Saturday, June 10, 2017

another ear warmer pattern

As I was dabbling around with ear warmers recently, I put together another pattern, this one loosely based on the fingerless glove pattern that I make most of the time. To be honest, I'm not sure how thrilled I am with the pattern as it now stands, but it's a start, and sometimes a start is good enough. Like now, for instance.

Cable Ear Warmers
Size G Hook

Chain 34

Sc in 3rd ch from hook and to end, 32 st

Round 1-Ch 2, Hdc in same st, 30 dc in next 30 loops of chain, hdc in next free loop, *sc in  end of row, ch 13, sc in 3rd ch from hook and next 10 ch sc in same stitch as was done here * Hdc in next sc,  dc in next 2dc. * Fptrc in next 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc's. Rep from * 5 times. 30 sc's. Sc in end of row, ch 13, sc in 3rd ch from hook and next 10 ch, sl st in same st as this * End row.

Round 2- Ch 2, *dc in next 3 st. Sk next st, fptrc in next fptrc below, go back and fptrc in skipped stitch, first "x" made.  Rep from *  5 times, dc in next 3dc. Sc in next 11 free loops of ch, sc in end and in next 11 sc's, sl st in next sc.

Round 3- ch 2, dc in next 2st, *fptrc in next 2 st, 3 dc in next 3 st, rep from * 5 times, sc in next 11 free loops of ch, sc in end and in next 11 sc's, sl st.

Round 4- ch 2, *dc in next 3 st, fptrc in next 2 st rep from * 5 times. Dc in next 3dc, sc in next 11 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc, sl st.

Round 5-ch 2, dc in next 2st. *Sk next st, fptrc in next fptrc below, go back and fptrc in skipped stitch, first "x" made.  Dc in next 3 st Rep from *  5 times. sc in next 11 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc, sl st

Round 6. Sc around.

Round 7- ch 2, sc's in same st and in next 106 sc's. Ch 4, turn, sc in next 2 sc's, turn back to front side and 4 sc's into loop just made, sc in next 11 st, sl st to beginning, finish off.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

slipper socks-something new

A bit ago, I was going through my yarn stash, and decided to make some slipper socks with some of my Lion Homespun yarn. I found a pattern that looked promising by Lisa Auch, and went to town.

You can find the pattern I used here.

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I liked working these up, but I'm thinking that using the Homespun yarn made things a bit less "stretchy" than I'd like slipper socks to be. They wear well the first 2-3 times, but then there isn't all that much elasticity holding the socks up.

Maybe I'll try making them again with regular yarn. Time will tell.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Toy hammock net

My kid has a plethora of stuffed animals. Like, that's her thing, and we have about a million of them in our small home.

One day, I decided that I needed to do something about them all, and I put together a toy hammock for them.

It turned out well, looked pretty, and keeps our home a little less cluttered. Win!

Here are some (typically rough) instructions that I used

Toy Hammock Net

Cotton yarn
Size I hook

Ch 6, sl at to make a loop. Ch 125, then ch 6 again, and make another sl st loop as at the beginning.

Ch 4, sk 2 ch below, dc in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch below, dc in next ch. continue across.

Ch 4, sk next loop, dc in next loop. Ch 2, dc in next loop. Continue across. Repeat this row to end of hammock. (Pattern automatically decreases by one in each row). 

Make another ch 6 sl st loop, finish off.
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Don't be fooled. This is only about 1/4 of the number of stuffed animals that reside in our home.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Scripture Carrier

My husband and I are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of the things that we do in our faith is that our children aren't baptized until they are eight years old. My daughter had looked forward to the day that she would be baptized for years and years, and to celebrate the day, we decided to give her her very own set of scriptures.

Knowing that she would need something in which to carry them, I decided that I'd try my hand (literally-ha ha) at making her a scripture carrier.

Here's what I eventually came up with:

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Use size G hook and cotton yarn

Granny Square, make 14

Chain 4 and join in a circle, then using hdc, and two-stitch "shells"' with one ch in between each one, make 4 rows, one with 4 shells, one with 8, one with 12, and one with sixteen. Finish off.

Stitch or sc squares together in panels, three panels of two squares each and two panels of four squares each.


For each panel, make a corresponding swatch of the same size, using sc rows, bordered with one round of sc. When complete, sc each lining swatch to corresponding square panel.


Use the three 2-square panels as bottom, and side panels of bag. Use the two 4-square panels as front and back of bag. Sew all panels together in this manner. To "square up" top corners, use ribbon, rope, or chain/sl st "ropes", and run a small piece through the top of each corner, securing each with a know or a bow.

Carry Strap
Switch to size F hook.
Ch 200, being careful not to twist ch, join.
Rnd 1, sc in each chain, join, ch 3
Rnd 2, dc in each chain, join, ch 2
Rnd 3, sc in each dc, join.
Rnd 4, sl st in each sc around, join, fasten off
Join yarn in any foundation chain, sl st in each ch around, join, fasten off.

Make lining (strengthener) for strap using sc in rows and borders as with panels. Sc to strap.

Secure strap to bag by placing in long skinny oval across bottom of bag, and bringing sides up to form handles. Tack in place on bottom, and at top and bottom of front and back panels. 

Strengthener of bottom panel

Cut a piece of thick cardboard to the dimensions of the inside bottom panel of bag. Using sc, crochet a "cozy" around cardboard, sewing up,both ends with cardboard inside. Place in bottom of bag.

Add snaps, buttons, zippers, and other embellishments as desired.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WIP May edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)
  • Restock Stockings--make a few patchwork
  • Hat for Kami-pale pink with navy blue and hot pink
  • Hat for Jessi-Flap hat. Teal where red, lavender where gold.
  • Slippers for Kendee and Eliza
  • Bearded Hats for Kristi's son, Kaden, and Joanie's boys
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Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • Restock gloves, black, heather gray
  • Make flowers and maroon and hot pink for package decor
  • Make African Flower stockings
  • Make more baby dresses
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  • make more slippers
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  • try a new pattern of dishcloths

  • Make more scrubbies-restock and also try a new patternPhotobucket
  • Go through old stock, either donate or re-purpose items that are consistent non-sellers
  • Crochet legwarmers
  • Make a scarf/cowl like the one Tonia asked about.
  • Make a hairband something along the lines of this.
  • Go through clear tote and make sure all is dealt with there
  • Finish plarn bag 
Someday, (I hope!)
  • Reclaim yarn from thrift store sweaters
  • Make/Design Beret
  • Design/Make Potholders (for wedding gifts)
  • Make/Design Soap Socks/Savers for family, gifts, possibly etsy shop.(popcorn stitch on one side, plain on the other. (Make a soap saver, perhaps like this one)
  • Re-learn to tat.
Image courtesy of vrangtantebrun

  • Make/Design/Refine Convertible Mittens pattern
  • Go through specialty yarn, imaginate (scarves?)

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Kandinsky inspired Designer Sweater (and pants set)

So, a few months back, someone sent me a message through etsy, inquiring about my granny square pants. Would I be able to make a granny square sweater, she asked?

After thinking about it, and ensuring that her timeframe would allow for some trial and error on my part, I responded that yes, I would love to make a granny square sweater.

We traded ideas back and forth until I felt like I had a pretty good feel for what she had in mind, and she even threw out the possibility of a granny square sweater and pants set, should the sweater turn out well. Within this conversation I learned that the intended recipient of the set would be her son, who would be wearing it to an ugly sweater contest around November/December of 2017.

As we nailed down a vision, I sent her this inspiration picture:

And we agreed that we would shoot for something along those lines.

After a few weeks of crocheting, we ended up with this sweater,

which my husband promptly fell in love with, and secured a promise from me that I would make him another as soon as I was able. Also interestingly, one of my neighbors, upon seeing the sweater remarked on the uncanny resemblance that it bears to on of her favorite paintings, Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles, by Wassily Kandinsky.

I have to admit, I definitely see the resemblance.

Then it was on to the pants. By roughly following my granny square pants pattern, I eventually landed on this:

My cheesy-yet-awesome husband. He's so accomodating!

All in all, it was a really fun exercise, and since I'd like to do it again (perhaps), and I wouldn't like to reinvent the wheel if/when I do it, I'm going to write down some pattern notes here. 

The Kandinsky Designer Sweater

Size H Hook
For yarn colors and types, see the "Color Choice" section at the end of the pattern

To make the Square:
Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 7 hdc in circle, join, ch 2 (8 total, counting ch 2 as first hdc)
Rnd 2: Hdc in same st and join, hdc, 2 hdc in next, ch 1, 2 hdc in same, continue around, 20 hdc total (5 on each side)
Rnd 3: 32 total (8 on each side), change color
Rnd 4: 44 total (11 on each side)
Rnd 5: 56 total (14 on each side), change color
Rnd 6: 68 total (17 on each side), change color
Rnd 7: 80 total (20 on each side), change color
Rnd 8: change from hdc to sc, only work in back loop of row below, 92 total (23 on each side). Finish off, leaving a long tail for stitching squares together.

Main "Vest": Make two panels of 3 squares by 3 squares. Stitch them together at the top, leaving plenty of room (1 full square, and a third to a half of the other "stitched" square) for the neck. Stitch up the sides, leaving the top squares unstitched for sleeve holes.

Sleeves: Make two panes of 2 squares by 2 squares. Stitch each of the panels together along one side, forming a tube or sleeve. 

Stitch sleeves to vest at the sleeve hole spot.

If the sweater fits your dimensions at this point, you're done. Otherwise, you can add stripes along the bottom and sleeves (I like to alternate hdc and dc, with the hdcs going in to just the back loops). If you want to make a mock turtleneck, sc around the neck area, decreasing or slip stitching as you go until you have the hole as small as you want it. Then, continue with the alternate hdc and dc stripes until it is as long as you want it.

Color Choice
This sweater was supposed to be a "semi Christmasy" sweater, and so I followed a color pattern as follows:

In the squares, 
rounds 1-3 were done in shades of either red, green, or white ("Christmas Colors")
rounds 4-5 were done in another shade of either red green or white
round 6 was done in a non-Christmas color
round 7 was done in another non-Christmas color
round 8 was done in yet another shade of either red, green, or white

For the stripes, I tended to alternate Christmas Colors with non-Christmas Colors

Throughout the project, I used scrap yarn, red heart acrylic super saver generally.

And now, with this gratuitious picture of me celebrating the completion of this awesome project, I leave you.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Stocking Colors--Some Options

I've made so many different color combination of stockings over the past few years, I thought it might be good to get a page where I could put pictures of all or most of them. Some of these pictures are pretty rough, color and composition wise, but still, it gives an idea, and that's what I'm going for here.

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