I'm on a Roll! Made Another Multi Use Head Wrap

As you read in my previous post, I was inspired by a pic of Tracee Ellis Ross to freestyle my own crochet head wrap. Well, I made another one, in purple, which is my FAVORITE color!

I improved upon the pattern a bit, to make the attached scarf more sturdy and pretty. As you can see above, this wrap can be worn in a variety of ways, all of which I didn't show in this picture. Basically, you can wrap the attached scarf around your head for an almost ninja-like adornment; you can let the scarves hang loosely; or you can wrap them into a low bun, as this was my initial inspiration.

I'm loving this creation, and so are many of my friends. So I will make several more to share and sell. For your viewing pleasure, here are some more inspiration pictures of other people wearing the ever so popular head wrap bun:
Gorgeous skin, gorgeous cheekbones, and a gorgeous head wrap bun!

Visual proof that this style isn't just an ethnic style. Anybody can rock it!

You don't have to use the head wrap bun to hide your hair - it can also accentuate your locks!

Of COURSE J-Lo would make this her own with a twist - the head wrap bow tie!

Freestyle Crochet Inspired by Tracee Ellis Ross

I was perusing Pinterest yesterday and came across this picture of Tracee Ellis Ross:
I thought she looked stunningly beautiful in the picture: she has a serene, natural, bohemian air about her and I attribute that in part to the lovely head wrap bun she is rocking. Being that I do crochet, I decided to freestyle one from my head. 

All I did was crochet a basic hat: here is an example pattern by Red Heart:
Click Here for Pattern

As I finished a few rows, I would just try on the hat to see if it fit and stopped right above or near my ears. Once it did, I stopped crocheting, then crocheted two rectangle ties to the hat. Here is the finished product::

You can wrap the ties around the neck to act as a scarf/neck warmer

Tying the ties into a bun at the base of the neck.

Situating the bun at the forehead, for a turban look. 

Situating the bun over an ear, for a cuter effect. 

This first attempt is cute, but can definitely be improved. That is what I am currently working on.

Red Heart Yarn Flower Pattern: Modifying it Into Earrings

A few days ago I decided that I would love to have a pair of crochet flower earrings. I thought about freestyling a project, but decided I didn't really feel like thinking at the moment. So I did some research and came across a Red Heart headband pattern that included an attachable flower.

As I was making the flower, I decided to stop at just completing round 2 of the flower, because I didn't want my earrings to be bigger than that. The reason for this is I was using a worsted weight yarn. But if I had decided to use a thread or lace yarn, I would've opted to complete the entire flower project. 

Here are my earrings:

They are pretty big, so imagine how much bigger they'd have been if I had continued with the pattern!

Freestyled Project Completed: Filet Crochet Hat & Scarf Set

In a previous post I mentioned that I am not as consistent with following patterns. The fact of the matter is this: for some reason, I love to freestyle crochet projects. There is something pleasurable about picking up the hook and yarn, and just letting my brain create the project as it tells it to my fingers. This doesn't always result in a great project: I've wasted quite a bit of yarn over the years on failed projects! But sometimes my freestyling results in a great finished product.

This was one of those times. I started out with a chain that was as long as my arms stretched out from side to side:

Then I proceeded to do rows of filet crochet with a double crochet stitch. If you want to see a filet crochet in action, here is a video that explains it pretty well (in the video, they incorporate a heart into the project, but I didn't do that).

I was inspired by the scarf to create a matching hat, so I did. I think everything turned out great. Here are some more pictures:

Recent Book Purchase: Crochet One-Skein Wonders

My sister and I were out of town with my father, and we decided (like we often do) to stop by Books-a-Million. I had not intended to purchase any crochet books, but lo and behold, I came cross this lovely and tempting delight, "Crochet One-Skein Wonders" edited by Judith Durant & Edi Eckman
This book is a collection of 101 projects that you should be able to create with just one skein of yarn. The projects are divided into sections, based on yarn type: Thread, Lace Weight, Super-
Fine Weight, Fine Weight, Light Weight, Medium Weight and Bulky Weight. The Lace Weight section only has two projects (both of them scarves) while the Super-Fine Weight and Medium Weight sections have the most projects.

So far, what I'm loving about this book is the pure inspiration it provides. The photography is amazing and complements the finished products pictured beautifully. I'm not too consistent with finishing patterns, but I love looking at the projects pictured, so I am actually eager to start on something. 

The one thing that is getting on my nerves is that most of the projects are in the Super-Fine Weight section. I really don't own a lot of Super-Fine Weight yarn: my stash is dominated by worsted weight yarn, mostly by the Red Heart brand. So I'm thinking of of trying out some of the Super-Fine Weight projects out with Medium Weight yarns. But that might result in me using more than one skein or having a much larger version of the project. Still, the Medium Weight section does have some lovely projects I can try: mostly hats, scarves, and bags. 

My final thought so far is that this is a great book to have in your crochet or needlework library, as a resource on how to use up some extra skeins of yarn. It may even be good to have whenever you need to fulfill a quick yearning for a fast project. This isn't my favorite crochet book, but it's still a great book. 

Here are the stand out projects that I want to try later:

  • Blooming Blossom Coasters (I will probably convert them into earrings)
  • Switchback Scarf
  • Putting on the Glitz Shrug
  • Bonnie's Peep Toes