Sunday, October 24, 2010

Instant Halloween Costumes

Instant Halloween Costume
size F hook
plastic headband: 1/2" (5/8", 3/4") diameter
Note:
dec = sc 2 together
inc = sc 2 in same space

Make headband cover for all costumes. All require 75-125 yards of MC yarn and Kitty, Bunny, and Arrow require 25-75 yards of CC yarn.

Headband Cover
Using MC, sc 5 (6, 7) in magic ring, pull tight.
Sc around 55 rounds or to necessary length to cover entire headband.
Slide headband into cover.
Weave end through last 5 sts, pull tight.

Kitty Costume
Ears
Make 4 total – 2 MC, 2 CC.
Ch 9, sc in 2nd stitch from hook. Sc across. Ch 1, turn. (8 sts)
rows 2-6: sc across. Ch 1, turn. (8sts)
rows 7-8: dec, sc to 2nd st to end, dec. ch 1, turn.
row 9: dec, dec. ch 1, turn.
row 10: dec.
Place finished CC ear on top of finished MC ear. Using MC, sc border around through both
layers. At top of ear, sc 3 in same stitch. Continue on with sc border.
Stitch ears onto headband. Weave in ends.

Bunny Costume
Ears
Make 4 total – 2 MC, 2 CC.
Ch 9, sc in 2nd stitch from hook. Sc across. Ch 1, turn. (8 sts)
rows 2-11: sc across. Ch 1, turn. (8sts)
rows 12-13: dec, sc to 2nd st to end, dec. ch 1, turn.
row 14: dec, dec. ch 1, turn.
row 15: dec.
Place finished CC ear on top of finished MC ear. Using MC, sc border around through both
layers. At top of ear, sc 3 in same stitch. Continue on with sc border.
Insert folded pipe cleaner if desired. Stitch ears onto headband. Weave in ends.
Stitch ears onto headband. Weave in ends.


Devil Costume
Horns
Make 2 total.
ch 14, slsts in 1st ch to join
rnds 1-4: sc around (14 sts)
rnds 5-8: slst 5, sc 9 around (14 sts)
rnd 9: dec around (7 sts)
rnd 10: dec, sc, dec, dec (4 sts)
Weave end through last 4 sts, pull tight. Stuff. Stitch onto headband, horns curved inward. Weave in all ends.


Arrow Through Head
Arrowhead & Shaft
Using CC, sc 5 in magic ring.
inc around (10 sts)
sc around 3 rounds (10 sts). Stuff lightly.
dec around (5 sts)
Using MC, sc around 12 rounds.
Insert pipe cleaner. Stitch shaft onto side of headband and weave in ends.
Arrow Shaft & Feathers
Using MC, sc 5 in magic ring, pull tight.
sc around for 15 rounds. Break yarn.
Using CC, slst onto 5th round.
*sc onto 4th round.
hdc onto 3rd round.
dc onto 2nd round.
trc onto 1st round.
ch 1, turn. sc across all CC sts made. slst onto 6th round. Break yarn.
Turn tail 1/4 and repeat from * a total of 4 times.
Insert pipe cleaner. Stitch shaft onto side of headband and weave in ends.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Floral Hairband

Materials:
Hook - G
Yarn - 1-3 yards of worsted weight
Other - elastic hairband

sc 10 in magic loop, sl st to join.
*ch 6, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc* around
*sc 1 in ch 6 loop, hdc 5 in ch 6 loop, sc 1 in ch 6 loop, sl st in next sc* around.
Carefully tie the flower on to the elastic hairband, weave in ends.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

240 hdc


At a total of just 240 half-double crochet stitches, this little hat should fit a toddler. (16" hat circumference)

Initial ch 2 counts as the first hdc.

Hook - M (9.0mm)
Yarn - 1 skein variegated super bulky (I used Encore Mega Colorspun)

Hat
hdc 6 into magic loop & pull tight.
Round 1 - ch 2, 1 hdc in same st, *2 hdc in each hdc* around. (12 st)
Round 2 - ch 2, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc* around (18 st)
Round 3 - ch 2, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next 2 hdc* around (24 st)
Round 4 - ch 2, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next 3 hdc* around (30 st)
Round 5-9 - ch 2, hdc around. (30 st)

Chessboard


This 4.5' x 4.5' afghan is made up of 8 strips of 8 squares each using the jaquard (tapestry) technique. Crochet over all loose ends. Start with the white rook on the dark square. Be careful to follow the pattern of an actual chessboard carefully.


Hook: H
Yarn: Worsted weight:
3 skeins dark background square color (maroon)
3 skeins light background square color (gray)
2 skeins black
2 skeins white
Other: yarn/tapestry needle





Pattern your afghan after a chessboard. For example, your first strip will be the following:
white rook on dark square
white pawn on light square
blank dark square
blank light square
blank dark square
blank light square
black pawn on dark square
black rook on light square




Strips:
Square 1

Using maroon, ch 26
sc in 2nd chain from hook. sc 24 across (25 sc)
sc across, and using white follow the rook chart, starting from the bottom of the chart moving towards the top. (25 sc across, 25 rows per square)
Square 2
After the 25th row, change background square color to gray and follow the pawn chart.
Squares 3, 4, 5, & 6
Make 4 25 sc x 25 row squares: maroon, gray, maroon, gray.
Square 7
Using maroon as the background, make a black pawn starting from the top of the chart, moving down.
Square 8
Using gray as the background, make a black rook starting from the top of the chart, moving down.
This is the end of your strip.


Continue to pattern your afghan after a chessboard. If you choose, you can make the afghan a played chessboard. Just remember to keep things in order.


To join the strips, simply whip stitch between two strips.








Basic Border:
Round 1 - Use black yarn, sc around, chaining 1 at each corner.
Round 2 - sc around, chaining 1 at each corner.
Round 3 - dc around, chaining 1 at each corner.
Round 4 - sc around, chaining 1 at each corner.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

12 Days of Christmas

Ok, so I'm thinking of designing a 12 Days of Christmas afghan. It isn't charted yet, but it will be filet crochet using worsted-weight. I'll post one day of Christmas at a time at at the end, we'll sew it all together for an amazing finished project. Hopefully, it will all be done by December!~ I have so many WIPs, it will be a miracle if I get it done in time.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Butterfly Scarf


I made this scarf for my cousin Annika's birthday. I'm simply trying it on to show off the pattern. ^.^ It's a little smaller than your average adult-sized scarf. It measures about 58" long including fringe and 5-1/4" wide.

Hook - J
Yarn - 1 skein worsted (I used Vanna's Choice in "Rose Mist")

Scarf
ch 18
Row 1 - sc into 2nd ch from hook. sc 16. (17 st)
Row 2-6 - ch 2 (does not count as 1st dc here and throughout) dc 17 across.
Rows 7-9 - ch 2, dc 4, ch 10. sk 9 st, dc 4.
Row 10 - ch 2, dc 4, ch 5, sc into 5th skipped dc over all 3 chains. ch 5, dc 4.
Row 11 - ch 2, dc 4, dc 4 into ch 5 space. dc 1 into sc. dc 4 into ch 5 space. dc 4.
Rows 12-84 - ch 2, dc 17 across.
Rows 85-87 - ch 2, dc 4, ch 10. sk 9 st, dc 4.
Row 88 - ch 2, dc 4, ch 5, dc into 5th skipped dc over all 3 chains. ch 5, dc 4.
Row 89 - ch 2, dc 4, dc 4 into ch 5 space. dc 1 into sc. dc 4 into ch 5 space. dc 4.
Row 90-93 - ch 2, dc 17 across.
Row 94 - ch 1, sc 17 across.
Finish with 9 knots of fringe on each end.

Fringe
Measure 30" of yarn. Fold yarn in half, then in half again. Thread folded yarn through one sc on end of scarf. Tie a very tight knot in the folded yarn. Snip the loops of yarn. There should be 8 strands of yarn per knot. Repeat evenly across each end of the scarf.



Note - it tends to twist and buckle a little around the butterfly motif since the scarf is so thin. To help reduce twisting, try making the scarf wider and do the sc in rows 10 & 88 very loosely.