A fall colour celebration

I wanted to capture Mother Nature’s glorious fall colours in a simple acrylic painting. To add some extra texture, I incorporated a side border of real dried leaves, then sprayed them with a gloss acrylic sealant.

“October gave a party … and the leaves came by the hundreds.”

SO EASY Sweatshirt Refashion

Want to try a fun project? Dig out an old sweatshirt that you have no intention of ever wearing again, and recycle it into a top that’s actually quite cute.

Here’s how.

Carefully cut away the ribbing around the neckline, at the end of each sleeve and around the bottom. 

Then, working on the wrong side, fold in a ¼” hem at each place and secure with pins.

Using either a sewing machine or hand stitching, straight stitch around each hem.

Once hemmed with the straight stitch, I sometimes use my sewing machine to do a zigzag stitch around the edges to double-secure the hem.

Once the neckline, sleeves and bottom have been hemmed, you can use any trim you like to embellish the edges.

Some ideas: lace or fabric trims from your local fabric store; coloured beads or sequins; bits of tiny fabric patches in a “quilt-look” design.

I decided to crochet a border using lace-weight yarn and double-crochet stitches combined with loops. Once I finished crocheting the right length of border for each area, I sewed tiny pearl beads onto each loop for the sleeve and neck borders. 

For the bottom border, I crocheted extra-long loops to along the border edge to create a tassel-like look, and sewed larger pearl beads at the top of each tassel.

Voila! From old sweatshirt to pretty nice top!

Peppermint & Pastels Baby Sweater & Hat

Very easy to work up when you want to make a gift for a special baby. The sweater is basically one square for the back, and two rectangles for the front.

Materials:
1 ball each of baby cotton yarn in Peppermint (Colour A) and Variegated pastel (Colour B).

5.50 mm hook

Yarn needle for weaving in ends.

BACK: (approx. 11” wide x 11” long)
Starting with Colour A, ch 44.

Row 1: dc in fourth ch from hook, *skip 2 chs, sc in next ch, and 2 dc in same sp; repeat from * across to last 3 chs, sk 2 chs, sc in last ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3; dc in same sp; *skip 2 sts, 1 sc and 2 dc in same sp; repeat from * across to last 2 sts, sc in top of ch-3 from last round. Turn.

Row 3: repeat Row 2. Fasten off Colour A and join Colour B.

Row 4-6: repeat Row 2 for three rows. Fasten off Colour B and join Colour A.

Repeat alternating 3 rows of each colour until the piece is about 11” long and ends with peppermint rows. (Sample shown has 5x 3 rows of peppermint and 4x 3 rows of variegated. Fasten off and set aside.

FRONT: (make 2 panels, each panel approx. 5” wide x 11” long)
Starting with Colour A, ch 24.

Row 1: dc in fourth ch from hook, *skip 2 chs, sc in next ch, and 2 dc in same sp; repeat from * across to last 3 chs, sk 2 chs, sc in last ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3; dc in same sp; *skip 2 sts, 1 sc and 2 dc in same sp; repeat from * across to last 2 sts, sc in top of ch-3 from last round. Turn.

Row 3: repeat Row 2. Fasten off Colour A and join Colour B.

Row 4-6: repeat Row 2 for three rows. Fasten off Colour B and join Colour A.

Repeat alternating 3 rows of each colour until the piece is about 11” long and ends with peppermint rows. Fasten off and set aside.

SLEEVES: (make 2, each will be 14 rows of pattern in peppermint, then edging 2 rows of sc in variegated)
With Colour A, ch 37.

Row 1: dc in fourth ch from hook, *skip 2 chs, sc in next ch, and 2 dc in same sp; repeat from * across to last 3 chs, sk 2 chs, sc in last ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3; dc in same sp; *skip 2 sts, 1 sc and 2 dc in same sp; repeat from * across to last 2 sts, sc in top of ch-3 from last round. Turn.

Row 3-14: repeat Row 2. Fasten off Colour A and join Colour B with sl st in first sp.

Row 15-16: sc in same sp as sl st, and in each sp across. Turn. Repeat one more row of sc. Fasten off.

Finishing:
You can seam pieces together with a yarn needle, or with your crochet hook and slip stitching, whichever way you prefer. My preference is to slip stitch pieces together with my crochet hook. Use Color A for seaming.

Doing one side at a time, place back and fronts with right sides together, and seam shoulders together from wrong side, starting from outer edge and working in to about 3”.

One at a time, and working from wrong sides, place sleeves as shown with middle of sleeve lined up with shoulder seam. Seam pieces together. Next, still working from wrong side, fold sleeve to create sweater shape, then starting at edge of sleeve, seam sleeve and keep going around underarm to start seaming together sides of sweater. Fasten off when you reach the bottom edge of the sweater, then repeat the process for the other side.

Once all seaming is complete, attach Color B to begin the edging. Start from either bottom corner of sweater, and work evenly spaced sc right around entire sweater so that you’re edging the bottom, up the front, around the neck and back down the other side. I just did one row of sc edging, but you can do another row, if you prefer.

I didn’t bother blocking it. I just gently steam pressed the seams with an iron.

Then, for a front fastening, instead of bothering with buttons, I just tied a piece of yellow ribbon midpoint on one side and pulled it through the other side, then tied it in a bow.

Hershey’s Kiss Hat
5 mm hook / 2 colours of yarn: Peppermint & variegated pastel

Round 1: Using peppermint, ch 3, 3 dc in first ch, sl st to second ch.

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each dc, sl st to beginning ch.

Round 3: Ch 2, *dc in first dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to end, sl st to beginning ch.

Round 4: Repeat Round 3.

Round 5: Ch 2, *dc in each of first 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to end, sl st to beginning ch.

Round 6: Ch 2, *dc in each of first 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to end, sl st to beginning ch.

Round 7: Ch 2, Repeat Round 3. (At the end of Round 8, switch from peppermint to variegated. Do three rows of variegated, then switch back to peppermint at the end of Round 11.) 

Round 8-11: Dc in each dc around. 

Round 12: Using peppermint, dc in each dc around.

Round 13: Sc in each hdc around. Fasten off.

%d bloggers like this: