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When I started this blog back in 2009, it was my first foray into the world of website management. So my early patterns were just included in blog entries since I didn’t know how to make them downloadable at the time.

Since then, I’ve learned a ton about operating in the internet world and I’ve started a number of other websites on various topics. Plus I’ve discovered that my readers’ expectations have changed. Blog readers now just expect that every pattern on a site will be downloadable. So I’m working on it.

Last night, I posted the first downloadable version of one of my scarf patterns, for the Single-Rib Chenille Scarf. I even updated it a bit, including an alternative yarn (Patons Bohemian) in addition to the original Lion Brand Chenille.

I’m hoping to make downloadable versions of my other patterns available soon, plus get some new ones posted. Eventually, I’m hoping to start a mailing list for notices of new patterns. In the meantime, to stay up to date with new stuff, you can click to Follow This Blog on Facebook, or to add my RSS feed to your Google homepage or Google Reader.

Thanks for reading. If you have any questions about knitting, or want me to do a pattern for something (EASY only, please), or if you want to know about how to get started with your own website, please leave a comment below.

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The easy knitting patterns of which I am so fond are so quick to work up that I now have quite a stock of finished items. Despite being an eBay seller and starting several blogs, I have never tried to sell any of my handmade items online . . . yet. Today I discovered an offer even I may not be able to refuse.

I read an article on the Lion Brand Notebook site about a woman selling handknit scarves at a sports card show. And, in fact, I plan to sell some scarves at my church’s craft sale next month. But this article goes on to say that Lion Brand has partnered with ArtFire to offer an easy way to set up your own online shop. Plus it gives links to three podcasts with more tips on selling your handmade items.

Intrigued by this thought, I followed the link to the Lion Brand article about ArtFire.  This article says you can “start for free or get a ‘pro’ account for only $12 a month.” As it turns out, at the moment the deal is even better.

I clicked on the link in this second article to get to a Lion Brand page on the ArtFire site. This page says the rate is $15.95 a month . . . very confusing! But I went ahead and clicked the “Get Your Studio” button just to see if I could find out more. So, I came to a sign up page. Guess what!? They show the current Artfire Pro Account rate as just $9.95 per month with a no-rate-increase-ever guarantee.

OK, but I was interested in the free account, just to try it out. The way to make that happen is to click the Basic option where it asks for Account Type. As soon as you do that, the Billing Info section goes away. Ta-da! You can now just get a free account.

If you do sign up, I recommend you read the Terms of Use (TOU). In fact, savvy internet marketers will tell you to always read the TOU. Otherwise, you may get kicked out, or at least get a very nasty letter. (I accidentally got one from eBay once . . . and I don’t want to see any more like it!)

And one other thing, ArtFire wants you to enter a Studio Name. They tell you it cannot be changed. So think long and hard about this one. Here are some naming considerations to think about:

–It’s nice to have the name say something about the product. Ravelry and Google are cute names, but don’t think you can accomplish what they have. You need a name that helps people find you. (This is called Search Engine Optimization–SEO for short.)

–If you plan to start a consortium (you and your cousins want to sell together) then name accordingly. If you just call it Brown’s Handmade Scarves, what happens when your other cousin, Greta Black, wants to join you?

–Similarly, if you call it Cousin’s Handmade Scarves, what happens when you want to sell an afghan?

The best advice I can give is to look at some of the other shops before you decide what to do. This goes for what to sell, how to describe it, how to take your digital photos, etc.

Are you already selling online? Tell us about it by leaving a comment below. Include your website in the appropriate box so other readers can see your stuff.

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This is the third in my series of easy knitting patterns for scarves. It can be adapted for men or women depending on the colors used. I made this one for a young lady attending West Virginia University in the school colors.

This scarf knitting pattern is just a little different because it incorporates a crocheted border. If you aren’t familiar with working single crochet, check out this video. The other thing that makes this scarf special is that it is worked with Lion Brand’s Homespun yarn. This makes it extremely soft, plus it has a nice nubby texture. However, you have to be careful to put a knot in the loose ends to prevent raveling.

Yarn:

Color A:  Lion Brand Homespun Yarn (394) Golden

Color B:  Lion Brand Homespun Yarn (368) Montana Sky

OR any other two colors of Homespun or bulky #5 yarn.

Tools:

–Needles:  size 10

–Hook:  size K

–Yarn needle

Finished Size:  roughly 8-1/2” x 60”

Gauge:  14 sts = 4 inches

Scarf Knitting Pattern

Body of scarf in Color A:

Cast on 28 sts.

Row 1:  *K4, P4*, repeat across row.

Row 2:  *P4, K4*, repeat across row.

Row 3:  *K4, P4*, repeat across row.

Row 4:  *P4, K4*, repeat across row.

Row 5:  *P4, K4*, repeat across row.

Row 6:  *K4, P4*, repeat across row.

Row 7:  *P4, K4*, repeat across row.

Row 8:  *K4, P4*, repeat across row.

Repeat first eight rows until scarf is desired length.

Bind off. Weave in ends.

Contrasting Border in Color B:

Work a sc border around entire scarf.

Weave in ends.

For instructions on working a sc border, click here.

Tip about knitting with Homespun:

Sometimes this yarn bunches up, especially when knitting. If you are having this problem, try holding the yarn more loosely. Pull a yard or two out of the skein at a time to help reduce the tension.

If you are still having problems, you can cut out the bunched up part and restart with the fresh end, or rewind the skein and start knitting from the opposite end. In either case, make the switch at the end of a row.

