Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Crochet Cardigan Top. Women's Large. 3/4 bell sleeve...

I worked up this cute cardigan rather quickly.  I think the sunflower buttons adds a really nice touch.

I used "I Love This Yarn" in Rio color from Hobby Lobby.  I bought the yarn a few months back on clearance sale.  So, making this was real budget friendly.

This is for a size Large in women's.

I used a 5 mm hook for the back panel and the 2 front panels.
I used a 4.5 mm hook for the neckline, bottom of cardigan, button base and buttonhole edging and sleeves.

To start:
I completed 67 FHDC.  (I made sure this length was long enough to fit across my back).  I then just completed continuous HDC rows, adding markers at each end of the row that aligns with bottom of armpit (approx 15").  I completed more rows from the markers, until I got about another 4-5".

Shoulder shaping:  
I then HDC 22 st., leaving remaining sts unworked.   Turn.  Do several rows of 22 HDC sts (approx. 2").  Repeat on other side for shoulder.

Note:  this is what works for my size.  You may need to add more or less rows to get the right fit.

The front is worked in 2 pieces.
1.  FHDC 31.  Turn.  Complete HDC rows until piece measures 15" and add marker.

Neck shaping:  to shape neckline, sl st first 4 st.  HDC remaining 27 st.  Complete an HDC2tog at the neckline shaping 1 time for 5 rows.  Then, continue rounds of HDC rows until the front measures the same as the back.  Repeat process for second front piece.

Once you have both front pieces completed, align and whipstitched each front panel to the back panel.  Whipstitched each side up to the arm marker.

 Neck:  you can do this with several st variations.  I do a sc evenly st across, then a DC row.  On this one, I included 2 rows of FPDC &BPDC.  You could use the same st throughout neckline if you wanted.

Bottom:  at the bottom I start on the end and work my way across repeating the neck trimming pattern.  If you want your cardigan longer then add more rows of FPDC & BPDC rows.

Button Base Trim:  on the left side I complete 6 sc rows' on the right side, I will complete 3 sc rows, then on the 4th row, I *sc 3 times, ch 3, sk 3* to form button holes.  Continue from * to * .  For rows 5 and 6, sc into each st and 2sc into each chain

[If you want to use smaller buttons, then sc 2 times, ch 2, sk 2; and if you want larger buttons then sc 4 times, ch 4, sk 4...for rows 5 and 6, sc eash st and the 2sc into each chain]

Sew buttons on the left side making sure each aligns with the buttonhole.

For sleeves, I chose something simple:
1 x around in sc
1 x around in dc
11 x around FPDC & BPDC
1 x around HDC
1 x around HDC increase round 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2....and so forth around.
3 x around HDC
[the last 5 rows formed the bell shape I wanted]

To finish off the sleeve, I ch1, sc in same st and 2 more times, then ch 5 and sl st into first chain, creating the picot st.  I then proceeded to *sc into the next st and following 2 st. Ch 5 and sl st into first ch.* Complete from * to * all the way around.  Sl st to join.  Weave ends.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Crochet Coffee Cup Cozy -- Harry Potter

My doc is a huge Harry Potter fan, so I've also made this cozy for him to go with his Chicago Bears and Yoda cozies...lol.

--4 mm crochet hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn:  brown, tan, black, yellow/mustard and dark red/cranberry
--tapestry needle


Base of Cozy

Brown yarn
Ch 34.  Sl st to 1st ch.  Ch 1.
1.  Extended sc into each ch around.  Sl st. Ch 1.
2.  Sc into each st around.  Sl st.  Ch 1.  (On last st, join tan yarn and fasten off brown yarn)

Tan yarn
3. - 11.  Sc into each st.  Sl st.  Ch 1.  (On last st of row 11, join dark red yarn and fasten off tan yarn)

Dark Red/Cranberry yarn
12.  Sc into each st.  Sl st.  Ch 1.  (On last st,  join yellow yarn; do not fasten off dark red yarn)

Yellow/Mustard yarn
13.  Sc into each st.  Sl st.  Ch 1.  (On last st, join dark red yarn and fasten off yellow yarn)

Dark Red/Cranberry yarn
14.  Extended sc into each st.  Sl st.  Fasten off.  Weave ends with tapestry needle.


Black yarn
Ch 20.  Sl st to 1st ch.  Ch 1.  Sc into each ch around.  Turn.  Ch 1.  Sc into next 2 st.  Turn.  Ch 1.  Sc2tog.  Turn.  Ch 1.  2 sc into st.  (You have made first lense and nose piece).  Ch 20.  Sl st to 1st ch.  Ch 1.  Sc into each ch around.  Sl st to 1st st.  (2nd lense made). Fasten off.  Leave a long tail to attach to base.

