Monday, April 28, 2014

Keep Calm and Rock the hook.


Happy Monday Crochet Rockers!

Look what I made over at KeepCalmStudio.com!? Because I can. And it's happy. And pink. Stay tuned for some fun changes coming to my little crochet bloggy blog. I think you'll be pleased. Here's a hint: more free patterns, crochet blogger spotlights, inspiration and so much more. We're gonna have a lot of fun together!

xx,
Tia

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Baby Starfish Barefoot Sandals


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)  
 
Help your baby make a splash at the beach or pool with their very own pair of Starfish Barefoot Sandals! These cute accents are much cooler in summer time for baby's little feet, but still punch up the cute factor. Crochet a pair in any color to match all of baby's summer outfits or beach ware. This pattern comes together fast and can easily be crocheted in one sitting. Baby barefoot sandals would also make a clever and creative baby shower gift as well. Lengthen the straps and toe loop to create barefoot sandals for kids or adult size feet.

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Size: Newborn - 12 months

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Caron Simply Soft, any color

Hook size: G/4.25mm

Abbreviations:
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
MR = magic ring/loop (tutorial)
RND = round
SL ST = slip stitch

Gauge: not needed

Instructions: (Make two)

Starfish
Create a magic ring (aka adjustable loop).
Ch 1, 12 sc in ring, tighten loop, sl st to 1st sc.
[Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc, hdc in next 2 chs, dc in next 2 chs. Skip next sp in magic ring, sl st in next space.] 6 times, and end with sl st to same sc as join from round 1. Do not fasten off, proceed to toe loop instructions.

Add the Toe Loop
Ch 15, sl st to round 1 to form the toe loop, fasten off, weave ends.

Straps
Ch 40 (Ch 80 if you want the strap to wrap twice around ankle), sl st to back of starfish point opposite of the toe loop. Ch 40 more (Ch 80 if you want the strap to wrap twice around ankle). Finish off. This forms the ankle straps. (See image.)


Rock the hook,

Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Baby-Starfish-Barefoot-Sandals.html

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baby Heart Barefoot Sandals


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)  
 
What could be cuter than your baby sporting some barefoot heart sandals this summer? These adorable heart-shaped barefoot sandals are the perfect accessories for your little angel’s wardrobe and much cooler than wearing baby shoes or socks on a hot summer outing. Plus, they are super adorable!

You can crochet a pair of barefoot sandals for your baby using this free pattern, quick and easy. That’s my favorite part of this pattern. I have made several pairs for friends’ babies and as shower gifts too. Crochet them in any color with just about any yarn (although Caron Simply Soft is a nice soft yarn to start with for delicate baby feet).

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Size: Newborn - 12 months

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Caron Simply Soft, any color

Hook size: G/4.25mm

Abbreviations:
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
MR = magic ring/loop (tutorial)
RND = round
SL ST = slip stitch

Gauge: not needed

Notes: This pattern has been updated/edited to make the heart portion 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. (The YouTube video is for the adult pair, and the beginning heart is the same on both patterns.)
Crochet Hearts Barefoot Sandals Tutorial - http://youtu.be/p95zpgZA0ng


Instructions: (Make two)

Heart -
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.

Straps -
Ch 40 (Ch 80 if you want the strap to wrap twice around ankle), sl st to back of heart opposite of the toe loop. Ch 40 more (Ch 80 if you want the strap to wrap twice around ankle). Finish off. This forms the ankle straps. (See image.)


Rock the hook,
Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Baby-Heart-Barefoot-Sandals.html

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Baby Star Barefoot Sandals


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.) 

Let your precious baby be the star of the summer with a pair of star barefoot sandals! These pretty star-shaped barefoot sandals are stellar accessories for your little star’s wardrobe and much cooler than wearing baby shoes or socks on a hot summer day.

Crochet a pair of barefoot sandals for your baby using my free pattern, and they are so quick and easy. That’s my favorite part of this project. Make several pairs for babies and as shower gifts too. Create the star barefoot sandals in many colors with just about any yarn (although Caron Simply Soft is a nice soft yarn to start with for delicate baby feet).

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Size: Newborn - 12 months

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Caron Simply Soft, any color

Hook size: G/4.25mm

Abbreviations:
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
RND = round
SL ST = slip stitch

Gauge: not needed


Instructions:

Star -
Start with a magic ring (tutorial here).
Ch 1, 10 sc in ring, tighten loop, sl st to 1st sc.
Rnd 1: [Ch 5, sl st to 2nd ch from hook, sc, hdc, dc. Skip next st in magic ring, sl st in next space.] 5 times, and end with sl st to same sc as join from round 1. Do not fasten off, proceed to toe loop instructions.

Toe Loop -
Ch 15, sl st to round 1 to form the toe loop, fasten off, weave ends.

Straps -
Ch 40 (Ch 80 if you want the strap to wrap twice around ankle), sl st to back of star point opposite of the toe loop. Ch 40 more (Ch 80 if you want the strap to wrap twice around ankle). Finish off. This forms the ankle straps. (See image.)


Rock the hook,
Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Baby-Star-Barefoot-Sandals.html

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Magic Loop Tutorial



(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)  
 
If you have crocheted for a while, you may have run across patterns that start the pattern with a “Magic Ring” or “Magic Loop.” This technique is especially popular with current crochet designers and many modern hat, sock and slipper patterns employ the “Magic Loop.”

Essentially, the Magic Loop replaces (or may substitute) the technique of creating a beginning ring by crocheting 2, 3 or 4 chains and then single or double crochet several times in the first ch space to create a base ring for patterns that require it.

I don't know its origins and many crochet bloggers and designers have awesome published tutorials for creating the Magic Ring or Loop, I suspect it may have started with Amigurumi (the Japanese art of crocheted figures, toys, etc.).  Or at least that would make the most sense, since many of the Amigurumi patterns I have followed use the Magic Loop to start various pieces of a figure or animal.

I use the Magic Loop to start almost all of the hats I crochet and most of the slipper patterns I have designed so far. I prefer the snug little starting round for my projects. I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment if you run in to any trouble spots following this tutorial.

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Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Practice yarn, any kind (worsted worked best for me to learn with)

Hook size: H/5.00mm or I/5.50mm

Gauge: Not needed for this tutorial

Abbreviations:
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochetSl st = slip stitch

Instructions:
Make a loop, about 4 – 6” from the end of your yarn. Pinch the loop between thumb and forefinger where the strands of yarn meet.
Magic Loop 1 Magic Loop 2
Insert your hook into the loop, front to back, to catch the yarn. Bring the yarn through, drawing up a small loop on your hook.
Magic Loop 3 Magic Loop 4
Ch 1. This is your anchor. (Note: I don’t usually count this as a stitch.)
Magic Loop 5 Magic Loop 6

Insert your hook into the loop again. Be sure you are still holding the loop and tail firmly between thumb and finger. Work your first sc around both loop and yarn tail.
Magic Loop 7 Magic Loop 8
Continue to sc around loop and tail until you have the desired number of sc for your foundation round. (I made 8 sc for this tutorial.)
Magic Loop 9 Magic Loop 10
Gently tug the yarn tail to close the center of your loop, creating a nice snug ring of sc’s. Sl st to the first sc in the loop to close it. Ch 1.
Magic Loop 11 Magic Loop 12

Start your second round by working 2 sc into the first sc from first round, continuing around. (16 sc)
I find I use this method of beginning patterns almost every time, even if the pattern calls for the older method of forming a base ring from making chains, connecting and/or sc into them. It’s easy to substitute in the Magic Loop, once you get the hang of it. Planet June also has an excellent tutorial for crocheting a "Magic Ring" as well as a video tutorial and instructions for left-handed crocheters.

Enjoy using your new crochet skill!
Rock the hook,
Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Magic-Loop.html
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