Thursday, June 25, 2015

Berry Brim Hat Crochet Pattern

My friend Shannon made me a jar of her special Korean dipping sauce, and as a thank you I gave her a certificate for a small knitted item. She chose a hat, and asked for a replica of her favorite.
I made a very similar style with a bit of extra slouch. I love the Candy Cover stitch but it was a lot trickier than it appeared at first glance. I normally throw caution to the wind, but I highly recommend viewing the video tutorial before starting and then making a swatch or two.
I loved Shannon's hat so much I immediately made another for myself. It kept my ears toasty while exploring along Detroit's River walk. She is pictured below wearing the first version, with only a single thickness brim. We both agreed it needed more oomph so I added a second layer--see photos in the pattern pdf.
Use a worsted weight yarn for an adult sized hat. These are shown in wool and a wool blend but would look cute in cotton, too, for warmer weather.

For now this pattern is available free to you! I need test hookers to report any errata. Later on it will be available through my Ravelry store.

Download the pattern by clicking here

See the project page on Ravelry:
Thanks for stopping by and keep living the qute life!
~Susie Qute
This hat's texture reminds me of wild strawberries.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Makeshift Medicine Cabinet & Display Shelf

My girlfriend needed additional storage in her tiny bathroom, and due to the compact layout there wasn't enough room for an étagère over the commode. My Dad found a cool old cabinet at the transfer station (a place people drop things off for recycling or going to the dump). It was originally a special cabinet for holding various liquor decanters. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be a perfect piece for Karen's daily essentials.

I don't have a before pic because after I mentioned it might be great painted red, Dad surprised me by taking the whole thing apart, sanding it, and giving it two good coats of spray paint. He even cut a piece of wood to add a shelf in the middle. He's so awesome that way. I added some Contact paper, reassembled it, and got it safely back to Ohio.

Karen was thrilled and we hung it up right away. She also recently scored another one of Dad's finds, a shelf we made from an old beehive section that became the perfect home for her bobblehead collection. Can you tell she's a Reds fan?

Little cabinets, shelves, and tables are my favorite home décor projects. They're so versatile and easy to make.

Thanks for stopping by and keep living the qute life!
~Susie Qute

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Movie Quote Cards

Random quotes from movies and TV stick in my head. I never remember the big lines, the ones that make it into the previews, but minor comments resonate with me. Brains can be weird that way.

I've started taking my favorites, some more recognizable than others, and hand-lettering them on cardstock with simple drawings. Looking at different fonts is so fun! I like choosing fonts that capture the essence of the moment or the character.

Anyone else doing quote projects? I'd love to see links to your work. Feel free to print and share the two posted here. Bonus points to anyone who can identify the one with butterfly and flowers.* It's pretty obscure, even for me.

Thanks for stopping by and keeping living the qute life!
~Susie Qute

*Bonus points are not legal tender and have no value beyond bestowing extra coolness upon the bearer.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tee to Pillow Slipcover Tutorial

I've been helping my girlfriend learn to sew. We started with some simple hand stitches and she recently progressed to using the machine, much to her delight! An old T-shirt was renewed as a throw pillow slipcover.

This project is very suitable for beginners. See my previous post on upcycling tees into a tote bag for tips on sewing with knits.

Nitty Gritty
  • T-shirt
  • Thread, scissors, pins, sewing machine, bobbin

Sewing tip:  when you turn corners of sewing projects inside out, use something narrow and pointed, like a knitting needle, to push the fabric into the corner and make nice, sharp corners.

Thanks for stopping by and keep living the qute life!
~Susie Qute

p.s. I'm not taking a side in favor of the White Sox. I'm not much of a sports fan, but if I had to pick, I suppose I'd say GO REDS!