Seasons Change

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The fall winds are starting to blow through Chicago. The change from Summer to Fall has always been my favorite transition. It's like a sigh of relief from the hot and busy summer. And, it's the time I feel most inspired to pick up all the crafts and just start making! Over the last 8 months, Firefly has grown and started to spread her wings. And, much like the Fall winds, I finally can sigh in relief and start some new beginnings. As a shop owner, I look at patterns every day. I believe it is important to constantly inspire myself, that way I can help inspire others. And what better way to spread the inspiration than create an Inspiration Blog dedicated to patterns and yarn that inspire us together! Once a week I will put together a post about what has inspired me throughout the week and hopefully I can pass that on to you. 

This week I've been outside walking through the Chicago Botanic Gardens, going to the farmers market, and making my daily trip to the shop. I love the fall breeze and this week all I have been thinking about is light sweaters, and fall shawls. I have put together a few designs that makes me wish I had all the time in the world to make sweaters! I hope you enjoy and are inspired to start this new season with a cool breeze and warm heart! 

Haiku Crochet Shawl by Rebecca Velasquez

This simple pattern makes this delightful shawl perfect for the fall leaves. I picked out Peppino by Rhichard Devrieze in Roasted Arabica. This beautiful mix of earthy tones brings out the the fall colors as you head to work, or run errands! 

What you'll need:
Hook size: F (3.75mm)
Yardage: 442 yards
Weight: Fingering
Suggested Yarn: 2 skeins of Rhichard Devrieze Peppino, in color Roasted Arabica (225 yards per skein)

 Haiku Shawl by Rebecca Velasquez Image © Carrie Bostick Hoge

Haiku Shawl by Rebecca Velasquez
Image © Carrie Bostick Hoge

 Haiku Shawl by Rebecca Velasquez Image© Carrie Bostick Hoge

Haiku Shawl by Rebecca Velasquez
Image© Carrie Bostick Hoge

 
 Rhichard Devrieze, Peppino, Roasted Arabica Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

Rhichard Devrieze, Peppino, Roasted Arabica
Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

 

Stormy Sky Knit Shawl by Life is Cozy

This light shawl is delightful dressed up, or down. A lovely yarn for this pattern would be Smitten by Why Knot Fibers in Ripple. Just like the ripples in Lake Michigan, this shawl adds beautiful texture to any outfit.

What you'll need:
Needle size: US 9 (5.5 mm)
Yardage: 400 - 550 yards
Weight: Fingering
Suggested Yarn: 1 skein of Smitten by Why Knot Fibers in color Ripple (400 yards per skein)

 Stormy Sky Knit Shawl by Life is Cozy Image © Life is Cozy

Stormy Sky Knit Shawl by Life is Cozy
Image © Life is Cozy

 Stormy Sky Knit Shawl by Life is Cozy Image © Life is Cozy

Stormy Sky Knit Shawl by Life is Cozy
Image © Life is Cozy

 
 Why Knot Fibers, Smitten, Ripple Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

Why Knot Fibers, Smitten, Ripple
Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

 

Fall River Crochet Shawl by Lisa Naskrent

For those of you who want to welcome the Fall with a more challenging pattern, this lacy shawl will not disappoint. This shawl will need more focus, but it'a beauty will make it a delight to crochet and wear! The deep purple of Savor by Why Knot Fibers in Orion, reminds me of the purple maples in my neighborhood where I grew up, and it compliments any fall color palette. 

What you'll need:
Hook size: F (3.5 mm)
Yardage: 1312 yards
Weight: Lace
Suggested Yarn: 2 skeins of Savor by Why Knot Fibers in color Orion (875 yards per skein)

 
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Tegna Knit Sweater by Caitlin Hunter

This sweet sweater is a perfect garment for this in-between weather. Dress it warm, or cool, it makes a statement with any outfit. I was drawn to Sole by Why Knot Fibers in the color In the Rushes, a beautiful green yarn that mimics the deepening of Summer into Fall.

What you'll need:
Needle size: US 2 (2.75 mm) and US 3 (3.25)
Yardage: 760 - 1300 yards
Weight: Fingering
Suggested Yarn: 2 - 4 skeins of Sole by Why Knot Fibers in color In the Rushes (400 yards per skein)

 Tegna by Caitlin Hunter Image © Boylandknitworks

Tegna by Caitlin Hunter
Image © Boylandknitworks

 Tegna by Caitlin Hunter Image © Boylandknitworks

Tegna by Caitlin Hunter
Image © Boylandknitworks

 
 Why Knot Fibers, Sole, In the Rushes Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

Why Knot Fibers, Sole, In the Rushes
Image © Firefly Fiber Arts Studio

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's pattern inspiration! Happy making! 


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