Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer Fling Cowl

I have been working all week on this pattern. This is a pattern that has taken on a lot of different forms from what it is today.


I wanted a cowl that had different textures. A lace part and a solid part. I started with the white lace part. Then I cut a t-shirt into a long strip and sewed it up. It did not look the way I wanted it. I then took the cowl apart and added a blue lace panel next to the white lace panel. Then I thought to myself what if I combined the white and blue together to make the solid piece. At that, I found the look I was looking for.



Summer Fling Cowl

Yarn: lace weight yarn, two colors. Each color will be worked separately for the lace motifs and the two strands of colors will be worked together for the solid piece. 

Hook: steel hook 3/2.50MM

Notions: yarn needle

Gauge: 

Size: 5 inches wide and 56 inches long before sewn together. 
 
Special sticthes:
Picot: ch 5, sl st into the stitch just made.
Joining picot: ch 2 sl st in to the picot of the first motif, ch 2, sl st into the dc just made

Pattern

Lace motif:
Round 1: {Ch 5, tr3tog in the first ch of the ch 5, ch 4 sl st into the first ch}, repeat {to} 3 more times, sl st into each of the first five chs, so that you end up on top of the first petal. (4 petals)

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in the top of the tr3tog, (ch 9, sc on top of the next petal) repeat (to) once, ch 9, sl st into the starting sc. 

Round 3: Sl st into the ch 9 sp, ch 6, (2dc, ch 5, 2dc) in the ch 9 sp, ch 3, dc in the same ch 9 sp, {dc in the next ch 9 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 5, 2 dc) in the same ch 9 sp, ch 3, dc in the same ch 9 sp}, repeat {to} two more times, sl st into the third ch of the first ch 6. 

Round 4: Sl st into the ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in the same ch 3 sp, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 5, 3dc) in the ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in the ch 3 sp, picot, {3 dc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 5, 3dc) in the ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in the ch 3 sp, picot}, repeat {to} two more times, sl st into the starting ch 3. Finish off. 

Joining motif for one side:
Repeat round 1-3 of the lace motif

Round 4: Sl st into the ch  sp, ch 3, 2 dc in the same ch 3 sp, ch 3, (3dc, ch 2, sl st into ch 5 of 1st motif, ch 2, 3 dc) in the ch 5 sp, ch 1, sl st into the ch 3 of the first motif, ch 1, 3 dc in the ch 3 sp, joining picot, 3 dc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 1, sl st into the ch 3 of the first motif, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, sl st into ch 5 of the 1s motif, ch 2, 3 dc) in the next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in the ch 3 sp, picot, {3 dc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 5, 3dc) in the ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in the ch 3 sp, picot}, repeat {to} 1 more time, sl st into the starting ch 3. Finish off.

Joining motif for 2 sides:
 Repeat round 1-3 of the lace motif

Round 4: Sl st into the ch  sp, ch 3, 2 dc in the same ch 3 sp, ch 3, {(3dc, ch 2, sl st into ch 5 of 1st motif, ch 2, 3 dc) in the ch 5 sp, ch 1, sl st into the ch 3 of the first motif, ch 1, 3 dc in the ch 3 sp, joining picot, 3 dc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 1, sl st into the ch 3 of the first motif, ch 1}, repeat once, (3 dc ch 2, sl st into ch 5 of 1st motif, ch 2, 3 dc) in the ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in the 3 ch sp, picot, sl at into beginning dc. Finish off. 

Make 10 motifs in color 1 and 10 motifs in color two

Solid piece
Putting the two colors together and working them on the hook at the same time. 
 
Row 1: Ch 30, hdc in the 2 ch from the hook, and hdc in each ch across for a total of 29 hdc.

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch here and throughout), hdc in the first hdc, {ch 1, sk 1 hdc, hdc in the next hdc}, repeat till the last hdc.

Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in the first hdc, hdc in the ch 1 sp, {ch 1, hdc in the next ch 1 sp}, repeat till the last ch 1 sp, hdc in the the last hdc.

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc in the first hdc, {ch 1, hdc in the next ch 1 sp} repeat till the last sp, ch 1 hdc in the last hdc. 

Repeat rows 3 and 4 till your desired length. 

Assembly
When the lace and the solid piece are finished wip stitch them together with a yarn needle so that they make a long tube.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer "Vacation"

The Great thing about having a crochet business is that you can work and travel at the same time. Also when your husband is a student the only time you get to travel is in the summer and that week during Christmas. Right now we live 6 to 10 hours away from our families so we really wanted to see everyone that we haven't  seen in over a year. This desire has resulted in a wild month long trip for my daughter and I. My husband gets to enjoy two weeks of it with us. We will be flying for the last leg of our journey. That meant I had to pack for a month in a carry-on and personal item. I told my husband, "You expect a creative person to live out of a carry-on for a Month!" Why yes, yes he did.

I had a few misgivings out of it. I watched videos and read blogs on how to live out of a carry-on. I felt a little better. I have to say 2 and a half weeks in I'm doing pretty well.
I decided I would pack small projects to work on. So I packed A half yard of linen fabric, a sandwich bag of embroidery thread, a hoop, two skeins of Simply Soft yarn, and my case of hooks.

With the two skeins of yarn I made a sweater vest, that I am writing a pattern for. I ended up finishing it and leaving it at my dad's to pick it up at Christmas time. That also gives me a little more room in my bag.
The first embroidery project that I made was this one. The pattern is found at NeedlenThread.com . I'm pretty happy with it. I'll iron it out and make it pretty when I get home.


The one I am working on now did not have an original site that I could find. It is also coming out well. I still have 10 more days left of my trip so I know I will have some more to show. I hope you find inspiration in the fact that this creative lady is living out of a carry-on for a month and surviving!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Morning Glory Sun Hat



There are some patterns that I come up with that take me forever to finish. From coming up with a concept then making the model piece, making extra sizes so I know I am getting the math right, getting the pieces ready for pictures, taking the pictures, editing the pictures, and last but not least actually typing the pattern out and editing the pattern. I have a lot  of patterns that just sit around forever. For example I have this blanket that I have been working on. The only thing left is weaving in the ends and taking pictures. I've been on that step for over a month.  Procrastination at its worst.

There are other patterns that just seem to fly off the hook. The pattern that I want to share with you has all happened this week. When fast patterns happen I always feel bad for the other patterns that are waiting to go up on the blog. One day they will get to shine.

My Daughter is turning 5 this week. This year we got outdoor things for her birthday. A base ball and glove, basketball, soccer ball those sorts of things. So far the soccer ball has been the most loved. I decided I would make a hat to go along with all the outdoor things. I think it is safe to say that she likes it. She tried wearing it to bed last night. I hope you will enjoy it too.

The pattern is in 3 sizes. 18 inches, 20 inches and 23 inches.

Morning Glory Sun Hat

Yarn: I used two threads put together. First: Red Heart: Luster Sheen Solids:  100% acrylic 307 yds/ 281 m Mulits: 261 yds/ 239 : natural and Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Thread: Solids: 350 yds; Shaded Colors: 300 yd, wood violet
For the small size you will need one ball of each, for the medium and large you will need two of each.

Hook: Steel hook 0

Gauge: make the first six rounds if it is at 18 in circumference then you have the right gauge

For All Sizes

Round 1: Make an adjustable ring, ch 3 (counts as the first dc here and throughout), make 11 dc, pull ring tight and sl st into first dc for a total of 12 dc.

Round 2: Ch 1, { (sc, dc) in same st, (dc, sc) in the next st} Repeat {to} 5 times.

Round 3: Ch 3, {sc in the next 2 dc, dc in the next sc, ch 3, dc in the next sc}, Repeat {to}  4 times, sc in the next 2 dc, dc in the next sc, ch 1, hdc in the first dc.

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in the same sp, {sk 1 dc, sc in the next 2 sc, sk 1 dc, (3 dc, ch 3, 3dc) in the next sp}, repeat {to} 4 times, sk 1 dc sc in the next 2 sc, sk 1 dc, 3 dc in the last sp, ch 1, hdc in the starting dc.

Round 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in the starting sp, {ch 3, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in the next ch 3 sp}, repeat {to} 4 times, ch 3, 3 dc in the last sp, ch 1, hdc in the first dc.

Round 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in the same sp, {(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in the next ch 3 sp}, repeat 10 times, 3 dc in the last sp, ch 1, hdc in the first dc.

For smaller size repeat round 6, 4 times or till your desired length. Do not finish off. 

For medium and large size:

Round 7:  Ch 3, 3 dc in the same sp, {(4 dc, ch 3, 4 dc) in the next ch 3 sp}. Repeat 10 times, 4 dc in the last sp, ch 1, hdc in the first dc.

For the medium size repeat round 7, 5 times or till your desired length. Do not finish off.

For the large size:
Round 8: Ch 3, 4 dc in the same sp, {( 5 dc, ch 4, 5 dc), in the next ch sp}. Repeat 10 times, 5 dc in the last sp, ch 2, hdc in the first dc. 

Repeat round 8, 6 times or till your desired length do not finish off.

For the Brim, small (medium, large):
 Round 1: ch 1, sc in same sp,{ ch 4 (6, 8), 3 (4 for large) sc in the ch 3(4) sp},  Repeat 11 times, ch 4 (6,8), 2 (3 for large) sc in the last ch sp, sl st into the first sc.

Round 2: working in front loops only, sc in first sc, {4 (6,8) sc in the next ch sp, sc in each sc}, repeat {to} 11 times, 4 (6,8) sc in the last ch space, 2 (3 for the large) sc in the last ch sp, sl st into the first sc.

Round 3: Ch 1, {sc in the next 6 (8, 11) sc, 2 sc in the next sc}, repeat {to} 12 times, sl st into beginning sc.

Round 4: Ch 1, {sc in the next 7 (9,12) sc, 2 sc in the next sc}, repeat {to} 12 times sl st into beginning sc.

Round 5: Ch 1 { sc in the next 8 (10, 13) sc, 2 sc in the next sc}, repeat {to} 12 times sl st into beginning sc.
 For small finish off or continue for a larger brim

Round 6: Ch 1 { sc in the next 9 (11, 14) sc, 2 sc in the next sc}, repeat {to} 12 times sl st into beginning sc. 

For medium finish off or continue for a larger brim

Round 7: Ch 1 { sc in the next 10 (12, 15) sc, 2 sc in the next sc}, repeat {to} 12 times sl st into beginning sc.

For large finish off or continue increasing each row for a lager brim.