Sunday, April 24, 2016

Little Bubbles Dishcloth - Crochet Pattern Review - The Stitchin' Mommy

As a fan, follower and contributor to The Stitchin' Mommy, I enjoy the content in the weekly newsletter - which is where I found this fun Little Bubbles Dishcloth!

Materials I Used:
     - Small amount of Lily Sugar n Cream Ombre in Cool Breeze
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook (as recommended) 
     - #18 Tapestry Needle
     - Little Bubbles Dishcloth, Free Crochet Pattern

Material Notes:  
     Yarn Alternatives: Lion Brand's Kitchen Cotton, Bernat's Handicrafter, Hobby Lobby's Crafters Secret Cotton.
     The yarn I used was part of a WIP so I am not sure how much of the skein was used, but the bobbles require more yarn than standard stitches so I am assuming one skein will only make one of these washcloths, and then maybe one basic one or some facial scrubbies.

Time Spent:
     This dishcloth took me just over an hour to complete - longer than any other washcloth I have worked up.

Measurements:
     8.25" Wide by 7.75" in Length

Pattern Notes:
     I made my dishcloth larger than the original pattern by working a chain 25 for 24 stitches, and working 23 rows. The length did not come out quite as long as I wanted so I may add another row of bobbles to my next.

I noticed in the pattern that the majority of it is written in an alternating pattern so the bobbles don't fall in straight rows vertically, except Rows 9-10 which repeat the pattern from the previous bobble row. I continued to alternate mine though.

I worked a single crochet border - making sure to add three single crochets in each corner. I like the finished look of having a border, but I also found the dishcloth to be quite flimsy and did not hold it's shape well so the border helped.
Though this dishcloth is part of the kitchen series, I think this would make a great washcloth to gift in a set. I worked one of my Robin's Egg Washcloths in the Blueberry colorway and intend on adding to my shop as a set.

The kitchen series is all about learning new stitch patterns, or rediscovering stitch patterns you've forgotten. This bobble stitch pattern is a fun one, and would make a really fun scarf, blanket, pillow, etc. You can experiment with colors too and even work out a pixel design. The possibilities are endless.

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Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing a Little Bubbles Dishcloth?
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cable Twist Hat - Crochet Pattern Review - Caron via Yarnspirations

While browsing through the Yarnspirations site for some inspiration, I found this Cable Twist Hat and knew I just had to try it!

Materials I Used:
     - 1 Skein of Heartland Yarn in the Hot Springs colorway (Medium Purple)
     - K10.5/6.5mm Crochet Hook (larger than suggested)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends & Sewing Top
     - Cable Twist Hat, Free Crochet Pattern

Material Notes:
     Caron's Simply Soft used in original, but any worsted weight will work well for this pattern as long as gauge is met.

     I used just under a full skein.

Time Spent:
     I had this hat ready to wear in just over three hours.

Measurements:
     My finished hat had an 18.5" circumference (with lots of stretch), by 9" tall. 

Pattern Notes:
     Overall, I fell in love with this hat pattern and am looking forward to wearing my hat in the cooler weather, and gifting some this upcoming holiday season. 

I chose the Heartland Yarn because I wanted to use a lightweight worsted weight yarn similar to the Simply Soft used in the original pattern. I love the soft, cushy feel of the Heartland, and the beautiful color blends available. I have found that it machine washes and dries even more beautifully, and is a durable yarn.
After working the gauge, and seeing the need to jump hook sizes, I am confident that any worsted weight yarn will work great for this project. I would like to work one in Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn.

I had never worked cables before, so the pattern proved to be a challenge at first, but I found the matching Cable Twist Hat video on YouTube by Mikey of The Crochet Crowd and it helped clear up all of my confusion on how to work the cables. One thing that had me ripping my work out was the round following the cable foundation. My tip is, go slow and make sure you're working into the post, not the stitch as the stitch is stretched a bit.

I did get really frustrated with this pattern, and considered frogging the piece because of the cable foundation and following round, but I decided to leave them as is and continue on with the pattern and once I got a little further into it, the whole piece came together nicely. Don't give up! Just push on!

I've since started a few different projects inspired by this hat using the fun and beautiful cable pattern. 


To close my hat, I turned my hat inside out, threaded my needle and ran it in and out of every other stitch along the last round. At the end, I pulled on the tail to pull the top closed, and secured with a few stitches.

I did not add a pom pom to my hat as I like to be able to machine wash my hats, but had I, it would have taken a full skein of yarn.

Size wise, the hat is a little big for my head - next time I will use a J10/6mm hook and work the pattern as is.
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Monday, April 4, 2016

Yarn Fanatic Party #57 - Yarn Baby Yarn Giveaway - Week 1

Welcome to the 57th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 40th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

In our last party, I mentioned that I moved and was internet-less. I still am. Ugh! Oh how I have depended on internet at home for so long, and am feeling so lost without it. Ha! Along with the baby hats below, I also shared how I spent my 24th Birthday in my Living the Dream segment. Though not yarn related, I'd love to here about your favorite beach and/or trip :) Jump on over and share with me in the comments.
Slanted Shell Baby Beanies in 3 Baby Sizes - Free Crochet Pattern

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Drachenschwanz/Dragon's Tail Shawl from Hakelfieber - Crochet Inspiration with Link to Free Crochet Pattern. This shawl is so interesting! The jagged edge is what really makes it, and just think of the color possibilities!

