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Friday, April 19, 2013

Spring Crochet Patterns

My Niece is having a birthday this weekend and we will all be attending her party. I decided to make her a few goodies. Now mind you I have no idea her measurements and, I will probably regret not getting them, but I really love surprising the birthday person.

The first item I made was from a book called the "DoubleStitch Designs for the Crochet Fashionista" by Erika and Monika Simmons. I'm pretty sure everyone has seen or heard of them by now. They collaborate with Red Heart Yarn on patterns. I picked this particular book because it has some very cool, and modern style crochet garments.

I must confess that I did goof the pattern up. It did come out nice but I was sort of winging it. I did have trouble understanding some of the pattern so therefore it doesn't look exactly like the original. I do love the way it looks. What do you think?

My second item was this Happy Days Halter. Oh the possibilities with this pattern! It comes in 3 different sizes (small, medium, and large) but can be easily altered to go smaller or larger. My daughters loved it and so I will be making one for each of them and they of course have already picked out their colors. This was a free pattern from RedHeart.com and I have posted a link directly to it.


The third item I made was inspired by another pattern I found in the book I mentioned above from the double stitch twins. I call this my hip hugger cover.
I really enjoyed the process of not having to look up at a pattern and just going with what felt and looked right. I will be posting the pattern at a later date once I have tested it. It was very fun and fast and I really hope she likes all of the items.

http://stitchandunwind.com/spring-crochet-patterns-stitch-share-giveaway

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Stash Busting Challenge Update

This is my first project for this challenge and it will eventually end up being a blanket for my one of my Daughters. She loves blues so I am trying to find all of my blue scrap leftovers to use up first.

My first color I used I crocheted until I ran out but fell short of finishing a round. I didn't like how that looked so I from then on I try to use up as much as I can and only go as far as my scrap ball of yarn will complete a whole row.

I am really liking how it is turning out, but it is getting harder and harder to use just my scrap balls of yarn. They seem to small, and the larger the blanket gets the more yarn it needs to make a complete round. I will keep going until I am happy with the size and if I do have to use new skeins I will.