Tag Archives: Vicky Chan Designs

Aaron – Oct 2018 Release, 25% OFF

Aaron Reversible Hat

Aaron features an original stitch design that recalls the delightful summer rain coursing down a windowpane. To complement this fun-to-knit stitch pattern, the classic single rib is added to create textural contrast. The decorative backside suggests a cable pattern and makes Aaron reversible. This unisex hat is knitted in the round from the bottom up and comes in three sizes that can be worked to beanie or slouchy length.

  • Size S (M, L) — to comfortably fit 45.5-48.5 (51-56, 58.5-61)cm / 18-19 (20-22, 23-24)” head circumference.
  • Yarn:  Louet Gems Sport (206m / 225 yd) — 1 skein 
  • Needles: 3.75mm (US size 5) — 40cm / 16” circular, set of dpns

The Aaron Hat pattern is 25% off the list price of CAD$4.50. The introductory sale ends after Oct 10, 2018; no coupon code required. To learn more about this design and to purchase, please find it here at my Ravelry Store.


Florence – Sep 2018 Release, 25% OFF

Florence Triangular Shawl

florence triangular shawl with floral lace stripes

Inspired by the beautiful Iris flower, Florence is designed to unfurl into alternating bands of floral lace. The asymmetric triangle drapes gracefully around the shoulders or neck, allowing you to wear it as a shawl or scarf. While this new pattern offers two shawl sizes (larger size shown) crocheted in fingering weight yarn, Florence is highly scaleable and can also be made with different yarn weights to suit your needs.

  • Size I (II) — 52cm/20½” (62cm/24½”) back length, 134cm/52¾” (160cm/63”) wingspan; measured flat.
    Shawl is scaleable, pattern includes instructions on how to customize the size; yarn amount will vary.
  • Yarn:  Louet Gems Fingering — 4 (5) skeins, or 675 (845)m / 740 (925) yd
  • Hooks: 4.5mm (US size 7)

The Florence Triangular Shawl pattern is 25% off the list price of CAD$6. The sale ends after Sep 12, 2018; no coupon code required. To learn more about this design and to purchase, please find it here at my Ravelry Store.

Another Wisteria

Having so much fun making the Wisteria Shawl, I just have to crochet yet another one, this time in size I. If you like gradient yarn, come check out my project for more photos and details.

wisteria shawl


Wisteria Shawl – July 2018 Release, 15% OFF

Designed especially for the Gorgeous Gradients Create-Along event, the Wisteria shawl pattern is 15% off the list price of CAD$6. The sale ends after August 12, 2018; no coupon code required. To learn more about this design and to purchase, please find it here at my Ravelry Store.

wisteria shawl

Wisteria Shawl

Inspired by the enchanting Wisteria Tunnel at the Kawachi Fuji Garden in Japan, this ethereal lace shawl is brimming with beautiful cascading blossoms. In a shape redolent of a water lily pad, the Wisteria shawl will drape elegantly on your shoulders without requiring a pin. The glass beads, adding a touch of sparkle and weight to the edging, allow the shawl to sway delightfully with your movements. Scaleable in size, this stunning piece looks equally exquisite wrapped around the neck or worn at the hips over jeans, a skirt or a dress.

  • Finished Size: Size I (II) – 47cm/18½” (61cm/24”) back length, measured flat. Shawl is scaleable.
  • Yarn: lace weight yarn 676-845m (739-924 yd)  – Vivid Fiber Arts Lux Lace or Louet Cottolin
  • Hooks: 2.25mm (US size B-1); 1.3mm (US size 10) or smaller steel hook for inserting beads
  • Size 6/0 glass beads for edging – 229 (301) beads; sample used Toho beads, about 15 (20)g


Another Patricia

Yay, spring is finally here! And I just finished knitting another Patricia shrug, this time for me, with the knit border in the beautiful deep red Illimani Santi. I like shrugs, they are so chic and easy to wear, and are perfect for the cool spring weather. The Patricia shrug has all the elements I love: leaf lace, bobbles, eyelets and texture ribbing. I especially love the pretty leaf pattern on the sleeves. What do you think?

leaf pattern shrug leaf pattern shrug



Floral Motif Mitts – April 2018 Release

Justina mitts with floral motif

A delightful companion to the Justina Hat, the handsome mitts adopt the same pretty floral motif to charm. The mitts, with two sizes, can be made fingerless or in full length. They are knitted in the round from the cuff up, with thumb knitted last.

  • Yarn: Illimani Royal I (Royal Alpaca)  220 yd (200 m);
  • Gauge: 24 sts x 30 rounds = 10 cm/4” square in Reverse Stockinette, blocked
  • Needle size: US size 6 (4mm)  – set of double-pointed needles
  • Finished Size:
    • Size I – 6¾“ / 17cm hand circumference above thumb. 
    • Size II – 7¾” / 19.5cm hand circumference above thumb.
    • Lengthwise dimensions are adjustable.

To learn more about this design and to purchase, please find it here at my Ravelry Store.

CO left or right handed?

Should you cast on (CO) with the knitting needle in your right or left hand? Does it matter?

If you care to know the answers, read on.

It all started with the Long Tail (LT) CO method. I learned this all-purpose CO from my late Aunt Iris when I was little (and it always brings back fond memory of learning it with my two sisters). Aunt Iris was right-handed; and I’m, well, mostly right-handed. We did the LT CO with the needle in the left hand. Eventually I discovered that the usual way to do this CO is with the needle in the right hand. So I determined to try the norm, it was easier than I expected and in no time I was able to CO with the other hand. Naturally, I started wondering — “Does it matter”?

The answer is: Yes, it matters because you’ll get different result. This applies to other COs with the CO edge looking different for front and back. When you’re working flat and if you want to have the “pretty” side or a specific side of your CO edge on the right side (public side) of your project, it will be handy to be able to CO with either hand. For me, the pretty edge of the LT CO is the edge that faces me as I CO. Compare the two in the photos below.

LT CO with needle in right hand – the usual way. Notice the “pretty” edge is facing you as you CO, but you need to flip to the other side to work the first row.

LT CO with needle in left hand. Notice the “pretty” edge is also facing you as you CO, but you don’t need to flip to the other side to work the first row.













When I’m knitting flat, if my first row is a right-side (RS) row, I CO with needle in my left hand. If my first row is a wrong-side (WS) row, I CO with the needle in my right hand. Try it out and see. Simply CO few stitches with either method and see which edge is facing you when you begin to knit the first row.

What about working in the round? There’s no dilemma, I CO with the needle in my right hand as usual. Unless for some reason, I want the “pretty” edge on the WS, then I CO with the needle in my left hand.

Finally, here’s my trick to remember which hand to hold the needle: RS with right hand. When working in the round, which is always worked from the RS, hold the needle with right hand. When working flat, just do the opposite, hold the needle with left hand.