Saturday, March 25, 2017

PUPPY LOVE Crochet Afghan Pattern - FREE


HERE IT IS!!!! I like to call this pattern "PUPPY LOVE"!!  It is a combination of two of my latest patterns, Meandering Paw Prints and Hopeful Hearts. It is an advanced level pattern and I suggest that if you haven't already, that you work up the Meandering Paw Prints scarf first so that you are familiar with the paw print portion. That will make the pattern seem less overwhelming.

Right here I want to say a BIG heartfelt THANK YOU to the ladies who tested this pattern for me!! Without them this might have been a really big mess!! They have stood beside me as I made corrections and encouraged me!!  YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!! Without you, this would have been crazy!!

Please take time to read through the pattern NOTES first and refer back to them if you have questions. If you are still experiencing difficulty with the pattern you can comment here, but the best way to get adequate help from me is to private message me at my Amy B Stitched facebook page. If you include pictures of your troubled spot I can usually help you find your problem right away. But please be patient in waiting for a response, I work a day job (so that I can keep my patterns FREE and still have money to buy more yarn) and may not be able to answer right away, but will get to you as soon as I am able.

Remember....I am a human and sometimes make mistakes!!  If you find an error with my pattern, please let me know in the comment section and I will try to correct it as soon as possible!!!


This pattern is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make finished items for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog
 www.amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com  Thank You!!! Amy B


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PUPPY LOVE Afghan pattern

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SKILL LEVEL: Advanced

Base pattern square used to determine gauge.
SIZE: Each base pattern square is approx. 10 ½ inches BEFORE blocking, each pattern repeat is 10 inches x 10 ½ inches. You will also add 1 ½ inches to the final size for border. Examples below:

4 base pattern square (two rows of two) 20 ½ inches tall x 21 inches wide + 1 ½ inch border = 22” x 22 ½”

9 base pattern square (three rows of three) 30 ½ inches tall x 31 ½ inches wide + 1 ½ inch border = 32” x 33”

MATERIALS: size I/9/5.5 mm crochet hook, worsted weight/size 4/medium yarn (57 yards per pattern repeat, *worsted weight yarn averages 50-52 yards per ounce), yarn needle.
EXAMPLE: This picture shows an afghan made with 4 of the base pattern square. When deciding how much yarn you need you will multiply  57 yards x 4, which tells you that you will need 228 yards to complete this small afghan, plus enough to finish your edging. 




GAUGE: Base pattern square = 10 ½ inches x 10 ½ inches BEFORE blocking. For gauge swatch follow the pattern for one repeat ending at the **.

STITCHES/TERMS USED:
YO – yarn over
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Dc dec – double crochet decrease: yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, insert hook into next st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, draw through remaining 3 loops on hook.
Yo – yarn over
Sc – single crochet`
Sk – skip
Sp – space
St(s) – stitch (stitches)
Sl st - slip stitch
BLO – back loop only

NOTES:
1) This afghan is worked in multiples of 34 sts + 2

2) Ch 2 at beginning of row does NOT count as a stitch.

3) Rows 2, 8, 10 and 16: Do not let the dc count confuse you. This row can be tricky if you don’t follow exactly as written.  You will see that it says “dc 18”, but don’t forget it is attached to a “dc, ch 1, sk 1” or variation thereof, so there are actually 19 dc together at some points within the pattern repeat.  Don’t let it confuse you when you go back to count your stitches.

4) Dc in last sk st: Insert the hook into the skipped stitch indicated and continue with your dc in the same manner as the other dc. This binds the two sts together into a cross stitch.



5) The (ch 1, dc) mesh surrounding the heart can mess with someone who likes symmetry and might be a little OCD. On the leading and ending edges you will have an uneven amount of mesh openings. This is actually correct. Because of the off-set mesh and the end of the row, this is the way I intended it to work. I hope you can push through!! The final results prove that it doesn't make too much difference once the border is in place.
leading edge mesh around heart close-up

and close up of the paw print...just because you may need it!!


AFGHAN
Chain desired length. (For one base pattern square chain 34 + 2, add 34 chains for each additional pattern repeat). The + 2 is added only once at the end for the turning chain.

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st across.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. * Dc 18, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 8 times. Repeat from * across.

Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first st. (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 2 times. Dc, ch 1, sk 2, 3 dc next st, ch 1, sk 2, (dc, ch 1, sk 1) 3 times. * Dc 11, ch 4, sk 2, dc 4 **. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 3 times, ch 1, sk 2, 3 dc next st, ch 1, sk 2, (dc, ch 1, sk 1) 3 times. Repeat from * across ending at **.

