Friday, November 6, 2015

Would you like to swing on a Star! Day 2 of 25 days of Crochet Christmas #ORNAMENTS

Another set of Crochet ornaments are finished!  Two down 23 to go!!! Today ornament is Star in a Star by Julie A. Bolduc of jpfun crochet club. You can find the pattern at this link It's available as a free download. Check out the site there lot of free and paid patterns to download.  

The original was crocheted with size 10 crochet cotton thread and size 7 steel crochet hook.
My samples were  Crocheted with the following yarns.

Small star ------   Bernal Handicrafter  crochet cotton #5 in merry
Medium star --- Sinfonia  cotton  sports weight #8 in antique white
Large star -------  Coats and Clark Speed-Cro-Sheen 
                             Mercerized cotton in white.

Small star steel crochet hook size 6.
medium and large star crochet hook size d.

After you crochet the star you will need to stiffened with fabric stiffener. Use your favorite method.

This pattern was easy to crochet.  It's good for a beginner.  Perfect for the first time working with thread.  I was able to crochet these three in a hour.  It will work well as package decorations or tree ornaments.  You can easily slip them into Christmas cards for nice little surprise.  I hope you give them a try!
Until next time
Happy Crocheting! 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

I'd rather be crocheting!

Well its the most wonderful time of the year and I rather be crocheting.  World Series,  football and falling leaves and I'd  rather be crocheting.   Seasons eating, Holiday shopping and I would rather be crocheting.

Do you know what I put off doing?   If you said crocheting you would be right.  Well I am going to remedy that by dedicating some of my blog posts to my favorite hobby . It would help me blog more often. Beginning this month I'm starting a crochet series 25 days of Crocheted Christmas ornaments.  It will consist of free patterns that I find across the web. I will give credit to the designers and links to their pattern.

The 1st one in the series is Sweetie the Snowflake designed by
 Sally Ives from there is a free down load available at her Facebook group  at this link

I Crocheted three versions of her using different yarns weights.
Here they are...

Each was finished differently but first let's get to the basics.

Materials :

You will need a small amount of yarn. It's  a great scrap buster project.

The 1st Sweetie is made with worsted weight yarn #4 I used a size g hook.
Google eyes, embroidery floss or paint, and blush for the facial features. I used  black and Red markers and I added a little bow.

Sweetie #2 was Crocheted using size 10 crochet thread and steel crochet hook size 6.  I also used a small nut (as in nuts and bolts) for the center.  I did not have a small o-ring so I tried the nut.  It worked but I will be looking for small rings at the craft store. All I did was crochet 8 sc in the center then follow the pattern as written.  She was embellished with a simple red flower.  I thought it came out very sweet.

Sweetie  #3 was made with #LionBrandYarns .  The little bom bom brand.  They are perfect for ornaments, but any sports weight yarn #3 will do fine. Crochet hook f was used in the sample.  I added Snowflake buttons in the center.  It does not show up to well in the photograph.

The pattern is fairly easy to follow.  When I had start over it was because I messed up on the count.  So count carefully.  Do not join your rounds.  It is worked in a continuous circle.  Stitches used are single crochet and chain stitch.  I had fun making them.  I hope you give them a try.

Happy Crocheting! ♡♡♡