Friday, April 3, 2015

Totally Retro Crochet Sweater-Jacket

steph3My church has a program for the young girls (ages 12-18) to participate in.  As a member of this group (appropriately called “Young Women”), we had goals to achieve and projects to complete to help build character, develop talents and deepen our faith.  We could cater the projects to our interests and learn new things in the meanwhile (if you’re curious about the program, visit: Young Women Personal Progress).

One of the projects I decided to do was to make a patchwork crochet sweater (sounds so cool already, I know!).  I found one to use as a guide in this amazing book, Illustrated Patchwork Crochet by Bella Scharf (c. 1976).  The pattern uses crochet squares to make a pullover sweater, but I decided that I would like mine as a jacket with a strap across the waist.  I drew up some plans on graph paper and counted how many squares I would need…. a whole bunch!

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I did a basic square (called Granny Square Two in the book) in one of two different colors.  I used what yarn I had on hand, since I’d acquired a lot of skeins of yarn from my grandmothers after they each passed away.  I believe they were Red Heart Super Saver in Aran and Rose (these were shades that were available in the 1990s).  After I completed all the squares, I sewed them all together according to my plans.  Then I crocheted a sash and when I wore it to school the first time, people were impressed! Thanks to my sister who modeled it for me!

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This may have been my first clothing item that I had crocheted.  It was quite a project for a high school girl, but it turned out pretty neat.  Over time the yarn began to pill, which would really be my only complaint.  Oh, and that it’s way too warm to wear in Las Vegas, where I now live!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Easter is Near!

Quick EasterHey Friends!  I’m sorry I’ve really slacked off in writing posts.  I was hoping to be rolling these out every other week, but three sick children (one was a baby who contracted pneumonia!) took all of my energy.

I’m not sure I’m recovered yet, so this post will pull in links from past posts and other sources.

So, here are some quick Easter projects you can make yourself for you or your kids!

Spring is such an inspiring time that I feel like making all kinds of colorful and fun things.  I’ve made all these, so they are tried-and-true! And to top it all off, the patterns are all free:

Summer Sun Hat by AnnaVirginia Fashion

A quick project that you can make for babies and small girls.

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Bunny Easter Baskets by Lily/Sugar’n Cream (requires free membership)

The cutest Easter-egg-hunters use these bags!

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Baby’s Gone Hunting Vest by Karla Hastings

A quick project for a little man’s Easter outfit! Check out my mods here.

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Crocheted Flower: Irish Rose by Lion Heart Brand (requires free membership)

Add this flower to a headband, hat, hairclip or anything you can think of!  You can make many different sizes depending on your hook and yarn!

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Could any of these be handy for filling an Easter basket for loved ones or for putting those finishing touches on a new Easter outfit?  I hope they help you out!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Ornament Gifts

Since the year 2009 I have crocheted a Christmas ornament to give out with Christmas cards for our family members, neighbors and friends.  I really like doing this!  It’s not terribly expensive, because these small ornaments don’t take much yarn and the patterns I’ve used are free!  I can recommend all of these patterns to use for your gifts this Christmas.  They work up quick and look great! 

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Below are listed the ornaments I crocheted, along with the pattern link and its author (may require Ravelry login to download a PDF):

2013: Christmas Stocking by Doris Chan

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2012: Christmas Star by Leonie Morgan

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2011: Penguin Ornament by Claire Sibley

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2010: Santa Ornament by Lion Brand Yarn (I love this one!)

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2009: Snowflake Ornament by Sally Ives

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Also, in 2012 I wrote a pattern for a crochet “Peg” Nativity Pieces.  They are great for gifts for kids and help them have their own nativity to tell the Christmas story! 

Christmas Ornament Gifts - AnnaVirginia Fashion

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Owl Outfit

I made a cute outfit for my newborn for Halloween, but it would make a cute outfit for any newborn photo shoot.  (By the way, I’ve pixelated my baby’s face to discourage breach of copyright and inappropriate use.)

 AnnaVirginia Fashion: Owl Outfit

The owl hat is made using a pattern that I’m writing (it’s been in the works for a few years, but it’s finally progressing! Hopefully I’ll be able to publish it in the next few months).  I love the giant eyes on it!

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For the “feathers” I made a short wrap/blanket.  The feathers are made in a pretty new technique called “crocodile stitch.”  It’s a little bit tricky and slightly time consuming, but it makes an impressive piece.  You can learn how to do it at Lost and Found Lane.  To wear the “feathers,” I just wrapped the blanket around my baby so that the folded-over part is in back.  Isn’t she adorable?

AnnaVirginia Fashion: Owl Outfit

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Baby Mittens DIY

Have you ever noticed that babies have scratchy little fingernails?  And yet their nails are soft, so they are hard to trim.  A helpful solution are baby mittens!  And they are cuter than the socks I kept on my two first kids, hah.  But I’ve had a hard time finding any at the store, so I decided to make my own.  This way I used some scrap fabrics I had and upcycled a couple old t-shirts.  I used a handy tutorial provided by Speckled Owl StudioFollow this link to access the instructions!
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Here’s how mine turned out; I think they are cute!
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The white pair are made with woven cotton rose fabric for the outside, yellow flannel for the lining, and old t-shirt rib knit for the bands.
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The teal pair are made with rosebud flannel, yellow flannel for the lining, and old t-shirt rib knit for the bands.
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The pink and black pair are made with woven cotton gingham check, thick stretch knit for the lining, and a thin stretch knit for the bands. 
I think the tutorial does a great job explaining how to piece together these tiny creations.  The hardest part was sewing everything together, mainly because the seam is so narrow, but you want them narrow enough for a baby’s wrist.  I highly recommend this pattern!