SAVE 10% – PARTY OF FIVE mini skeins yarn in stock!

Available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

BACK IN STOCK! Party of Five mini skeins yarn by Sweetgeorgia yarns in soft merino wool mini skein set of gradient colours and neutrals. Each Party of Five mini skein is a 3 ply sock yarn weight merino wool with a touch of nylon for durability. Each Tough Love Sock fingering weight set contains five 105-yard mini-skeins for a total of 525 yards. Tough Love Sock yarn: Spun from 80% superwash and super soft merino and 20% nylon, this 3-ply yarn. Suggested gauge US 0-1 (2-2.25mm) | 8 sts/1″. The mini skeins are perfect for knitting, crochet, weaving and other crafts adding a gradient colour way or a special touch of colour. Other colours are available on my Etsy store.

Great for many crochet and knitting patterns in my listings. If you need other colours not shown let me know and I can order the colour set for you. Various Valerie Baber Designs crochet patterns are available on my Etsy store that work perfectly with these mini skein sets.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber and Lovecrafts: LoveCrafts

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Waffle Ribbed scarf crochet pattern for Men and Women

Available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

NEW! The Waffle Ribbed scarf crochet pattern adds a cozy warmth to your wardrobe adding a perfect scarf accent for Men and Woman to adorn their favourite coat. The ribbed texture adds a classic feel to the design with a more modern touch. Wear the scarf with the one edge folded over, both edges folded over or straight up for a different look. Great for Men, Woman and Teens.

Designed with sock/fingerling weight yarn so you can wear it in most seasons. The Waffle Ribbed scarf can also be made in a solid colour, multiple colours on each row, two toned colours, hand painted yarns or a solid coloured yarn to suit your wardrobe and style. Various crochet patterns are available on my Etsy store and Ravelry for you to enjoy making. All patterns are designed by Valerie Baber of Valerie Baber Designs. See my other listings for other great patterns and yarn to make them with. More information about this pattern on my Etsy store.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber and Lovecrafts: LoveCrafts

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HANDMADE scarves are back IN STOCK!

HANDMADE scarves designed and made by myself (Valerie Baber Designs) are now back in stock with many new styles available and more coming soon. I have been busy over the past year working on my pattern writing offering various crochet patterns for you to enjoy and designing new scarves, hand warmers while continuing to learn more about my newest fibre adventure weaving. This week I have added a few of my ready to wear designs to my Etsy store, some are one of a kind. I will be adding various styles including architectural designs, floral, unique, nature inspired, contemporary and modern pieces to my ready to wear collection soon. Link to my Etsy store below:

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

Crochet patterns are available for some of the new ready to wear designs so you can make your own unique scarf. Others are only available as ready to wear. The Elegant Leaves Designs shown in the first and last photo is available as a crochet pattern. You can make this design with the mini skeins I also sell on my Etsy store or use yarn from your stash. See more on my Etsy store.

I use hand painted high quality yarns as the base for most of my designs with added luxurious fibres like silk, cashmere, sparkle yarns, kid mohair and more in some of the scarves for a special elegant touch. Each item is designed by myself and made by myself to ensure the quality of the garment is excellent. I will be adding new designs often so pop by my Etsy store and take a look at the recent additions.

Various crochet patterns and ready to wear scarves, shawls, hand warmers and more by Valerie Baber Designs are available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com 

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber and Lovecrafts: LoveCrafts

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Elegant Lace Hand Warmer Crochet Pattern

Available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

The Elegant Lace Hand Warmers features an elegant lace design with a modern essence in the ribbed stripe accent on the wrist area of the hand warmers. Lovely lace design to keep your hands cozy and warm with an elegant lace design. Two sizes are available including a regular length and a longer length. Designed with sock/fingerling weight yarn so you can wear it in most seasons. The hand warmers can also be made in a solid colour, multiple colours on each row, two toned colours, hand painted yarns or a solid coloured yarn to suit your wardrobe and style.

Easy to crochet design perfect to make in a weekend. Great for gifts or just for yourself.

Shown in Tough Love Sock from SweetGeorgia Yarns in the Snowfall (gray) colour way and the Bubble Wand (ivory speckled) colour. Other great sock yarns are Malabrigo Sock yarn, Cascade Heritage yarn, Paintbox Yarns Sock, Berroco Sock, Noro Silk Garden sock and many other sock or fingerling weight yarns.

