Monday, May 13, 2019

Black and Bright Blanket

A Free Knitting Pattern




I've been done with this blanket for about a month and it has already become a favorite for living room snuggling. It is just the right size to throw over your legs and stay warm.

I started planning this blanket when I saw a picture of a rug in the grocery store. It turns out that the finished blanket looks nothing like the rug, but I love that I was able to gain inspiration from it and break it into easy steps that a beginner could follow.

The only stitch you need to know for this blanket is the knit stitch (and k2tog). There are some other technical stuff about where those knit stitches go but I have all the confidence in the world that you will see how it goes and accomplish it.

The i-cord edging is maybe a little beyond beginner and it is totally optional, but I think it is worth learning and it really makes the blanket have a professional finish. I have some tutorials that can help you learn how. You can see those tutorials Here!!!


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Designer: Julia Schwartz

Yarn: 
  • Loops and Threads Charisma Net WT 3.5 oz. 100g. 100% acrylic (8 balls) colors: Off White (2), Fuchsia (2), Yellow (2), Bright Pop (2), 

Needles: size 11/8.00mm circular 24 inch cable (straight needles can be used, but you will need double points for the i-cord edging.

Notions: Yarn Needle

Size: Blanket is 30 by 44 inches

Gauge: 24 stitches and 48 rows of stockinette stitch is 9 inches 

Notes: This pattern is worked in squares that are seamed together when finished. 

Copyright: Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact me through e-mail.

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Pattern Instructions

Squares: (make 12) 
Cast on 24 stitches with the black yarn using your favorite cast on keeping it loose.

Rows 1- 48: k in each stitch, turn.

Row 49: switch to a bright color k in each stitch, turn.

Rows 50- 57: k in each st, turn.

Cast off keeping it loose




Turn your work 90 degrees working down the side of your rows, pull up 24 stitches with a bright color in the valleys of  the stockinette rows. (make sure the top of your work is facing up)



Rows 1-8: k in each st, turn

Cast off keeping it loose

Now we are going to close up the square notch.

Row 1: With your work facing up and using the white yarn, pull up 4 loops down the rows of the first bright section completed, pull up a stitch in the first stitch of the second bright section completed, turn (5 loops on the needle)












Row 2: K2tog, k 3, turn

Row 3: k 4, pull up a loop from the next row of the second bright section, turn.

Row 4- 7: repeat rows 2 and 3

Row 8: repeat row 2

Cast off keeping it loose. I found it helpful to sl st into the next stitch of the bright section to better secure it. Finish off.

Sewing the Squares Together 

Place the squares how you would like them making sure they are all facing the same direction. Mattress stitch all the squares together. 

Weave in all your ends. (I watched a lot of T.V. during this stage. Tip leave the outside ends for when you make the edging. You can just tuck those into the i-cord)

Edging

Row 1: Starting at the bottom corner of the blanket where the black of the the squares are on that edge, cast on 4 stitches on to your needle, pick up one more loop from the row 1, turn

Row 2: K2tog, k 3 stitches, turn

Row 3: K 4, pick up 1 new loop, turn

Keep repeating row 2 and 3 until you reach the last row. Finish on a row 2, cast off.

Turn your work 90 Degrees.

With the white color yarn repeat rows 1 then continue repeating rows 2-3 for 10 rows

On row 11, switch to a bright color.  Continue repeating row 2 and 3 Until the last row

Cast off.



I-cord Edging:

Cast on 3 st with the wrong side facing up. Insert the needle in one of the corners and {pick up a new st. You should now have 4 st on the needle, push the needle down so you are now working from the other end, k 2, k2tog through the back loops}


Repeat {to} till you come to the next corner. At the corners pick up a stitch in the same space 3 times.


Go all the way around the blanket. Bind off. Weave in your ends. 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Camden Blanket

A  Free Beginner Friendly Crochet Pattern





I love making baby things in the spring. Maybe it has something to do with new life springing up everywhere in nature, I just have to be a part of it too somehow. Last month my church had a baby shower for the City Union Mission. 

It was not a typical baby shower. For one we had no idea who the baby was, and there was no expectant mother there to greet us. The City Union Mission had a need for more baby items, so we answered the call in a small way. On Doughnut Sunday we gathered together all the baby things we collected throughout the month and we got to gush over all the little things that fit babies. When everyone one finished Oooo and awing one of the ladies took all the things up to where they needed to go. This blanket was my contribution to the baby items.  

This pattern is a really easy pattern that is great to do while watching a show, or you just need something easy for a change. It was so easy I was surprised that I couldn't find any other patterns like it on Ravelry. Because of that I have typed up the pattern to share with you. 


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Designer: Julia Schwartz

Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby 100% acrylic, 4.25 oz./ 120 g., 310 yrds/ 283 m, 4 balls needed (3 marls, 1 solid)

Hook: 4.00 mm, US G/6

Notions: tapestry needle

Size: 40 by 40 inches Gauge: 16 sts X 19 = 4 inches

Stitches Used: Single crochet (sc), Chain (ch), Slip Stitch (sl st), Skip Stitch (sk st), Single crochet 2 stitches together (sc2tog), Single crochet 3 stitches together (sc3tog)

Notes:

  • This pattern is worked on a diagonal so the first half looks like a triangle and then the second half is closing the triangle into a square. 

Copyright: Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.




Pattern Instructions

Increasing Rows

Row 1: Ch 2, make 3 sc in the second ch from the hook. (3 sc made)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in the first st, ch 1, sk 1 st, 2 sc in the last st. (4 sc made, 1 ch made)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in the first st, {ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in the next ch}, Repeat {to} to the last 2 stitches, ch 1, sk 1 st, 2 sc in the last st. (2 stitch increase every row) 

Keep repeating row 3 until the triangle is 36 inches or until you have reached your desired width. 

Decreasing Rows

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in the first st, sc2tog in the next st and ch, {ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in the next ch}, repeat {to} to the last 4 sts, ch 1, sk 1 st, sc2tog in the next ch and sc, sc in the last st. (2 decreases in each row)

Keep repeating row 1 until there are only 5 sts left

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in the first st, sc3tog in the next 3 sts, sc in the last st

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc3tog in the last 3 sts. 

Finish off 

Edging

Row 1: Attaching the yarn at any corner, ch 1, {(sc, ch 1, sc) in the corner st, sc in each st to the next corner} repeat {to} until the last corner, sl st into the first st.

Row 2: Sl st into the corner ch st, {(sc, ch 1, sc) in the same corner st, ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in the next st} repeat {to} to the last corner, sl st into the first st. 

Continue repeating row 2 until you have your desired width of edging. 

Last row: Ch 1, reverse sc in each st, sl st in first st.

Finish off.


Weave in your ends.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Tunisian Crochet Patterns

All the Tunisian crochet patterns found on Designs by Diligence


I've been wanting to put together all the the Tunisian patterns in one place to make them all easier to find. That page is finally here. I will add patterns to here as they come. So far there are over 10 patterns for the list. Come and look through them all and have fun browsing. I have them categorized as oldest to newest.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Winter Thaw Hat

 A Free Knitting Pattern


I think you saw the hints that there would be a hat to match the Winter Thaw Shawl. It is finally here. Earlier this month I had some health concerns and it slowed me down a little, but it's time to get back on a schedule.

Just like the shawl the hat is made with two sock yarns held together. It gives the hat great definition and texture. It also makes it pretty comfortable. Its one of those hats that I could put on and forget I had it on. The pattern repeats are pretty easy especially if you have already made the dishcloth and shawl That pattern is slightly different since it is worked in the round, but the only difference is that instead of working a purl row you are working a knit round.

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Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Patons Kroy Sock yarn 2 strands held together. 75% washable wool 25% nylon, 50g/ 152 m. 2 skeins color blue/brown 170-200 grams needed.
Needles: 6 mm needles
Notions: tapestry needle
Size: 21 inch circumference fits most adults
Gauge: 16 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches k st as the gauge
Stitches Used:
  • K: knit
  • P:purl
  • Yo: yarn over
  • Spike stitch: insert your right needle into the stitch 3 rows below the row you are working, yo, and pull the needle back through the stitch (this counts as a knit stitch)
  • K2tog: knit 2 stitches together
  • Sskp: Slip 2 stitches to the right needle one at a time, k the next st, slip the slipped stitches over the knit stitch just made. 
Copyright:

Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.


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Pattern Instructions

Cast on 84 sts onto circular needles using the long tail cast on. Complete the circle by putting your first st into the first cast on st.

Optional: Place a stitch marker on first st to keep track and move it with each new round.

Round 1-4: k2, p2,
Round 5-8: k3, p1,
Round 9-12: k
Round 13: (k2, spike st, k2tog) repeat around
Round 14: k
Round 15: (k, yo, ssk2p, yo) repeat around
Round 16: k
Round 17: (spike st, k2tog, k2) repeat around
Round 18: k
Round 19: (ssk2p, yo, k, yo)

Repeat rows 11-17 until you reach a length of 7 ½ inches

Crown Decrease

Round 1: k
Round 2: (k5, ssk2p, k4) repeat around
Round 3: k
Round 4: (k1, ssk2p, k6) repeat around
Round 5: k
Round 6: (k3, ssk2p, k2) repeat around
Round 7: k
Round 8: (k, ssk2p, k2) repeat around
Round 9: k
Round 10: (k, ssk2p) repeat around
Round 11: k
Round 12: (k2tog) repeat around

Finish off with pulling the long tail through the remaining stitches on the needle. Pull tight and knot. Weave in your ends.



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Monday, March 11, 2019

Campfire Hat

A Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern 



When I made the Pinevale scarf, I had a rough idea that I wanted to make a hat with the same stitch pattern. I didn't have any more of the yarn that I used for it so I went in I totally different direction for the colors. I'm not disappointed though. I don't think you will be either.

