Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Spring!!!

Meet Bunners.  She is very sweet and always looks like she's a bit worried.  We love her very much.

Happy Spring!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Glam Girl Shrug - Free Crochet Pattern

Here is my submission for the Design Wars Swanky challenge.  In this challenge Design Wars Alumni were tasked with creating a pattern using the same yarn: Red Heart Swanky, a super sparkly swanky yarn that comes in a variety of fabulous colors.  I created this sassy little number that takes your look from blah to glam in 2 hours or less! The Glam Girl shrug is a super fun, quick and easy to make. Great for evening wear, weddings, date nights, and more.  

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Skill Level: Easy
Sizes: XS (32 inch bust), S (34 inch bust), M (36 inch bust), L (38 inch bust), XL (40 inch bust)
Yarn: 1, 1, 1, 2, 2 Skeins Red Heart Swanky
Hook: H (5 mm) or hook needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 16 stitches and 6 rows is a 4 inch square.
Ch 58 (62, 66, 70, 74)
Row 1: 1 dc in 4th ch from hook (3 missed ch count as 1 dc), 1 dc in next ch, (ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 dc in next 2 ch) 13, (14, 15, 16, 17) times, 1 dc in last ch. 30 (32, 34, 36, 38) dc
Row 2: Turn, ch 5 (counts as 1 dc, ch 2), sk 3 dc, (2 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, sk next 2 dc) 13, (14, 15, 16, 17) times, 1 dc in top of turning ch. 28 (30, 32, 34, 36) dc
Row 3: Turn, ch 3, sk 1st dc, (2 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, sk next 2 dc) 13, (14, 15, 16, 17), 2 dc in next ch 2, 1 dc in 3rd ch of turning ch. 30 (32, 34, 36, 38) dc

Remaining Rows: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until piece measures 17 (18, 19, 20, 21) inches.  Fasten off.

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Form armholes: Fold piece in half so that the corners of shorter sides of rectangle are touching.  See illustration below.

Join corners with sl stitch and work 1 sc in each stitch around armhole.  Work two more rounds of sc.  Fasten off.  Repeat for second armhole.

Start at joining point of first armhole, work 1 sc in each ch and 2 sc in the end of each dc around the neckline and back of piece.  Work 2 more rounds of sc. See illustration above.

Finishing: Fasten off and weave in all your ends. Enjoy!!!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Free Crochet Scarf Pattern - My IKEA Catalog Scarf

Every single nook and cranny in my entire house has something IKEA related in it; my chairs, kitchen cabinets, rugs, beds, bathroom mirrors, are all IKEA.  I also consider reading their catalog a serious hobby. So when I saw page 68 in the 2014 catalog, I said, "hey, I can make that!" And I did. And now I wear it. And now my neck has IKEA all over it too!

Thanks to my mom for buying me some super awesome organic cotton yarn, I love it!  Now I just need me some Swedish clogs, a fab bike with a pretty basket, and tons of tulips.  Enjoy the pattern! 

This pattern is written using standard U.S. Crochet terms and assumes basic stitch knowledge. If you have any questions or get stuck, please email me with your questions: I’m always here to help!

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials/Notions: About 150 yards sport weight cotton yarn.  Sample made using 1 skein of Pakucho Sport by EcoButterfly Organics. A beautifully soft organic cotton yarn.  Darning needle.

Hook: I Hook (5.5 mm).

Stitches and Terms Used:

Ch- chain
Dc- Double Crochet
Sk- skip
Sl- slip
St- stitch

Gauge: Gauge is NOT critical to this pattern.  However, if you would like yours to look like mine your gauge should be 15 dc and 7 rows is 4 inch square.

Ch 29

Row 1: 1 dc in 5th ch from hook (4 missed ch count as first dc and ch 1), (ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) 12 times. (14 dc)

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), turn, sk next ch 1 sp, (dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next ch 1 sp) 11 times, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk 4th ch of turning ch, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch. (14 dc)

Remaining Rows: Repeat Row 2 until piece measures about 60 inches or desired length.

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