Category: alipyper likes to crochet

granny square love

alipyper granny disco halter topI’ve been experimenting a little bit with the incredible granny square. It is so versatile! If you want to learn the inside tricks – come to my class on Saturday!

Harmony in Provo.

Saturday February 22, 3-5pm. $15.

315 E. Center Street, Provo, UT. 801.615.0268

Halter top inspiration here. I didn’t buy the pattern – just made up my own after seeing the picture. Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn, color #279 with Rowan Felted Tweed DK yarn, color #152 for the trim & ties. Size G/6 4.0mm crochet hook.

More #grannysquarelove on my Pinterest boards!

lots of pinning going on

alipyper - fall pinterest inspiration 2013

I’m kind of addicted to Pinterest right now. These are a few of my recent pins. I’ve been incredibly busy with lots of different things going on, but the pure joy of spending a half an hour (haha! right!) being inspired by creative and beautiful images is pretty darn fantastic. A happy visceral gut-instinct reaction to images and ideas..that I can file away for when I have time to process them later. Brilliant!

Follow along if you want…

dress / potholder / cowl / lace shirt / baby cardigan / raspberry thumbprints / sweater / knit pattern / rose / slippers / fair isle / quilt / room

FREE beginning crochet class for granny squares

granny square samples

If you’re interested in learning how to crochet the gloriously versatile Granny Square, you’re in luck! I’m teaching a Granny Squares class this Saturday August 10th at Harmony from 2 – 4 pm (only $15!) This is a really fun one day workshop where I teach you the basics of changing colors, crocheting in the round, and joining crochet motifs as you go – along with other fun stuff!

Are you hesitating to sign up because you don’t know how to crochet yet? No problem! This Thursday night I’m teaching FREE Beginning Crochet class to those that are signed up for my Granny Squares class! Come learn the basics so that you can make granny squares!! Thursday August 8th, 7:30 – 9 pm at Harmony in Provo.

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Oatmeal Puff Shawl

alipyper - crocheted oatmeal puff shawl free pattern

alipyper - crocheted oatmeal puff shawl free pattern front wrap

alipyper - crocheted oatmeal puff shawl free pattern back

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From the minute I saw Fanalaine’s shawl I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. Something about the old world charm of the pattern, Fanalaine’s yarn color choice, and the clover leaf edging she chose just seemed really lovely to me.

It took me a little while to find a yarn I wanted to commit to, and thanks to Laura Harmon at Harmony, I’m delighted with the Egypto Cotton she ordered for me. I kept crocheting once the pattern ended to make it larger (I wanted it to cover my arms, not just my shoulders), but even so, it has been a thoroughly satisfying quick crochet project. I finished it in time for my birthday yesterday and I’m over the moon with it!

I found, though, that as I was crocheting I kept thinking that the puffs motif in the pattern reminded me of Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal – in a really good, really yummy way. The puffs on the shawl had the same color, heft, and feel of the cereal. So, now I want to eat my shawl. Yummy!

Project info here. Free pattern here. Fanalaine’s version here.

beginning crochet class at harmony

alipyper - crochet flower pin beginning crochet class at harmonyprovo.com

Come learn how to crochet a darling, versatile flower that you can attach to anything you want – a bag, a scarf, a hat, whatever! I am teaching a Beginning Crochet class tomorrow, Saturday July 20th from 3-5pm at Harmony, which is located at 315 E. Center Street in Provo, 801-615-0268. Class fee is $20. Call now to reserve your spot!

alipyper - Beginning Crochet Class Materials harmonyprovo.com

Class participants need to bring 1 skein of worsted weight yarn and a size H/8 (5.00mm) crochet hook for the flower (10% discount given at Harmony for class supplies!). Green yarn for the leaves, a pattern booklet and a muslin project bag will be provided.

It will be so much fun!! Crochet has become such an amazing creative and stress relieving outlet for me and I would love to teach you or your children how to do it too.

HarmonyProvo.com

more crocheted handkerchiefs

alipyper - eyelet lace crochet edging pattern irish linen handkerchief

alipyper - eyelet lace crochet edging pattern irish linen handkerchief

alipyper - eyelet lace crochet edging pattern irish linen handkerchief

alipyper - eyelet lace crochet edging pattern irish linen handkerchief

alipyper - eyelet lace crochet edging pattern irish linen handkerchief

alipyper - eyelet lace crochet edging pattern irish linen handkerchief

I decided to crochet a few more handkerchiefs – this time using my own Eyelet Lace Crochet Edging Pattern. They only take a few hours to crochet and it’s nice to have a pretty gift on hand. I’m using up my stash of vintage #30 crochet thread and the last of my Irish linen handkerchiefs. I used a size 12 (0.60 mm) steel crochet hook for this size thread and made an 11 dc shell at each corner to continue the pattern all the way around the handkerchief.

On the left, 2 sc between each shell. On the right 3 sc between each shell.
On the left, 2 sc between each shell. On the right 3 sc between each shell.

I adjusted my pattern a little bit on these handkerchiefs…I crocheted 3 single crochet stitches between each shell instead of 2 single crochets. I think that the extra single crochet lets the lace lay a little flatter, but I like the lacy ripple affect when the shells are close together too. The flatter version on the right still ripples, but not so much. What do you think? Which version do you like better?

learning to surf

We were planning on heading to San Diego for this week, then we weren’t going to go, then we did, but we cut our original plan in half, so we ended up being home in time to celebrate the 4th in Provo (the BEST place in all of America to celebrate Independence Day).

The Mr.’s sister, Susan, and her cute family live about a mile and a half from Pacific Beach. They are always incredibly generous to host us when we come. This year I decided I wanted to try surfing and Susan gave me my first lesson.

alipyper - surf lesson

alipyper - surf lesson

I wished that I had looked more like this…

Go Susan!
Go Susan!

But it mainly looked like this for me…

alipyper - surf lesson

It was a lot of fun – despite the neti pot effect that my wipeouts had on my nasal passages – and I’ll definitely try it again!

On the way down, we made the obligatory stop at Cane’s (definitely our favorite fast food place – best chicken fingers EVER)…

alipyper - Cane's Chicken Fingers - the BEST

drove through Baker, CA on one of the hottest days on record…

alipyper - dash display driving through Baker, CA on Saturday June 29, 2013

and I was able to work on another crocheted handkerchief – this time using my own Eyelet Lace edging pattern – which I finished once we returned to Provo.

alipyper - eyelet lace crocheted handkerchief edging pattern

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My supply of hemstitched linen handkerchiefs is getting low and I have yet to find a place that sells exactly what I want at the price I want to pay. We’ll see if I can somehow figure out how to make them myself. Hmmm. Not sure I want to tackle that yet.

Now it’s back to surfing Pinterest

crocheted handkerchief edging

My Grandma Mangum gave my sister and I handkerchiefs with the same gorgeous crocheted lace edge when we went to the temple for the first time before our missions. I’ve loved and cherished my handkerchief and remember my grandmother with love and fondness whenever I use it.

I worked out the pattern so that I could crochet a handkerchief as a “goodbye” present for a crafty kindred spirit who is returning to her native Australia next week. Boohoo hoo! I am so sad to see her go.

I used vintage size 40 cotton crochet thread and a 0.60mm steel crochet hook. You might try a size 30 or size 20 crochet thread with this pattern if you’re uncomfortable with the tiny thread, but I would not suggest using a size 10 crochet thread – I think it would be too big and bulky. If you use a size 30 or size 20 thread, you will need to increase the distance between attachment spots on the first row of the lace edging.

US Crochet Terms

ch: chain

dc: double crochet

sc: single crochet

sp: space

st st: slip stitch

picot: ch 4. sl st into the 4th ch from hook.

The different colors demonstrate the different rows of the pattern.

Row 1: (You will be attaching the crochet thread to the handkerchief. If your handkerchief already has a hemstitched border, as mine did, you will sc into the hemstitched holes. If your handkerchief doesn’t have hemstitching – no worries! Just sc right into the edge of the handkerchief at the specified spot. It might help to measure and lightly mark with a pencil a small dot along the edge to help you know where to pierce the handkerchief fabric with your crochet hook.)

Attach thread at the corner, just barely to the left, of your handkerchief. Sc in same place. *Ch 7 and sc 5/8″ (9mm) away from starting point in the edge of the handkerchief. Ch 3 and sc in same spot.* Ch 7, sc 5/8″ (9mm) away in next measured spot. Ch 3 and sc in same spot. Continue from * to * until you reach the next corner, just barely to the right. Ch 7 and turn the handkerchief so that next side of the handkerchief is facing. Sc in the corner, just barely to the left. Ch 3 and sc in same spot. *Ch 7 and sc 5/8″ (9mm) away in next measured spot. Ch 3 and sc in same spot.* Continue the pattern all the way around the handkerchief, incorporating the corner pattern, to the staring point. After the last ch 3, Sl st into the starting sc.

Row 2: Sl st into the first 4 ch of the first ch 7. *Ch 7. Sc into 4th ch of next ch 7. Ch 3 and sc in same spot.* Continue from * to * across the flat edge of the handkerchief until you reach the 4th chain of the corner chain 7. (sc, ch 3, sc, ch 7, sc, ch 3, sc) all in the 4th ch of the corner ch 7. Continue the pattern all the way around the handkerchief, incorporating the corner pattern, to the staring point. After completing the last sc after the last ch 3, sl st to beginning ch 7.

Row 3: Sl st into the first 4 ch of the first ch 7. Ch 5 and dc in the same starting place. *Ch 3. (Dc, ch 2, dc) in the 4th ch of the next ch 7.* Continue from * to * across flat side of the handkerchief until you reach the ch 7 at the corner. (dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc) all in the 4th ch of the corner ch 7. Continue from * to * across the next flat side of the handkerchief. Continue the pattern all the way around the handkerchief, incorporating the corner pattern, to the staring point. Sl st into ch 3 of the starting ch 5.

Row 4: Sl st into immediate ch-2 sp. Ch 3. Dc into same ch-2 sp. Make picot. 2 dc into same ch-2 sp. *Ch 2. (2 dc. Make picot. 2 dc) into next ch-2 sp.* Continue from * to * until you reach the last ch-2 sp before the corner. [Ch 1. (2 dc, make picot, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times. Ch 1. (2 dc. Make Picot. 2 dc) into next ch-2 sp. Continue from * to * across the next flat side of the handkerchief. Continue pattern all the way around the handkerchief, incorporating the corner pattern, to the starting point. Sl st into the top of the first ch 3. Knot and weave in ends.

crocheted totoro & knit shaun the sheep

{G} just finished crocheting this armless Totoro. We were short on stuffing so he’s armless and a little lumpy. My Neighbor Totoro has long been a family favorite and she needed a break from the mandated summer reading list the Mr. and I have imposed on her. Now her first knitting project, Shaun the Sheep has a friend!

Totoro free crochet pattern on Ravelry. The Patons Shaun the Sheep knitting kit is discontinued (check ebay!), but here is a free crochet pattern.

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