Monday, July 23, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern: Chunky Twist Torsade Necklace

Chunky Twist Torsade Necklace

by 

  Tampa Bay Crochet

 
*This pattern may not be resold or copied.  Finished items however, may be sold.




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About the Design
Chunky necklaces are a huge trend this summer so I wanted to create a simple crochet version.  This necklace pattern can be easily customized by adding more colors and adjusting the length of your chains.  You could also crochet longer chains and turn it into a belt.  The pattern is written in steps rather than rounds or rows.  This is because there are several steps that do not involve crocheting (ex.  twisting the strands of the necklace).   I hope you enjoy this pattern! 

 
Materials:
Hook Size  G
Worsted weight yarn ( I use two colors in this example but you can use as many as you like)
Needle  - for sewing in ends and attaching the button
Button

Abbreviations:
Sc = Single Crochet
Sl St = slip stitch
Ch = chain
Sts = stitches
St = stitch




Instructions:


Step 1:  Ch 115 and tie off.  When laid flat your chain should measure around 25”.  Gauge is not very important in this project as long as all of your chains are nearly the same length.  You may decide to crochet shorter or longer chains depending on the desired length of the necklace.


Step 2:  Repeat the first step 3 more times until you have a total of four chains of the same color.  


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Step 3:  With your second color, Ch 115 and tie off.  Repeat three more times until you have a total of 4 chains with your second color.






Step 4:  Lay all 8 chains side by side and tape one end of them to a flat surface.  

 





Step 5:  Divide the chains up by color and begin to lightly twist them by placing one color over the other until you reach the end.








Now, you will begin connecting the chains together by slip stitching.

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Step 6:  Take your crochet hook and either color yarn and slip stitch through the end of the first chain, then ch 1.  Slip stitch through the end of the next closest chain and ch 1 again.  Do this until you reach the last chain.  Slip stitch through the last chain, ch 1 and turn.







Step 7:  Sc in each stitch across, ch 1 and turn.

Step 8:   Sc in each stitch across, tie off yarn leaving a 6 inch tail.





 
Step 9:  Using the tail, sew a button to the center of the end of the necklace.

Un-tape the opposite side of the necklace.

You will now use the same process to finish the opposite side of the necklace.

Step 10:  Slip stitch through the end of the first chain and ch 1.  Do this with each chain across.  Once you have slip stitched through the last chain, ch 1 and turn.

Step 11:  Sc through each slip stitch and chain across.  Ch 1 turn.
This next row creates the loop to hook around the button.






Step 12:  Single crochet through first 6 sts, chain 6, skip the next st and sc in the following stitch and in each stitch across.  Tie off yarn.

Step 13:  Finally, using a needle, sew in all of your loose ends.





Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Big Etsy Contest Featured Item: Sock Monkey Set

Good morning everyone.  Today I received an e-mail from The Big Etsy contest letting me know that my sock monkey hat and diaper cover set is being featured today.  If you have a chance today, head over to the contest and vote for me :)  It would be greatly appreciated!



Friday, July 20, 2012

Latest Custom Crochet Projects

I have been working on orders like crazy the past few weeks.  Here is a pic of my latest custom order.  I had someone request a Goofy and Donald Duck inspired toilet paper roll cover.  I had a tough time coming up with a design concept for Donald but I am pleased with how they turned out.

I am hoping to have some down time in the next few weeks so that I can start to stock up my Etsy store for the fall and winter seasons.  I also have a list of pattern ideas that I would love to start working on.

I plan on adding more free crochet patterns to my free crochet pattern directory later this weekend and hopefully I will have more free crochet patterns of my own design very soon!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Designing A Crochet Hat - by Sue from SusanD1408 Crochet Addict


I would like to say a huge thank you
To Megan for inviting me here today.



This is me with my son Little Red
Who is my inspiration!

I love designing Animal Themed items
I sell the finished product and the crochet patterns.


Today I would like to talk about the process of designing a hat.
It’s important to start with a good basic design


I start with my basic hat.
I then alter it
with earflaps, brims and other option.
I choose the right colour of hat for the animal.


This is the design for my dragon hat.
Then I start the process of designing each piece
I search for pictures on the internet of the animal I am making
And look at each feature I want adding to my hat.
The first thing I decided on was nostrils


Then the eyes


It’s important to get the colour of the eyes right
and the shape.
As each part is added to the hat you can see what needs adding.
In this case the eyes needed something more so an eyelid seemed the best option.


The eyebrows worked but it still wasn’t looking like a dragon


The ears made all the difference!
I still wanted more personality in this hat
So decided to add some brows & wings


Last but not least a dragon needs fire


As you can see from each part the personality of the hat
can change vastly with each piece that is added.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the process
of my hat being created.

You can find me at:
Blog:                            http://crochetaddictcfs.blogspot.co.uk

Friday, July 6, 2012

Where to Find Free Crochet Patterns

Where to Find Free Crochet Patterns


When starting a new project, I usually like to sit down and design my own crochet pattern.  However, there have been many times where I am in a time crunch and it becomes necessary to use an existing crochet pattern for my project.  Luckily, there are many great sites on the web full of free crochet patterns to sift through.  Here are a few of my favorites.


Craftsy
1.  Craftsy

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Craftsy not only has many free crochet patterns but they also have sewing patterns, knitting patterns, craft ideas, cake decorating tips...etc.  All of their free patterns are available as PDF downloads. They also have crochet patterns available for purchase.

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2.  Ravelry

Ravelry has tons of free crochet patterns available.  Some free patterns are linked to blog posts and some are available as PDF downloads.  They have crochet patterns available for purchase as well.  Ravelry also has knitting and sewing patterns.  I like Ravelry because it gives you so many options when you search for patterns.  You can search for free patterns only or you can search by size, style, yarn weight...etc.  It makes finding the perfect pattern very simple.




3.  All Free Crochet

All Free Crochet has hundreds of free crochet patterns.  They are broken down into several categories, each containing links to the free patterns.  The only downside to All Free Crochet is that you have to click on each link to see a photo of the pattern unlike Ravelry and Craftsy where the photos are displayed in your search results. 

4.  Crochet Pattern Central

Crochet pattern central is very similar to All Free Crochet.  Free crochet patterns are broken down into several categories, each featuring links to several free crochet patterns.  Just like All Free Crochet, you also have to click on the links to see a photo of the project.  However, Crochet Pattern Central also features links to tutorials as well as tips and tricks.

5.  FreeCrochet.com

After completing the free registration you will have access to 1,100 great FREE crochet patterns.  A great site for finding your next crochet project.  To visit, click the link below.

1,200+ FREE crochet patterns! Click here to get started!

6.  Go Directly to the Yarn Companies Websites.

My last tip is to visit some of the sites for yarn and craft companies.  Lion Brand Yarn has several free crochet patterns available on their website, as does Jo-Ann Fabrics and Michaels.

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