Monday, August 31, 2015

I've been teaching for 21 years! Free Pattern Celebration

Today is my 21st first day of school as a teacher!  That seems so crazy to me. I swear I just graduated from college.  :)

To celebrate 21 years of teaching, I am offering you a free pattern!  I have exactly one paid pattern in my Ravelry store and it is yours for free until Friday at 11:59 pm PST.

Meet the Toasty Warm Ponytail Hat! Made with bulky yarn, this crocheted hat is made so that you can wear your ponytail high or low. Dress it up by adding flowers or fun buttons.


To get the Toasty Warm Ponytail Hat, simply
1) Visit the pattern page on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/toasty-warm-ponytail-hat
2) Click on Add to Cart
3) Enter this coupon code: 21FIRST (case sensitive!)
4) Checkout!

Please feel free to share the link to this page, but please do not share coupon code on its own.

Thanks for celebrating with me!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wobbly Stripes Handbag - Free Pattern | Tw-In Stitches



Oh, my goodness!  I've been crocheting up a storm trying to get rid of my stash and every time I think I've made some headway, I find another bag, another box, and more skeins of yarn!  I'm flabbergasted by the amount of yarn I have.

The yarn that frustrate me the most is the balls of partial skeins of yarn (a.k.a. the dreaded scraps).  I have a ton of them leftover from blankets scarves and other things I've made.  I had quite a few balls of yarn left from when I made the Sophie's Universe blanket earlier this year.  I used Vanna's Choice in ten different shades and I had enough left that I thought I might be able to make a handbag.  As I started, I thought "Why not use the wobbly pattern?" You guys, seriously!  The Wobbly V-Stitch makes this bag so fun and quick to make.  The two bags pictured were made in the last 24 hours!



I started by using up the two skeins of the Rust colorway.  I thought, for sure, that I would use it more in my blanket, but it bothered me every time I used it and ended up avoiding using it.  The good news is that I have a sister who loves orange, so this bag was made with her in mind.  

I decided to start with a Wobbly Square and continue with Wobbly Stripes worked in the round.  The great thing about this pattern is that you can make the bottom of the bag bigger or smaller depending on your beginning square.  Also, you can choose to make the bag deeper by repeating the Wobbly Stripes rows. I also added a button to close the top of the bag in a different way!



Wobbly Stripes Handbag - Free Pattern

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Materials:

Worsted Weight Yarn (I used the leftover Vanna’s Choice yarn from my Sophie’s Universe blanket)

H hook (5.0 mm)
Tapestry needle
3/4 inch or 1 inch diameter button

Stitches Needed:

Magic Circle
Chain
SC: Single crochet
DC: double crochet
dc2tog (Double crochet together)  Click here for a video from Moogly to learn how to crochet this stitch.
slip stitch
Standing DC  Click here for a video from Moogly to learn how to crochet a standing dc.
Standing dc2tog: begin a standing DC, pull yarn through first two loops only.  Yarn over, insert hook through next chain 1 space and complete the dc2tog. 


Note about the corners: Each corner is worked over three stitches.  They will consist of the second half of a dc2tog, chain 1, DC, chain 1, DC, chain 1, the first half of a dc2tog.  You will have what appears to be 4 DCs in each corner. 

Working with one color: If you decide to make your handbag in one color instead of multiple colors, you will not be fastening off.  You will need to be able to work your way up to the next row.  It's easy to do! Join to the top of the first dc2tog, slip stitch into the chain 1 space. Chain 3. Double crochet into the next chain 1 space. Chain 1 and begin the dc2tog part of the pattern.  See? Easy!

Pattern:

** Click here for a photo tutorial of the first 3 rows. **

Row 1: Using Color 1, crochet a magic circle, chain 2 (does not count as a stitch).  Crochet one dc2tog, then chain 1. Repeat from * to * seven more times.  Join to the top of the first dc2tog. Fasten off. Close magic circle.

In each of the following rows, all stitches will be worked in the chain 1 spaces of the previous row.

