Monday, November 4, 2013

Free Pattern: Unbroken Hearts Bookmark


  This romantic bookmark would make a great gift for a special book lover in your life. This 4-round pattern works up quickly enough to make one for everyone in the book club, or stuff some stockings this upcoming holiday season.

Skill Level:
Intermediate

Materials:
Steel crochet hook size 4*
Size 3 crochet thread, pink, or color desired


 *note: Here is where I need your help...My mother gave this hook to me, and I believe it belonged to either my great-grandma or my great-great-grandma. I'm not sure if hook sizes have changed since then, but it does say "made in England", so I'm pretty sure its UK size, which would make it a US size 7, if I'm correct. I couldn't find any information about this brand, so can anybody help me out?



Gauge:
One heart = 1" x 1" (2.5cm x 2.5cm)
Ch-6 = 1" (2.5cm)

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Single crochet (sc)
Half-double crochet (hdc)
Double crochet (dc)
Triple crochet (tr)

Directions:
Round 1:
*Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch-1), (2 hdc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 tr, ch 2, 2 sc, ch 2, 2 tr, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 hdc, ch 1) in farthest chain from hook. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3.
Ch 6*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Do not ch 6 at the end of last heart. Do not bind off.

Border:
Make sure the wrong side faces you and none of the chains between hearts are twisted.

Round 2:
Sl st in each of next 2 sts. Ch 6 (counts as 1 1 tr, ch-2), sk 1, 1 tr. Ch 2, sk 1, 1 sc in ch-sp after dc. {Ch 9, 1 sc in ch-sp after dc of next heart.} 4 times. {Ch 2, 1 tr in next st} twice. Working around: Ch 3, 1 tr in ch-2, ch 2, 1 tr in 1st tr, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd tr. {Ch 9, 1 sc in 2nd tr of next heart} 4 times. Ch 2, sk 1, 1 tr, ch 2, sk 1, 1 tr, ch 3, join with a sl st to beg ch-4.

Round 3:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st. Ch 2, sk 1, 3 sc. Ch 1, sk 1, 3 sc, [Ch 1, sk 3, 3 sc. {Ch 1, sk 2, 3 sc} 2 times.] 4 times. Ch 1, sk 2, 3 sc. Ch 1, sk 1, 3 sc, ch 2, sk 1, 3 sc. {Ch 1, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts} twice, ch 1, 3 sc, ch 2, sk 1, 3 sc. Ch 1, sk 1, 3 sc. Ch 1, sk 3, [ {3 sc, ch 1, sk 2} twice. 3 sc, ch 1, sk 3] 4 times, 3 sc. Ch 1, sk 1, 3 sc, ch 2, sk 1, 3 sc, ch 1. {1 sc in each of next 2, ch 1} twice. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.

Round 4:
Sl st in each of next 2 sts, ch 1 ( counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st. Ch 2, 3 sc in next st. {Ch 1, sk 3, 3 sc} 16 times. Ch 2, 3 sc in next st. Ch 1, sk 3, {2 sc, ch 1, sk 2} twice, 2 sc, ch 1, sk 3, 3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc in next st. {Ch 1, sk 3, 3 sc} 16 times. Ch 2, 3 sc  in next st. Ch 1, sk 3, {2 sc, ch 1, sk 2} 3 times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. Bind off, weave in ends. Block and starch if desired.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Free Pattern: Autumn Acorn Accessories


  Living in a mild climate, we pretty much get two summers and two fall seasons; There isn't much of a spring or winter. In fact, I've yet to see snow in my lifetime. I don't mind though, because I love the fall and I don't love to be cold. The oak trees on my property have been inspiring me to design something lately, and as usual, something with plenty of versatility came to mind. Also as usual, the troll has been up to no good  stealing my stuff. Originally I had planned on just a cute pair of earrings, which is what you can make with your acorns if you don't live with a mischievous troll. Mine became a brooch, because apparently trolls like jewelry findings.
  Make some for a necklace and earring set, make a brooch like I was forced to, or create a refrigerator magnet, zipper pulls (ooooo, cute on boots!), even decorate a gift! The choice is up to you; I provide the pattern and some inspiration, you can create something totally your own. The pattern works up unbelievably fast, so you'll be done in no time, (hopefully) enjoying the Autumn weather again. The best part is how little material it takes. This project would be a great way to use up fall-colored scraps because each piece only uses about 12 inches (30.5 cm) of worsted weight yarn.

