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.