Hexagon Ball Pillow – Blog Hop Crochet Along

Hello Everyone! I am a little late getting this up (so sorry!), but I am so excited to show you all my final project for the Blog Hop Crochet Along! I decided to make a ball pillow, which I think turned out really great. I had so much fun participating in the Crochet Along and loved making this pillow!DSC_0241To make this pillow, you will first need a ball pillow insert. I found these at Fairfield World that are a pretty good price. There are two sizes: a 12in and a 16in. I made this pillow with a 12 in pillow insert, but you can certainly add a few extra hexagons and use the 16in. DSC_0335In order for the hexagons to fit around the ball, I modified the hexagon pattern a bit to make a pentagon (think soccer ball). The pentagon pattern is included at the end of this post! To assemble the pillow, you need to attach a hexagon to each side of the pentagon, then join the hexagon sides together. I joined the hexagons and pentagons using this method by Attic24.

DSC_0345I assembled the entire pillow, except for the last two pentagons so I had a big enough hole to fit the pillow insert inside. In the picture below, I left the blue pentagon and the navy pentagon out, and did not join the touching edges of the gray hexagon and green hexagon. That left just enough squeeze in the pillow form. Hexagon Pillow

After the pillow is in, I whipstitched the last two pentagons, and two edges of the hexagons into place. And that’s it! Your pillow will be the perfect addition to any room!

I had so much fun participating in this Crochet Along, and again, a special thank you to KnitPicks for sponsoring! Please be sure to check out all of the other wonderful bloggers’ project!coin purse and floor poufCrochet Hexagon Coin Purse – Flamingo Toes         Hexagon Floor Pouf – The Firefly Hook

cowl and project bagHexagon Cowl – Gleeful Things                             Hexagon Project Bag – Fiber Flux

camera strap and bamboo handled bagHexagon Camera Strap – Whistle & Ivy              Dahlia Hexagon Handbag – Hopeful Honeyheart shaped pillow

Heart-Shaped Hexagon Pillow – Persia Lou

Pentagon Pattern

This pattern is very similar to the hexagon pattern. You are basically just omitting step 4. I’ve included step-by-step instructions below and please let me know if you have any questions!

Materials

  • KnitPicks Brava worsted weight
  • 6.0mm crochet hook

Stitches

  • slst – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc2tog – double crochet two together
  • dc3tog – double crochet three together

Before you begin, ch 5 and slst in first ch to create ring. You will work out of this ring for the first round.

Round 1: ch3 (counts as first dc), work 9 dc in ring, join with slst in 3rd chain of beginning ch3 (10 dc total)

Round 2: with same color, sc in same stitch, ch3, skip dc, *sc in next dc, ch3, skip one dc* repeat between ** 3 more times, join with slst in first dc, fasten off (5 ch3 spaces)

Round 3: join new color in any ch3 space, ch2 (counts as first half of first dc2tog), dc, ch2, dc2tog, ch1. In next ch3 space, *dc2tog, ch2, dc2tog, ch1* repeat between ** 3 more times, slst in top of first dc2tog, fasten off.

Round 4: join new color in any ch2 space, ch2 (counts as first dc of dc3tog), dc2tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch 1, in next ch3 space dc3tog, ch1, in next space work *dc3tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch1, next ch3 space, dc3tog, ch1* repeat between ** 3 more times, join with slst in first dc3tog, fasten off

Round 6: join new color in ch2 space, ch2, dc2tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch1, in next ch1 space dc3tog, ch1, next ch1 space dc3tog, ch1, in next ch2 space, *dc3tog, ch1, dc3tog, ch1, next ch1 space dc3tog, ch1, next ch1 space, dc3tog, ch 1* repeat between ** 3 more times, join with slst in beginning dc3tog, fasten off.

Granny Hexagon Pattern – Blog Hop Crochet Along

I am so excited to share with you my hexagon pattern for the Blog Hop Crochet Along! I have loved working on this project and I am so, so excited I was asked to join!Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 3.18.00 PMAlso, a huge thank you to KnitPicks who so kindly sponsored the Crochet Along and is giving one of you the chance to win a $50 KnitPicks gift card!

Materials

  • KnitPicks Brava worsted weight
  • 6.0mm crochet hook

Stitches

  • slst – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc2tog – double crochet two together
  • dc3tog – double crochet three together

Before you begin, ch 5 and slst in first ch to create ring. You will work out of this ring for the first round.

Round 1: ch3 (counts as first dc), work 11 do in ring, join with slst in 3rd chain of beginning ch3, fasten off (12 dc total)DSC_0266

Round 2: join new color in any double crochet, sc in same stitch, ch3, skip dc, *sc in next dc, ch3, skip one dc* repeat between ** 4 more times, join with slst in first dc, fasten off (6 ch3 spaces)DSC_0269

Round 3: join new color in any ch3 space, ch2 (counts as first half of first dc2tog), dc, ch2, dc2tog, ch1. In next ch3 space, *dc2tog, ch2, dc2tog, ch1* repeat between ** 4 more times, slst in top of first dc2tog, fasten off.DSC_0278

Round 4: join new color in any dc2tog, sc in same stitch, *sc in next dc2tog, ch3* repeat between ** 10 more times, join with slst in first dc, fasten off (12 ch3 spaces)DSC_0282Round 5: join new color in any ch3 space, ch2 (counts as first dc of dc3tog), dc2tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch 1, in next ch3 space dc3tog, ch1, in next space work *dc3tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch1, next ch3 space, dc3tog, ch1* repeat between ** 4 more times, join with slst in first dc3tog, fasten offDSC_0290

Round 6: join new color in ch2 space, ch2, dc2tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch1, in next ch1 space dc3tog, ch1, next ch1 space dc3tog, ch1, in next ch2 space, *dc3tog, ch1, dc3tog, ch1, next ch1 space dc3tog, ch1, next ch1 space, dc3tog, ch 1* repeat between ** 4 more times, join with slst in beginning dc3tog, fasten off.DSC_0293

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! And don’t forget to check out the hexagons of the other wonderful bloggers in the Blog Hop Crochet Along!

Crochet Easter Egg Tutorial

Today is officially the first day of spring! We didn’t have much of a winter, but I am excited that spring is here and Easter is just a few weeks away! If you’re looking for something quick and easy to make, these little crochet easter eggs are perfect!Easter Egg          TutorialThese eggs are so easy and quick to make! They are worked in a continuous round, so you will need some kind of stitch marker. I used my Clover stitch markers, but you can easily use a scrap piece of yarn or a spare bobby pin!

I made these eggs with a 4.00mm hook and used Lily’s Sugar ‘n’ Cream yarn. They have a lot of really pretty colors that are perfect for bright Easter eggs!

Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, work 6 sc in the ring.  Do not join this round with a slip stitch. You will just continue working in the previous stitches, creating kind of a spiral. Slip your stitch marker on the 6th stitch to mark when you get back to the beginning.

Round 2: In each sc, work 2sc (12 sc) Move your stitch marker to the 12th stitch. Continue to move your stitch marker to the last stitch at the end of each round so you know when you’re back to the start.

Round 3: *In first sc, work 2sc. Work 1 sc in next sc* Repeat between ** to finish the round (18 sc)

Round 4: *In first sc, work 2sc. Work 1 sc in next 2 sc* Repeat between ** to finish the round (24 sc)

At this point, you should have a circle that lays flat. DSC_0098Rounds 5-8: Work 1 sc in each stitch (24 sc)

Your circle will start to curl as you go through these rounds. You will start to see the bottom of your egg!DSC_0110Round 9: This is your first round with a decrease. *In the first two stitches, work a sc2tog. Work 1 sc in the next 4 stitches* Repeat between ** to finish the round

Round 10: Work 1 sc in each stitch

Round 11: This round also has a decrease. *In the first two stitches, work a sc2tog. Work 1 sc in the next 3 stitches* Repeat between ** to finish the round

Round 12: Work 1 sc in each stitch.

You will notice that it is starting to taper in at the top, creating the egg shape.DSC_0112Round 13: *In the first two stitches, work a sc2tog. Work 1 sc in the next 2 stitches* Repeat between ** to finish the round

Now you get to stuff your egg. You don’t need a ton of stuffing, and you can choose how full you want your eggs to be. DSC_0120

Round 14: *In the first two stitches, work a sc2tog. Work 1 sc in the next stitch* Repeat between ** to finish the round. Cut your yarn and fasten off. DSC_0123

 

You will probably still have a little hole at the top. That’s okay, just take your tail and weave it through the last round of stitches and pull it tight to cinch the top closed.

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I like to hide the tail by using a needle to sew it into the egg. Push the needle into the top of the egg and pull it out through the side.

DSC_0132You will have a little string hanging out the side, but once you cut it, it will disappear inside the egg!DSC_0134

I love the way these turned out! They are so cute and are a perfect decoration or gift for Easter. Unfortunately though, there isn’t any candy hiding in the center of these! DSC_0140 DSC_0152If you make any of these little eggs, I’d love to see them! Also, keep an eye out because later in the week I’ll share with you some other great Easter and spring patterns!

Larksfoot Pattern!

IMG_0317-001I have a real problem with crochet blankets. I see so many beautiful blankets on Pinterest or in magazines and I just want to make them all! So, I currently have four unfinished blankets in my room. They are taking up space, so my goals is to finish them all in the next few months. That may be a little ambitious, but I want to at least feel like I’m making progress.

I wanted to share today one of my favorite blanket stitches! This is one of those never-ending blankets that I started months ago. I guess I kind of got burned out and set it aside for a while. I love the way this look, and really want it to be finished, so I pulled it out again a couple nights ago. This is one of my very favorite stitches. It looks kind of vintage to me and is so easy!

IMG_0356-001I’m using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in the nautical colors that came out last summer. I don’t know if they are still available in stores, but you can still get a few of the colors online! I also used a size 6.00 mm hook. You can definitely use a smaller hook to get tighter stitches, but I like mine to be a little looser.DSC_8238DSC_8256This is another larksfoot blanket I made a few years ago while I was in college. It is still one of my favorite blankets! It is also my dad’s favorite. He regularly requests a giant 7′ by 8′ blanket in this stitch. I don’t know when I will find the time to make one that big, but I’m sure I will get around to it someday!IMG_0510IMG_0337-001For this blanket, I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in Sungold, Old Rose, Turquoise and Ivory. 

Before I share the tutorial, I should start by saying that I definitely did not come up with this pattern!! I can’t remember exactly where I learned, but it has always been one of my favorites!

1. To begin, chain multiples of 4 plus 2. IMG_0345-0012. Starting in the second chain from hook, single crochet in each chain stitch. IMG_03683. Chain 2 (counts as first dc) and turn, skip first dc, dc in next three sc, ch1. Skip next sc from previous round and dc in next three sc, ch1. Continue working 3 dc, ch1 until you reach the end. Double crochet in last 4 sc. IMG_03914. Chain 2 (counts as first dc) and turn. Skip first dc and dc in next 3 dc from previous round. Chain 1 and skip ch1 from previous round. Continue working dc in each dc from previous round.  Make sure you end with a dc in each of the last four dc from previous round. Fasten off. IMG_04005. Join new color in the last dc from previous round. Ch2 (counts as first dc) and turn. Make dc in next dc from previous round. Chain 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc. For the next dc, insert your hook in the hole from two rounds before. The spot is marked with the star in the picture below. IMG_0417_FotorIMG_0427Double crochet in next dc from previous round. Chain 1, skip next dc, dc in next stitch, ch1. IMG_0432Continue working 3 dc, ch1 until the end of the row. End one dc in each of the last two stitches. IMG_04496. Chain 2 (counts as first dc) and turn. Dc in next dc from previous round, ch1IMG_0454Work dc in next 3 dc from previous round, ch1. Continue working 3dc, ch1 to the end of the round. End with double crochet in last two dc from previous round. IMG_0460IMG_04637. Join new color in last dc from previous round. Ch 2 (counts as first dc) and turn. Work dc in next stitch, double crochet in ch1 space from 2 rounds before (where the star is in the picture below)IMG_0472_FotorIMG_0475Double crochet in next stitch, ch1, skip next dc, dc in next stitch. Continue working 3 dc, ch1 until the end of the row. End with four dc. IMG_0480

IMG_04818. Ch2 (counts as first dc) and turn. Dc in next 3 stitches, ch1, dc in next 3 stitches, ch1. Continue to end of row, ending with a dc in last 4 stitches. Fasten off!IMG_0484There you have it! It really is an easy stitch, and looks so cool when you use multiple colors! Please let me know if you have any questions or if anything is unclear! And, I would love to see any pictures of anything you make with the larksfoot pattern! You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more pictures of my many blankets!

February!

It has been so long since I last blogged! I did not realize it had been over a month and February is almost over! So, I thought I’d catch you up with a little “what I’m doing now” update!

Reading: I have been reading a lot this month! I made it through several books, but a couple were really great! The first one that I really loved was Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. I love F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby was my favorite book I read in high school, and I’ve read it several times since then. I knew a little about their marriage, but really enjoyed reading more about it. They had a glamorous, but very difficult life with each other.

I’ve also read several Neil Gaiman books. I read Stardust a couple months ago and thought it was great, so I decided to try Neverwhere. It was really good! It is about the unknown world of London’s Underground. There is a whole society of forgotten people who live out their lives under London. I love how Neil Gaiman is able to combine the worlds he creates with the real world in such a believable way! Plus, I really love the cover art of the newer books! I have several of his other books on my “To Read” list!

DSC_0073Watching: There are several shows I’m watching right now, but I’ve been pretty steadily making my way through Friends on Netflix over the past few weeks. I’ve seen many of the episodes before on TV, but have never seen the whole series through, and I love it. Chandler is my favorite! I was also very sad about the end of Parenthood this month. I have loved that show from the beginning and I am really going to miss it. I realized that I’ve forgotten so much that happened over the whole series that I think I might start it over.

Making: Volleyball season is in full swing and I started a new job this month, so I have not had too much time to work on crochet projects! One of my favorite things I’ve made this month is this doily from Mollie Makes Crochet! I love this book! There are so many pretty patterns that I want to try, especially that beautiful blanket on the cover. However, I don’t think I can realistically start another blanket when I have 3 unfinished ones sitting in my room!DSC_0091 DSC_0085I’ve also really wanted to do a craft show for a while, and I decided I want to try one in the next few months. I’ve been working to make items to sell in an upcoming craft fair! I’m really excited and hope it all goes well. Recently, I’ve been making a lot of flower garlands! I love them so much, and hopefully others will too!DSC_0020

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Lacy Crochet Flower Tutorial

Today I have a lacy crochet flower tutorial to share with you! I love making little flowers, and love the lacy center in these! They are really quick and fun to make, so you will soon be surrounded by a pretty pile of flowers! IMG_0490.JPGRound 1

1. Begin with a magic ring. Work 12 sc in circle. Here is a great tutorial for making a magic ring.

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Round 2

2. Chain 3, skip next dc. Slip stitch in next dc to form little loop. Continue until you reach last ch3DSC_9562DSC_9565

3. For the last chain 3, you will instead work one chain and the connect to the beginning ch with a double crochet (the starred stitch in the picture below). This allows you to have your hook in the right position for the next round. DSC_9569_FotorDSC_9572

 

Round 3

4. Chain 4, slip stitch in ch3 space from previous round. DSC_9583 DSC_95885. Continue until you reach the last ch3 space, join with slips stitch in dc from previous round.DSC_9594 DSC_9597Round 4

6. Ch4 (counts as first dc, ch2), dc in same stitchDSC_9601 DSC_96037. Ch1, sc in ch4 space, ch1DSC_96088. Work dc, ch2, dc in slip stitch between ch4 spaces of previous round. Ch1, sc in ch4 space, ch1DSC_9615 DSC_96169. Repeat step 8 three more times. Join with slip stitch in second ch of beginning ch4. DSC_9620 DSC_9623Round 4

10. Slip stitch into ch2 space. Ch2 (counts as first dc), dc, ch2, 2dc in same ch2 space. DSC_962711. ch1, sc in sc from previous round, ch1DSC_962912. In next ch2 space, work 2dc, ch2, 2dc. Ch1, sc in sc from previous round, ch1DSC_963113. Repeat step 12 four more times, join with slip stitch in 2nd chain of beginning ch1DSC_9639Round 5

14. Ch2, work 4 dc in same ch2 spaceDSC_964115. ch2, slip stitch in sc from previous round, ch2DSC_964416. Work 5 dc in next ch2 space from previous round. Ch2, slip stitch in sc from previous round, ch2DSC_964617. Repeat step 16 four times, join with slip stitch in 2nd chain of beginning ch2DSC_9650 DSC_9657It’s also really easy to change the color in these flowers. I just fastened off after the third round and joined with a new color.IMG_0493.JPGThere are so many things you can do with these little flowers! I love using little flowers as coasters. I also love making long flower garlands. All you have to do is chain your flowers together. They are great decorations and make great gifts!

I hope you like this tutorial! I would love to see any little lacy flowers you make! You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more updates!

 

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Happy New Year! I am so excited for 2015! I had a great 2014, but I love the excitement of a brand new year. I like setting new goals and looking forward to new experiences. I feel like there is so much potential in a new year, and that just makes me excited!

One of my favorite things this past year has been blogging. I wanted to start a blog for so long, but I never had the courage to actually do it. I finally found that courage and started this blog last January. It is almost a year old! I have really enjoyed working on this blog over the year. I think it helped me step out of my comfort zone and I am thankful for that. I also love that I can look back at the projects I completed and I love sharing them with you! Here are a few of my favorites from 2014!
2014 CollageI hope everyone has had a great year too and is looking forward a new one! I am excited for 2015 and all it has to offer. I think it will be great!

Crochet Chevron Scarf!

Happy New Years Eve!! I just can’t believe 2014 is over. I have no idea where the time went! I had a great year, and I’m really excited to see what will happen in 2015!

Today I want to show you a chevron infinity scarf I just finished. I think it is one of my favorite things I have ever made! IMG_0446.JPGI started it several weeks ago in my effort to use up yarn I already have.  You may recognize it from this blanket I’ve been working on. I really need to get that one finished! I gravitate towards blues, greens and grays, as you can probably tell if you look through my projects. I keep making goals to branch out and try new colors, but I always come back to my favorites.
PatonsClassicWoolI used Patons Clasic Wool in Seafoam, Aran, Lemongrass and Grey Mix and a 5.5mm hook. This is a very simple pattern that can be customized to your liking so many ways. You can choose your favorite colors and make it as wide or as long as you want. I made mine long enough to make it an infinity scarf that can be wrapped around twice. You can easily just leave it as a long scarf and add a fringe or make it into a cowl. I love the versatility!ChevronScarf1Here is how I made my chevron pattern!

1. Start with a chain that is a multiple of 11. This is 33 chains wide as a sample. I like my scarves wider, so I actually made my scarf 55 chains to begin.

02. In second chain from hook, work 2 dc. Work one dc in next 3 chains. You should have 5 dc total. Skip next two chains and work one dc in each of the next 5 stitches. 13. Chain 2 and make a second dc in same chain stitch.24. Work one dc in each of the next 4 stitches. Skip two chain stitches and work a dc in each of the next 5 chains. Continue to the end of the chain. In the final part of the last chevron, work 2dc in the second to last chain stitch, and finish with a dc in the final ch stitch. 35. Chain 2 to turn (counts as first dc)46. Skip the first dc and work 2dc in the next stitch. Work one double crochet in each of the next two stitches.567. Skip the next 2 stitches and work one double crochet in each of the next 4 stitches. In the ch2 space from the previous round work dc,ch2,dc. Continue by working one dc in each of the next 4 stitches. 78. Continue working the same pattern until you reach the end. I think the most important thing is to make sure you have 5 dc in each section. It’s easy to accidentally skip a stitch and have your chevron’s end up a little crooked, so make sure you keep count!9_FotorIf you choose to make it into an infinity scarf, all you have to do is sew up the ends. I leave a long tail and just whipstitch the two ends together. I usually go over it twice to make it a little stronger.IMG_0419I made these stripes completely random and I love it! I think I will definitely make another scarf like this! I would love to see anything you might make with this pattern! You can follow me on Instagram or Twitter to share your projects!

A Blanket for my Sister

My sister Hannah has been after me for years to make her a blanket! I finally started one for her a couple months ago hoping to have it finished for Christmas. I was not able to finish it in time, so Hannah just had a partially completed blanket to open Christmas morning. I think she really liked the blanket, and I’m going to try really hard to have it finished soon to ship to her in Utah!IMG_0380.PNGI’m doing a completely random color pattern, which is something I don’t do very often. I like having a pattern to follow and I end up stressing about how colors will look next to each other. I found this Granny Square Color Pattern Generator, which is really awesome! I’ve talked about it before with this hexagon blanket, and I highly recommend it! You can choose what colors you are using, how big you want your blanket and how many colors you want to use in each square. It generates a grid that you can follow as you work on your blanket. It takes all of the guesswork and stress out of choosing what color to use next. You can redo the random pattern until you find a one you like best. I took a screenshot of the one I chose and also took a picture of it with my phone so I always have it with me when I’m working on my blanket. Here is the screenshot I took of my grid.Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 10.29.14 PMFor this blanket, I used KnitPicks Brava yarn in the colors in Solstice Heather, Tranquil, Cream and Peapod with a 6.00mm hook. This hexagon pattern is from Attic24 and is one of my favorites! I’ve also used it in this blanket and this blanket!IMG_0392.JPG IMG_0397.JPGIMG_0400.JPGI’m really excited about this blanket and I think I’m going to have a hard time letting it go! To see more updates on this blanket, and other projects, you can follow me on Instagram (@lizzie_bella_) and on Twitter (@lizziebellablog)!

Pink Crochet Pillow

My goal this year was to make all of my Christmas gifts using yarn I already own. I guess that was a little too ambitious since I only succeeded in finishing a pillow for my sister Chloe. I have a blanket started for my other sister Hannah and a couple of pillows for my mom, which I will share with you over the next couple of weeks!DSC_9509A few years ago I made Chloe a blanket that she really loves. I decided to make a coordinating pillow using the left over yarn from her blanket. I used the same basic pattern as this pillow I made a couple months ago. It is a really simple pattern, but I really love the way it turned out! Once I had all of the squares joined, I did a border of half double crochet in cream on each side, and stitched both sides together in pink with single crochets. I really like the bright pink border!

Even little Lizzie likes the pillow!

Even little Lizzie likes the pillow!

I used left over pink and cream Bernat Handicrafter Cotton. I bought several of the giant skeins when I made her blanket, and had a lot left over. Bernat no longer makes the pink color yarn, which I think was called Watermelon. I think they only made it over that summer, and I have not been able to find it since then. I used a size 6.0mm hook and the finished pillow is 18in x 18in.DSC_9530I think the blanket and pillow look great together! I love that they go together, but are not exactly the same. As you can probably see, I used the same hexagon pattern from Attic24 that I used in this baby blanket and I’m also using in Hannah’s blanket, which I will show you soon! I really love hexagon blankets, and I think this pattern is wonderful!