Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Items for Sale!

I've just recently started trying to sell my crochet items. I figured, I love to crochet, why not try and make a little money from it!

Here are my first items that I have for sale. Just email me at lindsaymayo@gmail.com if you might be interested!

American Flag Afghan

Made to order American Flag Afghan. Can do large and small (toddler) size. Email me for prices.

Large size

Toddler size

Crocheted Kitty

Little crocheted kitty perfect for a baby gift, or for anyone that is a cat lover! Made to order in any color you would like. For every one of these kitties that are sold, I will donate to a charity that I know is in need of items.
$10+shipping





Criss-Cross Baby Blanket

Made to order criss-cross baby blanket. Perfect baby gift! Can be made in almost any color you want! Email me for more information!




If you see anything you might be interested in just email me at lindsaymayo@gmail.com. If you might want something you don't see here contact me and I can see what I can do!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Grandma's Scalloped Baby Blanket

When I first started crocheting, I learned by making granny squares. I had a hard time when it came to crocheting straight across though. This pattern is one of the first that I was able to do that turned out looking right. It is a pattern that I found in my grandma's crochet materials that I inherited not too long after I started crocheting. It was in an old pamphlet so I wanted to share it with you.

Grandma's Scalloped Baby Blanket


Materials:

4-5 skeins of baby yarn. (The picture uses Bernat Softee Baby)
Size G hook (I crochet tight so I tend to go up a size. This is the size the pattern called for.)
Scissors
Needle to weave in ends

Abbreviations:
CH - chain
SC - single crochet
SP - space
SK - skip
DC - double crochet
ST - stitch

Pattern:

CH 119 to measure about 28 inches.

Row 1: SC in second CH from hook, (SK 2 CH, 5 DC in next CH, SK 2, SC in next CH for a shell) 19 times, end SK 2, 3 DC in last CH, CH 1, turn. 

Row 2: SC in same DC as turning CH and in next DC, * CH 1, DC in next SC, CH 1, SC in second DC of next shell, CH 1, SC in 4th DC of same shell, repeat from * across, end CH 1, DC in last SC, CH 3, turn.

Row 3: 2 DC in base of turning CH, * SC in CH between next 2 SC, shell in next DC, repeat from * across, end SC in last SC, CH 4, turn.

Row 4: * SC in second DC of shell, CH 1, SC in 4th DC of same shell, CH 1, DC in next SC, repeat from * across, end SC in turning CH, CH 1, turn.

Row 5: SC in first SC, * shell in next DC, SC in CH between 2 SC, repeat from * across, end 3 DC in turning CH, CH 1, turn.

Repeat rows 2 through 5 for pattern, working on 19 1/2 shells to measure 30 inches from start, end with row 2 or 4, CH1.

Border: SC closely around, DC in each ST, SK CH 1 SP between 2 SC, 5 SC in next 3 corners, 2 SC in side of each DC, SC in base of each DC on other end, join, CH 3. 2 DC in base of CH 3, SC in each SC with 5 SC in corner STS, end 2 DC in base of CH 3 (4th corner), join, CH 3.

Work 3 more rows of DC with 5 DC in each corner.

Row 6 - Ruffle: * (DC, CH1) twice in EVERY OTHER DC, repeat from * around.

Row 7: (DC, CH 3) in each DC.

Picot Row: In each CH 3 SP, work (SC, CH 3) twice.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy crocheting!



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Little Sock Monkey

I was wanting to make a little version of the Basic Crochet Sock Monkey pattern by Patons so I made some adjustments to the pattern.




Here is what I did:

Materials:

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn 4 colors (If you would like, make sure that 2 of those colors are black for the eyes and red for the mouth. 1 is a color you would like for the feet and hands. 1 color for the body, arms, and legs.)
Size H hook
Needle to sew it together and weave in ends
Stuffing

Abbreviations:
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
SC - Single Crochet
sc2tog - Single Crochet 2 Stitches Together
YOH - Yarn Over Hook

Instructions:

Legs:

Make 2
(Stuff the legs as you work)

First Leg:
CH 2.
Row 1: 6 SC in 2nd CH from hook. Join with SL ST to first SC.
Row 2: CH 1. (1 SC in next SC. 2 SC in next SC) 3 times. Join with SL ST to first SC. 9 SC.
Row 3: CH 1. (1 SC in each of next 2 SC. 2 SC in next SC) 3 times. Join with SL ST to first SC. 12 SC.
Join color for body and SC evenly around for a total of 17 rows. 23 rows total

Second Leg:
Work as for First Leg. Do not fasten off. Continue as follows for Body

Body:
Join Second Leg to First Leg by working SL ST into last SC of First Leg.
Row 1: CH 1. 1 SC in each SC around First Leg, then 1 SC in each SC around Second Leg. Join with SL ST to first SC. 42 SC.
Row 2: CH 1. 1 SC in each SC around. Join with SL ST to first SC.
Repeat last round until the body measures about 5".
With first color (color for hands and feet) repeat 3 times.

Shape Head:
Row 1: CH 1. *1 SC in each of next 2 SC. Draw up a loop in each of next 2 SC. YOH and draw through all loops on hook – sc2tog made. Rep from * around. Join with SL ST to first SC.
Continue as established, decreasing stitches evenly around each round (stuffing Head as you work). Fasten off, leaving a long end. Thread end through rem sts and draw tightly. Fasten securely.

Arms (Make 2):

Work as written for First Leg.
Leave long tail to sew onto body.
Stuff arms.

Muzzle:
With color for mouth CH 5.
Row 1: 1 SC in second CH from hook. 1 SC in each of next 2 CH. 2 SC in last CH. Working into opposite side of ch, work 1 SC in each of next 3 CH. 2 SC in last CH. Join with SL ST to first SC.
Row 2: CH 1. 1 SC in each of first 3 SC. 2 SC in next SC. 1 SC in each of next 3 SC. 2 SC in last SC. Join with SL ST to first SC. Change to white.
Row 3-5: CH 1. 1 SC in each SC around. Join with SL ST to first SC. Rep last rnd 3 times more. Fasten off. Leave long tail to sew onto body.

Ears (Make 4):

CH 4
Row1: 1 SC in second CH from hook. 1 SC in each 2 CH. Turn.
Row 2: CH 1. 2 SC in first SC. 1 SC in each SC to last SC. 1 SC in last SC. Turn.
Row 3: CH 1. 1 SC in each SC to end. Turn.
Row 4: CH 1. SC2TOG. 1 SC. SC2TOG in last 2 stitches. Fasten off.

Joining Ears:
With WS facing each other, place 2 Ears together. Join color used to make ears with SL ST at lower edge and work 1 rnd of SC through all thicknesses around outer edge to join. Join with SL ST to first SC. Fasten off. Leave long tail to sew onto body.

FINISHING
Stuff Muzzle lightly and sew to front of Monkey. Attach Ears to either side of Head. Sew Arms and Tail in position as shown. With black yarn, embroider Eyes and Nostrils. I also just crocheted two small circles for the eyes and sewed them on.


If you have any questions about this pattern or find any mistakes please let me know!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Crochet and Traveling

Summer is officially here! Most of us will be on the road traveling with our families. Don't leave that crochet hook at home though! There are plenty of projects that are perfect to take on the road with you.

Smaller projects are the best kind to bring with you on a road trip. Hats, washcloths, dishcloths, and baby clothing are just a few things that I have found are perfect projects to work on while traveling. One of my previous postings lists some of my favorite hat patterns which are perfect to bring with you! I also have a kitchen towel which would be easy to travel with.

If you want to work on a blanket while traveling, the best kind would be a motif blanket. That way you can work on it in small pieces and then sew them together when you get back home!

