Saturday, February 12, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Do you know about Someday Crafts?  




It's a great resource for anyone wanting to save money on home decorating, homemade fashions, and even more.  Michelle (the blogger over there) basically scours the blog world in search of free tutorials, instructions, and patterns, and posts the links for all to see, follow, and learn.  My life currently is such that I don't have/make a whole lot of time for crafting, but I have used recipes, crochet patterns, and photo ideas that I've found there, and I always enjoy scrolling through her posts to see what other people are creating. 

Anyway, Michelle is expecting her third child soon, and she had a gender reveal party a few days ago.  Several businesses offered prizes for random winners to be drawn among the people who chose correctly.  As it turned out, I entered and WON!!!

It gets even better though.  For my particular prize, I won two patterns of my choice from Inner Hooker.  Could there be a better prize for a lover-of-Crochet like me? 

Suffice it to say that the last 30 minutes of my life have been spent over there, browsing, marking favorites, dreaming, and just basking in the glory of an unexpected treat. 



What a great way to start out a Saturday!

Hope your weekend is fabulous as well.




Thursday, February 3, 2011

fingerless gloves pattern

Hooray!  I finally finished the gloves, got the pattern written down, and took some pictures in today's afternoon sun.   

I'm kind of excited about these gloves.  The yarn is soft, so they're warm, but not itchy or bulky.  Actually, they're pretty much perfect for typing or even crocheting on nights when the air is just a little chilly.  

So, here's the pattern.  Enjoy!
(Oh-If you run into snags, let me know via comment here or you can e-mail me at charlottelaughs at gmail dot com, and I'll be happy to translate for you.)

salu 2-11

Cable Crochet Fingerless Gloves
 
Size H hook
Caron Simply Soft Yarn

Ch 25 LOOSELY, join with slip stitch to make a circle, being careful not to twist the chain, ch 1, turn.
Rnd 1:  Sc in each ch around, sl to first sc, ch 1 (counts as first sc). 25 sc.
Rnd 2:  Sc in each sc around, sl  to first sc, ch 1.  25 sc
Rnd 3:  Sc in each sc around, sl  to first sc, ch 2.  25 sc
Rnd 4:  Dc in each sc, sl to first dc, ch 2 (counts as first dc).  25 dc
Rnd 5:  Dc in next 9 dc, [FPtrc around next dc 1 row below] twice, dc in next dc, [FPtrc arond next dc 1 row below] twice, dc in next 10 dc, ch 2.
Rnd 6:  Sc in each dc around, sl to first dc, ch 1.  25 dc
Rnd 7:  Dc in next 9 sc [FPtrc around next dc 2 rows below] twice, dc in next sc, [FPtrc around next dc 2 rows below] twice, dc in next 10 sc, ch 2.
Rnd 8:  Dc in next 9 dc, *sk one stitch, FPtrc around next FPtrc one row below, FPtrc around skipped FPtrc,* dc in next dc, rep from * to * once, dc in next 10 dc, ch 2.
Rnd 9:  Rep rnd 6
Rnd 10: Dc in next 9 sc [FPtrc around next dc 2 rows below] twice, dc in next sc, [FPtrc around next dc 2 rows below] twice, dc in next 10 sc, ch 2. 
Rnd 11:  Dc in next 9 dc, [FPtrc around next dc 1 row below] twice, dc in next dc, [FPtrc arond next dc 1 row below] twice, dc in next 10 dc, ch 2.
Rnd 12-15:  Rep rnd 6-9
Rnd 16-20:  Rep rnd 4-8
Rnd 21:  Rep rnd 6, do not fasten off

Separation of Thumb hole from finger holes:  Using your hand as a guide, estimate where the thumb on the gloves should be.  Mark that stitch on both sides of row 21.  Sc around to that stitch, then skip all remaining stitches and sc in next stitch (hole for thumb made.)  You now have a larger hole for the fingers and a smaller hole for the thumb.  Continue with sc around the larger hole for three more rounds, closing each round with a sl stitch and a ch 1 (I usually have about 19 stitches around for the larger hole).  When you've done your final sl stitch, sl stitch over and down to the first round on the thumb hole, and sc around that one four times as well (I usually have 8 or 9 stitches around for the smaller hole).  Finish off.

Turn glove over, and starting at beginning chain row, make one row of dc around.  Cuff made.