Saturday, December 28, 2013

Lavender Cluster V Stitch Infinity Scarf

This pretty lavender scarf will keep you warm, but it's lacy enough for a warmer day. It's a beautiful color for spring, but cold be great in winter, and it would be a lovely addition to your wardrobe. 
I used about 2/3s of a skein of Simply Soft Light in Pansy with a size H hook. 
Ch 22. 
Row 1: 2 dc, ch 2, 2dc in 5th ch from hook, *sk 4 ch, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same ch sp; repeat from * to end. Dc in last ch, ch 3, turn. 
Row 2: *2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch 2 space; repeat from * to end, dc in ch 3 sp, ch 3, turn. 
Repeat row 2 until scarf is desired length. Slip stitch the ends together to create the infinity scarf. 
Now you have a great scarf to add to your collection! Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pink Crystal Necklace

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!This sparkly necklace will make a gorgeous statement any way you wear it. 

Materials: Crystal beads in two sizes, two lengths of chain, headpins, clasp, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters.
Thread a bead onto a headpin. Bend the headpin above the bead at a 90 degree angle.
  Trim the end to about ½ of an inch. Begin forming the loop with the end.
Before closing the loop, attach it to a link in the chain. Now, close the loop.
Continue doing this with all the smaller beads. I had 32 dangles. I also skipped a link between each dangle to make it sit nicely.
  Attach the second length of chain to an open link, next to the last dangle.
  With the larger beads, continue making dangles and attaching them the same way to the second length of chain. I had 23 larger dangles. I attached these to every fourth link, skipping three links in between. Attach the end of the second length of chain to an open link next to the last dangle of the first piece.
 Now, you can add the clasp. I prefer to use toggle clasps. 
All finished!
Enjoy wearing this necklace!
Xoxo, Alyssa
*This project was featured on House of Gems at http://www.slideshare.net/houseofgemssm/pretty-in-pink-double-strand-crystal-bead-statement-necklace-diy

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sapphire Infinity Scarf- Crochet Pattern

This lacy Iris stitch scarf will become a staple in your closet. Although light and airy, it is quite warm. 
This scarf uses one skein of Patons Metallic in Blue Steel and an I hook. 

Cluster (cl): hold back last lp of stitch on hook, 2 dc, yo, pull through all lps on hook
Cluster shell (cl shell): (cl{ch 2, cl} twice) in indicated stitch
Half cluster shell(half cl shell): (cl, ch 2, dc) in indicated stitch
Beginning half cluster shell(beg half cl shell): ch 5, cl in same place as beg ch-5


Ch 31 (or a multiple of 5 plus 11) 
Row 1: cl in 6th ch from hook, (sk next 4 chs, cl shell in next ch) across to last 5 chs, sk 4 chs, half cl shell in last ch, turn
Row 2: ch 1, sc in dc, ch 4 (sc in center cl of next cl shell, ch 4) repeat across, ending with sc in 3rd ch or turning ch 5, turn
Row 3: beg half cl shell in first sc, cl shell in each sc across to last sc, half cl shell in last sc, turn
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until scarf is desired length or until you run out of yarn. 
Seam ends together, and weave in ends. 
My scarf is 60" x 6". It wraps nicely around the neck when wrapped twice. 
Here is a close up of the stitch. 
I hope you enjoy this pretty scarf!
Xoxo, Alyssa

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Blue Braided Bracelet

This simple braided bracelet will accessorize any outfit and you can make them in every color!
Materials: bead mix, beading wire, crimp beads, clasp, and bent nose pliers. 
Cut a piece of wire about 4 inches longer than your wrist. Crimp it to the clasp. 
Thread enough beads for about an inch longer than your wrist. Since it will be braided, it will lose some length. 
Repeat twice more for a total of three strands. I taped the ends of the wire so the beads would stay in place as I was braiding. 
Braid the strands together. 
Finish off the other end of the clasp, taking the tape off as you go. 
All done! Enjoy this fun bracelet!
Xoxo, Alyssa






