Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Free Pattern: Colored "Plarn" Eggs


I wanted to experiment with different shapes and sizes of eggs because...Well, that's the way they are in nature! And with the results, turn some trash-to-be into an adorable little springtime decoration. This can be a great way to use up unique and limited colored bags, or let the (older) kids color some with permanent markers for a customized look.
Large, medium and small, make them all! Stuff these cuties with scraps of plastic from "plarn-making" for a no-waste project. Sizes are chicken, goose, and ostrich (or maybe pterodactyl).
Never used plarn before? See how to make plarn

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
At least a few yards each of different colored plarn;
  or white/light colored bags and permanent markers for coloring
It should be cut about 3/4 - 1in(2 - 2.5 cm) wide (yardage listed at beginning of patterns)
Crochet hook size G/6
Tapestry needle or smaller hook for weaving in ends

Gauge:
(Varies by size of plarn)
2 in x 2 in = About 6 dc x 4 rows
                              6 hdc x 5 rows

Stitches:
Chain stitch (ch) (st)

Half-double crochet (hdc): Yarn over, insert hook into st, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook).Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.

Hdc 2 together: Yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 5 loops.

Double crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops (1 loop on hook).

Dc 2 together: Yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops. 

Patterns:


Small Egg2+ yards

Round 1:
With color A, ch 3(counts as dc). In farthest ch from hook make 11 dc. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (12 dc)

Round 2:
Ch 2, make 1 hdc in same st (counts as 2 hdc). Make 1 hdc in next 3 sts. *Make 2 hdc in next st. Make 1 hdc in next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * one more time. Change to color B in last st. Join to beg ch-2 with a sl st. (15 hdc)

Round 3:
With color B, ch 2, make 1 hdc in same st (counts as 2 hdc). Make 1 hdc in next 4 sts. *Make 2 hdc in next st. 1 hdc in next 4 sts.* Repeat from * to * one more time. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. (18 hdc)

Round 4:
Ch 2 (counts as hdc). Make 1 hdc in next 17 sts. (18 hdc)

Round 5:
Repeat round 4, change to color A in last st.

Round 6:
Ch 2 (counts as hdc). *Hdc next two sts together. Make 1 hdc in next 4 sts.* Repeat from * to * one more time. Hdc next 2 sts together, make 1 hdc in last 3 sts, change to color B in last st. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. (15 hdc)

Round 7:
With color B, ch 2 (counts as hdc). *Hdc next 2 sts together. Make 1 hdc in next 2 sts.* Repeat from, * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. (12 hdc)

Round 8:
Turn project right side out. Stuff with plastic scraps. Ch 2 (counts as hdc). *Hdc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. 1 hdc in next st. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. Bind off, fill with more stuffing if needed and use tail to weave hole shut.


Medium Egg: 10+ yards


Round 1:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). In farthest ch from hook make 11 dc. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (12 dc)

Round 2:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next st. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in st after that.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (18 dc)

Round 3:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in next 2 sts. * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 4:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). Make 1 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 5:
Repeat round 4.

Round 6:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 3 sts, dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 4 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to *4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (18 dc)

Round 7:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 2 sts, dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 2 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (12 dc)

Round 8:
Turn project right side out. Stuff with as much plastic as possible.  Ch 3 (counts as dc). *Dc next 2 sts together. * Repeat from * to * 2 more times. 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Add extra stuffing if needed, bind off, weave closed with tail.


Large Egg20+ yards

Round 1:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). In farthest ch from hook make 11 dc. Join to beg ch 3 with a sl st. (12 dc)

Round 2:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st. 2 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to beg ch 3. (24 dc)

Round 3:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st. Make 1 dc in next 3 sts. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (30 dc)

Round 4:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 4 sts. *Make 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts.* repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (36 dc)

Round 5:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 5 sts. *Make 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 sts.* Repeat from * to *  4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (42 dc)

Round 6:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 13 sts. *Make 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 13 sts.* Repeat from * to * 1 more time. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (45 dc)

Round 7:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each sts around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (45 dc)

Round 8:
Repeat row 7, changing to color B in last st.

Round 9-10:
With color B, repeat row 7 twice. 

Round 11:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 6 sts. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 7 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (40 dc)

Round 12:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 5 sts. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 6 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times, changing to color A in last st. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (35 dc)

Round 13:
With color A, ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 4 sts. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 5 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (30 dc)

Round 14:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 2 sts. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 3 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 15:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next st. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 2 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (18 dc)

Round 15:
Turn project right side out, stuff with as much plastic as possible. Ch 3 (counts as dc), *dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (10 dc) Bind off, stuff again, weave hole shut with tail.
*Tip: I ran out of scraps to stuff this one with, so I just used whole bags. Cut them into 3 or 4 pieces first so they don't get too lumpy.



Friday, February 1, 2013

Free Pattern: Sports Team Scarf 2





Shorter scarves like Sports Team Scarf 1 might be in fashion right now, but if you're looking for a longer pattern, try this one. Make one to cheer for your team, or just use your favorite colors instead.
Don't let the post stitches scare you if you don't know them. If you can double crochet, you can create a front or back post dc. I love this video on youtube for learning the stitches. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYJs42RUfuc

Skill Level:
Easy/Intermediate

Materials:
1 skein color A
1 skein color B
Size N/9 crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Tapestry needle

Gauge:
In 4 rows x 4 stitches:
2 in x 2 in


Stitches:
Double crochet(dc), Half-double crochet(hdc), Front-post double crochet(FPDC), Back-post double crochet(BPDC)
HDC: Yarn over, insert hook in stitch(st) indicated. Pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
FPDC: Yarn over, insert hook (around post) from front to back, and back to front again. Pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through last 2 loops.
BPDC: Yarn over, insert hook (around post) from back to front, and then back again. Pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through last 2 loops. 

With color A, ch 12.

Row 1:
Starting in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in each st. (10 dc).

Row 2:
Ch 2. Make 1 FPDC in next 4 sts. 1 BPDC in next 4. 1 HDC in last st.

Row 3:
Repeat row 2.

Row 4:
Ch 2. Make 1 BPDC in the next 4 sts. Make 1 FPDC in next 4 sts. 1 HDC in last st.

Row 5:
Repeat row 4.

Rows 6-7:
Repeat row 2.

Rows 8-9:
Repeat row 4. Change colors on last st of row 9.

Row 10-14:
With color B, ch 2. *1 FPDC in next st, 1 BPDC in next st.* Repeat from * to * for next 6 sts. 1 HDC in last st. Change colors on last st of row 14. (5 rows color B)


Row 15-26:
Make two rows of row 2, then two rows of row 4. Repeat 2 more times. (12 rows color A)

Rows 27-33:
Repeat row 10. Change to color A on last st of row 33. (7 rows color B)

Rows 34-49:
Make two rows of row 2, then two rows of row 4. Repeat 4 more times. (16 rows color A)

Rows 50-60:
With color B, repeat row 10. (11 rows color B)

Rows 61-72:
Make two rows of row 2, then two rows of rows 4. Repeat 2 more times. (12 rows color A)

Rows 73-88:
Repeat row 10. (16 rows color B)


*Note:
For faster reference, work pattern backwards from rows 61-72.

Rows 89-100:
Make two rows of row 2, then two rows of row 4. Repeat 2 more times. (12 rows color A)

Rows 101-111:
Repeat row 10. (11 rows color B)

Rows 112-127:
Make 2 rows of row 2, then 2 rows of row 4. (16 rows color A)

Rows 128-135:
Repeat row 10. (7 rows color B)

Rows 136-147:
Make two rows of row 2, then two rows of row 4. Repeat two more times. (12 rows color A)

Rows 148-152:
Repeat row 10. (5 rows color B)

Rows 153-161:
Make two rows of row 2, then two rows of row 4. Repeat 1 time.

Row 162:
Ch 2. FPDC in next 8 sts. 1 HPDC in last st.
Bind off, weave in ends. 


Finished Measurements:
4 in x 90 in




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.

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