Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sharp Crochet Hook Review and A Giveaway!

I had just put away my husband's nail set tool, when Jessica, from Sharp Crochet Hook contacted me and asked if I would write a product review.  I used to use the nail set to punch holes in fabric so that I could crochet an edge on something, or crochet along a kitchen towel. Many times, I have bent my tiniest crochet hooks, trying to poke holes in fabric and save time.

The Sharp Crochet Hook says that you can "Easily crochet through flannel, cotton, fleece, towels, knits, zipper linings, denim, and more."  It is a tiny hook, with a point at the end. It's a bit sharper than a regular hook, but not truly "sharp" to cut you or anything. What I like about it is that it is sturdier at the handle and won't bend as easily as a regular hook.

I don't work with thread too often, but I do like to play with fabrics and edgings. The booklet that comes with it has some fabulous ideas and patterns. There are even some printable templates on their website. I've always wanted to adorn a tank top with crochet, but never had time to design one myself. This book has a pattern for that, along with some cute boot sock edgings, skirt and baby blanket edgings as well. I have some thin leather that I would love to try it with. It also says you can crochet into paper. That reminds me of the old-fashioned crocheted Christmas cards and ornaments.

Impatient as I am, I tried the hook with worsted cotton instead of thread. I can see that it is designed for thread crochet, but I managed to make it work with worsted. The book recommends using the Sharp Crochet Hook to crochet through fabric and then switch to a size 3 (2.1) mm crochet hook and continue using size 3 crochet thread. And the patterns in the booklet are written, using size 3 crochet thread.

You can check out their website at I was not compensated for this review, but they did send me a Starter Pack. There's a whole set of crochet hooks, the Sharp Crochet Hook and pattern booklet, some scissors, and a set of yarn wraps, which are a great way to keep your balls of yarn intact.

The Starter Pack would make a great Christmas gift for someone who wants to learn how to crochet. And, is hosting a giveaway for my readers. One lucky winner will receive a Sharp Crochet Starter Pack!  Contest is open to U.S. residents only. Enter by commenting on this post. One entry per person. Contest ends December 1, 2012 and the winner will be chosen at random from eligible entries on December 2, 2012.


Congratulations to Rin. Your name was chosen at random from all eligible entries.

And thank you to for their generous gift!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Wildwood Capelet - New Crochet pattern and tutorial

The new Wildwood Capelet is a shawl-style capelet with a rounded hood in soft and chunky crochet. The hood has a rounded design and utilizes a special technique that is described below.

© 2012 LazyTcrochet

I'm including this video tutorial to demonstrate my version of a flat braid join in crochet. It's a technique that is often used to join granny squares, but I have interpreted it here for the purpose of joining the back of the hood for my Wildwood Capelet pattern. (Not a professional video, but I think it clearly demonstrates how to create the stitch while joining.)
This hood pattern also utilizes the DcCh (Double Crochet Chain) or Foundationless Double Crochet as described in an earlier post

The pattern for the Wildwood Capelet is available on Craftsy and Ravelry. © 2012 LazyTcrochet 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Crochet Collar from LazyTcrochet

Crochet Collar Pattern

© 2012 LazyTcrochet
For personal use only.

Rowan Creative Linen (linen and cotton blend)
1 button (5/8” shown)
E hook (3.50 mm)
Ch 2 counts as first Dc in each row.
Gauge:  Approximately 15 dc and 8 rows = 4”
Collar is approximately 19” X 2 ½”.

Row 1:  Leaving a 10” tail, Dc Ch 69, Ch 2, turn. (Instructions for the Dc Ch, or foundationless crochet are here...
Row 2:  Dc in next 11, 2 dc in next, *dc in next 10 sts., 2dc in next.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Dc in last 12. Ch 2, turn.
Row 3:  Dc in next 11, 2 dc in each of the next 2 sts., *dc in next 10 sts., 2 dc in each of the next 2 sts.*  Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Dc in last 12. Ch 2, turn.
Row 4:  Dc in next 11, 2 dc in each of the next 4 sts., *dc in next 10 sts., 2 dc in each of the next 4 sts.*  Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Dc in last 12. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5:  Dc in next 13, 2 dc in each of the next  4 sts., *dc in next 14 sts., 2 dc in each of the next 4 sts.*  Repeat from * to * 3 more times.  Dc in last 14. Fasten off.
Using the tail of the yarn to crochet a button loop, insert the hook at the side of Row 1 and pull up a loop. Chain 5 (or however many you need to fit the button you want to use), join with slip stitch and fasten off. Work the ends in. Sew a button to the opposite side. Steam block, if desired.
For the natural color shown, I used DMC Senso Linen Cotton.
Follow instructions above through Row 4.
For the scalloped edging, Ch 1, skip 2 stitches, work 5 dc in next stitch, (skip 2 stitches, sc in next , skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in next) repeat across, skip 3 stitches at the end and sc in top of turning chain. (17 scallops made.)  Fasten off.
Using the tail of the yarn to crochet a button loop, insert the hook at the side of Row 1 and pull up a loop. Chain 5 (or however many you need to fit the button you want to use), join with slip stitch and fasten off. Work the ends in. Sew a button to the opposite side. Steam block, if desired.

© 2012 LazyTcrochet
For personal use only.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Fresh! Key Lime Pie

My dad has always preferred pie for his birthday, and while I do make a mean pie crust and usually make the classics (peach, blueberry, apple or raisin walnut), the fresh key limes I found at the store swayed me.
 I was all set to make the crust, but when I found Emeril's recipe, it called for a graham cracker crust. Yes, I bought a prepared crust (mostly because I was traveling and it was easier).
I knew that getting one whole cup of juice out of these tiny limes was going to be a chore, but once I thought to try the garlic press, it went a lot easier!
This simple recipe calls for key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk and eggs. That's it! My daughter and I agreed that ours mouths were "ready for cheesecake" because it looked so much like cheesecake. It was, instead, tangy, creamy and delicious! Topped with a bit of sour cream mixed with powdered sugar, it was scrumptious. If I had sprinkled a tiny bit of lime zest on top, my mouth wouldn't have been so confused LOL.

Although it was very good with the graham cracker crust, it would have been just as tasty with a flaky, homemade crust. It's coming on peach and apple season, so I'll share my Grandmother's pie crust techniques soon! Enjoy.

Friday, July 27, 2012

New Crochet Vest or Bolero

I've been working on this design for quite some time now. I thought I'd post some tips and updates here instead of adding a lot more pictures to the pattern itself.
The pattern is available on Craftsy, Etsy, or Ravelry.

It's a basic crochet vest or cropped bolero style with instructions for a simple crochet edging or a ribbed edging. Sizes are for small through extra large. Whether you choose the simple edging or the ribbed edging, you'll work a single crochet all around the outside of the sweater, as explained in the pattern.
This diagram shows where to decrease (sc 2 together) at the back of the neck.
To get a good fit around the back of the neck, work a portion of the edging in sc, as explained in the pattern.

The edging is about 2" wide and in the ribbed hdc pattern it is about 2 rows per inch. If you find that the edging is ruffling too much, work the sc a little farther apart, or skip an sc here and there while working the edging. Further instructions are included in the pattern.
The picture below shows the beginning and end of the edging and approximately where to stop.  At this point, you sew it together, as explained in the pattern.
As you can see, the yellow version at the top has two buttons. These are positioned at the top and bottom of the front portion of the vest.
When laying out the three buttons for the green vest, I opted to place them a bit lower. They're not "centered" over the front closure of the vest because it looked like they were too high and there was too much of a "tail" to the bottom front and around to the back.

So, I positioned these buttons slightly lower and it pulled it together for a longer, sleeker look. Use your best judgement when marking and placing the buttonholes. The good thing about crochet is that it's easy to tear it out and go back to make adjustments.
 Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I'll continue to update this post as needed and will be adding more patterns soon.  Thanks!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Random Yum

We made noodles last weekend. I've had this pasta machine and drying rack for years and thought it would be fun to put them to use for a change. The noodles were delicious with some chicken soup, although I think I'd like them a bit thicker next time. Normally, when we make noodles (and when my mother-in-law made noodles) they're a bit on the thick side because of hand rolling and cutting. The basic recipe is 2 eggs per 1 cup of flour. Knead well. Let it rest before rolling and cutting. Very easy.

This was a delicious salad I got while shopping at my favorite Italian market near Youngstown. Rulli Brothers is known for everything Italian, and great prices to boot! Although the ingredients list broccoli, I'm guessing it was broccoli rabe because of the unidentifiable leaves involved. Very good salad with tortellini, shells, cheese, broccoli rabe, zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red pepper, fresh red pepper, tomatoes, and dressing.

Monday, January 30, 2012

My 5th Etsy Anniversary!

Happy Etsy-versary to me!
I opened my virtual boutique five years ago today and am so happy that I did!
I've been looking back through past designs, sometimes with pride and sometimes wondering, "what the heck was I thinking?" LOL
It really is interesting for me to see how my designs and style have changed over the years. And it's fun to see the changes in my kids. Although I don't do children's accessories anymore, both my kids have modeled for me in the past. I had a funky and bright, long retro-style vest that my daughter first modeled for me when she was 9!
And look at her now...

My son was never thrilled with modeling, until I made him this Pokemon hat...
And then there's one with my husband sticking his tongue out. He ended up getting that hat for Christmas anyway!
It's been a lot of fun and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to create and share my designs on Etsy! And, as most of my listings say... Thank you for browsing!