Monday, April 29, 2013

Free Pattern: Fun and Easy Flower Embellishments



 While working on an extra-special pattern for everyone, I've been experimenting with ways to make 3-dimensional flowers. Most patterns are complicated or require sewing layers together. These are a few quick, simple patterns which can be used as embellishments, jewelry, or even attach to a gift for a fun (and possibly recycled) bow.
  Use any size hook, any material you may want. Experiment and have fun! See what you could change to make your very own pattern. Make one out of crochet thread and attach to a headband, make some from plarn and attach to earring findings. Make a matching necklace. How about some made of super-fluffy-chunky yarn attached to a pair of sandals for a cute flair?
  Use your imagination, use recycled materials, use your yarn stash. Get creative with multi-media crafting: Use paint, glitter glue, beads.
 I would love to paint them with glow in the dark paint and hang in a window, or outside. I'm stressing over finishing the new pattern, so let's do something fun and easy for a short (but deserved) break.

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:

Crochet hook, any size. 
Crochet material, any type.
   examples: Yarn, plarn, crochet thread, twine, newspaper yarn, fabric scrap yarn, fabric ribbon, gift-wrap ribbon, lanyard, jewelry wire.
Tapestry needle or smaller hook for weaving in ends
Whatever is needed to attach your embellishment
  examples: Thread, jewelry findings, hot glue gun, fabric glue, craft glue

Gauge:
Not important. Relative sizes are given for each design. If you want a smaller flower, use a smaller hook. Use a larger size hook if you wish for a larger flower.


Tips:

  Keep in mind, the thicker the material, the more space it will use. If flowers come out too ruffled, change to a larger hook size.
  The opposite will happen if your hook is too big. The chains being worked into a previous row are designed to pull slightly for a 3-dimensional effect. If pattern pulls too tightly to work, change to a smaller hook.
  Also, these patterns are simple. Add or subtract where needed...Want an eight-petal flower? Repeat 7 times instead of the 5 used for a 6-petal blossom. Already worked the pattern and don't feel like "frogging" it? Add an extra chain. Nobody will tell.

Patterns:


Flower 1: (made with plarn 3/4" thickness)



 This fun, simple pattern makes a loopy, twisty daisy-like blossom. Super easy for advanced skills; Beginners may need stitch markers.

 Gauge: Flower measures slightly less than 2" (about 5 cm) across
             Crochet hook size G/6 (4.25mm) used

Ch 6. Join with a sl st to beg ch. 

Sl st into back loop of same st. Ch 6, sl st into front loop of same st.

*Sl st into back loop of next st. Ch 6, sl st into front loop of same st.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Finish with a sl st in beg sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.

Flower 2: (made with plarn 1/2" thickness)



 This pattern is slightly more difficult, but still very simple. A much more delicate flower is the result.
 Gauge: Flower measures a bit more than 2" (about 5 cm) across
             Crochet hook size F/5 (3.75mm) used

Ch 6, join with a sl st to beg ch.

Round 1:

Sl st into ch-6 sp. *Ch 3, sl st into ch-6 sp.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st.

Round 2:
*Sl st into next ch-3 sp. Ch 4, sl st into same sp.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st.

Round 3:
*Sl st into next ch-4 sp. Ch 2. Sl st back into same sp. Ch 4. Keeping yarn behind hook, sl st around foundation ch (placement: under ch-3 sp and between sl sts), ch 4, sl st back into ch-4 sp. Ch 2, sl st into same sp.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times.  Join with a sl st to beg sl st. bind off, weave in ends.

Flower 3: ( made with jute twine)



 This is a perfect example of the range of results you can get depending on your hook size and material.
 Gauge: Flower measures 4 1/2" (about 11 1/2 cm) across
             Crochet hook size J/10 (6.00mm) used

Ch 6, join with a sl st to beg ch.

Round 1:
Sl st into ch-6 sp. *Ch 6, sl st into ch-6 sp.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times.

Round 2:
*Sl st into next ch-6 sp. (Ch 3, sl st into ch-6 sp) 3 times.*  Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st.

Round 3:
*Ch 5, sl st to second ch- 3 sp (middle ch-3 of "petal"). Ch 4, sl st around foundation ch, between sl sts. Ch 4, sl st back into same ch-3 sp. Ch 5, sl st into beg sl st of next "petal".* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. (Bind off weave in ends) for flower 3. Continue for flower 4.

Flower 4: (made with baby boucle`)



(continued from flower 3)
Flower measures 4 3/4 " (about 12 cm) across
Round 4:
*Sl st into next ch-5 sp, ch 2. (Sl st, ch 2) in same sp 2 more times. Ch 1, (sl st, ch 2) 3 times in next ch-5 sp.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st. Bind off, weave in ends. Leaving extra yarn, you may weave the tail through the vertical ch-4 sps and pull it tight. This creates a different look to the flower.

 Make one of each to experiment. You can even try attaching different ones together for an endless combination of bouquets. 


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




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