A Bug, Β Two Hats, and Three Squares πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• 

Word of advice….if you’re squeamish – scroll by the first picture real fast 😝 

Okay – you have been warned πŸ˜‰

A Bug 

This weird, but somehow very fascinating, creature was hanging out by our front door yesterday 😳


I had never seen one in ‘real life’ …just photos. They really do look like sticks, especially since this one had a leaf stuck to it. 😁 Just the feelers – moving frantically- gave it away. 

Two Hats 

I love Pixie Hats 😍 So this week I gathered up my courage, and finally gave it a try…

First I made a Toddler size one…using an easy pattern from Two Little C’s

The yarn is ‘Fruity Stripes’ from Red Heart’. Not usually my choice for wearable accessories/clothing, but I love the colors. And like my daughter pointed out…’It definitely is water-repellent’ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

For the second one I wanted to use a yarn from my stash – Lion Brand ‘Landscapes Tropics’

It is an acrylic yarn, but looks and feels like wool (without the scratchy-ness πŸ˜‰) and it’s machine washable. 

I knew I didn’t have enough for the pattern, so I started at the band, and worked my way up. I decreased as I saw fit…and am proud to report that it worked on the first try. 

If I ever manage that again 😊 there will be a written pattern. 

Three Squares 

Two, three weeks ago I started on a new ‘Gypsy Cardigan’. I always use the ‘Mandala Cakes’. It was a struggle from the beginning, because the colors/lengths didn’t match from one cake to the next. But somehow I made it work. πŸ˜„ So I had matching squares

On to the contrasting triangles. Ha – you’d think ‘yellow and grey…pretty neutral colors. Easy peasy’. Well, no! Not true πŸ˜– Nothing seemed to work

No green-ish, no purple, no teal…I now have enough triangles to make a separate cardigan πŸ˜‚

I took everything apart, and thought ‘I’ll make a shawl’. A quick border, seams – done! 

Nope πŸ˜• Colors look ok…but there’s a lot of puckering going on 

I’m beginning to think that these squares don’t wanna be anything …except maybe a pillow in a ’70s german living room 😜


See it there…on the right…on top of the couch. πŸ˜‚

I’m not giving up though. Something will come to me. 😁

Alrighty – that’s all for today 😊 Oh, one more thing…I’d like to send you into the weekend with a little chuckle 


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Have a fabulous Friday πŸ’• 

I’m sending Love ❀️ Smiles πŸ˜ƒ and Hugs πŸ€— your way, and hope to see you tomorrow for the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’s Chili/Chocolate Bread’! 

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An Oversized Poncho ~ The Pattern πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Here it is – the pattern you’ve been waiting for…well, some of you anyway 😁

Feronia πŸ’–

and 

Persephone πŸ’š


Ready? Let’s do this! πŸ™‚

You will need: 

– 5 Red Lion Brand ‘Mandala’ cakes ~ 5 because I noticed that some of the colors don’t run as long in some cakes as in others…so you will need to dig into the 5th one to supplement 

Hook Size G (4.25mm)

Stitch Guide 

Magic (adjustable) Ring: Form a loop with your first color, pull yarn through (from the skein), ch1

 

Corner: 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1

Pattern 

Form one Magic Ring, into the ring work *3dc, 3ch – repeat from * 3 times. Join with a slipstitch to the first dc. You will have a square. Pull the middle string to close the hole.


Round 2: Ch 1, turn, *3dc, 3ch, 3dc in ch3 sp. Ch1. Repeat from * 3 times. Slipstitch with the second color to the first dc. Ch 1, turn. 


Round 3: *3dc in ch1 sp, ch1, Corner into ch3 sp. Repeat 3-times from * Join with a slipstitch. Ch1. Turn.

Round 4 and all following rounds: 3dc, separated by 1 ch into all ch1 spaces. Corners in the ch3 spaces, changing colors every 2 rounds. 

Feronia has 20 rounds, Persephone has 18 rounds.

After the desired amount of rounds fasten off.

Border: 

You can start the border anywhere. Insert your hook between 2 dc, and pull the yarn (new color) through. Ch1, 1dc in same space. Work the length of the square with 1dc in each 1ch space, 1dc between each cluster dc (not in the loops of the dc in the previous row). 

Corner: Ch1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1 into ch3 space 

Work around the square. Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off. 

