Thursday, November 15, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Color A: Black fleck
Color B: Cherry
(I don't remember the brand exactly, but I only had one skein of each)
Foundation: with color A, chain 180 (or length of your choice)
Row 1: ch 2, turn, hdc every stitch across
Row 2: repeat row 1
Row 3: switch to color B, hdc every stitch across
Row 4-9: hdc every stitch across, with a turning ch 2 at each end
Row 10: switch back to color A, hdc every stitch across
Row 11: hdc every stitch across, tie off
You can now stop here and just have a two-colored scarf, or continue on to make the hood (made separately then stitched together):
Foundation: with color B, chain 50-60 (depends on how large you want the hood; I started with 58 chains, measuring it over my head as the hood would sit); and make sure this is an even number, then add 2 for your turning chain
Row 1-16: hdc every stitch across, with a turning chain 2 at every end
Row 17-18: hdc two rows with color A
Row 19-21: hdc with color B
Row 22-25: hdc with color A
(note: you don't have to switch colors the same times I did, I only did so because I was running out of the cherry color)
Now that you have your two separate pieces it's time to sew them together. First, take the hood piece and fold it in half so your base chain is together. I used a whip stitch and folded in the top so there wouldn't be a corner poking out.
Once that is done, find the center stitch of your scarf. (I used pieces of thread for stitch markers and also counted out how far the hood would go before sewing it together to make sure it was centered. In the end it was off by a few stitches, but when it's on it's not noticeable.) Anyways.. Once you have your hood in place, just whip stitch it to the scarf. I did two passes to make sure that it was secure. Also keep in mind the inside and outside of your scarf so that any knots or not-as-pretty stitches are on the inside.
For the final step, with color A, start at the end of the scarf (on the edge that the hood is attached to) and do a single crochet along the edge, and when you get to the hood, ch 1, then single crochet along the outside edge of the hood, down the other side, ch 1 when you reach the scarf again, then single crochet to the end of the scarf. Tie off and weave in all loose ends.
There you have it! I like the way the rows go in different directions, which is different than some of the other patterns. Another thought I had after I had it put together is starting with a shorter foundation chain for the hood, then increasing the first few rows. This would eliminate the need to sew in the top corner and I think it would round out the back of the hood more. At least in my mind that's how it would work, but who knows, haha.
If you have any questions please let me know. And don't hesitate to leave a comment and let me know what you think or if you tried it. I would love to hear your feedback!
As always, happy crocheting!! :)
Sunday, October 21, 2012
I made the pic somewhat large so you could see the pattern, but all of a sudden when I send pics to here from my phone, they don't come out as clear anymore. Bummer.
But anyways, you can find the totally awesome and easy to follow tutorial here, and she also has posts on other variations of the stitch. The cross stitch version is also fun to try.
Originally, I wanted a roll-up design, and that was how this one started out. But then I couldn't figure out how to make holders for the hooks. In my head it all worked out perfectly. When I tried to do it, well.. not so much. So it ended up being more of an envelope design. Not sure if I want to keep this or not, but I don't have a way to sell it and I don't know anyone else that crochets that I can give it to. But for now, it holds my hooks, so it's not completely useless. Although I suggest if anyone does decide to use this pattern, make it longer, because when I fold the top over, the needles aren't covered, so I had to put then horizontally up closer to the hooks. I also sewed on a little button that goes through one of the hdc holes, but it does pull it a bit.
So here is my pattern:
Color A - Lion Brand Grey
Color B - Lion Brand Navy blue
Size H hook
Foundation: chain 46 (again, make this longer if you want the top to fold over more, maybe about 10 additional chains)
Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook (counts as first hdc), hdc in every ch across
Row 2: ch 2, turn, hdc every ch across
Row 3: change to color B, ch 2, turn, hdc every ch across (I didn't tie off after each row, I just carried each color along and switched it every two rows, then there are less ends to tie off)
Keep repeating this pattern, changing colors every two rows
Row 19: ch 1, turn, sc every ch across
Tie off and weave in ends
Next, fold up the end that has the carried-over yarn. Sew both edges to form a big pocket.
*Although it might be easier to sew one edge, then the other rows, then the last edge (I realized later)*
Sew the pocket together in between each color. This makes the little pockets for each hook. They will stretch a bit for the bigger sizes. I did somewhat of a loopy stitch, where I would tie the knot at the bottom, bring the need up two holes forward, then go down the hole I skipped, then up two holes forward, then down the one I skipped and so forth. Does that make sense?
Once each pocket is done, weave in ends.
Optional: I did a few stitches along the bottom just to keep the smaller hooks from sliding out. They do tend to poke through the top sometimes though, but oh well.
For the small needles, just poke them though loops already made by the hdc's. If the top flap was longer it would cover them the way I have it shown in my picture, but since its not, I had to put them up closer to the hooks. I just didn't like the way you could still see them hanging out the bottom. But maybe I'll make a flap extension.
Not shown in the picture, I also added a small button centered near the bottom. Make sure you pick one small enough to fit through one of the loops made from the hdc.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Yarn: Red Hook Fiesta (I think this is discontinued) - 1 skein
Hook size L
treble or triple crochet: yo 2x, insert in ch, yo, pull thru, yo draw thru 2 loops, yo draw thru 2 loops, yo draw thru 2 loops
Row 2: ch 3, turn (counts as first dc), dc in every ch
Row 3: ch 3, turn (counts as first tc), *skip ch, tc, go back to skipped ch, tc (makes an 'x'), repeat from * 6 more times (should be 7 x's). On last chain, normal tc
Row 4 & 5: repeat row 2
Row 6: repeat row 3
Keep repeating rows until desired length
Last row: after two rows of dc's, ch 1, sc every ch across, tie off and weave in ends
8/o & 8/0 = chain 3
| = normal tc
X = tc cross
-* = start
*- = end
0 X X X X X X X |8
8| X X X X X X X 0
0 X X X X X X X |8
8| X X X X X X X 0
0 X X X X X X X |8
8| X X X X X X X 0
Monday, October 15, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I love the way this came out. It was a challenge tho; I didn't follow the pattern all the way thru, things didn't line up right, I ran out of green yarn.. It took a little while to finish this. But next time I go to CT my mom will help me sew in a liner and I'm thinking about maybe putting in something to help it keep its shape. Not sure yet.
I'll try to find the link and post it. I know it was a pdf from the ravelry.com website.