Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Chain of Hearts Knit Patterns FREE

I'd like to reveal my newest FREE patterns that I'm offering...

the Chain of Hearts Knit Headband Pattern AND the Chain of Hearts Pocket Scarf Pattern!!!  The headband pattern includes two SEPARATE pdf's.  One written for knitting on straight needles....the other for double point needles.  There are 3 variations to this one pattern.....see the pics below. There is also a separate pdf for the pocket scarf pattern which includes instructions for making it WITHOUT the pockets as well.

Variation #1 is a solid heart pattern

Variation #2 is an open heart pattern

Variation #3 gives you the instructions to extend the other variations into a beanie

 I just LOVE the drape of the scarf that lends itself to a natural fold-over, creating this comfy collar.

Click on the pattern title below to get to the pattern of your choice.

With all of these options you are sure to find the perfect combination for EVERY young lady on your gift list!!!

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Amy B

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Comforting Stitches

I think in each persons life, as tragedy occurs, we find comfort in certain things.  For me, that thing is the repetitive nature of crochet and knit. When nothing makes sense....and I can't focus.....I'm able to pull out a ball of yarn and a hook (or needle if I'm in the right mood) and just stitch.

Just shy of two weeks ago there was a life changing event in our family.  A wreck that claimed the life of one, caused serious bodily injury to two, and by the grace of God, only a few scratches on the fourth....but has forever changed the course of her life. It has taken me to the hospital to sit at their bedsides. Sitting at the hospital is exhausting.  Why is that????

In my rush to pack my bags, I picked up a shoe box of worsted weight cotton and my pouch of crochet hooks.

As I sat at the hospital....needing desperately to keep my hands busy....but so tired that I could not focus on much of anything....I went to the old stand by dish cloth.  I had a couple of basic patterns here on my blog....and of course the ever faithful Granny Square.  I also decided to work a couple up using my Cool Comfy Throw pattern.

Sometimes it is hard to know what to say when someone comes to visit....especially under such circumstances.  My stitch work is a welcome distraction....it is a conversation starter....it is a connection, even for those who do not stitch because it reminds them of someone they love who does.  It can even result in an impromptu lesson......which I am ALWAYS ready for.

The links to the patterns are located at the bottom of this entry.
Simple Crochet Dishcloth

Basic Granny Square

Cool Comfy Blanket dishcloths

Simple Crochet Dishcloth pattern with a bonus Basket weave knit dishcloth pattern.

Basic Granny Square Pattern You can have so much fun with this one using up all those little bits of leftover cotton. I did three rounds of single crochet worked in the back loop only to give it the unique and sturdy edging.

Cool Comfy Blanket Pattern dishcloths. I started with a base chain of 26 and then followed the pattern as written to make these dishcloths.

Amy B

Friday, September 18, 2015

Cool Comfy Throw FREE crochet pattern

Back in 2004 Donna Kooler had announced she was taking submissions for a Crocheted Afghans Book.  It was a low budget project and because of this, the rights to the patterns would revert back to the original designer after 3 years.  I had THREE afghans published in this book.

New afghan sample 
 I have been sitting on the patterns for some time now, debating what to do with them. In the end, I decided to share them on my blog for FREE. The Cool Comfy Throw (originally Cool Cotton Throw) is the first of them to be ready.

While the original design was made with Aunt Lydia's Denim (which is now discontinued), any worsted weight yarn (cotton or acrylic) will work.  The new sample is actually made with Paton's Beehive Baby Sport Yarn to make a finer/softer weave. 

The original afghan was made with worsted weight yarn and measured 42" x 55".

Original Afghan. Photo courtesy of my dear Sister who was the recipient of the Cool Cotton Throw after publication.

Get the Cool Comfy Throw PDF pattern here

This new sample followed the exact pattern, only using a sport weight yarn the measurements were smaller.  Finished design was 34" x 49".  It is the perfect size for a young child.

New Sample.....they look very much the same!!!

This throw works two rows on the same side before turning, which enables you to change colors every row without cutting.  The woven appearance comes from using a double crocheted mesh, followed by a row of treble crochet alternately worked in front and behind the previous rows’ spaces.

Finished Size: 42” x 55”

MATERIALS Yarn: Original Afghan designed with Aunt Lydias Denim, Worsted Weight, 75% cotton/25% acrylic. 
o   Color A – White 1600 yds
o   Color B – Linen 1200 yds
·         Size G crochet hook
·         Safety Pin or stitch holder
·         Yarn needle

GAUGE: chain 22 = 5 inches; first 9 rows = 3 inches

·         Ch = chain
·         Sl st = slip stitch
·         Sc = single crochet
·         Sk = skip
·         Dc = double crochet
·         Lp = loop
·         Trc = treble crochet

Multiple of 4 + 2.
With Color A ch 174.
Row 1: (RS) Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Change to Color B in last sc.
Row 2: Ch 3. Turn. Dc in 2nd st, [ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st] across. Dc in last st. DO NOT TURN. Drop Color B and secure with safety pin (SEE IMAGE 1). At beginning of row, draw up a lp of Color A through 3rd ch of beg ch 3.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, *working behind next ch 1, trc in next sk sc 2 rows down, sc in next dc, working in front of next ch 1, trc in next sk sc 2 rows down, sc in next dc *, rep between *’s across.  Sc in last st drawing up a lp of Color B and dropping Color A. Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until body measures 54 inches long.  At end, cut Color A leaving a 6” length for weaving. Be certain to not cut Color B.

Rnd 1:(SEE IMAGE 2) With Color B ch 1. Turn. Work 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across, 2 sc in last st. Working down side, *[2 sc in ends of dc rows, 1 sc in end of sc rows] across. **. Working in free lps of beg ch, 2 sc in first lp, sc in each lp across, 2 sc in last lp. Working up other side, repeat from * to **. Join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 2: Sl st to next st, ch 1 *[sc, ch 2, dc] in next st, ** sk next st, repeat from * across to first corner st end at **. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc to join. Using yarn needle, weave in loose ends.



Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mr. Snowman Headband FREE Knit Pattern

Even though it is still summer down here on the Coastal Bend....and will be for QUITE SOME TIME.....I can't help but get started on these sweet snowmen headbands!!  It's the newest addition to my FREE patterns available here on the blog.  

You can get the PDF pattern here.

This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, Amy B, and link back to this blog http://amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com/        


WINTER IS HERE!!!  Make one of these Mr. Snowman Headbands for EVERYONE you know!!! You may easily custom fit this headband for any size by measuring the head and subtracting two inches for your finished piece. 

Knitting needles size 8
1.5 oz worsted weight yarn – White
Small amount of worsted weight yarn – Orange and Black
Yarn needle
Two ¾” black buttons

Cast On – CO
Knit – K
Purl – P
Knit 2 together – K2tog

With white, CO 15.
Row 1: (K, P) across
Repeat row 1 until piece measures 19” or desired length.
Bind off, leaving a 12” tail.  Sew ends together.  Finish off by weaving in all tails. 

With orange, CO 5.
Rows 1 and 3: K across.
Rows 2 and 4: P across.
Row 5: K2 tog, k1, k2 tog.
Rows 6 and 8: P across.
Row 7: K across.
Row 9: K2 tog, k1.
Row 10: P across.
Row 11: K2 tog.  Bind off.  Weave in tail at row 1 and finish off.  Leave remaining tail for finishing. 

Place seam centered in back.  Using a 12” length of black yarn, stitch button eyes 2” apart and ½” from the edge of center front headband.

Using remaining tail on carrot nose, place on headband according to picture and stitch around edges, securing it to the headband, weave end in securely. 

For mouth, cut a 36” length of black worsted weight. Stitch the mouth using the picture as a guide.  Weave in all ends securely to the inside of headband.  

Amy B

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mohawk Beanie FREE Crochet Pattern

A few years ago I had a special request for a Mohawk to be added to a Beanie.  I looked around at the patterns available and just didn't like the loose strands of yarn attached to make a fluffy mohawk.  I wanted one that would stand up straight!!  So I set to work to design my own.  I have had much fun with this pattern and I hope you will too!!!  Make them in your local team colors and make a statement at the sporting events!!

You can get the PDF version of the pattern here.

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

Mohawk Beanie
·         Size H and G crochet hooks
·         Worsted (medium) weight yarn, total of 4 oz, 3 colors (CA bold stripe, CB thin stripe, CC contrast on band and Mohawk)
·         Finishing needle

GAUGE: 11 dc = 3”, 4 dc rows = 2”

SIZE:  These are actual measurements, remember beanie WILL stretch so subtract 2” from head size to determine which size hat to make. Measurement does NOT include height of Mohawk.
·         Small (infant) 14” circumference x 6” tall
·         Medium (child) 17” circumference x 7” tall
·         Large (teen/adult) 20” circumference x 8” tall

Small: Rnds 1-2 CA, Rnd 3 CB, Rnds 4-5 CA, Rnd 6 CB, Rnds 7-8 CA, Rnd 9 CB, Rnds 10-11 CA, Rnd 12 CB, Rnd 13 CC, Rnd 14 CB.
Medium: same as small through Rnd 12. Rnd 13 CA, Rnd 14 CC, Rnd 15 CA.
Large: Same as small through Rnd 12. Rnd 13 CA, Rnd14 CC, Rnd 15 CB, Rnd 16 CC, Rnd 17 CA.

BEANIE: Use size H hook and follow stripe sequence above for color order.

Small Size
Rnd 1: Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook. Sl st in top of beg ch 4 to join. (12)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around. Sl st in top of 1st dc to join. (24)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in next st. * 2 dc in next st, dc in next st. Repeat from * around.  Sl st in 1st dc to join. (36)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in next 2 sts. * 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts.  Repeat from * around. Sl st in 1st dc to join. (48)
Rnd 5-11: Ch 1, dc in same st as join and in each st around. Sl st in 1st dc to join. (48)
Rnd 12-14: Ch 1 fphdc around same st as join, bphdc around next st. *Fphdc around next st, bphdc around next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of first fphdc to join. Finish off.

Medium Size:
Rnd 1-4 same as small size.
Rnd 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in next 3 sts.  * 2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st in 1st dc to join.  (60)
Rnd 6-12: Ch 2, dc in same st as join and in each st around. Sl st in 1st dc to join. (60)
Rnd 13-14: Ch 1, fpdc around same st as join, bpdc around next st. * Fpdc around next st, bpdc around next st.  Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of first fpdc to join. (60)
Rnd 15: Ch 1, fphdc around same st as join, bphdc around next st. *Fphdc around next st, bphdc around next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of first fphdc to join. Finish off.
Large Size:
Rnd 1-4 same as small size.
Rnd 5: same as medium size.
Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st in 1st dc t join. (72)
Rnd 7-13: Ch 2, 1 dc in each st around. Sl st in 1st dc to join. (72)
Rnd 14-16: Ch 1, * fpdc next st, bpdc next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first fpdc to join. (72)
Rnd 17: Ch 1, *fphdc next st, bphdc next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first fphdc to join. Finish off. 

MOHAWK use size G hook. I have written this pattern for the small size with other size adjustments in parenthesis. With that said, Mohawk can be made to any length desired by simply changing the length of the sl st ch’s. 
Fold the beanie in half with the seam on the fold, attach CC with a sc in the row above the ribbing as seen in view 1 (this is the back of the beanie).  [Ch 1, sc] evenly along the folded edge of beanie with last sc 3 rows above ribbing in the front. This is the foundation for the Mohawk (See view 2).
w/ size G Hook, Ch 7, (7, 8), turn, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across(this is the sl st ch see view 3), sl st in foundation. Repeat across foundation (see view 4).  I like to have a solid Mohawk without it being overly full so I have 1 sl st ch in each sc of foundation and 2 sl st ch’s  per ch of foundation.  If you would like a thinner Mohawk you will need to eliminate the number of sl st ch’s.  If you would like a bushier Mohawk you will need to add more sl st chains. 
Finish off.  Weave in ends securely.


Amy B

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

End of an Era on Etsy

So I tried my hand at having an Etsy Store.  It wasn't a TOTAL flop.  But it was much toiling without much harvest.  So I've decided that it is time to close it down.  When faced with the question as to what to do with my original patterns I decided that it was time to share them here.....for FREE.  I have put my heart into each one of my designs and more than anything I want people to enjoy my patterns. I hope you will stay tuned as I slowly make the transition.

And as a little bit of bait......I will post pictures of some of the upcoming patterns!!!

Name your favorite pattern in the comments section below and it will help me to prioritize.

Thanks for Stopping by!!!

Be Blessed,
Amy B
Mohawk Beanie

Chain of Hearts Headband/Hat

Petals on Raindrops Pendant

Mr Snowman Headband

Chain of Hearts Scarf
Cool Comfy Throw