Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Butterfly (crochet pattern)

Oh my goodness its has been forever since I have posted on this blog. I have three going and of course there are going to be some that get neglected. However I wanted to come in and share some of the patterns that I have been working on. I find a lot of these in books and think they are so great and so I take the time to sit and write them down for you. I hope you do not mind. They are just so fun sometimes I just can not keep them to myself! 

Okay. So here is the BRIMSTONE BUTTERFLY!

Stitches explained: 
TR = TRIPLE CROCHET (wrap yarn over hook 3 times)
TRTR= TRIPLE TREBLE (wrap yarn over hook 4 times)
Picot = ch 3. slst (slip stitch) in 2nd ch. from hook. 

You are going to need three different colors. One for the wings, body and then the color for the little circles on the wings. You don't need it but its cute with it. :)

All of these stitches are going to be worked along the ch 13 that you will make. 

WINGS: Using color for wings Ch 13. skip 5th. 2 tr in next ch. Ch 5. 1 sc in next st. Ch 4. (1 tr, 1trtr) in next ch. make picot. (see stitches explained above) Ch 6. slst in next ch. (See photo A. That is where you should be at this point.)  Ch 9. slip stitch in 2nd ch from hook (2nd picot made) (1 trtr , 1 tr) in next ch. Ch 4. 1 sc in next ch. Ch. 5. 2 tr in next ch. (should only have one ch left) ch. 5 slip stitch in last remaining ch. Fasten off. 


BODY: Using color for body, ch 7. skip 1ch from hook. Sc in next. Slip Stitch in next 4 stitches. Fasten off. 

In order to get the antennas, I took my tapestry needle and carefully took the strings that were hanging there and stitched them very loosely up through to the top. Making them stick out like antennas. Then trimmed them. But be sure to keep it loose. You do not want to shorten the body more than it is by pulling the strings through too much. Hope that makes sense. 

What I did next was I took a tapestry needle and where I had fastened off in picture B - I sewed the two bottom wings side by side. Basically I just connected the corners. I then placed the body over the center and sewed it on with the yarn that was left from the fastening off process. (What would I call that? The tail?)  If I wanted to I could have glued it also. Depends on how you want to do it I suppose. 

Finished butterfly. I am not good at the whole embroidery part but I threw a little cream in the wings. I think it turned out really cute! I think it would be cute too if you maybe took some beads and just glued them on to the wings or even felt? Ew how about little buttons?                 So many ideas. I think I will turn this one into a little pin. I love pins!  

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Friday, September 23, 2011


I was just wondering if was the only one that has like 80 different projects going and not wanting to really work on one thing or the other.... Then when that happens,  overwhelm sets in and I just feel like I can never get them all done. One at a time one at a time right? WRONG! I just start a whole other project that I know is small and I know I will get done leaving all the others to frustrate me another day. HA!

So if you are like me then you will appreciate this pattern that I am going to put in here! Its a cute little baby doll dress! First time for me making clothing. Gotta start somewhere! :) 

PhotobucketDRESS: Finished size is about 4" x 4"1/2. Use an H hook. Grab some buttons or maybe some ribbon for the neck of the dress. Its yours so you can decorate it how ever you want! :) I used orange yarn because - it was easy to reach from where I was sitting at the time ;) Pink I think or yellow would be much cuter. Maybe even pink and then changing to white when you do the ruffle on the bottom and around the neck area. Read the pattern through before you decide :) And see the pictures! 

Have FUN! 

With MC, CH 18 loosely; join with sl st to form ring. 
Rnd 1. (rs) Ch 3 (counts as first dc throughout), 2 dc in next ch, (dc in next ch, 2 dc in next ch) around; join with sl st to first dc; 27 dc. 

Rnd 2. Ch 3 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, (dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc) around; join with sl st to ft lp only of first dc: 36 dc. 

Rnd 3.(THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN CHANGE THE COLOR FOR THE PRETTY RUFFLE) Ch 1, working in ft lps only, sc in same st, ch 3, sk next dc, (sc in next dc, ch 3, sk next dc) around; join with sl st to first sc. (.THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN CHANGE THE COLOR BACK TO MAIN COLOR IF YOU HAVE CHANGED)

Rnd 4. Holding ch-3 ruffle lps out of your way and working in the free lps (back loops) of last rnd, sl st in first st; ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc) 3 times, sk next 10 dc (armhole) , (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc) 4 times, sk last 10 dc (2nd armhole); join with sl st to first dc : 24 dc. 

Rnd 5. Ch 3, working in both lps, 2 dc in next dc, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc) around ; join with sl st to first dc.
Rnd 6-7. Ch 3, dc in next dc and in ea dc around; join with sl st to first dc. 

