Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Quarantine CAL - Week 1

A big hello from my home to yours! Are you ready to begin our Quarantine CAL? Here's how it will work.

1. Each week I'll give you a special link so you can view a bundle of eight (8) different dishcloth patterns designed by me. These are not new designs, but since I pulled this CAL together at short notice, we'll use them. And I have so many to choose from. From the eight (8) pattern bundle, you can choose one or more to make for that week. Your choice.

2. Since my cutie pie granddaughter, Paisley, is also stuck at home, I've recruited her to help out with the CAL. Paisley has chosen her own favorite dishcloth for each week. Her assignment was to create some artwork and a photo for each week. She did such a great job (thanks for mommy's help), and is excited to participate in the CAL. So each week we'll present Paisley's Pick. If you choose to make Paisley's Pick, we'd love to see your creative photos of that dishcloth. This is a great way to involve the kids or grandkids, your pet, or even the hubby! Let's have some fun while we're isolated!

3. I didn't have time to design new dishcloths this year, but I did design some coasters. Each week I'll present a new coaster in combination with your dishcloth choices. These coasters are pretty and quick to make. You can easily make a set of 6 or 8 in a day's time. Just use the same cotton for both the dishcloths and the coasters.

Let's get started!



CHECKERBOARD COASTER PATTERN


MATERIALS & GUIDELINES

YARN
Use 100% cotton yarn.
I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton
A – Deep Turquoise
B – Aqua
WEIGHT
4 - Medium
SKILL LEVEL
Easy
HOOK
H / 5.0 mm
FINISHED SIZE
4” square
OTHER
Tapestry Needle, Scissors



ABBREVIATIONS
Beg = beginning
BL = back loop
Ch/s = chain/s
Dc = double crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Rnd = round
Sc = single crochet
Sk = skip/skipped
Sl st = slip stitch
Sp/s = space/s
St/s = stitch/es


INSTRUCTIONS

Rnd. 1: With A ch 5, join with sl st to form a ring – or make a magic circle, ch 3 (count as dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 2, [3 dc in ring, ch 2] 3 times, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3. Finish off. (12 dc, 4 ch-2)

Rnd. 2: Join B with sl st to any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, [ch 1, sk next 3 dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp] around omitting last 6 dc, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3. Finish off. (24 dc, 4 ch-2, 4 ch-1)

Rnd. 3: Join A with sc to any ch-2 sp, (hdc, sc) in same sp, [sc in BL of next 2 dc, sk next dc, working in front of Rnd. 2, dc in next 3 unworked dc on Rnd. 1, sk next dc on Rnd. 2, sc in BL of next 2 dc, (sc, hdc, sc) in next ch-2 sp] around omitting last 3 sts, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off. (12 dc, 4 hdc, 24 sc)

Rnd. 4: Join B with sl st to BL of any corner hdc, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same st, [ch 1, sk next 3 sc, dc in BL of  next 3 dc, ch 1, sk next 3 sc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in BL of next hdc] around omitting last 6 corner dc, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3. Finish off.
 (36 dc, 4 ch-2, 8 ch-1)

Rnd. 5: Join A with sc to any corner ch-2 sp, (hdc, sc) in same sp, [sc in BL of next 2 dc, sk next dc, working in front of Rnd 4, dc in next 3 unworked sc on Rnd. 3, sc in BL of next 3 dc on Rnd. 4, working in front of Rnd 4, dc in next 3 unworked sc on Rnd. 3, sk next dc on Rnd. 4, sc in BL of next 2 dc, (sc, hdc, sc) in next ch-2 sp] around omitting last 3 corner sts, join with sl st to beg sc. (64 sts)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, [(sc, hdc, sc) in next hdc, sc in next 15 sts] around omitting last sc, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off, weave in ends. (72 sts)


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Remember, choose as many dishcloths as you'd like to make, as well as the coaster. Hop over to my Ravelry or Facebook groups to share your work.



Paisley's Pick for Week 1
Squeaky Clean Mouse Dishcloth
Show us your fun and creative photos!



Just in case you haven't seen - I am the featured designer for Crochetville's NatCroMo Blog Tour 2020 for March 31st. Check out my interview and special offer here:


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NATCROMO2020 - Featured Designer

Hi folks!

Today, I am the featured designer for Crochetville's NATCROMO 2020 Blog Tour. I hope y'all have been hooking away during this special month of crochet goodness - especially since many of us are quarantined. My workload hasn't changed much, as I design from home. So, if anything, I have an incentive to design even more lovely things for you to make while you're in isolation. I do have several new designs currently in the testing phase, so watch for announcements coming soon. 

Here's what's hookin':


Currently in progress - please join in!



Begins April 01, 2020



From now through April 30, 2020
Enjoy 30% off all of my self-published patterns. No quantity limits, may use more than once. Use coupon code:  NATCROMO2020

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Part Five - Flowers on the Vine


Today is a flowery day. Our last panel for My Favorite Things Afghan is an ode to all those beautiful, aromatic flowers that make our lives so much sweeter. What a pretty way to finish up our favorite things. Flowers on the vine adds a special touch to complete your blanket.




DISCOUNTS – use coupon codes below.
All of Mar – Only $1.99 with code MARCH-FAVORITE
All of Apr – Only $2.99 with code APRIL-FAVORITE
Thereafter – Full Price of $4.98

CAL SCHEDULE
PART ONE – Jan 31 – Feb 14 (2 weeks)
PART TWO - Feb 14 – Feb 28 (2 weeks)
PART THREE – Feb 28 – Mar 13 (2 weeks)
PART FOUR – Mar 13 – Mar 27 (2 weeks)
PART FIVE - Mar 27 – Apr 10 (2 weeks)
PART SIX – Apr 10 – Apr 24 (2 weeks)
CATCH UP TIME - Apr 30 (CAL officially over)


SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate – Due to various techniques used.


YARN
I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice - but use the yarn of your choice. See the Placeholder for yardages and specifics.
This is a great stash buster project!

MC – Fisherman – 4 skeins (Square Borders & Join)
A – Mustard – 2 skeins
B – Rose Shocking – ½ skein
C – Pistachio – 1 skein
D – Dark Grey Heather – ½ skein
E – Dusty Purple – 2 skeins
F – Rust – 1 skein
G – Periwinkle – 2 skeins
H – Dusty Blue – 2 skeins
I – Peacock – 3 skeins (Afghan Border)
J – Sage – 2 skeins
K – Honey – 2 skeins
L – Barley – ½ skein
M – Patchwork Grey – ½ skein
N – Lemon – ½ skein
O – Linen – ½ skein


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