Sew a Onesie

Why would you want to sew a onesie when you can buy one?  Well, number one it’s made from the heart and number two its; unique.  My nephew Jonathan is going to be nine months in a couple of weeks.  I wanted to make him something special and came across this pattern by Shwin & Shwin. It is called the Baby Ringer Onesie. You can download this free pattern. (sizes 3, 6 and 9 months) It’s just adorable!

Now, let me tell you right now that this pattern requires a lot patience, especially when sewing the rib knit.  It’s definitely a project.  I was able to purchase all of my materials at my local JoAnn Fabric and Crafts Store.

I can’t wait to deliver this gift and making more onesies.  Thank You Shwin & Shwin!

onesie sewing pattern

Cable Knitting Needle

When on a knitting pattern that required cables, I am excited.  The cable looks gives a scarf, hat, and blanket a unique look. The basic cable: C4B or C4F requires an extra tool, a cable needle.  I have used a variety of cable needles but enjoy using Lion Brand’s cable needle.  It’s smooth and makes the experience a little easier.  I am able to move from half of the cable to the other half with ease.  The transferring process is quick.  The stitches slide right off. If I happen to leave this needle at home while working on a cable pattern, I am at a lost. What is your favorite cable needle?  Please add your comment…

Knit a Scarf

knit a scarfIf you are like me you might wait till November to start knitting Christmas gifts but from my experience it might be too late.  I decided to start knitting Christmas gifts early this year, in July.  I wanted a simple but unique cable pattern.  I fell in love with the Hatfield scarf pattern by Laura Sanchez from  Revelry.  I am using Frog Tree’s Pediboo sock yarn.  The yarn is a mixture of wool and bamboo.  It has a stretch to it.  I am also planning on crocheting a beret with this yarn because of its elasticity.  Are you currently working on Christmas projects?  Please share…

Knit Dog Pattern

The king of my family is my 6-month-old nephew, Jonathan.  You see we are a family of girls/women.  He is the first boy in the family.  Let me tell you a little bit about Jonathan.  He has a smile that can light up a room.  After holding him for less than 5 minutes your worries are gone.  He is such a happy baby! I wanted to knit him something special and found a dog pattern from the Lion Brand Yarn Company-Poochie Pup Sock Critter.  You need to create a free account to have access to this pattern.  I added my special touch by adding a bow tie, and adding his initial.  The Alphabet Chart is from Little Cotton Rabbits.  The yarn is Cotton Ease, also from the Lion Brand Company.  I truly enjoy knitting this dog pattern.

knit dog patternknit dog pattern 1

Crochet to the Rescue!

I visited a friend’s house and saw a glass jar in her kitchen.  I fell in love with it and I was on a mission to find this jar.  Finally, I found it at Target.  I was so happy to finally find this jar.  I immediately put jasmine rice in it.  It was an immediate accent piece in the kitchen.  Unfortunately, the lid for the jar broke a couple weeks ago.  I went to target and couldn’t find this jar.  I went to Homegoods, Marshalls and T. J. Maxx but I couldn’t find a jar similar to the one I have.  I didn’t want to throw away the jar just because the lid was broken.  So, I decided to crochet a lid.  I just love it.  I didn’t have a crochet pattern.  I made it up as I went along. The yarn I used is from the Lion Brand Yarn company-Cotton Bamboo.  It’s machine washable and the lid fits like a glove. Below is a free pattern to crochet lid for a jar.  Even if your lid is not broken, it’s a quick project to add a touch of color to your kitchen.

Crochet a Lid Pattern

Rnd 1: Chain 4, join with slip stitch and add 8 sc crochet in the round…

Rnd 2: Sc across

Rnd 3: Sc, and 2sc across

Repeat rows 2-3 until the pice measure the width of the lid.

Decrease Rows

Rnd 1: 5 sc , sc2tog across

Rnd 2: Sc across

Repeat rows 1-2 until the lid fits the jar…

crochet lid

crochet lid

Crochet a Dishcloth Pattern

crochet dishcloth

Well, I just love dishcloths.  It is a necessity in the kitchen.  Although it is a necessity, you can add a little color to your kitchen crocheting your own dishcloth.  The key is to use 100% cotton yarn, or a cotton blend.  I decided to use Lion Brand Yarn’s  Cotton Bamboo which is a cotton blend.  The reason I chose this yarn is the variety of spring colors that are available: magnolia, persimmon, hibiscus, hyacinth and gardenia; to name a few.  Below is an easy dishcloth pattern.

Chain 27

Row 1: Skip the 1st chain and sc across.

Rows 2-3: Sc across

Row 4: Sc BL

Rows 5-33:  Repeat rows 1-4

Row 34: Sc across

Weave ends

@lionbrandyarn #dishhcloth #crochet

How to Crochet a Monogrammed Gift

I truly enjoy crocheting a monogrammed gift.  Adding an initial on a crocheted gift gives it a special look.  It is unique.  As the weather is changing, so does my crocheting and knitting. I crochet/knit small projects with lightweight yarn.  I decided to crochet dishcloth using Lion Brand Yarn Cotton Bamboo.  It is a  set of three dishcloth with one monogrammed dishcloth.


1- Select an alphabet chart pattern.

Here’s an example of an alphabet chart pattern.

alphabet chart

2- ChemKnits has tons of alphabet chart patterns.

3- Count how many stitches it would take, to crochet the letter (for example 6X20 (six stitches and 20 rows).

This is very important depending on what you are crocheting.  You can visualize how small/big the letter will look in your project. 

4-Decide where you want to start the initial.

5-The key to monogramming a crochet stitch is to use the puff stitch.  Crochet a puff stitch every time you see a black square on the chart.

Please share any project you have created.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to monogramming!


Knit Toy Pattern

I was inspired to make a knitted toy for my nephew Jonathan.  I wanted to make something that is soft, machine washable and has a unique look.  I decided to knit a monogramed toy.  Please feel fee to try this pattern, and share knitted toy(s) that you have created.

  1. Using Lion Brand Yarn’s extra soft wool blend, Cast on 30 stitches. I prefer using the magic loop method but feel free to use DPNs.
  2. Knit 3o rows.
  3. If you want to add a monogram look, start knitting the letter after the 3rd row.  Knit the last three rows after forming the letter.  The letter takes 14 rows.  Please visit the Yarn Tree to get the alphabet chart.  I used a different color to knit the letter using the chart found on page 9-11.
  4. Cut working yarn about 20″.
  5. Using the blunt eye needle pull yarn through all of the stitches and pull tightly.  Pull yarn to the other end of the ball.IMG_1246
  6. Fill the ball with fiberfill.  I prefer the Ultra Plush Polyfil because it’s very soft and machine washable.polyfil
  7. Using the blunt eye needle pull yarn through all of the stitches and pull tightly.knitted toy
  8. Weave ends.knittoy2

DPNs Double Pointed Needles

I just love DPNs (Double pointed needles).  They make the impossible, possible.  I knitted a pencil grip that was just too cute.  I enjoy drinking tea, especially from Teavana and the Chai Latte from Starbucks.  The Woolspun yarn from the Lion Brand Company  does a great job at keeping my tea warm a little longer.   Take a look at knitchetlene’s new knit cup cozy.

knit cup cozy

Knitting Seed Stitch-Cowl Pattern

When it comes to knitting we all have seen the curled up edge.  To solve this problem knit the seed stitch (the last two stitches of each edge).  Not only does it help solve the curling edge problem, it is also a beautiful stitch.  All you need to do is to alternate K1, P1.  Purl when you see a knit stitch and knit when you see a purl stitch.  I especially like the stitch when I am working on a knitted cowl.  Check out the seed stitch cowl pattern using Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.  #knittingseedstitch #seedstitchknit #seedstitchscarf.