Thursday, July 28, 2016




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kim and tara.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

new crochet pattern - making waves bucket bag by kim miller.



Making Waves Bucket Bag by Kim Miller



Skill Level: Intermediate

How much fun would it be to crochet this fashionable, striped bucket bag? 

This versatile bag can be used as:
• a purse
• a craft/project bag
• a bag to take on your day at the beach
• a catch-all in your office space
• just about anything...

This crochet pattern is complete with instructions for the striped bag, the rope handle, and anchor. Plus, I've included a chart for the anchor, and I show you an easy way to add stripes without having to fasten off at the end of each round...leaving you with a ton of yarn ends to work in.

This detailed crochet pattern calls for 2 balls of Bernat® Handicrafter® 100% Cotton [50 g (1.75 oz)/73 meters (80 yds) per ball] in Classic Navy, 3½ balls of Bernat® Handicrafter® in Off White, and Scraps of Bernat® Handicrafter® in Red. You will also need a 4.00 mm (G) crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge), four 7/16” [11 mm (inner diameter)] eyelets, grommet tool and a yarn needle. This crochet pattern is complete with colour illustrations and directions on attaching the eyelets. 

The finished bag measures 22.9 cm (9”) high, and 22.9 cm (9”) in diameter. 

Please note that lining instructions are not included with the pattern, but you do choose to go with lining the basic shaping should make it both fun and easy.







(Purchase this pattern from Ravelry.com and receive 20% off by using coupon code "BucketBag20" at the checkout. 
Offer valid until July 21st, 2016)




kim.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

how to correctly place your post stitches.

I love the looks of front and back post stitches to create beautiful cables and designs on an otherwise flat fabric. But I must admit, I sometimes have difficulty figuring out where my next stitch should be placed, whether I am transitioning to a post stitch or back to a "regular" stitch. This often leads to me having to rip out the row and start over, really concentrating on my stitch placement. 

There are a few tricks that I use for myself that I thought might be useful for everyone else as well. Below is the beginning stages of a pattern that I have in the works.

Instructions for Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc), hdc in next hdc and each of the next 4 hdc, four-post cable over the next four stitches, hdc in next hdc and each of the next 7 hdc, four-post cable over the next four stitches, hdc in next hdc and each of the next 4 hdc, hdc in the turning ch, turn

I am about to do my four post cable where I must skip the next two posts and make a front post double crochet (fpdc) around each of the third and fourth post

   
It's not always so easy to tell if you are only looking at your current row, as it is hard to see which post your current stitch is actually sitting above. I have goofed up on this many, many times. So now I look at my previous row and count the posts. I just made 6 half double crochet (hdc) so I want to count in 6 posts and then my next two posts will be the ones I skip.


The two posts highlighted in a darker purple are the two posts that I am going to skip and I will place a fpdc around each of the next two posts as you can see in the next picture.


Now I must finish the four post cable by placing a fpdc around the two previously missed posts. After finishing my cable stitches, I return to making half double crochets, but this can also get confusing.


This is when I flip over my work and look at the back side. The post stitches push the tops of the stitches towards the back of the work and they are easy to locate. 

 

The stitches highlighted in soft blue are the tops of the stitches that have been pushed towards the back of the work. The cable was made up of four post stitches so count the four stitches and the next stitch (highlighted in purple) is where you will place your next hdc. 

 
Here it is on the front side again after doing a few half double crochet after the four post cable stitches.


Now you are off and running. Use these little tricks throughout your pattern and you will have no problem with your cables running amok. I know it has worked wonders for me and I hope that you find it useful as well. 

tara. 




Friday, July 8, 2016

sneak peek.


A month or so ago, when I started working in the round with cotton stripes, I couldn't decide if I wanted to create a pattern for storage bins....or a bucket bag....so I created both :)



I was hoping to release the pattern for the Making Waves Bucket Bag this week, but time got away on me, so I should have the pattern up by early next week. In the meantime have a great weekend!!!



kim.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

6 tips for summertime crochet...

Many mistakenly think that crocheting is strictly a cool weather hobby, so Tara and I have come up with 6 tips that will help you to continue crocheting...even when the weather is heating up.


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#1 Think smaller projects like coasters.

Tara's latest crochet pattern for the "Vintage Coffee Coasters" is an excellent example of a small project that is not only cool to work on, but it is also portable and quick to make.

