Monday, January 14, 2019

Parisian-Style Hat and Scarf

I hope each of you are starting the new year off with your creative juices flowing.  As for me, I cut about 10-12 inches off my hair and dyed it a brownish/black color.  I wanted to change things up.  This is my first time with this hair color and I'm liking the color.

I've also found myself with a gym membership at "Planet Fitness" with a few ladies.  We have been faithfully going for the past 3 weeks, at least 3 times a week.  I'm really hoping to get in shape, tone the body and shed some pounds.

I must admit my inspiration has been a little dull lately.  I think I've hit a rut or maybe just a lazy spell with the cold winter weather.  I have quite a few new project ideas.  I just haven't felt like crocheting.  

Into our home, we added a new family member.  A pure-bred, German Shepherd, that I have named Riley Brooke.  She's about 13 weeks old now.  I'm keeping her in our sunroom until she gets fully trained.  She is as much work as a baby, with her potty training, feeding and teething.  

The new year has definitely proven to be about change and being busy on my homefront.  Below, is a selfie picture of myself.  I usually don't like to model my own projects.  I can't seem to take good pics, but I wanted to share my "Parisian-Style Hat and Scarf" set that I made using Lion Brand's Homespun yarn in Edwardian.  This pattern sorta evolved into itself.  

I hope each of you have a wonderful, blessed and productive 2019....   

Parisian-Style Hat and Scarf Set 
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Stylish Denim Hat

I was yarn shopping at Hobby Lobby on Saturday and came across this “Marbled Denim” yarn by "I Love This Yarn" and immediately knew I wanted to use it to design a new hat pattern.  It’s #4 acrylic yarn, 252 yarns per skein.

It looks gorgeous with or without a pom.  I used approximately 1/2 a skein of yarn.

Stylish Denim Hat
Size:  Average Adult-Sized Woman's Head

Materials:
--5.0mm hook
--1 skein of "I Love This Yarn," in Marbled Denim
--1 faux fur pom (optional)
--tapestry needle  

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
DC:  double crochet
FPDC:  front post double crochet
BPDC:  back post double crochet 
BLO:  back loops only
Rep:  repeat
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Note:  
1.  Ch2 does not count as a stitch.
2.  Sl st join into the first st of each round and not into the Ch2.
Directions:
1.  10 DC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and Ch2.  (10) 
2.  2 DC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (20)
3.  2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (30)
4.  2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (40) 
5.  2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next 3 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (50)
6.  2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next 4 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (60)  
7.  2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next 5 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (70)  
8.  FPDC around the post of the first 2 st.  1 BPDC around the post of the next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (70)
9-16.  Rep #8.  (70)
17.  1 SC in the BLO of each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (70)
18-19.  Rep #17.  (70)
20.  1 SC in the BLO of each st around.  Sl st join and FO.  Weave ends.  

Optional:
1.  Attach faux fur pom to the top center.  
2.  You could make your own yarn pom.
3.  Or no pom at all.  It looks just as great without a pom.  


I hope you will enjoy this very stylish and FREE pattern.  If you make this, I would love to see your finished work.  Please hashtag:  #rilla2u.  I welcome any questions and/or comments.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

DIY: Bed for Large Puppy/Dog

Well, my home has welcomed a 10-week old German Shepherd this past Sunday.  She's a beautiful girl puppy, weighing in at almost 25 pounds right now.  She is going to easily double this weight once she's full grown.  It has taken me from Sunday until this morning to finally settle on her name - Riley Brooke. 

Anyway, we went to Wal-Mart and Pet Smart and, gee, dog beds are expensive.  Wow!!!  So, I sent my hubby back to Wal-Mart to buy supplies so I could DIY a pet bed.  All that was needed was:  a fleece holiday blanket on Clearance Sale ($2.50 and it's dog-themed - yay!!!) and 2 jumbo pillows ($3.97 each). 

