Getting some work done

It’s been a while, as always, but I’m still working on the sweater vest. Hubby hurt his knee and had to have surgery so that kept me busy for a bit, but I’m back to work on it. I’m almost finished with the back and once that is done I’ll post a picture of it.

I haven’t been working on much since I’ve been busy with hubby, but I do have an in between project going. I just started work at the kids school, I’ll start back in Aug, and so I now have new things to knit for me so that I look nice!! I started the Lace Cardi from the Spring/ Summer issue of Vogue Knitting.  The stitch is very easy to remember, but you really have to pay attention to the pattern, which I didn’t!!  I have 5 extra stitches on each side, but that shouldn’t really make much of a difference to the end product.

I’m using Caron Simply Soft in ocean and I love the color!!  I think I’m going to like this when it’s done.  Now to give Mario some love too.


Almost a year later!

And I’m still working on this Mario Sweater Vest!  I will admit that I took off several months and finished up a few small projects.  It felt good to do something that didn’t need a chart and several colors!  LOL  I but have made that promise to hubby that I would NOT work on anything else until this vest is done!!!!!!

Hubby wants me to make it a V-Neck so I found a pattern by Berroco called Peter Easy.  The pattern is simple enough to apply to this sweater, the only bad part about it is that on the back I already started the decreases based on the original pattern.  Not really a big deal I only have about 13 rows to take out and I’m doing those while at my sons football practice.

Like I said earlier I’ve made quite a few project since I started the Mario Sweater, but I have taken most of the photo’s with my iPhone and I don’t upload them onto my computer, so I’ll try to find out how to get them onto my blog so you’ll be able to see my other goodies!!

I’ll try not to take another 6 months to post again.  I hope to have the front done within the next week or so!!  I’m almost to the decrease for the V-neck.





Cameo is done!

I have had the book “Everyday Crochet” by Doris Chan for quite awhile now, and I have wanted to make the first pattern in it, the Cameo tank. I started it last year and for some reason just couldn’t get the pattern to make sense. Well, when I found the new yarn Naturallycaron.com I just had to try Spa. I got myself 4 skeins of Ocean Spray and this is what it made.

I LOVE this top! The yarn is a Bamboo Acrylic blend with more acrylic then bamboo so it’s still a bit to warm to wear in the Texas heat, but I will suffer through and wear this on July 4 to a cookout that we are going to. I also found some new yarn coming out at Elann that I may try. This only took me a few day to make so I have no problems making it again.

I went back to Jo-Ann’s and got me a few more skeins of Naturallycaron.com in country. This is a acrylic and wool blend, and I’m going to make a cute little cardi that I found on Ravelry. You really should join!


Shalom Cardi is finished

Really, I finished it about a week ago it’s just taken me this long to get the button on and the pictures taken.  It was a easy pattern to work and I would make one again if I find a nice wool to work with.  I’m not sure I really like the Jiffy, by Lion Brand, but I would buy it again if I found it at $.97!

I added extra stitches under the arms and I might not do that again, the 15 stitches would probable be just fine.

I love the button that I got.  I originally got it for the Cloud Bolero.  OMG!!  I never posted it!!??   I posted about it over at Fresh Off The Hook, but not here.  Well, let me just change that.

I really like the pattern for the Cloud Bolero, (the photo doesn’t show up with the pattern but if you want to see it just have a look around the links on that page.) but I wanted a longer one.  Not a big deal.  The pattern was easy it just took me some time to get the hang of it because it was the first time I really ever made a knitted garment.  I used Lion Brand Homespun and really enjoyed working with it.  It really does make a nice and soft jacket.

Please pardon the pose DD took that picture and made me be a super modal.   The only thing I would change is the picot edging on the sleeves.  I don’t know if it’s this yarn or what but they are really big.  I do plan on making this again, once I figure out how to add sleeves to it. LOL

Happy Hooking!


When insperation hit you just have to cheer it along!

I’ve made my first item without a pattern. Yes, I’m now a designer… well maybe not, but I did make this skirt with only a thought in my head!


