WIP: Hortencia

As I mentioned previously, I am doing some more pattern testing for Andi Satterlund’s latest design. It is going by wonderfully with no major problems. The body portion went by relatively fast. I feel the longest part of the pattern may be the sleeves because they are full length and wide. It would be nice to finish the sleeves this upcoming weekend but, usually my weekends turn out to be very full. So, we shall see…

I really look forward to finishing this because I have this perfect holiday dress that I think would look perfect with it. I would like to wear it to my college’s Annual Christmas Concert, which is on December 8. So, even though I have until December 15 to complete the pattern I am aiming for December 8.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

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OAN: The hat I am wearing was made by sister April from the book, The Crochet Boutique. I made the pattern also in green and turquoise but, I find myself wearing the red hat the most.  It’s called the Bonnie Beret and with the new Bonnie & Clyde movie coming out soon I really enjoy wearing it. This pattern is also available for FREE.

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Free Pattern: Bowtie Beauty

IMG_8042[1]Do you remember not too long ago I made a few bowties for a friend’s event? Well, since I made up that pattern as I went I have decided to make it available for free. If you have an Ravelry account (you can join for free) you may download the pattern from the pattern page here.

I kinda put this pattern on the back-burner but, my niece has been wanting a bowtie of her own ever since she saw me make the others. She kept pleading and begging with me to make her some to wear with her school uniform. Well, while working on hers I found my rough draft of the pattern and edited it just a bit. So, it is now available on Ravelry.

This is a very simple pattern. I think it would be great for a beginner who wants to practice a few stitches. This pattern uses seed stitch, garter stitch, and 1 x 1 ribbing. Also, if you are a more experienced and just want a quick and satisfying knit then, this would be great too. It whips up in a couple of hours so, it’s an almost immediate gratification.

The yarn used was worsted weight acrylic (Red Heart Super Saver) and size 8 knitting needles.

Finished Object: Turban Headband

This past Friday I finished my turban headband as soon as I got home. I am really pleased with the results. I love super simple patterns that give your immediate gratification. I wore the turban headband the next day while thrifting and I can’t wait to make more.

I like the idea of turban headbands because since I wear my hair up a lot then, I can still have warm ears while looking stylish.

This pattern is from Nikki Trench’s book, Geek Chic Crochet.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Color – Shocking Pink

Hook – G (4.0 mm)

Level- Beginner

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WIPs: Cardigan, Cowl, Turban, and More…

Well, it seems that I have quite a few things on the needles and hooks these days! I have decided to forego making holiday gifts this year to avoid the stress (I will instead be purchasing gifts) and have instead decided to do leisure knitting and crocheting. However, I still have quite a few projects in progress that are for others. Let me give you a few details of what I am currently working on…

Shell Net Cowl 

Well I am making another shell net cowl. Remember I previously blogged about my finished lace cowl. Well, when I was working on that cowl in the knitting group another knitter asked me to create one for a friend of hers. She purchased the yarn, which is Malabrigo Lace in Cactus Flower. I am enjoying using this yarn and I have to purchase some for myself. When creating this cowl again I noticed that it is supposed to be a moebius cowl, which I did not do for my first one. Because I really loathe mistakes I gave that cowl to my mother instead of just tossing it. (I knew I wasn’t going to rip it back and start over because that yarn is so delicate that it breaks when being ripped back.) She loves it.

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Turban Headband

I have been anxious to create something from my book Geek Chic Crochet (review coming soon) but, I knew I couldn’t obligate myself to a cardigan at this moment because of my current craft workload. So, I started this turban headband on Tuesday and it is still a work in progress. This is a great indication of how busy I have been lately because this is definitely a project that can be created in one night but, I just have been fitting it in when I can. I am using Red Hear Super Saver in Shocking Pink. This shade of pink is my favorite and I have yet to find another yarn retailer to create one so perfect. I decided to make this headband to avoid having cold ears this winter. I usually wear my hair up in the colder months but, since it is so thick then a hat can’t go over it. So, this should alleviate that problem and I look forward to warm ears. I want more turban headbands in gray and tan. This is a very simple pattern that honestly you can just look at to create. It is great for beginners and for the experienced that wish for a relaxing mindless project.

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Hortencia

So, this is the project that I am most excited about!!! As you all know I just love making sweaters/cardigans. And my fave designer Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots will be releasing a new pattern soon so, I am doing some pattern testing for her. The shape of this cardigan is so vintage, so vogue, and so elegant. So, as soon as it was agreed that I could pattern test this for her I started thinking about colors. I wanted to go for something deep and rich. Something that made you think sultry yet, elegant. Something that made you think about those fierce movie stars from the fifties. So, I debated on deep colors like a rich dark purple, black, gray, and red wine. I went to the LYS yesterday. I tossed out that red wine color because I have used similar colors in the past. The gray was simply gorgeous but, I didn’t think it went for the feel I wanted because it looked a bit casual. There wasn’t a purple that was deep enough to my liking. So, black it was and I am so ecstatic about my choice!! Honestly, I was leaning toward black anyway so, it worked out. 😀 This is my first wearable in black. (I once made a black crochet hat). Since the stitch pattern is simple then, I feel this is the perfect project for it. For example, when it comes to lace and cables I always go for colors because I want the stitch pattern to stand out. I am using Cascade 220 Superwash in black.

After getting the yarn from the LYS, I went to Hobby Lobby because I am in love with their button section. My Dad was with me while I was debating long and hard about which buttons to choose. I was again thinking elegant and vogue. I kept asking him for his opinion while I was going back and forth. He was getting frustrated with me because I guess in his mind a button is a button. LOL. Well, I finally decided on these gorgeous black buttons with a antique silver trim. I am pretty pleased with the choice.

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Other Projects

Well, my niece and been steadily pleading and begging with me to make her some bowties for about 3 months now. Ever since I created those bowties for a friend she has wanted some with a desperation so, I am going to try to find time to make her some. Also, I am still working on the baby vest for my college friend’s baby boy. And this is why I don’t like making baby items. They grow so fast and it is imperative that you finish as soon as possible so, that the baby will be able to wear it. The good thing is I am about finished but, I did experience a hiccup yesterday and had to rip back about ten rows. I look forward to finishing it and shipping it. off.