Loom Knit Pumpkins

 

Hey there!

Isn’t this weather just delightful?! I’m super excited nowadays since Daylight Savings Time kicked in here in the US, though once darkness falls, it’s hard to tell what time it is–is it 6pm or 11pm?

I’m glad you’re here! It must mean you want to learn about loom knitting your very own pumpkins! The crochet ones have rightly been all the rage this season, but I wanted to throw some loom knitting love into the mix! If you’re looking for some delightful crochet pumpkin patterns, I tossed together a great lineup over here for inspiration! This is my second loom knitting pattern that I’m sharing up here on the blog, the first being my Black Cat Hat. If loom knitting is a new venture for you, welcome to the party! There’s a variety of experience levels for loom knitting, but these are a really nice and easy pattern to work with on the knitting loom, and should take less than an hour to make!

Whaaaaaaaat.

I love quick projects.

They’re nice and dainty looking and a whole basket of them would look very nice for all of your fall holidays! These pumpkins will fit right in with your witches and baskets of candy, but will also be a perfect touch of crafty goodness for your Thanksgiving cornucopias and little pilgrims, so they’re really versatile in terms of your fall crafting and an excellent décor staple. They can be made in a variety of colors, so you don’t have to stick with the traditional orange pumpkins if you don’t want to. If you feel so inclined, you can also make your pumpkins in cream! Or brown! They look very nice, and can work with a variety of home décor. My suggestions would be cream pumpkin + brown stem and brown pumpkin + cream stem, which might sound odd, but are quite cute!

 

The whole mix of pumpkins together can be really eye-catching and very homey, but those are just my suggestions! I’ll provide the pattern, do what inspires you! Thanksgiving is coming upon us quickly, and time’s running out, but you can whip these up in no time at all.

 

My dad completed this deck for my mom recently, so I thought I would take advantage of the new photo spot! But let’s get this pattern cracking, we’ve got no more time to waste, the holidays are here. (I’m sitting in a Starbucks right now making candy cane covers I saw from Sewrella and listening to Christmas music over their radio system)

Materials:

*1 Ball of Orange yarn
Cream or Brown if you wish
*Small 24-peg round loom
*Loom knitting tool
*Small amount of worsted weight (4) brown yarn for stem
Or cream
*Crochet hook (anything K or smaller)
*Poly-fil fiber
*Tapestry needle
*Scissors

 

**Note: The orange yarn used is Bernat Softee Chunky in Pumpkin, which is a 6 weight. Chunkier yarns are excellent for this project, but for smaller weight yarns feel free to use double to minimize your stuffing peeking through your stitches**

 

With your Main Color (MC) of yarn, slip knot onto your first peg.
Foundation round: Leaving a long yarn tail, e-wrap all pegs. Loosely wrap once around your first peg, then a second time. Using your loom knitting tool, pull the bottom/first loop over your second loop. Continue across to complete the round.
Round 1: Knit 5, purl 1, knit 5, purl 1, knit 5, purl 1, knit 5, purl 1
Round 2-20: Repeat previous row
To remove from loom, cut a long tail from your working yarn and thread it through a tapestry needle. Working the needle underneath each peg’s stitch, thread through each stitch, pulling the stitch off from the loom as you work your way around. Once all of the stitches have been removed from the loom, DO NOT cinch the piece closed yet!
Flip it over and thread the beginning tail through a tapestry needle, stitch it through each loop from your foundation round and cinch it closed. Work the yarn around the cinched closure, ensuring it will not open, and pull it in through to the inside of the pumpkin. Knot it closed!

Now, stuff your pumpkin! Make sure to stuff it really well if you want a sturdy pumpkin, but if you want a plushier kind of pumpkin, stuff it to your heart’s content. Once it has been stuffed to your liking, cinch it closed! But wait, what about the stem? No worries, my friend.

Now for the stem! Because these are dainty sized pumpkins, I didn’t want to go over the top with a huge stem, so you can do it your own way, but here’s what I worked with for mine:

Using a K hook (whaaaat, a crochet hook? Yesss), take your worsted weight brown yarn and chain a small number, like 8 or 10. You can vary the length because it is going to be doubled over. Then, take each yarn end and thread it through the top of your pumpkin, bringing each all the way through to the bottom. Have both yarn ends close together, and knot them tightly. Because you have the stem at the top of the pumpkin, this is going to give it a little bit of that flatness through the center that pumpkins tend to have. With the ribbing created from your knits and purls, your pumpkin will be perfect! Once you’ve created your knot, tuck the yarn ends into the pumpkin and you’re ready.

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Hygge Coffee Sleeve

 

 

Happy Monday!

 

Today, I’ve got a super cute and cozy pattern for you, my Hygge Coffee Sleeve! If you’ve been following for a while, then you know I LOVE coffee sleeves! The versatility and customizable quality of them is wonderful and I swear by them. If you haven’t been following, then welcome! You can keep up to date with my free patterns by subscribing (you can find the sign-up on the right of this post) and come on the adventure!

I’ve really been loving working with chunky yarns lately, there’s just something really wonderful about squishy yarn, and Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick has been such a delight! I keep making tons of scarves to get ready for the impending holiday season–both as gifts and for craft fairs–and can’t help making dozens of them! Here’s a smattering of them here:

 

 

Don’t they look like the have the most delightful squish to them? Answer: they definitely have a delightful squish to them!

If you like the look of those scarves, I adjusted the pattern to this cozy goodness from Make and Do Crew, so do take a look! I had leftover yarn from the projects and wanted something extra cozy, so for my latest addition to my ongoing Project Scrap Yarn, I whipped up this project. I wanted to come up with a name to convey the coziness of a wool blend coffee cozy and the feeling of crisp winds and warm drinks but without it being over the top or generic. One day, I kept seeing the word hygge floating around the web and decided to look it up.

Oxford Dictionary defines hygge (HUE-ga) as: A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).

And that sounds pretty darn appropriate to me.

I feel comfortable and cozy with a nice beverage and hanging out with friends, and felt like this squishy coffee sleeve will give that extra touch of cozy near a warm fireplace in the fall and winter months. I’ve already started using mine and can’t wait for the cooler weather to come (and stay!) here in Southern California. But in the meantime, it’s been wonderful for my iced coffees!

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

Materials:

L hook
Chunky yarn (I used Wool Ease Thick and Quick)
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Terms Used (US):

ch = chain
DC = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch

 

Instructions:

With your L hook and chunky yarn, chain 23. Slip stitch to the beginning chain, forming a loop.
Round 1: Chain 3, double crochet into each stitch of the beginning chain, and slip stitch to the 3rd chain of the ch 3
Round 2: Chain 3, DC into each stitch, sl st to the beginning of the round
Round 3: Repeat Round 2, bind off. Weave in the ends

 

Simple, cozy, and effective!

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

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If you enjoyed this and wanted to take a gander at some of my other coffee cozy patterns:

1. Santa Belly Coffee Sleeve 

2. Frankie Crochet Coffee Sleeve

3. Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Sleeve

 

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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…

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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

 

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Black Cat Hat: Loom Knit!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Hopefully everyone has had a good day, despite the paranoia of bad luck! I’ve tended to have good Friday the 13ths, but *knocks on wood* you can never be too sure! So, as usual, don’t walk under ladders or gaze into broken mirrors, but by all means, feel free to pet the heck out of a black cat! We have a tuxedo cat, and he’s adorable. His name is Babadook and he’s the best cat, it’s kind of a requisite to tell him that he’s handsome all the time. Just so he doesn’t forget. I found him hiding in the backyard today:

I’ve been working on this hat on and off while working on other projects and feeling kind of overwhelmed at all of the wedding options (it really is insane, you know) and trying to find a full-time job on top of all of it, so I’m recentering and focusing on some of my projects and I’m glad that I completed this one in time for the 13th! When I started out as a yarn crafter, I did everything in loom knitting. It was the skill set I had the easiest amount of access to, and there were some really terrific resources out there. After a few years, I decided to expand my skill set and now work a lot in crochet, but loom knitting was my first foray into yarn! So when I created this blog, I knew I wanted to have a platform for both of my loves, but hadn’t written up patterns for some of my loom knitting work, partially from record-keeping, but also from a weird self-perception that other people may not be interested in loom knit patterns. I know that that sounds a little ridiculous, since all crafts are wonderful, but I’ve gotten beyond that and really want to start sharing the loom knitting love a little bit more! So this is my first project toward that end and I hope that you enjoy it!

(I’m going to add here that if you’re looking for a cute black cat hat in crochet, I’d suggest looking over at the Black Cat Slouch Hat from Persia Lou)

Materials:

36-peg round loom
1 Ball of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick (though I have also used Charisma by Loops and Threads)
A length of contrasting yarn
1 Loom Knitting tool
J or K hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Terms Used:
EW = E Wrap
P = Purl
SC = single crochet

 

Instructions:

Round 1: Starting with a slip knot, place it on the first peg of the loom. E-wrap your second peg once, and then a second time. Take your knitting tool and lift the bottom loop up over the top one. Continue around the loom.

Round 2-15: E-wrap your first peg and lift the bottom loop over the top. Purl your second peg. (If you’re unclear about how to purl, here’s a helpful video from Tuteate!) Alternate EW and P around the loom, finishing with a purl.

Round 16: Take your first row up from the inside of your loom and place the loop on top of your working row, making sure they line up. Pull the bottom loop over your new top loops.

Round 17- 37: E-Wrap all pegs around.

Now here’s where the contrasting yarn comes in. Have a length of yarn that’s about twice the circumference of your loom (just wrap it around twice). Take your tapestry needle and thread it with the contrasting yarn and thread it under each loop on the loom, but don’t remove it yet.

Carefully remove the loops from your loom and don’t lose the end of your contrasting yarn or you might lose your stitches and you’ll be sad.

 

I’ve done it and I’ve been sad. Don’t be like me hahaha

 

Turn your open hat inside out, taking the ball of yarn up through it.

Use your J or K hook (because they’re of a similar gauge size to the loom) and hook 2 loops.
Slip stitch them.
Now hook 2 loops (because we’re going for symmetry to create a flat seamed top to the hat) and treat them as one, creating a single crochet. Continue this to the end, hooking 2 loops opposite each other and working them 2 together as a single crochet and bind off with a slip stitch. You can now weave your yarn tail into the single crocheted seam or you can create a knot with the yarn in your corner. Flip the hat right side out and you’re ready!

It’s hard taking pictures of yourself when you want to get the ears in the shot!

I hope you liked this pattern, my first loom knit one!

 

If you’re interested in some other Halloween/Fall spooky goodness and crafting, here are some other posts of mine:

Frankie Coffee Sleeve

Crochet Animal Headbands

Pumpkin Time!

Apple of My Eye Hat

 

 

 

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Pom Pom Party!

Who loves pom poms?

 

Me!

 

And I’m sure you do too!

 

Pom poms are so versatile and a fantastic pop to any project, so they deserve their very own party! Lots of crafters are currently in on the Pom Pom Party, just look over at the Craft Yarn Council, who hosted a Pom-Pom-Along earlier this month. There are so many cute ideas!

 

But how do you make one of your own? Well, luckily, it’s pretty easy! You have two options: using a Clover Pom Pom maker or creating one by hand, which isn’t nearly as daunting as you might think.

 

The Clover Pom Pom maker sure does help take a lot of the guesswork out of the process and are incredibly easy to use, which is super helpful! Though, I’ve gotta admit, I didn’t read the instructions and absolutely MANGLED my first attempt at a pom pom because I thought I had to cut the yarn in a different section and it was just an absolute mess–don’t be like me! But they’re actually much easier than my silly self mistook it for:

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from Krystle DeSantos (check out her blog, it’s cute!) Click through!

That’s a really cool and helpful photo to show you how it’s supposed to be done! You can also use cardboard discs for help winding. Another cool one is the video on making tiny pom poms with a fork! They’d be really adorable for baby projects, so keep it in mind! And this is a really intense post on making a giant pom pom in 60 seconds–it’s wild! I don’t personally think I need a pom pom that big, but everybody has different crafting needs, so I had to include it (also because it’s pretty cool).

 

So you have a ton of options when it comes to pom poms. Their versatility makes them incredibly useful decals for hats, scarves, and so much more! You can find some really cool projects like the following:

A pom pom rug (which ingeniously uses two toilet paper rolls to make the poms!)

diy pom pom rug

 

Some cute animal ears (from my Animal Headbands post)

Chevron scarf with pom pom detail

Columbia Chevron Super Scarf Pattern by Two of Wands

Or you can even glue them onto party hats and give your hat an extra pop of color!

