Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pattern Release: Autumn Waves Sweater (and a free gift)

It's been way too long since I've posted to this blog.  Battle of the Stitches is half through Round 3 by now!  But, I come baring gifts!  Forgive me?

Friday, I released a new design, and I must say, it is definitely on my list of favorites to date.  The Autumn Waves Sweater can be made in any size you choose, using any yarn brand or weight and any hook.  The pattern, rather than being based on matching gauge and following stitch counts, is done based on measurements, so you are sure to get the perfect fit for each person you make it for. 

I know the thought of having to take measurements can be a little overwhelming to some.  "Am I measuring this right?"  "Where exactly on the body to I take that measurement?" Well, the Craft Yarn Council has compiled a very detailed PDF full of sizing information and information on how to take proper measurements.  This will be helpful to those without the person they are making it for, also, as most measurements needed to make the sweater can be found in their sizing charts.  It might not be a custom fit, but it will definitely put you in their size range.

I think my testers did an amazing job on their sweaters, and I would love to see what you do with yours, too!  You can add a project to Ravelry, Craftsy, or simply share a photo on my Facebook wall. 

From now until the end of September, I'm offering a special to my blog readers.  Buy the sweater, and get one of the coordinating patterns (being released on 9/19/2014 - see sample photos at the bottom of the post) for free!  No coupons needed.  Just email me a copy of your receipt after you purchase the sweater and let me know if you'd like the skirt or the slouch/cowl pattern.  When the pattern is ready for release, you will receive it through Ravelry as my gift to you!

Tested by Denise Starcher
 
Tested by Jowita Czarnecka

Tested by Mandy Jo of The Knotting Ham

Tested by Noelle Christensen

Buy the Autumn Waves Sweater on Ravelry or Craftsy before 9/30/2014 and receive ONE of the following patterns as a gift for your purchase (remember to email me with your choice of pattern and your receipt for the sweater).  LittleLuvies@aol.com

Autumn Waves Slouch/Cowl
The Autumn Waves Slouch/Cowl is both all in one.  It is closed at the top with a drawstring to be worn as a hat.  Left open, it is worn around the neck as a cowl.  This pattern is also worked to measurements. Any yarn, hook and gauge can be used. These measurements are provided in a chart at the end of the pattern.


Autumn Waves Skirt
The Autumn Waves Skirt is another versatile pattern.  It can be worn as a longer skirt or as a tube dress as shown here, or can be worn as a halter top (photo not shown) in the warmer months.  Also done by measurements, so that any yarn, hook and gauge can be used.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rocky Road Stitch Tutorial as used in "Battle of the Stitches: Round 1"

Let me just start by saying, it was such an honor being asked by Kate of Crafting Friends to participate in the very first round of Battle of the Stitches!  I got to rub elbows with some of my favorite crochet artists!  Jennifer of Hatch-ed With Love, JoAnne of GrammyJo Lids, Tera of Trifles N Treasures, Schere of Schere's Crafty Crochet, Hope of Awe Stitch, Rachel of The Country Hooker, Ann of Glamour4You, Katy of KT and the Squid, and Kimberlie of ShopKimberlie! Then, to have your work reviewed and Judged by Heidi of SnappyTots, Jennifer of Crochet by Jennifer, Lisa of Loops of Love and Stacy of Too Yarn Cute and have the honor of having your design published along side all of these wonderful, wonderful ladies in Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine... It was like meeting your favorite musician!  I'm still feeling a little star-struck even now after B.O.T.S. has ended.

Since, in this special edition of the magazine, all designs are using the same stitch, we thought the easiest thing for everyone would be to have one single crochet tutorial in the magazine instead of stitch placement photos in each individual pattern.  It was my privilege to write the tutorial used in the magazine, and I am going to share those photos with you here.  Be sure the check out the latest edition of Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine to see all of the wonderful patterns created by all of the B.O.T.S. challengers.

Rocky Road Stitch Tutorial


For the purpose of this tutorial I am using worsted weight cotton yarn and H hook to make the sample shown in the photos. Any yarn weight or hook size can be used.

To begin, you will want to chain any multiple of 4 (I did 20) +3 more (total of 23). 

Left Handed
Right Handed








Row 1: sc in the second ch from your hook *[sc, ch 2, dc 2] in the next ch sk next two ch sc in next ch*

Left Handed
Right Handed
 







Repeat from * to * across to last ch sc in last ch, turn 

Left Handed
Right Handed
 







Row 2: ch1, sc in first sc *[sc, ch 2, dc 2] in next sc sk 2dc and ch2 sp sc in next sc* (work will lay in front of the work from the previous row)


Left Handed - Front Side

Right Handed - Back Side
Right Handed - Front Side
 






Left Handed - Back Side









Repeat from * to * across to last sc sc in last sc, turn

Left Handed

Right Handed








Row 3 and beyond: repeat Row 2.

Change the look of the stitch with color changes or by incorporating other stitches into your work. Using different weights of yarn and hook sizes will also change the look of the stitch.

Close up of stitch worked in a solid color.
Close up of stitch worked in stripes.

 

A special THANK YOU to Mandy Jo of The Knotting Ham for helping me test my B.O.T.S. design, the To Mom With Love Cozy.
Photo courtesy of The Knotting Ham
 
 



Sunday, April 6, 2014

FREE PATTRN: Arianna Sun Visor


Arianna's Summer Set & Sun Visor
I had the honor of testing the Arianna Summer set last week for Nancy of Neon Hooker Designs  The set just screamed sun visor to me, so I designed this cute little visor to coordinate with the set, and I'm offering it to you here on my blog for free!  What better way to end a giveaway week?  :)








Arianna's Sun Visor - Child Size



This pattern is property of Little Luvies Shop.  Do not copy, change or sell this pattern in part or whole.  Little Luvies Shop asks that you share the link to this pattern when sharing the pattern and when selling items made from the pattern.

Materials: G hook, small amount of worsted weight cotton yarn (I used Peaches & Creme)

Abbreviations:
st(s): stitch(es)
sl st: slip stitch; sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
dc cl: dc cluster - yo, insert hook in st, pull up loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, insert hook in same st, pull up loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, insert hook in same st, pull up loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook

Foundation:  ch 71 (to make other sizes, your chain should be a multiple of 10+1), being careful not to twist your work, sl st to first ch to form a ring

R1: ch 2, hdc in first 15 st, dc in next 41 st, hdc in remaining 15 st, join with sl st to first hdc of round

R2: ch 1, sc in first 10 st, hdc in next 10 st, dc in next 31 st, hdc in next 10 st, sc in remaining 10 st, sl st to first sc of round, change colors (optional)

R3: ch 1, sc in first 15 st, working in front loops only, sc in next 41 sts, working in both loops, sc in remaining 15 st (change back to main color)

R4: sl st in first 15 sts, ch 3, working in back loops of R2, *dc in next 3 st, ch 3, skip next 2 st, sc in next st, ch 3, skip next 2 st, sc in next st, ch 3, skip next 2 st*, repeat from * to * until 15 st remain, ch 3, sl st in both loops of R3 remaining sts

R5: ch 1, sl st in top loop of first 15 st, sl st in first ch3 space, ch 3, [(dc cl, ch 3) 4 times, dc cl] in same ch3 space, *skip next ch3 space, dc in next 3 dc, skip next ch3 space, [(dc cl, ch 3) 4 times, dc cl] in next ch3 space*, repeat from * to * working last group of clusters in last ch3 space, sl st in top loop of remaining 15 sts

Fasten off, weave in all loose ends

Note: this pattern has not been tested.  Please email me with any questions or corrections at littleluvies@aol.com

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

All moved in & FREE pattern!

I don't think we're in Kansas Texas anymore, Toto!

We most definitely ARE in Kansas now.  We are all moved in and about 90% unpacked.  Hubby is enjoying his new job, MIL is getting accustom to her new job.  The Turtle (formerly known as The Toddler) is LOVING all of the stairs in our new home and the recent snow outside (more to come this afternoon).  And, I'm plugging along working on my next new pattern trying to ignore the cold and think Spring.  I love the cooler weather!  Early Spring and late Fall are definitely my favorite times of year.  Even the snow doesn't bother me most days.  But, the last two places we lived were FL and TX, so these below freezing temps are quire an adjustment!

A couple Christmas' ago, I designed a plant hanger as a gift for my grandmother-in-law.  She loves her balcony garden, and I thought a plant hanger would be perfect.  It's always been my intention to get the pattern typed up and released.  Last year, the year flew by and I completely forgot about it.  Someone asked about it recently, so, I decided it would be my first pattern after we moved.  And, best of all, it is a FREE pattern!  Links are below the photo.  Get your plant hangers ready now for Spring planting.  And, please share your hanging plants in full bloom this spring on my Facebook wall.  I'd love to see them!

You can find the pattern on Ravelry and Craftsy.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Pardon the Interruption

Little Luvies Shop is closed for custom orders and new pattern designing from now until further notice.  As of 2/7, we will be closed for RTS items until further notice, also.

Two weeks from today, my family and I are moving from S. Texas to S. Kansas.  Hubby has a new job there, so we are off on a new adventure.  We are pretty excited about it, but also a little anxious/nervous.  We know we are moving, we know he has a job to start two days after we get there, and my MIL has a transfer with her job set to start a week after we get there.  But, as of this moment, we still do not have a house to go to when we get there.  Yikes!  We are definitely walking in faith with this one!  There do seem to be a lot of options in the area, though, so we shouldn't have much problem finding a place.  It's just a little unnerving at the moment until we do.

So, lots and lots of packing going on over here.  That includes my yarn!  Eek!!!  Well, I will have a small bag of supplies not packed away as I am secretly working on a new design in my very little bit of down time (shhh!!!), but to not have my big yarn tote next to my chair is not going to seem right at all!

Business as usual should resume in about six weeks.  In the mean time, to help with moving expenses, all of my patterns on Ravelry, including eBooks and pattern packs, are 30% off until 2/7, and all of my RTS items on my website are on sale.  They are already marked down, savings of $10 on most items.  Everything must go, though, so make me a reasonable offer, and the item is yours!  I do not want to pack up my inventory if I can help it.

Alright...enough chit chatting.  Time to get back to packing.  Happy thoughts and prayers are much appreciated!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Pattern Giveaway & Sales

Tomorrow is the release of the Fairy Shell Lace Slouch pattern!  I absolutely love this stitch <3 <3 <3!!!  I've been playing with it on various things over the last few months and finally put it to good use in this pattern.  The texture is just so yummy!

The Fairy Shell Slouch is worked from the band to the top of the hat just as the Rickrack Hat and Faux Knits & Knots Hat are.  The Fairy Shell Slouch is full of options.  You have your choice of yarn weight, your desired band thickness and desired "slouchiness".  You are sure to love this hat no matter which options you choose.

On my Facebook page, from now until tomorrow at 9pm CST, you can enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy of the pattern.

In addition to the giveaway, all of my patterns on Ravelry are 30% off all of my RTS Items are on sale up to $10 off on my website.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

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