Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Crocheted Potholders! The importance of using potholders!!

I have recently learned that potholders are extremely useful. The other day I was getting soup out of the microwave and it spilled and hit all my fingers. Some fingers got it worse than others, for example my pinky! I have not made any pattern for pot holders, but I have some links to some nice potholder patterns. By the way, these are all free! 

Right now I am just wanting to stress when you use potholders! You should use potholders when you get out soup from the microwave, anything on the stove top and oven, and little things out of the microwave might also need potholders.

Because I did not use potholders, I have burnt fingers, and second degree burns on my pinky! It is all bandaged now but it was in tremendous pain when it first happened and now that it is covered, the pain has subsided. 

These pictures are of my bandaged hand (Obviously)! This blog post could serve as a good reminder to use potholders!

Here are links to Patterns for Potholders and oven mitts! Now I think most of these use cotton yarn because it won't burn like acrylic will.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern Really Simple Wristers

Really Simple Wristers

For this pattern, I used red heart worsted yarn in gold! But any worsted yarn could work! These are great for just wrist warmers and they look like wrist guards that people might use for roller blades or sports!

Chain 25 +3 for DC
Row 1: Dc in the 4th chain and in each until the end of the row. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 2: repeat row 1
Row 3: DC in 4 stitches, skip 10 stitches and Chain 12, and DC in every stitch till the end. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 4: Dc in each stitch in the row. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 5: Dc in 2, do 1 decrease in the next 2, and then DC in 12, and then another decrease. Then DC in the rest of the stitches. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 6- row 17: DC in every stitch. Chain 3 and turn.
Joining row. Go through each stitch on each side and do a single crochet until the end.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
If you have any questions, please let me know! Comment or contact me please!

This is what this looks like!

Here is one on my hand!

Here is the seam!

This pattern I am proud of because this was my first ever pattern I made up! From this day my mom was telling people how I was excelling in Crocheting and was better than her because I made up my own things! If you have any questions, please let me know! Comment or contact me please!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Key Points for Growing Crocheters

I was just thinking about what it takes to become a good crocheter. It takes time and patience to learn how YOU crochet and it takes time to learn different techniques. I have collected so many different ideas and points to good crocheting. Not all of these ideas are mine but they are helpful hints on how to become a great crocheter!

1. Make Changes to a simple Pattern to make it more complex.
2. Use a variety of tools, like online resources (Ravelry.com, yarn pattern sites), Books (Pattern, Stitch, Stitch Design), and Friends and Family!
3. Document your work!!! (Ravelry.com is great for this aspect. It is a melting pot of patterns too!)
4. Look at other peoples work for inspiration!
5. Work a little at a time on a new technique. Do NOT expect to master it in one day!!
6. Its better to learn from a person than a video any day!!
7. Be Consistent with your stitches.(JR)
8. It is easier to start a new ball of yarn (same color or different) at the end of a line.(anonymous)
9. To make a hat smaller/larger, just change the size of the hook and yarn to accommodate the appropriate size. (anonymous)

This is a list of things to remember while you crochet, but this list will be updated every so often if i get new points from other people! The big point is to remember to have fun!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern Easy Wristers

I have taken some ideas from others and they have turned into this pattern!

Size G hook
With Red Heart Super saver or any worsted yarn really!

Make 2!
These you can start with how ever many it takes to go around your wrist, for my wristers, it took 28 with a G hook :)

A is CC and B is MC!

With A Chain 28, join with slip stitch
1.       Chain 2, Dc in each stitch and join with sl st.
2.       Chain 2, Front post Dc in the first stitch, *Back post Dc, Front post Dc* continue to the end.
3.       Repeat row 2.
4.       Change color B, Chain 2, Dc in each stitch around, join with sl st
5.       Chain 2, Dc in each stitch around, join with sl st
6.       Repeat row 5
7.       Repeat row 5
8.       Repeat row 5
9.       Repeat row 5
10.   Repeat row 5
11.   Repeat row 5
12.   Chain 2, Do 9 DC, now in the next 5, do 2 Dc’s in each, then the rest do 1 DC.
13.   Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join with sl st.
14.   Repeat row 13
15.   Repeat row 13
16.   Chain 1, sc in 12 stitches, than chain 5, skip 8 stitches, then rejoin and sc until the end of the row.  Join with sl st.
17.   Chain 2, Dc in each stitch, for the chain stitches, BL s only. Join with sl stitch
18.   Chain 2, Dc in each stitch for 13 stitches. Do 2 decreases in a row and continue doing Dc in each stitch.
19.   Chain 2, Dc in each stitch around, join with sl st.
20.   Change color to A, Chain 1, Sc around in each stitch, join with sl st.
21.   Chain 1, sc in each stitch around, join with sl st.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

