Happy Sunday to all! Well it's true, it's the middle of August and we are all longing for Autumn as it slowly wants to creep in... It's still over a hundred degrees outside, but we're hopeful as we wait. Because we all know what cooler weather means... crochet, knit, yarn and more yarn! If you have been following me on Instagram, you know that I am still in the pursuit of learning to knit, as in trying to get past the beginner stage. I have to tell you, it has taken a few years to get where I am today. I am so happy now when picking up a beginner pattern book because I understand what I am reading. I just want to tell everyone around me! Naturally, my children my biggest supporters so when my son asked me "can you knit me up a beanie? just a regular old beanie, no slouch, you know.. just fitted." Without hesitation, I replied "yes, of course!" I knew exactly what that meant... circular needles, double pointed needles, and a whole lot of patience. I am comfortable with the circulars fine, but I knew those dpns would drive me to point of frustration to where I would want to give up. For so long, I have watched videos and studied books. All I could do was picture myself sitting there feeling awkward and strange almost like Edward Scissorhands. To be honest, I was nervous. It sounds so silly, but there I was. Until my son came into my sewing room, picked out the yarn he liked and asked me if I had a pattern he could see. I showed him one from The Little Grey Heart (which is perfectly written for a beginner like myself-thank you!), which I did start but once I finished it-he really didn't care for the ribbed edge-which worked out well for me since I had made so many mistakes in it that I just chunked it. So I decided to make one w/o the ribbed edge because I knew there was a Slouchy Hat Pattern out there similar to what he wanted and I could use it as a guide. So I did! ☺
If you follow my IG, you can see that I did have some issues with a stitch or two. However, I didn't actually drop any stitches so that was a huge victory for me. Yay! Once I was able to transfer over to the dpns from the circular, I did struggle getting the top of the beanie closed, which you can kind of see in the Instagram photos. It's not a complete mess up top, but it's okay for now until I can make him a better one. He loves it! Since he is quite taller than me, I can't even see my mistakes if he decides to wear it early, too. heehee. I think he sure looks very handsome in it. ❤ϟ
Now that I finished this beanie, it's onto the next project! What ever shall that be? I do not know. Let us just wait and see. Until then, thanks for reading!☺
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
A while back a couple of folks tagged me in “20 Things about me” on Instagram, but I never took the time to post anything. If you tagged me and happen to be reading this-thank you! However, I did decide 10 Things about me should be better. ;)
So here we go:
There you have it... 10 random things about me. It's not at all exciting or captivating, but I'm just a simple girl who loves the Lord, enjoys classic movies, all genres of retro music and smelly old books. Thanks for reading, and Happy Saturday!
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
Hello Thursday Readers! It's taken me almost 2 weeks to complete this sweet little red Sacque-but it's done. The full pattern can be found in Coats & Clark's 1975 "Learn How Book No.170-D". As much as I love everything about it; it's most likely I will not be making this one again even if commissioned. Yes, it is that tedious. However, it does turn out beautiful and the pattern is quite easy to follow. You can download the full pattern >>here<< and the crochet knot stitch used >>here<<.
* * * I found a great a tutorial on the stitch, too! It is not mine, but you can view it >>HERE<< * * *
Here are the details you should know before you can begin and what you will need:
I will say the Body part of this pattern kind of had me stumped. There really isn't an explanation on how to keep the back of the sleeves separate from the body yoke, as it seems to be explained as one whole piece or that is how I read it and I could have read it wrong-just know that. However, I did keep them separate-and the only problem that arose was the whip stitching of the back of the yoke to end of the inner sleeves. Again, I'm not 100% that is what the pattern calls for, but it seemed to work for me and you can't even tell from the back of the sweater. Yay! :)
All in all, I think it turned out great and is just so lovely. I am struggling with what type of bottoms might work best on it. If you know me, you know I do not like to put buttons and/or ribbons on sweaters, booties or bonnets. So we'll wait and see what happens when it shows up in my Etsy shop!
