Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

Well it's Wedding Anniversary time in my family. My 8th wedding anniversary is April 1st. My older sister's 6th wedding anniversary is April 2nd, and my younger sister's 20th wedding anniversary is April 20th. What a month! What great celebrations! In honor of my sisters anniversaries, I have put together an afghan for each of them. They are both made up of 12" squares that I have designed myself. Some are available for free right here on my blog - some are not - some will be available shortly. I thought these afghans would be extra special for my sisters since I not only crocheted them myself, but I also designed each square myself. My younger sister crochets, so she will know the true meaning of this; however, my older sister will surely cherish it also. I don't know which afghan I will give to which sister - I will just wrap them up and have them each choose a bundle. That way they get what they get. Each afghan is a work of art no matter which one it is. :) I can't wait to give them away. I think they will make wonderful anniversary gifts and show my sisters just how special I think they are to me. :)  






I hope my sisters like their afghans. Tell me what you think.



Just Meshin' Around - 12" Square

Just Meshin' Around
Designed by Melinda Miller
www.mocrochet.blogspot.com



SKILL LEVEL:                        Intermediate Beginner

FINISHED SIZE:                    12” square

MATERIALS:                          2 or more colors Worsted weight yarn
                                                Crochet hook size I / 5.5 mm
                                                Tapestry needle

STITCH GUIDE:                    Hdc= half double crochet
                                                Dc= double crochet
                                               
PATTERN NOTES:              The first half of pattern is worked in rows, and the second half is worked in the round. Pattern indicates changes.

COMMENCE PATTERN:    

With Color A, ch 22.

Row 1: Dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch, rep from * across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 4, *1 dc in next dc, ch 1, rep from * across, skip next ch of turning ch, dc in next ch of turning ch, turn.

Row 3 – 9: Rep Row 2. Fasten off. You should have a block of nine ch-1 sps on each side.

Pattern Note: The next section is worked in rounds.

Rnd. 1: Join Color B with sl st to any corner sp, in same sp work ( ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), in ea sp work 2 dc, in corner sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc); rep pattern around square, join with sl st to top of beg dc. (18 dc on each side)

Rnd. 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in each dc to corner, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep pattern around square, join with sl st to top of beg dc. (22 dc on each side)

Rnd. 3: Rep Rnd. 2, fasten off. (26 dc on each side)

Pattern Note: At this point there are two alternate finishings to the pattern. To finish according to the photo, then continue on as written with rounds 4 & 5. If you want a more sturdy block with no mesh around the edge, then simply repeat Rnd. 2 for rounds 4 & 5.

Rnd. 4: Join Color C with sl st to any corner sp, in same sp work (ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *ch 1, sk 1 st, 1 dc in next st, rep from * to corner, ch 1, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep pattern around square, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. (14 ch-1 sps on each side)

Rnd. 5: Ch 3, 1 dc in next dc, * in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), 1 dc in each dc and ch-1 sp to next corner, rep from * around square, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.  Fasten off. Weave in ends with tapestry needle. Block.

Copyright - This Just Meshin' Around Pattern and the pattern photo are copyright 2011 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.)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

TESTING CLOSED


TESTING CLOSED
PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS POST



TEARS FROM HEAVEN - 6" SQUARE


If you would like to be a tester for this pattern, please read all the instructions carefully. 

1. You must be a follower of my blog to be a tester.
2. You must be able to finish the project by April 7, 2011.
3. You must be able to send me a picture of your finished object in an email attachment.
4  You must create a project page on Ravelry.
5. You must send me all errors you find in the pattern.

If you can comply with these rules, then please EMAIL me at the address below and send me your follower name so I know who you are. When I have enough testers, I will change the title of this post to "Testing Closed" and I will no longer accept any more testers. Please do not email me when the testing period is closed.  I will only take the first 5 testers for this pattern, so hurry and email today!

mocrochet@yahoo.com

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pretty Petals - 12" square

Pretty Petals
Designed by Melinda Miller





SKILL LEVEL:                     Intermediate Beginner

FINISHED SIZE:                  12” square

MATERIALS:                        2 or more colors Worsted Weight Yarn
                                                Crochet hook size I / 5.5 mm
                                                Tapestry needle for weaving ends

STITCH GUIDE:                  Sc = single crochet
                                                Dc = double crochet
                                                Tr = triple crochet

SPECIAL STITCHES:

Beg TCL / Beginning Triple Cluster: (uses one ch-3 sp) Ch 3, keeping last loop of each tr on hook, 3 tr in same sp, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

TCL / Triple Cluster: (uses one ch-3 sp) Keeping last loop of each tr on hook, 4 tr in sp indicated, YO and draw through all 5 loops on hook.

Beg DCL / Beginning Double Cluster: ch 2, keeping last loop of each dc on hook, 2 dc in st indicated; YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

DCL / Double Cluster: Keeping last loop of each dc on hook, 3 dc in sp indicated; YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook.




COMMENCE PATTERN:

With Color A, ch 6; join with sl st to form a ring.

Rnd. 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, (ch 3, sc in ring) 7 times, dc in first sc to form last ch-3 sp. (8 ch-3 sps)

Rnd. 2: Work Beg TCL, ch 4, (work TCL in next ch-3 sp, ch 4) around; join with sl st to top of Beg TCL. Finish off.

Rnd. 3: With Color B, sl st in next ch-3 sp, in same sp work (beg DCL, ch 3, DCL) – beg corner made; ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp; ch 2; *in next ch-3 sp work (DCL, ch 3, DCL) – corner made; ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp; ch 2; rep from * twice more; join in top of beg DCL.

Rnd. 4: Sl st in next ch-3 sp, beg corner in same sp; ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; ch 2, *in next corner ch-3 sp work corner; ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; ch 2; rep from * twice more, join in top of beg DCL.

Rnd. 5: Sl st in next ch-3 sp, beg corner in same sp; ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; ch 2, *corner in next corner; ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; ch 2; rep from * twice more, join in top of beg DCL.

Rnd. 6: Sl st in next ch-3 sp, beg corner in same sp; ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next 11 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; ch 2, *corner in next corner; ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next 11 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; ch 2; rep from * twice more, join in top of beg DCL.

Rnd. 7: Sl st in next ch-3 sp, beg corner in same sp; ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next 15 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; ch 2, *corner in next corner; ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next 15 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; ch 2; rep from * twice more, join in top of beg DCL.

Rnd. 8:  Sl st in next ch-3 sp, beg corner in same sp; ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next 19 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; ch 2, *corner in next corner; ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next 19 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; ch 2; rep from * twice more, join in top of beg DCL. (Sample shows color change here, but not necessary).

Rnd. 9: Ch 3, dc in next DCL; *3 dc in next corner ch-3 sp – dc corner made; dc in next DCL, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next 23 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next DCL; rep from * twice more; 3 dc in next corner ch-3 sp – dc corner made; dc in next DCL, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; dc in next 23 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; join in first dc. Finish off, weave in ends, block.



Copyright - This Pretty Petals Pattern and the pattern photo are copyright 2011 by Melinda Miller. 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.)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Half-N-Half: 12" square

Half –n– Half
Designed by Melinda Miller

This 12” square is half traditional granny square with holes and half untraditional without the holes – suited to please everyone!








SKILL LEVEL:          Beginner

FINISHED SIZE:      12” square

MATERIALS:          Two colors worsted weight yarn
                                    Crochet hook size I / 5.5 mm (for sample)
                                    Tapestry needle

COMMENCE PATTERN:

Ch 3.

Rnd. 1: In 3rd ch from hook, work (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), ch 2, in same st work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), ch 2, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. Pull beg tail to close middle hole.

Rnd 2: Sl st into next ch-2 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 1, *in next ch-2 sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 1, repeat from * twice more, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.

Rnd. 3: Sl st into next ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1, *in ea ch-1 sp work 3 dc, ch 1, in
 corner ch-2 sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 1, repeat from * 2 times, in next ch-2 sp work 3 dc, ch 1, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.

Rnd. 4:  Repeat Rnd. 3.

Rnd. 5: Repeat Rnd. 3.

Rnd. 6: Sl st to corner, in corner work (ch 1, 3 sc), *sc in next 3 sts, sc in ch-1 sp, repeat from * 3 times, sc in next 3 sts, in corner work (3 sc), repeat around square, join with sl st to beg sc. Fasten off. (19 sc on each side and 3 in each corner).

Pattern Note: The pattern calls for Rnd. 7 only to be worked in BLO. If you like the ridged effect, you may work the remaining rounds in BLO also.

Rnd. 7: Working this Rnd. in BLO, join Color B to middle st of any corner, (ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *1 dc in each of next 21 sts, in middle st of corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), repeat from * 2 times, 1 dc in each of next 13 sts, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. (25 dc on each side)

Rnd. 8: Sl st to ch-2 corner sp, in corner sp work (ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *1 dc in each of next 25 sts, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), repeat from * 2 times, 1 dc in each of next 25 sts, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. (29 dc on each side)

Rnd. 9: Sl st to ch-2 corner sp, in corner sp work (ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *1 dc in each of next 29 sts, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), repeat from * 2 times, 1 dc in each of next 29 sts, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. (33 dc on each side)

Rnd. 10: Sl st to ch-2 corner sp, in corner sp work (ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *1 dc in each of next 33 sts, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), repeat from * 2 times, 1 dc in each of next 33 sts, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. (37 dc on each side)

Pattern Note: At this point measure your square. Depending on the weight of your yarn and/or the tightness of your stitches, you may need to add Rnd. 11 to reach 12 “. Use either hdc or dc – according to your measurements. Pattern is written as hdc.

