Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bead & Lace Cocoon Shrug - Crochet Pattern Review - Crochet n Crafts

I pattern tested this for my friend Rhelena back around March. I am a big fan of the patterns from Crochet n Crafts, and the large variety of projects and stitch patterns. This is a highly recommended pattern. 

It is also a great comfort item to make for someone in need - work it in pink and it's a wonderful gift to someone fighting breast cancer!

Materials I Used:
     - 710 Yards of Worsted Weight Yarn - I used just about a full skein each of Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Sage and Ivory
     - L11/8mm Crochet Hook (larger than recommended)
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends - I like a #18 or #20
     - Bead & Lace Cocoon Shrug, Free Crochet Pattern from Crochet n Craft

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Red Heart's With Love. Red Heart's Comfort used in original.

Time Spent:
     I had my shrug ready in about 7 hours.

Measurements:
     I worked the Medium size. Pattern contains sizes XS - XL.

Gauge (Met):
     With L11/8mm Hook: 16 SC by 20 Rnds = 6" x 7"

Pattern Notes:
     This was another great pattern from Rhelena of Crochet n Crafts! Easy to follow, and memorize. The pattern can easily be adjusted to desired fitting, as well as sized down for a child. This particular piece fits to elbows, but I think a shorter version would also be really cute!

Though I didn't add one, I think it would fit really well with a button in the center so you can close the front.

This shrug is super comfortable, and the perfect accent to any outfit! Make it in cotton for warmer weather, or basic pattern and some lightweight (#3) or chunky (#5) to create the perfect piece for any season.

One thing I did work differently was the bead stitch. Rhelena includes a link to tutorial on this stitch, but I found working a triple crochet was much easier, produced a sturdier bobble and looked exactly the same.

This shrug is very time consuming - taking about 7 hours to complete! If I worked another (which I'd love to), I'd go with a chunky weight yarn or size the sleeves down considerably.
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Celtic Dream Baby Boots - Crochet Pattern Review - Charmed by Ewe

I only just started working again, and since I've been low on funds, I've decided to finish items in my WIPs bin, and pull out patterns I've purchased in the past and use up stash yarn. Last year, Charmed by Ewe had an eBook special on Ravelry that I purchased, and that's where I found these little Celtic Dream Baby Boots so I worked up two pairs, and the matching Bonnets.

Materials:
     - About half 7 oz skein of Worsted Weight Used - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Dark Raspberry and Rosy Cheeks
     - 4.5mm Crochet Hook (for Boot - smaller than recommended)
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook (for Cuff)
     - Tapestry Needle
     - Celtic Dream Baby Boots - Was available for free on Charmed by Ewe blog, and for purchase through Ravelry but has since changed copyright and not available at this moment. Link here is to Ravelry page where update will be hopefully.

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice, Red Heart's With Love

Time Spent:
     I had my pair of boot slippers ready in just under two hours.

Measurements:
     Pattern contains instructions for 0-3 month, 3-6 month, 6-9 months and 6-12 month sizes. I worked up the 0-3 month size which measures 3.75" in length.

Gauge:
     With 7/4.5mm Hook: 12 SC by 14 Rows = 4"

Pattern Notes:
     I cannot stress enough to make sure you check your gauge. I have met the gauge spot on with other Charmed by Ewe patterns and almost didn't bother checking my gauge on this project and had I continued, I would have been sorry after putting in all the time because to meet the gauge I had to drop down two hook sizes.

Like other Charmed by Ewe patterns, this one is written very well with clear and easy to follow notes and instructions, and contains photos showing how to work an invisible join, how to join the layers of the soles, and how to attach the 
Celtic Weave cuff overlay. It also includes a link for suggested non-slip product - a product I plan on ordering and testing out because I am curious.

In the process of joining my sole layers, at about half way, I pulled my beginning tail in between the two layers and weaved it in on the wrong side.

In the process of working the vamp, I weaved in my initial tail after working a few rounds, and when instructed to cut one strand, I weaved that one in immediately after working the next two stitches. Waiting til the end could result in a more difficult time trying to comfortably reach and work these.

Cuff is very pretty and adds a lot to finished boot, but boot alone is also a great option. It also leaves a lot of space for using different stitches to create a variety of cuff options.

To work my cuff, I used the recommended I9/5.5mm hook, and it came to measure about 3" Wide by 2.5" Tall. My cuff seemed pretty tight and was a little snug initially getting onto my boot so I can only imagine is worked two hook sizes down like I did the boot. Because it's more just decoration, I am not worried about the hook change here. 

I also omitted the bow around the cuff. It's kind of hard to see the double crochet row, and is in a difficult spot to work around. I think once little foot is in the boot, the foot is secure enough.

