Friday, January 31, 2014

Double Free Pattern: One Round Hearts

  Valentine's day might be on the way, but these cuties can be used year-round. What could you do with mini hearts? Originally, they were designed to be part of my new applique series. However, once I finished them, my imagination was left with a few other ideas.
  These would be adorable added to a bag or clothing, used as confetti, or to accent a wrapped gift. Plus, I made a few more than I needed, so I'll be experimenting with making jewelry from the leftovers.


  A small pattern like this is a great way to use up those scraps! They're only one round a piece, so make some in any color your *heart* desires.
  Speaking of scraps, during this project I made an attempt to use up the remainder of some thread I had lying around. I didn't foresee any issues with that...

  I ran into a slight problem while designing this pattern. Do you notice the difference in the size of the pink hearts? No, they weren't made from a different pattern. I have mystery thread! About a year ago I picked up this pink thread on clearance. The label stated size 10 crochet thread, exactly the same as the burgundy pictured here with the pink:



  You can clearly see that the pink thread is thicker and produces a larger swatch. Within my thread stash are multiple colors of the same brand; also a few other brands. None of my other size 10 thread is the same size as this stuff. This appears to be size 3 crochet thread. So, in the pattern, I give the gauge for both sizes of thread; whatever size the mystery pink may be. Either way, the pattern still works for both sizes, so use size 3 if you have it.

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
Size 10 crochet thread

Steel crochet hook, size 4(UK)?*
  *I'm using my mystery hook along with my mystery thread. "Made in England" is printed on my hook, so I can only assume this is a US size 7. I've yet to solve this problem, and I apologize for using it to design a pattern again. It belonged to my great-grandmother, and its my favorite hook to use.

Needle to weave in ends

Gauge for Mini Heart:
Entire piece measures 3/4" (2 cm);
Pink heart measures 1" (2.5 cm)

Gauge for Tiny Heart:
Entire piece measures 1/2" (1.2 cm);
Pink heart measures 3/4" (2 cm)

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)

Directions for Mini Heart:


To begin: Ch 4, join with a sl st to beg ch.

Ch 2, 3 dc in same st. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch. (3 dc, ch 2, sl st) in following ch. Skip last ch. Bind off, weave in ends.

Directions for Tiny Heart:


To begin: Ch 4, join with a sl st to beg ch.

Ch 1, 3 sc in same st. (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in next ch. (3 sc, ch 1, sl st) in following ch. Skip last ch. Bind off, weave in ends.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Free Pattern: Cotton Candy Butterfly

  I couldn't resist picking up the rainbow pastel thread which makes this applique. At the time, I had no idea what I would use it for. I finally received my inspiration from my kid, but, that's a story for another day...

  This beautiful butterfly is made in two pieces, then a border is added while joining. The pattern seems a bit strange, but is fairly easy to follow. The shape of the wing is created with a ripple stitch.

  My favorite thing to concentrate on while designing a pattern is versatility. The wings of this applique can be re-positioned a bit to change the look of the butterfly, or to cover more or less material. Plus, this is only Part One of a series of designs which can be mixed and matched together in your own combinations. Any of the pieces can be made in a color of your choice.


  The finished piece measures 3 3/4" (9.5 cm) tall
5 1/2" (14 cm) at widest part of wing, with wings spaced apart;
                                             


4 1/4" (10.8 cm) at widest part of wing, with wings against body.



Skill Level:
Intermediate

Materials:
Steel crochet hook size 4
Size 10 crochet thread (I used DMC Traditions, color 5109)
Needle to weave in ends

Gauge:
1" x 1" (2.5 cm x 2.5 cm) = 10 dc, 4 rows

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Double crochet 2 together (dc2tog) - Yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, insert hook into next st, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Directions:
Make 2.
With hook size needed to obtain gauge, ch 50, join with a sl st in beg ch.

Row 1:
Working into ch-sps: Ch 2 (counts as 1 sc, ch-1), (2 dc) in next 2 sts. 1 dc in each of next 2 sts. (Dc2tog) twice, ch 1, 1 sc, ch 1. (Dc2tog) twice, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, (2 dc) twice, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 sc, ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), turn.

Row 2:
Ch 1, sk ch-1, 1 dc, (2 dc) in next 2 sts. 1 dc in each of next 2 sts. (Dc2tog) twice, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc, ch 1, sk 1. (Dc2tog) twice, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, (2 dc) twice. 1 dc, ch 1, sk ch-1, 1 sc. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), turn.

Rows 3 - 5:
Repeat Row 2. Bind off, weave in ends.



