Friday, January 16, 2015

Boot Cuff- better pictures

Ok, so here are some better pictures to help with my last post.
For this pair, I am using Red Heart worsted and US I hook (5.5mm).

Start with measuring around your leg (cm makes it easier to get a good fit)

Base of cuff
Decide how tall you want your base. This will be under the boot and keeps the cuff from sliding down.
 You will make simple sc ribbed rows, working in the back loop only, ch1, and turn each row.

Here is the start of my 20sc, back loop only, ribbing which is the base of the cuff.

For my leg, I need to continue until it is 32 cm long (42 rows in those case) .

Then, grab both ends, hold them together, and sl st across to make a tube.

Turn the tube on its side like so.

You will work the decorative part in the top of the tube.

Switch to larger hook (forme, US K :6.5mm)
Pick a stitch pattern you like. (I wanted a shell stitch, so I needed a multiple of 6+1)
This part is worked in rows, turning each time.

1- sc around evenly, ch1, turn
2- hdc around in each sc, ch, turn
3- begin stitch pattern (again, for me, shells)
Continue your stitch pattern until the cuff is your desired height. Cut yarn and weave ends in.

In my picture, you see I changed yarns. I ran out of my blue ww and decided to use a thin yarn with the larger hook to try a lacy-er look.

Here area few pictures of it finished.
 Here you can see the slit left by doing rows. I find it easier to fold over the top of the boot with the slit.
 Folded over on itself.
A closer view of the shell pattern.

I hope this clarifies my past post a bit for you.

What do you think?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Boot Cuff Tutorial

Boot cuffs seem to be all the rage now, and they are really simple to make.
Measurments Needed: 
cm around where the top of your boot lands on your leg.
Ex: my boots go up to my knee, so I took my tape measure and found the top of my calf is 33.5 cm
To make sure it fits snug and doesn't slide down, decrease by about 1cm.

Materials Needed
Yarn of choice (I chose a semi-bulky soft yarn)
Two crochet hooks, two sizes apart (for me, US I and US K worked with my yarn choice)

Bottom of Cuff
ch somewhere between 11 and 21 (this part will be under the boot, so the length will be up to your preference)
Row One: sc in 2nd ch and in each ch across
Row Two: ch1, turn, sc in back loop of each sc
Repeat row two until it matches the above mentioned measurement (using an I hook and semi-bulky yarn, I reached 32 cm with 36 rows)
Put ends together and sl st across to close seem.

Switch to a bigger hook (two sizes worked for me)

This is where you can get creative. Pick a stitch pattern you like. My first go I went with a simple shell pattern.
1- sc evenly around (working in the side of the stitches you made) the number of stitches needed as a base for your chosen pattern
For me, that meant a multiple of 6+1
2- ch 1, turn, hdc in each sc
3- Work stitch pattern, working in rows and turning each time. That leaves a slit in the back where it can fold easily over the top of the boot, or not wad up behind your knee if your making the cuff for a tall boot.

My first set turned out at you see below.

In this one you can kinda see where my slit was.

A closer view of one

How it looks on and folded over

I promise to take pictures as I work on my next pair and post them in a follow-up soon.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Doll capelet

This is more of a tutorial than actual pattern. ..

Row 1: Ch an even number, sc in each ch (odd number of sc)

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), * skip one, V-stitch in next sc, repeat from*  to the end, dc in last stitch

Row 3: ch3, all the way across put 1 dc in each dc and 2 dc in ch 1 space of v-stitches, ending with 1 dc in turning ch

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until it is large enough to drape over the shoulders, ending with row 2. Each row may not work out perfectly evenly, but that's why this isn't a real pattern as much as tutorial style.

Row (5): ch 3, 3dc in ch space of v-stitch all the way across, dc in turning ch

Row (6): ch 3, v-stitch in middle dc across, dc in turning ch

Repeat last 2 rows until it's the length you want (I ended with row 5)

Cut yarn. Time for the hood!

