A little late…

Hi all!

For those of you that didn’t see my last post, I said I would put up the patterns that I never got to post for my Twelve Days of Christmas. I don’t have time to do all of them, but I have a couple. The rest I will post on Tuesday.

DSCN0765The first pattern is a poinsettia pot holder. It’s a pretty simple pattern being made only using the single crochet stitch. Switching colors can be a pain but its pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

For this pattern, I used an H hook and 1 ball of Caron Simply Soft in off-white (A) and red (B).

To start just ch 35 with A. Sc in second chain from hook and in the rest of chains. Then just continue making rows of single crochets following this color guide:

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Repeat again with the same color scheme. Put wrong sides of the two pieces together  and single crochet around the edge using B. One pot holder done.

For the second pot holder you can either keep the same color scheme or switch A and B. I unfortunately didn’t have time to make the second pot holder, but I definitely would have inverted the colors.

DSCN0768For the second pattern of today, I designed a snowflake ornament using Darice cord in Silver and White. The pattern is easier to understand by looking at a chart vs. the written pattern. In time I will come back and include the written pattern, but for now I have included the chart below.

I used a H hook (though I think the G hook would have made it look nicer) and Darice Cord in Silver and White.

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Thanks for reading!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas all!

I’m sorry I haven’t posted the last few days of the twelve days of Christmas patterns. I actually have 5 more patterns done but there was not enough time today to post them. I will post them for this Fridays post.

While I failed this year, I have learned a lot from the Twelve Days of Christmas series. The most obvious being that I need to start making the patterns earlier instead of just having designs that haven’t been tested yet. I ran into a bunch of design flaws that set me back. I hope to do improve this event next year.

See you Friday!

Twelve Days of Christmas Patterns: Day 5 and 6

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Hi all!

This may be quite a long blog. I have a lot to talk about since I have two patterns for this post.

First, before I start talking about the Twelve Days of Christmas, I want to put some spotlight on a fellow crocheter, Vanja at AmigurumiBB Blog. She created these adorable Christmas ornaments and because of a comment I left on the original blog, she made a Christmas Ornaments Part2 to include patterns for a penguin and a Mrs. Claus ornament. Thanks again Vanja!

Anyways, back to the Twelve Days of Christmas…

Obviously, I’m quite behind with only 8 more days until Christmas Eve, but I am so determined to get this done.

Day 5 Pattern: Crochet gift boxes

??????????My family always saves gift boxes, especially if we get any small jewelry gift boxes (the cardboard boxes not the fancy boxes that actually hold the jewelry). Jewelry is always a great gift for people even if it is from Claire’s or Kohl’s (my two favorites) but those don’t come with nice boxes. And after reusing our boxes over the years, the tape has built up and made the boxes crappy looking. To replace them, I came up with these cute reusable (tape free!) crocheted gift boxes. I lined the box with plastic canvas to make it stiff (although if you had a square cardboard box it might cut down on the time to make this) and with felt to hide the ribbon and the plastic canvas.

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  • 1 ball of Simply Soft Caron yarn in Red
  • Approximately 24 inches of ribbon
  • 1 square of clear plastic canvas used (normally used for needlepoint)
  • 1 8×10 rectangle of red felt.
  • G Hook

Special stitches:

Single crochet decrease: yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull loop up through first loop, yo, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull loop up through all loops on hook.

Bottom:

Row 1: Ch 2, 3 sc in first ch. Turn. (3 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first stitch, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch. Turn. (5 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first two stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (7 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first three stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (9 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first four stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (11 sc)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in first five stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (13 sc)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first six stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (15 sc)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first seven stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (17 sc)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in first eight stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (19 sc)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc in first nine stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (21 sc)

Row 11: Ch 1, sc in first 10 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (23 sc)

Row 12: Ch 1, sc in first 11 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (25 sc)

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in first 12 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (27 sc)

Rnd 1 (working in back loop only): Ch 1, sc in next 13 stitches, skip 1, sc  next 15 stitches, work 15 sc in next side of square, work 15 sc in final side, Sl st in first sc. (52 sc)

Rnd 2 (working in back loop only): Sl st into next st. Ch 1, Sc in same stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, work 2 sc into next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, scd, *sc in next 6 stitches, work 2 sc into next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, scd. Repeat from * 2 more times. Sl st into top of first sc. (52 stitches)

Rnd 3 – 8: Repeat row 2. Fasten off.

If you want your box to be taller, just continue repeating Rnd 2 until its the height you like.

Top:

Row 1: Ch 2, 3 sc in first ch. Turn. (3 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first stitch, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch. Turn. (5 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first two stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (7 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first three stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (9 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first four stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (11 sc)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in first five stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (13 sc)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first six stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (15 sc)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first seven stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (17 sc)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in first eight stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (19 sc)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc in first nine stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (21 sc)

Row 11: Ch 1, sc in first 10 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (23 sc)

Row 12: Ch 1, sc in first 11 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (25 sc)

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in first 12 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (27 sc)

Row 14: Ch 1, sc in first 13 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (29 sc)

Row 15: Ch 1, sc in first 14 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in remaining stitches. Turn. (31 sc)

Rnd 1 (working in back loop only): Ch 1, sc in next 15 stitches, skip 1, sc  next 5 stitches, skip 5 stitches, ch 4, sc in next 5 stitches, work 15 sc in next side of square, work 5 sc, ch 4, and 5 sc in final side (to mirror that in opposite side), Sl st in first sc. (56 stitches)

Rnd 2 (working in back loop only): Sl st into next st. Ch 1, Sc in same stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, scd, sc in next 4 stitches, work 6 sc into ch 4 space, sc in next 4 stitches, scd, sc in next 6 stitches, work 2 sc into next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, scd, sc in next 4 stitches, work 6 sc into ch 4 space, sc in next 4 stitches, scd, sl st into top of first sc. (60 stitches).

Rnd 3 -4 (working in back loop only): Sl st into next st, Ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, work 2 sc in next stitch, *sc in next 6 stitches, scd, sc in next 6 stitches, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, scd. Repeat from * 2 more times. Sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

??????????Cut pieces of the plastic canvas to fit the bottom of the box, the top of the box, and the four sides (on bottom piece). Cut the ribbon into 2 12 inch pieces. Sew one end of the ribbon on one side of the bottom. Sew one end of the other ribbon on the opposite side of the bottom.  Line the box with the felt. I used this tutorial to learn how to sew a rectangular lining. I also lined the lid so that the plastic canvas wasn’t showing. To close the box just insert the ribbons into the two holes on the top and tie.

Now you have an adorable little box!

I hope you all like it!

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Day 6 Pattern: Crochet Steering Wheel Cozy

??????????I was inspired to make this pattern the other morning after it snowed and my car was iced over. I don’t know why but I always expect the inside of my car to be warmer than it actually is when its cold outside. After finally getting all of the ice off of my windshield, my hands were looking forward to the reprieve of my warm car which of course was not actually very warm (despite having started my car). I was running late for work and didn’t have any more time to wait for my car to heat up. As soon as my fingers hit my steering wheel, I immediately had to pull them away. I don’t understand how a steering wheel can be so COLD! I decided right then and there that a steering wheel cozy was a must.

You need:

  • 2 balls of Simply Soft Caron yarn in White (A), 1 ball each of Simply Soft Caron yarn in Dark Sage (B), Autumn Red (C), Limelight (D) (I think, I didn’t realize that the label had been replaced with a white one in the store), and Red (E).
  • I hook.

51nL3LKkROL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_To make this pattern, I used the Zig-Zag Pip Stitch from “The Harmony Guides: Basic Crochet Stitches” by Erika Knight. Unfortunately, I’m not actually sure if I am allowed to publish this pattern because I used this stitch (I didn’t think about it at the time of its creation); I wouldn’t want to infringe on someone’s copyright. So for now I am going to give you a simplistic version of a crochet steering wheel. If you know whether or not I can publish the pattern, please let me know.

To make the steering wheel cozy, you must work 16 stitches in each row until the project reaches about 32 inches. Work one row in A, B, C, D, and E until you reach the end of the project. Connect the two ends together to make a large circle. Using 2 pieces of white yarn, work 108 sc into the side of the large ring you made. Slip stitch into first sc. Ch 1 and Scd all the way around for round two. fasten off and repeat on opposite side.??????????

I think you can use most stitches as long as it can be worked within 16 stitches. Depending on the stretchiness of the stitch, you may need to increase the length of the project from the original 32 inches.

Sorry this pattern is so simplistic and not very informative, I hope to update this later either with the Zig Zag Pip stitch or with a replacement stitch that I know will work.

Hope you all like it!

Thanks for reading!

Twelve Days of Christmas Patterns: Day 4

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Hi all!

As I promised earlier, here is the project for Day 4 of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Again I apologize for the lateness.

Those of you who don’t know, my mom really loves to dress in Christmas themed attire throughout December (especially in the week leading up to Christmas and of course Christmas Eve/Day). She loves to wear her Christmas light necklace, red or green sweaters, Christmas socks, and various Christmas-related earrings. She as also really liked the scarves that I have made in the past so I decided to make a Christmas infinity scarf for my mom to add to her collection of accessories. Unfortunately, my mom wouldn’t model the scarf for me to take pictures but here’s how it turned out.

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The pattern:

I used 1 ball each of Simply Soft Caron yarn (surprise, surprise) in Bright White (A), Dark Sage (B), and Autumn Red (C) with an I hook.

Special Stitches:

Half double crochet 4 together (hdc4tog): Yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull loop through all loops on hook.

Using yarn A, Ch 202. Sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1. Sc in each ch around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3. Dc in each stitch around. Sl st in top of ch 3. (202 dc)

Rnd 3: Repeat Round 1. (202 sc)

Rnd 4: Repeat Round 2. (202 dc)

Rnd 5: Repeat Round 1. (202 sc)

Christmas Infinity Scarf - zoomRnd 6: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 7: Change to yarn C, Ch 2. Hdc4tog in ch 1 space. * Ch 1. Hdc4tog in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st into top of ch 2. (101 hdc4tog & 101 ch1 spaces)

Rnd 8: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 9: Change to yarn A, Ch 1. 2 sc into each ch 1 space all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 10: Dc in each stitch around. Sl st in top of ch 3. (202 dc)

Rnd 11: Ch 1. Sc in each ch around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 12: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 13: Change to yarn C, Ch 2. Hdc4tog in ch 1 space. * Ch 1. Hdc4tog in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st into top of ch 2.(101 hdc4tog & 101 ch1 spaces)

Rnd 14: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 15: Change to yarn A, Ch 2. Hdc4tog in ch 1 space. * Ch 1. Hdc4tog in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st into top of ch 2.(101 hdc4tog & 101 ch1 spaces)

Rnd 16: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 17: Change to yarn C, Ch 2. Hdc4tog in ch 1 space. * Ch 1. Hdc4tog in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st into top of ch 2. (101 hdc4tog & 101 ch1 spaces)

Rnd 18: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 19: Change to yarn A, Ch 1. 2 sc into each ch 1 space all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 20: Dc in each stitch around. Sl st in top of ch 3. (202 dc)

Rnd 21: Ch 1. Sc in each ch around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 22: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 23: Change to yarn C, Ch 2. Hdc4tog in ch 1 space. * Ch 1. Hdc4tog in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st into top of ch 2. (101 hdc4tog & 101 ch1 spaces)

Rnd 24: Change to yarn B, Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Ch 1. *Skip one stitch. Sc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat from * all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (101 sc & 101 ch 1 spaces).

Rnd 25: Change to yarn A, Ch 1. 2 sc into each ch 1 space all the way around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 26: Dc in each stitch around. Sl st in top of ch 3. (202 dc)

Rnd 27: Ch 1. Sc in each ch around. Sl st in first sc. (202 sc)

Rnd 28: Repeat Rnd 26. (202 dc)

Rnd 29: Repeat Rnd 27. Fasten off. (202 sc)

I hope you all like it!

Thanks for reading!

Slight problem…All fixed!

Hi all!

You may have noticed that I’m running quite behind on my 12 days of Christmas patterns and I’m quite sorry about that. I haven’t given up, I just ran into a small problem.

Sunday and Monday, my wrist was not letting me crochet. I guess I was holding my hand in away that caused a lot of tension because after 5 minutes of crocheting, my hand (starting from my pinky) was exhausted. It was actually quite painful to crochet. I don’t know if this has ever happened to any of you but up to this point it has never happened to me (at least not in my yarn holding hand). If this has happened to you and you have some suggestions to remedy it please leave a comment below. I really don’t want this to happen again so any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thankfully last night I was able I make a lot of progress and will have at least one new pattern posted later tonight. So thanks for sticking with me despite being late with my projects.

Thanks for reading!

Twelve Days of Christmas Patterns: Day 3

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Hi All!

Sorry I’m a little late with the third pattern. I was having a little trouble with it and truth be told I’m not all that proud of how it turned out. I pictured it a lot differently in my head and throughout the design process but I couldn’t figure out how to translate my design effectively. I definitely plan on revising it later this month or maybe even next year for Christmas. Anyway, today’s pattern is for another stocking. I wanted to design a crocheted stocking that didn’t use granny squares because I thought it would look more elegant and modern.

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The pattern:

I used Red Heart Shimmer in Ivory (A) and Simply Soft Caron yarn in Autumn Red (B) and a size G hook.

Special stitches:

Foundation single crochet (fsc): Insert hook into the base of the previous stitch and pull up a loop, yo, pull through first loop. yo pull through remaining loops. (If you need help, go to this video by Tamara Kelly author of mooglyblog.com).

Double crochet 2 together (dc2tog): Yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull loop through first two loops, yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull loop through first two loops, yo, pull loop through remaining loops.

Decrease Double crochet (ddc): Yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull loops through first two loops, yo, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull loop through first two loops, yo, pull loop though remaining loops.

Starting at the heel with the Ivory yarn (A), Ch 2. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc 3 times in the first chain. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. Sc 3 times in next stitch. Sc in last stitch. Turn

Ch 1. Sc in each of next two stitches. Sc 3 times in next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next three stitches. Sc 3 times in next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next four stitches. Sc 3 times in next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next five stitches. Sc 3 times in next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next six stitches. Sc 3 times in next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next seven stitches. Sc 3 times in next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next eight stitches. Sc 3 times in next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next nine stitches. Sc 3 times in next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next ten stitches. Sc 3 times in next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next eleven stitches. Sc 3 times in next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next twelve stitches. Sc twice in next stitch. Fsc 14 times. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next fourteen stitches. Skip next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next eleven stitches. Skip next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch and in each of the next eleven stitches. Skip next stitch. Dc2tog in each of the next eleven stitches. Skip one stitch. Dc in last stitch. Turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch and each of the next ten stitches. Skip next stitch. Dc2tog in each of the next eleven stitches. Skip one stitch. Dc in top of ch 3. Turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch each of the next ten stitches. Skip next stitch. Dc2tog in each of the next ten stitches. Skip one stitch. Dc in top of ch 3. turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch each of the next nine stitches. Skip next stitch. Dc2tog in each of the next ten stitches. Skip one stitch. Dc in top of ch 3. turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch each of the next nine stitches. Skip next stitch. Dc2tog in each of the next nine stitches. Skip one stitch. Dc in top of ch 3. turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch each of the next nineteen stitches. Dc in top of ch 3. turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch each of the next twenty stitches. Dc in top of ch 3. turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch each of the next 21 stitches. Dc in top of ch 3. turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch each of the next 22 stitches. Dc in top of ch 3. turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch each of the next 23 stitches. Dc in top of ch 3. turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch each of the next 24 stitches. Dc in top of ch 3. turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch each of the next 23 stitches. Skip on stitch. Dc in top of ch 3. turn. Repeat 2 more times.

Fasten off.

Join yarn on the other side of the fsc chain.

Ch 1. Sc in each stitch until the end of the row. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next fourteen stitches. Skip next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in each of the next eleven stitches. Skip next stitch. Sc in each of the remaining stitches. Turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch and in each of the next eleven stitches. Skip next stitch. Dc2tog in each of the next eleven stitches. Skip one stitch. Dc in last stitch. Turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch and each of the next nine stitches. Start ddc in next stitch but skip one stitch during the decrease so that one decrease takes up three stitches. Dc2tog in each of the next ten stitches. Skip one stitch. Dc in top of ch 3. Turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch and each of the next nine stitches. Start ddc in next stitch but skip one stitch during the decrease. Dc2tog in each of the next 8 stitches. Skip one stitch. Dc in top of ch 3. Turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch and each of the next 7 stitches. Start ddc in next stitch but skip one stitch during the decrease. Dc2tog in each of the next 8 stitches. Skip one stitch. Dc in top of ch 3. Turn.

Ch 3. Dc2tog in same stitch each of the next 17 stitches. Skip on stitch. Dc in top of ch 3. turn. Repeat 6 more times.

Ch 3. Ddc using same stitch and next stitch. Dc2tog in next stitch. *Ddc in next stitch, dc2tog in next stitch. Repeat from  * 5 times. Dc in top of ch 3.

Ch 3 Dc using same stitch and next stitch. *Dc2tog in next stitch. Ddc in next stitch* repeat until last two stitches. skip next stitch. Dc in top of ch 3.

Ch 3. Dc using same stitch and next stitch. *Dc2tog in next stitch. Ddc in next stitch* repeat until last two stitches. skip next stitch. Dc in top of ch 3.

Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. hdc in next stitch. dc in each of next 3 stitches. hdc in next stitch. sc in last stitch. Fasten off.

Repeat this pattern again to make second half of stocking. Sew the two sides together.

Using Autumn Red (B) yarn, join at top of stocking and Ch 3. Dc in each stitch around. To make sure you don’t have large gaps where the stocking was sewn together, insert extra dc in each space. (54 dc).

Ch 3. Dc in each stitch around. Sl st in top of ch 3. Repeat round 4 more times.

Fold over this section so that it covers up the top of the white stocking.

Sew on any embellishments you want to the top part. I used the poinsettia from Day 2 on my stocking.

I know that this isn’t perfect and needs some adjustments but I hope you enjoy it anyways. Perhaps it will inspire you to create your own (better) version of this stocking.

Thanks for reading!

Twelve Days of Christmas Patterns: Day 2

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Hi All!

100FlowersKnitCrochetFor Day 2, I thought I would give you all a simple poinsettia pattern that could be used multiple ways. I used the poinsettia to make napkin rings for Christmas. I got my inspiration from flowers made in 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield.

The flower was made with worsted Simply Caron Yarn in Autumn Red and yellow (not sure what color yellow exactly, I lost the label) and a G hook.

For the Flower:

Outer Petals

Ch 5. Sl St in first ch to form ring.

Ch 3. Dc 7 times in ring. (8 dc)

Ch 2. sc in same st. 2 sc in each stitch around. sl st in top of ch 2. (18 sc)

Ch 3.Dc in each stitch around, Sl st in top of ch 3. (18 dc)

Ch 5, Dtr together. Ch 3. sl st in first ch. Dtr together. Ch 5. sl st in next stitch. Repeat 5 more times. Fasten Off.

Inner Petals

Ch 4. Sl st in first ch to form ring.

Ch 3 . Dc 7 times in ring. (8 dc)

Ch 1. sc in same st. 2 sc in each stitch around. sl st in first sc. (15 sc)

Ch 3. DC in each stitch around. (15 dc)

Ch 5, Dtr together. Ch 3. sl st in first ch. Dtr together. Ch 5. sl st in next stitch. Repeat 4 more times. Fasten off.

Inside buds (I think they are buds anyway)

Ch 3. Sl st in first ch.

Ch  3. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in ring. *Ch 2. Sl st in second ch. Sc in ring. Repeat from * 8 more times. Fasten off.

Sew the three layers together to finish the flower.

Napkin Ring

Ch 6. Sc in 2nd stitch from hook. Sc in each st. Turn. (5 sc)

Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in rest of stitches. (5 sc). Repeat 10 times.  Fasten off.

Sew the two ends together to form a ring then sew on the flower.

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Here’s what it looks like when completed.