 

While I’ve been really busy lately, mostly stressing about intangible stuff, I’m really looking forward to making some new things and the pom pom party has given me just the right kind of push that I needed to get back into the flow of it all! I hope you found this a bit inspirational, I’d love to see all of your pom pom projects on the usual internet places–you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest–and I’ll find you on the #pompomparty!

Until then,

Gilliane

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

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Frankie Crochet Coffee Sleeve

 

Boo!

 

Halloween is going to be here before you know it, and it’s always fun to have new ideas for the holidays! But I’m sharing this with you today because it’s Frankenstein Day!

 

What’s Frankenstein Day? It’s a holiday celebrating Mary Shelley‘s birthday, the author of the novel Frankenstein (you can find it at Barnes & Noble). I’ve always thought it was interesting how the idea of Frankenstein (who’s *actually* not named Frankenstein!!) has evolved to what he is nowadays in the collective cultural mindset. He’s actually a really tragic character in the novel, which if you haven’t read the novel and happened to have stumbled across the film version with Helena Bonham Carter and Robert De Niro you’re going to be SO blindsided by that fact and sit there surprised and crying like I did. Because you had no idea when you came in!

But that isn’t what this post is about!

 

This is a happy post about crafting! I’m here to share a pattern for a coffee sleeve with a family-friendly Frankenstein’s monster (and I’m calling him Frankie) which is really cute and very simple. If you don’t already know, I’m a HUGE fan of reusable coffee sleeves! I love that they are helping me cut down on wasting paper (though I need to remember to bring my reusable coffee cups and that is an ongoing issue for me), and that they are wonderfully personal and able to be personalized! It certainly makes it much easier to figure out whose cup is which, so you can make your mark and stake out your drink, rather than stare at the straws trying to figure out who was wearing which lipstick or lipgloss!

I hope you enjoy working up your cute sleeve and I’d love to see your creations, so please share your finished pieces with me on Instagram or Facebook! Happy crafting, everyone!

And watch that movie if you get the chance because it’s actually very interesting, but I’d suggest you have a box of tissues right next to you because it is probably going to hit you hard in the feels like it did to me!

 

 

Materials Needed:

*H crochet hook
I used Boye
*Worsted weight yarn (4) yarn
Green
Black
*2 black buttons
*Tapestry needle
*Scissors

 

Terms Used (US):

sc = single crochet
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/stitches


Instructions
:

With Green, chain 32 and slip stitch to the first chain, forming a circle. Ch 1
Round 1: Work 1 sc into the slipped stitch and sc across. Slip st to Ch1, ch1 (32 sc)
Round 2 -6: Repeat Round 1. At last of Round 6, color change to Black with slip stitch, ch 1 (32 sc)
Round 7-9: With Black, sc into each stitch in the round, sl st to beginning ch, ch 1. In final round, end with the sl st to the beginning ch and bind off, weaving in all ends

With your tapestry needle, sew on the 2 black buttons in the green section of the sleeve to create the eyes—make sure you’re certain of where you want the eyes to be before you stitch them on or you’ll have a googly-eyed sleeve!

…Or maybe you want that? It’s yours to customize!

 

Final step: Enjoy your drink, whether it’s hot cocoa, coffee, cider, pumpkin spice lattes, or tea!

 

 

Do you like coffee sleeves and want other ideas? Check out my Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Cozy and Santa Belly Coffee Sleeve for more coffee goodness!

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Bow Ties Are Cool Roundup

 

 

Happy Bow Tie Day, everybody!

 

I’ve heard that bow ties are cool, have you?

 

Well, I’m here to share a roundup of some pretty cute and adorable bow ties from various designers around the internet for your viewing pleasure and perusing for inspiration! Get the crojo back with these adorable little projects–they’re quick, they’re easy, and they’re fantastic for getting some more usage from your scrap yarn stash. Every little project counts, you know.

So these are going to be a mix of bow ties and bows which, when you think about it, are pretty much the same thing, the difference being that it goes around your neck or on your head. But don’t get too bogged down with the details, bows are cute and here’s a whole bunch of cute patterns for you. Let me know if there’s other cute bow projects you want to share! I’m including the links to the patterns in both the title as well as click-throughs on the images to make things easier and give you options, happy clicking!

