Knit and crochet OCD


I might not post a lot but I keep my hands very busy, sometimes I just can’t stop ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s text-book OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) when you’re obsessed about something and you are not able to stop doing that thing even if it hurts :)))

Now, let me show you what I’ve been up to lately:

My first Raglan style dress (sorry about the pictures, not so fancy :D)

Raglan style black dress1 Raglan style black dress2

Piece of cake after I figured out how to do the Raglan increases ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve made crochet borders from joined motifs (at the base of the neck and bottom of the dress) I picked up stitches and knit to the end. I’ve made alterations for a better fit (increase/decrease evenly in the round), I added 2×2 Rib knitted borders at the sleeves.

Next project done was a purse that I made for someone, I did it before but I thought you might like to see how it turned out ๐Ÿ™‚ You can find the pattern here

Circle based granny square purse1 Circle based granny square purse2

Then, my inspiration came from a cute pattern that you can find here. It’s shrug but I modified it and made it longer with long sleeves. I made one for my mom, too ๐Ÿ™‚

Hat and top1 Treble crochet top

And of course, to go with it I stitched up a hat after I saw a picture on Google and tried to do something similar, not so slouchy though.

Treble crochet hat

Next was this cute top, a crochet knit combo with foundation Hdc and Hdc worked in every stitch through the back loops only, picked up stitches (120sts) and worked a cable pattern 6CB 6CF with a purl stitch on each side (P16CB 6CFP1), knit the rest of the stitches. So, for the cable pattern you need 14 stitches and the rest it up to you how many you need to cast on to fit your size. The crochet part is worked flat and the knitted part in the round.

Cable top1 Cable top2

The last finished item was a V-stitch cardigan with reverse single crochet borders:

Cardigan and top1 Cardigan and top2 V-stitch cardi1

Right now I’m working on two projects so I’ll keep you posted ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoyed my manic knitting (crocheting) phase. LOL

Butterfly Stitch fever


I found a couple of weeks ago on YouTube a cute slouch hat pattern from a lovely lady, Meladora,ย  and I had to make 2 for myself ๐Ÿ™‚ You can also find the pattern here. She has many wonderful patterns, beautiful bags and hats with free tutorials, you might want to check it out.

I also made a poncho (my creation) using the butterfly stitch. I did two long pieces worked in butterfly stitch, chained 121, crochet hook 5 mm, medium worsted weight yarn.

R1: Sc

R2: Begin Butterfly stitch patt. When starting row 2, insert the hook in the last Sc from previous row, not like you usually do in the next stitch from the beginning. I hope I’m not confusing you ๐Ÿ˜€

Work for about 90 cm or how long you want the poncho,ย  join the two pieces (on the WS) at their narrower sides, and then try it on and see where you want it to fall off the shoulder, mark the place and then joinย  working slip stitches on the wrong side until you reach the point where you want your forearm to pop out so it can move freely without having the poncho in the way.

You might want to use a lighter yarn because it gets a little heavy given the fact that most of the poncho falls on the side of your body. That’s it and this is how they look like. Thank you, Meladora for your wonderful patterns!

Butterfly Stitch hat abd poncho2 Butterfly stitch hat and poncho1 Meladora's Butterfly stitch slouch hat2 Meladora's Butterfly stitch slouch hat3 Meladora's Butterfly stitch slouch hat4 Meladora's Butterfly stitch slouch hat5

A dog’s day out


I know it’s been a while since I posted my projects but rest assured I worked on quite a few ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ve made some hats and scarves for my dad, friends and family (including myself), my first Raglan style dress and my first dog pullover. I’ll post soon some of them.

My sister came home for the Holidays with her cute little pup Wasabi and asked me if I can whip up a sweater or pullover for the little one because it gets really cold in the winter and freezes the dog’s little butt over ๐Ÿ™‚ So, I did just that. Although it was a first for me, It turned out pretty well, I think. I’ve made a knitted ribbed collar (2×2) for 10 cm or so and then I switched to crochet, worked for a few rounds (HDC),ย  placed markers where the front legs begin, made the holes with the help of the chain stitch then joined for continuing in the round, started decreases to fit the body, worked straight for a few centimeters (I used the “model” as you can see below to check if it fits). I made the back longer and the front shorter for obvious reasons ๐Ÿ˜€ and finished with a little strap for the tail. That was it, really easy.ย  Of course it needed testing out on the field so it was a success ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you like it.

Wasabi1 Wasabi2 Wasabi4 Wasabi Sweater3

One purse a day keeps the boredom away


It is quite a challenge of what to make next from lots and lots of leftover yarn so I thought I should make a purse. I had one in mind with flowers that pop so I got down to business ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve always loved the look of puff stitch flowers so I made 17 puff stitch granny squares.

