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DarnGoodYarn.com has an Etsy Store: RecycledSilkYarn

September 20, 2009

So, www.darngoodyarn.com, your source for premium recycled silk yarn, fair trade yarn and knitting and crochet accessories has opened up an etsy store so you can pick out individual balls of yarn! Our user name at etsy is RecycledSilkYarn Click Here to Visit

CROCHET: Free Recycled Silk Yarn Scarf Pattern

September 13, 2009

The Easy Crochet Scarf

The Easy Crochet Scarf

Ok, ok…through lots of loving heckling I present to you a crochet pattern..gasp!

Understand, I’m a knitter and thanks to my crafty MIL I now know how to crochet but not well enough to even put a pattern up for anyone to follow. With that in mind, I turned to one of Darn Good Yarn’s sponsored Etsy Artists, Melissa. She came up with two super simple crochet patterns.

This is the first, a nifty scarf very much like the “Darn Good Accessory”

Click Here to Check Out the Yarn

Click Here to Check Out the Yarn

So, here’s the pattern!
Easy Breezy Recycled Silk Skinny Scarf

Click here to buy now! DGY's Premium Recycled Silk Yarn

Click here to buy now! DGY's Premium Recycled Silk Yarn

Need: 2 balls recycled silk yarn:
Hook: H (5.0 mm)
roughly 4 inches wide, 90 inches long.
Ch 15
Round 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and every ch across, ch 1, turn
Round 2: sc across, ch 1 turn
Rounds 3 – 5: repeat round 2
Round 6: sc in first stitch, *ch 3, sk 2, sc in next* repeat 3 times, sc in last stitch, ch 1, turn
Round 7: sc in first stitch, *ch 3, sc in ch 3 loop* repeat 3 times, sc in last stitch, ch 1, turn
Repeat round 7 until you reach the desired length, being sure to leave enough yarn to finish
Finish: sc in first stitch, 3 sc in each ch3 loop, sc in last stitch, ch 1, turn.
sc in each stitch, ch 1, turn
repeat 3 times, finish off, weave ends.

Note: Yarn sometimes twists, be careful to untwist it as you are crocheting. If yarn is too tight, upgrade to J hook. Your scarf will be slightly wider, you may need an additional ball of yarn to attain the desired length.

Click Here to Buy the Yarn

Click Here to Buy the Yarn

Another note: This is a free pattern which is not to be used for commercial gain. Feel free to tell your friends and use it how you like but respect the artist!

A special thanks to Melissa. Visit and support her sites which are:
http://madebymelissa.etsy.com
http://madebymelissa.blogspot.com

http://etsynj.blogspot.com

Darn Good Yarn on Etsy

September 7, 2009

I know that sometimes shopping online for craft projects can well…stink.

Silk Sari Ribbon

Silk Sari Ribbon


As a fellow crafter/addict of anything colorful, shiny and pretty, I realize that need to get the exact ball, fiber etc of what you want. It’s like finding that perfect onion in the store. Sure, it’s going to wind up chopped diced and mangled in your recipe, but it’s important to find just the right one. Believe me, I’m guilty of searching through the mounds of onions just like the rest of us! And I realize the importance of choice!

Darn Good Yarn on Etsy

Darn Good Yarn on Etsy

So, I had a breakthrough similar to that of Newton’s Apple. We’ll call this breakthrough Nicole’s Yarn Ball. I’m listing individual and groupings of our popular yarns on our newly created Etsy store “Recycled Silk Yarn”. Clever name eh?

So, if you’re not into trusting my judgement through darngoodyarn.com go ahead and pick out the very exact ball notion or package at RecycledSilkYarn on Etsy.

And if you have a custom request, you just let me know! I will take pictures and send you everything I can to help you make your decision!

Click Me to go to our Etsy Store

Click Me to go to our Etsy Store

KNIT: Hemp Washcloth

June 27, 2009

Hemp WashclothSo, do you ever have a project that you just don’t take too seriously… for me washcloths are like that. While they were good for teaching me stitches back in the day, sometimes I get a little lazy and while the intent is there to make something super cool…my creative juices run a little dry (it’s because I’m always looking for new yarn for all of us to enjoy!)

So, all you’ll need is a pair of 5 needles and
1 ball of The Natural

CO 36 sts and make a square… crazy complicated stuff!!! Woooo!

But it is worth noting a few things:

  1. I didn’t even make a dent in that ball of hemp
  2. It got softer as I washed it in my machine
  3. It would make a nice gift if you made one of these and made a soap. But a nice little bow around it and don’t you look all Martha-ish!

And yes, please excuse the pricing in the video too. The pricing in the store is current and accurate.

KNIT: 1 T-Shirt and Recycled Silk Case

June 27, 2009

Pencil Case Blender YarnThis is such a versatile case. First, I started making this with the intent to have it be a pencil case. But when I finished it up, it fit my cell, some bills, some plastic and my pens. And, oh yea, it’s made out of an old t-shirt (the one used here was so stained..yikes!) and then one kit for this pattern which¬† you can get here: Click Me

Get the Kit Now! ON SALE! 1 T-shirt Pencil Case Kit

Get the Kit Now! ON SALE! 1 T-shirt Pencil Case Kit

Here are the instructions to make the T-shirt yarn:

>How to make T shirt Yarn

So here is the pattern,
CO 8 sts with the recycled silk and your recycled T-Shirt

Work in garter for 13 inches.

So, a note, the knitting will be tight but that’s what it’s supposed to do so your pencils don’t fall out!

After you’ve knitted up the body, let’s work on the flap, we’ll do this row by row:
Row 1: K2tog, knit to end
Row 2: K2tog knit to end
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K2tog, knit to end
Row 6: K2tog, knit to end
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: K2tog, knit to end
Row 10: K2tog, knit to end

Now you have two stitches left. Go ahead and make 4.75 inches of i-cord.

Cool, almost done!

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Now BO and leave about a 6-10″ tail of yarn. You’re going to now use this tail to draw the i-cord into a loop and sew/weave that remaining yarn into the base of where the flap stopped and the i-cord started. This will create a button loop for you!

So now, fold the pencil case so it looks like the finished product pictured here. Can you see where the button should be? Good, sew the button there with the hemp.

OK, so take the hemp and sew up the edges! Oh yea, now you’re all done, and your friends will be green with envy!

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So you need to know how to make T-shirt yarn? Well it’s easy! For this example, I used a medium shirt, which due to my “incredible” laundry skills shrunk to a not so flattering belly shirt! And yea it was stained from hair dying experiments! So, that shirt was a perfect candidate…which one are you going to use?