Monday, September 25, 2017

Ocean Breeze





OCEAN BREEZE
a versatile free crochet hat pattern
messy bun/pony tail options included in pattern 
crochet Herringbone free hat pattern
Introduction: The crochet stitch pattern consists of the Herringbone stitch and the front post double crochet stitch. The front post double crochet stitch separates each Herringbone around the hat which in return gives a lovely textured pattern with little fuss. You also have the option to leave an opening for a messy bun or pony tail. 
The hat begins being made at the the brim and finishes at the crown.
Once the first few rows are completed, the hat pattern repeats it's self through out, making it an easy pattern to make once you get going.


Herringbone meaning:  a pattern consisting of columns of short parallel lines, with all the lines in one column sloping one way and all the lines in the next column sloping the other way so as to resemble the bones in a fish, for example as used in the weave of cloth.

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Materials needed:
5 mm hook (US H-8)
10 ply (US Aran weight) yarn
Approx 50 gm's of each color

Experience: Beginner +
Time: Approx 2 hours +
Stitches used:
Ch = chain
Sl st = slip stitch
Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Fpdc = front post double crochet
Dec = decrease
Shell =  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc = shell made)
Half Shell = (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc = half shell)
Fpdc dec = work 1 fpdc around the next 2 st's together (dec made)

With main color
Make a chain of 48, sl st to form a ring
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Notes: the beginning ch 2 of each round is not counted as a st.
Round 1. Ch 2, work 1 dc in same space as sl st, work 1 dc in each ch st, sl st to top of beginning dc to join round (46 dc)
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Notes: Try on your 1st round if it is too small repeat the above steps with a larger hook. This 1st round may also be a little loose, this is fine as we correct the tension later on in the pattern in the final steps.
Begin Pattern:
Round 2. Ch 2, work 1 dc in 1st dc, skip 2 dc's, work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc=shell made) in next dc, *skip 2 dc's, work 1 dc in next dc, skip 2 dc's, work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc=shell made ) in next dc, skip 2 dc's* repeat from *to* to end of round, sl st to top of beginning dc to join round

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Join in contrasting color and work with contrasting on every odd row/every alternate row.
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Round 3. Ch 2, work 1 fpdc around 1st dc, work 1 dc in same st as the , work (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc = half shell) in the ch 2 space of the shell, work 1 dc in same st as the , *work 1 fpdc around the 1 dc, work 1 dc in same st as the , work (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc = half shell) in the ch 2 space of the shell, work 1 dc in same st as the * repeat from *to* to end of round, sl st to top of beginning fpdc to join round
In the picture below there is 1 fpdc, followed by a completed herringbone, 1 fpdc and the beginning of the next herringbone
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With main color.
Round 4. Ch 2, work 1 fpdc around 1st fpdc, work 1 dc in same st as the , work (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc = half shell) in the ch 2 space of the half shell,  work 1 dc in same st as the , *work 1 fpdc around the next fpdc, work 1 dc in same st as the , work (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc = half shell) in the ch 2 space of the half shell,  work 1 dc in same st as the * repeat from *to* to end of round, sl st to top of beginning fpdc to join round
Repeat round 4 until work measures approx 6 inches (about 14 rounds in total) 
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Working on crown with main color:
Round 1.
Ch 2, work 1 fpdc around 1st fpdc, work 1 fpdc around each of the next 2 dc st's of the half shell, work 1 dc in the ch 2 space, work 1 fpdc around each of the next 2 dc st's of the half shell, *work 1 fpdc around the next fpdc, work 1 fpdc around each of the next 2 dc st's of the half shell, work 1 dc in the ch 2 space, work 1 fpdc around each of the next 2 dc st's of the half shell*, repeat from *to* to end of round, sl st to top of beginning fpdc to join round (48 st's)
Round 2.
Ch 2, work 1 fpdc around 1st fpdc, work 1 fpdc around each st of the round, sl st to top of beginning fpdc to join round (48 fpdc's)
Begin decreases: Dec 5th and 6th st's tog
Round 3. Ch 2, work 1 fpdc around 1st fpdc, work 1 fpdc around each of the next 3 fpdc's, work 1 fpdc around the next 2 st's together (dec made), *work 1 fpdc around each of the next 4 fpdc's, work 1 fpdc around the next 2 st's together (dec made),* repeat from *to* to end of round, sl st to top of beginning fpdc to join round (40 st's)
Dec 4th and 5th st's tog
Round 4. Ch 2, work 1 fpdc around 1st fpdc, work 1 fpdc around each of the next 2 fpdc's, work 1 fpdc around the next 2 st's together (dec made), *work 1 fpdc around each of the next 3 fpdc's, work 1 fpdc around the next 2 st's together (dec made),* repeat from *to* to end of round, sl st to top of beginning fpdc to join round (32 st's)
Dec 3rd and 4th st's tog
Round 5. Ch 2, work 1 fpdc around 1st fpdc, work 1 fpdc around the next fpdc, work 1 fpdc around the next 2 st's together (dec made), *work 1 fpdc around each of the next 2 fpdc's, work 1 fpdc around the next 2 st's together (dec made),* repeat from *to* to end of round, sl st to top of beginning fpdc to join round (24 st's)
Note: if you want a messy bun hat/pony tail hat, finish off yarn and sew in ends.
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Dec 2nd and 3rd st's tog
Round 6. Ch 2, work 1 fpdc around 1st fpdc, work 1 fpdc around the next 2 st's together (dec made), *work 1 fpdc around the next fpdc, work 1 fpdc around the next 2 st's together (dec made),* repeat from *to* to end of round, sl st to top of beginning fpdc to join round (16 st's)
Dec 1st and 2nd st's tog
Round 7. Ch 2, *work 1 fpdc around the next 2 st's together (dec made),* repeat from *to* to end of round, sl st to top of beginning fpdc to join round (8 st's), break off yarn leaving a long tail to sew remaining 8 st's closed.

