Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tutorial: How To Make A Yarn Pom Pom

Tutorial:  How to Make a Yarn Pom Pom

 


Adding a yarn pom pom is a great way to add a little fun to just about any crochet project.  I especially love to add them to winter hats.  Yarn pom poms are quick and simple to make!

All you need is some yarn in your desired colors, your hand and a pair of scissors!

The pom pom I made in the example below only uses one color but you can make a multicolored pom pom by switching colors after every few wraps. 



Step 1:  Start by taking your yarn and wrapping it around a hard surface.  You can use your hand, a small piece of cardboard or any other small surface. 





Step 2:  Continue wrapping the yarn.  The more times you wrap the yarn, the thicker your pom pom will be.  As a point of reference, I wrapped the yarn around my hand 30 times for this particular pom pom.




Step 3:  Slip the wrapped yarn off of your hand or surface and using a separate piece of yarn, tie a knot around the center. 






 Step 4:  Slip scissors through the loops on each end of the pom pom and cut across to create the fringe.




Step 5:  Fluff the yarn to form the pom pom.




Monday, October 29, 2012

Sneak Peak of Upcoming Holiday Patterns


I spent this past weekend working on some new holiday hat patterns.  I am really excited about my first two creations.  Here is a sneak peak of the upcoming hats:

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I am still working on cleaning up the patterns.  Then, I will have some testers double check them for me.  Hopefully, I will be releasing them later this week!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern Release: Ribbed Cuff Fingerless Gloves

Free Crochet Pattern Release:  Ribbed Cuff Fingerless Gloves





I created this pattern yesterday morning on a whim.  It's a very basic pattern for fingerless gloves featuring a ribbed cuff.  Very quick to make, the gloves probably took me an hour total and that included the time it took me to write the pattern.  Enjoy!

Note:  This pattern is also available as a free PDF download through Craftsy by clicking here







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Materials:

Size H crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn (I used Redheart Wth Love)
Needle



Gauge:
3 dc = 1”
2 rows of dc = 1”
 
 
Abbreviations:

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sts = stitches
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet


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Pattern:


Round 1:  Ch 25, sl st to 1st chain to form a ring.  Be careful not to twist the chain.
Round 2:  Ch 3, dc in next stitch and in each stitch around.  Sl st in top of ch 3 to join round.
Round 3:  Ch 3, (fpdc in next st, bpdc in following stitch) repeat all the way around.  Sl st to top of ch 3 to join round.
Round 4:  Repeat round 3
Round 5:  Ch 3, dc in next st and in each st around. Sl st to top of ch 3 to join round.
Round 6-12:  Repeat round 5.
Round 13:  (This round creates the thumb opening) Ch 3, dc first 20 sts, ch 4, skip remaining stitches and sl st to top of ch 3 to join round.
Round 14:  Ch 3, dc in each stitch and chain around.  Sl st to top of ch 3 to join round.
Round 15:  Ch 3, (fpdc in next st, bpdc in following stitch) repeat all the way around.  Sl st to top of ch 3 to join round.
Round 16: Repeat round 15.

Tie off yarn.  Using the needle, weave in all loose ends.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New Pattern: Two Tone Ballet Slippers



Two Tone Ballet Slippers






By
Tampa Bay Crochet

Please do not sell this pattern. 

You may also download this pattern for free through Craftsy by clicking here.


Sizes (U.S. shoe size):
Small:  5-6
Medium:  7-8
Large:  9-10
x-large:  11-12

Materials:
Needle (for weaving in loose ends).
Size H crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn.  For this pattern, I used Redheart Super Saver.

Abbreviations:
Ssc:  Same stitch cluster
Tsc:  Two stitch cluster
Sc:  single crochet
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch  yahoo


Special Stitches:
Same stitch cluster: Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through first two loops on hook, yarn over and insert hook in same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through first two loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.
Two stitch cluster: Yarn over, insert hook in the same stitch as the last stitch made, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through first two stitches on hook, yarn over and insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through first two loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all three loops.

Slipper Pattern:
Row 1:  Ch 4, ssc 7 times in 4th ch from hook (7 stitches)
Row 2:  Ch 3, 2 ssc in each stitch around (14)
Row 3:  Ch 3, 1 ssc in each stitch around (14)
Row 4:  Ch 3, 2 ssc in next st, 1 ssc in next 3 st, repeat 2 more times, 2 ssc in next st, 1 ssc in next  st. Join with a sl st to top of ch 3 (18)
Row 5:  Ch 3, tsc in each st around (18)
Row 6:  Ch 3, tsc in each st around. (18)
If switching colors, tie off yarn and sl st with new color to join.
Row 7:  Ch 3, tsc in each st around (18)
Row 8:  Repeat row 7
Row 9:  Ch 3 turn, tsc in next 13 sts.
Row 10:  Ch 3 turn, tsc in next 13 sts,
Row 11:  Repeat row 10 until your slipper reaches your desired length.  Check the length of the slipper by folding it in half lengthwise.  Next, measure from the tip of the toe to your last completed row.  


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 Here are the desired completed lengths for each size:

For size small:  the slipper should now be around 8”
For size medium:  the slipper should be around 8.75”
For size large:  the slipper should be around 9.25”
For size x-large:  the slipper should be around 9.75”


Last Row:  Ch 1, hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog 4 times, hdc in last 3 sts.  Tie off leaving a 12 inch tail.  
To close the heel of the slipper:
Turn slipper inside out.  Fold the slipper in half lengthwise.  Using a needle and the 12” tail, sew the two sides of the heel of the slipper together. 
Finishing:
Turn slipper right side out.  Sl st with main yarn toward the heel of the slipper.  Ch1, sc evenly around the opening of the slipper.  Slip st to ch 1 to join.
Tie off yarn and weave in all loose ends.
You can decorate the slippers with flowers, buttons or appliqu├ęs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sneak Peek: Free Ballet Slippers Pattern

Sneak Peek:  Free Ballet Slippers Pattern



This past week I have finally had the time to start working on my next free pattern.  I decided to make a simple ballet slipper.  I used a cluster stitch to give the slippers texture and added warmth.  Here is a sneak peak of the slippers (they are still a work in progress).







I am pretty happy with the way these slippers are turning out.  They are very comfortable, warm and don't slip off your feet!  I hope to have this pattern ready and posted by the end of the week.

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