Monday, February 22, 2010

Revision - Unholey Rectangle

Just wanted to let everyone know that I have revised the Unholey Rectangle pattern. You can just click on the link to your right to see the revised version. This new pattern will keep your rectangle looking like a rectangle and will also help you to choose your own dimensions for your finished object. My goal is for you to be happy with your project, and I do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Happy Hooking everyone!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ravelympics - Team Flaming Hooks

As I have mentioned before, I am a member of the online knit/crochet community called Ravelry. Ravelry is participating in it's own version of the 2010 Olympics called the Ravelympics. One of the groups I have joined is the Crochet Liberation Front, and our Ravelympic team is called the Flaming Hooks. You choose an event (knit or crochet) and work that project to the finish line. It's so much fun to do while watching the real Olympics.

My category is the Designer Biathlon. I must design and publish a pattern within the Olympic time frame. I have actually designed two already. They are both in the testing stage. They are 12” squares, because I have always loved to work squares for afghans and I know that there are so many of you who do also. Squares are such fun, portable projects – I can't get enough! Or design enough. :)

Anyway, today I will present to you the two prototypes. Now mind you, they are just prototypes done in one color; but this is how I work. I have this gold yarn that I use when designing. It's very pliable and holds up well after being frogged a million times. :) I actually got it a few years ago from a Herrschners afghan kit that I never worked up. That yarn has been very useful. :)

So here is square #1: FLOATING MEDALLIONS

Square #2: STARFIRE

Patterns to be published soon – when I cross the finish line. Go Team Flaming Hooks! Wish me luck! And don't forget to cast your vote and NAME THE SQUARE.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Name This Square

Here is my latest 12" square. I will post the pattern after it has been tested, but it needs a name. I thought  it would be fun to hold a contest and ask for your suggestions. You can either post a comment with your name suggestion, or email me. If your suggestion is chosen, you will get credit for the name on the pattern document, as well as posted in this blog. If there are duplicate submissions, then the first one will take precedence. Make as many suggestions as you like. Doesn't this sound like fun?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Unholey Rectangle

Here's a new pattern for you to work on. A fellow Raveler (larudden) asked me about my Unholey Granny Square pattern and wanted a rectangle version. She wanted to make one big afghan block, but no square. All the versions she had seen (and me too) had been the traditional granny square pattern with holes that you just make into one giant square for your afghan, or one giant rectangle. But they still had the holes. So at her request, I tweaked the Unholey Granny Square pattern and came up with the Unholey Rectangle pattern. She loved it, and I hope you do too. She even tested the pattern for me - thank you larudden very much for your help with that!

The sample in the pattern measures 8" X 13" and you can sew them together like traditional squares, or add as many rounds as you like making the rectangle as large as you want. Make a rug or an afghan - the possibilities are endless! Go for it!!!! But be sure to email me your finished products. I would love to post them here on my blog for all the world to see. :)

Designed by Melinda Miller

This rectangle can be worked up to any size. Make small rectangles and sew them together as you do ordinary granny squares, or make one giant rectangle for a rug or an afghan. The sample in the photo is worked over 7 rounds and measures 8” X 13”. Any hook or yarn may be used depending on your project. This is a great pattern for a Magic Ball project.


MATERIALS: Worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook size H / 5.0 mm (for sample)
Tapestry needle

Commence Pattern:

Ch 17.

Rnd. 1: In 2nd ch from hook work (1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) 1 dc in ea of next 14 ch, in last ch work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc). Now continuing around the beginning chain and working on the underside of the loops, 1 dc in ea of next 14 ch, in last ch work (2 dc, ch 2), join to top of beg dc.

Rnd. 2: Ch 2, dc in same dc, *in ch-2 sp, work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) corner made, 1 dc in ea of next 18 dc, in ch-2 sp work corner**, 1 dc in ea of next 2 dc, rpt from * to ** once more, join to top of beg ch 2.

Rnd. 3: Ch 2, 1 dc in ea of next 3 dc, work corner, dc to next corner, work corner, 1 dc in ea of next 6 dc, work corner, dc to next corner, work corner, 1 dc in ea of next 2 dc, join to top of beg ch 2.

Rnd. 4: Ch 2, *1 dc in ea dc to corner, work corner, repeat from * around rectangle, join to top of beg ch 2. Stop here for size 8”X13” or repeat Rnd 4 to desired size. Finish off, weave in ends, block.

Copyright - This Unholey Rectangle Pattern and the pattern photo are copyright 2010 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.)