Archive | November 2015

Granny Squares Out The Wazoo

Recently I joined a group on Facebook called The Granny Square Challenge. The challenge being that for one whole year (a full 365 days straight) each member makes 1 granny square per day. We then post a photo of our granny square, people comment, and then we do it all over again the next day. At the end of the year we each make “whatever” out of our squares (of course, you can join them as you go; you don’t HAVE to wait until the challenge is over to do so). I thought that the challenge was a great idea (and I still do, for that matter), and that each day I would innocently go about making my square and then move on with my life until the next day. Well, I’m afraid now that things might get out of hand. You see, I can’t stop thinking about granny squares. Every moment I’m thinking about how much yarn I have left, which colors I’m going to have to buy next, how many different designs I’m going to use, and what my squares are going to turn into at the end of it all. It’s downright tiring, all of this thinking, lol. On the bright side, I’ve shaken the dust off of my granny square WIP’s that were put on the back burner. However, my Wristers pattern that I wrote about in one of my previous posts has fallen to the wayside (and with the temperature continually dropping outdoors I could really use those wristers!). But like I said, my granny square WIP’s are back on the hook, and that is a great thing. Maybe soon they will be finished and I can move on with my life again, lol.

So anyhow, here are some photos of my granny squares:

20151127_101809These are the granny squares I’ve made so far for the Challenge. Today is Day #6. I’ve been using up my left over Red Heart Super Saver yarn. The colors from left to right, starting on the top, Claret, Hunter Green, and Aran, and then the bottom row, Frosted Green, Warm Brown and Blue Suede. The problem with Super Saver though, is that not all the colors are the same thickness. The 3 squares on the top row are much thicker than the 3 squares on the bottom row.

Ok…next, you might recall that quite some time ago I began working on a Granny Square Christmas Stocking (designed by Maggie Weldon; the pattern you can find here: Granny Square Christmas Stocking). The squares are all made, now it’s just a matter of finishing the joining up of them and then make the cuff and the hanger. But regardless, these are the squares (made with Red Heart Super Saver Hunter Green, Cherry Red and White):

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And last but not least, the Granny Square Doll Blanket I started what seems to be ages ago. I’m thinking if I get this done by Christmas, I can give it to my daughter along with a new dolly as a Christmas gift. The pattern for this blanket is found in a book called Afghans to Knit and Crochet, by Better Homes & Gardens. I’ve got 23 of these squares made (only 40 more to go!).

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So, that’s what’s on my hook lately. Lots and lots of Granny Squares. What’s on your hook?

Amanda

Really Easy Ear Warmer Headband- Free Pattern

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Really Easy Ear Warmer Headband

© Amanda Bryant 2015

Materials:

Red Heart Super Saver (I used the color “Claret”)

6.5 mm hook

large eyed/yarn needle

Measurements (unstretched)- 4 inches wide x 19 inches long

Note- You can make this headband wider or thinner by increasing or decreasing the foundation chain by 2 chains at a time (for the “sc, ch 1” pattern to work out there must be an odd number of stitches- for example, 19, 17, 15, 13, 11, etc). You can also make the headband longer or shorter by increasing or decreasing the amount of Row 2 repeats. If you’re making this for yourself, you can stretch it around your head as your work progresses until there is a comfortable fit.

Instructions-

Ch 16

Row 1( RS)- sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and in each ch thereafter, ch 1, turn (15 sc)

Row 2- sc in the 1st sc, (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next sc) repeat across, ending with a sc in the last st, ch 1, turn (8 sc and 7 ch-1 spaces)

Repeat Row 2 until piece is about 17 ½  inches long, ending with the completion of a WS row.

Row 3- sc in each sc and in each ch-1 sp across, ch 1, turn (15 sc)

Now, fold the piece together, end to end with RS’s facing each other, and sl st through both thicknesses in each sc from row 3 and each unused loop from the foundation ch across.

Fasten off. Weave in yarn tail ends. Turn right side out and enjoy the cold weather 🙂

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Update

It seems there’s never enough time in a day to get everything done that I want to get done. I have a huge mental list of what I want to accomplish, and the list just seems to grow and grow and grow.

