joi, 20 februarie 2014

For the Love of a Comfy Home - Crochet Kimono, Pillow and Rug - Free Patterns

Do you like squares???
I DO!!! 
Without any exaggeration, without any empty talk for the sake of talking, I must say I am a square addict.
So hello to you all my dear friends :) and welcome to a post about a comfy recipe for any lovely home.

The truth behind my passion for squares is of course the endeavor of begging to crochet when I had no idea whatsoever about how to hold a hook, what yarn is good for what, and how a chart or a written pattern is read....
This was almost a year ago, last April...when because a crocheted baby dress was too expensive to buy I set my mind to learning and making one myself... And I did, and actually did quite a few of them since then...

Long way since that particular moment when my passion became a means of income and truth be told , I never quite imagined what will it mean to make a living out of the work I love.

So...back to squares ....
in my opinion their are easier to make and to handle compared to a model that is made in one piece.
So in case you have thick , acrylic yarn( not necessarily same size) which remained from other projects...or bits of skeins you got as a bonus, or as a discount...consider making these patch-work style additions for your home: a kimono, a cute pillow and a lovely boho-chic rug.

Kimono is made with basic 2dc clusters ( read the loopy elements in the chart as 2dc). the patter is amazingly easy to follow( just follow the letters)

For the pillow and the rug, let your imagination fly, because you can combine the squares anyway you like. Personally I would like to put the big flowers as a border...but you are free to try any arrangement you see fit. 

I hope you like this idea and I really hope you will post on my Google + page the result of your work :)

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xoxo to y'all


luni, 10 februarie 2014

Fluid Pattern vs. Squares for Summer Dream Cardi of Mercerized Cotton

Hello y'all
and welcome to my boho chic vs. stylish dream of a summer cardi.
If you are like me ...a bit of a hoarder , most likely you have some mercerized cotton stash somewhere from lats year's summer projects.
Because the weather outside( still raining) takes me to day dreaming of superb summer days and sun kissed skin dressed in white ...I feel compelled to share one ore two...of my future projects.

The white cardi is a basic boho chic design, extremely easy pattern , extremely versatile measurements, ideal for a looser structure, that will compliment any type of figure. I am especially fond of simple diagram especially because you can insert rows of fillet *1 dc, ch1 and so on * in between 2 or 4 rows of the model presented in the diagram.

In case you want a matching top , just follow the diagram , make two squares and add thin spaghetti braces. 

Me and my conflicts with what pattern to make first....God's willing there will come a day when I will have the time to make them all but that will be when I am old and gray....( long time,....God's willing ...never)....
However...besides being a hoarder , I am also a fan of squares....any kind, any name it...
I don't know about you....but I find the square based patterns extremely alluring , not to mention....easy to make...since individual elements are far from being as boring and dull( during making) as the fluid patterns are.

this being said, in case you like mercerized cotton and you are a fan of squares, consider this amazing, not to mention seductively delicate and easy to make design.

The square pattern is the one under the dotted line on the above pic and keep in mind that depending on the size you must adjust the number of squares.

Well...these being birthday girl ( thanks Google for the Happy Birthday sign on my search page :) )
wish you all God's speed in making each of these and feel free to share the post if you like the ideas.
Also....if  by any chance you need further instructions contact me via a comment to this blog post link on my Facebook page and I will respond immediately.

luni, 3 februarie 2014

Crochet Chart and Instructions for a Fancy Looking Bolero Jacket

Hi there and happy February darlings , :)

If any of you are like me , waiting for the awesome days of spring, you will sure love this post. When I first saw this model I was like ..."I've got to make myself one of this!!!!"

Why? Well...because it's simply super easy to make and extremely versatile not to mention fancy enough to be a party wear and cute enough to become ...why not...a Valentine's day boudoir apparel.

So ...said and done ...I bought myself some size 3 acrylic yarn and some , grass type of faux fur yarn ( any brand would do for each), a 3,5 mm hook and I am ready to start.

Here are some tips from my experience so far:

1. The model can be made bigger ( the number of clusters on the chart display is for Medium size, European 36-38) using a larger hook( looser structure) or  a larger hook and thicker yarn ( simply bigger result). 

2. Make sleeves longer by adding to the number of cluster rows .

3. You can simply crochet or knit the furry garnish separately and weave it in to the side of the finished jacket. However to make it even more versatile use a ribbon yarn in a matching color for the weaving so you can simply remove the garnish and wear the item in the warmer season. Clever, right?

4. You can replace the puff stitches from the individual elements with a three double crochet clusters for a more relaxed structure.

I really hope you like this post :)

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xoxo and stick around for more awesome crochet patterns to try.