Zoe’s Dance Bag


Patterns:

Bag – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wrapped-ombre-tote-bag

Letters – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-moogly-crochet-alphabet

Mandalahttps://crochetmillan.com/2016/10/30/my-little-cherry-blossom-mandal/amp/

Materials:

Caron Cakes in Rainbow Sherbet

I Hook (Furls) for the bag

E Hook for the letters and Mandala 


Notes:

Made it a smaller by 1 set of 6 sts. 

84 sts around

Handles: placed markers at 11, 31, 53, and 73. Chained 50 for each handle. Try standing sc for the handles. 

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Elegant Caron Cake Hat


I’ve had this pattern on pinterest for a while.  I don’t love it quite as much as I had hoped but I do like the color contrasts, particularly in the bottom half of the hat.

Materials:

Caron Cakes (about 1/3 of a cake) in Pistachio

G Hook (Furls)

Pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elegant-hat-200.  This is a free pattern from Crochet Kim.

Notes:

I added rows after rows 25 and 32.  If I make this again I would add a few more rows to the brim.  It fits my massive noggin but if I make it for anyone else, I will go down a hook size to my (recently overworked) Furls F Hook.

Linzer Star Cookies

We were delivering a meal to a new Mom in our MOMS Club this week so had an opportunity to bake.  Got the urge to try something new!  I could have sworn I had a heart shape linzer cookie set in my stash but, alas, I only had spring ones. It may be a little warmer this week but I felt like tulips would be going a little too far. So I improvised with fluted and star shaped cutters instead. 

Loosely followed a linzer cookie recipe in my Martha Stewart Baking book, omitting the nuts and using strawberry jam instead of raspberry (which wasn’t on purpose – I was so busy checking the carbs on the back of the label that I didn’t double check the front). 


I had hoped that I’d be able to freeze the leftovers for an event I’m hosting next week but the baking mad 8 year old had other ideas … so I guess I’ll get to use the cutters that just so happened to get ordered from Amazon this week. 

Belated Christmas Gifts

I intended to make my husband a hat and scarf for Christmas.  He has so far escaped owning any of my crocheted creations.  My pooling scarf was taking forever so I switched to the hat so he’d be able to open one of them on Christmas morning.  The scarf was finally completed this week. . . at least it’ll still be cool enough for him to wear it.

Hat


I can’t knit but love the look.  This was an interesting one to try and a good challenge with a couple of new techniques.

Materials:

Vannas Choice in Navy

F Hook (Furls)

Pattern:

A paid pattern by A Crocheted Simplicity.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-look-everyday-beanie–slouch

Scarf


Materials:

Patons Canadiana in Blue Wedgewood (from the Dollar Tree no less. . . oh how I wish they carried yarn on a regular basis).  3 Balls

F Hook (Furls)

Pattern:

I detailed how I’ve been approaching pooling in this earlier post.  https://katescakescookiesandcrochet.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/dollar-tree-discoveries/. This ended up being 65″ long. 

Japanese Flower Hat Challenge

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I was contacted by someone in my favourite crochet group (Repeat Crafter Me Crochet) to see if I could help come up with a pattern for a hat she’d seen.  It has some similarities to the Jasmine hat that I made recently.  I figured I’d give it a try and this is what I came up with.  We haven’t been able to find a true link for the picture. . . just this from one of the Chinese selling sites.

If you want to give this a try, I strongly suggest getting familiar with Chainless Foundation Stitches.  I uses them constantly in this pattern.  I got the hang of them by watching these videos from Maggie’s Crochet Blog.  You’ll be really good at them by the time you’re done.

Chainless Foundation SC

Chainless Foundation HDC

Chainless Foundation DC

Materials:

F Hook, E Hook (I crochet LOOSELY. So consider going up a hook size or two).

Light weight (3) yarn.  I used Bernat Softee Baby in Soft Red (which is much more of a pink colour if you ask me).  Now having completed it, cotton would probably hold the flimsy shape better.

Stitches:

Chainless Foundation Slip Stitch (CF Sl St) – Insert hook through ch underneath the last stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop, ch 1, pull through 1 loop on hook.

Chainless Foundation Single Crochet (CF SC) – Insert hook through ch underneath the last stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop, ch 1, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook.

Chainless Foundation Half Double Crochet (CF HDC) – Yarn over, Insert hook through ch underneath the last stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop, ch 1, yarn over and pull through 3 loops on hook.

Chainless Foundation Double Crochet (CF DC) – Yarn over, Insert hook through ch underneath the last stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop, ch 1, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through final 2 loops on hook.

Pattern:

Petal pattern: Each petal consists of the same repeating pattern.  The only difference is where the slip stitch is placed.

CF Sl St, CF SC, CF HDC, 3 CF DCs, CF HDC, CF SC, CF Sl St.  The slip stitches become the centers of the flowers.

Chart:


Round 1:  Use a F hook.  Ch2, CF Sl St in second ch from hook, CF SC, CF HDC, 3 CF DCs, CF HDC, CF SC, CF Sl St. to complete first petal.  Continue to create petals around (CF SC, CF HDC, 3 CF DCs, CF HDC, CF SC, CF Sl St.) until you have reached the desired circumference of the hat.  In my example I had eight petals for a 21″ circumference.  Slip st to first Sl St to join.

Round 2:  Inverted V Petals. Ch 1 in Sl St to secure, CF SC in same Sl St, continue to complete two petals (CF HDC, 3 CF DCs, CF HDC, CF SC, CF Sl St., CF SC, CF HDC, 3 CF DCs, CF HDC, CF SC), slip stitch into the next slip stitch along from round one (see chart).  Repeat around until you have two petals creating a triangle with each horizontal petal from round one (16 petals)

Round 3:  Horizontal Petals. Slip stitch up the first petal in round two until you reach the center slip stitch (7 or 8 sl sts).

Create one petal in between each inverted V (CF SC, CF HDC, 3 CF DCs, CF HDC, CF SC), slip stitch into the slip stitch between the two petals.  Continue around (8 petals).

Round 4: Repeat Round 2.

Round 5: Change to E hook. Repeat Round 3.

Round 6: Repeat Round 2.

Round 7: Repeat Round 3.

Round 8: Repeat Round 2. Finish off with an 8″ tail.  With a yarn needle, thread through each slip stitch at the top of the Vs in Round 8 and gather together to close the hat.  Attach a pom pom to the top and weave in ends.

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