Saturday, July 19, 2014

Crochet Graph Patterns Collection

These are graph patterns that I designed.
I wanted to learn how to stitch a crochet graph pattern.
And these are what I came up with.

I really enjoyed designing these
 graph crochet patterns
 and hope you do do.
And I discovered it is really
 quite simple and fun.

The Love Stamp was actually one of the first graph
 patterns I designed, so it is a little rough.
Then I did the Oklahoma and Colorado graphs.
And Of course the Dog Sweaters last.






I have used the graphs to make pillows,
 blankets, jackets and  and all sorts of fun things.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Firecracker Shrug Free Crochet Pattern -

Please pop over to 
and Add this to your favorites.

We will Start with the Body of the Shrug- a large rectangle
30 X 22 inches

Skill- Easy

Materials  - Hook -J
Yarn- 2 Skeins of I Love This yarn - Firecracker
By Hobby Lobby -This yarn has natural striping effect.
(scroll down-there is a pic of the yarn)

Stitches -
Chain   (ch)
Half Double Crochet ( hdc)
Double Crochet  (dc)

Note: Ch 1 at end of rows does not count as a st

Pattern:
Step 1 - The Body or rectangle of the Shrug
 R : 1 - Ch 53, 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across, ch1 turn
(52 hd)

R : 2 - 1 hdc in each hdc, ch 1 turn, ( 52 hdc)

R : 3 - 1 dc in the 1st 2 sts, *ch1, sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st,* Repeat across till the last 2 sts, 1 dc in the last 2 sts, ch 1, turn.

R : 4 - 1 dc in the 1st 2 dc, 2 dc in the 1st ch1 space and in each ch1 space across, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc, ch1, turn.

R : 5 -1 dc in the 1st 2 dc, 2 dc in between the next 2 dc , and in between the 2dc across, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc, ch 1 turn

R : 6 - 1 hdc in the 1st 2 dc, *1 hdc in the space before the 1st 2 dc, 1 hdc in between the next 2 dc*, Repeat from * to * across, 1 hdc in each of the last 2 dc, ch 1 turn.

R : 7 - 1 hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn ( 52 hdc)


Repeat R : 2-7, 9 times , cut off yarn and weave in your end.

Step 2-  the hem- Fold Rectangle in half, Starting at the  back left  of rectangle, attach yarn, stitch 1 hdc in each row across, then stitch 1 hdc in row across the front, join to 1 st hdc, ch1

Stitch 3 more rows of hdc around the bottom of the Shrug. Tie off and weave in your end.


Step 3 - The Sleeves.
Join yarn to the first armpit of the of the shrug, and hdc evenly around the arm opening,
be sure to st loosely so it doesn't pucker. join to the 1st hdc, ch 1.

Crochet 2 more rows of had around the sleeve.

Now Repeat Step 3 for the other arm.
And That is IT!
This is the perfect shrug
 for wearing over a strapless or sleeveless dress.
 With a t-shirt and jeans. It can be casual or elegant.
I designed this shrug, because I wanted it to go over 
a new "little black dress" and I love it.
Here is the end of the skein close up!


And I am totally in love with this yarn.
It is Hobby Lobby's I love This yarn -Fire cracker.
 It is black with bright yarn twisted together, 
and has a natural striping effect.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Men's Summer Beanie Crochet Pattern

Super Easy and Super 
Quick Men's Summer Beanie,
Or Slouchy Beanie.

Please, head over to 
Ravelry
And Add this pattern 
to your favorites.

I was putting together a collection 
of Crochet patterns of Summer Hats
 for men and just could 
not find very many.

I decided to write one for my hubby.
And This is what I came up with.

Men's Summer Beanie Crochet Pattern

Fits a 18-19 inch head.

Skill- Super Easy

Materials -
Hook- I
Yarn - Worsted Weight ( 4) Variegated yarn (about 3 ozs)
small amount of a Solid Coordinating yarn for hat band.
                I used Red Heart Stripes - Sonoma
 and Med. Brown - Super saver

Stitches:
Chain   ( Ch )
Slip Stitch  ( sl st )
Double Crochet ( dc )
Half Double Crochet  ( hdc )

Note: Ch 3 counts as the 1st st of the next round.

Start with a magic Circle - Link

R : 1 - Ch 3, counts as 1st dc, 9 dc in the magic circle, join, 
to ch3 with a sl st,(10 dc)

R : 2 - Ch3, 2 dc in each dc around, join, ( 20 dc)

R : 3 - Ch3, 1 dc in the same st, *1 dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st*,
Repeat from * to * around, join, (30dc)

R : 4 - Ch3, 1 dc in the same st, *1 dc in the next 2 st, 2 dc in the next st*,
Repeat from * to * around, join, (40dc)

R : 5 - Ch3, 1 dc in the same st, *1 dc in the next 3 st, 2 dc in the next st*,
Repeat from * to * around, join, (50dc)

R : 6 - 1 dc in each dc around, join, ( 50 dc)

R : 7 - Ch 4, sk the next dc, *dc in the next st, ch 1, skip the next st*
Repeat From * to * around, join, ( 50sts)

R : 8 - Ch 3, 1 dc in the 1st st, *1 dc in the ch 1 space, 1 dc in the nest dc*,
Repeat From * to * around, join, ( 50 sts)

R : 9-14 - Repeat R : 7 and 8, alternating the rounds

If you want the beanie to be a slouchy beanie, 
just add a few more rounds of R: 7 and 8.

R : 15 - Change to solid yarn, 1 hdc in each dc, join ( 50hdc)

R : 16 - 1 hdc in each st, join (50hdc)

R : 17 - 1 hdc in each st, join, and tie off, weave in ends.(50 hdc)

It is so easy and quick you can 
whip one up in about 30 minutes!!

I think the ladies would even like these, 
made with some pretty bright colors.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Cross For Momma's Bible

A Year Ago Today, My Precious Momma 
moved from Earth, to her Heavenly home.
I  miss her so much, her voice, her laugh, 
and her hugs and smiles.
Yesterday while dusting, I came across her Bible.
No one loved the Bible  more then my Momma.
 It is all underlined and the margins are full of notes.
her hand writing is a little messy,
and looks a lot like mine. 

I say her Bible, 
But she had quite a few through the years, 
She would read them until they fell apart, 
then she would tuck them in a drawer 
and get another one.

As I run my hand across the pages, 
outlining the verses she marked, with my finger, 
I close my eyes and listen, I can hear to her voice,
 reading the some of her favorite passages out loud.

Psalm 37:4(KJV)

Delight thyself also in the Lord
and he shall give thee the 
desires of thine heart."

She would Say, 
" This Bible is God's love letter to his children."

I decided to make Cross Book mark to put
 in Momma's Bible.
This is were I got the pattern:
I used Cotton Yarn and a F hook
The pattern can be made 
with any yarn or thread.

I Love that the pattern is worked in 1 piece,
working around the ends,
instead of adding each end.
Not so many ends to weave in.

I added the little pink rose, 
as pink was her favorite color.

It made me feel better to read her
Bible and make 
the bookmark to put in the Bible.

I'll See you when I get to heaven,
Momma, 
and yours better be the first face I see."

I Love you.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How To Add A Lace Ruffle Yarn To A Tank Top

Isn't This Gorgeous.
It is really easy to to do.

Here is a Picture tutorial 
on How I did it.

OH, It only took me about
 30 minutes to do!
All you need To add a 
Lace Ruffle to a tank top is:
A Tank Top
Lace Ruffle yarn
Worsted Weight yarn to match
A Crochet hook (H)
And a yarn needle
 Step 1 : Thread the yarn on the needle,
and blanket stitch loosely around the neck of the T-shirt.
Each Stitch should be about a 1/2 inch.
If you don't know how to blanket stitch here is link to help you:
How to Blanket Stitch

 Lay out your lace Ruffle yarn, so it is easier to work with.
 You will be working on the side next to the hook.

Step 2: Adding the lace Ruffle Yarn.




 If you want more ruffle, then add more loops on your hook,
 if you want less ruffle then add less loops on your hook.

Some of the T-Shirts I have made, I have added less ruffles on the back of the shirt
 and more ruffles on the front of the shirt.
When you reach the end, over lap your ruffle yarns and
 tie off with a knot, making sure the knot if under the ruffle.
You can also sew a few stitches to make sure
 your knot does not come undone.

It would also look really pretty to add a 
row of ruffle on the hem of the T-shirt.

Just remember to place your Blanket Stitches loosely 
so it will still have a little stretch.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Whale Tissue Box Cover By Moogly

The moment I saw this 
Crochet Pattern, 
 I knew I had to make
 one for my Guest Bathroom!
It is adorable, fun!
And Whimsical!

My upstairs guest Bathroom is
 decorated in beige and light teals, 
so I knew the yarn I chose, 
would be perfect.

The yarn is Vanna's Choice - 
Colors, Blue Lagoon
It has a slight striping effect and 
has a really pretty sheen to it.
It took almost 2 full skeins to 
make the whale. About 5ozs.

Now For the Pattern:
It is Written and Designed By 
Moogly
and can be found here:
Don't you just love the name???

It is a easy to follow, 
well written pattern.
 I made it in about 2 hours,
 but I had a few interruptions 
from a 22 month
 old grand daughter. 
I didn't mind.
Here is mine close up.
I did made a crochet eye in place
 of the safety eye.
I was out of safety eyes.
It was really fin to make 
and I think it adds just
 a touch of fun 
and cuteness to my
 guest bathroom.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

ZAC Hat - Children's Summer Bucket Hat Crochet Pattern

I have 3 Grand kids -
 Ages 6, 5 and almost 2, 
and all 3
 have the same size head - 
19 inches.
1 boy and 2 girls -

This hat is the perfect hat 
for
 both boy and girls.

So I designed a 
Fun Summer Bucket Hat 
pattern for them. 

The ZAC Hat 
It is the first Initial of 
each of there names.
It is a Cotton Bucket hat.

Hat fits a 18 to 19 inch head.
Skill - Easy

Materials 
Hook - I
Yarn -  1   ball cotton yarn ( C1)
1/2 ball 2 other  cotton yarns ( C2, C3)
 ( I used Bernat Cotton yarn, 
but any cotton yarn will work)
Yarn needle - For weaving in ends. 

Stitches -
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitches ( sl st)
Single Crochet ( sc)
Half Double Crochet ( hdc)
Double Crochet ( dc)

Gauge - 3 dc = 1 inch 

Note -  Ch 3 at ends of rows counts as a stitch unless otherwise stated.


R : 1 - With C2, Ch 2, 10 dc in the 2nd ch from the hook, join with a sl st, ch3 ( 10 dc)


R : 2 - 1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in each dc around, join, ch 3 ( 20 dc)


R : 3 - 1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in each dc around, join, ch 3 ( 40 dc)


R : 4 -  1 dc in the next 2dc, *2 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in the next 2dc*, 
Repeat from * to * around, join, ch 3 (53 dc)


The top of your hat should be nice and flat.
R : 5 - Change to C3 yarn,  Leaving  the C2 yarn attached.
Working  in the FRONT loops only of R: 5,  sl st in each dc around, join, ch1( 66 sl st)


R : 6 - Working in the sl sts from R : 6, 1 sl st in each sl st around, join,
 tie off, weave in your end.( 66 sl st)


R : 7 - Changing to C1, Working in the BACK Loops of R : 5, 
ch 3, 1 dc in each dc around, join, ch 3( 53 dc)


R : 8 - 10 - 1 dc in each dc around, join, ch 3( 53 dc)


R : 11 - Change to C2 yarn, Leaving  C1 yarn attached, 
1 hdc in each dc around, join, ch 2 ( 53 hdc)


R : 12 - 1 hdc in each hdc, join, tie off, weave in the  ends.( 53 hdc)


R : 13 - Change back to C1, ch 3, *1 dc in the next hdc, 2 dc in the next hdc*, 
Repeat From * to * around brim of the hat, join, ch 3, ( 79 dc)


R : 14  - 1 dc in each dc, join, ch3 ( 79dc)


R : 15 - Change to C3, 1sc  in each dc, join, tie off.( 79dc)


The perfect children's 
Summer Hat. 
No Sunburns and 
a light cool hat,
 that is completely 
washable.

Plus, you can whip 
one up in about an hour.