The Everybody Hat

 

Hey guys!

 

Welcome back to the blog!

 

Today, I wanted to share with you my latest design, which is super simple because I love simple (doesn’t everybody?) and super chunky. If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that I’m a Californian and, as a Californian, we love to talk about the weather.

 

Because it’s either beautiful, or hot, or 3 days of rain that leave various areas in pandemonium.

 

I love California.

 

So I think this will have to be the last of my cold-weather items for the next few months? I want to re-focus the energies on looking forward. I’m thinking more summery items and planning ahead for fall holidays. I happen to also be planning my wedding right now (I just started dress shopping the other day!!!), so the more I can do ahead of time, the better it will honestly be for me in the long run! Heyyy. I thought I would break out this little gem of a hat which might be helpful for those of you in actually cold parts of the world: The Everybody Hat.

Why is it called The Everybody Hat? Because everybody can wear it and it’s simple enough that everybody can make it. The construction of the body of the hat is so incredibly simple and the sizing is very straightforward, a beautifully unisex hat. Without further ado, let’s go!

 

Materials:

Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn (5)
– I used Emerald
P hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Terms Used (US):

HDC – half double crochet
BLO – back loop only

Instructions:

Ch 23
Row 1: HDC into 3rd chain from the hook and across
Row 2: Ch 1, HDC through both loops of first stitch, HDC into BLO until last stitch, HDC both loops of last stitch
Row 3-desired length: Repeat Row 2. Aim for your work to be about 20 inches, it’ll stretch! You can also use your head as a reference for the circumference!

Once you’ve reached your desired length, chain 1 and fold your piece in half. and single crochet* your 2 halves (starting chain + last working row) together. Leave a long tail and bind off. Then, use your tail and needle to cinch your hat tube!

And of course, weave in your ends. Luckily, there are only 2!

 

You can either wear your hat slouchy, or you can double it over, creating a brim!

 

And that’s the Everybody Hat! I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern, I’m hoping to get more summer-friendly posts up soon, so stay on the lookout for that! Also, please feel free to subscribe to the blog, you can find the link off to the right hand side of the page!

 

Until next time,
Gilliane

 

Like this pattern? Don’t forget to pin this article on Pinterest!
And I’d love to see your finished projects! Please share with me on Facebook and Instagram!
Finished items made from this pattern may be personally sold on your Etsy and at craft fairs, but please share the love and credit the pattern back here! And please don’t copy and paste this pattern as your own!

Continue Reading

Sienna Scarf Crochet Pattern

 

 

Hey guys!

 

I’ve been a flurry of posts this week, trying to catch up after a long absence on here (over a month?) It’s been a crazy quarter, with trying to work on requests (one I’ve been working on for FAR too long), craft fairs, wedding stuff, a pulled hand muscle (check out this article I wrote on taking care of yourself because I didn’t take my own advice) and the passing of a relative. But just because I haven’t been updating on here doesn’t mean that I haven’t been working on projects. Check out my instagram for the current works in progress!

Today I have for you a new pattern for this super luscious scarf that I whipped up in a short amount of time–perfect for all of the last-minute projects you might want to crank out for Christmas, which is less than 2 days away!

 

I, personally, am not ready. You know how you get things ahead of time and then pat yourself on the back, slow down and lose the momentum you had to finish up present buying/making? Yeah, that’s where I’m at on my Christmas shopping. Whoops. But we’ve all been there…

 

But here’s a scarf to help you out, and it’s from this delightful yarn I found over at Michael’s a few weeks back called Braid Big from Loops and Threads! I worked up a whopping 3 different projects from one ball o

f this magic yarn and if there’s one thing I love, it’s getting mileage from good yardage in my yarn. Yarnage? (We’ll work on it.) But it has 262 yards of super bulky yarn so when you work with large hooks, these projects pretty much complete themselves. Easy peasy. Also, the self-ombre effect in the yarn makes for a lot of versatility in the colorway, which is perfection for a lazy person like myself who detests color changes! Heeeeey

 

So in this post I’ll share this scarf pattern, called the Sienna Scarf.