Row 2: Using Color 2, using the standing double crochet method, join the new color in one of the chain 1 spaces, but only pull through the first two loops (beginning of first dc2tog started). Yarn over and complete the dc2tog in the next chain space.  Chain 1. Begin the next dc2tog in the same space, complete in the next chain 1 space. To form the first corner, we will continue to work in the same space.  Chain 1, double crochet, chain 1, double crochet, chain 1 all in the same space.  To complete the corner, begin the next dc2tog in the same space and complete it in the next chain 1 space.  Begin the next dc2tog in the same space, complete in the next chain 1.  *Make a corner (Chain 1, double crochet, chain 1, double crochet, chain 1 all in the same space.  To complete the corner, begin the next dc2tog in the same space and complete it in the next chain 1 space.). Begin the next dc2tog in the same space, complete in the next chain 1 space.*  Repeat  from * to * two more times.  Join to the top of the standing dc2tog. Fasten off.

 {You may choose to weave in your ends as you go or leave them until the end.}

Row 3: Using Color 3, join using the standing double crochet method in any space but a corner.  Remember to only pull through the first two loops (beginning of first dc2tog started). Yarn over and complete the dc2tog in the next chain space.  Chain 1. Begin the next dc2tog in the same space, complete in the next chain 1 space. Continue this pattern, dc2tog, chain 1, begin next dc2tog in the same space, until you reach a corner.  Complete the final dc2tog in the corner, chain 1, dc, chain 1, dc, chain 1, start dc2tog in the corner and complete in the next stitch.  Continue around joining to the top of the standing dc2tog.  Fasten off.

Rows 4-6: Repeat row 3. Alternate colors according to the pattern you established.

Rows 7-20: For these rows, we are going to ignore the corners and consider only their chain 1 spaces!  This row is only dc2togs and chain 1s.  Join using the standing double crochet method in any space. Complete the dc2tog in the next chain space. Chain 1. Begin the next dc2tog in the same space, complete in the next chain 1 space. Continue this pattern, dc2tog, chain 1, begin next dc2tog in the same space. End with the find dc2tog in the same chain 1 space as your first stitch, chain 1 and join to the top of the first dc2tog. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Note: If you like, you can continue this pattern beyond these rows.  The more rows you add, the deeper your bag!

Row 21:  Before you begin this row, take a moment to gain your bearings.  The bottom of your bag is a square and if you want your handles to match up with the sides of the square, you need to place your first stitch in a specific location.   Look at the bottom of your bag and find row 6.  Look for the center V of one of the corner. From each center corner V, trace up and place a marker in the V in the top row. Mark all 4.  You should see that there are a total of 11 Vs between one center V and the next center V.  Count over to the fifth V from one of the corner markers and join yarn with a standing single crochet in that chain 1 space.  Crochet a second SC in that space. In each of the chain 1 spaces around, crochet 2 SCs.  Join to the top of the first single crochet. I recommend keeping the same color, but you can fasten off and use a new color in the next round. (96 scs)

I marked my V-stitches and moved the stitch markers to the single crochets in preparation for Row 22.


Row 22: Let’s make the handles! There is a lot of counting going on for the rest of the pattern, so make sure to check frequently!

If you are using the same color, chain 1. SC in the same stitch as join. (If you are using a different color, make a standing SC into the first stitch from the last row.) SC in the next 22 stitches. Slip stitch into the next stitch. Chain 32 (you can do more if you want longer handles!). Skip 16 stitches and slip stitch into the 17th stitch. SC into the next stitch and in each of the next 29 stitches (30 scs). Slip stitch into the next stitch. Chain 32. SC into the next stitch and each of the next 6 stitches. Slip stitch to the top of the first SC to join. (2 sets of 30 single crochets, 4 slip stiches, 2 sets of 32 chains). Note: if you are changing colors each row, I would recommend using the same color for this row and the next.

Row 23: Chain 1, SC in the same stitch** and in each of the next 22 stitches. Skip the slip stitch and single crochet into each the 32 chains. Skip the slip stitch and single crochet into the next 30 stitches. Skip the slip stitch and single crochet into each the 32 chains. Skip the slip stitch and single crochet into each of the next 7 stitches.  Slip stitch to the top of the first SC to join. Fasten off.

**Remember that if you are joining another color, you can join using the standing SC instead of joining and chaining 1 before the SC.

Row 24: Chain 1, SC in the same stitch and in the next 22 stitches. Skip the next SC and SC in each of the next 30 stitches. Skip the next SC and SC in each of the next 30 stitches. Skip the next SC and SC in each of the next 30 stitches. Skip the next SC and SC in each of the next. Join to the top of the first SC. Fasten Off.

Row 25: Chain 1, SC in the same stitch and in the next 22 stitches. Skip the next SC and SC in each of the next 28 stitches. Skip the next SC and SC in each of the next 14 stitches.  In the next, stitch SC once and slip stitch into the same stitch.  Chain 2, skip 2 stitches. Slip stitch and SC into the next stitch. This forms the button hole. SC in each of the next 13 stitches. Skip the next SC and SC in each of the next 28 stitches. Skip the next SC and SC in each of the next 7 stitches. Join to the top of the first SC. Fasten Off.

Row 26: Chain 1, SC in the same stitch and in the next 22 stitches. Skip the next SC and SC in each of the next 26 stitches. Skip the next SC and SC in each of the next 30 stitches. Skip the next SC and SC in each of the next 26 stitches. Skip the next SC and SC in each of the next. Join to the top of the first SC. Fasten Off.

If you want thicker straps, you can keep going beyond Row 26, but I think 4 rows is enough!

To finish, weave in any ends you have. Sew a button on the inside of the bag opposite the button hole.  When you slip the button through the hole and hold the handles, the bag will close up quite nicely!

Feel free to add your favorite flower or other accessory!



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Easy Stashbusting Market Bag - Free Pattern | Tw-In Stitches

I have a confession.  My yarn is out of control. I have plastic bins, reusable market bags, plastic bags, and boxes of yarn. I have a serious problem. I decided yesterday that I need to get rid of at least half of my stash and the way I am going to do it is by creating quick patterns that make useful things.  Today, I have the first pattern for you!



This pattern used up the remaining skein and a half I had of Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn in Forrest Green.  I also had a small amount of a pink Vanna's Choice yarn that I used to make the flower.  Both Impeccable and Vanna's Choice are worsted weight yarns. You can make this bag with any worsted weight yarn you have.

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Easy Stash Busting Market Bag

Supplies:

1-2 skeins Loops and Threads Impeccable Yarn (worsted weight)
H hook (5.0 mm)
Tapestry needle

Stitches:

DC – double crochet
SC – single crochet
Reverse single crochet (crab stitch)
Slip stitch
chain

Pattern:

Row 1: Using a magic circle, chain 2, 12 double crochets into the circle. Slip stitch to the top of the first DC.

Row 2: Chain 2, 2 DC in each stitch around. Slip stitch to the top of the first DC. (24 DC)

Row 3: Chain 2. *2 DC in the first stitch, 1 DC* into the next. Repeat from * to * around. Slip stitch to the top of the first DC. (36 DCs)
Row 4: Chain 2. *2DC in the first stitch, 1 DC in the next, 1 DC in the next. * Repeat from * to * around. Slip stitch to the top of the first DC. (48 DCs)
Row 5: Chain 2. *2DC in the first stitch, 1 DC in the next, 1 DC in the next, 1 DC in the next.*  Repeat from * to * around. Slip stitch to the top of the first DC. (60 DCs)
Row 6: Chain 2. *2DC in the first stitch, 1 DC in each of the next 4 stitches.* Repeat from * to * around. Slip stitch to the top of the first DC. (72 DCs)
Row 7: Chain 2. *2DC in the first stitch, 1 DC in each of the next 5 stitches.* Repeat from * to * around. Slip stitch to the top of the first DC. (84 DCs)
Row 8: Chain 1. Single crochet in the same stitch and in the next stitch. Chain 4 and skip the next 3 stitches. *1 single crochet in each of the next 4 stitches. Chain 4 and skip the next 3 stitches.* Repeat from * to * around until 2 stitches remain. Single crochet in the last two stitches. Slip stitch to the top of the first single crochet.
Row 9:  Slip stitch into the next single crochet and slip stitch into the next chain 4 space. Chain 1. *Crochet 4 SC into the chain 4 space. Chain 4 and skip the next 4 SC.* Repeat from * to * around.  Slip stitch to the top of the first single crochet. (12 chain 4 spaces, 12 sets of 4 SC)
Rows 10 – 23: Repeat Row 9. (If you would like a taller bag, continue to repeat Row 9.)
Row 24: Chain 1, crochet 1 SC in each of the next 4 single crochets. In the chain 4 space, 4 SC. Continue crocheting 1 SC in each of the SCs from the previous row and 4 SC in each of the chain 4 spaces. Slip stitch to the top of the first single crochet. (96 SCs)
Row 25:  Chain 1, 1 SC in each stitch around. Slip stitch to the top of the first single crochet. (96 SCs)
Begin the straps:
Row 26: Chain 1, 1 SC in the same stitch and in each of the next 11 stitches. To be secure, slip stitch once into the same space as your last SC.  Chain 60 (or more if you would like longer straps. Make sure to count them!), skip the next 24 SCs, slip stitch into the next stitch and SC into the same stitch. 1 SC in each of the next 23 stitches. Slip stitch into the same space as the last SC. Chain 60 (or the other number you made). Skip 24 SCs, slip stitch into the next stitch and SC into the same stitch.  1 SC in each of the next 11 SC.  Slip stitch to the top of the first SC. (2 sets of 24 SC, 2 sets of 24 skipped stitches, 2 sets of 60 chains)
Row 27: Chain 1, 1 SC in the same stitch and in each of the next 11 stitches. Skip the first chain and SC in each of the next 58 stitches.  Skip the last chain and crochet 1 SC in each of the next 24 stitches.  Skip the first chain and SC in each of the next 58 stitches.  Skip the last chain and crochet 1 SC in each of the next 12 stitches.  Slip stitch to the top of the first SC. (140 SC)
 
Row 28: Chain 1, SC in the same stitch and in each of the next 11 stitches. Skip the next stitch and crochet 1 SC in each of the next 56 stitches. Skip the last stitch of the strap and crochet 1 SC in each of the next 24 stitches. Skip the next stitch and crochet 1 SC in each of the next 56 stitches. Skip the last stitch of the strap and crochet 1 SC in each of the next 12 stitches. Slip stitch to the top of the first SC.  (138 SC)
Row 29: Chain 1, SC in the same stitch and in each of the next 11 stitches. Skip the next stitch and crochet 1 SC in each of the next 54 stitches. Skip the last stitch of the strap and crochet 1 SC in each of the next 24 stitches. Skip the next stitch and crochet 1 SC in each of the next 56 stitches. Skip the last stitch of the strap and crochet 1 SC in each of the next 12 stitches. Slip stitch to the top of the first SC. (136 SC)
Row 30 (optional): Crab stitch row to finish!  Chain 1, insert the hook, from front to back, in the next stitch to the right. Yarn over and draw the yarn through the stitch. Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook. Repeat in each stitch around. Fasten off and weave in ends! (136 RSC)

Optional flower:
Row 1: Using a magic circle, 8 SC.
Row 2 (petals): All stitches in this row are in the front loops only.  1 slip stitch into the front loop of the first SC.  3 HDC into the next stitch, slip stitch into the next stitch.*  Continue in the front loops only, repeat from * to *. (4 petals, 4 slip stitches)
Row 3: All stitches in this row are crocheted into the back loops only of Row 1 (behind the petals). 2 SC in each stitch around. (16 SC)
Row 4 (petals): All stitches in this row are in the front loops only. 1 slip stitch into the front loop of the first SC.  3 HDC into the next stitch, slip stitch into the next stitch.*  Continue in the front loops only, repeat from * to *. (8 petals, 8 slip stitches)
Row 5: All stitches in this row are crocheted into the back loops only of Row 3 (behind the petals). *2 SC in the first stitch, 1 SC in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (24 SC)
Row 6 (petals): All stitches in this row are in the front loops only. 1 slip stitch into the front loop of the first SC.  3 HDC into the next stitch, slip stitch into the next stitch.*  Continue in the front loops only, repeat from * to *. (12 petals, 12 slip stitches)
Fasten off and weave in ends.