Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ASE's Sunflower Bookmark-Free Crochet Pattern

 ASE's Sunflower Bookmark-Crochet Pattern
©Anita Elmore aka ASE Knits 'n' Crochets
http://aseknc.blogspot.com/
aseknc@gmail.com
You may not sell or claim this pattern as your own.
You may, however, share the pattern freely & sell any items you make using this pattern, all that I ask is that you give me credit as the designer with the info above.
Thank you for respecting my copyright.

Please enjoy!
 
Materials
  • Yarn: Worsted Weight, 3 colors in very minimal amounts. I used brown, orange-y yellow and green
  • Hook: US G/6 (4mm)
Notes
  • This would be a great pattern to use up those small amounts of scraps and can be done in just about any color combination!
  • This pattern literally took less than 10 minutes to make from start to finish...how great is that for a quick gift!?!?
  • The leaf I used is not my pattern. It is a free, very easy pattern by Tara at Easy and she has it listed on Ravelry too!
 Terms and Abbreviations
  • CO = cast on
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single chain
  • sts = stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • beg = beginning
  • x = times (example 6x = 6 times)
  • FO = finish off
Flower
with center color of choice...
Round 1: CO & ch 2; sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook, join with a sl st to beg sc & FO (6)
Round 2:  attach petal color with sl st into any sc. (Ch 6, sc into same sc, sl st into next sc)6x, ch 6, sc into same sc, sl st into first sc of previous row (this is the same one the first petal was done in), ch 6, sc into same sc & FO.
 
Stem
with green (or stem color of choice), attach through two back loops of any two adjacent petals (see pic below) and chain 45. If you want to add leaf, do not FO, but go directly into your favorite leaf pattern. If you use the one I linked to in the above notes, start at Rnd 1 and complete. FO.
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Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Psalm 63:3

Incoming Creativity and Free Crochet Bookmark Patterns

Hello my wonderful friends!
Do you miss actual postal service delivered "snail mail" as much as I do did?
I look so forward to going to check my mail these days. Every time I turn the key I feel like I am opening a gift on Christmas morning, just wondering what's inside! Sometimes it's the mail equivalent to socks (junk mail) but sometimes I get something so fun and gorgeous that I feel like I am 10 years old and just got the one thing I've been dreaming about all year! Something like these wonderful pieces of mail art....
 that were sent "just because," 
or these lovelies sent to me as part of a swap...
This set was from Nikki for the Willowing.ning November Butterflies ATC swap, and here's what I sent her....
 and this ATC was from Leila for the Blissfull ATC Swap for December, the theme was angels...
 and this is the one I sent her...
Now that the holidays are upon us I have even gotten a couple of gorgeous Christmas postcards from a couple of my wonderfully creative friends, Laura and Courtney...
 I sent out tons of handmade Christmas postcards as well! You can view them on my flickr page.
Cards aren't the only thing I've been creating lately either! I have made quite a few postcards and ATCs (ATCs are Artist Trading Cards) that I can't show right now because their recipients haven't gotten them yet. 

I've also been doing alot of crochet work on Christmas presents and little extras to send out with my swaps. Like this swan bookmark...
I followed this pattern and I have to say, for the most part it was easy, but I had some trouble figuring out the way/direction I was supposed to be working the pattern where it transitions from the head to the neck of the swan. I think it turned out ok, but in the end, I still think that the neck is twisted, and I don't think it's supposed to be. 
I also made this sunflower bookmark...
I started out intending to use this free pattern, but once I started on it, it just wasn't looking like I was envisioning so I frogged it and made up my own. I will post what I did in a separate post all it's own for ease of finding and using, so you'll get two posts today! :o)

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A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength.
Proverbs 17:22 NLT

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Request for Prayer


My friends, I just got some very sad news.
My cousin's 19 year old son just died of an overdose.
I can't even imagine the heartbreak of losing a child no matter what the age or circumstance, but at 19 he was still very much a baby and the circumstances are so abrupt and disheartening.
I would really appreciate your prayers for my cousin Kathy as well as the rest of the family in this time of loss.
I also ask that you would cover my family in prayer as everyone is traveling for the funeral.

Thank you so much my friends.
Your thoughts and prayers mean so much.
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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you asthe world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Crochet Gift Pouch--So Cute!

For some reason I have been very anxious all day today. When I feel like this I get overwhelmed easy so I haven't been able to sit down with my art nor a big yarn project. Not having anything to occupy my mind and hands made the anxiety worse, so I was thrilled to come across the pattern for this little cutie...
I first saw these darlin' little gift pouches over at Pammy Sue's Blog, where she had made up a couple and was kind enough to share the link to the original pattern found on Creative Jewish Mom's blog. Pammy Sue's turned out so great---I LOVE the colors she used! 

This pattern was extremely easy to read and follow and it took less than an hour to make. I used an H hook and worsted weight cotton yarn and I followed the pattern just how it was written.  To give you a good idea of the size of the pouch, I'd say that if you made it as written, it would hold a tennis ball perfectly all tied up. 

I hope y'all enjoy the link!
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May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 NIV

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Finally!

After ripping it back and re-working it twice, I finally finished my tree skirt and I couldn't be happier with it!

Here's our tree, complete with various snowflakes I made last year and the tree skirt I finished this afternoon...
and here's a close-up of the tree skirt...
The free pattern for it is found on the Crochetville forums HERE.
It really is a super-easy pattern and quick to work up. 
The problem I had was nothing to do with the pattern, but rather with my initial color choices.

Thank you my friends for letting me share with you!
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Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Merry Christmas from Me ---> ASE's Little Lamb Knitting Pattern is Now FREE!

This pattern was a paid pattern, but as my Christmas gift to all of my knitting followers, I am now offering it to you for free. Merry Christmas friends!

ASE's Little Lamb Knitting Pattern
©Anita Elmore aka ASE Knits 'n' Crochets
http://aseknc.blogspot.com/
aseknc@gmail.com
You may not sell or claim this pattern as your own.
You may, however, sell any items you make using this pattern, all that I ask is that you give me credit as the designer with the info above.
Thank you for respecting my copyright.

Please enjoy!

Materials
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (I used White & Light Brown, but you may use any colors that you'd like your Little Lamb to be!)
  • US 5 (3.75mm) Circular or Double Point Needles
  • Black safety eyes OR small amount of black thread/yarn for embriodering eyes
  • Poly-fil or toy stuffing of your choice
  • OPTIONAL:  a rubber ball (from a quarter vending machine) to put in body for counter weight will assist your Little Lamb in standing up on its own.
  • OPTIONAL:  Stitch Markers are also optional, but may be very helpful in keeping track of the beginnig of rounds.
Notes
  • When casting on each piece, be sure to leave long tails for sewing pieces together.
  • Different yarn weights may be substituted, however please adjust your needle size to be 2  or 3 sizes smaller than recommended for that yarn so that you end up with a denser/stiffer fabric more suitable for a stuffing.
  • For each piece, after you cast on required amount of stitches, divide evenly among your needles, join & continue by knitting in the round.
  • If you use a long-tail cast-on:  Remember long-tail cast on always counts as cast on and first knit row/round.
  • Be creative!  This is your lamb.  Feel free to mix up colors, place the face at a different angle or direction, place the eyes further apart, closer together, lower on the head or even higher to give your little guy personality!
  • Pics to aid you in assembling are at the bottom of this post following the pattern. This gives you the option of printing the rest of the pattern without them to help you save ink!
  • When stuffing knit items, the goal is to stuff the piece(s) as much as possible without over-stretching the stitches. You don't want the stitches of the knit fabric to separate causing noticeable stretch lines.
Terms and Abbreviations
  • CO = Cast On
  • x = Times (ex:  6x = 6 times)
  • sts = Stitches
  • K = Knit
  • KFB = Knit in front & back of stitch
  • K2tog = Knit two together
  • BO = Bind Off
Finished Size*
Length:  9 inches
Width:  4 inches
Height:  5 inches
*sizes approximate & when recommended needles & yarn are used

Body
With White
CO 6
Divide between needles, join & begin knitting in round.
Round 1:  Knit
Round 2:  (KFB)6x (12)
Round 3:  (K1, KFB)6x (18)
Round 4:  (K2, KFB)6x (24)
Round 5:  (K3, KFB)6x (30)
Round 6:  (K4, KFB)6x (36)
Round 7:  (K5, KFB)6x (42)
Round 8:  (K6, KFB)6x (48)
Round 9:  (K7, KFB)6x (54)
Round 10:  (K8, KFB)6x (60)
Rounds 11-41:  Knit
Round 42:  (K8, K2tog)6x (54)
Round 43:  (K7, K2tog)6x (48)
Round 44:  (K6, K2tog)6x (42)
Round 45:  (K5, K2tog)6x (36)
*Start stuffing body.  If using bouncy-ball as counterweight, stuff until you reach the point where you started the decreases then position ball in center of stuffing right over beginning decreases (about round 42-43), continue stuffing as you complete body. 
Round 46:  (K4, K2tog)6x (30)
Round 47:  (K3, K2tog)6x (24)
Round 48:  (K2, K2tog)6x (18)
Round 49:  (K1, K2tog)6x (12)
Round 50:  (K2tog)6x (6)
Cut yarn and, using yarn needle, thread tail through remaining sts & cinch closed.  If using ball for counter balance, be sure to mark this end & make sure you sew tail to this end.

Legs (make 4)
With Tan
CO 24
Divide between needles, join & begin knitting in round.
Rounds 1-9:  Knit
Round 10:  Purl
Round 11:  Knit
Round 12:  (K2, K2tog)6x
Round 13:  (K1, K2tog)6x
Round 14:  (K2tog)6x
Cut yarn and, using yarn needle, thread tail through remaining sts & cinch closed.  Stuff & sew to body.

Tail
With White
CO 8
Divide between needles, join & begin knitting in round.
Rounds 1-9:  Knit
Cut yarn and, using yarn needle, thread tail through sts, cinch closed & sew to body (no stuffing needed).

Face/Head
With Tan
CO 6
Divide between needles, join & begin knitting in round.
Round 1:  Knit
Round 2:  (KFB)6x (12)
Round 3:  (K1, KFB)6x (18)
Round 4:  (K2, KFB)6x (24)
Round 5:  (K3, KFB)4x, K7, KFB (29)
Round 6:  (K4, KFB)4x, K8, KFB (34)
Round 7:  (K5, KFB)4x, K9, KFB (39)
Round 8:  (K6, KFB)4x, K10, KFB (44)
Round 9:  Knit
Round 10:  (K7, KFB)4x, K11, KFB (49)
Round 11:  Knit
Round 12:  (K8, KFB)4x, K12, KFB (54)
Rounds 13-20:  Knit
Round 21:  (K8, K2tog)4x, K12, K2tog (49)
Round 22:  Knit
*Start stuffing.  If using safety eyes, place them at about Round 18 & about  5 or 6 stitches apart.  Continue stuffing as you complete the head. 

Begin Top "Fleece" Section of Head
With White Yarn
Round 23:  (K7, K2tog)4x, K11, K2tog (44)
Round 24:  Knit
Round 25:  (K6, K2tog)4x, K10, K2tog (39)
Round 26:  Knit
Round 27:  (K5, K2tog)4x, K9, K2tog (34)
Round 28:  (K4, K2tog)4x, K8, K2tog (29)
Round 29:  (K3, K2tog)4x, K7, K2tog (24)
Round 30:  (K2, K2tog)6x (18)
Round 31:  (K1, K2tog)6x (12)
Round 32:  (K2tog)6x (6)
Cut yarn and, using yarn needle, thread tail through remaining sts, cinch closed & sew to body.

Ears (make 2)
With Tan
CO 8
Divide between needles, join & begin knitting in round.
Rounds 1-9:  Knit
Cut yarn and, using yarn needle, thread tail through sts, cinch closed & sew to head (no stuffing needed).
**I felt that these three attaching points were enough, as I really stitch it quite well, however, feel free to stitch it at more points as you see fit.


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If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
Proverbs 17:13 NIV

 

Merry Christmas from Me ---> ASE's Little Lamb Crochet Pattern is Now FREE!

This pattern was a paid pattern, but as my Christmas gift to all of my crocheting followers, I am now offering it to you for free. Merry Christmas friends!

ASE's Little Lamb Crochet Pattern
©Anita Elmore aka ASE Knits 'n' Crochets
http://aseknc.blogspot.com/
aseknc@gmail.com
You may not sell or claim this pattern as your own.
You may, however, sell any items you make using this pattern, all that I ask is that you give me credit as the designer with the info above.
Thank you for respecting my copyright.

Please enjoy!

Materials Needed
Yarn
  • Worsted Weight Yarn, 2 colors (I used white and tan)
Hook
  • US F/5 (3.75mm)
Notions
  • Stitch marker for marking beginning of rounds
  • Black safety eyes OR black thread/yarn to embroider eyes
  • Poly-fil or stuffing of your choice
  • Optional: Rubber bouncy ball (the kind you get from a quarter vending machine) to put in body as counter weight to aid standing on it's own. Please note, some of my testers didn't use the ball and still had no issues with their little lambs standing up on their own however, when I didn't use a bouncy ball my little lamb fell right on its nose!

Finished Size
*
Length  8"
Height  5"
Width  3.75"
*when using recommended size hook and yarn

Terms and Abbreviations Used

  • CO    cast on
  • ch     chain
  • sc      single chain
  • sts     stitches
  • sl st   slip stitch
  • FO     finish off

Notes
  • Each piece is worked in continuous rounds; do not join with a slip stitch at end of rounds. Use stitch marker to mark beginning of round moving it up as your work progresses.
  • When finishing off each piece, be sure to leave long tails to use for sewing.
  • Be creative!  Use your imagination and give your little lamb some personality. Try using different colors, making eyes further apart, closer together, higher up or lower down on the face. I made this one looking to the side and down a little (kind of bashful looking), but you may want yours looking straight ahead or directly to the side...it's up to you, just have fun with your creation!

Body
With White
Round 1: Ch 2, sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook (6)
Round 2: 2sc in ea st around (12)
Round 3: 2sc in ea st around (24)
Round 4: (sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st)6x (30)
Round 5: (sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st)6x (36)
Round 6: (sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st)6x (42)
Round 7: (sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st)6x (48)
Round 8-22: sc in ea st around (48)
*Stuff body
Round 23: (sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog)6x (42)
Round 24: (sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog)6x (36)
Round 25: (sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog)6x (30)
Round 26: (sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog)6x (24)
*If using rubber ball, place at end of stuffing already placed in body, centered approximately over the back legs, stuff more
Round 27: (sc2tog)around (12)
Round 28: (sc2tog)around (6)
FO, complete stuffing & cinch closed.

Legs (make 4)
With Tan
Round 1: Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook (4)
Round 2: 2 sc in ea st around (8)
Round 3: 2 sc in ea st around (16)
Round 4: In back loops only- sc in ea st around (16)
Round 5-10: sc in ea st around (16)
Join with sl st & FO
*Stuff each leg & sew to body.

Tail
With White
Round 1: Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook (4)
Round 2: 2 sc in ea st around (8)
Round 3-5: sc in ea st around (8)
Round 6: (sc2tog)4x (4)
Join with sl st & FO
*No need to stuff tail, just pinch open end together & sew to one end of body.

