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Friday, January 29, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern: Breeze Blocker

Shown in Bernat Softee Chunky ForestPumpkinSoft Taupe & Wine
Each color section was about 26 rows each and this breeze blocker fits a door 31.5" wide.

We live in a very old home (built in 1875) and lately we've had some very cold, breezy days here in Wisconsin. On these frigid days when the wind is blowing you can feel a breeze blowing in under the doors and we usually shove a towel or blanket by the door to block it. Well, after 10 years of living here I thought it was about time we have something slightly prettier to block that darned breeze! This is a very simple pattern but it gets the job done!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Jenni

Skill Level: Easy

Supplies:
Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn, approx. 225-250 yards
Size K (6.50mm) Crochet Hook
Poly-fil
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Stitch Abbreviations (US Terms):
BLO - Back Loop Only
Ch - Chain
Sc - Single Crochet
Sc2tog - Single Crochet 2 Together
Sl St - Slip Stitch

Note:
-Joins are made with sl st.
-Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
-Sc2tog counts as one sc.

Gauge: 3 sc & 3 rows = 1"

Row 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 6 sc in circle. Join. (6 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each around. Join. (12 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (18 sc)
Row 4: In BLO: Ch 1, sc in each around. Join. (18 sc)
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each around. Do not join, instead work an sc in the first sc from this row and you will now be working in the round. (18 sc)

If you haven't already, sew in your beginning end.

Continue working around and around until you have the correct length for your door, also be sure you are stuffing as you go. When your breeze blocker is to the desired length continue on below.

To finish off:
Row 1: Sc around, sl st in last space.
Row 2: Ch 1. In BLO: *sc, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (12 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog around. Join. (6 sc)
Fasten off leaving a long end sew hole shut and sew in end.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern: Easy Peasy Chunky Infinity Scarf


This is probably the easiest pattern I have on the blog but I love this scarf! It works up quick and is a great gift idea if you are in a hurry!



Skill Level: Beginner

Size: Teen, Adult

Supplies:
Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn, approx. 324 yards
Size P (11.50 mm) Crochet Hook
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Stitch Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch - Chain
Dc - Double Crochet
Sl St - Slip Stitch

Gauge: 5 dc across = 3 inches

Notes:
-Ch 2 does not count as dc.
-Joins are made with sl st to the first dc, do not join to the ch 2.

Row 1: Ch 110, join with sl st to the first ch to form a large circle. Try to keep the chain from twisting. Ch 2, dc in the same space and in each space around. Join. (110 dc)
Row 2-10: Ch 2, dc in same and in each around. Join. (110 dc)
Fasten off and sew in ends.

All done, easy peasy-right? I made up a bunch of them in lots of the pretty Bernat Colors!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern: Marley's Cat Cave (or Bed)


To create this cat cave you need to use a stiff yarn, I used a mix of Caron One Pound and Red Heart Super Saver. You will also need to hold 4 strands together. I wish I had a better option other than holding 4 strands together but there just isn't a stiff bulky yarn out there that I think would do the job. While you are holding your 4 strands together be sure to hold them tightly. If you hold the slack too loose you will end up with small loops within your project. Lastly, make sure your crochet stitches are tight as well! 


Skill Level: Easy

Finished Size: 14" wide x 9" high. 
This size is ideal for a small to medium size cat, if you have a big fluffy kitty you will want to add more increase rows (you'll also need additional decrease rows at the end). 

Supplies:
4 balls of worsted weight yarn in choice of colors, approx. 350 yards for each color.
Size N (9.00 mm) Hook
Size K (6.50 mm) Hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle

Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch - Chain
Sc - Single Crochet
Sc2tog - Single Crochet 2 Together
Sl St - Slip Stitch

Gauge
5 stitches & 5 rows = 2"

Notes
-Joins are made with sl st. 
-Ch 1 does not count as an sc. 
-1 sc2tog counts as an sc.

Holding 4 strands together:
Row 1: Start with a magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in circle. Join. (6 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each around. Join. (12 sc) 
Row 3: Ch 1, sc, 2 sc in next. *Sc in next, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (18 sc)
Row 4: Ch 1, *Sc in 2, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (24 sc)
Row 5: Ch 1, *Sc in 3, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (30 sc)
Row 6: Ch 1, *Sc in 4, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (36 sc)
Row 7: Ch 1, *Sc in 5, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (42 sc)
Row 8: Ch 1, *Sc in 6, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (48 sc)
Row 9: Ch 1, *Sc in 7, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (54 sc)
Row 10: Ch 1, *Sc in 8, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (60 sc)
Row 11: Ch 1, *Sc in 9, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (66 sc)
Row 12: Ch 1, *Sc in 10, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (72 sc)
Row 13: Ch 1, *Sc in 11, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (78 sc)
Row 14: Ch 1, *Sc in 12, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (84 sc)
Row 15: Ch 1, *Sc in 13, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (90 sc)
Row 16: Ch 1, *Sc in 14, 2 sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (96 sc)
Row 17-22: Ch 1, sc in each around. Join. (96 sc)
Row 23: Ch 1, sc in 80, leave last 16 un-worked. Ch 1, turn. (80 sc)
Row 24-32: Sc in each around. Ch 1, turn. (80 sc)
Row 33: Sc in each around, ch 16. Join. (80 sc, 16 ch)
Row 34: Ch 1, sc in each around working an sc into each chain. Join. (96 sc)
Row 35:Ch 1, sc in each around. Join. (96 sc)
Row 36: Ch 1, *Sc in 14, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (90 sc)
Row 37: Ch 1, *Sc in 13, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (84 sc)
Row 38: Ch 1, *Sc in 12, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (78 sc)
Row 39: Ch 1, *Sc in 11, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (72 sc)
Row 40: Ch 1, *Sc in 10, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (66 sc)
Row 41: Ch 1, *Sc in 9, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (60 sc)
Row 42: Ch 1, *Sc in 8, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (54 sc)
Row 43: Ch 1, *Sc in 7, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (48 sc)
Row 44: Ch 1, *Sc in 6, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (42 sc)
Row 45: Ch 1, *Sc in 5, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (36 sc)
Row 46: Ch 1, *Sc in 4, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (30 sc)
Row 47: Ch 1, *Sc in 3, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (24 sc)
Row 48: Ch 1, *Sc in 2, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (18 sc)
Row 49: Ch 1, *Sc, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (12 sc)
Row 50: Ch 1, Sc2tog around. Join. (6 sc)
Fasten off leaving a long end to sew this hole shut. 
Sew in all ends, sewing in each strand of yarn individually.  

Using the size K Hook and only 2 strands of yarn sc around the edge of the door. Your entrance opening should measure about 8" across by 4" high. Fasten off and sew in these ends.

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