Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Crochet Inspiration from RAKJpatterns

I have been busy busy busy crocheting ya'll! I made the comment just last night that I wish I could crochet even faster so that I could get more completed.....and my husband said, "It's supposed to be fun WHILE you create it, right?" I said, "IT IS FUN! That's why I am constantly crocheting...I just want to do MORE!" I have an entire book of sketches and am adding more daily....and I usually end up with all of my projects done at one time (because I can NEVER just work on one project at a time.....who does that!?!?!)

I wanted to share with you some of the latest patterns and remind you---it's National Crochet Month. Get those hooks busy and if you need inspiration-- you can find over 400 inspiring patterns on my ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/rakjpatterns-by-kristi-simpson

I have a passion for hats...and a new found passion for bags....
stay tuned--more to come VERY SOON!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

How to Crochet: Slip Knot

If you have wondered how to make all of the sweet things you see on RAKJpatterns, but just didn't know where to start--- well, I have a new series coming for YOU!

I have been teaching classes in my local shop and wowzers--- I learned a lot from my students!!!!! Lots of tips and tricks that help different individuals learn....

Lets start off with one of the basics....a Slip Knot.
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See! Wasn't that EASY?!?!

Now, just practice and get ready to do the next step!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

NEW FREE CROCHET PATTERN: Hooded Cowl for Child

I absolutely love working with a chunky yarn although I have made myself a hooded cocoon out of regular yarn... I wanted to make a super thick one! I want to bring you a fun and easy pattern for a simple hooded cowl for a child. I have twin boys and although they are not too crazy about it, I sold it to a friend.....now, off you go to make your!!! Enjoy!
What you need:
2 skeins of Bernat Softee Chunky
N-9.0mm crochet hook
Yarn needle
2 large buttons
Sewing thread/needle
2 stitch markers

Gauge: 5 rows and 8 stitches in dc= 4 inches square

Measurement: 
Child
Folded in half hood: 9.5"
Folded in half cowl: 14"

Notes: 
1. The hooded cowl is made in two sections: the cowl will be made first and then the hood will be added on top.

To begin:
Chain 57.
Row 1: Sc in first chain from hook and in each stitch across (56 sts).
Row 2: Turn, ch3, dc in next stitch and in each stitch across (56 sts).
Row 3: Turn, ch1, sc in each stitch (56 sts).
Rows 4-7: Repeat 2 and 3. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Mark the 11th stitch in from each side with a stitch marker.
Row 8 (starting the hood): Turn, ch3, dc 36 (to opposite stitch marker).
Rows 9-17: Turn, ch3, dc in each stitch. 
Row 18: Turn, dc12, dc dec 6 times, dc12 (30 sts).
Row 19: Turn, dc12, dc dec 3 times, dc 13 (27 sts).
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Starting from the ends, use the yarn needle to sew the hood together. 

Sew two buttons onto one side of the cowl, using the dc stitches as button holes, slip over buttons.
Ears (optional):
Left ear
Look at the top of the hood and locate the seam from joining. Go one row to the left and join yarn. Row 1: Using the rows as stitches, sc5. 
Rows 2-3: Turn, ch1, sc5.
Row 4: Turn, sc dec, sc, sc dec (3 sts).
Row 5: Turn, sc dec, using the middle stitch again, sc dec (2 sts).
Row 6: Turn, sc dec, fasten off. Weave in ends.

Right ear
Look at the top of the hood and locate seam from joining. Go 4 rows to the right and join yarn.
Row 1: Using the rows as stitches, sc5. 
Rows 2-3: Turn, ch1, sc5.
Row 4: Turn, sc dec, sc, sc dec (3 sts).
Row 5: Turn, sc dec, using the middle stitch again, sc dec (2 sts).
Row 6: Turn, sc dec, fasten off. Weave in ends.