Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Embroidery Morpho Butterfly Necklace

Last month I had a soft launch on my personal Facebook page for selling some embroidered necklaces that I made. This Butterfly Necklace was by far everyone's favorite. I wanted to show you the progression photos of how this project came about. 

Pictures of the Embroidery Necklace

First I drew a simple outline of what I wanted. I then went through and satin stitched around the outline in black, adding some long stitches at the tips of the wings. 

Then I continued with the black and made some back stitches to define the wings some more.

I then started filling in with short and long stitches. I started with 2 strands of the darkest color. 

Then I put one strand each of the dark and the medium color together. 

This is with it all filled in with the medium color. 

I then did the same as above for the little wing but with lighter colors to show depth. 

One day I hope to get confident enough to sell them to the public; I'm not sure if I am there yet. 

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Learner's Curve Dishcloth: A Knitting Pattern

I first want to say thank you to all my new Knitting Friends who came by to see the Swift Swirl Hat. It has been up for just over a month and it is already my 10th most viewed pattern. The pattern in 9th place was from 2014. So it makes a girl feel special.

I have a new free knitting pattern for you. When I am learning a new stitch, whether it is for crocheting or knitting, I love to get out my cotton yarn and make my swatch into a dishcloth. That way I'm killing two birds with one stone so to say. I'm learning something new and I'm making something useful that doesn't necessarily have to look nice.

The new techniques that I wanted to learn were slip stitching and the i-cord edging. Now that I know how to do the i-cord edging it might be my new favorite way to finish off a project. I really love how this project turned out. The diagonal direction of the slip stitches reminds me of the dishcloths my granny used to knit for me but with a modern flair. The i-cord edging makes it all look neat and and t adds an extra pop of color.

Come and learn something new with me.

Learner's Curve Dishcloth

Yarn: Any worstedcotton yarn you have will do. The yarn in the pictures are peaches and cream and Paton's Yarn kitchen cotton. 

Needles: 5.5MM double points. You can use regular needles for the dishcloth, but for the edging you will need the double points. 

Notions: Tapestry needle to sew in your ends.  

Size: 6 by 6 inches ( I don't like big dishcloths. I like them to fit in the palm of my hand so I'm not sloshing water everywhere. the pattern is very adaptable. Just add multiples of 4 to make it larger). 

Gauge: 18 k st for every 4 inches.

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

Cast On 24 st. 

Row 1: {k 2, sl 2 with yarn in front like you are going to purl} repeat till the end.

Row 2: p 1, {sl 2 with the yarn in the back like you are going to knit, p2,} Repeat till the end. Ending with a p 1.

Row 3: {sl 2 with the yarn in front, k2}repeat till the end.

Row 4: p 3, {sl 2 with yarn in the back, p 2} repeat till 1 st from the end p 1.

Row 5 - 24: Repeat rows 1-4 

Bind off.

I-cord Edging:


Cast on 3 st with the wrong side facing up. insert the needle in one of the corners and {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 come to the next corner. At the corners pick up a stitch in the same space twice. 

Go all the way around the dish cloth. Bind off. Weave in your ends. 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Twists and Bows Cowl Relaunch

A free Crochet Pattern

I am relaunching one of my crochet patterns. It will now be a free crochet pattern.I was looking back at older posts and I noticed that this pattern did not get a lot of love. It only had 100 page views. All the fault is on me. This is one of the patterns that I tried selling on etsy. I made 3 dollars. I switched all the patterns to free, but somehow I missed this one, and everyone else is missing out on it.

I love this cowl. It is one that I still wear even 3 years later. It has lots of texture and volume. Also the extra glitter in the yarn makes it oh so feminine.

This is a great textured Cowl. It has defined cables on one side and on the other side it has bows. I made this peice into a cowl to show off both sides of the fabric. This is a very easy pattern. If you know how to fpdc and bpdc you can make this pattern. And if you can not this is a great pattern to learn how to on. I also love the sequins in this yarn it adds just a little bit of sparkle.

Twists and Bows Cowl

Yarn: Patons Lace sequin: 65% Acrylic, 14% Polyester, 9% Mohair, 9% wool: 70 g/2.5 oz 

Hook: F 

Notions: blunt needle.

Size:  34 by 7 inches

Gauge:  8 rows = 2 in, 2 columns and a ch sp = 2 inches

Repeating Pattern

Row 1:  Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), { fpdc in the next 4 st, ch 7} Repeat 3 times, fpdc in the last 4 st.

Row 2: Ch 3, {sk 2 st, bpdc in next 2 st, go back to sk st and bpdc in sk st, ch 7} repeat 3 times, sk 2 st, bpdc in next 2 sts, go back to sk sts and bpdc in sk st,  bpdc in last st.
Row 3: Repeat row 1.

Row 4: Ch 3, {sk 2 st, bpdc in next 2 st, go back to sk st and bpdc in sk st, (ch 3, sc around rows 1 through 3 ch sp, ch 3) } repeat {to } 3 times, sk 2 st, bpdc in next 2 sts,  go back to sk sts and bpdc in sk sts,  bpdc in last st.

Repeat rows 1-4 till you have your desired length.

To Start the Cowl:

Row 1: Ch 52, dc in 3rd ch from hook, {dc in the next 4 ch, sk 7 chs} Repeat 3 times, 5 dc in the last 5 chs.

Row 2- 124: Follow repeating pattern starting with row 2.

 Finish off and weave your ends.

 Block if needed.

 Sew both ends together with a wip stitch for a cowl or leave long for a scarf. 


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Other Free Crochet Patterns you might like: 

Summer Fling Cowl

Super Twisty Chuncky Neck Warmer