Pattern Test for Melody’s Makings – 01

I am happy to share this pattern test with you all. It’s for a designer that I know that I have mentioned before but haven’t I haven’t shared a pattern test with you all yet. So, here is the first one for my friend Melody and Melody’s Makings! I have done pattern tests for her before and I have also done a couple of her Create-a-Longs that she hosts. She is a designer that does both crochet and knit. She has an awesome How-to-Knitting series on her blog that I have been following and plan on sharing my creation with with you soon so, keep your eyes out for this soon!

Anyways when she posted that she needed some testers for this little hat, I just had to do it! It’s so adorable with it’s puff balls and the diamond pattern going around the crown of the hat. I don’t usually do pieces that have that kind of detail on them, so this was a fun thing for me.

One thing that I love about her patterns is that she does a crochet and a knit version for a lot of her patterns! When I was first introduced to her work she had a larger portion of knitted patterns then crochet. At that time I hadn’t even picked up a set of knitting needles but it didn’t stop me from getting some of her knitting patterns.

Then when she revamped her website and added her How-to Knit series on her blog I was really excited! I have been working with that series and can’t wait to test/work on one of her knitted patterns!

Make sure to check out all of her awesome stuff on the following sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelodysMakings

Website: http://melodys-makings.com/

Website – Crochet: http://melodys-makings.com/shop/double-puff-earflap-hat-crochet-pattern/
Website – Knit: http://melodys-makings.com/shop/double-puff-earflap-hat-knit-pattern/

Ravelry – Crochet: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/double-puff-earflap-hat-crochet-pattern
Ravelry – Knit: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/double-puff-earflap-hat-knit-pattern

Also, be sure to sign up for her newsletter if you haven’t already! As a bonus to getting her awesome emails you will also get some pretty fun patterns for Free!

 

Tutorial – Decorative Letter Plaque

So, my dear friend Loren over at Pandora’s Craft Box just recently had a birthday. So, of course I had to make something crafty for her. It took awhile to decide what exactly I was going to make her… I was thinking a crochet project… No, I’ve been doing too many crochet gifts lately. Hmm what should I make her, something a little out of my normal box of tricks. As I was going through my supplies I thought of making something personal for her, a decorative letter plaque!

I decided to take this fun new creative trip with you, my readers, with a wonderful new tutorial! Lets start working up our project!

Supplies you will need:
1. Wooden Embroidery Hoop (I used an 8inch round hoop but you can choose whatever size you want)
2. Fabric in your color choice (I picked a nice deep purple, her favorite color)
3. Lace for the trim
4. Hot Glue Gun to put everything together
5. Coordinating Thread and Needle
6. Felt or other decorative elements that you want to use.

Now that we have all of our stuff together, lets get down to business!

Step One:
The first thing that you want to do is iron your fabric that you will be putting in your embroidery hoop. Yes, the hoop will tighten and pull the fabric when you put it in but you still might see fold lines if there are any real solid creases in the fabric. Once you got it nice and flat you can place it over the inside hoop and place the outer hoop over it. I would suggest having at least one inch of fabric sticking out of all sides of the hoop. This will allow you to glue the fabric to the underneath to keep the tightness. You might need to pull on the fabric a little while you tighten tho screw on the top of the hoop, you want it nice a snug to support the decorations that you will be putting on it.

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Step Two:
Now that you have your fabric pulled nice and tight you want to start gluing the fabric to the hoop. So, turn your hoop over and put a 1 – 1 1/2 inch line of glue on the edge of the hoop and pull the fabric tightly over it. Then move onto the next section. I say to do it in a small increment like that because you don’t want the glue drying before you can get the fabric on it. Once you get all the way around I would suggest gluing the fabric to the inside edge of the hoop as well. This will just add some more strength to it. After you get your fabric all glued to your hoop you are ready to trim the access fabric off of your project.

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Now that the fabric is all trimmed you can glue (using the same method as gluing the fabric) the lace to the hoop. I would suggest starting behind the screw part of the hoop so that the seam is behind it. That way it wont be as noticeable when it’s hanging up.

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Step Three:
Since I made this for Loren cutting out the L in felt was pretty easy. I would suggest drawing out a more complex letter and using it for a pattern. Since Loren loves the color purple I grabbed a lighter purple then the fabric that I just glued onto the embroidery hoop. After you have your letter all cut out, pin it onto your fabric to make sure that it stays nice and straight when you hang it up on the wall. You can also glue it onto the fabric if you are not comfortable with hand sewing it onto the fabric. I choose to use a gray color to contrast it a little because I wanted the stitches to be noticeable on the felt.

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Step Four:
Now you can choose to leave it that way or you can decorate it some more! Of course that is what I decided to do! Hehehe I sat there just looking at it for awhile, trying to figure out just what to add to it. That is when I decided to make a felt flower (in a darker purple then the fabric) with gray leaves (with dark purple stitching) and pearls on the inside of the flower. Just the right amount of decoration to compliment the first letter of her name.

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This project is so simple, fun and creative that you can choose to decorate it anyway that you want! Maybe with buttons, other fabric elements, stitching just about anything that you can think of! So, go out there and get yourself an embroidery hoop and get your crafting on! Don’t forget to share your projects with me!

 

 

 

Pattern Test for Sew Much Love Patterns – 03

This beautiful pattern that I tested is called the Shelly Chevy Cowl. Sew Much Love Patterns did an awesome job writing it out so that even the newest crocheter can read it and follow along with out any issues! She explains each step in detail and as always has a great abbreviation key at the end of the pattern.
Yes, this pattern uses the shell stitch but don’t you worry if you don’t know how to do one. It’s basically just clusters of double crochet. She calls for a worsted weight yarn and a J10 (6mm) hook, but I am sure that this pattern can easily be whipped up using a different thickness of yarn and a different hook.
I personally feel that this pattern is one that can be used for a long time and for many projects. I don’t think cowls will ever really go out of style. Use a solid yarn or a variegated one to make more colorful. Or maybe you can add some kind of embellishment like a flower, button or bow on it to give it that special touch. The options for this pattern are endless!

I did mine using three different colors, even though the pattern does not call for it. I used Vickie Howell’s Sheep[ish] yarn in Lime[ish], Plum[ish] and Hot Pink[ish].

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You can find this pattern as well as many more in any of her shops!
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/180395274/shelly-chevy-crochet-cowl-pattern-pdf?ref=shop_home_active_6
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shelly-chevy-crochet-cowl
Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/accessory/shelly-chevy-crochet-cowlpattern/87062

Pattern test for Sew Much Love Patterns – 02

I working on another super cute pattern test for Sew Much Love Patterns after I finished up the test for the Pencil Scarf. This little cutie is called the Button Girl Camera Giggle. This project was one that I have never done before so I was surprised by how quickly it was finished! I will be honest I was a little nervous about using a hair band with my project. I thought that it would have been a lot harder to get the yarn to work with it, but I quickly learned that it was a piece of cake. The stretch of the hair band allows you to create more room when making the first row of stitches. Another thing that I loved was that she included three different ways to make the eyes! I asked my girls which way I should make them and they picked the buttons. 🙂

I can imagine so many color combinations to do this cute little camera giggle as well as different ways to create the pigtails (I think the next one I make will have braided pigtails)!

You can find the Pencil Scarf pattern by heading to any of Sew Much Love Patterns shops using the following links!

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/180396382/instant-download-button-girl-camera?ref=shop_home_active_3
Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/other/button-girl-camera-giggle/87068

You can also check out the other stuff that Hooked Up Crochet Couture has to offer by visiting her shops, just follow the links below!