The Sara Stocking

With Christmas right around the corner, I know I’m not the only one still rushing to put finishing touches on gifts and decor for the holidays. While working on polishing off some gifts for friends, I took a moment to put together the pattern for this quick and easy crochet stocking for you lovelies. It’s been my pleasure to create and in the spirit of the giving season, she’ll be here for FREE just for you! Want to save it for later? Add it your Ravelry library by clicking *HERE*.

I hope you enjoy this simple pattern and have a wonderful holiday!
<3<3 Jacqualyn

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Materials

  • Bulky (5) weight yarn
    • I used 1 full skein and a few yards of a second in Loops and Threads Charisma (109yd/100m each)
  • 9mm M/13 crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle

Features

  • Gauge is not important for this project.
  • Depending on gauge your finished piece will measure roughly: 14” x 6.5”

Pattern Key

  • Mr: Magic ring
  • Rnd: Round
  • Ch: Chain
  • Sc: Single crochet
  • Hdc: Half double crochet
  • St(s): Stitch(es)
  • Sl st: Slip stitch
  • F/O: Finish off
  • Dec: Half double crochet 2 Sts together
  • BLO: Back Loop Only
  • () denotes St count

Experience Level

Easy

Patten Notes: Chains do not count as stitches throughout the pattern. [] denotes any further instructions within the pattern.

 

Lower Half:

Rnd 1: Hdc 10 in a Mr, Sl st into the first Hdc to join

Rnd 2: Ch 1 and turn, Hdc 2 in each St around, Sl st into the first Hdc to join (20)

Rnd 3: Ch 1 and turn,*Hdc into the next St, Hdc 2 in the next St*, repeat from * to * around, Sl st into the first Hdc to join (30)

Rnd 4: Ch 1 and turn, Hdc 2 in the same St as join, Skip 1 St, *Hdc 2 in next St, Skip 1 St*, repeat from * to * to end, Sl st in first Hdc to join (30)

Rnd 5-14: Ch 1 and turn, Hdc 2 into each Skip space around, Sl st in first Hdc to join (30)

[F/O after Rnd 14 and sew in ends.]

 

Heel:

Row 1: Sl st into any Hdc, Ch1 and Hdc into the same St, Hdc into the next 13 Sts (14)

Row 2: Ch 1 and turn, Hdc into the first 5 Sts, Dec over the next 4 Sts, Hdc into the next 5 Sts (12)

Row 3: Ch 1 and turn, Hdc into the first 4 Sts, Dec over the next 4 Sts, Hdc into the next 4 Sts (10)

Row 4: Ch 1 and turn, Hdc into the first 3 Sts, Dec over the next 4 Sts, Hdc into the next 3 Sts (8)

[Sl st into the first Hdc and F/O, leaving a long tail for sewing your heel closed. Turn your stocking inside out, and sew the gap closed. Sew in ends and turn your work back right side out.]

 

Top Half:

[For Rnd 1, you’ll need to Hdc 2 into the 10 Skip spaces of the last Rnd of your Lower Half, then evenly Hdc 2 in the same loops of the edge 5 times along the heel to complete the Rnd. It doesn’t matter which Skip space you begin in as long as you end up for 15 x Hdc 2 and 15 x Skip spaces]

Rnd 1: Join into any Skip space, Ch 1, Hdc 2 into the same St as join, Skip 1 St, * Hdc 2 into the next St, Skip 1 St*, repeating from * to * around. (30)

Rnd 2-14: Ch 1 and turn, Hdc 2 into each Skip space around, Sl st in first Hdc to join (30)

 

Finishing Notes and Border:

DO NOT F/O after Rnd 14

Rnd 1: Ch 1and DO NOT TURN, Sc around your entire Stocking, Sl st to join in first Sc (30)
Rnd 2-3: Ch 1 and DO NOT TURN, Sc in the BLO in each St around, Sl st to join in first Sc (30)

[F/O and sew in ends.]

 

Hanging Loop:
[Lay stocking flat and find the back most St.]

Sl st to join into the back St, Ch 8, Sl st into the same St to join

[F/O and sew in ends.]

 

All rights are reserved. Please do not copy this pattern in any part with intention to redistribute or sell without my consent. Photos are also copyrighted and may not be copied or redistributed without my consent. You are welcome to sell finished items made from this pattern. If you sell finished items, please link the pattern back to my shop.

©Jacqualyn Walker 2015

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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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KISS Coaster, Keep It Simple Silly

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Materials:

Medium (4) weight yarn: I used Lily Sugar’n Cream

5mm (H) Crochet Hook

Tapestry needle for sewing in ends

 

You need to know:

Mr – Magic ring

Hdc – Half double crochet

St – Stitch

Sl st – Slip stitch

F/O – Finish off

 

KISS Coaster- The first St of every Rnd is worked into same St as join from previous Rnd.

Hdc 10 in Mr, Sl st to join

Rnd 1: Ch 2, Hdc 2 in each St around, Sl st to join (20)

Rnd 2: Ch 2,  [Hdc in next St, Hdc 2 in next St], repeat [] around, Sl st to join (30)

Rnd 3: Ch 2,  [Hdc 2 in next St, Hdc in next St], repeat [] around, Sl st to join (45)

F/O and sew in ends.

 

Keep it simple, silly. <3<3

 

 

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