Tag: Inspiration

OOTD and Ideas for Restyling T-Shirts With Crochet Lace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20 Awesome (Free) Easter Crafts to Crochet 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Whiskers and Wool free crochet Easter egg pattern

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

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

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

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

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

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

But that’s okay. Crochet away.

7. Free Crochet Chick Pattern by Drops Design Garn Studio

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

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

Note: This little fella does require some stuffing.

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

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

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

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

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

Remember, good things come in small packages?

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

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

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

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

Right?

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

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

Do you guys do that too?

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

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.

Free Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern & WIP

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These are the many photos I’ve taken of the partially finished blanket I started crocheting… gulp… last year for my nephew. I used this wonderful free pattern which I’ve actually featured before already from Miracles Happen called the Ripple Crochet Afghan and adored every stitch. It has been one of the most relaxing, rewarding pieces I’ve worked so far. It went so smoothly, and I adore the design.

The pattern is very simple to follow and if you can crochet quickly, and have some time to spare right now, then you could probably finish a baby size before Christmas knocks at your door. Seriously, this is the ultimate relax-afghan, sort of. I suppose a single or double crochet only would be even more mindless to work, but this one has something a little more rewarding about its design.

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Hello my fellow crocheters, knitters and other awesome crafters,

You can see how busy I have been with my needles and hooks, huh? I forgot how fast Christmas could sneak up on us and I twiddled away my time and ended up not having all the projects done I’d hoped to already have completed by now. So, I’m having to scramble at the last minute to try and get them all done.

I have the little rose pink colored cardigan that I posted about last week, the one I have started for my niece and hadn’t finished the sleeves on. Those sleeves are something else. They are taking so much longer than I expected. I’m single crocheting them, so it’s a slow go.

And riding around in my purse is a piece of a sweater on a pair of size 6 needles. Remember in my cardigans to crochet and knit post where I featured several superbly gorgeous and stunning cardigans to crochet (for free!)? Well, at the end of that post, I shared the link to the awesome cardigan pattern by Lion Brand that I’m working on knitting. It’s the one called Curtain Call…

Well, yep. That’s the one on my needles right now, so I’m basically (no, not basically. I am.) switching between my niece’s little cardi and mine! I kid you not, I’ve even been carrying them around in my bag, and anytime my spouse is driving and stops the vehicle (and even at times when he’s not stopped at all, but driving!) I will pull the projects out and knit a couple of stitches, or crochet a few.

If only I didn’t get headaches from every single thing that is present on our beautiful earth! I can’t hardly knit or crochet (or do anything else that requires my vision) without my head pounding. So, here I am frantically pulling out my needles/hook and yarn to knit just one more stitch each time we stop. It’s literally yarn crazy in my world right now!

I’m surprised I haven’t found a way to knit/crochet while I’m using the bathroom yet. Hey… Next idea? Just kidding. Just kidding!

However, it would be pretty fantperb (that means fantastic+superb) if my love bucket could knit or crochet because I could just put him to work on one of the projects as I work the other. Oh Lord, I have a feeling that’s coming. Bless his heart, he’s already untangled and re-rolled dozens of yarn balls for me, and even attempted to knit a few stitches a while back on a sweater I worked on. He actually did a good job, too. That brings me to another totally off-topic little fun fact: My spouse is who inspired me to crochet/knit, kind of. The idea came to me one night, and it so happened his grandmother was a very big crocheter, and it wasn’t a day or two after I mentioned to him that I was going to take up knitting that he had me an entire tub full of supplies. He watched his grandmother crochet for years as they watched TV together, and even played Mario on the Nintendo!

So, thanks to him and his incredibly inspiring grandmother (who has since passed away, and the beautifully precious family has allowed me to use her supplies. Something I’m forever grateful for), I have been able to take up this absolutely stunning craft. Seriously, there’s nothing like the feeling of needing nothing more than either a hook and some yarn or a pair of needles and some yarn and knowing you can literally create anything from those two supplies.

Okay! I truly did bounce from one topic to a million others. I hope you all can forgive my scatter-brain for now. I’m feeling crazy and scatter-brained and frantic as ever now that the Holidays are approaching and so many life changes are occurring at such a fast pace in my life! I am sure this shows through my posts, so please bear with me. I promise to try and get myself together before I go posting again.

In the meantime, I am still trying to think up some Christmas gift ideas (last minute!) for other loved ones of mine who I either wouldn’t have time to crochet/knit something for, or who simply wouldn’t really love one of my projects, so any ideas? What are some of the gifts you’re giving this year? I’m hoping to find several great gifts really soon so that I don’t go all panic-last-minute-shopping even worse than I am right now. Seriously, I have one gift ready. ONE. So, I’d love to hear some of ya’ll’s ideas. Anybody else crocheting or knitting gifts this year, too?

P.S. If you aren’t a crocheter yourself, but would like to purchase a similar blanket, you can find them on my shop Laughing Flamingos.

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?

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.

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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. 😉

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. 🙁 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 Trim/Edging


Hey my fellow crocheters,

I have found myself crocheting a lot this past week. Kind of trying to work my way through this bout of depressive feelings by keeping busy. I guess something good has come of it, though because I’ve managed to crochet this nice lace-y trim or edging. I didn’t even have a particular project in mind that I wanted to use this trim or edging on, but I know since the minute I took up crochet & knitting, I wanted to eventually have a nice stash of hand-crocheted trim/edging on hand because it’s so darn beautiful and can go with virtually anything.

Crochet Lace Trim LF

Lace crochet by Kendra
I actually have quite a few various trims I have crocheted, but I have yet to use any of it. I figure one day the day will come when I have a shirt or something that could use a nice lace-y looking trim to it, but for now, I just enjoy makin’ the stuff.
Kendra's Lace
There are so many possibilities, too. Lace-y edged pillows, trim for a dress, bedding, a t-shirt. Heck, I even imagined using it to trim a neckline on a regular ol’ top, and thought it would look lovely. I think I’ll also add this by the roll to my shop, just in case it ever takes off. At least potential “shoppers” would have something to choose from, huh? Kendra's Lace
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I have really enjoyed the stitching of this trim, though, and thought I could even keep going with it to make it wider, but am still unsure of where I’ll go with it at the moment.
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Do you guys crochet your own edging/trim for your projects? If so, what types of projects do you use it on?

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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