Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stripey Scarf



Sweet, simple scarf made in granite (or moss) stitch. I used Diva Dan's (of the Crochet Crowd) color combo in "Chic Princess" and Biscuits & Jam's random stripe generator to come up with the stripe pattern.

Materials used: 5 colors of worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver in Black, Aran, Baby Pink, Charcoal, and Light Grey.
Size "I" crochet hook
Finished size 7 x 72 inches (approx)

Instructions:
With first color (A) - chain 31 (or however wide you want with an even number of chain + 1)
Row 1: sc in 3rd chain from hook, *ch1, sk next ch, sc in next ch. Rep from * across. Ch 2, turn
Row 2: sk first sc, * sc in next ch1 space, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * to last space, sc in turning ch2 spac, ch 2
Repeat Row 2 for pattern changing color per stripe pattern (or as desired!)
Finish off and weave in all ends.

Stripe Pattern: The letter corresponds to the color and the number is the number of rows to crochet in that color.
Colors:
A - Baby Pink
B - Soft Grey
C - Charcoal
D - Aran
E- Black

A6
B6
C2
D6
B2
E6
A6
E2
C4
B2
A2
E4
B4
D6
C4
E4
B4
A6
E2
C2
D4
E4
D6
A6
E4
A4
C6
B4
D2
C2
B2
D2
C4
E2
D2
C2
B4
A4
E4
B2
C2
B2
D6
A4
D2
A6
C4
E6
D2
C4
B2
A6
E2
A2
D6
A2
B6
C6
E4
D2
C6
D4
C6
E6
B6
A4
E6



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Meemaw's Scrap Afghan



My husband's grandmother used to crochet and she stopped as she got older because she was unable to anymore. My sister-in-law sent me one of her unfinished afghans telling me I could do whatever I wanted with it. I thought it was a cute pattern and decided to finish it. I have no idea where the original pattern came from, so I just took creative liberty with it!

This is what was sent to me...


She had two finished strips and two unfinished strips. I spent a good hour or two trying to work out the pattern by unraveling one of the unfinished strips a bit and trying to match her gauge. After that was figured out, I made two more strips, bordered them all, sewed them together and made a simple border around the whole thing. I was quite pleased at how it turned out!



Afghan pattern:
Yarn: any worsted weight yarn in various colors and one main color for the accent stripes.
Hook size: H
Finished size 63in x 56in

Strip pattern (make 6):
Ch 32
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch, rep from * to end, ch1, turn
Row 2: sc in first sc, *dc in ch 1 space, sc in next sc, rep from * to end, ch 1, turn
Row 3: sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next dc, sc in next sc, rep from * to end, ch 1, turn
Repeat rows 2 and 3 for pattern, changing colors as preferred until 61 inches long, ending with a "row 3" row.
Perform a main color stripe on a "row 2" row.

For border: Attach main color anywhere and sc evenly once around.
Whipstich strips together (make sure they are all facing the same direction!) and make a sc border around the entire blanket by sc evenly twice around.

I am a terrible artist but I am including a crudely drawn diagram:




Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Crocheted Magic Glove Extensions

Crocheted Magic Glove Extensions

I love magic gloves, but they are so very short! I had an idea for making them longer by adding crochet bands. I couldn't find any patterns, so I just decided to invent something!



Using an F hook (3.75 mm) and some worsted weight yarn in a coordinating color, I made a foundation row of sc by pushing the hook through the edge of the glove. It went in fairly easily.


 Using the ribbing as a guide, I placed a stitch in between each rib all around the cuff (35 sc).
Join with a sl st to the first sc,
Rounds 2-9: ch 1, sc in same sc as joining, sc in each st around
Break off yarn and hide ends.

This can easily be made longer by adding more rounds. I did 9 total rounds, which added nearly 2 inches to the original length.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Crochet Pencil Case Cover

Crochet Pencil Case Cover

I had several of these drink mix containers that I had been saving because I knew I could make something crafty with them. I also have a lot of writing utensils that needed a home. So I thought I could use the containers but dress them up a bit. The outer paper rips off quite easily!






With worsted weight yarn (I used Yarn Bee Soft Secret from Hobby Lobby but I found it to be quite “splitty” for crochet). Very pretty and shiny, though!



H hook

Five colors (I used pink, green, orange, red, and blue)

It’s basically a tube created by crocheting in rounds.  Nothing fancy, but by using some cool colors and a random stripe pattern, we get an unusual finished piece.

