Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mandala Rays Coaster




Hello everyone. I love Mandalas. There is something very soothing about making them. I make tons each year, but I have never made my own design. I thought I’d give a try the other day, and this is what I came up with. Hope you like it.  


Materials


Yarn: Alize “diva silk effect” yarn, 100% Microfiber Acrylic (100 g), one skein of:
Rose 354 (A)
Cream 01 (B)
Light cream 62  (C)
Grey 355 (D)

Hook size 3 m.

Tapestry needle.



The coaster is about 10 1/8” (26 cm) diameter



The instructions are written in US terms




Intermediate level


Making the Mandala

With yarn B, make a magic ring.

Round 1: ch 4 (counts as dtr st), 35 dtr, sl st to 4th ch of first ch 4. (36 tr)

Round 2: (ch 3 and dtr2tog) in first 3 st, ch 5 * dtr3tog, ch 5, repeat from * to end of round, sl st to first 3dtr cluster, cut yarn.

With yarn A, join in any ch 5 space.

Round 3: ch 1 *(sc 1, hdc, dc, tr, ch 1, tr, dc, hdc, sc 1) in ch 5 space. repeat from *in each ch5 space.  sl st to first sc, cut yarn.

With yarn D, join in any ch 1 space.

Round 4: ch 1, sc in ch 1 space, ch 7, *sc in next ch 1 space, ch 7, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc.

Round 5: sl st to ch7 space, ch 3, dc 8 in the same ch 7 space, * dc 9 in next ch 7 space, repeat from * to end, sl st to 3rd  ch of first ch 3, cut yarn.

With yarn C, join in 3rd  dc of any 9 dc cluster.

Round 6: (ch 3 dtr4tog), ch 4, tr in the 7th dc of the 9 dc cluster, tr in 3rd  dc of next 9 dc cluster, ch 4, * dtr5tog in the middle five dc of previous round, ch 4, tr in the 7th dc of the 9 dc cluster, tr in 3rd  dc of next 9 dc cluster, repeat from * to end, sl st first (ch 3 dtr4tog) cluster, cut yarn.

With yarn A, join in any ch 4 space to left of dtr5tog cluster.

Round 7: ch 1 *(sc, hdc, dc, tr, 2 dtr) in ch 4 space, (2 dtr, tr, dc, hdc, sc) in next ch 4 space, repeat from* to end, sl st to first ch 1, cut yarn.

With yarn D, join in between 2 scs over dtr5tog of round 6.

Round 8: ch 5 (count as dc and ch 2 space) and dc in the same st, ch 2, sc in tr of previous round, ch 2, sc in space after 2 dtr, ch 2, sc in tr of previous round, ch 2, *(dc, ch 2 dc) between next 2 scs, ch 2, sc in tr of previous round, ch 2, sc in space after 2 dtr, ch 2, sc in tr of previous round, ch 2,  repeat from * to end, sl st to 3rd ch of first ch 5, cut yarn.

With yarn C, join in any ch 2 space, right of (dc, ch 2, dc) cluster.

Round 9: ch 1, *sc in the ch 2 space, *9 dtr in ch 2 of (dc, ch 2, dc) cluster, sc in next ch 2 space, ch 7, sc in the next ch 2 space, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc after last ch 7, cut yarn.

With yarn A, join in 5th dtr of 9 dtr cluster.

Round 10: (ch 4 ((counts as dtr)), dtr, ch 3, 2 dtr) in the same st, ch 3, sc in ch 7 space, ch 3, *(2 dtr, ch 3, 2 dtr) in 5th dtr, ch 3, sc in ch 7 space, ch 3, repeat from * to end, sl st 4th ch of first ch 4, cut yarn.

With yarn D, join in ch 3 space of (2 dtrc, ch 3, 2 dtrc) cluster.

Round 11: (ch 4 ((counts as dtr)), 2 dtr, ch 3, 3 dtr) in the ch 3 space, ch 4, (dc, ch 2, dc) in sc, ch 4, *(3 dtr, ch 3, 3 dtr) in ch 3 space, ch 4, (dc, ch 2, dc) in sc, ch 4, repeat from * to end, sl st 4th ch of first ch 4, cut yarn.