I used Hayfield spirit yarn for this hat. It is some yarn that I won off of ebay. It is a really soft acrylic yarn that has a touch of wool in it. The colors are really vibrant and just scream warmer weather and no more winter doldrums.

This is a hat that is worked with Tunisian crochet. The hat is worked flat from the bottom up and then seamed at the end.

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Designer: Julia Schwartz

Yarn: Hayfield Spirit double knitting, 80% arylic 20% wool, 100g, 345m/377 yrds, shade 0400

Hook: 6mm Tunisian hook.

Notions: tapestry needle

Size: Circumference 20 inches stretches to fit most adults

Gauge: 13 sts 16 rows equals 4 inches

Special Stitches:

  • TPS (Tunisian Purl stitch): (forward pass) Place yarn in front of your work, insert your hook into the left vertical bar of the st below, yo and pull your yarn through. (Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
  • TKS (Tunisian Knit stitch): (Forward pass)working with the yarn behind your work, insert your hook between the vertical bars below the horizontal bars in the st below, yo, pull the yarn through, keep your loop on the hook.(Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
  • Spike Stitch: (forward pass) working with the yarn behind your work, insert your hook between the vertical bars that are 3 rows below the working row,, yo, pull the yarn through bringing it up to the working row, keep your loop on te hook. (return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
  • TK3tog (Tunisian knit 3 together): (forward pass): working with the yarn behind your work insert your hook through the left vertical loops of the next 3 stitches, yo, pull the yarn through , keep your loop on the hook. (return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
  • TK2tog (Tunisian knit 2 together): (forward pass): working with the yarn behind your work insert your hook through the left vertical loops of the next 2 stitches, yo, pull the yarn through , keep your loop on the hook. (return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
  • Yo (yarn over): (Forward pass) put the yarn over the hook from back to front, (Return pass): treat this as a loop on the return pass

Copyright:
Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.

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Instructions

Hat Band

Foundation Row: (forward pass) Ch 8, insert hook into each ch and pull up a loop for a total of 8 loops on the hook,
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Rows 1: (forward pass) {TKS}(first loop on the hook counts as a TKS here and throughout) repeat {to} to last st, TKS in the last st.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left. (8 sts)

Row 2: (forward pass) {TPS} repeat {to} to the last st, TKS in the last st.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left. (8 sts)

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for a total of 85 rows

Row 85: sl st in each stitch across. Do not finish off.

Body of the Hat

Row 1: Turn the body of your work 90 degrees and work in the loops down the side. Pick up a loop on your hook for each row You will have 85 loops on your hook.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left. (85 sts)

Rows 2 and 3: (forward pass) {TKS} repeat {to} to last st, TKS in the last st.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left. (85 sts)

Row 4: (forward pass) 2 TKS, {spike st, 3 TKS} repeat {to} 19 times,  spike st, TKS in the last 2 sts.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left. (85 sts)

Row 5: (Forward pass) TKS, {yo, TKS3tog, yo, TKS} repeat {to} 19 times.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left. (85 sts)

Row 6: (forward pass) 4 TKS, {spike st, 3 TKS} repeat {to} 18 times, TKS in the last st.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left. (85 sts)

Row 7: (forward pass) 3 TKS, {yo, TKS3tog, yo, TKS} Repeat (to) 18 times, TKS in the last 2 sts
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left. (85 sts)

Rows 8- 28: repeat rows 4-8 or repeat until your hat measures 7 1/2 inches.

Row 29: (forward pass) 5 TKS, Tks3tog, (9 TKS, TKS3tog) repeat (to) 5 times, TKS in the last 5 sts
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 30: (forward pass) 4TKS, Tks3tog, (7 TKS, TKS3tog) repeat (to) 5 times, TKS in the last 4 sts
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 31: (forward pass) 3TKS, Tks3tog, (5 TKS, TKS3tog) repeat (to) 5 times, TKS in the last 3 sts
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 32: (forward pass) 2 TKS, Tks3tog, (3 TKS, TKS3tog) repeat (to) 5 times, TKS in the last 2 sts
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 33: (forward pass) 1 TKS, Tks3tog, (1 TKS, TKS3tog) repeat (to) 5 times, TKS in the last 1 sts
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 34: (forward pass) 1 TKS, TKS2tog for the remaining stitches
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left. 

Finish off with a 16 inch long tail. Using the tail with a wip stitch sew up the back seam of the hat. 

Weave in your ends.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

March Promotion



March is International Crochet Month. To celebrate all of my crochet patterns in the Ravelry Store are $1.00. Now until the end of the last day in March. The discount happens automatically at check out. Some of you have already taken advantage of the sale without knowing it. Thanks for all of your support.



I also want to share with you some quick house keeping things. I have recently updated my crochet and knitting pages for easier browsing. I will also be adding separate pages for each category, so there will be some extra emails going out as I put those together. Click on the pictures below to see how they turned out.