Free Pattern: Baby Vest

2015 is welcoming two new babies (that I know of so far). Both are late winter boys so I needed a pattern that can be worn in spring. I stumbled upon this cute, and FREE, baby vest pattern. Pattern ✅ Now all I need is the yarn… http://pure-craft.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/easy-peasy-garter-stitch-baby-vest.html

My First Crochet Pattern!

Halloween is upon us and I can’t wait. I haven’t decided on a costume, but my crafting brain has been in overdrive. My first project… a Crochet Ghost Bag! This would be a perfect candy dish to have in the office or on the coffee table.  If you desire add a handle and make it a children’s trick or treat bag.

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BOO!

 

Crochet Ghost Bag

Level: Beginner

Pattern begins with constructing the bottom of the bag (rectangle) and then transitioning into creating the bag in the round.

Ch: chain

hdc: half double crochet

hdctfl: half double crochet through front loops

st(s): stitch(es)

* *= stitch pattern section that should be repeated

Materials: about 50 g Worsted weight yarn in white, small amount of black yarn, US size 10 or J crochet hook, yarn needle, stitch marker if desired.

With white yarn and size 10 hook:

Ch 20 sts.

Row 1-8: 1 hdc in each st (20 sts)

Beginning to shape the round bag section.Slight increases will be made in the corners of the bag.

Row 9: 2hdcfl in first st, 1 hdcfl in each of next 19 sts, 2 hdcfl in next st, 1 hdc in the next 8 sts, 2 hdcfl in next st, 1 hdcfl in each of the next 19 sts, 2 hdcfl in the next sts, 1 hdcfl in the next 8 sts (60 sts)

Row 10: 1 hdc in each st around (60 sts)

Row 11: *1 hdc in each of the next 18 sts, skip 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next st, skip 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next st, hdc 7 sts, skip 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next st*, skip 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next st, *repeat 1x from * ( 52 sts)

Row 12: 1 hdc in each st around ( 52 sts)

Row 13: Skip 1 ch, *1 hdc in each of the next 17 sts, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st, skip 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 5 sts, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st*, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st,  *repeat from * (48 sts)

Row 14:1 hdc in each st around (48 sts)

Row 15: Skip 1 ch, *1 hdc in each of the next 15 sts, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st, skip 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 5 sts, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st*, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st,  *repeat from * (40 sts)

Row 16: hdc in each st around (40 sts)

Row 17:  Skip 1 ch, *1 hdc in each of the next 14 sts, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st, *repeat from * to end

For the rest of the rows: 1 hdc in all sts until piece measured 5” in height or you until the piece has reached your desired height.

Using scrap yarn create two eyes and a mouth for the ghost.

Eyes (make 2)

Round 1: Ch 5 sts.

R2: sc 5 sts

R3: sc 2 in same st, ch 5 (6 sts)

R4: *sc 1, sc 2 sts in same st *repeat 2 times more. (9 sts)

Mouth (make one)

Follow pattern for eyes until R4.

R5: sc 9 sts

R6: *sc 1, sc 2 sts in same st *repeat 2 times more. (13 sts)
Sew on the eyes and mouth with your tapestry needle.

**Please note that this is my first time writing a crochet pattern. If you discover errors please leave a comment so that I may correct them. Thanks!**

 

Headband/Wrap Bracelets- Free Pattern

Hello all!  Last week I needed to take a hiatus. Work was crazy and to keep up with crafting and blogging was  impossible. So I am back! This weekend I worked on some jewel-tone headbands/wrap bracelets. My goal was to create a simple and practical  accessory that could be worn by several age groups. As for crafters, this is a cute and quick gift that can help use up some of your stash scraps :).

Skills you need: Making an I-cord, knitting with beads (click links for how to videos)

You need: Fiber of your choice in sport weight, 2- size 3 double-pointed  knitting needles, 22 bead small beads, crochet hook (2.0mm), tapestry needle, 1 button.

Finished Length: 17″ (44.5 cm)

To begin:  Thread all of your beads onto your working strand.

CO 5 sts. Make sure you leave at least 5-6″ of a tail in order to create a button loop in the finishing process.

Rows 1-4: Knit all sts to create an I-cord.

Row 5: Knit 2. Incorporate 1 bead into I-cord with slip-stitch method. Knit 2.

Repeat rows 1-5 until you have used all 22 beads. After you have completed the last row with a bead, knit 3 additional rows.

Next Row: Knit 1, K2tog twice.

Last Row:  Knit 3 sts together and tie off your work.

Finishing: Use your crochet hook to chain stitch 12 stitches (or however many you need to fit around your chosen button). Attach the loop to the I-cord and sew in the ends. On the other side, use your tapestry needle to sew the button to the I-cord.

Enjoy!

-Whitney

New Stitch!

I decided that November would be my time to try more challanging stitches. I picked up the Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns at the local library.

Featured in lilac acrylic is Overlapping Waves.
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I created a beanie and added a button to stylize it a little more. I am really loving this stitch pattern and need to find another project to incorperate it into.

Project Finished!

Well I finally reached the peak of the mountain. After about 2.5 months, I have completed the Dogwood Blanket from Tin Can Knits pattern found in 9 Months of Knitting. It was a hard project for me as you saw in my previous blog posting (see link below), but I did it! I think it came out looking pretty good. I will defiantly keep my new little cousin warm.

Things I would change if I ever made this again:

1) I would block each piece as I go. I only blocked the first square to make sure it came out as a square and that I didn’t bind off too tight.  The white square was knit with a little tighter of a gauge so I had to really stretch it when blocking for sewing.

2) Possibly crochet the edges to make it a uniform square. As you can see some of the outer edges are wavy looking.

3) Pick bolder colors. I really like the blanket being different colors and wish I had picked some crazier colors.

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