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The Perfect Ribbed Scarf Spring Updates & Upcoming Tutorials



Spring is here! Well, almost, but I have to admit, I’ve never been so ready for spring as I have been the last couple of months. Are you guys as ready for Easter as I am?

Spring is my absolute favorite season of all. I love the weather (the non-rainy days, anyways) because it’s the perfect middle — not so cold my teeth chatter and not so uncomfortably hot that my skin is a sticky mess of sweat. It’s just too bad that it’s such a short-lived season.

Summer has a lot of perks, but where I live, we have extremely humid, muggy summers. The kind where the air feels thick and smothering. It gets hard to breathe and I find myself constantly swiping the sweat beads from my upper lip. We really don’t have the pleasant kind of heat that some areas (ah, Florida!) do.

I’m the kind of person who likes to feel the penetrating heat of the sun beating deep into my bones, but with steady, continuous air flow. That’s what I love about Florida — it’s hotter than two hamsters humpin’ in a wool sock (a knitted or crocheted one, of course!), but the good Lord knew how to make that kind of heat pleasurable by adding those fabulous gusts of wind that sweep over you every so often to keep you from roasting.

That’s my kind of heat. I don’t like the thick, heavy, sticky, humid, muggy, smothering heat that feels like you can’t even catch your breath and begin sweating the second you step outside. That is precisely what our summers here in Georgia feel like.

Spring however, is pure bliss. I love everything about spring except for rain, but I dislike rain no matter what season it appears in.
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But there really is just something about spring that’s just… kind of magical, am I right?

The smell in the air that comes right as spring is approaching fills me with a brand new sense of life and motivation. It feels like newness to me.

I start feeling a sense of giddiness like a little girl attending her first prom. I even kinda start feeling like I just might be on top of the world… Or maybe that’s just because I’m on a mountain in Georgia…

Either way, spring is full of all the things I love. It just does something to my insides. It feels clean, and of course like many of you, I get hit with the gotta-clean-every-corner-of-the-house virus and start opening windows, turning down the heat, letting the spring-y filled air in and going bat-crap crazy with cleaning frenzies!

I get a new burst of energy, I start feeling more productive and the wheels in my mind start churning and spinning, bringing in brand new thoughts, inspiration, ideas, plans, and dreams. And goals. Holy guacamole, do I start filling up to-do lists with all sorts of goals and projects that I want to accomplish.

I don’t know what it is about spring, but it really puts some pep in my step, some oil in my motor and gives me a good, healthy kick in the ass. I love it! Spring is probably the only person (aside from my mom) who can kick me in the ass and get away with it.

Don’t even get me started on my project to-do list! I really jump the gun in that department. That’s something else spring tends to do to me — sends my brain into overload with a flowing, intense flurry of new inspiration and ideas for projects.
we have more options as far as fashion/clothing goes than any other season of the year. It’s not so steaming hot that jeans and leggings are out, but not so cold that skirts, shorts and light-weight materials are out either. How perfect! I love that I can work with my entire wardrobe during spring. My options are far less limited than say the winter where the only options are sleeved, warm clothes, which I have far less of than I do warm-weather clothes.

Oh, and the colors are just so much brighter! Winter and fall months tend to be full of dull, bleary colors, which are absolutely essential, but I always have felt a little down that virtually all color is tossed out the window when colder months are in. You see blacks, grays, browns, and fall colors like red and orange, but unlike spring and summer months, you don’t see as many bold, vibrant prints and colors.

I’m the kind of person who really enjoys bright, bold, fun prints and colors, especially when it comes to my wardrobe. This year seemed like colors were more acceptable than in the past. I noticed a lot more color options being available in winter wear, but still not so much as you see in the spring and summer.

That’s always been a question that’s baffled me, just like the whole no-white-after-labor-day rule, which I’ve also never understood (or followed.) Is there some kind of unwritten rule that bold, vibrant colors and prints (like florals) are completely and strictly forbidden in colder months? And someone just never told me about said rule? Or is it just that people’s moods and attitudes change from season to season and that has a sort of subconscious effect that seeps over into our clothing choices too? To me, that sounds like a plausible and completely logical answer. I mean, our mood and feelings can affect what colors and style of clothing we will opt for on any given day, so it makes sense that we subconsciously match our feelings/mood/energy to the season. Since there’s something kind of dull and dark about winter (in my opinion,) it makes sense that we’d be more likely to wear grays, blacks, browns, and tans. Neutrals.

Or perhaps it’s some sick way of trying to match natures colors — in fall you see people wearing orange, red, brown whereas as spring brings on the vibrant colors that are typical of flowers and bright, lush green grass.

Am I onto something? Have you guys noticed this too? What are your theories and answers to the whole thing?

Spring is totally the perfect crochet/knit season! I love all the fun knitting/crochet possibilities that come alive in the spring time!

Lastly, I would like you to know that I actually intended for this post to be about Easter crochet and project ideas, but it quickly transformed into a totally different topic, so I allowed myself to go there just this once. With that said, since I’ve managed to write a mini novel already, my original post idea will be coming up next.

What I’m Working on This Month
Before I go, I would like to get into another one of our project discussions where we discuss current projects, upcoming projects, recently finished projects, our ideas and inspirations. I love those! It really warms my heart when ya’ll chime in and have discussions with me, even those that aren’t craft-related!

At the moment, I’m in the middle of an awesome cardigan/sweater project, which is the color gray, no less! Isn’t that funny, considering?

I am a big fan of gray, actually. It’s beautiful. It goes with everything and is such a classic color that to me can completely transform an outfit with hints of color into something fabulous. I love the way gray compliments pretty colors, and virtually every color imaginable. That is why I chose gray, and it’s why gray is my most common color to work with. I long for more gray crochet in my life. I love the look of a crisp gray (or white) knitted throw bunched up on the end of the couch or bed, complimenting the entire room full of bold pinks. Or, in the room my love-bucket & I share — complimenting the other chic gray and black themed bedspreads and sheets.
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Before I write a novel on why gray is the perfect neutral color…
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The cardigan/sweater is a project I’m “free-handing.” Those are some of my favorite types of projects to work, unless I’m knitting of course. I hardly ever free-hand knitting unless it’s a blanket, or something very simple. When it comes to crocheting garments though, I cannot bring myself to stick to a design and I usually end up just working first, and then letting the ideas form in my mind before I ever even know what the style will even be! I usually just start off with an average ol’ rectangle and go from there, incorporating all sorts of different stitch designs row after row. I don’t usually stick to one stitch all the way through a project. I guess it’s finicky of me, but the rebelliousness of tossing in a row of ribbing here and there throughout a project full of double crochets is so fun to me.
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I hardly ever maintain the exact same stitch all the way throughout a project, and I also have a tendency to not space out the different rows perfectly. For instance, my current sweater started off with about 7 rows of ribbing before I went to double crochet rows only for several inches, then tossed in 2 randomly-placed rows of double crochet, chain one, skip a stitch, and double crochet in the next. It creates an open square shape and I love that! You can see that stitch in first two photos below, to understand what I’m talking about:
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Another interesting thing to note is that my sweater actually began as a scarf, the one you’re seeing all over this very post! A very long one, that can wrap around my shoulders three times. I thought I was going to do a wrap-style sweater that drapes off the shoulders. I wore it as a scarf until I started playing with it on my neck and had the idea to drape it around my neck, with the two ends hanging on either side of my chest (like the typical scarf does). That’s when a totally new design struck in my head. I then began crocheting down the back-neck area of the scarf, creating a back for a sweater while the two front scarf pieces hang as normal. Then, once the back was long enough to work sleeves, I continued until I reached right about where the bust-line would be if my bust was on my back. Haha.

And that is where I’m at right now on this project. So far, I’m quite impressed with the idea (I usually don’t have very functional ones!) and I love the texture that all the randomly placed variety of stitches is creating.

Unfortunately, this is a sweater and it’s going to be full-blown spring time before I get to finish it. I’ve hardly had time to crochet or knit a single stitch this month as work has had me completely busy, without a second of free time lately.

In fact, I was becoming very down due to having to completely cut any crochet or knitting out of my days so often due to work, so for the last two days, my sweet love-bucket has gone to great lengths to make sure I get to crochet! He helped me get some things done yesterday so that I could spend the evening crocheting, and tonight, while spending a lot of time on the road, he brought along a bright-as-hell flashlight and set it all up perfectly in his truck so that I could see and crochet while he drove!

If you’re a knitter or crocheter, you’ll understand the impact and romance of such a gesture!

Anyways, other than the sweater, I’ve also worked on some adorable tiny baby flip-flops for a friend. They’re neon pink and navy blue, and although they too have had to be put on the back-burner for work, I have managed to come close to completing one flip-flop.

If any of you are interested, I’ll probably be posting the two completed projects very soon — the sweater and the baby shoes.

In fact, I’ve been planning a brand new video tutorial on the scarf I talked about (that I ended up turning into a sweater.) I haven’t had the time (again, work is taking everything out of me at the moment, and as a matter of fact, I’m cutting into my hours right now just to write this. I couldn’t go any longer without posting!) to schedule filming yet.

After I ended up making the scarf into a sweater, I thought I’d also include a video tutorial for that as well, so if you lovely folks are interested, please do let me know! A lot of times, when I get a request for a tutorial, or if someone expresses interest in a tutorial idea I put out there, I’ll make sure to do one whereas if a tutorial idea that I mention doesn’t garner any interest from folks, I’ll end up not doing it. So don’t hesitate to ever speak up and let me know if there’s a specific project you would be interested in having a tutorial on. I love doing them!

Okay, I’m going to end this crazy-long post. If you’ve stuck with me through this entire thing, then seriously, I admire you and appreciate you to no end.

Now it’s your turn to share with me. What projects are you working on? How do you feel about spring? Are you like me when it comes to projects and you like to toss in random stitches? Do you free-hand projects sometimes too? Does anyone relate to me in any of the things I’ve mentioned here or am I a true-blue lunatic?!

Thanks to each one of you who have been with me today, and to every one of you who have been visitors or readers here at Crochet As You Are. I truly appreciate each of you and you guys are always on my mind. I enjoy connecting with other people here and it makes my day when you share your own stuff with me. I love seeing your project pictures, and hearing your stories and just learning about you guys in general!

Lots of love and thank you for stopping by!

** Stay tuned for my big blast of an Easter post! It’s going to be a magnificent list of some wonderful Easter-related crochet and knitting projects, so keep your eyes open! I’ll be featuring all free patterns in the post.



10 Perfectly Beginner-Friendly Blankets to Knit for Christmas (Free Patterns)

As promised, here is 10 beginner friendly, gorgeous blankets to knit (or simply get inspiration from) for Christmas gifting! We’ve already covered the crochet version, and in that post, I promised a knitters version to come soon & I’ve managed to compile a list of those for you all. I hope this comes as a useful ‘series’ of inspirational gift-giving posts to some of you.

I’ve chosen to focus on beginner friendly patterns to feature here since this will allow beginners to check out some patterns that will fit their skill levels, too. Had I focused on more advanced patterns, I feel like I’d have limited the amount of folks that could participate in knitting the many different patterns out there available. This way, both beginners and advanced knitters can get in on the fun.

Another thing I’d wanted to accomplish with this and the crochet version of this post was to spark some confidence or inspiration in those of you who might not have been feeling confident enough in their skills to take on a gift project. Or for those of you who have been too afraid to take up the daunting task of trying your hand at something as big as a blanket. For that reason, I’ve tried to include as many quick and fast working projects as possible.

So, now that you feel motivated (and you do feel motivated, right? Right?), I hope you’ll try knitting up a blanket or two, or five!

P.S. To see my crocheters version of this post, go here.

1. Fuzzy Fluff Blanket Project from Craft Warehouse
*Update: It appears the owner of the website has removed this pattern & link. My apologies.

Source: Craft Warehouse
Source: Craft Warehouse

This fluffy, stylish blanket is knitted with specific yarn, to create the pom “pon” effect. However, you can whip up an equally beautiful blanket using the yarn of your own choice and following the pattern. The only difference is, well, for one, it’ll be much easier and for two, you won’t have to work with tiny “pom pons” on your yarn, which the pattern calls for. This is an easy to knit blanket otherwise.

2. Quickie Blanket by Big Box Detox

This blanket is not only simple and stunning, but it’s so easy to make! Nobody will ever know you whi

Source: Big Box Detox
Source: Big Box Detox
pped this blanket up with little to no mental work. The color block look is modern, stylish and fun! Plus, this knitted beauty is so age-versatile you can knit a colorful one for a child to snuggle with for the rest of their lives, or an adult who’ll appreciate it forever.

3. Super Easy Baby Blanket (Pattern Tweaked by Time for Dinner)

Source: Time for Dinner
Source: Time for Dinner

A simple baby blanket, originally found on the Purl Bee, which uses the garter stitch has been tweaked into unique perfection by Time for Dinner. She simply used knit 1 stitch, then purl the next and repeated that all throughout to create this awesome color block blanket! I love the results, and I think you will too.

4. Knitted Stripe Baby Blanket by Tiffany from Sweet Peonies

Source: Tiffany from Sweet Peonies
Source: Tiffany from Sweet Peonies

Stripes are a classic, and this pattern uses a combo of 3 different colors, although you can totally change it up or just use one. Or you could even knit each row in a new color if you really wanted! Virtually every human will love to receive a blanket with such simple beauty.

5. Quick Knit Blanket by Red Heart

Source: Red Heart
Source: Red Heart

This quick knit blanket has a lovely, feminine, lacy appearance, making it a beautiful gift. The skill level is do-able for most knitters, even many beginners. You will need a pair of circular needles (US size 13), though.

6. Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot

Source: Espace Tricot
Source: Espace Tricot

Let me just take a second to express my love and adoration for Espace Tricot. Ahh. Total knitters bliss, that blogger! The patterns are gorgeous. Stunning. To. Die. For! And so many of the beauties are offered for free, which definitely earns &** a huge shout out from me.

This chevron blanket features bold colors that are just irresistible. In fact, this pattern is already saved in my Ravelry queue for when I have time to knit it later. The pattern is also available in PDF format. Just follow the link provided and scroll down the page until you see the blanket. *There’s no link directed for the blanket pattern specifically, so you will have to scroll down the page to find it. The page is simply one full of Espace Tricot’s gorgeous, amazing free patterns, so if you’re like me, you’ll probably be clicking on every one on the list before you even make it to the blanket!

7. Arrowhead Lace Throw by Red Heart

Source: Red Heart
Source: Red Heart

This lightweight, lacy throw features an intricate-looking stitch design, although it’s actually rated as an easy pattern to follow.

The Arrowhead Lace Throw is beautiful enough — and really complicated looking, although it’s not so don’t even fret! — that it’s sure to earn you some respect as a knitter when you give one as a gift (or just show it off and keep it yourself!)

8. 6 Hour Afghan by Lion Brand

Source: Lion Brand
Source: Lion Brand

This super fast afghan is knitted with 4 strands of yarn held together. With 4 strands, expect a thick, chunky blanket. This is a beginner level project and the result looks so cozy it’ll be hard to pass up. Oh, and that fringe! Fringe is always in. Note: If you want to save $ you’ll spend on your knitting projects (and I understand because this craft can be extremely expensive, despite what many non-yarn-crafters think, so if you’re looking to cut costs, simple ditch the last 3 strands and simply use one. Or 2, if budget allows. Remember to use a smaller needle size if you use less yarn strands, though!)

9. F343 Coffee Beenz Textured Throw by Plymouth Yarn Design Studio

Source: Plymouth Yarns
Source: Plymouth Yarns

If knitting is your thing, but you’re ready to incorporate a little bit of texture into your handiwork, then perhaps this Textured Throw will be exactly the challenge you’ve been needing. This throw is knitted using 2 strands of yarn held together as you go. Remember, you can adjust how many yarn strands you use, if needed. Just use a smaller set of needles than a pattern calls for when you do this.

With a simple design though, this throw pattern will allow you to tweak to add multiple colors, if you like.

10. Weekend TV Lapghan by Lion brand

Source: Lion Brand
Source: Lion Brand

Can’t you just imagine how nice this would look on any couch?
This loose, light-weight throw is a fast piece of work and yet another gem that looks like it required serious work on your part, but it’s surprisingly simple to work.

This pattern requires a crochet hook (size P-15 or 10mm), but don’t worry. You don’t have to have extensive crochet skills in order to create this lovely blanket. The crochet hook is just for making the fringe border.

What do ya’ll think? Are any of these lovely enough to inspire you to try knitting a blanket (if you haven’t ever done so already) to give as a gift this year? If so, I’d love to know which you choose to knit!

If not a blanket, do any of you plan to crochet or knit any gifts for Christmas this year?

10 Perfectly Beginner-Friendly Blankets to Crochet for Christmas (Free Patterns)

It’s that time of year, almost.

Christmas!

And I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s brain is firing like crazy, in search of ideas for perfect Christmas gifts this year. Since I have taken up crochet and knitting in this last year (in fact, it was last winter when I first began knitting), I have been looking forward to being able to gift some items that I’ve hand crocheted or hand knitted.

So, a couple of months ago, I went on the hunt to find the best gifts, DIY-style. Of course crochet and knitting will be two I’ll want to focus on. I searched online to find what items would be the most likely to be appreciated and loved by other folks. I even went on crochet forums to ask fellow crocheters for their advice. I polled my readers, I perused websites like Etsy to see what crocheted items appeared to be the most sought-after by my fellow humans.

I got some random answers and some useful ones. Some recommended sticking with a popular accessory like scarves. Others said that their families and loved ones always valued their hand-made blankets and afghans the most. And one person even said that her most popular item was pet beds! She shared a nugget of advice with me, saying that I’d be surprised to learn how many people really found pet beds to be valuable gifts! Who knew?

Her suggestion was later confirmed when my sister asked me if I could crochet or knit a doggy bed for my niece’s new puppy!

I suppose for a pet owner, beds really would be handy gifts to give because, as my advice-giver noted, pets love to sleep on their owner’s clothing items and furniture. Owners tend to prefer their furniture and clothing to be fur-free, so a bed for the pets to keep warm in does seem a logical and useful choice for gifting.

You see, my family members don’t crochet or knit, and people who aren’t familiar with the crafts tend to not know (or value) the work and love that goes into creating such a gift. So, I realize that the majority of my family members are simply not going to appreciate a hand-made product as a gift, especially the kids who would probably use the item as a means to create a fire with, or toss in the nearest trash can.

However, I realize that there are people out there who do value and appreciate a nice, hand-knit or crocheted sweater or afghan or blanket, so for y’all, I’ve compiled a list of 10 beautiful blankets & afghans that can be crocheted with a beginner levels experience (see, my crochet beginners, I’ve got your back!) This way, even beginner crocheters can get in on the crochet gifting. So, I hope you guys find my top 10 to be both simple to work with and also beautiful enough to give as gifts.

* Coming Up: Knitters Version: 10 Beginner-Friendly Blankets to Knit for Christmas (Free Patterns)

Since the chevron pattern is so popular and modern this year (2014), I thought I’d start off with a couple of those.

1. The Chevron Baby Blanket Free Pattern by Bellus Threads:
Bellus Crochet Blanket Pattern

2. Free Crochet Ripple Baby Blanket by G. C. Murphy Co., found on Miracles Happen
(Another Free Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern that’s simple to follow.) In fact, this was the very first blanket I ever attempted to crochet & it went surprisingly well! The instructions are so easy and repetitive that you’ll have the memorized within the first few rows.
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3. How to Crochet a Blanket for Beginners

Source: AHC Kids Crafts
Source: AHC Kids Crafts

This absolute beginner crochet blanket tutorial is a perfect first blanket to crochet, especially if a design seems a tad too daunting just yet. The folks from AHC Kids Crafts provide a detailed photo-tutorial from the very first step (knotting the yarn onto the hook and to the very last stitch)
Source: Red Heart
Source: Red Heart

This lap-throw is an easy, quick project that takes so little yarn (one jumbo skein) that you might be able to make more than just one to gift to your loved ones, or keep one to snuggle up with yourself. The best thing about it? It’s so simple and easy yet you wouldn’t know it by looking at the fun, textured design!

5. Crochet Super Easy Crib Blanket by the Purl Bee
Source: Purl Bee Source: Purl Bee
If you’ve succeeded with a single color crochet blanket pattern and feel ready to start using multiple colors, then these chunky-striped or color-block blankets will be your perfect project. Choose bold color combos for a sunny, cheerful blanket or go with neutrals to gift to folks who like to match their bedroom/living room suite with their accessories. The best thing about this color-block blanket is that they’ll always be stylish, even decades down the road. Also great is the versatility.

6. The Five & A Half Hour Throw by Lion Brand with Vanna’s Choice Yarn

Source: Lion Brand
Source: Lion Brand

This pattern, with a difficulty rating of 2 is perfect if you’re strapped for time and want a really quick, thick and cozy throw that’ll look lovely in any atmosphere.

Tip: This throw requires 5 balls of the Vanna’s Choice yarn, which isn’t the cheapest yarn on the market. So if you’re like me and need a cheaper option at the moment, then one way to substitute for a thick yarn is by crocheting with double-strands (simply using two strands of yarn at once as you crochet) from a ball of yarn that costs less. This will achieve the same, or very similar thickness for a cheaper price, especially if you can get your yarn on sale.

*Tip: Joann almost always runs a 50% off one purchase deal.

7. Fiber Star: Soft Purple Baby Blanket found on I Brake for Yarn, Hooks and Books by Samantha Stopple and also published in Fiber Star.

Source: Fiber Star. Pattern located at I Brake for Yarn, Hooks & Books
Source: Fiber Star. Pattern located at I Brake for Yarn, Hooks & Books

Despite the name, you can use any color combo you choose or even stick with a single color for the entire blanket. The stitching creates a lovely, unique texture but the work is so simple a first-timer could probably get it down in little time.

8. Easy Beginner Crochet Baby Blanket Video Tutorial by I Heart Stitching

I didn’t want to leave out you guys who are visual learners, so here’s a fantastic video tutorial on a lovely, easy baby blanket. If you use the same thickness of yarn as the video instructor does, you’ll get an incredibly snuggly, chunky blanket which is all the rage right now in crochet world. The peach color is gorgeous, but you can choose any color you like, or even do a combination.

9. The Free School Spirit Throw Crochet Pattern from Red Heart is perfect for sports fans and the results are so professional looking that any sports fan is going to appreciate this gift. The fringed edges are icing on the cake.

Source: Red Heart Source: Red Heart

Bonus: these are even more warm, soft and cozy than those stiff store-bought sports throws!

10. Simple Crocheted Baby Blanket by Christy Grauer from Girl Uprooted

Source: Christy Grauer from Girl Uprooted
Source: Christy Grauer from Girl Uprooted

This intricate-looking pattern is simply genius in design because it’s based off a simple square, and it’s so aesthetically pleasing. This is a blanket that looks like advanced but can be achieved by many beginners, especially if you’ve already succeeded in the square, which is what most beginners learn first. If you’ve yet to tackle the square, please don’t let that deter you from putting your hook to the test with this one. It might take you a few tries at your first square, but I assure you, the results with this design are going to give you a great sense of pride and accomplishment! Plus, once you’ve got past the square that makes up this blanket, the rest is so easy.

Size Tip:

You can easily change the size of any blanket/afghan pattern by simply continuing in the pattern for a longer length than a pattern calls for, or to shorten a larger blanket to a baby or throw size, simply stop when you reach desired length.

Size Tip: If your blanket turns out to be more narrow than you wanted, there’s a “fix” I like to use, which is simply crocheting — or knitting. Knitting can look lovely as an edging to a crochet blanket — around the entire blanket, as an edging. You can do this using simple crochet basics like a single crochet, double crochet or half double crochet all around the entire blanket, or add a decorative trim like a scalloped edging. The scallop edge is very simple, and beginner tutorials can be found all over YouTube, if interested.

So, will any of you awesome guys and gals be crocheting gifts this Christmas? If so, what are your plans so far? Will any of you be trying your hand at any of the 10 listed here? I’d love to hear your ideas! Also, feedback is very appreciated. If you like this kind of post, it’s very helpful to know that you do (or don’t), that way I can create more like this for those of you who do, or find another focus for those who prefer something else. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to stop by!

Lacey Floral Crocheted Motifs (+ Free Patterns)

Finally, I’m back with a new crochet project! It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to update my blog here because I’ve been so busy working, and because I’ve not had the chance to really complete much of a new crochet project. I have, however, found time to crochet a few fun motifs that I’ve yet to find a way to use.

Kendra's Motifs

One of my favorite things to crochet are motifs. They’re so versatile, and I’ve been able to create a couple of beautiful tops (a vest was the last project I made from motifs) out of them by stitching them together.

I’ve also made a small handful of flowers lately, which I had thought I’d be able to attach together and make the neckline of a blouse, but they didn’t exactly turn out the way I pictured. I’ve not really been able to freehand things like flowers (that aren’t a basic shape like a square or triangle) yet.

I’d love to be able to stitch a whole bunch of flowers together to create a loose blouse or create the top part of a blouse from, then crochet the rest using a stitch. I guess that’s something else that will take practice getting just right. I’ve seen many beautifully put-together shawls that use a flower and circle design, but I’d want a shirt instead. So, if I could find patterns like the flower shawls that I could alter to make into a blouse, I’d be all over that.

Kendra's Motifs again

Since I’m on the topic, would any of my fellow crocheters happen to have any suggestions for going about this idea? Maybe I could use the pattern of a shawl (one that uses small flowers attached together) and just make a large rectangle rather than the triangle a shawl is typically made into. From a rectangle, I could easily make a blouse! Now the ideas are a churnin’.

While I probably won’t get to use the flowers I crocheted (no photos of those, but can put them up if anyone is interested) in a top anytime soon, they’d at least be a beautiful addition to any piece of clothing, really. I love the way a combination of fabrics and crochet look together, so I might add some of the lacey-ish flowers to some blouses of my own, or my niece’s. The motifs, though, I hope to eventually be able to create something nice out of. I have a nice stash that’s only growing of various crocheted motifs — all made in the same white thread (I’m stuck on this stuff!) I love the lacey-ish appearance it has.

Kendra's Motifs more

I hope to one day (when I’ve gained more patience for repetitive motif crocheting), create a decorative throw or blanket from motifs like these.

I’m thinking of using some of the floral motifs to sew onto the elbows of plain ol’ long sleeve tops. Or I could put them on pillows. Or to patch holes in jeans. Or I could always just slap them together and make a lovely garland from them! There are so many awesome ways to use them. What would you do with these motifs?

And also, what are your favorite ways to use motifs? Do you add them to pillows, or clothes, sew em’ together and make a table runner? What do you like to do with them?

Oh, and as always, I’ve included links to the patterns I used to make these motifs (which can be found on this post here.) All were available for free, thanks to many bloggers (and companies) who are kind enough to offer instructions/tutorials free of charge.

*Other Projects I’ve been Working On*

My “main” project I’ve been working on the last month is a dress for my youngest niece. I like to have a little something small to work on in-between my big projects, so I chose more flowers and motifs that I might be able to use eventually.

It’s almost complete, but the straps still need sewn on, and of course those pesky yarn tails that are dangling from various spots on the dress need sewn in. I hate that part of crochet more than anything — tucking in your tails.

I’ll post photos of her dress once it’s complete. I’m actually not thrilled with the color combination at all. I started out with a purple for the bust and since I only had enough for a couple of rows, I planned to use a pretty decent sized roll of this other yarn that I thought would look nice with the purple (and Bug insisted I use it in her dress). But, to my sad surprise, I ran out of the yarn way before the dress was long enough! I could just buy a new roll, but I have had this roll for years, and it was given to me from B (my significant other’s) grandmother who’s passed away! On top of that, I’ve never seen the exact color in stores anywhere. I’ve seen a similar color from the Peaches N’ Cream line, but am really not that fond of any of their colors, including the one that’s similar.

When the yarn was given to me, it didn’t have the label on it, but appeared to be a full roll, and if not, it was very close. I call it “birthday cake yarn” because it’s a white color with small flecks of colors that resemble the sprinkles often decorated on a birthday cake.

So, I improvised when I ran out of the “birthday cake yarn” and used an off white to finish, which is not very close in color to the white of the “birthday cake yarn.” It’s disappointing because I thought the detail in the stitching (I combined several different stitches, including two different ruffle stitches) was absolutely stunning. She adores it already, so that’s all that matters, but I’d have loved to have felt a sense of pride or something upon seeing my completed project.

Unfortunately, I didn’t even enjoy the stitching of the bottom portion! I know, what a Debbie Downer I am, right? Lol. It was just very tedious and hard on my hands. It’s something similar to a shell stitch. I typically enjoy the fun of crocheting, but this project didn’t go smoothly like your average single crochet or something.

I figure since I love the look of the stitches, though, I’ll try to use another very similar stitch (probably opt for some kind of shell stitch) and try to find the patience to crochet another one, making sure I have plenty of yarn this time! That way, I can post photos of it and enjoy the look of it myself. And I’d like to try and have it in my shop (Laughing Flamingos,) hopefully that may be something that’ll draw the shop some attention.

Well, enough talk about my projects. I can post an image when I’ve completed the dress & maybe get some feedback from ya’ll. Perhaps another set of eyes could be useful, especially regarding the color combination.

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