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Front Post Double Crochet Diamond Scarf

20 Dec
Front Post Double Crochet Diamond Scarf

Front Post Double Crochet Diamond Scarf

Here’s my latest lovely that I think turned out quite well if I do say so myself.   This has to be the fastest scarf that  I have ever worked up!  The pattern looks gorgeous and complicated but is actually easy to do once you get the hang of Front Post & Back Post Double Crochet.  I don’t know about you, but alternating between the two in a pattern always requires a bit of mental gymnastics on my part.  (The extra mental exertion always causes my tongue to poke out in concentration.  I don’t know how, but somehow crocheting with my tongue poking out like a loon helps.)

Front Post Double Crochet Diamond Scarf

The pattern is basically shells that increase in size as you work that are framed by diagonal front post and back post double crochets.  The result is this beautiful diamond-like pattern that I absolutely adore.  I chose a crimson tweed yarn for this particular piece.  The recipient is fond of tweed and hounds-tooth and I thought this to be a perfect fit for her.  Once I was done, I made another once in a deep crimson yarn sans the tweedy bits.  It too turned out to be lovely but found its way into some wrapping paper before I remembered to take a photo.  Oops.  These completed my Christmas gifts for the season and they were wonderful pieces to end on.

Once again I pulled the pattern from my favorite pattern reference book.  I know, I know.  You want a free pattern to link to!  You don’t want to have to go out and buy a book!  But trust me, this is well worth the purchase.  You’ll thank me in the end.

I’ll be absent for the next week as we travel back to Georgia to spend Christmas with my side of the family.  With the trip being 18 hours one way, I may need to bring some yarn along with me just in case.  Surely I can come up with something wonderful in 18 hours!  Suggestions are welcomed.  :]

I hope that you and yours enjoy the Holiday season and I’ll see you again before New Years!

Single Crochet Drop Stitch Scarf

17 Dec

Single Crochet Drop Stitch Scarf

The beautiful yarn that I bragged about the other week has finally found its way into a beautiful scarf.  I absolutely adore this yarn and this pattern!  I knew as soon as I purchased this yarn that whatever it became, would be staying with me.  The color palette is one of my favorites and the texture and softness of the yarn begged to be along side my neck.

Single Crochet Drop Stitch Scarf
Single Crochet Drop Stitch Scarf

The pattern was very simple but yielded a visually intriguing product.  I played around with a few patterns with this yarn before deciding on this one.  I wanted a pattern that would highlight the vibrant color variations in the yarn and I think this pattern does just that.  It shows off the subtle color changes well and drapes nicely around the neck and/or across the shoulders.

If you haven’t already purchased this book, then hopefully this scarf will urge you on.  This pattern of single crochet stitches paired with drop stitches was pulled from my favorite book pictured above.  There are so many beautiful patterns in there that it takes me hours to decide on which one to do next.  *sigh*  I do so love it.

Yarn-gasm

4 Dec

For the past two years I’ve driven by this beautiful building downtown always wondering what the “Yarn and Loops” sign on the exterior meant, never knowing that it was a haven for yarn fanatics and fiber lovers of every craft.  The beautiful brick building turned out to be the home of the L & B Yarn Co.  L & B sells a plethora of yarn and fibers as well as crochet hooks and knitting needles.  If you’re ever in Norman, OK, you owe it to yourself to stop by.  The staff is amazing friendly and helpful and the yarn is to die for.  Oh, I love it so.

So far these skeins have been my only purchases, but I must say that I couldn’t be happier.  Look at them; aren’t the gorgeous?  These are Universal Yarn’s Class Shades in the color Watermelon.  It is a medium weight yarn that is 70% Acrylic and 30% Wool.  Not only is it super soft but it is super beautiful.  I am going to be selfish and keep these for myself.  My only problem is what to make with them.  I have agonized over the perfect item and pattern to use ever since I purchased this yarn.  I really want to showcase the color variations within the skeins.  At 197 yards each, I have a grand total of 394 yards to play with.  Universal Yarn suggests using a size J-10 hook, but I may end up using a size smaller.  Who knows.  All I can do at the moment is drool.  *sigh*

A Capelet of a Different Pattern

3 Dec

My second attempt at making my niece a capelet has been a success.  After making the last two capelets from the same pattern, I wanted to try something different.  I came across the pattern for this one while browsing around Pinterest.  And yes, I realize that this one is purple just like the other two.  What can I say, my friends and family really like purple.

