Saturday, January 19, 2013

Solomon's stitch

I recently noticed that I didn’t have a black scarf. There’s no sense in crocheting a heavy, warm one, we’ve had a mild winter and it’s almost over.  Two of mine are the Surreybelle pattern and the other is single crochet, my first project. The Surreybelle is a great pattern to work with. I even altered it for an ear warmer. Go here to visit Sarah's Sweethearts blog for the pattern. But, I want a lacey, black scarf and the Surreybelle won’t work.  Also, I’ve had my eye on the Solomon’s stitch, AKA the love knot.  Surfing the web, I came across Beth Ham’s tutorial on youtube. Excellent! Her video is the best I’ve seen.  I’ve completed the scarf in a short time.   At first, it was difficult. I just followed along, repeating what I was watching. click here   for Beth to teach you.     

Monday, December 3, 2012


I recently went to NYC with my oldest daughter's choir. I knew we would be at a taping of the Today Show on NBC. To attract Al Roker's attention I crocheted a look alike doll for him. Truly an awesome trip.
Check out the videos. Jezamyn giving Al his doll from Liberty Crochet
                                  slow motion: I just love the kid's smiles and can't get enough :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

What a doll

Have you seen By Hook, By Hand blog? If not, you are really missing out. I first saw her Teacup Spirit dolls the end of last summer. I had to make one for my daughter and two for my nieces. They have been such a big hit that I thought I would share some photos. My daughter’s friend, Bailee, wanted a blonde doll for her birthday. I had three requests from different people in the same week wanting to purchase dolls, even a “dad” doll.
The pattern directions are extremely detailed. Don’t be so overwhelmed that it discourages you from trying; it is not that difficult. My fingers are not small. Plus I cracked mu knuckles more than once and they are huge. I can’t use the hook size she recommends so I use a D (3.25mm) hook. Other than the doll being tiny, she is possible to crochet. Hopefully your fingers are agile enough; she is so incredibly rewarded to create.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sophia's granny throw

The ruffled edge was made by alternating 2 and 3 dc in each stitch around.
My daughter has asked for a blanket for her birthday. It is not until November, but I am sure she doesn’t look here, so no surprise will be ruined by me posting this now. I used all Hometown USA yarn from Lion Brand and a N15/10mm hook. The colors I used are Washington Denim, Minneapolis Purple, and Monterey Lime. I feel like this yarn is too thick to use for a blanket. It is still soft, yet it feels stiff. There is a pattern on the LB site, but I didn’t use it, only for the idea. It is made up of fairly regular grannies, however it has one twist I haven’t seen anyone else crochet. Do you notice what it is? The purple colored, ribbon-like band is made by single crocheting one row. On the next row, granny like usual, but use the same holes as the previous row. Basically, you pretend as if the purple sc row is not there. I wanted to try something different, but I was too lazy to look for patterns that night. I can’t remember how I came up it. It is more enjoyable for me lately to allow the yarn fly off the hook. I’ve grown to feel constrained when using a pattern. I think it has something to do with constantly being in the van, chauffeuring the kids to and from practices. I hope this inspires you to try a new spin on an older stitch. There is no wrong in crochet (unless it doesn’t fit).  J

Close up of the purple ribbon row.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Handlebar 'stache

I don’t know what it is, but there are mustaches everywhere. Have you seen the pictures of handlebars with the words “I mustache you a question.” And “I’ll shave it for later. I’ve seen stickers with a variety of different style ‘staches at Wal-mart.
Mustaches have also seemed to have had an influence on the crochet world as well. There are quite a bit of patterns for bearded beanies. Stand alone ‘staches are harder to come by. An easy one that still looks good is next to impossible. That is about to change.
Handlebar ‘stache
What I used: small amount of ww yarn
What I did: Make two pieces. Single crochet 8x into a magic ring. Mark the first stitch in each round. Do not join or chain. (8sc)
Round1: 2sc in first st, sc, repeat to end. (12sc)
Round2: 2sc in first st, sc 2x, repeat to end. (16sc)
Rounds3&4: sc in each st to end.
Round5: sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, sc11x. (14sc)
Round6: sc2tog, sc 4x, repeat to end. (11sc)
Round7: sc2tog, sc 2x, repeat to end. (8sc)
Round8: sc in ea st to end.
Round9: sc2tog, sc 2x, repeat to end. (6sc)
Round10: sc in ea st to end.
Round11: sc2tog, sc, repeat to end. (4sc)
Rounds12-15: sc in ea st to end.
When I have completed round 4 of the second piece, I sew them together firmly using the tails ends. If the pieces are not sewn tight enough, the ends droop. 

you may enjoy my pattern for free, even sell your finished projects, but please do NOT claim them as your own/sell them as your own

Monday, October 1, 2012

Long braided beanie

Here is a free pattern for a beanie that reminds me of a story about a girl named Rapunzel.  Don’t let this project scare you, it is simple to crochet. It does take more time to cut the strands of yarn for the long braids, and to crochet the many flowers, but any little girl would love to have it added to their dress up collection. Just in time to be finished for Halloween, also.

Long braided beanie

What I used:  worsted weight yellow yarn, you can use any hair color, stitch markers, I (5.5mm) hook

What I did:  10 dc in a magic ring. Do not join; use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round.
Round1: 2dc in each stitch. (20dc)
Round2: 2dc in first st, dc in next, repeat to end. (30dc)
Round3: 2dc in first st, dc in next two st. (40 dc)
Round4: 2 dc in first st, dc in next three st. (50dc)
Round5: 2dc in first st, dc in the next four st. (60dc)
Rounds6-10: dc in ea st. (60dc)
Round11: sc in first st, skip two st, 5dc ss, skip two st, sc, repeat to end, ending with a slst. Fasten off and weave in ends. (10shells)

Cut around 90 strands of yarn at 70” long. These are for the braids. I used 1/3 baby weight in a lighter yellow and the rest using the same ww yarn as the hat body. I used stitch markers to mark off the front middle four shells with the end shells being halves. This is my front, I do not tassel the yarn strands here, but in every double crochet stitch that is not in the front. I did not tassel the single crochet stitches.  Take three strands of yarn and fold them in half. Pull the middle through a stitch on the hat making a loop. Now, pull the loose ends through the loop. This is similar to how you would add tassels or fringe. Repeat around to the other side, but remember to only tassel in DCs, not the SCs.
After completing that, divide the hair in half and braid each side. I tied off with a rubber band and then a piece of yarn into a bow. I attached the flowers to clippies and barrettes. This way the braids can be undone and redid, or left undone and combed for play.

Sorry, I am not posting the flower patterns. There are already several beautiful, fun flower patterns available online and I am a busy mom of three with the next few weeks being busier than usual (I feel like I am always say that!). I am sorry, but I wanted to have this hat pattern online in enough time so it can be done before Halloween and I am out of my blog time….. for now.
Here are a few links to free flower patterns.

Happy Hooking!

You may enjoy my pattern for free, even sell your finished projects, but please do NOT claim them as your own/sell them as your own.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mouse head

It seems like “loveys” are the new fall fad. And why not? They are as simple as they are versatile. There are as many lovey ideas already thought of, but with your imagination, or your kid’s idea, you can make a lovey of your own. I chose a simple design, traditional Mickey and Minnie. I love the idea of getting my blanket fix on a much smaller level. Since I also like to switch my stitches around, I chose a different pattern for each to keep it interesting for me. Click here to see my last lovey, the frog.

Mouse head

What I used: small amount of worsted weight black yarn, G (4mm) hook
Do not slip stitch or chain. This pattern is worked in rounds. Use a marker to keep track of your stitches. Stuff with washable, baby safe material as you go.

What I did: 6 single crochet in a magic ring.
Rnd1: 2sc ss in each stitch around. (12sc)
Rnd2: 2sc ss, sc in the next stitch, repeat to end. (18sc)
Rnd3: 2sc ss, sc in the next 2 st, repeat to end. (24sc)
Rnd4: 2sc ss, sc 3x, repeat to end. (30sc)
Rnd5: 2sc ss, sc 4x, repeat to end. (36sc)
Rnds6-11: sc in each st. (36sc)
Rnd12: sc2tog, sc4x, repeat to end. (30sc)
Rnd13: sc2tog, sc 3x, repeat to end. (24sc)
Rnd14: sc2tog, sc2x, repeat to end. (18sc)
Rnd15: sc2tog, sc, repeat to end. (12sc)
Rnd16: sc2tog repeating to end. (6sc)

Make sure the hole is not too big for the stuffing to come loose.

Repeat to round 5 twice for the ears and sew firmly in place. Sew the head firmly onto the lovey and weave in all ends.

For Mickey I used a variation of this square. For Minnie I used a variation of this pattern from Bernat. You will need to log in to view.

You may enjoy my pattern for free, even sell your finished projects, but please do NOT claim them as your own/sell them as your own.