Saturday, April 25, 2015

Turquoise Crystal Earrings

These sparkly earrings will swing and shine, earning you so many compliments!
Materials: crystal beads in two sizes, chain, headpins, ear wires, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters
Cut two pieces of chain, each about two inches long. Attach a piece of chain to an ear wire. 
Begin attaching crystals to the chain. Thread a bead onto an eyepin, bend at the top, trim the excess, and form a loop. 
Continue attaching crystals. Near the top, I used two beads per link, and then I started using one per link, then at the very bottom, I skipped a link between beads. 
Continue attaching crystals. If you have extra links at the end, you can trim them off here. Repeat these steps to make the other earring. 
All finished!
Enjoy these sparkly earrings!
Xoxo,Alyssa 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Double V-Stitch Infinity Scarf

This pretty multicolored yarn gives a great blend of colors to the scarf. This stitch pattern is super easy, making this a great pattern to gift. Don't forget to make yourself one!
I used one skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Dragonfly with a J hook. 
Ch 34
Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook, sk next 4 ch, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in each of next 2 ch, sk next 4 ch; repeat from * across to within last ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch, ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn
Row 2: Dc in next ch 1 sp, sk next ch 1 sp, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in each of next 2 dc, sk next 2 ch 1 sps; repeat from * across to turning ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in 3rd ch of turning ch, ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn
Repeat row 2 until you are almost out of yarn or until scarf is desired length. 
Fasten off, seam ends together, and weave in any remaining tails. 
I love the gradient effect of this yarn. My finished scarf is 7"x 65". 
Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mobius Chain Bracelet

This delicate chain is simple to make once you get the technique of making mobius balls. The chain makes a perfect, delicate bracelet. 

Materials: aluminum jump rings (9mm), clasp, and bent nose pliers 
Attach two jump rings together. 
Attach a third, looping it through both jump rings. 
Attach a fourth and a fifth the same way. The trick to the mobius ball is to attach every jump ring to every other jump ring. 
Make another 5 jump ring mobius ball. 
Attach these together with a jump ring. 
Continue making mobius balls and attaching them together to form a chain. 
Once your chain is about as long as your wrist, attach a jump ring on either end, then attach the clasp with another jump ring. 
All finished!
Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Pink Paradise Shawl

This beautiful dark pink yarn will feel like paradise sitting around your neck once knit up into this lacy triangular shawl. The yarn has a slight variation in color, adding to the depth of the shawl. 
This yarn was a bit of a splurge, but it knit up so wonderfully I think I may have to buy more!
I used one skein of MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light in Coquette with size 6 circular needles for the large amount of stitches. 

Co 3, longtail
Row 1: k across
Row 2: k1, (yo, k1) twice
Row 3: k1, yo, k3, yo, k1
Row 4: (k1, yo, k2, yo), pm, rep (to) once more, k1
Row 5: k1, yo, k to marker, sm, k to last st, yo, k1
Row 6: k1, yo, k to marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, k to last st, yo, k1

Rep rows 5 and 6 until you want to start the edging. 
For the edging: 
*(yo, k2tog, k2) will be referred to as (to). This is the same throughout the edging. 

Row 1: k1, yo, k1, (yo, k2tog, k2) to last st before marker, k1, sm, rep (to) to last 2sts, k1, yo, k1
Row 2: k1, yo, k2, rep (to) to marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, rep (to) to last 3sts, k2, yo, k1
Row 3: k1, yo, k3, rep (to) to last 2 sts before marker  k2, sm, k1, rep (to) to last 4 sts, k3, yo, k1
Row 4: k1, yo, rep (to) to last st before marker, k1, yo, sm, k1, yo, k1, rep (to) to last st, yo, k1
Row 5: k1, yo, k1, rep (to) to last 3 sts before marker, k3, sm, k2, rep (to) to,last 2 sts, k1, yo, k1
Row 6: k1, yo, k2, rep (to) to last 2 sts before marker, k2, yo, sm, k1, yo, k2, rep (to) to last 3 sts, k2, yo, k1
Row 7: k1, yo, k3, rep (to) to last 4 sts before marker, k4, sm, k3, rep (to) to last 4 sts, k3, up, k1
Row 8: k1, yo, rep (to) last 3 sts before marker, k3, yo, sm, k1, yo, k3, rep (to) to last st, yo, k1

Rep rows 1-8 until ready to bo. 
There will be some double yos in this edging. I don't find it troublesome, but if you do, you can feel free to alter the edging to avoid that. 

Bo in knit loosely. I used Jeny's Suprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. 
Weave in any remaining ends, and then block to even out the stitches and shape. I wet blocked this, but you can use whatever method you prefer.
The lace edgings adds about 4 1/2", measured after blocking. Total, the shawl is 21" deep, and 78" across the top. 
I love how light and airy this yarn is when knit loosely like this. 
I hope you make one of these for yourself! 
Xoxo, Alyssa