Friday, January 15, 2016

CROCHET PATTERN - Winter Bloom Afghan Square

This lacy, scalloped square reminded me of a large flower beginning to bloom.  It was designed specifically for Moogly's 2016 CAL
When you make one, please share your lovely work on my Facebook page!  Enjoy!

Yarn:  3 colors of worsted weight yarn.
Sample shown using Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in #109 Colonial Blue (A), #125 Taupe (B) and #123 Beige (C).

Materials:  I/9 (5.5mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors

Size:  12” afghan square

Gauge:  7 hdc and 4 rows = 2”

Difficulty:  Easy

Stitch Guide:  BL - back loop, ch - chain, hdc - half double crochet, dc - double crochet, sc - single crochet, sl st - slip stitch, st(s) - stitch(es)

Note:  A ch-3 at the beginning of a round counts as a dc.

Instructions:

With color A, make magic ring.
Round 1:  Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch-1 now and throughout), [dc, ch 1] in ring 7 times, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4 — 8 dc, 8 ch-1 spaces.

Round 2:  Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3; fasten off A — 4 sc, 4 3-dc groups, 8 ch-1 spaces.

Round 3:  With color B, join yarn in 2nd dc of any 3-dc group, ch 4, dc in same st, ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1] twice, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in 2nd dc of next 3-dc group, ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1] twice; repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4 — 16 ch-1 spaces, 24 dc.

Round 4:  Sl st into corner ch-1 space, ch 3, 4 dc in same space, sl st in next ch-1 space, *5 dc in next ch-1 space, sl st in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3; fasten off B — 8 sl st, 8 5-dc groups.

Round 5:  With color C, join yarn with a sc in BL of 3rd dc of any corner 5-dc group, ch 1, sc in BL of same st, *sc in BL of next 2 dc, hdc in next sl st, sc in BL of next 5 dc, hdc in next sl st, sc in BL of next 2 dc**, (sc, ch 1, sc) in BL of next dc; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, sl st to 1st sc; fasten off C — 44 sc, 8 hdc, 4 ch-1 spaces.

Round 6:  With color A, join yarn in any corner ch-1 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same space, ch 1, 3 dc in next hdc, ch 1, sc in 3rd sc, ch 1, 3 dc in next hdc, ch 1, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in corner ch-1 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next hdc, ch 1, sc in 3rd sc, ch 1, 3 dc in next hdc, ch 1; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3 — 4 sc, 40 dc, 20 ch-1 spaces.

Round 7:  Sl st in next dc and into corner ch-1 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same space, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, sc in 2nd dc of next 3-dc group, ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1] twice, sc in 2nd dc of next 3-dc group, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-1 space, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, sc in 2nd dc of next 3-dc group, ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1] twice, sc in 2nd dc of next 3-dc group, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3; fasten off A — 8 sc, 40 dc, 32 ch-spaces.



Round 8:  With color B, join yarn in any corner ch-2 space, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same space, sc in next ch-1 space, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, sc in next ch-1 space, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 space, sc in next ch-1 space, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, sc in next ch-1 space, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 space, sc in next ch-1 space, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, sc in next ch-1 space, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 space, sc in next ch-1 space, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3 — 16 sc, 56 dc, 16 ch-1 spaces.

Round 9:  Sl st in next 2 dc and into corner ch-2 space, ch 3, 6 dc in same space, [sl st in next sc, 5 dc in next ch-1 space] 3 times, sl st in next sc, *7 dc in next corner ch-2 space, [sl st in next sc, 5 dc in next ch-1 space] 3 times, sl st in next sc; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3; fasten off B — 16 sl st, 12 5-dc groups, 4 7-dc groups.

Round 10:  With color C, join yarn with a sc in BL of 4th dc of any corner 7-dc group, ch 2, sc in BL of same st, sc in BL of next 3 dc, [hdc in next sl st, sc in BL of next 5 dc] 3 times, hdc in next sl st, sc in BL of next 3 dc, *sc in BL of next dc, ch 2, sc in BL of same st, sc in BL of next 3 dc, [hdc in next sl st, sc in BL of next 5 dc] 3 times, hdc in next sl st, sc in BL of next 3 dc; repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc; fasten off C — 92 sc, 16 hdc, 4 ch-2 spaces.

Round 11:  With color A, join yarn in any corner ch-2 space, ch 4 (counts as hdc, ch-2), hdc in same space, hdc in next 4 sc, [dc in next hdc, hdc in next 5 sc] 3 times, dc in next hdc, hdc in next 4 sc, *(hdc, ch 2, hdc) in corner ch-2 space, hdc in next 4 sc, [dc in next hdc, hdc in next 5 sc] 3 times, dc in next hdc, hdc in next 4 sc; repeat from * around, sl st to 2nd ch of beginning ch-4 — 100 hdc, 16 dc, 4 ch-2 spaces.

Round 12:  Sl st into corner ch-2 space, ch 5 (counts as dc, ch-2), dc in same space, dc in next 29 sts, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in corner ch-2 space, dc in next 29 sts; repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-5; fasten off A — 124 dc, 4 ch-2 spaces.

Finishing
Weave in all ends.
Block to 12” square.

CLICK HERE to download a French version of this pattern!  Thank you, Veronica! :)







Saturday, January 2, 2016

CROCHET PATTERN - Amy Cowl

This moebius cowl was designed for a good friend. She  lives in a place that doesn’t get cold often, so I wanted to create something soft and light for her.  This elegant cowl is a quick and easy project.

Materials:  J/10 (6.0 mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors

Yarn:  200 yards of light worsted yarn. 
Sample shown using Knit Picks “Preciosa” in Tortuga.

Finished Size:  7” wide x 22” long (looped)

Gauge:  8 DC and 4 rows = 2” (If your gauge is bigger, that’s fine!)

Difficulty:  Easy

Stitch Guide:  CH - chain, DC - double crochet, SC - single crochet, SL ST - slip stitch, ST(S) - stitch(es)

Special Stitches
Shell = 5 DC in designated stitch or space
V-ST (v stitch) = (DC, CH 3, DC) in designated stitch

Notes
  1. This cowl is made with a half twist (moebius).  Please make sure to read the first 2 rounds carefully.
  2. To make your scarf longer or shorter, increase or decrease the starting chain in multiples of 5.
  3. A CH-3 at the beginning of a round counts as a DC.


Instructions:

CH 159, loosely.
Careful not to twist starting chain, join to 1st CH to form a ring.
Round 1:  CH 1, SC in same ST, *CH 4, skip next 4 CHS, SC in next CH; repeat from * until you get back to the 1st ST.  DO NOT JOIN HERE.  Flip piece toward you & work next SC on the opposite side of the starting chain. (The SC sts will line up.  SEE PICS.)  Continue the [CH 4, skip next 4 CHS, SC in next CH] around to last 4 STS, CH 4, join to 1st SC with a SL ST — 64 CH-4 spaces.


Round 2:  CH 1, Shell in each CH-4 space all the way around, join with SL ST to the CH-1 — 64 Shells.
* Technically, you are working around the cowl twice per round. You have completed the round when you crochet around both sides of the cowl & return to the starting CH-1.  After Round 2, it will look like you have completed 4 rounds.  At the end, it will look like you have completed 12 rounds.
Round 3:  SL ST in next 3 DC, CH 6 (counts as DC + CH-3), DC in same ST, *V-ST in 3rd DC of next Shell; repeat from * around, join to 3rd CH of beginning CH-6 — 64 V-ST.
Round 4:  SL ST into CH-3 space, CH 3, 4 DC in same space, Shell in CH-3 space of each V-ST around, join — 64 Shells.
Round 5:  SL ST in next 2 DC, CH 6 (counts as DC + CH-3), DC in same ST, V-ST in 3rd DC of each Shell around, join — 64 V-ST.
Round 6:  SL ST into CH-3 space, CH 3, 4 DC in same space, Shell in CH-3 space of each V-ST around, join — 64 Shells.
Fasten off, weave in ends.  Wear scarf single- or double-looped around your neck.  Enjoy!  




Happy Crocheting!  :)  Danyel