Monday, September 29, 2014

Textured Cardigan [knitting pattern]

 I can't get enough of cozy cardigans! They're perfect for layering over dresses and jeans.
Sizes Small (36 inch bust), Medium, Large
Needles size 10 1/2 US
Yarn- Loops & Threads Charisma in Deep Woods (8- 3.5 oz balls)
Pattern stitch- Knit 13 rows in Garter Stitch, P1, K1 (Stockinette Stitch) for 11 rows. Repeat these 24 rows for pattern

Back: Cast on 60 (62-64) sts. Work in pattern for 14 rows. Dec Row 1- K 10, K 2 tog, work to last 12 sts. K 2 tog, K 10. Work even until 1st row of next Garter Stitch stripe is completed. Next Dec Row- Repeat Dec Row 1. Work even until first row of next Stockinette Stitch stripe is completed. Dec Row 3- K 9, K 2 tog, work to last 11 sts, K 2 tog, K 9. Work even until first row of next Garter Stitch stripe is completed. Next Dec Row- Repeat Dec Row 3. Continue in this manner to decrease 1 stitch each edge of 2nd row of Stockinette Stitch and Garter Stitch stripe, always having 1 stitch less before decrease on next  decrease rows until 48 (50-52) sts remain. Work even until 22 inches from beginning or desired length to underarm.

Shape Armholes: Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Dec 1 stitch at each edge every other row 2 times- 38 (40-42) sts. Work even until armhole measures 7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2) inches.

Shape Shoulders: Bind off 4 sts. at the beginning of next 4 rows, 4 (4, 5) sts at the beginning of next  rows 14 (16-16) sts. Bind off for back of neck.

Left Front: Cast on 36 (38-40) sts. Work in pattern as for back, Keeping 6 stitches in Garter Stitch at front edge for front border. Shape at side edge only as for back- 30 (32-34) sts. Work to underarm as for back.

Shape Armhole: At arm edge, bind off 3 stitches once, Dec 1 stitch every other row 2 times- 25 (27-29) sts. Work even until armhole measures 5 1/4 (5 3/4, 6 1/4) inches, ending at front edge.

Shape Neck: At front edge bind off 9 (10-11) sts, complete row. Dec 1 stitch at neck edge every other row 4 (5-5) times.- 12 (12-13) sts. Work even to shoulder as back.

Shape Shoulders: At arm edge, bind off 4 stitches every other row 2 times 4 (4-5) sts once.

Right Front: Work to correspond to Left Front, reversing all shaping

Sleeves: Cast on 50 (52-54) sts. Work in pattern decreasing 1 stitch each edge as on back on second row of first Stockinette Stitch stripe, then Garter Stitch stripe as on back, starting K 10, K 2 tog, work to last 12 stitches, K 2 tog, K 10. On 2nd decrease, work K 9, K 2 tog, work to last 11 sts, K  tog, K 9. Continue in this manner until 42 (44-46) sts remain. Work even until 14 inches from the beginning. End same pattern row as at underarm of back. 

Shape Cap: Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows. Decrease 1 stitch each edge every other row 10 (11-12) times- 16 sts. Bind off 2 sts beginning of 4 rows. Bind off remaining 8 sts.

Finishing: Sew shoulder, side and sleeve seams. Sew in sleeves.

Belt: Cast on 8 sts. Work in Garter stitch until pieces measures inches. Bind off.
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Friday, September 26, 2014

How to make plastic pumpkins look real

I'm sure you've all seen those plastic coated foam pumpkins at the craft stores. They're great for decorating and DIY projects but the uniform color and shiny finish make them look really fake. Here's an easy and inexpensive way to make them look like the real thing!

Friday DIY Favorites

[Left- tutorial shows you how to make this chic, lattice tote, Right- Large art prints can be expensive. Make your own using a shower curtain]
[Left- Build a cute pet bed using shipping pallets, Right- Easy to follow tutorial shows you how to make a scratching post]
[Left- These pressed herb candles will smell as good as they look!, Right- Hide kitchen appliances with this clever garage]
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Now is the time of year for all thing pumpkin! This is a great way to elevate your basic chocolate chip cookies.
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.  
Beat the butter until smooth using a mixer. Add the sugars, a little at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, then mix in the vanilla and pumpkin puree. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, an spices. Slowly beat the flour mixture into the batter in thirds. Stir in the chips. Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cookies are browned around the edges. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let them sit for 5 minutes. Remove the cookies from the sheet with a spatula and cool them on wire racks.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIY Anthropologie Fanned feather necklace

I recently ordered some cruelty free feathers. Some of them arrived broken and I wasn't quite sure what to make with them. After seeing this necklace on Anthropologie I was inspired to turn my feathers into something similar.

  • Feathers
  • Suede
  • Thick gold chain (3 inches long)
  • 2 jump rings
  • Thin gold chain (for necklace- 26 inches long)
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