Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Free Crochet Pattern-- X-O Afghan



If you are looking for the perfect afghan to crochet, you have to make my X-O Afghan. The yarn used for this project is purely soft and makes for a cozy blanket.

One Saturday, my husband gave me a chance to break away from the kids and go shopping for yarn. I mean seriously, I think I have a yarn obsession. Anyways, I went into Michael's and browsed the yarn selection and came across some Caron Latte Cakes. I'm not, for one, into the cakes but I just had to touch this yarn. The yarn screamed lush and believe me when I say it is super cozy. My kids couldn't keep away from playing under this afghan when it was in progress.

Anyways, the one color that I liked from the bunch was called Blackberry. Unfortunately, there was only one skein of it. So I debated for a while, picking it up and putting it down, picking it up and putting it down. I couldn't decide what to do because there was only one skein. So eventually I bought it cause the feel of the yarn was just undeniable. I told myself that I would buy more online when Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales were happening. Just my luck, they were all sold out on Micheals.com! Ugh! So I ended up getting six skeins of a different color and I'm glad that I did because it came out beautifully in this afghan. If you don't plan to make this pattern, at least get some skeins of Caron Latte Cakes. It won't disappoint.

The pattern is made up of little bean, cross and double crochet stitches. 

The little bean stitches represent your Os and the cross stitches are your Xs.

Hope you enjoy this pattern.

Materials

5 skeins of Caron Latte Cakes in color Kissy Kissy
6.5mm hook 
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations


FDC- foundationless double crochet 
You can visit HERE if you would like to see a picture tutorial.
Lbs- little bean stitch
Yo, insert hook in the next st, yo and pull up a loop; yo and pull through one loop on your hook, yo insert hook in same ch, yo and pull up a loop, (5 loops on your hook) yo and pull through through all loops 
dc-double crochet
st-stitch
yo- yarn over
- Repeat stitches from first asterisk to second asterisk 
ch- chain

Gauge

Gauge is really not that important. 

Notes

Beginning chain does not count as a stitch throughout.

You can make your afghan as long or as wide as you want. 

When you start your FDC, crochet in multiples of 4.

The blanket in this pattern is roughly 60in wide x 55in long.

Pattern

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Row 1: FDC 180, ch 2 and turn your work

Row 2: dc in the first 2 sts,  *skip the next st and dc in the following st, go back to the previous st you skipped and dc (this makes an x)* repeat until you have 2 stitches remaining, dc in the last two, ch2 and turn you work

Row 3: dc across, ch 2 and turn your work

Row 4-6: dc in the first 2 sts,  *skip  the next st and dc in the following st, go back to the previous st you skipped and dc (this makes an x)* repeat until you have 2 stitches remaining, dc in the last two, ch2 and turn you work

Row 7: repeat row 3




Row 8-9: dc in the first 2 sts, *Lbs in the next st, ch 1 and skip a st* repeat until you have 2 sts remaining, dc in the last 2 sts, ch 2 and turn your work 

Row 10-100: Repeat rows 3-9  (If you decide to make your afghan longer or shorter, take into account that there are 3 more rows to end your afghan.)

Row 101: Repeat row 3

Row 102: Repeat row 2
Row 103: Repeat row 3

Fasten off and weave in any loose ends.

If you wish, you can crochet a border. 


Leave your thoughts and comments down below. I'd love to hear from you.

Happy crocheting!





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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Free Crochet Pattern-- The K-Pop Mask



I had no idea how worldwide k-pop (Korean pop) and K-drama were nowadays. I really didn’t see it coming. Growing up, watching k-drama was only possible by renting them out on VHS from a local Korean store. Now, it’s on Netflix, Amazon, Viki, and so on and so on. Who would have thought? I certainly didn’t.

This past summer I went to my first k-pop concert with my aunt and mom. I really wanted to see Eric Nam, also a Korean-American, who made it in the music industry in Korea. I was expecting Korean people to show up at this concert only to find myself being the minority of the bunch. It was amazing. I felt proud to be a Korean and grateful that other ethnicities were there to support a Korean singer.

