New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday – Lemonpeel and MossΒ 

…..nope, not a new Smoothie recipe – really the names of two beautiful crochet stitches. πŸ˜‹

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I’m glad you could visit! 

Today’s stitches are not just beautiful, but also very easy…even for beginners. 

The first one – the ‘Lemonpeel’ stitch only uses two basic stitches. Single- and Double Crochet. 

So grab some yarn and a matching hook and crochet along. 😊

– Chain an even number of stitches for the foundation chain. 

– Row 1 Chain 1, sc in the second chain from the hook, dc in the next stitch. *sc in the next stitch, dc in the one after that* . Repeat to the end of the row. 

– Row 2 Chain 1, turn your work. Sc in the very first stitch, dc into the next. Repeat alternating sc and dc to the end of the row. 

Repeat Row 2 until your piece is the desired size. 

It’ll look like this…

The second stitch is the Moss Stitch. This one is moving fast to the top of my list of favorites! 😍

Ready? Let’s go…

– Chain an even number of stitches for the foundation chain. 

Row 1  Skip the first 3 chain stitches, and sc into the fourth. *Ch 1, skip the next stitch, sc into the next* Repeat to the end of the row, ending with a sc in the last chain. 

Row 2  Ch 2, turn your work. Sc in the first chain space of the previous row. Ch1, sc in chain space and so on. Last stitch should be a sc into ch space. 

Repeat Row 2 until you’ve reached the desired length. 

There, wasn’t that easy. πŸ€— You wanna know what it looks like? 

I love it worked with a ‘self-patterned’ yarn 


Pretty nifty, eh? 😎

Do you think you’ll give these stitches a try? What will you make? Let me know …because I’m quite nosy by nature 😜

Now I leave you alone so you have time to practice! 😁

I hope to see you soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Work~in~Progress Wednesday 🌺 Join your Granny Squares and Crochet some Lollipops 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for popping by to see the progress on the Granny Square Cardi πŸ€—

Here’s the reason why I’m so late today….

  The Lollipops πŸ˜€

I’ll show you what I did with them in a minute.

But first…all the Squares and Triangles are finished. Time to join everything together. You might remember that I had joined some already  – just to see where I was going with this. 😊 There are different ways to sew/crochet them together. I didn’t want them to be attached to closely, so I chose this ….


It’s easy to do…take a look πŸ‘€ 

Start with 2 squares, and crochet one double-crochet into one corner. Yo, 3 dc into the corner of another square. 


Come back to the first square and place 3 dc into the second square. 


I found that this is the best way to hold the two pieces 


Keep going back and forth until the last square. Work 1dc into it. 


Alright…now that all the pieces are joined I noticed that there was a gap in the back! 😳 The pieces didn’t fit as perfectly as I thought. 

I forgot to take a picture….here’s one from the first attempt to fill it in. That’s quite a gap, isn’t it?! 😝


I didn’t just want to fill it in with the yarn color on either side. So I tried Granny Squares in the contrast color ⬆️ Meh….nah 

Then I tried bigger blocks to place in the middle and go from there 

  
Well, that looked waaaaay better in my head 🀣 

Next….


Hmmm…. Getting closer – I love the yarn, love the mandala….just not on the cardi. 

Show of hands – who knew that, eventually, I’d add something oddly mismatched, wild and colorful? 😝 You were right! Here we go 


And there are the Lollipops πŸ˜‚


Because just a square of outrageous yarn just wouldn’t do! πŸ˜‰

That’s where I am so far. I was really hoping I could show you the finished cardi today….but the Design-Goddess had other ideas. 😊 Hopefully next week. 

So…what do you think? Too much? Not enough? 😁 See, I’m almost tempted to add some more of this yarn – I love this yarn…can you tell? 😜 – somewhere else. 

Have you ever made anything that went so completely ‘out of the box’? 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday β˜€οΈ The Catherine WheelΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How nice to see you! Thanks for visiting today! β˜€οΈ

It’s a glorious sunny Sunday, so I’m on my way outside to read a bit, crochet some – I started a ‘cotton’ project, not so hot on the hands 😜 

But first this…

Today I wanna show you how to crochet the beautiful ‘Catherine Wheel’. 

The instructions tell you to ‘7 dc tog dec’. If you’re a beginner, and don’t really know what to do here (or you do, but can’t quite remember) here’s a ‘how-to’ …

Crochet to the place where you wanna use this stitch 


Work 1 dc. In the same stitch work 6 more, without finishing them all the way. By that I mean – start the dc (3 loops on the hook)


but pull the yarn through 2 loops only one time…that adds 1 loop to the hook. 

After you worked 7 dc – you will have 8 loops on the hook, hook the yarn over and pull through all 8 loops 


Done! πŸ˜€ Now you’re ready for the ‘Catherine Wheel‘ 

⚑️Pictures are at the end of the written tutorial ⚑️

Start with a foundation chain of a multiple of 8 stitches, plus 2

Row 1 Sc 2nd ch from hook and next chain. *skip 2 chains, put 7 dc into next chain. Skip 2 chains, 1 sc into each of the next three stitches. Repeat * across. Final two stitches left over should be 1 sc into each. Fasten off yarn. Turn.