Skill Level:
Easy
*Although I don't recommend this project for beginners, there is almost a step-by-step photo tutorial along with the pattern which makes it easier to follow along for the newbies. Click on the links at the end of this pattern if you need any help with stitches.

Materials:
Worsted weight acrylic yarn
  A: Coffee
  B: Sunflower
  C: SH Browns
  D: Sunflower
  E: Green
  - These are the colors I had in my scraps. I don't even know if they are available anymore. Anything with a similar color would work.
Crochet hook size F/5 (3.75mm)
Tapestry needle
Whatever you will need to complete your accessories, such as jewelry findings or magnets, glue, needle and thread, etc.

Gauge:
6 dc in no more than 2 inches (5 cm)

Finished size:
About 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Note:
For the more advanced crocheter - Piece A is simply a 6 dc cluster, or, dc6tog from the foundation chain, then bind off.
For any beginners who just said "What??", its explained step by step, don't worry, take a look at the pictures provided.

Directions:

Piece A:
With color A or B, ch 8 (counts as ch-5 + 1 dc). Starting in 3rd ch from hook, (y/o, pull up a loop, y/o, pull through 2 loops) in next 5 ch (6 loops on hook).

 Y/o, pull through all 6 loops.

Bind off, use tails to sew sides together.


Piece B:

With color C, ch 2 (counts as 1 sc + foundation loop), 5 sc in farthest loop from hook. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. Bind off, weave in ends.

Stem:
Sl st through foundation loop of Piece B, between sc directly opposite from each other. Example shows a ch of 3; Make as many chains long as you wish.

Attach Piece A to Piece B:
  Stuffing isn't necessary, however, I simply used the tails leftover after binding off and securing them. Stuff with fiber filling, scraps of yarn, or don't stuff them at all; Its your choice.

With right sides out, match outer sts of Piece B with beg chains of Piece A. Sl st through both sts, ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in same st.

2 sc through both pieces in each of next 5 sts. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. Bind off, weave in ends.
  This is a perfect example of how easily you can change the look of your own acorns. The yellow acorn (right) has less stuffing and was made following the directions as written. For the brown acorn (left), begin by inserting the hook first through Piece A, then into Piece B when attaching.

Leaf:
  The example leaves were made with all colors listed, plus some green that didn't have a label, so I couldn't name it. Use whatever colors are available to you and assemble with which combinations are pleasing to your own eyes.
Using any color you would like:
Ch 4 (counts as ch-3 + foundation loop), (sl st, ch 2, sl st, ch 4, sl st, ch 2, sl st, ch 3, sl st) in farthest loop from hook. Bind off, weave in ends or secure and leave for assembly.

Abbreviations used:
Dc - double crochet
Dc6tog - double crochet 6 together
Ch - chain
Y/o - yarn over or wool over
Sc - single crochet
Sl st - slip stitch
Sts - stitches
Beg - beginning

Friday, August 16, 2013

Free Pattern: Large Plant Hanger

 



