Saturday, November 25, 2017

HOLIDAY JAR TOPPER CROCHET PATTERNS free



JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!!!

For the past week or so I have been drawing the faces on painted jars that we are making for an event we are having at work. We plan to fill those with a sort of Whooville flower arrangement (really cute idea that we found on Pinterest). But since I am ME!! I decided that I should make one with a crocheted Santa hat! And that led to making the Frosty top-hat. I used recycled jars (my Grandma Lair would be so proud!!), painted (more like poured and swirled) the insides of the jars. Then I drew the faces on free-hand while looking at pictures that I found by googling Grinch and Frosty "coloring book pages". Drawing the faces is easier than it seems. They are drawn on with SHARPIE MARKER!!!! That is the beauty of painting the inside of the jar....it leaves the smooth glass surface. IF you make a mistake, just use a little hand sanitizer to wipe it clean and start over.

They also make lovely toppers on clear glass jars filled with your homemade candies, cookies and hot chocolate mix. Top them with one of these cute hats and TADA!!! Instant Gift!!!!


There are TWO options for the BRIM of the Santa Hat. The first option uses one strand of bulky yarn and is done in simple single crochet. The second option uses worsted weight/size 4/medium and is worked up in a small popcorn stitch.

Download the PDF version of the Santa Hat HERE
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SANTA HAT JAR TOPPER

MATERIALS: 1 oz red Worsted Weight/medium/size 4 yarn, small amount of Bulky furry white yarn (OR small amount of WW white option at the bottom), Size H (5.00mm) crochet hook, stitch marker, yarn needle.
SIZE: 8 inches tall (excluding pompom) x 11 ½ inches circumference
STITCHES AND TERMS:
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
St(s) – stitch(es)
Sl st – slip stitch
Beg - beginning
NOTE: Worked in continuous rounds, do not join unless specified in the instructions.  Place stitch marker in last stitch of each round to mark the end of the round.
Rnd 1: With Red yarn, Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Place stitch marker.
Rnd 2: (2 sc in next st, 1 sc next st) 2 times.
Rnd 3: Sc next 6 sts.
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, 1 sc next 2 sts) 2 times.
Rnd 5: Sc next 8 sts.
Rnd 6: (2 sc next st, 1 sc next 3 sts) 2 times.
Rnd 7: Sc next 10 sts.
Rnd 8: (2 sc next st, 1 sc next 4 sts) 2 times.
Rnd 9: Sc next 12 sts.
Rnd 10: (2 sc next st, 1 sc next 5 sts) 2 times.
Rnd 11: Sc next 14 sts.
Rnd 12: (2 sc next st, 1 sc next 6 sts) 2 times.
Rnd 13: Sc next 16 sts.
Rnd 14: (2 sc next st, 1 sc next 7 sts) 2 times.
Rnd 15: Sc next 18 sts.
Rnd 16: (2 sc next st, 1 sc next 8 sts) 2 times.
Rnd 17: Sc next 20 sts.
Rnd 18: (2 sc next st, 1 sc next 9 sts) 2 times.
Rnd 19: Sc next 22 sts.
Rnd 20: (2 sc next st, 1 sc next 10 sts) 2 times.
Rnd 21: Sc next 24 sts.
Rnd 22: (2 sc next st, 1 sc next 11 sts) 2 times.
Rnd 23: Sc next 26 sts.
Rnd 24: (2 sc next st, 1 sc next 12 sts) 2 times.
Rnd 25: Sc next 28 sts.
Rnd 26: (2 sc next st, 1 sc next 13 sts) 2 times.
Rnd 27: Sc next 30 sts. Sl st in next st. Finish off. For OPTION 1 join BULKY white yarn with a sl st.
Rnd 28-29: Ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl st in first sc to join.
Or OPTION 2 with Worsted Weight white yarn…..
Rnd 28: Join worsted weight white yarn with a sl st, [ch 3, 2 dc in first st, remove hook from loop and place it in the top of beg ch 3, pick up the loop and draw through the first st] (beginning small popcorn made). Ch 1, *[3 dc in next st, remove hook from loop and place it in the top of the first dc, pick up the loop and draw through the first st] (small popcorn made), ch 1. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of beginning small popcorn to join. (30 small popcorn, 30 ch 1)
Rnd 29: Ch 1, sc in top of each small popcorn around. Sl st in top of first sc to join. Finish off. (30 sc)
 FINISH
Make a pom pom with white yarn and attach to round 1 of the hat.
To make this wearable for you dog (or cat) add a length of thin elastic and tie to each side. Please DO NOT leave your pet unattended while wearing this hat!!!
Brutus looking longingly at a piece of chicken I am using to bribe him to wear the Santa Hat!!!


The Frosty Top Hat is worked up in continuous rounds using a smaller hook to get a stiff structure so that it holds it's shape. You can also add a button to the center of the flower to give it a little something extra special!!!

Download the PDF Version of Frosty's Top Hat HERE
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FROSTY TOP HAT JAR TOPPER

MATERIALS: 1 oz black Worsted Weight/medium/size 4 yarn, small amount red Worsted Weight/medium size 4 yarn, Size G (4.25mm) crochet hook, stitch marker, yarn needle, small button for center of flower (optional).
SIZE: 3 inches across top of hat x 11 inch circumference x 5 ½ inch brim (from side to side)
STITCHES AND TERMS:
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
BLO – back loops only
Sl st – slip stitch 
Cluster: (yo, insert hook into st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops) 2 times, yo, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
NOTE: Worked in continuous rounds, DO NOT JOIN rounds unless specified in the instructions.  Place stitch marker in last stitch of each round to mark the end of the round.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join, place marker (SEE NOTE ABOVE)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc next st) 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)
Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc next 3 sts) 6 times. (30)
Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc next 4 sts) 6 times. (36) 
Rnd 7: THIS ROUND ONLY work in the back loops. Sl st next st, ch 1, sc in each st around BLO.
DO NOT JOIN. 
Rnds 8-15: Working in both loops, sc in each stitch around for 8 more rounds.

BRIM:
Rnd 1: Sl st in front loop of next st. Ch 1, TURN. Working in the BACK LOOPS ONLY for this round. (2 sc in next st, sc next 5 sts) 6 times. (42)
Rnd 2: (2 sc in next st, sc next 6 sts) 6 times. (48)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc next 7 sts) 6 times. (56)
Rnd 4: Sc in each st around. Sl st in next st, finish off.
FLOWER:
With WW Red Yarn, make a slip knot leaving a 6 inch tail. All stitches are worked in the very first chain (4th ch from hook). 
Ch 4, (cluster, ch 3, sl st) in the 4th ch from hook. The following is all worked in the same stitch as the last cluster. (ch 3, cluster, ch 3, sl st) 4 times. Finish off leaving a 6 inch tail. Using the tails, attach a small button (if desired) to the center of the flower, then stitch the flower to the hat using the tails. Secure and finish off. 

Brutus is such a HANDSOME model!!!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Meandering Paw Prints Scarf VIDEO Tutorial

Since the Meandering Paw Prints scarf pattern was released I have been inundated with requests for a video tutorial. Many people do not read patterns, or they are just having trouble understanding the pattern and stitch placement. I have FINALLY got one done!!  It is my first pattern tutorial and I am not the most proficient with video editing, so you will see that sometimes the text begins to float (I blame this on the app I used to do the editing) LOL But I sincerely hope that this tutorial will help those of you who don't read patterns to dive in and learn!!

Video at the bottom of the page

And of course, I could not do this without my volunteer testers!!  I did have to dive into a new testing pool for this one. My usual testers can just about make this paw print in their sleep. So I found some volunteers among some individuals who had private messaged me at my Amy B Stitched facebook page for help with the pattern at just the right time!!  THANK YOU La Toya, Mellie, and Jennifer!!

Remember....I am a human and sometimes make mistakes!!  If you find an error with my pattern, please let me know in the comment section and I will try to correct it as soon as possible!!! If you are having difficulty with my pattern, the best way to contact me for help is through my Amy B Stitched Facebook page.


