Monday, October 27, 2014

Pre-Winter Sale


Head to my Etsy shop now to save 35% Off your next purchase of $10 or more!! Ships to U.S., Canada and select other countries. Must use offer code SHOP35 at checkout to receive discount, no exceptions. Offer is valid on custom orders!

So what are you waiting for GO SAVE NOW!!

-Monet

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NEW Crochet Pumpkin Coaster Pattern

I've retired my previous Crochet Pumpkin Coaster Pattern and replaced it with this one. I was trying to make coasters the other day with the other pattern and realized it was horribly flawed. I cant believe i've gone this long and never noticed the flaws. So I just scrapped that pattern and threw this one together.

Crochet Pumpkin Coaster Pattern




Size
Coaster Measures 5.in x 4.5 in, sizes may vary

Materials
* Worsted weight yarn - Orange
* Worsted weight yarn in contrasting color - Green
* Crochet hook size I9/5.50mm
* Yarn needle

Stitch Abbreviations
ch: chain stitch
sc: Single crochet
sl st: Slip Stitch
st(s): sticth(es)
hdc: half-double crochet
dc: double crochet

Instructions
Pumpkin
With orange;
Ch 5, sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: ch 1, sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sl to first sc.

Round 2: ch 1, sc in same st as join, hdc in next st, 2 dc  in next 5 dc, hdc, sc, hdc, 2 dc in next 5 dc, hdc, sl st to first sc.

Round 3: ch 1, sc in same st as join, hdc, 2 dc in each of the next 10 sts, hdc, sc, hdc, 2dc in next 10 sts, hdc, sl st to first sc.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Stem
With green; and on the opposite side of your work (where your other hdc,sc,hdc sequence is)

Sl st in the first dc to the right of the first hdc (the hdc on the right)
Row 1: ch 1, sc in same st and in each of next 4 sts.

Row 2: repeat row 1, twice more.

Fasten off, weave in ends.






Hope you enjoyed my tutorial; don’t forget to check here for more patterns and view My Etsy as well.


© 2014 Copyright by Monet Gipson
All rights reserved, not to be reprinted.
Patterns are for personal use only.
Not for commercial or retail purposes.
Items made from my patterns may not be sold.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Say Hello to Sprinkles & Oliver

"Sprinkles" The Blanket


This is Sprinkles the latest blanket that I have completed. I've watched so many lovely people make lovely v-stitch blankets lately and I couldn't resist making one myself. So here she is. I named her Sprinkles because her colors remind me of a bottle of sprinkles.


"Oliver" The Blanket


...and this is Oliver, I couldn't make a v-stitch blanket for a girl and not make one for a boy!

Today I finished Sprinkles, shes got a border and all ends are weaved in, however i'm thinking of blocking her later today.

Things have been going good, i've been coming up with my fall inventory line, what I want to carry and things. I will keep everyone posted.

Until next time friends.

-Monet








Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What a Watermelon

Afternoon dear friends, hope for all of my fellow American readers you had a great Fourth of July! My dear best friend was in town this past week with her  little guys so I spent the last week visiting with her, not much crochet happened. *shame face* It was well worth neglecting my crochet for. 

I'm currently working on this gem, the colors remind me of watermelons. Check my etsy soon for the listing


That's about it for now. No new tutorials or patterns just yet. Currently working on one and hope to have it up next week. 

Until next time, have a great rest of the week and weekend.

-Monet 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

One Fifty To Go

 Things have been looking up. About two weeks ago I received my very first bulk order. My client wanted 150 crochet mug cozies for a company project she's working on and I obliged. How could I resist such temptation. I have never done an order of this magnitude but I know what I am capable of and I knew I could do it.

My client wanted 50 in Turquoise, 50 in Hot Pink and 50 in Lavender. I finished them last week. Here's the final product, best shot I could take with them.


I'm so pleased.

