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How To Tuesday — Maggie Leg Warmers

Here it is :) The long awaited new pattern post. This pattern gave me some trouble when I sent it to testers. I realized last night (with the help of my best friend) that I was just using the wrong stitch name. It made it confusing. There are so many variations of the “star stitch”. The stitch used in this pattern is actually the “5-Star Marguerite Stitch” — so I decided to give them a lovey nick-name. Presenting the Maggie Leg Warmers!

crochet leg warmers

Ta-daah! (Modeled by my BFF)

In Colorado “Fall” can mean picturesque brisk days with beautiful falling leaves in varying shades of reds, greens, and yellows. Sometimes, I walk around the neighborhood and just stare in wonder and adoration at this gorgeous place I am lucky enough to call home.

However.

“Fall” in Colorado can also mean HOT days of “Indian Summer”.

It can also mean two feet of snow and blistering wind.

I prefer the perfect days (ha, who doesn’t?!)

One of the very best things about Fall? Big, comfy, lovely accessories! I’m cheap  frugal, so I prefer to make my own.

I’ve been admiring outfits on Pinterest for quite sometime, and one of my very favorite looks is the pairing of knee high boots with some cozy leg warmers. I like boot cuffs, but I wanted to come up with a warmer that can go over the boots.

So, I now present to you what I came up with over the weekend (you know.. that weekend 3 weeks ago..)

It took some help from testers to get it looking right AND functional, but I am happy with the end result!

Now, since I’ve saved money on the accessories, I can spend more on the boots… right?

Finished dimensions: 12″ (height) x *13″ (width)

*This pattern is easily adjusted to fit any size leg — Just measure the circumference of your calf before you get started, and add or subtract rows to adjust the width. This pattern is meant to overlap, so it should be bigger around than your calf.

Materials used:

yarn, crochet hook, buttons

Materials needed ( ^ That is not enough yarn for a pair).

J hook (6.0mm)

*Approx. 6 oz (*Approx. 300 yds) worsted weight acrylic yarn (shown – I Love This Yarn in Sungold)

Trim shown – Bernat Pipsqueak in Chocolate

Buttons (I used 5 buttons on each leg warmer)

Stitches/Terms used (US terminology):

st – stitch

ch – chain

yo – yarn over

sc – single crochet (insert hook into st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through both loops)

hdc – half double crochet (yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull up loop, yo pull through all 3 loops)

dc - double crochet (yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull up loop, yo pull through 2 loops, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through both loops)

Beginning Marguerite cluster st (BegMC) – insert hook into same st (hdc in this pattern), yo pull up loop, *insert hook into next st, yo pull up loop* repeat from * 3 times (you should have 6 loops on hook), yo pull through all loops, ch 1 (creating the “eye” of the star)

Marguerite Cluster St (MC)- insert hook into “eye” of star, yo pull up loop, insert hook into front of last loop of star, yo pull up loop, insert hook into same st as the last loop of the previous star, yo pull up loop (you should have 4 loops on hook) *insert hook into next st, yo pull up loop* repeat from *one time (you should have 6 loops on hook) yo, pull through all loops, ch 1 (creating the “eye” of the star)

I cannot find a video for this stitch the way that I do it. I had a link here, but opted to remove it. I’m going to make my own video (..maybe..) and add it here, so if you NEED the video — have no fear — it’s coming soon(ish)! For now, I’ve got that nifty photo tutorial at the end of the pattern.

*Make sure you have enough material to make two. :) — The amount listed is a ROUGH estimate. 2 skeins of a basic worsted weight should be plenty.

Ch  42

R1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain to the end (41 hdc)

Beginning chain does not count as a stitch here, or anywhere throughout the pattern.

R2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st, begMC, MC (x18), hdc in same st (top of first st of previous row — total of 19 MC sts)

R3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first hdc, 2 sc in “eye” of star st, and every star st down the row, 1 sc in last hdc, sc in top of first st of previous row (41 sc)

R4: Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st and every st down row (41 hdc)

R5 (buttonhole row): Ch 2, turn, dc in same st and every st down the row (41 dc)

R6-R8: Repeat rows 2-4

R9: Repeat row 4 (41 hdc)

R10- 36 (or desired circumference is met): Repeat rows 6-9, ending with a hdc row.

At the end of your final row, finish last st with trim yarn.

sc around the top, the beginning length edge, and the bottom

fasten off, weave in ends and attach buttons to front side on the un-trimmed edge.

Your double crochet row will function as the buttonholes.

I originally wrote this pattern using an I hook. When I switched it up to the J hook, I also added the dc row to be used as the buttonhole row (assuming I would still need a buttonhole row). If your gauge is like mine, You really don’t HAVE to use a dc row when using a J hook (the hdc’s would have sufficed for me), but — it was already added, so there it stays haha! Feel free to move that dc row to wherever you would like your buttonhole row to be (Just switch it out with a hdc row). As long as it’s near the beginning somewhere, you should be fine. Also, I considered making it taper down — I didn’t. On purpose. I didn’t design these legwarmers to go over leggings. I designed them to go over BOOTS, so they are supposed to be a little wider around the bottom to accommodate boots. Personally, I think the pair I made for myself look pretty darling slouching over my foot a little without the boot, but that might just be me.

I’ve been nervous about posting this one. I don’t know why, exactly. I don’t typically stray away from head/neck wear, I guess.  I hope you guys love it as much as I do! My Little has already demanded requested a pair for her in pink and purple (of course). She even picked out her own buttons at Hobby Lobby :P

Who else is in love with the texture of the Marguerite Cluster Stitch??

 I don’t want to get all repetitive with this stitch, but I do have plans for a couple more accessories featuring it. It’s just. so. pretty. :)


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How-To Tuesday — Postponed

So. It has come to this.

So, it has come to this

It feels like a huge deal, but I suppose it’s not really.

I have this week’s How-To Tuesday all typed up and ready to go. All it’s missing is pictures. I almost published it.

BUT…

I couldn’t do it. I felt like I was forcing something that wasn’t ready yet. There are just too many little quirks I need to work out before I can feel comfortable sending you off on your merry way with it. There are already so many pattern designers (I won’t mention any names, but if you’ve ever attempted to work one of their patterns, I don’t HAVE to) who care more about cranking out the next design than about whether the pattern is actually workable. I don’t want to be known for that.

SO…

I was going to work up a quickie/easy headband pattern so I would have SOMETHING for you all.

BUT…

Do you see a theme emerging (haha)?

If you’ve been following on Facebook, you know we’ve had illness descend upon our household. It’s no big deal when it’s me, or my husband, or even my oldest daughter, but the past couple of days Lilly has been the sick one and she is still little.

Little + Sick = Mom gets NO time to herself to do anything.

SO…

I’m working on several things and will hopefully get something posted this week. Maybe even a couple! I do have some orders to fill, so I’m also trying to get those finished in between.

Oh! And I get to go have a fun photo shoot with my awesome (and pretty adorable) bff tomorrow, so I’ll post some of those pictures too :)

Happy Tuesday!


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Motivation Monday

Just call me Slacker..

I’ve got a cold again. It seems like we just pass this junk back and forth around here.

I also have oral surgery tomorrow morning, so I’m not going to have a pattern ready for tomorrow’s blog.

However, I’m not completely useless.

I’ve made 2 breast cancer awareness graph beanies for auction donations (pattern by Playin’ Hooky Designs), and I’m working on 2 tunisian scarves (Gryffindor!), convertible mittens, and some boot cuffs.

I’ve got a super idea for my next hat, and I’ll get started on it as soon as I get these other projects done. I’m hoping to have it ready for next week, but this tunisian stuff might be the death of me!

I hope you’re all having a good week!

Wish me luck tomorrow — I’m super NOT excited about this surgery :(


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Motivation Monday

Well I survived the craft fair. Two days! The first day (Friday) was miserable. It was freezing and raining all day and we sold almost nothing.

Miserable, miserable, miserable.

Saturday was a gorgeous day and I personally don’t know how well my cohort fared, but I made more than triple the entire booth fee. I call that a successful day!

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Here is an unflattering picture of me nearing the end of the day on Saturday. My table is there on the left. Our items had been pretty thoroughly picked through at this point.

The worst part of craft fairs:

  • Carrying your booth
  • Setting up your booth
  • Nit-picking customers
  • Hagglers (This isn’t a garage sale people!)
  • Price complainers
  • Packing up
  • Carrying your booth

The best part of craft fairs:

  • Making money
  • Meeting fellow crafters
  • Trading with other vendors
  • Compliments
  • Gushers

You can see there are a few more downsides than upsides, but making money — if you make enough — is a big enough PLUS to get over all of the other stuff.

Friday, as I mentioned above, was an awful day. Full of nothing but downsides. I stayed with my in-laws that night and headed to their house feeling very dejected and discouraged (and cold.. very very cold). Had Saturday not been part of the deal, or had it not played out the way it did, I very well may have given up craft shows altogether.

Saturday was a wonderful day full of upsides. I made money! What a bonus! By 11:30 I had made back the booth fee. Once I made more than I paid for parking and food for the two days, I considered it a “profitable” day — we won’t get into materials costs.. I don’t want to dwindle my “profits” too terribly haha! There were a few downsides — some nit-pickers, those are the customers that stand at your table and try to figure out how to make your items, they’re usually fellow crafters and have no intention of actually buying anything. I try to strike up conversation with the nit-pickers. Let them know I’m not “the enemy” so to speak. I’ll just tell them where to buy the pattern for whatever it is they are nit-picking, but typically they are also too cheap to pay for patterns. I had one haggler, seriously.. you’re NOT at a garage sale! In the end, I let him haggle. I couldn’t believe it. I swore I wouldn’t do that, but it was 2 dollars, it was the end of the day, and I could tell he wasn’t going to pay full price. I decided my pride could take the hit in the name of moving merchandise. I also had a few price complainers. These are the people who will just about DIE before they’d make eye contact with you. It’s much easier to complain about your prices loud enough for you to HEAR, but not TO YOU.. They only complain to their shopping companions. Funny enough, my biggest price complainer’s companions both ended up buying from me. So there. Take THAT Complainer!

All in all it was a good experience. I’m going to rebuild my stock (I sold more than half of my merchandise!) and try to get into a show in November. Preferably INDOORS so I don’t have to set up that God-forsaken tent and sit outside in the cold all day. Seriously. Carrying your junk to and from your booth space? Hands down the worst part of doing a craft show. My entire body was sore for 3 days.

I am still not back on track with my running goals. And on that note, I am also going to be changing the format of the Motivation posts. I’ll keep you updated on progress still, but no more pictures. It makes my hubs uncomfortable (I think, he didn’t say that), and I was a little creeped out recently to get a notification that someone had taken one of my pics for some reason (blech!). So, there you have it — from now on, I’ll be focusing on the craft portion of my blog with updates on running/exercise progress, diet (I think we’re going gluten free! Yikes!), but that’ll be about it. I was tired of looking at those stupid pictures anyway.

Happy Monday!


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A Quick Update

Hey all!

I’m still here. I’ve got this big 2 day craft show this weekend, so all of my time has been funneled into preparing for it.

 

I’ll be back on track next week with a Monday post, a new pattern on Tuesday, and more time to cover a few things.

Plus, I’ll let you know how the show goes!

 

I hope everyone is having a great week! Pop over to Instagram and check out what I’ve been working on (username: @lpcrochet)!

 

 


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Motivation Monday — Or not so much

I’m just going to start by admitting I came nowhere near reaching my goals this week.

But–

I live in Loveland, Colorado and we’ve kind of had a lot going on around here.

Benson Sculpture garden

This sculpture garden is across the street from my oldest’s school. I took this picture yesterday. It’s also down the street from our old house (we moved last March), and less than a mile from our new home. Lilly and I used to walk here almost every day. The pond border is behind the polar bear. This park hosts the Loveland Sculpture Invitational every August.

I’ve been consumed with news reports. Glued to television coverage of some of my favorite places in the world reduced to piles of debris and gushing muddy water. My city was literally divided in two with no open roads from the north side of town to the south. The Big Thompson river transforming our streets into part of one giant raging river. Friday we were an “island” of sorts with the Big Thompson ferociously flowing a couple of miles south of my home, the Poudre river cutting off travel to the north, damaged roads and massive flooding penning us in to the east and to the west. It’s been horrific. Heartbreaking footage of thousands of homes destroyed. Many of us just feeling helpless. Wanting to help, but also having no idea where to begin and not wanting to “get in the way” of those who know what they’re doing.

I’ve lived in Loveland for most of my life. The devastation here is tremendous. The road ahead is a long one. We were hit hard, and our neighbors just to the south in Boulder were hit even harder. There are still hundreds of people “unaccounted for” in Larimer County (my county). My family spent most of the weekend waiting for news of my aunt and uncle who have been hosting a campground along the Poudre river all summer. They are fine, thank goodness, but still trapped up there.

And that is a good story. There are so many who have lost everything. Entire towns essentially wiped from the map. People still waiting to be rescued.

I don’t even know what else to say. Thank God it has finally stopped raining today.

Here is a link to an aerial tour (from Saturday) provided by the Denver Post:

http://photos.denverpost.com/2013/09/14/photos-colorado-flood-damage-aerial-views/

(The pictures of Loveland start at 28, they are all awful)

These pictures make my stomach hurt.

Please continue thinking of our once beautiful, thriving state.


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How-To Tuesday — Criss Cross Chunky Cowl

Lilly has been up all night with an ear infection, so I’m going to try to get this written and posted before the doctor’s office opens. Fortunately, she doesn’t seem as miserable now as she was from midnight to 6 am. There’s something about the middle of the night that makes all illnesses worse, am I right?

Anyway, on to the pattern!

chunky cross stitch cowl lpcrochet

This one is pretty simple, so I didn’t have it tested, so please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything weird about it,  but I’m *pretty sure* it should be easy to follow.

I’m a fan of any pattern that is:

1. Fast to work up

and

2. Beautiful when finished

This pattern is definitely both of these, so I figured I had a keeper this week!

Ready to get started?

Materials Needed:

Super Bulky yarn (I used Lion Brand HomeTown USA in Los Angeles Tan) — Just under 2 skeins made the one pictured.

3 Buttons (My oldest found mine at Hobby Lobby)

*Size L hook (sorry, I forgot to put that in this morning! I blame sleep deprivation :P)

Needle for weaving ends

Terms used (US terminology):

ch – chain

st – stitch

dc – double crochet

xst – cross stitch – skip next st, dc into following st, go back and dc into skipped st (see pictures below)

Ch 75

(you can easily adjust the size by adding/subtracting beginning chains)

R1: dc into 3rd ch from hook and all the way down the row

R2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout) *xst over next two sts* repeat to end, finishing the row with a dc into the top of the turning ch of the previous row

R3: Ch 3, dc into the top of each xst (ending in the turning ch) from the previous row

R4-11: Repeat rows 2 and 3 alternately, ending with a dc row

Finish off and weave in your ends

Attach buttons evenly spaced vertically on one end — you can use any stitch space on the other end as a ‘button-hole’

The end! Super easy, right?

And here are some pictures for reference (and then some of me showing off how much I love this thing haha :P):

I’ve had a question about stitch placements in the row following the xst row — here are some pictures to help clear up any confusion!

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