Friday, March 28, 2014

Free Pattern: Pink Lemonade Scarf

  Spring is here for many of us, but the chill of winter is still in the air. The Pink Lemonade Scarf is a beautiful lacy scarf with bright, eye catching colors perfect for the season. Long enough to be doubled over for layering on those chilly days, it's still light enough to be worn as an accessory for a cool summer night. Using a nylon blend DK weight yarn and lacy stitches creates a material that drapes beautifully while still providing some extra warmth.

  With lots of open spaces and a short repeating pattern, you could have this project done in almost no time. Can be made in any length desired by ending with rows 115-120. Now with a chart!

Finished size is 4" by 60" (10 cm by 152 cm).

* Oops! These instructions have been updated. No problem for anybody working from the mesh descriptions, but I hope I didn't confuse anyone. I originally forgot to note that the lacet used is modified, using chain 2 instead of chain 3.  It was made this way purposely, to work with the stitch count and to pull the fabric for effect on the edges.
  Just as a note to beginners in 4 DC filet crochet: A regular lacet - Chain 3, skip 2, 1 single crochet, chain 3, skip 2, 1 double crochet - will normally have a long mesh worked over it. Stitches are not usually worked into the middle of a lacet, I just felt like breaking the rules.

Skill level:
Easy

Materials:
1 skein Bernat Baby Jacquards (90% acrylic, 10% nylon) in Berries 'n' Cream
  or any similar blend DK/3 weight yarn

Crochet hook size G/6-4.25MM or size needed to obtain gauge

Yarn needle to weave in ends




Gauge:
In 4" by 4" or 10 cm by 10 cm:
19 dc in 8 rows

Notes: Pattern is worked in 4 DC filet crochet. One square = 4 dc. Two squares = 7 stitches. Each square shares a stitch with previous square. 
  
Instructions for stitches are provided. There are two kinds of modified lacets used, check stitch descriptions before starting. 

Stitches:
Chain (ch)

Double crochet bobble (dc bobble) - *Yarn over, insert hook in designated stitch, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Yarn over, pull through all six loops on hook.

Solid mesh - 1 dc in each of next 3 chains or stitches.




Open mesh - Chain 2, skip 2, 1 dc.




Long mesh (worked over 2 squares) - Ch 5, sk 5, 1 dc.



Modified (m.) Lacet (worked over 2 squares) - Chain 2, skip 2, 1 sc. Ch 2, sk 2, 1 dc.



Bobble lacet (worked over 2 squares) - Chain 2, skip 2, dc bobble. Ch 2, sk 2, 1 dc.







Directions:
To begin, ch 22.



Row 1:
1 dc in 4th ch from hook. 1 dc in each of next 3 chs. Ch 2, sk 2, 1 dc (open mesh). Ch 2, sk 2, 1 sc, ch 2, sk 2, 1 dc (m. lacet). Ch 2, sk 2, 1 dc (open mesh). 1 dc in each of next 3 chs (solid mesh).

Row 2:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. Solid mesh, open mesh, bobble lacet, open mesh, solid mesh.

Row 3:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. Solid mesh, open mesh, m. lacet, open mesh, solid mesh.

Rows 4 - 7:
Repeat Rows 2 through 3 two more times. 

Row 8:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. Solid mesh, open mesh, long mesh, open mesh, solid mesh. 

Row 9:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. Solid mesh, open mesh, m. lacet, open mesh, solid mesh.

Rows 10 - 114:
Repeat Rows 2 throughthirteen more times. 

Rows 115-120:
Repeat Rows 2 through 3 three more times.

Bind off, weave in ends.




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Yarn Review: DMC Traditions Crochet Thread

    Recently while facing limited finances, and a sparse selection of colors in a local store, I found my new love. Michaels had been invaded by thread hoarders that day, but I was in luck. Color 5109 caught my eye, and the price fit my budget. We went home a happy couple.

  It's 100% mercerized cotton, and colorfast, which I love, because not long ago, a former project was ruined by color bleeding. Being machine washable and dryer safe, this would work great for garments, especially for babies.



  I have one complaint, and only one complaint: It's only available in five colors, and I want more! I searched the company's site and found a vast selection of colors in their other products, but sadly, only five in Traditions.

  After visiting dmc-usa.com, I discovered this is not available for purchase from their site, but they will help you locate a store which carries it. It can also be found online at many other sites. Being new to this brand, I only picked up one ball of each color. I have to go get more, but not in an "I ran out of material for my project" kind of way. I have to get more because I love working with this thread.

  I have nothing against any other brand of any crochet thread I've ever used. They've all just been, well...thread. DMC Traditions is the softest cotton thread I've worked with yet. When compared to others, DMC appears to be a finer thread at first, but I had no problem with gauge when mixing brands for my Celtic Knot Shamrock pendant.

  The candy colors of 5109 inspired the Cotton Candy Butterfly applique, along with multiple ideas still in my head. Honestly, pastel rainbow colors are about as far away from my taste as you can get. That's what surprised me when I discovered how many things this thread has inspired me to make. From accessories to appliques; from bags to baby items, the patterns keep flowing through my mind.

  So there you have it: If the only thing I can complain about is a lack of colors, I think it should get an almost perfect score. I highly recommend giving DMC Traditions a try. You might fall in love with it too.

 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Free Pattern: Celtic Knot Shamrock Pendant






  Who knows if this pendant will bring you Irish luck, but it's sure to get you noticed! This beautiful piece begins with a simple shamrock, then is surrounded by a Celtic knot inspired border. You could use it to make a key chain, other jewelry pieces, or join multiple squares for a dishcloth or table setting.



  Just looking for a lucky four-leaf clover? Shamrock without knot measures 1 1/2" (3.8 cm) across.




  Finished size of entire motif is 2" by 2" (5 cm by 5 cm), once washed and blocked.









Skill level:
Intermediate/advanced




Materials:
Steel crochet hook size 7 US (4 UK) or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 10 crochet thread, small amounts of green and white
- See note
Needle or smaller hook to weave in ends
Jewelry findings, optional




Gauge:
1st round = 3/4" (1.9 cm) across




Notes:
  I used Aunt Lydia's from Coats in Forest Green, and Creative World DMC Traditions in white. Although I had no problem mixing these in the same project, feel free to use one brand for both colors. I was forced to purchase two different brands due to availability.

  I would have loved to make the knot in metallic thread, but couldn't, again due to availability. If you have some or can purchase it, I would recommend making the knot in silver or gold thread.




Stitches and abbreviations:
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Double crochet two (three) together (dc2tog) (dc3tog) - *Yarn over, insert hook in designated stitch (st), pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops.* Repeat one (two) more time(s). Yarn over, pull through all three (four) loops on hook. 




Directions for Shamrock:

Round 1:
*Ch 3, dc2tog in farthest ch from hook. Ch 3, sl st in same st. Ch 1, sl st in same st.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times.


Round 2:
*Ch 1, (1 sc, ch 2, dc2tog) in next ch-3 sp. Ch 2, sl st in top of dc2tog, ch 2. (Dc2tog, ch 2, 1 sc) in next ch-3 sp. Ch 1, sl st in ch-1 sp.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Make sure to place last sl st in ch-1 sp of previous row, not beg ch-1.


Round 3:
*Sl st in next ch-1 sp, sl st in next ch-2 sp. Ch 3, (dc3tog, ch 2, sl st) in next ch-2 sp. (Sl st, ch 2, dc3tog) in following ch-2 sp. Ch 3, sl st in each of next ch-2 and ch-1 sps.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Bind off, weave in ends.




Directions for Knot:

*Note - You may notice in the finished photo a ring that is woven in the opposite direction. I chose to do this for the top corner of my pendant, because I liked the way it looked. To make them all symmetrical, follow directions. You could make yours like mine, or alternate each corner. The border works either way you make it.


Step 1:
Ch 11. Beginning in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of remaining 9 sts. Remove hook, secure working end with a safety pin or stitch marker. Pull opposite end through ch-3 sp to the left of "petal", from back to front. Pull through ch-3 sp to the right of next "petal", from front to back.




Pick up working end.




Join with a sl st to top of beg st.




Bind off.




Repeat for 3 remaining "petals". Weave in ends, or work them in under following rounds.




Round 1:
Join with a sl st inside any 10sc ring. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), (4 sc, ch 1, 1 dc) in same sp.  1 dc around entire ring (work loosely so ring lays flat inside st, and only pull st to sc level). Ch 2, 1 dc around entire ring again. (5 sc, ch 2, 5 sc) inside ring, ch 4. * (5 sc, ch 2, 5 sc) inside next ring. (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) around entire ring. (5 sc, ch 2, 5 sc) inside ring again. Ch 4.* Repeat from * to * for 2 remaining rings. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.

Round 2:
Turn, sl st in ch-4 sp. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 5 sc in same sp. Ch 2, sk 5 sc, sl st in ch-1 sp. Ch 2, (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Ch 2, sl st in ch-1 sp, ch 2. *6 sc in ch-4 sp. Ch 2, sl st in ch-1 sp, ch 2, (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in ch-2 sp. Ch 2, sl st in ch-1 sp, ch 2.* Repeat from * to * for 2 remaining sides. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. Bind off, weave in ends.



Wash and block. Treat with fabric stiffener, add jump rings or other findings to use for jewelry.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Free Pattern: Bumble Bee Applique

With the first signs of Spring I see a hungry, happy bumble bee!

Because this bug is made from string, you'll never have to fear its sting.

He pairs well with the my daisy applique, and you can make him in under a day!




  Well, technically, he's made from crochet thread, but you can call it string if you like. Finished size is 3 1/2" (7.6 cm) long, and 3" (8.9 cm) wide from wingtip to wingtip. I chose to leave mine plain, but you could embroider or attach eyes and a mouth. Use this applique alone, or combine with any of the rest of the series:

Lacy Daisies

Cotton Candy Butterfly

One round hearts

Skill level:
Easy/intermediate

Materials:
Size 10 crochet thread
  Color A - Black
  Color B - Yellow
  Color C - White
Steel crochet hook size 7 US (4 UK)
Needle or smaller hook to weave in ends

Gauge:
2 rows of 4 dc = 1/2" (1.27 cm)

Notes:
  • To change colors, always pull new color through last two loops of last stitch in row.
  • Colors are changed every other row. Carry colors if you like, a border will be added.
Stitches:
Slip stitch (sl st)
Chain (ch)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Triple crochet (tr)

Single crochet two (three) together (sc2tog) (sc3tog) - *Insert hook in designated space (sp), pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through one loop.* Repeat from * to * one (two) more time(s). Yarn over, pull through all three (four) loops on hook.

Double crochet two, (three), (six) together (dc2tog), (dc3tog), (dc6tog) - *Yarn over, insert hook in designated stitch (st), pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops.* Repeat from * to * one (two) (six) more time(s). Yarn over, pull through all three (four) (seven) loops on hook.

Directions:
Begin with color A.

Row 1:
With color A: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in farthest ch from hook. (2 dc)

Row 2:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in next, change to color B. (4 dc)

Row 3:
With color B: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn, 2 dc in same st, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts. 3 dc in last st. (8 dc)

Row 4:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn, 1 dc in same st. 1 dc in each of next 6 sts. 2 dc in last st, change to color A. (10 dc)

Row 5:
With color A: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn, 1 dc in same st. 1 dc in each of next 8 sts. 2 dc in last st. (12 dc)

Row 6:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. 1 dc in each st, change to color B. (12 dc)

Row 7:
With color B: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. 1 dc in each st. (12 dc)

Row 8:
Repeat row 7, change colors.

Row 9:
With color A, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. Dc2tog. 1 dc in each of next 6 sts. Dc2tog, 1 dc in last st. (10 dc)

Row 10:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. Dc2tog next 2 sts. 1 dc in each of next 4 sts, dc2tog next 2 sts. 1 dc in last st, change to color B. (8 dc)

Row 11:
With color B, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. (Dc3tog next 3 sts) twice. 1 dc in last st. (4 dc)

Row 12:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. 2 dc in same st, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts. 3 dc in last st. (8 dc)

Row 13:
Ch 3, turn. Dc6tog, ch 3, sl st in last st. Bind off, weave in ends.

Border:
With color A, begin with a sl st in beg ch-3 sp. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same sp. 3 sc in each post sp of next 5 rows. Pick up color C. With both colors, (1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 tr) in next post sp. Ch 1, (1 dc, ch 4, 1 tr, ch 4, 1 dc) in following sp. Ch 1, drop and cut color C. 5 sc in next sp, 3 sc in following sp. Sc3tog in each of next 2 sps. 5 sc in ch-3 sp, ch 5. Sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in each of remaining 2 chs. Ch 1, 3 sc in top of dc6tog. Ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook and in remaining 2 chs. Ch 1, 5 sc in ch-3 sp. Sc3tog in each of next 2 post sps. 3 sc in next, 5 sc in following. Pick up color C. With both colors, (ch 1, (1 dc, ch 4, 1 tr, ch 4, 1 dc) in next post sp, ch 1, (1 tr, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 sc) in following. Drop and cut color C. 3 sc in each of next 6 post sps. ch 1, join with a sl st in beg ch-1. Bind off, weave in ends.