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!!!

Bonus: For my blog readers only, take 50% off your purchase of two or more patterns from my Ravelry shop this month only!  Use code LLSBlog816 at checkout!

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Love Knot Lattice Bags and Thank You!

First of all, thank you all who joined us for the 3000 FANtastic Fun Week celebration.  We had a lot of fun giveaways and freebies, and over 1000 new fans joined us.  It was truly a wonderful week of getting to mingle with the LLS community.  <3

This time of year starts my busier design time, and, if I get everything done that I'm planning, it will definitely mean a great many new designs for you!

Today, I've released the Love Knot Lattice Bags pattern on Ravelry and Craftsy.  These bags turned out so much better than I even imagined.  They have so many great uses, too!  Market bags, beach bags, totes, gift bags, hostess gifts, Secret Santa gifts...just about anything you would use a disposable bag for, you could use a crocheted market bag.  The Love Knot Lattice Bags hold a TON!  The lattice design is created in a unique way that allows for a lot of stretch.  Just look at the photos below, and you'll see what I mean.  The large round bag measures 14" tall x 9" diameter when at rest.  I was able to fit a 10lb bag of potatoes in it.  Pictured here, it has a large bunch of bananas, a whole pineapple, three apples, two pears, two lemons, an orange, and a pomegranate, and there is still a good 1/3 of the bag left to fill.

In addition to the Large Round, there is also a Small Round bag (12" x 6.5") and an Oblong bag (12" x 9" x 5") included in the pattern.  These bags work up super quick, and have so many uses! 

If you sell things at craft fairs, these are sure to be a huge hit with your customers.  So many grocery chains are starting to charge for their disposable grocery bags that it just makes more sense to buy reuseable bags to save money in the long run.

Whether you sell them or gift them, do yourself a favor and make at least one set for yourself.  You're sure to find yourself using them for everything!



(c) 2015 Sarah Smith of Frankenstitch
(c) 2015 Kayla Hemingway of Hooks & Twists