Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Chunky Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern, Knit Look Crochet Scarf, Addison Infinity Scarf











This infinity scarf is worked with super chunky yarn ( size 6) and a very large hook. The scarf has a knit look to it and will make a wonderful uptown accessory in two to three hours. The challenge with designing using a chunky yarn has always been to keep the stitches simple and not over the top. With a yarn that has so much personality, I feel you should keep the design minimal and let the yarn do all the talking. Photographing it was another big challenge. I had to play so much with  the lighting to finally capture the real colors. I still feel the pictures don't do much justice to the real scarf. You can make the scarf in two colors like I did or one single color. I think it would look lovely in colors mustard or purple. Crochet this chunky scarf to add spice to your winter wardrobe this season.

I used 4 skeins of Cozy wool from Loops and Threads for this scarf. If you are looking for a cheaper option for the same yarn weight, you can use Hometown USA from Lion Brand. It won't break your bank and comes in a kaleidoscope of colors.

* The pattern uses Super Bulky, size 6 yarn. I used Cozy Wool from Loops and Threads in colors Granite and Fleece. The UK/Australian equivalent is 14 ply.
* The pattern uses a Q hook (15.75mm)
* The scarf is 62 inches in circumference and 9 inches wide.
*Pattern is written in US terms



Find the free pattern here: Addison Infinity Scarf

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Brooklyn Fingerless Mitts or Wrist Warmers, Free Crochet Pattern


Fingerless Mittens Free Crochet Pattern








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This crochet pattern was designed as an afterthought to match my Brooklyn Boot cuffs published last week. I must say,  they make an amazing pair. The crochet pattern uses the same stitch as the Brooklyn boot cuffs and works up in just half the time.  You can wear it in your cold office rooms or outdoors, a perfect accessory where style meets comfort. Fingerless mitts keep your fingers free to hold a book or text to your heart's content. What's more? They are fairly easy to make with very little shaping, unlike the regular mittens.

       The stitches used are easy to learn and give it a nice texture. The wooden buttons used are optional and are only for embellishment. The mittens can be worked in less than two hours and can make a cherished handmade Christmas gift. So grab your hook and yarn and make a pair today.

Materials
1. Worsted weight ( size 4 medium) yarn
2. Hook – G (4.25mm)
3. Two ¾ inch wooden buttons
Gauge
Using G hook, 16 sc rows worked in back loops = 4 inches
Size
Finished size: 3.5 inches wide and 7 ½ inches long
Yardage
100 Yards for a pair

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Brooklyn Boot Cuffs, Free Crochet Pattern














Fall is here and it is my favorite Season of the year when it is neither too hot nor too cold. I love how the leaves change colors and the the gentle rustling of the winds play music in the air. I adore the sound of the word "Autumn", as romantic as the Season itself. Boots and cowls are my favorite accessory for Fall and what better way to jazz it up than with a pair of boot cuffs. Crochet yourself a pair and turn one pair of boots into many. They are quick to work up and can add variety to your wardrobe. The stitch used gives it a nice texture. Add to it two wooden buttons and you have a stylish accessory that can make your legs look longer.


These boot cuffs can be worked in a couple of hours. Make them with a matching pair of mittens and you have a wonderful Christmas Gift. I enjoyed photographing them as much as making them. The pine cones added the right measure of pizzazz. They looked so beautiful, I was tempted to focus more on the pine cones than the boot cuffs themselves. I hope you will enjoy sporting these boot socks as much as I did while designing them. 


Materials
1. Worsted weight ( size 4 medium) yarn
2. Hook – G (4.25mm) and F ( 3.75mm)
3. 2 Pairs of ¾ inch wooden buttons
Gauge
Using G hook, 17 sc rows worked in back loops = 4 inches
Size
Finished size: 12.5 inches around and 6 inches high.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mobile Phone Cozy or Case Crochet Pattern, I phone Cozy, Samsung Cozy, Free Crochet Pattern










This is a very simple and quick pattern that can be adapted to all kinds of phones. You measure as you go making it easy to customize for any size phone. You can work it in a single color or two colors like me. I am planning to keep the gray and cream one for myself. This would make a great project to use up those leftover yarn and I am sure you would find a lot of people you can gift them to among your family and friends. I personally hate putting on the plastic cases that make my sleek phone bulky and think this type of case affords better protection when shoving it into my purse with a gazillion other things. 





