Category: Yarn crafting

OOTD and Ideas for Restyling T-Shirts With Crochet Lace



Happy Labor Day weekend, my few readers! I hope you all are having a great weekend so far.

Crochet As You Are typically focuses strictly on knitting and crochet topics, but since fashion/clothing/style is almost always the main topic, I’ve decided to stray just a smidgen from strictly knitting/crochet and include some fashion/style/clothing ideas and inspiration.

I hope you guys will be okay with this mini change, or even better, I hope this will bring even more interest and inspiration to more readers. I mean, it’s not like us knitting and crochet addicts only enjoy or wear or discuss crochet and knitting, right?

Okay, okay, 96% of a knitter/crocheter’s discussion topics are about the craft we’re so addicted to, but we simply can’t fill our closets with only yarn-made items.

Don’t get me wrong, if it were possible for every clothing item a knitter/crocheter owns to be made of a snugly soft yarn, we’d probably be all over it.

So Crochet As You Are will begin to focus just a little bit on fashion and inspiration more often.

As the first fashion, non-yarn-related photo ever to be posted here on Crochet As You Are, I would like to feature something similar to what many fashion bloggers call an “OOTD,” which stands for “Outfit Of The Day,” but with a twist — I’ll be sharing some ideas I’ve been pondering regarding the blouse in the OOTD that I plan to re-vamp using crochet!
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I’ve been considering re-vamping the neckline of this blouse for a long time now. Of course, my idea includes incorporating my addiction to crochet. The blouse is nice and comfortable, but I rarely wear it because the elastic neckline is so huge and loose that it hangs open.

I’ve accumulated many ideas in this warped brain of mine as to what I could do, and I keep coming back to the idea of reconstructing it using a lovely crochet yoke of some type. I think it’d be beautiful if I could manage something like Irish lace. Little flowers crocheted in a light, cream colored thread and probably racer-back style. I could imagine that being a nice addition to this casual top.

In fact, since I’ve already managed to yack about it, I might as well show a photo that is similar to what I have in mind for the blouse you see in my outfit photos above:

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*Shirt above is from Anthropologie and can be found here.

As for the rest of this OOTD (if you could even call it that,) here are more photos of the outfit along with earrings and the shoes.

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By the way, the jewelry is all hand-made by me. The owl earrings and necklace are two of my favorite pieces. If you just so happen to be interested, these can be ordered from Laughing Flamingo.

Sandals 2015
Oh, and those awesome sandals? My precious love got them for me, and the store just so happened to offer a random discount, so instead of $30-something, I think they ended up costing like $15! I love a fabulous deal like that, and these sandals are total perfection. I adore the blingy sparkle and shine, and love that they transform an otherwise super casual outfit into something that looks more… glam and less flip-flops and t-shirt-y.

I shall run now. It’s 4AM and I’m ready to spend a few minutes knitting a pair of boot cuffs that I’m making to go in the store ( and I am on the verge of a great opportunity, I believe — the boot cuffs and jewelry I make just might be featured in a really awesome local store who may sell my line! Fingers crossed!)

Have a fantastic, fun Labor Day weekend everyone! Stay safe and do share your plans for the weekend! I love hearing from you guys.

So what are ya’ll going to be doing? Will you be celebrating Labor Day? If not, how are you going to spend your weekend? So far for us, we spent the evening with friends and my parents, twin sister, older sister, and nieces watching my nephew’s football game — okay, they watched the game and I knitted! LOL) and then we all came back to my parents’ for the night. Being that it’s 4AM now though, I’m the only one still awake.

As for tomorrow, I’ll be spending time with my nieces and nephews during the day today and then later we’ll (me and my very significant other, a couple friends, and family) will be celebrating — cooking hot dogs and S’mores over a fire.

Let me know how you plan to celebrate or not celebrate.
Be safe and have fun!



Baby Bow Headband + Free Tutorial

With the arrival of my brand new niece — who was born the day before the Fourth of July, I might add — I have been getting busy with my hook and needles!

Like many of you, I too love crocheting and knitting for new babies. In fact, babies are probably my favorite project-recipients… because they can’t yet express that they don’t adore my handiwork. Ha. Ha. I’m only half-kidding. 😉

Baby Bow Headband by Kendra

Although I’ve had dozens of ideas swirling around in my yarn-obsessed head, I decided that my first project would be something quick and adorable that she could wear right away. A blanket doesn’t really fulfill the satisfaction of a quick project, so I went with an adorable, simple headband and of course, I used a bow as the big decoration point.

I followed a simple, very thorough photo tutorial for the bow found here – by Jess from Craftiness Is Not Optional.

– Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional
https://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2013/01/easy-crochet-bow-tutorialpattern.html

Jess makes this adorable bow so easy to construct that even the most beginner of all crochet beginners will be able to follow along! Thanks, Jess, for such intricate detail in your tutorial!

I chose Jess’ bow tutorial over the others available on the Internet because I loved the thickness of the one she makes. Instead of just one thin, flimsy crochet panel, she uses a long-ish strip and folds the sides inwards, creating a bow that looks nice, is sturdy, and has more of a “bow” appearance.

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The bow is basically a crocheted rectangle piece that turns into a perfect little bow when several inches of yarn is wrapped tightly around the center, pulling the center inward so that the rectangle takes on a real bow effect. I love it!

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I have also crocheted a larger, slightly different bow headband for my 4 year old niece, only I used a neon pink for the wrapped center part and a turquoise bow and band. It’s absolutely adorable on her cute little head! I will be getting photo of that one and posting them here as well.

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Here are the pair of colorful sandals I made to go with the bow for my newest niece:
Baby Flip Flops and Bow by KendraBaby Flip Flops and Bow Set by Kendra

Guide to Mesh Crochet + Ideas for Using Mesh in Your Projects

What is Crochet Mesh?
Crochet mesh typically describes a type of stitching that creates an “open” appearance and is airy in nature. It’s sometimes referred to as netting. Mesh crochet is a super easy way to make quick, airy, lightweight garments that are especially suitable for summer time!

In this post, I’ll be sharing the different types of mesh stitches, a few garments that incorporate mesh stitching into their design, and tutorials on how to complete different mesh stitches.

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20 Awesome (Free) Easter Crafts to Crochet 2015

Easter is coming up, and as promised, I’ve scoured all available resources and compiled a beautiful list of 10 free Easter crochet patterns for all of you who are filled with spring inspiration and have your hooks ready for all things Easter. Are you as excited about the upcoming warm weather and bright colors as I am?

1. Free Easter Bunny Crochet Basket Free Pattern Lion Brand
Oh my bunny-goodness! This crocheted amigurumi Easter bunny basket is beyond adorable. Just look at those perfectly floppy ears.

And the pattern, from Lion Brand, is not only beginner-friendly, but free too!

Some kid is going to have one very special basket to collect his/her Easter eggs in this Easter!

2. Jam Made free Crochet Easter Basket number 2
If it isn’t a colorful, floppy-eared bunny basket that would make you grab your hook n’ yarn, then perhaps this totally “awww!-worthy” basket, complete with a precious bow will.
The free pattern/tutorial is available from Jam Made.

3. crochet-butterfly-square
If you’ve got spring fever, then this granny square with a butterfly crocheted on top might be the perfect spring project for you. Imagine an afghan full of these brightly colored critters.

The free pattern, by Luana Gay Stoker is available on FaveCrafts.
I think a grey square background with multi-colored butterflies would be lovely.

4. Whiskers and Wool free crochet Easter egg pattern

These pastel colored Easter egg coasters are fun for Easter time, if you are a coaster-user. If you aren’t, these are almost enough to make you want to start using them!

The free pattern is available by Whiskers and Wool here. I love this blog!

5. Whiskers and wool Free bunny crochet pattern
These itsy bitsy adorable little bunnies really bring on the Peeps cravings!
Free pattern for these cuties, which are another Whiskers & Wool design. I told you that blog was fabulous!

They look like quick little fellas to crochet at the last minute, and could make fun gifts or Easter egg hunt surprises.

Note: The pattern is a download, so when you click this link and arrive at the Whiskers & Wool blog, be sure to click the “download” link, which you’ll find directly below the image as a caption.

