Valentine’s Day

Hi All!

Since Valentine’s Day is in just a few days, I thought I would share some of my favorite free Valentine’s Day patterns. I wanted to create a new pattern to add to this collection but time has not been on my side lately. So here are 10 great Valentine’s Day themed patterns:

ValentineBags

1. Valentine’s Candy Crochet Bags by Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me

ValentineRoseWreath

2. Crochet Heart Rose Wreath by Kara at Petals to Picots

ValentineTablecloth

3. Valentine’s Tablecloth by Bernat Yarn

ValentineBookmark

4. I Give You My Heart Bookmark by Ginny at Sunflowers at Home

LoveBirds

5. Amigurumi Love Birds by Lion Brand Yarn

HeartShapedCoinPurse

6. Crochet Heart Coin Purse Pattern by Anabelle at I’m Hooked

PopHeart

7. Pop Heart by MyGurumi

HeartsThrow

8. Aran Hearts Throw by Red Heart Yarn

ValentinePenguin

9. Penguin by Lupita at crochet_goods

And of course, what is Valentine’s day without…

ValentineChocolates

10. Crochet Box of Chocolates by Red Heart Yarn

If you guys have any patterns you would like to share, be sure to include them in the comments below. I would love to see any of your Valentine’s Day designs.

Thanks for reading!

Feeling Lost

Hi all!

I know that my attention to my blog has been quite lacking lately and I think I can finally explain why.

Since the new year, I have been in a funk. I have not felt like crocheting. I have been completely uninspired. And without working on any crochet projects or having any inspiration, it has been really difficult to figure out what I should write for my two posts a week.

This weekend, I took some time to think about what has really been eating away at me. It’s pretty obvious once you take the time to think about it. Since I graduated last May, I haven’t been very successful at finding a good job or at figuring out a direction to go in life. I put so much work (and money) into my degree and now I just don’t know what to do. On top of the pressure I was already putting on myself to find a job/career, my student loans started to kick in in December and it’s impact on my bank account set in this month.

I never saw myself in this position. I never expected to feel like such a failure. I thought I would be successful after college and now I just feel like I’m just so lost. I am too afraid to go back to get some sort of graduate degree since I don’t know what I would like to do and since I don’t want to put myself further in debt.

I know you might be thinking, surely if I am feeling so much pressure I could just find any salary job and do that until I figure out what to do. And you would be right, but I am finding it so unbelievably hard to keep myself motivated to apply for jobs that I know I’m not going to be happy in. I never wanted to be the type of person who lives for the weekend. Being happy at my job is very important to me since I don’t find money to be a great motivator. I wouldn’t mind taking a job that didn’t have the best pay as long as I loved what I was doing.

Crocheting and this blog was filling that void and giving my life some purpose. Goals to work toward. But in this new year, I haven’t been able to see it that way. I have been so focused on my failures in life that I have been completely distracted. I want to work past this slump. I want to crochet more and become more regular on my blog again and to stop feeling so down on myself. I really hope you guys can stick with me through this rough patch.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. I’m sorry if there a lot of typos. I wrote this from my cell phone while laying in bed.

I didn’t fall…much

Hi All!

I hope you all had a great weekend and hopefully a not-so-terrible Monday. My weekend was fantastic! Remember how I mentioned I was going snowboarding? Well it was a total success! I managed to get down the mountain the first time without falling too much and by the third or fourth time, I managed to get down without falling at all! Sorry for all the exclamation points but I am so proud! I wish I had taken some pictures or videos with my camera but my boyfriend didn’t feel like having a photo shoot.

The day after, I could barely move but I figured it was kinda like my badge of honor. I can’t wait to go again. Next time, my goal is to learn to stop (and maybe learn to get off the lift without falling but we’ll take it one step at a time =P).

Not much crocheting happened this week. Nor was there a lot of organizing. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had much time to myself lately, and when I do, I take the opportunity for more sleep. For instance, instead of crocheting on the car ride home from Jack Frost Mountain, I got comfy and passed out.

