Works in Progress (Crochet Projects on my hook at the moment)

It is always amazing to me how many projects I have going at once.  I sometimes think why can’t I just finish one before I start another one!  I have come to the realization that it is never going to happen!!  I guess I will never know why it works that way.  I get into a project and then my mind starts to wander or maybe I just start to daydream about what else to I would like to make.  🙂 I do eventually finish the projects I do start, well okay if I am going to be honest I do have some that have been put away for years.  Hmmm guess I should look into those one of these days!!  Below I have a Granny Square Afghan that I started and am still working on.

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Here I have the Granny Squares themselves made without sewing them together. I have a total of 5 squares made for the Afghan.

DSC01122 Here I attached the Granny Squares together diagonally. I then proceeded to work on one side of the Granny Squares with a Ripple or Chevron pattern.  Here is the link that shows you pictures of how to attach the squares together and proceed with the zigzag pattern.                Tutorial Manta Hueco Zig Zag | Buscando Comienzos. You will have to use a translator for English.  Below is just another view of what I have done so far.

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While working on this Afghan I started thinking I want to make something for myself. Wait for it….. of course I started another project! lol

DSC00991 DSC01174                                                                                   This is going to be a top to wear over a tank.  In the first picture I was using only 1 strand of thread and a smaller hook. I of course changed my mind and started all over with 2 strands of thread and a larger hook.  It is of the same stitch, the Marielle Lace Stitch. You can find it here How to Crochet the Marielle Lace Stitch NewStitchaDay.com.

DSC00992 Here is the diagram I am working off of. As you can see it is basically a square with a neck. This is such a simple top to make.  The front of the neck just goes down 2 inches and the back just 1 inch.  The sides are just sewn up to where the armhole would be.  There is not any shaping for the armholes. That makes this a very easy top to create.  It is meant to be a crop top but you could always add to the length to make it what ever size you wanted.   There are so many possibilities for this top. Make a tighter stitch, longer length, or a different width.  Depends on what you want from the top, a tighter fit or looser like I wanted to layer over a tank top!

Oh by the way I am also in the process of finishing up on the Barbie dress.  I have to wonder sometimes if I am the only one who has this many projects going at once! lol I sure hope not!!

Thanks for stopping by,                                                                                                                      Laura 🙂

Making of A Bag from Old Jeans continued!

Here is a look of the Bag I am making from an Old Pair of Jeans Continued!  DSC00997 DSC01000       I added the lower part of the bag by crocheting around the loops I had attached on the jeans. The bottom I created by crocheting in the back loop of the round where I wanted the height of the bag to stop. I then proceeded to keep crocheting around and started to decrease the stitches until I was able to close up the hole and fasten off.

DSC01009 DSC01006      Here is the back and front view of the bag. . I do plan on using this as a beach bag so I thought it was a good idea to fill the bag with beach towels to show you what type of shape  the bag will take on once it is filled.                                                                                                I am happy so far with the way this bag has turned out.  It has a lot of room and I know it will hold what I usually take to the beach!                                                                                 You of course could always use a bag like this for a Market Bag.

I am still in the process of making the straps or handles for the bag!  I have thought about crocheting all three colors at once together or even braiding them together.                         Hmmmmm not sure yet what I will do! 🙂 If you have any ideas for straps or handles be sure to leave a comment below. I love getting input and ideas from people!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!  Hope you All Have A Fabulous Weekend!!

Laura 🙂

My Idea Of Making A Purse or Bag From Old Jeans

I have had this idea in the back of my mind for a while now. I thought I would try and see what I could do to combine my love of crocheting and the use of some jeans that I am not going to wear anymore.  My mind was going round and round with ideas on how to accomplish this task!

My first task was to cut up the jeans but I did not want to do any cutting until I had an idea of what I wanted to do.  Lets just say I did cut the jeans but did I know exactly what I was going to do? Not really!!                                                                                      DSC00772                              Pictured above is what I have gotten done so far.  As you can see I did cut the jeans off and left the front pockets in tact.  I did remove the back pockets of the jeans.  The yarn that I am going to use to crochet on the bag is Bernat Handicraft Cotton.  The colors of cotton thread that are pictured are the ones that I am going to combine together to make a Bag.

In my minds eye I see this as a Beach Bag! I love the bright colors and they bring to my mind a day of being at the beach.  Of course this bag will be big enough to use for a market bag, an overnight bag or as a big purse!  

