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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern Tutorial: Heart Applique


Today my husband & I are celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary so I thought it would be a great day to share my heart applique tutorial!


This is a larger applique because I have plans to use it on a blanket but you can easily adjust the size of the heart by switching to a different hook size. Pictured below are a few hearts created using various hook sizes. 


Skill Level: Easy

Supplies:
Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook in choice size
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch - Chain
Dc - Double Crochet
Hdc - Half Double Crochet
Sc - Single Crochet
Sl st - Slip Stitch
Sp - Space
Tr - Treble Crochet

Important Notes:
-Joins are made with a sl st.
-These brackets [ ] with stitches listed between them indicate a group of stitches that all need to be worked in the same space.
-This pattern uses a magic circle, if you do not know how to make a magic circle you can watch my quick tutorial below or on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64O9WVJucFA


Row 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 8 hdc in circle. Join. (8 hdc)

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Row 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each around. Join. (16 hdc)


Row 3: Ch 1, 2 hdc in first, 2 hdc in next. *Hdc in next, 2 hdc in next* Repeat *to* around. (25 hdc)


Row 4: [Ch 2, dc, tr] in first.
Work all the stitches in between the brackets into the same space.


3 tr in next, 2 tr in next, 2 dc in next.



 [Hdc, sc] in next.


 Sc in 5.


[Hdc, dc] in next.


 Dc in next.


 [Tr, tr, ch 2, sl st to top of tr, tr] in next.



Dc in next.


 [Dc, hdc] in next.


Sc in 5.


[Sc, hdc] in next.


 2 dc in next, 2 tr in next, 3 tr in next.



[Tr, dc, ch 2, sl st] in next.
Fasten off. 



Join contrasting color in the ch 2 sp with a sl st (this is the bottom point of the heart).

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in the same space as the ch 1. 


Sc in 13. 2 sc in each of the next 3 sp, sc in 4.
Sl st in the next ch.


 Ch 1, sl st into the next sp on the heart.



 Sl st in next ch.



 Sc in 4, 2 sc in each of the next 3, sc in 14. Ch 1 and then join.


Fasten off, leave a long end if you are sewing this to another piece.
Sew in ends.


I am not paid by Clover (or any company for that matter) but in case you're curious about my hooks, they are from the Clover Amour set and are by far my favorite!

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading, if you have any questions please feel free to ask! 
-Jenni

Monday, March 21, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern: Easy Sunglass Pouch

(Shown in Hobby Lobby I love this Yarn Amethyst)

I have ruined so many good pairs of sunglasses by throwing them in my purse and I am way too cheap to spend 10 bucks (or more) on a case at the store but as I threw away the last pair that I ruined I thought, why not crochet a case? 

I kept this very simple but you can fancy it up with crochet flowers or other appliques. Make sure you use a nice soft yarn that won't scratch your glasses, I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn but I also recommend Red Heart With Love yarn for this project. 

If you have any questions feel free to ask and as always, thank you for stopping by!
-Jenni


Skill Level: Easy

Finished Size: Approx. 8" x 4"

Supplies:
Worsted weight yarn, approx. 100 yd.
Size H (5.0 mm) Crochet Hook
1, 20 mm button
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch - Chain
Hdc - Half Double Crochet
Hdc2tog - Half Double Crochet 2 Together
Sc - Single Crochet
Sk - Skip

Important Notes:
-Ch 1 does not count as an hdc.
-Hdc2tog does count as an hdc.

Gauge:
4 hdc & 3 rows = 1"

Row 1: Ch 30, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. (29 hdc)
Row 2-22 : Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (29 hdc)

Place a stitch marker in the last and first stitch of row 22 (as shown below).

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Row 23: Ch 1, turn. Hc2tog 2 times, hdc in 21, hdc2tog 2 times. (25 hdc)
Row 24: Ch 1, turn. Hc2tog, hdc in 21, hdc2tog. (23 hdc)
Row 25: Ch 1, turn. Hc2tog 2 times, hdc in 15, hdc2tog 2 times. (19 hdc)
Row 26: Ch 1, turn. Hc2tog, hdc in 15, hdc2tog. (17 hdc)
Row 27: Ch 1, turn. Hc2tog 2 times, hdc in 9, hdc2tog 2 times. (13 hdc)
Row 28: Ch 1, turn. Hc2tog, hdc in 9, hdc2tog. (11 hdc)
Row 29: Ch 1, turn. Hc2tog 2 times, hdc in 3, hdc2tog 2 times. (7 hdc)
Row 30: Ch 1, turn. Hc2tog, hdc in 3, hdc2tog. (5 hdc)
Row 31: Ch 1, turn. Hc2tog, hdc in 1, hdc2tog. (3 hdc)
Row 32: Ch 1, hdc in first, ch 2, sk 1, [hdc, ch 1, sl st] all in the last sp.
Fasten off. Sew in ends.

Next, lay the piece in front of you with the button hole at the top. Fold the bottom up and line it up with the stitch markers you previously placed.


Keeping the stitch markers where they are, slip them through the corners that you just folded up also. This will help keep everything in place.



Now, turn the piece over and join yarn with a sl st in the lower right corner. 


