A Year's Worth of Crafts

Man, I can't believe it's the end of 2014 already! Time sure does fly!

I had a lot of fun knitting, crocheting and sewing in 2014. I put together a collage of everything I made and couldn't get over just how much I did. It feels good to see it all together like this.

Lady by the Bay - Year of Crafts

Now I have a clean slate to start on my projects for 2015. I know of a few things that I can't wait to get started on.

How cute is this little sweater? I have to make this soon! It's called Puddle Duck and the pattern can be found here on Ravelry.


Another one I'm excited about making this year is one of these one seam swirl jackets. I saw a few different styles from the book made and on display at the Imagiknit store in San Francisco and immediately fell in love with them. The patterns are in this book


I'm finally going to learn to knit socks this year. And one pair I'm dying to make are these Love Socks. How adorable are they!? The pattern can be found here on Ravelry.



What are your crafting goals for 2015? Any favorites you're looking forward to making? I'd love to hear about them.

Happy New Year!



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...

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Crocheted Fingerless Gloves

I've had several people ask me about the pattern I used to make these gloves. I found it here. It is such an easy pattern to work up. I was able to make a pair of these in an evening. I made them a little longer than the pattern called for, and I didn't crochet the optional flower. The yarns I used are listed below each image.

These would be fun to make with lots of stripes, or even in a lighter weight yarn for when it's not real cold out. I really love this pattern and I'm sure you will, too.

Lady by the Bay - Crocheted Fingerless Gloves
Misti Alpaca - Baby Me Boo in Natural Cream
The pink is just some scrap yarn I had in my stash

Lady by the Bay - Crocheted Fingerless Gloves
Madelinetosh - Tosh Merino DK in Steamage

Lady by the Bay - Crocheted Fingerless Gloves
Madelinetosh - Tosh Merino DK in Cloak

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay


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Vintage Crocheted Pillow

I saw a pattern for a beautiful, round, vintage pillow in the Woman's Weekly Vintage Pattern Magazine and immediately knew I had to make it. I had this gorgeous Malabrigo yarn (colorway English Rose) in my stash and decided to use it for this pillow. It's a wonderful pattern and is coming together very nicely.

Dawn Regan-Vintage Round Pillow Crochet

This is only halfway through the pattern, so it will be a good size pillow. I'm thinking it will look pretty in my granddaughter's room. :)

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

WIP - January

I've had a lot on the needles and hook this past month. Here are some of my works in progress...

Lady by the Bay - Crocheted Granny Squares
Working on a granny square blanket

Lady by the Bay - Erika Knight Rib Snood Knit
Erika Knight Rib Snood

Lady by the Bay - Color Block Bias Wrap Knit
Color Block Bias Wrap - Classic Elite Yarns

Lady by the Bay - GAPtastic Cowl Knit
I just finished the GAPtastic cowl. Such an easy and pretty pattern. All seed stitch.

Lady by the Bay - Erika Knight Yarn
Found this lovely Erika Knight yarn. I'm thinking about making fingerless gloves with it.

Hope everyone is having a great first month of the year so far. :)

Until next time...

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Crochet Lace Scarf

I had found some gorgeous Malabrigo yarn and wanted to find something very special to make with it. That's when I came across

this pattern

. I immediately fell in love. I made it as a gift for someone for the holidays and it turned out beautifully and they loved it.

It's a very easy pattern and you quickly remember it and don't have to reference back. I used a 5mm hook, as I tend to crochet a little tighter at times. The yarn I used is Malabrigo sock yarn in the color 474 Caribeno. 

Crochet Lace Scarf - Lady By The Bay
Crochet Lace Scarf - Lady By The Bay
Crochet Lace Scarf - Lady By The Bay
Crochet Lace Scarf - Lady By The Bay

Progress as I was working on it

I highly recommend this pattern. 

Happy crocheting!

