Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pearl and Crystal Crocheted Necklace

This delicate necklace will be sure to please, with the tiny glimmering crystals and brightly colored pearls. 
Materials: 28 gauge wire, crochet hook, 4mm pearls, 4mm crystals, bead cones, eyepins, jump rings, clasp, wire cutters, bent nose pliers, and round nose pliers. 
Thread about 15 beads onto the wire. 
Make a slip knot, and ch3. Add a bead, and ch 5. Continue chaining and adding beads until about 18". 
When you have enough beads, pull the wire through to fasten off. 
Make six more strands. For some of them, I chained 3 between each bead for variation. 
Gather the strands together, and twist tightly at the top. 
Trim the ends off, make a loop, and wrap the end around it to secure it. 
Attach the headpin to the loop, and put the bead cone on. Bend the eyepin, trim the excess, and form a loop. Attach a clasp with a jump ring. 
Repeat on the other side. 
All finished!
I hope you enjoy this dainty necklace!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Butterfly Infinity Scarf

The pretty, springy purple color is perfect for this stitch. Up close, it looks like little butterflies. 
I used one skein of Simply Soft in Grape with an I hook. 
Ch 41
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc, *sk 3 ch, (3dc, ch 5, 3dc) in next ch, sk 3 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across
Row 2: Ch 4, turn, sk sc, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc, *ch 3, sc in 3rd ch of ch 5 sp, ch 3, dc2tog over next dc and then sk 2 dc, sc, 2 dc, and continue dc2tog in next dc; rep from *across, ch 3, sc in 3rd ch of ch 5 sp, ch 3, dc2tog over next dc and sc
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, *sc in dc2tog, (3dc, ch 5, 3dc in next sc; rep across, sc in next dc

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the scarf is as long as you would like, or until out of yarn. Fasten off, seam together, and weave in ends. 
See the little butterfly wings? My finished scarf is 66"x8". 
Enjoy this pattern! I just love this bright purple color so much, I don't know why I don't use more purple!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lilac Crystal Earrings

These pretty earrings are a pale purple color, and will shine with the beautiful faceted crystals.
Materials: teardrop beads, 28 gauge wire, hoops, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Cut a piece of wire and thread it through a bead. Give the wire a few twists to begin the wrap. 
With round nose pliers, form a loop. Wrap the ends of the wire around the loop, and down the bead. When you have a few wraps, tuck the ends under and trim close to the bead.
Repeat until you have ten beads. 
Thread five beads onto each hoop. 
Using pliers, bend the end of the wire of the hoop upwards, so it can be clasped. 
Repeat for the other earring, and you're done!
I just love the pale purple of these crystals! 
Xoxo, Alyssa 

These crystals are from:House of Gems

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lacy Lavender Cowl

This soft cowl will look great in early spring when you need that bit of extra warmth. 
I used one skein of Red Heart Soft in Lilac with size 9 circular needles. It is knit in the round for a seamless cowl. 
Co 152, join
Row 1: (p2, k2) across
Row 2: ( p2, k1, yo, k1) across
Row 3: (p2, k3) across
Row 4: (p2, k3, sl first of 3 k sts over next 2) across
Repeat rows 1-4 until scarf is desired width. 
Bo in the 2x2 ribbing of row 1. 
Fasten off and weave in ends. 
My finished cowl is 8" x 33".  I love the lacy mock cable look of this stitch. 
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Silver Butterfly Bracelet

This silvery bracelet has beautiful delicate metal laser cuts in the shape of butterfly wings and sparkling crystal beads.
Materials: six laser cut butterfly charms, crystal beads, chain, headpins, jump rings, clasp, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Cut a length of chain about as long as you would like the bracelet. Attach the clasp with jump rings on either end. Begin attaching the butterfly charms evenly along the bracelet. 
Repeat with the rest of the butterflies.
Thread a bead onto a headpin, bend at the top of the crystal, trim, and form a loop. Attach these beads to the bracelet. Skip a link occasionally so the bracelet isn't too full. 
Continue until the entire bracelet is filled with shiny crystals. 
That's it!
I hope you enjoy this bracelet!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

The sparkling crystals are from: 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Coral Infinity Scarf

This super bright infinity scarf is great for spring, since it is light with the large holes in the pattern. 
I used one skein of Simply Soft in Neon Coral with an I hook. 

