Painted Shawl closeup detail 175hi

Aran bag in useAran cable tote bagA handy mid-sized tote.  Finished bag as shown is about 17" high, 15" wide, 4.5 " deep.  Pattern Price: $ 6.00

What you'll need:

Yarn:  Eight 50-gram balls (131 yds each) of Rowan Tapestry (70% wool, 30% soy) Color 175-Moorland.  Add 1 or 2 balls for long handles.; locking stitch markers.
Hooks: Sizes G-6 (4 mm) and F-5 (3.75 mm) or the size you need to get the gauge.
Gauge: With smaller hook, 18 sc = 4”’ with larger hook, a braided-8 cable is 3” wide.

Armwarmers and Fingerless GlovesFor winter warmth, two options:  armwarmers in an interesting spiral stitch, or a set of fingerless gloves.  The armwarmers as pictured are a full 17" long; the fingerless gloves come to mid-forearm.  Either can be customized to be longer or shorter, and to fit bigger or smaller arms.   Pattern price for both:  $6.00

For the armwarmers, you'll need three 50-gram skeins Koigu Premium Merino (KPM), in different colors that you like (those pictured are # 2160 Purple, # 2130 Turquoise, and # 2120 Magenta); PLUS one 50-gram skein Koigu Painters Premium Merino (KPPM) P123, (E) a few yds of KPPM No. 805. To make these in one color, you would need about 350 yds (two 50-gram skeins) of Koigu.  Use a size G-6 (4mm) hook.  The gauge is 3sc (with spiral st chains and triples between) = 1.5 "

For the fingerless glovesOne 50g skein (175 yds) Koigu Premium Merino (KPM), # 2235 Burgundy;  size H-8 (5 mm) hook.  Gauge 19 sts = 4” in cable pattern. 

Note on Yarn Substitution: Either of the patterns can also be done in any of the following yarns: Claudia Handpaints Merino sock yarn; Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock; Fleece Artist Basic Merino Socks; Cherry Tree Hill Merino Sock Yarn; Louet Gems 100% Merino wool.

wristwarmers in plain and fancy versionsWristwarmers can really keep the hands warm in chilly weather, while leaving the fingers free for important tasks, from crocheting to using your tablet or cell phone.  Here are patterns for a "plain" and a "fancy" version.  As shown, both come to about the middle of the forearm. Both length and size are easily customized.  Pattern price: $ 6.00

For "plain," you will need: One 50-gm skein (400 yards) of Jade Sapphire 100% Cashmere, Colorway #18 (Caribbean Mist); a size F-5 (3.75mm) crochet hook.  Gauge: 6.5 sts - 1"
"Fancy" uses two 50-gram balls (115 yds each) Katia Gatsby, Color 88502, black with silver; AND one 20-gram ball (85 yds) Trendsetter Metal, Color 20, black with pewter and gold; two hooks (G-6 (4mm) and G-7 (4.5 mm). Gauge is 25 sts = 1" using the smaller hook and the Katia Gatsby yarn.