Saturday, February 28, 2015

Free Pattern: Scallop Seashell Washcloths






  Use these washcloths to brighten your decor and inspire thoughts of a warm summer day on the beach. A few ridges of raised post stitches worked in super-soft cotton make the perfect combination of soft and scrubby. They're also durable enough to use for dishcloths, but may be too pretty to use in the kitchen! The large spaces at the top of the pattern make the perfect space to hang them by, or use a little extra yarn to attach a hanging chain. One 2 oz (56.7 g) ball will make two washcloths, with enough yarn leftover to make the matching Scallop Seashell Soap Saver!





  You can use your own choice of color to match your decor. I used this color because it reminds me of the pastel yellow, pink, and aqua decor that is often seen around the coast in my home state. Since moving inland, these are a nice reminder of days picking up calico scallop shells with the sand between my toes.









  Get ready for some post stitch practice with this pattern - Experienced crocheters: You've got this! But for newbies to post stitches, you'll be alternating front and back post double crochet to create texture on only one side of the project. They're spaced pretty far apart and easy to find, but you'll get some experience with making another basic stitch in the post stitch, too.










Skill level:









Materials:
Worsted weight (4) cotton yarn
-Peaches and Creme Pastel Delight used
Crochet hook size I/9 - 5.50MM or size needed to obtain gauge
Smaller hook or yarn needle to weave in ends





Gauge:
in 4" by 4" (10 cm by 10 cm) -
14 dc in 7 rows







Notes:
Chain at beginning of rows counts as stitch.

Each post stitch counts as a double crochet in the stitch count at the end of the row.

Tutorials are now available! Click here to start with Part One







Stitches and abbreviations:

Front post double crochet (fpdc)
Back post double crochet (bpdc)
Single crochet three together (sc3tog)

Begin/beginning (beg)
Skip (sk)
Space (sp)





Directions:


For main body, begin with a magic circle.


Row 1:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 5 dc in ring. (6 dc)


Row 2:
Chain 3, turn. (Fpdc, 1 dc in the same st) 3 times. Fpdc, 1 dc in last st. (9 dc)


Row 3:
Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the same st. (Bpdc, 1 dc) 4 times. 1 dc in the same st. (11 dc)


Row 4:
Ch 3, turn. 1 dc in the next st. (Fpdc, 1 dc in the same st, 1 dc in the next st) 3 times. Fpdc, 2 dc in the last st. (14 dc)


Row 5:
Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the same st. 1 dc in the next st. (Bpdc, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc) 4 times. 1 dc in the same st. (16 dc)


Row 6:
Ch 3, turn, (1 dc in each of the next 2 dc. Fpdc, 1 dc in the same st) 3 times. Fpdc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc. (19 dc)


Row 7:
Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the same st. 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc. (Bpdc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc) 4 times. 1 dc in the same st. (21 dc)


Row 8:
Ch 3, turn. 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc. (Fpdc, 1 dc in the same st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc) 3 times. Fpdc, 1 dc in each of the next 4 dc. (24 dc)


Row 9:
Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the same st. 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc. (Bpdc, 1 dc in each of the next 4 dc) 4 times, 1 dc in the last st. (26 dc)


Row 10:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), turn. Sc3tog. (Hdc, fpdc, hdc, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc) 3 times. Hdc, fpdc, hdc, sc3tog, 1 sc in the last st.


Bind off, weave in the ends before working border.





For border:


With the right side facing, join with a sl st in the side post-space of Row 2.
(With the last row worked at the top, this space will be on the left if you're right-handed, and on the right for lefties.)


Round 1:
Click here for tutorial
Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc, ch-2), 1 dc in the same sp. 2 dc in the next sp. (Fpdc, 1 dc in the same st) 3 times. Fpdc. 2 dc in the next side post-sp, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in the next. Ch 2, sc3tog beg in the same sp, ch 1. 2 hdc in the same as last. (Ch 2, 2 dc in the next post-sp) 5 times. Ch 2, 2 dc in the next st. *Ch 2, fpdc in next fpdc, ch 2, sk 1, 2 dc. Ch 2, fpdc in the next available fpdc. Ch 2*, sk 1, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in the following dc. Repeat from * to *. Skip 2, 2 dc in the last sc. (Ch 2, 2 dc in the next post-sp) 5 times. Ch 2, 2 hdc in next, ch 1, sc3tog beg in same as last. Ch 2, join with a sl st to beg ch-3.


Round 2: Edit - There was a missing ( )! Sorry! It's now fixed.
Ch 1, sc in ch-2 corner sp. Ch 3, 2 sc in the same sp. 1 sc in each of the next 13 dc. (2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc) in ch-2 corner sp. Sc3tog beg in dc, ending in sc3tog of previous round.  1 sc in ch-1 sp. (2 sc in the next post-sp) 5 times. (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in each of the next 9 ch-2 sps, again in the corner ch-2 sp. (2 sc in the next post-sp) 5 times. 1 sc in ch-1 sp, sc3tog beg in the same, endng in the ch-2 sp. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.


Bind off, weave in ends.






  *Sorry to all of those who had trouble with those sc3tog stitches! Hopefully you can find the help you need in the new tutorials. Part one will walk you through beginning the body of the pattern, all the way through part six to finish it - Or find links in each tutorial to skip to the section you need. Happy crocheting! 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Answers for the Crochet Material Quiz






Fiber Materials




  For this week's Yarn Tales Tuesday, we're playing a game! And like I promised, Here's some of the results...One reader guessed almost all the answers correctly already, so I'll cover most of those, but you'll have to keep trying for the rest! 








  Although this skilled reader guessed correctly for many of the alternative materials, I'll only be explaining the fiber yarns today. I'm still giving other readers a chance to take a guess, and I want to cover more information for the upcycled/recycled materials.




2. Cotton Yarn



  I love cotton for its versatility. You can create garments, household items, children's toys, and more! Cotton is perfect for dishcloths and washcloths, because you can't make them from animal fibers, (unless you want them to felt!), and synthetic fibers tend to fuzz or pill, and get gunky when exposed to water all the time. Depending on what you're creating, you could make an even better choice with different cotton blends. Cotton/bamboo blends are great for wearables, but did you know that bamboo has natural antimicrobial properties? That means less-gunky washcloths! Looking for a yarn with both softness and some awesome drape for a garment? Check out cotton/silk blends! 

  This natural plant fiber makes a great alternative for those with wool allergies, and vegans, too. Although I did learn that there is "vegan" and "non-vegan" cotton. I became curious and did some research, but was unable to figure out how there can be "non-vegan" cotton. (Perhaps there are animals used in the farming of the plant?) Are there any vegans out there that can tell me what makes an all-natural plant fiber non-vegan? I wonder if this is true, or just "internet misinformation"...One more thing I do know: Vegans should be aware of cotton blends, because they often contain non-vegan fibers.

  The yarn pictured here is 100% cotton. But part of it hasn't been answered yet, so...Anybody want to take a crack at guessing the size or brand? 




4. Eyelash Yarn



  Again, the brand goes unanswered! I've done a review of this synthetic fashion yarn, which I'll link to here once somebody gets it right!

  In the review, you can read about the good points (color!) of this fluffy, fuzzy yarn, and I'm honest about some bad points, too. Like, how you're going to need a vacuum cleaner when you get done with your project!




6. Caron Simply Soft acrylic 



  It's the worsted yarn you either love or hate! I hear many crocheters complain about this yarn splitting, and it can be true. However, (I know, you don't want to hear this) keep your tension loose and make sure to fully grab the yarn with the hook, and working with Simpy Soft is a lot easier! 

  To read more about the pros and cons of Simply Soft,  you can check out the review here!




8. Loops and Threads Charisma



  Another acrylic yarn, but this one's bulky weight. I don't want to say too much here, because I have an upcoming review for it, and I haven't even finished testing the new free crochet pattern that I'm designing with it. What I will tell you is that I have no complaints, so far. The new project has yet to be washed more than once, and I prefer to withhold my opinions until then. 

