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Determined to be Spring Minded

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I can’t believe Monday and Tuesday have both come and gone already! We’re nearing moving day and it seems like every day as I’m checking things off of the to do list, more pop up or hours disappear on tasks that I thought would only take minutes.

5 more days…

I’m still making time for some crocheting even if I haven’t posted in a couple of days. It’s been cold and dreary, so in order to cheer myself up I’m making a variety of spring things for my new stitch markers! I’m tired of the grey, so I’m going to focus on these cute, bright reminders that warmth is on the way. They’re a nice small project I can sit and complete while I’m getting things done around the house. I’m averaging one a day, so I only have two so far. I really dig them! Hopefully as my pace picks up and more items drop off the move list, I’ll be able to complete a couple a day.IMG_20150325_142713

I’ve made a few stitch markers in the past, but I haven’t been entirely satisfied with them and it’s usually because of whatever it was I made to hang. I do love the lobster claws as opposed to the open hooks though. They attach easily with one hand, don’t fall off, don’t get caught on my yarn while I’m working… really efficient. I’ll keep y’all posted as I make more. I’d like to complete a set of 10. I think that’s a manageable goal for me right now.

I also think that’s where my focus is this week. Making manageable goals to not let my creative habits slide to make room for my obligations.

I’m determined to be productive and celebrate my creativity!

I can totally get all of the things done… you just wait.

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See You Next Year, St. Pat

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Another St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone.20150318_143359_Richtone(HDR)-1

It’s funny. Five years ago I never would have thought that I’d be out on St. Patrick’s sitting in a quiet(ish) booth with my husband planning closet space, playing trivia… and having the time of my life! Twelve days to go.

Anyway. I’ve recently discovered the pleasure that are granny squares. Since I started crocheting regularly again, I’ve been so focused on crocheting things I could either wear or make use of, that I haven’t really played. Just played! With different stitches, different yarn weights, patterns, textures… I should have done this AGES ago!

I think this one for St. Pat’s came out pretty good. So if anyone wants to play along or make suggestions or share alterations they made, here is how I did it.

I used standard worsted weight yarn in Dark Green, Light Green, White, and Gold and my handy H-8/5 mm hook.

Stitches/techniques used:

Magic Ring

CH = chain

SL = slip stitch

SC = single crochet

HDC = half double crochet

DC = double crochet

TR = treble crochet

PS = puff stitch

CS = cluster stitch

Row 1 (Dark Green): Turn a magic ring and SC 12 around, pull closed, SL to join

Row 2 (Dark Green): CH 3, DC in first SC and in each one after that, SL to join with the CH 3, tie off and change colors

Row 3 (Light Green): SL through center, *CH 7, skip 3 posts and SL through center,* repeat *-* x 3, SL to join to first loop (4 loops), tie off and change colors

Row 4 (Dark Green): SL around loop from Row 3 leaving a long tail; approx 2 inches,IMG_20150317_115829 *HDC x 2 around loop, DC x 2, TR x 2, DC x1, HDC x 1, TR x 2, DC x 2, HDC x 2,* HDC around next loop and repeat *-*, continue like this around each following loop, SL to join to initial loop, SC around the tail from the beginning of the row, continue to SC down the tail until about 1/2″ from the end, attach the end back on itself to create a small loop

20150317_124456_Richtone(HDR)Row 5 (Light Green): SL in space between DCs from Row 2 to start the next row, *CH 2, CS in each of the next 3 spaces,* repeat *-* x 3, CH 2, SL to first CH 2 to join, tie off and change colors

Row 6 (White): SL in corner space, CH 2, CS in same space using the CH 2 as first part of the stitch, *CS in each of the next 2 spaces,CS – CH 2 – CS in corner space,* repeat *-* x 2, CS in next 2 spaces, CS – CH 2 in final space, SL to join to CH 2, tie off and change colors

Row 7 (Gold): SL in corner space, CH 2, CS in same space using the CH 2 as first part of the stitch, *DC x 4 in next space, HDC x 4 in next, DC x 4 in final space for that side, CS – CH 2 – CS in corner space,* repeat x 2, DC x 4, HDC x 4, DC x 4, CS – CH 2 in final space, SL to join to CH 2, tie off and change colors

Row 8 (White): SL in corner space, CH 2, CS is same space using the CH 2 as first part of the stitch, CH 2, *(PS, CH 2,) repeat (-) x 3, CS – CH 2 – CS, CH 2,* repeat *-* x 2, repeat (-) x 4, CS in final space, CH 2, SL to join, tie off and change colors

I’m not planning on turning this square into an afghan, so I trimmed my square as follows…

Row 9 (Dark Green): SL in corner space, CH 1, SC in the stitch above the CS from Row 8, (HDC x 5 in 1st space, SC in stitch above Row 8 PS, *HDC x 6 in next space, SC above Row 8 PS,* repeat *-* x 2, HDC x 5, SC above Row 8 CS, HDC x 7 in corner, SC in Row 8 CS,) repeat (-) x 3, SL to join, tie off!

Please share a photo if y’all try it out. I’m still learning to write patterns, so I would love the feedback!

Go! Have fun, play, explore.

It’s my party and I’ll yarn if I want to (Part 2)

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In yesterday’s post we started the latest version of  my crochet hook/knitting needle case (I really need to find a shorter name for this)! Yesterday I left y’all the pattern for the wrap part of the case. Today we wrap it up with the pocket, pocket flap, and optional extra page! (didja see what I did there?)

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Notice the slits in the pocket. I use those for easy access for things like sheets of sewing needles, buttons, tape measure, and my small sewing scissors. This way you can load the pocket up with all of your various stuff and not have to unload it to access the stuff at the bottom. The pattern is based on this older pattern I found on Pinterest, so I can’t take credit for all of it. Just the modifications I’ve made. Check out the post from yesterday to see the list of changes I made!

Stitches used:

CH – chain

SC – single crochet

HDC – half double crochet


Pocket

CH 19

Row 1: SC in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each CH across, CH 1, turn (18 SC)

Rows 2-5: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn

Row 6: SC in next 4 stitches, CH 4, skip 4 stitches, SC in the remaining, CH 1, turn

Row 7: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn

Note: when crocheting through the chains, insert hook under the top two  and over the bottom one. this gives a nice clean edge to your openings.

Rows 8 & 9: SC in each stitch, CH 1, turn

Rows 10-12: Repeat rows 6-8

Row 13: SC in the first 2 stitches, CH 9, skip 9 stitches, SC in the remaining, CH 1, turn

Rows 14-18: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn

Row 19: SC in the next 16 stitches, CH 1, turn

Row 20: In back loops only, SC in the next 14 stitches, CH 1, turn

Rows 21 & 22: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn; tie off after Row 22.

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Pocket Flap

CH 15

Row 1: SC in the 2nd chain from hook and each chain across, CH 1, turn

Rows 2-6: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn (14 SC)

Row 7: SC in the first 5 stitches, CH 4, skip 4 stitches, SC in the remaining 5 stitches, CH 1, turn

Row 8: HDC in 2nd stitch skipping the first, SC in the next 12, CH 1, turn (decrease by 1, 13 stitches)

Row 9: HDC in 2nd stitch from hook as before, SC in the next 11, CH 1, turn (decrease by 1, 12 stitches)

Row 10: HDC in 2nd stitch from hook, SC in the next 10, CH 1, turn

Row 11: HDC in 2nd stitch, SC in the next 9, tie off.


Extra Page

Again this is optional. My case doesn’t have an extra page and it works just fine for me because I only crochet. What’s nice is the extra page has loops in both sides for hooks and needles!

CH 15

Row 1: SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and in each CH across, CH 1, turn

Rows 2 & 3: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn

Row 4: SC 1, SC in the back loop only for the next 11 SC, SC in last 2, CH 1, turn

Row 5: SC 2, SC in back loops only for the next 11 SC, SC in the last stitch, CH 1, turn

Rows 6 & 7: Repeat Rows 2 & 3

Rows 8-31: Repeat Rows 4-7

Row 32: SC in each stitch across, tie off

20150221_03Additional Notes:

I used buttons that were about 1″ in diameter.

The cord to wrap around the case was attached after the button was sewn on. I knotted 4 pieces of yarn on the inside, brought 2 pieces around each side of the button, and tied it to make sure it was secure. I then worked a fishtail braid for the rest. I think that’s stronger than a normal 3 piece braid.

Let me know what y’all think! I love seeing what others come up with.

As always, leave me comments and recommendations.

I’ll see ya soon with more projects!