Thursday, February 28, 2008

Saranac neck warmer

How to crochet the saranac neck warmer


















Saranac neck Warmer Materials
12 ply yarn (worsted weight) 1 x 50gm ball
5.00 mm hook (H/8)
Button or buttons
American abbreviations used

Either side of this garment can be used as the front side

Special Instructions
Saranac stitch= 1st row slip st (slip stitch loosely through out pattern)
2nd row hdc through both loops
3rd row slip st in back loops only
row 2 and row 3 form the Saranac pattern
Worked width ways, ending ch 1 is turning ch only
Ch 20
1. sl st in 2nd chain from hook and in each ch across, ch 1 turn
2. 1 hdc in first sl st and in each sl st across, ch 1 turn (19 hdc)
3. sl st in back loops of first and next 17 hdc across, ch 1 turn
4. 1 hdc in both loops of first sl st and in each sl st across, ch 1 turn (18 hdc)
5. sl st in back loops of first and next 16 hdc across, ch 1 turn
6. repeat row 4 (17 hdc)
7. sl st in back loops of first and next 15 hdc across, ch 1 turn
8. repeat row 4 (16 hdc)
9. sl st in back loops of first and next 14 hdc across, ch 1 turn
10. repeat row 4 (15 hdc)
11. sl st in back loops of first and next 13 hdc across, ch 1 turn
12. repeat row 4 (14 hdc)
13. sl st in back loops of first and next 12 hdc across, ch 1 turn
14. repeat row 4 (13 hdc)
15. sl st in back loops of first and next 11 hdc across, ch 1 turn
16. repeat row 4 (12 hdc)
17. sl st in back loops of first and next 11 hdc across, ch 1 turn
18. repeat row 4 (12 hdc)
19. to 34 repeat rows 17 to 18
35. 1 sc in first st and in each st across, finish off.

You can use 1 large button or 2 or 3 smaller buttons. Button placement is entirely up to you. I folded down my flap and sewed a button on the flap it’s self and made a chain length to suit the button size for fastening.
Another option is to sew the buttons under the flap area so the opposite end of the neck warmer sits under the flap. Enjoy the pattern

Cathy Wood
Feb 2008

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Front loop cluster neck warmer























Front loop cluster Neck Warmer

Materials
8 ply yarn (light worsted)
3.50 mm hook (E/4)
2 Buttons
American abbreviations used

Special Instructions
Fl cluster worked this way (basically it is a half worked hdc leaving last 2 loops on hook until the final 4th hdc where all loops are worked)
*Yo hook insert hook into st, yo hook pull through the st, yo hook and pull through 2 loops leaving final 2 loops on hook, work this way 3 more times, 5 loops on the hook, yo over hook pull through all remaining loops*

The turning ch 2 is the first dc in all pattern rows.

Abbreviations
Bl dc = a dc worked in the back loop of the stitch
Fl dc = a dc worked in the front loop of the stitch

Scarflet worked length ways
ch 55

1..work 1 dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 2 turn (53 dc)

Work Pattern
2.. work 1 bl dc in next 2 dc, 1 fl dc in next 2 dc, 1 bl dc in next dc, ( 1 fl dc in next 2 dc, 1 bl dc in next 2 dc, 1 fl dc in next 2 dc, 1 bl dc in next dc) repeat 1 more time, 1 bl dc in next 2 dc, 1 fl dc in next 2 dc, 1 bl dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 2 turn, ch 2 is first dc of next row

3..1fl dc in next 2 dc, 1 bl dc in next 2 dc, work fl cluster in next dc, ( 1 bl dc in next 2 dc, 1 fl dc in next 2 dc, 1bl dc in next 2 dc, 1 fl cluster in next dc) repeat once more, 1 bl dc in next 2 dc, 1 fl dc in next 2 dc, ch 2 turn

4..1 bl dc in next 2 dc, 1 fl dc in next 2 dc, 1 bl dc in next dc, , ( 1 fl dc in next 2 dc, 1 bl dc in next 2 dc, 1 fl dc in next 2 dc, 1 bl dc in next dc) repeat 1 more time, 1 bl dc in next 2 dc, 1 fl dc in next 2 dc, 1 bl dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 2 turn,
5..repeat row 3

6.. repeat row 4

7.. repeat row 3, ch 1 turn

8.. work 1 sc in each st across, working 3 sc in final st, do not turn

9..working along the short side of neck warmer, make 11 sc evenly across, ch 2 turn

10.. 1 bl dc in next 2 sc, 1 fl cluster in next sc, 1 bl dc in next 2 sc, 1 bl dc in next 2 sc, 1 fl cluster in next sc, 1 bl dc in next 2 sc, 1dc in next sc, ch 2 turn

11.. 1fl dc in next 2 dc, 1 bl dc in next dc, 1fl dc in next 2 dc, 1fl dc in next 2 dc, 1 bl dc in next dc, 1fl dc in next 2 dc, 1 dc in next sc, ch 2 turn

12.. 1 sc in very first dc, 1 sc in next 2 dc, ch 2 miss 1 dc, 1 sc in next 3 dc, ch 2, miss next 1 dc, 1 sc in next 3 dc, ch 1 turn

13.. sl st in first sc, ch 3, sl st in same sc, (sl st in next sc, ch 3, sl st in same sc,) repeat to the end, finish off leaving a tail to sew in and make invisible

Attach buttons sew in other loose ends.

