Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Knit Kit

I just recently was introduced to a product called "The Knit Kit"!  It is just perfect for those of us who are always looking for our yarn needle, scissors, tape measure, etc!  Take a look at my new video showing all of it's features!  It is available online for between $20 - $30 dollars!  Just Google "The Knit Kit" and you will find it!  Available in a variety of colors, too!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hats are Available Separately, Too!!

Almost forgot......if you don't want a set, all items are available separately!!!

Just click on the photo!!!!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/275444348/so-soft-knit-baby-girl-hat-cozy-knitted?ref=shop_home_active_4
https://www.etsy.com/listing/288955561/so-soft-knit-baby-girl-hat-cozy-knitted?ref=shop_home_active_1
https://www.etsy.com/listing/275444900/so-soft-knit-baby-girl-hat-cozy-knitted?ref=listing-shop-header-1
https://www.etsy.com/listing/288956863/soft-and-cozy-baby-afghan-in-lavender?ref=shop_home_active_1

New Ideas for Baby Gifts in My Etsy Shop!! And, a Coupon!!!

I've been working hard on lots of knitted newborn hats and more crochet afghans!  I am now getting them into my Etsy Shop, Lakeview Cottage Kids!!!   Just click on the photos to find out more about these new offerings!!  They are completed items.....not patterns!  AND, if you are so inclined to purchase them, or anything else in my shop, I have created a coupon for you to use!!!  How fun!!  It is s coupon for 10% off anything in my shop and will expire on April 23.  To use it, just type in SPRING in to the proper space at check out!  Also, I will be adding more new items very soon!  I will let you know here when they are up!!

Now here are the new pictures!!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/275438464/soft-and-cozy-baby-afghan-and-3-hats-in?ref=listing-shop-header-2

https://www.etsy.com/listing/275440062/so-soft-knit-baby-girl-hat-cozy-knitted?ref=listing-shop-header-1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/275440712/so-soft-knit-baby-girl-hat-cozy-knitted?ref=listing-shop-header-0

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Hello!!! And, Happy Spring!

Hi Everyone!
I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of Spring and planning for Easter!  I am totally into Spring mode.  All kinds of flowers are poking through the mulch in my gardens.  I can't wait for warmer weather.  Of course, our weather here in Wisconsin was a little derailed yesterday and last night.....snow storm came though and dumped about 6 or 7 inches of snow on us!  Oh well, it's pretty and will be gone soon, hopefully!

As you could tell, I have been pretty absent from posting here on my blog for quite a while!  Could it be a year????  Anyway, all kinds of things were happening here at Lakeview Cottage:  a Caribbean cruise, loads of remodeling at Lakeview Cottage, including the addition of my new studio ( I will talk about that later -- with pictures)!!   I love it!  It is really pretty and makes me so efficient!  Last summer was the first summer that we were living here full time so there was so much I got done in my gardens!  It was great fun!    I have also been quite busy in my shop and crocheting for the local nursing home and hospital! 

So, anyway, I am back and, hopefully, in a big way, with more new patterns, more gardening ideas and pictures, craft fair ideas, more new items in my store, pictures of my new studio and lots more.

So, again, Happy Spring, and be sure to look for all kinds of new ideas from me!  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Working on "Easter Egg" Crochet Baby Afghans

Happy Spring!

I totally love this afghan pattern and when it's done in pastel colors it is perfect for a Spring baby gift!  Here is a picture of 4 different afghans that I am working on.  Because of their colors, I've named them my "Easter Egg" afghans!  None of them are finished but I'm getting closer!  The free pattern is included here on my blog.  The difference comes when you use a variety of different types of yarn!  
The pink and cream afghans were done using Caron "Simply Soft" Yarn (#4).  And the lavender and mint afghans were done using Bernat "Softee Baby" yarns (#3). 
Of course, you can use other weights of yarn and larger crochet hooks to make an unlimited number of afghan weights and looks.  I hope you try the pattern and have fun creating your own beautiful projects!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

FREE Pattern for the "Soft and Cuddly" Crochet Baby Afghan

Here is the free pattern for the "Soft and Cuddly" Crochet Baby Afghan.  It goes with the "Soft and Cuddly" Crochet Baby Earflap HatI think you will love how soft these items are!  They are really easy to make, too!

 “Soft and Cuddly” Crochet Baby Afghan





Skill Level:  Easy
Size:
Approximately 34" x 42"

Materials Needed:
-  5 skeins Aran weight (#4) yarn  (I used Premier Yarns “Angel Self Shading” Yarn for this hat.  The color I used was “Pink Dream”.)
-  Crochet Hook,  Size I/5.5 mm
-  Yarn Needle  (Used for working in loose yarn ends.)

 Body of Afghan

 Ch 115.
Row 1:  Dc in fourth chain from the hook.  *Skip next 2 chains, dc in next chain, 3 dc in next chain, 1 dc in next chain, skip next 2 chains, 1 dc in next 2 chains*.  Repeat from * to last 3 chains.  Skip 2 chains.  Work 3 dc in last dc.  Ch 3.  Turn.
Row 2:   Dc in space before first dc. * Skip 3 dc.  5 dc in space before next dc.  Skip 3 dc.  1 dc in next space.  Skip 1 dc.  1 dc in next space. *  Repeat from * to * to the last 3 dc.  Skip 2 dc.  Work 3 dc in the space before the last dc.  Ch 3.  Turn.

Repeat Row 2 until the afghan measures approximately 38" long...ending with a right side row.  (Don't fasten off.) 

Edging Rows

Row 1:  Ch 1.  Work 2 sc in corner dc.  Working down the side of the afghan, work 2 sc in each space all the way down the side of the afgan.  Work 3 sc in the corner dc.  Work 1 sc in each chain across the bottom of the afgan.  Work 3 sc in the corner dc.  Work 2 sc in each space up the side of the afghan.  Work 3 sc in the corner dc.  Work 1 sc in each dc across the top of the afghan.  Work 1 more sc in the dc space where you started this row.  Slip stitch to first sc. 
Row 2:  Ch 2.  Work 1 dc in same space as Ch 2.  Work 1 dc in each sc all the way down the side of the afghan.  Work 3 dc in the corner sc.  Work 1 dc in each sc across the bottom of the afghan.  Work 3 dc in the corner dc.  Work 1 dc in each sc up the side of the afghan.  Work 3 dc in the corner dc.  Work 1 dc in each sc across the top of the afghan.  Work 1 more dc in the same space as the Ch 2.  Slip stitch to Ch 2. 
Row 3:    Ch 1.  Work 2 sc in corner dc.  Working down the side of the afghan, work 2 sc in each space all the way down the side of the afgan.  Work 3 sc in the corner dc.  Work 1 sc in each dc across the bottom of the afgan.  Work 3 sc in the corner dc.  Work 2 sc in each space up the side of the afghan.  Work 3 sc in the corner dc.  Work 1 sc in each dc across the top of the afghan.  Work 1 more sc in the dc space where you started this row.  Slip stitch to first sc.
Row 4:  (Scallop Edge)  Ch 2.  Work 4 dc in same space as Ch 2.  *Skip 1 sc.  Work 1 sc in next sc.  Skip 1 sc.  Work 5 dc in next sc. *  Repeat from * to * to first corner of afghan.  Work 10 dc in corner sc.    *Skip 1 sc.  Work 1 sc in next sc.  Skip 1 sc.  Work 5 dc in next sc. *  Repeat from * to * to second corner of afghan.  Work 10 dc in corner sc.    *Skip 1 sc.  Work 1 sc in next sc.  Skip 1 sc.  Work 5 dc in next sc. *  Repeat from * to * to third corner of afghan.  Work 10 dc in corner sc.    *Skip 1 sc.  Work 1 sc in next sc.  Skip 1 sc.  Work 5 dc in next sc. *  Repeat from * to * to fourth corner of afghan.  Work 5 more dc in the corner sc.   Slip stitch to first Ch 2.  Fasten off.  Work in all loose ends.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Newest Item in My Shop! The Crochet Pirate Owl Earflap Hat!

This hat is available now in my Etsy Shop, Lakeview Cottage Kids!  It is available in a variety of colors in Sizes Newborn through Adult!  Be sure to take a look!  It is perfect for these snowy, cold winter days!!!  What a fun hat for your little one to wear to school or play!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/223400263/crochet-pirate-owl-hat-with-fleece?ref=shop_home_active_1