Monday, February 27, 2017

Mini Still Life Emboidery

A Embroidery Tutorial


I wanted to make a quick post about an Embroidery project that I worked on recently.
I thought I would go through the process a little about how this came about.

One of the ways that I like to gain inspiration in my designs is looking through color pallets. For this particular design I saw a picture of an aqua basket sitting on an old farmhouse stool. And the basket had a beautiful spray of pink peonies, and lavender. I thought how can I translate that into embroidery.

I started with the basket by weaving a square and then adding a chain stitch handle. I made short and long stitches to make the "stool." Then For the peonies I used the bullion stitch circles with straight stitches coming out of the middle of the circle. I also added a bow around the basket with gold string.
I then added some green stem stitches and lavender french knots around the stems. I took care around the handle making sure some of the stems were in front and some were in back to give it more depth.
I finished with a lattice stitch for the background.

I am happy with how pretty it turned out. It is a nice little masterpiece to add a chain to and where it around my neck.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Swift Swirl Hat: A Free Knit Pattern

A Free Knitting Pattern

***Edit*** As of April 2nd, 2019 everything has been updated and you may find that the crown is better shaped than before. I'm really happy with the changes made to the pattern and I know you will be too.

My first knit pattern. I'm really excited that I am finally able to share with you. I love that in broadening my horizons and learning something new I can then go share it with others. Five years ago when I started this blog if someone told me I would be adding knit patterns to it also, I would have laughed at them.

 Since moving to Canada, I just fell in love with the culture surrounding knitting and crafting. There is also the thrill of learning and accomplishing something new. It has been so Rewarding learning more about all the different fiber arts.
Enough about me I want to tell you about the pattern.

hat made with 78 stitches cast on
This pattern is thinking outside the box on how we approach certain stitches. The Right and Left Twist stitches are usually used when making cables. I wanted to see what they would be as a layered stitch, and this is the end result.

This pattern is fast (that's why I called it swift). There is essentially only one stitch you are using; the knit stitch. There are no yarn overs or decreases You are just tweaking it a bit with a twist. This is the kind of pattern that you can make while watching t.v. and not have to worry about it to much. You don't even have to worry about where the round ends.  You just keep going till you come the the length you want.  

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Don't forget to find this pattern in Ravelry Here. Be sure to check out the Companion Pattern Swift Chevron Hat. You can purchase the Swift Chevron Hat for $3.00 and you will automatically get the Swift Swirl Hat Pattern for Free. 

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Swift Swirl Hat: A Knit Pattern

Designer: Julia Schwartz

Needles: 6,0 mm/US 10 circular needles and a set of double point needles US 10 to finish it off.

Yarn:  I used Lion Brand Wool Ease: mushroom 403 for the adult hat, and I used an unlabeled wool for the smaller hat (sorry) I would recommend any worsted wool size 4.   

Notions: tapestry needle

Gauge: 17 k = 4 inches, 20 rows = 4 inches   


  • Once pattern is established  the pattern will move  to the right by one stitch after every row.
  • Established pattern is 11 +1 stitches. So if you are wanting to make a smaller or larger hat add or take away 11. Example a baby hat would be 78 stitches.
Stitches Used: knit (k), Purl(P), Right twist (RT), knit 2 together(K2tog) , K2togb

Special stitches:
  • Right Twist (RT): Knit 2 together keeping both stitches on the left needle, knit into the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.
  • Left Twist(LT): Knit through the back loop of the 2nd st, keep the stitch on the left needle, knit in the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.
  • K2tog: k 2 stitches together
  • K2togb: k 2 sttiches together through the back loops


Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact


Cast on 100 stitches using the German Twist Long Tail Cast On

Round 1 – 8:( p, k), repeat  (to) all the way around. When the 8th round is complete, place a stitch marker on the starting st.

Round 9: k

Round 10 -38: (K 5 st, RT 3 times), Repeat continually till you finish the 38th row. Finish on a k 5 closest to the placed marker.

Decreasing with the RT (remember that each round is moved to the right by 1 st.)

Switch to double point needles

Row 1: (K2tog, RT 2 times, k 5) repeat all the way around

Row 2: (RT, k1, RT, k5) repeat all the way around

Row 3: (K2tog, RT, k6) repeat all the way around

Row 4: (RT, k, RT, k4) repeat all the way around

Row 5: (K2tog, RT, k5) repeat all the way around

Row 6: (RT, k, RT, k3) repeat all the way around

Row 7: (K2tog, RT, k4) repeat all the way around

Row 8: (RT, k, RT, k2) repeat all the way around

Row 9: (K2tog, RT, k3) repeat all the way around

Row 10: (RT, k, RT, k) repeat all the way around

Row 11: (K2tog, RT, k 2) repeat all the way around

Row 12-13: (k2tog) repeat all the way around, k in last st.

Finish off with a long tail bind off. Pull tight, knot and weave in your ends.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Love Patch: A Crochet Pattern

 A Free Crochet Pattern

This hat has gotten a lot of love. Pun not intended (okay maybe it was). I originally made this hat for Halloween, and I stuck googly eyes all over it so she could be a spider. I thought to myself, "how can I re-purpose this hat"?  Here is what I came up with. I decided to add a patch to it.

This patch was a quick fix that gives a plain hat huge impact. The patch is 3 in by 3 in. I added some embroidery for Valentines Day. I'm really pleased with it.

  • yarn: Plymouth Covington medium weight cotton yarn, color #2002 sand 
  • hook:  Size G/7 4.5MM
  • Sharp tapestry needle
  • different colors of embroidery thread
Size: 3 inches by 3 inches

Row 1: Ch 13, sc in 2nd chain and in each chain across for a total of 12 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across for a total of 12 sc.
Row 3- 12: repeat row 2
Edging: Ch 1, do not turn, sc in the side post of the sc just made in row 12, sc in each side post moving down to row 1, ch 1, sc in each sc of row 1, ch 1, sc in each of the side posts moving up to row 12, ch 1, sl st into first sc of row 12. Finish off. Weave in your ends.

Easy peasy.

Embroidery Chart

Okay can we be honest with each other for a second. I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to making a chart for embroidery but I have made one And it works. I have the original and the transverse all on the same page. It's a pdf that you can download, its here.

I used the back stitch to write out the letters. I made two woven roses on each side of the word love. for the leaves I made 4 long stitches next to each other at different sizes. I also added one lazy daisy flower on each side. There is also a french knot inside of the rose.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Tutorial: How to correct a knit Button Hole

I'm new enough to knitting that sometimes I have no idea what I'm doing. I have been crocheting long enough that I can usually pretend like I know what I'm doing in knitting and just fluff along.

This sweater is a good example.  This is the Harvest Pattern by . I have made this pattern once before. This time I wanted to make it again but shorter and with bell capped sleeves. I did really great, because it is such a lovely pattern that is easily adaptable and adjustable.

When I got to the button hole my crochet sense took over and I made a button hole in 2 rows. It did not look well. But I was not really sure what to do with it so I just continued on. Did you know that there is a way to make a button hole with just one row? Me neither. Now that I am aware of that I will strive for better.

But maybe you are like me with really terrible looking button holes that have already been made. What do you do with them?

I decided to add button hole stitches to the hole to clean it up and I'm really happy with the results. I took pictures of what I did so you can follow along.

What you will need:

  • a tapestry needle
  • same colored yarn as you project 
  • scissors 
I turned the garment inside out and I inserted my needle in between the 2 vertical posts on the bottom right side of the button hole. Then I put the needle through the first stitch of the button hole with the tail of the yarn going behind the needle when I pull through. (did you know that the button hole stitch is the same as a blanket stitch. It is just worked tighter and in a button hole).

I added two button hole stitches to each knit stitch. There were 3 knit stitches so I made 6 button hole stitches on this side of the hole. 
I wrapped my yarn around 3 vertical posts (I was tightening up this stitch, yours might be tighter and so you only need to go through the two posts like the start). I turned the work so that what was on top was now on the bottom. I inserted my needle through the knit stitch so that my tail would be behind my needle and then into the completed button hole stitch above it.
I continued to make 2 button hole stitches for every knit stitch.
To finish off I inserted the needle through the first button hole stitch. Tie a knot with the ends. Weave in your ends.
 And that is it.

I'm sure this trick would work for crochet garments as well but I find that knit stitches loosen up more than crochet stitches so it would be more beneficial for knit.  Now I just need to pick out a button.

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