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


E-Book - The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party E-Book

You are buying an E-Book consisting of 6 (six) crochet patterns/instructions in PDF format.
You are invited to the Wedding Party. Here you will find six 12” afghan block patterns to crochet with a lovely Wedding theme. Members of the Wedding Party are portrayed, as well as the Big Day itself. Make a beautiful afghan to keep for yourself or to give away. Great for swaps and exchanges.
Patterns included are:
  1. Always a Bridesmaid
  2. Bachelor No More
  3. Flower Girl
  4. Kiss the Bride
  5. Mother of the Bride
  6. Wedding Day

$7.50 USD


Wedding Day - 12" Square

Wedding Day - 12" Square
Pattern/Instructions Only in PDF format

$2.00 USD

Mother of the Bride - 12" Square

Mother of the Bride - 12" Square
Pattern/Instructions Only in PDF format

$2.00 USD

Kiss the Bride - 12" Square

Kiss the Bride - 12" Square
Pattern/Instructions Only in PDF format

$2.00 USD

Flower Girl - 12" Square

Flower Girl - 12" Square
Pattern/Instructions Only in PDF format

$2.00 USD

Bachelor No More - 12" Square

Bachelor No More - 12" Square
Pattern/Instructions Only in PDF format


$2.00 USD



Always a Bridesmaid - 12" Square

Always a Bridesmaid - 12" Square
Pattern/Instructions Only in PDF format


$2.00 USD