Monday, 27 April 2015

4th July Table Set




A pretty 4th July Placemat and Coaster set - you can make enough for a whole family if you wish! Very easy, very quick, and made with 100% cotton, easily kept clean!

Coaster size: Approx 5” diameter
Placemat size: Approx 13” diameter

Difficulty: Easy

Gauge: Not important for this pattern.

Materials: 1 skein of each colour Red, White and Blue in worsted weight cotton yarn. ( I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream as this produces a more rigid fabric.) 4mm hook; yarn needle for tidying up ends.

Special Stitch: Cluster (Cl): yo, insert hook into relevant stitch, draw yarn through (3 loops on hook), yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, insert hook into same st, draw yarn through (4 loops on hook), yo , draw through 2 loops, yo, draw through remaining 3 loops, ch 1).

Abbreviations: sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; dc = double crochet; sp = space; sl st = slip stitch; yo = yarn over; rep = repeat; beg = beginning; ch = chain; cl = Cluster (See Special Stitch above); inc = increase.

Pattern is written in US terms, a conversion chart is included at the end.



Pattern:


Coasters:

Row 1: With 4mm hook, and Red, make a magic ring (alternatively, chain 4, sl st into 1st ch to make a ring).

Row 2: Chain 1 (does not count as 1 hdc), hdc 9 into ring, sl st to beg hdc. (9)

Row 3: ch 1, 2 dc in same stitch as ch1, then 2 dc in each stitch around, slip stitch to beg dc (18) Fasten off Red.

Row 4: Attach White to any space between dcs; Ch 1, Cl in same space and every space around. Sl st to beg cl. (18 clusters) Fasten off White.

Row 5: Attach Blue to any space between clusters; Ch1, sc in same space; sc 2 in every space around; sc again into starting space, sl st to beg sc.

Row 6: Ch1, sl st to next space; Into this space and every space following, work (sc, hdc, dc); sl st to beg sc. Fasten off Blue and tidy up ends.


Placemat:

Rows 1-4: With 4mm hook, work exactly as “Coasters” to Row 4 (18 clusters). Fasten off White.

Row 5: Attach Blue to any space between clusters; Ch1, cl into this space; *2 cl into next sp; 1 cl into next sp*; rep from * to * around; sl st to beg cl; Fasten off Blue. (27 clusters)

Row 6: Attach Red to space between a double cluster (where inc was made on last round); Ch1, 2 cl into this space; 1 cl into next 2 spaces; *2 cl into next space; 1 cluster into next 2 spaces*; rep from * to * to end. sl st to beg cl. Fasten off Red. (36 clusters).

Row 7: Attach White to space between a double cluster (where inc was made on last round); Ch1, 2 cl into this space; 1 cl into next 3 spaces; *2 cl into next space; 1 cluster into next 3 spaces*; rep from * to * to end. sl st to beg cl. Fasten off White. 45 clusters).

Row 8: Attach Blue to space between a double cluster (where inc was made on last round); Ch1, 2 cl into this space; 1 cl into next 4 spaces; *2 cl into next space; 1 cluster into next 4 spaces*; rep from * to * to end. sl st to beg cl. Fasten off Blue. 54 clusters).

Row 9: Attach Red to space between a double cluster (where inc was made on last round); Ch1, 2 cl into this space; 1 cl into next 5 spaces; *2 cl into next space; 1 cluster into next 5 spaces*; rep from * to * to end. sl st to beg cl. Fasten off Blue. 63 clusters).

Row 10: Attach White to any space between clusters; Ch1, cl into this space; cl into next space and every space to end. sl st to beg cl. Fasten off White. (63 clusters).

Row 11: Attach Blue to any space between clusters. Ch1, sc into same space; 2 sc into next space and every space to end, sc once more in beg space to make a total of 2 sc in that space; sl st to beg sc.

