Hey guys! So I discovered a 4 drawer unit that held lots of crafts junk from when I was younger. I was super excited, because as of 5 days ago, I was storing all of my yarn in a hanging shoe organizer. Even though I find projects and then find yarn to make the project with, I still like to have my leftover yarn and skeins my grandmother, who is an avid knitter, often gives me when I visit her house, organized. I cleaned out old glitter glues, paints and tiny balls of yarn that were in every way useless. Along the way, I learned a few things. Here they are:
Labeling what types of things are in the container is also important. There is no use digging around 5 drawers to find 1 paticular skein.
In this photo, you can sort of tell how I made the labels. I printed off what I wanted it to say in a small font and size (I used Candara in size 14, in Microsoft Word.) I then took a strip of packing tape, cut it in half lengthwise, and stuck the side of the paper with words onto the sticky side. If you want, you could also put the labels onto the actual drawers. I put mine on the small shelf beneath the drawer.
And of course, organization CAN be practical and pretty. I found a canvas storage bin with a vintage butterfly picture, and placed the few skeins that did not fit in the drawers into the bin. Who says functional can't be beautiful?
I put a few books in the left side to offset the shorther skeins (the red and brown skeins) from the longer blue and green skeins to make it look like they were all the same length. These, apart from the brown skein which I used for the Button-Up Coffee Cozy, are all old skeins that my grandmother gave to me. For now, they are just hangin' out on the top of my drawer unit. In the picture, you can also see the piece of canvas fabric I put under the basket to cover the scuffed-up top. Hopefully I can break out my sewing machine soon and hem it! But I'm kinda liking the fray look....
Hopefully you guys liked this, as I hope to do another. I am asking for an electric yarn ball winder for my birthday in about a month. Even though the outside may be organized and labeled, the inside of those drawers are looking not-so-hot. Until next time, thanks for reading
Hey guys! So almost everybody in my family is an avid golfer, especially my 2 brothers and dad. My older brother is already in college, and my other brother is just entering his senior year and his last year of high school golf. He asked me to do this a few months and I found a pattern that I like. I am creating them in his school colors. This pattern also includes directions for a golf towel. You can find it here. Here is the top of the headcover:
The best way to describe it right now is like a mini beret! And the V-stitch on the sides creates a really cool chevron design. You create the top in simple in-the-round double crochet, create the sides. I am just about to start the central solid band, then it tapers down into ribbing. I am really excited to give these to my brother on his birthday, which is in the middle of September. You can create these in almost color combo!
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Hey guys! Today I am going to introduce some new projects that I hope to complete in the month of July. I hope to start a new routine for myself, in which I decide projects to do the month before, go to the yarn store at the beginning of the month, and work on my projects, (hopefully!) complete them, and choose some projects again before it's time to go to the yarn store again. I haven't gone through the entire cycle yet, and of course it will have to be adjusted for my schedule and large projects, but I hope it works well. And of course, I already have some of the yarns I am going to use. I have also purchased 1 ball of yarn, but did not a My New Yarn! post, so I will introduce you to it! I am really excited to do these projects. Here they are:
Artfully Simple Scarf
Designed by Tamara Kelly from Moogly
This scarf is absolutely gorgeous. It is made in a net-like, circular fashion, by chaining the amount around your neck, slip stitching the ends together and continuing around. It is also worked in spiral (like the Market Bag) so you do not have to join rounds. Once complete, you have an infinity (or eternity, if you like to call it that) scarf that you can wrap twice around your neck. The pattern also includes a small optional tie with a button on it to give the scarf a more complete look. I will provide a link in the project post to the free ebook where I recieved the pattern. You can also find the pattern on her blog.
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When I was first starting to crochet, I found really helpful to work from a book or other paper patterns (I bought crochet magazines and printed free patterns and ebooks...I still do!) I also did it because I couldn't access online patterns on my iPad when I was in the car, on airplanes, etc. But back to the book. This book has probably the best visual representations of beginning crochet I have ever seen. It has photos instead of drawings (ugg. I hate following drawings!) and shows you individual stitches up close. It has pictures of every step in even the simplest stitches and designs, and also has great beginner projects. I made have mentioned it in an earlier post, but you need to get this book if you just want to brush up on the basics or find a few beginner projects...it even has a mitten pattern, extremely uncommon in beginning crochet books. I found this book at a used book store, but I believe they sell them at Barnes & Noble (at least online.) It is called Basic Crocheting.
