Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A Productive Month, or, Patterns! Patterns! Patterns!

June was a busy month here at Micawber Towers - a month in which I released not one, not two, but THREE new patterns. (Blogger pauses to breathe; wipes brow with back of hand.)

Jewelweed Shawl

The first is the Jewelweed Shawl, available in my Ravelry store here:

Jewelweed is a quick and lacy top-down shawl, featuring a single crochet v-stitch body accented with rows of chain loops and cluster stitches. A uniquely-constructed border evokes the shape of jewelweed blossoms.

You can easily customize your Jewelweed Shawl by varying the number and placement of accent rows. The pattern includes charts and an edging phototutorial (for you visual types), and suggestions for variations.

Jewelweed looks equally lovely in a gradient, tonal, or solid yarn. I used Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball for my peachy-pink sample; the turquoise-purple-citrus version was made from Omega Mimosa and Cascade 220 Fingering.

Bonus photo of actual jewelweed:

Night Garden Poncho

Next up is the Night Garden Poncho, published in Yarniverse June 2019, and available in my Ravelry store here.

Modelled photo (left) courtesy of Yarn Crush; used by permission.

Night Garden was worked in the softly glowing, deliciously squishy Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn Superwash Worsted, colorway Midnight Garden. (Can you sense a theme here?) The yarn, which looks blue from a distance, is highlighted with shadowy glints of purple and green:

Night Garden can be worn with the neck opening front-to-back, or side-to-side. The pattern is fully charted and includes tips for widening/lengthening your poncho, enlarging the neck opening, or working a smaller version as a scarf or wrap.

Sweet Rocket Shawl

Last but certainly not least is the Sweet Rocket Shawl, also published in Yarniverse June 2019 and available in my Ravelry store here.

Modelled photos (left and upper right) courtesy of Yarn Crush; used by permission.

Sweet Rocket is a curly-tipped crescent shawl. Like Jewelweed, Sweet Rocket is based on single crochet v-stitch, with eyelets that help form the shawl's curve. The shawl's name was inspired by Sweet Rocket, or Dame's Rocket, a gorgeous purple wildflower that blooms every June in Wisconsin.

The luscious sample shawl (which I can't wait to get back from the publisher) was worked in Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn Superwash Worsted, colorway Plum Pudding.

Fun botanical fact: Sweet Rocket is often confused with wild phlox. How can you tell them apart? Sweet Rocket blossoms have four petals each, and phlox blossoms have five. The Sweet Rocket Shawl's edging has four picots per shell to help you remember this important distinction. :)

Sweet Rocket: 4 petals per blossom

To all you lovely readers: use code BLOSSOMS to enjoy 25% off any or all of my self-published patterns until July 3, 2019.

I've got a month's worth of June flower photos to show you, but I'm saving those for another post.

How was your June?

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  1. Beautiful designs! Three more reasons I need to learn to crochet one of these days.

    1. Thank you, Deb! Hope to see you this summer. :)

  2. Thank you for sharing your lovely designs with us. :) Hope you have an awesome day sweet friend.

  3. You have an Etsy shop?!? Way cool!!! And simply love your new patterns! Hope this is a successful venture for you!

    1. Okay, so I was seeing things. Dang! I was going to go shopping in your Etsy shop!!!

    2. Ravelry shop. :) But you are welcome to shop there too. Thanks, dear friend!

  4. My June was super busy with work but not the kind of beautiful work you do my friend. Congrats on three gorgeous patterns.

    1. Thank you so much, Mere! Your work is beautiful too, even if the results can't be photographed. :)

  5. Congratulations to you published patterns. I didn't do much chrochet related work. It's the busiest time in the schoolyear. So hopefully I can crochet in the car (my husband loves to drive) when we go eastwards in about two weeks. Happy summer time! Regula

    1. Thanks, Regula! I hope you have a wonderful vacation. Happy summer to you! :)

  6. That is so cool that so many of your original designs are being published! I like all your creations. We're enjoying our grandkids this weekend.. they so rarely get to see each other.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    1. Thank you, Teresa! Hope you had a fantastic weekend with the grands. Is it hot out there?


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