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Kristin Karen

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  1. This shawl was an exciting exploration for me. Turning a pretty lace stitch pattern into a top down shaped triangular shawl involves figuring out how to make a single increase on either side and a double increase down the center. My goal was to make it look seamless and effortless, without compromising the beauty of the design. For an edging, I created a larger scale of the 3petal floral motif. Make sure to block each petal separately for a perfectly framed, finished shawl. The shawl has a 4 row repeat that is easy to memorize once you get established.

    (1) skein Be So Fine Yarn; 100% bamboo; 650 yards per 4oz; color Parisian Bordeaux.
    G/6 (4mm) crochet hook
    Tapestry needle, scissors
    Optional: 125 4mm crystal beads (shown in Crystal AB)



  2. The X-stitch is a wonderful stitch to learn! It almost seems magical the first time you see it done. It works up FAST!


    Scroll to the bottom of the free pattern page to watch the YouTube tutorial video for learning this motif pattern.


    What you will need:
    Be So Brave Yarn; 100% American Merino Wool, #4 worsted weight; 120 yds (109m) per 2oz (56g); colors shown: Picket Fence, Cape Cod Bay & Plymouth Rock
    H/8 (5mm) crochet hook


  3. This is one of the most flattering shaped ponchos you can wear. And the drape of the yarn is flattering, too. But it feels like you are wrapped in a warm blanket - SO cozy! The best of both worlds :)


    What you will need: 

    Be So Brave Yarn; 100% American Merino Wool, #4 medium worsted weight; 120 yds (109m) per 2oz (56g) hank;

    (8) hanks Color A Waves of Grain
    (2) hanks Color B Picket Fence
    (2) hank Color C Cape Cod Bay
    (12) hanks of one color only if you are making this in ONE COLOR
    L/11 (8mm) crochet hook Yarn needle Optional (2) 3” buttons

    Gauge: 3sts/3rows = 1” in single crochet after blocking

    NOTE: because of the nature of this particular gauge, in order to pick up sts evenly across end of rows (which you will be doing often in this pattern), pick up and knit into every end of rows.

    Finished size: 48" wide x 22" long



  4. I’m always on the lookout for ways to make quick, but thoughtful and beautiful, handmade gifts. Inspired by the bubble shape of these glass vases, I created beautiful lace crochet covers and crocheted them right onto the vases! The construction style is very similar to top down seamless hats, and I offer the patterns in multiple sizes. You could starch or glue your lace to your vases,  but I used a decrease round at the end to crochet them securely to the vases! This pattern includes instructions for 4 stitch pattern designs, and in 3 sizes: 4”, 5.5” and 8” bubble vases. Be sure to check out my YouTube Video that walks you through the whole process!

    Scroll to the bottom of the free pattern page to watch the how-to video and get all the crochet charts, too!


    What you will need:

    (1) skein Be So Fine Yarn; 100% bamboo yarn; 650 yards per 4oz skein; colors used: Chantilly Lace, Pure Gold, Parisian Bordeaux and Iced Silver Fox. One skein could easily make several of these candle holders. Great for gifts!
    E/4 (3.5mm) crochet hook
    4”, 5.5” or 8” glass bubble vase (found at craft stores)
    (1) flameless votive candle
    Yarn needle, scissors
    Gauge: one repeat of lace pattern is 1.5” wide
    Finished size: to fit 4” (5.5”, 8”) glass bubble vase




  5. While this beautiful crochet motif would be gorgeous in a solid color, Kristin has taken it to another level with 4 gorgeous colors! In this pattern she will show you how to take a square motif, join it together to create a fabric, manipulate it to create triangle motifs in rounds AND rows, and even create an edging ALL WITHIN the same stitch pattern. And what a stunning shawl that results!


    Scroll to the bottom of the free pattern page to see all the wonderful charts included with this pattern.


    What you will need:
    Be So Sporty Yarn; 100% bamboo; 325 yards per 4oz skein;

    (2) skeins MC Passionate Plum
    (1) skein CC1 Pure Gold
    (1) skein CC2 Tropical Hot Coral
    (1) skein CC3 Parisian Bordeaux
    G/6 (4mm) crochet hook
    Yarn needle


    Gauge: each motif 5” after blocking

    Finished size: 72” long x 36” tall





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  6. Crocheted from the top down in an easy to memorize increasing repeat, this lace shawl is made in one continuous piece of yarn and only one large skein -- 2 ends to weave in! The edging is worked seamlessly onto the last row of the shawl in a beautiful design that blends very well with the berry lace shawl pattern. The berry motif is part of the pineapple family of stitch patterns and is gorgeous in a top down increasing shawl, as the new pattern motif repeats starburst out from the beginning.

    A blocking pictorial (step-by-step picture tutorial) is at the end of the pattern, teaching you all you need to know about blocking this shawl to bring out all the beauty of the stitch work.


    Scroll to the bottom of the free pattern page to see the crochet chart AND watch the how-to tutorial video.


    What you will need:

    (1) hank Be So Fine Yarn; 100% bamboo; 650 yds per 4oz hank; color
    Million Dollar Red.
    G/6 (4mm) crochet hook
    Yarn needle, scissors
    Gauge: not critical for this project, but one repeat of stitch pattern is approx. 4” wide x
    4.5” tall after blocking
    Finished size: 70” wide x 34” long, after blocking


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