Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Crochet Along



Hi everyone! I found this crochet along and I thought I would share. The pattern that was chosen was a cute infinity cowl which looks like a fun, quick project. This week she is posting how to tutorials for those just learning to crochet. I believe it is next week when she will start with the actual project.  I plan on participating so when I finish I will post a picture. Anyways go check it out!


Friday, February 1, 2013

Cute Free Crochet Pattern!

I am trying to work on a cute free crochet pattern to offer on my blog. I was hoping to get it posted before Valentine's day but I am not sure that will happen. I have never written a pattern, for someone other than myself, so it is all new to me. Anyways, Leisure Arts offers a FREE pattern friday newsletter that anyone can sign up for. I thought this weeks pattern was really cute and that I would share it.

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**This is not my pattern but a free pattern from Leisure Arts! I am not claiming the pattern as my own pattern just wanted to share it with others!

Sweetheart Panda designs by Carolyn Pfeifer


Finished Size: Approximately 14" tall (seated)

MATERIALS
Worsted Weight Yarn, approximately:
White - 6 ounces, (170 grams, 340 yards)
Black - 3½  ounces, (100 grams, 200 yards)
Crochet hook, size G (4.00 mm) or size needed for gauge
Polyester stuffing
Yarn needle
5/8" Buttons for eyes - 2
Sewing needle and thread
Red felt
White embroidery floss - 2 yards 
Tapestry needle
13/8Ribbon - 1 yard

GAUGE: 8 sc and 8 rows = 2"

HEAD
FRONT
With White, ch 7 loosely

Rnd 1 (Right side)3 Sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 4 chs, 3 sc in last ch; working in free loops of beginning ch (Fig. 2), sc in next 4 chs; do not join, place marker (see Markers): 14 sc.

Note: Loop a short piece of yarn around any stitch to mark last round as right side.

Rnd 2: (2 Sc in each of next 2 sc, sc in next 5 sc) twice: 18 sc.

Rnd 3: (2 Sc in each of next 3 sc, sc in next 6 sc) twice: 24 sc.
Rnd 4:  (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next sc) 3 times, sc in next 6 sc; repeat from  once more: 30 sc.
Rnd 5: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) around: 36 sc.

Rnd 6: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) around: 42 sc.

Rnd 7: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc) around: 48 sc.

Rnd 8: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc) around: 54 sc.

Rnd 9: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) around: 60 sc.

Rnd 10: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc) around: 66 sc.

Rnd 11: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc) around: 72 sc.

Rnd 12: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 11 sc) around: 78 sc.

Rnd 13: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 14: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 12 sc) around: 84 sc.

Rnds 15-17: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 18: (Decrease, sc in next 12 sc) around (see Decreases): 78 sc.

Rnd 19: (Decrease, sc in next 11 sc) around: 72 sc.

Rnd 20: (Decrease, sc in next 10 sc) around: 66 sc.

Rnd 21: (Decrease, sc in next 9 sc) around; slip st in next sc,  finish off: 60 sc.

BACK
Rnd 1 (Right side)With White, ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook; do not join, place marker.

Note: Mark last round as right side.

Rnds 2 and 3: 2 Sc in each sc around: 24 sc.

Rnd 4: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) around: 30 sc.

Rnd 5: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) around: 36 sc.

Rnd 6: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) around: 42 sc.

Rnd 7: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc) around: 48 sc.

Rnd 8: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc) around: 54 sc.

Rnd 9: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) around: 60 sc.

Rnd 10: Sc in each sc around; slip st in next sc,  finish off leaving a long end for sewing.

Sew Front and Back of Head together stuffing firmly before closing.

MUZZLE
With White, ch 5 loosely.

Rnd 1 (Right side)4 Sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs, 4 sc in last ch; working in free loops of beginning ch, sc in next 2 chs; do not join, place marker: 12 sc.

Rnd 2: (2 Sc in each of next 3 sc, sc in next 3 sc) twice: 18 sc.

Rnd 3:  (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next sc) 3 times, sc in next 3 sc; repeat from  once more: 24 sc.

Rnd 4: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) around: 30 sc.

Rnd 5: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) around: 36 sc.

Rnd 6: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 7: Sc in next sc, (decrease, sc in next 3 sc) around; slip st in next sc, finish off leaving a long end for sewing.

Using photo as a guide for placement, sew Muzzle to Head Front stuffing firmly before closing.

EYE PATCH (Make 2)
With Black, ch 7 loosely.

Rnd 1 (Right side)3 Sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 4 chs, 3 sc in last ch; working in free loops of beginning ch, sc in next 4 chs; do not join, place marker: 14 sc.

Note: Mark last round as right side.

Rnd 2: (2 Sc in each of next 2 sc, sc in next 5 sc) twice: 18 sc.

Rnd 3: (2 Sc in each of next 3 sc, sc in next 6 sc) twice; slip st in next sc, finish off leaving a long end for sewing.

Using photo as a guide for placement, sew Eye Patches to Head Front.

EAR (Make 2)
FRONT
Row 1 (Right side)With Black, ch 2, 4 sc in second ch from hook.

Note: Mark last row as right side and bottom edge.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn; 2 sc in first sc, hdc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 6 sts.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn; 2 sc in each st across: 12 sc.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn; 2 sc in first sc, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) twice, hdc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) twice: 18 sts.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn; sc in first 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, hdc in next 2 sc, dc in next 2 hdc, hdc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last 5 sc: 20 sts.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn; sc in first 6 sc, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in last 6 sc.

Row 7: Ch 1, turn; sc in first 6 sc, (2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts) twice; finish off: 22 sc.

BACK
Work same as Front, leaving a long end for sewing.

With wrong sides together and markers at same edge, sew Front and Back of each Ear together.

Using photo as a guide for placement, sew Ears to Head.

BODY
TOP
With White, ch 21 loosely; being careful not to twist ch, join with slip st to form a ring.

Rnd 1 (Right side)Ch 1, sc in each ch around; do not join, place marker: 21 sc.

Note: Mark last round as right side.

Rnd 2: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) around: 28 sc.

Rnd 3: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) around: 35 sc.

Rnd 4: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) around: 42 sc.

Rnd 5: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) around: 49 sc.

Rnd 6: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc) around: 56 sc.

Rnd 7: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc) around: 63 sc.

Rnd 8: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) around: 70 sc.

Rnd 9: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 10: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc) around: 80 sc.

Rnds 11 and 12: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 13: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc) around: 90 sc.

Rnds 14-17: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 18: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) around: 100 sc.

Rnds 19-30: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 31: (Decrease, sc in next 8 sc) around; slip st in next sc, 
finish off: 90 sc.

BOTTOM
Rnd 1 (Right side)With White, ch 2, 7 sc in second ch from hook; do not join, place marker.

Note: Mark last round as right side.

Rnd 2: 2 Sc in each sc around: 14 sc.

Rnd 3: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around: 21 sc.

Rnd 4: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) around: 28 sc.

Rnd 5: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) around: 35 sc.

Rnd 6: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) around: 42 sc.

Rnd 7: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) around: 49 sc.

Rnd 8: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc) around: 56 sc.

Rnd 9: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc) around: 63 sc.

Rnd 10: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) around: 70 sc.

Rnd 11: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc) around: 77 sc.

Rnds 12 and 13: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 14: 2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) around; slip st in next sc, finish off leaving a long end for sewing: 90 sc.

Sew Bottom and Top of Body together stuffing firmly before closing.

Using photo as a guide for placement, sew Head to Body.

ARM (Make 2)
Rnd 1 (Right side)With Black, ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook; do not join, place marker.

Rnd 2: 2 Sc in each sc around: 12 sc.

Rnd 3: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around: 18 sc.

Rnd 4: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) around: 24 sc.

Rnd 5: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) around: 30 sc.

Rnds 6-15: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 16: (Decrease, sc in next 8 sc) around: 27 sc.

Rnd 17: (Decrease, sc in next 7 sc) around: 24 sc.

Rnd 18: (Decrease, sc in next 6 sc) around: 21 sc.

Rnd 19: (Decrease, sc in next 5 sc) around: 18 sc.

Rnd 20: (Decrease, sc in next 4 sc) around: 15 sc.

Rnd 21: (Decrease, sc in next 3 sc) around: 12 sc.

Rnds 22 and 23: Sc in each sc around; at end of Rnd 23, slip st in next sc, finish off leaving a long end for sewing.

Using photo as a guide for placement, stuff Arms firmly and sew to Body.

LEG (Make 2)
Rnd 1 (Right side)With Black, ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook; do not join, place marker.

Rnd 2: 2 Sc in each sc around: 12 sc.

Rnd 3: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around: 18 sc.

Rnd 4: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) around: 24 sc.

Rnd 5: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) around: 30 sc.

Rnd 6: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) around: 36 sc.

Rnds 7-10: Sc in each sc around.

Rnds 11-18: Hdc in next 12 sts, sc in next 24 sc.

Rnd 19: (Decrease, sc in next 4 sts) around; slip st in next sc, finish off leaving a long end for sewing.

Using photo as a guide for placement, stuff Legs firmly and sew to Body.

FINISHING
Using photo as a guide for placement:

Sew eyes to Head.

With Black, work satin stitch for nose (Fig. 3) and straight stitch for mouth (Fig. 4).
Trace heart pattern and cut two hearts from felt. Place one heart at the bottom of each foot and work blanket stitch around each heart as follows: Thread tapestry needle with four strands of embroidery floss; knot one end of floss. Bring needle up at 1, even with edge of heart. Go down into heart at 2 and come up at 3, keeping floss below point of needle (Fig. 1a). Continue to stitch in this manner around entire heart, keeping stitches even (Fig. 1b). Stitches should be approximately ¼" long and ¼" apart.

Fig. 1a


Fig. 1b


Tie ribbon in a bow around neck.
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
ABBREVIATIONS

ch(s)            chain(s)
dc                double crochet(s)
hdc              half double crochet(s)
mm             millimeters
Rnd(s)        Round(s)
sc                 single crochet(s)
st(s)             stitch(es)
YO               yarn over
work instructions following  as many more times as indicated in addition to the first time. 
( ) work enclosed instructions as many times as specified by the number immediately following orwork all enclosed instructions in the stitch or space indicated or contains explanatory remarks.

GAUGE
Correct gauge is essential for proper size. Hook sizes given in instructions are merely guides and should never be used without first making a sample swatch in the stitch, yarn or thread, and hook specified. Then measure it, counting your stitches and rows carefully. If your swatch is smaller than specified, try again with a larger size hook; if larger, try again with a smaller size. Keep trying until you find the size that will give you the specified gauge. DO NOT HESITATE TO CHANGE HOOK SIZE TO OBTAIN CORRECT GAUGE.

MARKERS
Markers are used to help distinguish the beginning of each round being worked. Place a 2” scrap piece of yarn before the first stitch of each round, moving marker after each round is complete.

DECREASES
BEGINNING DECREASE
Pull up a loop in first 2 sts, YO and draw through all 3 loops 
on hook (counts as one sc).
DECREASE
Pull up a loop in next 2 sts, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook (counts as one sc).

FREE LOOPS
When instructed to work in free loops of a chain, work in loop indicated by arrow (Fig. 2).
Fig. 2

SATIN STITCH
Satin Stitch is a series of straight stitches worked side by side so they touch but do not overlap. Come up at odd numbers and go down at even numbers (Fig. 3).

Fig. 3

STRAIGHT STITCH
Straight Stitch is just what the name implies, a single, straight stitch. Come up at 1 and go down at 2 (Fig. 4).

Fig. 4


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