Shop Opening!!

I’m sorry that my postings have been sporadic as of late.  It wasn’t my plan to not write about my creations for three weeks, time just got away from me.  I wish I could say it was because our family was off on vacation at a tropical beach soaking up the sun and melting away the stress, but no…..it’s just been hard learning to balance new responsibilities and having school out.

I have been working on a number of creations that I have given out to friends and family to “test” for me.  It’s been fun and sometimes frustrating since I’ve been working on some new crochet patterns AND I’m learning to sew!  The patterns have been beginner level works that come together fairly quickly.  The frustration is working a pattern and realizing I have sewn the pieces together wrong…….it has happened more often than I would like to admit.

On the plus side, I have taken some time out to work on the technology side of running a blog and web-based business.  Even with pre-designed templates and the help of Hubs, who knows soooo much more about computers than I do, it was a challenge.  I’m still working on a number of listings to add to the store page, more photos and descriptions; but it is coming along nicely.  I don’t know if I would go as far as saying “Grand Opening!”, but I like the general direction it’s going and I’m looking forward to adding those important touches that set Knot Your Way apart from other fiber artist creations.

I currently have three items listed.  It’s just the beginning though…..so many more are coming.  A few more crochet items will be listed as well as a whole lot of sewn items when I am confident in my skills.  I even have plans to write my own patterns!!

If you would like to check out the store while it’s still under construction, please stop by!  I would love your feedback on the way things are looking and any products you would like to see featured.  Don’t forget to bookmark my store page so you can find me again easily!

Next week I will be blogging about some of the sewing patterns I have been working on and links where you can find the patterns to make for yourself.  In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of some of my new creations…..

These contoured burpies are a feature item in a Baby Couture line for KYW.   I’ve just started the work on this line and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

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Talk about useful……..how have I lived all these years with earphones and no case????  Well, problem solved with this adorable zipper pouch pattern that is made to fit on your key ring!!!!!  I’ll be sharing this free pattern soon too!

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This is the beginning of a sewing machine cover….I came up with the design myself and it’s so functional and easy to take on and off.  It’s prettier too than the original cover that came with my machine.  I’ll tell you how I put it all together in an upcoming post.

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Stick around!  I’m so excited to share these projects and a few more I’ve completed over the last few weeks.  Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest and subscribe to my blogs for all the latest patterns, creations, and useful tips.

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Barefoot Sandals!!

Last week I had the opportunity to make two pairs of barefoot sandals for Panda and myself when we made a day trip to the beach!  I have been wanting to make a pair for myself for sometime now, but I haven’t really had a place that I could wear them….as cute as they are, they have to be practical and comfortable.  I’m going to share the two patterns I followed so you can make a pair for yourself too before summer is gone!

Look at how cute these are:

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They stayed tied in the surf!!!

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Sandy Toes!!!

Sandy Toes

When I showed Panda the ones made to look like hearts chained together she had to have them!!!  I love them too and they worked up in about 20 minutes….both patterns did!!!  I was lucky enough to find the heart and bohemian patterns for free AND they were made using worsted weight yarn (which I have plenty of).

You can find the pattern for the barefoot heart sandals here.  If you like the bohemian sandals, you can find that pattern here.  Both patterns are easy to follow and are written in US terms with tutorial photos and finished work to help you through to the end.  Go!  Don’t wait or it will be too late!!!

Happy Hooking!!!

All Tied Up Crop Top

Thank you for all of the wonderful comments on the Basic Bralette I posted earlier this week.  I love that you love it and I can’t wait to work the pattern into something I am really proud to put my name on.

Speaking of really proud……I am so in love with this purple top that I’m calling the All Tied Up Crop Top.  It is made with T-shirt yarn, so it’s very comfortable against your skin in the heat of the summer…..it’s absorbent (that’s a plus for most of us) and it’s a sturdy top that makes you feel secure when you are wearing it.  The form holds well and the ties in the back are not only really sexy, but they also keep you feeling secure.  The bonus is that you don’t have to wear a bra or any type of coverage because the stitching is tight enough you won’t be able to see anything underneath it.

Purple Crop Top Back.jpgI have found after creating a few of these tops they work up quickly and can be created specific for one person by getting measurements, or can be done in a general sizing of S, M, L, XL….the one posted here will fit XS-M chest size.

I will be posting the pattern for this top after I have finished writing it up and I will be offering the ability to pre-order your size in a variety of colors when my store site is finished in the next few weeks.  Be sure to sign up for notifications on my page so you won’t miss a thing and follow me on Facebook at Knot Your Way.  As always….

 

Happy Hooking!!

Basic Bralette

Just in time for summer I have begun crocheting crop tops and bralettes!  It didn’t happen without a little coaxing from Panda who really wanted a cute top this summer that none of her friends would have.  I am so excited to share my work with you!!!  I created this top in one afternoon with just a few yards of cotton yarn I had in my scrap bin.

