Monday, May 28, 2012

Free pattern-Vintage knitted baby set-Old Shale stitch

This is a pretty baby set of a jacket, bonnet and booties. The pattern calls the design 'Feather and Fan' but in England it is called 'Old Shale'. Either way, it is a simple to complete lace design from Purple Kitty's Vintage Knitting site.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Two patterns-how to use knit and crochet lace in 2012

I love lace but sometimes we need to see a project to see how we can use lace in 2012.

Here is a great summer vest that has a simple crocheted lace trimming. Click here for pattern.

and for knitters, here are some easy to complete bolsters. Click here for pattern.

And for good measure, here is a cute dress for a little girl. Click here for pattern.
 All three patterns are from Vickie Howell for Caron. Her patterns are very cute, fresh and easy to complete.



Monday, May 21, 2012

Any one have an iPhone or iPad?

I want to test some computer wallpaper that I have converted to be used as an iPhone /iPad lock screen wallpaper.

If you would be willing to load it on your device and then provide feedback, I would appreciate it. The image will be one of my Regency/Early Victorian wallpaper images available on ETSY.

The test wallpaper will be yours plus I will also give you a custom 25% off coupon for both my ETSY stores. You contact me by leaving a comment on this blog or email me directly at


Shetland shawl for baby-free vintage pattern

This is a fabulous free pattern from I LOVE Shetland shawls. Here is one from the collection on this site: Fleecy.

The double border is beautiful. Has any one knitted such a lovely project?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dripping with Lace Shawl Pattern & Coupon

I have just released my latest knitting pattern: Dripping with Lace Shawl

This can be your first lace shawl project. The pattern provides a row by row table that you can mark off as you knit each row of this shawl.

Make this easy to knit shawl in white for a special event or wedding. I have made one in black and another in turquoise to go with my summer dresses.

This easy to knit half circle shawl is constructed with repeats of simple eyelet then a deep hem of vintage Old Shale lace that is accentuated with pressing or blocking.

There is also a finished shawl for sale on ETSY 

Use this BLOGREADER10 Coupon code for 10% off any item in my ETSY store.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lace Cardi

I love knitting lace but sometimes we just need to knit something practical. How about this lace cardi from Red Heart?

Nice three quarter sleeves, button closure across the bust line so the sweater hangs neatly and a simple lace design on the body of the sweater.

The directions suggest using Shimmer. Red Heart Shimmer combines beautiful rich solid shades with a matching thread of metallic to give it just a hint of sparkle. It is a size 4-medium weight acrylic yarn and is machine wash and dryable! I have made a few doggie sweaters with this yarn and it works up nicely and is very soft.

Here are some more projects made with Shimmer. 

Mini Capelet in crochet

Little Princess Dress Knitting Pattern


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Free shawl pattern has some fabulous knitting and crochet how-to's as well as many, many free patterns.

I LOVE this lacy shawl knitted up in GRAPE yarn. What a great color! The instructions include two videos to illustrate how to make a Slip, Slip, Knit decrease and 4 Cast off techniques.

Beloved Shawl Knitting Pattern

And for those who like to crochet, here is a scarf that looks lacy but not too hard: 

Beatrice Wrap Crochet Pattern


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