Jackie’s Blanket

jackiesblanketIt is my greatest pleasure to bring you another easy-to-follow, free pattern. Jackie’s blanket was born from my Amigurumi exchange. I wanted to gift something that my dear ami making friend Jackie couldn’t find the time to make herself. In the process, I wanted to insure she received something filled with love and creativity. Due to time constraints, I had to work up something quick and simple. I started with my favorite stitch, the half double crochet, and finished with a neat but simple single crocheted border worked in the back loops only. It makes a perfect gift in either size and is plush and warm  for those chilly winter nights. You can find the PDF on Ravelry to save for later or work directly from here.

Happy hooking, Geeks and Geekettes!

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Jackie’s Blanket

This pattern includes written instructions for a simple blanket in two sizes. It features easy repetition of basic crochet stitches and works up quickly.

Materials

  • Bulky (5) weight yarn
    • I used approx. 8 skeins for the stroller blanket and 13 skeins for the lap blanket in Loops and Threads Charisma (109yd/100m each)
  • 9mm M/13 crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle

Features

  • Gauge: 4 sts and 3 rows= 2”
  • Stroller blanket finished measurements: 30” x 36”
  • Lap blanket measurements: 50” x 60”

Pattern Key

  • Ch: Chain
  • Sc: Single Crochet
  • Hdc: Half double crochet
  • F/O: Finish off

Experience Level

Beginner
Stroller Blanket:

Ch 60

Row 1: Hdc 2 in second Ch from hook, Skip 1 Ch, *Hdc 2 in next Ch, Skip 1 Ch*, repeat from * to * to end, Hdc in last Ch, Ch 1 and turn

Row 2-52: Hdc 2 in first Skip space and in each Skip space across, Hdc in turning Ch, Ch 1 and turn

Row 53: Hdc 2 in first Skip space and in each Skip space across, Hdc in turning Ch

Finishing notes: Do NOT F/O after Row 53. Ch 1 and turn, Sc around entire blanket, with 3 Sc in each corner, join in first Sc and F/O.

Border: Join into the back loop of any Sc with a Sc, Sc in the back loop only around the entire blanket, with 3 Sc in each corner St, join in first Sc and F/O. Sew in ends.

You can repeat the border round with a variety of colors to make this simple blanket more festive.

Lap Blanket:
Ch 100

Row 1: Hdc 2 in second Ch from hook, Skip 1 Ch, *Hdc 2 in next Ch, Skip 1 Ch*, repeat from * to * to end, Hdc in last Ch, Ch 1 and turn

Row 2-88: Hdc 2 in first Skip space and in each Skip space across, Hdc in turning Ch, Ch 1 and turn

Row 89: Hdc 2 in first Skip space and in each Skip space across, Hdc in turning Ch

Finishing notes: Do NOT F/O after Row 89. Ch 1 and turn, Sc around entire blanket, with 3 Sc in each corner, join in first Sc and F/O.

Border: Join into the back loop of any Sc with a Sc, Sc in the back loop only around the entire blanket, with 3 Sc in each corner St, join in first Sc and F/O. Sew in ends.

You can repeat the border round with a variety of colors to make this simple blanket more festive.

 

The Crafty Geekette. Copyright 2015, all rights are reserved. Please do not copy this pattern in any part with intention to redistribute or sell without my consent. You are welcome to sell finished items made from this pattern.

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Crochet Hook Bracelet Tutorial

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Thank you for dropping by The Crafty Geekette. Today, I wanted to show you the most simple and adorable piece of jewelry any crocheter could ever form themselves.  It doesn’t take too long and the materials and tools can be counted on one hand.

Material options vary. I chose to use round  nose pliers, which you can pick up online, in craft supply stores or even in some walmarts. I chose to use a buffer, to keep the metal from scratching. The buffer can be anything from a scrap of fabric or a make-up puff. Just make sure that you use something that compresses, but doesn’t tear easily. These were the tools I had on hand at the time.  A more proper solution is nylon pliers. The nylon allows you to shape the hook without scratching, because you aren’t gripping metal with metal.

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The process is so simple, I feel like I’m not really doing much here, but giving you guys and gals a list of items and saying,”Here, wing it!”

DSC_0788 I will admit, I was pretty defeated when I started with a 4.25 mm (G) crochet hook. It hurt my hands and it hardly budged. So, I moved down to a 3.5mm (E) crochet hook. With the 3.5mm hook (or smaller), you need nothing but the pliers, buffer (if not using nylon) and a little patience.

-Hold it to your arm to gauge where you want your bends to be. You can mark this with a washable marker, if it helps keep your place. I just eyeballed it.

