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
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
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."
Happy Thursday! It's good to finally have been able to complete a pattern that I am really happy about. This week, I have chosen a cute little handbag that is perfect. I am looking forward to adding the lining so I can list it on my Etsy shop in the future!
This pattern can be found in The Workbasket and Home Arts Magazine, Number 1, Volume 33, October 1967. You can download Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.
I used 2 Skeins of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn which is pretty durable. The pattern calls for a G sized Hook, which I did use and the yarn calls for it as well. Yay!
In these series of photos, you can see how we begin. Once the Flap is complete, I added an embellishment of simply, chaining 4 (to begin), skip 1, ch 3, sk 1, ch 3 all around for 3 Rows. The last row, I *dc 3 double crochets in the chain 3 space, slip stitching in the sc between the ch 3 spaces. *repeat the Round to complete the new flap.
The Handles are a little tricky and require some patience. Once the strips were completed, I turned them inside out. I decided to crochet little flaps to sew on the inside of the purse. I did this by;
Joining my yarn at the tips of the handles, ch 1, single crochet across creating 4 stitches. Ch 1, sc in the 4 single crochets until I have 3 Rows, always ch 1 at the end of each row. On Row 4, 2 sc in first stitch, sc in next 2, 2 sc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5-6, sc across. 6 stitches.
If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen all the attempts I have made in completing this little purse. Goodness! I almost gave up! But things I am still learning are:
1) SLOW DOWN.
2) ALWAYS STICK TO THE PATTERN.
3) PUT IT DOWN WHEN YOU'RE AGGRAVATED.
It sounds so easy!! Needless to say, I am very pleased with the way this one turned out, even if it took me 3 times. I hope y'all enjoy this one!
Until next time, Happy Crocheting!
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. — Winston Churchill
OK, so it's been a couple of weeks since I've updated... but oh here we go!
Changes are on the way ... again. Yes, again.
We have been doing a lot of cleaning, re-arranging, and changes around the house. We were able to get the garage all cleaned out, every box unpacked, sorted, put away or thrown out. It is very organized-which I love! I'm so proud at how it turned out, too! My favorite part is driving into the garage and seeing all the license plates that belonged to my parents. The oldest one is 1951!! I love the chains hanging down and my husband's old cowboy hat are the perfect touch!!
There is still A LOT more work to do. Room swapping, closets need to be cleaned out, more sorting and getting rid of stuff... which is why I have not been able to really concentrate on getting a pattern posted once a week or even my April GAW. I did have everything ready for my Easter GAW, but missed my own deadline. No matter how well I plan, schedule, and try to keep up... life happens.
Remember if you have any questions regarding any of the patterns previously posted, please feel free to contact me!
Until next time...
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND ER'BODY!!!
Marcus Tullius Cicero 106BC - 43BC
A Little Leafy
Alice & the Mock Turtle