Saturday, December 31, 2011

On Our Way Into 2012


May your year be full of peace, love, joy and abundant blessings my friends!

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

Friday, December 23, 2011

Child's Super Bulky HDC Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern

Hello friends!
Here's a hat I made for my niece and I thought I'd share how I made it with you.
I wrote it down as I went along, but have not made a second one to test it out so please, if you find any errors or have any questions, let me know.
PDF also available on my free patterns page. 



Child's Super Bulky HDC Beanie
(with or without ear flaps)
©Anita Elmore
http://aseknc.blogspot.com/
aseknc.blogspot.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!


SIZE
Child (5-12)

MATERIALS
Hook: P (16 mm)
Yarn: Super Bulky (6)

ABBREVIATIONS
Ch = chain
ea = each
st = stitch
sc = single chain
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
fo = finish off

**do no turn work unless specified**

BEANIE
Ch 2
Round 1: sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook, join. (6)
Round 2: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in same st, 2hdc in ea remaining st around, join. (12)
Round 3: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in same st, hdc in next st *2hdc in next st, hdc in next st *around, join (18)
Round 4: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st *hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st *around, join (24)
Round 5: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts *around, join (30)
Round 6-12: Ch 1 loosely, hdc in next st and ea remaining st around, join (30)

If you prefer a basic beanie without ear flaps, then finish off at this point. Otherwise, continue with pattern....

EAR FLAPS
#1
Ch 1, hdc in next 5 sts, turn.
Ch 1, skip 1st st, hdc in rem 4 sts, turn
Ch 1, skip 1st st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, fo.
This will leave 2 holes at the bottom of the flap.

#2
Join yarn with sl st in 8th st from ear flap #1 and continue following pattern as written for #1

**There will be more space between the flaps across the front of the hat then there is across the back.**

BRAIDS
Cut 12 strips of yarn, each about a yard long. Thread 6 through the front hole at the bottom of ea flap and braid until you have approximately 3½" of unbraided yarn at the end. Secure by making one big knot with the remaining yarn.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

Our Christmas tree this year.....
(with the exception of a few new ornaments, not much different than last year)

Our Zoe LOVES the Christmas tree...

you can almost always find asleep under it....so sweet!

Here's a video that my Damon made of Zoe.
It's a comparison of her from when we got her, December last year and this year....
                               

And today, we got snow...

What about you?
Do you celebrate Christmas?
If so, have you put your tree up yet?
Have you gotten snow this year?
What cute (or crazy) things have your furbabies done lately?

♥♥♥
You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Americana Pillow - Free Crochet Pattern

Hello friends! I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend!
I just finished commissioned order for an Americana Pillow and I thought I'd share my pattern with you. I wrote it down as I went along, but have not made a second pillow to test it out so please, if you find any errors or have any questions, let me know.

Voor Nederlandse vertaling klik hier.
Dank je Haken met Mij! 

**4/29/2013 - Rows 13 & 14: Both rows should be BLUE-Hdc 17 (not 18). 
It has now been corrected in both the online and PDF versions of the pattern.
A big thank you to Yvonne for your sweet and helpful comment!


Americana Pillow Crochet Pattern
©Anita Elmore
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
Hooks: I and J aluminum
            4 steel
Yarn: worsted weight (red, off white & blue)
          size 10 crochet cotton (off-white/ecru)
3" thick Polly Foam (pillow foam), cut to 7"x11"


FRONT
With J hook & red yarn, Ch 43 sts.
Switch to I hook.

Row 1: RED-Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and ea ch across. Ch 2, turn. (40)
Row 2: Hdc in ea st across. FO (40)
Row 3: OFF WHITE-Hdc in ea st across. Ch 2, turn. (40)
Row 4: Hdc in ea st across. FO (40)
Row 5-12: repeat rows 3 and 4, alternating red and white every 2 rows. (40)
Row 13: RED-Hdc 23, BLUE-Hdc 17 (40)
Row 14: BLUE-Hdc 17, RED-Hdc 23 (40)
Row 15-26: repeat rows 13 and 14, alternating red and white every 2 rows. FO (40)

BACK
Using only blue, follow Rows 1-26 of FRONT.


STARS
Using No.4 steel hook and crochet cotton, make 18:
ch 2
5sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st
*ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in next st*repeat 4 more times, FO

Referring to image for placement, sew stars to blue area on front piece.
With right sides facing each other, whip stitch the sides of the front and back pieces together, leaving top and bottom open.
Single crochet bottom closed.
Insert poly foam.
Single crochet top closed.  
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