Thursday, December 31, 2015

Crochet Project: Crochet Temperature Blanket

I have so many projects planned for 2016...I'm so excited.  I find project planning on of the most exciting aspects of crochet...the colors, the stitches, the possibilities...I love it.

The first project that I will be starting tomorrow, January 1, 2016 is a temperature blanket.  I have had granny stripe blanket on my crochet bucket list for a while and I think this is the perfect time to make it.

I've been going though my yarn stash and these are the colors I chose to use and the temperatures for which they correspond...

All of the yarn is Vanna's Choice-


Color
Temperature
Burgundy
>100 °F
Cranberry
90 to 100 °F
Scarlet
80 to 90 °F
Terra Cotta
70 to 80 °F
Mustard
60 to 70 °F
Sweet Pea
50 to 60 °F
Kelly Green
40 to 50 °F
Aqua
30 to 40 °F
Sapphire
20 to 30 °F
Purple
10 to 20 °F
Magenta
0 to 10 °F
Berrylicious
-10 to 0 °F

I'm going to follow Attic 24's Granny Stripe pattern.

My plan is to do one stripe a day (starting on January 1st) using the color that corresponds to the temperature of that day at noon.

Happy New Year!  And, cheers to all the projects to be made in 2016!!


EDIT: Here is a new update on these temperature blanket.

EDIT 2: Here is my second update on these temperature blankets.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Greene Pom Pom Hat



This is the hat that matches the Green Pom Pom Scarf that I published earlier this year.  I LOVE the texture of this hat.  Before you attach the pom pom, you can choose which side of the hat you want to use (it is completely reversible at this stage).

Here I'm using three colors to achieve a color block look but this hat would be really beautiful in a solid color as well.

Materials needed:
• U.S. I/9- 5.5 MM crochet hook
• Cascade Yarns Pacific in 3 colors- used here: 37 Clover, 52 Geranium, 01 Cream (you can easily substitute any other yarn, your  finished size may change though)
• Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends 
• Clover pom-pom maker- I used the 3 3/8" one

Gauge:
•I think that the best way to do the gauge for this is to make the hat up to the end of the increases.  In each size, I specify the size that your flat circle should be.  If your flat circle does not match my measurement, go up or down a hook until it does match and then continue on with the pattern.

Abbreviations:
• ch= chain
• sc= single crochet
• sc2tog= single crochet 2 together
• dc= double crochet
• sl st= slip stitch
• MR= magic ring
• BLO= back loop only

Finished size:
• Toddler/Preschooler= 17-19" head circumference
• Child= 20-21" head circumference

Important Notes:
• Please note when you are working this hat, sometimes you are making two stitches into the stitch from the previous round and sometimes you are making one stitch into the stitch from the previous round.  When you are making two stitches into the same stitch, I use ( ) to show that everything in ( ) goes into one stitch.  When you are working one stitch into one stitch, I do not use ( ).  I separate what goes into each stitch from the previous round by using a comma.  Example: If I say- (sc, dc), sc, dc, sc.  Then it means you (sc, dc) in the first stitch, sc in the 2nd stitch, dc in the 3rd stitch, sc in the 4th stitch.


Toddler:
1: MR, ch 2, 10 dc in the ring, pull the ring tight to close and join with sl st to 1st dc--- stitch count= 10.
2: Ch 1, (sc, dc) in each stitch around--- stitch count= 20.
3: Ch 1, (sc, dc), sc, (dc, sc), dc, (sc, dc), sc, (dc, sc), dc, (sc, dc), sc, (dc, sc), dc, (sc, dc), sc, (dc, sc), dc, (sc, dc), sc, (dc, sc), dc, join to the 1st sc with a sl st--- stitch count= 30.
4: Ch 1, *(sc, dc), sc, dc*, repeat from * to * around, join to the 1st sc with a sl st--- stitch count= 40.
5: Ch 1, *(sc, dc), sc, dc, sc, (dc, sc) dc, sc, dc*, repeat from * to * around, join to the 1st sc with a sl st--- stitch count= 50.
6: Ch 1, *(sc, dc), sc, dc, sc, dc*, repeat from * to * around, join to the 1st sc with a sl st--- stitch count= 60.
At this point, your flat circle should measure 5".  If it does not, go up or down a hook size until you meet this gauge.


7: Change 2nd color, ch 2, *dc, sc*, repeat from * to * around, join to the 1st dc with a sl st--- stitch count= 60.
8: Ch 1, *sc, dc*, repeat from * to * around, join to the 1st sc with a sl st.
9: Repeat round 7
10: Repeat round 8
11: Repeat round 7
12: Repeat round 8
13: Repeat round 7
14: Repeat round 8
15: Change to 3rd color, repeat round 7
16: Repeat round 8
17: Ch 7, turn and working back toward hat, skip the first ch, then sc in BLO 6 times, then sc2tog in the next stitch (this means the next stitch that was not worked in yet) and in the following stitch, turn and then working back up your ch, sc BLO 6 times, ch 1, turn working back down your chain, sc BLO 6 times, sc2tog in the next stitch and the following stitch, continue in this fashion all the way around the bottom of the hat until you get back to the beginning, I end working up the ch, working away from the actual hat, after the ch 1, I finish off then use a tapestry needle to  weave the brim closed, working the in the BLO to keep the ribbed look going and then weave in my ends completely.

The final length from crown to edge of brim should be 6.5".

Here are some pictures to help with the ribbing portion-

Then, working back toward the hat, you skip the ch and sc in the BLO of each of the 6 sc from previous row.

Then you will sc2tog in the next stitch (this means the next stitch that was not worked in yet) and in the following stitch-


At this point, I turn the hat inside out, I like the way the inside looks.  It kind of spirals around.  But, you can decide which side you would like to use.  

This is what the right side out looks like-

And this is what the wrong side out looks like-

Then make a pom pom in the first color that you used (the same color that you used for rounds 1-6).  I used a 3 3/8" Clover pom-pom maker.  Attach the pom pom to the top of the hat and weave in the ends.




Child:
1: MR, ch 2, 10 dc in the ring, pull the ring tight to close and join with sl st to 1st dc.
2: Ch 1, (sc, dc) in each stitch around.
3: Ch 1, (sc, dc), sc, (dc, sc), dc, (sc, dc), sc, (dc, sc), dc, (sc, dc), sc, (dc, sc), dc, (sc, dc), sc, (dc, sc), dc, (sc, dc), sc, (dc, sc), dc, join to the 1st sc with a sl st.
4: Ch 1, *(sc, dc), sc, dc*, repeat from * to * around, join to the 1st sc with a sl st.
5: Ch 1, *(sc, dc), sc, dc, sc, (dc, sc) dc, sc, dc*, repeat from * to * around, join to the 1st sc with a sl st.
6: Ch 1, *(sc, dc), sc, dc, sc, dc*, repeat from * to * around, join to the 1st sc with a sl st.
7: Ch 1, *(sc, dc), sc, dc, sc, dc, sc, (dc, sc), dc, sc, dc, sc, dc*, repeat from * to * around, join to the 1st sc with a sl st.
At this point, your flat circle should measure 6".  If it does not, go up or down a hook size until you meet this gauge.

8: Change 2nd color, ch 2, *dc, sc*, repeat from * to * around, join to the 1st dc with a sl st.
9: Ch 1, *sc, dc*, repeat from * to * around, join to the 1st sc with a sl st.
10: Repeat round 8
11: Repeat round 9
12: Repeat round 8
13: Repeat round 9
14: Repeat round 8
15: Repeat round 9
16: Change to 3rd color, repeat round 8
17: Repeat round 9
18: Repeat round 8

19: Repeat round 9
20: Ch 7, turn and working back toward hat, skip the first ch, then sc in BLO 6 times, then sc2tog in the same stitch that you started your ch and in the next, turn and then working back up your ch, sc BLO 6 times, ch 1, turn working back down your chain, sc BLO 6 times, sc2tog in same as previous sc2tog and in next, continue in this fashion all the way around the bottom of the hat until you get back to the beginning, I end working up the ch, working away from the actual hat, after the ch 1, I finish off then use a tapestry needle to  weave the brim closed, working the in the BLO to keep the ribbed look going and then weave in my ends completely.  (See pictures above in toddler/preschooler size for help with the ribbed brim.)

The final length from crown to edge of brim should be 7.5".



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The pattern and photographs contained in this document are the property of Skein and Hook.  This pattern is available for personal use only.  This pattern may be printed for your personal use only.  You may not in any form copy, redistribute, sell, or represent this pattern or photos as your own.  

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Eustis Scarflette

The weather is starting to get cool in my neck of the woods and with the drop in temperatures, my children are starting to ask for new cold weather accessories.  I came up with this scarflette for my 3 year old daughter.  





She is always moving at warp speed, it seems, and she always wants to do everything by herself.  So, I didn't want to make her a long scarf that she would struggle with wrapping around her neck or a scarflette with buttons because I'm not sure she'd slow down enough to button it herself or to let me help :)  

Materials needed:
• J/6.00MM crochet hook
• Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! in two colors- Used here: Turquoise & Peacock
• Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends 

Gauge:
• 6 hdc= 2 inches

Abbreviations:
• ch= chain
• sc= single crochet
• hdc= half double crochet
• sl st= slip stitch

Finished size:
• Scarflette= 6.5" by 22" before it is sewn and folded

Scarflette:
1: Ch 26, turn, hdc in 2nd from hook and each across (25 hdc).

2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across (25 hdc).

Repeat row 2 until you reach your desired length.  Leave a long tail (about 3 feet) for sewing the scarflette and finish off.




I wanted mine to snuggly fit on my 3 year old's neck, but also to fit over her head so she can pull it on easily.  I checked periodically while I was making it and the length that fit nicely was about 22".  You can adjust this however you see fit to make the scarflette fit how you want it to fit.  

Since I wanted this to be really easy for my child to put on, I decided (instead of buttons) to sew the bottom edges together.  Then, all she would have to do is pull it over her head and she would be all set to go.  You could always use buttons along the bottom edge if you do not want to sew it together.  Just make sure your buttons can fit in-between the hdcs and still secure the scarflette.

Here is how I sewed mine together-


First lay your scarflette out, then fold the right side down.

Next, fold the left side down so that the points from both sides meet at the bottom.

Now you will use the long tail to sew the scarflette.  You may want to secure the scarflette with some pins to hold it in the correct position while you sew.
Start sewing along the side shown above at the arrow.  I used a running stitch here.  It seems to blend right in with the hdcs.

Stop a little short of the top to allow for some stretch when pulling over the head.  I stopped where my fingers in the picture below.  It is about 1.5-2" from the edge.

Move to the other side and use a running stitch down this side. When you get to the edge, whipstitch along the bottom to secure the bottom edge and the continue up, using a whipstitch to secure the last edge.  
When you are finished, weave in all of the ends and finish off.

This is the front-
This is the back-


Bow:
1: Make a slip knot and leave a beginning tail of about 8", ch 9, turn sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each across (8 sc).  This pieces measures about 2.5" across.

2: Ch 1, turn, sc across (8 sc).

Repeat row 2 until the piece measures about 8-8.5" long.  

Then ch 1, sc in the same space and sc around the entire piece, beginning down the first long side and continuing around to where you started, making (sc, ch1, sc) in each of the corners as you go around.  Then finish off leaving a long tail (about 15 feet).



Using the beginning tail that you left when you started the piece, whipstitch the short ends together.


Then thread you needle with the beginning of the long tail, weave the needle in and out of the center of the bow (along your whipstitch line), making sure to go through both sides the bow.  

Do this back and forth a few times, then pull on your tail (the part that is in the bow) to cinch the bow a little.  

Now use the rest of your long tail to wrap around the cinched area to complete your bow.  

Leave enough to secure the bow to the scarflette.  When you have about 12" left, flip to the back side of the bow, make a few knots in the back to secure the center of the bow. 

Then use the rest of the tail to attach the bow to the scarflette.



She loves it!



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Friday, November 6, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Alexandria Flower Headband

This year I have decided to make my daughters' Christmas dresses.  It is a lofty goal for me.  I'm not sure if I'll get it done, but I'm going to try :)  

I am putting the finishing touches on my youngest's dress now and I decided to make her a headband to go with it.  So, here is what I came up with.  




Materials needed:
• D/3- 3.25MM crochet hook
• Louisa Harding Yarns Akiko- you'll use less than 1 skein to make this headband and flower
• Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends 

Gauge:
• You can make this headband in any size.  Before I joined my headband, the piece measured 16".  You want your headband piece to measure exactly the circumference of the head.  (This is different than my other headbands because I am not using elastic here to make it stretchy.)

Abbreviations:
• ch= chain
• sc= single crochet
• hdc= half double crochet
• dc= double crochet
• sl st= slip stitch
• MR= magic ring

Finished size:
• Headband to fit 16" head


Headband:
1: Ch 78, working in the back ridges, hdc in the 4th back ridge (see photo below), and in each across.


2: Ch 3, hdc in first stitch, *skip 2 stitches, hdc in next, ch 2, hdc in same as last*, repeat from * to * across to the 2nd to last stitch, skip the last hdc, hdc in the top of the 3rd ch from the row below.

3:Ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc and each ch across.  Finish off.    


This is an up close of the headband.

Then sew the two ends together to form a headband.

Flower:

1: MR, (sc, ch 5) five times in the ring (see photo), pull tight (see photo), join with a sl st in 1st sc (see photo).
 
2: Ch 1, working behind the ch5 sp of the last round, sc in the ring in between the first 2 sc, 
  
 
ch2, sc in between the next 2 sc, 

repeat, join into the first sc.

3: Sl st into first ch2 space, ch 1, 4 dc, ch 1, sl st into same space, 
repeat in every space around (you should have 5 petals total)

4: Ch 1 to move to the back, then sc in between the 4 dc (right in the middle), 



ch 3, sc in between the next 4 dc group, 
repeat around, join to the first sc with a sl st.
The back of the flower will look like this.

5: Sl st into ch sp, ch 2, 6dc, ch 2, sl st into same space, 
repeat in every space around (you should have 5 petals total)

6: Ch 2 to move to the back, 
sc in between the 6dc, 

ch 4sc in between the next 6 dc group, 
repeat around, join to the first sc with a sl st.
The back of the flower will look like this now.

7: Sl st into the ch space, ch 2, 8 dc, ch 2, sl st into the same space
repeat in every space around (you should have 5 petals total), leave a long tail so that you can secure the flower to the headband and finish off.


Secure the flower to the headband using the long tail that you left when you finished off the flower.






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