Saturday, May 30, 2015

Lacy Lavender Cowl

This light, lacy cowl will add some bright color to your outfit on any chilly day. 
I used about a 1/3 of a skein of Simply Soft Light, in Pansy with size 8 needles. 
Co 40 sts
Row 1 and all other odd rows: purl
Row 2 and 6: k1, *yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k6; rep from * to last 6 sts, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1
Row 4: k2, *yo, sl1, k2tog, pass slipped st over k2tog, yo, k1, sl next 3 sts to dpn and hold to back, k3, k3 from dpn, k1; rep from * to last 5 sts, yo, sl1, k2tog, pass slipped st over k2tog, yo, k2
Row 8: k2, *yo, sl1, k2tog, pass slipped st over k2tog, yo, k8; rep from * to last 5 sts, yo, sl1, k2tog, pass slipped st over k2tog, yo, k2

Repeat rows 1-8 until you have reached your desired length. BO in purl, after a row 8. Fasten off, and seam together, and weave in any remaining tails. 
I love the cables with this delicate lacy stitch!
My finished cowl is 10"x27". 
I hope you enjoyed this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Emerald Bib Necklace

These faceted emerald beads make a beautiful bib style necklace that is sure to sparkle for any occasion!
Materials: two sizes of teardrop beads, chain, headpins, jump rings, clasp, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Thread a bead onto a headpin, bend with the bent nose pliers, and trim the excess. Begin to form a loop. 
Cut a piece of chain, and attach the bead drop to a link around the center. 

Continue adding these bead drops, skipping three links of chain between each one. 
Repeat to make another chain with the smaller beads. 
Make sure the beads are centered on the chain, and the smaller bead chain is a bit shorter than the other chain. Attach the two lengths of chain together to the clasp with a jump ring. 
Repeat for the other side of the clasp, and you're finished!
Enjoy this necklace!
Xoxo, Alyssa 
 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Gold Shimmer Shawl

This shawl has a soft gold shimmer, catching the light every way you turn. You will be sure to receive compliments from this half-hexagonal shawl. 
I used three skeins of Vanna's Glamour in Topaz with a G hook. 
Ch 6, join with sl st to form ring
Row 1: ch 4 (counts as dc, ch1), (3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1) in loop, dc in loop
Row 2: ch4 (counts as dc, ch1), turn, 2dc in ch 1 sp, *sk next dc, dc in next dc, sk next dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch 2 sp; rep from * across once more, sk next dc,dc in next dc, sk next dc, 2dc in ch 1 sp, ch 1, dc in last dc
Row 3: ch4 (counts as dc, ch1), turn, 2dc in ch 1 sp, *sk next dc, dc in each dc until last dc before ch 2 sp, sk next dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch 2 sp; rep from * across once more, sk next dc, dc in each dc until last dc before ch 2 sp, 2 dc in ch 1 sp, ch1, dc in last dc

Repeat row 3 until shawl is desired size. I repeated row 3 35 more times. If you repeat it a different amount of times, you may have to play around with the edging, and fudge it a bit. 
For the edging: 
Shell: 2dc, ch2, 2dc 
Row 1: ch3 (counts as dc), turn, shell in ch 1 sp, (sk next 3 dc, *shell in next dc, sk 4 dc; rep from * across to last 3 dc before corner ch 2 sp, sk next 3 dc, shell, ch1, shell in ch 2 sp), rep from ( to ) once more, sk next 3 dc, rep from * across to last 3 dc before ch 1 sp, sk next 3 dc, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in last dc
Row 2: ch3, turn, shell in every ch 2 or ch 1 sp across, dc in last dc

Fasten off, and weave in any remaing ends. 
The finished shawl is 50" across the top, and 18" from the top to the bottom. 
I just love this soft color! So neutral, and will match so much!
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Purple Crystal Chandelier Earrings

These swingy earrings will hang delicately from your ears, sparkling with the light. 
Materials: 6mm crystals, 4mm beads, beading wire, crimp beads, ear wires, bent nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Thread your pattern of beads onto a piece of beading wire. 
Thread both ends through a crimp bead. 
Thread both ends through an ear wire and back through the crimp bead. Press the crimp bead to secure it. 
Trim the ends of the wire. 
Repeat to make the second earring. 
All finished! I can see so many different earring opportunities with the colors, size of beads, and string pattern! I will definitely be making another pair or six. 
Hope you enjoy this tutorial!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Delightfully Squishy Cowl

The texture of seed stitch is just so wonderful and squishy. The thick yarn makes this cowl extra warm and plushy. 
I used two skeins of Loops and Threads Cozy Wool in Clematis with size 13 needles. 
Co 36 longtail. 
Row 1: (k1, p1) across row 
Row 2: (p1, k1) across row

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until out of yarn or desired length. 
Cast off, and seam together. Weave in any remaining ends. 
My finished cowl is 18"x30". I just love the beautiful results of seed stitch, and it is such an easy stitch. 
Enjoy! I hope you all make yourself one to keep warm!
Xoxo, Alyssa