Saturday, July 27, 2013

Floral Beauties e-Book




Newly released is the Floral Beauties e-Book. This e-book contains 5 different patterns/instructions for 12" afghan squares. The patterns are each sold individually for $2 each, so this is a great deal. Save money and buy the e-Book for $6.50.

The patterns are:

1. Blooming Beauty
2. Cameo Flower
3. Mother's Corsage
4. Roses and Lace
5. Winter Rose







FLORAL BEAUTIES E-BOOK
$6.50 USD


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Andante Scarf Mystery CAL


Time for another Mystery CAL. Come along with Ruth Greenwald of PennyRose Yarns and myself as we take you on a Symphony of crochet designs and yarn. 

This will be an ongoing club, but each design will have a separate sign-up. So you get to choose if and when you wish to join. Last day to order is Wed, Aug 14.

Included in this month's kit are the following:

The Andante scarf pattern, emailed to you. 

1 skein of Yarn: This month's yarn is Lyric Yarn, 400 yards of a 100% SW merino singles yarn in a fingering weight.. The 5 colors are Asparagus, Pewter, 
Watermelon, Chocolate Milk,  and Dusk.. Lyric is a very easy yarn to crochet. Even though it looks curly, it will not kink as you work with it. It's very soft, drapes well, and is not itchy at all. Truly a lovely yarn!





Cost of the kit is $27 plus shipping. To order please see: PennyRose Yarns Etsy Shop.

To give you a little preview, here's one piece of the puzzle. :)





Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Allegro Wrap

Allegro Wrap


I am teaming up with Ruth Greenwald, of PennyRose Yarns. We will be offering a shawl/scarf club. This would consist of an original Melinda Miller design as well as hand-dyed fingering weight yarn from PennyRose Yarns (see samples below). This would be sold in kits – with the pattern and the yarn together through Ruth’s Etsy shop . Cost will be $35 plus first class shipping. Will ship internationally. 

Ship date is around June 15th. Your kit will include the Allegro Wrap pattern (which will be emailed to you) and 750 yards of superwash merino Symphony 6-ply yarn (choose one of 4 colors). Colors are Chile, Magenta, Sandy and Emerald.




To order your kit, CLICK HERE.






Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Week 4 - Dishcloth CAL

Week 4 - Dishcloth CAL

This is the last week of the Dishcloth CAL. I hope you have enjoyed working these dishcloths every week. You should have a nice stash of cloths to keep or give away as gifts. You can never have too many dishcloths. :) With that said, here are the last two patterns. Enjoy!








Jessica's Dishcloth



Jessica’s Dishcloth
Designed by: Melinda Miller


This pattern is named after my beautiful daughter-in-law.

SKILL  LEVEL:                   
 Easy

MATERIALS:                       
1 oz. Worsted weight cotton
Crochet hook size H/5.0 mm

SIZE:                                     
8.5” square after blocking

ABBREVIATIONS:                         
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Rep = repeat
Tch = Turning Chain

COMMENCE PATTERN:

Ch  33.
Row 1: Work 4 dc in 5th ch from hk, *skip next 3 ch, 4 dc in next ch, rep from * across to within last 4 ch, skip next 3 ch, 3 dc in last ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each dc across, ending with last sc in top of tch, turn. (32 sc)

Row 3: Ch 3 (count as dc), skip first sc, 2 dc in next sc, *skip next 3 sc, 4 dc in next sc, rep from * across to within last 2 sc, skip next sc, dc in last sc, turn.

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Row 5: Ch 3, skip first 3 sc, *4 dc in next sc, skip next 3 sc, rep from * across to within last sc, 3 dc in last sc, turn..

Repeat Rows 2 – 5 until cloth measures desired size. Do NOT finish off.

Border:

Ch 1, turn, work 3 sc in corner, work any number of sc evenly across sides of cloth and 3 sc in corners, **join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off, weave in ends, block.

