As you can tell from the title new changes are coming to my etsy shop!! I have been thinking up some new ideas and wanted to share that is why I haven’t been very active on here or others forms of social media.
I have been wanting to change some things about my etsy shop for a while but wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to change. I thought of some new items to make that might sell and have added items that I made a while ago hoping that might spark some new followers and make some sells, but that didn’t really work. I’ve been feeling like my shop is at a stand still for a while…a long while.
Lately I’ve just been doing some searching on Instagram and have seen all these successful shops and seen all the different things they make and sell and have thought, “Well I could make something like that. Why are they able to sell theirs but I can’t sell mine?” Don’t get me wrong, I love knitting and crocheting just for the fun of it, but sometimes it wouldn’t hurt to sell items to help out with the bills or just to earn money to support my hobby.
The one thing I noticed a lot about these successful shops are the names! I’ve always been kind of iffy about my shop name. I wanted to create something that was catchy and toyed around with different things but in the end I went with something plain and simple. So I’ve never been too thrilled about it.
So the biggest change coming to my shop is going to be the name! I will do another post on how I came up with the name and the meaning and inspiration behind it. But for now I just wanted to give my little community of followers and supporters a heads up on some changes and what to look out for.
In addition to a name change, I’m thinking of making some new blankets, ear warmers/headband (even though we are heading into some warmer weather) maybe some baby items….we will see. I love all things “rustic” and “farmhouse” so I am hoping to pull some inspiration from those types of things.
As always, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my little blog! I hope you all have a wonderful day!!
I have been thinking about creating a pattern for some time now but have been kind of scared to since I’ve never done it before. I knew that I wanted to create something simple and easy enough for a beginner. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of other patterns out there like this one or even easier ones but I just thought this one would be fun. It has a lot of texture and is a good length. You can wear it long or wrapped around your neck once to create a cowl style scarf. I did have my mom test this pattern since she’s an amazing knitter and maker in general. We found that this pattern is super versatile and is super easy to change up. So huge shout out to my mom. Please check out her etsy store (as well as mine. Just click the “SHOP” link) here.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- One skein of 328 yrds medium worsted weight yarn
- Straight knitting needles US size 8 (5mm)
- Yarn needle for joining and weaving in ends
- St = stitches
- K1, P1 = Knit One, Pearl One
- Cast on 35 stitches
- K1, P1 for 10 rows working in a “ribbed” pattern. So, when you turn your work and it looks like the first st is K1 then K1, if it looks like a P1, then P1. That’s how I did it.
- Knit next 10 rows
- Continue to alternate every 10 rows until almost whole skein is used, leaving a long tail for joining ends to create an infinity scarf.
- Once desired length is reached, cast off as normal and tie off
- If you have a little tail in the beginning of work, weave in to hide.
- Fold your work in half, matching the ends together and with your yarn needle attached to the long tail, sew the ends together by weaving the long tail through several stitches, starting at one end weaving back and forth to the other end.
- Tie a knot and weave back through a couple of stitches to hide the tail and trim off excess yarn if still long.
Here are a couple of notes:
- I ended my scarf with 10 rows of knit so that when joined, the pattern is consistent. That did leave me with enough yarn to do another 10 rows of K1, P1 but not enough to leave a long tail after that. So for me, and my comfort zone, I make sure I have enough for a 8-12″ long tail. That might be too much but I’d rather know I have plenty for joining rather than find out I don’t have enough.
- Edges will be wavy. Don’t freak out if you find that your edges are wavy this happens because of alternating the 2 different stitches without creating a border or frame. I think it gave it a little added texture and turned out pretty cute.
- If you are just learning to knit I linked a couple of youtube videos of how to cast on, and how to bind off. I really like these videos the best. They are easy to follow!
That’s it! It looks like a lot of steps but it really is easy, I promise! Here is how mine turned out:
If you decide to make this scarf be sure to post a picture of how it turned out and let me know if you found it easy. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comment section. Don’t forget to check out mine and my mom’s etsy shops and favorite them so you will be up to date on what we have created. You can also follow me on instagram to see what I am currently working on. Thanks!