Saturday, December 28, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...Coffee Cowls Trio!



These coffee cowls are a super fast project that give your coffee or tea a little handmade love.  Give a few as gifts and keep a couple for yourself too!  Three different stitches are included in this pattern...I gave a few sets as gifts, one of each.  All three stitches were inspired from scarves I made this season...scroll down below to see which ones!  Finish off your cowls by either seaming together or adding a button.

Coffee Cowls Trio
By Jennifer Dickerson



Materials Needed:

  • Worsted weight yarn of your choice Yarn shown is Red Heart Super Saver in Warm Brown and Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Kelly Green, Brick, and Taupe)
  • I (5.5 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Buttons (optional)




Sizing:

  • Each coffee cowl is approximately 10 inches long.  However, you can make them as big around as you like by simply adding more rows.
  • Double Crochet/Puff Stitch Cowls & Open Top Box Cowls are about 3 inches wide
  • Fan Stitch Cowl is about 3.5 inches wide


Instructions for Coffee Cowls:



Double Crochet/Puff Stitch Cowls:

Note: To make a puff stitch, wrap yarn around hook and draw up a loop (3 loops on your hook), wrap yarn around hook and draw up another loop (5 loops on your hook), wrap yarn around hook and draw up a loop (7 loops on your hook). Wrap yarn around hook one more time and bring it through all 7 loops on your hook. 

Ch 12

Foundation Row: In the fourth ch from the hook, work a (puff stitch, ch 1).  *Skip 1 ch and in the next ch, work a (puff stitch, ch 1).  Repeat from * until you have two chains left.  Skip the second to last ch and in the last ch, work 1 dc.

Row 1: Chain 3 and turn.  Work a (dc, ch 1) in the top stitch of each puff from previous row.  Work a dc in the top stitch of the turning ch.

Row 2: Chain 3 and turn.  Work a (puff stitch, ch 1) into each dc from previous row.  Work a dc in the top stitch of the turning ch.

Repeat rows 2-3 until coffee cowl is desired length.



Fan Stitch Coffee Cowls:

Ch 11

Row 1: In the fourth ch from the hook, (dc, ch 1) three times, then 1 dc all in the same ch.  *Skip 3 ch, then (dc, ch 1) three times, then 1 dc all in next ch, repeat from * to last three ch, skip two ch, and in the last ch, work 1 dc.  

Row 2: Chain 3 and turn.  In the center of each fan from the previous row, work (dc, ch 1) three times, then 1 dc all in the space in the center of the fan.  Work a dc in the turning chain space.

Repeat row 2 until coffee cowl is desired length.



Open Top Box Coffee Cowls:

Ch 10

Foundation Row: In the second ch from the hook, work a sc.  *Ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch, rpt from * to end of row.

Row 1: Ch 3 and turn.  *Work 3 dc, ch 1 in the ch 3 sp from the previous row.  Rpt from * in each ch 3 sp across.  1 dc in the turning chain.

Row 2: Ch 1 and turn.  *Ch 3 and work a sc in the ch 1 space (in between the groups of 3 dc from previous row), 1 sc in the turning chain.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until coffee cowl is desired length.



Finishing:

To finish your coffee cowl, decide if you'd like for it to be seamed or have a button closure.  To seam, you can:

Slip stitch or single crochet the ends together.  Click here for photo tutorial...
Whip stitch the ends together.  Click here for photo tutorial...

To make your coffee cowl have a button closure, sew a button to one end, and use the decorative "holes" from each cowl pattern as adjustable button holes.

Weave in all ends and you're finished!

This project was inspired by three scarves I made this season, if you had fun making your coffee cowls and liked a particular stitch, definitely try a scarf too!



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© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!
 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...Snow Day Pillow Ornament!


This fun snowman makes a festive addition to a tree or gift and celebrates the joy of snow!

Snow Day Pillow Ornament
By Jennifer Dickerson

Materials Needed:

  • Scraps of yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver in "Blue" "Bright White" "Black" and "Warm Brown"  Also, Vanna's Choice Baby in "Little Boy Blue" and "Goldfish"
  • I (5.5 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stuffing for Pillow (poly-fill, yarn scraps, cotton balls, or fabric scraps all work well)

Note:  The snowman's face, buttons, and snowflakes are all embroidered.  However as an alternative you can use buttons, beads, etc.

Sizing:

  • 4.5 inches tall
  • 3 inches wide


Instructions for Front Panel:

(Start with white yarn)

Ch 10
Row 1: In second ch from hook work a sc.  Work a sc in each ch across to end.  
Row 2: Ch 1 and turn.  In first st and in each st across, work a sc.
Repeat row 2 a total of four rows in white, then switch to dark blue.
Work row 2 ten times in the dark blue yarn.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Instructions for Back Panel:

(Entire panel worked in white yarn, photo of finished back is shown a few photos down)

Ch 10
Row 1: In second ch from hook work a sc.  Work a sc in each ch across to end.  
Row 2: Ch 1 and turn.  In first st and in each st across, work a sc.
Repeat row 2 a total of fourteen rows.
Fasten off and weave in ends.


Instructions for Snowman Head:

Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 1: Work 12 single crochet into center of ring and join with a slip stitch to close.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Instructions for Snowman Body:

Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 1: Work 12 double crochet into center of ring and join with a slip stitch to close.
Fasten off and weave in ends.


Instructions for Decorating the Snowman:

With a matching piece of yarn, sew snowman circles to front panel as shown.

Using yarn scraps, embroider eyes, buttons, and snowflakes with french knots.  Make carrot and branch arms with backstitch.

Alternatively, you can attach button, beads, etc. instead of embroidering.


(Back of ornament shown above)

Assembly and Finishing:

Sandwich finished panels together with right sides facing outward.  With contrasting yarn (I chose light blue), single crochet the two panels together using single crochet stitches.  Begin in the upper left corner...in each corner work 3 sc, and along the sides, work just one sc.  Continue around until you get to the top edge.  

Before seaming the top, fill pillow with your choice of stuffing (I used white yarn scraps, see materials list above for other suggestions).

After stuffing, proceed to the middle of the top edge and make a hanging loop in the center top stitch by working (sc, ch 8, sc) all in that center top stitch.  Continue seaming across and join with a sl st to close.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Your sweet ornament is ready to hang.  Happy snow day!

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© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...Beaded Spiral Tree Ornament!


These little beaded trees make a pretty addition to a gift or tree and are super easy to make!  

Here's what you need:

  • Green yarn
  • A pipe cleaner
  • Beads
  • Tapestry needle
  • Small piece of ribbon

Begin by stringing the beads to the yarn, here I strung just red, but ended up making a red, green, and white pattern later.  These will be the "ornaments" on the tree.  String more than you'll need so you can be sure you don't run out.  Push the beads back on the yarn and you're ready to crochet.



Next, about an inch or two from the end, tie a knot onto the pipe cleaner.  This pipe cleaner end will form the hanging loop later.  Work single crochet stitches right onto the pipe cleaner all the way across.  Work in multiples of three to account for the scallops.

Click here for a detailed photo tutorial on how to crochet onto a pipe cleaner...



Work until a small end remains, like in the above picture (this will be bent into the underneath of the tree and tucked in later).



Chain three and turn.  In the first stitch, work 4 dc, adding a bead to every other dc you work.  *In the next stitch, work a slip stitch, then skip the next stitch.  In the next stitch work 5 dc, adding a bead to every other dc you work.  Repeat from * to end of row and also add an additional slip stitch to the last scallop to give it a more rounded appearance.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

To learn more about crocheting with beads, click here...



Next, with the longer end at the top, bend the tree into a spiral shape, fastening the end at the bottom so that it is secure and does not show.  Bend the top into a loop and twist closed to make the hanging loop.  Tie the ribbon into a loop or bow to finish it off.

Add to a gift or tree and you're finished!

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...Gingerbread House Throw Pillow!


This sweet little throw pillow is super easy to crochet and makes a fun addition to your holiday decor.  The real fun comes with the decorating...add crochet "gumdrops" button "candies" ribbon, ric-rac, beads, or whatever you have on hand!

Gingerbread House Throw Pillow
By Jennifer Dickerson



Materials:

  • J (6.0 mm) Crochet Hook
  • 1 skein of light brown worsted weight yarn (look for a good cookie color, I used Red Heart Super Saver in the "Warm Brown" colorway)
  • Several yards of worsted weight white yarn for "icing"
  • Yarn scraps in different colors for multicolored "gumdrops," heart applique, embroidery, etc.
  • Other embellishments (buttons, beads, ribbon, ric rac, etc)
  • Pillow Stuffing (you can use Poly Fill, yarn scraps, fabric scraps, cotton balls, etc )
  • Tapestry Needle

Sizing:

  • 7 inches wide
  • 9 inches tall


Instructions for House Body (Make 2):

Ch 18
In the second ch from the hook, work a sc.  Work a sc in each ch across to end.
Row 1: Ch 1 and turn.  In the first st and each st across row, work a sc.
Repeat row 1 until height is equal to the width, making a square.

Decrease for roof:

Row 1: Ch 1 and turn.  Skip first st and work a sc in the next st.  Work a sc in each st across until 2 sts remain.  Skip second to last st and sc in last st.
Repeat row 1 until 3 sts remain on the row.  Skip first st and work a sc in each of the two remaining sts.
Next row: ch 1 and turn.  Skip first st, work a sc in next st and fasten off.  Weave in any ends that remain.



Decorate the Gingerbread House:

Choose one of the house shapes as the front, decorate using the gumdrop instructions below, or add any of the embellishments that you'd like.



Instructions for Gumdrops:

Note: I made mine in red and green, but you can make yours in a rainbow of colors, just like real candy.

Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.  Work 12 sc into center of ring.  Join to close the gumdrop and fasten off.  Be sure to pull the tail on the back from the middle tightly to close up center hole and trim.  Weave in all ends.



Click here for one round heart pattern...

You can either sew buttons, etc or glue buttons, ric-rac, etc with hot glue.



Instructions for Snowy Window:

Ch 6
Row 1: In each st across work a sc.
Ch 1 and turn.  Repeat row 1 for a total of 4 rows.  Fasten off and weave in ends.
Tie on white yarn and work a sc in each st around the window, and 3 sc in each corner.  Fasten off and weave in ends.
If you like, take a small piece of yarn and stitch window panes as shown with a tapestry needle.  Sew or hot glue window to house.



Instructions for Front Door:

Ch 6
Row 1: In each st across work a sc.
Ch 1 and turn.  Repeat row 1 for a total of 6 rows.  Fasten off and weave in ends.
To decorate the door, I just stitched a red and green edge and topped it off with a few "dallops" of icing by making french knots.  A button makes a nice doorknob.  Sew or hot glue everything to house.

Click here to learn how to make a french knot...



Assembly and Finishing of House:

After house is fully decorated, sandwich house together (right sides facing out) and seam by single crocheting them together (using brown yarn), leaving an opening at the bottom for stuffing.  Stuff pillow with poly-fill or stuffing of your choice, try not to over stuff.  Close opening by continuing to work the sc around pillow.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Scalloped Icing Edging:

Note: Corner scallops have 5 dc and side scallops have 3 dc.

Tie on white yarn in one of the corners.  Ch 3 (counts as first dc) and work 4 more dc in same st.  Work a slip st in next st and then skip the next st.  Continue by working 3 dc in the next st, then a sl st into the next, then skip the next st.  Continue in this manner all the way around (3 dc for side scallops 5 dc for corner scallops).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

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