This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog www.amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com  
Thank You!!! Amy B

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MEANDERING PAW PRINTS VIDEO TUTORIAL

Materials: Worsted weight/size 4/medium yarn, approx 6 ounces; size I/9/5.50mm crochet hook; yarn needle; copy of the pattern found here

Stitches you need to know: Chain - ch, double crochet - dc, single crochet - sc, 


Monday, October 9, 2017

Meandering Paw Print BABY BLANKET free Crochet Pattern


Welcome to my blog and to the newest addition to the Meandering Paw Prints pattern library!!  Meandering Paw Prints Baby Blanket is a collaborative design between me (Amy B) and Donna (of Donna's Designs). She came across my scarf pattern and after making it as a scarf she came up with the concept to expand it into a baby blanket! Everyone who saw it wanted the pattern!! Donna approached me about this and asked permission to link to my pattern. I told her that was perfectly fine, but that if she was okay with it, I would like to merge the patterns into one so that there would be no need to flip between patterns. She AGREED and here we are today with a BEAUTIFUL unique keepsake!

Donna and I have never met personally. I live in S. Texas, US, and she in Suffolk, UK. But through the power of the internet and the love of crochet we were brought together to create this beautiful project.

Donna is a stay at home mom that learned basic crochet as a teenager, but it was some 30 years later that she taught herself to read patterns so that she could make all of the beautiful projects that she was seeing. Her business page on Facebook is called "Donna's Designs"  and she has regular customers that order custom designs from her so that she can BUY MORE YARN to make more beautiful creations!!! Click on her store name above to take a look at some of the lovely things that she has made!!

Remember....I am a human and sometimes make mistakes!!  If you find an error with my pattern, please let me know in the comment section and I will try to correct it as soon as possible!!! If you are having difficulty with my pattern, the best way to contact me for help is through my Amy B Stitched Facebook page.


This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched and Donna's Designs.  Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to us, and link back to my blog www.amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com  or Donna's Designs on Facebook
Thank You!!! Amy B


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MEANDERING PAW PRINTS BABY BLANKET

PDF available HERE
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SIZE: 42 inches x 42 inches
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
MATERIALS: Worsted Weight/size 4/medium yarn, CA solid color 4 ounces, CB variegated or striped 18 ounces, CC contrasting color for edging 7 ounces, Size H crochet hook, and yarn needle. 
GAUGE: 6 dc = 2 inches, 3 dc rows = 2 inches
STITCHES AND TERMS USED:
Ch – chain                                           Sk - Skip
Dc – double crochet                        Sp – space                           Sl st(s) – slip stitch (stitches)
SDC – standing double crochet: make slip knot with yarn and place loop on end of hook, yarn over, insert hook into stitch indicated, yarn over, draw up a loop, (yarn over, draw through two loops) twice. The following link is my youtube video to show you how to make this stitch.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RV9f9qvvgA
Cross-stitch: sk next st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st (see pic in NOTE 3).
Fpdc – front post double crochet: instead of working into the top of the stitch of the previous row, you will work your double crochet from the front side around of the post of the stitch on the previous row.
Bpdc – back post double crochet: instead of working into the top of the stitch of the previous row, you will work your double crochet from the back side around of the post of the stitch on the previous row.
NOTES:
1)      Ch 2 at beginning of row does NOT count as a stitch unless specified.
2)      Video link for working DC with both colors beginning in row 1.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76FJlSpsPFo
3)      Dc in last sk st: Insert the hook into the skipped stitch indicated and continue with your dc in the same manner as the other dc. This binds the two sts together into a cross stitch. (see pics below)


