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Overdue for an Update

Well, I have been rather busy as of late, got a couple of Christmas presents out of the way, and working on 2 different shrugs, practically almost at the same time, in-between everything else, along with designing and posting the pattern for the Faerie Blossom Wristwarmers! Plus, for about 4 days a week, I don’t really get to get on the laptop as my husband works 4 days on and 4 days off, and usually on his 4 days off, if he and I are not out and about, he likes to use the laptop.

But anyhow, I do have a HUGE update in the making, but not at this time. I can tell you that there will be  a lot of photos in that upcoming update on what’s going on in my crochet world, including a sneak peek at a new shrug in the works. I’m really excited about this new one!

I do have a bit of news to share, I have very recently joined the ranks of Indie Crochet Designers on Craftsy. I have uploaded 6 of my patterns onto Craftsy, 3 for purchase and 3 for free, and started a Pattern Shop there now, also. The majority of my designs will still be on Ravelry, though. You can find my Craftsy page HERE. My user name is MidknightStarr.

Faerie Blossom Wristwarmers – Free Pattern

Another WordPress Exclusive Free Pattern!

This came about because I really needed to take a break from thread crochet (aka my Grandmother’s shrug), and a relative had asked me about making her a pair of fingerless mitts (another story for another post). Then my husband bought me the book “Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia”. It has over 300+ stitch patterns, edgings, and motifs. Over 250+ pages of inspiration!

In that book I came across the Fairy Shell stitch pattern and fell in love with it. It’s a variation of the [2dc, ch1, 2dc] shell stitch that seems so popular with the fingerless mitts/wristwarmers I’ve seen. I, right then, had to do something with it, of course!

The original stitch pattern is written flat, but it was very easy to translate it into the round. I also very slightly modified it to fit my needs for this pattern and the Faerie Blossom Wristwarmers were born!

This pattern has been designed for a snug fit. The stitch pattern is fairly stretchy and will conform to your hand. I also use the Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) instead of a foundation chain, because the FSC is much more elastic than the foundation chain. You can find a tutorial for the FSC HERE.

Photo Nov 19, 5 36 34 PMSample made in size Small/Medium

Sizes:

Small/Medium (6/7 inches)
Medium/Large (7/8 inches)

Materials:

4.00mm hook
Caron Simply Soft – 1 skein (I used Simply Soft Paints in Rose Garden)

Stitches used are in US terminology

Terms used with abbreviations:

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
slst -slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)

Gauge:

([sc, ch2, sc], [2dc, ch1, 2dc] stitch pattern as for the wrist/arm for the pattern – 4sc, 4dc, 7ch

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Special Stitches:

Make Shell:
in stitch or space indicated make [2dc, ch1, 2dc]

Make 2chShell:
in stitch or space indicated make [2dc, ch2, 2dc]

Note: This pattern has not been tested. Please let me know if there is anything that is unclear. Thanks :)

Pattern:

Note: X = desired end rnd count. I’ve made this so you can choose your desired length of the wrist warmer. Make sure to make note of the total rnd counts for the 2nd wrist warmer.

Wrist/Arm

Tip: I suggest trying on the wrist/arm after a few rows. If it is too snug for your liking, I suggest replacing all of the Shells in the wrist/arm with the 2chShell, then work the thumb and hand as written. If it is too loose, go down a hook size.

FSC 24 (30), join in circle without twisting

Rnd 1: in same st as joining, ch1, [sc, ch3, s]c, skip 2 sts, make Shell in next st, skip 2 sts, ([sc, ch3, sc] in next st, skip 2 sts, make Shell in next st, skip 2 sts) around. Slst in 1st sc, slst into ch3 space.

Rnd 2: ch4, 2dc in ch3 space, [sc, ch3, sc] in the ch1 space of the next Shell, (make Shell in the next ch3 space, [sc, ch3, sc] in the ch1 space of the next Shell) around, dc in the same ch3 space as the beginning ch4, slst in the 3rd ch of the ch4, slst in the next ch1 space.

Rnd 3: ch1, [sc, ch3, sc], make Shell in the next ch3 space, ([sc, ch3, sc] in the ch1 space of the next Shell, make Shell in the next ch3 space) around. Slst in 1st sc, slst into ch3 space.

