Monday, May 31, 2010

Crochet Cable Columns

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I am using this stitch pattern of post stitches to make a crocheted pet blanket for the snugglesproject.org    I like to make them soft and all these columns of post stitches do just that.
If you're not comfortable with this many post stitches then check out my single raised rib pattern by clicking here. 

Sometimes they are called Crochet Cables. Usually cables are when you cross Post Stitches but i'm just calling these Crochet Columns.

Skill Level: Beginner/Easy  (It's not as complicated as it looks)
Finished Size: 9 by 6 inches
Yarn: I Love This Yarn, Turquoise
Hook Size: I
Chain: 27 or Multiple of 6 + 3

Stitches used:
  • HDC
  • Front Post Double Crochet - Wrap the yarn around the stem, from the front, of the next stitch and so a Double Crochet
  • Back Post Double Crochet - Wrap the yarn around the stem, from the back, of the next stitch and so a Double Crochet

    Abbreviations:
  • FP/DC: Front Post Double Crochet
  • BP/DC: Back Post Double Crochet
  • *-*: Repeat the instructions between them
Pattern:
REMEMBER: When you are done with the FPDC's make sure to skip the 3 stitches that you will see behind them, left unworked.

Row 1: Do 1 HDC in 3rd stitch from hook and in each stitch across the row (25 HDC)

Row 2: chain 2, turn, Do 1 HDC in each stitch across the row

Row 3: chain 2, turn, *Do 1 HDC in each of the first 3 stitches, Do 1 FP/DC, around the stem of the next stitch, in each of the next 3 stitches* repeat until the last 3 stitches and do 1 HDC in of the last 3 stitches

Row 4: chain 2, turn. *Do 1 HDC in each of the first 3 stitches, Do 1 BP/DC, around the stem of the next stitch, in each of the next 3 stitches* repeat until the last 3 stitches and do 1 HDC in of the last 3 stitches


                                                        Repeat rows 3 and 4 for pattern.
Finishing
Cut yarn and weave in all ends.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment!
Thanks!
Heather

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Charity Lap Blanket #1 - Bernat Soft Yarn

Use the invisible sewing technique video not made whole

This is a very simple and easy crochet lap blanket/afghan that I made for StillSomeone.org.   Bernat Softee Chunky yarn is my favorite because of how soft it is. If you're not a fan of making a blanket as 1 piece this pattern is for you. I made 5 columns of 3 rectangles each. Just change yarns after each section, then sew the columns side by side. See a link for a video on how to do that below.

The Bernat yarns I used were: New Denim Heather, Soft Taupe, Natural,Nature's Way, Faded Denim and Grey Heather (Yardage listed after pattern)

Chain 19 at the beginning of each column
Hook Size: K
Final Size of the afghan:37 inches x26 inches
Each section is 9 in length

Pattern:
The beginning chain 2 does not count as the first stitch.
Row 1: do 1 Hdc in the 3rd chain from hook and in each stitch til end of row (17 Hdc)
Row 2: chain 2, turn...do 1 Hdc in each still til end of row (17 Hdc)

Repeat row 2 until you reach 9 inches, or the length you desire, and change yarns for the next rectangle. When you've made three rectangles you can cut the yarn and finish it off.  Then start the second column, then the third.

YARDAGE:
Bernat Yarns Used and Amount of Yarn Needed :
New Denim Heather (Light Blue) 1 skein
Soft Taupe (Brown) 1 skein
Natural (Cream) 1 skein
Nature's Way (Variegated) 1 ½ skeins
Grey Heather (Grey) 1 skein


Finishing:
Or if you have another way you want to use feel free to use it.

Thanks!
Heather

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bernat Charity Lap Blanket #1


                               


This is a very simple and easy crochet lap blanket/afghan that I made for StillSomeone.org. Bernat Softee Chunky yarn is my favorite because of how soft it is. If you're not a fan of making a blanket as 1 piece this pattern is for you. I made 4 columns made of 5 rectangles. Just change yarns after each rectangle, then sew the columns side by side.

Bernat Softee Chunky yarn used: Grey, Natural, Soft Taupe
Hook Size: K
Chain: 19 at the beginning on each column
Finished Size: 27 inches x 45 inches

Each column is 6 3/4th (6.75) inches wide

Gauge: 4 sts per inch

Pattern:
The beginning chain 2 does not count as the first stitch.
Row 1: do 1 Hdc in the 3rd chain from hook and in each stitch til end of row (17 Hdc)
Row 2: chain 2, turn...do 1 Hdc in each still til end of row (17 Hdc)

Repeat row 2 until you reach 9 inches, or the length you desire, and change yarns for the next rectangle. When you've made three rectangles you can cut the yarn and finish it off. Then start the second column, then the third.

FINISHING:




Thanks!
Heather