Saturday, July 23, 2011
Update #1: My Sunburst Earrings pattern was found by Rachel of Crochet Pattern Central, and has now gotten over 2,000 pageviews! I may just have to send new free pattern links to her in the future. :) You can find my pattern on her site by going to Jewelry > Earrings in the directory.
Update #2: I was recently sent a message via Ravelry from one of the creators of Knitting Pattern-A-Day/Crochet Pattern-A-Day, asking if I would submit my Simple Butterfly Motif pattern (or something similar) for consideration in their 2013 calendar! I've gotta say, just the idea of having one of my patterns officially published kinda gives me goosebumps. :) It would be a great opportunity for more traffic here on the blog, and the fact that they approached me is rather encouraging. I got the message just before I left for vacation, but I will definitely be sending something in once I get home! For more info on the calendar and/or submitting entries, visit their site at www.knittingpatternaday.com. Updates to follow.
Update #3: I got a little worn out with pattern-writing for the moment, and am currently working on my very first full-sized afghan. :) One panel out of 5 is done. I am following Caron's Aran Afghan pattern with Simply Soft (which is turning into one of my all-time faves), and learning some new stitches along the way, which is always fun.
Random musings: I recently saw some crochet dog toys on Petsmart.com by Martha Stewart (see them here). Just goes to show you how popular crochet is, and most non-crafters don't even know it. Since learning how to crochet, I've started seeing it everywhere! Hats, bags, toys, clothing...the list goes on. And every time I see it I get the urge to buy whatever it is just so I can figure out how to make it myself. The sad thing is that much of what I see requires a bit of sewing knowledge, which I lack totally and completely (something I must remedy sometime in the future...when I have time, which will likely be never, lol).
Also, I've sort of given up on the whole sell-my-patterns-online thing, at least for now. Due to my goody-goody-rule-follower nature, I cannot bring myself to make a profit without the required permits my state requires, permits which I currently do not possess. I am also lazy, and so lack the willpower it takes to figure out exactly which permit(s) I need and how much they cost. So for now, any patterns I post will be free (good for you), but will probably not be terribly complicated or fantastic either (bad for you). At the moment, I'm trying to brainstorm a couple new motif patterns, as the last one I did proved to be relatively popular. :) Any thoughts on the matter in the form of comments are very much appreciated.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Also, I was very excited to see Ravelry user JillianJiggs post a picture of her finished product from the pattern! You can see it on the "Projects" tab of the pattern page. It's such a simple little thing, but it's always nice to see people take interest in your work and make it their own. (And I don't mind the least bit that the picture is blurry Jillian!)
I also want to talk a little bit about the idea of selling patterns through sites like Ravelry and Etsy, but that's probably a whole 'nother post's worth of thoughts, so I'll hold off for now. But once that thought process boils over, I'm sure you'll be hearing from me again!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
by Kaity Harding
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Back to the point: earrings. I really love flowers, and I have recently come to love this particular flower pattern by Carlinda Lewis, which you can find on her blog here: http://hookhound.blogspot.com/p/rosa-crochet-flower.html. And I thought it would be really fun if I could make one of those flowers super small and put it on an earring. This was the result:
It took a little bit of trial and error, but I finally got a look I liked with a little modification of the original pattern. All I did was use size 10 crochet thread with a 1.5mm hook and skip Round 4 of the pattern (so you have 18 stitches in the round instead of 24 when starting your petal bases). This takes the outer row of petals off the flower altogether, making it smaller. In any case, I like them. :) Now that I have a little bit of experience with crochet thread, I'm working on some more (non-grannyish) earring patterns to put up for sale in my Ravelry shop. I'll let ya know when things start happening! Adios.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
By Kaity Harding
I’ve found lots of free patterns for wristers/cuffs/fingerless gloves online since I’ve been crocheting, but many of them are either bulky looking (and not very attractive), or completely insubstantial and not warm at all (made completely of openwork). I wanted something in between that had a lighter feel to them but would also cover the wrists completely. And so these cute little wristers fell off my hook. They’re fast and simple, and I hope you enjoy them!
Sizes: One size fits all. However, if you have particularly large/tiny wrists, you can add sets of Rows 4-6 until you reach your desired length.
Yarn: I used Lion Brand® Babysoft® in Cream, but any sport weight (#3) yarn should do.
Other Materials: G6/4.00mm hook
3 medium-sized buttons (mine were about 15mm in diameter)
small tapestry needle
Gauge: About 5 sc/dc per inch.
ch = chain
chsp = chain space
slst = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
fo = finish off
Row 1 – hdc in 3rd ch from hook, continue hdc across row, ch 1, turn (21)
Row 2 – hdc across row, ch 1, turn
Row 3 – sc in next 3 stitches, [ch 2, skip 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches] repeat 2x, ch 2, skip 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, ch 2, turn. (These spaces create the buttonholes.)
Row 4 – hdc across row, ch 2, turn (put 2 hdc in each chsp)
Row 5 – hdc across row, ch 1, turn
Row 6 – sc across row, ch 2, turn
Rows 7-30 – repeat Rows 4-6 a total of 8 times (disregarding the directions in parentheses for Row 4)
Rows 31-32 – repeat Rows 4 & 5 (disregarding the directions in parentheses for Row 4), do not FO.
1 – Turn work, [ch 3, skip first 2 stitches and sc in next stitch] repeat across row (total of 7 “loops”).
2 – ch 3, skip some space, then sc in even intervals down the side of the work (about 15-17 “loops”). These should look the same as the loops you’ve already done in step 1.
3 – Repeat steps 1 & 2 until you’ve created an edge around the entire work. On the last loop, slst into the row instead of sc, then FO and weave in ends.
Sew on buttons on opposite side of work from the buttonholes (it doesn’t particularly matter whether you sew them on the “wrong” or “right” side of the work, it’s impossible to tell which is which), making sure the space between buttons matches the buttonholes, like so:
Weave in ends and enjoy! :)