Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cross Your Heart Infinity Scarf - Free Pattern

I hope you are enjoying the Cross Your Heart water bottle cover pattern!  I just love the Cross Your Heart stitch and I've been experimenting with ways to wear it.  I have a couple of patterns in the works and I've decided to share one of them with you.


Cross Your Heart Infinity scarf


Supplies:


Red Heart with Love yarn (Iris)
K Hook (6.5 mm)
tapestry needle

Pattern:


Chain 142 (Child), 166 (adult), or a multiple of 3 plus 1. Carefully join to the first chain to complete the loop (Or, if you are like me, you can wait to join until the end of Row 1.  I'm nervous about twisting the chain!)

Row 1: HDC in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Slip stitch to the top of the first HDC to join.  (If you did not join the beginning chain, you can do so now using your tapestry needle or wait until the end.)

Row 2: Chain 5 (counts as 1 DC and 2 chains. Skip back one stitch. HDC in the previous stitch (1 Cross cluster created). * Skip forward past 2 empty stitches.  1 DC in the next stitch. Chain 2. HDC back into the previous skipped stitch. * Repeat from * to * around. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 2 from the first cross cluster to join.









Row 3: Chain 5 (counts as 1 DC and 2 chains). 1 HDC into the chain 2 space in the previous cross cluster (back to the right). Skip forward to the next empty chain 2 space. (This is the next chain 2 space past the one you crocheted the original DC in).   1 DC, chain 2 in that space.  1 HDC back into the chain 2 space in the previous cross cluster.  Repeat from * to * around, ending with a DC into the chain 2 space from the first cluster, chain 2,  1 HDC back into the previous chain 2.  Slip stitch into the top of the chain 2 from the previous cross cluster to join.

Rows 4-10: Repeat Row 3.  You can also continue to repeat Row 3 if you would like a thicker scarf.

Row 11: Chain 1. 2 HDC in each Chain 2 space and 1 HDC in the space between.  Repeat around.  Join to the top of the first HDC. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Depending on your tension, you may need to block your scarf.  Never fear!  A bit of cold water and a towel will help you to shape your scarf.

If you like this pattern, please add it to your Ravelry queue!  Click here:  Cross Your Heart Infinity Scarf on Ravelry.



I hope you enjoy this scarf as much as I love mine!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cross Your Heart Water Bottle Cover - Free Pattern


Do you have a reusable water bottle?  I have more than my fair share of them.  Okay, I really have about six of them.  I know!  It is crazy! I like to have my own water bottle so that I make certain to drink all of the water I need in the day, but also so that I don't spend money on water bottles while I am out and about.

I love cold water.  I'm talking icy cold water!  One of the draw backs to icy cold water is that condensation will inevitably form on the sides of my water bottle and leave rings on my desk or whatever table I set my water bottle on.  That is annoying, but it is also annoying to put my hand on the side of my water bottle to drink and end up with a wet hand.

After I made my first Kindle cover, I wondered if I could make a cover for my water bottle.  I've actually made quite a few, but this pattern is one that is completely different.  It is not a solid cover. There are some lacy holes in it so that I can see the level of the water in the bottle.  The neat part is that the cotton completely absorbs the water so that I do not leave water rings everywhere I go and when I put my hand on the bottle to drink, the cotton provides a barrier between my hand and the bottle.  It's a total win-win!

This pattern is completely customizable.  I've designed it to work with 24 ounce bottles that have a 2 and 7/8 to 3 inch diameter base.  You can easily make it larger by  starting with 12 HDCs in the beginning magic circle instead of 11.  The key is that you have to increase until you have a multiple of 3, so that should be the third row.

Let's get started!


Cross Your Heart Water Bottle Cover Pattern


Supplies:

G Hook
H Hook
1 Skein Peaches and Cream cotton yarn
tapestry needle
decorative button

Pattern:


*Chain 1 at beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.

Begin with G Hook.
Row 1: Magic Circle, Chain 1. 11 HDC. Slip Stitch to join to the first HDC. (11 HDCs)
Row 2: Chain 1. 2 HDC in each stitch around. Slip Stitch to join to the first HDC. (22 HDCs)
Row 3: Chain 1. 2 HDC in the first stitch. 1 HDC in the next. Repeat around. Slip Stitch to join to the first HDC. (33 HDCs)
Row 4: Chain 1. 1 HDC in each stitch around. (33 HDCs)
Row 5: Chain 5 (counts as 1 DC and 2 chains. HDC in the previous stitch (1 Cross cluster created). * Skip forward past 2 empty stitches.  1 DC in the next stitch. Chain 2. HDC back into the previous skipped stitch. * Repeat from * to * around. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 2 from the first cross cluster to join.

Chain 5 and work back into the previous stitch.

First Crossover Cluster


Switch to H Hook.
Row 6: Chain 5 (counts as 1 DC and 2 chains). 1 HDC into the chain 2 space in the previous cross cluster (back to the right). Skip forward to the next empty chain 2 space. (This is the next chain 2 space past the one you crocheted the original DC in).   1 DC, chain 2 in that space.  1 HDC back into the chain 2 space in the previous cross cluster.  Repeat from * to * around, ending with a DC into the chain 2 space from the first cluster, chain 2,  1 HDC back into the previous chain 2.  Slip stitch into the top of the chain 2 from the previous cross cluster to join.

Rows 6- 11 (or fewer or more depending on height of the water bottle): Repeat row 5.

Row 12: Chain 1. * 2HDC in the first Chain 2 space.  3 HDC in the next Chain 2 space.* Repeat from * to * around.  Slip stitch to the top of the first HDC.

Next you will need to put your cover onto your water bottle to determine how long of a chain you will need to cover the handle, loop or other part to secure it.  Chain whatever number you need to stretch the band over the handle and reach down to the middle of one of the HDCs.  Count the number of chains you have made and repeat that same number. You should have double the number of chains than are needed to stretch over the handle to the HDCs.  Remove the cover from your bottle.  Slip stitch the end of your chain into the same stitch you started from.

Row 13: Slip stitch in the top of each HDC around.  Fasten off when you reach the chain loop. Weave in all ends.

Put the cover back on your bottle and measure where the loop will fall in the row of HDCs to determine where the button should go.  Remove the cover and sew the button on.

Enjoy your new water bottle cover/water absorber/cold water insulator!  :)

Click here to visit the Cross Your Heart Water Bottle Cover on Ravelry. If you like it, please add it to your Ravelry cue or add it to your favorites.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Combining patterns to make stretch your crochet muscle

When you are first learning how to crochet, it feels like you have to stick to the easiest of patterns.  As you gain confidence, you may try more complicated designs.  I completely remember the first time I made the Divine Hat on Ravelry, the Flower Newsgirl Beanie by Polka Dot Posh, and the One Skein Lap Throw.  I felt fancy.  In retrospect, those patterns weren't too complicated, but there was counting involved and paying attention to how to place the hook to create the right stitch.  The best part was how accomplished I felt.

At some point, you gain enough confidence to start  playing.  By playing I mean going off the pattern or combining patterns.  I've been doing that for a while now; using one stitch for the body of a blanket and two or three border patterns to create something unique for the border.  It was pillow slip covers that really got me trying different things.  I made a flower pillow that combined a flower crocheted in the round, a pattern to change the round shape into a square, and then Cherry Heart's cushion back tutorial to finish up the slip cover.  I've written about the pillows here.

You can do this, too!  I've used Pinterest to collect a bunch of different patterns I like and thought about ways I could combine them.  One night, I found myself with quite a bit of yarn left from a Lacy Trellis blanket and thought I might try some of the patterns I had been pinning.  I love Dada's Place Primavera flower square and knew that I wanted to try it out.  Once I made one, I was hooked!  I made three more without even noticing how far I had gotten.  Then, after staring at the squares and wondering how I wanted to combine them, I went back to Pinterest and found a pin I had for a simulated braid join.  With a giant square created, I decided to turn it into a pillow.  I used a simple pattern to create stripes across the back and used Cherry Heart's cushion back tutorial to create the overlapping pieces for my pillow slip cover.

The result of all this experimentation and combination is this pillow.
From the front!

From the back.  Buttons hold the overlapping pieces together to secure the slip cover.


I'm in love with this pillow.  It will go perfectly with the blanket I made and it is seriously cheery.

Why don't you try something like this?  Pick two or more patterns you like and try combining them in a different way to make something unique.  It will stretch your crochet skills and make you feel super accomplished.  If you blog about them or post pictures somewhere, I hope you will share them!