12.10.2019

Solomon's Knot Cuff

Solomon's Knot Cuff


I won't lie, most of the time when I think of a quick gift; I think of jewelry.  I can't help it, I love picking out all the beads, thread or wire, and clasps.  Each part is a joy.  And usually the moment I finish one, I start another (which is how I have 4 today!). 

The pattern today is written for the silver cuff.  I have notes on how I changed the pattern to get the other 3 versions that I also made, in a craze of making these one afternoon.

Supplies
Croquette by Red Heart, 20 yds 

D/3 (3.25mm) hook
105- Size 8 seed beads
Sewing needle to weave in ends
Stiffy by Mod Podge, fabric stiffener
Plastic plate, paper towels, rust-proof pins, and parchment paper
Box Clasp
Matching sewing thread

Finished Size
8" long by 1.5" wide

Gauge
5 stitch repeats (solomon's knot + dc)= 3"
4 rows = 1.5"

Special Stitches
Solomon's Knot- Pull up a long loop around 0.5" long, pinch at bottom to not lose long loop, yarn over and pull through loop on hook, insert hook around back loop (single strand of long chain just made), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook. 

Video Tutorial:


Pattern
Thread on all 105 seed beads


Foundation Row: [Ch 1, make a solomon's knot] twice, [ch 1, slide 3 beads to hook, make a solomon's knot (locking in beads on back loop)] 7 times, [ch 1, make a solomon's knot] twice, turn. (11 solomon's knots)
Row 1 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as a dc), [make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in next ch] twice, [slide 3 beads to hook, make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in next ch] 7 times, [make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in next ch] twice, turn. 
Rows 2-4: Ch 3, [make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in next dc] twice, [slide 3 beads to hook, make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in next dc] 7 times, make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in next dc, make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in top of tch, turn. 
Do not fasten off after Row 4

Side
Turn cuff 90 degrees to begin working over ends of Rows

Row 1: Ch 1, 10 sc evenly around row ends, turn.
Rows 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 5: Sl st in each sc across, fasten off.

Opposite Side
Join yarn with sl st to opposite end. Repeat directions for side.

Weave in all ends.

Finishing
On plastic plate, mix 1 tablespoon of fabric stiffener with 1 tablespoon of water. Place cuff in stiffening mixture, be sure to completely soak the fabric.
Gently pat off excess stiffener with paper towels.
Lay parchment paper on blocking board, pin cuff to finished size.  Be sure to not over stretch and of the solomon's knots. 
Allow to completely dry.
Sew box clasp to cuff with matching sewing thread.

Option 1
Gold Wire Version

Supplies
28 gauge gold plated wire
3-eye magnetic slide clasp
6 gold jump rings
bent nosed pliers

Pattern
Follow pattern as directed with crocheting the side panels. Do not use fabric stiffener. Attach clasp to cuff with jump rings and pliers.


Option 2
Copper Thread Version

Supplies
Veil by Willow Yarns, Size 10 crochet thread, 20 yds
(45) Size 8 seed beads
Extra piece of wire

Pattern
Follow pattern above except you do not need to pre-string on any beads.
Instead bead crochet on one bead at each double crochet (in the rows) or chain (on the foundation).  To do that: Thread bead onto free loop before completing the stitch.  I used a folded piece of wire to get the bead onto my free loop.

Video Tutorial (I am adding beads to the solomon's knot here, but you do the same thing for adding them to the double crochet)



Option 3
Gold Wire beaded Version

Supplies
28 gauge gold plated copper wire
(200) size 8 seed beads.
Beading needle
3-eye magnetic slide clasp.

Pattern
Complete pattern without any beads and without the sides.  Bead weave on beads around edge.  Attach clasp with 2 beads for each eye.  Do not use stiffener on wire. 

Video on how to bead weave on the beads on the side of the Cuff:




Looking for other fun quick projects this holiday season?  Be sure to check out my friend, Marly Bird, and her 24 Days of Quickies.



