And So it Begins ~ ‘Bohemian Oasis’ Β – A Boho Crochet-Along πŸ’œ

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

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

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

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


It’s actually 32″ wide but in the full picture you couldn’t see the detail. 😁

There was a lot of trial and error…translation – frogging πŸ˜„ 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. πŸ€“

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! 😍 Isn’t that a nice weekend project? 

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

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

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

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

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

Until then πŸ’•

Work~in~Progress Wednesday 🌺 A Pinwheel, Hydrangeas, and two scarves 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• It’s always fabulous to see you here! 

I have a few projects on various hooks these days 😎 

If you saw yesterday’s post you already know a little bit about the Hydrangea blossoms, and how a little spark of an idea, a hook and some yarn turned into these…

Part of the idea was to turn them – and many more like it – into a Boho purse. Yesterday I wasn’t sure how to accomplish that. —-> see yesterday’s post for the ways I considered. 😊

Well, now I’m one step closer – this is how it’s gonna be 

  I’ll sew them onto a felted wool-sweater, and add a handle

What do you think? Looks like it’s gonna be fabulous, doesn’t it? πŸ€“

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It’s a bit difficult to think of scarfs and wraps right now – but nevertheless, I persisted! πŸ˜‹

I have two to show ya….

1.

 Inspired by my ‘New Stitch Sunday’ post 😍

2. 

And this one is pretty much done….I just have to secure the “yarn tails”.  πŸ˜•


I love how this one turned out. The cool thing is, it kinda designed itself while I was crocheting. Every time I got to the end of a segment, I remembered a certain yarn from my stash….and wouldn’t you know it – it was always the perfect one. πŸ˜ƒ

πŸ’œ See little Eddie hanging out under the couch? Right in the path of the AC flow. Smart dog! 😍

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Speaking of Yarn-Tails. Don’t you hate the dreaded little things that always seem to double the time it takes to finish a project! 😣 

The stack of Flower-Squares is growing….maybe I should sew in some tails now…before I make more?! When do you deal with them? As you go or at the end? 


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And then….the “Yarnspiration” Crochet Along 😍 I started that this morning, so there’s not much to show you yet 


It’ll be a ‘Pinwheel Blanket’ – so far I’m pretty happy with it. πŸ˜€

I’d like to tell you more about it….the difficult color choice πŸ˜‰ my ‘brain fart’ moment πŸ˜‚            How about we do that tomorrow? And then we can also look at the pattern together! πŸ€—

Alrighty! It’s a date! πŸ’ƒπŸ»

As always I’m looking forward to chatting with you! πŸ’œ Tag…you’re it! 😁

Thanks for visiting! I’ll see ya tomorrow! 

Until then πŸ’•

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 

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. 

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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