  Until I finish the review, I can give you a few quick points: It's super soft, has a nice tight twist, and doesn't "fuzz" while you work with it. 




11. Mesh Fashion Yarn



  Regardless of the brand, you can find a humongous variety of fun, pretty, or bold colors available in mesh yarn. From "potato chip" ruffle scarves to cute little fluffy tutus, I've seen an interesting mix of patterns available. Plus, I'll soon have a "unique" pattern available for using leftovers of this yarn. 

  I'd love to tell you more, but our very knowledgeable reader mistook this for Red Heart's Sashay yarn, and that's not it! Again, this is a yarn I've done a review on, so I'll post the link once somebody gets the answer! Remember to read the last paragraph of the original Yarn Tales Tuesday post for clues... 




  Keep trying, everybody - Look for an upcoming post covering the alternative materials that our yarn guru also got right! Number one is indeed twine, but who can tell me the fiber? Numbers three and five...Easy if you're an upcycler, of course: Tee shirt/Jersey cotton yarn and plarn (plastic bag yarn). Seven and nine are still left unanswered! Number eleven used to be an old VHS tape...Who can tell me what movie it was? (You know I'm kidding there, right?) And number 12 is nylon fishing line - the heavy duty stuff for, like, shark fishing or something - I'll explain more about that in the mentioned upcoming post!




If you don't want to play the "game", that's fine! I'm interested to know what your most/least favorite yarn or material is! 




Keep Guessing!





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday Wishlist






Have you ever really wanted to try a new product, but it's not in your budget?
Do you fall in love with projects, but you know you just don't have time to make them right now?
Would you donate an item to charity if it meant you got to play with the yarn for free?









Here are my picks of the week:

Cascade Baby Alpaca Lace Paints:

Image from alpacadirect.com

  This 100% Alpaca yarn has made it to the top of my list, and I don't even know what I want to make with it, yet! You get 437 yards in a 50 gram skein. For the price, you get a decent amount of yardage; it's not terribly expensive like many alpaca yarns can be. It looks so soft, it would be versatile to design with, and this color is dreamy! It make me think of being under the sea and in the sky at the same time...I have a bad habit of falling in love with yarn just because of the color!




And while we're at it -
Anything from Alpaca Direct:


  The link will take you to my favorite page - The one sorted by discount! I would love to tell you to take the time to also check out everything else, but it might take forever; this website has so much to offer that you could get lost looking at yarn and yarn-related products for days! I got distracted there for two hours (!) and still never made it though the Cascade yarn alone. Bookmark it for later and set a timer while viewing, or your friends and family may find you days later, hypnotized and still drooling over all the yummy yarn!




Yarn Ball Winder:

Image from joann.com

  I want this. I need this! I think I'm going to buy it! I realized that I need a little help after a weekend (as in: A whole weekend) of reorganizing the yarn stash...Loose skein after loose skein made up my mind for me. I will buy this! 

  I'm nervous about the purchase, though. I've really wanted an electric yarn ball winder, but I'm good at settling for "good enough". With the help of a coupon (like the one I noticed at joann.com), I can get this hand-operated model, and still have a little budget left over! That makes me feel better, because I did read a few negative reviews about this product. However, I read so many more positive reviews, many of them claiming to have owned this product for decades with no problem!

  But, that was decades ago. I hate to bring it up, but let's be honest: How often nowadays do you think "They just don't make things like they used to"? Let's hope the new models live up to the old standards!

  Also, something I noticed in the comments section when you follow the link for the winder - The negative reviews mostly claimed that the yarn would tangle inside the machine. A few experienced users commented back with tips and suggestions for how to fix/avoid the problem, which should give me a head start when I get mine! 

I guess we'll just have to wait and see how well it works...And, you know, give it a review! 



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Click the donate button in the right sidebar if you can help me out! I love to play with yarn, even if I don't get to keep (or make money from) the item I've made. None of your donations ever go towards a personal purchase such as the yarn ball winder. The Wednesday Wishlist is more about charity, and less about the things I want! All donations will support my Scarf of the Month program. Every month, a new scarf (or set) will be designed to donate to charity. As a thank you for your donations, the pattern will be provided for free the following month! For more information, check out the Scarf of the Month Page!





Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Yarn Tales Tuesday






Your Crochet Material
Wanna play a game?




  What do you think when someone asks you what your favorite crochet material is? And I don't want to hear any of those generic "I just love to crochet" answers. That's mine, and you can't use it, because even I'm going to pick my favorite at the end of this article. If you don't have a favorite, I know you have to have a least favorite! Maybe a certain brand of yarn comes to mind, or perhaps you have to weigh the options between acrylic, cotton, or wool.




  Do you suffer feelings of abandonment and loneliness if you run out of yarn, or do you start cutting up bags or old fabric to fuel your need? Ever act like a kid in a candy store when you visit your local yarn shop? Do you embarrass your friends and family because you're digging through their recycle bins to search for new material? How may of the following examples do you recognize?









  So, let's play a game! I want to see how many of you can guess what materials are shown in the following pictures. Some of them are obvious, and some of them can already be found here on the Crochet is the Way blog. Let me know if you can identify it, or if one of them has you stumped! Get the answers over the next few days - I'll explain a few of them in a group, since they've already been shown here (no cheating!); others will have their own posts with more information and tutorials!




  Okay, here we go! Some can obviously be purchased, so there's no mystery there...It's yarn. But what kind? If you can identify the fiber or brand of yarn by a picture, then consider yourself a yarn guru. As for the rest of them, you may find some old upcycled or recycled favorites, but I bet you'll see some alternative materials that are new to you!



Mystery Material 1:




Mystery Material 2:



Mystery Material 3:




Mystery Material 4:




Mystery Material 5:




Mystery Material 6:




Mystery Material 7:




Mystery Material 8:




Mystery Material 9:




Mystery Material 10:




Mystery Material 11:




Mystery Material 12:




If you think you know it, take a guess! Can you identify the types of yarn by the texture or color? 




  So, are you batting your eyelashes in adoration of all the materials? Some of the fibers shown is simply so soft it will have your head in the stars; other items will keep you fishing for answers!  Have you become entwined in this game, or are you ready to burn rubber out of here? I'm having fun with it! I think that silly moments add charisma to your life - But, maybe you don't cotton to guessing...Do you think I should put the fun in a bag and get on with some crochet videos? I wish I could say that the first one who speaks up wins a tee shirt or something, but unfortunately, anybody with a correct answer only gets the satisfaction of being right!




Have fun!









P.S. I promised that I would tell you what my favorite material is, but I have to split my answer: For garments, baby items, and some home decor, I chose number 2. For novelty items or jewelry, number 9. What? Did you think I would actually tell you what it is and spoil the game? The last paragraph has all your answers! There are twelve hints written in there - Decipher it!




   

Friday, February 20, 2015

Free Pattern: 22° Sun Halo Earrings






  Have you ever looked up in the sky to see a 22° halo around the Sun? They are the rings of light that form when the light from the Sun refracts through the ice crystals in a cloud. How cool is that? Although these halos can also be seen around the moon, this pattern was designed to specifically reflect the warmth of the Sun. With temperatures colder than cold just about everywhere, who wants to be reminded of that frozen rock?


  No disrespect meant to the moon, of course...It will get its own pattern, too. I'm just tired of being cold! I live in Florida; Why is there ice outside? Not frost - ICE! A big sheet of it, all over my car!


  I know, those of you who are up to your butts in snow and facing single digit and below temps are telling me to get over it...But I consider myself lucky to live where it doesn't snow; I appreciate living where temperatures stay above freezing, and I have no idea how you guys survive! "Ice on the car" is to me as "a blizzard" is to you. I can't drive anywhere because I don't own an ice scraper. I don't own an ice scraper because I live where there IS NO ICE!


  So, I'm doing what comes naturally: Avoid it. Don't go anywhere. Crochet a Sun halo. Imagine that it's a warm summer day. Heat waves dance in the distance. You're sitting on the beach, the hot sand sifting between your toes. As you stretch out along a big, fluffy beach towel, feeling the heat of the sand radiating through your body, you turn your face to the sky. Thin, wispy clouds brush the horizon, swept along by the balmy summer breeze. Your eyes follow a flock of seagulls towards the Sun, and you notice a glimmering ring surrounding the fiery ball.





  Even though these mini versions of the Sun don't emit any warmth, they'll be a hot accessory for your spring and summer wardrobe! With a finished diameter of 1" (2.5 cm), they're big enough to make a statement, but won't weigh your ears down at under a gram a piece.




Skill level:






Materials:
Size 10 cotton crochet thread
-I used Aunt Lydia's in Golden Yellow
Steel crochet hook size 8/1.50 MM or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch markers (optional)
Smaller hook to weave in ends
Jewelry findings
-1 jump ring and 1 fish hook for each earring
Fabric starch/stiffener or craft glue




Gauge:
Pattern worked to Round 2 will measure 5/8" (1.5 cm).




Notes:
When working over rounds, pull up the first loop of the stitch to the top of the previous row. Do not work tightly around the stitch.

Beginners and those who have trouble seeing thread stitches may wish to use stitch markers. Mark the beginning of rounds and the seventh stitch of round 2.

Chain-1 at beginning of rounds counts as one single crochet.

Pictures will help you after Round 2.




Stitches and abbreviations:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)

Beginning (beg)
Skip (sk)
Space (sp)




Directions:

Leave a beginning tail (at least 6"/15 cm) long enough to work over twice.

Round 1:
Begin with a slip knot on the hook, chain 8, join into a ring with a sl st in farthest ch from hook. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). Working over tail thread: Make 11 sc in ring. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (12 sc)

Round 2:
Ch 1, turn. Make 13 sc in ring, over the stitches of Round 1 and the tail. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (14 sc)

Round 3:
Ch 10 (counts as 1 sc, ch-9), turn.



Sk 6, make 1 sc in 7th st.
The following picture shows the chain flattened out:



When you work the pattern, it should look like this because of the short chain:




Ch 9, join with a sl st to beg ch-1.



Flip the chain to the back of the work:



Round 4:
Ch 1, turn. 12 sc in the first available ch-9 sp. 1 sc in next sc.



12 sc in next ch-9 sp. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.



Bind off with enough tail to travel the outer circle, plus a little more to secure the end.



Work the tail thread completely around the outer circle under the stitches. Follow the stitches to securely weave in ends.





This three-dimensional motif will need to be blocked and hardened to keep its shape. I tried to hang the first batch I made, but the weight of the stiffener pulled them out of shape. If you use spray starch, you may be able to skip the next steps. Personally, I have an issue with spray starch not hardening, staying sticky, and/or just making a big mess. I think I use too much. And it smells funny. For jewelry motifs, I prefer plain ol' craft glue (2 parts) mixed with water (1 part). But like I said, that adds weight. Here's how I finally got it to work:

Use four square-sided objects to block the motifs between. I'm using some boxes of screws I had on hand; you can use anything as long as it has four square sides and some weight to it. If using an empty box, place something inside to give it weight. Whatever your objects may be, let's refer to them as "blocks" from here on:

Insert a rag or some paper towels between two of the blocks. Leave enough material overlapping the tops of the blocks to cover the edges of the motifs.



Once you've treated the motifs with hardener, insert the smaller center rings of the motifs in the crack between the blocks. Straighten the outer circles.



If your material is long enough, you can fold it over for the next steps. Mine smashed my motifs down when I covered them, so I got a second piece. A cloth rag would fold easier (but mine leave ugly lint on my awesome crochet!). Place the material against the side of the center circle; place the block against it next.



Make sure you're not squishing your tops, and place the fourth block against the other side.



I gave the motifs 5 minutes to dry this way, and removed them before the paper towels got glued to them. They held their shape from there. Due to my issues with fabric starch, sorry, but you're on your own if you use it. The stuff only turns into a disaster for me, so I'm the one who needs directions, there!




Once dry, add your jump rings and fish hooks.



Experiment with the placement to customize your own! The front pair you see in the previous picture has each jump ring inserted under the vertical loops on the center single crochet, so the flat side of the outer ring faces out. The pair in the back have their jump rings inserted in the back loop of the center single crochet, so the flat side of the center motif peaks out from behind the outer ring. You could add yours anywhere to the side of the outer circle so the center sits horizontally or diagonally. Or attach to the center circle, so the outer ring sits horizontally.

Use different thread colors or add beads to put your own "spin" on the Sun!





Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday Wishlist






Have you ever really wanted to try a new product, but it's not in your budget?
Do you fall in love with projects, but you know you just don't have time to make them right now?
Would you donate an item to charity if it meant you got to play with the yarn for free?



Here is my pick of the week:



Audra:

Image from tahkistacycharles.com

  This DK weight blend from S. Charles has my interest piqued! I've never worked with any blend using linen, I can only dream of buying silk, and what in the world is Viscose? With so many curiosities, I've got to try it! But as usual, it's not in the budget right now. However, I want this yarn so bad, I think I'll find a way to make a budget for it! 

  On a side note: I did my homework! Thanks to the Google Information Gods, now I know what Viscose is! That would be Rayon, for those of you who didn't know, either. It's made from "regenerated cellulose fiber", which means plant stuff that's treated with sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide big words.





  Why only one pick this week? I already blew my budget again... Yarnspirations.com got me with the notice of a "buy more, save more" sale in my inbox! And I bought a load of Caron United:

Image from yarnspirations.com

  Fifteen cents of the purchase price of each skein goes to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. I'm looking into using some of what I bought to contribute to the World's Biggest Stocking. And since I got it on a great deal, I think I'll use the rest of it for the Scarf of the Month program, so it's like tripling up for charity!

But, I still can't believe I bought all that yarn!

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Click the donate button in the right sidebar if you can help me out! I love to play with yarn, even if I don't get to keep (or make money from) the item I've made. All donations will support my Scarf of the Month program. Every month, a new scarf (or set) will be designed to donate to charity. As a thank you for your donations, the pattern will be provided for free the following month!





Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Yarn Tales Tuesday






Expand Your Skills
An update on new tutorials...
and a laugh at myself





  Okay, so I'm going to tell you the whole true story at the end, so you can laugh at me, too. Go ahead, I do it! But, let's have the shorter story and the updates, first. At least give me the dignity of reading the article before you get your laugh in, alright?




  The short story - I'm running behind again, so you know what that means! I'm going to point you over to Guidecentral to check out all the new tutorials I've been creating. I'm behind because I had an awesome article written for you this week. I wrote it a week ago, and I only needed to upload the photos for it. But...I can't. So here you go:








  For those of you only interested in crochet, there's plenty there! Beginners can find help for the first step in crochet: The slip knot. You'll learn how to make one on your crochet hook, with a knitting needle, and by hand. Spring is coming soon, so check out the pattern for a cute and simple lacy daisy! And if you're looking for more advanced skills, see the tutorials for back post stitches, surface crochet, the Zigzag stitch, and the Crab stitch! Of course, there's still all my other Guides, in case you missed them.




  For those of you interested in more than crochet, you'll find a variety of other Guides, too. I have to admit, though, most of my "others" have been leaning towards food - Check out recipes for everything from sweet treats to savory meats! Also get a look at the Crystal Hearts that look so sweet, you'll want to eat them up! (But don't...I think they wouldn't taste very good.) 








  You can find all of my Guides by clicking here. And remember to check out Guides from other Makers, too. I've seen a ton of cool new stuff lately! Give a Guide a "like" if you appreciate it, and show the Maker some love!

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  Okay, so you put up with my shameless pushing of Guides, so you can get your laugh in, now:


The reason why I can't load my awesome photos for my cool new post - I broke my camera...


  No, not like I dropped it...Not as in water damage...Not even any of the million things you could do to break a camera...




