Trust in the Lord, and do good;dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord,and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hearts: Free Crochet Pattern

Simple Crochet Hearts
(With Bonus Butterfly)
Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks
Sheep Of Delight Crochet
I’ve been playing around with using different colors in my crochet, mostly because I have a growing stash of pinks, reds, and oranges that never get used.  And since next month is February, I decided to make some hearts for embellishment.  I thought they turned out pretty well, so I adapted them to make a butterfly.
Skill Level-Easy
Gauge- Not important
Finished Measurements-
Medium Heart-2 1/4” tall x 2 1/4”wide
Small Heart-1 1/2 ” tall x 1 3/4" wide
Butterfly-3 1/4” tall x 4” wide
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-
                 .05 oz Peaches & Creme Strawberry Stripes Cotton Yarn
                 Less than .05 oz Peaches & Creme Black Cotton Yarn
Materials-
                 F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
                 Yarn or tapestry needle
                 Scissors
                 Stitchmarkers
                 Polyester Fiberfill
Special stitches-None
Abbreviations-
                 Rnd…Round                                  Sc…..Single Crochet 
                 Ch….Chain                                     St(s)..Stitch(es)
                 Inc….Increase                                Dec…Decrease
                 Rep…Repeat                                 Sl St..Slip Stitch

Small Heart
Use Strawberry Stripes yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 3, Sc, Inc, Sc (9 sts)
Rnd 3: 2 Hdc in one stitch, 2 Dc in the next stitch, Hdc and Sl st in one stitch, Sl st and Hdc in the next stitch, 2 Dc in one stitch, 2 Hdc in the next stitch, Sc, Sc and Hdc in one stitch, Hdc and Sc in the next stitch,Sc (18 sts)
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.

Medium Heart
Use Strawberry Stripes yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 3, Sc, Inc, Sc (9 sts)
Rnd 3: 2 Hdc in one stitch, 2 Dc in the next stitch, Sc 2, 2 Dc in one stitch, 2 Hdc in the next stitch, Sc, Inc 2, Sc (16 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc, 2 Hdc, (2 Dc) rep 2, Hdc and Sl st in one stitch, Sl st and Hdc in the next stitch, (2 Dc) rep 2, 2 Hdc, Sc 3, Sc and Hdc in one stitch, Hdc and Sc in the next stitch, Sc 2 (26 sts)
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.
Butterfly
Start by making 2 each of the medium and small hearts in Strawberry Stripes yarn. To make the body, use Black yarn.
Row 1: Leaving a moderately long tail, ch 8
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, sl st in each st of the chain. 
Finish off, leaving a moderately long tail.  Knot the beginning and ending tails together and snip them to equal lengths to form the antenna.

Finishing-
Sew the wings together in pairs, with the Medium heart slightly overlapping the Small heart, using the picture as reference.  Remember that the wings should mirror each other.  Next sew the two pairs together in the center and attach the Butterfly body over the seam.




Saturday, January 4, 2014

Scallop Edging and Hat: Free Pattern and New Technique

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.”  Henry Ford

     One of my goals for 2014 is to learn new crochet stitches and techniques.  One of the things that makes amigurumi easy to learn is that it only uses a limited number of stitches, mostly single or half double crochet stitches.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m part of a group at church that makes newborn hats to donate to the maternity wards of a couple of local hospitals.  To keep things interesting, since I pretty much have the world’s shortest attention span, I’ve decided to try to incorporate some new stitches into my hats.  This week, I did a little research on the scallop or shell edging.
This edging is pretty basic; it works up using the slip stitch and double crochet stitch.

1. First make a foundation chain.  The number of stitches in the foundation chain should be a multiple of four + one extra stitch.  For example 17, 21, 25, 29, etc.
2. Then chain one more to turn and single crochet one in each of the chain stitches across.
3. Chain one to turn.  Slip stitch in the first single crochet. *Skip the next stitch; then work 7 double crochets in the next stitch.  Skip a stitch again and then slip stitch in the next.* Repeat until  the end of the row.
You now have a nice row of scallops along the edge of your project.  If you want the scallops to be shorter or wider, you can make several different adjustments.  Skip two stitches instead of one each time to make the scallop wider.  You can also experiment with using fewer stitches in each cluster of stitches or using a shorter stitch such as a half double crochet instead of a double crochet.
Keep in mind also that the number of the stitches in your foundation chain will need to be adjusted if you’re crochet something in a round.  You will just need a multiple of four single crochets because the last stitch and the first stitch will overlap.



Scallop Baby Hat Crochet Pattern
Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks
Sheep Of Delight Crochet
I used the scallop edging to dress up a basic baby hat and then added a scallop flower.  The hat is a very basic shape worked in half double crochets; if you want to edge a hat of a different pattern, just make sure your final row has a multiple of four stitches.
Skill Level-Easy
Gauge- 4 hdc stitches per inch
Finished Measurements- 4 3/4” tall x 14” around
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-
1 oz Simply Soft Yarn in light green
.05 oz Simply Soft Yarn in pink
Materials-
H/8 (5.00 MM) crochet hook
Yarn or tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitchmarkers

Special stitches-Scallop or Shell Edging stitch
Abbreviations-
Rnd…Round Sc…..Single Crochet
Ch….Chain St(s)..Stitch(es)
Inc….Increase Dec…Decrease
Rep…Repeat Sl St..Slip Stitch
Dc…..Double Crochet
Hat
Use light green yarn.
Rnd 1: Hdc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Hdc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 8 (Remember to use Hdc’s to increase). (16 sts)
Rnd 3: (Inc, Hdc) rep 8 times (24 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc, Hdc 2) rep 8 times (36 sts)
Rnd 5: (Inc, Hdc 3) rep 8 times (40 sts)
Rnd 6: (Inc, Hdc 4) rep 8 times (48 sts)
Rnds 7-13: Hdc 48 (48 sts)
Rnd 14:  Work a shell edging around.  Sl st.  *Skip the next st.  7 Dc in the next stitch.  Skip the next st.  Sl st in the next st.*  Repeat from ** around .
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.
Scallop Flower
Use pink yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 10 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 10 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 10 (20 sts)
Rnd 3: Work a shell edging around.  Sl st.  *Skip the next st.  7 Dc in the next stitch.  Skip the next st.  Sl st in the next st.*  Repeat from ** around .
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.

Finishing-
Sew the flower firmly to the hat above the edging and make sure all your ends are woven in.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” G.K. Chesterton

I'm always conflicted about New Year's resolutions and I don't think that I'm alone in that.  We all know that statistically most resolutions, and by most I mean a high, high majority, fail within days.  That failure brings with it the stench of guilt, which is the last thing most of us need more of in our lives, so a lot of us take the skeptic's route and swear off resolutions as useless.
But how many of us are really satisfied with our lives?  Do any of us really not have any aspect of our current existence we yearn to change?  And if we don't at least attempt change now, when the world around us slows for just an instant to look at our lives during the past year with reflection, will we ever attempt that change?  
So I've made a list of New Year's resolutions in my planner, resolutions for my art and my health and my church and my finances.  I doubt all of them will be successful; I can't be sure any of them will.  What I can be sure of is that in 2014, I want to give more often and live more deeply, chase my passions and get more passionate about the people I love.  Starting on the 1st of January may be arbitrary, but I have to start somewhere.  
Happy New Year!  Feel free to share your resolutions in the comments below.  I'd also welcome any suggestions or requests for what you would like to see in this blog in the coming year.