This is the pattern for the puff stitch granny square:

Start with a slip knot, ch 4, join to form a ring. Ch 1, 12 Sc in the ring, Sl St to join. Ch 3, (YO, go into the same st, pull yarn through) 3x (make sure to pull up the loops so that they are bigger than usual to form the petals right); go into the next stitch , (YO, pull up a loop) 3x, YO, pull through ALL 13 loops on hook, Ch 4, Sl St into the same stitch, Sl St into the next stitch to the left, Ch 3. Repeat until the end (You’ll have 6 petals). Sl St to the back of the flower, Ch 4, Sl St (one petal and a half over) behind a petal post 4 times, (remember, you are now working on the back of the flower :D). You will now have 4 ch 4 chains on the back.

It’s time to change color for the granny square or leave it the same, it’s up to you.

Sl St into the first Ch 4 space, (Ch 2, 3 Hdc, Ch 2, 4 Hdc) in the same Ch 4 sp (first corner).; 4 Hdc , Ch 2, 4 Hdc (second corner) into the next Ch 4 space; 4 Hdc, Ch 2, 4 Hdc (third corner) into the next Ch 4 sp.; 4 Hdc, Ch 2, 4 Hdc into the last Ch 4 spaceย  (fourth corner). Join with Sl St into the top of Ch 2 at the beginning of the round.

R2: Ch 2, Hdc in eachย  Hdc with 1 Hdc, Ch 2, 1 Hdc in the corners.

R3: Ch 2, Hdc in each Hdc with (1 Hdc, ch2, 1 Hdc) in each corner. Join with slip stitch, cut yarn.

Make 17 granny squares. Join the squares to form the purse, make 2 handles (I used foundation Hdc for the handles). Sew them on, add fabric on the inside for sturdiness and that’s it.ย  The most annoying part for meย  is when I have to sew on the fabric (yuck :D). I hope it’s easy to follow, enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Puff stitch granny square purse Collage

Baby, it’s cold outside :)


It’s (almost) that time of the year, you can feel it in the air ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the smell of winter, don’ t you?

It makes me listen to Christmas songs, light up the chimney and knit or crochet something warm. Hmmm,ย  that is exactly what I did ๐Ÿ™‚ I made with all my loveย 2 precious gifts for two of my special boys :

Don’t you love it when it snows? ๐Ÿ˜€

I used again the basketweave stitch because I love it and it seems to fit very well for boy garments. An easy project for a special gift ๐Ÿ™‚
This is the song that I always listen when it’s that time ofย  the year, hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

Lavender knitted dress with crochet border


Hello, everybody ๐Ÿ™‚ This is my latest project inspired by this post. I thought that they would fit together very well, don’t you think so? ๐Ÿ˜€

At first I had in mind the crochet border from the bottom of the dress. I did that first and then I used a slightly different version around the neck. I made the rest of the dress around those two elements, knitted in stockinette stitch altered with increases and decreases for a better fit. Voila:

Spider stitch shrugs with a touch of knit


It’s been a while since my last post but only because I’ve been so busy working on this cute projects. I found myself starting nowhere and ending doing two projects at once, actually 3 but that’s another story ๐Ÿ™‚ They are really easy and fun to crochet (and knit) and pretty quick also.

The pattern for the spider stitch it’s written bellow:

(multiple of 19+3)

Ch 21, go into the fourth chain from hook and work two rows of double crochet; at the end of each row Ch2 (or Ch3 as you please, counts as Dc) and turn. Next row: 4Dc (a total of 5 Dc), Ch4, skip 1 stitch, 1 TrCr (Treble Crochet), skip 1 stitch, 1TrCr, skip 1 st, 1TrCr, skip 1st, 1TrCr, skip 1 st (you will have 4 TrCr), Ch4, 5Dc at the end of the row, Ch2, turn.

Next 3 rows: 5dc (counting the turning chains), Ch4, Sc in top of each TrCr, Ch4, 5Dc, Ch2, Turn.
Next row: 5Dc, Ch1, TrCr in the first Sc (TrCr in each Sc with Ch1 in between), Ch1, 5Dc, Ch2, turn.

Next two rows: Dc (including the Ch1 spaces).

As an idea how to work these: I’ve used a 5mm hook and a 5 mm circular knitting needle, Ch78, 2 rows of Dc and followed the spider stitch pattern for a length of approx 67 cm and a width of 45 cm. You adjust the dimensions to your shoulder and back measurements. You’ll have a rectangular shaped piece. Next I folded the corners to form the armholes and joinย  them with a couple of stitches. Now it’s all up to your imagination and creativity: you can work a knitted ribbed border, or any border you like, you can lengthen the back in the same way I did, work long or short sleeves, the choice is yours. I wanted to use a knitted border because I’ve missed knitting so much I almost forgot how much since I started crocheting!

I hope it makes sense and this is how they look like ๐Ÿ™‚