Now I know I can do bulk orders :)

Also I ordered new business cards as well. I didn't have very many of my old cards left and I wanted enough to ship with this new order with my current info with all my sites on it. 

Here they are:


On the front it reads:
Crochet By Monet
Handmade Crochet Keepsakes and More

On the back it reads:
"custom orders, afghans, hair bows, baby blankets, housewares and more"

Order online at:
www.crochetbymonet.etsy.com

Then there's my social media contact info, I have my email, my blog, my fb like page (I set it up so no one could take my URL but haven't had the time to fix it up), and my instagram (crochetbymonet).

I'm extremely pleased with them. My old cards were black instead of white and only had my email and not any of social media. This looks much better.

I will be back to post my headband tutorial in the next few days. 

Thank you for reading. If you're a frequent visitor please feel free to follow me on instagram as I do post many pictures of my current projects as well as follow the blog! I don't write often but it's nice to see my followers. :)

Until next time friends.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Patriotic Viesta Granny Square Pattern (revised)


Patriotic Viesta Granny Square

Size
Pattern makes a 7 ½ inch square

Materials
·         Worsted weight yarn- any color(s)
·         Crochet hook size I9/5.50mm
·         Yarn needle

Stitch Abbreviations
ch: chain stitch
sc: Single crochet
sl st: Slip Stitch
st(s): sticth(es)
hdc: half double crochet
v-st: v-stitch 
dc: double crochet
sk: skip

NOTES:  The format *hdc, sc, hdc* means work hdc in next st, sc in st after that and hdc in next st. Not to work all three sts in same stitch unless otherwise stated. Also when reading please remember that * to * means to repeat pattern from everything inside the asterisks.

Stitch Guide
v-st: dc, ch 1, dc all in same sp.

Ch 5; sl st in the first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 15 dc in the ring, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3. (16 dc)
***Round 2 Color Change:  start new color with a sl st in any dc and ch 4***
Round 2: Ch 4, dc in same st as joining (counts as first v-st), ch 1, *sk next st, v-st in next st, ch 1* repeat from * to * 6 more times, sl st in the 3rd ch of the first v-st. ( 8 v-st, ch 1 sps made). 



***Round 3 Color Change:  sl st in any v-st sp and ch 4***
Round 3: sl st in next v-st, ch 4; dc in same sp (first v-st made), v-st in each v- st and ch 1 sp around.  (16 v-sts) 

***Round 4 Color Change:  start with a sc in any v-st*** 
Round 4: Sc in next ch 1 sp, 5 dc shell in next ch 1 sp, repeat around, sl st to first sc. (8 shells, 8 sc)


*** Round 5 Color Change:  sl st in same st as join and ch 3.***
Round 5:  ch 3 (counts as first dc), hdc in next 2 sts, sc in 3rd dc of  5 dc shell, hdc in next 2sts, *5 dc in next st ( corner made), hdc , hdc, sc ,hdc, hdc ,dc, hdc, hdc,  sc, hdc, hdc* repeat from * to* 3 more times, 5 dc in the next st, hdc, hdc, sc ,hdc, hdc, sl st to beg ch 3.


***Round 6 Color Change:  sl st in same st as join and ch 4***
Round 6: ch 4, dc in same st as joining (v-st made), [sk  2 sts, v-st in next st],repeat from [ to ] once more, sk 1 st,* v-st ch 1 v-st in next st  (corner made), sk 1 st , v- stitch, sk 2, v-st across to the next corner, sk 1*, repeat from * to * around, sl st to beg ch 3.


Your finished Square should look like this!





Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Crochet Fish Pattern 1




Crochet Fish Pattern


Size
Pattern makes a 4.5 inch Fish

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn - any color
  • Crochet Hook Size I/5.50mm
  • Yarn Needle

Stitch Abbreviations
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
hdc: half - double crochet
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
sp (s): space (es)
stitch (s): stitch (es)
tr: treble crochet

Instructions
The Body
Ch 10;

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Hdc in next ch, dc in the next, tr in next 3 chs. Dc in the next ch, hdc in the next ch, 3 sc in the last ch.


You should have this so far.

Row 2: Working on the opposite side of the first row, hdc in next ch, dc, one tr in the next 3 sts, dc, hdc, then 2 sc in the last st, sl st to the first sc and fasten off. Weave in ends.



The fish will start to bow and puff out a bit and that's how it's supposed to be. So don't worry, you did everything right.

Now let’s make the tail.

The Tail
Attach yarn in the middle sc of any 3 sc sp you did. I prefer the end that doesn't have the sl st. 

Edit: After you attach the yarn  Ch 2, 4 dc in same space, ch 2 and sl st in same st. 

Ch 1, *sc in the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 4 sts*, 3 sc in the next st, Repeat from * to *. 

Sl st in the tail sp, Ch 2. Sc 3 times in the first dc, sc in next two sts. 3 sc in the next dc. Ch 2. Sl st in the same tail sp. ch 1. Sl st to the first sc. 


Fasten Off. Weave in ends.


Hope you enjoy my pattern; 
Don’t forget to check my blog for more patterns and tutorials!
 Check out My Etsy Shop and
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Something Fishy This Way Comes

Aah a break! I currently have no orders to work on; that makes me happy yet sad. My four lapghans turned out so beautifully, I'm so happy. Lapghans aren't even something I do, but my client asked if I could make them so why not?

Here are all four all finished and folded



I had a slight creative streak the other night and crocheted this cute little baby blanket.<3 p="">



I just listed it on Etsy today. I'm thinking of making one in girl colors with a different applique, maybe flowers. I came up with the pattern for the fish and I will be posting that soon. I think they're so cute! I think the blanket is going to be perfect for someone with a fish/ocean themed nursery maybe even a beach themed one as well. I made if from leftover yarn I had from the other blankets. I have so much yarn I really need to just sit down and crochet, crochet, crochet. 

I've been trying to come up with some patterns to post on here. I've come up with a few I just need to take the time to write them out and do a run through with pictures and such. Fun!

Well here's what I plan to do in the next few weeks or so:

Fish pattern
Headband pattern
Disney themed crochet bunting pattern (going to be so cute)
Crochet flower bunting pattern

So be on the lookout for those posts and patterns.

Thanks for reading my blog.

Until next time have a great memorial day!

-Monet

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Its Crunch Time

I've been working hard these days, crocheting and crocheting and crocheting. I have four lapghans to go. I finished the baby blanket that was ordered, see below.
I absolutely love it, so does my client.

I just finished the first lapghan of five today. I thought this one would take me the longest but I just say down and pushed through it.

This lapghan reminds me of Roses in the Garden. ❤️

Now I'm working this one:
This one makes me think of Halloween. I don't know why. Well back to crocheting.

Have a great night everyone.


-Monet 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sale Ending Soon!

My Spring sale on Etsy is ending soon!


Go check it out!

Get your orders in while there is still time, make sure to put the offer code in at checkout or you will NOT get the discount; no exceptions.

Spread the word, tell all your friends and family! Discount applies to custom orders as well. 

Have a great day guys!

-Monet 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Five and Dime

I've been pretty busy lately, thanks to my etsy sale. I finished the custom blanket I was working on and have since shipped it off along with other blanket my client bought as well.


After completing that blanket my client decided she was such a fan of my work that she ordered 4 lapghans from me as well! So now I'm currently working on those for her. I also received another custom  order from a separate client for the same baby blanket in blue and lime green. So I'm busy crocheting away.

I've been updating the progress of the blankets on my instagram but figured I would come here to do a proper update. 

There isn't much else going on, I had a lovely Easter that I spent with my family which was wonderful. Now I'm at the boyfriends house in lovely Long Beach taking in the ocean breezes while I crochet. Life is good right now. Despite not having a full time job I am doing better than anticipated.

Here is the lapghan that is currently on my lap being worked on, I absolutely LOVE the color choice for this one. 


