Monday, May 19, 2014

Flower Band Headband, Belt or Trim

This is a very versatile pattern. The base of the pattern makes a cute flower band that can be used in many different ways.  I made mine into a headband or you can make a belt, strap, or trim.  It can be made in any sort of yarn or thread.

This pattern uses US crochet terms.  If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will do my best to help you out.  I love to see pictures of finished objects, you can post them on my Facebook page!

Flower Band
You can make this from nearly any sort of yarn or thread.  I used worsted weight acrylic yarn and a size G crochet hook.  The thread version I show in the video is made from size 10 crochet cotton thread and a size 7 hook.

For this pattern you will be working down the backside of the ch, insert hook into the back “bump” instead of under the two loops

Foundation Chain:
Multiples of 10 +8 For my headband I did 7 flowers = 70 + 8 = ch 78

Bottom Half of First Flower:
1 dc in the 4th st from hook (this is 1st petal), ch 4, dc in 4th ch from hook (this is the second petal, the ch stitch the dc is worked into becomes the center of the flower). Now counting on the foundation chain, sl st into the 9th ch, dc, ch 3. Turn the petals so that the chain that is the center is pointing up to the sky. Now you will sl st into the center of the flower, turning the work will make this easier. Ch 3, dc into the center, (this will make the 3rd petal). Now turn your work back to its original position. Ch 1, counting on the foundation ch, tr into the 5th ch. ( bottom half of first flower complete)

Bottom Half of Additional Flowers:
*ch 5, dc into the 4th ch from the hook, ch 4, dc in the 4th ch from the hook, counting on the foundation chain, sl st into the 5th ch, (flip petals if necessary so that center of the flower is pointing up) dc, ch 3, (turn work) sl st into the center of the flower, ch 3, dc into center, ch 1, (turn work back), counting on the foundation ch, tr into the 5th ch, repeat from * to the end

Top Half of Flowers:
Ch 1, turn the work, *sl st around the ch1 that is between the tr and the flower, dc, ch 3, sl st into the flower center, ch 3, 2dc in flower center, ch 3, sl st into center, ch 3, dc into center, sl st around ch 1 between flower and tr, ch 1, repeat from * to the end

Top Chain:
Ch 9, turn work, *sc into the space between the dc in the top petal, ch 5, tr into the ch 1 space between the flowers, ch 5, repeat from * to the last flower, sc into the tip of the top petal of the last flower, ch 3, tr into the last st. Fasten off, weave in ends.

To Finish:
Attach chains or lengths of ribbon to either end to make ties. If making in thread for a lace trim it will require wet blocking to look its best.

This is my original pattern, please link to this original post when sharing, thanks!

Check out some of my other patterns
Simple Polka Dot Headband
Basket Weave Beverage Cozy
Mini Woven Basket
Sunshine and Rainbows Bonnet
Sand Dollar Coaster

This post was submitted to the Hookin On Hump Day link up on Moogly

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Pea Salad

This salad is so fresh and green.  A clean and bright side dish that works perfectly with grilled or smoked meats or other summer meals.  I like to bring this to cookouts and potlucks because its quick and inexpensive to whip up and its always a hit.  Its not the same old boring dishes but the ingredients are familiar enough so that its not intimidating.

The ingredients are:
1 pound frozen peas, thawed by rinsing and drained well
2 stalks of celery, diced
2 scallions, diced
a small handful of spearmint and parsley
1 lemon, zest and juice
3 TBSP olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix thoroughly and serve immediately or if making ahead pack the dressing separate and dress just before serving.

Friday, May 9, 2014

DIY Garden Markers

These garden markers were a lot of fun to make.  This video will show you step by step how to make these bright and colorful garden markers.  You can use these in vegetable gardens, flower gardens, container gardens or potted plants.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Smoked Deviled Eggs

When my brother told me about smoked deviled eggs he made, I knew I had to try them for myself.  I was planning on smoking a chicken anyway so I added a half dozen hard-boiled and peeled eggs to the smoker.  I smoked them at 225 degrees F for about 30 minutes.  I used apple chips but you can use any wood you like.

Once the eggs were smoked and cooled you proceed just like normal deviled eggs.  To make the filling I mixed the yolks with a couple tablespoons of mayo, a teaspoon or so of yellow mustard, a tablespoon of pickled diced jalapenos (with a splash of the vinegar brine from the jar) and salt and pepper.  I topped each egg with crumbled bacon and paprika.  If you have a favorite deviled egg recipe you can substitute that filling in these smoked eggs.

The eggs were so amazing.  They are satisfying on so many levels, creamy, smokey, spicy, savory.  They are not much more work than regular deviled eggs but they are so unexpected and different.  Give them a try, I'm sure they will be a hit at your next cookout or party.

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