Friday, February 27, 2015

saw it, loved it, made it {knitted & knotted turban headband}

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I kind of obsessively pin to my "kid style" board on Pinterest. I don't know why I love stylish and different children's clothes so much, but looking through the photos I've curated brings me so much joy (and I'm totally laughing at myself for being such a geek as I'm typing)!

A couple weeks ago I saw and pinned this adorable picture to that board. I just love the way her knitted headband is tied up on her head and so I decided to make one and put my own little twist on it! I definitely think this headband would look way cuter on a little girl, so use your imagination...

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This knitted turban headband is so easy to make that you'll be able to whip out several in all different colors in no time at all!

Supplies:
1 skein worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice in Honey which I also used in my knitted bandana fringe scarf pattern)
Size 11 straight knitting needles
Large eye needle for a seam
Scissors

Knitting stitches to know:
CO- cast on
K- knit stitch
BO- bind off

Instructions:
1. CO 16 stitches.
2. Slip first stitch, K each remaining stitch.
3. Repeat step 2 until piece measures approximately 30 inches.
4. BO but leave a 6 inch tail for sewing.
5. Fold over the short end that you just BO about 3 inches. Using your large eye needle and the 6 inch tail, sew in place.
6. To put headband together, fold over the non-sewn short end to make a loop. Scrunch up loop formed by the sewn end. Pull non-sewn loop through, but not all the way.

This knitted headband gives the illusion of an actual knot being tied, when it is really just a loop pulled up through the hole created by your folded over and sewn edge. 

Following this pattern will give you a turban that will fit a child up to an adult. If you wanted to make it for a baby/toddler, I would do a few less stitches when casting on and alter the length as well. 

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I really love the simplicity of this pattern. It would be a great project for a beginning knitter!

Please email me with any questions by clicking the "Contact Me" button on the sidebar and hashtag any finished projects with #LoveCityBlog or #LoveCityCrochet on Instagram! You can also share anything you've made to my facebook page, @Lovecitycrochet! I truly love to see how your projects turn out so please, share away!

See my last Saw It, Loved It, Made It post HERE.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

the fluffy white stuff

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When I was a kid, I lived for snow days. I even made up chants to the snow gods to bring on a snow day (it went a little something like, "Oh EE Oh, snowwwwwww"). That was some serious dedication. But yesterday morning when that early morning text message that told us school was cancelled (again) woke me up, my chant sounded more like, "Noooo!!!!!!!" The kids have missed six days of school so far and I'm going a little stir crazy! 

Last week, I didn't really go out in the icy mess at all because I was mad at it. Yesterday though, the snow was fluffy and white and it came down steadily all day. I couldn't miss the opportunity to snap some memories of the kids with my phone so I ventured out and followed them around as they played. They have been loving it. And as much as I hate the fact that snow just puts spring that much farther into the future, I couldn't deny it's beauty as it blanketed our yard and our little home all in white.

The forecast is calling for even more snow tonight. Maybe this is mother nature's way of forcing me to just embrace this never ending winter. 









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PS- a few tidbits of news for the week:

- Hop on Instagram and find my new page @shoplovecity where I've got a fun closet sale going on today through Friday at noon! I have some gently worn clothing up for sale that need a new home!

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- I will be attending another Makers Market in March! It is a great way for any local friends to support local handmade artists! 


Monday, February 23, 2015

crochet love {lacy bell caplet}


I originally created the pattern for this caplet last year. It has been a paid pattern in my shop, Love City Crochet, but I decided it was time to retire it and offer it free here on my blog! 



I have this love for capes and caplets and anything of the sort, which I think stems from my love of all things vintage and old fashioned. This lacy bell caplet is nod to those loves of mine. It is such a versatile piece as well. It can be worn for extra warmth over a winter coat, or as a light cover up over a spring dress. It also looks great bunched up as a cowl!





This patterns is written for a size small adult, but it includes instructions for adjusting to any size you may need!

This crochet caplet uses mainly double crochets worked in the round, in a series of shell stitches. This pattern gives the garment a beautiful lacy texture.

I used a worsted weight yarn and a size I crochet hook.

For the complete FREE crochet pattern, click the link below!


(If you are having any trouble downloading this pattern, please check to make sure your pdf reading software is updated.)



Friday, February 13, 2015

my marley bag




A few weeks ago I was contacted by Wool and the Gang, a really hip and fun company that sells crochet and knit patterns, yarns, and kits. I have admired their work for a long while! I was even inspired by one of their designs when I wrote my wrap sweater crochet pattern. They saw my wrap sweater floating around the internets and thought I might like to try one of their knit kits to review. Of course, I jumped at the chance!

 

I decided to try the Marley Bag because I love purses and I really wanted to try out Wool and the Gang's Jersey Be Good cotton yarn.

When the kit arrived in the mail, I think I actually squealed. I was so excited, and I pretty much got started on making the bag right away!

The kit came with every supply that I would need to make my bag (yarn, knitting needles, hardware for the purse, and of course the pattern). The pattern was so incredibly detailed and easy to follow! Every stitch and technique that I needed to know to make the bag was defined and explained so that even a beginner could breeze right through it! 






It took me about 3 days to complete the bag, with most of that time being dedicated to making the strap. The paracord technique used for the strap was slow going for me, but it looks great and I'm glad I went with the longer length!

I am totally in love with this pattern, the knit kit, this bag! It is definitely going to be my new go-to date night purse and I have some plans to take it with me on a little adventure this weekend! 

I mean, look at me in these pictures below....don't I look happy? :)







...Wool and the Gang gifted me this knit kit, but all opinions in this post are 100% my own!...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

little crochet hearts and easy diy valentines decorations


A few of my friends and I decided to have a fun valentine's day themed girl's night. We planned to eat yummy treats, play funny games, and chat...a lot! I wanted to keep the cost of our festivities minimal so one afternoon last week, I went to town crocheting these cute little hearts! I didn't really have a plan for them as I was making them. They actually looked really cute just sprawled out on the table, and a lot of friends suggested I make a garland, but I wanted to try something a little different. 

I ended up having the boys help me collect sticks on our weekly Wednesday adventure, put the sticks in a vase and hung the crochet hearts randomly along the branches. It is a fun, completely free, decoration and I think it turned out pretty cute!


And since the boys collected about 20 more sticks than I actually needed, I used some extras to make funny little cupid's arrows. All I did there was hot glue a crochet heart to one end of the stick and some feathers to the other end.



There are so many cute ways to use these little crochet hearts. They are such a fun, cost effective way to decorate for valentine's day, or any time you feel like expressing your love!

Below, I will share with you a crochet pattern so you can make your own hearts.

(Please note: There are SO many crochet heart patterns and tutorials out there, and I'm sure many of them are similar, if not the same. This pattern is what I ended up with after fiddling around on my own for a bit.)

Using any worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice), and a size H crochet hook:

Ch 3. Sl st in first ch to form loop.
Ch 3. Work 4 tr into center of loop. Work 3 dc into center of loop.
Ch 1. Tr into center of loop. Ch 1. 
Work 3 dc into center of loop. Work 4 tr into center of loop.
Ch 2. Sl st into center of loop. Fasten off.


.................What would you do with your little crochet hearts!?................