Friday, November 30, 2012

Free Pattern: Winter Brooch



Poinsettia Flower Brooch


It's amazing how beautiful a plastic bag can become! 


 There is more time spent in prep work than actually working the pattern for this pretty flower. You could make it with crochet thread instead of plarn, but it may require fabric stiffener. Finished "flower" is 3" wide.






 Did you know the red "petals" of the poinsettia are not the flower? Those are only different colored leaves, which in fact can be many other colors than red. The yellow flowers of poinsettia are called cyathia, and are found grouped in the middle of the colored bracts. 


Skill level:








Materials:
Red, green, and yellow plastic bags (1 each)
Drop spindle (optional)
Small steel crochet hook, about a 7/1.65MM (hook size will depend on how accurate the width of your plarn is)
tapestry needle
Beads and thread (optional)
Pin back or safety pin


Gauge:

It's not too important, but make sure it's close unless you want a 6 inch wide brooch.
1 dc = 3/4" high
1 finished bract= 3/4" wide
Instructions for plarn:




See how to make plarn if you are unfamiliar with it. It is highly recommended that you spin your plarn for this project. if you don't have a drop spindle, you can make one from a small round object (radish) and a pencil, or just twist the plarn with your fingers. This allows the plarn to be cut thinner without compromising its strength.







Cut your bags about 3/4" wide. Be careful not to pull the material, it is very weak being this thin. Gently spin it on a drop spindle or with your fingers to twist it; pay close attention to not over spin it. Basically, you will be turning "tape" into "thread", it doesn't have to be perfect. The plastic holds its shape well after being spun.








Pattern:


Leave 6" tails or more at beginning and end, for joining pieces.


Red Bracts:

(Make two)
With red: ch 5, join into a ring with a sl st.

Round 1:

*Ch 5, join with a sl st insde beg ring.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times (six ch-5 sps).

Round 2:

*In next ch-5 sp make (sl st, ch 1, sc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, sc, ch 1, sl st).* repeat from * to * 5 more times.

Round 3:

*Sl st into beg sl st of "petal". Ch 4. In ch-2 sp make (sc, ch 2, sc), sl st into each of 5 sts on opposite side of "petal".* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Bind off, weave ends toward center ring.

Green Bracts:
(Make one)
With green, ch 5, join into a ring with a sl st.

Round 1:

*Ch 8, sl st into ring.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times.

Round 2:

*In next ch-8 sp make (sl st, ch 1, sc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, tr, ch 3, tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1, sc, ch 1, sl st).* Repeat from * to * 5 more times.

Round 3:

*Sl st into ch-sp between sl st and sc, ch 4. Sl st into tr before ch-3 sp, ch 1. In ch-3 sp make (sc, ch 2, sc), ch 1, sl st into tr after ch-3 sp. Ch 4, sl st into last sl st of "petal". * Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Bind off, weave ends toward outer edge.

Finishing:

With right sides facing you, use tails from one red motif to attach to center of green motif. Using tails from green motif, sew ch-4 sps of green to the ch-5 sps of red. Use tails to attach wrong side of last motif to right side of the red and green motif centers.
With yellow, attach with a sl st in center ring of top motif, between ch-5 sps. Ch 2 (counts as sc, ch 1), sc in same sp, ch 1. *In next ch-5 sp make (sc, ch 1, sc), ch 1.* repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. Weave in ends.






*optional*

My bract "petals" wouldn't stay exactly where I wanted them, probably because plarn has a slight bit of stretch to it. I fixed this while making it even prettier by sewing around  the petals with some thread, using beads to hide the stitches. 

Attach pin back or safety pin using thread or plarn. You could even be a little lazy and just hot glue it on if you're using a real pin back (that's the cool thing about plarn). I would recommend using a low- temp glue gun if you do; I've used it on plarn with no problem, but perhaps high-temp glue would melt it.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Free Pattern: Baby Hat

Bobble and Chain Baby Hat

(with matching blanket)


















You can make this adorable hat for baby with the leftover yarn from the bobble and chain blanket. 
Roll the brim for a tighter fit when baby is 3-6 months, unroll for 6-9 months (See the bear below). The stretch of the pattern leaves room to grow. Finished measurements: 6" long x 15" circumference.

Skill level:

Intermediate

Materials:
Acrylic worsted weight yarn
Color A: few oz. Soft pink
Color B: few oz. Lavender
Crochet hook size I/9 (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers (optional)

Gauge:
4" x 2" = 4 bobbles x 5 rows

Stitches:
Front loop single crochet (sc), back loop sc
Single crochet bobble: Pull up one loop across 5 sts (6 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 6 loops.

Pattern:
With color B, ch 3, join into a ring with a sl st.

Round 1:
Ch 1 (counts as sc). Make 5 more sc in ring (6 sc). Join to ch-1 with a sl st.

Round 2:
Ch 1. Make 2 sc in back loops of each st around (12 sc). Join to ch-1 with a sl st.

Round 3:
Ch 1. *In front loops make 2 sc in st, 1 sc in next.* Repeat From * to * around (18 sc). Join to ch-1 with a sl st.

Round 4:
Ch 1. *In back loops make 2 sc , 1 sc in next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * around. 1 sc in last st (24 sc). Join to ch-1 with a sl st.

Round 5:
Ch 1. *In front loops make 2 sc, 1 sc in next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * around. 1 sc in last 2 sts (30 sc). Change to color A for last step of last st. Join to ch-1 with a sl st.

Round 6: 
With color A, ch 1. 1 sc in same st. 2 sc in back loops of each st around (60 sc). This rapid increase will create a ruffle until round 7 is worked.

Round 7:
Ch 1. *Sc bobble in back loops only, ch 3.* Repeat from * to *around. Join with a sl st to ch-1 (50 sts including chs).

Round 8:
Ch 1. *In back loops only 2 sc, 1 sc in next st* Repeat from * to * around (75 sc).

Round 9:
Work as for round 7 (60 sts including chs).

Round 10:
Ch 1. In back loops only 2 sc, 1 sc in next 2 sts (80 sc). Join with a sl st to ch-1.

Round 11:
Work as for round 7 (64 sts). Change to color B on last st, join with a sl st  to ch-1.

Round 12:
With color B ch 1 (counts as sc). *In back loops only, 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 7*. Repeat from * to * around. Join with a sl st to ch-1 (72 sts).

Round 13:
Ch 1. In front loops only, 1 sc in each st around. Join with a sl st to ch-1.

Round 14:
Ch 1. In back loops only, 1 sc in each st. Join with a sl st to ch-1.

Round 15-18:
Repeat rows 13 & 14. If not working ruffle, bind off, weave in ends. For ruffle edge, change to color A on last st.

Round 19: (ruffle)
Ch 2 (counts as sc, ch 1), *1 sc in next st, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. Bind off, weave in ends.







Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Free Pattern: Baby Girl's Blanket

Bobble and Chain Baby Blanket

(with matching hat)

This blanket is sure to become a family heirloom. With bumps, holes, ridges and an optional ruffle, it's texture will amuse and encourage baby's developing brain. The entire pattern is done in single crochet.
The finished dimensions are 34" x 34". If using one-pound skeins, enough will be left over to make the matching hat.




Skill level:
Easy/Intermediate 




Materials:
size I/9 5.50MM crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Worsted weight (4) acrylic yarn:
Caron One Pound - 1 skein soft pink (color A)
Caron One Pound - 1 skein lilac (color B)
Tapestry needle or smaller hook for weaving in ends

Gauge:
4" x 4" = 10 rows, 4 bobbles or
2" x 2" = 7 rows, 9 sts of "rib" stitch in color B
















Stitches:
Chain st (ch),
Slip st (sl st),
Single crochet (sc),
Single crochet bobble (sc bobble): Insert hook, pull up 1 loop in each of next 5 sts (6 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 6 loops.
*optional* Foundation single crochet (fsc): Chain 2. Insert hook into stitch farthest from hook, pull up 1 loop. Yarn over,pull through 1 loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. For the next stitch, insert the hook in the third loop from hook.

Starting with color A: Make 129 fsc *

  *or, chain 130, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, work 128 sc across. Ch 1, turn.

Pattern:

Row 1:
1 sc in first st. *Single crochet bobble starting in next st, ch 4.* repeat from * to * 24 times, sc in last 2 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2:

1 sc in first st. 5 sc in each ch-4 sp, 1 sc in last 2 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3-4:

Repeat rows 1 & 2


Row 5-6:

Repeat rows 1 & 2.

Row 7-8:

Repeat rows 1 & 2.

Row 9:

Repeat row 1.

Row 10:
1 sc in first st. 5 sc in each ch-4 sp,; stop for the last step of the last st to change colors. Pull color B through last 2 loops. Ch 1, turn.

Row 11:

1 sc in first st, ch 1. *Sk 1 st, sc in back loop of next st, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * 61 more times. Sk 1 st, 1 sc in each of last 2 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 12:

1 sc in first st. *1 sc in back loop of next st. ch 1, sk 1 st.* Repeat from * to * 61 more times. 1 sc in back loop of next st, 1 sc in each of last 2 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 13-14:
Repeat rows 11 & 12.

Row 15-16:

Repeat rows 11 & 12.

Row 17:

Repeat row 11. 

Row 18:

1 sc in first st, ch 1. *Sk 1 st, sc in back loop of next st, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * 61 more times. stop for the last step of the last st to change colors. Pull color A through last 2 loops. Ch 1, turn.

Row 19:
1 sc in first st. *In back loops only; Single crochet bobble starting in next st, ch 4.* repeat from * to * 24 times, sc in last 2 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 20:
Repeat row 2.

Row 21-74:
Repeat rows 1 through 20.

Row  75-82:
Repeat rows 1 & 2. Bind off, weave in ends.

Border:
*Note* If you will not be working the optional ruffle, it may be necessary to work the border with a smaller (size H) hook to avoid a wrinkle. Otherwise, work border in same size hook as pattern unless your gauge doesn't match.
With wrong side facing, join color B with a sl st. Make 2 rows (rounds) of color B, 2 rows of color A, 2 rows of color B, 2 rows of color A in the following pattern: Beginning with ch 1 (counts as sc),   1 sc in each st around, making ( 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in corner sps and joining to ch-1 with a sl st.
If not working ruffle edge, bind off, weave in ends.


Ruffle:
*optional*
For ruffle edge, join color B along with color A in last sl st.

Ch 3 (counts as 1 sc, ch 2). 1 sc, ch 2 in each st around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. Bind off, weave in ends.