I hope everyone is having a great week and hello.. keep croch-yayin', yall!
Lord bless, Rose
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be enjoyed.
Do you love the Shell Stitch? Well, you're going to love this little sweater so much. It can be found in the January 1975 issue of The Workbasket & Home Arts magazine. You can download the complete Ensemble >>HERE<<
Here are the materials I used:
I did finally figure out and learn what "10 dc evenly spaced" means. I don't know why I always let those words intimidate me so much. Oh my goodness, it's so easy!!
Let's see how well I can explain this...after completing the first Row, here is what you will have at the end of these Rows:
Row 2, dc in every 5th stitch- you will have a total of 61 stitches.
Row 3, dc in every 7th stitch-71 stitches total.
Row 4, dc in every 8th stitch-81 stitches total.
Row 5, dc in every 9th stitch-91 stitches total.
Row6, dc in every 10th stitch-101 stitches total.
Row 7, dc in every 11th stitch-111 stitches total.
Row 8, dc in every 12th stitch-121 stitches total.
You are now ready for the fun part-the shell stitch! Once you are finished with the body, you will be ready to add the sleeves. Again, super easy and it will go quick because it's only 7 rows. Whoa baby!
This is a really sweet pattern! I am planning to make the bonnet and blanket for my shop and/or as a gift. I really love how the Bernat Yarn looks and feels. It's one of the thicker yarns I enjoy very much. If you haven't ever used it, I highly recommend trying it!
Again, I hope y'all enjoy this pattern! If you make this, I do hope you tag me so I can see your work. I would love to see it! Also, I hope everyone has had a great week! Mine has been a little trying and we could use some prayers.
Until next time, let's keep cro-yayin'! (even though I've been knitting all week...hehehehhe)
Thomas Carlyle 1795 - 1881
Hello and Happy summer, y'all! It seems like it's been forever and a day since my last Giveaway! But I've been planning this one for a while... it's a good one! You can help me reach my goal by Entering to Win--- >>> here <<<
Again, I would like to extend my appreciation to all my Followers who have been with me from the very beginning! You have helped me stay focused and motivated in the huge world of handmade on Instagram. It has been my pleasure helping and getting to know everyone who reaches out. Thanks again!
Good luck to all who enter!
Lord bless, Rose
Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 1826
Hello again! As promised, here is the FULL/COMPLETE PATTERN called "Perfectly Pink" found in the June 1993 issue #39 of "Hooked on Crochet!" Magazine from my previous blog post. Once again...
Materials needed for this Project:
If you love creating from patterns, you can make a pair of booties in no time at all. Click the pictures for steps described in the captions.
Now that your perfect little booties are done... time to go on to the bonnet. After the 15th row of the bonnet, you will then proceed to create Rows 19-30 which is the texture of the slanted shell stitch. Once you have finished Row 30, which is the spaces for your yarn tie and/or ribbon, you will then whip stitch the opening together. (click the 2nd photo above.)
I chose to use Poms as a finishing touch, but you can use ribbon too! I will tell you if you do chose to use ribbon... you will ONLY NEED 1 SKEIN of the Loops & Threads Woolike Yarn. At $2.99/per skein, WE CAN NOT GO WRONG, my friends! I just bought 12 skeins myself! And there are so many beautiful colors that I had never seen at Michael's! I have posted a lot about Cascade Yarns Cherub Baby, which I do still love. However, if you're looking for your yarn to go a very very long way... L&T WY is very similar in texture/feel to CY. I love them both so much! I highly recommend both of these yarn brands because they are the best to me.
Please remember if you make any of the patterns posted here on my blog, I would love to see them! Feel free to tag me, mention me in a comment, or use the hashtag #sewsorose. Most importantly, if you have any questions.. feel free to DM on Instagram, FB, twitter or email!
Until next time!
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.
