Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Spongy Set Ready


OK, I lied, the Spongy Set is now available for sale in my Etsy shop. Please stop in for a look! Maybe some inspiration? Hey, who doesn't need a last minute xmas gift that you want to make yourself! Available in all sizes from tiny to x-large!


Speaking of xmas, I found this for advent calendars. Now, I love these and my Mom gave me a super adorable one a few years ago when I only had 1 boy(that very quickly turned into 4 when I had the twins and the baby 19 months later!!!) Anyways, now its not big enough for all 4 AND the younger ones really want to do this now too. And I don't want a bunch of $$store stuff everywhere. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the $$ store, just not their toys. They're crap!, Soooooo....I found this and its such a great idea. Those moms with multiple children, scratch that, even if you have ONE kid, this would be great! Check it out!!!

OH!!! Also, for all you knit and crochet freaks (LIKE ME!!) out there. I saw this link on a forum I belong to. Looks like fun!!

Bah Humbug!

Teehee! I made Scrooge! Isn't he a grumpy old cutie!


I even gave him a big old nose!

Also, the Race Car Set is now available at my Etsy shop! And the Spongy Set will be too in a couple of days.

No Bah Humbug from me, I love Christmas!

Friday, November 21, 2008

New Scarf Sets coming.....

I've been working on some scarf sets. They are being tested right now. I've made a Race Car Set....

And A Spongy Set....


I've also been working on a Spiderman Set, well, not set, just the scarf. Now, I love my concept for this one, but I think I'll just skip the webs, it looks wayyyyyyy too busy for my liking. What do you think? Maybe I'll finish this one with the webs sewn in and make another one just plain red and blue, then you can have the option of sewing the webs on if you like, but I think just plain would be ok too, no?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Irish Pride Square

I really suck at keeping up with posts. Sorry.



DH wanted me to make him an afghan, which is really cool cuz he never really shows too much interest. Ya, he does the Oh thats nice and fake interest stuff, but thats about it. I made him mittens last year...the ones that the top pulls back, so your fingers can be in or out. You know what I mean, I'll find the link later. Fingerless gloves with a mitten top. Anyways, those got "lost" before he ever wore them, so you can understand taht I really wanted to make him something nice. He wanted something to do with Irish....like shamrocks. I searched free and not for any shamrock squares. And theres tons of nice little motifs, but o squares, so....I made on up! I thought it was going to be a lot harder, but it was pretty easy, so here it is. For all you guys! I hope you like it!




IRISH PRIDE SQUARE


COPYRIGHT MELANIE BLAKE 2008



MATERIALS

Small amounts of white, green and orange worsted weight yarn
Crochet Hook Size H – 5.0mm

FINISHED SIZE 8” square

STITCHES USED

Tr3tog – [yo twice, insert hook into nx st, pull up a loop, (draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times. Yo and draw through all loops on hook]

x-st – sk nx st, Dc in nx st, working around dc just made, dc in skipped st.

DIRECTIONS

With green yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 8 sc in ring. Pull tight to close. (8 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc around. (16 sc)
Rnd 3: Sc in nx 3 sts, leave remaining sts unworked. Ch 1, turn. (3 sc)
Rnd 4: 2 sc in nx st, sc in nx st, 2 sc in nx st. Ch 1, turn. (5 sc)
Rnd 5: 2 sc in nx st, sc in nx 3 sts, 2 sc in nx st. Ch 1, turn. (7 sc)
Rnd 6: Sc around. Ch 1, turn. (7 sc)

Row 7: Sc in nx st, hdc in nx st, 3 dc in nx st. Ch 2, sl st in nx st. Ch 2, 3 dc in nx st, hdc in nx st, sc in nx st. (10 sts)
FO

Sk nx st from Rnd 2 and begin next petal in nx st.
Rnd 3 – 7: Same as above.

Sk nx st of Rnd 2 and begin last petal in nx st.
Rnd 3 – 7: Same as above.

With green, ch 7.
Sk nx 2 sts from Rnd 2, join with a sc in nx st. Sc in nx 2 sts of Rnd 2. *Work 4 sc evenly up side of petal, sc across top of petal, 2 sc in ch-2 sp. Sl st in same st as previous sl st, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, sc across top of petal, 4 sc evenly down side of petal, sc in unworked st of Rnd 2.* Rep from * - * 2 times more. Sc in nx 2 sts of Rnd 2, sc in back ridge of each ch across of beginning ch-7. (81 sc)
FO

OUTSIDE OF SQUARE

Rnd 1: Working in BLO, join white with sc in first ch of ch-7. Sc in nx 5 sts, sc5tog, sc in nx 9 sts, dc in nx 2 sts, sc in nx 8 sts. Sc5tog, sc in nx 8 sts, dc in nx 2 sts, sc in nx 8 sts. Sc5tog, sc in nx 8 sts, dc in nx 2 sts, sc in nx 9 sts. Sc5tog, sc in nx 5 sts, 2 sc in side of stem. Join. (73 sts)

Rnd 2: Working in Both Loops, ch 1. Sc in nx st, hdc in nx st, dc in nx st, tr in nx 2 sts. Tr3tog, tr in nx st, dc in nx st, hdc in nx st, *sc in nx 6 sts, ch 3, hdc in nx st, dc in nx st. Dc3tog, dc in nx st, hdc in nx st.* Rep from * - * 1 time. Sc in nx 6 sts, ch 3, sc in nx 6 sts, hdc in nx st, dc in nx st, tr in nx st. Tr3tog, tr in nx 2 sts, dc in nx st, hdc in nx st, sc in nx 2 sts (sc, ch 3, sc) in nx st. Join. (66 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc across *(sc, ch 3, sc) in ch-sp. Sc in nx 8 sts, dec, sc in nx 7 sts.* Rep from * - * 1 time. Sc across (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch sp. Sc in nx st. Join. (72 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 3(counts as first dc)*Dc across (dc, ch 3, dc)in corner sp* Rep from * - *around. Dc in last 2 sts. Join. (80 sts)
FO white.

Rnd 5: Join orange with sl st in 3rd ch of any corner ch-3 sp. Ch 3 (first dc), working around dc, dc in 2nd ch of ch-3 sp. (beg x-st made). Work x-st around, working in corner as follows; dc in 2nd ch of ch-3 sp, dc in first ch of ch-3 sp, ch 3, dc in 3rd ch of ch-3 sp, dc in 2nd ch of ch-3 sp. Join to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. (48 sts)
FO orange.

Rnd 6: Join white with sl st in any corner ch-3 sp. Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), Work 2 hdc in corner. Hdc around, working 5 hdc in each corner. 2 hdc in last corner (same as beginning 3 hdc). Join to beginning ch-2. (116 sts)
FO

Weave in ends.

***Please do not sell or copy this pattern in any way or give it to anyone else without my consent. You may sell the finished product, but please state my name as the designer of the product. Thank you*** Any questions or comments can be sent to mama24boyz@yahoo.ca
And please feel free to send me pics of your finished work too. I’d love to see them!



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