Greensleeves Crocheted Scarf Pattern

Uh-oh…I’ve been a very bad blogger lately! I’m so sorry that I haven’t been around much. My life has been rather hectic lately, and when that happens, I don’t feel like writing at all. I have had some good time to be creative with my hooks and yarn, though, which is good. And that is why I’m finally posting today! After months of pounding my head against a creative brick wall, a  new pattern design finally trickled down out of my brain, working its way through my fingers into my hook and yarn! Hooray! It was good to finally have something to show for my hours and hours of fiddling around with an idea, only to rip it out and start all over again.

So, without further ado, I present you with “Greensleeves,” a crocheted scarf pattern.

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It’s my first time designing a join-as-you-go motif, and I have to say that I loved the outcome, in spite of how challenging it was to find a way to explain what I did in writing. I am totally in love with this scarf…it is super long so I can wrap it multiple times, and it is perfectly feminine without being too frilly.

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The other thing I love about this pattern is that it is so versatile. I can definitely see the motifs worked up in multiple colors for great contrast, and I’d also love to see it worked up in different weights of yarn. Plus, I am sure that these motifs would make a gorgeous afghan…an concept that I may just have to explore myself in the future!

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I would love to hear what you think about my newest design…and if you decide to buy it from my Etsy shop or download it from Ravelry, I’d love to see some pictures of your finished object!

Happy Crocheting!

I’m in Print!

About a week ago, hubby found a package on the porch…neither of us was expecting anything, so it was an exciting surprise, especially since it had my name on it! When I opened it, here is what I found:

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It was my complementary copy of the 2010 Crochet Pattern-a-Day Calendar! I had totally forgotten that it was coming. You see, several months back, Susan Ripley contacted me on Ravelry and asked me if I’d like to submit any patterns for the CPAD calendar. I hadn’t really thought of it, and I didn’t know if my work was even good enough to be accepted. So I only sent in one pattern, just to keep from being disappointed.

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But they apparently liked it enough (or were just that desparate for patterns!)…because there it is, on the printed page! It is kind of weird to see one of my patterns in print, even if it is just one of my little free ones. Now I’m all jazzed up about sending in some more for next year’s calendar, since they are already accepting submissions! In fact, if you want to get some patterns published in the 2011 calendar, you’d better hurry…because the deadline this year is October 15, 2009! See their website for more details.

Oh, and I really think that the 2010 calendar is worth buying, if you like to buy pattern booklets and such. It is much better than the one I bought in 2007. I looked through all the patterns, and I thought that over half of them were things I could actually see myself making at some point. Plus, the photos were high quality, which is always helpful when choosing a new project.

What I’ve been up to

Goodness, but it has been a busy summer around here! I got so busy that I forgot to post about my newest pattern! I finished the White Sands Summer Shawl just a couple weeks ago and have the pattern posted for FREE on my Pattern Place page. It is a very simply mesh pattern, but the edging gives it that special touch of elegance that makes it unique.

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I am so glad that I finished this in time to actually wear it this summer. I often get a chill at church because of the air conditioning, so I like to keep a shawl or sweater with me at all times. I already had a couple for winter, but nothing light enough in color to work in the warmer months, so this little number fit the bill perfectly! If you try out the pattern, let me know what you think of it! It hasn’t been tested, so if you find any errors, don’t hesitate to let me know! 🙂

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These sweet little washcloths were a baby gift for a young lady at church who just had her first baby last week. I used Theresa Grant’s  Oh So Soft Baby Washcloth pattern because I didn’t feel like coming up with a new design at the time. I liked the textured stitch she used for the body of the washcloth, but the reverse sc (or crab stitch) edging was not really to my liking. If I’d had more time, I probably would have come up with a different edging, but I was working under a time crunch.

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Last week I was under another crunch as a result of very poor planning on my part. I have another good friend at church who is expecting, and I was working on making her the Carnival Baby Afghan in boyish colors. However, I failed to buy enough yarn for the project, and when I went back to JoAnn’s to get more…they were out! I guess that I should have realized that if they had certain colorways on clearance it was because they were no longer stocking them; therefore meaning that I should have bought the entire bin. So, although I could order the yarn I needed online, there was no way I would get the afghan done on time for the baby shower. I knew I’d have to go back to square one and start a new project.

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It just so happened that I found a bunch of remnants at Hobby Lobby that matched relatively well and decided I could quickly stitch up a little patchwork quilt for the new baby boy. I don’t know if everyone would think that construction equipment and John Deere tractors make an amazing quilt theme, but I was happy with the outcome. Thankfully, so was the mom-to-be! And I was able to sew this little quilt in record time–just over four days! I made the process go more quickly by tying the quilt rather than actually quilting it. And I was also able to fix things in such a way that I could stitch the binding on completely by machine. The instructions I’ve seen have always said to machine stitch it to one side, then stitch the other side by hand. I did that once, and I’ll never do it again! Way too time consuming and painful on the fingers! Anyway, here’s the finished product. I am very proud…

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And oddly enough, the process, though a little stressful because I was working against a deadline, was strangely gratifying. Now I’m just itching to make myself a patchwork quilt! Only, I don’t think it will have any tractors on it. 🙂

Carnival Baby Blanket–New Pattern!

Hooray for new arrivals! Many of my friends from college and from church have been having babies lately, so I’ve been busy making baby blankets for all these new little ones! Just this weekend I had the pleasure of attending a friend’s baby shower and giving her this bright little afghan. My friend has 5 boys, and she is now expecting a GIRL! We all enjoyed showering her with lots of cutesy, pink and frilly stuff! The afghan I made is super soft and cozy (I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn, and I do love that yarn!) but it’s also light and rather lacy for summer. When my friend unwrapped it and held it up, I could have taken about 6 orders for custom-made afghans right then and there! (I really need to start carrying some kind of custom order sheets with me everywhere, but at least I always have my card.)

