Small ~ Project ~ …day – A Vintage Camper Tea Cozy

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

In case you’re wondering about the in the title – this was supposed to be the Sunday post. But since the finishing touches on the project took a little longer than expected, and a Sunday – on a regular basis – has only 2 hours, 15 minutes in it, I’m late. ๐Ÿ˜•

So here we are – the ‘Small ~ Project ~ Sunday’ post on a Monday afternoon, finally finished and you can get ready for a new project….

This cozy is stitched entirely in Tunesian Stitch.

You’ll need 5 skeins of Cotton Yarn (5 colors) ~ green (A), coral (B), mint green (C),
yellow (D), cream (E)

Hook Size 5mm (H)

Chain 45 in A

Rows 1 – 11 in A

Row 12 (cast off) in B

Rows 13 + 14 in B

Row 15 ~ 9 stitches in B (10 loops), 25 st in C, 10 st in B

Row 16 ~ cast off according to color sequence – When you get to the color transition while casting off (2 different color loops on the hook) always join the loops with the new color.

Row 17
8 cast on (9 loops) in B, 27 cast on in C, 9 cast on in B
Row 18 – and every even numbered row ~
repeat Row 16
Row 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in C, 8 cast on in B
Row 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 19 cast on in D, 8 cast on in E, 2 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
Row 43 (Starting the Decrease)
work first cast on, work second and third together, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B,
27 cast on in D,
6 cast on in B, 7th + 8th cast on together, 1 cast on in B (8 loops)
Row 45
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 25 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on inย B
Row 47
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 23 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 49, 51, 53
Continue to work in color B,ย and decrease at the beginning and end of the row as above.


This picture was the ‘first edition’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ The decrease is a bit wonky – I figured out how to do it right eventually, and the tire is on the wrong side ๐Ÿ˜œ….fixed as well.

Second Panel
As the first panel, but in Rows 31 – 41 work in a second ‘window’ by casting on
4 in D, 10 in E, 1 in D, 10 in E, 4 in D
The beginning and end of the rows in B is the same.


Wheels
Work 12 dc into a magic ring, then 2dc each into every space between the dcs

Finishing touches
Crochet 2 rows of ‘Star Stitch’ to one panel


connect the two panels with a slipstitch.
Outline the door, the windows, and the door with ‘Surface crochet’.
Stitch on the wheels.
To straighten the bottom edge (it was a bit curly) I attached a length of handspun wool to it, using the Tapestry Stitch


Done, done and done!!!! Woohoo!!!

A little note at the end
If you feel that I ‘overexplained’ things… I wanna apologize. I’ve encountered so many patterns that were very hard to ‘get’, that I had a hard time figuring out, and didn’t get right until I’ve tried multiple times, and then still had the feeling that I was ‘winging’ it. So I might have went overboard with my explanation – I really hope you don’t mind. ๐Ÿค—

If you need more pictures, please let me know. I’m a visual person so I understand.

So, what do you think? ย Do you like this little project? Will you be making one? Maybe as a Christmas present? ๐ŸŽ
Please let me know! I am a curious one – I need to know everything things. ๐Ÿ˜‹

I hope you will join me next time! ๐Ÿ˜

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

It’s a fabulous day ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends  ๐Ÿ’• Welcome back!

The weatherman promised us a perfect Friday ๐ŸŒž And – for a change – he was right ๐Ÿ˜‰

We woke up to temperatures in the 50s…no humidity ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป Yay! 

So we walked the dogs for a good hour. ๐Ÿ™‚ And then – because they’re not the fastest walkers…everything is too interesting, everyone is a friend ๐Ÿ™‚ – then we walked a beautiful trail nearby. Just trees, bushes, wildflowers 


We passed a cornfield 


 It’s a bit blurry – but you can see how tall the corn is ๐Ÿ˜
Once home my daughter stopped by for breakfast before she left town for a weekend on the water.  Not as fancy as it sounds …it’s a raft on a Missouri River ๐Ÿ˜… but I’m sure she’ll have a ton of fun. 

After I waved my goodbyes, I grabbed my yarn and hook 


This little idea for a ‘Teapot Cozy’ has been flitting around in my head for a few days now, and I had to see if it can be done. Well, guess what…it can be done ๐Ÿ˜


Now I have to recreate it ๐Ÿ˜ณ ’cause every cozy needs a front and a back. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Once that’s accomplished…this time around I’ll make sure to write down every step ๐Ÿ˜ – you will find the pattern right here for ‘Small Project Sunday’. 

But first I’ll watch an episode of ‘Monk’ – one of my favorites ๐Ÿค“

I hope you’re having a fabulous day too! ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒพ 

Thanks for visiting and reading. ๐Ÿค— I hope* you enjoyed everything. 

I’ll be back tomorrow with your ‘Weekend Chuckle’ ๐Ÿ˜

Until then ๐Ÿ’•


* I really don’t like to repeat a word in two consecutive sentences. I did get out my Thesaurus to find an alternative โ˜น๏ธ Nothing! That reminded me of my favorite meme though 


๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Still cracks me up! 

‘Bohemian Oasis’ ~ The Crochet-Along Part II

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Show of hands    ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป   Who has started this project? Are your squares done and joined?
If not – no worries, this will keep. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Once they’re joined you want to continue with a few rows of Offset-Filet-Net Stitch.
This stitch is a double crochet, worked into the spaces between the stitches of the former row, instead of the loops at the top.

I picked black as a separating color between the sections, because it serves as a ‘frame’ for each section. It separates colors you normally wouldn’t put next to each other, and makes them ‘go together’. And – I think – it adds a bit of a ‘dramatic’ flair to the piece. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

Note: If you take a closer look at the picture you’ll see that I stitched the first and last dc of every row in black as well. You can save yourself that hassle    ๐Ÿ˜   My thought was to give the piece an instant border, in case you don’t want to add one at the end. Oooops ๐Ÿ˜ณ  it’ll definitely needs a separately stitched border.

Ready? Alright – here we go….

Row 1:
Attach your yarn to the corner space of the first square and work a dc.
One dc between the next 2 dc of the previous row. *One dc between the next 2 dc.
2 dc in ch1 space of the previous row. Continue from * to the last corner space. Place 1dc in that space.
2dc between the top 2 vertical stitches of the join, 2 dc in the space next to it.
Repeat for all squares and join rows.

Row 2 & 3
Attach a new color, and ch3. Work both rows in the Offset-Filet-Net Stitch.

Row 4
With black yarn work one row of Offset-Filet-Net Stitches.

Row 5  – The Bobble Stitch



A Bobble Stitch = 5dctog (5 double-crochet together) – yo, 1dc, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, through 2 loops, repeat until you have 6 loops on your hook. Yo, pull yarn through all 6 loops. Chain 1.

Start this row by attaching a new yarn color.
1 hdc in first stitch, 1 hdc in 2nd stitch *1 Bobble, 3 sc, repeat from * to the end of the row. End with 2hdc

Row 6
2sc, *sc in eye of bobble, 3 sc, repeat from * to the end of the row.

Row  7
4 sc, *1 bobble (in the middle one of the 3sc of the previous row) 3sc. Repeat from *
End row with 4sc

Row 8
Repeat Row 6

Row 9
Repeat Row 5

Row 10
black dc across

I’m gonna stop this right now and  let you catch up ๐Ÿค“

I really, really hope that this makes sense to you – if not, just holler. I’m just a quick message away! ๐Ÿ“ฌ

Now have fun with your yarn and hook    ๐Ÿ˜ƒ   Play with your colors    ๐ŸŒˆ This is a great stashbuster, isn’t it?! ๐Ÿ˜

Next time we’ll use the Tapestry Stitch and the Star Stitch – that’s a great one….you’ll love it. Wanna see? Okay…here it is


Other than this…there’s not much going on here. Kind of a boring slow week ๐Ÿ˜œ
So I’ll let you go now. Take good care of yourself. ๐Ÿ’œ

Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ˜

I hope to hear from you soon – let me know how far you’ve gotten with your ‘Bohemian Oasis’

Until then ๐Ÿ’•


 

Small ย ~ Project ~ Sunday ๐ŸŒบ Cute coasters ๐Ÿบ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Welcome back! 

It’s a lazy Sunday ๐Ÿค“ And this morning’s forecast was right…

‘Cause that’s what I’ve been doing! ๐Ÿ˜Š I’ve made some cute coasters, and I’ll show you how you can whip up some yourself in an afternoon. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ 


I’ve used a different type yarn for each one – I can’t see a difference. I used a crochet hook    Size H/5mm.

In case you’re interested:

Purple = Caron, 1 pound ; Yellow = Red Heart ; Green = Peaches and Creme 

I’ve made “Smoothies” and a “Beerglass”. The basic form is the same. 

Ch 18, and work 32 rows in the ‘Tunesian Stitch’ ๐Ÿ’ฅ If you need a little reminder how to work that one …just click here for the how-to ๐Ÿค“

The Beer – Glass ๐Ÿบ

Connect your border yarn to the top right corner of your rectangle.  Ch 2, hdc across the top to the top left corner.  Ch1, slipstitch into the first stitch of the longer side. Slipstitch your way down, working into the top loop only. At the bottom left corner, ch 1, hdc into the first space. Hdc across. At the corner, hdc into last space, ch1, slipstitch into the same space. Ch 1. Continue with the slipstitch to the last loop (first stitch of the top row). Ch 2. Hdc in same space. 




If you’re doing the ‘Smoothie’ coaster – ch1. Hdc across, working the spaces between the dc, not the top loops. Fasten off. 

For the “Beerglass” you’ll now crochet ….

The “Foam” : 

Skip 3 stitches, *5dc – 1 ch – 5 dc in 4th stitch (shell)* . Skip 3 st, 1sc, Skip 3 st, repeat from * to *; Sc in last stitch.  Ch 1. Turn. 7 slipstitch on each dc of previous row. 5 treble crochet in sc of previous row. Skip 3dc, slipstitch in each following dc. End row with 1 slipstitch. 

The “Handle”: 
The handle is a continuation of the ‘foam’. 

Ch 20. Count 5 stitches from the bottom and connect with a slipstitch in the 6th. Work 1set of ‘Tunesian Stitch’. Slipstitch to the coaster-border. Fasten off, block. 

They do wanna curl a bit…so it’s best to get them wet, wet ๐Ÿ˜ฌ and block overnight – and don’t forget the ScotchGuard! ๐Ÿ˜

What do you think? Will you be making some? I think they’ll be a cute surprise at the next cookout – maybe even a take-home gift?! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

I’m working on Part II of the ‘Crochet Along’ and try my best to present it to you tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜ 

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

I’m not affiliated with any product mentioned here! 

And So it Begins ~ ‘Bohemian Oasis’ ย – A Boho Crochet-Along ๐Ÿ’œ

Hello my lovely friends  ๐Ÿ’• Are you ready for a new Crochet-Along? ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m so excited, and hope that you’ll have fun! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Since it’s not a ‘Mystery CAL’ I can tell you…we’re making a cozy blanket. An oasis for your living room – something to snuggle under in the colder months to come. It’s hard to imagine right now that I ever want to sit under a blanket, but it’s coming! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will give you a few tips on how to change it into a shawl, a larger blanket, or even a Wallhanging. ๐Ÿ˜

But now…without further ado….here’s Part 1

(Please be patient with me ๐Ÿ˜Š this is my very first (own) crochet along…so if I stumble a bit, or am not clear on anything – give me a nudge ๐Ÿค— I think together we can make this a fabulous experience ๐Ÿ’œ)


It’s actually 32″ wide but in the full picture you couldn’t see the detail. ๐Ÿ˜

There was a lot of trial and error…translation – frogging ๐Ÿ˜„ But I ironed out the problems, and so far I’m pretty happy with it. 

So today I’m going to show you how to crochet the ‘Flower Grannies’. They are your foundation. 

There are 5, for a total width of 32″ (including the connection crochet) We’ll work a 3″ border around everything at the end for a total of 38″. 

If you want to make a larger blanket just add more squares. I picked stitches that work with any number of foundation stitches. ๐Ÿค“

But first…the ‘Flower Granny’ 

Abbreviations:

htc = half treble crochet 

tc = treble crochet 

dc2tog = yo, insert hook in designated stitch, pull yarn through, yo, through 2 loops. Yo, insert hook into same stitch, pull through. Yo, pull through 2loops, yo, pull through remaining 3 loops.

1. Start with a Magic Ring. Ch3, yo, dc in the base of the chain. *Yo, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog . Repeat from *four times = 6 petals. Fasten off 

 

*Yo, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog . Repeat from *four times = 6 petals. Close ring with a slipstitch. Fasten off

2. Connect your second color. Ch 3, dc in ch1 space at the base of the chain. Ch1, dc2tog in same space. Ch1. Work *dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog groups in each ch1 space. 

  I marked the placements with pins 

Connect with a slipstitch. 

3. Ch3, turn your work around, 2dc into space at the base of the chain. Ch 1. *Work 3dc into every ch1 space of the previous row 

= 12 groups of 3. Connect with a slipstitch. Fasten off. 



4. Connect your third color. Ch3, 2dc in space at the base of your chain. Ch 1, 3 dc into next ch1 space. Ch1 – now you’ll work the corner. 2 htr, 1tc, ch3, 1 tc, 2 hdc. *Ch1, 3dc in next ch1 space. Ch1, 3dc in next ch1 space. Ch1, crochet the corner. Repeat from *. End with a corner. Connect with a slipstitch, and fasten off. 

Done! ๐Ÿ˜ Isn’t that a nice weekend project? 

Then you want to connect them ๐Ÿ˜€ I picked this join stitch because it goes perfect with anything Granny Square, plus it aids in keeping the project ‘flowy’ ๐Ÿ˜Œ 

I posted a tutorial for this join stitch a few weeks ago…you can find it here ๐Ÿ™‚

I honestly hope you like the project I picked for us ๐Ÿค— Please holler if you have any questions or concerns! I’m always just a quick message away ๐Ÿ˜˜

Let me know what you think about this project! Will you join in? ๐Ÿ’œ That would be pretty awesome! 

I’ll be back tomorrow with a few ‘Weekend Chuckles’…I did find some good ones! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

My Crochet~Alongs – Past and Future ๐Ÿ”ฎ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• How wonderful to see you! 

Soooooo…..this just happened 

 No worries…it was intentional ๐Ÿ˜

It’s the result of me giving up on the ‘Crochet Along’ I started last week. It was just too boring๐Ÿ˜ด I didn’t feel inspired at all…every time I looked at it and contemplated doing a few rounds…I found something else to do. ๐Ÿ˜• I had a few talks with myself…not out loud – at least I don’t think so ๐Ÿ˜œ ….trying to convince myself that it’s the first CAL for me, that maybe my expectations were too high. 

So I set it aside – in a different room…that should’ve told me something ๐Ÿ˜ – saying ‘it’s too hot to be sitting under a ever growing blanket. A-huh ~ sure! That’s what it is.

Now I’m curious….did you ever get all excited about a project only to realize that it’s not that great? Did you abandon it for ‘greener pastures’ or did you power through? ๐Ÿ™‚

What brought me to the ‘official’ abandonment of this project was yesterday’s post from Robin from Imperial Crochet – and seeing that she had the same problem. That’s when I finally admitted that this CAL is not going to happen for me. 

