Monday, July 5, 2010

Surf & Turf


Chain a multiple of 15 + 2

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each of next 2 ch, *[skip next 3 ch, (4 dc, ch 1, 4 dc) in next ch (shell made), skip next 3 ch], dc in each of next 8 ch, rep from * across to last 11 ch, rep between [ ] once more, dc in last 4 ch, ch 3, turn.

Row 2: dc in each of next 3 sts, *[ch 3, skip next 4 sts, sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 3, skip next 4 sts], dc in each of next 8 sts, rep from * across to last shell, rep between [ ] once more, dc in last 4 sts, ch 3, turn.

Row 3: dc in each of next 3 sts, *[skip next ch 3 sp, (4 dc, ch 1, 4 dc) in next st, skip next ch 3 sp], dc in each of next 8 sts, rep from * across to last shell, rep between [ ] once more, dc in last 4 sts, ch 3, turn.

Row 4: dc in each of next 3 sts, *[ch 3, skip next 4 sts, sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 3, skip next 4 sts], dc in each of next 8 sts, rep from * across to last shell, rep between [ ] once more, dc in last 4 sts, ch 3, turn.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 to desired size.


You can see my previous blog post about this stitch pattern here.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Majesty Square


Finished Size: 12 inches square

Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn: approximately 2 ounces in each color A, and color B*; US size "H" hook; tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

*In example shown Red Heart Super Saver in Lavender was used for color A, and Red Heart Super Saver in Soft White was used for color B


With color A ch 5, sl st in 5th ch from hook to form loop

Round 1: ch 3, [2 dc, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2) 3 times] in loop, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3.

Round 2: ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sts, *ch 2, sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, dc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * twice more, ch 2, sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3.

Round 3: ch 2, dc next 2 sts together, *ch 3, skip next ch 2 sp, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next sc, ch 3, skip next ch 2 sp, dc next 3 sts together (cluster made), rep from * twice more, ch 3, skip next ch 2 sp, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next sc, ch 3, skip next ch 2 sp, skip beg ch 2, sl st in top of next st to join, fasten off.

Round 4: Skip next ch 3 sp, join color B with sc in next ch 3 sp, *ch 2, skip next ch 3 sp, (4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) in next st, ch 2, skip next ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 3 sp, rep from * twice more, ch 2, skip next ch 3 sp, (4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) in next st, ch 2, skip next ch 3 sp, join with sl st in beg sc.

Round 5: ch 3, *2 dc in next ch 2 sp, dc in each of next 4 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 2 sp, dc in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, dc in next st, rep from * twice more, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, dc in each of next 4 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 2 sp, dc in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3, fasten off.

Round 6: Join color A with sl st in any ch 2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *(ch 1, skip next st, dc in each of next 2 sts) twice, ch 1, skip next st, dc in each of next 3 sts, (ch 1, skip next st, dc in each of next 2 sts) twice, ch 1, skip next st**, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 2 sp, rep from * three times more ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3.

Round 7: ch 3, dc in next st, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 2 sp, (dc in each of next 2 sts, ch 1, skip next ch 1 sp) three times, dc in each of next 3 sts**, (ch 1, skip next ch 1 sp, dc in each of next 2 sts) three times, rep from * three times more ending last repeat at **, (ch 1, skip next ch 1 sp, dc in each of next 2 sts) twice, ch 1, skip next ch 1 sp, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3, fasten off.

Round 8: Join color B with sl st in any ch 2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *dc in each of next 4 sts, dc in next ch 1 sp, (dc in each of next 2 sts, dc in next ch 1 sp) twice, dc in each of next 3 sts, dc in next ch 1 sp, (dc in each of next 2 sts, dc in next ch 1 sp) twice, dc in each of next 4 sts**, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 2 sp, rep from * three times more ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3, fasten off.

Round 9: Join color A with sl st in any ch 2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *(ch 1, skip next st, dc in each of next 2 sts) four times, ch 1, skip next st, dc in each of next 3 sts, (ch 1, skip next st, dc in each of next 2 sts) four times, ch 1, skip next st**, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 2 sp, rep from * three times more ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3.

Round 10: ch 3, dc in next st, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 2 sp, (dc in each of next 2 sts, ch 1, skip next ch 1 sp) five times, dc in each of next 3 sts**, (ch 1, skip next ch 1 sp, dc in each of next 2 sts) five times, rep from * three times more ending last repeat at **, (ch 1, skip next ch 1 sp, dc in each of next 2 sts) four times, ch 1, skip next ch 1 sp, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3, fasten off.



Pattern designed and written by April Moreland
© 2010 All rights reserved

Sunday, June 20, 2010

New Blog

I've been dealing with some personal issues of late. I started a blog to help me sort out my emotions and help myself get well again. It will be mostly short essays, healthful tips, and the occasional bit of crochet as it relates to the subject matter. It is called Confessions of an Overweight Hooker. The link is http://fathooker.blogspot.com/ if you'd like to check it out.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

2-D Butterfly


In honor of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust
Read more about The Butterfly Project


Materials: any weight yarn or thread (scrap amount in main color, 10 inch piece in contrasting color), hook size appropriate for yarn/thread used, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, fabric stiffener (optional)

Finished Size
Thread (shown above) with (US) size 7 steel hook: 2.5 inches x 1.75 inches (blocked)
Sport (3) with (US) size D hook: 3 inches x 2.25 inches (unblocked)
Worsted (4) with (US) size H hook: 4.75 inches x 3.5 inches (unblocked)

Special Stitches:
Picot: ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook

ch 5, join with sl st in 5th ch from hook to form loop

Row 1: ch 3, dc in loop, [ch 1, 2 dc in loop] 5 times, turn. (12 dc)

Row 2: 5 dc in next ch 1 sp (shell made), shell in next ch 1 sp, sc in next ch 1 sp, shell in each of next 2 ch 1 sp, sl st in top of beg ch 3 from previous row, ch 1, turn. (4 shells)

Row 3: {dc, in next st, 2 tr in next st, (tr, picot, tr) in next st, 2 tr in next st, dc in next st} (upper wing made), sl st in sp between shells, [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, (dc, picot, dc) in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st] (lower wing made), sl st in next sc, rep between [ ] for second lower wing, sl st in sp between shells, rep between { } for second upper wing, sl st in same st as last dc made. Fasten off, weave in ends.

FINISHING

1. Measure the center most portion of your butterfly from top to bottom (where the body would normally be on a butterfly. See Fig 1.) Fold contrasting color yarn or thread in half. Wrap folded yarn around center of butterfly from back to front. (see Fig 2) Tie an overhand knot close to top of butterfly as indicated in Fig 3.

2. Making sure not to twist the loop, place the folded piece around the center of the body and pull knot through the loop. (see Fig. 4) Trim antennae to desired length.

3. Stiffen as desired.


Fig. 1


Fig. 2


Fig. 3


Fig. 4


Made with Worsted Weight (4)

Made with Sport/Baby Weight (3)
Pattern designed and written by April Moreland
© 2010 All rights reserved

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Day at the Fair

Cyndi, Ben, and I spent this past Saturday splashing in the mud and playing with fiber! We visited the HFA Fiber Fair 2010 in Marshfield, Mo. It rained off and on most of the day but everything was in the pavilions so we stayed dry (for the most part) and had a blast! :)

We weren't there but about 3 or 4 minutes when a woman handed me a card and said, "You've won a door prize!" It was a lovely assortment of Goat's Milk bath products in a basket shaped like the state of Missouri, provided by Misty Woods ~ Home, Health, and Goat's Milk Products.


Next it was off to look at the craft tables and all the fiber goodies. There were so many gorgeous handmade items. And the yarns were so much fun to look at. I bought some hand dyed wool for Cyndi to play with:


And I got myself some pencil roving so I can try my hand at Kool-Aid dying and needle-felting:


Oh, and we picked up a couple of hot chicks too! (Pot holders) LOL


But the real reason we were there, at least as far as Ben was concerned, was to look at all the animals:

Little Lambs


Alpacas


Alpaca after shearing


And the most impressive: A lady spinning angora directly from the bunny while he's sitting on her lap. Sorry for the dark picture... the lighting was bad for that one. :(


After the fair we went up to Springfield to visit A New Yarn (my favorite LYS!) where I bought some Noro Silk Garden to make myself a new bag. :)


Well, we were exhausted when we got home but it was totally worth it! We will definitely be going to the fair again next year! :)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Civil War Era Shawl

A reproduction of the shawl found at: http://www.shasta.com/suesgoodco/newcivilians/womenswear/ladycoats.htm#Shawls

Finished Size: 34 inches at center point (not including fringe)

Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn; US size "H" hook; Stitch Marker; Tapestry Needle (for weaving in ends)

Ch 6, join with sl st in 1st ch to form loop.

*Note: Place marker as indicated on Row 3 to mark center ch 3 space. Move marker up each row as you work being sure to keep it in the center ch 3 sp.

Row 1: ch 5 (counts as beg ch 3 + ch 2 now and throughout), (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 2, dc) all in same loop, turn.

Row 2: ch 5, (3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 3 sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next ch 2 sp, dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Row 3: ch 5, (3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 1 sp, [3 dc, ch 3 (*mark as center ch 3 sp), 3 dc, ch 1] in next ch 3 sp, (3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 1 sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next ch 2 sp, dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Row 4: ch 5, (3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch 1 sp across to last ch 1 sp before center ch 3 sp, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) in center ch 3 sp, (3 dc, ch 1) in each remaining ch 1 sp across, (3 dc, ch 2) in next ch 2 sp, dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Rows 5-33: Repeat row 4, do not turn at end of row 33.

NOTE: Shawl may be made longer by repeating Row 4 until desired length.

Row 34 (top border): ch 3, (2 dc, ch 1) in end of row 33, (3 dc, ch 1) in end of each remaining row across top of shawl including the beginning loop. (102 dc)

Row 35 (bottom fringe-optional**): [ch 13, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 5 sc in each of next 9 ch, ch 2] (one corkscrew made), sl st in next ch 2 sp, make corkscrew, sl st in same ch 2 sp, [make corkscrew, sl st in next ch 1 sp] across to last ch 1 sp before center ch 3 sp, make corkscrew, sl st in next ch 3 sp, make corkscrew, sl st in same ch 3 sp, [make corkscrew, sl st in next ch 1 sp] across to last ch 1 sp before laast ch 2 sp, make corkscrew, sl st in next ch 2 sp, make corkscrew, sl st in same ch 2 sp, make corkscrew, sl st in top of beg ch 3 of Row 34.

Fasten off, weave in ends

**Alternate fringe: If you prefer to use a plain fringe, (for each fringe) cut 3-5 pieces of yarn to twice the desired length and secure in ch 1 spaces with a larks head knit along bottom edge. This website has a good tutorial for making fringe in this manner.

Closeup of Row 34 (top edge)

Closeup of center

Closeup of corkscrew

One more for the road...


Pattern written by April Moreland
© 2010 All rights reserved