Tee What You’ll Need

Yarn: Berroco Comfort DK (50% Acrylic, 50% Nylon; 178 yards [165 meters]/50 grams): 2723 Rosebud (5 balls)

Hook: US Size F (3.75mm)

Notions:  Tapestry needle; 1.5 yards 3/8” ribbon

Skill Level: Easy

Size:  Finished bust size 33 (37, 41, 45, 49)” to fit sizes S (M, L, XL, 2XL)
1” positive ease recommended
Shown in size 37”

Gauge: 17 sts and 11 rows = 4” [10 cm] in dc after wet blocking

PATTERN NOTES

Ch 4 at beginning of a row counts as (dc, ch-1) unless otherwise noted.

When you work around the collar portion, you are working in the sides of the stitches as well as the unworked stitches.

PATTERN Back

Ch 74 (82, 90, 98, 106).

Row 1: Dc in 6th ch from hook, *(ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch); rep from * to end of row, turn. (71 (79, 87, 95, 103) sts)

Row 2: Ch 4, *(sk ch-1, dc in dc, ch 1); rep from * to turning ch, dc in 3rd ch, turn.

Rows 3-42: Ch 4, sk ch-1, dc to last ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Sizes L (XL, 2XL) Only

Rep Row 3 twice more.

All Sizes

Row 43: Sl st 4, ch 3, dc to last 4 sts, leave last 4 sts unworked, turn. (63 (71, 79, 87, 95) sts)

Row 44: Ch 3, work even in dc, turn.

Row 45: Ch 3, dc2tog, dc to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in turning ch, turn. (2 sts dec’d; 61 (69, 77, 85, 93) sts)

Rows 46-55: Rep Rows 44-45. (51 (59, 67, 75, 83) sts)

Rows 56-63: Ch 3, work even in dc, turn.

Sizes L (XL, 2XL) Only

Work 2 more rows in dc.

Fasten off.

Front

Ch 74 (82, 90, 98, 106).

Rows 1-2: Work same as Back.

Rows 3-42: Ch 4, sk ch-1 sp, dc 32 (36, 40, 44, 48), ch 1, sk next dc, dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next dc, dc 32 (36, 40, 44, 48), ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Sizes L (XL, 2XL) Only

Rep Row 3 twice more.

All Sizes

Row 43: Sl st 4, ch 3, dc to ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc in dc, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc to last 4, leave last 4 sts unworked, turn. (63 (71, 79, 87, 95) sts)

Row 44: Ch 3, dc to ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc in dc, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc to end of row, turn.

Row 45: Ch 3, dc2tog, dc to ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc in dc, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc, turn. (2 sts dec’d; 61 (69, 77, 85, 93) sts)

Rows 46-55: Rep Rows 44-45. (51 (59, 67, 75, 83) sts)

Row 56: Ch 3, dc 18 (22, 25, 28, 31), leave remaining sts unworked, turn. (19 (23, 26, 29, 32) sts)

Row 57: Ch 3, dc2tog, dc to end, turn. (18 (22, 25, 28, 31) sts)

Row 58: Ch 3, dc to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in turning ch, turn. (17 (21, 24, 27, 30) sts)

Rows 59-62: Rep Rows 57-58. (13 (17, 20, 23, 26) sts)

Row 63: Rep Row 57. (12 (16, 19, 22, 25) sts)

Sizes L (XL, 2XL) Only

Work 2 rows even in dc.

Fasten off.

Join yarn at opposite side and rep Rows 56-63.

Sleeve (Make 2)

Ch 52 (60, 66, 70, 74).

Row 1: Dc in 6th ch from hook, *(ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch); rep from * to end of row, turn.  49 (57, 63, 67, 71) sts)

Rows 2-4: Ch 3, dc 22 (26, 29, 31, 33), ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next st, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in rem sts to end of row, turn.

Sizes L (XL, 2XL) Only

Rep Row 2 twice more.

All Sizes

Row 5: Sl st 4, dc to ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc in dc, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc to last 4 sts, leave last 4 unworked, turn. (8 sts dec’d; (41 (49, 55, 59, 63) sts)

Row 6: Ch 3, dc2tog, dc to ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc in dc, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in turning ch, turn. (2 sts dec’d; (39 (47, 53, 57, 61) sts)

Rows 7-10: Rep Row 6. (31 (39, 45, 49, 53) sts)

Row 11: Ch 3, dc to ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc in dc, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc to end of row, turn.

Sizes L (XL, 2XL) Only

Rep Row 6. (43 (47, 51) sts)

All Sizes:

Row 12: Rep Row 6.  (29 (37, 41, 45, 49) sts)

Row 13: Rep Row 11.

Rows 14-21: Rep Rows 12-13. (21 (29, 33, 37, 41) sts)

Sizes L (XL, 2XL) Only

Rep Row 6. (31 (35, 39 sts))

All Sizes:

Rows 22-27: Rep Row 6. 9 (17, 19, 23, 27 sts)

Fasten off.

Finishing

Block. Join front to back at shoulder seams.

Collar

With RS facing, join yarn at right shoulder seam, ch 4 (counts as dc, ch-1), work 27 (27, 29, 31, 33) sts along back neck edge, 14 (16, 18, 20, 22) sts along left front neck edge, 13 (13, 15, 17, 19) sts along front neck, 14 (16, 18, 20, 22) sts along right front neck edge, join with sl st. (70 (74, 82, 90, 98) sts)

Sew in sleeves. Sew side seams.

Weave ribbon through Row 2 of body and tie on side.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this free pattern and that you hop on over to Pattern Paradise to check out the amazing blog hop patterns and giveaway!

Happy crocheting!
Amanda

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