Wednesday, August 12

Badiane Scarf to Crochet

Badiane is a cute scarf to work up in a sock/fingering weight yarn (or even a lace weight). It would look killer made in a mohair yarn. The motif looks like a star anise. My friend Jamie suggested I use the French word for star anise, which is badiane, as the name of this design. The lace motif is very open but don't worry, if you wrap this scarf twice around your neck it will definitely keep you warm.

The standard turning chains normally used in crochet have been elongated to form a loop edging along the sides of the scarf.

I made my sample with Knit Picks Gloss Fingering weight yarn that was dyed by Jamie in a seaglass colorway. Fitting that she also named the scarf. LOL!

You need about 300 yards of fingering weight yarn and a size G (4 mm) crochet hook for this project. My scarf measured 64.5" long x 5" wide and blocked to 86" long x 5/75" wide. How much it grows depends on if you used a blockable fiber and how severely you block.

Make the scarf as long or short as you like. Seam the ends together if you would rather have a cowl type scarf.

The 3 page pattern has written instructions and a crochet chart. The pattern is available as a pdf download through my Ravelry pattern store for $3.00.

I'm donating all proceeds from this pattern to the Mercy Corp.

Thursday, July 23

Zipper Shawl to Crochet

My Zipper Shawl is a triangle shawl that is fast to hook with sport weight yarn and a size H (5 mm) crochet hook. I used 2 balls of Premier Serenity Garden (370 yds) to make this shawl plus 60 yards of cotton for the border. (430 yards of sport weight yarn)

Constructed sideways from tip to center in two pieces and seamed with an almost invisible zipper seam down the middle. Then add a border around the shawl.

Finished size: 62" wide x 19" long and 70" wide x 23" long (after blocking)

Block or not, it’s up to you.

You can make this with any weight of yarn by changing the hook size to suit the yarn. Easy to make larger or smaller. Start shawl with both ends of your yarn and work until both pieces are the same size. Seam them together and add the border in the same yarn or a coordinating or contrasting color.

The 4 page pattern includes written instructions and two crochet charts for $3.00.

Ridgeline Spiral Blanket to crochet

Ridgeline Spiral Blanket is my newest crochet design. This blanket was made with only 2 skeins of Lion Brand Ice Cream yarn with a size J (6 mm) crochet hook.  (788 yards of sport weight yarn)
The blanket is worked in a continuous spiral with no joined rounds. Working in the BLO produces a ridge that spirals around the blanket. Work in one color, multiple bands of color, or a yarn with a long color run like I used.

Although this is sized at 33” across as a baby blanket, it can be made any size you wish with any weight of yarn. You will need to choose a hook larger than usually recommended for the yarn.

The same size baby blanket made in worsted weight yarn uses only 600 yards of yarn with a size K (6.5 mm) hook.

The 4 page pattern includes written instructions, two photo tutorials and a crochet chart. The pattern sells for $3.00. You can purchase it through my pattern store on Ravelry.

Free pattern: Felted Phone Belt Case to knit

My Felted Phone Belt Case pattern has just been uploaded to Ravelry.

Knit this cell phone case to hang from your belt or strap of your purse. The case is knit flat from the top down using a provisional cast on. When the strip is long enough to be folded in half to fit over a belt with a little to spare, it is joined into a belt loop. Then cast on stitches to work the pouch flat (or in the round), three needle bind off the bottom seam and sew the side seam. Felt the case to make it thicker and durable. Thread your belt (or purse strap) through the loop at the left in the picture and you are ready to go.

I used a size 8 knitting needle with about 40 yards of 100% wool (not superwash!) and felted the case to fit my husband’s iPhone 4. It’s easy to change the size to fit whatever phone you have. The 3 page pattern has written instructions and some photos to help along the way.

The pattern is a free download in my Ravelry pattern store. 

Wednesday, June 17

Raindrops Falls - a lace poncho to crochet

Raindrop Falls is a gorgeous lace poncho that works up quickly in a DK weight yarn. Crochet it in cotton or a summery yarn for warm weather or a wool or warmer for cooler spring and fall wear.

It is constructed in the round from the neck down and finishes with a beautiful lace border.

You'll need 500 yards of DK (or light worsted) weight yarn and a size J (6 mm) crochet hook. The pictured poncho was made with 5 balls of Knit Picks Cotlin.

The neckline measures 26" around, 53" wide after increase rounds, 18" long, and 73" wide at bottom. It has not been blocked though you may do so if you like.

Make it with any weight of yarn by changing the hook size to suit the yarn and changing the number of stitches in the beginning round.

It can easily be adapted into a skirt.

The 4 page pattern has written instructions and a crochet chart. It sells for $5.00 in my Ravelry pattern store.

Tuesday, May 19

Crochet a Cogswell Spirals dishcloth or coaster

Cogswell Spirals is a simple cloth crocheted from the center out in continuous spirals (no joining rounds). Stitches are worked in loops on the wrong side of the cloth. A picot border finishes the cloth with a steam punky, gear look.

You’ll need 30 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn and a size H (5 mm) crochet hook for a 6” cloth. Also included in the pattern is a 4” coaster size.

The four page pattern includes written instructions and crochet charts. The pattern is available as a download through my Ravelry pattern store for $2.00.

Monday, May 18

Endless Hearts - a crochet project

Endless Hearts is my newest design. Actually, this one has been simmering for a year or two. I've worked on it and put it aside when the stitch pattern just wouldn't come together the way I wanted it to. I pulled it out earlier this year when it was still cold. It still didn't want to cooperate and it went into time out for a month or so before I gave it one last chance and the design came together.

Endless Hearts is a mobius cowl-type scarf that features heart motifs. My friend Chris came up with a very fitting name for it. The secret to how this scarf works is the mobius twist at the beginning.

You'll need a size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook and 280 yards of a worsted weight yarn for the longer (red) scarf. It measured 54" around x 8" tall. I steam blocked it and it grew to 64" around. Blocking is not necessary. I did it to provide better stitch definition for pictures. The red scarf was made with Red Heart Shimmer. Shimmer is a soft, slightly fuzzy, worsted weight yarn, that has a sparkle thread twisted through it.

The pattern gives directions for a shorter version too. You'll need about 165 yards of worsted weight yarn and it measures 28" x 8". 

The pattern can be worked in any weight of yarn by changing the hook size to suit the yarn and adjusting the stitches at the beginning.

The three page pattern has written instructions for both sizes and a crochet chart. It sells for $3.00 from my Ravelry pattern store.