Summer doesn't stop me from doing bigger projects though. I just always like to have a blanket to work on. They don't really travel well though. If you get to crochet a lot the blanket might get too big and not leave you enough room for souvenirs!

What are some projects that you like to take with you on a road trip?



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Crochet obsessions

If you are like me, once you find a crochet pattern that you love, you want to make it over and over. You almost become obsessed with it!

One thing that I like to make is almost anything with kitties. I've made this pattern twice Kitties in a Row.

I even adapted it into a purse!



I then decided to try my hand at amigurumi. Of course, the first thing I wanted to try was a kitty! This is the pattern that I decided to try this pattern Crochet Kitten. It has become one of my favorite patterns to make! I have made so many now that I've lost count on how many that I've done. Here are a few pictures of my kittens.

Another thing that I have become obsessed with is making any kind of ripple pattern. They just seem to work up so quick! They are always my go-to pattern if I need to make something fairly quickly. I have made many different kinds of ripple patterns. Here are a few of my favorites that I have discovered:




Granny Ripple Blanket
(This site is currently down. If you would like this pattern please let me know and I can send you a different one.)

There are so many different ways to make something that it's easy to become obsessed with making it! Whether it be anything with kitties, or ripples, I'm sure you have your own crafty obsession. Share in the comments below. Maybe it will become my new obsession!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Magic of Crochet

Every time I crochet something, it amazes me how I can take a simple skein of yarn and make it into something. I can't believe that with the simple stitches that I've learned that I can stitch them up into a blanket, scarf, or whatever else that I may stitching up!

There came a point that I couldn't find a pattern for something that I was wanting to make. I searched and searched and just couldn't find anything!

Finally, I just decided to come up with something original. I had been crocheting for a couple years already and was fairly confident in my ability. Once I came up with the pattern, I had crochet friends help me out and make sure that the pattern was written so that everyone could understand and make their own. I started out simple and made a dish towel.
Here is the link to the pattern:

Using these stitches I then designed a keyhole scarf, baby blanket, baby bib, and a baby hat. You can check out my blog for these postings if you'd like!

Now, if I want to make something that I can't find a pattern for, I feel pretty confident that I can come up with something on my own. If I have any trouble, I have friends in the crochet community that are always willing to help me out! Try it out! It's not as hard you might think :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wedding crochet

Wedding season is upon us! And, if you are a crocheter or even a crafter, there are many things that you can make if you or someone that you know is having an upcoming wedding.

When I got married in 2003 I made quite a few things. I hadn't learned to crochet yet, but between my mom and I, we did a lot ourselves. We made centerpieces for the tables with roses and little vases and that found at out local craft store. My favorite was the Hershey kiss roses. They were a little more time consuming but I loved how they looked! http://www.bridecraft.com/hershey-kiss-rose-favor.html is a site on how to do those. This site uses colored plastic but I used fabric in my wedding colors. (Image to the right is not mine. It's from the website I provided.)






About 4 years ago a family member got married and asked if I would help with a flower basked for her flower girl and a ring bearer pillow for her ring bearer. I was so excited! Of course, by this time I was crocheting almost everything. I had never made anything like these things, but that didn't stop me from wanting to try! Here are my end results.

For the flower girl basked I used this pattern, http://www.crochetspot.com/free-crochet-pattern-easy-basket/. I followed the pattern as written, just making the handle a little longer. I also wanted to make the handle sturdier so I used 2 layers and in between I put a pipe cleaner so it would keep it's shape. 

Next was the ring bear pillow. For this I just made 2 squares the size of the pillow and sewed them together over the little pillow. I just used a shell stitch for the square that had a straight edge as the end result so that I could sew the 2 sides together easier. I put scalloped edge around the pillow and decorated it in the wedding colors. 

I loved how these came out!

There are many other items from flowers, center pieces, to even a wedding dress that you can crochet yourself! If you have any questions or have done your own wedding crafts that you would like to share, please let me know!