Free Pattern :: DIY Dog Toy

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I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.

For me they are the role model for being alive. --- Gilda Radner

Toony loves to play.  When we first adopted her from the Humane Society, she was nervous and chewed through all our other dogs toys in quick order until she got to what we call the mop which is essentially just a rope with knots on either end.

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free pattern :: Crocheted T-shirt Yarn Rag Rug

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My little dog — a heartbeat at my feet. ~Edith Wharton

I love my dogs.  They protect me, watch over me, and provide endless amount of joy and amusement.  Their favorite perch in the house is in the bench window seat of my studio on the second floor of our house.  They love to watch all the action on the street, barking their warning of approaching dogs and humans.  The bench seat was getting a bit torn up by their claws, so I need to add some protection and with my ever growing stash of t shirts, I decided to upcycle them into t-shirt yarn that I could crochet into a rag rag.  I wanted the rug to be substantial, machine washable and yet a  soft spot for my dogs to hang out.  As you can see above, Josie loves her new spot.  Miss Toony was jealous and decided to move in on Josie's territory.  Missing from the pic was their ensuing dog spat of snarling and snapping at each other.  Josie wanted the rug to herself.  

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Free Patterns :: New Projects Using Smoothfoam for Valentine's Day

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Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. ~Albert Einstein

I love Valentine's Day.  It is my favorite holiday.  What's not to love about pink, red, lace, chocolate and smooches???
Here are a small selection of fun Valentine Crafts from the design team for Smoothfoam.  

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Free Pattern :: Zippy Knitting Loom Infinity Scarf

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Knitting not only relaxes me, it also bring a feeling of being at home. -- Magdalena Neuner

I have been knitting for 33 years now, once worked for a yarn company,  owned a yarn shop, so I am a bit jaded when it comes to new knitting products, but I tell you I bought myself a zippy loom and have fallen in love with it.  It's a sturdy plastic loom with 4 pegs, but you can buy more to make a longer board or to create a frame with it, so you may easily knit extra bulky hats and afghans.  

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In the time it took me to watch one episode of Perry Mason (1 hour), I had knit a  scarf that was 130" x 4".  I cast off and stitched the ends together so it made an infinity scarf, which as you can see is really quite flashy fab.  Perfect to wear over a t-shirt with a jean jacket for date night.  

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The key to this scarf is drape.  You want to work with bulky yarns that are lightweight such as a traditional "eye-lash " yarn carried with an acrylic. Bulky wools wools won't have the same drape.

You will need:

1 ball (135 yd) of Lion Brand Jiffy

2 balls (57yd) of Lion Brand Fun Fur

1 Knitting Board zippy Loom

Tape Measure

Scissors

tapestry needle

The directions for casting on, knitting and casting off are included n the kit and are exactly what I did.  They are straight forward and simple.  To see how to videos  and to find other cute quick patterns for the zippy loom.

If your children have learned to finger knit, then move them forward with knitting using the zippy loom.  Be warned, you will go through quite a bit of yarn, so ask friends  if they have nay left over bits in their stash that you may use.  Get several boards and make afghans to donate to your local hospital or senior center.  These warm gifts if knit in acrylic, for ease of washing, will be an appreciated gift.


Free Pattern :: Beginner Level Crochet Baby Hat for Little Hats, Big Hearts

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Our hearts are lamps for ever burning... -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I designed this hat in honor of the American Hearts Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign to bring national attention to Congenital Heart Defects.  Make one for a loved little one, make one to give.  These are simple and quick to make.  A fun Sunday afternoon project.  This is sized for a 16" diameter hat, 6-12 months old.

To get started you will need

2 skeins of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice acrylic yarn, 1 each of  Red and White.
Size G crochet hook
Ruler or tape measure
locking stitch marker
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

Guage: 4 sts and 2.5 rows to the inch.

Stitches you will need to know: Double-crochet, single crochet, slip stitch

Let's crochet!

Start with a magic circle.  But rather than use single crochet stitches. Chain 2 and Double crochet 12 sititches into the circle.  Once finished, tighten the circle.  This closes it firmly at the top.  

Round 1: Add a stitch marker, Ch2,1 dc in the same place,  2Dc into each stitch. Slip stitch the last stitch to the fi=the top of the chain-2 for a total count of 24.  Move stitch marker to beginning of next round.

Round 2: Ch2,  *2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch.* Repeat from *to* , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain-2 for a total of 36 stitches.  Move stitch marker to beginning of next round

Round 3: Ch2, Chain 2, 1 double crochet in the same place, 2 double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total count of 48 stitches.  Move stitch marker to beginning of next round.

Round 4: Ch2, Chain 2, 1 double crochet in the same space, 3 double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches, slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total count of 60 stitches.  The circle should be 5" in diameter.

Ch2, 1 dc into into the same space. 1dc into each stitch fro the entire round, end with a a slip stitch into the top of the Cha2.  Repeat this round until the hat measure 7- 8 inches. At the 6th inch, switch to white and work for 1 inch in white to add a bold horizontal stripe.  

Scallop Edge:  *Skip 1st, 1sc in next st, skip next st, 5 DC in next st.*  Repeat from * to .* End wth a slip stitch to the the first single crochet.

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Heart Embellishment: Use white to match white stripe.

Chain 4. Work 3 tr (triple crochet) into first ch(center), 3 dc into the same space (center)., ch 1, 1 tr into center, ch 1, 3 dc into center, 3 tr into center. Ch 3, sl st into center and fasten off. Use tails to sew heart to the hat.  

Sew in all tails.

Download Our hearts are lamps for ever burning - Excuse the crazy title to this file, but it is a PDF of this pattern for you to download and print.  Happy Crochet!


Free Pattern :: Crocheted Baby Hat

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Babies are such a nice way to start people. ~Don Herrold

I thought I'd start this new year off with a new baby hat pattern.  This sweet and simple to make crochet beanie fits a 6-12 month old and has a 16" circumference. A sweet Dahlia flower is crocheted rght into the hat.

This is a beginner's level of crochet.  You need to to know the magic circle method of beginning and how to crochet a circle.

Your will Need:

1 skein each of Lion's brand Baby Wool (medium worsted/ 4) , pale pink(color A), ceam (color B) and a rose pink (Color C).
Scissors
Tapestry Needle
Crochet hook F ( or size to obtain gauge).

Gauge: 4 sts and 2.5 rows to the inch.

Stitches you will need to know: Double-crochet, single crochet, slip stitch

With Color A:

Start with a magic circle.  But rather than suse single crochet stitches. Chain 2 and Double crochet 12 sititches into the circle.  Once finished, tighten the circle.  This closes it firmly at the top.  

Round 1: Ch2,1 dc in the same place,  2Dc into each stitch. Slip stitch the last stitch to the fi=the top of the chain-2 for a total count of 24

Round 2: Ch2,  *2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch.* Repeat from *to* , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain-2 for a total of 36 stitches.

Round 3: Ch2, Chain 2, 1 double crochet in the same place, *1 double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, 2 double crochet in next stitch.* Repeat from * to *, slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total count of 48 stitches.

HINT: If your circle is not remaining flat. Tighten the magic circle or loosen it up a bit, either way may provide the necessary tension to flatten the circle.  If this doesn't work, try using a different sized hook.

Round 4: Start with color B, Single crochet into next stitch, skip a stitch, 5 DC into next stitch, skip a stitch, * single crochet into the next stitch.  Repeat from * to *.  End with a slip stitch into the first single crochet.

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Round 5: Switch to Color C:1HDC into first stitch, 1SC into next three stitches, 1 hdc into the next stitch and 1 DC into the next two.  Repeat from * to *.  Complete round with a slip stitch to the first single crochet. What you have essentially done is fill infall the spaces around the petals, so you ghould be looking at a flat circle again. 

Round 6: Ch2, 1 dc into into the same space. 1dc into each stitch fro the entire round, end with a a slip stitch into the top of the Cha2.  Repeat this round until the hat measure 7- 8 inches.  Fasten off.  

Weave in all tails.  

This beanie is easy to adapt to a larger or smaller size.  The petal count will be different, but simply star petal after Round 2 for a 0-6 months old hat or add a Round 5 of just pale pink to make it a toddler sized hat.

 

 


how to create filet crochet charts from your own photos.


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I think therefore I am -  René Descartes

Hello!  based on responses from a recent Facebook post, I thought I'd write up a short tutorial on how  to create a custom chart for filet crochet (or knitting) from a personal photo.  As you may know, I had a stroke last year.  This work is for a show I'm building called "Coming Unraveled."  Basically we spend a lifetime building our identites. There is that saying from Cartesian philosophy - " I think, therefore I am."  So the question I pose, is"If you stop thinking, then who the heck are you?!"  This is the bit on coming unravelled.  So I am crocheting a large portrait of myself in filet crochet which when finished.  I will set up a video camera to record a performance of me systematically unraveling the image and creating something new with the image.  That's been my life this past year, a long and difficult journey of accepting that I'm not the same person and that I have to construct a new life and new identity for myself. Make sense so far?

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Free Pattern :: Fingerless Convertible Mittens

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I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

While I understand the sentiment, I can't agree.  I hate winter.  I don't like to be cold or the feel that annual ache I get in my fingers.  Well this year, I decided to be proactive and made myself a pair of fingerless mittens that may be worn indoors or out. They are perfect for when you need to send a quick text and not freeze while waiting for the bus.  I designed them for eHow.com with the beginning knitter in mind.  They are designed to be knitted up on straight needles rather than the usual double points. But then if you are like me and prefer knitting in the round, you could bits in the round, convert back to straight for the thumb gusset if you've never made one and then zip back to double points.  Enjoy!