Materials:

One ball of Braid Big! from Loops and Threads
(I used the colorway Tan)
P hook (11.5mm)
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Piece of cardboard measuring about 6 inches, or however long you want your fringe

 

Terms Used (US):

sc = single crochet
DC = double crochet
ch = chain

Instructions:

With P hook, chain 12
Row 1: DC in 3rd chain from hook, sc next stitch, [DC, sc,]*, repeat * to end of row. Ch 2 and turn.
Row 2: DC in sc from previous row, sc next stitch, [DC, sc]*, repeat from * to end of row. Ch 2 and turn.
Repeat Row 2 until the piece measures your desired length. In my case, I eyeballed it by working until the piece measured where each end touched a hip when worn around my neck.

 

Fringe:

Grab your piece of cardboard. I used a mailer I’d received from Barnes and Noble because I thought that would make a good length for fringe. You can find inspiration anywhere! Wrap 24 times around your piece of cardboard and cut at one side. You’re going to need 24 lengths of yarn. Take 3 strips at a time and place them evenly on each end of your scarf. Voila!

Doesn’t that look dreamy? Look at all of that squish! I hope you enjoyed this latest post and hope to see you soon! Good luck with all of your holiday crafting, may the odds be ever in your favor! If you want some other quick projects, check out my patterns for the Hygge Coffee Sleeve and Crochet Animal Headbands!

 

Until then,
Gilliane

 

Like this pattern? Don’t forget to pin this article for later on Pinterest!
And I’d love to see your finished projects! Please share with me on Facebook and Instagram!
Finished items made from this pattern may be personally sold on your Etsy and at craft fairs, but please share the love and credit the pattern back here! And please don’t copy and paste this pattern as your own!

Continue Reading

Quick Squish Scarves

Hey everyone!

 

Christmas is coming too fast! Doesn’t it feel that way? I thought I had more time, but I guess that’s true of most things. I did a couple of craft fairs this season and the question I was asked most frequently was “Do you have long scarves?” My answer, surprising and unfortunate, was no. I have a love of the circular neck warmers and really didn’t have anything in the way of simple long scarves. You learn something new at each fair!

So I set out to change that and whip up a couple of scarves to change up my stock and run through extra balls of yarn I had that I had decided against the projects I originally planned. If you’re panicked for time and want to make some scarves for the people in your life, this is the perfect option. I worked these two scarves in Loops and Threads Charisma, using 2 balls worked together for extra volume and warmth.

They’re very simple and are fast, super fast, to work up, so if you want that plush goodness–I got you, boo.

 

Materials:

2 balls Loops and Threads Charisma
(I used 2 balls of Taupe and 1 of both Red and Charcoal, respectively)

Q hook

Tapestry needle

Scissors

 

Directions:

Working two strands as one, chain 10

Row 1: HDC in 3rd chain from hook, HDC across (8)

Row 2: ch 2, turn. HDC across (8)

Continue repeating Row 2 until you’ve reached your desired length. I kept going until I was close to the end of the yardage for super long scarves.

[If you want a thinner or wider scarf, just make sure to chain an even number and HDC in the 3rd chain 😉]

I did my last row in single crochet, which you just chain 1 and single crochet across.

Bind off and weave in the ends, now you’re ready to throw a ribbon around it or toss it around your neck!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern and, while it’s perfect for your last-minute crafting, it will also be perfect as a nice basic scarf for you to enjoy throughout the year and in a variety of colors. Happy crafting and best of luck with getting everything done!

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

Like this pattern? Don’t forget to pin this article for later on Pinterest!
And I’d love to see your finished projects! Please share with me on Facebook and Instagram!
Finished items made from this pattern may be personally sold on your Etsy and at craft fairs, but please share the love and credit the pattern back here! And please don’t copy and paste this pattern as your own!

Continue Reading

Quick Gift Roundup

Hey!

 

This post and my next couple are going to be focused on rapid-fire gift giving! I know I ran out of time this year, didn’t you? Well, I’m here to help you out really quickly (since there is still so much left to do!) and toss up 5 quick present ideas that you can crochet that AREN’T a hat or scarf! Because while hats and scarves are super rad, they’re not a catch-all gift and it’s nice to have other quick projects in the repertoire, wouldn’t you agree? Also, not all hats and scarves fit, either physically or stylistically. So here are 5 FREE PATTERNS that make super cool presents that don’t take a heck of a lot of time to finish up and require no sizing specifications. Christmas is on Monday and I know you have a ton of stuff to do, so without further ado…

 

  1. Crochet leather coasters from Make and Do Crew

These DIY leather coasters with crochet edging can be made in less than an hour and make a perfect DIY gift for him. Make them for Christmas, Father's Day or just for yourself! #SToKCoffee #cbias #ad

They make a great variety gift for housewarmings, father’s day, Christmas, yourself, you name it!

2. Crochet Planter Hanger from Vickie Howell

Plant Hanger1

Made from jersey or t-shirt yarn, this crowd pleaser would be perfect for any of your garden/plant aficionado friends and family! Works up super quickly and no muss no fuss!

 

3. Bath Pouf Crochet Pattern from Daisy Cottage Designs

I think that Christmas time is, like, the number one time that anyone receives bath sets. Haven’t looked up statistics, but I’m pretty sure most bath sets are sold in this time frame, so bath poufs would be perfect to include with candles, bath bombs, and bath gels.

 

4. Clothesline Trivet by Make and Do Crew

Add a handmade touch to your purchased gifts with this modern crochet trivet made from rope clothesline! Perfect DIY hostess gift.

 

I have yet to try out crochet in other materials, and this trivet pattern from Make and Do is at the top of my list! A durable material, your recipient will get a lot of use from this gift and it works up quick which is an added bonus.

 

5. Christmas Washcloth Crochet Pattern by Rescued Paw Designs

I really love the rustic look of these washcloths and since washcloths do up so quickly, these will speed by in no time at all, just in the nick of time!

 

And there you have it! Good luck and happy crafting, may the Force be with you, may the odds be ever in your favor, and may all your WIPs get finished in time!

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

**All of these bloggers have gladly shared their patterns with the internet and, while you should check their sharing rules, don’t copy and paste their patterns to pass off as your own and always share the love back to these wonderful makers!**

Pin these patterns to your boards and share them on the web! It all goes toward helping these lads and ladies out. Want to connect with me online? Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Continue Reading

Crochet Pumpkin Headband

Hey guys!

 

As you know, I love quick projects! I love the marathon ones, too, but you get a feeling of satisfaction from a completed project much quicker with the small projects, am I right?

 

We’re thrill junkies, us crafters 😂

 

And this one is no exception. If you caught a gander at my Crochet Animal Headbands, you’re on the right track! Super straightforward project and great for last-minute Halloween costumes! Either for kids or yourself…

Image result for duh I'm a mouse

Simple, but effective.

It’s great taking elements of past projects and remixing them to new effects! This is half my Animal Headbands and half Apple of My Eye Hat, and it’s so cute! It’s an effective use of scrap yarn you might have laying around and a quick enough project that if you need to be a sexy pumpkin (?) for a last-minute Halloween party, you’re covered. Enjoy!

 

Materials:
1″ headband
(I picked up mine in a trio set from Dollar Tree and they’re perfect, this online set is really similar)
1 Ball of Bernat Softee Chunky in Orange
Small part chunky (5) yarn  in brown
Small part worsted weight yarn in green
H Hook
L Hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Terms Used (US):

sc = single crochet
fhdc = foundation half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
Sc2tog = single crochet two together
st/sts = stitch/stitches

 

Instructions:

Body

Using L hook and yarn, chain 36

Row 1: 1 single crochet into the second chain from the hook, sc across (35 sc)
(side note: leave initial tail unseamed for now, you’ll need it to seam the edge of the headband)

Rows 2-3: Ch 1, single crochet into each stitch (35 sc)

Bind off, leaving a long tail for seaming

 

Band:

Take your newly-made strip and seam around the headband, meeting up the stitches
Make extra stitches at the end of the strip to secure it
Using the yarn from your beginning tail, stitch secure the end of the band

Stem
With L hook and brown yarn, Fhdc 10. For help with the foundation half double crochet, I’ll relay you over to this helpful video from One Dog Woof! Leave a long tail after binding off. Fold over your “stem”, and stitch the halves together with a running stitch, then work it back down to create some stiffness in your stem piece.
Thread each tail and stitch into the top of your headband, I knotted it on the underside of the headband. You can either snip off the ends, or you can stitch them into the headband cover you’ve created!

