Monday, August 26, 2013

Crochet Lampshade for my Guestroom

I wanted to Brighten up my Guestroom, 
so I bought a new Bed Comforter, Shams 
 and Sheets in bright teal!
I made a New Throw - bottom right  - 
to match the Teal and Brown them I have going on.

I then decided to make a crochet cover for the lampshade.
I started with circle Granny squares to sort 
of mimic the circles on the comforter.
Then I did a decreasing granny stripe.
 It fits perfect and I love it.
Maximo and Rosie Bell approve.
The Room still needs some artwork on the wall, 
 but I love it.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Neon Chevron Slouchy Hat

I Love Neon colors!
I Love Chevrons!
I love Slouchy Hats!
What Better then a
 Neon Chevron Slouchy hat!
The yarn is the Neon From
I Love This yarn at Hobby Lobby.

This is  NOT my Crochet pattern.
Here is the Link to Crochet pattern I Used:

This pattern fun,
 well written and super easy to make.
This one is going to be sent to my Niece
 who loves neon colors.

I did change her pattern, just a little,
 in that I made my hat in rows around, 
rather then stripes across and sew together.
Both ways work great and make a great hat.

I wear a hat home from the gym, 
Because I do Water Aerobics 
3 days a week and 
  would rather leave with wet
 hair and shower at home.
So I better make one for me too!

I Love This hat!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fanny Packs are Back!! Crochet Pattern

Yes, Those Fanny packs are back in style!!


Instant Download PDF File is now Available
For $1.50 in my Craftsy Shop

Please, Add This Crochet Pattern to Your
Skill level - Easy

Stitches:
chain ch
Single Crochet  sc
Half double Crochet  hdc
Half Double Crochet Decrease - hdc dec

Materials:
Hook : H
Yarn needle
2   - 1 to 2 inch buttons
2  - 1 inch D rings
Yarn : 2  - 2.5 oz balls of Cotton- colors your choice ( yellow - C1, Orange  - C2)

Gauge-
1 inch = 4 chs
1 inch = 4 hdc

Step 1: Body of the bag -  With C1, Row 1: Ch 29,
 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 hdc each ch, ch 2 turn. ( 28 hdc)

Rows 2- 29  - 1 hdc each St, ch 2 turn. ( 28 hdc)

R : 30 - 1 hdc Dec with the 1st 2 sts, 1 hdc in the next 24 hdc,
 1 hdc with the last 2 hdc, ch 1 turn ( 26 hdc)

R : 31 - 1 hdc Dec with the 1st 2 sts, 1 hdc in the next 22 hdc,
1 hdc with the last 2 hdc, ch 1 turn ( 24 hdc)

R : 32 - 1 hdc Dec with the 1st 2 sts, 1 hdc in the next 20 hdc,
1 hdc with the last 2 hdc, ch 1 turn ( 22 hdc)

R : 33 - 1 hdc Dec with the 1st 2 sts, 1 hdc in the next 18 hdc,
1 hdc with the last 2 hdc, ch 1 turn ( 20 hdc)

R : 34 - 1 hdc Dec with the 1st 2 sts, 1 hdc in the next 16 hdc,
1 hdc with the last 2 hdc, ch 1 turn ( 18 hdc)

R : 35 - 1 hdc Dec with the 1st 2 sts, 1 hdc in the next 14 hdc,
1 hdc with the last 2 hdc, ch 1 turn ( 16 hdc)

R : 36 - 1 hdc Dec with the 1st 2 sts, 1 hdc in the next 12 hdc,
 1 hdc with the last 2 hdc, ch 1 turn ( 14 hdc)




Step 2 -

Side panels , make 2 with C1 -



R : 1 -  Ch 6, skip first ch, 1 hdc in each ch, ch1 turn. ( 5 hdc)

R : 2-10  -  Repeat R : 1, tie off after R: 10  (5 hdc)
Line up The Side panel to the bottom of the side of the bag and sew in place......
by sewing up the side, then across bottom and down the other side.
Repeat on the other side of bag.




