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Crochet Easter Egg Tutorial

Today is officially the first day of spring! We didn’t have much of a winter, but I am excited that spring is here and Easter is just a few weeks away! If you’re looking for something quick and easy to make, these little crochet easter eggs are perfect!Easter Egg          TutorialThese eggs are so easy and quick to make! They are worked in a continuous round, so you will need some kind of stitch marker. I used my Clover stitch markers, but you can easily use a scrap piece of yarn or a spare bobby pin!

I made these eggs with a 4.00mm hook and used Lily’s Sugar ‘n’ Cream yarn. They have a lot of really pretty colors that are perfect for bright Easter eggs!

Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, work 6 sc in the ring.  Do not join this round with a slip stitch. You will just continue working in the previous stitches, creating kind of a spiral. Slip your stitch marker on the 6th stitch to mark when you get back to the beginning.

Round 2: In each sc, work 2sc (12 sc) Move your stitch marker to the 12th stitch. Continue to move your stitch marker to the last stitch at the end of each round so you know when you’re back to the start.

Round 3: *In first sc, work 2sc. Work 1 sc in next sc* Repeat between ** to finish the round (18 sc)

Round 4: *In first sc, work 2sc. Work 1 sc in next 2 sc* Repeat between ** to finish the round (24 sc)

At this point, you should have a circle that lays flat. DSC_0098Rounds 5-8: Work 1 sc in each stitch (24 sc)

Your circle will start to curl as you go through these rounds. You will start to see the bottom of your egg!DSC_0110Round 9: This is your first round with a decrease. *In the first two stitches, work a sc2tog. Work 1 sc in the next 4 stitches* Repeat between ** to finish the round

Round 10: Work 1 sc in each stitch

Round 11: This round also has a decrease. *In the first two stitches, work a sc2tog. Work 1 sc in the next 3 stitches* Repeat between ** to finish the round

Round 12: Work 1 sc in each stitch.

You will notice that it is starting to taper in at the top, creating the egg shape.DSC_0112Round 13: *In the first two stitches, work a sc2tog. Work 1 sc in the next 2 stitches* Repeat between ** to finish the round

Now you get to stuff your egg. You don’t need a ton of stuffing, and you can choose how full you want your eggs to be. DSC_0120

Round 14: *In the first two stitches, work a sc2tog. Work 1 sc in the next stitch* Repeat between ** to finish the round. Cut your yarn and fasten off. DSC_0123

 

You will probably still have a little hole at the top. That’s okay, just take your tail and weave it through the last round of stitches and pull it tight to cinch the top closed.

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I like to hide the tail by using a needle to sew it into the egg. Push the needle into the top of the egg and pull it out through the side.

DSC_0132You will have a little string hanging out the side, but once you cut it, it will disappear inside the egg!DSC_0134

I love the way these turned out! They are so cute and are a perfect decoration or gift for Easter. Unfortunately though, there isn’t any candy hiding in the center of these! DSC_0140 DSC_0152If you make any of these little eggs, I’d love to see them! Also, keep an eye out because later in the week I’ll share with you some other great Easter and spring patterns!

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Happy New Year! I am so excited for 2015! I had a great 2014, but I love the excitement of a brand new year. I like setting new goals and looking forward to new experiences. I feel like there is so much potential in a new year, and that just makes me excited!

One of my favorite things this past year has been blogging. I wanted to start a blog for so long, but I never had the courage to actually do it. I finally found that courage and started this blog last January. It is almost a year old! I have really enjoyed working on this blog over the year. I think it helped me step out of my comfort zone and I am thankful for that. I also love that I can look back at the projects I completed and I love sharing them with you! Here are a few of my favorites from 2014!
2014 CollageI hope everyone has had a great year too and is looking forward a new one! I am excited for 2015 and all it has to offer. I think it will be great!

Finished Chevron Crochet Blanket!

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. IMG_0348.JPGEach 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. IMG_0349.JPGYou can learn more about this blanket here and hereIMG_0354.JPGI 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_)!

 

Crochet Christmas Trees!

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! IMG_0329.JPGThey 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. IMG_0319.JPGIMG_0338.JPGIMG_0320.JPGI wish I had found this pattern sooner! I would have made myself an entire forest if I had the time!

 

 

 

Christmas Granny Square Blanket

DSC_9033I 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!
DSC_9025-001The 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. DSC_9036DSC_9020Hopefully 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!

Big Snowflake Garland!

This will be my first year without snow in five years! I didn’t think I would miss it when I moved back to Florida from Utah, but I was actually pretty jealous when I heard Utah had its first snow a couple weeks ago. So, to make up for my lack of real snow, I have been busy making snowflakes! I’ve made little snowflake garlands the past couple of years, but this year I made a garland full of giant snowflakes! I LOVE the way it turned out!

DSC_8939I chose a snowflake pattern out of this book. I bought it last year and I really love all of the patterns! I used a size 5.omm hook and Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream Cotton in white. I looked for snowflakes in the book that measure 3in or more when made in crochet thread to get a big snowflake when I used the cotton. DSC_8944The snowflakes can be a little wrinkly when you’re finished, but I found that just ironing them on low heat for a few seconds helps them lay flat. I chained them together and worked a single crochet to connect each snowflake. You can make it as long as you want by adding or taking away chains between each snowflake.DSC_8931Now I just need to make about a hundred more so I feel like I’m back in Utah! I’d love to see pictures if you make your own pretty garlands!Remember to follow me on Instagram (@lizzie_bella_) and Twitter (@lizziebellablog).

October is here!

octoberI am so excited it is finally October! Fall is my favorite season, and Halloween is my favorite holiday, so October is my favorite month! I just wish it was starting to cool down a little here in Florida. I got a little taste of cool weather when I was in Utah last week, and I wish I could have brought the fall weather home with me.

Currently…

Reading: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. I am in a book club with a few friends, and this is the current book. I love reading books about the South, and this one has been great so far! I like the way it is broken up into different perspectives, and I’m interested to see how it ends. We like to do different activities for each book, so this week we are planning on watching the movie and making a dessert from the back of the book!

Listening: The Avett Brothers. I am still listening to the Avett Brothers! They have so many songs though, that I am always rediscovering songs that become my favorite for a while. Right now, I’m really loving Salina. This version is the best!

Watching: Fall TV. I am unusually excited about fall TV this year. There are a few new shows I am excited about, and some old ones I’ve been looking forward to returning. Some new ones that I like so far are How to Get Away With Murder and Manhattan Love Story. I really liked the first episodes of both, so I’m excited to see how they go! Some returning shows I’m really excited about are The Big Bang Theory, New Girl, Scandal and Nashville. I did not expect to like Nashville as much as I do, but I really love it. And New Girl is the funniest show on TV right now in my opinion!

Missing: My sister. I loved getting to see Hannah last week, and I miss having her home. I’m excited for everything she’s been able to do in Utah, but I wish I got to see her more. I miss being able to go to her games, but I love that we can still watch them here through the computer.

Wanting: Halloween! I love Halloween, and I’m excited for it to be close. I haven’t been home for Halloween in five years, so it’s nice to be here. I do wish it was cooler, but I’m excited to be with my little cousins this year. My mom loves Halloween, and we always had the best decorated house!

Loving: Pumpkins! I’m excited that pretty soon there will be pumpkin flavored everything! My sister made pumpkin bread last week, and it made me so happy that it’s fall! Pumpkin cookies are just about my favorite and I’m thinking of making a batch today!

The past couple of months have been way busier than I anticipated. I feel like I haven’t had much time at all to crochet or work on the blog. But I have been able to work on some things, and I thought I’d share a few pictures with you.

1. Black and White Chevron BlanketDSC_8689I was hoping to be further along on this, but I do love the way it is turning out. I think my cousin will really like it. I’m almost done with the second skein of black and white yarn, and I’m pretty happy with how far I’ve been able to get with each one!DSC_86932. PumpkinsDSC_8312I got a really early start making pumpkins this year. They kill my hands, but I really, really love them! I made a giant one for my mom, and her friend has now requested one too! I’m hoping to have a proper pumpkin patch by Thanksgiving!DSC_8299DSC_84643. ScarfDSC_8712Even though it is still really warm here in Florida, I started making this scarf! I’m thinking of putting a pattern for this up soon too. I love cold weather primarily because I love wearing scarves, so that is something I’m definitely going to miss this year.DSC_8715

 

Disney World!

Hannah is home for Spring Break this week, so we took a day trip to Orlando to go to Disney World! We haven’t been to the Magic Kingdom for a few years, and we were excited to see the new changes.

We left our house about 6:30am and got to the park a little before 10. It was rainy and kind of cold in the morning, but ended up being a really beautiful day!

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We went to the new Fantasyland first! I loved it! They added Belle’s house and Beast’s castle and the Little Mermaid ride and castle. It was awesome!

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Belle's House

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Belle's Library

Gaston's Little Mermaid Castle

LittleMermaidRideBeauty and the Beast was my favorite movie when I was little, and I loved seeing the house and the castle! The little show was kind of disappointing, but I liked getting to walk through the house and  library. The Little Mermaid ride, however, was so awesome! I loved every minute of it!

While we were in Fantasyland, we stopped at Gaston’s restaurant and had a couple of sticky buns.  Disney World sticky buns are the best! They’re huge, so a few people can split one, and they are delicious!

