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Monday, November 11, 2013

Cowls & Cuffs for the Gifting Season!

Cowls and boot cuffs are quick and easy accessories you can make for yourself or for gifting this season!

My newest pattern, the Adderley Boot Cuffs, are on trend with the "spats" look and have an easy embellishment of crossed ties. The Swift Kick Short Boot Cuffs have simple slip-stitch colorwork and all the ends are tied into a tassel (so . . . no weaving in!)

The Sweet Potato Twist Cowl looks knitted, but it is a variation of the single crochet, worked in the round. There is a YouTube video to help you with this stitch: link to video here

The Bandanity Cowl can be done with either one or two skeins of Madeline Tosh Vintage, or a similar worsted weight yarn. Other options are Quicker (super bulky yarn), CounterChange (Indie Hand Dyes) and Ballew (great beginner pattern).

Happy gifting . . . and as always, please let me know if you have questions about your patterns.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My Sidekick, Violet!

For over a year, I have had a vision of a little violet sheep to go with my brand . . . OneLoopShy Designs. Violet, my shy sheep, will go with me whenever I teach and otherwise, preside over my home studio. Alas, Violet is still just a vision and four balls of yarn. I am determined that she will appear this month . . . along with a pattern so you can make your own!

The yarn for Violet, sitting on top of my logo banner!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Seen from a "Mile Away"


I am so excited that my hat "Mile Away" was chosen as one of the 18 semi-finalists in the My Mountain Hat contest sponsored by Schachenmayr/SMC yarns! I first heard about the contest at TNNA in June, but got "hooked" when two boxes with yarn and contest rules arrived on my doorstep in July.

I work for a knit store, but I don't knit! I teach, push, and design in crochet and try to convert the knitters to what they affectionately . . . I think . . . call the "dark side".

Slip stitch crochet looks very much like knit and fools quite a few people, so it is been a favorite tool of mine in some of my latest designs. The offfset short row sections in this design do surprising things when they are swirled up into a hat, and it is deceptively simple to stitch. I hope you'll jump in and make this as soon as the pattern is released!

Go "like" My Mountain on Facebook and vote daily for my hat (please!). The contest runs through the 23rd!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Errata for Concamerate Shell or Tunic

It is so frustrating to find an error in a pattern . . . and more so when it is one of your own! Note to self -- the more familiar the design element (in this case, the simple Granny Square) -- the easier it is to goof up.

If you purchased through Ravelry, please download the corrected pdf file.

If you have a printed pattern, please note the following corrections:

replace Round 4 with the corrected version below:

Round 4 – end: Beg corner, ch 2, (sc, ch 2) in each ch-2 sp across to next corner sp, * corner, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp across to next corner sp, repeat from * two more times,  join round.

Make the following correction in the paragraph directly below round 4:

Subsequent rounds are worked as for round 4, where the first side of the square is worked with one single crochet into each chain-2 space and 2 chains between each single crochet.

Saturday, June 29, 2013


Just returned from my first time at TNNA as an exhibitor. Thanks to all who stopped by and were so encouraging . . . the demand for crochet continues to grow and I am excited about all the opportunities! So much beautiful yarn to design with and so much inspiration!  Here is a photo of my booth!