Sunday, August 28, 2016

Scarfie Crocheted Mixed Cluster Stitch Cowl





This scarf! Cowl! Whatever you want to call it is awesome and I made it with one skein of Lion Brand Yarn "Scarfie" in mustard/cream.

Here is the pattern:

Chain multiples of 2 then add 1 extra chain. I used an 8.00 L size hook, if you use something else your chains might be smaller or bigger than mine so, have your chain measure about 20 inches in length to achieve the look you see in the picture.

(tip: buy 2 skeins of the Scarfie just in case you go bigger or decide you want to add more rows)

ROW 1: sc into the third chain from hook, (counts as first sc) and in each ch across.

ROW 2: turn, ch 2 (counts as first hdc) yo, insert hook into first stitch, pull through only one loop, yo, pull through two loops, (two loops left on hook) (long dc made, or first half of mixed cluster), sk one stitch, yo, insert hook into next stitch, pull through one loop, yo, insert hook again into same stitch, pull through one loop, yo, pull through all six loops on hook (mixed cluster stitch made MC) ch 1 to close the cluster. **yo, insert hook into THE SAME STITCH, pull through one loop, yarn over pull through two loops, leave two loops on hook (long dc made, first half of MC made), sk one st, yo, insert hook into next stitch, pull through one loop, yo, insert hook again into same stitch, pull through one loop, yo, pull through all six loops on hook (MC finished) ch 1 to close the cluster. Repeat from ** ending with the last stitch in the top of the turning chain with hdc.

ROW 3: ch 2 (very loosely, this counts as your first sc), sk 1 st, sc into the next and every st across, making sure you sc in the turning ch from previous row.

Repeat row 2 and 3 until you have the length desired to wrap around your neck. I did 20 MC rows with 20 sc rows in between.

Choose whichever way you like to sew the right sides together. I did a dc join. Thats it, sew in loose ends and you are done!

Good luck!

Feel free to pin this to Pinterest to share with others, there is a little button at the end of this post. Also, I invite you to follow me along on instagram @daisyfarmcrafts and tag me when you finish! I'd love to see! or be brave and use #daisyfarmcrafts so everyone can see!

Love to all,

Tiffany

Monday, August 22, 2016

Crochet Silt Stitch Cowl

I've discovered another stitch that works up amazingly well with a chunky weight (5) yarn--The Silt Stitch.

I love that it is fairly simple, yet looks complicated and elegant.

The yarn I used is Lion Brand, woolspun with a size with an 8.00 "L" size hook. Check the label of the yarn you want to use and see if it says "5" on the weight. Your cowl will turn out differently with a smaller weight yarn and of course go up or down a size on the hook-everyone has different tension and yours might not be the same as mine. 



THE PATTERN:

chain a multiple of 3. For mine I chained 27. It seemed to be a pretty good distance between my chin and collar bone. I wanted this one tall enough to be able to pull up over my nose for very cold weather. This scarf is worked back and forth, not in the round back and forth. Hope that's not confusing. 

ROW 1: sk first 3 ch, dc into next and each st across. turn.

ROW 2: ch 1, 2 dc into first st, *sk 2 sts, sc 1 and dc 2 into next stitch, repeat * to the last 3 stitches, sk 2 and sc into the top of the turning ch.

ROW 3: ch 3, dc into next and into each st across, turn.

Repeat row 2 and 3 until the distance wraps all around your neck. I did 28 rows. 

with right sides together, sl stitch the ends together. sew in ends. 





Don't forget to tag me on instagram @daisyfarmcrafts if you decide to make this! I'd love to see and compliment you on your cowl! If you'd like to pin this to Pinterest the tiny button is just below. 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!

With love, 

Tiffany

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mixed Cluster Stitch Cowl

I love learning a new stitch and then making up a pattern to go with it. I also like when the right type of yarn, with the right size hook, can make the stitch turn out perfectly.


I used Lion Brand Yarn "Lions Pride Woolspun" yarn to achieve this look. It is a size 5 Bulky weight yarn, 80% acrylic and 20% wool. 3.5 oz/100g.

If you can't find this exact brand of yarn, at least use a 5 bulky weight yarn to achieve this exact look. The weight makes a difference. Your stitches will not look the same with a smaller weight yarn.

I used an 8.00 "L" size hook, but depending on how loose or tight you personally crochet, you will want to go up or down a size.






THE PATTERN:

Chain multiples of 2, then add 1 extra chain for your base chain. 

I chained 18 + 1 = 19

Feel free to adjust to how wide you'd like your cowl between your neck and collar bone. 

ROW 1: sc into third chain from hook, (counts as first sc) and in each ch across.

ROW 2: turn, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), yo, insert hook into first stitch, pull through only one loop, yo, pull through two loops, (two loops left on hook) (long dc made, or first half of the mixed cluster), sk one stitch, yo, insert hook into next stitch, pull through one loop, yo, insert hook again into same stitch, pull through one loop, yo, pull through all six loops on hook (mixed cluster made MC) ch 1 to close the cluster. **YO, insert hook into THE SAME STITCH, pull through one loop, yarn over pull through two loops, leave two loops on hook (Long DC made, first half of MC made), sk one st, yo, insert hook into next stitch, pull through one loop, yo, insert hook again into same stitch, pull through one loop, yo, pull through all six loops on hook (mixed cluster finished) ch 1 to close the cluster.  Repeat from ** ending the last stitch in the top of the turning chain with 1hdc. (TIP: try and go under both loops of turning chain, it looks neater when you're finished, so keep the turning chains a little loose.)

ROW 3: ch 2, (very loosely, this counts as your first sc), sk 1 st, sc into next and every st across, making sure you sc in the turning ch from previous row. (If you chose to start the base chain with 18, you should have just sc 18 across, including the first two ch)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have the length desired to wrap around your neck. I did 16 MC rows, That seemed to be long enough to fit comfortably around my daughters neck. Depending on how loose, or how tight you crochet, you will decide how long to make the cowl. 

With right sides together, sl stitch the ends across, fasten off, sew in ends.

Pattern notes: I don't know if the first half of the MC is called a long dc, it's just what I'm calling it. I've seen other MC patterns where they yo and pull through two, then leave two on the hook and proceed to finish the stitch the same way. For this weight of yarn, it didn't leave the first half of the MC tall enough and that is why I modified it. 

Good luck! Please feel free to pin this to Pinterest! There is a little button at the end of this post. Also, follow me on Instagram @daisyfarmcrafts and tag me when you finish your cowl!! I'd love to see. Or be brave and use #daisyfarmcrafts so everyone can see! 

You will find that the crochet community on Instagram is very supportive and loving so share away! 

With love,

Tiffany

My beautiful daughter 


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Mint and Coral single and double crochet blanket




I'm too in love with this blanket to not share the pattern right away! Even though the blanket isn't finished, and I don't know what the border will be, I must share, that's how excited I am about this pattern!

It is a variation of a coral and grey I have done before, but these colors! And the yarn! It's all about the yarn for this one in my opinion. 




Do a foundation chain of multiples of 8 plus five.

ROW 1: (with white) 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook and every chain across to the end.

ROW 2: ch 1, turn, sc in first sc and in every sc across to the end.

ROW 3: (Change to mint) 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 3 chs, *1 dc into each of next 4 chs, 1 sc into each of next 4 sc; rep * to end, turn.


ROW 4: Ch 1, 1 sc into each of next 4 sc, *1 dc into each of next 4 dc, 1 sc into each of next 4 sc, rep * to end, turn.

ROW 5: (change to white) repeat row 1.

ROW 6: Repeat row 2

ROW 7: (change to coral) Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), sk first sc, 1 dc into each of next 3 sc, *1sc into each of next 4 sc, 1 dc into each of next 4 sc, rep from * to end, turn.

 ROW 8: Ch 3, sk first st, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc, *1 sc into each of next 4 sc, 1 dc into each of next 4 dc; rep from * to end, working last dc into 3rd of ch-3, turn.

ROW 9 to the end of the blanket however big you'd like to make it, repeat rows 1 to 8.

So to sum up, you are putting two rows of sc with the white, in between each row of the mint and coral.

The yarn I used, which I am recommending if you want this look, is Red Heart -WITH LOVE,

I am not suggesting Red Heart Super Saver. It's too scratchy. Don't do it, even though it's cheap and you'll find it on sale everywhere.

I use a K hook, feel free to go up a size or down, it all depends on how tight or loose you crochet.




Good luck! And please tag me on Instagram @daisyfarmcrafts. I would love to see how it's working out! 

Also, if you love, share with other crocheters on Pinterest. There is a button just below where it says "posted by Tiffany" or find me on pinterest and pin from there. Daisy Farm Crafts! 

Thank you!!

Tiffany

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Corner to Corner Crochet Heart

I'm going to do my best explaining how to do Corner to Corner crochet but honestly, if you have never done it, the best way to learn the technique is to just go to youtube and find someone who is teaching it. (Note to future self: do your own youtube tutorial.)

But, I'm anxious to share this blanket and remember how I did it, so when I do it again I will have a pattern..

The finished project:


I put a ruffle border around the edge:



Here is what it looks like mid project:


I used Hobby Lobby Yarn Bee Soft secret yarn with a "I" hook to achieve this look. Other yarn I recommend is Caron Simply soft. 


The basics:

Chain 6, in the 4th chain from hook, dc, then dc in remaining 2 ch spaces. then ch 6, in the 4th chain from the hook dc, then dc in remaining 2 ch spaces. 

You should have 2 little squares, now here is where it is tricky-- flip the first square so that the starting tail is in the bottom left hand corner, the tops of those dc's line up with the last dc you made and slip stitch into the first chain three space you made. So confusing, I know, but what you are trying to do is create one square with the dc horizontal and one vertical. 

So, if you get that, after you sl st, chain three and dc 3 more times all in the same space. You just made the third square, the very first square you made should be horizontal, with the tail hanging bottom left. The other two squares are vertical. 

Now, chain 6, dc in 4th chain from hook and remaining 2 chs, (just like above, this is how each square is made.)

Turn, but this is tricky again, slip stitch under the three chains of the previous square. Also you are twisting the square you just made so the dc are facing the opposite direction (horizontal vs vertical) Take the time here to wrap your mind around that and finding those three chains and turning will be easier. 

ch 3, dc 3 more times, slip stitch into next chain three space. repeat. 

Now you have three squares across. Repeat the turning process (chain 6, dc in 4th chain from hook, 3 more dc) and repeat another row, making 4 squares across and continue on from there.

(I recommend, if this is your first time doing c2c, to finish out a square in one color, so skip over the heart instructions and do the decrease section)

To make a heart, you will have to grab some graph paper and sketch one out. On an 8.5 x 11 piece of graph paper, the largest square I could map out was 32 squares x 32 and I drew a heart in the middle. My graph is pictured above. 

So here are some tips for changing colors. 

Have three balls of white yarn and two of the teal, and this is why, you will be changing color and then not fastening off, but picking up and using the yarn when you turn and come back around. So, you will join with a new color, crochet the number of squares on the pattern, pick up the white with a new ball of yarn, finish to the end and turn, then pick up the teal on your way back and then join up again with the first ball of white yarn. There was a point in the heart where a third ball of white (small) helps to carry the white across in the point. 


How to decrease:

According to your pattern you will get to the point where you will need to not add anymore rows, but decrease. When you get to that point, don't chain 6 and create a new square, instead, turn, slip stitch across the square you just made and then slip stitch into the ch 3 space and dc 3 times and make a square right next to that one. 

Ruffle border:

Sc around the edges one time, slip stitch to beginning sc, ch 1 turn.

4 dc in next sc, 2 dc in next, repeat all the way around, slip stitch into first dc, fasten off. 

Corner to Corner crochet creates a square blanket. 

This sounds so much more complicated than it actually is. Don't give up! I promise, you will feel like an expert once you master this. Seriously! And you will think, "hmm, she was right, it's not that complicated! It's a bunch of little blocks end on end." 

Tag me on instagram! @daisyfarmcrafts so I can see what you are up to! Or #daisyfarmcrafts and let's all share in your pain! and then growth! And then cheer when you've got it all figured out!!!

Love to you all,

Tiffany

update: This is a graph for a second blanket I did that turned out more oblong than perfect square. I just used a piece of graph paper and sketched a heart right in the middle. It's 41 blocks across, 33 blocks down, the edge of the heart starts 11 blocks in. I hope this graph can give you an idea as to how to make your own. The finished blanket turned out to be 36 inches by 28 inches. It is a baby blanket size.