Archive | October 2015

How To Knit Socks- Free E-Book Link

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I’ve picked up the knitting needles again. I’m not the greatest knitter in the world, but I do ok. I’m working on a pair of socks right now, a gift for someone. I’ve always had problems with the heel of the sock, but since I downloaded this free e-book I don’t anymore. And so I wanted to share it with you. It is very well-written and easy to follow and understand. I’m sure that if you’re having problems with knitting socks that this e-book will help you to overcome them.

Free How To Knit Socks E-Book from Knitting Daily

Good Luck!

Amanda

Blanket Is DONE!- free pattern link

Well, I did it. I finally did it. The blanket I started close to two years ago for my husband and myself as a wedding gift is finally complete 🙂

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I followed a pattern from the Red Heart website, Crochet Ripple Throw. However, I did alter it somewhat to suit my preferences. First off, I increased the number of chains in the foundation chain from 159 to 207. Next, instead of holding two strands of yarn together I crocheted using only a single strand. And, I did not work the blanket in back loops only which the pattern dictated to do, because I wanted the blanket to be more flexible, not so stiff.   My color choices were as follows: Blue Suede, Hunter Green, Aran, Claret, Coffee, Warm Brown, Medium Thyme, and Black. All Red Heart Super Saver.

Now I can work on other projects guilt-free 🙂

Amanda

I Could Crochet Blind…

I think just about every experienced crocheter has said that, or will eventually say that.
My daughter woke me up at 4 am today. After giving her a bottle and getting her back to sleep, I found myself tossing and turning, unable to get myself back to sleep. So I made myself a cup of coffee and wondered what to do for the next couple of hours. The answer? Crochet, of course. However, I didn’t want to disturb the household with turning on lights, as we share a house with a couple of other people. So I decided to lie in bed and crochet by night  light. This is the result:

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Not too shabby, right? Lol
So, how well can you crochet in next to no lighting? Could you crochet blind?
Have a great day 🙂
Amanda

Let’s Get Messy! Baby Bib- Free Pattern

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Let’s Get Messy! Baby Bib Pattern

© 2015 Amanda Bryant

Materials:

4.25 mm hook

Peaches & Creme cotton yarn-

MC- Pastel Pink Color #1421 (100% Cotton Yarn. Worsted Weight. 120yds/109m; 2.5oz/70.9gm)

CC- Black Currant Color #1318 (100% Cotton Yarn. Worsted Weight. 120yds/109m; 2.5oz/70.9gm)

yarn needle

Gauge– 4sc and 4 rows= 1 inch

Finished dimensions= about 7 1/2 ” by 8 1/2″, excluding neck piece

Instructions:

Beginning at bottom of bib with MC, ch 21

Row 1- sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch across, ch 1, turn (20 sc) (right side)

Row 2- 2sc in 1st sc, sc in ea sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn (22 sc)

Row 3-6- repeat row 2 until there are 30 sc

Rows 7-30- sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (30 sc)

1st Neck Piece-

Row 31- sc in first 6 sc only, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 32- sc2tog, sc in ea of the next 4 sc, ch 1, turn (5 sc)

Row 33- sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn (5 sc)

Row 34- sc2tog, sc in ea of the next 3 sc, ch 1, turn (4 sc)

Row 35- rep row 33 (4 sc)

Row 36- sc2tog, sc in ea of the next 2 sc, ch 1, turn (3 sc)

Row 37- rep row 33 (3 sc)

Row 38- sc2tog, sc in last sc, ch 1, turn (2 sc)

Row 39-40  rep row 33 (2 sc)

Fasten off.

2nd Neck Piece-

With right side facing, attach yarn in 6th sc from the left, ch 1

Row 31- sc in same st as join, sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 32- sc in ea of the first 4 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (5 sc)

Row 33- sc in ea sc across (5 sc)

Row 34- sc in ea of the first 3 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (4 sc)

Row 35- rep row 33 (4 sc)

Row 36- sc in ea of the first 2 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (3 sc)

Row 37- rep row 33 (3 sc)

Row 38- sc in the first sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (2 sc)

Row 39-40- rep row 33 (2 sc)

Do not fasten off.

Trim & Ties-

With RS facing, attach CC to bottom corner of bib.

Round 1- Ch 1, 2 sc in first loop, 1 sc in each of the next 18 loops of the Foundation Chain, 2 sc in last loop of the Foundation Chain, then evenly sc around the entire bib and neck pieces. Join with a sl st to the first sc.

Round 2- sc in each sc around to top sc of 1st neck piece, (ch 41, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch down, sc in next sc at the top of the neck piece), sc in each sc around to top of next piece and repeat ( ), sc in each sc around the remainder of the bib and join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing touches- weave in all loose ends.

Polka Dots-

Using CC, make a Magic Ring

Round 1- ch 1, 6 sc in ring, join to first sc with sl st (6 sc)

Round 2- ch 1, 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc), join with sl st to first sc, fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Sew to bib.

A Trio Of Baby Bibs- Free Pattern

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A Trio Of Baby Bibs Pattern

© 2015 Amanda Bryant

Materials:

4.25 mm hook

Peaches & Creme cotton yarn- “Ivy League” Color #1235 (100% Cotton Yarn. Worsted Weight; 706 yds/645m; 14oz/400gm)

25 mm (1 inch) button (optional- instructions included to make ties instead of using buttons)

yarn needle

Gauge– 4sc and 4 rows= 1 inch

Finished dimensions= about 8 inches long, by about 7 inches wide (excluding neck piece)

Instructions:

Bib #1- buttoned bib (pictured top middle)

Beginning at bottom of bib, ch 21

Row 1- sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch across, ch 1, turn (20 sc) (right side)

Row 2- 2sc in 1st sc, sc in ea sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn (22 sc)

Row 3- sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn

Rows 4- 8- repeat rows 2 and 3 until there are 28 sc across (Rows 4, 6 and 8 will be a repeat of row 2, and rows 5 and 7 will be a repeat of row 3)

Row 9- repeat row 3

Row 10- repeat row 2 (30 sc)

Rows 11-30- repeat row 3

1st Neck Piece-

Row 31- sc in the first 6 sc only, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 32- sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 33- 37 repeat row 32 (6 sc)

Row 38- 2 sc in first sc, sc in the next 3 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 39- sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 40- repeat row 38 (6 sc)

Row 41- repeat row 39

Row 42- rep row 38

Row 43- rep row 39

Row 44- rep row 38

Row 45- sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 46- rep row 38

Row 47- rep row 45

Row 48- sc in ea sc

Fasten off.

2nd Neck Piece-

With right side facing, attach yarn to 6th sc from left, on row 30 of bib section, ch 1

Row 31- sc in same st as join, and sc in next 5 sc across, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 32- sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 33-37 repeat row 32 (6 sc)

Row 38- sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 39- sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 40- repeat row 38

Row 41- repeat row 39

Row 42- repeat row 38

Row 43- repeat row 39

Row 44- repeat row 38

Row 45- 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of the next 3 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 46- repeat row 38

Row 47- repeat row 45

Row 48- sc in ea sc

Do not fasten off.

Trim & Button Hole- Turn work so that right side is facing, ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 4, sk next 4 sc, sc in last sc of row (this creates the button hole), then sc down side edge of neck piece and bib (all 48 rows= 48 sc), in the 20 loops from the foundation ch (= 20 sc), then up the other side edge of the bib and neck piece (again, all 48 rows=48 sc), across the last row of sc of the neck piece (=6 sc), and then down the inside edge of the neck piece (18 sc), next in the unused sc of row 30 of the bib portion (18 sc), and finally up the inside edge of the next neck piece (18 sc). Join with a sl st to the first sc (the sc before your ch 4 for the button hole).

Final touches- tightly sew button to the top edge of the neck piece that doesn’t have the button hole, weave in all loose ends.

Bib #2- ties (pictured right center)- the ties on this bib are centered in the middle of the top of the neck piece, unlike the positioning of them in bib #3.

Follow instructions for Bib #1, from Row 1 through Row 30

1st Neck Piece-

Row 31- sc in the first 6 sc only, ch 1, turn

Row 32- sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Rows 33- 36- repeat row 32

Row 37- sc2tog, sc in ea of the next 2 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (4 sc)

Row 38- sc2tog 2x’s

Fasten off.

2nd Neck Piece-

With right side facing, attach yarn to 6th sc from left, on row 30 of bib section, ch 1

Row 31- sc in same st as join, and sc in next 5 sc across, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 32- sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 33-36- repeat row 32

Row 37- sc2tog, sc in ea of the next 2 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (4 sc)

Row 38- sc2tog 2x’s, ch 1, turn (2 sc)

Do not fasten off.

Ties & Trim-

Row 39- sc in 1st sc, ch 41, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch after (=40 sl sts), sc in last sc of row 38. Do not turn, but instead continue to sc down side edge of neck piece (=8 sc) and bib (=30 sc), in the 20 unused loops of the foundation ch (=20 sc), up the other edge of the bib (=30 sc) and neck piece (8 sc). Next, sc in the first sc of the top of the next neck piece, ch 41, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch after (=40 sl sts), then sc in the last sc of row 38. Continue to sc down the inside edge of the neck piece (=8 sc), in each sc of row 30 of the bib (=18 sc), and then up the final inside edge of the first neck piece (=8 sc). Join with a sl st to the first sc and fasten off.

Final touches- weave in all loose ends.

Bib #3- variation of ties version (pictured bottom)- this bib is almost identical to bib #2, except that the ties are positioned along the outer edge of the neck piece, rather than in the middle of the neck piece)

Follow instructions for Bib #1, from Row 1 through Row 30

1st Neck Piece-

Row 31- sc in first 6 sc only, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 32- sc2tog, sc in ea of the next 4 sc, ch 1, turn (5 sc)

Row 33- sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn (5 sc)

Row 34- sc2tog, sc in ea of the next 3 sc, ch 1, turn (4 sc)

Row 35- rep row 33 (4 sc)

Row 36- sc2tog, sc in ea of the next 2 sc, ch 1, turn (3 sc)

Row 37- rep row 33 (3 sc)

Row 38- sc2tog, sc in last sc, ch 1, turn (2 sc)

Row 39- rep row 33 (2 sc)

Row 40- sc2tog (1 sc)

Fasten off.

2nd Neck Piece-

With right side facing, attach yarn in 6th sc from the left, ch 1

Row 31- sc in same st as join, sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn (6 sc)

Row 32- sc in ea of the first 4 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (5 sc)

Row 33- sc in ea sc across (5 sc)

Row 34- sc in ea of the first 3 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (4 sc)

Row 35- rep row 33 (4 sc)

Row 36- sc in ea of the first 2 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (3 sc)

Row 37- rep row 33 (3 sc)

Row 38- sc in the first sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (2 sc)

Row 39- rep row 33 (2 sc)

Row 40- sc2tog, ch 1, turn (1 sc)

Do not fasten off.

Trim & Ties-

Row 41- sc in the only sc, ch 41. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch after (=40 sl sts), sl st in top of sc from the starting of your ch 41, then sc down the side edge of neck piece (=10 sc) and bib (=30 sc), across the 20 unused loops of the foundation ch (=20 sc), up the other side edge of the bib (=30 sc) and next neck piece (=10 sc). Sc in the one sc from row 41, then ch 41. Sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook and then in ea ch after (=40 sl st). Sl st in the top of the sc from the starting of your ch 41, then sc down the inside edge of the neck piece (=10 sc), in ea sc from row 30 of the bib (=18 sc), and up the inside edge of the first neck piece (=10 sc). Sl st to the beginning sc, fasten off.

Finishing touches- weave in all loose ends.

Baby Hoodie- Free Pattern Link

I just finished making this sweet little hoodie for Olivia, using the Caron Simply Soft yarn that I bought last weekend. Now I am beginning the ribbed pom pom hat that goes with it. The pattern called for two colors, but I decided to make it with just one 🙂

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UPDATE- October 16, 2015

I guess I was in such a rush yesterday, I forgot to post the link to the free pattern on Yarnspirations. So, here it is: Baby Hoodie & Hat Pattern.

Also, I’ve decided to not make the hat that goes with it, as there are some problems with how it’s written (the # of stitches needed, etc.), and I don’t feel like figuring it out, lol. Olivia has many hats already anyhow.

Also, while I did the 18 month old sizing, Olivia is only 9 days away from being 11 months old, and the hoodie just fits her nicely. Actually, the sleeves could’ve been longer, but overall it fits well. I checked the gauge, and mine matches up with what the pattern states. So keep that in mind should you try this pattern. Depsite everything, I am still very happy with it. It worked up nice and quickly, and aside from the hat issue, I had no problems making it.

Have a wonderful day!

Amanda