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

Alysia Infinity Scarf - Crochet Pattern

Alysia Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern - Lady by the Bay

I was recently asked by a friend to make her an infinity scarf. I decided to do the entire thing in the half double crochet stitch, as it's one of my favorite stitches. I love the way it turned out. I was able to complete this in two evenings. It comes together really quickly. So if you're looking for a great Christmas gift idea that you can finish in time (it's only 23 days away! Eeek!!) then this is for you. :)

Alysia Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern - Lady by the Bay

Here's how I did it:

Finished size: 78" around x 5 1/2" wide

Materials:

270 yards worsted weight yarn (I used 2 skeins of Cascade Yarns Pastaza in the color Russet 010)

Size L (8mm) crochet hook

Yarn needle

Pattern:

Abbreviations:

ch: Chain

ss: Slip Stitch

hdc: Half Double Crochet

blo: Back Loop Only

Ch 176, join with ss, being careful not to twist stitches

Row 1: Work hdc in each ch, join with ss in first hdc, ch 1

Row 2: Work hdc in blo of each hdc, join with ss in first hdc, ch 1

Repeat rows 1 and 2 four more times, until you have a total of 10 rows

Weave in ends and block.

You can use any weight yarn you like and make this any length and width you like. This is just what I did to make this particular one. I plan on making more of these with some bulky weight yarn and a larger hook.

Alysia Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern - Lady by the Bay

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

In the Holiday Spirit

There's finally a chill in the air here in Northern California, and everywhere I go there are Christmas decorations and all the holiday flavored goodies at the store, so it has started to feel like the holiday season for me! And what better way to get in the holiday spirit than crocheting some snowflakes. I started out with crochet thread and one of those teeny, tiny steel hooks and I wanted to stab myself with it! I just don't have the patience. So I found some lovely mercerized cotton and this cute little crochet hook that was attached to a kit on some crochet magazine I purchased. The two of these together are making the perfect snowflakes, and quickly. :) And just so I don't waste that pretty crochet thread I bought, I'm pulling in a strand of that into some of my snowflakes. I really like the effect it gives.

So what am I going to do with all of these snowflakes, you ask? In my head I picture them as a garland strung across a large mirror in my home that I'd like to use to hang our Christmas cards on with tiny clothespins. We'll see how that turns out. I'll share a photo once I have it complete.

Happiest Holiday wishes to everyone!!

crocheted snowflakes

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

Cozy Puff Stitch Cowl Pattern

I'm kind of in love with the puff stitch. It's so easy and yields such a beautiful result. This pattern is simple and comes together really quickly.

Lady by the Bay - Cozy Puff Stitch Cowl Crochet Pattern
Lady by the Bay - Cozy Puff Stitch Cowl Crochet Pattern

Finished size: 28" around x 6 1/2" wide

Materials used:

Misti Alpaca Baby Me Boo, Color Lavender Sapphire (174 yds)

J 6mm hook

ch 78

Row 1:

Puff st in 4th ch from hook, ch 1

*sk 1 ch, puff st, ch 1*

repeat * to * until you reach the end (total 38 puff stitches)

Turn, ch 2

Row 2:

*Puff st in the next ch1 sp, ch 1* repeat 37 times for a total of 38 puff stitches

Repeat Row 2 13 times for a total of 14 rows. Finished size: 27" x 7"

Bind off, weave in ends. Twist piece once and then close seam together with mattress stitch.

How to Puff Stitch

Lady by the Bay - Cozy Puff Stitch Cowl Crochet Pattern

See, I told you it was simple. :)

Until next time...

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Crocheted Hooded Fox Cowl

I recently found the most adorable hooded fox cowl pattern called The Failynn Fox Cowl, by The Velvet Acorn, when I was on Pinterest. I had to make it! The pattern was for knitting and I'm not as comfortable with knitting as I am crocheting so I ended up using The Woodlynn Wolf Cowl pattern, which is just like the fox one but crocheted. 

The first one I made was a pink fox in a toddler size for my granddaughter. I love how it turned out. I used Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in Honolulu Pink. It's super soft and cozy. 

Crocheted Hooded Fox Cowl
Crocheted Hooded Fox Cowl
The rib stitching at the bottom is so pretty. I also love the addition of the tie on this one.

After I posted a picture of the pink one I had a request by a friend of mine to make her an adult size one in the original fox colors. I emailed Heidi, the maker of the pattern, to ask what color yarn she used for the Failynn Fox and she replied right away and let me know it was Lion Brand Thick & Quick in Spice. She was super friendly and helpful. Thank you, Heidi!!

Crocheted Hooded Fox Cowl

These came together so fast and are a lot of fun to make. I highly recommend you make some of these as Christmas gifts. :)

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

Crocheted Slouch Hat Pattern - Updated

Lady by the Bay - Crochet Slouch Hat Pattern

As promised, I'm posting an update for a slouchier hat than the one previously posted. I increased the number of stitches I did. I also used a thicker yarn on this one to make it a little bulkier. 

Materials used:
Cascade Yarns - 128 Superwash - Color 900 "Charcoal" (128 yards)
5mm hook

Chain 70 and join with slip st to first st. 

Row 1: Ch 2, Hdc in each st
Row 2: *1 sc and 1 dc in same st, skip 1 st*, repeat.
Row 3: 1 sc in back loop only in each st 
Row 2 and 3 is the pattern stitch. Continue pattern stitch until the work measures 8 inches. 

End of pattern stitch

Continue along by sc in each st around until hat measures 14.5 inches, decreasing as outlined below: 


Dec row 1: Dec every 7 st
Make 2 rows without decreases
Dec row 2: Dec every 6 st
Make 2 rows without decreases
Dec row 3: Dec every 5 st
Make 2 rows without decreases
Dec row 4: Dec every 4 st
Make 2 rows without decreases
Dec row 5: Dec every 3 st
Make 3 rows without decreases
Dec row 6: Dec every 2 st
Continue decreasing every 2 st until there are only a few st left

Fasten off, leaving about a 4-inch tail. Turn hat inside out and close the top with a yarn needle, weaving yarn in and out and then fasten off. Weave in ends and block.

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

Thistle Cowl Crochet Pattern

Thistle Cowl Crochet Pattern

As soon as I saw the Thistle Cowl pattern in the Interweave Crochet Fall 2013 magazine I knew I had to make it. I love the colorwork in this cowl and the pretty picot edging. I also like how they have you carry the yarn along. The link to the pattern is here.

The pattern uses 4 colors; I used 3. I also had to adjust my hook size to obtain the correct gauge with the yarn I was using. I used a 3mm hook with the following yarn:

Blue Sky Alpaca - sport weight - color 500 Natural White
Blue Sky Alpaca - sport weight - color 516 Petal Pink
Mirasol Miski - Llama - worsted weight - color 118 Gris

Finished Size: 22" circumference, 9" tall.


Thistle Cowl Crochet Pattern
Work in progress.


Thistle Cowl Crochet Pattern


This was a really simple pattern to follow and came together very quickly. Definitely something I will be making again. Happy crocheting!

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

Crocheted Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern

A family member is having a little boy soon so I wanted to make a cozy blanket for him. I really liked 

this pattern

 I found online and adjusted it slightly to fit what I wanted. Also, I like the look of the edges so i didn't crochet the edging like in the pattern I found.

It took me 20 hours to make this blanket. I gave myself an hour each day to work on it and was able to finish it in 20 days. I wanted to share that because Christmas is right around the corner and that will give you an idea for your countdown. :)

Lady by the Bay - Crocheted Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern
Lady by the Bay - Crocheted Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern

In progress

Lady by the Bay - Crocheted Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern

Almost done. :)

Here's how I made it:

Finished size: 28" x 36"

I used 6 colors:

178 yds Berroco Comfort DK in Color 2763

178 yds Berroco Comfort DK in Color 2736

I'm not sure of the exact yardage I used of the following colors,

as I didn't use the entire skein of these:

Paton Beehive Baby Sport in Color Vintage Lace

Paton Beehive Baby Sport in Color Bonnet Blue

Lion Brand Baby Soft in Color Bluebell

Bernat Softee Baby in Color Pale Blue

5 mm crochet hook

Chain 151 stitches.

