Sunday, December 16, 2012

Free Pattern: Sports Team Scarf 1

Show Your Team Support Scarf



Stay warm at the game, or just show your support for your favorite team. This unisex pattern can be made in any combination of team or school colors. Make for yourself, or the sports lover(s) in your life.

Finished Size:
4" x 62" without fringe

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
Crochet hook size N/9mm or size needed to obtain gauge
1 Skein Color A
1 Skein color B
  *choice of colors depend on team
Stitch markers (optional)


Gauge:
10 sc in 4"

Special Stitches:
Single Crochet (sc) Bobble - Starting in stitch (st) indicated, pull up one (1) loop in next four (4) sts (5 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 5 loops. 





Pattern:
With color A, fsc 152.

Row 1-2
Ch 1. 1  sc in each st across. 

Row 3:
Ch 1. Sc in next st. Sc bobble starting in next st. 3 sc in same st as last st of bobble. 3 sc in next st, *Sc bobble starting in same st. Sc bobble starting in next st. 3 sc in same st, 3 sc in next st.* Repeat from * to * across to last 5 sts, make 1 more sc bobble, 3 sc in last st of bobble. 1 sc in each of last 2 sts, changing to color A on last st.

Row 4-5:
With color B, ch 1. 1 sc in each st across.  Change to color A  on last st of row 5.

Row 6:
With color A, ch 1. 1 sc in each st across. Change to color B on last st.

Row 7-8:
With color B, ch 1. 1 sc in each st across. Change to color A  on last st of row 8.

Row 9:
*Ch 1. Sl st in next st.* Repeat from * to * across.

Row 10:
Repeat row 3, work in ch sps and skip sl sts, do not change color.

Row 11-13
Repeat row 1. Bind off, weave in ends.

Finishing:
Fringe as long as wanted (6" shown), if desired.

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.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Free Pattern: Fall Inspired Table Runner

  Inspired by the changing leaves of fall, this table runner can be made to suit your needs. The finished pattern measures 12"W x 48"L for a smaller coffee or accent table.  Made of 'granny' squares, simply add to or subtract from the number of squares and follow border instructions to change the length.






Skill level:

Intermediate/Advanced


Materials:

Crochet hook size I/9
Worsted weight acrylic yarn
(I used Red Heart Super Saver)
Color A: Soft Sage
Color B: Pale Yellow
Color C: Coffee
Color D: Pumpkin
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers or safety pins (optional)



Gauge:
In square - 5 tr in one row = 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
In border - 4 sts x 4 rows = 1" x 1"



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

Butterfly stitch - Insert hook under row indicated, pull up loop to height of top row. Complete as a single crochet.


Directions for square:

Color A:
Ch 14. Join with a sl st.


Row 1:

Sl st into ring. *Ch 10. Join to ring with a sc. Make 2 sc in ring. Sl st into ring.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join to beg sl st with a sl st.


Row 2:

*In next available ch-sp, (sl st, ch 1, sc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1, sc, ch 1, sl st). Ch 6.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join to beg sl st with a sl st.


Row 3:

*Sl st into next st. *Sl st in ch-sp after sc. Ch 3, sl st in ch-sp after dc. Ch 3, sl st in ch-sp after tr. Ch 3, sl st in ch-sp after dc. Ch 8.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join to beg sl st with a sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.


Row 4: Color B:

With color B, in corner sp, join with a sl st. Ch 4 (counts as dc & ch 1). In same sp make (1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr, ch 1, 1 dc), ch 1. In next ch-3 sp make (1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1sc). Ch 4, butterfly st around ch-sps from previous 2 rows, ch 4. In next ch-3 sp make (1sc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1sc), ch 1. *In corner ch-3 sp make (1dc, ch 1, 1 tr, ch 2, 1tt, ch 1, 1 dc) ch 1. In next ch-3 sp make ( 1sc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 sc). Ch 4, butterfly st around ch-sps from previous 2 rows, ch 4. 1sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, (1dc, ch 1, 1sc) in same sp. Ch 1.*  Repeat from * to * 2 more times.  Join with a sl st to beg ch-3.


Row 5:

Sl st into ch-1 sp between dc & tr, ch 3. *Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 3, sl st in same sp, ch 3, sl st in ch-1 sp between tr & dc. Ch 3, sl st in ch-1 sp between dc & sc. Ch 3, sl st into top of dc. Ch 5, sl st in ch-4 sp before butterfly st. Ch 1, sl st into ch-4 sp after butterfly st. Ch 5, sl st into top of dc. Ch 3, sl st in ch-1 sp between sc & dc. Ch 3, (#) sl st in ch-1 sp between dc & tr, ch 3.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times, then from * to # one time. Sl st into beg sl st to join.


Row 6:
Sl st in ch-3 sp. Ch 2 (counts as sc & ch 1), in same sp (dc, ch 1, sc), ch 1. *In corner ch-3 sp make (1dc, ch 1, 1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr, ch 1, 1dc), ch 1. In next ch-3 sp make (1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 sc), ch 1. In next ch-3 sp make (1dc, ch 1, 1tr, ch 1, 1 dc), skip next ch-3 sp. Ch 11. Skip first ch-3 sp after ch-5. In next ch-3 sp make (1 dc, ch 1, 1 tr, ch 1, 1dc), ch 1 (#) . In next ch-3 sp make (1sc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 sc), ch 1.* repeat from * to * 2 more times. Work from * to # 1 more time. Sl st in beg ch-1. Bind off, weave in ends.


Row 7: Color C:
With color C join in corner ch-2 sp with a sl st. Ch 3 (counts as 1sc & ch 2), 1 sc in same sp. 1 sc in next 2 ch-1 sps. Ch 1, (1sc, ch 1) in next 6 ch-1 sps. Butterfly st around ch-11 from previous row and skipped ch-3 of row 5. Ch 1, butterfly around ch-sp of row 6 and ch-5 of row 5. Ch 1. Butterfly around ch-sp of row 6, ch-5 of row 5, and ch-4 of row 4. Ch 2. Butterfly around ch-sp of row 6, ch-5 of row 5, and 2nd ch-4 of row 4, ch 1.Butterfly around ch-sp of row 6 and ch-5 of row 5, ch 1. Butterfly around ch-sp from previous row and skipped ch-3 of row 5. Ch 1, (1sc, ch 1) in next 5 ch-1 sps, 1 sc in next 2 ch-1 sps. *In corner sp (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc). 1 sc in next 2 ch-1 sps. Ch 1, (1sc, ch 1) in next 5 ch-1 sps. Butterfly st around ch from previous row and skipped ch-3 of row 5. Ch 1, butterfly around ch-sp of row 6 and ch-5 of row 5. Ch 1. Butterfly around ch-sp of row 6, ch-5 of row 5, and ch-4 of row 4. Ch 2. Butterfly around ch-sp of row 6, ch-5 of row 5, and 2nd ch-4 of row 4, ch 1.Butterfly around ch-sp of row 6 and ch-5 of row 5, ch 1. Butterfly around ch-sp from previous row and skipped ch-3 of row 5. Ch 1, (1sc, ch 1) in next 5 ch-1 sps, 1 sc in next 2 ch-1 sps.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times.  Join to beg ch-1 with a sl st.


Row 8:
Sl st into corner ch-sp. Ch 3 (counts as dc). In same sp (1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc). 1 dc in next 2 sc. Ch 3, skip 1 ch-sp, 1 dc in 2nd ch-1 sp. Ch 3, skip 2 ch-1 sps, 1 dc in 3rd ch-sp. Ch 5, 1 dc in ch-1 sp between 2nd and 3rd butterfly st. ch 2, 1 dc in ch-1 sp between 4th and 5th butterfly st, ch 5. 1 dc in ch-1 sp after next sc. Ch 3, skip next 2 ch-1 sps, 1 dc in 3rd ch-1 sp. Ch 3, skip next ch-1 sp, 1 dc in next 2 sc. *In corner sp (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc). 1 dc in next 2 sc. Ch 3, skip 1 ch-sp, 1dc in 2nd ch-1 sp. Ch 3, skip 2 ch-1 sps, 1 dc in 3rd ch-sp. Ch 5, 1 dc in ch-1 sp between 2nd and 3rd butterfly st. ch 2, 1 dc in ch-1 sp between 4th and 5th butterfly st, ch 5. 1dc in ch-1 sp after next sc. Ch 3, skip next 2 ch-1 sps, 1dc in 3rd ch-1 sp. Ch 3, skip next ch-1 sp, 1 dc in next 2 dc.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times, join with a sl st to beg ch-3.


Joining:
Hold squares with right sides together, match corner spaces. It may be helpful to hold squares together with split ring stitch markers or safety pins. Starting one sp to the right of corner post, sl st through back loops only Ch 1. Sc through front loops in each matching st until end of first ch-5 (17 sc). Ch 2, skip ch-2 between tr stitches. Sc in each of next 17 sts. Bind off, weave in ends. Repeat for each square.


Border:
Note: All border stitches are worked in the back loop only except for row 4. If your tension is too tight, edges may tend to curl. 
Row 1:
Join color D with a sl st in corner sp. Ch 1 (counts as sc), 1 sc, ch 2, 2 sc in same sp. For each square joined, work in back loops 1 sc in each st (38) until corner sp. Work 1 sc in corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, work 1 sc in next square's corner sp. For turning corner-sp make (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc). Repeat until last st, join to beg ch-1 with a sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.
Row 2:
Join color B with a sl st in back loop of st after corner sp. Sl st in each st, in corner sp make (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc). Repeat around. Join with a sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.
Row 3:
Join color C with a sl st in back loop of st after corner sp. Sl st in each st across. Sl st into 1st ch of corner, ch 1, sl st in 2nd ch. Bind off, weave in ends.
Row 4:
Join color A with a sl st in back loop of st after corner sp. Ch 1 (counts as sc), sc in front loop of next st. (Sc in back loop of next st, sc in front loop of next st), repeat around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. Bind off, weave in ends.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Free pattern: Lacy Doily


Butterfly stitch doily



  Can you find the butterflies? This interesting and beautiful pattern tricks the eyes when viewed from different angles.

  Originally designed to be placed under a candle or dish, the pattern saves time by starting with a large ring. Doily measures 16" across.

Skill level:
Easy/Intermediate


Materials:
Crochet hook size J/10-6.00MM
Worsted weight (4) acrylic yarn
Color A: Black
Color B: Burgundy
Tapestry needle or smaller hook to weave in ends

Gauge:
In 2" x 2" (5 cm x 5 cm) : 8 sts, 2 rows
Butterfly stitch:
Keeping yarn in back, insert hook from back to front under ch-5 sp of row 3. Grab yarn with hook, pull up loop about 1" (2.5 cm) high from front to back. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook.




Directions:
Ch 15, join to beg ch with a sl st.

Row 1:
Ch 4. 1 tr in same st. 2 tr in each st around. (30 tr)

Row 2:
Ch 4, 1 tr in same st, ch 1. *Sk 1 st, 2 tr in next st. Ch 1.* Repeat from * to * 13 more times. Join to top of ch-4 with a sl st. (30 tr, 15 chs)

Row 3:
Sl st into next tr and into ch-sp. Ch 9 (counts as tr & ch 5). *Tr in next ch-sp. Ch 5.* Repeat from * to * 13 more times. Join to beg ch-4 with a sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.

Row 4: Color B:
Join color B with a sl st in top of tr.Ch 10 (counts as tr & ch 6). *Tr in top of next tr. Ch 6.* Repeat from * to * 13 more times. Join to ch-4 with a sl st.

Row 5:
Ch 11 (counts as tr & ch 7). *Tr in top of next tr, ch 7.* Repeat from * to * 13 more times. Join to ch-4 with a sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.

Row 6: Color A:
Join color A with a sl st in top of tr. Ch 5 (counts as sc & ch 4). Butterfly st, ch 4. *1sc in next tr, ch 4, butterfly st in ch sps, ch 4.* Repeat from * to * 13 more times. Join to ch-1 with a sl st.

Row 7:
Ch 10 (counts as sc & ch 9). *1sc in next sc, ch 9*  Repeat from * to * 13 more times. Join to ch-1 with a sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.