  I decided it was time to update my profile pictures...And I broke the camera. Two selfies and an upload later, my camera still takes pictures (I think), but it uploads nothing! Eh, I'll get over it! It's time for an upgrade, anyways.




  You know what I'm laughing at more than that, now? My overuse of exclamation points in this article! I never knew I was such an excited person! Okay, maybe it's only funny to me...But give me a break, I'm playing "camera technician" for the rest of the day...I'd rather be crocheting!


Here's to hoping you have a better day than mine!




    

Friday, February 13, 2015

Free Pattern: Spiced Eggnog Scarf






Scarf of the Month - January




  Yum! The colors of warm cream along with nutmeg and cinnamon combine to make the Spiced Eggnog Scarf look so delicious, you'll want to drink it up! Fleecy acrylic used with filet crochet creates a fluffy texture that's thick and lacy at the same time. 



  This scarf is quick and easy to work up, fashionable, and a great choice for a charity donation! Using super-bulky yarn, you can have this pattern finished in no time, and it uses less than a skein! You'll need two skeins for two colors, but the pattern leaves enough to work another scarf in opposite colors.




  A chart is provided for the filet pattern. New to filet crochet? No worries! Stitch explanations are included on the chart, or you can check out my 3 DC Filet tutorial for help. But, there's no need for that if you don't want to - Because this pattern is for charity, I've been nice and also written it out for you! 







Finished size is 6" (15 cm) wide by 54" (137 cm) long. The pattern stretches a bit after blocking. When held up or worn, the weight of the super-bulky yarn pulls the scarf closer to 60" (152.5 cm).








Skill level:






Materials:



Loops and Threads Country Loom
-1 skein Warm Cream
-1 skein Regal Earth
Crochet hook size K/101/2 - 6.50MM or size needed to obtain gauge
Large needle or smaller hook to weave in ends




Gauge:
Pattern made with smaller hook than recommended by manufacturer
In 4" by 4" (10 cm by 10 cm)
4 rows of 10 double crochet




Notes:
If using written directions, ch-4 at the beginning of every row counts as (1 dc, ch 1).

Chart is symmetrical from left to right and can be read in either direction.




*Personal tip for pattern: Once you've made it past a repeat, it's pretty easy to mindlessly continue without the chart. Remember that the pattern fully repeats, and rows don't just alternate. I had to rip out rows a few times while working this scarf because I had a tendency to start alternating rows.




Stitches and abbreviations:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)

Begin/beginning (beg)
Repeat (rep)
Skip (sk)




Directions:

(86 yds, 79 m)

(Written directions after chart)

To make as shown, Beg with Warm Cream as color A.


To follow chart:

Ch 15 to begin. Work rows 1 - 7 of chart.

Rep rows 2 - 7 nine times.

Bind off, weave in ends. Continue to written instructions for border.






Written Instructions:

Row 1:
Chain 15 to begin. 1 dc in 5th ch from hook. (Ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc) 5 times.

Row 2:
Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch-1), turn. Sk 1, 1 dc. 1 dc in the next ch-1 sp. (Ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc) twice. 1 dc in ch-1 sp, 1 dc in next dc. Ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc.)

Row 3:
Ch 4, turn. Sk 1, 1 dc. (Ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc) 5 times.

Row 4:
Ch 4, turn. Sk 1, 1 dc. Ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc. (1 dc in ch-1 sp, 1 dc in next dc) twice. (Ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc) twice.

Row 5:
Rep Row 3.

Row 6:
Rep Row 2.

Row 7:
Rep Row 3.

Rows 8 - 61:
Rep rows 2 - 7 nine times. Bind off, weave in ends.





Border:






(18 yds, 17 m)

Using 
Regal Earth as color B: Join with a sl st in corner sp to the right of narrow end. Ch 1 (counts as sc), 1 sc in same sp. *2 sc in each of the next 5 ch-sps. Ch 1 for corner, 2 sc in same sp, ch 1. (1 sc, ch 1) in each of the next 59 side post sps. Ch 1. (2 sc, ch 1,* 2 sc) in corner sp. Rep from * to * for opposite side. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.

Bind off, weave in ends.