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)!
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’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!
If 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.
I 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!
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.
I 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.
I 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!
I 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!
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!Reading: 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.
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 them
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!
This 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!My 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! I 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!
This past week was a lot busier than normal! There was a huge three day volleyball tournament in Jacksonville this weekend. It was a lot of fun, and my team did pretty well, but it was certainly tiring. I’ve been working on some small projects this week, in addition to a new blanket and my granny circle blanket.
I’m using Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick-and-Quick in the color Fisherman. I’m just alternating single crochets and double crochets and I’m really liking it! I’m planning on just working on this here and there, buying a new ball or two when it’s on sale or I have a coupon. It’s going really fast, but each ball of yarn is not going as far as I’d like it to. So far I’ve used 2 1/2. I’m excited to see how many it will take!
I’ve been trying to come up with some new items to put in my Etsy shop. I’ve been really working to make my shop something I’m really happy with! It’s been a lot of work and I think some exciting changes will happen in the next few weeks!
Watching: Veronica Mars. I’ve wanted to watch this for a while, and with the upcoming movie, I felt I should watch it soon! I just started the 3rd season and I love it!
Listening to: The Avett Brothers (as usual) and the Inside Lleweyn Davis Soundtrack. It’s so good! I’m dying to see the movie!
Reading: Alfred Hitchcock’s Witches Brew. I’ve had a lot of time to read at work lately, and this book has been perfect! It’s a lot of short murder stories that I can finish quickly and are really great!
Wanting: To go to the Banjo-B-Q Festival in Georgia to see the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine show.
Missing: Utah. I’m surprised that I actually miss it. I miss being close to my sister, my friends and even the snow! And, it is BYU men’s volleyball season, and there are only a few things that are better than a BYU volleyball game. And Cafe Rio.
This weekend was really relaxed. I had volleyball tournaments the past two weekends, so it was nice to have a break, especially with a big three day tournament coming up. We’ve had a lot of rainy weather the past few days, and we were all fighting different sicknesses, so we kept it pretty laid back.
I spent most of my free time joining most of my circles on my blanket. I absolutely love the way it’s turning out! It’s growing, but there is definitely still a lot of work to do. My goal was to get all of them joined this weekend, but it took longer than I thought and I got a little burned-out, so I’ll have to finish this week.
I took a break from circle joining and hopped on the mandala bandwagon. I’ve seen a lot of these recently on Pinterest and other blogs, so I thought it was about time I made my own.
I now see why they’re so fun! I love all of the color possibilities that make each one unique. I followed patterns in issues 7 and 14 of Simply Crochet. They were really easy to follow and I think they turned out pretty great! I used KnitPicks Shine Cotton in Robot, Reef and Green Apple and loved it! The cotton is super soft and the colors are bright and beautiful!
If you can’t tell, I definitely have a comfort zone with colors. Blue is my favorite color and I have a really hard time straying from it. I want to be better about trying new colors, so my goal is to use colors other than blue and green in new projects. Let’s see how long that lasts.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite videos. This is Scott Avett singing Bob Dylan’s One More Night and it’s seriously great!