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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Simple Slouch Crochet Hat at Darice



Are you ready for a cozy new hat for the cooler weather? It's still not quite cool here in the desert, but I think we are getting there. I'm sharing the super simple pattern for my new hat over at Darice. I'd love if you came by and said hi!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Makers No. 41

It's party time! Let's see what you all have been making!

  The Makers- Link Party Tuesday's 8am est


Don't forget to follow your hosts in some way:
Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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And now for this week's features!
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This week's featured blogger is Katie from View From the Fridge who shared her beautiful Halloween Home Tour! I generally don't do much decorating for Halloween because I'm not so into the spooky decor, but Katie decorated in a fun, whimsical way that I find really inspiring. Not to mention her tour is filled with amazing DIY projects!

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Here are a few of Katie's recent Fall and Halloween posts, but she shares all sorts of DIY ideas, room transformations, sewing projects and recipes!
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The Makers Link Party 
Here are this week's party features in no particular order:
Merissa from Little House Living shared how to make fall scented spiced candles. Head on over to see how you can make these using spices you may already have on hand, plus she shares some great candle making tips!
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All I can say is WOW, and so will you once you see the AFTER photo of the back porch transformation from Christine over at The DIY Dreamer! Head on over there and see the reveal of her updated back porch!
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Marie of Blooming Homestead shares a great tutorial on how to make an adorable "Be Thankful" sign and a burlap and lace banner. This would look so pretty on a mantle, especially with Thanksgiving coming up. Don't you think?
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Melissa from A Prudent Life is working on a One Room Challenge to transform her walk in pantry and shared a very informative {and entertaining!} story about tiling the focal wall using white porcelain penny tiles. Melissa is going bold and I can't wait to see the final transformation! I mean it's not every day you come across a Vintage Modern Chic pantry, am I right? Head on over to to see her progress and follow along so you don't miss the reveal!
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Brynne is known for her inventive copper pipe projects, beautiful photos, and easy to follow tutorials, and this DIY Candelabra is no different! Not only do I LOVE this project, but I love what she used as table runner beneath it too. Head on over to see how you can make your own!
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Thank you to everyone that linked up for sharing your creativity with us!
Don't forget to grab a button if you were featured!

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2. Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Framed Hexagon Afghan Square Pattern - Day One of The Blog Hop Crochet Along

*Lion Brand provided the yarn for this post. This post contains affiliate links. If you decide to make a purchase, it doesn't cost you anything extra and it helps to support Persia Lou. Thank you!



I am really excited to kick off The Blog Hop Crochet Along with my first aghan square pattern - my Framed Hexagon Square. Nine other bloggers and I are each sharing two new patterns for 12" afghan squares. Crochet along with us and you will have a gorgeous new afghan just in time for the holiday season!

Here's how it is going to work:
  • Every day (M-F) a new square pattern will be posted on one of our ten blogs. 
  • You can join in the fun by crocheting each day's square on that day whenever you have time.
  • Share your progress and post photos of your squares in our facebook group.
  • By the end of the Crochet Along you will have twenty 12" squares all ready to be pieced together into a beautiful afghan just in time for the holiday season.
  • Finally, we will be hosting a fabulous giveaway starting November 21. You could win Lion Brand yarn to make your own afghan, $100 CASH money, OR our COMPLETED AFGHAN! That's right, I am going to be piecing all of our squares together and shipping it out to one very lucky winner. 


Hopeful Honey - Persia Lou - Little Monkeys Crochet 

Fiber Flux - Loopsan One Dog Woof Maybe Matilda

Dream a Little Bigger - Whistle & Ivy  - Gleeful Things 


We would love if you crocheted along with us. If you'd like to add a button to your blog or website you can grab this one here:
The Blog Hop Crochet Along

You can find links to all the other patterns at the end of this post. The links will be updated daily, but for now let's get to today's pattern!

Framed Hexagon Square Pattern


Materials


Special Stitches:

Half-Treble Crochet (htrc) - Yarn over twice, insert hook into work, yarn over (four loops on hook), yarn over and draw through two loops (three loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all loops.

