End of Summer Scarf

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Celebrate the end of summer with this sweet scarf! Once the crochet fun is done, there’s an added element of shibori-inspired circles made using our circular tape measure as a guide.

First things first: Get the free pattern HERE!

Next: Gather your materials in the shop. (Use code: VICKIE10 at checkout for 10% off!)

One ball Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Cotton (100% cotton; 162 yds/100 gr), in color: #2338

Size U.S. G/4.5 mm Addi Premium Olive Wood Hook

Tapestry needle

Round measuring tape (template for optional Shibori detailing)


Happy Making!



About Vickie Howell

Vickie Howell is the Host/Executive Producer of The Knit Show with Vickie Howell. Season one debuts on YouTube on October 5, 2017. For more information on Vickie and the rest of her projects follow @vickiehowell and @theknitshow on social media.


Cro-Cork Bag Pattern

Vickie Howell is back again with an gorgeous and fun to make bag using CoBaSi plus; a wool-free, durable yarn, and fabric made with cork! Not only is cork a renewable resource, it’s also water and stain-resistant, making it an ideal base for this carry-all-tote! Gather your materials by visiting our online shop and make one or two of your very own!

Cro-Cork Bag
by Vickie Howell for Makers’ Mercantile


FINISHED SIZE | 12”/33 cm Wide x 11 ½”/29 cm Tall — excluding handles


ch = chain
dc = double crochet
hdc = half-double crochet
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side(s)
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
WS = wrong side(s)


Cork Bag Bottom:

  • Cut 13” x 14”/35.5 cm x 35.5 cm piece of cork fabric.
  • Fold piece in half with WS together with longer side of fabric at top, machine sew side seams using a 1/2”/1.25 cm seam allowance.
  • Create the “box” bottom, by centering side seams with the bottom center fold. Pinch it together and lay it on your work surface. Use a ruler and measure up 2”/5 cm from the point of the fabric and draw a line. Machine sew along line. Repeat for opposite side. Turn bag bottom RS out.

 Crochet Bag Top:

  • Using measuring tape and pen, mark dots every 1/4”/.5 cm down from top edge, and 1/4”/.5 cm around perimeter.
  • Using sharp tapestry needle, yarn, and using dots as a guide, create a Blanket Stitch (see video) border around top edge.
  • Crochet bag top as follows:

Join yarn at a loop at side edge created by Blanket stitch.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, hdc in next Blanket Stitch and every st around; join rnd with a sl st at the top of beginning ch. Turn.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in next st and every st around; join rnd with a sl st at the top of beginning ch. Turn.

Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc in next st and every st around; join rnd with a sl st at the top of beginning ch. Turn.

Repeat Rnds 2-3 until piece measures 6”/15 cm from cork fabric edge.

Repeat Rnd 3, once more.

Fasten off.

Make Strap Tabs:

Measure 2 1/2”/6.5 cm in from side edge, join yarn.

Rnds 1-3: Ch 2, 4 hdc. Turn.
Fasten off, leaving long tail for seaming.
Repeat process on opposite end of same side, then twice on opposite side of bag. (Four total tabs.)

Straps (Make 2):

  • Cut 4, 1 1/4”/3 cm x 27”/68.5 cm pieces of cork fabric.
  • With WS together, top stitch two pieces of cork together. Repeat with remaining 2 pieces.


  • Using yarn tail and needle, fold Strap Tab over O-ring and seam down.
  • Fold one end of one strap around O-ring, machine sew in place.
  • Repeat last two steps for remaining 3 Strap Tabs.

 Weave in ends.


Happy Making!

Artfelt Masterpieces created by Artists at Wyoming Middle School!

Recently, an art teacher from Wyoming Middle School, Ms. Williamson, reached out to us to show what her creative and talented art students did this year, using Artfelt®! These beautiful masterpieces were hand made students in Grades 7 and 8!

In no particular order, look at what they’ve done!:

Wyoming Middle School Artfelt, Andreana, Grade 8

Andreana, Grade 8


Wyoming Middle School Artfelt, Margaret, Grade 7

Margaret, Grade 7


Wyoming Middle School Artfelt, Colin, Grade 8Colin, Grade 8


Wyoming Middle School Artfelt, Skya, Grade 8Skya, Grade 8


We are inspired, and we hope that you are, too! Thank you to Ms. Williamson and her students for sharing their work, we are truly amazed. Have a fabulous summer!


Supplies used in this post:

Want to try your hand at Artfelt? Browse and buy Artfelt supplies, here.

Makers’ with Vickie – How to Back Knit & Crochet Button Bands with Ribbon!


Below is the pattern that she is going over, and links to all supplies are included below! Happy Making!

Corner to Corner Cushion

by Vickie Howell


HiKoo Zumie (30% wool/50% acrylic/20% nylon; 110 yds), in colors: (A) 2 Hanks Aqua Dolce, and (B) 1 Hank Laurel

Size 10mm Addi Plastic Crochet Hook —or size needed to obtain gauge

Approx. 1/2 yd. of Wide Ribbon. Shown in: Tula Pink Chipmunk on Turquoise.

4, 28mm Buttons

Tapestry Needle

Sewing Needle and Coordinating Thread

14”/35.5 cm Pillow Form

Optional: Craft Knife, Fabric Glue


14”/35.5 xm square


14” x  34”/35cm x 86 cm


8 dcs x 3 rows = 4”/10 cm


For this project you’ll be using the Corner to Corner (c2c) method as follows: begin with a block of dcs (double crochet stitches), adding a block every row to increase, work as rectangle by increasing on one side/decreasing on the next, then reversing the process to decrease. To learn how to c2c crochet, go here: (https://vickiehowell.com/2017/05/two-ways-crochet-corner-corner/)

With A, ch 6.

Increase section:

Row 1: Dc in 4th (counts as dc) ch from hook, and in next two chs. Turn. –1 block (4 dcs)

Row 2: Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as dc), and in next two chs, sk 3 dcs, sl st in space between 3rd and 4th dc, ch 3 (counts as dc), 3 dc in same space as ch 3. Turn. — 2 blocks

Row 3: Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as dc), and in next two chs, *sk 3 dcs, sl st in space between 3rd and 4th dc, ch 3 (counts as dc), 3 dc in same space as ch 3; rep from * to end. Turn. — 3 blocks

Repeat Row 3 until what will be your bottom/shorter edge measures 14”/35.5 cm (or desired cushion width.)

Cut A; Join B.


From here, you need to create length without width. To do so, you’ll continue as established ONLY increasing on one side, while at the same time decreasing on the OPPOSITE side of the increase edge.

With B,

Row 1: Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as dc), and in next two chs, *sk 3 dcs, sl st in space between 3rd and 4th dc, ch 3 (counts as dc), 3 dc in same space as ch 3; rep from * to last block, sl st in space between 3rd and 4th dc. Turn.

Row 2: Sl st in first 3 dcs, sl st in space between 3rd and 4th dc (first block decreased), ch 3 (counts as dc), 3 dc in same space as ch 3; rep from * to end. Turn.

Join A, cut B.

Work 5 more rectangle rows, or until piece measures 34”/86 cm on longest side and from bottom edge.

Decrease section:

Row 1: Sl st in first 3 dcs, sl st in space between 3rd and 4th dc (first block decreased), ch 3 (counts as dc), 3 dc in same space as ch 3; rep from * to end. Turn.

Repeat Row 1 until 1 block remains. Fasten off.



This piece is assembled, envelope style. Fold piece about 2/3 of the way up, and seam sides using tapestry needle and yarn.

Fold remaining top flap down and seam shut, leaving about 3”/7.5 cm of flap unsewn.


Using needle and thread, sew on buttons to correspond with space between dc post on four, of the horizontal dc blocks.

Ribbon Button Band:

  • Cut ribbon to width of flap with extra for side hems.
  • Using a pen, mark back of ribbon for size and spacing of buttons.
  • With a craft knife or scissors, cut button slits.
  • Whip stitch around OR use fabric glue to prevent slits from unraveling.
  • Hand-sew ribbon to underside of flap, taking care to line up slits to correspond with buttons.

Insert pillow, button up, and love your new cushion!


HiKoo Zumie:

Size 10mm Addi Plastic Crochet Hook


Our Full Ribbon Selection

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View this Ribbon from Tula Pink!

Our Buttons

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Vickie Howell is a knitting & crochet ambassador, author, and the Host/Executive Producer of the upcoming, The Knit Show with Vickie Howell (October ’17). Stay in touch by following @vickiehowell

Makers’ with Vickie – Holey Scarves!

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For Our Needle Artists

This month on Makers’ with Vickie our friend, Vickie Howell gives an “Artfelt®” tutorial on how to make a wearable art piece using our hugely popular, Holey Scarf kit.

Using simple, easy-to-follow steps you’re just a draft, tack, and dryer cycle away from creating a head-turning accessory — and in just a few hours! You’ll be giddy over how how the saturated colors of the gorgeous roving mix and meld as you lay out pieces and then begin the felting process — it’s like painting with fiber, but without the requirement of being artistically inclined. Here’s the scoop!




Get the Supplies

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Artfelt Holey Scarf Kit, which includes everything you need to make this project:

  • Artfelt Needles
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Artfelt Roving
  • Instructions.