Row 4: Ch 2, turn. Dc 2, * ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 10. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 2 times, ch 1, sk 2, 2 dc next st, dc, 2 dc next st, ch 1, sk 2, (dc, ch 1, sk 1) 2 times **, dc 3.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last st.

Row 5: Ch 2, turn. Dc 2, ch 1, sk 1, dc, * ch 1, sk 2, 2 dc next st, dc 3, 2 dc next st, ch 1, sk 2, (dc, ch 1, sk 1) 2 times. Dc 4, ch 4, sk 2, dc 4, ch 1, sk 2, dc in next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 3 **, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 2 times. Repeat from * across ending at **.

Row 6: Ch 2, turn. Dc 9, * ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 3.  Ch 1, sk 1, dc, ch 1, sk 2, 2 dc next st, dc 5, 2 dc next st, ch 1, sk 2, dc, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 10. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in last st.

Row 7: Ch 2, turn. Dc 2, * ch 2, sk 2, (dc-dec over next 2 sts) two times, [dc, ch 3, dc] in next st, (dc-dec over next 2 sts) two times, ch 2, sk 2, dc, ch 1, sk 1, dc 3, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 10 **, ch 1, sk 1, dc. Repeat from * across ending at **.

Row 8: Ch 2, turn. * Dc 18, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 8 times. Repeat from * across.

Row 9: Ch 2, turn. Dc in each st across.

Row 10: Ch 2, turn. * (dc, ch 1, sk 1) 8 times, dc 18. Repeat from * across.

Row 11: Ch 2, turn. * Dc 4, ch 4, sk 2, dc 11.  (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 3 times, ch 1, sk 2, 3 dc next st, ch 1, sk 2, (dc, ch 1, sk 1) ** 3 times. Repeat from * across ending at **. 2 times.  Dc in last 2 sts.

Row 12: Ch 2, turn. (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 2 times, dc, * ch 1, sk 2, 2 dc next st, dc, 2 dc next st, ch 1, sk 2, (dc, ch 1, sk 1) 2 times.  Dc 10, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1  **, dc 3.  (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 2 times. Repeat form * across ending at **. Dc in last 2 sts.

Row 13: Ch 2, turn. * Dc 3, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 4, ch 4, sk 2, dc 4. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 2 times, ch 1, sk 2, 2 dc next st, dc 3, 2 dc next st, ch 1, sk 2 **, (dc, ch 1, sk 1) 2 times. Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc, ch 1, sk 1. Dc last 2 sts.

Row 14: Ch 2, turn. Dc, * ch 1, sk 1, dc, ch 1, sk 2, 2 dc next st, dc 5, 2 dc next st, ch 1, sk 2, dc, ch 1, sk 1.  Dc 3, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 10. Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc last 9 sts.

Row 15: Ch 2, turn. * Dc 10, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 3.  Ch 1, sk 1, dc, ch 2, sk 2, (dc-dec over 2 sts) 2 times, [dc, ch 3, dc] in next st, (dc-dec over 2 sts) 2 times, ch 2, sk 2, dc **, ch 1, sk 1. Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last st.

Row 16: Ch 2, turn. * (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 8 times, dc 18. Repeat from * across.

Row 17: Ch 2, turn. Dc in each st across.

Repeat Rows 2-17 until desired length is reached. Do NOT finish off.

EDGING

Round 1: Ch 3, Dc evenly around blanet, placing 5 dc in each corner, 2 dc in the end of each row and 1 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st in the top of beg ch 3 to join.

Round 2: Working in BLO, sl st in each st around. Finish off. Weave in all ends securely.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Meandering Paw Prints FREE Crochet Beanie Pattern

Two weeks ago I released the Meandering Paw Prints scarf pattern and was inundated with requests for a matching beanie.  There are four sizes, each written in a separate pattern for ease of reading and there is even a PONYTAIL option!!! So here it is!!!!  But first, let me tell you how EXCITED I was to find out how many people were making the scarf to donate the proceeds to help with their local animal rescue!!  I am BEYOND thrilled to know that one little pattern could make such a difference!!!

