Butterfly Lace Blanket

18 August 2014

butterfly

This lacy throw looks classy in a solid color, but can be made with stripes. The example is made in worsted weight acrylic yarn.

Size:
This blanket can be made any size. Five widths are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small3546.6726.671376.67
Small41.6755.5637.791951.06
Medium48.3364.4450.852625.34
Large5573.3365.853399.52
Extra Large61.6782.2282.784273.6

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
tr = triple crochet
yo = yarn over

Special stitch:
Cluster – in ch sp indicated (yo, insert hook in ch sp, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) three times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 12 plus 6.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
35″ = 126
41.75″ = 150
48.25″ = 174
55″ = 198
61.75″ = 222

After the first row, make all stitches in front loops.

Row 1: Dc in 5th chain from hook. Dc in each chain across row.

Row 2: Ch 3. Turn. Dc in second dc and in each dc across. Dc in next ch.

Row 3: Ch 3. Turn. Dc in second dc and in each dc across. Dc in top of turning ch.

Row 4: Ch 1. Turn. Sc in first dc and in each of the next 6 dc. Ch 2, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, ** skip 3 dc, work (3 tr, ch 4, sc) in next dc, ch 2, skip 1 dc, work (sc, ch 4, 3 tr) in next dc, skip 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 2, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc. Repeat from ** to last 5 dc. Sc in each remaining dc in and in top of turning chain.

Row 5: Ch 3. Turn. Skip first sc, dc in each of next 6 sc, ch 1, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, skip 3 tr, sc in top of ch-4, ch 2, work Cluster in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch, ch 1, ** work (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, skip 3 tr, sc in top of ch-4, ch 2, work Cluster in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch, ch 1. Repeat from ** to last ch-2 sp. Dc in last ch-2 sp, ch 1, dc in each of last 7 sc.

Row 6: Ch 1. Turn. Sc in first dc and in each of the next 6 dc. ch 2, skip (ch and dc), ** sc in next ch-1 sp, work (3 tr, ch 4, sc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip Cluster, work (sc, ch 4, 3 tr) in next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, skip 1 ch-1 sp. Repeat from ** to last 6 dc and turning chain. Sc in each remaining dc in and in top of turning chain.

Repeat rows 5 and 6 until afghan is desired length. After a row 5, work these final three rows.

Third to last row: Ch 3. Turn. Dc in second dc and in each st across. Dc in top of turning ch.

Second to last row: Ch 3. Turn. Dc in second dc and in each dc across. Dc in top of turning ch.

Last row: Ch 3. Turn. Dc in second dc and in each dc across. Dc in top of turning ch. Finish off and weave in end.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

No Beginning Chain Diamond Lace Throw

26 July 2014

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The first row of an afghan with homespun or bouclé or other knobby style yarn can be frustrating. This afghan does not require finding chain stitches, even for the first row. The lacy diamond pattern keeps the afghan light even with a heavier yarn.

This pattern was designed to be easy for homespun or bouclé style yarns, but it can be made with just about any yarn. Make it in a solid color or with as many color changes as you like.

The example is made in Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Boucle (now made by Purl Essence).

Size: This blanket can be made any size. Five widths are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small30407.87610.32
Small34.6246.1510.48812.56
Medium39.2352.3113.461043.69
Large43.8558.4616.811303.71
Extra Large48.4664.6220.541592.62

Materials:
Yarn – Sizing given for Bulky weight yarn but other weights can be used
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
tr = triple crochet

Special stitches:
Shell – work the following in the ch sp indicated: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc
V-stitch – work the following in ch sp indicated: 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc

Instructions:
Instead of a beginning chain, the blanket is begun with a first row of chain and tr spaces.
For these widths, start with this number of chain and tr spaces:
30″ = 39
34.5″ = 45
39.25″ = 51
43.75″ = 57
48.5″ = 63

Row 1: Ch 3, tr in first ch, (ch 3, tr in last ch sp) until you have made desired number of tr/ch spaces. Make an odd number of tr/ch spaces.

Do not turn.

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Row 2: Ch 4. Without turning the work, make 2 dc in first space (over tr just made). Working across the spaces (holding it so that the tr stitches are on top, so work will be made over the tr stitches), skip one space and make a Shell in the next space across to the last two spaces. In the last space make 2 dc, ch 1, 1 dc.

Row 3: Ch 4 and turn. 1 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 2, sc in space before next Shell (between dc of partial Shell and first full Shell) ** ch 2, V-stitch in ch-2 space of Shell, ch 2, sc in space between Shells. Repeat from ** across to end with the last sc made between the last full shell and the partial shell at the end of the row. Ch 2, V-stitch in ch-4 space.

Row 4: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ** skip ch-2, skip sc, skip ch-2, Shell in the next V-stitch. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. Skip ch-2, skip sc, skip ch-2, (2 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in ch-4 sp.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until afghan is desired length. If no additional border is desired, finish off and weave in end.

Optional border – end with a row 3.

Border round 1: Ch 3 and turn. (1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, ** skip ch-2, skip sc, skip ch-2, Shell in the next V-stitch. Repeat from ** across the top of the throw to the ch-4 turning chain. Work the following in the ch-4 turning chain sp: shell, ch 2, shell. Mark the 2-ch between the shells as the corner. On the side of the throw, make a shell in each space formed by the ch-4 turning chain of the rows. At the bottom corner, in the ch-3/tr space at the corner work (shell, ch 2, shell). Mark the 2-ch between the shells as the corner. Working across the ch-3 spaces at the bottom of the blanket, (skip one space and make a Shell in the next space) across to the last two spaces. In the last space work (shell, ch 2, shell). Mark the 2-ch between the shells as the corner. On the side of the throw, make a shell in each space formed by the final dc of the rows. Ch 2, slip stitch to join in the third chain of the first shell of the round. Mark the 2-ch between the shells as the corner. Do not turn.

Border round 2: Slip stitch in the next dc, slip stitch in the ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space [** ch 2, sc in space before next Shell, ch 2, V-stitch in ch-2 space of Shell. Repeat from ** across to the corner, ch 2, (sc, ch 2, V-stitch, ch 2, sc) in the corner ch-2 space, move the corner marker to this last V-stitch, ch 2, V-stitch in the ch-2 space of the shell] four times, but on the last repeat, exclude the last V-stitch, join with a slip stitch in the third chain. Do not turn.

Border round 3: Slip stitch in the ch sp. Ch 3, (1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp. Make a shell in the ch-1 space of each V-stitch around, except at each corner, make (shell, ch 2, shell) in the ch-1 space of the corner V-stitch. Move the corner marker to the ch-2. Join in the third chain of the first shell of the round. Do not turn.

Rounds 2 and 3 can be repeated to desired width. Finish off and weave in end.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

Interview on Stitch and Unwind

21 July 2014

Kara Huen of AllFreeCrochet interviewed me and posted the interview on Stitch and Unwind. You can see it here:

http://stitchandunwind.com/crochet-exclusive-lets-talk-to-heather-tucker/

Little Checks Wrap

3 April 2014

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This is a quick to crochet wrap that is good for someone wheelchair bound. The little check pattern adds character without making the wrap too lacy.

The example is made in worsted weight acrylic yarn

Size: The sample is 18-½” from neck to edge. The bottom of each of the four panels is 26-½” wide.

Materials:

14.7 oz/937 yds worsted weight yarn

Size H (5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:

ch = chain

ch sp = chain space

dc = double crochet

shell = 2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc in chain space indicated

Instructions:

Make all stitches in both loops.

Chain 131 and finish off. This will form the foundation and ties.

Row 1: Form a new slip knot. Skip 40 chains. Dc in each of the next 4 ch, 2 dc in next ch, dc in each of next 8 ch, (2 dc in next ch, dc in next ch, 2 dc in next ch, dc in each of next 8 ch) three times, 2 dc in next ch, dc in each of next 4 ch. (leave the remaining 40 ch)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Shell in 4th dc, ** (skip 2 dc, 2 dc in space between dc) five times, skip 2 dc, shell in next dc. Repeat from ** three more times, skip 2 dc, dc in last dc.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn. Shell in next shell, ** 2 dc between shell and 2 dc set, 2 dc between each 2 dc set across the panel, 2 dc between the last 2 dc set of the panel and the shell, shell in the shell. Repeat from ** for the other three panels, dc in the top of the turning chain.

Repeat row 3 until wrap is desired size, then finish off with the last row given below. The sample has 37 rows, including the last row.

Last Row: Ch 3, turn. Dc in 2nd and 3rd dc, 3 dc in ch-1 sp, (dc in each dc across to next ch-1 sp, 3 dc in ch-1 sp) four times, dc in each of last two dc, dc in turning chain. Finish off and weave in end.

The wrap can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

Permissions for Using My Patterns

4 March 2014

Some of you have asked for written guidelines on how the patterns found here may be used. These permissions have been provided, and, fortunately, there are very few limitations. I love seeing how many items are created for charity, sale and just personal use, and I certainly encourage you to keep making and using your beautiful things any way you see fit!

Please see the Using My Patterns page linked in the menubar above and at the end of each of my patterns for more details.

Dripping Lines Blanket

25 February 2014

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Little stripes of color look so fun, but weaving in ends from lots of color changes is far from fun. This blanket is designed to make it possible to change between three colors without cutting the yarn between stripes. The “drips” add interest to an otherwise just plain striped blanket.

Size: This blanket can be made any size. Five widths are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarn per colorYards of yarn per color
Extra Small26.5235.363.780.97
Small39528175.11
Medium51.4868.6413.94305.11
Large63.9685.2821.52470.98
Extra Large76.44101.9230.73672.71

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn in three colors
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet

Special stitches:
ldc – long double crochet – yo, insert hook in stitch a row below next sc, yo and pull up a loop even with last stitch made, (yo and draw through two loops on hook) twice.
eldc – extended long double crochet – yo, insert hook in stitch 2 rows below next sc, yo and pull up a loop even with last stitch made, (yo and draw through two loops on hook) twice.
You can see a demonstration of these stitches in this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSuvSZPGiLM&feature=youtu.be

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 40 plus 5.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
26.5″ = 85
39″ = 125
51.5″ = 165
64″ = 205
76.5″ = 245

How to change colors for this blanket:
For making this blanket, you will use 3 colors that will stay attached to the work. You will drop and take up colors at the ends of rows, but will not have to cut or restart a color except to start a new skein. At the end of each row, finish all but the last pull through the two loops to finish the sc. Use the other color waiting at the end of that row to pull up through that loop. Use it to continue the next row back across to the other side.

After the first row, make all stitches in front loop.
Make beginning chain (see above for number of chains) in color A.
Beginning Border Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch to the end of the row. On the last sc, finish all the but the last pull through the two loops. Attach color B, drop color A and pull color B through those last two loops.
Beginning Border Row 2: Color B. Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in each sc to end of the row. On the last sc, finish all the but the last pull through the two loops. Attach color C, drop color B and pull color C through those last two loops.
Beginning Border Row 3: Color C. Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in each sc to end of the row. On the last sc, finish all the but the last pull through the two loops. Drop color C and pull color A through those last two loops.

Continue this way of changing colors each row for the rest of the blanket. You will always know what color to change to because it will be the yarn waiting for you at the end of the row.

Repeat these 10 rows for the length of the blanket, continuing to change color each row in the same manner as above. There are not colors given on these rows because they rotate throughout the length of the blanket.

Row 1: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in next sc, working across the prior row stitches * eldc, ldc, 16 sc, ldc, eldc, 20 sc. Repeat from * across to the last two stitches. Sc in each of the last two stitches.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in next sc, working across the prior row stitches * 16 sc, eldc, ldc, 16 sc, ldc, eldc, 4 sc. Repeat from * across to the last two stitches. Sc in each of the last two stitches.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in next sc, working across the prior row stitches * 8 sc, eldc, ldc, 16 sc, ldc, eldc, 12 sc. Repeat from * across to the last two stitches. Sc in each of the last two stitches.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in next sc, working across the prior row stitches * 8 sc, eldc, ldc, 16 sc, ldc, eldc, 12 sc. Repeat from * across to the last two stitches. Sc in each of the last two stitches.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in next sc, working across the prior row stitches * 16 sc, eldc, ldc, 16 sc, ldc, eldc, 4 sc. Repeat from * across to the last two stitches. Sc in each of the last two stitches.
Row 6: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in next sc, working across the prior row stitches * eldc, ldc, 16 sc, ldc, eldc, 20 sc. Repeat from * across to the last two stitches. Sc in each of the last two stitches.
Row 7: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in next sc, working across the prior row stitches * 2 sc, ldc, eldc, 20 sc, eldc, ldc, 14 sc. Repeat from * across to the last two stitches. Sc in each of the last two stitches.
Row 8: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in next sc, working across the prior row stitches * 10 sc, ldc, eldc, 20 sc, eldc, ldc, 6 sc. Repeat from * across to the last two stitches. Sc in each of the last two stitches.
Row 9: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in next sc, working across the prior row stitches * 10 sc, ldc, eldc, 20 sc, eldc, ldc, 6 sc. Repeat from * across to the last two stitches. Sc in each of the last two stitches.
Row 10: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in next sc, working across the prior row stitches * 2 sc, ldc, eldc, 20 sc, eldc, ldc, 14 sc. Repeat from * across to the last two stitches. Sc in each of the last two stitches.

Finishing and border:

End with a color C row. Finish off. Cut the color A yarn and tie to the color C tail to finish off color A.
Round 1: At the beginning of the last row, insert hook into back loop of first sc and pull up a loop of color B. Ch 1, sc in first sc and sc across the top in each stitch to the last sc. Make 2 sc in the last sc of the top row. Sc in the side of each stitch going down the side of the blanket, working over the loops where the colors were changed at the sides to hide them. On the bottom, work across the bottom loops of each stitch, making 2 sc in the first and last stitches of the bottom, and 1 sc in each stitch between. Sc in the side of each stitch going down the side of the blanket, working over the loops where the colors were changed at the sides to hide them. Make another sc in the first stitch of the top row. Switch to color C. Sl st in the first stitch of the round to join.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same sc, sc in each sc around, with 3 sc in each corner sc. Once reaching the beginning, switch to color A. Sl st in the first stitch of the round to join.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same sc, sc in each sc around, with 3 sc in each corner sc. Once reaching the beginning, sl st in the first stitch of the round to join.

Laced Edged Chemo Caps for Straight Needles

21 February 2014

These two lace edged caps can be made in a solid color or with two colors. The one on the left is a madiera lace and the one on the right a scallop lace.

This version of the pattern is for straight needles. For the in-the-round version go here.

Size:
Adult woman, size medium – 20″ circumference, 7.5″ height

Gauge:
17 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
1.7 oz (90 yards) of soft worsted weight yarn
Size 8 (5 mm) straight needles
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit two together
sk2p = slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together; 2 stitches have been decreased
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.
yo = yarn over

Madeira Lace Cast on and Body:
Cast on 85. Repeat directions between * across the row.

Row 1: p
Row 2: k
Row 3: * k2, yo, k4, sk2p, k4, yo, k1 * k1
Row 4: p
Row 5: * k3, yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k2 * k1
Row 6: p
Row 7: * k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k1, yo, ssk * k1
Row 8: p
Row 9: * k5, yo, k1, sk2p, k1, yo, k4 * k1
Row 10: p
Row 11: * k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k1 * k1
Row 12: p
Row 13: p
Row 14: k
For two colors, make color change here.
Row 15: k
Row 16: p1 * p1, k1, p9, k1, p2 *
Repeat rows 15 and 16 until the hat measures 5.75″ from the edge. End with a Row 16. Work Crown.

Scallop Lace Cast on and Body:
Cast on 85. Repeat directions between * across the row.

Row 1: p
Row 2: k
Row 3: * k1, yo, k3, ssk, yo, sk2p, yo, k2tog, k3, yo * k1
Row 4: k
Rows 5-12: Repeat rows 3 and 4 four more times.
Row 13: p
Row 14: k
For two colors, make color change here.
Row 15: k
Row 16: p1 * p1, k1, p9, k1, p2 *
Repeat rows 15 and 16 until the hat measures 5.75″ from the edge. End with a Row 16. Work Crown.

Crown:
Row 1: * k3, ssk, k5, k2tog, k2 * k1
Row 2: p1 * p1, k1, p7, k1, p2 *
Row 3: * k3, ssk, k3, k2tog, k2 * k1
Row 4: p1 * p1, k1, p5, k1, p2 *
Row 5: * k3, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2 * k1
Row 6: p1 * p1, k1, p3, k1, p2 *
Row 7: * k3, sk2p, k2 * k1
Row 8: p1 * p1, k1, p1, k1, p2 *
Row 9: * k2, sk2p. k1 * k1
Row 10: p1 * p1, k1, p2 *
Row 11: * k1, sk2p * k1
Cut the yarn with several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, seem side, secure and weave in end.

Ribbing and Lacy Chemo Caps for Straight Needles

16 February 2014

These two ribbing and lace caps are feminine yet functional. The one on the left is a feather lace and the one on the right a diamond lace.

This pattern is for straight needles. An in-the-round version is available here.

Size:
Adult woman, size medium – 20″ circumference, 7.5″ height

Gauge:
17 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
1.5 oz (90 yards) of soft worsted weight yarn
Size 8 (5 mm) straight needles
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit two together
k3tog = knit three together
p3tog = purl three together
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.
sssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of the three slipped stitches and knit.
yo = yarn over

Feather Lace
Cast on and Body:
Cast on 85. Repeat the directions between the * across the row.

Row 1: * k11, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 2: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p1, k9, p1 *
Row 3: * k11, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 4: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 5: * k2, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 6: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 7: * k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k2, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Repeat rows 4 – 7 until the hat measures 5.75″ from the edge. End with a Row 4.

Crown:
Row 1: * k2, yo, k1, sssk, k3tog, k1, yo, k1, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 2: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p9 *
Row 3: * k1, yo, sssk, k3tog, yo, k2, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 4: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p7 *
Row 5: * k2, ssk, k2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 6: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p5 *
Row 7: * k1, k3tog, k1, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 8: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p3 *
Row 9: * k3, p3tog * k1
Row 10: p1 * k1, p3 *
Row 11: * k3tog, p1 * k1
Cut the yarn with several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, seem side, secure and weave in end.

Diamond Lace
Cast on and Body:
Cast on 85. Repeat the directions between the * across the row.

Row 1: * k11, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 2: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p1, k9, p1 *
Row 3: * k11, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 4: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 5: * ssk, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 6: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 7: * ssk, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 8: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 9: * ssk, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 10: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 11: * ssk, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Repeat rows 4 – 11 until the hat measures 5.75″ from the edge. End with an even numbered row.

Crown:
Row 1: * ssk, k7, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 2: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p9 *
Row 3: * ssk, k5, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 4: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p7 *
Row 5: * ssk, k3, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 6: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p5 *
Row 7: * ssk, k1, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 8: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p3 *
Row 9: * k3, p3tog * k1
Row 10: p1 * k1, p3 *
Row 11: * k3tog, p1 * k1
Cut the yarn with several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, seem side, secure and weave in end.

Wrapped Stitches Baby Hat for Straight Needles

9 February 2014

This is a simple baby hat in several sizes. The wrapped stitches look more complicated than they are. I have included a photo tutorial on the technique.

This is the straight needle version of the pattern. For the in-the-round version, go here.

There is also a pattern available for a coordinating baby blanket.

Sizes:
Small preemie – 8″ circumference, 4″ high
Preemie – 10″ circumference, 5.5″ high
Newborn – 12″ circumference, 6″ high
6 month – 14″ circumference, 7″ high
12 month – 16″ circumference, 7.5″ high
Toddler – 18″ circumference, 8″ high

Gauge:
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
0.5 to 1 oz (40 to 80 yards) of DK weight baby yarn
Size 6 (4 mm) needles
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit two together
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.
w2s = wrap two stitches – with yarn in back, slip two stitches to right needle purlwise. Bring yarn to front and slip the same two stitches back to left needle purlwise. Bring yarn to back and slip same two stitches back to right needle purlwise. Bring yarn to front and slip same two stitches back to left needle purlwise. Bring yarn to back and knit each of the two stitches.

Pattern:
Small preemie – Cast on 49
Preemie – Cast on 61
Newborn – Cast on 73
6 month – Cast on 85
12 month – Cast on 97
Toddler – Cast on 109

Repeat instructions between * across the row.
Ribbing (6 rows for preemie size, 8 rows for other sizes):
Row 1: * k2, p2 * k1
Row 2: p1 * k2, p2 *
Repeat these two rows until you have the size ribbing you want.

Body:
Row 1: k
Row 2: p
Row 3: k1 * w2s, k4 *
Row 4: p
Row 5: k
Row 6: p
Row 7: * k4, w2s * k1
Row 8: p

Repeat these eight rows (end with an even row) until the hat measures the desired height for size including the ribbing:
Small preemie – 3″ high
Preemie – 4.25″ high
Newborn – 4.75″ high
6 month – 5.75″ high
12 month – 6.25″ high
Toddler – 6.75″ high

Crown:
Repeat instructions between * across the row.
Row 1: * k4, k2tog, ssk, k4 * k1
Row 2: p
Row 3: * k3, k2tog, ssk, k3 * k1
Row 4: p
Row 5: * k2, k2tog, ssk, k2 * k1
Row 6: p
Row 7: * k1, k2tog, ssk, k1 * k1
Row 8: p
Row 9: * k2tog, ssk * k1
Cut the yarn with several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, stitch side and weave in end.

Edits:
2/17/14 – changed even rows to purls in crown.

M and W Ripple Blanket

7 February 2014

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This updated ripple afghan really showcases color. It gets its name from the M’s and W’s you see in the ripples from a distance.

The example is made in DK weight cotton/silk yarn, but can be made with most yarn weights.

Size:
This blanket can be made any size. Five widths are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small30.2940.3819.691294.38
Small425637.862488.89
Medium53.7171.6261.924070.45
Large65.4287.2391.876039.05
Extra Large77.13102.85127.78394.71

Materials:
DK weight yarn (see chart for amount)
Size H (5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet

Special stitch:
dc5tog – double crochet 5 stitches together (uses five stitches, decreases by four stitches) – [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 5 times (6 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 58 plus 34.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
30.25″ = 150
42″ = 208
53.75″ = 266
65.5″ = 324
77.25″ = 382

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 7 ch, 5 dc in next ch, dc in next 4 ch, dc5tog (uses next 5 ch), dc in next 4 ch, ** 5 dc in next ch, dc in next 12 ch, dc5tog (uses next 5 ch), dc in next 4 ch, 5 dc in next ch, dc in next 4 ch, dc5tog (uses next 5 ch), dc in next 12 ch, 5 dc in next ch, dc in next 4 ch, dc5tog (uses next 5 ch), dc in next 4 ch. Repeat from ** to last 9 ch. 5 dc in next ch, dc in next 8 ch.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Dc in 2nd dc, dc in next 8 dc, 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 4 dc, ** 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 12 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 4 dc, 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 12 dc, 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 4 dc. Repeat from ** to last 12 dc and turning chain. 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc.

Repeat row 2 until afghan is desired length. Finish off and weave in end.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

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