Friday, May 5, 2017

Crochet Charity Toy Drive - Square Bear Luvie FREE Pattern

Have you been following along with the Crochet Charity Drive Forum group on Facebook?  If you have, you now have a ton of patterns at your disposal to make and donate to the charities of your choice.  If you are just tuning in and haven't heard of Crochet Charity Drive, you can hop over to the group on Facebook and see all that you've missed.  A big THANK YOU to Sonya over at Blackstone Designs for organizing these events.

The last event was a Crochet Charity Scarf Drive, and I designed this Partially Plush Scarf to make and donate to the homeless community in our area.  You can read more about that in the blog post here.

Right now, the Crochet Charity Drive is focused on toys.  There have been toys of all kinds designed specifically for this event, and there are just a couple weeks left of this event, so be sure to join the group so you don't miss out!  The next design headed your way will be from Sincerely, Pam.  You'll find it on her blog next Friday.  I can't wait to see what she comes up with!  And, did you see this SUPER cute Stuffed Crust Pizza Amigurumi (in Pepperoni and Veggi versions, of course!) from Amber at Devine Debris???

This week, I've got a super soft luvie for you made out of plush blanket yarn.  Square Bear works up super quick (thank you super bulky Bernat Blanket Yarn), so you'll be able to easily work up several over the weekend and deliver them to the charity of your choice.  These would be great for the pediatric unit of your local hospital or your local nursing home.

You can purchase a PDF version of the pattern for $1.00 on Ravelry or follow along below.  Below is just the luvie using Blanket yarn.  The PDF also includes instructions for using any yarn you choose as well as making a playmat/blanket version of the Square Bear.

Before we get to the pattern, let's take care of a little housekeeping.  ***This pattern and the photos within it are property of Little Luvies Shop.  Do not copy or share any portion of the pattern.  If you'd like to share this pattern, please share the link to this blog post or the link to the Ravelry pattern.***  There...now that we have that out of the way, let's get to the good stuff.  :)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Crochet Charity Drive - Partially Plush Scarf Pattern

A couple months ago, I was approached by Sonya of Blackstone Designs about participating in the Crochet Charity Drive this year.  While I don't get to donate nearly as much as I'd like, I do what I can when I can.  Being able to contribute a design for others to make and donate is such a privilege.  Just a week or so before Sonya spoke to me about this opportunity, I'd discovered a local charity called Scarves in the Park that I was VERY interested in helping out.  So, the fact that this year's drive theme is scarves is awesome!

The Crochet Charity Drive is a yearly event hosted by Blackstone Designs.  Each year, the theme is different, but the purpose is the same...  Every week or so, a different designer donates a design for free to be used for charity donations.  You can follow all of the designs in the Crochet Charity Drive Forum over on Facebook.  Last week, Julie of Gleeful Things contributed the Amethyst Scarf.  Next week, Amber of Devine Debris will bring us the next design, and I can't wait to see what it will be!  All of the designs this far has been pretty great, and I'm sure hers will be as well.  This week, I bring you the Partially Plush Scarf.  The design is free here on the blog, but a printable, ad free, PDF version can be purchased on Ravelry for $1.00 if you'd like to have it in your library there.

Scarves in the Park is a charity that gathers essential items year round to donate to the rather large homeless population in the Wichita, KS area once a month.  Scarves, toiletries, reusable water bottles, socks, blankets, snacks, etc.  The type of items they collect, of course, varies with the season, but it all started with collecting scarves to keep them warm in the cold winter weather.

Tested by Lisa English, Love Knots
With keeping their charity in mind when I was planning my design, I knew I wanted whatever I donated to have multiple purposes so it could be used year round.  It needed to be warm to help protect them against the cold, and it needed to be able to be used as something else so they would find it useful in every season.  My fear was that, in order to lighten their load, they would get rid of a traditional scarf once the weather warmed enough.  I figured, if I could make it thick enough, it could be folded and used as a pillow when it wasn't used as a scarf.  Making it completely out of plush, blanket yarn would have made it too bulky once it was folded.  So, I decided to make it half super bulky and half worsted weight yarn, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

Tested by Kelly Corn, Kelly's Craft Spot
The Partially Plush Scarf, as written, is more of a Super Scarf measuring 8 inches wide by 6 feet long.  Do not let that overwhelm you!  It does work up pretty quickly for being so massive, thanks to the plush super bulky yarn used on the first half.  But, if you'd rather make it in just one fiber or do not want it as wide or as long, there are instructions at the end of the pattern for making modifications to the original design.

So, let's get started! Be sure to read all the way to the end for a special discount!


Partially Plush Scarf

by Jennifer Prekopa, Little Luvies Shop
(c) 2016

What you will need:

  • 2 balls Super Bulky Polyester Chenille Yarn, 3.5 oz ea (I used Premier Yarns Issac Mizrahi Craft Yarn, OZ: Ruby Slipper (CA) and Munchkin (CB); Bernat Blanket Yarn would be a good substitute.)
  • 3 balls Worsted Weight (WW) Acrylic or Wool yarn, 4.5oz ea (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn: White (CC), Lippy (CD), and Amethyst (CE); Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn or Red Heart With Love would be a good substitute.)
  • M13/9.00mm hook (for chenille yarn)
  • H8/5.00mm hook (for WW yarn)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape (for custom sizes)
  • Yarn needle with large enough eye for the Chenille yarn

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
cl – cluster: in the same stitch, [yo, insert hook in st and pull up loop, yo, draw through two loops on hook] 3 times, yo, draw through all four loops on hook (the ch 1 worked after the clusters is not part of the cluster)
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
sp(s) – space(s)

Pattern:

Foundation: with M hook and Chenille yarn CA, ch 20
R1: beginning in the fourth ch from hook, *[cl, ch 1] in next ch, sk next ch*, repeat from * to * across until two ch remain, cl in last ch, change to CB, turn (9 cl)
R2: ch 1, sc in each cl and ch1 sp across working last sc in sp between last cluster and ch 3, turn (18 sc)
R3: ch 3, sk first sc, *[cl, ch 1] in next st, sk next st*, repeat from * to * across until two sts remain, cl in last st of row, change color, turn (9 cl) Note: when changing colors, the Chenille yarn alternates CA and CB; the WW yarn is CE, CC, CD, CC.
Repeat R2 and R3 25 times (approx. 3’), change to H hook and WW yarn CE in the last step of the last cl of the row, fasten off Chenille yarn, turn
R4: ch 1, sc 2 in first cl, *sc in next ch1 sp, sc 2 in next cl* repeat from * to * across, sc in sp between last cl and ch3, sc in top of ch3, turn (28 sc)
R5: repeat R3 (14 cl)
Repeat R2 and R3 35 times, or until your WW side measures the same as the chenille side, change to CC,

Trim:

Rotate work 90° to work down the size edge of your work.  Note: Be sure to work around your carried yarn and work in the side of the actual stitch of first side edge.  Work in ch3 sp on second side edge.
R1: working down the side edge, sc 2 in last cl worked (half of first corner), sc 1 in end of each sc row of WW and Chenille yarn, sc 2 in end of each cl row of WW yarn and sc 3 in end of each cl row of Chenille yarn, sc 4 in first st of foundation (first three count as second corner); working across foundation edge, sc 1 in each ch1 sp between cl sts, sc 2 in each foundation st each cl was worked in, sc 5 in ch3 sp (first three count as third corner); working up side edge, sc 1 in end of each sc row of Chenille and WW yarn, sc 3 in end of each cl row of Chenille yarn and sc 2 in end of each cl row of WW yarn, sc 4 in ch3 sp (last three count as fourth corner), sc in each cl and ch1 sp across, sc 1 in same cl as first two sc of round (completes first corner), join with sl st to first and second sc of round
R2: ch 1, *sc 1 in third st of corner, sc in each st across to next corner, sc in first st of corner, sc 3 in second st of corner*, repeat from * to * around, join to first st of round, fasten off, weave in all loose ends

To make your scarf with different yarn and hook choices or to different measurements, your foundation row should be an even number of stitches worked to your desired finished width measurement (ex: you want your finished scarf to be 6” wide, work and even number of chains until your chain measures 6 inches).  Follow the instructions in R1-R3 and repeat until your work is the same as your desired length, work trim R1 evenly around your work, work trim R2 as written.


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Tested by Noelle Christensen
Tested by Denise Grimm

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

An Update, BOTS R10 Winners, and an eBook Giveaway

I've contributed to several rounds of Battle of the Stitches, but I've only been a challenger in Round 1 and in Round 10 that just ended.  Round 10 came after a long break from crochet while enjoying Kindergarten with my daughter as Room Mom and summer busyness.

My last post, in October, introduced the Love Knot Lattice bags to you.  Since then, I've released four additional patterns.  Plaid-ish Stocking is a super fun and trendy Christmas stocking.  It has the look of plaid without being actual plaid.  The pattern includes two sizes...stocking and socking lengths.

The



Next came the Autumn in Bloom Poncho Set.  This set includes a poncho and an ear warmer with an oversized bow.  What girl doesn't love a big bow???  It can be made in any size, infant to adult, using just a few simple measurements.


After the poncho set, my daughter had a special request.  They were having hat day at school the week before Halloween, and she wanted a pumpkin hat, with leaves and flower.  And, since she does the majority of my modeling without payment, I don't mind being commissioned by her.  Besides...the hugs and kisses as payment are totally worth it!  :)  If you've ever looked around the internet for crochet pumpkin hats, there is no shortage.  Everyone has their own version.  And, while she would have been completely happy with any of them, I decided to design my own.  And, as a result, the Emilee's Fall Favorite was created.  It is a convertible cowl and hat style hat.  It includes the pattern for the ruffled leaf and pumpkin blossom.  White it looks cute in pumpkin colors, it definitely works in any color you choose.  It can be made in any size and works up super quick!


The last design of last year was the Cuddle Up Cardi.  This is still one of my daughter's favorite pieces to wear.  It can be made as a vest or a long sleeve cardigan, and features a shaw colar.  It's perfect for those days when you just need an extra layer.  This would make a great sweater to keep at the office for those days the AC is working a little too well for your liking (or if the heat isn't working well enough, maybe) or to cuddle up in while out running errands.

Battle of the Stitches came at just the right time.Wearable Waves in Autumn, and the stitch was the ripple lace stitch.  After the theme was revealed, I knew what I wanted to make.  Then came the stitch, and it was a matter of making it work for what I had in mind.  It took some working the stitch repeats a little different than it is in the stitch tutorial linked above, but it worked, and I am in love with the result.





 Wrapped in Waves is a triangle wrap that can be worn as a shawl style wrap, a triangle scarf, at wrap around the waste, or as a head scarf.  it turned out better than I could have hoped for, and, it was voted the Fans' Favorite design for the round!  <3  The ebook for round 10 is full of wonderful designs.  Knowing that the wonderful fans like you voted for the one I created as their favorite was such an honor!

I was ready to get back into designing, but needed a place to start.  BOTS was the perfect thing.  I had a theme to focus on, and the stitch was chosen for me, so no worries there.  Plus, there are strict deadlines that have to be met, so I couldn't slack off even if I wanted to.  The theme was

As a challenger of Battle of the Stitches, I have been given a copy of the eBook for round 10 to give away to my wonderful fans.  In addition to the ebook, I'm giving away five copies of the Wrapped in Waves individual pattern (to be sent when it is released on August 15).  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.  Share the post with your friends and give them the chance to enter, also!  The winners will be drawn on August 7, 2016.  Good luck!!!

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