Free Pattern: Twinkle, Twinkle, 2 Round Star

This simple star is a great embellishment for headbands, hats, or just about anything else. With only 2 rounds, it couldn’t be easier! There are 2 versions – a 5 pointed star and a 6 pointed star.

Stars

Abbreviations used:

  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • ldc = linked double crochet
  • fpdc = front post double crochet
  • bpdc = back post double crochet
  • fphdc = front post half double crochet
  • st(S) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip

5 pointed star:

  • Rnd 1: Make 5 sc inside a magic ring and pull ring closed.
  • Rnd 2: (Ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in next sc) 5 times. The last sl st should be in the same sc you started in. Fasten off, sew in ends.

6 pointed star:

  • Rnd 1: Make 6 sc inside a magic ring and pull ring closed.
  • Rnd 2: (Ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st in next sc) 6 times. The last sl st should be in the same sc you started in. Fasten off, sew in ends.

That’s it! You can use any size yarn and hook to achieve the star size you want. If you’re sewing the star down to something completely, blocking is not necessary. If not though, blocking is helpful to keep the points from curling.

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With a little fabric stiffener like Stiffy, or Aleenes fabric stiffener, these stars make great jewelry or ornaments as well, or tie one to the bow on a gift for a little extra touch! Just follow the directions on the stiffener bottle. I hope you enjoy the pattern. Be sure to follow this blog or check back for more free patterns!

This pattern is featured on Hookin on Hump Day #81 – a link party hosted on Moogly and Petals to Picots. Check out all the other great projects posted there as well!

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – October- Week #3

My “Whoo Wants Tea?” Tea Cozy is really coming along well! I have the two main pieces crocheted, so all that is left to do is the face and the assembly.

 

October tea cozy progress

I had a devil of a time understanding the first 6 rows. It’s written correctly, it’s just a bit counter-intuitive,  so I kept thinking I was doing it wrong. I must have ripped it out 4 or 5 times at least. When I finally did get all the way through row 6, following the instructions exactly even when it looked wrong, it suddenly clicked. After that, the pattern was easy and even fun! I really love the feathery texture.

How is yours coming along? If you’re struggling with it, I posted a more detailed explanation on the Ravelry group, which may help.

Want to get even more cozy?

  • Check out all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know.
  • Go to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the official button, rules, and other useful links.
  • Link your tea cozy posts back to this site, or leave a comment here or on the main page so we can all find your post!
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What a difference a bind off makes!

I made a simple lace shawl, and I bound off with what I thought was a stretchy bind off. Here’s how the shawl looked as it was blocking (the first time).

first try at blocking

It wasn’t as big as I had hoped and felt more like a kerchief. I could tell when I was laying it out, that the fabric had a LOT more give in it but the bind off was pulled as tightly as it could be. Worse yet, when I tried to wear it, the edge curled up horribly. I almost threw it away.

With some advice from some friends at my LYS (who are much better knitters than I am), I decided to rip it back and try the bind off again. Following their advice, I used a needle 4 sizes larger than the one I had knit the shawl with. I was out of the correct yarn, so I used a coordinating color. So that it wouldn’t look weird, I added 2 rows of garter stitch first. Then I bound off, again following the advice of my friends, with extra knit stitches between each bound off stitch – almost making little picot-like loops.

It was a lot of work, but what a difference! I gained over a foot in width and almost as much in length too. Here it is after I blocked it for the 2nd time. I took this picture after I had removed the pins. Even though it bounced back a little, you can still see how much bigger it is than the previous attempt.

After blocking (2nd time)

Notice how I had to stagger my mats to make it fit, and even then parts of it were hanging off onto the towels. It took every pin I own to get it all pinned down. More blocking mats and some blocking wires are definitely going on my wish list this year! The shawl is still smaller than I would like for me, but looks gorgeous on my mom (who was kind enough to model it for me).

Mom in her new shawl

It just goes to show, the bind off can really make or break a project!

 

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Free Pattern – Design Improv Workshop #1 – Drawstring Bag

When you were a kid, did you ever do one of those group creative writing exercises where each person takes turns writing one sentence? One person writes the first sentence, the next person writes the next one, and before you know it you have a funny story full of twists and turns and surprises.

The other day, a bunch of us decided to try the same thing, only with a crochet pattern. Our first attempt resulted in this cute, textured, drawstring bag. It turned out to be so much fun that we’re hoping to do it again soon!

1 - drawstring bag

I started off with row 1 and finished with row 14. The following designers wrote the rest of the rows:

What a great group! And here is the pattern we came up with:

Design Improv Workshop #1 – Drawstring Bag

Abbreviations used:

  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • ldc = linked double crochet
  • fpdc = front post double crochet
  • bpdc = back post double crochet
  • fphdc = front post half double crochet
  • st(S) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip

Back:

Row 1: Work 20 foundation sc. Mark Row 1 as right side.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in front loop of next st, sc in back loop of next st across.

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, sk first sc, *sk next sc, dc in next sc, working in front of last dc, dc in skipped sc, repeat from * to last sc, hdc in last sc.

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, hdc in first st, fpdc in every st across to last st, hdc in last st.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, *sc in next st, dc in next st, repeat from * across.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 2 sts, *hdc, dc in the next 2 sts, hdc, sc in the next 2 sts, repeat from * across.

Row 7: Ch1, turn, ldc in each stitch across.

Row 8: Ch 2, turn, hdc in first st, *sk next st, (fpdc, hdc) in next st, repeat from * across to last st, hdc in last st.

Row 9: Repeat row 3.

Row 10: Ch 1, turn hdc in 1st 2 sts, * sk next st, fpdc in next st, fpdc in skipped st (create an ‘x’), hdc in next st, Repeat from * to last st, work hdc in last st.

Row 11: Ch 2, turn, sk next st, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next st, [sk next 2 sts, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next st] 5 times, sk next st, hdc in last st.

Row 12: Ch2, turn, bpdc in each st across to last st, dc in last st. (14 sts)

Row 13: Ch 1, turn, fphdc in first st, hdc in next st, *fphdc in next st, hdc in next st, repeat from * across.

Row 14: Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn [sk next st, (dc, ch1, dc) in next st] 6 times, sk next st, dc in last st. Fasten off.

Front:

Repeat rows 1-14 of back, but do not fasten off at end of row 14.

Joining:

  • Hold front and back together with wrong sides facing. Working through both thicknesses to join them together:
  • Work 15 reverse sc evenly spaced along sides of rows, turn work 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
  • Working in bottom of row 1, reverse sc in each st across, turn work 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
  • Work 15 reverse sc evenly spaced along sides of rows, fasten off

Finishing:

Sew in all ends. Weave a ribbon or cord through the stitches of row 12 to act as a drawstring.

 I hope you enjoy the pattern. Be sure to follow this blog or check back for more free patterns!

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – October- Week #2

I finally picked out my yarn for the “Whoo Wants Tea?” Tea Cozy.  There were so many options it was hard to decide. I was tempted to go buy the chunky yarn that the pattern calls for, but I’m really not the biggest fan of chunky yarns. Besides, I think my tea pot is slightly smaller than what the pattern is designed for, so I decided to stick with worsted weight yarns from my stash.

materials

Since the color I chose for the back and edging was more speckled than variegated, I thought it would be OK to use for the eyes as well. We’ll see how it turns out – I do have other options in my stash if needed.

What did you pick? Did you go natural or bright and colorful? Did you buy new yarn, dig into your stash, or some combination of both?

Just joining us for the first time? Want more tea cozy fun?

  • Check out the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, to follow everyone’s progress, or just for some tea talk.
  • Check out all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know.
  • Go to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the official button, rules, and other useful links.
  • Link your tea cozy posts back to this site, or leave a comment here or on the main page so we can all find your post!
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We have a winner!

Congratulations to Lori Bennett Kramer, the lucky winner of this fabulous Hooks for Hope grand prize giveaway!

Hooks for hope giveaway graphic

The ebook is still available for sale on Ravelry, and all proceeds still support the ALS Association. Please consider buying a copy or making a donation to support this cause. A big thank you to all of you who already have.

Hooks for Hope has turned out to be a great experience, and there is discussion about doing similar events in the future for other charities, and maybe more giveaways too. Follow this blog to make sure not to miss the next one! Just click the “follow” button on the right to follow by e-mail, or subscribe to the Stitches ‘N’ Scraps RSS feed.

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Free Pattern – Snowman Ornament with a Bowtie and Fez

This crazy snowman looks cool in his brown jacket, bowtie, and fez.  Yes, a fez. I imagine he’s a Shriner…or maybe he picked it up as a souvenir on a visit to the middle east. Snowmen need vacations too you know! Either way, the fez hides a secret – behind it, there is a small loop for an ornament hook.

PicMonkey Collage 2

The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn and size 10 crochet thread, to make an ornament that is about 3 inches tall. You can easily use the pattern to make a larger snowman if you like, simply by using thicker yarns.

As always if you see any errors or have any questions, please let me know! Enjoy :)

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