Instructions:

This piece is made in rounds that are joined. Break off yarn as needed following the stripe pattern:

1, 2: orange  
3, 4:  red
5:  blue 
6, 7:  orange 
8:  blue
9: red
10:  pink 
11, 12:  blue 
13, 14, 15:  pink 
 
16, 17: lime green 
 
18, 19:  blue 
 
20:  lime green 
21, 22:  pink 
 
23, 24, 25:  blue
26, 27: orange 
28, 29, 30:  blue
31: pink
32, 33: lime green
34, 35: orange

Chain 30, join with slip st to first chain to form a ring (being ever so careful not to twist or you’ll end up with a Moebius strip!).

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining and in each ch around. Join with sl st to first sc

Rds 2-35: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining and in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.

Finish off and hide all ends. Then just slide it onto the container. Done!




Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crochet Cabled Headband/Earwarmer

Crochet Cabled Headband/Earwarmer






Chunky yarn (I used 2 strands of Caron Simply Soft held together)

K hook (6.5 mm)

Size: Adult woman

Special stitches used:

Fpdc:  To make Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc): Yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc on the previous row. Complete as for regular dc.


Fptr:  To make Front Post Triple (Treble) Crochet (fptr): YO twice, insert hook from front to back around post of indicated stitch, YO and pull up a loop, [YO and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times (fptr made).
Bpdc: To make Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc): Yo and insert hook from the back to the front around the post of the dc on the previous row. Complete as for regular dc.
Bptr: To make Back Post Triple (Treble) Crochet (bptr): YO twice, insert hook from back to front around post of indicated stitch, YO and pull up a loop, [YO and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times (bptr made).
Sc2Tog: single crochet 2 together: Insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next stitch and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Chain 13
R1: Working in the back bumps of chain, sc in 2nd chain form hook and in each chain to end. (12 sc).

R2:  Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in each sc across (12 dc)

R3:  Ch 3, fpdc around post of next dc, dc in next 2 dc, sk next 2 dc, fptr in next 2 dc, fptr in the 2 previously skipped dc (this makes the twisting cable effect), dc in next 2 dc, fpdc around post of next dc, dc in top of tch3.

R4:  Ch 3, bpdc around post of next dc, dc in next 2 dc, bptr around next 4 fptr (you may have to maneuver a bit to get to the 2 stitches underneath), dc in next 2 dc, bpdc around post of next dc, dc in top of tch3.

R5 to R22: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 (you can adjust size here by repeating these 2 rows more or less to achieve desired length)

R23: Ch1, turn, sc in each st across (12 sc)

R24: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 8 sc, sc2tog (10 sc)

R25: Ch1, turn, sc in each st across (10 sc)

R26: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog (8 sc)

R27: Ch1, turn, sc in each st across (8 sc)

R28: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog (6 sc)

R29: Ch1, turn, sc in each st across (6 sc)

R30: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog (4 sc)

R31: Ch1, turn, sc in each st across (4 sc)

R32: Ch1, turn, sc2tog twice (2 sc)

R33: Ch1, turn, sc in each st across (2 sc), finish off

Join yarn at other end (it doesn’t matter which side is facing) and work as rows 24-33.
Hide all ends.

Since I didn’t bother to make a button hole, I just found a button that would fit snugly between the sc stitches and sewed that to one end for the closure.


This YouTube video by Nutsaboutknitting is excellent for demonstrating the cabling process.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Crazy Stash Hat

This is a simple single crochet hat modified from the Men's Beanie Hat in my previous post. I used 35 different colors, a different color for every round!

Crazy Stash Hat

Various Worsted weight yarns (mostly Red Heart)

H hook

Body: Ch2

Rnd 1: work 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook, sl st in first sc to join (6 sc)

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in first st, 2 sc in each st around, sl st in first sc to join (12 sc)

Rnd 3: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join (18 sc)

Rnd 4: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join (24 sc)

Rnd 5: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join (30 sc)

Rnd 6: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join (36 sc)

Rnd 7: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join (42 sc)

Rnd 8: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 6 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join (48 sc)

Rnd 9: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 7 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join (54 sc)

Rnd 10: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 8 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join (60 sc)

Rnd 11: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 9 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join (66 sc)

Rnd 12: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 10 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join (72 sc)

Rnd 13: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 11 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 11 sc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join (78 sc)

Rnd 14: ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc to join (78 sc)

Rnds 15-35: Rep Rnd 14. Finish off. Hide ends.