Monday, November 12, 2018

Advent Scarf 2018





PATTERN LINK: ADVENT SCARF 2018

Join me for a crochet-a-long this holiday season. I have designed a unique sampler scarf that coincides with the Advent season. Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas – 23 days. This year it begins on December 02, 2018. On this day you will crochet the start of a lovely, lacy scarf. Each day thereafter, a new stitch pattern will be introduced and added to the previous one. By December 24th, you will have completed your Advent Scarf. Be sure to download and read thoroughly the TUTORIAL so you will be prepared to crochet the scarf as designed. This is NOT a mystery CAL – photos are included with each stitch pattern.


HOW DO I GET THE PATTERN?
Download the Placeholder (contains all info) and the Tutorial NOW. Once you have purchased the pattern and the CAL begins on 12/02, you will receive a daily update notice via email and/or Ravelry pm that provides a link to the updated pattern. This year there will be only one pdf pattern document, and each new pattern page will be added to it. You will simply print the new page every day. We officially begin with the first stitch pattern on Sunday, December 2nd.

DISCOUNTS
ONLY $1 - thru end of day 12/02/2018
50% OFF - 12/03/2018 thru end of day 12/31/2018
Thereafter – full price of $4.98

IMPORTANT
Please be aware that once you have purchased the Advent Scarf pattern, you will automatically receive email and/or Ravelry messages on a DAILY basis, informing you when each days stitch pattern is available. You will receive a separate message every day for 23 days – that’s a minimum of 23 messages for the duration of the CAL. If you wish to drop out of the CAL and stop receiving the daily messages, you must remove the pattern from your Ravelry Library and/or access the unsubscribe link in any of the notification emails. I am personally not able to discontinue the emails once your purchase has been made.

SCHEDULE
December 02, 2018– Begin Day #1.
December 24, 2018 – End with Day #23.
Total of 23 days.


ADVENT DAILY SCRIPTURE & DEVOTIONS
I am again working in association with the Lutheran Hour Ministries to provide accompanying daily scripture and devotions here on my blog. This year’s devotional series is entitled, “The Coming King.” 
Copyright is owned by the International Lutheran Laymen’s League, and used with permission of the Lutheran Hour Ministries, all right reserved. Lutheran Hour Ministries:   https://www.lhm.org/

MATERIALS
Yarn:
Cascade Venezia Sport

Total Amount:
2 skeins
200 g / 7 oz
615 yds / 562.5 m

Color:
177 – Orchid Haze

Other:
Crochet Hk size H / 5.0 mm
Tapestry needle
Stitch Markers

Gauge:
One row of 25 sc = approx. 6”
Gauge is not really relevant.

Size of Scarf:          
Without Border (blocked) – 6” X 71”
With Border (blocked) – 10” X 75”


Not sure if you want to join the CAL?
Check out Advent Scarves from previous years.
Advent Scarf 2017

You can CAL with me here:
Ravelry Group: Melinda Miller Designs
Facebook Group: Crochet Time with Melinda Miller Designs
 


Monday, October 1, 2018

Autumn on My Mind


Here we are in October, with Halloween and Christmas on display all around us. The temperature is starting to fall, daylight is starting to get a little shorter, and I’m starting to dream of hot cocoa, falling leaves, brisk breezes, and rich autumnal colors. This is my absolute favorite time of year, and to get us all in the mood for Autumn, I’ve designed a very richly textured afghan block to herald in the season.

This afghan block was designed especially for the 2018 Crochet Block-a-Month CAL on Ravelry. I’ve been contributing designs every single year since inception of this forum, with the exceptions of 2008 and 2014. This group has always had a special place in my heart because this is where my obsession with afghan blocks blossomed and also where I’ve made some very special crochet friends. If you’d like a nice place to hang out with your hooks and yarn, then I recommend you drop in and see what it’s all about.

Click on link below:


Now let’s get down to business! The following pattern is rated Intermediate, and you will need to be mindful of stitch placements and where to join new rounds. For your convenience, I’ve included round by round photos – so hopefully your hooking experience will be most enjoyable.


© 2018 Melinda Miller – All rights reserved

MATERIALS & GUIDELINES

ANY WORSTED WEIGHT YARN
I USED CASCADE 220 SUPERWASH ARAN
A: Deep Jungle
B: Sunflower
C: Lemon
D: Pumpkin
E: Maroon

CROCHET HOOK SIZE J / 6.0 mm
STITCH MARKERS
TAPESTRY NEEDLE

ABBREVIATIONS:
Beg = beginning
Ch/s = chain/s
Dc= double crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Hk = hook
Lp/s = loop/s
Pm = place marker
Prev = previous
Rep = repeat
Rm = remove marker
Rnd = round
Sc = single crochet
Sk = skip/skipped
Sl St = slip stitch
Sp/s = space/s
St/s = stitch/es
Tr = treble crochet
Yo = yarn over

SPECIAL STITCHES:
Beg V-st: [Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch-1), dc] in same st/sp.
Dtr (double treble crochet): Yo hk 3 times, insert hk in specified st, yo, pull up a lp, [yo, draw through 2 lps on hk] 4 times.
Fpdtr (front post double treble): Yo hk  3 times, insert hk from front to back and to front again around post of st indicated, yo and pull up a lp, [yo, draw through 2 lps on hk] 4 times.
Fpsc (front post single crochet): Insert hk from front to back and to front again around post of st indicated, yo and pull up a lp, complete as regular sc.
Pc (popcorn): Work 5 dc in same st, drop lp from hk, insert hk from front to back through top of first st made, place dropped lp on hk and pull through st.
Sc2tog (single crochet 2 stitches together): [Insert hk in next st, yo and pull up lp] twice, yo and draw through all lps on hk.

Shell: (5 tr, ch 2, 5 tr) in same st.
TrV-st: [(Tr, ch 1) 2 times, tr] in same st.
V-st: (Dc, ch 1, dc) in same st/sp.


NOTES:

1. When ending a Rnd, always join with a sl st to top of beg ch or to beg st - unless otherwise noted.
2. A ch-3 at beg of Rnd counts as the first dc.
3. When joining a new color to the prev Rnd, either join in the exact location indicated,
or to a mirror stitch.



INSTRUCTIONS

With A ch 4, join into a ring, or make a magic ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join. Finish off. (12 dc)



Rnd 2: Join B with sl st to any dc, ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join. (24 dc)



Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] around, join. Finish off. (36 dc)







































Rnd 4: Join A with sc to any dc, sc in next 2 sts, [fpdtr around post of Rnd 1 dc directly below, sc in next 3 dc] around omitting last 3 sc, join. (12 fpdtr, 36 sc)






































Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, join. Finish off. (48 sc)
 
Note: In Rnds 6 & 10, push the dtr to front of work as it has a tendency to protrude to the back.

Rnd 6: Join C with sc to join, [dtr in next st, sc in next st] around omitting last sc, join. (24 dtr, 24 sc) 
 
Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 5. Finish off. (48 sc)



Rnd 8: Join D with sc to first sc to the right of join, [sk next 3 sc, Shell in next sc, sk next 3 sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, sk next 3 sc – pm in first of these 3 sk sc, sc in next sc] around omitting last sc, join. Finish off. (4 Shells, 8 sc, 4 ch-3)






















































































Rnd 9: Join E with sl st to ch-2 sp of any Shell, ch 3, 8 dc in same sp, [Ch 7, sl st in marked sc on Rnd 7 enclosing Rnd 8 ch-3 and rm, ch 3, pc in next sk sc on Rnd 7enclosing same Rnd 8 ch-3, ch 3, sl st in next sk sc on Rnd 7 enclosing same Rnd 8 ch-3, ch 7, 9 dc in next ch-2 corner sp] around omitting last 9 dc, join. Finish off.
(4 pc, 8 ch-7, 36 dc)





















































































Rnd 10: Join B with sc to first dc of any 9-dc group, [(dtr in next st, sc in next st) 4 times, sk next 2 tr on Rnd 8 Shell, (sc in next tr of same Shell enclosing the ch-7) 3 times, ch 2, pc in next ch-3 sp to right of pc, ch 2, (pc, ch 2, pc) in top of next pc, ch 2, pc in ch-3 sp to left of pc, ch 2, (sc in next tr of next Rnd 8 Shell enclosing the ch-7) 3 times, sc in next dc of 9-dc group] around omitting last sc, join. Finish off. (16 pc, 16 dtr, 20 ch-2, 44 sc)






















































































Rnd 11: Join A with sc to join, [(2 sc in next st) 7 times, sc in next 4 sts, dtr in front of piece into same Rnd 7 sc with Rnd 9 pc, sc in next ch-2, (fpsc around top of next pc, 2 sc in next ch-2) 3 times, fpsc around top of next pc, sc in next ch-2 sp, dtr into same Rnd 7 sc with Rnd 9 pc, sc in next 4 sc] around omitting last sc, join. Finish off.
(8 dtr, 16 fpsc, 120 sc)






















































































 Rnd 12: Join C with sl st 2 sts to the right of join, ch 5 (counts as tr and ch 1), (tr, ch 1, tr) in same st, [sk next 3 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, sk next 3 sts, TrV-st in next st, sk next 6 sts, sc in next 4 sts, sk next 6 sts, TrV-st in next st] around omitting last TrV-st, join with sl st to 4th ch of beg ch-5. Finish off. (8 TrV-st, 4 corner ch-1, 8 dc, 40 hdc, 16 sc)





























































Rnd 13: Join D with sc to any ch-1 corner sp, (hdc, sc) in same sp, [sc in next 7 sts, (sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next st) 2 times, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, (sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next st) 2 times, sc in next 6 sts, (sc, hdc, sc) in next ch-1 sp] around omitting last corner group, join. (27 sc per side, 4 hdc)









































Rnd 14: Sl st into next hdc, Beg V-st in same st, sk next st, [V-st in next st, sk next st] around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4. Finish off. (56 V-st)







































Rnd 15: Join B with sl st to the ch-1 sp of any V-St in a corner hdc, (Beg V-st, ch 1, V-st) in same sp, [(V-st in ch-1 sp of next V-st) to corner V-st, (V-st, ch 1, V-st) in same sp] around omitting last corner group, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4. Finish off.
(15 V-st per side, 4 ch-1 corner sp)





































Rnd 16: Join C with sc to any ch-1 corner sp, (hdc, sc) in same sp, [sc in next dc, (sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next dc, sk next dc) 14 times, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next dc, (sc, hdc, sc) in next ch-1 corner sp] around omitting last corner group, join. Finish off. (33 sc per side, 4 hdc)





































Rnd 17: Join E with sc to any corner hdc, (hdc, sc) in same st, [sc in each st to next corner hdc, (sc, hdc, sc) in hdc] around omitting last corner group, join. Finish off. 
(35 sc per side, 4 hdc)





































Weave in all ends, block.
© 2018 Melinda Miller – All rights reserved


Find me here, and CAL with other like-minded souls.