Sunday, October 30, 2011

Aesthetic Hooded Scarf (Free Crochet Pattern)







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I designed this hooded scarf using Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color gold. Scarves are probably the first projects a beginner crocheter would take up. It would give them a lot of practice in working the stitches while making something useful. This hooded scarf can be your favorite fashion accessory for winter while keeping you warm and cozy. It is made using a single strand of worsted weight yarn and double crochet stitches making it a quick and easy crochet project. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Boo Halloween Witch Basket ( Free PDF Crochet Pattern)










The Handle



Halloween is around the corner and I wanted to crochet something fun . So here is my "Boo Witch Basket" for your kiddos! My little one wanted a regular pumpkin one as she thought a witch would be too spooky but needless to say she fell in love with it once it was completed  and can't wait to show it  off to her friends. I really enjoyed putting together this weird project too. I am especially proud of her grin. The pattern turned out to be longer than I thought with so many facial features but was well worth the effort. The smile on my little girl's face said it all!

I used two strands of worsted weight/ Aran ( size 4 medium) yarn for the sides of the basket and I made it wide to hold more candy for trick or treating rather than keeping it compact like my Easter  bunny basket. There is a cardboard hidden in the hat to make it stand up. You can run a satin ribbon through the handle and sew it down together to prevent the handle from stretching. You can even convert this pattern into a jack-o-lantern by following the pattern to make the basket in orange and sticking on some black felt for the features. As simple as that! I hope you all will enjoy making this!


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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Baby Headband with Flowers (Free Crochet Pattern)









It has been quite some time since I posted a free pattern. So I thought I would post a couple of headband patterns which would make an easy to make an accessory for this summer and a great way to use that scrap yarn we all have been holding onto for so long. I have really enjoyed making the summer patterns, the Flip flops and the Sporty Sandals and this one comes as the final icing on the cake. After all, who doesn't love flowers and when it comes to crocheted ones aren't they just irresistible? You can use them to embellish a dress or a hat as well.

Make them in any colors of your choice using worsted weight yarn. The pattern tells you how to make it for any size head and includes a chart to help you with the measurements if you are making it for someone else. Using a bigger hook than specified can help you increase the size of the flower. I prefer keeping the headbands as narrow as possible as it makes the flower stand out. You can use a single flower or a pair of contrasting flowers partly overlapping each other, in the same sizes or in two different sizes. Just experiment with the colors, size, and alignment and you can make it look different every time you crochet it.


For the free pattern Click Here!

Check out the popular spring and summer patterns on my blog, Sunsational Sun Hat, and Woman's Sandals:

 See the full collection of patterns here: Pattern Gallery.







Monday, May 9, 2011

Appliquéd Bubble Wrap Crochet Blanket ( Free Pattern)






This is a very easy beginner baby blanket pattern. If you know the basic crochet stitches working this one is going to be a breeze. When I first made the doll appliqué the face turned out to be too long. It left me wondering what can be done to make it cuter, I figured making the face wider will do the trick. I had done the same appliqué for one of my sewing projects and I knew this could not go wrong. All said, I am quite happy with the way it turned out and I am ready to share it with all of you. This would make a beautiful stroller blanket.

The pattern is worked in worsted weight yarn and uses 2 hooks, H ( 5mm) and F ( 3.75 mm) . You can make it any size you want. Customize the colors and make it your own. Enjoy the free pattern and don't forget to share the pictures on my facebook page.



Click here for the free pattern:  Doll Blanket Free Pattern






Thursday, March 17, 2011

Quick Bunny Basket Crochet Pattern ( Free Pattern)






This is another one of my easy peasy patterns. I used just a single strand of worsted weight yarn and was surprised to see it hold its shape quite well. I guess the fact that the design is compact made it work. I am not an Amigurumi expert and had some trouble sewing the nose and mouth. I am guilty of making sad faces even when I used to paint and am glad this bunny came out pretty smiling. Aah! The jinx is finally broken.

The pattern is worked using an H hook and can be finished in less than 2 hours. You can even consider adding a pompom to the back as its tail. Don't you think that is a lovely idea? So come up with your versions and don't forget to share the pictures on my facebook page. Enjoy the free pattern!

Materials
1.Worsted weight yarn in 3 colors.  You need only a small amount of yarn for the ears and the flower
2. Hook- H (5mm) 
3. Yarn needle (Blunt sewing needle with big eye) and matching thread.

