Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Teapot Cozy {Free Pattern}




Copyright 2014, Alessandra Hayden

Fits a standard 44oz teapot

Gauge:

7 sc and 6 rows = 2”

Stitch Guide:

ch - chain, hdc - half double crochet, sc - single crochet, st(s) - stitch(es), sl st - slip stitch

Materials:
US Size H-8 (5.00mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors, ribbon (approx 20”) 

Yarn:

Worsted Weight Yarn: (84 yards). Project shown is made with Loops & Threads Impeccable.

Instructions:

Round 1: Ch 12, join to form a ring, ch 1, sc in each ch,

join with sl st to 1st sc, ch 1. — 12 sc
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around, join to 1st sc, ch 1. — 24 sc
Round 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around, join to 1st sc, ch 1. — 36 sc
Round 4: Sc in each st around, join to 1st sc, ch 1. — 36 sc
Round 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) around, join to 1st sc. — 48 sc
Round 6: Ch 3 (counts as 1st hdc + ch-1 now and through- out), hdc into same st, * skip 1 st, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) into next st; repeat from * around, join to 2nd ch of beginning ch-3. — 24 hdc groups
Round 7: Repeat Round 6.
Round 8: Ch 3, hdc into 1st ch-1 space, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) into each of the next 10 ch-1 spaces, skip 2 ch-1 spaces (spout hole formed), (hdc, ch 1, hdc) into each of the next 11 ch-1 spaces, join to 2nd ch of beginning ch-3. — 22 hdc groups
Round 9: Ch 3, hdc into same st, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) into each ch-1 space around, join to 2nd ch of beginning ch-3. — 22 hdc groups
Before next row, sl st over to 2nd ch-1 space to leave gap for teapot handle.
Row 1: Ch 3, hdc into same st, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) into each of the next 19 ch-1 spaces, turn. — 20 hdc groups
Row 2: Sl st into ch-1 space, ch 3, hdc into same space, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) into each of the next 19 ch-1 spaces, turn. — 20 hdc groups
Rows 3-7: Repeat Row 2.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc evenly across. Fasten off. Weave in ends. 


Finishing
Work one round of sc evenly around the spout hole.

Add ribbon through 1st and last st of Row 8, and tie a bow to close the teapot handle gap. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Little things

Here are some little crochet items I made recently. I am a big fan of little projects, it is fun to make quick projects, instant gratification. ;)






Monday, November 24, 2014

Crochet Tip #1

Here is a tip for you!


When weaving in the ends of a hat or garment that stretches horizontally, weave your ends vertically to prevent the tails from unraveling when the fiver stretches with the wear. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giveaway

Today I’m over at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Crochet Along. I am sharing a wonderful crochet pattern perfect for holiday gift giving. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas……..AND I get to be part of an amazing giveaway too. Keep reading…

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hello Kitty Party

My sweet pea is turning 3 this week, so we had a party to celebrate her birthday yesterday. She asked for a Hello Kitty party, so here are some pictures:


She wanted a white and blue cake, so I just ordered a 6" cake from the store, the whipped cream frosting was divine!

This is the table set up, the party was from 2:00PM to 4:00PM so I had some hors d'oeuvres for the guests:




For the kids I made cake in the can, it was a huge success!


As far as activities go, they built sculptures with gum drops and toothpicks:

Pinned the Hello Kitty bow:

 Hello Kitty came to visit the party, too!

We also had a piƱata:

The kids also bobbed for donuts and colored hello kitty coloring pages. It was so fun and everyone seemed to have had a great time!
Happy Birthday sweet pea!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Crochet Highlights

You know I love crochet, so I thought I'd share with you some of my highlights.

I designed a pair of boot cuffs that are used at Michael's crochet classes!

Designed this shawl for Red Heart Yarns:

My finger puppets were published on Happily Hooked Magazine:
 Ordered a custom leather cuff for myself that says "Crochet Addict":

Painted this beautiful yarn bowl using a lace technique at a yarn bowl painting party organized by the local yarn shop:
Cheers!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Dream Catcher


This os the Dream Catcher, my newest crochet pattern! I created the dream catcher for this round of Design Wars Challenge using Heads Up yarn from Red Heart Yarns.



The pattern has instructions for you to make the ottoman and the blanket, but you could easily make a mandala or an actual dream catcher using an embroidery hoop!




The pattern is available in my ravelry store: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dream-catcher-ottoman-and-blanket


Designed by Jackie's Design Studio