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.