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