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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Easy Peasy Stylish Crochet Vest Pattern

Hello Everyone! I hope that you had a wonderful CHRISTmas! I know I did. I ate way to much but I already knew that was going to happen! The holidays just wouldn't be the same if my clothes fit right afterwards! 
In the spirit of the holidays I thought it was a perfect time to offer a new free pattern and something for us to make for ourselves after making something for everyone else & plus it is good to cover up where your clothes may not fit like they did before the holidays! 

close up of the front

close up of back

full view of the front

 I made this with Lionbrand Homespun yarn in Gemstone and an L (8mm) hook. Gauge is not really important in this pattern because you are making it to custom fit you. One of the beauties of this pattern is it is made in one piece and you can hold it up to you and try it on are you are making it to make sure it fits! It is so warm and cozy you will want one in every color for every outfit. 

Easy Peasy Stylish Crochet Vest

3 skeins of lionbrand Homespun yarn
L (8mm) hook

Chain 44 ( or how ever many to make it the length you want).
Row 1: Single crochet in the 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 1, turn
Row 2: single crochet in each stitch across.
Continue row 2 until you reach 12” across.

Once you have reached 12” across you will chain 1 & turn and start the arm hole. Single crochet in the frist 7 stitches. Chain 20. Skip 20 stitches and then crochet in each stitch to the end of the row. Chain 1, & turn.

Now to make the back just continue row 2 until it has reached 16” across (or how ever wide you want it to be)
When it is as wide as you would like for the back to be you will do another armhole just like the first one but single crocheting in the first 7 stitches. Chain 20. Skip 20 stitches and then crochet in each stitch to the end of the row. Chain 1, & turn.

Now continue to repeat row 2 & single crochet in each stitch, chain 1 & turn until you reach 12' across.

Finish off & try on your new vest.

Please let me know if you have any questions! Hope you enjoy your new vest!  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Chunky Crochet infinity Scarf Pattern

Hello fellow Diy'ers, crocheters, sewers, and all other "cool" people...

As usual, as the weather gets color and gift giving season is upon us, my mind is spinning with a million different things that I want to make next. I have so many half way finished projects that it is pitiful... Surely none of you have this same problem... Do you??? Come on.. please let me know I am not the only one..

But anyway.. I recently had someone ask me if I could make an infinity scarf. My immediate response was "sure"! Then I had to ask her a hundred questions like do you want a wide scarf, a chunky scarf,  etc. etc... Well in the end after talking about many different options. I come up with a design that I absolutely LOVE!! It works up really quickly and is super duper soft! You can't get any better than that!

I love it so much that I may actually have to take the time to make myself one. Yep that's right I may make something for myself! I always intend to make something for me but it always ends up getting sold of given to someone else that saw it and just HAD to have it.
So how about I share the pattern with you and you tell me what you think?? Please tell me your thoughts and feel free to post pics of you work. I love seeing and hearing about how other people enjoy my work and patterns.

I used a P 11 1/2 mm hook and Bernat blanket yarn.

I used one skein to the very end and that was it. It ended up being about 66" long (before being doubled) and 5' wide.  I think I paid about $5 for the skein at my local Wal-Mart. 

Chain 12

Row 1: Double crochet in the 3rd chain from hook. chain 1, skip next ch, and double crochet in the next. Continue the chain 1, skip one, dc until you get to the end. Essentially you are doing a double crochet in every other stitch and a chain one in between. 

Row 2: Chain 2, turn (initial chain 2 counts as 1 dc). DC in each chain 1 space, ch 1. repeat until the end. Make sure last DC is worked in the space between the DC and chain 2 from previous row. 

Round 3 -end: Repeat row 2 until you have reached the end of your skein or until you have reached your desired length.  

Fasten off and sew the two short ends together to create an infinity scarf. Whoala!! that is it you now have an awesome Super soft trendy infinity scarf. 

Please let me know if you have any questions about the pattern or have any trouble. 

Here are some pics of the finished product. 

shown wrapped once
wrapped twice

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sharpie Monogrammed Burlap table Runner

Ok, I must admit I have joined in on the obsession of Burlap. Everyone seems to be using it for everything these days. So I went shopping on Ebay and found a large roll of burlap. After all what sense would it make to buy a small piece to try before you buy the whole roll... Right?? Anyway... I bought a whole roll and just knew that I was gonna make tons of things with it... Well about 6 months later I have made two garden flags and one table runner... but I am sure I will EVENTUALLY use it all.. One Day... .
Today I am gonna tell you how super duper easy it was to make a Burlap table runner. I only used a pair of scissors, a sharpie, an "R" stencil, and a piece of Burlap cut to the length to fit my table. 
See, I told you that was one big roll of burlap... 
Anyway, first I unrolled a piece along my table to get it the size I needed it. I cut it and then used my stencil & sharpie to monogram & personalize it. 
tracing the initial with a black sharpie

This is what it looked like after I finished coloring  it in.

This is the finished product!!

I think it looks pretty good considering it took about 15 minutes and cost about $5. Now you can hem the edges to give it a more finished look or you can leave it for a more natural frayed edge. Can't wait to see what else I can make with Burlap & Sharpies. I am thinking a new set of place mats may be in my future. I may even break out my paint and see what I come up with.

What do you think of this project? Please share your thoughts and ideas!
As always thanks for stopping by & hope to see you again soon! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Best Ever Crochet Hat/Beanie Pattern!!

After many request for a hat pattern I decided to come up with my "favorite" which is a combination or patterns I have used over the years and taken my favorite parts from to make "the best ever crochet hat pattern"!! With every pattern I ever tried it seemed that each hat was to short, too long, too big, to small... blah blah blah...

For years I have been making beanie hats and adding faces to them and such for gifts, photo props, and everything in-between. After spending money on many patterns and much trial and error I finally came up with the perfect pattern. I have been making it from memory forever, it seems like, but I figured with so many request I should try to put it on paper and share it with everyone.
So here goes...

I will start with a toddler /small child size since that seems to be the most popular.  With this pattern I used an "I" hook and Worsted Weight yarn. Hobby Lobby's "I Love this Yarn" and Redheart's "With Love" are my Favorite brands right now. I tend to crochet on the tighter side so you may have to use an "H" hook.
I have literally made hundreds of has and this pattern is always true to size and fits perfect.

Chain 4 Join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Rd 1: ch 1, 9 single crochet(sc) in to ring, join with sl st in 1st sc.   (10 total Sc because ch 1 counts as a stitch)
Rd 2: Ch 2 , double crochet (dc) in the same st as joining, 2 dc in each sc around, join with a sl st. (20 dc, beginning ch 2 counts as 1st dc from here on out.)
Rd 3: Ch 2, dc in same st, *dc in next dc, 2dc in the next dc*, (2 dc in every other st) continue from * rest of round and join with sl st. (30dc)
Rd 4: Ch 2, dc in same st, *dc in next two dc,  2dc in the next dc*, continue rest of round and join with sl st.(40 dc)
Rd 5: Ch 2, dc in same st, *dc in next 3 dc, 2dc in the next dc*,  continue rest of round and join with sl st.(50 dc)
Rd 6: Ch 2, dc in same st, *dc in next 4 dc, 2dc in the next dc*,  continue rest of round and join with sl st. (60 dc)
Rd 7-15:Ch 2, dc in each dc, continue rest of round and join with sl st. (do not dc in joining sp for these rounds as you have with previous rounds.) (60 dc)

For kids with larger noggins you may need to ad an extra row or if you just like for the hat to be longer and come down further over the ears.

This is a perfect base hat pattern. From here you can add stripes, ears, faces, etc and turn it into anything your heart desires...

Below are some examples of hats I made using this base pattern.

I hope you enjoy the pattern and please let me know if you have any questions!

As always... Thanks for visiting!!