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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).

Isaac Mizrahi

Somehow I missed that Isaac Mizrahi was creating a yarn line for Michaels. As a huge Project Runway fan, I was excited to check it out! I wasn’t super excited about the colors when looking at it on the website, but I decided to take a trip to Michaels to see it anyway. IMG_5693.JPGI usually really don’t like variegated yarn. I don’t know why, but I just really hate it. I’m still not a huge fan of most of the color combinations, but there were a couple I really liked. Also, I watched this video on YouTube of Isaac Mizrahi, and I fell in love with the scarf he was holding and decided I had to make it. So, I ended up bringing home 4 skeins of the Sutton yarn in YorkDSC_8718I found the pattern here on the Michael’s website. It was really quick and easy to make, and I love how long and thick it turned out. I’m also really happy with the fringe! I’ve tried adding fringe to other scarves before, and it just looked bad, so I’m really excited that this looks good! Too bad it is still in the 80s here in Florida. We still have a while until it is cold enough to wear this!DSC_8739Overall, I really like the yarn! I love the colors and the way they look in the scarf. One thing I don’t love about the yarn is how much it sheds. I do think it is a little expensive, but I definitely would like to try more!DSC_8744I haven’t tried any of the other Isaac Mizrahi yarn yet, but so far, I’m impressed!

Little Granny Square Baby Blanket is Finished!

I’m so, so excited to share with you my finished granny square baby blanket! I made it for my college roommate who is having her first baby boy this month! I’ve been working on it on and off the past few weeks, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

DSC_8223If you follow me on Instagram (@lizzie_bella_), you’ve probably seen a few pictures of it in progress over the past few weeks. I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn, in the colors Dark Denim, Glacier and Graymist. I like this yarn for baby blankets because it is soft and can be easily washed in the washing machine.

DSC_8343 DSC_8371 DSC_8387 DSC_8396I hope everyone is having a great labor day! We are having a big family dinner tonight for my dad’s birthday, which is tomorrow! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@lizziebellablog) and Instagram!

 

 

Black and White Chevron Blanket

This is a quick post to show you a new blanket I’ve been working on! If you follow me on Instagram (@lizzie_bella_), then you may have seen some pictures already. I’ve made a couple of chevron blankets before and I love the way they look. This one is different though, because I’m only working out of one loop, so it has a neat texture to it! I’m making this one for my cousin and I’m supposed to have it finished before November.

DSC_8210I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! in black and white. I like this yarn for big blankets because it is soft, washes easily and isn’t too expensive.

DSC_8232I followed a basic chevron pattern, but only worked out of the front loop! It’s a really simple way to add detail to the blanket! I was thinking of doing a tutorial on this, so let me know if that’s something you would be interested in!

DSC_8219I still have a lot of work to do on it before it’s finished, but it goes along pretty quickly and I love watching it grow!

Pinterest Picks

I am a true fan of Pinterest. I’ve been an avid pinner since 2011 and I still spend way too much time looking at all of the wonderful pins Pinterest has to offer. Here are a few things I pinned recently that I really love!

1. DIY Pom Pom Throw

PomPomThrowI am so in love with this! I love all things pom poms and I think this would be so awesome to have. This tutorial can be found at sugarandcloth.com.

2. Little Crochet Houses

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I saw these a couple months ago on Pinterest and I think they are so adorable! They look like they could be little fairy houses! I think my little cousin would love to have a few. They are from waselwasel.com and you can also find the pattern on Ravelry.

3. DIY Art

ColorfulDIYARtI really love this art! And it looks like something I could actually accomplish and have it look ok. I Love the colors and the pattern is so great! I found this at Craptastic! She has a lot of other really great DIYs and projects! You should definitely check it out!

4. Giant Pom Pom

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How awesome is this giant pom pom? I have never seen one this big! This is found on blueskyalpacas.com.

So Many Mandalas!

Mandalas

Over the past few months I’ve made quite a few mandalas! They are so quick to make and I love trying new color combinations with each one. I love that small changes can make each one look so different! Below I listed each mandala and what yarn and pattern I used, along with any changes I made to the pattern.

Simply Crochet Magazine (issues 7 & 14)

1 & 7

Spiky Mandala Pattern

4, 6, 10 – Knit Picks Shine Worsted

2 – Lily’s Sugar and Cream Cotton

Picot Mandala Pattern

– Knit Picks Dishie Cotton

– Cascade Cotton (sorry, can’t remember exact name)

15 – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine

11 – Lily’s Sugar and Cream Cotton

First Mandala Pattern

8, 12, 17 – Knit Picks Shine Worsted yarn

9, 13 – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine

14 – Knit Picks Dishie Cotton

16 – This is the same as the pattern up to the last row. Instead of making double crochets for a scallop edge, I worked a single crochet in each dc, then sc, ch2, sc in each ch2 space of the previous round. I repeated the round again for the last row (sc in each previous sc and sc, ch2, sc in each ch2 space).

18 – Lily’s Sugar and Cream Cotton

May Recap!

I can’t believe May is already over! This year is flying by! I did not get to blog as much during May as I would have liked, so I thought I’d do a little recap of what I did and some of my favorite things this month.

Watching: Vikings. I LOVE this show! Most of my family history comes from Scandinavia and I’m pretty sure we have viking ancestors. I just finished season 1 on Amazon and have not stopped thinking about it. Unfortunately, season 2 is not available on Amazon Prime yet, so I’m trying to find another way to watch it. They just look so cool!VikingsPictureReading: I just finished the Maze Runner series. I read the first one a few months ago and just got around to finishing the series. It’s another dystopian series like Hunger Games and Divergent and is also getting made in to a movie pretty soon. I enjoyed it for the most part.  The second book was kind of slow for me, but it definitely picked back up in the third.

Maze Runner

Listening: This past month I’ve been listening to a lot of Langhorne Slim. He seems like such an interesting man, but I think he’s awesome and I’d love to see his show someday. This one is one of my favorites!

Loving: Disney and Epcot trips with my family. We’ve been to Disney an unusual amount this year. We usually only go once a year, but we’ve already gone 3 times. We took one trip to Epcot a few weeks ago, and then last weekend we went with my cousin and her kids. I LOVE my little cousins and it was so much fun to go with themIMG_4469

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We love our Mickey Bars!

Over the past couple months I have made a little bit of progress on the blankets I have been working on. I really, really love them and cannot wait to finish them!

BlanketDSC_7865This blanket is definitely one of my favorites and I’m so close to being done! I made the mistake of not buying enough of the cream yarn at the beginning, and the yarn I bought recently to finish it doesn’t match quite right. So, I think I only have enough to make a couple more rows. It won’t be as big as I originally wanted, but I think I will still love it!

This chunky blanket is growing very slowly.  One skein of yarn only gets me a few rows, so I’ll be working on this one for a while! I think it will be a great blanket for the winter so I hope to have it done before it gets too cold. Lucky for me in Florida, that probably won’t happen until December!DSC_7859My newest project is a chevron baby blanket. Lately I have been loving this color combination. I think pink and navy are so pretty together, and I love the way this blanket is turning out! DSC_7868I found this pattern in one of my crochet books. I have quite a few crochet books that I like to look at, but I feel like I use patterns out of this one pretty often. The patterns are easy to follow, and I really like that they add charts for each one. If you’re looking for a kind of all-in-one book, I think this one is great, especially for beginners!DSC_7878.NEF

 

 

Picot Mandala Tutorial!

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I’m really excited about this new mandala! This mandala is a bit smaller than the other ones I’ve made, but I really love it. This one measures only about 5 1/2 inches. I used KnitPicks Dishie Yarn in Swan, Creme Brûlée and Conch, and I LOVE the colors!

Round 1

To begin, chain 4 and slip stitch in beginning chain to form a ring.

1. Chain 3 (counts as first dc) and work 11 more dc in ring

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2. Slip stitch in the 3rd chain of beginning chain 3. Fasten off to change colors.

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Round 2

3. Join new color between any two dc. Chain 4 (counts as first dc and ch1)

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4. Work a dc, ch1 between every dc of previous round.

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5. Slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3 to finish round 2, fasten off

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Round 3

6. Join new color in any dc, work sc in same stitch, ch2

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7. In each dc of previous round work sc, ch2

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8. Slip stitch in beginning sc, fasten off

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Round4

9. Join new color in any sc, ch3 (counts as first dc)

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10. Next we are going to make a long double crochet. It is just like a normal dc, but instead of going in to the ch2 space from round 3, you will go in to the ch1 space of round 2 (I marked it with a star in the next picture) so it makes a long stitch

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11. Work regular dc in dc of previous round

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12. Continue alternating long dc and normal dc, ending with a long dc. Join with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain of beginning ch3, fasten off

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Round 5

13. Join new color in any dc, ch 3 (counts as first dc)

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14. Work another dc in same stitch

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15. 1 dc in the next stitch

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16. Work 2dc in next stitch, and 1dc in the following

17. Repeat step 16 until back at beginning; slip stitch 3rd chain of beginning chain 3, fasten off

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Round 6

18. Join new color between any 2 dc, ch 4 (counts as 1dc, ch1)

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19. Work dc between next two dc of previous round, ch1

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20.  Continue working dc, ch1 between each remaining dc

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21. Join with slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3, fasten off

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Round 7

22. Join new color in any dc, work sc, ch1 in same stitch

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23. sc, ch1 in each of the remaining dc

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24. Join with slip stitch in first sc, fasten off

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Round 8

25. Join new color in any sc, ch3 (counts as first dc)

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26. We are now going to make a long dc just like in round 4; work this just like a normal dc, but insert your hook in the ch1 space from round 6

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27. Make a regular dc in the next sc from the previous round, and another long dc in the following ch1 space from round 6.

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28. Continue step 27 for the rest of this round

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29.  Join with slip stitch in 3rd ch of beginning ch3, fasten off

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Round 9

30. Join new color in any long dc, sc in same stitch

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31. sc in next regular dc

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32. In the next long dc stitch, we are going to make a picot. In the same long dc stitch, sc, ch3, sc

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33. 1sc in each of the next 3dc

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34. In the next long dc, repeat step 32 and make another picot

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35. This can seem a little confusing, but basically, you are making in a picot in every other long dc of round 8, and working sc in the others. You should end with a sc and join with a slip stitch in the first sc

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And you’re done!!

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I made a couple more with different yarn and hooks to show the difference. The size didn’t change too much, but with an even thicker yarn and hook, I’m sure you could make it bigger!

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The one on the far left was made with Cascade Ultra Pima Fine yarn and I used a 4.0mm hook. It is about 4.5 inches.  The one on the far right was made with a medium weight cotton yarn (I’m sorry I can’t remember the exact kind) and a 4.5mm hook and is about 6 inches.

I hope these instructions were clear enough! Please let me know if you have anything doesn’t make sense! As always, I’d love to see any you make!

Scarf Weather

It has been cold here in Florida this week! So cold that I haven’t felt ridiculous wearing my coat and scarves. After living in Utah for four years, I feel kind of silly coming home and getting all bundled up when it’s not really that cold. But this week is definitely cold enough, and I’m kind of loving it! I didn’t think I would miss the cold and snow that much, but I actually do. I really love winter clothes and I have more scarves than I care to admit, so I really love days that I get to wear them.  We’re even supposed to have icy rain this afternoon!

I recently ordered this yarn from KnitPicks. I got their catalogue in the mail a few weeks ago, and I really wanted to try their yarn.  They have a great selection of colors, and I was really happy with what I picked out.

Yarn

I wanted to try a bulky yarn for a cowl, so I ordered the Billow yarn in Gosling, Sagebrush and Lichen.  I really love the color and the softness, but I expected it to be thicker.  The thickness actually varied throughout.  Some places were really thick, while others were super thin.  Overall, I really like the yarn, and I plan on ordering more in some of the other beautiful colors!

Thickness

I used it to make a soft cowl, and I think it looks great! I’m happy with the way it turned out, and I think the varying thickness of the yarn gave the cowl a neat texture.

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Close Up

Little Flower Tutorial!

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I really love making flowers.  There are so many things you can do with them!  I love using them as coasters, or connecting them into long garlands.  We have a ton floating around the house, and my little cousins love collecting them every time they’re over. These little guys are easy to make and are definitely addicting!

To start, chain 5 then slip stitch in first chain to form a ring. You will work out of this ring for the first round.

Ring

Round 1: Ch4 (counts as first dc and ch1), then dc in ring.

Step 1

ch2, *dc, ch1, dc, ch2*

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Repeat between ** 4 more times until you have 6 ch2 spaces

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To finish round, sl st in the 3rd ch of the first ch4.

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Round 2:  Sl st across so you’re ready to work out of the first ch2 space

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Step 2 p1

In the first ch2 space, (ch3 (counts as first dc), dc, ch2, 2dc), then sl st in ch1 space of previous round

Step 2 p3

*(2 dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 space, sl stitch ch 1 space of previous round* You can start to see the petals forming in this round!

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Repeat ** 4 more times until you have 6 petals

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To finish round 2, sl st to top of first ch3

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You can end here for a smaller, pointier flower, or continue with round 3 for a bigger one!

Round 3: 

sl st across until you’re in first ch2 space

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ch3 (counts as first dc), 4dc in ch2 space

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ch1 then sl st in sl st from previous round

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*ch1, 5 dc in ch2 space, ch1, sl st in sl st of previous round*

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Repeat between ** 4 more times

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Finish flower with ch1 and slst in top of first ch3

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And you’re done! They’re really simple and really cute!

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If you end after round 2, you’ll have smaller flowers like these below!

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You can also easily adjust the size of your flower just by changing hook size.  Each of the flowers below were made with the same yarn and pattern, but with different hooks.

Three sizes go right

This is my first attempt at a tutorial and it was really fun to make!  I hope everything is clear enough, but if you have any questions, please let me know!