Friday, September 1, 2017

small crochet flower

I came across some clearance embroidery floss the other day.. 10 cents each.. down from 43 cents.. in perfect colors for flowers... way too good of a deal to pass up..  fits in to the cuff style bracelets out of crochet thread beautifully...

here is one of the flowers so far

gauge isn't important, just try to keep your stitches even

I used a size B1/2.25mm hook for both the center and outer pieces

The outer flower petals are made with DMC 3608, center petals are made with 3689 .. I did not separate the floss as I was happy with the thickness, if you do you may need to go with a smaller hook size

in the center of the flower I stitched in one bright pink size 6/0 seed bead

ch= chain
sl st= slip stitch
dc3tog= yarn over hook, insert hook into ring, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops..  yarn over insert into ring, pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops....  yarn over insert hook into ring, pull up a loop,  yarn over, draw through two loops... yarn over pull through four remaining loops

tr3tog= yarn over hook twice, insert into ring pull up a loop pull through two loops, yarn over pull through two loops.. yarn over the hook twice insert into ring, pull up a loop, pull through two loops, yarn over pull through two loops... yarn over the hook twice insert into ring, pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loop, yarn over pull through two loops, yarn over pull through four remaining loops

Outer flower petals
ch 6, join with a sl st to form ring
*ch3, trb3tog, ch3, sl st into ring* five times, fasten off

Center flower petals
ch 5, join with a sl st to form ring
*ch3, dc3tog, ch3, sl st into ring* four times, fasten off

seam smaller flower petals to the inside of the larger outer petals, add bead


Friday, August 25, 2017

Redheart Ombre

                          Been looking forward to playing with the new Redheart yarns for some time now.. having seen the emails about them for ages .. I have been checking our local stores every time I go shopping, as if I wouldn't hit the yarn isle otherwise lol.. finally one store had some labels on the shelves..   the store stocked one color only .. and only a few of them .. I got one skein of True Blue Ombre ..  took another couple of weeks before they stocked more..
love the smooth color changes from light to dark and back again in the same color hue. It is soft but not a big fan of the loose weave of it.. not bad enough to stop using or not get it again though.. I did find one knot.. however it was well placed color wise..  never missed a beat.. all in all I am happy with it..

I made my first pineapple shawl with it.. ran out before the trim ( using just one skein ) I wasn't sure if I wanted the trim to begin with.. the edging of the pineapples is so pretty as it is..
I used the pineapple peacock shawl free pattern on Ravelry ( link below ), the pattern calls for bulky yarn but worked well with worsted weight, I used the same hook size called for.. bit looser stitches also worked well .. I found it to be easy to follow

                                                   on ravelry pineapple peacock shawl

Right now I am playing with Spearmint and the virus shawl.. The weave is tighter and the yarn a bit thinner, easier to work with.. colors are great .. all in all love it

next up will be something made with the violet color way.. this skein is even tighter woven and thinner.. still loving the colors..

Monday, August 7, 2017

Where to find my patterns

Cooler weather is just around the corner .... start getting ready now..

knit and crochet items make great homemade gifts

Find my pattern at you favorite site





Sunday, August 6, 2017

Virus shawl

I have been wanting to do a Virus shawl for some time now.. put everything on hold to give it a go .. I used Lions Brand Mandala in Phoenix, with a H/5.00mm ... love it.. so easy to remember the repeats .. will be making more of these ... the yarn is a new favorite as well

virus shawl

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Doggie Sweater revisit

UPDATE: This turned out to be her sweater of choice

Doggie Sweater
Little dog is kind of picky about what she will wear. She can't have her paws going through anything at all, her last sweater had sleeves....once on it was all good but the getting on part was always a issue, hates to have her paws touched.....
She likes to have her back, belly and lower neck covered.....nothing else. Oh and the neck needs to be a pull over style.
So this is what I came up with.....
The belly flap fits a wide range of sizes, and can easily be adjusted, as every part can be.

Doggie SweaterThe body of the pattern is knit flat starting from the tail end working up to the belly flap with button holes.
The neck is low set on shoulders, made in pull over ( turtle neck style) 2 by 2 ribbing, done in the round. The legs are left “open” for ease of walking and getting on doggie :D

16 inches long by 23 inches wide ( with belly flap )
Size 9 US needles dpns or cable needles
Gauge 4 stitches by 5 ½ rows per one inch done in straight stitch
Parts of this pattern knit both flat and in the round
3 one inch buttons
210 yards of worsted weight
k = knit
kf/b = knit into the front and back of the next stitch
k1 tbl = knit 1 stitch through the back loop
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
2 by 2 ribbing = knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches, repeat, continue in this manner
Tail end of the bodyCast on 46 stitches
Knit 10 rows
1 ) k1, kf/b, knit to last 2 stitches, kf/b, k1
2 ) knit
3 - 4 ) repeat rows 1 and 2
5 - 6 ) knit
Repeat rows 1 - 6 until you have 60 stitches on your needles
Belly flapKnit to end, increase 20 stitches using single cast on method.
K20 tbl ( to tighten new stitches ), knit to end
Knit 2 rows
Button holesKnit to last 5 stitches, bind off 3 stitches, k2
K3, increase 3 stitches, knit to end
Knit to last 8 stitches, k6 tbl, k2
Knit 11 rows
Knit to last 5 stitches, bind off 3 stitches, k2
K3, increase 3 stitches, knit to end
Knit to last 8 stitches, k6 tbl, k2
Knit 11 rows
Knit to last 5 stitches, bind off 3 stitches, k2
K3, increase 3 stitches, knit to end
Knit to last 8 stitches, k6 tbl, k2
Knit 2 rows
Bind off 20 stitches, knit to end
Front legs portionKnit 8 rows
K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Repeat last 2 rows until you have 50 stitches ( this creates a curve going up to the neck )
Knit 4 rows
NeckKnit to end increase by 20 stitches and join in the round
Knit to last 10 stitches k10 tbl
2 by 2 ribbing for 4 inches
Bind off in pattern.
Weave in ends and sew on buttons.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Yes Yes Shawl

                                                  I love this pattern.. fun and free yippee...
 I used Lion Brand's Mandala in Valkyrie .. totally love the look.. only problem is I started to run out of yarn before the last repeat of 4 rows was done.. not wanting to give up the length or color change up.. I skipped the 3rd row repeat and added an row of trebles instead of dc's .. kept the over look of the pattern going.. Think I might end the next one with trebles as well.

yes yes shawl on Raverly

My last row ...
ch5, (treble (tr) around back post (bp) of dc , ch1)x's 7 , * ch2, hdc around chain 6 space of previous row, ch 6, hdc around next ch 6 space, ch 2, (treble around back post, ch1)x's 8 repeat from * to center stitches, tr in dc from previous row, ch2, tr in next dc skipping center ch2 space , ch1, * ( tr bp, ch2 )x's 8, hdc around chain 6 space of previous row, ch6, hdc around next ch6 space, ch 2, repeat from * to last cluster, (tr bp, ch1)x's 8, tr into the third start up ch of previous row.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

mindless knit shawl even easier with color changing yarn

There are times when you want to make things without a lot of thought.. well at least there are for me lol..... a few years back I started make these shawls.. lost count on how many long ago .. I needed to try the new Lion's Brand Mandala ... fell for their color ways hard.. got just one..
thinking I could just make one scarf size I started out.. then I came across just one more... in another color way on sale.. half price..  at this point I was liking how it was working up so much I didn't want to stop, so I grabbed it up thinking about half of the colors would work nicely but the other colors not so much.. I did me some cutting.. kept the darker colors and later added them to another skein I got on clearance.. I thought it was a pretty good match up
 This is a top down crochet shawl pattern by Red Heart..
get it free here top-down shawl
 I then came across just one skein of the first color way I used .. all at the same store.. at this point I am thinking what a mess their store room must be to keep coming up with these one at a time lol.. but half price no way I could pass on it.. so now it must become a large shawl.. scarf be damned ;) ..
I love the look of it .. the super soft feel of the yarn.. the drape ( used a 10.5 needle so a bit larger then called by the yarn maker ) ..
a day after getting the last skein my mom comes by with two more for me.. full price :( .. I happened to go back to the store the next day and the rest of them were marked down.. got me a few more lol.. thinking more shawls are on the way :D
the pattern can be found on the link below