Santa Coat Cup Cozy

WaterMark_2019-11-17-16-25-20The Santa coat cup cozy is here in plenty of time to use it before Christmas!

I had this cute idea for a seasonal cozy and it turned out so well.

This pattern is beginner friendly and quick to make!
Materials needed:
small amount of red worsted weight yarn
even smaller amount of white worsted weight yarn
I used Loops and Threads Impeccable in red hot and white.  I was actually torn between this bright read and a more cherry red.
5.5mm hook
2 x 15mm black buttons (or whatever size you prefer)
black thread and sewing needle
yarn needle
scissors

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sl st  – slip stitch
sts  – stitches

Finished size is approx. 4.5in w x 3in h when laid flat.
Gauge is not necessary for this.

Round 1 – with the red yarn ch 27, to make a circle sl st the last and first ch together. Make sure you don’t twist the ch.  Ch 1 (does not count as a st here and throughout) hdc into each ch, sl st to first hdc to complete the round.  27 sts
Rounds 2-6 – ch1, hdc into each st, sl st to first hdc to complete the round, 27 sts
Fasten off the red yarn after round 6.  I prefer to attach a new colour by tying a knot, you can use whichever method you prefer.
Round 7 – attach white yarn and ch 1, sc into each st, sl st to first sc, 27 sts
fasten off white yarn.
Round 8 – you will now do a row of sc round the bottom of the cozy (see photo below) attach white yarn at the same place you started with the red.  ch 1, sc into the bottom loop of each beginning ch.  Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.
To attach the buttons I lined them up so the top was just below round 6 and the bottom was just above round 1.  Fasten off the thread and you’re done!
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You may make and sell a finished item, please link back to this pattern.

I hope you enjoy this!

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Happy crafting
A

 

Mabel Scrunchie

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I designed the Mabel scrunchie because I wanted something that would make up fast.  At just 10 minutes including weaving in ends Mabel achieves just this!

Materials:
6mm hook
standard hair elastic, I use Goody brand.
yarn needle
Bernat Velvet yarn

Abbreviations:
Ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sts – stitches

Round 1 – Tie yarn to elastic, ch 2 (does not count as a stitch) DC 42 sts around hair elastic, sl st to 1st dc.
Round 2 – ch 1, 42 sc around, sl st to 1st sc.
Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Finished size is 4in in diameter.

You may sell scrunchies that you make from this pattern, please link back to this pattern.

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Happy crafting
A

Forrest Infinity Scarf

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The Forrest scarf came from needing something extra warm for the impending winter.  This is a very basic scarf that anyone can make.
Just because it is basic doesn’t make it boring.  I designed this to be a snug fit to properly cover neck and face from the cold wind.  But you can definitely make it longer if you wanted to wrap it 3 times or if you just want more space.  You can leave the ends unattached and add fringe if you want too.
There are many different ways to customize this scarf!

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Materials:
5.5mm hook
Your favourite worsted weight yarn, I have used Loops & Threads Impeccable and Caron one pound.  I used 6.2oz, around 390 yards.
Yarn needle
Scissors
Measuring tape

Abbreviations:
ch: chain
hdc: half double crochet
st: stitch
sts: stitches
sl st: slip stitch

Ch 1 at the beginning does not count as a stitch.

Gauge:
my gauge is 13 sts by 9 rows in hdc.  This isn’t overly important as you can really make this as long or short as you want.

Row 1: Ch 22, hdc into 2nd ch from hook, hdc across each ch until the end, ch1 and turn (21 sts)
Row 2: hdc into each st across, (21 sts)
repeat row 2 until scarf measures 63 inches or desired length.
sl st the two short ends together, weave in ends.

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Happy crafting
A

Cora Cowl

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I made this cowl for a secret Santa gift, yes I am a little behind posting the pattern!
This cowl is very easy to make, it’s great for beginners!

Materials needed:
8mm needles
yarn needle
cable needle
2 100g balls of bernat sofftee chunky yarn or a super bulky yarn.

Finished size is approx. 7in w x 17.5in l when it has been folded and sewn together.

Gauge – 11 sts x 14 rows in stocking stitch = 4in x 4in

Abbreviations:
k – knit
p – purl
sts – stitches
c3b – transfer 3 stitches to cable needle and leave at the back of work.  k3 sts, k3 sts from cable needle.

*When I made the black cowl I slipped the first stitch purl wise at the beginning of every row.  I found that it did curl in and needed to be blocked.  The pattern is written as to knit the first stitch instead of slipping the first stitch.  You may choose whichever option you prefer.  I much prefer the look of the slipped stitch but it did curl which can be frustrating. *

Long tail cast on 23sts
1 – k across
2 – k3 p17 k3
3 – k across
4 – k3 p17 k3
5 – k across
6 – k3 p17 k3
7 – k4 c3b k3 c3b k4
8 – k3 p17 k3
repeat these 8 rows 13 times.
at this point the cowl should measure approx. 7in w x 35in l.
cast off and mattress stitch the short ends together.
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Happy crafting
A

 

2018 Temperature chart

I promised I would write about this, albeit late here I am.

I decided to do a cross stitch temperature chart as opposed to a temperature blanket because of time.  Knowing how many different projects I had on the go I just couldn’t keep up with a row a day for a blanket.

The reason I did one for 2018 was because I turned 35 and I wanted to do something special.
I didn’t like the patterns that were out, they didn’t suit my needs so I designed my own.
I wanted something that would show each month separately so I can see each day.
I definitely did not want a bell pull so I came up with this design.
I based it off of a finished size and made it work for the size I wanted.

I live in sw Ontario Canada.  We get very cold winters and very humid summers.  Thus I wanted to be able to convey that on my chart.
I chose to take the temperature at noon everyday and record both the actual temperature and the wind chill/humidity temperature.
For this reasoning I have two colours per day.

I only forgot to take the temperature about 3 days of the whole year.
I forgot to take the noon temperature and remembered in the evening.  Those days the temp was pretty much the same so it worked out.

This is a very special piece for me, other than charting quotes this is the first real chart I have made.
It turned out beautifully.  I can look at it and remember specific days.
I am so happy with this, there aren’t words to describe it.
There is something special knowing you have something that is one of a kind.

A few people have asked if I am doing one this year since I love it.
That would be a no, lol.  I very much love this piece but stitching 40 stitches a day can be a lot to keep up with.
I may do another in the future, just not sure when.
I was working on other projects and for 5 months I was very behind.  Suddenly being a month behind is a lot of stitching to catch up to.
I did get caught up before Christmas and I did finish on new years eve.

I do hope to chart this out and make it available in the shop.  watermark_2019-01-27-19-16-10

Happy crafting,
A

Gia Infinity scarf

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I have been thinking about making this scarf for some time.  I’ve wanted to combine knitting and crocheting to make a statement piece that stands out.
I think this piece does that.
Using super bulky yarn it works up fast and there are so many colour options to choose from!

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Materials needed:

8mm needles and 8mm hook
tapestry needle
scissors
measuring tape

3 100g balls of Bernat Softee Chunky in colours of choice, or a super bulky yarn.
The colours I used are:
Colour A: misty grape
Colour B : velvet teal
Colour C: true grey

Finished size is approx. 6in wide x 35in long

Gauge 4in x 4in = 8sc x 9 rows
If your gauge doesn’t match you may not have enough yarn to complete colour C, and you may require a second ball.

Abbreviations:
k – knit
sl1pwyif – slip 1st stitch purl wise with yarn in front of needle, after you have slipped the first stitch you will put the yarn in the back to continue knitting. (you may omit this if you like, I really like how clean this makes the edges.  I have included photos at the bottom of the page.)
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sts – stitches
ch – chain

With 8mm needles and colour A cast on 15 sts (I used a long tail cast on which makes connecting the scarf much easier)
Row 1 – sl1pwyif, k to end of row.
Continue row 1 until piece measures 29.5 in.
Change to colour B (you will still sl1pwyif  with colour A and then continue knitting in colour B.  I like to knot my yarn, however you prefer to change colours is fine)
Continue with row 1 in colour B until colour B measures 6in.
Cast off, do not finish off yarn, leave the last stitch on the needle.
Transfer the stitch to your hook and ch 1 and turn your work.

