Quick Knitted Hat With Brim Pattern

Knit Hat Pattern from @savedbyloves Get those needles flying and have a warm, cozy, beautiful handmade hat in no time, using this pattern  with super bulky yarn.  I whipped up several of these for gift giving this Christmas.  Who doesn't love a brimmed hat with tassels in the winter? Free knit hat pattern   Supplies:
  • Long circular needles size 13 and 11 (you can use DPN's too, I prefer circulars)
  • Super bulky yarn
  • 3 x 3 inch piece of cardboard
  • stitch marker
  • crochet hook to weave in ends
GAUGE: 9 sts x 12 r = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch on US 13. PATTERN:      Fits most adults (stretchy) CO 36 stitches onto your size 11 circular needles and join for working in the round; place marker at beginning of rounds Row 1-3:  K2P2 around for ribbing then switch to size 13 needles Row 4-12: Knit around Begin decrease rounds: Row 13:  *Knit 7, K2tog* around (32 stitches at end) Row 14: Knit around Row 15: *Knit 6, K2tog* around (28 stitches remaining on needles) Row 16: knit around Row 17: *Knit 5, K2tog* around (24 stitches remaining on needles) Row 18: knit around Row 19: *Knit 4, K2tog* around (20stitches remaining on needles) Row 20: knit around Row 21: *Knit 3, K2tog* around (16 stitches remaining on needles) Row 22: knit around Row 23: *Knit 2, K2tog* around (12 stitches remaining on needles) Row 24: knit around Row 25: *Knit, K2tog* around (8 stitches remaining on needles) Row 26: knit around Row 27: K2tog around (4 stitches remaining on needles) Row 28: knit around Leaving a 5-inch tail, break yarn.  With crochet hook, pull tail through the loops. Pull tightly. Pom Pom: Wrap yarn around a 3 x 3 piece of cardboard around 100 times. Run a 20” piece of yarn through one folded edge of the pom pom. Tie the yarn tightly into a bundle. Cut the other folded edge, remove the cardboard, and stitch the pom pom to the top of the hat.

Quick Fingerless Mitts for Last Minute Gifts

Fingerless Mitts This pattern is for small women's size Size 8 Circular Needles or DPNs Worsted Weight Yarn and fun yarn (optional) Instructions: Cast on 24 sts and distribute on circular needles (or DPNs) Rows 1-8: k2p2 ribbing **Pick up fun yarn at this point if you are using it** Row 9-27: st st around (21 rounds) Row 28: k5, pm, m1, k1, m1, pm, k18 (26st) Row 29: Knit Row 30: knit to marker, sm, m1, knit to marker, m1, sm, k18. Row 31-34: Repeat rows 29 & 30 twice more Row 35: k5, remove marker, K1 BO 8, remove marker, k18 (24st on needles) Row 36-43: Knit around Bind off in pattern. Sew in all ends. Free knitting pattern Free fingerless mitt knitting pattern

Easy Crochet Scarf Pattern

Easy Crochet Scarf It was love at first stitch with me and Lion Brand Homespun yarn.  Rummaging through the ol' yarn supply, I found a single skein of this fluffy, soft, variegated fiber in the warm color scheme "Bourbon".  A simple scarf I whipped up a few years back came to mind, and I got busy.   Today I will share with you this beginner level, super fast pattern that creates an elegant spiral effect, using evenly spaced increases every row.  The only stitch you need to know besides chain stitch is double crochet.  I made this in a single evening while catching up on a miniseries.  I plan to make a few more for Christmas gifts.  This project is ideal for sharing some holiday handmade love! Easy Crochet Scarf You will need:
  • Size K crochet hook
  • Single skein of Lion Brand Homespun, or other bulky weight 5 yarn
  • Netflix 🙂
Instructions:
  • Chain 144
  • Row 1:  Double crochet in fourth chain from hook, *double crochet in next chain, 2 double crochet in next chain; repeat from * to end of row.
  • Row 2: Chain 3, turn, double crochet in same space, *double crochet in next two double crochet, 2 double crochet in next double crochet; repeat from * to end of row.
  • Row 3: Chain 3, turn, double crochet in same space, *double crochet in next three double crochet, 2 double crochet in next double crochet; repeat from * to end of row.
  • Row 4: Chain 3, turn, double crochet in same space, *double crochet in next four double crochet, 2 double crochet in next double crochet; repeat from * to end of row.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.
Crochet gift ideasIf you have never crocheted, I hope this inspires you to learn.  It brings great joy in many ways.  For my favorite resources to get you started, visit my craft links page and look under "Crochet".  I taught myself using Crochet Cabana, which you will find linked there.  Happy hooking!

Easy Crochet Shawl Pattern

Crochet Shawl Pattern Are you working on your handmade Christmas gifts yet?  This "8-hour" shawl is a quick, simple, and beautiful gift to mark some girlfriends off of your list.  I found the pattern by A la Sascha on ravelry, and it is free to download, here. Shawl Pattern The yarn I used for this project is  a lovely worsted weight, soft wool blend; Lion Brand Amazing in Ruby.   The  vivid colors and a light softness are irresistable.  The pattern calls for 3 skeins, but I wanted the shawl larger, so I used 4 skeins, and crocheted 33 rows before beginning the edging, which I did as the pattern instructs.  I love the ruffled edging.  I finished this project in 3 days, and my niece is gonna love her new shawl. What is on your hook today? Crochet shawl pattern

Quick Lacy Shawl Crochet Pattern

Free shawl pattern

It is time for crochet hooks and knitting needles everywhere to get stitching on those handmade holiday gifts.  As wonderful as it would be to have the time to make everyone on our lists a luxurious afghan, that just isn't a possibility for me, and I am assuming you are in the same boat!  Prayer shawls make perfect gifts and work up in a jiffy.  Here is one that I recently created with  the intention of gifting it, however the verdict is still out on whether or not I will be able to part with it.  I should have know better than to make it in my favorite color. Crochet Shawl Supplies:
  • Size K Crochet Hook
  • Homespun yarn or bulky weight (5) yarn of your choice; 2 skeins (I used Homespun Wildfire
  • Yarn needle for hiding tails
Instructions:
  • Ch 74.
  • Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ♥ch 5, skip 3 chs, sc in next ch; repeat from ♥ to last 4 chs, ch 2, skip next 3 chs, tr in last ch; 18 sps
  • Row 2: Ch 1, turn; sc in first tr, skip next ch-2 sp, ♥♣ (2 dc, ch1, 3 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-5 sp ♣ ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; repeat from ♥ four more times, then repeat from ♣ to ♣ once, ch 2, tr in last sc.
  • Row 3: Ch-1, turn; sc in first tr, ch 5, skip next ch-2 sp, ♥(sc in next ch-1 space, ch 5) twice, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5; repeat from ♥ acrossto last 2 ch-1 sps, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 5, sc in last ch-1 sp, ch 2, tr in last sc.
  • Row 4: Ch 1, turn; sc in first tr, ch 5, skip next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-5 sp, (ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp) across, ch 2, tr in last sc.
  • Row 5: Ch-1, turn; sc in first tr, ch 5, skip next ch-2 sp, ♥ sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp (2 dc, ch1, 3 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-5 sp, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5; repeat from ♥ across to last ch-5 sp, sc in last ch-5 sp, ch 2, tr in last sc.
  • Row 6:  Ch 1, turn; sc in first tr, ch 5, skip next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch-5, (sc in next ch-1 space, ch 5) twice, ♥ (sc in next ch-5 space, ch 5) twice, (sc in next ch-1 space, ch 5) twice, repeat from ♥ across to last 2 ch-5 sps, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc in last ch-5 sp, ch 2, tr in last sc.
  • Row 7: Same as Row 4.
  • Row 8: Ch 1, turn; sc in first tr, skip next ch-2 sp, ♥♣ (2 dc, ch1, 3 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-5 sp, sc in next ch-5 sp ♣ ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; repeat from ♥ four more times, then repeat from ♣ to ♣ once, ch 2, tr in last sc.
  • REPEAT rows 3-8 until shawl measures about 50 inches in length.  End on row 8, but don't tie off.  Continue to edging.
  • Edging:  Ch-1, do not turn sc evenly  all the way around with 3sc in the corner stitches.  Join with sl st to first sc.  Weave in any ends.  Finished.
Crochet Shawl Pattern Crochet gift ideas    

Urban Arts and Crafts

Anthropologie Necklace Knock off My recent trip to Kansas City, MO brought me to quite the inspiring craft spot, Urban Arts and Crafts.  This little shop has yarn, paper, fabric, soldering supplies, ephemera, stamps and everything in between.  Karen and Casey, shop owner and employee respectively, were happy to talk crafts with us and school us on the local hot spots!  Today, I will share with you what I found most inspiring in this gem of a store. [Read more...]