A month later I made a visit to the bank to open up a new account. As usual, I made small talk with the manager responsible of opening accounts. She asked me what my ethnicity was and when I told her I was Korean she literally jumped out of her seat repeatedly saying that she wanted to live in Korea. Then she proceeded to tell me that both of her little girls were into k-pop and k-drama and going on and on about Korean “stuff”.

If you follow these k-pop and k-drama celebrities, you must know about these black masks they wear all the time, right? To be honest, wearing a mask in Korea is not really out of the norm. When I lived in Korea for three and a half years there were plenty of occasions where I wore them. I wore them mostly when I was sick and didn’t want to spread my germs, but also when I had to walk out and didn’t want to show my bare face. And you know what? That’s exactly why k-pop stars wear them. Oh, and of course trying not to get spotted out in public. But really, how can you not get spotted? You’re a celebrity.

Anyways, I thought that this would be a great quick project to do especially with the flu season in and the winter months upon us.

If you happen to read this in the spring to fall months, this would also make a great mask to avoid breathing in pollen during the allergy season.

Pattern

For an ad-free version of this pattern, visit Etsy or Ravelry .
To pin this pattern for later, visit Pinterest.

Measurements of the Mask

4.5" in height and 9" wide

Materials

-1 Skein of Lion Brands Vanna’s Choice in Black and in Linen
-4.5mm hook
-scissors
-tapestry needle

Abbreviations

MR- magic ring
ch- chain
hdc-half double crochet
dc-double crochet
trc-triple crochet
hdc2tog- half double crochet 2 together
sc-single crochet
slst- slip stitch
st-stitch
sts-stitches
* Repeat stitches from first asterisk to second asterisk
( )- the number of stitches at the end of the row

Gauge

Every 4 sts and 2.5 rows = 1 inch

Notes

-The mask is crocheted in halves and then sewn up the middle. The bear motif is then crocheted and sewn onto the mask.

-If you would like to make the height of your mask shorter or longer chain in multiples of 2.
For one half of the mask, leave a long tail in the beginning to use it for seaming.

-If you wish to crochet a mask for the spring and fall months, I recommend using a different yarn to avoid sweating in your mask. Reminder that if you do use a different yarn, you will need to adjust your starting chain.

Mask

Make 2
Chain 16
Row 1 hdc into the 2ndch from the hook, hdc across to the end, ch 1, turn your work

Row 2-4 hdc across, ch 1, turn (15)

Row 5  hdc2tog, hdc across til you have 2 sts left, hdc2tog, ch1 and turn your work (13)

Row 6-8 hdc across, ch1 and turn your work (13)

Row 9-12 Repeat rows 5 and 6, (at the end of row 12 you should have 9 sts)

Row 13 hdc across (9)

Row 14 Ch 20 and carefully without twisting the chain slst into the first st of row 13 (chain can be adjusted to your liking; ch more if you want it to be loose and ch less if you want it to be tighter across your face)

Fasten off and weave in the end.  (Leave the yarn attached to your second piece to avoid weaving in more ends.)

Sew your two pieces together down the middle of the mask.




I personally like the mattress stitch. To do this, go back and forth between the two pieces, always going in from underneath and coming out from the top of the stitches. Stop and pull every once in a while to close up the gap.

Single crochet around your mask including the ch20 at either end.
If you are choosing to crochet the optional bear motif, you can single crochet around mask now or later after the motif is sewn on.

Optional Bear Motif 

Muzzle

Row 1: 8 hdc in MR , slst in the first hdc to close the circle (pull the end tight to close the hole in the middle), ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st)

Row 2: *2dc in the next st* repeat 8 times, slst at the top of the first dc you stitched, ch1 (16)

Row 3 sc in the same st where you slst, sc in the next, 2hdc in the next st, 2dc in the next, (dc,trc) in the next, (trc, dc) in the next, 2dc in the next 4 st, (dc, trc) in the next, (trc, dc) in the next, 2dc in the next st, sc in the next 3, slst to the sc in the beginning of the row, ch1 (27)

Row 4: sc in the same st where you slst, sc in the next 5 st, 2hdc in the next, 2dc in the next, (dc, trc) in the next, 2trc in each of the next st, 2dc in the next, 1dc in the next 5 st, 2dc in the next, 2trc in the next st, (trc, dc) in the next, 2dc in the next, 2 hdc in the next, sc in the next 6 st, slst in the next 3, slst to the first sc of the row, ch1 (37)

Row 5: sc in the same st where you slst, sc in the next 7, 2hdc in each of the next 2 st, 2dc in the next, (dc, trc) in the next, 2dc in each of the next 2 st, 1dc in the next 2 st, hdc in the next 2, sc in the next, hdc in the next 2sts, 1dc in the next 2 sts, 2dc in each of the next 2 st, (dc, trc) in the next, 2dc in the next, 2hdc in each of the next 2 st, sc in each of the next 8 sts, slst into the first sc of the row.
Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing

Nose

Row 1: MR, ch 1 and 9hdc in the MR, slst to the first hdc, ch 1

Row 2:sc in the same stitch you slst, sc in the next, (sc, dc) in the next, (trc,dc) in the next, 2hdc in the next, (dc, trc) in the next, (dc, sc) in the next, sc in the next 2 st, slst into the sc in the beginning of the row

Fasten off. Leave a tail for sewing.

Sew your nose at the top of the muzzle and use the remaining yarn to make lines for the mouth. Now, sew on the muzzle onto your face mask. Weave in any loose ends.



You can weave in all your loose ends or just tie them in the back and cut off the remainder. These loose strings will be hidden so no worries.


Now, sew the muzzle onto your facemask. Weave in any loose ends.


If you have not single crocheted around the border, do so now.


I hope you enjoy this pattern!


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Happy crocheting!


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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Free Crochet Pattern -- Pikachu Keychain





I remember watching Pokemon as a kid and honestly, I still cannot believe that this cartoon is still airing on TV. I have no clue what the current Pokemon show looks like today but I am aware that kids are still watching it. So in honor of Pokemon and its many years of airing I have created a Pikachu keychain pattern.

I looked high and low for a free pikachu pattern online but all the amigurumi patterns for Pikachu were quite time consuming. So I decided to create a keychain pattern for this cute little Pokemon.

Materials

Any worsted weight yarn (yellow, black, and red, Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn was used in the picture)
One pair of 9mm or 10 mm safety eyes
Stitch marker
Polyfil Stuffing
A keychain of your choice
3.5 mm or 4.0mm hook
tapestry needle


Abbreviations


sc- single crochet
inc- single crochet increase (2 single crochets in 1 stitch)
invdec- invisible decrease (crochet two stitches together by using front loops only)
slst- slip stitch
* Repeat stitches from first asterisk to second asterisk
mc- magic circle
( )- the number of stitches at the end of the round
Make stitches tight as to not let the stuffing come through the stitches. 

Pattern

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Ears 

Make two
Round 1: Starting with black yarn create a magic circle and make 4 sc into the circle. (use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning stitch of each round)
Round 2: *2sc in next stitch, 1sc in next stitch*(6)
At this time, pull the end of the yarn to close the magic ring. I like to make a knot to make sure the ring doesn’t open again.
Round 3-6: Change yarn color to yellow, sc around
Stuff the ear with polyfil stuffing
Round 7:  Invdec, sc to the end of the round (5)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing

Red Cheeks

With red yarn
MR and put 6 sc into circle , slst into first sc and leave a long tail. Close the circle.

Head

Round 1: Using a mc and make 6 sc
Round 2: 2sc into each stitch (12)
Round 3: *1sc, 2sc* repeat  (18)
Round 4: *1sc in the next 2 stitches, 2sc in the next*(24)
Round 5: sc all around to the second to last sc, 2sc in last stitch (25)
Round 6-7: sc around
Round 8: sc around until you have 2 sc left and do an invdec (24)
Round 9: *sc in next two stitches, invdec* (18)
Round 10: sc around


Using black yarn make a nose between rows 9 and 10.  Sew in both ears.  Place safety eyes between rows 8 and 9 about 4-5 stitches apart. Attach the red cheeks on either end of the face.
I like to attach my keychain at this time.
Round 11: *1 sc, invdec* (12)
Stuff the head with poly-fil.

Round 12: invdec to the end (6)
Fasten off and leave a tail to close the head and weave in the end.
Firmly stuff the head and close the opening by weaving in and out of the stitches. Weave in the remaining.
I hope you enjoy your Pikachu keychain! 








Happy crocheting!


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