Worldwide Artist Blog Hop

I was nominated for the Worldwide Artist Blog Hop by Sarah Lora from Ball Hank n’ Skein  (thank you!) and I am excited to answer the 4 questions and to nominate two talented crafters to do the same thing!

Why do I do what I do?

Honestly, what started off as something I was just good at and used to make some extra cash quickly turned into something I LOVED and developed a passion for, specifically designing.

Isaac Slouch Pattern

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I love designing easy, fun, and fashionable pieces that anyone can work up from beginners to experts. I enjoy playing around with common stitches and changing them up and working them in new and exciting ways to create cool textures.

Ultimate Hat & Mitts

How does my creative process work?

I’m not sure if I’d call this a process or not but my designs usually stem from some kind of need for the piece. I have 3 beautiful nieces and my sister would often ask me to make something to match an outfit or coat. Or a friend would ask for something specific so I grab my hook and yarn and see what I can come up with. It’s a lot of fun! Each item is truly one of a kind and made with that person in mind.

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What am I working now?

Hmmm….what do I have up my sleeve?! Since having my daughter just 8 weeks ago, I’m working on getting my designing groove back! She is absolutely amazing and inspires me everyday! I look forward to seeing what beautiful items she will be modeling as she grows up as daughter to a crochet addict. :) On my hook now are some pretty leg warmers for my friend’s little ballerina.

Here are my nominations…

I’m nominating 2 wonderful crochet designers that I respect and admire! It just so happens they both have the same name…haha! Lisa from Loops of Love was one of my very first “crochet fb designer friend” when I started Frayed Knot and I just adore her and her gorgeous designs. The other Lisa is from Holland Designs who…let’s just be honest…is an AH-MAZING crochet designer and her work is absolutely beautiful & inspiring. I hope you enjoyed my posts and I can’t wait to hear what these lovely ladies have to say about themselves!

Frayed Knot’s 15 min Coffee Sleeve!

Looking for a FAST and EASY project? I have just the thing! These coffee sleeves are great for the coffee (or tea ;) ) lovers in your life. Pair it with a $1 reusable Starbucks cup and you have the perfect little gift.

I’m calling it Frayed Knot’s 15 min Coffee Sleeve because that’s how long it takes me to work one up! I would say the “15” minutes will vary with everyone BUT either way the results are FAST, FUN, and FUNCTIONAL! :)

The lovely Alessandra from Just Be Happy whipped up 10 THAT night! She was gracious enough to allow me to use her beautiful picture <3 She used Patons Classic Wool to create these beauties.

Cup Cozy

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Materials needed:
Any worsted weight yarn
Size H 5.0mm hook
Stitch Marker
1 Button (optional)
Yarn sewing needle

Gauge: 4hdc = 1 inch

Abbreviations used:
slst – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet

Size: Measures 4.25″ wide x 3.25″ tall.
*If you want a taller sleeve just repeat Round 7 until you reach your desired height.

NOTE: All the hdc stitches (except in Round 1) and the sc stitches in Round 8 are worked in the 3rd loop. To locate the 3rd loop, find the front loop and back loop. Now look directly below the back loop on the back side of the stitch. That horizontal “bar” is the 3rd loop that you will be working into.

Ch28, join with a slst. (Be sure not to twist the loop.)
Round 1 – ch1, hdc in same st and around. DO NOT JOIN. (Attach stitch marker to help keep track of your rounds.) (28 sts total)
Round 2 thru 5(Remember the NOTE!) hdc around. (28 sts total)
Round 6 – hdc in next 13 sts, 2hdc in next, hdc in next 13 sts, 2hdc in last. (30 sts total)
Round 7 – hdc around. JOIN with a slst. (30 sts total)
Round 8 – ch1, sc in same st and around, slst to join. Fasten Off. (30 sts total)

THAT’S IT! Sew the button on the front and you’re good to go!

15min coffee sleeve

I really hope you enjoy this pattern! I’d love to hear your feedback. How long did it take you to make one?? Miss Alessandra finished one in 10 MINUTES!! Can you believe that?! She’s a maniac ;)

This pattern is also available as an INSTANT Download in my Ravelry Shop!

As always you are free to sell your work…it’s YOUR beautiful work! I just ask that you refer back to this post for the pattern. Thank you so much!!

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Easiest Headwrap EVER!!!

Welcome everyone!

I needed to work up a headwrap super fast and couldn’t find an easy basic pattern so I’ve decided to type up my own! I just recently worked up this flower and thought it would be the PERFECT embellishment for this awesome headwrap! I hope you love it as much as I do :)

If you know the crochet basics then you can do this! This headwrap is fantastic by itself OR embellished with whatever type of flower or bow pattern you like.

Bonus…it’s works up in NO time!

Big THANK YOU to my wonderful friend Amy from Photography by Amy for her amazing eye behind the lens and my gorgeous friend Emily from Elevate Salon for modeling last-minute for me! She said this was HER color…I couldn’t agree more :)

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This is, from now on, my GO-TO, no-brainer Easiest Headwrap EVER Pattern! I hope it quickly becomes yours.

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Materials:
any WW yarn
Size H 5.0mm hook
Yarn sewing needle
One button

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
sk – skip
sp(s) – space(s)
slst – slip stitch
st – stitch
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet

Gauge: 7hdc x (almost) 6 rows = 2″ square
Finished headwrap measures approx. 22″ long

Note 1: When working the hdc stitches insert hook BETWEEN the stitches NOT in the top 2 loops. I love the way the stitches lay when worked this way and since the piece is worked back & forth it provides a more uniformed look. See picture below.

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Note 2: The ch1 NEVER counts as a stitch.

Note 3: I tend to crochet on the loose side so if you find as you’re working this up that it may be too short for you, just add some extra rows right before starting the decrease.

Row 1 – ch5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across to end, ch1, turn. (4)
Row 2 – hdc in 1st st, ch2, sk 2 sts, hdc in last st, ch1, turn. (2 sts & a ch2 sp…button hole)
Row 3 – 2hdc in 1st st, 2hdc in ch2 sp, 2hdc in last st, ch1, turn. (6)
Row 4 – hdc in each st across, ch1, turn. (6)
Row 5 – 2hdc, hdc in next 4, 2hdc, ch1, turn. (8)
Row 6 – hdc across, ch1, turn. (8)
Row 7 – 2hdc, hdc in next 6, 2hdc, ch1, turn. (10)
Row 8 – hdc across, ch1, turn. (10)
Row 9 – 2hdc, hdc in next 8, 2hdc, ch1, turn. (12)
Row 10 – hdc across, ch1, turn. (12)

Rows 11-55 – REPEAT Row 10. (12)

Row 56 – sk 1st st, hdc in next 9, sk 1 st, hdc in last, ch1, turn. (10)
Row 57 – hdc across, ch1, turn. (10)
Row 58 – sk 1st st, hdc in next 7, sk 1 st, hdc in last, ch1, turn. (8)
Row 59 – hdc across, ch1, turn. (8)
Row 60 – sk 1st st, hdc in next 5, sk 1 st, hdc in last, ch1, turn. (6)
Row 61 – hdc across, ch1, turn. (6)
Row 62 – sk 1st st, hdc in next 3, sk 1 st, hdc in last, ch1, turn. (4)
Row 63 – hdc across, ch1, DO NOT TURN. (4)

*NOW work SC down the side of the piece all the way around by putting 1sc in each hdc row & 2sc in each corner. Slst to the first sc made to join. Finish off and weave in your ends.

Line up your button hole to the other side and sew on your button of choice!

EASY PEASY!!

I think this would make an awesome scrap yarn project with different colored rows!!

Now the FLOWER PATTERN:
Ch5, join with a slst to the first ch to make a loop.

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Round 1 – ch1, (sc, ch1, 3dc, ch1, sc) in the loop FOUR times, slst to the first sc made. {Now remove hook from loop, take your hook and insert it from behind and pull the loop from the front to the back and continue on the Round 2} (4 petals total)

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Round 2 – (working behind the petals), *slst around the middle dc from previous round, ch4* repeat from *to* around, slst to the first ch4 made. (4 ch4 sps total)

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Round 3 – ch1, (sc, ch1, 5dc, ch1, sc) in all the ch4 sps around, slst to the first sc made. {Now remove hook from loop, take your hook and insert it from behind and pull the loop from the front to the back and continue on the Round 4} (4 petals total)

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Round 4 – (working behind the petals), ch4, slst around the middle dc from previous round, *ch4, slst around next sc, ch4, slst around the middle dc from previous round, ch4* repeat *to* around, slst to first ch4 sp. (8 ch4 sps total)

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Round 5 – ch1, (sc, ch1, 5dc, ch1, sc) in all the ch4 sps around, slst to the first sc made. (8 petals total) Fasten Off and weave in ends!

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Enjoy!

You now have a beautiful headwrap! Thank you for visiting my blog. I’d love to see pictures and hear about your headwraps you’ve made!

* If making and selling this as a finished product please link back to this blog post for the pattern. Do not copy or change this pattern and sell it as your own. If you have ANY questions feel free to email me at frayed_knot@att.net Thank You!!! :)