Finished Object: Kindle Cover

My sister gave me a Kindle and I remembered this pattern from Crochet One Skein Wonders. So, I whipped up this cover. I am really pleased with the results. As you can see, I chose to make it in my favorite color. I noticed that when it comes to cozies I always flock to pink (especially this Shocking Pink from Red Heart Super Saver because it’s the most perfect shade).

I really like this stitch pattern. It produced a knit look that is very cushy.

The flower and leaf pattern came from my 200 Flowers to Crochet book.

Super quick and fun project.

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Finished Object: Little Guy Vest

This past Sunday, I finally finished the baby vest that I was making for a friend’s baby boy. This is not a time-consuming project at all but, it took me awhile to knit it. The reason for this is I got bored and there were other projects that captured my attention. However, babies do grow rapidly so, I made up my mind to finish this vest. I will be shipping it out very soon.

The yarn used was Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! in Royal. I used smaller needles for the ribbing on the lower part, the neckband, and the armholes. I used the larger needles for the body. The needles used were 4.0 mm (Size 6) and 4.5 mm (Size 7). Instead of using the straight needles for the armholes and neckband, I used Size 6 circular needles in 16-inch.

Welp, that’s all I can think to say about this simple knit. Oh yeah, this is a free pattern that can be found HERE.

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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: Bags, Scarves, Hats

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had been working on some projects for the Missionary Department at my church. They requested matching hats, bags, and scarves. I chose simple, basic, and straightforward patterns that would not require a lot in the thinking process.

For the Β hats, I chose the Flower Hat from the book Mr. Funky’s Super Crochet Wonderful. For the scarves, I chose the free pattern by Red Heart, Heartwarming Crochet Scarf. For the bags, I went with the Spiral Mesh Bag from Crochet One Skein Wonders.

These projects were worked up in a little over 3 weeks. I for one am happy to be done with it because I really don’t enjoy the process of making the same thing over and over and over and over again. I start to loathe the repetition and I start to feel like a sweatshop.

In the end, I am pretty pleased with the results. Hopefully, they will like them.

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Here are a few pics of me wearing a couple of the items.

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Further Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Colors – burgundy, carrot, soft navy, amethyst, grey heather

Hook – 5.00 mm/H for scarves, 4.00 mm/G and 5.5 mm/I for bags, and 4.5 mm for hats

Level – Easy to beginner

 

Finished Object: Sweet Pea Shawl

sweet pea shawl 5This was another project that I had planned on making and years went by but, I never picked up the hook. However, my sister April had also long admired this shawl so, she thought we should do it as CAL (crochet along). Well, long story short she finished the first row or two and then quit. I have a phobia of leaving things unfinished so, I kept with the CAL all alone πŸ˜‰

I really like how it turned out. I only wore it once and now it sits in the closet. Maybe I should start packing it along with me for these cold air-conditioned buildings. Of course, after I finished mine my mother requested one for herself. She chose this beautiful melon color and I really like how it turned out.

Details:

Yarn – Caron Simply Soft

Color – Mine (deep plum) Mom’s (melon)

Weight – worsted

Hook – I (5.5 mm)

Level – Easy to Intermediate

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Finished Object: Your Neighbor Lady’s Doilies

crochet today doiliesHave you ever had one of those patterns that you knew you were going to make but, it just kept being in the back of your mind? And then years pass by and you realize that you have yet to make that pattern. That is exactly what happened with me and this pattern. I thought,Β I could whip up those doilies in a single night and have some time to spare so, I’ll get to it. Well, three years passed and I am just now getting to it πŸ˜‰

I was at home one night thinking about my future big projects (i.e. sweaters/cardigans) and how I couldn’t wait to start them. But, the yarn had not arrived from KnitPicks yet. I could have picked up my Shapely Cardigan that I have been working on and off since September 2012 but, that pattern just bores me. So, sitting right next to me was the May/April 2010 Crochet Today issue and I thought of those doilies.

I first made one in turquoise to match a painting that I had. Then, I thought let me whip up one for my mother and I chose the pinkish red color. The next night, I made one with a variety of 5 colors that matched the scheme in my Living Room. I love how super fast these worked up and I really enjoyed the simplicity of this pattern.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Hook – H (5.0 mm)

Level – Beginner

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Finished Object: Elsa Jacket

Please don’t be irked with me for just now getting back to the blog :/ But, please believe I have been casting on and hooking away nonstop. Therefore, since I am back the future posts will definitely be featuring quite a few Finished Objects. If you follow me on Ravelry then, you have probably seen some of the projects I have been working on.

