Bittersweet

Happy Sunday, friends.  I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.  Mine is fine.  A lot of crocheting happening. I've been working on an afghan for a very dear friend, that is going through a difficult time.  What is it about us as crocheters that whenever we hear about anything bad happening to someone we love, that we have to pick up our hooks and make something for them?  Or is that just me?  I always feel like even if crochet can't fix it at least it can provide some comfort in one's time of need.

In other news, I've closed my Etsy shop.  It's kind of bittersweet for me.  I enjoyed designing the doll patterns, but to be quite honest, the income it was generating was not worth the time or the stress that it was causing.  So it is now closed.  I may change my mind in the future, but for now I'm on a break.  I am still working on trying to figure out how to remove the link from my Published Designs page.  That's probably the only complaint I have about this site--it's not very user friendly for someone that's not incredibly computer savvy.  I still have to delete the doll listings from Ravelry, but I don't know that I will get it done today. 

Thanks for listening friends, and I will be back with a free pattern soon.

Happy Fri-yay

Happy Friday Friends!  I hope everyone has exciting crochet plans for the weekend.  I know it has been a really long time since my last post and I'm sorry about that.  Things have been a little crazy around here.  Work has been a pain--it's always something, you know?  

We've been doing a biggest loser competition at work and my goal was to lose about 10 pounds.  Well, the competition ends on Monday and I am nowhere near my goal.  I think I've lost about 6.  In my defense though, we've had a lot of social events going on.  One week we had a party with some friends which entailed a lot of wine, chocolate and delicious food.  Then we had a birthday dinner for my husband with family which entailed wine, delicious food, and sopapilla.  I have no idea if i spelled that right, but it doesn't matter because it's very high in calories.  Then it was a big birthday for my husband and I planned a surprise birthday party for him with a few of our friends.  Again, wine, chocolate, delicious food and cake.  Plus you throw Mardi Gras in there and I guess I'm lucky I lost 6 pounds--and to be completely honest, I've only lost 6 pounds if i don't gain an ounce between now and Monday at my final weigh in.  

Oh what a week it has been! I am so glad it's Friday.  Well, I'm always glad it's Friday, but this week especially so!  Where to begin...Well, the surprise birthday party for John was Saturday.  We went out to a latish lunch around 2 or 3 o'clock.  We were supposed to be at the restaurant for the party around 7:15.  Well we went and did a few things and then went to the restaurant. He was very surprised--which that part was great, but just as we all sat down and started enjoying one another's company, he gets hit with food poisoning and spends the bulk of his party in the restroom violently ill!  Then I had to deal with a nasty seller on EBay this week--I won't even get into that, but suffice it to say that I will not be purchasing anything from her again!  EBay made things right though even though the seller didn't!  Then my credit card company called me and there were over 1000 dollars in charges placed on my card on Tuesday and did I make them?????  UMMMM NO!  So I've been dealing with them. They've called every day since then to ask questions even though I've told them multiple times that I work during the day and don't have time to deal with them at that point and they need to call in the evenings.  Hopefully that is all resolved now and I won't have to deal with them any more until I get my new card.  So that has been my week my friends.  As i said, it's been crazy, frustrating, aggravating, and most of all very, very long!!!!  

This weekend I have very minimal plans. I'm supposed to have Audrey on Saturday for another sewing lesson and then Sunday I don't have any plans at all and I'm really hoping it stays that way! :-)  

Now today's free pattern is this really cute sweater and hat set for a teddy bear.  Not just any bear--this sweater and hat is made to fit a 16 inch bear from that incredibly expensive bear factory in the mall. You know the one--you can get the bear for about 16 bucks, but if you want to buy it any clothes, you're not getting out of there for under $50!!!!!

So here you go friends--enjoy! Have have an amazing weekend!

16 Inch Bear Sweater

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

3.5 ounces worsted weight yarn

Size I crochet hook

Back

Ribbing

Row 1:  Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Ch 1 and turn. (5 sc)

Rows 2—30:  Working in BLO, sc in each sc across, ch 1 and turn.  At end of row 3- do not ch 1, turn so that you will be working along ends of rows.

Body

Row 1:  Ch 2, work 30 more hdc evenly across, turn. (31 hdc)

Rows 2---4:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across. Turn.  (31 hdc)

Row 5:  Sl s across first 5 hdc, ch 2, hdc in next 22 sts, leave rem sts unworked.  Turn. (23 hdc)

Rows 6&9:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across.  Turn.

Row 10:  Ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts.  Fasten off.  Sk next 9 sts , rejoin to next st, ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts.  Fasten off.

Front

Work rows 1—7 of back.

Row 8:  Ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts.  Turn.

Rows 9&10:  Ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts.  Turn. Fasten off at end of row 10.

Skip next 9 sts on row 7, rejoin to next st, ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts, turn.  Work rows 9 & 10 of first shoulder. Fasten off.

With right sides together, sew together at shoulder and at side seams. Turn right side out.

Sleeves

Rnd 1:  Join with sl st st bottom of armhole, ch 2, work 24 more hdc evenly spaced around. Join to beg ch 2.

Rnds 2—4:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around. Join to beg ch 2.

Rnd 5:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to first sc.

Rnds 6—7:  Working in BLO, sc in each sc around, join. Fasten off at end of round 7. 

Repeat for other sleeve. 

Neck Edging

Rnd 1:  Join with sl st at center back of neck, ch 1, sc evenly around, join to back loop of first sc.

Rnd 2:  Working in BLO, sc in each st around.  Join to first sc.  Fasten off.

Hat

Front

Row 1:  Ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Ch 1 & turn.  (24 sc)

Rows 2 & 3:  Sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in each rem sc across to last 2 sc, sc dec over last 2 sts, ch 1 & turn. (20 sc)

Row 4:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1 & turn.

Rows 5—9:  Sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in each st across to lst 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, ch 1 & turn.  (10 sc)

Rows 10 & 11:  Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Hat Back

Rows 12—18;  Work 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. Ch 1 and turn.  (24 sc)

Row 19:  Sc in first 4 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, rep from * across. Ch 1 and turn. (28 sc)

Row 20:  2 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st.  Ch 1 & turn.  (30 sc)

Row 21:  Rep row 20.  (32 sc)

Begin working in rounds

Rnd 1:  Sc in each st across row 21 and in each st on opposite side of foundation ch, join to black loop of first sc.

Rnds 2 & 3:  Working in BLO, sc in each st around. Fasten off at end of round 4.

Post Holiday Blues

Hello Friends! I hope that everyone had a glorious holiday season.  Mine was different, but it's okay.  Because of work schedules our traditions got shifted a bit, but we made it through and hopefully things will be back to normal next year.  Everyone seemed to really love and appreciate their handmade gifts which is always rewarding.  It's reassuring to know that all of the money, time and love that you have invested is not unappreciated. In fact one of my stepdaughter's gifts was an infinity scarf that I had bought for her and she was disappointed that it wasn't handmade! LOL So, note to self for next year--more handmade gifts! HA! I was never sure if she would be one of those people that would appreciate something like that, but now I know. :-) So my Christmas was a success if for no other reason than that.  Now I'm going to share some pictures with you of some of my Christmas projects.  This is by no means all of them, but you get the idea.

Afghan for very dear friends.  This couple has been best friends with my parents forever and they were my second parents growing up.

Afghan for very dear friends.  This couple has been best friends with my parents forever and they were my second parents growing up.

Afghan for my youngest granddaughter.  She's 5 and she loved it!

Afghan for my youngest granddaughter.  She's 5 and she loved it!

Hat for my brother's Godson Waylon.

Hat for my brother's Godson Waylon.

Hat for brother's other Godson Odell.

Hat for brother's other Godson Odell.

Afghan for Odell.

Afghan for Odell.

Afghan for Waylon.

Afghan for Waylon.

Afghan for Audrey

Afghan for Audrey

Tote bags for 2 women in my department.

Tote bags for 2 women in my department.

50 stockings for everyone in my office.

50 stockings for everyone in my office.

Afghan for my brother.  HE LOVES IT!

Afghan for my brother.  HE LOVES IT!

Afghan for Sunni.

Afghan for Sunni.

Christmas Birthdays

Happy Friday, my friends.  Today is December 16th--only 9 days to go!  My granddaughter's birthday is December 21st, and we always try to make a big deal out of her birthday because otherwise it will get lost in all of the Christmas hustle and bustle.  I am off from work today because Christmas falls on a Sunday and I got an extra day off in December for the holiday.  So, today I am picking Audrey up after school and we are taking her out for a special birthday celebration.  I will be exhausted tomorrow, but it will all be worth it to see her excitement. 

Now onto today's free pattern.  This is an adorable little pattern set for a Chelsea doll. For those of you that don't know, Chelsea is Barbie's little sister.  This is a set of 3 outfits and even a little bag to carry them in.  I hope that you all enjoy and have a little girl in your life that will absolutely love them.  I can't promise I'll be back on again before Christmas, but I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday and a very peaceful and prosperous new year.  Peace!

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Church, School, and Play Set

Designed by Lori Baker

Easter Dress

Materials

Aunt Lydia’s size 10 in Coral

Aunt Lydia’s size 10 in White

Size 6 Crochet hook

2 small snaps

2—4 MM pearls

Sewing needle and thread

 

Row 1:  With Coral, ch 14, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 2, hdc in first st, 2 hdc in each rem st across. Turn. (right side)

Row 3:  Ch 2, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, rep from * across. Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 2, working in BLO, hdc in next 5 sts, ch 4, sk next 6 sts, hdc in next 12 sts, ch 4, sk next 6 sts, hdc in last 6 sts. Turn.

Row 5:  Ch 2, hdc in each rem st and ch st across.  Turn.

Row 6:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across. Turn.

Row 7:  Rep row 6.

Begin working in rounds

Rnd 1:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around, join to top of beg ch 2.

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around. Join to beg ch 2.

Rnd 3:  Working in FLO, ch 2, hdc in next st around. Join.

Rnd 4:  Ch 4, sk first 2 sts, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st, rep from * around. Join to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.

Rnd 5:  Ch 3, dc in next ch 1 sp, *dc in next dc, dc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 6:  Rep rnd 4.

Rnd 7:  Sl st in ch 1 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in each rem ch 1 sp around. Join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

Top Ruffle

Join white with sl st to first free loop on Row 3, (ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2dc) in same st, *sk next 2 sts, work (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next st, rep from * across. Fasten off.

Underskirt

Rnd 1:  Join white with sl st to free loop on rnd 2, ch 3, dc in next st around. Join to beg ch 3.

Rnds 2—4:  Ch 3, dc in next st around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 5:  Ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same st, *sk next 2 sts, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next st, join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

Hat

Rnd 1: With white, ch 4, work 11 dc in 4th ch from hk, join to top of beg ch 4.

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st around. Join to top of beg ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 4:  Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnds 5 & 6:  Ch 3, dc in next st around, join to beg ch 3, fasten off at end of rnd 6.

Flower

Ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring. In rin work (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) 3 times.  Join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Flip brim of hat up and sew flower to center front. Sew 2 pearls to flower.

Sew snaps to back of dress.

Playset

 

Materials

Aunt Lydia’s Size 10 in Delft Blue

Aunt Lydia’s size 10 in Pink

Size 6 crochet hook

5 small snaps

 

Overalls

Row 1:  Ch 23, hdc in 3rd ch from hk and each ch across.  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across. Turn.

Begin working in rounds

Rnds 1—3: Ch 2, hdc in next st around, join to beg ch 2.

Divide for legs

Rnd 4:  Ch 2, hdc in next 10 sts, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 5:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around. Fasten off.

Join with sl st to first unworked st on rnd 3, and work rnds 4 & 5.

Bib

Row 1: Sk first 7 sts on top of shorts, join to next st, ch 2, hdc in next 7 sts. Turn.

Rows 2 & 3:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across. Turn.

 

Straps

Rows 1—10:  Ch 2, hdc in next st. Turn.

Fasten off at end of row 10. 

Skip next 6 sts on row 3 of bib, join to next st, work strap rows 1—10.

 

T-Shirt

Row 1: Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * across.  Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3, dc in next st, work (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch1, dc) in next st, dc in next 6 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 3, *dc in next st to ch 1 sp, work (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch 1 sp, rep from * across to last 3 dc, dc in last 3 sts.  Turn.

Row 5:  Ch 3, dc in next dc to ch 1 sp, dc in ch 1 sp, sk next 6 sts, dc in next ch 1 sp, dc in next st to ch 1 sp, dc in ch 1 sp, sk next 6 sts, dc in ch 1 sp and each rem st across. Turn.

Rows 6 & 7: Ch 3, dc in next st across. Turn. Fasten off at end of row 7. 

Headband

Ch 25, sl st in 1st ch. Fasten off.

Sew 2 snaps down back of shirt. Sew one snap to back of shorts and a snap to end of each strap with corresponding piece to back of shorts on either side of back opening.

School

Materials

Aunt Lydia’s size 10 Dark Royal

Aunt Lydia’s size 10 White

Size 6 crochet hook

3 small snaps

Skirt

Row 1:  Ch 23, hdc in 3rd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * across. Turn.

Begin working in rounds

Rnd 1:  Ch 3, dc in next st around, join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

Rnd 2:  Join in white, sc in each st around. Join to beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 3:  Join in blue, ch 3, dc in next st around. Join to beg ch 3. Fasten off.

Rnd 4:  Rep rnd 2.

Rnd 5: Rep rnd 3.

Vest

Row 1: With blue, ch 20, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each ch across. Turn. Fasten off.

Row 2:  With white, sc in each st across. Turn. Fasen off.

Row 3:  With blue, sc across.

Rows 4—9:  Ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, turn. Fasten off at end of row 9.

Skip next 3 sts on row 3, join blue in next st,

Row 4: Sc in same st, and next 6 sts. Turn.

Rows 5—9:  Ch 1, sc in next st across. Turn.  Fasten off at end of row 9.

Skip next 3 sts on Row 3 and work rows 4—9

Sew together @ shoulders and sc evenly around vest.

 

 

Shirt

Row 1: Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * across.  Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3, dc in next st, work (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch1, dc) in next st, dc in next 6 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 3, *dc in next st to ch 1 sp, work (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch 1 sp, rep from * across to last 3 dc, dc in last 3 sts.  Turn.

Row 5:  Ch 3, dc in next dc to ch 1 sp, dc in ch 1 sp, sk next 6 sts, dc in next ch 1 sp, dc in next st to ch 1 sp, dc in ch 1 sp, sk next 6 sts, dc in ch 1 sp and each rem st across. Turn.

Rows 6 & 7: Ch 3, dc in next st across. Turn. Fasten off at end of row 7. 

 

Beret

Rnd 1:  Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hk, join to top of beg ch 4.

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next sst, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around.  Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 4:  Ch 3, dc in next st around. Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 5:  Ch 3, dc dec over next 2 sts, *dc in next st, dc dec over next 2 sts, rep from * around. Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 6:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

 

Bag

Materials

Aunt Lydia’s size 10 Passionata

Size 0 crochet hook

18” of 1” wide ribbon

Sewing needle and thread          

 

Pattern Notes

Beg Corner: Sl st in ch 2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp

Corner: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp

Make 2

Rnd 1: Ch 4, in 4th ch from hook work (2 dc, ch 2, 2dc), ch 1, *work corner, ch 1, rep from * twice more. Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 2:  Sl st to ch 2 sp, work beg corner, ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp to ch 2 sp of next corner, *work corner in ch 2 sp, ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp to corner, rep from * around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnds 3-7:  Rep rnd 2.  Fasten off at end of rnd 7.

 

Holding squares with wrong sides together, crochet together with sc on 3 sides.  Fasten off.

Handles

Cut ribbon in half so that you have two 9 inch lengths.  Sew to inside of bag 1 inch from each side seam on both sides.

13 Days to Go

Happy Monday my friends! I just love Mondays, don't you?  Okay that's a lie. I'm trying to convince myself that they're not as horrible as I know in my heart of hearts that they are.  Let's see--can we think of anything positive to say about a Monday....well, we're alive.  That's really positive considering that if we weren't, the fact that it's Monday would be the least of our worries.  It's only 13 days until Christmas--I think.  It is the 12th right?  If not, you get the idea. Unfortunately that's not something that can be said about every Monday--just this one.  Just today so celebrate that! ;-)  Now there may be those of you out there that absolutely LOVE your jobs and to people like that I guess Monday doesn't see as bad to them as it does to the rest of us.  I am NOT one of those people.  I despise my job with every fiber of my being!  As George Bailey said--"Cooped up in a shabby little office trying to figure out how to save 10 cents on a length of pipe."  That's my life--shabby little office and all! But again, things could be worse.  
So, is everyone battling the last minute stress of the season?  I am in a BIG BIG way!  My daughter just moved into a new apartment and she's decorating her bedroom in a boho theme.  Which I absolutely love! I love that whole hippy, festival, retro, gypsy look!  Mix in a little bit of beachy surf style and I'm in heaven! ;-)  Anyway, I got this brilliant idea over Thanksgiving weekend that I would crochet her a giant mandala afghan for Christmas to go with her hippy dippy bedroom. So I sat down on November 26th to order the yarn.  No big deal right?   I mean I'm a pretty fast crocheter so I wasn't really worried about time. I figured it would take about a week for the yarn to get here and that would give me 3 whole weeks to finish.  3 WHOLE WEEKS!  I mean to have 3 weeks to complete anything this time of year is a Christmas miracle! Well, a Christmas miracle did not happen.  A week and a half later--on Wednesday, December 7th, I still had not received the shipping confirmation.  A little concerned I emailed the company and inquired about my order--still too soon to panic, I just sent a general email inquiring about the status. I mean it could have shipped out and they just forgot to update the order status--right???? WRONG!  They emailed me back and said that they're sorry for the inconvenience, but due to a large influx of orders, they are experiencing longer than usual processing times!  Okay at that point I was livid!!!!  I mean that's bull and we all know it. I don't care how busy you are, it doesn't take 11 days to ship something out--I mean it's not like they're spinning and dying it themselves!  I think they made a mistake and lost my order and thankfully I emailed about it.  So, I responded to their response--I was pretty angry and not very nice--I'm rarely mean, just so that you all know that.  I subscribe to the theory that you can catch more flies with honey and it usually works--but not this time--my first email was nice.  So, my response to their "Longer than usual processing times" was that it had been 11 days since my order was placed and an 11 day processing time is quite ridiculous and since they haven't been of much help otherwise can they at least tell me WHEN my order is going to ship out?  Do you know what they said?????? They said, "your order is on the packing line and will leave our warehouse in the next 24 to 48 hours."  I didn't eve respond. I mean at this point I was so angry I was speechless.  Don't you think that if you had a customer that had been jerked around the way that I had--this close to Christmas that you would have done whatever it took to make it right?  Were it my company, at the very least I would have shipped the order out the very day that I got the email inquiring about it and would have shipped it out priority at my own expense.  But NO!  I still don't have my yarn.  It is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow.  So, tomorrow is the 13th and my order was placed on the 26th.  For those of you keeping track, by the time I receive this yarn, it will have been 17 days since my original order was placed.  Wish me luck that the afghan gets done... I'm hoping to be back again later in the week with a free pattern for you all--I just rambled on too long today that I need to get moving now.  Have a fabulous week my friends and Godspeed on all of that Christmas crochet! Peace! 

Be Grateful

Well, here we are friends, almost to Thanksgiving again.  It is going to be a crazy week for me at work.  One—it’s a short week, but two, I work for a retail company and obviously Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year.  Everyone is going to be running around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to prepare.  I work in the accounting department of this company, so the craziness doesn’t really affect me other than it seems to swirl around me which gets on one’s nerves!!!

I will not be out there with the masses this Friday.  I have to work unfortunately, but also, I think my shopping is done, and so is all my making I think.  I wrapped a lot of gifts yesterday—still have quite a few to wrap, but I’m getting there.  It feels strange to have all of my making done this early.  I’m normally one of those people that’s trying to figure out if it’s possible to block an afghan in the car.  Just as an aside—it’s not! 

Here is a pattern for those of you that are a little stuck for a gift for a child. My Party Hat and Scarf will fit a child ages 6 to about 10 or so and it’s really quite simple and works up quickly.  I hope you enjoy and it takes a bit of the stress off of your overflowing plates (both figuratively and literally considering it is Thanksgiving week)  Enjoy my friends and have a very happy Thanksgiving.  Remember to be grateful for the little things.  Peace.

 

Child's Party Scarf and Beret

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials:

3 Skeins Pom Pom Party in Jelly Bean

Size H crochet hook

Scarf

Row 1:  Ch 26, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 9 chs, dc in next 5 chs, sc in next 10 chs.  Turn.

Row 2:  Working through both loops, ch 3 (counts as first dc throughout), dc in next 9 sts, sc in next 5 sts, dc in next 10 sts.  Turn.

Row 3:  Working in back loops only, ch 1, sc in first 10 sts, dc in next 5 sts, sc in next 10 sts.  Turn.

Rows 4-90:  Rep rows 2 & 3.

At end of row 90, with right sides together, crochet row 90 to foundation ch.  Fasten off.

Edging:  Join with sl st in end of any row, ch 1, work 1 sc in end of sc rows, and 2 sc in end of dc rows around, join to first sc.  Fasten off.  Rep on other side.

Beret

Rnd 1:  Ch 4, work 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join to top of beg ch 4.

Rnd 2:   Ch 3, dc in same st, work 2 dc in each rem st around. Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around, join to beg ch 3. 

Rnd 4:  Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around.  Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 5:  Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around.  Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 6:  Ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around.  Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 7:  Ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around.  Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 8:  Ch 3, dc in next st around.  Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 9:  Ch 3, dc dec over next 2 sts, *dc in next st, dc dec over next two sts, rep from * around.  Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 10:  Ch 3, dc in next st around.  Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 11:  Ch 3, dc in next st, dc dec over next 2 sts, *dc in next 2 sts, dc dec over next two sts, rep from * around to last st, dc in last st, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 12:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around.  Join to beg ch 2.  Fasten off.

Production Comes in Many Forms

It’s Monday my Friends.  Here we go another week started.   We are crazy busy at work right now and it takes more energy than I can muster to do anything in the evenings when I get home that requires using the computer.  I’m sorry for the long period between posts this time.  I really haven’t had much to write about.  Things have been pretty dull around here. 

My weekend was somewhat productive this last weekend. Especially when you consider that I had Audrey all day on Saturday!  She can take the productivity out of any day! HA!  She’s learning to sew and so this past Saturday she had another sewing lesson. This time she made Christmas stockings for her mom’s boyfriend’s 3 little girls for Christmas.  We went to the dollar store when they were finished and filled them up with candy.  I am making these same stockings for people at my work. I need 50 of them and I am at 42.  I should hopefully get them done this next week.  I also completed a cute little doll for my Etsy shop. It is a Mrs. Claus pattern

So, how are your Christmas projects coming? I think mine are done…well I think all of my crocheting projects are done.  I still have several sewing projects to complete, but if I would just sit down and do them I could probably knock them all out in a day or two.  However, I have this pesky job thing that I do, so now they are probably going to have to wait till next weekend.

One other thing I got completed this weekend is a lovely vest that I’m going to share the pattern with you for.  I think that one size will fit most people sizes small through large.  Since it ruffles at the front, there is no need to make it close.  It is designed to be open and drapey.  I hope that you all enjoy.  I feel like if you do it in black or red or green or white it would be a fabulous holiday piece—even maybe a metallic would be beautiful. It is done in sport weight yarn and a size I hook.  So, here we go! Have fun and enjoy your week!

 

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Papaya Vest

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

Village Yarn Layla 1.75 ounces, 136 yards

8 skeins

Size I crochet hook

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

 

Row 1:  Ch 146, sc in 2nd ch from hk, *ch 4, sk next 3 ch, (sc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch, sk next 3 ch, sc in next ch, rep from * across. Turn. (18 shells)

Row 2:  (right side) Ch 5, (counts as dc, ch 2) *(sc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 4 sp,**, ch 4, rep from * across ending at **, ch 2, dc in last sc. Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first st, * ch 4, (sc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 4 sp, rep from * across, placing last sc in 3rd ch of beg ch 5.  Turn.

Rep rows 2 & 3 until piece measures 16 inches—ending with pattern row 2.

Divide for shoulders/armholes/back

Row 1:  Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 4, (sc, ch 3, 2dc) in next ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 4 sp, rep from * 5 times more.  Turn.

