Monday, February 10, 2014

Textured Fingerless Gloves


Material
Size K Hook
Worsted weight yarn
Tapestry needle

Wristband
ch 6

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each remaining chs, ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-23: working in back loops only sc in ech st across, ch 1, turn.

After Row 23 fold wristband in half and slip stitch ends together.

Glove body
Rnd 1: Working around the edge of the wristband ch 1, dc in row space, sc in next row space , *dc in next row space, sc in next row space; repeat from * around, slip stitch in 1st dc (22 sts)

Rnd 2-9: ch 1, dc in st, sc in next st, *dc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, slip stitch in 1st dc.

Rnd 10: ch 1, dc in st, ch 4, skip next 3 sts, *dc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, slip stitch to 1st dc.

Rnd 11: ch 1, dc in st, (dc, sc, dc) in next ch-4 space, *dc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, slip stitch to 1st dc.

Rnd 12: ch 1, dc in st, sc in next st, *dc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, slip stitch to 1st dc, fasten off, weave in ends.



Enjoy!

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Natural Hair Cronicles: DIY Coconut Milk Conditioner

Lately, I've been having issues with my hair retaining moisture. I guess it's probably this ridiculously cold weather in Georgia. Due to lack of moisture, I've also been experiencing a lot of shedding and breakage. So I started experimenting with a few products and found something that really works. Now before I actually list the recipe, please note that I am not a professional. I'm just a girl trying to figure out what works for my hair. One thing that I've learned throughout my natural hair journey is that all natural hair is not created equally. What may work for some may not work for you. It's all trial and error. If it works for you, GREAT! If not, just keep trying. I promise you'll figure it our sooner or later.

Coconut Milk Deep Conditioner



Ingredients
2 tablespoons Coconut Milk
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Shea Butter
1 tablespoon Raw Honey
1/4 cup of conditioner of you choice

Step 1: Heat the shea butter and raw honey together in the microwave for 30 seconds or until it has melted.

Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until the mixture is completely smooth.

Step 3: Apply to hair and finger comb from root to end. After applying, I like to twist my hair in sections to avoid tangling. This is completely optional.

Step 4: Let hair set under a plastic cap or bag for 1-2 hours.

Step 5: Comb through with wide tooth comb.

Step 6: Rinse. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Crochet Oval Bow

Materials

I Love This Cotton OR Lily Sugar n' Cream
Size G hook
Tapestry needle

*Note* This pattern is worked in rounds.

Start with slip knot and ch 12


Rnd 1: dc in 4th ch from hk and in next 7 chs, dc 7 in last ch, pull the tail of the slip knot to tighten the hole.


Working along the opposite side of the chain dc in next 7 chs, dc 5 in last ch, slst to top of beginning ch-3 (28 dc).





Rnd 2: ch 1, dc in next 11 sts, dc 3 in next 3 sts, dc in next 11 chs, dc 3 in next 3 sts, slst to first dc (40 dc).



Rnd 3: *ch 3, slst in next st, repeat from * around, slst to slst from last round, fasten off, weave in ends. Close the second hole from round 1 by sewing together the loops on the back of the bow.






The bow probably will not lay flat but that's okay because once we apply the center it will lay perfectly.


Bow center

ch 4

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across, ch 1, turn.

Row 2-8: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. Fasten off after row 8 leaving about a 6 inch tail.

Assembly

Pinch the center of the bow and wrap the bow center around it. Sew both of ends of the bow center together and weave in the ends.




All done!




I adding a hair clip to the back of the bow. Here's Laiyanna modeling for me. Smile :-)





Enjoy!

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**You may sell items made from this pattern in fairs and festivals. Please do not sell any items made from this pattern on the Internet. Please do not sell or copy this pattern or any part of this pattern.



 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Natural Hair Cronicles: My Natural Hair Journey

Many of you may know that I have been natural for quite some time now. This month is actually the 2 year mark. I don't really know what made me do it. I guess I can be a bit impulsive at times. A lot of people were really shocked, especially since I cut my hair all the way off! I tried the whole transitioning thing, but it just wasn't working for me. It shed a lot and it was really hard to maintain. So I just cut it all off. Here's the video of the before and after...




Yeah!...That was my dramatic change. I honestly really liked it that short. I received a lot of compliments on it. I never thought I could pull it off. After a while I started getting bored with it so I decided to grow it out. My last hair cut was April 2012. This is what it looked in September 2012...



I HATED this stage! I was tempted to cut it everyday! This stage was extremely awkward for me. I ended up putting weave in it and wearing wigs to keep me from cutting it off. But, I stuck with it. I was really hard figuring out what worked for my hair. But after some trail and error, I found a routine and some products that seemed to work out for me (I explain all of that in a later post).




This journey has been stressful, fun, and exciting. I love looking at my progress. I'm still trying to grow it out. I don't think I'll every cut it again. But who knows what the future holds?



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It's Giveaway Time!

Alright Divas! It's GIVEAWAY time!!! The prize in this giveaway will be any one (1) item of your choice from my Etsy shop. Please note that this is an Instagram giveaway.

Rules: 

1: Must be following @divastitches 
2: Must be in the US or Canada 
3: Repost your favorite pic from @divastitches and use #divastitches in the comment... 
And that's it! 
The winner will be picked on February 1, 2014. Good luck Divas!!!

Let's get personal




Happy New Year Diva's!!! This year I've decided that I'm going to do things a little differently. I'm still going to post my original crochet patterns, but I'm also going to start posting things about me personally. You all already know about my beautiful girls. But there's so much more of my life that I'd like to explore like my natural hair journey, health challenge, and love life (can you believe I still have one of those with 5 kids lol o_O). I hope you all will enjoy reading about me as much as I'm going to enjoy telling you. So stay tuned Diva's...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Baby Leg Warmers






Lately, I've been experimenting with different baby crochet patterns since Samia is the perfect size for them. It's really exciting knowing that once the item is complete there's a little model just waiting to get her picture taken. I love how her chunky legs look in these adorable leg warmers. They're really simple and can be crocheted in an hour or less which is perfect because my short attention span doesn't allow me to work on lengthy crochet projects.

Materials

Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors
Size J hook
Tapestry needle

With first color, ch 24, slst to first ch making sure not to twist the of chs

Rnd 1: ch 1, hdc in each ch around, join with slst to first hdc.
Rnd 2-15: ch 1, hdc in each st around, join with slst to first hdc. Fasten off.
Rnd 16: Join 2nd color, ch 1, sc in each st around, join with slst to first sc.
Rnd 17: ch 1, sc in first st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, *sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts; repeat from *around, join with slst to first sc. (16 sts)
Rnd 18: ch 1, sc in each st around, join with slst to first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing: Join 2nd color to the opposite end of the leg warmer, ch 1, sc 24 evenly around, join the slst to first sc. Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with slst to first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.


Enjoy!
Please comment below.

**You may sell items made from this pattern in fairs and festivals. Please do not sell any items made from this pattern on the Internet. Please do not sell or copy this pattern or any part of this pattern.
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