Monday, September 26, 2016

Simple Ripple Crochet Blanket

How do you Ripple?




At this point I have made a dozen or so ripple blankets, aka chevron, and there are so many ways to make the peak and make the valley. I like the way this version doesn't leave holes. Sometimes holes are good! They add to the look of the pattern, but for this blanket, I wanted the look to be smooth and flowing, like ripples!

Here is the pattern:

ch a multiple of 12 + 3. I usually make my blankets 32-36 inches wide. About that high as well.

Row 1: dc in 4th chain from hook, first three chains counts as a dc. *1dc in each of the next 3 ch, dc2tog twice, 1 dc in each of the next 3 ch, 2dc in next ch twice, repeat from * across to the last ch, 2dc into that last ch.

Row 2: ch 3, dc in that next stitch, (if you count down from the hook it will be the 4th ch) *1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, 2dctog twice, 1dc in each of the next 3 sts, 2dc in the next st twice, repeat from * across to the last chain, 2dc into the top of the ch3 turning chain from the previous row.

rep row 2- over and over.

This is a fairly common pattern, I've seen it lots of other places and a good one to practice over and over to get comfortable finding the top of that dang turning chain! Keep it loose and try your best to go under both loops of that chain. It helps to make the sides very straight. Also, this ripple is pretty easy to keep track of your place. 3 dc separate each peak and valley. 2dc on each end. Keep that in mind as you go and you'll do great!

Don't be afraid to take out mistakes, it's not as long to make them up as you think. I had to learn that the hard way. Sometimes I'm going along and I think that I can make up for the missed stitch or the extra I put in between the peak and the valley, it's not worth it-even though it is so tempting! Just take it out and start over. Your blanket, in the end, will thank you!

As always, I love seeing what you make. I really do. Instagram is the easiest place to tag me or post under #daisyfarmcrafts. Don't have Instagram? It's a really fun place for crocheters so I highly recommend that you start one! Everyone shares everything and there are so many great ideas. Plus a lot of nice people that will ooh and aww over your work. I'm serious!

Find me @daisyfarmcrafts

xxoo

Tiffany

Monday, September 19, 2016

Crochet Moss Stitch

I have found a fool-proof-straight-edge-stitch!


I'm excited to share, although, I do know probably many, many, crocheters know this stitch already! But, what I like about it, is the ease of turning at the end of each row. No finding the exact sc to stitch into. The last stitch is in between the ch-2 turning chain and last sc. I'm jumping ahead I know, but you'll see when you try this pattern. 


Here's the pattern for a simple scarf in Lion Brand Yarn "Scarfie" It's a "5" weight bulky yarn. I used a size 8.00 L hook. 

Chain 26 (or any even number)

Row 1: sc in the 4th chain from hook, *ch1, sk next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * to the end of the row. (The last stitch should be a sc in the last ch)

Row 2: ch 2, turn, sc in ch 1 space from previous row, *ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * to the very end, the last sc should be worked into the space between the ch2 turning chain and sc from the previous row. 

Row 3: Repeat row 2 as many times as you'd like to finish your scarf and make it as long as you'd like. I used the whole skein and it is wonderfully long and can wrap several times around your neck. 



That's it! Enjoy having straight edges on each side of your scarf! 

Now, if you try it, let me see! Let's be crochet insta-friends! I'm on Instagram @daisyfarmcrafts. Tag me or use the #daisyfarmcrafts so we can make even more moss stitch friends! 

I'm also pinning this to Pinterest if you'd like to get it on one of your pin boards and save for later. I also have a facebook page called daisy farm crafts where it will be posted as well.

Thank you for stopping by! 

xxoo, 

Tiffany






Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Crochet Mermaid Tail


I've made a mermaid tail!


and now I'm going to attempt to write the pattern up so I can remember how I did it! 



The following is a picture of the top of the blanket. I decided to start with a border before I started the shells. I felt like it would give the blanket/tail a starting point. 




The following is a picture of the gathers and at the end of the blanket. The tail is made separately and attached last. 










And, here is a picture of the tail attached. 



Hopefully, that gives you an idea of what you'll be making. 

The Yarn: I used Hobby Lobby's Yarn Bee Soft Secret size 4 medium weight. 6oz, 198 yards per skein. I bought 7 skeins. I recommend a variegated yarn for this pattern so you get lots of color without having to change colors. But, if you want to do a solid feel free! I'd love to see how that would turn out. 

