Tuesday, March 25, 2014

African Flower Pillowcase Free Instructions and Layout

I have a recent obsession: African Flower Motifs!  I'm not a huge fan of granny squares (and especially not a particular fan of connecting them!), but when I first saw an African Flower Motif, I was caught!  It is such a beautiful design, and works with any color combos to form an exquisite garden!  I decided to give one a try and used the African Flower Motif found here and her instructions are so clear and wonderful!  On that blog, she posted a photo of a really neat pillowcase made from these flower motifs.  I decided that that was to be my next project!  I started making motifs and figured I better research how many hexagons I need and how to attach them.  And that was when I ran into the problem!  I could NOT find instructions on how to make a pillowcase!  With the help of my pretty darn cool husband, I cracked the code!  This blog post will provide instructions on how my snazzy African Flower Pillowcase came to be!

You will need yarn (duh!) and a 16x16 insert pillow (mine came from Hobby Lobby- using my 40% off coupon, of course!).

Crochet 32 African Flowers (I did 32 different combinations, each with the last round being white).
Lay them out in the following pattern: (4, 3, 4, 5, 4, 5, 4, 3)

Once I had all 32 of my flowers, I found that there were several combinations that were my favorites. I wanted to be sure that these flowers were front and center! Looking at the photo above, (from left to right) the 3 center flowers on the 4th row, the 4 flowers on the 5th row, and the 3 center flowers on the 6th row are the main ones, so make sure they are pretty!

Attach the motifs with a slip stitch in the back.  This will ensure a small seam that will be only visible from the back.

You can see from the photo above how the 'puzzle' works!  The flowers that are overhanging will fold over and make the edges.  Make sure not to attach the two farthest edges because that is where you will slip the insert pillow in and out!  You can attach buttons to help keep the hole closed.

If you need me, I'll be off making one of these for every room in my house!


Basket Weave Ear Warmer Free Pattern!

Here I present one of my favorite stitches, the basket weave!! Weave your double crochet stitches together to make this Basket Weave Ear Warmer in any color that makes your heart happy!  I love the basket weave because it looks amazing and it also feels really nice.  I like to use one color for this piece (though you can use multiple if you choose), and one 1/2 inch or 1 inch button in the back.  Please feel free to ask questions or share any comments you may come across while making this!

Basket Weave Ear Warmer
Pattern created by Emily Lucero Wood

Abbreviation List- video tutorials can be found on YouTube
Hdc- half double crochet
dc- double crochet
fpdc- front post double crochet
bpdc- back post double crochet
sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
st- stitch
inc- increase (this pattern consists of fpdc inc, bpdc inc, hdc inc)
dec- decrease
FO- finish off

Hook- I hook
Yarn- Worsted Weight recommended

*At the end of each row, chain 2 and turn (I will omit this instruction at the end of each row with the assumption that you will do this each time).
*Basic understanding of the basketweave is helpful before attempting this pattern, though not necessary.  This particular basketweave contains 3 fpdc, 3 bpdc; and you will do three rows before switching to the opposite direction.
*During the increase and decrease rows, you will do one row of increases, then one row steady
*Three rows will work together to make each part of the weave.  The rows (Row 1:, etc) are either bolded or not to demonstrate which rows will be worked similarly

To begin: ch 10
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across (8)
Row 2: fpdc in first 3 st, bpdc in 3 st, hdc in last st (7)
Row 3: fpdc inc (meaning put 2 fpdc st around first st), fpdc in next 2 st, bpds in next 3 st, hdc inc in last st (meaning put 2 hdc st in the last st) (9)
Row 4: fpdc, bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc, hdc (9)
Row 5: fpdc inc, bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc, hdc inc (11)
Row 6: fpdc in next 2 st, bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc in next 2 st, hdc (11)
Row 7: bpdc inc, bpdc, fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 2 st, hdc inc (13)
Row 8: bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 3 st, hdc (13) [At this point you have reached the full width and will simply continue repeating the pattern until you reach the length necessary]
Row 9: bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 3 st, hdc
Row 10: fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc in next 3 st, hdc
Row 11 & 12: repeat row 10.
Row 13 & 14 repeat row 9.
You will want to end with a row 12 so that your basket weave comes out properly with the decreases.
Row 15: bpdc dec, bpdc, fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 2 st, fpdc/hdc dec (11)
Row 16: bpdc in next 2 st, fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 2 st, hdc (11)
Row 17: bpdc dec, fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc, fpdc/hdc dec (9)
Row 18: fpdc, bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc, hdc (9)
Row 19: fpdc/bpdc dec, bpdc in next 2 st, fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc/hdc dec (7)
Row 20: bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 3 st, hdc.

Finishing: FO and weave in extra yarn.  Attach a ½-1 inch button centered over rows 18-20.  To wear, put on head, covering ears and shove the button through a hole in row 2 or 3 of the other end.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Ice Cream Banana Split Free Pattern!

I've worked in an Ice Creamery since I was 16.  Needless to say… ice cream is an important part of my life!  I've worked in this restaurant for 10 years now and one of the most frequently asked questions I receive is, 'Don't you ever get sick of ice cream?!'  And my honest answer?  NO!  Ice cream is so amazingly delicious and can be changed up in soooo many ways!  Choose a different flavor, add different syrups and candies… ooh, the possibilities!  I have a whole collection of mini crocheted ice cream sundaes, and I wanted to share one the most popular one today with you!  This is a traditional banana split!  Feel free to change the 'flavors' to get a banana split that is just for you!  I will also include photos of my other sundaes, which I am hoping to offer the patterns in my Etsy shop pretty soon!

Ice Cream Banana Split
Pattern created by Emily Lucero Wood

Yarn Colors (Red Heart Super Saver Yarn): tan, café brown, pink, red, bright yellow, pale yellow, white, cherry red
Fiberfill stuffing

Scoop (make 3- tan, pale yellow, and pink)
Rnd 1: 6 sc in mc (6)
Rnd 2: inc around (12)
Rnd 3: inc every other st (18)
Rnd 4: inc every 3rd st (24)
Rnd 5-6: sc around (24)
Rnd 7: dec every 3rd st (18)
Rnd 8: dec every other st (12), begin stuffing
Rnd 9: dec around (6)
Finishing:  Stuff firmly.  Weave yarn through each stitch of round 9 and pull tight to close.  Leave extra yarn for sewing pieces together.  The three scoops will be attached together using the extra yarn, with the pale yellow and pink sitting side by side and the tan scoop sitting above and between the others.

Banana (make 2)- pale yellow
Rnd 1: 4 sc in mc (4)
Rnd 2: inc every other st (6)
Rnd 3: inc every other st (9)
Rnd 4: inc every other st, sc in last st (13)
Rnd 5-6: sc around
Finishing:  Slip stitch to finish.  These pieces will not be stuffed.  Attach one piece to each side of the ice cream scoops (one attached to pink and the other banana attached to the pale yellow scoop). 

Topping (make 7- 2 red, 2 bright yellow, 3 café brown)
Ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 4, ch 2
Finishing:  each piece looks like a forked snake tongue.  Attach them to the corresponding ice cream scoop (red to the pink scoop, bright yellow to the pale yellow scoop and café brown to the tan scoop).
Whip- white
Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 3, inc in last st, sc 3 down opposite side of foundation ch.  Slip stitch to finish.

Cherry- red
Rnd 1: 5 sc in mc (5)
Rnd 2: inc around (10)
Rnd 3: dec around (5)
Finishing: slip stitch to finish.  Do not stuff.  Sew cherry to whipped cream.  With a stray piece of red yarn, come up through the top of the cherry.  Tie a knot and cut yarn right next to knot.  This will make the stem stiff.  Attach whip cream to top of scoop.

Banana Boat white
Rnd 1: ch 19, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 16 st, 3 sc in last ch, sc 16 down opposite side of chain
Rnd 2: inc, sc, inc, sc in next 15 st, inc, sc, inc, sc in last 15 st
Rnd 3: sc around in blo (back loop only)
Rnd 4: sc around
Finishing: slip stitch to finish.  Fit ice cream scoops into banana boat and sew into place using white yarn.


The other delicious sundaes in my crochet collection!  Look for the patterns in my Etsy shop (monamicreationz.etsy.com)

Crochet Diamond Hat (and where to find the pattern!)

Hi everyone! It's been a really long time since I have made a blogpost… I actually opened an Etsy shop and that has really been keeping me busy!  Previously, I have only posted free patterns.  I am going to make a bit of a change.  I originally titled this blog "My Crocheted World," and I would like to be able to share my free patterns as well as chronicle my crocheted world, as the name suggests.  So… I am planning on including blog posts of the projects I am working on, and share or link to the patterns from which I work!

I recently finished a project that I am REALLY excited about!  It is the crochet Diamond Hat- and it looks pretty neat!

My Diamond Hat using I Love This Yarn! because I really do love this yarn!!
When I started this hat, I was following a different pattern, for a slightly different hat, but the written instructions were not to my liking- I was having a pretty hard time interpretting what the pattern author wanted me to do!  I ended up looking for a similar hat design video on YouTube and ended up watching this one.  This video is by Tanya Neser and has great information- she really explains the steps well!  Problem is, the video quality is a bit hard to follow.  I used her videos (there are several 'parts') for the first few rounds, and then decided to find written instructions, which she was wonderful enough to provide!  Her written instructions are beautiful and much easier to follow, in my opinion!

This hat worked up pretty quick and I really like that it is super fun to look at, even though it is all in one color.  Oftentimes it seems that one color can be boring, but this hat rocks the one color!

If you end up making your own hat, please share it! I would love to see what you come up with!