Tag: crochet

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

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.

Baby Bow Headband by Kendra 2

Baby Bow Headband by Kendra 4

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

Crochet in Fashion — Outdated or Here to Stay?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!

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.
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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. 🙁
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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?

13 Insanely Adorable Crochet Toys/Amigurumi

Amigurumi Crochet Collage
1. Giraffe

Crochet-Patterns-Free has a nice list of giraffe amigurumi and giraffe themed items with free patterns! The little guy above by I Love Buttons By Emma is my favorite, but with so many free giraffe patterns available, you have a plethora of those to choose from. I think the little giraffes would be precious baby gifts.

P.S. The Crochet Stripey giraffe pattern by I Love Buttons By Emma appears to be UK pattern, so keep this in mind if you are a US crocheter.

2. Octopus found on Joann

This is the best free octopus pattern I’ve yet to be able to find online, in my opinion. octopusAnd he’s one pretty awesome octopus. Bonus: He actually looks quite easy to do, too.

3. Laura’s Loop: Bobble Sheep Pillow Free Pattern found on The Purl Bee

Free Crochet Pillow Pal Pattern by Red Heart

If you know a child who’s been hoping for one of those pillow pets (that are $20, thank you very much), then you might just be able to impress them with your own, hand-made version. And there’s a unicorn one! As long as they don’t mind the non-light-up effect of a hand-made version, that is. My niece is a fan of pillow pets, and would be ecstatic to have one of these made for her, so I was totally beside myself to find a FREE pattern for one. And they look very much like the as seen on TV Pillow Pets, too! And let’s face it, that unicorn is bad a**! Excuse my stars/language.

…4. Oh, and this adorable
owl by Daisy Cottage Designs is too cute to pass up.
Free owl crochet pattern

I’m pretty certain that every niece of mine from my 5 year old niece to my 9 year old niece, they’re all going to be happy to cuddle this cutie.

5. As for the babies in your life (and mine,) the
Teddy Rattle by Is It A Toy looks so chic!teddy-rattle-stone

6. The very creative (and uber kind-hearted woman for sharing such a perfect design), ChiWei from One Dog Woof created this fantastically perfect Bubbles & Goldfish Teether:

Told you it was purrfect, didn’t I? Hell, if there wasn’t a small baby in my life to make this for, I’d just make it for my own self. . . I can use it for *something* I’m sure! Too cute to pass up. I think I’ll even try for one or two for my many pregnant friends who happen to all be pregnant right now.

7. <a href=" https://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90155AD.html” target=”_blank”>Crochet caterpillar baby toy by lion brand:

8. For all the Grumpy Cat fans: A Grumpy Cat Pattern
by: Crochet is for Lovers
I know, you’ve just fallen in love, right?

grumpyCat_front_smallNote: The pattern can be downloaded from her Ravelry page (simply click the link above to get there.)

9. Any small child is probably going to appreciate a pony like one of these fellas by Knit One Awesome: unicorn pony

10. …Or a floppy, precious bunny like the one by:
One Skein Bunny Rabbit by Deb Richey
amy the great
The one photographed is by © AmyTheGR8. Pattern can be found here
I liked AmyTheGr8’s version the most, but there are loads of finished bunnies you can find inspiration from, if you’d like to tweak yours to be more original, too.

11. …Or this fabulous little elephant! Even I want one of these cuties.
Thanks to <a href=" https://www.allaboutami.com/post/83519406448/elephant" target="_blank">All About Ami for providing a useful photo tutorial here to go along with the original pattern here.

If you speak English, you’ll have to do some translating (Google or Bing Translate), but it shouldn’t be impossible as a few folks have already accomplished these!

12. And let’s just be honest here, who *wouldn’t* jump up at down for one of these adorable koalas from Craft Passion?

You can get the crochet pattern for Mr. Koala here at Woman’s Day, and to see an awesome photo of putting him together, check out Craft Passion’s post.

13. If you’re crocheting for your cat (Christmas gift for kitty?) or a kid, I’m pretty sure both would love a few adorable, brightly-colored mice by Tuba Ching Ching! I know as a kid, I would have really loved a little mouse or two like these! And I’m sure they’d have been far more snuggly to cuddle up to than those ol’ plastic ones I used to play with.

If it’s for kitty, simply stuff with cat-nip (kitty will thank you! I promise) and if it’s for a child, simply use stuffing (kid will thank you…. I think. Can’t make many promises, though.)

7 Adorable Free Crochet Patterns to Make Before Christmas

1. Scoodies
Tutorial: How to Crochet A Hooded Neckwarmer (or “Scoodie”) by I’mAfricanCrab

I’mAfricanCrab shows you how to crochet her stylish “Scoodie,” which is a scarf/hoodie that’s so cute and functional you’ll want to join her in crocheting it right away. Her video tutorial is so easy to follow and understand that a beginner will be able to follow along and complete the scoodie with ease.

2. Boot cuffs!
All (okay, most) boot-wearing gals will really love a pair of adorable boot cuffs, and they can be knitted or crocheted in a jiffy. Best thing about them:

Source: Seven-Alive
Source: Seven-Alive
They’re small items, so they work really fast.
Quick Crochet Boot Cuffs by Seven-Alive

Bow Boot Cuffs by Loops of Lavender (these are my faves because the bow!)

Source: Loops of Lavendar
Source: Loops of Lavendar

(Crafting On a Dime) DIY Crochet Boot Cuff by Vanessa at See Vanessa Craft

Source: See Vanessa Craft
Source: See Vanessa Craft

These are absolutely darling! I’ve had them on my to-do list since I started crocheting last year! I can’t wait to get around to making these babies.

Crochet Boot Cuffs Free Pattern
by Penelope Rae
Source: Penelope Rae
Source: Penelope Rae

Since boot cuffs or boot “toppers” as some call them are so small, it’s pretty easy and quick to crochet a pair. There are several different free patterns available online for crocheted boot cuffs, so if you aren’t particularly fond of these here, you’ll likely be able to find another style you like somewhere online.

3. Scarves!
These are pretty much a given. Scarves are a pretty basic accessory and make a common gift. But… Hand crochet (or knit!) a scarf with your own hands & it’s suddenly extra spectacular. There are so many gorgeous scarf patterns available that I’d never be able to list them all (I feel a scarf post coming on), but I will list a few favorites of my own.
Crochet Ribbed Cowl
by The Purl Bee
(okay, it’s not a scarf, but same thing, right?)

I love this cowl’s awesome, unique texture and how cozy it looks.

Rib Cowl

Another totally snuggle worthy cowl is the Chunky Ribbed Cowl by Little Monkeys Crochet

Source: Little Monkeys Crochet
Source: Little Monkeys Crochet

Mosaic Infinity
by Lanas Hilos
Source: Arteen Hilo
Source: Arteen Hilo

Chevron Lace Wrap by <a href="https://www.mooglyblog.com/" target="_blSource: Mooglyank”>Moogly

This gorgeous Chevron Lace Wrap is lightweight and oh, so perfectly lacy looking. I can just imagine every single outfit in my wardrobe combined with the beauty of this — lovely overload.

4. Washcloth Scrubbies

Source: My Sweet Somethings
Source: My Sweet Somethings

Reusable Crochet Cotton Facial Scrubbies
by My Sweet Somethings

5. Jewelry

Source: Craftaholics Anonymous
Source: Craftaholics Anonymous

Easy Crochet Bracelet Tutorial by Craftaholics Anonymous

Finger Knit Bracelet
found on DIY Cozy Home
Okay, this one isn’t crochet, but it’s too perfect to not add to this fantastically purr-fect gift list, right? It’s finger-knitted, so I figure if you can crochet, you can definitely pick up finger knitting with ease.
Source: DIY Cozy Home
Source: DIY Cozy Home

The very first yarn craft I ever engaged in was finger knitting, in fact! You guys didn’t know that did you? It’s what got me hooked on yarn crafts and caused me to immediately begin exploring the world of knitting and crochet! Finger knitting is also an amazingly cool method for kids. Like crocheting and knitting with out needles and hooks, finger-knitting is also incredibly therapeutic, so I’d recommend trying it just for that very reason alone, even if knitting something wasn’t of big interest to you. I’d almost guarantee you’ll fall in love, though.

