Saturday, May 26, 2018

9-1-1 Medical Project in the Works...

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  I just got back home from a few days at the beach with my son and two of my grandchildren.  It was so much fun and relaxing.  And, I didn't take any yarn/hooks with me.  I was determined to focus on my grand babies and rest....We literally had so much fun that, for a moment, the idea of giving up everything at home and just moving to the beach would be the ultimate life.  And, then Reality slaps you in the face when your cell phone dings with a text message from a bill provider reminding you of your upcoming payment due date.  Ah, but, for a brief time, we get to imagine the beach life for a few days and it's gloriously appreciated.

But, back to reality for me.  My blog posts have been a little slow the past 4-6 weeks.  I have been working on multiple new ideas and designs.  It's taking a little longer than expected.  I do want to go ahead and share how my "medical" project is progressing.

This is a long project that's going to include a lot of cool items.  To date, I have completed a few pieces, which include:
1.  Nurse Apron
2.  Nurse Hat
3.  Blood press cuff
4.  Faux arm cast
5.  Surgeon's Hat
6.  Surgeon's Top Scrubs
7.  Surgery Mask
8.  Doctor Bag


I still have to complete:
1.  Stethoscope
2.  Needle
3.  Thermometer
4.  Ace bandage
5.  Band-Aid(s)
6.  Hammer (for reflex checks)
7.  Ear/Nose scope
8.  Rx bottle

And, anything else that might strike me along the way, while I continue to watch Grey's Anatomy on Netflix...
Happy Crocheting...

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Play Ball" Toddler Blanket

Last week, I base umpired my first 10 and under baseball game with my hubby behind the plate.  It was fun and exhilarating -- and I was a little nervous 'cause parents seem to really get into the games...lol.  Anyway, in honor of my induction into the world of umpiring, I wanted to make a simple blanket design that could be worked up quickly.

Using the pattern instructions from my previous post, "Simple Block Pattern," I made (20) 8" x 8" blocks.  Here's the Pattern LINK to make the blocks.

"Play Ball" Toddler Blanket Free Pattern


Size:  35" x 45"

Materials:
--5.5mm hook
--RHSS Yarn #4 in red, white, navy and light blue
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
HDC: half double crochet
DC:  double crochet
Rep:  repeat
Sk:  skip
FO:  fasten off
MR:  magic ring

Directions:
1.  Once you have your 20 blocks with the border constructed, then you are ready to lay out your pieces in your desired pattern,

2.  To join your blocks together there are a couple options:
A.  Whipstitching.  Example:  I joined the top Row together by whipstitching each block to each other. I then continued to whipstitch the remaining 4 horizontal rows.  And last, I whipstitched the completed rows together.
OR

B.  Single crochet or slip stitch.  You can join 2 block sides together and either, use a single crochet stitch or a slip stitch to join together.  And, then complete rows first.  And, then complete, completed rows to completed rows.

Here's a pic of my blocks joined together.  As you can see, I worked my colors diagonally.




Blanket Border:
1.  With light blue, I SC in each st around, placing 3 SC in each corner.  Sl st join to first st and FO yarn.
2.  Join navy yarn and Ch1.  SC in same st as Ch1.  SC in next 4 st.  *In the next st, you will create a "spike stitch" by dropping down to first Border row and make a HDC st.  Then, SC in next 5 st.*. Rep  around, placing 3 SC in each corner.  (If you have to manipulate your number of SC stitches versus the spike stitch, then that's fine.) Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  
3.  HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.

If desired, you can add additional border rows.  

Appliqués:
Here's a listing of the appliqués I'm working on to attach to this blanket.  Once I have all of the patterns completed, I will add the pattern for each one.  

1.  Baseball:



2.  Bat:

3.  Glove/Mitt: 

4.  Baseball Hat

5.  Play Ball 

6.  Cleats 

7.  Uniform 

Happy Crocheting 

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Simple Block Pattern...

For the past week, I’ve been working on square blocks to use in a wide variety of patterns that I hope to soon share with you.  These are simple blocks using the HDC stitch and a 5.5mm hook.