Rep rows 2 & 3 until pieces measures about 9 inches.  End by working pattern row 3. Fasten off.

Middle section

Row 1:  Join to body section in same ch 4 sp as last sc worked, sc in same sp, *ch 4, work (sc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 4 sp, rep from * 5 times more.  Rep rows 2 & 3 of body until middle section measures same as first.

Last section

Work as for middle row 1, ending last sc in 3rd ch of beg ch 5 of last row on body.  Work rows 2 & 3 until piece measure same as first 2 sections.

Joining

With right sides together, sew right front to middle section over 3 inches, rep for left front.

Edging

Row 1:  Join with sc at back of neck, sc evenly around vest. Join to beg sc.

Row 2:  Ch 3, work 2 dc in same st, work 3 dc in each sc around, join to beg ch 3.

Row 3:  Sl st in next dc, ch 4, dc in same st, sk next 2 dc, *work (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, sk next 2 dc, rep from * around, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.

Row 4:  Sl st in ch 1 sp, ch 3, work 2 dc in same sp, work 3 dc in each rem ch 1 sp around. Join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

So Sick!

Yes friends—I am so sick.  So sick in fact that I actually went to the doctor. Since most of you don’t know me personally, you don’t realize what a big deal that is.  I went to see her and I just knew that I had the plague or something equally devastating.  Nope.  I have a sinus infection and an ear infection?  Really?  How at my age do you get an ear infection?  And how can a simple sinus infection make you feel like you’re dying?  I’ll tell you how, intense swelling and pressure in your face creating a massive headache that doesn’t really go away no matter how much Advil you take, a nose that is so stuffed up that it forces you to breathe only out of your mouth which in turn dries your throat out causing you to cough uncontrollably which then in turn makes your throat hurt and your entire body ache—and forget about getting a good night’s sleep! So, I just have to get through today at work and then hopefully I can spend the bulk of the day tomorrow on the couch just resting.   I’m hoping to be well enough by Sunday to go to one of my older grandson’s birthday party and then another of my grandsons is visiting from Florida so I’m really hoping to be well enough to do that.  It’s all up to the antibiotics now.  Hopefully they work quickly! (Okay so maybe thinking I had the plague was a bit dramatic.)

Now on to crochet news! Here we go my friends—I FINISHED THE CATS!!! Can you believe it?  I know that you all were doubting me—I was doubting myself to be quite honest with you.  I got the cat graph from a shop on Etsy called Yarnaroundhook.  I'm sorry, I tried linking it here, but it is not working.  The "filler" squares, I just did striped sc rows and the same with the borders that I put on each row of squares.  I'm pretty happy with the results even though it is done in seizure inducing colors.  They are my granddaughter's two favorites though.  Let me know what you all think!!

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Alll Cats all the Time--Maybe

 

Happy Saturday, Friends! I hope you have a fabulous weekend planned! Mine is actually probably going to be pretty dull. I’m okay with that.

 

I have finished all but one of my Christmas afghans.  Yep, you guessed it, the cats aren’t done. I’ve been toying with the idea of setting it on fire.  The recipient is the only thing that’s keeping that from happening.  Funny how grandchildren have that effect on you! I’m down to only needing to complete 2 cat squares though.  All of my filler squares are done and it’s partially put together, and miles and miles of sc edging on each row of squares. OMG! I am so tired of single crochet.  I just keep telling myself, it’s going to get done eventually and Audrey is going to be thrilled! I hope. If she’s not, I may have to trade her in for a different kid! ;-)

 

Today, I’m going to share my design for a wine bag and drink markers. I hope you all enjoy making it and find it a really delightful way to present a gift bottle this holiday season. 
Enjoy my friends and have a great weekend!

 

Eat Drink and Be Merry

 

Designed by Lori Baker

 

Materials

 

Bernat Happy Holidays Yarn, 1 ball each:

 

Color A—Twinkly White

 

Color B—Silvered Red

 

Color C—Glittery Green

 

Color D—Merrier Multi

 

Size H crochet hook

 

1 yard 3/8” silver cording

 

Yarn needle

 

Bag front and back

 

Make 2

 

Row 1: Starting at top, with color A, ch 22, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Ch 1 and turn.

 

Row 2:  Sc in first st, *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st, rep from * across.  Ch 1 and turn.

 

Row 3:  Sc in first st, in next st, *work sc, 2 dc, sk next 2 sts, rep from * across to last 2 sts, sc in last 2 sts, changing to color B in last st. Ch 1 and turn.

 

Row 4:  Rep row 3, changing to color C in last st.

 

Row 5:  Rep row 3, changing to color D in last st.

 

Row 6:  Rep row 3 changing to color A in last st.

 

Rows 7—31:  Rep rows 3—6, 6 times more, then row 3 once.  Fasten off.

 

Sew or crochet sides and bottoms together.  Turn right side out.

 

Rnd 1:  Join D with sl st to top at side seam, ch 4, dc in same st, work (dc, ch 1, dc) in each st around. Join to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.

 

Rnd 2:  Sl st in ch 1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, work 3 dc in each rem ch 1 sp around, join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

 

Run silver cording through ch 1 spaces on row 2. Tie ends in knot about 1 or 2 inches from bottom and trim off even.

 

Scarves

 

Row 1:  With MC, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across, ch 1 and turn.

 

Rows 2—38:  Sc in first st, ch 1, sk next st, sc in last st, ch 1 and turn.

 

Row 39:  Sc in first st, sc in ch 1 sp, sc in last st.  Fasten off.

 

Join CC to center sc of row 1, *ch 1, sk next ch 1 sp of next row, sl st around next ch 1 sp of next row, rep from * to end, sc in center sc of row 39.  Fasten off.

 

Add small amount of fringe if desired.

 

Back in the swing of it...

Hello my friends. I’m sorry for another long absence.  I’m finding it very hard to get back into the swing of things after my vacation.  I had such a lovely, relaxing time that coming home and going back to my full time job—which unfortunately has nothing to do with crochet—is just completely wearing me out. I’m exhausted to the point that writing a blog or even just crocheting has been a daunting task! But here I am, finally starting to get back into the swing of things—or as much as I get back into the swing of things.  I’m not very good at accepting the fact that I have to get up and go to work every day.  I still fight it every step of the way.  I think of a hundred reasons every morning why I could call off and then get up and put my shoes on and head to work.  I guess the fantasizing helps get me out the door—some mornings you just have to do whatever it takes. 

I do have a free pattern for you today. It’s not the one I was hoping to have—it is still not finished, but I do think this is a lovely set for fall. I’m picturing it as perfect for a bonfire or a tailgate party.  For those of you who like those sorts of things. I’m not a very outdoorsy kind of person unless that bonfire happens to be on the beach and football—well I’m not real crazy about that either. But nonetheless, a beautiful cowl and fingerless gloves set perfect for fall weather.  I love the colors in this set but you could easily change them up to be your favorite team’s colors.  Enjoy my friends and hopefully I’ll get completely back in the routine of things soon.  Have a great week!

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Stained Glass

Cowl and Fingerless Gloves Set

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

Lion Brand Landscapes Yarn

2 Skeins Charcoal

1 Skein Boardwalk

Size I crochet hook

4-1/2 inch buttons

Sewing needle and thread

Tapestry needle

 

Cowl

Row 1:  With Charcoal, ch 25, dc in 4th ch from hk and each rem ch across. Turn. (23 DC)

Row 2:  Ch 3, (counts as first dc now and throughout) Dc in next st, *work FPTRC in next st of previous row, dc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * across changing to Boardwalk in last st. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3:  Sc in first st, *work (sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk next 2 sts, rep from * across to last st, sc in last st, changing to charcoal in last st.  Turn.

Row 4:  Rep row 2.

Rows 5—54:  Rep rows 3 & 4. Do not change colors at end of row 54.

Row 55:  Ch 1, sc in first st, *work sc dec over next 2 sts, rep from * across. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 56:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1 and turn.

Work rem rows in back loops only

Rows 57—61:  Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.  Faste off at end of row 61. 

Rejoin charcoal to opposite end of cowl, sc in first st, *work sc dec over next 2 sts, rep from * across Ch 1 and turn.

Rep rows 57—60 of opposite end.

Last row:  Sc in first st, *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next 2 sts, rep from * across to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, sc in last st.

