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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Vanilla Latte Socks

Materials:
1 skein Painted Desert in Color #14
Size 1 double pointed needles
Instructions:
I really liked the color change of this yarn and I wanted to showcase it with a simple pattern with a little bit of flair. This pattern was really easy to work with and gives the socks a nice snug feeling.

Free pattern available here.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Pattern: Triangle Cluster Button Cowl

Materials:
Size H (US) crochet hook
2 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Gold
Three brown buttons to match. I got my buttons here.
Sewing needle
Thread that matches the color of the buttons (brown, navy blue, or dark grey look nice. Even a gold would make it pop)
Stitch marker

Gauge:
18 sts X 24 rows = 4 inches

Finished Measurements:
10 inches X 40 inches
Instructions:
Ch 34 loosely

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, *(1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr) in next ch, ch 1, (1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sc) in next ch, ch 2, skip next 3 ch.* Repeat from * to * until last 2 ch, (1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr,) in next ch, ch 1, (1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sc) in next ch (7 clusters total).

Row 2: Ch 4, turn, *1 sc in ch 1 space, (1 dtr, ch 3, 1 dtr) in next ch 2 space.* Repeat from * to * until last cluster, 1 sc in ch 1 space of last cluster, 1 dtr in last sc.

Row 3: Ch 4, turn, (1 dc, 1 sc) in first dtr, *ch 2, (1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sc) in next ch 3 space.* Repeat from * to * until after the last ch 3 space, ch 2, (1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr) in last dtr.

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, 1 sc in tr st, *(1 dtr, ch 3, 1 dtr) in next ch 2 space, 1 sc in ch 1 space.* Repeat from * to * until before last ch 2 space, (1 dtr, ch 3, 1 dtr) in next ch 2 space, 1 sc in last ch 4.

Row 5: Ch 2, turn, 1 sc in first sc, *(1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sc) in ch 3 space, ch 2.* Repeat from * to * until last ch 3 space, (1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sc) in ch 3 space, 1 sc in last sc.

Row 6: Repeat Row 2.

Repeat Rounds 2-5 until you reach your desired length. I made mine long enough to wrap comfortably around my neck and overlap the edges so they were perpendicular. 
Finishing:
Wrap the cowl around your neck so the edges are perpendicular and overlapping, with the RS facing. Since the two edges of the cowl overlap with the RS facing up on each edge, I will refer to the top side and bottom side of the cowl for the instructions below. Both the top and bottom have the RS facing out - do not confuse top/bottom below with RS/WS!

The buttons fit nicely into the holes along the second row of holes, specifically the 2nd, 4th, and 6th holes (there should be 7 holes total, meaning there is one unused opening on each edge and one opening between each button). 

With the edges lined up with each other, find the spot where the button openings on the top side of the cowl line up with the spot on the bottom side of the cowl where the buttons will be attached. Place one stitch marker in each of those three spots on the bottom side. Using your needle and thread, sew each button onto the bottom side of the cowl.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Pattern: Gracie's Cable Hat


Keep your baby's head warm this winter with this adorable knit cable hat with a little flair from a crocheted flower.

Materials:
1 skein Bernat Softee Baby in Antique White
1 skein Bernat Softee Baby in Prettiest Pink Size U.S. 6 double pointed needles
Size U.S. G crochet hook
Cable needle
Sewing needle
Scrap yarn

Sizes:
Small (Large)
3-6 months (6-12 months)
14 inches around (17 inches around) 7 inches high (7.5 inches high)

Hat Gauge:
20 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches 

Instructions
The pattern is available for sale here.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Mosaic Blanket

I love the color possibilities with this pattern and was inspired by the bright pink pictured on the pattern website. I decided to go with a bright blue rather than a pink and am obsessed with how it turned out. I gave this one away as a gift and I'm going to need to make another one!

Materials:
8 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Aran
8 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Teal
Size 8 circular needles
Gauge:
4 inches = 18 sts and 24 rows

Finished Measurements:
70 inches X 60 inches
Instructions:
This amazing free pattern is available here.

