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monday march 28, 2016: crazy for cowls ~ click here to comment March 28, 2016 09:33

Happy #TCJMonday!

I 'hop' everyone who celebrates had a great Easter weekend!

Easter Bunny Card

Here at The Crafty Jackalope we are crazy for cowls! We love them in the winter, in the summer and the seasons in between.  Here are a few we are mad about!


If you are looking for a quick cowl to make as a gift I would highly suggest the Capital Cowl V2.0.  If you have the yarn already (something bulky weight/12st) then all you need is the pattern.  Or you can get the complete kit with yarn and pattern all in a cute 100% cotton TCJ project bag.  The yarn the comes with the kit is a beautiful blend of silk and Alpaca and is offered in three colorways: grey; teal & opal.


One of my favorite designs is the Brave Cowl.  If you love plaid, this is the cowl for you.  It is knit with the delicious Purl Soho Super Soft Merino in 3 colors (sample: Super Pink 1120; Timeless Navy 1580 & Oyster Grey 2080).


Another quick knit is the Bambi Cowl.  We also offer this cowl as a kit; it come with two skeins of Malabrigo Mecha and pattern in a 100% TCJ project bag.


Looking for a cowl for the spring/summer months?  The Magpie Darling Cowl is airy & light.  The original pattern is knit with a strand of sequin sparkle (great for the holiday seasons or to dress up an outfit) but choose any light weight sock yarn in a linen or cotton or a soft merino and it is perfect paired with a t-shirt!


Another favorite is the Supersonic Crochet Cowl.  This is can be crochet in one hour (if you already know basic crochet techniques). This cowl comes as a pattern, a kit or handmade!

For a complete listing of all our cowl patterns, click here.  For the kits {yarn & pattern}, click here




monday, January 04, 2016: blackstone slouchy {knit kit} or {knitting pattern} ~ click here to comment January 4, 2016 00:00

Happy Monday!

A few days into 2016 and I think most of us are back at work or school or back into the real life.  If you got some time off, and are anything like me...this might be an extra hard Monday to face.  All week my schedule has been knitting and watching movies really late into the night and getting up at a leisurely earlier than 10am.

This morning...I can tell you I did not go to bed early but I sure had to get up early...and to boot, I have a date with Jillian Michaels....

This Monday I think we all need an extra treat so I have for you 1 project 2 different ways!


Some of you might be familiar with the Blackstone Slouchy.  I released it this Fall for Knit City 2015 in October.  The original pattern was designed for Berroco Blackstone Tweed which is a beautiful worsted weight tweed.  I love worsted weight but I also love choice, so I decided to add a DK option.  I found a stunning tweed from the Diamond Luxury Collection called Impression. It is a blend of 50% wool, 25% superfine alpaca & 25% viscose.  It is soft, light weight and still a one-ball-wonder project!  The pattern comes in three sizes: small, medium & large.  One ball (Worsted: 130 yards/119 meters; DK: 145.45 yards/133 meters)  is enough to make 1 of the three sizes.

For all you knitters whom already have the yarn (worsted or dk) I have added the single PDF pattern to the website. You can purchase it here.  Instruction for all three sizes along with the Worsted weight and DK weight versions are included in this pattern.


If you prefer a knit kit I have 2 colors available #1 white tweed & #2 medium grey tweed (the sample is shown in the #2 medium grey tweed in large size).  The knit kit comes with 1 ball of your color choice in DK tweed; the Blackstone Slouchy pattern (Instruction for all three sizes along with the Worsted weight and DK weight versions are included in this pattern); and a 100% TCJ project bag.

I hope I was able to inspire you this Monday! A good start to the week, means a great week ahead!

monday, december 28, 2015: capital cowl version 2.0 {knit kit} ~ click here to comment December 28, 2015 00:21

After a whirl-wind called the 'holidays,' it is time to finally relax a bit, hunker down for some puzzling and knitting, crocheting or crafting into the New Year!

Earlier this year I designed the Capital Cowl, unfortunely  the original yarn I chose, Diamond Luxury Viva, has been discontinued....

~ When one door closes another door opens ~


Over the last few months I have been researching yarns that would be a great alternative.  I found Diamond Luxury Mirage.  It is a chunky weight blend of 50% wool & 50% silk.  I chose 3 colors to start:

The first color I call Opal. It subtly stripes in mauves, blues, golds, and pinks.  Opal is a great pale pink neutral that will really go with everything!

The second color I chose is a stunning Grey.  It is a mix of greys, silvers, soft blues, and mauves, I am gaga over this one! 

The third color I chose reminds me of the sea.  It made up of Teals, greens and blues.  If you want a bit more color, this is the winner!

The blend of silk and wool is quite nice.  Unlike alpaca it has a bit less drape and it's not so heavy as the original.  It's beautiful subtle sheen from the silk and sturdiness from the wool gives it body and luxury.

You can wear it long...or doubled around your neck.....


monday, december 21, 2015: portobello cowl version 2.0 {knit kit} ~ click here to comment December 21, 2015 00:30

Happy Monday! Many of you might be frantically knitting gifts for this holiday season. For those of you who celebrate Christmas, there is only 4 more sleeps!  If you are still making gifts, then let me allow you to fantasize for a second and if you are finished your gift knitting/crafts or never were immersed in it to begin with then please indulge.... 

I am so excited to introduce the new Portobello Cowl version 2.0 pattern & knit kits!!!  We love love love the original and its bold fluorescents, but we are equally excited about this new version using SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted!  Slight modifications have been made to the original pattern to accommodate the shorter skeins (200 yards/108 meters) along with some other improvements.

We are also jazzed about the range of colors we are offering as kits! There are 6 combos: 3 semi solids and 3 variegated options.  SweetGeorgia does not disappoint, the colors are bold beautiful neutrals.  This line has sophisticated, fun and cheerful choices; something for everyone!

The sample is knit in my favorite colorway: Birch/Espresso/At The Ballet.  It has beautiful tans and light cool browns with a splash of variegated whites & pinks.  It goes with everything and is super feminine.


Each kit comes with 3 skeins of SweetGeorgia in the color combos set; the Portobello Cowl Version 2.0; all in a 100% cotton TCJ project bag.

There are limited kits so treat yourself or a friend!