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Craft Show Goodies


The holidays always give me the itch to do a craft show. The snowmen are my new favorite. I had some old styrofoam ornaments and crocheted over them with white yarn. I’ve had them laying around in that state for about 3-4 years now. This year I finally decided it was time to do something with them so I made them hats, gave them those adorable faces and I am in love!



Knitted Slipper Sock Pattern



Experience/Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Measurements: One size fits most - they're not meant to be snug
Materials: Worsted weight yarn in blue, yellow, green, orange, 
purple, pink and red (or colors of your choice)
Equipment: Size 8 double pointed needles, pom-pom maker (helpful 
but not necessary) and tapestry needle.
Gauge: 4 sts X 7 rows = 1 inch on size 8 double pointed needles
Stitch patterns:  MB - (k1, yo, k1, yo, k1) into next stitch, turn;
k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1,turn; 
p3 tog
With size 8 needles and blue, CO 48 sts (I cast on using a straight
needle and then knit off to the double pointed needles on my first
row, I think it's easier that way.)  
Place marker at the beginning of row and work in k2, p2 ribbing 
for 13 rows, distributing 16 sts over each needle.

Change to yellow.
Row 1 - knit across, increasing one stitch in the middle
Row 2 - purl
Row 3 - knit
Row 4 - *k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last stitch, k1
Row 5 - knit
Row 6 - purl

Change to green
Knit 1 row, decreasing one stitch in the middle
Row 1 - p6, * yo, k1, yo, p6; repeat from *
Row 2 - *p6, k3; repeat from * end p6
Row 3 - p6, *k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, p6; repeat from *
Row 4 - *p6, k5; repeat from * end p6
Row 5 - p6, *k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p6; repeat from *
Row 6 - *p6, k7; repeat from * end with p6
Row 7 - p6, *k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p6; repeat from *
Row 8 - *p6, k9; repeat from * end p6
Row 9 - p6, *sl 1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog, p6; repeat from *
Row 10 - *p6, k7; repeat from * end p6
Row 11 - p6, *sl 1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, p6; repeat from * 
Row 12 - *p6, k5; repeat from * end p6
Row 13 - p6, *sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, p6; repeat from * 
Row 14 - *p6, k3; repeat from * end p6
Row 15 - p6, *sl 1, k2tog, psso, p6; repeat from *
Row 16 - purl

Change to orange and knit 3 rows
Change to purple
Knit one row
Purl one row
Knit 2 rows
Next row: k5, MB: repeat across
Knit 2 rows
Purl one row.
Prepare for heel by slipping last 12 sts of last row onto free 
needle. Knit 12 sts of 1st needle - these 24 sts are the heel.

Heel flap (change to red)
Row 1 (wrong side) - sl 1 as if to purl, purl across, turn
Row 2 - sl 1 as if to knit, knit across, turn
Work these 2 rows until heel measures 2.75 inches ending with a 
right side row.

Turn heel
Row 1 - p14, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 2 - sl 1 as if to k, k5, ssk, k1, turn
Row 3 - sl 1 as if to p, p6, p2 tog, p1, turn
Row 4 - sl 1 as if to k, k7, ssk, k1, turn
Row 5 - sl 1 as if to p, p8, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 6 - sl 1 as if to k, k9, ssk, k1, turn
Row 7 - sl 1 as if to p, p10, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 8 - sl 1 as if to k, k11, ssk, k1, turn
Row 9 - sl 1 as if to p, p12, p2tog, turn
Row 10 - sl 1 asi if to k, k12, ssk - 14 sts.

Gusset (change to pink)
Pick up 13 sts, k24 sts from holder, pick up 13 sts,knit first 
7 sts of heel flap. Slide remaining 7 sts of heelp flap onto first
needle - 64 sts.
Row 1 - on 1st ndle - k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
        on 2nd ndle - k24
        on 3rd ndel - k1, ssk, knit
Row 2 - knit
Repeat rows 1 & 2 seven more times - 48 sts.

Change color to light blue. 
Row 1 - knit
Row 2 - purl
Row 3 - k12, (k3, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k3) three times, k12
Row 4 and even rows - knit
Row 5 - k12, (k2, *yo, sl 1, k1, psso; repeat from * one more time,
        k2) three times, k12
Row 7 - k12, (k1, *yo, sl 1, k1, psso; repeat from * two more times
        k1) three times, k12
Row 9 - Repeat Row 5
Row 11 - Repeat Row 3
Row 12 - purl

Change to orange (if you need to socks to be longer you can add
more rows in here)
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
knit 2 rows
Purl 1 row

Toe (Change to yellow)
Rearrange sts so needle 1 has 12 sts, needle 2 has 24 
and needle 3 has 12 sts.
Row 1 - 1st ndle - knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
        2nd ndle - k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
        3rd ndle - k1, ssk, knit
Row 2 - knit
Rows 3-12 - Repeat Rows 1 & 2
Rows 13 & 14 - Repeat Row 1
knit sts from 1st needle onto 3rd needle

Kitchener stitch the to toe together. Weave in ends
If desired, make pom-pom ties and weave through the eyelet row.

