Saturday, January 30, 2016

Crochet Shell Boot Cuffs

These boot cuffs are pretty fast to whip up for the next few months. Boot cuffs are a pretty popular trend this year, and it's super simple to make your own! 
I used a little under a skein of Vanna's Choice in Silver Heather with a size I hook. 
Ch 17
Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across
Row 2: ch 2, hdc in front loop only in each st across
Rep row 2 until the boot cuffs are long enough to wrap around your calf. Sc the two sides together, without cutting yarn. I did 37 rows. I found it better to do an odd number of rows so that the two sides looked more seamless when attached. 
For the shell edging: 
Row 1: ch1, sc around the top, join with sl st to beg ch
Row 2: ch 1, *sc in sc, sk 2 sc, 5dc in next sc, sk 2 sc; rep from * to end across, join with st st to beg chain. 
You may have to fudge the edging depending on how many rows you had, but mine worked out pretty well. 
Make the second boot cuff, and fasten off and weave in all ends. 
I love the ridges the hdc stitches create when worked through the front loop. 
My finished boot cuffs are 5" tall and 14.5" around.  
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Cabled Boot Cuffs

These boot cuffs are super simple to make and are really in style this year. Make them for these next few months of cold weather!
I used a little under one skein of Vanna's Choice in Silver Heather with size 9 needles. 
Co 58 sts longtail method. To change the width of these, it is a multiple of 4 +6, but not a multiple of 8. For example, you can use 52 and then add 6, which is what I did. 
C4b: sl 2 sts onto cn, hold to back, k2 sts, k2 sts from cn
Row 1: (ws) k3, (p4, k4) to last 7 sts, p4, k3
Row 2: (rs) p3, (k4, p4) to last 7 sts, k4, p3
Row 3: rep row 1
Row 4: p3, (c4b, p4) to last 7 sts, c4b, p3

Rep rows 1-4 until you have the desired height. After a row 3, bo loosely. Seam the ends together. Make the second one, and then weave in all ends. 
My finished boot cuffs are 6" tall and 13" around. 
Enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Magenta Crystal Earrings

These delicate, shimmery earrings are perfect to wear all the time, and you can make them in every color!
Materials: 4mm round crystals, gold jump rings, gold rings (I found these at A.C.Moore), ear wires, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Attach the ring to the ear wire. I just threaded it on, but you could add jump rings. 
Thread the crystals onto headpins and bend just above the bead. 
Form loops with your round nose pliers. 
Begin attaching these bead dangles to jump rings and then to the larger ring. You can use a variety of big and small jump rings, and use more than one per dangle. 
Continue adding crystals until you reach the desired fullness. 
Repeat to make the second earring, making sure the crystals are in the same order. 
All finished!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Lacy Chevron Infinity Scarf

This lacy stitch showcases this metallic yarn beautifully! I'm a huge fan of using this color for fall and winter, so I'm sure this scarf will get a lot of use in the upcoming cold months. 
I used one skein of Patons Metallic in Metallic Fuschia with an I hook. 
2-dc cluster: (yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw yarn through st, yo, draw yarn through 2 lps on hook) twice, yo, draw yarn through 3 lps on hook

Ch 42
Row1: dc in 5th ch from hook, *(ch1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) three times, ch1, sk next ch, (dc, ch3, dc) in next ch, (ch1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) three times, ch1, sk next ch**, work 2 dc cluster working first half closed dc in next ch, sk next 2 ch, work second half closed dc in next ch, yo complete dc cluster; rep from * across, ending last rep at **, work 2 dc cluster working first half closed dc in next ch, work second half closed dc in last ch, yo, complete cluster, turn

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as dc), sk next ch1 sp, *dc in next dc, (dc in next ch 1 sp, dc in next dc) three times, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in next ch3 lp, (dc in next dc, dc in next ch1 sp) three times**, work 2 dc cluster working first half closed dc in next dc, sk 3 sts, work second half closed dc in next dc, yo, complete cluster; rep from * across, ending last rep at **, work 2 dc cluster, working first half closed dc in next dc, sk 2 sts, work second half closed dc in top of turning ch, to, complete 2 dc cluster, turn

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), sk first 2 sts, dc in next dc, *(ch1, sk next dc, dc in next dc) three times, ch1, (dc, ch3, dc) in next ch3 lp, ch1, (dc in next dc, ch1, sk next dc) three times**,  work 2 dc cluster working first half closed dc in next dc, sk next 3 sts, work second half closed dc in next dc, yo, complete dc cluster; rep from * across, ending last rep at **, work 2 dc cluster working first half closed dc in next dc, work second half closed dc in top of turning ch, yo, complete cluster, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired length. 
Seam ends together, and weave in any remaining tails. 
The finished scarf is about 9"x50". I really love this yarn, and the new colors they have recently come out with!
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Twin Wrap Bracelet

This wrap bracelet is a great thing to make with a nice focal bead and some pretty twin beads. It doesn't take all that many, so it's a great stash buster as well. 

Materials: seed beads, twin beads, large focal bead, beading wire, a crimp bead, and wire cutters. 
Cut a long length of wire, so that you have a little over double what you want the length to be. Thread enough seed beads onto the wire so that you can fit the focal bead through when it forms a loop. 
Thread a twin bead onto both strand of wire, and then a seed bead onto each end. Continue adding twin beads and seed beads in alternating rows. 
Thread beads until you can wrap it twice. If you want more wraps, just keep going, but make sure you have enough wire. When you have enough beads, thread a few beads onto both ends of wire. 
Thread the crimp bead, the focal bead, and a seed bead onto both ends held together. 
Thread both ends back through the crimp bead and the focal bead. Smush the crimp bead with a pair of pliers to secure it. Trim the ends of the wire so they aren't visible. 
All finished! I chose the focal bead because it matched the gold reflection on the tila beads, but it doesn't show up as well in the pictures. 
Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa