Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Falling Star - 12" Square

Here's my newest pattern - just in time for Christmas. The center star was originally going to be a flower, but it turned out to be a star instead. Oh well, I like it this way. Someone on Ravelry said that the row of picots reminded them of a string of Christmas lights. How neat! It does at that! Check out all the beautiful versions of this square HERE ON RAVELRY. Remember that you need to be logged in to Ravelry for the above link to work.



SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE: 12” square

MATERIALS: Worsted weight yarn
4 colors – 1 oz. each
Crochet hook size H / 5.0 mm
Tapestry needle


STITCH GUIDE: Sl St= slip stitch
Sc = single crochet
Hdc= half double crochet
Dc= double crochet
Tr= triple crochet


PATTERN NOTES: Do not finish off rnds unless instructed to do so.
Color changes from photo are noted in pattern.
Square requires blocking.


COMMENCE PATTERN:

Rnd. 1: With Color A, ch 4, work 8 hdc in first ch, join with sl st to top of 3rd ch in beg ch-4.

Rnd. 2: Ch 2 (count as hdc), work 2 hdc in each st around, join with sl st to beg hdc. (18 hdc)

Rnd. 3: Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same st, skip 2 st, *in next st work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), skip 2 st, rep from * around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3, (6 shells).

Rnd. 4: Sl st into next ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same sp, sc in sp between next shells, *in center of next shell work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc), sc in sp between next shells, rep from * around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Finish off Color A.

Rnd. 5: Join Color B with sc to any ch-3 sp, ch 4, *sk 3 dc, dc in sc, ch 4, sc in ch-3 sp, ch 4, repeat from * around, sl st to beg sc.

Rnd. 6: Sl st into next ch-4 sp, ch 1, 6 sc into each ch-4 sp around, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off Color B. (72 sc)

Rnd 7: (Join Color C) Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 st, hdc in next 3 st, dc in next 2 st, [1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr] in next st, dc in next 2 st, hdc in next 3 st, sc in next 3 st, *sc in next 4 st, hdc in next 3 st, dc in next 2 st, [1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr] in next st, dc in next 2 st, hdc in next 3 st, sc in next 3 next st; rep from * twice more, join with sl st in first sc. (19 st on each side)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 st, hdc in next 3 st, dc in next 2 st, tr in next st, in corner space work [2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr], tr in next st, dc in next 2 st, hdc in next 3 st, sc in next 3 st, *sc in next 4 st, hdc in next 3 st, dc in next 2 st, tr in next st, in corner space work [2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr], tr in next st, dc in next 2 st, hdc in next 3 st, sc in next 3 st; rep from * twice more; join with sl st in first sc. Finish off Color C. (23 st on each side)

Rnd. 9: Attach Color D with sl st to any corner sp, ch 1, (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in corner, *1 sc in ea of next 5 st, sl st in next st, ch 3, sl st in first ch of ch-3, sl st in same st as first sl st (picot made), repeat from * to corner, work corner, repeat pattern around square, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off Color D.

Rnd. 10: (Join Color B) Ch 3, dc in next sc, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), 1 dc in each of next 6 sc, *ch 3, sk 1 sc, sk picot, sk 1 sc, dc in each of next 3 sc, repeat from * twice more, dc in each of next 3 sc, work corner, repeat pattern around square, join with sl st to top of beg dc.

Rnd. 11: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 3 dc, in corner work (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc), 1 sc in each of next 8 dc, *3 sc in ch-3 sp, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, repeat from * twice more, 1 sc in each of next 5 dc, work corner, repeat pattern around square, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off Color B.

Rnd. 12: (Join Color C) Ch 3, 1 dc in next ea of next 5 sc, *in corner work (2dc, ch 2, 2 dc), 1 dc in each sc across, repeat from * around square, join with sl st to beg ch 3.

Rnd. 13: Ch 3, *1 dc in each of next dc to corner, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * around square, join with sl st to beg dc. Finish off, weave in ends, block.

Copyright - This Falling Star Pattern and the pattern photos are copyright 2009 by Melinda Miller. Free for your own personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form.(Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)




Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chain Reaction # 6 - Answers

Here are the answers to the Chain Reaction #6 game. Hope you enjoyed it!



Have a great day and Happy Hooking!





Sunday, December 6, 2009

Stained Glass Scarf

This scarf was inspired by the stained glass works of Frank Lloyd Wright. I love the vibrant colors with the black outline; however, it also looks very pretty in pastels or shades of the same color. LOOK HERE  to see several versions in my Ravelry project gallery. They are all very nice. Remember, you must be logged in to Ravelry for the above link to work.


STAINED GLASS SCARF
Designed by Melinda Miller


This scarf was inspired by the stained glass designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Materials: 3 oz. Each Caron Simply Soft Brites
CC = Lemonade, CD = Blue Mint
CE = Limelight
3 oz. Each Caron Simply Soft
CA = Black, CB = Red
Crochet hook size G/6 US – 4.0 mm
Tapestry needle
Multi-colored Pony Beads – 6x9 mm

Gauge: 12 sc = 3 ½ “

Stitches: Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Tr = triple crochet


Size: Length = 70” without fringe
Width = 5 ½ “


With CA, ch 275, leaving a 10 yd. tail to finish border. Wind tail on bobbin.

Row 1: (right side): Sc into 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc into each ch to end, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Work 1 sc into each sc to end. Fasten off. Turn.

