Butterfly & Cocoon

As soon as I saw these little butterflies with their cocoons in the latest issue of Making Magazine I knew I had to make them. I mean, come on! How can you not? 

The pattern calls for sport weight yarn, but I decided to use up some fingering weight scraps I had. It was so much fun mixing and matching colors to create these. I'm giving them to my granddaughters for Easter. I think they're going to have so much fun playing with them, especially putting them in and taking them out of their cocoons.

I highly recommend this pattern. It is written by Susan B. Anderson, who writes the most detailed, easy to follow patterns and creates the cutest little toy knitting patterns.

Botanical Embroidery

I received Yumiko Higuchi's newest book Zakka Embroidery as a Christmas gift, and from the moment I opened it I couldn't wait to start stitching. Yumiko is an incredible artist and creates the most beautiful designs. If you haven't seen her work yet, be sure to.

I pulled a couple different flowers I liked from the "Floral Pattern" in the book and came up with this little motif. I embroidered with wool and then made it into a project bag. I finished it off with a tiny pom-pom made out of the same wool I used to embroider.

Anthropologie Inspired Knitted Hat Pattern

During a recent visit to Anthropologie I saw this hat.

I loved everything about it except the $40 price tag. I could tell it was just a simple ribbed hat and I liked the smaller ribbing at the band. I decided to try and make one for myself. I did and I'm sharing with you how I did it so you can make one of your own. And the cost of this hat was only $6, and that's with using a really nice yarn. You could make it for even less using a less expensive yarn.

Here's the one I made.

Lady by the Bay-Anthropologie Inspired Knitted Hat Pattern

Here's how I made it:

Finished size:

18" circumfrence

Materials:

Approximately 110 yards worsted weight yarn (I used 60 grams of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the colorway Polar Morn)

Size 9 (5.5 mm) 16" circular knitting needles

Size 13 (9 mm) 16" circular knitting needles

Size 13 (9mm) double pointed needles

Darning needle

Pattern:

Cast on 89 stitches using size 9 needles. I cast on 89 because I like to use

this

method for joining in the round, so that there is no small gap. If you don't want to use this method, just cast on 88 stitches.

Join in the round being careful not to twist stitches. You can place a marker if you like; I just use the tail as a guide for the beginning of a row.

K1, P1 for 5 rows.

Switch to size 13 needles and continue K1, P1 in the round for 5.5 inches.

Switch to DPNs.

Next round ssk all the way around.

Knit two rounds.

Next round k2tog all the way around.

Cut yarn, thread darning needle and draw the needle through the remaining stitches on the needles. Pull tight to close and pass yarn through middle to the inside of the hat.

Make a large pom pom. I made mine by wrapping the yarn around the palm of my hand 100 times, securing the center with a tight knot to make like a bowtie and then cutting all of the loops and trimming until it looked the way I liked. There's a good tutorial

here

 on making pom poms that can help you if my description of what I did wasn't good enough. :)

Attach your pom pom to the top of the hat and weave in all ends.

Happy knitting!

4 Hour Infinity Scarf

With Christmas just around the corner, a quick and easy pattern is just the thing to start checking some of those names off your list. And who doesn't love a beautiful, cozy scarf for this upcoming cold weather?

Lady by the Bay - 4 Hour Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern

Here's a pattern I made up for this infinity scarf. It's super easy and you'll be able to memorize it quickly and have your very own completed in about 4 hours. And if you use a thicker yarn/larger hook you could have one even quicker. There are no rules with this pattern. I just started chain stitching until I got to about the width I thought I wanted and then started crocheting. You can make this as narrow or as wide and as long as you want. This is just what I used and came up with.

Finished size:

11" wide x 42" long

Materials:

240 yards bulky weight yarn (I used 2 skeins of Andes Alpaca in the color Truffle/722)

Size L (8mm) crochet hook

Yarn needle

Abbreviations:

ch: Chain

sc: Single Crochet

dc: Double Crochet

Pattern:

Ch 25

Row 1: Work sc in each ch space, ch 2, turn

Row 2: Work dc in each sc, ch 1, turn

Row 3: Work sc in each loop of each dc (not in the ch space), ch 1, turn

Row 4: Work sc in each ch space of each sc, ch 2, turn

Repeat rows 2-4 until you run out of yarn or until the scarf is as long as you like.

Seam the two edges together. There are several different ways to do this and you can find some great tutorials

here

Weave in ends. 

Now go wrap it up and make somebody very happy and cozy. :)

Lady by the Bay - 4 Hour Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay