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 - Alternating front and back post double crochet stitches create texture on only one side of the project.








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!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday Wishlist







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! 


Happy Crocheting!

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