Row 3: Attach CB. Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), skip 1st sc, 1 dc into next sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 sc into next sc, *ch 2, skip 2 sc, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 tr into each of next 2 sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 sc into next sc; repeat from * to last 6 sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, ch 3, turn.

Row 4: Skip 1st dc, work 1 dc into next dc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 sc into next sc, *ch 2, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 tr into each of next 2 tr, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 sc into next sc; repeat from * to last 6 stitches, ch 2, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into next dc, 1 dc into 3rd of ch 3 at beginning of previous row. Fasten off.

Row 5: Attach CA. Ch 1, work 1 sc into each of first 4 stitches, [inserting hook from front of work, work 1 sc into each of the 2 free sc in CA 3 rows below], *1 sc into each of the next 10 stitches on previous row, work 2 sc 3 row below as before; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, 1 sc into each of next 3 stitches, 1 sc into 3rd of ch 3 at beginning of previous row, ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Work 1 sc into each of sc to end. Fasten off.

Row 7: Attach CC. Ch 1, * work 1 sc into first sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 tr into each of next 2 sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 sc into next sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc; repeat from * to end omitting ch 2 at end of last repeat, ch 1, turn.

Row 8: * Work 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 tr into each of next 2 tr, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 sc into next sc, ch 2; repeat from * to end omitting ch 2 at end of last repeat. Fasten off.

Row 9: Attach CA. Ch 1, * 1 sc into each of next 10 stitches, inserting hook from front of work, work 1 sc into each of 2 free sc in CA 3 rows below; repeat from * omitting 2 sc at end of last repeat, ch 1, turn.

Row 10: Work 1 sc into each sc to end. Fasten off.

Row 11: Attach CD. Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), skip 1st sc, 1 dc into next sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 sc into next sc, *ch 2, skip 2 sc, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 tr into each of next 2 sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 sc into next sc; repeat from * to last 6 sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, ch 3, turn.

Row 12: Skip 1st dc, work 1 dc into next dc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 sc into next sc, *ch 2, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 tr into each of next 2 tr, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 sc into next sc; repeat from * to last 6 stitches, ch 2, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into next dc, 1 dc into 3rd of ch 3 at beginning of previous row. Fasten off.

Row 13: Attach CA. Ch 1, work 1 sc into each of first 4 stitches, [inserting hook from front of work, work 1 sc into each of the 2 free sc in CA 3 rows below], *1 sc into each of the next 10 stitches on previous row, work 2 sc 3 rows below as before; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, 1 sc into each of next 3 stitches, 1 sc into 3rd ch of ch 3 at beginning of previous row, ch 1, turn.

Row 14: Work 1 sc into each of sc to end. Fasten off.

Row 15: Attach CE. Ch 1, * work 1 sc into first sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 tr into each of next 2 sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 sc into next sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc; repeat from * to end omitting ch 2 at end of last repeat, ch 1, turn.

Row 16: * Work 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 tr into each of next 2 tr, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 sc into next sc, ch 2; repeat from * to end omitting ch 2 at end of last repeat. Fasten off.

Row 17: Attach CA. Ch 1, * 1 sc into each of next 10 stitches, inserting hook from front of work, work 1 sc into each of 2 free sc in CA 3 rows below; repeat from * omitting 2 sc at end of last repeat, ch 1, turn.

Row 18: Work 1 sc into each sc to endof row. Do not finish off. Save stitch with stitch marker.

Weave in all ends, except beginning tail. With WS facing, turn work with ends of Rows 1 – 18 facing and live stitch on right side. Take out stitch marker to begin work.



Row 19: Working along edge of rows, work 5 dc in middle of rows 3 & 4, 1 sc in middle of rows 5 & 6, 5 dc in middle of rows 7 & 8, 1 sc in middle of rows 9 & 10, 5 dc in middle of rows 11 & 12, 1 sc in middle of rows 13 & 14, 5 dc in middle of rows 15 & 16, 1 sl st in first sc of row 18. Weave in end.



Row 20: With RS facing, turn work to opposite end and repeat row 19 with beginning tail.



Beaded fringe: Make as many fringe pieces as desired for each end of scarf. Model shows 7 fringes on each end.



Cut a 24” length of Black and thread through tapestry needle. Thread one bead onto the yarn, resting in the middle.



Thread the needle through the bead again and pull to tighten. This first bead will act as the anchor for the rest of the beads.



Now thread the other end of the yarn through the needle.




Thread the remainder of the beads onto the needle and push down on top of the anchor bead. You will have the two loose ends of yarn available to attach to the end of the scarf. Weave in ends.




Copyright - This Stained Glass Scarf pattern & photos are copyright 2009 by Melinda Miller. Free for your own personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form. (Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Happy Hooking!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fortune Cookie




I love Chinese food. Do you like to read the fortunes from the fortune cookies? It seems as though they are more "sayings" or "truisms" instead of fortunes. But they are fun to read. The one I got the other day reads: "The principle part of faith is patience." How true. You all know that my hubby had interviewed for another position. (Read about it here.) Well, he got the dreaded letter in the mail. That means that they thanked him for interviewing, but another applicant was selected. You know the story. We were of course disappointed, but I know that God has something else in store for him. We must keep our faith in God strong, and even as a little fortune cookie told me - have patience. Keep praying and don't give up. That's a lesson we all can live by. :)

Chain Reaction # 6

Here's today's Chain Reaction puzzle. The answers will be posted next week. If you haven't already, try your hand at one of the other puzzles listed on the right sidebar. They're loads of fun. And no peeking! See if you can solve them yourself first. :)

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE.