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Have you ever search hi-n-lo for that perfect knit/crochet pattern only to find ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I mean not one single pattern worthy of the fantastical idea you have in mind? Yeah, me too. Don’t get me wrong there are some gorgeous patterns available online & some are graciously shared for free by the artists. Just not the one I wanted today 🙂

I have an awesome original idea for a knitted cable pattern that has probably been made before but really wanted someone else an experienced knitter to provide me a free pattern. Ho-hum.

While I consider myself a newbie in the world of knit I have thrown caution to the wind and decided if I want something done right I’m just gonna have to do it myself. So that’s what I’m doing today!
If I am successful I will share the pattern on this blog to save others from similar expense aggravation.
Fingers & toes crossed (ew, right!)

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Still need to tuck in loose strands, wash-n-block & make a 2nd to complete the pair…but hey, I’m impatient so……..

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I’ve mentioned in my last post how I’ve spent some time testing & preparing a few of my original Off The Hook crochet/knit designs that will eventually make their way into my shop.

Recently while out shopping I came across some pretty crochet baskets & as tempted as I was to purchase a few the price tag was a little too steep for my taste. Of course as soon as I arrived home I made my own version & actually love it even more than the ones in the store.
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& another original basket pattern by OTHD

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Ohmygosh I absolutely adore this free beginner knit pattern: Non-felted Slippers by Yuko Nakamura & have made several pair for family, friends & of course myself. I achieved various sizes by switching needle by a 1/2 – full size

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Doily dream catcher by Off The Hook. Just felt like doing something a little different & really like the result.

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A free-form cotton/wool crochet jean patch by OTHD

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Crochet cotton wash cloth. ❤ this has quickly become a favorite if mine!

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Crochet/knit lace & embroidery

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Adorable knit collar pattern (FREE) @ reckless glue

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Recently I scored this beautiful antique Singer sewing machine! Now to learn how to use it……

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A few KeKe Photography captures 2014

Peace, K.

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While I’ve been away from the blogging world over the past several months I have managed to finish quite a few projects as well as grow in my craft….& life for that matter.
Its been a productive year for me but It is seriously so great to be back! I’m spending some time this morning enjoying my delicious homemade English muffin w/orange marmalade & steaming hot cuppa while catching up on all of my favorite blogs. There are so many wonderfully talented artists here….I am in awe of your beautiful work,words, incredible inspirations, talents and creations.

Here are a few quick (mostly ipad) snaps of just some of my yarn art from this past year.

I LOVE detachable crochet collars. Seriously it’s becoming a borderline obsession of mine. An OTHD original collar pattern worked up in colorful wool. Excuse me while I brag a moment…..I am quite proud of this design! It looks adorable on! It’s soft & comfy as well

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My very first attempt at felting wool. Added a cute thread crochet doily embellishment. Kinda digging these soft-n-comfy slippers.

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My favorite color cotton knit scarf using this free pattern from purlbee

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Adorable crochet infant sandals made for a friend who recently gave birth to a cute little girl

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Crochet thread embellished tank. An OTHD original

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Detail

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Crochet lace doily pattern by Off The Hook Designs by KeKe

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Crochet thread jar cozy. An OTHD original pattern

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Little girl crochet slipper pattern

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Pink skull crochet pattern- an OTHD original

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Until next time…enjoy this cell snap of an Incredible sunset captured in 2012 Rhode Island, USA

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Making progress on my crochet table runner/window drape
Love it!

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Also working a bit on a few of these beautiful charted doily patterns
Lots of freebies  HERE

I must confess although I am a seasoned crochet-er 😉  I have never attempted chart  patterns!  (I know, right!)

I hate to say that I found them to be a bit intimidating initially.  Silly,  I know!       I think I may actually like these charts better than written patterns because they appear to be more precise.  Sometimes written patterns have errors.     Anywhooo this is my very first attempt at this chart thing.  If things go well  I will eventually share some updates.:)

Do you work from chart patterns?  If so I’d love to hear your theory on this subject.  :]

Happy Sunday Everyone!!!!!

Peace!

 

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You may remember the beautiful yarn my husband gifted me a couple of weeks ago?….. I wrote about it here:  SNEAK PEEK SUNDAY

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…here is an additional ‘peek’ of my not-quite-finished project.
 Maggie’s FREE PATTERN   is intended for a table runner however I’m thinking about turning mine into window panels.   I just  love the way they drape when hung.  Super pretty :]    I’ve got a ways to go but will post up some pictures when it’s complete.

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In other news I have attempted to recreate this interesting pattern because I absolutely love the little flower look! There are many mistakes made here…but I’m getting it and once I do I shall share a written version of this same pattern.  That is if the artist doesn’t mind.    You can find the pictorial  pattern  HERE

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detail in white cotton.

What crochet/knit projects are you currently working on?  I love to see what you do so share away!  🙂

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My adorable husband (who knows me oh so well) surprised me with some lovely 100% Egyptian cotton yarn in two really beautiful shades that match perfectly together. (He’s seriously the BEST!)

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….so of course I immediately began working on a little crochet project.
I LOVE this yarn! It is so cushiony and soft -really great to work with!
I will share my finished project once it is complete! I’m already beginning to LOVE how it is turning out! EEEEK! 🙂

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…in other news: My hubby requested a crochet coaster for his work desk. Yeah, I was surprised as well! He hardly ever asks me to make anything for him…so I jumped at the chance & had this made and ready for him by the next morning!
Here is his newly crochet ‘manly’ coaster cradling a smug mug on it’s mug  (the cup not the husband!) 🙂

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The husband coaster Grey wool (per request) w/ white cotton trim. :] Simple and sturdy. I have a sneaking suspicion I will be making a few more of these this week.

 

As promised a Wrapping It Up– glass jar cozy tutorial.

Things you’ll need:

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Several scraps of different shades & textured yarn/string/ribbon/thread.
I imagine you could even use strips of fabric although I have not yet attempted this method

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*Clear drying craft glue (I’ve tested several and have had the best results using fabric stitch glue)
*A glass bottle or jam jar
*Sponge for applying glue or if you are brave and don’t mind getting your hands a bit messy use your fingers to apply glue (I used a little makeup application sponge–it’s what I had on hand and it works perfectly for this project)
*Small scissors

Directions:

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Remove any labels from glass jar by spraying a little ‘Skin-So-Soft bath oil by Avon’ directly onto the label.
After allowing to sit for a few minutes the label should lift right off the glass.
If you do not have SSS bath oil on hand just soak your jar in warm soapy water for 15 minutes or so and use a little elbow grease. If the label is very stubborn & difficult to remove after soaking just scrape off using a Brillo pad or steel wool while the label is still wet. (btw SSS makes an excellent mosquito repellent as well. Love the stuff!)
image source: Google Images-Avon

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Apply glue to your sponge and swipe a thin layer to a small area of the glass. You do not have to saturate your jar in glue because once you begin wrapping the yarn stays pretty secure. Only apply the glue to begin & end each new color so that it lays flat & secure against the glass.

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Slowly & evenly begin wrapping one color yarn around jar using your fingers (or you could use the flat side of a nail stick) to push the yarn into place so that it is nice and snug. You don’t want to see gaps between the yarn.

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Choose a different color and/or textured yarn and repeat the above step until you are satisfied with your design.

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use various textured/colored yarns

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Allow to dry completely before displaying
makes a unique pen cozy
or bud vase.
*note the two solid color crochet designs pictured above are removable crochet glass cozies. The yarn wrapped cozies are permanent and can not be removed from the glass jar.

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I love these little glass jar sweaters.  I really enjoy making them because not only are they adorable but they work up rather quickly.

You can find a crochet pattern for one HERE  (cute green cozy pictured above).  The multi colored cozy designs are actually thread wrapped glass.

I will be posting up a super simple wrap cozy tutorial soon so keep your eyes peeled!   Have a wonderful day!   -K

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I crocheted this small hexagon using left over white thread from a previous project though I imagine this pattern would look fantastic worked up with vibrant color yarn.   The materials I used are a size 3 crochet thread with a size 0 crochet hook.  While I have not tested this pattern using any other type of yarn I am pretty certain  it can be worked up in a worsted weight yarn as well.   My example measures approximately  3.5 inches

Skill Level: Easy

American Crochet Terms

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sl= slip stitch
bo= bind off
beg= beginning
dc= double crochet
rep=repeat

Special stitches:
Beg 3dc cluster:
Ch 3, make 2 more dc but hold onto the last chain of each dc, yo & pull through all 3 loops on hook   (ch3, yo, insert into stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through 1 loop* rep 1x more, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook)

3dc cluster:
dc 3x’s holding onto the last chain of each dc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook  ( yo, insert into stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through 1 loop* rep 2x more, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.)

Pattern:
Beg Round.  chain 5, sl to form a ring.

Round 2.    Beg 3dc cluster in ring, ch 3, *(3dc cluster in ring, ch3) 5x = 6 3dc clusters & 6 ch3 spaces.

Round 3. Sl to first ch3 sp, beg 3dc cluster, ch3, 3dc cluster all in same space, ch3 (3dc cluster, ch3, 3dc cluster, ch3)  in each ch3 sp around. Sl to Beg 3dc cluster of previous round.

Round 4. Sl to first ch3 sp. beg 3dc cluster in first ch3 sp. (3dc cluster, ch3, 3dc cluster in next ch3 sp, 3dc cluster in next ch 3 sp) around. sl to beg 3dc cluster of previous round.

Round 5.  Sl to first ch3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, (3dc,ch2,3dc in next ch3 sp. 3dc in next 2 ch3 sp’s) around. Sl to join. bo, weave in ends.

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