Friday, December 28, 2018

Lime-O-nade Shawl






Hello friends! another year is about to wrap up. I had my ups and downs, but some of the best moments I've had were definitely the ones spent making crafts. This is the last post for 2018, made with love and yarn that is 20% wool, very suitable for the winter, and it has some twists in its design; it's not the traditional triangle-shape, and it has a unique color combination. I am hoping 2019 will bring with it new Ideas, new yarn, more posts and more joyful times that alleviate the stress during bad days. I wish you all the same. Happy new year to you all! 



Saturday, December 22, 2018

Candy Cane Beanie



Hello friends! my new post is both simple and fun, the concept is inspired by Christmas sweets. I tried to make the design as simple and as quick to make as possible; you know the year is about to end, and this beanie would be perfect to make as a last minute gift.


All other unfinished Christmas project ideas will be stored away for next year, until then, I hope you all have a wonderful new year!



Friday, December 7, 2018

All About Christmas Scarf




Hello friends and Merry Christmas! the holiday season is quickly approaching. I happen to quite enjoy this time of the year, with the gathering of family and loved ones, spending time with the little ones, and exchanging gifts.

My first Christmas project this year is actually old. I've started making it in the summer, but then I forgot about it for months. I finally got to finishing it a week ago. It's simple to make, even if it doesn't seem so. Just follow the instructions and it should be a smooth sailing. 


Stay tuned for my next Christmas project, which will be posted 
hopefully soon. 

❈✽✻✼✻✽❈

And if you are interested, the guys at yarncanada.ca are having their 2nd Annual event of giving yarn to individuals and groups who knit or crochet for good causes.
In partnership with Bernat & Patons Yarn they are giving away $2000 worth of yarn and are hoping to get as many applicants as possible to ensure it goes to whoever it will have the maximum impact.
If you would like to apply for the yarn, visit https://www.yarncanada.ca/for-good 



Friday, November 16, 2018

Blue Mountain Bulky Shawl



Blue Mountain Bulky Shawl - Front view
        Hello again friends! When I purchased the bulky Alize country yarn back in September, I wasn't aware it was not yarn. Turns out, it's a long cord made from something like mohair thread, and it can be knitted by hand, or very large sized needles. And since I didn't have a pair of knitting needles larger than 8 mm, I scored the local knitting and yarn shops for some large needles. For me, I found that 20 mm needles or larger were the most suitable to work with this yarn. 

        I experimented with not one, but three designs before I settled with the one I was most satisfied with for this kind of yarn, and the quantity I have. So here it is, a simple shawl, yet so warm and elegant. The color choices and sequence are vital factors in making it look cosy. 

        By presenting this post, another 2018 resolution of mine has been achieved, which was making a project with bulky warm yarn.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Blood Bat Shawl







        Hello friends! I've been knitting for a very, very long time, and I've worked with so many weights of yarn skeins; as small as 1.76 oz. / 50 grams and as large as 5.30 oz. / 150 gram. Last September, I went into a shop in Erbil's bazaar, and came upon a huge skein that weighs 12.32 oz. / 350 grams, with a rather nice gradient of red to black and back. I ended up buying it, even though I had no Idea what I would do with it at the time. I went back home and took a closer look at the skein's materials: wool and alpaca (there is acrylic and polyester too) and I thought to myself it would be great to make it into a shawl, suitable for a really cold winter evening event.



Saturday, October 27, 2018

Little Lily Nap Blanket






Hello friends! Baby blankets are always fun to work with, for it's a medium size project. It is a blanket, though it is done in a relatively short time, especially when I choose a straight forward pattern, and not granny squares type that needs many phases to finish. 

My new post is a baby blanket, which I crocheted using a multicoloured baby yarn that I found in a popular bazaar in Erbil (which is, by the way, a very beautiful city). It's easy to make, as I wrote the chosen pattern and designed a matching simple edging.

Level: Intermediate





Monday, October 8, 2018

Lady Cool Shawl



Hello friends, it's been a while! I took a break and travelled back to my home country. I'm back now and I am very eager to post my new designs. I hope you all had a relaxing summer vacation!



I love knitting ribs patterns, so I was fascinated with the right diagonal ribs pattern the second I saw it on Pinterest. But when the lateral braid pattern came across my eyes, a sparkle lit up, and so I combined both in one shawl. 






At first, I couldn't decide the difficulty level of this shawl, because working both patterns requires that you are familiar with keeping stitches in needles and knitting them more than once before dropping them. I finally settled with 'intermediate'. I think that reading the instructions carefully, and watching the videos that I linked above will help you with any difficulties you may face. I'm sure knitters of the intermediate level will be able to make this shawl.






Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Tiny Royal Baby Blanket





Few months ago, I was browsing Pinterest, and I came across this new crochet technique called the Element CAL. what does it mean? I didn't know then, but I liked it so much that I started crocheting immediately, following the tutorial videos by: itsallinanutshell.com, which I thank so much for the gorgeous Element CAL design and clear instructions. This technique needs concentration at first, nevertheless, with time your work will go smoothly.

I had a small bag full of cotton yarn (catania and alize), so I wanted to make a project inspired by the Element CAL pattern, and now I proudly present to you my 
Tiny Royal Baby Blanket.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Black Widow Scarf










I've always been fascinated by the spider web crochet patterns, looking for them, saving them, in order that one day I would have the time and suitable yarn to make a project using the pattern somehow.
I'm glad that the time has come! so here is my new black widow scarf. It took a long time to adjust the webs into the scarf, but the result was nice and worth the effort.
It's really easy to crochet; for there are only three stitches in the pattern: chain, single crochet and double crochet stitches. If worked properly, you will see that time will fly, and webs will be constructed faster than a spider's own work.
I hope you like it too, and make one of your own, not necessarily in black. 

Follow me on my instagram @wiams_crafts to see what I'm working on currently.






Monday, August 13, 2018

Santa Club Coaster





Even though Christmas is many months ahead, I realized in recent years that most of the crafters start the preparations early in July and August. I’ve been fascinated by the Christmas accessories since I was a teenager, but recently I began to come up with ideas for doilies, coasters, shawls and other things for Christmas. This year came up with this Santa Club Coaster. I hope you like it. It’s easy to make if you just follow the instructions carefully.



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Fall is coming Shawl





I had so many ideas for this summer, I've even finished many projects i had put on hold, and now they only need to be written, and posted. But time says its word, and summer is almost leaving us. So when I received this alize burcum yarn, I envisioned this shawl immediately, and began working on it. It's easy to make once you know how to crochet the six petal flower, which by the way, is popular. I incorporated it in this triangle shawl in a way that makes it almost unnoticeable at first glance, then, after a few seconds, you see multi colored flowers in between the mono repetitive clusters pattern. It's fun. I hope you enjoy making this fall welcoming shawl!



Follow me on my Instagram @wiams_crafts to see my upcoming projects. 

Materials

Yarn: alize Burcum "bebe batik", 100% acrylic, 3.53 oz/ 100 g, 330 yds/ 210 mt, 5652 color, classical -unbrushed (5 skeins).
Crochet Hook: US: H-8, 5 mm.
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch markers

Yardage: 1600 - 1650 yds/ 1000 - 1050 m.


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Level: Intermediate




Measures :
73 inch/ 185 cm wide, 35.5 inch/ 90 cm height.



Crochet Terms (US)
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
tr: treble crochet
tr3tog: treble 3 together
ch3tr2tog: (ch 3, treble 2) together




Instructions:

(For the pattern chart, go to the end of this post.)

Row 1: ch 7, tr to first ch, turn.




Row 2: ch 7, tr in first st, (tr, ch 3, tr, ch 3, tr) in fourth ch, mark the center tr stitch of this cluster, (tr, ch 3, tr) in root of tr of first row, turn.

Note: from this row on, always mark the center tr st.



Row 3: ch 7, tr in first st, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr, ch 3, tr) in center tr, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in fourth ch of ch 7 of previous row, turn.





The six petals flower pattern


This pattern is worked in two rows:
First row: tr* in tr of previous row,
1. ch3tr2tog in top of tr* (first petal), 


2. tr3tog in the same tr in which tr* was crocheted (second petal),


3.  skip ch 3 space, tr3tog* in next tr of previous row (third petal),

 
4. ch3tr2tog in top of last tr3tog* (forth petal), tr in same tr the tr3tog* was croheted,



Second row: after (tr, ch 3, tr) cluster of the general pattern, (tr3tog, ch 3, tr3tog) in the center eyelet of the four petals made in first row, the fifth and sixth petals are made in this row. 








Note: the next two rows will contain the flower pattern.


Row 4: ch 7, tr in first st, skip ch 3 space, work first row of the flower pattern once, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr, ch 3, tr) in center tr, skip ch 3 space, work first row of the flower pattern once, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in fourth ch of ch 7 of previous row, turn.

Row 5: ch 7, tr in first st, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, work second row of the flower pattern once, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr, ch 3, tr) in center tr, skip ch 3 space,(tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, work second row of the flower pattern once, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in fourth ch of ch 7 of previous row, turn.

Rows 6-9: ch 7, tr in first st, *skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, repeat from * till you reach the center tr, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr, ch 3, tr) in center tr, **skip ch 3 space,(tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, repeat from ** till you reach the last ch 7, (tr, ch 3, tr) in fourth ch of ch 7 of previous row, turn.

Row 10: ch 7, tr in first st, skip ch 3 space, work first row of the flower pattern once, *skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, repeat from * four times, work first row of the flower pattern once, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr, ch 3, tr) in center tr, skip ch 3 space, work first row of the flower pattern once, **skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, repeat from ** four times, skip ch 3 space, work first row of the flower pattern once, (tr, ch 3, tr) in fourth ch of ch 7 of previous row, turn.

Row 11: ch 7, tr in first st, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, work second row of the flower pattern once, *(tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, skip ch 3 space, repeat from * four times, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, work second row of the flower pattern, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr, ch 3, tr) in center tr, skip ch 3 space,(tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, work second row of the flower pattern, *(tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, skip ch 3 space, repeat from * four times, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, work second row of the flower pattern, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, (tr, ch 3, tr) in fourth ch of ch 7 of previous row, turn.

Repeat rows 6-9 and the two flower 10-11 rows, another two flowers will be added, keep repeating these six rows till you have six flowers on each side of the shawl triangle, (four times).


Repeat rows 6-9 one more time, then work the last two flower rows as follows:


First row: ch 7, tr in first st, skip ch 3 space, work first row of the flower pattern once, *skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, skip ch 3 space, work first row of the flower pattern once, repeat from * till you reach the center tr, skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr, ch 3, tr) in center tr, skip ch 3 space, work first row of the flower pattern once, **skip ch 3 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in next tr, skip ch 3 space, work first row of the flower pattern once, repeat from ** till you reach ch 7 space, (tr, ch 3, tr) in fourth ch of ch 7 of previous row, turn.


Second row: ch 1, sc in the first st, ch 3, sc in the ch 3 space, ch 3, sc in tr, ch 4, *work second row of the flower pattern once, ch 4, sc in tr, ch 3, sc in ch 3 space, ch 3, repeat from * till the center st, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center tr, **ch 3, sc in ch 3 space, ch 3, sc in tr, ch 4, work second row of the flower pattern once, ch 4, sc in tr, repeat from **  till the ch 7 space, ch 3, sc in ch 3 space, ch 3, sc in fourth st of ch 7 of previous row, cut yarn.







Weave in loose ends, make fringes 6.5 inch/ 16.5 cm (finished length), in each flower's ch 3 space, first and last ch 3 space and center ch 3 space.









Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Red Lozenge Scarf









A simple scarf, it takes just a day or so to make. It only requires one skein, unless you want it longer. You can wear it in the breezy summer nights.


Materials

Yarn: Nako Saten, 3.5 oz/ 100 g, 251 yards/ 230 m, color 207, one skein.
Hook: 4 mm/ US G
Red tassel: 10
Red beads: 30

Level: Intermediate
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US terms:
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ch: chain
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
tr: treble crochet
Shell pattern: (dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc) in ch 3 space
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Measures:
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6.5 x 52.5 inches/ 16.5 x 133.5 cm (approx.)
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Note:
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For crocheters who prefer to follow graph patterns, the pattern is at the bottom of this post.





Instructions
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Make 37 Ch.

Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, *skip 4 ch, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch, repeat from * six times, skip 4 ch, ch 5, sc in last ch turn.

Row 2: ch 6, *(sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, repeat from * six times, (sc, ch 3, sc) in last ch 5 space, ch 2, tr in last sc of previous row, turn.

Row 3: ch 1, sc in tr of previous row, * ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, repeat from * 3 times, make one shell in next ch 3 space, ** (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch 5 space, ch 5, repeat from ** 3 times, sc in ch 6 space, turn.

Row 4: ch 6, *(sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, repeat from * twice, *(sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, **(sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, repeat from ** twice, (sc, ch 3, sc) in last ch 5 space, ch 2, tr in last sc of previous row, turn.

Row 5: ch 1, sc in tr of previous row, *ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, repeat from * twice, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, ch 5, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, **(sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5,  repeat from ** twice, sc in ch 6 space, turn.

Row 6: ch 6, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in last ch 5 space, ch 2, tr in last sc of previous row, turn.

Row 7: ch 1, sc in tr of previous row, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, *ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, repeat from * twice, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, sc in ch 6 space, turn.

Row 8: ch 6, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, *ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, repeat from * 3 times, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 2, tr in last sc of previous row, turn.

Row 9: ch 1, sc in tr of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, *ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, repeat from * 4 times, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, sc in ch 6 space, turn.

Row 10: ch 6, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, * (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, repeat from * 4 times, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, ch 2, tr in last sc of previous row, turn.

Row 11: ch 1, sc in tr of previous row, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, * (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, repeat from * 3 times, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, ch 5, sc in ch 6 space, turn.

Row 12: ch 6, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, *(sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, repeat from * 3 times, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in last ch 5 space, ch 2, tr in last sc of previous row, turn.

Row 13: ch 1, sc in tr of previous row, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, sc in ch 6 space, turn.


Row 14: ch 6, * (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, ch 5, repeat from * twice, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, **ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, repeat from ** twice, ch 2, tr in last sc of previous row, turn.

Row 15: ch 1, sc in tr of previous row, *ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, repeat from * twice, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, make one shell in next ch 3 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, **ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 5 space, repeat from ** twice, ch 5, sc in ch 6 space, turn.


Repeat rows (4-15) 9 times, or until you get the length you prefer. Then work last row

Last row:  ch 6, * sc in ch 5 space, ch 5, repeat from * 3 times, sc in center ch 1 space of shell of previous row, **ch 5, sc in ch 5 space, repeat from ** 3 times, ch 2, tr in last sc of previous row, cut yarn.

Weave in loose ends, insert 3 beads in each tassel, sew beaded tassels in place on each end of scarf, enjoy.





Thursday, July 5, 2018

Stripe Block Tote Bag







The second tote bag that I've made was actually a baby blanket I saw in Pinterest, but somewhere in between the start and finish, I just quit, and let the project away for about two years, then came across my eyes when going ahead in my "finish all left projects" resolution.
When I looked at the rectangle block, I saw the bag that could come out of it, and here you are, see the final product; it's easy to make, beautiful to look at, and practical to use. have fun making it.


Dimensions: 15 inch x 16.5 inch (38 cm x 42 cm) (height x width).

Gauge: 20 sc x 21 rows (4 x 4 inch/ 10 x 10 cm)

Materials:
Yarn: about 500 yard/450 meter of each ;white and pink yarn, worsted/aran.
Hook: size H /5 mm.
Rope: 1.5 m
Yarn needle


Terms (US)

ch: chain

ss: slip stitch

sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet

dc: double crochet

fpdc: front post double crochet

Level: intermediate


Instructions:

Note: to make fpdc in row 3, insert hook in front of the single crochet stitch of row 1. To work fpdc in the rest of  rows, insert hook in previous fpdc.

First Pink Stripe

with pink yarn, chain 153 st.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and every ch to end.(152 sts)

Row 2: ch 1, sc in first st and every st to end of row.(152 sts)

Row 3: ch 1, sc in first st, {*fpdc in the next, sc, repeat from * 7 times, fpdc, sc 15}, repeat between brackets 5 times, sc. 

Repeat rows 2 and 3 ten times, cut pink yarn.

White Stripe

Bind on white yarn, repeat row 2 once:
Row 4: ch 1, sc 16, {*fpdc in the next, sc, repeat from * 7 times, fpdc, sc 15}, repeat between brackets 4 times, *fpdc in the next, sc, repeat from * 7 times, fpdc, sc.

Repeat rows 2 and 4 ten times, cut white yarn, bind on pink yarn.

Repeat  pink stripe and  white stripe one more time, then repeat pink stripe one last time.


Fold the rectangle along center line, with pink yarn, on each side join both edges by working reverse single crochet pattern in each stitch. Or you can sew the two edges together first to make it easier.

Upper edging:

With pink yarn, work reverse single crochet row, making a reverse stitch in the border of one row and skipping next row, repeat along the upper opening, cut yarn.



 Handles (make two)

With white yarn (made with pink yarn in contemplate photos), make 100 ch:

Row 1: hdc in the second ch from hook, sc in each ch to last 2 chains, hdc, dc 6 in last ch, turn work to other side; hdc, sc in each ch to first  2 ch, hdc, then dc 6 in the first ch.


Row 2: hdc in first st, sc in each sc of first row, hdc in hdc, dc 2 in each of 6 dc, hdc in hdc, sc in each sc, hdc in hdc, dc 2 in each of 6 dc, hdc in hdc, ss.


Cut the rope in half, put one half on wrong side of the handle.



Fold both long sides together, holding the rope inside, ss each sts together to end of single stitches, cut yarn. 



Trim the rope ends to suit the handle and sew the round edges in place on sides of the bag.


Weave in loose ends, grab the bag, put your necessary things, and off you go to enjoy your summer days.