Thursday, March 29, 2012

My New Crochet Bible






Leisure Arts


I just picked up the book, Encyclopedia of Crochet, by Donna Kooler and I am very pleased with my purchase.  When I first began learning to crochet, I purchased a few books to try to learn the basics.  I ended up frustrated with the diagrams and explanations that these guides contained.

I ended up learning to crochet via online written and video tutorials, advice from friends and family, and instructions I found on the web.  This method worked for me but I sincerely wish I had found this book while I was learning the basics.

The Encyclopedia of Crochet contains a historical background on crochet, instructions for many different stitches, information about diagrams, common abbreviations, yarn, hooks and much more. I especially love the fact that it gives instructions for both right and left handed crocheters, which I have found is often overlooked.

This book is not only appropriate for beginners but could also prove beneficial to those experienced in crochet who would like to learn a new stitch or technique.

I think this book is definitely worth a look.

It can be found here:  Leisure Arts "Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet" Book

I also recommend checking Amazon or your local library.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern: Stylish Crochet Handbag

Free Crochet Pattern:  Stylish Crochet Handbag



I took a poll on my Facebook page, Tampa Bay Crochet on Facebook, asking what my next project should be.  A crochet handbag received the most votes.  So, I have been working on a new pattern for a modern crochet handbag and I am very pleased with the result!

I finished this handbag yesterday and put the finishing touches on the free pattern.  I hope you enjoy it and please let me know if you have any questions regarding my instructions.



Materials:
Size J, I, H and G crochet hooks
Worsted weight yarn
Large button
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Sts = stitches
Sl st = slip stitch
Sc2tog = single crochet decrease
Dc2tog = double crochet decrease

Notes:
V stitch = 3 double crochets in same stitch.

Main Body of the Bag
Leaving a 12 inch tail and using a size J hook, chain 66, sl st to first ch to form a ring.
Round 1 – ch 1 sc in each ch. Sl st to first sc to join. (66 sc total)
Round 2 – Ch 2 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in same st as joining to create first V stitch, skip next two sc, *V stitch in the next sc, skip next two sc*, repeat * to * to end of round.  Sl st to top of ch 2 to join. (22 total v stitches)
Round 3 - Ch 2 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in same st as joining to create first V stitch, skip next two sc, *V stitch in the next sc, skip next two sc*, repeat * to * to end of round.  Sl st to top of ch 2 to join.

Using size I crochet hook
 Round 4 – 5 - Ch 2 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in same st as joining to create first V stitch, skip next two sc, *V stitch in the next sc, skip next two sc*, repeat * to * to end of round.  Sl st to top of ch 2 to join.

Using size H crochet hook
Round 6-7 - Ch 2 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in same st as joining to create first V stitch, skip next two sc, *V stitch in the next sc, skip next two sc*, repeat * to * to end of round.  Sl st to top of ch 2 to join.

Using size G crochet hook
Round 8-10 - Ch 2 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in same st as joining to create first V stitch, skip next two sc, *V stitch in the next sc, skip next two sc*, repeat * to * to end of round.  Sl st to top of ch 2 to join.
Round 11 – Ch 1, sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, single crochet in next 10 sts, sc2tog, single crochet in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, single crochet in next 6 sts. Sl st to ch 1 to join. (61 sts total)
Round 12 – Ch 1, sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next st, sl st to ch 1 to join. (56 sts total) Do not tie off

To Form Top Flap
Row 1 - Ch 1, sc in next 26 sts
Row 2 – Ch 2 turn, dc in next 26 sts.
Row 3 – Ch 2 turn, dc2tog twice, double crochet in next 18 sts, dc2tog twice (22 stitches total)
Row 4 – Ch 2 turn, dc2tog twice, double crochet in next 14 sts, dc2tog twice (18 stitches total)
Row 5 – Ch 2 turn, dc2tog twice, double crochet in next 10 sts, dc2tog twice (14 sts total)
Row 6 – Ch 1 turn, sc2tog once, sc in next 5 sts, ch 10 to create loop, join by single crocheting in next st, sc in next four sts, sc2tog over remaining two sts.  Tie off.

Close Bag

Turn the bag inside out.  Using the twelve inch tail at the bottom of the bag and a yarn needle, sew the bottom of the purse closed and tie off.

Strap

Beginning on left side of the bag at the base of the top flap sl st to join in the sc next to the top flap, ch 48, sl st to join in the sc stitch on the opposite side of the purse opening next to the right side of the top flap.

Ch 1, turn, sc in each ch across, sl st original stitch on the left side of the top flap to join.  Tie off.

Button

Using a yarn needle and matching yarn, sew a large button to the front, center of the bag approximate 1.5 inches from the top ridge.

Finishing

Finish by weaving in any loose ends.



This pattern is also available as a free PDF download:  Handbag Pattern








Monday, March 26, 2012

Free Easter Crochet Patterns

Free Easter Crochet Patterns


With Easter only two weeks away, I thought I would share a few free crochet patterns that I have found on the web to help get you ready to celebrate.

This first pattern comes from the Lion Brand website. To view the pattern you will need to sign up for a free account with lion brand. I highly recommend it, they have lots of free crochet patterns available on their site. This pattern is for an Easter bunny basket. This basket makes an adorable Easter decoration or would be perfect for your little one's Easter egg hunt.



 The pattern for this basket can be found here: Easter bunny basket

The second pattern is for an adorable Easter bunny stuffed animal from Garn Design.  I think this would make an adorable Easter decoration or a great gift to put in an Easter basket.



The pattern for this stuffed bunny can be found here:  Easter Bunny

The third pattern is for an amigurumi Easter bunny and Easter eggs from Amiguria.  Amigurumi are very trendy right now and this crochet set is perfect for Easter.  I think the crochet eggs and bunny would make a great decoration in a little basket or by themselves.  I think that a bunch of the little crochet eggs would even make a great Easter dinner centerpiece in a nice basket.



The pattern for the amigurumi Easter bunny and eggs can be found here:  Easter bunny and eggs

The final pattern is for a crochet Easter bunny hat that I designed.



The free pattern for this hat can be found in my previous post:  Easter bunny hat with flower

I hope you enjoy these patterns and I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Giveaway - Enter Below

My First Contest!




To welcome in spring, I am hosting a giveaway for the crochet hat pictured above.  The winner will receive this cute spring hat in the size of their choice, from newborn to adult.  This hat will make a great addition to any spring wardrobe!

To enter, simple comment on this post describing what you love most about spring.  Be sure to leave your e-mail address in the comment, so I can contact you if you win.

Rules:
Only one entry per person during the contest period. The contest runs from now until April 1st.  One winner will be randomly selected no later than two days after the contest ends and notified via e-mail.   This contest is open to United States and Canada residents only.

Sweepstakes

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Crochet, Crochet and more Crochet!

I have not had the chance to post nearly as much as I would have liked the past few weeks.  I have been finishing up a bunch of custom orders.  Plus, my parents coming to visit next week so I have been trying to get the house ready for their arrival.

I wanted to share a picture of the custom order I finished tonight.  It was for a 3 month old, and two toddler pairs of bunny slippers.  The customer wanted one pair in brown, which I was unsure of at first, but I absolutely love how they turned out.  Easter is definitely around the corner!

After next week, I hope to have some new free patterns to share with everyone.  But for now, I hope everyone is enjoying spring!

Slippers can be purchased at http:\\tampabaycrochet.etsy.com

Or

The pattern is available here: 

Friday, March 9, 2012

My Latest Project: Crochet Earflap Owl Hat

My Latest Project:  Crochet Earflap Owl Hat



I just completed my latest project and had to share it with everyone.  I have been seeing these adorable owl hats on Etsy for months but had not gotten around to trying to make one myself.  Yesterday, I found this free pattern from Crochet in Color on Ravelry and had to try it out!



Here is my completed owl cap made to fit a 3-6 month old.  I think it came out great!

The pattern for this hat is free and can be found here:

Owl iPhone or iPod Cozy Pattern Now On Sale

Owl iPhone or iPod Cozy Pattern Now On Sale 






I just posted the pattern for this unique owl iPhone or iPod touch cozy pattern.  The pattern includes clearly written instructions along with photos of each step in creating this case.  It is an easy project that anyone can complete.
Verizon Wireless Free Phones with new 2yr activation

For the next 24 hours, you can purchase this pattern for only $1!  After that, the price will go up to $2.99.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE PATTERN

Or purchase through Ravelry



Thursday, March 8, 2012

New Pattern Sale Tomorrow - Owl iPod Touch or iPhone Cozy

I have been hard at work this week on a simpler version of the iPod/iPhone cozy I have available in my Etsy store.


I am currently proofreading the pattern now and will make it available for sale tomorrow morning.  To celebrate, starting tomorrow morning the pattern will be available for only $1 for the first 24 hours it is listed.  After that, the pattern will be $2.99.

Here is a sneak peak of the finished of what the finished cozy will look like!


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Free Easy Crochet Purse Pattern

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Free Easy Crochet Purse Pattern




I recently finished this purse using a free crochet pattern I found on the Tangled Happy blog.   I reduced the number of stitches to make a smaller bag for a child and I think it is adorable! I think I am going to have to make one for myself. This bag is perfect for spring!

The pattern contains a link to an optional flower but the flower pattern that they direct you to is not free.  So, instead I used the free flower pattern found here:  Free crochet flower pattern

The pattern for this bag can be found here:  Free crochet pattern

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I did.  Feel free to share photos of your finished work! 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Free Simple iPod or iPhone Cozy

Free Simple iPod or iPhone Cozy




This pattern is for a simple iPod touch or iPhone cozy.  The finished cozy measures approximately 3”wide by 5” tall.  There are two versions to the cozy.  The first version is to make a striped cozy like the one pictured.  The second version is for a simpler, solid cozy.





Crochet hook size G
Worsted weight yarn in your choice of color(s)
Button
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Sts = stitches
Sl st = slip stitch

To start either version, make a slip knot leaving a 6 inch long tail and chain 23, sl st to first chain to create a circle.  You will be working in rounds for the remainder of the pattern.

Striped iPod Cozy:

Rnd 1 - 8 - ch1, sc in next each st around, sl st to ch 1 space. Tie off.
Rnd 9 – sl st to add new color yarn, ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st to ch 1 space.
Rnd 10 – Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st to ch 1 space.  Tie off.
Rnd 11 - sl st to add new color yarn, ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st to ch 1 space.  Tie off.
Rnd 12 – sl st to add new color yarn, ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st to ch 1 space.
Rnd 13 – Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st to ch 1 space.  Tie off.
Rnd 14 - sl st to add original color yarn, ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st to ch 1 space.
Rnd 15 -19 – Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st to chain 1 space.
Rnd 20 – sl st in next 5 sc, ch 14, sl st in same stitch as last sl st to create a loop.  Slip stitch through the rest of the 16 sc stitches and sl st to join to original sl st.  Tie off.
Turn cozy inside out.  Using the six inch tail you left at the bottom of the cozy, sew across to close the bottom edge.  Turn the cozy right side out.
Using the needle and matching yarn, sew a button onto the front of the case.
Weave in all ends.

Solid iPod cozy:

Rnd 1 - 19 - ch1, sc in next each st around, sl st to ch 1 space. Tie off.
Rnd 20 – sl st in next 5 sc, ch 14, sl st in same stitch as last sl st to create a loop.  Slip stitch through the rest of the 16 sc stitches and sl st to join to original sl st.  Tie off.
Turn cozy inside out.  Using the six inch tail you left at the bottom of the cozy, sew across to close the bottom edge.  Turn the cozy right side out. 
Using the needle and matching yarn, sew a button onto the front of the case.
Weave in all ends.

This pattern can also be downloaded as a PDF file:  Free pattern download


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