Saturday, March 16, 2013

Roses and Lace Scarf - Free Pattern

 I am so honored to have one of my designs - Roses and Lace Scarf- offered by Crochet! and Crochet World Magazines as a free pattern in this months newsletter.

 Such wonderfully kind words offered by them as to the educational possibilities of this pattern. YES! Exactly what I designed it for. I am a teacher first in most areas of my life. When I am going to teach a new technique at a crochet guild meeting I make a pattern. That is where this one came into existence

 The scarf itself is a basic single crochet of 22 stitches over 106 rows worked with a size Q hook when we were learning big hook welding.

 The rose is worked in a length of decreasing number of double crochets, then rolled together to form the flower. And the spirals we were learning back loop only work.

 And the edging is reverse single crochet also called the crab stitch. It is one of my favorite edging techniques. This scarf is so very easy to make and lovely to wear. I hope you enjoy it.

Here is the link to the newsletter and pattern:
 http://www.crochetmagazine.com/patterns/pdfs/SM14051_Mar2014.pdf

Thursday, March 7, 2013

NATIONAL CROCHET MONTH BLOG TOUR

Happy National Crochet Month! 
              And Welcome to My Aunties Yarn Studio Blog!

As those who have been following the Blog Tour already know the lovely ladies at Crochetville have organized an amazing tour of designer blogs for you to enjoy during this auspicious month. The entire list and links to participants can be found on Crochetville’s blog at this link [BLOGTOUR]. 
 
We are also denoting 'Project NightNight' as our charity of the month. You can check them out at this link [NightNight]. If you are as blessed as I, and have warm beds to tuck your little ones into at night please consider donating to the comfort of a homeless child.

  
Here at M.A.Y.S. we hope to encourage you to bring out the big hooks or the tiny hooks and get your hands in some luscious yarn or beautiful thread and create something that makes your heart sing. March is indeed designated as National Crochet Month and the crochet world is crackling with ideas, demos, patterns, lessons, and give-a-ways to celebrate our favorite pass time. A quick online search will lay them all at your fingertips. We hope you like ours too:   A how-to and pattern for Baby Bullion Square 

Many think that a bullion stitch is way too difficult, and daunting to consider the repetition in making squares for afghan or garment. Here we have some short ‘baby bullions’ which your hook can glide through with ease.

A Couple helpful technique hints for drawing the thread or yarn through the bullion wraps:
1- Loose yarn- Make sure it isn't pulling roughly from the skein but has no resistance it  flows through your fingers
2- Warp – I let the hook do the work and twirl it around the yarn gathering up the number of wraps indicated. This keeps them loose. Push them down to the thickest part of the hook to loosen them up if you are not sure.
Pulling Through:
1- Using just the hook - After wrapping the strand around the thickest part of the hook, hold your index finger along the top, insert hook into designated stitch, draw up a loop, yo, and gently roll the strands forward with your index finger while you draw the hook through.
OR
2-Make yourself a bullion tool
a. Cover the hook with a short piece of plastic tubing, wrap around the tubing, draw your yarn through the tubing then remove the tubing from the hook.
b. Attach a darning needle to a hook with tubing or plumbers tape.
Demos of these are on youtube by Theresa Richardson

OK the Square-
Baby Bullion Square
How To Bullion Stitch - (BS)- lightly wrap (YO) yarn around hook 5 times, insert hook into designated stitch, yo, draw yarn through stitch, yo, draw yarn through all loops on hook, 1ch to lock stitch
Materials I am using – Plymouth Yarn ‘Dreambaby’ DK Pastel Multi; G-4.mm hook
Gauge – Let’s not worry about that today just try to stay consistent. Mine measures approximately 3.5” square

Rnd 1   In a ring- 1sc (this locks the yarn so don’t count it) YO, 8 hdc in ring, join with slip stitch in 1st hdc.      (8hdc)

Rnd 2   Ch2, *BS in same hdc, 1hdc in same hdc, 1hdc in next hdc, repeat from * around; join with slip stitch in top of ch2.   (8BS, 16 hdc)

Rnd 3   Ch 5 (counts as 1sc and 4 ch), sc between next 2 hdc, ch 4, sc between next 2 hdc, repeat from * around; join with slip stitch in bottom of ch 5.   (8 ch 4 spaces)

Rnd 4   Slip stich into ch 4 space, ch3, [2 BS, ch2, 2BS, 1dc] in same chain space, 3 BS in next ch 4 space, *[1dc, 2 BS, ch2, 2BS, 1dc] in next chain space, 3 BS in next ch space; repeat from * around, join with slip stitch in top of ch3. 
[NOTE: the ch2 between 2BS will be a total of 3 as you make 1ch to finish of the previous BS]
 (7 BS, 2 dc between each ch2 space)

Rnd 5   Slip stitch in stitch and into ch space, [ch2, 1hdc, ch2, 2hd] in same space, 1hdc between each stitch across, *[2hdc, ch2, 2hd] in next ch space, 1hdc between each stitch across; repeat from * around, join with slip stitch in ch2.  (12 hdc between each ch2 space) 
Fasten off and weave in yarn.

I hope you enjoy making bullions now. 
I have a couple more free patterns that you can get if you go to my website:  http://myauntiesyarnstudio.com/  . There is a pineapple bookmark, a knitted scarf (my first knitting pattern attempt) and a Ladybug Teapot Cozy. I made this for my daughter several years ago. There was some interest in the pattern at that time but I was so new at writing that I could use some help in making sure this old pattern works well. So if you make it leave me some feedback ok.
Take a look at the pics of some of my designs as well - I hope they inspire you create something new.

I am still growing in this endeavor and I welcome all the help I can enlist in making My Aunties Yarn Studio a success, as I fulfill my largest goal of teaching this wonderful art/craft to future generations thereby keeping it alive.
Thank you for stopping by and be sure to keep up with the tour everyday in March.
Happy Crocheting
Annette - KairNettaS



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New Stitch – to me at least – The Long and Short of It


I came across a hat I crocheted and felted a couple years ago from yarn that I had spun.
It is a bit shorter than I would like so I started adding to the bottom.
I joined a strand of Crystal Palace TAOS and a strand of LB Amazing. I did a quick round of single crochets then started to make another of half double crochets but I wasn't happy with the gaps between stitches as the felting from before had those stitches quite tight.
What to do… I tried several things including front/back double crochets… almost but still not just right.
So I did a chain and went 2 rows lower and around the same stitch I had made the first single crochet in, drew up a stitch and made a single crochet. 



That left the chain 3 laying across the stitches which I didn't like, so I put the hook into the 1st chain of the chain three, and into the next single crochet, (the one directly above the lower single crochet) and did a slip stitch…. 



Chained Three then repeated the steps. SC in stitch 2 rows down, insert hook in 1st ch of ch3 and next sc, yo, slst, Ch 3.....Not bad. I have done several now and quite like it so thought I would share it with all of you. I know there are other long crochet stitches but I haven’t come across on just like this one. 

To continue the next round will need to be single crochets to give a repeat of the technique done below it.  I hope I like it well enough to keep it when I am done. I think I will call it ‘The Long & Short Stitch’ LOL.

I hope someone tries it and lets me know if it works for them as well 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Afghan of Many Parts

This is the project I have my hook around at the moment. I am using a pattern I found on line, without altering it I may add. (the pattern can be found here) Now that I have all the centers behind me the task is less daunting. As everyone already knows, repetition is an enormous grievance  in my creative endeavors.

This is the first of three baby afghans I am hurrying to complete for a shower in April. They will be for my newest grand-babies, who due by end of May.  You read correctly 'babies'. I am so excited for my son and his beautiful wife who will be having triplets;  two sons and a daughter. Can't wait to hold them in my arms and spoil them thoroughly  . I am over the moon with it, as they are as well.

As you can see I still have quite a ways to go and I start another show at the theater on Tuesday. I hope my cues leave crochet time available. Oh my goodness someone please add an hour to the clock soon. LOL