Boxy Tee- Free Pattern!

Well this is probably my second ever knitted garment and while I'm trying to up my game and work on my knitting skills I figured I can offer you guys a Not so perfect but completely adjustable and simple pattern.

As you can see even though I WET-BLOCKED the pieces they still curled up at the edges, which I don't mind so much at the top but the bottom is driving me insane. I may have to give it another try or find a different blocking method.

 

You can find this yarn Here

You can find this yarn Here

* Not an affiliate link*

(I just found this at my local Wal-mart and the colors knit up quite nicely in my opinion)

There is no shaping to worry about, this is just T-shaped garment.

Sizes Small (Medium, Large)

Bernat Softee Baby Colors 2 (2, 3) Balls in Blue Rainbow (3 lightweight yarn, approximately 600-800 yds)

Size 8 Needles

Gauge

17 sts= 4” in stockinette st

Stitches

Stockinette st= K 1 row, P next row

K= Knit

P=Purl

YO= Yarn Over

K2Tog= Knit 2 Together

BO= Bind off

Notes

Top is meant to be loose fitting

Gauge rows are not needed as the pattern is made measuring as you work.

Sleeves are 3” in length for each size so adjust as wanted being sure that after you bind off the sleeves the remaining stitches are a multiple of 6

The bottom lace part is optional and could be worked throughout entire top if desired.

 

Pattern (make 2)

CO 90 (102, 114) 

Row 1: K across

Row 2: P across

Continue in Stockinette St until piece measures 7 (7.5, 8) “ in lengthending on a P row

Next row: BO 12 (knit wise), K across

Next Row: BO 12 (purl wise), P across.

Continue in Stockinette st until piece measures 12-14” in length or until you would like to start the lace pattern.

Lace Pattern

Row 1: K 3, yo, K2tog, (K5, yo, K2tog) across ending with K 3

Row 2: P

Row 3: K 4, yo, K2 tog, (K5, yo, K2tog) across ending with K2

Row 4: P

Row 5: (K5, yo, K2tog) across ending with K1

Row 6: P

Continue in Lace pattern Until Piece Measures approximately 24” or to desired length

Bind off Knit wise.

Block pieces.

Holding the two pieces together with the purl side facing you. Seam sides and underarms

Seam top shoulders leaving a 10-12” neck opening

 

Comments are always welcome!

New Free Pattern Soon

A few weeks ago I decided that I really wanted to knit a sweater, BUT living in Texas at this time of year (talking over 100° F y'all) just the thought of a sweater makes me cringe. So I decided a simple, light, roomy top would be better. 

So I dragged out this baby yarn and prayed  3 balls would be enough. 

There is 310 yards in each one

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 I decided I would stick with a simple T-shaped schematic so I didnt have to fiddle around with shaping since I've only knitted one garment in my life. 

 

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Not perfect at all ( you can see my oopsie at the top left) I started with stockinette stitch and obviously got distracted at some point  and didnt notice till it was too late. 😞 oh well

At some point i got bored with stockinette so i decided to add some lace to it and after staring at one of my knitting stitch books I decided just to make up my own that would be easy to remember. I love that just making yarn overs with decreases next to them you can create a pretty little lace design. 

Much to my surprise I didn't even use a whole ball of yarn for the first piece, so yay knitting! 

 

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I'm just starting up the second piece and am trying to decide whether or not to add some element of crochet to it. Thinking maybe some motifs or simple chains to join the sides and top shoulders together. If i just sew it together it will be a simple boatneck tee. 

Anyway, once I get my second piece finished and blocked I'll be posting the instructions on here for y'all including size changes and possible customizations. 

What's your go-to summer knit? Let me know in the comments below! 

Lazy Summer

Boy has this been a lazy summer so far! I have two kids home from school and they are definitely a distraction. (Don't get me wrong, its a good distraction!) 

But this is what I have been up to! 

I have a few designs I need to add to my shop here, which I will do soon.  

 

Princess Dress

Princess Dress

This dress was made from Wollfamos gradient yarn , which was a joy to work with. Look at those colors!

I finally finished my Certified Instructors Program for crochet and am waiting for the certificate. This is most of the reason why I haven't been posting much since it is time consuming.  

 Of course, I've been trying to find ways to entertain these little stinkers! 

 

It wont turn right side up 😕 

It wont turn right side up 😕 

What I'm up to now?  

Putting projects in timeout and contemplating frogging them because it didn't reach my expectations. (Maybe this Texas heat is making me grumpy) I'm sure I'll change my mind and come back to finish it, I just needed a break. Btw it was almost finished 😳

 

I'm mad at this.  

I'm mad at this.  

Trying to keep the kiddos cool I seriously wanted to jump in there, but it would have been weird to be the only adult.  I felt like I was melting out there.

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Why are you sideways?? 

Right now I am working on knitting a new design I plan to offer for FREE! I spent a lot of time today looking up ways to knit faster and found out that the flicking technique works well for me. Woohoo! 

 

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I told myself before school was out for summer I was going to take it easy since I was going to be  juggling bored kids, my husband's crazy work schedule ( some days i have to cook supper around 2 in the afternoon, its that crazy) and all the things I actually want to get accomplished.  

So I've put off submitting designs and decided to just do my own thing until I can get some peace and quiet. 

 

How's your summer so far??

 

New Design in I Like Crochet magazine!

Hi Guys!

I just want to share with y'all my newest design Island Time Dress which is available in I Like Crochet magazine's June 2017 issue.

 

The slow pace of a tropical getaway heals the soul almost as much as the comfortable, flowy dress you will be wearing as you stroll along the beach. This versatile dress is made by starting at the high-waist and working down to the skirt, then crocheting in the opposite side of the foundation chain, working upwards for the bodice. This pattern could be easily converted into a two-piece outfit by simply working the bodice separately; it would look particularly lovely in two complementary colors

The slow pace of a tropical getaway heals the soul almost as much as the comfortable, flowy dress you will be wearing as you stroll along the beach. This versatile dress is made by starting at the high-waist and working down to the skirt, then crocheting in the opposite side of the foundation chain, working upwards for the bodice. This pattern could be easily converted into a two-piece outfit by simply working the bodice separately; it would look particularly lovely in two complementary colors

You can find more detailed pictures in the following link ttp://www.ilikecrochet.com/skirts/island-time-dress/?mqsc=ILCDJ2017

Let me know what you think!

 

Spring Break Giveaway!

Who doesn't love a free pattern?!

Every day for the next 7 days I will be giving away a free skirt pattern! All you have to do is hop on over to my Facebook page and I will be offering a coupon code to use in my Ravelry shop for a different skirt every day.

 

 

Pop Super Scarf

I hadn't been able to find any self-striping yarn cakes until I came across Bernat's Pop Yarn and was wondering what I could do with just one skein. Each cake has 280 yards, and I wanted to see how far I could make this yardage stretch.  I broke out my large knitting needles and came up with this!

 

So how far did the yarn stretch? WIth the scarf over my neck it almost touches the floor! I combined yarn overs and dropped stitches to make a color-blocked super scarf.

I used size 17/12.5mm knitting needles and boy is there a reason why yarns have suggestions because after blocking the dropped stitches got a little wonky.

 

If you don't like the idea of using large needles, recommended ones will still yield a lovely result.

 

Pattern:

CO 23

Row 1: K6, P6, K6, P5

Row 2: K5, P6, K6, P6

Row 3-5: Rep rows 1-2 then rep row 1

Row 6: (K, yo twice) across

Row 7: K across dropping all yarn overs

Row 8: P5, K6, P6, K6

Row 9: P6, K6, P6, K5

Row 10-12: Rep rows 8-9 then rep row 8

Rows 13-14: Rep rows 6-7

Rep rows 1-14 to desired length ending at Row 5 or 12

Bind off as follows:

(BO 5, drop a stitch) 3 times, BO 5.

Pull out the dropped stitches all the way down the scarf and block.

 

Thread and Things

I'm currently working on a project that I'm really excited to finish and share with you. I love Crochet thread, filet Crochet and skirts so I'm combining all of them! 

 

 

I feel like a lot of crocheters avoid thread because it's so thin and you have to use tiny hooks and it seems like it will take FOREVER to finish a project, but that's not necessarily true! 

Now I have made projects before that I would think "will I ever finish this?!?" (The thread I'm using in the picture is from an abandoned project) , but I try to bend the rules to make it quicker. 

This design I'm working on is made all in treble crochet with a larger hook so it works up pretty quickly for thread. 

What are your thoughts on thread?

Love? Hate? 