Saturday, November 30, 2013

Crocheted Wire Crystal Bracelet

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Time to start that frantic holiday crafting!
These delicate crystals are crocheted in chains, then braided to get this stunning bracelet. Simple to make, but super elegant. These crystals can be substituted with other beads, such as bead chips or round beads. 
Materials: 30 crystals or beads, 32 gauge wire, a lobster clasp, and a size I crochet hook. 
You will need basic crochet skills, or find a YouTube video to teach you how to chain. 
Cut a length of wire at about 3 feet. It's better to have more, since the wire can't easily be knotted together for a new piece. Thread 5 beads. Make a slip knot on the hook. 
Chain 5 without adding any beads. 
Crochet a bead into the chain. Chain 2, chain a bead, and continue until you have used all 5 beads. Chain 5, then finish off
Make 5 more of these chained wire pieces. 
Twist all 6 ends together on one side. 
Braid them together loosely, holding two strands for each of the three sections. 
Now twist the other end of the wire together. 
Trim the ends a little bit so you can easily thread the clasp. Bend the wire on half around the clasp. 
Twist the two parts of wire together to finish it off. 
Trim ends close to the bracelet with wire cutters. Repeat on the other side. 
And now you have a pretty bracelet! All it takes are some pretty beads and wire! 
So sparkly! Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa













Saturday, November 23, 2013

Turquoise Shell Infinity Scarf-Free Crochet Pattern

I love the bright turquoise of this simple shell stitch scarf. It reminds me of the ocean in August. We certainly need some bright colors for the dreary winter days coming. 
This scarf used almost an entire skein of Simply Soft Light in Hawaiian Sky and an H hook. 

Ch 28.
Row 1:  2 Dc in 4th ch from hook, *sk 2 ch, sc, sk 2 ch, 5 dc in next* repeat from * to end.  Sk 2 ch, 3 dc in last chain, ch 1, turn. 
Row 2: sc in first dc, *5 dc in sc, sc in 3rd dc from shell* repeat from * to end, 5 dc in sc, sc in 3rd ch, ch 3, turn. 
Row3: 2 dc in sc, *sc in 3rd dc from shell, 5 dc in sc* repeat from * to end, sc in 3rd dc from shell, 3 dc in last sc, ch 1, turn. 
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your scarf is the desired length or until you run out of yarn. 
Slip stitch the ends together to form the infinity scarf. 
Finished!
I just love the texture of the solid shell. I hope you enjoy your new scarf! If you're making one for a gift, remember to make yourself one too!
Xoxo, Alyssa

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ombré Earrings

These fun earrings can be made quickly in every color! These ombré beads came from A. C. Moore and come in other colors. I chose the neutral black to white combination for this tutorial. 
Materials: ombré bead strand, chain, ear wires, and bent nose pliers. If your beads do not come with jump rings, you will need those as well. 
Open the jump ring, and attach it to the last link of the chain. 
Continue to add beads. I used 6 black beads, 6 grey beads, and 6 clear beads on each earring. 
Cut the chain, leaving an unused link for the ear wire. Attach the ear wire to the unused link. 
Repeat for the second earring. 
I know I will get a ton of use out of these fun earrings. They are super sparkly and I love the dangling around my neck. 
I had to make every color!

Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa







Saturday, November 9, 2013

Navy Cabled Bracelet

You will want one of these easy bracelets for everyday wear. This quick cabled cuff used only a few yards of Vanna's Choice and size 9 needles. The cables create an interesting braided texture. Fun buttons finish it off. 


Cast on 12 stitches. 
Set up row 1:p2, k8, p2
Set up row 2: k2, p8, k2
Row 1: p2, 4-st right cable, 4-st right cable, p2
Row 2: k2, p8, k2
Row 3: p2, k2, 4-st left cable, k2, p2
Row 4: row 2
Repeat rows 1-4 until bracelet is about half an inch shorter than your wrist. 
Cast off, but do not finish off on the last stitch. Slip a crochet hook into the loop, and across the top:
Sl st 2, ch 4, sk 1, sl st 6, ch 4, sk 1, sl st 2. Finish off and weave in ends. Sew on buttons.  

4-st right cable: sl 2 sts to cn, hold to back, knit 2 sts from left hand needle, knit sts from cn. 
4-st left cable:  sl 2 sts to cn, hold to front, knit 2 sts from left hand needle, knit sts from cn. 
Here is the image of the button loops. 
My pretty vintage buttons. 
Clasped. 
Isn't that texture just so yummy and yarny? I LOVE cables!
Xoxo, Alyssa