Friday, 17 July 2015

CROCHET TRIANGLE FRINGE SHAWL

Summer is a great time for wearing lacy and airy crochet items. Whether you are in the city or on holidays somewhere near the sea having airy and lightweight crochet items thrown over your shoulders can just be an essential part of your everyday style. This triangle fringe shawl is one of my go-to summer looks and I love that it's easy and fast to make.
This is also the perfect project to team up with my good friends at Black Sheep Wools, who kindly offered my the new Hayefield Fiesta DK yarn to make this shawl (I also made this  knit pillow using the same gorgeous yarn if you haven't seen it yet). The yarn is pretty much the perfect for this project as it has a really soft feel and is fun to work with. It's silky texture is just the perfect detail for the shawl giving it a luxurious yet casual style!

Here are the supplies:
- Fudgecake (503) Hayfield Fiesta DK (50% bamboo, 50% acrylic) approx. 2 balls for shawl + fringes
- Flamenco (507) Hayfield Fiesta DK (50% bamboo, 50% acrylic) 1 ball
- 5.00 mm crochet hook
- yarn needle
- scissors
Pattern:

Row 1: ch 4 then dc in 4th ch from hook. You now have the bottom of the scarf.
Row 2:  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1 here and throughout) and dc into the same stitch as starting ch. ch 1 , dc in first dc from row 1, ch 1, dc in the next st. from previous row, ch 1, dc in last stitch, ch 1, dc in same stitch. Turn (5 dc)
Row 3:  Ch 4 and dc in the same stitch, ch 1, dc in next stitch ( dc from previous row), ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next st, dc in 3rd chain (ch 4 from previous row) ch 1, dc in the same 3rd ch. Turn. (7 dc) (see above photo for what you should have so far)
Row 4 -47: Repeat row 3 by increasing at the beginning and end of the scarf (working two sts in starting and ending sts.)

Fringes:
To finish off, cut strands of yarn approx. 14 inc long, fold in middle and using the Lark's Head Knot add to each point, or chains at both sides of shawl. I placed two fringes to each point to make the shawl more chunky, but this is up to you. You could also leave the shawl without fringes if you prefer!

Color Changes:
I wanted to give my shawl more style so I decided to add a contrasting color in bright pink. I made the color changes on Rows: 8-10, 23-25, 39-42. Basically you can crochet more or even less rows in the contrasting color as the shawl is pretty versatile to make but I liked the contrast of camel and pink!

Alternatives:
The shawl would also make a lovely sarong or beach cover up!
I hope you enjoyed this easy summer triangle scarf.  If you give this pattern a try, use the #littlethingsblogged hashtag so I can see your progress!

Wishing you all a lovely Friday and cheers to the weekend ahead!

Saturday, 11 July 2015

6 SUMMER PROJECTS TO MAKE

Happy weekend!  It's been a while since I last shared some of my favorite projects, and this list has left me feeling super inspired and excited! So get some refreshments, and make something fun!

1. 3D-Cube-Style-Crochet-Coasters from Lebenslustiger
2. Make your own crochet cowl from A Beautiful Mess
3. Pure luxury scarf from Pickles
4. How to make a crochet rug from Mollie Makes
5. Deramores Studio CAL - The Cedar River Blanket from Deramores & Kat Goldin
6. Milo Beach Bag from Wool and the Gang

Hope you have a great weekend.

Friday, 10 July 2015

YUMYUM FLAMENCO KNIT PILLOW

I have this thing for bold and bright colors! When I was contacted by the lovely peeps of Black Sheep Wools to make a pattern using the new Hayfield Fiesta DK yarn by Sirdar, I immediately was blown away by the bright, eye catching colors of the range! 

I have been meaning to knit a pillow for quite a while now; however when the opportunity came to work with Black Sheep Wools  and Sirdar I knew that my thoughts would actually come to light! 

So about the pillow, it's made of two pieces, then crocheted together using the single crochet stitch to form a border. I really loved the outcome; plus the single crochet stitch is an all time favorite!
Regarding the yarn; I used Hayfield Fiesta Dk by Sirdar, which is simply lovely and super affordable to work with! The yarn is incredibly soft and has a silky texture which makes it really easy to handle whether knitting or crocheting. The color range is simply eye catching and totally summery! It has a super-bright blend of 50% Bamboo and 50% Acrylic making it simply fun and easy to work with,  especially under the hot summer temperatures of Greece! 
Materials:
- YumYum Yellow ( 506) Hayfield Fiesta DK (50% bamboo, 50% acrylic) 1 ball
- Flamenco (507) Hayfield Fiesta DK (50% bamboo, 50% acrylic) 1 ball
-  9mm (13 US) knitting needles 
- 8mm (11 US) crochet hook (for the border)
-  a pillow (mine measures 45x25 cm)
- Tapestry needle

The Pattern:
You will be knitting holding both yarns at the same time. The pillow casing is knit in two pieces and is crocheted together around a pillow.

CO 52 sts.
Row 1: Knit all sts.
Row 2: Purl all sts.
Continue repeating the same pattern (stockinette stitch) until cover measures approx. 24 cm from CO edge.
The height is a bit smaller than the actual pillow to make it more poufy!

Repeat the whole process another time to make the second piece.

Assembly:
Take your two knit pieces and pin on the pillow using some safety needles to hold its position. Grab your crochet hook and start crocheting around the pillow through both knit pieces using the single crochet stitch. Upon reaching the first corner make 3 single crochet stitches to help maintain the form of the pillow. Repeat around all the way. Fasten off and weave in any remaining ends.
I hope you enjoy this project! What are you working on this summer? If you give this pattern a try, use the #littlethingsblogged hashtag so I can see your progress!

I' m also happy to say that I'm hosting a summer sale both on Etsy and Ravelry; get 20% off on all patterns and finished items! No coupon code needed! 
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Friday, 26 June 2015

INSTAGRAM: A FEW TIPS

I think I've mentioned it before, but Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms - not just for sharing my blog content, but also as a fun creative outlet and a way to connect with friends and readers. I have decided to share some tips and tricks on using Instagram and achieve the most of it!

1. Use good lighting.
I do not like dark, grainy photos; I always try to use a white background to lay out my theme and take the picture in front of a window using natural daylight (without flash)! If the weather conditions are not the best there is always the help of brightness and contrast feature of various apps (Instagram has it too, but I like using VscoCam).  When I edit a photo, I boost the brightness just a little bit and then I boost the contrast a bit more (or a lot more, depending on the photo). That's the basic route I follow! I also take a bunch of photos (because I'm a crazy perfectionist) and always try to have at least 5 to choose from! 

2. Post regularly.
If you want to get found keep the photos coming. Try  to post at least one picture a day, as people following your feed will want to see new photos; so continue posting! I try to share at least one photo a day!

3. Use hashtags.
Hashtags are awesome!  I love using them and definitely they are one of the best ways to drive more likes to your posts and more followers to your feed. So personally I always use a couple to accompany each photo!
Keep in mind that over using is not the best idea. I think that specific and relevant hashtags work best. For example the hashtag  #love is very common so it is a bit difficult for a photo to stand out. Try to use your own hashtag (I always add #littlethingsblogged to my photos) or content related at least!

And a last bonus tip! Be yourself and be creative! Just have fun. Post what you'd like to post, say what you'd like to say, and do what you want to do!  It's supposed to be fun! 

I hope you enjoyed these tips. Are you also on Instagram?
You can follow me on Instagram @ltblogged.
Wishing everyone a nice and creative weekend!

Monday, 22 June 2015

CLOSED: AMIGURUMI COLLECTION FEATURE & GIVEAWAY

When Amanda the editor of Amigurumi Collection asked if my Kokeshi Dolls could be included in this special Amigurumi Collection I was more than excited! Amigurumi Collection is part of a UK publishing company, also with Simply Crochet and Mollie Makes. As you may remember my Kokeshi Dolls where featured in Simply Crochet issue 12 last year and later on in the Handmade Toys Bookazine.

Amigurumi Collection includes 43 patterns to crochet! Along my favorites are Stephanie's (All About Ami) Dragon, Mei's (Amigurumei) Hello Kitty and Bathing Buddies, and Sandrine's (Tournicote) Fresh Fruits just to name a few! There are so many fun and whimsical amigurumi patterns included in the magazine so I'm positive there's something in it for everyone! 

I am so happy to have my amigurumi Kokeshi Dolls featured in Amigurumi Collection!  Thank you for including my work in your magazine, Amanda! It truly is a delightful magazine with such a wide variety of amigurumi toys! 

And now the fun part; Amanda sent me an extra copy of the magazine to give away to one lucky reader!
To enter just leave a comment below telling me who is your favorite amigurumi designer! Don't forget to include your email so that I can contact you in case you win! I’m also happy to ship everywhere, so this giveaway is open to readers worldwide!
I will announce a winner next Monday, June 29, 2015!

UPDATE: 29/6 Congratulations Jessie! You are the winner of the Amigurumi Collection Giveaway! Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I will send you an email with details about your prize soon!


Good luck! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Friday, 12 June 2015

FEATURED IN SIMPLY CROCHET MAGAZINE

The latest issue of Simply Crochet Magazine is out and you can see my crochet Tool Set featured in the 5 Fab Find section of the magazine! Couldn't be more thankful and happy that my work has been included in the lovely magazine! Thanks Simply Crochet!

You can always get the pattern here to make your own set here! I made this tool set last year as a quick and fun Father's Day project; an easy yet really fun crafty make!

I love seeing your photos made from my patterns! So please keep sending them in! These photos were are taken from Ravelry! From left to right: MightyStarGazer's Father's Day Crochet, Nadelwerk's Father's Day Crochet Tool Set and ooty's BabyBoy Rattle tools! I truly love them all, the different color and style! 
Have you made your own set yet?
Wishing you all a lovely day!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

8 CACTI INSPIRED PROJECTS

1. Knitting Cacti by Lucille Randall
2. Crochet Planter Cover by WoodWoolDesign
 3. Crochet Succulents by Whistle & Ivy via Pretty Providence
4. Vintage Doily Colorful Hanging Planter, by I Go By Katie via Home DIT
5. Crochet Cacti by Little Things Blogged
6. Handmade Succulents 5 Ways via Think Make Share Blog
7. Crochet Star Flower Cactus via Safari Fusion
8. Crochet Jute Planter by Karen Larko via Lil Fish Studios

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