Sunday, August 3, 2014

Daisy Granny Square Project. Pattern Included

Handmade and Cozy Ponchos Never Go Out of Style

I don’t know. I could be wrong but I don’t think ponchos ever go out of style. Especially for little girls.


I remember wearing a poncho when I was a kid. For me, it was the fringe that made it fabulous.

And my daughters loved the ponchos that I made for them - in their favorite colors of course.


Now, one of my granddaughters has a poncho and the other two really want one.



Granny Square Layout


You will need:
  • Three shades of your favorite color - a dark, medium and light tone.
  • Crochet Hook – size 3.5mm


Make:
  • 8 Daisy Granny Squares in Dark Purple.
  • 16 Daisy Granny Squares in Medium Purple
  • 24 Daisy Granny Squares in Light Purple


Once you have completed all your squares, you can begin to join them as shown in the diagram below.

The next step is to add a border. I used the traditional Granny Square Stitch in light purple.

Now add the fringe in light purple.

Lastly, I added two rows of single stitches to the neck opening. If you find the opening too big, you can always add more rows.

Daisy Granny Square Pattern


Ch 8. Join with ss to form a ring.

1st round:
Ch 2 (counts as 1hdc). Work 23 hdc in ring. Join with ssin top of Ch 2. 24 hdc in round.

2nd round:
Ch 3. (yoh) twice. Draw up a loop in 1st st (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. (Yoh) twice. Draw up a loop in same st. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Yoh and draw through 3 loops on hook (counts as 1 cluster). *Vh 4. Missnext st. [(Yoh) twice. Draw up a loop. (Yoh) and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice] 3 times all in next st. Yoh aned draw through 4 loops on hook (1 cluster made). Repeat from* to last st. Ch 4. Miss last st. Ss in top of 1st cluster. 12 clusters in round.

3rd round:
Ss to centre of 1st Ch 4 space. 1 sc in same Ch 4 space. *Ch 4. (cluster. Ch 5. Cluster) in next Ch 4 space. (Ch 4. 1 scin next Ch 4 space) twice. Repeat from * twice more. Ch 4. (Cluster. Ch 5. Cluster) in next Ch 4 space. Ch 4. 1 sc in next Ch 4 space. Ch 4. Ss in 1st sc.

4th round:
Ch1. 1 sc in 1st sc. *4 sc in next Ch 4 space. 1 sc in next cluster. 7 scin next Ch 5 space. 1 sc in next cluster. (4 sc in next Ch 4 space. 1 sc in next cluster. 7 sc in next Ch 5 space. 1 sc in next cluster. 4 sc in next Ch 4 space. 1 sc in next sc. 4 sc in next Ch4 space. Ss in 1st sc.

5th round:
Ch 2. Miss 1st st. 1 hdc in eaCh of next 8 sc. *3 hdc in next sc (corner). 1 hdc in eaCh of next 22 sc. Repeat from *twice more. 3 hdc in next sc (corner). 1 hdc in eaCh of next 13 sc. Ss in top of Ch2.

6th round:
Ch1. 1 sc in top of Ch 2. 1 sc in eaCh of next 9 hdc. *3 sc in next hdc (corner). 1 sc in top of Ch 24 hdc. Repeat from *twice more. 3 sc in next hdc (corner). 1 sc in each of next 14 hdc. Ss in top of 1st sc.

Fasten off.

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I hope that was easy enough to follow. It gets easier with each completed square.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Strawberry Desert Anyone?

Super Simple and Quick Strawberry Desert the Whole Family Will Enjoy


I can buy strawberries all year round. But they only come into season here once a year.

To me strawberries mark the beginning of summer. And that means strawberry treats of all kinds.

Here is a super quick and easy desert you can whip up in virtually minutes.

So simple the kids can help and have fun doing it.

I hope you give it a try and enjoy.



Ingredients

  • ·       Angel Food Cake
  • ·       Strawberries
  • ·       Custard
  • ·       Whipped Cream




Instructions

  1. Slice cake in half horizontally.
  2. Slice the strawberries.
  3. Spread the cake’s bottom layer with custard.
  4. Place the sliced the strawberries on top of the custard.
  5. Now top that with some whipped cream.
  6. Gently place the top half of the cake onto the bottom layer.
  7. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on top of the cake.
  8. Add some full strawberries for decoration.




All done. So simple and quick. And so yummy.

It was so hot that day that the whipped cream just melted into a puddle within seconds.



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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Make the Perfect Cut Off Shorts in Minutes

Honey Bunny loves to crawl around pretending to be a horse or dog and this tends to put holes in her pants right at the knee.

I know there are all kinds of cute ways to patch holes but we don’t need pants right now. We need shorts for all this wonderful summer weather we are having.

Making cut off shorts can be a little tricky. Have you seen failed attempts? I have. The back is shorter than the front or the two sides are not the same. Or maybe they are way too short because someone kept trying to make them even.

I’ve made all those mistakes then I figured out this sure fire way to make the perfect pair of cut off shorts that works every time.





What You’ll Need


  • Scissors 
  • Pants you want to make into cut offs. 
  • A pair of shorts approximately your size to use as a guideline.


Instructions

  1. Start by placing your jeans on a flat surface. Make sure the jeans are completely flat without creases.
  2. Place your existing shorts on top of your jeans.
  3. Line up the inseams of a pant leg to the corresponding leg of the shorts.
  4. Cut all the way through both layers of the pant leg using the shorts as a guideline.
  5. Fold the pants together remembering to line up the inseams. Smooth them out flat with your hands. 
  6. Cut the second pant leg through both layers using the first pant leg as a guide.

Choices


Now that you snipped yourself a new pair of jean shorts, you have a couple of choices. You can leave them as is and allow the bottom of the jeans to fray or double fold them up.


  1. This choice is easy. Just wash and wear your shorts and allow them to fray naturally.
  2. Creating a cuff is easy when they are lying flat. 
    • Don’t try to do this while wearing. You’ll end up frustrated with uneven shorts.
    • So lay your shorts on a flat surface.
    • Fold up twice (about 1 ½”) Make sure each fold is the same length so you have a nice firm cuff that will stay in place.

Voila. The perfect pair of cut off shorts!



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