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

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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

Picot fans bolero and top


Finally finished what I was working on as I was telling you in an earlier post. My inspiration was the beautiful picot fans stitch. I made the top first, starting with the cups (if you recall the pattern for the cup is the same from the To dress or not to dress post). That was pretty easy. I worked the fan part in the round, added 2 straps and It went fairly quickly. The bolero was another story πŸ˜€ I had an idea in my mind of how I wanted it to look like and as I was working it I changed it completely :))). I like it better how it turned out. The tricky part is that I didn’t write only part of the pattern as I was working so it will be a challenge if I want to make it again. Oh, well…

Let me now what you think, hope you like them 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.

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 πŸ˜€ Well, maybe I can but I don’t need too, at least not yet, thank God! Same story with the increases (phew!!).Β  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 πŸ™‚

One sleeve star stitch top

Sleepless in Sibiu


I seem to have no sleep so I thought I’d better post something πŸ˜€ How about two ponchos that I made not so long ago? I used as an inspiration a baby poncho pattern from Lion Brand Yarn website that for the love of God I couldn’t do :))) Sooo, I’ve changed it and ta da πŸ™‚ Hope you like them. I will to post some free patterns from time to time, just to give back something because I want to thank every person that put out there free stuff for everybody to learn and be inspired.