Thursday, October 17, 2013

My "go to" books, Get Your Crochet On!

   I always seem to go back to these books when I'm looking for a new project. I love the styles and of course how you can make it your own, but that can be true with any pattern. My latest projects were straight from the books. The first time I use a pattern, I don't usually make adjustments or changes. There are rare exceptions, but these were followed as written. The first one is from Afya Ibomu's "Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats & Cool Caps". It is called Superfly. Ok, I did make one change and that was that I used a chunky yarn instead of using two strands of worsted weight like the pattern says. The hat keeps it's form well and can be molded into different looks. Here is my version of it:

   The second project is a garment from Afya Ibomu's other book, "Get Your Crochet On! Fly Tops & Funky Flavas". This one is called Dashiki. This book features many different tops and accessories to choose from. I was thinking of making another version of this, with tighter stitches so it is not so mesh-like. I used Caron's Simply soft yarn. I love the contrasting colors. There is some purple in there, but it's a little hard to see in between the black and pink.

   If you're interested, I got my books from Amazon and found that they have the cheapest prices for them. Here are links to the books on Amazon if you want to check them out.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Nina's Skirt

   I completed another skirt. I used the same free pattern as the tan skirt in a previous post. For this skirt, instead of weaving the cord through the stitches on the top, I folded the top on the inside and sewed a casing with the yarn. It makes it a little sturdier when you are pulling the cord tight. This was actually requested by a customer and I think I like it better this way. Here is the completed skirt.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Show & Tell Headwarmers

   I've been so behind on my Show & Tell posts. I guess since the government is shutdown I have a little more time for my hobbies.  Sara sent me some pictures of her beautiful crochet head warmers and scarf. She used my free pattern that you can find here. She also had some tips for women with bangs who don't want a wide head warmer. She said "if others ask about narrowing the headband, you can narrow it to 10 dc's wide, and it'll still cover your ears." Great tip!

   The first one is made from two strands of a sport weight wool.

  This warmer and scarf was made from a teal green, Paton's Promise, which is a fuzzy sport weight yarn.

   They look so cozy! Thank you, Sara, for sending the pics. It took forever to post, but I finally got to it.

I love seeing finished products from my patterns. If you want to be featured on my blog with your finished items, just shoot me an email. If you don't want to be featured but are still willing to share your pics, that's great too! Just let me know in the email if you want me to post your pics or not.