Panda asked me a few weeks back if I would try a pattern for her that she had picked out.  I looked at the top and although it was lovely, I thought it might be a difficult pattern to create as a first try, so I started super simple and came up with this M/L patterned basic bralette.

What I love about this pattern is that the shape of the bra can remain the same while changing up the bordering around the top will create several unique pieces.  The potential is there, but I have to be honest and say it is not my favorite creation…..yet.

Although the double crochet stitch helps work the pattern up much quicker than the single crochet stitch traditionally used, the spacing was greater than I expected.  Once again the biggest problem I face are my loose stitches.

Now, I may not be in love with the way the front of this top worked up, but I do love the back and the cute little bows used to tie it together.  I may make the ties a bit different when I create another one, but I do really like the way this top looks from the back.Basic Bralette 2

I’m heading back to the drawing board with another bralette pattern in single crochet and if I can get my stitching correct and completed before the end of summer, the bralette and a simple crop top pattern will be some of my first items listed for sale when I am ready to set up shop.

If you want to work up a top along with me, click here for a great pattern with lots of photos provided by From a Thread.  I couldn’t ask for a better tutorial!  Whether you are a beginner or advanced, I am sure this top will turn out lovely.  Happy Hooking!

The Elsa Frozen Hat

It’s been two weeks since I last updated, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have some great items in the works or that I don’t have a wonderful pattern to share today….cause I do!  The projects I’ve been working on are gifts, so I’m not going to be able to post photos or patterns for a few weeks while I put the finishing touches on them and they are sent and received but I’m dying to!!!

I can share with you that one of my designs involves granny squares and an upcoming wedding, while two of the other items will be gifts for my beautifully pregnant DIL who is expecting her first child in the fall!!!  As you can imagine I am obsessed with all things baby right now and I can’t wait for these weeks to pass so I can meet my new grand-daughter!!

Since I can’t share the final products with you yet or give you any more hints than that, lets move on to the last project I wanted to share and aFrozen Hat wonderful pattern for a hat that anyone who loves the movie Frozen will also love….love….love.

Of course, following the release of Frozen all the retail stores were stocked with tons of items themed for Elsa and Anna.  Gracie, along with all the kids in her class,  were asking for all of it…..you know they were 🙂   Gracie was adamant about wanting an Elsa hat she saw for winter and although I said no to the $20 hat at the store, I set out to find a pattern and make one for her.

This is the end result and she loves it!!!

The pattern is here.  It’s so easy to follow and the results are spectacular.  This was the project that had me falling in love with Simply Soft yarn.  It’s an easy beginner pattern and finishes in a weekend or less, so…go visit Mango Tree Crafts to follow this pattern or check out her other works.   I hope you create one of these beautiful hats for someone you love….or for yourself.  If you do, I would love to see the end results.

 

Happy Hooking!

 

*Ava didn’t want the long braid on the hat, so I worked the pattern and finished it off before the instructions to work the braid.

 

 

Crochet Beaded Anklet for the Beach!

It feels so nice to title something in my writings about the beach!  I love it because that means summer has arrived, even if not by the calendar’s standards yet.   My daughter, Panda and I decided to load up the car with goodies and head for Cape May, NJ with the grand baby in tow.

These are the trips I love….the beginning and ending of the summer season is so wonderful.  There is just something about the atmosphere before the schools let out and the vacationers arrive in masses.  The day came and went without a cloud in the sky.  There was a light breeze blowing keeping the temperature down a bit since the water was way too chilly to swim in and for a short while we sat and watched a school of dolphins feasting just off the shore.

Once again, Cape May did not disappoint.  It was a great day trip and I can’t wait to head back maybe one more time before summer is in full swing.

The night before we went to the beach, Panda and I planned out a short list of necessary things to bring and I found that when we were done with the list and the prepacking items I had a little time to kill.  Enough time that I started thinking about how cool it would be to have a new ankle bracelet for the day.  I have a whole category on my Pinterest page devoted to crochet jewelry but until this I hadn’t had an inspiration to create anything.  Black and Blue Bracelet

The fun thing about crochet jewelry is that with just a little skill and a small amount of materials you can create something unique.  I bought a set of hooks years ago that had some of the very small “numbered” hooks.  I used some thread that I have on hand, although for these kinds of projects you can use almost any medium:  elastic cord, leather cording, hemp, crochet thread, embroidery thread…you get the idea.  I just happened to have crochet thread and some nice small glass beads.