I still have a couple of projects on the go (on hold, for now) dating back to a couple of months ago (a Granny Square Christmas Stocking and a Granny Square Doll Blanket). During the past week I’ve been designing a pair of Wristers. I’ve made a lot of mittens and gloves, both crocheted and knitted, in the past, but never Wristers. When I first started making them I thought it would be a cinch, however, I ran into a few snags here and there and now my little crochet brain needs a rest from them. It’s just as well, since my blog needs some maintenance done to it, which I’ve been working on over the past couple of days.  The biggest thing, so far, being that I’ve created a page where all of my original patterns are listed, with links to where to find the pattern (Amanda Bryant Patterns). In addition to this page, you can find them all listed on Ravelry at my designs page. I also have a selection of patterns I’ve created, some within the last year, some within the last couple of years, which I want to get typed up to share here.

With all that being said, it’s time I get back to work. Have a fabulous day everyone!

Amanda

Baby Bear- Free Pattern

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Baby Bear Pattern

©Amanda Bryant 2015

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn (Red Heart Super Saver was used for bear in photo; 7oz/198g, 364 yds/333 m skein) in any 2 colours (MC= Main Colour <carrot>, CC= Contrasting Colour <off white>)
Small scrap of black yarn or embroidery thread for eyes, nose and mouth. If desired, use plastic safety eyes. Do not use buttons if toy will be given to a baby or small child.
size 4.0 mm crochet hook
polyester fibrefill
stitch marker (safety pin works well)
large eyed needle

Finished Size: approx. 10 inches tall

Instructions:

Mark the beginning of each round and move marker up as you complete each round.
Do not join rounds.

Legs (make 2)

First Leg-

With MC, ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: (sc in 1st sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around 6 x’s (18 sc)
Rnds 4-16: sc in each sc around

Fasten off. Cut yarn.

Make the 2nd leg as the first, but do not fasten off and do not cut yarn at end of 16th rnd (photo a.) Join the 2nd leg with a sl st to the last sc of the 1st leg (photo b.) Through all thicknesses of sts from 1st and 2nd legs, sc in same st as joining sl st, then sc through all thicknesses of next st from 1st and 2nd legs. (2 sc joining the legs)

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Rnd 17: (Now that the legs are joined in the middle, photo c. ) sc in each sc around both legs to form the bottom of the bears body. This will give you 34 sc’s all the way around the bears legs (16 sc from each leg, plus there are the 2 sc’s that join the legs together- remember, 2 sc were used from each leg when they were joined). Do not work any sts in the 2 joining sc’s. Only work in the remaining 34 sts.

Body

Rnds 18- 29: sc in each sc around, join with sl st at end of rnd 29, fasten off. (34 sc)
Rnd 30: Join CC with sl st in last sc of rnd 29, sc in same sc, 14 sc, sc2tog, 15 sc, sc2tog (32 sc)
Rnd 31: (14 sc, sc2tog) 2x’s (30 sc)
Rnd 32: (13 sc, sc2tog) 2x’s (28 sc)
Rnd 33: (5 sc, sc2tog) 4x’s (24 sc)

Make armholes:

Rnd 34: 8 sc, ch 4, sk next 4 sc, sc in next sc, 6 sc, ch 4, sk next 4 sc, sc in next sc (24 sc)
Rnd 35: sc in each sc and ch st around (24 sc)

Stuff body up to this point.

Rnd 36: (2 sc, sc2tog) 6x’s, join with sl st (18 sc)

Fasten off. Cut yarn. (photo d. shows bear completed up to end of rnd 36)

body baby bear (d)

Arms (make 2)

With CC join yarn with sl st to any sc in armhole. (photo e. shows what the beginning of the arm should look like at the end of rnd 2 of the arm)

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Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around armhole (16 sc)
Rnds 2-10: sc in each sc around (16 sc)
Rnd 11: sc in each sc around, fasten off.
Rnd 12: With MC join with sl st to last sc of rnd 11. Sc in same sc and in each sc around (16 sc)
Rnd 13: (sc2tog) 8x’s (8 sc)
Rnd 14: (sc2tog) 4x’s (4 sc)

Fasten off. Cut yarn. Weave in yarn tail.
Stuff arm.
Repeat for the 2nd arm.

(Photo f. shows the body at the end of rnd 14 of 2nd arm)

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Head

With MC, join yarn with sl st in any sc from Rnd 36 (the last rnd) of the Body.

Rnd 1: 2 sc in joining st, 2 sc in each of the next sc around (36 sc)
Rnd 2: sc in each sc around (36 sc)
Rnd 3: (5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 6x’s around (42 sc)
Rnds 4-8 : sc in each sc around (42)
Rnd 9: (5 sc, sc2tog) 6x’s around (36 sc)
Rnd 10: (4 sc, sc2tog) 6 x’s around (30 sc)
Rnd 11: (3 sc, sc2tog) 6x’s around (24 sc)
Rnd 12: (2 sc, sc2tog) 6x’s around (18 sc)

**If you are using safety eyes, attach them now before stuffing.

Stuff head. Make sure stuffing fills the neck too.

Rnd 13: (1 sc, sc2tog) 6x’s around (12 sc)
Rnd 14: (sc2tog) 6x’s around, join with sl st (6 sc)

Fasten off. Cut yarn. Weave yarn tail in.

Ears (make 2)

With MC, ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sc)
Rnd 2: (1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3x’s around (9 sc)
Rnd 3: sc in each sc around (9 sc)
Rnd 4: (2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3x’s around (12 sc)
Rnd 5: sc in each sc around, join with sl st, fasten off.

With darning needle, sew open end of ear closed. Position on head and attach. Repeat with second ear.

Muzzle

With CC, ch 2

Rnd 1: 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook (5 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (10 sc)
Rnd 3: (4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 2 x’s (12 sc)
Fasten off.

With yarn tail, sew Muzzle to face. Stuff the muzzle lightly before closing it up.

Face
Make French Knots for eyes (if you are not using safety eyes), Straight Stitch for nose and mouth.

And you are done!

Below is a photo of a variety of Baby Bear’s I have made. You can make them taller than the pattern states simply by adding a few extra rounds in the body (rounds 18-29 of the body).

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Men’s Crocheted Socks- Free Pattern Link

I just finished making a pair of socks for my husband, like I said I was going to do 🙂 I followed a pattern specifically for men’s socks. The only adjustment I had to make was adding a few extra rows on the foot. The sock pattern is for a foot length of 10- 10 1/2 inches, but my husbands feet are larger than that.  You can download the free pattern here: Crocheted Socks For Men. I hope you enjoy!

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Forever Young Hat- Free Pattern

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Forever Young Hat Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2015

Materials-

Caron Simply Soft in Color # 9719 Soft Pink (6 oz/170.1 g) (315 yards/288 m)

Size 5.00 mm hook

Yarn Needle

Stitch Marker

Gauge– 4 dc=1 inch; 4 sc= 1 inch; Round 16 & 17 together= 1 inch

Hat Size– Adult- Circumference= approximately 22 inches

Abbreviations Used:

sl st- slip stitch

sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet

ch- chain

Instructions-

Starting with a magic ring,

Round 1- ch 1 (does not count as a sc), make 6 sc in ring, join with sl st (6 sc)

Round 2- ch 1, make 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12 sc)

Round 3- ch 1, (sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (18 sc)

Round 4- ch 1, (sc in each of the first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (24 sc)

Round 5- ch 1, (sc in each of the first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (30 sc)

Round 6- ch 1, (sc in each of the first 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (36 sc)

Round 7- ch 1, (sc in each of the first 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (42 sc)

Round 8- ch 1, (sc in each of the first 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (48 sc)

Round 9- ch 1, (sc in each of the first 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (54 sc)

Round 10- ch 1, (sc in each of the first 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (60 sc)

Round 11- ch 1, (sc in each of the first 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (66 sc)

Round 12- ch 1, (sc in each of the first 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (72 sc)

Round 13- ch 1, (sc in each of the first 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (78 sc)

Round 14- ch 1, (sc in each of the first 12 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (84 sc)

Round 15- ch 1, (sc in each of the first 13 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (90 sc)

Now, the rest of the hat is worked in BACK LOOPS ONLY

Round 16- ch 1 (does not count as a sc), sc in each sc around, join with sl st (90 sc)

Round 17- ch 3 (DOES count as a dc), dc in each sc around, join with sl st (90 dc)

Rounds 18- 27- Repeat rounds 16 and 17,  5 more times,

Rounds 28-30- repeat round 16, 3 times (90 sc)

Fasten Off.

Five Petal Flower (make 2)-

Ch 8, sl st in the beginning ch for form a ring

Round 1- ch 3, make 2 dc in the centre of the ring, (ch 1, make 3 dc in the center of the ring) repeat 4 times, ch 1, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-3

Round 2- ch 1, sc in the last ch-1 sp, (ch 6, sc in the next ch-1 sp) repeat 4 times, ch 6, join with a sl st in the beginning sc

Round 3- ch 1, sc in the same st, (make 10 dc in the next loop, * sc in the next sc) repeat 5 times, end last repeat at *, join with a sl st in the beginning sc.

Fasten Off.

Now, weave in all loose ends with your yarn needle. Then, sew the two flowers to the hat. I sewed my flowers overtop of the joins I made in each round.