Summer Hair-Band #1

I have a new pattern for you today. I got tired of doing dishcloths so I thought I would shift to something different. I have long hair and it is always coming loose and getting in my face when I’m trying to work. I thought I would make a series of hair-bands out of 4-ply yarn for summer. I wanted the first one to be super easy so it can be knitted up in front of the TV once the pattern is established.

The hardest part about this pattern will probably be choosing the buttons to coordinate with your yarn. It features a staggered eyelet pattern that will allow you to adjust the size to your needs. It does tend to curl along the long edges, although blocking helps with this.

This is a great project to use up little odds and ends in your leftovers bin.

I had some self-patterning cotton sock yarn leftovers that I used. I’m very happy with the way it turned out. As a summer item, I’d suggest using cotton, linen, bamboo or any combination of those fibres. Obviously you can use wool if that’s what you have. I used sock weight yarn (4-ply/fingering) but you could use thicker yarn if you like, it would just come out wider. You work the patterned section to your head measurement and then add a section to sew the buttons onto. Because of this as long as you are happy with the width you get with a thicker yarn, you can absolutely make it work. If you use a thicker yarn, the amount (weight) of yarn you need will be different than what I have listed.

What with finishing up projects, gardening, work and the upcoming sock competition, I don’t know how many patterns I will be able to create this summer. I will play it by ear and see how it goes. I want to have a variety of hair-bands for myself, and that may be what motivates any new patterns that I come up with. 😀 I have a few ideas in mind; it’s just a matter of the time to do them up.

I hope you have fun with this pattern.

And here is the pattern!


Merry Christmas

I want to send out a “thank-you” today.

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to my loyal customers, my friends and my loved ones. I am resoundingly fortunate to have your support.

It’s been a year of growth, of learning curves, hard work and challenges, and a whole lot of connections built of yarn, friendship and laughter.

However you celebrate, whatever you celebrate I wish you love, peace, joy and abundance. For those who are lonely and missing loved ones I wish you comfort and love. For those who are struggling with overwhelming challenges I wish you strength and support. For those suffering health challenges I wish you healing and a vibrant recovery. For everyone that I connect with, whether in person or through technology, I wish you all the very best of the season and a wonderful, prosperous and love-filled 2017.

I will be closing the store over the holidays from December 24 through January 2. I look forward to serving you again in the New Year. I will take a respite from my blog next week. See you in January.

Merry Christmas!



End of Summer Sale

It’s the “End of Summer Sale” at Judy’s Designs.

 We need to make room for new yarn.

 From August 15th to 31, 2016

 Nako Vizon; Nako Baby Angel; Uptown Worsted; Knitca Wool Slub;

Knitca Superwash Merino; and Himalaya Denim are 25% off.

 Self patterning sock yarns are 30% off

 Fantasia Bacio and On Line Balu are 50% off

Welcome to Social Saturdays

I’m Judy and I love to knit.

I also love to sew, quilt, cross-stitch, needlepoint and do a whole lot of other creative activities.

My love for creativity is only dampened by the fact that there are only so many hours in a day, several of which I have to work. As a small business owner, my work doesn’t finish when the store closes  At the end of any day, it takes a whole lot of motivation to pick up a project to work on.

I started Social Saturdays at Judy’s Designs as a way to carve out a scheduled chunk of time to consistently work on those creative projects that mystically call out to me between the verses of the songs on the radio… “Judy, knit me! You know you want to!” My hope was that others would choose to join me with projects of their own.

So here’s the scoop.

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