Saturday, July 25, 2015

Star Stitch Cowl

These pretty shades will remind you of a beautiful sunset. The soft colors work up well with the star stitch. 
I used one skein of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Sherbert with size 9 circular needles. 
This yarn is a splurge, but you could use whatever yarn you want. I think variegated colors look lovely with the star stitch. 
Co 140, join without twisting, and place marker. 
Rows 1 and 3: k
Row 2: *k3tog, leave sts on lh needle, yo, k same 3 sts tog again, drop the sts off the lh needle, k1; rep from * to end across
Row 4: k2, *k3tog, leave sts on lh needle, yo, k same 3 sts tog again, drop sts off the lh needle, k1; rep from * to end to last 2sts. End this round by making a star- sl 2 sts to rh needle, remove marker, sl 2 sts back to lh needle, k3 tog, leave sts on lh needle, yo, k same 3 sts tog again, drop sts off the lh needle, sl 1 st back to lh needle, place marker, and continue on with row 1. (This ends the round with a star to keep it even, and keeps the marker in the correct position)

Rep rows 1-4 until your cowl is the desired width. 
After a row 1, bo loosely in k. Weave in any ends, and you're finished!
I love how the colors blend together with the star stitch!
My finished cowl is 7 1/2" x 26". 
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Rhinestone and Chain Bracelet

This glamorous bracelet is perfect for when you just need a little more sparkle in your outfit. 
Materials: rhinestone chain with the connectors, chain, oval shaped ring, jump rings, clasp, bent nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Cut your rhinestone chain into two equal pieces, and your regular chain into four. 
Take one piece of rhinestone chain and two pieces of regular chain and fold them in half together. Slip the part of the chain where it is folded through the ring, and pull the ends through. 
Repeat the larks knot on the other side. 
Trim the ends of the chain so they are even and so they are the right length for a bracelet. After trimming, add the connectors to the rhinestone chain. 
Connect the ends of all the chain with a jump ring, and add the clasp. 
Repeat on the other side. 
And that's it!
Hope you enjoy this bracelet!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Crochet Raspberry Cowl

This is the crochet version of my popular knit raspberry cowl. Just as simple to make, and just as squishy with the bobble texture!
I used 3 skeins of Vanna's Choice in Raspberry with a J hook.  
Ch 30
Row 1: sc in 1st ch from hook and in every ch across 
Row 2: ch 3, turn, *start dc in 1st sc, (pull through 2 lps, but don't pull through next 2 lps), start 4 more dc in same st, (you should have 6 lps on hook), yo, pull through all 6 lps on hook, sc in next st; rep from * to end to end of row. (Start and end with a 5 dc bobble)
Row 3 and 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each st across
Row 4: ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st, *make 5 dc bobble in next st, sc in next st; rep from * to end across to end of row. (Start and end with a sc st)

Rep rows 2-5 until out of yarn or desired size. Seam the two ends together, and weave in all ends. 

Here is a bit of a picture tutorial to help with the bobbles if you don't understand the written instructions. 
Ch 30
Sc in 1st ch from hook and in each ch across
Ch 3, begin 1st dc. See how I pulled through the 1st two lps on the hook, and there are still two on the hook?
Start four more dcs in the same st. You should have six lps on the hook now
Pull through all six loops at once to finish the 5 dc bobble. 
Sc in the next st. 
Make another 5 dc bobble in the next st, the a dc in the next and continue along the row. You will notice that the bobble rows are the wrong side of the fabric. 
End the row with a bobble. 
Ch 1, turn, dc in each st across. These sts look a little strange, so if it helps, count them to make sure you aren't adding any extra stitches. 
Ch 1, ac in 1st sc. Make a 5 dc bobble in next st, then sc in next st. Continue in this manner across the row. 
End the row with a sc. 
Ch 1, turn, sc in every st across. 
Continue with the four row repeat. 
This stitch is a huge yarn eater, but it makes for a really squishy, snuggly scarf. 
I just love how plushy the cowl is. 
My finished cowl measures 11"x36". 
Hope you enjoy this scarf!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Pearl and Chainmaille Earrings

Happy 4th of July!
These pretty earrings are fairly simple to make, once you learn the technique of making mobius balls. These earrings look dainty and delicate with the pearls and the silver jump rings. 
Materials: three sizes of jump rings (I used 4, 6, and 8mm), ear wires, head pins, pearls, bent nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Now attach two jump rings together. 
Attach a third jump ring by attaching it to both of the previous ones. 
The technique for the mobius ball is to attach every jump ring to every other jump ring. Continue adding jump rings until you have a mobius ball with eight jump rings. 
Thread a pearl onto a headpin, bend at the top,trim the excess, and form into loop. Attach this to a medium sized jump ring, and attach it to the mobius ball through the center. 
Take another medium jump ring and thread it through the center of the mobius ball, and attach a small jump ring before closing. 
Open the small jump ring and attach the ear wire. 
Repeat these steps to make the other earring, and then you're all done!
Hope you all enjoy this chainmaille tutorial!
Xoxo, Alyssa