Saturday, November 30, 2013

Crocheted Wire Crystal Bracelet

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Time to start that frantic holiday crafting!
These delicate crystals are crocheted in chains, then braided to get this stunning bracelet. Simple to make, but super elegant. These crystals can be substituted with other beads, such as bead chips or round beads. 
Materials: 30 crystals or beads, 32 gauge wire, a lobster clasp, and a size I crochet hook. 
You will need basic crochet skills, or find a YouTube video to teach you how to chain. 
Cut a length of wire at about 3 feet. It's better to have more, since the wire can't easily be knotted together for a new piece. Thread 5 beads. Make a slip knot on the hook. 
Chain 5 without adding any beads. 
Crochet a bead into the chain. Chain 2, chain a bead, and continue until you have used all 5 beads. Chain 5, then finish off
Make 5 more of these chained wire pieces. 
Twist all 6 ends together on one side. 
Braid them together loosely, holding two strands for each of the three sections. 
Now twist the other end of the wire together. 
Trim the ends a little bit so you can easily thread the clasp. Bend the wire on half around the clasp. 
Twist the two parts of wire together to finish it off. 
Trim ends close to the bracelet with wire cutters. Repeat on the other side. 
And now you have a pretty bracelet! All it takes are some pretty beads and wire! 
So sparkly! Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Turquoise Shell Infinity Scarf-Free Crochet Pattern

I love the bright turquoise of this simple shell stitch scarf. It reminds me of the ocean in August. We certainly need some bright colors for the dreary winter days coming. 
This scarf used almost an entire skein of Simply Soft Light in Hawaiian Sky and an H hook. 

Ch 28.
Row 1:  2 Dc in 4th ch from hook, *sk 2 ch, sc, sk 2 ch, 5 dc in next* repeat from * to end.  Sk 2 ch, 3 dc in last chain, ch 1, turn. 
Row 2: sc in first dc, *5 dc in sc, sc in 3rd dc from shell* repeat from * to end, 5 dc in sc, sc in 3rd ch, ch 3, turn. 
Row3: 2 dc in sc, *sc in 3rd dc from shell, 5 dc in sc* repeat from * to end, sc in 3rd dc from shell, 3 dc in last sc, ch 1, turn. 
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your scarf is the desired length or until you run out of yarn. 
Slip stitch the ends together to form the infinity scarf. 
I just love the texture of the solid shell. I hope you enjoy your new scarf! If you're making one for a gift, remember to make yourself one too!
Xoxo, Alyssa

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ombré Earrings

These fun earrings can be made quickly in every color! These ombré beads came from A. C. Moore and come in other colors. I chose the neutral black to white combination for this tutorial. 
Materials: ombré bead strand, chain, ear wires, and bent nose pliers. If your beads do not come with jump rings, you will need those as well. 
Open the jump ring, and attach it to the last link of the chain. 
Continue to add beads. I used 6 black beads, 6 grey beads, and 6 clear beads on each earring. 
Cut the chain, leaving an unused link for the ear wire. Attach the ear wire to the unused link. 
Repeat for the second earring. 
I know I will get a ton of use out of these fun earrings. They are super sparkly and I love the dangling around my neck. 
I had to make every color!

Xoxo, Alyssa

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Navy Cabled Bracelet

You will want one of these easy bracelets for everyday wear. This quick cabled cuff used only a few yards of Vanna's Choice and size 9 needles. The cables create an interesting braided texture. Fun buttons finish it off. 

Cast on 12 stitches. 
Set up row 1:p2, k8, p2
Set up row 2: k2, p8, k2
Row 1: p2, 4-st right cable, 4-st right cable, p2
Row 2: k2, p8, k2
Row 3: p2, k2, 4-st left cable, k2, p2
Row 4: row 2
Repeat rows 1-4 until bracelet is about half an inch shorter than your wrist. 
Cast off, but do not finish off on the last stitch. Slip a crochet hook into the loop, and across the top:
Sl st 2, ch 4, sk 1, sl st 6, ch 4, sk 1, sl st 2. Finish off and weave in ends. Sew on buttons.  

4-st right cable: sl 2 sts to cn, hold to back, knit 2 sts from left hand needle, knit sts from cn. 
4-st left cable:  sl 2 sts to cn, hold to front, knit 2 sts from left hand needle, knit sts from cn. 
Here is the image of the button loops. 
My pretty vintage buttons. 
Isn't that texture just so yummy and yarny? I LOVE cables!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cobalt Pearl Necklace

This delicate pearl necklace reminds me of icicles hanging from the sides of the roof. 

Materials: freshwater pearls, headpins, eye pins, chain, clasp, wire cutters, round nose pliers, and bent nose pliers. 
Lay your design out on the table. I had 6 pearls for the longest dangling piece. 
Make a 90 degree angle with the head pin and bent nose pliers. 
Make a loop with the round nose pliers. 
Repeat with an eye pin. Before you close it, slip the headpin on, and then close it. 
Repeat until there are 6 beads. Attach it to the center link of your chain. I cut my chain to the length of a choker. 
Repeat with the rest of the pearls. I used one fewer pearl for each dangle to make the triangle shape. 
Attach your clasp the ends of the chain. 
Wear this beautiful necklace to holiday parties, or a night out. 
It's certainly a statement making piece, but delicate at the same time.  

Xoxo, Alyssa