Life is too short to be bored by a project ๐Ÿ˜Š weaving in ends is bad enough ๐Ÿ™„

But three positives came out of this experience ๐Ÿ˜€

1. I now know how to do the Tapestry Stitch 

2. I have 2 pounds of pretty yarn in pretty colors to make something lovely with 

3. This is where we come to the ‘CAL future’ mentioned in the title! I’m now inspired to hold my own Crochet Along…built from the expectations I had for the failed one. ๐Ÿค“

I have a lot of ideas, and already started on it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ It’s gonna be a wild one, because this wee one made an appearance and it looks like she’s here to stay ๐Ÿ’œ


I plan to post more about my CAL very soon ๐Ÿ˜ I’m really excited and ready to rumble! ๐Ÿ˜…

Thanks so much for visiting and reading all the great way down to here ๐Ÿค— 

I hope you will join me tomorrow for ‘Work ~ in ~ Progress Wednesday’ ๐ŸŒบ

Until then ๐Ÿ’• 

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday โ˜€๏ธ Adorable Hydrangeasย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Welcome back! 

Since quite a few of you loved the ‘Hydrangea Purse’ in the making I decided apply the title loosely and make today’s post less about a new stitch, but a cute flower instead. ๐Ÿค“

If you look really hard you’ll find a new stitch – if you wanna call it that – a Picot ๐Ÿ”บ <—– yeah, something like that ๐Ÿ˜

Now to the flower ๐Ÿ˜Š You’re probably tapping your foot by now ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here it is 

     Cute, eh? ๐Ÿ˜Š
And really a fast and easy project. ๐Ÿ’•

But first – these are the things you need to know (besides the basic sc and ch)

hdc – yo, insert hook into designated stitch, pull yarn through. Yo, pull yarn through all 3 loops

dc -yo, insert hook into designated stitch, pull yarn through. Yo, pull yarn through 2 loops twice 

htr- yo twice, insert hook into designated stitch, pull yarn through (5 loops). Yo, pull yarn through 2 loops, yo, pull yarn through 3 loops

Picot – Ch 3, slipstitch into base of chain 

Magic Ring – wrap yarn around your finger twice, insert hook into the ring, pull yarn through, chain 1 (you want to hold the ‘ring’ and the tail between thumb and forefinger ๐Ÿ˜‰)


Okay….now really The Flower ๐Ÿ˜

1. Make a ‘Magic Ring’, and crochet 8 sc into it (twice the amount of desired petals); hold the row of sc, and pull the yarntail. Cool, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‹ Close circle with a slipstitch into the first slipstitch.

    

And now you know why it’s called a ‘Magic Ring’ ๐Ÿ˜€

2. Place *a hdc into the space under the hook. Now into the same space 1 dc, 1 htr, Picot, 1 htr, 1 dc, 1 hdc. Slipstitch into the next stitch*. 

Move to the next stitch and repeat * to * 3 times. 

And your flower is done! ๐Ÿ˜€

  

The bead is optional, but I think it’s a nice touch ๐Ÿ˜

I’ve already made a few more for my purse project ๐Ÿค“

 
As soon as it’s done I’ll share the creative process with you – that will hopefully be very soon ๐Ÿ˜

As usual on a Sunday I lolligagged a bit – so now it’s dinner time already! ๐Ÿ˜ณ It’s soooo hot here these days that I’m running out of ideas for ‘Hot Weather Dishes’ really fast. ๐Ÿค” Oh well, we’ll find something ๐Ÿ˜‚

Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜ As usual…if you have any questions, need to clarify something in the instructions ~ just holler! 

I shall be back sometime this week – probably tomorrow or Tuesday. ๐Ÿ˜˜

Until then ๐Ÿ’•



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