crochet:: cleveland browns gear

It’s that time of year…football and cold weather. BRRRRR!  I think I have my husband all set to take on the season 🙂

He is originally from Ohio, so needless to say, his favorite teams to watch are the Cleveland Browns and THE Ohio State.  Since his Mom always keeps him in Ohio State gear with Christmas presents, I decided to hook some super-soft and thick chenille accessories for this winter.

We have A LOT of snow removal to do in the winters, and this will definitely keep him warm.

I loved working with this yarn!  It was so fantastically soft and scrumptious!

I know that he will actually wear them because it is orange and brown in honor of his team.  As for the pattern – YIKES!  The pattern is called “wing it”.  I can say this much, it is all in double crochet.  It was another one of those that I did not write down because it was very subjective.  I made it to fit him and how he would use it.

I made the scarf exactly the same as my cancer ribbon scarf – only much bigger.  He wanted it really wide and long, so I increased the number of stitches for the first row, and he said, “Yep, that’s about right” and I kept double crocheting rows until he said, “Yep, that’s about long enough”.

The ski mask/hat is from memory of a photo I saw years ago, and I winged it by making him try it on over and over. Basically you make a circle of increases like you would for a potholder until it covers the crown and then make a few rounds of all the same number of stitches until you get to the eyebrows.  To make the eye hole, skip enough stitches so the wearer can see well by making a long chain that you will use as foundation on the next round, and start decreasing each round.  Make the mouth hole with the same method and keep decreasing as needed.  I finally stopped when he said, “Yep, that fits”.  The key to these for us was the yarn – I must say – choose wisely.  I originally started one in cheap acrylic yarn – big no-no.   I ripped it apart after about 15 rows because he said it would be itchy.  Boys! (insert exasperated look here)

crochet:: cancer ribbon scarf

So, yesterday I made the mistake of bragging about a beautiful day and we have had rain ever since!  It made for a good day to watch football with the boys and finish some projects.

The first order of business was to finish the 2nd granny circle so I have a matching set (one for the other nightstand if I can talk my husband into having it on his side of the bed too).  I love these!!  I have all of the yarn set up for the next one…autumn colors for the kitchen table 🙂

The second order of business was to complete my cancer ribbon scarf.  It’s more like a neck warmer than a scarf, but it does the same job.

Since I am a survivor, I decided to accessorize for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure next week.

If you have never worked with novelty yarn, it isn’t very fun because it is a little difficult to see what you are doing, but it’s not too bad for a small project.  This worked up fairly quickly and I am really pleased with the result.

 

 

cancer ribbon scarf:

1 small skein eyelash or boa yarn

“H” hook

large button

This is simply 20 dc wide  every row until you run out of yarn.

Chain 23

row 1: turn and dc in 4th chain from hook, then dc in each ch

row 2: ch 3 turn and dc in each to end

repeat

center button about 5 inches from one end

use any space between dc for the button hole, whatever is comfortable

Thanks for stopping by!

crochet:: camera case

Whipped this up in about 30 minutes…and never wrote the pattern down because really, who has the exact same size camera???  I just wanted to be able to always have my new camera with me, and not damage it in my purse.

The easiest way to make this is to chain the length of the base of your camera, and make continuous rounds of single crochet until it will cover the whole piece.  On the last round, make a loop of chains that will fit around your button and voila!  No more ginormous store-bought monstrosity to lug around 🙂

crochet:: rainbow granny rug

This was a really fun one to make, and so fast!  Since I’ve been into rainbow colors this summer, I had no problem figuring out the color scheme.  I needed a rug for the laundry room because the old rag rug was starting to completely unravel after 15 years of washing.  I knew I wanted a large rug again, as the rag rug had been 5’x8’ and I liked that about it, but I wanted it more square than rectangular.

I have quite a stash (as we all do filling boxes and bins and baskets), so I prepped about 6 skeins or partial wrapped balls of each color family to make sure I had enough to make a few rounds of each.  I had a lot of the same color of red, but multiple shades of all the other colors.

RAINBOW GRANNY RUG

Hook – size Q

Yarn – 6 skeins each color (I used inexpensive acrylic because it was merely for my laundry room.)

Pattern – classic simple granny square in double crochet holding 6 strands together at all times.  Because you are holding 6 strands together, take extra care when you are weaving in ends and making the knots.  They can have a tendency to unravel when in the washer & dryer later on.

The variations are unlimited.  I am already trying to formulate a plan for a smaller rectangular granny in cotton yarn for the kitchen with a P or M hook and 4 strands.  Happy hooking!

crochet:: my favorite dishcloth

This simple pattern is a regular at my house.  I just can’t find a store-bought dishcloth that works as well, so these are my standard.  I have tried many different patterns, always returning to these because they just seem to be the best shape and size.

For summer this year I have been on a rainbow kick for my color choice.  It just seems cheerful 🙂

I use these with white flour-sack towels, so I always match no matter what color I choose!  (I have a thing for needing to match.  My husband tells me that it is my “inner Sheldon” coming out.  Sheldon is the totally OCD guy on the Big Bang Theory)

Directions:

H Hook

Small amounts of 100% cotton yarn (I use Lily Sugar & Cream)

Row 1 – ch 21, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across.

Row 2 – ch 2, turn, hcd in each hdc across.

Row 3 – 13 – Repeat row 2

Round 1 – ch 2, 2 hdc in same stitch (corner), then hdc 18 evenly spaced across the ends of the row to the next corner, 3 hdc in corner, hdc in each across to next corner, 3 hdc in corner, hdc 18 evenly again, 3 hdc in corner, and hdc in each across, slip stitch in top of first hdc of round.

Round 2 – ch 1, turn and sc in each around, putting 3 sc in center of each corner, slip stitch together and tie off, weave in end.

crochet:: mochachino afghan

Welcome to YarnChick!  I am a country girl with a full-time job and a lot of hobbies.  I hope to share fun crochet patterns, recipes, and whole lot more.  My first free pattern will be for my Mochachino Afghan.

Mochachino Afghan

It is a simple 4 count, 3 front- then 1 back-post double crochet (treble for our non-US friends).  It is one of those easy-peasy ones that you can work on AND keep pace with a conversation.  No pleading “Hold that thought, I’m counting” necessary.

This works up super thick and cozy and just the right size.  I have counted it twice and apologize in advance if you find an error – please let me know and I will happily edit the pattern.

This is an original copyrighted design – please only use it for good, not evil.  You know the drill.  This pattern is only for personal use – please do not sell it or alter it for resale.   Blah, blah, blah…

MOCHACHINO AFGHAN

Hook: “I” (5.5mm)

Yarn: “Vanna’s Choice” brand acrylic (3.5 oz ~ 170 yds)

(6 skeins each); Linen, Taupe, & Chocolate

US Stitches: sl = slip stitch

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

fpdc = front post double crochet

bpdc = back post double crochet

Notes:  each skein will make approximately 5 rows; the pattern is 4 stitches repeated 48 times per row

ch 195

row 1 – dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as 1 dc), and in each ch to end (192 dc), ch 3 and turn

row 2 – ch 3 counts as 1st stitch, 1 fpdc around each of the next 2 dc, then bpdc around next, *fpdc next 3 then 1 bpdc* repeat all the way across to last 3 stitches and just do the fpdc of the pattern (do not add the final bpdc), ch 3 and turn

the entire pattern is the same as row 2 – change colors after every 5 rows

Variation: you could work any multiple of 5 to make the stripes wider