Monday, March 27, 2017

Twists and Bows Cowl Relaunch



I am relaunching one of my crochet patterns. It will now be a free crochet pattern.I was looking back at older posts and I noticed that this pattern did not get a lot of love. It only had 100 page views. All the fault is on me. This is one of the patterns that I tried selling on etsy. I made 3 dollars. I switched all the patterns to free, but somehow I missed this one, and everyone else is missing out on it. 


I love this cowl. It is one that I still wear even 3 years later. It has lots of texture and volume. Also the extra glitter in the yarn makes it oh so feminine. 

 

Twists and Bows Cowl

 


Yarn: Patons Lace sequin: 65% Acrylic, 14% Polyester, 9% Mohair, 9% wool: 70 g/2.5 oz 

Hook: F 

Notions: blunt needle.


Size:  34 by 7 inches


Gauge:  8 rows = 2 in, 2 columns and a ch sp = 2 inches

This is a great textured Cowl. It has defined cables on one side and on the other side it has bows. I made this peice into a cowl to show off both sides of the fabric. This is a very easy pattern. If you know how to fpdc and bpdc you can make this pattern. And if you can not this is a great pattern to learn how to on. I also love the sequins in this yarn it adds just a little bit of sparkle.

Repeating Pattern

Row 1:  Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), { fpdc in the next 4 st, ch 7} Repeat 3 times, fpdc in the last 4 st.


Row 2: Ch 3, {sk 2 st, bpdc in next 2 st, go back to sk st and bpdc in sk st, ch 7} repeat 3 times, sk 2 st, bpdc in next 2 sts, go back to sk sts and bpdc in sk st,  bpdc in last st.


Row 3: Repeat row 1.

Row 4: Ch 3, {sk 2 st, bpdc in next 2 st, go back to sk st and bpdc in sk st, (ch 3, sc around rows 1 through 3 ch sp, ch 3) } repeat {to } 3 times, sk 2 st, bpdc in next 2 sts,  go back to sk sts and bpdc in sk sts,  bpdc in last st.


Repeat rows 1-4 till you have your desired length.


 To Start the Cowl:


Row 1: Ch 52, dc in 3rd ch from hook, {dc in the next 4 ch, sk 7 chs} Repeat 3 times, 5 dc in the last 5 chs.

Row 2- 124: Follow repeating pattern starting with row 2.


 Finish off and weave your ends.


 Block if needed.


 Sew both ends together with a wip stitch for a cowl or leave long for a scarf. 

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Other Free Crochet Patterns you might like: 

Summer Fling Cowl

Super Twisty Chuncky Neck Warmer

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Free Printable: Project Cards


Creative personalities are not known for their organizational skills, myself included. I'm sure there is an ongoing joke around family (of which all of us have that creative gene), that at the end of the day I look around and say, "What happened? How did it get this bad so quickly." We have been trying to do a 10 minute clean at the end of the day to get things tidied up for a new day, but that still doesn't always happen.

When it comes to my projects I've been trying to be more organized, especially with little hands that like to "help."
see those helping hands

I tend to have 3 or 4 projects that are in the process of being made at one time. When I need to remember everything that I did for those projects to go up on the blog, there are always things that I forget. The number one thing I forget is the size of the hook, or needles that I used.

The other thing that always happens is that the Sweet Pea always pulls off the labels on my skeins of yarn and embroidery thread.

I needed something to help me keep track of those hook sizes, skein information, and he date I need to have the project done. So I made this little printable for myself. I wanted to share my free printable with you. Hopefully it will help you in your crafting.

You can get your free PDF Printable from my google drive. If you have trouble you can always leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail.






Saturday, March 18, 2017

Your Slip is Showing Crochet Edging

I've had my eye on shirt extenders for a little while now. I have a long torso so I'm never sure if shirts will fall where they need to. Then I saw a picture of a shirt extender that was a skirt instead of a tank top, and I thought, "Now that is what I need, I can adjust it how I want." Then I was pretty sure I could make one myself instead of purchasing one.

While I was getting all the things together to make my shirt extender, I stared thinking about when I was a little girl and moms and grandmas would talk about how embarrassing it was when someone would point out that their slip was showing. A slip was one of those under garments that should stay hidden and serves the purpose of not letting the silhouette of your legs show through your skirt.

Times have changed a little. Now we want those slips to show a little and we have changed their name to shirt or skirt extenders.

I have come up with a quick crochet edging to show off under your shirt or skirt. I opted to make my own slip to add the edging to, but it would be very easy to add the edging to a long tank top or favorite skirt.

Your Slip is Showing Crochet Edging Pattern 

Difficulty: Intermediate (If you have worked with lace before then it should be easy) 
Yarn: Redheart Luster Sheen solids: 307 yds, 281m acrylic.
Hook: D/3-3.25MM
Notions: Tapestry needle (for weaving in your ends), sewing machine (to sew your edging to your slip)  
Size: width: 3 inches Height: the the width of your thigh measurement plus 4 inches (model is 52 inces)
Gauge: 24 dc = 4 in. 8 dc = 4 in.
Notes: Stitches used: dc, ch, dc3tog, sc, picot

Row 1: Ch 15, dc in the 7th ch from hook, ch 2, sk 2 ch, 3 dc in the next ch, ch 1, dc in next ch, ch 1, 3 dc in the next ch, ch 2, dc in the last ch.

Row 2: Ch 4, turn, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, dc in the next dc, ch 2, dc in the last dc.

Row 3: Ch 5, turn, dc in teh next dc, dc3tog with the next 3 dc, ch 2, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in the next dc, ch 2, dc3tog with the next 3 dc, dc in the last dc.

Row 4: Ch 5, turn, skip the dc3tog, 3 dc in the next dc, ch 1, dc in the next dc, ch 1, 3 dc in the next dc, sk dc3tog, ch 2, dc in dc, ch 2, dc in last dc.

Row 5: Ch 5, turn, {dc in dc, ch 1, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1}, repeat once, dc in last dc.

Row 6: Ch 3, turn, dc3tog with the next 3 dc, ch 2, (dc, ch1, dc, ch 1, dc) in the next dc, ch 2, dc3tog in next 3 dc, dc in the next dc, ch 2 dc in last dc.

Row 7: C 5, dc in dc, ch 2, sk dc3tog, 3 dc in the next dc, ch 1, dc in the next dc, ch 1, 3 dc in next dc, sk dc3tog, ch 2, dc in last dc.

Rows 8 etc.: Repeat rows 2-7

When you get to the length you want, sl st short ends together, and Finish off.

Edging around edging: Pick the side that does not have the extra mesh side. {3 sc in the ch 3 sp, Picot, 3 sc in the next ch 3 sp{ repeat till you have gone all the way around the lace edging. Finish off. Weave in your ends.

You can find a post on how to make the shirt extender here.

If you liked this pattern, please add it to your favorites on Ravelry.com

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Your Slip is Showing Shirt Extender

Did you see my post about the shirt extender lace edging? I told you I would write about how I made the slip. I am not a professional when it comes to using my sewing machine. We have a love hate relationship, but I'm learning to love it more and more.

Supplies needed:
  •  sheer fabric
  • lace edging
  • strip of elastic
  • sewing thread
  • sewing machine
I started by making my crochet edging. I made it to be 4 inches more than my hip measurement.

I found some sheer fabric at our local Value Village, and it just happened to already be cut the exact length I needed. 15 inches. Then you want to cut the width of the fabric to be 5 inches more than your hip measurement.

I added a small hem on the side of the fabric that I would be putting the lace using my rolled hem foot on my sewing machine.

Then I made a french seam connecting the two widths together making a circle.

I then added the lace to the rolled hem.
It almost looks like a finished skirt. I rolled the other waist edging to make a large 1 in hem, and I sewed it around, leaving an opening to add the elastic.I'm really embarrassed by this picture. After I used my rolled hem foot I went to put on my regular foot and it was gone. I couldn't find it anywhere. I had to order a new one on Amazon. So I finished all the hemming with my zipper foot.
I cut the strip of elastic (which I saved from a ripped fitted sheet) slightly tighter than my waist.
and I threaded it through my waist with a safety pin.

 Then sew the two elastic ends together, and then sew closed the opening in the hem.


You're Finished.





Saturday, March 11, 2017

Embroidery Book Mark


I have another little project to share with you. I also have a crochet project that is getting closer to being ready to go up on the blog. But first the book mark.

This is a great project for when you need a quick gift for some one. It shows off your embroidery skills and shows that you care enough to spend the time to make something by hand.

Book Mark

Finished Size:3in by 7 in.
Item Needed 
  • Fabric 
  • felt or interfacing to put in between the fabric pieces
  • embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle 
  • pinking shears
  • embroidery hoop



 Start by drawing a simple pattern that will fit in a 3 by 7 inch space.

 Take the fabric out of the hoop. Add the interfacing and other piece of fabric stacking it with fabric facing up, interfacing, and fabric facing down. Cut the stack so that it measures 3 by 7 and with the embroidery picture centered.
Add a chain stitch around the outside edges of the book mark.
Tip: Start with your tail in between your layer of fabrics.
Finish off by trimming the book mark with pinking shears.
Now Go, and enjoy a good book.