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The finished Child’s Cardigan!

Well, I finally finished the last sleeve on the little cardigan I have been working on crocheting for my 5 year old niece. Now that I’ve had the time to weave in all those irritating yarn ends, I was able to make time for a few photographs of the finished product, too!

I did end up adding some ruffle touches to the sleeves. I am a sucker for ruffles, so it wasn’t easy to contain myself and leave it to the sleeves and front edges only. Otherwise, the entire thing would be nothing but frills! Believe me, it wasn’t easy not to do that.
Bug's Cardi. 2

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Bug's Cardi

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I feel like this was a pretty rewarding project, but will be even more so when I get to witness my niece actually wearing it, and liking it.

I’m definitely glad that I decided to go ahead and use the Caron One pound of yarn, although it surprised me that this cardigan actually took up the entire pound almost! A tiny little cardigan! I thought for sure I’d have about half the yarn roll left over. I like the rose-color and figured the gray and white made for the perfect color combo, as it always does. But the reason I’m happy with the pink Caron yarn is because I didn’t realize how snugly soft this stuff was compared to other acrylic yarns like Red Heart until I actually began using this soft stuff. Compared to the other popular acrylic yarns on the market, this stuff is perfectly soft, and others are terribly scratchy, which I hate.

I want to make note that not all Red Heart yarn is scratchy. In fat, the Made With Love is some of my favorite, soft-wise. It’s bouncy and soft, and fluffy, but you don’t get much in those rolls, so I try to get it on sale when I’m using it.

Unfortunately, during my rushing around today, I left my flat iron on near the cardigan and apparently, part of the straighteners plate was touching the cardigan. The result:

Here you can see where my hair straightener had touched the cardigan. Odd that it turned yellow, but I am just glad it didn't damage the yarn itself!
Here you can see where my hair straightener had touched the cardigan. Odd that it turned yellow, but I am just glad it didn’t damage the yarn itself!

Back and mistake

Imagine how horrified I was to have just finished this sweater only to realize that as I was getting ready and doing my hair today, I mus have sat the flat iron a bit too close to the cardigan and it burned the yarn… yellow! How odd! It’s almost as if it striped the pink dye from it, and the original yarn color was this ugly yellow color! I kicked myself all day for doing this, but have thought up a couple solutions, although not perfect ones. 1. a technique where you simply cover the posts/stitches that are damaged and mis-matched in color with thread of matching color (pink.) By simply wrapping some thread, or the matching yarn around the stitches that are damaged, and tying off in the back, it should cover it. Thread will do the trick without creating a thicker (which extra yarn will create) spot where the mistake was.

Solution number 2: Simply turn the cardi inside out. Since it’s virtually identical on both sides, this could work. The only problem I have with using this easy out is that the decorative bubble stitching around the neck is more noticeable on the original “right side out” and by having to turn it inside out to hide the mistake from my flat iron, those pretty stitches won’t have the same “sticking-out” appearance. ๐Ÿ™
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Still, I believe the only option other than a total re-do, which is out, is to turn it inside out where the ugly mistake is on the inside, not the out.

What about you guys? What are some of the last-minute fixes you’ve had to wing? Any ideas on a way to fix mine?

Neon Crochet Accessories

When it comes to home decor, clothes and even accessories, am I the only one who can’t seem to resist neon? Especially neon pink. So it wasn’t long before I found myself with a stash full of neon pink yarn, and of course this was heaven to me. Neon pink yarn to crochet with. My head was spinning with ideas. A bright, bold sweater, a handbag, a clutch purse. You name it. Forget choosing only one, I had to add the gorgeous, vibrant neon pink yarn into virtually everything I crocheted for months! This was the result:

Clutch Bag
One of everything!

