A Week of Frustrations

Well, that’s what this past week of project work has been….I started out working on a sandal pattern with flip-flop bases to them.   I tend to stitch loosely and with this particular type of pattern, it is not a positive attribute to have.  I did finish at least one of the sandals all the way to the end and then had a good laugh with the family as I put my foot in it and showed everyone my summer clown shoe.  Since it was a failed project, I didn’t think to take a photo but I will in the future.  I am going to practice this pattern or another similar one and I will do some step by step photos.

My second project this week was not a complete failure, but I didn’t approve of the final outcome.  It was another tank top with a really beautiful design under the bralette.  The pattern was easy to read and the stitch work itself was easy, but I ended up with a back strap that was way too long and the shoulder straps were oversized as well.  So, I did some quick fixes to it and my daughter loves it and says she will wear it……I’m gonna start another tank top for her and lower my needle and yarn sizes.

Since I don’t have a new project to share, I thought I would share a post that I put on my Instagram and Ravelry accounts earlier this year.  I did quite a few pillow projects and this happened to be one of my favorites….

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I found this wonderful pattern for FREE!!!!!  Right, I love free patterns….especially when they work up this beautifully!  This particular one is written in a  fit to size pattern, so I was able to get a larger pillow than she worked in her pattern and follow the steps with no problems at all.  Other than the sizing difference, the only variation I made was to the flower on the pillow itself.  I was making this as a gift for my sister who has two young  boys running around the roost.  Although I love the flower clip idea that was suggested, it just wasn’t a practical option….that flower would not have made it a week. So, I looked up a puffy flower pattern and sewed the applique to only one side.  That way if my taste and my sister’s taste didn’t match, there was always a plain side.

You can find this pattern on my Ravelry page which has a direct link to this pillow pattern.  Click here for my Ravelry page.  While you are there, check out some of the other free patterns I have linked on my page.  I am always adding new projects.

Happy Hooking!

 

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Mae’s Colorful Tank

For this project, I really had to step outside of my comfort zone with what I think I know about crochet.  Admittedly, I am not really big on creating a swatch to check gauge and I often stitch more open than the average hooker.  Since I know these things about myself, I knew that stitching clothing was going to be a challenge and I was prepared to be utterly frustrated by even the simplest of patterns.D's Halter

Instead, I was wonderfully surprised by the simplicity of this pattern.  Okay, it wasn’t that simple.  I didn’t know how to do the corner to corner or C2C stitch so there was that 10 or 15 minutes I took finding the YouTube video learning how to complete it for the pattern I had in hand.

I’m posting links to both the video and the pattern I used.  The top I worked up in under an hour…keep in mind I made it for Mae and she’s just a little thing, so it didn’t take much time or yarn.  Heck, I may have found a good scrap yarn project.

Give this pattern a try with whatever yarn you have on hand.  It’s a nice change from rows and rounds and both the video tutorial and the pattern are very user-friendly.  Happy Hooking!

 

Here’s the YouTube video to learn the stitch:

Corner to Corner Crochet Tutorial

 

Here’s a link to the pattern I used:

Intimate Threads- Corner 2 Corner Halter Top Recipe

 

Aqua Beach Tote

I definitely have summer on my mind.  It’s a little surprising given that the weather here has gone from sunny and in the 80’s last week,  to a chilly rainy mess.  Still, it is spring and that means that the pool will be open in just a handful of weeks.  About the pool….

It’s rare that I go to the pool by myself and even if I plan a solo trip for some sun Aqua Toteworshiping I pack for everyone just in case.  Last summer I carried this wonderful oversized duffel bag that I had purchased from my friend’s Thirty-One Purse party.  It held everything!!  When I say everything, I mean it held four beach towels, pool toys, sunscreen and not sunscreens, drinks and snacks…everything.

I love it and I will use it again this year, but I’d like to have a duffel to put the wet items in and know that they will dry out quickly.  I followed a wonderful pattern for a market tote that you can find here.  While you are at Daisy Cottage Designs, check out more of her free patterns and find some great inspiration for another project. I modified the design slightly to create a larger bag for my pool needs, but I will be making the market tote size in this pattern as well.  It’s great for a beginner just starting out and it’s got the repetition of stitch work that I like.  If you want to make the larger version, just follow her pattern and use t-shirt cotton yarn and a K Hook.

Although this bag is beautiful in its simplicity, the picture of the market tote displays a large color contrasting flower.  I admit I was inspired to add one to my beach tote and after a quick search through my bookmarks, I found the pattern I love the most for its size.  You can find the Triple Threat Flower here.  It’s a lovely flower that pairs well with a button in the middle and enough size to really makeTriple Double Flower an impact.

 

After one day of work and a skein and a half of Bernat’s Home Décor Yarn, I’m ready to tackle the pool or the beach with this lovely soft unique beach tote.  I hope you will give these two patterns a try; make yourself a beach tote, a market tote, or just a pretty flower to embellish a headband you already own.

Summer Teal Cross Body Bag

My obsession with pouches has moved on to the next level!  Over the pasSummer Purse Teal-Multi 4t month I have been trying some different stitch styles attempting to design a functional hand bag that would also be so uniquely mine.  It had to be a bag I would be excited to show the world.  After several near hits and a few miserable fails, I am thrilled to share this Summer  Cross Body  Bag.

I chose a cotton yarn because I thought that would be a great medium for a summer item.  Also, I tend to stitch loosely, so the cotton yarn should offer some stability and a little less stretch.  I do think that this bag would be beautiful no matter the yarn chosen.

 

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Perfectly Pretty Pouches

Necessity is the mother of all invention, right?  Well, that’s how this cute little pouch pattern came about.  I work in the restaurant industry and often have trouble keeping my cash in my apron.  One busy afternoon I was fighting to shove the wadPouches of loose bills deeper inside the pocket when I realized that it was only a matter of time before some of my hard earned money would slip out and hit the floor, so after a few failed attempts…..a perfectly pretty pouch.

The pattern is simple for beginners, can be made in a variety of sizes and the use of buttons/baubles is endless.  I wanted this particular pouch to be stretchy and durable so I opted to use worsted weight acrylic yarn.  Of course, there are several mediums that would work for this pattern and purpose.  If you choose cotton yarn, it will be durable and survive through endless washing, but it won’t be as stretchy as the acrylic yarn.  Using t-shirt yarn could be the best of both worlds and I will be trying that medium on the next pouch I create. Continue reading

Granny Square Comforter Cover

This wonderful little blanket was my colorful creation from last summer when I needed to keep my hands busy but didn’t want to cover myself with a lap full of yarn.  After all, when the temperatures rise above 60 degrees, no one who works with yarn wants to tackle a big blanket project.cropped-20170111_220552.jpg

Using an “H” hook and worsted weight yarn, I was able to create a mix and match of colorful combinations following the traditional granny square stitching.  The squares measured just over 6″ and I attached 10 squares to create one row and then ten rows to each other in order to create a perfect square piece.  I was fortunate enough that I did not have to do any blocking as the squares were almost perfectly sized and squared.  Because I wanted a  ridge showing the connection of squares, I used a single crochet joining stitch and then went around the entire outside of the piece in single crochet for a lovely finish.

If you are interested in creating a comforter cover for the cooler months or just to add a splash of color to your space, you can find the basic pattern under my projects page at Ravelry.com .