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For all you crocheters, I have created a pattern for this blanket, and it is now available for purchase at Cocoa Cream Crochet  and as a Ravelry download. I know that there are alot of baby afghan patterns out there, but if you’re like me, it never hurts to have a few more to choose from. And this pattern is so versatile, that it really wouldn’t have to be a baby blanket…it’s worked in the round, so you decide how big or small you want to make it!

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This is an easy pattern to learn as it is pretty repetitive. Once you get the basic stitch combinations down, you can just keep going ’round and ’round for hours. I think the style is very easy to customize, as well. Depending on your color choices, this could easily work for either a boy or girl. And you can use as many or as few different colors as you want, which is always nice. I imagine this blanket would look very classic if crocheted all in one color…I may even have to make another one just to try it out for myself! So many options to make this modern baby blanket design your own! I do hope you’ll pop over either to Cocoa Cream Crochet or my Ravelry pattern store and check it out.

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Oh, and don’t you love the little wooden rocking horse!? It was made by my husband’s grandfather, and as a boy, my hubby called him “Horsie.” I just think it is one of the most wonderful toys we have from our childhood collections, and it’s fun to think that someday our children will get to ride Horsie, too!

Christmas Crochet 2008

As promised, here are the projects that kept me away from blogging in November and December! It was alot of work to come up with something to make for everyone, but it was an enjoyable task, too. I crocheted something for everyone except my FIL and my mom. I sewed my FIL a fleece neck pillow, which I apparently did not photograph before stuffing it in the box and wrapping it. My mom was the only one who didn’t get something I made. Instead, I found a couple cute pig and santa theme items I knew she would like at the church Christmas bazaar. But I have promised something crocheted for her birthday in March, so I’ll have to get on that little project soon. Anyway, here are the photos and pattern links and all that good “stuff”…

Neck Gaiters for Dad and my brother (np)–I used Wendy’s Unisex Neck Sock pattern for these, as written for Caron SS yarn (black) and modified for worsted weight yarn (brown.)

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For my BIL, I crocheted this Skater Beanie and zig-zag scarf. The beanie pattern is found here, and the scarf was my own design. I really do want to write down a simple pattern for this one, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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I crochet this Aran Sample Tote for my MIL, as well as a little aran wallet to match. You have to register to view the pattern, but it is free. I modified it a good bit to suit my tastes, but the pattern is nice. The wallet was improvised using some of the stitches from the tote.

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Of course, I made this Santa Stocking for my SIL to add to the family collection, and the pattern I designed for it can be found on my Pattern Place.

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This teal hat and scarf set was for my DH’s sister. The scarf is the free pdf version of the One Skein Scarf, and the hat is YarnCat’s Claire Modern Flapper Hat, only with a smaller flower.

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I crocheted this orange scarf and hat set for my brother’s new wife. I used the instructions from CrochetMe’s Zen and the Art of Stash-diving for the scarf, and improvised a hat design to match it.
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So, there you have it–all the Christmas crocheting for 2008 was finished and sent away in time, and I’m glad to have it done. Now I really need to come up with some quick Valentine’s Day projects for the shop and finish a special order scarf for a friend at church! The fun (work) never ends!

Finished At Last!

Believe it or not, I finally have a finished crochet project to share! Remember this? Well, I finally completed the whole set, and now it looks like this!

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The only thing that was stopping me was the towel ring. I just couldn’t find the right pattern for it. So I finally I had to look at a ring that was given to me and create my own based on that. I wrote out a rough pattern, and I posted it on my Pattern Place page if you’re interested. (It’s called “Basic Towel Ring”…creative, I know, but I was in a hurry!) Alot of people have been asking me where I found the patterns for the scrubbie (tawashi) and the hotpad. The pattern links are in this post.

I also have to share that I did a small makeover to my craft station, although I still have more to do before it is the way I’d like it to look. The only real change, besides cleaning up messes, was the addition of this slightly vintage tablecloth. It used to belong to my great aunt Mildred, but I don’t think she ever even used it because it is completely spotless! I don’t usually like the vintage look, but I’m really liking the color of the leaves on this cloth…it may just end up on the walls in this room, if I can win over DH, that is!

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I also had the extra time this week to go through everything in the closet, WIPs and all, and sort it all. Then I bought a few new storage containers and put everything in its own special place. I even have everything labelled! It makes me feel so good to have these things organized at last. Now I know exactly what projects need finished and what supplies I have. And I finally feel free to start crocheting and sewing again. WOOHOO!

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Stitchin’ and Grinnin’ Again,

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Valentine Crochet Begins!

**Pattern now available at the Pattern Place!**

Heart Motif WIP

I’ve had this little idea for a Valentine’s Day scarf floating around in my head since before Christmas, but I just haven’t had the motivation to put it into reality…until today! My creativity was stoked both by this article from the Storque at Etsy, and by this CAL over at Crochetville. So, after skimming through a bunch of online crocheted heart patterns and getting a general idea of how to shape them, I came up with these little darlings on my own! This is pretty exciting for me because I have really only designed things that are rectangular in shape up to this point. I’m planning to post the pattern on my site later today, but I have to double and triple check it to make sure I’ve got it right first. The hearts I am making right now are destined to become a scarf, as long as I have enough yarn. I may have to go scrounging through the stash a bit more to find what I need, but I’ve got a good start anyway. And these little heart motifs work up so quickly that I’m having a blast! They are practically multiplying before my eyes!

Check back later if you’re interested in the pattern!

 Happy Valentine Crocheting!