I wanted to make the blanket larger than the pattern called for so I CO 315 sts and followed the pattern repeats. The row repeats are easy to memorize after you run through it a few times, making it an easy and fun project.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pattern: Baby Lobster Halloween Costume

Finished Measurements:
Hat - 16 inches around, 6 inches long from center down the the brim
Body - 20 inches around, 18 inches long 

Gauge:
4 inches = 15 dc x 10 rows

Materials:
2 skeins Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Hot Red
Size G crochet hook
2 black buttons, 1/2 to 3/4 inch
Sewing needle
White string

Instructions:
Body
Begin working the tail flap first flat
Ch 17
Row 1: 1 sc in second ch from hook, 1 sc in next 4 ch, 1 hdc in next 5 ch, 1 dc in next 6 ch, ch 2, turn (16 sts).
Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Working in back loops only, 1 dc in next 6 sts, 1 hdc in next 5 sts, 1 sc in next 5 sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Working in back loops only, 1 sc in next 5 sts, 1 hdc in next 5 sts, 1 dc in next 6 sts.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3, three more times (4 times total). Repeat Row 2 one more time.

Turn so the ridges are vertical with the flare at the bottom and the narrow part of the tail on top. 8 sc across the narrow part of the tail, distributed evenly for the foundation of the body.

Begin working in the round.

Round 1: Ch 2, turn, 2 dc in front loops of each sc across, 2 dc in back loops of each sc across is the opposite direction, sl st to join (32 sts).
Round 2: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 14 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.

Round 3: Ch 2, 1 bpdc in each st across, sl st to join.
Round 4: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 16 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Round 5: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 18 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Round 6: Repeat Round 3. 
Round 7: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 20 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Round 8: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 22 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Round 9: Repeat Round 3. 
Round 10: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 24 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Round 11: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 26 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Round 12: Repeat Round 3. 
Round 13: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 28 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Round 14: Ch 2, 1 dc in each st across, sl st to join.
Round 15: Repeat Round 3. 
Round 16: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 30 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Rounds 17, 19-20, 22-23: Repeat Round 14.
Rounds 18, 21, 24: Repeat Round 3. 
Round 25: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 32 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Round 26: Repeat Round 14.
Round 27: Repeat Round 3.
Round 28: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 34 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Round 29: Repeat Round 14.
Round 30: Repeat Round 3.
Round 31: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 36 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Round 32: Repeat Round 14.
Round 33: Repeat Round 3.
Round 34: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 38 dc in each across, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Rounds 35, 37-38, 40-41, 43-44: Repeat Round 14.
Rounds 36, 39, 42: Repeat Round 3.

Rounds 44-46: Ch 2, *1 fpdc, 1 bpdc.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join.
Round 47: Ch 2, *1 bpdc, ch 1, 1 bpdc, 1 fpdc, 1 bpdc, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * until last 5 sts, 1 bpdc, ch 1, 1 bpdc, 1 fpdc, 1 bpdc, sl st to join.
Rounds 48-50: Repeat Rounds 44-46, fasten off. Weave in ends.

Ch 150 for drawstring. Weave drawstring through ch spaces in top ridging.
Hat:
Using magic ring, ch 2, 10 dc in magic ring, sl st to join to second ch.
Round 1: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join (20 dc).
Round 2: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join. (30 dc).
Round 3: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join. (40 dc).
Round 4: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join. (50 dc).
Round 5: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 8 sts.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join. (55 dc).
Round 6: Ch 2, 1 dc in next 6 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 10 sts.* Repeat from * to * until last 5 sts, dc across, sl st to join. (60 dc).
Round 7-15: Ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, sl st to join.

