Saturday, March 28, 2015

Black Multistrand Bracelet

This sparkly, reflective bracelet will go great with many outfits, and add that touch of shine you wanted. 
Materials: 4mm faceted rounds, bead caps, headpins, jump rings, beading wire, crimp beads, clasp, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters
Cut a piece of beading wire several inches longer than your wrist. Thread a crimp bead, a jump ring, and then thread the wire back through the crimp bead. Pinch the crimp bead shut with the bent nose pliers. 
Begin threading beads, hiding the tail as you go. 
When you have enough beads for the length of your wrist, finish the strand off with a crimp bead and jump ring, like at the begininning. Thread the tail back through the beads. 
Make three more strands this way. 
Attach a headpin to the jump ring. 
Thread the bead cap on, bendthe eyepin where the top of the bead cap is, trim the excess, and form a loop. Before closing the loop, attach the clasp. 
Repeat on the other side to finish it off. 
All finished!
I hope you enjoy this shiny bracelet!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Lacy Fuschia Infinity Scarf

This lacy stitch will make a perfect spring scarf. Or spring mixed in with a little bit of snow! I love this stitch, with the inverted triangles fanning out. 
I used one skein of Simply Soft in Fuschia with an I hook. 
Ch 41
Row 1: sc in 7th ch from hook, *ch2, sk next 3 ch, 5dc in next ch, ch2, sk next ch 3, sc in next ch, ** ch 5, sk next 3 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across ending last rep at **, ch2, sk next ch, dc in last ch, turn
Row 2: ch1, sc in 1st dc, *ch2, sk next 2 ch 2 spaces, (dc, ch1) in each of next 4 dc, dc in next dc, ch2, sk next ch 2 space, ** sc in next ch 5 loop; rep from * across ending last rep at **, sk next 2 ch, sc in next ch of turning ch, turn
Row 3: ch3 (counts as dc), sk next ch 2 space, *(dc , ch 2) in each of next 4 dc, dc in next dc**, sk next 2 ch space; rep from * across ending last rep at **, sk next ch 2 space, dc in last sc, turn
Row 4: ch5 (counts as dc, ch2), *sc in next ch 2 space, ch2, sk next ch 2 space, 5dc in next dc, ch2, sk next ch 2 space, sc in next ch 2 space**, ch5; rep from * across ending last rep at **, ch2, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn

Rep rows 2-4 until almost out of yarn, or desired length. Fasten off, seam together, and weave in ends. 
This gorgeous stitch will make a lovely scarf for gifts, and always make one for yourself! The finished scarf is 8"x72". 
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jade Cluster Earrings

These beautiful green earrings will add a touch of elegance to your outfit, but are also swingy and playful. Now that we are defrosting from winter, it seemed appropriate to make some spring earrings!
Materials: two briolette beads, 4mm green beads, 28 gauge wire, head pins, 4mm jump rings, ear wires, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Cut off several feet of the wire, and thread it through the briolette. Twist each end together. 
Shape a loop with the round nose pliers with one of the pieces of wire. 
Begin wrapping the wire around the bead. After several wraps, trim the ends. 
Tuck the ends under the last loop, and press down with the pliers. 
Thread a small bead on a head pin, and bend the end. Trim the excess and form a loop. 
Open a jump ring and use it to attach the briolette to the dangle.
Make another dangle, and attach it with a jump ring to the jump ring from the previous dangle. 
Continue adding these beads and jump rings . I used ten for each earring. Then add the ear wire with another jump ring. 
All finished!

Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hot Pink Skinny Shawl

This long, narrow triangle shawl is perfect for warmer months, especially with the bright pink color. It is light and lacy, also making it great for spring or summer. 
I used almost half of a skein of a Simply Soft in Watermelon. I used size 9 circular needles to accommodate the large number of stitches. 
The knitted cast on will be used throughout the pattern. You can find video tutorials online if you do not know what this means. 

Co 4
Knit one row
Co 4 at beg of row, k4, yo, k2tog, k2
Co 4 at beg of row, k4, *yo, k2tog, k2; repeat from * to end
Repeat this row until you have 120 stitches. 
For next 10 rows: co 4 at beg or row, k4, (yo, k2tog, k2) 3 times, k to last 12 sts, (yo, k2tog, k2) 3 times
For next 8 rows: co 4 at beg of row, k4, (yo, k2tog, k2) twice, k to last 8 sts, (yo, k2tog, k2) twice
For next 6 rows: co 4 at beg of row, k4, yo, k2tog, k2, k to last 4 sts, yo, k2tog, k2
For next 2 rows: co 4 at beg of row, k across
Bo in knit. 

Weave in any ends, and then you're finished!
This scarf is 8"x80". You could also use larger needles if you wanted this scarf to be more open and lacy. 
I hope you enjoy this scarf!
Xoxo, Alyssa