Friday, March 26, 2010

Fanatic Fridays

This Friday, in honor of the holiday, I've decided to post a pdf of a pattern I used to crochet Easter baskets for my son and nephews.

It was very easy to adapt. I made one basket sort of shallow, one tall, and for the third one I'll probably make it really really wide and shallow.

I adapted the pattern a little bit to add handles. The last row says to slip stitch around the entire top of the basket. I went to halfway, chained 14, then continued slip stitching around. When I got to the end I chained 14 again, slip stitched into the first slip stitch, and fastened off.

I will definitely post pictures once I'm done crocheting lots of Easter eggs. You all can also be pretty confident that the next "Saturday Stitch" will be front post double crochet. (Back post too, probably.)

Have fun and remember to email the pictures of finished products to me ( and I'll put them up on the blog.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pixie Hat

Here's the hat without ties.

Here it is with ties. It comes highly recommended from Dexter.

I originally got this pattern from someone's blog. They have some discrepancies in regards to how many double crochets they tell you to do and how many there are supposed to be in the completed row. I'm going to do my best to write a corrected pattern here, as well as post some pictures I took of my son and his roommate wearing them.

This pattern calls for an H hook, but I crochet very tightly so I didn't get a toddler sized hat until I went up to a J hook. The hat I made with an I hook barely fits the 13 month old living at my house.

Make a magic ring (or slipknot.)

Row 1: in the magic ring, ch3 (this is the 1st dc), 8 dc around and join. (9 st)

Pull the magic ring closed.

Row 2: ch 3, 1 dc in each of previous dc, join to top ch 3(9 st)

Row 3: ch 3, dc in the same st as ch3, 2 dc in each remaining st and join. (18 st)

Row 4: ch 3, 1 dc in each st around, join to top ch 3 (18 st)

Row 5: ch 3, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * around and join.

(27 st)

Row 6: ch 3, 1 dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 st. Repeat from * around and join

(36 st)

Row 7: ch 3, 1 dc in next 2 st,* 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 st. Repeat from * around and join .

(45 st)

Row 8: ch 3, 1 dc in next 3 st,* 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 st. Repeat from * around and join .

(54 st)

Row 9 -12 : ch 3, 1 dc in every st around and join. (54 st each row)

Row 13: ch 3, sk next st, 1 dc in each of the next 39st, sk next st, 1 dc in next st and turn work.

(41 st)

Row 14: ch 3, sk next st, dc in next 39 st, turn work. ( 40 st)

Row 15: ch 3, sk next st, dc in the next 13st, work a dc decrease 6 times. 1dc in next 13 st, sk 1 st, dc in last st and turn work. (33 st)

Row 16: ch 2, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in next 6 st, 1hdc in next st, sc in last st and turn work.

Row 17: ch 1, sc in next st, hdc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 st, hdc in next st, sc in last st and turn work

Row 18: slst around work up to the last 9 st of the previous row, ch2, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in

next 6 st, 1hdc in next st, sc in last st and turn work .

Row 19: ch 1, sc in next st, hdc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 st, hdc in next st, sc in last st and tie off.

Finish : Weave in loose ends.

As always, email me if you have any confusion regarding the pattern. ( Pictures of your finished versions are welcome too.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Saturday Stitch: Decrease

This week's stitch is a companion piece to the last one. It's used mainly in situations where you need to shape a piece. This could mean shaping a head for an amigurumi doll or making neck straps for a baby bib.

Here's a picture:

This is a single crochet decrease. Essentially, you just insert your hook into the designated next 2 stitches and pull up a loop in each one. Then pull through all the loops on your hook. When adapting this to a double crochet decrease, you just yarn over before inserting the hook into the designated stitches. Pull through the first loop, leave the second loop alone until you've gone in all the designated stitches. Then pull through all loops left on hook.

Here's a picture of that:

The example pattern I have for this isn't one I've tried yet, just one I've stocked away for when I had plenty of leftover yarn. This can either be a blanket, or hung in a corner of a bedroom ceiling, holding stuffed animals. It's basically a crocheted triangle, and once I give it a try I'll post a better picture.

Triangle Blanket

-lots of yarn.
-K hook

Ch an even number plus 1 if you're doing sc. Add 2 if you're doing dc. These are the turning chains. As you're making the chains, measure how wide you want the triangle, once you get the width you want, add the turning chain (or chains) and start the blanket.

Foundation Row: either sc (or dc) in each ch across. Ch 1 (or 2). Turn.
Row 2: Work a decrease in first 2 stitches. sc (or dc) in each stitch across until you reach the last 2 sc (or dc). work decrease.

Repeat Row 2 until you run out of stitches. The rows should get smaller and smaller. If you run into a situation where you have 3 stitches in a row, just work the decrease in all three of the stitches. It will bring them down to one stitch. Cut your yarn and tuck away the ends in the blanket.

Like I said, I'll be working on this soon and once I have it all figured out I will post a pattern in pictures perhaps. Good luck and as always, email me any pictures of my projects you've made. I'll post them on here. Send any pictures or questions to

Friday, March 5, 2010

Fanatic Fridays

Welcome to a new segment of the blog. I buy a lot of crochet pattern books and magazines. I also try to frequent a lot of crochet blogs. I chose Ana Paula Rimoli as my first subject because she's got both. Her blog has plenty of free patterns, but her books are completely worth what they charge on Amazon. Her first book, Amigurumi World, focuses mainly on animals. There are a few patterns for food related toys. The owl pattern I've grown to love is in this book. I've also made the octopus pattern in here. They're just as cute. I asked to post the owl pattern here, in order to entice you all to buy the book. Ana was very gracious but had to say no because of copyright stuff.

Her second book, Amigurumi Two!, is full of twice as many cute patterns. This one also focuses on animals, but there are more baby toys in this book. I made the baby doll for my friend Liz's daughter and she sleeps with it every night. The doll was probably my favorite thing to make so far. It comes with a removable diaper. It's also easy to make 12-15 little granny squares and sew them together for a blankie for the doll.

Not only are these patterns unbelievably cute, they're so easy to follow. The owls take me maybe 2 hours (whenever I can get 2 uninterrupted hours!) to make. Her patterns are ingenious. It's easy to follow her patterns and make beautiful, handmade presents for friends and family. I get so many compliments on the ones I've made. I promise I'm not trying to be humble when I say that it's not my skill as a crocheter. It's entirely the ease of these patterns. I can't say enough nice things about her and her books.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pattern in Pictures: Baby Bib

Lili came up with this pattern and I've sort of made a Frankenstein version of my own. It's not entirely how she does it, but the bones of this pattern are hers. I call this version of it the Spring bib, and I felt like posting it because I am so ready for this cold weather to be over with.

- J hook for the bib, H hook for the flower
- 1 skein of green yarn and 1 skein of pink yarn (or whatever colors you choose. It would probably even look good if the bib and flowers were the same color)
-tapestry/embroidery needle
Chain 29. (My crochet gauge is pretty small, so chain a length that sits comfortably across an infant/toddler's chest. I'd say a good 6-8 inches) Just make sure your total number of chains is a multiple of 3 plus 2 extra chains for turning.

Dc in third ch from hook, and in each ch across. (27 total)

Ch 2, turn.

dc in each dc across. (27 dc total)

Continue until you get about 14 rows. If your sides are uneven, count the number of dc you have in each row. You should have 27. The ch 2 in the beginning doesn't count as a dc.

Ch 2, dc in next 8 dc.

Ch 2, turn, dc in each dc across. (8 dc)

Continue until you have 7 rows of 8 dc.

ch 35

Working in back loops only, sl st in each ch.

sc in the sides of the dc until you reach the corner of the neck area.

Work a sc decrease in the corner. (sc decrease = insert hook into designated stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. insert hook into next stitch. yarn over, pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.)

Sc across work until you're 8 stitches from the end. Dc in last 8 stitches. Ch 2. turn.

Dc 8 across until you have 7 rows of 8 dc. ch 35 and sl st in back loops only.

Sc to corner of neck area. sc decrease in corner. cut yarn and weave in ends.

For the flower, use the H hook.
ch 4.

sl st to first ch to form a ring.

ch 1, single crochet into ring.

ch 2, 2 sc in ring. Repeat until you have 5 ch 2 spaces.

sl st to beginning ch 1.

sl st to first ch 2 space.

ch 1, sc, hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc all in the same ch 2 space. (petal)

Repeat petal around. sl st to beginning ch 1. Cut yarn and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew to bottom right corner of bib.

*I'm having a contest for anyone who wants this bib. I'm trying to get the word out about my blog and all my crafty stuff for sale. If you've told a friend and they're now following the blog, leave a comment. Next Monday I'll put the names together and draw a winner and they'll get the bib.*