• Hat,  Knitting Chart

    Overwatch Player Icon Charts

    Today I’ll introduce you to three different charts I created based on Overwatch Player Icons: Winston, Roadhog, and Bastion. After I made the┬áD.Va hat, my husband liked it so much he wanted his own Overwatch hat! He also commissioned me to make two hats for his friends. I learned a couple lessons along the way while making these hats. For my D.Va hat, I did intarsia “in the round”, meaning I knit back and forth doing fair isle color work. This ended up being really difficult and left a column in the back. For these hats, I decided to just do duplicate stitch over a finished basic hat. I think…

  • Blanket,  Knitting Pattern

    Trinity Prayer Shawl

      Trinity Prayer Shawl One reason I love knitting is because it provides me the opportunity to bless others. True, a lot of times I am a selfish knitter. I make a lot of things for myself, I can’t deny that. But being able to gift someone a project is a wonderful feeling! Knitting is not a skill that everyone knows (even though it is easy enough that I believe anyone can learn it!) So get ready to amaze someone in your life with your skills and bless them in a big way! Prayer shawls are usually gifted to someone who is sick, with the intent that the knitter prays…

  • Knitting Pattern,  Scarf/Cowl

    Smoke & Water

    Guys, I am so excited to share this project with you! The “Smoke & Water” cowl features two lacework patterns merged into one amazing infinity scarf. The pattern came alive at the cabin. I wanted a cozy scarf I could wear out on the boat on brisk mornings and also around the campfire. The lacework keeps the scarf light enough to wear during late summer/early fall. I love it so much I may wear it year round! The first lacework (on the edges) is reminiscent of rushing water. The inner lacework is a calmer water with a twisting smoke ring down the middle. It can be worn single or double…

  • Knitting Tutorial

    How to Make Your Own Knitting Chart Online for Free

    How to Make Your Own Knitting Chart Online for Free Now that I am making my own knitting patterns, I have found a few great online tools to help me make the charts and I wanted to share them with you all. Option 1: Excel spreadsheets/Google Sheets One way to make a knitting chart is to use Excel! This is a great option….if you already have Microsoft Office. I was lucky enough to get mine through school, otherwise it costs $150 for Office Home. So in my mind, this is an option “for free”. However if you do not have Excel, you can use Google Sheets for free! Keep in…

  • Hat,  Knitting Pattern

    The D.Va Hat

    Introducing… The D.Va Hat! My husband and I enjoy playing video games together to relax. One of my favorites at the moment is Overwatch. In the game, you pick from 25 different heroes each with their own set of abilities and skills. You have a team of 6 versus 6 and you work together to achieve a goal. I am oversimplifying it, but it is super fun and worth checking out. One of my favorite characters to play as is D.Va. She is a teenage professional video game player who rides around in a mech suit that shoots lasers and shields her team from damage. She is also just super…

  • Knitting Pattern,  Scarf/Cowl

    The Green Arrow Cowl

      The Green Arrow Cowl is a two-toned cowl knit in the round with fair-isle technique. The pattern was inspired by pine needles, and turned into a super cool reverse arrow design. It took several attempts to figure out the best way to create the cowl. The first try was made back and forth, rather than in the round and I discovered that purling in fair isle is the worst thing ever. I am an English style knitter (meaning I hold my working yarn in my right hand) and found that purling with my left hand was going to take an eternity. I mastered knitting with my left hand so…

  • Knitting Pattern,  Scarf/Cowl

    Chevron Button Cowl

    Introducing: The Chevron Button Cowl! This is my first ever pattern I have made, and started off with a rather simple but fun one! It is a simple, chevron seed stitch 4 row 8 stitch pattern repeat with button holes on one end. Supplies: US size 8 needles Worsted weight yarn (approximately 200 yards) 5 buttons Needle and thread I used up scrap yarn while experimenting with creating a pattern. I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn which is something I would never really pick but, hey, it was in my stash as a gift from my husband. Pattern: CO 48 stitches, purl the 48 stitches (this will be the…

  • Scarf/Cowl

    The Align Cowl

    It is finished! And I love the way it turned out. The pattern is called Align, created by Norah Gaughan, published in Berroco. Supplies: US Size 8 needles: I use Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles and love them Caron Simply Soft Solids yarn: worsted weight, 1 skein (315g), colorway Country Blue The Process: I used an invisible provisional cast on to make sure I didn’t have a break in the lace pattern. It was my first time doing the provisional cast on for lacework, and it went…less than optimal. Though it does look much better than doing a mattress stitch to seam it together in the end!   I found it…

  • Knitting Tutorial

    Using a Lifeline in Complicated Patterns

    My current project has already taught me several new lessons and reinforced some already-known techniques: lifelines, provisional cast ons, and how to slip stitches. Today let’s talk about lifelines! The de-stashing goal continues! The next yarn for me to finally get out of my stash is Simply Soft by Caron. This is my favorite yarn for baby blankets. As the name implies, it is extremely soft and perfect for brushing against sensitive baby skin. It also holds up pretty well being washed. I made a blanket for my new baby nephew and I know that thing has gone through the wash many times thanks to spit-up. And it still looks…