Stitch-A-Along: Jasmine Stitch

Hi Friends!

And a special hello to any new friends joining in for the Stitch-a-long!!

I posted on Instagram the other day asking people for their favorite stitches and after reading the comments it got me to thinking. There’s a lot of stitches out there so why not take 2017 as a learning year?

So I created the 2017 Stitch-a-long!

Each month I’ll be posting about a new stitch and we’ll have all month long to practice and post a project using that stitch! Big or small, whatever your little fingers desire!

So let’s get down to business shall we? This month we will be learning the Jasmine Stitch!

HYA Stitch a long January

I’ve always wanted to try something a little bit more complicated looking and I think this fits the bill nicely without causing me to pull my hair out….hopefully…..

Of course I won’t leave you hanging, I found a really well done tutorial right here on Youtube (Meladora’s Creations) for you to follow along with. Or if your prefer a picture tutorial check out her blog post. Once you think you’ve mastered it enough you can decide what project you’d like to complete. Get creative! Or simply practice the stitch over and over. Your choice!

I have a few ideas floating around my head but we’ll see how we do with the stitch first shall we?

In the mean time here are a few free patterns using the Jasmine stitch for you to check out to get some inspiration!

Keep track of everyone’s progress by tagging all your work with #HYAstitchalong I might even do some Instagram Live stitching with you guys so we can Actually learn together.

I really hope you join in with me, share with your fellow yarn bender friends and spread the word. Let’s can make this year a great crochet year!!

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Japansese Kokeshi Amigurumi Doll – Pattern

Hello Friends,

And welcome to Friday!

These dolls were a gift I made for my oldest brother. He works in graphic design and has always loved anime and Asian cultures. When it came to making him something special I really had no other choice.

Japanese Kokeshi Doll

 

I was completely working off the cuff so you can see how they are all three slightly different. It took me three times before I decided on the best pattern. The pattern is for the blue doll. I have directions for all the hair styles, but the actual body is written from the blue beauty.

I also used baby yarn for these. I don’t normally use baby yarn for anything but baby blankets and booties, but over Thankgiving, JB’s Mom gave me three full bags of leftover baby yarn and I loved the colors so here we are.

I will warn you that if you too decide to go the baby yarn route, the stitches are tiny and it can get hard…..so if you’re closer to a newbie then a vet I suggest going with a medium weight.

As a sneak peek I have included the instructions for the three hair styles below, but you can find the full pattern in my ravelry store. Only $2. 

Japanese Kokeshi Doll

Let’s get to the pattern.

What you’ll need:

  • size 3.5mm crochet hook
  • black, tan, and various clothing colored yarns.

Hair

  • begin just like you did for the head, magic circle and sc 6
  • 2sc into each stitch (12)
  • * sc, 2sc* repeat around (18)
  • *sc 2, 2sc* repeat around (24)
  • *sc 3, 2sc* repeat around (30)
  • sc around for 3 rows

bangs = sc, hdc, 2dc, 2dc, tc, 2dc, hdc, sc 2, hdc, 2dc, hdc, sc around the remaining row.

long on sides = hdc, 2dc, 2tc, tc next 15 sts, 2tc, 2dc, hdc, sc, slip stitch next 7 sts

buns = magic circle, sc 6, 2sc in each st (12), sc around (12), dec around (6).

NOTE: Since I was using baby yarn, the yarn weight of the head was smaller then the yarn I used for the hair. If you find your hair is not fitting on the head, then you need to add another inc row. (*sc 4, 2sc* = 36) before you sc around for 3 rows. 

Japanese Kokeshi doll

 

Again, you can see all the differences in the three dolls I have pictured, so keep in mind this pattern is specifically for the blue doll.

Just a slight variation in you weight of yarn can change the measurements (hence the different size of the orange doll in relation to the others).

I hope the pattern makes sense to everyone. If you have any questions please leave a comment below or shoot me an email. (happilyyarnafter@gmail.com)

Also don’t forget to check out the full pattern as well as my others in my Ravelry store.

What do you think?

Please pin, tweet, share!

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Crochet Wall Hanging

Hello friends and Happy Wedding Wednesday!

When trying to decide what gifts to make everyone this year for Christmas, JB’s sister was probably the easiest one upon first thought. She got married in November so anything with her new last name or monogram usually goes over extremely well with newly-weds. (hint, hint)

However the actual application of the thought was what stumped me. What should I slap that new monogram or name onto?

-A throw pillow? They have two dogs that tear things up so that wouldn’t do.

-Perhaps some doilies, because nothing screams modern bride like doilies on all your end tables! That idea got scratched early on.

I think I finally came up with the perfect solution though.

Wall hanging!

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Wall hangings are super popular right now, specifically yarn ones. And granted this one isn’t quite like the popular woven wall hangings that anthropology and stores like it have made popular. But it’s one of a kind. Literally nothing like it is out there right now. At least not in this medium.

I used a basic sc stitch for the actual banner. I kinda winged it based off of measurements of a banner I have from Target.

Then I embroidered her new last name and the the year they got married. And let me tell ya, embroidering calligraphy is extremely difficult to freehand, considering I can’t even write calligraphy with a pen!

crochet newlywed wall hanging

After I had the “P” completed to my liking, the rest came together a lot easier. When deciding what to decorate it with I was stumped again. I made a few tiny dog paw appliques, but they just didn’t seem to pop the way I wanted them to.

So I reverted back to what I know, flowers. She had these beautiful sunflowers at her wedding so I looked at a few pictures of crochet flowers on Pinterest and made it up!

crochet sunflower applique

Once those were stitched on I still felt it was a bit bare, so I decided to embroider the stems and leaves. I gotta say, it turned out a lot better then I originally thought I could do. The wall hanging is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now so I’m happy I have finally completed it!

The wooden bar I bought from Joanns in a pack of 6 for a few bucks.I kind of whip-stitched it on, then tied the hanging loop on. I did end up hot gluing the very end to the rod so that it’d be sure to stay.

I even ended up doing one for my other sister-in-law but I didn’t finish it in time for Christmas.

crochet wall hanging

I love these wall hangings so much I’ll for sure be making one for myself too. I’m toying with a few different designs as well so you might see those pop up.

What do you think?

Would you hang one of these up in your house?

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Randal the Elf – FREE Pattern

Happy Holidays Friends!

It’s December which means we need to talk about Christmas. Or if you’re like me, more likely you started thinking about Christmas in July. I’m not crazy, but when you’re making gifts for 10+ people, you gotta get an early jump on things, ya know.

Anyway, now that I’ve been crocheting for a good while and have made my fair share of amigurumis (that’s the Japanese term for small knitted/crocheted stuffed creatures), I decided to try my hand at writing my own pattern.

Enter the Elf Mantle Doll. Aka (thanks to my good pal Rebecca who said I have to have a name) Randal!

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I can’t very well call him the Elf on the Shelf, I’ve been told it’s taken, but that’s exactly what he does. He sits on your shelf, or mantle, or bookcase, or where ever you’d like him to sit. He has a nice flat bottom made specifically for that reason.

I actually originally made a Santa doll and the elf was supposed to be his companion, but I ended up loving the elf more. Plus Santa, being my first ever written pattern still needs a little work. He’s not bad, just not great, so his pattern will come later.

For now you can catch this elf pattern in my Ravelry store. He’s a bit lonely at the moment, but after the Holidays I plan on finally writing up my Marvel character patterns. Spiderman has been a big hit ever since I made him for my niece. She requested a spider-pig, and then I got requests for the spider-pig without the pig features.

But back to my Elf guy.

elf amigurumi crochet pattern

Cute ain’t he?

I love the detailing on his coat and his nose poking out from under his hat. As a friend pointed out, he kind of looks like the elves from the Island of Misfit Toys. You remember that movie?

Here he is with his hat off……not so cute….

elf amigurumi crochet doll

And I also hadn’t weaved in a my ends when I took this picture. Without his hat he would definitely need some facial features. I didn’t attach the hat, but it’s a snug enough fit that unless you’re wanting it off on purpose, it’ll stay put. Of leave his hat higher and give him a face, your choice!

That’s the fun of amigurumi. There’s a lot of room to take something and give it your own spin!

As this is my first pattern I have published and ready for download, you’d be really helping me out so I wanted to help you out a bit too. Click right here to check out the pattern!

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Black Friday Haul

Black Friday……

A day when cut-throat athletic prowess is put on display in the wee hours of the morning. And if you thought that old ladies who frequent yarn stores are exempt from such behavior then you’re deluding yourself. Granted they put a friendly smile on their face as they take the very last skein of yarn you’ve been all over town looking for, and pat your head and give you a toffee as you beg for just one……

I’m not telling a true story or anything……That definitely did not happen to me…..

And I mean even if it did, that’s not what the season is about right? It doesn’t matter that you’re making a very specific project that needs very specific yarn to finish in time for Christmas and you have to get that exact dye number….Nope, not what it’s about people.

Black Friday Yarn Haul

So instead of dwelling on the might-have-been, lets look at what I actually did come away with.

Ottlite

This was the only unplanned purchase that I made. I’ve always wanted one because I have bad eyes and even worse lighting in my apartment so 60% was just too much for me to pass on. I ended up with the clip-on and travel size versions. I immediately plugged in the clip on one and my life is forever changed. How did I ever crochet before now I’ll have no idea.

Loops & Threads Impeccable in Aran

As I mentioned in this post, I am making my wedding bouquet flowers. Bridesmaids are all in purple but mine will also have off-white roses to make up the bulk of it. Here’s what they’ll look like. Michael’s was having a 3/$6 sale on Tuesday as their deal of the day so I snagged a few.

crochet roses

I actually have another project I’m using this color for as well, but it’s a gift so you’ll have to be left in suspense until then 🙂

Baby Yarn in various colors

I didn’t actually buy any baby yarn, but I was gifted three full bags of misc yarn from JB’s mom on Thanksgiving. She crochets baby blankets but has no more babies to make for so I became a big winner on Turkey Day! I’m so excited to dive into those bags and incorporate them into my many baby ami’s I’ve got planned.

That’s all the yarn I allowed myself to buy. I also bought some clothes for work because I’m responsible with my paycheck sometimes.

Now I wanna hear how you faired? Did anyone brave the masses? Or worse, did you have to Work the chaos?? Let me know below!

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When Your Wedding Theme is Yarn

Hello friends,

I wanted to share a bit about how I came up with my blog name. Happily Yarn After. It all started when I got engaged and started planning our wedding. And before you think, oh great just another girl on the internet talking about her wedding (hey I love those blogs), why don’t you stay awhile for me to convince you that mine is a little different.

How different you might ask. Well my theme is yarn…..

Before you say it, I know what you’re thinking. A yarn themed wedding?!? I’ve completely lost my marbles, gone plum crazy, fell off the turnip wagon!

I’m not even sure that last one means what I think it means, but basically a yarn themed wedding seems….well strange. I get it.

yarnweddingtheme

 

Have no fear folks, you’re not the only one with that worry. Most people are at least nice and to my face say that it’s “unique.” It’s like the equivalent of “bless your heart,” but I’m ok with that. Why? Because I have zero self-esteem issues and do what I want!

Ha. Kidding. I don’t care because they just don’t know understand. If I wasn’t so in love with yarn I wouldn’t get it either. Just like I don’t understand people who let their dogs sleep in their bed, or actually LIKE staying out until 5 am. The same people I don’t understand, when I say yarn wedding think yarn wedding dress, yarn favors, yarn CHAIRS! Don’t worry, I will have regular, normal chairs for guests to sit on and no one is required to wear a homemade shawl.

So let’s take a look at what I actually plan on making out of yarn and then you can tell me what you think. Deal?

Alright! Here’s what I’m making.

  • Save the date banner (done, see above)
  • Flowers for bride and bridesmaids bouquets (mostly done)
  • Hearts to line the aisle
  • Flowers to hang as a backdrop for the ceremony arch (done)
  • Ring Bearer pillow
  • Cake topper (done)
  • A few surprises for day of!

Not that weird now right?……right? 🙂

It’s actually whole lot more subtle then you might think when I first say it. I guess saying my theme is yarn is a bit misleading. It’s more accurately rustic mountain wedding with yarn details. Does that make you feel more comfortable?

I’ve already finished many of my projects which I will be posting about in turn as I marked above. I’ve already posted some sneak peeks so be sure to follow me on Insta if you’re interested.

But hey anyone who’s invited knows of my deep and undying love of yarn, oh yea and that guy I’m marrying, so they’ll understand. And heck if they don’t that’s ok too I suppose.

Now it’s your turn to tell me what you think? Also if you used any yarn aspect in YOUR big day please please let me know below!

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Back at it

Wow,

I really thought I was done with the blogging life, but once a blogger always a blogger I suppose. For anyone new around these parts (which technically would be everyone) here’s me.

meet kelsey

I blogged for close to 3 years under The Blonder Side of Life. Don’t try to find it. I was self-hosted and when I decided to be done about a year ago, I didn’t renew my Bluehost account. Of course I had thought I transferred everything back to the free version of wordpress before it defaulted, but alas, I have yet been able to revive poor ole Blonderside.

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Besides I had lost all interest in writing that site anymore anyway. I felt extremely pigeon-holed into writing only lifestyle related posts and trust me, when your audience is expecting a fun, young 20-something living in Boston to be writing, they aren’t too happy when a stay-at-home and play with yarn 20-something show up in her place.

Not that I was blog famous by any means. Ask anyone if they read my blog and the only person to respond yes would be my Mother. So starting over from scratch targeting a new audience that can relate to me really wasn’t that hard of a decision to make. Although if I’m being honest, which I hope you know I am, I did post to my old Instagram account about this here blog in hopes some old friends would join me here. (and to y’all I say hello and welcome back!) Any blogger would be lying if they said they didn’t want others to read and relate to their writing. That’s why we post on the internet and not hide it in our journal under our beds. (although I did do that for close to a decade)

So Welcome to Happily Yarn After! Anyone who knows me IRL (and my bank account), knows that my very favorite thing in the whole world is yarn. I’m not really kidding when I say my only friends in Massachusetts are either over 80 years old or made of yarn. If you happen to live in Massachusetts and would like a somewhat anti-social friend who would chose to stay home and crochet over raging till the wee hours of the morning, please be my friend. I also like coffee and tall boots so maybe we can bond over those as well.

I hope to bring you my creations and stories of designing said creations as well as patterns and tips. Perhaps if I am savvy enough, the occasional teaching video! But mostly just me, a girl who loves anything yarn and sunshine, trying to share her joy with the world.

If you’d like to follow along on social media (pretty please) you can find me at the following

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