Monday, October 7, 2019

Pattern: Quick and Easy Crochet Circular Coaster

Today, I am going to share a pattern that I have been using for years.  It is a very basic pattern, and it is fairly easy.  The only skills you need to know is how to join a ring, slip stitch, and double crochet.  I use Worsted Weight dishcloth cotton yarn for my projects along with an H-Hook (5.00 mm).  I also tend to crochet tight with cotton, so you may need to adjust your hook size for your project to lay flat.  With all of that being said, let's get to the pattern.


Quick and Easy Crochet Circular Coaster Pattern

Materials:


H - Hook (5.00 mm)
Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn  (any worsted weight will work, but cotton will be the most absorbent when it comes to condensation.)


Project Notes:

*  The (Chain 2) at the beginning of every round counts as the first stitch.
*  The first crocheted stitch of each round is always done in the same stitch as the turning chain.


*  The last stitch(es) of every round are always done in the top of the last stitch of the previous row, the one hiding beneath the turning chain.




Pattern:

Tie a slip knot around your hook.  Chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to make a circle.  Chain 2.

Round 1:  Remember that your (Chain 2) will always count as your first stitch.  DC x 11 into the center of the ring.  Slip Stitch in the top of the Chain 2 to close round.  (12 stitches)

Round 2:  Chain 2.  DC in the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC 2 times into the next stitch and in the remaining 10 stitches, including the very last stitch tucked under the Chain 2.  Slip stitch in the top of the Chain 2 to close round.  (24 stitches)

Round 3:  Chain 2.  DC in base of Chain 2. DC in next stitch. (2 DC, 1 DC) around, ending with a 1 DC in the stitch tucked under the Chain 2.  Slip Stitch in top of the Chain 2 to close round.  (36 stitches)

Round 4.  Chain 2.  DC in base of the Chain 2.  DC in each of the next two stitches.  (2 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC) around circle, ending with a second 1 DC in the last stitch tucked under the Chain 2.  Slip stitch to the top of the Chain 2 to close the round.  (48 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.




Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October 2019 Goals

Another month has come and gone here at the Crazy Crochetin' Mama, and though I intended to roll out September with my new blog schedule, my plans very quickly fell to the wayside.  My first child fell ill with a severe chest cold around the 7th, and by the 11th, we all had it.  And when I finally thought that I was seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and everyone would be well again, the first two kids that had it fell ill again.

Everyone has been well for the past two days, so my fingers are crossed that we all stay this way.  I have now kicked myself into high gear to roll everything out this month -- blog and Etsy shop.

So, my goals for this month include:

1)  Establish my blog schedule. -- I have most of it figured out.  I just need to fill in topics for the last two slots of the month, and I need to start writing.

2)  Launch my Etsy shop. -- This is scheduled for October 15th, tentatively.

3)  Write (3) new free patterns and (3) paid patterns. -- This may be easier said than done, but I have to start somewhere.

4)  Finish (1) big project. -- I am aiming to complete the Tetris blanket, but doing the same block pattern over and over is monotonous sometimes, so I will even accept a completed shawl for this task.

5)  Begin crocheting Christmas items for the Etsy shop.  -- I missed the ball for Halloween, and probably for Thanksgiving as well, but I think I can have some Christmas items ready in time.  I will begin with Christmas ornaments then branch out from there.  I know I am still late getting started so I want to start with smaller items.

Those are my five goals for this month.  We did get the Fall garden planted here on the homestead, but I did not finish cleaning out the abandoned horse stable, and I did not get as much research and trial runs done on Youtube videos as I wanted.  But it will all get done eventually.

I hope everyone had a great September, and that you are all looking forward to a fun and festive October.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Jumping Back in the Saddle

I love working with fibers--I really do, but for a while there, real life just got in the way.

As many of you may know, my husband of fourteen years walked out in August 2017, leaving me with four kids, no job, no car, and a lot of unforeseen headaches.  And life got tough--fast.  I had to figure out how to feed and take care of my kids on what little I received each month.  And with a special needs child who needs constant supervision, my job opportunities were narrowed drastically.  Not many businesses are interested in hiring someone who can a) only work while their kids are at school, and b) may have to leave work to pick up a sick kid or may not be able to work for a week because all four kids are sick.  So, I had to figure something out.

So, I cut back drastically on spending, and I started selling patterns and a few custom-made pieces.  It wasn't enough.  At least not then.  I focused on my writing and released a few books.  It still wasn't enough--and worse, writing wasn't the one thing that I really enjoyed doing anymore.  I wanted to knit and crochet and play with all the fiber-y goodness.  Then, I went back to my roots: farming.

I planted an herb and vegetable garden this summer, and I am preparing to plant my Fall garden now.  I canned and preserved enough food to almost half my cost of groceries, and I'm finally not worrying so much about money.  We aren't stretching to the last penny anymore.

I am finally able to relax and pick up my fiber arts again.  Right now, I am only crocheting and knitting from my stash, but I plan to pick up my spinning again soon.  And the kids and I are looking into raising and shearing sheep in the future.

It finally feels like we are on the right track.

So, without further ado, I want to welcome everyone back to the blog, and I want to share my goals and plans for September.

Before the end of September, I want to:

1)  Finish crocheting/knitting at least two of my larger works on progress.

2)  Prepare and plant my Fall garden--lots of delicious greens!

3)  Finish setting up  my blog an establish a posting schedule.

4)  Finish setting up my Etsy shop and list my first items.

5)  Research the process of establishing and running a Youtube channel.

6)  Clean out at least half of the abandoned horse stable so we can begin converting it to a sheep shed.

I know that it may not seem like much, but a few of those tasks will take more than a day to complete.  Others will take only a few hours, but i still want to leave myself some time to unwind.  For the first time in tend years, all of my children are in school, and I am finally getting some "me time."

And I intend to enjoy it!

So, that's it for now.  I will be settling on a posting schedule for the blog over the next few days, and hopefully we can settle into a routine.  It's good to see everyone again, and it's great to be back among the fiber community.  Until next time, ta ta!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WIP-It Wednesday: The Tetris Blanket (Continued)

Welcome to another WIP-It Wednesday!  My WIP this week is still the Tetris Blanket.

WIP-It Wednesday: The Tetris Blanket - Crazy Crochetin' Mama #crochet #geekcrochet #tetris
My completed gray squares, 20 in all!

I crocheted forty-eight more squares this week, finishing all the gray blocks and the orange blocks.

I pulled all of the skeins from my stash that I will need for my blue squares.  I have to make forty-four of those to fill in all the spots in the pattern, so I will start on those tomorrow, and hopefully finish them this week.  If I finish them quickly, I will move on to the black squares.
WIP-It Wednesday: The Tetris Blanket - Crazy Crochetin' Mama #crochet #geekcrochet #tetris
My completed orange squares, 28 in total.

The goal is to have this blanket done before the end of the month.

Well, that's my project for WIP-It Wednesday.  Leave links to your projects or leave a comment below.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What's On Your Hook? - February 13, 2018

What's On Your Hook? - February 13, 2018 - Crazy Crochetin' Mama #crochet #blanket #scarf
Good morning!

What started out as a crazy-busy week turned into a stalemate here at the Crazy Crochetin' Mama.

I started out the week by working my way through the gray and the orange granny squares for my Tetris blanket.  The full update on that project is scheduled for tomorrow's WIP-It Wednesday, so I won't go into a lot of detail about it here.

I also started on a red wool scarf.  I have crocheted about sixteen inches on it, and I am hoping to finish it this week now that things have settled down.

Before I go any further, I need to explain the reason for my stalemate at the end of the week.  My oldest son had a dental emergency.  One of his baby molars chipped, exposing the nerve.  By the time I got his dental insurance from his father and found a dentist who would see him, it had become infected.  I spent most of Thursday morning on the phone with the dentist, Thursday afternoon at the dentist office with a miserable little boy.  Then Thursday evening and most of Friday was spent watching him as he came off anesthesia and making certain that the extraction site didn't start bleeding again.  (He's an easy bleeder.)

And by then, it was Saturday, and I had all four of the children at home.  I try not to work when they are home, so I left my weekend open to hang with them.

Yesterday morning, I started working on the blue squares for the Tetris blanket, and I turned my focus back to my red wool scarf during my evening crochet segment.

So, what's what has been on my hook this week.  What's on your hook?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Pattern: Crochet Mouse Cat Toy

Free Pattern: Crochet Mouse Cat Toy - Crazy Crochetin' Mama  #crochet #cattoy #free
Crochet Mouse Cat Toy

Worsted Weight Yarn
F Hook

Pattern
Chain 17.
Slip stitch back up chain towards slip knot.
At slip knot, chain 3 and slip stitch into last chain of tail to form ring.
Ch 2.  10 DC into the center of the ring.  Slip stitch ring closed.
Ch 2.  DC in base of chain 2.  2 DC in each st around.  Slip stitch round closed.
Ch 2.  DC in each stitch around.  Slip stitch closed.
Ch 2.  DC in each stitch around.  Slip stitch closed.
Ch 2.  DC in each stitch around.  Slip stitch closed.
Ch 2.  DC in each stitch around.  Slip stitch closed.
Ch 2.  DC in next 4 stitches.  DC2tog.  DC in next 4 stitches.  DC2tog.  DC in next 4 stitches.  DC2tog.  DC in 4 stitches.  Slip stitch round closed.

Adding Ears  (crochet in front loops only)
Ch 1.  In front loops,  SC, TC, TC, SC in next 4 stitches.  Slip stitch next two stitches.  SC, TC, TC, SC in next 4 stitches.  Slip stitch to next stitch.

Continuing Mouse
Ch 2.  DC around, crocheting in back loops around ears.  Slip stitch to close round.
Ch 2.  DC2tog around.  DC last stitch.  Slip stitch to close round.
Stuff mouse with stuffing and catnip.
Ch 2.  DC2tog around.  DC last stitch.  Slip stitch closed.
Ch 2.  DC2tog around.  Slip stitch closed.

Tie off and weave in ends.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WIP-It Wednesday: The Tetris Blanket


Welcome to my first WIP-It Wednesday!  This week, I am featuring my Tetris blanket.  The idea for this blanket came from a bout of nostalgia.  The first gaming systems came out when I was a child, and my siblings and I scrimped and saved our summer farming income to buy our first Nintendo.  Tetris was one of the first three games we owned, and it was one of my favorites because I love a good puzzle.

My Tetris blanket is made up of 494 three-and-a-half inches wide crocheted squares, each one representing a block on the screen.  I have finished the red squares, yellow squares, purple squares, and the green squares.

I am working on the gray squares today, and I am hoping to finish them and the orange squares this week while I continue to work on my other projects.

I am fully expecting this project to take me another two or three weeks.

Who else has a project to share for WIP-It Wednesday?  Leave a comment below!