September 19, 2014

Free Pattern Friday-Cowls!

As we head into fall I've collected a few free patterns for Free Pattern Friday. This week being my favorite fall-time accessory, cowls! Cowls are not only trendy and super comforting, but they also make the best crochet projects! 

Here are a few of my favorites: (click on the images below to view the pattern on Ravelry)


Bulky Stacked Shell Cowl-© Cre8tion Crochet
Martha Cowl Scarf-© Lthingies
Mountians Cowl-© Gleeful Things
Sparkly Buttoned Cowl-© Little Monkeys Crochet

Braided Hairpin Lace Infinity Scarf-@bhookedcrochet
Le Chunky-© Jean-Philippe Cliche





















Honeycomb Infinity Scarf-© Lauren Savidge
Unchained Shawl-© JessieAtHome
Moroccan Midnight Cowl-© Tamara Kelly



Have any free cowl patterns that you love? Share them in the comments below!

July 20, 2014

This Week- Half Off Sale!



NEW! Textured Slouch Hat!

This pattern teaches you how to make a textured slouch hat using four different colors and a variety of stitches. Although the stitch patterns may look complicated, they are all created by using single, double, half-double, or triple crochet stitches. All the instructions to create these special stitches are included, so no worries! To purchase this pattern click here.

March 20, 2014

Tips & Tricks: Color Changing Tutorial!

I've created a tutorial to show you how to do quick and easy color changes in crochet. This method makes color changes SUPER easy! You no longer have to tie off and join new colors and you can also tuck away your tail ends as you go! I have been using this method of color changing forever, enjoy!


August 18, 2013

New Craft Tutorial!


 check out the full tutorial on www.OhHowCrafty.com!


August 2, 2013

Patterns of the Week!

Please enjoy the FREE 'Pattern of the Week'! These are my crochet boot cuffs, pattern originally published in September, 2012.

FREE Pattern of the Week
Crochet Boot Cuffs


Materials:
I-9 crochet hook
Medium, worsted weight yarn (145 yds/133m)
(Pictured: Oatmeal by Vanna’s Choice/Lion Brand Yarn)
Yarn needle
2 or 3 buttons of your choice (optional)

Stitches Used:
Single Crochet (insert hook from front to back, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook)
Double Crochet (yo, insert hook from front to back, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through first 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through both loops on hook)
Single Crochet Two Stitches Together (insert hook from front to back, yo, draw up a loop, insert hook in next stitch from front to back, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook)

Abbreviations:
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Single Crochet Two Stitches Together (sc2tog)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Chain (ch)
Stitch (st)
Finished Size: 4” tall, width depends on the circumference of leg

Pattern:
Working in rows. Make 2:
(Rows marked with * are worked in back loops only)
Ch 11.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across. Ch 1. (10 sc)
Row 2*: sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (10 sc)[repeat row 2, 45 times so you will have a total of 46 rows]
Using 10 sl st across, seam the two ends to form a circle being careful not to twist
Ch 1, turn your work 90° clockwise.
[If the cuff does not fit perfectly around your leg you can add more rows of sc until it fits comfortably]
The rest of the boot cuff is worked in rounds.
Round 1: sc 46 times around the edge of the cuff. Join with a sl st in the ch 1 space. Ch 1.
[If you added more rows of sc, make sure you sc that many times around the edge of the cuff. For example, if you sc 50 rows you would sc 50 times around the cuff]
Round 2: sc in each st across. Join with a sl st. Ch 2. (46 sc)
Round 3: dc in each st across. Join with a sl st. Ch 1. (46 dc)
Rounds 4 and 6: Repeat round 2
Rounds 5 and 7: Repeat round 3.
Round 8: *sc2tog over the next two stitches, sc in the next 4. Repeat from * around. (38 sc)
Join with a sl st. Fasten off.

Finish: Tuck in ends with yarn needle and add 2 or 3 buttons of your choice to the outside of each cuff.


All text and images created by Carrissa Knox from Penelope Rae at (www.peneloperae.com). You may print and share this pattern but do not reproduce or distribute as your own. Finished products created using this pattern may be sold. It is appreciated if credit is given to Penelope Rae for the design of this pattern. If you have any questions/comments please feel free to email Carrissa Knox at crochet@peneloperae.com. You can view all other crochet patterns and crochet items for sale at www.peneloperae.com




Paid Pattern of the Week
 Crochet Owl Can & Bottle Cozies


photo © kaylitton06

Two patterns in one! Included is patterns for adorable owl cozies to fit both cans and bottles. These cozies are perfect for summer and way too cute! The pattern includes photo tutorials to help you finish these cozies. Materials: Worsted weight yarn of your choice (Pictured: Impeccable, Loops & Threads), G 4.0mm crochet hook, buttons of your choice.

Purchase this pattern from my Ravelry and Etsy pages!
 

July 11, 2013

New! iPhone Cases!

My handmade iPhone cases are now listed for sale in my Etsy shop! More to come, check them out by clicking on the picture below!


July 8, 2013

2 NEW Glove Patterns!


Introducing two completely new fingerless glove patterns! I have been in the glove-designing mood, so I am happy to share with you a COUPON CODE to receive 25% off ANY glove pattern in my Ravelry Store! Simply click the image below or visit www.ravelry.com/designers/carrissa-knox and start shopping!



June 27, 2013

Etsy RE-LAUCH!

I am very excited to say that I have re-launched my Etsy Shop! I will be selling all crochet and knit patterns as well as miscellaneous crafts and what-nots (as well as bulk patterns!). I am very excited that now once you purchase a pattern Etsy will redirect you to immediately download the PDF pattern! Yay for Etsy!

Feel free to check out my shop!


May 1, 2013

NEW! Summer Patterns!




Each pattern is listed in my Ravelry store for $4.50
Click the image above to view my Ravelry store!!

Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter to receive 25% off your next pattern!


March 11, 2013

4 New Patterns!


I am so excited to share that Penelope Rae patterns are now for sale at Ravelry.com! (Soon to be on Craftsy and Etsy as well!)
Please enjoy my newest patterns-click on the images below to check out these new patterns!
Thanks!







February 25, 2013

Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered! The winners will be contacted by email.

(The giveaway has been generated by promosimple.com and the winners have been chosen by random.org)

 

February 21, 2013

250 Likes Giveaway!

I am so sorry I've been hiatus for so long! I've been so busy and am very happy to announce that there are some exciting new changes coming to Penelope Rae! But we will talk about that later, for now... let's have a GIVEAWAY!

I'm giving away 2 PRIZES! One: a pair of crocodile-stitch fingerless gloves (made to order, colors of your choice). Two: 40% off your next custom Penelope Rae crochet order!
Enter now until Monday at midnight EST!
(Please note that your address is required when entering the contest for shipping purposes only. Your information will not be shared!)
Thanks!

January 5, 2013

Knit Boot Cuffs- Free Knitting Pattern!




Materials:

No 8-5.00mm knitting needles

Medium weight yarn (Pictured: Patons Classic Wool, Grey Marl- 210 yds)

Yarn needle




Pattern:

Cuff:

Cast on 74 sts (13 in around).

For larger cuffs, cast on 80 sts and continue pattern as normal (15 in around).

Row 1: k2, p2.

Rows 2-12: Repeat row 1.




Body: (looking at the right side you should have 4 knit rows, one purl row, 4 knit rows....)

Row 1 (RS) ridge: Purl

Row 2 (WS): Purl

Row 3 (RS): Knit

Row 4 (WS): Purl

Row 5 (RS): Knit

Row 6 (WS) ridge: Knit

Row 7 (RS): Knit

Row 8 (WS): Purl

Row 9 (RS): Knit

Row 10 (WS): Purl

Rows 11-19: Repeat rows 1-9

Row 20 (WS): p2tog, p2, *p2tog, p2* repeat across.

Row 21 (RS) ridge: Cast off. (K2, use left knitting needle to slip the first loop on the right needle over the second, k1, slip the first loop over the second, all the way across until you have one loop remaining. Tie off leaving a long tail for weaving.)

*Using the end tail, fold the boot cuff in half inside out and sew the ends together*


All text and images created by Carrissa Knox from Penelope Rae at (www.peneloperae.com). You may print and share this pattern but do not reproduce or distribute as your own. Finished products created using this pattern may be sold. It is appreciated if credit is given to Penelope Rae for the design of this pattern. If you have any questions/comments please feel free to email Carrissa Knox at crochet@peneloperae.com. You can view all other crochet patterns and crochet items for sale at www.peneloperae.com

 

January 1, 2013

Changes For The New Year! (Oliver, Big Kids, and Toddler Beds)

Life Update

Welcoming the new year our life has so many new changes. With many new additions, opportunities, and updates, we are so grateful and fortunate!

Firstly, we have added a new member to our family! After the unfortunate loss of our first pet (due to feline leukemia), Quinn and I were both very sad. We had such a short time together before she became very sick and Quinn and I decided that we were ready for and very much wanted a kitty in our home. So, on December 23 we adopted our new best friend, Oliver!

The Story:

I had been reading up on all of the pets at the Michigan Humane Society and at the local Adopt A Pet, Fenton. After weeks of studying every cat up for adoption, I had my mind set on a beautiful grey cat named Lucy who lived at Adopt A Pet. However, when we went to visit we found that Lucy wasn't too excited about having kids around. When we first walked in to the cat room a beautiful, 8-month old, orange kitty ran right up to us. He immediately wanted to play with Quinn. After playing around a bit, there wasn't much thinking that needed to be done. Just before making the official decision, Quinn leaned down and this kitty gave her a kiss right on the lips. This sweet and playful orange kitty was the one for us!

When we got him home he was more perfect than we ever imagined. Happy, playful, curious, snuggly, and very very sweet. He is the most well-behaved cat and Quinn and he are best friends!

 

A Quinn Update

So many new and exciting things have changed in Quinn's world! Not only has she adopted a new best friend, but she is also turning into such a big girl!

Firstly, she went poppy on the big girl potty all by herself. I know, "Ew!", but this is very exciting! I haven't been super aggressive about potty training yet (she IS only 18 months old), but I do put her on the potty when she tells me she needs to go... Just so she gets used to the idea!

Also, no more bottles for Quinn! What I thought was going to be a NIGHTMARE trying to get her off of the bottle, because she is used to having one before bed, turned out to be easy peasy! I simply put her to bed without a bottle, she cried "Baba!" one time then went to bed perfectly without it. Two weeks later, she hasn't asked or cried for a bottle since!

Quinn also got a lot of new/big girl presents for Christmas! Including her first toothbrush and toothpaste, some new big girl shoes and slippers, and lots of new toddler plates, cups, and utensils! (Along with an abundance of toys, of course)

And lastly, and most importantly, Quinn's crib is now a toddler bed! That's right, no more co-sleeping. She has been sleeping in her own bed since nap-time yesterday and, similar to the bottle experience, what I thought would be impossible has been so incredibly easy!


(At night, there is a gaurd that prevents her from rolling off!)
The story:
I decided it was time to put Quinn in her own bed the other morning when I was sandwiched between her and our new kitty. I was so happy and filled with love, of course, but I realized we were getting crowded and I also thought Quinn would enjoy sleeping in her own bed. (Not to mention I haven't had a bed to myself in a very, very long time!) So, I began to think of ways to get Quinn in her own bed that would be fun and inviting for her... And yesterday morning, I turned it into a toddler bed! She was very excited about the idea at first, she wanted to play in her room more and get up on her bed to watch movies. So when nap time came around I put her up into her bed and waited for her to fall asleep, this was the roughest part. She kept standing up and wanting me to pick her up, but I kept explaining how this was now her bed and how she needed to lay down and take a nap. It did take 2 hours for her to fall asleep, but I think being there with her, explaining that she was safe and now she gets to sleep in her own room, really helped! And the 2 long hours definitely proved worth it because when bedtime came around last night, I laid her in her bed and she rolled over and went right to sleep. Having only woken up twice last night and falling back asleep very quickly and easily, I think Quinn did a perfect job transitioning into her new bed! It also really helps that Oliver never wants to leave her side. He will jump up in her bed with her and lay by her feet and it helps her fall right to sleep. They really are the best of friends.

 

So having a very good daughter and the best new feline friend, this mama is so happy and filled with love. I am hopefully, optimistic, and welcoming towards the new year and I know this year will be so exciting and full of good fortune and many opportunities!

 

December 27, 2012

Mushroom Knit Cap-Free Knitting Pattern!

(click here to view the PDF file!)

Mushroom Knit Cap

By: Carrissa Knox

Materials:

No.11-8.00mm circular knitting needle (16 in)

Bulky weight yarn-109 yd/100 m

(Pictured: Loops & Threads, Charisma- Mulberry Bush)

Yarn needle

Elastic

Pattern:

Cast on 80 sts.

Ribbing-

-*k2, p2 all the way around. *Repeat for 6 rounds or until the ribbing reaches your desired length.

-Finish ribbing by purling 1 round.

Body-

-*Knit 4 rounds, purl 1 round. * Repeat 4 more times.

-End by knitting 4 rounds.

 

Finish: Cut the yarn end, leaving enough for sewing. Using the yarn needle, draw the yarn through the loops on the knitting needle and pull tight to synch the end closed. Tie off and tuck in the end.

