Sunday, December 31, 2017

Making Dishcloths

As the frenzy of Christmas crocheting dies down, the chaos of the new year begins.  For me, that means that I need to restock my section of my father's market stall at the local Farmer's Market here.  I don't have a large section, so I can't offer as many items as I wish, but I do like to have enough made that I can refill my tiny display area as soon as possible.

This week, I have been focusing on making dishcloths, and the picture to the left is the beginning of my stack.  I am going to make three dishcloth sets to sell in my Etsy shop, and I will be offering singles at the market.  

More items will be added to my Market inventory soon, but for now, I am focusing on these dishcloths.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Pattern: Ice Skate Christmas Ornament Crochet Pattern


Crochet Ice Skate Ornament


G Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn
Jumbo Metal Paperclips x 2



Pattern:

Slip stitch yarn to paperclip to the right of the interior loop.  SC first stitch outside interior loop, then crochet the next 7 SC inside interior loop.  Chain 1, turn.

SC across.  Chain 1 and turn.

Skipping first stitch, SC across.  Chain 1 and turn.

4 SC across, Chain 1 and turn.

4 SC across, Chain 10-16 and tie off.

Attach white yarn to cuff of boot.  SC across, SCx2 in last stitch.  Bind off.

Weave in ends.  Repeat w/ second ice skate.  Tie skates together and hang on tree.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Starting A New Project: Crocheting A Toy Basket

As a mom of four kids, with the oldest being only eight years old, I am always looking for new ways to organize and hide the clutter of toys that my children own.  And in my case, I simply need places to store all the mega blocks, duplos, and legos that my kids own. 

And it does help, especially my autistic son who has to have things a certain way.  He loves to have his blocks all in different bins, separated by size. 

The problem I have run into is that he has a lot of mega blocks, and those things take up a LOT of room.  And most storage boxes and storage bags come in sizes that do not work well with the tiny spot that I need to store those blocks in.

So I went hunting, scouring the internet for a way to make a basket with my own dimensions.  And I stumbled upon Esther Chandler's Crochet Rope Basket pattern.

And I knew I had found the one I wanted to make.  So I gathered my materials and set to work yesterday evening. 


This is as far as I have gotten today.  I'm hoping to get the base of the basket done tonight and maybe start on the walls.  I'm not used to thrumming, which I think is the name of the technique that I am using when I am crocheting over the rope.  It took me several attempts to get the base row started, but it has gotten easier since I finished that first round.

What are you working on?  Share your projects in the comments below!  I'd love to hear from you.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pattern: Small Christmas Stocking

With the Christmas holidays right around the corner, I have been getting in the spirit by crocheting anything and everything Christmas-related that I can come up with.  Today, I am sharing a small Christmas stocking pattern that I wrote up last weekend.  This stocking, if crocheted with the suggested yarn and hook, is the perfect size to be a small gift bag or a large Christmas tree ornament.

Free Crochet Pattern: Small Christmas Stocking - Crazy Crochetin' Mama #crochet #free #christmas


Small Crochet Christmas Stocking

H-Hook
Worsted Yarn

Pattern

Toe and Foot:

Chain 4.  Sl st. into first chain to form a ring.  Chain 2.

Round 1:  Crochet 10 DC into center of ring.  Sl st round closed. Chain 2.

Round 2:  DC into first stitch next to the chain 2.  2 DC in each stitch around. Be certain to DC in last st before turning chain.  Sl st round closed.  Chain 2.

Round 3:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round.  Chain 2.

Round 4:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round.  Chain 2.

Round 5:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round.  Chain 2.

Round 6:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round.  Chain 2.

Round 7:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round.  Chain 2.

Round 8:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round.  Chain 2.

Heel:

Row 9:  Chain 2.  DC into next 12 stitches.  Chain 2 and turn work.

Row 10:  Dc2tog. DC into next 8 stitches.  DC2tog. Chain 2 and turn work.

Row 11:  DC2tog. DC into next 6 stitches.  DC2 tog. Chain 2 and turn work.

Row 12:  DC2tog across row.  Chain 2 and turn work.

Cuff:

Round 13:  DC around entire sock, picking up stitches around the heel second.  DC2tog where the foot of the sock and the heel meet to refrain from having gaps between the stitches.  Sl st round closed. Chain 2. (22 stitches)

Round 14:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round.  Chain 2.

Round 15:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round.  Chain 2.

Round 16:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round.  Chain 2.

Round 17:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round.  Chain 2.

Round 18:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round.  Chain 2.

Round 19:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round.  

**Adding hanging loop**
Before crocheting the next three rows, chain 12-14 stitches.  Slip stitch these stitches into the same loop you started chaining from to form a hanging loop.

Round 20:  Chain 2 and DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round. Chain 2.

Round 21:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round. Chain 2.

Round 22:  DC into the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC once into each stitch around. Sl st. to close round. Chain 2.


Tie off and weave in ends.  Fold over cuff at three rows from the top to expose your hanging loop.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Pattern: Shamrock Dishcloth

This is the re-creation of the original Shamrock Dishcloth pattern that I had listed on Ravelry.  It is very similar to the original one, but it is not exactly the same.

That being said, it is still a very fun pattern to knit up, so grab your needles and some cotton yarn, and let's cast on.

Shamrock Dishcloth Pattern

Materials:

Worsted Yarn
Size 3 (3.25mm) - 6 (4mm) needles
Tapestry Needle

Knowledge Needed:

Knit
Purl

Pattern:


Cast on 42 stitches.

Row 1: K across
Row 2: K across
Row 3: K across
Row 4: K across
Row 5: K across
Row 6: K across
Row 7: K6, P30, K6
Row 8: K across
Row 9: K6, P30, K6
Row 10: K across
Row 11: K6, P12, K2, P16, K6
Row 12: K across
Row 13: K6, P11, K4, P15, K6
Row 14: K across
Row 15: K6, P14, K2, P14, K6
Row 16: K across
Row 17: K6, P14, K2, P14, K6
Row 18: K across
Row 19: K6, P14, K2, P14, K6
Row 20: K across
Row 21: K6, P7, K3, P4, K2, P4, K3, P7, K6
Row 22: K across
Row 23: K6, P6, K5, P3, K2, P3, K5, P6, K6
Row 24: K across
Row 25: K6, P5, K7, P2, K2, P2, K7, P5, K6
Row 26: K across
Row 27: K6, P5, K8, P1, K2, P1, K8, P5, K6
Row 28: K across
Row 29: K6, P5, K20, P5, K6
Row 30: K across
Row 31: K6, P6, K18, P6, K6
Row 32: K across
Row 33: K6, P4, K22, P4, K6
Row 34: K across
Row 35: K6, P4, K22, P4, K6
Row 36: K across
Row 37: K6, P3, K24, P3, K6
Row 38: K across
Row 39: K6, P3, K10, P1, K2, P1, K10, P3, K6
Row 40: K across
Row 41: K6, P4, K7, P2, K4, P2, K7, P4, K6
Row 42: K across
Row 43: K6, P5, K4, P2, K7, P3, K4, P5, K6
Row 44: K across
Row 45: K6, P10, K9, P11, K6
Row 46: K across
Row 47: K6, P9, K11, P10, K6
Row 48: K across
Row 49: K6, P8, K13, P9, K6
Row 50: K across
Row 51: K6, P8, K13, P9, K6
Row 52: K across
Row 53: K6, P8, K13, P9, K6
Row 54: K across
Row 55: K6, P8, K13, P9, K6
Row 56: K across
Row 57: K6, P9, K5, P1, K5, P10, K6
Row 58: K across
Row 59: K6, P10, K3, P3, K3, P11, K6
Row 60: K across
Row 61: K6, P30, K6
Row 62: K across
Row 63: K6, P30, K6
Row 64: K across
Row 65: K across
Row 66: K across
Row 67: K across
Row 68: K across
Row 69: K across

Bind off and weave in the ends.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Christmas Crocheting

Back in October, as I climbed up into the shelving area of the kids' closet to get down the Halloween candy buckets and our stash of previously-purchased costumes, I noticed a small hole in the corner of one of the boxes for our Christmas decorations. 

Yep, you got it.  We had a mouse. 

I pulled out the Halloween stuff, climbed back up into the closet and proceeded to take inventory on the amount of damage that little sucker had done.

To my dismay, what few Christmas decorations we had managed to accumulate were mostly destroyed.  Glass and plastic ornaments survived unscathed, but the little vermin used our felt Christmas stockings to make a nest.  There were holes everywhere. 

So, after cleaning all of that mess up and making a list of what needed to be replaced, I took out my trusty H-hook, found a full skein of yarn that I knew my oldest boy would love, and I worked up a pattern for a Christmas stocking.

After several false starts, I managed to get past the toe of the stocking and work my way up.  The heel took me four froggings before I got it the way I wanted it.  But I was happy, and my son loved it! 

Win-win for me.

So, I started in on the next one: my daughter's.  She's mine, and I love her, but she can be a difficult one, so I let her go into my room and "shop" my acrylic yarns for two colors that she liked.  After an hour of her deliberating and pulling every color that she liked from my stash, and then another thirty minutes of me putting everything back where it belonged with the exception of the two skeins she finally decided on, I finally got to start on her stocking.

I followed the exact same pattern that I came up with for the original stocking.  Something odd happened with the heel, but I frogged it three times and I could not seem to repeat the original heel.  It always came out longer on her stocking.  But, alas, by the third frogging, I was literally too sick to think through the haze of fever, but I had to work on something to keep myself awake.  I switched colors and continued up the leg of the sock.  The heel is still a little off, but the stocking is done, and she loves it as well, so I'm calling it good.

I took two days off from crocheting to get through being sick myself and dealing with two kids still being sick, then I tackled my middle son's stocking.  He was a bit harder to do colors for because he's nonverbal autistic, so he can't tell me what color he likes without picking it out himself.  And when it comes to yarn, he's a bit like his mom, and he has to touch...it...all

He stood in front of my yarn stash for a long time.  He would reach out, touch one and squeeze it, then he would lean over and touch and squeeze another one.  He finally settled on a tangerine orange color and a creamy white color, that same white that is in his older brother's stocking.

His took a bit longer for me to finish.  The yarn he picked didn't like being crocheted.  It split, it pilled, it pissed me off.  But I persevered, and I finally finished it about three or four days later.

His is a little longer than the other two, but I didn't add any extra rows.  I have counted like four times.  No extra rows.  The yarn probably had a bit more "give" to it than the yarn used in the other two.  Also, the heel on his went wonky as well.  He loves it, though.  He keeps petting it and smiling, and I know he is excited for Christmas to come.

Another win for me.

My youngest son's stocking--let's just say that I am not happy with it, and once Christmas is over, I may take it apart and try again.  I'm giving myself some time to look at it because my son loves it, but the pattern got way off somewhere, even though I counted stitches on every single row.  I don't think that my gauge was that far off from the others.  I'm going to chock it up to the mystery of "tension" and move forward.  The heel looked a lot better this time around, but somehow, the leg part became much wider than the foot part of the stocking.

I was not high in the making of this stocking, I promise.  It just went wonky.

I took several days off after this stocking, and I went back to the original stocking.  I wrote down the pattern I used on the blue and white one, step by step, and I saw where I went wrong on the heels on the pink and orange stockings.  As for the green and white stocking, I think the leg issue arose when I "picked up" too many stitches after I finished the heel.

Five days later, after meticulously combing over the original pattern and correcting errors that arose in the later attempts, I picked up my hook and some yarn once more.  I still had to make my stocking, even if it did turn out to be the ugliest one of the lot.

And mine turned out perfectly.

Not too long in the foot or the heel, not too wide in the leg.  It's perfect.

I still have to make the cats' stockings because well, the cats will be here just as long as the kids will be, and if I wrap up anything for the cats that smells like food or jingles, they will tear it open before Christmas.  I also know that the kids are making them some toys, so I am going to make them some smaller stockings to shove all their presents into from the kids.  Hopefully, that will keep the kittens out of them until Christmas day.

I will share the kittens' stockings when I have them done.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Thanksgiving week here in the United States!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pattern: Simple Chunky Crochet Cuff Bracelet

Simple Chunky Crochet Cuff Bracelet - Crazy Crochetin' Mama #pattern #crochet #free

Today, I am sharing a very simple crochet project.  It took me about ten minutes to crochet up, and that is with a bum thumb (long story involving my hand and a vegetable slicer...well, it really wasn't that long of a story.)  

Anyway. 

Instructions for your quick and easy accessory are below.  Feel free to share and/or reblog this pattern.  Just remember to give credit to the original creator.

Simple Chunky Crochet Cuff Bracelet


Chain 25. Slip stitch into first chain to make a round.
Ch 2. HDC into every stitch around, slip stitch into first stitch of the round.
Ch 2. HDC into every stitch around. Slip stitch into first stitch of round. Tie off.

Weave in ends and slip onto wrist.

**Note: Chain 25 makes a cuff large enough to slip easily over an adult hand. Chain less stitches for teens or children.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Introductions and All That Jazz...

Greetings from the eastern coast of North Carolina!  My name is Jessica.  I'm a single mom to four great kids, three inside fur-babies, and many outside fur-babies.  I have many hobbies and interests which include writing, drawing, knitting and crocheting, reading, and being creative in general. 

Several years ago, after I gave birth to my first child, I was thrust into the stay-at-home life and left with a void to fill.  Yes, I had a newborn baby to take care of, but I was left with an emptiness.  I needed a creative outlet to keep my brain stimulated.  I tried writing for several months, but I could not focus well enough to make anything that I wrote sound coherent. 

So, I turned to an age-old crafting skill that my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother all taught me while I was growing up:  crocheting and knitting.  I do more crocheting than knitting, but I love to do both.

This blog will cover everything from my knitting and crocheting projects, my yarn hoarding, patterns that I have designed, and I'll even go so far as to include any ventures I have in spinning and dyeing my own yarn.  I'm adventurous like that.

So, welcome to the Crazy Crochetin' Mama!  Come in and stay a while, and remember that it's okay to smush the yarn.  My kids and I do it all the time!