Sunday, July 30, 2006

Ripple Afghan

I made this afghan from a pattern I found on a label of Bernat yarn. I liked it, because of the lacy look of the MC. You can get the pattern on the Bernat website here , but it does require that you be a member in order to view the pattern. This afghan was originally meant to be donated to a fund-raising silent auction at work for breast cancer, but I haven't heard whether it is still happening since I agreed to make the afghan for it. I will check when go in this week. If not, my mom saw it while it was in progress, and was kind of salivating over it, so I may have a Christmas present done early for her.

Hobo-style bag

This bag is the result of my attempt to design my own "hobo-style" tote bag. I think it turned out pretty well, and overall, I am pleased with the results. I crocheted it using two strands of worsted weight yarn held together and a size 6.5 mm hook.

I did not count my exact number of stitches, but here is the basic design concept that I used:

Starting with the bottom of the bag, I made a starting chain of approx. 12. I made 2 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, then 1 sc in next 9, 2 sc in last ch. Then, working in the bottom loops of starting chain, 2sc in next ch, 1 sc in each of next 9 ch, 2 sc in last chain, join to starting sc.

I then crocheted several more rounds, increasing on the ends to make an oval base.

When I had made a base the size I liked, I started the sides of the bag by:

ch1, sc in same sp as where you joined last round of bottom, ch 3, sk next sc, *sc in next sc, ch3, sk 1 sc*. Repeat * to* to end. Join last ch3 to first sc

body row: slip stitch into ch3 space, ch1, sc in same space, *ch 3, sc in next ch3 space* . Repeat *to* to end, ending by joining ch3 to 1st sc.

Continue making body rows until bag is depth you desire. I then used stitch markers to mark the mid-point on both ends of the bag. To make the straps, I did one body row from one mid-point to another. I then decreased by : ch1, turn, sc into ch3 loop just completed of previous row, then following the body row instructions back across. When I had decreased to the point I had 1 loop left, I made the strap as follows:

row 1: ch1, turn. 3 sc into loop.
row 2: ch3, turn, dc into each st across

repeat row 2 until strap is half the length desired. Go back and make strap on other side of bag in same way. Join two strap ends together, and finish off and hide ends.

I understand these instructions may be a bit confusing, This is the first time I've tried to write out a pattern that I've made. When I make another, I will count all my stitches in order to post more specific instructions. In the meantime, if anyone tries to make this (it really works up quite easily!) and has any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me :)

Throw Pillow

I used a modified version of the Navajo Afghan pattern to make this small throw pillow. It's a great pattern for using up scraps, particularly for something small like a throw pillow, as it only requires a small amount of each colour at a time. As well, the pattern calls for 4 colours, but really, you could use as many as you like and think look good together. I have worked the basic pattern in 2, 3 and 4 colours myself, and there's no reason why you couldn't use more. Because I was sewing the rectangle up to make a pillow, I decided to leave the ends loose, and just make sure they were sewn into the inside of the pillow. Lazy I know, but this pattern does leave a lot of ends to weave in, and that can get tedious.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Requiem for a friend

Good-bye, my friend.

I will miss you. The things we worked on together , the laughs and frustrations we shared. You were faithful and true, never balking no matter what task I put to you. Gliding through any yarn with ease. I could never have made many of the afghans, shawls, totes, or my first sweater project without you.

Rest well old friend. your legend lives on with me.