And the winner is…

Congratulations to Kathryn Hunter! You are the winner of the Speckled Frog pattern giveaway! Thanks for stopping by my shop and enjoy your new pattern!

 

It’s a Giveaway!

Last winter I started up K1 Sew Too and just a few months ago I created a fan page on Facebook. Since then I have found many other wonderful, crafty businesses throughout the States and our neighbors. One such small business is Speckled Frog Crochet. And guess what – she is talented and generous!

Just follow the rules below to win one of her great patterns.

  1. “Like” Speckled Frog’s Facebook page
  2. Go to Speckled Frog’s Etsy page and choose which pattern you would like to win (Some of my favs are at the bottom of this post.)
  3. “Like” my Facebook page (K1 Sew Too)
  4. Post a comment on my Facebook page with the pattern you would like to win from Speckled Frog

All the steps above must be completed by Wednesday, September 7th at noon central. Easy peasy, right? I will draw a name on Wednesday evening and will contact the winner via Facebook and email at that time! (You must leave an email where you want the pattern sent! Feel free to email me directly if you do not feel comfortable leaving it on my Facebook page – k1sewtoo@gmail.com.)

Good luck to you all and enjoy Labor Day weekend! I know I sure will as the 5th is my birthday! Yippee!

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Below are some of my favorite Speckled Frog patterns. Doesn’t get much cuter than this, eh? πŸ™‚

Speckled Frog's Mystic Owl Hat

Speckled Frog's Mystic Owl Hat

Speckled Frog's Sweet Slumber Giraffe Hat

Speckled Frog's Sweet Slumber Giraffe Hat

Speckled Frog's Dinosaur Hat

Speckled Frog's Tiny Textures Newsboy Cap

Speckled Frog's Tiny Textures Newsboy Cap

September Love

I’ve always loved September. It has too many great qualities to ignore. πŸ™‚

My first reason for loving the month may sound a little selfish, but I can’t hide the truth. I was born on September 5th and have always loved my birthday. Now that I am older I try to stretch it to include the entire week. And, in certain years (this year!) my birthday is even a National holiday. A free day off work – it doesn’t get any better than that! I also share my week of birth with one of my very best friends, Ms. Carrie. She was born on September 6th so we invite our friends over, cook some tasty food, and exchange gifts. Of course there’s always an abundance of family time around holidays/birthdays that I also enjoy.

I have always liked learning and thus school. Summer rolls into the Iowa State fair and then straight into September and the new school year. I saw new classes as opportunities to start over, learn, and do better. I’m a smart girl, but I’m a slow kind of smart. I’m the kind that has to re-read her notes one hundred and one times to remember it. So… every year was that opportunity to try for all A’s. A new school year also meant new experiences with friends… and let’s not forget the back-to-school shopping!

Ah, what else is there to love, you ask? The weather! There are occasional sweltering hot days and some overly cool days, but overall the weather is wonderful with just a hint of chill to shoo us into fall. The change in weather also means I get to pull out my winter clothes. I always find old friends (still talking about clothing here) packed away in a tub. πŸ™‚ The change of clothing is especially nice since I started knitting and crocheting. Yarning is a cool weather sport and thus the yarn shops are busier and have overflowing baskets and shelves of yarn.

So since I have such a love for September I decided to make a crochet hat dedicated to the month. I currently have only a newborn size hat created, but it’ll give you a peak of what’s to come. πŸ™‚ I plan to have sizes preemie to small adult available soon!

September Babe Pattern

September Babe Pattern - Newborn Size

Oh, and don’t forget apples, squash, and the like start getting harvested around this time! YUM! What is your favorite month?? My husband also enjoys his birth month best (January), but it’s more for the cool weather and snow than anything else. πŸ˜‰

Iowa State Fair

I love the Iowa State Fair. I go every year with my mom. One place we never pass up is Snakes Alive. I have a photo from every year since I was 5. It’s kind of fun to have a picture from every year, even if I do have a huge snake draped around my neck. πŸ™‚ I always make room for at least one lemonade and a corn dog… then there’s the bucket of cookies from the amazing cookie place in the Varied Industries Building… the apple cookies…Β  the pork chop on a stick… pineapple ice cream… some cotton candy and a caramel apple for mom. Oh, and don’t forget all of the free samples from the Iowa Beef Council in the Agriculture Building! There are hard boiled eggs and usually there’s some kind of milk, too! As you can see, mom and I go to the fair mostly for the ridiculous food! Ha, not really, but it is super tasty! We also go to see some of the animals, do a little people watching, and of course check out all of the awesome photography, doll houses, and needlework!

So speaking of needlework… I entered five items into the Fabric and Threads category this year. I heard that even if you don’t get a ribbon you get a good critique from the judges on how to improve. Nice! Below you will find the items I entered. It was a lot of fun making them and I think I will benefit from the experience.