Materials
  1. Worsted weight yarn in two colors. A soft cotton yarn like I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby is recommended though any worsted weight yarn that is not too rough will work as well.
  2. Hook F (3.75mm)
  3. One ¾ inch wooden button

Gauge
There is no gauge and you measure as you go making the pattern adjustable for any phone.

Stitch Abbreviations
Pattern is in standard American terms.
sc- single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
fphdc- front post half double crochet
sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
st- stitch

Stitch Explanation
Front post hdc (fphdc): Wrap the yarn around the hook and insert your hook around the post of the next stitch from front, then complete a half double crochet as usual. Please click the link to my front post double crochet tutorial with pictures here: Front Post Double Crochet Tutorial. The idea is the same, the only difference will be that in place of the double crochet you will be working a half double crochet.

Pattern

 Pic 1

Leaving a long tail for sewing, chain 30 with the color you use for the bottom part of the case, wrap it around the width of your phone and see how well it fits (pic 1 above). It should have a little extra, up to 3 or 4 chains for the phone to easily slip in and out. If not, adjust by increasing or decreasing the number of chains. Sl st to the first chain without twisting the chain to form a chain ring. You will work the rest of the rounds in a spiral without turning or slip stitching at the end of the round.

Round 1: ch 1, 1 sc in next chain and each chain till you end in the same chain as the beginning chain 1. Do not turn and do not work a sl st.

Round 2: 1 sc in the next sc and each sc of the round. 

Keep repeating row 2 and work 1 sc in each sc till your work measures 2/3rd of the height of your phone, sl stitch to the next stitch to even out the edges and fasten off.

Pic 2

Now before you join the next color, turn your work inside out and sew the bottom seam shut with the yarn tail you left at the beginning of your work ( see pic 2 above). I worked a running stitch. Weave in the tail. Turn it inside out again to bring the right side outside.


Upper Ribbed Part of the Case

Round 1: Join the new color with a sl st a couple of stitches before the fasten off point. Ch 2 ( counts as first hdc), working over the yarn tail, work 1 hdc in next st and each stitch around, sl st to top of beginning ch 2.

Round 2: Ch 2 ( counts as a hdc), fphdc around next hdc, *(1 hdc in next st, 1 fphdc around next hdc), repeat from * till the end of the round, sl st to top of beginning ch 2.

Round 3: Ch 2 , fphdc around next fphdc, *(1 hdc in next hdc, fphdc around next fphdc), repeat from * till end, sl st to the top of beginning chain 2.

Repeat Round 3 till the case is ½ an inch less than the height of the phone. You can insert the phone inside to check the measurement. If your phone is a smaller one you might even have to stop at Round 2 above.

Single Crochet Round: Ch 1( not counted as a st), 1 sc in next st and each st around, 1 sc in same st as beginning ch 1, sl st to first sc.

Repeat the above round 1 more time. Fasten off. Now if you insert your phone inside, it should go fully in.

Button Loop

                                 Pic 3                        Pic 4

Find the middle of your phone case and sl st at the top middle of your case, chain 17 and sl st into the same st. See Pics 3 and 4 above. Fasten off. Knot the two ends a couple of times and weave them in. 


While weaving in, try to run your needle only through the inner layer of cream color so the tail doesn't show outside. Once you reach the colored bottom part weave them in well.

Finishing
Weave in any yarn tails left and sew on the button to the front.


Enjoy your new creation!

