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
Happy Monday! I do hope everyone had a great weekend. Last weekend, in the midst of cleaning, sorting and organizing our garage... I received a text from a friend/client asking if I could make her another doll. She has ordered more dolls from me than any of my other friends or clients, so I'm always tickled when she asks!
However, I stated.. we were in midst of this huge undertaking and I dreaded telling her 'no'. It just so happen that day, I had gotten a few packages that needed to be taken up to my sewing room. Once I was up there, I saw them... I had 2 dolls already made! How could I forget that?! I was very happy to let her know and let her chose which one she would like to purchase. Needless to say, when she texted me back that she wanted both of them, I was so overjoyed, thrilled and so tickled pink! Yay!
If you read the comments, I do state that not everyone likes my dolls. I do understand this logic to some degree because I do see a lot of dolls that I do not like. For real. I'm just happy these little beauties will be off to their new homes soon! Thank you Sarah for your continued support and all the love you have these dolls!
Here are a couple of the dollies from the past in the making and as well as the finished product. I am very thankful for all the orders I've had for these girl dolls (haven't made a boy yet) and very appreciative of all the positive feedback about them! THANK YOU if you have ordered one in the past!
I would like to share.. the doll pattern comes from a stack of patterns my Mother gave me years ago. The doll & clothes pattern are homemade; cut out from parchment paper, although it does not come with a printed face and/or any instructions at all. After I made these last 2, I really decided not to make them anymore. But then I get a text, and how quickly I'm reminded of how much I enjoy making them! Also, I do have a few ideas on how to improve the pattern more to my liking, but have not had the chance to start that.
So wish me luck with that! Thanks for reading!
Until next time,
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.
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
Happy Monday to all! Here's to a new week and a new vintage pattern for all to enjoy. You know I can't pass up sharing a very Beginner Friendly Crochet Pattern. This one can be found in the 1967 booklet from Coats & Clark's Booklet No. 181, "Baby Sets Knit & Crochet". The Pattern calls for 3 ply Yarn and a Hook size F. I used one of my favorites: Yarn Bee Sweet Delight yarn found at Hobby Lobby.
Click photos for captions regarding this pattern. DOWNLOAD PATTERN HERE.
Once you have sewn the seam, you will now need to sew up the sides then single crochet 2 rows around each leg opening before starting the pebble stitch. So easy!!!
I have started the cute little dress that comes with this set, however I am not sure if I will complete it. I am finding it kind of difficult right now, but if and when I do finish it- I will share a picture of it!
I will tell you though, if I made this one again.. I will probably change a few things-mainly because it just seems a bit large for a 6 month old baby. But I will save all the details about that for another day.
Once again, thanks to all who have subscribed to my blog and signed up for emails!
Have a wonderful week and be blessed,
Happy Easter to you all! It's my prayer that you will be blessed!
Thank you to MsMorrisMade for this lovely post this morning!
Isaiah 53:5 ...And by His stripes we are healed.
Have I mentioned how much I love making #handmadefriends? What can be better than making friends on line who love all the same things you do? I will tell you... when someone who doesn't know you in real life, yet is always there for you and then offers to make you something! When my friend Em sent me a message a few weeks ago and offered to send me one of her awesome earwarmers.. I was floored! I couldn't believe it! Of course, I squealed and almost dropped my phone trying to respond to her DM. lol
Here's my gorgeous earwarmer that I just can't wait to wear!
Here is what I sent her and I am so happy that she loved it all!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
The only way to have a friend is... to be one. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882
Well, I didn't think it was possible... but I think it is.. YES, I finally found a Coiled Rose crochet pattern diagram that is "PERFECT!" I just LOVE it to pieces!!! Of course, yall know what I love most about it... it's super easy and only 2 Rows for the rose!!!
Here's the crochet pattern diagram I found on Pinterest.
I used the finer threads and a 1.75mm hook.
If you come across any trouble understanding my instructions, refer back to the graph. But here's how I understand it all:
The Rose Diagram:
Row 1: Ch 18, dc in 4th from hook, 2dc in same stitch, ch 1, skip 2. *3 dc in the next stitch, ch 1, skip 2. The diagram shows skipping 1, I skipped 2. *Repeat. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: *1 dc in the first stitch, 2 dc in the next stitch, 1 dc in next, ch 2, sc in the ch 1 space. *Repeat. Fasten off. Coil up to whip stitch close and shape by pressing down the petals. Now onto the three leaves diagram-working in the round.
The Triple Leaf:
Row 1: Ch 9, single crochet 2nd from hook, sc in the next 6 stitches-this is the first base of the first leaf; *ch 8, single crochet 2nd from hook, sc in the next 6 stitches-this is the base of the 2nd leaf. *Repeat for the base of the 3rd leaf. You will end at the row at the top of the 3rd leaf.
Row 2: *sc in the first stitch, hdc in the next stitch, dc in the next 3 stitches, hdc in the next stitch and sc in the last stitch. *Repeat this step all around on each side of the leaves.
Row 3: *ch 1, sc in the first stitch, ch 2, sc in the next stitch to the end of, ch 2, sl stitch to finish tip of leaf. *Repeat this step till all leaves are complete. Again, you will end by chaining 2 at the end of each leaf, sl st to begin on each side of the leaf.
Please remember, I am just reading this diagram to best of my crochet abilities that I believe to be right, so if you have question regarding my instructions, please feel free to contact me. I do hope this helps and inspires you to make a rose-which is something that I love to do! :)
Until next time, Rose
It’s a good day to have a good day!
Happy Sunday! Who else loves keeping up with their Best Nine? It's one of my favorites! I understand it's nothing new... and "everyone has been posting that forever". I'm so glad people still use it because I truly enjoy seeing everyone's Best 9 once a month! I think it's also a great way to get to know someone you are looking to follow. :)
So I thought I would share my Best 9 for March and if you Liked any of my photos, I just want to say THANK YOU! Every Like is an encouraging word for me and I appreciate each one so much!
I hope everyone has a great week!
To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.
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