The bag so far is 18″ wide. I am uncertain at this time as to what the length of it will be. In order to crochet onto the jeans I took some of the cotton thread to make loops all around the jeans.  I will post more pictures as I continue to progress on this project.

Here is some more ideas on what do do with jeans!  19 Things to Do with Old Jeans | FaveCrafts.com.

If you have any fun ideas on how to reuse old jeans please leave a comment below.             Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Laura 🙂

Little Girl Crochet Fun and Frilly Skirt!

I have been busy coming up with ideas for things to make for spring and summer! I ran across this pattern and thought it was just so cute! 🙂 I decided I would try my hand at making this fun skirt for a little girl.  I am now in the process of making one for my Granddaughter.  She of course wanted a different color than what I had originally made lol

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Here is the finished skirt in a Baby Blue color! I just wish I would have had a little one to model this Pretty little skirt.  It was easy to make and did not take much time to complete. I was able to complete this in a couple of evenings!

Here is the pattern that I found on Redheart. The pattern is in British English and not English from the US.

Country Fun Skirt Free Crochet Pattern from Red Heart Yarns
Crochet
Designed by Linda Dean

What you will need

Red Heart® Miami: 2 (3, 4, 5, 6)
balls 00113 Rosa A
Red Heart® Las Vegas: 2 (2, 3, 3,
3) balls 00370 Pink B
Crochet Hooks: 3.75mm [US F-5]
and 5mm [US H-8]
Stitch markers, yarn needle
TENSION/GAUGE: 22 sts = 10
cm [4”]; 24 rows = 10 cm [4”] in
pattern stitch using smaller hook
and A. CHECK YOUR TENSION/
GAUGE. Use any size hook to
obtain the tension/gauge.
Red Heart® Miami,
Art. 9809606 available
in 50 g (1.76 oz), 120
m (131 yd) balls
Red Heart® Las Vegas,
Art. 9809613 available
in 50 g (1.76 oz), 90 m
(98 yd) balls

Directions are for size 2 years; changes
for sizes 4, 6, 8 and 10 years are in
parentheses.
Finished Measurements
Hip: 60 (65, 70, 80, 85) cm [24 (26, 28, 32,
34)”]
Length: 23 (25, 28, 32, 34) cm [9 (10, 11,
12½, 13½)”]
NOTE
Skirt is worked in a spiral method in
continuous rounds from waist edge to hem.
Place stitch markers for beginning of round.
SKIRT
With smaller hook and A, ch 132 (144, 154,
176, 188), slip st in first ch, taking care not to
twist sts, to form a ring.
Round 1 (Right Side): Ch 1, dc in same space,
*ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch; repeat from
* around, ch 1, slip st in first dc.
Round 2: Dc in next ch-1 space, place marker,
ch 1, *dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from
* around, slip st in marked st.
Round 3-4: Repeat Round 2.
Eyelet Round 5: Dc in next ch-1 space, place
marker, ch 1, *dc in next ch-1 space, ch 3,
dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from *
around, slip st in marked st.
Round 6: Dc in next ch-1 space, place marker,
ch 1, *dc in next ch-3 space, ch 1, dc in next
ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from * around, slip st
in marked st.
Round 7-32 (35, 44, 53, 57): Repeat Round 2.

Edging
Round 1: With wrong side facing and larger
hook, join B with a slip st to any ch-1 space
along last row of Skirt, ch 1, dc in same st,
*ch 5, dc in same space, ch 5, dc in next ch-1
space; repeat from * around.
Round 2: Ch 5, dc in next ch-5 space, place
marker, *ch 5, dc in next ch-5 space; repeat
from * around.
Round 3-6: Repeat Round 2.
Fasten off.
Drawstring
Row 1: With A, ch 162 (174, 184, 206, 218),
working in back bump of ch, dc in 2nd ch
from hook and each ch across.
Fasten off.
FINISHING
Weave in ends.
Weave drawstring through ch-3 spaces of
Eyelet Round 5.
Abbreviations
A, B, C = Color A, B, C; ch = chain; cm =
centimeters; dc = double crochet; mm =
millimeters; st(s) = stitch(es); * or ** = repeat
whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.

If you want to download the pattern you can here Country Fun Skirt Crochet Pattern | Red Heart. Here is a place for you to look up the a translation of the different Versions of British and US stitches Crochet Pattern Terms Differences Between British and American English.