With CA chain 124 loosely.
Row 1: Working in the back ridge of the starting ch, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in the next 19 chs (20 dc). Join CB and work one DC with both CA and CB (see note 2). Drop CA and dc in next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc in last 2 sts. (22 dc, 49 cross-st, 2 dc)
Row 2: ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. Cross- st 49 times. Dc next st, pick up CA and dc next st with both colors. Drop CB, dc 4, ch 4, sk 2 sts, dc 14.
Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Dc 12, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc next 2. Pick up CB and dc next st with both colors. Drop CA, dc next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc last 2 sts.
Row 4: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. Cross- st 49 times. Dc next st, pick up CA and dc next st with both colors. Drop CB, dc 3, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st (see note 3), ch 1, sk 1, dc 13.
Row 5: Ch 2, turn. Dc 20. Pick up CB and dc next st with both colors. Drop CA, dc next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc last 2 sts.
Row 6: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. Cross- st 49 times. Dc next st, pick up CA and dc next st with both colors. Drop CB, Dc 9, ch 4, sk 2, dc 9.
Row 7: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc next 7. Pick up CB and dc next st with both colors. Drop CA, dc next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc last 2 sts.
Row 8: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. Cross- st 49 times. Dc next st, pick up CA and dc next st with both colors. Drop CB, Dc 8, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 8.
Row 9: Ch 2, turn. Dc 20. Pick up CB and dc next st with both colors. Drop CA, dc next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc last 2 sts.
Row 10: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. Cross- st 49 times. Dc next st, pick up CA and dc next st with both colors. Drop CB, Dc 6, ch 4, sk 2, dc 12.
Row 11: Ch 2, turn. Dc 10, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 4. Pick up CB and dc next st with both colors. Drop CA, dc next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc last 2 sts.
Row 12: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. Cross- st 49 times. Dc next st, pick up CA and dc next st with both colors. Drop CB, Dc 5, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 11.
Row 13: Ch 2, turn. Dc 20. Pick up CB and dc next st with both colors. Drop CA, dc next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc last 2 sts.
Row 14: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. Cross- st 49 times. Dc next st, pick up CA and dc next st with both colors. Drop CB, Dc 12, ch 4, sk 2, dc 6.
Row 15: Ch 2, turn. Dc 4, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp. Dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 10. Pick up CB and dc next st with both colors. Drop CA, dc next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc last 2 sts.
Row 16: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. Cross- st 49 times. Dc next st, pick up CA and dc next st with both colors. Drop CB, Dc 11, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 5.
Row 17: Ch 2, turn. Dc 20. Pick up CB and dc next st with both colors. Drop CA, dc next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc last 2 sts.
Row 18: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. Cross- st 49 times. Dc next st, pick up CA and dc next st with both colors. Drop CB, Dc 8, ch 4, sk 2, dc 10.
Row 19: Ch 2, turn. Dc 8, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 6. Pick up CB and dc next st with both colors. Drop CA, dc next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc last 2 sts.
Row 20: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. Cross- st 49 times. Dc next st, pick up CA and dc next st with both colors. Drop CB, Dc 7, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 9.
Row 21: Ch 2, turn. Dc 20. Pick up CB and dc next st with both colors. Drop CA, dc next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc last 2 sts.
Row 22: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. Cross- st 49 times. Dc next st, pick up CA and dc next st with both colors. Drop CB, Dc 14, ch 4, sk 2, dc 4.
Row 23: Ch 2, turn. Dc 2, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc next ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 12. Pick up CB and dc next st with both colors. Drop CA, dc next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc last 2 sts.
Row 24: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. Cross- st 49 times. Dc next st, pick up CA and dc next st with both colors. Drop CB, Dc 13, ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc 3.
Row 25: Ch 2, turn. Dc 20. Pick up CB and dc next st with both colors. Drop CA, dc next st. Work cross-st 49 times. Dc last 2 sts.
Repeat rows 2-25 one more time. Then repeat 2-13 once.

EDGING:

Rnd 1) On this round of edging ONLY you will need to count the ch 2 turning chain as a stitch on the paw print panel corners and work into it to make this edging work out evenly. Continuing with CB working down the side of the blanket, ch 1 (do not count this ch as a stitch), sc in top corner of first row, * ch 2, sk dc at end of row, sc in top of next row. Repeat from * down side, 3 sc in corner stitch (you will have 61 ch 2 sps).  **Ch 2, sk 1 st, sc in next st. Repeat from ** across, 3 sc in corner st which is the beginning tch on row 1 (you will have 61 ch sps). Repeat from * all the way through one more time. 2 sc in same st as first sc of rnd. Sl st to first sc to join. Finish off CB.


