Friday, May 23, 2014

Crafty Containers

I have a new free pattern up on Crochetvolution! You can find it here.
I have been thinking of all the ways I can re-use things, and to use things to their full potential. Remember that post  where I said I had a hoarders amount of oatmeal. I started to think about what I could do with all those containers when I was done with them. This is the project that I came up with. If you want to see how I did it jump on over to Crochetvolution and find out.  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Girl Power Back Pack Is Now Free

I have decided to change one of my paid patterns, the girl power back pack, to free. I have had it on Ravelry and Etsy since September. I have made a total of $6.00 on it which means two people bought it. Thank you so much to the ones who bought it. I would rather people enjoy my pattern instead of it just getting dusty in the back of the blog.

It has finally warmed up here in Toronto. We have also moved into a neighborhood that has a lot of parks. There are four that we can go to that are in walking distance. We have been using this bag a lot. All of my daughter's park toys go in the bag and it sits by our front door ready to go. I have also been using my copy cat striped bag to hold my crocheting when we go to the park.


Girl Power Back Pack

Yarn: Lily: Sugar and cream: Worsted 4 ply cotton, 120 yrds./ 2.5 oz color: 1 skein: Soft Ecru, 1 skein: Hot Pink

Hook: I

Notions: safety pin, blunt needle

Size: Each motif is 5 inches. Bag is roughly 13 by 11.

Pentagon Motif: (make 5 pink and make 5 ecru)

Round 1: Make an adjustable loop, ch 1,{sc in loop, ch 9, sc in loop} repeat 3 times for a total of 4 loops, ch 5, tr in starting sc pull adjustable loop tight. (5 loops total)

Round 2: ch 1, sc in ch loop just made, ch 6,{sc in next loop, ch 6} repeat around sl st into first sc. (5 sc, and 5 ch 6 spaces)

Round 3: Ch 1 slip st into sp, ch 1, {(3 sc, ch 3, 3 sc) in the 6 ch  space} repeat around, sl st into first sc.

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next 2 sc,{(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch sp, dc in the next 6 sc,} repeat 3 more times, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), in next ch sp, dc in the last 3 sc, sl st in first dc. Finish off. Weave in your end.

Putting the motifs together

Making sure as you go that all the motifs are facing the same way (or in other words that the point is facing the same way on all of them.)

Take 2 motifs and put them together backs facing each other and points going the same direction, and sc one side together. Finish off. Repeat this till you have a line of all 5 of the same color pentagons together. Then take the first and last and put them together with a row os sc. to complete the circle of pentagons. Repeat this with the next color.

Now to put the 2 colors together you will match up a point with a dip, and so forth. With the back sides facing each dc will line up with a sc, and each point space matches up with two dip spaces. (I’m sorry that sounds really confusing) SO, Start with sc in the next 10 dc, one sc for the sp or sps, sc in the next 10 dc. Repeat around, sl st in first sc. Finish off. Weave in you ends.

Bottom of the bag (in white)

Round 1: Make an adjustable loop, ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout) make 11 dc in the loop, pull loop tight and sl st into first dc (12 dc)

Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st in first dc (24 dc)

Round 3: Ch 3, (2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc) repeat around 2 dc in last dc, sl st in first dc. (36)


Round 4: Ch 3, 1 dc in the next  dc, 2 dc in next dc, {dc in the next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc} repeat around, sl st into first dc. (48)

Round 5: Ch 3, 1 dc in the next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, {dc in the next 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc} repeat around, sl st into first dc. (60)

Round 6: Ch 3, 1 dc in the next 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, {dc in the next 4 dc, 2 dc in the next dc} repeat around, sl st into first dc. Do not finish off (72)

Connecting the motifs to the bottom of the bag


With back sides facing each other, sc both pieces together. Dc’s should match up with each st and sp.

Top of bag (pink)

Round 1: Joining around the back post of a dc in the white motifs,{bpdc in the next 10 dc, bpdc around the joining st of the 2 motifs,} repeat around,  sl st into beginning st.

Round 2- 4: Ch 3, dc in each bpdc around, sl st into beginning st. Finnish off weave in your ends.

Sew round 1 to round 4 making a space for the adjustable straps to go.

Straps

Making a large tail with both colors, form a slip knot and ch 180 ch, or till you have your desired length, finish off leaving a long tail.

With a safety pin work one side of the  straps around the top of the bag 1 and a half times, and make the straps even and then tie the long tails at even spots at the bottom of the back of the bag.







Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Picture Tutorial for Bullion Butterfly

I decided I should make a tutorial for the Bullion Butterfly that goes with the hat pattern that I designed.   That way you won't get lost in translation. 

Ch 6, dc in the 3 ch from hook,

1 dc in the same ch,  3 dc in the next ch space

ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the dc just made


ch 1, sk 1 dc, dc in the next dc, ch 1, dc in the next dc, 
ch 1, sk 1 dc, 2 dc in the last dc. Finish off. First wing is finished.


Join with a ch 3, in the beginning ch on the opposite side of the start.

Follow the first four pictures till you have the second wing do not finish off.

Slip stitch down to the starting ch 2

ch 5, bring the ch 5 up over the butterfly and sl st into the first ch st of the start of the butterfly




make a 7 yo bullion on the opposite side of the butterfly,


sl st in the first ch. Finish off. Weave in your ends.



To make antennae: Ch 14. Finish off. Attach the antennae like you would a tassel.