Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Free Pattern: Small Plant Hanger




 I'm proud of myself for finally keeping an orchid alive. My cats, however, think my beautiful source of confidence is a nice snack. Though I want to hang the orchid out of their reach, store-bought plant hangers seem overpriced for my taste. Of course, I reach for my crochet hook and some natural jute twine.
 Unfortunately, I don't have the time to provide a pattern for multiple sizes, but you can be sure there will be some following soon. From orchids to Oxalis, use this pattern to keep your potted plants out of reach of pets and little ones, make some table space, or get your plants closer to (or farther from) a source of light. 
  This hanger is designed for a 1.25 pt pot. Finished size is about 4" across, 24" tall, including straps and loop.

Materials:
3-ply Jute (or similar) twine; natural or colored
Crochet hook size K/101/2 (6.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Smaller hook to weave in ends
  *note* a tapestry needle will be difficult to use with rough-textured, thicker twine, therefor a smaller hook is ideal for weaving in ends.

Gauge:
With hook size K:
5 sc by 6 sc rows in 2" by 2" (5cm x 5cm)

Pattern:

To begin, ch 3, join into a loop with a sl st in beg ch.

Round 1:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 5 sc in loop formed. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (6 sc)

Round 2:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in same st. 2 sc in next 5 sts. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (12 sc)

Round 3:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in same st. 1 dc in next st. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times (next 10 sts). Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (18 sc)

Round 4:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in same st. 1 sc in next 2 sts. *2 sc in next st. 1 sc in the next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times (next 15 sts). Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (24 sc)

Round 5:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in front loop of same st. 1 sc in front loop of next 3 sts. * 2 sc in front loop of next st. 1 sc in front loop of next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times (next 20 sts). Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (30 sc)

Round 6:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in next 29 sts. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (30 sc)

Round 7:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in same st. 1 sc in next 9 sts. *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 9 sts.* Repeat from * to * 1 more time. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (33 sc)

Round 8:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in next 32 sts. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (33 sc)

Round 9:
Repeat as for row 8.

Round 10:
Repeat as for row 8.

Round 11:
Repeat as for row 8.

Round 12:
Repeat as for round 8.

Round 13:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 2 sc in same st. *Skip next 2 sts. 3 sc in 3rd st.* Repeat from * to * 9 more times. Skip last 2 sts, join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (33 sc)

Round 14:
Sl st into next available st. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st. *Skip next 2 sts, 3 sc in 3rd st.* Repeat from * to * 9 more times. Skip last 2 sts, join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (33 sc)

Round 15:
Sl st into next available st. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st, ch 1. *Skip next 2 sts, 3 sc in 3rd st, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * 9 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (33 sc, 11 ch-sps)

Round 16:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in each st including ch-sps. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (44 sc)

Round 17:
*note* This "round" works a little out of the round. To explain, for beginners: You will begin by working a chain away from the body of the main pattern (ch 31). Then a row of single crochet will be worked up the chain, back towards the body. You will then continue along the body with a border of slip stitches and chains, until the repeat. The result will produce the 4 straps and the border in the same round.

*Ch 31. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 29 sts of ch. Sl st into same st as beg of ch. (Ch 1, sl st) in next 10 sts of body. Sl st into next st.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.

Finishing:
Turn right-side out. 
Begin with a sl st around the post of the last st in a strap (for beginners, basically, sl st in the last "hole" of a strap).  Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st. Ch 3. 3 sc around end post of next strap. Ch 3. Repeat for 2 remaining straps. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (12 sc, 4 ch-3 sps)

Top:
Round 1:
Sl st into next st. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st. Skip next sc and first ch. 3 sc in 2nd ch. *Skip 3rd ch and first sc. 3 sc in 2nd sc. Skip 3rd sc and first ch. 3 sc in 2nd ch.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (24 sc, or 8 clusters)  

Round 2:
Sl st into next st. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st. Skip next 2 sts. *3 sc, skip next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * 6 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.

 Round 3:
Repeat as for row 2.

Round 4:
Sl st into next st. Ch 1(counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st. Skip next 5 sts. *3 sc in 6th st. skip next 5 sts.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (12 sc, 4 ch-1 sps)

Round 5:
Sl st into next 2 sts, and into ch-sp. Ch 1 (counts as 1sc), 2 sc in same sp. 3 sc in each of 3 remaining ch-sps. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (12 sc)

Round 6:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). Skip first st. *Sc in first st, skip next st.* repeat from * to * 3 more times. join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (6 sc)

Loop for hanging:
Ch 10, sl st into 3rd sc. Turn, work a sl st into each ch across. Bind off, weave in ends.

  

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Free Pattern: Chain of Stars





  I love to crochet, but the task of weaving in ends can be daunting, to say the least. One of the things I concentrate the most on when designing a pattern is making the least amount of tails, when possible. And so, the unbroken chain of stars was created. The only reason you may have ends to weave in is if you decide to change colors, or you run out of yarn.
  This is another one of those patterns that give you versatility... Make in whatever color you wish, use for many things. Decorate the house for a special occasion, use for a mobile for baby, or even use for garland around a Christmas tree.
   A chain of 11 stars make up the example for the main pattern, but you simply need to add or subtract the amount of repeats for a chain of stars in whatever length you require. An example of a chain of  10 mini stars is given for the less advanced crocheter. 
  The 11 star chain (blue) measures about 80" (203 cm) in length.
  The chain of mini stars (yellow) measures 60" (152 cm) long.

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
Crochet hook size G/6 (4.25mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Worsted weight cotton or acrylic yarn (or plarn cut to size), any color
Tapestry needle or smaller hook to weave in ends


Gauge:
Chain of 20 = 4 1/2" (11 1/2 cm)
1 dc st = 1/2" (about 1.75 cm) tall
Finished measurements are given before pattern of each star

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)

Double Crochet two together (dc2tog) - As for dc, (1.) yarn over, insert hook into specified stitch (st), pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). (2.) Yarn over, insert hook into next st specified, pull up a loop. Pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). (3.) Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.

Double Crochet three together (dc3tog) - Same as step 1 and 2 above (3 loops on hook). (3.) Yarn over, insert hook into next st specified, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops ( 4 loops on hook). (4.) Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops.  

Pattern:

To begin, chain 20.


Star 1
Finished measurement: 3 1/2" (9 cm) across

"Round" 1:
Chain 5. Sl st in 5th chain from hook. Sl st into loop created. *Ch 4, sl st into loop.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Place last sl st next to beginning sl st, past main ch.

"Round" 2:
*Sl st into next available ch-4 sp. (Ch 1, 1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 sc, ch 1, sl st) in same ch-4 sp.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. 

"Round" 3:
Ch 1. *Skip sl st, 2 sc in next available ch-sp. Skip sc, 1 sc in next ch-sp. Ch 2, 1 dc in dc. Ch 2, 1 sc in ch-sp. Skip sc, 2 sc in ch-sp.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.

Ch  20 to continue to next motif. 

Star 2
Finished measurement: 2" (about 5 cm) across
"Round" 1:
Ch 3. Sl st into 3rd ch from hook to form a loop. *Ch 3, sl st into loop.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times.

"Round" 2:
*Ch 1. (1 sc, ch 1, dc2tog, ch 1, 1 sc) in next ch-3 sp.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.

Ch 20 to continue to next motif.

Star 3
Finished measurement: 4" (about 10.25 cm) across




"Round" 1:
Ch 6. Sl st into 6th ch from hook to form a loop. *Ch 3, sl st into loop.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times.

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

"Round" 3:
*Ch 4.  Dc3tog, placing first st before dc, next st between 2 dc, and last st after dc. Ch 4, sl st into ch-1 sp between next 2 sc.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Sl st for last repeat to beg sl st.

"Round" 4:
*Sl st into next ch-4 sp, ch 1, sl st into same sp, ch 1. 1 sc in same sp, ch 1. Dc2tog as follows: Place first st in same sp, place 2nd st in dc sp. Ch 2, sl st into next ch-4 sp, (ch 1, sl st in sp again) twice.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st. 

Mini Star
Finished measurement: 1 1/2" (about 3.75 cm) across



"Round" 1:
Ch 1. Ch 3. (Sl st in the back loop of beg ch-1, ch 3) twice. (Sl st into the front loop of same st, ch 3) twice. 

"Round" 2:
*Sl st into next available ch-3 sp. Ch 2, sl st into same sp.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st.

  Continue repeating pattern from starting ch until you have the desired number of stars. You may create the stars of your chain in whichever order you like. If you would like to copy the example pattern, the order is:
Stars 1, 2, 3, 1, mini, 2, mini, 1, 3, 2, 1.



Chain of Mini Stars:
  So, you haven't learned double crochet yet, or don't have time to work the more intricate patterns? Follow pattern directions, substituting all mini stars. The mini is a simple pattern using only slip stitches and chains. Have plenty of time or are you an advanced crocheter? Make multiple chains of each design.

  The combination is yours to chose. For a longer chain to wrap a Christmas tree or hang around a room, etc, try the pattern Star 1, mini, 2, mini, 3, mini, and so on. The pattern will finish much quicker by using the simple mini as a filler. For Americans, try red, white and blue for the Fourth of July.