Friday, April 30, 2010

Mini Key Ring Purses

Here's a cute way to use up sock yarn scraps. Look here for the free pattern. It shows 4 variations and includes the directions for all.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Knitted Lip Balm Cozy

Here's a quick project that uses scraps of yarn. These were all made with bits of sock yarn. Click here for the pattern.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bias Cup Cozy

I've been playing with ideas for cup cozies. I wanted something heavy enough to protect fingers from a hot drink and sturdy enough to stand up so it's easier to get the cup in. Here is my result. I really like it in variegated yarns.

Directions for Bias Cup Cozy

size G crochet hook
worsted weight acrylic yarn (doesn't take much)
Crochet in the back loop through out to create the ridge.
Row 1:
Chain 12 Work 2 single crochet in second chain from hook, then crochet one single crochet in each chain across
to last 2 chains. Crochet the last 2 chains together. Chain 1 and turn. (11 stitches)
Row 2:
Single crochet the first 2 stitches together, then crochet one single crochet in each stitch across to the last stitch. Work 2 single crochet in the last stitch. Chain 1 and turn. (11 stitches)
Row 3:
Work 2 single crochet in the first stitch, then crochet one single crochet in each stitch across to the last 2 stitches. Single crochet the last 2 stitches together . Chain 1 and turn (11 stitches).
Repeat rows 2 &3 for a total of 21 rows. Slipstitch the ends together.
Single crochet around the top, doing a pattern of 1 sc in two rows, then 2 sc in third row. Do a second row with 1 sc in each sc. Join, cut yarn, and weave in end. Do the same on the bottom of the cozy.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Parade of Spring Hats

It has been brought to my attention that postings have been a bit sparse lately. Therefore, here are some of the hats I've been making. All linked patterns are free downloads. And all of them are pretty easy to make.

Here we have a Crocheted Shell Stitch Preemie Hat. It's a stitch I haven't used with a hat before and I like the way it looks.

And this is the Mock Cable Baby Hat. It is very easy to make and does not use cable needles.

Here is a basic crocheted beanie with fdp's to add interest.

I've done this type of design on the Knifty Knitter but not on needles. The Simple Hat Pattern gave directions for this variation.

It's getting close to the time the local Farmers' Market will open so I've been looking for some new brimmed hats to sell.

The Beanie Brim Hat is a free pattern available on Ravelry. It really isn't flat on top; that's just the shape of my flower pot.

The Nubby Brim Cloche is another pattern from Ravelry.

The last hat is a Crocheted Brimmed Hat. It is fuller and looks like it will let your head breathe.

All of these hats were made with acrylic yarns. I'm planning on making the last three with cotton yarns as we get into summer.