Let me know in the comments below!

Cabled Messy Bun Beanie **Free Pattern**

Messy Bun Hats!

You've probably been seeing these trending all over the internet in the crochet world and of course I got a request to make some so I jumped on the bandwagon and made my own design. I really haven't played around with crocheted cables enough, they are so fun!

I don't normally jump into the trends that take over the crochet community because after a while it's literally all your going to see for the next 2-3 months, but this was just too cute. Now I'm just waiting to see if anyone tries a planned pooling messy bun hat!

I left the last Round of the hat optional just in case you want the hole at the top to be smaller, but its all about your preference.

Please let me know what you think and enjoy!

The hat starts at the brim sideways in single crochet back loop only which is slip stitched together and without fastening off you work into the row edges of the brim.

 

Yarn- Red Heart Super Saver

Gauge 14 scblo x 16 rows= 4”

Hook Size H/8-5.00mm

Stitches Used

Ch: Chain

Sc: Single crochet

Scblo: Single crochet back loop only

Hdc: Half Double Crochet

Hdc2tog: Half Double Crochet two together

Hdc3tog: Half Double crochet three together

Fptr: Front Post Treble Crochet

Fptr2tog: Front Post treble crochet two together

PATTERN

Ch 5

Row 1: Sc in each ch across

 Rows 2-72: Ch 1, scblo in each sc across

Seam row ends together, turn to work into row ends.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in each sc row end around. Join in 1st sc made. Turn

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in each st around, Join in top of beg ch-2. Turn

Rnd 3: Rep rnd 2. Do not turn

Rnd 4: Ch 2, hdc in next st, (Fptr in next 4 hdc 2 rows below, hdc in next 4 hdc) around to last 6 sts, Fptr in next 4 hdc 2 rows below, hdc in last 2 hdc. Join in top of beg ch-2. Turn

Rnd 5: Rep rnd 2

Rnd 6: Ch 2, hdc in next st, (sk next 2 sts, fptr in next 2 sts 2 rows below (previous fptr), fptr in skipped 2 sts 2 rows below, hdc in next 4 hdc, ending with hdc in last 2 sts. Turnn

Rnd 7: rep rnd 2

Rnd 8: CH 2, hdc in next st (Fptr in next 4 fptr 2 rows below, hdc in next 4 hdc) around ending with hdc in last 2 hdc. Join in top of beg ch-2. Turn

Rnds 9-15: Rep rnds 5-8 then 5-7

Rnd 16: Ch 2, hdc in next hdc, (Fptr in next 4 fptr 2 rows below, hdc in next hdc, hdc2tog, hdc in next hdc) around ending with hdc2tog in last 2 hdc. Join in top of beg ch-2. Turn

Rnd 17:  Rep rnd 2 ending with sl st in next hdc after joining. Turn

Rnd 18: Ch 2, hdc2tog (counts as hdc3tog), (sk next 2 sts, fptr in next 2 sts 2 rows below, fptr in 2 skipped sts 2 rows below, hdc3tog in next 2 hdc) around ending with sl st in 1st hdc3tog. Turn

Rnd 19: Rep rnd 2

Rnd 20: Sl st in next st, (skipping 1st fptr 2 rnds below) (Fptr in each of next 2 fptr 2 rnds below, fptr2tog over next 2 fptr skipping the hdc in the center) around. Join in 1st fptr made. Turn

Rnd 21: Ch 2, hdc in each st around. Join in the top of beg ch-2.

Rnd 22:(optional) Ch 1, (sc in next st, sc2tog over next 2 sts) around. Join in 1st sc made.

Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Free Pattern Friday!!

Moss Stitch Set

Yarn- Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! Prints 2 skeins in Clay Prairie

Hook Size J/10- 6.00 mm

Gauge- First 6 Rnds of hat pattern= 4” in diameter

 

Hat

Ch 4, sl st in 1st ch made to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st in 1st st made to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in each sc around. Join in first sc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, (sc, ch 1) twice in each ch-1 sp around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 4: CH 1, sk 1st sc [(sc, ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, (sc, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, [(Sc, ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1) in each of next 2 ch-1 spaces] around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 7: CH 1, sk 1st sc, [(sc, ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1) in each of next 3 ch-1 spaces] around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 8: Rep rnd 5

Rnd 9: CH 1, sk 1st sc, [(sc, ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1) in each of next 4 ch-1 spaces] around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, [(sc, ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1) in each of next 5 ch-1 spaces] around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnds 11-15: Rep Rnd 5

Rnd 16: CH 1, sk 1st sc, [(sc, ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1) in each of next 13 ch-1 spaces] around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 17-30: Rep rnd 5.

