Sunday, November 22, 2015

Boho Twist Crossbody Bag FREE crochet pattern

EVERYONE needs one of these cute little bags!!!  It is a simple construction and large enough to carry all of your essentials. Worked in the round with a bit of lacy openwork to show off bits of your zippered fabric lining, which I am going to show you how make with a picture tutorial!! 

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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BOHO TWIST CROSSBODY BAG
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SIZE:  8 inches wide x 10 inches tall (excluding strap)

MATERIALS:
·         Aunt Lydias Crochet Cotton Thread/Fashion 3, Size 1, Super Fine, 150 yds each – 2 balls, 300 yds total. You can also use two strands of size 10 cotton held together and get the same results.
·         Size C (2.75 mm) crochet hook
·         One 9 inch all-purpose zipper
·         Two pieces of fabric measuring ½ inch larger (all the way around) than finished crocheted piece.  Approx. 9” x 11”
·         Coordinating Sewing thread, sewing machine (optional) and hand sewing needle.

GAUGE: 6 dc = 1 inch, 3 dc rows = 1 inch

STITCHES AND TERMS USED
·         Ch (chs) – chain (chains)
·         Hdc – half double crochet
·         St (sts) – stitch (stitches)
·         Sl st – slip stitch
·         Beg – beginning
·         BLO – back loop only
·         Trc – treble crochet
·         Tr double cross st – treble double cross stitch: skip 2 sts, trc in next two sts, working behind previous sts, trc in 2 skipped sts.
·         Rsc – reverse single crochet
·         Tr cross st – treble cross stitch: skip next st, trc next st, working behind previous st, trc in skipped st.

BAG
Rnd 1: Ch 45. Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 41 chs.  5 hdc in last ch.  Working down opposite side of ch, hdc in 41 sts across.  3 hdc in last ch.  Sl st in top of beg ch to join.  (92)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, hdc in same st as join. 2 hdc in next st, hdc next 42 sts, 2 hdc in next 4 sts, hdc next 42 sts, 2 hdc next 2 sts. Sl st in top of beg ch 2 to join.  (100)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc next st, 2 hdc next st, hdc next 44 sts, 2 hdc next st, hdc next 5 sts, 2 hdc next st, hdc next 44 sts, 2 hdc next st, hdc last st. Hdc in same st as join.  Sl st in top of beg ch 2 to join.  (105)
Rnd 4: Work in BLO this round only. Ch 1, sc in each st around. Sl st in top of first sc to join.  (105)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, hdc in each st around. Sl st in top of first hdc to join. (105)
Rnds 6-7: Ch 2, hdc in each st around. Sl st in top of beg ch 2 to join.  (105)
Rnd 8: Ch 3, * work tr double cross st, dc next st. Repeat from * around.  Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join.
Rnds 9-25: Repeat Rnd 8 seventeen times.
Rnds 26-29: Ch 2, hdc around. Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join.
Rnd 30: Ch 1, rsc around.  Sl st in first st to join.  Finish off.

STRAP
Leave a long tail at the beginning and end of your strap for sewing it to the bag.
Row 1: Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across.  (4)
Row 2-4: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (4)
Row 5: Ch 3, turn. Tr cross st, dc last st. (4)
Row 6: Ch 1, turn. Sc across.
Repeat rows 5 and 6 fifty five (55) more times (or to desired length).
Last 3 rows: repeat row 6.  Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Set aside strap and begin lining tutorial below.

Cut two pieces of fabric 1/2 inch larger than the finished crochet piece.

Fold over and press 1/2" along the top edge of the fabric.


Pin the zipper to the inside of one lining piece with the zipper pull facing you and the top edge of the zipper (which looks like the bottom edge in this picture) even with the edge of the lining.  It looks backwards, but I promise it is not.

Using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, or carefully by hand, stitch the first side of the zipper to the fabric lining.  Repeat with the other side.

After your zipper has been stitched in it will look like this.  

And this is how it should look on the inside of the lining.

Pin the edges of the lining together like so.

Stitch a half inch seam allowance, then trim the edges down.

You will not be able to stitch all the way to the zipper, that is okay.

Zig Zag around the cut edges to prevent fraying.  This is not absolutely necessary, but I did this because the contrast between my lining and the crochet piece is very stark and any fraying seemed to peek out between the crochet stitches.

Insert the lining into the crocheted piece, line up the end of the zipper with the side of the bag and pin in place.

Do the same thing with the other end of the zipper.  This will hold the lining in place while you get the rest of it pinned.

Pin the lining every 1-1/2 inches to hold secure.

Make sure that your zipper peeks out above the crochet work.

Thread a hand sewing needle with coordinating thread and stitch the bag to the zipper.  Do not go all the way through to the lining, or your stitches will show.  Go slowly and try to just grab the zipper fabric with the needle.

Looks pretty nice, huh??

Using the long tails on the ends of the strap, stitch the strap to the last 4 rows before the rsc row.  

VOILA!!!!  It is finished!!


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Monday, November 9, 2015

Peppermint Stripes Winter Set FREECrochet Pattern

I designed this hat one day MANY years ago for a friend who was an avid snow skier!!  She kept talking about all of the crazy hats that people wear on the slopes and that they help the others in your party to find you.  You can see my original design here. It's not the original hat that I had made her....I think the colors were much more random. Anyhoo.....later on in time our Youth Pastors wife asked me if I could make a scarf and hat set for them to use in a Christmas drama.  She wanted it to be Candy Cane Striped if possible. So this set was born....the stripe sequence was probably different....I have not always been good at taking pictures of my creations so I just went with my instincts for this set and I have to say I am very pleased!!

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


Peppermint Stripes Winter Set
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Materials:
  • Size I crochet hook (5.5mm)
  • Worsted weight yarn, size 4, medium. You will need one 7 ounce skein of Red and one 7 oz skein of white.  You will be able to make both the hat AND the scarf and still have left over yarn.
  • yarn needle
Size: Average Adult size with change to make average child size. 

Gauge: 3 dc rows = 2 inches,  6 dc = 2 inches

Notes:

  • Chain 3 at beginning of each row counts as a stitch.
  • Color changes are done every row. One row/round Red, One row/round white.  For the HAT, DO NOT CUT after each round, but carry the yarn on the inside of the hat and work the extra color into your beginning chain of each round to keep it tidy.  For the SCARF, you will cut the yarn on each row, leaving a 4" tail on each end to work into the fringe.


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
  • sdc - standing double crochet (video at the bottom of the page)
  • ssc - standing single crochet (I do not have a video for this...but if you look at the one for the sdc it is the same concept)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR HAT  

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) Stop here and skip to Round 27 if you want to make a smaller hat for a child.
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. Stop after Round 31 and skip to Round 36 for the child size.
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.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SCARF
The scarf is worked all on one side, no turning your work. You will cut your yarn at the end of the row and reattach at the beginning for the next row leaving a 4 to 6 inch tail at each end.  These tails will not be woven in, instead they are incorporated into the fringe.....unless you don't want fringe then you can just weave away!!! Again, I change colors EVERY row....except the starting chain and row 1 are the only exceptions which I do both the same color.  

Chain 200 (I started with white). Cut yarn at end of chain, leaving a 4 to 6 inch tail.
Row 1: (same color as beginning chain) Working in the back ridge of the chain, attach yarn in the first ch with a ssc, sc across to the end.  Working in the back ridge gives you a nice finished edge....be sure to do this.  
Row 2 and 3: Attach yarn with a sdc in the first st, dc across to the end.
Row 4-12: Repeat rows 1-3.
Row 13: Repeat row 1.

FRINGE: Cut 8-12 inch lengths of yarn.  I take 4 at a time and attach with a half hitch knot across the end of the scarf.

Standing Double Crochet Video



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Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Tale of New Yarn!!! And what to do with HANKS of Yarn!

A little over three years ago I was given the opportunity to teach my oldest sons new Bride how to crochet!  It was such a joy to share something so much a part of my life (other than my son that she married!! lol)  She took to it SO quickly and now puts up with my CONSTANT text messages containing pictures and links to new patterns and pretty yarn that is on sale!!! 

Just last week we were discussing a new pattern I had come across.....I can't tell you what it is in this entry because we are both working on Christmas gifts using said pattern, but if you private message me I might be convinced to share :D......and she was eagerly awaiting the arrival of her yarn so she could start working said pattern. A few days later I received the below picture

  HER YARN HAD ARRIVED....and she was sooooooo excited!!!  You can just see it on her face!!  Such a wonderful fiber and beautiful color she had chosen.  I told her she would need to utilize her newly acquired ball winder to make it into nice and tidy yarn cakes. She was prepared......so she thought!!  A few days later I was talking to my son on the phone and he told me she was having a little trouble with the yarn....it was, as she put it, "the knot from hell" lol  
 If you have ever been in her shoes, I am sure you understand her frustration.  I had not even considered that she had never rolled up yarn from a hank.........MY BAD!!!
This was the picture she sent to show me how far she had come after THREE HOURS of detangling! 
  I knew I needed to intervene with some sort of assistance or she may just give up on her project all together.  So I took a series of pictures.....which I will share at the bottom of the page for any of you who might be wondering, as the title of this post suggests, "What to do with Hanks of Fiber"
Soon I received this picture.  Her hard work had paid off and she had her first yarn cake completed!!!
Right now is the time to CHEER!!!!  WAY TO GO EMILY!!!!!!!

What to do with Hanks of Yarn
When you first take out your hank of yarn it will look something like this. It is a large loop of yarn that has been twisted onto itself and then tucked neatly together.

Carefully untwist the hank and lay it on a flat surface in a big loop like this.

The hank will be tied in at least two places like the picture above.  CAREFULLY remove this tie.  It is usually a fiber different than the yarn it is containing. Try to slip it out without disturbing the flow of the yarn.

If you do not have a swift....you will need someone to hold your yarn like this as you wind.  If you are not lucky enough to have a second set of hands...or you just prefer to do it yourself you can drape it over your bent knees, removing just a few rounds of yarn at a time, rolling it up before removing any more.  This will help you keep from having the "knot from hell".

I hope that you have found this post entertaining and informative.  If you can relate I would love to hear about your "knot from hell" experiences in the comments section.  Or maybe you just want to offer a word of encouragement to my WONDERFUL daughter in law.  We'd love to hear from you!!

Blessings!!
Amy and Emily B