The hook: size H

The Pattern: 

chain 152

ROW 1 : hdc in 3rd chain from hook and each stitch across. Turn.

ROW 2: ch 2, hdc in the first hdc and each across in the back loop only. (This gives the top of the blanket a nice ridged look.) Turn.

ROW 3 and 4: repeat row 2

ROW 5: ch 3, dc in each stitch across, under both loops. Turn.

ROW 6: ch 3 (Starting the shells) 3 dc in 4th dc of previous row, ch 3, in the SAME stitch do 3 more dc, sk 4 stitches, *3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, repeat from * to end of the row, 1 dc in the top of the turning chain of previous row, turn.

ROW 7: ch 3,  *3dc in the next ch 3 space, ch 3, 3 dc in the same chain space again, repeat from * to end of row, 1 dc in the top of the turning chain, turn.

ROW 8- 37: repeat row 7. (Feel free to estimate how many rows you want to actually do depending on the size of the child or adult you are making this for. The size I made is for about a 3 year old. approximately 36 inches long not including the tail. At row 37 the blanket will be about 22 inches long, so at this point if you want to make it bigger, keep going.)

ROW 38: Don't turn at the end of row 37, join with a slip stitch into the top of the turning ch and start crocheting in the round. (Do the last 1 dc into the top of the turning chain like the previous rows, then find the turning chain when you bring the two ends together to make a circle and slip stitch into that stitch, then crochet the shells like you've been doing. Maybe that helps to understand? I hope so!)

ROW 39 -60: Each time around decrease a row by one shell. The best way I can explain how to do that and the way I did it, so it sort of looked gathered and so I could disguise the decrease is to randomly, one time in each row, do only 1 dc in a chain 3 space, then move along to the next ch 3 space like normally with a 3dc, ch3, 3dc. (But I also want to encourage you to take some artistic license and do your own style of decreasing. if you want it tighter on the bottom or more gathered, wait to decrease, and do a 1 dc every 4 or 5 shells to really gather it up.) 

ROWS 61- until I thought it was gathered enough to my liking, (about 3 or 4 more rows) I decreased 3 or 4 times on one row using the same technique. 

TAIL: 

Again, I'm going to encourage you to use your artistic self and decide how dramatic of a tail you'd like to make. I think the amount of chains you do depends on how long you have made your tail. We will be starting on a long end, then decreasing to the center, then adding back to make the other side of the fin. The long straight edge of the fin will simply be slip stitched to the bottom of the blanket, gathering it up as you go. 

So I chained about 50,

ROW 1: in the 4th chain from the hook dc, and dc in each stitch across, turn.

ROW 2: chain 2, (in the back loop here and throughout) dc2tog, dc in the back loop in the remaining stitches across, turn.

ROW 3: ch 2, dc across to the last 2 stitches and dc2together those two stitches. turn.

Row 4: ch 2, dc2tog, dc across, turn.

Do as many decreases as you wish to the point. I did 18 rows. 

When you decide then: 

Dc2tog twice, then dc in each st, turn.

Ch 2, dc across to the last two stitches and in each of those, 2 dc, (increase) turn.

Ch2, 2 dc into the first stitch then one dc in each stitch across, turn

continue increasing until you match the number of rows you did on the one side. 

Always crochet in the back loop of every dc to achieve a ridge look. 

attach the tail, hide all your ends and you are finished! 

I wish you good luck understanding my instructions, but please let me know if you find a mistake, or if something doesn't make sense. Also feel free to modify and use your own ideas! 

Here's a tip about using the variegated yarn, there are very few ends to sew in, and it makes the tail look so mermaid-ish! I do like this yarn bee brand, but I bet caron simply soft would do a good job and is comparable to the yarn bee. In Red heart, maybe try the "with love" line, but stay away from super saver, I just don't think you'll like the results. It tends to be stiff and scratchy. 

If you find something that works, I'd love to know too! 

I'm on instagram @daisyfarmcrafts so tag me so I can see your tail! I also have a facebook page Daisy Farm Crafts that you can like and leave me messages or a picture! I love to meet my fellow crocheters! 

Love to you all,

Tiffany