Friday, December 10, 2010

Knit Headband with Crocheted Flower

Something to keep Delaney's ears warm at school. We saw a headband at Anthropologie that was similar and much more expensive and not nearly as soft as the ball of yarn it took to make this.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Crochet Flower Motif Pattern

Ch 51
Row 1: (dc, ch 2, dc) in 5th ch from hook, *ch 2, skip 2 ch; dc, ch 2, dc in next ch* to last stitch, dc in last ch
Row 2: ch 3, turn, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in first ch-2 space, *skip next ch-2 space, (ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 space, repeat from * to last stitch then dc in last dc
Row 3: turn, *9 dc in next ch-2 space, (sl st, ch 1, sl st, ch 1) in next ch-2 space, repeat from * to end of row, tie off. Weave in end.

Flower shown here is done with Cascade Yarns Eco Duo and a size "G" hook.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Freeform Afghan #2

Finished! My second attempt at a Freeform Blanket

For weekly notes and photos on how this thing came together click on read more below

Friday, October 1, 2010

Freeform Afghan #1

Blanket made from scrumbles collected during a round robin swap. Finished size is 50" x 72".

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sari Silk Bolsters

Sari Silk Bolsters
I knit a tube then attached crocheted circles to each end.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Freeform Crochet Fun & Frivolity Crochet-a-Long

In April 2010 a group on Ravelry started a Crochet-a-Long with weekly instructions submitted by different designers. I'd participated in a similar project earlier in the year & thought it was a great way to go about crocheting. I completed the first four weeks. Then, as I was packing up to leave Shanghai for the summer it was just too much to fit in my suitcase. So I washed it, cut it up, felted it and cut it up some more and ended up using the pieces in a bag.

Following are the instructions as they appeared on the Ravelry site and pictures of what I did. My notes are in blue.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The 2010 International Freeform Guild's Show: Somewhere in My World

My entry into the International Freeform Guild show.

It’s kind of boring for freeform. It did serve my purpose of figuring out how to build up crochet into a form. And it is reminiscent of the hill I see out my window.

The main page of the exhibit is quite intriguing and the variety of techniques used and approaches to freeform is truly inspiring.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Crochet Spiral Motifs

3 Color Spiral Motif

Form an adjustable ring by looping the end of A behind itself putting the yarn tail behind the working yarn (the yarn coming from the skein); hold the end against the loop and insert the hook in the center of the ring. Work stitches over both strands of yarn.

Round 1: With A, CH 1, (SC, HDC, DC) in ring, remove hook from loop (pull loop long so stitches don't unravel); join B to ring and CH 1, (SC, 2 HDC) in ring, remove hook from loop; join C to ring and CH 1, 3 SC in ring, place marker in last stitch to mark the end of the round (9 stitches). Do not remove your hook from C. Pull the yarn tail to tighten the ring.

Round 2: Continuing with C, [2 SC in next stitch] 3 times, remove hook from loop and reinsert in loop of A; with A, [2 DC in next stitch] 3 times, remove hook from loop and reinsert in loop of B; with B, [2 HDC in next stitch] 3 times (18 stitches). Note that a pattern has been set up: You will always work C into A, A into B, and B into C. It is very useful to mark the last stitch of the round, because the end is actually in the middle of a section of a particular color.

Round 3: Continue as above using DC - with 1 or 2 DC in each stitch as needed to keep piece lying flat. Continue until desired size. To finish each color, do 2 HDC, 2 SC and slip last stitch.

Apostrophe Crochet Motif

Begin with a sliding loop. Chain 9. 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook. 1 sc in next chain. 1 hdc in each of next 2 chains. 1 dc in each of next 2 chains. 1htr in next chain. 10 tr in next chain (the sliding loop). Now, going back up on the other side: 1 htr, then 2 dc, the 2 hdc, then 1 sc, then ss in the top stitch. Tie off.

I made the motifs above with a variety of yarns, all using an "F" hook. Sizes vary from 3 1/2 x 1 7/8 (variegated chenille - the really dark one at the top) to 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 (smallest blue one).

This a great motif to incorporate into freeform pieces because it is very flexible & conforms to different shapes. It can also form the basis of a paisley shape by adding additional rounds and decreasing on one side to pull the top around.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

How to do a Jogless Join When Knitting in the Round

I can never remember how to do this, or find the instructions when I'm looking for them. Here are notes I copied up from a project I can't now find on Knitty. (Yes, the primary purpose of this blog is to get me organized in some sort of fashion...)