Also, be sure to Watch Marly and I chat about the project over on her You Tube Channel.  We chat (and giggle) a lot!  I surprised her with my very festive outfit.  I love making her laugh!


12.09.2019

Mini Crochet Hats

Mini Crochet Hats

It's that time of year again when your list of gifts to give get longer and your time to make something gets smaller.  I love making things for everyone on my list, but I know I can't get them all done.  That's when I grab my crochet hook and try to whip up something fun and that is also quick.  This year I have a few gifts that I made and can share with you.  

First up are these very simple Mini Crochet Hats.  They can be used for ornaments, gift tags, gift card holders, or even as a doll hat. 


Supplies
-Worsted Weight Acrylic Yarn (I used mini balls from Knit Picks Brava), 22yds total  (8 yds of the Main Color, 6 yds of Color A, 4 yds of Color B and C)
-I/9 (5.5mm) hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

Finished Size
Around 2" wide and 3" tall

Gauge
Not critical, if yours is larger or smaller it still will be cute!

Pattern
Make an adjustable ring with Main Color.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, pull ring closed, sl st to first sc, do not turn. (8 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), 2 hdc in each sc around, sl st to first hdc, do not turn. (16 hdc)
Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), dc in next hdc, *2 dc in next hdc, dc in next 3 hdc; repeat from * around to last 2 sts, 2 dc in next hdc, dc in last hdc, sl st to top of beg ch-3, do not turn. (20 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), dc in each dc around, sl st to top of beg ch-3, fasten off main color. (20 dc)
Rnd 5: Join Color A with a sl st in any st, ch 1 (does not count as a st), hdc in same st as join, hdc in each dc around, sl st to first hdc, fasten off A. (20 hdc)
Rnd 6: Join Color B with a sc in any st, sc in each hdc around, sl st to first sc, fasten off B. (20 sc)
Rnd 7: Join Color C with a sc in any st, sc in each sc around, sl st to first sc, fasten off C. (20 sc).

Finishing
Weave in all ends
Make 1.5" pom pom with Colors A, B, and C
Sew pom pom to top of hat


Want to make these in person with me?  I am teaching Learn to Crochet Top Down Hats at the Mt Lebanon Library this Saturday at 10:30am.  It is part of my current series of classes on Learn to Crochet.  All you need is basic knowledge of how to single crochet and double crochet.  I bring the yarn and hooks.  Registration is at their website.

Looking for this hat in Adult and Child size?  Come back next week for the pattern.


Looking for more quick gifts?  Check out my wonderful friend, Marly Bird, and her 24 Days of Quickies.  And come back tomorrow for another quick gift from me!  You can also check out Marly Bird's Facebook Page where we will be chatting about my next quick gift tomorrow at noon. 






11.12.2019

Sabine Solomon's Knot Shawl

Sabine Solomon's Knot Shawl

Mixing Solomon’s Knots and Filet Lace give a fun and unique stitch pattern to a stunning variegated yarn.  Rectangular shawl is large enough to style in multiple ways to work with any outfit you are wearing.  Pattern includes stitch diagrams, video tutorials, and written directions.

Yarn:
Destination Yarn, Souvenir Dk weight (CYCA #3), 100% Superwash Merino Wool, 231 yds/ 100g:
City of Lights, 3 hanks

Hook: 
H/8 (5mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge

Notions:
Yarn Needle

Stitches Used:
ch          Chain
ch-sp      Chain Space
sl st        Slip Stitch
sc           Single Crochet
sc spike  Single Crochet Spike
hdc         Half Double Crochet
dc           Double Crochet
tch          Turning Chain
              Solomon's Knot

Gauge:
15 dc  x 8 rows= 4” x  4¼” in stitch pattern

Sizes:
Shawl is 57” wide by 17.5” tall. 




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3.09.2019

Wabash Bridge Convertible Shawl

Inspired by the diagonal bracing of the old Wabash Bridge in Pittsburgh, this shawl is worked on the diagonal to create its unique pattern.  Edging on shawl is essentially all buttonholes. Thus, allowing you freedom to chose where you want to button the shawl and create your own look.  Pattern includes stitch diagram of the entire panel and joining method.  Video Tutorials of the shaping and joining method. 





Yarn: 
Stunning String Plump (CYCA #3), 100% Superwash Merino Wool, 275 yds/ 100g: Tuscan Lavender, 3 (3, 4) hanks

Hook:  
G/6(4mm), G/7(4.5mm), H/8 (5mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 
Yarn Needle, Spray Bottle Rust-Proof Pins, (8) 1” dia buttons

Stitches Used:
ch  Chain
sl st    Slip Stitch
sc  Single Crochet
dc  Double Crochet
tr Treble Crochet
dtr Double Treble
tch    Turning Chain
ch-sp   Chain Space

Gauge: 
4 rows = 4”, 4.5”, or 5” on the vertical or horizontal edge.

Finished Size: 
Shawl is 52.5 (58.75, 65)” by 14 (16, 17.75)”. Sized for S/M, L/XL, and 2X/3X.  Shown in S/M. 

Notes:
1. S/M size uses smallest hook and gauge, L/XL uses middle size hook and gauge, 2X/3X uses largest hook and gauge
2. Shawl converts to shrug or poncho by using the buttons to close the rectangle. For the shrug, button long edge to form sleeves.  For the poncho, button short edge to long edge to form neckline.
3. Project is worked on the bias (diagonal).

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3.08.2019

Falls Ravine Vest

Falls Ravine Vest

Extremely lightweight vest floats around your body and can be styled in many ways.   Crocheted lace is made from a quickly repeating wave pattern.  Pattern includes written directions for 3 sizes.  Video tutorial assists in special stitches. Stitch diagrams of stitch pattern and armhole shaping included. 

Yarn: 
Stunning String Twinkle (CYCA #1), 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon, 5% Silver Stellina 435 yds/ 100g:
Stone, 2 (3, 3) hanks

Hook:  
E/4 (3.5mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge

Notions
Yarn Needle, Spray Bottle and Rust-Proof Pins

Stitches Used:
ch  Chain
sl st  Slip Stitch
sc  Single Crochet
hdc Half Double Crochet
dc  Double Crochet
tr Treble Crochet
tch    Turning Chain
ch-sp   Chain Space

Gauge: 
1 stitch repeat (23 sts) = 3.75”; 10 rows = 4.5”

Finished Size: 
Vest is 37.5 (48.75, 60)” (95, 124, 152.5 cm) in width and 26.25” (66.5 cm) in length. Sized for XS/S, M/L, and XL/2X.  Shown in M/L. 


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1.09.2019

Beehner Tunisian Hat

Beehner Tunisian Hat

Adorable pops of color freckle this hat by using Tunisian Reverse Stitches.  Work hat in the round with 2 Tunisian Crochet hooks for minimal ends to weave in.  Pattern includes directions for both ponytail and standard hats.  Video tutorials assist in the foundation, stitch pattern, decreases, and bind off.  Stitch diagrams of stitch pattern and crown shaping included for each size.

Yarn: 
Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (CYCA #4), 100% Superwash Merino; 220 yds/ 100g:
A: Graphite Effects, 70 (75, 85, 90) yds
B: Tangerine  
C: Raspberry
D: Lemon 
30 (35, 40, 45) yds each

Yarn Substitutions:
Red Heart Chic Sheep, Red Heart Soft Yarn, Cascade Pacific 
See pattern for specific amounts of yarn for other versions shown.

Hooks:  
(2) L/11 (8.0 mm) Tunisian hook with 12” cord
J/10 (6.0mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 
Yarn Needle

Stitches Used:
ch       Chain
sl st     Slip Stitch
sc  Single Crochet
TKS    Tunisian Knit Stitch
TPS Tunisian Purl Stitch
TRS Tunisian Reverse Stitch

Gauge: 
12 sts x 13 rows= 4” x 4” in stitch pattern

Sizes: 
Hat is sized for Toddler, Child, Adult S/M, and Adult L/ XL with 16.25”, 17.75”, 20.25”, 21.75” in circumference

Notes:
1. Hat is worked in the round with 2 Tunisian hooks.  Hat can be worked flat with one hook and seamed at the back.  If doing so add 1 extra stitch at foundation and TSS in it at the end of each forward pass.  
2. Also, if working the hat flat consider working 3 yarns for a marbled look; instead of the main color in the forward pass and contrasting colors in the return pass.  Much less ends to weave in, see video tutorial on stitch pattern in pattern. 
3. Foundation row is foundation slip stitches, chains can be substituted but will create a tighter brim that might curl or need blocked when finished. 
4. Hat can be worked in any number of colors.  Pattern written with the main color (A) on forward pass, and contrasting colors (B, C, or D) on return pass.  
5. All hats shown are in Adult S/M.  

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12.30.2018

Marly's Countdown to New Year's


Marly Bird and the wonderful Katelyn organized an IMPRESSIVE giveaway!  Every hour of New Year's Eve one lucky duck will win a great prize!  All the details are on MarlyBird.com

We are sponsoring the 9am hour with one of our Allegheny Cable Cowl Kits from Love Laugh Crochet.  You can choose any color you like of the amazing ModeWerk DK yarn.

Be sure to enter lots of times!  What a fun way to enter the New Year with New Yarn!

12.17.2018

McCaslin Tunisian Hat

McCaslin Tunisian Hat

Addictive stitch pattern mixed with classic hat shape makes for a project perfect for anyone. Pattern written with ponytail opening and without; and sized from toddler to large adult.  Video tutorials assist in the foundation, stitch pattern, decreases, and bind off.  Stitch diagrams of stitch pattern and crown shaping included for each size. 


Yarn:
Ponytail Version:
Anzula For Better or Worsted (CYCA #4), 80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon; 200 yds/ 117g:
A: Prudence, 60 yds; B: Avocado, 35 yds, C: Nimbus, 35 yds
Standard Version:
Knit Picks Chroma Worsted (CYCA #4), 70% Wool/30% Nylon; 198 yds/ 100g:
A: Natural, 70 yds; B: Manzanita, 60 yds
Substitutes:
Red Heart Soft Yarn, Kristin Omdahl Be So Tender Yarn, Chic Sheep Yarn, Cascade Cherub Aran Yarn

Hook:
L/11 (8.0 mm) Tunisian hook with 24” cord
J/10 (6.0mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge

Notions:
Yarn Needle, Stitch Markers

Stitches Used:
ch   Chain
sl st   Slip Stitch
sc   Single Crochet
TSS   Tunisian Simple Stitch
TKS   Tunisian Knit Stitch
TPS   Tunisian Purl Stitch

Gauge:
14 sts x 10 rows= 4” x 4” in stitch pattern

Sizes:
Hat is sized for Toddler, Child, Adult S/M, and Adult L/ XL with 15.5”, 16.5”, 18”, 19” in circumference

Notes:
1. Hat is worked flat from the brim to the crown. It is seamed at the back to form the hat shape.
2. Foundation row is foundation slip stitches, chains can be substituted but will create a tighter brim.
3. Hat can be worked in any number of colors. Ponytail version uses 3 colors worked in following sequence: A, B, C. Standard version used 2 colors, A and B. Change colors as desired. Single color version uses about 120 yds of yarn.
4. Hats shown are in Adult S/M. Hats have lots of give.

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12.04.2018

Love Laugh Crochet Pop-up Store Now Open!


 Love Laugh Crochet is finally OPEN!

Thank you so much for being patient with me while I figured out the online store.  I placed most of the goodies I have left from my booth at Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival online.  As you know, my products are all things that I myself would buy at local yarn festivals and shops.  There is a mix of tshirts, bags, mugs, and other extras. I also have a few crochet kits for some of my online patterns.

All the tshirts feature the same "love laugh crochet" logo.  They are all printed locally here in Pittsburgh.  I designed this tshirt for the 2015 Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival to wear in the booth on a whim.  The following year I made more for all my mannequins to wear and the next year we sold out of the tshirts with in the first day of the market.  I now own 6 of them and wear them nearly every day.  They all feature one of my own stitch diagrams from one of my patterns.  All printing is in antique white, lighter then an offwhite.  They come in Ladies size, Unisex size, and Premium super soft.  More styles will be added after this year's Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet show.   

Besides tshirts, I have lots of other goodies.  There are project bags.  Perfect size for bringing any project on the go.  Or just showing your love of crochet on your next outing. There are 11oz white ceramic mugs.  I tend use mine as a pencil holder on my desk to hold all my crochet hooks that I am forever losing.   I have grocery bags, notecards, post-it notes too. 

My favorite things on the site are the crochet kits.  I used yarn from a few of my favorite people in the industry.  Quantities are very limited after the last show, but there are a few really wonderful ones left.  I had a hard time sharing some of them, wanting to keep the yarn for myself!  I offer free winding by request.  Just leave a note in the comment area when checking out. 

Kristin Omdahl Yarns
I have 3 kits with Kristin's yarn.  I can't get enough of bamboo yarn!  I just love the way it wears. 

Dortchen Filet Shawl Kit that uses 2 hanks of Be So Sporty
Julia Colorwork Cowl  kit that uses 2 full hanks and 2 mini balls of Be So Brave
Wee Bonnie Shawl Kit that uses 1 hank of Be So Fine


ModeKnit Yarns
I have 4 kits in Annie and Kathleen's beautiful yarns.  I adore them, and their yarns are so soft and wonderful to crochet with.  Annie's colors are inspired by TV shows, and she hits it right on the head!  I have a lot of their wonderful yarn in my studio.  I can't get enough!


Gustav Tunisian Chevron Crochet Kit uses 2 hanks of ModeWerk DK, one in a flow transition color and one in a solid color
Opal Solomon's Knot Cowl Kit uses 1 hank of ModeLux which is ridiculously soft.
Allegheny Cable Cowl Kit uses 2 hanks of ModeWerk DK
Eda Anne Colorwork Shrug uses 5 hanks of ModeWerk DK, 4 in different flow colors and 1 in a solid color.  (I only have 1 left) 


Stunning String Studio
I very few kits left of the amazing Cindy's yarns.  Not to worry, she has a number on her site too.  Her yarns are wonderful to crochet with and make the projects truly stand out.  Luckily, this year at Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival we will be next to each other.  I can't wait!

Butler Street Cowl Kit uses 1 hank of Serenity (one of the most beautiful yarns I have worked with)

I do have one kit left of Cateline Motif Shawl and Floating Shawl.  I just need to re-shoot the photos.  Will be up soon.

Please let me know what you think of the pop-up shop.  Anything you want to see me feature?  Anything you wish I had?  I am all ears! Please drop me an email and let me know!







4.03.2018

Wee Bonnie Shawl

Wee Bonnie Shawl

Inspired by the wonderful rich history of The Ross Farm and their heritage breed, this shawl tries to capture the simple beauty of classic crochet lace and wonderful Shetland wool 2ply yarn.   

Yarn: 
The Ross Farm Wee Bonnie 2ply (CYCA #2), 100% Shetland Wool, 250 yds/ 50g:  2 hanks

Hook:  
E/4 (3.5mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 
Yarn Needle, Spray Bottle and Rust-Proof Pins

Stitches Used:
ch   Chain
sl st   Slip Stitch
sc   Single Crochet
dc   Double Crochet
tr  Treble Crochet
dtr  Double Treble
tch     Turning Chain
ch-sp  Chain Space
prev    Previous
rep     Repeat

Gauge: 
7 ch-5 sps = 5.5” (14 cm) 
8 Rows = 3.5” (9 cm)
in main body stitch pattern

Finished Size: 
66” (167.5 cm) in length and 11” (28 cm) in width


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