Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shell Stitch Beanie Video Tutorial

I have the best fans. Greatest. When I mentioned needing a video to help explain my shell stitch beanie pattern Laura Muzinic from Midnight Stitches volunteered to help me out. How could I refuse??

Laura has so graciously recorded herself making my shell stitch beanie and explaining my pattern fabulously! Hopefully, this video helps clear up some confusion that some are having with the pattern. Please check out the video below if you are running into some problems.

Oh, and please head to Laura's Facebook page and give her some love and check out her Etsy shop! She wins fan of the year in my book!

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Adorable Pillow Covers

I am in the process of redoing the decor in my main living area. I tend to change something and then let it sit there for five years until my sister, Jill (aka decorating on a budget guru), stops by and starts rearranging things. A couple of weeks ago the hubsters told me that for HIS birthday, he wanted me to spend money redecorating the house with Jill's help. Nicest man ever? Yup. Jill was equally excited.

Jill is the queen of decorating things on a budget. I quickly found a rug on Craigslist and she found some adorable curtain panels on clearance at Target that I ordered. My budget was quickly dwindling from these two purchases, and I had yet to get pillow covers and things for my shelves. As I began to think about how to save money I thought "could I crochet pillow covers?". Yessiree.

I went onto Ravelry and searched and found this pattern.. It was tough to find the right pattern that wasn't going to be too old fashioned looking, and would update my house rather than date it. This pattern was also free, which is ALWAYS a plus.

The pattern was fairly easy to follow. It ended up being smaller than my pillows, so I just added a few more granny square rows around until I felt it was the right size. I used Red Heart Soft and was happy with the bold colors and bit of shine to the yarn.

I am so please with how it turned out! I have one more to make, but wanted to share my first finished project. Again, I am not a photographer, so forgive my poor camera skills.

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