Rnd 4 – X: Repeat rnds 2 & 3 until desired length for the wrist/arm, ending with rnd 3.

DO NOT FINISH OFF HERE

Thumb Shaping & Thumb Hole

Rnd 1: ch5, 2dc in ch3 space, [sc, ch3, sc] in the ch1 space of the next Shell, (make 2chShell in the next ch3 space, [sc, ch3, sc] in the ch1 space of the next Shell) around, dc in the same ch3 space as the beginning ch4, slst in the 3rd ch of the ch5, slst in the next ch2 space.

Rnd 2: ch1,[ sc, ch3, sc], make 2chShell in the next ch3 space, ([sc, ch3, sc] in the ch1 space of the next Shell, make 2chShell in the next ch3 space) around. Slst in 1st sc, slst into ch3 space.

Rnd 3: Left Thumb Hole: ch5, 2dc in ch3 space, ch5 LOOSELY, skip next 2chShell, (make 2chShell in the next ch3 space, [sc, ch3, sc] in the ch2 space of the next 2chShell) around, dc in the same ch3 space as the beginning ch4, slst in the 3rd ch of the ch5, slst in the next ch1 space.

Rnd 3: Right Thumb Hole: ch5, 2dc in ch3 space, [sc, ch3, sc] in the ch1 space of the next 2chShell, (make 2chShell in the next ch3 space, [sc, ch3, sc] in the ch1 space of the next 2chShell) around until the last [sc, ch3, sc] and Shell, make Shell in the next ch3 space, ch5 LOOSELY, skip next 2chShell, dc in the same ch3 space as the beginning ch5, slst in the 3rd ch of the ch4, slst in the next ch1 space.

Hand

Rnd 1: Left Wristwarmer: ch1, [sc, ch3, sc], make 2chShell in the 3rd chain of ch5, ([sc, ch3, sc] in the ch2 space of the next Shell, make 2chShell in the next ch3 space) around. Slst in 1st sc, slst into ch3 space.

Rnd 1: Right Wristwarmer: ch1, [sc, ch3, sc], make 2chShell in the next ch3 space, ([sc, ch3, sc] in the ch1 space of the next 2chShell, make 2chShell in the next ch3 space) around until the [sc, ch3,sc] before the Shell before the ch5, [sc, ch3, sc] in the ch1 space of the next Shell, make Shell in the 3rd ch of the ch5. Slst in 1st sc, slst into ch3 space.

Rnd 2 – 5/X: Repeat rnds 3 & 2, replacing “make Shell” with the “make 2chShell” and ch5 at the beginning of every rnd 2 repeat instead of the ch4, until the desired length for the hand. finish off.

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Copyright Jennifer Christensen.

©2014

Please do not post elsewhere or claim as your own.
A link back to this WordPress page is welcome and encouraged.

For any questions or problems with any of my patterns, please email me at:

midknightstarr@gmail.com

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Sale of the written pattern is not allowed.

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A bit of an update

No photos today though, but I’ll have plenty coming up in my next post though.

This past weekend, I was out of town. I went to Oak Lawn, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, with my mother-inlaw, her sister, her sister-inlaw, and her niece, to visit 2 of her cousins to have a “Woman’s Weekend”. The weekend was spent playing games (I crocheted a lot, though), going to craft bizarres, and just hanging out with each other. While there, I finished the back to my grandmothers shrug, bought a few fun things from the bizarres, and enjoyed visiting with everyone. For dinner on Saturday, we went to this amazing Asian restaurant, called Chi Tung. They served Chinese, Japanese,and Thai food and had the Hibachi tables. Everyone got Chinese, except me. I got the Pad Thai with shrimp and it was extremely yummy! I could barely eat a quarter of it because there was so much food! My MIL said there was probably enough on my plate to feed 4 people! I took the leftovers home and my husband and I finished it for lunch today. Just before leaving on Sunday, I asked my MIL to take me to a Fanny May Candies shop because I could not leave the Chicago area without at least a box of those chocolates. Before the company closed all of their shops in Michigan, I worked at a Fanny May Candies in my local mall for 5yrs and was hooked on their chocolates. That was 20yrs ago.

I’m sure that the next post I make will be a “show and tell” of the things I got while there and an update on the shrug.

Today, as I began the 2nd sleeve of the shrug, I started thinking about the shrug I’m going to be making for myself out of the Patons Lace Sequins in Smokey Quartz, and started getting new ideas on how to make it different from my Dragon Scale and Daughter of Dragons Shrugs. I am so excited about the ideas I have for this one! I’m sure I’ll be blogging all about it at a later date :D

Dragon Scale Head Kerchief – Free Pattern

My first WordPress Exclusive Pattern!

This simple Crocodile Stitch Head Kerchief was something I promised myself that I would make for my daughter if I had yarn left from making her shrug. Well, I did and here it is. I thought I would share how I made this in pattern format and I though it could go hand-in-hand with my photo tutorial, Crocodile Stitch – Increases, if you are new to this technique.

This is actually easy to make, but it’s not really for brand new beginner crocheters, maybe advanced beginner, if you are familiar to working around the post of a stitch. For intermediate/advanced crocheters, this should be no problem at all to make.

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Size:

Adult One Size Fits Most – Measures 18″ from center of scale end to end of row 26

Materials:

4.50mm hook
Patons Lace in Sachet or any 2/fine weight yarn

Stitches used are in US terminology

Terms used with abbreviations:

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
slst -slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)

Crocodile Stitch – Increases – Photo Tutorial, if needed

Gauge:

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Special Stitch:

Make Scale:
Working around designated double crochet stitches, make 5dc around the post of the first dc, ch1, make 5dc around the next dc. Scale made.

Note: This pattern has not been tested. Please let me know if there is anything that is unclear. Thanks :)

Pattern:

Kerchief:

Row 1: ch3, dc in 3rd ch from hook.

Row 2: ch2, make scale around ch and dc.

Row 3: ch2, dc in same st, ch2, dc in center of scale, ch2, 2dc in end top corner dc on scale.

Row 4: ch2, make scale around 2dc just made, ch1, skip dc and ch2 spaces, make scale around next 2dc.

Row 5: ch2, dc in same st, ch2, dc in center of scale, ch2, 2dc in next dc and around ch1, ch2, dc in center of scale, ch2, 2dc in end top corner dc on scale.

Row 6: ch2, make scale around 2dc just made, ch1, skip dc and ch2 spaces, make scale around next 2dc, ch1, skip dc and ch2 spaces, make scale around next 2dc.

Row 7: ch2, dc in same st, ch2, dc in center of scale, ch2, 2dc in next dc and around ch1, ch2, dc in center of scale, ch2, 2dc in next dc and around ch1, ch2, dc in center of scale, 2dc in end top corner dc on scale

For all even rows, 8 through 26: ch2, make scale around 2dc just made, ch1, skip dc and ch2 spaces, [make scale around next 2dc, ch1, skip dc and ch2 spaces, make scale around next 2dc] repeat to end of row.

For all odd rows, 9 though 25: ch2, dc in same st, ch2, [dc in center of scale, ch2, 2dc in next dc and around ch1, ch2], dc in center of scale, 2dc in end top corner dc on scale.

26 rows = 13 scale rows. At the end of row 26, there should be 13 scales made.

Row 27: ch2, (wrong side facing) slst in the center of the first scale, ch1, sc in the same space. [ch2, sc in the center of the next scale], repeat to end, finish off.

Tie:

Row 1: ch40 loosely. With right side facing of the kerchief, join with a sc in the 1st sc of row 27 of the kerchief, [3sc in the next ch2 space, sc in next sc], across to end. ch41 loosely.

Row 2: turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in all sts across to end of the beginning ch40.

Row 3: turn, slst in every sc to end. Finish off.

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Copyright Jennifer Christensen.

©2014

Please do not post elsewhere or claim as your own.
A link back to this WordPress page is welcome and encouraged.

For any questions or problems with any of my patterns, please email me at:

midknightstarr@gmail.com

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Sale of the written pattern is not allowed.

