Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Granny Fun...

Things have been a little slow going of late on the crochet front...I was out with another cold last week and it's just been a tad busier than usual.  I have, however, slowly been working on a project that involves the good ol' Granny Square.  Don't you just love making grannies...I never seem to tire.  Anyway, here's a sneak peak...hopefully I'll get around to finishing up this project for my little one soon, so I can have a Tah Dah to show:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Slouchy Beanie

I finished off my Slouchy Beanie and I think it turned out so cute.  It's a little heavy, so I shortened the length a bit. It’s most likely because I used pure wool, which make is pretty warm...great for those really cold days.

The front.

The back.

Up close of the cute puffs.

The pattern again for this cute hat is by Vickie Howell and can be found here.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cosy Cowl

So, I've been on an outerwear kick lately...a simple crochet cowl done in the round.  It's super bulky, cosy, yet lightweight...this one is going to be a custom order for my shop. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

I need more warm hats...

So folks, this is what we're dealing with today...winter is finally here!  Yippee! 

I've been inspired to try out this adorable crocheted slouchy beanie I found on Ravelry...it's by Vickie Howell for CARON, and it's called Urban Jungle.  Isn't it just so cute?  I'll keep you posted on my efforts...my potted rosemary is still doing well:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Crochet Flower Coaster :: Pattern

So folks, this is my first attempt at actually writing out a pattern.  I've fooled around in the past with my own creations, never bothering to write anything down, so I thought I'd start with something super simple and super cute.  What could be more simple than a circle with a scalloped border?  Anyway, here you go...please, if you try it out, and it doesn't work, I'd love the feedback, and or corrections!

Supplies for Flower Coaster:
I used some leftover Lion Brand Cotton Ease for this project. You could use any cotton yarn of your choice. Hook size is 4.5 mm for this yarn, but again, go with whatever hook size your yarn specifies. My coasters measure approx. 4.5 inches in diameter; the size is up to you, but I find this to be a nice large size...it suitable for glasses, mugs, hand soap pumps, etc.

Please kindly use this pattern for personal use only.  Please do not distribute with out my consent.  Pining of images are welcome, otherwise all images are copyright and may not be used without consent.  Thank you -- Alison, Modern Grace Design

Pattern Instructions:
  • chain 4, join with a slip stitch to first ch to make a ring
  • ch 1 (counts as first sc), make 5 sc into centre of ring, make a slip stitch to first ch 1 (6 stitches)
  • ch 1, sc into st at base of ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, sl st in ch 1 (12 stitches)
  • ch 1, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next; repeat pattern all around ending with 2 sc in last st, sl st in ch 1 (18 stitches)
  • ch 1, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat pattern around, sl st in ch 1 (24 sts)
  • ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next, repeat pattern around (30 sts), join new colour with a sl st in ch 1 of round
  • ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4, repeat pattern around (you should have 36 in new colour), sl st in ch 1 of new colour
  • Scallop Flower border - in next st, sc, hdc, sc, then st st in next st, repeat pattern around until you finish the circle with 18 scallops, finish with a st into last st

Holidays are over...

Well, everyone will back at school after the holidays and life returns to normal.  It was nice to spend time with family and friends, but I am spent!  We did lots of visiting and even more entertaining.  It will be difficult to get up at our regular time tomorrow, as we've been spoiled by sleeping in everyday. 

The weather has been cool, but pleasant...which means that I am still in need of my hat.  I made this last month, but just didn't have time to get a good shot of it...it certainly has gotten good use and looks cute on:

The pattern can be found on the Lion Brand site.