Monday, May 2, 2016

Fringe Crochet Vest

My husband has worked five years with an amazing company, and they honor all the employees that have been there for each year by fives, so we were invited to attend a dinner in his honor (among others)!  The invitation said to wear "dressy western" attire.

I have nothing that is western!  My cousins in Colorado had the western wear, but I never had anything remotely western.  Guess that's what happens when you grow up in San Diego!

Laredo Paprika
Laredo London
So, I started searching Pinterest for "Dressy Western Outfits" and only a handful of ideas came up that I could work with.  I realized that first, for both my husband and I, we would want to get some cowboy boots.

I looked on Ebay and Amazon and found a good deal on Amazon for both pairs.  For myself, I got Laredo Women's Paprika Western Boot.  I don't know what price you'll find when you check them out, but I got a great deal in my size! For my husband we found Laredo Men's London Western Boot. We also got a good deal on his boot, and great service, as we realized that my husband's go-to size was too large in this boot.  They let us return the pair and get the right size.

We dropped by the local Boot Barn store, and in there I found a crochet vest that I thought was cool.  But being a crocheter, I thought, "I could make something like that!"  I searched for about a week for a pattern, but I realized I was going to have to make it up.  But I found the same "yarn" as the vest at Michael's, which was perfect!  It's called Bernat Maker Home Dec and I got it in Cream.

I started with a circular motif for the back, and a large size N crochet hook.   I used my dressform to make sure it was wearable, and began to crochet the straps over the shoulders.  Once the front measured the same as the length of the motif, I attached them together and then crocheted the "skirt" part of the vest.  I then added a fringe.

The vest project was frustrating, because I knew exactly what I wanted to make, but had a hard time finding any pictures, let alone patterns.  But it was also fun because it came together in the end.  I'm hoping to create a pattern for it in the future, so others don't have to find the same frustration, hopefully!

In case you're curious, the dress I'm wearing under the vest is Anne Klein.  I found it at the second hand store more than a year ago, and I thought chambray (or denim) would be great with the boots.
So there's a crafty, non-western mom's approach to "dressy western" for a fancy dinner.  Hah!



P.S. I'm realizing that in every home I move into, I have to find that photography sweet spot for my photos.  It's a learning process for me and I still haven't quite got the right spot in this new home!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Elsa - The Ice Queen Crochet Doll

Elsa - The Ice Queen Crochet Doll - AnnaVirginia FashionMy daughter asked for a crocheted Elsa just around her fifth birthday.  I had a newborn and Christmas was coming so things just didn't work out.  But suddenly earlier this year all my kids wanted a Unicorn (I'll be posting more about that project asap!).  I told her I could do the Elsa OR the Unicorn for now, and she picked Elsa.  She waited patiently while I finished the Unicorn orders and then I started on Elsa!

I free-handed this amigurumi doll, but used ideas from some crocheted dolls I'd seen online.  I started with the head and finished at the neck.  She was bald until the very end and looked like an alien!  Then I went on to the bodice.  It was really fun to see that form so nicely!  After it was finished I attached the head/neck to the bodice.  Next I made a pair of legs, attached them, and crocheted the skirt right onto the bodice around the legs.  That wasn't the easiest way to do it, but it is seamless and that looks nice!

After that I made a pair of arms, which turned out pretty skinny, but good enough.  My daughter liked the idea of a "flounce" at the cuff, so we went with that.  Then I attached the cape right to her back and crocheted it that way (which was slightly easier that doing the skirt that way but not much, lol). Yay for not having to sew it on afterword, though!
Elsa - The Ice Queen Crochet Doll - AnnaVirginia Fashion

When I was attaching the head to the bodice I really tried to make her neck stuffed full enough to be strong enough to hold a "yarn full of hair... Hair full of yarn" (I'm thinking of Buzz Lightyear and Jessie there...).  Anyway, I tried to really stuff her head but once I started attached strands of hair, her head began to fall over. Oh well.  The hair is attached in single strands using lark's knots.  I made it thick enough at the top to not show her "scalp, but did it a little more sparse around the rest.  It is still a LOT of yarn.

Anyway, in case you didn't gather this from above, she has full length legs under that dress, but it's not a big deal since the skirt is fully attached and not removable.  The cape is also fully attached and not removable.  I should probably block the skirt and cape, but I don't think my daughter will let me pin the doll to the floor for a couple days to dry out!
Elsa - The Ice Queen Crochet Doll - AnnaVirginia Fashion

My daughter chose what her eyes would be by looking at some other crocheted Elsa dolls and telling me which ones she liked best.  She also chose the mouth style (she drew a picture for me) and chose which color yarn we would use.

I'm in the process of teaching her how to crochet, so she can start designing her own things!  But she loves how the doll turned out and it has earned a place on her bed.
Elsa - The Ice Queen Crochet Doll - AnnaVirginia Fashion
I took notes on what I did so that I can re-create this pattern to make an Anna doll from the Frozen movie (I do have a younger daughter, so that may become a necessity at some point!).  I can eventually type up the pattern, but I don't know how soon that will happen!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

FREE PATTERN: Soft and Sweet Easter Hats

UPDATE: Here's a little info I didn't get a chance to type up yet.  In the Spring of 2015, I was sent an image of some adorable hats by a friend via Facebook that didn't have a link.  I loved the hats and finally found that they were originally in Russian, which I cannot read, and which Google couldn't translate.  A week or so later I searched again, and I found that a woman in Australia had been feverishly working to crack the crochet pattern using the images from the Russian page.  Her pattern was instrumental in determining my own adaptation.
      My pattern is different in that I use worsted weight yarn (easy to find at craft stores and Walmart - I recommend Caron Simply Soft or Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton).  Also, It's available in printable PDF (via Ravelry, click the "download" button), so you can carry a copy of it with you.  Thanks for visiting my blog and checking out this pattern!
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Soft and Sweet Easter HatHere is a blog-post version of my Soft and Sweet Easter Hat pattern.  You may print a copy of this post.  Click on a photo to enlarge. The pattern is also a free PDF via Ravelry.  You will need the latest version of Adobe to open the PDF.   Please do not sell or redistribute pattern as your own.


Soft and Sweet Easter Hat


AnnaVirginia Fashion - Soft and Sweet Easter Hat
If you have questions about this pattern or need help with a particular problem, let me know! I'm happy to answer any questions.  You can leave a comment below, email me at shopannavirginia@gmail.com. Access FREE PDF here.


Sizes:  (in head circumference)
Baby: 17 to 19 inches (43 to 48 cm)
Child: 19 to 22 inches (48 to 56 cm)
Adult: 22 to 26 inches (56 to 66 cm)
Hook: F (3.75mm)
Gauge:  Using 3.75 mm (F) hook, 21 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) of DC
Yarn:  Caron Simply Soft or similar yarn
Skeins: One 6.0 oz skein for main color.  Less than one skein is needed in colors for embellishments (leaves and rosette).
Pattern is written using American crochet terms.

CH 3 at beginning of Rnds count as DC unless otherwise stated.
HAT
FOR ALL SIZES:
Rnd 1: Ch 4 (Counts as Ch 1+DC).
                DC 15 times in first ch. Sl st top of starting ch. (16 DC)
Rnd 2: Ch 4 (Counts as FPDC + ch 1).
                *FPDC around DC from rnd 1. Ch 1.* Repeat ** around. Sl st to third ch of  
    starting ch. (16: FPDC+Ch 1)
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Rnd 3: Ch 3. FPDC around starting ch from rnd 2.  Ch 1.
                *In next st, DC, FPDC, Ch 1.* Repeat ** around.  Sl st to top of starting ch. (16: DC+FPDC+Ch 1)
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Rnd 4: Ch 4 (Counts as DC + ch 1).
                FPDC around first FPDC from rnd 3.  Ch 1.
                *DC in next DC of rnd 3. Ch 1. FPDC around next FPDC of rnd 3. Ch 1.* Repeat ** around.  Sl st to third ch of starting ch. (16: DC+Ch 1+FDPC+Ch 1)
Rnd 5: Ch 3, DC in same sp.  Ch 1. FPDC around first FPDC from rnd 4.  Ch 1.
*2 DC in next DC.  Ch 1. FPDC around next FPDC. Ch 1.* Repeat ** around.  Sl st to top of starting ch. 
(16: 2DC+Ch 1+FPDC+Ch 1)
Rnd 6: Ch 3. DC in same sp.  DC in next st. Ch 1. FPDC around first FPDC of rnd 5. Ch 1.
*2 DC in next DC. DC in next st. Ch 1. FPDC around  next FPDC. Ch 1.* Repeat ** around. Sl st to top of starting ch. (16: 3DC+Ch 1+FPDC+Ch 1)
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For Baby Size, move on to BABY-Rnds7-14. Continue for other sizes:
Rnd 7: Ch 3. DC in same sp.  Dc in each of next 2 sps. Ch 1. FPDC around first FPDC of rnd 6. Ch 1.
                *2 DC in next DC. DC in next 2 sts. Ch 1. FPDC around next FPDC. Ch 1.*  Repeat ** around. Sl st to top of starting ch.
 (16: 4DC+Ch 1+FPDC+Ch 1)
For Child Size, move on to CHILD-Rnds 8-16. Continue for ADULT:
Rnd 8: Ch 3. DC in same sp. DC in each of next 3 sts. Ch 1. FPDC around first FPDC of rnd 7. Ch 1.
                *2 DC in next DC. DC in next 3 sps. Ch 1. FPDC around next FPDC. Ch  1.* Repeat ** around. Sl St to top of starting ch.
                (16: 5DC+Ch 1+FPDC+Ch 1)
Continue to ADULT-Rnds 9-18.
*****
BABY Rnds 7-14 (smaller heads stop at rnd 13): Ch 3. DC in same sp.  DC in next st. Sk 1 DC. Ch 1. FPDC around first FPDC of prev rnd. Ch 1.
*2 DC in next DC. DC in next st. Ch 1. FPDC around  next FPDC. Ch 1.* Repeat ** around. Sl st to top of starting ch. (16: 3DC+Ch 1+FPDC+Ch 1)
CHILD Rnds 8-16 (smaller heads stop at rnd 15): Ch 3. DC in same sp. DC in each of next 2 sts.  Sk 1 DC. Ch 1, FPDC around first FPDC from prev rnd.  Ch 1.
              *2 DC in next DC. DC in next two sts.FPDC around next FPDC.
Ch 1.* Repeat ** around. Sl St to top of starting ch.
(16: 4DC+Ch 1+FPDC+Ch 1)
ADULT Rnds 9-18 (smaller heads stop at rnd 17): Ch 3. DC in each of next 3 sts. Sk 1 DC. Ch 1, FPDC around first FPDC from prev rnd. Ch 1.
              *2 DC in next DC.  DC in next three sts. FPDC around next FPDC. Ch 1.* Repeat ** around. Sl st to top of starting ch.
              (16: 5DC+Ch 1+FPDC+Ch 1)

BAND
FOR ALL SIZES:
Rnd 1: Ch 1.  SC in same sp. 
*SC in each DC. SC in ch-1 sp, sk FPDC, SC in next ch-1 sp.* Repeat ** around. Sl st to top of first SC.
(Baby: 80; Child: 96: Adult: 112)
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Soft and Sweet Easter Hat

Rnds 2-3: Ch 1. SC in each st around.  Sl st to top of first SC.  
(80, 96, 112)

BRIM
FOR ALL SIZES:
Rnd 1: Ch 3.  FPDC around post of first SC from prev rnd.
*DC in same st as the left side (leg) of last FPDC made. FPDC around post of next SC.* Repeat ** around. Sl st to top of starting ch. (80, 96, 112)
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Soft and Sweet Easter Hat

BABY Rnds 2-4 or CHILD Rnds 2-5 or ADULT Rnds 2-6: Ch 3. FPDC around post of first FPDC from prev rnd.
                *DC in same st as left side (leg) of last FPDC made. FPDC around post of next FPDC.* Repeat ** around. Sl st to top of starting ch. (80, 96, 112)
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CONTINUE FOR ALL SIZES:
Last Rnd: Ch 1. Reverse SC across each st. Sl st to top of first reverse SC.  Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
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EMBELLISH
LEAVES: make 3. 

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Ch 10. SC in second ch from hook.  HDC in next.  DC in next 2 chs. TR in next 2 chs. DC in next ch. HDC in next.  3 SC in last ch. 
Turn work so that you continue to work along the other side of the chs.
                HDC in next ch. DC in next ch. TR in next 2 ch. DC in next 2 ch.  SC in last ch.  Sl st to very first SC.  Ch 10 (for stem).  Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing to hat.

ROSE: 3 size options.Make 1.     
          Stitches to know:
V-st
DC, Ch 1, DC
Double V-st
2 DC, Ch 2, 2 DC
Shell
6 DC


Row 1: Ch 33 (53, 83). DC in fifth ch from hook (ch5+DC counts as first V-st).
*Sk 1 st. Ch 1. V-st in next st.* Repeat ** across. Turn.
(15, 25, 40 V-sts)
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Soft and Sweet Easter Hat

Row 2: Ch 3. In V-st sp: DC, Ch 2, 2 DC (counts as Double V-st)
                *Ch 1. Double V-st in next V-st sp. * Repeat ** across.
(15, 25, 40 Double V-sts)
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Soft and Sweet Easter Hat

Row 3: Sl st into Double V-st sp. Ch 3. 5 DC in same sp (counts as Shell)
                Shell in each Double V-st across.
                (15, 25, 40 Shells)
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Soft and Sweet Easter Hat

                Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing to hat.
                Sew into a rose by rolling the twisty strip together.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Soft and Sweet Easter Hat


FINISHING:
Place leaves on hat in desired placement.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Soft and Sweet Easter Hat


Sew on along stem and only across the center of the leaves from stem to tip (allows for a 3D appearance if the outer edges are left unattached). 

Attach flower to hide the ends of the stems, mainly allowing the leaves to be shown.

Weave in loose ends.
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Done!


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Unicorn! And Other Stuff!

Pattern for these hats coming soon!
I've been so busy, people! Life got crazy when I had a second baby, but things calmed down.  And miraculously, when I had the third baby, things didn't get to crazy.  Until we moved!  And we moved when she was 11 months old, and I haven't been able to catch my breath since then.  That may also have to do with the fact that my oldest started kindergarten and my youngest is in preschool (where we rotate which mom is teaching, so my life is crazy-on-rotation with that!).

Anyway, I'm really appalled that my last post was in September.  I've been mentally making posts in my head, but apparently that doesn't get it out to the web!  So I'll write up a quick "Update" post (complete with pictures!) while my kindergarten does homework and my preschooler fusses over the baby who is stepping into the drawer under the oven (don't worry, the oven is cold!).

The projects I have been working on are a Unicorn for a contract job.  The pattern comes from One Dog Woof and it is way cute! I'm done with the head, ears and horn and have started working on the body.


I'm also knitting each of my kids a set of leg warmers (go 1980s!), because I needed something to work on post surgery right around Christmas.  My kids love the idea, but I'm afraid they won't be ready for our Southern California winter this year!  It's expected to get back into the 70s Fahrenheit by next week. sigh  I'm using Red Heart Gumdrop in Cherry for the pink and Loops & Threads Impeccable in Seaside for the blue.

I also whipped up three hats a couple weeks ago for a friend who's oldest daughter (age of my son) was diagnosed with cancer.  They announced it right after the new year, so things were crazy for them!  Knowing that their daughter would be undergoing chemotherapy and likely lose her hair, I decided to put together a hat for her.  But I also know that children can get jealous, so I made hats for her two brothers as well! They turned out cute, and she sent me a picture! My kids colored pictures to send to the girl as well, and it's been a unique opportunity to discuss cancer with them.


My life is full right now, even if I'm often overwhelmed.  Oh, and along that train of thought, we've been in the mode of discarding things we don't need.  Have you read about the KonMari method?  I've noticed that I used to define my "wealth" by how many things I had, but now I realize I don't want to have extra things.  Just things I need.  So I'd like to do a post about my closet.  In our new place, my closet is HUGE, and We aren't using that much space!  Actually, it's a staging area right now for figuring out where other things will need to go. So yeah.  Life is good!
AnnaVirginia Fashion: Unicorn! And Other Stuff!