**You may join with the Invisible Join instead - Tutorial Here.

© 2013 Melinda Miller




Merry-Go-Round Dishcloth



Merry-Go-Round Dishcloth
Designed by Melinda Miller



SKILL LEVEL:                       Beginner

FINISHED SIZE:                     9” Diameter


MATERIALS:                          Worsted weight cotton
                                                Crochet hook size H / 5.0 mm
                                                Tapestry needle

STITCH GUIDE:                     Dc= double crochet
                                                               
SPECIAL STITCHES:            V-st: In sp or st indicated work (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc).

 COMMENCE PATTERN:

Ch 5, join with sl st to form a ring.
Rnd. 1: Ch 3 (count as dc now and throughout), work 11 dc in ring, join with sl st to beg ch 3, (12 dc)
Rnd. 2: Ch 4 (count as dc, ch 1, now and throughout), [dc in next dc, ch 1] rep around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4. (12 ch-1 sps)
Rnd. 3: Sl st into next ch-1 sp, ch 3, dc in same sp, [ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp] rep around ending with ch-1, join with sl st to beg ch-3.
Rnd. 4: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, [ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp] rep around ending with ch-1, join with sl st to beg ch-3.
Rnd. 5: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, [ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp] rep around ending with ch-2, join with sl st to beg ch-3.
Note: To change colors here, finish off color A, attach color B to middle dc, begin at #.
Rnd. 6: Sl st to middle dc, # ch 4, dc in same st, *V-st in next ch-2 sp**, skip next dc, V-st in next dc, skip next dc, rep from * around ending last rep at **, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4.
Rnd. 7: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in same sp, [ch 1, V-st in next V-st], rep around ending with ch-1, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4.
Rnd. 8: Sl st to next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 2, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, sc in middle of next V-st, [ch 2, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, sc in next V-st] around, ch 2, join to beg sc. Finish off.

Copyright - This Merry-Go-Round Dishcloth Pattern and the pattern photos 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.)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Week 3 - Dishcloth CAL

Week 3 - Dishcloth CAL

We are now at week three of our Spring Cleaning Dishcloth CAL. I hope you are enjoying it so far and have made some pretty cloths. Each week (for 4 weeks) I post a dishcloth pattern of mine that I chose just for you - PLUS and BRAND NEW pattern that I designed just for this CAL. I hope you enjoy them! Here are this week's choices:











Audra's Dishcloth


Audra’s Dishcloth
Designed by: Melinda Miller




This pattern is named after my beautiful daughter-in-law.

SKILL  LEVEL:                   
 Easy

MATERIALS:                       
1 oz. Worsted weight cotton
Crochet hook size H/5.0 mm

SIZE:                                     
8” square after blocking

ABBREVIATIONS:                         
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Lp = loop
Rep = repeat
RS = Right Side
St = stitch
Tch = Turning Chain

SPECIAL STITCHES:

Dc5tog = Work 5 dc into designated st leaving the last lp of each st on hk, yo and pull through all 6 lps.

COMMENCE PATTERN:

Ch  27.

Row 1: (RS) Skip 3ch (count as dc), 1 dc into each ch to end, turn. (25 dc)

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into each of first 2 sts, *work dc5tog into next st, 1 sc into each of next 3 sts, rep for * to last 3 sts, work dc5tog into next st, 1 sc into each of last 2 sts (including top of tch), turn.

Row 3: Ch 3 (count as dc), skip first st, 1 dc into each st to end, skip tch, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 sc into each of first 4 sts, *work dc5tog into next st, 1 sc into each of next 3 sts, rep from * ending 1 sc into top of tch, turn.

Row 5: Rep Row 3.

Rep Rows 2 – 5 three more times.
Then rep Rows 2 – 3 once more. Do not finish off.

Border:

Ch 1, work 3 sc in corner, work any number of sc evenly across sides of cloth and 3 sc in corners, **join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off, weave in ends, block.

**You may join with the Invisible Join instead - Tutorial Here.

© 2013 Melinda Miller




Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Week 2 - Dishcloth CAL

Week 2 - Dishcloth CAL

Time for week number two of our Dishcloth CAL. Hope you have been keeping up so far. This week brings us two different designs and also some green grass and singing birds to boot. :) As Easter fast approaches, we'll pour ourselves a cup o' joe and make our kitchens spic n' span! Hope you enjoy this week's patterns! Have fun!















