Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cozy Chevron Cowl

This chunky cowl only takes a few hours, and is that perfect accessory to keep your neck warm. The zig zag pattern adds interest, and is not at all difficult to work up. 
I used two skeins of Loops and Threads Cozy Wool in Caribbean Sea with an N hook. 
In row 2, work in back loops only, and throughout the entire project. 
Ch 32
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 5 ch, 3 sc in next ch, 1 sc in each of next 7 ch, sk next 2 ch, sc in each of next 7 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in each of next 7 ch, turn. 
Row 2: ch 1, sk 1st st, sc2tog next 2 sts, sc in each of next 5 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 7 sc, sk next 2 sc, sc in each of next 7 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 5 sc, sc2tog in last 2 sc, turn. 
Repeat row 2. 
Fasten off, seam together with one twist, and weave in ends. 
I love the ribbed chevron texture of this chunky cowl! The finished cowl is 10"x30". 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Crystal Bib Necklace

This aqua necklace will be the best part of your outfit on your next day out. Full of glittering beads, you will want to make one in every color. 
Materials: chain, jump rings, several shapes and sizes of beads in the same color, clasp, headpins, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Cut a length of chain. Depending on where you would like to have the necklace sit, you can change the length. I went with the shorter route. 
Attach the clasp with jump rings. 
Decide where you would like to have the bib part of your necklace. I decided to only have beads going around the front, and a bit around the side. To make it easier, mark the links with a bent headpin. 
Starting with that first link, attach the first link to the marked link with a jump ring. Attach every link to the one above it. 
Continue attaching the chain. When you get to the other side where you marked the link, cut the chain. You could cut it before, but I found it easier to have the chain attached as I went to get the right length. 
Continue in the same manner for as many more rows as you would like. I made each row three links shorter on either side each row. This gives it a nice tapered shape. 
Thread a bead onto a headpin, bend, trim the excess, and form a loop. Before closing the loop, attach it to a jump ring on the bib of the necklace. Continue adding beads until you have filled in all the jump rings and empty spaces. I found it better to add the beads in size order starting with the larger beads. This helps at the end so you can fill in any smaller spaces with smaller beads. 
I couldn't help myself and made another in periwinkle! This necklace is time consuming, but I think it is so worth it. 
I just love how this necklace catches the light and make a big statement!
Enjoy this necklace!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Silver Semi-Circular Shawl

This pretty shimmery yarn creates a soft, drapey, beautiful shawl. This is a lighter shawl, so it will be perfect when there's only a slight crisp to the air. 
I used two skeins of Vanna's Glamour with size 7 circular needles. I used the color Platinum. 

Co 3 sts, longtail. 
Row 1: *k1, yo; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 2 and all other even rows: p across
Row 3: k1, yo, k to last st, yo, k1
Row 5: *(k1, yo) twice, pm; rep from * to end once more,(k1, yo) twice, k1
Row 7: k across
Row 9: k1, yo, *k to marker, yo, sm, k1, yo; rep from * to end once more, k to last st, yo, k1

Repeat rows 6-9 until your shawl is as large as you would like. 
Cast off in knit after a row 8. 
Fasten off, and weave in all remaining ends. Block this shawl into the semi-circular shape, and to open the stitches up. 

**this is a rewritten version on the pattern. I'm not quite sure why, but some knitters are struggling with the above format, so here is a different version. Hope it helps!**
Co 3 sts, longtail. 
Row 1: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
Row 2,4,6,8: p all sts 
Row 3: k1, yo, k3, yo, k1
Row 5: k1, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
Row 7: k all sts
Row 9: k1, yo, k to the first marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, k to the second marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, k to the last st, yo, k1
Rep rows 6-9 until desired size. 
The finished shawl is 21" deep, and 58" across the top. Blocking this really helped the shawl get a nice drape. 
This photo shows the lines of increasing, and the lacy pattern. 
I hope you enjoy this silver shawl!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rhinestone Bib Necklace

This necklace can be worn anywhere you need a big, sparkly addition to your outfit. Three two stranded beads make up the beautiful bib part of the necklace. 
Materials: three focal beads with holes for two strands, small silver beads, chain, beading wire, crimp beads, toggle clasp, jump rings, bent nose pliers, and wire cutters
Cut two even pieces of chain. Attach two pieces of beading wire to one piece of chain with crimp beads. 
Begin stringing you beads. I worked with both strands to see how it would turn out, rather than string one side, then the other. 
Continue stringing the beads. To get the necklace to sit flat and be rounded, you must alter the amounts of beads. The bottom strand will have more beads, and the top strand will have fewer. 
Finish off the same way you started, with crimp beads attaching the other piece of chain. 
Here is a view of the back, so you can see the amount of beads between each focal more clearly. 
Attach the clasp with jump rings. 
That's it!
The big shiny focal beads are perfect for this bib necklace!
Hope you all enjoy this necklace!
Xoxo, Alyssa.