If I only had something to hold a jar… (No. 215)

So I still have a few more gift bags to make in which these empty jars will be returned to my friend. Since this is the person who friend gave me the other yarn before, I thought I would use the same yarn as the bag that was in the prior post was made. This first jar uses the variegated yarn that had more pastel colors (Color C from that prior post). This jar was done using pattern Number 215.

Start off with a magic circle of 5 sc

Increase each row as your crochet around ending each row with a sl st until you  25 sc around (Rows 1 through 4)

Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next st, *ch3, skip 3, dc in each of next 3 st, repeat from * however, when you get to the last set, it will only be dc in the last 2 st. sl st to join. Sl st to join.

Row 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip 1st dc, dc in next st, *ch 3, sc in ch3 space, ch3, dc in next 3 dc, repeat from *, end with 2dc instead of 3. Sl st to join.

Row 7:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip 1st dc, dc in next st, *ch1, dc in ch3 chain, ch 2, dc in 2nd ch3 chain, ch 1, 3dctog in the 3dcs from the prior row, repeat from *, end with 2dctog instead of 3. Sl st to join.

Row 8: ch 4 (counts as dc’s ch1), *3dc in the 2 ch space (skipping over all st until you get to the ch3 space), ch3, repeat from * around, round will end with ch 1(not ch 3) and a dc. Sl st to join.

Row 9: ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 3, dc in each of the 3 dc, ch3, sc in middle of ch3 space from prior row, repeat from *, end with sc. I did not sl st to join.

Row 10: ch5 (counts as tr, ch 1), *dc at the end of the ch3, ch1, 3dctog in the 3dc’s, ch1, dc at end of ch3, ch2, repeat from *, end with ch1, tc in sc from prior row, sl st to join.

Row 11: ch3 (counts as dc), dc in first st, *ch 3, 3dc in 2 ch 2space, , repeat from *, end with 2dc (one in ch1 and other at the top of turning chain.

Row 12: ch1, sc in first st and all around sl st to join (26 stitches – one more than before) sl st to join.

Row 13: ch 1, sc in the next 3 st, chain 15, skip 7 st, sc in next 6 st, ch 15, skip 7 st, sc in next 3 st, sl st to join.

Row 14, ch 1, sc in next 3 st, 15 sc in the chain, sc in next 6 st, 15 sc in the chain, sc in next 3 st. sl st to join. Fasten off.

Here is the final product.

 


(I do admit that it looks a lot like the design and yarn from this post.)

 

 

A Thank you gift – Another bag (of course)

As you may have surmised, I enjoy working with cotton yarn and making different types of bags (mostly tote bags and gift bags).  A few months ago, a friend gave me some “no longer wanted” yarn from a friend of hers. I promptly shared some of that yarn with 2 of my friends. As a thank you gift for the yarn giver, I made this tote bag using a pattern I found in a free e-book of patterns that I downloaded from AllFreeCrochet. Here is a link to the pattern on the website. The pattern was originally from Kathy Lashley’s blog, ELK Studio. I used an h-hook and 3 different yarns that I already had in my collection.

Each of the three yarns that I used were obtained from AC Moore (of course). Each was in a 1 pound “Mills End’ package. Color A was the solid turquoise cotton yarn of which there  6 balls in the bag – a bit more than 2 were used. Color B was the variegated cotton yarn which had more blues and purples in it; this one had 5 balls of yarn in the 1 pound bag of which I used 3/4 of 1 ball. The final color (color C) was also variegated cotton yarn, but it was in more pastel colors in it and had some lighter colors in it. There were 9 balls of yearn in that 1 pound bag of varying sizes. I used up one of them.

Here are the 3 colors in order (A, B, C).


I followed the pattern with some minor changes:

1 – I try to start with a magic circle with 5 sc in it instead of the ch4 ring. I do not want a small hole in the bottom of the bag.

2 – Instead of crocheting 18 rows of A before changing to B, I only did 17. This is because a neared the end of the ball of yarn at that row and I did not want to start a new ball of yarn (with more ends to weave in) for only 1 row.

3- When I reached the last 5 rows (which make up the handle), the color scheme on the pattern is A A B B B. Instead of that I did A C C A A. I obviously did not opt for  inside the handle.

Here is the final product.

 

Another little Gift Bag (Stitch 7)

Another gift bag I made many months ago and finally posting.

(What can I say, she was very generous with her canned/jarred foods)

I went back to some cotton yarn that I used before (Premier Home cotton yarn – Water Lilies, No. 44-06, Lot 1366) with an I hook.

Magic circle with 5 sc

Increase until 25 sc

Rows 1 and 2: 2 rows of sc around, sl st to join.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in first st, *ch 5, skip 5 st, (sc, ch5, sc) in next st, repeat around from *. When you only have 5 st left in the round, you will still ch 5, then sc into 1st ch3.

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in first st, *ch 5, skip 5 st, (sc, ch5, sc) in ch5 space, repeat around from *. When you only have a ch 5 space left in the round, you will still ch 5, then sc into 1st ch3.

Row 5-6:  repeat Row 4

Row 7: Ch 1, *sc in next st, 4 sc in the ch5 space, repeat around from *, sl st to join (25 sc)

Again, because so much time has passed, I do not have the specific instructions as to how I made the handles. You can look at some of my older posts and get a good idea – or make something up yourself.

Here is a picture of the final piece. 


 

Another small bag -stitch 17

This is another gift bag I completed several months ago, that I am finally getting around to publishing.  Again, I used Premiere cotton yarn – color Flamingo splash (#44-24, lot 2302) and an I hook.

Start out with a magic circle w/ 5sc. Crochet around for 5 rounds increasing in each row. End off each row with a sl st and start with ch 1. You should have 25 st around.

Row 1 and Row 2: ch 1 and sc in each st around. Sl st to join.

Row 3: ch 3 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, dc in each of next 2 st, *ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1, dc in next 5 st, repeat from *, end row with 3dc.

Row 4: ch3 (counts as dc) , skip 1st dc, dc in next dc, ch 2, skip 2 st [dc and ch1 space], dc in next dc, ch 2, skip over ch 1 space and next dc, *dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 2, skip over ch1 space and dc to next dc, dc in that st, ch 2, skip ch1 and dc, repeat from * across until you reach last dc and the turn, dc in each of these 2.

Row 5: ch 6 (counts as dc and ch3), dc in the next dc having skipped over the first dc and the ch 2 space, *ch 3, skip over dc and 2 ch space, dc in next dc, repeat from * across with dc in the turn from the prior row

Row 6: ch 4 (counts as dc ch1), *2 dc in ch 3 space, dc in next dc, 2 dc in ch 3 space, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, repeat from * ending with a single dc in the prior turn.

Row 7: ch 5 (counts as dc ch2), skip first dc, *skip next dc, dc in next 3 dc, ch2, skip ch1 space **, dc in the next dc, ch 2, repeat from * ending at **, dc in 3rd ch of turning chain.

Row 8: repeat row 5

Row 9: repeat row 3

You could repeat rows 4 through 9 to continue the pattern, but I only needed 1 series to reach the height of the jar.

I gave the jar with the gift bag to my friend before I posted this so I could not tell you how I made the handle, but I did.  Here is the final project.

  

Baby Blanket

With the pending birth of my husband’s first grandchild (technically my step-grandson), i decided to make a baby blanket. We decided that the colors of the blanket would be the school colors for  the parents’ undergraduate degrees: Phil’s daughter when to George Washington University (blue and buff) while his son-in-law went to Michigan State (green and white).

Phil wanted a washable natural yarn for this blanket. So, at Yarnphoria,  at the suggestion of the very helpful person there, I bought extra-fine merino wool. The 4 colors purchased were Karabella Yarns Aurora 8 color 1145 (green), Filatura Di Crosa Zara yarn color 1401 (white), Filatura Di Crosa Zara yarn color 1424 (blue), and Filatura Di Crosa Zara Melange yarn color 1451 (beige – for the buff). This wool uses a g-hook.

After several aborted attempts, I settled on this wave pattern from Mama’s Stitchery Projects.  I did this as 4 color blocks to minimize switching yarns.  I started with the green (color a), the switched to white (color b), then the buff (color c) and finally the blue (color d).

Here are the 4 colors


I chained 163 (multiples of 20 +3) to make the small blanket.

After making 10 rows, I would switch colors.

Again the pattern was  a b a b c d c d.

After doing a few rows I decided to leave a bit of a tail when I fastened off each color so I woul have enough extra yarn to sc along the edge. In hindsight, if I made each stripe an odd number of rows, I could have left yarn at the start of each color and then at the end so I could have done the sc edging without joining yarn.

I started with 5 balls of each color and finished with 1 ball of green (it had less yardage per ball), 2 balls of white, almost 2 balls of buff, and 2 balls of blue left.

Here is the final product (2 photos – I know it’s hard to distinguish the green from the blue in these photos).


 

Simple Scarf – Pattern 71

This is another project that I finished months ago but had not posted.

 I had a few skeins of Bernat Super Value acrylic yarn color Steel Blue Heather (No. 53014). I thought I would make an easy scarf that will be donated to the uKNITe Project.

I started with a foundation chain of 24 stitches using an h-hook.

Row 1: Ch4 (serves as tc), skip 1st st, dc in next 2 st, *tc in next 2 st, dc in next 2 st, repeat from *, end with tc. Turn

Row 2: Ch 5 (serves as dc, ch2), *dc in each of the 2 tc (skipping over 2 st), ch 2, repeat from *, end with dc. Turn

Row 3: Ch 4 (serves as tc), skip 1st st, *2dc in ch2 space, tc in each of next 2 st, repeat from * across, end with tc. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for as long as you want the scarf to be. I made it about 60 inches long.

Ch2 (serves as hdc), skip next st, hdc across. Fasten off.

Make enough fringe so that you can knot 2 strands in each stitch.

Here are some shots of the finished product.

   
  

 

Housewarming gift for my sister – Pattern 23

Several months ago (about 6), I thought I would make a little housewarming gift for my sister who is moving into a new apartment.  AC Moore had their store brand, stitch studio by nicole, on sale. The sweet puff chenille yarn was on sale of $1 each. I bought 12 skeins of Lavender Rose Dessert (No. 2772) to make a quick throw.

Here is the yarn

The pattern is basically a series of 7 dcs followed by ch-2, skip 2 st to make an empty space 2st wide. The spaces are staggered.  Some rows start or end with less than 7dcs.

I usually do not worry about gauge, but I found I got about 3 rows (+ or – a few stitches) per 44 yd (40 m) skein. Each skein weighed 3.5 oz (100g).  Each row was about 1 inch high.  Some quick math made me think that the 12 skeins would only result in a piece that was 36 inches long (not long enough).

So I went to the store a few days later and looked for some more of the same yarn. Of course they were totally out of stock. So I had to buy something that was as close as possible and not be a different variegated yarn. So, using my 55% off coupon, I bought 1 skein (258 yds) of stitch studio by nicole  Chateau yarn, color Iris (No. 2805) which was a pale lavender. not the best match, but better than the other choices I had.

So I decided to crochet 1 block of the first yarn of 6 skeins, then 1 block of the paler yarn followed by the remainder of the original colors.

Just to warn you, this is a long pattern (NB I completed this project a few months ago and never got around to posting it. I think the pattern as I typed it was correct – if there are things that I forgot, I am sorry).

I started off with ch 93 (multiple of 9 +3).

Again, it is a series of 7dc, ch 2, skip 2. When you reach a ch-2 space from a prior row, you crochet 2 dc into the space uless directed otherwise. Off we go…

Row 1: Dc in 4th chain from hook (counts as dc), dc in next 2 st, ch2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 7 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from *, end with dc in each of last 5 st. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in ch-2 space, ch2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 7 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from *, end with a single dc. Turn

Row 3:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, dc in next 6 st (including 2 dc in ch-2 space), ch2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 7 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from *, end with a single dc. Turn

Row 4:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, dc in ch-2 space, ch2, sk 2 (don’t forget to include one of the ch in the ch-2 space as one of the skipped st), *dc in each of next 7 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from *, end with 6 dc. Turn

Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, dc in each of next 2 st, ch2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 7 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from *, end with 5 dc. Turn

Row 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, dc in each of next 5 st, ch2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 7 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from *, end with 2 dc. Turn

Row 7: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch1), skip 2st, 2dc in ch2 space, dc in each of next 5 st, ch2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 7 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from *, end with 2dc in ch2 space and then dc in last 7 st. (yes I know thats 8, but you can’t end with a space) Turn

Row 8: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch2), skip 3 st, *dc in each of next 7 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from *, end with 6 dc. Turn

Row 9: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, dc in each of next 4 st, ch2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 7 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from *, end with 2 dc. Turn

Row 10: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, dc in each of next 4 st, ch2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 7 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from *, end with 3 dc. Turn

Row 11: repeat row 8 except it will end with 7 dc. Turn

Row 12: repeat row 7.

Row 13: repeat row 6.

Row 14: repeat row 5 (I goofed when I did this row and did not realize it until several rows later but I was not pulling out more than 1 skein of yarn to fix it. It really was not noticeable) I ended with 4 dc at end instead of 5.

Row 15: Repeat row 4. (my screw up on row 14 meant I had to adjust row 15 as well, but I still ended up with 6 dc at end of row.

Row 16: repeat row 3

Row 17: repeat row 2

Row 18: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, 2dc in ch 2 space, ch2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 7 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from *, end with 2 dc. Turn

Join new color

Row 19: Ch3 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, dc in each st and 2dc in each ch 2 space across (91 st)

And now to start the 2nd pattern

Row 20: ch1, sc in 1st st, *ch 3, skip 2 st, dc in each of next 5 st, ch3, skip 2 st, sc in next st, repeat from *, turn.

Row 21: ch 5(counts as dc, ch 2), skip the ch3 and sc in each of the 5 dc, *ch 2, skip ch and dc in sc, ch2, skip ch, sc in each of 5 dc, repeat from * ending with dc in sc. turn.

Row 22: Chain 3 (counts as dc), *2dc in ch-2 space, ch3, sc in middle sc of the 5sc series, ch3, 2dc in next ch 2 space, dc in dc, repeat from *, ending with dc in ch2 space, and dc in turning chain.Turn

Row 23: Ch1, sc in each of 3 dc, *ch2, skip ch, dc in sc, sk ch, sc in each of 5 dc, repeat from * ending with sc in last 2 dc and in turning ch. Turn.

Row 24:  ch1, sc in 1st st, *ch 3, skip 2 st, dc in each of next 5 st, ch3, skip 2 st, sc in next st, repeat from *, turn.

Row 25-33  repeat rows 21-24 ending with row 21.

Row 34: Ch1, sc across with 1 sc in each sc 2sc in each ch-3 space. Turn

This used up almost the entire large skein of the second yarn.

Now back to the first pattern:

Row 35 onward: I think I followed from row 2 again through 18.

When I was finished, I sc along each side making sure to switch to the middle color where appropriate and sc across the top and bottom.

Here is the finished product.

Some close up shots:

And the yarn for 2/3 of the blanket. Didn’t get a picture of the other yarn.