Cup O' Joe Dishcloth

Cup O' Joe Dishcloth
Designed by Melinda Miller



SKILL  LEVEL:                   
Easy

MATERIALS:                       
2 Colors Worsted Weight Cotton
Crochet hook size I/5.5 mm

SIZE:                                     
8” wide X 9” tall – excluding handle

ABBREVIATIONS:                         
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Tr = triple crochet
RS = Right Side
Tch = Turning Chain

SPECIAL STITCHES:

Sc2tog = Work 2 sc into designated st leaving the last lp of each st on hk, yo and pull through all 3 lps.

Sc3tog = Work 3 sc into designated st leaving the last lp of each st on hk, yo and pull through all 4 lps.

Tr2tog = Work 2 tr into designated st leaving the last lp of each st on hk, yo and pull through all 3 lps.

Tr3tog = Work 3 tr into designated st leaving the last lp of each st on hk, yo and pull through all 4 lps.


COMMENCE PATTERN:

Cup:

Ch 26.

Row 1: Skip 2 ch (count as 1 sc), 1 sc into next and each ch to end, turn. (25 sc)

Row 2: (RS) Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), skip 1 st, 1 sc into next and each st to end, turn. (25 sc)

Row 3 - 10: Rep Row 2.

Row 11: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), skip 1 st, *1 hdc into next st, 1 dc into next st, 3 tr into next st, 1 dc into next st, 1 hdc into next st, 1 sc into next st, rep from * to end, turn. Finish off White, join Red in last st.

Row 12: Ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 sc into next st (counts as sc2tog), 1 sc into each of next 2 sts, *3 sc into next st, 1 sc into each of next 2 sts, over next 3 sts work sc3tog, 1 sc into each of next 2 sts, rep from * to last 5 sts, 3 sc into next st, 1 sc into each of next 2 sts, over last 2 sts work sc2tog, skip tch, turn.

Row 13: Rep Row 12. Finish off Red, join White in last st.

Row 14: Ch 4, skip 1 st, 1 tr into next st (counts as tr2tog), *1 dc into next st, 1 hdc into next st, 1 sc into next st, 1 hdc into next st, 1 dc into next st**, over next 3 sts work tr3tog, rep from * ending last rep at **, over last 2 sts work tr2tog, skip tch, turn.

Row 15 – 26: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), skip 1 st, 1 sc into next and each st to end, turn. (25 sc)

Row 27: Ch 1, sc2tog, in next two sts, sc in following sts to within last 2 sts, sc2tog in last 2 sts, turn. (23 sc)

Row 28: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), skip 1 st, 1 sc into next and each st to end, turn. (23 sc)

Row 29: Ch 1, sc2tog, in next two sts, sc in following sts to within last 2 sts, sc2tog in last 2 sts, turn. (21 sc)

Row 30: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), skip 1 st, 1 sc into next and each st to end, turn. (21 sc)

Row 31: Ch 1, sc2tog, in next two sts, sc in following sts to within last 2 sts, sc2tog in last 2 sts, turn. (19 sc)

Row 32: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), skip 1 st, 1 sc into next and each st to end, turn. (19 sc)

Row 33: Ch 1, sc2tog, in next two sts, sc in following sts to within last 2 sts, sc2tog in last 2 sts, turn. (17 sc)

Row 34: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), skip 1 st, 1 sc into next and each st to end, turn. (17 sc)
Do NOT Finish Off.


Border:

Ch 1, work 3 sc in corner, work any number of sc evenly across sides of cup and 3 sc in corners, **join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off, weave in ends.

**You may join with the Invisible Join instead - Tutorial Here.


Handle:

Ch 24.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 sc into next 12 sts, 2 sc into next st, 1 sc into each st to end of row. Fasten off, Do NOT weave in ends.

Sew Handle onto Right Side of Cup using existing ends. Weave in all ends, block.