**Take 2: In an attempt to have less weaves and work, I worked over my initial tail on the soles up until the 2nd set of 2 HDC in the next 5 stitches of the 2nd Round, making sure not to pull too much to prevent bunching. In the end, I only had to weave in 4 ends, instead of 8. Also, I located the stitch to start Round 1 of the Vamp, and attached my yarn here to work the slip stitch join of the soles. At the end, I joined to the first slip stitch, chained 1, turned, and then was on the right side and at the right spot for working Round 1 of the Vamp - Less work, less weaving, same result.
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Wavy American Flag - Free Plastic Canvas Pattern

I was thinking about working up an american flag inspired pair of earrings, and so I set out working on this piece. After completing it, it took me a little longer than I would have liked for a pair of earrings, and was a little larger than I would have liked, though would still make a cute pair.

Alternatively, you could add a pin back to this, add a magnet or use in scrapbooking or on a card.

Materials:
     - Small Amounts of Light Weight/Sport Weight Yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Sport Weight Yarn in Red, White and Blue
     - Small Piece of 10-Count Clear Plastic Canvas (Hobby Lobby)
     - #20 Tapestry Needle
     - Opt. Jewelry Pliers - for ease in weaving in final ends.

Material Notes:
     If you decide to work these up into earrings, I recommend the 20mm Stainless Steel Ear Wires from AliCsSupplyShop.

Time Spent:
     I had my flag done in about an hour and 15 minutes.

Measurements:
     1 7/8" Wide by 1 5/8" Tall

Pattern Notes:
     If you need help with cutting or stitching, check out my Small Plastic Canvas Hearts post.

     If you don't like the way your carried yarn looks on the back of your finished piece, you can add a piece of felt. I didn't, as I like the way it looks and it isn't really visible to anyone - but if I were adding a pin back, would definitely add a small piece of felt for an even surface.

Plastic Canvas Pattern:
Click to view larger.

Cut out Flag shape.

Work the slashes as continental stitches. Whipstitch around after.

Order I worked:

     1. White Stars, but don't fasten off.
     2. Blue Part around stars and whipstitch. Fasten Off.
     3. White Stripes, but don't fasten off. 
     4. Red Stripes with whipstitch. Fasten Off.
     5. White whipstitch. Fasten Off.

If you would like to see a tutorial for an project idea using this Wavy American Flag, drop me a line below!
Please feel free to make and sell your own Wavy American Flag using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

*If you would like a PDF version of this post, you may get one through my EyeLoveKnots Etsy Shop or EyeLoveKnots Craftsy Shop for a small fee. This fee is to compensate for the view/s lost once you no longer need to return to the blog for the information, as you will have your own copy. Plus! It helps fund supplies for new projects to share with you!
Shop EyeLoveKnots Etsy - Wavy American Flag
or EyeLoveKnots Craftsy - Wavy American Flag.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Happy Birthday, Katie! - Living the Dream Wednesday

Back around the time that I picked up crocheting, I worked front desk for a hotel downtown. Katie Smith was one of the few that trained me to do the job. I have since left the hotel, but still keep in touch with friends that still work there. We lost Katie Smith back in April to Leukemia. She was such a kind, funny and hardworking person who touched many lives and is greatly missed. 

Her birthday was this past Monday so we went out and put a floral wreath out for her, and paid our respects.

Happy Birthday, Katie.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Celtic Dream Bonnet - Crochet Pattern Review - Charmed by Ewe

I only just started working again, and since I've been low on funds, I've decided to finish items in my WIPs bin, and pull out patterns I've purchased in the past and use up stash yarn. Last year, Charmed by Ewe had an eBook special on Ravelry that I purchased, and that's where I found this little Celtic Dream Bonnet so I worked up two, and the matching Boot Slippers.

Materials:
     - Small Amount of Worsted Weight Used - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Dark Raspberry and Rosy Cheeks
     - H8/5mm Crochet Hook (as recommended)
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook (as recommended)
     - Tapestry Needle
     - Celtic Dream Bonnet - Was available for free on Charmed by Ewe blog, and for purchase through Ravelry but has since changed copyright and not available at this moment. Link here is to Ravelry page where update will be hopefully.

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, Red Heart's With Love

Time Spent:
     I had my little bonnet ready in just over an hour.

Measurements:
     Pattern contains instructions for Preemie through Child sizes. I worked up the 0-3 month size, which fits a 14-15" head circumference, 5.25" wide and 5.75" tall.