Rnd. 11: Sl st to ch-2 corner sp, in corner sp work (ch 2, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 hdc), *1 hdc in each of next 37 sts, in corner work (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc), repeat from * 2 times, 1 hdc in each of next 37 sts, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. (41 hdc on each side)


Copyright: This Half-N-Half Square Pattern and the pattern photo are copyright 2011 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.)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

March - Craft a Poem

I have finished my project for March's Craft a Poem. It is the crochet block for The Unique Sheep's Crochet Block-of-the-Month Club. I designed this block myself and named it "Picots and Lace." It makes me think of upper class ladies in beautiful lace dresses and white gloves sipping tea.


The poem I chose goes well with this theme. It is by Ann Taylor (1782 - 1866), an English poet and literary critic. (Both picture and poem are in the public domain.)




The Vulgar Little Lady by Ann Taylor

"But, mamma, now, " said Charlotte, "pray, don't you believe
That I'm better than Jenny, my nurse?
Only see my red shoes
, and the lace on my sleeve;
Her clothes are a thousand times worse.

"I ride in my coach, and have nothing to do,
And the country folks stare at me so;
And nobody dares to control me but you
Because I'm a lady, you know.

"Then, servants are vulgar, and I am genteel;
So really, 'tis out of the way,
To think that I should not be better a deal
Than maids
, and such people as they. "

"Gentility, Charlotte," her mother replied,
"Belongs to no station or place;
And there's nothing so vulgar as folly and pride,
Though dress'd in red slippers and lace.

Not all the fine things that fine ladies possess
Should teach them the poor to despise;
For 'tis in good manners, and not in good dress,
That the truest gentility lies."




Thanks to Sara from Lazy Knits and Purls for hosting the contest.  I'm having loads of fun matching projects and poems.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wish Upon a Star - 12" Square

Photo by Teri

Wish Upon a Star
Designed by: Melinda Miller
SKILL LEVEL:         Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE:      12” square

MATERIALS:           Worsted weight yarn
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


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), 1 hdc in same st, 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 new color 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. (72 sc)

Rnd 7: 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 3 (count as dc), *1 dc in each st to corner, in corner sp work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * around square, join with sl st to beg dc. (23 dc on each side) Finish off.

Rnd. 9: Join new color to any corner sp with sl st, ch 6 (count as 1 dc, ch 3), 1 dc in dame sp, *ch 2, sk 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, rep from * to next corner, in corner sp work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc), rep pat around square, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-6. (8 ch-2 sps on each side)

Rnd. 10: Sl st into corner ch-3 sp, ch 3 (count as 1 dc), in same sp work 4 dc, *in each ch-2 sp work 3 dc, in corner sp work 5 dc, rep from * around square, join with sl st to beg dc. (28 dc on each side) Finish off.

Rnd. 11: Join new color with sl st to 3rd dc of any 5 dc corner group, ch 5 (count as 1 dc, ch 3), 1 dc in same sp, *ch 2, sk 3 dc, 1 dc in between posts of next 2 dc, rep from * to next corner st, in corner st work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc), rep pat around square, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-5. (10 ch-2 sps on each side)

Rnd. 12: Repeat Rnd. 10. (34 dc on each side)

Rnd. 13: Ch 2 (count as 1 hdc), *1 hdc in each dc to corner st, in corner st work 3 hdc, rep from * around square, join with sl st to beg hdc. (36 hdc on each side) Finish off, weave in ends, block.          


Copyright – This Wish Upon a Star Pattern is copyright 2011 by Melinda Miller. 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.)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Testing CLOSED

 Wish Upon a Star - 12" Square

 TESTING FOR THIS PATTERN IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS POST.



If you would like to be a tester for this pattern, please read all the instructions carefully. 

1. You must be a follower of my blog to be a tester.
2. You must be able to finish the project by March 18, 2011.
3. You must be able to send me a picture of your finished object in an email attachment.
4  You must create a project page on Ravelry.
5. You must send me all errors you find in the pattern.

If you can comply with these rules, then please EMAIL me at the address below and send me your follower name so I know who you are. When I have enough testers, I will change the title of this post to "Testing Closed" and I will no longer accept any more testers. Please do not email me when the testing period is closed.  I will only take the first 5 testers for this pattern, so hurry and email today!

mocrochet@yahoo.com