Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Cassia Scarf

I made this Cassia scarf from A slice of Life blog, in some red yarn I had leftover from something....but I love this pattern. It works up easy and fast. Of course I changed it a little, I didn't make it as wide as the original and I didn't read the directions all the way through, oops, so I didn't start again from the middle and work the other end, so both ends would be the same.

I'm making another one in some green mohair that I have, this one I will work from the center to ends so they will both match. I think this would look great in a shawl too.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Arachne's Tears Scarf

I've been getting Interweave Crochet magazine in the mail for almost a year now, and this is the first thing I've made from one of them. This scarf was in the spring 2008 issue. I've really enjoyed the magazine, it really inspires me, don't know why I haven't made anything until now.............but this scarf is very simple, with a simple design, sometimes less is more.............
I didn't sew the beads on it like in the magazine, mainly because I have none, and where would I buy some here. I think I am actually going to keep this one for myself, and I might even wear it!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cable Slippers

This is the first time I've ever written a pattern (pictures included, they always help me when I am learning something new) for anyone but myself. That takes time to write those! If anyone would like to try it out and give me feedback, I would really appreciate it.
Womens size 7 1/2 -8
Size J hook, red heart super saver yarn

Sole: Chain 21, sc down and around chain to beginning, keep working around for 7-9 rows (or to get to desired size) Adding and extra 1-3 sc’s on each end to keep it flat. If sole ends up too wide and too short for your foot, start over with a longer chain. I cut out and sew a fleece bottom to the inside (wrong side) of sole. If you do, make sure you leave the last row of stitches open.

Top (working from the top of the toes up):
Row 1: Chain 14, dc in 4th chain from end (this counts as 1st dc), and in every chain, for 12 dc’s across. Chain 3, turn.
Row 2: fpdc (front post double crochet) in next 3 dc’s, bpdc (back post double crochet) in next 4 dc’s, fpdc in last 4 dc’s. Chain 3, turn.
Row 3: bpdc in next 3 dc’s, skip next 2 dc’s and fpdc in 3rd and 4th dc, then go back and fpdc in 1st and 2nd dc’s that were skipped. Bpdc in last 4 dc’s. Chain 3, turn.
Row 4: fpdc in next 3 dc’s, bpdc in next 4 dc’s (these will be scrunched together due to the cross over, just separated them to find the right ones), fpdc in last 4 dc’s.
Row 5: bpdc in next 3 dc’s, fpdc in next 4 dc’s, bpdc in last 4 dc’s. Chain 3, turn.
Row 6: Repeat row 4
Row 7: Repeat row 3
Row 8: Repeat row 4
Row 9: Repeat row 5
Row 10: Repeat row 4
Row 11: Repeat row 3
Row 12: Repeat row 4
This completes the top, do not end.

Sides and heal:
Chain 22 and attach to other side of top with slip stitch, opposite of beginning of chain. (lengthen or shorten chain according to fit).
Row 1: With front side facing you, sc down top and all the way around (including chain) putting 2 sc’s in corners of toes. ( I ended up with about 20 sc’s on each side, not counting the heel). Slip stitch when you get to beginning. Chain one.

Row 2-3: sc all the way around in back sc only.

Check here for fit against the sole for fit. Mine were a little big so on the 4th row I decreased sc’s, about 1 per side. After the 4th row you can end or make a big loop and start from there when you secure to sole.

Attach to Sole:

Pin top to sole, wrong sides together, starting with a pin at the toes and heel to make it even. Slip stitch around. You can end here or add a cuff.


Attach yarn where the heel and top join.
Sc around back of heel in back stitches only, work around back of heel to top (do not work across the top yet), slip stitch into top, chain one, turn and sc back along heel in back stitch only, this time go all the way around across the top, ending where you started. Chain 2 (turn ?) This is a good time to try on and see if the heel is too loose)

Working back across the top (clockwise) dc in all the sc’s (decrease in heel if needed) all the way around, you want an even number of dc’s. I decrease randomly until I have 30 all the way around. Join at the top of your chain 2 with slip stitch. Chain 2 (counts as your 1st dc)

Row 2: fpdc in next dc, bpdc in next dc, fpdc in next dc, switching back and forth all the way around. Join with slip stitch. Chain 2.

Row 3: fpdc in next fpdc, bpdc in next, etc, working your way around so you have the front posts in the front posts and back posts in the back posts. Slip stitch to join.

Don't forget to add some "no slip" on the bottoms. I use that rubber stuff from craft, and just cut out any shape and hand sew it on.

Swirly Hats

It has been doing nothing but raining for weeks now, so I've been doing nothing but crocheting! I was working on slippers when an idea came into my head for some hats with fun fur. I wanted to make a hat for my great nephew who will be 2 years old in November. I love the swirl pattern, and thought that would be really cute on little kids' heads. Here's what I came up with:

It's a good way to use up fun fur when you are tired of making slippers!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Look! No Fingers!

I was messing around with the Tunisian (afghan) stitch and came up with these using the lace stitch. Even though they aren't something I would wear, they are pretty comfy. They don't take much yarn so it's a good way to burn up some of my leftovers in my stash.

ooooh, I still love my wedding rings too :) But I was trying to show the pattern better, more then my ring!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

What the...............

So I ended up taking out the last row and just doing the ruffle edge, I can tell, which of course bugs the crap out of me...............but will a non-crocheter know?

I keep thinking I should do "something" of my own. I always have ideas in my head, so why not try it. I found this yarn at the thrift store and it is so soft. There were 2 skeins so I thought for sure I'd have enough. I really like how the Luna Scarf is made from the middle out, so thought I would do the same for this scarf. One side took one skein, so why wouldn't I have enough for both sides?

There isn't enough yarn to do the ruffley thing on the edge, so a couple of solutions: Frank said to leave it as it is........uuuuh no, could take out that last row then put the ruffley edge on, then just give it away (Autumn always likes my stuff), or just take it out and make a hat out of it. Any ideas?

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Luna Scarf

I got this pattern off of Craftster. It's easy and fast to do, plus it looks great. I made a few changes (always) but still like the results. I'll probably put them in the Christmas bazaar I'm going to be doing in November when I'm in Washington. Last year they had this great Alpaca yarn that for some reason I didn't buy any of, maybe I'll make enough from my sales that I "won't not" buy any this year.

I'm thinking red would be nice too............I'll have to dig though my stash.