Friday, May 26, 2017

Bohemian Charms Necklace Remake

Remember that necklace design in the top left corner? Or maybe you are new here, Welcome!

I wanted to show you some more options for the Bohemian Charms Crochet Necklace. Isn't it great that with one simple pattern and a little creativity the options for this necklace pattern are endless. Let's take a closer look at each one. 

 Here is the original one. All of the charms are clustered together on one chain with jump rings.

 For this one decided to separate them a little. I connected the mini doily to one end of a 25 in chain with a jump ring. Then I slipped the other end of the chain through the side of the doily and I connected the 2 inch chain of charms to the end of the 25 inch chain.

For this one I divided a 24 inch chain in half and added a lobster clasp to one side and the mini doily to the other side. The other chain half I added a jump ring, and three beads connected together with their jewelry pins. I added 3 4 inch chains to each of the beads and connected them together with a jump ring at the side of the mini doily.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Learners Curve Clutch: A Knitting Pattern

A Free Knitting Pattern

Last month I shared how to make the Learner's Curve Dishcloth. In it, I teach a new stitch pattern and how to add an i-cord edging.

In this new pattern I will show you how to create a clutch by expanding upon those two techniques. You will learn how to be add a color to your project and how to use i-chord edging to construct a simple clutch.

Do you like where things are going? What else would you like to make in this stitch pattern? Do you think you are ready for a garment? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

My daughter graciously offered to model for me. She is the sweetest. 

Where can I get this pattern

Don't forget to add this pattern to your Favorites on Ravelry. This is also a PDF of this pattern available in my Ravelry Store for $3.00.
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Yarn: Any worsted cotton yarn you have will do. You will need 1 ball for color A, and 1/2 a ball for color B.

Needles: 5.5MM straight needles and  5.5MM double points for the i-cord edging and i-cord strap. 

Notions: Tapestry needle to sew in your ends. 

Size:Finished clutch is 7 in by 4 1/2 in

Gauge:  16 st of pattern = 4 inches28 rows = 4 inches

Stitches Used:  Knit (k), Purl (p), Slip Stitch (sl), Knit 2 together (k2tog)

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 writer by e-mail.


Cast On 32 st.
Row 1: {k 2, sl 2 with yarn in front like you are going to purl} repeat {to}  till the end.
Row 2: p 1, {sl 2 with the yarn in the back like you are going to knit, p2,} Repeat  {to} till the end. Ending with a p 1. 
Row 3: {sl 2 with the yarn in front, k2} repeat  {to} till the end.
Row 4: p 3, {sl 2 with yarn in the back, p 2} repeat {to}  till 1 st from the end p 1.
Rows 5 -8: Repeat rows 1 -4
Rows 9-12: Before the start of row 9 add color B, by making a loose loop with the color B, insert your hook like you are going to knit, wrap the loose loop instead of the first color, and follow the directions of row 1 -4.
Rows 13 – 96 or till the length of 12 ½  inches: switch back to color A, Repeat rows 1-4 Bind off.

Assembly of the Bag:
Fold the bag over with wrong sides facing each other. Make the side that is folded over 4 inches over the other side. Follow the picture for further clarification.
Pin the sides down for stability while you are knitting up the sides.  

I-cord Edging:
Cast on 3 st with Color B onto one of your double point needles.  With the wrong side facing up (the flap of the bag will be on the wrong side of fabric, but the fold over fabric will both be right sides of fabric) , insert the needle in the right hand side corner of the bag making sure to grab both sides of the fold, and pull the yarn through both layers.  {pick up a new st. You should now have 4 st on the needle. Push the needle down so you are now working from the other end, k 2, k2tog through the back loops}
Repeat {to} till you have gone all the way around to the other side of the bag. At the corners pick up a stitch in the same space twice.
. Bind off. Weave in your ends.

I-Cord Strap
Make a 4 st  i-cord that is 14 to 16 in long.
Cast on 4 st onto a double point needle, { knit 4, push your stitches to the other end}, Repeat {to} pulling your stitches tight as you go. Bind Off.
Sew each side of the i-cord to the sides of the bag for a strap.    

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Garden Party Clutch: A Crochet Pattern

I sure do get distracted easily. I told you, my readers that I would slowly move my patterns over from I really wasn't thinking it would be this slowly. Since it is getting to be wedding season, I thought it would be a good time to bring this free clutch pattern over to the blog. As always it will still be at Crochetvolution . But it's nice to have all my patterns in one spot.

This is a great little bag to keep your essentials in when you need to get glammed up. I was at wedding this weekend and everyone had such fantastic clutches, and I was stuck with my big diaper bag. Oh well, one day I can have it all together.

Don't forget to add this pattern to your favorites on Ravelry. I have also made it available for pdf download for $3.00 through Ravelry. buy now This is a great option if you want a copy that is ads free and easy to print.  

Garden Party Clutch

Size: One Size

  • Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread Fashion 3 [100% Mercerized cotton; 150yd/137m per skein]; color: white (2 skeins), copper mist (30 yards)
  • D/3 (3.25mm) hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Straight pins
  • 2 toggle buttons
Gauge: Gauge is not significant in this design.

Special Stitches
Picot: Ch 4, sl st in st just made.

Note: The clutch is started at front flap and worked in one piece, with the button straps added last.


First flower motif:
R 1: Make an adjustable ring. Ch 1, *sc in ring, ch 8.* Repeat from * to * 3 times, slip stitch into starting sc. (4 sc and 4 ch-8 spaces.)

R 2: Ch 1, *make 12 sc in ch 8 space.* Repeat from * to * 3 times, slip stitch into starting sc.

R 3: Slip st into sc and next sc, ch 1, 1 sc in st just used, sc in next 3 sc, 2 dc in next 2 sc, sc in next 4 dc, skip 2 sc.* Sc in next 4 sc, 2 dc in next two sc, sc in next 4 sc, skip 2 sc.* Repeat from * to * 2 times, sl st into starting sc.

R 4: Working in back loops only, sl st into sc and next sc, ch 1, 1 sc in st just used, sc in next st, [1 hdc and 1 dc] in next dc, picot, 1 dc and 1 hdc in next dc, sc in next 2 st, skip 6 sc, ch 6. *Sc in next 2 st, [1 hdc and 1 dc] in next dc, picot, [1 dc and 1 hdc] in next dc, sc in next 2 st, skip 6 sc, ch 6.* Repeat from * to * two times, sl st into beginning sc. Finish off.

Second and third flower motif:

R 1- 3: Follow the pattern for first flower motif.

R 4: Working in back loops only, sl st into sc and next sc, ch 1, 1 sc in st just used, sc in next st, [1 hdc and 1 dc] in next dc, 1 joining picot, [1 dc and 1 hdc] in next dc, sc in next 2 st, skip 6 sc, ch 3, joining ch, ch 2, sc in next 2 st, 1 hdc and 1 dc in next dc, 1 joining picot, [1 dc and 1 hdc] in next dc, sc in next 2 st, skip 6 sc, ch 6. *Sc in next 2 st, [1 hdc and 1 dc] in next dc, 1 picot, [1 dc and 1 hdc] in next dc, sc in next 2 st, skip 6 sc, ch 6.* Repeat * to * 1 time, sl st into beginning sc. Finish off.


Row 1: Starting on the right side of the front side of the joined flower motif (you will be working row 1 across the flowers), *Make sc in next 4 st, make 6 sc in ch 6 sp, sc in next 4 st, 1 sc in each of the picots.* Repeat *to *, sc in next 4 st, 6 sc in ch 6 sp, sc in last 4 st. (46 sc)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in same st, *[1 sc, 1hdc, and 1 dc] in post of dc just made, skip 2 sc, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * to end.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn *sc in dc, hdc in hdc, dc in sc, [1 sc, 1 hdc, and 1 dc] in post of dc just made, skip 3 stitches.* Repeat from * to * to end, sc in dc.

Row 4: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in same st, *[1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc] in post of dc just made, skip the sideways dc, sc in dc, hdc in hdc, dc in sc.* Repeat from * to *.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 till it is 8 inches in height or desired length. Finish off.

Button Straps: (make 2)

Row 1: 6 foundation dc

Row 2: Ch 3, 4 fpdc, dc in 3rd ch of previous row

Row 3: Ch 3, skip 2 fpdc, bpdc in next 2 fpdc, bpdc in skipped fpdc, dc in 3rd ch of previous row.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 till it is 9 inches or desired length. Ch 6, sl st into first st of last row, ch 1, turn, sc evenly around ch. Finish off.

For optional wrist strap, make just like button straps without the chain and sc on the end.

Sew on the two button straps. Each one should fall in between two flowers. Be sure to leave the button holes hanging off the edge of the flower motif. Fold clutch part in half to make the
pocket and whip stitch up the two sides. Sew on the buttons where the button loops fall. Sew on the wrist strap.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

It Is Well With My Soul: An Embroidery Project

If you follow me on Instagram, then you have already seen this project in formation. I wanting to share it with everyone else and add a little template for it. For the template I drew it out took a picture of it and then edited it and put it into a pdf. I have it originally drawn and in the transverse.

I started by drawing it out on a note book. When I was happy with it I copied it on to the fabric using a heat sensitive pen.

For all the the lettering I used the stem stitch and I filled in with long stitches in the thicker sections.

For the flowers I used stem stitches for the stems. I added lazy daisy stitches in yellow for the yellow blossoms. I added a dark green stem on top and added blue french knots to that stem. I also added long green grass accent. 

I framed it in a frame matted to fit a 5 by 7 pictures. 

Here is where you can find the Template. It should print out to fit in a 5 by 7 frame.

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