6. Lady Crochet Free Easter egg Crochet Pattern
Forget those ol’ plastic Easter eggs and toss in a few of these bright, gorgeous crocheted ones for a change of pace!
https://ladycrochet.blogspot.com/2011_03_01_archive.html
The pattern — offered for free by the lovely Inge at Lady Crochet — is a bit addictive, as the Lady Crochet warns. Once you finish making one egg, you may not be able to stop.

But that’s okay. Crochet away.

7. Free Crochet Chick Pattern by Drops Design Garn Studio

Crochet a bazillion little chicks to go along with the bazillion little eggs you just finished.

An easy-to-follow pattern is available on Garn Studio, for free by Drops Design and can be accessed here.

Note: This little fella does require some stuffing.

8. LucyRavenscar free chick crochet pattern
This is another little chick, although he is miniature (only 1.5′ tall!) but I think he is much cuter than the one above.

There’s a free pattern available at LucyRavenscar, so follow along if you’d like to create this cutie.

Just imagine a basket full (perhaps a *crocheted* basket full) of an assortment of different colored mini chicks! I’m thinking one in every pastel color — purple, blue, yellow, a light green, etc.

I always did believe the saying “good things come in small packages.”

9. Free Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy Lion Brand
Crochet this easy, precious, fluffy-tailed mini Easter bunny egg cozy using Lion Brand’s free pattern.

Remember, good things come in small packages?

The cutest egg cozy ever! Just slide an egg inside and hide. This cutie will make a very fun Easter egg hunt!

That’s this bunny – a good thing in a small package. I think I know a few adults and kids who’d both love an itty bitty bunny like this fella.

10. Free Crochet Bunny hat and Diaper pattern by sarah repeat crafter me

What Easter crochet frenzy wouldn’t be complete without such an adorable little bunny-eared hat?

Right?

But, try the hat and matching (too adorable!) diaper cover, too, and then send your many thanks to Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me for such an outstanding and free pattern because your little one is totally gonna rock this cute outfit!

Well, I hope these lovely free Easter crochet patterns have you as inspired as they have me, and if you’re like me, your hands are itching to be holdin’ a hook and strand of yarn right now! Spring is coming up (I know we still have quite a while) and boy do those ideas start going wild. I wonder if I’m the only knitter/crocheter who starts getting project crazy when a new season is coming up? I start thinking of all the new projects and garments I can begin making for the new season. Yet I typically don’t even get to complete half of them! Lol.

Do you guys do that too?

Oh, and tell me, what will you be crocheting or knitting this Easter?

Huge Craft Giveaway At FaveCrafts

Giveaway by FaveCrafts
Image source: FaveCrafts

FaveCrafts is like the ultimate online hangout for crafters. I’ve been quite the diligent subscriber to them due to their continous free patterns they offer for knitters and crocheters. Not to mention their array of projects and ideas for every other craft on the planet.

While I spend a lot of time browsing the FaveCrafts website, I don’t often enter the giveaways they feature. Mostly because I’ve never won anything in my life, and usually don’t have time to really get into entering any giveaways.

However, FaveCrafts feature some really amazing giveaways, and sometimes when I have spare time on my hands, I find it impossible to pass up entering. Particularly, the huge craft supply giveaway they have running right now.

The Ultimate Craft-tastic Grand Prize Giveaway includes craft products from the following brands: Fairfield, SpinRite, Clover, Sizzix, Little B, Simplicity, I Love to Create, DOW Chemical, Plaid, Cousin, FloraCraft, and Stencil1. Talk about a giveaway worth entering!

Head on over to FaveCrafts right now to enter the giveaway yourself, then you can come back to finish reading this post, if you want to.

The deadline is February 28, 2015, but you can enter the giveaway once every single day up until the deadline!

You can also earn extra entries by sharing the giveaway on your social media sites, as well as an extra entry by featuring the giveaway on your blog, like I’m doing right now. 😉

If you’re a subscriber of FaveCrafts newsletter, you’ll be notified of their bi-weekly giveaways via e-mail, so you can enter the giveaways as soon as they go live. I subscribe and get their newsletter to check out their free patterns and craft ideas every week, and that is how I knew of the giveaway that’s going on right now. For some reason, this time, I felt compelled to enter this one, and perhaps I’ll manage to find time to continue entering their giveaways from now on. Just the thought of winning a craft supply giveaway as ginormous as this one is enough to get my heart rate up a little!

Winning this kind of giveaway would really have any crafter all set for all kinds of new crafting adventures!

To see a list of all the giveaways running by FaveCrafts right now, you can click here and go through to find the giveaways you want to enter, if you would like to enter more than the one giveaway.

Being a lover of crochet, knitting, beading, and many other crafts, I basically stalk FaveCrafts everywhere online. I find a lot of awesome, free patterns and inspiration from their Twitter posts as well, so if you’re like me and want more, you can follow them there, too.

Now that my entries are all in, I’m going to take a crochet break myself. I’m working on yet another garment at the moment. I’ve only gotten as far as the chains so far! But will be starting the first actual row any minute now! Wish me luck. I’m really hoping this one turns out stunning.

Do you guys enter giveaways? Craft giveaways only, or do you enter all sorts of different ones? Have you ever won anything? I’d love to hear your stories! Also, if you guys know of other giveaways going on, go ahead and share those with me, too, if you like.

Oh, stay tuned for a post I’ll be doing on a shawl I’m currently knitting (yes, I’m working on two projects at once.) I’ll be uploading photos of the finished Io Shawl from Willow Yarns, and will also be doing a review sometime very soon (when I can finally finish the shawl.) The pattern has been the most frustrating, complicated knitting pattern I have yet to attempt, so it’s a slow-go, but I’m doing my best to get the beauty finished so that I can feature it here as soon as possible! I hope you’ll stay on the lookout for it.

This New Year’s (2015) Clearance & Yarn Sale on Lion Brand

Hello my fellow yarn-craftin’ folks,

It’s the very first Monday of the new year 2015 and I found myself caught up checking out on-sale yarns. Being that it’s a new year and considering that most of the most popular yarn and craft suppliers didn’t exactly have to-die-for sales on yarn on New Year’s, I figured there must be a good sale coming soon. As I was checking my e-mail, I had one from Lion Brand and sure enough! They’re doing a sale on some select yarns, one of those being the “Amazing Yarn 3-skein value pack” which is 75% off the original price right now:

Here’s a close-up of Lion Brand’s Constellation yarn from their Amazing Yarn line.

I can’t honestly say that I’m really digging any of the yarns I’m seeing on sale, and that unfortunately includes the Amazing Yarn. At 75% off, I have to admit, I was tempted, but just can’t find anything I truly love about the colors there, so I thought it better to just back away and wait for a color I actually want or need to go on sale. However, I did think of you guys, so the sale inspired me to share for folks who might happen to like the yarn.

They also have a 3-skein value pack for the Baby’s First Yarn listed for 50% off, and the two colors featured on their front sales page are beautiful. — “Sea Sprite,” which is a mist or mint green, and a peach color called “Twinkle Toes.” Both colors I really love.



Baby Soft Yarn, in a 6-skein value pack
is also 75% off

The “Lemon Drop” is a pretty bold, sunshine-y color! I actually like this shade of yellow, and I typically have a very hard time finding yellows and oranges that I think are pretty.

Bellini Yarn, in 3-skein value packs
are 75% off too.

Can’t say I’m loving the Bellini line yet either, but I’m pretty excited to see Lion Brand doing a nice sale! Perhaps they’re getting ready for new selections! I’m so ready for new yarn choices right now.

A 3-skein value pack of Cotton Ease
is 75% off, but the colors I saw available — greens — were not to my liking, although I have been hoping to pick up some from the Cotton Ease line at some point.

Now the Da Vinci yarn in Oceania, which is also a 3-skein value pack that’s 50% off did catch my eye. I am very fond of those beautiful color combos. I could see some very artsy creations being made from a skein of the colors they had available. My favorite from this line is “Oceania,” the green/blue color combo skein shown below:

They also have a gradient gray/black colored skein.

Festive Fur is also featured on the sales page, in multiple colors and for 75% a 3-skein value pack.


Joann does have Lion Brand’s “Fun”
yarn on sale for $1.57
right now, which isn’t half off its usual price of $2.09.

The pink color is gorgeous, but I never buy this yarn because it doesn’t come with much (only 85 yards.)

Caron Natura Acrylic
yarn is $1.72 on Joann right now, where it’s usually priced at $2.29.

It appears Lion Brand yarn is marked down on various other shopping sites, including some on Joann. There are several other small-ish yarns marked down a bit on Joann at the moment. Go here to see them all.

As far as ordering off Joann via the internet, I never do that unless I can get free shipping because their shipping fee (comes in around $6 for me) normally is just way too much when you consider your purchase being just a roll or two of yarn. That’s an instant $6 per skein/roll whereas if you went in-store, you’d save that & still be likely to find it marked down.

To shop their entire clearance page yourself here’s the link I found them on. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to get any emails notifying me of any other companies or manufacturers with nice sales today, but perhaps Joann and other companies will jump on the sale wagon soon!

Crochet in Fashion — Outdated or Here to Stay?

Don’t underestimate crochet’s widespread effect and adoration. Virtually everybody and their mama have owned or do own a piece of crocheted work whether it’s an afghan or a sweater.

While crochet and knitting and most all yarn crafts do have somewhat of a “grandma” reputation, I feel like the crafts aren’t always given the credit they’re due, and I’m pretty sure my fellow crafters would agree. I mean, you spend 6 months working on a small throw or a sweater. Knitting and crochet both require a serious amount of time and work, and not to mention all the brain work that goes into it.

But this is not a rant about the time and effort that goes into creating something with two sticks (or one hook), your hands and a tangled ball of yarn. I’m not here to convince everyone to dig out their old, itchy sweaters handmade by grandma (or the memories of said itchy, old sweaters) and start wearing them again with a newfound, but itchy appreciation. If you can’t appreciate a hand knitted or crocheted item, then that’s totally fine! I think sometimes us yarn crafters tend to expect everyone to be able to love and value our craft, but the truth is, some people simply don’t dig it, and that’s okay.

I am one of those folks who don’t have an eye for art. I look at a painted canvas and my mind starts slowing down. I still appreciate the time and effort that the artist put into their work, but I am not likely to want to hang it on my wall or wear it just because. So really, the same applies to me and my yarn works. I have to remember that not everybody has an “eye” for what I create, and I can be okay with that. I just have to remember it.

That aside, what I actually wanted to discuss is that crochet and knitting might be under-credited crafts when it comes to the reputation it gets. People always think granny when you mention knitting or crochet, but if you look around, the crafts are so amazingly timeless!

Knitted and crocheted items have literally seeped into every corner of the world, every culture and even most categories of shopping. In fact, the granny square is alive and well, even at the start of 2015, the granny square is still being seen in the form of garments and afghans.

In fact, just today (January 2, 2015), I flipped open W Magazine — which is being sent to me unsolicited despite my pleading with the senders to stop wasting paper and resources to send me magazines I never even want or read — and there was a red-headed woman dressed in a funky printed dress with a red, black, and white granny square tank top snugly over it. (MiuMiu)

On the right, the exact photograph I described from W Magazine — Designer Miu Miu.

So these timeless crafts are still as big as ever in our world, and here most of us yarn-crafters were thinking we were some of the only folks left on the planet who ran around with needles, hooks and a ball of yarn in our hand (or for some of us, purse).
Another example of crochet in high fashion. Image source: Helenrodel.com.br

Crochet and knitting shows up on the runway more often than chiffon. The holiday season always brings new fair aisle sweaters in a brand new color combinations to greet our eyes as many designers crank out new designs and patterns.
Another Helen Rodel example. Source: https://www.helenrodel.com.br/news/2014/11/29/helen-rdel-in-shanghai

Even Dolce & Gabbana are well-known for their crocheted pieces, although I can’t honestly say I’m a fan of D&G, and that definitely includes this grandma-tacky bag! And we wonder why crochet gets such a granny-esque air about it?

Yves Saint Laurent in crochet + mini pup = Epic!

Let’s face it, as far as knitting and crochet, those crafts are here to stay!