 I recently received a rosebush claiming to be "indoor", something I've never grown before. Very shortly after acquiring it, the plant became root bound. When transplanting I discovered there was more than one bush in the pot, and was able to split them. Now I have two new rosebushes. But again I need hangers for the pots. So once more, I turn to the trusty crochet hook.
  This pattern is designed to fit up to a one-gallon planter. The design is similar to the Small Plant Hanger, only even easier. 
  *I feel I should apologize for the pictures. That mischievous little troll has visited me again; this time he killed my digital camera battery and caused a problem in my cell camera in the same day. I'm not happy with fuzzy pictures and I bet he's laughing his little troll behind off, but I'm not letting that stop this pattern from being posted. Maybe he's mad that I never crochet him anything. Hmm...I sense a new pattern forming...
  For now, let's get back to this one.
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Skill Level:
Easy
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Materials:
About 400 yds (366m) 3 ply Natural Jute twine
Crochet hook size K/101/2 (6.50mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Smaller hook for weaving in ends
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Gauge:
In sc pattern - 4"(10cm) = 11 sts in 16 rows
In shell pattern - 4"(10cm) = 3 shells in 8 rows
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Pattern:
To begin, ch 3, sl st into beg ch to form a loop.
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Round 1:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 5 sc in loop formed. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (6 sc)
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Round 2:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in same st. 2 sc in next 5 sts. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (12 sc)
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Round 3:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times, 2 sc in last st. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (18 sc)
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Round 4:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in following st. *1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times, join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (24 sc)
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Round 5:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in following st. *1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (30 sc)
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Round 6:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in following st. *1 sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (36 sc)
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Round 7:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in following st. *1 sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (42 sc)
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Round 8:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in following st. *1 sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st in beg ch-1. (48 sc)
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Round 9:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in following st. *1 sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (54 sc)
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Round 10:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in following st. *1 sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (60 sc)
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Round 11:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in following st. *1 sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (66 sc)
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Round 12:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in following st. *1 sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (72 sc)
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Round 13:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next 16 sts, 2 sc in following st. *1 sc in next 17 sts, 2 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (76 sc)
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Round 14:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in each st around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.
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Rounds 15-17:
Repeat round 14.
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Round 18:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 3 sc in same st, ch 1, skip next 3 sts. *4 sc, ch 1, skip next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * 17 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.
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Round 19:
Sl st in next 2 sts, sl st into first available ch-1 sp. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 3 sc in same sp. Ch 1. *4 sc in next available ch-1 sp, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * 17 more times. (19 "shells", 19 ch-1 sps)
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Rounds 20-35:
Repeat round 19.
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Round 36:
Sl st in next 2 sts, sl st into first available ch-1 sp. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc, ch 1, 2 sc in same sp. Ch 1. 4 sc, ch 1 in following 3 ch-1 sps. *2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc in next available ch-1 sp, ch 1. 4 sc in following 3 ch-1 sps.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. 2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc in next available ch-1 sp, 4 sc, ch 1 in following 2 ch-1 sps. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (24 ch-1 sps)
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Round 37:
Sl st in next st, sl st into ch-1 sp. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc, ch 1, 2 sc in same sp. 2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc in each ch-1 sp around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.
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Round 38:
