Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pattern Review: Football Cocoon Crochet Pattern

I remember a request from a photographer to design a football cocoon...I racked my brain for days on how to make it just right. Well, one night (years ago, btw) I sat in bed and pulled it all together. I had the perfect yarn: Lion Brand Hometown USA that is a Super Bulky 6 and the perfect football brown color. I think that really makes it look like a football. Then I had to use a larger hook because of the bulky weight of the yarn...so that make it go a lil faster than a normal cocoon! So, when I got to the hat, I knew that it needed to be the 'end of the football' just to make it match, and I think that it finished the set just perfectly!

Now, I have seen this used for boys AND girls! That is why I love designing patterns--the crocheters use the pattern and transform it often with different colors or make it as they need. I've seen flowers and team color bows added for girls--and it makes me so giggle at the cuteness! LOOK!
 
 Now, this is one of my most popular designs, 
and I wanted to show off a few from the fans that have posted photos.....
 
^julesull on Ravelry
And look at the newborn! Bracelet and all!!!
SO SWEET!
ssargent on Ravelry

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FREE CROCHET PATTERN: Lion Blanket



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What you need:
Size h-5.0mm and N-9mm Crochet hook
All yarn is medium weight; worsted 4ply
Vanna’s Choice: blue, yellow, olive green, rust orange
Yarn Needle

Measurement: Before edging it is a 30x50 blanket

Gauge: NA

Legend:
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)

Number in parenthesis is how many stitches per row [ex.: (6)=6 stitches for that row]
Base Blanket
With blue and N/9.0mm hook
Ch 91.
Row 1: Sc in the first ch and across (90 stitches).
Row 20-end: *Ch 1, sc in the back loop of each stitch across. Repeat from the * for a total of 80 rows. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Border
Join in the yellow on one corner.
*Ch 3, sc in the first chain from hook. Sc in the next chain. Sc back to the next stitch. Repeat from the * around the entire blanket.

Use your 5.0mm hook for the body and grass.

Lion head:
Using yellow, Ch 2; sl st to make ring;
Round 1: Sc in the first chain 6 times (total of 6 stitches)
Round 2: Working continuously in the round, 2sc in ‘each’ of the next 6sc (12 sts)
Round 3: *sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat from * to complete round (18 stitches)
Round 4: *sc 2, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * to complete round (24 stitches)
Round 5: *sc 3, 2sc in next sc repeat from * to complete round (30 stitches)
Round 6: *sc 4, 2sc in next sc repeat from * to complete round (36 stitches)
Round 7: *sc 5, 2sc in next sc repeat from * to complete round (42 stitches)
Round 8: *sc 6, 2sc in next sc repeat from * to complete round (48 stitches)
Round 9: *sc 7, 2sc in next sc repeat from * to complete round (54 stitches)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Join the orange where you fasten off.
Round 1: *Ch 6. Skip one stitch, sl st to the next in the next stitch.Repeat from the * around.
When you finish with the back loops continue with the shorter section as follows:
Round 2: *Ch 4, skip one stitch, sl st to the next in the BUT it will be in the open stitch that you skipped on the previous round. Repeat from the *.



Eyes: Make 2
Ch 2, sc in the first chain 6 times. Slip stitch to join the round. Leave a tail of about 6-10 inches to sew onto face.

Nose:
Ch 4, sc in the first stitch from the hook and across (3 stitches)
Ch 1, sc across (3)
Turn, sc decrease, sc decrease (use the middle stitch for both decreases)
Turn sc decrease.
Ch 1 and sc along the outside of the triangle.
Sl st to the previous ch 1 when you finish the outside sc and leave a tail of approx 10 to sew onto face.
Now, Sew the eyes, ears, and nose into place with the yarn needle.
Ears: make 2
Ch 5
Sc in the first chain and across (4)
Sc in the first stitch and across. Repeat this row 2 more times
Sc decrease, sc decrease
Sc decrease the last 2 stitches and fasten off.

With your yarn needle, use the black to stitch the mouth into place.
With yarn needle, use the brown to stitch the whiskers and eye brows onto the face.
Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how ‘neat’ it looks on the back as you
sew the face on. It will be hidden after you sew it onto the blanket.

Body:
Ch 21
Sc in the first chain on hook and across
Ch 1, sc back across row and repeat this row 6 more times
Ch 1, sc 15 (you’re going to make the middle of the body here)
*Ch 1, sc back across the row (15). Repeat from * 6 more times.
You should be at the top.
Ch 1, sc 15, ch 6
Sc in the first chain from hook and across (20)
Ch 1, sc back across row and repeat this line 6 more times.
Ch 1 and sc around the outside of the body one complete time.

Now, place the body in the center of the blanket.
Keep it in place by running your hooks through it or pencils.
Using yarn needle, sew around the edges starting at the top. You can line it up on one of the exposed lines of loops. Next, Add the head on the left edge of the body. Use the yellow and the yarn needle and just sew it on the yellow stitching, not the orange. Don’t sew the ears down, leave them loose and ‘3D’.

Tail:
Ch 20
Sc in the first stitch and back across. Fasten off and leave a tail of yarn of about 15 inches to sew onto blanket. Now, as you sew the tail on you can curve it and sew it down. Just turn it as you sew it down. Sew up one side and down the other.

End of the tail:
Join your orange yarn in with a sl st to the blanket. Ch 6, sl st to the same spot and you can use the few stitches to do the same. Ch 6, and sl st to the same stitch. Do this 6-8 times. Fasten off securely.

Bottom row of grass:
Count 10 stitches from each side. This is how long you’re going to make the ‘grass’ on the bottom row.
Join your green
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yarn in with a slip stitch.
*In the same stitch: Ch 6, sl st to the same stitch, ch 4, sl st to the same stitch
In the next stitch: ch 3, sl st to the same stitch, ch 6, sl st to the same stitch
Repeat from the * to the end of your row (which is 10 stitches from the end)
Fasten off.

Top row of grass:
Count 3 stitches from each leg of the lion.
Join in your yarn and work from the * above for 10 stitches.
Do this on each side.
Fasten off each side securely.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NEW Crochet Pattern: Country Charm Tote

I am thrilled to present this new pattern!
It has so many neat features in the tote...
from the open design to the unique handles, ruffles and fun flower...
I just know you're going to enjoy crocheting this bag for 
YOU and all of your friends and family!

One of my favorite things about designing this tote is how it evolved.
I began with a sketch from my idea notebook and as I started, I almost quit 2-3 times!
I didn't like the way it looked after the first row of open stitches 
but I convinced myself to just keep going and I trusted that the repeats 
would make it look better.... and so, I kept going...and wa-lah!
Now, after I finished the body of the bag, the ruffles were a blast to add as a fun flair too!
I debated on 10 different styles of handles....but I knew that I wanted something unique.
And so I decided on the chain handle--and gave it a wrapped grip! 
I must say--this is one of my new favorite designs!
But I might be biased...Yep. Probably so.

But you decide!
You can purchase the pattern here in RAKJ's download store
or on Etsy or Raverly, too!

 Feel free to PIN and share with your friends!!!