 

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Halloween!

but I still got some crocheting in :D

Halloween is usually a big thing with our family, but this is the first year, in the 12 that we have lived in this house, we actually did not decorate and hand out candy. Last year was the first year that our youngest child decided that, at 14yrs old, he was too old to hang out and go trick or treating with his parents. Now 15yrs old, he went and hung out at a friends house and did a bit of trick or treating near the end of the evening, before coming home at about 9pm. Our oldest, who is now 22yrs old and is on the Autism Spectrum, usually stayed home and passed out candy to all of the little ghouls and goblins that was brave enough to walk through out makeshift cemetery and past our giant spiders and spiderwebs. If the little one was to scared to come up to the porch, we would meet them at the sidewalk and give them the candy. This year, he has a pretty bad cold and an infection in his foot, so we left our porch light off and he had an early night to bed. Our now 17yr old daughter started going trick or treating with her best friend over in her friends neighborhood when she was 13, but now she lives at her grandparents house to finish high school there, and it sounded like she had a quite Halloween at home.

It was a cold and rainy/snowy day/night here in Michigan, so there really weren’t many kids out trick or treating anyway. Down here in SE Michigan, we didn’t get as much snow as they did a bit more north, but it was there and it was freezing out.

We actually do have 1 decoration up in our front yard, and knowing us, it’ll probably be there year round LOL

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This year for the husband and I, we went to a couple of costume parties. One on Halloween night and one last night. The one on Halloween, we were the first to arrive, and within 20 minutes of being there, the power to the entire townhouse complex and surrounding neighborhoods went out. Apparently, a utility pole snapped in half near the top of the pole downing the electrical line just a couple of blocks from the townhouse complex we were at. The hostess of the party pulled out a bunch of candles, called her husband, who was still stuck at work for another hour or so, to pick up more candles, and posted on the Facebook event page that the party was canceled due to power outage, but that didn’t stop people from showing up anyway. We hung out an visited fro a bit, but had to leave just after 11pm because my husband had to be up to get ready for a 12hr work day at 5:30am.

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Yesterday, during the day I didn’t do very much, but work on my Grandmother’s shrug. I was hurting a lot from Friday’s activities (stupid Fibro :( ). During the day on Friday, we were out and about doing our usual Friday errands, plus a couple of extra things including finally buying a new microwave, as our old one was finally on its last legs after 12 years of use. It was a very busy day and I was on my feet a lot.

So, I basically spent the majority of Saturday during the day in bed with Tea, Netflix, and Crochet, trying to recover enough to go to the costume party that night, which I was looking forward to. Last nights party was themed, “Legends, Myths, and Fairy Tales”. We had a really good time there and saw a some very good friends.

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I think today is another “in bed with Tea, Netflix, and Crochet” kind of day. I am completely wiped and hurting. It’s now after noon and I’ve been “up” since at least 9am, but was awake “on and off” since 6am when my husband left for work. I was awoken by the youngest at one point at around 7:30ish too. Sometime after 9, I annoyed the eldest to wake up to take his antibiotics, too.

Sometime mid-weekish last week, I finished the first sleeve to the shrug, and yesterday a got a few rows of the back done, probably about 2 inches worth and I have to make the back 10 inches long to fit the armhole. So, I think I’m going to get off here, make some lunch and some tea, turn on the Netflix, probably MacGyver, and pull out the crochet.

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Much Crocheting, and Some Pattern Editing, Today

Working on my Grandmothers shrug, even though it’s only slightly modified in the sleeve to make it a 3/4 length instead of full length long sleeves, I still need to refer back to my written pattern for the Dragon Scale Shrug. I am now at the shoulder cap of the sleeve and I’m not happy with what I have written, so hence the editing. It’s a minor edit, but it was bugging me. I’ve got the 1st 2 rows (1 scale row) done of the shoulder cap, 16 rows to go. I’ve already had to frog the shoulder cap twice, but I think I got it right now.

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I’m getting very anxious to get this written pattern completely finished and up for purchase! Soon, I hope! I think the smaller sizes will be out before the plus sizes though. I’m more confident on the pattern for the smaller sizes.

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