Holiday Knitting and Sewing

I started on my Christmas crafts in August. I now know to start on them in July next year. I don't think I'll be able to complete everything I wanted to. I have managed to finish some really lovely items though and am very happy to be able to give them this year. One of my very favorites were these fingerless gloves. How pretty are they? I knit them up with Quince and Co. Chickadee in the Camel Colorway. The pattern is

Margarete Fingerless Gloves by Sybil R

. They look complicated but really aren't. I love the little flower stitches in these.

I found some soft and cozy flannel to make some fringed throw blankets. Such an easy project and great gift!

I just finished knitting up this ombré hat with the leftover yarn from

these gloves

. And I also started knitting up some tiny Christmas bear ornaments for my granddaughters.

I've also finished the Campside Cardi I've been working on since September. I'll have to snap some photos and share them with you soon.

I hope you're enjoying whatever crafts you're working on to give this holiday season.

DIY Hula Hoop Play Tent

I've been seeing lots of really cute hula hoop tents on Pinterest and decided to try and make one for my granddaughter. The best tutorial I found out of all of them was this one by A Beautiful Mess. It was the most thorough of the ones I found and made me feel comfortable enough to try and make one on my own.

I used her formula to figure out what size to cut my triangles for the top and to have it work with the hula hoop I was using. This was super helpful! The 2-yard length for the fabric for the sides of the tent was just right if hanging from an 8-foot ceiling when you add the topper for the hula hoop and the hanger. I didn't add a border to mine as I thought it may be too much with the pattern going on in my fabric. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and my granddaughter loved it. She especially loved the horses on the fabric. The gorgeous fabric is by Art Gallery Fabrics, designed by Bari J. It's from the Anna Elise Collection and the pattern is called Encoloureful in Pretty.

This was a really fun project, not difficult at all, and brought so much joy to my granddaughter. It will be fun to watch her play in this for years to come.

Lady by the Bay-Hula Hoop Play Tent

Lady by the Bay-Hula Hoop Play Tent

Lady by the Bay-Hula Hoop Play Tent

Custom Baby Bibs

This past weekend I made my second granddaughter some bibs. I posted a tutorial here when I originally made them for my first granddaughter. I was so excited to use these super cute fabrics I found recently on Hawthorne Threads website. This is my favorite site to order fabrics from. They have a wonderful selection, ship super fast, and are very friendly and helpful.

Lady by the Bay - Custom Baby Bibs

The fabrics I used are as follows, from left to right:

Wingspan by Bonnie Christine

Summer Ride by Sarah Jane

Unicorn Fable Voile by Sara Lawson

Furry Tales by Art Gallery Fabrics

Oh Hello by by Bonnie Christine

Girl Friends by Ann Kelle

I embroidered my granddaughter's name on each bib just like I did with the original ones I made.

Lady by the Bay - Custom Baby Bibs

I'm really happy with how these turned out and can't wait to see them on my granddaughter. :)

DIY Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

I wanted to share with you a beautiful, quick, easy and inexpensive way to decorate your walls. I had several embroidery hoops just lying in a drawer, along with some very pretty fabrics. It was time to put these items to good use. Just grab some of your favorite fabrics and those hoops and I'll show you how easy this is to do.

Lady by the Bay - DIY Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

Position your embroidery hoop on your fabric to get an idea of what part of the pattern will be visible in the hoop. Then cut the piece of fabric a couple of inches larger than the hoop. Place the fabric in the hoop and make sure the pattern looks the way you want. Trim away the excess fabric, leaving about an inch around the edge. It doesn't have to be perfect.

Lady by the Bay - DIY Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

Using some fabric glue, squeeze a thin line of it around the inner edge of the embroidery hoop.

Lady by the Bay - DIY Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

Press the fabric inward toward the center of the hoop, going around the entire edge, being sure all of the fabric edges adhere to the hoop. You may have to go around a couple of times.

Lady by the Bay - DIY Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

That's it! You now have a beautiful piece of art to hang on your wall. You could embroider some inspirational words on your fabrics as well, which I plan on doing. And if you're making one to give as a gift, it may be nice to add a backing of some felt or a plain fabric just to make it look neater. For my own personal use though I didn't find that necessary.

I suggest laying your finished hoops out on a large table or the floor to design exactly how you will want them to look on your wall, then go about hanging them.

Lady by the Bay - DIY Embroidery Hoop Wall Art
Lady by the Bay - DIY Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

Enjoy and have a beautiful day!

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!

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!



Feather and Fan Knitted Scarf Pattern

I just finished this lovely feather and fan scarf that I'm giving to someone special for Christmas, and I wanted to share the pattern with you here. This was a fun knit but took a while because of the thin yarn. The pattern repeat is easy to memorize so that you're not having to constantly look at a pattern. I love the way it turned out with this gorgeous ombre yarn.

Lady by the Bay - Feather and Fan Knitted Scarf Pattern
Lady by the Bay - Feather and Fan Knitted Scarf Pattern

Here's how I made it:

Finished size:

60" long x 8" wide

Materials:

459 yards fingering weight yarn (I used 1 skein of 

Schoppel Wolle Zauberball in 

color way 1508

)

Size 6 (4 mm) knitting needles

Yarn needle

Pattern:

Cast on 58 stitches. 

Knit 10 rows garter stitch.

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: Purl

Round 3: k2, *(k2tog) 3 times, (k1, yo) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2

Round 4: Knit

Repeat these four rows to desired length.

Finish with 10 rows garter stitch.

Bind off and weave in ends.

Happy knitting!

December Knitting Projects/WIP

I can't believe Christmas is so close! I'm knitting against the clock trying to get all of my Christmas gifts done. These are some of the things I've finished recently and some I'm working on.

I saw a pattern for the sweetest fingerless gloves with butterflies in the palms and I fell in love. I  used this pattern for the butterflies but a different pattern for the gloves. I can't wait to give these to the recipient at Christmas.

Lady by the Bay - Knitted Fingerless Gloves with Butterflies


This is the gorgeous Mara shawl that I'm working on. I'm in love with this Noro Silk yarn! These colors are so divine! I'm praying I can finish this shawl in time for Christmas.

Lady by the Bay - Knitted Mara Shawl


As soon as I saw the Slouchy Broken Rib hat pattern on Ravelry I knew I had to make it. I had some beautiful Mirasol Hap'i yarn that made the perfect hat. It's so soft and lovely.

Lady by the Bay - Knitted Slouchy Broken Rib Hat

And one of my favorite knits this month was this beautiful Honey Hat by Madelinetosh. I knitted this up with Tosh Merino DK in the color "Whiskers". This was a really fun pattern.

Lady by the Bay - Knitted Madelinetosh Honey Hat

I'm still working on the ombre' scarf that I started on in August. I will be so happy when that one's done. It's taken forever! And I have a cowl and another hat I'm working on as well but just haven't taken any pics yet.

Happy Holidays and happy knitting!!


Cozy Ribbed Scarf Pattern

Update October 2015:

I have received some messages/comments saying that your scarf doesn't drape the way that mine does. I have triple checked my pattern, counted the stitches in the scarf itself and knitted others, and it is 100% accurate as written below. If your scarf doesn't drape the way this one does it's because you're using a different fiber content.  Using 100% baby alpaca, which is extremely soft is what gives this scarf its drape. I've knitted this scarf with 100% wool and it did not drape the same. It was still wonderful but not drapey. So if you want it to drape you need to use 100% alpaca or something with a high percentage of alpaca in it.

Oh boy, I recently found some of the softest yarn ever! Misti Alpaca Chunky is my new favorite yarn. As soon as I brought it home I had to get it on the needles.

I just did a simple 2x2 rib stitch using two skeins of that loveliness and came up with this gorgeous scarf in the end. It knitted up so quickly and makes a wonderful Christmas gift to give to someone special.

Lady by the Bay - Cozy Ribbed Scarf Knitting Pattern

Here's how I made it:

Finished size:

40" around, 12" high (unstretched)

Materials:

216 yards chunky weight alpaca yarn (I used 2 skeins of Misti Alpaca in the color 100 Nt Cream)

Size 15 circular knitting needle

Yarn needle

Pattern:

Cast on 140 stitches. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.

Round 1: K2, P2

Repeat round 1 until you've used up most of the yarn or until desired height. You want to leave enough yarn to do your bind off.

