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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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How-To Tuesday — Tie Dye Crochet

Finally! The much anticipated “messy” crochet tutorial 🙂

Tie-Dye. I’m not a huge tie-dyer. I think before I started this project, the last (and only other) time I tie-dyed anything was in middle school. I won’t say exactly how long ago THAT was, but suffice to say it was not recently.

This was a fun project. I will definitely be trying it again!

“The waaaaiiiiting is the hardest part” — Tom Petty 

Lucky readers – you don’t have to wait 6-8 hours to see the results 😛

After the initial wait time, I rinsed (and rinsed, and RINSED) the material until the water was mostly clear, then washed it by itself in hot water with a small amount of laundry detergent, and ran it through the dryer until it was mostly dry.

I don’t LOVE how it turned out, but I’m satisfied with it, as it was my first time. Plus, I had a LOT of dye, so I whipped up a shirt for myself as well!

Here is the finished product:

What do you all think? I contained the mess pretty well. I would definitely make sure you have a container you don’t care about, gloves to protect you from dying your skin, and a roll of paper towels on hand.

I’d LOOOOOVE to see your finished items if you try it!

Happy Tuesday!


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Happy Tuesday!

I’m afraid I don’t have anything of great importance to report today. I’ve got several projects going, but photographing along the way can make a short project not-so-short.

I couldn’t quite get my How-To Tuesday put together in time for this week, but next Tuesday — be on the lookout. It’s something I’ve never done before, so it’s an experiment for me, and I will post the results however they may turn out!

I’ve also got two DIY projects going at the moment, and will be sharing those with you as well! The first is that set of lovely outdoor rocking chairs I’m refinishing. My husband and I are not in total agreement on what color they should be, so it’s been on hold for a few days. The second is a fun DIY sign for craft booths or whatever you may need signage for. Sadly, it is NOT my original idea. I’d love to take credit for it, but cannot. I’ll link to my friend’s shop/blog/page when I get to that post.

I’m currently working on some post topics that were suggested by fellow crocheters. One was curious how I go about choosing colors for various projects (next post). Another asked where she could find a pattern for a sweater that LOOKS difficult, but is not actually difficult.  I believe I’ve found the PERFECT pattern for her, and as soon as I get it finished I will be sharing it with you. *I would be finished by now, but ran out of yarn ::gasp!:: and when I went to buy more, they… were… OUT!*

Sad Owl

No more Dark Heather Cotton-ish? Oh.. Ok..

So, I bought enough to make a whole new one in another color, and have started from the beginning. Frustrating, but I have a feeling I will be needing multiples and various colors.

On an exciting/cute note, I enrolled my youngest in a summer Pre-K fun camp for the next 2 weeks (a total of 4 days). It is held at the Pre-K she will attend next month, so I figured it was a good introduction. She was SO excited. She woke up at 6 am today sing-song-ing about her “first day of school today!!“. I told her she didn’t have school until after lunch, and she said, “Well.. Let’s eat lunch then!” 😛 I love her. I will have to remind her of this morning when she’s a teenager and I have to physically drag her out of bed to get her to school on time. After all that buildup and excitement, I was a little worried it wouldn’t live up to her expectations, but she loved it. She was still talking about it at bedtime (right before she proved to me that she could, in fact, count to 100, because I told her there was no way she was able to do that).

Oh, yeah, she’s feeling much better from the ear infection.

Happy Tuesday!

I’m still here. Just pluggin’ away — one project  one jumbled, messy desk of projects at a time!


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My First Post!

Well, I’m doing it. The FIRST POST ::gasp!::.

I guess I will start with an introduction. Hi! I’m Jen. I live in Colorado (jealous?) with my little family — husband, two girls, and our crazy, loveable, freak of a dog. This is my family:

My husband, Jake

My husband and I out for a date night.

Jake — He is the breadwinner and the reason I get to stay at home and share with all of you here :). He’s a serious workaholic in all things. He gives everything he has to his work week, and everything that is left to projects around the house. Which there are a LOT of. We recently bought and moved into “a fixer-upper” — a 3000 square foot fixer-upper with an endless supply of home improvement projects. I help with some of those projects (and create my own projects). You can expect to see some before and after and DIY tutorials on this blog, but back to Jake. We have been married for just over five years and it seems like forever  has been wonderful! I kid, of course. I could say that every moment has been blissful, but then you would (rightfully) assume I was a big fat liar and quit reading my blog. Therefore, I will be honest and say, that we have our challenges — like every marriage — but we power through with open communication and have a happy and solid relationship. He is the best partner I could ask for and a pretty wonderful dad who loves our girls with a deep and fiercely protective intensity that makes me feel sorry for any boy who is ever serious about them or, God forbid, does something to make them cry. To sum up — I’m married to a pretty great guy.

My Girls:

My oldest daughter, Kacie

Kacie and I at an Awolnation concert

Kacie —  My first born. One incredibly talented chick. She’s a phenomenal artist. She plays several instruments (piano, violin, viola, guitar, drums), and is in a garage band that is actually pretty good! I know I’m her mother, but I don’t pull any punches with her. If they sucked, I would not be shy about it. She’s also wicked smart. If she’s not already smarter than I am, she’s not that far behind. I happen to know for a fact that she far surpasses my abilities in several areas anyway. She’s also proud to be so smart without being snobby and show-offy. Also, she’s gorgeous. Look at her! Amazing, right?! Obviously, I’m an incredibly proud mother. Smart, beautiful, level-headed,… teenager? Wait, what? Really. Best. Kid. Ever. She’ll even roll all of the windows down in the car and jam out to 4 Non Blondes “What’s Going On” with me. To the point where people are laughing at us in traffic, but neither of us care. Even if her friends are in the car. Ha! Man, I love that girl.

