Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Basic dish cloth, scrubby and small round cloth/coaster pattern set

 
                                   Basic dish cloth, scrubby and small round cloth/coaster

I have recently been gifted some 2oz. size skeins of 100% cotton yarn, worsted weight.. as I am sure they most likely will bleed when washed, I decided to make simple dish cloths and scrubbies for home use .... although I have made these for gifts and for sell with color fast yarn they go fast..
Each set uses less than one skein of the cotton and a few yards of Tulle. I have used the scrubby yarn by Red Heart and love it.. either work well, but if you want a lower cost option go with the Tulle, I buy it by the yard and cut into 2 inch wide strips, no need to worry about perfect cuts as it won't show when done..
here's the basic patterns...
gauge doesn't matter

cloth
H/8-5.00mm
the cloth is worked it double half crochet, with a single crochet trim
mine is 7.5 inches wide and about 9 inches long with trim

chain 24, double half crochet for 21 rows or so.. I had enough left over to do another row or two, ( I do crochet on the loose side.. )
instead of cutting the yarn and fastening off to do the trim I passed the skein through the last loop to fasten off and chained one doing a single crochet ( 3 around corners ) around the whole thing..

scrubby
I used 3 sizes crochet hooks
N-9.00mm for the Tulle.. if you cut it into smaller strips you can get away with a smaller hook size but I find it tends to break if you pull your stitches to snug them up..

size J/10-6.00mm for the first round off cotton

and size K/10.5-6.50mm for the single crochet trim


using tulle and size N hook
chain 4, slip stitch join into the first chain
chain 3, double crochet 11 into ring
fasten off.

I switched to size J hook and cotton yarn using 3 strains at a time check out how to with one skein here .. in any of the double crochet stitch of the last round join the cotton chain 3 and double crochet in the same place.. 2 double crochets in each stitch going around, join with a slip stitch
for a smooth trim without the need to increase I went to a larger size hook.. size K
chain 1, single crochet around and fasten off...

I still had a bit of yarn left over .. not wanting it to get mixed in I decided to use it up with a small round cloth, about 4.5 inches
can be used as a face cloth or coaster ( after testing for color bleeding if using this yarn )




size J hook
1) chain 2, single crochet into the first chain 10 times, slip stitch join into the first single crochet
2) chain 3, double crochet into same space, 2 double crochet into each stitch, slip stitch join into the top of the chain 3
3) chain 3, double crochet in same space, *1 double crochet in the next stitch, two double crochet in the next* repeat* to end join into the top of the chain 3
4) ch 1 single crochet into the same space, 2 single crochets in each stitch around fasten off

 for a easy download of these patterns go to craftsy.com


 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tip SCF join in the round

SCF join in the round

 been using the single foundation stitch for head bands like crazy.. needed a smooth join.. this is it ... love it .. well worth the watch



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tips crochet I cord and jogless stripes


crochet i cord 
I needed a I cord to finish a project but didn't have a dpn with me... came across this sweet..

Crocheted Jogless Stripes
 This I came across one day by chance...nice

 

Classic fingerless gloves with longer thumb gusset

 I was asked if I could add on to the gusset without changing the rest of the glove.. adjusted only one round ... same fit, more of the thumb covered ... I used I Love This Yarn in Brileybug for the new ones..
 

Classic fingerless gloves with longer thumb gusset
Size 9 US dpns or circular needles
gauge 7 sts. by 11 rows per 2 inches
76 yards of worsted weight yarn

Both gloves made the same

k = knit
knit = knit all stitches of that round
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
kf/b = knit the front loop like normal, then knit the back loop of the same stitch making a one stitch increase
p = purl
psso = pass slid stitch over stitch just worked
sl st = slide stitch purl wise
( )x = repeat instructions inside of brackets as many times as the number after the x indicates
cast on 30 stitches
1) k1, p1
2) p1, k1
3) k1, p1
4) p1, k1
5) k1, p1
6) p1, k1
7) sl st, p1, psso, ( k1, p1 )x6, k1, sl st, k1, psso, ( p1, k1 )x6, p1
8) sl st, p1, psso, ( k1, p1 )x6, sl st, k1, psso, ( p1, k1 )x6
9) k1, p1
10 - 13) knit
14) ( k2tog, k11 )x 2
15 - 24) knit
25) kf/b stitch marker, k22, stitch marker, kf/b
26) knit
27) k1, kf/b, k22, kf/b, k1
28) knit
29) k2, kf/b, k22, kf/b, k2
30) knit
31) k3, kf/b, k22, kf/b, k3
32 - 33) knit
34) knit to end of round, knit 5 off ( gusset stitches ) next round, turn, p10 turn k5
35) k27, * k2tog, slip the stitch back onto the left needle purl wise * repeat until all of the thumb gussets stitches are worked ( all stitches between stitch markers )
36) k20, kf/b
37) kf/b into the next stitch joining in the round again, knit the rest of the round
38 - 44) knit
bind off as * k2tog, slip the stitch back onto the left needle purl wise * repeat to end, fasten down, weave in ends

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

quick update

Things have been really hard around here for a few months now...
my hubby started feeling weak one day .. first week of October.. 3 days later he couldn't move anything below his shoulders..
almost 3 week in ICU later they sent us home... ( I stayed with him the whole time.. he was sent to another state as they couldn't help here ).. GBS .. Guillain-Barré syndrome...
 left us without any money coming in and hubby needing full time care..
 his heart rate went to 120..140 resting.. the therapy they wanted to do was raising it to dangerous levels.. told hey if he has a stroke we can just treat it after... this after being told to go home after the first ER visit.. even thought the doc he had just seen told him it was GBS..  could have keep him from losing total movement..
trying hard to keep things going...