2-dc puff st: (yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw loop through st, yo, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook) twice in same st, yo, draw yarn through 3 loops on hook
3-dc puff st: (yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw loop through st, yo, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook) three times in same st, yo, draw yarn through 4 loops on hook

Ch 36
Row 1: Sc in 9th ch from hook, sc in each of next 6 ch, *ch 7, sk next 5 ch, sc in each of next 7 ch; repeat from * across, ending with a sc in each of last 4 ch, ch 1, turn
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, (3-dc puff st, [ch 2, 3-dc puff st] 4 times) in next ch 7 loop, ch 1, sk next 3 sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across to within last three sc and turning ch, ch 1, (3-dc puff st, ch 2, 3-dc puff st) in next ch 3 loop of turning ch, ch 2, 2-dc puff st in next ch of turning ch, ch 1, turn
Row 3: Sc in first puff st, sc in next ch 2 space, ch 2, dc in ch 2 space, *ch 5, sk next 2 ch 1 spaces, dc in next ch 2 space, (ch 2, sc) in each of next 2 ch 2 spaces, ch 2, dc in next ch 2 space; repeat from * across to within last ch 1 space, ch 2, sk next ch 1 space, tr in last sc, ch 3, turn
Row 4: Dc in first tr, (ch 2, 3-dc puff st) twice in next ch 2 space, ch 1, *sk next ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 2 space, ch 1, ( 3-dc puff st, [ch 2, 3-dc puff st] 4 times) in next ch 5 loop, ch 1; repeat from  * across to within last ch 2 space, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc, ch 6, turn
Row 5: Sk next ch 1 space, *dc in next ch 2 space, (ch 2, sc) in each of next 2 ch 2 spaces, ch 2, dc in next ch 2 space, ch 5, sk next 2 ch 1 spaces; repeat from * across to within last 2 ch 2 spaces, sc in next ch 2 space, sk next dc, sc in 3rd ch of turning ch, ch 1, turn
Row 6: Sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next ch 2 space, (3-dc puff st, [ch 2, 3-dc puff st] 4 times) in next ch 5 loop, ch 1, sk next ch 2 space, sc in next ch 2 space; repeat from * across to within last ch 2 space and turning ch, ch 1, sk next ch 2 space, (3-dc puff st, ch 2, 3-dc puff st) in next ch 2 space of turning ch, ch 2, 2-dc puff st in 4th ch of turning ch, ch 1, turn

Repeat rows 3-6 for the pattern. Repeat until almost out of yarn, ending on a row 4 or 6. 
Fasten off, sew together, and weave in any ends. 
The finished scarf is 8" x 60". 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bronze Statement Necklace

This bold necklace is made up of large, flat, clear beads with bronze shimmer running through them. This necklace will be perfect to dress up any fall outfit.
Materials: flat beads, headpins, eyepins, clasp, chain, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Begin making the bead dangles by threading beads onto headpins and eyepins. Bend at the top of the bead, trim the excess, and form a loop. 
Attach the beads together. 
Continue until each strand of beads is the desired length. Make sure the end bead is on a headpin. 
Attach the beads to the chain by opening the too loop of the eyepin and threading it through the link, then closing with pliers to secure it. 
Continue until all of your beads are on the chain. I skipped seven links between each bead. 
Attach the clasp to the ends of the chain. 
All finished! I just love the gold shimmer in these beads!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

These pretty beads are from: House of Gems

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Little Triangles Cowl

This shimmery cowl has a beautiful lavender color, as well as a delightful squishy quality. It scrunched up so wonderfully around my neck. 
I used a little over one skein of Red Heart Shimmer in Purple. This is knit with size 6 circular needles, and is knit in the round. 
Co 154, join
Rounds 1 and 14: knit across
Rounds 2 and 13: (p1, k6), repeat across 
Rounds 3 and 12: (p2, k5), repeat across
Rounds 4 and 11: (p3, k4), repeat across
Rounds 5 and 10: (p4, k3), repeat across
Rounds 6 and 9: (p5, k2), repeat across
Rounds 7 and 8: (p6, k1), repeat across 
Repeat this 14 row pattern as many times as you would like. I used just a few yards from the second skein, and I did 6 repeats. 
Bo loosely, after a row 14. Weave in ends, and it's finished!
I love the little triangles in this cowl. The finished cowl is 11"x35". To change the length, add or subtract a multiple of 7. 
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Turquoise Illusion Necklace

This pretty necklace gives off the illusion of floating beads with the clear wire and bold beads.
Materials: lamp work beads, crystal beads, seed beads, crimp beads, clasp, illusion wire, bent nose pliers, and scissors. 
Thread a crimp bead onto a piece of illusion wire, through the clasp, and back through the crimp bead. Secure the crimp bead with the pliers. 
Thread a seed bead. Push the wire back through the same seed bead going the same direction as before. This will secure it to make the illusion necklace. 
Thread a bead, and then repeat with another seed bead. Pull tight to secure the crystal. Thread the end of the illusion wire through the seed bead and the crystal to secure and hide the ends. 
Continue adding beads in between seed beads. At the end, add the other side of the clasp the same way as the first, making sure to hide the end of the wire. 
Repeat to make a second strand on this necklace. Alternate where the beads are, and make this strand a little shorter to make the necklace hang nicely. 
All finished!
Xoxo, Alyssa

My beads are from:
House of Gems