 

1. How to Make Crochet Bow Tie from Simplicity

 

2. Doggie Bow Tie from Humble Carnival

 

 

3. It’s a Crochet Bow Tie – I Crochet Bow Ties Now – Bow Ties Are Cool! from StormFly Crafts

 

4. Crochet Plaid Bow Tie from Whistle and Ivy

 

 

5. Easy Crochet Bow Tutorial from Craftiness Is Not An Option

 

 

6. Bow Ties For The Guys from Red Heart

7. Crocheted Bow Tie from Cut Out and Keep

 

 

8. Infant Bow Tie from Stitch11

 

 

9. Crochet Large Striped Hair Bow-Candy Corn from EyeLoveKnots

 

 

10. Bowtie Pacifier Clip from The Crafter Life

 

 

Hope you found some of these projects as cute as I did! I think I need a bow tie now…

Until next time,

Gilliane

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Happy National Granny Square Day!

Happy National Granny Square Day!!

 

Wait, what?

 

Yes! Today is National Granny Square Day!

I know that there is a ton of “national” days, but I think it at least keeps things interesting, even if you can’t use it as an excuse to call in sick from work…

 

Me: *cough cough* “Sorry boss, can’t come in today, I’ve gotta celebrate National Granny Square Day”

 

Man, that would be awesome, though.

 

So today I’m here to share with you some of my own curiosities about the granny square and some of my favorite patterns that include them! Come along with me on this journey, it’ll be a fun little jaunt!

 

I was curious as to why it was called a “granny square” and unfortunately there really aren’t that many reliable resources to help answer the question as anything further than it “looks like something your granny would make”, which is a little bit of a letdown that it might be something so stereotypical. So it seems like another one of those “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop” questions…the world may never know.

Another thing the world may never come to a definitive conclusion is when it got started. It’s about as murky as the question of when crocheting really got started as a fiber craft. Some reports say early nineteenth century but, as mentioned by The Sunroom, the earliest references are from books from Victorian England, in which are rather complicated patterns, suggesting a longer history than even that. Want to know more than you possibly wanted to about granny squares? I humbly suggest further reading this article by Crochet Concupiscence, it’s pretty wild and thorough!

But from whatever humble beginnings it originated, it has had an enduring relationship to crafters all over! It enjoyed a renaissance in the 60s and 70s and hasn’t ever completely faded, continuing to grace runways even today.

And there are all kinds of granny squares!

Little ones:

These are 2 3/4 in squares from Crochet Again!

 

Chunky ones:

Chunky granny squares from Designs by Phanessa

Simple ones:

Simple square design from The Spruce

Complex ones:

Leaf Stitch Granny Square from Craftsy User Jyneffer

You have plenty of opportunities for creativity with these!

There are several kinds of motifs you can use as well. You can go for a floral motif:

Click for the YouTube tutorial

Or even some cute animals! Maria’s Blue Crayon does some really adorable wildlife granny squares!

Maria’s Blue Crayon’s Woodland Afghan series
And here’s her Ocean Granny Square Afghan

The “granny” style motif isn’t all, either!

You can also do granny stripes:

Granny Stripes pattern from Attic24

And granny chevrons!

Granny chevron design from Bella Coco

The sky’s the limit!

And even I myself have made some cute stuff using the design! It’s such a nice and simple way to make things and really opens you up to different ideas!

I have my Granny Gone Chic fingerless gloves, these are done in Gryffindor colors:

And my Granny Goes to the Beach applique bikini top:

 

 

 

I just appreciate the wild amount of variety you have as a crafter when it comes to the usage of the granny square motif. I think it’s just a really cool way to add pops of color to things, whether you want something super vibrant, or subtly delicate in creams. It’s also a fantastic way of busting up your stash of odds and ends of yarn, which everyone has! So I hope you enjoyed reading this little foray into the magic of granny squares, I certainly did. If you want to get into the fun and action of the day, be sure to scroll about through the Instagram tag #nationalgrannysquareday or #nationalgrannysquareday2017! Everyone will be posting up close pictures of their individual squares to create a delightful digitally composed afghan, let’s hope it figuratively covers the globe!

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

Enjoy this article? Be sure to pin to your Pinterest boards! And I’d love to see what you’re up to with all of those granny squares, find me on Facebook and Instagram! Happy National Granny Square Day!

p.s. Enjoy all of these patterns, but be sure to share the love and link them back to where they came from. Be kind, and don’t claim the patterns as your own!

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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

 

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