Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring everyone!

With warmer weather, I know that us crocheters tend to start working on different types of projects. What projects have you been working on lately?

I've been busy making these adorable American Girl doll clothes.


I also like to make amigurumi. My son loves them!

Here are a few of my favorite ones to make.








You can also always use more dishcloths in the kitchen!





Small projects like these are perfect for the warmer weather. However, if you're like me, you will still be working on blankets!

If you would like the pattern for any of these projects please just let me know and I will share it with you!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Size matters

When it comes to blankets, one size does not fit all. Especially when it comes to baby blankets. I have found a few sites that make it very easy to know what size blanket that you will need to do.

This is a very good site for reference for almost anything crochet! http://thecrochetcrowd.com/afghan-sizes/

I recently needed to figure out the perfect size for a car seat cover and this site helped me with that http://www.goodknitkisses.com/Resources/blanket-sizes-chart/

I usually tend to make it a little bigger then what it suggests. That way you know it will be the perfect size!


Another thing that needs the perfect size are hats. There are many sites that give you measurements on circumferences. I like to just try it out on someone instead! (However, if you don't have anyone to try it out on, you might want to follow the measurement on the pattern.)

For newborns and babies, I just measure it up against one of my son's old hats. However, I have made so many of those that I can usually pretty much get it right just by looking at it.

Then, for small children, I have my son that can help me out with that! He isn't always very fond of trying things on for me, but I can usually get him to do anything for chocolate :)

For everyone else, I just try it on for myself. For women, it should fit me. For men, it should just be a tad bigger on me.

Just remember, before you start a project, make sure you know what size you need it to be. You don't want to have to frog it in the middle and start over!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Relax...

Well, the hustle and bustle of the holidays is almost over. Did you get everything done for your friends and family that you wanted? For the first time, I think I actually did!

So, what do you do now? How many of you feel like you have all the time in the world now that your Holiday projects are over? I do. Now I don't know what I should start working on first!

I have a sweater that I have been wanting to make for myself forever. Maybe I'll start on that? Here it is...

Of course, my son has requested a few things but I think his wish list is never ending! Leave me a comment and let me know what you are going to do with all your free time now that your Holiday crafting is over for this year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Quick & Easy Crochet Christmas Gifts

It's getting crunch time for us crafters! Some of us are probably just stitching away trying to get everything that we done for Christmas gifts (I know I am!) If you still need some last minute quick items to make, here are a few of my favorites.

Dishcloths are always quick and easy, and who doesn't need more dishcloths!




These are just a few that I've made but you can use the pattern for just about any square pattern for a dishcloth. I like to use cotton yarn when making my dishcloths.

If you need a quick gift for a child, here are a few smaller amigurumi items.

This is one of my favorites!
I have lost count on how many of these I have made :) Here is the pattern for my favorite crochet kitty.

This is another easy one that I made for my son.

These are really simple. I am currently making 22 of them for my son's friends in his classroom!
Here is the pattern for the little teddy bear. There are 2 different sizes on the site. I made the bigger one.


My main go-to quick Christmas gift is an ornament. Who wouldn't like a handmade ornament! Here are some of my favorites.





These are just a few of my go-to quick patterns when I need a quick gift. Whether it be for Christmas or anything else! If you have any questions on any of these patterns please don't hesitate to ask! Just email me at lindsaymayo@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Scarf Weather

With Fall comes cooler weather and that means one thing. Time to make yourself a new scarf or hat, or both! I think I make myself a new scarf every year!

Here are a few of my favorite scarf patterns.

Heart Scarf



I used Red Heart Shimmer yarn so it made it a little sparkley. Here is the pattern for this:
It's a square that I just repeated until it was long enough for a scarf.

Awareness Scarf
I have made a few of these. One in pink for breast cancer awareness and one on black for melanoma awareness.

Keyhole Scarf
This is my own pattern. My grandmother had requested a keyhole scarf and I didn't find a pattern that was perfect for her so I made a pattern just for her. Here is the pattern:

Granny Scarf
I seem to have misplaced the pattern for this one. The middle part is done using the granny stripe pattern and has two squares on the ends.

Enjoy a few of my favorite scarf patterns now that fall is here! If you have any questions just leave a comment or email me at lindsaymayo@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Christmas Crafts

While I don't like seeing Christmas in stores in September, my mind does start looking towards what I might make my friends and family for Christmas.

One of my favorite things to make is ornaments. They are quick and easy to make, plus my friends and family can treasure them every year when they decorate their Christmas tree!

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas ornament patterns:



I included 2 different patterns. I wasn't sure which one that I used because I made this one a few years ago.


These are just a few of my favorite ornament patterns but if you search, you can find lots more! From wreaths and stockings to toys and animals! Share your favorite ornament patterns with me. I'm always looking for new patterns :)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Finding the perfect pattern

I have had many orders for many different kinds of blankets and other items recently. That meant searching the internet to find the perfect pattern, which to me, is part of the fun of a crochet project!

First, my husband's cousin got married last month. My mother in-law and I decided to make her a blanket as a wedding gift. We searched and searched the internet to find the perfect pattern and ultimately decided to use this pattern for the blanket http://rosereddesigns.blogspot.com/2011/02/diamond-ghan.html and this pattern for the border https://cypresstextiles.net/2015/01/20/treble-scallop-edging-free-pattern/. It turned out beautiful!


Next, I had an order for a few baby items that a neighbor wanted for an upcoming baby shower. She wanted a baby hat, bib, and baby booties. I went back to the internet to search for the perfect patterns for these items. 

The hat was the easiest. I just did a simple hat in the colors requested, blue and cream. Here is how it turned out.


The other items were a little bit more difficult for me. I would think that I found the perfect pattern, start it, and then decide on frogging the project and try out a different pattern. I did that multiple times when I was making the baby bib. I just wanted to make a simple bib because I was going to make it to match the hat. I ended up using this pattern as a guide: http://web.archive.org/web/20120626002118/http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/BabyChild/KCT0025+Crochet+Baby+Bib.htm. I didn't want it to be so big so I just used this as a guide and made this one a little smaller. I think it turned out perfect!


I saved the booties for last because I don't make those very often. I have just never been able to find a pattern that I liked that turned out right. Well, after searching the internet again, I think that I have finally found a baby bootie pattern that I really like! Here it is: http://misscraftycouponer.blogspot.com/2014/09/crochet-easy-basic-baby-booties.html. It is titled Easy Basic Baby Booties and it really is an easy pattern. Here is how mine turned out:


I think that I ended up finding the perfect pattern for these items. Don't you think?




Don't worry if you have to frog a few patterns when you first start out. Almost every time I start a project, it takes me a few tries before I find the perfect pattern to follow. Then, if I can't find it, I try to just make my own! 

Happy crocheting!