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.