Using the elastic and yarn needle, weave the elastic through the stitches around the opening of the hat. Pull as tightly as you'd like before tying off.



 

All text and images created by Carrissa Knox from Penelope Rae at (www.peneloperae.com). You may print and share this pattern but do not reproduce or distribute as your own. Finished products created using this pattern may be sold. It is appreciated if credit is given to Penelope Rae for the design of this pattern. If you have any questions/comments please feel free to email Carrissa Knox at crochet@peneloperae.com. You can view all other crochet patterns and crochet items for sale at www.peneloperae.com


 

December 7, 2012

Knit Slouch Hat-Free Pattern!

(click here to view the PDF file!)

The Perfect Knit Souch

By: Carrissa Knox

 

Materials:

No.11-8.00mm circular knitting needle (16 in)

Bulky weight yarn-144 yd/132 m

(Pictured: Lion Brand Yarn/Tweed Stripes, Woodlands)

Yarn needle

Elastic

 

Pattern:

Cast on 80 sts.

*k1, p1 all the way around. *Repeat until the hat reaches 12 inches in length.

 

Finish:

Cut the yarn end, leaving enough for sewing. Using the yarn needle, draw the yarn through the loops on the knitting needle and pull tight to synch the end closed. Tie off and tuck in the end.

Using the elastic and yarn needle, weave the elastic through the stitches around the opening of the hat. Pull as tightly as you'd like before tying off.

All text and images created by Carrissa Knox from Penelope Rae at (www.peneloperae.com). You may print and share this pattern but do not reproduce or distribute as your own. Finished products created using this pattern may be sold. It is appreciated if credit is given to Penelope Rae for the design of this pattern. If you have any questions/comments please feel free to email Carrissa Knox at crochet@peneloperae.com. You can view all other crochet patterns and crochet items for sale at www.peneloperae.com

 

November 29, 2012

Gettin' Craftsy!

 

A few weeks ago, I finished my first ever Craftsy class and it went so well that I HAVE to share my experience! Craftsy gets four stars from me. Why? Well...

 

What is Craftsy?

"Craftsy is a community of people who love to make things." Quilters, bakers, crafters, knitters, crocheters and more come together in this online community to learn and inspire. You can share and sell patterns, shop for supplies, share projects, and take online classes! I have been using Craftsy to share my free crochet patterns and I finally decided to take my first class!

Choosing a Class.

The only thing that could make Craftsy better is if they offered more crochet classes! Being an advanced crocheter I would have liked to take some unique crochet classes, but new classes are always being offered so I'm hoping its only a matter of time! Instead, I decided to learn something I have always wanted to try and I enrolled in Knit Lab with Stefanie Japel! Learning to knit has always been on my "lifelong list of things to do" and I was very excited to learn!

Class Experience.

Immediately, I was very pleased with the design of the "classroom". The course videos allow you to skip to different lessons and different topics inside each lesson, which is great for quick learners like me or others who would only like to watch certain lessons within the course. There is also a sidebar which displays questions asked by others in the class (so helpful!) And better than that, as the video plays the questions are highlighted at the point which they were asked so you can really understand "okay, this question is about what Sefanie is talking about right now" and that really really helps with the learning process! I read through responses to questions I would have other wise not asked myself and I learned that much more! Also in the questions box you can respond to all questions and, vice versa, you can ask specific questions and expect to get answers from the teacher along with others in the class (you can even attach a picture with your question!)

The course also provides you with class materials with helpful tools and patterns for the class projects. It also includes a class overview, materials and patterns, information about your instructor, and other resources.

When you finish with the class project you can share your final projects along with pictures of other finished projects made by your classmates! (View mine below!) You are allowed to comment on and view different yarns and materials that others used and it's just lovely to view other projects like your own and maybe get ideas for the next time!

On The Go.

What's better than all of this? There is also a Craftsy app for the iPad! With a lovely design, you can take your class with you and even enroll in new classes everywhere you go! The app is great for taking classes and the only thing I wish the app allowed you to do is upload patterns, but unfortunately for now you can not upload patterns to Craftsy from your iPad.

Overall.

I had an amazing first experience taking my Craftsy class! And even more, it never has to end. You can go back and view and even retake your class anytime you want! Craftsy is a fantastic and largely growing community and would recommend it for anyone!

My Projects.

Here is my first Lacy Keyhole Scarf created while taking Knit Lab!

And after taking the class I made my very first knit hat!