Stripe It Your Way Crochet Book Review
April 4, 2018
Recently I was given the opportunity from Leisure Arts to review a copy of the book Stripe It Your Way Crochet for Home & Fashion by Kristi Simpson. This book is a new publication from Leisure Arts.
Stripe It Your Way Crochet is for all levels of crocheters. All of the projects in the book are an easy level so a person who is just beginning to crochet should be able to complete these projects and an advanced crocheter will enjoy working on something simple and quick to complete.
The projects in this book are for fashion accessories and for home decor items. All of the projects use medium weight yarn and a size H, I, J or M hook. I love the look of the various stripe patterns the designer has used with each of the projects.
One of the projects that caught my attention was the Star Blanket. I have always wanted to crochet a motif style blanket and after seeing this pattern I decided I would make this one. So far it is coming along, I am using my own color scheme with Hobby Lobby, I Love This Yarn in 5 different colors. The blanket will look great in our living room when I finish it. The pattern seems to work up quickly and is easy to follow. You have to pay attention to the color changes though at the appropriate times as per the directions in the pattern.
Below is a photo of my version of the Star Blanket that I have completed so far. I am on the third color out of five for the blanket.
The Lacy Wrap is another project in the book I may start after finishing the Star Blanket. This wrap is crocheted with an openwork type of stitch and features a border of flower fringe on the ends. I think it will be a great spring or summer project.
If you like to crochet with medium weight yarn and enjoy striped patterns I think you will love this book. You can click Here or on any of the Stripe It Your Way Crochet photos above to take you to the Leisure Arts site where you can order your copy of this crochet book. *The links are affiliate links but all opinions in this blog post are my own.
Free Knit Scarf and Crochet Cowl Pattern
December 8, 2015
Christmas is going to be here before we know it. Are you ready? Do you have all your shopping done and all your handmade gifts completed? I wish I could say that I do but I don’t – I am not even close. I have been so busy designing new patterns for my shops that I have not taken the time to shop at all.
I have a couple of designs to share today on my blog that are both pretty quick and easy to knit or crochet – so if you are still looking for something to complete for someone for a gift maybe one of these patterns will work. They are both Free pdf download files.
The above photo is of a Chunky Knit Drop Stitch Scarf. It is super quick and easy to knit on size US 15 knitting needles. If you can do a knit stitch and a yarn over and drop a yarn over you can complete this pattern. Any chunky weight yarn will work. The yarn I used was from Hobby Lobby – not sure if it is still available – it is called Yarn Bee Finale. It goes from thick to thin and is a variegated yarn. Drop Stitch Knit Scarf You can click on the highlighted name of the pattern to access the pdf pattern and print.
The other pattern I am sharing today is for a crocheted ripple cowl – I call it Candy Cane Ripple since it is done in red and white sparkle yarn. You can choose any two colors you want with or without the sparkle, glitter, yarn. This cowl is crocheted with a size US J hook. It is a one row repeat so pretty simple to do once you master the pattern. The cowl is crocheted in rows and then sewn together. You need to know how to double crochet and chain and skip chains to crochet this. Yarn I used was Hobby Lobby I Love this Yarn in the sparkle – any #4 worsted weight yarn can be used. Candy Cane Ripple Cowl Crochet Pattern Clicking on the highlighted text will take you to the pdf pattern for you to download or print.
I hope you enjoy the patterns and are able to get some handmade gifts completed for those on your list.
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New Crochet Designs
October 27, 2015
I recently finished some new crochet designs. The first thing I completed at the beginning of October was this crochet laptop sleeve and this little crochet case.
I love this vibrant V stitch design used to create my laptop sleeve. I was inspired to create this because I was tired of having a large laptop case to carry when traveling. This sleeve is perfect for holding my 16 inch laptop and it will slide down inside a larger bag that I carry when I travel. The stitch is also very thick so it provides some extra cushion for the laptop. I also created this little mini case to hold the laptop power cord and the mouse that I use.
My other new design for October was this fun chakra yoga pillow or bolster pattern. I was tired of using my couch pillows for a yoga bolster when doing certain poses so I decided to crochet one. I got inspired to do one in chakra colors as I have a book about chakra yoga and thought a crocheted pillow or bolster would be fun to make and something I would use. I am really pleased with how the pillow turned out and I have already used it many times in the last couple of weeks. Along with this pattern I also made a yoga strap to go with the pillow.
Both of these patterns are available here on my website under my Pattern Store tab. You can also find these patterns in my etsy shop, on craftsy and on ravelry.
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What have you been crocheting or working on lately? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
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Uses for Ruffle Scarf Yarn
September 25, 2015
Ruffle scarf yarn is for crocheting and knitting scarves – hence the name. This type of yarn became very popular a few years ago. It is still popular and you see it in craft stores or online in various colors an textures.
I knit a LOT of scarves in this ruffle yarn. I knit many for gifts, to sell and for myself. After a while I got tired of just knitting scarves with it and decided to try using it as an edging on scarves or shawls.
The above scarf is a crochet version I designed using Homespun yarn as the base and Patons Pirouette yarn as the ruffle edge. The pattern can be found in my etsy shop.
The photo of the red, black and white scarf is a knit version. I knitted this scarf in Texas Tech colors for my neighbors daughter who goes to school there. The ruffle yarn is a lot of fun to use with one or two other colors of yarn to showcase some team colors. This pattern is also available in my etsy shop.
The above cape is something I designed about a year ago for my Grandmother. Again the main body of the cape is knit with Homespun yarn and the ruffle edge is Patons Pirouette. This pattern is easy and can be found on etsy.
The blue shawl above is a lovely prayer shawl design that is knitted in Homespun yarn and then edged with the ruffle yarn. I gave this to my friend this summer who was going through chemo therapy to fight breast cancer. Blue is one of her favorite colors. This pattern is also on etsy.
It is pretty easy to use this yarn as a decorative accent. You have to crochet or knit with your base yarn and the ruffle yarn held together. Below are a couple of photos showing how to crochet or knit with it for an edging.
I have also found that a lot of the Homespun yarns from Lion brand yarn coordinate well with some of the Red Heart Boutique Sashay or the Patons Pirouette yarns.
Patterns for these designs can be found in my etsy shop – links above highlighted for each specific pattern or in my craftsy pattern store.
Have you used ruffle yarn before? Let me know by leaving a reply in the comments and tell me what you made.
Have a great day!
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Crochet Cape Project
November 26, 2013
Recently, I finished this crochet cape project. I made this cape for my grandmother for a gift for her this Christmas. She is in her 90’s and somewhat sedentary these days since she suffered a stroke and broken hip back in April. My mother mentioned to me that she was going to need some things to wear around her to keep her warm this winter as she lives in Michigan, where it is cold in the winter.
I crocheted this cape using Homespun yarn from Lion brand in the color spice. I love the colors of the Homespun as well as how soft and warm it is. I really like to crochet and knit with this yarn in the winter months. The lower edge of the cape features a ruffle yarn as the trim. The yarn is from Patons and called Pirouette. I like how some of the ruffle yarns coordinate with the Homespun yarn so well. I have also made a crochet scarf using the ruffle yarn as just an edging and knit a wrap using the ruffle yarn just on the edge and the Homespun yarn as the base of the wrap.
This pattern is something I designed on my own. I do have the pattern available in my etsy shop if you are interested in crocheting one yourself. Click on the highlighted word etsy to take you to that link.
I made my grandmother a lap throw several years ago that I crocheted in different colors to go with her couch. She says she loves it and uses it all the time. I am hoping she will like this cape, too. It is always nice to hear when people are using the things you made for them.
What gifts are you crocheting or knitting for people this Christmas? Click on Leave a Reply and tell me about them.
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Crochet Projects – Cape, Cowl & Scarf
October 9, 2013
Lately I have been back to doing more crochet and knitting projects. I seem to go through seasons of crafts as the seasons change. Summer tends to be a season where I sew more. In the fall and winter I tend to do more crochet and knitting. I am not sure about spring time – I guess then I try to do a little gardening and a little of all my crafts: crochet, knit and sew.
This is my recently finished crochet pattern:
The pattern is currently available in my etsy shop. I will also be listing it on craftsy soon. The pattern is for all three items: the cape, cowl and scarf for one price.
The pattern uses the same basic stitches but in different ways, with different size hooks, to create each item. The pattern is very easy and the scarf and cowl work up quickly. The cowl can also be worn as a wrap as seen in one of the above photos. A great gift for those on your Christmas list.
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