Transformation Tuesday: Fair-Worthy Potholders 9/1/2015

I spent the weekend transforming some cotton into some pretty awesome potholders for the fair entries I committed to turning out.

Potholder These potholders are the Crochet Bobble Heart Potholder, from Sew, Simmer, and Share.  The pattern can be found HERE. I LOVE the depth of this pattern. The pattern was fairly easy to follow, although I would not call it a beginner pattern.  If attempting this pattern keep in mind there is a lot of counting.

The one tweak I made to the pattern was adding a baking to both of the potholders before doing the final trim around the edge.  This makes the pad twice as thick, and offers more protection to the surface you are trying to protect.  I came up with my own pattern for the bobbles on the back, but I think the potholders would look cool with the same heart image on the back but, in a solid color.

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Most of the yarn is Sugar n’ Cream, but the hot pink is Peaches n’ Cream.  Generally I find Sugar n’ Cream much easier to work with than the Peaches n’ Cream.  The Peaches n’ Cream tends to split more than the Sugar n’ Cream.  This creates issues with having to pull out stitches when they split.

I wish I had remembered to write down the colors before I threw the yarn wrappers away (oops).  But the first is a lime green, with a hot pink heart, and bright blue backing.  While the second is a teal green with a lavender heart, and a purple backing.  I did the final trim around each potholder with the same color as the heart.

If you are keeping score I am now done with 3/6 entries with one week left until the due date.  The ornament, hat, and potholders are finished; leaving a scarf, sweater and vest needing their final touches (so close)!

Do you have any favorite potholder patterns, share them in the comments below!  Also don’t forget to follow Naughty Knots on Facebook for more fiber shenanigans, including drawings for awesome fiber gear!

Until we meet again, happy hooking and (k)nifty knitting,

Megan

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Transformation Tuesday: Brithday Yarn Part 4 or Taking Shape 8/11/2015

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I have spent the last week continuing to work on the V-neck sweater from Caron patterns.  It still seems to be sizing up more closely to what it should be.

Here it is!

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I have finished the right shoulder and have the first few rows done on the left shoulder.

Hopefully I will be almost done next Tuesday 🙂

If you are interested in the pattern you can find the link on the first post of this series HERE!

What are you transforming your yarn into?

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting!
Megan

Transformation Thursday: Brithday Yarn Part 3 or The Twice Crocheted Sweater

Happy Transformation Tuesday Thursday!

imageI missed out on Transformation Tuesday because I was having a lady date with my lovely and lively grandmother.  We had lunch at Olive Garden, did some shopping at Target, and of course had to pick up some yarn at Michael’s (they had cotton on sale)!

I thought I would still take the opportunity to update everyone on Sweater-gate.  I am about a third of the way done now with the pattern.  It is working up bigger now that I have relaxed on my tension.  I will say though if the pattern needed the tension that loose they could have adjusted the hook size or even added more stitches.

Even with the relaxed tension it is still not measuring where it should.  I don’t know if that is to give it room to relax and stretch, or if the stitches are still too tight (even though the yarn is slack on the hook).  Either way I am going to work it through the end of the neck and if it is too small I will frog it back out to before the neck and add in a few rows, that way I will not loose too much time and patience.

Behold: A quarter of a sweater!

imageThe link to the pattern can be found here:  Birthday Yarn Part One

In other news I am preparing for the local interstate fair.  I have to have my entry for postmarked by next Tuesday, even though the entries are not due until September 8th.  It makes me wonder how productive I can be in the next month.  I am thinking I can be pretty productive (most likely this means I will over commit and be up all hours of the night on the 7th).  Woo, yarn adventure!

What’s everyone else working on?  Is anyone else going to enter a fair?

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting!
Megan

Transformation Tuesday: Birthday Yarn Part Two or The Shame Spiral 7/28/2015

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For the last week I have continued to work on the V-neck sweater from last Transformation Tuesday (link here).  On Sunday I had finished the sleeves and neck and was about two thirds done.  I flopped that sweater over my head to see how it was going to fit, and wah wah wah… *Shame Spiral*

One look in the mirror confirmed that it was painfully mis-sized.  It was so small it looked like it was made for a 13 year old.  This was made even more disappointing because I made a gauged swatch before I started (that sounded more inappropriate than I had intended).

I spent the next hour trying to figure out how to fix it so I didn’t have to throw away a weeks worth of work.  The only thing i could come up with in order to make it work I was going to have to add a panel on each side.

So I slept on it, and the next thing I knew I was frogging out 700 yards of beautiful, dark green yarn.  I have never appreciated my yarn winder so much.  My yarn winder is a Stanwood, you can find it on Amazon for around $40 for a 4 oz baller.

Anyhow I balled up all the yarn and jumped back in again, and this time I will be measuring as I go!

I hope all your projects are turning out as planned!

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting,

Megan

Transformation Tuesday: Birthday Yarn Part One 7/21/2015

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For this Transformation Tuesday I started working with the yarn my husband bought me for my birthday; 5 balls of Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage.

I love natural fibers as much as the next girl; however there are times when the wallet can’t support lots of work done in natural fibers.  Due to the financial constraints of grad school I have been using more and more acrylic yarn.

I have not used Caron Simply Soft since the first scarf I ever crocheted, and since this was the my first experience working with yarn, I did not know what I was working with.  All that being said, I LOVE working with this yarn!  This yarn is so smooth and easy to work with.

Along with Caron yarn I am working a Caron pattern.  The pattern I am working on is a pretty v-neck tunic, has been fairly easy (so far).  I think it will style nicely with leggings, or skinny jeans.  Best of all this pattern is FREE!

The pattern can be found here:

http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/v-topper.html

The pattern includes double crochet, double slip stitches, and lots and lots of counting.  In order to keep up with the counting I have used stitch-markers to mark every 20 stitches.  This allows me to only have to count to 20, instead of counting to 122 each row; saving me a massive amount of time.

Current progress:

So I have shown you mine; now you show me yours!  What are you all working on out in internet land?

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting!

Megan

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

Easy Crochet Headband

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It is 105 degrees outside and of course I am working on an inappropriate project for the temperature.  I decided to create a matching headband to go with the scarf from last week.  I am truly looking forward to fall when it is a more appropriate temperature to wear it.

To see the scarf follow this link https://naughtyknots.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/braided-infinity-scarf/.

I made this using some of the leftover yarn from the scarf.

I made a strip of each color, using a size K crochet hook.

Foundation:  Ch 6
Row 1: Skip the first ch, sc in each stitch to the end of the row (5), ch 1 to turn.
Row 2: sc in first stitch, sc back loop only for 3 stitches, sc in last stitch, ch 1 to turn.

Repeat row 2 until the strip measures about 21″ (or the appropriate length for the head you are making this for).  Keep in mind this type of stitch is super stretchy!  Fasten off, but leave enough of a length of yarn to sew the ends together (about 12″).

Braid the strips together, fairly tightly, I found it helpful to use stitch markers to hold the ends together until I could sew them together.

Using the Grand Canyon color I created a fourth strip using the same pattern above, only making it 5 inches long.  This piece will be wrapped around the area where the two ends are sewn together.

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Before wrapping the 5″ strip around the headband I sewed a button on it.

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Then wrap the 5″ piece around the sewn area of the headband and sew the ends together.  Weave in all ends.

I am hoping the instructions make sense, please leave any questions in the comments!

What seasonally appropriate  (or inappropriate) projects are you working on?

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

Crochet Meet Up

Last week I attended my first crochet meet up.  I worked on finishing a scarf that had been languishing in my crochet bag for months!  The finished project looked something like this.  I gave it to my grandma who came out for a visit.

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I found the FREE pattern on Ravelry!  It is easy to follow and quick to finish.  The pattern is on the blog Fiber Flux, and there are many other great patterns on this blog, I highly recommend a visit!

Here is the link to the pattern:  http://www.fiberfluxblog.com/2013/01/free-crochet-patterngelato-infinity.html

The meet up was wonderful too, I plan on attending on a regular basis.  The two women who started the group crochet blankets to donate to charity and auctions.  The group was really nice, and I look forward to getting to know these women better.

What projects do you have waiting to be completed?

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting,
Megan

Crochet On The Water

This last weekend I was able to take some time to go to my family’s lake house.  I got in some wonderful family time, some swimming, and even some time to crochet.  I can officially add boat to the places I have done “it” (crochet, that is dirty birdies)!

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I worked on some lovely crochet hexi blanket pieces.  I have been interested in working on a granny square type blanket and brought some extra end bits.  I am thinking of doing a floral sort of pattern.  I will be playing around more with it… and of course I will show you all what I come up with. 🙂

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Update 8/14/2014:  Here is the link to the free hexi pattern I have been using, they are super cute!  http://crochetincolor.blogspot.com/2013/08/hexagon-pattern.html

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting,
Megan

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