Saturday, November 28, 2015

Turquoise Brioche Cowl

This cowl is delightfully plushy and fluffy, perfect for those cold winter days. The stitch looks like knitting, but works up very quickly. 
I used one skein of Simply Soft in Cool Green with a K hook. 
This cowl is joined at the end of each row so there will be no seam, but it is not worked in the round. 

Ch 70, join without turning. 
Row 1: ch2, turn, hdc in each ch across, join in top of ch2 with a sl st. 
Row 2: ch 2, turn, FPHDC in each st across, join in top of beginning ch2 with a st st. 

If you do not know how to FPHDC (front post half double crochet), I'm sure you can find a tutorial online, or on YouTube, but you just form the hdc in the front part of the stitch, not the top "v". 

Repeat row 2 until out of yarn, or until your cowl is the desired width. 
Fasten off, and weave in any remaining ends. 
All finished!
I really love how soft and squishy this cowl turns out. My finished cowl is 8" by 28". 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Chain Thread Earrings

This style of earrings is trendy and so fun! The chain just threads through your ear, and it is so fine that it isn't uncomfortable at all. 
Materials: ear threads, head pins, crystal beads, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. I bought my ear threads from A.C.Moore and they're by BeadLanding
Make a bead dangle by threading a crystal, bending the headpin, trimming the excess, and forming a loop. 
Finish closing the loop, attaching the ear thread. 
Repeat to make the second earring, and that's it!
I enjoyed these so much that I made two more pairs, in other colors!
You can thread the chain through your ear as long as you want, varying the length. Also, if you have a second hole, you could thread the chain through that as well. 
Enjoy! 
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Pink Cabled Cowl

This bright pink cowl will be sure to draw some compliments while keeping your neck warm and stylish!
I used two skeins of Hometown USA in Neon Pink with size 13 circular needles. 
FC: sl 3 sts to dpn, hold in front, k2, sl the p st from dpn to left handed needle and p it, k2 from dpn
BC: sl 3 sts to dpn, hold in back, k2, sl the p st from dpn to left handed needle and p it, k2 from dpn

Co72, join without twisting, pm
Rows 1,2,3,5,6,7: *p2, (k2, p1) 4 times, k2, p2; rep from * across to end 
Row 4: *p2, k2, (p1, FC) twice, p2; rep from * across to end
Row 8: *p2, (BC, p1) twice, k2, p2; rep from * across to end

Repeat rows 1-8 until nearly out of yarn. Bo off the the established ribbing pattern after a row 6. 
Weave in all ends. 
This pattern is fairly quick with the chunky yarn. The five stranded braid cable is a beautiful pattern with the lovely texture, and looks nice with a bold color like this. 
My finished cowl is 30" around and 9" tall. 
I hope you enjoy this warm pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Turquoise & Gold Earrings

These earrings are so much fun to wear! So sparkly and glamorous, but super easy to make!

Materials: ear wires, jump rings, chain, a variety of beads, "diamond cut" solid rings, head pins, eye pins, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters
Attach the ear wire to the ring with a jump ring. 
Begin making bead loops by threading a bead on a headpin, bending, trimming, and forming the loop. Add a small piece of chain to this. 
Attach this bead dangle to the ring. I just opened the links of the chain and closed them around the ring, but you can also use a jump ring. 
Attach more bead dangles. You can add some without chain, or use eyepins to create dangles with two or more beads. 
Continue adding beads until you have the desired fullness. 
This photo below shows the order of the beads I added and the amounts of chain. 
Repeat these steps to make the second earring, making sure all the chain lengths are the same and the dangles are in the same order. 
All done! 
I thought these earrings might be too heavy, but they're totally fine! So go ahead and pile on the shimmer!
Xoxo, Alyssa