Saturday, September 26, 2015

Geometric Earrings

These earrings are cute and sparkly, and full of interesting geometry! There is the circular silver piece, and then, of course, the pretty hexagon crystal bead!
Materials: ear wires, 6mm and 4mm jump rings, silver circle pieces, crystal beads, head Linda, round nose pliers, bent nose pliers, and wire cutters.
Thread a bead onto a headpin, then bend, trim the excess, and form a loop. 
Attach two 6mm jump rings to each other. Attach one to the ear wire, and the other to the silver circle. 
Using the 4mm jump ring, attach the crystal to the 6mm jump ring that is holding the silver circle. 
Repeat to make the second earring. 
All finished!
Enjoy these earrings!
Xoxo, Alyssa 
The hexagon crystal beads used are from houseofgems.com

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Grey Points Cowl

This pretty yarn makes soft transitions in shades of grey as it loops around your neck. Made entirely in garter stitch, this scarf is easy to whip up. 
I used one skein of Boutique Unforgettable in Bistro with size 10.5 needles. 
Co 36, longtail
Row 1: k across
Row 2: k1, kfb, k across
Rep rows 1 and 2 eight times, until you have 44 sts. 
Row 3: k across
Row 4: bo 8 sts, k across

Repeat this pattern until desired length. Bo in knit and weave in ends. I wet blocked this to open it up and define the points, but you don't have to if you don't want to. 
Now fold your scarf to resemble this photo. If it helps, I hung it around my neck with the points facing in,  then took one end, and matched it up with the other to form this triangle shape. Sew the triangle part to secure it. 
I hope you enjoy this scarf!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Chained Bracelet

These pretty blue beads contrast nicely with the silver chain to make this easy bracelet. 
Materials: 6mm beads, small chain, elastic cord, and wire cutters. You will need more beads than I have pictured here, so make sure you have a lot, or you know you can buy another package.  
Cut about 44 pieces of chain, about 2 1/2 inches long. The actual number may vary depending on the size of your wrist, but make sure it's an even number. You will use quite a bit of chain for this bracelet. 
Take your elastic and begin threading the beads in the following pattern. 
Once you have enough to wrap around your wrist, tie a knot. If you would like to add a dab of glue here, go ahead. 
This next part may be easier if you loop the bracelet around something. For the first row, I thought it was helpful, but it was easier without it after that. Thread the elastic through a piece of chain from the right of a bead, and a piece of chain from the left of the same bead. This is what makes the criss cross design. Thread a bead, and then thread through the next two pieces of chain. 
Continue with this first row, and tie a knot at the end. 
Add more rows following the same pattern. Make sure the chains are making the crossed pattern while threading more blue beads. I did seven rows in total, including the very first stringing row. 
Cut the little pieces of chain off the bottom. I stopped when I didn't have enough chain left to do another row. 
All finished! I hope you enjoy this bracelet!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Beaded Triangular Shawl

This deep purple shawl is made of a triangular granny square, a simple design, but made so much better with the addition of shiny purple beads. 

I used one skein of Loops & Threads Woolike in Purple with an F hook. 
Ch 5, join with sl st to form ring
Row 1: ch 4 (counts as dc, ch1), (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, dc) in ring
Row 2: ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, *3 dc in ch 1 sp, ch 1; rep from * to end to center ch 1 sp, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in center ch 1 sp, ch 1, *3 dc in ch 1 sp, ch 1; rep from * to end to last ch 1 sp, 3 dc in last ch 1 sp, ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch 4
Rep row 2 until shawl is desired size. Fasten off and weave in all ends. 

You will also need some coordinating beads, a needle, and matching thread. 
Cut a length of thread and knot the end. Pull through one of the corners to secure it, and then thread about 4" of beads. Thread the needle back up through all the beads except the one at the end, so that it doesn't come undone. Make a stitch through the scarf to tighten it. 
Make two more strands of beads in this same manner. Fasten off the thread, making sure to knot it and hide it within the yarn. 
Repeat for the other two corners. 
All finished!
My finished shawl is 24" deep and 54" across the top. 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa