Shrug It Off – The Kind of Woman I Want to Be (pt. 3)

Welcome back! In this post, we’ll complete the sweater you’ve been working on. Get ready! It’s going to be so cute.

  1. Take the knitted rectangle you’ve completed, and fold it like so:screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-7-37-52-pm
  2. Sew along the bases of the triangles (where the red stitch is in the picture above).
  3. DO NOT forget to block your knitting!

That’s it! You did it! a super cozy shrug for the colder days. I love this because it’s such a special gift, and praying while making this can be so meaningful. Imagine getting a sweater from someone you love, saying they prayed for you while they made it! Every time they wear it, it’s like wrapping themselves in the love of the Father (and you!)

I hope you enjoyed this pattern. Here are a few tips and a refresher on blocking. Check back soon, and we’ll be learning how to make a super cute baby blanket!


I absolutely love Mary’s cousin Elizabeth. She is an individual in the Bible that I learned so much from, and as a reflection of her response to Mary’s good news, I have changed the way I encounter my sisters in Christ.

“During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed – that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” -Luke 1:39-45

What a gift it is to have someone to rejoice in! When I encounter my sisters, and they have somehting bringing them such deep joy, it is so beautiful to rejoice with them, for their life, and for the things the Lord has given them. There is no room for jealousy or hatred, only joy. I keep this phrase in the back of my mind, greeting all whom I know with the line, “And how does this happen to me, that the daughter/son of my Lord should come to me?


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Before All Things (pt. 2)

Welcome back! On this post, we’re going to learn how to finish the super simple headwarmer that we started on the last post. If you haven’t done the first part, head over here!

Something I love to do to add to my headwarmers is to stitch a little cross into them. It’s not difficult, but it adds a sweet little touch that is perfect for your Christian friends! Even better, it’s reversible, so if they don’t want the cross out sometimes, they can just flip it, and it’s a plain headwarmer!

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Here’s the instructions for the cross pattern:

  1. Knit up to the point you want the cross to be. Just like the infinity scarf, you’ll be sewing the two ends together, so that should be on the middle of the back of the head. If you want the cross to be in the middle of the head, knit to about half an inch from halfway around the head (without stretching it), and begin the cross pattern. If you want it to one side, use the same measurements.
    • Note that this is for a headwarmer with 12 stitches per row – you may have to mess around with yours to see what looks best for your headwarmer, or simply knit down to the middle 12 stitches, leaving a larger area above and below the cross.
  2. When you are ready to begin the cross, knit 4 stitches, purl 2 stitches, and knit the remaining 6 stitches.
  3. The next row are flipped, so knit them all.
  4. On the next row, knit two, purl 8, and knit 2.
  5. Again, the next row is flipped, so knit them all.
  6. On the next row, knit 4, purl 2, knit 6.
  7. One more time, knit all stitches, as they are flipped.
  8. That’s it! Continue knitting the rest of your headwarmer.

Finishing your headwarmer:

  1. In order to make sure there’s stretch to your completed work, so it doesn’t slide off easily, make sure you knit about an inch less than the person’s head measurements.
  2. Cast off and sew the ends together using a yarn needle.
  3. Don’t forget to block, especially if you made a cross!

Here are some super cool videos, one about speed knitting/purling, and one about switching from knitting to purling.


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I have been reflecting so much on the story of Christ asking Peter if he loves Him in John’s Gospel. Honestly, I relate to Peter so so so much. Yes, Christ, I love you! You know I love you!! But do I really mean it? Actions speak so much louder than words.

“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed than he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” …And when He had said this, He said to him, “Follow me.” –John 21:15-19

The Lord of the Universe desires that I, a little, tiny, sinful, incapable child, serve Him and His kingdom. Christ wants me to love for Him. He so badly desires to feed his lambs, and to tend his sheep through me. That is amazing and beautiful and terrifying, and good. Because all that matters is that I love him. If I love Him, I am capable of allowing His love to flow through me, to feed His lambs, and tend His sheep. In fact, it isn’t me at all. It’s Jesus.

“He must increase. I must decrease.” –John 3:30


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New Kid on the Block

Congratulations! You’ve officially finished creating your first piece, a beautiful scarf! (part 1 and part 2). Before you give it to your loved one, don’t forget to block it! Blocking is a really important part of the knitting process. It sets your work exactly the way you want it. If there are little bumps in the edges, or the sides aren’t perfectly straight, blocking holds them where you want them, and keeps them there for good. Continue reading “New Kid on the Block”

“It Is Finished”

On this post, we’re going to learn how to cast off of the needles. In the last two posts, we learned about starting a scarf and working until you’re happy with the length. Once your project is complete, and you’re finished knitting, you need to get your work off the needles so you can get it to your loved one! Let’s get started. Continue reading ““It Is Finished””