6. Cupcakes…
Seriously. You can crochet cupcakes. And these are actually cute.

Source: Bitter Sweet Blog
Source: Bitter Sweet Blog

Bake me A Cake pattern by Bittersweet Blog

8. Cupcakes are all the rage right now. It’s like these delicious yet cute little desserts have their very own trend going. I have seen cupcakes on everything from T-shirts in the little girls department to cupcake charms dangling from necklaces and bracelets… And now probably even our Christmas trees! Just chain a little loop on the top of these little crocheted cupcakes and you have yourself a Christmas tree ornament.

Source: Lulu Loves
Source: Lulu Loves

If you know someone who loves the cupcake trend (probably a tween girl, if I had my guess), then this might be something to consider as stocking stuffers for them, or to add a little something as a gift topper? Who knows, but apparently, they’re a big hit.

7. And to top off your gifts, or as a hair accessory, go ahead and crochet a few of these uber adorable chunky bobble crochet bows by Lulu Loves.

Seriously, I almost stopped what I was doing just to crochet one myself, but had enough discipline tonight to wait until work was finished… Mark my word, though, I will have crocheted a few (hundred, maybe!) of these cuties before Christmas. My niece is going to give me one more reason to thank Lulu Loves for such awesome tutorials!

9 Easy & Free Cardis to Make This Fall

Hello everyone! Were you all aware that it was fall already?

And just how many of my fellow crocheters have already started working on crocheting sweaters and cardigans for the upcoming cold months? I know a few of my fellow crochet bloggers have already started themselves, and some have already put out some of their very own designs.

Needless to say, as someone who’s never crocheted an entire sweater just yet, I’ve been scouring the web for good, easy to follow tutorials for cute cardigan and sweater patterns. I’m actually in the middle of crocheting one for my niece already and have a big roll of gray yarn and a pair of chunky knitting needles set aside for knitting my own comfy cardigan at some point before it turns warm again.

That brings me to some other thoughts I conjured up while doing my extensive hunt for the perfect cardigan to crochet my niece, who’s only 4, but I’ll tell you, finding a cardigan pattern for anyone who isn’t still crawling, or barely walking and sitting up (and probably spitting up, too, for that matter) is quite the journey. It wasn’t easy. For some reason, it appears that not many folks have put out patterns for kids above toddler age, and that irked me enough that I decided I’d have to wing it and use the tutorials for a baby’s cardigan and just kind of, well, figure out how to make it bigger.

I’ve already done a lot of crocheting and ripping out my work, but I think I’ve found the secret to being able to use all these gorgeous baby cardigan patterns and up-size them for any size!

Now I would not want to speak too soon and end up having to eat my last words, but I am excited and confident that I’ve found the way to go about up-sizing a cardigan pattern. I have so far, taken what I could learn from the tutorials I’ll be sharing in this post and basically, I would just begin working along the pattern in the baby size, then I’d rip it out and start over with slight adjustments until I found the correct size I needed to make the cardigan fit my niece. So far, I’m still in the yoke of her sweater, but it occurred to me that the technique I applied to her’s would probably work well for any size! This is really exciting, and I’m definitely going to be sharing the techniques I’ve used to figure this out so that you guys will be able to take any baby sized cardigan pattern and easily work it out to fit your very own size requirements. Just bear with me as I will have to finish the cardigan and make sure the results turn out perfect before I go telling you guys to try it out and risk wasting your time (in the off-chance that I’m wrong and it won’t really work like I think) and end up with a lot of pissed off women with crochet hooks in their hands coming after me! Yikes. That’s not exactly a peaceful image!

