Wednesday, June 21, 2017
This is an easy peasy project with endless variations.

  • Approximately 250 #8 beads
  • Size 10 thread
  • Size 10 crochet hook

    Note: I am using a hook that is smaller than the one normally used for size 10 thread in order to get a tight stitch.

    1. String beads onto thread.
    2. *Chain 2, bring up bead and chain, repeat from * until all beads have been crocheted.
    3. Join into a circle.

  • Revamping my Mood bag

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    Many years ago when I made my first pilgrimage to Mood in New York City they gave me a cloth/vinyl bag with my purchase. The original bag measured 20"w x 14"h and the depth was created by a 6" side panel on each side of the bag. The bag was a perfect size for my fabric and notion purchase but too large and cumbersome for any other use.

    It was time to make this bag usable by making it smaller.

    1. Step 1: I started with removing the side panels and reducing the width by cutting off 3.5" from each side (no photo).
    2. Step 2: Stitched and serged the two sides.

    3. Step 3: I added depth to the bag by flattening, stitching and trimming the corners to 3". Here's a nice video tutorial on How to Box Bag Corners.

    From this:

    I didn't take a photo of my original bag but this one is just like it. Thanks to Jeanne Marie's Sewing Studio for permission to use your photo.

    To this:

    The final bag size is 13w" x 14"h x 3"d and it is now perfect for my on-the-go knitting projects. Even more importantly, it's being used.

    Magic Yarn Project

    Monday, January 16, 2017

    The Magic Yarn Project is a wonderful program that creates comfortable and whimsica head coverings for children battling cancer. These tiara's are for their Disney princess wigs. The tiaras need to be about 8" in length and can't wrap around the head so I adapted and tweaked this Princess in Disguise pattern.

    Here's the pattern for how I made them:

    • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver (Turqua, Gold, Real Teal, Light Periwinkle, Medium Purple)
    • Hook: Size F
    • ch - chain
    • sl st - slip stitch
    • sc - single crochet
    • dc - double crochet
    • tr - treble crochet
    • st(s) - stitch(es)
    Stitch explanations:
    5dc cluster (worked in each of the 5 dc of row 1): Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, (yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook) 4 times, yo, pull through all 6 lps on hook, ch 1.

    Picot: Ch 3, insert hook back into the center of the base st, yo, pull through st and loop on hook.

    Large picot: Ch 5, insert hook back into the center of the base st, yo, pull through st and loop on hook.

    Ch 40,
    Row 1: 5 dc in 5th ch from hook (counts as ch2 + skip 2 sts), *skip 3 sts, 5 dc in next st,* repeat from *to* 8 times (for a total of 9 shells), skip 2 sts, dc in next st, turn.

    Row 2: Ch 2, 5dc cluster (makes 1 diamond), *ch 5, 5dc cluster*, repeat from *to* 8 times (for a total of 9 diamonds), dc in top of ch 2 of previous row, turn.

    Row 3:  Ch 1, (3 sc in next ch 5 space, picot, 3 sc in same ch 5 space) twice, 7 sc in next ch 5 space, (in next ch 5 space work 2 sc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 sc) twice, 3 sc in next ch 5 space, turn.

    Row 4: Ch 6, sc in tr of previous row, ch 7, sc in next tr of previous row, ch 6, sl st in 3rd sc of 7 sc from previous row, turn.

    Row 5: 4 sc in ch 6 space, picot, 4 sc in same ch 6, 4 sc in ch 7 space, large picot, 4 sc in same ch 7, 4 sc in next ch 6, picot, 4 sc in same ch 6, 4 sc in partial ch 5 from row 3, (3 sc in next ch 5, picot, 3 sc in same ch 5) twice, sl st in top of dc from row 2.

    Fasten off. Weave in ends. Add bling!**

    **You don't have to bling the tiara's. If you'd rather just crochet and send them, the Magic Yarn Project will add the bling.

    Pussyhat Project

    Monday, January 09, 2017

    For the past few weeks I've been knitting hats with the Pussyhat Project for women who will be walking in the Women's March On Washington (or Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago .....)

    The Pussyhat Project aims to:
    1. Provide the people of the Women's March on Washington D.C. a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard.
    2. Provide people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent themselves and support women's rights.

    The Pussyhat Project provides a free pattern but, of course, I had to find and tweak a pattern to fit my personality. I found this delightful free pattern for a child's cat ear hat. I was immediately drawn to the shaping done in the crown of the hat and the stitching which define the ears. I changed the center cable pattern and that necessitated adjusting the crown shaping but otherwise the pattern is essential the same.

    Here are the notes and pattern for my hat. I think I've knit this hat enough times now that the pattern is accurate. It is not pattern tested, tech edited or have a chart. I also have not yet taken the time to explain stitches but if you're an experienced knitter (especially with cables) you should have no problem.

    Gauge: Resizing the hat to fit an adult head was an easy fix by substituting a larger weight yarn. I used aran weight yarn (Red Heart Super Saver & Lion Brand Vanna's Choice both worked well) with size 8 needles but you can use any yarn and needles that will give you a gauge of 16 stitches for every 4".

    The pattern is written for an adult small. Follow the numbers in (parenthesis) for a medium/large hat which fit most of the adult women who have tried it on.

    Pattern (4 rows):
    Row 1: (K16(20), p2, C2B, C2F, p2, C4B, C4F, p2, C2B, C2F, p2) twice
    Row 2: (K16(20), p2, k4, p2, k8, p2, k4, p2) twice
    Row 3: (K16(20), p2, K8, p2, k8, p2, C2F, C2B, p2) twice
    Row 4: Repeat row 2.

    Hat Body:
    Cast on 72(80) stitches, join to knit in a circle.
    Work 1 x 1 ribbing for 5 rows.
    Next row: M1 after every 9(10) stitches. 80(88) stitches.

    Repeat pattern rows 1-4 8(9) times and then work Row 1 once more before beginning crown decreases.

    Crown decreases:
    Row 1: [K16(20), *p2, k4, p2*, ssk, k4, k2tog, repeat from * to *] twice. 76(84) stitches.
    Row 2: [K16(20), *p2, C2F, C2B, p2*, ssk k2, k2tog, repeat from * to *] twice. 72(80) stitches.
    Row 3: [K16(20), *p2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, p2tog*, ssk, k2tog, repeat from * to *] twice 56(64)stitches.
    Row 4: [K16(20), *p1, k3tog, p1,* k2tog, repeat from * to *] twice 48(56) stitches.

    Knit 8(10) Flip hat wrong side out & 3 needle bind-off.
    Sew ears.