Thursday, January 30, 2014

Current Project: Filet Crochet Crosses with Lillies

This beautiful filet crochet artwork is my current project I am working on. I hope to have it done in time for Easter, since the three cross design is a central Easter theme. Isn't it pretty?

You can get the graph and printer-friendly instructions for the Crosses with Lillies.

When I get some time I'll post pictures of my progress. I have been working on it for a couple of weeks, but with work, school, and family, it has been slow progress. Oh well, I guess slow progress is better than no progress.

So what projects are you working on? If you have a project you would like to share, drop a line in the comments. I'm always looking for fresh ideas.

Happy hookin' and stitchin'!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pineapple Fan Fair


If you love to crochet pineapple doilies (or you just like looking at them) than you need to check out Pineapple Fan Fair. It's a Coats and Clarks Crochet book complied in 1950. The cover (picture left) certainly has the 1950's vibe to it, but some of the designs are beautiful classics. As I scroll through this old pamphlet I'm getting inspired to give some of these old patterns a try. If you do, please link back or leave a picture in the comments of your finished product. I like to admire other people's handy work.


This pretty little number is calling my name and looks like it will be a project in my foreseeable future. It's called Pineapple Petals in the book if you want to give it a try.

This is another pretty pineapple doily I am adding to my project list. I believe the book calls this one, Pineapple Posy. It has a very elegant look to it.

Happy hookin' and stitchin'!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Granny Square Mario

8 bit Mario
My boys LOVE Mario Brothers, so naturally I thought I would create them a Mario blanket after seeing a pattern for one on Pinterest (evil, EVIL Pinterest!). The entire blanket is made up of granny squares piece together to make an eight bit Mario paying respects to the original Nintendo version. For the die hard Mario fans, I know it is not the exact same coloring as the original NES version, but I prefer this color variation better. It's my craft, I'll do it how I like it. :)

While granny squares are easy enough, do not think you could easily whip this up over a weekend. This project is a BEAST! It is very time consuming. So many granny squares!

To give credit where credit is due, I got the pattern from My Idle Little Hands. It took her over a year to complete the project. It took me about six months to make the Mario portion of the blanket. As you can see, I am missing the remaining outside blocks to complete the blanket. I haven't decided what color to use to make those blocks, so in the mean time my boys use it in their playroom. On a positive note, it gives me a good excuse to go yarn shopping to find that right color.

In case you don't know how to make granny squares (it's very easy), watch the very thorough video below. I love her accent (dontcha know!), so I sometimes play the video to just listen to her talk.

Happy hookin' and stitchin'!
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Crochet Camo Bear

My youngest son made a special request for a crochet camouflage teddy bear. Not wanting to disappoint, I set out to work on my new mission.

I slightly altered the pattern I found at Crafty Hanako, which is a nice free pattern. Be warned, this is more of an intermediate project.

Naturally I used Red Heart Medium Worsted Camouflage Yarn for most of the bear's body (as you can see in the photo). For the muzzle and paws, I used Red Heart Medium Worsted Chocolate Yarn. The eyes and nose were sown on using a yarn needle and black yarn. I only used a few feet of scrap black yarn I had left over from earlier projects.

The accessory around the bear's neck is a thin black ribbon I had in my craft drawer. He's lightly stuffed with stuffing you can easily pick up from any craft store. Make sure you don't overstuff, otherwise you'll see stuffing poking through the stitches.

It took me about a day to crochet and sew this bear together. This little guy turned out to be about 10 inches tall, and a cute little bugger. Unfortunately I do not have a great camera to capture how awesome this little guy turned out. My son said that he loves it more than applesauce cups. If you knew my little boy, you would know that he really loves his applesauce, so that says a lot on how much he loves his new little teddy bear. After seeing how happy this little guy made my little guy, I would whip this one up again in a heartbeat.

Happy hookin' and stitchin'!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Springtime Granny Square Hat

Crochet woman granny hat
This is a very nice spring time woman's hat that has a band using the technique used to make granny squares. The color combination gives it a nice floral look to it. If you make this little gem, please leave a picture in the comments of the final result. I love to see other artists' work.

SIZES: Woman’s medium 20 inch (Woman’s large 22 inch)

Worsted weight yarn (2 ounces total)
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle

The pattern is available for download here.

If you are not familiar or not sure on how to make granny squares, I suggest you watch the below video. PS, I love her accent!

Happy hookin' and stitchin'!

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