Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hand Size Chart

Hey Crochet Rockers,

While I was creating my seed stitch cuff (and a few other patterns I'll be adding soon) I scoured the internet for a hand size chart so I would know the average sized adult woman's hand and wrist. I took matters into my own hands and decided to create my own version to use as a reference chart and thought you might need one too!

Here is my hand size chart - Enjoy! (Keep in mind this is based on averages. Always measure for size if you are able to...especially babies.) I like having this chart and my Feet Size Chart just as a rule of thumb. It gives me starting place and I keep a copy in my crochet bag too. I've included a pdf version below for easier access.

Here is the PDF version.

xx

Seed Stitch Cuff

Hiya!

I came up with a simple new cuff last night while watching America's Got Talent. I had three things in mind as I started this project. I wanted to use this new heather gray yarn I bought on sale. I had some red buttons left from a a sweater I recycled back into yarn. And I wanted to practice the seed stitch. So I came up with the following pattern!

The cool thing about this cuff is that it can be created in just about any color, from solids to variegated, with all sorts of buttons as accent pieces. I especially loved the blood red button against the gray yarn. Also, the seed stitch looks really nice worked in the gray yarn. I hope you enjoy creating and wearing your seed stitch cuffs as much as I did and do.

Seed Stitch Cuff

Level: Beginner
Hook: H/5.00
Materials: Craft Smart Medium Weight Yarn in Gray (JoAnn's - I think?)
Key:
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet

Ch 9.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, sk sp, sc, ch 1, sk sp, sc, ch 1, sk sp, sc, ch 2, turn.
Row 2: [Sc in ch 1 sp, ch 1] 3 times, sc in last sp, ch 2, turn.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2 until cuff measures 8 inches, or desired length.


Button Hole
After you reach desired length, begin next row here:
Sc in ch 1 sp, ch 3, sk 3 sp, sc, ch 1, sc in last sp, ch 1, turn.
8 sc across to end. Finish, weave in ends.


Button
One opposite end from button hole, sew on a large button of your choice. See the images for placement. As always, if you need any help with the pattern please send me an email via the Contact page and I'll do my best to get back to you promptly.


Enjoy your trendy new cuff!

xx

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Baby & Toddler Feet Love

Because I love you already...

I have three Baby Barefoot Sandal patterns published at Craftown, (my day job!). If you liked my barefoot sandals pattern, you will LOVE these baby (or toddler) feet versions.

Baby Heart Barefoot Sandals

Baby Star Barefoot Sandals

Baby Starfish Barefoot Sandals

They are pretty much one size fits newborn up to about 3 years. I would make the ankle straps longer & maybe the toe loop longer if I made these for an elementary age kiddo. I have had so many requests for these from friends and family, I can't help but share. Enjoy the free patterns!

xx

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Foot Size Chart

Crochet Rockers,

While I was creating my hearts barefoot sandals (and a few other patterns I'll be adding soon) I scoured the internet for an easy-to-read foot size chart. Not so easy to find let me tell you! I decided to create my own version to use as a reference chart and I figured if I needed one, you might need one too!

Allow me to introduce my foot size chart - Enjoy! (Keep in mind this is based on averages. If I am able, I measure the feet of the project recipient...especially babies.) I've included a pdf version below for easier access.

Here is the PDF version.

xx

Hearts Barefoot Sandals


Hey Rockers,

This pattern has been updated/edited to be a little easier to follow and create. I've also created a YouTube video to go along with the changes in hopes that it will also be an aide to creating the pattern.
 
I am sharing my first pattern of the site and I think they turned out adorable!

August is half way over, but I couldn't help creating a pair of Barefoot Sandals with Hearts!

I hope you enjoy creating your own pair as much as I enjoyed creating this simple beginner's crochet pattern. If you need any help with the pattern please send me an email via the Contact page and I'll do my best to get back to you promptly.

Hearts Barefoot Sandals

Level: Beginner

Hook: G/4.25

Materials: Caron Simply Soft (any color)

Key:
CH = chain
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
MR = magic ring (tutorial here
SL ST = slip stitch


Pattern: (Make two)

Heart #1: Start with a MR, ch 2, dc 3, hdc 3, dc, ch 15. Sl st to first chain to form toe loop. Hdc 3, dc 3, ch 2, sl st to magic ring. Pull magic ring tight.
Break yarn, weave ends.

Heart #2: Start with a MR, ch 2, dc 3, hdc 3, dc, sl st to center of Heart #1 (opposite of toe loop, see image for position), hdc 3, dc 3, ch 2, sl st to MR. Pull magic ring tight.
Break yarn, weave ends.

(Heart #3: Optional. Repeat instructions for Heart #2 if you would like 3 hearts for your barefoot sandals.)

Ankle Strap: Ch 50, sl st to back of Heart #2. Ch 50 to finish second half of ankle strap. (See images below for reference.)





And now...for my first ever video tutorial to help you create this pattern. I'm having a little trouble embedding the video here in the blog post, so here is the link to access it on YouTube. I'll keep working at it to get it fixed.

Crochet Hearts Barefoot Sandals Tutorial - http://youtu.be/p95zpgZA0ng

Note: For extra length on the ankle straps increase the number of chains. For example, if you want the straps to wrap around ankle twice ch 100, instead of ch 50 as instructed above. This pattern is very adaptable. You can add hearts for different feet sizes or subtract hearts for kids' sizes.


Enjoy your pretty summer feet!

xx

Friday, August 10, 2012

Welcome!

...to my little crochet corner of the world wide web!

Yes, I am just one of a gazillion crochet blogs on the internet and about now you are thinking "Crazy crochet lady, why should I read, follow or bother with your blog?"

Great question! (I really have no clue how to answer this.) I am going to do my best to provide you with resources, reviews, patterns and information - all about crochet, from my perspective.

Keep it simple sweetie!

That's my big promise to you. I'll keep posts and patterns as simple as I can. And if I am going to throw you a curve ball and post something really "out-there" in terms of difficulty or just plain weird, I'll warn you. There. Now you have a head's up.

I love yarn, color and hook hoarding. Sometimes I buy yarn, not because I have a project in mind, but just because I worry that I won't be able to find that color next time. My husband says I need help. I am a busy wife and mommy to two charming boys, who make me question my sanity at least once a day. I crochet a lot of boyish patterns.

But sometimes, I go off the hook...

And create girly stuff and buy tons of pink yarn. And when I get home, my husband just shakes his head and says "You know we aren't having any more kids right?" Then, I scour my 3 year-old's preschool class for pint size models because he refuses to wear pink hats. I also crochet a lot of pink baby gifts...just to get my girl fix.

That's the basics. I created this blog to keep track of my [teeny-tiny] budding crochet business, things I learn and feel compelled to share and...my love of crochet. My goal is that here you will find...

crochet that rocks.

xx
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