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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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!

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 .