So fantastic!

Be prepared for a new tutorial and pattern post in a week or so. I was asked for the pattern to my headbands that have on Etsy and since I myself am not really too find of them I've decided to post the pattern. So look out for that soon.

Well that's the end if today's post. Hope everyone had a great weekend and holiday and I will be back with more updates soon.

-Monet 




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Its all fun and games...

... Until you have to weave in the ends.

I definitely find this part of crochet to be most boring, time consuming and irritating part of making anything.

I would have just crocheted continuously, switching yarns and never cutting; but then your forced to have a border that looks weird.

So cutting and weaving in the ends it is. 


We are almost there.

-Monet 

P.s. Don't forget about that sale on Etsy. 20% off! SPRING20 is the offer code to use at checkout!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Crochet Baby Blanket in Neutral Colors




I received a custom order for this lovely blanket a few days ago; it is going to be so beautiful! I'm making it as a baby shower gift for my clients niece but  they don't know the sex yet. She gave me the colors the couple likes and I chose the color sequence. I think they will love it! It's one of my favorites i've made so far.

Dont forget my spring sale is still going on in my Etsy shop where you can get 20% off your purchase using the offer code SPRING20. Don't miss out on it! It's a great sale, you can even use the discount for custom orders as well, you just have to pay once you confirm your order.

I'm also now on instagram.... @crochetbymonet is my name so go follow me and I will follow you back. 

Time to get back to that beautiful blanket


-Monet


Friday, March 28, 2014

SPRING SALE ON ETSY


I'm having a SPRING SALE in my Etsy shop!

GET 20% off YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE just use the promo code SPRING20 at checkout!!!

Please pass it on! Tell all your friends and family! 

Thank you!

-Monet

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The latest and greatest

Well my last post I promised to write more, and that didn't happen. I've been busy, I've been away.

I wrote about making some crochet legwarmers for my friends 80's party, well... one happened.

I didn't end up using the crochet pattern I mentioned before; it was too plain and bored me while I crocheted. So I chose another one and I bought this awesome neon yellow yarn I found at Hobby Lobby and had at it. I had less than a week to make them and long story short I only bought enough yarn to make one leg warmer. I don't have a Hobby Lobby where I live and I only have a JoAnn's and Michaels and Wal-Mart where yarn is sold; none had this yarn! So I threw in the towel and said forget it. I went to sears and bought black leg warmers and they were great! 


was gone up to Northern California for about two weeks, spent the entire time with the bestie and her boys on Travis, AFB. Had great fun, great laughs, great food. 

Visited with old friends while there, I used to work with Josh and became close with his wife Christin.

Went to Napa and tasted great wine FOR FREE at V. Sattui Winery where we ate barbeque and took in the great sites of the vineyard.


 Also visited the Jelly Belly Factory, so cute! (Can't photograph much there)

 
Also a big thing for me was I tried Sushi for the first time and loved it! Now every time I think about sushi I want sushi. ;-/ 


All in all it was a great trip and I plan to go back but with the boyfriend in tow. 

In Crochet News: made an Instagram for my projects and things, you can find me under CrochetByMonet so go follow me and I will follow you back. 

I've been busy making new things for the shop, but I will post all of the new and exciting items in a separate post in just a few moments.

Heres a preview: 

            New Items! HEADBANDS!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

All is fair in love & crochet


We'll I'm back. I've been absent for awhile because I got a real job, but now that's over (the company closed our site). I hope to write something every day until I get another full time job; we shall see. Any who, it's late and I've been up all nite trying to untangle a ball of yarn, fun! I'm trying to make some of these: Crochet Leg Warmers


Im making hot pink crochet leg warmers for my friends 80's themed birthday party in a few weeks. 
If you want to make some also, get the pattern here . I'll post my progress. My yarn is still tangled so I don't think I'll be working one them tonight. 

Anyways, until next time fellow readers.

Goodnight.

-Monet
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