Saturday, March 29, 2014

Periwinkle Crystal Earrings

These dainty crystals earrings are perfect for a glamorous night out! 
Materials: 4 and 6mm bicones, silver chain, earwires, headpins, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Thread a bicone onto a headpin, bend the top to a right angle, trim the excess, and begin the loop. Do not close the loop yet. Repeat with the other bicones. 
Cut the chain into 14 pieces, 2 each of 7 different lengths. My lengths range from 1 3/4 inches to 3/4 inches. 
Attach a bicone to each piece of chain, corresponding the chain length with the bicone size, of you are using two sizes of crystals like I am. 
Open the earwire loop. Attach 7 lengths of chain with crystals to the opened loop. I started with the shortest pieces, and went to the longest pieces. 
Keep adding the chain. 
Close the open loop to finish off the earring. 
Repeat to make the second earring. 
All finished!
Xoxo,  Alyssa 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Purple Triangle Shawl

This bright purple triangular scarf will make a great statement any season!
I used about one and a half skeins of Simply Soft in Iris with an I hook. This is a simple V stitch that decreases, to make the point of the triangle. The finished scarf is 70" across the top and 18" to the top of the triangle. 
Ch 180
Row 1: dc in 5th ch from hook, *sk 2 ch, dc, ch 1, dc* repeat from * to * to end. 
Row 2: turn, sl st to ch 1 sp of second v stitch, ch 4, dc in same ch 1 sp, * dc, ch 1, dc in next ch 1 sp* repeat from * to * to end. 
Repeat row 2 until there are two v stitches left. Sl st to center, ch 4, dc in same space. Fasten off, and weave in ends. 
Add fringe to each end space. 
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Blue Wire Bracelet

This bold cuff bracelet will be sure to make a statement with any outfit. 
Materials: bead chips, 28 gauge wire, and a wire bracelet form. 
Thread bead chips on to the wire. Thread more than you think you will need. 
Wrap the end of the wire around the form several times. Begin wrapping the wire with beads around the form. I only put beads on the front. 
Continue wrapping the beads and wire around the form. 
I went back around the form twice more to fill in the blank spots without beads. I also wrapped around
with no beads, just wire. 
Trim the wire to just a few inches, then wrap around the form to secure it. Trim the excess. 
All finished!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Dragonfly Scarf

This lacy, loopy scarf is super soft and bright!
I used one skein of Boutique Unforgettable in Dragonfly with size 8 needles. I worked the scarf flat, then seamed it together. I knit it on circular needles, to accommodate the large amount of stitches. 
Co 310
Rows 1-4: knit
Row 5: insert rh needle into lh needle, yo twice, k 1. Repeat into every stitch. 
Row 6: knit into each stitch, dropping the two extra wraps. 
Repeat rows 1-6, ending on a row 4. 
Bo loosely, and weave in ends. 
*To do row 5, I think of it like inserting the rh needle into the lh needle, then yo three times, then pulling the rh needle through to complete.
My scarf is about 80"x5".  
The great thing about this stitch is that it is completely reversible, and it can be made with any number of stitches. 
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Chain Chandelier Earrings

These simple silver earrings will shine and swing to accessorize any outfit. 
Materials: chain, ear wires, eyepins, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters
Cut 4 pieces of chain, each 3/4 inch. 
Cut 18 pieces of chain, each 3 1/2 inches. 
Thread nine pieces of chain onto an eyepin. 
Take the first piece of chain, and thread the other end on the eyepin. 
Thread the other ends of the rest of the chain onto the eyepin. 
Bend the eyepin, cut the excess, and form a loop. 
Attach a piece of shorter chain to each loop of the eyepin, and attach an ear wire to the other ends. 
Repeat to make the other earring. 
All finished!
Xoxo, Alyssa