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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Crocheter Gift Guide

The Holidays are quickly approaching, so I thought I'd put together a little collection of my favorite crochet gadgets, they make lovely gifts for any crocheter in your life!

1- Crocheters rule.
This is a gauge ruler, just make your sample and put the ruler on top!
You can find this clever tool by clicking here

2- EZ Blocker
Blocking your crochet/knit work is much easier with the EZ Blocker by Chetnanigans.

3- How about these darling crochet hooks? 
These are custom made by etsy seller handmademom.

4- Snail measuring tape.
Because cute stuff is always fun to have! I bought mine on amazon.

5- Magma Pattern Holder by Knitters Pride.
This is an amazing gadget, it's really useful when you are working on color charts. I purchased mine at my local yarn shop, but I just checked you can find it on amazon.

 6- Good yarn!
Really, you can't go wrong with yarn. Some of my favorites are: Quince & Co, Berroco, Cascade Yarns, Madelinetosh and Malabrigo.

7- Hook organizer by Chetnanigans
This is such a cute way to display your hooks and have them easily accessible. 

Well, I had to add my book here, not because it's  my book, but because it is an awesome book and a great way to learn a new technique!

 What would you add to this list? I would love to hear your ideas!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Textured Crochet Hat

 Oh guys, I don't even know where to begin... this textured hat is just so awesome, I am not even embarrassed to toot my own horn because I am really in love with this design. No joke, I have already made 10 of them, this is my go-to Christmas gift this year!

The good news is that the pattern is now available on ravelry, lovecrochet, etsy and craftsy, too!

Happy Crocheting!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Foundation Single Crochet (fsc)

Foundation single crochet has become one of my favorite ways to start my projects! Why? Well, for many reasons, for example:

- when working on a hat or a garment from the bottom up, the foundation single crochet gives you the much needed stretch.
- it's easier! Yes, I'm not kidding! Once you get the hang go it you will be amazed at how simple it really is. One of my favorite things about it is that you don't have to wrestle with the tight starting chain when using this method.
- it doesn't twist like the regular chain + single crochet would (pictured below):

So, let's do it!
Start with a slip knot on your hook:

Chain 2:

Insert your hook in the second stitch from the hook (the first chain you made). Yarn over and pull up a loop:

Yarn over and pull up through one loop. This creates what we call the "chain".

Yarn over and pull up through both loops.  Your first fsc is done!

Now, to create more stitches, you insert your hook in "the chain" (where the pin is in the picture below). Yarn over, pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through both loops. 
Repeat until you have the desired number of single crochets.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Top Knot Hat - Free Crochet Pattern

Top Knot Hat 
(US Crochet terms)

Ch = Chain
Dc = Double Crochet
St(s) = Stitch(es)
Rnd(s) = Round(s)

Skill Level: Easy

- Worsted Weight Yarn
- Crochet hook size US H-8/5.0mm
- Stitch Markers
- Yarn Needle
- Scissors

Gauge: 8 dc and 5 rows = 2" (10 cm) square

0-3 months (13-15" head circumference)

Hat is worked in a continuous round, do NOT join.
Use a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds.

Start with a magic ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a dc), 6 dc in ring. (6 dc)
Rnds 2-5: 1 dc in each st around. (6 dc)
Rnd 6: 2 dc in next 2 sts, 1 dc in next, 2 dc in next 3 sts. (11 dc)
Rnd 7: 1 dc in each st around. (11 dc)
Rnds 8-10: repeat round 7. (11 dc)
Rnd 11: 2 dc in each st around, (22 dc)
Rnd 12: (2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next) 11 times. (33 dc)
Rnd 13: (2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts) 11 times. (44 dc)
Rnds 14-20: 1 dc in each st around. Join with a slip stitch.
Fasten off. With yarn needle, weave in loose tail.

Make a simple knot with your fingers with the skinny tip you made (rounds 1-10), wrap the tip around your fingers and pull it through to create the knot.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

October Happenings

You know that feeling you have that you blinked and time passed? That is how I feel about this October - bam!

However, I can look back and appreciate all we got done. So, here are a few highlights:

My handy husband remodeled our downstairs bathroom, from top to bottom. He gutted it completely, even the toilet is new. It was fun for me to play Joanna Gaines... LOL. I created a Pinterest board (here), I chose everything, the tiles, vanity, lights, faucet and he put it all together.

Of course, I had to add a little something crocheted to my bathroom, otherwise it wouldn't be my house, right? I made some simple cotton washcloths, they add a lot of texture and I always love a little handmade/homemade touch. (You can find the pattern here)

My sweet girl had a school field trip to a pumpkin farm...

and she picked a great little pumpkin that later that day we worked together to transform it into an unicorn. Thank goodness for yarn and crochet!

We also carved our family pumpkins like we do every year, but this year the kids had little carving tools and really helped cleaning and carving. My husband went with the traditional Jack O'lantern and the sweet pea chose a kitty design.

The big boy is really into Lego Ninjago at the moment, so that is was an easy choice for him. I ended up having to paint my pumpkin because it was beginning to rot, plan B ended up being fast and a good way to show the kids that things don't always go the way we plan it, but we have to roll with it.

Last but not least, I got a kick start on my holiday gift making, with this adorable little lovey (pattern here). So fun to make, specially now that my babies are not babies anymore, I can get it out of my system by making baby stuff for friends. ;)


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Prim Rose Bag

Meet the Prim Rose Bag, a cross-body style bag with a stylish cross-stitch rose!

This bag works up quickly and it's made with cotton yarn, it's sturdy and roomy for all your essentials and a few of your not-so-essentials, too!

The pattern is on sale (40% off with the code PRIMROSE) until Saturday, October 7, 2017 11:59pm PST. Click here.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Switchback Throw

I thought I would start highlighting the projects I created for Modern Tapestry Crochet here, so you can here a little about where my inspiration came from.

This is the Switchback Throw, made in black and white worsted weight yarn, it's a timeless design.

Drawing the graph for this design was a real challenge, I was having the hardest time getting the "waves" to line correctly, it was frustrating and I lost it. My husband saw my desperation and told me to go get some air, he sat down with the graph paper and drew it for me!

The inspiration for this design came from the picture you see below, that is my mom in the late 60's on the famous Copacabana sidewalk in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the behind the scenes. Cheers!
Designed by Jackie's Design Studio