Rnds 31-34: Ch 1, sl st in each st around.

Fasten off.

 

Scarf

Ch 28

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, (ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch) across. Turn [14 sc, 13 ch-1 sp]

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc) across, sc in last ch sp and sc. Turn [15 sc, 12 ch-1 sp]

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 11 times, sc in next sc. Turn [13 sc, 11 ch-1 sp]

Row 4: Rep row 3

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 10 times. Turn [11 sc, 10 ch-1 sp]

Row 6:  Rep row 2 [12 sc, 9 ch-1 sp]

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 8 times, sc in next sc. Turn [10 sc, 8 ch-1 sp]

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (sc in next ch sp, ch 1, sk next sc) across, sc in last ch sp and sc. Turn [10 sc, 8 ch-1 sp]

Row 9: CH 1, sc in 1st sc, (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 7 times. Turn [8 sc, 7 ch-1 sp]

Row 10: Rep row 2 [9 sc, 6 ch-1 sp]

Row 11: CH 1, sc in 1st sc, (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 5 times, sc in next sc. Turn [7 sc, 5 ch-1 sp]

Row 12: Rep row 3 [7 sc, 5 ch-1 sp]

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 4 times Turn [5 sc, 4 ch-1 sp]

Row 14: Rep row 2 [6 sc, 3 ch-1 sp]

Row 15: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 2 times, sc in next sc. Turn [4 sc, 2 ch-1 sp]

Row 16: Rep row 3 [4 sc, 2 ch-1 sp]

Row 17: CH 1, sc in 1st sc, sc in each sc and ch-sp across working in every unworked stitch from previous rows. Turn * there should be 3 unworked stitches from every other row [27 sc]

Row 18: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next sc) 11 times, sc in next sc. Turn [13 sc, 11 ch-1 sp]

Rep rows 4- 18 to desired length ending at row 16

Last row:  Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sc in each sc and ch-sp across, working in unworked stitches from previous rows, (sk next st, sc in next 2 sts) across. * You should be skipping the 1st st of the 3 unworked stitches from each row.

Fasten off.

Block

New Pattern/Yarn Review/Knit Vs. Crochet

Well, my little experiment is complete with my scarfs. I present you my One Winged Dove!

 

Knitted Version

Knitted Version

To start with, Knitting this scarf took way longer than crocheting it. I think it took about a week and a half to knit this and only two days to crochet. I'm sure a lot of that has to do with the fact that I'm not a super fast knitter, but I'm definitely not slow. After I got into the stitch pattern there was a nice fluidity about it, but it still takes longer to make than crochet.

 

Crocheted Version

Crocheted Version

I think I did a pretty good job getting the stitch patterns as similar as possible and I was surprised that they were almost the exact same size! The only difference was that the wide end in the knitted version was, well, wider.

They're actually the same length!

They're actually the same length!

All in all I think you do get a little more bang for your buck with knitting, but its way more time consuming than crochet. 

 Lion Brand's Shawl in a Ball is a really great yarn.

Its a cotton/acrylic blend that has awesome texture and beautiful colorways. Each of the scarfs I made used up the whole ball, and at 8.99-9.99usd its a good value.

It has this slight thick/thin texture going on which is a little more obvious when you crochet with it.

Downsides?

Well it says its a worsted weight but it leans more towards a mix of fingering weight and sport weight yarn. I'm sure the company chose to call it worsted due to the texture, but there are times where its as thin as thread.

Make sure you roll this into a ball or cake or it WILL fall apart on you (given you start from the outside)

This really isn't a con, but I wouldn't recommend the washing machine, just wet blocking it (my preferred method) made it fuzzier.

 

Would I knit with this yarn again? Maybe, but probably not. (it took forever!)

Crochet? Absolutely!

About my new Pattern, I have created a download that includes instructions for both the knit and crocheted version of this scarf. If you act now you can get it for $1 today only in my Ravelry shop!

If you're curious about knitting and want to learn how, head on over to the Craft Yarn Council website and they should have everything you need to get you started!