– Grip the hook with the pliers to the far side of where you want your bend and slowly roll the pliers, creating a small arch. You’ll move the pliers a few centimeters and repeat the process until it rounds out smoothly. You will repeat the process on the other side. For the most personalize fit, you can keep sliding it back over your wrist between arches.

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Note:  I REALLY advise doing this projects with smaller hooks to make it easy to flex the hook when you are ready to wear or remove it.

***For larger hooks, you will need a heating element and some heat resistant mits to hold your project as you complete the process above. If you attempt to force the larger hooks without heating them, they are more likely to break. To keep the aluminum pliable I suggest boiling for 1-2 minutes, removing from water and arching. You’ll have to repeat the boil and arching multiple times to get a smooth bend. Aluminum doesn’t retain heat for long, so the repeated heating and slowly arching may become time consuming. I caution you to use care with any hot metal, especially when repeating this process over and over. Burns and blisters are no good for crocheting, after all.

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Happy Crafting,

Jacqualyn, The Crafty Geekette

 

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Spring Floral Headband – Free Pattern

floralheadbandMaterials
-Worsted weight yarn
-4mm G crochet hook
-Tapestry needle
**Pattern can be adapted to any size hook and yarn.

Pattern Key
– Ch: Chain
– Mr: Magic ring
– Sl st: Slip stitch
– Sc: Single crochet
– Hdc: Half double crochet
– Dc: Double crochet
– Long Sc: Long single crochet
– F/O: Finish off
– [ ] Denotes instructions in the pattern.

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Flower Center:

Hdc 6 in a Mr, join.

Rnd 1: *Ch 2, Sl st in next St*, repeat from * to * around, creating 6 loops. F/O on final St.

F/O, leaving a tail for attaching finished flower to band.

Petals:

[With new color join into one loop.]

Rnd 1: Ch 1, [Sc, Hdc, Hdc, Dc, Hdc, Hdc, Sc] in each loop, Join in first loop. F/O

[Join new color in the Dc in the top of one of your petals]

Rnd 2: Ch1, *Sc in Dc and next three Sts, Long Sc into the Flower Center St between your Sc(s),  Sc in next three Sts*, repeat from * to * around.

F/O, sewing in ends.

Band:

[Work in multiples of  12 + 2. Remember to add a little extra length to account for the chevrons]

Ch 62 (or to desired length using the multiple above)

Row 1: Sc 2 in second Ch from hook, *Sc in next five Sts, Sk 1, Sc in next 5 Sts, 3 Sc in next St*, repeat from * to * to the end of the Ch. Sc 2 in last St.  Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2: Sc 2 in first St, *Sc in next five Sts, Sk 2, Sc in next 5 Sts, 3 Sc in next St*, repeat from * to * to the end of the row. Sc 2 in last St.

F/O, leaving a tail to sew ends of band together.

Finishing Notes: Fold band in half long ways and sew ends together. Sew on flower to whichever side you like and sew in ends.

 

The Crafty Geekette. Copyright 2014, all rights are reserved. Please do not copy this pattern in any part with the intent to redistribute or sell without my consent. You are welcome to sell items made from this pattern.

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Pirate Eye Patch – Free Pattern

Argh, Matey! This pattern is inspired by my daughter’s love for everything pirate. It is simple to follow, works up quickly and makes the perfect accessory for your little pirate or pirate lass.mate

Yo, ho, ho!
Onward to the crochet booty!

Materials
• Worsted weight yarn
• 4mm G crochet hook
• Tapestry needle

Pattern Key
• Ch: Chain
• Sl st- slip stitch
• Sc- Single Crochet
• Hdc- Half Double Crochet
• Hdc2tog – Half Double Crochet 2 Together

Experience Levelmate1
• Beginner

Eye Patch:

Ch 12.

Row 1: Hdc in third chain from hook, Hdc in each chain across. Ch 2 and turn. (10 st)

Row 2: Hdc in first st and each across. Ch 2 and turn. (10 st)

Row 3: Hdc2tog, Hdc in next six stitches, Hdc2tog, Ch 2 and turn. (8 st)

Row 4: Hdc2tog, Hdc in next four stitches, Hdc2tog, Ch 2 and turn. (6 st)

Row 5: Hdc2tog, Hdc in next two stitches, Hdc2tog. (4st)

From last Hdc2tog, ch 1 and Sc around all edges for a finished look. (Make sure you get your beginning tail, as you go, to save having to weave it in later.) SL ST in ch1 to finish off. Trim tail and sew in ends.

Sl st in top corners and chain to desired length to create your tie backs. Trim tail and sew in ends to finish.

Applique with felt if so desired.

 

You can also download this pattern in PDF form on Craftsy.

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