Total cost for my Puppy/Dog Bed:  $11.00...

Below, I will explain how I made mine.  Added bonus, mine easily comes apart so you can launder the blanket and the pillows and then reassemble. 

Large Puppy/Dog Bed

Size:  Approximately 24" x 32"

Materials:
--1 Fleece Blanket, measures 50" x 60"
--2 Jumbo Pillows, measures 20" x 28"
--(4) 1" buttons
--(6) elastic ponytail holders
--pins to keep border on one side secure while sewing
--Needle and thread (I used turquoise so it would show up in the pics)

Directions:
1.  First you will want to lay your blanket flat and place the pillows in the center.  (see my pic)
2.  Fold the left side and right side inward to make sure you have about a 2" overlap.
Now, you will open the right side back out, flat.  I turned the side 2" in to sew edging.  I sewed by hand.  You can use your sewing machine if wanted.  With only sewing in 1 (one) side, I just found it simpler to complete by hand.  It only took me a few minutes to complete this.  I used pins to secure and removed as I sewed edging.

Now on the left side panel, I added my 4 buttons about 7-8" apart.  (see my pic)
 3.  At this point, you are ready to attach the ponytail holders.  4 ponytail holders are going to be placed on the right side, on top, attached 2" inward (where you can fill the rough edge), directly across from the 4 buttons.  (see my pic)

The 2 remaining ponytail holders will be placed - one on each end, at the center.  (see my pic)
 
 And, that's it for attaching and sewing on everything.  Easy, peasy, right?

Now, for the assembly. 
1.  First you are going to secure the ponytail holders around the buttons.  Depending on the size of your ponytail holders, you may have to wrap it multiple times around the buttons.  I think for mine, it may have been 5 or 6 times.  I just used ponytail holders I had on hand. 
2.  Next, you are going to fold the ends - just like when you're wrapping a present.  Fold left side in to the center, fold right side in to the center, and then bring the center ponytail holder up to secure to the nearest button.  Again, you may have to wrap this ponytail holder multiple times to secure.
3.  Complete #2 on the opposite end. 

And, that's it for a quick, simple and CHEAP way of making a Puppy/Dog Bed for larger animals.

Here's a completed pic of the bottom of the bed.  
Flip it over and you're done!!!  To launder, unwrap ponytail holders from buttons.  Wash gentle and air dry.  Reassemble and it's ready to use again...

And, here are a few pics of my puppy, Riley Brooke, enjoying her new bed.  The finished bed measures 24" x 32". 
 
 

I'd love to hear your feedback/thoughts on this simple project for your new canine family member.  If you make this, please hashtag (#rilla2u). 

 PIN and SHARE this project on your boards.  

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Love Is In The Air Plaid Hat

Hello, everyone!!!  I hope each of you had a wonderful and blessed Merry Christmas.  With the new year upon us, I want to share my newest pattern, “Love Is In The Air” Plaid Hat. This is so perfect for women and girls alike.

I used Red Heart Supersaver yarn and a 6.0mm hook for the body of the hat and a 5.0mm hook for the border. So this hat was made in one evening fairly quickly. I used red, pink and white yarn but you can use any color you want.

I will explain below how to make this the size you want.

Enjoy!!!
"Love Is In The Air" Plaid Hat Pattern
Size:  Average-sized Adult Head (20"- 22" head circumference)

Materials:
--5.0mm & 6.0mm hook
-- 1 skein each of RHSS yarn in Cherry Red, White and Pretty 'N Pink (it takes a total of 100 -150 yds of yarn, depending on the size of your head)
--1 white faux fur pom (or you could opt to make your own pom or omit it)
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together (creates a decrease)
DC:  double crochet
BLO:  back loops only
Rep:  repeat
Sk:  skip
FO:  fasten off

Plaid Stitch Note:
You will be carrying over the yarn as you work around the hat.  In each round, you will only be working with 2 colors so leave the third color to the back at the start of each round and then you will pick it back up on the next round and drop the unused color to the back.  
1.  First round is worked rotating between 3 DC of white yarn and then 3 DC of pink yarn all the way around.  Sl st join to the first stitch and ch1.
2.  Second round is worked rotating between 3 DC of pink yarn and then 3 DC of red yarn all the way around.  Sl st join to the first stitch and ch1.