Turn so that you are working in ends of rows and sc evenly all the way around cowl. Join to first sc of edging.  Fasten off.

Sew buttons to row 61 of cowl opposite buttonholes.

Gloves

Row 1:  Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from h and each rem ch across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rows 2—26:  Working in BLO, sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 27:  Working across ends of rows, work 26 sc evenly across. Turn.

Row 28:  Ch 2, (counts as first hdc) hdc in next st across.  Turn.

Row 29:  Ch 3, dc in next st, *work fptc around next st in previous row, dc in next 2 sts, rep from * across.  Ch 1 and turn, changing to Boardwalk in last step of last st. 

Row 30:  Work (sc, 2dc) in first st, sk next 2 sts, *work (sc, 2 dc) in next st sk next 2 sts, rep from * across to last 2 sts, sc in last 2 sts.  Turn, changing to Charcoal in last step of last st.

Rows 31 & 32:  Rep rows 29 & 30.

Row 33:  Rep row 29.  Fasten off.

Row 34:  Sk first 4 sts, join Boardwalk in next st, work (sc, 2 dc) in first st, s next 2 sts, *work (sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk next 2 sts, rep from * across to last 4 sts, sc in next st, leave rem 3 sts unworked.  Turn changing to Charcoal in last st.

Row 35:   Ch 3, dc in next st, work fptrc around fptrc 2 rows below, * dc in next 2 sts, work FPTRC around FPTRC 2 rows below, rep from * across to last st, dc in last st, ch 1 and turn.

Row 36:  Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rows 37—39:  Working in BLO, sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.  Fasten off at end of row 39 leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew glove together from bottom up to row 33.  Then from row 34 to row 39.

 

The French Quarter and Other Amazing Sights

Good morning, my friends!  It has been awhile since I’ve posted and I’m sorry about that.  My husband and I just got back from a wonderful vacation and I was trying to leave EVERYTHING behind for a few days!

We took a road trip.  Now we will drive down to Memphis occasionally which is about 4 hours away or go visit my family which is about the same, but this was an honest to goodness road trip—which means lots of crocheting time! Loved every second of my vacation except for one part—massive traffic jam coming home through Nashville—that was quite stressful.

We drove down to New Orleans and spent a couple of days.  It is a beautiful city.  The buildings down in the French Quarter are wonderful.  We saw St. Louis Cathedral—words cannot describe how lovely it is, we went to the French Market—where I bought lots of things that I really didn’t need, but bought nonetheless.  It was great fun.  We had breakfast at Café Du Mond. The beignets are to die for.  The French Quarter is fabulous during the day and at night it becomes very interesting!  There’s a lot of action down there after dark—and apparently clothing is optional when the sun goes down! LOL Seriously though, you’re walking along minding your own business and then all of a sudden there’s a topless woman. For no other reason than it’s allowed! There is a lovely yarn shop in the French Quarter called Quarter Stitch and she had fabulous yarns and you know I came home with some of that too!  All in all it was a great time in NOLA and I hope to get back there again soon! From there we drove over to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Another pretty place with beautiful beaches.  We took a dolphin cruise while we were there and it was a lot of fun and we did see several dolphins.  Gulf Shores seems that it would be a great place to take a family vacation. Outside of the beach and the dolphin cruise they had arcades and amusement parks, a water park and a large miniature golf course. Oh and I have to mention that the people in Alabama were SO nice! Everyone you came into contact with was so welcoming and friendly!  From there we drove over to Apalachicola, Florida.  The downtown area of this tiny town is just adorable! Lots of little shops and restaurants. And yes—they have a yarn shop as well—and I came home with some from there too!  The name of that shop is Downtown Books and Purl.  Can you think of anything more fabulous than combining a book store with a yarn shop??? Simply brilliant!  The thing about Apalachicola is that there’s no beach! I couldn’t believe it! However, we did drive about 10 or 15 miles (maybe—I’m not good with distance things) to St. George’s Island and there was a lovely beach there. I finished an afghan with all of the time in the car and got some work done on another one.  All in all it was a great trip and I would definitely do it again! 

I’m hoping to get a free pattern posted in the next couple of days. Please bear with me while I get myself settled back in and get back to normal.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend friends!

Happy Sunday

Happy Sunday my friends! I hope all of you are enjoying a lovely weekend.  It’s been pretty quiet here so far this weekend.   I’ve started another afghan—so even though I finished one, I still have 3 on the go.  However, once these three are done, there’s only one more to do and then I think that all of my Christmas crocheting will actually be done…except, I always come up with things at the last minute that I want to make. And we also have to take into account that one of the 3 on the go is the dumb cat afghan. I put it away for a while last weekend because quite frankly I could not take the miles and miles of nothing but single crochet in seizure inducing colors any longer. 

So, my plan for today…I don’t know.  John and I are taking a vacation in few days, so I really need to start packing for that.  I may do that for a bit.  I also have a top that I started working on last night that I may work on.  Or I may go into my sewing room and try to do some organization in there (HA!).  We are taking a quick tour of the Gulf Coast and I am super excited about it.  We’re going to hit New Orleans, Gulf Shores, and Apalachicola.  Hopefully lots of time of fun in the sun.  (And of course checking out the local yarn shops!!!!) HA!

Okay today’s free pattern is a beautiful scarf. It would make a great last minute gift as it only takes 2 to 3 hours to complete but the results are fabulous!!!! I called it my Splendid Spring Scarf, but truthfully, that’s only because I designed it in the spring.  Depending on the colors you choose it is suitable for any season! Enjoy my friends and have a fabulous Sunday!

Splendid Spring Scarf

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials:

1 skein Red Heart Unforgettable in Parrot OR 2 skeins Lion Brand Landscapes in Boardwarlk

Size I crochet hook

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Foundation:  *Ch 3, work 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in 3rd ch from hook, rep from * 41 more times.  Ch 1, Turn so that you are working on opposite side of foundation.  Work (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch that previous dc were worked in to end.  Ch 1, join with sl st to beg ch 3.

Rnd 2:  Sl st to ch 2 sp, sc in ch 2 sp, *ch 7, sc in next ch 2 sp across to end, ch 4, dc in ch 1 sp, ch 4** sc in next ch 2 sp, rep from * to **, join w/sl st to beg sc.

Rnd 3:  In each ch 7 loop work (2sc, 2hdc, 2dc, 2trc, ch 1, 2trc, 2dc, 2hdc, 2sc) and in each ch 4 sp work 7 dc, at end of round, join with sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

 

Saturday!!!!!!

 

Hello my friends and happy Saturday! I was so worked up during my last post over being scolded by a policeman that I completely forgot what I wanted to talk about.  I wanted to talk about my weekend last weekend! It was amazingly productive!!!

On Saturday we spent the afternoon/evening with friends, which is always a great time, but Sunday is the day I want to talk to you about.  I crocheted 2 hats and an afghan all in one day! Yes you read that correctly an entire afghan in one day!!!!! I used Bernat Blanket Yarn and that stuff is amazing!  It’s soft and cuddly and it works up super quickly! That is the pattern I’m going to post for you today. Just the very simple basic afghan pattern that I worked this stuff up in—so have a great holiday weekend and here we go!

 

4--10.5 ounce skeins Bernat Blanket Brights in Jump rope

 

Size Q crochet hook

 

Size N crochet hook

 

With Q hook ch 72, switch to N at end of starting chain.

 

Row 1:  Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across.

 

Row 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout) *sk next st, dc in next st, dc in last skipped st, rep from * across. Turn.

 

Row 3:  Ch 3, dc in next st across.  Turn.

 

Rows 4—39:  Rep rows 2 and 3.

 

Edging—ch 1, work (sc, 2 dc) in first st, sk next two sts, *work (sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk next 2 sts, rep from * to corner, work (Sc, 2 dc) in corner and in end of each row to corner, rep from * around.  Join to first sc and fasten off.

