Thursday, March 21, 2013

Valentine Hearts

Valentine Hearts
This pattern is for three different sized hearts. The smallest really needs no stuffing, though it is possible to do if you like it to have a more full appearance. The smallest ones, I designed to be part of a garland, but of course, you can do whatever you want with them.

These hearts are easy to make, easy to customize, and easy to love! Perfect for beginners who want t practice increasing and decreasing, they'll fly off your needle in no time. This is also a good proect for beginners, because tension is relatively unimportant, so you can take whatever yarn and needles you have, and start right away. The only guideline I'd offer is to use a relatively tight tension, to prevent the stuffing from showing through or leaking out; this is especially important if you're giving this as a gift for a small child, as the stuffing can be a choking hazard.

Tampa Hat

I have a friend who lives in Tampa for college, and the weather has been a bit chilly for Florida, so she asked for a hat and scarf. This is the hat. 

Lacey Kerchief

This is the second part of a mulit-part series of kerchiefs I plan to
make. I love making lace, and I love having things to wear
over my hair on chilly or windy days, and these are perfect
for both those times.

The lace for the center panel is from a stitch dictionary,
and it reminds me of cables because of its strong vertical
lines and the sinuous twisting of the diamonds. The
written pattern for the kerchief makes it look much more
complicated than it really is. It's very intuitive, so this
should be flying off your needles in no time!