No-Sew Crochet Boot Cuffs

No Sew Crochet Boot Cuffs

No-Sew Crochet Boot Cuffs

No-Sew Crochet Boot Cuff (in progress)

No-Sew Crochet Boot Cuff (in progress)

Boot cuffs have become rather popular, and I’ve looked around to find some fun patterns to try. I found a pattern that I really liked the look of (see http://dabblesandbabbles.com/easy-crochet-boot-cuffs/ ), but I didn’t like all the sewing involved. For instance, make two separate pieces (one ribbed side, one textured side) for each boot cuff. Then sew the edges together after sewing the two separate pieces together. Time to simplify! I’m a no-sew crocheter. Any simple project, such as boot cuffs, should be able to be crocheted in one fell swoop without sewing pieces together and dealing with more unnecessary ends to sew in at the end.

Well, I liked this pattern so much, that I changed it to make it “no-sew”! Here is my version:

No-Sew Crochet Boot Cuff

US Terms

Materials:

  • A soft medium weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather)
  • Crochet Hook – US H
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Gage: not super important for this project. You can easily adjust the width of the cuff by adding or subtracting rows.

Directions:

Ch = chain, hk = hook, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, tr = treble crochet

Ch 31

Row 1) Dc in 2nd ch from hk, dc in next 13 sts, *tr, sc, repeat from * till end, turn.

Row 2)  Ch 2, tr in last sc from previous row, sc in next st, *tr, sc, repeat from *7 times, sc 13, sc in to of ch 2, turn. Note: During the textured side, make sure to sc into the tr from the previous row, and tr into the sc from the previous row.

Row 3) Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), sk last sc from previous row, dc 13, *tr, sc, repeat from * till end, turn. Note: During the textured side, make sure to sc into the tr from the previous row, and tr into the sc from the previous row.

Rows 4-31) Repeat rows 2 & 3

Row 32)  Repeat row 2

Row 33) Match row 1 and row 32 wrong sides together, sl st to join both sides all the way across.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Follow the instructions above, and create another boot cuff for a pair.

Happy crocheting!

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Baby Heart Dress with Matching Diaper Cover

I saw this pattern while on pinterest, and I knew I had to make my own version of it! It took me several months to get it finished. And I finally got it done in August 2014, and I am just now getting around to writing about it!

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I used Vickie Howell’s cottonish yarn in Grey T-Shirt and Cotton Gin, size E crochet hook, x3 1/2″ matching buttons, and crocheted this in the 12 months size.

So here are my notes about this pattern:

  1. Working with dk cotton yarn and a small hook works up a little slower than I’d like, not a con, just a note.
  2. The beret needed another row or two of dc to fit my child’s head properly.
  3. I had to block it like crazy (and after each wash) to get the dress to lay flat and not pull since it is mainly crocheted in the round. I don’t know about you, but no matter how I join in the round (and I’ve tried several methods), my work on this project pulled to the right something fierce (I crochet left-handed).

Then… I made a matching diaper cover. Yay! I based it on Elizabeth Alan’s princess diaper cover. I changed it up a bit since the pattern is just sewing together two of the same sides. Ahm, I don’t know any 12-month size baby who whose front side is the same shape as their back side. Not to mention those chunky thighs. So, I made adjustments. And yes, I used the 1/8″ elastic, as suggested in the pattern for the larger sizes.

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Here is a photo of my little monkey modeling the dress (this is before she was walking, and she wouldn’t keep the hat on for long enough to take the photo):

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Vertical Pallet Garden

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DIY Garden Pallet

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Anyone up for some Butter Crunch Lettuce?? Mmmmm

It’s Spring and I love to garden! It’s been a killer for me because we are renting right now (while we’re building a home on some acreage) so I have been very limited as to being able to modify this yard for gardening. I decided I just couldn’t go a whole season without a garden, so I gave in to the ever popular pallet craze and made a garden using a wooden pallet. I found a great tutorial at the Life on the Balcony blog HERE. And I also second the disclaimer that you should use pallets with caution and make sure they are heat treated, not chemical treated and don’t have any suspicious mold, paint, etc on them.

I had fun mixing some lettuce, herbs and fresh flowers in my garden. Mostly, I am so excited that I can pick this up and move it with us in a couple months! I had it flat on the ground for a couple weeks and just propped it up today- wanted to give the plants time to root better.

I will fully admit that I am TERRIBLE at taking pictures of the creative process most of the time. I seriously just get in to it and don’t want to stop until the project is done! I’m going to try and draw up some diagrams with instructions, hopefully I’ll do that sooner than later. Until then happy gardening!