Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ireland's Scarf

If you read the last post you will remember the 4 scarves that I started last week. I showed you pics of 3, but not number 4. My little girl, Ireland, recently asked me to make her a scarf. She watched me start all of those scarves last week and decided she wanted one too. So, number 4 is called Ireland's Scarf. I had this pretty Raspberry colored yarn that I thought would be perfect for her.

After I finished, I showed it to her and she said, "I didn't want pink, I want red!"
Ok I went out yesterday to my LYS and bought a bright red for her. So this scarf is mine now. It is a little short, but I'll add a few rows and maybe some fringe and it'll work just fine :)

Ireland requested a "no holes" scarf so I used a very simple stitch. I am a little tired of using half doubles...and I didn't want to use singles either. So I decided to use extended singles. I really like it. It creates a simple but modern look.

I promised to write out the here it is

Worsted weight yarn 1 skein for a child, 2 for adult (I used Vanna's Choice in Raspberry)
Size H crochet hook edit: I used an I hook
Yarn needle

Child (Adult)

not as important


Stitch explanation
Extended Single Crochet (esc): Insert hook in indicated st or row, yo, pull up lp, yo, pull through 1 lp on hook, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook.

Ch 124 (180) I made another and 124 may be a little short

Row 1: Esc in 2nd ch from hook. Esc in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Esc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat row 2 for a total of 10 (14) rows. Finish off.

Weave ends.

You can make the scarf wider by adding more rows.
Change it up by alternating esc rows with dc rows. You can easily alter this pattern to make it more interesting or more to your liking.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Scarves and More Scarves

My little Ireland is addicted to all things girly. Makeup, nail polish, body glitter, hair stuff, anything princess. She will sit and paint her own nails for hours....I'm talking polish, stickers, and top coat. She does this everyday. She woke me up the other morning to show me her nails...I wondered, how long has this kid been awake to do this?

Here lately I have been all about scarves. While Ireland has been occupying herself with her nails, I have started 4 scarves... and how many have I finished? Not even one. I ran out of yarn for each one.

The first one is a puff stitch scarf. I found it here on Ravelry. It is super easy and so pretty.

The next one is called Feather and Fan. I found it here. I don't know if I like the blah color.

Number 3 was found here. It is called Isar scarf. I love this one so much...I actually started 2 of these in different yarn.

I came really close to finishing this one. Tomorrow, I'll make a trip to my LYS to get the rest of the yarn for all of these.

A couple of weeks ago I put up a poll and asked what type of crochet project are you most interested in making right now.

51% of you responded with clicking on scarf. So, scarf it is. I'll post scarf number 4 with the pattern later this stay tuned:)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Scrapadelic Scarf

I made this scarf a long time ago...maybe 3 years back. Anyway, I listed it in my Etsy shop and recently someone asked how to make it.

The great thing about this scarf is the colors. You can wear it with a lot of things. Maybe not everything, but I wear it all the time. Even though there are several colors and several ends...there is No weaving...YAaY! I really love stripey projects but really hate weaving in those irritating ends.

This would go great with the Colorful Stripey could make a matching set. All you need is a few scraps of leftover yarn...another great project for getting rid of those pesky leftover balls rolling around in the bottom of your stash basket or bag.

This is a simple pattern great for beginners. All you need to know is a sc and hdc. I use half doubles in a lot of my projects. I guess it's my favorite stitch.

So here you go:

Worsted weight yarn (I used about 10 different colors)
Size G crochet hook

*No yarn needle needed this time*!!!

4 inches wide
60 inches long (not including fringe)

not as important for this project

You will leave at least 7 inches of tail when starting and finishing each color. These tails or ends will be the fringe. Change colors for each row.

You can substitute dc instead of hdc for a wider scarf.

Ch 181

Row 1: Working in the back ridge, Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each ch across. (180 sc) Finish off. Turn

Row 2-10: Attach new color with sl st to the last stitch worked from previous row. Ch 2 (counts as first st), hdc in the next st and in each st across. Finish off. Turn

Row 11: Attach new color with sl st to last st worked from previous row. Ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across. Finish off.


Cut two 12 inch strips of each color. Attach one strand of each color to the end of each row. (Match up the colors) You will have 3 ends for each color on each end. Braid each set. Refer to the photo.

Please leave me a comment if you have any questions. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Winners for the December Giveaway

I'm happy to announce the winners for this month's giveaway. I decided to choose 5 winners instead of 3.

43 people commented, and I really enjoyed reading all of the comments. Since I have no crocheting or knitting friends here in my world...I consider all of you my new crochet and knitting buddies. I love reading comments and reading your blogs. I felt more generous, thus the 5 winners instead of 3:)

Using I came up with the winners. Here they are

3, 16, 22, 26, 35

and if I'm not mistaken, the numbers translate to these names






Congrats to all of you and please contact me by email or here with your email address. I will send the patterns to you by email later this afternoon.

Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to look at my blog and comment.

Now here is a scarf that I will post later today or maybe tomorrow...hopefully today. It's nothing new...I crocheted it a couple of years ago. It's one of those things that I did not write down. A couple of days ago someone asked me how to make I'll post the instructions soon.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dishcloth Pattern

I've wanted to work on a new post all week, but it wasn't meant to be. Last week was a little bit rough for my little one. She was down and out with the flu and I obsessed over getting it all week. The doc informed us that she was only the second case she had seen so far this flu season. I had a flu shot a couple of months ago and I'm sure it helped me with not getting the virus... I don't know for sure.

I'm happy to say that all is well for now and Ireland is in good health.

I've been working on several dishcloths over the weekend. I made a couple in crochet and one knitted. I love the knitted ones, but the crocheted ones are really pretty too. The ones in the photos are crocheted.

If anyone is interested in the pattern for this one...I will happily post it here. Just leave me a comment:)

Here is the pattern for the dishcloth:

Note: I used an H hook, however for the next one I make, I will add a few more starting chains and use a smaller hook.


worsted weight cotton yarn
Size H crochet hook
yarn needle

9.5 x 9.5 inches (24 x 24 cm)

4 rows and 6sts = 2 inches


Ch 30

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Hdc in each ch ac9ross, turn (29 hdc).

Important: Remember to work the beginning ch 2 of each row as a stitch. You will work the last hdc of each row into the top of this ch 2.

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first st of row), Hdc in first st, (skip next st, 2 hdc in next st) across to the last 2 sts, skip the next st, work 1 hdc in the last st, turn.

Row 3 - 18: Repeat row 2

Row 19: Ch 2, Hdc in next st, hdc in each st across. Finish off

Weave ends.

If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I'll try to help.

I managed to make a little progress on the ripple...adding 2 shades of blue, a shade of pink, and starting the red.

And if you have never been here before, please check out the previous post for information about my monthly giveaway. I will be choosing the winners this Sunday. All you have to do is leave a comment under that post.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December Giveaway

It's that time again. Giveaway time! These are my favorite posts.

This month I am giving away free patterns...4 of them...yes I said 4!

These scarflettes are so easy and quick to make and are great sellers in my Etsy shop.

I'm giving all 4 patterns to 3 winners. All you have to do is leave me a comment to let me know that you are interested. See how easy this is.

The patterns include 2 scarflettes, a ponchette, and a bikini top...something for all seasons and all crocheters from beginners to experienced.

The ponchette is so beautiful and also easy to make. You can make one in cotton for warm weather...or other fibers for the cooler weather.

I will randomly choose 3 winners from the comments in this post...each winner will receive all 4 patterns. I'll announce the winners in a new post on December 18. That is 2 weeks from today.

So make sure you leave me a comment if you are interested!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Blog Award

Thanks to Maria at Dinki Dots for giving me my first blog award.

It feels so nice to see that people actually read my blog and follows me. To me, this is a compliment and something positive, so I decided to participate. The award means 'Dearest' in German and has only a couple of rules. It is given to favorite blogs with less than 200 followers.

So now I want to pass this on to 5 of my favorite blogs...with no pressure to participate of course. Here they are:

Thank you Maria...and I love your blog too. This took me a couple of days because there are other blogs that I love that I didn't include in this the ones in my blog list. If any of my five favorites are award free bloggers... I totally worries :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Slow But Steady Rippling

Here's another update on my ripple. I've been distracted this week, so progress has been slow. With working on all of those fingerless mitts, the ripple has been pushed to the side. I managed to add a few rows.

I added the white, orange, dark green, and lime. I'm starting to love it now. I love the randomness of the color and pattern. Before, I wasn't so sure about the colors, but I think it is growing on me.