 

 

 

Outraged

Yes my friends, I am outraged.  Yesterday, a coworker and I decided to walk across the street to McDonald’s for a quick lunch. Now, to give you some idea of where I work and what I was doing, the McDonald’s is across a side street off of the main retail area in our town.  It is a two lane road with a center turning lane.  The main retail street is a 4 lane street, with a right turn lane and a left turn lane—so at the corner you have 5 lanes of traffic to get across.  So, my friend and I were crossing the street in the middle because one, there are only 3 lanes to get across and 2 the crosswalk is almost a block out of the way, and a police officer stops us right in the middle of the road—we’re in the turning lane waiting for him to pass before we can continue across (he was the only car coming) and he scolded us for jay walking! REALLY????? There are not more important, more heinous things going on in this town that you have to worry about two middle aged women crossing the street????  Now let me say this—I know that I was breaking the law. I understand that and I’m not disputing the fact that I probably should have gotten a ticket.  What I am disputing is 1—don’t stop us in the middle of the street—you are just increasing our odds of being hit by a car! 2—we were both old enough to be this child’s mother! So that really added insult to injury.  He was maybe 25?!?!  But you know how that goes, once you hit 40 everyone looks like they’re 12 years old.  3—I work right across the street from the high school and I’m pretty sure that there are probably drug deals that go down in my parking lot in the mornings when I get to work—and you’re going to worry about my jay walking???? 4—this was a plain clothes officer.  If I had seen it was a police car I wouldn’t have crossed the street till he had passed—I’m not an idiot after all. But that takes me back to number 3—you are a plain clothes officer. Park yourself on my work’s parking lot in the mornings and try to prevent some dangerous crime!  5—next time just write me the ticket.  All your lecture did was really tick me off to the point that I felt the need to blog about it.  Here’s the thing, my friends, the town that I live in probably has a population of about 30,000 people. So we’re a pretty small town.  We are however right across the river from one of the most crime ridden cities in the country—St. Louis.  Unfortunately, heroin is an epidemic in this county.  Not just my town but the entire county.  And all of that being said, I’m finding it really hard to understand how two middle aged women jaywalking is something worth taking up an officer’s time for and really how you can justify spending the money for a plain clothes police officer to worry about jaywalkers in the first place. Let’s face it, I’m 47 years old and have been crossing streets by myself for probably about 40 years.  The fact that I’ve never been hit by a car I think speaks to my expertise in this area. So, my friend and I have two options now—either stop going to McDonald’s or walk the block out the way to the crosswalk to cross the street—which I contend is more dangerous than crossing in the middle.  Stay tuned for the decision! HA! Enjoy the rest of the week my friends and if I don’t get another post up between now and then, have a lovely holiday weekend!

The Vest That Wasn't

Hello my friends! What a crazy, busy week it has been! But—its’s over and it’s finally the weekend. ;-) As is usual, I have a ton of projects I want to get done. I don’t know why, but for some reason, I can’t get it through my head that “a weekend” only lasts two days—not a thousand! Which is how many I would probably need to get through everything on my list that I want to have done by Monday.  Oh well, when I finish this entry, I can at least check one thing off of my list. “Write blog post.” 

So, how about all of you—how’re your Christmas projects coming along?  Mine haven’t. I guess I’m thinking that they’re sitting in the sewing room crocheting themselves.  I better go check on that—who knows maybe I’ll be surprised and have a finished cat blanket! That’s not to say that I haven’t been crocheting because I have—obviously.  I just haven’t been crocheting on Christmas projects. 
I finished the vest that I discussed in a previous post.  You know the one I told you that I found on Ravelry that I thought was just the cutest thing ever?  Turns out, I started it and wasn’t really feeling it, so I just made my own up as I went along.  I’m sorry, but I didn’t write anything down, so I can’t really share the pattern with you.  I just kind of winged it.
The other thing I’ve been doing is working on an infinity scarf.  I know—right?  100 degrees here and I feel the need for an emergency infinity scarf instead of working on a cat afghan!  However, this one is different.  My birthday was a couple of weeks ago and a dear friend of mine was on vacation in Alaska at the time.  Well as birthday gift, she brought me back the most beautiful skein of mohair cobweb lace you have ever seen.  So, obviously, as soon as the vest was finished, I started a scarf! The color is called Sunset and I can’t wait to share a pic of my finished project with you.  However, I have been thinking that perhaps I should put the scarf down and work on something for Christmas. (Meow)

Okay my friends, let’s move on to today’s free pattern.  Since it is still warm I thought a cute spring/summer/early fall cardigan would be a good project.  So, I’m going to share with you my Summer Cardi pattern. I hope you all enjoy it and have a very lovely weekend—mine is going to be busy, but fabulous!!!!

2 (2,3,3) Balls Aunt Lydia's Size 10 in Passionata

Size 0 Steel Hook

Sewing needle and thread

6 (6, 8,8) 5/8” buttons

Back

Row 1:  Ch 102 (108, 114, 120), sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across.  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 3, sk first 2 sts, *work 3 dc in next st, sk next st, dc in next st, sk next st, Rep from * across to last 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, sk next st, dc in last st.  Turn

Row 3:  Ch 4, sk first 2 sts, *work (TRC, ch 1, TRC) in next st, sk next st, TRC in next st, sk next st, Rep from * across to last 3 sts, (TRC, ch 1, TRC) in next st, sk next st, TRC in last st.  Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 3, work 3 dc in ch 1 sp, sk next st, *dc in next st, work 3 dc in next ch1 sp, sk next st, rep from * across, dc in last st.  Turn.

Rows 5-27 (27,31,31):  Rep row 3 & 4, end by working Row 3.

Shoulders

Row 28 (28,32,32):  Ch 3, *work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, sk next dc, dc in next st, rep from * 7 times more.  Fasten off.  Sk next 9 (11, 13, 15) ch 1 sps, sk next trc, join with sl st in next trc, ch 3, *work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, sk next st, dc in next st.  Rep from * across.  Fasten off.

Fronts—make 2

Row 1:  Ch 54 (60,66,72), sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across.  Turn.

Rows 2-24 (24,28,28):  Work same as for back.

Row 25 (25,29,29):  Ch 4, sk first 2 sts, (trc, ch1, trc) in next st, *sk next st, trc in next st, sk next st, (trc, ch1, trc) in next st, trc in next st.  Rep from * across.  Turn.

Row 26 (26,30,30):  Ch3, sk first 2 sts, *work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, Rep from * 6 times more, sk next st, dc in next st.  Leave rem sts unworkded. Turn.

Rows 27 (27,31,31) & 28 (28,32,32):  Rep row 25 and 26.

Fasten off at end of row 28(32).

With right sides facing sew fronts to back at shoulder seams.  Sew side seams, starting in side of row one and sew together up to row 14.

Sleeves:

Working in Rnds.

Rnd 1:  Join with sl st to bottom of armhole, ch 1, work 72(72,92,92) sc evenly spaced around armhole, join wi sl st to first sc.

Rnds 2-26:  Ch 3, dc in next sst around.  Join to top of beg ch 3.  Fasten of at end of rnd 26.

Body edging:

Rnd 1:  Join with sl st to center back neck, ch 1 sc in same st, sc in each st across, when you get to an are where working in ends of rows, work 2 sc in ends of dc row and 3 sc in ends of trc rows, continue in sc to neck edge corner, work 3 sc in corner, continue working in sc pattern down left frt to corner, 3 sc in corner, sc in each st across bottom to corner, 3 sc in corner, continue in sc pattern up right frt to corner at neck edge, 3 sc in corner at neck edge, sc to beg sc, join with sl st to first sc.

Rnds 2 & 3:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, *sc in each st across to center sc of 3 sc group in corner, work 3 sc in center sc, rep from * 3 times more, sc in each sc across to beg sc, join to beg sc.

Rnd 4:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, *sc in each st across to center sc of 3 sc group, work 3 sc in center sc, rep from * 2 times more, sc in next 5 sc, ch 3, sk next 3 sc,**sc in next 7 sts, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, rep from ** 4 times more, sc in next st to center sc of 3 sc group, 3 sc in center sc, sc in each st across to beg sc, join with sl st to beg sc.

Rnd 5:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, *sc in each st across to center sc of 3 sc group, work 3 sc in center sc, rep from * 2 times more, work one sc in each sc and 3 sc in ch 3 sp up to 3 sc group, work 3 sc in center sc, sc in each st across to beg sc, Join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Sleeve edging:

Work 3 rnds of sc around each sleeve, joining at end of each rnd.  Fasten off at end of third rnd.

Lining up fronts mark button placement on left front by lining up buttonholes from right front.  Sew buttons to left front.