I had also substituted the yarn for Bernat Baby Sport yarn and Lion Brand Fun Fur for the Ruffle. If you have a little one that you would like to make something for try this cute pattern.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have fun with this pattern 🙂

Crochet Harry Potter Sorting Hat

Now that the Holidays are over I can show you what I have been up to in my Creative Corner of the World! My Sister had told me that she wanted me to try and make a Harry Potter Sorting hat for my Niece and her Friend.  I took on the project by printing out a picture of the Hat. Here are a couple of the pictures I went by to create the Crochet Version of this hat.

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Down below is the starting process of me creating a pattern and getting the hat to be shaped like the pictures above.  The color yarn is different than what I made for my Niece and her Friend. I wanted to just use what yarn I had on hand to create a pattern or I should say my form of shorthand for a pattern. lol  This hat is crocheted in the round.  The eyebrows as I call them were a challenge but I had overcome that challenge and proceeded on to the rest of the hat.

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The next challenge I encountered was getting the mouth to look like I wanted it to.  I wanted to create the hat to look like the original hat in the movie. I will admit I was not going to get it to look exactly like the hat in the movie but I was hoping to come up with a real close facsimile!  With some trial and error it was taking shape.  In the picture below I was at the stage of working on the brim of the hat.  This was after a lot of tearing out and revamping. 🙂 I have to say that happens a lot in my creative process.  Even after going through this process, while I was making the hats for my Niece I was still tweaking the pattern here and there!

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This is the finished product of my version of the Sorting Hat. Here shows the front and back of the hat.  There are ties on the original hat but my Sister did not want those attached to the hat.

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Pictured below is my Niece and her Friend wearing the hats after they received them for Christmas.

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Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my Creative World!  Let me know what you think of these hats and if they do resemble the Hat from the movie!!

Laura 🙂

My Project of A Crochet Baby Sweater

Here is one of the many projects that I have going at the moment.  I am at the moment in the process of finishing up on the gifts that I am making so you will have to wait to see those!

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Here I have different views of the same sweater.  This sweater is going to be a size 0 – 3 months size.  Pictured here I only have the back and one of the front pieces done. As you can see I started on the other half of the front of the sweater.  I am using Bernat Baby Sport yarn. I just love the soft luxurious feel this yarn has.

I am debating on attaching a hood to this baby sweater. I am also running ideas through my head on how to fasten the front of the sweater together.  Anyone that would have any opinions on either of my ideas please feel free to comment. I would love to hear what you think!!!    Stay tuned for more pictures of this project as I finish the sweater.

Thank you very much for stopping by to take a look!                                                                   Hope you are having a Very Blessed Holiday Season!                                                                      Laura 🙂

The Making of a Princess Sign

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I wanted to do something that combined my Crocheting and Wood together so I thought I would share my project of a hanging sign. I started with a piece of solid pine. It can be any size you want.  This piece happens to be approx 7″ wide, 3″ tall and 1/4″ thick.  I got these from Ben Franklin in a pkg. You can get these at any Craft Store.

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Next I painted the pieces with Acrylic Paint.  I put a couple coats of paint on to cover the wood. You can find Acrylic Paint anywhere you find craft supplies. After the paint dried I used a 1/8″ drill bit to drill holes where I wanted the Ribbon or Twine to attach to the sign.

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I wanted to find an easy way to get the lettering onto the sign. I had used Stencils and did not like using them, so I searched on the internet and found this Come Together Kids: How to do Custom Lettering without a Fancy Machine. I was so excited to find a simple and easy way to transfer lettering.  You will need word processing software. Print up lettering in any size you want to fit the sign.  I have a few examples in the picture above.

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Here I used a drawing graphite pencil but it will also work with a regular pencil.  I cut the lettering out the way I wanted it to appear on the sign. You want to flip the paper over and use the pencil to color over the entire lettering. You do not have to color the whole back of the paper just lettering.

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After coloring the back of the saying I placed it on the sign and taped it down so it would not move while working on it.  I then took a pencil and traced around the lettering to transfer it onto the sign.

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Sorry the picture did not turn out real clear but you can get the picture that it does transfer the lettering onto the wood.  I then proceed to outline with the paint and fill in the lettering. Here is a finished Sign Below!

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As you can see I I cut out the letters for this sign.  I glued the Crocheted Butterflies onto the sign. You can use anything you want to dress it up! If you feel inclined to you can paint a little butterfly, flower or anything you want on the sign. I cut some 1/8″ Ribbon out and ran it through the drilled holes from the back to the front. I then knotted the ends and cut off any extra. You now have a sign for hanging.

Hope you have fun with this project! If you have any questions feel free to ask 🙂