This pillow is great for beginners learning to work evenly, as gauge and tension are important in the project. You will also be making 2 identical sides, and if they aren't the same, it's no bueno! (No, I'm not Hispanic :) I learn Spanish from my friends) However, it's great because you can put almost any coordinating colors (you need 4, but most of the time you will use white or cream for the first color.) The pattern calls for ombre colors, cream, tan, coffee brown and black, but you can use almost any, and mine isn't even going to be ombre! I will be using all the yarns in My New Yarn! Volume 2 except for the cream, which I will be replacing with white.
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Hope you guys liked these projects, and I hope to be postig about them soon!
Please email me at email@example.com for questions, pictures of your completed projects, or anything else relating to Simple Crochets!
Hey guys! When I was posting the Market Bag post, I was not completely finished with the straps, and I decided it would be too long of a pattern to combine it with the main bag post. I tried a few different options, and eventually settled on a tunisian crochet crossbody strap. In the process though, I made a few different patterns out of the different straps I tried. But, here's the strap patterns:
I have provided 2 patterns: one pattern for tote bag straps and another for a shoulder/crossbody bag. You could also put both on for a more versatile style.
You will work the beginning out of the top of the bag. Make sure the long edge of your strap does not line up with a seam in your top edge, as this will weaken the strap and possibly cause it to break.
Tote Bag Straps
8 hdc in side of bag. Continue until you have your desired length, typically 40 rows of hdc. Sl st end to side of bag approximately 1/4 of the way around.
Second strap- Start strap exactly opposite where you started your first strap. Follow instructions to end.
Shoulder bag strap
Regular weight-holding bag- 14 hdc in side of bag, continue in blo to create desired length.
Regular crochet-16 hdc in side of bag, continue (NOT in back loop) to create desired length.
Tunisian crochet- I highly recommend this if you know how to do it. It creates a thick strap that works extremely well if you are actually going to take it to the farmer's market and load heavy fruits and vegetables into it. 15 Tss (basic Tunisian crochet) in top of bag, continue basic forward and returning pass to create desired length.
Hope you liked this posts, and don't forget to comment your thoughts! As always, thanks for visiting!
Hey guys! Recently I discovered the most amazing technique in crochet. I shouldn't even call it crochet, as it is about 50% crochet and 50% knitting. This is absolutely perfect for my about even knowledge of knitting and crochet. I just really enjoy crochet and feel much more comfortable with a crochet hook than knitting needles. But enough about me, and more about Tunisian crochet. Tunisian stitches are worked, again, half-and-half between crochet and knitting. You have a forward pass (where you work slip stitches into the top row of fabric and retain loops on your hook) and a return pass (where you work off stitches by yarning over and drawing through 2 loops at a time.) For your materials, you use a long hook (typically 9-15 inches long) with a ball on the end to prevent loops from slipping off. It requires no specialty yarn, though experienced crocheters recommend using 1-2 metric hook sizes larger than you would typically use. I am really sorry I can't share a pattern with you guys, as I got all my patterns from a book. However, you can check it out from your local library or buy it from Barnes & Noble here. It is amazing, with an inroduction to Tunisian crochet and its origins, along with beginner techniques and patterns.
The New Tunisian Crochet by Dora Ohrenstein
I really hope you guys check this book or another Tunisian crochet book out. I really feel this is a great craft for people that have just one or two problems that keep them from knitting or crocheting, as you will probably not have to deal with that problem in Tunisian crochet. Again, I never felt quite comfortable with knitting needles, and obviously that is taken care of in Tunisian crochet. I really hope you guys try this craft.
As always, thanks for visiting!
Hey guys, so I know I had made a post about market bags before, but I actually finished a bag in that pattern a few hours after I posted it, and I was not happy with the result. I found that it was too narrow to really be anything except for its intended purpose, a market bag. So I created my own pattern that can really be manipulated to fit your needs and wants. This pattern uses half-double and double crochet, but you can create one with single and half-double or double and treble crochets if you like. These may require a different number of skeins, depending on how tight you crochet. So here goes:
Create Magic Ring, ch 3, 12 dc in middle (ch 3 does NOT count as a stitch)
Crochet 6 more rounds in typical crochet in-the-round instructions
Round 2- 2 dc in each st around. Join round with sl st.
Round 3- *2 dc in st, 1 dc in next st* around. Join round with sl st.
Round 4- *2 dc in st, 1 dc in next 2 sts* around. Join round with sl st.
Round 5- *2 dc in st, 1 dc in next 3 sts* around. Join round with sl st.
Round 6- *2 dc in st, 1 dc in next 4 sts* around. Join round with sl st.
Round 7- *2 dc in st, 1 dc in next 5 sts* around. Join round with sl st.
You will now be working in spiral. Do not join rounds, instead create a hdc in the top of the ch 3 from the previous round.
Ch 3. This counts as a dc. Ch 1 to create the "windowpane" look. You will skip a st with a ch, dc, sk st ch, around until you get back to the beginning. You will then place a hdc in the ch 3 of the round. Continue like this all the way around until you gt your deisred height.However, remember that you will be putting a 3-5 inch trim around the top. Remember to crochet in the chain, not in to the dc.
Note: If you find that you accidentaly did not create a ch after a dc, DO go into the top of the dc(s).
For my trim, I created a top of small granny squares. You can typically find a small, free granny square pattern online. I'm sorry I can't post my pattern, as I got it from a book, and book patterns are typically copyright. However, I have created a few tips for finding a good granny square
The number of cranny squares you will need is dependent on how small they are. You will need more 3 inch squares that 5 inch ones.
Edit: If you do not like the look of granny squares, you can also make a long, narrow strip of Tunisian crochet.
Hope you guys like this post, and I will probably get some pictures on here soon. Thanks for visiting!
Hey guys! I know I usually feature my own work, yarns, etc. but I wanted to create a new type of post for this blog called World of Crochet. In these posts, we will look at the world of crocheting. These posts may include anything from awesome bloggers to a new product or a nationwide crochet event. Today, I am going to tell you about the Farm Dtour Crochet Challenge put on by Isabelle Garbani. She does knitting and crochet...but not with yarn! She works with mixed media to create unique pieces of art. This summer, as part of the Dtour trails display, she has asked crocheters from all over the world to make small leaves from plastic grocery sacks for the outdoor display. Also, everyone who participates gets a 5x7 print of the finished display!
This is a great contest, and the plastic "yarn" is super easy to make. I've already made about 10 leaves, even though I started only a few days ago and have been working on other proejcts in between the leaves.
You can learn about the installation, prizes, and how to make the thread and leaves here. I really hope you guys participate...even if you don't win, I find it a great challenge to crochet with a material other than typical yarn!
Hope you guys liked this type of post, if I don't get any negative feedback I will probably do another one soon! And as always, thanks for visiting!
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Hey guys! So I went to the craft store yesterday and bought some more yarn for a market bag (see my earlier post for that pattern) and the last color of yarn I needed for my upcoming pillow post! Here goes:
I have mine in, obviously, white.
Lily Sugar'n Cream
I have mine in Black Currant (solid) and fruit punch
Weight: 4 (medium)
Hoped you liked these yarns. The Multi-colored cotton is already turnng out great in my market bag, and once I am finished with the bag (I plan to use the solid purple for the handles) I'll post the picture to my Market Bag post! But for now, thanks for visiting! If you have any questions, please comment below!
Hey Guys! Today I'm going to show you how to do an important skill in crocheting...crocheting in the round! I used bullky yarn for my first in-the-round project, and it really helped me to see all the stitches, so now I'm recommending it to you! I used my Bravo BIg (My New Yarn! Volume 1) and a size N 9 millimeter hoook. I am also really, really sorry that I don't have pictures as we go along, but to make up for that, I will provide the clearest instructions that I can.
1) Ch. 10. Sl st ends together to frm circle.
2) Ch. 3. Dc 11 into center of formed circle. Make sure your stitches are not overlapping and creating a new row!
3) Sl st the top of your ch. 3 and your last dc together.
4) Ch. 3. This counts as 1 dc.
5) In the next st, crochet 2 dc. In the next, 1 dc. In the next, 2 dc. Continue alternating all the way around.
6) Ch.3. Instead of putting 2 dc in every other st, we will now do 1 dc in st, 1 dc in st, 2 dc in st, 1 dc in st and so on
7)Ch3. Now we will do 3 1 dc in each stitch when we do2 dc in each st.
8)DO you see where I'm going with this? In every round, you increase the "1 dc in st" in the 1 dc in st to 2 dc in st ratio by 1,if that make sense.
I hope you understand my instructions, and let's get to making a beanie!
Bulky Yarn Beanie
Yarn- Schachenmayr Bravo Big- Preferably in a neon color
Hook- Size N
Notions- Large Yarn Needle
1) Repeat instructions 1-6 above.
2) Now, instead of doing 2 dc in some sts, we will only do 1 dc in all sts.
3) Do 4-6 rounds, and finish off.
4) Sew ends in with your yarn needle.
Roll the cuff up...
Hope you liked this post, even if it wasn't the clearest. And as always, thanks for visiting!
|The owl design is sooo cute!|
|A lip keeps the yarn from flying out|
|My improvised pattern!!!|