Work 2 more rounds the same way, in different colors. 

Joining of the Squares 

Insert your hook into the corner ch1 space, and pull the yarn through (contrasting color). Ch1

Dc 1, continue following my picture/written tutorial you can find here

 

Join the Squares according to this 


Now you’ll notice that the neck hole is a bit big ☺️ 

You can fix that by adding more Border rows. 

Insert your hook anywhere along the neckline. Pull the yarn through. Ch 1, dc 1 in same space. Continue on to 2 stitches before the point of the ‘V‘. There you have to crochet 5 together as follows: 

Insert your hook into the next stitch. Yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops. Yo, insert hook into the next stitch, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops. 

Repeat for the next 3 stitches = 5 loops 


Continue with the Border stich to the next ‘V’. 

5 dc together. Continue with the Border Stich. Join with a slipstitch. 

Add more border rows to achieve the desired size. 

Feronia has 6 extra rows; Persephone has 4 extra rows. 


The Picot Edging is a beautiful finishing touch 😍

Picots: Insert your hook between 2dc. Pull yarn through. Yo, pull through. 1sc. 

*1 slipstitch in next space. Ch 3, slipstitch into the first ch. 1 sc. Repeat from * Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off. 

Drawstring and Tassels 

Crochet a long chain. Thread it through the last Border row. 

Cut 20 pieces of yarn (appr. 7″) Fold in half, and position them onto one end of your chain.

Secure by stitching through the loops of the chain. 


Wrap a length of yarn around, near the top. 

Secure the end. 

You’re done! πŸ˜ƒ

Well, except for the pesky ends…but let’s not think about that now. 😜

I hope you’re happy with this pattern. If you get stuck, have questions – please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m just a quick message away πŸ€—

Let me know how you’re getting along. I would love to hear from you. 😍

The Rainbow ~ Cupcake πŸŒˆ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• And here – as promised – are the instructions for the ‘Cupcake’  Dishcloth/Potholder/Kitchen Deco πŸ˜ƒ

I did manage to remember the basics – so ‘re-creating’ it was easy- peasy 😬

Here’s what you need:

~ Cotton yarn in pink (A), cream or tan (B), Rainbow (C), variegated (D)

~ a little bit of red and green yarn 

Got it? Okay…here we go 

Rows 1 – 24, are crocheted in Tunesian Stitch 

All even numbered rows are stitched in ‘their’ color, as they appear. When you get to the color transfer (2 different color loops on the hook) always cast-off with the ‘new’ color.

Abbreviations: ch = chain, sc = single crochet, hdc = half double crochet, dc = double crochet, 

Ch 29

Rows 1 – 4 Tunesian Stitch in A

Row 5 – 6 st (7 loops) in A, 15 st in B, 7 st in A

Row 7 Repeat Row 5

Row 9 – 5st (6 loops) in A, 17 st in B, 6 st in A

Row 11 Repeat Row 9

Row 13 – 4 st (5 loops) in A, 19 st in B, 5 st in A

Row 15 Repeat Row 13

Row 17 – 3 st (4 loops) in A, 21 st in B, 4 st in A

Row 19 Repeat Row 17

Row 21 Stitch 2 bars together (2 loops on hook) in A, 23 st in B, 2 tog, 1 st in B

Row 23 1 st (2 loops) in A, 23 st in B, 2 st in A

Fasten off all yarn after Row 24

Make a standing dc (or ch3) in the space between the first two stitches made in B using the Rainbow Yarn (C) 


Make one ‘Bobble Stitch’ 

πŸ’₯A Bobble Stitch = 5dctog (5 double-crochet together) – yo, 1dc, yo, insert hook into designated stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, repeat until you have 6 loops on your hook. Yo, pull yarn through all 6 loops. Chain 1.πŸ’₯
*Skip two spaces, make one Bobble Stitch. Repeat from * until you have 8 Bobble Stitches. Fasten off. 

With thevariegated yarn (D) make a standing dc (or ch3) in the space between the first 2 Bobbles, follows by 2dc in the same space. 

*3 dc in next space. Repeat from * until you have 7 clusters. Ch1. Turn. 

3 dc in first space. Repeat = 6 clusters.

Repeat for each row until you have a row with 3 clusters. 

Ch 1. Turn. 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc in first space. 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc in second space. Fasten off. 

With your red yarn crochet a ’10 stitch Bobble Stitch’ into the space between the two clusters. 

Ch1 in red, continue in green – 12 ch. Slipstitch into the red Ch1 at the base of the green. Fasten off. 

The bottom edge is probably a bit ‘roll-y’ 😁 That’s an easy fix (when blocking is not your thing) 

Simply crochet 1 row in crab-stitch across the bottom. 


It’s pretty, and takes care of the roll. 😎

Done! πŸ˜€


What you’re holding now makes a great Dishcloth or Kitchen Deco. If you wanna use it as a potholder or trivet, I would suggest to make two cupcakes and layer them by crocheting them together, or join them with a simple mattress stitch. 

What do you think? Will you be making one or two? 😁 I’d love to hear from you! 

Any questions about the pattern? Please don’t hesitate to ask…I’m just a quick message away. πŸ’œ

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

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

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. πŸ˜•

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, worsted, medium (4) – (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 in 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, and decrease at the beginning and end of the row as above.


This picture was the ‘first edition’ πŸ˜‰ The decrease is a bit wonky – I figured out how to do it right eventually, and the tire is on the wrong side 😜….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. πŸ€—

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

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

I hope you will join me next time! 😍

Until then πŸ’•

‘Bohemian Oasis’ ~ The Crochet-Along Part II

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Show of hands    πŸ™‹πŸ»   Who has started this project? Are your squares done and joined?
If not – no worries, this will keep. 😊

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. πŸ’ƒπŸ»

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    πŸ˜   My thought was to give the piece an instant border, in case you don’t want to add one at the end. Oooops 😳  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, insert hook into designated stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, 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 πŸ€“

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

Now have fun with your yarn and hook    πŸ˜ƒ   Play with your colors    πŸŒˆ This is a great stashbuster, isn’t it?! 😁

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 😜
So I’ll let you go now. Take good care of yourself. πŸ’œ

Thanks for stopping by! 😍

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

Until then πŸ’•


 

My First Crochet ~Along…and a BIG ‘Duh’ Moment πŸ€¦β€β™‚️

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Wonderful to see you!

Last week I signed up for my first crochet ~along. 😁 It was announced on the ‘Yarnspiration’ Facebook page, in collaboration with the ‘Crochet Crowd’. 

Since I’ve been wanting to do one for quite some time now, and Mikey from the Crochet Crowd is always a great source of inspiration (and, hey – I got to buy more yarn 😜) I signed up, went and ordered my yarn….giggles…..and waited. πŸ˜• Not my greatest talent – but I made it. πŸ˜‹

The first part of the instructions arrived – via e-mail- on Monday, together with the reveal of the project picture 

I like the look of that! 😍

The yarn didn’t get here ’til Tuesday evening πŸ™„ so I had to wait until yesterday (Wednesday) to finally start my blanket.

But first – decision time. Which colors to use? See, when I ordered the yarn I couldn’t really decide. I knew I wanted purple and lime green. Well, guess what? No lime green πŸ˜• I didn’t like the sage…so I went with turquoise and apricot/orange. Close enough! πŸ˜‚

The pairing of the skeins 

   That’s nice 😊   That’s ok too πŸ™‚

  Yep…that’s it πŸ˜€
I looked over the instructions 


Glanced at the note, 1st, 2nd, 3rd round….got it! Or so I thought! 😜

Now we’re coming to my big ‘Duh’ moment. See ☝️in the note where it says “carry color not in use loosely across the top of previous row” and see how the sentence continues?! Well, apparently a glance at ‘notes’ in instructions is not advisable! 😸 Since I stopped glancing right at “previous row”, I did not really know how to accomplish the carrying of the color. And apparently a severe brainfog prevented me from figuring it out all by myself. πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

And that’s how I ended up with this 


You can see exactly where and when I took a closer look at the directions πŸ˜‚

But since it’s just for me I didn’t frog it. πŸ˜‹ The other side is perfectly fine 


I still love my colors. 😍 What do you think of it/them? 

Are you inspired? If you are…here’s the link to the pattern. 😁

Thanks for visiting today 😍  I hope you don’t think any less of me now! πŸ€—

I’m looking forward to hearing from you…tell me what you’re thinking 😎

Take good care of yourself 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 

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