Here's a pic of a few of the blocks:

Size:
Each block measures 8” x 8”

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
Rep:  repeat
FO:  fasten off

Materials:
—5.5mm hook
—Red Heart Supersaver Yarn in Cherry Red, White, Soft Navy and Light Blue
—tapestry needle for weaving

Directions:
(for my blanket, you will need to make 5 blocks in each color to = 20 blocks)
1.  Ch25.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (24)
2.  HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (24)
3-19.  Rep #2.  (24)
20.  HDC in each st across.  FO and weave ends.
                                           
Block Border:
1.  With white yarn, join with a sl st in any st and Ch1.  Then Sc in same stitch as the Ch1.  Continue to sc in each st around, placing 3 sc st in each corner.  Join with Sl stbtomfirst st and Ch1.
2.  Sc around each st again.  Remember to place 3 sc st in each corner.  Sl St join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.


There's endless possibilities in using this block pattern to make so many projects:  Blankets, pillows, purses/handbags, Washcloth/dishcloth, and so much more.....

I have several projects I'm using this pattern for but for now I'm using this set of blocks to make a toddler/kid blanket.

Happy Crocheting 

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sweater Vest - XL

I made this Sweater Vest - XL - using Bernat Chunky yarn in Black and True Grey. I used 4 and 1/2 skeins in Black and 3 and 1/2 skeins in True Grey.  Each skein is 108 yards. I used an 8mm hook for the front and back panels and a 10mm hook for the neck/cowl.

I made 2 identical panels.  I then whipstitched the panels at the top together - 15 stitches on each side, leaving the middle portion for the neck opening.  I then whipstitched up each side, leaving an opening for the arms.

Sweater Vest - XL
 
 
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Toddler Summer/Patriotic Apron & Hat

Summer/Patriotic Apron & Hat
Summer/Patriotic Apron & Hat Pattern

Size:
Apron:  2T - 4T (approx. 18" long; 14" in width across the bottom and 8" in width across the top)
Hat:  will comfortably fit a 20-21" head circumference

Gauge:  I did not gauge pattern

Materials:
--4.0mm & 6.0mm hooks
--Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Red, White & Blue
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
HDC2tog:  half double crochet 2 stitches together (creates a decrease)
DC:  double crochet
DC2tog:  double crochet 2 stitches together  (creates a decrease)
FPDC:  front post double crochet
BPDC:  back post double crochet
Sk:  skip
Rep:  repeat
YO:  yarn over
FO:  fasten off

Stitch Definitions:
1.  SC:  Insert hook into next st; YO and pull back through the st.  YO and pull 2 loops on the hook through.
2.  HDC:  YO and insert hook into next st; YO and pull back through the st.  YO and pull all 3 loops on the hook through.  
3.  HDC2tog:   YO and insert hook into next st; YO and pull back through the st.   
YO and insert hook into the next st; YO and pull back through the st.  YO and pull all 5 loops on the hook through.  A half double crochet decrease st is made.
4.  DC:  YO and insert hook into next st; YO and pull back through the st.  YO and pull 2 loops on the hook through.  YO and pull remaining 2 loops on the hook through.  
5.  DC2tog:  YO and insert hook into next st; YO and pull back through the st.  YO and pull 2 loops on the hook through.  YO and insert hook into next st.  YO and pull back through the st.  YO and pull all 4 loops on the hook through.  A double crochet decrease st is made.

Special Stitch:
1.  FPDC/BPDC:  Front Post and Back Post Double Crochet stitches are made around the post of the stitch from the previous round.  This is easier done than you may think.  If you haven't tackled post stitches, then you can just make double crochet stitches for the rounds requiring post stitches.  There are also great video tutorials on post stitches on the Internet.  

Directions:
Apron:
(I dropped my yarn as necessary instead of fastening off and continuing to rejoin.  I didn't want to have so many ends to weave.  I carried up the yarn.  Since you will be completing a border, the carrying up of the yarn is covered up in the end.)

1.  With 6.0mm hook and Red yarn, Ch41.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook, *SC in next st.  HDC in next st.*  Rep across.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)
2.  HDC in first st.  SC in next st.  Rep across.  Drop red yarn and join white yarn.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)
3-4.  With White yarn, HDC in first st.  SC in next st.  Rep across.  At the end of Row 4, drop white yarn and join back red yarn.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)
5-6.  With Red yarn, HDC in first st.  SC in next st.  Rep across.  At the end of Row 6, drop red yarn and join back white yarn.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)

You will continue this pattern (Rows 3-6) until you have completed 28 Rows.  At the end of Row 28, FO white yarn and join Navy yarn.  Ch1 and turn.

29.  With Navy yarn, HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)
30.  HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)

Now you will start your decrease rows...
31.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 36 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (38)
32.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 34 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (36)
33.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 32 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
34.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 30 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (32)
35.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 28 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (30)
36.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 26 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (28)
37.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 24 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (26)
38.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 22 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (24)
39.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 20 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (22)
40.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 18 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (20)
41.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 16 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (18)
42.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 14 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
43.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 12 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
44-50.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)

Border:
1.  1 SC in each st around the apron, placing 2 SC in each corner.  Sl st join to the first st.
2.  *Ch4, Sk 4 st, SC in next st,* rep from * to * down each side of the Navy to Row 28.  (you may to chain/skip an extra stitch in making the loops for the strap - this is okay).  Once you reach Row 28, FO and weave ends.  Rep again on the opposite side.

Strap:
(For this apron, I made the neck/waist strap all in one piece.)
1.  With a 4.0mm hook and Navy yarn, Ch4.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
2.  HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
3-192.  Rep #2.  At the end of Row 192, FO and weave ends.

Attaching Strap:
1.  I left approximately 18" of the strap for one side of the waist.
2.  I then weaved the strap in and out of the loops up the side.
3.  I then left approximately 15" of the strap for the neck.
4.  I then weaved the strap in and out of the loops down the opposite side. 


Star Appliqué (make 3):
1.  With 4.0mm hook and White yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (12)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in the next 3 st.  Rep around.  (15)
4.  *Ch4.  SC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in next ch and DC in last ch.  Sl st into 3rd st of Round 3 (first point is made).  Sl st into next st.*  Rep 4 more times.  Sl st to first st and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching star.

Please see pics for star placement.   

Hat:
(The hat is made from the bottom up; the border is made using FPDC and BPDC stitches)
 1.  With 6.0mm hook and Red yarn, Ch60.  Without twisting chain, sl st join to the first ch.  DC in each ch around.  Sl st join to first ch.  (60)
2.  Ch2 counts as the first FPDC stitch.  *BPDC around next post.  FPDC around next post.*  Rep from * to * around.  Sl st join to the 2nd ch of the Ch2.  (60)
3.  Rep #2.  (60)
4.  Ch2 counts as the first DC.  DC in each st around.  Sl st join to the 2nd ch of the Ch2.  (60)
5.  Ch2 counts as the first DC.  *2 DC in the next st.  DC in next st.*  Rep from * to * around.  Sl st join to the 2nd ch of the Ch2.  (90)
6.  Ch2 counts as the first DC, DC in the next st, *2 DC in the next st, 1 DC in each of the next 2 st.*  Rep from * to * around.  Sl st join to the 2nd ch of the Ch2.  (120)
7-9.  1 DC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (120)
10.  *DC2tog, 1 DC in the next 2 st,* rep from * to * around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (90)
11.  *DC2tog, 1 DC in the next st,* rep from * to * around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (60)
12.  *DC2tog, 1 DC in the next 3 st,* rep from * to * around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (48)
13.  *DC2tog, 1 DC in the next 2 st,* rep from * to * around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (36)
14.  *DC2tog, 1 DC in the next st,* rep from * to * around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (24)
15.  DC2tog.  Rep 11 more times.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (12)
16.  DC2tog.  Rep 5 more times.  Sl st join and FO.  Leave a long enough tail to weave in and out of the last 6 st to close up the hole opening.  Weave ends.  (6)

Happy Crocheting...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Unicorn Softie...

I designed this Unicorn Softie many months ago and my granddaughter immediately loved and scooped it up to take home.  This cutie is made from my basic Softie pattern and then the features added....

Unicorn Softie
Happy Crocheting...

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Up-cycled Flip-Flops

Up-cycled Flip-Flops
I found these super cheap flip-flops for Arielle today and decided to add a touch of yarn to them.  I used a 4.0mm hook and Crafter's Secret Cotton Yarn.

I simply made single crochet stitches around the front and top thong portion.  I then used white yarn to make an embellishment to cover the center top - that has a small gap.

For the embellishment, here's what I did:
1.  6 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first stitch and chain 1.  (6)
2.  *Into the first stitch, add the following stitches:  [SC, HDC, DC, HDC and SC], slip stitch into next stitch.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times.  Slip stitch join to first stitch and FO.  Leave a tail for attaching.
Happy Crocheting...

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