Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern...Hearthside Cowl!


The Hearthside Cowl is a deliciously cozy cowl with an easy and pretty chevron stripe sequence.  The cowl is crocheted flat, then seamed making it even easier.  Makes a great gift and is perfect for yarn leftovers too!

Hearthside Cowl
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Materials:
  • 1.5 Skeins Bernat Softee Chunky ("Gray Heather" Colorway Shown)*
  • Half Skein of Knit Pick Brava Bulky ("Masala" Colorway Shown)*
  • L (8.0 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle
*Note: Yarn can be substituted for this project...check the yarn label for yarn that has an 8.0 mm (L) hook size.

Sizing:

  • 28 Inch Circumference
  • 10.5 Inches Tall


Instructions:

Note: Stripe sequence as shown in photos begins with 4 rows gray, 2 rows orange, etc.  Be sure to begin and end on different colors to create a continuous flow of stripe colors.  Also, please feel free to create your own stripe sequence/color combinations!

Click here to learn the double crochet (dc) stitch (photo tutorial + video)...

Chain 27

Row 1:
Work a dc in 4th ch from hook, skip a ch, work a dc in each of the next 4 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in each of the next 4 ch, skip 2 chains, dc in each of the next 4 ch, 3 dc in next chain, dc in each of the next 4 ch, skip next chain, dc in the last chain.

Row 2:
Ch 3 and turn.
Work a dc in first st, skip the next st, work a dc in each of the next 4 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in each of the next 4 sts, skip next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 4 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in each of the next 4 sts, skip next st, dc in the last st.

Repeat row two until entire piece measures 28 inches from the beginning or until desired length.  Be sure to end on a different color than when you first began, so there is a continuous stripe sequence around the entire cowl.

Weave in any ends that remain and you're ready to assemble!

Tip: When making striped pieces, it is helpful to crochet in the ends as you go. Click below for a photo/video tutorial to learn how:

How to weave in ends as you go...




Finishing & Assembly:

Match up the edges.  The chevrons will line up kind of like a puzzle.  You can whip stitch the ends together or crochet them together.  I found that I had the most control when I laid everything flat and whip stitched the edges with a matching piece of yarn and a tapestry needle.


Click below to watch a video on how to crochet the Hearthside Cowl stitch by stitch:


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Yarn Review: Avantgarde By Adriafil


Recently I was given the chance to check out some yarn from the Adriafil Yarn Company. Avantgarde by Adriafil is 100% wool.  Each 50 gram ball comes in 31 colors and I was given the "Red" colorway to try out.  It is a cheerful shade of red...very bold and fun.

In addition to the color I was given, Avantgarde comes in a total of 31 different colors, a color for everyone!  Below are the available colors:

1 black
2 white
3 baby pink
5 baby yellow
8 sea green
9 sky-blue
11 cream
12 ice blue
13 lilac
16 green-yellow
17 red
18 bordeaux
19 purple
22 blue
49 dark sea green
51 avio blue
53 old pink
54 brown
59 mélange anthracite grey
71 bluette
74 orange
78 turquoise
86 salmon
90 sweet green
91 camel
93 army green
94 deep pink
95 light grey
96 yellow
97 dark pink
98 rust

The delicate strand lent itself to working up something lacy and I had fun playing around with a few beads too,


I experimented with a few hook sizes before settling on the E hook,


This yarn was fun to work with, I am looking forward to showing you the rest of my project very soon!

To learn more about Soffio Plus, please visit the Adriafil site here:
More information about the yarn here...

To inquire about purchasing, contact the company at: contact@adriafil.com

Happy stitching everyone!

Note: All opinions are my own. I was gifted this yarn, read my disclosure policy here.


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Buttons! 50+ Free Crochet Patterns...


I have a serious button collecting issue.  I have so many...shell, glass, wood, vintage, plastic, etc.  I love projects that use buttons, I'm always saving mine for that next special project.  Here are over 50 (yes 50!) free crochet patterns that I've collected to allow you to choose that perfect project full of buttoned up goodness.  Happy stitching everyone!


Note: Click on the link below each photo to go directly to the free pattern.  All links and photos used with permission.


























































































































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