PLEASE NOTE: The beanie pattern is not a beginner pattern, it is much more difficult than the scarf pattern. If you haven't ever worked in the round you might find it a bit confusing.  Each size is written in it's own pattern because the starting of certain rounds are so different that this made it easier to follow. It was written this way to prevent the join (seam) from falling within the bounds of the paw print. If you are having difficulty with the pattern, you may want to PM me at my Amy B Stitched facebook page. Including pictures can help me to determine where your difficulty may be.  Please be patient while waiting for a response, I work a 30+ hr a week job and work on my patterns during my breaks and free time at home. Thanks for your understanding :)


Find the matching scarf pattern here

We have two little fur babies of our own.  Cici and Brutus.  They filled our hearts when the nest began to empty. Brutus came from a rescue.  He was found wandering the streets and was missing most of the hair from his back due to a skin infection.  And he smelled HORRIBLE when we brought him home.  But he has brought so much JOY to our lives!!! And he is great company for Cici when we are gone to work.

Brutus!! Look at that precious mug!!


Cici!! What a diva she is!!

Nap time cuddles!!
Remember....I am a human and sometimes make mistakes!!  If you find an error with my pattern, please let me know in the comment section and I will try to correct it as soon as possible!!!


This pattern is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make finished items for profit. And please consider making and donating to your local rescue for fundraising. But please, remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog www.amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com  
Thank You!!! Amy B


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ERRATA: There was a missing * in Round 3 of the Medium beanie pattern. Use of ** in rounds 2-4 of each size has been added to clarify stopping point.

MEANDERING PAW PRINTS BEANIE

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SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

SIZE: Extra Large 21” x 8 ½” (Large 20” x 8”, Medium 17” x 7 ½”, Small 13 ½” x 6”). These are actual measurements. Allow 1-2 inches for stretch when choosing size.

MATERIALS: Size H/7/5.0 mm crochet hook, size G/6/4.5 mm crochet hook, Worsted/4/medium weight yarn approx. 3 oz ( 175 yards), yarn needle.

GAUGE: 14 double crochet = 4 inches, 8 double crochet rows = 4 inches

TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS USED:
FDC – foundation double crochet (full instructions below in NOTE section)
YO – yarn over
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Dc dec – double crochet decrease
Sc dec – single crochet decrease`
Sk – skip
Sp – space
St(s) – stitch (stitches)
Rev Sc – reverse single crochet (also called a crab stitch)

NOTE:
1) Ch 2 at beginning of row does NOT count as a stitch. Your first stitch will be placed in the joining stitch that the ch 2 comes from unless stated otherwise.
2) PONYTAIL OPTION: Stop pattern as indicated. Next row: Ch 1, rev sc around.  Finish off and weave in ends.
3) Foundation Double Crochet: Ch 3, YO, insert hook in 3rd ch from hook, YO, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), YO and draw through 1 loop (1 ch made), [YO and draw through 2 loops] 2 times. (First FDC completed). *YO, insert hook under 2 loops of ch at bottom of st just made, YO and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), YO and draw through 1 loop (1 ch made), [YO and draw through 2 loops] 2 times.  Repeat from * until desired number of FDC completed.
4) Dc in last sk st: Insert the hook into the skipped stitch indicated and continue with your dc in the same manner as the other dc. This binds the two sts together into a cross stitch.





EXTRA LARGE
With size H hook
Rnd 1 (foundation round): Making sure to start with a 6 inch tail, FDC 71.  Sl stitch in top of beg ch 3 to join, be careful to not twist. Bottom of foundation round will be secured together with the tail when you begin the brim. Beg ch 3 is counted as the first stitch in this round. (72)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, dc 4, * ch 4, sk 2 **, dc 16.  Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in last 12. Sl st in 1st dc to join. (80)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc 2. * Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 12. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in last 10.  Sl st in 1st dc to join. (72)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc 3, * ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 6, Ch 4, sk 2 **, dc 6. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in last 3. Sl st in first dc to join. (80)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc 11. * Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 12. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in 1. Sl st in first dc to join. (72)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, dc 12. * Ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1**, dc 14. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc 2. Sl st in first dc to join. (72)
Rnd 7-9: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Sl st in 1st dc to join. (72)
Rnd 10: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 6) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (63)
Rnd 11: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 5) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (54)
Rnd 12: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 4) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (45)
Rnd 13: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 3) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (36)
Rnd 14: Ch 2, dc dec around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (18) FOR PONYTAIL OPTION STOP HERE. Do NOT finish off. Instructions for ponytail option in NOTE section #2.
Rnd 15: Ch 2, dc dec around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (9) Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch length. Thread onto yarn needle and weave through top of last round and pull closed.  Weave in ends and finish off.
BRIM:  Now is the time to finish off the beginning row using the 6 inch tail you left when you started by stitching the last stitch to the beginning ch 3.
Using size G hook, join yarn with a sl st in the st where you joined the foundation round. If you want a longer slouchy hat, start with Rnd 1.  You can repeat this round as many times as you like to make the hat as slouchy as you want.  If you want a tighter fitting beanie, skip Rnd 1 and simply start at Rnd 2.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Sl st in first dc to join. (72)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, rev sc around.  Finish off and weave in all loose ends.



LARGE
With size H hook
Rnd 1 (foundation round): Making sure to start with a 6 inch tail, FDC 63.  Sl stitch in top of beg ch 3 to join, be careful to not twist. Bottom of foundation round will be secured together with the tail when you begin the brim. Beg ch 3 is counted as the first stitch in this round. (64)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, dc 4, * ch 4, sk 2 **, dc 14.  Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in last 10. Sl st in 1st dc to join. (72)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc 2. * Ch 1 sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 10. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in last 8.  Sl st in 1st dc to join. (64)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc 3, * ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 5, Ch 4, sk 2 **, dc 5. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in last 2. Sl st in first dc to join. (72)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc 10. * Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 10. Repeat from * around ending at **. Sl st in first dc to join. (64)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, dc 11. * Ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1**, dc 12. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc 1. Sl st in first dc to join. (64)
Rnd 7-8: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Sl st in 1st dc to join. (64)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 6) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (56)
Rnd 10: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 5) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (48)
Rnd 11: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 4) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (40)
Rnd 12: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 3) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (32)
Rnd 13: Ch 2, dc dec around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (16) FOR PONYTAIL OPTION STOP HERE. Do NOT finish off. Instructions for ponytail option in NOTE section #2.
Rnd 14: Ch 2, dc dec around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (8) Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch length. Thread onto yarn needle and weave through top of last round and pull closed.  Weave in ends and finish off.
BRIM:  Now is the time to finish off the beginning row using the 6 inch tail you left when you started started by stitching the last stitch to the beginning ch 3.
Using size G hook, join yarn with a sl st in the st where you joined the foundation round. If you want a longer slouchy hat, start with Rnd 1.  You can repeat this round as many times as you like to make the hat as slouchy as you want.  If you want a tighter fitting beanie, skip Rnd 1 and simply start at Rnd 2.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Sl st in first dc to join. (64)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, rev sc around.  Finish off and weave in all loose ends.



MEDIUM
With size H hook
Rnd 1 (foundation round): Making sure to start with a 6 inch tail, FDC 55. Sl stitch in top of beg ch 3 to join, be careful to not twist. Bottom of foundation round will be secured together with the tail when you begin the brim. Beg ch 3 is counted as the first stitch in this round. (56)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, dc 2, * ch 4, sk 2 **, dc 12.  Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in last 10. Sl st in 1st dc to join. (64)
Rnd 3: Ch 4 (count the first stitch that the beg ch 4 comes from as your skipped stitch), *sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 8, ch 1. Repeat from * around.  Sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch 4. (This beg ch 4 is not counted as a stitch for placement in the next round). (56)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc 1 in next ch sp, * ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc  4, Ch 4, sk 2 **, dc  4. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in last 3 sts. Sl st in first dc to join. (64)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc 7. * Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 8. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc 1. Sl st in first dc to join. (56)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, dc 8. * Ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1**, dc 10. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc 2. Sl st in first dc to join. (56)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Sl st in 1st dc to join. (56)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 6) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (49)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 5) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (42)
Rnd 10: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 4) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (35)
Rnd 11: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 3) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (28)
Rnd 12: Ch 2, dc dec around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (14) FOR PONYTAIL OPTION STOP HERE. Do NOT finish off. Instructions for ponytail option in NOTE section #2.
Rnd 13: Ch 2, dc dec around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (7) Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch length. Thread onto yarn needle and weave through top of last round and pull closed.  Weave in ends and finish off.
BRIM:  Now is the time to finish off the beginning row using the 6 inch tail you left when you started started by stitching the last stitch to the beginning ch 3.
Using size G hook, join yarn with a sl st in the st where you joined the foundation round. Ch 1, rev sc around.  Finish off and weave in all loose ends.





SMALL
With size H hook
Rnd 1 (foundation round): Making sure to start with a 6 inch tail, FDC 47.  Sl stitch in top of beg ch 3 to join, be careful to not twist. Bottom of foundation round will be secured together with the tail when you begin the brim. Beg ch 3 is counted as the first stitch in this round. (48)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, dc 4, * ch 4, sk 2 **, dc 14.  Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in last 10. Sl st in 1st dc to join. (54)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc 2. * Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 10. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in last 8.  Sl st in 1st dc to join. (48)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc 3, * ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 5, Ch 4, sk 2 **, dc 5. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc in last 2. Sl st in first dc to join. (54)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc 10. * Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 10. Repeat from * around ending at **. Sl st in first dc to join. (48)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, dc 11. * Ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1**, dc 12. Repeat from * around ending at **. Dc 1. Sl st in first dc to join. (48)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 6) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (42)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 5) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (36)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 4) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (30)
Rnd 10: Ch 2, (dc dec, dc 3) around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (24)
Rnd 11: Ch 2, dc dec around. Sl st in first dc dec to join. (12)  Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch length. Thread onto yarn needle and weave through top of last round and pull closed.  Weave in ends and finish off.
BRIM:  Now is the time to finish off the beginning row using the 6 inch tail you left when you started started by stitching the last stitch to the beginning ch 3.
Using size G hook, join yarn with a sl st in the st where you joined the foundation round. Ch 1, rev sc around.  Finish off and weave in all loose ends.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Meandering Paw Prints FREE Scarf Pattern

Have you been looking for a scarf pattern that shows off  your love for animals without making you feel like you are wearing a childs design?? The Meandering Paw Prints scarf pattern fits that bill and will work for a Dog or Cat lover equally.

EDIT: I have recently added the matching beanie pattern here on my blog. Find it here

Remember....I am a human and sometimes make mistakes!!  If you find an error with my pattern, please let me know in the comment section and I will try to correct it as soon as possible!!!

 This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog www.amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com  
Thank You!!! Amy B

 A lot of hard work goes into writing patterns.  Please feel free to share the link, but do not copy and distribute this pattern by any other means.




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MEANDERING PAW PRINTS  
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SKILL LEVEL: Beginner/easy

SIZE: 6 inches wide, each repeat of meandering paw prints is 14” long. I used 5 repeats for an adult scarf and 3 for a childs scarf.

MATERIALS: Size I/9/5.50 mm crochet hook, Worsted/4/medium weight yarn approx. 6 oz (315 yards), yarn needle, measuring tape.

GAUGE: 16 dc = 4 inches, 7 dc rows = 4 inches

TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS USED:
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Sk – skip
Sp – space
St(s) – stitch (stitches)

NOTE:
1)      Ch 2 at beginning of row does NOT count as a stitch.
2)      Dc in last sk st: Insert the hook into the skipped stitch indicated and continue with your dc in the same manner as the other dc. This binds the two sts together into a cross stitch. (see pics below)

This is what it will look like right before you begin this stitch.

You can see this dc is worked "around" the previous dc.

Completed cross stitch.

Ch 22.
Row 1: Working in the back ridge of the starting ch, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. (20 dc)
Row 2: ch 2, turn. Dc 4, ch 4, sk 2 sts, dc 14.
Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Dc 12, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc next 2.
Row 4: Ch 2, turn. Dc 3, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st (see note 2), ch 1, sk 1, dc 13.
Row 5: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
Row 6: Ch 2, turn. Dc 9, ch 4, sk 2, dc 9.
Row 7: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc next 7.
Row 8: Ch 2, turn. Dc 8, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 8.
Row 9: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
Row 10: Ch 2, turn. Dc 6, ch 4, sk 2, dc 12.
Row 11: Ch 2, turn. Dc 10, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 4.
Row 12: Ch 2, turn. Dc 5, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 11.
Row 13: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
Row 14: Ch 2, turn. Dc 12, ch 4, sk 2, dc 6.
Row 15: Ch 2, turn. Dc 4, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp. Dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 10.
Row 16: Ch 2, turn. Dc 11, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 5.
Row 17: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
Row 18: Ch 2, turn. Dc 8, ch 4, sk 2, dc 10.
Row 19: Ch 2, turn. Dc 8, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 6.
Row 20: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 9.
Row 21: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
Row 22: Ch 2, turn. Dc 14, ch 4, sk 2, dc 4.
Row 23: Ch 2, turn. Dc 2, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc next ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 12.
Row 24: Ch 2, turn. Dc 13, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 3.
Row 25: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
Repeat rows 2-25 until desired length is reached.  Finish off and weave in all ends. 

FRINGE
Cut 80 fifteen inch strands. Take 2 strands and attach with a half hitch to each stitch on both ends of the scarf.  Trim ends evenly. 

To give stability and a nice finished detail, I like to slip stitch a row just below the fringe (or above, depending on which way you are looking at it) on each end of the scarf.  This also allows you to even up the ends in case you are like me and you start off much looser than you finish.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hopeful Hearts FREE symbol crochet pattern

Hopeful Hearts 

By Amy B Stitched          

The Hopeful Hearts design was inspired by a family friend named Heather who had recently undergone heart transplant surgery.  There are SO many people affected by this type of surgery and such a vast support system is needed to get through it.  That’s why I put so many hearts into this design.  From the family of the donor making such a life giving choice, to the family of the recipient, hopeful for more time with their loved one. You also have the surgical teams on both sides, doctors and nursing staff to see you through all of the technical stuff. You have friends who provide meals, transportation, funds and a shoulder when you need it.  So many are affected!! So many people LOVE so deeply that they fight along side you.  So Heather…..this is for you…..and for all the others out there who are hopeful for many more tomorrows. 

If you are interested in learning more about being an organ donor check out these links below that Heather shared with me.

http://www.organdonor.gov/
https://www.unos.org/donation/facts/

Hopeful Hearts pdf pattern click here  at this time only the symbol version of the pattern is available.  The written pattern is in the works and will be completed once my day job slows down lol
ERRATA: the symbol pattern has been corrected to reflect proper placement of decrease stitches on the top row of the hearts. 


This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free sell completed items for profit, but please consider making one or more to donate to a local charity. 

Thank You!!! Amy B

Materials for lightweight scarf pictured above on the right:
•             Artiste 100% Acrylic Crochet Thread, 370 yards, #5 crochet thread (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
•             Size 5/1.90mm steel crochet hook

this is Heather modeling her shawl
Materials for Shawl pictured at left:
•             Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour, color: Red Stone  (size 2, Fine yarn,  1.75 oz, 202 yards each) you will need 5 skeins approx 1010 yards.  (purchased at JOANN’s)
•             Size E/4-3.50mm crochet hook

Gauge: not important

Stitches/Terms used: 
•             Ch = chain
•             Sk = skip
•             Dc = double crochet
•             Sp (sps) = space(s)
•             Dc2tog = double crochet 2 together



This is Heather's favorite Bible verse.





Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This Stitcher's Gotta Eat!!!! PURPLE Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

Sorry I haven't been around with any new Stitching patterns lately.  I DO have some in the works....but the day job has kept me really busy.  Stay tuned and I will be posting a very special pattern within the next month.  

This week I am back home visiting my Moma.  When we visit, we always spend a lot of time in the kitchen coming up with some new and interesting things to eat. 

 Last week she had gotten a head of Purple Cauliflower in her Bountiful Baskets contribution and had no idea what to do with it.  So of course we Googled it and found out that it tastes just like regular cauliflower with some subtle differences.  We had both heard of the trend of making pizza crust with cauliflower and decided to give it a go with the purple one!!  I looked at quite a few recipes and then went to the cupboard and put together my own recipe using the ingredients we had on hand.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we enjoyed consuming it!!!  And while it may seem like a lot of work, it really didn't seem to take any more time than making a traditional bread dough crust from scratch.

PURPLE CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST

1/2 head cauliflower, coarsely chopped (any color of of cauliflower will work)
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tsp Italian seasoning 
1 egg
1 tsp chopped garlic
salt and pepper to taste

*Finely chop/shred cauliflower.

*Steam until tender (I put mine in a large glass measuring cup, rinsed and drained it, covered it with some press and seal. Then I microwaved it for 6 minutes). Allow to cool (I find it helps to transfer to a different bowl that is not hot from being cooked in and stir occasionally to release the steam)


*After the cauliflower is cooled you need to squeeze out all of the excess water.  I did this by placing it in a cloth napkin and squeezing it over a bowl.  It didn't feel very wet....but I got a LOT of purple water out of it!!  You may be tempted to use paper towels.  They will work, but you will go through a lot of them before you are done.  You also may end up with bits of paper towel in your cauliflower.  So I chose to use the cloth napkin instead.  


*Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F

*Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, oil or silicone mat.  I used oil.....my crust stuck.  I was able to get it unstuck mostly before I added the toppings and baked it, but lost some of the crunchiness on the bottom. The second one I made I used parchment and it worked out beautifully.  I was able to pick the cooled crust up with my hands and move it to another pan.  

*Once the drained cauliflower is completely cooled, stir in the remaining ingredients until evenly incorporated.


*Pour onto your prepared baking sheet; press and shape into your preferred pizza crust shape.


*Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes before adding the toppings.

*Dress your pizza as desired.  I suggest adding cheese first, then your sauce. Top that with fresh veggies or meat, followed by seasonings and more cheese.  Then bake for 7 minutes more.  





DELISH!!!!!


The next day we made this recipe using regular ole white cauliflower.  We divided the crust into two and made individual sized rectangle pizzas. We made two batches so that we could put the pre-baked crusts into the freezer to be pulled out at a later time.  We don't know how the freezing process will affect these....stay tuned.  I will try to put an update in the comment section, so if you subscribe to the comments it will be emailed right to you.




Thanks for stopping by!!!
Amy B






Monday, February 22, 2016

TOASTY TOES Basic Felted Crocheted Slippers FREE Pattern

In December I took a trip to Bisbee, AZ, to visit my son, his lovely wife, and my grandson.  What a BEAUTIFUL area to visit!  The people, the shopping, the countryside!!  It was all so wonderful!!

Me and my Dear Hubby posing for a picture at scenic lookout over Old Bisbee.




I had several opportunities to peruse the stores in Old Bisbee.  I was DELIGHTED to find that there was a Fiber Store located in the basement of the historic Bisbee Community Y just up the street from the Copper Queen Hotel.  There were many completed hand made items for sale, as well as a selection of fiber.  I couldn't help myself and purchased two skeins of Bulky Weight yarn from a local Ranch, the Sky Island Brand/47 Ranch located north of Bisbee in the Mule Mountains, Sky Island Girls has a shop on Etsy  (the girls are the sheep) and is currently working on getting a facebook page set up as well.  There were two colors available, and of course I could not make up my mind.  The Owner, Deb Moroney, told me that she has will have all 5 natural colors in stock by mid February.

Before I left the Fiber Store I had already decided that I was going to design a pair of felted slippers.  Within a week I had two pair made (one for me and one for my dear daughter in law).  Each pair takes less than one skein of yarn and if you need the smallest size, you can eke out TWO pair from one skein!! WOOHOOO!!!

NOTE:  This wool is very unique.  I did try duplicating the slippers in another brand of bulky yarn and it did not work up the same size. But no worries here!  Sky Island Girls Yarn ROCKS!!!!



Remember....I am a human and sometimes make mistakes!!  If you find an error with my pattern, please let me know in the comment section and I will try to correct it as soon as possible!!!


This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog www.amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com  
Thank You!!! Amy B


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TOASTY TOES

BASIC FELTED CROCHET SLIPPERS


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Materials: 
·         Sky Island Girls 100% Navaja-Churro Wool Yarn, Chunky 150 yds, 8 oz. (S: 72 yds, M: 78 yds, L: 90 yds, XL: 96 yds)
·         Size N crochet hook
·         Large eyed blunt yarn  needle
·         Dish soap and hot water for felting

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large (approx. womens sizes 5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11)
·         Approximate FINISHED sole measurements will depend on your felting: 9 inches (9 ½, 10, 10 ½ )

Gauge: I have used pre-felted measurements as these work up quickly and I do not want to waste my wool doing a gauge swatch.  Measurements are with slipper laying on its side flat and will be listed below in this order S, (M, L, X-Large)
·         From Toe to Heel:  10 inches, ( 10 ½, 11, 11 ½ )                   
·         Instep to Sole:  4 ½ inches, (4 ½, 5, 5)     
·         Ankle edge to Sole:  3 ¾ inches, (3 ¾, 4, 4)

* Instructions are for S with changes for M, L, and XL in parenthesis
**NOTE: chains at beginning of the round/row do NOT count as a stitch

STITCHES AND TERMS USED:
·         Ch – chain
·         Hdc – half double crochet
·         Sl st – slip stitch
·         St – stitch
·         Sc – single crochet

Rnd 1: Ch 3, hdc 8 times in 3rd ch from hook.  Sl St in top of 1st hdc to join.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around. Sl st in first hdc to join.  (16)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, [2 hdc in next st, hdc next 7 (7, 3, 3) sts] 2 (2, 4, 4) times. Sl st in first hdc to join.  (18, 18, 20, 20)
Small and Medium Rnd 4-7: Ch 1, hdc in each st around. Sl st in first hdc to join.  (18)
Row 8: Medium ONLY will turn at the beginning of this round, Small will not turn. Ch 1, hdc in next 13 sts.
Row 9-14(15): Ch 1, turn. Hdc in each st across. (13)
Large and X-Large Rnd 4-8: Ch 1, hdc in each st around. Sl st in first hdc to join.  (20)
Row 9: Large ONLY will turn at the beginning of this round, X-Large will not turn. Ch 1, hdc in next 14 sts.
Row 10-16 (17): Ch 1, turn. Hdc in each st across. (14)

EDGE:
Ch 1, DO NOT TURN. Working down the side of the rows, sc 7 (8, 9, 10) evenly. Sc across the instep 5 (5, 6, 6) sts. Working down the other side rows, sc 7 (8, 9, 10) evenly. Sl st in the first sc to join.  (This will leave an opening in the heel that will be closed up after the next rnd). (19, 21, 24, 26)
Next Rnd: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Sl st in 1st sc.  Cut, leaving a long tail for sewing heel end closed.

FINISH: Thread tail onto large eyed blunt needle.  Turn heel inside out and whip stitch the opening closed. Weave the tail back through the stitches, pulling slightly to pull the heel upwards, then weave the tail back through the stitches again, securing the shape of the heel.

FELTING: there are many ways to felt your finished slippers.  I prefer to hand felt my items, that way I can easily check the progress and stop when the appropriate size is reached.  Below is a link for instructions if you are unfamiliar with this process. 


the stitch definition did not disappear on this pair of slippers, but they are still very nice and cozy!!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Granny's Reflecting Heart FREE crochet pattern


Valentines Day is quickly approaching, but you will have PLENTY of time to work up a handful of these unique beauties!! 

Granny's Reflecting Heart is a simple thread crochet heart wrapped around a Glass Gem.  The glass gem reflects the suns rays and adds weight to your crocheted piece. It is a joy to behold!!  

 I originally published the Granny's Heart and Headband pattern  in January of 2014.  I was playing around with that pattern the other day and made it up with thread, a few extra rows of crochet and wrapped it around a Glass Gem to make these lovely sun catchers.  

NOTE:  I like to use the Perle Cotton size 8 because it comes in such an abundance of colors, but size 20 thread will also work up with minimal changes.  And since the Glass Gems are NOT exact sizing, you might have to experiment with your last round or two of crochet to make the fit just right.  Just make sure to not go smaller than 1-1/4 inch unless you are planning to go down to a size 30 or smaller thread!!


Remember....I am a human and sometimes make mistakes!!  If you find an error with my pattern, please let me know in the comment section and I will try to correct it as soon as possible!!!


This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog www.amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com 
 Thank You!!! Amy B


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Granny’s Reflecting Heart
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Materials: Perle Cotton size 8 (size 20 thread will also work), size 9 (1.15mm) crochet hook, blunt large eyed needle, Glass gem approx. 1-1/4 inch or larger.

Finished size: 1-1/4 inch

Gauge: not important, but your first two rounds of crochet should not be as large as your glass gem.

Ch 4
Rnd 1: Working all stitches in the 4th ch from hook, [2 dc, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2) 2 times, sl st, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2]. Sl st in top of beg ch to join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does not count as stitch), dc in 1st 3 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp. Dc in next 3 sts. 3 dc in ch 2 sp, 2 dc in next 2 sts, (dc, hdc) in next st, sc in next ch sp, sl st in sl st of previous rnd, sc in next ch sp, (hdc, dc) in next st, 2 dc in next 2 sts, 3 dc in ch 2 sp, sl st in top of 1st dc to join.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as join.  Ch 5, sk 2 sts, sc next st, ch 5, sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 5, sc) next ch sp. (Ch 5, sk 2 sts, sc next st) 5 times. Ch 5, skip next 3 sts, sc next st, (ch 5, sk next 2 sts, sc next st) 2 times. Ch 2, dc in 1st st to join. 
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in sp below join.  (Ch 5, sc in next sp) around. Ch 2, dc in first sc to join. 
Rnd 5: Repeat Rnd 4. Finish off leaving a 12” tail for sewing, **unless your stone is larger or you are using size 20 thread or smaller, then continue in same pattern until large enough OR make your ch 5 into a ch 6 instead.**

FINISHING: Weave tail through chain spaces, insert stone into the back side of the crocheted piece.  Pull the tail tight to close the crocheted piece around the stone.  Weave tail securely through finished work.




Hanger:  Make a chain of 90 (more or less to your liking) and thread it through the top of the piece. Tie an overhand knot to secure it in place. Trim ends.