Row 12: Ch1, sl st to next space; Into this space and every space following, work (sc, hdc, dc); sl st to beg sc. Fasten off Blue and tidy up ends.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Aiden V-Neck Boy's Vest

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To fit: 6-12 Months; 12-18 months, 18-24 months; Chest: 18, (20, 21)"; Actual Chest Measurement: 20, (22, 23)"; Length, Shoulder to Hem: 11, (11.5, 12, )"; Neckline: 5, (6, 6.5)” width; armholes 4.5, (5, 5.5)”.
A simple but classic baby or toddler’s vest, crocheted in a combination of hdc and sc; very easy and very quick to make.  Looks great over a long-sleeved T-shirt or hoodie T-shirt.
Materials:  1.5 100g skeins worsted weight yarn; I used Stylecraft Special Aran in Colour “Lipstick” (Colour A) and with oddments of Stylecraft Special in “Camel” (Colour B) as a contrast for the red sweater and Stylecraft Special in “Aster” and “Silver” for the blue sweater; 4mm hook; yarn needle.
Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; fphdc = front post half double crochet; bphdc = back post half double crochet; sk = skip; beg = beginning; rep = repeat. RS = Right side; WS = Wrong side.
Gauge:  12 sts, 14 rows hdc & sc in alternate combination with 4mm hook = 4”
Pattern is written in smallest size; larger sizes are in brackets.

Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.

Pattern:

Back:

Row 1:  With 4mm hook, make a single crochet foundation chain of 30 (33, 36) sts.  (Alternatively, make a chain of 31 (34, 37) sts, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and to end.)
Row 2:  Ch2, *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, dc in top of ch2; Turn.
Sizes 6-12 months and 18-24 months:  
Row 3:  Ch2, *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, dc in top of ch2; Turn.
Size 12-18 months:  
Row 3:  Ch2, *bpdc in next st, fpdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, dc in top of ch2; Turn.
All sizes:
Row 4: Ch1, sc in same st and in every stitch to end.  Turn.  
Row 5:  Ch2: hdc in next and every stitch to end.  Turn.
Repeat Rows 4 and 5 until work measures 6 (6.5, 7)” from hem, ending with Row 4
Armhole shaping:
Now working on the WS, slip stitch over the first 2 sts; hdc in next st and to the last 2 sts.  Leave the last 2 sts of the row unworked and turn.  Continue on these stitches only. (26, (29, 32))
Continue working in sc/hdc alternating rows on these 26 (29, 32) sts until work measures 10.5, (11.5, 12)” from hem, ending with a single crochet row.  Fasten off.
FRONT:
With 4mm hook, work exactly for “BACK” until work measures 6, (6.5, 7)” from hem, ending with Row 4.
Armhole and neck shaping:
Row 1:  Now working on the WS, slip stitch over the first 2 sts; Hdc in next stitch and to the last 2 sts; Leave the last 2 sts of the row unworked and turn.  (26, (29, 32))
Row 2:  Ch1, sc in same stitch and in every stitch to end.  Turn (26, (29, 32))
Row 3:  Ch2, hdc in next st and in every stitch to end.  Turn.  (26, (29, 32))
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until work measures 8, (8.5, 9)” from hem, ending with Row 3. turn.
Divide for V-neck:
Left Front:
Row 1:  Ch1, sc in same st and next 12, (14, 15) sts.  Turn, leaving the rest of the row unworked.  (13, (15, 16))
Row 2:  Ch2, hdc2tog, hdc to end.  Turn.  (12, (14, 15))
Row 3:  Ch1, sc in same st and to last 2 sts; sc2tog.  Turn.  (11, (13, 14))
Row 4:  Ch2, hdc2tog, hdc to end.  Turn.  (10, (12, 13))
Row 5:  Ch1, sc in same st and to last 2 sts; sc2tog.  Turn.  (9, (11, 12))
Row 6:  Ch2, hdc2tog, hdc to end.  Turn.  (8, (10, 11))
Row 7:  Ch1, sc in same st and to last 2 sts; sc2tog.  Turn.  (7, (9, 10))
Row 8:  Ch2, hdc2tog, hdc to end.  Turn.  (6, (8, 9))
Row 9:  Ch1, sc in same st and to last 2 sts; sc2tog.  Turn.  (5, (7, 8))
Row 10:  Ch2, hdc2tog, hdc to end.  Turn.  (4, (6, 7))
Size 6-12 months months only:
Row 11:  Ch1, sc in same st and to end.  Fasten off.
Size 12 - 18 months only:
Row 11:  Ch1, sc in same st and to last 2 sts; sc2tog.  turn.  (5)
Row 12:  Ch2; hdc in next st and every stitch to end.  Fasten off.
Size 18-24 months:  
Row 11: Ch1, sc in same st and to last 2 sts; sc2tog.  Turn (6)
Row 12:  Ch2, hdc to end.  turn.  (6)
Row 13:  Ch1, sc in same st and to end.  Fasten off.
Right Front:
Attach yarn to 13, (14, 16)th stitch from the armhole - this will take you directly to the centre front of the vest where you finished for the Left Front.  
Row 1:  Ch1, sc in same stitch and to end.  Turn.  (13, (14, 16))
Row 2:  Ch2, hdc in next st and to last 2 sts; hdc2tog; turn.  (12, (13, 15))
Row 3:  Ch1, sc2tog, sc to end.  turn.  (11, (12, 14))
Row 4:   Ch2, hdc in next st and to last 2 sts; hdc2tog; turn.  (10, (11, 13))
Row 5:  Ch1, sc2tog, sc to end.  turn.  (9, (10, 12))
Row 6:  Ch2, hdc in next st and to last 2 sts; hdc2tog; turn.  (8, (9, 11))
Row 7:  Ch1, sc2tog, sc to end.  turn.  (7, (8, 10))
Row 8:  Ch2, hdc in next st and to last 2 sts; hdc2tog; turn.  (6, (7, 9))
Row 9:  Ch1, sc2tog, sc to end.  turn.  (5, (6, 8))
Row 10:  Ch2, hdc in next st and to last 2 sts; hdc2tog; turn.  (4, (5, 7))
Size 6-12 months only:
Row 11:  Ch1, sc in same st and to end.  Fasten off.
Size 12-18 months only:
Row 11:  Ch1, sc in next st and to end; turn.
Row 12:  Ch2, hdc in same st and to end.  Fasten off.
Size 18-24 months:
Row 11:  Ch1, sc in same st and to last 2 sts; sc2tog.  Turn (6)
Row 12:  Ch2, hdc in next st and to end.  Turn.  (6)
Row 13:  Ch1, sc in same st and to end. (6)  Fasten off.
Turn the work inside out, so that RS are facing each other.  Sew up the side seams up to the armhole.  Sew up shoulder seams.  Turn garment back to RS out.
Armhole edging:
Attach yarn to centre of underarm, at the side seam, ch1, sc in same st. (count your stitches.  You need to have the same amount on both armholes).
Row 1:  Sc evenly around the edge of the armhole, sl st to beg sc.  Change to Colour B.
Row 2:  Ch1, sc in same st and every stitch around, sl st to beg sc.  Change to Colour A.
Row 3:  Ch1, sc in same st and every stitch around, sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off.
Repeat Rows 1 to 3 on second armhole edge, making sure you have the same number of stitches on both armholes.
Neck Edging:
With Colour A, Attack yarn to centre of front “V” with a slip stitch.  Ch 4, (4, 5).  
Row 1:  Sc in 2nd chain from hook, creating an overlapping “flap” for the front of the vest, and sc all the way around the neckline to the bottom of the V again.  Do not  join to flap.  Fasten off Colour A.  Go back to the Flap edge and attach Colour B.
Row 2:  Ch1, sc in same stitch and all the way around the neckline, coming back to the bottom of the V again on the other side.  Fasten off Colour B.  Go back to the Flap edge and attach Colour A again.
Row 3:  Ch1, sc in same stitch and all the way around the neckline, coming back to the bottom the V again.  Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
Carefully and invisibly stitch the flap you made, crossing over the left front edging, so that it lies down smoothly, making a simple overlap.  
Tidy up your ends, and your V-neck vest is done.
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Citrus Morning Washcloth and Coaster



Citrus Morning Washcloth and Coaster


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100% Cotton Washcloth and matching Coaster.  Just the thing to brighten up your morning!


Difficulty:  Easy


Materials:  2 x 50g skeins worsted weight kitchen cotton (I used Drops Paris in Orange and Yellow) in Main Colour (MC) and Contrasting Colour (CC); 4mm hook; yarn needle.


Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; dc = double crochet; fpdc = front post double crochet; sl st = slip stitch; beg = beginning; rep = repeat; sk = skip; st/s = stitch/es; MC = Main Colour; CC = Contrasting Colour


Gauge:  Not important for this item.


