Thursday, January 30, 2014

Crochet a 10 Minute Valentine


I crocheted a bunch of these last year for easy and quick Valentines for friends and family.  Some of you may recognize them...a dear reader asked if I could make an instructional video (below) to make the project step by step...consider it done!

I consider this a ten minute Valentine, but some of you are absolute wizards with yarn and may complete it even more quickly!



Chunky Heart Pins
By Jennifer Dickerson

Materials Needed

  • Super Bulky Yarn (Yarn shown here is Wool Ease Thick and Quick in "Blossom" for the lighter pink and Lion Brand Hometown yarn in "Honolulu Pink" for the darker pink)
  • Matching thinner yarn scrap to sew on pin back
  • N (9.0 mm) hook
  • Pin Backing or Safety Pin
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
The heart was made from the Tiny One Round Hearts Pattern...

One Round Hearts Pattern



Here is the video showing you how to make a Chunky Heart Pin from start to finish:



It includes:

  • Materials
  • How to crochet the heart stitch by stitch
  • Finishing and weaving in ends
  • How to attach the pin backing to the heart
Happy Valentine stitching!

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Free Knitting Pattern...Arm Knit Tassel Scarf!



The Arm Knit Tassel Scarf is a modern and pretty project that is super fast to make.  If you are new to arm knitting, this is a great beginning project, with the added extra of fun tassels!  Be sure to scroll down to watch the two videos below if you have never arm knit before.


Materials:
  • 2 Skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick ("Denim" colorway shown (I used about 1/2 of each skein)
  • Scissors
  • Your arms!

Note:  You can use any bulky/super bulky yarns for this project, if you are unsure about your yarn and/or the colors you have chosen, you can do a test swatch to see how everything will come together.

Sizing: 
  • Approximately 4 inches wide (unstretched)
  • Approximately 12 inches wide (stretched open)
  • 60 inches long (without tassels)
  • 72 inches long (with a six inch tassel at either end)



Instructions for Scarf:

Cast on 8 stitches.
Row 1: Knit all stitches.
Repeat row 1 for a total of 20 rows.
Bind off all stitches.


Instructions for Tassels:
  • Determine how long you'd like your tassels to be (tassels shown are each 6 inches tall)
  • Cut two strands of yarn roughly 16 inches long
  • Using card stock or other sturdy material and holding two strands of matching yarn, wrap the yarn 13 times around.
  • Slip one of the strands of yarn in between the card stock and yarn and tie the top securely with a knot.
  • Using the other strand, tie it around the tassel about an inch or so from the top as shown above.
  • Trim the bottom strands across for a uniform finish.
  • Repeat for the other tassel



Finishing & Assembly:

Before weaving in the ends of the scarf, gently tug to draw in the edges for a rounded scarf edge.  Note: If you already knotted your piece, simply weave in the strand along the bottom and pull tight...it will draw up the bottom the same way.  Tie a tassel to each end and weave in any ends that remain.

Click here for a video to make the Arm Knit Tassel Scarf stitch by stitch (includes tassel instructions too):


Click here for a video to learn the basics of arm knitting:



Alternatively, you can leave off the tassels and wear it as a traditional scarf, cowl, or infinity scarf too:

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© Jennifer Dickerson 2014
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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Monday, January 27, 2014

Video Tutorial...3 Ways to Seam An Infinity Scarf (Plus a Tip for Seaming Lace)


Lots of you have been requesting a video tutorial on how to seam infinity scarves.  I made a video (scroll down to watch below) showing three ways to do it...that way you can pick your favorite!  

Note: These seaming techniques can be used for either crocheted or knitted edges.

I've gotten a few questions lately too about seaming lace...so I've also included a little trick I use from time to time to get a nice sturdy seam.

Included in the video:
  • Slip Stitch Seaming
  • Single Crochet Seaming
  • Whip Stitch Seaming
  • Tip for Seaming Lacy Edges



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Happy stitching lovelies!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern...Estelle Button Cowl!


The Estelle Button Cowl is worked up in chunky lace and is a lovely addition to a wintry wardrobe.  Double "V" stitches make a pretty, easy, and lacy cowl!

Estelle Button Cowl
By Jennifer Dickerson



Materials:

  • 6.5 mm (K) hook
  • 1 Skein Red Heart Boutique Treasure, shown in the "Spectrum" colorway (cowl as shown used the entire skein, if making yours longer, please adjust yarn amounts)
  • 2 Buttons (Be sure they fit through holes before sewing them on, buttons shown are 1 inch wide)
  • Tapestry needle

Sizing:
  • 7.5 inches wide
  • 32.5 inches long

Instructions:

Ch 23

Row 1: In the fourth ch from the hook, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) . *Skip 3 ch, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the next ch, repeat from * to last three ch, skip two ch, and in the last ch, work 1 dc.  There should be 5 "Vs" across.

Row 2: Chain 3 and turn.  In the center of each "V" from the previous row, work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc)   There should be 5 "Vs" across when you complete the row.  Work a dc in the turning chain space.

Repeat row 2 until desired length or until you run out of yarn.  From one skein of this yarn I got 39 rows.



Assembly & Finishing:

Using matching yarn, sew buttons to cowl as shown below.  Weave in any ends that remain and you're finished!



Below is a video you can watch to crochet the Estelle Button Cowl stitch by stitch:



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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Free Knitting Pattern...Chunky Arm Knit Cowl!


The Chunky Arm Knit Cowl is a lightning fast and easy project that shows off your favorite bulky yarn.  It is a great first project for arm knitting too.  Be sure to scroll down to watch the two videos below if you have never arm knit before.


Materials:
  • 1/2 Skein Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick ("Eggplant" colorway shown
  • 1/2 Skein Lion Brand Tweed Stripes ("Orchid " colorway shown)
  • Scissors
  • Your arms!

Note:  You can use any bulky/super bulky yarns for this project, if you are unsure about your yarn and/or the colors you have chosen, you can do a test swatch to see how everything will come together.

Sizing: 
  • 15 inches wide (unstretched)
  • 31 inch circumference (unstretched)



Instructions:

CO 12 (leave some extra for seaming up later)
Row 1: Knit all stitches.
Repeat row 1 for a total of 10 rows.
BO

Finishing and Assembly:

Flip the cowl over so that the wrong side is facing out.  Sandwich the CO and BO ends together.  Using one of the tails, whip stitch it with your hands.  Weave in any ends, turn the cowl right side out, and you're finished!


To make the Chunky Arm Knit Cowl stitch by stitch, check out this video:


If you have never arm knit before, this video will show you the basics:


© Jennifer Dickerson 2014
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern...Pixie Dust Scarf!


The Pixie Dust Scarf is an elegant and artsy scarf that is crocheted lengthwise.  A combination of double crochet and front post double crochet stitches give the scarf simple ribs, and makes a subtly textured scarf to show off the fun yarn.  The yarn is actually four different types in one ball: a fuzzy cloud-like strand, a satin cord-like strand, a metallic strand, and a woolly twisted strand.  The simplicity and soft color variations makes this scarf very versatile and unique too!

Pixie Dust Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson


Materials:
  • 1 Skein Red Heart Boutique Magical (Colorway shown is "Hocus Pocus")
  • J (6.0 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle

Sizing As Shown:
  • 4 inches wide 
  • 80 inches long


Abbreviations used in this pattern:
  • st: stitch
  • ch: chain
  • dc: double crochet
  • fpdc: front post double crochet
  • t-ch: turning chain




Instructions:

Chain 170
Foundation Row: In the 4th ch from the hook, work a dc.  Work a dc in each ch across.
Row 1: Ch 3 and turn (counts as dc).  Skip the first st and work a dc in next st and in each st across.
Row 2: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a fpdc in each st across to end of row.  Work a dc in the t-ch space.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for a total of 7 rows (including the foundation row), or until you run out of yarn if you prefer.


Finishing: Weave in all of the ends and you're finished!


To work the Pixie Dust Scarf stitch by stitch, check out this video:


Here's a helpful video to learn how to work the front post double crochet stitch:


© Jennifer Dickerson 2014
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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Sunday, January 19, 2014

How to Work the Front Post Double Crochet Stitch (fpdc)


The front post double crochet stitch, or "fpdc" as it is abbreviated in patterns, is a great way to add a little texture to your crochet.  It makes a nice little rib in your work (check out the photo below) and has a very dimensional texture.



Below are two swatches, the one on the right is two rows of regular double crochet stitches, and the one on the left is two rows of front post double crochet stitches.  If you were to flip this swatch over, it would look like the photo above.


Let's work a stitch...begin by wrapping yarn around hook,


Then instead of inserting your hook into the stitch like a regular double crochet stitch, insert the hook around the back of the post as shown below:


Wrap yarn around hook again,


and draw it back through the post.  You'll have three loops on the hook.


Next wrap yarn around hook and draw it through the first two loops on the hook,


You'll have two loops on the hook,



Wrap yarn around hook again and draw the hook through both loops,



and one loop will be left...the front post double crochet stitch!


Here's a helpful video to learn how to work the stitch too:


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