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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Floppy Kat Hat

Just finished up this cute floppy hat for my mother in a few hours! Quick and easy. The pattern is from Let's Knit Magazine 19, 2009 (originally a UK publication). Pattern showed thinner and more slick yarn, so when I used this thicker rougher yarn the stitch definition didn't come out as well. Overall, the shape came out great. Instead of adding the bow that was in the pattern, I went for adding a flower since my mother loves flowers. Mother approved you could say!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Art Lace Bag

Great pattern found in Interweave Knit magazine. Project uses thicker yarn with larger needles, so it goes quick! The only thing, is the pattern is a little tricky to follow, so it needed total concentration! I would do this pattern again though. Really pretty texture and a great gift to give!


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Monday, August 23, 2010

Wine Cozy - A Great Last Minute Gift

A coworker is having a dinnerware party at her new condo in Brownsburg, IN. As a house warming gift, wine is always a great idea! It can be affordable, and if you are a knitter/crocheter you can add a personal touch in less than an hour! Here's what I whipped up last night in less than an hour:

<------And here's a rough version of the pattern I created for it ------>
Crochet hook size 6.5 mm
Main sleeve:
  1. Ch24
  2. dc in fourth loop from hook, ch2, dc in third loop, repeat from to end of row. When turning, ch4 and dc on top of the second dc in the row below. The ch4 will count as your first dc. And continue ch2, dc in third loop repeat.
  3. Continue until pattern has reached the height of your wine bottle.
  4. Sew seam up the side.
  5. Make a chain about 16 inches to create a tie for the top.
Grapes - create six:
  1. Chain 4, slip stitch to form ring.
  2. dc 10 times into ring.
  3. Tie off and sew six grapes together.
Leaves for grapes - create two:
  1. Chain 8.
  2. tr in the fourth loop from hook, dc in the next loop, hdc in the next, and sc in the last loop.
  3. Tie off and sow above the grapes.
Fee free to improvise one of your own!

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Green Neck Cowl

So, I bought a pound of Caron yarn in hunter green. I have a friend who's going to grad school in the middle of the mountains of Virginia. So, I'm working on a package to send to her to keep warm and happy. No one ever sends packages anymore for fun it seems. I guess people are becoming more virtual with the increase of the web presence and resources, they don't feel the need to send little notes or goodies in the snail mail. They can just send that person a virtual one. Speaking of virtual world, you can find this pattern on Lionbrand's site once again. I love their free patterns!

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Green wristlets

I like wristlets. They're great for many purposes. Wear them at work while you work on the computer, great for working outside on the house in the colder months. Nice to have those little digits available for duty. You can find this pattern on Lionbrand's site.

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One Skein Cable Footies

In the book: One More Skein there is a great pattern for some footies. The book says it is a quick project. It is, unless you are a bit slow at cables like myself, and in this pattern you do them quit frequently. It took me a bit to do them, but not as bad since it was with thicker yarn on larger needles. They are perfect for walking around the house in. Real cozy.

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