50 Shades Blue Shawl Done!

Blogged under crochet and knitting, learning2knit by Tammy on Thursday 21 July 2016 at 8:58 am



My sister, the Tappingflamingo, bought a gorgeous skein of 50 Shades of Gradient yarn when we were on one of our trips to downtown Cocoa Village, Florida. We chatted about it in one of our podcast episodes. She bought the yarn and then asked me to turn it into a garter stitch knit shawl for her. So it was a win-win. She got the finished product, and I got to knit with yummy and pretty yarn.

This is a very simple design where you start with three cast-ons, and then you knit and increase on each end so that it grows. I just keep going until I use up almost all of the yarn. Unfortunately, I’m paranoid about not having enough to cast off at the end, so I usually end up with an extra bit more than anticipated.

I think this is about the fourth one of these I have made, and I keep telling myself that I need to make something more difficult and stretch my knitting muscles. However, at the same time, I just want to knit and enjoy the process. Oh, and enjoy the yarn. I did like working with this yarn. It feels soft but isn’t so soft that’s slippery and hard to work with. When I made a mistake and had to rip back or tink, it didn’t tangle. I think I only had one knot issue (of my own making), but otherwise, I never had to break the yarn and weave it in the middle of a row. I was hoping the gradient would look less subtle, but I think my sister will like this. Plus, it’s a good color on her.


Blythe Doll Beret Pattern - Recipe

Blogged under crochet and knitting, dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Wednesday 29 June 2016 at 4:41 pm

This has not been test crocheted for accuracy or gauge. Therefore, I recommend you use this as a recipe and adapt as necessary, especially if you use thinner or thicker yarn than suggested, and check the fit on your doll’s head as you go (as hair thickness can also affect fit). I made this to fit a Blythe doll’s head. However, I have heard that American Girl (AG) dolls have about the same size head, so AG collectors may also find this helpful.

I used Morehouse Farm’s sport weight 2-ply in the “raspberry” colorway. Hook sizes and stitches terms are in US (not UK).

You will need the following tools and supplies:

Scissors

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle

G hook

F hook.

Your choice of sport weight yarn.

Use the G hook first and later switch to the F hook as indicated in the instructions below.

Start by using a sloppy slip knot to attach yarn to your hook See this link for instructions on the sloppy slip knot:


http://www.freshstitches.com/the-sloppy-slip-knot-how-to-work-in-the-round-with-no-hole/

Note: I suggest working through the back loop of single crochet stitches. This will make noticeable lines around and allow you to count your rows as you work more easily. Use the stitch marker to mark the end of the row and move it as you go onto the next row.

ch 2.

Round 1: Sc 6 times in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Round 2: Sc twice in each st. (12)

Round 3: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next st. Repeat from * 5 times. (18)

Round 4: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (24)

Round 5: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (30)

Round 6: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (36)

Round 7: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (42)

Round 8: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 6 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (48)

Round 9: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 7 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (54)

Round 10:  * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (60)

Round 11: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 9 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (66)

Round 12: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 10 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (72)

Round 13: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 11 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (78)

Round 14: Switch to F hook and Sc in each st (78)

Round 15: * Sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts. Repeat from * 6 times, Sc in next 6 sts (71)

Round 16: * Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * 10 times. Sc in next 2 sts (60)

Round 17:  * Sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 8 times. Sc in next 6 sts (55)

Round 18: * Sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 7 times. Sc in next 5 sts (47)

Round 19 - 20: Sc in each st (47)

Round 21: 2 sl sts

Cut yarn leaving at least a 6 inch tail, and use tapestry needle to weave in and trim off excess yarn.




If anyone finds time to test this out, I am open to reasonable suggestions, especially if there are any errors with my numbers. I ended up having to re-engineer this hat after I just did my usual creative experimenting with yarn. I ended up making 2 more berets before I could develop the pattern, and then I made one more following the pattern. Of course, it is easy to follow your own instructions, though.

Crochet Baby Dresses - Super Duper Simple!

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 8:50 am

I have two family members expecting babies soon, so out came my crochet hook. Of course, I made the usual afghans, but I have wanted to make some little dresses too. One of those expecting is not going to know the gender until he or she is born, but she has a 1 year old little girl. The other expecting mommy knows she is having a girl. I searched around on Ravelry and found a very easy pattern called Angel Wing Newborn Pinafore. It is a free pattern designed by Maxine Gonser. I talk about and shows these as works in progressing during a podcast I filmed with my sister, Tappingflamingo, so you can find out more about the pattern and my approach if you watch that video.

But, below are the three dresses I ended up making. The pink one is the smallest and sticks pretty much with the pattern, except after making it I stitched up the back (which you don’t see in this photo which shows the front only). I used a size H hook and pink wool yarn from Morehouse Farms.


I had some Ice Cream yarn from Lion Brand in my stash, so I used an I hook and make two more that are a little larger. The first is made using the Cotton Candy colorway, and I’m showing the back in this photo because I ended up just connecting the rows after the fourth row and using single crochet to make a tie. The next has a few extra rows at the bottom and I also connected after the fourth row. I used the Spumoni colorway.



If you know single, double, and chain stitch, you can make these super easy crochet baby dresses. Obviously, they are made so that the baby has a onsie or little t-shirt and maybe leggings under them, but I could see how these could work as a dress and later as a little top. Hopefully, both baby girls will get a lot of use out of these.

2 Sisters Podcast Again: Knit, Crochet, Scrapbook, and More

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast, Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting, paper arts by Tammy on Monday 30 May 2016 at 8:56 am

Crafty Princess and Tappingflamingo are together again chatting it up in this podcast where we show off some finished crochet and knitted items and discuss scrapbooking for a cruise. Pull up a chair and come virtually craft with us.



Yarn Score!

Blogged under Crafty Products, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Monday 9 May 2016 at 12:20 pm

I visited my fav yarn shop again. The last time I was there was back in February. I picked up some yummy yarn, which I show in this video, and I also gifted some earrings to the gals in the shop as part of my Random Act of Jewelry.



No Brainer Crochet Afghan Designing

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 8:49 am

Years ago before I eventually learned how to read crochet patterns, most of my crochet was freestyle, which included lots of afghans. I knew Granny Square, of course, and I knew various stitches that I had picked up here and there. I would simply pick up a skein of yarn and hook and go at it, and that means repeating a stitch or stitch pattern over and over until I had an afghan. I made lots of rectangles, as in afghans and scarves.

I finally managed to get the hang of following patterns, which opened up a new world of crochet to me, such as amigurumi. However, returning to my freestyle crochet and designing on the fly is still something I enjoy doing, and it really is pretty easy if you know a few stitches or can follow basic instructions from a stitch dictionary. One of my favorite crochet stitch dictionaries is Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet (Leisure Arts #15906) (Donna Kooler’s Series). It includes written as well as diagram instructions, so between the two of them, I can usually come up with something.


I have a few relatives expecting babies in the coming months, and that means I get to make baby items for them. Baby afghans are a must, so after picking up this massive skein of yarn, in the Country Pink colorway, I cracked open my dictionary and experimented with a few different stitches before deciding on a shell stitch.


While I think a good crochet stitch dictionary is a good investment, you can also find similar information online at various sites for free, such as the Lion Brand web site.


Knit Shawl Vlog

Blogged under Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting, learning2knit by Tammy on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 6:24 am

As I continue to learn how to knit, I’m finding I really enjoy simple garter stitch designs. Here’s an update on my latest knitting progress.

Knit Sweet Pea Hat Pattern Review

Blogged under Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting, learning2knit by Tammy on Sunday 27 March 2016 at 8:50 am

During one of the Craftsy classes I took, I learned to make the Sweet Pea hat, which was one of the patterns included with the class.



Amigurumi Bunny Pattern Review

Blogged under amigurumi, crochet and knitting, crochet jewelry by Tammy on Thursday 10 March 2016 at 7:05 am


Video: Wooden Knitting Needle Review

Blogged under Crafty Products, Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Monday 11 January 2016 at 5:26 pm

I take a look at a few different types of wooden interchangeable knitting needle sets available from Knit Picks in this video review.



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