Step 3 -Trim & Straps.
Trim : With C2, join yarn at the right inside corner of the bag,  sc around the top of the bag, and around the flap of the bag till you reach the center of the flap, ch 8, join ch to the last sc, ( this makes your button hole)  then sc the rest of the way around bag flap, and around the tip of bag to the sc were you started.




Straps :  with C2
Strap 1 -
R : 1 - Ch 4, 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in the next 2 chs, ch 1 turn ( 3 hdc)
R : 2 - 1 hdc in each hdc, ch 1 turn ( 3 hdc)
R : 3- 35  - Repeat R : 1  leaving a 12 inch tail for sewing in place.
Strap 2 -
Repeat R: 1 - 35 from Strap 1
R : 36 - 40 - 1 sc in each st, ch1 turn (3 sc)
R : 41 - 1 sc in each sc, tie off leaving a 12 inch tail. Fold the sc end of the strap over the 2 d rings and sew flap down.
Place end of strap even with the top of the side panel and sew in place securely.
Repeat for the other side.
Sew Button onto the center front of the bag, lined up with the button hole on the flap.



Flower - With C2, ch3, 10 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, join to 1st sc with a sl st to form a circle.
Ch 10, sl into the next sc, *ch10, sl st into the next sc*  Repeat from * to *  8 more times to form 10 petals, sl st into the 1st sl, tie off.
place button into the center of the flower, then sew on to the bottom right side of the bag.



Happy Stitching!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

How to Crochet with Homespun and Similar Yarns.

I have all This "Homespun" type yarn, 
and I don't know what to do with it!
I actually really love these yarns, but, many people do not.
FREE Crochet pattern  for the Throw, at the bottom of this post.

A few things I have learned about Crocheting 
with this style yarn is :

1. Choose a large project. Most of the variegation can not be seen with a small project.


2. Choose a project with very little detail. Most detail is lost because of the bumpy and fuzziness of the yarn.

3. Crochet loosely - It is better to be too lose then too tight with this type of yarn. It is hard to find the stitches with you crochet too tightly, and just hard to work with if you are a tight stitcher.

4. Lastly, don't let the yarn frustrate you. 
If you are struggling with it, set it down and come back later.

Thick and Quick Throw
Measures approximately - 42 X 56 inches
Skill : Easy
Materials :
 Hook - P
Yarn - 4 to 4.5 skeins of Homespun ( 5-6 wt) Colors of your choice.
Stitches:
Chain ( ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Slip Stitch ( sl st)

R : 1 - Ch 57, LOOSELY, turn, 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook 
and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. (56 sc)
R : 2 - 1 sc in each sc, ch 1, turn (56 sc)
R : 3 -68  -Repeat R : 2  (56 sc)

Striping pattern is up to you.

R : 69 - At the end  of R : 68, turn working down the end of the throw, 
1 sc in the end of each row, ch 1 turn ( 77 sc)
R : 70 -77 - 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 turn, tie off at the end of R : 77 ( 77sc)

Attach yarn to the right corner of the opposite end of the throw, and Repeat R : 69 - 77.

Sl st around all four sides of the throw, this will help the throw keep its shape. 

Note: I tried to block this throw, but it didn't work well.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Shark Week!! Dog Shark Costume

I was asked if I had a 
Shark Costume for Dogs.
"No, but I can design one!" I said.
And Here it is!

Maximo looks pretty scary, 
NOT, in his Shark Costume.
Well, Everyone loved it so much and 
wanted the Crochet pattern


Where You can find the Crochet Pattern:
Just click your favorite pattern Shop.

If you would like a 
Custom made Shark Costume
 for your Dog
click :
Etsy Shop

And I will make your pooch a Shark costume 
according to their measurements.
Chomp! Chomp!