Hello to all! I know it has been a while since I've posted a Vintage Crochet Pattern, but the days just get busy. However, I am extremely happy to say... the house is back in order! Woohoo!!!
As I was moving into my new sewing room and organizing all my crochet books, I stumbled upon this little gem. The Pattern is called "Perfectly Pink" (( <--- click to download )). It is found in the June 1993 issue #39 of "Hooked on Crochet!" Magazine. I decided to make this sweater 3 months size portion in the instructions.
Materials needed for this Project:
Please forgive my photos, I was not very diligent taking pictures of each step. But the pattern is not hard to follow. Once you complete the 31 rows in the slanted shell stitch, you will then join your yarn on the other side of your sweater, which is called 'the second front' in the pattern-as shown in the second photo-ABOVE. It will then create a mirror image -shown in the fourth photo-ABOVE.
I can't tell you how happy I am with this pattern! I LOVE when it all comes together so nice to where it just shines on its own. What's more perfect is that once you get it started, there's no counting the stitches-just the rows, so you really get your "relaxing crochet" when you really need it, yet you still want to create something beautiful. Who doesn't love that?!
Until next time... I will be working on the booties and bonnet of this set!
Keep Croch-yayin' Yall!
...and Lord bless,
Hans Christian Anderson 1805 - 1875
Have I mentioned that I just love knitting? Not to put myself down or anything, but it can take me a long time to learn a new skill. I have been on the learning How to Knit Journey for a few years now. To be honest, I am just getting comfortable with holding the needles... for the Knit Stitch. Yes, I am still struggling with the Purl Stitch, mainly because "mirroring" the Knit Stitch is not as easy as it sounds. Since I've had the KS down for a couple of years, I decided it was time to really dive into teaching myself how to read and create an easy project that any crocheter can pick up. Because just like crocheting, once you master how to handle those needles, there's no stopping you! :)
This simple Garter Stitch Toddler Shawl is a mock from my Sweet Toddler Poncho entry. First, gather your materials:
* Long Tail Cast On 37.
(Casting on can be so tricky and frustrating (let's be honest), but when my friend Em told me about the double knit cast on, I decided to gave it a whirl. It sure made a huge difference in helping me get started and kept me going.)
Row 1: K1 (knit 1 across) *Repeat until your piece is 17" long. (Make 2)
You will then refer back to the previous post & scroll down on how to lay out your pieces to whip stitch them together. Upon completion, I did crochet 2 rows of single crochet, no turning and finished with the Crab Stitch/Reverse Single Crochet Border. I thought it was the perfect touch. <3
I didn't get a good picture of the finished product because after all the time it took me to finish this shawl/poncho, I wasn't very happy with myself. However, this was my first "big" knitting project and I was just experimenting with the Knitted Version of the Crochet Sweet Toddler Poncho that is strictly made in the Purl Stitch. It is a very simple pattern if you have already mastered these two stitches. I plan to post once I make one. :)
Again, thanks to all who have visited this little blog of mine. I just want to thank all my knitting friends who have not only inspired me, but have encouraged me to continue on this journey! Lord bless all yall! \o/
Until next time,
Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson 1830 - 1886
As a handmade seller, every once in awhile you become friends with someone on Instagram who truly inspires you. Someone who loves to crochet so much, creates from the heart, so giving and wants to share their beautiful talents with all those around them from family, neighbors and friends. Without telling you her name, I will just tell you... I enjoy all her photos so much, but it's her videos that I really love tho... because she's just so real and honest with what she's doing and whatever she's working on. I love that! I've been following her for sometime now, so I have gotten to know her a little bit. I know she's shared that she does not follow patterns because she doesn't know how to read them. However, by looking at her creations-you would just never know that. As I have stated in the past, that is how I used to crochet myself before I learned to read patterns. So a few weeks ago, when I saw this friend (that I will call "J") state in a video that she wanted to learn to read patterns, but hadn't gotten around to it... a little light bulb went off in my head! And I would like to dedicate this blog post to J! :D
Yes! I was encouraged to go more in dept about how reading patterns is really as easy as you make it. When I first started crocheting, it was hard finding "Easy Patterns" that were 'easy' for me. So when I found one.. that was all I would crochet! So I pulled one that I know that will not disappoint! Here is a 'step by step' photo tutorial of a pattern that is so easy, once you make one.. you will make many more, change the stitch, change the size gauging from the hook/yarn and you will be well on your way to making Ponchos/Shawls for everyone! (well maybe not everyone, but this pattern is guaranteed to give your crocheting heart warm fuzzies. You can DOWNLOAD it here, so get ready!
