New Craft - Chainmaille!

I just started this new craft and now I'm totally addicted! This is my first completed project with a simple weave called the Byzantine Chain.  I used 200  4mm jump rings in 19 gauge.  In my lack of knowledge, I accidentally bought either a too large of gauge wire or too small of a diameter ring, so I had to modify the weave a bit to get it all to work properly.  I have to say, I love the way this came out.  I'm now working with all the correct jump ring sizes according to the guides and it's so much easier.  It was difficult to learn with the wrong supplies, but I got to experiment early!



Puff Stitch Wool Scarf

Oh boy, I can't believe it's getting cold already!  Time for winter scarves to come out.

I love this pattern so much!  The yarn, not so much.  I never thought I would have any problems working with wool, or wearing it for that matter, but I do!  I used Debbie Stoller's Stitch Nation Full 'O Sheep yarn, 100% Peruvian wool and the results are amazing.  I'm definitely going to be making this pattern again, just in a different, non-wool yarn.  I'm curious to see what kind of texture the puffs/bobbles will have with a different type of yarn.  Currently on sale on my Etsy site.

 


Summer Shawls

For the spring/summer months, I made these two shawls with regular worsted weight yarn and used a large hook, US size N15-10mm.  The larger hook really changes the weight of the shawl and makes it almost weightless, it's kind of amazing to me!

On a side note, I really need to get a lighter or a more comfortable grip for this size hook because the weight of this bamboo handle aluminum hook is pretty hefty and really wears out my hand quickly.  I'd make more shawls with the same combination if I could get a better, more comfortable hook.

Both shawls are available for purchase on my Etsy site.



Crocheted Seed Bead and Crystal Bangle

I really love how this bangle turned out.  I used size 8 seed beads and 4mm fire-polished glass beads crocheted in a 6 bead round. Because of the larger fire-polished size, the seed beads have to angle around a bit to frame them which gives this bangle a pretty unique look.  I used crochet cotton size 10 in silver to match the main background.



Beach Skirt

I saw this pattern in an issue of Crochet Today and had to make it.  Luckily, my sister's birthday was coming up so I jumped at the opportunity.  Very, very easy, just took a bit longer than expected. But I love how the bottom ruffles because of the longer stitches.

Crocheted Cell Phone Pouches

I've been making a lot of these little pouches, and they seem to be quite popular on my Etsy site.  These are really simple to make with 100% cotton yarn.  They measure 4 inches wide by 5 inches long and are so useful.  The drawstring easily fits around your wrist so wrap and forget!  I love making these, so I'll be putting more colors up soon!

  

Ocean Colors Varigated Thread Bangle

I finally got the supplies to make a new thread patterned bangle.  I used Aunt Lydia's Crochet Cotton Size 10 in Ocean as the thread and Toho transparent crystal size 8/0 seed beads.  I like the pattern this created with the multi-colors.  Available on my Etsy site.