10 Knit Stash Projects

Because I don’t want you all to feel I’m giving all the crocheters out there more attention, I’ve decided to add some quick knitting shash patterns for you to attempt. I’ve tried to find patterns with basic stitches for all of us short on time to dedicate to 1 project. If you’re a more advanced knitter one can always revise by adding different stitches or color patterns.  It’s meant to get your creative mind working.  These projects are a great way to get your feet wet knitting a variety of projects and not feel upset making mistakes or giving up because the project takes too long to complete. These options give you an opportunity to make a quick gift for yourself (or someone else) and instant gratification on completing a project. In no time flat you’ll have personalized gifts to give to anyone during the year. You may even have to start storing your completed projects for a spur of the moment gift. I threw the pillow pattern in because I love the look. Why not knit it up as a small sachet for that perfect gift.  What could be better than that? I must say I haven’t been able to keep up with my own advise, but this gives me some momentum to push forward and try again.

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flowerheadbandheadband
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So there you have 10 more easy, quick projects to try. Have a great day!

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10 Minute, $8 Spring Wreath

I’ve created a spring time wreath for under $10 and took me less than 10 minutes to complete. How’s that for instant gratification!

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The other day I pinned a cute post from Copy Cat Looks that had a quick, beautiful wreath for spring.  She has a great tutorial if you want to follow.

Copy Cat Looks Spring Wreath

Her project was set up a little different than mine. I’m more of a “just winging it” type person so I proceeded building the wreath from what I recalled from her post.  I bought 5 small spring time sprigs at Michael’s (because they were on sale for less than $2 a sprig).   I used a smaller wreath form because that’s what I had on hand and the wreath looks fine. Sorry I have no tutorial pictures, but it was so quick and simple that I was finished before I even thought to get out my camera!

Here’s what you need:

  • grapevine wreath form
  • 5 sprigs of tulips
  • hammer
  • thumb tack
  • fishing line for hanging

I chose a coiled, grapevine wreath. You can use any form you have on hand. Just remember to pick a base that you don’t mind having show through.  I cut the branches off each sprig, but left the leaves intact as I needed to add filler for the end result. After I finished cutting all the sprigs, I just started pushing them in around the base (without glueing ) in a clockwise manner to ensure a more balanced end look. Once my wreath was almost completed, I hung it on the door with fishing line (almost invisible) and wrapped the line around a thumb tack which I tapped in to the top ledge of the door.

Once I had the wreath positioned I was able to fill in empty spots with the 10 or so flower clusters I had left.  Now how’s that for a quick, no frills beautiful wreath. It so cheery, I love it.

TDC Before and After

More Crochet Stash Projects

I couldn’t resist adding these crochet projects after finding such creative projects from around the web. I’m constantly amazed at all the creative talent I see everyday. And because I don’t want anyone to feel they have all this stash yarn with no ideas what to make with it, I have included some more crochet patterns for your next stash project. I am going to try and keep a box next to my stash yarns for all my little completed projects so if I need something for a quick gift, I’ll have it on hand (& know where it is)!  That will also help jog my memory as to what is possible when wading through my yarn for my next small project.

flowerpurse creampurse anklesandalwrap

babybirdhat

bracelet

electronicscase

fruitdandelionbasket

sachet

pincushion

cupcozy

turtle

teapotcozy

bathpuff

hope you have a great day.

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12 Crochet Stash Yarn Projects

My last post started me thinking of all the ways yarn crafters can use some of their leftover yarns. Anyone who loves working with yarn, from those just learning to crafters in the business, will understand what I’m talking about. I have yarn leftovers from years past which I have stored in see through containers so I can assess my mess stash yarns used in previous projects. If you’re like me I have containers of all sorts throughout my home (i.e. bedside, living room, craft room) just waiting for me to throw a quick project (great gift) together in a moments notice.    I also have a project list that will consume my time from now until eternity, so I don’t ever believe I’ll run out of leftover yarn! One day I’ll have them all organized together in one magnificent craft room totally dedicated to my creative whims. So here’s a group of small, leftover yarn project patterns for you to make. Think creatively and put 2 different projects together to make your own individual project. You can use a trivet pattern to make a coaster with a finer yarn, or use a coaster pattern to make a cotton face scrubby. A flower pattern becomes a coaster, pin, hair barrette, bookmark. You get the idea. Have a great day.

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bookmark

crochetflower

flowers

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coaster1dog

Hombre Coastershearts

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Crochet a Basket

I have seen a bunch of crochet projects lately on the web and I’m drawn to the baskets of all kinds. Maybe it’s because you can make one with very basic crochet skills and no need to follow a pattern.  Or maybe because it can be accomplished in very little time and very inexpensively.  Baskets will  provide me a place to store all my yarn (believe me when I say lots of yarn) and I can make a basket with leftover yarn (a real concern for all who craft with yarn). It’s a win-win for all of us who craft and need/want more decorative organization. Alexandra at Newcrochet.blogspot.be made this cute basket from rope to make this crochet bowlcrochet basket  If you haven’t crocheted anything in a circular fashion and don’t want to follow a pattern, start with a magic circle of 8,10 or 12 crochets stitches of your choice (or just chain 8, 10 ,12 & join with a slip stitch). Then increase as follows:

Row 1: 1 stitch into each chain (skip this row if using a magic circle

Row 2: 2 stitches in each stitch of previous row

Row 3: * sc(hdc, dc), 2 sc in next  stitch*

Row 4: * sc, sc, 2sc  (every 3rd stitch)*

Row 4: * sc,sc,sc,2sc (every 4th stitch).*

Keep increasing in this manner until you get to your desired size for the bottom of your basket. Then continue on crocheting into each stitch (without increasing) until you reach your desired basket height.  The possibilities are endless. If you don’t have thick enough yarn, crochet with 2 or 3 yarns together. If you want handles, bind off as many stitches needed for the handle width you want to create.  On the following row, crochet back on those handle stitches plus a few extra to create an arch (see photo below).  You may want to reinforce the handles by crocheting around them again. This will depend on the type of yarn/roping you use.  And what if you don’t have a lot of one color available? What about this possibility from Crochet in Color.

Crochet in Color Hombre Basket

I am drawn to the natural colors of jute or twine too. Why not run down to the big box store and buy some inexpensive roping and whip up a basket or two for anywhere you need a decorative touch to organize things.  Jute and twine are great for these type projects as it gives your basket a great shape and supports  heavier items in your basket.

jutebasket

So what are you going to create today? Why not one of these great ideas. I plan on making some with jute for a couple rooms in my house.

Today I’m ending with a snippet of advise from Mary Engelbreit which I believe to be true! Have a great, creative day.

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Crochet Closed Shell Stitch

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Today I wanted to add a little bit more about the crocheted shell stitch. The link below is a video tutorial on the closed crochet shell stitch done by Johnny Vasquez over at A New Stitch A Day. His video explains what basic stitches are required and  the required foundation chain involved.  Johnny does a great job at showing how the stitch is done in rows and he proceeds at a slow enough rate for a great tutorial if you know the basic stitches. He also has the basic pattern of the shell stitch in pattern format which is great if you are just learning how to read crochet patterns. So no matter what level you’re at as a crocheter, his blog scores high kudos because he includes all aspects of learning crochet together in one spot. No sense re-inventing the wheel.

And because I’m a lefty and visual learning is much easier for me I have included a link by Art of Crochet by Teresa. She has tons of great tutorials for crocheting and she has tons of videos that also include us lefties.  So there you have both versions of the crochet shell stitch and no excuses to make that next beautiful scarf,hat,shawl or whatever.  Now it’s just a matter of finding the perfect yarn to go with this beautiful stitch!

I’ll leave you with this little bit of crochet humor. Have a great day.

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Crocheted Baby Hat Closed Shell Stitch


Today’s crochet stitch is the closed shell stitch. This stitch has a wide range of variations in that you can mix the type of stitch used for the shell (i.e. single, double,treble etc.) and also over how many stitches the repeats are. This pattern is lovely on afghans and garments of all kinds.

Baby hat closed shell stitch

Baby hat using closed shell stitch

It’s a very feminine looking stitch pattern  and I love designing baby items with it. Using this stitch, I created this baby hat.  The pattern  here uses a repeat pattern of 6 + 1 and uses the single and double crochet.  Try this simple pattern and create a freeform  scarf, shawl or afghan and simply cast on a multiple of 6+1 stitches. The look changes by using solid, variegated or fancy yarns. You can also change colors at the beginning of your rows and get another beautiful look. It’s also a great way to use up alot of your same weight leftover yarns.

shell stitch using 2 colors

shell stitch using 2 colors

Did you notice how the pattern seems to slant when using a solid color and looks more row like when using multiple colors? It’s a visually subtle difference to keep in mind when designing your garment. Why not give it a try. Let me know what you think about this stitch.