© 2013 Melinda Miller


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Week 1 - Dishcloth CAL

Week 1 - Dishcloth CAL

It's the first day of Spring, but the birds are not chirping here in Texas this morning. We just had a major hailstorm. What a way to welcome in Spring! On that note, we will welcome Spring with our Dishcloth CAL. Today begins Week One. Here are the two patterns. Do one, or both. I hope you have a wonderful Spring week!






Kelsey's Dishcloth


Kelsey’s Dishcloth

This pattern is named after my cute little niece.




SKILL  LEVEL:                     
Easy

MATERIALS:            
1 oz. Worsted weight cotton
Crochet hook size I/5.5 mm

SIZE:                                      
9” X 10”

ABBREVIATIONS:                           
Ch = chain
Dc = double crochet
Hk = hook
Lp = loop
Rep = repeat
St = stitch
Tch = Turning Chain
WS = Wrong Side

SPECIAL STITCHES:

Popcorn = Work 5 dc into next st, drop lp from hk, insert hk from front to back in first dc of group, pull dropped lp through st.


COMMENCE PATTERN:

Ch  33.

Row 1: (WS) Dc in 4th ch from hk, dc in each of next 5 ch, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in each of next 7 ch, rep from * across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), skip first dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, *popcorn in next dc, dc in each of next 3 dc**, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in each of next 3 dc, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, with last dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, skip first dc, dc in each of next 6 sts, *ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in each of next 7 sts, rep from * across, ending with last dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Row 4: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), skip first 2 dc, *dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next st, rep from * across to tch, dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Row 5: Ch 3, skip first dc, *(dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc) 3 times**, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, with last dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Repeat Rows 2 – 5 twice more.
Then repeat Rows 2 – 3 once more. Do not finish off.

Border:

Ch 1, work 3 sc in corner, work any number of sc evenly across sides of cloth and 3 sc in corners, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off, weave in ends, block.

© 2013 Melinda Miller                                                                

Monday, March 18, 2013

Paisley's Dress - Installment #1

Abandoned Project

Have you ever started a crochet project, only to abandon it for some reason? Well, I have. Today I will share my latest project. 

I am trying to crochet a dress for my new granddaughter, Paisley, who will be born at the end of June. So I ordered the yarn from Herrschners. The pattern called for size 10 thread, so I ordered Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Size 10 Thread. It is much softer than cotton, and I thought it would be better for a baby.

I decided on this pattern, Rose Christening Set, by Delsie Rhoades. 





I also had another dress in mind. It is the Baby Crochet Dress by Carol Stephenson. 

I got almost all the way done with the bodice, when I realized that I had the bodice twisted from the very first chain! All that work down the drain! I don't know if you have ever worked with size 10 thread, but that is meticulous stitching. Especially with my eyesight. I was so depressed! My dear hubby took me out to Dairy Queen for a hot fudge sundae to cheer me up! How sweet is that! 


The twist is right at the bottom of the armhole section. No way to fix it, except to start completely over. So my next step is to decide whether I want to actually start over on the same pattern - or start a new one. I could start the other pattern that I liked. It requires baby weight yarn, which would be better for my eyes and easier to work with in general. 

So today I will spend researching baby weight yarns from Herrschners. If I decide on the second pattern, I will have to return the Bamboo yarn and replace it with baby weight yarn. I really hate all the drama of returning merchandise through the mail though. It's a pain. There's a lot of factors to consider here, so we'll see how this develops. Stay tuned for another installment of the baby dress saga. Let's hope I get this ready by the baby shower on June 1st. :)





Saturday, March 16, 2013

Dishcloth CAL



Spring Cleaning Dishcloth CAL

Won't you join me for a Dishcloth CAL? We will begin on the first day of Spring, March 20th, and crochet two dishcloths per week for four weeks. These will be my own dishcloth designs that I offer for free, so no cost is involved. Some of them will be designs that are already released, some will be brand new designs! All of the patterns will be posted here on my blog, or you can also find them on Ravelry. Here is the schedule:

March 20: Week One Begins
March 27: Week Two Begins
April 3: Week Three Begins
April 10: Week Four Begins