Rnd 1: With Color A, work 12 dc in magic loop, sl st to join (12 dc).

Rnd 2: ch 1, sc, *ch 4, skip 1 st, sc, repeat from * 4 times, ch 4, skip 1 st, sl st to first sc to join (6 ch 4 spaces).

Rnd 3: ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), sc in ch 4 sp, * ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in ch 4 sp, repeat from * 4 times, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sl st to third ch of beginning ch 5 to join.

Rnd 4: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, sc in sc, * 5 dc in next dc, sc in sc, repeat from * 4 times, 2 dc in beginning st, sl st to beginning ch 3. Finish off Color A.

Rnd 5: Join Color B in center dc of any shell. Ch 1, sc in same st, * ch 2, skip 2 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next sc, ch 2, sc in center dc of next 5 dc cluster, repeat from * 4 times, ch 2, skip 2 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 ch) in next sc, ch 2, sl st in beginning sc to join.

Rnd 6: ch 3, dc in ch 2 sp, dc, dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch 2 sp, *dc, dc, dc in ch 2 sp, dc in sc, dc in ch 2 sp, dc, dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch 2 sp, repeat from * 4 times, dc, dc, dc in ch 2 sp, sl st to beginning ch 3. Finish off Color B.

Rnd 7: Join Color C in any ch 2 corner sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, * working in back loops only, sc in next 9 sts, (sc, ch 2, sch) in ch 2 sp, repeat from * 4 times, working in back loops only, sc in next nine sts, sc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, sl st to first sc.

Rnd 8: ch 2, *hdc, ch 1, skip 1 st, dc, ch 1, skip 1 st, htrc, ch 1, skip 1 st, (3 trc, ch 2, 3 trc) in next st, skip 2 sts, dc, sc in ch 2 sp, sc in each sc, sc in ch 2 sp, dc, skip 2 sts, (3 trc, ch 2, 3 trc), ch 1, skip 1 st, htrc, ch 1, skip 1 st, dc, ch 1, skip 1 st, dc, ** hdc, sc in ch 2 sp, repeat from * to ** sl st to beginning ch 2. Finish off Color C.

Rnd 9: Join Color B in any ch 2 corner sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch 2 sp, * skip 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, repeat from * 5 times, skip 3 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp, ** repeat from * to ** 2 times, *** skip 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, repeat from *** 5 times, sl st to beginning ch 3. Finish off Color B.

Rnd 10: Join Color A in any ch 2 corner sp, ch 3, dc in same sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch 2 sp, * skip 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, repeat from * around. In corner spaces work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc). Sl st to join. Finish off Color A.

Rnd 11: Join Color C. Repeat Rnd 10. Finish off Color C.

Rnd 12: Join Color A. Repeat Rnd 10. Finish off Color A.

Rnd 13: Join Color B. Repeat Rnd 10.

Rnd 14: Repeat Rnd 10. Finish off, weave in ends.





Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Blog Hop Crochet Along


*Lion Brand provided the yarn for this Crochet Along.

I am super duper excited to be sharing a project I have been working on for the past couple of months with you all today!

Starting October 27,  I will be teaming up with nine of my favorite crochet bloggers to bring you all a really exciting new Crochet Along! Yaaaaaaay!

Here's how it is going to work:
  • Every day (M-F) a new square pattern will be posted on one of our ten blogs. 
  • You can join in the fun by crocheting each day's square. (You don't have to make it on that day - do it whenever you have time!) 
  • Share your progress and post photos of your squares in our facebook group
  • By the end of the Crochet Along you will have twenty 12" squares all ready to be pieced together into a beautiful afghan just in time for the holiday season!
  • We will be hosting a fabulous giveaway starting November 21. You could win Lion Brand yarn to make your own afghan, $100 CASH money, OR our COMPLETED AFGHAN! That's right, I am going to be piecing all of our squares together and shipping it out to one very lucky winner. Woot!

Sounds like fun, right? Here's what to do
  1. Bookmark or pin this page so you don't lose it! At the end of this post you will find links to all of the crochet patterns. The collection will be updated as the new posts are published.
  2. Join our facebook group! We can't wait to see your squares and finished afghans! It will be a great place to get feedback or help, chat with our fabulous bloggers, and get to know other crocheters from around the world.
  3. Gather your materials! You will need about 60 oz. of worsted weight yarn and a size J (6.0 mm) hook. That would be 20 balls of the Lion's Brand Wool Ease that we used. 
  4. Spread the love! We would love if you wanted to invite friends to crochet along with us! If you'd like to add a button to your blog or website you can grab this one here:
The Blog Hop Crochet Along

I hope you will join us because I think this is really going to be a lot of fun. Here's just a little taste of the fun squares that will be coming your way:


Hopeful Honey - Persia Lou - Little Monkeys Crochet 

Fiber Flux - Loopsan One Dog Woof Maybe Matilda

Dream a Little Bigger - Whistle & Ivy  - Gleeful Things 


Exciting, right? Be sure to come back here to find all of the patterns as they are published!




Friday, October 24, 2014

Candy Corn Trick or Treat Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

*This post contains affiliate links. If you decide to make a purchase, it helps to support Persia Lou and doesn't cost you anything extra. Thank you!


Ah!! You guys!! Is Halloween really only a week away?

I can. not. believe it. When did that happen? Any one else have lots left to do?

I've still got two costumes I need to whip up. My little girl actually requested to be Ursula from the Little Mermaid instead of a princess this year. (!!!) It was like all my wildest dreams came true.

And, it's going to be awesome. I mean, assuming I can actually get around to making it. I'm thinking this may be a no sleep kind of week.

Anyway - we may only be a week away from Halloween, but there is still plenty of time to whip up this cute and simple (read: easy) candy corn bag for your cutest Trick or Treater to carry around.



Materials 

Pattern 


Rnd 1: With the white yarn, begin with a magic loop, ch 2, 11 half double crochet (hdc) in magic loop, tighten magic loop, sl st to join (12 hdc).



Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (18 hdc).
Rnd 3: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (18 hdc).
Rnd 4: ch 2, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (24 hdc).
Rnd 5: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (24 hdc).
Rnd 6: ch 2, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (30 hdc).
Rnd 7: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (30 hdc). Rnd 8: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (30 hdc). Finish off, weave in ends.


Rnd 9: Join orange yarn, ch 2, working in back loops only, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (30 hdc).


Rnd 10: ch 2, hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st; * hdc in in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (36 hdc).
Rnd 11: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (36 hdc).
Rnd 12: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (36 hdc).
Rnd 13: ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (42 hdc).
Rnd 14: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (42 hdc).
Rnd 15: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (42 hdc).
Rnd 16: ch 2, hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (48 hdc).
Rnd 17: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (48 hdc). Finish off, weave in ends.

Rnd 18: Join yellow yarn, ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (48 hdc).
Rnd 19: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (48 hdc).
Rnd 20: ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (54 hdc).
Rnd 21: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (54 hdc).
Rnd 22: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (54 hdc).
Rnd 23: ch 2, hdc in next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st; *hdc in next 8 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join (60 hdc).
Rnd 24: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (60 hdc).
Rnd 25: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join (60 hdc).
Rnd 26: ch 2, (working in back loops only, sc in each st around, sl st to join (60 sc). Finish off, weave in ends.

Almost done! To finish the bag, you will just need to make two handles and sew them on to the bag using yarn and a yarn needle.

Handle Pattern 


Row 1: Ch 42, hdc in third ch from hook, hdc in each ch (40 hdc).
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st, finish off, weave in ends (40 hdc).

Stitch the handles onto the bag with contrasting yarn in a rectangle shape with an X across the rectangle. Like so:




And you're all done! This is not a huge pillowcase sized trick or treat bag, but it's the perfect size for a little doing a trip around the block.




Happy Haunts!!



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