Monday, May 22, 2017

Slanted Shell Afghan, Happily Hooked Magazine Issue 37 and a Giveaway!

Photo Courtesy of Happily Hooked Magazine.
My Slanted Shell Afghan can be found in April 2017, Issue 37 of Happily Hooked Magazine. This issue features "Stitches and Textures that will take your crochet to the next level".
Remember my Great to Be a Grenadier Slanted Shell Afghan(shown above)? I posted this in May of 2015, and designed it specifically for my old high school. I made it in their colors, and donated it to be auctioned off at an end of the year band concert. 
Well... Time for another silent auction so I worked up this new Still Great to Be a Grenadier Afghan named Slanted Shell Afghan for this issue of the Happily Hooked Magazine. This afghan features one of my favorite stitches - the Slanted Shell Stitch - in individual afghan squares, and then joined together using the Pull Loop Through (PLT) Method and one continuous join meaning less ends to weave in!

To complete your own Slanted Shell Afghan, you will need about two and a half skeins each of Color A and B and one skein of Color C for join and border of I Love This Yarn - I used the Red, Black and White colorways - or about 2262 yards of worsted weight yarn, and an I9/5.5mm crochet hook. 

Issue 37 Also Features...

These Crochet Patterns:
     - Julie Lynn Poncho by Salena Baca
     - Tree of Life Pillow by Dianna Judge
     - Petalette Shawl by Padma R
     - Hour Glass Shawl by Amanda Brown
     - Twists & Turns Boot Cuffs by Debbie Richardson
     - Bamboozled Delight Dishcloth by Carol Rupprecht
     - Stella Hat by Danyel Pink
     - Crochet the Rainbow Bag by Shelby Goddard
     - Just Peachie Cocoon Set by Maria Bittner for Red Heart

These Articles:
     - Stitch of the Month: Bobble Stitch
     - Business Tip: 4 Keys to Unlocking Productivity
     - Crochet Heals: Kirsty P
     - Artist Profile: Luisa of Crochetdoll
     - Stitching in Love
     - Hooked on... Roundup
     - Red Heart Pattern Roundup

A few of my favorites include the Tunisian Petalette Shawl (top left), the Julie Lynn Poncho (top right), the Tree of Life Pillow (bottom left), and the Crochet the Rainbow Bag (bottom right)!
Photo is front cover of April 2017, Issue 37.
Hop on over to the Happily Hooked Magazine site to subscribe and get the current issue - April 2017, Issue 37!
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Now... Who is ready to win their own copy? Let's get on with the giveaway! One winner will be gifted a digital copy of this Happily Hooked Magazine April 2017, Issue 37 via Ravelry. You have until Wednesday May 31st to enter this giveaway. Open to all countries. EyeLoveKnots is responsible for prize. Clocks start over on some tasks everyday so come back and re-enter!

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Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing a custom Slanted Shell Afghan?
     Visit the EyeLoveKnots Etsy Shop to see what I have available! Use the search box to type in what you have in mind, or feel free to send me a message with your custom request. I am happy to make in any custom size and/or color. View color options here: I Love This Yarn.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Two Grannies Headband - Free Crochet Pattern

Yay! This is the fifth post of the year for the 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge! I am so excited to see what everyone has been working on, especially you! At the end of this post, you will find the information for this month's giveaway, and link up.

I was feeling very uninspired and unmotivated for my May 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge Project, and didn’t have anything worked up until this headband the day before. I decided I was going to wear my new top out to lunch with my mom, and usually I wear my hair clipped back and parted on the side, but this day, I decided that I needed a matching headband to wear that fit in the space from the parted side, and go clip-less, and so this Two Grannies Headband was created just in time to wear out.
From Your Hosts: Rainbow Blanket (Crochet Inspiration) from Kat Kat Katoen, Simple Granny Coaster (Free Crochet Pattern) from Rhelena, Delicate Earrings from Crochet is the Way, Granny Square Wrap (Crochet Inspiration with Diagram for Edging) from Atelier Marie-Lucienne, Roll Collar Poncho (Free Crochet Pattern in German) from Hakelfieber, Handwarmers (Free Crochet Pattern in Dutch) from Mariam's Creations, and Granny Square Soap Cozy (Free Crochet Pattern) from EyeLoveKnots (that's me!).

Please make sure to stop by our other co-host and see what they've been working on too. In the image above, you'll find their projects (and mine) from last month's challenge.


Marjan from Atelier Marie-Lucienne
Sandra from Hakelfieber Austria (in German)
Sigrid from Kat Kat Katoen
Jenny from Crochet is the Way
Rhelena from Crochet n Crafts
Mariam from Mariam's Creations: Recycle and Create


Materials I Used:
     - Small Amount of #10 Crochet Thread - I used Hobby Lobby's Artiste #10 Thread in the Orchid and Black colorways
     - B2mm Crochet Hook
     - #20 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Aunt Lydia's #10 Crochet Thread

Time Spent:
     I had my headband ready to wear in about half an hour.

Measurements:
     1 7/8" wide by 4" long (26" long from tie to tie)

Gauge:
     With B2mm Hook & Artiste #10 Thread: 9 SC = 1" Wide

Abbreviations:
     - DC - Double Crochet
     - SC - Single Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Beginning chain 2 counts as a stitch, but chain 1 does not.

Chain 2 at the end of the first round of the squares is intentional. I've found with a chain 3 at the end of the first round, it makes this corner uneven.

Join to the first stitch, not the beginning chain.

