Monday, November 21, 2011

How to Add a Crochet Border to a Quilt (For Experienced Crocheters)

I decided to add a crochet border to minky one day and came up with this.

It is actually really easy to add a crochet border too.  I thought of two ways to do so. First you could add swiss entredeux (pictured here) baby entredeux in between the layers and cut off one of the fabric sides on the entredeux then use the holes as your initial chain stitch.  Or you can do what I did on this blacket and use a large enough eyed needle to hand stitch with your color yarn around the border with a chain stitch (pictured here)   .  I made sure I went along the top of the edge and tried to keep the stitches equal in number and size on opposite sides.  These chain stitches were used as if they were my initial chains I would have made if I was only hand crocheting.    I hope this encourages some new ideas.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Crochet Booties by The Lovely Crow

Now I have a lot of crochet patterns and have purchased lots as well but I must say The Lovely Crow has the best support and customer service ever.  She has videos to help with her patterns and strongly incourages you to contact her if you need any help. I can tell she takes great pride in her patterns and loves what she does and truely wants you to be successful at the art of crocheting though her patterns.  I can tell all this without ever even meeting her or talking with her.  The patterns and support say it all.  I truely enjoyed making these little rainboots for my shop and shows. If only I could figure out how to become a tester for wonderful designers such as The Lovely Crow then I would be set.  I hope you will enjoy making these for your little ones too.


Monday, November 7, 2011

The Cutest Summer Sandals Ever

I was browsing on Etsy (I know what a concept) and I came across this great pattern from Two Girls Patterns . Simply Summer Sandals it was called and I just knew my little girl had to have a pair made by me.

Of course it doesn't hurt that I can sell them in my shop and at fairs either (Up To My Knees In Crafts if you are interested).  I have to say though the patterns are very well made too. Easy to understand and great pictures help me to rave about this pattern. It is always nice to see a great idea with well made instructions.  So if you are a baby crochetaholic I have to say this is a must have pattern. 
How to add the beads are not included in the pattern that was just a little something I had to add for a special touch, set me apart so to speak.