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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tulip Throw on: March 19, 2010 07:07:21 PM
I finally finished this throw for my sisters birthday.  I used Bernat Softee Chunkee yarn, then ran out of yellow. If you do decide to make this be sure to use a different brand, since they are discontinuing the yellow(or maybe all of the Softee Chunky)  Took me forever to find some, but finally did in Canada, and got this in the mail today, it will be a few days late, but oh well.

 I love this pattern, it works up really fast and it simple. 

The pattern is from Moda Dea, which is also a discontinued yarn:
http://www.coatsandclark.com/cgi-bin/MsmGo.exe?grab_id=58&page_id=12323072&query=tulip+throw&hiword=THROWN+THROWS+TULIPS+throw+tulip+



2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Quick Project on: September 04, 2009 03:01:27 PM
I've been so busy this summer I haven't had much time to do anything, but the other day I just sat down and crocheted, one hat lead to the mittens, and the mittens lead to the booties.  Amazing how I start one thing and get ideas for others.  I'm thinking my grandsons will be kinda cute in these hats:



I love the swirl design, it works up really fast.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / "Crazy Quilt" Afghan on: April 05, 2009 10:13:50 AM
I just finished this afghan, I had it in my head I wanted to do one only in red and white, with a variety of sized granny type squares.  The big square was adapted from a pattern on Lions Brand website, the small squares were in my old Readers Digest book and the oblong ones I had to make up since I couldn't find anything similar to what I was wanting.  I wanted it to have that crazy quilt look to it, so a lot of the squares didn't match up and I added rows here and there to help give it that crazy look.  I wasn't sure if the whole thing was going to come out semi squared or not, but I don't think it looks too bad, and I love just having it red and white.  I used Genova yarn, it has a really nice feel to it.  Thanks for looking!

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Challenge 9 Entry: The Hannah Sweater on: March 31, 2009 11:24:28 AM
I'm early too on this challenge, but it's my first challenge I've entered so I was excited to get it done.  This newborn sweater and headband are in the Ripple Stitch from my 1979 Readers Digest, Complete Guide to Needlework book.  They don't give you patterns just stitches.  They describe the Ripple Stitch as " Asymmetrical shell stitches in a compact pattern"  Whatever, lol, I just liked the way it looked.  The yarn I used was Bernat Cotton Tots, it is so soft, but it took almost 2 skeins, plus worked in this shell made it more like a jacket then a sweater!  I wish I had a newborn handy to try it on, but no luck, maybe in November my grandbaby (hopefully a girl named Hannah!) will be born.  Sorry about all the blah, blah, blah, here it is:



And a close up of the stitches:


I worked this from the shoulders down, so it would end with the ripple on the edges.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Toddler Stocking Cap (not in the round) on: November 23, 2008 10:05:50 AM
Being on the Ferry to Washington with another crocheter, I learned how to make a simple stocking cap. Instead of crocheting in the round, you make a chain of 25 or so and then just single crochet back and forth in the back loop only. It looks a lot like you are making a scarf, but when it gets to the length to wrap around a head you slip stitch the ends together. Weave a double length of yard in and out of one end, pull tight, tie and you have a stocking cap with a different look.


It looks better with the bottom rolled up, but to keep my grandsons ears covered we left the edge down, I think next time I will chain more to make it longer there. I also didn't add the recommended pom pom for the top. It might need something there, but I still don't like the idea of a pom pom.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A Simple Little Scarf on: October 21, 2008 05:07:35 PM
I got this pattern from Interweave Crochet magazine, Arachne's Tears Scarf in the spring 2008 issue.  I used Caron Simply Soft. It's such an easy pattern and works up fast, but I think it looks pretty nice:


I think I'll actually keep this one for me!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Barbs Party Slippers (now with pattern and semi tut) on: October 13, 2008 04:40:03 PM
My good friend, Barb, knits and thinks crochet is too hard, I think knitting is too hard! She didn't know that you can do cables in crochet, so I had to show her by making her a pair of slippers with cables, in her color (pink) of course!



I lined the inside sole with fleece, so they are nice and comfy.

***I've never written a pattern before, except notes for myself.  If there are mistakes or questions please let me know and I will (try) to fix them.  Here ya go:

Womens size 7 1/2 -8
Size J hook, red heart super saver yarn

Sole:  Chain 21, sc down and around back of chain to beginning, keep working around for 7-9 rows (or to get to desired size) Add an extra 1-3 scs on each end to keep it flat.  If sole ends up too wide and too short for your foot, start over with a longer chain.  I cut out and sew a fleece bottom to the inside (wrong side) of sole. If you do, make sure you leave the last row of stitches open.

Top (working from the top of the toes toward ankle):
Row 1:  Chain 14, dc in 4th chain from end (this counts as 1st dc), and in every chain, for 12 dcs across.  Chain 3, turn.
Row 2: fpdc (front post double crochet) in next 3 dcs, bpdc (back post double crochet) in next 4 dcs, fpdc in last 4 dcs. Chain 3, turn.
Row 3: bpdc in next 3 dcs, skip next 2 dcs and fpdc in 3rd and 4th dc, then go back and fpdc in 1st and 2nd dcs that were skipped. Bpdc in last 4 dcs. Chain 3, turn.

    (shows fpdc in 3rd and 4th dc)

    (shows going back and putting fpdc in 1st and 2nd dc)
Row 4: fpdc in next 3 dcs, bpdc in next 4 dcs (these will be scrunched together due to the cross over, just separated them to find the right ones), fpdc in last 4 dcs.
Row 5: bpdc in next 3 dcs, fpdc in next 4 dcs, bpdc in last 4 dcs. Chain 3, turn.
Row 6: Repeat row 4
Row 7: Repeat row 3
Row 8: Repeat row 4
Row 9: Repeat row 5
Row 10: Repeat row 4
Row 11: Repeat row 3
Row 12: Repeat row 4
This completes the top, do not end.

Sides and heal: 
Chain 22 and attach to other side of top with slip stitch, opposite of beginning of chain. (lengthen or shorten chain according to fit).

Row 1: With front side facing you, sc down top and all the way around (including chain) putting 2 scs in corners of toes. ( I ended up with about 20 scs on each side, not counting the heel). Slip stitch when you get to beginning. Chain one.

Row 2-3: sc all the way around in the back stitch of sc only.

Check here for fit against the sole for fit. Mine were a little big so on the 4th row I decreased scs, about 1 per side. After the 4th row you can end or make a big loop and start from there when you secure to sole.

Attach to Sole:

Pin top to sole, wrong sides together,  starting with a pin at the toes and heel to make it even.  Slip stitch around. You can end here or add a cuff. 

Cuff:

Attach yarn where the heel and top join. Sc around back of heel in back stitches only, work around back of heel to top (do not work across the top yet), slip stitch into top, chain one, turn and sc back along heel in back stitch only, this time go all the way around across the top, ending where you started.  Chain 2 (turn ?) This is a good time to try on and see if the heel is too loose)

Working back across the top (clockwise) dc in all the scs (decrease in heel if needed) all the way around, you want an even number of dcs. I decrease randomly until I have 30 all the way around.  Join at the top of your chain 2 with slip stitch. Chain 2 (counts as your 1st dc)

Row 2: fpdc in next dc, bpdc in next dc, fpdc in next dc, switching back and forth all the way around. Join with slip stitch. Chain 2.

Row 3: fpdc in next fpdc, bpdc in next, etc, working your way around so you have the front posts in the front posts and back posts in the back posts. Slip stitch to join.


Let me know if you have problems!  I'd love to see your finished product too!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tunisian Fingerless Gloves on: October 13, 2008 07:58:33 AM
I ran across a bunch of different styles of Tunisian crochet (afghan stitch) and really liked the lace one, so to try it out I made this gloves for a friend, think she'll like them?

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Finished summer project on: September 11, 2008 06:46:44 PM
Thought I would make a purse for a summer project, of course most of the work was done this week, since I needed it to be done by this week-end.  Came out bigger then I imagined, but I still like it.....what do you think?

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cowgirl Tank Top (now with model) on: June 19, 2008 09:52:08 PM
I just finished this tank top for a personal swap, and since my partner (thenate) picked out the pattern I figured it would be ok to post, since there will be no surprise to ruin. Boy I sure hope it fits her!
Here it is with Thanate modeling, I'm so glad it fit!




The pattern is from DIY: http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_other/article/0,,DIY_14142_5148822,00.html
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