Saturday, April 12, 2014

Allie's Blankie



This lacy, cabled baby blanket is knitted from soft, 100% cotton yarn for maximum comfort and cuddliness.  It machine-washes and dries nicely, despite the yarn's washing instructions.  This little afghan makes a great lap blanket, too.

Skill Level   Intermediate

Yarn
12 oz./595g or 1050 yds/961m worsted weight soft cotton yarn, such as Bernat Cottontots or Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton

Schematic diagram included.

A free .pdf of this pattern is available as a download from Ravelry.
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Cottonation Oval Rug



Right side, single crochet back loops

This is the Tarnation Oval Rug pattern worked in worsted weight cotton yarn.  The only modification is to use 3 strands of yarn held together--same size hook, same number of chains, etc.  You'll end up making many more rounds to get the same size rug as you would with tarn.

Using multiple strands of yarn gives you the opportunity to create a really nice ombre effect.  This rug was made with Lily Camo Cotton yarn, in a variegated green colorway (Renegade) and a variegated brown colorway (maybe Outback-can't remember).  I started with 2 strands of brown +1 strand of green, then moved to 2 green + 1 brown, then on to 3 green, next was 2  green + 1 brown, and finally 3 brown.

It machine-washes and dries like a dream.  If any loose ends stick out, just push them through to the underside.




Back side, single crochet, back loops

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tarnation Oval Rug



This fast and easy crocheted rug is made from t-shirts that have been cut into tarn (T-shirt yARN) -- a great way to recycle old cotton-knit garments and get a good-looking, high-use item in exchange. Your rug can be as large or small as you wish. The number of shirts to use depends on the sizes of the shirts and how large you want to make it. Machine washable and dryable, it's an excellent rug for kitchen, bath, utility, or entry.

Skill Level   Easy

Yarn
1/2" / 1cm-width tarn (not stretched) made from approximately 5-7 adult-sized t-shirts

Schematic diagram included.

A free .pdf of this pattern is available as a download from Ravelry.
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You can find tips and variations for this pattern in the following posts:
How to Make Tarn
Choosing Fabric for Tarn
Saving Your Hands and Arms When Using Tarn
Making the Print Show
Allover Print Tarn
Cottonation Oval Rug (made with cotton yarn)

Another Tarnation pattern: Tarnation Rectangle Rug

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Elfitude



This fast, easy hat has a looped-over point and a puffy doughnut brim. Crank a few out in red and green, but don’t stop there--how about midnight blue or chartreuse or hot pink? This Christmas, show your true Elfitude!

Skill Level   Easy

Yarn
183-201 yds / 168-184m worsted weight acrylic, wool, or blend in 3 colors

Schematic diagram included.

A free .pdf of this pattern is available as a download from Ravelry.
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Scrappy Lap-ghan




This generously sized lap-blanket is crocheted with a large hook and two strands of yarn held together. It's a fast and easy way to use up leftover yarn, and the big stitches make it thick and cuddly.

Skill Level   Easy

Yarn
approx. 1850 yds / 1692m worsted weight acrylic, wool, or blend in many colors

Schematic diagram included.

A free .pdf of this pattern is available as a download from Ravelry.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WIP: A Stashbusting Lap-ghan



I have started the prototype for another lap-ghan pattern.  This one is made with leftover balls of yarn from various projects and our local thrift store.  The stitches are so big, that the pattern repeat is huge, and it's hard to get the width of the 'ghan right... either too wide or not wide enough.  What you see above is wider than I'd like, almost 4 feet, but it might be acceptable when it's finished.

UPDATE:  The free pattern is up now: Scrappy Lap-ghan.

You can find more WIPs (works-in-progress) online here.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Lil' Punkin Hats



These are extra- and super-small sized versions of The Whimsical Witch-Hat pattern.  You can make a fast Halloween table decoration, centerpiece, or hat for a pumpkin.  The new smaller sizes are great for children, as well.

Here are the modifications to the pattern for these little hats:

1. Starting ring: for an 18" head circumference, ch 51; for 16", ch 48.

2. Brim: work only rounds 1-6.