Row 2 Fasten on new colour. Ch 3, 3 dc tog dec, ch 3. 1 sc into next 3 stitches. *Ch 2, 7 dc tog dec, ch 3, 1 sc into next three stitches. Repeat * Across. Final semi circle is ch 2, 4 dc tog dec, ch 1. Turn.
Row 3 Ch 3, 3 dc into same stitch where the Ch 3 started, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches on the row below. *7 dc into middle of the next Catherine Wheel Stitch, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches from the row below. Repeat * across. Final 1/4 circle is 4 dc into the middle of the Catherine Wheel. Fasten off.

Row 4 Fasten on new colour. Ch 1, sc into the next 2 sc. *ch 2, 7 dc tog dec, ch 3, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches. Repeat * across. Final two stitches are 1 sc into each. Turn.

Row 5 Ch 1, 1 sc into the same stitch and the next stitch. *7 dc into middle of the next Catherine Wheel Stitch, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches from the row below. Repeat * across. Final 2 stitches are 1 sc into each.

Repeat rows 2 – 5 over and over until you get to the desired length of project you want.

  Row 1
At first everything will look a bit wonky, but don’t worry, it’ll straighten itself out at the end. 😊

 Row 2
 Row 3

 Row 4


Row 5 

It is so pretty, isn’t it. 

Here a few things I learned during the practice runs πŸ˜‰

1. Make sure there are 8 loops on the hook when you stitch the ‘7dc tog dec’ 😁

2. Always skip the ch3 from the previous row….the first (few) tries I didn’t, and, well, was not happy πŸ˜– until the πŸ’‘-moment 😜


3. Sometimes you’ll think you can’t fit the 7dc into one stitch…keep going, you can 😊

I think that’s it πŸ˜€ If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! 😍 I’m always just one message away! 

Let me know what you’ll be making using this gorgeous stitch. I think I’ll use it to fill a little gap on the back of my ‘Granny Square Cardi’. ☺️

Take care! Have fun! I hope to see you next time!

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

New~Stitch~Sunday πŸ€“ Harlequin and something usefulΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for peeking in!

Today -as promised- I’m showing you how to stitch the ‘Harlequin Stitch‘. At first it seems a bit complicated, but you’ll get the hang of it fast…no doubt πŸ˜€

Ready? Here we go….

The foundation chain needs to be multiples of 8 sts plus 1.Row 1
Using color 1, *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in 5th ch from hook [or 5th st from hook],

skip next 3 ch/sts, sc in next ch/st, skip next 3 ch/sts.* Repeat to end.

Join color 2 and turn.


Row 2

Ch 3, skip 1st sc, dc3tog over next 3 dc, *ch 7, skip ch-1 space, dc6tog over next 6 dc (leaving the sc between groups unworked). *

 

repeat to last 3 dc and work 3dctog, dc in ch-1 and turn.

Row 3

 Ch 3, skip 1st dc, 3 dc in top of 3dctog, *sc in ch-1 space between dc’s 1 row below (enclosing center of ch-7), (3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in top of dc6tog.*  Repeat to last dc3tog and make 3 dc in top of dc3tog, dc in top of ch-3, join colour 1, and turn.


Make sure you pull the yarn from behind the work to enclose the ch-7 

Row 4

 Ch 4, skip 1st dc, *dc6tog over next 6 dc [leaving the sc between groups unworked], ch 7, skip ch-1 space.* Repeat to end, ch 3, dc in top of ch-3, turn.

Row 5

Ch 2,  *3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in ‘dc6 tog’, sc in ch-1 space between dcs 1 row below (enclosing center of ch-7)* Repeat to last 3 dc-ch1, 3 dc , sc in base of ch-3 

Repeat rows 2 to 5 until you reached your desired length. 😊 

Pretty, isn’t it? πŸ˜€  


Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask! 😍

Now we get to something useful…the invisible decrease πŸ™‚

Yes, there really is such a thing πŸ˜‹ See….well you can’t really since it’s invisible, but you know what I mean πŸ˜‰

Just crochet to the place in your work where you need the decrease then (for dc) 

yarn over, pick up the top of the next two stitches, pull yarn through 2 loops at a time. Done! 😁

How nifty is this? 😁 Can you spot it? It’s there – I swear! πŸ™‚

Well, that’s it for today! Will you work with any of these stitches? 

I hope you find these tutorials helpful, and remember…. I am always ready to help with any problems/questions! πŸ€— 

Next Sunday I’ll show you ‘Catherine’s Wheel’ – that’s a variation of the Harlequin Stitch. 

But that’s a week away, and I have some pretty good stuff planned for the rest of this week! I hope you’ll stop by to see. πŸ˜„

Until then 

Tina xoxo 

It’s *New*Stitch *Sunday* ~ Lacy & Tunesian

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Thanks for stopping by.

Today I’d like to show you two stitches that are great for blankets and scarves/shawls.

The first one apparently doesn’t have a name….from what I could find out it’s known as ‘simple and pretty’ 🀣 Maybe you know the “official” name? If you do, please let me know! 😊

Okay…here is ‘simple and pretty’ 😁

If you’d like to try it…here’s how 

Starting chain- multiple of 6 plus 3 

Row 1: (4 dc, 3 ch, 1 dc) all in 5th ch from the hook; 


*skip 4 ch, (4 dc, 3 ch, 1 ch) in 5th ch from the hook*; repeat * to * to the end of the row, dc in last ch 


Ch 3, turn 

Row 2:  (4 dc, 3 ch, 1 dc) in every 3-ch space across the row, 1 dc in top of turn-3-ch 


Repeat Row 2 until the desired length. 

Well, one thing is sure….it is ‘simple and pretty’ 😊 Right?! 

✨The second stitch is the ‘Tunesian (Afghan) Stitch ✨

If you saw last week’s The Little Bag ~ Crochet & Go Post you know it already. But – in case you missed it…here you go 
1. Work your foundation chain with the required number of chains- plus 1

2. Turn your work around, insert your hook into the 2nd stitch from the hook…yarn over, pull backwards and leave the loop on the hook = 2 loops. Repeat to the end of the row. 

Don’t forget the very last one πŸ€“

3. Ch 1, yo, pull the yarn through 2 loops from the hook – the ‘active one plus one. Keep going, 2 loops at a time to the end of the row. You now have one loop on your hook.

4. Place your hook under the first vertical bar, and pull the yarn through. 


Leave the loop on the hook, continue to the end of the row. 

And again, 1 ch, then combine 2 loops until you have one left. 

Repeat . There, you’ve perfected the ‘Tunesian Stitch’. 😊 

If you – at any point- have problems, questions because the instructions are not clear, please leave me a comment or send me a message. I wasted a lot of time, because the first few patterns I came across were not very clear. On a happy note…. I might have created a new stitch πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

See….


This is what it’s supposed to look like 

That’s it for today. 😊 I hope you enjoyed these stitches…next week I’ll show you the beautiful ‘Harlequin Stitch’ ….well, hopefully – gotta practice some more to make it presentable! 😝

Let me know if this inspired you, and share your ideas and creations here. πŸ€—

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 


Create an ‘Artsy Day Planner’ ~ UpdateΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ™‹πŸ» Thanks so much for peeking in. 😍

Remember I started creating my own day planner? Well, it’s been a while, but it’s finally finished … I guess I’ll have to start the next one in September πŸ˜‹

If you missed it…here’s the start of the project πŸ“

I finished the artwork for each month little by little…in the beginning I used oil paint- and would not recommend that. It takes a long time to dry, and makes the pages kinda heavy. 

So….here are my calendar pages 

As you can see, I went from oil painting to tangling (with gel pens), to colored pencils, and soft pastel chalk. Whatever strikes your fancy…there are no limits! Even a collection of your favorite quotes would be awesome. 😍

The one change I made from the original idea….I changed the cover art. Remember I painted an owl to grace the cover? Not so great…it does need a smooth cover. So I made a collage out of strips of scrapbook paper 


That should work! 😁

I do hope I inspired you, and that we all start carrying our own, individual art around. Can’t wait to hear (and see) what you did! πŸ’•

See you soon πŸ’ƒπŸ»

Paint a ‘Color~Field’Β 

If you like to dabble with paint and are out of ideas, Muse is escaping you, or just want a quick, colorful piece of original art in your house – paint a ‘Color ~Field’ 😊 For inspiration check out the works of Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Kenneth Nolan.

The basics are really quite simple. All you need is

~ a stretched canvas- you can pick them up at your favorite hobby store, or even at Walmart
~ a wide paintbrush
~2 different colors acrylic paint
~Isopropyl Alcohol (70% is fine, 91% will create a bigger contrast)

~1. Paint your canvas – since the canvas is textured you might need two layers.
Let dry completely. Clean your brush under running water.

~2. In a small plastic- or paper cup mix two parts water to one part contrast paint.

~3. Use the brush to coat the entire canvas with the mixture.
Do not let dry!

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~4.  Pour a small amount of alcohol into a small cup. Using an eyedropper drip alcohol onto the canvas before the paint dries.
I have used a Q-tip before – just remove the cotton, and flick the alcohol onto the paint.

img_0944Pretty nifty, huh?
Let it dry completely, paint the sides, and you have an awesome, original, made-by-you piece of art in your home! πŸ’•

Here are 2 more pieces I made

To personalize your creation you can embellish it with a photo, a pretty magazine picture, a pressed flower or leaf, a doily…. anything you love, really. Just set it on the dried canvas, and apply a thin coat of ‘Mod-Podge’.
For example…

Now go get creating…can’t wait to see what you did! πŸ€—

Until next time
~Tina xoxo

 

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