Christmas Coasters

This weekend I worked feverishly on several sewing projects as Christmas gifts for family and friends.  It was a good weekend for it since the weather in South Jersey took a turn for the colder and we had our first snowfall of the winter.  I captured a picture from out back to share.  It wasn’t a lot of snow and it’s mostly melted now, but I used it as an excuse to hunker down for the weekend and get holiday stuff completed.

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Even though I was not working on Christmas coasters this weekend, I did put a few sets together between the start of fall and today….mostly on our 5,000 mile road trip in October.  I love making coasters because they work up quickly and they don’t require a lot of space to work in so car rides are a perfect time to whip some up.  These three are basic patterns, work up quick and put pretty little pops of holiday cheer all around the house (they store easy too)!

Christmas Coasters

I’m still trying to find the pattern I used for the snowflakes.  I know it was designed for a pattern that worked with thread instead of yarn and it was designed to be stiffened with starch and hung on the tree.  I used worsted weight yarn and an H hook so the piece would work up larger than original and they are a perfect coaster size.  As soon as I can track down the pattern, I will post it.  In the meantime, there are some amazing free patterns for snowflakes out there….many are intermediate designs, but some can be done with minimal stitch knowledge.

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These adorable Christmas tree coasters were so fun to make.  I had to remind myself they would be having things set on top of them because all I wanted to do was add some beading as ornaments on them after I placed the little stars.  I found this free pattern here.  You will need a Ravelry account to access her pdf file, but it’s a great pattern for a basic tree form.  They are really cute.  I stashed mine under some candles around the living room.

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Lastly, I made a set of mittens that are adorable.  The pattern is free and you can find it here.  The pattern includes instructions to add a snowflake pattern in the middle of the mittens, but I didn’t have time to add them when I made them and they are pretty cute plain.  I used them for wine glass coasters, but they would work for anything.

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If you are looking for a cute project that will work up quickly, coasters are the project for you….with the holidays upon us, it’s a last minute great gift idea.  Enjoy the free patterns and as always….Happy Hooking!

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Teacher’s Gifts in Under One Hour

Today I want to share the holiday gifts I decided to make for my daughter’s teachers and caregivers.  I have limited time to work on side projects and even less money in the budget, so I’m always looking for the biggest bang with the least amount of wallet pains and I think I’ve found a few winners this year.

As you can see I made scarves for the ladies this year and I think they came out super cute!  The wonderful thing is they are all patterns that are easy for beginners to follow and they each are one skein so they are really affordable since most brands of chunky yarn cost about $5.00.  The dark pink scarf is made from Lion’s Brand Homespun yarn so I was able to work one scarf and had enough let for one; possibly up to 3 more!  Now that is a real bargain!

The first pattern I will share is for the dark pink Boho Scarf.  This pattern is not mine.  I found the pattern available for free at Classy Crochet.  She has wonderful instructions with photos to help you along.  There are also some other beautiful creations I can’t wait to check out on my next visit to her site.

The dark pink scarf was made using Lion’s Brand Homespun yarn and the only changes made from the diamond lattice pattern  was to use a “P” Hook so that it would grow faster and with bigger spacing.  She suggests it in her pattern and it works up beautifully.  I also added fringe in various places around the ends.  I didn’t count them or place a specific number of threads through at a time….nope, this time I only kept their length (16″ cut length) similar and varied the placement.  Next time I will add some all natural wood beads to the tassels and it will be perfectly me!

Chain Scarf

This beautiful chain scarf I made about three years ago as gifts for the women in my family.  They were all made from the super chunky yarn and the patterned worked up quickly while I watched television.  As with the other two patterns, this is an easy beginner pattern and I think when you make something quick and uniquely you, it makes you more confident to try other patterns…so don’t put it off…grab these quick supplies at any Wal-Mart or Target in town and make something you will love to wear…

For the Chain Scarf, you will need:

Any chunky yarn (1 skein)

P Hook

2 Buttons (about 1″ each)

Tapestry Needle

Sharp Scissors

*We are only using two stitches for this pattern so you only need to know how to chain stitch and how to single crochet.   If you don’t have a P Hook, any hook that have that is a K or larger should work.  Gauge is not important for this pattern so no need to worry.

To work the body of the scarf, just begin chaining…..keep going……yep, you want a big pile of chained yarn….I chained over 1,000 times for the one in the photo.  Make sure you stop and save some to create a cuff that holds the chains together.

Before we make the cuff, we need to wrap our chain around something that creates the length we want before we hold it all together with the cuff.  I used my dress form, but there are a lot of possibilities that you have on hand…I use Hubs a lot for these kinds of jobs.  He holds his hands at the distance apart I want and I keep wrapping until it’s perfect.  Now is a great time to grab the beginning chain and the end chain and secure the ends together….tuck the ends in with your tapestry needle.  Set your loops of chains aside to secure with the cuff.

My cuff was 5″ wide and I made it 10″ long so that I could wrap it around the chains but not choke them.

For the cuff:  chain 7, sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each across, ch 1, turn (6)

*Repeat until the piece measures the width you want to wrap around your chains.  For me it was about 10″.  When you finish off, leave a long tail so you can sew your cuff seam around the loops.  Set your cuff aside for a sec and grab the buttons you picked for the piece.

The buttons pictured had two holes, but I picked various buttons with different ways to attach them, so you will have to decide how you need to attach the buttons to the cuff.  Make sure you work them opposite the seam…I didn’t for the one I photographed, but I did for the rest.

After the buttons are secured to the cuff, you want to wrap it around your loops with the button side facing out.  I used a slip stitch to secure my cuff, but you can grab up your long tail and secure the ends using single crochet stitches as well.  Finish off and weave in your ends.  That’s it!!! It’s that simple 🙂

Pink Chain Scarf

The light pink chunky yarn scarf is made the exact same way as the Chain Scarf patterned for you above.  The chain was looped longer so that it would hang much farther than the other scarf and I made four cuffs that were 1/2 the size of the one large cuff above.  I didn’t use any buttons since the cuffs and the chain loops give this piece a lot of movement already.

I hope you will give these patterns a try.  If you have any questions about them or need any help, just leave me a question in the comments.  I would love to see your work if you create any of these for yourself or your friends.

As always, Happy Hooking!

Scrubbies Made from Scrubby Yarn!

As a follow-up to yesterday’s article on Tulle Kitchen Scrubbies , I wanted to share another short, quick pattern for making Scrubbies from another material that you can find in almost any craft corner of the major shopping outlets.  Red Heart came out with the Scrubby Yarn line some time ago but I had just made quite a few out of tulle, so I waited until I needed to do a restock and I grabbed a few.

 

 

Scrubbies with Red Heart YarnA few….meaning more than 2 but less than 10 (cause I always need extras) and started surfing the internet for some ideas.  I didn’t go searching for a pattern since I already had the basic measurements in mind.  Instead, I went searching for inspiration….that’s short for I took about 2 hours to scroll through my Pinterest and pin a ton of things I hope to do someday and then I came back to this really funky material and grabbed my hook to start creating something new.

When I say this is a strange material, I am not kidding.  I would describe it as a tattered thick thread and it’s admittedly a little strange to work with at first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrubbie Yarn By Red HeartI picked Tropical because I loved the pop of colors, but whatever your color choice is I am sure you can find it since they have 27 different color options to pick from.

I decided to start with something basic just to get use to working with the material and see how sturdy it was going to be.  I did a variation on the pattern from yesterday. 

This pattern is super easy and works up so quickly you can make enough for a month’s supply while watching your favorite show.  When completed, you will have a nice circle scrubbie with a loop at the top that you can slide over your faucet to allow fast drying.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the pattern for the scrubbies I made:

Supplies:

Red Heart Scrubby Yarn in Tropical

K Hook

Tapestry Needle

*Gauge is not important for this pattern.   My finished circle will be approximately 5″.  Smaller gauge needles will require more repeated rounds but will have a tighter stitch in the finished piece.

Stitches:

Sl st: slip stitch

Ch: chain

Dc:  double crochet

*Magic circle- If you do not know how to do a magic circle, you can chain 4 and begin Round 1 in the third chain from the hook.

Begin:

Make a magic circle, ch 3

Round One:  11 dc into magic circle, sl st into top of ch 3 (12)

Round Two:  Ch 3, dc into same st, 2 dc in next st and each st around. (24). Do not fasten off.

Take a moment to measure your circle.  I prefer my scrubbie to fit in my hand, so I like mine to measure about 5″ across and for that reason I was able to stop at Round Two and begin creating the loop.

If you need to continue another round in order to increase the size of your piece, just begin with another ch3 and then dc in each st around, sl st to the top of the ch 3 and repeat until your scrubbie is as big as you would like it to be.

Now let’s make the loop.  After securing the final round with a sl st to the top of your ch 3, ch 10 and sl st back into the same st.  Secure your loop to the piece (I use a double knot to keep it in place), fasten off and weave in the ends.

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Voila!  New scrubbies to use!!!  Anything to make cleaning the dishes less mundane.  Feel free to throw your finished product in the dishwasher for a quick cleaning anytime you run a load (keep it up top) or you can wash it with your towels in the machine, just throw it in a mesh bag or a pillowcase so it doesn’t get torn apart.

Hope you enjoy the pattern.   Happy Hooking!

 

Tulle Kitchen Scrubbies Pattern

One of the first crochet patterns I ever wrote for household use was a pattern for Kitchen Scrubbies made from different colors of tulle.  I wanted to create something quickly that would be durable and most importantly, clean my dishes and pans without damaging them.  There are lots of scrubbie patterns on the internet and many of them are for tulle, so I was able to come up with a general idea of how to use the material and how big I wanted the scrubbie to be.  Fortunately, I had a leftover roll of light pink tulle I used earlier this year when I made a Valentine’s Day wreath for my front door.  So, I grabbed the tulle and a few more supplies and I was able to put one together in less than 10 minutes!!!  Tulle Scrubbie.jpg

I’m sharing my pattern with you in the hopes that you will take a few minutes today and whip some up for your kitchen.  I promise you won’t be disappointed with how well they clean your dishes.

If you love these as much as I do, you will find more uses than just in your kitchen.  I create tulle scrubbies in different colors for use in different rooms in the house.  Keeping colors specific to the cleaning jobs they are used for saves a lot of guesswork when Hubby and the kiddos step in to help with chores.

Here’s my free pattern:

 

Tulle Kitchen Scrubbie Pattern:

 Beginner

Finished Scrubbie: 5” Circumference

*Gauge is not important with this pattern.  The smaller the gauge of your hook, the tighter the stitching will be and the more rounds you may need to complete to obtain the 5” circumference.

Supplies:

Tulle (3” width and @ 25 grams)

11.50mm/P Hook

Tapestry needle

Stitches:

Ch-chain

Sl St-slip stitch

DC-double crochet

Begin with a ch 4. (You can use the magic circle technique here if you are familiar)

Round 1:  Place 12dc into the 3rd ch from the hook, sl st into the top of the first dc, ch 3. (Do not turn the work but continue in the round) (12)

Round 2:  Place 2dc into each dc around, sl st into the top of the first dc.  Ch 10 and sl st into same dc*.  Secure the tulle and fasten off.  Weave in the ends. (24)

*Take a moment to measure your piece.  Depending on the gauge of your hook, you could be ready for the finishing round.  If you need more rounds to make the circumference larger, simply ch3 at the end of round 2 and dc in each dc around then finish the piece the same as Round 2 above.

 

Happy Hooking!

 

 

 

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!!!

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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!