 

What Happened to Summer

Fall is coming friends.  I know and I’m sorry—but it is well on its way.  It seems like summer just got started good and here we are already at the end of August.  Here in the Midwest, the end of August usually means continued scorching hot temperatures and a thousand percent humidity.  Right now, though, it’s a little different.  The temps aren’t getting out of the eighties during the afternoon and the early mornings have an almost fall-like feel to them.  I’m sure the heat and humidity will be back for one last hurrah this summer—which is just fine with me as we’ve discussed in previous posts.  Fall is going to be here all too soon and then will turn to winter and can anyone tell me why spring and summer fly by and winter seems to drag on interminably???  Although—I will tell you, the best thing about winter is that you can make an afghan without having a heat stroke! I’ve been working on a few Christmas afghans as you all know and the fact that it is summer is not making them easy to endure! All that yarn lying on your lap for hours while you happily crochet and before you know it, you’ve got sweat dripping off of every part of you! Not fun my friends!  So, as summer is winding down, take time to have one more BBQ with friends, or a glass of lemonade out on the porch because before you know it, it’s going to be hot cocoa in front of the fire and you’ll be longing to be able to go outside without your face hurting!

Today’s free pattern is a fall pattern.  It is my October on the Patio Stole.  A very practical stole with pockets. Perfect for sipping your coffee in the mornings outside.

October on the Patio Stole

Designed by: Lori Baker

 

Materials

4 Skeins Red Heart Fiesta worsted weight yarn in Coffee

Size J crochet hook

Yarn needle

 

Row 1:  Ch 52, dc in 4th ch from hk and each ch across.  Turn.  Right side.

Rows 2—14:  Working in BLO, Ch 3, dc in next st across. Turn.

Rows 15—24:  Working in both loops, ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st, rep from * across to last st, sc in last st.

Rows 25—26:  Ch 4, sk first 2 sc, dc in next ch 1 sp, * ch 1, sk next st, dc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * across to last st, dc in last st.  Turn.

Rows 27—36:  Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * across to last st, sc in last st.  Turn.

Rows 37—120:  Rep rows 25—36, 7 time. 

Row 121:  Ch 3, dc in next st across.  Turn.

Rows 122—134:  Ch 3, working in BLO, dc in next st across. Turn. Fasten off at end of Row 134.

Edging

With wrong side facing, join with sl st to end of row 1.  Working in ends of ros *work (sc, 2dc) in end of each dc row, sk next sc row, work (sc, 2 dc) in end of next sc row, sk next sc row, work (sc, 2 dc) in nes, continue in this pattern working in every other sc row and ever dc row to end of stole, work (sc, 2 dc) in first st, (sk next 2 sts, work (sc, 2 dc) in next st, across to end of stole, rep from * around. Join to beg sc. Fasten off.

Pockets—Make 2

Row 1:  Ch 23, dc in 4th ch from hook and next ch across. Turn.

Rows 2—8:  Ch 3, working in BLO, Dc in next st across. Turn.

Edging—Sc evenly around pocket working 3 sc in corners. Join to beg sc.  Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.  Sew pockets to right side of stole 2” up from each end.

Adios Summer

Happy Thursday my fellow crocheters!  Almost to another weekend! It’s going to be a great weekend this weekend too.  Holiday World was last weekend, so now it just relaxing and crocheting all weekend long. 

Right now I’m currently working on an afghan—no it’s not the stupid cat one—and no it’s still not done!  It’s one I’m working on to submit to the magazine for publication.  I’ve never published an afghan before, so we’ll see how it goes.  I want to hurry and get it done because I found this beautiful crochet vest on Ravelry that I want to try.  I’m trying not to let myself start anything else until I finish something. Counting the afghan that I am currently working on for submission—that makes 3 that are WiPs.  So, I have to finish this one and then I will let myself start on the vest. ;-) 

Today we are celebrating summer! Summer is winding down and that always makes me a little sad.  The cold weather is coming and I really hate that, but until I can move somewhere tropical I have to accept it (especially since there is absolutely nothing I can do about it! I’ve been trying and haven’t come up with a way to change the weather here in the Midwest!)
So, today’s free pattern is one that I designed a few years ago.  I really like it, but I don’t have the actual physical piece anymore, so the only information I have is what I’m putting forth in the pattern.  It is a one shoulder top and it is just perfect or summer.  So, get your hooks flying friends and hurry and get it completed so that you can still get a couple of wears out of it!  Have a great Thursday my friends!

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Patons Stretch Sock yarn 5 (5, 6,7)Balls in Kelp

Size 3.5 MM hook

1/8” elastic

Yarn needle

Because there is no definitive right and wrong side with this stitch pattern—there is no need to reverse the shaping! :-)

Body—Make 2

Row 1:  Ch 80 (86,92,98), sc in second ch from hook and each ch across.  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first st, *dc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across.  Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3, sk first st, *sc in next st, dc in next sts, rep from * across.  Turn.

Rows 2 and 3 establish pattern.

Work even in pattern until piece measures 12 ½ (13, 14 ½, 15 ½)” from beginning.  Ending with pattern row 3.

Armhole shaping

Row 1:  Sl st across first 3 (3, 5, 5) sts, ch 1, sc in same st, dc in next st, continue in pattern to end of row.  Turn.

Row 2:  Pattern across to last sc, leave sl sts unworked.  Turn.

Rows 3 & 4:  Rep row 1&2 of armhole shaping.

Row 5:  Work pattern row 2.

Row 6:  Sl st in first 15 sts, ch 3, *sc in next st, dc in next st, rep from * across.

Rows 7 & 8: Work Pattern rows 2 & 3.

Row 9:  Work pattern row 2 across to last 4 sts, dc dec over next 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts.  Turn.

Row 10:  Work pattern row 3.

Row 11:  Work pattern row 2 across to last 8 sts, (dc dec over next 2 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts) twice.

Row 12:  Work pattern row 3.

Shoulder Shaping

Row 1:  Ch 1, sc in first st, *dc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * until a total of17 sts are worked, leave remaining sts unworked.  Turn.

Row 2:  Work pattern row 3.

Work in pattern for 18 (18, 22, 24) more rows.  Fasten off at end of last row.

Sew together at shoulder seam and at side seams.

Top Ruffle:

Join thread with sl st at top of side seam.

Rnd 1:  Ch 4, dc in same st, sk next st, *work (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, sk next st, rep from * around.  Join to third ch of beg ch 4.

Rnd 2:  Sl St to first ch 1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, work 3 dc in each rem ch 1 sp around.  Join to top of beg ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Rep rnd 1.

Rnds 4-8:  Sl st to ch 1 sp, ch 4, dc in sam sp, work (dc, ch 1, dc) in each rem ch 1 sp around.

Rnd 9:  Sl st to ch 1 sp, (sc, 2dc) in each ch 1 sp around.  Join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Bottom edging

Join at side seam, work (sc, 2 dc) in same st, sk next 2 sts, *work (sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk next 2 sts, rep from * around. Join with sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Work in sc evenly spaced around armhole for a more finished appearance.

Thread 1/8” elastic onto yarn needle, weave in and out of row right under top ruffle.  To obtain the proper measurement, once you have elastic threaded through, put top on and pull tight, tie ends in knot and snip close. 

 

Here Comes Santa Claus

Okay my friends, here we are again—another Monday and another work week begins. BLECH!  I had a good weekend. It was actually a long weekend for me.  I was off work Thursday and Friday and that is when we took our granddaughter to Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana.  The park is wonderful.  The day we were there it was 98 degrees outside.  Thankfully it is a water park in addition to a theme park so we were able to stay cool and the girls had a fabulous time.  The wave pool is total blast! The thing about Santa Claus, is that Holiday World is really the only thing we found to do there.  There is a restaurant called Frosty’s and the pizza was the bomb. It has a small arcade for the kids to play in and a miniature golf course out back, but…that was it! (Unless you count the store that sold incredibly expensive Christmas ornaments and a Dollar General) So, needless to say, we really weren’t sorry that we only booked one night there.  Overall, I felt it was a great trip and the kids had fun—I just wish that Santa Claus offered more to do besides Holiday World.  It’s too expensive to spend more than a day or two there if all you’re doing is the park!

