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Free Crochet Pattern Time again!!!

November 25, 2009

So, I have been playing a lot lately at using up scraps of yarn and sometimes upcycling or recycling items I already have to give them a new look!  As I promised I would post them here on crochet Corner.   I think This bracelet would be great as a stocking stuffer for Christmas!  Or even as a gift for a gal of any age.

Here’s one for a Bracelet:

Sari Silk Bracelet

Sari Silk Bracelet

20-40 yards of Recycled Sari Silk Yarn
An old bracelet of any width  I used a plastic one about 1/2″ wide
Size 4.5 mm crochet hook.
Darning needle.

Row 1: Make a slip knot as you normally would to start crocheting. With the inside of the bracelet towards you and the yarn on the outside insert hook to the inside (from top to bottom) of bracelet, yarn over and draw up a loop, bring yarn around back side of bracelet, yarn over, pull thru 2 loops on hook. You are going to repeat this until you have covered your bracelet.   Push your stitches close together to ensure you cover your bracelet fully.  Join with slip stitch to first stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends.   Please see the photos below for visual help.

Socks 783

Socks 784

Socks 781

Tip, work the tail from the beginning under as you go, then you don’t have to weave it in later.   Have fun!  :)

CROCHET: Need a simple yoga mat bag pattern?

November 22, 2009

Click Me For the Pattern!

Click Me For the Pattern!

Have you checked out the other pattern Chriss made and decided you need a slightly easier yoga bag pattern? Well here it is! (and it’s a buck cheaper!)

Designed and Crocheted by Chriss Smith (in cahoots with Nicole, of course!)

This fun and colorful project is worked all in the round. The bag is designed to fit yoga mats up to 26″ high and 5 1/2″across when rolled up. This pattern is rated at advanced beginner.

Materials Needed:

3 Balls of Darn Good Yarn Premium Sari Silk
size 5.5 crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
Darning needle
1 coconut button
6 yards of sari ribbon (you can substitute this with a solid colored recycled silk. We tried black and it looked stunning!)

Click Here For the Pattern!

Click Here For the Pattern!

New Price For Our Yoga Bag Pattern!

November 22, 2009

Click here for the pattern

Click here for the pattern

Have you been scoping out the awesome yoga mat bag crochet pattern on our site? Well, if so, we have news for you! We’ve put it on sale for $3.99!

This is such a fun project! The entire bag is worked in the round, and includes tapestry crochet techniques for the Om symbol. The bright jewel tones and earthy feel is just such a great mix for a Yoga Mat Bag. You can also use it for those Pilates fanatics too!

Click Here For the Pattern

Click Here For the Pattern


Get yours today!

The finished bag can be worn across the body or backpack style, and the drawstring closure keeps your mat secure. This bag is gorgeous and versatile.

Crochet Corner with Chriss

November 19, 2009

Got some Sari silk yarn leftovers? Well, stay tuned because we will be releasing some super fun and easy crochet projects to use up those scraps. In the mean time check out this purse I made all out of scraps!

The Leftover's Purse

The Leftover's Purse

The new “scrap patterns” will be much smaller and will include recycling some household items or something you could find inexpensively in a second hand or dollar store. I am thinking stocking stuffers!!!
If you have any requests for patterns, please let us know, we are always looking for fresh ideas or new twists on old ideas.
DGY will also be releasing a lovely pattern (at a great price, of course!) for Sari Silk Fingerless Mitts! I wasn’t gonna post this picture, but I think I will! Here it is:

Socks 741_cr

DGY's Premium Recycled Sari Silk Fingerless Mitts

Have the Best day ever and Happy Crafting!

Where does the lavender come from?

November 13, 2009

Did you ever wonder where some of the things you purchase come from? Well, at Darn Good Yarn we like to know the story behind the goods too! The lavender we use for our sachets is no different!
Give it a second to load, but here is a small video about me talking about the farm…..

We get our lavender from this great local farm which grows it organically! The place is called Clairmont Farms and you can go and visit their website and check out all of their great products! Click here to go to their site.

Clairmont Farms in Cali

Clairmont Farms in Cali


Click here to get a sachet!

Click here to get a sachet!

Crochet Corner With Chriss

November 12, 2009

Crochet Corner With Chriss is coming soon!

All about Faith…. the designer!

November 4, 2009

So you might remember I asked Chriss (our great crocheter) what inspires her: you read about it by clicking here.

But I had to ask our great knitter Faith the same thing. Read what she has to say!

Click here for Faith's Slipper Pattern

Click here for Faith's Slipper Pattern

I’ve been knitting since I was in my early teens. I made myself sweaters and ponchos and the like. I earned some of my money for university knitting sweaters. I hadn’t been knitting much lately except out of necessity (I go through a lot of mittens), but I found Darn Good Yarn by accident this summer. I was entranced by the yarn and intrigued by the 80 ways to save the earth tote bag. I ordered some of the yarn. When I decided to make the tote smaller than the pattern called for, I had leftover yarn, so I decided to make mittens. Silk is supposed to be the warmest thing to wear in the winter. They turned out well, so I figured I’d try socks, something I hadn’t knit since I was about 14. This meant ordering more yarn. I was working on them while on vacation, and my daughter and I wandered into a fancy yarn shop in Charlottetown. She fell in love with thrummed mittens, so I figured out how to make those. Her sister needed a pair after seeing them, naturally. By this time I was totally in love with the silk. Nicole was looking for designers, and every time I looked at the silk I came up with another idea for how to use it. We started collaborating, and there you are.

I also design cross-stitch and blackwork patterns and write for various publications, including a review zine.

Click Here Tibet Sari Silk Poncho Knit Pattern By Faith!

Click Here Tibet Sari Silk Poncho Knit Pattern By Faith!

KNIT: Recycled Silk Pattern Wine Bottle Bag

November 2, 2009

Check out this video and please give it a second to load!

MMMMM it's wine time!

MMMMM it's wine time!

How to make the Darn Good Yarn Wine Bottle Bag

Get a pair of size 15 needles,
get 2- 100g balls of the yarn we call the blender

Click here to get me! The Blender

Click here to get me! The Blender

You can get a little bit of ribbon too (or you can use left over yarn) This will be used in the finished product.. I’ll explain in a little bit

So, this one is easy: Cast on 39 sts and work in moss stitch (k1, p1) until your rectangle measures 6.25 inches long. Now stitch up the side. Ok now measure 3 inches down. Remember that ribbon? Yes? Well weave it in and out of your project. When you slip the bottle of wine in, you’ll use this to tighten the bag around the neck of the bottle.

Don’t like wine? Find some olive oil and use the same mechanics to give a stunning gift!

Not only is the inside goodies great but this bag totally has a chance of being re-used and will make your present look like the best one under the tree or on the table!

close up!

close up!