Gauge:
     With H8/5mm Hook: 14 SC by 16 Rows = 4"

Pattern Notes:
     This pattern was very clearly written, and so easy to follow. Though I have never worked the Celtic Weave Stitch before, I did not have any issues following along with the written pattern and producing a hat that looked like the photos. Link is also provided to tutorial if needed - How to Crochet the Celtic Weave Stitch in the Rounds.

Aside from working the Celtic Weave Stitch for the first time, I was also introduced to the Alternate Turning Chain (alt-ch), which creates a nice, clean and even edge along the sides.

My little hat came out to be soooo cute! And I can't wait to pass it along to a newborn photographer to see it in action.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

DIY Plastic Canvas Name Banners - GREAT Baby Shower Gift or Kids Room Decoration!

This post has been sitting as a draft since September of 2014 - YIKES! 

Back then: A couple weeks ago, I posted my Plastic Canvas Alphabet - Sugar Tart Crafts - Pattern Review. Ever since, I have been working on some name banners. Currently, I have three of them done - one for Kayliss (my niece), Tyler (my little cousin) and Madison (my little cousin).

The Plastic Canvas Alphabet by Toni of Sugar Tart Crafts is the PERFECT pattern for plastic canvas letters.

Before I tell you what they are great for, this is a fun, easy and rewarding project for a child to do! Craft stores carry plastic needles so no worries on that aspect, and you can do it together :)  I do sell the cut letters in my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop should you be interested in purchasing them. Pair it with the rest of the materials, and you have a great gift idea for a crafty kid!

These banners are great for all shorts of celebrations including (but not limited to): Baby Shower, Bridal Shower, Nursery, Kid's Room, Play Room, Wedding, Anniversary, Graduation, Retirement, Birthday, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving... They are also GREAT photo props for Baby's First Birthday, Maternity, Engagement...

Materials I Used:
   - 1 Sheet of Darice Stiff 7 Count in Clear

     *You can also use Plastic Canvas 7 Count 12" x 18" in Clear, however, it is soft. I would suggest adding some stiff felt to the back of your letters, or whipstitching a coordinating colored plastic canvas piece to the back of the letter. Your letters shouldn't curl if you choose not to add the felt or colored canvas, but it could and your letters will not be as strong and sturdy.

   - Red Heart Super Saver in Rose Pink and Lavender
   - #20 Tapestry Needle
   - Opt. Ribbon or Baker's Twine for Stringing

Time Spent:
    The average time for stitching each letter was 45 minutes.

How to String Together:
   First off, I cut a piece of yarn 60 inches long. I then threaded my yarn into a tapestry needle and began weaving it from front to back into the 5th hole down from the top of the letter on the left side and then from back to front on the right side.

Stringing your yarn in and out of the letters will cause the ends to fray. A great alternative to this is using ribbon in place of the yarn and heat sealing the ends - use caution!
These banners are lightweight enough to use tape to hang up, but you could also create loops on the edges of your yarn/ribbon and use those to hang the banners - as we did above!
I gifted mine wrapped in the excess of the string to hang.

Don't Needlepoint but Interested in Purchasing Your Own?
I have added several name banners and letters to my Etsy shop. Feel free to send in your custom color, name, phrase and/or letter requests! Unstitched letters also available!
View some color options here: Red Heart Super Saver, Bernat Super Value, Caron One Pound.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Yarn Fanatic Party June

Yarn Fanatic Party Friends!

Summer time is a little hectic for everyone - including us as life does get in the way sometimes. Rachel and I will be taking the month of June off for the Yarn Fanatic Party, and hope to be back in July. Make sure to tune back in because I will be sponsoring some more yarn, and a Happily Hooked Magazine subscription in honor of my newest design feature :)

My blogging will continue - I have all June Saturdays full of crochet related posts ready to go, and will be working on some jewelry here and there. I also have some blogging and selling tip posts in the works to share as well.

For now, I will share what I have worked on since our last party and wish you all a safe, fun and relaxing month of June!
Ceres Top - Crochet Pattern Review (Paid Pattern)
Ether Top - Crochet Pattern Review (Paid Pattern)
Elfin Leaf Halter Top - Crochet Pattern Review (Paid Pattern)
Colorful Nesting Cubes - Plastic Canvas Inspiration
Bernat Handicraft Cotton Baby Booties - Crochet Pattern Review (Free Pattern)
Christmas in July 2016 - Fellow Etsians!

I am also busy destashing yarn, books, and other supplies.
Make sure to stop by my EyeLoveKnots Etsy Shop to see what goodies I am sharing!
I am happy to combine shipping, and open to shipping internationally.

Fellow Etsians - Christmas in July 2016

We are excited to announce that we will be holding the Christmas in July 2016 on Etsy next month - from July 1st through July 10th! This is an Etsy community driven even held every year in July, as is a great opportunity for you to promote your shop. 