So, since we’re on the subject of Santa Claus and Christmas (I worked that in nicely I think).  Let’s discuss those handmade gifts—how is everyone progressing?  I’m progressing fine.  I got another square done on the dumb cat afghan for my granddaughter, I also got a few more rows done on another afghan I’ve been working on as a Christmas gift.  That’s all I got done Christmas wise. I did complete another doll for my Etsy site. It turned out really cute.  

Today, I’m going to give you a pattern for a beautiful stole.  It is quite lovely and just sparkly enough for the holiday season.  A great gift for any special woman in your life—mom, grandma, daughter, best friend, etc.  I really hope you enjoy it and find it as gorgeous as I do!

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Las Vegas Wrap

Materials

1320 yards black sport weight yarn

2 balls Premier Yarns Enchant in Jewel Box

Size G crochet hook

 

Pattern Stitches

Dtr group—Work 3 dtr into next st until 1 loop of each remains on hook, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

Double Dtr group—work 3 dtr into same st as last group until 1 loop of each remains on hook (there should be 4 loops on your hook at this point), sk 5 sts, work 3 dtr in next st leaving last loop of each on hook, yo and draw through all 7 loops on hook.

Note—in this pattern Rows 3 &  4 are worked only in black.

 

Row 1:  Holding silver and black together, Ch 62, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 2, HDC in next st across.  Turn.

Row 3:  Drop silver, Ch 5, (counts as first dtr), sk first 3 sts, work 1 dtr group in next st, ch 5, *work 1 double dtr group, ch 5, rep from * to last 3 sts, working in same st as last ddtr, work 3 tr leaving last loop of each on hook, sk next 2 sts, work 1 dtr in last st, leaving last loop on hook, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook.  Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 1, sc in top of first group, work 5 sc in next ch 5 sp, *sc in top of next group, work 5 sc into next ch 5 sp, rep from * across to last group, work 1 sc into top of beg ch 5.  Turn.

Row 5:  Pick up silver, Ch 2, HDC in next st across.  Turn.

Rep rows 2-5 until stole measures approximately 60” long ending with row 2.   

Edging

Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, *in next st work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) skip next 2 sts, rep from * across to last st, work 3 sc in last st for corner, turn so that you are now working in ends of rows, sc evenly up to next corner, work 3 sc in corner, rep from * around, sc in first st, join with sl st to first sc.  Fasten off.

 

138 Days to Go

Happy Tuesday my friends!!!!  We’re going to talk about Christmas today.  I know it’s only August, but seriously, there are only 138 days to go!  That may sound like a lot—but really people let’s think about this…if you are like me and make a lot of Christmas gifts, then we probably should have started long before now!!!!  I have started my Christmas making and I’m sort of happy with my progress so far.  I’ve done 2 afghans, 2 stoles and a scarf so far—but soooo much more to go.  I wish I had at least another afghan done, then I wouldn’t feel so far behind—even though it’s only August 9. 

So, today I’m going to offer you a free pattern which I absolutely love the versatility of.  It’s a stole that can be buttoned so many different ways that it can be a vest, a cape, a stole—there is no end to the combinations!  And the colors are gorgeous too! So here we go—have fun and get those hooks flying—Old St. Nick will be descending the chimney before you know it and then you’re going to be crying into your eggnog because you’ve stressed yourself out so much by not starting now!!!! (I will resist the urge to say I told you so—but really I did.) Have a great week my friends!

Buttoned Up & Beautiful

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

Red Heart Unforgettable Yarn

3 skeins Stained Glass—color A

1 skein Petunia—color B                                                             

1 skein Dragonfly—color C

1 skein Echo—color D

Size H crochet hook

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

43 clear ¾” buttons

Sewing needle and thread

Row 1:  Ch 77, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, *ch 3, sk next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, rep from * across ending with sc in last 2 sts.  Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first st, *work 5 trc in next ch 3 sp, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc, rep from * across. Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 5, (counts as 1 trc, ch 1) , sk first 2 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * across to last 2 sts, ch 1, trc in last st. Turn.

Row 5:  Ch 4, 2 trc in first ch sp, sk next sc, sc in next st, *work 5 trc in next ch 3 sp, sk next sc, sc in next st, rep from * across to last ch 1 sp, work 2 trc in ch 1 sp and 1 trc in 4th ch of beg ch 5. Turn.

Row 6:  Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 trc, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, rep from * across to last 5 sts, sk next 3 sts, sc in last 2 sts changing to color B in last st.  Turn.

Rows 7—10:  Rep rows 3—6, changing to color A in last st of last row.

Rows 11—14:  Rep rows 3—6, changing to color C in last st of last row.

Rows 15—18: Rep rows 3—6, changing to color A in last st of last row.

Rows 19—22:  Rep rows 3—6 changing to color D in last st of last row.

Rows 23—26:  Rep rows 3—6, changing to color A in last st of last row.

Rows 27—98:  Rep rows 3—26.

Rows 99—102:  Rep rows 3—6.

Row 103:  Sc in first 2 sts, work 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, *sc in next 3 sts, 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, rep from * across to last 2 sts, sc in last 2 sts.  Fasten off.

Edging

Rnd 1:  Join w/ sl t in enc of row 1, sc evenly around stole, working 3 sc in each corner, Join to beg sc.

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, (3 dc, ch 1, 4 dc) in same st, *sk next 4 sc, work (4dc, ch 1, 4dc) in next st, rep from * to corner, work (4dc, ch 1, 4dc) in corner**, rep from * to ** 3 times more, join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

Sew 1 button to each shell on one long end of stole.

 

Holiday World or Bust!

UGH! It’s Monday again and to make it even more depressing it’s a rainy Monday here in the Midwest.  I hope all of you had a lovely weekend. Mine was spent crocheting and sewing.  I made some little bears for the children’s hospital, and some bags for my granddaughter and one of her friends.  We are taking them to Holiday World in a couple of weeks and I wanted them to have something to keep their money in on the trip.  Just simple little crossbody bags that hopefully they won’t lose! HA!  We’ll see how that works out for me. 
As for the crocheting, I bought a pattern off of Etsy a few weeks ago. It’s an afghan comprised of 16 squares and each square has got the silhouette of a cat in it. My granddaughter loves kittens and this is going to be her Christmas afghan. However, I really, really hate this pattern.  I’m already figuring ways in my head where I can get by with fewer squares. I think I’ve come up with a solution.  If I have, I’ll post a picture when it is complete. However, don’t look for that too soon.  It is going VERY slowly.  I also started a stole as a Christmas gift for a very dear friend. It is the same pattern as the one I posted a picture of in my Walking in Memphis post.  I am going to post the pattern here. It’s really quite a lovely piece—at least I think so—but I’m not always objective about my own work.  The first one I did I’m keeping for myself because I loved it so much! I know—that’s how I wind up with closets and drawers that are so full that they will barely close!!! So, without further ado, on to the free pattern! Have a lovely week my friends!

Lattice Lace Stole

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

Interlacements Yarn Irish Jig

1 skein Las Vegas Brights (600) Yards

Size H crochet hook

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Row 1:  Ch 66, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 3, (counts as first dc now and throughout), Dc in next st, *ch 3, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, rep from * across. Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3, dc in next st, *ch 5, dc in next 2 dc in next 2 dc, rep from * across. Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 3, dc in next st, *ch 3, sk next 2 scs, sc in next ch, ch 3, sk next 2 chs, dc in next 2 sts, rep from * across. Turn.

Row 5:  Rep row 3.

Rows 6&7:  Rep rows 4 & 5.

Row 8:  Ch 3, dc in next st, *work 5 dc in next ch 5 sp, dc I next 2 dc, rep from * across. Turn.

Rows 9—14:  Rep rows 4 & 5. 

Row 15:  Rep row 8.

Rows 16—91:  Rep rows 9—15 ending on row 14.

Row 92:  Ch 1, sc in first 2 dc, *work 5 sc in next ch 5 sp, ,sc in next 2 dc, rep from * across. Turn.

Edging

Sc in first st, *ch 20, in 4th ch from hk, work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 3, sl st), ** sc in next 3 sts on row 92, rep from * across to last st, in last st work from * to **, turn to work in ends of rows, work (sc, ch 3) in end of each row to corner, rep from * around to first sc, join to first sc. Fasten off.