Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dragon Slayer Scarf


A Free Crochet Pattern

 This Pattern was originally posted on Crochetvolution which is no longer operational. I will be moving the patterns over to my blog so you can continue to use the free patterns

With my move to a colder climate draws nearer I have started a collection of scarves, and just warmer things in general. I wanted a scarf that was thick and cozy, but had a lacey look to it at the same time. This pattern is what resulted. The things that I love about this scarf are that you determine the length of the scarf in the first row, and that it is worked horizontally not vertically. The other thing that I like is that it is only three rows, so it is really easy to work up. 

One size
Model size is 6 in by 60 in.


Lion Brand:  Homespun yarn 1 skein
Bulky 5

The white scarf was made with Lion Brand: Wool- Ease Thick and Quick Super bulky 6 (2 skeins)

Hook: K/ 10.5 (6.5mm)

Not really necessary for this pattern.

            To complete the scarf you will make rows 1- 3, then you will turn the scarf over and repeat rows 2 and 3.
Special stitches:
Picot: Ch 4, sl st in st just made.

Row 1: Ch 9, join with sl st in 1st ch to make a loop, ch 3, make 8 dc in loop, {ch 9, sl st into last dc made, ch 2, sl st in loop with last dc (the first loop), turn so that string ends up in front of work, 9 dc in new loop} continue repeating {to} till you have your desired length and your end loops are facing opposite directions.(it should lay flat without any wave, like in the picture).

Row 2: Ch 5(counts as first dc and ch 2), turn, (dc in next dc, ch 2) five times, dc in next dc, sc in ch loop,{(dc in next dc, ch 2) 6 times, dc om next dc, sc in ch loop}, repeat {to}  till the end of the row.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in sc,{ (sc in next dc, picot, sc in next ch space) 6 times, sc in next dc, and sc in next sc}, repeat {to} till end of the row. Finish Off.

Turn scarf over and repeat rows 2 and 3 on the other side of the loops.

Finish off and weave in all ends.  

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Zig Zag Baby Blanket.

I have not been updating very regularly lately. That is because I have been keeping a secret from you. I am expecting my second baby soon; like in 5 weeks. I feel like I have been struck with pregnancy brain double hard this time. I have been designing, but when it comes to writing the pattern out it is like I have a major brain freeze. I have a few drafts on my computer, but they just stare at me with sad eyes saying, "People do want to see what you are doing." One of these days I will get back to the program.

For this baby I thought it would be fun to knit for it since I crocheted a lot of things for my daughter. I started with a hat. It turned out okay. Then I made a dress, that ended up being way to small, I'm being told that this baby is measuring in the 80th percentile so I don't have high hopes of it fitting. I also made some leggings, they turned out great. When I get a picture of her wearing them I will post it.

Lastly I made a blanket. (I still have 5 weeks. I'm sure I will think of other things to make.)

I used a stitch pattern that I found on Purl Bee. The Rick Rack Scarf. I made 4 inch squares with the stitch pattern. I used a German twisted cast on, and cast on 25 stitches for 22 rows. For the cast off I used a stretchy cast off.

For the border of the blanket I really wanting to knit on a mitered edge, but I could just not figure out how to do it. So I compromised; went with what I knew and used crochet.  The stitch is a Tunisian Purl stitch and I chained 12. I made short rows for the corners to make the mitered corners. I finished off the edge with a reverse single crochet.

Some of you will comment, "but all the weaving of the loose ends." I know, I know it is horrible. I hate them too. This time though it was not that bad. I kept the ends really long and I wove them in using a yarn needle. Also it turns out my daughter really likes weaving in the ends. I think she did about half of them for me. So you can always hire your kids out to do the unpleasant parts.

I hope this brings you inspiration to create something that is completely different from the original.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Butterfly Kindle Sleeve

I wanted to share with you something that I have been working on. I finished this sleeve for my Kindle Paper White last week. I feel so accomplished at how beautiful it turned out.
I had this idea in my head that I wanted to make a sleeve that had Irish lace on it, and I specifically wanted a butterfly to go on the front. I spent a few nights on Pintrest looking through different Irish Crochet pictures and I slowly formed what you see in the picture.

For the butterfly I took a lot of inspiration from the picture found in the antique pattern library.

For the motifs on the back I used the diagrams found at this blog.

For the top edging I used the diagram found at this blog.

For the small flowers I took inspiration from the butterfly wings and top edging and made up my own flower.

The last pictures are of how I pieced it together. 

For the base of the sleeve I used Luster Sheen. It is a beautiful peacock blue color that really does not show up well in the photos. I got it from an estate sale and I have been saving it for something special. For the lace part I used a worsted size ten thread. All together it probably took 10 hours. I made a lot of it while I watched all the episodes of Broad Church. A very good BBC Mystery.

I know this will be something I keep for a very long time.

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