Crochet Flower Bracelet

CrochetOrangeBracelet3-300x263 Traveling brings the opportunity for me to settle down with my crochet hook and whip up some crochet goodies.  Today, I will share with you the pattern I created to make this lacy flower bracelet.  Going on a road trip?  Print this to take with you.  Total time for this project; just over 1 hour. [Read more...]

Knitted Hearts Door Knob Hanger

knitted hearts door hanger
I got this project from the book Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet, by Mags Kandis.
Here is a photo of the knit hearts before felting.  I love how felting (see above pics) makes the individual stitches disappear.  It helps hide errors for those of us (me) who are beginning knitters.  I felted my hearts in the washing machine.
There is a cute pattern for crochet felted coasters in the book that I am excited to try as well.  I prefer the way knit stitches look over crochet stitches, but when felting, it doesn't really matter to me since the individual stitches aren't really visible.  Since I am much faster at crochet than knit, next time I will use this pattern by Sucrette.  I just found her blog, and am loving it!  She shares some adorable patterns.
I  used nylon crochet thread to string the beads and hearts together.  Great quick project for adding some colorful love to a room.  What a cute nursery mobile or fireplace mantel garland these would make!  Enjoy...

Spring Inspired Crochet Headband With Free Pattern

crochet headband pattern
 
I am on a spring headband kick these days. In fact, spring everything, really. Just got back from a sunny, warm vacation and now I am doing all I can to deny what is left of winter here in Indiana.
 
Here is the pattern I designed for the above headband, composed of three granny squares and two triangles made in the round, with slip stitch ties. This beauty works up quick. I used DMC thread size 5, and a size D crochet hook
 
 
Materials:
3 colors of DMC size 5 (Color A=bright pink, B=Green, C=light pink in the above pictures)
Size D crochet hook
Tapestry needle for finishing
 
Instructions: (For a Crochet Abbreviation Glossary, click HERE)
Flower Square Motif (Make 3 total---> 2 using A as center and 1 using B as Center)
Foundation Ring: Using A (B), ch 6, join with sl st to form a ring
Round 1(RS): Chain 5 - this counts as first dc and ch 2; (dc in ring, ch 2) 7 times; join with sl st in 3rd chain of beginning chain 5---8 dc and 8 ch-2 loops.
Round 2: With RS facing, join B (A) with sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, in same sp work sc, hdc, 2 dc, hdc and sc; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
Round 3: With RS facing, join C in back lp of same sc as last sl st, ch 5; working in back loops, (sl st in first single chain of next petal, ch 5) 7 times; join with sl st in first ch of ch-5.
Round 4: Sl st into next ch-5 sp, ch 1, 6 sc into same sp; *work 3 dc, ch 2, and 3 dc in next ch-5 sp**, 6 sc in next ch-5 sp; rep from*twice and from*to**once again; join with sl st into first sc. Fasten off.
 
Triangle Motifs (make 2 using color C)

Foundation Ring: Ch 3, join with sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1:Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc into ring, sl st in top of turning ch---12 dc total.

Rnd 2: Ch 3(counts as first dc), 2 dc in each st around and in same st as beginning chain 3, sl st in top of beginning

ch—24 dc.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, *(2 dc, tr, 2 dc) all in next st, dc in each of next 7 sts;

rep from * 2 times, sl st in top of turning ch—33 dc plus 3 ch-2

corner spaces. Fasten off.

 

Finishing:

Seam one triangle motif, 4 flower square motifs and 1 triangle motif

together, either by sewing, slip stitching, or single crocheting. When

seaming tog the last square and triangle, at the end of the seam

turn the work and sc along the edge of the joined motifs. Cont

down to the point of a triangle. To make tie: Sl st into st at point

of triangle, then ch 50. Skip first ch st and sl st in rem ch, then sl

st into the st at the point of the triangle again. Cont to sc along

the edge of the joined motifs to the point of the second triangle

and make a second tie. Sc to beg of sc edge and fasten off. Weave

in all ends.

 

Here are some more of my favorite spring colors you will see all headband-tastic in the near future!

 
 

"What’s Your Story?" Featuring Artist Nancy Fallon

I am thrilled to bring you Nancy Fallon as the debut artist in SBLC's new segment "What's Your Story". It won't be hard to see why I had to know more about this artist. Her versatility and style hooked me. From mixed media pieces to knit coin purses to pendants and beautiful note cards... here are some items I found in her Etsy shop, followed by a detailed interview. Enjoy!






About your work:
Where are you located?

I currently live in Baltimore City, Md.

What do you create?

I have a bit of a.d.d. when it comes to (well, anything) creating, so my products range. I most fully concentrate on my knitwear during the winter season- a line of knit scarves which I've just discontinued (attempting to streamline a bit), and a line of knit purses including- coin purses, clutches, medium sized shoulder strap purses, and totes.

During the spring and summer I concentrate on my inventory of miniature card and envelope sets, jewelry, and my mixed media art pieces.



When and why did you set up your online shop?


Back in the summer of 2008, a friend introduced me to etsy and I fell in love with it's potential. Any artist understands what a renegade thought it is to have the chance to quit your day job and make money doing what you truly love- making things. I was hooked, and in early September I just had to open a shop to see where it could take me.


How do you promote your creations?


This year I've actually quit my full time teaching job to allow me to focus solely on my handmades business. I am determined to make it bigger, so this is an area I'm starting to concentrate on. In the past two years, I've maintained a blog (http://nfallondesignstudio.blogspot.com), grown my followers through give aways, constant blog reading and commenting, and entrecard. I've advertised with project wonderful, done internal promoting on etsy (treasuries, showcases-when you could, forums), and created a facebook fan page.

I'm dreaming bigger this year, currently researching rates on the bigger design blogs and planing to drop a few bones pretty soon in order to hopefully draw in more traffic.


What inspires your work?

I've written a few blog posts about what inspires my fine art and my jewelry designs here (http://nfallondesignstudio.blogspot.com/2009/04/inspiration-for-my-contained-series.html)

and here (http://nfallondesignstudio.blogspot.com/2008/10/growth-series-drawings.html)

For my knits and card sets, I'm really inspired by color. I love bright, really saturated colors, and I love finding unexpected combinations that work with one another in oddly attractive ways. For the designs, I just work out something I think I'd love to have or something that would function well with my things. My designs tend to be simple and utilitarian so they don't fight with the sometimes tastefully outrageous things I have going on in color and texture with them.


What is your must have tool for creating?


Even though I'm admittedly addicted to many different supplies, I have to say my go to supplies are knitting needles. I enjoy knitting most out of everything I make. It's a repetitive, relaxing activity, with a range of difficulty and potential. Almost every night of the week you will find me settled on the couch, knitting needles in hand.


Do you have any tips for others wanting to turn their art into a business?


You just have to be bold. It's not an easy thing- you are your only everything- promotor, grunt work doer, maker, graphic designer, writer- you name it, you have to be good at it. Most of us start out knowing next to nothing about on side or the other so it involves a lot of research, patience, and persistence.


Extras:


What good books have you read or movies have you seen lately?


Movies/ shows- We just came to the netflix party, so I've been catching up, saw: 500 Days of Summer, Freaks and Geeks (AMAZING!), Brothers, About a Boy, Dexter

Books- Currently Reading- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; Recently read- Wicked, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (series),

Where was your last vacation?


I had the amazing (and unusual for me) opportunity to go to Greece and Italy this past summer. A friend from college is now a high school latin teacher, and asked me to go along as a chaperone. Of course I said yes- it was a LOT of hard work- but an unforgettable, incredible trip.


What is your favorite pastime outside of creating?


I'm a big nature buff. I love hiking and camping, just being in the woods or the country side. I go at least twice a month, 3 seasons of the year. Although, it's tradition for one of my college buddies and I to go torture ourselves trekking through the snow and ice the first snow of every year...


Who is your favorite designer/artist?


I don't know if I can say just one. My college degree is in Studio Art, concentration in Sculpture, so I'm largely influenced by modern and contemporary artists including: Eva Hesse, Jessica Stockholder, Anne Wilson, Rachel Whiteread, Do Ho Suh, Tara Donovan, so many others...