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You will make 14 sc across your cast off sts. (because you did not finish off that last stitch 14 sts is correct 🙂 )
Row 2 – ch 1, hdc in each stitch, turn (ch 1 does not count as a stitch)
continue with row 2 until colour B measures 12 in (6in garter stitch, 6in hdc)
Change to colour C ( however you prefer to change colours.  I fastened off colour B then started colour C by tying a knot onto the first stitch)
continue with Row 2 until colour C is 29in, turn.
ch 1, 1sc in each stitch across.
Fasten off
Using which ever colour you like, A or C, connect ends using a slip stitch.
My crocheted side was a tad wider than my knitted side so it was much easier to connect with the long tail cast on as you can see the stitches.

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If you’ve never done sl1pwyif please see below:

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I really hope you enoy making this scarf!
I would love to see what colours you choose, please feel free to tag me on instagram @ astitches, or #giainfinityscarf

Happy crafting
A

 

Ice Dyed

I just finished dyeing my favourite piece of fabric yet!
I am using aida for cross stitching, for this tutorial I would recommend using 100% cotton fabric for best results.
I thought I would share how I did it.
materials:  a piece of aida in the size needed ( my design size for this is 8inx6in so I cut my fabric 14inx12in this allows 3in allowance around each edge and it gives me extra fabric as your fabric will tend to shrink during this process)
powder dye such as tulip, rit, dylon etc.
I recommend using plastic gloves to save your hands.
a lot of ice.
spoon
dish rack (sometime to keep the fabric elevated out of the water, I found mine at dollarama)
plastic bin/container that will fit the above rack
sewing machine – optional but doing a zigzag stitch around the edges will help stop the fraying.

If you have ice dyed before you may have pre-washed your fabric and used the soda ash soak.  I skipped this since I used 100% cotton fabric.
Tip: I found that the fabric took the dye better not using the soda ash soak – if you are using a linen or evenweave you may still wish to use the soda ash soak.

To get started:
cut your fabric to the desired size.
sew a zigzag or straight stitch around the edges.
Wet the fabric and twist it and wrap into a ball.
Cover with a lot of ice, more ice the better.
Sprinkle power dye over ice (the more you use the darker the fabric will turnout)
you may choose to cover to keep pets or kids out.

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Let it sit for 24hours then rinse/wash until water is clear.
Let dry then iron and it’s ready to use.

Ice dyeing is really that easy.
I love it because no two pieces will be the same, it also give a very wonderful background for your stitching.
Below is my finished result!
I used only grey rit dye and there is a bit of red,purple and blue.

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Happy crafting!
A

granny is finished!

I very recently finished working on my large granny square throw.
This was very simple to do, just make a continuous granny square.
I used Bernat Pop in colour planetary and a 5.5mm hook.  I turned each round that’s why there is a funky line up the middle (personally I love it!)
This throw used 6 balls of yarn and is approx a 58in square.
This was intended to be a rectangular throw until I started with that tiny bit of purple in the center.  It just wasn’t going to work out.  So scrap the rectangle and work a square.  (I have other plans for a rectangle granny throw!)

I am absolutely thrilled with the turnout and I’ve already had a snuggle with it.

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I adore how this corner turned out, no purple just my favourite shade of green and greys and cream.

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I was so excited to finish that I still have ends to weave in!

Happy crafting
A

crochet troubles

The good news is I don’t have to pull out too many stitches.
I am 1 stitch short so I need to pull back to the marker.
I’m using bernat pop yarn in planetary in a simple ripple pattern.  (I’ll share my pattern in another post.)
I am or was a pretty strict granny square gal.  I would make everything from granny squares if I could.
But I love the ripple pattern, almost as much as I love granny squares.  There will be more afghans in this pattern, but first I need to finish this!
I’ve done a throw in this same yarn, yep a large granny square!  I had a friend ask for one and since I found more bernat pop yarn I had to make a second throw for her.
I wanted to do a different pattern than a large square, enter ripple pattern.  I love how stripey this is.

Happy crafting!
A

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My name is April and this is where I want to share my love for crafts.
I cross stitch, crochet, knit and I am slowly learning some embroidery.

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