Clutch Bag 2
I personally don’t carry clutch purses myself because they don’t have a strap, which I prefer since straps make a purse easier to toss on your shoulder and lug around. Also, I typically require a much larger bag to carry around my everyday items, so the medium-sized clutch I crocheted just was not very use-able for me. But I love it, and I thought surely there would be somebody who would love to have it, so I crocheted it anyways. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Clutch Bag 3
I have to admit, I was quite proud of how the clutch bag turned out. It’s big enough to hold most electronics, including some tablets. The fabric allows for a lot of stretch, too, so my nephew says it was perfect for holding his tablet securely. I used Velcro under the upper flap, and secured a beautiful, pink crystal/rhinestone to the top flap for added elegance.

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And a bracelet (which doubles as a headband, by the way) made from the fabulous neon pink and gray yarn combo was a must.

I actually got my inspiration from a pattern for the headband/bracelet combo online called the crochet chain bracelet by Knot Your Nana’s Crochet. If you click on the word “pattern” up there, you will be taken to Knot Your Nana’s Crochet blog where she was kind enough to post a tutorial/pattern for the bracelet/headband.

It’s made from simple chains, and is one of the quickest projects you’ll find. Very nice for beginners.
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Of course I had to make more than one, since I was happy with the finished product. To my surprise, other people commented on my pink and gray bracelet/headband and asked if I’d make one for them, so I had the pleasure of giving a couple away, which always makes my day.

home basket
I absolutely had to crochet some type of storage container. I have a thing for organization (who doesn’t?) so this medium sized bag was perfect for hanging in the bathroom to hold small amounts of laundry.

…Or cosmetics and things like hairbrushes.
Home Basket 2 At Laughing Flamingos

This bag/basket hangs on the bathroom door knob to hold random items that either don’t have their own space, or just to hold something for a short period of time, like laundry. It’s been the most perfect versatile storage product I’ve ever used so far.

And it must have appealed to others too, because my crocheted bag that hung so beautifully on the bathroom door knob for months finally wound up missing. I didn’t mind having this one item taken, though because I like the idea of my family members making use of the items I have made.

Plus, it really was up for grabs. I had preferred it being used by someone. Sometimes it feels better to have hand made something for others instead of yourself, and I’d hoped I would find somebody who loved the bag I crocheted enough to want it. ‘Course had I not announced that it was something I would gladly give away, then I wouldn’t have been ecstatic about something just going missing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I love the way neon colors really stand out boldly against a neutral like black or gray. I adore the combo of gray with any neon color, which is why I’m saving my last neon yarn to use on a gray/neon pink sweater this upcoming winter.

Crochet Lace

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If you guys have been following my posts for long, then you may have spotted my last blog post where I had showed you my latest crochet project… If you did happen to see it, then I bet this crochet project in the photo above looks awfully familiar? That’s because the crochet lace trim/edge I had posted about last was so lovely that I could not stop! I seen too much potential in this design that I kept going — basically free-form crocheting each remaining row. The reason for this is the trusty ol’ inspiration struck again as I admired the finished trim/edging I’d crocheted.

I seen a skirt in that thin piece of trim. I seen a curtain for a small bathroom window. Most importantly, I seen the bottom portion of a bad a** peplum blouse! I know, it is kind of pathetic, but I am obsessed. I could not help myself, so I grabbed the hook and re-attached my thread and kept going, and going, and going. Kind of like I’m doing now as I type and can’t seem to shut up.

There’s something so elegant and classy about the peplum top. It’s so flattering! I know some of you despise them, and I can understand that, as I once thought they were somewhat unsightly too. But once I tried my first peplum style blouse on, I loved them forever. The bottom ruffle of a peplum top is just so darn feminine and the way it drapes is so beautiful on every body/frame that I can’t get enough of them. I’ve never seen a peplum shirt that I didn’t think looked beautiful on the wear-er.

