52 Project: 28/52

20140715-112241-40961554.jpgUgh. So it’s finally happened.  Its so humid in the city that I can barely breathe.  The subway stations are like underground broilers. I’m a sweaty, sticky, cranky mess. 😦

But on the upside, last night Florrie and I went to Madison Square Garden and saw Bruno Mars and Pharrell on the Moonshine Jungle Tour.  It was amazing, and I usually hate concerts. lol  Bruno has an amazing voice, his pitch is incredible, and when he sings live its just like listening to a recording, he’s that good. But he also makes each song different when he performs them live, exciting and new.

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His band is just as talented, I love their synchronized dancing while they play.  It’s so so so good.  If you ever get the chance, see him live. You won’t regret it, he is a vibrant, talented and fun performer and the show was worth every penny! Check out our Instagram for some video evidence. 🙂

Stay cool!  -Marie

 

Free Pattern: Crochet Bar Stool Covers

20140610-112257.jpgI finished my bar stool covers. They were fun to make.  There is something very satisfying about the granny circle/square. I’m sure most of you crocheters can look at the picture and reverse engineer how to make them, if you wanted to. I have never written a crochet pattern myself.  It seems simple enough, but when I got out my markers to try to draw a chart it turned into quite a behemoth and quickly got away from me.  I may have to enlist the help of Adobe Illustrator on that one.   I learned how to crochet by reading the tutorials at The Purl Bee. So if your find yourself scratching your head at any of my wording, that’s a great resource.  I also like to hold my ends against the work and crochet over them to eliminate the extra work of weaving in ends later.  In case anyone is wondering these are Spin Stools from Crate & Barrel. The seat is 15″ in diameter.  The colors are the same on both stools, I just reversed the order.

Link to Ravelry Project Page

Simple Text PDF Download on Ravelry

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If your stools are larger or smaller, simply continue the granny bit till the piece is just a smidge smaller than the diameter of the seat, then skip to the last 5 rounds. With crochet it is very easy to manipulate sizing. Eyeballing it (as long as your eyeballing skills are decent) is usually enough.

Until I figure out how to write a proper pattern here is a little crochet recipe of sorts:

Hook Size F

Red Heart Acrylic Yarn

With Color One-

Round 1:

I started with an adjustable loop.

Chain 3 into the loop.

Double crochet 11 times into the loop.

Join round.

Pull the loop taught.

Round 2:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 1 more time into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 2 times.

Join round.

Break yarn and switch to Color Two-

Round 3:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 2 more times into the same space.

Into each new space, double crochet 3 times.

Join round.

Break yarn and switch to Color Three-

Round 4:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 3 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 4 times.

Join round.

Round 5:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 3 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 4 times.

Join round.

Break yarn and switch to Color Four-

Round 6:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 4 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 5 times.

Join round.

Round 7:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 2 more times into the same space.

*Single crochet once on either side of the middle (third) double crochet from the previous round.

Into each following space, double crochet 3 times.*

Repeat between * until end of round.

Join round.

Break yarn and switch to Color Five-

Round 8:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 2 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 3 times.

Join round.

Round 9:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 2 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 3 times.

Join round.

Break yarn and switch to Color Six-

Round 10:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 4 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 5 times.

Join round.

Round 11:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 4 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 5 times.

Join round.

Round 12:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 6 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 7 times.

Join round.

Break yarn and switch to Color Five-

Round 13:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 3 more times into the same space.

*Single crochet into six chain spaces of the previous round’s cluster.

Into each following space, double crochet 4 times.*

Repeat between * until end of round.

Join round.

Round 14:

Chain 3 into first crochet chain space.

Double crochet  into every following chain space.

Join round.

Round 15:

Chain 3 into first crochet chain space.

Double crochet  into every following chain space.

Join round.

Round 16:

Chain 3 into first crochet chain space.

Double crochet  into every following chain space.

Join round.

Round 17: Decreasing

Chain 3 into first crochet chain space.

Double crochet  into every other chain space.

Join round.

Round 18: Decreasing

Chain 3 into first crochet chain space.

Double crochet  into every other chain space.

Join round.

Weave in any tails.  You may have to stretch the cover a little bit to fit it on, but it will go. I find that the snugness helps it not to slip off.

-Marie

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Crochet: Barstool Covers

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20140523-095049.jpgI have these two great metal bar stools at my kitchen table.  They’re the perfect height, and they spin! However they’re metal so they’re coooooold in the winter and in the summer, bare legs stick to them and its always a gamble when you’re getting down. One false move and they try to keep some of said skin. Ouch.

I was fiddling around with crocheted circles the other day, working out a throw idea and I had a brain flash. I could make yarn covers for the stools!  After a few false starts I got into the hooking groove and came up with this little beauty. It took a wee bit of pulling and tugging to get them on after hooking the decreases but they fit well and I’m not concerned about them coming off.  I’m chuffed.

I think for the second stool I will reverse the colors with dark radiating to light.  I’m so glad I learned to crochet.  If anyone wants the instructions I can post them. I haven’t written crochet instructions before so that should be fun! I’ll have to dig out my sharpies for a chart.  -Marie