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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Honeycomb Hat






I am so very proud to present you my newest design, the Honeycomb Hat! I have been sitting on this design for a long while, mostly because I was having a hard time finding the time to sit down and write the pattern when so many things are pulling me in different directions. You know, the usual... kids, home, activities... ha! Isn't that just how life goes? But I finally managed to sit down and record a support video, write the pattern and get the ball rolling!
What do you think? Would you make one?
Find the pattern here: ravelry, etsy and website.

Happy Crocheting!

Monday, October 28, 2019

TP Cover


Supplies:

- 1 + 1/2 skein Worsted Weight Cotton yarn (3.5oz/ 180 yards in each skein) 
- Crochet Hook H-8/5.0mm
- Scissors
- Yarn Needle

Pattern Key:

- Chain = ch
- Single = sc
- Back Loops Only = BLO
- Slip Stitch = sl st
- Stitch(es) = st / sts
- Round (s) = Rnd(s)

For the sample I used Hobby Lobby's "I love this cotton" in Pewter.

Waistcoat stitch: It's pretty much a single crochet, but to create the stockinette effect, you insert your hook in the middle of each "V" instead of in between. See picture below:



Instructions:

Rnd 1: Make a magic ring, sc 6 into ring. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: Working in a continuous round, 2 sc in each stitch of previous round. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next st) around. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: (2 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next 2 sts) around. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: (2 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next 3 sts) around. (30 sc)
Rnd 6: (2 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next 4 sts) around. (36 sc)
Rnd 7: (2 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next 5 sts) around. (42 sc)
Rnd 7: (2 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next 6 sts) around. (48 sc)
Rnd 8: (2 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next 7 sts) around, join with a sl st. (54 sc) *at this point, it is pretty much the same circumference as the toilet paper row, if yours is too small, you can keep increasing.
Rnd 9: Ch 1, working on the BLO, sc around, join with a sl st. (56 BLO sc)
Rnd 10: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st around. (56 sc)
Rnd 11: Waistcoat stitch around until you reach the necessary length (4.5" for my sample) to reach the top of the row.
Rnd 12: Sl st around to make a nice looking border. Fasten off and weave any loose ends using the yarn needle.



Cheers!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Happy Fall!














I can't believe it's the end of October already! Time is going by so fast, I am trying to hold on to the little things with all my might.
Not sure if I mentioned here before, but my nephew from Brazil is living with us for a year to go to high school as an exchange student this year, so we have been trying to expose him to some American traditions like going to the pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins, corn maze, trunk or treating... well, you get the idea.
Talking about trunk or treat, this year was a first for us, the kids' old school didn't have that, so we jumped in and decorated our trunk with a "Where's Waldo?" theme. I painted a page of the book and my husband kindly cut out a Waldo out of plywood for the kids to be Waldo if they wanted to. It was fun!
See the scarecrow hat up there? We had a Halloween party to attend and I winged that hat so I had something to wear, I think it turned out super cute and my sweet girl was kind and agreed to wear the hat for me.
Anyhow, Autumn has been wonderful, full of plum butter scones and pumpkin muffins, beautiful fallen leaves and nice weather at least once in awhile.
Cheers!


Friday, October 25, 2019

Maze Throw





Sometimes I make things I like, but sometimes I make things I LOVE! This throw is one of my love ones. When I tried to draw the graph for it, I couldn't get the repeats to align right, it was so frustrating, I might or might not have shed a few angry tears, but the good news is that my math loving husband arouse to the occasion and saved me by drawing the graph! LOL

Then, the fun part of choosing colors and crocheting started. Due our insanely busy schedule lately, it took me 2 months to make it, which is a crazy amount of time for me, I usually get a blanket done much faster than that.

Anyhow, what do you think?

If you fancy yourself to give it a try, the pattern is available in all my shops. (ravelry, etsy, website)

Cheers!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Confetti Socks





Believe it or not, I don't like making things in pairs, however, by completely changing the colors of each sock, I tricked myself into making 4 pairs of socks and I loved every minute of it. I used Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, which is a really nice and soft DK weight yarn and it's offered in some gorgeous colors!

Have you tried making crochet socks before?

The pattern is available on ravelry, my website and on etsy, too!

Happy Crocheting!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Lately...

Hi there!

It has been awhile since I posted about life in general and the problem with me doing that is that when I actually come back to post I have so much to share that I feel overwhelmed and end up just running away... Anyhow, let me stop with my rambling and go for it.

Every Spring and Summer my sweet girl and I make flower crowns from fresh cut flowers, but this year we opted for a colorful crocheted one and we love it! It was a simple project, I used cotton yarn (Scheepjes Catona and Lion Brand Bon Bon) and made little rosettes and leaves.



Also using the same type of cotton yarn, I crocheted some rock cozies. Here where I live, in the Pacific Northwest, we have a group of people that hides painted rocks with uplifting messages or just lovely pictures for others to find, so I hid these little gems to add to the fun!


Another project recently finished was the face lift of this old play set. I pressured washed it and then painted it with a coffee colored stain and added some colorful touches to make it more fun and whimsical.

*playground before*

*playground after*

And speaking of fun and whimsical, here are some pieces I had built in a pottery class I took this Spring:





Time has gone by super fast, at least it feels like it! My boy just bridged to his last stage as a Cub Scout (Webelo 2) and my girl finished has last year as a Daisy Scout, next Fall she will be a Brownie!  I must admit, I shed a tear or two... mostly because I am so proud of them, but also because they are growing up so fast that I just want things to slow down, it's so bittersweet.

Now I promise I will try not to stay away from too long, I still have a lot of pictures to share. We recently moved and I have been doing a lot of fun stuff around the house, so I will come back soon to share more about that.

Cheers!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

C2C Succulent Blanket

I am excited to be participating in the 2019 Celebrate Mom Blog Hop hosted by Pattern Paradise! Each day a different crochet designer will be featured and share a new free pattern with you. There are lots of fun prizes too, so come join the fun!
For the list of all the designers and all the details, go to this post ↠ 2019 Celebrate Mom Blog Hop  and Giveaway.


Are you new to C2C? Don't worry, there are some videos that will teach you all you need to know to start your C2C project. Here are my video recommendations: 
- C2C by OneDogWoof (this post will teach you how to start, manage yarn, change colors, etc)

Supplies:

- Red Heart Super Saver (Worsted Weight)
- Crochet hook US size I-9/5.5mm
- Tapestry Needle to weave the ends

Finished measurements: 52" by 35.5"

Notes:

- The blanket consists of three white panels of 21x21 C2C and three panels of graphs (below)
- Sc around each panel to facilitate the joining process
- Each square of the graph is made out of 3dc

Graph 1
Colors used: White and Paddy Green
Graph 2
Colors used: White, Carrot, Blue, Spring Green and Paddy Green

Graph 3
Colors used: White, Tea Leaf, Petal Pink and Bright Yellow.

I added a little yellow flower to the top of this succulent. Make an adjustable ring, *ch 2, dc 3, ch 2, sl st* 4 times. Fasten off and attach the flower with a yarn needle.

Border:

I made used the three different shades of green I had used for the succulents to create the border to create a frame and give the blanket a bold and finished look.
Sc for two rounds with each color. 
For the corners to stay flat, make 2sc in the 3 stitches that make the corner of the blanket. (repeat in each of the 4 corners)

Fasten off and use the tapestry needle to weave in the loose ends.


Happy Crocheting!

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