Finished Measurements:
Measurements with finishing trim: The width is 7 inches around, 17.75 cm for both sizes. The length is 7.25 inches, 18.4 cm for the regular length and 8.25 inches, 21 cm for the longer length.

YARN: You can use most sock weight/fingerling weight yarns for this scarf.
Yarn needed: 1 skein of the base colour (425 yd / 388 m per 4 oz / 115 g per skein). One skein makes 2 hand warmers or 1 hand warmer and 1 Elegant Lace Scarf (Neck Warmer style) available on my Etsy store and Ravelry. Shown in Tough Love Sock from SweetGeorgia Yarns.

HOOKS & NOTIONS
B -1 US / 2 – 2.25 mm crochet hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

GAUGE
Gauge is 5.5 sts and 4 rows in hdc = 1” / 2.5 cm.

BIO:
Valerie has been designing and creating knitwear for various boutiques and galleries, as well as pattern writing for over 25 years. Originally designing knitted pieces and knitting patterns she now designs mostly in crochet. Valerie ventured into the world of fibre art in 2012, creating pieces with an art and design essence. While continuing to create and design she has been pattern writing once again, sharing her ideas with you to enjoy.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber and Lovecrafts: LoveCrafts

Follow me on my Instagram, Twitter and here on my Blog for the newest patterns, free patterns, weaving adventure, crochet journey and other fiber related items. 

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Elegant Lace Scarf Crochet Pattern

Available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

The Elegant Lace Neck Warmer scarf features an elegant lace design with a modern essence in the ribbed stripe accent. Cozy up your day with a touch of lace designed to keep you warm with style. Designed with sock/fingerling weight yarn so you can wear it in most seasons. The scarf can also be made in a solid colour, multiple colours on each row, two toned colours, hand painted yarns or a solid coloured yarn to suit your wardrobe and style. Perfect in a merino wool or other cozy yarns for the fall and winter or make it in a silk or linen yarn for the cool spring and summer days adding an elegant touch to your wardrobe.

Easy to crochet design perfect to make in a weekend. Great for gifts or just for yourself.

Finished Measurements:
Approximate measurements with finishing trim at longest part of the scarf: 20 inches, 50.8 cm wide by 6 inches, 15.25 cm high.

YARN: You can use most sock weight/fingerling weight yarns for this scarf.
Yarn needed: 1 skein for the base of the scarf (425 yd / 388 m per 4 oz / 115 g per skein). One skein makes 1 scarf shown here with enough yarn left over to make 1 Elegant Lace hand warmer set. The hand warmer pattern is available on my Etsy Store and Ravelry. Shown in Tough Love Sock from SweetGeorgia Yarns.

Shown in Tough Love Sock from SweetGeorgia Yarns in the Snowfall (gray) colour way and the Bubble Wand (ivory speckled) colour. Other great sock yarns are Malabrigo Sock yarn, Cascade Heritage yarn, Paintbox Yarns Sock, Berroco Sock, Noro Silk Garden sock and many other sock or fingerling weight yarns.

HOOKS & NOTIONS
B -1 US / 2 – 2.25 mm crochet hook. Yarn needle to sew in ends. Three Buttons ¾ inch, 19 mm circumference.

GAUGE
Gauge is 5.5 sts and 4 rows in pattern using hdc = 1” / 2.5 cm. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge

BIO:
Valerie has been designing and creating knitwear for various boutiques and galleries, as well as pattern writing for over 25 years. Originally designing knitted pieces and knitting patterns she now designs mostly in crochet. Valerie ventured into the world of fibre art in 2012, creating pieces with an art and design essence. While continuing to create and design she has been pattern writing once again, sharing her ideas with you to enjoy.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber and Lovecrafts: LoveCrafts

Follow me on my Instagram, Twitter and here on my Blog for the newest patterns, free patterns, weaving adventure, crochet journey and other fiber related items. 

Have a fibertastic day!

Elegant Lace Cowl Crochet Pattern

Available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

The Elegant Lace Cowl Scarf features a beautiful lace design perfect for any wardrobe. Cozy up your day with a touch of lace designed to gradually increase so the cowl sits perfectly for anytime of the day. Designed with sock/fingerling weight yarn so you can wear it in most seasons. Easy to crochet design perfect to make in a weekend. Great for gifts or just for yourself.

The Elegant Lace scarf can also be made in a solid colour, multiple colours on each row, two toned colours, hand painted yarns or a solid coloured yarn to suit your wardrobe and style. Other Elegant Lace crochet patterns that match including scarves, shawl and hand warmers are also available.

