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.

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.  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 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!

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. You can find links to all of them on pinterest here. And be sure to follow me on
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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! 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sampler Afghan Square #9



It seems I'm getting a bit of a late start here this month!  May has so far been filled with Mother's Day, flower beds and gardening, end of school activities, and preparing for our newest venture of starting an in-home therapy program for our daughter.  Today happens to be rainy (I'm very thankful for May showers) - so the gardening is currently on hold and I had some time to finish up the first square post for May.  Hopefully I didn't keep anyone waiting ;-)

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This particular block features the waffle stitch.  It's obviously not hard to see why it's called that ;-)  This pattern utilizes post stitches to creat the pattern - similar to the basketweave square we did a few months ago.  I will say the waffle stitch is slightly simpler than the basketweave square as it only uses front post stitches and the basketweave stitch uses both front and back post stitches.  Post stitches are an excellent way of adding texture to crochet.  I used the waffle stitch in a set of placemats I just finished up and love the result!
waffle stitch placemats
Ok - on to the square #9!


waffle stitch block #9

Square #9

Special Stitches 

front post double crochet (fpdc):  Yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc on the previous row.  Complete as for regular dc.

Foundation ch and row 1:  Ch 32.  Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each remaining ch.  (30 dc)
Row 2:  Ch 2.  Skip first dc, dc in next stitch. * Fpdc in next 2 stitches**, dc in next 2 stitches.  Repeat from * Ending at ** with  one stitch and turning chain remaining.  Dc in next dc, hdc in top of turning ch.  Turn.
Row 3:  Ch 2, skip first stitch.  Fpdc in next stitch. *Dc in next 2 stitches**, fpdc in next 2 stitches.  Repeat from * to last 2 stitches ending at **.  Fpdc in next stitch.  Hdc in top of turning ch.  Turn.
Rows 4-22:  Repeat rows 2 & 3, ending with row 2.
close-up of waffle stitch pattern
So how are your squares coming along?  I'd love to have you share your progress?  And please contact me if you ever have questions on any of the patterns I post.  Oh - and come join me on facebook.  That's a great place to keep up to date on when the new blocks are posted! 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sampler Afghan Square #8

April.  This seemingly quiet month has been full of crazy here.  Taxes, crazy winter-like snowing and lawn mowing in the same week, sick kids....  The sun is out and it is beautiful today though!  Life is beautiful with all of it's ups and downs, it's crazy and calm, it's hots and colds.  Learning to enjoy the ride is still a work in progress for me.

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.  You can find links to all of them on pinterest here.

Alright then, now it's time for April's colorwork square.  Square #8 uses a stitch I've heard called spike stitch or flame stitch.  This is a great stitch to know if you haven't done it before.  Made basically of single crochet stitches, it produces a sturdy, thick fabric.  Using highly contrasting colors it produces an exceptionally striking pattern, if you are into that kind of thing ;-)

Taraduff's crochet-a-long square #8

 Square #8

Special stitches:

Long Single Crochet (Lsc): Draw up a loop in designated stitch, draw loop up to top of row being worked, complete as a single crochet.

Pattern:

Foundation ch and row 1:  With A, ch 26.  Sc in second ch from hook and each remaining ch. (25 sc) Turn.
Row 2-4:  Ch 1.  Sc in each sc across. (At the end of row 4, switch to color C.)
Row 5:  With C, Ch 1.  Sc in first sc.  *Lsc in the next st 1 row below, lsc in the next st 2 rows below, lsc in next st 3 rows below, lsc in next st 4 rows below, lsc in next st 3 rows below, lsc in next st 2 rows below, lsc in next st one row below, sc in next sc.* Repeat this pattern to end of row. Turn.
Rows 6-9:  With C, repeat row 2.  (At the end of row 9, switch to color A)
Row 10:  With A, Ch 1, Lsc in the next st 4 rows below, *lsc in next st 3 rows below, lsc in next stitch 2 rows below, lsc in next stitch 1 row below, sc in next st, lsc in next st 1 row below, lsc in next st 2 rows below, lsc in next st 3 rows below, lsc in next st 4 rows below.* Repeat this pattern for remainder of row.  Turn.
Row 11:  Repeat row 2.
Rows 12-41:  Repeat rows 2-11 ending with row 2. 
Fasten off and weave in ends.
stitch close-up
I have used this pattern in a baby boy sweater once, in pale blue and chocolate brown with football buttons.  It was super cute, although I don't have a pic :-(  I also use it in my laptop sleeves.  I do have a pic of some of those :-)  And the pattern is available here.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope your squares are coming along nicely.  Always feel free to contact me if you have any questions as you are working on your project.  

XOXO - Taralee