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.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Scarf & Hat Set
Color A: Pink
Color B: Blue
Puff stitch: [YO, insert hook in space, YO, draw thru] (3x), YO, draw thru 6 loops on hook, YO, draw thru 2 loops on hook.
Row 56: switch to color B again for 3 rows
Row 59: switch to color A for last 6 rows
Row 64: ch 1, sc every ch across, tie off and weave in ends
(I came up short on yarn so I only had 5 pink rows at the end, but its not too noticeable; to fix this, leave out one row in the middle section so you have enough for the last six rows)
*note: results may vary; I kept a loose puff stitch so that uses more yarn; smaller and tighter puffs will use less, giving you a longer scarf if you want, but bigger or looser puffs will use more yarn so it will be shorter**
Note: Ch 2 at beg of row does not count as st.
Ch 4 with color B. Join in ring.
1st rnd: [(Yoh and draw up a loop) 3 times in indicated st. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook - Puff st made. Ch 1] 6 times in ring. Join to first Puff St.
2nd rnd: Ch 2. *(Puff St. Ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * around. Join.
3rd rnd: Ch 2. *(Puff St. Ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp. Puff St in next ch-1 sp. Ch 1. Rep from * around. Join.
4th rnd: Ch 2. *Puff St in next ch-1 sp. Ch 1. Rep from * around. Join.
5th rnd: Ch 2. *(Puff St. Ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp. (Puff St in next ch-1 sp. Ch 1) twice. Rep from * around. Join.
6th rnd: same as 4th rnd
7th rnd: Ch 2. *(Puff St. Ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp. (Puff St in next ch-1 sp. Ch 1) 3 times. Rep from * around. Join. 30 Puff Sts.
8th, 9th, 10th rnd: same as 4th rnd
11th rnd: switch to color A, repeat 4th rds
12th rnd: same as 4th rnd
13th rnd: switch to color B, same as 4th rnd
14th & 15th rnd: puff stitch every ch-1 space, no ch-1 in between
16th rnd: hdc every ch, join, fasten off
(When finished, this hat fit me, and I figured it was way to big for a 6-year-old. I'll post the changes below)
1st - 5th rnd: stays the same
6th - 11th rnd: Ch 2. *Puff St in next ch-1 sp. Ch 1. Rep from * around. Join.
12th rnd: change to color A, repeat previous rnds
13th rnd: repeat rnd
14th rnd: change back to color B, ch 1, sc every chain around
15th rnd: ch 1, sc every ch around, tie off and weave in ends
(ran out of pink yarn so I stopped after rnd 4)
Saturday, September 29, 2012
So after eight small squares, one big square, and a border, this is what I have a far. Once I find the link to the pattern I'm using I'll post it. But I'm altering it a bit anyways, like I usually do. But so far I love how it looks.
All that's left now is a border around the other four motifs, a border around the large front motif, the band for the sides and the bottom, the strap, then stitch it all together.
I need to find an easy tutorial as to how to make a fabric liner for it. I don't have a sewing machine so the simpler the better. Anyone got anything?
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Here's a peek at what I'm working on next. Yes, I'm still doing the pink and blue scarf set along with another white scarf for a friend of mine, but I like having a few projects going at once so I can have some variety.
I'm so happy I was able to find some Rowan All-Season Cotton yarn on sale. This stuff is nice. But I wish I had gotten some pink too. Maybe in my next order.. :)
Oh, and these squares will eventually be a messenger bag. Four for the front panel, four for the back panel, then four for the front flap. Although, I'm thinking for the front flap maybe make one big square, just repeating the colors or two rows of each. Not sure yet. Thoughts?
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Ribbon Belt Tutorial
Lion Brand Incredible (any color) - 1 ball
2 D-rings (I think mine were 1")
Crochet a chain the length of a belt you regularly wear, but make sure you do not stretch the chain out too much. Mine was about 108 links. This will be the foundation for the bottom of the belt.
*After making this and wearing it, it stretched out a few more inches, so plan accordingly*
When you have the chain at the desired length, make a loop thru both d-rings, put the hook thru, yo then pull thru both loops. Do this two times, keeping the ribbon somewhat tight against the d-rings, and working from the bottom up. The second one counts as the ch-1 between rows.
Row 1: sc in each top chain across
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each ch across; when at the end, make a loop thru both d-rings, put the hook thru, yo then pull thru both loops; do this twice again
Row 3: repeat row 1
Row 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: repeat row 1
Finish off and weave in ends
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
For some reason it's a little bit diagonal and I don't really know why. But I like it, and it's a gift for my second mom over in Ukraine, so it will be nice and warm. :)
And the finished product. The little bit of yarn on the right is all that's left of the two skeins.
When I can find the links again I'll post them.
So far so good I guess.. :)
Double colored scarf for my sister
Small notebook or ebook case
Scarf, hat and fingerless gloves set (only 2 skeins)
Scarf for my mom (1 skein)
Scarf for my other mom (not finished)
Ribbon scarf (2 balls)