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Simple Winter Cowl ~ Free Pattern

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This design happened because of a need for a quick to make and useful Christmas gifts. I had come across the Waistcoat Crochet Stitch on Pinterest a couple of years ago and liked the look of it; like a knitted stockinette stitch, but not, it’s not Tunisian either, just a simple single crochet, but worked differently. From what I read, it is a vintage crochet stitch come back. It is also known as the Center Single Crochet and the Crochet Stockinette Stitch. The Waistcoat Stitch makes for a nice warm fabric using worsted or aran weight yarn when finished. It is much easier than it looks, but it does require a loose tension and using a tapered crochet hook helps too. I paired it with the 3rd Loop Half Double Crochet and it added some fun textured stripes within the stockinette look of the Waistcoat Stitch.

This pattern is written for one size, but because it is worked in a multiple of 1, it is very easy to size up or down to fit anyone from child to adult.

I do plan on getting better photos once I can get some one to model it for me.

Simple Winter Cowl

 

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Difficulty:

Easy, but not for beginners

Sizes:

One Size, approx. 24 inches circumference and 8 inches long

Materials:

6.00mm hook
1 skein of Caron Simply Soft for single color cowl
2 skeins of Caron Simply Soft (color A & B) for 2 color cowl (optional)

Stitches used are in US terminology

Terms used with abbreviations:

ch – chain
fsc – foundation singe crochet
sc – single crochet
wcs – waistcoat stitch
hdc – half double crochet
slst – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)

Gauge:

Working the Waistcoat stitch in the round (see special stitches below):

For gauge swatch, fsc 30, join in 1st fsc with slst

rnd 1: ch1, sc in 1st st and in each st around, join with slst in 1st sc

rnd 2 – 20 : ch1, ch 1, wcs in same st as joining and in each st around, join with slst in 1st wcs

7 sts and 10 rnds = 2 inches, if your gauge is a little bigger, that’s ok.

Keep tension loose, may go up a hook size if tension is still to tight with the 6.00mm hook to work the wcs. Working with a tapered hook also helps.

The Waistcoat Stitch in the round will slant a bit.

Special Stitches:

Waistcoat Stitch (wcs): insert hook in between the “legs” of the stitch indicated in the previous row, yo, pull through stitch loosely (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through both loops. (on the front of the stitch (right side), the “legs” look like a V, on the back of the stitch (wrong side), the “legs” look like an upside down V. You will work between both, insert the hook into the front legs and out the back legs for working in the round)

(video tutorial on Moogly, but keep in mind the tutorial is worked flat, this project is worked in the round)

right side waistcoat stitch

wrong side waistcoat stitch

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Finding the 3rd loop on a hdc: (video tutorial on Moogly for 3rd loop half double crochet)

3rd loop hdcclick to enlarge

 

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

Pattern

Note: Do not turn at the end of the rounds.

fsc: 75, join in 1st st making sure not to twist

rnd 1: ch1, sc in 1st st and in each st around, join with slst in 1st sc (75 sc)

rnds 2 – 5: ch 1, wcs in 1st st and in each st around, join with slst in 1st wcs (75 wcs)

rnd 6: ch 1, hdc in 1st st the same way as the wcs is made and in each st around, join with slst in the 1st hdc (75 hdc)

rnds 7 & 8: ch1, hdc in the 3rd loop in the back of 1st st and in the 3rd loop of each st around, join with slst in the 1st hdc (75 3rd loop hdc)

rnd 9: ch1, sc in the 3rd loop in the back of 1st st and in the 3rd loop of each st around, join with slst in the 1st sc (75 sc)

rnds 10 – 25: repeat rnds 2 -9 2x’s (75 sts)

rnds 26 – 29: repeat rnds 2 – 5 once (75 sts)

rnd 30: repeat rnd 1 (75 sc)

Finish off, weave in ends

For 2 colors: (optional)

change to color B when starting the hdc rnds (rnd 6), changing back to color A when starting the sc/wcs rnds (rnd 9) in the above pattern instructions.

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Copyright Jennifer Christensen.

©2016

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:

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This work by Jennifer Christensen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

 

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Cold Weather Wristies ~ Free Pattern

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The cold weather is pretty much here in SE Michigan and I’ve already started wearing my winter coat and gloves. The one problem that I have, and it happens every year, is cold wrists. That ever present gap between the end of the glove and beginning of the sleeve of my coat. I try to pull the sleeve over the bottom of my gloves, but as soon as I have to move, my wrists end up becoming exposed again. In the past I have tried to squeeze my long fingerless mitts into my gloves, but it’s a tight fit and not very comfortable and the mitts are not large enough to be put on over the gloves.

Last night I decided to make just a pair of simple longish wrist warmers that start at my wrist and covers to just up under the sleeve of my coat and they work wonderfully!

