Monday, May 22, 2017

Slanted Shell Afghan, Happily Hooked Magazine Issue 37 and a Giveaway!

Photo Courtesy of Happily Hooked Magazine.
My Slanted Shell Afghan can be found in April 2017, Issue 37 of Happily Hooked Magazine. This issue features "Stitches and Textures that will take your crochet to the next level".
Remember my Great to Be a Grenadier Slanted Shell Afghan(shown above)? I posted this in May of 2015, and designed it specifically for my old high school. I made it in their colors, and donated it to be auctioned off at an end of the year band concert. 
Well... Time for another silent auction so I worked up this new Still Great to Be a Grenadier Afghan named Slanted Shell Afghan for this issue of the Happily Hooked Magazine. This afghan features one of my favorite stitches - the Slanted Shell Stitch - in individual afghan squares, and then joined together using the Pull Loop Through (PLT) Method and one continuous join meaning less ends to weave in!

To complete your own Slanted Shell Afghan, you will need about two and a half skeins each of Color A and B and one skein of Color C for join and border of I Love This Yarn - I used the Red, Black and White colorways - or about 2262 yards of worsted weight yarn, and an I9/5.5mm crochet hook. 

Issue 37 Also Features...

These Crochet Patterns:
     - Julie Lynn Poncho by Salena Baca
     - Tree of Life Pillow by Dianna Judge
     - Petalette Shawl by Padma R
     - Hour Glass Shawl by Amanda Brown
     - Twists & Turns Boot Cuffs by Debbie Richardson
     - Bamboozled Delight Dishcloth by Carol Rupprecht
     - Stella Hat by Danyel Pink
     - Crochet the Rainbow Bag by Shelby Goddard
     - Just Peachie Cocoon Set by Maria Bittner for Red Heart

These Articles:
     - Stitch of the Month: Bobble Stitch
     - Business Tip: 4 Keys to Unlocking Productivity
     - Crochet Heals: Kirsty P
     - Artist Profile: Luisa of Crochetdoll
     - Stitching in Love
     - Hooked on... Roundup
     - Red Heart Pattern Roundup

A few of my favorites include the Tunisian Petalette Shawl (top left), the Julie Lynn Poncho (top right), the Tree of Life Pillow (bottom left), and the Crochet the Rainbow Bag (bottom right)!
Photo is front cover of April 2017, Issue 37.
Hop on over to the Happily Hooked Magazine site to subscribe and get the current issue - April 2017, Issue 37!
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Now... Who is ready to win their own copy? Let's get on with the giveaway! One winner will be gifted a digital copy of this Happily Hooked Magazine April 2017, Issue 37 via Ravelry. You have until Wednesday May 31st to enter this giveaway. Open to all countries. EyeLoveKnots is responsible for prize. Clocks start over on some tasks everyday so come back and re-enter!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Two Grannies Headband - Free Crochet Pattern

Yay! This is the fifth post of the year for the 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge! I am so excited to see what everyone has been working on, especially you! At the end of this post, you will find the information for this month's giveaway, and link up.

I was feeling very uninspired and unmotivated for my May 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge Project, and didn’t have anything worked up until this headband the day before. I decided I was going to wear my new top out to lunch with my mom, and usually I wear my hair clipped back and parted on the side, but this day, I decided that I needed a matching headband to wear that fit in the space from the parted side, and go clip-less, and so this Two Grannies Headband was created just in time to wear out.
From Your Hosts: Rainbow Blanket (Crochet Inspiration) from Kat Kat Katoen, Simple Granny Coaster (Free Crochet Pattern) from Rhelena, Delicate Earrings from Crochet is the Way, Granny Square Wrap (Crochet Inspiration with Diagram for Edging) from Atelier Marie-Lucienne, Roll Collar Poncho (Free Crochet Pattern in German) from Hakelfieber, Handwarmers (Free Crochet Pattern in Dutch) from Mariam's Creations, and Granny Square Soap Cozy (Free Crochet Pattern) from EyeLoveKnots (that's me!).

Please make sure to stop by our other co-host and see what they've been working on too. In the image above, you'll find their projects (and mine) from last month's challenge.


Marjan from Atelier Marie-Lucienne
Sandra from Hakelfieber Austria (in German)
Sigrid from Kat Kat Katoen
Jenny from Crochet is the Way
Rhelena from Crochet n Crafts
Mariam from Mariam's Creations: Recycle and Create


Materials I Used:
     - Small Amount of #10 Crochet Thread - I used Hobby Lobby's Artiste #10 Thread in the Orchid and Black colorways
     - B2mm Crochet Hook
     - #20 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Aunt Lydia's #10 Crochet Thread

Time Spent:
     I had my headband ready to wear in about half an hour.

Measurements:
     1 7/8" wide by 4" long (26" long from tie to tie)

Gauge:
     With B2mm Hook & Artiste #10 Thread: 9 SC = 1" Wide

Abbreviations:
     - DC - Double Crochet
     - SC - Single Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Beginning chain 2 counts as a stitch, but chain 1 does not.

Chain 2 at the end of the first round of the squares is intentional. I've found with a chain 3 at the end of the first round, it makes this corner uneven.

Join to the first stitch, not the beginning chain.

I have a photo tutorial on How to Work a Granny Square. Beginner friendly, as well as a photo tutorial on how to Join-As-You-Go Granny Squares

Pattern:

1st Granny Square:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 3, (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) 2x, 3 DC into the ring, chain 2. Join. (12 DC)

R2: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, (3 DC in the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join. Loosely slip stitch over to the corner. (24 DC)

R3: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, (3 DC in the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join. (36 DC)

2nd Granny Square - Join-As-You-Go:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 3, (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) 2x, 3 DC into the ring, chain 2. Join. (12 DC)

R2: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, (3 DC in the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join. Loosely slip stitch over to the corner. (24 DC)

R3: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the chain space, chain 1, from behind SC into the chain space of the 1st square, chain 1, 3 DC into the first chain space of the current square, from behind SC into the chain space of the 1st square, 3 DC into the next chain space of the current square, from behind SC into the chain space of the 1st square, 3 DC into the next chain space of the current square, chain 1, from behind SC into the chain space of the 1st square, chain 1, 3 DC into the same chain space of the current square, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, (3 DC in the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1) 2x. Join with Black. (36 DC)

Edging & Ties:
     In Black, (chain 110. Slip stitch into the 4th stitch to create a ring. Chain 1. 5 SC into the ring. Slip stitch to the first stitch to join ring. Now working back into the initial chain and the back bump of each chain, work 84 slip stitches, skip the next stitch of the granny square cluster, slip stitch into the next stitch, SC into the next 4 stitches, 5 SC into the chain 3 space, SC into the next 12 stitches, SC into the center join of the squares, SC into the next 12 stitches, 5 SC into the chain 3 space, SC next 4 stitches), slip stitch into the next stitch. Repeat all within the parenthesis one more time. Slip stitch join.

Fasten Off, and Weave in Ends.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Two Grannies Headbands 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.


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This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by Helena of Rhelena & Crochet n Craft! THREE winners will each receive three patterns from Helena's Etsy Shop!

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The three most viewed projects from last month's challenge can be found in the image above. From left to right, top to bottom: Granny Bunny from EssSpecially, Garland/Slinger from Hip en Kleurig, and Beach Ball Square from Stitches n Scraps.


Now, Share Your Granny-Spiration Project With Us!

New Granny-Spiration Projects will be shared from your hosts the first Saturday of each month. Post times will vary. You will be able to link up from 12:00am EST on the first Saturday of the month, through 11:55am EST on the second Thursday from the start date - specific dates are on top of the Rafflecopter form - giving you almost two weeks to link up and enter the giveaway!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and GRANNY INSPIRED through use of regular granny square or solid granny square, granny stitch pattern or other afghan square in the form of a free pattern, pattern review, or inspiration piece. Not limited to crochet or knit.

Please make sure to link to your post, and not your home page. 

*If you don't have a blog, you can still share with us by creating a Free Flickr Account - powered by Yahoo. Add your projects there, and then come back here with the link for the project.


*Link ups cannot be to Etsy listings or Ravelry pages where patterns are sold. You can link to blog posts, Flickr or Facebook pages, Pins, etc that are directed towards it, but can't directly link to it. 

To be clearer though, Raverly pages of finished projects are okay to share. Sorry for the inconvenience! That's per InLinkz guidelines. Thanks!

Features may be chosen at the discretion of each host. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.


April 2017 Nails: Mod Blue & Checkered White for Spring

Here are my Spring Nails - done for April. I did a quick search through Pinterest looking for Spring Nail Designs, and came across this pin for 16 Awesome Spring Nail Designs for Short Nails - the page has some really pretty nail art tutorials linked up, but not the one specifically that was my inspiration. I took my picture into Lynn, and she had me pick out the main color, which I chose a bright blue - my new favorite color. I have two yarns that are similar to the color - one called Splash, and one called Mod Blue, which I though was more Springy.

For the ring fingers, she used white as a base - as the photo shows - and we played around with a couple grays to see which one fit best, which ended up being a lighter gray. She used a thin brush, and painted on the lines. 
In the photo, it looks like metallic stickers were used, but I like the painting more, and it's easier on your nails.

Overall, I could not be happier with these nails!

As mentioned before, I always go to the same place to get my nails done. They have great service, and fantastic staff. If you are in the Orlando area and looking for a place to get your nails done, make sure you stop by Club Nails and Spa! Tell them Alexandra sent you :)
I do have some other Nail Inspiration and tutorials for you on my Nail Art page. I would like to start doing some more nail art tutorials. Anything specifically you'd like to see? Drop me a line below!

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Buds-a-Blooming Afghan Square - Crochet Pattern Review - Crochet n Crafts

I volunteered to pattern test this afghan square for my friend Rhelena of Crochet n Crafts. I am the worst when it comes to choosing color combos to use on afghan squares and in crochet-a-longs, but I really loved how this square looked, and I wanted to try my hand at it. I have so many ideas for this square, and hopefully will have some projects to share with you implementing some of my ideas. I also want to try my hand at some other versions to match different holidays and seasons. Ha! We will see how well that works out! 

Are you a raveler? Make sure to favorite and share your version of this Buds-a-Blooming 12" Afghan Square!

Materials I Used:
     - Small Amounts of Red Heart Super Saver in Aran (Cream), Bright Yellow and Frosty Green (Sage) (JoAnn's)
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook (as recommended)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - Buds-a-Blooming 12" Afghan Square, Free Crochet Pattern from Crochet n Crafts

Material Notes:
     Rhelena used Vanna's Choice in her piece. Any yarn and respective hook size will work great for this square - will alter size though.

Time Spent:
     My square took me just over two hours to complete.

Measurements:
     My finished square ended up measuring 12.75" across. See pattern notes.

My Gauge:
     As written, after Round 2 my piece was measuring 2.75" in diameter. I did change Round 1 after my initial gauge, and the finished measurement after Round 2 was 2.5" in diameter.

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Pattern Notes:
     Originally working Round 1 as written with the triple crochets, my piece did end up flattening out after Round 3, but my beginning was still uneven and more so resembled a center that popped. This can be okay, and actually add an unexpected element, but I didn't want my piece to pop, so I reworked with double crochets in place of the triple crochets, and my piece instantly laid flat.
I will say though, your yarn can have an effect of this. Try it with the triple crochets first, and see if your piece pops. It may not.
My first go 'round was worked in Brown, Frosty Green and Aran, but I didn't like the placement of the colors. I do still like that color combo. The great thing about a square like this is the infinite number of color possibilities. Play around the colors! One thing you may want to consider when choosing colors and placement - think of the design. This piece looks like a flower in the center so when I worked my second piece, I chose Color B as Yellow to be the petals of the flower, and Color C as Sage to be the leaves of the flower.

In the pattern, there isn't any turning, but I wanted to ensure that my bobbles in Rounds 2 and 11 were showing on the right side of the square without having to fiddle around with them so I worked these rounds from the wrong side (turning after Rounds 1 and 10, and then turning back to the right side after completing the bobble rounds).

I worked my Round 9 with half double crochets in the corners and over the single crochets, and a loose slip stitch in the center stitch of the double crochet shells to make a more even edging.

Because everyone crochets differently, your square may vary in size even though you follow everything to a "T", and that's okay! Measure as you go, especially towards the end. Round 14 is a great round for adjustment. You could substitute double crochet in place of the triple crochet (which is what I did) to make the square smaller, or even double crochet in place of the single crochet in Round 15 if you need a touch larger.
My finished square still ended up being larger than the 12", but I wasn't too worried. I will only be using this square in another project that I will be sharing with you soon! But think about if using to make an afghan - as long as all of your squares are the same size, it will work just fine!

I worked my last round in Color A because it just looked right to me. The given color changes are a guide. You can use a different color on every round, or work the whole thing as a solid piece. Be creative!

I think a wall hanging with four different squares to reflect the four seasons would also be awesome. That would require some brainstorming of color play, but goes back on the infinite number of color possibilities. 
There are so many other things you could do with this square like use it in a rug, wrap, crocheted top, table runner, or as a trivet. You could play with the size by trying different yarn sizes and make a necklace pendant, embellishment for a card, or decorative pot holder...
These are only a few possibilities. Do you have any other ideas? Would you like to see a specific project worked using this Buds-a-Blooming Square? Drop me a line below :)

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Putting Edge Mini Golf - Living the Dream Wednesday

Todd and I loooovvvveeee to play putt putt. We go one or two times a month, and are always looking up new places to play... I have to take a moment out of what I am typing to share that my cat, Shiloh, is laying right next to me sleeping AND dreaming. His paws are moving, and he is growling. He must be dreaming about coming across another cat. Hehehehe! Anywho! We love to play putt putt, period. Please leave suggestions in the comments below on mini golf places you recommend (with city and state)! That way I can build a book on places to go when we are planning our vacations :)

Last weekend, Todd, my cousin Patrick and I went to Putting Edge here in Orlando. It's located in the Artegon Marketplace on International Drive, which has recently closed, but you can still access the mini golf, movie theater, and a couple other big shops for now. Looking online, Putting Edge has locations in four other states and several through Canada.

At Putting Edge you mini golf an 18-hole course illuminated by black light. You putt putt through different themes displayed in neon colors like a fairytale land, outer space, an ocean/lake, a garden (and jungle I've read online). Make sure you wear the appropriate clothing (white) so you can glow too!
Through the course you'll enjoy the challenges thrown out at you, like bowling the ball, kicking it with your foot and using a tiny putter (to name a few).

This is the first place Todd and I played mini golf together :) We are sad that it is closing, and hoping they relocate somewhere nearby so we can keep going here. It is also a great rainy-day option as it is indoors.
I can say that I was especially excited about this game because I won! And that never happens - haha! Only by one point, but woo hoo!

Enjoy your Wednesday!

This image is part of the garden.
It's a woman made of flowers.
My Knight in Shining Armor - hehe.
This room had a few of them. 
What a beautiful castle :) 
You can't see this one too well, but it's a window with a water view.
I would love to have a window like this in my house. 
This one is my favorite! It's in the garden, near the woman's face.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Heartstrings Slouch Hat - Crochet Pattern Review - Kirsten Holloway Designs

I pattern tested this for Kirsten of Kirsten Holloway Designs, and it was a lot of fun! It features a line of star stitches that turned sideways create rows of small hearts - something I did not realize before beginning the pattern, but learned afterwards was the intention. I was intrigued by the texture and addition of the star stitch, and was quick to volunteer for it. 

There's also some matching Heartstrings Fingerless Gloves - another free crochet pattern!

Are you a raveler? If so, make sure to favorite this Heartstrings Slouch Hat and link up your project to it!

Materials I Used:
     - 203 yards of Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft in the Aubergine colorway
     - H8/5mm Crochet Hook 
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving and Sewing
     - Heartstrings Slouch Hat, Free Crochet Pattern from Kirsten Holloway Designs

Material Notes:
     Pattern calls for worsted weight yarn. Red Heart Soft used in original pattern. 

Originally in testing, the pattern called for 200-225 yards. My skein of 203 yards was only enough to work half way through Round 5 of the Brim, which is where I finished and it worked out just fine (though I did not include the button tab). Good news, with two skeins you should be able to work up the full hat with tab, AND the matching gloves :)

Time Spent:
     I had my hat finished in just over four hours.

Measurements:
     Finished measurements are 10" across (20" in circumference) by 9 3/8" tall.

My Gauge:
     Working in pattern and before brim and sewing, my piece measured 8" (shorter than should have been, but perfect for me).

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Pattern Notes:
     I settled on the 5mm hook for my piece, though I think with an I9/5.5mm hook, I probably would have been able to get to the 8.5" length stated in the pattern and the hat would have had more drape and flexibility. I do think the 8" length worked out perfectly though as I don't like my slouches to be too long, or else I think the ends tend to sit a little funny. From this length you'll gain some extra with the brim.

When working the Row 2's, I worked the beginning and end stitches into the actual stitch, not the 3rd loop to keep my edges straight and consistent.

To help keep my edge straight, when I worked the Row 3's, I added a yarn over after the initial chain, and omitted the second stitch which works into the side of the stitch. Worked wonderfully.
I just wanted to also point out in Row 3 (even though it's stated in the pattern), there is no chain 1 after the last star as the half double crochet creates an equal space, and secures the star. It is very easy to mistakenly add one there, and then the row will not form correctly.

In reference to Row 5, I don't like the uneven edge by working into the last stitch, rather than the chain. Personal preference - I worked the last stitch into the chain.

To reach the desired 20" length, I worked 12 repeats plus the original making 13 total. With working these repeats, I worked Round 1 of the Brim as 6 stitches in the first repeat, 5 in the next, 6 in the next, 5 in the next... around. Worked out perfectly.

In the seaming process, I turned my hat to the wrong side before sewing up the side. This isn't really necessary when using the whipstitch, but I think it hides the seam better.
Here's where I made my mistake... I went right from sewing up the side, to closing up the hole. In the testing process I did not know that the stars were supposed to be hearts so I wasn't looking for it, but in the published pattern it's emphasized so just make sure you pay attention to which end you close up as the top. Either way, the hat still looks great so if you do do them upside down like I did, it's really no big deal. 
To sew up the top, I worked from the wrong side, and weaved my needle in and out of every other stitch along the top. Once back to the beginning, I pulled it closed, and sewed to secure.

In reference to the brim, working a post stitch already shortens the length of the stitch. I did start by working the brim as written, but I just didn't like how the brim was bunching and didn't have as much flexibility. Usually, and in this case too, I worked each post stitch as a double crochet, and worked the regular stitches as half double crochets. This helps create a nice even piece with nice stretch.

As mentioned before, I ran out of yarn working on Round 5 so to finish off my hat, I ended up working through Round 4 as written, and then worked a final round of single crochets and fastened off.

Because I ran out of yarn, I did not work or test the button tab. I like how my hat looks without it, but think the hat looks even better with it, especially with that pretty flashy button that Kirsten used! You could experiment with a different color just for the brim, and then make the tab the original color, or make the tab with a different color. Find some fun, elegant button to attach - could take a trip to your local thrift store in search of a vintage button or even try your hand at making one out of clay or tree branch!
The pattern was fun, and simple but looks elegant and more complex. I love the mix of stitches, and the fit is great. I was a little worried that with the extra bulk in the top of the hat that it wouldn't sit right, but I wore the hat around all day, and didn't run into any issues - and it received many compliments.

Aside from this hat (and the matching gloves found in the introduction), I think this stitch combination would be perfect for a cowl, scarf, wrap, blanket, placemats, table runner, skirt, blouse... Just to name a few. Feeling adventurous? What would you make to match?

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