Finished Object: Bowtie Beauty

So, I just finished this bowtie this morning. I received a request for some bowties for an event and I decided, Why not? I usually don’t take commissions because I am not a big fan of having clients and the stress that comes along with it. I enjoy what I do and don’t want to lose that joy. So, I told her I would make it for her as a gift. She requested a few colors. So, I finished the blue. I’m currently making a vivid purple one and then, a fuchsia.

PhotoGrid_1371070296943 IMG_20130612_093840I searched Ravelry and the Internet for Bowtie patterns but, I wasn’t a big fan of most of them. So, I decided I’ll just make my own pattern. This is my first pattern and though it is super simple I think it is great for a beginner. It uses three different stitch patterns: seed stitch, garter stitch, and 1×1 ribbing. So, it keeps things interested. I am also pretty pleased with the construction of the bowtie. I added two buttonholes to the neckband because I wanted the bowtie to be adjustable since we all have different neck sizes. I also chose these precious nautical inspired gold buttons. I think they look gorgeous against the royal blue.

I think the bow portion could be used for a number of things. Such as adorning hats, as a necklace, a pin, etc.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Needle – 8 (5.0 mm)

Level – Beginner to Easy

I will probably make this pattern available for free. So, check out my Ravelry for the future pattern.

I also want better pictures of the bowtie (These were taken with my phone for this post). So, I’ll post future picks of me (or someone) wearing the bowtie.

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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.

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

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

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

Coffee Cozy

The new Holiday 2012 issue of Knit Simple is simply phenomenal. It has 55 patterns! Usually knit/crochet magazines have about 25-30 patterns. So, for only $6.99 that is a great steal! I simply adored quite a few patterns from the magazine but, I knew immediately that I had to make a coffee sleeve. My dad had just bought me a new coffee maker that came with a chrome cup. It needed to be jazzed up 😉

They had three different types of sleeves…the textured sleeve, the ribbed sleeve, and the lace sleeve. Of course, I was drawn to the lace sleeve and I knew I wanted to make it in shocking pink. (Pink is my FAVE color.)

The pattern worked up fairly quickly. I am not the fastest knitter but, I finished it in about a day. I started last night at around 8:30 p.m. and worked until 10:30 p.m. I then picked it up this morning at 8:30 a.m. and finished in about 2 hours.


Details:

Needles – Set of 4 dpns in Size 5

Level – Easy

Yarn Weight – Worsted (4)

Yarn Used – Red Heart Super Saver in Shocking Pink

Amount Used – Very small amount. Great stash buster

A Current Project: Martha Stewarts Vogue Knitting Cover Cowl

When I first saw Martha Stewart on the cover of Vogue Knitting, I figured it was time I purchased my first Vogue Knitting Magazine. I simply ADORE Martha Stewart and her craftiness. I then looked through all the gorgeous patterns in the magazine but, decided I wanted to knit the cowl that Martha was rocking because she is awesome and the pattern was gorgeous.

The designer for this cowl is Kristin Ohmdahl and she designs the most beautiful pieces that you can imagine!!! Check her out—>

It wasn’t hard for me to choose the yarn for this project because I had been wanting to use Red Heart’s Aran Fleck for awhile. And I always felt that cables looked best with natural colors (think ivory, white, oatmeal, etc.)

{{Side Note: I know that many hate acrylic out there and that is fine because we all have our likes and dislikes. But, I mainly use acrylic yarn because it fits my budget. Its also great for my skin because I suffer with eczema. Also, the colors and options are crazy. So, I prefer yarns with acrylic and/or cotton. Ok, I’m ending that soap box.}}

I started on this cowl in December 2011 and I have been working on it off and on. I think its a great pattern that requires some concentration–definitely not mindless knitting.

Here’s a story for you: One Friday night, I thought I would have a movie marathon and work on this cowl. Well, obviously I was into my the movies more than my knitting because I had 3 miscrossed cables by the end of the night :-/ Fixing cables when they are some rows down can be a PAIN. So, I went to bed around midnight and I couldn’t get the miscrossed cables out of my mind. I got back up reached for my Stitch N’ B—- Superstar Knitting book and read the section on miscrossed cables. Wasn’t really feeling that method.  So, I googled it and then I used the Yarn Harlot’s method of fixing cables the embroidery way and I was pleased 🙂 I still have to fix 2 more miscrossed cables but, I think I will do it during the finishing. The lesson learned was that I am one of those people who can’t stand miscrossed cables. I really couldn’t get it out of my mind that entire night. I may have even dreamed about those miscrossed cables taunting me. LOL!

I am about 45% done with this pattern and I will be aiming for finishing it by the first week in March. The sad thing is I didn’t even get a chance to wear it this winter. But, honestly this winter had been so mild in Alabama that the opportunity never would’ve arose. I made myself and my mother these crochet cowls that I simply adore. I only got to wear the cowl about 3 times this winter 😦

My progress pictures below:

The cowl is so much longer than this now but, I haven’t taken any recent pics. I have about 22 inches done and the pattern requires 29 inches.

This is a good shot of my 3 miscrossed cables. Oh, how I hate em 😦
This is a picture of the correct miscrossed cable. (It’s the one in the middle row in the center of that row.) It doesn’t look exactly like the others but, it’ll work 🙂