SK 1 chain from hook, *SC in next 11 stitches, 3 SC in the next stitch, 1 SC in next 11 stitches, SK 2 stitches. Repeat from * until the last SK 2 stitches. Instead, SK 1, 1 SC, CH 1 and turn.

Repeat for 18 rows. Switch to second color and repeat. Do this with each color until you've used all 6 colors. Weave in all ends. Block as needed.

Lady by the Bay - Crocheted Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern

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Autumn Cowl - Crochet Pattern

Lady by the Bay - Autumn Cowl Crochet Pattern

I made this cowl to add to my Kaitlyn's Kaps & Kowls for Kids package I'm sending. If you'd like to contribute, details are here in my previous blog post.

Here's how I made the cowl:

I used 1 skein (170 yds) Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Color 134 Terracotta
Size K 7.00 mm hook

Finished size: 21" x 9.5"

How to short single crochet (ssc): It's worked in the horizontal bar below the top two loops normally worked into. With the wrong side of the previous row facing you, insert hook from bottom to top under horizontal bar below front loop of next sc yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through two loops.

How to - Row 4: The faux cables are worked with the right side facing and into the top 2 loops of the row 4 rows below (ssc make the top 2 loops both visible on the right side of the fabric). To create the faux cable work with yarn in front, dc in next sc 4 rows below, sk sc behind dc just worked.

Ch 64
Pattern stitch:
Row 1: Short single crochet (ssc) across, turn. (I posted a video here showing the ssc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc back loop only across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, ssc across, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc back loop only in first 2 sc, *with yarn in front, dc in next sc 4 rows below, sk sc behind dc just worked, with yarn in back, sc back loop only in next 4 sc; rep from * to end, turn.
(I posted a video here showing how to do this row)
Row 5: Ch 1, ssc across, turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, ssc across, turn.

Rep rows 1-6 until you have 5 rows of the pattern stitch.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Use mattress stitch to close the cowl at the ends.



This is what Row 4 looks like

Lady by the Bay - Autumn Cowl Crochet Pattern

Crocheted Slouch Hat Pattern

I recently found

this

pattern, or as she likes to call it, a "how to," and I really loved the look of the hat, so I thought I'd try it out. I will say that I will be making more of these hats, as they are really easy to make and super cute, but I will be making them a little longer, as I feel it should slouch a little more.

Here's my version and how I made the one pictured here. I will put notes alongside with what I intend to do on future hats, in case you want to go ahead and make a longer one. I will be sure to blog the next one I make with the exact counts once I make it, but for now I'm putting what I expect to do just for reference.

Lady by the Bay - Crocheted Slouch Hat Pattern
Lady by the Bay - Crocheted Slouch Hat Pattern

I used most of 1 skein of DK weight Malabrigo Silky Merino in

Party Pink

150 yards (50 grams) and a 5mm crochet hook.

Chain 72 and join with slip st to first st.

Row 1: Ch 2, Hdc in each st

Row 2: *1 sc and 1 dc in same st, skip 1 st*, repeat.

Row 3: 1 sc in back loop only in each st

Row 2 and 3 is the pattern stitch. Continue pattern stitch until the work measures 5.5 inches. {When i make the next hat I will work the pattern stitch until it measures 8 inches}

End of pattern stitch

Continue along by sc in each st around until hat measures 9.5 inches, decreasing as outlined below: {Future hat will be 14.5 inches, so I will do a few more rows in between without decreases}

Dec row 1: Dec every 7 st

Make 1 row without decreases

Dec row 2: Dec every 6 st

Make 1 row without decreases

Dec row 3: Dec every 5 st

Make 1 row without decreases

Dec row 4: Dec every 4 st

Dec row 5: Dec every 3 st

Dec row 6: Dec every 2 st

Continue decreasing every 2 st until there are only a few st left

Fasten off, leaving about a 4-inch tail. Turn hat inside out and close the top with a yarn needle, weaving yarn in and out and then fasten off. Weave in ends and you are done.

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

My Current Crafty Projects

I'm working on a couple of crochet projects at the moment. The first one is a hat I'm making for charity for a student's senior capstone project. She's collecting hand-knitted or crocheted hats and cowls to benefit children in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. Items are collected between September 15th and December 15th. I'll post the flyer below with all of the details for anyone who would like to participate.

I just started on it late last night. This is an Instagram snapshot I took of my morning. :)

crochet, slouch, hat, pink, morning, diy

Here is the info if you would like to donate:


I've been in a crocheting mood lately and have also been working on this blanket, which I just finished and need to block. I started it on Labor Day weekend and finished it yesterday. I will be blogging the pattern soon.

crochet chevron baby blanket progress

crochet chevron baby blanket progress

I'll be giving it as a gift to someone who is having a little boy soon. I really love the chevron pattern, so I decided to go with that. I also love the ombré look, so I did my best to make it that way.

I hope everyone is having a great week!!

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

Crocheted Giant Granny Square Blanket

This super soft and cozy granny square blanket is so easy to make. This was adapted from a Liberty Wool pattern I found. I've included the yarn and yardage I used and the pattern of colors you see here.



Materials used:

Finished size: 30" x 30"

Instructions:

With color A, ch 6, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Rnd 1 : Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc, ch 2, *3 dc, ch 2; rep from * 2 times
more and sl st to top of ch 3 from beg of rnd.

Rnd 2: Sl st to corner space, * Ch 3 (counts as first dc), in corner space, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2 * (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner space, ch 2; rep from * twice more and end by sl st to top of ch 3 from beg of rnd.

Rnd 3: Sl st to corner space, * Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2 *(3 dc, ch 2) in each space to next corner, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner space, ch 2; rep from * and end (3 dc, ch 2) in each space to beg, sl st to top of ch 3 from beg of rnd.
Rep Rnd 3 and work colors as follows: {or whatever color combination you like}

4 rnds B
1 rnds A
5 rnds C
6 rnds A
7 rnds B
6 rnds A

Edging:

With color C, work sc, in each space and ch 5 between each sc, skipping over corner space.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

My Weekend Projects (Jan 26/27)

I spent a lot of time in bed with the flu this weekend, and was able to spend a little more time than usual playing with yarn and thread. :)

My mother-in-law brought me back this gorgeous yarn from her visit to Turkey a couple of months ago, and I've been dying to start making something with it.


I was playing around and started making these little doily/coaster type rounds. At first I thought I may make a couple tea coasters and then as I kept crocheting I was enjoying the beautiful variations of colors that were developing and I just kept going. I'm not sure what I will be doing with these yet, maybe make a blanket or a pillow, but I thought I'd share how pretty they are with you.



I've also been working on this fun embroidery pattern by Pam Garrison. I love being able to choose whatever colors I like and mixing up the stitches. It really is a cheerful and bright pattern. :)


So that's what I've been working on lately. Looking forward to playing some more this coming weekend.

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

My Weekend Projects (Jan 12/13 and 19/20)

I've had a lot going on lately getting ready for my granddaughter's first birthday party and all, so I didn't get to craft as much as I would have liked to. But over the past two weekends I was able to finish two ongoing projects. Woohoo! Now I can start on a new one. I promised myself I wouldn't until I finished these.

Here are some cute little lion booties I made for a friend's little boy who is due in April. The pattern can be found here.  I've also made their little bunny booties before. You can see them here. I love how these turned out. They are so cute!



And I finished my sister's scarf. This is the first time I've knitted and I must say I love it.



I'm in love with this Sashay yarn and went back and bought four more colors when it went on sale to make some more scarves. :)  How beautiful are these colors?!


OK. On to my next project.

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay