1 Hour Mr and Mrs Throw Pillows

Hello World!

I’m so excited to share this pattern with you! I doubt there’s any way possible for anyone to have avoided me talking about my wedding, so I’ll skip over all that and get right to it.

Anyone who wants to take a peek back, you can check out some crafts I planned out here and see my bridal shower here.

Back to the pillows.

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I teamed up with We Are Knitters for this one. Go check out their website and all their pretty yarn varieties. They also sell kits for projects like sweaters, beanies, and home decor. The best part is you can narrow down your search by skill level or yarn type and there really is something for everyone. My personal fave, the Yoki Blanket.

For my project I used The Wool, which is 100% Peruvian Wool.

And guys….it’s so squishy!!

I went for a simple color palate of grey, cream, white & black. We’ve been looking to buy a house/townhouse for what seems like ever. Boston real estate is no joke. So since we don’t have a house yet, who knows what color scheme our bedroom will be, so I went pretty neutral

If I were to make these again I would probably do the Mrs. pillow in white with black writing and the Mr. pillow in black with white writing. That color combo seems to be a pretty typical color scheme for Mr. & Mrs. throw pillows when you look on Pinterest and who am I to question the home decor Pinterest Deities.

These pillows work up so quick and no joke you could finish one in an hour. The only hang-up you might find is if you don’t already know how to tapestry crochet. Have no fear though, I’ve included a few photos to help you along in my Ravelry pattern! I promise it’s a lot simpler than you might think.

Now I’m not kidding when I say these only take an hour to make. Not a “I’m-crocheting-but-also-watching-a-really-intense-episode-of-the-Bachelorette” type of hour. I mean you sit down and count your stitches and work for 60 minutes. By the end of it you’ll have a throw pillow.

I suppose I’m being slightly misleading. You can’t finish both pillows in an hour. Or maybe you can. I can’t. You might be a crocheting superhero. I don’t know.

But let’s get to the pattern shall we? That’s why you’re really here, not to read my stream of consciousness.

I’ve listed this pattern in my Ravelry shop for a few bucks if you’d prefer to use the graph versus the written instructions. I personally like to work off the graph, it just makes sense to me. For everyone else, I have stitch by stitch instructions below. The pattern in Ravelry also includes a photo tutorial on how to color change in tapestry crochet.

Happy yarn bending and be sure to tag your work #HYAcrochet if you make any of my patterns!

Materials Needed:
  • We Are Knitters The Wool:
    • 2 balls of base color (I used grey)
    • 1 ball writing color (I used black)
    • 1 ball accent color (optional; I used white)
  • Size P/11.5mm crochet hook
  • Crochet needle for sewing pillow cover together
  • 12×16 Pillow form
MRS Pillow Pattern

Chain 61

1: sc into the second ch from the hook. Sc into each of the remaining sts. (60)

2-8: ch 1 & turn. Sc in each st (60)

(here’s where we start spelling, row 9 is worked backwards starting with the period)

9: sc 19 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 4 black, 5 grey, 4 black, 1 grey, 2 black, 3 grey, 2 black, 16 grey

(Row 10 is worked forwards)

10: sc 16 grey, 2 black, 3 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 2 black, 5 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 2 black, 19 grey

11: sc 23 grey, 2 black, 8 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 2 black, 3 grey, 2 black, 16 grey.

12: sc 16 grey, 2 black, 3 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 3 black, 1 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 2 black, 25 grey.

13: sc 22 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 2 black, 1 grey, 2 black, 1 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 2 black, 1 grey, 1 black, 1 grey, 2 black, 16 grey

14: sc 16 grey, 7 black, 1 grey, 3 black, 1 grey, 2 black, 3 grey, 4 black, 23 grey

15: Sc 37 grey, 7 black, 16 grey

16: sc 16 grey, 2 black, 3 grey, 2 black, 37 grey

17: sc 37 grey, 1 black, 5 grey, 1 black, 16 grey

18: sc all in grey (60)

19-23: sc grey in each st.

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MR Pillow Pattern

Chain 61

1: sc into the second ch from the hook. Sc into each of the remaining sts. (60)

2-8: ch 1 & turn. Sc in each st (60)

9: sc 23 grey, 2 black, 4 grey, 4 black, 1 grey, 2 black, 3 grey, 2 black, 19 grey

10: 19 grey, 2 black, 3 grey, 2 black, 2 grey. 2 black, 5 grey, 2 black, 23 grey

11: sc 30 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 2 black, 3 grey, 2 black, 29 grey

12: sc 19 grey, 2 black, 3 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 3 black, 1 grey, 2 black, 26 grey

13: sc 26 grey, 3 black, 1 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 2 black, 1 grey, 1 black, 1 grey, 2 black, 19 grey

14: sc 19 grey, 7 black, 1 grey, 3 black, 1 grey, 2 black, 27 grey

15: sc 34 grey, 7 black, 19 grey

16: sc 19 grey, 2 black, 3 grey, 2 black, 34 grey

17: sc 34 grey, 1 black, 5 grey, 1 black, 19 grey

18-23: sc all 60 sts in grey

ASSEMBLY

Once you have the pillow cover all crocheted. simply lay it face down on a flat surface. Lay the pillow form on top and bring each end of the pillow cover together.

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With remaining yarn, sew all open sides together. Be careful you don’t pull too hard on the yarn. Also try to pull as close to the sts as possible. With this yarn being 100% wool, if you pull too hard, it will simply shred apart. You can needle felt it back together though, so there’s hope if you accidentally pull it apart. I certainly did a few times before getting the hang of it.

Once your pillow form is all sewn in, you can embellish however you’d like. I again kept it simple with pom-poms on every corner, but you can do tassels, fringe, your imagination is the limit!

I hope you enjoy this pillow as much as I do. Don’t forget to check out what other awesome stuff you can find at We Are Knitters!

And if you feel so inclined, you can help me out by pinning my title image at the beginning. Love you all!

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20 Things About Me

Hello Instagram friends,

Assuming most of you are hopping over here from Insta anyway. I’ve never been know for being at a loss for words and in an attempt to get a little more visibility on my blog, I played a tricky blogger trick on you.

Hope you’re not mad 🙂

Sorry if you are….

I’m starting at #6 because I posted the first 5 to Instagram. You can click over to read them if you came here via Bloglovin (See there’s those sneaky blogger tricks again) It’s under the same photo as above.

6. We moved a lot growing up and I continued that tradition after moving out to College. The longest I have ever lived anywhere was Augusta, GA for 5 years. 8th-12th grade. Go Pack!

7. I have been to 42/50 US states and have a photo of each state sign in a tiny album with the date I was there. I’m missing the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Louisiana, Mississippi, Hawaii, & Alaska.

8. The only other country I’ve been to is Canada before you even needed a passport and the only thing I remember about it was the water slide that was inside the hotel. Pretty sure one of my brothers broke a tooth by gettnig kicked in the face on that trip too.

9. My favorite place I have ever lived was Lexington, KY where I was for 2 years while in graduate school. If I could get JB to ever leave Mass, I would choose to move back there. If anyone in Kentucky would like to send me some North Lime donuts I wouldn’t say no.

10. My least favorite place I’ve ever lived was Provo, Utah where I lived for 3 years during College. Not because of the people or the actual place though, my best friends all still live in that area and I had a great time. I was just too far from my family and was constantly homesick.

11. My two degrees are in Athletic Training (undergrad) & Health Promotion (graduate). I don’t currently work directly in either field but I use what I learned daily so no waste of knowledge here!

12. I am firmly on Team Redvines. They’re only sold in CVS or Walgreens up here, not that I’ve gone in search for them or anything.

13. JB is part of a Fantasy Football group and they have a giant trophy that goes to the winner. The winner then has to add something to the trophy. JB won 2 years ago and added a TMNT turtle I made with #28 on it for Adrian Peterson on his shell.

14. I’ve never dyed my hair. That’s not really all that interesting except most people assume I do since I have blonde hair and darker eyebrows.

15.  Before teaching myself to crochet, my Mom was the one who taught me to knit. I made hats and scarves but got bored with that quickly.

16. My entire motivation to learn to crochet was my niece so I could make her an Elsa doll for Christmas a few years ago. I still give her 99% of what I make although she may be growing out of them at this point. How can I compete with a Dory toy that records your voice and plays it back in whale voice? I can’t….I can’t….

17. My future MIL also crochets. That’s not really about me, but she gave me bags and bags of baby yarn she had leftover from projects and doubled my stash. So it’s kind of about me.

18. I don’t buy yarn just because. Despite having as much as I do, it was all purchased for a specific project. (except the baby yarn obvi). I actually hate spending money so only buy new yarn if I absolutely have to.

19. I always have at least 4 projects going at a time because I get bored with the same thing all the time. This also means I’m always starting projects before I finish others so you can ignore #18 b/c I always “need” new yarn lol.

20. I’m that girl that plans everything for a trip or even just an outing. I go as far to think out contingency plans for different scenarios. I don’t sweat it if my plan doesn’t happen though, I just like feeling prepared. It works well for my job because when you’re on a trip with 15 80-year-olds something almost always goes wrong.

Wow if you made it all the way through (hi Mom and Dad) bless you because I’m not that interesting. Ask anyone who has met me in person and interesting isn’t the term that they’d say to describe me. Strange, maybe. Weirdo with no friends and too much yarn, perhaps.

But if you made it through all of that, my guess you are also a crazy yarn lady (or gent) and we have more in common then I think. Or you’re just really into stalking other people’s mundane lives. I’ll let you decide which category you fall in to.

Until next time!

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Designing Patterns is Mostly Unraveling

Hi Friends,

Has anyone ever told you that designing your own patterns is fun? Well, they weren’t lying, it really is. What they fail to tell you, however, is that designing your own patterns involves a whole lotta unraveling said work.

Like a LOT of unraveling.

For instance, take my Caron Cakes infinity scarf pattern….Oh wait, I never finished that thing because I unraveled it like seven times and then moved on to something else.

Well, what about that Easter Bunny design I was going to make in time for Easter? Whoops, he’s still sitting half done because I couldn’t get his ears just right.

Also don’t even get me started on how many flower patterns I frogged before I settled on designs for each element of my wedding. SO it’s not a glamorous life, but it sure is fun to see something from your imagination come to life in someone else’s hands.

I’ll be releasing my Avenger set soon. If you haven’t already, go check out the accounts of the fabulous ladies who helped me get these patterns just right (below). I tend to break the “rules” when I crochet and just go guerilla style so having them keep me honest in the directions was a lifesaver! To actually create something that someone else can follow along with will forever be my challenge, but I’m getting better at it.

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Aren’t they cute! Go give them a follow and of course me if you’re not already. I read somewhere that to be successful you have to give your readers a call to action, or something for them to do. So go follow my Instagram!

Now I feel bossy, so I’ll just end this here…..

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A Knitted Bridal Shower

Good Morning Guys!

And a great one it is! At least over here. We’re at 35 days until the I Do’s so I’m not sure if there’s really anything that can get me down at this point.

I’ve finally uploaded some photos from my surprise bridal shower and thought y’all might be interested in seeing them. I should back up a bit though, lay some groundwork before springing such a big reveal on you.

I work in an Independent Living Community and plan events, parties, trips, etc. It’s all ver exciting. Not really, but it is fun at times and my residents are all my favorite people.

So last year for Valentines Day, I planned a pink tea for all the ladies to attend. It’s still one of the best events I’ve ever put on so I wanted to do another one this year. However, when I suggested it to my Activities Council, I received a lot of negative feedback. They really didn’t think anyone would want to come in February and why don’t we push it off until Spring.

Being the easy-going person I am (personal plug there) I said sure, whatever and scheduled it for March instead.

Hindsight this all makes sense because they didn’t think they’d be ready for my shower by February…..

Moving on, I plan this big luncheon and start getting really excited when I see almost every single lady in my community sign up for it. Having any gathering over 20 is a pretty big deal around here for anything besides our monthly dinner so I was in brag city.

The day of the tea arrives and I start setting up the room. One of my residents came over to the Clubhouse shortly after 9 am to “help me set-up,” which while I never turn down help, I usually set things up on my own. Every day there is a morning meeting at 9:30 am, and while I’m not required to go, it fills me in on everything happening around the community so I like to be there. That day however, I wanted to make sure the Tea was all good to go (it started at noon, meaning people would show up at 11:30 am)

This resident helping me set up kept asking about the meeting though and was I going to go, shouldn’t I really be there, wouldn’t I miss out on something important? Again, hindsight she was trying to get me out of the Clubhouse so they could do their thing, but, I am very obtuse about picking up subtle details or hints so I thought nothing of it and went to my meeting.

At my meeting, I bragged again about the tea and the high attendance and invited all Managers over for some lunch to show off. (I should tell you that they were all in on the secret so I was basically bragging about my own bridal shower to all my work superiors….embarrassing). When I got back people were arriving much earlier than even normal

When I got back to the Clubhouse, people were arriving much earlier than even normal so I got caught up in greeting people, mingling, and last minute details of the set-up. The tea was pot-luck so as dishes got brought in, I’d switch them over to a matching dish and display them on either the lunch of dessert table.

At one point one of the residents that helps out with events all the time looped her arm in mine just as I was about to pop into my office. I just assumed she was going to have me tell everyone it was time to start, but instead she started talking about my wedding and how they couldn’t possibly send me off without doing something.

Out came a cake, balloons, banners, you name it. All of a sudden my awesome Spring Tea was turned into a Bridal Shower.

She made me sit down at the head of the room (which I never actually sit during any even I put on) and told me I wasn’t allowed to clean-up, wait on anyone, or do anything besides sit and enjoy my shower. Then she started in on another announcement…..I’ll just let you watch what happened next.

Right!?!? There were tears everywhere. I really will never be able to thank them for this amazing gift they gave me. My Mom is my best friend, but lives about 800 miles away so I don’t get to see her that often. Only once or twice a year, so planning a wedding over the phone with her was not as much fun.

She stayed the entire weeked and we finished all last minute errands together. It was awesome.

So there ya have it. My yarn shower. It matches my yarn wedding pretty well. I really do have the best friends. They all just happen to be 60 years older then me.

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New Laptop, New Blog Priorities!

Guys……

I finally bought a new laptop. I know, embarrassing right? It only took me 2 years and some change.

In case you’ve been around these parts for a while, you’ll remember that I spilled water on my keyboard back in 2015 while in grad school. Being poor I stashed it in rice for like a week and silently willed it back to life…..it worked….kinda.

I was left with a really slow system that gave off a constant buzzing noise. Not a good look. BUT it worked…kinda….

After I graduated I moved back up to Boston where I continued to be poor. I work FT plus side gigs here and there and guess what, I’m still poor. If you ever want to have spending money, don’t ever move to New England. Like, stay as far away as possible because they will take every single one of your pennies just for being alive.

But back to my story. While planning our wedding and attempting to buy a house all while being poor. (for reference, poor means not being able to afford rent and groceries in the same month) Something possessed me to also start saving for a new laptop…..

Enter my brand new (old) MacBook Air. It’s out of the box new, but it’s an older version that my Best Buy happened to still have in stock. So considering it’s a Macbook, the fact that it was under a grand makes it a great deal. I practically stole the thing!

They even checked my receipt on the way out the door. Maybe they always do that, I wouldn’t know, I never buy any new tech. (see iPhone 5 for reference).

So here we are. Perhaps this means I’ll actually write more? Perhaps this also might mean that I have poor timing and plan on writing more in the midst of planning a wedding and buying a house. I don’t know, call me crazy. We’ll see what happens.

Until then, keep on my friends.

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Stitch-a-long: Knit Stitch

Hello Friends!

And welcome back to the #HYAstitchalong!

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Last month we learned the Jasmine Stitch (ps it’s complicated but not impossible if you haven’t seen it yet)

I’m not gonna lie to y’all and say that I was a complete success at it. I got busy with other projects and pushed it off several times. I did start a scarf and it’s so fluffy and puffy and warm! I’m using caron cakes so the variegated color changes are beautiful!

For a success story check out the pillow that Gemma made!! She’s one talented lady (plus she’s having a yarn wedding too so she’s my girl crush)

A photo posted by Gemma Russ (@gremlincrochet) on Jan 15, 2017 at 7:34am PST

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So for February I couldn’t NOT do a stitch that involves hearts! Plus it’s super popular right now and I wanted to learn it.

Here it is in clipart form. Basically we can create a piece that looks knitted, but is realyl crochet!

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Tutorials:

  • I watched this tutorial by Wilma first, and honestly found it really difficult to stitch in the spaces.
  • Then I followed her stitch, but into the normal spaces of the stitch and created the same hearts sooooo…..that’s what I’m going to do, feel free to join me 😉
  • Here’s another really good tutorial to follow along with.

Projects:

  • Check out this adorable heart pouch by Maria!
  • If you’d rather make a hat, tune in to this step-by-step.
  • Or you can just follow along a normal pattern and use two colors to place hearts to your lil’ hearts content like I’m doing!

I promise to attempt the real way to do this stitch at least one more time before I just cheat….but I mean, if ya ask me, if your only goal is to get the hearts, then you don’t need to do it the hard way. IF you want your work to look knitted, then yea, you’ll have to go in the spaces. Your choice!

I’m so excited for this stitch and I can’t wait to see what ya’ll come up with!

Now who’s in! Be sure to tag your work #HYAstitchalong so I can see your work!

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Rainbow Pony “Sassy” Amigurumi

Hello Friends,

Now let me tell you a little story……

When I started knitting in grad school I stuck mostly to hats and scarves. The quintessential starter pack for knitters everywhere. You can read more about my origin story here, so I’ll spare you the details and just jump right into this pony pattern.

My niece really loves her little ponies, although to her they are all sassy dolls. why she calls them all sassy’s I have no earthly clue. The mind of a two year old is extremely complex however and I dare not try to match her intellect in this matter. I do however like to indulge her in her every fancy, that’s what aunties are for after all.

Enter the Rainbow Sassy Doll! (aka rainbow dash)

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Even though I like to create my own patterns, sometimes if the wheel ain’t broke, don’t fix it ya know? Search as I might for a My Little Pony pattern, I just didn’t really like any of them. They were either too big, too expensive, or just plain ugly (sorry). So I instead turned to my second favorite option, customizing someone else’s pattern to fit my vision.

I really loved the Chinese New Year Pony doll that Stephanie created. Plus the mane was broken up into different sections which made it perfect for including the rainbow effect.

I am obviously not going to post the pony pattern here as it is Stephanie’s, but I will show you the alterations I made to it.

I made the body of the doll as written, but in the light blue yarn of rainbow dash. I used Big Twist yarn in sky blue and left out the color change for the hooves. Next I created the rainbow mane by having each of the 5 sections be a different color. Red, orange, yellow, dark blue, green. Thank goodness for ROY G BIV right? Or I guess in my case, ROY B G….

Apparently I failed kindergarten because I switched the green and blue.

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red / orange / yellow / dark denim / green

To create the same effect in the tail was a bit more challenging since it was all one piece. I ended up doing something completely different so all colors were present and accounted for. Not sure I love the end result, but after making 8 different versions this was my best.

To make the tail my way, each color is worked up separately and then attached to each other before attaching to the pony. Chain 13 and then slip stitch back down the row.

If you want the tail to curl then you need to sc back down the row instead of slip stitch.

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Attach everything and you have yourself a Rainbow Sassy!

It’s her Christmas present, along with a matching Rainbow Sassy hat. I know I said kids don’t care about hats, but com’on, how could I not make that for her! (UPDATE: she loved the hat more and wouldn’t take it all night when I gave it to her. I shall now eat my words haha)

Here’s a sneak peek of the hat! I still need to write up the pattern I came up with for the rainbow attachments so keep an eye out for that! It’ll be a free pattern!

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Let me know what you think?

Rainbow sassy for the win?

Also don’t forget to check out my own patterns in the Ravelry shop or see what I’m working on over on Instagram!

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