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Friday, December 6, 2013

Wishlist || Cross Stitch

Cross stitching is one of my favorite things to do. Especially at Christmas time. I've been loving all of the Christmasy cross stitch projects I've been seeing on Pinterest lately.


I love the simplicity of these Nordic Christmas Ornaments from twood59 on Etsy. They would look wonderful on my tree!


These cupcake accessories from Cake Craft Shop aren't technically cross-stitched, but I think they are adorable. How great would they look with some red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting?? Now I just need to find a good gluten-free red velvet cake recipe...


I think these cross-stitched Christmas cards from Paper N Sort would be great to give to friends and family this Christmas. There's something so much more personal about a handmade card, rather than those silly Hallmark cards. The patterns are so pretty, yet so simple. I love them!

Have you seen or started any Christmas cross stitch projects this season? I would love to hear about them!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Crochet Granny Star Ornament

It's FINALLY that time of year! It's looking a lot like Christmas and I'm done with grad school for a month and a half. Do you know what that means?? It means I'm going to have time to do all the crafty stuff I've been dying to do all semester long! Woo hoo! I'm a little bit excited. Can you tell?

Anyways, to kick of Christmas break, I decided to share with you these lovely Crochet Granny Star Ornaments I've been making. My aunt actually asked me to make a bunch of them for her first grade class's Christmas tree. She showed me some pictures of what she liked on Pinterest, but none of the pictures came with patterns. So I winged it. Enjoy!





GRANNY STAR ORNAMENT

Skill level: Easy



Materials: 

size G crochet hook

- cotton yarn
- ribbons
- buttons (optional)
- thread in same color as yarn
- scissors

Note:
-  Puff Stitch: *yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull up a loop* four times, yo, pull through all nine loops on hook

Instructions: 
 Make a magic loop.
Row one: Work * puff stitch, ch 2* five times into magic loop. Sl st into top of first puff stitch.
- Row two: (Chain 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into top of puff stitch. *Into next puff stitch work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc.)* Repeat from * to * all the way around. Sl st into top of first ch3.
- Row three: Ch 1, sc into stitch before ch 2 space. *Work (hdc, dc, ch 1, dc, hdc) into ch 2 space. Sc in next st, ch 1, sc into gap between 3 dc groups, ch1, sc into stitch before ch 2 space.* Continue pattern around, ending with sc into gap between 3 dc groups. Sl st into first st. Bind off.
- Finishing: Weave in ends. Attach ribbons and buttons if desired.