Daisies and Buttercups

Daisies and Buttercups

Monday, January 29, 2018

Free Knitted Hedgehog Pattern

I'm always on the lookout for patterns that use up scraps of yarn and recently found this hedgehog pattern by Margaret Bloom on Ravelry. You will have to register to join Ravelry, but there are many free patterns on there.

I made a few changes for my hedgehogs:
I used U.S. size 5 needles (3.5mm)
I used crochet needle 4.25 mm for the feet for the larger hedghogs
I knitted the ears
For the eyes and nose I made french knots

Cast on 3 stitches
sl. 1 K2 tog. psso
Pull yarn through the remaining stitch, fold in half and sew on the hedgehog

Feet for the larger hedgehog (make 4):
ch. 2
5 sc in 2nd chain from hook
sc in each of 5 sc
cast off leaving enough yarn to gather through the top 5 sc and sew on to hedghog.

More patterns by Margaret Bloom here

Monday, January 15, 2018

Children's Knitted Slippers - Free Pattern

 Children's Knitted Slippers

This is a fairly easy pattern to follow. I added flowers on some of the slippers I made for my grandchildren.

These will probably fit a child age 4-5.  Approximate sole length when finished 6”

Needle size 7mm

Using two strands of yarn (Red Heart Super Saver works well) cast on 33 stitches

Row 1: Purl
Row 2: Inc. 1 st. K.14, inc. 1 st., K.1, inc 1 st., K.14 inc., 1 st.
Row 3: Purl (37 stitches)
Row 4: Inc. 1 st., K.16, inc. 1 st., K.1, inc 1 st., K.16, inc. 1 st.
Row 5: Knit (41 stitches)
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: K.18, sl. 1 K.1 psso (pass slip stitch over), K1, K2 tog, K.18
Row 9: P.17, p2 tog., P.1, p2 tog., P.17
Row 10: P.16, p2 tog., P.1, p2 tog., P.16
Row 11: K.15, sl. 1 K.1 psso (pass slip stitch over), K1, K2 tog, K.15
Row 12: P.14, p2 tog., P.1, p2 tog., P.14
Row 13: K.13, sl. 1 K.1 psso (pass slip stitch over), K1, K2 tog, K.13
Row 14: P.12, p2 tog., P.1, p2 tog., P.12
Row 15: K.11, sl. 1 K.1 psso (pass slip stitch over), K1, K2 tog, K.11
Row 16: P.10, p2 tog., P.1, p2 tog., P.10
Row 17: K.9, sl. 1 K.1 psso (pass slip stitch over), K1, K2 tog, K.9
Rows 18-20:  Rib stitch (K1, P.1) (21 stitches)
Cast off and sew back, then bottom/sole

For flowers:
I used 3.25mm needles

Cast on 60 stitches
Row 1: K.1, cast off 8 stitches (repeat)
Cut yarn and put through remaining 12 stitches, pull tight to make a daisy and fasten.

Flower middle (or you could sew a button in the middle of the flower)
Cast on 1 stitch
Row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1 in same stitch
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl 2 tog. P1, P. 2 tog.
Row 5: Sl 1, K2 tog. psso.

Fasten off  and sew both flower and center on to the slipper.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Easy Knitted Wraparound Scarf

This is an easy knitted scarf pattern using the knit/garter stitch.

I used Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn, which was $2.97 in Walmart, but you can use any yarn (I often use Red Heart yarn). The approx. size for the wraparound scarf is 5" x 26".

Knitting needles size 6 1/2mm
Cast on 14 stitches (if you are using less chunky yarn, cast on 20 stitches)
Knit in garter stitch (knit every row) until the length is 26" (or a few inches more if you want it to fit less snug to your neck)
Lay the scarf flat and bring the short edges toward the center. Twist one edge and sew both edges together. Using the guide below match D to A and C to B. It will give a twist that lays folded against your neck.

Note: Depending on your tension, one ball of  Hometown USA yarn should be exactly the right amount to make the scarf.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Troll Hats

... and irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ TrollsEveryone is a fan of Poppy from Trolls and I've found quite a few patterns to make troll hats. I'll post a picture of my finished hat when I've completed it.

Crochet Poppy Hat
Ravelry Troll Hat Knitting Pattern
Crochet Troll Hat
Fun Fur Crochet Troll Hat

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Crochet Head Warmer Pattern

Headwarmer Crochet Pattern

Crochet Hook: 4.5 mm

Start with 60 chain (either loosely or use a larger size crochet hook)

Join to first chain, making sure chain isn’t twisted

Row 1: Miss first chain, sc in next 15 ch. (Miss 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, 1 ch, dc in 3rd ch, 1 ch) continue ending with 5 dc, 1 ch. Slip stitch in first sc.

Row 2: sc in next 15 sc (1 ch 5dc in center of previous row 5dc, 1 ch, 1 dc in dc of previous row) continue ending with 5dc, 1 ch

Repeat row 2 four more times or until desired width.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Crochet Turtles

I had a basket full of left over yarn and found this turtle pattern which worked great for using up small pieces. I did go a little crazy, but the grandkids love them.

Pattern here

I had so many of these turtles that I gave a large box of them to a local church for the Operation Shoebox Christmas Program which they were delighted to accept.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Boot Cuffs

These would make a great gift for this time of year.

Size H Hook (crochet hook sizes here)

Row 1 - Chain 20. In 2nd chain from hook double crochet (treble in England)
Row 2 - DC in each chain. When you get to the end, 3 chain then turn
Row 3 - 20 - Repeat row 2
Join edges either by sewing or crochet whatever you prefer

Scallop edge 
Double crochet in the second stitch. Five more dc in same stitch.
Slip stich in 3rd stitch from the scallop.
Six dc in 3rd stitch from slip stich
Continue around the edge of the boot cuff.

Note: you may need to adjust the size depending upon the size of your calf and the thickness of the yarn. For the main part I only put the needle through one strand, rather than both of them which gave it a ridge effect.