December 3, 2012

It may not be warm enough for this yet

but that simply means you have plenty of time to make one before it is. This is my most favorite hat pattern, and it took me a bit of time to relocate it so that I could link to it.

Let me say, I do not use that yarn. I do use a K hook. I don't make the scarf most times. For a child's head I stop the increases at row 7. That may take a little experimenting on your part. :)

I have used this hat pattern for YEARS. The page I printed out has 12/10/2008 on the bottom. This is crazy to me, but it is the one hat pattern I fall back on constantly. I have altered it by removing the brim, adding cables, or using much thinner yarn and a different size hook. It's just lovely for personalization. I figure, if it is to the dismay of the stocking owner it's all good. Everyone needs something to shovel snow in, at the very least. :)

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These are the hats I made in 2008. Forgive the deer in the headlight's look. ROFL But if you want to see my notes on the hats, hit my ravelry page here.

Now! Share with me your favorite go to pattern, for gifts or yourself!

October 4, 2012

{Boston} Crocheted Cowl

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There was once a pic of an adorable little girl sporting the Boston Cowl which is a knit pattern you can purchase over at Ravelry. The picture was from Pinterest and eventually it simply broke. And since you can follow the link to see the picture, I decided to take the broken picture down. :) Back to the pattern.... While I have knit a couple of things in my life time, my general response to, "Can you knit?" is no. I prefer the hook, and it may simply be because I learned it first, but it's my love. (true) But so often they have these wonderful designs for knitters rather than crocheters. (also true)

For the past half year (about) I have only been crocheting Truth Wraps. I had stayed off of Ravelry, made no more sweaters, and just enjoyed the ripple. I was good with it, and enjoyed my evening hooking, but then I got back on Pinterest. (Oh the temptations galore!) And when I saw this cowl surrounding this little girl I knew I wanted to try to make one similar.

My first attempt was too bulky, and my second was probably too thin, but I went with it anyway. Here you can see four pictures of the cowl being worn in slightly different styles. I think it looks best as a collar to a shirt, or a dicky style scarf under a jacket. (Imagine the jacket.)

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Are you interested in making this? (It's JUST a rectangle folks!) Maybe it's something you would like to add to your fall wardrobe? Well, here's what I did.

hook size - G
yarn shown - worsted weight, but any yarn will work with this pattern.
note: at the end of each row chain 1 for a turning chain. Ignore chain when working pattern.

row 1: sc base chain 21 (if you want this a different width just keep it with an odd number of stitches)
row 2: in the next 2 stitches place a sc, then skip the next stitch but chain 1, *sc in the next stitch, chain 1 and skip the next stitch*, across until 2sc in last two stitches
row 3: sc in the end stitch, skip the next stitch but chain 1, *sc in the next stitch, skip the next stitch but chain 1*, across until sc in last stitch
repeat rows 2 and 3 once
row 6: sc in end stitch, chain 2 (makes the button hole) skipping two stitches, sc in the next stitch, *chain 1 skipping a stitch, sc in the next stitch*, repeat until last two stitches and place sc in each of these
row 7: *sc in end stitch, skp a stitch and chain 1* across until you reach the chain 2 within which you will place a sc and 1 chain, then finish with sc
repeat rows 3 and 2 until length is to your satisfaction and end on a row 2.

The cowl in the picture is approximately 28in long.

Basically, you will be placing the sc in each chain from the row before.

Wrap scarf around your neck and figure out where you want the button to be. You will want to put it on the opposite edge from which the button hole was placed. (gosh I hope all of this makes sense!)

Wala! If you make it I would love to hear how it turned out! (There's nothing like googling the base chain for a video to share with y'all and realize I didn't do it quite like everyone else! HA! It's all good. Go learn it the correct way.)

February 15, 2012

Old Fashioned Rose Afghan

latest crochet, still wip
* WIP *

This is my current work in progress with yarn. I am loving these colors, which were based off the Old Fashioned Rose quilt top I altered recently. I'm about 2/3 of the way done with this, and I can assuredly say it makes me happy when I look at it. I think a quilt or afghan should make you happy as well as keep you warm. Don't you think so?

I think everything in our homes should be both useful and beautiful. They should help create a feeling that we want to walk into whenever we walk in a room. Whether it is artsy, free, warm, breathable, or comfy, what we choose to put in our homes makes such a huge difference in how we feel when we put ourselves in our homes.

I don't know yet who this afghan will belong to, but hopefully it will be someone who loves it and who smiles each time they see it. That would be nice.

Shopping Cowl

I was walking through Target and it drew my attention almost immediately. They are currently selling the softest, loveliest cowls which ar...