lacking

I’ve been sorely lacking in my creativity since I lost my grandmother in April I’ve just had a hard time with things, I have a few patterns in storage I haven’t posted yet so I might attempt to type them out within the next couple of months.

a few months after losing my grandmother I also had gotten a job, I left that job recently because the hours were not my favorite and even though there was an open position my manager literally told me “this is what I hired you for so this is what you’ll stay” I said no and I quit. Not to mention a bunch of other drama from other coworkers, but I think I’ll find a better job for me someday. As of right now I’m just trying to apply to certain jobs only and get back into my knitting and crochet, my job kept me so exhausted that I couldn’t do either and my house got so messy plus I couldn’t cook as much, so practically all my money from that job went to gas and eating out…

It felt pointless, so since there was drama and negativity I felt like it was the right move. So at some point you should see a new pattern, not sure when since I am also falling behind on Christmas gifts because of that job, but don’t give up on me yet I will get back to creating things soon!

~Sarah~

Connie’s Shell Purse

I originally made one for me as a test purse, then I made one for my mom and one for my grandmother for Christmas.
I’ve been meaning to post this pattern for a while but my grandmother got diagnosed with cancer around thanksgiving, we saw her at Christmas. Things started going downhill after that, a few weeks ago I got a phone call from my mother saying that Hospice was stepping in, April 21st at 2:30am we lost her. It broke our hearts to lose her, I am still in shock over it because she was only 63, I am struggling to keep my mind off of things so I decided that writing up this pattern might help. Since this was the last thing I made her I decided to name it after her, it is a pretty simple pattern and there might be a similar pattern out there but I designed this myself and it is easily adjustable.

You can line it with fabric or add a zipper or button like I did or whatever, you can adjust the size and length of the strap as well. I do love having patterns that are easy to adjust to make them more personalized, I would love to see the different bags as well so please don’t be afraid to share pictures with me or on Ravelry or your own blog but please don’t take the pattern and claim it as your own.
I added lining to the bags I made, coffee for my mom, cherry blossoms for me and a very pretty polka dot with Elvis for my grandmothers.

Shell purse 1 Shell purse 2

Things needed for this pattern:
Worsted weight yarn (I used I Love this yarn and Red heart for these)
H/8 5.00MM crochet hook
button or zipper (optional)
fabric (optional)

All terms are in US terms

Abbreviations:
SC- Single crochet
CH- Chain
SK- Skip
DC- Double Crochet
SL- slip stitch
FO- fasten off

(this pattern has not been tested by anyone other than myself so if there are any problems please contact me, do not bad mouth me or my patterns I am only human after all)

Pattern

Ch 40

1) Sc in 2nd ch, Sc in next 37, 3sc in last stitch, working down other side of chain Sc 37, 2 sc in last stitch, join to first sc (do not turn) –80

2) Ch1, 2sc in 1st stitch, sc37, 2sc in each of the next 3 stitches, sc37, 2sc in each of the last 2 stitches, join to first sc (do not turn) –86

3) Ch1, 2sc in each of the 1st 3 stitches, sc36, 2sc in each of the next 7 stitches, sc36, 2 sc in the last 4 stitches, join to first sc (do not turn) –100

4) Ch1, Sc in each stitch around

5) Ch2, 3dc *Sk1, sc, sk1, 3dc* repeat from * to * sk1, sc, sl to 1st dc to join, sl into next dc (do not turn)

6) Ch1, Sc in same dc as ch1, *sk1, 3dc, sk1, sc* repeat from * to * sk1, 3dc, sl to first sc to join (do not turn)

7-30) repeat rows 5 and 6

31-32) Ch1, Sc in each stitch around, FO

mark the sides where you want your straps to go, I made these into crossbody/long shoulder bags, I’ll do 5 or 7 for the width of the strap.

mark the width, let’s say you mark 7 on each side, you should have 43 in-between each side of the purse.
sl into first marked stitch,
sc 7, ch1, turn, repeat until desired length, mine was 140-150 rows, sc the other side to the purse without twisting the strap.

Alternate version
sl into first marked stitch, I marked 5 instead of 7 for this version
ch to desired length, mine was 140-150, sl to the other side of the purse without twisting the chain
sc each ch attaching the strap as you go by sl stitching into other side, you can also sc to the other side, it’s up to you how you want it to look.

