Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Short 'N Sweet

Another thing I've had my eye on for a while is the Short 'N Sweet Bolero from the Stitch 'N Bitch book. I don't wear boleros but for some reason I have wanted to make this ever since I saw it. I thought I could give it to someone for Christmas but I'm not sure who yet because it turned out a bit too small for the person I had in mind. I used Caron Simply Soft Eco in Wine Country and an H hook.

This pattern was really fun and easy to do but it seemed to me that there might have been a simpler way to write it. Maybe I'm just spoiled on Doris Chan patterns but finishing off and adding another piece of yarn just to chain 3 and finish off again seems a bit retarded to me. Other than the few odd instructions it was a nice little project. It still needs to be blocked but it looks very cute on.

Hook and Weave Shrug

I have wanted a shrug for a while and have had intentions of making this one ever since I got this issue of Interweave Crochet way back in the Fall of 2007. Last month I finally pulled off the sticky note bookmark labeled "shrug" and got to work. The pattern is called Hook and Weave Shrug by Jennifer Orr. In the pattern you make the shrug a solid color and then weave a contrasting color through to make cute little stripes, hence the name "Hook and Weave", but I decided to make mine with stripes and get rid of some small balls of yarn I had lying around. I used Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather and Caron Simply Soft Eco in Black and Wine Country with an I hook.

The pattern is great, it's simple and fun and really easy to adjust for size. You could make a 2x or a toddler size, whatever you want by simply taking a measurement of the arm spread and adding a little extra for the cuffs to fold over. I will probably make a couple more of these for Christmas gifts.

I will try to get some pictures of me wearing it pretty soon but here are a couple I snapped this morning.

Cat Ear Hats and Scarf

I have been looking a long time for a good cat ear hat crochet pattern. I've tried several and they've never turned out to be what I wanted. This pattern is the closest I've ever come to finding what I want. It's still not exactly what I was looking for but it's definitely the cutest finished product. The pattern is called Holy Julie Newmar Batman! and is available for free at Gege Crochet.

I made this one using some Vanna's Choice yarn that I frogged from my Ridge Swing Cardigan that I gave up on after running out of yarn and never finding the same colors again. The colors are Taupe and Dusty Blue and I used a K hook for this one. After showing this picture to a friend he asked if I would make one for his son who is a skateboarder. Seems like a great hat for skateboarding to me. So I made a second hat using Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather and Caron Simply Soft Eco in Black and an I hook. I really liked the color combination so I made a scarf for myself using the same pattern. I still haven't mailed this to him but I promise I will before it gets cold enough to use it!