Happy Friday again! I hope y'all have had a great week! Here I am again with another vintage baby Sacque. I really wanted to make the Kimono because it was SUPER CUTE and that baby in the picture sold me on it quick! However, for whatever reason.. again.. my brain did not want to understand the simplest of instructions. Good grief! What is the deal with that? I will just never understand why my brain does that every now again with these patterns. This pattern can be found in "Woolies for Babies" Book No. 224 from 1945 and you can download it HERE.
Once again, I have chosen the same materials as from the previous pattern post:
Now I will tell you, I didn't sew up the sleeves until after I attached them to sacque. It just seemed to make it all come together a little easier.
I can also tell you that as many as times that I had to frog the Kimono then/ now Sacque, I think it turned out really cute once it was done. I know that if I had been able to finish it as a Kimono, I would be cooing over it for days. I have never made one of those, so I will most definitely be making that soon! ☺
I hope y'all enjoyed this one as much as I did! Also, I would like to encourage you tag me if you decide to make any of these patterns that I have shared!
Until next time, thanks for reading.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882
Hello Saturday! First let me say, my prayers are with my fellow Texans who are dealing with Hurricane/TS Harvey; may God protect you all! Thankfully, we are safe & sound. ❤
Although, we are not physically dealing with this storm in particular, we are in the midst of our own storm at home. Without going into any details, I will just say... I am so so thankful for my crochet! Seriously, am I the only one who.. when really upset with a situation, just turn to crochet without having to bother with reading a pattern? I mean, do you ever just crochet then start to in vision something and just go with it? This is something that I have always done, however not always happy with the outcome. It is just crocheting that keeps me calm, focused, and relaxed in the most troubling moments. It also gives me an opportunity to pray and that most definitely keeps me calm! :)
Last Saturday, I decided that I wanted to master crochet cables, again needing something to focus on.. so I got my book and read about the stitch. I was very surprised that I caught on to it very quickly and didn't need the book anymore after the 2nd row. I say that I was surprised because I have tried so many times before to learn crochet cables, and was never successful. So I encourage you, if you do not have The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, 2nd Edition book-get it!
Once I started creating this beautiful piece of crochet cables-which are not at all perfect (and that's fine) but I decided I wanted to make myself a purse to match my new Knitting bag. ☺
So in this series of photos below, you can see how it all started and once completed to the desired size-I had to line it, which again... I am no expert on. It was just-I had the exact fabric that my new knitting bag was made out of. I had to have that my lining! No brainer. I did watch some videos and read the instructions in TCPGTC book (linked above).
Once I finished the body, I knew I wanted to put a big flower on it. I didn't want just any flower either.. I have seen so many posts about The Never Ending Wild Flower and I just had to have it! I also knew that I wanted it to be a little fuzzy. I have to tell you, it's a beautiful fuzzy flower! ❋
Now I have to tell you... I wasn't planning on even using these handles for a number of reasons. However, it all just came to me on how to make them work (like a knock on the head) while my son was explaining a dream he had last night. I'm not sure how I correlated the two, but as he was talking.. I just said "Yes!" He thought it was odd and asked if I was even listening to him. lol. I really was! ❤
So I decided to write it down to share in case anyone would like to use these bamboo handles:
Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across. 20 stitches.
Row 2-3: sc across. (21 st)
Row 4-5: to Decrease; sc2tog in first 4 stitches, sc across until 4 remaining stitches to sc2tog in ea. (12 st)
Row 6-10: sc across, 12 stitches
Row 11-12: to Increase; 2sc in the first 2 stitches, sc across until remaining 2 stitches to 2sc in each.
*you should have 20 sc stitches at the end of Row 12.
Row 13-14: sc across.
That's it! All you have to do then is place your handles in each handle holder piece, place on the purse body, glue-let dry and sew it firmly to your new purse. I know I have not gone into dept detail on how to sew it all together, but I believe you can do it!
Until next time, thanks for reading.
Joseph Addison 1672 - 1719
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
A Little Leafy
Alice & the Mock Turtle