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I Saw These and Thought of You – New Crochet Patterns and Inspiration from Karla’s Making It

Tunisian Ripple Scarf Pattern

Hi Friends,

How are you all??? Summer is officially over, well, the weather isn’t acting like it… But the kiddos are back in school and I’m back here for YOU with New Crochet Ideas, Inspiration and of course New and Free Crochet Patterns.

I thought I would start with some crochet inspiration I have run across and the multitude of ideas that I get from Pinterest.

Do you Pinterest? If you do, you have to follow me – I have over 12000 pins (I know!!! But, in my defense, ¬†I started pinning back when they were new, so… yeah)

If you DON’T Pinterest – are you crazy? It’s my life. Ok, not my life – my Prince and my pesky darling kids are my life but crochet comes in a close fourth or fifth… ūüėČ

Anyway, I love seeing something else in a pattern.  Do you do that? For example, I see this jacket (free chart below) and I want to make a tablecloth with those large pineapple flower squares so bad! I wish I could crochet faster Рugh! I would make two!

Crochet Vest Pattern that would make a great tablecloth!
Crochet Vest Pattern that would make a great tablecloth!

This Cape pattern inspires me to design a Christmas Tree Skirt. Wouldn’t that be pretty? I see white lofty yarn – or maybe light blue with metallic?

Shawl or a Christmas Tree Skirt?
Shawl Pattern or a Christmas Tree Skirt?

And speaking of Christmas – how about some snowflakes. ¬†Those are always fun when you have a little bit of cotton around… Great when your board or need some I-finally-completed-a-pattern Project. ¬†You know the ones….

Plus they make good gift toppers and tags. I fantasize about an entire tree of them! Someday…

Snowflake Gift Topper
Snowflake Gift Topper Pattern
Enchanted Forest Snowflake
Enchanted Forest Snowflake Pattern
King's Crown Snowflake Pattern
King’s Crown Snowflake Pattern

 

Are you inspired to start making Christmas gifts? I have started a few things but they haven’t worked out. ¬†You know how it goes. ¬†Sometimes, a pattern is just too boring or I’m just not feeling it. ¬†Am I the only one? Anyone else do that?

Historically, I don’t usually give Crochet gifts for Christmas. ¬†The only reason I ever came up with is that I didn’t think anyone would want that stuff.

I don’t know – perhaps I will change my mind someday. ¬†How about you? Do you like to give crochet gifts? What kinds of crochet patterns do you deem worthy of gift giving?

I was considering some spa gifts with my new spa washcloth and scrubby patterns. I haven’t written this one up yet – isn’t it cute?

Lacy Spa Tunisian Washcloth
Lacy Spa Tunisian Washcloth (pattern coming soon)

The Scrubby has been the most popular so far. Maybe I will put some in a basket with bath salts, a candle, hmmm what else???

Farmhouse Magnolia Crochet Scrubby
Farmhouse Magnolia Crochet Scrubby Pattern

I was also admiring this scarf. Doesn’t it look luscious? I NEED that yarn in my life! ¬†Do you think it looks manly enough for, well, a man? That would make a good gift for my east coast family. ¬†We don’t have much use for scarves here.

Tunisian Ripple Scarf Pattern
Tunisian Ripple Scarf Pattern

Beyond Christmas, my kiddos are college age so we still have wedding and babies in our future and that is always inspiring.

I have come across this dress (pattern no longer available)

Dress Pattern - this stitch would make a beautiful wrap
Dress Pattern – this stitch would make a beautiful wrap

and it inspires a lovely wrap, maybe in white for a wedding?

I love these capes / wraps too:

wedding cape (Etsy sold out)
wedding cape (Etsy sold out)
Gardenia Shawl
Gardenia Shawl Pattern
Bridal Shawl
Bridal Shawl Pattern

Well that’s it for this edition of “Saw These and Thought of You.” I’m thinking about making this a regular thing… Let me know what you think! What has been inspiring you lately? I would love to talk crochet with you. Let me know in the comments.

I hope you all enjoy what is left of the summer! Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend – (OH YEAH! 10% off all patterns at Etsy this weekend only – it’s supposed to be an automatic thing, no code necessary). xoxo

Make it a Beautiful Day,

 

 

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How to Provide Comfort to a Loved One by Crocheting a Prayer Shawl

Prayer Shawl

Prayer shawl

How to Provide Comfort to a Loved One by Crocheting a Prayer Shawl

(Bonus – Mother’s Day Gift Idea, Story Lockets – a steal!!)

Prayer Shawl
Friendship Shawl by RedHeart

Creating a prayer shawl is a warm gesture of compassion and comfort for anyone that needs healing or even just reassuring a hug. When bad things happen to someone we know, we sympathize with their pain and discomfort and can offer solace through our creativity.  Prayer shawls are a great project for not only helping to heal the recipient, but a great catalyst for healing ourselves.

You can call it whatever you want: Prayer Shawl, Comfort Shawl, Friendship Shawl, Peace Shawl, etc. The point is to offer blessings and/or healing to someone going through a rough time.  In addition, Prayer shawls are not only for a tragedy, but also wonderful gifts for celebrations like pregnancies and weddings.

Reasons for a Prayer Shawl

  • Person undergoing a medical procedure
  • For a loss or times of stress
  • During bereavement
  • Marriages or birth of a baby
  • During an illness and recovery
  • Graduation
  • Birthday
  • Anniversary
  • Holiday Gift
  • Or just because

With every stitch, you can pray for (or send intention to) a loved one or someone else in distress.  It is an opportunity to inspire, embrace, and celebrate, as well as to send strength, hope, and encouragement to anyone who needs it.

Many people think that Prayer Shawls are an indication of a specific religious tradition. That could not be further from the truth. Prayer Shawls are a comforting project whether you consider yourself spiritual or not. Below you will find information about the process of creating a prayer shawl even when you don’t pray.

Prayer Shawl
Pink Ribbon Shawl by Yarnspirations

Receiving a Prayer Shawl

A Prayer Shawl is a wonderful keepsake that offers comfort and warmth that can be handed down through generations or across to friends, offering recipients a reminder that there is someone who cares for them. The shawls are like a warm hug helping recipients to deal with difficult times; an illness, disaster, or grieving the loss of a loved one.  The person can physically feel the hope, warmth, love and care that went into each and every stitch.

Making a Prayer Shawl

The process of making a Prayer Shawl has as many benefits as receiving one.  Your own troubles melt away as you concentrate on intentionally sending good thoughts and blessings to the person who will receive your gift.  It relieves our sense of helplessness when there is nothing else we can do to ease their pain. It connects you to another person spiritually, opening up your heart and bringing prayer or meditation into your life.  It offers an excuse to pursuing creative projects and offers companionship by joining a crafting prayer/meditation group. Finally it can help you heal old wounds by offering comfort to those who are dealing with issues you went through.

If You Do Pray

This is a personal process and these are suggestions only. You could start with a prayer and a blessing as you begin your project.  Your blessings, kind words, and intentions are continued throughout the project.  You can finish with a final blessing before it is sent on it’s way.

Touching someone elses heart is so comforting to me.  I made an extra large shawl for a friend of mine who’s baby was born with heart issues.  She was so thankful and even cried when I gave it to her.  To this day, she occasionally will send me a text of a heart when she and little Kasidy are wrapped up together in their shawl.

prayer shawl
Comfort Shawl by Lion Brand Yarns

Practices for People who don’t Pray

There are no official practices to crafting a Prayer Shawl. This is a personal endeavor and whatever you are comfortable doing during the project is up to you. ¬†You can simply think good thoughts about the recipient, or you can intentionally send strength and healing. ¬†You can repeat a phrase, such as, ‚ÄúI wish you good health,‚ÄĚ or focus on love and compassion as you make your stitches. You could choose a quiet space with dim lighting, burn a candle or incense, or whatever else you choose for meditative crafting.

You don’t even have to make a shawl! Chemo caps, baby blankets, lapghans, scarves, and many other items are wonderful for prayer crafting. See the Free Crochet Pattern Index for other choices in meditative crochet.

My Recommendations

I have gotten some books over the past years with prayer shawl patterns in them that I really enjoyed making.  I will add links at the bottom of this post with my recommendations for books you can pick up that have wonderful patterns and some also have touching stories.  Another amazing book is Crochet Saved My Life: The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Crochet by author Kathryn Vercillo. Kathryn is an expert on using crafting to heal.

You can visit the Free Crochet Shawl and Wrap Patterns for some FREE shawl patterns. I recommend using a cuddly, warm and cozy yarn like Bernat Caron Simply Soft Light Yarnor Lion Brand Homespun Yarn.  They are both available at Michaels and there are even a 40% off coupon this week!

If you don’t personally know anyone who you could make a prayer shawl for, then visit my Crochet (or Knit) for Charity Page for places that would love to receive your donation. Alternatively, you could contact a local hospital, hospice, or church to see if you can join a charity gifting group or if they take donations. If you cannot find anything locally, then think about a cause that you care about (Cancer, Organ Transplantation, Premature Babies) and contact that group to ask where they accept donations.

How has it helped you to make or receive a knit or crochet prayer shawl? Which prayers, affirmations or thoughts do you use when crafting for others? Share in the comments below!

Karla’s Recommended Books for crocheting Prayer Shawls

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Crochet Cupcake Cushion/ Pillow

Cupcake Cushion/ Pillow

Cupcake Cushions by Karla’s Making It.

Crochet Cupcake
Cupcake Cushion/ Pillow

Hello My Crocheting Friends,

I decided to have some fun making these darling cushions / pillows. Essentially they are a double crochet circle around a pre-purchased foam cushion form.  These would be darling in a little girls room or a bright sunny porch.

Finished measurements is 14 inches
Skill Level: Easy to intermediate

Supplies:
Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Robins Egg, Strawberry, and Off White
5mm [US H-8] Crochet Hook
14 inch Round Pillow Form
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Crochet Cupcake
Crochet Cupcake Cushion/ Pillow

Make these totally shabby chic crochet pillows/ cushions for yourself or to give as gifts. Everyone loves a handmade gift and these are great for new Moms, brides to be, teachers, baby, children’s rooms. Place them on your couch, bed, or chair for extra comfort.

Crochet Cupcake
Cupcake Cushion/ Pillow

Have you ever made pillows like these? I would love to see a photo for more inspiration.

If you have any questions or comments, the best way to reach me is through the Karla’s Making It Facebook Page. While you are there, click the like button so you can keep updated with any new patterns or other content. If you prefer Twitter or Instagram, that’s great¬†too. I can‚Äôt wait to hear from you. Thanks!!

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Cupcake Crochet – Dishtowel, Dishcloth, and Potholders

Crochet Cupcake Kitchen Set

Cupcake Crochet Kitchen Set

Hello My Crocheting Friends,

Here is a Crochet Kitchen Set featuring cupcakes, featuring a Crochet Trim Dishtowel, Crochet Cupcake Dishcloths, and Crochet Potholders with a Cupcake Applique.  

Cupcake Crochet
Crochet Cupcake Kitchen Set

 

Cupcake Crochet
Crochet Cupcake Kitchen Set

This was a birthday gift for my future Mother-In-Law.

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This fun set traveled all the way to Tennessee, along with me and the family for a Surprise Birthday Party in her honor this past weekend.

She loved them!

What do you think? Should I add these lovlies to my Etsy store? hmmmm……

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Make Flubber with your kiddos!

Make Flubber with your kiddos!




Hello Friends

Talk about FUN with a capital F… we are having spring break around here and hit a plateau of boredom so we decided to pick one of those Pinterest projects for the wee ones. ¬†The littlest prince chose to make Flubber! Shhhhhhh don’t repeat this, but it has been keeping the little guy busy for days now!!

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I’m sure you would love to keep your wee ones busy too so here is the recipe.

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You will need:

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon borax
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup Elmer‚Äôs glue
  • liquid food coloring

In the first bowl, mix together the hot water and borax until the soap is completely dissolved.

In the second bowl, mix together the cold water, Elmer’s glue, and Food coloring.

Add the glue mixture to the borax mixture and mix well.

Then start playing!!

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Look how much fun our little man is having.  That smile is priceless.

Do you have a fun project you like to do with your kiddos? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

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Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns – Scalloped Potholder and Dorthea Dishtowel

Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns, a scalloped potholder and Dorthea Dishtowel. See the Free Crochet Pattern Index for more Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns

Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns – Scalloped Potholder and Dorthea Dishtowel

Hello My Crocheting Friends,

Make your own dishtowels and potholders with these free patterns. Both patterns are great for a beginner with basic crochet skills. They are easy to work up and look impressive upon completion. Both pieces are made with my favorite cotton yarn, Lily Sugar and Cream.

Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns, a scalloped potholder and Dorthea Dishtowel.  See the Free Crochet Pattern Index for more Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns

Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns, a scalloped potholder and Dorthea Dishtowel.  See the Free Crochet Pattern Index for more Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns

Shopping List:

  1. Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn Stripes Mod
  2. Lily Sugar’n Cream Yarn White
  3. Boye Aluminum 6″ Crochet Hook: Size I

Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns, a scalloped potholder and Dorthea Dishtowel.  See the Free Crochet Pattern Index for more Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns

Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns, a scalloped potholder and Dorthea Dishtowel.  See the Free Crochet Pattern Index for more Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns

Shopping List:

  1. Lily Sugar’n Cream Yarn Twists Barnboard¬†
  2. Lily Sugar’n Cream Yarn Solids Soft Ecru
  3. Boye Aluminum 6″ Crochet Hook: Size I

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Free Patterns:
Dorothea Dishtowels from Lion Brand Yarn

Scalloped Potholder

Hope you enjoy working up these patterns.  I would love to see your finished product in the comments! If you are looking for a different pattern or technique, please see the Free Crochet Potholder Patterns and Free Crochet Washcloth/Dishcloth Patterns. For more Free Patterns, see the Free Crochet Pattern Index Page.

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Welcome Friends!

about me

Welcome to Karla’s Making It. Please grab yourself a cup of tea and stay awhile.

The purpose of my website is to inspire you to Make wonderful things; crafts, recipes, and DIY projects.  It will contain many free and some fee patterns, resources, posts about saving money, and other posts related to Making a Home.

Are you interested in starting your own online business? I will also include information on how I am Making a Living so that you too can have a blog for profit.

Making a Life will contain personal growth information and resources.

Finally, I will share ways that I am Making a Difference in the world and hopefully encourage you to Make a Difference too.

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section of the blog or feel free to email me with any questions or comments. ¬†karla’smakingit @ gmail.com (spaces are added to avoid spam bots).

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