While you’re looking at the pictures below… think about this… do any of you go to the fair every year?Β  Have you ever entered an item for judging to your local fair? Just how far do some of you travel to get to the fair? It’s only about a 15 minute drive for me so I consider myself lucky. πŸ™‚ Is there some other activity you do yearly with a parent/child?

^Going clockwise starting with the blue hat: Tidepool Brioche Hat, Spring Blooms Wrap; In Bloom Cloche; Owlie; Genevieve Cardigan (withdrew this entry); Frogger

^Tidepool Brioche Hat – This was a test knit for a woman by the name of Sharon Fuller. She is sharonf on Ravelry.com and I just love her design. Her pattern will soon be for sale via Ravelry.com.

^In Bloom Cloche – You may remember this cloche. It is a hat I designed not too long ago. Edit: My In Bloom Cloche received a 2nd place ribbon!

^Spring Blooms Wrap – This was a test crochet for a woman by the name of May Cheang. She is maycheang on Ravelry.com and her pattern is up for sale as well! Edit: My Spring Blooms Wrap received an honorable mention ribbon!

Elegant Spiral Accessory

This pattern can be used to make all kinds of accessories. It is easy to alter the yarn and/or stitch count to make a necklace, bracelet, anklet, or belt. The instructions below are specifically for a 22″ necklace and a 53″ belt.

Elegant Spiral Belt

Elegant Spiral Belt

You will find more of my patterns here on Ravelry.com.

Materials

  • 3.5 mm 4.0 mm crochet hooks for smaller pieces (belt)
  • ~ 45 yards DK weight yarn (color A)
  • ~ 20 yards worsted weight yarn (color B)
  • Suggested yarns: Naturally Caron Spa & Malabrigo Rios
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

Gauge is not particularly important for this pattern as you can add chains to make the accessory longer and decrease chains to make it shorter. This could also be greatly reduced to create a necklace, bracelet, or anklet. Note: The starting chain noted below creates a 53″ belt.

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sts – stitches
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet

Belt Instructions

  • ch. 74 with color A
  • 4 dc in the 4th chain from hook and remaining chains
  • Cut yarn and weave in ends
  • Attach the contrasting color to the bottom of the last dc and sc up the side (2 sc)
  • Continue to sc in the top of each dc and then sc down the side of the last dc
  • Cut the yarn and make an invisible join; weave in ends

Elegant Spiral Necklace

Elegant Spiral NecklaceYou will find more of my patterns here on Ravelry.com.

Materials

  • 3.5 mm crochet hook for smaller pieces (necklace, bracelet, anklet)
  • ~ 30 yards sport weight yarn (color A)
  • ~ 15 yards sport weight yarn (color B)
  • Suggested yarns: Mirasol Yarn Nuna
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

Gauge is not particularly important for this pattern as you can add chains to make the accessory longer and decrease chains to make it shorter. This could also be greatly enlarged to fit the waist as a belt. Note: The starting chain noted below creates a 22″ necklace.

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sts – stitches
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet

Necklace Instructions

  • ch. 104 with color A
  • 4 dc in fourth chain and next 75 chains
  • Cut yarn and weave in end
  • Attach the contrasting color to the end without the chains and sc in every dc
  • When you come to the last dc then sc down the side of the last stitch and continue to ss in the back of the beginning chain
  • When you get to the end bring it around to the beginning (where you first started with the contrasting color) and attach it by doing a sc up the side of the initial dc
  • Cut the yarn and make an invisible join; weave in ends

Note: This is a relatively simple pattern; however, it has not yet been tested. Please let me know if you have any feedback! Also, this pattern may be used for whatever purpose you would like to use it. If you happen to sell something using this pattern, please put a link to my blog.

For the Love of Crochet

Greetings, fellow bloggers and crafters!

I have some exciting news to announce, but first I have some crochet love and fun new creations to show you! I’ve been doing a lot of crochet projects lately!

Crochet Love

I have always greatly enjoyed crochet and want to show folks the range of projects that can be made. I love crochet because the basic stitches can easily be manipulated to create a variety of pieces. Crochet can make elegant, lace shawls and scarves, summery children’s hats, fashionable adult hats, toys, baby blankets, clothing, and most any other project. Another nice thing about crochet is it is slightly less time consuming than knitting. Here is a link to my crochet favorites on Ravelry. There are over 600 so browse as long as you would like!

