Outlet River

Over the past month I haven’t felt like knitting or crocheting that much. After June 20th I just couldn’t seem to find the time nor did I really make anything. So most of the projects I was working on were put off to the side until I have gotten back into the swing of things.

This week I started to get back into the swing of knitting and crocheting. Not only have I’m almost finished a requested item but I was also able to start working on the Outlet River cardigan by Amy Swenson. The yarn I’m using KnitPicks City Tweed HW yarn in the Blue Blood colourway (which is a beautiful dark red to maroon colour). So far it’s been a really easy knit and definitely something that I can pick up and knit and then put down again if I need to. Hopefully with how things are going with the sweater I’ll be able to finish it before October so I can enjoy it for our cold Alberta winter.

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Have a great holiday weekend.

Steph

Still here

I just wanted to do a quick post that I am still here.

The month of June has been a very hectic month for me. For most of the month I was sewing and crocheting things to donate to a local organization to help raise funds for bursaries. Then at the end of June flash floods hit Alberta affecting some of my family. So needless to say, I haven’t had much time to create my own designs or knit for the past month.

Hopefully everything will start to return to normal and I’ll be able to post more and design a pattern from one of my sketches.

Have a great week,

Steph

 

Stripe Study

I have a lot of sock yarn sitting in my yarn tote box which I had intended to make a pile of socks for myself; but it turns out I’m affected by the second sock syndrome. In March I started to make a pair of socks for myself but I’ve only managed to finish the first sock and I haven’t even attempted to make the second. So instead of having all of that sock yarn sit around for a very long time I decided to make a stripe study shawl.

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This is what I’ve been able to complete in a little over a week. The yarn I’m using is Knit Picks Stroll in Ash and Regia Angora Merino in Aqua on size 6 needles. I really am enjoying making this shawl as it’s really easy to pick up and knit a few rows and then put down. I am keeping track of my short rows in the blue sections by using a removable stitch marker to mark where my last wrap and turn was made. I should hopefully be able to finish it within the next few weeks to a month depending on when I can get a chance to sit down and knit the shawl.

Thanks for reading and have a great Wednesday,

Steph

Welcome to my new blog

Hi, and welcome to my new blog location. I’ve decided to move my blog over here to wordpress to make blogging a little bit easier for me and to make commenting easier for anyone who visits my blog. If you want, you can still access my blog over on blogger (http://apollosdesigns.blogger.com/) to see any of my old posts.

I have added a button at the top of the page right next to the blog page button. Hopefully this will make finding any free patterns on my blog a lot easier for anyone visiting.

I hope everyone likes the new blog. Smile

Steph

Crochet Toys tutorial #1–starting in the round

This tutorial will show you how to start crocheting Fred the frog (or other crochet toys) without having to go back and sew up the hole. You can use the magic-loop method or the normal chain 2 start method if you prefer, this is just my favourite method to start crocheting toys. (Note: this technique was created by Stacey of FreshStitches, check out her video if you prefer a video tutorial).

Also, you can make the photos bigger to see the different steps more clearly.

STEP ONE:

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Wrap the yarn around your crochet hook (the tail yarn will be in front of the yarn from the ball). Using the yarn from the ball, yarn-over and pull it through the loop you’ve created on your hook.

Note: Don’t pull on the tail yarn to create a slip knot. If you do create a slip knot this method will not work and you will not be able to close up the hole in the centre unless you sew it closed.

STEP TWO:

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Yarn-over and pull the yarn through the loop on the crochet hook. You should now have two chain stitches.

 

 

 

STEP THREE:

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Single crochet into the first loop six times.

 

 

 

 

STEP FOUR:

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Single crochet twice in the first stitch. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch that you just made. Continue to single crochet twice in each stitch around (you will have 12 stitches).

 

 

 

STEP FIVE:

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Pull on the yarn tail till the centre hole closes. Continue to crochet around as the pattern says.

 

 

 

 

I hope this helps when you make Fred or other toys crocheted in the round. If you have any problems with the pattern or with this tutorial please let me know on Ravlery (ApollosDesigns) or stephscrochet @ gmail dot com.

Have a great Wednesday,

Steph

Frederick the Frog

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Meet Frederick the Frog. He’s a fast and easy crochet that can easily be worked up in a day and is now available for download from Ravelry. Fred was inspired by two things; the Design Your Own Monster Course on Craftsy and the Ladies Auxiliary (a branch of the Royal Canadian Legion). If I had never taken the design course I would not have attempted to design my own crochet toy. Also, if the Ladies Auxiliary had not been looking for ways to raise funds for student bursaries he would never have been designed.
I have listed all of the different tools and supplies you will need to make him both on the Ravelry page and on the pattern download. This pattern has only been tested by myself. If you do find any errors in the pattern, or have any questions/problems please send me a message on Ravelry or email me at stephscrochet at gmail dot com.
Update: Check out all of the great videos for crochet i-cords on youtube if you need any help with that section of the pattern.
I hope you enjoy making Fred as much as I did.
Have a great Thursday,
Steph

Tea Cozy

Update Nov 10, 2012: The pattern is now available as a download from Ravelry.

The pattern for the simple tea cozy is finally finished.Hopefully in the next few days I can get the pattern linked to on Ravelry and Craftsy. 


                                                    Simple Tea Cozy 

Materials
o Bulky weight yarn
o J hook
o Tapestry needle

Stitches used:
o Ch – chain
o Hdc – half-double crochet

NOTES & TIPS:
- Pattern note:
         o This pattern was designed to fit a teapot with the spout positioned in the middle of the teapot. The handle is more flexible since that’s the end where to two sides are sewn together.
- Sewing piece together:
        o This piece is crocheted flat and then sewn together (leaving a hole to accommodate the handle of the teapot).
        o I whip stitched the two ends together, leaving a hole for the handle.

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Patterns:

2-Cup Tea Cozy:
     o ch 14
     o hdc in second ch from hook and then in every stitch across (12)
     o ch 2, hdc in 1st stitch and in each stitch across (12)
Repeat row two until the piece of fabric will cover one side of the teapot from handle to spout (mine was about four inches long).
     o Ch 2, hdc in next 4 stitches, ch 4 (skip 4 stitches), hdc in the last 4 stitches
     o Ch 2, hdc in every stitch across (12)
Continue crocheting until the both halves of the teapot are the same length. Sew up to two ends leaving room for the handle. Weave in the tails.

 

                            

 4-Cup Tea Cozy:
     o Ch 17
     o Hdc in second ch from hook and in every stitch across (15)
     o Ch 2, hdc in 1st stitch and in each stitch across
Repeat row two until the piece of fabric will cover one side of the teapot from handle to spout (mine was about seven inches long).
     o Ch 2, hdc in next five stitches, ch five (skip five stitches), hdc in the last five stitches
     o Ch 2, hdc in every stitch across (15)
Continue crocheting until the next half of the tea cozy is the same length as the first half. Sew up to two ends leaving room for the handle. Weave in the tails.


  
                 This pattern and the photos found in it are © of Stephanie Stapley
                                   Do not redistribute this pattern in any form.