1.       Join new yarn where you started chaining, chain 1, sc in each stitch in the thumb. The chain, make sure to put it into the loop that is available. Join with sl st.
2.       Chain 1, sc around until there are 6 stitches left. Now do 3 decreases in a row. Join with sl st
3.       Chain 1, sc around while adding 3 decreases where you would like. Join with Sl st.
4.       Chain 1, sc around, join with sl st.
5.       Repeat row 4
6.       Repeat row 4.
Fasten off and weave in the end.

Here is something to remember. You can make it as long as you want, and you could change up the pattern. You could even change the first rows to something you could do or another type of stitch even. You could use any colors you want! These wristers are very adaptable!!

These are pictures of at least one wrister right now. I just finished one and about to start the next one !

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern Easy Hat

Use two colors that go well together, MC and CC.

Use a G Hook! I am so sorry I left that out!!!

1.       With MC, make a Magic circle, chain 2, 10 Double crochets (DC) into the magic circle, join with slip stitch, pull tight.
2.       Chain 2, DC where you joined and than 2 DC in each until the end. Slip stitch.
3.       Chain 2, DC where you joined and then *DC, 2DC* around until the end. Slip stitch.
4.       Repeat row 3
5.       Chain 2, DC where you joined and then *DC, 2DC, 2DC* around until the end. Slip stitch.
6.       Chain 2 , DC where you joined an then DC around until the end. Add 6 to 10 2DC around this when you see fit. Slip Stitch.
7.       Chain 2, DC in each stitch around. Slip stitch.
8.       Repeat row 7 until row 18.
9.       Repeat row 7
10.   Repeat row 7
11.   Repeat row 7
12.   Repeat row 7
13.   Repeat row 7
14.   Repeat row 7
15.   Repeat row 7
16.   Repeat row 7
17.   Repeat row 7
18.   Repeat row 7
19.   Change color to CC, Chain 2, DC in each stitch around. Slip stitch.
20.   Chain 2, *Front post DC, Back post DC* around until the end. Slip stitch.
21.   Repeat  row 20
Fasten off and weave in ends!

Finished Product!
I just used Red Heart Soft White and Candy print. I have a lot of Red Heart yarn and I have been wanting to make a hat with these colors for awhile. So I Finally did!!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Stuff I have made!!

Since I recently learned how to crochet, I have a lot I have made, but its mainly what I know how to do. I have made several hats, a scarf or two, and wrist warmers. I also made a pair of slippers. Here are some pictures of the stuff I have made :).

 A hat I made for a friend in Arizona
 A scarf I made for my friend Hope!
 A hat I made for my friend Elena
 Wristers I made for myself!
 My first slippers, they fit like socks!
 How the slippers fit on my feet :)
 The hat for Elana!
 Same as above
 The wristers on my hands :)

 The first set of wristers I made :)

I have more and will definitely make more stuff!

Where can I buy Yarn? BEN FRANKLIN!

I have so much yarn right now and I know where to go. But my favorite store in the world is Ben Franklin! I would go there and spend at the time, my moms money, on stickers and candy. I would also go there to look at all the things that are possible to do at home. I would get, I think some beads, I know paint and things to paint, and pots to paint as well.
I now know that they sell YARN and CROCHET SUPPLIES!!! Its also somewhat cheap PLUS sold in bulk!! That is the perfect because of the fact that like a lot of yarn and I look for deals! There is also a Ben Franklin a hop, skip and a jump away from me versus buying online and paying a whole bunch for shipping. Every hook you possibly need and also sold in bulk! I am going to Ben Franklin now!!!