True friendship isn’t about being inseparable, it’s being separated and nothing changes. --Anonymous

The 2018-2019 years mark milestones for some of my oldest friends and me - we all turn 40 at some point during these years. This milestone has me reflecting on our friendships, some dating back to us being born hours apart. I look back and think - WOW - 40, 35, 30 year friendships! We may not be in touch every day as when we were teens, but it is so special when we do connect whether through a phone call, text message, celebrating a milestone, or just a simple coffee.

Shandy is designed for one of these friends’ of 36 years and named after her beautiful rescue. It is a simple cowl with elegant details in the stitches and ribbing. Knit in the round in worsted weight. Shandy is a perfect design to show off that special hand-dyed or variegated yarn.


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Suitable for advanced beginner
  • Written with both metric and imperial data

Materials you need at home:

  • Designed for Worsted weight yarn. Uses 203yd/186m.
  • Sample Yarn: Malabrigo Yarns Rios (100% superwash merino wool, 210yd/192m) in Aguas.
  • Needles: 4.5 mm (US 7 ) - 61 cm (24") circular needles
  • Techniques: Knit, purl, yarn over, k2tog, RT, ssk, m1r/m1l
  • Finished size: 25cm x 30cm (10”h x 11.75”w), blocked
  • Notions: Place marker, tapestry needle
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Milly's Knit Designs // Knits for Cures, LLC

Knitting and crocheting were first introduced to me as a young girl by my grandmother, Milly. She tried many times to teach me – but I just never got it. I always blamed it on me being right-handed and her left-handed. But really, I just wanted to sit with her, listen to her stories and play card games while she worked away on her next afghan. The knits I received over the years from my grandma are some of my most cherished possessions.

Fast forward to 2011, I was reintroduced to knitting & crocheting by my lovely LYS and it has now become a part of me that has quite literally traveled the world. I have been known to pack more knitting than clothes on an occasion or two.

In the last few years I began to dabble in creating my own designs. With my Knits for Cures designs, a portion of each pattern sale is donated to research organizations focused on the fights to cure all cancers. You will always find these to be quick knits and beautiful accessory pieces.

Most recently you will begin to see new designs released under Milly’s Knit Designs. Named for my Grandma Milly who unknowingly planted that seed for knitting and a love of all fibers. As a plus size knitter/designer and my grandma too a beautiful plus-size knitter/crocheter, with every Milly’s Knit Designs pattern I aim to be size inclusive.

My patterns will be designed for all body types as best I am able. I want to wear what I design, and I hope for others my size, smaller or larger, to also someday knit, love and wear my patterns out in the wild.

Everyone deserves something beautiful to put on their body, regardless of what size it is. Whether fat or thin, or somewhere in between, size does not define us.

Thank you for your love & support!

Cheers & Stitches, Crystal

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