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

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!

Playing with plaid – weaving a scarf for my husband

Playing with Plaid while I was weaving a scarf for my husband. A personal request from my husband who wanted a scarf in his favourite colour from Sweetgeorgia Yarns Chili Chocolate (this colour is no longer available but there is a similar one). I decided to do a plaid version as if feel it is a nice design for a man but instead of weaving the plaid throughout the scarf I chose to only weave it at the bottoms and leave the middle with a more subtle strip pattern due to the warping. The colours in the stripes are a brown and a beige to give a more neutral effect to the design. The base colour yarn is a hand painted yarn and adds lots of splashes of subtle colour changes throughout the design. I am currently weaving another “plaid” style pattern where the yarn does most of the work because of how it is dyed. I will show pictures of this scarf at a later date.

Weaving with a plaid design is very enjoyable as it is interesting and keeps you focused while weaving. My next goal is to try a much bigger scarf that has a deconstructed plaid essence. The pattern I found was in my Handwoven (handwovenmagazine.com). That weaving adventure is for another day!

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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Horizons scarf crochet pattern

Pattern available on my Etsy store:  www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com See my Etsy store for more information such as yarn needed or to purchase.

Horizons Scarf crochet pattern has a beautiful seashore essence. My favourite place to be is on the beach by Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Moments by the waters edge calm and rejuvenate your mind and soul. Designed for SweetGeorgia Yarns as one of their monthly patterns which is very fitting since they to are in Vancouver and my favourite stop while I am visiting. I love spending time in their store side of the business see the newest colours and fibres available. What an uplifting time to be surrounded by so much colour and yarn! My creative mind is in bliss when I am there surrounded by creative people and stunning and exquisite yarns. Make sure you pop into SweetGeorgia Yarns when you are in Vancouver.

The Horizons Scarf features an elegant lace design giving the essence of calmness, the feeling of standing by the edge of a beach watching as the sand colour fades from light to dark. The blue deepens as you look further out into the sea, the beautiful white waves cresting in between. Each of the colour changes bringing you back to the peaceful moments by the Seashore. The gray toned scarf shows the versatility of this design and how you can personalize the colours it to your wardrobe. Pattern is written using US crochet terminology.

PATTERN NOTES
The Horizons Scarf is worked in flat and pattern is written for Scarf A (blue, ivory, apricot) using a combination of the large skein of Birch with intermittent Party of Five mini skeins in the Seashore colour. You can use different colours of sock weight yarn from your stash or other mini skeins as long as they are the same yardage. The trim around the edge is worked once the base of the scarf is finished.

YARN Scarf A (ivory with blues and apricot)

Main colour: 1 skein sock weight yarn 425 yd / 388 m per 4 oz / 115 g skein (shown in SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock Yarn in Birch).

Plus:
Accent colours: Instructions are written for Scarf A with 4 colours of stripes. You need 4 mini skeins or 4 colours of sock weight yarn for the stripes of colour. SEE BELOW.

Scarf A is shown in SweetGeorgia Yarns Party of Five Mini Skeins in the Seashore Colour that were put together for this scarf, (105 yd / 96 m per 1 oz / 28 g skein).

Scarf B (gray and ivory) shows how you can use yarn from your stash or other mini skein sets just make sure the yardage is 105 yd / 96 m per 1 oz / 28 g skein for each stripe.

You can use most sock weight yarns and yarn from your stash for the colours or make it in a solid colour too. The Party of Five mini skeins are perfect for this design and available at Sweetgeorgia Yarns.

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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Fiesta Lace Crochet scarf pattern

Fiesta Lace Scarf Crochet Pattern is an easy to crochet pattern. Designed with Fingerling/Sock weight yarn. You can use any sock weight yarn. Perfect for the Party of Five yarn shown here. The Fiesta Lace Scarf pattern is designed by myself, Valerie of Valerie Baber Designs and can be worn in many different styles. It’s an easy to crochet pattern. You can use most Fingerling/Sock weight yarns for this design.

Yarn used In the photo is the Party of Five mini skeins by http://www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com in soft merino wool mini skein set. Show in the gradient colour way of light to dark gray to black called Graphite, 3 ply sock yarn weight merino wool. Each Tough Love Sock fingering weight set contains five 105-yard mini-skeins for a total of 525 yards.

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

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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Rose Onie Scarves are back!

The Classic Rose Onie scarf in beautiful soft chunky merino wool is back!  Various colours are available as shown in the pictures. Available at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com and http://www.valeriebaberdesign.com

This design was designed in memory of my amazing mother.  She loved flowers and gardening.  Roses remind me of her and her beautiful personality.  I miss her so especially around Christmas time which was the perfect time to bring this design back.  My mother loved Christmas and made it such a special time for all of us.  You will notice many of my designs are embellished with roses, this is the reason.

Made with beautiful soft hand painted merino wool perfect for this design.  There will be other similar styles coming soon with various READY TO SHIP ones as well currently available and coming soon.

Check out more on my online stores.

Beach Stone Scarves

Beach Stone Scarves in various styles and colours are now available on my stores at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com and www.valeriebaberdesign.com

Made with hand painted merino wool that is soft and luxurious to wear.  Available in the blue, ivory and gray backgrounds with beach stones and sea plants you see on the beach.  One of my favourite places to go is Vancouver, Canada.  The yarn used is from SweetGeorgia Yarns which is also in Vancouver, Canada.  A perfect match for this design as Felicia often uses inspiration from the area for the colours of her beautiful yarns. The blue is called Deep Cove which is a beautiful area outside of Vancouver that has water this amazing colour.  I had a great time popping into SweetGeorgia Yarns last week when I took a visit to Vancouver.  More on that later….

You can purchase my designs locally in the Edmonton, Alberta, Canada area at:

Alberta Craft Council:  www.albertacraft.ab.ca

Art Gallery of St. Albert:  www.artgalleryofstalbert.com