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Recent Crochet Projects

Not too long ago I signed up for a test pattern called “Spring Blooms” by May Cheang. It is a beautiful floral scarf/wrap that is perfect for cool summer evenings. It looks lovely in solids, but I quite like mine which was done in the variegated Ella Rae Lace Merino (below). Who says crochet can’t be light, lacy, and elegant? πŸ™‚

Spring Blooms

Spring Blooms by May Cheang

Spring Blooms

Spring Blooms by May Cheang

The hoodie below was created using Berocco Comfort in a bulky weight. I love bulky yarn because it makes for a fast project. I designed it as a cool day hoodie for a baby or child. I have a few revisions to make, but I would like to publish the pattern sometime this summer. (Perfect for fall, eh?) πŸ˜‰

Bulky Babe Hoodie

Bulky Babe Hoodie by Tasha Wells

Another recent creation was also a test from the Free Pattern Testers board. This is a pattern by Ms. Ira Rott. She released the pattern earlier this year, but wanted some testers to make revisions and get some pictures up. Overall, the pattern is very clear and the end result is adorable. The hat can be made with or without the brim as well. Until I get a child to model my hats kitty here will have to do. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I love making crochet hats because they are so simple and fast. A baby hat can be made in as little as an hour with larger hats usually taking 2+ depending on the stitch pattern.

Crochet Cap with Brim

Crochet Cap with Brim by Ira Rott

Crochet Cap with Brim by Ira Rott

Crochet Cap with Brim by Ira Rott

This next pattern is an original. It is done by crocheting in the back loop only and then using the crab stitch as a border. I got the idea from the crochet hat above as it also has a crab stitch trim.

Crab Stitch Headband

Crab Stitch Headband by Tasha Wells

The purse below is another fun, summer creation. As you can probably tell by the colors, the last two projects were also made with the this yarn. This yarn is Cascade Sierra and it is 80% cotton and 20% wool. It’s incredibly soft, but it does get a bit splitty if you have to handle it too much. Overall, I enjoy it because the end product is so cushy and beautiful. The bag pattern can be found on Ravelry and the flower is an original made using the bouillon stitch.

Granny Stripe Boutique Bag

Granny Stripe Boutique Bag by Sara Freisberg

The hats below are some random baby hats I’ve been making up. They are done in Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton and require very little time.

Speaking of hats… here is another Spring Bloom Cloche. I made this one a little shorter as the ears don’t need to be completely covered in warm spring weather. I used Cascade 220 Superwash Paints and am very happy with the yarn. It is beautiful and soft…. almost as good as my Malabrigo Rios! πŸ˜‰ This hat takes closer to 4 hours to complete because the stitch is more complex; however, I think it’s worth it in the end as the result is a beautiful flow of color!

Grape Bloom Cloche

Grape Bloom Cloche by Tasha Wells

And last, here is a simple sc baby blanket made by my ma. She used Baby Bee yarn with two strands held together. One strand is variegated and the other is solid… I really like the finished product!

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Exciting News

Now that you’ve seen some fun pieces perhaps you’re wondering why I’ve almost completely ditched knitting and only crocheted for the last month or so. Well, back in April I spoke to the folks at Knitted Together about the lack of crochet love in yarn shops. Even a look at the patterns on Ravelry show 58,053 crochet patterns to the whopping 166,039 patterns available to knitters.

Anyway, this conversation ended with me putting together a Beginning Crochet class for the shop. I am very excited to share my love for crochet with those who want to learn. If there is interest a Crochet for Knitters class and perhaps an Amigurumi class will be put together for this fall as well. If you would like more information on the intro class you will find it here on the Knitted Together class site.

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So what about all of you who read the blog… do you knit and crochet? What is your preference and why? If you don’t know how to crochet and have an interest – what are you most interested in learning? Go ahead, spill the beans!

Picot Ring

This ring is super simple for even beginners. Since it is so small it is also easy to alter to fit any finger size.

Picot Ring

You will find more of my patterns here on Ravelry.com.

Materials

  • 2.75 mm crochet hook
  • ~ 5 yards sport weight yarn (color A)
  • ~ 3 yards sport weight yarn (color B)
  • Suggested yarns: Mirasol Yarn Nuna
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

Gauge is not particularly important for this pattern as you can add rows to make the ring taller and you can add chains to the initial chain to make the ring fit any finger size. This could also be greatly enlarged to fit the wrist as a cuff. Note: The starting chain noted below creates a 5.5 diameter ring.

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sts – stitches
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet

Ring Instructions

ch. 17 with color A

Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and remaining chains; slip stitch to the initial chain to form a ring

Rows 2-3: ch 1; sc across; sl st to the first sc

Cut yarn and weave in the ends.

Edging Instructions

(Note: It does not matter which side you call “top”; just know the other side will be then be the bottom.)

Attach the color B yarn and sc in every sc across the top; sl st to the first sc; cut yarn; weave in ends

Attach color B yarn and (sc, ch 3, sc) in every stitch across the bottom

Note: This is a relatively simple pattern; however, it has not yet been tested. Please let me know if you have any feedback! Also, this pattern may be used for whatever purpose you would like to use it. If you happen to sell something using this pattern, please put a link to my blog.

(Not so Golden) Snitch Necklace

This quirky necklace (or bracelet) started as a simple mistake. I was creating the Crochet Ball Necklace by Coats & Clark and when I realized my mistake it looked like the snitch from Harry Potter! I ripped the original necklace and continued to make a row of snitches. I mean, who doesn’t love Harry Potter jewelry?? πŸ™‚

Snitch Necklace

You will find more of my patterns here on Ravelry.com.

Materials

  • 1.5 mm crochet hook
  • ~20 yards sport weight yarn
  • Suggested yarns: Ella Rae Lace Merino
  • 9 beads (your choice depending on number of flowers)
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

Gauge is not particularly important for this pattern as you can add chains to make the necklace or bracelet fit any neck or wrist size.

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sts – stitches
  • ss – slip stitch
  • dc – double crochet
  • wing – double crochet 5 together
  • pb – place bead

Special Techniques

wing: (yo and draw up a loop in indicated st, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) 5 times; yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook

pb: work to indicated space, remove hook and then insert the hook through the bead and back into the last stitch; you will then pull the stitch through the bead and push the bead into place

Necklace Instructions

Before beginning this piece you will need to string beads of choice onto your yarn.

ch. 18

  • wing in 3rd chain from hook, ch 4, pb, wing in 2nd chain after last wing; *ch 8 wing in 5th chain after last wing, ch 4, pb, wing in 2nd chain after last wing*; repeat 7 times
  • ch 15, sl st to join with the first chain^
  • ch 1; sc across the original 15 stitches, and then across the top of the beaded section. This will be approximately 3 stitches per bead. You will then continue to sc across the last 15 stitches
  • cut yarn; make an invisible join, and weave in the ends

^Here is where you will add or subtract chains to increase or decrease the size of the necklace or bracelet.

Note: This is a relatively simple pattern; however, it has not yet been tested. Please let me know if you have any feedback! Also, this pattern may be used for whatever purpose you would like to use it. If you happen to sell something using this pattern, please put a link to my blog.

Daisy Trail Cuff

This cute crochet cuff is simple and sweet. It was based off the knit version by Champagne Maker; her version is called My Secret Life With Bees. This pattern is easy to alter to fit any wrist size.

Daisy Trail Cuff

(More pictures at the bottom of the post.)You will find more of my patterns here on Ravelry.com.

Materials

  • 3.5 and 2.75 mm crochet hook
  • ~20 yards sport weight yarn (color A)
  • ~8 yards fingering weight yarn (color B)
  • Suggested yarns: Mirasol Yarn Nuna and Ella Rae Lace Merino
  • 6-10 beads (your choice depending on number of flowers)
  • 2 buttons
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

Gauge is not particularly important for this pattern as you can add rows to make the cuff taller and you can add chains to the initial chain to make the cuff fit any wrist size.

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sts – stitches
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet

Cuff Instructions

ch. 31 with color A and 3.5 mm hook

Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and remaining chains; ch 1, turn (30 sts)

Row 2: sc across; ch 1, turn

Rows 3-9: repeat row 2; cut yarn, weave in ends

At this point you will attach color B along the bottom left corner of the cuff and follow the pattern below around the edges of the cuff. You will now be using the 2.75 mm hook as well.

  • (sc, ch 3, sc) in each stitch along the bottom
  • 3 sc in the corner; sc in the next 3 stitches, ch 4, sc in next 6 stitches, ch 4, sc i next 3 stitches; 3 sc in the corner
  • (sc, ch 3, sc) in each stitch along the top
  • 3 sc in corner;Β  9 sc along the side of the cuff; 3 sc in the corner; cut yarn; make an invisible join, and weave in the ends

Now it is time to embroider your cuff. You may embroider whatever you’d like, but I used the lazy daisy stitch to create the daisies on my cuff. You will find a video here. The woman is use fabric and embroidery floss, but it is the same technique.

Next I attached two buttons on the sc side of the cuff. They should like up with the ch 4 on the other side of the cuff.

Last, I sewed fabric on the back side of the cuff for structure. It isn’t necessary, but it is fun to pick out fabric and good sewing practice!

Note: This is a relatively simple pattern; however, it has not yet been tested. Please let me know if you have any feedback! Also, this pattern may be used for whatever purpose you would like to use it. If you happen to sell something using this pattern, please put a link to my blog.


Crochet Jewelry

Last night was an exciting night.

Every month my local yarn shop hosts a Friday Night Knit Club with a cool theme and last night was a jewelry party. They know my love for crochet so they asked me to design a couple of pieces to showcase. It was a busy few weeks, but I love the results. Below you will find some pictures of the jewelry I created and on Sunday I will post all of the patterns I wrote up. They will be right here on the blog and also here on Ravelry. (There will also be more pictures here on the blog with other designs!)

Lariat

Spring Belt

Daisy Trail Cuff

Hemp Choker

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