Red Hot July – – or – – It’s Make-over Time for Ms. Mannequin

It’s been a Red Hot July (weatherwise) here in Metro DC – typical: hazy, hot, humid.  So we do whatever we can to think cool!

Recently, I stumbled upon a great pattern for a sweet little hat that I could make from some handspun I have.  Out came the crochet hooks and not only did I make the hat, but a scarf to go with.  Then I set about taking some pictures so that I could share the project with you….

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BUT…….No one wants to see a picture of a nice hat and scarf worn by a white styrofoam mannequin?

 

Make-over Time for Ms. Mannequin!

I missed Paper Mache  and Decoupage 101 classes in my youth – for that matter, I don’t think my kids ever did them in school either.  But, you can learn anything on the internet.

http://www.craftedlove.com/2011/05/weekend-diy-decoupage-mannequin-head.html#.U7QTybFyUjI

It took almost a month of looking at the plain mannequin, paper sheet, and other supplies on my work table before I got around to the first step:  tearing the paper.  (I’m not a big fan of cutting steeks either! but that’s a whole other blog post….)

Stage 1 - Prep the Paper for WordPressIt turns out that decoupage isn’t “rocket science” after all.  It is messy, especially when the shaggy dog of the family gets involved!

Red Hot July Scarf & HatHere’s Ms. Mannequin after her make-over modeling her new hat and scarf and dreaming of ski slopes………

This is a very easy crochet hat pattern from Jenn Wolfe Kaiser and Life Adorned.  Get it on Ravelry here.

The scarf is sooo easy that it can hardly be called a pattern.

With a hook size suitable to your yarn, ch 17.  Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, (ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch) across ending with sc in last ch.  (9 sc)   Ch 1, turn.

Row 1:   Sc in last sc of previous row, (ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next ch sp) across ending with sc in last sc.  (9 sc)   Ch 1, turn.

Row 2:   Sc in last sc of previous row, (ch 2, skip next sc, sc in next ch sp) across ending with sc in last sc.   Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2.Scarf close-up - scaled for WordPress

Depending on your yarn, your beginning chain can be any “odd” number that meets your desired width.  Adjust the total number of single crochet stitches accordingly.   This is what the finished fabric looks like.

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Pretty Posies Pattern

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What could be brighter than a brand new scarf to make you believe that Spring is finally here – or at least just around the corner?

A simple crochet mesh pattern sets the background for a bouquet of pretty posies.

Pattern includes instructions for the flowers and leaves.

As a special Welcome to Spring gift, we are also posting a list of our favorite resources for more flowers, leaves, and springtime beauties.  Posies, Leaves & Signs of Spring

Happy Spring everyone!

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