You can download the pattern here, Mobile Phone Cozy.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Alana Lacy Scarf, Free Crochet Pattern
















Once the summer sets in I am always thinking of crochet projects that are wearable on sunny days and a lacy scarf turned out to be the perfect project to feed my crochet addiction. You can hardly see me without my scarf and I think it is the perfect accessory to dress up any plain outfit. looking for a mother's day gift? Why not whip one of these real quick?  It is a fast growing crochet pattern with all the big gaps and the repetitive pattern would put you at ease instantly.  I tried them in acrylic and a blend of cotton, the cotton one came out gorgeous with more stitch definition as you can see in the purple scarf. The red one I whipped up with some leftover baby acrylic yarn and still looks beautiful and light.

Crochet Pattern

Materials
  1. DK weight, size 3 yarn. Cotton preferable.
  2. Hook G (4.25mm).
  3. Yarn needle to weave in the tails
Gauge
2 shells = 4 inches long

Finished Measurements
58 inches long and 6 ½ inches wide not measuring the tassels. Just keep repeating the rows if you want to make it wider. Each row will add ¾ inches to the width.

Yardage
Takes around 250 yards. If you plan to make the scarf wider add 30 yards for each row. Each row adds ¾ inches to the width of your scarf.

Stitch Abbreviations
Pattern is in standard American terms.
hdc- half double crochet
tr- triple crochet
sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
sk- skip
st- stitch 

Stitch Explanation
Triple crochet (tr): It is a taller than a double crochet and worked as follows:
Wrap the yarn around the hook 2 times, insert your hook in to the next st and pull up a loop, *(yarn over and pull through 2 loops) 3 times.------A triple crochet made.
Shells: I have used 2 types of shells in this pattern. Though they are very similar, mixing them up adds more dimension to the pattern.
Lacy shell: (tr, ch 1, tr, ch 1, tr) all worked into the same st.
Solid Shell: ( tr, ch 1, 3 tr ) all worked into the same st.

Pattern

The scarf is worked lengthwise and you start with a very long chain. I found that the shells looked better worked this way :). Please see stitch explanation above for lacy and solid shell.

With G hook Chain 180 + 3 for turning chain. If you chain tightly, use the next size hook for your foundation chain.

Row 1: 1 hdc in 3rd chain from hook, * skip 2 ch , 1 lacy shell in next st, skip 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, * repeat from * to * till end. -----------30 shells

                      

Note: In the next round the beginning Ch 5 counts as the first (tr + ch 1 ) of a shell and the idea is to work a shell in the dip between each of the two shells of the previous round alternating with a hdc in the peak of each shell. See pic 1 on page 3.

Row 2 : ch 5 , 1 tr in first st, sk 2 st, 1 hdc in next st ( the middle tr at the peak of a shell), sk 2 st, *(1 lacy shell into the dip between next two shells, sk 2 st, 1 hdc in to next st on the peak of a shell, sk 2 st ) *, repeat from * to * ending with a (tr, ch 1, tr) in the last st.

Row 3 : Ch 2, 1 hdc in first st, sk 2 st, 1 solid shell in next st at the dip between 2 shells, sk 2 st, 1 hdc in next st at the peak of a shell*, repeat from *-* working last hdc into the top of beginning chain 3.

Row 4: row 2

Row 5: Ch 2, 1 hdc in first st, sk 2 st, 1 lacy shell in next st at the dip between 2 shells, sk 2 st, 1 hdc in next st at the peak of a shell*, repeat from *-* working last hdc into the top of beginning chain 3.

Row 6: ch 5 , 1 tr in first st, sk 2 st, 1 hdc in next st ( the middle tr at the peak of of a shell), sk 2 st, *(1 solid shell in to the dip between next two shells, sk 2 st, 1 hdc in to next st on the peak of a shell, sk 2 st ) *, repeat from * to * ending with a (tr, ch 1, tr) in the last st.

Row 7: Row 5

Row 8: Row 2

If you want to add to the width of your scarf, repeat rows 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 .

Tassels And Finishing
For tassels, cut 4 strands of 8 inches length. Fold at the middle of the strands and pull through the scarf to get a loop, yarn over grabbing all the strands and pull through the loop. Tighten the knot and trim as needed. I attached 5 tassels on each side. Weave in the ends.



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