Monday, July 9, 2018

Vintage Nursery Blanket

A Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern




Someone gifted me some of their yarn stash. Some of it was 15 skeins of this vintage Patons yarn. It is a soft baby sport yarn that was begging to be a blanket. I wanted to design a blanket that could be easily broken into to parts to work on separately. In other words I wanted squares, that I could work on on the go and then add them all together when I was done. I also wanted the pattern to have a vintage feel to it to complement the yarn.


Obviously this yarn is no longer available, but you can substitute any baby sport yarn. Or If you want bigger squares you could pick out a worsted weight yarn. Each square took 1 ounce of yarn, so for a 12 square blanket you will need about 13 ounces, when you include the border.




Yarn: Patons Beehive Astra: 100 % acrylic baby sport weight, 1 oz, 13 skeins

Hook: 00/ 3.5 mm steel hook

Notions: Yarn Needle (to weave in your ends), and sew your squares together

Size: each square is 12 inches

Gauge: 8 tks and 8 rows equals 2 inches.

Stitches used and Special Stitches:

ch, sc, sc2tog, dc, and TKS

sc2tog: Insert hook into stitch, yo and pull through stitch, insert hook in next stitch, yo and pull through stitch, yo and pull through all the loops on the hook.

TKS: (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.

Notes:
This blanket is worked in both Tunisian Crochet and regular crochet.

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.

Where Can I get this pattern? 

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Instructions

Starting Square


Row 1: Ch 8, insert your hook into each ch st, and pull up a loop. (8 loops on your hook)
(return pass): yo pull through 1 loop, {yo, pull through 2 loops} Repeat {to} until there is one loop left on the hook.

Row 2-8: (forward pass) TKS in the next 7 st (for a total of 8 loops on the hook)
(return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, {yo and pull through 2 loops} repeat {to} until there is 1 loop on the hook. At the end of row 8 do not finish off. We will now work in the round.

Round 9: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), (dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the starting st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc2tog in the next 2 sts, ch 3, sk 2 sts, {(2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the next corner st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc2tog in the next 2 sts, ch 3, sk 2 sts} repeat {to} 2 more times, sl st into beg. dc.

Round 10: Sl st into the next dc and ch sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk the 2 dc, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, {(2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the corner ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk the 2 dc, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3}, repeat {to} 2 more times, sl st into beg. dc.

Finish off.



Joining squares 2 and 3

Follow the instructions for first square for the rows 1- 8 and round 9

Round 10: Sl st into the next dc and ch sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk the 2 dc, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 1, sl st into ch 3 corner of first square, ch 1, 2 dc) in the ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk the 2 dc, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 1, sl st into the middle ch 3 of first square, ch 1, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 1, sl st into the next ch 3 corner of first square, ch 1, 2 dc) in the ch 3 sp,  {ch 3, sk the 2 dc, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3},(2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the ch 3 sp repeat {to} sl st into beg. dc. 

Joining square 4

Follow the instructions for first square for the rows 1- 8 and round 9

Round 10: Sl st into the next dc and ch sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk the 2 dc, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, {(2 dc, ch 1, sl st into ch 3 corner of first square, ch 1, 2 dc) in the ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk the 2 dc, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 1, sl st into the middle ch 3 of first square, ch 1, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3}repeat {to}1 time, (2 dc, ch 1, sl st into the next ch 3 corner of first square, ch 1, 2 dc) in the ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk the 2 dc, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sl st into beg. dc.

do not finish off

border around the attached squares


Row 1: Ch 1, sc in the next 2 dc, {3 sc in the ch 3 corner sp, sc in the next 2 dc, (3 sc in the next ch 3 sc) repeat (to) 2 times, sc in the next 2 dc, 1 sc in ch sp, 2 dc in the next 2 dc, (3 sc in the next ch 3 sc) repeat (to) 2 times, sc in the next 2 dc} repeat {to} 3 times, sl st into beg. st.

From here we will go back to working in Tunisian crochet.

 Row 1: (forward pass) ch 4, TKS in the next 3 sts, insert your needle in the the same stitch as your starting ch, yo and pull loop through the yarn, (5 loops on your hook)
(return pass) {yo and pull through 2 loops on your hook} repeat {to} until there is 1 loop left on the hook.

Row 2- 4: (forward pass) tKS in the next 3 sts, insert your needle in the next sc, yo and pull loop through the yarn
(Return pass) {yo and pull through 2 loops on your hook} rpeat {to} until there is 1 loop left on the hook.

Mitered Corner: 

Row 1: (forward pass) TKS in the next 3 sts,
(return pass), yo and pull through 1 loop on your hook, {Yo and pull through 2 loops on your hook}repeat {to} until there is 1 loop on the hook.

Row 2: (forward pass) TKS in the next 2 sts,
(return pass), yo and pull through 1 loop on your hook, {Yo and pull through 2 loops on your hook}repeat {to} until there is 1 loop on the hook.

Rows 3- 5: (forward pass) TKS in the next st,
(return pass), yo and pull through 1 loop on your hook, Yo and pull through 2 loops on your hook

Row 6: (forward pass) TKS in the next st, TKS in the missed stitch of row 2,
(return pass), yo and pull through 1 loop on your hook, {Yo and pull through 2 loops on your hook}repeat {to} until there is 1 loop on the hook.

