Scalloped Triangle Shawl (Crochet) Photo Tutorial

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I found this wonderful crochet pattern on Ravelry.  It is easy and quick.  The pattern uses fingering/sock weight yarn and a small hook, but I used worsted weight yarn and an H hook.  I posted a photo of the completed shawl on Facebook and encouraged several of my friends to try the pattern.

I decided to do a photo tutorial in case they had questions on the instructions.  Here is the link to the Ravelry project page.  If you want the pattern, just click on free download.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/scalloped-triangle-shawl

Now for the photo tutorial:

Start:

T 1 T 2

Row 1:

T 3

Row 2:

T 4 T 5

Row 3:

T 6 T 7

Row 4:

T 8 T 9 T 10 T 11 T 12

Row 5:

T 13 T 14 T 15 T 16 T 17 T 18

Row 6:

T 19 T 20 T 21 T 22 T 23 T 24

Row 7:

T 25 T 26 T 27

Row 8:

T 28 T 29

Rows 9 – 12 repeat previous rows. Hope these photos help you understand the this pattern and make it easier for you to do.

Here are photos of my first one and the second one (in progress):

STShawl 1

Project photo

Idle Hands and All That…….

My hands are definitely not idle.  I am always doing some crafty thing.  If I don’t keep my hands busy, they tend to want to shovel food into my mouth and my mouth never refuses. So I must keep them busy doing other things, cooking, cleaning, sewing, knitting, crocheting….something.

My latest crafty thing is this shawl.  It is a free pattern on Ravelry.

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Here is the link if you want to make this shawl yourself:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lalas-simple-shawl

Newfie Hat and Mittens

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Recently I came across a pattern for Newfie mittens (pattern on Ravelry)  and made them.  Then I wondered if there was one for a hat.  There were several, but they didn’t seem to meet my needs.  So I winged it and created my own version.  So for those out there who wish to try this hat, here are the instructions:

NEWFIE HAT

This is a simple hat pattern made to fit a 21-23 inch head. These instructions assume that you already know how to knit in the round with both circular and double pointed needles and understand basic knitting terminology

Materials:

1 ball of Knit PIcks Chroma Worsted (multi-color of your choice) MC

1 ball of Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) (solid color of your choice) CC

US 9 circular needles 16 inches long

US 9 double pointed needles

Yarn needle

Pat 1

K4 (CC), S2 (MC) around x 5 rounds

Purl 2 rounds with MC

Pat 2

K1 (CC) S2(MC), then K4(CC) S2(MC)around to last 3 stitches and K3(CC) x 5 rounds

Purl 2 rounds with MC

Instructions:

With MC, c/o 84 stitches onto circular needles.   K2P2 for 1.25 inches.

Join CC and begin Pat 1, alternating with Pat 2.   Repeat Pat 1 and 2 for a total of 4 times each. This will measure approximately 7 inches from cast on edge.

Cut CC yarn

Decrease with MC only:

Change to double pointed needles when necessary.  And any extra stitches at the end of decrease rounds, just knit them.

  1. K8, K2tog around
  2. K7, K2tog around
  3. K6, K2tog around
  4. K5, K2tog around
  5. K4, K2tog around
  6. K3, K2tog around
  7. K2, K2tog around
  8. K2tog around
  9. K2tog around

Cut yarn and slip through remaining stitches. Tighten and secure. Weave in all ends. Block if necessary.

And these are the mittens:

newfie mitts

Starting the New Year Off Right!

Happy New YearI think I am starting the New Year of 2015 off on the right foot.  I got up this morning got on the treadmill for 35 minutes and walked the dog for 15.

I unsubscribed from some email junk that I had been meaning to eliminate for awhile now. I also evaluated some of the groups I belong to and un-joined some.  One in particular had become a playground for petty, high school, juvenile crap.  I am too old for that nonsense and life is too short to spend time dealing with that idiocy.

Plan to spend time learning new techniques in knitting, crocheting and quilting this year.  I’d like to try my hand at some things I previously considered too hard or too time consuming.  Who knows, I might become the Guru of Crafts. :-)

What changes have you made or plan to make?

WOW! BEEN AWHILE…

I was last here in November.  The holidays have been busy to say the least.  We had Thanksgiving at my house and then celebrated Christmas at my oldest son’s house.  Good times.

We all managed to get what we wanted.  That might be because none of our gifts were very expensive.  My youngest did give me a gift card to JoAnn’s in a hefty amount and I truly appreciate it.  He knows me too well. :-)

As far as healthy goes, I have lost weight, gained weight, eaten things I should have stayed away from, especially during the holidays.  Now got to get back to some intense working out.  I do feel better when I work out.

I’ve also noticed more aches lately…due to arthritis.  Could be the cold that is affecting my joints.  I guess that’s what happens when you get older.  But I’m dealing with it.

Been knitting more lately.  Also have some small quilting projects to do.  So you may be seeing more photos of those in the near future.

Here it is, New Year’s Eve.  No plans to party. Will probably watch some celebrations on the TV. I’ve only made one New Year’s resolution and that is to learn some new knitting techniques that I have never done before.

Here’s wishing all of you a prosperous 2015.

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