Begin first earflap flat:
Row 1: Ch 1, 1 sc in next 12 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc decrease, 1 sc in next 8 sts, sc decrease (10 sc).
Row 3: Ch 1, sc across.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc decrease, 1 sc in next 6 sts, sc decrease (8 sc).
Row 5: Ch 1, sc across.
Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc decrease, 1 sc in next 4 sts, sc decrease (6 sc).
Row 7: Ch 1, sc across.
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc decrease, 1 sc in next 2 sts, sc decrease (4 sc).
Row 9: Ch 1, sc across.
Row 10: Ch 1, 2 sc decreases.
Row 11: Ch 1, 1 sc decrease, fasten off. Weave in ends

Second earflap: 
Leave 25 sts in the front and work second earflap as the first.

Earflap strings:
Join to bottom of earflap, ch 35.
Repeat two more times for three ch lengths running down the earflap. Braid the three ch lengths together, tie the end together. Cut the ends so the strings are an even length. Repeat for second earflap.

Eyes:
Using white string, sew both eyes near the center of the head. For spacing, if you lay the hat flat, the outer edge of one eye on the front should be lined up the inner edge of the ear flap on the back.

Antennae:
Working up from inner edge of earflap, join to second row out from center. Ch 12, turn, 1 dc in second ch from hook and remaining chs, join to hat.
Repeat for opposite side of the hat.

Claw:
Using magic ring, ch 2, 6 dc in magic ring, sl st to join to second ch.
Round 1: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join. (8 sts).
Round 2: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join. (12 sts).
Round 3: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join. (18 sts).
Round 4: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join. (24 sts).
Round 5: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join. (30 sts).
Rounds 6-8: Ch 2, 1 dc in each st across.
Round 9: Ch 2, *dc decrease, 1 dc in next 8 sts.* Repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join. (27 sts).
Round 10: Ch 2, *dc decrease, 1 dc in next 4 sts.* Repeat from * to * until last 3 sts, 1 dc in each. (24 sts). Fasten off, weave in ends.

To make the thumbs, starting on third row up from the wring and working up to the point/fingers, 5 dc up, turn then 5 dc down to join in the round (10 sts).
Round 11: Ch 2, dc decrease across until end, sl st to join. (5 sts).
Row 12: Begin working in a row, sc decrease with the sc opposite, repeat once, sc in last st (3 sts). Fasten off, weave in ends.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pattern: Monster Toes


Make these adorable monster toes socks using the toe-up method with a provisional cast on.


Pattern is available here through Ravelry for only $1.99.


Pattern includes both written instructions and a chart for the color changes.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pattern: Nautica Stripes Infinity Scarf

Sizing:
68 inches in diameter
Materials:
Size E crochet hook
1 skein Loops & Threads Woolike in Golden Yellow
1 skein Loops & Threads Woolike in Beige
1 skein Loops & Threads Woolike in Ice Blue
1 skein Loops & Threads Woolike in Navy
1 skein Loops & Threads Woolike in Denim Blue
1 skein Loops & Threads Woolike in Chocolate
1 skein Loops & Threads Woolike in Charcoal

Sewing needle

Color Pattern:
Work the following color pattern for the entire scarf

(4 rows Charcoal, 4 rows Beige) three times
(2 rows Navy, 4 rows Chocolate) three times, 2 rows Navy
(6 rows Golden Yellow, 6 rows Charcoal) three times
(4 rows Navy, 4 rows Denim Blue) four times, 4 rows Navy
(4 rows Charcoal, 4 rows Navy) four times
(4 rows Golden Yellow, 6 rows Beige) three times, 4 rows Golden Yellow
(6 rows Chocolate, 4 rows Ice Blue) three times
(4 rows Beige, 4 rows Navy) four times
(6 rows Denim Blue, 6 rows Ice Blue) three times
(6 rows Golden Yellow, 4 rows Navy) three times, 6 rows Golden Yellow

Instructions:
Ch 52
Starting row: 1 dc in third ch from hook, 1 hdc in each ch until end, turn.
All remaining rows: Ch 2, 1 dc in each st until end, turn.

Finishing:
Using sewing needle, sew the first charcoal ch row to the last yellow dc row. Weave in ends.