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

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sampler Afghan Square #7


It's time for the next block!  Square #7 is our solid block for April.  This one is easy peasy, I promise!  It only uses chain, single crochet, and treble crochet stitches.  This stitch makes a solid fabric with nice bumpy texture to add some interest to your project. 

For first timers - you can find the introduction to the project here.  And following are links to squares #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6.  You can also find all the square patterns on this pinterest board'





Block #7  
Foundation ch and row 1:  Ch 28.  Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across (27 sc) Turn.
Row 2:  Ch 1.  Sc in first sc.  *Tr in next sc, sc in next sc.  Repeat from * across.  (27 stitches)  Turn.
Row 3:  Ch 1.  Sc in each sc across.  (27 sc)  Turn.
Rows 4-27:  Repeat rows 2 & 3.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
close up of stitch pattern

This stitch pattern is used in the body of this headwarmer.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sampler Crochet-A-Long Square #6

I'm so glad the sun is shining today!  We received some very sad news yesterday.  I'm reminded to count my blessings every single day.  The sun shining is definitely one of those blessings.  Life is fragile - be kind to those you come in contact with.  Pass less judgement and love and enjoy life more!

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.

Block #6 is our colorwork square for March.  While the stitches used in the block are very basic, it is the placement that creates the fun alternating blocks of color. This stitch pattern creates a fairly thick fabric, excellent for any project where you want something that holds it's shape well.  I used it in this convertible hat/cowl.
You might be seeing this guy a lot here, he's a handy model :-)
One thing to note on this one - it uses 3 colors so you change colors at the end/beginning of each row.  Just drop the previous color and leave it there, you will pick it up again when you get back to that side. Once you've started all the colors, you simply pick up the color that is there waiting for you.  Working with 3 colors changing on each row is easy.

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Block #3
Foundation chain/Row 1:  With A, chain 32.  Dc in 4th chain from hook.  Dc in next ch.  *Ch 3, skip next 3 ch.  Dc in next 3 ch.  Repeat from * across until 3 ch remain.  Ch 3, skip next 2 ch, sl st to last ch. Drop A, pick up B.  Turn.
Row 2:  Ch 3.  Working over ch-3 sp, dc in each of next 2 unworked ch stitches from the foundation ch.  Ch 3.  *Skip next 3 dc.  Working over next ch-3 sp, dc in each of next 3 skipped ch in foundation ch.  Ch 3.  Repeat from * across to last 3 stitches.  Skip next 2 dc.  Sl st to top of turning chain.  Drop B, pick up C.  Turn.
Row 3:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc).  Skip first stitch.  Working over ch-3 sp, dc in next 2 skipped dc 2 rows below.  *Ch 3.  Skip 3 stitches, working over next ch-3 sp, 1 dc in each of next 3 skipped dc 2 rows below.  Repeat from * across until 3 dc from previous row remain.  Ch 3.  Sl st to top of turning ch. Drop C, pick up A.  Turn.
Row 4:  Work as for row 3.  Drop A, pick up B.
Rows 5-24:  Repeat row 3 for pattern, alternating colors A, B, and C throughout.
Row 25:  Working with A, ch 3.  Skip first stitch.  *Working over ch-3 sp, dc in next 2 skipped dc 2 rows below.  Sc in next 3 dc from row 24.  Repeat from * for remainder of row.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


close-up of stitch pattern
So what small blessings do you have to enjoy today?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sampler Afghan Crochet-a-Long Square #5

If you are just joining us, welcome!  We're so glad to have you :-)  These links will get you up to speed on things: introduction, square #1, #2, #3, #4

So here we are in March!  I'm enjoying seeing the sun more, although daylight savings was brutal at my house this year!  I am looking forward to St Paddy's day and my upcoming wedding anniversary to this hottie :-)  Hopefully you have some nice things to look forward to this month as well!

hottie husband willingly modeling my crochet wares ;-)

Now on to business.  Square #5 is this month's solid square and features a basketweave pattern.  This will give you lots of practice with your post stitches.  This stitch pattern produces a fairly sturdy and thick fabric with excellent texture.  Some ideas of how to use this pattern - it would make an excellent warm scarf, placemat, afghan or hat.  Use your imagination, the possibilities are endless!


Pattern

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

Foundation ch & row 1:  Ch 34.  Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across (32 dc). Turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, skip first dc.  *Work fpdc around the post of next 3 dc.  Work bpdc around the post of the next 3 dc.  Repeat from * across.  Hdc in top of beginning ch.  Turn.
Row 3:  Ch 2.  Skip first hdc.  *Work fpdc around the post of the next 3 stitches.  Work bpdc around the post of the next 3 stitches.  Repeat from * across.  Hdc in top of beginning ch.  Turn.
Row 4:  Ch 2.  Skip first hdc.  *Work bpdc around the post of the next 3 stitches.  Work fpdc around the post of the next 3 stitches.  Repeat from * across.  Hdc in top of beginning ch.  Turn.
Row 5:  Repeat row 4.
Row 6, 7:  Repeat row 3.
Row 8- 23:  Repeat rows 4-7. (Ending with row 7.)

close up view of basketweave stitch pattern


my sweet girl wearing my basektweave beanie
hottie husband wearing my basketweave beanie



So you all know that I'm looking forward to an anniversary this month, what is something you are looking forward to?


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sampler Afghan Crochet-A-Long Square #4


If you are just joining us, welcome!  We're so glad to have you :-)  These links will get you up to speed on things: introduction, square #1, #2, #3.

Now for square #4!  This is our second square for February and is our colorwork square for the month.  This particular block is worked from corner to corner in a diagonal pattern.  The pattern is a basic double crochet stripe and uses increases and decreases at the beginnings and endings of the rows to achieve the correct shaping.  One thing to note with this pattern is with the color changes, please just drop the old yarn and pick up the new one when there is a color change.  Cutting the yarn is not necessary.  As you can see in the photo, you do end up with the loose yarns along the edge where you changed colors, but these will be hidden when the blocks are seamed together, so there's no need to fuss or do anything with them at this point.


Pattern

Special stitch instructions:  
Double crochet 2 together (dc2tog):  (Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops) two times.  Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.
  
Begin this square with B.  Work 2 rows with B, then work 2 rows with A.  Continue in this manner for entire square.  Do not cut the yarn when switching colors, just drop it and pick up the next color. 

Foundation chain: Ch 4 Row 1: Make 4 dc in beginning ch. (5 stitches) Ch 3, turn. 
Row 2: Make 2 dc in first dc.  Dc in each of next 3 dc.  Make 2 dc in top of turning chain.  (8 stitches) Ch 3, turn. 
Row 3: Make 2 dc in first dc. Dc in each remaining dc.  Make 2 dc in top of turning chain. (11 stitches) Ch 3, turn. 
Row 4-11: Repeat row 3.  (Stitch count will increase by 3 on each row)
Rows 12-21:  Skip first stitch.  (Dc2tog over next 2 stitches) twice.  Dc in each stitch on row. Leave top of ch 3 unworked.  Ch 3, turn.
Row 22:  Ch 3.  Dc3tog over next 3 stitches.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  

This particular stitch pattern is used in the unforgettable ponchette pattern available here.  In the ponchette below, a self-patterning yarn was used to create the striped look without the color changes.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Taraduff's Sampler Afghan Crochet-a-long Square #3


Hopefully you've enjoyed the squares so far and learned some new stitches!  If you are just joining us, You can find the basic information about the crochet-a-long here, and the pattern for square #1 here, and square #2 here.  

Square #3 is our solid square for February.  If you remember, the last square (#2) used a v-stitch.  This block also uses a v-stitch, although the pattern itself is slightly different.  It is a super easy pattern that can be used in a variety of projects.  It makes a fabric that drapes, stretches, and is slightly airy without large holes.  It is used in this beret hat.  Thanks also go to my sweet friend Peggy Ashby for helping design this square.  


Pattern

Special stitch instructions:

V-stitch:  Dc, ch 1, dc in same stitch.

Foundation ch & row 1:  Ch 32.  Dc in 4th ch from hook.  Ch 1, dc in same ch.  *Skip 2 ch, v-stitch in next stitch.  Repeat from * across to last ch.  Dc in last ch. (10 v-stitches)  Turn.
Row 2:  Ch 3.  V-stitch in ch-1 sp of next v-stitch and in each v-stitch across.  Dc in top of beginning ch-3.
Rows 3-15:  Repeat row 2.  
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Below is a close up of the block.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sampler afghan crochet-a-long square #2

Block #2 for our sampler afghan is our first colorwork square.  This block uses 2 colors.  I used up some of my stash on the square in the photo.  For those using the Red Heart With Love colors I used in the finished blanket, the key to the colors is as follows:


A - Mango
B - Bluebell
C - Lettuce

If needed, please refer back to this post for yarn and gauge information.

This block uses a v-stitch.  If this stitch is new to you, it s a great one to know.  It looks great in a solid color as well as stripes.  It is used in the body of this kufi hat to give you an idea of something to make! 

Square #2


Pattern

Special Stitch Instructions
V-stitch:  Dc, ch 1, dc in one stitch

For colorwork, work rows in following colors:
1-5: A
6,7: C
8,9: A
10-13: C
14,15: A
16,17: C
18-22: A
Foundation ch and row 1:  With A Ch 32.  Sc in second ch from hook and each remaining ch.  (31 sc)  Turn.
Row 2:  Ch 1.  Sc in first sc.  *Skip next stitch. V-stitch in next stitch.  Skip  next stitch.  Sc in next stitch.  Repeat from * until 2 stitches remain.  Skip next stitch.  Make 2 dc in last stitch.  Turn.
Row 3:  Ch 1.  Sc in first dc. *V-stitch in next sc.  Sc in next ch-1 sp.  Repeat from * until last ch-1 sp is worked.  Make 2 dc in last sc.  Turn.
Rows 4-21:  Repeat row 3 ending with row.
Row 22:  Ch 1.  Make 1 sc in each stitch and each ch-1 sp.  (29 sc) Fasten off and weave in ends.

Below is a close up of the stitch pattern for square #2.