Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Free Pattern: Colored "Plarn" Eggs


I wanted to experiment with different shapes and sizes of eggs because...Well, that's the way they are in nature! And with the results, turn some trash-to-be into an adorable little springtime decoration. This can be a great way to use up unique and limited colored bags, or let the (older) kids color some with permanent markers for a customized look.
Large, medium and small, make them all! Stuff these cuties with scraps of plastic from "plarn-making" for a no-waste project. Sizes are chicken, goose, and ostrich (or maybe pterodactyl).
Never used plarn before? See how to make plarn

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
At least a few yards each of different colored plarn;
  or white/light colored bags and permanent markers for coloring
It should be cut about 3/4 - 1in(2 - 2.5 cm) wide (yardage listed at beginning of patterns)
Crochet hook size G/6
Tapestry needle or smaller hook for weaving in ends

Gauge:
(Varies by size of plarn)
2 in x 2 in = About 6 dc x 4 rows
                              6 hdc x 5 rows

Stitches:
Chain stitch (ch) (st)

Half-double crochet (hdc): Yarn over, insert hook into st, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook).Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.

Hdc 2 together: Yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 5 loops.

Double crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops (1 loop on hook).

Dc 2 together: Yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops. 

Patterns:


Small Egg2+ yards

Round 1:
With color A, ch 3(counts as dc). In farthest ch from hook make 11 dc. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (12 dc)

Round 2:
Ch 2, make 1 hdc in same st (counts as 2 hdc). Make 1 hdc in next 3 sts. *Make 2 hdc in next st. Make 1 hdc in next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * one more time. Change to color B in last st. Join to beg ch-2 with a sl st. (15 hdc)

Round 3:
With color B, ch 2, make 1 hdc in same st (counts as 2 hdc). Make 1 hdc in next 4 sts. *Make 2 hdc in next st. 1 hdc in next 4 sts.* Repeat from * to * one more time. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. (18 hdc)

Round 4:
Ch 2 (counts as hdc). Make 1 hdc in next 17 sts. (18 hdc)

Round 5:
Repeat round 4, change to color A in last st.

Round 6:
Ch 2 (counts as hdc). *Hdc next two sts together. Make 1 hdc in next 4 sts.* Repeat from * to * one more time. Hdc next 2 sts together, make 1 hdc in last 3 sts, change to color B in last st. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. (15 hdc)

Round 7:
With color B, ch 2 (counts as hdc). *Hdc next 2 sts together. Make 1 hdc in next 2 sts.* Repeat from, * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. (12 hdc)

Round 8:
Turn project right side out. Stuff with plastic scraps. Ch 2 (counts as hdc). *Hdc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. 1 hdc in next st. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. Bind off, fill with more stuffing if needed and use tail to weave hole shut.


Medium Egg: 10+ yards


Round 1:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). In farthest ch from hook make 11 dc. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (12 dc)

Round 2:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next st. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in st after that.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (18 dc)

Round 3:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in next 2 sts. * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 4:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). Make 1 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 5:
Repeat round 4.

Round 6:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 3 sts, dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 4 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to *4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (18 dc)

Round 7:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 2 sts, dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 2 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (12 dc)

Round 8:
Turn project right side out. Stuff with as much plastic as possible.  Ch 3 (counts as dc). *Dc next 2 sts together. * Repeat from * to * 2 more times. 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Add extra stuffing if needed, bind off, weave closed with tail.


Large Egg20+ yards

Round 1:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). In farthest ch from hook make 11 dc. Join to beg ch 3 with a sl st. (12 dc)

Round 2:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st. 2 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to beg ch 3. (24 dc)

Round 3:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st. Make 1 dc in next 3 sts. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (30 dc)

Round 4:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 4 sts. *Make 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts.* repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (36 dc)

Round 5:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 5 sts. *Make 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 sts.* Repeat from * to *  4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (42 dc)

Round 6:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 13 sts. *Make 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 13 sts.* Repeat from * to * 1 more time. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (45 dc)

Round 7:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each sts around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (45 dc)

Round 8:
Repeat row 7, changing to color B in last st.

Round 9-10:
With color B, repeat row 7 twice. 

Round 11:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 6 sts. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 7 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (40 dc)

Round 12:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 5 sts. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 6 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times, changing to color A in last st. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (35 dc)

Round 13:
With color A, ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 4 sts. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 5 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (30 dc)

Round 14:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 2 sts. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 3 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 15:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next st. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 2 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (18 dc)

Round 15:
Turn project right side out, stuff with as much plastic as possible. Ch 3 (counts as dc), *dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (10 dc) Bind off, stuff again, weave hole shut with tail.
*Tip: I ran out of scraps to stuff this one with, so I just used whole bags. Cut them into 3 or 4 pieces first so they don't get too lumpy.



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Free Pattern: Recycled Spring Necklace




 Springtime is near in the northern hemisphere! Find some old fabric for scraps in a fresh, fun color, grab some scissors, and lets make some springtime 'bling'. Have the satisfaction of knowing you're probably making a one of a kind creation. The colors are up to you and your scrap pile!
 See how to make yarn out of fabric scraps if you're not familiar with the process. Prepare your fabric strips, grab a hook, and let's "spring it up"!
 One row, all chains and slip stitches makes this pattern. What could be easier? Although adjustable, instructions are written for medium(20in) with small(18in) and large(24in) given in  parenthesis( ). 

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
First pick what kind of fabric you will use.  Check out the tips at the end of the pattern before you chose your fabric.
Prepare your fabric to be used as yarn. The size of strips for this project should be about 1/2 inch wide.

Use a solid and a pattern or two similar colors, then a contrasting color. This is a woven cotton/polyester blend. You will need no more than 2 yards of each color.
Color A: Solid
Color B: Patterned
Color C: Contrasting color

Crochet hook size N/9 or size needed to obtain gauge
Smaller hook to weave in ends

Gauge:
2 chains(ch) = 1 inch(3 1/2 cm)
Finished flower measures 2 3/4 in(7cm) across



*Here's a tip if recycling clothing with cuffs: Cut the cuffs off as close to the seams as possible. Save the cuff to make a matching bracelet. (A tutorial will soon follow.)


Pattern:
With Color A, ch 18 (14/small, 26/large).

*Change to color B in last ch. Ch 5 with color B, sl st to last ch-st of color A.* 

Resume with color A, ch 3. Change to color C in last ch. 

(1)(With color C, ch 5. Sl st into back loop of first ch of color C.) Repeat once. (2)(Ch 5, sl st into front loop of ch) Repeat once. 

Resume with color A, ch 3. 

Repeat from * to * once. 
(Ch 5 w/ color B)


(Join)

Resume with color A, ch 18 (14/small, 26/large) bind off, weave in ends. Leave sufficient fabric tails to tie necklace or attach a thinner yarn in a coordinating color.



Tips: Keep in mind this will be worn around the neck, so material similar to a T-shirt will work better than something like denim.

Don't forget that plain old white fabric could be used along with some dye to create a truly one of a kind masterpiece.

As mentioned above, I used a woven cotton/polyester fabric. Can you see all the loose threads? I had to trim them all, and never want to see a piece of thread again. Test your fabric for fraying before you cut it all up, unless you just like playing with scissors. A little fringe gives it some character. My fabric gave me a headache.

Coming soon: Matching cuff bracelet tutorial and pattern.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Free Pattern: Sports Team Scarf 2





Shorter scarves like Sports Team Scarf 1 might be in fashion right now, but if you're looking for a longer pattern, try this one. Make one to cheer for your team, or just use your favorite colors instead.
Don't let the post stitches scare you if you don't know them. If you can double crochet, you can create a front or back post dc. I love this video on youtube for learning the stitches. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYJs42RUfuc

Skill Level:
Easy/Intermediate

Materials:
1 skein color A
1 skein color B
Size N/9 crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Tapestry needle

Gauge:
In 4 rows x 4 stitches:
2 in x 2 in


Stitches:
Double crochet(dc), Half-double crochet(hdc), Front-post double crochet(FPDC), Back-post double crochet(BPDC)
HDC: Yarn over, insert hook in stitch(st) indicated. Pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
FPDC: Yarn over, insert hook (around post) from front to back, and back to front again. Pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through last 2 loops.
BPDC: Yarn over, insert hook (around post) from back to front, and then back again. Pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through last 2 loops. 

With color A, ch 12.

Row 1:
Starting in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in each st. (10 dc).

Row 2:
Ch 2. Make 1 FPDC in next 4 sts. 1 BPDC in next 4. 1 HDC in last st.

Row 3:
Repeat row 2.

Row 4:
Ch 2. Make 1 BPDC in the next 4 sts. Make 1 FPDC in next 4 sts. 1 HDC in last st.

Row 5:
Repeat row 4.

Rows 6-7:
Repeat row 2.

Rows 8-9:
Repeat row 4. Change colors on last st of row 9.

Row 10-14:
With color B, ch 2. *1 FPDC in next st, 1 BPDC in next st.* Repeat from * to * for next 6 sts. 1 HDC in last st. Change colors on last st of row 14. (5 rows color B)


Row 15-26:
Make two rows of row 2, then two rows of row 4. Repeat 2 more times. (12 rows color A)

Rows 27-33:
Repeat row 10. Change to color A on last st of row 33. (7 rows color B)

Rows 34-49:
Make two rows of row 2, then two rows of row 4. Repeat 4 more times. (16 rows color A)

Rows 50-60:
With color B, repeat row 10. (11 rows color B)

Rows 61-72:
Make two rows of row 2, then two rows of rows 4. Repeat 2 more times. (12 rows color A)

Rows 73-88:
Repeat row 10. (16 rows color B)


*Note:
For faster reference, work pattern backwards from rows 61-72.

Rows 89-100:
Make two rows of row 2, then two rows of row 4. Repeat 2 more times. (12 rows color A)

Rows 101-111:
Repeat row 10. (11 rows color B)

Rows 112-127:
Make 2 rows of row 2, then 2 rows of row 4. (16 rows color A)

Rows 128-135:
Repeat row 10. (7 rows color B)

Rows 136-147:
Make two rows of row 2, then two rows of row 4. Repeat two more times. (12 rows color A)

Rows 148-152:
Repeat row 10. (5 rows color B)

Rows 153-161:
Make two rows of row 2, then two rows of row 4. Repeat 1 time.

Row 162:
Ch 2. FPDC in next 8 sts. 1 HPDC in last st.
Bind off, weave in ends. 


Finished Measurements:
4 in x 90 in