Since I’ve happened across several really great tutorials and patterns that fellow bloggers and crocheters have been kind enough to offer for free, I thought I’d compose a little list of my top favorites to share with you all. After all, I know I’m not the only one depending on other peoples’ skills to teach me the basics of crocheting winter clothing, right? Please, tell me I’m not the only one!

So, without further ado — whatever that even is. “Ado.” Sounds a lot like something that might be best done in the private of one’s personal restroom to me, but whatever. I can’t find a better way of saying it, so on with the program and without further ado….

My Favorite Easy (and Free!) Crochet Cardigan Patterns
(for Various Ages)

1. Very Easy chunky crochet baby /girl’s cardigan tutorial – fair isle sweater / jumper by Wooly Wonders Crochet

2. Very Easy crochet girl’s dress / top / shirt / tunic tutorial also by Wooly Wonders Crochet (my favorite crochet channel, actually. This one is a short-sleeved dress, but can easily be adjusted to make a long-sleeved cardi or sweater dress. Too cute (and simple) not to make this list. This woman does a beautiful job and her instructions are so easy to follow. Her adorable accent is just icing on the cake!

* These two videos are actually the tutorials I used to learn how to crochet a yoke. I talked about how I have kept on to get the key to up-sizing a cardigan like this to fit any larger size. Well folks, the two videos above are the 2 I watched dozens upon dozens of times to get the hang of it and keep working until I found the key! Like I said, I’m not finished with the cardigan I”m working on, so I won’t go spilling the details until I’m sure it’s going to work (so I don’t end up causing you folks to waste your time along with me).

3.How to Crochet A Baby Sweater
By Anna Phelps, who also does a fantastic job with her tutorials, making them very easy for beginners to follow.

4. Here’s a great basic sweater by The Crochet Crowd (awesome tutorials as well by the way). It’s a sweater, not cardi, but one that deserved to make the list anyways. Mikey shares instructions for child sizes 1, 2, 4, 6, or 8, but this one could be adapted easily to fit virtually any size (even for a slouchy sweater for teens or adults):

5. Sweater Pullover Tutorial by Woolpedia This is probably the easiest sweater of all. It is a sweater, but keep in mind it can be made into a cardigan.

6. Easy Crochet Baby Cardigan — another gorgeous design and tutorial by Wooly Wonders:

7. DrapeyHere’s one for my lovely knitters out there, and it’s an adult-sized cardi! (because hey! We love cardis too, right?)
This one’s knitted — The Drapey Cardigan (why that name, I have no clue.) by Lion Brand

8. Chantal
Here’s a free crochet cardigan pattern in adult sizes called Chantal by Drops Designs:

And here’s the free knitting pattern for the cardigan I said I had needles and yarn set aside to make later:
Liond Brand Free Cardi Pattern
I think I’ll make my sleeves a bit shorter — I don’t think I’d like the whole “bat-wing” look.

P.S. I will share my 4-year old cardigan once it’s complete.

So what about you guys? Will you be crocheting any of these, or if you’re already working on some projects of your own, I’d love for you to share!

& If you liked these free patterns and tutorials and would like to see more like this, you might enjoy checking out the tutorials, patterns & inspiration I pin on Pinterest.

Fall Fashion – Neon Accessories

Neon Scarf

If you’re anything like me, you love those neons, whether it’s fall, summer or full-blown middle of winter. Who can resist the bright, bold, fun in neon colored accessories? Not me, and that’s why I stitched up a completely neon colored infinity scarf to add something spectacular to fall’s drab, dreadful neutrals.

Why do people ditch all things colorful the second the cool season hits? I’ve always wondered about this. Cold months are depressing enough as it is without taking away colors!

I notice people tend to go completely neutral when it comes to fashion in the fall or winter. Why? I’m not quite sure I could go an entire season without something colorful gracing my dry, tan-less body.

Yet people do. They switch to browns and grays and whites and cream colors and black. Go ahead, check for yourself if you don’t believe me. If you keep an eye out, trying to spot how many people you see today wearing bright colors, you won’t find as many as you do on an average summer day.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my neutrals as much as the next gal. Neutral colors are a must in all stylish wardrobes, but we don’t have to choose only neutrals just because the bland season is here. We can still be fun and bold and bright and vibrant, right?

So, I hope you folks will be inspired to try adding a small neon colored accessory to your own fashionable wardrobe this fall. Perhaps you’ll even be inspired to wear your own crocheted, neon infinity scarf to top off the grays and browns you’re covered in for the entire season.

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Believe me, it really does bring out your personality.

If you’re wondering about the scarf’s design, I actually just made this with simple double crochets using a size H hook and worsted weight yarn. I wanted something super fast so that I could have this baby made and wrapped around my neck as soon as possible. That explains my simple stitch choice, but I plan to work on another one soon that will feature a picot or ruffle styled edging.

What do you think about neon colors in fall and winter months? Is it against the rules or are you a colorful rebel?

Peacock-looking Yarn! Iris Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread

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I’m so excited to have just added (well, B, my significant other just added) this new crochet thread to my stash by Bernat. The thread has various shades of purple from an almost lilac shade in some places, to a deep plum, and mixed with various greens. I call it “peacock yarn,” because the colors remind me of those in a peacock’s tail. The actual name for it is “Iris,” though. And so far, I adore it.

This is my first time using the brand “Bernat,” so I’m impressed with the feel of the thread, and the colors, too.

So, hooray for new thread! I can’t even settle on what I’d like to use it for!

If you’re a crocheter or knitter, or someone who uses yarn/thread frequently, then you know the excitement of new yarn/thread. That feeling you get when you get home with a new roll. The hundreds of images rushing through your mind before you even make it home with the stuff — all the ideas of what you could do with it. A blanket, a scarf, a sweater, vest, etc. You begin imagining your new found yarn worked up in every possible way. It can be overwhelming! If you’re like me, new yarn/thread is hard to take your mind off, until you finally sit down and start chaining. I think a top/blouse would be pretty fun with all those unique colors, but then it’d also make for a unique, stand-out-ish scarf. I’ve never worn a scarf, though!
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What drew me to this yarn is the colors. It stands out amongst your plain whites, tans, blacks and other neutral colors of thread sitting on the shelf. Actually, I’ll be honest. I can’t take credit for the great taste in picking out this thread…
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It was B (my significant other) who spotted it and showed me. He had this adorable look of delight on his face as he held it out for me to see. The colors were so lovely that we both couldn’t resist! He knew it’d be right up my alley. And I did need a break from the white I’ve been using non-stop for months.

But, with a tub full of yarn (not much thread, though!), I am hesitant about buying new yarn/thread unless I feel like I really need it. He, on the other hand, says I can never have enough yarn/thread! Lol. He’s right. You really can’t ever have enough, much less too much of yarn/thread. But, I am a weird-o who’s strange about spending $ on items that are for myself, so I usually have to justify so many reasons in order to buy an item.

Not him! Before I could even read the label, B had 2 rolls swiped up and ready to purchase, bless him. He insisted, telling me I was not talking myself out of this one. He was getting it for me one way or the other, so I might as well just tell him how much I’d need.
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After he said that, I knew I’d better just thank him and accept it because there was no way I would be able to convince him that I couldn’t find something to use that thread in. At least a scarf, he said.

God bless his sweet little heart. He doesn’t even craft, yet he totally gets the “need” for supplies like beautiful yarn/thread and beads (I do jewelry too). In fact, he’s usually the one to pick out most of my supplies there as well. Ah, the benefits of having an S/O with such great taste.
And with such good taste, I trust him to pick out thread/yarn or beads for jewelry making all by himself! Lol. 😉

A Mini Review of The Bernat Handicrafter Thread in Iris:

I am totally enthralled with this Bernat thread. As you can tell in some of the many photos I’ve taken of the yarn, it has a subtle sheen, and somewhat of a silky feel to it. It’s a “0” for lace weight, but isn’t so thin that it makes a puny sweater. In fact, the amount I’ve got worked up so far is fluffy considering this is a thread, and especially a lace one at that. It’s not bulky, but has a surprising thickness once worked up. Being 100% acrylic, it has some give to it, even a bit stretchy once worked.

