Saturday, August 29, 2015

Chain Hoops

These delicate earrings will sweep gracefully across your neck when you turn your head, sure to earn you some compliments!
Materials: a few feet of fine chain, wire hoop forms, tiny 2mm beads, bent nose pliers, and wire cutters.
 Cut your chain into 12 equal pieces, each about 4" long. 
Take one of the wire hoop forms and begin threading pieces of the chain, with the beads in between each piece. 
Now take the first piece you added to the hoop, and thread the other end on to the hoop, making sure there is a bead between each piece. 
Repeat this process until all 6 pieces had been looped over. 
Using your bent nose pliers, bend the end of the wire upwards to form the clasp of the hoop. 
Repeat these steps to make the other earring. 
All finished!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Flamingo Shawl

This hot pink yarn knits up easily into this soft parallelogram shawl. The eyelet pattern is easy, emphasizing the interesting shape. 
I used two skeins of Knit Picks Palette in Rouge with size 9 circular needles to accommodate the large number of stitches during the center part of the scarf. 
Co 4, longtail
Row 1: k across
Row 2: k1, kfb, k to end 
Rep rows 1 and 2 four times
Row 3: k2, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end across to last 2 sts, k2
Row 4: rep row 2
Rep rows 1 and 2 four times
Row 5: k2, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end across to last 3 sts, k3
Row 6: rep row 2
Rep this section until a little less than half out of yarn, after a row 5
Row 7: k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Row 8: k across
Rep rows 7 and 8 four times
Row 9: rep row 7
Row 10: rep row 5
Rep rows 7 and 8 four times
Row 11: rep row 7
Row 12: rep row 3
Rep this section until four sts remain
Bo loosely, and weave in all remaining ends
Block this to open up the stitches. 
Here is the shawl all spread out, although taken from a slightly strange angle. 
My finished parallelogram shawl is 21" at the widest point and 68" long. 
I hope you enjoy this shawl!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pink Crystal Bracelet

These bright pink crystals pair nicely with the shiny rhinestone chain. The colors are sweet and simple, making this a great bracelet for so many outfits. 
Materials: rhinestone chain and attachment pieces, crystal beads, 6 strand connector, toggle clasp, jump rings, eyepins, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Cut a piece of rhinestone chain, and using the pliers, attach the connector piece. Attach a jump ring to connect it to the 6 strand connector. 
Attach three more rhinestone chain strands. 
Begin making a simple bead chain with the eyepins. 
When the chain is long enough, attach it to the 6 strand connector. Make another bead chain and attach to the last open section. 
With jump rings, attach the toggle clasp. 
All finished!
I just love the bold pink beads!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sprawling Chains Scarf

This shimmery yarn is crocheted up into a lacy, ruffly scarf. The pattern is full of chains, leaving big airy spaces. 
I used two skeins of Patons GlamStripes in Coral with an I hook. 
Ch 225
Row 1: dc in 14th ch from hook (counts as ch 5 sp, dc, ch 5), dc in each of next 4 ch, * ch 5, sk 5 ch, dc in each of next 5 ch; rep from * across to last 6 ch, ch 5, sk 5 ch, dc in last ch
Row 2: ch 8 (counts as dc, ch 5), turn, *sk ch 5 sp and 1 dc, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in ch 5 sp, ch 5; rep from * across to end, dc in dc from previous row
Row 3: ch 8 (counts as dc, ch 5), turn, *2 dc in ch 5 sp, dc in each of next 5 dc, ch 5, sk next dc; rep from * to end across, dc in dc from previous row. 
Row 4:  ch 8 (counts as dc, ch 5), turn, *sk ch 5 sp and 1 dc, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in ch 5 sp, ch 5; rep from * across to end, dc in dc from previous row
Row 5: ch 8 (counts as dc, ch 5), turn, *2 dc in ch 5 sp, dc in each of next 7 dc, ch 5, sk next dc; rep from * to end across, dc in dc from previous row. 

Pretty much, after rows 2 and 3, you keep repeating those rows, just adding another dc with every row. 
When your scarf is as wide as you would like, or almost out of yarn, fasten off after a row 2 and weave in all ends. 
My last row had 18 dc sts, after starting with 5 dc sts in the first row. This makes the scarf ripple and curve. My finished scarf is 8" wide and 80" at the first row. 
I hope you enjoy this pattern. 
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sparkly Silver Necklace

This pretty necklace is super easy to make, and great for spring or summer with the floral rhinestone accents. 
Materials: flower accent beads, two sizes of crystal beads, rhinestone chain and end pieces, eyepins, circular accent piece, chain, jump rings, clasp, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Attach the end pieces to the chain by bending the prongs around the last rhinestone. 
Attach a jump ring to either end of the rhinestone chain, and attach the circular piece to one side. 
Now attach the rhinestone flowers to the circle with another jump ring and to the jump ring on the other end. 
Begin making a bead chain by threading a bead, bending the end, trimming, and forming a loop. Continue attaching beads until you have your desired length. 
Attach the bead chain to the circle and the jump ring. 
Repeat once more, with the smaller beads. 
Attach a length of chain to either side of the bib part of the necklace with a jump ring. 
Attach a clasp to the ends of the chain. 
All finished! This would be lovely in gold too!
Xoxo, Alyssa