Work(s) ~ in ~ Progress Wednesday πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thank you so much for peeking in! 😍

A blanket, a Poncho, and a scarf…..no, not the start of a crochet joke, just the wips on the hook these days. 😊 

I didn’t get too much done on either, because the hubby was off work for a long weekend because of the 4th of July holiday, and that always cuts into my ‘creative time’. Not that I’m complaining. 😝
I did manage to crochet some ‘Granny Square Flowers’ for an Afghan I’m making for a lovely couple that will say ‘I do’ at the end of October. 😍

I still have a long way to go….good thing the wedding is 3+ months away. 😊

The reason I picked the green as a border color, instead of the traditional black, is that I want it to look like a meadow sprinkled with flowers. πŸ˜€

A little time was wasted when I just crocheted away, not paying close enough attention, ’cause  ‘I got this now…. I don’t have to count anymore’…..pffft- boy was I wrong! 😜

But….those flowers can always serve as coasters! πŸ˜‰

If this inspired you, please stop by tomorrow…. I will write out the pattern, and share it with you then. πŸ€—

You probably noticed the hint to numerous projects in the title πŸ€“ There is one more…

I started the first panel for a ‘Granny Square Pattern’ Poncho. Sadly this will be the last project with this, my favorite, yarn. πŸ˜• It’s discontinued! Can you believe that? How can they do this to me? 😒 Oh well, over time another favorite will come along! Have you ever fallen in love with one particular yarn/color, planning all these pretty things to make – only to find out that there is no more? 

It’s a rectangular ‘Granny…eh, not Square’ πŸ™ƒ


It’ll be a crazy one πŸ˜† with the other panel in a different, contrasting color – and ruffles. 

Well, that’s the plan right now. I’ll let you know how it goes. 😁

Oh…there is one more! The scarf for Kelley’s Giveaway is almost done, and ready to ship. πŸ˜€

It just needs some fringes, and-maybe- a border. 😌

Alrighty….that’s all for today. Now it’s dinner time – I think the dogs are starving πŸ˜‚They’re such good actors! 🎭

I sure hope to see you tomorrow! 😍

Until then πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo 

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday – The Granny Spike Stitch

Hello my lovely friends    πŸ’•       Thanks for taking the time to stop by

Are you ready for a new stitch? This one is awesome, and even a beginner can get the hang of it pretty quick.   I can see it lovingly crocheted into a baby blanket or a fabulous scarf/shawl.

It’s called the ‘Granny Spike Stitch’, and looks a lot more complicated than it is. That’s always good news, right? 😎

Ready? Hook and yarn at the ready?  I used 3 colors…but it’s your creation, so use as many (or few) as you like!

Okay, before you start – here are a few things you should know:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
Shell = work in the same space 2 dc-1ch-2dc

Start chaining your foundation. The chain is a multiple of 6 + 4

Row 1: Skip 5 ch, *shell in 6th, skip 5 – repeat from * to the end of the row. Skip 3, 1 dc in last ch. Turn. Change color if desired.

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Row 2: Ch 2, 1 dc in foundation chain

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*1ch, 1 sc in ch1 space of shell, 1ch, 1dc + 1ch + 1dc in middle foundation ch between shells; rep from * to the sc in the last shell, then ch 1, 1dc in 4th foundation ch from the hook. 1sc in top ch. Turn

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Row3: Ch 3, 2 dc in sc at the base of ch3. *Shell in space of ch1 between dc (it may seem like a bit of a stretch – but it works   ) Repeat from * ; 3dc in space of 2ch at the end of the row. Turn. Change color if desired.

Row4: Ch1, 1 sc in 1st dc, *ch1, 1dc + 1ch + 1dc in shell in 2nd row. Repeat from*
ch1, 1sc in last dc


Row5: Ch3, *shell in ch1space between dc. Repeat from *, 1dc in ch, turn.
Change color if desired.

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Row6: Ch2, 1dc in space between 1st and 2nd dc, *1ch, 1sc in shell, 1dc + 1ch + 1dc in shell of 3rd row; repeat from * to the last sc in shell, then ch1, 1dc in space between dc and 3ch, 1sc in chain. Turn.

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Repeat Row 3 – Row 6 until you have reached the desired size.

There, that wasn’t so hard, was it?
Most importantly….how clear are the instructions? Were they easy to follow? Did you have problems anywhere? If you did, please let me know. I’m always glad to help out. πŸ€—

I hope this inspired you to make something wonderful! Let me know…and I do wanna see pictures! 😁

Have fun with your hook & yarn – I will now try and give our dog a haircut. She’s not happy, and already in hiding.

Have a fabulous (and safe!) 4th of July!

Until next time πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

1 sc in dc at the base of ch1, * ch1, 1 dc + 1 ch + 1 dc in shell in previous row (it seems like a bit of a stretch, but it works    )

 

 

The Pixie Scoodie ~ A Free Pattern πŸ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Great to see you! Thanks for visiting!

You’re probably enjoying a beautiful summer 🌞 Not ready to think about Fall 🍁 and Winter ⛄️, right? Well, good news! If you love this Scoodie, and plan to make one for yourself  – you still have some time. It really doesn’t take that long to make.

All you need is
~ 2 skeins of your favorite yarn (for hook size I/5.25mm)
~ 1 skein of a contrasting color (same weight)

Ready? Let’s go….

Crochet 8 simple Granny Squares (if you’re a Granny-Square-Newbie and have questions  – I’m just a quick message away  πŸ˜ )

Join the squares using this pretty stitch ~ the Granny Stitch 

There – the scarf is already done  πŸ˜€ Well, somewhat – we still gotta hide the dang tails. 😝

While you block the scarf

…you can start on the hood. Now’s the time for the contrast color. I did 3 rows in the ‘scarf yarn’, then one row in the contrast color.
Work 12 rounds of a Granny Square, then crochet 7 more rows on 3 sides only.
Time to block ….

I pinned everything together to get a visual – and I must say I do like it


What do you think?

Okay – now I go and stitch it together….I’ll be right back.

Alrighty…here I am! 😁 Are you still here? Awesome! 😍

Here’s what you do next…fold the hood in half, longer sides together. Join 2 shorter sides with the ‘Granny Stitch’.

    

Match the middle of the hood to the middle of the scarf. Secure. On one side of the hood count 9 squares in, and crochet it to the scarf using the same stitch. Count 9 squares in on the other side, mark it, and work to your marker. 

Place single crochet stitches on the ‘raw’ edges of the hood, from the scarf join out. When you get to the end, chain 100. Work back, placing 2sc into 1 chain. That gives you a pretty twisty tie. Repeat on the other side.

Cute, eh? 😎

Here you see why I didn’t attach the hood all the way across. When you wear it with the hood down, it folds over nicely, and you don’t have to deal with any potential bulk. πŸ˜„

I had to improvise a ‘model’ πŸ˜‹ It’s a dressform with a vase for a head 🀣 I’m the worst at selfies πŸ™ˆ So this was the only way to show you what it looks like. Well…not really…you won’t look like a killer monk from an old movie 😬 It actually fits quite nicely. 😊


What do you think? Will you make a Scoodie? πŸ˜€

Wow…. I just realized that tomorrow is July 1st 😳 My planner tells me that there are some nice things coming your way! πŸ€“ I hope you will join me for some (or all) of them. 😍

Have a splendid weekend! 🌞

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Work~In~Progress Wednesday – A Pixie Scoodie πŸ’«

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• How fabulous to see you! 😍

This week I’m working on something new …. a Granny-Square-Pixie-Scoodie πŸ˜€

I had a skein of yarn sitting here – I wish I could remember the color…since I don’t… it’s blue/dark blue/black/tan/cream  – from here on let’s refer to it as ‘the yarn‘ 😝

  Blocking the squares 

One skein is always good for a scarf. But – you know me – it had to be something ‘Granny Square’ of course. I crocheted six squares…and ran out of yarn. And let me tell you, six squares are not enough for a scarf. So I started digging through my stash, found a bit of a different yarn     (2 shades of blue). I combined that with a speckled white for two more squares. Now we’re in business. 😎 

While I was crocheting my mind wandered, and came up with an attached hood! How fun…right?! πŸ˜€

I dug through an almost forgotten stash of yarn ( in the bedroom, in a wicker basket, in a corner 😏) And what do you know…more blue! Man, for not liking blue I sure have a lot sitting around πŸ˜‹ Anyhoo – more blue right next to this pretty pink. It’s like the basket was designing for me. 

 The Hood 
 The Scarf 

I pinned it all together, so you get an idea where I’m going with this 


It has potential 😊 Don’t you think? 

Once it’s all put together in a pretty way, and I can be sure that it looks and fits right, I shall write out the pattern. 

It won’t be ’til Friday though, since tomorrow I’ll be busy with Birthday Stuff πŸ˜πŸŒΊπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰πŸ°πŸŽŠπŸ¦πŸŽˆπŸ»πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸŽ

Oh, one more thing…I’m participating in a “Giveaway” my blogger friend Kelley is hosting over on her Blog

My contribution will be a Granny Square Scarf….here’s the beginning 😍


If you haven’t yet, you should check out her blog. She’ll have a lot of cool prizes for her Anniversary Event…on top of great diy projects and crafts. ☺️

Alright my dears ~ that’ll be all for today. Be good 😊 Take care ….I’ll see you on Friday! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A ~ Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment 🌺 Granny Squares Rock πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Great to see you again! πŸ˜€

As you probably know by now…I have a thing for Granny Squares. It was a slow growing love, but now I design everything around those beauties. πŸ˜€

And it turns out – there are a lot of us.

I researched them a bit, and found the first mention of (then called) Patchwork Squares in a publication from the late 1800s πŸ€“ The book is called “Victorian crochet by weldon and company published in 1895”. It is wildly speculated that women used every and any scrap of yarn to make a warm blanket, and came up with this pretty pattern…probably long before 1895. πŸ˜‰ I could not find any info why they’re called ‘Granny Squares’ though. If you know, please tell us! 😊

Now let’s take a look at what’s out there in the Patchwork department…

I do like this dress 😏


These are cute…

         
       

Sir Paul rocks the ‘Granny Square’ 😜

Now, dresses, skirts, tops I can see myself wearing, but the pants are not for me πŸ™ƒ

       
What about you? Would you rock the pants? If you just uttered a giddy ‘Yes’ … Alright! πŸ˜€ I do admire the wild and crazy you! 😁

While those  β¬†οΈ  are a touch and go, for these here ⬇️ I only have a firm ‘No’ 😳

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    The top maybe, but the shorts (panties?) are a ‘Nope’! 

But that’s just me…. 😊 Again, if you love it… Go and rock it! πŸ€—
These are the most notable outfits I could fine. I’m sure there are a lot more out there. If you find/made a spectacular piece- I’d love to see it! πŸ˜ƒ

Thank you for visiting! πŸ’œ I hope you enjoyed your stay! 

Come back soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

πŸ’₯ All images I found on Pinterest. Source (if available) are by the photos. 

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday 🌺 Cupcakes! 

First of all…why is there no Cupcake emoji? 😜 Totally unacceptable! 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How fabulous to see you! 

Today I have only one new stitch for you πŸ˜• But time totally got away from me, and I thought before it gets too late …. But, enough with the excuses – let’s look at the ‘Cupcake Stitch’! 


It’s so stinkin’ cute, and really simple. So even the beginners can crochet right along. 

Okay, grab your hook and some yarn – you will need 4 different colors. 

– The base is up to you 

– Brown or dark beige for the ‘cake’ part 

– ‘Icing’ – well, up to you 

– White for the whipped cream 

1. Start with a foundation chain in your choice for the base – chain a multiple of 6 plus 3

2. Ch 1, turn. Sc across 

3. Switch to brown. Ch 4, turn. Skip 2, work 2dc in the next stitch, 1dc, then 2 dc in the following  stitches. * Ch 1. Skip 3. Work 2dc, 1dc, 2dc into the next three stitches. Repeat from * to the last 3 stitches. Skip 2, 1dc in last stitch.