You may want to do the famous "jogless join" to avoid that little "step" that happens when you switch colors while working in the round. To do this, work one round in the new color. On the first stitch of the second round, pull the stitch below that first stitch (in the old color) up onto the left needle and knit it together with the stitch in the new color. Keep knitting in the new color. Lovely.

Crochet Stitch Instruction - Woven Stitch

This is an easy stitch that produces a crocheted fabric that is sturdy with an interesting texture. I can imagine it making a great handbag or tote; or for the house it  a sturdy cushion or floor mat. The texture would be good on a wash cloth or dish rag. And it's thick enough to be a good coaster. I used the stitch in a potholder that provides enough thickness to protect my hand, but isn't so bulky that it's difficult to handle.

Chain an even number of stitches.

Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, *1 CH, skip 1 ch, 1 SC in next ch, repeat from * to end, turn

Row 2: 1 CH, skip first sc, *1 SC in 1 ch sp, 1 CH, skip 1 sc, repeat from *, ending 1 SC in 1 ch, turn

Repeat row 2.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

How to Create a Freeform Crochet Scrumble

Finished Piece
Usually to create a freeform crochet scrumble I just grab whatever yarn & hook are nearby & start crocheting. When I get stuck I've come up with few "games" to guide me on the next thing to do:
  • I open a crochet stitch book to a page, then use a random number generator, either the dice I keep in my crochet tool kit, or an online dice generator, to tell me how many stitches to do.
  • I make a list of stitches I've been wanting to try, then go to this online list generator and sort them.
This year, I'm trying something completely different and doing a Crochet-along with a group on Ravelry. I'll copy the instructions here and take photos of the piece as I go along. 

(Note at the end of the project: Not one of my best efforts. I was trying to use up little scraps I had around to not "waste" any of my "good" yarn. But the process is a good one. Think I'll try it again with yarns I actually like! I do love all the new links to stitches and websites I wouldn't otherwise have known about). It was amazing to see how different each piece turned out. See them all here.

To follow along begin here:

From the Ravelry page:Okay, something different for the freeform CAL this year… we’re all going to design it…
Every day there’ll be a new Designer and they’ll decide on a new stitch, larger/smaller hook, direction, colour, a combination of these, and/or anything else they fancy throwing into the mix. The number of stitches done will be chosen using any kind of random number generator the designer decides.
The actual hook size, whether it’s UK or US stitches, and yarn choice is up to the game player.
I’ll be here to offer any help I can and, if I’m stumped, there’s ‘better men than I’ around to give the benefit of their wisdom :)
NOTE TO ALL - We’ve added a new element to the game… THE JOKER!!!
It’s a bit like a wild card which you can use only once. It let’s you alter the instructions in some way. e.g. playing the joker on the “count your crochet hooks” instruction you could decide not count Tunisian hooks. Alternatively, you could add an extra feature.
The only stipulation to playing THE JOKER is that when you do you have to post that you are doing it and say exactly how you are using it.

Getting ready for March 1st - chain the amount of stitches for your age and, yes, you can refuse to tell anyone how many that is ;) Turquoise wool with a G hook (53 chains)

March 1 Designer: YarnVista.
Grab your favourite hook.
Look at a clock. (2:36 pm = 11 treble crochets)
Take the digits of the time and add them together (1:09 would be 1+0+9= 10, 11:58 would be 1+1+5+8= 15). If it is before noon work that many double crochets, if it is after noon work that many treble crochets.
2:36 pm = 1treble crochets with a G hook in scrap red cotton & red wool with sequins (every 5 stitches 10 times, then in last chain)

March 2 Designer: GypsyDancer.
Count up all of your crochet hooks (if you’re a newbie and don’t own any, ask a friend how many they have) this is the number of stitches you’ll do.
The stitch is crochet moss stitch.
Do half of the stitches in one direction, turn and do the other half back over the top of them in the next row. Don’t worry if you still have some foundation chains left when you turn, you can always use these later in the CAL.
Stitch instruction: slip in 2nd stitch from hook, *hdc, sl* repeat. Then alternate in the next row.
91 hooks (I am the incredibly lucky recipient of the spoils of 3 generations of crocheting grandmothers, great-grandmothers & even a step-grandmother!) G hook with green needlepoint wool started at end of turquoise.

March 3 Designer: laughingpurple
Grab a larger size hook, and switch to your least favourite yarn…
chain a length which will fit around your ankle…
starting with the 4th chain from your hook, work 4dc into each chain until you reach the end
I hook. Lion Brand Micro Spun, color Lilac. Tied it onto the green.

March 4 Designer: EtownKnitter.
Change to a yarn in your favourite colour (and change hook if needed) and work the same number of popcorn stitches as the date (or month) of your birthday.
E Hook. Variegated mohair blend in blues & greens. Attached to Lilac Micro Spun. 29 popcorn stitches.

March 5 Designer: fiasco.
Turn, chain 1. Continue this pattern to correspond with the number of popcorns from the previous row (one stitch per popcorn): sc, hdc, dbl, tr, dbl, hdc, sc, sc, hdc, dbl, tr, dbl, hdc, sc

Hmmm...Reading this makes me wish I'd chosen to do my birth month not day on the previous round. I played with this one quite a few different ways, and then realized it doesn't say anywhere that the stitches have to be worked on the front - so I worked them from the back. Which may ultimately become the front. Used E hook & fine turquoise wool.

March 6 Designer: gwynna.
Take 10% of the number of items in your Ravelry queue (round fractions up or down) and do filet mesh spaces for this number.
Arrange the stitches wherever and however you want using any colour yarn as long as it’s different from the one you’re stitching into.
Number too big or too small? click here for a random number generator.

18 items in my queue. 10% is 2. Same turquoise wool from the original chain.

March 7 Designer: crochetkween

Gather some slinky, sensual, sexy yarn in a colour that excites. Find a secluded, private little spot on you FF CAL and work the love knot to correspond to the number of times you make love each week….or month :)
Work rows to correspond to the number of times you wish you made love each week/month.

G Hook. 8 love knots using a red/orange eyelash.

March 8 Designer: MsBusyfingers
So, if you’re naked after the last instructions, go put some clothes on now, thank you!
Count the number of colours you’re wearing - include underwear. Multiply that number by the articles of clothing you’re wearing. Do that many stitches of your choice in a yarn that you close your eyes and choose by feel. Use whatever hook you want, and for the love of Bob, weave in those ends!!!
e.g. wearing red hat, pink socks and green cape = 3 colours x 4 articles of clothing = 12 stitches.

3 colours (including the white stripe on my track pants...) x 4 articles of clothing=12 stitches. E Hook, navy mohair blend. Ch3, *[1dc,1ch,1dc] in 2nd ch space. ch1. repeat from * 3 times (4 stitches on this row) Next row: ch 3, *[1dc,1ch,1dc] in 2nd ch space. Repeat across row.

March 9 Designer: Murphey
Count your rings, either all or just the rings you’re wearing (and/or any jewellery with the word “ring” in it). Match your rings to your yarn colours. i.e. a copper, silver, & brass ring might be variegated yarn, whilst a gold might be yellow.
Crochet rings: * Wind yarn around thumb 3 times. Using these three strands as a ring, work sufficient sc(U.S) or dc(British) into the ring to cover half the ring. Slip ring off thumb, don’t break yarn, repeat from * for desired number of rings. Work completely around final ring, then the uncovered half of each remaining ring back to beginning. Slipstitch in first sc or dc and fasten off.
7 rings: 3 turquoise enamel, 3 silver, 1 gold.

March 10 Designer: Kaet.
Do a series of fans to represent your full name, with slip stitches to the width of one fan for the spaces. E.g. “John Michael Smith” would be 4 fans, some sl st, 7 fans, some sl st, 5 fans.

Carlyn Ruth McCabe Clark: 6 fans (sc, 5 dc sc),5 sl st, turn, 4 fans, 8 sl st, 6 fans, 4 sl st, turn, 5 fans. E hook, DMC Tapisserie wool, color 7107 (hot pink)

March 11 Designer: crochetblue.
should be added individually in different places. Vary the shells, make them with (UK terms) 5 tr, 7 dtr, (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr) or whatever variation you want - example here
count the letters in your favourite colour, make that many shells. Creative counting positively encouraged:
Red, but you want to add more than 3 shells? use scarlet. Lime green, but you want to work fewer than 9? use lime or green.
Use a different yarn for each shell.
Favorite color: Turquoise - 8 shells. Well, the shells aren't really working for me -so I'm switching to blue - 4 shells.

March 12 Designer: crochetdg.

Using your favourite type of yarn, make as many rounds as your bust size divided by 2 then add one more round per cup size (i.e. A=1, B=2, C=3, etc…).
Enjoy! ;-)
21 rounds. E hook. Thin turquoise wool, stitched into long tube. I went a bit outside the typical parameters on this one. 21 rounds worked flat would have been out of scale. And I needed some dimension. It's looking really flat. I've got to fit it in somewhere.

March 13 Designer: twisted1.
Spring is in the air; time to do the windows! Not in the mood? Me, neither. So let’s count them instead!
Count all the windows in your home. For every window, you will need a bead. You can use buttons, sequins, charms, metal washers or bolts, de-construct an old necklace; just make it something you already own.
Using a yarn that has already been used in this project, string the beads. Attach the yarn to the base of your first “name” fan from day 10.
Ch 2, bring the first bead close to the hook, chain around bead, ch 2.
Sc into top of fan. When you get to a break in the fans (the space between your names) you will sc into the middle of the break instead. Repeat until all the beads are used.
If your fans stitches have already been used up by a previous instruction, you can still follow today’s instruction but you will be making a sort of overlay with the chains & beads.
Helpful hints:
Before you string the beads on the yarn, use a bit of glue on the end and roll into a point. Let dry before stringing.
For the newbies - It’s really easy. When you bring the bead up to the hook, just pretend it isn’t there. Yarn over & pull through as usual. You did it!
Decide where your beads will be placed and work from the “wrong” side. Maybe it’s me, but I find that if I work from the right side, my beads face the wrong side of the work.
28 windows. Royal blue thin wool from shells.

March 14 Designer: yonitdm.
Anyhoo, to commemorate Pi day (march 14th in US terms = 3.14!), I’ve decided to add an extra instruction along with March 14th’s DfaD one .i.e. We will have yonitdm’s instruction for tomorrow as well as this one for Pi! 2 instructions in one day :)
Pi Instruction:
You need to change your hook to one that you’re really comfortable with, change your yarn to one that makes a regular pattern (mathematical see?!?!), and start somewhere on your piece of Freeform that you haven’t crocheted on in a while.
Now, you’re going to do 3 rows that are 14 stitches long in any stitch that you know is in a pattern you might like to make in future, but that is a little scary cos you’ve never tried it before.
E hook. Blue cotton. Spider stitch.

In honour of US DST, Pick a sunny colour, add an hour to the current time and use the hour part of it for your number of stitches, pick a straight shot somewhere on your creation and do star stitch pattern found here
2:03 pm. 3 stitches. Pale yellow needlepoint wool. E hook. (This is totally lost in the piece. But I did it...)

March 15 Designer: Camanomade.
Open your stitch dictionary at p15, or the 15th page of stitch instructions, and chose a stitch on that page. Choose a yarn you are comfortable with and do 15 of these stitches :)
"The Crochet Stitch Bible", Betty Barnden. 15th page only has Wide Checkers.

Count up the number of vehicles in your household. feel free to include bicycles, scooters, roller-skates, etc,… or don’t include them… it’s up to you.
Do that many of any of these three flowers. attach them to your freeform anywhere you like.
#7 steel hook. DMC variegated craft thread in pinky-orangey-red.


Note: Leave a long tail at the start so that you can use it to roll-and-stitch the rose together. Row 1: 55ch. Into 4th ch from hook work 1dc. *1ch, miss 2ch, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in next st. Repeat from * to the end. Turn.
Row 2: 3ch, (1dc, 2ch, 2dc) into first 2-ch sp. *(2ch, 2dc, 2ch, 2dc) in next 2-ch sp. Repeat from * to the end. Turn.
Row 3: 6dc into first 2-ch sp, 1sc into next 2-ch sp. (7dc into next 2-ch sp, 1sc into next 2-ch sp) 12 times. (9dc into next 2-ch sp, 1sc into next 2-ch sp) five times. Leave a tail long enough to weave in easily and fasten off.


Thread the long tail onto a needle and as you roll the rose up stitch the base together. The large petals end up on the outside of the rose so start rolling from the small-petalled end. Try to keep the base flat - if it 'telescopes' the rose will not be as pretty. You can then use the tail to attach your rose to another item or tidy away the end.

March 16 Designer: yarnvista.
We are halfway done!! So find the centre of your project and add a dimensional element here. E.g. a flower, chain, ruffle, bobble. Anything, any size, smack dab in the middle of your project.

I solved a few challenges on this one. I strung the "rings" from March 9 around the 21-round tube from March 12. Then I attached that little bundle right in the middle.

March 17 Designer: JeanneGreenEyes.

