Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Happy Anniversary...

Today, makes 27 years I've been married to my best friend, John.  What started out as a high school crush has blossomed into a deep love that I wouldn't trade for anything.  We have been blessed so much -- far more than we ever deserved.

I'm so thankful God saw fit to allow our lives to intertwine into one.

Happy Anniversary, Honey.  May we share many more together.  You are the love of my life - forever and always....
John and Rilla

Friday, December 8, 2017

All-In-One Hat Set...

An All-In-One Colonial Blue hat, face mask and scarf with pockets made with Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice Yarn and a 6.0mm hook.  I used less than 2 skeins of yarn.  

Hopefully this will help shield my grandson, Jacob, from cold weather and snow in NYC this weekend.  

All-In-One Hat Set






Happy Crocheting...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Santa Pants Garden Flag...

I whipped up this Garden Stake flag today for my bare stake beside my driveway -- Santa Pants Flag. It measures 12 1/2" wide x 18 1/2" long (from top of tab to bottom of boot).

I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn and a 6.0mm hook.  It only took a couple hours from start to finish....
Santa Pants Garden Flag



Santa Pants Garden Flag Pattern
Size:  12 1/2" wide x 18 1/2" long (from top of tab to bottom of boot)

Gauge:  Not important for this project

Materials:
--6.0mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn in red, green, white, black and yellow (I used RHSS)
--tapestry needle for weaving

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

Directions:
1. With black yarn, ch35.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
2-6.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 6, FO.  Join red yarn and ch1.  (34)
7-11.  With red yarn, 1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
12.  1 HDC in the first 16 st, switch to green yarn, 1 HDC in next 2 st, switch to red yarn, 1 HDC in the last 16 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
13.  Rep #12.
14.  1 HDC in the first 15 st, switch to green yarn, 1 HDC in next 4 st, switch to red yarn, 1 HDC in the last 15 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
15.  Rep #14.
16.  1 HDC in the first 14 st, switch to green yarn, 1 HDC in next 6 st, switch to red yarn, 1 HDC in the last 14 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
17.  Rep #16.
18.  1 HDC in the first 13 st, switch to green yarn, 1 HDC in next 8 st, switch to red yarn, 1 HDC in the last 13 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
19.  Rep #18.
20.  1 HDC in the first 12 switch to green yarn, 1 HDC in next 10 st, switch to red yarn, 1 HDC in the last 12 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
21.  Rep #20.
22.  1 HDC in the first 11 st, switch to green yarn, 1 HDC in next 12 st, switch to red yarn, 1 HDC in the last 11 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
23.  Rep #22.
24.   1 HDC in the first 10 st, switch to green yarn, 1 HDC in next 14 st, switch to red yarn, 1 HDC in the last 10 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
25.  Rep #24.
26.  1 HDC in the first 9 st, switch to green yarn, 1 HDC in next 16 st, switch to red yarn, 1 HDC in the last 9 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
27.  Rep #26.  FO red yarn.  Join white yarn.
28.  With white yarn, 1 HDC in the first 9 st, switch to green yarn, 1 HDC in next 16 st, switch to white yarn, 1 HDC in the last 9 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
29.  Rep #28.
30.  Rep #28.  FO white yarn.  Join black yarn. 
31.  With black yarn, 1 HDC in the first 9 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
32-33.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
34.  1 HDC in the first 8 st, 2 HDC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (10)
35.  2 HDC in the first st, 1 HDC in the next 9 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
36.  1 HDC in the first 10 st, 2 HDC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
37.  2 HDC in the first st, 1 HDC in the next 11 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (13)
38.  1 HDC in the first 12 st, 2 HDC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
39.  2 HDC in the first st, 1 HDC in the next 13 st.  FO and weave ends.  (15)

With black yarn, join on the opposite side of the last st of Row 30.  Repeat steps 31-39 for the second boot.

Tabs:
1.  Join red yarn on one end of the base chain and Ch1.  HDC in same ch and into next 4 ch.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
2-12.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 12, FO and leave tail for attaching.  (5)

Repeat on opposite side to make a second tab.

Fold tab downward on the backside and whipstitch Row 12 and Row 1 together. 

Belt Buckle:
1.  With yellow yarn, Ch37. Slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook and across.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching. (36 slip stitches)

See pic for Belt Buckle placement.  Center buckle and whipstitch between Rows 1-6.  FO and weave ends.

And, that's it for this simple Santa Pants Garden Flag to decorate your walkway/garden with...

Special Note:  you could omit the green yarn and just work one side of each leg at a time from Rows 12 on.  I chose to add the green to make the shape of a Christmas tree between the pants legs, a little irony, I guess...lol!!!!

Happy Crocheting...

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From my home to yours, I pray each of you have a very, Merry and Blessed Christmas with your family and friends.  May God be the guiding force in your life; may He be the One that directs your footsteps and your path.  May your heart be tender, open and loving to those less fortunate, to those who are suffering and especially to those who are grieving...yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not promised, but today - make a difference!!!!

Gingerbread Man Gift Stocking...

I worked up this super cute, 5" x 9" Gingerbread Man Gift Stocking last evening.  It was a quick and easy project and did not require much yarn.

This would make a great gift for a teacher, postman, neighbor, co-worker or friend (or anyone, to be honest).  Fill it up with candy, Bath & Body, any goodies.  It's a gift within a gift that is suitable for a man or a woman.

I crocheted my facial features, but you could use buttons, felt or leave blank...

                             Gingerbread Man Gift Stocking

 Gingerbread Man Gift Stocking Pattern
Size:  5" x 9"

Gauge:  I did not gauge project

Materials:
--6.0mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn in brown, black, red and white (I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn) - less than 100 yds
--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
TC:  triple crochet
Rep:  repeat
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Directions:  
The stocking is made in 2 pieces (front and back).  Each piece is made the same.

Stocking (make 2):
1.  With Warm Brown yarn, Ch12.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
2.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in the next 9 st and 2 HDC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (13)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in the next 11 st and 2 HDC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (15)
4.  1 HDC in the first 14 st and 2 HDC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
5.  2 HDC in the first st and 1 HDC in the next 15 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (17)
6.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (17)
7.  1 HDC in the first 15 st; HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
8.  HDC2tog; 1 HDC in the next 14 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (15)
9.  1 HDC in the first 12 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
10.  HDC2tog; 1 HDC in the next 10 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
11-17.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 17, FO Warm Brown yarn and join white yarn and Ch1.  (11)
18.  With white yarn, HDC in first 3 st, DC in next 2 st, 1 TC in next st, DC in next 2 st, HDC in next 3 st.  FO and re-join Warm Brown yarn.  (11)
19-20.  With Warm Brown yarn, 1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn. At the end of Row 20, FO and leave a long tail for attaching 2 pieces together.  (11)

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With black 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 FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.  (12)
3.  With white yarn, embroider pupils, if so desired.

Cheeks (make 2):
1.  With red yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.  (9)

Mouth:
1.  With white yarn, Ch11.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.

Bow:
1.  With red yarn, Ch4 into MR.  4 TC into MR.  Ch4.  4 TC into MR.  Ch4.  Sl st into MR.  Pull to tighten center.  FO and leave a long tail for wrapping around center of bow and for attaching to stocking.

Hanger:
1.  Ch16, SC in 2nd ch and across.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching to the top corner of your stocking for hanging.

Assembly:
1.  See pics for placement of facial features and bow.  
2.  Optional:  use black yarn to embroider eyebrows.
3.  Whipstitch down the side, across bottom and up other side of stocking.
4.  Using white yarn, join yarn with sl st and ch1 in the front piece of Row 20.  SC in same st and across.  Work a surface SC stitch down the the side, across the bottom and up the other side.  Sl st join and FO.  Weave ends.




Happy Crocheting...
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Fairy Tale Contest ... votes needed

Crocheters, and crafters, alike, please visit this link and vote for my Blue Fairy design.  Here is s pic of my grandma....









I would truly appreciate each and every vote. By following my link the entry should be there at the top .

Thank you so much for your support...

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Quick & Easy Chunky Hat...

This hat pattern works up very fast using Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn and a 10mm hook.  It makes a great last minute gift.  This hat pattern is suitable for a man or a woman.  I only made the hat in adult-sized but you can easily stop increase rows to make for a preteen/teen size.

Quick & Easy Chunky Hat
 
 

Size:Average Adult Woman's Head

Gauge:  4 HDC x 3 rows = 2"

Materials:  
--1 skein Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn (or your fav #6 super bulky yarn); doesn't not use whole skein 
--10-20 yds of #4 worsted weight yarn in white (or your color of choice)
--10.0mm hook
--tapestry needle for weaving

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

Special Note:
1.  If you work in the round, then use a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning/ending of rounds and move the stitch marker up as you start each new round;
2.  If joining each round, then slip stitch to first stitch and Ch1 at the end of each round.
3.  If you want to make for a child, preteen/teen, then after completing step #3, start measure the diameter and multiply it by 3.14 to determine the circumference; once you have the diameter you need, then stop increasing rounds and move on to just completing rounds with 1 HDC per stitch.
4.  Measure length to as you go to get the right length you desire for a smaller-sized version.    
     Age                                 Circumference                                     Length
Toddler                                       18"                                                    7"
3-10 yrs                                      19"                                                    8"
Preteen/Teen                              20"                                                    8 1/2"

Directions:
1.  10 HDC st into MR.  (10)
2.  2 HDC in each st around.  (20)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st. Rep around.  (30)
4.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  (40)
5.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 3 st.  Rep around.  (50)
6.  1 HDC in each st around.  (50)
7-12.  Rep #6.  At the end of Round 12, FO gray yarn and join white.  (50)
13.  With white yarn, held double-stranded, working in BLO, 1 SC in each st around.  FO white yarn and re-join gray yarn.  (50)
14.  Join gray yarn in any st and SC around.  (50)
15.  1 SC in each st around.  FO and weave ends.  (50 

Pompom:
I held gray and white yarn together and wrapped 20 times around my 4 fingers.  Tied double knot in center, clipped and trimmed ends and attached to center top of hat.

Variation:
 
Happy Crocheting...
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Friday, December 1, 2017

Crochet Christmas Decorations...

Christmastime is such a magical time of the year.  Decorations are festive, jolly and everywhere you look.  People are laughing, smiling and just a little extra kind.  It's a wonderful time of the year.

I truly think I could spend my days continuing to make more and more Christmas crocheted items.  There's just so much inspiration, colors, themes and symbols....




I hope each of you enjoy the month of December and crocheting some special keepsakes for your home...
Happy Crocheting...

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--don't use my pics as your own
--okay to make and sale your finished work
--don't share my pattern electronically or in print format but provide a link to my blog