I posted this on Crochetville and had quite a few people ask for the pattern. So I’m going to give this my best shot. Please keep this in mind…

Peppy Cheer Skirt

***This is my first ever attempt at writing out a pattern and I’m not going to get this right on the first try, so PLEASE ask question, tell me when there is a correction and I will take care of these things right away!***

This pattern is for a girls size 6/7

Two skeins of worsted weight yarn one for MC and one for CC ( I used Caron Simply Soft)
1/2 ” soft elastic banding, cut to the size of child’s waist and sewn together
Size “G” hook
Tapestry or yarn needle
6 stitch markers or scrap yarn

4 x 4 = 15 st x 8 rows
However this can be adjusted as the pattern is based more on the amount of stitches divided by 6. That will be explained later.

These are standard to crochet, but if you need help let me know

Getting started:
Now as I said before I don’t know how to make different sizes, but I will explain how I figured out what size my daughter needed.

She has a size 21″ waist. It takes me 92 stitches to fit her waist. I knew that I wanted 6 pleats around the skirt so I divided 6 by the amount of stitches to make it come out even. For this it took me 102 st to come to an even number of 17 (please forgive me, math is not my best subject and it took me awhile to get this you may have an easier way) Your amount of stitches my be different, I would make a chain and see how many it takes to get to the size that you need, then add stitches until you get to a number that is dividable by 6. (ch ./. 6 = even number stitches)

Waist band:

(for this pattern I will be going by the amount of stitches that I used, you will go by the amount you determined from (ch ./. 6 = even number stitches)

With MC Ch 102, join with a sl st to first ch. (102 dc)
Row1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and through out) dc in back loop of ch across to last ch, join to top ch 3. (102 dc) (it is important to dc in the back loop of ch, 1 because it gives your crochet more stretch, and 2 when joining waist band end together it will allow you to have a back loop to join in. If you need help with this play the video that is on my blog for instructions.)
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in each of the next dc around. (102 dc)
Row 3: Ch 3, dc in back loop only of all dc around. (102 dc)
Row 4: Ch 3, dc in each of the next dc around (102 dc)
Row 5: Ch 3, fold waist band in half so that front loops of row 3 are on the outside, insert elastic banding and with both side together dc in back loop from row 4 and front loop of first set of ch’s made. (this is where it’s important to make sure you did your first set of dc in the back loop of your ch) you may need to stretch your elastic banding just a bit. If you find this too hard you can just feed your elastic band through with a safety pen just leave a two or three dc undone and once you have sewn your elastic then you can finish your dc. You have now completed your waist band and your first row of the skirt. (102 dc)


Row 6-12: ch 3, dc in each of the next dc around (102 dc)
From the back of your work count back half of the number you got when you did (ch ./. 6 = even number stitches) for this pattern I counted back 9. Place marker in next stitch back. Count forward 17 place next marker until you have all 6 markers placed evenly.

Mark front of work

MC Panels:
With MC, and WS facing, join in any dc after marker, ch 3, dc in the next (15) ch 3 turn. ( 16 dc)
Row 2-12: Dc in each dc across. Ch 3 turn (16 dc)
Row 13: Dc in each dc across, fasten off. (16 dc)
Repeat this for each of the six panels.

CC Panels:
Row 1: With CC and RS facing remove marker, join and ch 3 and dc twice in same dc. Ch 3 turn. (3 dc) NOTE: this panel will only be connected to skirt by first 3 dc’s it will be whip stitched together later.
Row 2: Dc in same sp as ch 3, dc in next dc, 2 dc in last st, ch 3 turn. (5 dc)
Row 3: Dc in same sp as ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in last st, ch 3 turn. (7 dc)
Row 4: Dc in same sp as ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in the last st, ch 3 turn. (10 dc)
Row 5: Dc in same sp as ch 3, dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in last st, ch 3 turn. (12 dc)
Row 6-7: Dc in each dc across, ch 3 turn. (12 dc)
Row 8: Dc in same sp as ch 3, dc in next 10 st, ch 3 turn. (14 dc)
Row 9-12: Dc in each dc across, ch 3 turn. (14 dc)
Row 13: Dc in same sp as ch 3, dc in each of the next 12 dc, 2 dc in last st, fasten off. (16 dc)

Repeat for each of the six CC panels. Turn to wrong side and whip stitch panels together on edges. Weave in ends.

I’m sure hope that I have covered everything. If I have left something out or you are unable to make out what I’m trying to say, PLEASE let me know.

*Do not sell or try to pass off this as your own pattern. You may make this pattern for yourself your someone you love, but don’t sell the finished product*

Please let me know if you make this I would love to see all the finished skirts!

Corrections in Red