It is up to you to decide what you would like to promote and how you would like to promote it. Some options include offering a discount, free shipping, a Buy One Get One Free, etc. 
In years past, I have offered special bundle prices on items. Last year, I was selling ceramic tile coasters. They were $8.00 regular price, but I had dropped the price down to $6.00 a set, or two for $10, and it was the most success I had had in sales of the ceramic tile coasters.

Some other shop owners have created special items, like ornaments, that they have been holding onto and plan on releasing during the Christmas in July event.

You can celebrate the event any way that you want in your shop! It can be holiday themed, but it does not have to be. It can be one item in your shop, an entire section or whole shop. Completely up to you!

If you aren't a Christmas in July team member, join us - Etsy Christmas in July.
We will be holding special events, games and a craft party, and be bringing lots of attention to shops and items - and have a special keyword shoppers can use to find your items! This is a great opportunity for you to get your items out there, and drive sales!

And when the event is over, we keep the fun rolling all year! You can find member features, themed posts featuring members items and stories on our team blog - Etsy Christmas in July - and lots of support within the Etsy Christmas in July team!

Happy Sales!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Handicrafter Cotton Baby Booties - Crochet Pattern Review - Bernat/Yarnspirations

I have had this pattern bookmarked for quite some time, and finally decided to give it a try (back in September of last year - yikes!) was a little disappointed. I just pulled the little bootie out of my WIPs bin and thought I'd complete this post. The bib stands unfinished at this time, so I will speak on the bootie first, and the bib at a later time.

I am marking this as a Pin-Didn't Pattern. I only worked up one bootie, and have no desire to complete the second. Continue reading to find out more.

Materials Used:
     - Small Amount of Lily Sugar n Cream in the Blueberry colorway
     - H8/5mm Crochet Hook (as recommended)
     - Tapestry Needle for Sewing & Weaving - I used a #18
     - Handicrafter Cotton Bibs and Booties, Free Crochet Pattern

Time Spent: 
     I only worked up one bootie, but it took me about 45 minutes to come. A set would be about an hour and a half.

Measurements:
     4 1/8" Sole Length by 3" Tall with Rolled Cuff

Pattern Notes:
     I found this pattern to be quite difficult to understand and follow, and in assembly. I ended up only working one baby bootie, and had no desire to work a second. My completed bootie does not lay flat as it takes on an awkward slight pull in one direction, though it may fit better once on a little foot.

Despite my difficulties, finished bootie is still super cute :)

If you have had better luck with this pattern, do you have any suggestions? If you have or are going to make these - Please share your photos on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page, or our latest Yarn Fanatic Party Link Up!

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Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing some Baby Booties?
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Colorful Nesting Cubes - Plastic Canvas Inspiration - Joan Green

Plastic canvas was my first love. Early on, I purchased the book, Plastic Canvas Toddler Learning Toys by Joan Green on eBay - wonderful place to get older leaflets and a big variety. While going through one of my WIPS bins recently, I came across these Colorful Nesting Cubes I remember working up about six years ago.

Usually I have pattern reviews for you, but this pattern was done so long ago that I don't have any notes on it from then. This will just be a little inspiration, plus I have the booklet up for sale - Vintage Plastic Canvas Toddler Learning Toys - in my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop!

I also found Joan Green's site. If you are a Plastic Canvas Lover like me, make sure to stop by and support her! She has lots of wonderful and creative designs available for purchase.

Materials I Used:
     - Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White, Black, Yellow, Red, Dark Green, Orange, Royal Blue, Violet
     - Tapestry Needle - I like to use #18 or #20
     - 7 Mesh Clear, Stiff Plastic Canvas (Hobby Lobby)
     - Red and White EcoFelt
     - Hot Glue Gun and Sticks

Material Notes:
     My favorite yarns to use for plastic canvas patterns are Red Heart Super Saver, Bernat's Super Value, Hobby Lobby's Crafters Secret, and Caron's One Pound - they are durable, thicker, easily washable, and with the quantities included, they are very economical buys.

Plastic canvas comes in a soft mesh, and stiff. I recommend the stiff for a project like this so the sides don't wobble or fall out of shape.

Pattern Notes:


     I did change the pattern on the larger cube - I worked a diagonal black and white print, instead of white with black dots. I freehanded this.
   
     I would recommend if attempting a project like this to glue on the felt before assembly. The pattern states to do it after, but that was difficult. Just make sure to leave room at the ends to allow for the whipstitching.

Hope you enjoyed this plastic canvas inspiration! Have you attempted plastic canvas projects? What are your favorite type to work?




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