Row 8: Color B:
Join color B with a sl st in any ch-sp. Ch 2. In same sp make (1dc, ch 1, 1dc, ch 1, 1tr, ch 1, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch 1, 1 sc). Ch 3. *In next ch-sp make (1sc, ch 1, 1 dc , ch1,  1dc, ch 1, 1tr, ch 1, 1dc, ch 1, 1dc, ch 1, 1sc). Ch 3.* Repeat from * to * 13 more times. Join to ch-1 with a sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Free Pattern: Ice bag

Boo-boo bag


















A perfect way to wrap up some ice for those little bumps and bruises. The soft cushion of this pattern is gentle to the touch while allowing cold to circulate. Easy enough to make one for each member of the family in their favorite colors.
This bag fits up to a 4"x6" freezer pack, or a sandwich bag filled with ice.

Skill level:
Easy

Materials:
Crochet hook size F/5 
3 oz Worsted weight yarn
  (acrylic was used for this pattern, but cotton would work well     also.)
Tapestry needle

Gauge:
In 4"x4" : 12 sts, 6 rows

Special stitches:
Foundation double crochet (fdc)* - Ch 3. Yarn over. In farthest st from hook, pull up 1 loop. Yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through last 2 loops. Place next st in 4th loop from hook.
*note* This pattern is started with foundation double crochet to provide a little stretch. However, it isn't necessary. If you are not familiar with fdc, feel free to make pattern with a starting chain of 37. Starting in 4th ch from hook, make 34 dc across. 

Directions:
Row 1:
Make 34 fdc. Join to beginning ch-3 with a sl st .

Row 2:
*Ch 3 (counts as dc). Work 1 dc in each st.* Join last st to beg ch-3 through back loop only.

Row 3:
Work 1 dc into the back loop of each st. Join to beg ch-3 with a sl st.

Row 4 - 5:
Repeat rows 2 & 3.

Row 6 - 7:
Repeat rows 2 & 3.

Row 8:
Repeat row 2 from * to *. Join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Ch 3, turn. 

Row 9:
Ch 3. (counts as dc) Work 1 dc in each of next 16 sts. Ch 3, turn. (17 dc)

Row 10:
Dc 2 tog. Work 1 dc in next 11 sts. Dc 2 tog. 1 dc in last st. Ch 3, turn. (15 dc)

Row 11:
Dc 2 tog. Work 1 dc in next 9 sts. 1 dc in last st. Ch 3, turn. (13 dc)

Row 12:
Dc 2 tog. Work 1 dc in next 7 sts. 1 dc in last st. Ch 3, turn. (11 dc)

Row 13:
Dc 2 tog. Work 1 dc in next 5 sts. 1 dc in last st. Ch 3, turn. (9 dc)

Row 14:
Dc 2 tog. Work 1 dc in next 3 sts. 1 dc in last st. Ch 3, turn. (7 dc)

Row 15:
Dc 2 tog. Work 1 dc in next st. Dc 2 tog. 1 dc  in last st. Ch 3, turn. (5 dc)

Row 16:
Dc 3 tog. 1 dc in last st. (3 dc)

Row 17:
(makes buttonhole loop) Ch 3, turn. Join to last st with a sl st.
Bind off, weave in ends.

Finishing:
Holding project flat, match first and last st together, sl st through both to close gap. Ch 1. Sl st all corresponding sts together with a ch between. (sl st, ch 1) 16 times, sl st last 2 sts together. Bind off, weave in ends.

Bobble button:
Turn project right side out. Join with a sl st around post of st 9, row 5. (With project flat, 17 sts should be able to be counted on one side. Place st in st 9 of this count.)
Make bobble st as follows: Ch 3. In back loop of 3rd ch from hook, (yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops) 4 times. In front loop of st, (yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops) 3 times. Yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
Bind off, weave in ends.


















Monday, September 24, 2012

Free Pattern: fabric scrap chair pad


Patio chair pad



  Recycling can save your behind, literally! Made in a traditional granny square pattern, this project works up quickly with chunky fabric scraps and a large hook.
  Originally designed for those oh-so-comfortable plastic patio chairs, this cushion is portable to take to work, school, or work one up in your team's colors and take it to the game!

Skill level:
intermediate

Materials:
Fabric scrap yarn in 3 colors, about 20 yrds each (cut length), 1/2 to 1 inch wide 
Crochet hook size P, or size needed to obtain gauge
smaller hook for weaving in ends

Gauge:
(this will vary greatly depending on the thickness of your material)
In 4 in x 4 in: 5 tc x 2 rows

Note:
Be sure to test your material before starting. Here I recycled 2 different kinds of shirts. It was necessary to cut one material 1/2 inch thicker to obtain the same gauge.

Directions:
Row 1: Color A:
Ch 4 (counts as 1 tc). In back loop of farthest ch from hook, 2 tc, ch 2, 3 tc, ch 2. In front loop of same ch, (3 tc, ch 2) 2 times. Join with a sl st in top of ch-4 . (12 tc, 4 ch-2 sps)

Row 2:
Turn work, sl st into next ch-sp. Ch 4. In same sp make (2 tc, ch 2, 3 tc), ch 1. *In next ch-2 sp make (3 tc, ch 2, 3 tc), ch 1.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a sl st in top of ch-4. Bind off, weave in ends.

Row 3: Color B:
Join color B with a sl st in any corner sp. Ch 4. In same sp, make (2 tc, ch 2, 3 tc). Ch 1. 3 tc in next ch sp, ch 1. *In ch-2 sp, make (3tc, ch 2, 3 tc). Ch 1. 3 tc in next ch sp, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times, join with a sl st in top of ch-4.

Row 4:
Turn work. sl st in next available ch-sp. Ch 4. 2 tc in same sp. Ch 1. 3 tc in next ch-sp. Ch 1. In corner ch-2, make (3 tc, ch 2, 3 tc), ch 1. *[In next ch-sp make 3 tc in next ch-sp, ch 1] twice. In corner ch-2 make 3 tc, ch 2, 3 tc. Ch 1.* Repeat 2 more times. Join with a sl st to top of ch-4. Bind off, weave in ends.

Row 5: Color C:
Join color C with a sl st in any corner ch-2 sp. Ch 4. In same sp, make (2 tc, ch 2, 3 tc). Ch 1. (3 tc, ch 1) in next 3 ch-1 sps. *In ch-2 sp make (3 tc, ch 2, 3 tc, ch 1).  (3 tc, ch 1) in next 3 ch-1 sps.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a sl st in top of ch-4. Bind off, weave in ends.

Abbreviations/stitches used:
sl st - slip stitch
ch sp - chain sp
tc - triple crochet

Friday, September 21, 2012

How to make "yarn" from fabric scraps


  From denim to t-shirts,  almost any fabric can be turned into yarn for crochet. Whether its old clothes or fabric scraps from your sewing, fabric yarn is simple to make, and a great way to recycle!
  You could sew fabric strips together as for bias strips, or I can show you the easy way! This method works on most fabrics. To start you will need your fabric scraps and scissors.

  If you are using a recycled item of clothing and it is tube shaped (t-shirt, legs of jeans), I recommend cutting in the spiral method, as for plarn. See here:
 http://crochetistheway.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2012-09-14T18:57:00-04:00&max-results=1&reverse-paginate=true
  Regardless of the shape of your material, you will want it cut into strips anywhere from 1/2 inch to 2 inches wide, depending on the bulk of your fabric. A quick tip: A pair of good, sharp scissors will be a lifesaver. Trying to cut fabric with dull scissors is a pain.

See patterns using fabric scrap yarn:
Recycled fabric necklace
Fabric scrap chair pad

  Here I will be using an old t-shirt which I cut into about 1-inch strips. 

Once you have your fabric strips cut and ready, its time to join them. Cut a slit in both ends of each strip to be joined.

















Run one end of strip 1 through slit in strip 2 so that the slit is past where you inserted it.





Pull opposite end of strip 2 through the slit in its other end.


















If tails stick out, trim them as closely as possible.





Keep pulling through until snug.




Continue for as little or as much as you need! Here is the results of 3/4 of a men's medium t-shirt. The upper back was unusable. At 1-inch thickness, it made 25 yards.




Tip:
  Test your yarn! Keep in mind the bulkier the fabric, the more space it will take up in your project. I once thought I was going to crochet a rug from denim strips, only to find I had cut them too wide. Not only could I use a hook no smaller than a size P, but had I made the project, I would have had a rug about 2 inches thick! (Which would have been cool, if it wasn't also as stiff as a piece of cardboard.) When you get at least 1 strip cut, work it up to test your gauge. You may just save yourself from having a pile of unusable denim.



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Free Pattern: Can Cozy

Plarn Can Cozy



  












After trying a few different patterns, I find this one seems to have the most flat bottom.
  The main pattern fits a standard 12 oz. can. Directions are given to extend pattern to fit a larger 16 oz. can for all you energy drink lovers. Both are made slightly larger than the can, with a decrease at the top for a better fit.

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
Plarn from about 10 bags, 2 colors, cut about 2 inches wide
Crochet hook, size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle
Permanent markers (optional)

Gauge:
11 sts in 4 inches across, 1 row of sc plus one row of dc = 1 inch high.

Note:
Use permanent markers to color bags before cutting to obtain any color combination you wish, or simply use different colored bags. If you color your plarn, expect some of the marker to rub off while working. Use isopropyl or rubbing alcohol to clean this up.

Directions:

Round 1: Color A
Ch 4. In farthest ch from hook, make 11 dc. Join with a sl st in top of ch-4. (12 dc)

Round 2:
Ch 3. Dc twice in next st. 2 dc in each st around, 1 dc in last st. Join with a sl st in top of ch-3. ( 24 dc)

Round 3: 
Ch 1. One sc in each st around. Using color B, join to ch-1 with a sl st. (24 sc)

Round 4: Color B
Ch 1. One sc in each st around. Join to ch-1 with a sl st.(24 sc)

Round 5:
Ch 3. One dc in each st around. Using color A, join to ch-3 with a sl st. (24 dc)

Round 6: Color A
Ch 1. One sc in each st around. Join to ch-1 with a sl st. (24 sc)

Round 7:
Ch 3. One dc in each st around. Using color B, join to ch-3 with a sl st. (24 dc)

Round 8: Color B
Ch 1. One sc in each st around. Join to ch-1 with a sl st. (24 sc)

Round 9:
Ch 3. One dc in each st around. Using color A, join to ch-3 with a sl st. (24 dc)

Round 10 : Color A
Ch 1. One sc in each st around. Join to ch-1 with a sl st. (24 sc)

Round 11 for 12oz can:
Ch 1. Sc 2 tog. One sc in each st around.  Join to ch-1 with a sl st. (23 sc) Bind off, weave in ends.

Round 11 for 16oz can:



Ch 3. One dc in each st around. Using color B, join to ch-3 with a sl st. (24 dc)

Round 12: Color B (16oz)
Ch 1. One sc in each st around. Using color A, join to ch-1with a sl st. (24 sc)

Round 13: Color A (16oz)
Ch 1. Sc 2 tog. One sc in each st around. Join to ch-1 with a sl st. (23 sc) Bind off, weave in ends.

It is recommended that you wash the finished project in warm, soapy water before using.


Abbreviations/stitches used:
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc  2 tog - single crochet 2 together

Friday, September 14, 2012

Free Pattern: Halloween decoration

Crochet Plarn Ghost

You could make these little guys out of yarn, but why not re-purpose some plastic grocery bags and have some fun Halloween decorations? The best part is, there is absolutely no waste with this project!
Adjust the size of your project by adding or subtracting an even amount of stitches and rows. Example: If you increase the number of stitches in a row by 5, then you will add 5 rows. 
The ghost shown here is 13 inches corner to corner.
Unfolded square is 10 inches by 10 inches.

Skill level:
Beginner

Materials:
About 8 plastic grocery bags cut into plarn about 1 1/2 inches wide
Scraps from cutting bags
Crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Permanent markers

Stitches Used:
Chain, slip stitch, single crochet

Gauge:
(not important) 12 stitches and 12 rows in 4 inches with hook size I/9.

Note:
If you are unfamiliar with plarn, see here:
http://crochetistheway.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2012-09-14T18:57:00-04:00&max-results=1

Directions:
Chain 26. Or begin row 1 with 25 Foundation Single crochet.

Row 1:
Starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (25 sc)

Row 2:
Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3-25 :
Repeat row 2.
Bind off.

