Wednesday, December 7, 2016

tutorial - chunky crochet sofa pillow cover by tara schreyer

Chunky knits are everywhere and we can see why. It is gorgeous and brings a cozy feel to any room. I wanted to try my hand at it and this was my creation. Want to make your own?



Materials
- 4 Balls of Loops & Threads™ Ginormous (100 yds/92m;15.8 oz/450 g)
- 25 mm (Size 50) crochet hook
- 120" (10') of 1.25" ribbon
- body pillow (measuring approx. 45" x 16")


Finished Size
Approximately 45" (114.3 cm) x 16" (43.2 cm). It has lots of stretch in these stitches.

Gauge
8 slip stitches x 8 rows = 6" square

Instructions for the Chunky Crochet Sofa Pillow Cover

Pillow Front/Back (make 2)

Chain 21.

Row 1: Working in back humps of chains, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain to end, turn - 20 sts. (Mark the first and last stitches of row with a stitch marker as it is easy to miss these stitches. Continue to move markers with each row.)
Row 2: (Mark as right side) Chain 1, working in the front loops only, 1 slip stitch in each stitch to end, turn - 20 sts
Row 3: Chain 1, working in the back loops only, 1 slip stitch in each stitch to end, turn - 20 sts
Rows 4 - 67: Repeat Rows 2 & 3 thirty-two more times
Row 68: Slip stitch in back loops only in each slip stitch to end - 20 sts
Fasten off, leaving a very long strand for stitching up the length of the pillow.

Finishing
Lining up the first and last rows, place wrong sides together and slip stitch the two panels together along the long edges. Leave the short edges open. 

Stuff the pillow into the pillow cover.

Cut four 1.25" ribbon into 30" (2.5') lengths. On the side of the pillow, weave two of the ribbons through a few loops on the inside of the pillow at the 7th stitch from each side.

 
 Tie into a bow or knot and trim the ends to the desired length. Repeat on other side.




Don't forget to share your finished projects on Ravelry. Can't wait to see everyone's projects!!



tara.




Thursday, November 24, 2016

got your eye on a craftsy class?

(this post contains ad links)

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So many topics to choose from! Which ones are your favorites? We have our eye on a couple as well, and are looking forward to taking advantage of the great deals this weekend!
Happy crafting!

tara & kim 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

new crochet pattern - entwined fingerless mitts by kim miller.



Entwined Fingerless Mitts by Kim Miller
Skill Level: Intermediate

These knit-look fingerless mitts are worked in the round, and crochet up much faster then you would think! The mitts feature a bold crochet cable on the front, with a surprise second cable on the thumb.

Crochet instructions are written for one size (Ladies size S/M), but the post stitches allow for lots of stretch. Mitts measure approximately 17.8 cm (7”) in circumference but will stretch to fit 19 cm (7½”), and they are 19 cm (7½”) long. Please note that measurements are approximate and will be affected by the gauge and the brand of yarn.

This crochet pattern calls for a 3.25 mm (D) crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge), stitch marker, yarn needle, 1½ balls of Drops Alpaca Mix [50 g (1.9 oz)/167 meters (183 yds) per ball] in the colour Light Pearl Grey Mix (9020), and scraps of a contrasting colour.

The pattern is complete with detailed instructions and colour illustrations.
The mittens are worked in the round from the fingers up. Skills and techniques used are: sc, hdc, dc, front post double crochet, front post treble, front post 2 together, and back post 2 together.




kim.



(Purchase this pattern from Ravelry.com and receive 20% off by using coupon code "FingerlessMitts20" at the checkout. 
Offer valid until Wednesday October 12th, 2016)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

new crochet pattern - kaleidoscope fingerless mitts by kim miller.


Kaleidoscope Fingerless Mitts by Kim Miller

Kaleidoscope Fingerless Mitts by Kim Miller

Skill Level: Intermediate

These gorgeous, knit-look, fingerless mitts are so much easier to crochet then they look! Plus, I show you an easy way to switch the colours without having to fasten off...which means a lot less yarn ends to work in.

Crochet instructions are written for one size (Ladies size S/M), but the post stitches allow for lots of stretch. Mitts measure approximately 17.8 cm (7”) in circumference but will stretch to fit 19 cm (7½”), and they are 21.6 cm (8½”) long. Please note that measurements are approximate and will be affected by the gauge and the brand of yarn.

This crochet pattern calls for a 3.00 mm crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge), stitch marker, yarn needle, ½ ball of Knit Picks® Chroma Fingering Yarn in Grey, and ½ to ¾ of a ball of Knit Picks® Chroma in Hollyhock. The extra ¼ of a ball of Hollyhock should be enough to compensate for the colour match. 

The pattern is complete with detailed instructions and colour illustrations.
The mittens are worked in the round from the fingers up. Skills and techniques used are: sc, hdc, dc, front post double crochet, and front post double crochet 2 together.




kim.


(Purchase this pattern from Ravelry.com and receive 20% off by using coupon code "FingerlessMitts20" at the checkout. 
Offer valid until Thrusday October 7th, 2016)










Sunday, September 18, 2016

customer photos...

Our favorite part of designing is seeing all of your wonderful creations! Year after year you continue to wow us, which is why we never tire of sharing customer pictures!

Pictured here is the Ladies Felted Chapeau sent in by the very talented ladies...Laura and Kristine from LKsCreativeThread.


Both Tara and I are awestruck by this beautiful piece, and we admire how Laura and Kristine's felted projects become the canvas for their one of a kind works of art!



As you can see from the pictures Laura and Kristine take pride in what they do, and as mentioned in their bio, they make things with love as if you were their family. To see more of their creative designs we invite to check out their delightful Etsy shop



kim.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

felted slippers for your 14.5" and 18" dolls - two new crochet patterns by tara schreyer.


Don't forget to pack your slippers for your sleepover!! These little slippers are warm and fuzzy and the perfect addition to your doll's wardrobe.

These slippers are created by simple crochet stitches then felted to give them a completely new look. You will be amazed at how they transform. They are designed to not slip off so they will soon become a favorite. A tab at the heel of the slipper assists even the littlest of hands to get them on.

Please note: The two sizes of Felted Slippers are two separate crochet patterns. Please ensure you are choosing the correct listing if purchasing. 

Felted Slippers for 18" Dolls

The white slippers above are a final measurement of 2.75" long and 1.875" wide after the felting process. They are designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl® or Maplelea®.


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Felted Slippers for 14.5" Dolls

The blue slippers above are a final measurement of 2" long and 1.25" wide after the felting process. They are designed to fit 14.5" dolls such as WellieWishers™.


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If you love these designs for dolls, including the Pinwheel Pouf and Knotted Headband for 18" dolls,  please stay tuned. I'm hoping to have many more modern and classic designs for dolls in the months to come.  If you have any ideas of things that you would like to see designed for dolls, feel free to make suggestions in the comments. There is no end to the amount of cuteness that can be created!


tara.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

knotted headband for 18" dolls - new tunisian crochet pattern by tara schreyer.


Knotted Headband for 18"dolls

Protect those little ears from the wind and chill!  Step out during the cold season in warmth and style!

This tunisian crochet pattern produces a stretchy headband for your 18" dolls. It is worked flat and joined at the ends. It is made up of simple tunisian crochet stitches and works up quickly making it a great first project for those unfamiliar with the craft. A basic knowledge of tunisian simple, knit, and purl stitches are recommended.

Finished size: 11" long (before joining ends); 2" wide (designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl® or Maplelea®)


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tara.