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We spent the rest of the day walking around and riding other rides.  It wasn’t too crowded, so we didn’t have to wait in many lines. It was nice because we didn’t feel rushed to fit everything in. We we were able to take our time and ride a couple of rides more than once!

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The day ended up pretty perfect! The weather cleared up and was warm and sunny!

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We ate dinner at a little restaurant on Main Street we never knew about.  I think it is called the Plaza Restaurant. It was tiny inside, but really pretty, and the food was pretty good!  They told us it would be a 45min to an hour wait, but they got us in within 10 minutes! We left the park after dinner, and got home about 11:00.

Hannah goes back to school early Sunday morning.  It’s been really fun having her home and going to Disney with her here!

Valentine’s Day Ideas!

Here are a few ways to add crochet hearts to your Valentine’s Day gifts and decorations! I think adding little handmade items make gifts so much more special, and these hearts are quick and easy to make!

Mason Jar Ties

Mason jars are always cute, and theses little hearts are a quick way to dress them up! I followed this tutorial from Maybe Matilda for the little hearts. They are so little and so adorable! I connected them with a long chain by slip stitching in the center of each heart. Just fill a mason jar with your favorite candy, tie this around it, and you’re good to go!

Mason Jar Ties

You can also use this to tie up a gift box!

Gift Tie

Garlands

I love garlands! They’re so fast and can be made for any holiday! I  used the same heart pattern from before with a 3.25mm hook and thin cotton to make tiny heart garlands. I connected them by chaining 31 and slip stitching in to the center of the heart.

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I also made bigger hearts with this tutorial from yesterday! Your hearts may curl a little around the edges. To make the hearts lay flat, I sprayed them with starch and ironed them for a second.  This doesn’t make them too stiff, but does help them hang straight.

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Card Holder

If you are giving a card, why not slip it into a little heart pocket? I used a plastic needle to stitch two hearts together. You can use it alone for a note or gift card, or tie it to a bigger gift!

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The easiest way to use a crochet heart is to just tie it to your card! I found some awesome vintage valentines here that I just printed out! Punch a hole in the corner of your card and tie it to your heart. It’s an easy way to add something unique and personal to your Valentine’s Day Cards!

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I hope this gave you some ideas for your Valentine’s Day! I had a lot of fun coming up with the ideas and putting them together! Please let me know what you think!

Granny Square Heart Tutorial!

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With Valentine’s Day just a couple weeks away, I thought it would be fun to post a quick heart tutorial! This heart is pretty easy and fast; the first two rounds of this heart are just a simple granny square!

To start, chain 5 and join to form a ring.

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Round 1:

1. Chain 3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in ring

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2. *ch.2, 3dc in ring*

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3. Repeat between ** 2 more times.

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4. To end, ch2 and slip stitch it top of beginning ch3

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5. slip stitch across to ch2 space.

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Round 2 

6. Ch3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in ch2 space

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7. ch2, 3 more dc in ch2 space, ch1

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8. *3dc, ch2, 3dc in next corner space, ch1*

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9. Repeat between ** 2 more times in the corner spaces

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10. To end round 2, slip stitch in the third ch of the beginning ch3.

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11. To get to the right place for the next round, slip stitch in the next two dc, in each of the two corner chain stitches and in the first dc of the next dc group.

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Round 3:

12. Now we’re going to start making the little bumps of the heart! Start with two tr in the ch1 space of the previous round and ch1.

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13. To finish this hump, work 2tr, ch1, 2tr, ch1 in the same ch1 space.

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14.  Slip stitch in the last dc on the same side to finish the bump, then slip stitch in each of the corner chains and the first dc of the next group.

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15. Repeat steps 12 and 13 to make your second bump. Slip stitch in the last dc on the same side.

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16.  Like before, we need to slip stitch to get to the next ch1 space.

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Round 4

17. Ch3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in ch1 space, ch1

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18. In bottom corner space, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1

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19. 3dc in next ch1 space

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20. In the next corner space, work 2dc.  In the little space before the tr, work one more dc, ch1

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21. 3dc in next 2 ch1 spaces4p6

22. In the ch1 space after the third tr of the previous round, work 2sc

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23.  Slip stitch in the corner ch2 from the previous round.

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24. Work 2sc in the space before the next tr.

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25. In next ch1 space, 3dc, ch1.  Repeat in next ch1 space.

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4p10p226. In the space after the last tr, work 1dc.

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27. In the corner ch2 space, work 2 more dc

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28. To finish, slip stitch in the third chain of the beginning ch3.

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And there you have it!  A granny square heart!

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There are so many things you can do with this heart! Tomorrow I’ll share with you a few ideas I have for Valentine’s Day decorations and gift wrap!