Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Princess Leia Crocheted Hat for 3 - 6 Month Old

Hello friends! A coworker of mine recently found out she was going to be an auntie! She's pretty sure that they'll be having a girl and requested a Princess Leia hat be made.

Over the course of a few days I figured out a pattern using double crochet throughout and then stitched together braided yarn to look like hair buns. Since I wasn't 100% sure how big the babies head will be, I decided I would make it bigger than for your typical newborn so they had something to grow into versus the hat possibly being too small. I used dimensions from crochetgeek.com for a 3 - 6 month old. Circumference of 14 inches with hat height of 5 1/2 inches.

Sometimes it amazes me how something as simple as attaching 2 faux hair buns to a crochetted hat transforms it from an otherwise boring hat to "omigoodness that's so cute!" kind of hat! :)  See! :D

***UPDATE: I truly just like sharing my finished items... but due to popular demand, I've created a listing for this hat for all sizes (please check the dimensions in the listing). I will be offering this hat for a limited time. Feel free to grab more than one ;) Find the hat HERE.





Sunday, May 25, 2014

Peekaboo Lace Chain Link Scarf - FREE Knitting Pattern

This scarf was knit in March for a friends mom. She picked the colors and I made up a pattern to placate my designer side :). This design allows for a very dense scarf that can cover more area when stretched out to see the openwork. The body (or cream colored yarn in this case) is the inverse of the border pattern. If you like you can work the whole scarf in either the border or the body pattern if desired. The changing of the pattern on the ends adds a little extra something. :)






Peekaboo Lace Chain Link Scarf 
 FREE Knitting Pattern


Yarn: Worsted Weight holding 2 strands throughout
Needle Size: 13 / 9.00 mm


Cast on 22 stitches

Beginning Border:

Row 1:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2 

Row 2:  P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2

Row 3:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2

Row 4:  P2, K2tog, YO, P2, K2tog, YO, P2, K2tog, YO, P2, k2tog, YO, P2, K2tog, YO, P2

Row 5:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, k2, P2, K2, P2, K2

Row 6:  P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2

Row 7:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, k2, P2, K2, P2, K2

Row 8:  P2, YO, SSK, P2, YO, SSKP2, YO, SSKP2, YO, SSKP2, YO, SSK, P2

Repeat Rows 1 - 8 once more, then Row 1 - 7 again.

***Switch to Ivory Colored Yarn***

Body:

Row 24:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2

Row 25:  P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2

Row 26:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2

Row 27:  P2, K2tog, YO, P2, K2tog, YO, P2, K2tog, YO, P2, k2tog, YO, P2, K2tog, YO, P2

Row 28:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, k2, P2, K2, P2, K2

Row 29:  P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2

Row 30:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, k2, P2, K2, P2, K2

Row 31:  P2, YO, SSK, P2, YO, SSKP2, YO, SSKP2, YO, SSKP2, YO, SSK, P2

Repeat Rows 24 - 31 until you have reached a length that is about 9 - 10 inches short of how long you want  your scarf. Then work Rows 24 - 30 once more be for changing back to your border color.

End Border:

Row 1:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, k2, P2, K2, P2, K2

Row 2:  P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2

Row 3:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2

Row 4:  P2, K2tog, YO, P2, K2tog, YO, P2, K2tog, YO, P2, k2tog, YO, P2, K2tog, YO, P2

Row 5:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, k2, P2, K2, P2, K2

Row 6:  P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2

Row 7:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, k2, P2, K2, P2, K2

Row 8:  P2, YO, SSK, P2, YO, SSKP2, YO, SSKP2, YO, SSKP2, YO, SSK, P2

Repeat Rows 1 - 8 once more, then Row 1 - 7 again, binding off on the last Row 7.

Weave in ends and enjoy! :)







All rights reserved. If you sell products made from this pattern, please link back to this post and credit Dawn Pearson/Lostsentiments as the designer. Thank you.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fall Colored Throw Blanket - Done

I started this blanket September 17th 2012. I've been working on it between other projects and am so pleased to tell you, that as of this morning... it's done! :) I'm so pleased with how it turned out that I've taken a copious amount of photos (...and I plan to take more!!) and sharing them in an extra large format.

 I'm glad I went with the blue edging... as I was finishing the last edging row I was excited to see it done (as you can imagine ;)). Though, I think if I make another one I'd finish it with a gray edging... maybe a simple acrylic gray edging, just to change it up and create a clean edge. The blue really pulls out the hues in the blanket, they all dance to my eye. I appreciate that I had enough different colors and textures to randomly select from as I worked on it as I think it adds an eclectic log cabin cozy feel. I am reminded of the photos you see on pinterest, of the stacks of linens, blankets or quilts that make you want to curl up with a good book and grab ALL the blankets from the stack! :)

If you'd like to make a version of this for yourself or a loved one, I've seen this pattern called harlequin and greenway. The free ravelry download can be found here.

Are you wondering how long this took to make?Are you *sure* you want to know?  Each square row of color took an hour to crochet. The edging itself took at least 20 hours in total. Final measurements are: 49" x 65"

I stayed consistent on the edges, all had a diamond ripple effect. This of course meant going back through to  each of the edge colors and adding stitches... well. worth it.I would do it again, just add the diagonal as I did the rows so I wouldn't have to go back, adding half a square to each of the rows was a tedious and daunting task, but once a handmade blanket is done, it's done! ;)

 I hope you enjoy the photos! Please feel free to share and pin them, just please make sure they link back to this post so people can see the other photos as well! ;) Thank you!

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