Monthly Archives: January 2015

Mom’s Embellished Beanie

This may be the last winter hat I try to make for a while; I  do crochet tight but even when I change hooks accordingly and manage to match the gauge most of my hats fit too snug. (Fine by me, I’ve never been a hat person!) Here’s to hoping they all stretch over time. (Mom, next time you add to your wish list for me, just pick something besides a hat….)

Another Lion Brand pattern, crocheted in Homespun. Homespun is an acrylic yarn that comes in a range of colors that LB calls “painterly stripes” because they create projects with subtle stripes in them. It feels and looks beautiful when finished but is a PAIN to work with. Read some comments on the yarn by Ravelry users, including me, here. I found one user’s comment to feel your stitches to be incredibly helpful, as was another’s comment to work slowly. Both techniques kept my cursing to a minimum, and I do think this little project and the patience and care required did improve my crocheting technique. That said, I’m not eager to work with this yarn again!

Mom's Embellished Beanie

Mom’s Embellished Beanie

Mom's Embellished Beanie

Mom’s Embellished Beanie

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Pretty In Pine Wristers

I wanted to learn the Pine Trees Stitch ever since I saw it on the great site New Stitch a Day and make some holiday gifts which is how these wristers came into being.

Pretty In Pine Wristers Version One Finished 12_21_2014 (1)

Pretty In Pine Wristers, Version One

Pretty In Pines Wristers Version Two Finished 12_23_2014 (8)

Pretty In Pine Wristers, Version Two

For version one I used Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) in Grey(ish). For version two I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Forest Green Heather for the wrister and Mink Brown for the edging. Both yarns are really soft and great to work with; I think the Sheep(ish) worked up a little tighter, although I do tend to crochet a little tight. I thought the wool blends would make the wristers warm, especially with the open stitch I used. The Pine Trees Stitch is really fun, easy, and fast and I can’t wait to try it in other projects.

Close Up Of Pine Trees Stitch

Close Up Of Pine Trees Stitch

I haven’t yet written up this pattern but have been thinking about it.


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