I know it is mid-March but it is still cool and windy in Minnesota.

I am not a fan of making things twice so when I make finger-less gloves, I want them to work up fast.

The chevron gloves (maroon and gray) were fun and quick to make. They fit perfectly.  I used Vanna’s Choice yarn and adjusted the pattern to make it shorter. The pattern is called Women’s Ripple Fingerless Gloves by eyeloveknots.blogspot.com.  The free pattern is here.

The multi-colored gloves worked up really BIG! This could be because I used a different yarn than the pattern suggested even though they are the same weight. I used Baby Big Twist yarn (the first time using this yarn and love it!). The pattern is Bonnie Bell Wrist Warmers by Two Brothers Blankets. It is free and you can get it here.

The gray gloves worked up fast. I used Vanna’s Choice yarn for them. I do plan on adding some buttons on them to give them some character.  I did adjust the pattern some by making them a little smaller. As you make any glove, keep trying it on as you make it so you can adjust it to your hand. This pattern was in a crochet calendar. It is no longer available.

The cowl worked up quick. I was hoping it would look puffy-ier than it does. I used a Vanna’s Choice yarn that ended up being a little thinner then expected. I do like this cowl for this time of year since it is a little thinner. The pattern is Chloe V-Puff Cowl by Cre8tion Crochet. The pattern is on ravelry for a fee or you can find it here for free.

I was happy to find the photo adjustment on my iPhone. I took the picture when I didn’t have any makeup on and didn’t want to scare anyone. The ear warmer is warm and snug. The stitch is mimicking a knit stitch and makes the stitch tighter.  I sometimes end up with the ear warmers being too big and falling off. This one won’t do that. I used Vanna’s Choice yarn for this too and made it a little wider than the pattern to make sure my ears were covered. The pattern is called Faux Knit Ear Warmer by Maria’s Blue Crayon. It is here for free.

In December I got a few projects crocheted and I spent New Years weekend getting them finished off. I will post a few of them at a time 🙂

The mustard color Malia infinity scarf was a lot of fun to make. The pattern is worked in rows and gives you a fun looking stitch. You sc in the 3rd loop of the hdc to get the top of the stitch to pop forward. I used Vanna’s Choice yarn. It was a little thicker than the yarn used by the designer. I used 3 skeins and did not do the last repeat of the pattern. I was at 6.5″ wide like the pattern called for. I also had just enough yarn to make the fringe. The buttons are decorative and sewed on to both ends to form the circle. The designer is Rebecca at Little Monkeys Crochet and she made a lot of patterns with this stitch. I look forward to making more. The pattern was free. You can see her patterns in this stitch here.

A friend gave me 3 skeins of Yarn Bee Fireside yarn. I have never used this yarn before and it isn’t one I would have chosen. It is a wavy yarn and typically that yarn is hard to crochet with. I found a Convertible Cowl pattern that used the same weight yarn so I thought I would try it. The first one ended up big but my niece really liked it. It can be yarn as a shawl and not just a cowl.  I had enough yarn left over so I tried to make her one that is smaller. I am sending it to her so I have to wait to see if it fits. If it doesn’t, I will make her one out of the recommended yarn. The pattern is called Cityscape Convertible Cowl by Lorene Eppolite. I found her pattern in an issue of Happily Hooked but you can find it on ravelry here.

I had about 1/2 a skein left of the Yarn Bee Fireside yarn so I found a messy bun hat to make with it. I love messy bun hats since I usually have my hair up in a pony tail. With the cold Minnesota winter, I like being able to kick throw on a messy bun hat and not have to take my pony tail out. This had worked up quickly and is another favorite pattern for me. You can find the pattern here. It is by She’s Crafty Crochet. My hat doesn’t look like hers because of the yarn being multi-colored and wavy.

 

 

Pumpkins!

I love pumpkins but the patterns can be tedious. I recently tried three new ones and enjoyed two of them.

The rustic pumpkin is the brown one and the orange one in the other photo. These worked up quickly with bulky yarn. It was made with the inside of the pumpkin used for the outside and done in the back loops to help give it a bumpy look. The pattern is here by Meg Made With Love.

The tall orange pumpkin with ridges is also by Meg Made With Love.  I didn’t like it as well as it didn’t form like a pumpkin as well as I would like. The pattern is here.

The blue pumpkin is a pattern from Yarnspirations. I liked it because it is formed with sc’s and dc’s. There is no need for you to do any shaping. The placement of the sc’s and dc’s makes the pumpkin shape. I made it blue as I liked the ones that Yarnspirations showed on their pattern.  You can get that pattern here. The pattern has three sizes of pumpkins. I made the small size.