It’s hard to write that and make sense, but if you’ve made bags before you should know how to add a strap, if you haven’t made one before and it makes no sense then you can make the strap separate and attach it afterwards.

too add the loop for the button find the center of the back of the purse, sl to the center stitch, ch12, sl into the same center stitch creating the loop.
sew button in place a few rows down on the front of the purse, you can change the length of the loop depending on the size of you button.

 

like I said this is simple, nothing too special but it’s special to me since it was the last thing I made my grandmother, like I said it’s pretty customizable and I would love to see the finished projects if you would like to share please do!

~Sarah~

This pattern is for private use only. Do not distribute or publish this pattern in any other form. If you like this pattern and would like to share please link to this blog.

Please do not make and sell this item.

Quick Update

I haven’t had much chance to do anything on here lately, we had a family emergency, problems with our house and of course like most people financial hardships. I have been able to crochet, I think it’s the only reason I am still sane at the moment, I do have a pattern to post, it’s a pretty simple Crochet shell purse but I haven’t had the time or really the motivation to sit here and type it out.
I’m hoping to get my butt in gear soon and get the pattern up as well as a few others I might have in my stash that I just never got around to posting. Some are knit, some are crochet and if I have the energy I might attempt a new dog pattern but as of right now my focus is to just crochet. I am trying to get a few hundred things made for an upcoming festival in our tiny town in October and I think that’s part of the reason for not getting my butt in gear to post things.

Also as of right now all hopes for a contest are down the drain but maybe I can get one going next year, for now please continue to make pretty things with my patterns I really enjoy seeing pictures on ravelry so if you don’t have an account please join it’s a great way to find new patterns and share your projects.

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

~Sarah~

Jar lid cover

This is a simple crochet pattern, it’s not super creative (nor is the name) but I am so backed up on my patterns and Christmas gifts something simple like this helps.
I decided to make a jar cover to go on a jar for a Christmas gift, I tried a pattern I found on Ravelry, now there’s nothing wrong with the pattern but mine did not turn out right, I think it was my yarn. So I undid all the work and started over with my own pattern.

This is a great way to spruce up any jars you make or buy as gifts, I got a jar of something for a relative for Christmas and wanted to make it nicer. I love how this turned out, and I hope it helps anyone that wants to add a little something to any gifts or just to decorate.

 Jar lid cover Jar lid cover 2

All terms are in US

Abbreviations:
MR – Magic Ring
CH – Chain
SP – Space
SS – Slip Stitch
DC – Double Crochet
FO – Fasten Off
SK – Skip

 

Things needed:
Hook size G/6 4.25mm
Cotton yarn (I used peaches & Creme but I think any worsted weight yarn would be ok)
Contrasting color yarn OR Ribbon
Yarn needle

 

Pattern

MR OR Ch 5 ss to make ring
~Ch 2’s at beginning of rounds do NOT count as first stitch, Ch 4 and Ch 5 do count as first stitch~

*to* repeat

1) Ch 2, 13 dc in ring, ss to join
2) Ch 2, 2dc in each stitch, ss to join – 26 stitches
3) Ch 4, dc in first stitch, *Sk1, dc, Ch 1, dc* (makes V stitch)  ss loosely to third Ch to join
4) Ch 2, *2dc in Ch sp (not the stitch just in the open space), 2dc in dc of previous round* dc in ss of previous round – 51 stitches
5) Ch 5, dc in first stitch *Sk2, dc, Ch 2, dc* (makes larger V stitch) ss loosely to third Ch to join
6) Ch 2, *3dc in Ch sp, 3dc in dc of previous round* 3dc in ss of previous round – 102 stitches

FO and weave in the ends

Ch 100 of contrasting color or cut ribbon long enough to wrap around and make a bow on the jar, weave the tie into round 5 (large V stitch)

Place on your jar, tighten the tie and enjoy!

 

Like I said it’s simple but nice, I didn’t have any contrasting color of yarn so I just used the same yarn for my test cover. If there are any problems or you have any questions let me know! Happy Crocheting!

~Sarah~

This pattern is for private use only. Do not distribute or publish this pattern in any other form. If you like this pattern and would like to share please link to this blog.

Please do not make and sell this item.

Panda Bear Lovey

So I found this adorable Baby Panda Outfit I went ahead and made it because it was too cute not too, I didn’t have buttons for the eyes or diaper cover so I have to buy some but it’s still so cute! Well I love pandas and it gave me this idea, my baby colors are pink, white and brown for a girl with cherry blossoms and blue, white and brown with cars (not the movie) for a boy, so why not instead of teddy’s I have pandas with them both? It may sound silly but it makes sense to us, so after I finished making the outfit (and a hat for myself) I started working on this Lovey.

