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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Crochet Wrap Button Bracelet Tutorial

I've been crocheting up a storm for Christmas. I was trying to come up with ideas that with supplies I already have on hand, not take to much time and yet easy to personalize.  I came up with this crochet wrap button bracelet design and now I want to make a ton of them. 




So fun and my daughter is obsessed with them. She's requested I make them for all her school  friends and I've had several inquires to make some for other family and friends.  

I know you will just love this bracelet tutorial. This is great for beginners and it's make a perfect gift for anyone in all seasons!

So lets get to it!
 This is more of a tutorial than a pattern and 
good news I made a video too! 

Crochet Wrap Button Bracelet Tutorial
 *Written instructions below video!



Materials
Yarn Suggestions: DK or Sport Weight of choice (below are the samples I used in the video

*Patons Grace (sport weight 
* Afternoon Cotton by Premier Yarns (DK weight)
* Yarn Bee Sweet Delights (DK- weight)

Button of choice (any size will do) 

Hook Suggestion: (E-4 3.5mm) or size desired
Tapestry Needle that with through button holes
Scissors
Measuring Tape 

Step 1: Thread the needle and pull your yarn end through the button holes. 

Step 2: Make a slip knot, pull it close to button, as tight as possible. Make one chain around both ends of the yarn to lock that in place. Pull again on ends to make the chain tight to the button. 
Leave the end of the yarn (not attached to the ball/skein) off to the side now, well use it to braid later.) 

Step 3: Chain Stitch until the bracelet measures around 54 inches. Be sure not to twist the chain and keep it as even as possible. 

Step 4: Button Hole: 
This will depend on the size of the button you use. 
Make a slip stitch in about the 5th chain from the hook, (if you need it bigger or smaller adjust) Make sure your button with fit through. 

Step 5: Sl St in all the remaining chains to the very 1st chain. Leaving about a 6-8 inch tail, fasten off. 

Step 6: Braiding the End: cut two strand of yarn about 12 inches. Thread these through the button whole. Pull ends evenly. Divide the ends into three sections. Braid the ends to measure about 3 inches. Tie off in the knot. 

Step 7: Wrap it around your wrist, button and Enjoy!





Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cozy Blanket Blessings

I don't often make afghan's or blankets! I tend to get bored or lose interest in large projects. Would you believe I've made two in the past month! I really enjoyed making both of these and I knew I had to share the links with you all. You'll want to add these to your to-make crochet lists! 


This first one was so fun and I loved the colors that were requested. 

This is the Circle Chevron Baby Blanket as I call it. 
You can find the free pattern on Ravelry


While I followed the pattern for rounds and stitch counts I followed a picture example a friend of my hubby's sent me for the color changes. I had the perfect colors on hand which is always great! 

I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in
Ocean, Black & White



This ended up being a little bigger than I expected as it's about 54 inches across. It's going to be a great blanket and treasured! I'll would love to make more of these! Could be a great stash buster.  It took me a good few days to make but once you get the hang of the pattern it goes pretty quickly as long as you don't lose count. 


The 2nd Blanket I made is a Free pattern by Mama in a Stitch called the 


A friend of mine asked if I would like to make it for her! 
I gladly accepted the challenge. I have to say I really enjoyed making this. I love the Granite stitch, (Some times called the moss stitch) it's been a popular stitch pattern lately with all the planned pooling talk. I have to say though making a blanket with mostly sc crochet stitches seemed awful LOL! I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Ivory and Gray Mist. My saving grace was that I could use two strands at a time to make it bulky. I still used the J-Hook and the gauge was spot on for me as long as I didn't crochet too tight. 

I would have never thought to use these two colors together. 
They are so clean, crisp and fresh together. 

The blanket isn't to heavy and yet thick enough that it is going to make a great cozy blanket by the fire for the winter! 
This was a great project for my little vacation to Colorado. I worked on it little by little and had it done in a week. 




Maybe my fear of big projects is fading because I really want to make another blanket! I don't usually sell them because between time and materials they can become expensive fast but I'm happy to get a fair quote if you are ever interested in a custom order for them! Now I have to get to working on Christmas Presents! I have a feeling this month is going to go by fast! 

What are some of your favorite blanket/afghan patterns! Feel free to comment below or share a link or picture on my facebook page anytime! 





Saturday, November 26, 2016

Parker Pom Hat : Free Crochet Pattern



I've been visiting family in Parker, Colorado for the Thanksgiving Holiday! I was finishing this new hat design and on Tuesday it began to snow. It was the perfect time to grab up some pics and have fun. This hat is perfect for this type of weather. It's got a fun cluster stitch and double thick band to keep it fluffy, cozy and warm in the cooler weather. The hat is inspired by the City and Snow! 



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Parker Pom Hat

Yarn : Worsted Weight Yarn of Choice 
Samples I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn and Vanna’s Choice 

Hook : H-(5.00mm)
Tapestry Needle

Terms and Stitches:
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
blog - back loop
YO - yarn over
st - stitch
sl - slip


Video to help with Round 2 ( all Sizes)

Child size 
Approx. 18-20 inches / 8.5 inches tall 


Ribbing:

Row 1: ch 15, (working in BLO only) sc in 2nd ch from the hook and each ch across, ch 1, turn (14) 
Row 2: sc in blo of each st across, ch 1, turn (14)
Row 3-60: Repeat Row 2
*Match up Row 1 and Row 60, sl st together in blo of each st across to join, ch 1 
*Do Not Fasten off!

Body of Hat:

Make sure right side is facing.

Round 1: working along the ends of the rows, sc in each row around, join with a sl st to 1st sc, ch 1 (60)
Round 2: sc in 1st st, *pull up a loop in same st as last st made and in next 2 sts, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook, ch 1 (NOTE: work ch 1’s loosely through out the pattern as you’ll be working into it on the next round), repeat from * around, sc in last st, join with a sl st to 1st sc, TURN

Round 3-16 : Rep round 2

Fasten off but leave a long tail to close the top of the hat. 
Whip Stitch around the hat evenly around. Pull the top of the hat closed. Weave in the end until the top is closed tight. Weave in all ends. 

Optional : Make a Pom Pom as desired and sew it to the top of the hat


Youth 
Approx: 20-22 inches / 9 inches tall 

Ribbing:

Row 1: ch 15, (working in BLO only) sc in 2nd ch from the hook and each ch across, ch 1, turn (14) 
Row 2: sc in blo of each st across, ch 1, turn (14)
Row 3-66: Repeat Row 2
*Match up Row 1 and Row 66, sl st together in blo of each st across to join, ch 1 
*Do Not Fasten off!

Body of Hat:

Make sure right side is facing.

Round 1: working along the ends of the rows, sc in each row around, join with a sl st to 1st sc, ch 1 (66)
Round 2: sc in 1st st, *pull up a loop in same st as last st made and in next 2 sts, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook, ch 1 (NOTE: work ch 1’s loosely through out the pattern as you’ll be working into it on the next round), repeat from * around, sc in last st, join with a sl st to 1st sc, TURN

Round 3-18 : Rep round 2

Fasten off but leave a long tail to close the top of the hat. 
Whip Stitch around the hat evenly around. Pull the top of the hat closed. Weave in the end until the top is closed tight. Weave in all Ends

Optional : Make a Pom Pom as desired and sew it to the top of the hat

Adult 
Approx.  21-23 inches / 10 inches tall

Ribbing:

Row 1: ch 15, (working in BLO only) sc in 2nd ch from the hook and each ch across, ch 1, turn (14) 
Row 2: sc in blo of each st across, ch 1, turn (14)
Row 3-76: Repeat Row 2
*Match up Row 1 and Row 76, sl st together in blo of each st across to join, ch 1 
*Do Not Fasten off!

Body of Hat:

Make sure right side is facing.

Round 1: working along the ends of the rows, sc in each row around, join with a sl st to 1st sc, ch 1 (76)
Round 2: sc in 1st st, *pull up a loop in same st as last st made and in next 2 sts, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook, ch 1 (NOTE: work ch 1’s loosely through out the pattern as you’ll be working into it on the next round), repeat from * around, sc in last st, join with a sl st to 1st sc, TURN 

Round 3-20 : Rep round 2

Fasten off but leave a long tail to close the top of the hat. 
Whip Stitch around the hat evenly around. Pull the top of the hat closed. Weave in the end until the top is closed tight. Weave in all ends. 


Optional : Make a Pom Pom as desired and sew it to the top of the hat


Cousins showing off their Parker Pom Hats!