For Our Knitters

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(Shown: Edition 3 #2296)

Does the thought of setting down your knitting needles to create a felted art piece make you feel like something’s missing — like perhaps, there’s a crafty hole that needs to be filled? No worries, we’ve got you. You can still join in on the negative space fun with our knitted Holey Scarves Pattern (link below)!


Get the Supplies


Lace-weight Version:

Holey Scarf Pattern (In Skacel Magazine Vol 10 2017) Free here.

1 Ball of Schoppel-Wolle Laceball 100 or Lace Ball

Size US 2 Addi Rockets, circular needle (any length)

Note: Straight needles will also work for this project.


Sport-weight Version:


Holey Scarf Pattern (In Skacel Magazine Vol 10 2017) Free here.

3 Balls Schoppel-Wolle Edition 3

Size US 6 (4.5mm) Addi Turbo circular needle (any length)

Note: Straight needles or other types will also work for this project.

We hope to see you back for more Makers’ with Vickie on the first Friday of every month. Next up: How to back knit or crochet button bands with ribbon, using hand-sewn, machine-sewn, and fabric glue methods! Tune in June 2nd at 10:30amPT to facebook.com/vickiehowell !

Vickie Howell is a knitting & crochet ambassador, author, and the Host/Executive Producer of the upcoming, The Knit Show with Vickie Howell (October ’17). Stay in touch by following @vickiehowell

Vickie Howell Demystifies the Herringbone Stitch!

Vickie Howell Demystifies the Herringbone Stitch!

Intricate to the eye, but easy to master after watching Vickie’s LIVE Facebook Feed Show.

Knitters love the look of this textured stitch! It has the complexity of a woven fabric and is perfect for accessories or home furnishings, such as pillows and throws.

Vickie walks you through the steps of to make this lovely stitch in the round – and we promise, there is nothing crazy. All you’ll need to know is how to knit, purl and slip stitches; but after watching the video, you will be on your way to knitting herringbone cowls and hats!


In this video, Vickie uses two of our Makers’ Mercantile® Exclusive Yarns Cashmere Dream, and Luv & Lee!

Cashmere Dream is a customer favorite for both its lightweight luxuriousness and its incredible softness. Available in a single, versatile cream color, this limited edition yarn is nearly sold out, so this may be its last sighting! Order before its gone! *If you love the blue Cashmere Dream Cowl in the video, it was dyed with the Botanical Colors Indigo Dye kit.

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The other featured yarn, Luv & Lee, is a 100% extra fine Merino Wool, single ply. This yarn comes in 26 solid and variegated colors! Something for everyone!

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If you are looking for the perfect one-ball project to try the Herringbone stitch, the Kenzing-Tam(shown in the video in navy blue) is perfect! This pattern uses HiKoo Kenzington, which is incredibly warm, and is the perfect aran weight for knitting quick hats and mittens. This hat pattern (among many others), is in the Skacel Minilog by Skacel which is FREE with your purchase of Kenzington!


Add the perfect pom to complete your look – made by LOVaFUR a mother and daughter owned company that hand makes each vegan pom at their factory in Austria.

We also have the perfect circular addi® needles, in stock in every size and length for all your knitting needs!

Our recommendations for the above projects:

Cashmere Dream addi® Turbo Circular Needles 24″ US 17

Luv & Lee addi® Rocket Circular Needles 16″ size US 11

Kenzington addi® Rocket Circular Needles 16″ size US 11


We hope to see you back for another Makers’ with Vickie on April 28th at 10:30 PT. Vickie will be sharing how to do Intarsia in Garter Stitch and create an adorable tooth fairy pillow.

Ask Me Monday Tutorial by Vickie Howell – addi Express Kingsize with Free Yarn!

We love blazing through quick gifts and charity projects using the addi Express King Size Knitting Machine, and here Vickie Howell gives a quick demo on the machines! Buy from Makers’ Mercantile and get $80 worth of amazingly plush Merino Yarn that we have selected as the perfect yarn for the machine!


Ask Me Monday Tutorial by Vickie Howell – addiQuick Felting Tool and Free Roving!

I just LOVE what she did with the cookie cutters, and I want to go home and try to make some gingerbread men for Christmas! A garland of gingerbread men, christmas trees, and candy-canes! Oooh, maybe I will felt a flower onto the Zumie Gloves from the skacel Minilog! So much potential, and just enough time 🙂

Thank you for the awesome demo, Vickie! We’re excited to be sending out these addiQuicks and seeing what you all come up with with your big bag of free wool!



Ask Me Monday with Vickie Howell – Neko Curved Double Point Needles!

The Neko Curved Double Point Needles (CDPN’s) have been flying out the door like crazy since their debut on our site this summer! Here is our good friend Vickie Howell’s lovely review and demonstration! Thank you Vickie, for taking the time to go over these neat new needles!