With yarn C, join in ch 3 space.

Round 12: (ch 4 ((counts as dtr)), 3 dtr, 1 picot st, 4 dtr) in the ch 3 space, ch 6, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch 3 space, ch 6, *(4 dtr, 1 picot, 4 dtr) in ch 3 space, ch 6, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch 3 space, ch 6, repeat from * to end, sl st 4th ch of first ch 4, cut yarn.

Weave in loose yarn and block the mandala.

You can also follow the pattern down here.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Striped Raspberry Knitted Cushion Cover



I try to stay away from knitting in the summer, due to the extreme hot weather where I live (over 45 C). But now that it is officially autumn, I started knitting again, and came up with this very simple and vintage looking cushion cover.  



Materials


  • Yarn: Alize/ Superlana, Klasik. Wool 25% acrylic 75%, 3.5 oz. / 100 gram, 306 yd. / 280 mt.

Colors numbers: first cushion: 2 skeins of each: dark cream 01, maroon 57. Second cushion: 2 skeins of each: white 55, violet 111.
  • Knitting needles: 4 mm, US size 6.
  • 3 buttons, 1”/ 2.5 cm diameter, dark cream color for first cushion. violet color for second cushion.
  • Tapestry needle.




Cushion measurements:

Length: 15”/ 40 cm
Width: 15”/ 40 cm




Level: intermediate


Knitting Techniques for the Raspberry Stitch Pattern

K1: knit one stitch
P1: purl one stitch
P3Tog: purl three stitches together
(K1, P1, K1)  into 1 st is shown in tutorial video link Here.


KNITTING PATTERN for the Raspberry Stitch Pattern

number of stitches: Multiple of 4.
Row 1: * (K1, P1, K1) into 1 St, P3Tog *repeat to end.
Row 2: Purl All Stitches.
Row 3: * P3Tog, (K1, P1, K1) into 1 St * repeat to end. 
Row 4: Purl All Stitches.



Making first cover (cream and maroon)

With dark cream color yarn, Cast on 84 st, work 18 rows stocking pattern to make the under band:
Row 1: k 1, p 1, to end.
Row 2: p 1, k 1, to end.

*with dark cream color yarn, Work raspberry pattern 20 rows (5 times), Change to maroon color, Work raspberry pattern 20 rows (5 times).
Repeat from * 3 more times.
With marron color make the second band:
Work 8 rows stocking pattern, then work the next 2 rows to make button holes:

Row 1: 10 st in stocking pattern matching previous row, cast off 3 sts, *27 st in stocking pattern, cast off 3 sts, repeat from * one more time, 11 st in stocking pattern.

Row 2:  11 st in stocking pattern matching previous row, cast on 3 sts, *27 st in stocking pattern, cast on 3 sts, repeat from * one more time, 10 st in stocking pattern.
Work 6 more rows in stocking pattern, cast off.




Finishing the cushion cover

Weave in loose ends, fold the rectangle piece as shown in drawing, sew both sides, and sew buttons in place.

Work the second cushion cover following the instructions starting with the violet color, and changing to white.  


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Striped Crochet Cushion Cover




Hello friends, I love small projects, especially when they come to life out of yarn scrapes. In this post I will show you how to make one just like mine. 

Materials
  • Yarn: Nako/ Super Inci Hit. Wool 25% premium acrylic 75%, 3.5 oz./100 gram, 197 yd./ 180 mt.
  • Colors numbers: 2 skeins of navy blue 3088, one skein of each: white 208, honey 256, grey 193, maroon 999, and dark jeans blue 2273.
  • Hook: 5 mm, US size H.
  • Six buttons, 0.75”/ 2 cm diameter, colors matching yarn, mine were two honey white, two grey and two maroon.
  • Tapestry needle.

Cushion measurements:

Length: 19.5”/ 50 cm
Width: 16.5”/ 42 cm



The instructions are written in US terms

Level: Easy

Crochet terms:

ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single stitch
dc: double stitch

The instructions

Note: color sequence is your own choice. First, change color after row 3, then after every two more rows.
Note: always skip the 2 dc, and make 2 dc in ch 1 or ch 2 space.

Front:

Piece 1 (make two)

Follow pattern 1

Row 1: Chain 4, sl st to first ch.

Row 2: Ch 3, dc 2, ch 1, dc 2, turn.                       
                                
Row 3: Ch 3, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 1 space, ch 1, dc 2 in next ch 1 space, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3  of previous row, turn.

Row 4: Ch 3, dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1, dc 2 in next ch 1 space, ch 2, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 5: Ch 3, dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) twice, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 6: Ch 4, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 3 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 7: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) twice, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 3 times, ch 1, (dc 2, ch 1, dc 1) in ch 4 of previous row , turn.

Row 8: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 5 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 2 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 9: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 3 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 5 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 10: Ch 4, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 6 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 3 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 11: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 4 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 6 times, ch 1, (dc 2, ch 1, dc 1) in ch 4 of previous row, turn.

Row 12: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 8 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 4 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 13: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 5 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 8 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 14: Ch 4, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 9 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 5 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 15: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 6 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 9 times, ch 1, (dc 2, ch 1, dc 1) in ch 4 of previous row, turn.

Row 16: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 11 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 6 times, ch 1, dc in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 17: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 7 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 11 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 18: Ch 4, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 12 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 7 times, ch 1, dc 2, in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 19: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 8 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 12 times, ch 1, (dc 2, ch 1, dc 1) in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 20: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 14 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 8 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 21: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 9 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 14 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 22: Ch 4, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 15 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 9 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 23: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 10 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 15 times, ch 1, (dc 2, ch 1, dc 1) in ch 4 of previous row, turn.

Row 24: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 17 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 11 times, turn.

Row 25: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 11 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 17 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 26: Ch 4, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 18 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 11 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 27: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 12 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 18 times, ch 1, (dc 2, ch 1, dc 1) in ch 3 of previous row, turn. Weave in loose ends.

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Piece 2 (make two)

Follow pattern 2

Row 1: Chain 4, sl st to first ch.

Row 2: Ch 2, dc 2, ch 2, dc 2, turn.                                  
                     
Row 3: Ch 3, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, ch 1, dc in second ch of first ch 2, turn.

Row 4: Ch 3, dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 5: Ch 3, dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 6: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) twice, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 7: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) twice, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) twice, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 8: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 3 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) twice, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 9: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 3 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 3 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 10: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 3 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 3 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 11: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 4 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 4 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 12: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 5 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 4 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 13: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 5 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 5 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 14: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 6 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 5 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 15: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 6 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 6 times, ch 1, dc 2, in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 16: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 7 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 6 times, ch 1, dc in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 17: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 7 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 7 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 18: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 8 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 7 times, ch 1, dc 2, in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 19: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 8 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, (ch 1, dc 2 in ch 1 space) 8 times, ch 1, dc 2 in ch 3 of previous row, turn.

Row 20: sl st to first ch 1 space, ch 1, sc 2 in next ch 1 space, ch 1, hdc 2 in next ch 1 space, ch 1 (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 6 times, dc 2 in ch 2 space, turn.

Row 21: Ch 3, (dc 2 in ch 1 space, ch 1) 3 times, ch 1, hdc 2 in next ch 1 space, ch 1, sc 2 in next ch 1 space, turn.

Row 22: sl st to second ch 1 space of previous row, ch 1, sc 2 in next ch 1 space, ch 1, hdc 2 in next ch 1 space, ch 1 dc 2 in ch 1 space of previous row, cut yarn.

The patterns are drawn also, if you crochet following drawn pattern.  Sew the pieces together as shown in drawing.

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Making button bands


Bind on dark blue navy yarn to the beginning of one of the short sides of the front (width), ch 2, dc 67, and picking up the stitches tidily, through the side.   
Crochet two more rows, cut yarn.


Back:

Using navy blue.
1st row: Ch 70, dc in the third ch, dc in each ch to end of row, turn. (68 st)
2nd- 44th row: Ch 2 (count as dc), dc in each dc to end of row, turn.
Making buttonholes: 
45th row: ch 2, dc 10, *skip 1 st, ch 1, dc 8, repeat from * 4 more times, skip 1 st, ch 1, dc 11, turn.
46th row: ch 2, dc 10, *dc in ch 1 space, dc 8, repeat 4 more times, dc in ch 1 space, dc 11, cut yarn.



Finishing the cushion

weave in loose ends
Flip the button band in front to inside and sew the short ends on sides. Sew the three sides of the back and front of cushion together from inside, sew buttons on button band.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Magic Baby Bib



Well friends, it seems that I’ve been guided to crochet more pieces, for I still have Alize cotton baby yarn. So to complete the baby set, I decided to make a nice handy bib with the same magic square pattern .

Material:

 Yarn: Alize cotton baby soft, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic, 100 g. / 270 mt. (3.53 0z. /295 yds), one skein of color light yellow 643, one skein of color winter sky 514, or you can make the hat with the same yarn left from the blanket. And I also used two strands of the yarn.

Hook: 5 mm, US. H/8

1 button 0.5 “, 1.25 cm diameter

Tapestry needle

Level: easy

Bib measurements

Width: 8 “/ 20.5 cm
Height with neck band: 10 “/ 25.5 cm
Term of stitches used in the design (American)
ch: chain
sc: single stitch
dc: double crochet
sl st: slip stitch
2dctog: 2 double crochet together
3dctog: 3 double crochet together

Making the Bib:

With light yellow yarn, make a magic ring, or you can chain six and sl st to the first ch.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as dc and ch 1), *dc, ch 1, repeat 8 more times from *, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 3.

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as dc and ch 1), *dc in the ch1 space, ch 1, dc in previous round dc, ch 1, repeat from * 8 more times, dc in ch1 space, ch 1, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 3.

Round 3: ch 2 (counts as dc), (*dc in ch 1 space, dc in dc, repeat from * 3 more times, skip ch 1 space, ch 2, dc in dc), repeat between brackets 2 more times, **dc in ch 1 space, dc in dc, repeat from ** 3 more times, skip ch 1 space, ch 2, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.


Round 4: ch 2 (counts as dc), (skip 1 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 7 dc, 2 dc in ch 2 space, dc in dc), repeat between brackets 2 more times, skip 1 d, ch 2, dc in the next 7 dc, 3 dc in ch 2 space, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch2.

Round 5: ch 2 (counts as dc), (3 dc in ch 2 space, dc in dc skip 1 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 8 dc), repeat between brackets 2 more times, 3 dc in ch 2 space, dc in dc, skip 1 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 7 dc, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 6: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in dc, (2 dc in dc twice, dc in dc, 2 dc in ch 2 space, dc in dc, skip 1 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 7 dc), repeat between brackets 2 more times, 2 dc in dc twice, dc in dc, 2 dc in ch 2 space, dc in dc, skip 1 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 5 dc  sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 7: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in dc twice, (2 dc in dc twice, dc in the next 5 dc, 2 dc in ch 2 space, dc in dc, skip 1 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 6 dc), repeat between brackets 2 more times, 2 dc in dc twice, dc in the next 3 dc, cut yarn and weave in loose end.

Bind on the winter sky yarn at the first stitch of previous round.

Round 8: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in the next 3 dc, (2 dc in dc twice, dc in the next 9 dc, 2 dc in ch 2 space, dc in dc, skip 1 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 5 dc), repeat between brackets 2 more times, dc in dc, 2 dc in dc twice, 3dctog, don’t cut yarn.




Making the neck band

Ch 52, dc in third ch (the skipped 2 ch count as dc), from here you will be working in each of the 49 remaining chains, 2 dc, skip 1 ch, ch 1 (first button hole), 3 dc, skip 1 ch, ch 2 (second button hole), 3 dc, 2dctog eight times, 6 dc, 2dctog nine times, sl st to last dc of round 7. Cut yarn.

Bind on the winter sky yarn at the first stitch of previous round.

 Round 9: ch 1, sc in the same st, (skip 1 dc, ch 3, sc) repeat through outer edges of the bib till the last dc and before the 3dctog st, ending with sc, skip 3 st, ch 1, sc (you are now crocheting in neck band), and repeat (skip 1 dc, ch 3, sc) along the outer edge of the neck band, till the last 8 st, and you end with sc: skip 2 st, ch 1, sc, skip 1 st, ch 3, sc, skip 1 st, ch 3, sc, skip the last st, ch 3, sc in the first 2 ch of the neck band chains, ch 3, sc in the same ch 2 space cut yarn, weave in ends, sew button in the second dc of round 8.



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Magic Baby Hat





Now that I’ve finished the blanket, some yarn of both colors are still in one of my yarn baskets, so why not try to make a hat this time?.



Materials:

Yarn: Alize cotton baby soft, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic, 100 g. / 270 mt. (3.53 0z. /295 yds), one skein of color light yellow 643, one skein of color winter sky 514, or you can make the hat with the same yarn left from the blanket. And I also used two strands of the yarn.

Hook: 5 mm, US. H/8

Tapestry needle

Level: easy

Hat measurements
size 6 to 12 months
head measurement:  17 "/ 43.5 cm
height: 5.5 "/ 14 cm


Term of stitches used in the design (American)
ch: chain
sc: single stitch
dc: double crochet
sl st: slip stitch

Making the hat

With light yellow yarn, make a magic ring, or you can chain six and sl st to the first ch.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as dc and ch 1), *dc, ch 1, repeat 8 more times from *, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 3.

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as dc and ch 1), *dc in the ch1 space, ch 1, dc in previous round dc, ch 1, repeat from* 8 more times, dc in ch1 space, ch 1, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 3.

Round 3: ch 2 (counts as dc), (2 dc in the ch 1 space, dc in dc, *ch 2, dc in next dc, repeat from * 3 more times), repeat between brackets 2 more times, 2 dc in the ch1 space, dc in dc, *ch 2, dc in next dc, repeat from * 2 more times, ch 2, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 4: ch 2 (counts as dc), (dc in each 3 dc, 2 dc in the ch 2 space, dc in dc, *ch 3, dc in next dc, repeat from * 2 more times), repeat between brackets 2 more times, dc in each 3 dc, 2 dc in the ch 2 space, dc in dc, *ch 3, dc in next dc, repeat from * 1 more time, ch 3, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Note: you probably noticed that these four rounds are the same as the magic granny square.


Round 5: ch 2 (counts as dc), (dc in each next 6 dc, 3 dc in the ch 3 space, dc in dc, *ch 3, dc in next dc, repeat from * 1 more time), repeat between brackets 2 more times, dc in each next 6 dc, 3 dc in the ch 3 space, dc in dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 6: ch 2 (counts as dc), (dc in the next 3 dc, skip 2 dc, ch 2, 5 dc in the next 5 dc, 3 dc in ch 3 space, dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in the next dc), repeat between brackets 2 more times, dc in the next 3 dc, skip 2 dc, ch 2, 5 dc in the next 5 dc, 3 dc in ch 3 space, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 7: ch 2 (counts as dc), (dc in the next 3 dc, skip ch 2 space, ch 2, dc in the next dc, skip 2 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 6 dc, 3 dc in ch 3 space, dc in next dc), repeat between brackets 2 more times, dc in the next 3 dc, skip ch 2 space, ch 2, dc in the next dc, skip 2 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 6 dc, 3 dc in ch 3 space, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 8: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in the next 3 dc, *(skip ch 2 space, ch 2, dc in the next dc) twice, skip 2 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 10 dc, repeat from * 2 more times, (skip ch 2 space, ch 2, dc in the next dc) twice, skip 2 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 6 dc, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 9: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in the next 3 dc, *(skip ch 2 space, ch 2, dc in the next dc) three times, skip 2 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 7 dc, repeat from * 2 more times, (skip ch 2 space, ch 2, dc in the next dc) three times, skip 2 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 3 dc, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 10: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in the next 3 dc, *(skip ch 2 space, ch 2, dc in the next dc) four times, skip 2 dc, ch 2, dc in the next 4 dc, repeat from * 2 more times, (skip ch 2 space, ch 2, dc in the next dc) four times, skip 2 dc, ch 2, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Cut yarn, weave in loose end, and bind on the winter sky yarn at the first stitch of previous round.

Round 11: ch 1, sc in the same stitch, 2 sc in each 2 ch space and sc in each dc to the end of round, sl st to first ch 1.

Round 12: ch 1, sc in the same stitch, (ch 3, skip 1 st, 1 sc in the next), repeat to last st, skip it, ch 3, sl st to first ch 1, cut yarn and weave in loose ends.


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Friday, September 1, 2017

Magic Granny Square





From time to time, I sit down between large projects experimenting new small crochet pieces, such as coasters and granny squares. Sometimes nothing interesting comes out.
But I think this time it really turned out well. A magic granny square that turned from circle to almost square without the usual angles made of number of chain stitches.

Materials

  •             Yarn: I used cotton yarn, worsted yarn, the choice of yarns depends  on the project you want to make.
  •      Hook size suitable for the yarn.
  •      Tapestry needle.


The instructions are written in US terms

Super easy level

Crochet terms used in the coaster design:

ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
dc: double stitch
mr: magic ring



Making the granny square

make a magic ring, or if it is hard for you, you can chain six and sl st to the first st.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as dc and ch 1), *dc, ch 1, repeat 8 more times from *, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 3.

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as dc and ch 1), *dc in the ch1 space, ch 1, dc in previous round dc, ch 1, repeat 8 more times, dc in ch1 space, ch 1, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 3.

Round 3: ch 2 (counts as dc), (2 dc in the ch 1 space, dc in dc, *ch 2, dc in next dc, repeat from * 3 more times), repeat between brackets 2 more times, 2 dc in the ch1 space, dc in dc, *ch 2, dc in next dc, repeat from * 2 more times, ch 2, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 4: ch 2 (counts as dc), (dc in each 3 dc, 2 dc in the ch 2 space, dc in dc, *ch 3, dc in next dc, repeat from * 2 more times), repeat between brackets 2 more times, dc in each 3 dc, 2 dc in the ch 2 space, dc in dc, *ch 3, dc in next dc, repeat from * 1 more time, ch 3, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 5: ch 2 (counts as dc), (dc in each 6 dc, 3 dc in the ch 3 space, dc in dc, *ch 4, dc in next dc, repeat from * 1 more time), repeat between brackets 2 more times, dc in each 6 dc, 3 dc in the ch 3 space, dc in dc, ch 4, dc in next dc, ch 4, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.

Round 6: ch 2 (counts as dc), (dc in each 10 dc, 4 dc in the ch 4 space, dc in dc, ch 5, dc in next dc), repeat between brackets 2 more times, dc in each 10 dc, 4 dc in the ch 4 space, dc in dc, ch 5, sl st to 2nd ch of the first ch 2.
Cut yarn and weave in loose ends and block.



Baby blanket
made of the magic granny square



 Since I fell in love with this magic granny square, I decided to come up with a project made of a number of it. I found this nice alize cotton baby yarn, I chose two pastel colors, for they are my favorite, and here it is.

Because the yarn I used is too thin, I used two strands of the yarn to crochet

Materials

Yarn: Alize cotton baby soft, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic, 100 g. / 270 mt. (3.53 0z. /295 yds), four skeins of color winter sky 514, two skeins of color light yellow 643.
Hook: 5 mm, US. H/8
Tapestry needle

Level: easy

Granny square dimensions: (5.5 * 5.5) “2, (14 * 14) cmapprox.

Blanket dimensions: (32 * 25) “2, (84 * 64) cmapprox.

Instructions: make 20 magic granny squares

How I joined the granny squares:

Because the square I made has round corners, I had to come up with flexible joining method, to make the blanket look nice and tidy, I should thank The Patch Work Heart for the great help and inspiration, I used the method but had to make minor changes to suit my granny square round corners.

(follow the pattern below)


First row: start making the roller coaster row from the corner of a granny square and follow the arrows I've drawn, or the full instructions in the link. But make the numbers of chain stitches I mentioned at the corners.

- Remember when you finish this row, all the granny squares will be attached and the rectangle blanket is complete.

- Only the corners attachments need care 


Second row: it is simpler, and goes only around the border of  the blanket, just follow the drawn pattern, or you can make your own design.



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