How to Crochet a Belt

How to Crochet a Belt

Okay, so yesterday I bought myself a new dress. I tried it on in the dressing room and fell in love. But when I got home it was a different story… I realized the dress was actually a bit big on me and the tiny braided belt that came with it wasn’t really helping. Before I cried, I decided to have a go at crocheting a belt! I am so thankful for this crochet talent! It has saved me money so many times!! I decided to write out the belt pattern as I went so I could share it with all of you <3 Enjoy!

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How to Crochet a V-Stitch Blanket

How to Crochet a V stitch Blanket

The V-Stitch is my go to stitch when making blankets. It works up quick and makes large holes. Large holes are great for reducing the risk of SIDS with babies and also great for those who love sticking their toes through their handmade blankets. This is the 3rd blanket I have made like this.. and I want to explain to you how you can make your own- for any occasion.

Supplies
You can use any yarn and hook that you wish. I usually like to use larger hooks and med-worsted weight yarn. For this blanket I actually used I Love This Yarn and size P crochet hook.

Your starting FSC
I start my blankets with the Foundation Single Crochet. I learned how to do the FSC through THIS VIDEO by Moogly.
Your number of starting FSC will depend on what size blanket you want. To know how many FSC to start with, you will need to make your FSC in counts of 3 +4. If you decide to start with a Chain instead of FSC, you will just need to make your starting Chain in counts of 3 + 7. Those last 3 will count as your first DC.   

Row 1
For the first row you will CH 3 for your first DC. Skip 1 stitch. {DC, CH 1, DC} all into next stitch**Skip 2 FSC, {DC,  CH 1, DC} into the next stitch. Repeat from ** across until you have two stitches left. Skip one stitch. DC into the last stitch.

Every Row after Row 1
For each row you will CH 3 for your first DC. Then you will {DC, CH 1, DC} into each V stitch. Then DC into the last DC. Turn.

Simple Border
For the border I put one Half Double Crochet into each of the FSC. When working up the sides of the blanket, HDC into the side of each DC and top of each DC. When working into the top of the blanket you will HDC into the top of each DC and into the middle of each V stitch. On the corners I put 3 HDC.

How to Crochet a Vstitch Blanket

Free Baby Sandal Pattern – Review

Free baby sandal pattern
Within minutes after Whistle and Ivy posted her new baby sandal pattern, multiple people were sending me the link and sharing it onto my personal Facebook page. Everyone wanted to know if I could make them. I usually turn people away when it comes to shoes.. because for some reason I dread making things that go on feet.

This free pattern was different though.. it pulled me in the second I seen it. My favorite thing about these adorable sandals is that they are actually made in a way that would secure them onto an infants feet. They appear to be comfy and logical. I have yet to test them out.. but plan on meeting up with the baby tonight or tomorrow to try them on. I will be sure to get a photo and share more of my opinion then.

The pattern is written in multiple baby sizes and is very simple to follow. Whistle and Ivy shares many photos to help you through the pattern steps.  So, if you are in search of a perfect and free baby sandal pattern, this one should be at the top of your list!

You can get the pattern instructions HERE! :D

Free Steering Wheel Cover Crochet Pattern

Free Steering Wheel Cover Crochet Pattern

If you follow my blog, you already know that I bought a new/used vehicle. I recently wrote out a free console cover crochet pattern.

Now it is time to cover the cut up steering wheel!
I did a quick search for free patterns but to my surprise, there really are not any to choose from. So here I am, with my yarn, hook, and the Moogly Griddle Stitch Tutorial pulled up. If you are not familiar with this stitch, go ahead and check it out before starting. (Yes, I write the posts as I crochet the item)  :)

First thing is first, measure your steering wheel. I just took a piece of yarn and wrapped it around the outside of the wheel which measures out to be about 47 inches. Then measure how wide around the wheel is, mine is around 4 inches.

The trick to making your cover, is to make it so it has to stretch as big as you can stretch it to be the length you need. Don’t worry, you will be able to get it onto the wheel easier than it seems. Your goal is to make it so it is stretched so tight, that it doesn’t want to move once you put it on. I was intimidated by this idea.. but once I made it, I realize it is so much easier and more secure than I imagined beforehand.

So now that I know it is around 4 inches, I will make a band that stretches to be about 4 inches wide. And then I will crochet in length that the steering wheel is round.  I will share my pattern with you, just remember to make your own measurements just in case yours needs to be a few inches different than mine. Mine will fit to stretch into place.

Supplies
Med/WW yarn (I used two colors of I Love This Yarn)
F/5-3.75 mm crochet hook
Yarn needle

Stitches
CH- Chain
SC- Single Crochet
DC- Double Crochet

Row 1: CH 12, skip 3 CH (counts as first DC) SC into next CH. **DC into next CH. SC into next CH. Repeat from ** across. (10)
Row 2-6: CH 3(Counts as first DC) SC into the next stitch. **DC into the next stitch. SC into the next stitch. Repeat from ** across.  (10)
Drop your original color of yarn.Do not finish off. Attach contrasting color.  You will pick up your original yarn after the next two rows.
Row 7-8: CH 3(Counts as first DC) SC into the next stitch. **DC into the next stitch. SC into the next stitch. Repeat from ** across.  (10)
Finish off. Pick up your original color yarn. Slip stitch up the side of the last two rows so that you are starting in the same place you finished off the contrasting yarn. 
Row 9-14: CH 3(Counts as first DC) SC into the next stitch. **DC into the next stitch. SC into the next stitch. Repeat from ** across.  (10)
Drop your original color of yarn.Do not finish off. Attach contrasting color.  You will pick up your original yarn after the next two rows.
Row 15-16: CH 3(Counts as first DC) SC into the next stitch. **DC into the next stitch. SC into the next stitch. Repeat from ** across.  (10) 
Finish off. Pick up your original color yarn. Slip stitch up the side of the last two rows so that you are starting in the same place you finished off the contrasting yarn.
Repeat rows 9-16 twelve more times.

Edging and Joining 
Step 1: CH 1. Turn and work up the side of the steering wheel cover. 1 SC into the side of each SC and 1 SC into the side of each CH 3.
Step 2: CH 1, Turn and work back down this same side. SC into the first stitch. SC DEC. **SC into the next stitch. SC DEC. Repeat from ** across.
Step 3: Repeat steps 1-2 but on the other side of the steering wheel cover.
Step 4. Finish off leaving long tail for joining the ends. Join the ends and stretch around the steering wheel. It will be a good secure and snug fit.

Free Car Console Cover Crochet Pattern

Car Console Cover Crochet Pattern

A couple weeks ago, my husband came home from work to tell me he found a Mercury Mountaineer for sale super cheap. The only thing was, the vehicle didn’t have a key… and the inside looked like it had been chopped up by Edward Scissor Hands and then Edward tried to cover some of the damage up with bright green duct tape. >.<

I knew instantly I would need to cover a lot of the inside with yarn.. this console had to be the first thing. I couldn’t lean against it without getting stuck to it… and then gagging because I have no idea what else has been stuck to it.

I am not complaining though, because not only did I get this for a really really good price, but it gives me another reason do do what I love, which is crochet.  :)

This is fitting for the console of a 2001 Mercury Mountaineer. The console measurements are 7 inches wide and 14.5 inches long. This is made to fit snug.

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