 

Leaf
With H hook and worsted weight yarn in Green, ch 2
Row 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn
Row 2: 2 sc in first st, 1sc in next, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (5)
Row 3: sc across, ch 1 (5)
Row 4: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (7)
Row 5: Sc2tog, sc next 3 sts, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (5)
Row 6 : sc across, ch 1 and turn
Row 7: Sc2tog, sc next, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (3)
Row 8: Sc all 3 remaining sts together, ch 1 and sl st down the middle of your leaf to meet your beginning tail and bind off

Thread each tail and stitch into the top of your headband beside your stem. I had stitched both into the top center of the piece, but you can switch it up if you’d like and make it off-center for an off-kilter appearance! O P T I O N S!

 

 

If you liked this pattern and want to keep the pumpkin spice of the fall season flowing before everything becomes peppermint for Christmas, here are some other posts for craftspiration!

Crochet Animal Headbands

Apple of My Eye Crochet Hat

Black Cat Hat: Loom Knit!

Pumpkin Time!

Frankie Crochet Coffee Sleeve

 

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

Like this pattern? Don’t forget to pin this article for later on Pinterest!
And I’d love to see your finished projects! Please share with me on Facebook and Instagram!
Finished items made from this pattern may be personally sold on your Etsy and at craft fairs, but please share the love and credit the pattern back here! And please don’t copy and paste this pattern as your own!

Continue Reading

Apple of My Eye Crochet Hat

 

 

 

Hey everyone!

 

Welcome back! I know I’ve said it probably dozens of times, but I’m ready for Southern California to decide to join in on the fall love. Today is the FIRST DAY OF FALL! And I’m really in love with how the weather has been the past couple of days! I know the weather will probably warm back up next week and it will feel like summer once again here. And that’s ok, can’t have it all, you know? But even so, I can still hop in on all of the fall pastimes, like apple picking! I went apple picking a couple of years ago in Apple Valley with the now-fiance (whaaaaat?) and had such a great time! It was really cool to see all of the varieties of apples and pick them yourself–we brought home a whole bag of them, and they were super delicious. So that’s what influenced me to create this hat, just that quintessential feeling of picking apples.

I love the simplicity of the hat, and the chunkiness just makes it super cozy, so I really do love it! I am also working on a delightful version of the hat done in loom knitting, which I’ll be sharing here, so keep on the lookout!

Without further ado, here’s the ingredient list so you can bake up your own apple hat!

 

Materials:

Chunky (5) red or green yarn and brown
I used Charisma
Worsted weight (4) Dark Green yarn
I used Red Heart Super Saver
M hook
H hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle

Abbreviations Used (US terms):

Fhdc= Foundation half double crochet
DC = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
BLO = back loops only
ch = chain
st/sts = stitch/stitches
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together

 

 

 

Instructions:

Apple body
With hook and your chunky yarn, ch 23
Row 1: DC in third chain from hook, DC across (21)
Row 2: Ch 1, DC in BLO across (21)
Rows 3- ??: Ch 1, DC across until piece measures 22 in
Ch 1, fold piece in half so that last row worked meets with beginning row, sc across, bind off, leaving long tail
Thread your tail through your tapestry needle and cinch your crochet tube together. Stitch extra stitches to keep it together because of the chunky yarn, then tie off. Turn out hat so that your seam is on the inside.

Stem
With L hook and brown yarn, Fhdc 10. For help with the foundation half double crochet, I’ll relay you over to this helpful video from One Dog Woof! Leave a long tail after binding off. Fold over your “stem”, and stitch the halves together with a running stitch, then work it back down to create some stiffness in your stem piece.
Thread each tail and stitch into the top of your hat, I knotted it on the underside of the hat, flipping it inside out to get a tight knot. Flip back around.

Leaf
With H hook and worsted weight yarn in Green, ch 2
Row 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn
Row 2: 2 sc in first st, 1sc in next, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (5)
Row 3: sc across, ch 1 (5)
Row 4: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (7)
Row 5: Sc2tog, sc next 3 sts, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (5)
Row 6 : sc across, ch 1 and turn
Row 7: Sc2tog, sc next, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (3)
Row 8: Sc all 3 remaining sts together, ch 1 and sl st down the middle of your leaf to meet your beginning tail and bind off

Thread each tail and stitch into the top of your hat, flip it inside out to get a tight knot. Flip back around.

I like the spiky look of the apple leaf, and will likely use it for lots of other things! Reduce, reuse, recycle your project elements, right?

