Sunday, September 27, 2015

Loopy (An Infinity Scarf)



"Loopy" is a neckwarmer that's made as a loop, a scarf with no ends. It can be made skinny or wide. It can be worn looped or unwrapped, or maybe even as a shawl or capelet if it was the right size. Make one for yourself or to give to family and friends this Christmas!

Yarn: Angora Design by ICE Yarns
Substitute with Light Fingering/Fingering
Choose self-striping yarn with long strands of colour
Hook: Crochet hook size 3.5mm
Finished Measurements: 72" circumference / 7" tall



Design notes: Start with chains of at least 72 inches in length for a large scarf that can be worn doubled. Mine is 300 chains. Make a shorter chain to make a smaller scarf. Pattern stitch is in multiples of 6 stitches. 16 rounds make a scarf at least 7" tall. Add more rounds for taller scarf.

I'm anxious of making a long chain then joining them without twisting. So this scarf is made by joining only after the first round where there's much less chance of twisting. But you can deliberately twist once to make a moebius scarf.

Use multi-colour / self-striping yarn that has long strands of colour. This makes for the best alternating stripes of colour in the pattern. Substitute yarn and suitable hook freely, aiming for good wool or wool blends for warmth, stretch, softness.

Happy crocheting!



Special Stitches Used in the Pattern: 
Double crochet two together (Dc2tog): [Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.

Instructions:

Ch 300.

Rnd 1: In fourth ch fr hook make (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc); sk 2 ch, sc in next ch; *sk 2 ch, in next ch make (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc); sk 2 ch, sc in next ch; rep fr * all across, ending with sc in both last and first ch to join. (50 half-shells made).

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in last sc made, ch 3, dc in first ch-sp of first shell, ch 1, dc in next ch-sp of same shell, ch 3, sc in sc between first and second shell; *ch 3, dc in ch-sp of next shell, ch 1, dc in next ch-sp of same shell, ch 3, sc in sc between this and next shell; rep fr * all around, ending with sl st in first sc to join. (50 full-shells made)

Rnd 3: Sl st in each of next 3 ch, sl st in dc, sl st in 1-ch (work in the ch and not in the ch-sp); ch 3, in same 1-ch make (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc2tog); *in next 1-ch make (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc2tog); rep fr * all around, ending with sl st in top of first 3-ch to join.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in sp between first and last half-shells made in previous round; ch 3, dc in first ch-sp of first shell, ch 1, dc in next ch-sp of same shell; ch 3, sc in sp between first and second shell; *ch 3, dc in first ch-sp of next shell, ch 1, dc in next ch-sp of same shell, ch 3, sc in sp between this and next shell; rep fr * all around, ending with sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 5-16. Repeat Rnds 3-4. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Crochet Girl Garland Anklet





This is an anklet made by crocheting flower motifs that are joined at the last round. The flower motif is a simple 2-round pattern. For closure, I used two colourful buttons sewn to the tips of two petals at one end of the anklet. The chain-3 space at the tip of the petals at the other end of the anklet make up the buttonholes.

This may be a good beginner project for learning the join-as-you-go technique with crocheted motifs. Some things to remember when using this technique is to mind the right and wrong sides of the motifs as you are joining them together. Have fun!

Crochet Girl Garland Anklet

Yarn: Acrylic Yarn in DK, Sport or Fingering Weight. Choose two colours to alternate the flower motifs. I chose purple and yellow. Another nice combination is pink and green. The anklet shown is crocheted in Red Heart Acrylic Yarn, 4-ply.

Hook: 3.5mm crochet hook

Notions: Yarn needle, two colourful buttons about 1cm in diameter.



Chain spaces at the tips of the petals serve as buttonholes.


Instructions:

First Flower:

Chain 6, slip stitch in first chain to make a ring.

Round 1: Chain 1, *single crochet in ring, chain 3, repeat from * five more times, slip stitch in first single crochet to join.

Round 2: *Chain 3, in next 3-chain loop make (double crochet, chain 3, double crochet), chain 3, slip stitch in next single crochet, repeat from * five more times. Fasten off.

Next Flower:

Chain 6, slip stitch in first chain to make a ring.

Round 1: Chain 1, *single crochet in ring, chain 3, repeat from * five more times, slip stitch in first single crochet to join. (Six chain-3 petals made).

Round 2 (this is the round where the current flower is joined to the previous flower): *Chain 3, in next 3-chain loop make (double crochet, chain 1, slip stitch in 3-chain loop of previous flower, chain 1, double crochet), chain 3, slip stitch in next single crochet, repeat from * one more time; **Chain 3, in next 3-chain loop make (double crochet, chain 3, double crochet), chain 3, slip stitch in next single crochet, repeat from * three more times. Fasten off.

Repeat the intructions for the next flower to add more flowers to the anklet to make the desired length.

Weave in all ends.

Detail of the buttons.

Choose colourful buttons to compliment the colours of your yarn. Sew button to each of two petals at one end of the anklet. The 3-chain loops at the other end of the anklet serve as buttonholes.