Transformation Tuesday: A Beautiful Vest 7/14/2015

For my first Transformation Tuesday post I would like to share a project I just finished. Transforming a few balls of yarn into a beautiful vest!

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The pattern is free and is published by Lion Brand Yarn and is available for FREE from their website.

Here is the link:  http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90550AD.html

The pattern calls for Vanna’s Choice Yarn, I opted to use Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn in Grand Canyon.  I really like the way this yarn works up, and it is really soft.  It is easy to work with on the hook as well.  Heartland comes in a variety of beautiful colors, all of which have beautiful depth.

The pattern was really easy to follow, and was my first finished piece of apparel.  I would recommend this pattern for beginners that have a fairly firm grasp on reading patterns, and comfortable with half-double and double crochet stitches.

The vest worked up quickly in just a matter of a few evenings.

I love the way it turned out.  My husband asked when I would be opening my feminist bookstore.  He thinks it looks like a costume from the show Portlandia; something that Candice from the Women and Women First Bookstore would wear.  I choose to take that as a complement!

Now I just need to block this puppy and get my vest on!

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What are you working on, on this Transformation Tuesday?  Share below in the comments!

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting!

Megan

Braided Infinity Scarf

image Today I finished my first summer project, a braided infinity scarf.  I had been wanting to do something like this for a long time, I just never made the time.   I have attached an outline of the pattern I created to make it. This scarf was created with Lion Brand Heartland in Glacier Bay, Joshua Tree, and Grand Canyon (less than one skein each), and a size K hook.  I made one long strip from each color.

The pattern for each strip is as follows:

Foundation:  Ch 12, turn

1st Row:  Skip the first ch stitch closest to the hook, sc in each of the next 11 chain stitches, ch 1

2nd Row:  sc in first stitch, back loop sc in the next 9 stitches,  sc in the last stitch

Repeat the 2nd row until the strip is about 60 inches. When tying off, make sure to leave a tail to sew the opposite ends of the scarf together. image I then attached the strips together at one end using stitch markers. image Next, braid the three strips together, fairly tightly (the braid loosens after the last step). Match up the opposite ends of the scarf and stitch them together.  Tuck in the ends and you have a nice snugly scarf.

If you have any questions about the pattern leave them in the comments and I will try to clarify.

Of course it is almost July so using it is a ways off, but at least I have that to look forward to.

What are you working on?

(6/30/2015 see the matching headband here:  https://naughtyknots.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/easy-crochet-headband/)

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting, Megan image

An Afternoon Cowl

An Afternoon Cowl

I saw this beautiful cowl on Moogly a couple days ago and I could not resist. It uses bulky weight yarn, I used Lion Brand Yarn Tweed Stripes in Woodlands. When I did mine skipped the foundation single crochets, and did a basic chain stitch followed by a row of single crochets. I also added 16 stitches to the foundation chain so it would be longer. This pattern was really easy to work and I was able to do it in about 2 hours. Next time I would like to try making it into an infinity scarf.

This was also the first time I worked with Lion Brand Tweed Stripes. This yarn was super easy to work with and I was really happy with the way it worked up with this pattern.  The Woodlands color is really pretty for fall, mostly browns, tans, coppers, and blues.

If you happen to work up this pattern comment with the type of yarn you used. I would like to make it again and would love any recommendations.

Thanks and Happy Hooking,
~Megan

Here is the link to this beautiful FREE pattern or click on the picture:
http://www.mooglyblog.com/luscious-one-skein-cowl/