Happy New Years Eve!! I just can’t believe 2014 is over. I have no idea where the time went! I had a great year, and I’m really excited to see what will happen in 2015!
Today I want to show you a chevron infinity scarf I just finished. I think it is one of my favorite things I have ever made! I started it several weeks ago in my effort to use up yarn I already have. You may recognize it from this blanket I’ve been working on. I really need to get that one finished! I gravitate towards blues, greens and grays, as you can probably tell if you look through my projects. I keep making goals to branch out and try new colors, but I always come back to my favorites. I used Patons Clasic Wool in Seafoam, Aran, Lemongrass and Grey Mix and a 5.5mm hook. This is a very simple pattern that can be customized to your liking so many ways. You can choose your favorite colors and make it as wide or as long as you want. I made mine long enough to make it an infinity scarf that can be wrapped around twice. You can easily just leave it as a long scarf and add a fringe or make it into a cowl. I love the versatility!Here is how I made my chevron pattern!
1. Start with a chain that is a multiple of 11. This is 33 chains wide as a sample. I like my scarves wider, so I actually made my scarf 55 chains to begin.
2. In second chain from hook, work 2 dc. Work one dc in next 3 chains. You should have 5 dc total. Skip next two chains and work one dc in each of the next 5 stitches. 3. Chain 2 and make a second dc in same chain stitch.4. Work one dc in each of the next 4 stitches. Skip two chain stitches and work a dc in each of the next 5 chains. Continue to the end of the chain. In the final part of the last chevron, work 2dc in the second to last chain stitch, and finish with a dc in the final ch stitch. 5. Chain 2 to turn (counts as first dc)6. Skip the first dc and work 2dc in the next stitch. Work one double crochet in each of the next two stitches.7. Skip the next 2 stitches and work one double crochet in each of the next 4 stitches. In the ch2 space from the previous round work dc,ch2,dc. Continue by working one dc in each of the next 4 stitches. 8. Continue working the same pattern until you reach the end. I think the most important thing is to make sure you have 5 dc in each section. It’s easy to accidentally skip a stitch and have your chevron’s end up a little crooked, so make sure you keep count!If you choose to make it into an infinity scarf, all you have to do is sew up the ends. I leave a long tail and just whipstitch the two ends together. I usually go over it twice to make it a little stronger.I made these stripes completely random and I love it! I think I will definitely make another scarf like this! I would love to see anything you might make with this pattern! You can follow me on Instagram or Twitter to share your projects!
My sister Hannah has been after me for years to make her a blanket! I finally started one for her a couple months ago hoping to have it finished for Christmas. I was not able to finish it in time, so Hannah just had a partially completed blanket to open Christmas morning. I think she really liked the blanket, and I’m going to try really hard to have it finished soon to ship to her in Utah!I’m doing a completely random color pattern, which is something I don’t do very often. I like having a pattern to follow and I end up stressing about how colors will look next to each other. I found this Granny Square Color Pattern Generator, which is really awesome! I’ve talked about it before with this hexagon blanket, and I highly recommend it! You can choose what colors you are using, how big you want your blanket and how many colors you want to use in each square. It generates a grid that you can follow as you work on your blanket. It takes all of the guesswork and stress out of choosing what color to use next. You can redo the random pattern until you find a one you like best. I took a screenshot of the one I chose and also took a picture of it with my phone so I always have it with me when I’m working on my blanket. Here is the screenshot I took of my grid.For this blanket, I used KnitPicks Brava yarn in the colors in Solstice Heather, Tranquil, Cream and Peapod with a 6.00mm hook. This hexagon pattern is from Attic24 and is one of my favorites! I’ve also used it in this blanket and this blanket!I’m really excited about this blanket and I think I’m going to have a hard time letting it go! To see more updates on this blanket, and other projects, you can follow me on Instagram (@lizzie_bella_) and on Twitter (@lizziebellablog)!
My goal this year was to make all of my Christmas gifts using yarn I already own. I guess that was a little too ambitious since I only succeeded in finishing a pillow for my sister Chloe. I have a blanket started for my other sister Hannah and a couple of pillows for my mom, which I will share with you over the next couple of weeks!A few years ago I made Chloe a blanket that she really loves. I decided to make a coordinating pillow using the left over yarn from her blanket. I used the same basic pattern as this pillow I made a couple months ago. It is a really simple pattern, but I really love the way it turned out! Once I had all of the squares joined, I did a border of half double crochet in cream on each side, and stitched both sides together in pink with single crochets. I really like the bright pink border!
I used left over pink and cream Bernat Handicrafter Cotton. I bought several of the giant skeins when I made her blanket, and had a lot left over. Bernat no longer makes the pink color yarn, which I think was called Watermelon. I think they only made it over that summer, and I have not been able to find it since then. I used a size 6.0mm hook and the finished pillow is 18in x 18in.I think the blanket and pillow look great together! I love that they go together, but are not exactly the same. As you can probably see, I used the same hexagon pattern from Attic24 that I used in this baby blanket and I’m also using in Hannah’s blanket, which I will show you soon! I really love hexagon blankets, and I think this pattern is wonderful!
Last week my family spent the day at Universal in Orlando. We have been dying to visit the new Harry Potter World, and this was the only time we would get to go while my sister was home from school. It was seriously one of my favorite days ever, so get ready for a kind of long post with a lot of pictures! We are huge Harry Potter fans over here. I grew up on the books and secretly hoped a letter from Hogwarts would arrive on my 11th birthday. As expected, no letter arrived, and my heart broke a little.We stayed in the new hotel on Universal property so we could get into the park an hour before everyone else. We have never done that before, but it was completely worth it! We stayed at Cabana Bay and it was really cool. I wish we had more time to just hang out at the hotel. There was a huge pool and a couple restaurants that looked pretty good. We have been to the parks before over Christmas break, and it is always terribly crowded. However, having that extra hour was so fantastic. We could really take our time to look around without tons of people crowding around.
We actually got into the park about 15 minutes earlier than expected, and booked it straight to the new Gringotts ride. It was incredible. I felt like I was actually in Diagon Alley and Gringotts was so cool to walk through. All of the Goblins were moving and looking at us as we walked past them. I really don’t love roller coasters, so the ride was not my favorite, but it was really neat to look at everything.After Gringotts we went to pick out a new wand. We settled on the Elder Wand and got an interactive one. There are spots all around Diagon Alley, and the older Hogsmeade, that are interactive. You wave your wand, and sometimes say a spell, and a door will unlock or a fountain will turn on. It must be so cool for J.K. Rowling to see hundreds of people walking around in a world she created, carrying wands and casting spells.We spent a couple of hours just looking around. We went into all the shops and looked in all of the windows. We also got a few butter beers. The frozen ones are the best!We all agreed that our favorite part was Knockturn Alley. First thing in the morning we were literally the only ones there. It was really dark, so it was hard to take pictures, but it was awesome. There was a big shop in there, where I got a Deathly Hallows mug, and was full of Death Eater masks and also housed the Vanishing Cabinet.Another one of my favorite parts was the Hogwarts Express. It connected Universal and Islands of Adventure and was so cool. The inside of the train looked right out of the movies! Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure was way more crowded than Diagon Alley. We went straight to ride the Hogwarts Castle ride. Again, I don’t like the actual ride, but I love walking through the castle and looking at everything in the ride. It is all so detailed that I see new things every time I ride it.After the castle ride, we had lunch at the Leaky Cauldron and walked through some of the shops.
We spent a little more time in Islands of Adventure before heading back to Universal. We really love the Seuss area. There is a little bakery in Seuss Landing that has the best sweets. I usually get a brownie that is always delicious. It is our little tradition to stop there and get a snack.
We went back to Universal to see Diagon Alley one more time before we left. It was getting crowded and harder to see things when we went back.
We rode a couple more rides before we left. We rode Transformers and my sisters rode Rip Ride Rocket. We decided to leave the park for dinner and ate at Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. It was a really great way to end the night.I was so impressed with Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure the first time we went, but Diagon Alley was really incredible. I can’t believe how realistic it is and how much detail is everywhere. It is amazing. If you are any kind of Harry Potter fan, I highly recommend taking a trip to Harry Potter World!
Happy Christmas Eve! I can’t believe Christmas is already here. I feel like I need another week or two to finish getting ready. December seriously flew by! Tonight we are having our annual Christmas Eve Bonfire with our family and friends. We’ve been doing this for about 20 years, and it is a really fun tradition. We have s’mores and hot chocolate and read Luke 2 to remind ourselves why we celebrate this holiday. It is one of my favorite things about Christmas!
