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:
They stayed tied in the surf!!!
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!!!
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.
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!
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 a 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.
*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.