Thursday, November 5, 2015

Alice Button Cowl, Free Crochet Cowl Pattern


Free Crochet Cowl Pattern








Another gorgeous crochet pattern that works up quick! I love everything about this cowl from the coconut shell buttons to the yarn and last but not the least the stitch pattern. It took me just two skeins of Big Twist yarn and it was one of those patterns that grew a mile a minute. Perfect for impatient people like me! Though the color of this yarn was perfect it was so hard to capture it on camera. I love the name of the yarn color too, Cinnamon. The cloudy day didn't help at all. I finally had to make my mannequin lie down to get some decent shots. 

Crochet Pattern
                                                                              
Materials
1. Worsted weight yarn. I used Cinnamon from Big Twist yarns 
2. Hook- H (5mm)
3. Yarn needle for weaving in the yarn tails
4. 3 Large wooden buttons. I used coconut shell buttons that are 1 7/8 inches wide.


Size
One size fits all women. Finished Scarf is 35 inches long and 12 inches wide.

Gauge
15 dc stitches = 5 inches

Yardage
Around 275 Yards.  

Stitch Abbreviations
The pattern is in standard American terms.
dc- double crochet
sc- single crochet
ch- chain
sk- skip

Chain 105 +2
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, * ch 3, sk 3 chains, 1 sc in next 2 ch, repeat from * till the end. Turn.--------21 chain loops

Row 2: Ch 3 ( counts as first dc here and throughout), sk next sc, 5 dc in next ch loop, * sk next 2 sc, 5 dc in next ch loop, repeat from * to last 2 sc, sk next sc, 1 dc in last sc ( beginning ch of the first round). Turn. ------------21 groups of 5 dc

Row 3 (Right Side): Ch 1 ( counts as first sc here and throughout), sc in next dc, * ch 3, sk 3 dc, 1 sc in next 2 dc, repeat from * to end of row. Turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 till your cowl is 12 inches wide.

Finishing

1. Weave in any tails left.

2. Sew on the buttons to one of the longer sides, The first and last button should be 12 inches apart. 



You can download a pdf copy here: Alice Button Cowl

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Angelina Ear Warmer, Chunky Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern






Looking for a quick one skein project?  This Earwarmer can be worked up in an hour and with just one skein. Chunky and Stylish, a much needed accessory for the Fall season. It will give you warmth while not messing up your hair too much. I used this lovely red color from Hometown USA and it came out gorgeous. A simple to work textured stitch is used for the Earwarmer and you will be done in no time. a great item for gifting or for craft fairs. 

* It is made using Size 6 Super Bulky Yarn. I used one skein of Hometown USA
* It is worked using a K (6.5mm) hook
* The finished Earwarmer measures 4 1/2 inches wide and 21 inches after it is buttoned up. 
* The button closure is functional and not just for embellishment.



Download the pattern here: Angelina Earwarmer

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Autumn Cowl, Chunky Hooded Cowl, Free Crochet Pattern













I have had this Super Bulky yarn lying around since last Winter and have been thinking of making something with it. Finally, turned it into this toasty hooded cowl. I hate hats as they mess up my hair and would prefer a hood anytime. The hood has been designed  not to have a beak at the back. This cowl used up 5 skeins of Hometwon USA from Lionbrand, Luckily, it was the cheapest Super Bulky yarn that I could ever find and didn't break my bank. Whenever designing with Bulky yarn, my mantra has always been to keep it simple and let the yarn do all the talking. This cowl is simple and quick to make and uses a variation of the dc to add some texture to your work. It is a hood and an infinity cowl all in one. Since my Mannequin did not have a proper shoulder, I struggled to keep the cowl part on her while photographing. Anyway, I hope you get the idea. 

Materials
1. Yarn: Super Bulky, size 6 yarn. I used Hometown USA from Lion Brand. The
UK/Australian equivalent is 14 ply.
2. Hook: Hook K (6.5 mm) and a hook H (5mm) to weave in the tails.

Size
Finished measurements: Hood is 12 inches high and the cowl is 47 inches long including the hood.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Claire Finger less Mittens, Free Crochet Pattern














This mittens pattern looks so classy. I love the blue pair so much and would be keeping it for myself. It would make a lovely accessory to flaunt in Fall and also to keep your hands warm in your air conditioned offices. You can make the inner layer dark and the lacy layer a lighter shade or even do the reverse. Either way this design would look stunning. It is an amazing one skein project that would make a great gift. You can make the matching Claire Boots and gift a matching pair. I am sure the recipient would be super excited. 

                    The pattern includes lots of pictures of every stage to make it easier. I used Vanna's choice for the inner layer and Bernat Cotton-ish for the lacy layer. I did get good results using acrylic DK weight yarn for the lacy layer too. 

* The pattern is written in Standard American Terms

* Pattern requires worsted weight yarn and small amounts of DK weight yarn.

* Pattern used H(5mm) hook and E (3.5mm) hook.

* It fits a woman's hand. The finished mittens is 3.5 inches wide at the base and 9 1/4 inches long.


Download this lovely pattern here: Claire Fingerless Mittens

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Charisma Infinity Scarf, Loopy Scarf, Free Crochet Pattern













I am back to designing after a long hiatus and  I am so thrilled to be back. I missed designing new patterns so much, you can expect lots of patterns from me in the upcoming months. As of now, make this charismatic infinity scarf for your Fall Wardrobe. You can wear it in two ways as shown in the picture. The giant flower adds to its charm, Don't you agree?  You can make the flower removable by sewing on a safety pin or crocodile clip behind it. 

I used the color Colonial blue from Vanna's Choice and loved the outcome. It took me less than three skeins.  It would look great in light colors too as the stitch pattern would pop more. I finished the scarf in one day and took me about 6 hours of crocheting. A 5.5 mm hook was used which made it grow fast. The scarf is made flat and then the ends are slip stitched together in a way that keeps the seam invisible on the right side. The flower is worked flat too and then rolled in to shape. 

* This crochet pattern is written in Standard American Terms.

* It uses a I (5.5mm) hook and worsted weigh yarn

* The finished scarf before joining the ends measures 70 inches long and 11 1/2 inches wide


Find the free pattern here: Charisma Infinity Scarf

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Monster Pencil Case or Pouch, Free Crochet Pattern, Back to School










I am excited to present this cute Back to School Monster pencil case!  Every year I think of coming up with a Back to School project and end up finding no time. I made the one in blue and orange first and my little girl loved it. She requested one in pink and orange, so I whipped up a second one. Made using mostly single crochet stitches and cotton worsted weight yarn, it turned out pretty sturdy. I am sure this will keep the kids entertained in their free time. You will need a matching zipper for the pouch. I didn't find an orange zipper and had to use a blue one. If you are intimidated by the zipper, the pattern explains in detail  how to attach the zipper. Hey, there is a first time for everything! You can do this.

You can download the free pattern here: Monster Pencil Case


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Monday, June 15, 2015

Customizable Tablet Case, Free Crochet Pattern for Father's Day















This is a very easy and quick pattern that can be customized for any tablet. You measure as you go making it easy to adapt for any gadget. You can add as many colored stripes as you want or make it in one single color. Since I designed it for Father's Day, I kept the the look simple and elegant. This would make a great project to use up those leftover yarn and I am sure will be a much used gift. I have been using my phone cozy for over two years now. Comes out looking new every time I wash it. 

The pattern uses an H (5mm) hook with 3 shades of worsted weight, size 4 medium yarn. The crochet patterns uses half double  crochet and front post double crochet stitches. You can find my tutorial on working a front post double crochet here: Front Post Double Crochet Tutorial




You can download the free pattern here: Tablet Cozy

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Textured Throw Pillow Cover Crochet Pattern, Free Pattern




















Want a perfect new accessory to light up  your patio or living room? Try this vibrant crochet pattern worked in worsted weight yarn. I love the granny square pillow cases but wanted something more contemporary to go with my decor. You can mix and match the colors to suit your home decor. The stitches used add texture to the cover. I never liked the store bought throw pillows where the cover cannot be taken off and washed. So I added a button closure at the back making it removable and washable. Judging from how many times my little girl wanted to cuddle with it, I anticipate this will need to stand up to a lot of washing. I wish I had the time to try some more color combinations, but then, the next design calls!

                         Pattern uses front post triple stitches. Stitch explanation includes a photo tutorial on how to work this stitch. The pillow cover is worked using worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm Hook. It is designed to fit a 16 X 16 inches square pillow.



You can download the pattern here: Textured Throw Pillow Cover

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Aida Lacy Shawl, Free Crochet Pattern







I wanted to publish this free pattern for Woman's Day, but unfortunately, I was unable to log in to my blog and edit it. It took some time for me to figure out why and by then Woman's Day was already over. To every lovely woman out there who fights her own battles behind closed doors, juggles a million things and is the epitome of unconditional love, A belated Happy Woman's Day! 

                          I hope you enjoy working on this free pattern. This would make a perfect project for Spring, lacy and airy! The stitches used are so tall,  your shawl grows a mile a minute. I was able to complete it in 2 days flat. The part I struggled with was taking the pictures. If there is any part I hate about blogging and crochet, it is capturing the items on camera. Some colors and lighting just don't work in your favor and it makes my blog look less awesome! I hope you see the real beauty behind the crappy pictures of this shawl. For anyone who has the patience, I bet this shawl would look lovelier in a fingering weight, thinner yarn. Enjoy the pattern.

Materials
  1. DK weight, size 3 yarn. Cotton preferable.
  2. Hooks H (5 mm) and F(3.75mm). H hook is used only for the foundation chain.
  3. Yarn needle to weave in the tails
Gauge
7 triple crochet stitches alternating with 4 chains = 10 inches long

Finished Measurements
62 inches long and 24 inches wide.

Yardage
Takes around 650 yards.

Stitch Abbreviations
The pattern is in standard American terms.
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 into the next st and pull up a loop, *(yarn over and pull through 2 loops) 3 times.------A triple crochet made.

Lacy shell: (tr, ch 1, tr, ch 1, tr) all worked into the same st.

Pattern

With H hook, chain 248. If your gauge is different than mine, you are expected to chain a multiple of 5+8.

Row 1: Switch to F hook. 1 tr in the 13th chain from hook ( 4 chains count as the first triple here and throughout), *(ch 4, skip 4 chains, 1 tr in next), repeat from * till the end. Turn.----------- 49 tr

Row 2: Ch 5, 1 tr in the same st as ch-5, 1 lacy shell ( see stitch explanation above) on top of each of the 47 triple crochet stitches, end with a ( tr, ch 1, tr) on top of beginning ch-4. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 8, 1 tr on top of the middle triple of the next lacy shell, *(Ch 4, 1 tr on top of the middle triple of the next lacy shell), repeat from * a total of 46 times, Ch 4, 1 triple on top of the ch-4. Turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 alternately till you get a total of 24 rows. Fasten off and weave in the end.

Your lovely shawl is ready to wear!

Check out my latest pattern for Summer, Woman's Gladiator, comes in both indoor and outdoor versions



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