I have a photo tutorial on How to Work a Granny Square. Beginner friendly, as well as a photo tutorial on how to Join-As-You-Go Granny Squares

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Pattern:

1st Granny Square:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 3, (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) 2x, 3 DC into the ring, chain 2. Join. (12 DC)

R2: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, (3 DC in the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join. Loosely slip stitch over to the corner. (24 DC)

R3: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, (3 DC in the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join. (36 DC)

2nd Granny Square - Join-As-You-Go:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 3, (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) 2x, 3 DC into the ring, chain 2. Join. (12 DC)

R2: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, (3 DC in the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join. Loosely slip stitch over to the corner. (24 DC)

R3: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the chain space, chain 1, from behind SC into the chain space of the 1st square, chain 1, 3 DC into the first chain space of the current square, from behind SC into the chain space of the 1st square, 3 DC into the next chain space of the current square, from behind SC into the chain space of the 1st square, 3 DC into the next chain space of the current square, chain 1, from behind SC into the chain space of the 1st square, chain 1, 3 DC into the same chain space of the current square, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, (3 DC in the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1) 2x. Join with Black. (36 DC)

Edging & Ties:
     In Black, (chain 110. Slip stitch into the 4th stitch to create a ring. Chain 1. 5 SC into the ring. Slip stitch to the first stitch to join ring. Now working back into the initial chain and the back bump of each chain, work 84 slip stitches, skip the next stitch of the granny square cluster, slip stitch into the next stitch, SC into the next 4 stitches, 5 SC into the chain 3 space, SC into the next 12 stitches, SC into the center join of the squares, SC into the next 12 stitches, 5 SC into the chain 3 space, SC next 4 stitches), slip stitch into the next stitch. Repeat all within the parenthesis one more time. Slip stitch join.

Fasten Off, and Weave in Ends.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Two Grannies Headbands using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.


Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing a Two Grannies Headband?
     Visit the EyeLoveKnots Etsy Shop to see what I have available! Use the search box to type in what you have in mind, or feel free to send me a message with your custom request. I am happy to make in any custom size and/or color. View color options here: Artiste #10 Thread.

*If you would like a PDF version of this post, you may get one through my EyeLoveKnots Etsy Shop or EyeLoveKnots Craftsy Shop for a small fee. This fee is to compensate for the view/s lost once you no longer need to return to the blog for the information, as you will have your own copy. Plus! It helps fund supplies for new projects to share with you!
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This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by Helena of Rhelena & Crochet n Craft! THREE winners will each receive three patterns from Helena's Etsy Shop!

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Must be 18 or older to enter. Open to all countries. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email notification, or another winner will be chosen. Helena of Rhelena/Crochet n Craft is responsible for prize fulfillment.
The three most viewed projects from last month's challenge can be found in the image above. From left to right, top to bottom: Granny Bunny from EssSpecially, Garland/Slinger from Hip en Kleurig, and Beach Ball Square from Stitches n Scraps.


Now, Share Your Granny-Spiration Project With Us!

New Granny-Spiration Projects will be shared from your hosts the first Saturday of each month. Post times will vary. You will be able to link up from 12:00am EST on the first Saturday of the month, through 11:55am EST on the second Thursday from the start date - specific dates are on top of the Rafflecopter form - giving you almost two weeks to link up and enter the giveaway!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and GRANNY INSPIRED through use of regular granny square or solid granny square, granny stitch pattern or other afghan square in the form of a free pattern, pattern review, or inspiration piece. Not limited to crochet or knit.

Please make sure to link to your post, and not your home page. 

*If you don't have a blog, you can still share with us by creating a Free Flickr Account - powered by Yahoo. Add your projects there, and then come back here with the link for the project.


*Link ups cannot be to Etsy listings or Ravelry pages where patterns are sold. You can link to blog posts, Flickr or Facebook pages, Pins, etc that are directed towards it, but can't directly link to it. 

To be clearer though, Raverly pages of finished projects are okay to share. Sorry for the inconvenience! That's per InLinkz guidelines. Thanks!

Features may be chosen at the discretion of each host. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.


April 2017 Nails: Mod Blue & Checkered White for Spring

Here are my Spring Nails - done for April. I did a quick search through Pinterest looking for Spring Nail Designs, and came across this pin for 16 Awesome Spring Nail Designs for Short Nails - the page has some really pretty nail art tutorials linked up, but not the one specifically that was my inspiration. I took my picture into Lynn, and she had me pick out the main color, which I chose a bright blue - my new favorite color. I have two yarns that are similar to the color - one called Splash, and one called Mod Blue, which I though was more Springy.

For the ring fingers, she used white as a base - as the photo shows - and we played around with a couple grays to see which one fit best, which ended up being a lighter gray. She used a thin brush, and painted on the lines. 
In the photo, it looks like metallic stickers were used, but I like the painting more, and it's easier on your nails.

Overall, I could not be happier with these nails!

As mentioned before, I always go to the same place to get my nails done. They have great service, and fantastic staff. If you are in the Orlando area and looking for a place to get your nails done, make sure you stop by Club Nails and Spa! Tell them Alexandra sent you :)
I do have some other Nail Inspiration and tutorials for you on my Nail Art page. I would like to start doing some more nail art tutorials. Anything specifically you'd like to see? Drop me a line below!

If you love to craft too, I would love to see your photos and get your recommendations! Join the EyeLoveKnots Crafting Community to share your creations, and see what other's are up to!

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