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.


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