Designer Spotlight: Double Stitch Twins

I absolutely adore Erika and Monika Simmons a.k.a. the Double Stitch Twins. Their designs are so unique, colorful, bold, and beautifully sculptured.

My love affair with the Double Stitch Twin’s designs began with the Trendy Top Overlay. After working up that pattern over a day. I was addicted. (WARNING: Their patterns are so addictive you will find yourself making the patterns back to back to back.) I had to force myself to take a break so, that I could focus on making patterns from my other books and magazines.

I have made quite a few of their patterns and all of them aren’t even listed on my Ravelry account but, here are the patterns I have made so far: Trendy Top Overlay, Springtime Circle Vest, Tailored Vest, Trippy Tunic, Two-Tone Shrug, Textured Wristers, Any Day Cardigan, Puff Sleeve Jacket, and Layered Chain Scarf.

Their patterns range from a level of Easy to Intermediate. Also, it doesn’t hurt that they have a very large collection of free patterns on Red Heart Yarns free website. Check them out HERE. Also, if you find yourself wanting even more Double Stitch designs check out their books: (1) Fashion Forward by the Double Stitch Twins (2)  Double Stitch: Designs for the Crochet Fashionista (3) The Crochet Fashionista Workshop.

I usually get many compliments whenever I wear one of their designs but, I must admit that their Trippy Tunic was VERY popular with everyone. I received so many compliments from wearing it that I even became overwhelmed. LOL. Not that I’m complaining 😉

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of some of my favorite designs by them:

Here are a few pics of me wearing their designs that I made:

So, check them out if you haven’t already!

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Knit (and a little crochet) Style: Beulah Cardigan

Today, marks the second time that I have worn the Beulah Cardigan, which is a pattern from the Knitscene Spring 2012 issue. I absolutely love this cardigan and feel it is just so flattering. But, I think I don’t wear it as much as I can because it’s definitely one of those cardigans that people remember. And I don’t want anyone to be like “She sure wears that all the time”. LOL

I usually like to pair the cardigan with navy blue and a pop of red. However, in the future I will play with different looks with this cardi. Also, I have yet to wear it with some jeans and that may look cute too.

I am also wearing some crochet earrings that I made from the Crochet Today May/June 2012 issue.

Outfit details:

Cardigan – Handmade by me (knit)

Skirt – Banana Republic

Top – Walmart

Shoes – Gianni Bini

Earrings – Handmade by me (crochet)

WIP: Classic Lap Blanket

As I mentioned in a previous post, we are making lap blankets to donate to Nursing Home residents. Last night, I started on my second lap blanket. For this lap throw, I decided to go with a super simple project, that didn’t require much thinking, and could be whipped up in a snap. I found this pattern while on Ravelry of a Classic Baby Blanket. The finished blanket will measure 36 x 36, which is about the same measurements as the other lap blanket so, I thought it would be perfect.

I am about 45% done and I am really enjoying it. Contemplating making one for myself…

This free pattern can be found HERE.

Crochet Style: Wintry Cowl

This outfit is actually from yesterday but, I didn’t get a chance to post it. This wintry cowl is from a pattern in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Crochet Today. I made this last winter and it worked up very quickly. It employs the V-Stitch. I used Lion Brand Hometown Solids, which is a Super Bulky yarn.

I like to pair this red cowl whenever I wear neutral outfits that lack color. It is something just so fab about a big chunky cowl in a bold color. Did I mention that this cowl is so snuggly and warm?  Well, it is 🙂

Outfit Details:

Dress – Ross Dress for Less

Boots – Plato’s Closet

Cowl – Handmade by Me

Finished Objected: One Skein Lapghan

This past Saturday, I finished the lapghan that I had been working on to donate to the Nursing Home.

They call this pattern the one-skein lapghan because it is only supposed to use 1 jumbo skein of Red Heart Super Saver; however, I had to use another smaller skein because the pattern called for 853 yards and the jumbo skein was only 747 yards.

Moving on, I love how this turned out! The color is perfect. It has a nice drape but, it still has some weight to it for warmth. I also loved the pattern for the most part. The front post double crochets and back post double crochets were fun to work on. I also liked doing the cluster stitch. But, man I hated working the crab stitch/reverse single crochet edging. It just was not fun. But, it all worked out and I am very pleased with the finished result.

Note: My sister, April, made the brown lapghan that you see in the pictures. She used the same pattern.

This free pattern can be found HERE.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Weight – Worsted (4)

Color – Paddy Green

Hook – L (8.00 mm)

Level – Easy

Book Review: Granny Square Love by Sarah London

The story of me and this book…So, I first saw this book in Hobby Lobby quite a few months back. I thought the book was absolutely gorgeous. I mean the pictures are out of this world phenomenal. The book is just filled with yummy, bright colors. And there were so many vast patterns to really make your space one of a kind. But, I put the book back down thinking, I can make a granny square with no problem and don’t really need this book to tell me how. Maybe later…

So, I would continue to go back to Hobby Lobby and Books-A-Million and I kept picking up the book then, putting it back down. I promise you I did this about 10 times. My sister, April, was even getting so over me picking the book up then, changing my mind. She kept trying to convince me to go ahead and purchase it. Finally, one day I was in Books-A-Million again and I took the plunge. I am so glad that I did!!!

I absolutely LOVE this book! It is simply amazing how Sarah London took the basic granny square to the next level. Who knew you could do so much with the granny square?!?! She has patterns for stool covers, a headboard, teapot cozy, napkin holders, grocer tote, and so much more! I find myself constantly looking in the book and struggling with what to make.

Over the weekend, I started making her granny square stockings since it is Christmas season. I plan on making two in deep green. One for me and the other for my sister, April to put in the living room of our apartment. I have finished mine already and I am currently working on hers (pics coming soon).

Below are just a few of my favorite patterns from the book…

Crochet Style (OOTD)

I decided to start a new segment on the blog for Crochet Style and Knit Style. It is essentially outfit of the days (OOTD) but, there is a focus on how I style the wearable items that I handmade.

Today, I am wearing the Any Day Cardigan designed by the Double Stitch Twins. This is a free pattern that can be found HERE.

Outfit Details:

Cardigan – Handmade by me

Sweater – New York and Company

Pencil Skirt – Thrifted

Boots – Walmart

Finished Object: Martha’s Cover Cowl

I just realized that I never shared the finished cowl that I made from the Vogue Knitting Holiday 2011 issue with Martha Stewart. It came out wonderful. Of course, I had a few problems with miscrossed cables but, I fixed those mistakes and I blogged about it HERE. But, the project is done and I love it!! The project was completed on March 19, 2012 (sorry about the lateness). So far, I have only worn it once this Fall but, I plan on wearing it with more outfits. Maybe I’ll start posts about my Handmade Fashion…

Below are pictures of the finished product 🙂

 

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Weight – Worsted (4)

Color – Aran Fleck

Needles – US 7 and US 6 Circular in 24″

Level – Intermediate

WIP: Lap Throws for Charity

The Missionary Department at my church decided to make lap quilts for Nursing Home residents as Christmas gifts.  I am responsible for making 2-3 lap throws.

I have had this pattern in my free pattern folder for some years now and I knew it would be perfect for the project. So far, I have done about 20% of the lap throw and it’s going by wonderfully. It is a very easy pattern that is very easy to memorize. I plan on making another throw in red and another in soft navy. I am trying to keep with general colors so, that they can be given to female or male residents.

I really hope they enjoy it!

Details:

Level – Easy

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Color – Paddy Green

Hook – US L/6.00mm

Crochet Pumpkin Patch

I am the Youth Director at my church New Exodus Apostolic Church. Of course, the Youth are involved in quite a few events. So, whenever we have an event, if I have time I try to incorporate something creative and unique to the event. We don’t celebrate Halloween but, we do have Hallelujah Night, which is a great way to keep the children safe and teach them about the goodness of Jesus. So, this year I decided to make some crochet pumpkins for all the children. I made them in deep orange and bright orange. I made about 25 of the smaller pumpkins and I made about 3 of the larger pumpkins.

Everyone got a small pumpkin. But, the team who won first place for the Bible Scavenger Hunt got the large pumpkin. They had candy in the larger pumpkins along with a dollar 🙂

The pattern for the large pumpkins came from One Sheepish Girl and can be found HERE. The pattern for the small pumpkins came from June Gilbank and can be found HERE.