Plus, the peplum top has a comfort similar to that of yoga pants. It looks so nice and put-together, yet the way the somewhat loose ruffled bottom drapes creates a flattering looseness that kind of conceals the shape of your mid-section’s frame. No, I’m not saying that’s a goal or something we should aim to do, as I don’t think we should “hide” our shape. There’s no reason to hide it, but sometimes it feels good and comfortable to wear something that is not form-fitting, or tight and uncomfortable. I like some room to move, and sit and a peplum top is like wearing a loose fitting t-shirt only it looks super classy and very put together. I like to top a pair of jeans or blue jean shorts with a pin-stripe peplum top I have that features a satin red ribbon belt that I tie in a bow at the side. It’s so easy, and creates an instant dressed-up look without actually having to try much.

So, there you have it. I’m a peplum fan, and now you know why. And now I’ve just ran out of my white crochet thread to finish (barely) the bottom peplum portion to this blouse I’ll be making. I so hate when I run out of thread (or yarn) before I’ve finished a project. This happens to me quite often. You may recall one of my last blog posts where I complained about this very thing! It was my niece’s dress, then. Now it’s my top.

The top portion will be tank top style, probably since I’ve yet to actually do sleeves except twice. I’ve never crocheted something from thread that had sleeves, either. It’s always a tank top. However, I do think I would like sleeves on this peplum top, but I never know exactly how a shirt will end up until I actually finish. I just go with whatever style and stitch comes to mind as I work. I usually have an idea of what I want in mind, but not completely, and the project often changes into something completely different from the time I begin! Obviously. I mean this was originally just an edging.

For the top half, I’ll probably use some combination of double crochet (like I did for the lace-y vest I crocheted and blogged about a few weeks ago) and whatever stitch comes to mind as I work it. I’m thinking of long, open stitches and some criss-cross stitches tossed in the mix, much like the double crochet cross-over stitch, which creates an awesome little “X” like design. For this top, though, I think I’d like the “X” stitches to be much longer than a double crochet cross over is. Perhaps I’ll use chains and attach them in a way that creates “X”‘s. I won’t want the entire top half to be totally see-through, though, so as always, I’ll be including multiple rows of double crochet.

The ‘design’ is stored in my mind. I have the vaguest image of it in my head, but hopefully when it begins to come alive, I’ll adore it. That was the case with the vest, anyways.

Since I still love the trim I’d originally made from this design, I’ll be making another (and leaving it at trim this time.. Hopefully). I had many ideas for that trim before it blossomed into the bottom of a peplum top!

MORE PHOTOS (BETTER QUALITY) COMING SOON

In fact, there’s a t-shirt I just re-fashioned and had wanted to use this very trim on the bottom hem of it. ๐Ÿ™ I will have to wait until I get more thread for that.

So, what do ya’ll think? Did you like the trim/edging better than turning this into a peplum? What do you think of peplum tops? Love or loate? And last but not least, what projects are you currently working on? I’d love to see pictures!

Crochet Lace Blouse Free Tutorial (Intro and PT.1)

As you may know, I’ve been hard at work lately trying to construct a whole new blog with the focus of crochet — something I’ve picked up and loved! My latest project has been designing this beautiful lacey tank-top blouse, with the help of the very talented, lovely Girly from Girlie’s Crochet (thanks Girlie!)ย 

 

*Video PT.1 at bottom of this post*

 

*Note, if you’ve already began and are looking for the “Bust & Straps” portion of the tutorial, you can find that here. I made these separately because putting this post and that written part of the tutorial all in one post seemed overwhelming. Moving on.

 

While making the tutorial for this top, I’ve kept beginners (as I’m pretty much one myself still) in mind, so don’t be turned off by trying this one if you are new to crochet. Basically, all you need to know is how to double crochet, slip stitch, chain & cross-over double crochet and picot stitch. In the video, I took time to briefly show how those stitches are done. I’ve also created an entirely separate video tutorial on how to do the cross-over double crochet stitch, so my fellow beginners, I’ve got you covered!ย 

 

You also have the lovely Girly (from Girlie’s Crochet, which I’ve linked to above) who’s given us a free, photo tutorial on the majority of the top! She designed a skirt & I’ve used her exact same design to create the bottom portion of this blouse, so you can easily follow her pattern for the beginning length. I still suggest watching my Part 1 video on the blouse because that’s where you’ll learn what this design requires and all that important stuff.

