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As I mentioned in my main blog, my Aunt Sheila sent me a box of yarn!

In addition to a thank-you note, I decided to also send her a scarf!

It works up very quickly.

If you know how to make a double and a single crochet, then you’ll be able to make this scarf!

Please note, I am using the standard naming conventions used in the United States.  In Europe and other parts other world the naming convention may be different!

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I used a lightweight 3-ply yarn and a size G/6, or 4.25mm hook.

The first row is all double crochet.

The general pattern in the second row is to skip one stitch, then crochet a double in the next four stitches. 

For the fifth stitch, yarn-over, just like a double crochet, then reaching backward to the first double, place the hook behind it (where you skipped one).  You pick up the yarn from the back, then pull the yarn to the front and through the loops on the hook, also like a double crochet.

The yarn will wrap around the other four stitches.

Huh?

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This is the “reverse”side of the scarf. If you look at one set of stitches you can see that one stitch wraps around the other four. 

It does not hook into the base of the next stitch!

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The next few rows alternate all doubles, or the pattern.

For this scarf there are seven rows , four all double and three of the pattern.

When you have a simple pattern like this, the alternating rows can allow the pattern to become distinct, even though the yarn is variegated.

The border is a row consisting of a basic single crochet, chain one repeat, followed by a row of all singles.

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That’s it!

Easy – Easy – Easy!

In case you’re wondering how I chose the crochet hook, there is a simple way to get some guidance on that, too!

The label on the skein of yarn provides washing instructions and other information including the recommended size for crochet hooks or knitting needles.

Since I don’t typically use this weight of yarn I just went with the recommended size. If you crochet a swatch or other small amount you can then decided if you want to change the size of the hook.

Did I say it was easy?  Oh, yeah – I did!

Stay tuned!  In a later post I’ll share what I  made with the yarn my aunt sent to me!

Happy Crocheting!

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Posted on: June 23, 2012

Hello!

I haven’t posted anything recently on this site because I’ve been busy with a large crochet project!

Since the Weekly Photo Challenge is Create I decided to post a number of times to my main blog, Comments from Cathy.

Please click the link to see a gift bag, shawls and lots of Christmas Stockings!

Here’s a preview!

Thanks for visiting!

Happy Crocheting!

When I travel on business I often pack yarn and various hooks.2012-04-27_09-56-43_791

This time I brought a couple of lightweight skeins in shades of blue.

There is a little person on the way in a number of weeks, so it was time to get ready!

Here are a few photos showing when I started.  I was in flight.  The seat trays were up, so this first little bit is on my lap.

The pattern is a basic half-double, then chain one.

 

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As you can see by the time the plane landed, less than two hours later, I was able to make some progress!

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I managed to take a few photos even though there were shadows across the seat tray.

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I continued the day after my travels.  When it was approximately 30” square I continued the pattern around each side. The corners were half-double, chain two, half-double.  I continued for several rounds.

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The last row is half-doubles in the chain spaces all the way around.   The corners were half-double, chain two, half-double, same as all the other corners.

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I’m looking forward to sending it on its way to mommy and baby!

Happy Crocheting!

In yesterday’s post I said I made a gift bag…and something was inside!

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Well…the bag contained a hat and a pair of booties!  They are for a little guy who was is only a few weeks old.

By the time cold weather rolls around he should be able to wear them!

The hat is made using a variation on a basic hat pattern.

Some hat patterns call for a rectangle that is joined at a seam to form a tube.  From there a piece of yarn runs through the top edge and is pulled tight like a drawstring. Turn it inside out and weave in all the edges – and there you have it!

I varied this basic pattern.In_the_bag3_033012

I used basic ribbing in half-double crochet to form a rectangle. (Half-double in the back loop only.)

Once I folded the rectangle in half and made the seam, I made a row of single crochet around the top, decreasing (single crochet two together) every six stiches.  (Yes, count the stiches first!)

The next row was decreased every five stiches.  The next row was decreased every four stiches.

The reason for doing this is to have less bulk when you finally do insert a drawstring and pull it closed!In_the_bag2_033012

The little mukluks are a favorite pattern.  I’ve made many pair of these.  I love to watch the little booties take shape!  Once you’re done they look like they’re going to march away!

The pattern is from Bernat.

The pattern is free but you may need to register on the web site to see it – http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=4185&cps=21191

I had a lot of fun setting up the past two posts…I think I may do this every so often.

Stay tuned for more crocheting including more of “What’s in the Bag?”

Happy Crocheting!

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Here is a nice little gift bag with navy and gray stripes.

I made it to house a present that I’ll be giving away soon.

It’s done in the round with half-double crochet.

It has a curly-Q tie.

To insert the tie there is full row of a half-double and a one-chain repeat.

The last row is done in single crochet to finish the edge.

But…what’s in the bag?

More to come!

I am finally participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post!  This week’s theme is Design.  Rather than posting from my main blog, Comments from Cathy, it seemed to fit the theme better if I posted from my crochet blog!

After all my Christmas crocheting my stash consisted of numerous small balls of yarn. I decided to use up as much as I could by making a laptop case for my new mini.

This design is my own. I hope you like it!  I’ve been known to make a variety of bags for different occasions.  This was is a bit different from the others because of the striping pattern and the variety of colors.

Here are the front and the back…

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The opening and the tie/closure.

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Here’s a close-up of the opening as the fabric is doubled.

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As far as the stripes…there’s a pattern that’s said to be pleasant to the eye.  It occurs in nature and is called the Fibonacci sequence.  Since I had varying lengths of yarn in my stash this seemed to be a natural choice!

The striping pattern is 1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13, then decreasing (from 13 ) – 8 – 5- 3 – 2 – 1 – 1.

For the Math aficionados, add the preceding row to get the next result:

0 + 1 = 1

1 + 1 = 2

2 + 1 + 3

3 + 2 = 5 etc.

Because of the size of the case I stopped at 13 rows as far as the sequence. You can see this on the back side.

The last photo shows the case in action as I was in getting ready to use the netbook at the airport!

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If you’d like to know more about the Fibonacci sequences see Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number.

Happy Crocheting!

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What better way to show off my fingerless gloves than with a song featuring my pal Taylor!

These gloves are made of a soft wool and cashmere blend, finer than other yarns I’m generally used to using.  The little skein felt so wonderful in my hands that I decided the finished items should cradle my hands as well!

Made in the round, there are multiple rows of single, then double and finally half double crochet.  For those of you who crochet or knit, the general shape may look like similar to a sock without the heel and toe.

Fun to make, fun to wear, and as shown in the pictures they allow lots of movement!

Yes, the picture below is the same one from my main blog, Comments from Cathy.  Please take a moment to visit!

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A word about patterns…the patterns that I’ve used in this post and the previous one are from my own little head.  I’m saying this because I want to be sure and give appropriate credit if I follow a pattern.  Happy crocheting!