Monday, April 21, 2014

Design Wars 7? Wha?

Yup.  I'm competing again in Design Wars 7!  So excited to be part of the action again.  This time the competitors are using Unforgettable by Red Heart.  I love the long color changes and the fact that it seems like there is really no repeating pattern.  You won't get any strange color pooling with this yarn. So neat. I've chosen to work with the beachy color ways of Tidal and Cappuccino. One of the mini traditions we do in Design Wars is to take fun pics of our yarn as it arrives.  I channeled a bit of Joey Tribbiani for my yarn pic.

Stay tuned!!

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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