 

 

Here is what the finished blouse/top looks like. In the photos I’ve added a belt and of course put a cami top underneath since this is see-through.ย 

 

Video Tutorial for Lace Crochet Blouse by Kendra:

Part two (the bust and straps) tutorial can be found here.

At the moment, the rest of the ‘series’ is being uploaded to YouTube and will soon be put here on the blog, too. If you need to access those videos before they’re posted here on the blog, you can find them on my channel.

Crochet Vest Project

Here’s some of theย  photo inspiration I’ve been using to create a vest. I’ve had these ideas of a crochet vest floating around in my head for months now! I figured crochet vests, especially with any sort of floral or lacy look to them are always stylish, and since it’s summer, I can top a it over a solid colored tank to add a bit of… hippy-ness? I’ve been pinning different crocheted vests on Pinterest like crazy, but here are a few that I’m loving:

Of course mine is going to vary hugely from these photos, but here are some of the vests that inspired me:

Image source: Dino Direct.com
“Lace Hollow Crochet” found on Ebay
Source: found on Ebay
Image source: https://bo-m.blogspot.com.ar/search?updated-max=2012-10-10T21:40:00%2B01:00&max-results=20&start=60&by-date=false
Found on Ebay

And here is what I have so far:

Kendras crochet

This is the ‘block’ that will make the front left side of vest.

Kendra's Crochet

Kendras vest piece

Kendras Crochet vest piece

It may or may not help give you an image of what this simple block of motifs will look like when put together as a vest, but hopefully it’s helpful. I’ll update with photos as I go, if you guys want to see the progress?ย  Perhaps even give instructions as to how I put it all together in the end, too.

My Pinterest “To Do” and Likes are filled with similar items to these, so once I finally felt inspired enough, I found my trusty motif (The Sunflower Motif, linked to below ) and started brainstorming as I went. I really have to put my hook to action and see the work as I go in order to really plan it out. I can’t just see my whole idea in my head like some do. So, this vest of mine could wind up taking a whole different turn, but for now, I think I’ll keep joining these motifs until I reach the back.

Told you it’d be very different. See, I really would’ve loved to have been able to crochet something with the kind of stitching used in a lot of these vests, but as a beginner, I had no idea how to do so & there aren’t many instructions or patterns available for stylish, modern vests out there. I hope to learn some newer, more unique stitches so that I can incorporate them into vests and blouses in the future.ย  Had I known how to crochet something like the vests and blouse above, I’d have no doubt done something like that.

For anybody who’s interested, the motifs (called the Sunflower Motif) I’m using are a free pattern available on the blog of another crochet-blogger, Naomi at Knotty Living.

I adore her motif pattern and was elated that she offered it for free! I found it easy to follow. I did leave out the very last row on my motifs, though.
As it stands, this piece will probably be the front side. I’ll work up another for the other front side. I desperately hope to be able to do a racer-back style for the back, but I will be winging it and having to use a racer-back tank top I own for a pattern to follow. I’m hoping it turns out well. I’ll probably just use more motifs and double crochet rows or something to make up the back. I never know for sure how I’m going to do the entire project when I work on a top until I reach the end.

I’m probably going to add some sort of scallop trim/edging to the front sides (where it will hang open) and hope that adds a touch of ruffle to the vest.

Have you been inspired to crochet a vest top for summer? If so, please do share any of your work with me! I love connecting with other crocheters.

UPDATE: Here’s the finished product! I’m really happy with it, especially considering it was all free-hand except the motifs! Everything was put together without a pattern. I will share the whole process in another post if anybody happens to be interested.

The vest will be available in my shop Laughing Flamingo.

Vest

Vest 2

Vest back

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