Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rose Lace Slouchy Free Knit Pattern

 This lacy slouchy hat is so light weight and perfect for any occasion. I actually made this hat for a family member fighting cancer and she loved it! So, this would be a great chemo cap knit pattern! I love this look in a variegated yarn, but the lace pattern would shine in a solid as well. The repeats are fun and keep it interesting! I hope you enjoy this hat!

Materials:
Round Mountain Fibers
Fingering weight yarn
200yds/50g
100% superwash merino
1 skein
US 7-4.5mm Cable needles
Yarn needle

Legend:
Cast On: CO
Knit: K
Purl: P
Slip: Sl
Pass Slip Stich Over: Psso
Yarn Over: yo

Gauge: 
4 sts x 8 rows in knit = 1”
Notes:
1. The hat is made in the round and finished by cinching the last row to close.

Finished Measurements:

Teen-Adult: Circumference 20-22”


To begin:
Cast on 100, sl st to join.
Rounds 1-10: k 2, p 2
Round 11: K 1, * yo, sl 1, k 2, psso 2, repeat from * to last st, k 1
Round 12: Knit
Round 13: * Yo, sl s1, k 2, psso 2, repeat from * to last two sts, k 2
Round 14: Knit
Rounds 15-53: Repeat Rounds 11-14, ending on Round 13.
Round 54: Bind of knitwise, leaving a 18-inch length.

Finishing:
Sew the open edge of the hat together with yarn needle to the top.
To sew the top together: Turn hat wrong side out. Fold hat in half, use yarn needle to sew the center together. * Pull one side to center and sew; now you will have 2 more sides from that one fold. Pull each side to the center and sew. Repeat from * on other side to complete.
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Anchorage Ice Hat Free Knit Pattern


I love how variegated yarn makes the perfect knit hat. Simple and easy, this hat knits up with the basic of stitches: Slip, knit, purl, k2tog and p2tog. Easy! I think that if you give this hat a try, you can't go wrong. Go with a variegated yarn or a solid and this textured hat will be a great accessory to any outfit!

Materials:
US 13-9.0 knitting needles
Lion Brand Hometown USA
100% acrylic, super bulky #6
(64yd/113g per skein)
1 skein #135-216 Anchorage Ice
1 large button
Sewing needle and thread
Yarn Needle

Legend:
Slip (sl)
Knit (k)
Purl (p)
Knit 2 together (k2tog)
Purl 2 together (p2tog)

Gauge: 
7 sts and 12 rows in stockinette = 4” square

Measurement:
Teen/Adult 20-22” Circumference

Note:
This hat is made from bottom up in one panel and then sewn together to finish.



To begin:
Cast on 45.
Rows 1-7: Knit
Row 8: Cast off 5, knit 40.
Row 9: Purl
Rows 10-12 Knit
Rows 13-24: Repeat Rows 9-12.
Row 25: * P6, p2tog, repeat from * to complete row (35 sts).
Row 26: * K5, k2tog, repeat from * to complete row (30 sts).
Row 27: * K2, k2tog, repeat from * to complete row (24 sts).
Row 28: * K1, k2tog, repeat from * to complete row (16 sts).
Row 29: P2tog, repeat 7 more times (8 sts).
Row 30: Cast off knit wise.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Using the yarn needle, sew hat together.

Sew button onto flap to finish.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Weaves Blanket Free Crochet Pattern


If you're looking for a stunning blanket pattern...then this is the pattern for you! It is unique and fun to create! Looking at this blanket, it might look ‘hard’ but step by step you just put it together and wa-lah you have it made! I step you through the directions so that you can create this lovely blanket. It takes 3 different colors, or you could make it solid…multi colors--how ever you want! You will start with strips of double crochet, braid and assemble and then add a simple border. To finish, you will sew the sides together! It's a simple concept with a fantastic finish that I just know you're going to love!
Materials:
Hook: H-5.0mm
Yarn: Medium Weight (weight 4)
Used: Red Heart Super Saver
2 skeins each: light pink, pink camo, brown

Legend:
Chain (ch)
Stitch (st)
Skip
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Double Crochet (dc)

Gauge:
4” square in sc = 13 rows and 11 stitches
Please check gauge and adjust accordingly

Finished size: approx 48 x 60 (can change due to tightness of braid and yarn used)

Notes:
1. The blanket is made in panels and then sewn together.
2. For the ‘weave’, you are going to make 7 of each color for a total of 21 zig-zag pieces (3 in each color).
3. After completing the zig-zag sections, you will weave them together and then join them. After joining them you will join all of the panels and then trim the panels as a whole.



To begin:
For each weave strip:
Ch 185, dc in third st from hook, * dc in each of next 14 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in each of
next 14 ch, sk 1 ch, repeat from * across, ending with the sk 1 st, dc in last st. Fasten off.

After you have your 3 ‘weave’ sections complete. Lay them out and weave (or ‘braid’)
them together. You can flip them and move them so that they line up correctly.
The following photo is after the trim, but you can see how it’s laid out. I had a sweet lady send me a few photos of her's in progress..aren't these colors pretty together?

Starting at the corner of the bottom weave, join the yarn you desire to use as the inside color. At that corner, the camo and pink overlap, join your yarn in the end of the first one and then sc straight around the edges of the end. This will help hold the end together. Ch 5 (these are not attached to anything-it is in the middle of the corners) The next sc will attach your next ‘point/corner’ from the weave. *ch 4; join with sc at the next point on the next st. * repeat until you get to the end of your row. Sc around the end joining all of the edges together as you go.

Ch5 (these are not attached to anything-it is in the middle of the corners) The next sc will attach your next ‘point/corner’ from the weave. *ch 4; join with sc at the next point on the next st. * repeat until you get to the end of your row. Sl st to the first sc.
Ch3
Dc in each Stitch around the panel
Sl st to the 3rd chain in first ch 3 after you dc around.
Your panel is complete.
Make 7 panels.
When the panels are complete. Take a yarn needle and with a contrasting color join them together. Go through both loops two times to make it a solid join. You could slip stitch them together but then you would have a funny ‘seam’ on the back side. So, I recommend just hand sewing them.
When you have the panels sewn together, take the color you used to sew them together join your yarn on the end stitch of the side panel, sc around the outside of all of the panels to trim. When you get to the corners in the middle, sl st and continue to sc around. Blanket is now complete.

As you can see, the weaves are made, braided together, and then sewn together.
Then the panels are sewn together and then trimmed out to complete the blanket.
(these photos are from Natalie Turner--didn't her blanket turn out great!?!)

NEED A LITTLE MORE ASSISTANCE? 
Here are a few tips and photos from one of my testers Ashley Scott.
First, make your strips according to the pattern and braid. Tester used Caron Simply Soft (I used Red Heart Super Saver)

TIP: Tie sections with extra yarn to keep the braid together as you continue to assemble. These ties will be removed as you go.
As you crochet according to the pattern, your first row will look like this:

In progress......

I hope you enjoy this pattern and make several in a variety of colors! 

***If you have any questions, please comment on this post and I'll answer in reply so that all help can be found in one place below pattern. 

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Book Release: Lacy Wraps

I am so excited to announce our newest release: Lacy Wraps. It features 8 beautiful wraps with a modern twist. No fancy lace or anything overly technical...just fun crocheting with design! I think that my favorite is the green...no, red....no, the purple....ah, I want to remake them all. Look at the one on the far right below, isn't it neat with the pearly openings?


I did use a variety of weights in the yarns...everything from a weight 2 to a weight 5! Seriously, you'll love the changes from each! All use basic stitches---so even a beginner can jump in and make these! Have fun, stay warm (and fashionable) and grab your book on Leisure Arts HERE.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Flower Bobble Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Brighten any room with this fun flower bobble motif blanket. The bobbles in the flower add a fun texture that you need to try! My 3 x 3 squares are perfect for a stroller blanket but you can increase amount of squares to make any size of blanket you would like.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

I Like Crochet Feb 2017: 4 Featured Patterns

Get ready for some hook-worthy patterns in this issue of I Like Crochet! It is filled to the top with goodies and it's not all holiday-themed. Seriously, take a look at the 4 I have included: Noteworthy Tote, Good Times Hat, Garden Walk Cape and the Simple Striped Wrap.
This tote is a blast to create...you make the sweet motifs, sew together, add a handle and wa-lah! 
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Baby Bloom Cocoon Free Crochet Pattern

Cuddle your new sweet baby in this thick and thin cocoon. The yarn is unique and makes for a wonderful photography prop as it swaddles the baby. This cocoon works up fast and makes for a great last minute baby shower gift!  It is made with a bulky #5 yarn and trimmed in a medium #4 yarn. It is made in joined rounds and finished with a sweet shell...but if you're making it for boys you can adjust the edging as needed!

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Faux Cable Boot Cuffs Free Knit Pattern

 

Some knitters are nervous about learning how to cable, but with this pattern you can skip all of the fuss. This pattern is easy and does not require any cable knowledge or extra tools. Simple knit and purl is all you need to know and the pattern does the rest! I love this look as it gives you the look of cables, but without all the fuss! Plus, this bulky weight yarn works up so quickly and makes the perfect true boot cuff. 

Materials:
Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky, bulky weight #5 yarn, 100% acrylic (109 yds/100m; 3.5oz/100g)
9.0mm straight needles
Yarn needle

Legend:
Cast On (CO)
Knit (K)
Purl (P)
Bind Off (BO)

Gauge: 
11 stitches x 15 rows in KNIT stitch only

Measurements: 4.5” x 12” (before sewn together)

Notes:
1. The cuffs are made in short rows, back and forth and then sewn together after length is reached.



To Begin:
Cast on 13 stitches.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K3, (knit the 2nd stitch on hook over the first, knit the first) 3 times, K3
Row 4: Purl
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 to complete 20 rows.

To finish: Purl and bind off within stitch for last row. Using yarn needle, sew cuff together.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cappuccino Pop Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

Published on Premier Yarns website.

If you haven't tried the new Sweet Roll yarn by Premier, you're missing out! It is an awesome new yarn that comes in this sweet pre-spun yarn cake! Isn't this just awesome?
I mean, one of my most favorite things of visiting a yarn shop is leaving with a pretty yarn cake of yarn (or many...if I can get away with it!) You can check out all of the brand new options here on Premier: https://www.premieryarns.com/collections/premier-yarns/products/psweetroll

I had the opportunity to design this pattern for Premier and I have fallen in love with this yarn. It is acrylic and works up great! I even ordered more when I finished! I can't wait to work with every color!



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Simply Crochet Issue 54: 'You're A Peach' Socks

Wear them as slipper socks around the house or outside with clogs for a casual look.

Jump into this colorful magazine and all of its fun patterns! Simply Crochet Issue 54 is so pretty...just sayin! I love the colors and the mix of fun patterns! There is a variety of patterns from my socks, blankets, wall hangings, sweaters and more! I love this issue and you should check it out here on Ravelry


Now, about my 'You're A Peach' Socks. This is a perfect pattern if you're new to socks....really! It starts from the top cuff and works it's way to the toe. The heel is simple and there are no seams (except to close the toe). Wear them as slipper socks around the house or outside with clogs for a casual look. I hope you enjoy this pattern! 


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