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

Free Patterns: Headband and Flower

Free Patterns:  Headband and Flower

This is a headband I made for one of my lady friends. This is the same pattern I used for the head band here, as well as the flower on the yellow hat here:

https://naughtyknots.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/hat-a-palousa-day-5/

On this particular headband I used Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Tidal. I loved the beautiful way it changed colors in a really subtle way.

The link to the free pattern for the headband is here:
http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2011/12/crochet-winter-headband-with-flower.html

This headband was super easy to make. The first one I made took a while, however now that I have the hang of it I can whip one out in about an hour and a half.

I used a different flower, the link for the free pattern for the flower is here:
http://www.petalstopicots.com/2013/01/rose-pattern/

For the flower on both the headband and the yellow hat I doubled the amount of chains to make the flower twice as big! I liked this pattern because it was so easy to put together.

Enjoy the free patterns!

Happy Hooking,
~ Megan