Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Divine Hat for Ava

I crocheted some boring mittens and a scarf for Ava and then made this cute hat. Actually I was making it for me but she looked so darling in it that it is now hers. :)

It's a free pattern found here, The Divine Hat.

Boatneck Bluebell - Nov/Dec Sweater

My last sweater for the Sweater a Month Knitalong is the Boatneck Bluebell by Stephanie Japel - Fitted Knits. It is knit in Patons Classic Wool Merino in Leaf Green (4.25 skeins) using size 8 needles.

I had added some short rows for the bust thinking I'm all pro now and then realized after it was done, that the sweater did not need them. So I had to pick/rip them out and graft the sweater back together again. It was major surgery but I did it (thanks to a supportive husband who kept the child away). I also decided I didn't like flared sleeves so knit them straight. These pics are of the unblocked sweater. It is blocking as I type and I stretched the sleeves out a bit to add a few inches.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tall Latte for October

Sweater number 11! This is Doris Chan's Talle Latte. I crocheted a short sleeve version since I didn't have much yarn (a little more than 5 skeins). It's the same yarn as my Shapely Tank, Knit Picks Cotlin in Kohlrabi. Who says crochet eats up more yarn? I used slightly more for this but it has extra material in the sleeves.

I used my new knowledge of short rows to customize the fit. Short rows are easy! And then I added bust darts. It fits perfectly!

Here is a great article on short rows. This is what made the technique click for me.

Testing Patterns for Others

While I took my month off from the sweaters, I tested some patterns for other crochet designers. I appreciate timely testing so thought I'd volunteer.

Mermaid Scales is a bikini set by Pyogazel. I used Lion Brand Cotton Ease.

Parul is a triangle scarf/shawl by Rebecca Logan (ravelry - ThatLogan Chick). I used Berroco Seduce and it is YUMMY.

And then the Sweet Pea Tote by Cathy Phillips (ravelry - LuvMaxine). The yarn is Caron One Pound and this is my favorite carryall.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Shapely Tank for August

August's sweater project was the Shapely Tank by White Lies Design. I knew it would be kind of boring since it is all stockinette but I wanted 1) something not too tough, 2) to try the short row shaping for the bust, 3) a project with not too much yarn, and 4) it is part of the Sexy Knitters' Club knit-along this quarter.

I used 5 skeins of Knit Picks CotLin in Kohlrabi, size 6 needles. The short row shaping was easier than I thought. I plan to incorporate them into future projects. Not so crazy about the color but I really like the finished top and plan to get some use out of it.

Having made 10 sweaters this year so far (sweater a month club, remember?) I feel a little sick of making them . :) I'm taking September off since I'm ahead.

Elegant Shell

This was my July Sweater of the Month Club project. I know, I didn't blog about it earlier but I'm not too happy with it. It is the Elegant Shell by Lion Brand and I used 3 skeins of Microspun in French Vanilla. I like the yarn, I like the pattern but it is very holey and I can't wear it in public without an undershirt. I haven't frogged it yet so I'm still considering if I want to keep it or not. Maybe if I find the right undershirt. Anyway, I added some waist shaping which I think helps get rid of the boxy crochet look.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rust Goes Green

We are all trying to be more environmental these days. Reusing shopping bags is one way and there has been a plethora of market bag patterns lately. This one is Rust Goes Green and I used Sugar'n Cream Confectionery Colors (Caramel) and a G hook. It is huge and has already been useful.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Crochet Tunic Top Now For Sale

This is a crochet tunic pattern worked from the top down with turns at the end of each row in sport weight yarn. The recommended yarn is Knit Picks Shine Sport. The pattern is for an intermediate crochet skill level.

Written for bust measurements:

Small [32-34 inches]
Medium [36-38 inches]
Large [40-42 inches]
X-Large [44-46 inches]
XX-Large [48-50 inches]
XXX-Large [52-54 inches]

This top is intended to be very close fitting with some waist shaping.

Delivery of the pattern is via e-mail in a pdf format. It will be e-mailed within 24 hours of payment. Please check your spam folders.


Purchase can be made at my Etsy Shop or on

Monday, July 28, 2008

Socks Done!

I just had to finish the socks. Here is the pair.

And some artistic shots.

Friday, July 25, 2008

My First Handmade Socks

These socks are crocheted! The pattern is Cabled Socks and I just love all the versions I have seen on Ravelry. I only have one done because of course, I have to modify stuff and it takes a little longer but the second one should be done ALOT faster. The yarn is Silk City Bambu 7 and the hook is a 2.55 mm (size 0) steel. Hopefully my photography will improve when I take picks of the pair. :)

Sugar 'N Cream Stuff

I had a 12 oz skein of Sugar 'N Cream and decided it was time to use it up. I made a Market Bag, a dish sponge and another spiral scrubbie. I'm surprised how soft the yarn was and I think I'll be using it more, especially when it goes on sale. :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

July Sweater of the Month

I'm a member of the Sweater of the Month Club on Ravelry and this month my plan was/is to crochet a tank top from an existing pattern rather than creating something from scratch. I figured it would be easier and quicker but I've realized there is a reason I tinker with patterns. The gauge swatches I have made are very open and holey (two different patterns, two different yarns, various hooks). Gorgeous but I'll have to wear something underneath for modesty. It defeats the purpose of summerwear to have 2 layers. But they are so pretty.

