Saturday, August 29, 2015

Taraduff's 2015 CAL Sampler Afghan Square #16

August hasn't gone at all like I'd planned.  I went on a little educational trip at the beginning of the month - and when I returned home, I ended up so sick!  I literally spent 2 wks of August in bed very ill.  I couldn't even crochet I was that sick :-(  But it has helped me be a little more greatful for the health that I typically enjoy.  I am a more greatful for being able to care for my husband and children each day.  I'm greatful for being able to get up and care for myself.  There are so many things I seem to have taken for granted until I could no longer do them!  I'm reminded of my mother - she often thought I tried to do too much.  She thought I should slow down and enjoy life a bit more with all of it's wonder.  I think she was right.

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The second square for August is our colorwork square.  It's a wave pattern.  There is some similarity to the chevron pattern in that the stripes move up and down and aren't straight, but the stripes actually go thick and thin across the piece.  It's one of my favorite colorwork patterns.  There are lots of ways to do the striping.  My favorite involves changing colors each row - having all the single crochet rows in one color.  That seems to define the waves more how I like it.  Once you become familiar with this stitch - you'll see lots of variations on how it can be done.  I like it in this baby blanket, especially since there are no ends to weave in.  You knot the ends on each side and have a cute finished fringe edging with little effort.

Easy Finish Reversible Baby Blanket by Taraduff
So I have to put in a disclaimer here for this square.  This square has lots and lots of ends to weave in.  If you hate weaving ends in with a passion, then I would recommend changing up the way you do the stripes.  Simply do more than one row in a color and carry the ends up the sides as you go, like we have done on past squares.  I do prefer this one switching colors every row, so I think it's worth weaving in all those ends on this one square.  This is your blanket though - and I highly recommend doing it however you like, and if those ends are going to drive you crazy - change the stripes and don't think another thing about it!

Block #16

taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #16 Waves

Block #16 Waves

With A, chain 28
Row 1:  Sc in second ch from hook and each remaining ch.  (27 sc) (Switch to C in last sc)  Ch 1, turn.  (Fasten off A)
Row 2:  Sc in first stitch.  *Hdc in next stitch.  Dc in next 3 stitches.  Hdc in next stitch.  Sc in next 3 stitches.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Hdc in next stitch.  Dc in last stitch. (Switch to A in last sc.) (Fasten off C.) Ch 1, turn.
Row 3:  Sc in each stitch across. (27 sc) (Switch to B in last sc). (Fasten off) Ch 3, turn.
Row 4:  Skipping first stitch, *hdc in next stitch.  Sc in next 3 stitches.  Hdc in next stitch.  Dc in next 3 stitches.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Hdc in next stitch.  Sc in last stitch.  (Switch to A in last dc)  (Fasten off)  Ch 1, turn.
Row 5:  Work as for row 3 only switch to C in last sc.
Rows 6-27:  Repeat rows 2-5 ending with row 3.
taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #16 Waves 

Remember to take time to enjoy life and all the things you love!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Taraduff's 2015 CAL Sampler Afghan Square #15

August - the month where my counter is filled with zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, onions - and hopefully tomatoes too soon.  My garden, despite the abundance of weeds, is still producing well.  We've had some strange weather though which has my tomatoes lagging behind.  Let's hope they get with the program soon.  Summer would not be summer without fresh garden tomatoes!!!

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The first square for August is our solid color block.  It's a simple cluster stitch pattern alternating with rows of half double crochet.  This stitch pattern produces a fabric that is mostly solid - the holes remind me of the size you might see in eyelet lace.  It's not a dramatic pattern, but has some nice texture and interest to it.  The finished project featuring this stitch pattern is the Roxette Wristers.  I made these first in a pink version (there's a pic at the end of the post) and my young daughter put them on and said 'conceal, don't feel'.  While they don't in any way resemble Elsa's gloves, it is fun to put them on with her and pretend we have ice magic!

Roxette Wristers designed by Taraduff 2015



 Here's block #15


 
taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #15 simple cluster 




Block #15 Simple Cluster 

Special Stitch
clusterYO, insert hook in next sc, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 lps on hook, YO, insert hook in next sc, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through all 4 lps on hook.

Pattern

Foundation ch and row 1:  Ch 30.  Turn.  Hdc in third ch from hook and in each ch across. (29 hdc)  Turn.
Row 2:  Ch 3 (counts as hdc plus ch 1).  Skip first hdc, *work cluster over next 2 stitches, ch 1.   Repeat from * across until 1 stitch remains.  Hdc in last stitch. (13 clusters) Turn.
Row 3:  Ch 2. (Counts as first hdc)  *Hdc in ch-1 sp, hdc in cluster.  Repeat from * to end of row.  2 hdc in ch-3 space.    (29 hdc)
Rows 4-19:  Repeat rows 2 and 3.

taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #15 simple cluster close-up

So friends, I know I have mentioned this before, but crocheting really is great therapy for me.  I so love picking up a hook and some yarn and mulling over the possibilities.  Creating things is good for the soul, whether you crochet for yourself or others, whether you like to make big things or small things, whether you are a beginner or a long-time advanced crocheter.  We all have this in common.  I truly enjoy sharing what I love with people that love to crochet too.  Thanks for stopping by today.  And I hope the sun is shining and loving you wherever you are!

Roxette Wristers designed by Taraduff 2015



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Taraduff's 2015 CAL Sampler Afghan Square #14

July is almost over (sigh).  Back to school time is getting closer.  It always brings mixed emotions for me.  I get more done while my kids are in school, but I always end up missing them and having the typical 'mom' worries while they're there.  And somehow they get bigger and older every year!  My little ones are growing up!

Well, back to business now.  If you're just joining in, WELCOME!  Click on the following links to get caught up: Introduction, Square #1, Square #2, Square #3, Square #4, Square #5, Square #6, Square #7, Square #8, Square #9, and Square #10, #11, #12, #13  You can find links to all of them on pinterest here. And be sure to follow me on facebook and twitter to get updates when a new square pattern is posted.

Our colorwork block for July is a chevron stitch pattern.  There are many chevron stitch pattern variations, if you do a search on pinterest or google images you'll have a lovely assortment of chevron crochet eye candy for your viewing pleasure!  You can see one example in the bag below.  The Chevron Stripes Shoulder Bag uses a self-patterning yarn to highlight the striping pattern without having to switch your yarn.

Chevron Stripes Shoulder Bag
 Here's block #14!
taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #14 chevron stripes

Block #14 Chevron Stripes  

Do not cut the yarn when switching colors, just drop it and pick up the next color. 

Pattern 

Foundation ch and row 1:  With C, ch 32.  Sc in second ch from hook and each remaining ch.  (31 sc)  Turn.
Row 2:  Ch 1.  Sc in each stitch.  (31 sc)  Turn.
Row 3:  Ch 4 (counts as first tr).  Skip first stitch. *Dc in next 2 stitches.  Hdc in next 2 stitches.  Sc in next stitch.  Hdc in next 2 stitches.  Dc in next 2 stitches.  Tr in next stitch.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Turn.
Row 4:  With A, ch 1.  Make 2 sc in first stitch.  *Sc in next 3 stitches.  Sc3tog over next 3 stitches. Sc in next 3 stitches.** Make 3 sc in next stitch.  Repeat from * 2 times ending at ** on last repeat.  Make 2 sc in top of turning ch.  Turn.
Row 5:  Repeat row 4.
Row 6:  With C, ch 3.  (Counts as first dc).  Dc in first stitch.  *Dc in next 3 stitches.  Dc3tog over next 3 stitches.  Dc in next 3 stitches.**  Make 3 dc in next stitch.  Repeat from * 2 times ending at ** on last repeat.  Make 2 dc in top of last stitch.  Turn.
Row 7:  Repeat row 6.
Rows 8-17:  Repeat rows 4-7, ending with row 5.
Row 18:  With C, ch 1.  Sc in first stitch.  *Hdc in next 2 stitches.  Dc in next 2 stitches.  Tr in next stitch.  Dc in next 2 stitches.  Hdc in next 2 stitches.  Sc in next stitch.  Repeat from * 2 times.  Turn.
Row 19, 20:  Ch 1.  Sc in each stitch. (31 sc)  Turn.
Fasten off and weave in ends after row 20.

taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #14 chevron stripes close-up
So I've been mulling around ideas for a 2016 crochet-a-long project.  I enjoy doing the squares since we get to do a new stitch each time and we'll have a nice throw at the end.  Shall I do another blanket?  Or something else perhaps?  I'd love to see your suggestions in the comments.  Please, don't be shy crochet friends, tell me all your crochet-a-long dreams ;-) 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Taraduff's 2015 CAL Sampler Afghan Square #13

I hope July finds you healthy and happy!  June went by in a whirlwind for me.  I think I need more crocheting in my life.  It helps keep me grounded amidst the chaos that life brings.  I can sit down in a quiet place with some yarn and a hook and I have endless possibilities!  I think my daughter feels that way about her playdough.  Recently she has been going down to her playroom and making treasures out of her playdough literally all day long.  She is on the autism spectrum, and sometimes life is just too much for her.  Making things out of her playdough in a quiet, peaceful room seems to help her bring herself back into balance and to a place where she can once again come up and interact with us.  I get it.

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Our first square for July is our solid square.  The stitch pattern for this is a basic cluster stitch pattern.  It produces a fairly solid fabric - although it's not thick and sturdy like the waffle or basketweave stitch patterns done in previous blocks.  It has more drape and flexibility to it without the 'holey' look that is characteristic of some crochet stitch patterns.  I love how it turned out in this Felicity Headwrap.

Felicity Headwrap

Here's block #13.  Did you catch that number?  #13 out of 24.  You're more than halfway there now!

taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #13 cluster stitch pattern

Block #13 Clusters

Special Stitch

cluster:  (Yo, insert hook in ch sp and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times.  Yo and pull through all 4 loops.

Pattern

Foundation Ch and Row 1:  Ch 30.  Sc in second ch from hook.  *Ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Turn
Row 2:  Ch 3. Work cluster in next ch-1 sp.  *Ch 1, work cluster in next ch-1 sp.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Dc in last sc.  (14 clusters) Turn.
Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first dc.  Ch 1, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1.  repeat from * to end of row.  Sc in top of turning ch.
Rows 4-21:  Repeat rows 2 & 3.



taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #13 cluster stitch pattern close-up



What things do you like to do to bring yourself back into balance?  Share in the comments!



taraduff Felicity Headwrap selfie

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Taraduff's 2015 CAL Sampler Afghan Square #12

I don't know about you but we have had some HOT weather here!  I would love to just sit around all day in my air-conditioned house crocheting - and maybe eating ice cream ;-)  I won a gift card for some schwann's food a month or so ago.  Since then, somehow we always end up with some yummy ice cream treats in our freezer.  I wish I could say they are just for the kids, but they aren't.  They certainly hit the spot on a sizzling summer day!

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The second block for June is our colorwork square.  This square features a stitch pattern often referred to as the 'larksfoot stitch'.  I love the pattern it creates with contrasting colors.  Similar in characteristics as June's first block, it is a lacey block that would work great for wraps, scarves, skirts, or tops.  It would not however be a good choice for something like a potholder where you want it thick and dense.  Below you can see how it turned out in the Endless Oasis Infinity Scarf.

Endless Oasis Infinity Scarf

taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #12 larksfoot stitch pattern

Block #12 Larksfoot Stitch

Begin this square with C.  Work first 3 rows with C. Change to B and work 2 rows, then switch back to C and work 2 rows.  Continue changing colors every two rows for entire square.  Do not cut the yarn when switching colors, just drop it and pick up the next color.

Foundation Ch and Row 1:  Ch 26.  Sc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch.  (25 sc).  Turn.
Row 2:  Ch 3 (counts as dc in this and all other rows).  Skip first stitch.  *Dc in next 3 stitches.  Ch 1.  Skip next st.  Repeat from * across until 4 stitches remain.  Dc in each remaining stitch.  Turn.
Row 3:  Ch 3.  Skip first stitch.  *Dc in next 3 dc.  Ch 1.  Repeat from * until 4 stitches remain. Dc in each dc.  Dc in top of turning ch.  Turn.
Row 4:  Ch 3.  skip first dc.  Dc in next dc.  *Ch 1, skip next dc.  Dc in next dc.**  Working over stitches in previous row,  make 1 long dc in ch-1 space 2 rows below.  Dc in next dc.  Repeat from * across, ending last repeat at **.  Dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 5:  Ch 3, skip first dc.  Dc in next dc.  Ch 1.  *Dc in next 3 dc, ch 1.  Repeat from * across until 2 stitches remain.  Dc in next dc.  Dc in top of turning ch.  Turn.
Row 6:  Ch 3, skip first dc.  Dc in next dc.  *Working over stitches in previous row, make 1 long dc in ch-1 space 2 rows below.  Dc in next dc.**  Ch 1, skip next dc.  Dc in next dc.  Repeat from * across ending last repeat at **.  Dc in top of turning ch.  Turn.
Row 7:  Ch 3, skip first dc.  *Dc in next 3 dc.  Ch 1.  Repeat from * until 4 stitches remain.  Dc in next 3 dc.  Dc in top of turning ch.  Turn.
Rows 8 - 17:  Repeat rows 4-7 for pattern ending with row 5.  Do not change color at the end of row 17.
Row 19:  Ch 1.  Sc in each stitch.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #12 larksfoot stitch pattern close-up
So crochet friends, I confessed my ice cream secret.  Share what treat/activity you most like on a super hot summer day!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Taraduff's 2015 CAL Sampler Afghan Square #11

It's June and my kids are all now out of school!  I'm super glad for summer days that I can sleep in, or I more accurately I should say let my kids sleep in while I get up and enjoy some quiet and hopefully productive time before they get up!  There are so many things I love about summer, I hope you do too!

If you're just joining in, WELCOME!  Click on the following links to get caught up: Introduction, Square #1, Square #2, Square #3, Square #4, Square #5, Square #6, Square #7, Square #8, Square #9, and Square #10. You can find links to all of them on pinterest here. 

Our first square for June is an interesting tall fan pattern.  Most of the patterns thus far have been for fairly solid blocks.  This one is less solid and is more like lace.  I love how it turned out in my Pollyanna Poncho.
Pollyanna Poncho by taraduff 2015

 So I believe the name of this particular stitch pattern is 'tall fans'.  It uses basic stitches throughout.  The one unique thing about this stitch pattern is the way you work the sc on row 3.  Instead of working into the stitch or space from the previous row, you will actually be working it down into the space 2 rows below.  So by working in the space 2 rows below, you will be working the actual single crochet around the two previous rows.  This pulls the rows together to create the grouping of the shells from 3 rows which makes it into a tall fan instead of just 3 rows of shells.  It may sound complicated, but it's easy peasy, I pink swear ;-)  Just follow along the pattern.  If you run into a question, please ask!  Comment here or send me a message via facebook or twitter.
taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #11 tall fans stitch pattern

Block #11  Tall Fans

Special stitch:
Shell:  2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same space.

Pattern

Foundation Ch and Row 1:  Ch 33  Make 2 dc in 5th ch from hook.  Ch 1, 2 dc in next ch.  *Skip next 3 ch, 2 dc in next ch, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch.  Repeat from * across until 2 ch remain. Skip next ch.  Dc in last ch.  Turn.
Row 2:  Ch 3.  Work shell in each ch-1 space across.  Work dc in top of turning ch. Turn.
Row 3:  Ch 3, turn.  Work shell in ch-1 sp of next shell.  *Ch 2, sc tightly around space between shells of last 2 rows, ch 2, work shell in ch-1 sp of next shell.  Repeat from * across.  Dc in top of turning ch.  Turn.
Rows 4-5:  Repeat row 2.
Rows 6:  Repeat row 3.
Rows 7-15:  Repeat rows 4-6.
Row 16:  Ch 4.  *Make 2 sc in ch-1 sp of next shell, ch 3.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Sc in top of turning ch.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #11 close up of tall fans stitch pattern
Here's a peak at the square #12, coming soon!

taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #12 larksfoot stitch

Ok lovely crochet friends, please comment tell me what you think of this new tall fans stitch pattern?  What kinds of projects would you use it for? 

 















Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sampler Square #10

Hi friends!  It's been so wet and rainy here, holey moley!  We were taking flowers to my mother's grave yesterday (for 'Decoration Day' as she always referred to it) and drove through a crazy-sauce storm!  We were seriously worried our windshield might break!  My husband and I were disagreeing on whether it was sleet or hail.  The road was a slushy slippery slope in no time.  We were glad to get through it with our windshield still intact and find the sun shining at the cemetery!

Right, now onto business.  If you're just joining in, WELCOME!  Click on the following links to get caught up: Introduction, Square #1, Square #2, Square #3, Square #4, Square #5, Square #6, Square #7, Square #8, Square #9 You can find links to all of them on pinterest here.  

May's colorwork square uses a stitch that is commonly referred to as a moss, granite, or linen stitch.  If you search any of those terms on pinterest (include the word crochet too) you will find all sorts of beautiful crochet goodness that you can make using this stitch.  It uses single crochet and chain stitches to produce a relatively solid fabric that has much more stretch to it than you would have from a solid basic single crochet fabric.  I have made scarves with it with some fun colors.  My most recent project with this stitch was a rather large afghan.  I admit I had intended for it to be a smaller lapghan, but was in the car on a road trip when I started it and it somehow ended up queen size.  I do love how it turned out though.   It's called the Cambric Comforter.
 
Cambric Comforter moss, granite, linen stitch afghan

taraduff sampler afghan square #10

 Square #10


For this block, begin with color A.  Color changes occur at the end of each row.  The color pattern is A-B-C-A-B-C-A-B-C... etc.  When a color change is indicated simply switch to the next color in the pattern.  Do not cut the ends when changing colors.  The old color is simple dropped and the new color picked up.  Only fasten yarn off when the square is complete. 

Pattern

Foundation Chain: With color A, chain 34
Row 1:  Sc in second chain from hook.  *Chain one.  Skip next chain, sc in next ch.  Repeat from * for remainder of row, switching colors in last sc.  Ch 1, turn.
Row 2:  Sc in first sc.  Sc in next ch sp.  *Ch 1.  Sc in next ch sp.  Repeat from * until 1 stitch remains.  Sc in last stitch switching colors.  Ch 1, turn. 
Row 3:  Sc in first sc.  Ch 1.  *Skip next sc, sc in next ch sp. Repeat from * to last ch sp.  Ch 1.  Skip next sc, sc in last sc switching colors.  Ch 1, turn.
Rows 4-34:  Repeat rows 2 & 3, ending with row 2 and color A.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
close-up of crochet moss, granite, or linen stitch
You're all caught up on your squares right?  We now have 10 out of the 24 squares done.  We'll be finished in no time!

I shared my road trip afghan with you.  Do you craft while traveling?  I'd love to hear about what you do to keep yourself occupied while traveling!