Christmas Colours Inspired Mug Rugs

Add a touch of Christmas cheer this year with a set of mug rugs. For this set I warped my Rigid Heddle Loom and a 12.5 dent reed with 68 warp ends with a 4/2 cotton. Makes great Christmas gifts for those you care about or want to thank. You could make each one a different colour for a family like I have so each member has a one of a kind mug rug to enjoy.

To achieve a wider mug rug for large mugs I chose to do a warp that is wider than the length of the final mug rug. I warped a length of approximately 55 inches. I made 4 mug rugs 5 inches long (they are approximately 6.5 “ wide) making sure I had at least 5 inches in between each mug rugs for the fringe. I chose 2 base colours which included a dark gray and a light gray. Below are some of my pattern notes. Side note, this was my first time weaving with cotton. The yarn I used is Maurice Brassard 4/8 cotton.

Warp: Starting with *dark gray warp 4 ends, light gray warp 4 ends*, repeat * to * across for 68 warp ends total. You could make it less than 68 warp ends so you end up with a smaller mug rug, but I wanted wider ones.

Weaving the weft: Each mug rug started with 6 weft picks of either the light or dark gray. For the remainder of the mug rugs I chose a colour (green, red or gray) and alternated every 2 gray weft picks with 2 colour weft picks, repeat these 4 rows for 42 picks ending with a colour stripe, 6 picks of the gray you began with to finish. Three of the mug rugs were woven this way.

The first mug rug in the group of 4 photo’s above is made with 4 colours (light gray, dark gray, red and green). This is what I did for that one:

Weft 6 picks in light gray, 2 picks in red, 2 gray, 2 red, 2 gray, 2 red, 2 green, 2 red, *2 gray, 2 red*, repeat * to * 3 more times, 2 green, 2 red, 2 gray, 2 red, 2 gray, 2 red, 6 gray. This is a bit short than the others to make the stripes even with the added colour.

You could use a frame loom to make them as well. You would need to make one at a time.

Off to make some mini placemats with a Christmas essence and plaid.

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NEW Victorian Essence Scarf crochet pattern

The new Victorian Essence neck warmer scarf is inspired by the Victorian Era fashion with the beautiful high lace trim collars on woman’s clothing. This aeasy to make scarf is designed just for you to warm your day with elegance and style Designed with a DK weight yarn to keep you warm and cozy in the colder days. The Victorian Essence scarf design has a classic touch with an essence of the past adding a unique touch to your wardrobe. Easy to crochet pattern that is perfect in any colour combination including neutrals, bright and bold or soft pastels.

Yarn: Takes approximately 138 yards / 125 m of DK weight yarn of your choice. You can use most DK weight yarns for this design just make sure you check your tension if before starting especially if you are using a different yarn. Makes changes at your end if necessary. 

Yarn Used: The gray scarf with the clasp is made with 1 skein of Sweetgeorgia Yarns 100% Superwash Merino Wool DK 256 yards / 234 m per skein and the ivory scarf was made with 1 ball of Diamond Luxury Fine Merino Superwash DK 138 yards / 125 m per ball

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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NEW Modern Essence Scarf crochet pattern

The NEW Modern Essence Scarf crochet pattern is an easy to make pattern that has a modern contemporary style perfect for any wardrobe. Designed just for you to warm your day with elegance and style. Wear this contemporary scarf on the outside or inside of your coat for a different look. Made with a DK weight yarn to keep you warm and cozy in the colder days. Easy to crochet pattern that is perfect in any colour combination including neutrals, bright and bold or soft pastels. Change the colours so there are stripes of colour or use gradient colours that move from light to dark for another unique touch.

Yarn: Takes approximately 230 yards / 210 m of DK weight yarn of your choice if you are making a solid coloured scarf add a bit of yarn in a contrasting colour if you are making with a different coloured trim. You can use most DK weight yarns for this design just make sure you check your tension if before starting especially if you are using a different yarn. Makes changes at your end if necessary.

Yarn Used: The dark gray scarf is made with 1 skein of Sweetgeorgia Yarns 100% Superwash Merino Wool DK 256 yards / 234 m per skein and the light gray scarf was made with 2 balls of Diamond Luxury Fine Merino Superwash DK 138 yards / 125 m per ball plus a bit of another colour for the trim.

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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Weaving a Clasped Weft Scarf

The other week I decided I wanted to learn clasped weft weaving. With 3 colours in hand I decided to warp the dark purple and use the 2 lighter colours on the weft. One is hand painted Colour way of light purple, blue and hint of mauve pink and the other a tonal hand painted merino wool in the mauve pink colour. I love using merino wool it is so soft and lovely to wear.

The great part about clasped weft weaving is your free to decide on each row how far to move each colour. You can do so many things with this pattern. Check out the various YouTube videos online for great demonstrations on how to do this weaving technique.

Clasped weft weaving is something I want to explore further in the future. Maybe some mug rugs will be next.

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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Gradient Chevron Blankets

Gradient Chevron Blanket:

I recently purchased some beautiful gradient skeins of sock yarn from http://www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com and was inspired to make a few lap size blankets perfect to keep you cozy and warm this winter.  The Fade kit yarn is only available until August 31st, 2020 so get your favourite colour set now. You get 5 skeins on Tough Love sock yarn in various colour ways to choose from.

I will post more pictures of the finished blankets later. I love working with gradient yarns. The gentle transition of colour change is so beautiful.

Enjoy your day !

Valerie Baber Designs are available at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

 

Rose Cowl Scarf Crochet Pattern

rose cowl scarf combo

Rose Cowl scarf crochet pattern:  This new designs by Valerie Baber is now available at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com  Inspired by beautiful rose gardens designed on a contemporary scarf cowl base.  This designs can be made with or without the roses.  A nice easy design perfect for any wardrobe.  Made with worsted weight yarn.  Other new crochet patterns also available on my Etsy store.

Add a floral touch to your wardrobe today!

Lavender and Lace Shawl and Scarf crochet pattern

lavender and lace combo

Lavender and Lace Shawl and Scarf Crochet Pattern:  New design by Valerie Baber with 2 styles to make.  The longer wider Shawl or large scarf size or the smaller scarf size.  Shown in a beautiful fingerling weight yarn by SweetGeorgia Yarns called Flaxen Silk.  This yarn is perfect for all year long.  The design can be made with most sock weight or fingerling weight yarns.  The inspiration for the Lavender and Lace shawl scarf pattern is the beautiful lavender that is a calming essence for all and can adorn your wardrobe any time of year.

Other new crochet patterns are available at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

Rose Onie Collection in Dark Gray

 

rose onie collection 2018 dk gray set9

New Rose Onie Collection for 2018 includes the Dark Gray colour way.  Available in the Scarf, Hand Warmers and the Ear Warmer to add an elegance to your wardrobe.   Also available in , ivory/sandstone, dark gray and a light gray coming soon.  Various styles and colours of this design including one without flowers is also available at http://www.valeriebaberdesign.com or http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

Enjoy your day!

Rose Onie Collection in Ivory

rose onie collection 2018 sandstone2

New Rose Onie Collection for 2018 includes the Ivory or Sandstone colour way.  Available in the Scarf, Hand Warmers and the Ear Warmer to add an elegance to your wardrobe.   Also available in dark gray and a light gray coming soon.  Various styles and colours of this design including one without flowers is also available at http://www.valeriebaberdesign.com or http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

Enjoy your day!