Friday, November 26, 2010

~ My blue bag ~

A very basic oval bag.

Materials:
- 4 1/2 oz. light blue worsted weight 4-ply acrylic
- 4 1/2 oz. variegated blues and brown bulky weight acrylic
- 1 pair light blue round purse handles
- L hook
- plastic canvas (for bottom liner)

Size:  approximately 13 1/2" x 8" x 3 1/2"

Notes:
- do not join rounds, mark 1st stitch with a stitch marker.
- I crochet tight so you may want to adjust the size of your hook.

Directions:
Note:  this is a dc example of how to work on the opposite side of chs.  The purse pattern is worked in sc's. 
Rnd 1:  With 1 strand light blue and 1 strand variegated held together, ch 28, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Sc in next 25 chs, 3 sc in last ch.  Working on opposite side of chs, sc in next 25 chs.

Rnd 2:  *2 sc in next 3 sc, sc in next 25 sc.  Repeat from * 1 more time.

Rnd 3:  *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) 3 times.  Sc in next 25 sc.  Repeat from * 1 more time.

Rnd 4:  *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) 3 times.  Sc in next 25 sc.  Repeat from * 1 more time.

Rnd 5:  *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) 3 times.  Sc in next 25 sc.  Repeat from * 1 more time.

Rnd 6:  Working the rnd in back loops, sc in each sc around.

Rnds 7 - 28:  Sc in each sc around.  At end of Rnd 28, join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

Using 1 strand light blue and 1 strand variegated and working from right to left, whipstitch in each sc of Rnd 28.


Center 1 round purse handle to each side and with 1 strand light blue and 1 strand variegated, sew each handle to each side. 

--tip:  I used small dots of hot glue to hold the handles down while I sewed them to the bag.

Cut 2 pieces of plastic canvas to fit inside bottom of bag.  Sew together and place in bag.

***Debi Y.'s idea***
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

~ Happy Thanksgiving ~

I am thankful for:

- my family (everyone - husband, children, grandsons, Mother, sisters, brother, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews, and all the in-laws)
- that after 29 years, my husband still loves me 
- my home
- Tex & Ladybug
- my part-time job
- my crochet
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

~ Ripples & Shells baby blanket ~


**This pattern was inspired by (and permission given by) Aggie May (Colleen) from Crochetville.**

**I have only worked this pattern up to the 21st round - it measures 26" x 34".**

**This baby blankie was crocheted with Red Heart's 'Peruvian Print' - it was crocheted for a boy.  As with any of your projects - you can choose any color that you would like.**

For this blankie I used:  12 ounces of 4-ply worsted weight yarn
             and a "J" hook
 
Notes:
 
v-st = dc, ch 2, dc
shell = 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc
 
Directions:
 
Rnd 1:  Ch 29, 4 dc in 4th ch from hook.  Dc in next 24 chs, 5 dc in next ch.  Now working on opposite side of ch, dc in next 24 chs.  Join with a sl st to top of ch 3.
 
Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st.  2 dc in each of next 4 dc.  Dc in next 24 dc.  2 dc in each of next 5 dc.  Dc in next 24 dc.  Join as before. 
 
Rnd 3:  Ch 5, dc in same st.  Skip next dc.  *v-st in next dc, skip next dc.  Repeat from * 3 more times.  *skip next dc, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat from * 11 more times.  (Skip next dc, v-st in next dc) 5 times.  (Skip next dc, 2 dc in next dc) 12 times.  Skip next dc, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5. 
 
Rnd 4:  Sl st into ch 2 space, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same space.  Shell in next 4 v-sts.  *skip next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat from * 5 more times.  Skip next 2 dc, shell in next 5 v-sts.  *skip next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat from * 5 more times.  Skip last 2 sts and join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.


 
Rnd 5:  Sl st into next dc, ch 3, shell in shell, dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc.  *Dc in next dc, shell in shell, dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from * 3 more times.  Ch 1, shell in next 6 shells.  Skip next 3 dc, ch 1.  *Dc in next dc, shell in shell, dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from * 4 more times.  Ch 1, join as before.
 
Rnd 6:  Sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, v-st in shell, dc in next 2 dc.  *Skip next 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc, v-st in shell, dc in next 2 dc.  Repeat from * 3 more times.  Ch 1, shell in next 6 shells.  Skip next 3 dc, ch 1, dc in next 2 dc, v-st in shell, dc in next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc, v-st in shell, dc in next 2 dc.  Repeat from * 3 more times.  Ch 1, skip next 3 dc, shell in next 6 shells.  Ch 1, join as before.
 
For the pattern:  repeat Rnd 5 three times and then Rnd 6 once increasing the number of dc along both sides of each ripple as necessary.
 
(The ripple points will be shell, shell, shell and then v-st)

***Debi Y's pattern***
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

~ the oval ripple placemat~


I think I've got this figured out - if you find any problems, please let me know. 

**This pattern was inspired by Aggie May (Colleen) from Crochetville.**

***I think that this oval ripple pattern is only good for a placemat. I've been thinking (and RoseRed from Crochetville made mention) that the middle should be a lot longer to be able to retain the oval shape for an afghan. I will come up with a longer oval ripple in the next couple of days and post it here. :)

--The pictured placemat is 10 rounds and approximately 15" x 12 1/2".

I used:  4-ply worsted weight yarn
            a "J" hook

Notes: 

v-st = dc, ch 2, dc
shell = 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc

Directions:

Rnd 1:  Ch 13, 4 dc in 4th ch from hook.  Dc in next 8 chs, 5 dc in next ch.  Now working on opposite side of ch, dc in next 8 chs.  Join with a sl st to top of ch 3.  (26 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st.  2 dc in each of next 4 dc.  Dc in next 8 dc.  2 dc in each of next 5 dc.  Dc in next 8 dc.  Join as before.  (36 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 5, dc in same st.  Skip next dc.  * v-st in next dc, skip next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5.  (18 v-sts)

Rnd 4:  Sl st into ch 2 space, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same space.  Shell in next 4 v-sts.  *Dc in next v-st ch 2 space, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, dc in next v-st ch 2 space.  Repeat from * 1 more time.  --these 2 groups are now called shells--  Shell in next 5 v-sts.  $Dc in next v-st ch 2 space, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, dc in next v-st ch 2 space.  Repeat from $ 1 more time.  --these 2 groups are now called shells--  Join with a sl st to top of ch 3.

Rnd 5:  Sl st in next dc, ch 3, shell in shell, dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc.  *Dc in next dc, shell in shell, dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 6:  Sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, v-st in shell, dc in next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc.  *Dc in next 2 dc, v-st in shell, dc in next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 7:  Sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, shell in v-st, dc in next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc.  *Dc in next 2 dc, shell in v-st, dc in next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Repeat Rnds 6 & 7 increasing 1 dc along both sides of each ripple each time you repeat Rnd 6.

***Debi Y's version***
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Monday, November 15, 2010

~ an oval ripple ~

**OK - scratch this - it's not working out right.  Sorry.**

A lady on Crochetville asked if there was an oval ripple pattern.  That got me thinking, so I got out my hook and yarn and got to work.  This is what I have so far:


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~ Mine too ~

The free pattern for today (Monday, Nov. 15th) on free-crochet.com is one of mine too.  My Mom still uses it every year.  :)

http://www.free-crochet.com/

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

~ doily blanky complete ~

I finished my doily blanky last night.  I crocheted it with Sensations Rainbow Classic - color is blue & white stripe - and I used a "J" hook.  It measures 24" across.  I think I'll give it to one of my great-nieces to use as a doll blanky. 

I got the pattern from glor's blog (thanks glor!):

http://glor-crochetgalore.blogspot.com/2010/11/birthday-doily-november-doily-of-month.html

It was a very easy pattern to follow.

 
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Friday, November 12, 2010

~ Thrift store finds ~

I really had a good trip to the thrift store.  I got these 2 giant mugs for plants and these 4 skeins of RHSS - all for just $10.00.  I just love it when I find good stuff.  :)
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

~ my kitchen garden ~

Large mugs, small plants and I've got a kitchen garden.  :)
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~ Another collar ~

I crocheted this 1/2 granny collar for Ladybug this morning.  She dirties up or loses her collars so I always need to crochet new ones.  That's OK - I don't mind.   :)
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~ Doily blanky ~

I visited glor's blog last night

http://glor-crochetgalore.blogspot.com/2010/11/birthday-doily-november-doily-of-month.html

and she has posted her November doily pattern.  It's a very pretty pattern and I immediately felt (sp ?) the need to start crocheting one.  I think this pattern will make a very nice blanky so I am using Sensations Rainbow Classic - color is blue-white stripe - and a J hook.  Thanks so much for sharing your pattern glor.  :)

Here's the beginning:


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Thursday, November 4, 2010

~ Michael's haul ~

Went into Michael's Tuesday afternoon while my husband went into Lowe's.  This is what I got.  3 skeins of yarn for my squircles and version 2 hexagons, 3 t-shirts to add fabric to, a new notebook to keep all the crochet ideas and a small container of black buttons.  Yay!  :)
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