Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Pet Themed Crochet Ideas

Pet Themed Crochet


Whether it is for the holiday, life celebrations or just for any reason or occasion, the receiver of any pet-themed crochet items will appreciate and love such items.  When looking around for inspiration and ideas, there is a multitude of sites, patterns and ideas both free and paid.  Here are a few ideas to get you going for some inspiration.

Cat Crochet



Dog Crochet



Paw Prints

  • Meandering Paw Prints patterns by Amy B Stitched that include
    • Puppy Love afghan
    • Meandering Paw Prints Scarf
    • Meandering Paw Prints Over the Rainbow Bridge Afghan
    • Meandering Paw Prints Heart of Duchess
    • Meandering Paw Print Cup Cozy
    • Meandering Paw Prints Pet Scarf 



Saturday, October 6, 2018

Holiday Gift and Bazaar Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas and Holiday Bazaar Ideas

It's that time of year to start thinking of holiday gift items and also holiday bazaar items. I'll update this post as time goes on with other ideas as I come across them.

One item that I think is a great idea is a bowl cozy - great for holding bowls of hot food and also for cold food while sitting in front of the TV, etc.  I've made and use this cozy and it really works great!  You can find the pattern here on the A Stitch At A Time for Amy B Stitched blog.

Another idea for both the holidays and bazaar items is a crocheted gift bag.  I made some of these last year and loved them as they are different from the standard store bought gift bag and they are reusable!  Check out Down the Chimney Gift Bags  here.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Grannies Rectangle

The Grannies Rectangle




The Grannies Rectangle is a family member to the Grannies Square!  The rectangle is a variation on the square for those who would like to work the pattern in an elongated version versus a square.  This pattern, like the square, can be made to any desirable size.

The Grannies Rectangle is a combination of the traditional granny square with a solid granny square.  The rectangle can be made as small or as large as desired due to repeating rounds.
Notes:
·      Size H/5.00 mm hook
·      Ch 3 counts as a dc
·      Lg cluster = 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc
·      Sm cluster = 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc
·      Round 3 begins the Lg cluster rounds
·      In the solid granny rounds (Round 4), dc in the ch 1s instead of the ch 1 spaces
·      Rnd 4 is the solid granny round and Rnd 5 is the traditional granny round.

Ch 16
Rnd 1: In the 4th ch from your hook, [2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc]. *Ch 1, sk 2 ch; 3 dc in next ch st**. Rep from * 2 more times, ch 1, sk 2 ch. In the last ch [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc]. *Ch 1, sk 2 ch; 3 dc in next ch st**. Rep from * 2 more times, ch 1, sl st into top of ch 3.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc into next 2 dc; sm cluster in ch 2 sp; dc in next 3 dc, sm cluster in ch 2 sp).  Dc across and sm cluster in ch 2 space.  Dc in next 3 dc and sm cluster in ch 2 sp.  Dc across and sl st into top of ch 3.  
Rnd 3: Sl st to next dc and ch 3; 2 dc in same st, ch 1. Sk 3 st, lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1; sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 3 st, lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1. * Sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1. Rpt from * 4 times.  Sk 3 st, lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1; sk 3st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 3 st, lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1. * Sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1. Rpt from * 3 times.  Sl st into top of ch 3.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc across to ch 2 sp; sm cluster in ch 2 sp.  *(Dc across and sm cluster in ch 2 sp).  Rpt from * twice. Dc across to ch 3 and sl st into top of ch 3.
Rnd 5: Sl st to next dc, ch 3 and 2 dc into same st, ch 1.  Sk 3 st, 3 dc into next st, ch 1, lg cluster in corner ch 1 sp, ch 1. *([Sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1] across to next ch 1 corner sp and lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1).  Rpt from * twice.  Sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1 and sl st into top of ch 3.

Repeat rounds 4 and 5 until desired size is reached and end with a solid granny round as it can serve as a border round.

