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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:

There is also a tutorial video for this pattern.

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.

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, seam 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.

March 2013 Hospice Batch

6 February 2014

 
For March 2013 I sent six lap blankets with the batch of items for hospice.

These five are made with my own patterns:

asymmetric200This is made from some donated Lion Brand Homespun. The pattern is No Beginning Chain Asymmetric Shell.
blackblock200This was made with Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Boucle Multi. The pattern is No Beginning Chain Crazy Block Afghan.
lacyroundripple200This is made from Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Classic. The pattern is Lacy Round Ripple Blanket.
shellandwrapped200This blanket is made from Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Classic Pattern. The pattern is Shell and Wrapped Stitches Blanket.
strawberry200This is made from Yarn Bee Boucle Traditions. The pattern is No Beginning Chain Strawberry Lace Blanket.

mitered

This is a scrap lapghan I made from worsted weight scraps I’d saved. The pattern is Mitered Squares Afghan by Chris de Longpré but I laid the squares out square rather than on the bias.

Afghans for Afghans 2013

2 February 2014

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Afghans for Afghans provides hand knitted wool socks and hand knitted or crocheted wool mittens, hats and sweaters to children in Afghanistan. In January 2013, I donated two sets of mittens and two hats.

The blue mittens are made from handspun wool made by the friend of a friend. The green mittens are made from Patons North America Classic Wool Worsted. Both are made from the pattern Basic Pattern for Children’s Mittens.

I didn’t have the label from the orange yarn, but know it is 100% wool worsted weight. The brown yarn is Cascade Yarns Cascade 220. The had with the brown band is from the pattern Basic Ribbed Hat and the solid orange hat is from the pattern Simple Lines Baby Hats.

Warm Hands, Warm Hearts 2012

2 February 2014

 
During December 2012 the office in which my husband works had a drive to collect gloves, hats and scarves for Warm Hands, Warm Hearts.

climbing200-CopyThis yarn is Caron Simply Soft Heather. The pattern is Climbing Frame Hat.
grannyscarf200-CopyThis was made from a single skein of Red Heart Light & Lofty Multi that I had in my stash. The pattern is Quick Granny Check Scarf.
lacyscarf200-CopyI made this scarf and hat from some Red Heart Plush Solid in my stash. The scarf pattern is Quick Lacy Shell Scarf. The hat is just a simple roll brim knitted hat I made to use up the rest of the yarn.
quickshellscarf200This scarf is made from some Yarn Bee Topkapi I had in my stash. The pattern is Quick Shell Scarf.
stripescarf200I had these two skeins of Lion Brand Chenille Sensations in my stash and made this simple scarf. It is just double crochet and I used any last yarn for fringe.
twisted200This hat is made with Lion Brand Wool-Ease. The pattern is Cable With a Twist Hat.

crazyblockscarves - Copy

The scarf on the left is made of Bernat Boucle remnants I had in my stash. The one on the right is made of Jo-Ann Sensations Marvel. Both are with the pattern Quick Crazy Block Scarf.

scarves

These are all scarves I had made some time ago.

quickv

These are both made from single skeins of Lion Brand Jiffy. The pattern is Quick V-stitch Scarf.

telltale

This one is made from Lion Brand Jiffy Thick & Quick. The pattern is Tall Tale Scarf by Lion Brand Yarn.

December 2012 Hospice Batch

1 February 2014

 
For December 2012 I sent eight lap blankets with the batch of items for hospice.

These six are made with my own patterns:

chevron200This yarn is Knitting Fever King Tut, a mercerized cotton yarn. The pattern is Chevrons and Ladders Ripple Blanket.
crazy200This was a stash buster I made with all my remaining Knitting Fever King Tut. The pattern is Crazy Ripple Blanket.
egg200This is made from Joann Sensations Rainbow Boucle. The pattern is No Beginning Chain Egg Blanket.
filet200This blanket is made from Loops & Threads Impeccable™ Ombre. The pattern is Filet Blocks Ripple Blanket.
grannyripple200This is made from Joann Sensations Rainbow Boucle Patterns. The pattern is No Beginning Chain Granny Ripple Afghan.
shellstripe200I made this one with Red Heart Soft Yarn Solids & Heathers. The pattern is Shell and Stripe Ripple Afghan.

These two are made with other patterns:

nikirepose

The center of this is made with Lana Grossa Niki yarn that I traded with a fellow Ravelry stitcher in California. The pattern is Repose by Carole Prior from Leisure Arts #3137, Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans. The Niki blanket was smaller than I wanted, so I improvised a pattern similar to Repose as a border on all sides and added it with Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn.

reversibleshell

I had DK weight baby yarn in yellow and lavender in my stash. I used them double stranded to make Reversible Shell Baby Afghan 06-34089 from Lee Wards Complete Library of Needlecraft. I didn’t have enough lavender to make the blanket long enough, so I added top and bottom borders in the yellow in a single layer of shells.

October 2012 Hospice Batch

30 January 2014

 
Yes, that says 2012. I really am more than a year behind posting these. 2013 was a hard year for me, and I’m sincerely hopeful that things will be better in 2014.

For October 2012 I sent twelve lap blankets with the batch of items for hospice.

These eight are made with my own patterns:

DoubleV200This yarn is Knitting Fever King Tut, a mercerized cotton yarn. The pattern is Double V-stitch Ripple Blanket.
eyes200This was a stash buster I made in several Aran weight scraps. The pattern is The Blanket Has Eyes.
fanspansies200This also made from Knitting Fever King Tut. The pattern is Fans and Pansies Ripple Blanket.
spider200This also made from Knitting Fever King Tut. The pattern is Spider Lace Throw.
lacyshell200This is made from a discontinued yarn from my stash, Caron SnoSpun. The pattern is No Beginning Chain Lacy Shell Afghan.
nbcqs200I made this one with two stands of DK weight yarn. The pattern is No Beginning Chain Quick Shell Afghan.
shellvstitchroundripple200This blanket is made with Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! Dark Country Blue. The pattern is Shell and V-stitch Round Ripple Blanket.
WavySquares200This also made from Knitting Fever King Tut. The pattern is Wavy Squares Afghan.

These four are made with other patterns:

whiteshell

This one is made with two strands of Bernat Softee Baby. The pattern is #137 in the book The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs.

Heathers

I had a spool of discontinued Peaches & Creme in my stash and used it to make Crochet Heathers Throw by Melissa Leapman.

staggered

This one is made with two strands of Bernat Softee Baby. The pattern is #256 in the book The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs.

superquick

I used two stands of Knitting Fever King Tut to make this one. The pattern is Super Quick Throw by Marilyn Coleman.

June 2012 Hospice Batch

28 August 2012

As usual, I am really behind posting this. For June 2012 I sent two baby blankets and eleven lap blankets with the batch of items for hospice.

These two preemie blankets are made with donated Knitting Fever King Tut cotton yarn. They are my own patterns – King Charles Brocade and Little Checks.

These three lap blankets are from my own patterns. The first is made with Caron Simply Soft, Sunshine color. The pattern is Soft Clusters Ripple Afghan. The second is made with Bernat Soft Bouclé and the pattern is Lacy Check Ripple Afghan. The third is made with King Tut Knitting Fever and the pattern is Shell and Post Stitch Ripple Afghan.

These three are made from some yarn my aunt and uncle bought at a yard sale. There was no label, so I don’t know what it is. It felt like it was mostly acrylic. It had an ecru base with a variegated thread wrapped around it. The first is Lyn’s Round Ripple, the second is Delectable Shell Afghan, and the third is Climbing Shells.

These three are made with Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Bouclé. The two blue ones are my No Beginning Chain Crazy Block Afghan. The green one is based on the Asymmetrical Shell stitch pattern from Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet.

These are both made from King Tut Knitting Fever cotton yarn. The first is my Little Shell Ripple Afghan. The second is Speed Hook Shell Afghan.

March 2012 Hospice Batch

12 April 2012

I was very busy adding items to the March 2012 batch for my friend’s delivery to our local hospice. I contributed six lap blankets and nine preemie blankets. Other volunteers make baby hats, so I used coordinating yarn to make blankets to pair with them.

This first lap blanket is from some donated Jeanne salmon colored cotton yarn and some ecru cotton I had on hand. The pattern is Diamond Ripple by Anne Halliday in Leisure Arts #108214, Afghans for All Seasons, Book 2.

The second lap blanket is from Baby Bee Pitter Pattern yarn. I had started a baby blanket for my son, who is now nearly four, so he doesn’t need it. I finished it as a lap blanket. It is the standard feather and fan stitch.

The third lap blanket is yet another one of Lyn’s Round Ripple Blankets. It is just such a fun and easy pattern.

These three lap blankets are from my own patterns: Lacy V-stitch Ripple Afghan, Jacob’s Ladder Ripple Afghan and Shell and V-stitch Ripple Afghan.

These are three little square preemie blankets made from donated King Tut cotton. The first two are patterns I have posted: Tiffany Lace Baby Blanket and Fan Lace Baby Blanket. The third is an original design in Tunisian crochet. I haven’t gotten brave enough to write up the pattern and post it. I have never written down a Tunisian crochet pattern.

These three preemie blankets (also in the cotton King Tut) are crochet, original designs I have posted: Ribbed Ripple Reversible Afghan, Ribbons and Lace Afghan and Eyelet Ripple Afghan.

These three preemie blankets (also in the cotton King Tut) are knit, original designs I have posted: Simple Lines Baby Blankets and Wrapped Stitches Baby Blanket.

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