Happy St Patrick’s Day and Happy almost Vernal Equinox! To celebrate, let’s make a lucky 4-leaf clover in a horseshoe. You will need some green yarn/thread and some golden yarn/thread. Find a space on your project that is about 8 or 10 stitches wide. You will want to work fairly firmly/closely to make a non-floppy motif.
In the center of that space, attach the green yarn. Chain 4 (stem) then keep chaining another 4 -5 and slipstitch to close (loop) at the first ch 4. You now have a stem and loop. Chain 3 and work back the other way to form the clover by crocheting 2 double crochet (US), then ch 3 and slipstitch chain to loop (work over chain, not into stitches). Repeat this ch 3 up, 2 dbl, ch3 down & slpstch to create the leaves. When you have finished the last slpstch in the loop, shift to the stem by single crocheting (US) around the stem chain. Single cr 4-5 to make a firm stem. Finish off - done with green.
Attach gold to left or right of stem and out a couple of stitches, but still slightly under the leaves (horseshoe shape toes in a bit). Single cr up to about the center of the first leaf, single cr or slpstch into top, single cr on to the next leaf, single cr or slip into top of it, keep going around and then down the other side. Slpstch to attach.  Keep checking general shape for good horseshoe outline. Do a 2-3 ch picot for the shoe heel if you like, then single cr back around the shoe to create a firm shape, adjusting number of singles over chain as needed. Picot heel. Done! Good Luck!!
#7 steel hook with DMC cotton. Made it very small because I didn't want it to be very important or noticeable. Prefer to keep things a bit more abstract.

March 18 Designer: bonnie0128.
It’s sunny here today! So choose a variegated or multi-coloured yarn containing some yellow (or colour that reminds of spring) and count all the stairs in your house. Grab a 6.0MM/J/10 hook and (3 tc, 3 sl st) times the number of stairs in your house
No stairs?! use mine - (3 tc, 3 sl st) 23 times
I have one stair in my house. Variegated yellow DMC thread, J hook. It's so small I'm not going to bother taking a picture.

March 19 Designer: ExtraGrunty.
Today we’re exploring alternative materials; your chance to use Plarn, wire, shoelace, fan or blind pull cord, rubber bands, etc. If your chosen material is short join multiples for longer “yarn”. Use a material appropriate hook, join anywhere and do picot stitches till you run out of “yarn” or get tired of them.
Note:You do not have to use more than one type of material, examples are just to give you some ideas. have fun.

1/8" yellow polka dot ribbon. E hook. 5sc, 3ch picot.

March 20 Designer: Kyliie.
Gather up your kids/pets/immediate family and add them together. I have 5 dogs, 10 puppies, 2 cats, 3 siblings and my parents = 22. With your smallest hook attatch your favourite colour yarn anywhere on the project and chain 22 (for example above). Attach using slip stitch into 1st stitch. Switch to your biggest hook and the ugliest yarn you have, divide number of chains in half (11 for me) round up odd numbers and do that many roll stitches in the chain loop.
Roll stitch: Yarn over 10 times, go into stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through all loops. Bind off.
1 husband, 3 kids, 2 siblings, 2 parents=8. #12 steel hook. No picture.

March 21 Designer: Mamas2hands.
Find a spot that needs more dimension. Pick a yarn that makes you happy; colour, feel, look, etc. and an appropriate hook.
Special Stitch instructions: 3 st cluster = (yo, insert into specified st, yo, pull up loop, yo pull thru 2 loops)3 times; yo pull thru remaining 4 loops on hook.
Cluster scallop. Attach yarn chain lengths right of the point where you want the centre to be “right side” of your work facing you).
Row 1 - * Chain 1, dc (UK tr) into st picked as centre. Repeat from * until your scallop lays flat. Ch 3 and sl st to edge, turn.
Row 2 - Chain 4, do a 3 st cluster into top of the next dc: repeat from for each dc in the first row of the scallop, end by chaining 4 and sl st to edge.
Do as many of these as you like :)
Turquoise wool. E hook.

March 22 Designer: jaydee.
Pick two colours you don’t think go together and an appropriate hook.
Attach colour A to your freeform, ch14, sl st to freeform. Allow for some give chevron with peaks and valleys, you can attach the other end of the chevron (or not) when you finish.
One ripple: (UK terminology in parenthesis)
Row 1: 2 Sc (dc) in 2nd ch, sc (dc) in next five ch, skip next ch, sc (dc) in next five ch, 2 sc (dc) in last ch. Turn
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc (dc) in first sc (dc), sc (dc) in back lp of next five sc (dc), skip next 2 sc (dc), sc (dc) in back lp of next five sc, 2 sc (dc) in last sc (dc).
Repeat row 2 for pattern.
Do at least 7 rows using a Fibonacci number sequence (1,1,2,3,5,8,13) for colour choice.
Row 1 – A (1)
Row 2- B (1)
Rows 3 and 4 – A (2)
Rows 5, 6 and 7 – B (3)
Lion Chenille Prints in a purple combo & gold banana silk. G Hook

March 23 Designer: choppedtomatoes.
Hello Freeform Follies/Fellas,
Today’s instructions are simple, yet will pose a challenge for the time-restricted. We are going to try and ‘clean-up’ any extra crazy freeform bits of your project with an interesting border stitch. Look at the ad at the bottom of the page, pick out a colour from that ad and use that colour yarn with a corresponding hook.
Ready for some hard-core crochet? Here goes…
  1. Take a look at your piece so far and choose an area that needs a little tidying up.
  2. Attach your yarn and begin by working a single crochet foundation row of sets of 14sts, plus 5 for exactly one minute. It doesn’t matter if you have to go around a corner, just keep going. E.g. 28sts+5, 42sts +5 etc.
Border Pattern
Row 1: Work 10 double crochets, 1 picot (3chains, slip stitch in 1st chain), ^14 double crochets, 1 picot^, repeat from ^. End row with 9 double crochets.
Row 2: Chain 2, skip 1 stitch, 1 treble, 1 chain, skip 1 stitch, 1 double crochet, ^4 chain, skip 3 stitches, 1 double crochet before picot on previous row, 5 chains, 1 double crochet after picot on previous row, 4 chains, skip 3 stitches, 1 double crochet, 1 chain, skip 1 stitch, 1 treble, 1 chain, skip 1 stitch, 1 double crochet^ Repeat to end.
Row 3: ^3 chain, 1 double crochet in treble, 3 chain, 1 double crochet in 4ch space, 10 trebles in 5 ch space, 1 double crochet in 4 ch space^, repeat from ^. End row with 3 chain, 1 double crochet in treble, 2 chains, 1 doublec rochet in last dc.
Row 4: 3 chains, ^1 treble in dc(1 treble, 1 chain) in each of the 10 trebles from previous row^, repeat from ^. End row with 1 treble in dc, 1 treble in first of 3chains at the beginning of the previous row.
Row 5: 1 chain, ^1 double crochet in treble from previous row, (3 double crochets, 1 picot, 2 double crochets, 1 picot, 2 double crochets, 1 picot, 3 double crochets, 1 double crochet in treble) in the 10 trebles from the previous row^, repeat from ^. End the row with 1 double crochet in the 3rd chain at the beginning of the previous row.
G hook. thin turquoise wool.

Instruction March 24 Designer: elliefants.
I have fallen in love with several things in the course of the freeform and one is popcorn stitches, another flowers and a third is the dimensions in all the gorgeous freeforms, so my instructions are a combination of all these things (I couldn’t choose just one!!)
I want you to find some nice bright itty bits of wool that you have lying around/stashed for little works of art purposes (I have a drawer full of teeny balls of wool) and choose a comfy hook. Now choose option 1 or 2!!!
(1) If you are like me and you have some odd gaps appearing on the freeform, like this…..
today I want you to fill them! with either popcorn stitches (see earlier posting for links) or flowers (a la the ones in Gyspy Dancers post earlier) and hey when you’re done with gap filling go mad and do a few more!!!
(2) If you haven’t any odd gaps to fill, find a lonely bit of freeform you have not touched in a while and make at least one flower and crotchet at least 10 popcorn stitches to add some more dimension.
Now thats not bad is it….. I could have made you crotchet with some wire!!! (was sorely tempted lol)
(ETA: Tiny little mod edit just to make it be actually #1 and #2.)
Red needlepoint wool. Size G hook. It's looking like a fish...

March 25 Designer: knittermum.
InstructionOk - a simple one for today for people like me who keep getting behind!
A free choice of yarn and hook today, although a solid colour or long colour repeats will work best. We’re going to be doing relief trebles (UK).
Pick a suitable space on your piece and crochet a number of trebles (UK) divisible by 4 - ie 8, 12, 16 etc
Row 2: Ch 2, tr around front post, ^tr around back post twice, tr around front post twice, repeat from ^ to end.
Row 3: Ch 2, repeat previous row but alternate front and back - if previous row is set back, tr around front post of stitch, if forward, tr around back post.
This creates a basket weave effect.
Continue for at least 3 rows.
Yellow needlepoint wool. E hook.

March 26 Designer: sugarbunny

Today is time to show your little ones you love them, I’m dedicating this instruction to all our prized pets!
Add all the letters from each of your pets’ names and then divide the total by the number of pets you have. Work this many stitches in puff stitch - it looks like little bunny tails :)
E.g. for my pets this would be
Sugar + Locke + Puffy McPufferson + Shinobi
5+5+16+7 = 33
33/4 = 8.25
Round up or down = 8
If you don’t currently have a pet, use the number of letters from the name of a favourite childhood pet, or your favourite famous animal.e.g. Lassie, Flipper, Sasquatch…
Favorite pets: Mao Mao, Rupert, Who, Skookum, Kenzo=27/5=5. thin green wool. Size E hook.

March 27 Designer: hoodlumknit 

Today you get to honour your grannies!
There has been some talk going on in the chat thread about doing something in support of women’s health issues. That has inspired me to think about some of the most important women in my life. My grannies. I have two biological grannies (we call them nans here in this part of Canada, others may call them grandma, grandmother, oma etc) Only one I met, my father’s mother having passed before I was born. I also ‘adopted’ a neighbour calling her Nanny as well.
For each granny that you want to honour, you will have to crochet a plain granny square (hook size, yarn and colour, up to you) and attach to your freeform in any place, using any method you desire. Please note that you may use more than one colour of yarn for your granny square if desired. If you were lucky enough to know your grannies well, then make your squares in
For today we’re heading into the kitchen!
Open your cupboards and count your dinner plates. For those of you who have young kids like I do, there are going to be tons and tons of those plastic plates, those count too! Go ahead and count the dessert plates too or just all the plates in your home!
Now head into your fridge and pull out something that there will be more than one of (eg: carrot sticks, eggs, individually wrapped cheese slices to name a few) and count how many there are. If there are only singles of things in there….GO SHOPPING! Only kidding, haha. But if there’s only singles of things in there, use a random generator and have it select a number between 2 and 20.
Divide the number of plates by the second number from the fridge (or generator) and using a yarn you haven’t used yet and a hook that’s a size bigger than recommended for the yarn, join anywhere on your project and make enough V-stitches to match your number.
Note: if you end up with a fraction like 1/5 or 3/17 or something like that, just add the two numbers together like 3+17=20 so you only make 20 V-stiches.
Video Tutorial for V Stitch
Picture Instructions
colours to match their personality. You may also make your granny as big or as small as you like.
Please feel free to discuss your grannies in the chat thread. I’d love to hear about them.
I did 2 different granny squares. The one linked above in DMC craft thread in green variegated. Size 3 (2.1mm) hook to represent Lois. And Double Square from "The Crochet Stitch Bible" by Betty Barnden (pg 199) in DMC craft thread in pink variegated. Size 3 (2.1 mm) hook to represent Evelyn.

March 28 Designer: Mandii.
For today we’re heading into the kitchen!
Open your cupboards and count your dinner plates. For those of you who have young kids like I do, there are going to be tons and tons of those plastic plates, those count too! Go ahead and count the dessert plates too or just all the plates in your home!
Now head into your fridge and pull out something that there will be more than one of (eg: carrot sticks, eggs, individually wrapped cheese slices to name a few) and count how many there are. If there are only singles of things in there….GO SHOPPING! Only kidding, haha. But if there’s only singles of things in there, use a random generator and have it select a number between 2 and 20.
Divide the number of plates by the second number from the fridge (or generator) and using a yarn you haven’t used yet and a hook that’s a size bigger than recommended for the yarn, join anywhere on your project and make enough V-stitches to match your number.
Note: if you end up with a fraction like 1/5 or 3/17 or something like that, just add the two numbers together like 3+17=20 so you only make 20 V-stitches.
Video Tutorial for V Stitch
Picture Instructions
32 plates/2 pies=18 V-stitches in orange needlepoint wool with N hook.

March 29 Designer: osmia.
Man Oh, Man Oh! I was so hoping I would be caught up before my DFAD day came up, but woe is me … I am still far behind :(
Nonetheless, let us proceed:
29, what a wonderful number. Do so what you will with it to make your rows and stitches counts.
And the stitch is linked double crochet (ldc): ldc video tutorial
DMC Laine Tapisserie 7107 (hot pink) with G hook.

March 30 Designer: juniperjune.
  1. You don’t have to edge your whole piece!
  2. This edging works well on top of scallops or other odd-shaped bits!
  3. There’s an end optional step for using beads. You’ll need as many beads as the number you generate in step 1 below… string them ahead of time.
Step 1) Count the colours you’ve used so far. You can count different shades of the same colour separately or together, your choice. Pro tip: easiest way to do this by writing out a list of your colours to avoid double-counting them.
Step 2) Make that many ch-5 spaces as described in row one of this lattice edging pattern. So, if you’ve got 10 colors, you’ll (chain 5, skip 3, slip stitch into next stitch) 10 times.
Step 3) Continue lattice edging pattern as described in the link.
Step 4) Optional bling: Bead points in row 4 of the edging! We all should theoretically know how to do this from the March 13th instructions.
13 colors. DMC craft thread in turquoise variegated.

March 31st Designer: Jelibe
To celebrate the last day of National Crochet Month 2010, I thought you all deserve a reward .
Take the number 124 and divide it by 4 = 31 days of March, this is the amount of beads and bits you can and to your yarn (You can either add your beads to the whole project wherever you want or to the applique we are going to make.
You will need some worstened (double knit) yarn and a 5mm hook.
We are going to make a Badge :D
(SwingKitty007 has kindly given me permission to use this).
You can add anything to your badge, beads or sew on the date, anything.
If you want you can make 4 more appliques of your own choice. (4 for the 4 weeks of march).
Note - I was going to make you do something with 124 but I deemed that too evil. :D Happy Hooking

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Upcycled Fair Isle Slippers

My son loves the throw away slippers we bring back as travel-gifts from planes & hotels. I've been trying to figure out a way to somehow adapt them to be more long-wearing and interesting looking. I've been felting wool sweaters & using them for blankets & thought I'd try making them into slippers. I used some recyled leather for the soles. I glued the sweater onto the leather then straight stitched the tops and bottoms together. I went around the edges with the same satin stitch I use when piecing together scraps. I did a row of single crochet around the top edge. I'm not happy with the way the satin stitch looks. I'm going to think of other ways to finish the edges.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Utopia hat - finally finished

This project has been lanquishing in my WIP bag for months. I'm not sure why it got set aside for so long. It only took a couple of hours to finish once I picked it up again. It's a free pattern available on at Smariek Knits

This one is in Lamb's Pride Worsted (color M-26,  Medieval Red) which made a great weight fabric that's just thick enough to be warm, but not too heavy; has good stretch; and is relatively soft and not too scratchy.
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Upcycled Blanket

I've been wanting a nice heavy-weight wool blanket and haven't been able to find one to buy. I thought about knitting & felting one, but only had to look at the long-unfinished Babette sitting in a sorry pile in the corner to realize that wasn't happening in this lifetime. About this time one of my daughter's friends returned a lovely striped sweater she'd borrowed & kindly machine washed & dried before returning. Not knowing any 6-month olds in need of a heavily felted sweater I tossed it on my worktable hoping for an inspirational idea to appear. I got the idea to turn it into a patchwork sweater & got to work scouring the house for outgrown or holey sweaters. I got all those felted & realized that I'd be needing a whole lot of sweaters. I hit the local thrift shops. But this being SoCal, wool sweaters were hard to come by. I turned to ebay next, and had great luck - never spending more than about $6 (with freight) for a sweater. I played around a while and came up with a wide zigzag stitch on my sewing machine that allowed me to butt two pieces together. That way the blanket would be double sided with no thick seams. I've been using it for a few months now and it's exactly what I wanted - thick, heavy & very warm.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Noro Stripe Long Ribbed Fingerless Gloves

Design 19 from the book Designer Mini Knits. My fascination with striping Noro yarns continues...

Monday, January 18, 2010

Noro Kureyon Striped Scarf

Finally finished this Noro stripe scarf. I've had the how-to notes scribbled on a scrap of paper on my desk that I uncovered during my end of year cleaning. It came from a 2007 post on the Brooklyntweed blog.

When I finally got around to it, it couldn't have been quicker or easier. And it's far more interesting & complicated looking than it actually is.

I used 2 skeins of Noro Kureyon - one each in color 90 & 220.

Using US7 needles I cast on 39 stitches using cable cast on. To keep the edges neat & tidy I slipped the first stitch of each row as if to purl. I worked 1 x 1 rib until I didn't have any yarn left. Ended up being 7" by about 75". A great length and just the right width to length proportion.

I finished a second scarf using the same technique - this time in Noro Silk Garden, colors 279 & 267.