500 Crochet Stitches to keep me busy!

The book I’ve been waiting on arrived yesterday! Sweetness! This lovely fat book is packed full of 500 gorgeous crochet stitches to keep me from boredom.

I am loving how they are all in white so I can really see the patterns. On the back it says this book is an encyclopedia  crochet stitch bible! I agree, there are so many different stitches,  from simple to intricate!
I’m in love <3

I also picked up an odds and ends bag at the new thrifty store in town. have you been there yet?

Rejuvenated Your Quilts

Found this Tip on >>> FaveCrafts Quick and Crafty

Get your quilts looking new again with this tip on restoring fabric color.
Mix one gallon of water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a quart of buttermilk. Let quilt soak in mixture. After soaking thoroughly, wash quilt in a mild detergent and air dry. Fabrics will come out bright and rejuvenated.

A Few More Blocks Done

A few more blocks done (sort of) on the pink quilt. I did cut all of the sashing & will start sewing that on the blocks soon.

I put the finished blocks on the sashing fabric before I cut it, just to get an idea of what it would *sort of* look like when it was done. I like 🙂

Looky what came in the mail for me 🙂 Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman. A little bit of bookish-quilty awesomeness. I may be able to find a bit of inspiration between the covers of this lovely 🙂

Granny Hat

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn (1.5 ounces total)
Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle

SIZES: Baby 16 inch (Child 18 inch)

NOTES:
1. Read through all instructions before beginning.
2. Cut the yarn and fastened off for the color changes.
3. Beginning ch 2 doesn’t count as a stitch, it is there as a filler.
4. Pull the joining slipstitches tight, so that they don’t get counted as a stitch on the following round
5. When attaching a new color make your loop on the hook, then take it off the hook. Insert hook in desired stitch, place loop on hook and complete the slipstitch. That slipstitch counts as your first chain.
6. Each time you fasten off a color, use your yarn needle to weave the end in and out of the back loop of the stitches. Then you will crochet over it.
7. Work rounds 7, 9, 11 with contrasting color.
8. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarns.

Round 1: Ch 3. 12 dc in 3rd chain from hook. Join with slipstitch in top of first dc. [12 dc]

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each dc around. Join with slipstitch in top of first dc. [24 dc]

Round 3: Ch 2, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Join with slipstitch in top of first dc. [36 dc]

Round 4: Ch 2, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Join with slipstitch in top of first dc. [48 dc]

For 16 inch hat, skip to Round 7.

Round 5: Ch 2, *dc in 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc. Repeat from * around. Join with slipstitch in top of first dc. [54 dc]

Round 6: Ch 2, dc in each dc around. Join with slipstitch in top of first dc.
Fasten off. [54 dc]

Round 7: Join contrasting color with a slipstitch in join, ch 3, 2 dc in same st. *Skip 2 dc, 3 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Join with slipstitch in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Round 8: Join main color with slipstitch in any space between 3 dc groups, ch 3, 2 dc in same space. *Skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next space. Repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Round 9: Join contrasting color with slipstitch in any space between 3 dc groups, ch 3, 2 dc in same space. *Skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next space. Repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Round 10: Join main color with slipstitch in any space between 3 dc groups, ch 3, 2 dc in same space. *Skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next space. Repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Round 11: Join contrasting color with slipstitch in any space between 3 dc groups, ch 3, 2 dc in same space. *Skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next space. Repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Round 12: Join main color with a slipstitch in top of any dc, ch 1, sc in each dc around. Join with a slipstitch in top of first sc.

Edging for girl’s hat:

Round 13: Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same sc. *Skip 3 sc, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next sc. Repeat from * around. You may have to fudge the last shell with only skipping 2 sc. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Edging for boy’s hat:

Round 13: Sc around

Round 14: Ch 1, rvsc (reverse single crochet) around. DO NOT join, but fasten off and use your yarn needle to join and weave in end.

Crochet Mittens

OK, Bea. Here’s your pattern for the crocheted mitten. Super simple, super quick, & it totally fits my little hand model 🙂

Chain 11
Single Crochet in second chain from hook; SC (single crochet) across; you should have 10 stitches
Chain 1; turn
Next row & every row after: SC in Back Loops Only. This makes the cuff. Continue SC in Back Loops Only every row until you get about 5 1/2 inches
I slip stitched the cuff together; you can sew it if you want.
You’re now going to work across the top of the cuff. SC 20 stitches around the top of the cuff. Do this for 2 rows
We’re now going to add some stitches.
This is Row 3 of the mitten
SC 2 SC in next SC, SC in next SC, 2 SC in next SC, SC in next 7 SC, 2 SC in next SC, 1 SC in next SC, 2 SC in next SC, SC rest of stitches. You should now have 24 stitches
Row 4
SC in next 2 SC, 2 SC in next SC, 1 SC in next SC, 2 SC in next SC, 1 SC in next 9 SC, 2 SC in next SC, 1 SC in next SC, 2 SC in next SC, SC rest of stitches. You should now have 28 stitches
Now just SC around until you have 9 rows altogether.
Now we divide for the thumb. Just SC around on 20 SC, skip 8 SC, join. SC around until you have 17 rows altogether. Now we begin shaping the top of the hand.
SC in next 2 SC, SC 2 together around. You should now have 15 SC
SC in Next SC, SC 2 together around. You should now have 10 SC
SC 2 together around. You should now have 5 SC
Sew top closed

Now we’ll do the thumb. Add yarn to first skipped SC at thumb. SC around, adding 1 SC at end. You should now have 9 SC
Do six rows altogether for the thumb
Now we’ll shape the top
SC in next sc, SC 2 together around. You should now have 6 SC
SC 2 together around. You should now have 3 SC
Sew top together

That’s it. I’ll be sending this up with you know who (if he goes out) so you’ll have something to look at. Any questions; just ask.

Easy Knit Baby Hat


Materials: Worsted Weight yarn, Size 8 Knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge, yarn needle
Gauge: 10 st= 2′, 11 rows= 2″

With Color A, Cast on 70 stitches
Knit 1, Knit 2, Purl 2 to last stitch, Knit last stitch
Knit1, knit the knit stitches & purl the purl stitches as they face you for a total of 10 rows Color A
Switch to Color B, continue in pattern for 25 additional rows
Begin decreases
K1, (K2, P2, K2tog, P2) to last stitch, Knit last stitch
K1, knit the knit stitches & purl the purl stitches as they face you, K1
K1, (K2tog, P2, K1, P1)to last st, knit last stitch
K1, knit the knit stitches & purl the purl stitches as they face you, knit last stitch
K2(K2tog, K1, P1, K2) to end
K1, P1, P2tog (P1, P2tog, P2tog) to end
K1, K2tog to end
Cut thread, leaving 12″ tail
Thread yarn needle with tail end of yarn & thread through remaining loops on knitting needle
Pull tight & sew seam closed

Very easy & this hat can actually be made in under 2 hours.