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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).

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!

7 Petal Flower Tutorial!!

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Happy Friday everyone! I am back today with a new flower tutorial! This is a flat, 7 petal flower that is easy to make and is a really cute decoration!

Round 1

You will start this flower with a magic ring. If you’ve never done it before, here is a great tutorial!

1. Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet) then work 13 more double crochets in magic ring (14 total dc)

DSC_80652. Pull tail to close ring, join in 3rd chain of beginning chain 3

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DSC_8070Round 2

3. Chain 5 (counts as 1dc and ch2), double crochet in same stitch

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DSC_80784. Skip next double crochet and work dc, ch2, dc  in the following double crochet

DSC_80815. Continue dc, ch2, dc in every other dc from previous round. In the picture below, you will work dc, ch2, dc in each of the starred stitches.  You should have 7 ch2 spaces

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DSC_80826. Finish round 2 with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the beginning ch5

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7. Slip stitch so you’re ready to work out of the ch2 space

DSC_80928. Chain 3 (counts as first dc), dc, ch2, 2dc in same ch2 space

DSC_8095 DSC_81009. Next, you will work a half double crochet (hdc) between the next two double crochets

DSC_810310. In next ch2 space *2dc, ch2, 2dc, hdc between next 2 double crochets*

DSC_810611. Repeat between ** 5 more times. To finish round 3, slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3

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12. In the same stitch you just joined in, work a single crochet

DSC_811713. In ch2 space, work 5 dc

DSC_812914. The next couple steps may be a little confusing, so hopefully the picture below will make it a little clearer! You will skip the first dc and sc in the second dc. Then, skip the hdc and sc in the next dc. So basically, you will sc in the stitches with stars on them in the picture below!

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DSC_8130 DSC_813315. Repeat steps 13 and 14 for the rest of round 4. Slip stitch in the first sc to finish

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DSC_8147You can easily make this a 6 or 8 petal flower! All you have to do is change the number of double crochets in the very first round then follow the rest of the pattern as usual! To make a 6 petal flower, use 12 double crochets and to make an 8 petal flower, use 16 double crochets.

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 3.09.29 PMI love using these flowers as coasters!

FlowersI made these with Lily’s Sugar and Cream cotton and a 5.00mm hook.  They are large enough for most cups and are really good at absorbing water!

20140801-105938-39578477.jpgAs usual, if you make any little flowers, I’d love to see them!

 

Tunisian Dishcloth

I tried another dishcloth from KnitPicks’ 52 Weeks of Dishcloths.  This one is the Sherbet Dishcloth and uses the Tunisian stitch. I’ve tried the Tunisian stitch once before, but wanted to give it another try. It came back to me quickly and I love the way the stitch looks! I like that it makes a thicker fabric that is sturdy and doesn’t stretch too much. It really is the perfect stitch for a dishcloth!

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DSC_8201-001This stitch tends to curl as you work, but blocking it at the end worked for me. Mine was a little uneven at the bottom, but for being one of my first attempts at Tunisian crochet, I’m pretty happy with it!

I used KnitPicks dishie cotton and I love it! I only have a few colors, but one ball lasts so long I’ve been able to use it for many projects! KnitPicks also provides additional color combination suggestions for this dishcloth. I love all of them, but the third one is my favorite! I need to get my hands on that blue!

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 12.48.16 PMI will definitely make more of these dishcloths. They are quick and I think they will be great to use!

 

Circle Granny Pillow!

I can’t believe summer is already almost over! I feel like it just began! I’m starting classes in August to get my teaching certification and will be working again when the school year starts. I’ve been pretty busy working on new projects this month that I’m excited to share with you. I have several blankets that I’m working on and a couple smaller projects that I will be blogging about over the next couple of weeks!

First up are some little pillows I’m making for my cousin.  She is getting married in November and she asked me to make a few to use as decorations. This is the first one I’ve finished and I really like it! I used the same pattern as my circle granny blanket and I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! yarn in black and ivory.

I used the join-as-you-go method and slip stitched the finished front and back pieces together.

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It’s kind of hard to see in the picture, but the back is solid black circle granny squares.

The second pillow I’m working on will be smaller and a checkerboard pattern. I’m using the same yarn as the other pillow, and working just two rounds of a granny square. I am seriously loving this pattern lately! It is so simple and quick, but I love the way it looks!

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I am also working on a tutorial for this seven petal flower, so look for that later this week!

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Fourth of July Ideas!

Fourth of July Idea The 4th of July is just around the corner, so I thought I’d put together some easy Fourth of July Ideas to share!

Bunting I’ve always loved the look of bunting, I’ve just never made it before. I thought the 4th of July would be a perfect time to try it out! I used Lily’s Sugar and Cream Cotton in Red, White, and Nautical Blue. The colors were perfect for these projects! DSC_7933I found a great bunting tutorial at Pink Milk! You can make them whatever size you want and in any color combination! I made one that was just red and blue and another that was a little bigger in red, white and blue. I added little stars (tutorial from bitOwhimsey) to the blue ones. I just attached them to the blue triangles with fabric glue, and they’re holding on great!DSC_7967.NEFDSC_8053 I love the way the bunting turned out! It was really easy, but turned out so cute! If you want to try another kind of bunting, I’d take a look at this beautiful bunting from Petals to Picots! It is so pretty and festive! Bunting Star Pot Holders and Dishcloths I saw these and thought they would be perfect for the 4th! I used this pattern by Maggie Weldon to make dishcloths and potholders. DSC_8032.NEF I love these! There are so many color combinations you can try! I am so excited to use these on the Fourth of July! I stitched two dishcloths together to make thicker potholders. I added a few pictures to show you how I joined them and added the loop! 1. Make 2 star dishcloths DSC_7973.NEF 2. Put them back to back. You will slip stitch through the back loops only. I marked them with stars in the picture below.DSC_7978_FotorDSC_7979 3. Join new yarn with a slip stitch through the back loops. Continue slip stitching through the back loops of each double crochet DSC_7981DSC_7986 4. In the corners, slip stitch in the top loop of the chain stitches. DSC_7987_Fotor 5. When you get to the corner that you want to add the loop, slip stitch in both chain stitches like the other corners, then chain 7. DSC_7993 6. Flip the potholder over so you’re looking at the back side. DSC_7997 7. Slip stitch in the chain 2 space of both potholders, chain 1DSC_8000 8. Work 11 single crochets in the chain 7 loop DSC_8003DSC_8007 9. Continue slip stitches in the remaining double crochetsDSC_8010 10. When you get back to the beginning, slip stitch in the first slip stitch and fasten off!DSC_8012 I also made a few dishcloths with this pattern. I usually really don’t like variegated yarn, but for some reason I’m okay with it for the Fourth of July. I used Lily’s Cotton and Cream in Nautical Ombre and Nautical Twists! I love the way the one in Nautical Twists turned out!Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 8.09.24 PM Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 5.12.22 PM I really love the way these potholders and dishcloths turned out! I love that they are quick enough to make in one sitting, and I plan on making several more! I think they would be great little gifts to bring to a Fourth of July barbecue or cook out! I think they would be a hit! Blanket If you have a lot of free time between now and the 4th and you’re feeling motivated, how about making one of these awesome blankets? I definitely don’t need to start another blanket right now, but maybe one day I’ll be able to make it. I think it would be so great to have for any patriotic holiday! I love it! This is a free pattern from Lion Brand and you can get it here! American Flag Blanket I hope these suggestions helped you come up with some ideas for the Fourth of July! I would love to see anything you make!

Teal Swirl Dishcloth

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I tend to start big projects that take a lot of time and are too big to bring with me. I wanted to find projects that I could finish in one sitting, so I started making dishcloths and potholders. This pattern is from Knit Picks. They are doing 52 Weeks of Dishcloths and have a ton of free knit and crochet dishcloths that are easy and quick to make.  This one is the Teal Swirl pattern. The pattern is easy to follow and didn’t take me too long, so it would be a great choice for someone new to crochet!

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