Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mock Cabled Cowl

This beautiful texture can be created easily- without the use of a cable needle. These mock cables have a great twisted appearance. 

I used one skein of Red Heart Soft in Turquoise with size 8 circular needles. 
Co 252. Join, and place marker. 
Row 1,2,4: *p4, k3*, repeat from * to * to end. 
Row 3: *p4, sl 1 knit wise, kfb, k1, slip slipped st over kfb stitch and knit stitch*, repeat from * to *'to end.
Repeat rows 1-4 until desired width is achieved. 
Co loosely, following the rib pattern. 
Here is a close up of the twists. My scarf is 5"x 60". 
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Icicle Wrapped Bracelet

This shiny bracelet reflects in bright light, just like icicles hanging from the roof on a sunny day. It is certainly very fitting for all the snow that has been coming recently. 
Materials: AB finish bugle beads, AB 4mm bicones, 28 gauge wire, and a wire bracelet form. 
Thread the crystals and bugles on the wire in random order for several feet. It is better to thread more than you need, because it's not as easy to add more beads once you are wrapping. 
Wrap the end of the wire around the bracelet form a few times to secure it. 
Wrap the wire with beads to the front of the form, and wrap around the inside with no beads. 
Continue wrapping until your form is covered. Trim the end of the wire to leave a few inches, and wrap around the form to secure the other side. 
All finished!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Diamonds and Columns Infinity Scarf

A simple stitch sequence forms this light diamond scarf pattern. The alternating columns of diagonals and straight stitches creates an interesting texture. 
I used about 2/3s of a skein on Simply Soft in Blue Mint with an I hook. 
* ch 3 at beginning of each row counts as first dc. 
*diagonal block: dc in indicated st, ch 3, 3 dc around last dc worked
Ch 29
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, *sk next 2 chs, diagonal block in next ch, sk 2 chs, dc in each of next 3 chs* repeat from * to * to end, ch 3, turn. 
Row 2: dc in next 2 sts, *ch 2, sc in 3rd ch of diagonal block, ch 2, dc in each of next 3 sts* repeat from * to *, ch 3, turn
Row 3: dc in each of next 2 sts, *diagonal block in next sc, dc in each of next 3 sts,* repeat from * to *, ch 3, turn
Repeat rows 2 and 3. 
Fasten off, stitch ends together, and weave in ends. 
All finished!
The diamond shaped stitch pattern makes for a great simple project. My scarf is about 72" x 7". 
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Icy Crystal Earrings

These sparkly crystal earrings will be sure to shine! The blues remind me of ice and winter. Sparkle is needed on these dreary winter days. 
Materials: 4mm crystal bicones, chain, ear wires, eye pins, headpins, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Thread two bicones onto an eyepin, then bent the wire, and trim the end. Form the loop, and close it. 
Cut 4 pieces of chain, 2 at 2 1/2 inches, and 2 at 3 1/4 inches. Attach one of the longer pieces to the end of an eyepin. Thread a bicone, the shorter piece of chain, 2 more bicones, the dangle from the previous step, 2 bicones, the other end of the shorter piece of chain, and a bicone. Bend the excess wire, and trim the end. Form the loop, and before closing, attach the other end of the longer piece of chain. 
Attach an ear wire to the top of the dangle. 
Thread a bicone onto an eyepin, bend the end, trim the excess, them form the loop. Before completely closing, attach the dangle to the center link of chain.
Make two more dangles, and attach them to the chain on either side of the center dangle. I skipped three links between each dangle. 
Make seven more dangles, this time with two bicones each. Attach one to the center link, then add three more on either side, skipping three links in between each. 
Repeat these steps to make the second earring. 
All finished! Enjoy these sparkly earrings. 

I was featured on House of Gems!

Xoxo, Alyssa