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I think that these could also be made using off-white or gold colored yarn. And the buds could be made using beads (either silver, white, or gold depending on the flower color you use). I didn’t have any beads that would work for it when I was making it but I think they would work out even better than the crocheted bit.

Thanks for reading!

Twelve Days of Christmas Patterns: Day 1

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Hi All!

For Day 1, I was inspired by a stocking my great-grandmother crocheted.

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We have been using stockings like this one in my family for years, and thanks to great-grandmas crochet skills, the stockings have held up over time. Unfortunately, they are beginning to show their age. As you can see in the picture the white has been turning more and more yellow and the yarn is becoming matted. So in honor of my great-grandmother I adopted her pattern, tweaked it, and am sharing it with all of you.

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Here is my version of the stocking.

I used one ball of worsted Simply Caron yarns in Autumn Red (A), Dark Sage (B), and Bright White (C) and a G hook.

Like my great-grandmothers, my stocking is made of granny squares. My pattern uses 19 squares.

Granny Square:

Using Autumn Red (A), Ch 3. Sl st in first chain to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3. Dc twice in ring. *Ch 3. Dc 3 times in ring. Repeat from * 2 more times. Ch 3. Sl st in top of ch 3. Sl st in next 2 stitches.

Rnd 2: Change to Dark Sage (B). Ch 3. Dc twice in ch 3 space. Ch 3. DC 3 times in same corner. * Ch 1. Dc 3 times in next corner. Ch 3. Dc 3 times in same corner. Repeat from * two times. Sl st in top of ch 3. Sl st in next 3 stitches.

Rnd 3: Change to Bright White (C). Ch 3. Dc twice in ch 3 space. Ch 3. Dc 3 times in same corner. * Ch 1. Dc 3 times in ch 1 space. Ch 1. Dc 3 times in corner space. Ch 3. Dc 3 times in the same corner space. Repeat from * to more times. Fasten off

stocking-chartWhen you have made all of your granny squares, piece them together like the diagram to the left, using your preferred method of connecting the squares (I used slip stitches to sew them together but I think sewing them would have been easier).  The triangles shown in the chart below are simply granny squares folded in half.

Once the stocking is sewn together, you can create the rounds of Dcs around the opening of the stocking. Simply insert your hook into any space on the top granny squares, and using Dark Sage (B), Ch 3, Skip 1 st. Dc in next st. Continue in each st until the round is complete. Sl st in top of ch 3. Repeat the round 2 more times. Fasten off.

To make the loop, use Dark Sage (B) and chain 6. Dc in 3 chain from hook. Dc in next st. Turn.

Ch 3. skip 1 st. Dc in next stitch. Dc in top of ch 3 space. * continue until loop is desired size.

Then sew the loop onto the inside of the stocking.

The finished product should look like this:

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I hope you like the pattern! I know its pretty simple but I thought it would be nice to honor my great-grandmother.

Thanks for reading!

12 Days of Christmas

Hi all!

Boy, I never thought I would miss my blog so much! Sorry for the sudden absence, but I decided last minute to spend time with my family instead of writing my blog for Friday. Then I decided to tweak my schedule a bit so instead of posting on Mondays and Fridays, I will now be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays (Monday’s are just too hectic).

Anyways, I don’t know if you all remember but a few posts ago I said that I was working on something BIG for the blog and so now to reveal the surprise…

Drum roll please…

TwelveDaysOfChristmas_setI present the 12 days of Christmas patterns! Yup, that’s right, I’m going to do twelve posts each with a simple pattern for you to complete for the holidays, if you’d like to make it that is. I am determined to complete these 12 posts over the next twelve days, starting tomorrow. But if it just isn’t physically possible to complete these posts within that time frame (I tend to create practically impossible deadlines), I promise they will all be posted before the 24th.

I hope you all are as excited as I am!

Oh! Also, I am still creating some of the patterns so if you have anything you would like to see me make, please leave a comment with your idea and I will try to incorporate it into the next 12 Days.

Thanks for reading!

 

Just in time for Thanksgiving

Hi all! I have been trying to get a free pattern completed for a cool Thanksgiving project and its been quite exhausting. My first idea was to try to make a rustic candle holder for an electric tea light (I’m … Continue reading