Sunflower Beanie

Hello! I hope everyone is having a good day!
I had a great day yesterday. I met with the 2018 Northern Nevada International Center Mandela Washington Fellows. It was a great evening of fun and friendship. I am looking forward seeing them again while they are in Reno.

Yesterday I also put together the pieces of the beanie that I have slowly been showing you how to make with video tutorials.

I made a Simple Double Crochet Beanie.
Then I made a Crochet Sunflower.

Then I made a large leaf.

Yesterday I sewed on the sunflower and the leaf yesterday.

Ta-da! Sunflower Beanie.

When I made the sunflower, my mom asked that I make her a sunflower beanie, so she is getting this one.
I like the sunflower as an applique for a tote bag, or pillow better. She really loves it on the beanie. This is one of the reasons that I love crochet, everything can be personalized and the creativity possibilities are endless.

What do you think? Do you like beanies with large flowers attached? Have a project you think the sunflower would work well on? Let’s Talk!

How to Crochet a Large Leaf with Video Tutorial

Hello!

Happy #wipwednesday makers! I have been working on a leaf to go with the sunflower that I created a few weeks ago and today is the day that I have finished it! Hooray! Thanks for watching!

Crochet Leaf

Materials

Yarn

Patons Worsted Wool in Jade Heather

Hook

Boye US G

Other

Scissors
Darning Needle

Stitches & Abbreviations

CH- Chain
SLST- Slip Stitch
SC- Single Crochet
HDC- Half-Double Crochet
DC- Double Crochet
(xx)- Total Number of Stitches in Row/Round

Notes

The Chain to at the begging of each row counts at the first Double Crochet.
This pattern is written to indicate the number of stitches that need to be made in each stitch. If the pattern reads 2 HDC that means create two Half-Double Crochet Stitches into the stitch below.

Pattern

Foundation

CH 8

Row One

SC into the 2nd CH from the hook. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. 3SC into the Slip Knot Stitch. Work down the other side of the CH. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. CH 2. Turn. (15 SC)

Row Two

1HDC. 1 HDC. 2 DC. 1 HDC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 3 SC.
1 SC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 1 HDC. 2 DC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. CH 2. Turn.

Row Three

1 HDC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. 1 DC. 2 DC. 1 DC. 2 HDC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 3 SC.
1 SC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 2 HDC. 1 DC. 2 DC. 1 DC. 2 HDC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. CH 2. Turn.

Row Four

1 HDC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. 1 DC. 2 DC. 1 DC. 2 DC. 1 DC. 2 HDC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. 1 HDC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 3 SC.
1 SC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. 1 DC. 2 DC. 1 DC. 2 DC. 1 DC. 2 HDC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. CH 1. Turn.

Row Five

SC around (45 SC). Now SC along the bottom of the project (7 SC). SLST into the CH 1 at the beginning of the row. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

The Meadowlark Triangle Scarf by Hailey Bailey

Hey all!

I hope you are having a fantastic week. I am unemployed this week, so it has been a fun week for me. I have spent a lot of time in the sun and walking. I am on a serious job hunt though too, so if you hear of any office work, let me know. But for now, more time to crochet!

Last week I mentioned that I had been working on a project that requires the use of the Picot Crochet stitch, and here it is. The Meadowlark Triangle Scarf by Hailey Bailey. At the end of last year, I really wanted a triangle scarf, and I stumbled onto this one. I liked it because it was simple, but textured, and had the drape that I was looking for.

I started by making a single color scarf, like the one that Hailey designed, I wanted to make something lighter. I had some Loops and Threads Impeccable in Aran  and I thought it would be a good fit. I like how the yarn worked up into the project.

However, I determined that I wanted to something a little bit more dynamic. Keeping with the Loops and Thread Impeccable family, I really love the Ombre color Stillnessso I thought it would make a great accent color for this project. I also wanted the scarf to be a bit looser, so I changed crochet hooks on the second scarf from the recommended L to an M.

I am happy with both, but I love how this second one turned out.

So what do you all think? Like the solid or the mixed colored better? Have a triangle scarf pattern that you would recommend? Let’s Talk!

The Picot Crochet Stitch

It has been a long two weeks. I am in that state between exhausted and invigorated, it is a strange feeling. I am excited about the social events going on in my life with Rotary, with my friends, with the 1868 soccer games, but at the same time I am anxious about finding more permanent and sustainable work. I know it will all be all right, and for now, I have so much time to crochet.

One of the projects that I am working on right now involves using a picot stitch and I realized that I hadn’t yet shared how to create a Picot Crochet Stitch. It is a simple stitch that can add some pizzaz to a project without increasing the volume or thickness of a project, and it increases the flexibility of the project.

You can create a Picot Crochet Stitch among any set of stitches. In my example I am creating Picot Crochet Stitches between Double Crochet Stitches. After completing the Double Crochet, chain 3.

After you complete the CH 3, insert your hook into the top of the DC stitch.

Slip stitch through the top of the DC stitch into the last chain of the CH 3.

Ta-da! That is how you make a Picot Crochet Stitch. I told you it was simple. Now go add some Picot Crochet Stitches into your project or give your project a fun edging. Happy crocheting!

Want to learn a specific stitch? Want to see me make a specific project? Let’s Talk!

Crochet Sun Flower- Video and Free Pattern

Hello! Spring speeding along rapidly and there are many beautiful flowers around my neighborhood, that will all be gone in another week or two. I was sitting at home looking at my yarn collection, and I have some Caron One Pound in Sun Flower Yellow, so I thought I would make a Sun Flower!

Crochet Sun Flower

Materials

Yarn

Caron One Pound in Sun Flower
Caron One Pound in Espresso

Hook

Boye US H

Other

Scissors
Yarn Needle

Stitches & Abbreviations

CH- Chain
SLST- Slip Stitch
SC- Single Crochet
DC- Double Crochet
BBL-Bobble Stitch
REP- Repeat
(xx)- Total Number of Stitches in Row/Round

Notes

The starting circle of this project is a joined/slip stitch circle.

The first three chains of each round/row count as the first Double Crochet of the row.

Pattern

Foundation

Chain four joined circle.

Using the Caron One Pound in Espresso

Row One

CH 3. DC. BBL. *2DC. BBL. ** REP from * to ** around 3 times until there are 15 Stitches total. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3.

Row Two

CH 3. DC. BBL. *2DC in one DC of Row 1. BBL. ** REP from * to ** around until you have 21 stitches. In the last space create 2DC and 1 BBL in the same stitch. You will have 24 Stitches total. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3.

Using the Care One Pound in Sun Flower.

Row Three

*CH 6. 5 SC down the CH. SLST into the next stitch of Row Two. ** (This creates a petal) REP from * to ** around until the end of the round. On the last slip stitch, slip stitch into the back of the row you just created, under the two loops created by the slip stitches. You will have created 24 petals.

Row Four

*CH 7. 6 SC down the CH. SLST under the two loops created by the slip stitches of the previous round. ** (This creates a petal) REP from * to ** around until the end of the round. You will have created 24 petals.

Ta-da! You have created a sunflower. There are other Sun Flower designs out there, I wanted to design one with loose petals. What do you think? Do you have a favorite flower to crochet? Want other design? Let’s Talk!

How to Create a Double Crochet Beanie- Video and Pattern

Good evening lovely people. Today I have a video tutorial for you. Beanies are one of my favorite things to crochet, they work up quick and make great gifts. The beanie I am teaching today also is great if you plan to make beanies for charity.

Materials

Yarn

Caron One Pound in Taupe

Hook

Boye US H

Other

Scissors
Yarn Needle

Stitches & Abbreviations

CH- Chain
SLST- Slip Stitch
DC- Double Crochet
REP- Repeat
(xx)- Total Number of Stitches in Row/Round

Notes

This beanie is make using a joined/slip stitch method and not made in the round.
The first three chains of each round/row count as the first Double Crochet of the row.

Pattern

FOUNDATION

Chain four joined circle.

ROW ONE

CH 3. DC 9 into the center of the joined circle. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3 at the beginning of the row to complete the round/circle. (10)

ROW TWO

CH 3. 2 DC into each DC of Row One. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3. (20)

ROW THREE

CH 3. *2 DC into one DC of Row Two. 1 DC into one DC of Row Two. ** REP from * to ** around until the end of the row. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3. (30)

ROW FOUR

CH 3. *2 DC into one DC of Row Three. 1 DC into next two DC of Row Three. ** REP from * to ** around until the end of the row. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3. (40)

ROW FIVE

CH 3. *2 DC into one DC of Row Four. 1 DC into next three DC of Row Four. ** REP from * to ** around until the end of the row. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3. (50)

ROW SIX

CH 3. *2 DC into one DC of Row Five. 1 DC into next four DC of Row Five. ** REP from * to ** around until the end of the row. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3. (60)

ROW SEVEN-FIFTEEN

CH 3. 1 DC into each of the DC of Row below. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3. (60)
REP Row Seven until you have reached Row Fifteen.

Fasten off. Weave-in ends.

Ta-da! You have made a Double Crochet Beanie! What do you think? What else do you want to learn? Happy beanie making.

 

Sealed With A Kiss Scarf

Hello! Today is a very exciting day for me because I am bringing you a pattern of my very own making for the very first time!

I mentioned last week that a friend of mine recently became engaged to her boyfriend. I am so happy for them. This friend of mine has been a great supporter of my efforts to bring my crochet online and to online networking platforms. A few months back I published an image on Instagram showing my attempt to learn a new stitch. My friend responded that she loved the yarn that I was using and would love a scarf made with it.

Upon hearing the news of her engagement, her request felt like kismet. I had just published my post on how to create the X-Stitch, XO has become a well-known symbol for love and the scarf could count as her “something new” and “something blue.”

My first pattern, Sealed With A Kiss Scarf, for my good friend to celebrate her engagement.

Materials

Yarn

Caron Simply Soft Light Country Blue (1.5 balls)

Hook

US I

Other

Scissors
Yarn/Darning Needle

Stitches & Abbreviations

CH- Chain

XST- X- Stitch

BBL- Bobble Stitch

SC- Single Crochet

DC- Double Crochet

TC- Triple Crochet

SK- Skip

REP- Repeat

(xx)- Stitch Count at the End of a Row

Notes

I do not crochet in the slip stitch at the beginning of the chain row.

Pattern

Foundation

 

Chain Four Plus Three (CH 4+ 3)

For my project I Chained 39. (CH 39. Turn.)

Row One

I like to begin projects with a row of stitches before I begin the pattern. I like the look, I think it frames the project, however, if you do not like to have a row of stitches as a frame, skip Row One and proceed to Row Two Option Two.

DC in the 3rd CH from the hook. CH 3 counts as first DC. DC in each CH across. Turn. (36)

Row Two

This is the row of X-Stitches. I created the XST across 4 stitches, that is I skipped 2 stitches between the legs of the X and chained 2 along the top of the X. Please read this blog post to review how to make an X-Stitch.

Ch 6. (Counts as TC and CH). SK Stitch. Begin XST in 3rd DC of Row One. Create 8 XST. CH 2. TC. Turn.

Row Two Option Two
If you want to start your project with a row of X-Stitches.
Begin creating your X in the 6th CH from the hook. Create 8 XST. CH. TC. Turn.

Row Three

This is the row of Bobble Stitches. I created a Bobble Stitch with 13 loops on my hook. Please read this blog post to review how to create a Bobble Stitch.

CH 5. In the CH 2 space at the top of the X, create a Bobble Stitch. CH 3. REP until you have 8 Bobbles made (one for each X). CH 2. DC. Turn.

REP Rows Two and Three until you project is the desired length.
If you began your project with a Row One, REP Row One at the end of your project. Make sure that you end up with 36 DC in this row.

Edging

I created a SC border around the whole project. I did not fasten off after the last row of DC, I turned the project and created two SC along the length of the DC. I created 3 SC along the length of the TCs. I continued 2 SC along the side of each DC and 3 SC along the side of each TC. Along the 36 DC Rows at the end of the project, 1 SC into each DC. When you have made it all the way around the edge of the scarf fasten off.

Weave-in your ends.

Ta-Da my first free published pattern!

I have been free form crocheting for so many years, this not the first project that I have designed my own pattern, but it is amazing to write one down.

What do you guys think? I would really appreciate your opinions on the quality of my pattern writing. What could I have done better? Let’s Talk!

Bernat Fin-Tastic Shark Snuggle Sack from Yarnspirations

I had a friend request that I make the Bernat Fin-Tastic Shark Snuggle Sack. This is one of the funkiest things I have ever made and I love it. I had never used Bernat Blanket yarn before. It is very thick and stretchy, perfect for a squishy plush blanket. However, the yarn was very exhausting for my hands. If you have not used this yarn before I suggest giving yourself more time than you think you will need to make your project.

The pattern was designed to be child sized, and my friend ask that I made it to fit an adult. To accommodate this request I used a larger crochet hook. The pattern calls for an US L, I used an US N. I wish that I had sized up my hook to a US P, I think that project would have been even better for an adult. Using the N, the project was tighter than I wanted it to be.

I also needed the project to be longer. To accomplish this I added one row to each decrease section of the tail; the pattern calls for five rows to be made after each decrease row, I made six rows after each decrease row.

To help me with the construction and to better understand the pattern I turned to Mikey at the Crochet Crowd. He has an excellent tutorial for this project. I made this project in the round and not using the join/slip stitch method. It was essential that I use stitch markers during this project. I used one color stitch maker to indicate the rows where there is a decrease. Then I used six different color stitch makers to keep track of the six rows that are created after the decrease row.

In my last post I discussed how valuable learning to increase and decrease stitches is to a crochet maker. I think that this project makes it clearer how powerful this skill is. The taper of the tail and the taper of the shark’s face are made using decrease stitches.

After completing the body of the shark, you will move onto making the details that really make the shark look like a shark.

First you will add red around the mouth. Mikey from the Crochet Crows said that this is like putting lipstick on your shark, and it really felt like that.

The next step is to add the teeth. I wanted the teeth to be extra funky, so I sized up my hook from the US N to a US P. I like how scraggly they look.

Then I made the eyes, fin and tail, connected them and that was that. The project took me about 22 hours, 6 more than what Mikey said it took him to make it. I did have two hours worth of work that I had to frog because I missed two stitches. This yarn is thick and the missed stitches created half-dollar size holes in the project. Once again I am reminded how important it is to count while crocheting.

What do you think of the shark? Want to make one yourself? Getting ready for Shark Week? Let’s Talk!

Sand and Sea Baby Blanket

The past few years whenever someone asks me what I want as a gift, I almost always answer, “Yarn.” There was a time when I did not want others to buy me yarn, I was worried that they would not get me a yarn that I liked or a yarn that I could use. Now, I find it intriguing to see what kind of yarn people buy for me and what color(s) it is.

Easter 2017 my mom bought me this beautiful basket and filled it with yarn. I was so happy. As is often the case with yarn in my life, I can have the yarn in my house for over a year before I figure out its perfect project. The perfect project for this variegated yarn came from my mom. She asked me to make a baby blanket for one of her co-workers.

The variegated yarn, Sugarspun, is now a discontinued line of Loops and Threads from Michael’s. My mom only goes to the craft store with me, or when I ask, that means she does not buy yarn often. My mom does not know how much yarn you need to buy to make a project, she does not know anything about dye lots, she does not know yarn weights. At one point this would have frustrated me and I probably would not have used the yarn she bought, but now, it is a challenge.

I had already begun making the blanket when I wandered back to Michael’s to see if I could get more of the Sugarspun yarn, realizing that I could not buy more of it, I looked around, thinking about what I could do to finish the project. I remembered seeing blankets on the internet where people had crocheted a beach scene, and I thought I would use that as inspiration, after all, I had already created the wavy watery area.

The coloring of the Suparspun yarn being blue, green and yellow, I wanted to find a yellow or a green that matched. I thought with yellow it would look like the ocean and with green it would look like a pond. I found this yellow, it is Bernat Softee Baby. The yarns are not the exact same thickness but they are close enough for comfort.

 

The pattern that I am using is from “101 Crochet Stitch Patterns & Edgings” by Annie’s Crochet. This kind of project, where there are waves, is a Ripple Crochet project. Ripple Crochet projects can be made using a variety of stitches, but the most common stitch used is a Double Crochet stitch. I think that Double Crochet stitches create a nicer increase and decrease than other stitches; the waves in the Ripples are created by increasing and decreasing stitches. I think this is why Double Crochet stitches are preferred in Ripple Crochet projects.

Increase

To create an increase in a project, you can crochet multiple stitches, or a combination of stitches and chains, into one stitch or space. This project has a two row pattern repeat, this means that everyone other row is created using the same combination of stitches.

For the increase in one row, one Double Crochet stitch is made in the space, three chains are made, then a second Double Crochet stitch is made in the same space.

For the increase in the other row, two Double Crochet stitches are made in the space, three chains are made, then two more Double Crochet stitches are made in the same space.

Decrease

To create a decrease in a project, you crochet incomplete stitches across multiple stitches and then complete them as one stitch.

The decrease in this project extends across three stitches. Yarn-over, insert hook, Yarn-Over, Pull-Up, Pull-Through two loops. Two loops will remain on your hook.
Yarn-Over, insert hook, Yarn-Over, Pull-Up, Pull-Through two loops. Three loops will remain on your hook.
Yarn-Over, insert hook, Yarn-Over, Pull-Up, Pull-Through two loops. Four loops will remain on your hook.
Yarn-Over and Pull-Through all four loops on hook.

 

Increases and Decreases are important skills to add to your crochet repertoire. Do you like to make Ripple Crochet projects? Have a favorite Ripple Crochet pattern? Let’s Talk!

How to Create a Y Stitch

Hello!

I am back again today to walk you through one of last common stitches, the Y Stitch. Just like the X Stitch looks like the letter X, this stitch looks like the letter Y. The Y Stitch creates a tall stitch with lots of space between the stitches, which is great for summer crochet clothing.

To make it easier to see how to make this stitch I have crocheted a row of Double Crochet stitches that I will build the Y Stitch onto. The Y Stitch is created in a Triple Crochet Row. You can create the Triple Crochets as close to or as far away from the Y Stitch as you would like. If you want more space between your Y Stitches, chain and skip the same number of stitches.

You will begin making the Y with a Triple Crochet.

Next you will need to create 2 Chains.

To create the upper left arm of the Y you will need to find the middle of the Triple Crochet Stitch. Create a Double Crochet- Yarn-Over, insert hook into the middle of the Triple Crochet.

Yarn-Over, Pull-Up.

Yarn-Over, Pull-Through two loops.

Yarn-Over, Pull-Through two loops.

Ta-da! You have created a Y Stitch.

This stitch was easier to learn that I thought it was going to be. What do you think? Easy? Hard? Not sure how to use the stitch in a pattern? Well, now that we have reviewed the basic stitches I am going to show you some projects that I have made and that you can make with these stitches!