I made two bracelets for myself and one anklet and I made two anklets for Panda.  I think they turned out beautifully and I cannot wait to try a few more creative endeavors with this medium.  If you are interested in making this particular anklet, you can find the pattern for it here.  I think a beginner to crochet may have some trouble with it, but it’s certainly an easy project for someone intermediate who is okay with how they stitch and familiar with reading patterns.  Ankle Bracelet

I have created a pattern for the black bracelet pictured.  The multi-colored glass bead bracelet was simply stringing beads onto a length of crochet thread and then tied together securely with the ends snipped short.  It’s a cute little color accent for the summer.  That particular bracelet could be made with your kids as a fun rainy day craft.  You can put clear nail polish on the end of the thread and you can eliminate the need for using beading needles to guide the beads on the thread.

For simplicities sake, I will just call this creation:

Black and Blue Beaded Bracelet

You will need:

Crochet Thread or similar medium in #20 about 3-4′

Glass beads any color in 6mm (@60-75)

Beading needle or sewing needle

Crochet Hook Size E or 3.50mm

Scissors and Tapestry needle

Before you begin crocheting,  you will need to place all of the beads on the thread in the order you want them to appear on the bracelet.  Use a beading needle or place clear nail polish on the end of the thread to aid in placing the beads on the thread.

Begin  chain 55 or number needed to obtain length (about 7 1/2″ for bracelet, about 9″ for anklets)

Round One:  Slip Stitch into second chain from hook and in next three stitches. Bring one glass bead and place it against the last slip stitch.  Hold the bead in place and complete a slip stitch into the next stitch.  Repeat this process until you reach the end.  Do not turn work yet, but chain 10 from the end of the last stitch and then slip stitch back into the same stitch you began chaining from.  This will create a small loop big enough for a button-hole.

DO NOT TURN your bracelet, but begin working down the other side of the beads you just attached by slip stitching all the way to the end.

DO NOT TURN your bracelet, but again work down this side of the bracelet creating slip stitches all the way to the last stitch before the button-hole loop.  Slip stitch into the last stitch.

Fasten off and hide your loose threads.

On the end of the bracelet that has four empty stitches, place a small button or decorative bead in a larger size centered in this space.  Attach it with embroidery thread and fasten off.

You can add charms or other pretties as you wish.

If you do create something with this pattern, I would love to see it.  Feel free to leave me a message below and as always;

Happy Hooking!!

 

 

 

 

Shopping, Stitches and Projects

Last week I was able to turn a request from my daughter into a trip to one of my favorite craft stores 🙂  I’d call that a win any day! We spent the better part of a day last week just wandering around looking at all the cute Spring décor and projects the store was displaying.  After putting a decent dent in the budget with a yarnstravaganza, I started working on one of the projects I purchased supplies for. Shopping Trip

The creation my daughter wants is a slightly larger than toddler sized backpack for my granddaughter to use in lieu of a diaper bag.  My granddaughter will be three in just a handful of weeks and she needs something that will carry a few pull-ups, wipes, a change of clothes, a cup, a toy or 10 and maybe a favorite stuffed animal.  The plan is to make something that will grow with her for a little while.  I decided to look up the average sizing for toddler backpacks and adult backpacks and come to a measurement that I hope will be sufficient without being too large for her to carry by herself.

I began the pattern and started writing it out as I was creating it.  I really just got started when I ran out of yarn….it’s the big beautiful skeins of t-shirt yarn and if you have looked locally in your town, I bet you have found the same limited selections I have.  My second trip to the craft store for more of the same yarn I was using proved unsuccessful.  I found yarn, but not in my color and although the accent color would have been great for another project, it would not work for this one, so I had to table this project until my store stocks more some time next week.  When I start this project up again I will be sure to post pictures AND a pattern for you to use and I’m so excited to see how it will turn out.

In the meantime, I lost my cloth bag that I put my sunglasses in, so I needed to replace it quickly before I destroyed my super cute pair of sunglasses for this summer….and a pouch pattern becomes extended into a perfect carrier for my sunglasses and a template for a wonderful woven cross body cellphone bag.  Sunglass Case

This bag seems indestructible because of how tight the weave pattern is.  Nothing…I mean nothing is going to fall out of the sides or between the stitches!  The stitch I used is called the Tunisian Stitch and boy does this stitch feed my OCD!!!!  I’m going to post a link to the tutorial for this slightly complicated stitch.  I would consider it at the very least an intermediate stitch to learn and work with.  The sunglass case I made is small enough that you won’t need the special hook that the tutorial call for, but you will need it if you love this stitch like I do and want to do larger projects…(I’m working on a purse for my daughter already!!)

I hope you grab some scrap yarn and just give this a try.  You might be surprised at how easy it is to pick up and work.  The woven pattern assures that you won’t drop a stitch…at least not without knowing it.   If you do make anything, I’d love to hear about it and see your work, so message me in the comments below.  Happy Hooking!!