Finished Measurements:
Approximate measurements of the scarf not including the top trim: 26.7 inches, 67.80 cm wide by 9.6 inches, 24.4 cm high.

YARN: You can use most sock weight/fingerling weight yarns for this scarf.
Yarn needed for a solid coloured cowl scarf: 1 skein for the base of the scarf (425 yd / 388 m per 4 oz / 115 g per skein).

Shown in Tough Love Sock from SweetGeorgia Yarns in the Snowfall (gray) colour way and the Bubble Wand (ivory speckled) colour. Other great sock yarns are Malabrigo Sock yarn, Cascade Heritage yarn, Paintbox Yarns Sock, Berroco Sock, Noro Silk Garden sock and many other sock or fingerlinge weight yarns.

HOOKS & NOTIONS: B -1 US / 2 – 2.25 mm crochet hook. Yarn needle to sew in ends. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

GAUGE: Gauge is 4.5 lace sets in pattern of 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc by 9.5 lace sets 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc = 4”.

BIO:
Valerie has been designing and creating knitwear for various boutiques and galleries, as well as pattern writing for over 25 years. Originally designing knitted pieces and knitting patterns she now designs mostly in crochet. Valerie ventured into the world of fibre art in 2012, creating pieces with an art and design essence. While continuing to create and design she has been pattern writing once again, sharing her ideas with you to enjoy.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber and Lovecrafts: LoveCrafts

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Friendship Factor Adventure #3 – Terrific Tartan Scarf

The friendship factor adventure continues with a terrific Golden Plum Tartan scarf by Paula Veleta shown below. This beautiful scarf design is perfect for any wardrobe and a wonderful pattern to weave. Lisa and I spent some time discussing what we wanted to try next and we both felt weaving plaid or tartan was the next journey we wanted to explore. I love the Golden Plum Tartan pattern that Lisa found on WEBS you can link to the pattern here: Valley Yarns #99 Golden Plum Tartan PDF at WEBS | Yarn.com There is also a yarn kit you can purchase with the colours in the photo to make your yarn choice easy. The traditional tartan pattern was mixed up with a beautiful technique to make a lovely single strand stripe in the pattern instead of a thicker stripe normally seen. This give a modern touch to the design that we really enjoyed trying out. I hope they don’t mind me posting a photo of the pattern below as I promote how great this pattern really is.

Our thoughts and journey of the pattern:

Valerie:

Currently I am in love with plaid and tartan designs! I couldn’t wait to try the Golden Plum Tartan pattern. In order to use yarn from my stash I chose a fingerling weight yarn instead of the DK weight it was patterned in. This works as I wanted a slightly narrower scarf to wear. At the end of the scarf I added another set of the pattern to make it the length I wanted to achieve and compensate for the difference in yarn weights. It worked out great.

Being a designer I can’t help but change things from the inspiration of the original design. I love to experiment and see what can happen when I change this or that. Of course there were a few changes based on a couple of mistakes I made. I warped it backwards! Yes I really did. LOL. Usually I warp (rigid heddle loom) my shorter length scarves on my kitchen island, but this time I warped it in my studio forgetting that I warp on the right side of my loom in my kitchen and on the left side in my studio. Of course it doesn’t matter which side you warp it on with plain weaving, but when working a pattern like this you must warp it on the right side of your loom since the pattern is working from the right. Otherwise your tartan pattern turns out on the opposite side as you may have noticed in the photos. Because of this I also made another small mistake, you likely can’t see it. My advice is make sure you warp from the right side of your loom, unless you want it the other way.

For the yarn I used Tough Love Sock yarn from SweetGeorgia Yarns www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com I used a pink, burgundy, Ivory and a pale purple. The purple didn’t show up as well as I thought it would, but I love the subtle effect it gives. I would use a darker colour for this section as this is where the unique warping is done and on my scarf that effect is too light to see from a distance.

The Golden Plum Tartan scarf was a well written pattern and a wonderful weaving experience. The colour combinations that you could achieve with this designs would be great for both men and woman. Definitely a keeper on my list of “I need to make this one again”. Weaving with Lisa is always a great time while we choose our next project, choosing yarns, and weaving the item. We encourage each other to look outside the box and try new things that we didn’t think we could. Sharing each others goals and interesting weaving techniques we find on the online as we work together to achieve our weaving goals and grow our friendship.

