Macrame Festival Skirt Part 1

eitm Macrame Festival Skirt in black

Well, well, well, I am back and I have uploaded part 1 of the Macrame Festival Skirt DIY. It is actually uploading right now, but by the time I have hit “Publish” on this post, it will be up! I hope. Gosh, the videos take soo long to upload. Iโ€™ve really gotta figure out how to supercharge uploads. I could get so much more done, and you could have so many more tutorials if the WIFI were faster here, AND I had a better tech set up. I am working on it though. Goals!

I have been making this particular skirt for like 5 years now, and I have been wanting to release the pattern for a while. I have grown tired of making the same items over and over again, not because I do not love having people buy something I have created, yet because it takes a really long time. Also, I want folks to be able to make things themselves because I believe, and hear me out, I believe that folks cherish things more and value things more if you make it yourself. Iโ€™m all about the MIY ethos.

Part 1: The Front

Making it yourself breaks down on fast fashion, which I hate. Yes, I said it, I hate fast fashion. I surf on the “climate change is real” wave, and have been for a while. But you didn’t come here to be preached at I presume. You come here for the ideas, and the tutorials.

https://youtu.be/Et8Uo7HemJg

The macrame festival skirt is perfect to throw on at a festival (if we ever get to have them again!), like Burning Man or Bonaroo or whatnot. IDK. It also is even more perfect for the beach. Throw the long or short version on over your swim suit, and you can look fantastically boho and not get too hot while having a drink on the beach or beachside. It looks great on all shapes and sizes, AND did I mention it dries fast?! I think I did.

Anyhow, this skirt should take you around 2 hours if you are an intermediate macramer, and probably 5 hours if you are not. It’s easy to get used to the alternating square knots, but the back of it is tricky, and I haven’t posted that video yet. Really, the cutting of the rope pieces takes the longest.

Bernat Dec Yarn

You can read the description box in the YouTube tutorial for information as I have cut lengths and sizing information. And, use the link below to get the yarn. (Itโ€™s an affiliate link so I may get a small amount if you purchase). This yarn sells out very quickly, so don’t procrastinate. I had to shut my Etsy shop down for over two months due to this yarn selling out (which wreaked havoc in my SEO and sales) and pandemic supply problems. It’s so perfect for home decor and macrame summer items. It is machine-washable, and I use it in a lot of my creations.

So, go and check out part 1 and hopefully, I can finish editing and uploading part 2 by day’s end tomorrow. I am going to take a little bit longer and add some voice overs (new thing I have had to learn, oh tech is so hard๐Ÿ˜ซ). I am constantly trying to refine this blog and the video creation and editing, so I thank you for your patience.

Happy Making

eitm ๐ŸŒš

DIY Crochet Hoop Earrings

Happy Friday! I have a simple, little DIY to start off your weekend, or whenever you have time to craft. I’d say it should take an intermediate crocheter less than 10 minutes and a beginner about 20 minutes tops! Just a cute pair of summer-ready earrings made of 100% cotton yarn, and some earring bases that you can get just about anywhere!

๐ŸŒ™Simple, inexpensive and easy to DIY๐ŸŒ™

As usual, I have pictorials and written instructions as I know everyone learns differently. Also, by day’s end, the video tutorial will be up on my Youtube, just be sure to put in Ellainthe Moon (someone stole Ella in the Moon before I could get it <๐Ÿ˜ญ>). There you can also find like 3 macrame tutorials ๐Ÿ˜‰.

Most of what you need! ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿพ

Let’s get started! You will need the following:

any kind of 4 weight cotton yarn (i used some cheap stuff called sugar and cream)

earring hoop and fish hook finding

crochet hook size G

scissors

How to first 3 steps, and middle 3 steps ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

Pattern:

Tie a piece of the yarn onto upper left side of hook at top.

Row 1: Ch 1, then 18 single crochets around entire hoop. Ch2, turn

Row 2: Ch1 more, then skip a stitch, slip stitch in 3rd stitch from turn, ch 3, skip next stitch, slip stitch in next stitch, repeat [ ch3, skip stitch, slip stitch in next stitch ]7 times. You should end with a slip stitch, then pull all the way through. Snip with scissors

Lastly, turn work and pull in the two loose ends in back of work. Snip excess. And add fish hook finding.

Happy Making!

eitm๐ŸŒ™

Half Moon Granny Square Mask

 

Hi Yโ€™all! My best laid plans of mice and Me to blog more regularly and to bring you all of the great DIYs that you will soon look back on and happily anticipate weekly, well, that has failed. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐ŸพAnd letโ€™s not talk about the run-on sentence ๐Ÿ˜‰.

 

Under the Pandemic, I have lot quite a bit of focus, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been furiously creating new items and creations.  It comes and goes in waves.  Maybe you can relate.  There are moments when all I can do is crochet stitch after stitch, or make a bajillion knots to create a fantastic yoga bag.  Then, there are moments where I am so exhausted from working from home, and taking care of my kiddo that there is no time to bring to life the creations and ideas sitting at the tip of my mind.  Finally, this week, I worked through the teeter-totter, and wrote out the pattern for the mask that gets me at least one, “I love your mask” per day.

With no further ado…The Half Moon Granny Square Mask 

I used Crochet Needle Size G/6 US, and in the UK 8

I used some cheap yarn from my stash, but obviously, it would be better to upgrade.  I used Sugar n’ Cream brand, which is a weight of 4,, below are the specifications, yet keep in mind, I crocheted with a G hook instead of the H because I needed it to be tighter knit.

Weight:  Medium (4)
Crochet Gauge:
13 sc โ€“ 14 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
Suggested Crochet Hook:
5.00 mm, US – H/8

Terms/Abbreviations:

sl st = sl st

st = stitches

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc  = double crochet

hdc = half double crochet

tpc = triple crochet

Yo: yarn over

Puff stitch definition: with 1 stitch on your hook from ch2, yarn over, place in stitch, pull through, yarn over, place in stitch and pull through, do this 4 total times. (You will count 9 stitches on your hook before pulling through your last yo thru all 9)

Pattern is half rounds (if there be such a thing).

  • Make a slip knot and ch 4, sl st to join in a round
  • Ch 3, DC in same st and then each st across (total 12) sl st to join to top of ch 3
  • Color Change (connect new yarn by tying it to top of ch3, make a knot)
  • Ch 3, Puff St in same stitch + ch1, then puff st + ch1 each st around the circle (total 12 puffs) sl st to join
  • Color Change (connect new yarn by tying it to top of ch3 beside puff stitch, make a knot)
  • Ch 3, dc two times in first st with ch 3, and then 9 sets of 3 dc’s around in between puff stitches making a half moon shape.  total dcs (28 total), cut yarn
  • Color Change, add 3rd color. 
  • ch2, sc all the way around (total 28), then turn, ch3
  • Color change, use 2nd color again, add to the right side as we always work L to R
  • ch 3, dc 3x’s in next stitch + ch1, all the way around 42 dcs total or 14 clusters of 3
  • cut yarn, now, add first color yarn back on to left hand corner, where you just finished up the last round. 
  • ch 32, then fold your half moon mask in half and count up 14 stitches from outer edge (or put mask to your face and figure out where best to place strap connect), then sl st to connect, cut yarn. 
  • Add same color onto right most corner of bottom of half moon, ch 32, with mask still folded in half, pin point the same spot for connection as the other side, sl st to join.
  • finish over loose yarn by either using a smaller crochet hook to weave in ends, or an embroidery needle.  I used a crochet hook.
  • Now, wash your finished items and tumble dry it.  This will close up a lot of the holes.  The cotton will expand.
  • Last, and very important, add liner.  I just place a pre cut piece of cotton fabric, sometime fleece, on top of my mask and the fleece one just stays affixed.  I also used a folded in half coffee filter at times.  It does come off though when I take it off, so I have started to just affix two pieces of double sided tape.  Want to do it right, and not the lazy way like me?  Velcro!  Or hand sew on a piece of fabric.  You could just add 4 x’s at top, bottom, left, and right, and it will work perfectly!

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add new color to left corner to do SC’s

 

Get ready for everyone under the sun to ask you where you got the mask or that they love it.  For realz!  In one day, 4 different shop owners of boutiques asked me about my mask (and two want to sell it).  Also, it is less hot than other sewn masks I have made imho. I’ll show ya one of those below. 

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Tag me on instagram (@ellainthemoon) if you make one and let me know about all the compliments!

Happy Making,

eitm