this week’s awesome finds

Yup, I’m still here. I don’t think I’ve ever let so many days go by between posts before. But then I don’t think I’ve ever been so busy in my life with school work… It should quiet down a little closer to the holidays, and I will be able to finally finish and show you a project that I’ve been working on since the summer. But in the meanwhile, awesome finds! :D

Aren’t these so cute? From Kiddley.

 

I love acorns. Lovely acorn necklace tutorial by Erica from Caught on a Whim.

 

Brilliant idea for winter-themed centrepieces! Ice pots from Family Chic.

 

Beautiful sheath dress, tutorial by Cotton & Curls.

 

I’m going to make this as soon as the last paper is done! I picture it with a sparkly yarn… or maybe a greyish teal. Lace tunic from Lion Brand Yarn.

 

This made me so happy today, I can’t wait for the pattern to come out. A mushroom pen cozy! I will need it for the winter semester. From Twinkie Chan.

 

I hope to be back in a week or so with a crochet project to show. Until then, have a wonderful Sunday and an awesome week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

autumn scarf

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Finally made it! Amy’s B(ias)³ scarf! :D 

I didn’t make it as long as the pattern instructed because I only had 2/3 skein of the yarn that I wanted to use (it was a sock weight yarn by Mary Maxim, which I think has been discontinued :S), so it’s more like a scarflette, but I’m still really happy how it turned out :D

You can get the pattern for free at Amy’s Ravelry store :D

Here’s a closer look of it…

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 Have a great weekend, everyone! 

 

blues

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Pattern for a sweater that I talked about a while ago. Have been working on it slowly since the end of summer. And of course I have to celebrate its completion with a levitating photo :D It features an uneven hemline, with the back piece is longer than the front piece. It’s more like a tunic, so it can be worn over leggings.

Yarn weight: light worsted
(I used this acrylic yarn that I have a huge pile of in my stash, I like that it doesn’t stretch out of shape easily, especially when it’s crocheted with a large hook)

Yardage: aprox. 1400 yards for main colour, 150 yards for contrasting stripes 

Hooks: 9mm and 6.5mm

Measures:
Length from shoulder to bottom edge of back piece — 27“
Bust — 34″
(Though the sweater is quite stretchy, and pattern is easily adjustable by adding or subtracting foundation stitches. One may need more yarn if making a larger sweater.)
Sleeve circumference at shoulder — 14″

Stitches used:
Single crochet — sc
Double crochet — dc
Double crochet together — dctog
Single crochet together — sctog
Slip stitch — sl

Note:
1. Throughout the pattern, the turning ch 3 in dc rows counts as a dc, but the turning ch 1 in sc rows (stripes) do not count as an sc.
2. The main colour is carried up (not fasten off) when making the stripe rows, but the stripe colour yarn is fasten off at the end of each stripe section and not carried up over main colour sections.

PATTERN

Back:

With main colour and larger hook, ch 43.

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in each ch across, turn. 

Row 2: ch 3, skip first dc, dc in each dc across, turn.

Row 3: repeat row 2, at the end of the row attach stripe colour, switch to stripe colour while carrying the main colour up.

Row 4: with stripe colour, ch 1, sc in first dc, sc in each dc across (including top of turning ch-3 of previous row), turn.

Row 5: ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in each sc across (but not in the turning ch-1 of previous row), switch to main colour, fasten off stripe colour, turn.

Row 6: ch 3, dc in first sc, dc in each sc across, turn.

Rows 7–9: repeat row 2.

Repeat rows 4 to 9 six times.

Next rows: repeat rows 4–7 once.

Neck shaping (right, facing you):

Row 1: ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next 9 dc, 2 dctog over next 2 dc, turn.

Row 2: ch 3, skip first dc, 2 dctog over next 2 dc, dc in each dc across, turn.

Row 3: ch 3, skip first dc, dc in each dc across, fasten off.

Neck shaping (left, facing you):

Row 1: count 29 dc from the right edge, attach yarn to next dc. ch 3, skip first dc, 2 dctog over next 2 dc, dc in each dc across, turn.

Row 2: ch 3, skip first dc, dc in each dc until last 2 dc, 2 dctog over next 2 dc, turn.

Row 3, ch 3, skip first dc, dc in each dc across, fasten off.

Front:

Crochet exactly the same way as Back, except repeat rows 4–9 five times instead of six times.

Crochet neck shaping the same way as Back. 

Sleeves:

With main colour, ch 29.

Rows 1–6: same as Back rows 1–6.

Row 7 (increase row): ch 3, skip first dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in each dc until last 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in top of turning ch, turn.

Rows 8–9: ch 3, skip first dc, dc in each dc across, turn.

Rows 10–12: same as Back rows 4–6.

Repeat rows 7–12 twice more.

Next 3 rows: ch 3, skip first dc, dc in each dc across, turn.

Next 6 rows: repeat Back rows 4–9. Fasten off.

The sleeve should be 33 stitches wide at the top edge. Repeat for the other sleeve.

Assembly:

Crochet shoulders together using slip stitch.

Mark the 17th dc at the top edge of the sleeve. With right sides facing, match the 17th dc at the top edge of the sleeve to the shoulder seam and pin it down. Pin down the rest of the top edge of the sleeve to the front and back of sweater. Crochet sleeve to body of sweater. It might need a slight bit of stretch to make sure that the sleeve is 14″ wide when unfolded. Repeat for the other sleeve.

Lower edge:

With smaller hook, main colour and right side facing, attach yarn to centre back of hem, sc in each st until the edge.

You are now working along the side of the rows in the longer back piece. ch 2, sl st in the top of first row from the bottom edge, ch 2, sl st in top of second row, ch 2, sl st at the point where the back piece meet the front piece.

sc in each st along the front hem, sc in the point where the front piece meets the back piece.

Now work along the side of the rows in the longer back piece. ch 2, sl st in base of second row from the bottom edge, ch 2, sl st in the base of first row, ch 2, sl st in the bottom corner.

sc in each of the remaining st in the back hem. Fasten off. 

Neck edge:

With smaller hook, main colour and right side facing, attach yarn to centre back of neck. sc evenly around neck. Generally, I worked 1 sc in each st, and 2 sc in each row when I’m working on its side, and 3 sctog when there is a steep curve (in the first 2 neck shaping rows). I hope this makes sense. Ultimately it’s about crocheting around the neck in a way that pulls it together a little.

Weave in all ends.

And that’s it! Let me know if you spot any mistake or have any question!

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Happy fall! :D

 

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It’s been grey and rainy for the past few days, but the sun is finally out today. The fall trees looked like they were glowing in the sunshine. The brightness makes for sharp levitating photos too :D

Hope you have a great start to the week!

 

 

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