Lisa:

For my tartan scarf, I chose browns and purples with green accent. The brown yarns and the purple yarn are Knit Picks City Tweed, a mixture of merino wool, alpaca and Donegal tweed. The green yarn is a silk and wool blend that I found in a yarn shop in Jackson, Wyoming on a trip to Yellowstone. All of the yarns were nice to use and the wool from Knit Picks bloomed nicely after a bath. The yarn is DK weight so this scarf will be warmer than our previous scarves. 

At first, I wanted to make the scarf to match my heavy jacket, but I did not have burgundy yarn in my stash so purple was my second choice. Browns are always a winner with me, but the dark brown I chose was a little close in value to the purple, so together the colors make more of a subtle difference rather than the stark change that one would expect in a plaid. The look suits me, however, since I don’t wear a lot of “loud” clothing. 

The pattern, which came from WEBS, was easy to understand and had a warping sequence that neither Valerie nor I had seen before – threading holes with a different color than the corresponding slot. This created thin stripes in the warp. Once warping was completed, it only took less than a week of evenings to weave this scarf, so it would make a nice last-minute gift to weave for someone if you are in a hurry. Just allow yourself time to wash your scarf and to twist the tassels.  

Weaving is the perfect metaphor for friendship! Different fibers and colors come together to make a pleasing design, just like different people in all shapes and sizes with different personalities come together to make the world a more beautiful place. The interaction of the warp and weft make an enduring strong cloth that provides warmth and protection against the cruel elements. A friendship with good attributes and character provides a place for friends to interact in an unconditionally accepting environment that serves as a buffer against life’s cruelties. 

Although we live far apart, I think Valerie and I have a woven cloth kind of friendship. I am having a great time learning from her in this process as we exchange ideas, discuss patterns and talk. Valerie is an awesome crochet designer and this trait naturally spills over into her weaving. She’s not afraid to do her own thing and that gives me courage to experiment more. I still continue to be amazed by how we can meet people through the Internet that we would not have known otherwise. Who would have thought that when I started selling crochet on Etsy in 2011 that I would be weaving with a crochet designer from Canada in 2021?  

Start your own Friendship Factor Adventure today with your friends, family and others you care about. Your adventure could be weaving, knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting, scrapbooking or anything you have a desired to learn. You never know where it will take you. As Lisa said is is hard to believe it has been so many years when we first met on Etsy helping to promote each others work. Now we are great friends who are helping each other along the weaving and crocheting path. Thanks Lisa for another enjoyable Friendship Factor Adventure. Looking forward to our next adventure with Expressive Weaving where we take a big step out of the box and try our hands at various unique techniques.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

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Valerie Baber Designs crochet patterns now available at Lovecrafts.com

Now you can purchase many of my crochet patterns at Love Crafts and the yarns used to make them to make it easy for you. Link here to see more: LoveCrafts Other crochet patterns will be added soon.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

Lovecrafts: LoveCrafts

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New Architectural Designs photo page

Architectural Designs by Valerie Baber

Added a new photo page on my Blog with various pictures of my Architectural adventures over the years with fibre. I had the honour of designing for various galleries which often included my architectural pieces some shown here. My love for architecture began while taking Interior Design. Since then it has been a passion for me to create designs with knitting and crochet that are inspired by the amazing artists, designers, architects and all the people involved in making such extraordinary buildings of the past. This is a small sample of the many designs I have created with an architectural theme. You can link to the page below that shows more of my architectural designs.

Architectural Designs – Valerie Baber Designs

I hope to pattern some of these designs and other crochet patterns with an architectural essence this year. A wonderful customer has recently sent me various photos of beautiful cathedrals etc. in France and I am looking forward to using them for a new architectural inspiration and creating a new crochet pattern from these wonderful photos. Thank you Marie for sending them to me. I really appreciate it! It is great having photos from your travels instead of relying on the internet. Here are a few of the inspiring photos below:

One day I hope to travel to France and other European locations. Fun fact: We do have a small piece of France on the East Coast of Canada! It is a French Territory. You can read more on these links below.

St Pierre & Miquelon – Current French Territories In North America – WorldAtlas

Top Tips for a Visit to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon – Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (newfoundlandlabrador.com)

Enjoy the inspiration in your life today. You never know where it will come from. Perhaps someone who lives in another country will help direct you in your newest adventure like my renewed inspiration to design architectural crochet pieces because a customer was so kind to share their travel photos with me. I can’t wait to begin designing with these photos and other architectural features from buildings of the past.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

Follow me on my Instagram, Twitter and here on my Blog for the newest patterns, free patterns, weaving adventure, crochet journey and other fiber related items. 

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