My first impression, and what I love more than anything about this yarn is the feel of it. It’s acrylic, but feels nothing like your typical bulky, acrylic yarn, which can often have a stiff, itchy feel to it. This is smoother than any yarn I’ve felt, which makes it a pleasure to work with. As strange as it is, I find myself enjoying the way it feels running through my hands as I crochet with it.

It’s going to make a very comfortable garment. More comfortable than the somewhat stiff mercerized cotton, which I honestly don’t love the way the cotton feels on my skin.

Something I like about using thread over yarn is that it has less of a tendency to split.

There are a couple of things I’m not 100% impressed with though.

1. I noticed as I work through the thread that there are some places where it’s kind of… damaged. No, damaged isn’t the most fitting word. It’s frayed. Some places, quite a few, actually, appear to be frayed & it’s annoying. While I’ve only really used 3 other brands of thread for crocheting (the mercerized cotton by Red Heart has been my go-to and a couple others that aren’t very popular as well) yet with those, I typically find only 1 or 2 places of imperfections throughout the roll. So, being that this Bernat thread runs higher than the Red Heart I’m used to, and comes with way less product for your $, I would prefer it didn’t have this many frayed spots. Like I said, I’ve ran into a lot of them, considering.

2. Well, call me a tight-wad (B often does), but I can’t help but wish it was cheaper! 😉 It seems this brand runs higher than the other threads at Walmart, like Red Heart. This thread is typically $5.99, but I did see it on sale on Walmart’s website earlier today for $3.45.

It’s acrylic material, which is usually the lowest costing yarn/thread material you can find. It comes with “approximately 350 yards,” per the label’s words. The Red Heart mercerized cotton thread I usually get comes with 400 yards (and no “approximately” on the label) and is about $6-something, for the largest roll. And the other sizes, like the 500 yards of Red Heart thread are only $2.53.

Aside from that, the roll contains far less thread than even Red Heart‘s smallest amount. I can’t help but feel like there’s not a full 350 yards of the Bernat on the roll. In fact, it feels like it isn’t even close to “approximately” 350 yards. I know that with Red Heart‘s smallest size, I can complete an entire tank top blouse with enough thread left over to do half of another one, if not more (depending on size and stitch, of course). But, with the Bernat Handicrafter here, I’m already seeing the cardboard roll and haven’t even gotten 6 inches of a size small tank top yet!

Price/Overall Best “Bang For Your Buck” Comparison:
Comparing price and amount of Bernat Handicrafter crochet thread with my regular brand Red Heart, Bernat comes up lacking. I feel like it might be overpriced for the amount you get.

I’m curious enough that I would like to measure out how much exactly there is with this Bernat thread, so I may find some way to do that with my second roll. 😉 Lol.

Aside from those little “cons,” I can see myself purchasing this brand again for small items, not for large ones. I don’t think I’d do something like an entire blanket using this thread simply because the price would end up being outrageous compared to the cost of using another thread, like Red Heart. Of course I wouldn’t pass up a chance to grab more if I found it on sale.

Any links in this post were placed there automatically — not by me at all.
I’m not an affiliate or in any way linked to or have a special relationship with either of the brands mentioned here. I’m nothing more than a customer of the two, and haven’t ever been asked by them for a review or anything such as that. I just chose to include a bit of my opinion about the two since I’ve recently used them. Obviously, nothing was given to me in exchange for the mention of either brands on my blog. The yarns I’ve talked about were paid for. Just thought I’d toss that information out there. I just like to give my opinion, and hope to be helpful to others 😉

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. 😉

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.

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.
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. 😉

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.

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