Cathy Wood
Feb, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

Crochet Dress Bag



I have seen dress pot holders and a dress purse made in crochet, I just loved the look of them and decided I wanted a dress bag. So I came up with this one.

Crochet Dress Bag


















































Crochet Dress Bag
Materials
2 Handles I made mine from a length of skipping rope, I cut two pieces about 13 inches long (33 cm) and sewed the ends together.
Size 4.00m hook (US G/6)
8 ply yarn (US light worsted)
Dress Bag measure’s about 15 inches long (38cm) and at it’s widest point 16 inches across (40.5cm)
Special stitches
Shell= (2dc, 1ch, 2dc) all in stitch indicated
Lge shell=(3dc, 1ch, 3dc) all in st indicated
fpdc = work dc around the front post of the st indicated
bpdc = work dc around the post of the st indicated
Abbreviations
Dc = yo over hook, insert hook into st, yo hook, pull through a loop, yo hook, pull through 2 loops, yo hook, pull through 2 loops again (AU trbl)
Tension not required.
Make 2
Begin with the handles colour 1
Hdc all around the handles until the handles are completely covered, sl st to join
1. ch 3, work 1 dc in each of next 49 hdc, ch 3 turn (50dc)
2. dc in each dc to end, working 1 dc in ch 3, ch 3 turn (50dc)
3. repeat row 2, do not ch 3, break off yarn
Make 2
Dress Part colour 2
Working from opposite end that you just finished on, attach yarn to the 15th dc (includes ch 3)
1. ch 3, work shell st in next dc,* fpdc around next dc, shell in next dc,* repeat from * to * 8 more times, ending with fpdc around next dc, ch 3 turn
2. shell in ch 1 space of previous shell, skip next 2 dc of shell, bpdc around next dc, *shell in ch 1 space, skip next 2 dc of shell, bpdc around next dc, * repeat from * to * 8 more times, ending with bpdc around ch 3, ch 3 turn
3. *shell in ch 1 space, skip next 2 dc of shell, fpdc around next dc,* repeat 9 more times ending with dc in top of ch 3, ch 3 turn
4. repeat rows 2 and 3 5 more times (total of 10 more rows) and row 2, 1 more time (14 rows of pattern)
Alternate colours as per the picture
15. repeat row 2, using the large shell stitch, ch 3 turn
16. repeat row 3, using the large shell stitch, ch 1, turn
17. work 1 sc in each dc and ch 1 space to end, ch 1, turn
18. work 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off.
Sew in all loose ends.
With wrong side facing, sew sides of bag together, beginning at the top of the first patterned row, sew down the side, along the bottom and up along the other side, using a back stitch sew all 3 sides firmly.
Sleeve Frills
With right side facing
(Please note you may have to wing it a bit here, making sure to keep your work as even as possible.)
Using colour 2, attach yarn to the shoulder part of the sleeve in the side of the dc, closest to the handle, sc across evenly across the shoulder, make a large shell in the corner of the shoulder and the sleeve (1 sc in next 2 dc, large shell in next dc) 1 sc in the next 2 dc, large shell in the next, work this way all around the sleeve, (1 sc in next 2 dc, large shell in next dc)
but when you come to the lower centre of the sleeves, work sc, across this part, continue pattern along the other side of the sleeve , work sc across the shoulder as before, then work 1 sc in every second sc around the handle to the opposite shoulder and repeat the directions from above.
Embellish with a nice flower, ribbon, belt, button or something else of your choice.
Line the bag for the perfect finish.
Feel free to use this pattern, but do not sell this pattern.
Cats-Rockin-Crochet
Cathy Wood. 17.02.08
To make a smaller bag alter beginning with 44 dc in row 1 for the handles and make 7 groups of small shell for dress.
Reduce the length to match.



Remy From The Ratatouille Movie. A crocheted rat

Don't you just love him?
He took only an hour to make plus a little longer to sew up.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Crochet-There's an octopus on my hat

This is a fun project I've been working on.

A beach hat.

You can use any old hat pattern, but go for a firmer st pattern, I started to use this pattern but changed it closer to the brim.
For the octopus on the top, I used this pattern.
For the smaller octopus I did this.
ch 3, 10 dc (trbl AU) in first ch.
sl st to join, ch 5, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st into same place as beginning ch 5.
sl st into top of next dc, ch 5, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st into same dc, repeat this row 2 more times to get the eight legs.
Finish off with some eye's.
Funny, my light green octopus on the hat, has only 6 legs, the other 2 yellow one's do have the 8 legs. Oh well you may not have noticed if I didn't tell you, I'll have to go back to the hat and sl st over the top to get the 7th and 8th legs.
Or I could say he had an encounter with a shark and lost 2 legs!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Crochet Speedy Scarf Hat

Cristy, my model


Crochet Speedy Scarf Hat

12 ply yarn
5.00mm hook
Tension not required
Worked in dc (trbl) = (yo hook, insert hook into st pull through loop, yo hook, pull through 2 loops, yo over hook pull through 2 loops again.
Hdc= yo hook, insert hook into st pull through loop, yo hook, pull through all 3 loops on hook
Ch 3 counts as first dc in each row.
A 100gm ball of yarn will get you through the hood and just pass the third row of the scarf.

Starting with hood
Ch 43
1. dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch to end (40 dc), working on the opposite side of the chain, dc in each ch to end (80dc), ch 3 turn
2. dc in 2nd dc and in each dc around, ch 3 turn (80 dc)

3 to 14 repeat row 2 but do not chain 3 at the end of row 14 break off yarn

Working with the attached scarf
Front view, (attach chain 50 to the bottom right edge of hood)
Rear view.

1. ch 50, with right side of hood facing you, attach chain 50 to the bottom right edge of the hood, sc (about 48 to 50) evenly across, then ch 53 and turn
2. dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across to the first sc, work 1 hdc in each sc across, dc in each ch to end, ch 3 and turn
3. dc in 2nd dc from hook and in each dc across, ch 3 turn.
4. repeat row 3 for the width required fro the scarf.

For a decorative edging, using yarn of your choice and a size 4.00mm hook, begin a sc around each dc post starting at the top right hand edge of scarf around the hood and across the left top of the scarf.
Finish off and weave in all ends.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Crochet projects from this week

This lovely capelet was made for my
sister-in-law.
I had more trouble with the hat than I did with the capelet.
You can find the free pattern for the capelet here.






These neck warmers were also made for my sister-in-law.
Easy to make up.
Pattern here.




This little duo was made for my sister-in-laws
first born grandson.
Kingston.
The hat pattern is from Bev's Country Cottage.
Easy round baby hat.

no pattern available for the shoes, due to designers copyright



Friday, February 1, 2008

Crochet Puff Stitch Purse. Speedy Pattern.

how to crochet a purse

To be quite honest here, this bag was a bit of a fluke.
I was making something else.
I'm very pleased with this one.
A recycled bag strap.
Bag strap sewn to the inside of the bag


Pattern.
8 ply yarn, any yarn will do. Amount of yarn will be less than 100 gms.
The one I used is 90 % wool
5.00m hook
DC= yo hook, insert hook into st, yo hook, pull through loop, yo hook, pull through 2 loops, yo hook, pull through 2 loops again. (Australian/English terms= trbl.)
Special stitches, PUFF st=(sc, 3dc in st)
Back piece.
1. Ch 50, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1 turn
2. 1sc, 3dc in first sc, skip next 3 sc, *1sc, 3 dc in next sc, skip next 3 sc*, repeat from * to *, to last 4 sc, skip next 3 sc, 1sc in last sc, ch 1 turn.
3. 1sc, 3dc in first sc, skip next 3 dc, *1 sc, 3dc in next sc, skip next 3 dc*, repeat from * to * to last 4 sts, skip next 3dc, sc in last sc, ch 1 turn.
Repeat row 3, 7 more times.
Begin Flap.
11 and 12. sl st across next 4 st, continue pattern as above, to end, ch 1 turn.
13. repeat row 3, 7 more times, fasten off.
Front Piece.
Work as for back piece to row 10.
To give the front piece a tighter edge, I did a row of rsc, (crab st) along the top.
Making up.
(row 1 of pattern is the right side)
With bag inside out, sew front piece to back piece beginning at side along the bottom and up to the opposite side.
Optional.
To decorate the flap, I did groups of 3 hdc, evenly around the flap.
Find a nice button or make a bobble to close the flap, you will find the pattern has efficient gaps to go over a button.
To make a bobble, ch 3, 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to finish, cut yarn leaving a long tail, thread tail through all stitches and pull tight. You can also make a smaller bobble by using sc, starting with 2 ch.
Straps.
I took a strap from an old bag and sewed it to the inside of the bag after I had done a row of sc on the steel loop. This makes a sturdier attachment.
I may line the bag, using the method in this on line tutorial.
Have fun, this makes up very quickly.