Saturday, October 26, 2013

December Sky Cowl-free crochet pattern

Cowls are an absolute necessity for those cold days and nights in the heart of winter. For this easy cowl, I chose a  wintry navy blue. I will get a ton of use out of it in the upcoming months. I made this cowl in about 45 minutes. This project is perfect for a last minute gift, but make sure to crochet yourself one too!

I used about a third of Vanna's Choice in Navy, and a K hook for drape. 
*In US notation
Chain 63, and join with a slip stitch, being careful not to twist chain. 
Row 1: chain 4 (this will count as the first dc and ch 1), sk 1 ch, *dc in next, ch 1, sk 1; repeat from * to end. Join with a slip stitch in 3rd ch. 
Row 2: ch 2, *sc in ch 1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * to end. Join with a slip stitch in 1st ch. 
Row 3: ch 2, * sc in ch 1 sp, ch 1;  repeat from * to end. Join with a slip stitch in 1st ch. 
Row 4: repeat row 3. 
Row 5: ch 4 *dc in ch 1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * to end. Join with slip stitch in 3rd ch. 
Repeat rows 2-5 two more times. 
I swear this actually navy blue. I feel like it looks grey. 
The pattern creates a much more interesting texture than just plain single crochet with double crochet stripes. 

Enjoy this cowl in those cold winter months!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Citrine Beaded Necklace

This rhinestone encrusted flower adds a pop of personality to this fun Citrine- colored necklace. This necklace is super sparkly and can be made up in about an hour. 
Materials: assorted beads, chain, eye pins, jump rings, clasp, two stranded focal bead, bent nose pliers, and round nose pliers. My beads came from A.C. Moore, and the focal came from Michaels. 
Thread a bead onto an eye pin, and make a 90 degree bend with your bent nose pliers. 
Now trim the end, and make a loop with the round nose pliers. 
Make another, but before you close it, attach the other bead to it. When you close it, you will have two attached beads. 
Continue to make a bead chain. Next, make a chain the same way with the other beads. I used 2 gold spacers between every chunky crystal bead. 
Here are my finished strands. 
Attach each strand to a loop on the back of the focal bead with a jump ring. 
Close up. 
Cut your chain into four even pieces, each about 10 inches long. Attach two of them to the focal with small jump rings, each to their own loop. 
On the other side, attach the two beaded strands to a jump ring. Attach another jump ring with the other two pieces of chain. 
Attach the clasp on either side, connecting the two pieces of chain with a jump ring. 
Finished! Go out and enjoy this necklace!
I am loving the combination of these beads. Quite a statement piece!

Xoxo, Alyssa

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Magenta Infinity Scarf- Free Crochet Pattern

It has been pretty warm for scarves lately, but that doesn't stop me from crocheting. This magenta infinity scarf is warm, but the stitch makes it slightly lacy. Made up of simply half double crochets and chains, you can make this in just a few hours. 
I used two skeins of Simply Soft Lite in the color Magenta. I held two strands throughout, and a K hook. This scarf is worked in the round, making it seamless.
I chained until I decided it was long enough, about six feet. Not an exact number, but you could use about anything for this scarf. 
Join the ch with a sl st, being careful not to twist the ch. 
Row 1: ch 3, *sk 1, hdc in next ch, ch 1, repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.
Row 2: Ch 3, *hdc in ch 1 sp, sk 1, ch 1, repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3. 
Repeat row 2 until your scarf is the desired width, or until you have run out of yarn. I used nearly all the yarn, and my scarf is about 8". 
A close up of the stitch. 
Tomatoes and flowers in October!
Enjoy this infinity scarf during these fall months. The rich eggplant/ purple color makes it perfect for autumn. 
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Knit Pearl Cuff

I discovered a strand of freshwater pearls in my stash. I let them sit on my beading table for a few days, but I have finally decided on a project. I wanted something light and airy. Knitting with wire was my answers for these pearls. 
Materials: freshwater pearls, 32 gauge wire, and size 7 USA needles. 
Thread all of your pearls. Cast on 10 stitches. 
Knit one row without any pearls. 
Knit one pearl in random order into each row. 
Continue knitting until it is about half an inch longer than you need. Since it is knit, it will stretch enough to fit over your hand. 
Cast off you stitches. Don't finish off the last stitch. Slip a crochet hook into the last stitch. Slip stitch the two ends together. 
Enjoy this fun, lacy bracelet!
Xoxo, Alyssa