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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 😛

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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It’s Friday! Hey-O!

Oh, Friday… ::sigh::

I love Fridays. I’m not really sure why considering I stay home with the girls, and the weekends are not necessarily any different than the rest of the week (ha!), but I do. It must be left over attachment from school days? I don’t know.

This week has been.. Meh. Just one of those weeks, I guess. I spent the week in kind of a crochet slump. I’ve got ideas, but follow-through? Not this week.

BUT — I didn’t come here to whine and complain.

Actually, I wanted to show you all what I DID get accomplished this week.

An order for this sock monkey hat:

Sock Monkey

A blue sock monkey order

And this pullover for Lilly:

This pullover is not only my first completed clothing item, but also my first “Granny Square” pattern. Can you believe that I’ve been avidly crocheting for nearly TWO YEARS and have never done a granny square until now?! I’ll definitely be making more granny squares, AND more of these pullovers. In the future, I’ll probably stick to solid colors with accents instead of the self patterning yarn.

I found this pattern on this fantastic blog:

http://pardonmychaos-amanda.blogspot.com/2011/08/granny-square-top-tutorial.html

I actually did not follow the pattern this time, just used the idea. I had to find the granny square instructions, as they are not included, but that was no biggie. I just headed right over to Teresa Richardson (The Crochet Geek) and found a video. To save you time, however, here it is:

http://www.crochetgeek.com/2009/01/crochet-traditional-granny-square.html

Watch the video. I honestly did not find the written instructions to be completely accurate (it doesn’t seem to include the corner instructions in every row), but the video is fantastic, and the chart is spot on and easy to follow.

I just made it as big as I thought it needed to be (11 rounds – the pattern says 9 rounds, but my girl is bigger than hers), and followed her design (kind of) for the sleeves and neck.

It was super easy! A great beginner project and first clothing item. I’ll be scouring her blog for more patterns in the very near future!

Other than that, I didn’t get a ton done around here. I managed to get most of the chairs sanded, so they’re almost ready to paint.  Hopefully, I’ll get that post up soon. I’m ready to get those FINISHED and off of my queue of unfinished projects. I’ve been feeling that end of summer panic — you know, the “OHMYGOSHITSALMOSTTHEENDOFSUMMER!” feeling that drives you to pack your days and weeks full of all of the summer activities you intended to do at the beginning of summer, but haven’t actually done yet? Yeah, that one.

So, weather permitting, we’ll be at the pool later. Maybe the Denver Zoo next week, and then my oldest goes to camp for two weeks. Once she gets back, it will be a mad dash to get everything ready for the school year. BOTH girls are starting new schools — Kacie – HIGH SCHOOL ::shudder:: and Lilly – Preschool. I can’t believe it!

Happy Friday and have a fantastic weekend! What are your plans?

 


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Weekend Re-cap and Upcoming Plans

I’ve been quiet since last week, as I was prepping for a market over the weekend. I am still here, though, and making plans for some exciting things to share with you in the upcoming weeks!

One thing I am looking forward to sharing with you is a new format! I’m in the process of making some changes here, a major one being the addition of a shopping tab, where I’ll have the ability to process sales directly. More like an actual website, while still keeping a mostly blog format. I enjoy the blog vibe and sharing fun ideas and tutorials with you all.

I’m working out the details of a fun tutorial, and if all goes as planned, I’ll roll that one out next week  for a fun, and unique How-To Tuesday. I’m just itching to tell you what it is, but I’m going to keep it under my hat and hope you find anticipation exciting 😛 . I will say one thing about it — be prepared to get messy. Messy crochet?! You betcha!

Also, I asked some fellow crocheters what they’d like to see here, and got the following responses:

  • How to work with varying weights/thickness in yarn
  • How to take care of tails when working with nylon thread
  • How to pick color combos for projects
  • Sweaters — one crocheter is looking for a specific kind
  • Plus sized items

I’m looking into all of these requests and will find the best possible answer for them. If you know of any good resources I could share, feel free to leave links in the comments!

So, there you go! There are a few things you can look forward to this month!

Oh, what’s that? You want to know how the market went? Well.. It hovered just under 100 degrees here on Saturday, which apparently, does NOT make crocheted beanies, hats, scarves, and accessories very appealing to John Q. Public. I ended up doing just OK considering the very little expense I put into participating. I’ll probably not do another farmer’s market, or summer show period — unless I start making stuffies or other “off the body” crochet goods 🙂 Here is a peek at my table from Saturday. Thankfully, I had very little expectation from this market, so was not terribly disappointed. Also, I didn’t put a ton of effort in (which probably didn’t help lol).

craft fair booth

My Table

Sunday, however, I scored the best Craigslist find! I found these chairs that I cannot wait to get started on! I’ve already started a little sanding.  I’m taking pictures along the way so I can throw in a non-crochet related project in the near future.

rocking chair craigslist find

My next DIY project – aren’t they awesome?!

I’m pretty new to the blogosphere, and I’d like to take a minute to thank you all for reading, and for clicking that follow button 🙂 I love the crochet community and look forward to helping you all in any way I am able! I really love hearing from everyone, so please, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Whether you have a request for an upcoming post topic, or would just like to say hello — I enjoy getting to “know” everybody!