Hopefully I’ll have some time tomorrow to get some stuff done but it depends on the weather. You see, there is a huge snowstorm that came in early today and will be in the area until about 3 or 4 AM; therefore, there could be a SNOW DAY! We are supposed to get about 10 – 12″ by the end of it although I don’t know how true that actually is. But hopefully we get enough that the roads stay bad and I don’t have to go to work. Don’t get me wrong, I really love working at my uncle’s shop, but I want to feel like a kid again and get a snow day. Granted, I probably won’t go outside and make a snowman like I did was little, but a little time to myself would be wonderful.

the heidi cowlI did complete one project so far this week. It was the “Heidi Cowl” by Melody Logan on Ravelry (it’s free!). It was a simple project but it came out really nice. I don’t usually use bulky weight yarn, but I had two balls of Bernat Alpaca yarn that I have had in my stash forever. I almost finished the whole project with one ball but the last round required yarn from the second. Now, I want to find another project that I can complete with the remaining yarn to match the cowl. I’m thinking I will probably make a hat. If you have any suggestions for free bulky yarn patterns, please let me know.

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Thanks for reading!

To stop being a tornado…

Hi All!

calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutionsI hope your year has started off great. I have been thinking long and hard about what I want to accomplish this year and I think I’ve made the perfect (and hopefully do-able) list. Its made up of a mixture of personal goals and goals for my blog but I really wanted to share it with you. After all I do need witnesses otherwise I would have no one to answer to and they would all fall to the wayside.

1. To Stop being a tornado

Those that know me well, know that I am the least organized person. My father and mother often joke that I’m a tornado tearing apart everything in my path throughout the day. I guess its more acceptable when you are a child, not so much when you are 22 and living at home after having been away at school for 4 years.  My bedroom is always a disaster area, especially my desk. My mom, who is always very neat, hates it and is constantly getting on my case about it. In order to maintain a more peaceful relationship with her, I want to straighten up my room every other day, and I want to organize my yarn and crocheting stuff better. I want to stop being a tornado.

2. Be healthier

This does not mean that I want to go on a fad diet and lose weight. I just want to try to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I want to check out the new Retro Fitness nearby and join it or another gym nearby. Go to the gym Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays (unless my schedule changes due to #4). Cook more for myself and eat out less (no more than once a week). Don’t eat in front of the TV every meal/snack (Only one meal or snack a day). Drink less soda!!! Since I came home from college, my soda intake has gone up exponentially. I never used to drink soda at school because I didn’t want to pay for it and water was free. At home, my mom always keeps soda in the fridge for my dad and any guests that stop by (we stock up on a lot of soda for the holidays) so its way to easily accessible. I will from now on only drink a maximum of 1 soda a day.

3. Open an Etsy shop

In my About Me, I said that my goal is to make an Etsy shop and for whatever reason I haven’t actually done anything toward it besides brainstorming designs to publish on it. This year, I want to open it preferably by the end of this summer. I realize that it’s a big undertaking but I am determined to get my work out there. Because of this, there may not be a lot of free patterns coming out on the blog, at least not designed by me. I will probably take this time to design my own patterns and to practice crocheting. That mean’s there will be a lot of fellow crocheter’s patterns getting spotlights on the blog for a while. Hopefully, I will also be able to include a few tutorial/helpful information posts.

4. Get a new job

I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but currently I am working for my uncle at his computer repair shop. It’s a nice part-time job but I can’t stay there for longer. My student loans are going to start catching up to me by the end of this year and I need to do something about it. I need to be in a position where there is the possibility of getting promoted and getting a salary. I know that I will be opening up my Etsy shop but that is more of a side job especially when I am just starting to get my name out there (there probably won’t be too much income considering how much competition there is out there). I could be wrong and my Etsy shop could take over and become my whole life but I can’t count on having that much luck.

5. Make a Facebook Fan Page and maintain it.

I will get a Facebook Fan page for this blog. This is something I plan to do ASAP but maintaining it is the real challenge. I am not very good at using my own Facebook or the twitter account that I use for this blog (truthfully, I don’t like twitter very much). The fan page will be a whole other story. I plan on posting links to any blog posts I like and possibly stuff that inspires me (and hopefully will inspire all of you).

6. Stop hording yarn

I actually can’t fit any more yarn in my closet. I buy it whenever there is a good deal but I almost never have a plan on how I’m going to use it; therefore, I almost never do. I want to use the yarn in my stash (so that I have room for more =P). A bunch of it is yarn that people have given me but are not my preferred yarn choices, such as Red Heart yarn (it kinda feels gross when you work with it for a while) and Homespun yarn (it’s so hard to work with).

7. Open up on my blog more

I have tried to keep my personal life and my blog separate for the few first months and I think that its weakening my blog. Not because I live such an extremely amazing life but simply because of the way I have to cautiously tip-toe around certain subjects. For instance, I feel like some of my blogs may have made me look a bit flaky since I didn’t get them done and I didn’t say my excuse cause it was due to my life outside of crocheting. I will try to open up a little more to you guys and hopefully you guys can open up to me too.

8. Watch my spending

This probably could go under “Be more organized” but I wanted to make it a separate resolution because its important. Since I graduated in May, I have been living life like I am still a teenager. Going to Michael’s whenever I want, spending money here and there, etc. While I am a fairly frugal person, I do have my weaknesses (yarn being #1). Time to become an adult (eek!) and start keeping track of my spending. I am going to make a spreadsheet, keep my receipts organized (and not shoved into the bottom of my purse), and start figuring out a budget.

9. Go to my first craft fair

This is another big step for me and my crocheting goals. I love craft fairs! But I haven’t actually participated in any craft fairs. Many of my family members have. including my cousin who also crochets. After I open my Etsy shop, I plan on selling some goods at a craft fair and spreading the word about my shop. I will attend at least one craft fair probably toward the end of the year (just in time for Christmas and scarf season!).

10. Watch less TV

I watch entirely too much TV. My whole family does in my opinion but its the only thing we do together. But we do it every night. From about 6 PM til about 11 PM, we have show after show to watch. It’s really upsetting to know that we have become mindless TV drones but at least I try to crochet during this time to keep my mind working. TV destroys my efficiency though. I crochet faster and make fewer mistakes when I’m sitting in my room listening to music instead of half paying attention to my project while I watch TV. So this year I am cutting my TV watching a bit. I only want to watch a maximum of 4 hours of TV a day and at least one day a week I will spend my usual time watching TV in my room crocheting diligently. It doesn’t sound like much but this is going to be really difficult for me because I feel so obligated to spend time with my family.

I know this seems like a lot of stuff. Only a few are really big goals and will probably take most of the year to complete. The others are simple habit changes that I have tried to make specific enough that it will be achievable.

Thanks for reading!

Rest of the Christmas Patterns

2014-happy-new-year-wallpapersHi All!

I hope you all are as excited about the new year as I am. I can’t wait to see all of the new creations that my fellow crocheters come up with and to see what new projects I will create. I have a lot of things that I would like to improve on and implement in this new year but I would really appreciate some of your suggestions. Are there certain patterns you would like to see made? How about my style of writing? Would you all like to get to know me better or do you want me to stay focused on crocheting? Any input would be appreciated.

And before I forget, here are those patterns that I promised you all. I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year!

Snowflake Trivet

??????????I had a lot of ideas that centered around snowflakes this year and couldn’t decide which to make. Once I actually made the snowflake, the choice was pretty much made for me. It turned out a lot bigger than I had expected which left me only a few options: either a trivet or a place mat.

The Snowflake:

I used a H hook with Simple Soft yarn by Caron in White.

Ch 4. Sl st in first chain to make a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3. Work 14 Dc in ring. Sl st in top of ch 3

Rnd 2: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc twice in each stitch around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 3: Ch 8. *Skip 2 stitches. Dc in next stitch. Ch 5. Repeat around from *. Sl st in ch 3.

Rnd 4: Ch 1. Sc in next stitch. *Sc in next stitch. 3 sc in next stitch. sc in next stitch. Work 2 single crochet together (sc2tog) over next 3 stitches (skip one in middle). Repeat until at last sc2tog. Instead of last sc2tog (since you don’t have enough room) sl st in first sc.

Rnd 5: Ch 10. *Skip 5 stitches. Dc in next stitch. Repeat around from *. Sl st in ch 3.

Rnd 6: Ch 1. Sc in next stitch. *Sc in next stitch. Sc in next stitch. 3 sc in next stitch. sc in next stitch. sc in next stitch. Work 2 single crochet together (sc2tog) over next 3 stitches (skip one in middle). Repeat until at last sc2tog. Instead of last sc2tog (since you don’t have enough room) sl st in first sc.

Rnd 7: Ch 4. Dc in same stitch. Ch 3. Skip 7 stitches. Dc in next stitch. Ch 1. *Dc in same stitch. Ch 1 Dc in Same stitch ch 3. Skip 7 stitches. Dc in next stitch ch 1. Repeat from * around. Sl st in ch 3.

Rnd 8: *Ch 8. Sl st in 4 chain from hook. Ch 3. Sl st in same stitch. Ch 3. Sl st in same stitch. Sl st in back of each of next 4 ch. Sl st in next stitch. Sl st in each of next 9 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first ch.

Rnd 9:Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. *Sc in each of next 3 stitches. work 5 sc in pivot. Work 5 sc in next pivot. Work 5 sc in next pivot. Work 1 sc in each of next 9 stitches. Work 3 sc in next stitch. Work 1 sc in each of next 4 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc.

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Pad:

I used a H hook as well with a dark blue Simply Caron Yarn (it was an old yarn and I don’t have the label)

Ch 4. Sl st in first ch.

Rnd 1. Ch 3. work 15 dc in ring. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 2. Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Work 2 dc in each stitch around. sl st in top of ch 3

Rnd 3. Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in next stitch. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3

Rnd 4: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in each of next 2 stitches. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in each of next 2 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 5: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in each of next 3 stitches. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in each of next 3 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 6: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in each of next 4 stitches. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in each of next 4 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 7: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in each of next 5 stitches. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in each of next 5 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 8: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in each of next 6 stitches. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in each of next 6 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 9: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in each of next 7 stitches. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in each of next 7 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Fasten off.

Sew the snowflake to the base.

Christmas Star Ornament

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I used the same Darice cord as I did for the snowflake ornament but in gold and white. Unlike the snowflake ornament, I used a G hook (which is why I think the snowflake would look better if you use a G hook).

This ornament is pretty difficult to explain in words too so forgive me if this explanation is confusing.

Ch 4. Sl st in first ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3. Work 15 dc into ring. sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 2: *Ch 9. Sl st in back of 2nd chain from hook. Sl st in the back of the next 7 ch. Sl st in next 2 stitches. Ch 4. Sl st in 2nd chain from hook. sl st in back of each of next 2 ch. sl st in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. Sl st in first ch.

Rnd 3: Ch 3. *Dc in next stitch. Hdc in next stitch. sc in next stitch. Sl st in next 3 stitches. Ch 1 . Sl st in next 3 stitches (the 3 slip stitches). sc in next stitch. Hdc in next stitch. Dc in next 2 stitches. (Now it should look symmetrical). Skip 2 stitches. Hdc in next stitch (in the first chain of ch 4 from previous round). Sc in next stitch. ch 1. Sc in next stitch. Hdc in next stitch. skip 2 stitches. Dc in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Do not do last Dc (since the ch 3 is in that spot) Sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Christmas Bangles

??????????I have always loved the idea of bangles. They always look so fashionable but I can’t stand all of the clanging. I also can’t stand the fact that if I wave my arm, they fly right off my hand. So I found a use for some of the old bangles that I have and never wear. Here is my solution:

The pattern is quite simple. I just single crocheted 9 rounds with three rounds completed around each bangle. Depending on the size of the bangles you may have to adjust this pattern but I think this will work for most.

I used a 1/2.75 hook and lace (the kind you use for friendship bracelets and sell for $0.40 at Michaels) in white, green, and red.

Start by using the red lace and ch 50. Sl st in first chain to create a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1. Sc in each chain around. Sl st in first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1 around the first bangle. Sc in same stitch. *Ch 1. Skip 1 stitch. Sc in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1. Sc in each sc and ch 1 space around (49 sc).

Repeat the 3 rounds two more times. Once in white then in green.

Twelve Days of Christmas Patterns: Day 5 and 6

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Hi all!

This may be quite a long blog. I have a lot to talk about since I have two patterns for this post.

First, before I start talking about the Twelve Days of Christmas, I want to put some spotlight on a fellow crocheter, Vanja at AmigurumiBB Blog. She created these adorable Christmas ornaments and because of a comment I left on the original blog, she made a Christmas Ornaments Part2 to include patterns for a penguin and a Mrs. Claus ornament. Thanks again Vanja!

Anyways, back to the Twelve Days of Christmas…

Obviously, I’m quite behind with only 8 more days until Christmas Eve, but I am so determined to get this done.

Day 5 Pattern: Crochet gift boxes

??????????My family always saves gift boxes, especially if we get any small jewelry gift boxes (the cardboard boxes not the fancy boxes that actually hold the jewelry). Jewelry is always a great gift for people even if it is from Claire’s or Kohl’s (my two favorites) but those don’t come with nice boxes. And after reusing our boxes over the years, the tape has built up and made the boxes crappy looking. To replace them, I came up with these cute reusable (tape free!) crocheted gift boxes. I lined the box with plastic canvas to make it stiff (although if you had a square cardboard box it might cut down on the time to make this) and with felt to hide the ribbon and the plastic canvas.

??????????You need:

  • 1 ball of Simply Soft Caron yarn in Red
  • Approximately 24 inches of ribbon
  • 1 square of clear plastic canvas used (normally used for needlepoint)
  • 1 8×10 rectangle of red felt.
  • G Hook

Special stitches:

Single crochet decrease: yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull loop up through first loop, yo, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull loop up through all loops on hook.

Bottom:

Row 1: Ch 2, 3 sc in first ch. Turn. (3 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first stitch, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch. Turn. (5 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first two stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (7 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first three stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (9 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first four stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (11 sc)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in first five stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (13 sc)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first six stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (15 sc)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first seven stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (17 sc)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in first eight stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (19 sc)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc in first nine stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (21 sc)

Row 11: Ch 1, sc in first 10 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (23 sc)

Row 12: Ch 1, sc in first 11 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (25 sc)

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in first 12 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (27 sc)

Rnd 1 (working in back loop only): Ch 1, sc in next 13 stitches, skip 1, sc  next 15 stitches, work 15 sc in next side of square, work 15 sc in final side, Sl st in first sc. (52 sc)

Rnd 2 (working in back loop only): Sl st into next st. Ch 1, Sc in same stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, work 2 sc into next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, scd, *sc in next 6 stitches, work 2 sc into next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, scd. Repeat from * 2 more times. Sl st into top of first sc. (52 stitches)

Rnd 3 – 8: Repeat row 2. Fasten off.

If you want your box to be taller, just continue repeating Rnd 2 until its the height you like.

Top:

Row 1: Ch 2, 3 sc in first ch. Turn. (3 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first stitch, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch. Turn. (5 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first two stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (7 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first three stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (9 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first four stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (11 sc)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in first five stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (13 sc)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first six stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (15 sc)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first seven stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (17 sc)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in first eight stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (19 sc)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc in first nine stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (21 sc)

Row 11: Ch 1, sc in first 10 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (23 sc)

Row 12: Ch 1, sc in first 11 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (25 sc)

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in first 12 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (27 sc)

Row 14: Ch 1, sc in first 13 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (29 sc)

Row 15: Ch 1, sc in first 14 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (31 sc)

Rnd 1 (working in back loop only): Ch 1, sc in next 15 stitches, skip 1, sc  next 5 stitches, skip 5 stitches, ch 4, sc in next 5 stitches, work 15 sc in next side of square, work 5 sc, ch 4, and 5 sc in final side (to mirror that in opposite side), Sl st in first sc. (56 stitches)

Rnd 2 (working in back loop only): Sl st into next st. Ch 1, Sc in same stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, scd, sc in next 4 stitches, work 6 sc into ch 4 space, sc in next 4 stitches, scd, sc in next 6 stitches, work 2 sc into next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, scd, sc in next 4 stitches, work 6 sc into ch 4 space, sc in next 4 stitches, scd, sl st into top of first sc. (60 stitches).

Rnd 3 -4 (working in back loop only): Sl st into next st, Ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, work 2 sc in next stitch, *sc in next 6 stitches, scd, sc in next 6 stitches, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, scd. Repeat from * 2 more times. Sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

??????????Cut pieces of the plastic canvas to fit the bottom of the box, the top of the box, and the four sides (on bottom piece). Cut the ribbon into 2 12 inch pieces. Sew one end of the ribbon on one side of the bottom. Sew one end of the other ribbon on the opposite side of the bottom.  Line the box with the felt. I used this tutorial to learn how to sew a rectangular lining. I also lined the lid so that the plastic canvas wasn’t showing. To close the box just insert the ribbons into the two holes on the top and tie.

Now you have an adorable little box!

I hope you all like it!

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Day 6 Pattern: Crochet Steering Wheel Cozy

??????????I was inspired to make this pattern the other morning after it snowed and my car was iced over. I don’t know why but I always expect the inside of my car to be warmer than it actually is when its cold outside. After finally getting all of the ice off of my windshield, my hands were looking forward to the reprieve of my warm car which of course was not actually very warm (despite having started my car). I was running late for work and didn’t have any more time to wait for my car to heat up. As soon as my fingers hit my steering wheel, I immediately had to pull them away. I don’t understand how a steering wheel can be so COLD! I decided right then and there that a steering wheel cozy was a must.

You need:

  • 2 balls of Simply Soft Caron yarn in White (A), 1 ball each of Simply Soft Caron yarn in Dark Sage (B), Autumn Red (C), Limelight (D) (I think, I didn’t realize that the label had been replaced with a white one in the store), and Red (E).
  • I hook.

51nL3LKkROL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_To make this pattern, I used the Zig-Zag Pip Stitch from “The Harmony Guides: Basic Crochet Stitches” by Erika Knight. Unfortunately, I’m not actually sure if I am allowed to publish this pattern because I used this stitch (I didn’t think about it at the time of its creation); I wouldn’t want to infringe on someone’s copyright. So for now I am going to give you a simplistic version of a crochet steering wheel. If you know whether or not I can publish the pattern, please let me know.

To make the steering wheel cozy, you must work 16 stitches in each row until the project reaches about 32 inches. Work one row in A, B, C, D, and E until you reach the end of the project. Connect the two ends together to make a large circle. Using 2 pieces of white yarn, work 108 sc into the side of the large ring you made. Slip stitch into first sc. Ch 1 and Scd all the way around for round two. fasten off and repeat on opposite side.??????????

I think you can use most stitches as long as it can be worked within 16 stitches. Depending on the stretchiness of the stitch, you may need to increase the length of the project from the original 32 inches.

Sorry this pattern is so simplistic and not very informative, I hope to update this later either with the Zig Zag Pip stitch or with a replacement stitch that I know will work.

Hope you all like it!

Thanks for reading!

Twelve Days of Christmas Patterns: Day 4

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Hi all!

As I promised earlier, here is the project for Day 4 of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Again I apologize for the lateness.

Those of you who don’t know, my mom really loves to dress in Christmas themed attire throughout December (especially in the week leading up to Christmas and of course Christmas Eve/Day). She loves to wear her Christmas light necklace, red or green sweaters, Christmas socks, and various Christmas-related earrings. She as also really liked the scarves that I have made in the past so I decided to make a Christmas infinity scarf for my mom to add to her collection of accessories. Unfortunately, my mom wouldn’t model the scarf for me to take pictures but here’s how it turned out.

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The pattern:

I used 1 ball each of Simply Soft Caron yarn (surprise, surprise) in Bright White (A), Dark Sage (B), and Autumn Red (C) with an I hook.

Special Stitches:

Half double crochet 4 together (hdc4tog): Yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull loop through all loops on hook.

Using yarn A, Ch 202. Sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1. Sc in each ch around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3. Dc in each stitch around. Sl st in top of ch 3. (202 dc)

Rnd 3: Repeat Round 1. (202 sc)

Rnd 4: Repeat Round 2. (202 dc)

Rnd 5: Repeat Round 1. (202 sc)

Christmas Infinity Scarf - zoomRnd 6: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 7: Change to yarn C, Ch 2. Hdc4tog in ch 1 space. * Ch 1. Hdc4tog in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st into top of ch 2. (101 hdc4tog & 101 ch1 spaces)

Rnd 8: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 9: Change to yarn A, Ch 1. 2 sc into each ch 1 space all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 10: Dc in each stitch around. Sl st in top of ch 3. (202 dc)

Rnd 11: Ch 1. Sc in each ch around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 12: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 13: Change to yarn C, Ch 2. Hdc4tog in ch 1 space. * Ch 1. Hdc4tog in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st into top of ch 2.(101 hdc4tog & 101 ch1 spaces)

Rnd 14: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 15: Change to yarn A, Ch 2. Hdc4tog in ch 1 space. * Ch 1. Hdc4tog in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st into top of ch 2.(101 hdc4tog & 101 ch1 spaces)

Rnd 16: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 17: Change to yarn C, Ch 2. Hdc4tog in ch 1 space. * Ch 1. Hdc4tog in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st into top of ch 2. (101 hdc4tog & 101 ch1 spaces)

Rnd 18: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 19: Change to yarn A, Ch 1. 2 sc into each ch 1 space all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 20: Dc in each stitch around. Sl st in top of ch 3. (202 dc)

Rnd 21: Ch 1. Sc in each ch around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 22: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 23: Change to yarn C, Ch 2. Hdc4tog in ch 1 space. * Ch 1. Hdc4tog in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st into top of ch 2. (101 hdc4tog & 101 ch1 spaces)

Rnd 24: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 25: Change to yarn A, Ch 1. 2 sc into each ch 1 space all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 26: Dc in each stitch around. Sl st in top of ch 3. (202 dc)

Rnd 27: Ch 1. Sc in each ch around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 28: Repeat Rnd 26. (202 dc)

Rnd 29: Repeat Rnd 27. Fasten off. (202 sc)

I hope you all like it!

Thanks for reading!

Twelve Days of Christmas Patterns: Day 2

2turtledoves

Hi All!

100FlowersKnitCrochetFor Day 2, I thought I would give you all a simple poinsettia pattern that could be used multiple ways. I used the poinsettia to make napkin rings for Christmas. I got my inspiration from flowers made in 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield.

The flower was made with worsted Simply Caron Yarn in Autumn Red and yellow (not sure what color yellow exactly, I lost the label) and a G hook.

For the Flower:

Outer Petals

Ch 5. Sl St in first ch to form ring.

Ch 3. Dc 7 times in ring. (8 dc)

Ch 2. sc in same st. 2 sc in each stitch around. sl st in top of ch 2. (18 sc)

Ch 3.Dc in each stitch around, Sl st in top of ch 3. (18 dc)

Ch 5, Dtr together. Ch 3. sl st in first ch. Dtr together. Ch 5. sl st in next stitch. Repeat 5 more times. Fasten Off.

Inner Petals

Ch 4. Sl st in first ch to form ring.

Ch 3 . Dc 7 times in ring. (8 dc)

Ch 1. sc in same st. 2 sc in each stitch around. sl st in first sc. (15 sc)

Ch 3. DC in each stitch around. (15 dc)

Ch 5, Dtr together. Ch 3. sl st in first ch. Dtr together. Ch 5. sl st in next stitch. Repeat 4 more times. Fasten off.

Inside buds (I think they are buds anyway)

Ch 3. Sl st in first ch.

Ch  3. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in ring. *Ch 2. Sl st in second ch. Sc in ring. Repeat from * 8 more times. Fasten off.

Sew the three layers together to finish the flower.

Napkin Ring

Ch 6. Sc in 2nd stitch from hook. Sc in each st. Turn. (5 sc)

Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in rest of stitches. (5 sc). Repeat 10 times.  Fasten off.

Sew the two ends together to form a ring then sew on the flower.