Rnd 8. (THIS IS AGAIN WHERE YOU CAN CHANGE THE COLOR FOR THE RUFFLE) Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 3, sk next dc, (sc in next dc, ch 3, sk next dc) around; join with sl st to first sc, finish off. 

I have added some new additions to my zibbet shop. I have added some vintage scarves to the mix. Make sure you stop on over and check them out! 

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Monday, September 19, 2011

My Want Not Waste Not Project

Today I am sharing this entry and I am calling it my "Want Not Waste Not" project. I was going to crochet an ascot and I started with the neck band. I got really far on one of the ruffles when all of the sudden the pattern stopped making any sense to me. No matter how hard I stared at the picture or even read ahead then back again then ahead again - I could not figure it out. So I decided to try something else. The neck part of it took me an hour to crochet so I did not want to just waste it. Also I felt like I failed and I needed to fill in the gap with "something". So this is what I did with that crocheted piece. 

There it is in all its glory! Now what? So I looked around and found that lace that is sitting behind it. I could cut out hearts? no. I set it over the white and it looked really pretty. So that was it. That is what I was going to do.. 

Cut a small strip that would fit over it nice. Now what? 

I found some ribbon. I remembered seeing a flower that someone made on the internet. I cut the amount of pedals I thought I would need.. I needed more than that! You will see in the other pictures. 

I folded them in half like so just like I remembered. Then I tried to tack them all together - 

But that part I forgot how to do. I just kinda ended up making a mess. Then after a bit I got tired of playing with it.. and pulled out the glue gun and glued the rest on! 

Its not perfect. That is what practice is for! So my next one will be better. Oh and I made a little crochet wreath to put in the middle to cover my extreme mess. Then I glued that glass pearl in the middle of it. Sick of the sewing for the day. My patients were actually getting thin. The whole time I am working on this my 17 year old is telling me he wants to drop out of school and trying to sell me the idea. (sigh)

Now I ended up taking a break because I changed my mind. Instead of gluing the flower to the choker, I decided to make a pin out of it incase I wanted to wear the flower on my coat or something. Where is the white felt? Could not find it anywhere. I am getting frustrated and just want to give up. I already failed once.. I am not going to do it again. So I found this old material. Cut a circle out. I will use this! 

Then I could not find my pins. I looked in the drawer of my sewing desk for them. Guess what I found? The white felt that I looked for for over 10 min. 

I was going to stitch the lace onto the collar. Instead I used very small amounts of glue and pasted it on in sections. I used so little that You can not even tell that its there. But the lace is holding on strong! 

Buttons Buttons who has some buttons? Not me! I did however find these huge glass pearl beads. Sewed them on. Yes. I did finally sew something again. 

And DONE! I admit it does not go well with my Blonde shirt. I tried the pin up higher but did not like it so I moved it almost to where it was barely hanging on the collar. I liked it best. 

Here is the back or.... is it the front? Either way I took off the flower and I can wear that freely now and just have it look like this. 

  With this I am EXTREMELY happy that it turned out this cute. I am FER SURE going to make these for my shop. But where to find those big ole beads again? Not sure where I got them to begin with! :) 

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cell Phone Protectors In Pink!

Hi Everyone. Hope all is well. Its Sunday and I have not cleaned all weekend. Yea! My house is a complete mess! However, the kids are in bed and its really quiet around here. I had some time today (because I didn't clean) to make some cell phone protectors. I decided to make them because sometimes I do not want to take in my entire bag. For example when I go to restaurants with my husband. He always pays for my dinner so all I really need is my phone right? So I came up with these cute little things. I know there are a lot out there but I wanted to try my hand at making my own personal ones. I made two. 

The green and tan one - I made for my blog giveaway. Yes. I am going to have a blog giveaway soon! I made it and I did not write it down. I should have. Its cute. However I did write the pink one down and I am going to have the pattern for sale once I figure out how to write a PDF file! It will be my first pattern. I am very excited. So anyway,  I am working on that right now. I made this one tonight and placed it in my shop - Click the photo for more information.

I actually have a necklace that I made off the top of my head and I need to write that down also. Many of the things that are in my shop I did by tweaking patterns or just throwing stitches together. But these cell phone cases I just did. Very happy with the results. You have no idea how much I had to rip these out trying to get it right! :)   I do believe these cell phone cases will make a great gift coming up this Christmas! I am excited for Christmas.. How about you? 

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Beads and Buttons!

I made some really cute beads for a necklace that I am working on.  I have never made them before but they turned out super super pretty. I have come up with some more ideas for them too. I am pretty excited about it. 