Lammchen/Lamb from Hakelfieber - Crochet Inspiration with Link to Free Crochet Pattern. This little lamb is so sweet! And sure to make a child very happy with it's cuteness, softness and big eyes.

Rainbow Baby Booties from Linda.Douglas33 - Knit Inspiration. Some sweet little booties for donation to a local charity of hers - Crib Connection. I'd love some more information on this charity Linda!

From Square to Stripes Afghan from Kat Kat Katoen - Crochet Inspiration. This afghan is gorgeous! And so fun with the mix of the granny pattern and the stripes along the sides (and soon-to-be top and bottom). I may just have to make one of these for my new room :)

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Chain of Flowers Headband from Stitches n Scraps - Free Crochet Pattern. Spring is upon us, and now is the time to show off those beautiful spring colors to go along with all of the blooming. This headband is the perfect little project to showcase some color, and being that it can easily be made in any weight yarn, you can make a headband to fit the weather you're still experiencing. Here in the Sunshine State it is very warm so perhaps I'd try a sock weight yarn or very lightweight cotton.

Snowmen in the Living Room from My World of Crochet - Crochet Inspiration with Pattern Link. These snowmen are so sweet! And regardless of snow or sunshine, these little guys will continue to warm hats.

Beaded Bandanna for Dogs from Posh Pooch Designs - Free Crochet Pattern. This little bandanna is a stunning little piece! I absolutely love it! And with some adjustment, perhaps I can make one to fit in my hair :)

Round and Round from Kat Kat Katoen - Crochet Inspiration. Congratulations Sigrid on your 100th blog post and number of followers! Very exciting mile marker, and a beautiful way to use up those odds and ends of yarn.

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Have you stopped by to see what Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife is working on? I am really loving this array of colorful spring flowers for her upcoming spring projects in this Teaser.


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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Slanted Shell Baby Beanies - 3 Sizes - Free Crochet Pattern

If you are a regular here, you know how much I love the Slanted Shell stitch pattern. How could I resist creating these sweet little Slanted Shell Baby Beanies?

Materials:
     - Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft in Baby Pink, Mist (a Light Gray) and Royal Blue
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     You will want to find a soft, acrylic or cotton yarn for babies.

With one skein, you should be able to make 3-5 hats. They only take a small amount.

Time Spent:
      I had all sizes done in roughly the same amount of time - about 45 minutes.

Measurements:
The Newborn Size has a crown of 4.25" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 13.5" to fit a head size of 13" - 14", and is 5" in length.

The 3-6 Month Size has a crown of 4.75" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 15" to fit a head size of 15" - 16", and is also 5" in length.

The 6-12 Month Size has a crown of 5.25" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 16.5" to fit a head size of 17" - 19", and is 5.5" in length.

*Stretch depends on your yarn brand selected. The Everyday Soft yarn has about an inch to an inch and a half, while a yarn such as Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn has about two inches worth.

Gauge:
With Everyday Soft and an I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook = 4" x 4":
     Chain 19, DC in the 4th chain, and in each stitch across. (16 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd DC and in each DC across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet
     RS - Right Side of Piece

Pattern Notes:
     Join to the first stitch, not the beginning chain.

Beginning chain 2 in the crown does not count as a stitch.

Turning is only done through the slanted shell pattern. Watch for directions.

Patterns:

Newborn:
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 9 DC into the 1st chain. Join. (9 DC)

R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 8 DCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (18 DC)

R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 8x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (27 DC)

R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 8x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (36 DC)

R5 (RS): Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the 1st DC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next DC, skip the next DC] 17x. Join. (18 clusters)

R6 - 12: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the 1st SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 17x. Join.

R13 (RS): Chain 1, turn. SC into the 1st stitch, and each stitch around. Join. (36 SC)

R14: Chain 1, don't turn. SC into the 1st stitch, and each stitch around. Join. (36 SC)

Fasten Off & Weave in Ends.

3 - 6 Months:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 12 DC into the 1st chain. Join. (12 DC)

R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 11 HDCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (24 DC)

R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (36 DC)

R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (48 DC)

R5 (RS): Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the 1st DC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next DC, skip the next DC] 23x. Join. (24 clusters)

R6 - 13: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the 1st SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 23x. Join.

R14 (RS): Chain 1, don't turn. SC into the 1st stitch, and each stitch around. Join. (48 SC)

Fasten Off & Weave in Ends.

6 - 12 Months:
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 10 DC into the 1st chain. Join. (10 DC)

R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 9 DCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (20 DC)

R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (30 DC)

R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (40 DC)

R5: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first four stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 3 stitches) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (50 DC)

R6 (RS): Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the 1st DC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next DC, skip the next DC] 24x. Join. (25 clusters)

R7 - 14: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the 1st SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 24x. Join.

R15 (RS): Chain 1, don't turn. SC into the 1st stitch, and each stitch around. Join. (50 SC)

Fasten Off & Weave in Ends.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Slanted Shell Baby Beanies using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

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