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Need A Sample?

October 11, 2009

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Oh I know..sometimes it’s tough to figure out what yarn to get, especially online.

I want to make sure you’re happy with your purchases so I offer you the option to get a sample of the yarn. You’ll get about two feet of the yarn wrapped around a 5×7 index card.

Choose the yarn you’re trying to make a decision on.

If you decide to the buy the yarn you got the sample for, let us know when you order and we will refund your sample cost!

Also, please note on the yarns which have multiple colors I will send our standard sample color. If you would like to see a sample of your specific color please email us at info@darngoodyarn.com upon purchase.

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Crochet: A bit of Lace Hemp Tam Pattern

October 10, 2009

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Chriss, our amazing crocheter came up with a great pattern for tam hats available only through her etsy store. Click Here to Check It Out!

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Click Here For the Pattern

This tam is stylish and warm. Like the matching scarf, the hat is lacey but not overly feminine. Instructions are included for 3 sizes of brims and the option to add more “slouch”. This is a quick project that can be crocheted in a few hours depending on your crochet level, so this is a perfect pattern for a last minute gift that definitely won’t look last minute! This pattern advanced beginner.

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Click Here For the Pattern

KNIT: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Purse

October 10, 2009

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Purse

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Purse

You know me, I love easy patterns…but you know what I love more? Easy patterns that kick major hiney! That’s why I love this purse!

This simple pattern was made when I was experimenting. I was actually sitting by the ocean when I casted on and thought wow… what I’m working on totally looks like seaweed, very colorful seaweed.

The handles are a “Nicole” creation. I made them out of wire. Wire? I like having fun with metal and wire so I whipped these puppies up–and I couldn’t find a pair I really liked in any stores so I made my own. If you want a set get in touch with me and I’ll make them for $10 a piece.

So, here’s what you need:
Size 13 needles
2 skeins of Darn Good Yarn Sari Ribbon Yarn

Purchase the Sari Ribbon Click Here

Purchase the Sari Ribbon Click Here

2 skeins of Darn Good Yarn Blender Live Wire Yarn (100g each)

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Click Here to check out the Blender Yarn

1 cool button
2 purse handles: You can get ones handcrafted by me here: http://www.shop.darngoodyarn.com/product/handmade-wire-purse-handles
needle to finish it up

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Buy the handles here!

Here’s how you do it:
CO 11 sts, work in moss stitch for all two skeins of the DGY Sari Ribbon Yarn and BO.
Sew up the sides.
I turned it inside out (but that’s up to you). I then flipped the first half inch over and stitched it down to create a “lip” around the opening of the purse. I thought this looked nice for the overall shaping.
Next attach the handles.

Now onto some optional embellishments which I think look great. I sewed a big wood button from Darn Good Yarn and braided some left over blender yarn to make a loop/clasp at the opening.

Top of the bag

Top of the bag

I also made a tassel out of the leftover Blender Yarn.

Dress it up however you’d like.

This project is super easy and the whole thing took me 2 hours to create! So, it’s a quick easy gift that will get tons of ohh’s and ahhh’s!

Front of the Bag

Front of the Bag

Throw it in the Dryer?

October 3, 2009

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I was just at an Alpaca Event at Ranch of the Oaks. Check out their yarn here.But I was talking to someone who knitted with my yarn and she said she threw it in the dryer. I’m talking about Darn Good Yarn’s Premium Recycled Silk.

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Click here to check out the yarn!

I just about fainted when I heard that. You see, I’m a total wus when it comes to my hand-knitted items. I have so little time to make them that they become treasured little nuggets so I “baby” them. But I figured I had to try this out…for the sake of all you out there feverishly crafting away with this great yarn!

So normally I tell people that if you want to wash your garment you can pick from this list: dry clean, dryel (the dry cleaning process you can do in your dryer), hand wash in cold water or throw your item in the machine with like colors on the delicate cycle with cold water.

And then to dry, I tell people to lay flat.

Well, for my experiment, I threw a swatch knitted up in stockinette stitch into the wash with like colored clothes on a …**gasp** normal cycle. Yes, I even had jeans in there!

I took it out, not bad…could this be a Darn Good Breakthrough?

Now onto the dryer…

I threw everything into the dryer on regular heat and all. My result… it held its shape pretty well. It did get a little fuzzy but it did make it reaaaaaaally soft. I like the result! Here are some before and after pictures. Hope they help you!

Before Washing DGY's Recycled Silk

Before Washing DGY's Recycled Silk

Now keep this in mind too. When I took these photos, you will notice the “after” swatch is upside down. There actually really wasn’t that much loss in shape, my knitting was what didn’t have any shape to begin with:)

After Washing & Drying DGY's Recycled Silk

After Washing & Drying DGY's Recycled Silk

Meet Chriss! Crocheter Extraordinaire!

October 1, 2009

Nicole: So here goes the question, what inspires you to create what you do?

Chriss: Well, that is a complicated question, sometimes I see an item on a person, such as a hat or a belt, and I haven’t seen it done in crochet, before. So I try it, and sometimes it works out horribly and sometimes I come up with a really awesome item or pattern.

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Click Here for the Belt

My daughter, Billie, is a huge inspiration. She is such a huge help when it comes to being able to wear things in different ways. Sometimes, we talk about an idea that didn’t work out, and she can help me modify the idea. Not to mention, she is my resident model.

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Click Here for the Pattern

Crochet had this bad rap for a long time as being, doilies, mile-a-minute afghans, bulky vests, and slippers. Not to say those things don’t have there place in crochet, its just crochet is so much more. A lot of people hear crochet and are immediately put off,then I show them and they are so shocked! So, I get inspiration thru breaking boundries or changing the way people think about crochet.

I have said this one before, knitters/knitting inspire(s) me. Why? There has been a major explosion of crochet patterns in the past 7-8 years, but before that it was hard to find cutting edge/ or even really trendy crochet patterns. There are so many really great knitting patterns, so sometimes I look to whats happening in the world of knitting.

The origin of yarn can be inspiring. I look at the texture, drape, and color of the yarn. We’ll use DGY Premium Recycled Sari Silk for an example: Well, first off its silk, and silk has wonderful drape. Color? Well, that one speaks for it self. Texture, I love to work with Sari Silk in fairly tight stitches, that way it stays put and doesn’t fray too much. Also I think that is one of the best ways to display the yarn.

Premium Recycled Silk Yarn

Premium Recycled Silk Yarn

And lastly nature inspires me, sometimes its listening to the rain, an awesome sunset, being in my veggie garden, playing with my kids, or like many others the season inspires me.
You say, “why?” And I say, “why not?”

CROCHET: Free Scrubby Pattern

September 13, 2009

Who wants a easy crochet pattern? Who needs a quick gift? Who needs it to be cheap? Who needs it to be easy?

If you answered yes to any of these questions.. well thanks for sticking around:)

No, seriously, I have a great easy pattern for a hemp scrubbie for all of you crocheters out there!

Use it in the shower or on your counters. I actaully love to use mine in the kitchen because they take grit up super quick.

We all need to thank Melissa, one of Darn Good Yarn’s Sponsored Etsy Artists.

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Click Here to Buy the Yarn

Here’s the pattern:
You’ll need one ball of hemp which will yield a couple of these puppies for you!
Finished size = just under 5 inches, round
Hook Size = E (3.5 mm)
Start chain 4, leaving a really long tail
Round 1: 16 dc in 1st ch, use tail to pull first chain closed, slip stitch to join. ch 3 (if you have a “hole” don’t worry, we can fix it later)
Round 2: 2 dc in each stitch, slip stitch to join, ch 3
Round 3: repeat round 2 (scrubber won’t be flat it will be “wavy”)
Round 5: 1 dc in each stitch, slip stitch to join, finish off leaving long tail.

Using yarn needle, weave in tail at center. If you have a “hole” use the tail to cris cross and pull the stitches together. Trim excess. Repeat with outside tail.

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!

Click here to get the yarn!

Click here to get the yarn!

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

http://etsynj.blogspot.com

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”

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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.

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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

KNIT: Slipper Pattern Now Available

September 12, 2009

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Click Here For the Pattern!

I’m so excited about this project. Faith, my friend and one of our most loyal and fantastic Darn Good Yarners came up with this cool pattern which is just in time for the fall season! Hoo-rah! (Oh I sounded very Air Force for a second!)

Don’t let your imagination cease with this pattern. These great slippers are great for travel as well as around the house! I am making a pair for myself for when I fly on planes because they roll up into my purse and when I’m on the plane I can slip off my shoes and stick these puppies on….ah bliss!

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Click Here For the Pattern!

You can also easily make a couple pairs for when you have guests to your house. Knit them up a pair to wear around your place and then let them take them home to enjoy and remember their time with you!

This pattern calls for an old t-shirt or two and some Darn Good Yarn (come on you know you have that one with the stain on it that really needs to be re-purposed). You can use either two balls of the premium recycled silk yarn or two balls of the slightly unrefined silk both found by click on the following pictures:

Click Here for the Unrefined Recycled Silk

Click Here for the Unrefined Recycled Silk

Click here for DGY's Premium Recycled Silk Yarn

Click here for DGY's Premium Recycled Silk Yarn

The pattern is very easy to follow and would be suitable for a beginner too. The pattern is $3.99, an absolute steal for the versatility of the slippers!

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Click Here For the Pattern!

KNIT: Recycled Silk Hat Experiment Free Pattern

August 24, 2009

Well, I’m sorry for the delay in getting this posted to everyone. I went on a vacation to Maine and NJ. I didn’t bring the ol laptop and I always forget how tough it is to do anything on someone else’s computer:)

PURCHASE YOUR KIT NOW, CLICK HERE!

PURCHASE YOUR KIT NOW, CLICK HERE!

So, here’s the pattern, some pictures and a quick video.
Also, don’t forget to wear big ol earrings with it.

OK, so here is the pattern..FINALLY!!! It’s easy peasy!
Materials: 1 Low Cost Kit which can be obtained here:Click Here!

A note about the kit… ” You’re going to get not only our premium recycled silk yarn but you’re also going to get some other great supplies to send you well on your way to making this easy peasy hat!

So, aside from our Premium Recycled Silk Yarn you’ll receive a needle for finishing too

An easy project!

Cast on 60 sts (If you have a smaller head CO 56)
Row 1: K2, P2, K2 across line, ending with P2.
Row 2 -- 6: Repeat Row 1.
Row 7: Knit across
Row 8: Purl across
Repeat these 2 rows (which is stockinette stitch) until hat is 8.75 or so (your preference) from start, ending with a purl row.

Then on the next knit row K2tog, K continue this pattern until the end of the row

Then purl across

Now when you get into the realm of having around 3rd “round” of decreasing there is a little “fudging” that’s going to happen but because the hat is slouchy you can’t tell. I don’t know if I wasn’t paying attention (which is a very good possibility) So don’t curse me and don’t fret!!! OK so on your knit rows, k2tog then knit 1 at the end of the row you might end up with 3 stitches (I did), just knit those. Just continue decreasing for a few more rows purling straight across the purl rows until you have 10 sts left

Take a big needle and pull the thread through the 10 stitches. Pull the thread so you close the top. Handsew the sides together, using the thread from top to bottom. Make sure you take your time!

I know I sometimes (very stupidly) rush the sewing and it looks like..well.. $%#$. You get a big ol clump of yarn..not pretty…so be sure to catch each stitch and finish it up nicely:)

Now throw on some big earrings and enjoy your creation!!!

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KNIT: Recycled Crafting Easy Quick Scarf

June 27, 2009

Quick Easy ScarfWe’re all in a money crunch these days. A Darn Good Accessory will solve your problems, at least for looking cute because it’s a 3 in 1 accessory! Wear it as a scarf, headband or belt.

I actaully had a recent request from client in Norway for me to knit her up this very pattern. Look at what she said, (thanks Carmen!)

I got the scarf in the mail today, it was really gorgeous! I got it earlier than expected, from the United States to Norway in 5 days! The service here is really great too! I absolutely recommend trying the recycled silk yarn to everyone! You’ll hear from me again :)
Thank you Nicole!

So, come on, let’s knit one up. I promise it won’t take long. It’s an easy easy pattern and if you check out the video I show you how I like to tie mine up in my hair..tres chic yes?

Quick Easy ScarfQuick Easy ScarfQuick Easy Scarf

Here’s what you need to make this:
The Darn Good Accessory Kit, click Here for more info.

And here’s the more than easy how-to:
CO 13 sts.
K1, P1 every row…woo hoo (I love mindless patterns sometimes because they’re great for newbies and they are medatative! Om!)
So how long are you going to make it? Well, this is totally up to you. I usually use 1 and 3/4 balls of yarn but I love a long skinny scarf. If you want even more drama keep going. Want shorter than shorten it up!
BO, weave in ends and style it up and look cute!

Look at you go!

How to flaunt it: See My Video

Quick Easy ScarfAs a scarf. This type of scarf is meant to be wrapped a couple of times around your neck. Here’s how to get the look as shown by moi. I take the end of my Darn Good Accessory and place it about in the top third of my torso and wrap around my neck like that then tie it off to the side (so it doesn’t look like a tie). I never start by hanging the scarf in the middle behind my neck because I think you don’t get to show off as much as the scarf and your ends can’t be uneven and you don’t get to make a cute tie in it.

As an awesome headband. Because this Darn Good Accessory is done in moss stitch it grips onto itself and doesn’t shift making it the perfect candidate for a headband. So, here’s how to do it. Put your hair up into a high ponytail and cover your part. It doesn’t even need to be neat because it will be covered by the DGA. Quick Easy Scarf So, depending on if you want part of the DGA to hang down your back or not depends on if you start the headband in the back or front of your head. So, choose the base of your head or just at the front of your hair line at your forehead. From there, find the center of your DGA and wrap symmetrically around your head with both hands, switching ends with your hands when it crosses over keeping the scarf tight. The trick to making it flat is to pyramid the wraps as if you were putting grip on a tennis racquet or tape on a road bike handle. The cool part about this DGA is that you don’t need to knot it for it to stay in place you simply need to tie it. You can take your hair out at that point of leave it up…whatev:-). Be prepared to get some compliments!! Pair with some mellow colors to wear so you highlight the scarf.

As a cool belt over a long shirt. You could have it go around once and let the ends hang or you could double it around and make it like a little corset look. I totally recommend a nice sold dark color with this option though… you don’t want too much going on in your outfit!