Posts tagged ‘Winter’

July 15, 2015

Chunky Monkey

Every winter I get this urge to crochet and knit a million things I’ll never get around to making. But I’ve always wanted a super-oversized chunky knit sweater. I guess I wanted it bad enough to actually make it this year instead of just think about making it. Except I didn’t want to knit it because it takes me much longer to knit something than it does to crochet.

So when I saw Stephanie’s super cute crocheted sweater–not to mention her easy tutorial and pattern–I had no excuses.

I pretty much followed her exact instructions and duplicated her sweater. I really love the way it turned out, though I do feel a little silly when I wear it since I live in Southern California and it rarely drops below seventy here. 😛

I drive by this beautiful park every morning and finally had a chance to stop by today. It’s a golf course technically, but I’m up at dawn to get some work done which means no one is around. Better for me. 🙂

Everyone at the office likes to make fun of me because I’m a huge fan of bananas. (That’s what she said!) If the potassium overdose didn’t give me heart attack symptoms, I’d eat nothing but bananas. Thus I have been nicknamed the Office Monkey. Which goes pretty well with the fact that I’m wearing my chunky heel, cut-out boots with my chunky crocheted sweater.

I love everything about these shoes. I especially love chunky heels, obviously because they’re much easier to walk in than toothpick stilettos. But I just love the look of them too.

The cutouts are super cute. The only hard part is…what socks do I wear?

Maybe the ones you’re supposed to wear with flats? But that would look funny. So I just gave up and wore regular socks. Sorry for the faux pas, but I’d rather not smell and slip and slide all day because I’m human and my feet sweat. Gross, I know.shoes

:: Outfit Details ::

Crocheted Chunky Sweater (made by yours truly with like 6 skeins of Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn following All About Amy’s pattern, now available on my Etsy shop)
Fit and Flare Floral Pleated Dress (made by moi, tutorial here!)
Leggings, oops I mean Knit Pants ($6 from Ross)
Charlotte Russe Chunky Heel Cutout Boots ($10 from here)
Cross Over Body Bag (about $30 from H&M)

June 26, 2015

And It Was All Yellow

Well, not all of it. Some of it is lace.

This year marks a record-breaking low in temperature at my office. Meaning I either freeze to death, bundle up, or drink tons of hot tea and coffee. Even in the middle of summer, it’s freezing, so I’m always dressed for winter inside and then look like a weirdo when I leave for lunch.

I bought this yellow jet set knit to create the lining of a bodycon dress (which I’m going to reveal soon!), but since I usually need less than a yard to clad my munchkin height, I had a strip leftover.

I also have some stretchy lace lying around that I bought years ago as a five-yard bolt for $5 at Walmart. I really miss that Walmart, but since I’ve moved back to Southern California, I can’t find good deals like that anywhere. Not even at Joann.

To tone down the brightness of this piece, I cut out the same length and width in lace, and then made an infinity scarf.

There are tons of infinity scarf tutorials out there, but my favorite has always been by SecretLifeofaBioNerd, who was the YouTuber that inspired me to start sewing in the first place.

I was so happy to wear this to work and add some color to my usually somewhat dull work outfits. But then my coworker said I looked like a flight attendant, and sort of burst my bubble, haha. It doesn’t matter because I love it and that’s all I care about! 🙂

I need to figure out what else to do with the rest of the strips of fabric left over from my dresses. It seems like such a waste to throw it away, but what can I do with it? What do you usually do with your scraps?

June 23, 2015

Crocheted Knit-Like Hat

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My husband always complains that I never make him anything, while my closet is overflowing with clothes. So I finally got down to business and made him a very simple hat. It’s crocheted but the stitches look knitted, and it took about half an hour to make. Really, it’s that easy.

Don’t believe me? I made a tutorial to show you just how simple it is. 

I used a size 10MM crochet hook and some Bernat Soft Chunkee yarn. Here’s the simple pattern:

Cast on 26 single chains or enough so that the length measures from the crown of your head to your eyebrows. If you want a fold at the brim of the hat, cast on a few extra single chains.

Half double crochet in the BACK STITCH ONLY for the next row, and then for the rest of the hat until it is wide enough to wrap around your head.

Once you’re finished, you should have a crocheted rectangle. Again, the length should be equal to the crown of your head to at least your eyebrows, and the width should be equal to the circumference of your head.

Fold your “fabric” in half, making sure the stripes or rows are vertical. Stitch down the side with a knitting needle. (In the video, I didn’t have one on hand, so I just used my crochet hook.) Then either with a knitting needle or a crochet hook like me, gather the top of the head with a piece of yarn, tighten, bind the yarn, snip, and flip it inside out.

You can add a pom pom for extra oomph! But since this is for my husband and he has enough oomph as it is, I decided to leave it out. 🙂

Voila. You have a crocheted hat that looks like it was knitted. And it will only take you about half an hour to make, depending on how awesome you are.

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