To make the earpiece, join yarn on opposite side of the nose piece and ch 1.  Sc into same stitch as ch 1. Sc into next st. Turn.  Ch 1.  Sc into each st (2 st).  Make a total of 7 rows of 2 sts.  On next row, ch 1 and sc2tog. Turn. Ch 1.  Sc in st (1 st).  Fasten off.  Weave ends.  Repeat on other side of lense for second earpiece.


Yellow/Mustard yarn
Ch 6.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and the following ch.  Sl st in next ch.  Then sc in the last 2 ch.  Fasten off.  Leave a tail long enough to attach to base.


Center the glasses on the tan portion of the base and attach using a tapestry needle and the long tail.  I used black yarn and whipstitched two eyes.  Attach the scar above the lense on the tan and brown yarn.

That's it.  Enjoy.  I hope you like it.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Crochet Chicago Bears Coffee Cup Cozy...

My daughter-in-law asked me if I could crochet her boss, my doctor, a Chicago Bears coffee cup cozy.

--4 mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn in navy, orange and white

Navy yarn
1.  Chain 34.  Sl st to 1st chain.
2.  Ch 1. SC in next stitch, then DC in next...repeat around.  Sl st to 1st sc. Turn. Ch 1.
3.  Repeat 2 more times in navy.
4.  Join orange yarn.  Complete 2 rounds as above.
5.  Join white yarn.  Complete 1 round as above.
6.  Join orange yarn.  Complete 2 rounds as above.
7.  Join navy yarn.  Complete 3 rounds as above.
8.  Fasten off and weave ends.

That's it.  Enjoy.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Halloween C2C Blanket

Well, I have finished my Fall/Halloween blanket with:  a ghost, Frankenstein, an owl with a small pumpkin, a pumpkin, a witch, a Fall night scene, a candy corn, a maple leaf and a cat....

I hope someone in virtual land likes it and be inspired to make it.  If you do, please share pics on my blog so I can see your work.

In addition to the 3 sc rows of the main color of each square that I completed; I also added 3 sc rows in black as well.  I then used a tapestry needle and whipstitched to join.  Once joined, I completed 2 sc rows around the blanket, with 3 sc in each corner in black.  Then, 1 sc row in green, with 3 sc in each corner.  I then decided to complete 3 granny stripe rows in cranberry.  To finish, I completed 2 sc rows in yellow and 1 final sc row in pumpkin...

Good luck to you if you plan on giving this a go...

You can find the pixel graphs on previous posts -- all accept the cat.  The cat is the only one that isn't my design.  I will include a link for the cat graph:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Crochet Fall/Halloween C2C Blanket -- almost done!!!

Well, I spent my evening adding sc rows in black to each block.  Now, all that's left is joining each block and then doing the border.

So, it won't be much longer and I can cozy up under this super cute Fall/Halloween C2C blanket...lol.  Unless, one of my grand babies stakes claim to it!!!

If you decide to make yourself one or just do one or two for a pillow, please post a pic so I can see it...thanks and God bless.

Crochet Owl & Pumpkin Pixel Graph...

I've completed Block #9 for my Fall/Halloween blanket.  An owl with a small pumpkin is just too cute.  Now for the fun part -- assembling the blocks...lol.

Here's a pic and graph:

Crochet Leaf Pixel Graph -- C2C

I just finished Block #8 of my Fall/Halloween blanket.  This block worked up quickly and turned out to be a pleasant delight.  25x25 in size.  C2C method, using HDC st and ch 5 on increase rows.  Completed with 3 rows of sc with 3 sc in each corner st.  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Crochet Fall Pixel Graph - C2C

I have completed Block # 7 of my Fall/Halloween blanket.  Here is a pic of the completed block and the pixel graph.  25x25 in size.  

Monday, September 12, 2016

Crochet Candy Corn C2C graph....

I completed Block #6 of my Fall/Halloween blanket...Candy Corn.  I love munching on this sweet treat and thought it would make a nice addition to my fall themed blanket...

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Crochet Handbag

I love the way the Bonnie Craft Cord in the color tan worked up.  I bought 2 (50 yd) skeins in 4mm. I used a 10mm hook and single crochet stitch throughout.

1.  Chain 16.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and remaining chains.  In the last st, 3 sc stitch.  Turn and work on opposite side of foundation.  Sc in each st.  In the last st, 2 sc.
2.  Continue using sc throughout.  On each end, I placed 2 sc st into each of the 4 corners.  I did this for 3 more rounds.
3.  I then just continued to SC around until I was satisfied with the height.  I also wanted to save back enough cord to see on the handles.
4.  I weaved cord into the last completed row to give a cleaner finish look.

I sewed embellishment and handles on and added a liner.

I really think the jeweled embellishment, owl liner and microfiber handles added a wonderful touch of elegance to this handbag.

Crochet Pumpkin pixel graph

I completed Block #5 for my Fall/Halloween C2C blanket.  Block is 25x25. 5.5mm hook and HDC st.  I completed with 3 rounds of sc, with 3 sc in each corner...