Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bedlam giveaway

It's giveaway time!  Bedlam is my favorite time of year, & in celebration of Bedlam week here in Oklahoma, I'm having "a stitch divided" giveaway. Let's see how many bedlam fans I have here! It makes a perfect (and free) gift for a friend or yourself! Here are the rules to win this free cowl:

1) Share this picture on your timeline (go to CraftyAllie to share the picture on my page)
2) "like" my page CraftyAllie
3) comment on this picture on Facebook for your color preference (OSU orange or boomer sooner crimson). Show your team spirit!

Easy as that! Note..you don't have to be an Oklahoman to participate! This contest will run from today (12/13/13) until kickoff on Saturday (11AM CT). Winner will be announced after the football game. I will contact you if you've won to get your shipping details! Good luck!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Twisty turvy headband--free pattern!

Twisty Turvy headband
Pattern by: craftyallie
Please let me know if there are any flaws in my pattern and I would be happy to fix them! 

  • Worsted weight yarn (Suggestions: Caron simply soft, I Love This Yarn!, Vanna’s choice)
  • US size 8 needles
  • Cable needle or substitute (paperclip, bobbypin, pencil, etc)
  •  Needle for weaving in ends
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • 4 inches wide at garter stitch section
  • 2.5 inches wide at patterned section
  •  18 inches around, but very stretchy (because of the garter stitch)
Stitch explanations:

  • CO—cast on
  •  K—knit
  • P—purl
  • Sl—slip
  • C4B—Slip next 2 sts on cable needle, K2, then K2 from the cable needle
  • LPT—Left purl twist. Slip next stitch onto a cable needle and hold in back. K2, P1 from cable needle
  •   RPT—Right purl twist. Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in FRONT. P1, K2 from cable needle

  • CO 18 stitches (I used the long-tail method, but you can use a provisional cast on so you can Kitchener stitch the ends together)
  • K every row (garter stitch) for 5 inches. Slip the last st of each row purlwise.

  • Row 1:(RS) K2, P5, K4, P5, K1, sl 1
  • Row 2:(WS) K7, P4, K6, Sl 1
  • Row 3: K2, P5, K4, P5, K1, Sl 1
  • Row 4: K7, P4, K6, sl 1
  • Row 5: (RS), K2, P5, C4B, P5, K1, sl 1
  • Row 6: K7,P4, K6, sl 1  

  • Row 7: K2, P4, LPT, RPT, P4, K1, Sl 1
  • Row 8: K6, P2, K2, P2, K5, Sl 1
  •  Row 9: K2, P3, LPT, P2, RPT, P3, K1, sl 1
  •  Row 10: K5, P8, K4, sl 1
  •  Row 11: K2, P2, LPT, K4, RPT, P2, K1, sl 1 
  •  Row 12: K4, P2, K1, P4, K1, P2, K3, sl 1
  • Row 13: *K2, P1, LPT, P1, C4B, P1, RPT, P1, K1, sl 1
  •  Row 14: K3, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K2, sl 1
  • Row 15: K2, P1, K2, P2, K4, P2, K2, P1, K1, sl 1
  • Row 16: K3, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K2, sl 1*
  • Row 17: K2, P1, K2, P2, C4B, P2, K2, P1, K1, sl 1 
  • Row 18: K3, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K2, sl 1
  • Row 19: K2, P1, K2, P2, K4, P2, K2, P1, K1, sl 1
  • Row 20: K3, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K2, sl 1*

    Repeat rows 17-20 2 more times.Then do the following rows:

  • K2, P1, RPT, P1, K4, P1, LPT, P1, K1, sl 1
  • K4, P2, K1, P4, K1, P2, K3, sl 1
  •  K2, P2, RPT, C4B, LPT, P2, K1, sl 1
  •  K5, P2, K4, P2, K4, sl 1
  • K2, P3, RPT, P2, LPT, P3, K1, sl 1
  •   K6, P2, K2, P2, K5, sl 1
  •   K2, P4, RPT, LPT, P4, K1, sl 1
  •   K7, P4, K6, sl 1
  •   K2, P5, C4B, P5, K1, sl 1
  • K7, P4, K6, sl 1
  • K2, P5, K4, P5, K1, sl 1
  • K7, P4, K6, sl1
  • Work in garter stitch for 5 inches and bind off loosely

You can seam the ends a couple of ways. You can do a provisional cast on and Kitchener stitch the two ends together, or you can do a long-tail cast on and whip-stitch the ends together (that’s the method I’ve chosen).

Sunday, February 17, 2013

DIY Hearts and lace shirt

Nursing school has been kicking my bee-hind. Needless to say, that's why I haven't updated anything at all. However, I did find some time to make an ADORABLE shirt the week before Valentine's day. I got my inspiration from a sweater at ThreeBirdNest.

Isn't that just adorable?!  I couldn't justify paying $48 for a shirt I could easily make myself though (and they are out of stock right now).

Here is my rendition of it!And the best part? No sewing machine necessary! The hand-stitching is really easy. It took about 2 hours for me to make, but this was my first ever sewing-related project. All of you experienced crafters could probably knock this out in 30 minutes to an hour, especially if you have a sewing machine!

First, you'll need a shirt. Any shirt will do, as long as it has a nice big back! I wouldn't go out and buy a nice shirt, because it's going to get cut up, and you might mess up! Try using a big oversized sweatshirt or t-shirt. I used a cropped shirt that I ended up cutting even shorter. It all depends on what you're going for.

 Please excuse the messiness of my school books and such :)

So, here's what you'll need:
  • A shirt-Don't spend more than $2 on a shirt! And if you have one already at home, it's free!
  • 1-2 yards of fabric (Depending on how confident you are). I used a regular polyester fabric because I couldn't find lace fabric in a timely manner. I also was trying to decide whether or not to use tulle, and I decided not. I also used scrap fabric that was given to me, so it didn't cost me anything, but 1-2 yds of fabric at Walmart or HobLob is approximately $10 (That's probably an overestimate, too).
  • A spool of lace trim-$5 or less at Walmart
  • Matching thread-$3
  • Scissors
  • Fabric chalk/marker/etc. I didn't have one so I just used a sharpie with a piece of cardboard underneath the shirt so it wouldn't bleed through
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Good lighting
  • Sewing machine (if you have one. I hand-sewed mine)

Next, you'll want to iron everything, just to get it nice and straight before make any cutting commitments!

Now comes a kind of scary part for me---cutting!

 Don't be afraid of the scissors. They are your friend! If you have a shirt similar to mine, then be sure to cut ABOVE the seam so that you don't have any bunching fabric at the bottom.
 This is what it looked like when I was finished chopping off the bottom. So far so good, right?

Now comes the really REALLY scary part: cutting out the heart.
 I don't know if you can see my little sharpie dots there, but that's how I made the heart. I kind of free-handed it. If you love perfection, this method isn't for you. Print out a nice big heart on some BIG paper and trace it on. No one will judge you!

Next, cut your fabric to a square just bigger than the perimeter of your heart. I left about 1-2 inches at each pointy end of the heart. Turn your shirt inside-out and, place some cardboard or a hard piece of plastic in your shirt (trust me, it makes it a lot easier to pin) and pin the fabric to the shirt about a half inch to an inch away from the heart border. I probably could have done this step a little better, but I still got the end product I wanted!

After you pin your fabric, flip the shirt back to the right side. This is where I could have done this better. You could probably have left it right side out and pinned the fabric to the inside, but that just wasn't making sense to me at the time. 

Now the fun part--sewing! If you have a sewing machine, take it out now and get it all nice and set up. Proceed to sew the heart on. If you are a hand-sewer and have NO idea how to sew (like me), take a look at this video to help you out! It shows a straight stitch, and that's the only stitch I used for this whole project. This is very much a beginner sewing project.
 Do this stitch all the way around, and make sure to keep your stitches close together.

So, once you finish sewing the heart on, trim the inside edges about 1 inch away from where you sewn line is. It will end up looking something like this:

I could have stopped right here, but adding a lace trim just seemed way more fun :)

See the little lace windows at the top of the ribbon? That's where I did my straight stitch. The needle would go in one window, and come out int he window next to it. It made for a very flat finish. 

Give it all another good ironing and you're finished!

Happy {late} valentine's day!

Stay crafty my friends,

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Final Fantasy blanket, final product

I just realized that I never posted a finished picture of my final fantasy blanket! I posted them on my facebook page, but not here! 

 Final specs: 7x10 feet, 21 rows, with 30 squares in each row (630 squares). Final weight: 8 pounds. Duration: almost one year. Below, you can also see my mario mushroom blanket I made about 2 years ago :)

I will also be making a pattern for my South Park people as soon as I can, and it will be up for purchase on my Etsy store very soon! I will provide a free pattern for Stan on my next blog post, so stay tuned! 

Stay crafty my friends,