Crocheted Square Bag

May is the time of year that calls for bright colors as summer is just around the corner, at least where I live.  So, I was inspired to create this Bag with bright colors that will come in useful during the following months filled different outings and tasks to be done.  Crocheted Square Bag 4 (2)

 

The yarn I used in my project was 3 skeins.  One that was used as the border to each square and the handles is Red Heart With Love in the colorway Blue Hawaii. The other two skeins I used to make the squares are two types of variegated yarns that I found in my stash that I had lost the labels for so unfortunately I do not know the brand of these.  They are very bright in color and played well with each other.

Crocheted Square Bag 2 (2)

The pattern I followed for this bag was mostly based off the one I found here, on Ravelry.com.  I did choose to use squares that had 5 rounds each with the fifth round of each squared acting as a border in the Blue Hawaii color.  I chose to make 8 squares of each of the varigated colorways (16 in total) and I made two rows of squares for each colorway.

Crocheted Square Bag 5 (2)

Then, I alternated the colorways when I attached them together so it would create a large stripe effect in the bag that wraps around after the stitching was completed.

Crocheted Square Bag 7

I then created two straps.  Each was 10 stitches across of Half Double Crochet.  Then you can just make your desired length, just make sure that the straps end up being the same length.  I then attached the straps and as a final touch, added a single crochet border around each strap with the Blue Hawaii.

Crocheted Square Bag 3 (2)

Overall, I really like the way this turned out.  I love the way the blue ties everything together and I feel like this bag will be very useful for the summer months.

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Cross Cluster Shawl

This is what I am calling the Cross Cluster Shawl.  The yarn I found in my stash I felt embodied the spring and Easter season.  The green camouflage color yarn paired with the Lilac represented both the new greenery and flowers that spring brings.  The type of yarn I used is Red Heart Super Saver in the colorways Orchid and Camouflage.

I also really enjoy the texture that this stitch creates with these colors.

Cross Cluster Shawl a (2)

Materials:

  • 2 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver in Camouflage
  • 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Orchid
  • 5.25 mm crochet hook
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • measuring tape (optional)

Cross Cluster Shawl d (2)

Key:

CH-Chain

YO-Yarn Over

ST-Stitch

SP-Space

DC-Double Crochet

Special Stitch: Cluster- *YO, insert hook in ST or SP indicated, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through two loops on the hook; repeat from * 2 more times, YO and draw through all four loops on the hook.

Cross Cluster Shawl c (2)

Pattern:

CH 73 (This stitch is a multiple of 5+3 CHs if you need to adjust)

Row 1: Work Cluster in sixth CH from the hook, *CH 1, skip the next 2 CHs, DC in the next CH, work in front of the last DC made and DC in the second skipped CH, CH 1, skip next CH, work Cluster in next CH; repeat from * to the last 2 CHs, CH 1, skip next CH, DC in the last CH.

Row 2: CH 4, turn; skip the first CH-1 SP, DC in next CH-1 SP, work in front of the last DC made and DC in the skipped CH-1 SP, *CH 1, work Cluster in the SP between the next 2 DC, CH 1, skip next CH-1 SP, DC in next CH-1 SP, work in front of the last DC made and DC in skipped CH-1 SP; repeat from * across, CH 1, DC in third CH of turning CH.

Row 3: CH 4, turn; work Cluster in SP between the next 2 DC, CH 1, *skip next CH-1 SP, DC in the next CH-1 SP, work in front of the last DC made and DC in skipped CH-1 SP, CH 1, work Cluster in SP between next 2 DC, Ch 1; repeat from * across, DC in third CH of turning CH.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until the desired length.

For the color variation I worked 4 rows in Camouflage then 2 Rows in Orchid.

Cross Cluster Shawl g (2)Cross Cluster Shawl b (2)

Don’t forget to weave in all those ends.  (Definitely worth it in the end)

Cross Cluster Shawl e (2)Cross Cluster Shawl f (2)

 

I hope you enjoyed this pattern and have a Happy Easter!

Color Block Cardigan

This is a nice an cozy cardigan perfect for that transition into spring.  It is pretty simple to make, essentially creating a rectangle and then seeming in a way to create sleeves.  The colors I chose were Pink and Red based on the feeling of Valentine’s Day, though I feel they work well with many outfits and occasions.

Click Here for a bonus coupon for the site where I found this yarn.

Colorblock Cardi a (2)

 

Materials:

  • 3 skeins Isaac Mizrahi Craft Beauty in the colorway Princess (each skein is about 273 yards and weight 3)
  • 3 skeins Isaac Mizrahi Craft Beauty in the colorway Royal (each skein is about 273 yards and weight 3)
  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • measuring tape
  • button
  • stitch markers (I used 4 total)

Colorblock Cardi nColorblock Cardi g (2)

Key:

ch-chain

dc-double crochet

st-stitch

sp-space

sc-single crochet

Pattern: 

First step is to determine the dimensions that you want to make.  To determine the length of the starting chain and how wide to make your rectangle you hold your arms out in a T and measure from the place on your arm that you want the sleeve to come to to the same place on the other arm.  This may take the help of another person.  I chose to go from elbow to elbow and for me it was about 45 inches.  I wanted it to have good drape so I gave it a bit extra.

Then the length is about 40 inches for an average woman’s torso.  It falls to just below the waist and has enough for a bit of a collar.

You may want to check your gauge before starting to see how many chains for the first row you will need and how many rows in order to get the right dimensions.  This pattern is written based on the dimensions I had (45″ x 40″).

Row 1: Ch 200

Row 2: skip the first 5 ch, *dc in the next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, repeat from * until the end of the row, ch 4.

Row 3: *dc in the next sp, ch 1, repeat from * until the end of the row, ch 4.

Row 4-97: repeat Row 3.

In order to achieve the color block effect, I made the first 49 rows in the Royal or Red color, and the second 48 rows in the Princess or Pink color.

Once you have your rectangle, fold it in half so the beginning row and ending row meet.  Then use your stitch markers to mark where you want your armholes to be, you will be seeming from the corners towards the fold you made.

Colorblock Cardi m (2)Colorblock Cardi l (2)

Next seem from the corners to the stitch marker.  Do this for both sides.  I seemed mine using sc.

Colorblock Cardi dColorblock Cardi cColorblock Cardi b

Now your cardigan is basically finished and it’s time for finishing touches.  I chose to add a button closure using the stitching as a hole, but you can add a ribbon or other tie if you like.  You can also just leave it as is.  Whatever you choose will be great.

I wanted the pink to be on top so I attached the button at 10 rows above the seem which brought it to about my waist when I tried it on.

Colorblock Cardi eColorblock Cardi f

Next, I made sure to sew in any ends, and then I enjoyed another completed project.  Feels so good when that happens, right?

Colorblock Cardi k (2)

New Yarn Haul

Got to go yarn shopping, here is what I picked up.

Rainbow yarn basket a (2)Yarn basket a (2)

Look forward to projects with these in the future.

Circular Vest

I made this Circular Vest recently using the pattern I found in this video.  I really enjoyed the shape and warmth this vest creates.  I used worsted weight yarns and decided to make the trim in a different color, I enjoyed the depth that it gave.  Circle vest a (1)Circle Vest c (2)Circle Vest i (2)Circle Vest dCircle Vest f

Virus Poncho (4-Point)

I made this Virus Poncho recently using the pattern that I found in this video.  I had some skiens of Bernat Pop! in the colorway Moonshadow and felt like this was a great project for it.  I really enjoy the colors with this virus pattern.

Virus 4-Point Poncho j (2)Virus 4-Point Poncho i (2)Virus 4-Point Poncho h (2)Virus 4-Point Poncho g (2)Virus 4-Point Poncho d (2)Virus 4-Point Poncho c (2)Virus 4-Point Poncho b (2)Virus 4-Point Poncho a (2)

Beanie with Ribbed Trim

Its a New Year!  It has started out a bit cold, depending on where you are in the world, and I felt the need for a nice, warm, fuzzy hat.  I decided to go with a beanie style that had a ribbed trim.  I chose to use Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick n’ Quick yarn.  It is a thick yarn and makes for a very warm beanie.  I chose the colors Licorice and Eggplant.  This pattern is for an Adult size beanie.  I had enough yarn for about 3-4 beanies with 2 skiens.

Beanie with Ribbed Trim 4 (2)

Materials:

  • 1 Skein in Licorice and 1 Skien in Eggplant,  can make one with less than 1 skien if you want one color only.
  • 9.0 mm Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle with a large eye
  • Measuring Tape (optional)

Beanie with Ribbed Trim 5 (2)

Key:

Ch- Chain

DC- Double Crochet

SS- Slip Stitch

ST- Stitch

FPDC- Front Post Double Crochet

BPDC- Back Post Double Crochet

Beanie with Ribbed Trim 3 (2)

Pattern:

Start with a Magic Ring or Ch 4 and SS into the first ST to create a circle.

Round 1:  8 DC into the ring.  SS into the first DC of the round to join.  8 ST

Round 2:  Ch 2, 2 DC in each ST.  SS into the first DC of the round to join.  16 ST

Round 3:  Ch 2, *2 DC in first ST, 1 DC in next ST.  Repeat from * to the end of the round.  SS into the first DC of the round to join.  24 ST

Round 4:  Ch 2, *2 DC in first ST, 1 DC in next 2 ST.  Repeat from * to the end of the round.  SS into the first DC of the round to join.  32 ST

Round 5 – Round 11:  Ch 2, 1 DC in each ST.  SS into the first DC of the round to join.  32 ST

Round 12:  Ch 2, *1 FPDC in the first ST, 1 BPDC in the next ST.  Repeat from * to the end of the round.  SS into the first DC of the round to join.  32 ST

Fasten off.  Sew in ends.

You can add an extra row of FPDC and BPDC to make the rim wider by repeating round 12.  I also added a pom-pom to one of the beanies with the leftover yarn scraps but this is optional.

I hope you enjoyed this and keep warm thru the cold.