Major note! The blankets are made starting with the SAME color as the animal for a very important reason! The head/body are attached at the end and because of that you can make a huge mess of it (I always do) but because of the colors matching it hides the knots and the actual sewing, keep that in mind. If you have a good sewing technique that hides the yarn feel free to start it differently, or if you just want to start it differently it doesn’t matter because that’s what you want, this is just my reasoning! :)

You can easily turn the panda into a brown teddy by not making the eyes!

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Abbreviations: US terms
MR- Magic Ring
SC- Single Crochet
SC2TOG- Single Crochet Two Together
CH- Chain
DC- Double Crochet
HDC- Half Double Crochet
2SC- 2 single crochet in same space
2DC- 2 Double crochet in same space

Items needed:
Hooks – G/6 4.00mm and I/9 5.5mm
I love this yarn (very much so suggested but Red heart “love” might work)
Marker (or paper clip)
Yarn Needle
if you want safety eyes 10mm is what I used

Pattern: Only blanket is made in the round, rest is done in a spiral. Use marker to keep track of first stitch.

Eyes – make 2 (using G hook) ~if making normal teddy skip this~
Black
1) MR, ch1, sc 6 in MR
2) sc, hdc, sc, slip into next stitch and Finish off leaving long tail for sewing

Head (using G hook)
White
1) MR, ch1, sc 6 in MR
2) 2sc in each – 12stitches
3) sc, 2sc around – 18
4) repeat row 3 – 26
5-9) sc around
10) sc, sc2tog – 18
11) repeat row 10 – 12
if using safety eyes place them through the eyes and head between round 5-6 and sew the eyes you made in place then stuff head now, if not using safety eyes just sew on the eyes you made and stuff the head.
12) Sc2tog- 6
Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing

Embroider the eyes and nose or just the nose if you used safety eyes and sew the last 6 on the head close but do NOT cut the tail!

Ears – make 2 (using G hook)
Black
1) MR, ch1, sc 4 in MR
2) 2sc in each – 8
3) sc in each
Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing

Sew ears to head

Arms – make 2 (using G hook)
Black
1) MR, ch1, sc 6 in MR
2) 2sc around – 12
3-5) sc
6) sc, sc2tog – 8
7-12) sc
Finish off leaving a long tail

This is a little tricky, hold the arms where you want them or pin them in place, I held mine and put them on one at a time, it’s a pain right here…

Blanket – in the round (using I hook)
~Row 1 is the only row that the starting ch counts as first dc, I noticed a gap after row 1 if I continued to count it as my first dc~
1) MR, ch3, dc, ch2 *2dc, ch2* repeat * to *you should have 4 ch2 spaces, join
2) Ch2, dc to the ch2 space, **2dc, ch2, 2dc** repeat around, join
3-12) Repeat row 2 (you can make it bigger if you like)
finish off

Weave in any yarn, I work in my tags as I stripe so I only have the center and the end to weave in, it just makes it easier to me but do whatever works best for you!

Sew Panda (or teddy) on the blanket using the tail from the head, sew it good so it should stay in place with all the beatings it might get.

I love this pattern it’s just way too cute! I used Pink Brown and White for my blanket (we want a girl) plus I don’t have any blue lol, I changed my mind about the kitty because I came up with this one, I might try to tackle it later but so far I think I’m “done” with lovey patterns for a while. If you have any problems let me know and I’ll do my best to help! Happy Crocheting!

~Sarah~

This pattern is for private use only. Do not distribute or publish this pattern in any other form. If you like this pattern and would like to share please link to this blog.

Please do not make and sell this item.

Bunny Lovey

So here is my Bunny Lovey, I’m planning on making a second one with a different animal, I’m thinking kitty cat if you have any better ideas or something you would like me to come up with feel free to ask!