Row 7: (forward pass) TKS in the next  2 st, TKS in the missed stitch of row 1,
(return pass), yo and pull through 1 loop on your hook, {Yo and pull through 2 loops on your hook}repeat {to} until there is 1 loop on the hook.

Row 8: (forward pass) TKS in the next 3 sts, insert hook into same stitch as the last stitch before the start of the mitered corner
(return pass), {Yo and pull through 2 loops on your hook}repeat {to} until there is 1 loop on the hook.

Repeat Rows 2-4 of the border stitch for 32 rows or until the next corner st.

At next corner stitch follow the directions of the mitered corner.

Keep repeating until the border is all the way around the square. Finish off with a long tail. Wip stitch the 1st row and the last row together with the long tail.

Assembling the squares


When all the squares are made, seam the squares together with your preferred method.
Sc around the seamed squares for 2 rounds. 
Finish off
Weave in your ends

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Monday, June 25, 2018

The Ultimate List of Dishcloths

A round-up of dishcloths that will help you learn



There is no secret that I love making dishcloths. I especially love making ones that are going to help me learn a new stitch or technique. They work as great swatches. Then after I have learned something new I can easily re-gift my little swatch.

For this round up I wanted to provide you with dishcloths that had something different about them. Take a look through them and learn something new. There are 12 knit patterns and 12 crochet patterns.

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Alhambra Dishcloth
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Honeycomb Dishcloth
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Honeycomb Dishcloth

Turkish Tiles cloth
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Celtic Cables Dishcloth
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Dandelion Dishcloth 
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Textured Comb Cloth
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Bright Chevron Dishcloth
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Moondoggie Bag

A free knitting pattern


For the longest time I have been wanting to make a knit version of the Copy Cat Bag. I have it ready for today. So I will need to explain the name a little. I wanted the name to go along with the crocheted version, I thought whats the opposite of cats, (well dogs), and I liked how the colors I chose reminded me of the beach, which reminded me about the movie Gidget and her man was named Moondoggie. So there you go; that was my thought process on the name for the bag.

I changed a few things. The biggest being that I used worsted cotton yarn for the bag instead of Lustersheen. With the larger yarn, it's able to be worked up quickly over the weekend.

This bag is the perfect size to throw your kindle or tablet in and small project to go relax at the park or beach to find your own Moondoggie. I lined my bag and added handles. All of these things are totally optional. Try different things to really make it your own.


Where can I get this Pattern?


This is a free knitting pattern found right here on Designs by Diligence. Just keep scrolling down to read the pattern. If you would like to purchase an ads free, printer friendly PDF you can through my Ravelry Pattern Store for $3.00.
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Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Bernat HandiCrafter 100% cotton 2 skeins colors coral and navy
Needles: size 9 (6.0 mm), I switched to a size 7 (4.5 mm) 24 inch circular needle for the brim of the bag.
Notions: yarn needle to weave in your ends, liner fabric, fabric for handles, thread, sewing machine
Size: 10 in by 10 in
Gauge: 15 st for 4 in and 20 rows
Stitch terms: 
k: knit, p:purl, kfb: knit front and back 

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.



Instructions 

Middle of bag

Cast on 80 stitches using your favorite cast on method

Row 1: With color A, p (80 sts)
Row 2: k (80 sts)
Rows 3-8: repeat rows 1 and 2
Rows 9-16: Change to color B, continue repeats rows 1 and 2.
Rows 17-24: Change to color A, continue repeating rows 1 and 2.
Bind off.

Sides of bag (make 2)


Cast on 12 stitches using your favorite cast on method
Row 1: Wtih color A, p (12 sts)
Row 2: k 3, kfb, k 2, kfb, k3 (14 sts)
Row 3: p
Row 4: k4, kfb, k2, kfb, k4 (16 sts)
Row 5: p
Row 6: k5, kfb, k2, kfb, k5 (18 sts)
Row 7: p
Row 8: k6, kfb, k2, kfb, k6 (20 sts)
Row 9: switch to color B, p
Row 10: K7, kfb, k2, kfb, k7 (22 sts)
Row 11: p
Row 12: k (22 sts)
Row 13- 16: repeat rows 11 and 12
Rows 17-24: change to color A, repeat rows 11 and 12
Rows 25- 32: Change to color B, repeat rows 11 and 12
Rows 33-40: Change to color A, repeat rows 11 and 12
Rows 41-48: Change to color B, repeat rows 11 and 12
Bind off



Sewing your bag together. 

  • First fold the sides in half  long ways so stitch 1 is touching stitch 12. Wip stitch row 1 together. Repeat on the other side piece.  
  • Then fold your middle piece together to find the middle stitch and mark it.
  • Put one side piece and middle piece together with the knit sides facing together. 
  • Wip stitch them together, it won't be stitch to stitch for every color change you will need to skip a stitch for it to come out even. 
  • Repeat on the other side. 
When all the seams are sewn together, add a Rim
Pick up each stitch around the bag opening with color A using circular needles, knit 5 rounds and bind off.
Weave in your ends.

Add the lining and handles to your bag.
Go enjoy the beach!

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