Sl st in next st. *Sl st into first available ch-1 sp. Ch 20. Skip 1 ch-1 sp ("shell"), sl st in next available ch-1 sp. Ch 2, sl st into sp between "shells". {Ch 2, sl st in next ch-1 sp. Ch 2, sl st into sp between shells.} Repeat {} 2 more times. Ch 2.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st. (4 ch-20 sps, ch-2 sps) 
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Round 39:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next 21 sts. Ch 1. Sl st into ch-2 sp. {Ch 2, sl st} in next 7 ch-2 sps. Ch 1. *1 sc in next 22 sts, beginning and ending in sl sts. Ch 1, sl st into ch-2 sp. {Ch 2, sl st} in next 7 ch-2 sps. Ch 1.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.
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Round 40:
Sl st in each of next 8 sts. Ch 3 (for beginning strap, known as first), skip 1 st, sl st, ch 3 (second), skip next st, sl st in each of next 9 sts. Sl st into next ch-2 sp. {Ch 2, sl st} in next 6 ch-2 sps. *Sl st in next 9 sts. Ch 3, skip 1 st, sl st, ch 3, skip next st, sl st in each of next 9 sts. Sl st into next ch-2 sp. {Ch 2, sl st} in next 6 ch-2 sps.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a sl st to last sl st of previous row.  Bind off, weave in ends.
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Creating Straps:
Each of the 4 straps will be worked individually.
  1. Join with a sl st in any first ch-3 sp. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same sp. Ch 1, 3 sc in second ch-3 sp. Ch 1 (counts as beg sc), turn.
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  2. Ch 2, 1 sc in ch-1 sp, ch 2, 1 sc in last st. Ch 1 (counts as beg sc), turn.
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  3. 2 sc in ch-2 sp. ch 1, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, 1 sc in last st. Ch 1 (counts as beg sc), turn.
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  Repeat steps 2 and 3 until strap is desired length, being sure to end with step 3. There is a total of 21 rows in these straps, for a final length of 10" (about 25.5 cm) from bottom of row 1 to the top of row 21. This will be the measurement while the straps are still loose. Once weight is applied to the finished hanger, the straps will stretch to about 14" (about 35.5 cm)
  Repeat for remaining 3 straps, making sure the number of rows used are all the same.
  Bind off and weave in ends of all straps. Turn project right side out.
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  Finishing:
Round 1:
  Join with a sl st in the sp between first 2 sc of strap. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), ch 2, 1 sc in ch-1 sp. Ch 2, 1 sc in sp between last 2 sc of strap. Ch 10. *1 sc in sp between first 2 sc of next strap. Ch 2, 1 sc in ch-1 sp, ch 2, 1 sc in sp between last 2 sc. Ch 10.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times, join with a sl st to beg ch-1.
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Round 2:
  *Sl st into ch-2 sp. Ch 2, sl st into same sp. Sl st into next available ch-2 sp. Ch 2, sl st into same sp, sl st into ch-10 sp. {Ch 2, sl st} into ch-10 sp 5 times.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. 
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Round 3:
  *Sl st into first available ch-2 sp, ch 2, sl st into next ch-2 sp. {Sl st , ch 2} in next 4 ch-2 sps.  Sl st in 5th ch-2 sp.* Repeat from  * to * 3 more times. Join with a sl st in beg sl st.
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Round 4:
*Sl st into first ch-2 sp, ch 2, sl st into same sp. {Sl st into next ch-2 sp, ch 2} 3 times. Sl st into next available ch-2 sp.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st.
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Round 5:
*Sl st into first available ch-2 sp. Ch 5, sl st into next available 3 available ch-2 sps, ch 5.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st.
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Round 6:
Sl st into ch-5 sp, ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same sp, ch 1. {3 sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1} in remaining 7 ch-5 sps. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. 
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Round 7:
Sl st into first available sc (this will be the middle sc of the previous row's "shell"), ch 3. {Sl st, ch 3} in every 4th st. Join with a sl st to beg sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.
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To finish the loop for hanging, join with a sl st in any ch-3 sp. You may decide to place it in line with the straps for a different look, or you may join in between the straps as I did. 
 1. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc, 2 sc in same sp. Ch 1, 3 sc in next ch-3 sp. (6 sc, 1 ch-sp)
 2. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next st. Skip following st, 1 sc in ch-1 sp, skip next sc, 1 sc in last 2 sts. (5 sc)
 3. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), skip next st, 1 sc in following st, skip 1, 1 sc in next st, skip 1, 1 sc in last st. (4 sc)
 4. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), sc next 2 tog, 1 sc in last st. (3 sc)    
 5. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), skip 1, 1 sc in last st. (2 sc)
 6. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in remaining st. (2 sc)
Repeat (6.) 11 more times.
 7. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc between sts, 1 sc in last st. (3 sc)
 8. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st. (4 sc)
 9. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in remaining 3 sts. (5 sc)
 10. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in next st, {1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc} in following st, 1 sc in last 2 sts. (6 sc, 1 ch-sp)
 To join: Skip 2 ch-sps from loop beg, join with a sl st into ch-3 sp. {Ch 1, sl st through ch-3 and into next sc} twice. Skip ch-1 sp of loop, move to next ch-3 sp. {Ch 1, sl st} through ch-3 and next 3 sc. Bind off, weave in ends.

Add a metal ring or hook if desired. 

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