Edging:
Join plarn in any corner sp. Ch 2. *1 sc in next sp, ch 1*. Repeat from  * to * around all 4 sides of square. Join with a sl st in 1st ch of beg ch-2. Weave in ends.



Finishing:
Stuff plarn scraps in the middle to make a ball.  Fold square corner to corner. 
















Thread plarn on tapestry needle. Sew closed around ball. 



Using permanent marker, draw eyes and a mouth. With hook, join plarn in top center of ball. Ch 8. Join with a slip stitch. Fold corners upwards, or leave as they are.

Abbreviations used:
Ch- chain
Sl St- slip stitch
Sc- single crochet 
Sp- space



How to make "Plarn"



*Hi everybody! It's been a long time since I created this tutorial! I'm stuck on mobile again, and this is the first time I've viewed this page in a mobile browser. If it's as messed up for you as it is for me, then I'm sorry. I'll get this fixed as soon as I'm on a PC again! Spacing and moving pictures is impossible on this cheap tablet.




"Plarn" is made out of recycled plastic bags, and today we will learn how to create it, if you don't already know. It can be made from grocery, garbage, bread bags, etc. Just about any kind of plastic will work, but I find bags with seams (like potato chip bags) tend to break where the seams are.


  If you are familiar with plarn, use your preferred method, or maybe try something new. There are probably about 100 ways to make plarn, this is just a method I learned on the internet, then came up with a new way of joining the strips together.This way is great for those of you who are tired of weaving in ends.

  If you use the "loop" method for joining plarn strips, that's fine. I used to do it that way, and it seems to add a ton of strength to the plastic, but it also takes twice as many bags and leaves lumps in some projects.

  *Note* I have not researched whether or not someone came up with this way of joining before me. I'm not claiming to have invented this method, but if I did, then cool! Enjoy it.

Click here to see a list of patterns using Plarn

  After tiring of weaving in so many "plarn" ends during a project, I remembered reading about a method called the "Russian join" which involves splicing the yarn and weaving it into itself. This isn't really a Russian join, that is only what inspired this idea. 

 So, without further ado, I give you "spiral-cut plarn joined with a splice".

If you are new to cutting bags for plarn, begin with just one. With practice and good scissors (or a rotary cutter), you can stack many bags to cut at once.

Step 1:
If your bag has handles, cut them and the bottom off as evenly as possible, but don't worry about it being perfect, plarn is forgiving.













Step 2: 
Fold/roll the bag up side to side, leaving about 1 to 2 inches unfolded at the top.













Step 3:
Hold the bag by the fold firmly so it doesn't unfold. Cut into this fold starting 1 to 2 inches from the edge. Make sure you cut all the way through the folded part, but do not cut into the unfolded "tab" at the top. Continue cutting in this way, keeping strips as evenly spaced as possible.













Step 4:
Open the bag, holding by the uncut "tab". It should look like this:



Make your first cut along the top side where the strip meets the "tab", straight across up to the next strip.




Step 5:
Each cut will now be placed from bottom to top; starting on the inside of the tab closest to you, ending cutting to the inside of the tab above it.




  









If all goes correctly, you should now have one continuous strip of plarn.















Now, to join the strips together...



Step 1:
Cut a slit lengthwise along each end of the strip, leaving about 2-3 inches at the end. Make sure the cut is wide enough for the plarn to fit through, but try to not get it too long. With too large of a cut, this allows room for play, sometimes letting the plarn come loose again.














Step 2:
Pull the end of one plarn strip through the other, until the slit in this strip is past where you put it in.













Step 3:
Take the tail from the opposite strip and pull it through the other slit.
























I call this a "double splice."
If you prefer, you can do the "single splice", however, this takes a really long time to pull the whole tail through, and is not as strong.

Step 1 - 2
Same as above.

Step 3:
Take the tail of the strip that is inside the slit, run it through the opposite tail of itself.














  You can see why this takes awhile, when you have 15 feet of plarn to pull through; it does make a clean join though.

 Just playing around, I made this with produce bags, and colored some of it with permanent marker. I like the way the sun shines through it when I hang it in the window, like a sun-catcher. I'll have to make a nicer one. What can you think of to make out of plarn?