Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2015 Pantone Color Of The Year

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To Pantone or not, to Pantone - that is the question.

Do you Pantone? I admit it. I am obsessed with the Pantone color of the year...each and every year. Do I do anything with this information? No. No I do not. I always tell myself I am going to do SOMETHING with the knowledge of the Pantone color of the year. I am going to design an entire line of patterns all done using the Pantone color of the year.

And I have good intentions of incorporating it into my life each year. I really do. Then...I do nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch. I sit and stare at the color on Pinterest and that's about it. I may even pine a little after the color. Still, nothing comes of it. Sometimes in March, I whisper to myself that I simply must incorporate it into my wardrobe. And...you guessed it. Nope! It's October before I remember that I don't own a single garment or accessory in the glorified color.

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And just what is the Pantone color of 2015? So glad you asked. Marsala. Yes, you read that correctly. It's Marsala. I have no clue what Marsala is. I really don't.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®: "Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth." Ms. Eiseman, I mean no disrespect, however, Marsala seems to be the muddy cousin of Pomegranate. That doesn't mean I don't like it. I'm just saying that it strikes me as very "earthy" at first glance. I think I can work with this.

And for the curious crocheters and crafters now reading this, a history of Pantones.

A history of Pantones, because color.

Maybe, just maybe, 2015 will be different. Or not. I'm not much for trends to be honest. They are great in theory. It's just that I never quite catch on until the trend is about three years old. It's kind of sad. Ah well. I plan to go yarn hunting (after the holidays) for something in the Marsala color family. Or Pomegranate, because it's slightly more cheerful. And technically that still counts right?

Rock the hook,
Tia

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Coffee Cozy


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

Got mocha? Perfect for personalizing your "cup of joe" - this cute coffee cozy adds a little flair to your drink! Create a quirky coffee cozy with my free crochet pattern for yourself, a friend or as a quick gift. This project is simple and easy and great for beginners or anyone wanting a relaxing crochet project. Make some in a variety of colors and color combinations to really personalize your coffee cozy creations. This simple cozy would make a nice teacher gift too, paired with a coffee gift card of course!

*Note: This coffee cozy was made to fit a 16 oz. cup but could be easily adapted to fit larger or smaller cups.

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Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarn in "Mexicana", large button, yarn needle

Hook size: I/5.50mm

Abbreviations:
CC = change color
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
SC2TOG = single crochet decrease (or single crochet 2 together)

Gauge: 4 sc = 1 inch

Instructions:

Chain 31.
Row 1: Sc 30, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 8, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc across row, ch 1, turn. (32 sc’s)
Row 4: Sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Sc across row, ch 1, turn. (34 sc’s)
*Button closure: Ch 8, sl st to first ch. Proceed to Row 6.
Row 6: Sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 1, ch 1, turn.
Row 7: Sc across row, ch 1, turn. (37 sc’s)
Row 8: Sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 4, ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Sc across row, ch 1, turn. (40 sc’s)
Row 10: Sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 7.
Finish, weave ends in.


Bring It Together:
Using yarn and a yarn needle, sew the button onto the coffee cozy, approximately 2 inches in from edge on opposite side of button closure loop. This will make your coffee cozy fit snuggly on an average sized cardboard or Styrofoam 16 oz. coffee cup. (See image.)


Extras: The yarn I used tended to curl up so you may want to block this project when finished and before giving as a gift. Or use my shortcut: I saved a 16 oz. disposable coffee cup and used it as my form for the finished cozy. I put the cozy on the cup for a few days and that took out the kinks in the project, as the cup keeps the cozy on tight. Enjoy using or giving your finished coffee cozy!

Rock the hook,
Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Coffee-Cozy.html

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bobble Ear Warmer


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

Okay, confession time. This was one of the first patterns I designed as far as head gear. I think it turned out pretty well all things considered. And this was one of the first times I tried to photograph a person (namely me back in my short hair mode) wearing said pattern.

Looking back on the pattern (now that I am sharing it here on my blog since the rights have reverted to me) I have to say...not too shabby girl! The pattern works up nice and quick and the bobbles give it some texture to add a little interest. The Red Heart Shimmer yarn had just enough sparkle to make it holiday ready.

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Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Any Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Shimmer for the pictured ear warmer), button (a size that will fit between your dc’s)

Hook size: I/5.50mm

Abbreviations:
CC = change color
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
YO = yarn over

Gauge: 4 dc = 1 inch

Note: To form bobble – [YO, insert hook into stitch, pull through, YO, Pull through 2 loops] 5 times. You should now have 6 loops on hook. YO, pull through all 6 loops.


Instructions:

Child Size
Ch 7.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc 3. (5 dc)
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp (ch 3 in previous row). (6 dc)
Row 3: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (7 dc)
Row 4: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (8 dc)
Row 5: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (9 dc)
Row 6: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (10 dc)
Row 7: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (11 dc)
Row 8: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (12 dc)
Row 9: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (13 dc)
Row 10: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (14 dc)
Row 11: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (15 dc)
Row 12: Ch 3, turn. Dc across (do not include ch 3 sp from previous row). (15 dc)
Row 13: Ch 3, turn. Dc 2, [bobble in next st, dc 3] 3 times. (15 st) 
Row 14: Ch 3, turn, Dc across. (15 st)
Rows 15 – 26: Repeat Rows 13 & 14.
Row 27: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (14 dc)
Row 28: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (13 dc)
Row 29: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (12 dc)
Row 30: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (11 dc)
Row 31: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (10 dc)
Row 32: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (9 dc)
Row 33: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (8 dc)
Row 34: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (7 dc)
Row 35: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (6 dc)
Row 36: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (5 dc)
Finish, weave ends in.

Sew Button on one end of your ear warmer. Make sure it is sewn onto the side with bobbles facing out. You have finished your adjustable Bobble Ear Warmer. Now try it on and button it at the most comfortable place for your head.


Adult Size
Ch 7.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc 3. (5 dc)
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Dc across. (5 dc)
Row 3: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp (ch 3 in previous row). (6 dc)
Row 4: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (7 dc)
Row 5: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (8 dc)
Row 6: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (9 dc)
Row 7: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (10 dc)
Row 8: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (11 dc)
Row 9: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (12 dc)
Row 10: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (13 dc)
Row 11: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (14 dc)
Row 12: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (15 dc)
Row 13: Ch 3, turn. Dc across (do not include ch 3 sp from previous row). (15 dc)
Row 14: Ch 3, turn. Dc across. (15 dc)
Row 15: Ch 3, turn. Dc 2, [bobble in next st, dc 3] 3 times. (15 st) 
Row 16: Ch 3, turn, Dc across. (15 st)
Rows 17 – 28: Repeat Rows 15 & 16.
Row 29: Ch 3, turn. Dc across. (15 dc)
Row 30: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (14 dc)
Row 31: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (13 dc)
Row 32: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (12 dc)
Row 33: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (11 dc)
Row 34: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. DC across. (10 dc)
Row 35: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (9 dc)
Row 36: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (8 dc)
Row 37: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (7 dc)
Row 38: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (6 dc)
Row 39: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (5 dc)
Row 40: Ch 3, turn. Dc in each stitch across. (5 dc)
Finish, weave ends in.

Sew Button on one end of your ear warmer. Make sure it is sewn onto the side with bobbles facing out. You have finished your adjustable Bobble Ear Warmer. Now try it on and button it at the most comfortable place for your head.


Rock the hook,
Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Bobble-Ear-Warmer.html
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