For this pattern, I used the Foundation Half Double Crochet as the foundation and the 1st round combined. If you are not familiar with it, there is a wonderful tutorial over at Moogly with both a video and written/photo tutorials. I also use the 3rd loop half double crochet stitch, where there is another great tutorial over at Moogly also, if this is a new technique for you.

This is a very simple and quick to stitch pattern. I have written it for about a 7-7 1/2 inch circumference (slightly stretched) and it measures about 5 inches long, but you should be able to customize it fairly easily by adding or subtracting stitches in the first row before joining to work in the round for a larger or smaller circumference and you can also make it any length you would like.

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Sizes:

One Size  7 – 7-1/2 in. circ. slightly stretched, 5 in. long

Materials:

4.50mm hook
Any 4/Worsted Weight yarn

Stitches used are in US terminology

Terms used with abbreviations:

ch – chain
fhdc – foundation half double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
slst -slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)

Gauge:

7hdc and 6 rows in half double crochet

 

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

 

Pattern

Do not turn at the end of the rounds. The beginning ch 1 of every row does not count as a stitch.

Foundation and Rnd 1: 25 fhdc, join with slst in 1 st made.

Rnd 2 – 10: Ch 1, hdc in the 3rd loop in the back of the same st as joining and in each of the sts around, join with slst in the top of 1st hdc of round. (25 3rd loop hdc)

Rnd 11 -15: Ch 1, hdc in same st as joining and in each of the sts around, join with slst in the top of the 1st hdc of round. (25 hdc)

Finish off, weave in ends

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Copyright Jennifer Christensen.

©2015

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 by Jennifer Christensen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

 

Sale of the written pattern is not allowed.

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New Pattern for Purchase!

It’s called Faerie Magic! Other than that, I’m not sure what to really call this. A cowl? Poncho? Hood? or even a Skirt? How about all 4 in 1!

Very quick and easy to make, using a 6.50 mm hook and a couple of skeins of the Red Heard Boutique Magical Yarn, this accessory can be finished in just a day or 2!

It comes written for 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large.

Purchase it HERE, on RAVELRY, or CRAFTSY for $2.50.

 

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A (Not So) Quick Note

Exciting things are happening here!

The actual main reason I am posting, is that very soon I will be making a very exciting announcement! Don’t want to spoil it right now, but it should be within a couple of weeks, so keep checking back! (Hint: It has something to do with one of my patterns!)

I’m still working on the eBook idea, and I took a bit of a break to “throw together” the Spiderweb Skirt by Josi Hannon Madera for my garb for the Michigan Renaissance Festival. I finished it in just a bit less than a week. It makes a wonderful underskirt for the Ren Faire garb, especially if the over-skirt is lifted a bit in the front.

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I had made the Spiderweb Skirt about 5 years ago in cotton worsted, but I didn’t think about how much cotton will relax and “stretch” with wear, so the skirt ended up being too long, so I made ties to hitch up the front to keep my feet from getting caught in the web lace. It’s still cool though, because then the back kind of drags like a train and it makes a fun underskirt for faire garb. It’s my fault though, I added 4 more rows for length when I just should have stopped at the written row count, taking the cotton fiber in consideration, making it in acrylic I added 3 more rows for length and it falls just to my ankle which is what I wanted. I love the feel of the cotton, though, after washing and wearing so much it gets really soft. When we went on opening day, I wore the cotton skirt, with my Hooded Dragon Scale Shrug, and a Dragon Shawl by Collette A. Perry around my waist. I received many positive comments about my shrug all day. I also crocheted the hat I’m wearing in the first pic. It’s made in size 10 cotton in a lacy pattern.

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I’m making one more Spiderweb Skirt in Midknight Blue and it’s almost finished. The skirt looks wonderful alone too, I like to wear tights or leggings under it. Very fun to wear! I really recommend this pattern, it’s a lot of fun to make and simple too.

 

 


Winter into Summer Hat?

I’m starting to get excited about this hat pattern I’m working on. I’ve been trying 4 different weights of yarn, 3 in cotton, 1 acrylic, for this hat that would be good for Spring, Summer, and Fall, then I thought why not try a wool blend for Winter? I think I might even have a skein of Lion Brand Wool Ease in worsted to use. One basic pattern, 4-5 different weight hats. With custom sizing, it could be for child through adult. Even though I think it would be a fairly simple pattern, there will be needed the basic knowledge of how to increase evenly working in the round for a flat circle, because even though I will have the first few rounds written out with where to place the increases, it will be up to the crocheter to continue the increases until the desired measurement is reached. There will be math involved also. I will have the equation where the crocheter will insert the desired head circumference to get the diameter needed before the decrease round is made, along with an example of how I got it for my small head. This will be a very slouchy hat, so it may seem huge at first, but it should turn out to be the correct size in the end.