4. Switch to pink (or your choice for the ‘icing’. Ch2, turn. Sc in every stitch – in front loop only 


When you come to the space, place 1sc in there. 


5. Switch to white. Ch6, skip the sc above the space. Work 5dc together —-> 6 loops. 


Yo, draw yarn through all 6 loops. * Ch 5. Skip stitch above space, 5 dc together. Repeat from *         At the end of the row, ch3, dc in last stitch. 

6. Switch back to your base color. Ch1, turn. *5sc around bridge, skip the top of ‘cupcake’, all across. End the row with 1dc. 

Now…if you’re using this as a pretty border on a sweater for your wee one (or have fun and make one for yourself 😁) keep working following your pattern. 

If you want to add more ‘Cupcake’ rows I’d recommend a row of dc in between. 

It is cute as is 


but you can add a ‘Cherry on top’ by stitching some beads into place. 


Cute, eh? 😁

I sure hope that this is easy to follow along! 😍 Any questions..just holler! I’m just a quick message away. πŸ€—

Let me know what you made using this pretty stitch. 😘

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

The Purple-y Oversized Ruffle ShawlΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How wonderful to see you! 

Are you ready for the big reveal? πŸ˜‰

Alright….here she is 


In this picture ⬆️  the colors are almost ‘true to life’ ….in this one ⬇️ not so much, but you’ll be able to see better how it looks like when worn. 😊


It is quite big, isn’t it? 

Now I will tell you how you would go about if you wanted to make one for yourself. πŸ™‚

You will need 

– 5 skeins ‘Caron Simply Soft’ in your favorite color 

– 4 skeins Ruffle Yarn (I used ‘Red Heart’ Sashay with Sequins)

Hook Size I (5.25mm) That’s slightly bigger than recommended, but I wanted the shawl to be loosely crocheted, and flowy) 

– Needle and Thread 

Start with the Caron Yarn, and crochet a half ‘Granny Square’. 

I found these wonderful directions on Ravelry. So instead of copying her, I’ll give you the link to the page of Renate Kirkpatrick. *

And now crochet until you used up all 5 skeins. 😁 To avoid the dreaded ‘sewing in of yarn ends’ I use the ‘Russian Join’


For me the end was nerve racking! Why? Take a look…


Last inch of the last skein on the last row 😳 And the yarn is discontinued! Double Whammy! Oh well, it all worked out fine! 😎

Alright….time to add the ruffle. I used one round of double crochet. Yep, that’s really it. πŸ€“  

Start anywhere. Insert your hook through one space of the ruffle yarn, about 2″ from the beginning. Pick up 2 loops of the last row on the shawl, and work a double crochet – always skip a space of the ruffle yarn. That way your border will be nice and full, and the shawl not wavy and puckering. 

And now keep going. Skip a space, yarn over, pick up 2 loops, and work a double crochet, like you do with any other yarn. 



When you get to the end of a skein, stop 2″ before the end, and pick up with a new skein (about 2″ in). Aaaaand keep going. Work 3 dc in every corner stitch, to ensure the corner will lie nice and flat.

This actually took a wee bit longer than anticipated, but it’s worth it in the end. 😍

Once you worked your way around the shawl …well done! High five βœ‹… take the loop off the hook, take your needle and thread, pick up the loop, and secure it with a few stitches. 


Always insert the needle into the yarn. 

Fold over the end of the ruffle yarn and stitch in place. Repeat on the other side, then join both edges together, using a Satin Stitch. Here also …into the yarn 


There, you can hardly tell it’s there….right?! πŸ˜€


Trim the frayed edges (not too close to the seam!)

You’re done! Now, all you gotta do is wait for a cool night so you can show her off! 😊

I hope this is easy to follow! πŸ™‚ If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me a message or mention it in the comments. I’m always right here. 😘

* If you can’t get to the pattern because you are not a member of Ravelry, and don’t wanna be, let me know I will post the instructions for the ‘Half Granny Square’. πŸ€—

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Drop me a line or two if you get the chance. I always love hearing from you! 

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

πŸ’₯ I am in no way affiliated with the companies, people, and website mentioned here. 

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