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Here’s what it looks like when completed.

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I think that these could also be made using off-white or gold colored yarn. And the buds could be made using beads (either silver, white, or gold depending on the flower color you use). I didn’t have any beads that would work for it when I was making it but I think they would work out even better than the crocheted bit.

Thanks for reading!

Twelve Days of Christmas Patterns: Day 1

PartridgesBIG

Hi All!

For Day 1, I was inspired by a stocking my great-grandmother crocheted.

Great-Grandma's stocking on fireplaceGreat-Grandma's stocking

We have been using stockings like this one in my family for years, and thanks to great-grandmas crochet skills, the stockings have held up over time. Unfortunately, they are beginning to show their age. As you can see in the picture the white has been turning more and more yellow and the yarn is becoming matted. So in honor of my great-grandmother I adopted her pattern, tweaked it, and am sharing it with all of you.

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Here is my version of the stocking.

I used one ball of worsted Simply Caron yarns in Autumn Red (A), Dark Sage (B), and Bright White (C) and a G hook.

Like my great-grandmothers, my stocking is made of granny squares. My pattern uses 19 squares.

Granny Square:

Using Autumn Red (A), Ch 3. Sl st in first chain to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3. Dc twice in ring. *Ch 3. Dc 3 times in ring. Repeat from * 2 more times. Ch 3. Sl st in top of ch 3. Sl st in next 2 stitches.

Rnd 2: Change to Dark Sage (B). Ch 3. Dc twice in ch 3 space. Ch 3. DC 3 times in same corner. * Ch 1. Dc 3 times in next corner. Ch 3. Dc 3 times in same corner. Repeat from * two times. Sl st in top of ch 3. Sl st in next 3 stitches.

Rnd 3: Change to Bright White (C). Ch 3. Dc twice in ch 3 space. Ch 3. Dc 3 times in same corner. * Ch 1. Dc 3 times in ch 1 space. Ch 1. Dc 3 times in corner space. Ch 3. Dc 3 times in the same corner space. Repeat from * to more times. Fasten off

stocking-chartWhen you have made all of your granny squares, piece them together like the diagram to the left, using your preferred method of connecting the squares (I used slip stitches to sew them together but I think sewing them would have been easier).  The triangles shown in the chart below are simply granny squares folded in half.

Once the stocking is sewn together, you can create the rounds of Dcs around the opening of the stocking. Simply insert your hook into any space on the top granny squares, and using Dark Sage (B), Ch 3, Skip 1 st. Dc in next st. Continue in each st until the round is complete. Sl st in top of ch 3. Repeat the round 2 more times. Fasten off.

To make the loop, use Dark Sage (B) and chain 6. Dc in 3 chain from hook. Dc in next st. Turn.

Ch 3. skip 1 st. Dc in next stitch. Dc in top of ch 3 space. * continue until loop is desired size.

Then sew the loop onto the inside of the stocking.

The finished product should look like this:

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I hope you like the pattern! I know its pretty simple but I thought it would be nice to honor my great-grandmother.

Thanks for reading!

12 Days of Christmas

Hi all!

Boy, I never thought I would miss my blog so much! Sorry for the sudden absence, but I decided last minute to spend time with my family instead of writing my blog for Friday. Then I decided to tweak my schedule a bit so instead of posting on Mondays and Fridays, I will now be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays (Monday’s are just too hectic).

Anyways, I don’t know if you all remember but a few posts ago I said that I was working on something BIG for the blog and so now to reveal the surprise…

Drum roll please…

TwelveDaysOfChristmas_setI present the 12 days of Christmas patterns! Yup, that’s right, I’m going to do twelve posts each with a simple pattern for you to complete for the holidays, if you’d like to make it that is. I am determined to complete these 12 posts over the next twelve days, starting tomorrow. But if it just isn’t physically possible to complete these posts within that time frame (I tend to create practically impossible deadlines), I promise they will all be posted before the 24th.

I hope you all are as excited as I am!

Oh! Also, I am still creating some of the patterns so if you have anything you would like to see me make, please leave a comment with your idea and I will try to incorporate it into the next 12 Days.

Thanks for reading!