Friday, 28 August 2015

Fibertastic Fun Friday Week 2



So onto week 2 we go. Ag Handmades and The Country Willow want you to come show us what you have made. It can be anything as long as it is related to fiber art, for example, embroidery, tatting, crochet, knit etc. If you have made anything, we want to see it!! Join us today for  Fibertastic Fun Party!

The top 3 from last week!



# 1 - Lion Applique Slouchy Hat from Doris Yu Designs

#2 - The Old School House Chalkboard Memo Holder from Crochet Memories

#3 - Diagaonal Box 6 inch Square by Underground Crafter

Please  click on the project name to take you to their project and leave them a comment on their awesome work!  Share the community spirit and support your fellow crafters. There are a few rules and guidelines to follow:

  • Project must be your own fiber arts related work: crochet, knitting, embroidery, tatting, cross stitch, yarn dying, etc.
  • Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page. Accepted sites are: Ravelry, Craftsy, Pinterest.
  • No giveaways, promotions, sponsored posts or reviews. Links will be removed if they are inappropriate or do not follow these rules.
  • Adding your link to this party ives us permission to share your posts and pictures via social media, on our websites, blogs, and future Link Party posts and collages.
  • Follow your hostesses by subscribing to our blogs and following us on social media.
  • We’ll follow you back, just leave us a note you’re from this party with a link to your social media page.
  • Support your fellow crafters and share the love — click on their projects, add them to your favorites, leave a comment on their blog or share them on your social Media.


  • Have FUN!

  • Grab your Link Party Button and proudly display it on your website!





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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Easy Reversible Boot Cuffs




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These lovely textured boot cuffs are very easy to make and can be worn with the ribbing at the bottom or at the top - you choose!  


Difficulty:  Easy


To fit:


Extra Small 9-10” circumference; 5.5” height
Small 12-14” circumference; 6” height
Medium 14-16” circumference 6” height
Large 16-18” circumference 6.5” height
Extra Large 18-20” circumference 6.5” height


Materials:


100g Worsted Weight yarn (#4); 5mm (H/8) hook; yarn needle.


Abbreviations:


sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; fphdc = front post half double crochet; dc = double crochet; ch = chain; sl st = slip stitch; rep = repeat; beg = beginning; blo = back loop only; RS = right side of work


Pattern Notes:  


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


Instructions:


Row 1:  With 5mm (H/8) hook, chain 10 sts; sc in 2nd chain from hook and to the end.  Turn. (9)


Row 2:  Ch1, sc in blo of every stitch across to end.  Turn. (9)


Repeat Row 2 until you have worked a total of 29 (35, 41, 45, 51) rows.


Fold to bring the short ends together, right sides facing, and slip stitch to join.  Turn them back over so that you are now working on the RS..


Chain 1, sc around the top of the ribbing, in each stitch around.  (29, 35, 41, 45, 51) sts


Main Body of cuff:


Row 1:  ch1, hdc in same st as ch1, *fphdc in next st; hdc in next st; rep from * to end.  Sl st to beg hdc.  


Row 2:  Ch1, fphdc in same st as ch 1; *hdc in next st; fphdc in next st; rep from * to end.  Sl st to beg fphdc.  


Repeat Rows 1 and 2 to 5” (5.5”, 6”, 6.5”, 7”) or desired length.


Ch 1, sc in each stitch around.   29 (35, 41, 45, 51) sts


Border:  


Row 1:  Ch1, (sc, hdc, dc) in same st; sk 2 sts; *(sc, hdc, dc) in next st; sk 2 sts; rep from * to end, sl st to beg sc.


Row 2:  Ch1, (sc, hdc, dc) in space under ch 1; sk next 3 sts; *(sc, hdc, dc) in next space between clusters, sk 3 sts; rep from * to end, sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Attach yarn to back seam at the other end of the cuff, ch1, sc in same st and in every stitch around.  Sl st to beg sc.


Fasten off and weave in ends.


©AG Handmades 2015


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Friday, 21 August 2015

Fibertastic Fun Friday Link Up Party

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Every Friday AG Hndmades and The Country Willow are teaming up to bring you Fibertastic Fun Friday! We invite you all to bring your creations to us to share.  The Top 3 every week will be featured on our blogs. It can be anything fiber related at all.  So how about we start this PARTY off with a bang!!!!!

Please  click on the project name to take you to their project and leave them a comment on their awesome work!  Share the community spirit and support your fellow crafters. There are a few rules and guidelines to follow.
  • Project must be your own fiber arts related work: crochet, knitting, embroidery, tatting, cross stitch, yarn dying, etc.

  • Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page. Accepted sites are: Ravelry, Craftsy, Pinterest.

  • No giveaways, promotions, sponsored posts or reviews. Links will be removed if they are inappropriate or do not follow these rules.

  • Adding your link to this party gives us permission to share your posts and pictures via social media, on our websites, blogs, and future Link Party posts and collages.

  • Follow your hostesses by subscribing to our blogs and following us on social media.

  • We’ll follow you back, just leave us a note you’re from this party with a link to your social media page.

  • Support your fellow crafters and share the love — click on their projects, add them to your favorites, leave a comment on their blog or share them on your social Media.

  • Have FUN!

  • Grab your Link Party Button and proudly display it on your website!
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Christmas Tree Washcloth FREE Pattern


In partnership with American Crochet


The first week of brought you American Crochet's Christmas Ornament Coaster

The second week was Amy's turn with her Christmas Wreath Ornament

Third was Rhondda's superb Christmas Tree pattern

It is my turn and my pleasure to offer you this week's free Holiday pattern - The Christmas-Tree Wash Cloth.

A lovely little gift for someone, and it's very quick to make. I've included a little chart at the end to help you with stitch placement.



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A fun cotton washcloth just right for the Holiday season.  This makes a great last-minute gift as it only takes an evening to make.


Difficulty:  Easy


Materials:  4.5mm (7.5/0)  and 4mm (7/0) crochet hooks; 2 skeins worsted weight cotton yarn #4, (1 in White and 1 in Green); oddment of yarn in brown of equal weight (enough for just 12 stitches); a tiny amount of Red cotton yarn to make a bow (optional) for the top of the tree. (you could also use narrow ribbon for this.  Just make sure it’s as washable as the cotton yarn.  Sample shown was made using Lily Sugar n’ Cream in White and Green, an oddment of Brown in Drops Paris, and a strand  of Red also in Drops Paris.


Finished size:  9.5” x 9.5” after blocking.


Gauge : 14 sts and 16 rows single crochet with 4mm hook = 4”


Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; dfpdc = dropped front post double crochet (see “Special Stitch”); sl st = slip stitch; ch = chain; rep = repeat; beg = beginning; st/s = stitch/es.


Special Stitch:  Dropped front post double crochet (dfpdc).  This is worked exactly as a normal front post double crochet, with the exception that instead of working around the post of the next stitch as you normally would, you drop down to the row below and work the stitch around that post instead.


Pattern Notes:   Please read the section “Carrying Colours” before beginning.


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


*Carrying colours* - It is very important with this pattern that colour changes are made correctly, so that the back of the washcloth ends up as neat as the front with no strands being carried over.  To achieve this:  (1)  always change colour on the completion of the last stitch of the previous colour, (example:  single crochet:  in old colour:  (a) insert hook into specified stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through… do not finish the stitch.  (b) Change to the new colour and use the new colour to yarn over again and complete the stitch.)  (2)  When working colour changes on the reverse side of the fabric (single crochet rows), before you complete step (b) make sure your old yarn is pulled over towards you (so that it lays on the back of the fabric, not the front) then change to the new colour.  (3)  Either use 2 different balls of white (1 for each side of the tree) or work from the inside and the outside of 1 skein so that you are using a different strand for each side.


Back of the washcloth:


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Instructions:  


Row 1:  With 4.5mm hook, chain 26.  


Row 2:  Change to 4mm hook; sc in 2nd chain from hook and to the end.  (25)  Turn.


Row 3:  Ch1, sc in same stitch and in next 11 sts; change to Brown; (make sure to follow instructions under “Carrying Colours” above), sc in next stitch; change to white, sc to end.  Turn.


Row 4:  Ch1, sc in same st; (dfpdc in next st, sc in next st); 5 times; changing to brown on completion of last stitch.  Using brown, dfpdc in next st; sc in next st; dfpdc in next st; change back to white; (sc in next st; dfpdc in next st) to end; sc in last stitch. Turn.


Row 5:  Ch1, sc in same st and in next 10 sts; changing to Brown on final stitch; sc in next 3 sts, changing back to white on the last stitch; sc to end.  Turn.


Row 6:  Repeat Row 4


Row 7:  Repeat Row 5.


You are now finished with Brown.


Row 8: Ch1, sc in same st; dfpdc in next, sc in next, dfpdc in next; changing to Green on last stitch; In Green: (sc in next st, dfpdc in next st) 8 times, sc in next st; changing to White on completion of last stitch; In white: (dfpdc in next, sc in next) twice.  Turn.


Row 9:  Ch1, sc in same st and next 3 sts; Change to Green.  Sc in next 17 sts; change back to white.  Sc in last 4 sts.  Turn.


Row 10:  Ch1, sc in same st; (dfpdc in next st, sc in next st) twice; change to Green.  In Green, (dfpdc in next st; sc in next st) 7 times; dfpdc in next st; change to White.  In White, (sc in next st, dfpdc in next st) twice; sc in last stitch.  Turn.


Row 11:  Ch1, sc in same st and in next 4 sts; change to Green.  Sc in next 15 sts; change to White; Sc in next 5 sts.  Turn.


Row 12:  Ch1, sc in same st; (dfpdc in next st; sc in next st) twice; dfpdc in next st; change to Green.  (Sc in next st; dfpdc in next st) 6 times; sc in next st; change to White.  (dfpdc in next st; sc in next st) 3 times.  Turn.


Row 13:  Ch1, sc in same st and in next 5 sts; change to Green.  Sc in next 13 sts; change to White.  Sc in last 6 sts.  Turn.


Row 14:  Ch1, sc in same st; (dfpdc in next st; sc in next st) 3 times; sc in next st; change to Green.  (dfpdc in next st; sc in next st) 5 times; dfpdc in next st; change to white.  (sc in next st; dfpdc in next st) 3 times; sc in last st.  Turn.


Row 15:  Ch1, sc in same st and in next 6 sts; change to Green.  Sc in next 11 sts, change to white.  Sc in last 7 sts.  Turn.


Row 16:  Ch1, sc in same st; (dfpdc in next st; sc in next st) 3 times; dfpdc in next st; change to Green.  (sc in next st; dfpdc in next st) 4 times; sc in next st; change to White.  (dfpdc in next st; sc in next st) 4 times.  Turn.


Row 17:  ch1, sc in same st and in next 7 sts; change to Green.  Sc in next 9 sts; change to White.  Sc to end.  Turn.


Row 18:  Ch1, sc in same st, (dfpdc in next st; sc in next st) 4 times; change to Green.  (dfpdc in next st, sc in next st) 3 times; dfpdc in next st; Change to White.  (sc in next st; dfpdc in next st) 4 times, sc in last st.  Turn.


Row 19:  Ch1, sc in same st and in next 8 sts; change to Green.  Sc in next 7 sts; Change to White.  Sc in next 9 sts.  Turn.


Row 20:  Ch1, sc in same st; (dfpdc in next st; sc in next st) 4 times; dfpdc in next st, change to Green.  (Sc in next st, dfpdc in next st) twice; sc in next st; change to White.  (Dfpdc in next st, sc in next st) 5 times.  Turn.


Row 21:  Ch1, sc in same st and in next 9 sts; change to Green.  Sc in next 5 sts; change to White.  Sc in last 10 sts.  Turn.


Row 22:  Ch1, sc in same st; (dfpdc in next st; sc in next st) 5 times;  change to Green.  dfpdc in next st; sc in next st; dfpdc in next st; change to White.  (sc in next st; dfpdc in next st) 5 times; sc in last st.  Turn.


Row 23:  Ch1, sc in same st and in next 10 sts, change to Green.  sc in next 3 sts; change to White.  Sc in last 11 sts.  Turn.


Row 24:  Ch1, sc in same st, (dfpdc in next st, sc in next st) 5 times; dfpdc in next st; change to Green.  sc in next st; change to White.  (dfpdc in next st, sc in next stitch) 6 times.  Turn.


Row 25:  Ch1, sc in same st and in next 11 sts.  change to Green.  Sc in next st; change to White.  (you are now finished with Green and can cut the thread); sc in next 12 sts.  Turn.


Row 26:  Ch 1, sc in same st; (dfpdc in next st; sc in next st) 12 times.  Turn.


Row 27:  Ch1, sc in same st and to end.  Turn.


Row 28:  Ch1, sc in same st and in next 23 sts; (sc, ch2, sc) in last st, taking you around the corner.  Work 23 sc evenly down the left side, (sc, ch2, sc) in last st.  Sc in next 23 sts, (sc, ch2, sc) in last st; work 24 sc evenly up the right side; ch2, sl st to beg sc.  Do not turn.


Row 29:  Ch1, sc around the four sides once again, working (sc, ch2, sc) into the corner ch2 spaces you made in the previous round.  sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off.


Weave in your ends neatly, then take your Red piece of yarn/ ribbon and tie a bow onto the top of the tree.


©AG Handmades 2015

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