Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fingerless Mitts - Knit Pattern

After making the crochet pattern for the fingerless mitss I had requests from several knitter friends to figure out a knit version.  It took a couple of tries and I came up with this really cute pattern. So simple and NO increases or decreases!!!  You can easily make these larger by going up a needle size or longer by just knitting more rows!!!





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

KNIT FINGERLESS MITTS
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MATERIALS:  
  • 2 oz worsted weight yarn
  • size 6 knitting needles
  • yarn needle
  • tape measure

Gauge: worked in stockinette
5 sts = 1 inch, 6 rows = 1 inch

Cast on 38 sts.
Row 1-10:  K1, P1 across
Row 11:  K1, P1.  [K4, P1] across.  K last stitch.
Row 12:  (right side)  P1, K1.  [P4, K1] across. P last st.  
Repeat Rows 11 and 12 until piece measures 5 ½” ending with a wrong side row. 
Next 4 Rows:  P1, K1 across.
Bind off loosely leaving long end for sewing.  Mitt should measure 6 ¼”.  With right sides together stitch 2” down from the top and 2” up from the bottom.  Weave in all ends. 


Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Crystal Angel Pattern


CRYSTAL ANGEL PATTERN
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My Moma had made these angels with Battenburg lace wings (if I remember correctly), so I took the idea and made it my own!  They are so simple to put together and make a lovely gift that looks much more expensive than what it is!!  I used them as favors on my table at a recent Ladies Tea held at our chuch.  They were a HIT!!

MATERIALS:  size 10 crochet cotton thread, size 7 steel crochet hook (1.65 mm), small amount of commercial fabric stiffener, waxed paper, 3" long crystal prism (you can find these in the lighting section of your local hardware store), 1 pipe cleaner (I used metallic silver to go with my table theme), small amount of 1/8" and 1/4" ribbon, hot glue gun and glue sticks. 

Starting in the center and working first wing:
Rnd 1:  Ch 4, work 11 dc in 4th ch from hook.  Sl st in top of beg ch 4 to join.
Row 2:  Ch 4, dc in same st as beg ch 4.  (Dc, ch 1, dc) in next 2 sts. 
Row 3:  Ch 3, turn.  (Dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in first sp.  (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next 2 ch 1 sps.  
Row 4:  Turn, sl st into first ch 1 sp.  (Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp.  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next 2 ch 1 sps.
Row 5:  Turn, sl st into first ch 2 sp.  (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp.  (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next 2 ch 2 sps. 
Row 6:  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in first st.  *7 dc in next ch 2 sp, sk next 3 dc, sl st in sp, repeat from * 2 more times.  Sc in last st.  Finish off.

2nd wing:
Skip next 3 sts on Rnd 1 of center of wing, join thread with a sl st in next st.  Continue working same as first wing. 

ASSEMBLY:
Dip wings in commercial fabric stiffener, squeeze out excess.  Stretch flat to dry on a waxed paper covered surface. 
Remove metal hanger from top of crystal prism and thread a length of 1/8" ribbon through (I have found that a size 12 crochet hook fits perfectly through this hole and will pierce your ribbon and bring it back through the hole with minimal fraying).  Tie in a knot and trim ends neatly. 
With pipe cleaner, bend in half,  twist about 3/4" from folded end twice.  Spread into circle (this is your halo).  With flat side of the head of the prism away from you, place halo on the back of the head (stick the ribbon tie through the halo to hold things into place), separate ends of the pipe cleaner and wrap around hardware below the crystal head in opposite directions. 
After the wings have dried, glue them to the back of the angel centered on the pipe cleaner.  Attach a small bow with 1/4" ribbon to the front with hot glue.

Preserving Memories


Has your child ever drawn something that just melted you heart and you never wanted to put it away???  Refrigerators are great places to hang those drawings, but time and messy hands opening and closing the doors can ruin these prize works of art.  The pic above is how I chose to preserve such a work of art drawn by my now 15 year old son when he was only 5 years old when we were living on the island of Terceira, Azores, stationed there with the USAF.

This is not a pattern, just merely a suggestion of one of the many ways you can preserve those memories.  I made a photocopy of his drawing (didn't want to mess up the original work of art).  Using the photocopy I traced it onto a light colored cloth (I think I actually cut up an old ecru colored sheet).  Then I embroidered the outline of the design using a simple backstitch.  To add a little personalization to it I added a favorite verse from the Bible.  I made this particular work of art into a wall hanging.  But you could also finish it off into a pillow, album cover, satchel, etc. 

This "drawing" hangs on the handle of my closet door.  Some nights when I am unable to sleep, I will roll over on my side and I can see this hanging in front of me.  It brings comfort to me.  As a 5 year old my son knew about Jesus and His sacrifice for us.  To see him now as a 15 year old, walking with Christ still, it gives me peace and comfort.  No matter what he is going through, His Savior will be by his side.

Monday, December 13, 2010

His and Hers Cozy Country Stockings Crochet Pattern


HIS AND HERS COZY COUNTRY STOCKINGS
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When I first designed this stocking it was only the "hers" version and was made using one of those fuzzy yarns which is no longer made.  I came across this the other day and thought...you know....I have this stash of worsted weight cotton that would probably just work.  So I went to work....as I finished "hers" I realized that it would look really cute with a "his" version to match.  I made both of these stockings in one evening so they work up fairly quickly.  And they are the perfect size to use as a small gift bag (I'm thinking gifts from the kitchen)!!  Use any kind of yarn you like...I've made one using size 10 cotton and size 7 hook (pic below) and got a 2nd place ribbon on it in the county fair.  Please let me know if you find any errors in this pattern and I will do my best to answer any questions or get it changed as soon as possible.  Happy Stitching!!!

SIZE: approx 12” excluding loop

MATERIALS:  size H crochet hook, approx. 2 oz red worsted weight cotton yarn, small amount of ecru worsted weight cotton yarn (I used Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn), yarn needle. 

SPECIAL STITCHES: Popcorn:  5 dc in next st, drop loop from hook, insert hook through top of first dc, pick up dropped loop and pull through, ch 1.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BODY: with red (do not turn at the end of each round)
Rnd 1:  Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook.  Sl st in top of beg ch 4 to join. 
Rnd 2:  Ch 1, hdc in first st, [2 hdc in next st *, hdc in next st] around ending at *.  Sl st in top of first hdc to join.  (18 hdc)
Rnd 3:  Repeat Rnd 2.  (27 hdc)
Rnd 4:  Ch 1, hdc in first st and in each st around.  Sl st in top of first hdc to join. 
Rnd 5-13:   Repeat Rnd 4.
Turn heel begins (if you are making HIS stocking change to ecru now)
Row 14:  Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, ch 1, turn. 
Row 15:  Sc in first 4 sts, sc in next st of row 13, sl st in next st.  Ch 1, turn. 
Row 16:  Sc in first 6 sts, sc in next st of row 13, sl st in next st.  Ch 1, turn. 
Row 17:  Sc in first 8 sts, sc in next st of row 13, sl st in next st.  Ch 1, turn. 
Row 18:  Sc in first 10 sts, sc in next st of row 13, sl st in next st.  Ch 1, turn. 
Row 19:  Sc in first 12 sts, sc in next st of row 13, sl st in next st.  Ch 1, turn. 
Row 20:  Sc in first 14 sts, sc in next st of row 13, sl st in next st.  Ch 1, turn.
Row 21:  Sc in first 16 sts, sc in next st of row 13, sl st in next st.  Cut yarn and weave loose end securely. 
With right side of stocking facing, count 10 sts to the left of last st on row 21.  Join yarn with sl st.
Rnd 22: Ch 1, hdc in each st around.  Sl st in top of first hdc to join (27 sts).  DO NOT TURN.
Rnd 23-38:  Rep Rnd 22.
Rnd 39:  Ch 1, hdc in each st. around.  Sl st in top of first hdc.  Finish off.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CUFF:  With right side of stocking facing join ecru yarn with sl st in the front loop of 10th st to left of Rnd 39 join. 

HIS CUFF: 
Rnd 40:  Ch 1, sc in front loops of each st around.  Sl st in top of first sc to join.
Rnd 41:  Ch 1, turn.  Hdc in each st around.  Sl st in top of first hdc to join.
Rnd 42-45: DO NOT TURN.  Ch 1, hdc in each st around.  Sl st in top of first hdc to join.
Rnd 46:  Ch 1, reverse sc in each st around.  Sl st in top of first reverse sc to join.  Finish off.

HER CUFF: 
Rnd 40:  Ch 1, sc in front loops of each st around.  Sl st in top of first sc to join.
Rnd 41:  Ch 1 turn, hdc in each st around.  Sl st  in top of first hdc to join. 
Rnd 42:  Ch 3, dc in next st, [popcorn *, dc in next 2 sts] around ending at *.  Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join.
Rnd 43:  Ch 1, sc in each st around.  Sl st in top of first sc to join. 
Rnd 44:  Ch 3, [popcorn *, dc in next 2 sts] around ending at *, dc in last st.  sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join.
Rnd 45:  Ch 1, sc in each st around.  Sl st in top of first sc to join.
Rnd 46:  Ch 1, reverse sc in each st around.  Sl st in top of first reverse sc to join.  Finish off.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LOOP:  With ecru, leaving a 4” end, ch 16.  Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.  Cut, leaving a 4” end, tie off.  Pull 4” ends through the opposite end of the chain, be careful to pull ends through different loops.  With 4” ends, tie loop to top of Rnd 39.  Weave ends on underside of cuff securely. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tiny Snowflake Crochet Pattern


TINY SNOWFLAKE
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This is the first pattern I ever designed that I actually typed out and kept in a file.  I designed it in 1992 after I left the USAF and became a full time stay at home mom.  At first I made them with a size 20 thread and a size 10 hook and then threaded them onto kidney wires and voile!!!  instant Holiday Earrings!!!  I found that I preferred them better in the size 10 thread and used as decoration on the Christmas tree.  I hope you will find some time to try out this simple little pattern.  Tie a few together with some ribbon and make a perfect package decoration, or add a pin back and you can have an instant brooch!  Get creative with it!!

SIZE:  1 3/4"
MATERIALS:  small amount of size 10 crochet thread, size 7 steel crochet hook, fabric stiffener

Ch 4, join to form ring.

Round 1:  Ch 2, hdc in ring, (ch 4, 2 hdc in ring) 5 times.  Ch 1, dc in top of ch 2 to form last loop.  Six loops made.

Round 2:  Ch 2, *hdc (ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook) 3 times, sl st in top of last hdc made ----TRIPLE PICOT made, 2 hdc in same loop, ch 2 **, hdc in next loop .  Repeat from * around, ending at **.  Join with a sl st.  Fasten off. 

Finishing:  weave in all ends.  Saturate snowflake in fabric stiffener.  Stretch flat on waxed paper to dry.  You may like to pin it to waxed paper covered styrafoam board to stretch and define the snowflake more, just be sure to use pins that will not rust when they get wet.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Crazy Crocheted Ski Hat Pattern



CRAZY CROCHETED SKI HAT
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Materials:

  • Size I hook
  • Worsted weight yarn (approx. 3 oz of assorted colors.)  You can use any variety of colors you wish to customize your hat.  I started with one row of black and then did two rows of color and repeated that sequence throughout.  If you choose to only use two color you can carry those colors instead of cutting at the end of each color section. 
  • yarn needle
Gauge: 3 dc rows = 2 inches,  6 dc = 2 inches

Note: Chain 3 at beginning of each row counts as a stitch.

Stitches and Terms used:

  • ch - chain
  • dc - double crochet
  • sl st - slip stitch
  • beg - beginning.
  • st (sts) - stitch (stitches)
  • fpdc - front post double crochet
  • sc - single crochet

Ch 3, join to form ring.
Round 1: Ch 3, 7 dc in ring.  Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join. (8 sts)
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in each stitch around.  Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join. (8 sts)
Round 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch 3, dc in each st around.   Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join. (9 sts)
Round 4: Ch 3, dc in each st around.   Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join. (9 sts)
Rounds 5 - 12: Repeat rows 3 and 4. (you should have 13 sts by the end of Round 11)
Rounds 13 - 23: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch 3, dc in each st around.  Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join. (increases 1 st each row, 24 sts by end of Round 23)
Round 24: Ch 3. [2 dc in next st *, dc in next st] around ending at *.  Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join. (36 sts)
Round 25: Ch 3, [2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts] around. Dc in last st.  Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join. (48 sts)
Round 26: Ch 3, [2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts] around. Dc in last 2 sts.  Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join. (60 sts)
Rounds 27-35: Ch 3, dc in each st around.  Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join.
Round 36: Ch 1, sc.  [fpdc around next st, sc in next st] around.  Sl st in top of beg ch 2 to join.
Round 37: Ch 1, sc in each st around.  Sl st in top of beg sc to join.
Round 38: Sl st loosely in each st around.  Finish off. 

Pom Pom Chain:  Ch 12, sl st in round 1 of hat, sl st in each ch to beginning.  Cut and tie off.  Leave 4-6 inches of yarn at the beginning and end of the chain to attach pom pom to.

Pom Pom:  Using a deck of cards or something of similar size, wrap yarn around until approximately 2" wide and 1/2" thick. Using the pieces of yarn at the ends of the Pom Pom chain, thread these through the center of the wrapped yarn and tie a tight knot.  Remove from wrapped yarn from deck and you will have what resembles a circle.  Flatten yarn circle in half with tied portion in middle and tie again with a secure knot.  Cut folded ends and fluff yarn.  Trim to desired shape.