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Hat edge: please read both options, this will tighten your hat edge slightly and make it neater.
Version 1. Join main color with a sl st into any stitch, make a sc st into each st of the hat edge, sl st to 1st stitch to join round (48 sc)
Round 2. ch 1, work 1 sc into the back loop only of each sc of the round, sl st to 1st stitch to join round (48 sc). finish off and sew in ends.

Version 2. will give the hat more length. Repeat the above instructions with the hdc stitch instead of the sc stitch.
 
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Free Pattern Courtesy Of Cathy Wood
2017.
You can sell your items made from this free crochet pattern
I’d love to see this pattern used for charity use
Please link back to this pattern if you use it

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strawberry Fields Chocolate Cup Cake





STRAWBERRY FIELDS CHOCOLATE CUP CAKE



Take some real enjoyment from this sweet little treat!
No calories, lot's of fiber and a visually delightful cup cake.

The cup cake is made from the bottom and upwards. It begins with making a circle as the base, 1 round of working into the back loops to raise the cake, several rounds to make the cake taller, 3 rounds to make the strawberry surrounds, 1 round for the dollop of cream, then a few more rounds to close the top of the cake.

Chocolate brown yarn is used for the cup cake, red and green for the strawberry rounds and white is used for the dollop of cream and the lid of the cake.
 


Ingredients required:
Please note that using thinner or thicker yarn and hook size will change the size of your cupcake. Make it big or go small. These materials will give you a medium size.

Yarn, 8 ply (dk) choc brown 5 oz, small amounts of green, red and white 5 oz
Crochet hook, 4 mm
Stuffing of your choice (see below for stuffing tips)
Stitch marker
Scissors and sewing needle

Stitches used:
Sl st = slip stitch
Ch = chain
Dec = decrease
Blo = back loop only
Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Oz = ounce
Special stitches used:
Cluster st = unfinished hdc = yarn over hook, insert hook into st and pull out a loop. This technique will be used 1 time in each of the next 5 st's to close the strawberry and make it pop out.
Full instructions, yarn over hook, insert hook into 1st dc and pull out a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over hook, insert hook into 2nd dc and pull out a loop (5 loops on hook), yarn over hook, insert hook into 3rd dc and pull out a loop (7 loops on hook), yarn over hook, insert hook into 4th dc and pull out a loop (9 loops on hook), yarn over hook, insert hook into 5th dc and pull out a loop (11 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops on hook, ch 1 to close
Time to make: for your first one, about 2 hours, the more you make the quicker they become.
Please read notes and special instructions before making pattern

First step, you can use a magic ring or ch 4 and sl st to join to make your ring (your choice)
These rounds are not joined
Round 1. work 6 sc's into ring (place marker after each round)
Round 2. work 2 sc's into each sc (12 sc)
Round 3. Work 1 sc into 1st sc, work 2 sc into next sc, *work 1 sc into next sc, work 2 sc into next sc* repeat from *to* to end (18 sc)
Round 4. Work 1 sc into each of the next 2 sc's, work 2 sc into next sc, *work 1 sc into each of the next 2 sc's, work 2 sc into next sc* repeat from *to* to end (24 sc)
Round 5. Work 1 sc into each of the next 3 sc's, work 2 sc into next sc, *work 1 sc into each of the next 3 sc's, work 2 sc into next sc* repeat from *to* to end (30 sc)
Round 6. Work 1 sc into each of the next 4 sc's, work 2 sc into next sc, *work 1 sc into each of the next 4 sc's, work 2 sc into next sc* repeat from *to* to end (36 sc)
Base complete, now lets make the cake rise, this round has no increases, but each stitch is worked into the back loop of of every sc of the round
Round 1. work 1 sc in each stitch to end (back loops only)
Round 2. (working in both loops) work 1 sc into each sc to end
Repeat row 2 until cake measures approx 1 and a half inches high, this will be about 8 to 10 rounds, break off choc brown yarn and begin next row with green.

Begin strawberry rounds.
 
