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Fringe scarf…

Last year you saw me post a picture of this beautiful Katia cotton cashmere thread, with the promise of a coming soon blog post about the project I was making with it.

Well, it turned out I need to study a little bit more for ‘that’ project, and in the end after several trials and frogs, I let my yarn rest for almost a year. Few weeks ago I took it back and decided to use it to make an accessory very useful in this time of the year, a light scarf perfect to wear during the breezy springy nights out.

To make this scarf I have used the shade n.56 of KATIA CONCEPT thread, which is a mix of 90% cotton and 10% cashmere perfect for spring/summer projects. Usually 100% cotton threads result in quite rigid and tight works, while on the contrary this is very soft , light and gentle on skin thanks to the cashmere presence and since I have used it I cannot resist to the temptation of caressing it and squezze my face in it!!!

But now let’s move to the pattern. I have used 5 balls of thread (250 gr) and my trusty summer friend, my 4.5mm hook. I started by chaining 33 and then I followed this nice pattern I found on the net.

The pattern is multiple of 3 and I would call it a rivisited V stitch pattern, since it is practically a V stitch where one side of the V is made of a puff stitch and the other side is a double crochet. I really enjoyed making it and I absolutely love the openwork pattern that came out, I find it very unique and something you don’t see often.  

Ch 33

row1 :  ch3 (it counts as the first dc), ch1, 1 puff stitch into the 5th chain from hook. *Skip the next two stitches and do 1 dc into the next one. Ch 1 and do 1 puff stitch into the same stitch below*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row. Dc into the very last stitch.

row 2 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc) and turn your work. Ch 1 and do 1 puff stitch into the dc stitch below. *Skip the next two stitches and do 1 dc into the next one (it should be the dc below), ch 1 and puff stitch into the same stitch below*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Dc into the top ch below which counted as the first dc.

Keep repeating row1-row2 until you reach the desired length for your scarf. I did it for a total of 155 rows.

At this time I wanted to customize a bit my scarf by attaching some fringes at the ends of it. I never tried it before and I was so happy to learn a new technique and apply it to my brand new scarf.

Start taking a square shape which will define the size of your fringe. I took a simple notebook and started wrapping my thread around it.

The times you wrap your thread will vary the size and the chunkiness of your fringe. Since my scarf is very light and it is for spring outfits, I thought big fringes just didn’t suit it, so I wrapped my thread 5 times. Then cut your strands and fold them in half to form a loop at one end.

Take your hook and insert it into the stitch you want to place your fringe in and draw the loop through that stitch.

Yarn over the loose ends of your yarn and pull everything out.

That’s it!! I am sure you are really going to have fun doing that. I found it very relaxing to do while watching a movie  !!!!

Now my scarf is ready to be carried around and taken out every time I am out with friends, tasting the first summer nights out and a fresh breeze catches us by surprise.

I really hope you like this pattern. I found it a nice alternative to infinity scarves, which are the only ones I have made since I am crocheting. Plus, I was really proud to have learned how to attach fringes to crochet projects. It's a very useful technique you can apply even for blankets, vests or bags! Let me know if you are going to try your hands at this project too! I love you all and see you to the next post..byeee!

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Jasmine earrings

Going from summer to fall might be less shocking if you have some accessories to help you say goodbye to hot and bright days and welcome to cooler temperatures and more ‘undressed’ landscapes. Within this spirit, these jasmine earrings are born, and for them I choose these beautiful red and mustard colors which blend so good with all the leeves now standing at the bottom of the trees and the general atmosphere this season of the year creates.

red jasmine earringsmustard jasmine earringsIt was my first time with the jasmine stitch and to learn it, I must say, I had a very good teacher. I followed one of Oana step by step tutorial on youtube . She is a very talented crocheter and in this video she explains perfectly how to work the stitch in round, and how to achieve the final look of the earrings as well. It really couldn’t be easier!

jasmine stitchDSC_5533If learning the jasmine stitch only needed a bit of practice, I think the most difficult part was to make the earrings exactly the same size. It was so funny because for each pair of earrings I had at least three pieces and just tried to pick the two that looked more similar in size. Let me know if you too have the same issue with twin crocheted items  !!!

crochet jasmine stitchWhat I like most about these earrings is their consistency. I am not actually a fan of shaping treatments like using sugar and water or glue and water, so I was really surpised and happy to see they were rigid enough to keep their shape once at the ears.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know if you are going to try the jasmine stitch and the earrings as well. I would like to know also if you are going to make them for yourself or to gift your friends. I will probably give them to my cousin and my sister in law, because we know, the most beautiful part of our art is to share them with others. I wish you a wonderful crocheting time my friends and see you to the next post. Bye!!!!

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Pineapple earrings…

Usually in this time of the year I like to play with cotton thread to renew my jewelry and accessories. After having looked for some inspirations here and there, the first piece of my spring/summer 2015 collection came out! These pineapple earrings with all their warm shades will look just lovely and trendy during the next sunny days and I can’t wait to wear them!

1To make these earrings you will need :

  • 50 gr of cotton thread in the color you prefer
  • 1.25 mm crochet hook
  • 2 earrings clasps
  • 4 jump rings
  • 2 beads

I was inspired by this video tutorial found on onevirtouswoman channel. I like this girl and the positive energy she transfers. Her patterns are super easy, understandable and I definitely recommend you to give a look at her you tube channel. As you will see, I only made some changes at the beginning of her pattern to the upper part of the earring  through these 3 simple rows.

row1: into a magic loop ch 3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc. *Ch 2, 2 dc * . Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.

row2: ch1 (it counts as the firs sc), sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch.

row3: crab stitch all the way around . Sl st into the first crab stitch.

When your earrings are done, you can leave them as they are and I am sure they will look adorable or you can free all your fantasy and creativity to customize them ! In my case I applied some beads at the bottom to give them just a more shining look. What do you think?

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DSC_1659I hope you girls liked this pattern. If you are a fan of crocheted jewelry please share your passion with me, I always love being inspired by my readers! Also, I can't wait to see how you customized your pineapple earrings and let me know how many pairs you have done since I am sure all your friends are going to love and ask for them! Now the only thing left is wishing you a happy crocheting and we will see soon to the next post…bye XX

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