Washcloth finished size:  Approx 9” x 9”
Coaster finished size:  Approx 5.5” x 5.5”

Pattern is written in US terms, a conversion chart is included at the end.
Pattern:


Washcloth:


Row 1:  With 4mm hook and Main Colour (MC); either make a foundation single crochet of 26 sts OR ch 27, sc in 2nd chain from hook and in every chain to end.  (26)  Turn.


Row 2:  Ch2, hdc in next st and every stitch across to end.  (26)  Change to CC on last stitch.  Turn.


Row 3:  Ch2, *hdc in next st; fpdc in next st working around the sc from 2 rows below to make a long fpdc*; rep from * to * to end.  Hdc in top of ch2 from prev row.  Turn.


Row 4:  Ch1; sc  in same st as ch1 and in every stitch across to end.  Change to MC on last sc.  Turn.


Row 5:  Ch2, *fpdc in next st working around the hdc from 2 rows below to make a long fpdc, hdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end; hdc in top of ch2 from prev row.  Turn.


Row 6:  Ch1, sc in same st as ch1 and in every stitch across to end.  Change to CC on last sc.  Turn.


Row 7:  Ch2, *hdc in next st; fpdc in next st working around the hdc from 2 rows below to make a long fpdc*; rep from * to * to end.  Hdc in top of ch2 from prev row.  Turn.


Rows 8 & 9:  Repeat Rows 4 and 5


Rows 10 & 11:  Repeat Rows 6 and 7


Continue repeating these 4 rows until your work reaches the desired length (roughly square).


Next Row:  Ch1, sc in same st and in every stitch across to end.  Turn


Next Row:  Ch1, sc in same st and in every stitch across to last st.  Do not turn.  In last corner stitch of this row, work (sc, ch2, sc).
Sc evenly down left side of cloth, working (sc, ch2, sc) into bottom corner stitch.  


Sc in each stitch across bottom edge, working (sc, ch2, sc) into corner stitch


Sc in each stitch evenly up right side of cloth, working (sc, ch2) into corner stitch.


Change to CC.


Ch1, sc around entire edge of washcloth, this time working 3sc into ch2 spaces at all four corners, slip stitch to beg sc; fasten off and weave in ends.

Coaster:


Row 1:  With MC and 4mm hook, make a foundation sc of 16 sts; OR, ch 17, sc in 2nd st from hook and to end.  Turn (16)


Row 2:  Ch2, hdc in next st and every stitch across to end.  (16)  Change to CC on last stitch.  Turn.


Row 3:  Ch2, *hdc in next st; fpdc in next st working around the sc from 2 rows below to make a long fpdc*; rep from * to * to end.  Hdc in top of ch2 from prev row.  Turn.


Row 4:  Ch1; sc  in same st as ch1 and in every stitch across to end.  Change to MC on last sc.  Turn.


Row 5:  Ch2, *fpdc in next st working around the hdc from 2 rows below to make a long fpdc, hdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end; hdc in top of ch2 from prev row.  Turn.


Row 6:  Ch1, sc in same st as ch1 and in every stitch across to end.  Change to CC on last sc.  Turn.


Row 7:  Ch2, *hdc in next st; fpdc in next st working around the hdc from 2 rows below to make a long fpdc*; rep from * to * to end.  Hdc in top of ch2 from prev row.  Turn.


Rows 8 & 9:  Repeat Rows 4 and 5


Rows 10 & 11:  Repeat Rows 6 and 7


Continue repeating these 4 rows until your work reaches the desired length (roughly square).


Next Row:  Ch1, sc in same st and in every stitch across to end.  Turn


Next Row:  Ch1, sc in same st and in every stitch across to last st.  Do not turn.  In last corner stitch of this row, work (sc, ch2, sc).


Sc evenly down left side of cloth, working (sc, ch2, sc) into bottom corner stitch.  


Sc in each stitch across bottom edge, working (sc, ch2, sc) into corner stitch


Sc in each stitch evenly up right side of cloth, working (sc, ch2) into corner stitch.


Change to CC.


Ch1, sc around entire edge of washcloth, this time working 3sc into ch2 spaces at all four corners, slip stitch to beg sc; fasten off and weave in ends.

And, if you're interested, this is what it looks like in non-citrus colours...




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