Rnd 2)  Join CC with a SDC (see instructions for SDC at top of pattern) in the FIRST st of previous rnd. Ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in next st, *ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc next st. Repeat from * across with the last dc in the first corner st. (Ch 2, dc next st) 2 times. Repeat from the first * across 3 more times. On last corner Ch 2, dc next st , ch 2, sl st in top of 1st SDC.





Rnd 3)  This round of the edging may seem like there are too many stitches for it and it won’t lay flat. Do not worry, the next 2 rows will work that out. Trust the pattern.  Ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc in ch 2 sp. * (Dc next st, 2 dc in ch 2 sp) across. 3 dc in corner st, 2 dc in ch 2 sp. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first dc to join.







Rnd 4)  Ch 2, beginning with the first dc of the previous round, * work a  Fpdc around each of the next 3 sts, work a Bpdc around each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * across. Working the 3 corner stitches, fpdc in first corner st, (2 dc, 1 fpdc) in the 2nd corner stitch. The last corner stitch begins the next sequence. Work a Bpdc around each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from the first * around. Sl st in top of the first fpdc to join.



Rnd 5) Ch 2, beginning with the first Fpdc of the previous round, * work a Fpdc around each of the next 3 sts, work a Bpdc around each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * across. Working the corner, Fpdc next 2 sts, (2 dc, fpdc) next st, fpdc next st (corner complete). Work a Bpdc around each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from the first * across. Sl St in top of the first fpdc to join. Finish off and weave in all ends.




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Saturday, September 9, 2017

MEANDERING PAW PRINT Cup Cozy FREE crochet pattern

Template was found at
http://froggingalong.com/2014/11/12/super-simple-cup-cozy-and-template/

Meandering Paw Prints strikes again!!! This time it is a CUP COZY with a extended version to fit your favorite water bottle!  This idea was given to me in the comments section on one of the patterns. It is just ONE of the GREAT ideas that have been given to me by the readers of this blog (many of which are still on the drawing board). I think this COZY would make a great addition to your Craft Sale table. And since they work up so quickly, you could make one for EVERYONE on  your gift giving list....I think it would make a fabulous stocking stuffer with a gift card tucked inside!! 

Remember....I am a human and sometimes make mistakes!!  If you find an error with my pattern, please let me know in the comment section and I will try to correct it as soon as possible!!! If you are having difficulty with my pattern, the best way to contact me for help is through my Amy B Stitched Facebook page. 


This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog www.amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com  
Thank You!!! Amy B


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Meandering Paw Print CUP COZY

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SIZE: 3 ¾ inch tall x 8 inch circumference; extended cozy is 6 ½ inch tall.

SKILL LEVEL: advanced beginner

MATERIALS: Sport weight/size 2 yarn, 50-80 yards; size F/5-3.75mm hook; yarn needle.

GAUGE: first 3 rounds measured across center = 2 ¾”

STITCHES/TERMS USED:
Rnd - round
Ch - chain
Dc - double crochet
Sl St - slip stitch
BLO - back loops only
Sk - skip
Beg - beginning 

NOTES:
1)      Ch 2 at beginning of a round does not count as a stitch.
2)      First dc in each round is worked into the same stitch as the beg ch 2.
3)      Dc in last sk st: Insert the hook into the skipped stitch indicated and continue with your dc in the same manner as the other dc. This binds the two sts together into a cross stitch. See pics below.




