One sleeve star stitch top

I really love one sleeve or off the shoulder tops and blouses so I decided to create one for myself. It was a real challenge because it was one of the first crochet patterns created by me. I looked for a stitch pattern that I liked and I chose the star stitch (one of the many variations).

I made a sketch, took measurements and made a swatch to see what hook to use. The project is crocheted from bottom to top, front side and back side. It was pretty easy until I had to do decreases for the waist 😦 I tried several methods until I found a way to work it out but I’m not sure I can do it again 😀 Well, maybe I can but I don’t need too, at least not yet, thank God! Same story with the increases (phew!!).  I attached the sleeve at the end, added some picot borders at the sleeve and bottom of the project and done! It turned out pretty well, I think.

This is how it looks on me:

I hope you like it 🙂

One sleeve star stitch top


Potholders for a brighter day

I wanted to make my mom some new potholders so I searched for a few lovely patterns to try. Those classic ones are a little boring for me so I looked for something special. You can find the patterns on these cute blogs here and here.

This is how they turned out:

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Maybe you’ll be inspired to stitch something pretty for your home, it worked for me 😀

Thank you, wonderful ladies for sharing these beautiful patterns with us!

Chain, chain, chain

I found myself inspired to do a chain stitch poncho one day as I was browsing through various pictures of fashion crochet clothing and I came up with this simple, warm, fun to work poncho. I made it  from two separate long pieces joined at the top where I left a space for the head. I also added, as you can see, a big crochet rose and that was it.  I like to wear it off the shoulder over tank tops or long sleeve blouses. Who’s cold, now, huh? 😀

Chain stitch poncho

I love music and the instant I imagined this project a song came to my mind. I’ll share it with you, enjoy.

Basketweave stitch scarf and crossbody bag

At first when I tried to crochet basketweave stitch it seemed really complicated. I’m a visual learner so it’s best for me to follow a video and I learn pretty easy. God forbid for me to see the pattern written down, I get dizzy trying to figure it out 😀 After I got the hang of it I couldn’t make up my mind what to do with it, then I remembered that my husband asked me to crochet something for him and voilà: a scarf was the pretty obvious choice, so I did.

Tiberius Scarf

I really liked how it turned out so I thought why don’t I make something for me too? So I created this pretty simple bag. If yo want to make one for yourselves  you’ll find a lot of resources on the internet for basketweave stitch both video and written. The rest is a piece of cake, choose the width and the length of the piece, work it flat until you reach the desired size, fold it to make a flap, attach a button and a strap and embellish the flap with flowers of your choice. It’s best to put some fabric inside for sturdiness. Easy peasy, right?

Pet love and tomatoes

At my parents house there’s a lot of love. Especially when it comes to four-legged creatures.

“The dog” a.k.a Tasha, is a mix of something with something (!) that we adopted after she retired from public service (search and rescue). My sister Ali was her handler. She is sweet and kind and loves to bark and go for walks. We are not really sure how old is she because she is from a dog shelter.


Now, the really fun part of the family are the cats, little monsters in disguise. After a few years of owning cats I realized that they own us not the other way around 😀

Cat number 1, a.k.a Felix (yeah, I know, Felix the cat.  Really?)

Felix the cat

How cute is that? Cat no.2, Congo, son of Felix. Cat no.3, Piticu (the Romanian name for “The midget”). It got its name because it was really small and still is.

Congo and Piticu

Practically, they “force” us to love them, right, right?

You probably wonder by now what’s with the tomatoes? There you go 🙂

“to-may-to, to-mah-to”

I took this picture in the garden, I thought it was cool. They taste amazing, full of flavor and juice.

This has nothing to do with crochet, but the next photo does:

It’s a little twine rug that I’ve made and if you ask me how, I have no idea! I used some Sc and Hdc and that’s about it! I hope you enjoyed these little snippets from my life.

To dress or not to dress

As you’ve probably noticed there aren’t many dress patterns on the web, at least that’s what I’ve found, so I decided to make my own. Actually, I wasn’t trying to make a dress but a bustier top. As I was working it I thought: well, my body is a bit out of shape, how am I going to wear this?? I should have cut down those French fries the last time 😀 Oh, well…

All of a sudden I was crocheting and crocheting and couldn’t stop. A slap on the wrist would be nice from time to time, don’t you agree? So, my bustier became a dress that I was pretty proud of, considering I’ve learned to crochet less than a year or so, and I started to create my own patterns pretty soon after, although it was a bit of a challenge, a little scary too.

I will show you more of my designs but it’s sort of drag because I’m pretty lazy at writing patterns. I usually write them down on paper in a very cryptic form (he he) and sometimes even I don’t understand what I write.

Dress for success

Steps to make the dress if you’re interested:

I used cotton and a 5mm hook.

I measured my breast in the widest part and chained accordingly.

Row 1: Ch 27, Sc in every ch except the first. Turn.

Row 2: Ch1 (first Sc), continue with Sc for 7 cm (or how much it’s needed) until you reach the widest part of the breast. Work only half of the stitches, turn.

Next rows work only that half with Sc until you get an L shaped piece. Join the two legs of the “L” with slip stitch on the wrong side. Now you have the first cup.

Work 2 rounds of Sc around the cup with 3 Sc in the corners of the triangle.

Next round: start on the side that comes between the breasts of the cup  * Ch3, sk1 st, 1Sc; Repeat from * until you complete that side, work Sc on the exterior of the cup and the base.

Next round: Slip st in the first ch3 space, ch3 (counts as first Dc) 6Dc, Sc in the next ch3 sp, 7 Dc in the next space, Sc in the next ch3 space, 7 Dc in the next space until the end of the Ch3 spaces, work the other two sides Sc. Fasten off. You will have something like this:

Bustier cup

Work the second cup mirrored. Add straps to each cup (work a chain with the desired length, Sc in each chain.). Join the two cups and work Sc in the round increasing for how many times you need to fit your figure.

On the “mannequin”

At the bottom of the dress I’ve added some crochet motifs that I’ve found here .

Motif border

I hope it makes sense 🙂

The Sweaty Knitter, Weaver and Devotee of Other Fiber Arts

Today my friend Summer and I visited two yarn stores in Elk Grove, California:  Anna’s Yarn Shoppe and Knitique. Both stores had friendly owners who, if needed, were ready to answer questions, make suggestions, or help.  Both stores carried excellent yarns, notions and patterns.

Between reading buttons and bumper stickers today and then remembering others we had seen, Summer and I realized there’s a list of “sayings” fiber craft lovers can own – and indeed they have.  On the way home, we compiled quite a list (my favorite is STABLE):

“Spinners do it with a twist.”
“Handspinners are twisted.”
“Crocheters do it with chains.”
“I’m a knotty hooker.”
“Fiber artists use fuzzy logic.”
“Not all magic wands are pointy little sticks.”
“I will dye laughing.”
“Yarn ho.”
“No knitting, All bitching!”
“You’re going to die anyway, so you might as well knit.”
“Knit happens.”
“I’m a thread head.”

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