My youngest daughter, Lilly

Lilly posing for a sweet picture

Lilly —  The youngest. This girl is going to get what she wants out of life. Even if what she wants is in someone else’s hands and she has to rip it viciously from their clutches. When she is sweet, she is very sweet. When she isn’t…well.. She really isn’t ha. She may be slightly spoiled — as per “the youngest” norm, but I don’t care. She’s my baby (*probably* the last one, although we’ve been debating just one more). They (whoever they are) always say that no two children are alike, but as parents I think we always, at least kind of, expect our kids to be similar because we raise them in the same manner. In some ways my girls are identical — Lilly is also wicked smart and has been reading since before she was two, and is also gorgeos (look at her!) — in other ways they are polar opposites. Lilly is rarely as easy going and mild mannered as her sister. She demands attention and she loves to be in charge (she gets that from her dad lol). She is also very stubborn (she gets that from her mom lol), but not as stubborn as I am. She is very outgoing and friendly, where her sister (at the same age) would play alone at the playground before she would walk up and introduce herself the way that Lilly does. I hope she always keeps her spirit, because the same argumentive, demanding attitude that drives me nuts sometimes is going to take her wherever she wants to be in life. Man, I love that girl, too!

Our dog, Layla

Layla, aka “The Dog”

Layla —  The dog. Oh… the dog. This dog. Look at that sweet, innocent (looking) face. She is a purebred Chocolate Lab. We, and by we I mean, MY HUSBAND, bid on her at a charity auction a little over a year ago. And by, bid on her at a charity auction, I mean, he suddenly lifted our auction paddle without discussing it with me and kept up with a bidding war despite my repeated and frantic stage whispered objections. Obviously, I lost that one. I’m glad though. She is a pain in the ass great dog, and bane of my existence wonderful addition to our family. Sure, she may eat Lilly’s toys, smudge up the windows with her wet dog nose, dig under the fence, track mud all over everything in the house, and wait.. where was I going with that? I really am kidding. She absolutelly does all of those things, but she is also absolutely a very sweet, and wonderful family dog. She is smart, and listens well when she chooses to. She  is a lover dog, and we sure love her back. She and Lilly are like sisters more than pet/owner. There is something magical about the bond between a girl and her dog. That alone makes all of her faults more endearing than unbearably annoying.

Me — Like I said, I’m Jen. I’m “The Mom”. Even better, “The Stay-At-Home-Mom”. If you are also a SAHM, you definitely know the difference. I’m the everything in this house. The housekeeper, teacher, chef, taxi-driver, “gogetmemy-er”, bedtime guru, hygiene enforcer, appointment maker, grocery shopper, “noyoucan’thave-er” extraordinaire. I don’t mean to make it sound like I hate it. I don’t. I actually love it almost all of the time. I genuinely enjoy making sure my family is well taken care of.  In order to keep my sanity and sense of  self, I have things that are just for me. Like crochet, and my DIY projects, and this blog. These things balance me so I don’t feel like I am defined as “Jake’s wife” or “Kacie/Lilly’s Mom”. I’m Jen. I run my own home business, and I write about it for other people like me. I run, I love punk music, and music in general (but mostly punk, and reggae/dub), and art, and creating things, and READING, and learning new things. Which brings me to this blog and what you can expect to see here.

As the name suggests, I crochet. The LP is a shortened version of the original name, LillyPops, which is what Lilly used to call lollipops, and I found incredibly adorable. Ultimately, however, I found it a tad on the “cutesy” side and decided to shorten into something a little more “everyone friendly”. For example, I find it more likely that a man would purchase a hat for himself from LPCrochet, than from LillyPops with the cute little owls on the banner. Anyway, that’s the story behind the name. Nothing earth-shatteringly inspired there.

This blog will be shamelessly self promoting, but also as helpful to fellow crocheters and DIYers as possible. Do I want to sell the fruits of my labor? OF COURSE! But I also want to help you. Are you new to crochet? I will be featuring picture tutorials (and maybe some videos, I haven’t decided) of everything in crochet that I think will be useful to you. Basic stitches, simple patterns, fun stitches,  etc. I will also feature links to some of my very favorite free (and not free) patterns. Don’t know how to read/follow patterns? Have no fear! I will be covering that as well! Crochet not your thing? Well.. this might not be the blog for you, but stick around anyway. There may be something here for you. Buy a finished product from my online store, read about my DIY projects. I’ll feature some in depth how-tos on repurposing old furniture and inexpensive home decor ideas.

I hope to hear from you! I’m excited for this new adventure and I will be asking for your criticism, so don’t be afraid to tell me if you hate something here. I’m writing for me, but I’m also writing for you. Welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy it!

Also — I’m still learning about page layouts. Any suggestions with inserting pictures in a less sloppy looking way would be appreciated! 🙂 AND — Yay! It’s Friday!