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Chunky Crocheted Basket. While browsing the many lovely images on tumblr, I came across a picture of a beautiful chunky crocheted basket.

Chunky Crocheted Basket

I was delighted to see that a free pattern was available through a wonderful blog called “Crochet in Color”. Liz has three free patterns for baskets, and I decided to try this one here. I immediately went out and bought the super bulky yarn Liz recommends to create a stiff and sturdy texture for the basket. With this pattern, you hold two strands of yarn together, so if you use a smaller weight yarn, you will need to hold three or more strands together. I used Lion Brand’s “Wool-Ease Thick & Quick” in the colour “Wheat”. I started off by crocheting the base of the basket by crocheting round after round. To create the first row of the body of the basket, you work in the back of each half double crochet.

This creates a lovely seam separating the base of the basket from the body of the basket! Adding more rounds… The Socialite Skirt. I promise this will be my last time using blue and white striped fabric for a while.

The Socialite Skirt

I just had enough left over from my Nautical Dress to whip this baby out. I decided to make the waistband on this skirt stretchy. It is just nice to be able to pull it on with a shirt and go. It's a lot more casual, which is nice for lounging around, soaking up the last few days of the summer sun. Want to make one? You will need: Approx 1 yard of a knit fabric, or something with a little stretch already in it.

. * Note: Keep in mind that all of the measurements I have listed are my own, so make sure you measure your own waist, skirt length, etc accordingly. Brompton: Pattern. Cardigans, like Spring, are a matter of transitions, and this is a piece for layering through changeable weather.

Brompton: Pattern

A relatively loose-knit garment (kept in check with some side-shaping), yet also long enough to keep your bottom warm. It’s a simple knit, but with some neat finishing touches to keep a proficient knitter entertained passed television-knitting and teach newbies a few tricks. Chief amongst these being flexible, reversible, sleeves you can fold up (to keep out of the way while working) or wear low (to cover and comfort hands on colder days). It's named Brompton after a bit of London I've been lucky enough to work, play, teach and study in for just shy of a decade. Once a bohemian artist's quarter, the area became substantively gentrified after the Great Exhibition which also left us some of the grandest Victorian architecture in the world – galleries, lecture rooms, libraries, concert halls and monuments.

Photographer credit: Marcus Roome. Materials: Pattern Neck: Body: (WS) purl. Knotted Headband. Back in October, I was perusing Facebook when I noticed a picture that my fashionable friend Erika posted of herself wearing a crocheted earwarmer/headband.

Knotted Headband

She is studying overseas in the UK, and she told me that she purchased this headband from Topshop for 10 British pounds, or about $15. I thought her headband was so cute and chic, and I immediately wanted to try making one, especially since hers was crocheted and looked so simple to make! I had seen some other knitted and crocheted headbands on-line through Craftgawker and on Etsy, and they were definitely very popular as stores such as Aldo and Urban Outfitters were also selling them. Below is my friend Erika wearing her Topshop earwarmer, and below her is a similar headband I found from ASOS. This earwarmer/headband is also commonly referred to as a turband (knotted look of turban + headband), and knitted/crocheted turbands as well as silk/fabric turbands have been spotted on many celebrities as part of the boho chic trend.

Buttoned Shell Stitch Cowl. Homemade Lip Balm Recipe & Printable Labels {DIY Gift} Homemade lip balm is a fabulous DIY gift that can be made it minutes!

Homemade Lip Balm Recipe & Printable Labels {DIY Gift}

These little tins of lip balm fit easily in your pocket and will help keep your lips super soft during the cold winter months or days at the beach. American Apparel Circle Scarf Knock Off (tutorial) My friend was wearing this super cute circle scarf from American Apparel and I wanted one!!

American Apparel Circle Scarf Knock Off (tutorial)

Circle scarves, also called infinity scarves, are so popular this fall! DIY Zipper Bags to Organize Your Tote. Happy Friday everyone!

DIY Zipper Bags to Organize Your Tote

I am going to finish my June 2013 posts with this fun and simple zipper bag. I have been seeing these all over the web on other DIY sites, but they were all hand sewing them. Lovely if you don’t have a machine, but I don’t have the time or patience to hand sew something when it is easier to pull out my machine. How to Make Lavender Sachets {Tutorial} Lavender sachets are my favorite!

How to Make Lavender Sachets {Tutorial}

I’ve sold hundred of these beautiful sachets over the last couple years on Etsy…they make the best gifts EVER! Lavender sachets smell fabulous and you can make them out your favorite designer fabric. It’s an awesome way to use up those pretty fabric scraps, too!