HAPPY 2016!!! I wanted to share my latest pattern that became a hit during the holidays. I originally came up with it because it has been weirdly warm here in NY and I wanted a shawl to accessorize my outfit for the holidays. It made it up in the 70’s Christmas eve day! CRAZY! So I made this shawl in a couple of days & wasn’t expecting anyone even to notice. EVERY single person complimented me on it! Here are some pics:
It’s an easy dropped knit stitch made into a triangular shawl. I may even wear it on chilly days because believe it or not it keeps me warm. This pattern is FREE 🙂 Just click on the first picture for a PDF pattern.
I love cable patterns but I hate how the wrong side looks ugly. Whenever I want to make a scarf or a blanket I am always looking for beautiful reversible patterns. This is one of my favorites so far. I originally was going to make a scarf but now I want to make a big cozy blanket. In the picture you can see that I made a mistake. Oops 🙂 You have to really pay attention to what you are doing when knitting this pattern. No worries because I am going to take it apart to make my blanket 🙂 Here is the pattern:
Click on the picture for a PDF pattern. For that scarf I casted on 76 stitches using size 5 needles.
I was going through all my knitting books & found this nice vintage booklet on Fluff Rugs. It’s from the Lily Mills Company, Book 600. I have no idea how to make these but I might try it one day. If anyone is interested in these type of rugs I downloaded the book in a PDF file. Here are some of the rugs featured in the book.
The rugs look really nice & it’s a great book for anyone who has experience making them! Click on the picture below for the PDF file:
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I just went back to school after so many years. With my full time job & studying my life has been a little hectic! Anyone who has a crazy schedule & doesn’t have much time to make anything will definitely LOVE these 2 patterns I came up with. They are so easy & super quick to make. Let’s start with the crochet scarf. As I mentioned before I am more of a knitter. I love to crochet but definitely less experienced. So one day I meant to double crochet a st & I added an extra step by accident. I actually loved how it came out so I made this scarf with the “mistake dc”. I think it makes the st a little taller & different. Mabye it has a name but I couldn’t find it. If anyone knows what st this is please do tell. But for now I am calling it the “special dc”. LOL Here it is:
Click on the picture for pattern
Now for the knitted scarf. Another fast scarf to make & there are no “mistake sts” 🙂 Just your everyday knit & purl!
Click on the picture for pattern
I really hope everyone enjoys them! 🙂
So I never thought of looking at Home Depot for crochet materials. It just never occurred to me to look there for twine. Well my co-worker who also is an amazing crocheter found some household twine there & made a purse with it! It’s made of cotton & polyester so it’s really soft & not rough like your traditional twine. I went out & bought some rolls & crocheted a basket with a pattern I have been working on. I love how easy it is to work with & it’s really sturdy. I imagine it would be great for rugs, bags & other cotton projects. For my basket I held 2 strands together & it was perfect for me. Here is a pic of the twine:
It’s $2.57 a roll & for that particular brand this is the only color. But they have a bunch of other ropes & twine that I am going to try out too.
This is the basket/planter I made with it:
Just click on the picture for a PDF file of the pattern.
Is anyone wondering what type of plant that is???? Well that is my very high maintenance Gardenia I bought in FL last year. I only got 1 flower from it which smelled amazing & looks like it may be my only flower. I am just happy it’s still alive. 🙂
I just found these 2 awesome vintage patterns & I just had to share them with everyone! They look a little complicated. When I have time I am going to try tackling one of them. By the looks of the pattern it will probably be finished next summer! 🙂
The first one is a dress:
White Gown Vintage Pattern
How pretty is that!
The next one is a filet crochet pattern:
Filet Crochet Smock Vintage Pattern
Too bad I just found them now. I would’ve loved it for this summer. If anyone makes one I would love to hear about it & see the finished product!! Just click on each picture for a PDF pattern 🙂 Enjoy!!
Happy spring everybody!! Unfortunately we got ANOTHER snow storm on the first day of spring. I was so happy that all the snow finally melted last week and then here it came again. To say I am sick of this winter is putting it mildly. I guess I can’t complain after hearing what kind of winter Boston had. My heart goes out to all the people up there! Hopefully winter is gone & here comes spring. My favorite season! I am so excited to get my balcony all pretty with flowers, plants & decor. I wanted to make some coasters for outside that would not break if dropped & would soak up the condensation of the glasses. I love coasters but when it’s hot outside the glasses just slide around on the ceramic ones I have. I decided to crochet some I could use on my balcony. I used some leftover yarn I had & I thought the color was very vibrant & pretty for the summer. Here is how they came out:
You can click on either picture for the crochet pattern which I converted to a PDF file. They are fairly easy to make & you can make a ton of them quickly!
I wanted to share with everyone this twill stitch I just discovered. Some of you may know it but I never saw it knitted this way. It took me a while to figure it out but once you get the hang of the pattern it knits up fast. I want to make a really long skinny scarf so I only casted on 30 stitches. I am nowhere near finishing it but I will show you the work in progress. Here it is:
The pattern consists of only 2 rows! Here it is:
CO any even number of stitches.
Row 1: K2, *inserting right hand needle from back to front between the first 2 stitches on left hand needle, K the 2nd st, then K the first skipped stitch, drop both sts from left handed needle; repeat from * to within 2 sts of end of row, K these 2 sts plain.
Row 2: P1, *skip 1 st, P the following st, P the skipped st and slip both sts from the left needle; repeat from * to last st, P1.
The problem I ran into was the first row. For some reason after I knitted the 2nd then the 1st skipped stitch I ended up with 3 sts instead of 2 on my needle. I then realized after you knit the 2nd stitch you have to maneuver the needle under & around the 1st skipped st to get to the front to knit it. I hope I am not confusing anyone & if you have any questions just ask 🙂 Also you have to knit loosely or you will struggle & kill your hands trying to knit. Other than that it is super easy & makes such a nice textured pattern. Eventually I want to make a blanket with some super bulky yarn & I will definitely post that once I start it!
So this is my finished product of a pattern I have been working on what seems like forever! I couldn’t get it right so I knitted then took it apart then knitted again, etc. It went on for months & I think I now have carpal tunnel! LOL BUT I am so happy with the final result. It is the warmest, coziest blanket & I will cherish it forever 🙂 I don’t knit blankets often because it takes a long time but I wanted a cable blanket that was reversible for my bed. Here is a picture of it:
It looks exactly the same on both sides! It measures approximately 56″ by 64″. I listed the pattern in my etsy shop. The link is: https://www.etsy.com/listing/218883842/chunky-reversible-cable-knit-blanket?
If you love to knit blankets & have the patience to make one you will love this pattern!
Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a great holiday 🙂 This weekend I decided to switch over & crochet for a change. I am not experienced when it comes to crochet but I do enjoy it. I tried out this new stitch & fell in love with it. It would be nice as a blanket or scarf but I needed a new bath mat so I tried to make a pattern for that. I can’t believe how soft & plush it came out. I originally used a plain yarn but then I wanted it more plush so I used a super bulky yarn (Bernat Blanket). It was a little harder to work with but I love how it came out. Here is a close up pic of the 1st one:
Then I opted for this one:
It’s really thick & feels great on my feet 🙂 I didn’t use a non-slip pad underneath but it might not be a bad idea. Check out the pattern on my free crochet patterns tab.