Joining:
  Match together the 30 remaining sts of each beg ch, with tips of wings pointing away from you. Skip first chain of each piece, join together with a sl st through front loops only of both sts. Working through front loops only of both chains: (Ch 1, sl st) in next 14 sts. Working into both loops of only the chain nearest to you: (Sl st, ch 1) in the next 7 sts, sl st into the last ch. Ch 1, 1 sc in turning ch of row 1. Ch 1, 1 sc in turning ch of row 2. Ch 2, 1 sc in turning ch of row 3. Ch 1, 1 dc in turning ch of row 4. Ch 2, 1 dc in beg ch of row 5. Ch 3, 1 dc in ch-1 sp. Working around: Ch 4, 1 dc in first dc. Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc. Ch 2, 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc. 1 sc in each of next 11 sts. Ch 2, (1 dc, ch 2) in next 4. (1 sc, ch 1) twice, sk ch-1 sp, 1 sc in each of next 5 turning chs. 1 sc in each of next 3 chs. Working across to second piece: 1 sc in each of next 3 chs. 1 sc in each of next 5 tuning chs. Ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc. Ch 1, 1 sc. (Ch 2, 1 dc) in next 4. Ch 2, 1 sc in each of next 12 sts. Ch 1, 1 sc, (ch 2, 1 dc) in next 2. Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc. Ch 1, 1 sc, ch 1. 1 sc in turning ch of row 3. Ch 1, 1 sc in turning ch of row 2. Ch 1, 1 sc in turning ch of row 1. Ch 1, {sl st, sk 1} 7 times, sl st in last ch. Bind off, weave in ends.

Pin into place. Attach with needle and thread to whatever you wish.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Free Pattern: Men's Fingerless Mitts

  My special guy goes between indoors and outside a lot at his job. Living in Florida, that's not usually a problem, but it's literally freezing right now. He doesn't have gloves or mittens, he needs something to keep his hands warm, and...his birthday is this weekend. So, I came up with these mitts just in time.


  A small cluster stitch in the main body makes a fantastically warm fabric, while using double crochet stitches for the wrist and fingers allows for stretch and range of motion. Crocheting over one row of stitches creates a neat cuff on the wrist. Beginners, use stitch markers, but don't be intimidated! Step by step instructions are provided for the stitches.

  I used Caron One Pound yarn, but I have to apologize, while putting these together I didn't pay attention to how many yards were used. What I can tell you is that a single One Pound skein would make at least three or four pairs of these mitts.

  Mitts are 8 inches (20 cm) from fingers to wrists; 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter. The total outer circumference is about 10 1/2 inches (26.5 cm). Thumb opening is 2 1/2" (6 cm) by 1" (2.5 cm). The pattern allows for a little over 1/2 inch (1 cm) of stretch.


Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
Caron One Pound yarn (check out the One Pound review)
Crochet hooks size G/6-4.25mm and H/8-5.00mm or sizs needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Stitch markers, if needed

Gauge:
2" x 2" (5 cm x 5 cm) =  7 sts and 7 rows
1 dc = 1/2" (1 cm) tall


Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Single crochet cluster (sc-cl) - Insert hook into designated stitch, yarn over, pull up one loop, pull through one loop. Insert hook in same st, yarn over, pull up one loop. Yarn over,pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Double crochet 2 together (dc2tog) - Yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 3 remaining loops.
Double crochet 4 together (dc4tog) - Yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. *Yarn over, insert hook into next st, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops* Repeat from * to * 2 more times, yarn over, pull through remaining 5 loops.

Directions:

To begin, ch 30 with hook size H/8-5.00mm. Join with a sl st to beg ch. Change to hook size G/6-4.25mm.

Round 1:
With hook size G/6-4.25mm, ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). *Sc-cl in next st, 1 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 13 more times. Sc-cl in last st. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (30 sc)

Rounds 2 - 5:
Repeat round 1.

Round 6:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), *sc-cl in next st, 1 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 13 more times. Do not join. (29 sc)

Round 7:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), turn. *Sc-cl in next st, 1 sc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 13 more times. (29 sc)

Rounds 8 - 15:
Repeat Round 7.

Round 16:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), turn. *Sc-cl, 1 sc in next st.* Repeat from * to * 13 more times. Ch 1, join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (30)

Rounds 17 - 21:
Repeat Round 1. Change to hook size H/8-5.00mm.

Round 22:
With hook size H/8-5.00mm, Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same st. *Dc4tog in back loops, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Dc4tog. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (18 dc)

Round 23:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 17 sts. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (18 dc)

Round 24:
Sl st below current st into Round 22, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each st of Round 22. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. Bind off, weave in ends.

Change to hook size G/6-4.25mm.
Round 25:
Working into the bottom loops of the beg ch, join with a sl st in any st. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 29 sts. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (30 dc)

Round 26:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 7 sts, dc2tog. *1 dc in each of next 8 sts, dc2tog.* Repeat from * to * . Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. Bind off, weave in ends.


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