Bella’s Dress


10447866_10203240838315207_1584130504255590463_n-1-225x300My friend’s granddaughter saw a cute little crocheted dress and she wanted something similar in her size. My friend posted her request on Facebook and I took on the challenge. The fact is that the only thing this dress has in common with the original is that it has the same silhouette. Otherwise I took some big liberties and changed it around but I think for the better. The bobble hem and eyelet flower border are just right for the budding fashionista. The rainbow trim and straps add just the right amount of whimsy and the 2 x 2 rib bodice leaves room for growth. Add a t-shirt underneath in summer or turtleneck and tights in winter and you have an adorable look. I used Caron’s Simply Soft so you can throw it in the washer/dryer. Also, as my friend’s granddaughter, who’s skin is very sensitive was happy because it didn’t itch her.

Experience/Level of Difficulty: Intermeiate
Measurements: Chest - 23" Length - 20"
Equipment: Size 5 & 7 circular needle, tapestry needle. Size F 
crochet hook
Gauge: 5 sts X 6.5 rows = 1 inch on size 8 double pointed needles
Yarn: Caron's Simply Soft - Two 6oz skeins soft pink, 1 skein       contrasting color

Stitch Patterns:
Make Bobble (MB) - (K1, P1, K1, P1) in next stitch, turn, K4, turn,
K4, turn, K4 and lift 2, 3, & 4th stitch (one at a time) over first stitch and off needle.

With size 7 needles, CO 141 stitches.
Row 1 - P5 *(MB), K1 (remaining stitch of bobble), P9. Repeat from * end P5. Join (working in the round)
Row 2, 4, 6, 8 - Knit
Row 3 - P1, *YO, P2, P2tog, K1, P2tog, P2, YO, P1; repeat from *
Row 5 - P2, *YO, P1, P2tog, K1, P2tog, P1, YO, P3; repeat from *    end P2
Row 7 - P3, *YO, P2tog, K1, P2tog, YO, P5; repeat from * end P3
Row 9 - Purl
Row 10 - Knit, increase 4 stitches evenly - 145 sts.

Flower border
Row 1 - Knit
Row 2 and even rows - Knit
Row 3 - K1, *K3, (K2tog) twice, YO,  (K1, P1 K1) in next st, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K4: repeat from *
Row 5 - K1, *K3, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K1, YO Sl 1, K1, PSSO, YO, 
Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K4; repeat from *
Row 7 - K1, *K2, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, Sl 1, K1, 
PSSO, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K3; repeat from *
Row 9 - K1, *K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, Sl 1, K1, 
PSSO, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K2; repeat from *
Row 11 - K1, *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, K2tog, YO, K3, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K1, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K2; repeat from * 
Row 13 - K1, *K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K5, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K2; rpeat from *
Row 15 - K1, *K5, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K1, K2tog, YO, K6; repeat 
from *
Row 17 - K1, *K6, YO, Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, YO, K7; repeat from *

Knit even until work measures 14.25" or desired length. 
Decrease row - *K3, K2tog; repeat from * 36 times, 116 sts. 
Eyelet Pattern
Row 1 - Knit
Row 2 - Purl
Row 3 - Knit
Row 4 - *K2tog, YO; repeat from *
Row 5 - Knit
Row 6 - Purl
Row 7 - Knit

Change to size 5 needles and work in K2, P2 rib for 5 inches and 
then bind off.  Mark position for straps about 3 inches in from sides. With CC, and size F crochet hook, crochet around 
edges as follows: Slip one, chain 1. When you get to the markers, 
chain 30 and then slip stitch back down the chain and continue 
around top in the slip one, chain 1 pattern until you get to the 
next marker.

Crochet a chain with CC and weave in the eyelets.

Weave in ends.

Knitted Cowl


I made this cowl out of some cotton yarn I found at the thrift store. It is the perfect complement for a denim jackt. I did a lace bobble edging and then knit the body up in a seed stitch so that it was reversible.

To get the second edging right, I had to knit it separately and then kitchener stitch it on. Now, I’m not a big fan of the kitchener stitch, I would much rather do a three needle bind off. But once I got into the grove of it, it wasn’t so bad.


Hand Knit Wedding Dress


I came across several stories about Lydia Taylor, a yarn shop owner in England, who knit her wedding dress.

This story appealed to me on several levels. First of all, SHE KNIT HER WEDDING DRESS! And it’s gorgeous. As an avid knitter, she has my admiration.

Apparently the couple did a handmade wedding. I think this is such a wonderful idea and I am glad to see that so many more couples are planning smaller, more intimate affairs that are about family and friends rather than seeing who can bankrupt mommy and daddy the quickest.

Sites like and pinterest have made it much easier to get an elegant look at discount prices. Personally, I would love to be able to plan and execute these affairs for a living, but most people that do it are pretty crafty and don’t need my help.