I recommend using a stretchy bind off. I used 

Jeny's Suprisingly Stretchy Bind Off created by 

Jeny Staiman

 and I love it! Here's a great

video tutorial

on how to do it. If you don't want to do the stretchy bind off then you should use a size 19 needle and bind off very loosely.

Weave in ends. 

You may not want to give this away once you've made it. It's so incredibly soft and cozy!

Happy knitting!

Lady by the Bay - Cozy Ribbed Scarf Knitting Pattern

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

September Knitting Projects/WIP

September has been a very productive knitting month for me. I was able to finally complete the sweater I had been working on for a while for my daughter-in-law. I'm so pleased with how it turned out and it looks great on her. This is a pattern by Kelly Menzies called "Malana" and was published in the June 2014 Let's Knit! Magazine. This was the first adult size sweater I've made. It was a bit of a challenge at times, but I learned along the way and would definitely knit this again.


Lady by the Bay - Malana Sweater


To feel like I accomplished something (after working on the sweater for so long) I had to throw in a quick, fun knit, and I found this pattern for coasters by Purl Soho and just fell in love with them. I made a couple of sets for friends.

Lady by the Bay - Chocolate Bar Coasters

My favorite knit for September was this adorable Hudson Hat by Lindsay Baker. The pattern is sized for babies to adults. I know I will be making a few more of these as Christmas gifts, as they are a really fast knit. :)

Lady by the Bay - Hudson Hat


I have two work in progress projects. This one will come off of the needles today though. The yarn I used (Mirasol Hap'i) is textured and I felt it looked too 'bumpy' in the stockinette stitch, but when I put it on the dress form and saw it as it would be worn rather than lying flat, I think it will be fine. We'll see once I block it. This is the Bandana Cowl by The Purl Bee and I adore the pattern. I didn't want to stop knitting. This could easily be knit in just a few hours. A perfect Christmas gift! More will be made with smoother yarn, for sure.


Lady by the Bay - Bandana Cowl

Another work in progress is this feather and fan scarf. It's slow going with the thin yarn, but it's so gorgeous. It's a Christmas gift and I figure I'll need until then to finish it. The yarn I'm using for this is Schoppel Wolle Zauberball. It's the most beautiful yarn I've ever worked with. I made up the pattern in typical feather and fan style. I'd be happy to type it up and share it, but any feather and fan pattern would yield the same effect, I believe.


Lady by the Bay - Feather and Fan Scarf

That's all for now. I'm getting ready to cast on a Katniss Cowl for a friend. What project do you have going at the moment?

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

Cabled Mug Cozy Knitting Pattern

I'm sharing a really pretty mug cozy knitting pattern with you today. I've been making all different types of of them lately, playing around with all sorts of patterns, and this is my favorite one. This is for a cozy for a cup without a handle, like the to-go cups from Starbucks. It's a great way to use up yarn you have in your stash, as you don't need a whole lot.

Lady by the Bay - Cabled Mug Cozy Knitting Pattern

Lady by the Bay - Cabled Mug Cozy Knitting Pattern

I knitted this using the magic loop method.

You'll need:
DK or worsted weight yarn
Size 7 needle
Cast on 40 stitches
Split stitches (23 on one needle, 17 on the other)
k3, p3, work Cable Panel over 14 sts, p3, knit to end
Repeat until desired length. The one pictured is 3.5 inches.

Cable Panel:
Rnd 1: k2, [C4F] 3 times
Rnd 2: k14
Rnd 3: [C4B] 3 times, k2
Rnd 4: k14

C4F: Slip 2 sts to cn, hold to front, k2, k2 from cn.
C4B: Slip 2 sts to cn, hold to back, k2, k2 from cn.

Bind off stitches and weave in ends. That's it! Now you have a super pretty cozy for your coffee or tea mug. :)

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

Twisted Headband Knitting Pattern

I recently saw a cute headband at Urban Outfitters and decided to try and make one myself. I'm really happy with how it turned out and thought I'd share my pattern with you. It's a very simple and quick knit with just one cable. 

 

Lady by the Bay-Twisted Headband Knitting Pattern
Lady by the Bay-Twisted Headband Knitting Pattern

Finished size: 5-1/2" wide x 19" long

Regarding the width, the edges roll in naturally and it can be worn as a narrow headband, or you can spread it out some and wear it wider. It really is nice how versatile it is.

I used size 7 needles and approximately 75 yards of Malabrigo Silky Merino (DK weight)  in the color Cape Cod Gray 429.

Lady by the Bay-Twisted Headband Knitting Pattern

Pattern:

Cast on 30 stitches

Knit 4 rows in garter stitch

Knit 9" in stockinette

To make the cable twist:

Knit 5, slip the next 10 stitches on a cable needle and hold to front

Knit the next 10 stitches

Knit the 10 stitches from the cable needle

Knit the last 5 stitches

Knit 9" in stockinette

Knit 4 rows in garter stitch

Cast off, leaving a long tail for seaming and weaving ends in

Use mattress stitch, or any stitch you like to seam the two ends together.

Lady by the Bay-Twisted Headband Knitting Pattern

How it looks in the back

Cup Cozy Addiction

My latest addiction is knitting coffee cup cozies. I have wanted to practice cables and figured this would be a good way to go about it. It's so much fun! I've been playing around with all sorts of patterns and coming up with some pretty cute cozies.

Lady by the Bay - Knitted Coffee Cup Cozy

My favorite cable pattern so far.

Lady by the Bay - Knitted Coffee Cup Cozy

I've been using up scrap fabric I have in my stash to embellish the cozies.

Lady by the Bay - Knitted Coffee Cup Cozy

How beautiful is this double moss stitch!

Lady by the Bay - Knitted Coffee Cup Cozy

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

Diana's Hat

I recently finished making this hat from the wonderful Green Gables Knits book by Joanna Johnson. I want to knit every single item in this book. All of the patterns are so lovely and so well written. It was hard to decide which to make first, but i had some gorgeous Freia Handpaints yarn that I knew would be perfect for Diana's Hat.

Lady by the Bay - Green Gables Knits Diana's Hat

The ombré effect of the yarn was perfect for this hat. I'm so pleased with the outcome.

Lady by the Bay - Green Gables Knits Diana's Hat

Lady by the Bay - Green Gables Knits Diana's Hat

I highly recommend this pattern. It was a lot of fun to knit up.

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

Drop Stitch Cowl

I've had this big, bulky bundle of yarn goodness in my stash for about a year now and I was just dying to finally knit something up with it. As soon as I saw the pattern by Abi Gregorio for the drop stitch cowl I knew that's what I had to make. What a fun knit this was! And so fast and easy. I was done within a few hours. And look how beautifully it turned out.

Lady by the Bay - Drop Stitch Cowl Knitting Pattern

This would make a great last minute gift for someone. This pattern will definitely be in my archives for making many more.

Lady by the Bay - Drop Stitch Cowl Knitting Pattern


Lady by the Bay - Drop Stitch Cowl Knitting Pattern

Happy knitting!

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

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...

Lady by the Bay

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

Miniature Dress Ornament

I started a tradition last year with my granddaughter's first Christmas of making her this little coat ornament. I intend on making her a special ornament every year. This year I made her this dress.

Lady by the Bay - Miniature Dress Ornament

If you'd like to make a little ornament like this, just pick any fabric you love, trace out the shape of the dress you would like and cut it out. I cut two pieces and stitched them together so I could make arm holes to put a hanger through. You will want to hand-stitch the pocket on, glue the belt and sew the button on before stitching the two pieces together, so that your stitches don't show on the back. I also embroidered the year on the back of the dress, so if you want to embroider something on the back, do that as well before stitching the pieces together.

I used a sparkly red yarn and did simple crochet chain stitches to make the belt and glued it on with some Fabric Fusion. Next I picked a button out of my stash and sewed it on in the center of the belt. I then cut out a small piece of the same fabric (a different patterned fabric would be really pretty) for the pocket and then hand-stitched it on. I found some vintage lace in my stash and decided to add it as well. I used the Fabric Fusion to tack it to the pocket and to the bottom of the dress. I then hand-stitched around the edges, leaving space at the arm holes. Finally, I made a little hanger out of wire I got from the craft store, for the dress to hang on.

Lady by the Bay - Miniature Dress Ornament

This was a lot of fun to make and not difficult at all. The design possibilities are endless.

Here's a close up for the details.

Lady by the Bay - Miniature Dress Ornament

Lady by the Bay - Miniature Dress Ornament

I hope everyone has a very happy holiday!!

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay