Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Guest Bloggers Welcome

I haven't been able to post as much as I would like lately.  This is in part because I have had family visiting off and on for the past two weeks.  I want to keep this blog as active as possible, so I am offering the opportunity for anyone interested to be a guest blogger on this blog. 

If there are any fellow crocheters who would like to write a post and have it featured on this blog, contact me at etsycrochet@hotmail.com.  I would be willing to add any links to your sites in the post and as an extra bonus I will throw in a medium 30 day sidebar ad (150x150) for free!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Giveaway Sponsored by Tampa Bay Crochet


New Giveaway Sponsored by Tampa Bay Crochet











   

    I am sponsoring a giveaway over on the blog Do It All Disney.  If you stop on over to their blog you can enter to win either a Mickey or Minnie Mouse inspired crochet hat in the size of your choice!

   To enter all you need to do is fill out a rafflecopter form by following the blog.  You can earn extra entries by following Do It All Disney on Facebook and Twitter.  Giveaway ends July 31st.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

World's Longest Social Scarf



Knitters and crocheters know how much fun it is to design and crochet a scarf.  Scarves are one of the fun and classic knitting and crochet projects that any anyone at any skill level can create.  However, have you ever tried to knit or crochet a virtual scarf?

For the month of June, Wrapped in Merino is attempting to knit or crochet the world's longest social scarf.  Anyone can participate simply by going to their website and clicking on "create".  Each week, Wrapped in Merino is giving away vouchers to Net-A-Porter and a merino scarf.

So, knitters and crocheters put down your hooks and head over to Wrapped In Merino, and be a part of a new world record!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Free Simple Crochet Pattern: Credit Card Holder Cozy

Free Simple Crochet Pattern:  Credit Card Holder Cozy


 
I was inspired to create this pattern by my debit card.  No matter what I did, my card kept getting so scratched that scanners wouldn't read it and I would have to call the bank to request a new card.  I always kept my card in my wallet but somehow it was still getting scratched.

This little cozy has proved itself to be a great solution.  Since I started using it about two months ago my card has remained scratch-less.   It is also very convenient to stick my ID and credit card in the cozy, throw it in my pocket and spend a day at an amusement park.  I love being able to use the "guests without bags" line at Disney!

 Credit Card Holder Cozy Crochet Pattern

 

 

Materials:

Small amount of worsted weight yarn
Size G crochet hook
Needle

Pattern:

When making your slip knot, leave about a 6” tail.  You will use this later to sew the bottom of the cozy closed.

Ch 20, Slip stitch to first ch to join round. (be careful not to twist the chain)

Round 1:  Ch 2, dc in next stitch and in each stitch around. Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join round.
Round 2-6:  Repeat round 1.
Round 7:  Ch 1, sc in next st and in each st around.  Sl st to ch 1 to join round.
Round 8:  Ch 1, sl st in next stitch and in each of the next 4 sts, ch 9, skip the next stitch and slip stitch in the following st.  Continue slip stitching in each stitch around.  Slip stitch to the ch 1 space to join round.
Tie off yarn.

Using the 6” tail at the bottom of the cozy, sew the bottom closed.

Turn the cozy inside out.

Sew a small button to the top center of the cozy, approximately ½” from the top.

Finish by weaving in all loose ends.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

New Etsy Shop Item: Spongebob SquarePants Tissue Box Cozy

My Mickey and Minnie Mouse tissue box covers have been the best-selling items in my Etsy shop for some time, so I had been thinking about creating a new tissue box cover design featuring a different cartoon character.  Tonight, I just finished this tissue box cover featuring Spongebob SquarePants.



I wrote out the pattern for this cozy as I created it and will be adding it to my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry shops as soon as I proofread it and add the photos.  Hopefully, it will be available by tomorrow afternoon.

New Free Pattern: Ribbed Dishcloth




New Free Crochet Pattern:  Ribbed Dishcloth 

This simple pattern is practical and easy to customize.  This pattern would make a great project for a beginner.  Switch colors in between rows to add a striped pattern or add a flower or other embellishment to dress up the cloth.   I recommend using 100% cotton yarn as it is the most absorbent.  Finished dishcloth measures approximately 7”x6”


Ribbed Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

Materials:
Size H crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn
Needle (to sew in loose ends)

Ch 25
Row 1:  Dc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across. (23 dc total)
Row 2:  Ch 2 turn,  in back loops only, dc in next st and each st across. (23 dc total).


Row 3-11:  Ch 2 turn,  in back loops only, dc in next st and each st across. (23 dc total).
Row 4:  Do not turn, sc around the entire washcloth placing 2 sc in each corner space.
Tie off yarn and sew in all loose ends.

*Note:  This pattern is also available as a download on the PDF Patterns page.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Inspire Me: Share Your Latest Projects.

Happy Friday everyone!  To start off the weekend, help to inspire me by linking up what you have been working on lately.



Thursday, June 7, 2012

Free Crochet Seashell and Coral Patterns

Free Crochet Seashell and Coral Patterns



In my previous post, I spoke about the crochet coral exhibit that will be on display at Florida Craftsmen starting tomorrow.  Today, while I was on their website I noticed that some of the contributing crocheters to the project posted free patterns they used for corals and seashells.


I was particularly excited about this find because I have been looking for a great crochet seashell pattern to decorate my condo.  All of the following patterns came from the Florida Craftsmen website and can be found here.




Hyperbolic plane


Foundation row: Ch 21, turn.
Rows 1-15 (or more): Work (1 sc in each of next 3 stitches, increase in next stitch) across. Ch 1, turn.
For great effect, work one final row in contrast yarn. Fasten off.
We call this “n=4″ because you’re increasing in every 4th stitch. You can make a larger piece by starting with ch 31 and increasing every 6th stitch. If you prefer dc, increase in every 2nd or 3rd stitch.

Starfish


© 2011 Denise Beaubien Bennett
Round 1: Ch 6; join to first ch with sl st to form a ring.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc); work approx 2 dc in each ch for a total of 12 dc. Join to top of initial ch 3.
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc); work approx 2 dc in each ch for a total of 25 dc. Join to top of initial ch 3.
Round 4: Make a star arm:
*Ch 16. Starting in 2nd ch from hook, work: 1 sl st, 3 sc, 3 hdc, 3 dc, 3 trc, 2 qc (quad). Sl st in top of 5th and 6th dc in previous round.
Repeat from * 4 more times for a total of 5 star arms. End last arm with one sl st.
Round 5: *Work 1 sc in each st up the star arm; work 2 sc in turning chain at top of arm; work 1 sc in each st down the star arm. Work 1 sc in the “elbow” st between arms or, if you have 2 sts in the elbow, work them tog (draw up a loop in one st, draw up a loop in next st, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops). Continue from * for each star arm. End with sl st in 1st sc.

Coil / Corkscrew / Curlicue / Fingerling


Row 1: Crochet a chain that is twice as long (maybe a little extra) as you want the finished coil.
Row 2: Sl st in 2nd chain from hook. Work 3 sc in each chain across. At the end, sl st into the chain of the previous coil. Fasten off.
Variations:
Work another row, maybe in another color, of 2 sc in each stitch across.
Work in dc for a longer, wider, looser look.
Vary your stitches around the coil (sc to hdc to dc to tr and down again) to alter the widths.
Make a round base (2-3 rounds) and work one coil out of each sc in base. At the end of each coil, sl st into the next base sc to begin another coil. On a large base (think jellyfish), sc into several base stiches between coils/legs.
For tendrils, work 2 sc in 1st several stitches. When you have enough of a coil started, continue with 1 sc in each ch. To keep them straighter at the stem, chain out in one hook size larger than the one you use to crochet back.

Tube sponge
A tube sponge is composed of several tubes, a base top that is dome-shaped, and a base bottom that is pancake-shaped


© 2011 Denise Beaubien Bennett
For each tube: Ch 14, join with slip stitch to first chain to form a ring. Work one sc in each ch around. Continue working even, one sc in each sc, for desired length of pillar. Work last round in a different color — try a smaller hook to draw the top in. Vary your starting chain (12 or 16 ch) to make pillars of varying circumferences. Make about 12.
For the base top:
Ch 6, sl st in 1st ch to form a ring.
Round 1: 1 sc in each ch.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc.
Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 12 sc.
Round 4: *1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 18 sc.
Round 5: *1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 24 sc.
Round 6: work even (24 sts)
Round 7: *1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 30 sc.
Round 8: *1 sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 36 sc.
Round 9: *1 sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 42 sc.
Round 10: *1 sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 48 sc.
Round 11: work even (48 sts)
Round 12: *1 sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 54 sc.
Round 13: *1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 60 sc.
Round 14: *1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 66 sc.
End off.
For the base bottom:
Ch 6, sl st in 1st ch to form a ring.
Round 1: 1 sc in each ch.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc.
Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 12 sc.
Round 4: *1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 18 sc.
Round 3: *1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around; end 24 sc.
Work in pattern (increasing 6 sts in each round) for 12 rounds (66 sc). End off.
Finishing:
With yarn (blunt) needle, sew each tube onto the base top. Match the base bottom (facing top down) to the base top, and sl st the bottom and top together about 3/4 of the way around. Stop and lightly stuff the base. Continue in sl st to close the base. Stuff the tubes about 1/2 to 2/3 full.

Sea anemones / pillars


To make pillars, start at the bottom with a pancake:
Round 1: Ch 4, join with slip stitch to 1st chain to form a ring. Work 4 sc into ring.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc (total 8 sc).
Round 3: Work 2 sc in each sc (total 16 sc).
Round 4: * Work 1 sc in next sc, work 2 sc in next sc; continue from * around (total 24 sc).
To form sides, work even: 1 sc in each sc (total 24 sc) and continue until you reach the desired length.
Stop and stuff the pillar (with cardboard circles, fiberfill/pillow stuffing, or a plastic object) and then begin to decrease.
Decrease round 1: *Work 1 sc in each of 2 sc, work next 2 sc together; continue from * around (total 18 sc).
Decrease round 2: *Work 1 sc in next sc, work next 2 sc together; continue from * around (total 12 sc).
Decrease round 3: *Work 2 sc together; continue from * around (total 6 sc). Slip stitch in 3rd stitch from hook. Cut yarn, draw through remaining loop, and tuck away.
Variations: change the diameter or height of your pillar.
To make a larger starting pancake, keep adding the same number of stitches in each round, such as
[Round 5: * Work 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, work 2 sc in next sc;
Round 6: * Work 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, work 2 sc in next sc; etc.]
To change the shape, try increasing or decreasing a few stitches in relevant rows. Lots of trial and error here!

To make a tapered pillar, work more rounds (at least 6, depending on thickness of yarn) of a starting pancake.
Next 2 rounds: work even.
Next round: decrease 4 stitches evenly around. To decrease: draw up a loop in one stitch, draw up a loop in the next stitch, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Next 4 rounds: work even.
Next round: decrease 4 stitches evenly around.
Next 4 rounds: work even.
Next round: decrease 4 stitches evenly around.
Stop and stuff the pillar before the opening gets too small!
Next 2 rounds: work even.
Next round: decrease 4 stitches evenly around.
Continue as needed to achieve the desired shape. Stop and stuff before the final 2 rows — be sure to end pancake-like rather than pointy.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Crochet Coral Reef

Today I saw this video preview of the crochet coral reef exhibit to be displayed at Florida Craftsmen in St Petersburg, FL.



This exhibit will be on display from June 8th through September 1st.  I cannot wait to see this in person!

 This project is a satellite of the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project created by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring.  The project was created to unify science and art while bringing attention to the plight of the coral reefs.

 "Over 270 people have created thousands of crocheted coral, shells, fish, eels, rays and so many more incredible forms. The finished reef will fill the 1200 sf exhibition gallery with some fun surprises in store." says the website for the Florida Craftsmen.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Crochet Update: New Pattern On the Way!


I am apologize for being a little M.I.A. lately.  I recently started a new job and things have been a little hectic around the house.  Now that everything has settled down a bit, I want to start working on a new free pattern.'

I have been trying to decide what my next pattern should be and have had some suggestions but I would love to know if anyone else has suggestions or special requests :)  I hope to work on the pattern this week and have it finished and posted by Friday or early next week at the latest.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Advertising Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to our first round of Tampa Bay Crochet advertising giveaway winners, Melita J., Lorelai M. and Nichole!

There is still time to enter to win on Facebook by visiting, Tampa Bay Crochet Facebook, and clicking on the Giveaway tab.

Thank you to all who participated in this giveaway.  Be sure to look out for more giveaways in the future!

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