Before all of the crazy Christmas preparation begins, I thought I would share with you the finished chevron blanket! I have been working on this for a while and I am so happy it is finally done! I love the blanket, but it was really tedious. Each stripe was six rows thick, and I worked only out of the front loops to give it more texture. I really like the thick stripes. Like I said in previous posts, I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in black and white. I really like this yarn for blankets because it is soft, and it washes really well in the washing machine. I’ve made several blankets out of this yarn, and they have all held up really well over several years. You can learn more about this blanket here and here! I hope everyone is having a great holiday season! I really can’t believe it is already almost 2015! This year went by so fast! And remember, you can follow me on Twitter (@lizziebellablog) and Instagram (@lizzie_bella_)!
I have been trying to use up some of the yarn I already own. I have way too much, but always feel like I don’t have the perfect kind for any new project I want to start. I’m trying to use up most of the yarn I already have before I buy any new yarn. I’m actually trying to make all of my Christmas gifts with yarn from my stash! One of my biggest problems is that I will buy a whole skein and only use a small part of it. I saw that I had a lot of half used balls of green yarn, so I decided I would find some way to use it this Christmas. I stumbled upon this Crochet Christmas Tree pattern from The Lazy Hobbyhopper and really loved it! If you are looking for a last minute Christmas decoration and have some spare yarn, I think these little Christmas Trees are perfect! They are pretty quick to make, and it is really easy to customize the size. All you have to do is just add or remove rows from the original cone. I wish I had found this pattern sooner! I would have made myself an entire forest if I had the time!
Today I am sharing with you the pattern to this crochet v-stich scarf! There are so many different ways you can make this, but I love extra long infinity scarves that you can loop around a couple of times. This one is really simple, and works up pretty fast, and is super easy to customize however you want it!
1. To begin, make a chain that is a multiple of 3, plus 2. 2. Skip the first 3 chains (counts as first double crochet), and double crochet in 4th chain from hook. 3. Skip 2 chain stitches. Double crochet, ch1, double crochet in next ch stitch. 4. Skip 2 chain stitches. Double crochet, ch1, double crochet in next stitch5. Continue steps 3 and 4 until you get to the final 4 chain stitches.Skip 2 chains, and work one double crochet in each of the last two chain stitches. 6. Ch 3 (counts as first double crochet of the next row) and turn7. Double crochet in the second double crochet of previous round. I marked it with a star in the previous picture. Now you will be working out of the ch1 spaces from the previous round. In the first ch1 space, work double crochet, ch1, double crochet. 8. Continue working a double crochet, ch1, double crochet in the remaining ch1 spaces from the previous round. 9. When you reach the end, you will have a double crochet, and the beginning chain3 front the previous row and you will work a double crochet in each.
So each row will begin with two double crochets and end with two double crochets. Keep repeating steps 6-9 until it is as long as you like!I made mine with a 7 mm hooks from KnitPicks. I like the stitches looser and using a bigger hook made it go a little faster. The first one I made was solid gray and made from Caron Simply Soft and I used about two and a half skeins.. I loved the way it turned out! It is long enough to wrap around twice and is actually really warm. The navy, cream and gray color block scarf was made using Hobby Lobby’s Soft Secret yarn. I really liked the colors of the yarn, but I don’t know if I would use it again for this scarf. I feel like it stretches a little more than I would like, and it splits a lot while I worked.
There are so many different color combinations you can use. I started making a striped one, but haven’t finished it yet. Changing colors took more time than I realized and I got a little burnt out. But, I think it is really pretty, and plan on finishing it soon!I hope that this is easy to follow! If you have any questions, pleas let me know! And, as usual, if you make anything with this pattern, I would love to see it! You can follow me on Instagram at @lizzie_bella_ and on Twitter @lizziebellablog!
I started this granny square blanket last October. I thought I would definitely have it done by last Christmas, and over a year later, it is still unfinished! I honestly forgot about it until I found it recently as I was going through the closet. I really wish I had it finished for this year! The alternating red and white granny squares reminds me of peppermint, which is honestly one of my favorite things about the Christmas season. I used a 5.5 mm crochet hook and Bernat Satin yarn in Crimson and Silk. This yarn is really soft, and I like the colors, but I do not like how much it splits as I work. However, I think it is a great yarn for blankets! I just made regular granny squares, alternating red and white, and used the join-as-you-go method. Hopefully next year I’ll be more prepared and take the time to finish it! I think it will be a wonderful blanket to bring out at the holidays!