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Friday, July 3, 2015

Yarn Tip


I have a great tip for you!
Sometimes you buy a pattern and it calls for a yarn that is not accessible for you and you have no idea what yarn to use in it's place, so I have a solution for you!
There is a website called yarnsub.com where you type the yarn's name and it will show you a list of substitutions.
Pretty awesome, isn't it?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stripe It Slouchy Hat


When I was browsing the web this morning, I was excited to see that the "Stripe It Slouchy Hat" that I designed for Red Heart Yarns had made its way to the their website. I used Heart Heart With Love, it's a hearty hat, it will keep you warm!

The picture you see above is a screenshot of Red Heart's website, you can see my name there! Did I mention that this is a FREE download?? Click HERE.
The pictures below are samples of the same hat, made in different colors:



Cheers!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Bag






I am super proud to show you my new design! This is my "Summer Bag" and although it's called the Summer bag, it's a great bag for any season, it's roomy and trendy. I used cotton yarn and since it's a double stranded bag, it's pretty sturdy and I didn't feel the need to line it.

The pattern is available in my ravelry store, craftsy, etsy shop and also in my website.

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Chain Headband Tutorial


This is an easy peasy headband that I made for my sweet pea and after some requests, I decided to write a quick tutorial to show you how I made it.

Supplies:
- A small amount of Worsted Weight or DK Weight yarn
- Crochet Hook 3.5mm
- 7/8" ribbon (I used an organdy ribbon I already had on hand, but you can use any kind)
- Hot glue 
- Scissors
- Tape (optional)


Make five chains with 65 stitches each.  Tape them together, making sure they are not twisted.


Turn it around (you don't want to glue the tape!) and apply some hot glue.

Add a 3 inch piece of ribbon, make sure the ribbon is NOT centered, like in the picture bellow.

Remove the tape, apply hot glue and add a 14" piece of ribbon - that is what you will use to tie your headband.

Apply a little more hot glue and secure the chains and long piece of ribbon by closing up the 3" of ribbon.

That's it, this is what your headband should look like:

And here you can see the headband in use. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bamboo bringing you down?


Is your bamboo hook snagging while you're crocheting? No problem! Here is how to fix it: Use a nail file to sand it out and apply a small amount of beeswax. The beeswax will seal the bamboo grain and your crochet hook will once again be smooth to work with!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Creme de la Creme

I had the pleasure to work with Creme de la Creme cotton by Red Heart Yarns to create my new Design Wars pattern. I love using cotton for kitchen and bath, so I decided to go with a bath theme. 
Creme de la Creme comes in a great variety of colors and it didn't split while I was working with it so that for me is a bonus!



I knew I wanted to make a bath related design, so I thought a bath robe would be great. We have been using the robe as a swimming suit cover up, it works like a charm!
(You can find this pattern in my ravelry store)



I thought it would be nice to have a washcloth and soap saver as well. If you purchase the robe pattern, you will receive the washcloth and soap saver patterns as well, but you can also purchase the washcloth and soap saver separately.



Here is another use for the robe! Isn't it a great house robe to wear over PJ's?


Looking for more ideas to use Creme de la Creme? My Dolly Lovey would be a great pattern to make  with it! The best part? It's 40% off this week - no coupon code needed!


Saturday, June 6, 2015

BOGO!


BOGO sale, buy one $5.00 pattern and choose 1 pattern free! 
Offer is valid in my ravelry store today (June 6, 2015) only and it ends at 11:59PM PST. Put the 2 patterns of your choice in the cart and use the coupon code BOGO at checkout.
http://www.ravelry.com/stores/alessandra-hayden-designs
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