Major note! The blankets are made starting with the SAME color as the animal for a very important reason! The head/body are attached at the end and because of that you can make a huge mess of it (I always do) but because of the colors matching it hides the knots and the actual sewing, keep that in mind. If you have a good sewing technique that hides the yarn feel free to start it differently, or if you just want to start it differently it doesn’t matter because that’s what you want, this is just my reasoning! :)

I have 2 designs for my blanket, it is the same pattern but striped differently and it just gives you an idea on the cute potential this pattern has. If you’re new to crochet to stripe is easy when you slip to join you just pull the next row’s color for the slip stitch and tie the 2 colors in a knot, then you’re ready to continue the pattern! (Sounds confusing when I type it but it’s not)

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Abbreviations: US terms
MR- Magic Ring
SC- Single Crochet
SC2TOG- Single Crochet Two Together
CH- Chain
DC- Double Crochet
2SC- 2 single crochet in same space
2DC- 2 Double crochet in same space

Items needed:
Hooks – G/6 4.00mm and I/9 5.5mm
I love this yarn (very much so suggested but Red heart “love” might work)
Marker (or paper clip)
Yarn Needle

Pattern: Only blanket is made in the round, rest is done in a spiral. Use marker to keep track of first stitch.

Head (using G hook)
1) MR, ch1, sc 6 in MR
2) 2sc in each – 12stitches
3) sc, 2sc around – 18
4) repeat row 3 – 26
5-9) sc around
10) sc, sc2tog – 18
11) repeat row 10 – 12 (stuff head)
12) Sc2tog- 6
Finish off leaving a long tail

Embroider the eyes and nose or use plastic safety eyes and nose, I embroidered mine. Sew up the remaining 6 stitches and DO NOT cut tail

Ears – make 2 (using G hook)
1) MR, ch1, sc 4 in MR
2) sc, 2sc around – 6
3)sc
4) sc 2, 2sc around – 8
5-8) sc
Finish off leaving a long tail

Sew ears to head, they seem a little weird I know but if you bend them a little you can make them cute

Arms – make 2 (using G hook)
1) MR, ch1, sc 6 in MR
2) 2sc around – 12
3-5) sc
6) sc, sc2tog – 8
7-12) sc
Finish off leaving a long tail

This is a little tricky, hold the arms where you want them or pin them in place, I held mine and put them on one at a time, it’s a pain right here…

Blanket – in the round (using I hook)
~Row 1 is the only row that the starting ch counts as first dc, I noticed a gap after row 1 if I continued to count it as my first dc~
1) MR, ch3, *dc, ch2* you should have 4 ch2 spaces, join
2) Ch2, dc to the ch2 space, **2dc, ch2, 2dc** repeat around, join
3-12) Repeat row 2 (you can make it bigger if you like)
finish off

Weave in any yarn, I work in my tags as I stripe so I only have the center and the end to weave in, it just makes it easier to me but do whatever works best for you!

Sew bunny on the blanket using the tail from the head, sew it good so it should stay in place with all the beatings it might get.

I love this pattern, I think it’s cute and like I said I plan on making a kitty cat unless I get tons of requests for something else! If you have any problems let me know and I’ll do my best to help! Happy Crocheting!!!

~Sarah~

This pattern is for private use only. Do not distribute or publish this pattern in any other form. If you like this pattern and would like to share please link to this blog.

Please do not make and sell this item.

Ouch My Poor Feet pt 2

Well this was going to be the pattern page but sadly nothing that I had in mind worked, so I gave up and just never got around to updating. But it turns out I have this weird foot condition where the muscle tightens up when resting that as soon as I stand up the muscle stretches and causes severe pain in my heel. I can’t remember what it’s called but there’s a few things I can do to help and annoyingly losing weight is one of them, I want to lose weight just to lose weight but now I have a reason that I need to lose weight. Well also my new job turned out to be well crap, I got fired and I was planning on quitting they just beat me to the punch. 6 people got fired or quit within a months time, which turns out is normal for them, they have such bad turn over it’s a good thing I’m done with it.

But I had never been fired which made it hard, I was a little depressed but I made some good friends there and met a new neighbor because of it. I did make a couple of cute lovey’s for my neighbor that are sports themed but I don’t want to risk being sued for it so I’m not going to make a pattern up for my blog but I’m going to make up a pattern for a lovey that isn’t sports themed. I have one more sports themed lovey to make for a friend and then I’m going to make up a pattern for one that I won’t possibly get sued for lol.

Hopefully I can start making new patterns soon but because of my job I got backed up on projects, I have 2 creepers to make and I’m not even halfway done with one of them , I have a tote I’m making for my yarn, I’m making a blanket for my dogs and several more things I want to make that I didn’t get around too. Plus I barely got around to finishing my last order from the lady I met and now officially crochet for and she’s told me she’s going shopping when she gets back from a family reunion, so I’m really trying to get my projects done so I can work on her stuff.

Anyway I’m going to get back to my projects Happy Knitting and Crocheting everyone!

~Sarah~