Sizing:
To get the size you need this is what you will need to do.
1.  First, remember, you have to work in multiples of 6.
2.  Second, I used white yarn and the 6.0mm hook for the foundation and made 72 chains.  I then slipped stitched to the first chain to form a ring.
3.  Before joining to form the ring, you will want to make sure to make enough chains to reach around the head.  I did not place the chains around the center of my forehead but upward at my hairline to get the crown.

A couple of things to note if you are altering the size:
1.  If you are starting with less or more chains than the pattern calls for, then remember to work in multiples of 6.
2.  Your last round for the top of the hat will be half the number of chains you start with.
3.  Length of hat:  I made 10 rounds of plaid.  For a smaller-sized hat, you may only need 8-9 plaid rounds (or 11-12 rounds for larger).  You may also decrease the number of border rounds to 3-5 (or add 1-2 more rounds for larger). 

Directions:

Body of Hat:
--With 6.0mm hook and white yarn, Ch72.  Sl st join to first ch to form a circle.
1.  Ch1.  DC in the first and second chs.  DC in the third chain, however before you complete the st, drop the white yarn and pick up the pink yarn and complete the stitch.  Carry over the white yarn as you work your next 3 DC in pink yarn.  Remember, before you complete the 3rd DC st of each set, you will change the color.  Continue this pattern around.  Sl st join to first st.  (72)
2.  With pink yarn, Ch1.  3 DC in pink.  Before completing the 3rd DC stitch, drop the pink yarn and join the red yarn and complete the stitch.  Carry over the pink yarn as you work your next 3 DC st in red yarn.  Continue this pattern repeat around. (72)
3-10.  Rep steps 1 and 2.  At the end of Round 10, you can trim and weave the ends of the white and pink yarn.  (72)
11.  With red yarn, 1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join to the first st and Ch1.  (72)
12.  *1 SC in the first st, Sk the next st,* rep from * to * around.  Sl st join.  FO and leave a long tail to weave in and out of the last round.  Pull the tail to tighten the center and secure remaining tail by weaving in and out the stitches to make sure the hat center does not come undone.  (36)

Border:
1.  With 5.0mm hook and white yarn, join in any stitch of the foundation chain by sl st and ch1.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (72)
2.  *SC2tog, 1 SC in the next 10 st,* rep from * to * around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (66)
3.  *In the BLO, SC2tog, 1 SC in the next 9 st,* rep from * to * around.  Sl st join to the first st and Ch1.  (60)
4-6.  In the BLO, 1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join to the first st and Ch1.  At the end of Round 6, sl st join and FO.  Weave ends.  (60)

Pom (Optional):
1.  Attach a white faux fur pom to the center top of hat.  You could add a crocheted pom or opt not to add a pom altogether.  Your choice...

And, that's it for this super cute "Love Is In The Air" Plaid Hat.
 Here is my 10-year-old niece, Chloe, wearing the hat...
 

And, here it is in Red, Burgundy and Black plaid... 



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Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Woodsy Hat

"The Woodsy Hat" so aptly named by my son, Cory, is a beautiful, textured pattern.  I have designed this pattern in multiple sizes. 

I will add the PATTERN -- very soon.  But, for today, I'm finished working on typing up patterns.  lol....

I know I still have several posts that I need to update with patterns.  I will get to it SOON. 

For now, here's a few pictures of my newest hat design...

"The Woodsy Hat"

Happy Crocheting...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Buffalo Plaid Baby Blanket

In continuation with my recent craze of working on “Plaid” projects, I made this Buffalo Plaid Baby Blanket with Bernat Blanket yarn.  It’s super soft, warm and cozy.  And, the blanket itself works up  quickly.

My blanket measures 31" x 35" but you can easily adjust the size by starting with a larger or smaller number of chains.  

Buffalo Plaid Baby Blanket Pattern
Size:  approximately 31” x 35”

Gauge:  7 DC stitches x 4 rows = 4”

Materials:
—10mm hook
—1 each of Bernat Blanket yarn (220 yds/skein) in black, crimson and purple plum (this is a #6 super bulky yarn) 
—tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl St:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
DC:  double crochet
Rep:  repeat
FO:  fasten off

Special Stitch:
1.  Plaid stitch:  
Row 1:  3DC st in black, then 3 DC st in purple plum.  You will repeat with these 2 colors across.  Now, remember:  1.  Before completing the 3rd DC st, you will want to join the next color.  2.  You will be carrying your yarn across since you are constantly rotating between the 2 colors.
Row 2:  same as #1 except you will be starting with purple plum (goes over previous row’s black) and then rotating this row with crimson (this color will go over previous row’s purple plum)

Special Note:
1.  I carried over yarn for each row.  However, at the end of each row, I cut the yarn off that wasn't needed for the next row.  This caused me to have more ends to weave but I was trying to save on yarn since I'm using Bernat Blanket yarn on this project.  If you opt not to cut non-used yarn at the end of each row, then you will need more yarn than what the pattern calls for to adjust for carrying over.
2.  I use a Ch1 (doesn't count as a stitch) and place a DC in the first st.  This is my personal preference.  Of course, you can opt to Ch3 at the start of each row to count as your first DC. 

Directions:
1.  With black yarn, ch47.  You will start the plaid stitch, as explained above in #1 notes, in the 3rd ch from the hook and across, using black and purple plum. Ch1 and turn.  (45)
2.  Repeat plaid stitch, as explained in #2 notes, using purple plum and crimson yarn.  Ch 1 and turn.  (45)
3-29.  Continue to rep rows 1-2.  

Border:
1.  At the end of Row 29,  you will use the purple plum yarn and DC around the blanket, placing 3 DC in each corner.  Working down and up the sides, I placed 2 DC in each side st.  Sl St join to first st and Ch1.  
2.  1 DC in each st around.  3 DC in each corner.  Sl St join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.
3.  Join crimson yarn, 1 SC in each st around.  3 SC in each corner.  Sl St join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.  
4.  Join black yarn, 1 DC in each st around.  3 DC in each corner.  Sl St join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.  

And, that’s it for this super cute, cozy and soft blanket.  You can easily adjust the size by starting with a larger number of chains and continuing to make more rows.

Please share pictures of your finished project.  I'd love to see and share your pictures on my blog.  If you have any questions, please feel free to message and/or email me.

Enjoy!!!
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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Buffalo Plaid Pajamas - 3T

I think I’m a little like “plaid gone wild” lately...lol!!!  I’m loving the color combo of red, claret (burgundy) and black.  I used worsted weight yarn to make my grandson, Luke, a pair of 3T plaid pajamas.  I think he looks super cute and the pants turned out really well.

Now, if you are intimidated with trying plaid - don't be.  It's actually much easier than you even realize.  It's just a matter of working with 2 colors (black and claret) in a round/row, and then dropping the black yarn for the next round/row and picking up red yarn to work with the claret.  And, you just continue this simple pattern back and forth with whatever you are making.  So, pick up hook and yarn and give plaid a try - you are going to love the results.    

To date, I only have the pattern for the one size - 3T.  I may make a few more sizes later on...

For other sizes:
You can adjust the starting number of chains to get the waist size you need.  Just keep in mind that you need to work in multiples of 6 to make the plaid pattern work.
 Buffalo Plaid Pajamas Pattern
 


Size:  3T
Gauge:  6 DC st x 3 rows = 2"

Materials:
--6.0mm hook
--1 skein each of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Cherry Red, Black and Claret
--tapestry needle for weaving
U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
DC:  double crochet
FPDC:  front post double crochet
BPDC:  back post double crochet
Rep:  repeat
FO:  fasten off

Plaid Stitch:
1.  With the first round of plaid pattern, we will be working with the black and claret yarns.  Once the first row is complete, we will just move the black yarn behind the hook and leave it (don't cut the yarn; just let it rest to the side until we pick it up again.
2.  For the second round of plaid pattern, we will be working with claret and red yarns.  Claret will be worked into the previous rounds' stitches that are black; red will be worked into the previous rounds' stitches that are claret.  Once round is completed, you will pick black yarn back up and leave red yarn behind the hook to the side.  
Claret is used on every round.  You will rotate between using black or red with the claret yarn.  

Directions:
First, we are going to be making the waistband.  My grandson, Luke, has a 21" round waist.  
1.  With black yarn, Ch60.  Sl st join to first ch to form ring, without twisting.  Ch3 (counts as first DC stitch).  DC in each remaining ch around.  Sl st join to the top of Ch3.  (60)
2.  Ch3 (counts as first FPDC stitch),  BPDC around next post st.  *FPDC, then BPDC.*  Rep from * to * around.  Sl st join to the top of Ch3.  (60)
3-4.  Rep #2.  Sl st join to first st.  (60)
Now, we are ready to start working the plaid pattern. You will be working with 2 yarn colors in each round.  As you work the round, you will be rotating between the 2 colors, so you will want to carry over the yarn. 
5.  With black yarn, Ch3 (counts as first DC stitch).  DC in each of the next 2 st.  Before completing the 2nd stitch, join claret yarn and complete stitch.  Now, with claret yarn, DC in the next 3 st.  Before completing the last st, switch back to the black yarn and complete stitch.  Continue doing this all the way around.  Sl st join claret yarn to the top of the Ch3.  Set black yarn behind the hook to the side since you will not use it in the next round.  (60)
6.  With claret yarn, Ch3 (counts as first DC stitch).  DC in each of the next 2 st.  Before completing the 2nd stitch, join red yarn and complete stitch.  Now, with red yarn, DC in the next 3 st.  Before completing the last st, switch back to claret yarn and complete stitch.  Continue doing this all the way around.  Sl st join to the top of the Ch3.  Set red yarn behind the hook to the side since you will not be using it in the next round.  Pick black yarn back up.  (60)
7-12.  Rep #5 and #6.  (60)
Forming the first leg:
13.  Rep #5, but only complete 30 stitches.  Sl st join to the top of Ch3.  (30)
14.  Rep #6, but only complete 30 stitches.  Sl st join to the top of Ch3.  (30)
15-32.  Rep #13 and #14.  (30)
33.  With black yarn, Ch3 (counts as first DC st).  Then continue with 1 DC in each st around.  Sl st join to the top of the Ch3.  (30)
34.  Ch3 (counts as first FPDC st), then BPDC.  FPDC, BPDC.  Rep around.  Sl st join to the top of the Ch3.  (30)
35.  Rep #34.  Sl st join to the top of the Ch3.  FO and weave ends.
Forming the second leg:
Join yarn in the crotch area of an un-worked stitched in round 13 and rep as above from #13-35 to complete the second leg.  Once you complete the second leg, you will need to use your tapestry needle and a small piece of yarn to whipstitch any center crotch opening.  Mine was very small. 

Drawstring (optional):
1.  With black yarn, Ch101.  Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and across.  FO.  With tapestry needle, weave drawstring through the first row of the waistband.  
2.  To the ends, make a small pompom by wrapping around 3 fingers 30 times.  Tie in a double knot, trim with scissors and add to each end of the drawstring.     

Happy Crocheting...

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