Knit and crochet OCD


I might not post a lot but I keep my hands very busy, sometimes I just can’t stop πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoyed my manic knitting (crocheting) phase. LOL

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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚ 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),Β  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 πŸ˜€ and finished with a little strap for the tail. That was it, really easy.Β  Of course it needed testing out on the field so it was a success πŸ™‚ I hope you like it.

Wasabi1 Wasabi2 Wasabi4 Wasabi Sweater3

Lavender knitted dress with crochet border


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

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 πŸ™‚ 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 joinΒ  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 πŸ™‚

A little inspiration goes a long way


I’ve been busy working on something cute, almost done, can’t wait to show you πŸ™‚ Until then, I would love to share with you a knitted project that I made (actually two) inspired by an awesome lace shrug pattern. Work flat the lace part and the garter stitch part in the round.

It is a fairly simple pattern as long as you get used to making the lace πŸ˜€ If you want to know how it’s made, there you go:

Worsted weight yarn, 8 mm circular knitting needle, 4 mm knitting needle. Size: medium.

Back:

CO 120 sts, work lace pattern 4 times (flat).

Lace pattern (flat):

(Worked over a multiple of 12 sts):

Row 1: [Yo, k2tog] to end.
Row 2: P all sts.
Row 3: K all sts.
Row 4: P all sts.
Row 5: [S1-k2tog-psso, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4] to end.
Rows 6 & 7: [P3tog, p4, yo, p1, yo, p4] to end.
Row 8: [S1-k2tog-psso, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4] to end.
Row 9: [P3tog, p4, yo, p1, yo, p4] to end.

Next row: K2tog to end of row.

Front: same as for Back.

Join body (work in the round from now on). Place both sides on 4 mm circular needles and start working garter stitch (K one round, P next round). Increase and decrease evenly as much as you need. Work for 20-25 cm garter stitch. BO.

This is for the short version (as a top) and for the dress all you have to do is repeat the lace pattern as many times as you want for the length. Add straps if you’d like.

The lace pattern it is not my creation, it is from the link above.

Diagonal rib hat and scarf


Before I started crocheting I made lots of knitted projects, big or small. OneΒ  of those projects was this nice hat that I made as a gift several times along with a matching scarf. I really like the texture of the diagonal rib although I was bored already making the scarf because of the length andΒ  the repetitive pattern. All in all, it is a very fun project to knit as a gift for a family member especially now as the winter is approaching fast.

I omitted the hat border from the original pattern and worked only diagonal rib. The scarf it is easy to make, you choose how long and wide it is, work the pattern and add fringe at the end if you want. I am sure that someone dear to you will be happy to receive such a nice gift πŸ™‚

Diagonal rib stitch:

multiple of 4

R1: *K2P2, repeat from* to end of row

R2: Repeat row 1

R3: K1, *P2K2, repeat from *, end with P2K1

R4: P1, *K2P2, repeat from *, end K2P1

R5: *P2K2, repeat from * to end of row

R6: Repeat row 5

R7: Repeat row 4

R8: Repeat row 3.

For pattern repeat rows 1-8.

Today is “Purseday”


There are so many cute crochet purse patterns I wouldn’t know where to begin! I found a lovely one here

I made mine a little different

It was easy to do, the only annoying part for me was sewing the fabric on the inside and joining the hexagons (phew!). I also added two motifs from here

Another purse I made was from a youtube pattern

I really love this! Mine turned out something like that:

I also created a very simple one, this time knitted flat in garter stitch, then folded to create the flap, added a knitted flower, button, beaded strap, and fabric on the inside and that was it.

That’s it for my “Purseday”, hope you enjoyed it πŸ™‚