Saturday, December 26, 2015

Gemstone Dreams Cowl

This rich turquoise color and soft cloud-like baby alpaca blend combine to make a luxurious cowl. The worsted weight yarn allows it to knit up quickly, but with yarn this soft, that's not necessarily a good thing! 
I used two skeins of Knitpicks Reverie in Gemstone with size 10.5 circular needles. 
Co 108, join carefully without twisting. 
Row 1 and all odd rows: k across
Row 2: *k4, yo, skp, k3; rep from * to end
Row 4: *k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, skp, k2; rep from * to end
Row 6: *k1, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, skp, k1; rep from * to end
Row 8: * k2tog, yo, k5, yo, skp; rep from * to end 
Rep rows 1-8 until cowl is desired size. 
Bo loosely after a row 1. I used Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy. 
Fasten off, and weave in all remaining ends
This chevron pattern is super easy, and looks pretty with this baby alpaca yarn, despite being a little fuzzy. My finished cowl is 32" around and 17" wide. 
Enjoy this cowl!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Crochet Ribbed Scarf

With the appearance of knitting, this crocheted scarf is perfect for a  gift! This scarf was made for a man, but feel free to make this for anyone you want! Last week's post was the knit version, if you prefer knitting to crocheting. 
I used 3 skeins of Vanna's Choice in Oatmeal with a K hook. This scarf is worked lengthwise to give the appearance of a ribbed knit scarf. 
Ch 175
Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in every st across
Row 2: ch 1, turn, FPhdc in every st across 
Rep row 2 until the scarf is the desired width. Fasten off, and weave in all ends. 
This stitch is pretty similar to the knit ribbed scarf I made, but with the speed and simplicity or crocheting. The finished scarf is 8"x76". 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 
 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Knit Ribbed Scarf

This plushy, oatmeal scarf was made for a a man, but I am definitely going to make myself too! It is so warm and squishy!
I used three skeins of Vanna's Choice in Oatmeal with size 9 needles  
Co 41 sts 
Row 1: k1, *k2, p1, k1; rep from * to end across to last 2 sts, k2
Row 2: k1, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to end across to last st, k1

Rep rows 1 and 2 until your scarf is the desired length. 
Bo in the ribbing pattern. I recommend using a stretchy bind off because ribbing is so stretchy. Fasten off and weave in ends. 
I'm not normally into neutrals, but I really like this color. This is a fantastic gift for everyone!
The finished scarf is 9"x66". I did not add fringe, but I think that would be a nice addition. 
Enjoy this pattern!
If you don't knit, or would like the speed of crocheting, next week's post will be my crocheted variation of this scarf!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Silver Chandelier Earrings

These sparkly crystal earrings are easy to make, and super fast!
Materials: crystal beads, fine chain, eyepins, ear wires, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters
Thread three beads on the eyepin, bend it, trim the excess, and form the loop. 
Cut four short pieces of chain. 
Cut two long pieces, and two medium pieces. The resulting earring will be different from mine depending on how long you choose to make your chain pieces. 
Open one side of your eyepin dangle and attach the medium piece, the long piece, and a short piece, then close it. Now open the other side, attach the medium piece, the long piece, and another short piece,mans then close the link. 
Attach the other ends of the two short pieces to an ear wire. 
Repeat to make the next earring, and then you're done. 
Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Turquoise Brioche Cowl

This cowl is delightfully plushy and fluffy, perfect for those cold winter days. The stitch looks like knitting, but works up very quickly. 
I used one skein of Simply Soft in Cool Green with a K hook. 
This cowl is joined at the end of each row so there will be no seam, but it is not worked in the round. 

Ch 70, join without turning. 
Row 1: ch2, turn, hdc in each ch across, join in top of ch2 with a sl st. 
Row 2: ch 2, turn, FPHDC in each st across, join in top of beginning ch2 with a st st. 

If you do not know how to FPHDC (front post half double crochet), I'm sure you can find a tutorial online, or on YouTube, but you just form the hdc in the front part of the stitch, not the top "v". 

Repeat row 2 until out of yarn, or until your cowl is the desired width. 
Fasten off, and weave in any remaining ends. 
All finished!
I really love how soft and squishy this cowl turns out. My finished cowl is 8" by 28". 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Chain Thread Earrings

This style of earrings is trendy and so fun! The chain just threads through your ear, and it is so fine that it isn't uncomfortable at all. 
Materials: ear threads, head pins, crystal beads, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. I bought my ear threads from A.C.Moore and they're by BeadLanding
Make a bead dangle by threading a crystal, bending the headpin, trimming the excess, and forming a loop. 
Finish closing the loop, attaching the ear thread. 
Repeat to make the second earring, and that's it!
I enjoyed these so much that I made two more pairs, in other colors!
You can thread the chain through your ear as long as you want, varying the length. Also, if you have a second hole, you could thread the chain through that as well. 
Enjoy! 
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Pink Cabled Cowl

