Saturday, March 30, 2013

Just a few more eggs...


I crocheted a few extra eggs today because I wanted a few more to make my home look super springy this weekend for all of our family festivities.  



As I was stitching the last two up, my mind started thinking of all of the things you could use these for:

  • Use with stickers, erasers, or small toys for candy-free egg fillers for an egg hunt
  • Appliques
  • Scatter on a springy table setting
  • Hang a bunch of them in a window
  • Make an egg mobile
  • Tie several to a gift bag or basket handle

Have a lovely weekend everyone!


Friday, March 29, 2013

CAL: The Double Crochet Section


Good morning and happy Friday to you lovelies!  It's CAL time...yay!  Today we'll be working on the double crochet portion of our pretty cowls.

I have to start off by saying that I got a great comment last week from a lovely reader because she noticed that mine looked kind of wide...yikes!  I went back and yes, it was super wide!  Important crochet (or knitting or any crafty endeavor), if it looks odd or "off" it most likely is!  To make a long story short, I ended up frogging what I had so far and started over...much better!  The cowl in progress you see in these pictures is the new and improved (correct) version.

So, last week we worked on the beginning chain and single crochet section, and today we'll do the double crochet portion.

If you're new to the double crochet stitch, here's an easy to follow photo tutorial to help you out:





How to Double Crochet
Let's go!  In the picture below, we've come to the final row of our single crochet section, so at the end of the row,


Chain two,



and turn.



Work one double crochet into the first stitch,



and in each stitch across the row. 



At the end of the row, chain two,


turn,



and work a double crochet into the first stitch, and in each stitch across the row.  Keep repeating this same row for six inches and the double crochet section will be complete and ready for the treble section next week.  Easy and fun!

Be sure to share photos , progress, and ideas:
Happy crocheting and have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Bag and A Book Too!


I've been meaning to share this with you for quite some time...a while back I made this little tote bag.  I sewed it as a gift to a little someone to carry their shoes to and from dance class.  I got the ballerina fabric and the sheer fabric from the fabric store...I think I spent about four dollars on this project total!  The ric rac trim I had already.  I didn't use a pattern, just started cutting away and after an afternoon at my machine, voila!  A cute little bag.  When I was putting it together, I thought the pink ruffle was a necessity, like a tutu.  The hardest part was finding the ballerina fabric...I finally found these sweet little ballerina monkeys and all was well.  So much fun!

Oh and another thing...one of my patterns (Fabulous Fish Dishcloth) has been featured in an ebook, "Crochet In Color: 11 Colorful Crochet Patterns"  by All Free Crochet.  



Do you remember this one?  You can download the ebook for free here by clicking on the link:


Crochet In Color: 11 Colorful Crochet Patterns

Thank you to the nice folks at All Free Crochet for including me in their ebook!






One last thing...be sure to get your hooks ready for tomorrows CAL!  Can't wait!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cross Stitch Eggs


I made a few of these yesterday...I was experimenting with different ways to decorate eggs and I wanted to add a stitchy twist to some of them...cross stitch eggs!  I had to share this one, I thought they were fun to make.



To make cross stitch eggs, all you need are some eggs (brown or white), a pencil, and some fine tipped permanent markers.


I used the Sharpie "Ultra Fine Point" marker:


Start by drawing a grid on your egg, be sure to draw it as lightly as possible.  I drew mine a little heavy so you would be able to see it.  Mine was freehand too...but you could use a tape measure or masking tape for a straight edge if you choose.



Then for the most fun part...drawing on the stitches!  Be sure the eggs don't have any condensation on them from being in the refrigerator, that will make the ink smudge.



My grid and cross stitches are extra big so you can see them, but if you're after more detail, just make your grid lines closer together.  I ended up covering the egg with this design...you can do this on a plain egg or eggs that you have already dyed too...fun!



Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern... Arugula Scarf


The Arugula Scarf is a luxurious light weight scarf that can be worn any time of year, either as an accessory scarf or when you need just a little something extra.


Crocheted in your favorite sock yarn with a slightly bigger hook, the result is a beautiful scarf full of lacy ruffles that evoke fresh leafy greens.




Arugula Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson




Materials:

  • H (5.0 mm) Crochet Hook
  • 1/2 Skein Dream In Color Smooshy ("Spring Tickle" colorway
  • Tapestry Needle (for weaving in ends)

Sizing as shown: 

  • Width: 2.5 inches
  • Length: 75 inches



Instructions:


Ch 200 for the scarf as shown.  If a different length is desired, simply chain to the length desired, plus 4.

Foundation Row: In the 4th chain from the hook, dc, then work one dc in each ch to the end of the row.
Row 1: Turn, ch 3 and work 1 dc in the first stitch and in each stitch to the end of row.
Repeat this row two more times.
Ruffle Row: Turn, ch 3 and work 3 dc into the first st.  Work 3 dc in each st across the entire row.



Finishing:

Weave in all ends.  Block if needed.



Here is a video you can watch to crochet the Arugula Scarf stitch by stitch:


© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only.
If you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog.


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Monday, March 25, 2013

The Calm of Blue


I feel as if I have been on a stash busting rampage lately...I've been digging things from the deep dark depths that I forgot I had.  I rescued this skein from obsuricuity, isn't it pretty?  Such a gentle calming blue.


Fellow yarnies, how is your yarn stash looking these days?  I think I may be in need of some spring cleaning...

Friday, March 22, 2013

CAL: Starting Chain and Single Crochet


Good morning lovelies!  Thanks for stopping by for the CAL, we're so glad you're here.  Today we'll be diving right into our project...the starting chain and the first single crochet section!  I hope you are as excited as I am, Fridays lately have been so much fun!

In case you missed it, so far we've selected our hook and yarn, and last week read through the pattern and made a test swatch.

If you haven't joined us yet, no worries!  You can jump in anytime, we'll be working on our cowls throughout the month of April, we're taking our time and covering all aspects of the project.  That being said, if you choose to go a little faster, that's OK too, just make sure whatever you do you are enjoying yourself and having fun!  That's what it is all about.

Let's begin...

Our pattern (click here for pattern) like many others starts with a chain.  Our pattern specifies to chain 16.  I want to mention here that although I went down one hook size, I still plan to make the pattern along with you exactly as specified as to not complicate things.



Here is what the starting chain of 16 will look like.  If you heed help with your chain or perhaps a little refresher, click here for a full photo tutorial.

Next, check out your chain...in the second chain from your hook, make a single crochet in that chain.

(Click here for a full photo tutorial on how to single crochet)



Now all the way across, make a single crochet in each chain.  Sometimes that last chain can be a bit fiddly or tighter than the others,



You might need to hold the yarn tail to pull it apart a bit to get your hook in there.  Now work a single crochet in the last chain as well.  Let's all cheer now...our first row is complete!



Now let's move right along to the second row...to transition to the second row, chain 1,



and turn...now it should look like this.



Now work a single crochet in that very first stitch and in every stitch across.  You will continue working in this manner until your single crochet section measures six inches from the beginning.  Sometimes single crochet can be stiffer than other stitches because of the close proximity of all of the stitches all clustered together, if this bothers you, try working it with a larger hook to see if you like that better.



Here's what it will look like after a few rows, I sure do love that color!


As a side note, I made a weird discovery when working on this project...do you notice those white linty looking things dotting my project in the two photos above?  I kept thinking that they were fuzz balls from other yarn, etc.  Not the case!  I had to do a little research on my yarn label and online and because it is called Simply Soft "Eco" the white things are actually remnants of recycled water bottles.  Pretty cool in theory, but I am not loving the white linty things all over my project!  Has anyone else seen this before?

I hope you all have a wonderful spring weekend full of stitchery goodness and everything else that makes your heart sing...Happy Friday!

Don't forget to share your progress and ideas:



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fresh Picked Yarn on My Hook


Here's a little something I've been working on...I can't say enough how much I love this color!  In case you're wondering, it is the skein I shared with you earlier this week, Dream In Color Smooshy in "Spring Tickle" 



The yarn so lively and bright, like new fresh leaves, or these...aren't they pretty?  I used them for a pie, love those tart Granny Smith apples!



I seem to have a lot of green around lately, it is still gray and cold in my neck of the woods, so I've been celebrating the arrival of spring in my own nest.



That's all for now, just stitching away and finishing this up, I will definitely share when it is complete.  Happy Thursday, and don't forget about our CAL tomorrow.  It is so exciting that so many of you are participating!  If you are not yet, feel free to join us anytime.  Tomorrow we'll be covering the beginning chain and the first single crochet section.
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