 

Once you have all of the pieces stitched into your hat, you’re ready for apple picking! You can fold over the brim, or wear it as a slouchy beanie, both options are pretty cute and it’s great to have options.

I hope you enjoy the hat and, as always, I’d LOVE to see your creations, even if you remix it! Feel free to tag me on all of the usual avenues and let me know your thoughts! Share with the class! Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

 

 

 

 

 

Like this pattern? Don’t forget to pin this article for later on Pinterest!
And I’d love to see your finished projects! Please share with me on Facebook and Instagram!
Finished items made from this pattern may be personally sold on your Etsy and at craft fairs, but please share the love and credit the pattern back here! And please don’t copy and paste this pattern as your own!

Continue Reading

Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Cozy

 

Hey everyone!

 

Welcome back! If you liked my pencil scarf pattern from just shy of two weeks ago, then I’ve got an extra special treat for you! I’ve written up a pattern for some delightfully perfect back to school-themed pencil coffee cozies! I’m a big fan of coffee sleeves, they’re just so versatile and fun and highly customizable!

 

Best of luck to everyone whose little tykes have been sent back off to school and are getting back into the swing of the new school year! You’re probably going to need the coffee! It’s so weird to me hearing that people are starting school in August–or even July!–because I myself have always associated with September being the back to school time, so I can only imagine!

Another thing about the impending season is that it’s when lots of crafters are getting ready for their craft fairs, since they are already underway and the signups have begun for the events that won’t be popping up for another couple of months! I have some craft fairs on my own radar, and you probably do, too! And even faster still is the doom and excitement of all the holidays, so lots of craft preparation is going on!

And have I mentioned just how much I love quick and easy projects? They’re the best! I’ve shared my Santa Belly Coffee Sleeves here recently, which if you haven’t seen them, check them out, they’re super cute and I used mine on and off throughout July…because Christmas in July! Another reason why coffee sleeves are awesome (in addition to their personal qualities and that they help you reduce the amount of paper in landfills) is that they are quick and easy! I had originally whipped up one of these last year when I’d been inspired by my Project Scrap Yarn, and I was just so in love with how it turned out, but I hadn’t done anything with the pattern! I’m glad that I finally have the chance to share this with you! For these reasons and more, I think that these little coffee sleeves are perfect gifts for the teachers going back into the classrooms or for your craft fair needs!

So let’s get started!

 

 

Materials:

 

 

Worsted weight yarn (4)
-Gold
I used Red Heart Super Saver
-Grey
I used Craft Smart
-Pink
I used Impeccable
H hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Terms used (US):

Sc = single crochet
DC = double crochet
Ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch

Instructions:

Using H hook and GOLD yarn, chain 32, slip stitch join to form loop

 

Row 1: Ch 1, single crochet into each stitch around, sl st to beginning of row (32)
Rows 2-5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 6: Repeat previous row, sl st to beginning and bind off

Row 7: Sl st GREY into first stitch, ch 1, single crochet into first stitch and every stitch around, sl st to beginning (32)

 

Row 8: Ch 2, DC into first stitch, sc, *DC, sc, repeat from * to end of round, sl st to beginning of round

In the above picture, you can see the work in progress! The first row at the foreground of the photo is Row 7, the row of single crochet in Grey, and the row being worked behind is Row 8, the alternating of DC and sc

 

Row 9: Introduce PINK with a slip stitch. Ch 1, sc into the sl st space and every space around, for 32 sc. Sl st to beginning ch.

Keep going!

Rows 10-12: Repeat Row 9. Start with ch 1, sc around, sl st to beginning. When you’ve reached your desired eraser length, bind off and weave in those ends!

 

 

Here’s a picture of me from when I first created this cozy last year–I still had the braces then! Time flies so fast! I actually kind of miss the braces, is that weird?

 

And that’s the Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Cozy! I hope you brought enough for the whole class!

 

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

Like this pattern? Don’t forget to pin this article on Pinterest!
And I’d love to see your finished projects! Please share with me on Facebook and Instagram!
Finished items made from this pattern may be personally sold on your Etsy and at craft fairs, but please share the love and credit the pattern back here! And please don’t copy and paste this pattern as your own!

Continue Reading

Top of the Class Pencil Scarf

Hey there! I know that it’s the dead of summer right now and all you want to do is run and hop and skip and jump and have lazy days…but school is coming again. That’s right, school. is. coming. again.

 

Byeeeeee, random kid from the internet in this stock picture!

 

Before you know it, it’s going to be time to do the Back to School shopping and get new backpacks and clothes and all of the fun (and not-so-fun like waking up early) stuff that comes along with it! And judging by the ads and displays at Target and Walmart, for some of you it’s already time! Time to sharpen those pencils and get back to school!

This pattern that I’m sharing with you today would make a perfect scarf for a student (even for your college kid heading off or back to campus!) or a splendid gift for that teacher in your life, ooooor even a great quirky perk to your own outfit! I wanted something kind of whimsical looking as a fun project to work on and I was inspired by my Project Scrap Yarn that I have been working through. (Click through for my post about PSY! You can also look for the hashtag on my Instagram!) My favorite aspect of the pattern is the crinkle look of the faux-metal tip of the pencil, I think it gives it a super cute textural aspect to the design! If the crinkle look isn’t personally your thing, I’ll include the alternative faux-metal tip, there is a lot of flexibility in crochet. You can follow the pattern to the letter or, if you would like a thinner/tighter scarf, feel free to use a smaller hook to obtain that kind of gauge. You can make it however long you would like! Whether you like the ascot-ty look or you really want the scarf to wrap around, the design is pretty straightforward and versatile, I hope you enjoy it!

 

**Notes** Because a lot of this pattern is small color changes, I’ve highlighted the colors being used in BOLD to help it stand out in the text, so you don’t accidentally skip it somehow.

The yarn color you’ll need the most of for this project is the gold/yellow, since everything else is in small quantities.

 

Seriously. The black yarn you’ll only need for like 8 stitches and room for weaving in the ends. Really small.

 

Materials:

*1 Ball of worsted weight yarn (4) in Yellow
[I used Red Heart Super Saver in Gold]
*Small parts of:
Black (for the lead)
[I used Red Heart Super Saver]
Beige (for the pencil)
[I used Impeccable in Heather]
Gray (for the ‘metal’ tip)
[I used Craft Smart yarn in Gray]
Pink (for the eraser)
[I used Impeccable in Arbor Rose]
*I Hook
*Scissors
*Tapestry needle

Terms Used:
SC=Single Crochet
Ch=Chain
St/s=Stitch/stitches
DC=Double Crochet

 

Instructions:

With Black, ch 2
Row 1: 2 sc into the second chain from the hook, ch 1, turn
Row 2: 1 sc into each stitch, ch 1, turn (2 sc)
Row 3: 2 sc into each st, yarn over and slip knot to end the color. Color change to Beige. Ch 1 with Beige and turn. (4)

I didn’t like my original attempt at color changing, which is why I’m suggesting just binding off each color and then slipping in the new color!

I had originally tried a color change in the last stitch, but it didn’t really work out the way that I had liked, so I felt it was necessary to complete each other in the row before introducing the new color in each block. It looked really messy on one side which, for some projects, is okay, but this kind of annoyed me, so here’s the two examples of the pencil tips that I made:

 

The wonky one was okay on the other side, just flip it over:

So it’s up to you whether you want to make the color change in the last stitch in your row, but this is what I liked the best for this project in particular…and the one I went with!

 

Row 4: 2 sc into first st, sc next 2 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (6)
Row 5: 2 sc into first st, sc next 4 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (8)
Row 6: 2 sc into first st, sc next 6 sts, 2 sc last st, yarn over and slip knot to end the color. Color change to Yellow. Ch 1 with Yellow and turn (10)
Row 7: 2 sc into first st, sc next 8 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (12)
Row 8: Sc each st across, ch 1, turn (12)
Row 9-??: Sc each st across, ch 1, and turn until the body of the scarf has reached a comfortable length for your project’s needs!

You might want a scarf that’s more ascot length or a super scarf, or you might want something shorter for your kindergartner but something longer for your college kid, so I’ve left the length more or less up to you! If you have a whole skein of the yellow yarn, then you have lots of room to play with the length, it’s your scarf!

But there’s still more! Leave room for the eraser!

Last row of Yellow: Sc across all stitches, yarn over and slip knot to end the color, color change with Grey. Ch 1 with Grey and turn
**Grey 1: Single crochet into each stitch across, ch 2 and turn


Grey 2-8: 1 DC into the first stitch, sc the second, DC the 3rd, continue pattern to the end, ch 2 and turn.

 

 

The above chart is meant to help you out in the scheme of how the stitches are supposed to situate themselves, the 3 with a bracket off to the right hand side of the chart is to denote a stitch height of 3! I hope this helps! (Please let me know if it doesn’t make sense, or if I can clarify it. My Microsoft Paint skills are pretty good, I hope!)

 

**Alternative with Grey**
If the crinkle effect isn’t to your liking, you can DC into each stitch across the row, ch 2 and turn. Repeat for each row until the eraser metal is to your desired length, but 10 rows would make an appropriate length.

 

 

At end of final row, color change with Pink. Ch 1 with Pink and turn

Pink Row 1: Sc into each st across, ch 1 and turn.

Pink Row 2-8: Repeat Pink Row 1 until the Eraser is your favorite length!
Note: You can make the Grey and Pink rows as long as you’d like, though however many rows you use, match it in the opposite color to make the sections even

Bind off and weave in all ends. Wear it like a scholarly rock star!

 

 

 

Like this pattern? Don’t forget to pin this article on Pinterest!
And I’d love to see your finished projects! Please share with me on Facebook and Instagram!
Finished items made from this pattern may be personally sold on your Etsy and at craft fairs, but please share the love and credit the pattern back here! And please don’t copy and paste this pattern as your own!

 

 

Continue Reading

Granny Goes to the Beach Bikini Top

 

Hello!

It’s very very hot here in SoCal right now. And it’s going to be hot until basically November, which can make it a tricky situation when it comes to crafting! So if you live in a hotter climate and love crafting, you either bear the heat and make blankets, or you switch up your retinue of crafts with summery things, lighter things! You can have a ton of options, that’s what’s so much fun about crafting!

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, meme and text

The heat can’t catch you if you work faster…right? Well, luckily I have a nice and easy project for you today! It’s my Granny Goes to the Beach Bikini Top! And even easier than that, it’s an applique to place on top of an existing bikini top!

My inspiration for that was that, as much as I love crochet bikini tops–it’s actually what convinced me to pick up hooks and do more in-depth work than simple chains–the problem with lining is always there! So I thought:

“What if I just get a bikini top and make it cuter?”

And that’s where I went!

I went and picked up a few bikini tops over at Walmart, they look like this. I specifically wanted triangle tops, the simpler the better, for this project and these wound up being the ones that I liked the best! They were triangular, they had lining, and forgivingly simple shapes.

[I must note here that I hate HATE shopping for things like swimsuits and bras. The worst. I will admit that I have a very small chest and dislike the way those kinds of things look on me and it’s an ongoing thing but ANYHOW]

I liked these tops, and would highly suggest a triangular top for this project for the applique to work properly!

But, let’s get down to business and make this top happen for you!

[Note: I used a small bikini top because I am a small person. If you’d like to go with a larger size, then still go with a triangular top and add another row or 3 depending on the size of your cup!]

Materials Used:

Triangular bikini top as shown here in this example
Cotton yarn (I used Yarnspirations Lily n Creme in Off White. It’s a huge ball and has lasted me forever)
H Hook
3.5 Hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Small straight edge ruler
Rotary Cutter (click for the Amazon place I got mine from)
Crochet edging blade (I busted a mission looking for these guys and I am so glad for these!)

Instructions:

If you haven’t already, put the crochet edging blade into the rotary cutter–be careful! I had problems with opening my first rotary cutter and the store shipped me a new one free of charge because of a weird mechanism that had broken, and it was very nice of them to do.

Be careful with the blades, they’re sharp and have a light lubricant on them!

Take your bladed cutter and a small ruler (you don’t need a 12-inch ruler for this, too unwieldy) and place even lines of holes along the 3 sides of each triangle cup

I had to take a picture one-handed, so place the ruler a safer distance from the edge and keep it straight between corners

Feel free with the bottom triangles to stretch it a bit because of the ruching so you can get a cleaner and straighter line!

Making Your Triangles (make 2)

With H hook and your cotton yarn, ch 4, slip stitch to form a circle

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 Dc, ch 3, 3 Dc, ch 3, ch 1, slip stitch to top of original ch 3

Round 2: Slip stitch across to ch 3 space, slip stitch into the space and ch 3, 2Dc, ch 3, 3Dc into ch 3 space, ch 1, [3Dc, ch 3, 3 Dc] into next ch 3 space, ch 1, [3Dc, ch 3, 3 Dc] into next ch 3 space, ch 1 and slip stitch to beginning ch 3

Round 3: Slip stitch across to ch 3 space, slip stitch into the space and ch 3, 2Dc, ch 3, 3 Dc. Ch 1, 3 Dc into Ch 1 space, ch 1, [3Dc, ch 3, 3Dc] into ch 3 space, ch 1. 3 Dc into Ch 1 space, ch 1, [3Dc, ch 3, 3Dc] into ch 3 space, ch 1, slip stitch to beginning.

Rounds 4-6: Continue with pattern, placing 2 sets of 3Dc into each corner ch 3 space and 1 set of 3Dc into each ch 1 space.

If you are going for a bigger cup, continue from here for the appropriate number of rows for your bikini top

Once you’ve got the appropriate size for your piece, ch 1 and single crochet around the whole cup, and the appropriate number of single crochet stitches for each ch 1 and ch 3 space respectively, slip stitch to your original chain 1

Grab your 3.5mm hook and ch 1. Line up your triangle with the cup of the bikini and single crochet into your top hole. ch 2 to carry around the back of the top, and single crochet into the same hole. Ch 1, slip next stitch and single crochet into the next. Continue this pattern to each corner where you will single crochet, ch 2, and single crochet into the same stitch, carrying the ch 2 behind the corner for your straps to go through. Slip stitch to your original ch 1, bind off and weave in ends.

It’s coming along!

Repeat with your second cup!

Et Voilà you have your bikini top and you’re ready to go!

 

Enjoy!
Gilliane

 

 

 

Like this pattern? Don’t forget to pin this article on Pinterest!
And I’d love to see your finished projects! Please share with me on Facebook and Instagram!
Finished items made from this pattern may be personally sold on your Etsy and at craft fairs, but please share the love and credit the pattern back here! And please don’t copy and paste this pattern as your own!

 

Bonus dumb fun:
I have had a tricky time of keeping track of my hooks in the past and accidentally grab the wrong size, which will mess up a project. This project got sidelined for a while when I grabbed the wrong hook and wound up with a wonky cup:

 

The cup at your left is the wonky one and I got annoyed because it happened all too often! So don’t do what I did!

Continue Reading

Summertime Scrunchy

Do you like tying your hair back?

I know I do. Sometimes I really enjoy letting my hair done, but whenever I’m at work (or needing to get some work done), I tie my hair back to get it out of the way.

But sometimes I get really bored with my regular black hair tie. I mean, sure it looks nice and isn’t noticeable, but what if you’re feeling fun? Then I’ve got such a simple project for you!

It’s this delightful unicorn palette scrunchy hair tie:

Dang, that’s majestic.
It just needs a horn and a tail!

I want you to know that I quietly laughed to myself at Starbucks while I doodled this.

There we go!

Okay, enough with the funny stuff (and I hope you thought that was funny hah), let’s get to this super simple pattern!

Materials:
H Hook
Cotton Yarn (I chose Lily Sugar N Cream Scents in Fleur de Lavande)
Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Elastic hair tie

I picked this yarn because cotton is going to be the most durable, it’s a good lightweight yarn for the summer…and I had it left over from some other fun projects and thought that this would be a really good idea to help me out in my ongoing Project Scrap Yarn.

 

 

  1. Placing your slipknot onto the hook, ch 1, and single crochet into the rubber band’s center until you have completely covered the hair tie. Slip stitch to your beginning ch.

2. Ch 6 and single crochet into the next stitch

3. Ch 6 and single crochet into the next stitch. Repeat until you have gone all the way around through the stitches. Slip stitch to the last stitch. Bind off and weave in the ends.

Final step: Wear your new scrunchy! Feel majestic!

 

 

Like this pattern? Don’t forget to pin this article on Pinterest!
And I’d love to see your finished projects! Please share with me on Facebook and Instagram!
Finished items made from this pattern may be personally sold on your Etsy and at craft fairs, but please share the love and credit the pattern back here! And please don’t copy and paste this pattern as your own!

 

 

Continue Reading