The PDF of the pattern can be found here







Thursday, August 30, 2018

Grannies Square

Grannies Square


The Grannies Square pattern is now available!



Many thanks to my testers who tested this pattern for me and shared their insights, thoughts, comments, etc.  I truly appreciate all your hard work and the time you committed to making this come full circle.

The Grannies Square is a combination of the traditional granny square with a solid granny square.  This pattern is one that shows with the use of color how a pattern can take on many different appearances/looks all with just using the same pattern.

You can find the pattern pdf here or as a Ravelry download here

--------------------------------------------------------

Grannies Square


The Grannies Square is a combination of the traditional granny square with a solid granny square. The square can be made as small or as large as desired due to repeating rounds.

Notes:
· Size H/5.00 mm hook
· Ch 3 counts as a dc
· Lg cluster = 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc
· Sm cluster = 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc
· Round 3 begins the Lg cluster rounds
· In the solid granny rounds (Round 4), dc in the ch 1s instead of the ch 1 spaces
· Rnd 4 is the solid granny round and Rnd 5 is the traditional granny round.


Ch 4 and sl st in first ch to make a loop

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 dc into loop, ch 2; *(3 dc, ch 2). Rpt from * twice and sl st into top of ch 3

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc into next 2 dc; sm cluster in ch 2 sp; *(dc in next 3 dc, sm cluster in ch 2 sp). Rpt from * twice and sl st into top of ch 3

Rnd 3: Sl st to next dc and ch 3; 2 dc in same st, ch 1. *(sk 3 st, lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1; sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1). Rpt from * twice. Sk 3 st, lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1; sl st into top of ch 3.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc across to ch 2 sp; sm cluster in ch 2 sp. *(Dc across and sm cluster in ch 2 sp). Rpt from * twice. Dc across to ch 3 and sl st into top of ch 3.

Rnd 5: Sl st to next dc, ch 3 and 2 dc into same st, ch 1. Sk 3 st, 3 dc into next st, ch 1, lg cluster in corner ch 1 sp, ch 1. *([Sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1] across to next ch 1 corner sp and lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1). Rpt from * twice. Sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1 and sl st into top of ch 3.


Repeat rounds 4 and 5 until desired size is reached and end with a solid granny round as it can serve as a border round.

----------------------------------------












Sunday, July 29, 2018

Amy B Stitched's New Pattern - Meandering Paw Prints Shawl

I just had to share this wonderful new pattern - Meandering Paw Prints Shawl by Amy B Stitched!



Be sure to check out the pattern here.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Granny Stitch Triangle Shawl

Granny Stitch Triangle Shawl




Notes:
·      Size H/5.00 mm hook 
·      14 ounces/396 g yarn of choice
·      Terms are in US terms
·      Turning ch 4 counts as a dc plus 1 ch

Ch 4 and sl st into 4thch from hook to create a loop
Row 1:    Ch 4, 3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc into loop.  Ch 4 and turn.
Row 2:    3 dc into ch 1 space, ch 1; 3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc into last ch 1 sp .  Ch 4 and turn.
Row 3:    3 dc into ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1 and 1 dc in last ch 1 sp.  Ch 4 and turn.
Rows 4 – 60:    The pattern repeats itself – after turning, 3 dc and ch 1 in the first ch 1 sp; 3 dc and ch 1 in each of the ch 1 spaces across.  In the last ch 1 sp, 3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 4 and turn.

*You can keep adding rows until you reach a desired width and length of the shawl.  Fasten off and sew in any loose ends.

The pattern pdf can be found here







Sunday, July 22, 2018

Use of color can make a big difference

The use of color in our projects can make the biggest difference in the outcome.  When using one color or combination of colors for a project, the end product can turn out one way; and when using other colors or combination of colors, the same project can take on a whole new look.

Red Heart has a great article on the use of color and how our color choices can affect our projects.  Check out their blog post of Changing Colors for Different Looks.