Lelah Top

This is the size 4T version of the Lelah Top (knitting). I've wanted to make this top for myself for such a long time but thought it would look better on my daughter. Took less time and yarn too. :)

The yarn is Elann Sonata in Coffee Bean (2.5 skeins) and I used a size 6 needle. I had to resize the pattern but it was simple enough. Made a gauge swatch and figured out to make 11 repeats of the lace for a 22" chest. Then simple stockinette for the top part with crocheted straps. I added a picot edging to match the eyelet row.

The hardest part of the project was getting my little one to sit still for fittings and then to take the picture. It looks more artistic this way. :)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Simply Shawl

My friend, Yvonne is having a baby and I thought in addition to a baby gift, I'd make a shawl just for her. The pattern is Caron's Simply Shawl. The yarn is Simply Soft Autumn Red. It truly is soft.
My daughter couldn't help but snuggle with mommy. :)

Basket Turned Hat

I'm trying to use up some old yarn I have and make some small projects at the same time. I found this pattern for some cute baskets and thought I'd give it a try.

Some acrylic and a G hook.

When I showed my daughter the basket, she immediately placed it on her head and said, "Thank you for the hat." Of course I wasn't quick enough to get a picture but you get the idea. :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pattern Testing For Tunic Top

I wrote up a pattern for my tunic top and just posted a request on Crochetville for testers. Anyone interested? I'd prefer someone on Ravelry or with a blog so I can review your resume. :)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Top Down Crochet Tunic

This top is crocheted from the top down with no seams. Just thought I'd experiment with something different. Because it is top down, it was easy to customize the fit. The yarn is Knit Picks Shine Sport in Crocus, 8 skeins. It is a dk/sport weight cotton/modal so the top is pretty light.

Not sure if I'm going to do a pattern for this. Still thinking about it...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Blue/White Baby Round Ripple

This blanket is for my friend, Yvonne, who is having a baby boy in September. I used 2 skeins (1 white, 1 blue) of Bernat Baby Coordinates and an F hook. The pattern is from Sew on Fire.

Big Mouth Fish

I have a bunch of acrylic I need to use up and I found this cute fish pattern on Crochetville.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Bella Paquita!!

This sweater has been on my mind for quite awhile. The first time I saw the pattern, I knew I'd be making it eventually. That was 2 years ago. The Sexy Knitters Club had a knitalong recently for it and although I didn't finish in time (March), I have finished it.

I learned ALOT with this sweater. First time with the provisional cast on, first time seaming a knit item, I improved my lace knitting and fitting techniques. But most importantly, I learned to trust that I knew what I was doing. :) Each piece made me wonder if I was doing it right, would I get a proper fit, would I mess everything up with my seaming. Lots of anxiety but I love the finished sweater. It's not blocked yet but I couldn't wait to post it.

For all the knitters, I used 5 skeins of Patons Classic Merino Wool yarn in natural mix with my size 8 circulars. My gauge was slightly off so I compensated by knitting the large. The FREE pattern can be found here.

Another Quick One

To finish up the yarn from the scrubbie and hot pad, I made this ripple bag. Just wanted to try the pattern and my daughter can always use another bag for her stuff.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Spiral Scrubbie and Flower Hot Pad

I took a break from endless sweater knitting to do some quick projects. A Spiral Scrubbie and a Flower Hot Pad. It was nice to do something fast and use up some yarn.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Empire Top Test Knitting for Lily Go

I test knit this pattern for Lily Go. It is the Empire Top and the version I made was DK. The yarn is Patons Classic Merino Wool in Leaf Green (4 1/2 skeins) on size 8 needles. I really enjoyed working on it and Lily has some great patterns.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Men's Crochet Cardigan

I made this top down cardigan for my husband. It was supposed to be for Valentine's Day but things happen. It's only a week late and he loves it.

It is crocheted except for the sleeve and bottom edgings which are 2x2 knit rib. The yarn is Paton's Classic Merino in Dark Grey Mix (8 skeins) and I used an F hook and size 6 needles.

The crochet stitch pattern I used was 'sc in front lp, sc in back loop' all the way across. The texture is fabulous but I can never get the pics to show it right. The neck edging is simple rows of sc and he wanted a zipper.

Doesn't he look happy?

NOTE: I get a lot of requests for this pattern but I DO NOT have a pattern written up for it. It was a one time design customized for my husband. Sorry.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


I was at my LYS a few months ago and decided to buy a skein of Classic Elite's Wool Bam Boo. The teal was calling to me and I really wanted to try the 50% wool/50% bamboo yarn. What do you do with only one skein? These fingerless mittens from were perfect. My first knit cables and it was easier than I thought. Love them!

This yarn is TRULY yummy. If price were no object, I'd use it for everything.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Top Down Knit (Purl Stripe) Sweater

I joined the Ravelry Sweater a Month Group and this is my completed January sweater. It is knit top down with a purl stripe every 8th row. The yarn is 2 skeins Patons Classic Merino in Rosewood. I used my size 8 circulars. My knitting improves so much with each sweater.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Two Terry Kimbrough Afghans

I recently made two afghans as wedding presents, one for my brother's fiance and the other for one of my sisters.
Both are by Terry Kimbrough and were in Leisure Arts Leaflet #3001, Absolutely Gorgeous Sentimental Shells. I used Caron Simply Soft for both. The Autumn Red (Lacy Shells) took 5 skeins and the Off White (Shells Galore) took 4 skeins. I ran out of Off White so I omitted an edging repeat. I still like it. :) These were very easy and quick to crochet.