Saturday, June 28, 2014

Crystal Cluster Earrings

These super sparkly earrings will go great with so many outfits, as they have such a neutral, golden color. 
Materials: two kinds of beads (I used one strand that had round beads and cube beads, so technically I have three types of beads) eyepins, headpins, ear wires, jump rings, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. My findings are between the typical gold color and rose gold, and a just a pretty, soft gold color. 
Make a bead dangle on a headpin by bending the end, trimming, and wrapping. Make another with the other type of bead on an eyepin. Attach the two together. 
Attach three of these to a jump ring. 
Make another two bead dangle, attach it to a jump ring, and attach that new jump ring to the first one. 
Continue adding new dangles with a jump ring to the previously added jump ring. Then, attach the ear wire to the top dangle with another jump ring. 
Repeat these steps to make the other earring. 
Enjoy these earrings!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Grey Cabled Neck Wrap

This simple cable pattern produces a lovely scarf to keep your neck warm. It is finished off with pretty silver buttons. 
I used about half of a skein of Simply Soft in Grey Heather with size 8 needles. 
Co 38 sts. 
Row 1, 3, 5, 7: k3, *p4, k2, p6, k2* to last 7 sts, p4, k3
Row 2, 6: k3, *k4, p2, k6, p2* to last 7 sts, k7
Row 4: k3, *4 st rt cable, p2, k6, p2* repeat to last 7 sts, 4 st rt cable, k3
Row 8: k3, *4 st rt cable, p2, 6 st rt cable, p2, repeat to last 7 sts, 4 st right cable, k3
Repeat rows 1-8 until 28", or desired length, ending on a row 7. 
K2, bo 2, k3, p2, k6, p2, k1, bo 2, k1, p2, k6, p2, k3, bo 2, k2
K2, co 2, p3, k2, p6, k2, p1, co 2, p1, k2, p6, k2, p3, co 2, k2
Repeat rows 2 and 3 once more. 
Bo loosely following the pattern. 
Weave in ends, and sew on the three buttons. 
4 st rt cable- sl 2 on cn, hold to back, k2 from left hand needle, k2 from cn. 
6 st rt cable- sl 3 on cn, hold to back, k3 from left hand needle, k3 from cn. 
All finished! My finished scarf is about 5 1/2"x 29". 
Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Purple Ombré Necklace

This sparkly necklace will be great to wear in the spring, as it is delicate and has nice, bright purple shades. 
Materials: assorted crystal beads (I used 4mm bicones, 4mm rounds, and 6mm rounds), chain, headpins, clasp, jump rings, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Thread each crystal on a headpin, bend to a right angle, and trim the end. 
Repeat with the rest of your crystals. 
Begin making loops and joining the beads together to form a chain. 
Continue making bead chains. I made three, and alternated the amount of each color per strand. 
Cut two equal lengths of chain. Attach the three strands to a jump ring, and the length of chain. 
Attach the clasp to the ends of the chain. 
All finished!

Enjoy this necklace!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Zig Zag Cowl

This ripple design is finished off with three pretty buttons, perfect for a little more bling. 
I used a skein of Red Heart Soft in Teal with an I hook. 
Ch 37
Row 1:Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each of next 4 chs, *sk 2 chs, dc in each of next 4 chs, 3 dc in next ch, dc in each of next 4 chs* repeat to last ch, 2 dc in last ch, ch 3, turn. 
Row 2: Dc in 1st st, *dc in each of next 4 sts, sk 2 sts, dc in each of next 4 sts, 3 dc in next st* repeat to last 11 sts, dc in each of next 4 sts,  sk 2 sts, dc in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in last st, ch 3, turn. 
Repeat row 2 until desired length. Fasten off, weave in ends, and sew on the buttons. The holes in the ripple pattern made perfect button holes, so don't worry about extra shaping. 

All finished! My finished cowl is about 11" x 40". 

Xoxo, Alyssa