Vintage Coffee Coasters by Tara Schreyer

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#2 If you have your heart set on a larger project, how about motifs?

Motifs are a small project that pack a big punch. Since motifs are made individually they have all the same benefits of a small project, cool to work on, portable and quick to make. Once the cooler weather hits you can join them together to turn them into a queen bed cover, a table cloth, a scarf, a pillow. Your only limit is your imagination.

Bed of Flowers Baby Blanket by Tara Schreyer

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#3 Choose fibers that are cooler to work with.

Summertime is the perfect time to try out some new fibers. How about cotton, linen, bamboo and hemp, all of which create breathable fabric that is cool to wear in warm weather.

Girls Cotton Tam by Kim Miller

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#4 Use your downtime to unwind.

Don't let your kids "back to back" swimming lessons leave you feeling frustrated and bored. Instead, take advantage of this time to catch up on some reading and yes...crochet!

Chevron Dishcloths by Tara Schreyer

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#5 Pass the time while travelling

Crocheting is a wonderful way to pass the time while travelling. Whether you are travelling by car or plane, the trick is to think about your situation. Is there going to be a lot of quiet time, or are you going to be chatting with family and friends? Knowing your situation will help you to decide what kind of project you want to work on. 


Crocheting while flying may take some extra planning. Airport security may be a problem so it is usually a good idea check with your airline to see what items you will be allowed to take on the plane. If bringing a metal hook is a problem, than how about a plastic or wood hook? If blunt scissors are going to be an issue then you may need to get creative. I read once that someone used the cutter on a dental floss container to cut their yarn.  

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#6 Vacation time is crochet time!

Don't forget the pool, beach and camping. With minimal planning, you will find that all 3 are great places to bring your crochet. 

Spring Bunny by Josephine Wu

Have a wonderful summer, and may your days be filled with lots of relaxing time with crochet and hook!



kim and tara.



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

new crochet pattern - numbered storage bins by kim miller.

Numbered Storage Bins by Kim Miller

Numbered Storage Bins by Kim Miller


Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

I love containers, and I never seem to have enough. Not only do containers store tons of stuff, but they also add charm to any decor.

Now you can crochet your own numbered containers. Classic stripes add a splash of colour, and 3 different sizes means that you can create nesting bins, or switch it up and make them all the same size. Plus, I show you an easy way to switch the colours without having to fasten off, and having a ton of yarn ends to work in.

This well written crochet pattern includes instructions for 3 different sized bins, and for the numbers 1 through to 3. This pattern is also complete with illustrations to help you to successfully complete you project.

The pattern calls for Bernat® Handicrafter® 100% Cotton 50 g (1.75 oz)/73 meters (80 yds) per ball which is a worsted weight 4, a 4.00 mm (G) crochet hook, and a yarn needle. This crochet pattern uses the following stitches: slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, sc2tog and sc4tog.


Finished Measurements: 

Small Bin = Diameter 21.6 cm (8½”) and 14 cm (5½”) high. 
Medium Bin = Diameter 25.4 cm (10”) and 14 cm (5½”) high. 
Large Bin = Diameter 29.2 cm (11½”) and 14 cm (5½”) high. 

Please note that the finished sizes are approximate and will be affected by the gauge and the brand of yarn.




(Purchase this pattern from Ravelry.com and receive 20% off by using coupon code "STORAGEBINS20" at the checkout. 
Offer valid until June 30th, 2016)




kim.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

new crochet pattern - vintage coffee coasters by tara schreyer.

 
Vintage Coffee Coasters by Tara Schreyer

 http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vintage-coffee-coasters


These coasters were inspired from some coasters that my aunt had given to her. She loved them dearly but they were starting to show the love that they received over the years. She asked if I would be able to make her some new ones. Well, of course! But these had a little extra something that made them unique! They had a rubber ring (used in canning) incorporated into one of the rounds. Reminds me of how crafters, in days gone by, were very thrifty and creative in choosing their crafting materials. Therefore, I called them "vintage" as they make me think of simpler times.

This pattern offers well written instructions and figure pictures. It calls for only 5 grams/18.25 yards of sport weight cotton (or comparable yarn) and a 2-3/8” Rubber Sealing Ring for each coaster.

Finished size: 4 1/4” (10.8 cm) diameter.


(Purchase this pattern from Ravelry.com and receive 20% off by using coupon code "COASTERS20" at the checkout. 
Offer valid until June 30th, 2016)


tara.