Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sparkly Half-Granny Shawl

This traditional stitch is made modern with the bright pink yarn and shiny sequins dispersed throughout. The sparkly triangular shawl will be perfect to wrap around your neck in warmer weather, as it is very light. 
I used one skein of Patons Lace Sequin in Quartz with an F hook. 

Shell: 3 dc in sp indicated
Corner: shell, ch 2, shell in ch 2 sp
*turning ch 3 counts as 1 dc

Ch 4, sl st in 1st ch to form circle
Row 1: ch 3, 3 dc in ring, ch 2, 4 dc in ring
Row 2: ch 3, turn, 3 dc between 1st and 2nd dc in previous row, sk 3 dc, work a corner into ch 2 sp, sk next 3 dc, 4 dc in space between 3rd and 4th dc. 
Row 3: ch 3, turn, 3 dc in sp between 1st and 2nd sts, sk 3 dc, shell in sp between dc sts, sk 3 dc, work corner, sk next 3 dc, shell in sp between dc sts, sk next 3 dc, shell + 1 dc in same sp
Row 4: ch 3, turn, sk 1st dc, shell in space between dc sts, work *sk next shell, shell in next sp between shells* until you reach ch 2 sp, work corner, repeat * to * until last shell + 1 group, shell + 1 between shell and 4th dc

Work in established pattern of row 4 until desired size. 

Without cutting yarn, work the border: ch 3, turn. In each sp between shells, work *2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc* until corner. In corner work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Repeat * to * until last shell + 1 sp, work 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in this sp. 
Fasten off, and weave in all ends. 

I blocked this to make the border have little points. I just wet it and pinned each point along the edge. I also pinned a line down the center of the shawl, where the corners are, and pinned along the top. 
I love the tiny sequins in this lacy yarn. Unfortunately, all my local craft stores seem to have stopped carrying this yarn! 
The finished, blocked scarf is 42" along the top, and 19" from the top center to the bottom point of the shawl. 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bold Fuschia Bracelet

These bright beads are combined with small silver beads to add elegance, while still making a strong statement piece. 
Materials: pink beads in two sizes, silver beads, eye pins, three strand connector clasp, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Start by making bead dangles with the eye pins. Thread a bead, bend the end, trim excess, and form the loop. 
Attach the dangles to each other as you go. 
When you have a length of beads a little longer than you want your bracelet, attach each end to the clasp. 
Continue making beaded strands. I chose to do different patterns for each strand. I put three strands on the outer connecting pieces, and four in the center for a total of ten strands. 
That's it!
Enjoy this bracelet!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Waves Scarf

This delicate lacy scarf has only a few rows to memorize for the pretty stitch. This scarf is perfect for the warmer months, and will be great to toss into your bag in case you need a little extra warmth. 
I used one skein of Patons Lace in Arctic Plum with size 9 needles. 
Co 56
Rows 1 and 3: knit
Rows 2, 4, and 6: purl
Row 5: k1, *p2tog 3 times, (k1, yo) 6 times, p2tog 3 times; repeat from * to end, k1

Repeat these 6 rows to form the pattern. 
Bo in purl on a row 4. Fasten off, and weave in all ends. 
The scarf is 10"x64". 
I just love being able to wear lighter scarves! The light yarn makes for such a delicate lacy scarf. 
Enjoy this pattern and share your finished scarf with me!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Orange Sunburst Necklace

The design on these pretty orange beads reminds me of the sun. I love how the AB finish contrasts with the frosted, matte finish within these beads. 
Materials: large beads and smaller beads, eyepins, chain, jump rings, clasp, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Begin by making a bead chain. Thread a bead onto an eyepin, bend near the top of the bead, trim the excess, and form a loop. Continue adding beads to eyepins, and attach the beads together. 
I alternated between larger and smaller beads, as well as alternating between colors of the smaller beads. Continue until you have a chain of beads. 
Make another bead chain with on,y the smaller beads. 
Attach the bead chains to the chain by opening the end of the eyepin, and looping the chain links through. 
Attach a clasp to the ends of the chain with small jump rings. 
All finished!
Enjoy this necklace!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sunset Infinity Scarf

This beautiful color will remind you of a summer sunset while keeping you nice and warm. 

I used one skein of Lionbrand Homespun in Tulips with an M hook. 
Ch 24
Row 1: (4dc, ch3, dc) in 6th ch from hook, *sk next 4 ch, (4dc, ch3, dc) in next ch; repeat from *across to within last 3 ch, sk next 2 ch, dc in last ch, turn. 
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as dc), (4dc, ch3, dc) in each ch 3 loop across to last ch 3 loop, sk next 4 dc, dc in top of turning ch, turn. 
Repeat row two until you have almost run out of yarn. Seam ends together, fasten off, and weave in any remaining tails. 

I love the staggered, asymmetrical appearance of the shell pattern. My finished scarf is 9"x 55". 

This infinity scarf is great for a last minute gift, since it only takes about two hours to whip up. 
Xoxo, Alyssa