Rnd 1: Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook. Sl st in top of beg ch 4 to join. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around. Sl st in top of first dc to join. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of 1st dc to join. (36 dc)
Rnd 4: work in BLO for this round. Ch 2, dc in each st around. Sl st in top of 1st dc to join. (36 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Sl st in top of 1st dc to join. (36)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, dc in next 4 sts, ch 4, sk 2, dc in next 16 sts, ch 4, sk 2, dc in next 12 sts. Sl st in top of first dc to join. (32 dc, two ch 4 sps)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, dc in next 2 sts, * ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1, ** dc 12. Repeat from * once ending at **. Dc last 10 sts. Sl st in top of first dc to join.
Rnd 8: (see NOTE 3 for pics of “dc in last sk st”) Ch 2, dc in next 3 sts, * ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc in next 6 sts, ch 4, sk 2, ** dc in next 6 sts. Repeat from * once ending at **. Dc in last 3 sts. Sl st in top of first dc to join.
Rnd 9: Ch 2, dc in next 11 sts, * ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc in next 12 sts. Repeat from * once ending at **. Dc in last st. Sl st in top of first dc to join.
Rnd 10: Ch 2, dc in next 12 sts, * ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc in next 14 sts. Repeat from * once ending at **. Dc last 2 sts. Sl st in top of first dc to join.
Rnd 11-12: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Sl st in top of first dc to join. (36 dc)
Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Sl st in top of first sc to join. (36 sc)
Finish off and weave in ends.


Tall Water Bottle Cozy Instructions
Follow above pattern through Round 11.
Repeat Rounds 6-13. Finish off.



Saturday, August 26, 2017

SURPRISE Backpack FREE Crochet Pattern

This pattern is one that I designed back around 12 years ago. I had submitted the design to a major publication....but it was rejected :(  Disappointed, I tucked the pattern away in my notebook....bringing it out every once in a while to make as a gift. Lately the trend of "planned pooling" has been one that I just could not bring myself to try after seeing the frustration that some experience while trying to get that pooled pattern just right. Then I remembered this pattern and how the variegated yarns pool in different ways with SURPRISINGLY BEAUTIFUL results without all the stress!!! 

SURPRISE BACKPACK

I love to watch the way the different color patterns unfold in this simple pattern. The “SURPRISE” is in the way the variegated yarn reacts in this design! It is not planned pooling….it is more like SURPRISE pooling. I hope you enjoy the versatility of this little bag as much as I do!

Remember....I am a human and sometimes make mistakes!!  If you find an error with my pattern, please let me know in the comment section and I will try to correct it as soon as possible!!!


This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog www.amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com  
Thank You!!! Amy B

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Get the PDF of this pattern HERE
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Materials
·         Size G crochet hook
·         Worsted (medium) weight Cotton Yarn, Peaches & Crème used for samples (CA 2.5 oz solid color, CB 2 oz variegated). Optional: small amount of 3rd contrasting color for strap.
·         Safety pin
·         Stitch marker (safety pin can also be used for stitch marker if desired)
·         Finishing needle


Gauge: First 10 rounds of pattern = 2” (measured from the center 1st rnd to the top of rnd 10)
Finished Size
·         Body: 5” diameter x 7” tall
·         Strap: 52” x 3/8”

NOTE: Rounds are not joined unless specified, but worked continuous. Remember to place your stitch marker in the last stitch of each round to prevent losing track.
With CA
Rnd 1: Ch 2, sc in second ch from hook 6 times.  DO NOT JOIN (see note).


Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around. (18)
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) around. (24)
Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) around. (30)
Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts) around. (36)
Rnd 7: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts) around. (42)
Rnd 8: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts) around. (48)
Rnd 9: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts) around. (54)
Rnd 10: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts) around. (60)
Rnd 11: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts) around. (66)
Rnd 12: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 10 sts) around. Sl st in last st of rnd. (72)
Rnd 13: Working in back loops  on this rnd ONLY, sc in each st around.  DO NOT JOIN @ end of rnd)
Rnd 14 -18: Sc in each st around. (72) At the end of Rnd 18 sl st in the next st and Finish off.
Join CB with a sc in same sp as sl st and repeat Rnd 14 until piece measures 6” from Rnd 13. Finish off.
Top Band: Join CA. This section is NOT worked in continuous rounds.
Rnd 1: Sc in each st around. Sl st in first sc to join.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Sl st in first sc to join.
Rnd 3: ch 1, sc next 5 sts, * (ch 2, sk 2), sc next 2, (ch 2, sk 2), sc next 6. Repeat from * around. Sc last st. Sl st in first sc to join.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch around. Sl st in first sc to join.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc around. Sl st in first sc to join.
Rnd 6: Sl st in each st around.  Finish off.
STRAP
With CA (or other contrasting color) Ch 200.  Working in back ridge, sc in 2nch ch from hook and in each remaining chain.  Finish off at end of chain leaving a 12” length for sewing.



Being careful to not twist the strap, weave the strap through the ch 2 sps on Rnd 3 of the Top Band beginning with the first ch 2 sp to the right of the join.


 Stitch the first inch of each strap side together.





With the end of the strap against the remaining loops from Rnd 12, pin in place.


 Stitch the width of the strap securely to the body 1 ¼” up.





Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stitching in the Garden.....Crocheted Sugar-Pumpkin Hammocks FREE pattern

Summer is a time where I really struggle with making myself sit down to crochet for very long. There are so many outdoor activities that keep me going and the thought of working on something heavy is just not very enticing. Just recently my Moma and I were having a conversation about gardening and she told me that she had finally planted her sugar pumpkins and some small watermelons and was growing the vines vertically like I had done in the past.  So I needed to get her some Pumpkin Hammocks crocheted ASAP!!!



First of all I have to tell you that it is a GREAT way to use up leftover balls of cotton. I had several bags of them, so I got out my handy dandy postal scale to make sure I could get an entire hammock out of one color. It is really a handy tool to have in your stitching closet.



I managed to get quite the assortment of hammocks stitched up in just a couple of afternoons. The pattern is fairly simple and is available in written and symbol versions.

You can download the pdf version here.
You can add it to your Ravelry favorites or queue it here.


The link below is my original blog about the sugar pumpkin hammocks and more pictures of my garden at the time if you would like to see them!

A Stitch At A Time for Amy B Stitched: Stitching in the Garden.....Crocheted Sugar-Pumpki...: Several years ago I had the idea to turn my backyard garden VERTICAL!!  We had wonderful weather that year and I had a bumper crop of ALMOST...

ENJOY the pattern and let me know in the comment section what YOU do when you aren't STITCHING!!!!

Amy B

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Meandering Paw Prints over the Rainbow Bridge Afghan FREE Crochet pattern

This is Snoopy!!!
Last month I received a private message from a fellow stitcher named Doug Speeckaert. He had been inspired by my Meandering Paw Prints scarf pattern after his cat Snoopy had passed. He wanted to crochet a memory tribute and so he set to work expanding on my scarf pattern. When he sent the picture I asked if he would share his calculations....because I KNEW others would be asking for this. He graciously handed over all of his notes inserted into my pattern!!! So I bring to you my very FIRST collaborative pattern!!!

MEANDERING PAW PRINTS over the RAINBOW BRIDGE

BY Amy Brewer and Doug Speeckaert

Click HERE to download a PDF version of the pattern
Add to your Ravelry Queue HERE

GAUGE is not important.

SIZE: can be made any size you wish!!  Worked with size 4/medium/worsted weight yarn and an H hook. Pattern is worked over a multiple of 20 sts + 2. 

DETAILS

Pic shown above afghan is worked over 180 stitches and is 5 complete color repeats of the 6 colors shown red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple (each color band is worked over 4 rows after the first color band which is worked over 5). Doug used approx. 7 oz of each color and used a size H hook.  It fits a full size bed with drape on each side.


Pic shown above Afghan was worked over 120 stitches and makes a nice sized lap afghan. I used the 7 colors of the rainbow worked from the outside of the rainbow to the inside (red to lavender) with only one band of lavender in the center and then back out to red. I also finished the final band of red the same as the beginning (row 1 – 5) only reversed so that my paw prints were not stacked directly on top of each other. Each color band was worked over 4 rows, except the first and last color bands as previously stated. This afghan measured 41” x 33”.   My blanket weighs just over 1 lb (16.5 oz). If you have 2.5 ounces of each color you should have plenty to finish one this size.


Here is Meandering Paw Prints over the Rainbow Bridge with a tiny white scalloped edging. It sort of reminds me of clouds! These instructions are at the end of the pattern.

TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS USED:
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Sk – skip
Sp – space
Sl st – slip stitch
St(s) – stitch (stitches)

NOTE:
1)      Ch 2 at beginning of row does NOT count as a stitch.
2)      Dc in last sk st: Insert the hook into the skipped stitch indicated and continue with your dc in the same manner as the other dc. This binds the two sts together into a cross stitch. Pics shown below




Chain Multiple of 20’s + 2. (Example 40 + 2, 60 + 2, 80 + 2, etc).  Unless you want to start with a 
Foundation Double Crochet then simply work a multiple of 20.

Row 1: Working in the back ridge of the starting ch, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Dc 4, ch 4, sk 2 sts, dc 18, *ch4, sk 2 sts **, dc18. Repeat from *across ending at **.  Dc in last 14.
Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Dc 12. * Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 14. Repeat from * across ending at **.  Dc in last 2.
Row 4: Ch 2, turn. Dc 3. *Ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st (see note 2), ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 16.  Repeat from * across ending at **.  Dc in last 13.
Row 5: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
Row 6: Ch 2, turn. Dc 9. *Ch 4, sk 2, ** dc18.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 9.
Row 7: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7. *Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc next 14.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 7.
Row 8: Ch 2, turn. Dc 8, *Ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1**, dc 16.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 8.
Row 9: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
Row 10: Ch 2, turn. Dc 6. *Ch 4, sk 2**, dc 18.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 12.
Row 11: Ch 2, turn. Dc 10. *Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 14.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 4.
Row 12: Ch 2, turn. Dc 5. *Ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 16.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 11.
Row 13: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
Row 14: Ch 2, turn. Dc 12. *Ch 4, sk 2**, dc 18.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 6.
Row 15: Ch 2, turn. Dc 4. *Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1**, dc 14. Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 10.
Row 16: Ch 2, turn. Dc 11. *Ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 16.  (Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 5.
Row 17: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
Row 18: Ch 2, turn. Dc 8. *Ch 4, sk 2 **, dc 18.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 10.
Row 19: Ch 2, turn. Dc 8. *Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 14.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 6.
Row 20: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7. *Ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc in last sk st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 16.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 9.
Row 21: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
Row 22: Ch 2, turn. Dc 14. *Ch 4, sk 2 **, dc 18.  Repeat from * across ending at **.  Dc in last 4.
Row 23: Ch 2, turn. Dc 2. *Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc next ch sp, dc next st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 14.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 12.
Row 24: Ch 2, turn. Dc 13. *Ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc last sk st, ch 1, sk 1 **, dc 16.  Repeat from * across ending at **. Dc in last 3.
Row 25: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
Repeat rows 2-25.  Finish off when desired length is reached.

EDGING: (optional)

Join edging yarn to first stitch of last row. Work 3 sc in this stitch. *Sk next st, 5 dc in next st, sk next st, sc next st. Repeat from * across. Work 3 sc in the top of ch 2 at end of row. Working evenly down the side of the afghan repeat the stitches the same as you worked across the top of the afghan, only now you will be going into the ends of the rows instead of the tops of the stitches. You should have 2 scallops per color change (each scallop should cover 2 row ends. Although my first and last scallops on the sides are stretched over 3 rows). Continue the stitching sequence around the entire afghan. Sl st in first sc to join. Finish off and weave in all ends.

Afghan measures 50" x 36". Sandi made this one using less than 3 Caron Cakes!!!

Afghan measures 68" x 48". Sheri used Loops and Threads Impeccable, 2 skeins of each color
(heather, gold, soft taupe, pumpkin, chocolate)

Afghan measures 24" x 31". Michelle used Miragood Basics for this afghan.
Each color skein would stitch up about 1 2/3 row. I LOVE the effect!!!
Remember....I am a human and sometimes make mistakes!!  If you find an error with my pattern, please let me know in the comment section and I will try to correct it as soon as possible!!!


This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog www.amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com  
Thank You!!! Amy B


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