Knit and crochet OCD


I might not post a lot but I keep my hands very busy, sometimes I just can’t stop 🙂 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 😉 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 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂 Hope you enjoyed my manic knitting (crocheting) phase. LOL

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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 🙂

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 space  (fourth corner). Join with Sl St into the top of Ch 2 at the beginning of the round.

R2: Ch 2, Hdc in each  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.  The most annoying part for me  is when I have to sew on the fabric (yuck :D). I hope it’s easy to follow, enjoy 🙂

Puff stitch granny square purse Collage