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Christmas (or any other winter holiday/occasion) is a great opportunity to try a new afghan knitting pattern. Here are links to some pretty afghan patterns I found on the Lion Brand website. You might want to try one or more of these for a special holiday gift:

Garter Stitch Baby Throw – This is trickier than it sounds because it’s worked on the diagonal. If you managed to do either the Cromwell Court Afghan or the Spumoni Crib Afghan, you won’t have any problems.

Car Blanket – This pattern should work up fast since it’s made with Thick & Quick yarn on size 13 needles. Plus it introduces how to make a really easy buttonhole (for the straps). Finished size is 41 x 42 inches.

Layfayette Square Throw – This lap blanket is worked with two strands of yarn at a time on size 11 needles. The suggested color changes are beautiful. With a seed stitch border and stockinette in the middle, you’ll be able to knit pretty much on autopilot except for remembering to change colors.

Cozy Nook Throw – This pattern is just a hair more challenging because it’s done in the woven stitch. Lion Brands rates it Easy+. But they give you complete instructions on how to do it. This pattern be perfect to do up in college colors for use as a stadium blanket.

Whichever afghan knitting pattern you choose, be sure to check out the prices at fabric.com before you order elsewhere.

What are you planning to make for Christmas (or other holiday or occasion)? Please share your ideas and pattern links by leaving a comment below.

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Spumoni Baby Afghan

After making the Cromwell Court Afghan, I decided to try to cut it down to make a baby knitting pattern. I wanted it to be a bit bigger than a regular baby blanket so it could be used on a crib or toddler bed, or become a preschool nap blanket. As far as easy knitting patterns go, I would rate this as an Easy+ (on the difficult end of easy) because of the increases and decreases in every fourth row, plus frequent (optional) color changes.

The final Spumoni Crib Afghan measures about 34” wide by 45” long. Here is the basic pattern, minus the color changes. To download a pdf file of the entire Spumoni Crib Afghan pattern for free, click here.

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fabric.com Deal of the Day

Most of the knitting I do is making gifts for others. And most of those gifts are scarves or afghans because they fit with my philosophy of working easy knitting patterns that I can take with me, that don’t require my total focus, and that I’m likely to actually finish. I also tend to buy nice but inexpensive yarn, in keeping with my frugal living philosophy. My usual place to buy yarn is at my local Michaels store. I am signed up for their weekly emails and I try to plan my purchases to make best use of their sales and coupons. (Sign up here.) But not everyone has access to a local store, and sometimes the store doesn’t carry or has run out of a color I want. So I decided to look at the online options. As I quickly discovered, buying just one or two skeins of yarn online is not a good idea because of the shipping costs. By the time you add shipping, the cost of your one skein could easily be doubled or tripled, especially for an inexpensive yarn. That having been said, buying yarn can be a good deal if you need a lot of it. For example, I took a look around to see where the best deal was to buy yarn for the Cromwell Court afghan I reviewed in my last blog entry (Easy Knitting Pattern Review–Cromwell Court Afghan). That pattern takes eight skeins of Lion Brand Wool-ease Thick & Quick yarn which normally retails for $6.99 to $7.99 per skein. I discovered that fabric.com has the lowest price on shipping of any of the yarn websites I’ve looked at

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Most of the easy knitting patterns I either present or review on this site are for smaller quick-to-finish items such as scarves and baby blankets. (I try to practice UFO avoidance, as in “un-finished objects.”) But the topic of today’s entry is a grown-up-size afghan that measures about 46 x 54 in. This easy knitting pattern, called “Cromwell Court,” is available for free on the Lion Brand Yarn website here. (Note: You will have to register with the Lion Brand website to download the pattern.)

Many of those who submitted reviews on the Lion Brand website felt this pattern should be rated Easy+, even though the stated skill level is intermediate. You do need to know how to increase and decrease. In case you haven’t learned that yet, the pattern’s webpage has links to directions within the Abbreviations/References table near the bottom of the page. These directions are very nice, with both drawn diagrams and video to show you how to do it.

This pattern makes up fairly quickly (for an afghan) Read the rest of this entry »

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My favorite baby knitting pattern is from Vanna White’s book entitled Vanna’s Choice Heartfelt Gifts to Knit and Crochet. She calls it Saw Tooth Edge Afghan (page 22). It’s definitelStriped Baby Afghany an easy knitting pattern because it’s almost all knitting. The hardest part of the body is remembering to change colors every two rows. The only thing you need to know besides the knit stitch is how to knit-two-together for the little Prairie Point-like triangles all around the edge. These Prairie Points take a long time to make, but they are what takes this quilt from boring to super-special.

Vanna’s original design calls for a boyish color scheme of Read the rest of this entry »

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I have this reputation for being late, like a lot of women. So why am I always late? I think part of it is that I am avoiding boredom due to being early and having nothing to do. I just can’t stand the thought of getting to an appointment 15 minutes early and having to just sit there.

But something happened to change all this about a year ago–I rediscovered knitting. It was all quite unexpected. I was at a church women’s retreat. There were two women there who sat and knitted all weekend. One of them even had Read the rest of this entry »

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Here’s the second in my series of easy knitting patterns. I have actually made several of these in varying stripes and colors, depending on whether the intended recipient was male or female. The one in the photo was made for my husband. Rib patterns are nice for scarves because they look pretty much the same on both sides. They’re a really great off-to-college gift, too, if you work them in school colors.

One thing I really like about using quadruple ribbing for a scarf knitting pattern is that it looks Read the rest of this entry »

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