I definitely want to show you the finished results of my Elsa Jacket designed by the wonderfully talented Andi Satterlund. I am a follower and big fan of Andi’s work so, when she put out the call for Crochet Testers I immediately applied. Please check out her blog HERE. I constantly check it out daily and always read the archives. It’s just that good πŸ™‚

This pattern was great! I love top down construction because it allows for you to try it on as you go. Now, this was my first time using wool yarn and while I liked it, I hated the smell in the house during the blocking. It smelled like wet animal. Ugh. Back to the pattern…This is a nice pattern and very concise. I enjoyed it so much that I plan on making another. (I ordered some blue yarn from KnitPicks but, for some reason I am not to keen on the color. I am thinking of choosing a brilliant green.)

The little details were so fun to me! I adore choosing buttons and I really liked the idea of a zipper. Yes, it took some time to attach the zipper because you have to make sure it is perfectly aligned with the rows on the Left and Right side. But, with a little patience it is definitely possible.

Details:

Hook – 3.25mm (D)…pattern call for G hook but, I got gauge with D

Yarn – KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Sport

Color – Turmeric

Level – Easy to Intermediate

Size – S(33 bust)

 

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Finished Object: Ruffles Scarf

Well, last night after watching Downton Abbey I finished the edging on my Ruffles Scarf. This was a really nice pattern to work up and I really like the finished result. The style of this scarf has me written all over it. It’s unique, chic, and just fabulous.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Color – Light Raspberry

Weight – Worsted (4)

Hook – F (3.75 mm)

Level – Easy

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Current Project: Ruffles Scarf from Interweave Crochet Fall 2012

FIRST, LET ME GIVE AN UPDATE: Well, Christmas Break has come and gone and I feel like I’m finally getting back to real life :-/ The Holidays were phenomenal! I really needed that break and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It really flew by! I feel like I got a lot accomplished. I finished all of my Christmas projects on the morning of Christmas Eve (I didn’t want to push it that close.) The Christmas gifts were a success. My nieces and nephew loved their hats and they wear them quite a bit. My sisters really liked the spa sets. They thought they looked too nice to use but, I encouraged them to use them and that I would make more if they became worn down. My mother enjoyed the scarflet and brooch set. She put the brooch on her winter jacket so, she consistently wears it. Now the big hit was the Brioche Scarf I made for my Daddy. For years, I have never been successful in my endeavors to purchase wearables for my Dad. He is really picky. So, this time I asked him what he likes. I showed him the pattern and asked him for the color choice. Simply put, he wears the scarf all the time and said it is really warm. I was very pleased that he finally liked something I got him and that it was something I made at that!

Back to my current project…

Well, since I finished the gifts for everyone it was time for some selfish knitting and crochet. I worked on my Shapely Boyfriend Cardigan a bit. I did not pick up my Mitered Afghan 😦 And I started a new project. This project is from the Fall 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet. If you don’t have this issue you are missing out. The patterns are beyond gorgeous and I want to make every single one of them. So, I decided to make the Ruffles Scarf by Shelby Allaho. I wanted to try out a simple pattern but, I was also looking for something to warm my neck and chest when I’m indoors. My office never gets warm and my chest gets very cold so, I am always looking out for scarflets and cowls.

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A few details:

Yarn – Red Hear Super Saver

Color – Light Raspberry

Weight – Worsted (4)

Hook – F/5 (3.75 mm)

Level – Easy

I’ll have more pics of the finished scarf in the future…

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Finished Object: Christmas Trees

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This picture depicts the true color of the trees.

I mentioned that I would be making some Christmas Trees to put as a centerpiece for my kitchen table. I noticed that I had no Christmas decor in the kitchen so, I figured I could whip these up quickly. It does not take long at all to make these. I made the large tree on Monday and made the smaller tree on Tuesday. Of course, it did not take me a whole day and I feel both of these trees could be made in a few hours.

I am really pleased with how they turned out. It has that simple yet glam feel–which is what I was going for. I hope that these tree will reappear in future Christmases so, I wanted something that was versatile and would go with whatever decor I have at that time.

This is a free pattern that can be found HERE. (free registration required)

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Color – Paddy Green

Hook – G (4.00 mm)

Level – Easy

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