Making sure your hook is through both pieces, ch 1 and sc across edge. When you reach where your stitch marker is you can remove it and work 2 sc's in this space, continue to sc along the edge until you reach the top. Work 3 sc over the ch 2 then proceed to work down the last side, don't forget to work 2 sc's in the space with the stitch marker.


Fasten off, and sew in ends. Now you can sew on your button, my button is sewn to the center of the 6th row from the bottom.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern: Pizza Slice & Toppings

(Shown in Caron One Pound Sunflower & Lace, Red Heart Super Saver Cherry Red, Hunter Green, Black & White)

If you follow my Instagram you probably recently saw my post about all the orders I've been filling for my youngest son, I've been having so much fun crocheting up his ideas! Today I am going to share a very easy pattern for a slice of pizza and toppings.

If you are making this pizza slice for a baby or young toddler, I suggest sewing the toppings on to the cheese portion before sewing the cheese down to the bottom crust. My toppings are not sewn down because my son is 5 and likes to switch out the toppings but the pieces are small for a really young one to be playing with.

For my example I used a couple different kinds of worsted weight yarn, I liked Caron One Pound best for this project but feel free to use your own favorite! Enjoy and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Thanks for stopping by!
-Jenni


Skill Level: Easy

Finished Size: 9" x 5"
    -If you would like a smaller pizza slice consider using a smaller hook size.

Supplies:
Size J (6.0 mm) Crochet Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn in Tan, Yellow, Red, Green, White & Black
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch Marker

Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch - Chain
FLO- Front Loop Only
Hdc - Half Double Crochet
Hdc2tog
Sc - Single Crochet
Sk - Skip
Sl st - Slip Stitch
Sp - Space

Important Notes:
-Hdc2tog counts as one hdc.
-All joins are made with a sl st.
-This pattern calls for use of the magic circle (aka magic ring), if you do not know how to make a magic circle you can learn here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64O9WVJucFA

Pizza

Starting with Tan:

Row 1: Ch 17, hdc in 2nd ch from hook & in each across. (16 hdc)
Row 2-5: Ch 1, turn. Hdc in each across. Ch 1. (16 hdc)

Now, fold you piece in half lengthwise, holding together the edges of row 1 & 5. Turn so you are working in the correct direction, as shown below in the 2nd photo.

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Row 6: Sc in each across, working through both sets of loops. Place a stitch marker in the
FLO of the last sc you made.


Row 7: Ch 1, turn. In FLO: Hdc in each across. (16 hdc)
Row 8: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in 12, hdc2tog. (14 hdc)
Row 9-10: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (14 hdc)
Row 11: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in 10, hdc2tog. (12 hdc)
Row 12-13: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (12 hdc)
Row 14: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in 8, hdc2tog. (10 hdc)
Row 15-16: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (10 hdc)
Row 17: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in 6, hdc2tog. (8 hdc)
Row 18-19: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (8 hdc)
Row 20: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in 4, hdc2tog. (6 hdc)
Row 21-22: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (6 hdc)
Row 23: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in 2, hdc2tog. (4 hdc)
Row 24-25: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (4 hdc)
Row 26: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc2tog. (2 hdc)
Row 27: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog. (1 hdc)
Fasten off.

Switch to Yellow yarn.

Leave an extra long end here in the beginning before you join, you will use this long end to sew the cheese down to the crust later. 

With the point pointing towards you, join yellow yarn with a sl st in the space previously indicated to place a stitch marker. You can remove the stitch marker. 
 

Row 1: Ch 1, hdc in each across. (16 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in 12, hdc2tog. (14 hdc)
Row 3-4: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (14 hdc)
Row 5: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in 10, hdc2tog. (12 hdc)
Row 6-7: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (12 hdc)
Row 8: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in 8, hdc2tog. (10 hdc)
Row 9-10: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (10 hdc)
Row 11: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in 6, hdc2tog. (8 hdc)
Row 12-13: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (8 hdc)
Row 14: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in 4, hdc2tog. (6 hdc)
Row 15-16: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (6 hdc)
Row 17: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in 2, hdc2tog. (4 hdc)
Row 18-19: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each across. (4 hdc)
Row 20: Ch 1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc2tog. (2 hdc)
Row 21: Ch 1, hdc2tog. (1 hdc)
Fasten off.

Quick note: Remember if you are making this for a young child, you should sew your toppings on to the cheese before moving on.

Sew in your ends, using the extra long end to sew around the edge of the cheese.


Pepperoni

With Red:

Row 1: Magic circle, 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)
Fasten off and sew in ends.


Mushroom

With White:

Row 1: Ch 7, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in 4, 2 sc in last. Ch 1. (6 sc)

Now, rotate your piece to the right so you can work on the other side of the foundation chain.

Row 2: Sl st in 2, [Sl st, ch 2, dc] all in the next sp. [Dc, ch 2, sl st] all in the next sp. Sl st in last 2.
Fasten off and sew in ends.


Black Olives

With Black:

Row 1: Ch 4, join with a sl st to form a circle. 8 sc in circle. Join. (8 sc)
Fasten off.


Green Peppers

With Green:

Row 1: Ch 7, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next. Sc in 3, sl st in last.
Fasten off.


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