Once again I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn in the color Lavender Blue with a size I-9 hook.  The open work detail and shell design along the bottom edge was a nice departure from the other pattern I had done.  And the cute purple gem button should be a huge hit for my 5 year old niece.   I found this particular button at Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts.  Can you tell that Jo-Ann’s is my favorite craft store?  ;]

Up next: yarn that isn’t purple!

Shells & Chains Scarf

30 Nov

Shells and Chains Scarf

Shells and Chains Stitch

My Christmas gift stash is growing larger every day.  Here is a delicate scarf I worked up over the span of two evenings.  Quick is always great when Christmas is only a few weeks away.  I searched all over Ravelry and Pinterest for a scarf pattern to compliment this Caron Simply Soft Yarn in the color Autumn Red.  I adore this color and have been saving it for something special.  Unfortunately I could not find the “it” pattern I was looking for.  Thus I turned to my favorite crochet reference book.

This book is a wealth of knowledge for hookers of every skill level.  It features easy to read instructions as well as diagrams and beautiful color pictures of every pattern.  It also includes a breakdown of international crochet symbols.  I am seriously in love with this book.

The pattern I settled on does not have a particular name or title.  It can be found in the Shells and Chains section of the book.  I worked the scarf to a length of approximately five feet and then edged it in a row of single crochet stitches to give it a polished appearance.  I even had some yarn left over when I was done!  (More yarn for my remnants stash!)  The skein I was working from was a 6 ounce, 315 yard long skein.  It’s a bit larger than your typical skein, but is still an affordable one.  The average price for this skein is $4.29 but can be frequently found on sale at local craft stores.

This one skein project ending up being beautiful, quick and very affordable.  Hooray, affordable!

Girls Crocheted Capelet, Take Two

29 Nov

Girls Capelet

Look familiar?  It should.  I worked up this exact pattern a few weeks ago in a different yarn and with a larger gauged hook.  I made the original one for my niece as a Christmas gift, but after looking at it for a few days I changed my mind.  It was a little too large for her and my daughter, who is about to turn 10 years old, had been eying it as well. In the end I gave it to my daughter much to her excitement.  She’s worn it a few times now and it has held up well.  It’s surprising the amount of warmth it holds in.

This second capelet was made with Caron Simply Soft Yarn in the color Lavender Blue using a size I-9 hook.  The only change I made was to the placement of the tie strings.  This time I placed the higher up to avoid curly along the edges of the neckline.  Instead of going to my niece, I’m giving this one to my co-workers daughter for Christmas.  I like the capelet much better in this yarn.  It’s softer and has a better drape across the shoulders.  I’ve been looking around for a different capelet pattern to do for my niece and have settled on a few potential candidates.  I’ll be interested to see how this different pattern works up.

Can you tell that I like capelets?  ;]

Cross Double Crochet Scarflet

28 Nov

Cross Double Crochet Stitch Scarf

I have been one busy lady.  With Christmas fast approaching, my hooks and I have been hard at work whipping up gifts and cold weather goodies for family and friends to enjoy.  This year I have been working on projects that I’ve been wanting to make in hopes that by the time Christmas arrives, I’ll know who to give them to.  It’s a fool-proof plan.  This is one such item that is currently resting in my gift stash.  It is a Cross Double Crochet Stitch Scarflet made from Lion Brand Homespun Yarn in the color Olive.  It is super soft and very stretchy.  It holds in heat well and looks absolutely amazing when worn.  I secured the scarflet with a gold La Mode Kilt Pin that I purchased from Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts.  The pattern was found on NewStitchADay.com.  It is one of my favorite sites for patterns and tutorials.  It worked up quickly and is definitely something to keep in mind for a last-minute gift.

Now I just need to decide which family member will find it under their tree this year. :]