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Note: The image is optimized for printing on 8.5″x11″ paper (should work just fine on A4 paper, too), but it’s high enough resolution that it should print fairly well on paper as large as 11″x17″ (I recommend you go smaller than that). The image does not have black borders. I included a border here so you can see what the whitespace looks like around the drawing. You may want to get creative with matting it (or cropping it). I did not Photoshop out the errant pen stroke at the second I. Feel free to mess with that if you’re so inclined.
The following crochet patterns are available as PDF downloads on Ravelry and/or Craftsy. Please let me know if you have any questions about them!
With two strands of bulky yarn held together (or one strand of stupendously bulky yarn held on its own) and a gigantic hook, you can complete this project in a couple of hours. Working between stitches instead of through the top loops creates a staggered effect. Be sure to count your stitches regularly to ensure you’re not accidentally adding or subtracting stitches at the end of the round. If you find you’re off, just add or subtract stitches as needed – the pattern is very forgiving and minor mistakes will go unnoticed. They add charm, in my opinion.
Land & Sea
A simple feather-and-fan pattern is just as easy to crochet as a ripple, but has a bit more elegance to it. Two self-striping colourways interchange from one end of the blanket to another in Fibonacci stripes. Worked in fingering weight yarn, the result is a delicate baby blanket that’s not at all fussy.
This is an appropriate pattern for beginners, and it’s a satisfying, relaxing project for experienced crocheters.
Celia Circle Scarf
This versatile, cozy scarf was inspired by the elegance and wit of Celia Bowen, the protagonist in The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. Though Celia lives in magic, this scarf is grounded in nothing but basic stitches.
Worked in the round in worsted weight yarn with an off-centre band of the simplest lace, the scarf should take only a few days to complete.
Virtual Planetoid Hat
One of my favourite movies is So I Married an Axe Murderer, so it’s gotta be karma that landed me the parent of a child with a gigantic head. It’s a virtual planetoid. It has its own weather system.
The hat is worked from the top down in extended half double crochet, with earflaps worked in rows after. You’ll have a finished project – complete with pom pom, chin closure and edging – in just a couple of hours.
Bullseye Pet Mat
I designed this pet mat to encourage crafters to donate handmade items to animal shelters.
Using two strands of yarn held together, it’s a great stash buster – especially since the colour changes mean you don’t need a whole lot of any one colour.