The idea that is the Winter one will, of course, be heavier and warmer with the wool blend. Then the Summer one would be kind of lacy mesh-like, and a little bit snood-like, in a size 5 thread like Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread, weight category 0 lace acrylic thread, or any size 5 cotton thread, but it seems there is a lack of size 5 cotton crochet thread on the internet. I have a ball of Aunt Lydia’s Fast Five cotton crochet thread in my stash, but it seems to have been discontinued. I think size 10 cotton thread would be too fine of a thread for this project. The Bernat Handicrafter size 5 thread surprised me that it is an acrylic thread, because it has the look and feel of mercerized cotton, in my opinion. The nice thing is that it’s fully machine washable and dryable, unlike cotton thread. The lacy mesh-like-ness of the Summer hat would be nice, light, and breezy, and you could tuck long hair up into it like you would with a snood. Then there would be for Spring and Fall, maybe 2 different ones, like one for early-mid Spring/mid-late Fall when the weather is still on the cool side, but not as cold anymore/starting to get cooler/colder, but still on the, using a cotton, like Patons Grace which is a weight category 3 light cotton yarn, to mid-late Spring/early-mid Fall when it’s warming up/cooling down but still kinda on the warmish side, using a cotton, like Aunt Lydia’s Baker’s Cotton or Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3, which are both a weight category 1 super fine cotton thread, in which the stitches would be slightly mesh-like due to using a hook that is about 5 or 6x’s larger than the recommended hook on the label, but still heavier than the Summer version. The Baker’s Cotton does seem to be just slightly heavier than the Fashion 3 though, but once I have hats made from both, I’ll be able to assess that better. I also think the neat part of this hat idea, no matter what season, not just Summer, is that it would be a good “bad hair day” hat. With the slouchiness of the main body and the fit of the band, you can tuck long hair inside of hat, just like you would do with a snood. My original hat that I made about 8 years ago, when I had very long hair, using the now discontinued yarn, Bernat Cool Crochet, I would tuck my hair up into it often. So, yeah, I’ve put a lot of though into the making of this hat.

Even though I will be writing the pattern with the ch3 at the beginning of each round to act as the first dc of each round, I highly recommend trying out the Chainless Starting Double Crochet to replace the ch3. Moogly has a great tutorial for this stitch that includes both video and pictures along with the written instructions. It took me some practice to master this stitch, but it is so worth it! It has changed my crochet life! The beautiful thing about this stitch when working double crochet in the round is that it makes the “seam”, where you start/end the rounds, practically invisible. I highly recommend this stitch for any project made using double crochet! Working flat? No more holes at the beginning of a double crochet row that you would normally get with beginning the row with a ch3. It is totally worth learning!

No photos until I get them all finished though 😀


Spring is Here!

It’s the 2nd day of May and the weather is finally warming up to spring temperatures! It will be nice to be able to go out in the sunshine and crochet again, but that will have to be after the spring cleanup after the mess winter left in our yard. My favorite, in both spring and summer, is going to the lake at my in-laws house and sitting outside on a sunny day, with a bottle of iced tea, my iPod, and my crochet project, under the trees looking over the lake.

at the lake(Photo taken June 14, 2014)

Right now, I am in design mode again. A (hopefully) summery slouchy cotton hat. It’s actually based on a hat that I made (no pattern) about 7 or 8 years ago. I know I wrote it down, but I can’t find my notebook that I wrote it in, so I’ve been trying to recreate it from memory. I’m also trying different yarn/thread ideas for it for the look I want, because the yarn that I originally used, Bernat Cool Crochet, has been long discontinued. I think this might be kind of more of a “recipe” type pattern, because there will be some math going on in it for the crocheter to do to be sure of a good custom fit. I will have the start and the first few rounds written out, so then it will be up to the crocheter to be able to determine how many increase rounds total, by the diameter measurement that needs to be figured out at the start of the pattern, will be needed before the decrease to reach the needed size of the finished hat, then I will have how to decrease and the band/brim and finishing all written down. I would have all of the instructions on how to figure out the needed diameter and finished size. I’m also debating if it’s going to be a paid pattern or not. I hope to be getting many photos of all of the samples in the different yarn/thread ideas. I also told my husband that I need a “head” to be able to do that. I had found a Styrofoam “head” at Meijer, in their craft section, that I can pin cloth onto it I want.

I am also excited to say that my husband (ChaosRaven Cards) and I (by Midknight Designs) now have a showcase at Taylor Town Trade Center on Ecorse Rd in Taylor, Michigan! It’s not much at the moment, but right now I have a few crocheted items and he has a lot of Magic The Gathering cards set up for sale right now. I will be also putting in the case a few of my son’s crocheted roses, plus more of a selection of my crochet than what I have right now in the near future.

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Aside

New Free Pattern!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve updated. I have taken a break on the shawls to make hats for a family member. This last hat I am quite happy about and decided to write in down and share it.

It’s called Summer Bows Hat and you can find it for download Here, on Ravelry, or on Craftsy.

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