Row 1: dc in 1 st st, 2 dc in next- across
Row 2: 1 dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next- across
Repeat that increase pattern until it's large enough to fit around the dolls head, then dc in each dc for the height of the head.
Fold in half and sew together,

Sc around the entire thing to give it a smoother look.

Add ch stitching on both sides of the next to tie it on.

These are different ideas. Maybe your doll of choice can have a new hooded capelet for the winter.

Here is my finished version. I used two colors because I didn't have enough of the red, lol.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wow, been a while...

Ok, so soon after my last post I found out I was pregnant and life has been crazy ever since.
To sum up the almost two and a half years, I am now a stay at home mom to a lovely two year old girl. I've lost three babies in the womb but God is still good. Scratch that, God is great!

I'm still into my own crochet patterns/improvises but not practiced at writing them out.

I've also gotten into DIY homemaking and exercising so you may see some of those adventures here.

Can't promise to update daily, but now that I've recovered my password I can update! Yay!

Stay tuned (I say to, like, one official follower who may not even see this blog anymore.)
If you stumbled across this blog,  come back and see if you like what will be coming.

God bless!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Flower pin

Couldn't remember or find the flower pattern I wanted, so made one up today.

Round 1: 8 sc in magic ring, sl st tog, ch1
Round 2: Sc, *ch2, sc in next sc, repeat from *around,ch2 sl st tog
Round 3: sl st into ch2 space, ch1, 3sc in sp, ch1, *3 sc in next ch sp, ch1, repeat from * around, sl st tog

Change color
Sl st in any sc of round 2, ch 1

Round 4: Sc around sc in rd 2, *ch 3, sc in next sc, repeat from *around
Round 5: In each ch sp, sc, 3 dc, sc

Change color
Sl st in any sc of round 4, ch1

Round 6: Sc in rd 4, * ch5, sc in next sc, repeat frpm * around
Round 7: In each ch5 sp, sc, 5dc, sc

Hope that makes sense! Picture to come.

Friday, February 3, 2012

New edging that I love!

Ok, so I've been making a lot more of my "boy/girl potholders" because of a craft fair coming up and instead of the shell edging on the "girl" ones, I did a picot edging that looks wonderful! (picture to come...)

The picot I used is ch3, sl st in top of prev sc

So, attach anywhere with a sl st, ch 1, sc in same st,* picot, sc in next 2sc, repeat around, evenly spacing the sc, picot in the area between the legs and sl st together in the first sc.
Repeat for second leg!

And I have been creating a few other patterns, just haven't had time to post because of school.
Sorry! But maybe use this idea, 'cause it does make a precious edging.

God bless!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Starbella Yarn Scarf

All the patterns online for Starbella Yarn is for knit projects, but you actually CAN crochet with this yarn.

This pattern is what I found from Primier, but modified a bit because I don't like the ruffles quite so big.

First, how to use the Starbella Yarn with a crochet hook -
1 - Stretch it out and untwist (a constant thing with Starbella yarn, but you get used to how to hold it if you mess around with fingering enough).
2 - You chain by inserting your hook in the first top loop, then loop the 2nd loop and pull through, then next loop and pull through, et al.
3 - You make a sc by inserting hook in st, pull next top loop through, then pick up the next top loop and pull through both.
(8 minute video on the starbella website here.  In fact, this video gives you a pattern to go by, but it's not the one I'm posting.)

If you don't want to watch the video, or it doesn't work for you, then here are some pictures I took of the process.

Step one: Pull from the ball and separate so you can see the netting.
 Step 2: Insert hook along the top loops/holes of the netting (this is what you crochet with) - first 1 and 2 loops
 Pull the 2nd loop through the 1st loop, creating the first ch st.  Repeat this to continue a chain

So, using the top loops, I simply...

ch 10, sc in the 1st ch
*ch 10, sc in las sc *
repeat from * to * until it's as long as you want it to be.

When finished, finish off by pulling the un-separated yarn through a final loop and pulling tight to make a knot.

This is my final in the color you see above.

Hope that makes sense and you enjoy it!