Friday, December 13, 2019

Premium Crochet Pattern-- Pumpkin Spice Cocoon





Meet the Pumpkin Spice Cocoon everyone! I just love designing cocoons. Not only pretty but really practical. Just throw on a shrug over your clothes and BAM! You got a complete ensemble. The crochet cocoon has the most amazing texture. It really pops and there's just no way you won't get compliments wearing it.


It's been a while since I picked up my crochet hook and designed something. I've been hooked on knitting lately but I knew that I needed to make a new crochet design. I love how quick crochet is. It takes me a fraction of the time to design a crochet garment than it does knitting for the obvious reason that you can double up on the height of the stitches with crochet. Don't get me wrong though. It took me awhile to get this design together. I frogged it 4 times total. People don't call me the frogging queen for nothing. I had this cocoon nearly finished and then frogged the entire thing because I was not happy with the way it came out especially with my gauge.


Who here is a tight crocheter? I definitely lean towards the side of being a tight crocheter and had to learn how to loosen up. I would always start off great only to find out that I would crochet tighter and tighter as the rows continued.

Anyways, I hope that you enjoy this crochet pattern. And remember tight crocheters, relax and let it loose when you crochet cause you'll definitely need it for this one.



Pattern

For an inexpensive ad-free version of this pattern, please visit Etsy or Ravelry.

To pin this pattern for later, visit Pinterest.






Materials

-6.0mm and 6.5mm crochet hook
-6 (7) skeins of Lion Brand Heartland 
-tapestry needle                                                                                         

Gauge

Every 10.5 rows and 12 stitches equals 4 inches basket weave
HDC: 11 sts and 8 rows equals 4 “

Measurements

Body Panel S/M (25” length, 39” width), L/XL (26” length, 44.5” width)

Notes

If you are unfamiliar with the foundationless double crochet, chain in multiples of 8 + 8. Double crochet into the 4th ch from your hook and double crochet to the end of the row.
Beginning ch 2 counts as a half double crochet throughout. 
Do not crochet into the stitch, the beginning chains stem off from.


Hoping that this textured cocoon was fun to crochet and I hope that I can see some of yours as well. Tag me on instagram so I can see your Pumpkin Spice Cocoon!



Happy crocheting!


XO, 

Laura



This post may contain affiliate links. I am paid a small commission if you make a purchase through the links on my site. Thank you for supporting my blog in this way.


Friday, December 6, 2019

Summer Night Shawl Crochet Pattern



To purchase the premium crochet pattern, please visit Etsy or Ravelry.


The Summer Night Shawl is a special pattern that I worked on for quite a while. Not because it was hard but because I was not satisfied with the overall look. A lot of frogging and a lot of walking away was involved in the making of this shawl. 





There is a lot of beautiful texture in the Summer Night Shawl. One of my testers mentioned that there was a lot of movement and changes in the pattern so she never got bored once while making it.



Great addition to your out on the town attire. 


Free Crochet Pattern-- Soot Sprite Dish Scrubby




If you have been following me on Instagram for a while, you probably know that I taught summer school at my church this past summer. I taught kindergarten and worked with co-teachers that are very big fans of anime and manga. I have never seen Totoro in my 30 some years and watched it for the first time in summer school. What a fun movie!


After watching it once, I drove out to the store with my kids and bought the movie so that my kids could watch it at home too. They loved it and Totoro has become a favorite in our house.



Soot sprites are little dirt gremlins in the movie. Despite their dirty nature, I decided to make a dish sponge in hopes to "make them clean". I hope you enjoy this pattern!



Pattern

For a free PDF file for this pattern, visit Ravelry.
To pin this for later, visit Pinterest.




Materials

-1skein of Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle in colors licorice and marshmallow
-6.0mm hook
-stitch marker
-tapestry needle


Abbreviations


MR- magic ring
ch-chain
sc- single crochet
hdc-half double crochet
dc-double crochet
trc-triple crochet
st-stitch
sts-stitches
slst-slip stitch

Gauge

10 sts and 3.5 rows equals 2 inches

Measurements

Diameter length is 4 inches

Notes

-Pattern is worked in rounds.
-Using a stitch marker to mark the 2nd ch of your beginning ch2 is encouraged, as finding can be a little difficult.

The Body


Using your licorice color, make a MR.

Round 1: ch2, 12 dc into the MR, slst to the top of the ch2 (13)

Close your MR by pulling on the tail. You may make a knot to keep the ring closed. 

Round 2: ch2, dc in the same st where your ch 2 is coming from, 2 dc in all sts to the end, slst to the top of the ch2 (26)

Round 3: ch 2, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next st, 2 dc in the following st* repeat to the end, slst to the top of the ch2 (39)

Round 4-5: ch 2, dc in each st to the end of the round, slst to the top of the ch2 (39)

Round 6: ch 2, dc decrease,* dc in the next st, dc decrease* repeat to the end, sl st to the top of the ch2 (26)

Round 7: ch2, dc in the next st, dc decrease to the end, slst to the top of the ch2 (14)

Round 8: ch2, dc in the next st, dc decrease, *dc in the next st, dc decrease in the following st* repeat til you have 2 sts left, dc decrease, slst into the top of the ch2 (9)

Fasten off and close the circle. Knot it off and weave in your end.

Flatten your sponge.

Eyes


Using the licorice color, make a MR.

Round 1: ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st), 6 sc into the MR (6)

Round 2: switch to color marshmallow, ch 1 (counts as a st), sc in the same st where your ch 1 comes out from, 2 hdc in the next st, 2 dc in the next, 2 trc in the next st, 2 dc in the following st, 2 hdc in the next, slst to the top of the ch1 (12)

Fasten off and leave a tail to sew your eye onto the body of the scrubby.

Using your tapestry needles, sew on your eyes. The eyes should be sown on with the pupils closest to the middle of the body of the sponge, making the soot sprite look like it’s crossed eyed. Be sure to only go through the top layer of the sponge so that you don’t have random marshmallow yarn on the body.




Tag me in on Instagram with the hashtag #modestybylaura so I can see your little soot sprites.


Happy crocheting!


XO, Laura




This post may contain affiliate links. I am paid a small commission if you make a purchase through the links on my site. Thank you for supporting my blog in this way. 








Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Free Crochet Pattern-- Mr.Duboo






The word duboo (두부) is the Korean word for tofu. Tofu is a staple in our house and is the most preferred source of protein amongst my children and myself. All four of us are not big meat eaters but tofu is definitely something that we choose to eat a couple times a week.


Mr. Duboo was crocheted after I came across some cute Asian characters at the grocery store. One of the characters reminded me of tofu and I thought how cute it would be to make one for my kids. Let's just say he was a success and was quickly named by my daughter Sophia. 




Mr. Duboo can be crocheted in about one hour, maybe even less. He is a quick and fun little project. He can also have two different looks depending on how you choose to assemble him. The above picture shown was assembled by single crocheting along the edges. Meanwhile, the Mr. Duboo shown below was mattress stitched. The choice is yours how you would like your tofu.








Pattern

For an inexpensive ad-free PDF version, please visit Ravelry.

To pin this pattern for later, visit Pinterest





Materials

-4.0mm crochet hook 
-1 skein of Patons Alpaca Blend (or category 5 yarn)
-any worsted weight yarn in black in red
-tapestry needle
-stitch marker

Gauge

8.5 sts and 9.5 rows = 2”

Measurements

Roughly 2.5” all the way around

Abbreviations

ch- chain
sc- single crochet
BLO- back loops only

Notes

When sewing on Mr.Duboo’s face, count your stitches and rows starting from the bottom-right corner.

If you choose to make your tofu boxy, you can cut out square pieces of cardboard (or plastic canvas as someone suggested) to support the sides of the cube.




Pattern

Long panel


Chain 10

Row 1: In the 2nd chain from the hook, sc across (9)

Row 2-10: ch1, sc across

Row 11: ch 1, sc in BLO

Row 12-20: ch1, sc across

Row 21: repeat row 11

Row 22-30: ch1, sc across

Row 31: repeat row 11

Row 32-40: ch1, sc across

Square panels (Make 2)


Chain 10

Row 1: In the 2nd chain from the hook, sc across (9)

Row 2: Row 2-10: ch1, sc across

Leave a long tail for sewing (if you choose to mattress stitch).


Assembly

Take your long panel and mattress stitch your first row and your last row together (using the inner loops) to make 4 walls of the cube. Take a square panel and thread some black yarn on your tapestry needle. Starting from the bottom right, we are going to shape our mouth. From behind your panel, stick your tapestry needle up between stitches 2 and 3 and rows 3 and 4 (counting from the bottom-right).

Use small stitches to achieve well-defined lines.







Go diagonally to the left 1 stitch and 1 row down. Then stitch up diagonally to the left 1 stitch and up 1 row. You should be between stitches 4 and 5 and rows 3 and 4. Now make stitches going diagonally to the left 1 stitch and down 1 row. From here, sew diagonally 1 stitch to the left and up 1 row. You should now have a wide ‘w’ shaped smile shaped on your square.


Take your tapestry needle from the back and now find the edge of your closed left eyelid. The starting point will be 2 rows up and 1 stitch to the left from the last point where you stitched your smile. After pulling your black yarn through, sew 1 stitch to the right. The last part of your left eyelid, will be 1 stitch to the right and 1 row up. After completing your closed eyelid, make a small eyebrow between rows 7 and 8 and stitches 6 and 7.


**Do not worry about the mess behind the square. This will all be hiding inside the Ami.


Moving on to the other eyelid, we want to insert our needle up through stitches 3 and 4 and rows 6 and 7. Move your black yarn down diagonally to the right 1 stitch and 1 row down. The last part of your eyelid will be 1 stitch over on the same row. Make your eyebrow between stitches 2 and 3 and rows 7 and 8.

Take your red yarn and start making an outline of your tongue below and continue to string the yarn from the top (the center of your lips) to the outlined tongue below the lips.


You now have the option to continue to use your tapestry needle and mattress stitch along the edges of the square panels or single crochet along the edges. Mattress stitching will give you a rounder tofu while the single crocheted option will give you a more defined edging giving it a more boxy look. The choice is yours.


When you are on your last square, leave the last side open to fill the tofu up with poly-fil. Stuff as much (or as little as you’d like) and then continue to close up that last side. Before completely closing the cube, give it a last bit of stuffing and then completely close the cube. Weave in your ends. 




Let's keep in touch! Hashtag #modestybylaura with your finished Mr.Duboo on Instagram. Can't wait to see yours!



Happy crocheting!





XO,

Laura



This post may contain affiliate links. I am paid a small commission if you make a purchase through the links on my site. Thank you for supporting my blog in this way.