Monday, March 29, 2010

New Joining Method

Here's a new joining method for you to try out, called Loops and Lace. It is published in the Talking Crochet newsletter. You can subscribe for free. This process involves loops that are crocheted on the edges and then interlaced, creating a uniquely decorative seam that frames each strip. This joining method looks very interesting, so if anyone tries it out, I'd sure like to see it.
CLICK HERE for the instructions.


Happy Hooking!






Crochet! Magazine - May Issue - Free Patterns


I received the May issue of Crochet! Magazine. There are some very pretty patterns this month. I found one I'd really like to make for myself, as it seems fairly simple, but very pretty. It's called Sally's Best Friend Cardigan. Sized up to a 3X. This particular pattern is not free - you must buy the magazine to obtain it. Here's a picture:



Now for the free patterns. :) You must go to the CROCHET! MAGAZINE website and log in with this limited time code: CF5192. Here are some of the free patterns:


BREEZY MESH JACKET

NIGHT & DAY


PINK GLITZ TANK


SUMMER BREEZE


There is also a free article by Darla Simms called
"CUSTOM FIT CROCHET FORMULA."



Have fun browzing the free patterns - you might want to pick up an issue at your local supplier. It contains many nice patterns. Here's a sampling:

 






 
       

Happy Hooking!







Thursday, March 18, 2010

Starfire - 12" square

Here is a very nice 12" square I designed recently. It looks great in a multitude of colors. Enjoy!


STARFIRE
12" SQUARE


SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate Beginner

FINISHED SIZE: 12” square

MATERIALS: Worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook size I / 5.5 mm
Tapestry hook

SPECIAL STITCHES:

Bobble = work 3 dc into next st until 1 loop of each remains on hook, yo and through all 4 loops on hook.

Fan = into next dc work (1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc).


CHANGING COLORS:

When changing colors at the end of a round during the sl st, draw the next color through the last loop of the stitch for the sl st, then begin next round with new color.


COMMENCE PATTERN:


Rnd. 1: Ch 5 (counts as 1dc, ch 1), in first ch work (1 dc, 1 ch) 7 times, sl st into 4 th ch of beg ch-5. Pull beg tail to close hole.


Rnd. 2: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch 1), work 1 dc into first ch sp, ch 1, (1 dc into next dc, ch 1, 1 dc into next ch sp, ch 1) 7 times, sl st into 3rd of 4th ch at beg of round. (16 dc) Sample changes color here.


Rnd. 3: Ch 3(counts as 1 dc), work 2 dc into same st as last sl st until 1 loop of each remains on hook, yo and through all 3 loops on hook (1 bobble made at beg of round), ch 2, (1 bobble into next dc, ch 2) 15 times, sl st into top of first bobble. (16 bobbles) Sample changes color here.


Rnd. 4: Ch 3, work 3 dc into first ch-2 sp, (1 dc into next bobble, 3 dc into next ch-2 sp) 15 times, sl st into 3rd of ch-3 at beg of round. (64 dc)


Rnd. 5: Ch 3, work (1 dc, 1 hdc) into same st as last sl st, skip 1 dc, 1 sc into next dc, ( skip 1 dc, 1 fan into next dc, skip 1 dc, 1 sc into next dc) 15 times, skip last dc, work (1 hdc, 1 dc) into same st as last sl st at end of prev round, sl st into 3rd of ch-3 at beg of round. (16 fans) Sample changes color here.


Rnd. 6: Ch 1, 1 sc into same st as last sl st, ch 5, (1 sc into center dc of next fan, ch 5) 15 times, sl st into first sc.


Rnd. 7: Sl st into ch-5 sp, in same sp work (ch 3, 4 dc), work 5 dc in each ch-5 sp around, join with sl st to top of beg dc. (80 dc) Sample changes color here.


Rnd. 8: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next st, in next st work (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) corner made, tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, *sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next st, in next st work (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) corner made, tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * twice more; join with sl st in first sc. (96 sts)


Rnd. 9: Ch 3, *1 dc in each st to corner ch-2 sp, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * around square, join with sl st to top of beg dc.


Rnd. 10: Rep round 9. Sample changes color here.


Rnd. 11: Rep round 9 using hdc instead of dc and working 3 hdc in each corner. Finish off, weave in ends, block.


Copyright - This Starfire 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.)











Monday, March 8, 2010

Hymnals Online

I was surfing the web the other day, looking for music for a hymn I wanted to sing. The words are beautiful, but I can't read music well enough to sing it correctly. I came upon the most wonderful website! It containes the traditional songs of worship from Lutheran Hymnals presented in midi, in mp3, in lyrics and in sheet music. The site holds six complete Lutheran Hymnals, “The Lutheran Hymnal” in midi, “Hymnal Supplement 98,” “Lutheran Book of Worship” and “With One Voice.” They also have a selection of Bible studies and some theological papers for your consideration. The site's main goal is to encourage and be of some aid in helping the Word of God dwell richly in the hearts of all mankind. Here's the link:    

 The LutheranHymnal.com


What a treasure trove! Now I can sing any hymn I choose from my hymnal. This is such a fantastic find that I have to share it with everyone. Now you can sing along to another of my favorite hymns. The words have really been helping me through the past week. I hope this hymn will help and comfort you too.






"Savior, I Follow On"
by Charles S. Robinson, 1829-1899


1. Savior, I follow on,
Guided by Thee,
Seeing not yet the hand
That leadeth me.
Hushed be my heart and still,
Fear I no further ill,
Only to meet Thy will
My will shall be.


2. Riven the rock for me
Thirst to relieve,
Manna from heaven falls
Fresh every eve.
Never a want severe
Causeth my eye a tear
But Thou dost whisper near,
"Only believe."


3. Often to Marah's brink
Have I been brought;
Shrinking the cup to drink,
Help I have sought;
And with the prayer's ascent
Jesus the branch hath rent,
Quickly relief hath sent,
Sweetening the draught.


4. Savior, I long to walk
Closer with Thee;
Led by Thy guiding hand,
Ever to be
Constantly near Thy side,
Quickened and purified,
Living for Him who died
Freely for me.


Hymn #422
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Ex. 15:23
Author: Charles S. Robinson, 1862
Composer: Joseph Barnby, 1892
Tune: "Winterton"

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Simple Four-Patch - 12" square

Here's an easy pattern for a four-patch square. I designed it about a year ago, but just recently wrote it down and had it tested. I hope you like it.

By the way, my friend Kathy just LOVED her gift of the Romantic Wrap.   She even had to email me the next day to tell me that she wore it to work and what she wore it with. It looks absolutely stunning on her, as she has bright red hair. I chose the teal color pallette just for that reason. What a satisfying project that was!

Now on to the new pattern:



SIMPLE FOUR PATCH
Designed by Melinda Miller

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner



FINISHED SIZE: 12” square


MATERIALS: 6 colors worsted weight yarn, 1 oz. Each
Crochet hook size H / 5.0 mm
Tapestry needle


STITCHES USED:
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Tr = triple crochet


COMMENCE PATTERN:


Make 4 – 4” squares of different colors:


Ch 4.


Rnd. 1: 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 2, *3 dc in same ch, ch 2, rep from * twice more, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.


Rnd. 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, *in ch-2 sp work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), work 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, rep from * twice more, in ch-2 sp work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.


Rnd. 3: Ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 4 dc, *in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), work 1 dc in each of next 7 dc, rep from * twice more, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), work 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Finish off.


Sew / whipstitch the four squares together with tapestry needle as shown in photo. Now there is an 8” square. The next round begins around the 8” square.

Rnd. 1: Attach contrasting yarn with sl st to any corner, ch 3, 1 dc in corner, *1 dc in each of next 11 dc, 1 dc in corner sp of 4” square, 1 tr in join of two squares, 1 dc in corner sp of next 4” square, 1 dc in each of next 11 dc, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * twice more, 1 dc in each of next 11 dc, 1 dc in corner sp of 4” square, 1 tr in join of two squares, 1 dc in corner sp of next 4” square, I dc in each of next 11 dc, 2 dc in corner sp, ch 2, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. (29 dc on each side)




Rnd. 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 28 dc, *in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), 1 dc in next 29 dc, rep from * twice more, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Finish off. (33 dc on each side)




Rnd. 3: Attach contrasting color with sl st to any corner, in corner work (ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *1 dc in each of next 32 dc, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * twice more, 1 dc in each of next 32 dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. (37 dc on each side)




Note: Measure your square at this point. Decide whether to work the last round in dc or hdc to make 12”. Pattern is written as dc.




Rnd. 4: Ch 3, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *work 1 dc in each of next 36 dc, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * twice more, work 1 dc in each of next 35 dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Finish off. (41 dc on each side) Weave in ends with tapestry needle. Block.




Copyright - This Simple Four Patch Pattern and the pattern photos 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.)