Thursday, March 21, 2013

Interweave Crochet 2013



I was delighted to receive the digital edition of Interweave Crochet Spring 2013 in my Zinio library! This issue is full of lovely designs that I could see myself wearing. I have yet to pick one to actually work on. The motif top on the cover is one of my favorites, though its a big project... I'll most probably be able to make a jewelry piece or use the patterns for inspiration.
These are just some of the lovely projects I wish I could make:


On another note, my Lauren sweater (2012) design was shown again in the Crochet Me blog in the topic of crochet ribbing. I just would like to mention that the ribbing I used was half-double crochet ribbing and not single crochet ribbing. The uses of hdc ribbing are much the same as sc ribbing (though in this design the sc cannot substitute for the hdc). For practice, just use hdc in place of the sc in the instructions provided in the post :)



Sunday, March 10, 2013

Going Around in Circles Scarf - free crochet pattern


Are you looking for projects made from just one ball of thread? Here's one you might like to make for yourself or for gifts. Made from cotton thread, this is a stylish and lightweight scarf. It is fairly easy to make since the circles are crocheted continuously in a row. The subsequent rows are joined together as-you-go.

Going Around in Circles Scarf



Going Around in Circles Scarf

by Mimi Alelis 

Materials
Crochet thread size 10 (model made with Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Cotton size 10, 350 yds, 1 ball)
Crochet hook size 2.5mm (4/0)
Finished size: approximately 60 x 3.5 inches

Notes
Ch 3 counts as dc. There are 16 dcs in each circle. Circles are crocheted continuously in a row. Join new row on wrong side of previous row, so that rows will be alternate right and wrong side of dcs.
Circles tend to curl up, but will be flat when blocked. 

First row of circles
Rnd 1: Ch 7, 7 dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st on the first ch of this round, 7 dc in the same ch as the first 7 dc, sl st on top of beg ch 3. (1st circle made)
Rnd 2: Ch 7, 7 dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st on the first ch of this rnd, turn the working end of the thread halfway around from right to left (or counterclockwise), then continue crocheting the other half of this round - 7 dc in the same ch as the first 7 dc, sl st on top of beg ch 3.
Rnds 3 to 64: repeat rnd 2. Fasten off at the end of last rnd.

Second row of circles
Rnd 1: Ch 7, 7 dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st on the first ch of this rnd, 3 dc in same ch as the 7 dc , attach to the previous row by sl st on the 4th dc on the opposite side of adjacent circle, then finish this rnd with 4 dc on the same ch, sl st on top of beg ch 3.
Rnd 2: Ch 7, 7 dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st on the first ch of this rnd, turn the working end of the thread halfway around from right to left (or counterclockwise), then continue crocheting the other half of this round - 3 dc in same ch as the 7 dc, attach to the previous row by sl st on the 4th dc on the opposite side of adjacent circle, then finish this rnd with 4 dc on the same ch, sl st on top of beg ch 3.
Rnds 3 to 64: repeat rnd 2. Fasten off at the end of last rnd.

Third and subsequent rows
Repeat second row, for a total of 5 rows.

Finishing
Weave in ends. Wet-block the finished scarf, and iron on medium heat.