Face/Head
With Tan
Round 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in ea st around (12)
Round 3: 2 sc in ea st around (24)
Round 4: sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next 3 sts, (sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st)3x, 2sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 5 sts (32)
Round 5: (sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st)7x, sc in next 4 sts (39)
Round 6: sc in next 10 sts, 2sc in next st, (sc in next 8 sts, 2sc in next st)2x, sc in next 10 sts (42)
Round 7-11: sc in ea st around (42)
Round 12: (sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog)5x, sc in next 7 sts (37)
Round 13: sc in next 7 sts, (sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts)5x (32)
Round 14: (sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog)4x, sc in next 4 sts (28)
Round 15: sc in next 4 sts, (sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts)4x (24)
Round 16: sc in ea st around (24)
Join with sl st & FO
*Add safety eyes on row 13, about 4 stitches apart; stuff & begin "fleece" section as follows:
Attach White Yarn
Round 1-2: sc in ea st around (24)
Round 3: (sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog)6x (18)
Round 4: (sc 2tog)9x (9)
Round 5: (sc2tog)3x, FO & cinch closed.
*Sew to front of body, with flatter side against the body.

Ears (make 2)
With Tan
Round 1: Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook (4)
Round 2: 2 sc in ea st around (8)
Round 3-4: sc in ea st around (8)
Round 5: (sc2tog)4x (4)
Round 6: sc in ea st around (4)
Join with sl st & FO
*No need to stuff ears, just pinch open end together & sew on either side of head on the first row below white of "fleece" section.

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Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
Proverbs 17:1 NIV

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Girls

Hello friends!
I hope you're keepin' warm. It has been so cold here! I'm normally so warm natured, but I have had a chill all the way down to my bones all day!  It's a good thing I've got stuff to keep me busy when I'm staying inside trying to keep warm. Like these Christmas postcards I started working on last night...
I made this one first...
I was so happy with how it turned out...at least until I was finished with the second one which I thought turned out better...
then this morning I immediately started working on this one....
and I like it sooooo much better than either of the first two. 
I did this fourth one today too....
She reminds me of my sister Karen....well, except for the angel part, LoL.
I really like the last two the best....but now I think I need to re-do the first two. 

Speaking of re-doing, I have started my tree skirt over twice! Both times because I wasn't happy with the color combination. Now I'm really lovin' the color combination that I've got going but I'm a bit burnt out on it. LoL  Lucky for me it's a simple pattern. :o)  I can't wait until I'm done so I can share it with you guys!
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All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16

...even if I don't blog every day! ;o)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Creative Report

I feel so much better since I made the decision to combine my blogs.
I have some very supportive friends and followers and I want to thank you all for that!

I spent a good portion of the afternoon working on the tree skirt that I'm crocheting.  We're putting up the tree tomorrow & I really want it to be done by the time we get that up. I'll share pics and the pattern link once it's all done and around the tree stand! :o)

Here's an art journal spread that I started Saturday and finished tonight...
I made this one for a prompt about "Change" over at Coach Creative Space (CCS).
What d'ya think?

Now it's time for me to take my little tired tushy to bed. 
Sweet dreams my friends!
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God who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord is faithful.
1 Corinthians 1:9 NIV

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes...

Hello my wonderful friends!!
I have finally decided to bite the bullet and combine my two blogs.
The results of the survey I posted a while back were very positive, with most people thinking it was either a great idea, or that whatever made me happy was good and only one person saying that they would leave if I did so. To that one person I apologize. I really do hope you'll reconsider and stick with me. I just can't give two blogs ample attention and I don't want to neglect either. Since this has been my main blog for so long, I will be keeping this address and will be posting everything here from now on...with a new name to reflect all creativity.

I hope that you will all understand and will continue to hang around with your friendship and support because I sure do love you guys!
♥♥♥
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
Proverbs 17:17 NLT