This bright pink cowl will be sure to draw some compliments while keeping your neck warm and stylish!
I used two skeins of Hometown USA in Neon Pink with size 13 circular needles. 
FC: sl 3 sts to dpn, hold in front, k2, sl the p st from dpn to left handed needle and p it, k2 from dpn
BC: sl 3 sts to dpn, hold in back, k2, sl the p st from dpn to left handed needle and p it, k2 from dpn

Co72, join without twisting, pm
Rows 1,2,3,5,6,7: *p2, (k2, p1) 4 times, k2, p2; rep from * across to end 
Row 4: *p2, k2, (p1, FC) twice, p2; rep from * across to end
Row 8: *p2, (BC, p1) twice, k2, p2; rep from * across to end

Repeat rows 1-8 until nearly out of yarn. Bo off the the established ribbing pattern after a row 6. 
Weave in all ends. 
This pattern is fairly quick with the chunky yarn. The five stranded braid cable is a beautiful pattern with the lovely texture, and looks nice with a bold color like this. 
My finished cowl is 30" around and 9" tall. 
I hope you enjoy this warm pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Turquoise & Gold Earrings

These earrings are so much fun to wear! So sparkly and glamorous, but super easy to make!

Materials: ear wires, jump rings, chain, a variety of beads, "diamond cut" solid rings, head pins, eye pins, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters
Attach the ear wire to the ring with a jump ring. 
Begin making bead loops by threading a bead on a headpin, bending, trimming, and forming the loop. Add a small piece of chain to this. 
Attach this bead dangle to the ring. I just opened the links of the chain and closed them around the ring, but you can also use a jump ring. 
Attach more bead dangles. You can add some without chain, or use eyepins to create dangles with two or more beads. 
Continue adding beads until you have the desired fullness. 
This photo below shows the order of the beads I added and the amounts of chain. 
Repeat these steps to make the second earring, making sure all the chain lengths are the same and the dangles are in the same order. 
All done! 
I thought these earrings might be too heavy, but they're totally fine! So go ahead and pile on the shimmer!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Puffy Purple Infinity Scarf

This plushy infinity scarf is pretty with the shades of purple and feels so soft against the neck. The bobble stitch makes it delightfully squishy. 
I used two skeins of Red Heart Soft in Plummy with an I hook. 
Bobble: (yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw yarn through st and up to level of work) 3 times in same st, yo, draw yarn through 7 loops on hook.  
Ch 31
Row 1: bobble in 4th ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, bobble in next ch; rep from * to last ch, dc in last ch, turn
Row 2: ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), (bobble, ch 1) in each ch 1 sp across to last ch 1 sp, sk next bobble, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn
Row 3: ch 3 (counts as dc), (bobble, ch 1) in each ch 1 sp across to turning ch, bobble in ch 1 sp of turning ch, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for the pattern. When you reach desired length, fasten off and seam together. Weave in all ends. 
The finished scarf is 7"x62". I just love the puffy texture this stitch makes!
I hope you like this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tila Bracelet

This memory wire bracelet is easy to assemble with pretty purple seed beads and pearly white tila beads. 
Materials: memory wire, tila (two hole) beads, 11/0 seed beads, wire cutters, and  round nose pliers 
Cut two pieces of memory wire, just a little over a full circle each to make sure you have enough room. 
Begin threading your head pattern. Make sure you have a tila bead for your first bead. 
Continue until you have about a full circle worth of beads. 
Trim the ends and form loops with the round nose pliers. 
All done! I really love tila beads for things like this! I also like to use them in seed bead weaving type projects, but this is a fast, easy alternative to working with fussy needles and thread. 
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Turquoise Drop Stitch Scarf

This super lacy scarf is a nice addition to your spring wardrobe. Composed of dropping yarn overs off the needle, you will get the hang of this stitch in no time. 
I used two skeins of Simply Soft Party in Teal Sparkle with size 9 circular needles. This is worked in the round. 
Co 130 sts, join, and pm
Row 1 and 5: k across
Row 2 and 6: p across
Row 3: *k6, yo twice, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 4 times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo twice; repeat from *across
Row 4 and 8: k across, dropping all yo's off needle
Row 7: *yo twice, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 4 times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo twice, k6; repeat from *across

Repeat rows 1-8 until your cowl is the desired size. After a row 2, cast off in knit. Weave in all ends. 
The finished cowl is 12"x42". I recommend using the Russian join if you have to add more yarn, as it is rather difficult to weave ends in through a lacy stitch like this. 
This is a really fun cowl to wear, and I have gotten many compliments on it!
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa