Sunday, December 26, 2010

Window Pane Scarf

Family fun time means yarn time for me.  It's not boredom, but just a productive way to keep my hands moving while enjoying conversation.  We spent the last few days with family (as I imagine you did too) and it was WAY colder than I expected.  The frigid North Texas demanded a scarf.  So, as I sat and listened to the wind and my dog howling outside(don't worry, he wasn't outside for long), I came up with this pattern.  It only required a single skein of yarn and a few hours of your time.

Materials: I-9 Crochet Hook, 150 to 220 yards worsted weight yarn (like Malabrigo or Manos Maxima)
This scarf is worked lengthwise, so although you have to get through a long foundation chain, there are only 5 or 7 rows. 

Chain 203, the last 3 chain stitches count as the turning chain

R1: dc across all chain stitches, 200 dc

R2:  chain 4 (counts as turning chain and chain 1), *1 dc, chain 1, skip  one dc from previous row, 1 dc in next stitch.  Repeat from * across all stitches.

R3-? You can make as many mesh rows as you like here, I made one scarf with 5, another with only 3: begin as R2 to last square, make the final dc in 2nd chain stitch over, leaving 3 chain stitches to act as last dc from previous row.

Last Row: chain 3, dc across all stitches, including the single chain stitches between dc.

Tie off, make fringe.

Here's how I make fringe:
First cut lengths of yarn double the desired finished length of fringe, also allow a bit of trim room.  For example, if you want 6" fringe, cut yarn about 12 1/2" long.
Grab a few strands and a hook and pull the middle point of your yarn through work.  Feed tails through resulting loop.  Repeat and space fringe evenly, then trim.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Lady Mitts

Crochet and I have become rather good friends.  It can be so sculptural and easier for me to design as I go.  This week my obsession has landed on fingerless gloves.  Austin does get chilly enough for some little woolen accessories, and these little mitts fit the bill.  They work up quite quickly too.

Here's how to make them:
 *I am apologizing for my return to crummy phone pics.  I can't find my friggin' camera charger.  

Materials:  G hook, worsted weight yarn.  I used Full o Sheep by Debbie Stoller.  This yarn is awesomely cheap and good quality.

The cuff is worked back and forth and then seamed together at the edges.  Creates a neat ribbed illusion.
So, chain 10, then work 9 sc across.  Next row and all others, sc in the back loops only for all stitches.  Repeat until you have 15 ridges (or about 6").
Seam together edges by slip stitching edge stitches together.  Regular seaming would work well too, but I have doing that, so I cheated. 
The first step is to make a round of sc along the top edge of cuff.  Do this by chaining 1, and make 28 sc along top edge.  Try to keep stitches even. 

Shell Pattern
Round 1- Chain 3 (counts as your turning chain), dc in same sc, chain 1, then 2 dc in same sc.  *Skip 3 sc stitches, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next sc.  Repeat from *around.  Join round with a slip stitch at top of beginning chain 3. 
Round 2- Slip stitch over to first ch1 space.  (ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc) all in ch1 space.  *Skip to next ch1 space and (2dc, 1ch, 2dc) all in same ch1 space.  Repeat from * around.  Again join round with a slip stitch at top of beginning chain 2. 
I repeated round 2 for three more times.  If you prefer a longer mitt, add more shell pattern rounds. 

Thumb Hole Round
Start round the same way and complete one shell stitch, then chain 8, skip a shell cluster, and dc in next ch1 space to start the next shell. Finish round as previously established. 
On the next round, continue in pattern until you reach the chain 8.  Skip 3 chain stitches, and make a shell in the next chain (2dc, ch1, 2dc).  Continue around. 
Do 2 more rounds of shell pattern. 

Picot Edge
Picots are made by chaining a few stitches and then joining them at the base with a slip stitch. 
*Slip stitch into next stitch, chain 3, the slip stitch into first chain to make picot, sc in next stitch. Repeat from *around. 
Finish by joining round with a slip stitch and tie off.  Weave in ends.