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Princess Mandala week 1, 2, 3

Hey there my crocheting friends. I can’t believe that summer is half way over, can you? What have you been working on? Here are some projects I have been working on…

The South Bay Shawlette

South Bay Shawlette
South Bay Shawlette

I have been working on this shawl! The yarn is Cascade Tangier in Geometric. It is 50% Silk, 50% cotton blend and 110% soft and squishy.  The geometric was not my first color choice, but I had been eyeing this yarn online. It was pretty pricey and I couldn’t feel it before I paid, ya know?

South Bay Shawlette
South Bay Shawlette

We were visiting family in Johnson City, Tn and happened along a little boutique yarn store called Yarntiques. Well, I got so excited when I spotted those two lone skeins, just sitting there, looking so soft and touchable. The store only had two skeins left, the price was a little lower then I expected to pay so I nabbed them. I do think that it was a great yarn for this project.

South Bay Shawlette
South Bay Shawlette

The pattern is The South Bay Shawlette from Lion Brand Yarn. I like the long striping of this yarn. Did I mention how soft it was… Positively dreamy.  The one issue I had with it was that it feels nubby, like vintage cotton. These bumps tend to catch on themselves, making the yarn difficult to pull through your fingers. I had to adjust my hands so that my yarn wasn’t wrapped around my pinkie like I usually do.

South Bay Shawlette
South Bay Shawlette

My 2 skeins did not take me to 28 rows.  I had to stop at 26 rows.  I didn’t have enough to do their trim so I did my own picot edge.  I did a 3 picot stitch on the shells and 1 picot in the top of the Dc’s. And then I had enough for a little flower that sits right at the lapel, when draped over the shoulders.

More Crochet Shawl Patterns Here

Two Free Shawl Patterns Reviewed by Karla's Making It!

Crochet A-Long

Another project I have been working on this summer is a Crochet A-long (CAL).  Have you ever joined one of these? The are so awesome.  Basically, it is a group of crocheters who all work on the same pattern at the same time.  Most of the time, the host of the CAL will give a part of the pattern every week or two, and we have that time to work on it until the next part comes out.

Princess Mandala week 1, 2, 3
Princess Mandala week 1, 2, 3

Sometimes the host doesn’t show you a picture of what you are making. You will get hints here and there.. and maybe there will be a release half way through or something like that. It is really fun!! Like the old days, before Netflix when you were excited about a TV program and had to wait the whole week for the next episode to air!! That kind of anticipation and mystery. That makes it fun.

I Love to see all the different ways we make the same pattern; different colors, different textures of yarn, even some that put their own twist to the original pattern. I bet you would love it!




I am participating in a Mystery CAL I found in one of my crochet groups. It is the Princess Mandala CAL. Here’s the three mandalas that have been released.  We get one every two weeks. then we will join them together for a large throw.

Princess Mandala week 1, 2, 3
Princess Mandala week 1, 2, 3

I chose to use Lily Sugar & Cream Cotton in many colors, as you can see. I will keep you posted as the weeks go by.  I think I would like to host a CAL one day… hmmmmmm…..

The Perfect Wave 18 x 18 Pillow Cover

One final project that I worked on over the past weeks is The Perfect Wave 18 x 18 pillow cover. What do you think? I would love your opinions.  I want to make another in cotton.

The Perfect Wave Pillow Cover
The Perfect Wave Pillow Cover

 

Crochet Color!

Man, I have a never ending mind full of new crochet patterns I want to create and even more of other designer’s patterns I want to make!! I wish I could crochet faster!! Here are some patterns on my crochet bucket list:

Color Palettes

The one thing I like to so is collect color palettes. Then when I am at the store I can make great color combinations on those days when I can’t make decisions.  Here are a few of my favs.

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Wes Anderson Palettes
Wes Anderson Palettes
Blacksburg Belle
Blacksburg Belle

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Crochet Inspiration

There are soooo many crochet ideas and patterns on my bucket list! I mean seriously if I crocheted every single minute for the rest of my LIFE I couldn’t complete all the patterns I have.

I have to share them with you.  These are projects that just HAVE to be made!

Bralettes

I was reading about all the reasons why not to wear a bra, especially since most are just so uncomfortable. Anyway, I’m just not bold enough to go braless, but it sounds like it would make a great excuse to work up some bralettes!!

Free People Vintage crochet bralette
Free People Vintage crochet bralette

This one is from Free People and you can purchase it for $99.00! Wow, $99!

Craftsy

With just a little bit of cotton, we can make our own!! I hope I get to this one 🙂  Here are a few I found.

Crochet Bra by Ruth Seddon
Crochet Bra by Ruth Seddon
Skingerstraat by Fatima - Free
Skingerstraat by Fatima – Free
Crochetpedia - Free Chart
Crochetpedia – Free Chart
Bea Bikini Top from GirliesCrochet - Free Pattern
Bea Bikini Top from GirliesCrochet – Free


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Granny Square Blankets

I’m always amazed at those that finish Granny Square Blankets! I have started soooo many. I just cannot stick with it. I get really bored and a new pattern shows up looking all fun and shiny and POOF no more squares. Look at some of these beauties!

Tadaaah by Madebydo
Tadaaah by Madebydo
Baby Blanket by Epipa
Baby Blanket by Epipa
Bohemian Oasis by DROPS Design
Bohemian Oasis by DROPS Design – Free

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Well that’s all for now. I would love to see your inspirational ideas and patterns. Or maybe you need me to find you a free pattern. Tag me in a pic on the Karla’s Making It Facebook Page!!

Make it a beautiful day,

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