Size
Fit for a kid. This basket is compact and I think that is what is helping it hold its shape even if worked using a single strand of yarn.

Dimensions of the finished bag: 5 inches in diameter at the bottom, 3 inches in diameter at the top and 4 inches in height.

Gauge
Using Hook H and working in hdc, 8 rounds measured 5 inches in diameter as shown in the picture below.






Stitch Abbreviations
The pattern is in standard American terms.
sc- single crochet
sl st- slip stitch
hdc- half double crochet
dc -double crochet
tr- triple crochet
ch- chain

Stitch Explanation
1.Triple crochet ( tr):  Yarn over twice, insert hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop, (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops at a time) 3 times to complete the triple crochet stitch.

2. Hdc2tog ( decrease): [Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop] twice to get 5 loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on the hook.

3. Sc2tog: Insert hook into the 1st stitch and pull up a loop, insert hook into next st and pull up a loop to get 3 loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through all the 3 loops on the hook.

4. Sc3tog: To sc in all the 3 stitches, insert the hook into same st as ch  1 and pull up a loop, insert hook into the 2nd st and pull up a loop, insert hook into the 3rd st and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all the loops on the hook

The Base of the Basket

Note: The entire basket is worked in the round without turning.

Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Round 1: 6 sc in ring and sl st to 1st sc -------------------6 st

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to 1st hdc skipping the beginning ch 2-----------12 st

Round 3: Ch 2, *( 2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next), Repeat from * till the end of the round, sl st to 1st hdc skipping the beginning ch 2---------------------18 st

Round 4: Ch 2,  *( 2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 2 st), Repeat from * till the end of the round, sl st to 1st hdc skipping the beginning ch 2---------------------24 st

Round 5:  Ch 2,  *( 2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 3 st), Repeat from * till the end of the round, sl st to 1st hdc skipping the beginning ch 2---------------------30 st

Round 6:  Ch 2,  *( 2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 4 st), Repeat from * till the end of the round, sl st to 1st hdc skipping the beginning ch 2---------------------36 st

Round 7:  Ch 2,  *( 2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 5 st), Repeat from * till the end of the round, sl st to 1st hdc skipping the beginning ch 2---------------------42 st

Round 8  ( Last Round of Base):  Ch 2,  *( 2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 6 st) , Repeat from * till the end of the round, sl st to 1st hdc skipping the beginning ch 2, do not fasten off---------------------48 st


The Side of the Basket


                                        Round one worked in back loops only leaving a                                     
round of free loops outside the basket

 Six even rows


 The basket completed



Side Pattern

The side is also worked without turning till the end.

Round 1: With the right side of the base facing up, work in back loops only, ch2, 1 hdc in each st around, sl st to 1st hdc------------------48 st

Round 2 to 6 ( Total 5 Rows): Work even just like round 1 above but in both the loops

Round 7 (Increase Round) :  Ch2,  *( 2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 5 stitches) , repeat from * 8 times till the end of the round, sl st to top of beginning ch 2----------------57 St

Round 8 :  Ch2, 1 hdc in each st around, sl st to 1st hdc------------------57 st

Round 9 ( Decrease Row) : Ch 2,  *(1 hdc in next 6 st , hdc2tog),  repeat from *  7 times , 1 hdc in last st of the round, sl st to 1st hdc-------------------- 50 st

Round 10: Ch 2,  *(1 hdc in next 3 st , hdc2tog),  repeat from *  10  times  till the end of the round, sl st to 1st hdc -------------------- 40 st

Round 11:  Ch 2,  *(1 hdc in next 3 st , hdc2tog),  repeat from *  8 times till the end of the round, sl st to 1st hdc, fasten off. -------------------- 32 st

You can add a slip stitch round if you want before fastening off.


 Bunny Ears


Note: The bunny ears are worked directly onto the basket.

Turn the basket front toward you, leaving the fasten-off line at the back.



1. Work the bunny ears as indicated by the arrow.


Left Ear
Row 1:  Count 5 stitches in the middle and sl st  to  the next st (as shown by the arrow in the picture), Ch1, 1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in next 4 stitches; Turn.---------------5 sc not counting ch 1

Row  2 to 12: ch 1, 1 sc in same st as ch 1, 1 sc in next 4 st; Turn.----------5 sc

Row 13: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in middle st, sc 2tog; Turn. ------------3 st

Row 14: Ch 1, sc3tog ( see stitch explanation) and fasten off.

Right ear
Work just like the left ear starting from the point as shown in the pic. You will have 5 free stitches between the 2 bunny ears.


 Floppy Ears



Pinch the base of the ear and sew it to make the ears stand up

Finishing the Ear
Weave in the tails. Your bunny ears will now be floppy. Pinch the base of the bunny ears and sew as shown in the picture to make them stand up.


Facial Features




Using pink yarn and a yarn needle sew the outline of a triangle and fill it in for the nose. Add two curved line with a back stitch for the mouth.



For the eyes use 2 tiny black buttons.  I didn’t have buttons, so I chained 3 and sl stitched to the 1st chain, pulled the 2 tails into the basket, knotted the 2 tails inside the basket and clipped it, then stitched the eyes down using black thread.


Handle Pattern 
Leaving a long tail, chain as long as you want the handle and add another 8 chains to sew in later. Try not to make it too long.

Row 1: Ch 2, 1 hdc in same st as ch 2, 1 hdc in each ch across. Turn.

Row 2 and 3: Ch 2, 1 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in each st across. Turn.

Handle made flat


Completed handle with flat ends

Row 4: Sl st in 6 stitches, now start sl stitching both the sides together to turn it into a rod as shown in the picture, fasten off leaving a long tail when 6 stitches are left.


Using the tails on both the ends of the handle sew it to the inside of the basket right behind the bunny ears.


Sew the bunny ears with matching thread onto the handle only at one point, taking care the thread doesn’t show on the back of the handle. This will help the ears stay up.

Flower Pattern



Leaving a long tail Ch 4 using pink yarn and sl st to 1st chain to form a ring.
Round 1 : Work 5 sc into the chain ring and sl st to the 1st sc--------  5 sc


Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each stitch around, sl st to 1st hdc, fasten off leaving a long tail.--------- 10 hdc

Using white yarn, leave a long tail and sl st into the stitch you just fastened off.



Note: Each petal is worked across 2 stitches. You work a sl st, ch 2, 1 dc, 1 tr all into 1 stitch to form one half of a petal and then work a tr, 1dc, ch 2 and sl st all into the next st to work the other half of a petal.

Round 3 : * ( Sl st to next st, ch 2, 1 dc and 1 tr in the same st, 1 tr, 1 dc, ch 2 and sl st in next st,) – a petal made. Repeat  5 times from *------------- 5 petals



Sl stitch to the base of 1st petal. Fasten off leaving a long tail.



Finishing the Flower
  1. Now you have 4 long tails, 2 of each color. Use it to tie the flower onto the left bunny ear and the handle. You can tie in a bow behind the handle using the tails.
  2. You can also opt to weave in the tails and sew the flower on.

Enjoy!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

How to work a Front Post or Back Post Double Crochet Stitch


Beginner Crocheters, you don't have to run at the sight of the words front post double crochet (fpdc) and back post double crochet ( bpdc). If you can manage a regular double crochet you can work your way through these too. Here is a comparative study that makes it as easy as it gets.

Both fpdc and bpdc can add more texture to your crochet project. These stitches are worked like the regular double crochet except for the fact that you insert the hook in a different way before you pull up a loop. Fpdc is easier to work than a regular double crochet. In fpdc, you insert the hook from front. In bpdc, you insert the hook from back. When doing bpdc, just fold and hold the work to keep it out of the way when you complete the stitch. Below is a step by step pictorial illustration of the two.


Regular Double Crochet


1. Inserting the hook to work a regular double crochet

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Working a Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)



1. Insert your hook from front to back through space between the double crochet stitches




2. Bring hook back to front thru next space between double crochet stitches




3. Yarn over, bring up to level of 1st double crochet and complete dc as usual



4. Completed fpdc

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Working a Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc)



1. Insert hook from back to front thru the space between the dc stitches




2. Insert hook to the back thru the next space between the dc stitches



3. Yarn over, hold the work folded and complete the dc stitch as usual on the back of your work
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Ear warmer worked using Front post double crochet Stitches





The ridges on this  headband are formed by front post double crochet stitches

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