Before you begin, you should know.. I did not use the suggested yarn. I used Baby Bee Yarn. I did use the suggested size hook. Here are the materials needed:
Once you have completed the first Row, just remember to single crochet in the first and last stitch. As you begin the 2nd Row, single crochet in the first stitch, ch 1 and single crochet in the first "chain space" which is the chain 1 in the previous row.
Just don't forget to single crochet in the first and last stitch at the beginning & end of every row! (yes, I know that I am repeating myself here.) Also remember, You will always chain 1 at the end of every row.
Now that your pieces are ready for sewing, place them as shown. Once folded, whip stitch with your pieces laying flat so they don't move and/or fall out of place. You can also use your markers to hold them in place. Remember that once you whip stitch the first piece, turn your work over so the seams are on the Wrong Side. (shown below)
Once your Poncho is complete, you can created your own border. I singled crocheted all around for the first Row, slip stitch at the end to join, then single crocheted, chain 1, single crochet in the next stitch all around. So easy!
Again, after you make your first Poncho... you will want to play around with this pattern like crazy! I remember selling a ton of these once I got this pattern down. It also encouraged me to read other patterns. I added all sorts of embellishments, too!
I just had a lot of fun with it and I know it will for you, too!
Well, J... I pray this helps you get going on reading patterns! I hope it helps anyone who is wanting to learn!
Until next time.
Those that know.. Do. Those that understand.. Teach.
Hello to all! I'm finally able to post the info on this Cutest Sweater that I finished/shared on my Instagram early last week. It can be found in the April 1990 issue of The Workbasket and Home Magazine. It is a part of a complete Layette Set which I do intend to share.
The first thing about this pattern is, you really need to gauge the size you want by the size of the hook and yarn. I chose Baby Bee, 3 ply using the smallest hook I could (3.75mm) that would work with the yarn. My sweater turned out to be bigger than a size 3 months. :\
:: Pattern Note : Research "Coats & Clark Red Heart baby yarn" Alternative. I did not do this, this time. ::/PN::
Also, I did try to create an image of all 3 pages for 1 download, but the text turned out too blurry, so you can find this pattern in 3 Pages/Parts. Page 1, Page 2, & Page 3.. all there. Don't let this pattern fool you, it is very simple-just time consuming. That fancy little stitch is just a "Cluster Stitch"! If you can make a double crochet, you can master this stitch!
These first 3 photos (above) are Rows 1-25, which includes the front of the sweater, the back, and both shoulder Plackets. Once you have the front and back of your sweater completed, you will whip stitch them together on the sides, remember not to whip stitch the tops of the shoulders, as you will need to sew on your buttons.
These 3 photos (above) are Sleeves Row 1-20. Once you complete the first row of 40 dc stitches, the rest is easy sailing with all those double crochets. Yes, it is that simple... ya just gotta do it twice! :O
All in all, despite my yarn of choice being completely "off", I think it turned out super cute! My most favorite thing ever is that this sweater looks so fancy. Honestly, I was so afraid that it was just going to be another pattern I would have to put aside for another day when I could wrap my brain around it. So yay!
There you have it! I hope you enjoy this one! I look forward to making another one... just the right size next time. lol
Thanks to all who read!
Until next time, #happycrocheting
"And if you don't believe the sun will rise, stand alone and greet the coming night in the last remaining light."