Today is a very rainy day! I am happy for the rain because it has not rained here in a while. We could really use it. So far my day has been pretty slow. Its only 10:30 so that may be why. I have a lot of pictures to take today of myself (shop items) and it is not always fun. Its a little hard sometimes to model the scarves and take your own pictures. I need to get one of those dress makers! But at the same time I like to show a "real" person wearing them. I really do not know if it creates a bit of a more personal feeling towards the seller and buyer or if it just makes everything look sloppy. I am just trying to figure it out. What do you think? 

I was just now sitting here and I can hear my cat whining and crying because she can not find her sister. So I turn around to find her sister (because she is usually laying somewhere close by me) laying in my closet. Completely ignoring her sisters pleas to come out come wherever she is! 

I went to an antique shop yesterday and I took some time looking around at the buttons. I have never dug through that many in my life. She even had a spoon sitting in the pile so you can dig with it I guess? I actually ended up picking about 30 buttons. This is just a preview of the types I found. Buttons are really interesting it turns out! I am surely going to go back in the future and pick up more! 

 I hope you all have a great day and you are happy and healthy! Talk to you again very soon!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Creations By Gena And the hat that I made for her

Everyone I would like for you to meet Gena. She is the owner of Creations By Gena. She is an artist and crafter. I made this hat for her and she featured it on her blog. Go and see what she had to say about it. :) I think you will really enjoy looking at what she has to offer. She is very creative and she put a lot of soul into her works. She is a very loving and honest person. I am very honored to call her one of my best friends. 

Well now I gotta get busy making her a scarf. :) She wants one to match the hat! Hope you are all having a great day and smiling! 


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

One Color Granny Blanket

Free Crochet Pattern Ribbon Baby Bonnet (Advanced)


(Of course it does not have to be one 

color if you do not want it to be)
 Size: About 581/2" x 75"

Crochet Hook Size H or the size that 
will give you the correct Gauge.

Gauge: Each measures around 6"

Squares (make 108)

Starting at center, ch 5. Join with sl st 

to form ring.

1st Rnd: Ch 3. Work 11 dc in ring; join with sl st to top of ch 3 (12 dc, counting 
ch 3 as 1 dc) 

2nd rnd: Pull up a lp on hook 1/2" high, yo, insert hook in same st as sl st, yo, 
draw up a lp, "(yo, insert hook in same st, yo, draw up a lp) twice. -(basically 
you should do this 3 times and then you will end up with 7 loops on the hook. 
Pull through all the seven and then ch 1)- One cluster made; yo, insert hook in 
next dc, yo, draw up a lp.* Repeat from * to * 11 times more, omitting "yo, insert hook in next dc, yo, draw up a lp" after last cluster and ending ch 1, sl st 
to top of first cluster (end with 12 clusters) 

3rd rnd: Sl St in first sp between clusters, ch 3, dc in same sp (half corner 
made), *(1 dc in top of next cluster, 1 dc in next sp) twice; 1 dc in next 
cluster, work 2 dc, ch 2 and 2 dc in next sp (corner made.) Repeart from * twice 
more; (1 dc in top of next cluster; ending 2 dc in first sp, ch 2 , sl st to top of 
ch 3 (9 dc on each side and 4 corner sps

4th rnd: Turn. sl st to center of first sp, draw up a lp 1/2" high and work a 7 lp 

cluster in same sp (half corner made), *(sk 1 dc, 1 cluster in next dc) 4 times; 
sk 1 dc, work 1 cluster, ch 3 and 1 cluster in next sp. Repeat from * twice 
more; (sk 1 dc, 1 cluster in next dc) 4 times; ending 1 cluster in first sp, ch 3, 
sl st to top of first cluster (6 clusters on each side and 4 corner sps)

5th rnd: Turn. Ch 3, work 1 dc, ch 3 and 2 dc in corner sp, * ( 2 dc between 

next 2 clusters) 5 times; work 2 dc, ch 3 and 2 dc in next sp. Repeat from * 
twice more, ending (2 dc between next 2 clusters) 5 times; sl st to top of ch 3. 
Break off (thats what they said for tie off! Break off. Sounds violent.)

FINISHING: Afghan is 9 squares wide and 12 squares long. Join as follows:
 with wrong sides of 2 squares tog, insert hook through both corners, 1 sc in 

same sp, "ch 1, sk 1 on both squares, (1 sc through next st on both squares) 
twice. Repeat from * , ending 1 sc through corner of both squares. Break 

SCALLOPED EDGE: Insert hook in 
corner, * sk 2 sts, work 3 dc, 3 tr and 
3 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, 1 sc in next st. Repeat from * once more, sk 2 sts, work 3 dc, 3 tr and 3 dc in next st, 1 sc in st joining squares. Repeat from * around afghan. Break off. 

This is what I made with the pattern. The blanket is cute. So are those super 

cute shoes. They are a totally different pattern. The mittens also.  

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