Working with  green make a sl st into the same space as you ended the brown
Round 1. with green, ch 1, work 1 sc into each sc to end, sl st to join round (36 sc)

NOTE for round 2: always carry the yarn that is not in use.
Round 2. ch 1, *work 1 sc into each of the next 2 sc's, using red, work 5 dc into the next sc*,  repeat from *to* to end, to join, sl st into first sc of the round with the GREEN, finish off red leaving a tail of the red to sew in and secure, (12 groups of 5 dc, 12 groups of 2 sc)


Round 3. ch 1, *work 1 sc into each of the next 2 sc's, work the cluster st (as per instructions) over the next 5 dc* repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join, end green (24 sc, 12 ch 1 spaces)
Working with white make a sl st into the same space as you ended the green
Round 1. ch 1, *work 1 sc into each of the next 2 sc's, work 1 sc into the ch 1 space* repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join (36 sc)
Dollop of cream round
Round 2. ch 1, *work 1 sc into each of the next 2 sc's, work 5 dc's into the next sc, turn your work, work 1 sc into the 5th dc from your hook, turn your work* repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join (36 sc)


Closing the lid, decrease rounds
Round 3. ch 1 *work 1 sc into each of the next 4 sc's, work the next 2 sc together (dec made)* repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join (30 sc)
Round 4. ch 1 *work 1 sc into each of the next 3 sc's, work the next 2 sc together (dec made)* repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join (24 sc)
Round 5. ch 1 *work 1 sc into each of the next 2 sc's, work the next 2 sc together (dec made)* repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join (18 sc)
Now would be a good time to start stuffing your cup cake, once stuffed and shaped, continue onto next round
Round 6. ch 1 *work 1 sc into the next sc, work the next 2 sc together (dec made)* repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join (12 sc)
Round 7. ch 1 *work 2 sc together* repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join (6 sc), break off yarn leaving a tail to weave the remaining st's closed, sew in and hide ending tail.



Congratulations, you have now finished your cup cake.
To make your cupcake look extra delicious you can add a strawberry to the top, a heart applique, an extra dollop of cream or create something you really fancy.
For the heart applique, I used my super quick, 2 round free crochet heart pattern that you can find here
For the strawberry, I watched this video tutorial, or you can do a search for a written, free crochet strawberry pattern.
I also watched this video tutorial on how to make the strawberry stitch pattern that gave me the idea to place the strawberry field on a cup cake. I did change it a bit to suit the cupcake, but it will give you a good idea of how I made the strawberry.
My Big Tip
I was super excited about my re-purposed stuffing! I had washed and dried some old pillows, cut the corner out of the pillow cover and just reached in and pulled out perfect stuffing! I have some old cushions I plan to do this to as well. A big bag of shop bought stuffing is not cheap, so I saved $'s by doing it this way.

Anyhow, I hope you have enjoyed this fun and cute cupcake pattern, I've been making these and more sweets for the Mothers Day stall at my granddaughters school and I'm so happy to get a little time in for crocheting once again!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Crochet Quick and Easy Heart Patterns



Two super quick free crochet heart shapes pattern.
These heart shapes are so fast and easy to make, you could make a hundred per day! 
First version is made with only one round crocheted into a magic loop, the second version uses the magic loop for the first
round, then the shaping of the heart is made on the
second round.
Yarn ply will determine the size of your heart, go small with thin yarn or large with thick yarn.
Materials:
Scissors
Hook, to suit yarn
Yarn, scraps
Sewing needle

Use a hook size suitable to your yarn ply

Stitches used: US terms used
Magic loop
Chain
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet


Speedy Heart Shape
All st's worked into the magic loop
Make a magic loop, chain 3, 2 dc, 4 hdc, 1 dc, 4 hdc, 2
dc, ch 3, tighten up loop (not extremely tight) sl st into
magic loop, leaving a long strand cut yarn and pull it
through the sl st. Shape heart with fingers, Take your
long strand and poke it through the magic ring and
bring it back up to where you pulled it through the sl st.
Sew onto your project.



Super Quick Heart Shape
Round 1. Make a magic loop, chain 1, work 9 hdc into
magic loop, tighten loop, sl st into first hdc to join.
Round 2. Ch 3, work 2 dc into same space as sl st, work
1 hdc into each of the next 3 hdc, work (1 hdc, 1 dc, 1
hdc) into next hdc, work 1 hdc into each of the next 3
hdc, work 2 dc into the next hdc, ch 3 and sl st into
same space as the 2 dc, leaving a long strand cut yarn
and pull it through the sl st. Shape heart with fingers,
Take your long strand and poke it through the magic
ring and bring it back up to where you pulled it
through the sl st, (twice and pull firm).
Sew onto your project.

Tip, sew in and secure beginning tail

Thursday, October 27, 2016

What A Beautiful Crocheted Shawl!





Here is the image I found
on pinterest.
 The link sent me to a video on YouTube, which is here.
I believe the video to be in Russian, but you can turn on subtitles as pictured here, the circled cog.
But quite honestly the translation does not make much sense.
The next best thing we can do is to slow down the video and crochet along with it.
Once again go to the settings cog
select speed as in the picture below
Then select the speed to watch in
select 0.5 or 0.25 to slow the video down, you can play around with these 2 speeds to obtain your comfort, crochet along with speed.
Alternatively you can also speed up the video.

You can watch the video here to make the alterations.


You may have some favorite crochet video tutorials that are too fast, now you can apply the same method to them.
Happy crocheting!