With all this snow and ice, I've been spending a lot of time cooped up indoors. Not that I'm complaining. I've gotten a lot of work done. When most people stock up for winter storms, they go shopping for water, batteries, and non-perishable food. But when I stock up for a winter storm, I get bags of fabric and yarn. The dozens of projects I have going on are slowly progressing. The Ripple Duster I am crocheting has finally growing long enough for me to start thinking about the sleeves. The panels to my Lace Maxi Skirt have all been cut out and pinned. As soon as I get this audition completed, I will be on my way to publishing the rest of my Spring creations and re-opening the Etsy site! I'm developing patterns and customs orders to sell, so there will be plenty to peruse once it is open! Stay tuned- there's plenty more to come.
In the spirit of spring cleaning, I have been working on making a set of crochet towels and rags. There's nothing like handmade towels to bring your spring cleaning to a whole new level, as well as add special pieces to your kitchen or bathroom. The set I have created includes a hand towel, washcloth, and dish scrubbie. I made these with Peaches and Creme 100% cotton yarn in Ecru. It took about 3 skeins to make this set. The washcloth is in a waffle-like pattern. It measures 9" x 9" and has a nice luxury scrubbing texture. The hand towel is in a shell pattern and is double the length shown. It provides the same luxury, scrubbing texture as the washcloth. The ribbed dish scrubbie measures about 4" in diameter and fits in the palm of your hand. It is perfect for scrubbing those tough spots on all pots and pans. All three of these pieces were quick and easy to make. I highly recommend making a set of washcloths and towels for your own house. With the variety of colors Peaches and Creme offers, the possible combinations are endless! There is something to go with any kitchen or bathroom. Not only is this set a simple, beautiful addition to anyone's home, but it's also satisfying to know you made such useful, pretty pieces for your own home.
Pinks, oranges, and blues are hot this spring! I'm loving all of the Spring colors. I made this short, light infinity scarf for the spring hoping it would not be too hot in the warming weather. I used three colors, two of them different shades of blue, and put them in striped order to make a kind of waterfall effect. U crocheted in the round and into the back-stitch to create a ribbing effect. I'm pleased with the way this cowl turned out- the colors are beautiful! The yarns I used are Loops & Threads Impeccable Big in Aran, Loops & Threads Impeccable in Royal, and Caron Simply Soft in Soft Green. Cream, royal blue, and minty green/light aqua make for a gorgeous Spring paring. Check back for more spring crochet projects coming soon! If you like this scarf and are interested in owning one of your own, then feel free to drop a custom order request in the contact form linked at the top!
After many nights fretting over what kinds of stitches I could do to create the cocoon sweater I am working on, I finally narrowed it down to two stitches: the ripple and the shell. I like the two because it offers a decorative way of getting from A to Z without just single or double crocheting all the way across. When trying to figure out the logistics of each stitch, I realized there is a lot to consider when starting from scratch with each stitch. Here is what I determined from the shells:
-The beginning chain should be a multiple of 6 plus 1 (and 2 more for your turning chain)
-3 double crochets make a half-shell, 5 double crochets make a complete shell, and 1 single crochet will go in between each
-Where you Shelled the row before, you will single crochet in the next row, and vice versa (so on and so forth)
-There are a number of different ways to create a shell apart for the basic five double crochet. Some look lacy and some look puffy. There's a million different ways.
Shells are really quite simple once you get a handle on the pattern and counting. The finished product will look quite full and elegant.
Soon, I will work on figuring out the ripple stitch- the variety in ripples is just as extensive as the shells.
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