Jul 17, 2010

secrets revealed...

if you saw my post yesterday about my new etsy shop update and thought "i could make that myself," i'm about to make that a little easier for you. here are some tips for make your own infinity cowl and crochet medallion.

infinity cowl: start with totally gorgeous yarn. i used chirimen by noro. a 50 gram ball should do it. you're going to knit this in the round, so cast on however many stitches you want. straighten them all out so that there aren't any twists. before you join your stitches into a circle, grab some stitches at either end and twist them 360 degrees. once you get going, make sure that your twist "took." for whatever reason, i have a hard time creating a twist in my stitches when i want to. all you need to do now is follow the broken rib stitch pattern until the cowl is as wide as you want it to be.

if you aren't familiar with the broken rib stitch pattern, it goes a little something like this:
row 1: knit 1, purl 1, repeat all the way around
row 2: knit all stitches.
repeat rows 1 and 2 until done.

crochet medallion: again, fancy yarn helps. i use scraps from past noro projects. you're just making a crochet circle to suit your tastes. for the small ones, i make a small loop, then double crochet into the loop, and then single crochet for the second round. for the mediums, i do the same thing, except that i use a double crochet for the second round instead of a single. for the large medallions, i double crochet, double crochet, and then single crochet a third round. weave in the ends and glue on a pin back. it doesn't get much easier than that.

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