Infinity Scarf

Blogged under crochet and knitting,Finished Projects,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Friday 5 April 2013 at 9:31 am

I gave a little look at this infinity scarf (housed in my Zipper Pouch Thirty-One bag) earlier this week. It was an alternative to a shawlette pattern that I just could not get the hang of. I have wanted to make a cowl or infinity scarf for awhile, so I decided to just wing it.

I know that a lot of these types of scarves are usually done with one long strand of chain stitch that is connected, but you have to really be careful about not twisting it when you go that route. I wanted something fast and easy, so instead of working it with a long connected chain, I worked from the shorter end and connected both ends when I finished. Here it is shown doubled around my neck.

It ended up being 4 inches wide and 36 inches long, and alpaca yarn tends to stretch, so there is plenty of room. I used a size J hook, and the yarn is Cascade Baby Alpaca in the 3030 colorway. Here is how I made it:

  • Start with18 chain stitches,
  • Stitch one row of single crochet, making sure to chain one at the end of the row.
  • Stitch one row of single crochet, making sure to chain four at the end of the row. (This will work as your first triple crochet on the row that follows.)
  • Stitch one row of triple crochet.
  • Continue to alternate between two rows of single crochet and one row of triple crochet for a total of 27 repeats, making sure to end the last row with triple crochet.
  • At this point, you have a regular scarf. Connect both ends of the scarf using slip stitch.
  • Finish off both sides of the scarf with single crochet.
  • Lightly block. (I put it on a towel and spritzed it with water and shaped it.)

Here it is flat. You can either wear it around your neck as one large loop or you can wrap it twice. If you wanted it longer, you would just need to repeat the single crochet and triple crochet pattern until you got the length that you wanted.

I have not weighed the leftover yarn, but I’d estimate that I used about half the skein on this. I probably have enough to make another one, or I might try making one but knitting it this time. I’m very happy with how it turned out. Alpaca yarn is super warm, but since I used a lot of triple crochet stitch in this, it should be light enough to use in Florida on the few occasions it’s cold or when my hubby insists on cranking up the air conditioner.

Free Pattern Friday on Craftsy

Blogged under Around the Web,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Friday 8 March 2013 at 7:14 pm

I do not know if these are always free or if these are just featured free for a limited time, but has a blog post called Free Pattern Friday published today. It includes free patterns for all types of crafting from jewelry making, quilting, knitting, and more. I loaded up on some very cute crochet patterns including a few amigurumi ones (of course). But there were also some cute baby shoe patterns I picked up. I have not found “the” perfect baby bootie pattern as yet, so maybe I will give one of these a go some time. Anywho, go check out the freebies.

Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web,Charity Crafting,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Sunday 13 May 2012 at 10:21 am

Beautiful Lola is guarding my beads. As you might imagine, she is very helpful when I’m making jewelry.

Here are this week’s crafting links:

The Card Album
How to make a MOM tattoo style Mother’s Day Card

About Family Crafts
Play along with the current Make-It-Over craft challenge! Submit your shrink plastic crafts or links!

Craft Foxes
Enter the “Mom & Me Knits” Contest to win a $50 gift card plus an assortment of knitting books, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
A styrofome head must be made into an auction worthy art piece….Carmi’s results are now online.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
The Artful Crafter shares free clip art sources to publicize neighborhood fun.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi got to film a master glass worker on the Italian island of Murano!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled leather and plastic Steampunk gear cuff.

Crochet Cup Cozy

Blogged under crochet and knitting,Design Ideas,Fiber Fun,Finished Projects,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Thursday 5 January 2012 at 5:08 pm

Here is another little project that I crocheted as part of a holiday gift, a cup cozy. One of my sisters is getting into hot tea, so for her gift I purchased an assortment of teas from the Teaman (over at Etsy), bought her this funky cup from Pier 1, and then crocheted a cup cozy for it to help her keep her tea warm.

At the time, though I did look around for some patterns, I was in a hurry and could not find any that accommodated the handle, so I decided to just wing it with some left over cotton yarn and double crochet. To secure it around the cup, I made ties on both ends of the crocheted piece.

It turned out okay, but of course since then, I found a great cup cozy tutorial at All About Ami. Instead of a tie, it incorporates a big button, way cute!

My sister was very pleased with the gift, and this is something I plan to probably try again, only make a cozy with a button.

Christmas Stocking for the Critters

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Saturday 17 December 2011 at 5:14 pm

Each of our pets have their own small stockings that we hang from the tree every year. I realized a few weeks ago that now that we have our new crew of cats we have to decorate some stocking for each of them, so on my latest trip to Michael’s, I picked up some stockings and glitter glue.

The stockings were about .60 cents each, and the pack of glitter glue in various colors was $2.00.  Now, I will warn you – this is messy business! As you can see from the photo above, I had a little pink glitter accident from the get-go.

But, once I got my groove on, I managed to get all four cats’ stockings finished and drying.

Now they are officially ready to Santa to come visit.

Free Crochet Wash Cloth Tutorial

Blogged under Design Ideas,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Wednesday 28 September 2011 at 5:58 pm

I know this is super duper simple if you have any basic crochet skills at all, but I wrote this tutorial (which you can download as a pdf file here: how-to-make-a-double-crochet-stitch-wash-cloth) for the way, way, super extra newbie in mind.

If you know of anyone who has wanted to learn how to crochet but has no idea how to get started, this tutorial has her/him in mind. Along with my own instructions, which I tried to break way down, I also include links to some wonderful videos.

My craft club is now making these to sell at a craft show in November as well as to give to a local shelter, so I have become addicted to making these. I love the instant gratification added to the idea of making something that is both pretty and useful.

Make a Tube for Your Cat Using a Knit Loom

Blogged under Free Craft Projects,Loom Knitting by Tammy on Thursday 15 September 2011 at 8:21 am

One of the four round looms in the Knifty Knitter includes a fairly large one, 11.5 inches (29cm). While I think it would be a good size for a bag, I think it’s a little large for a hat, and it also occurred to me that it would be a good size to make a long tube for my cats to play in. Pictured above is Lola checking it out after I put a mouse toy in it. While my experiment didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, my cats are enjoying hanging out with the tube, so I decided to go ahead and post photos showing how I constructed the cat tube.

First I doubled the yarn by holding two strands together: Red Heart Super Save yarn in Soft Navy and Cherry Red. I just used the straightforward loom wrap, which I believe ends up creating stockinette stitch (alternating knit and purl stitches). I made this about 4 feet or so long.

Then I folded the entire tube in half and inserted a sheet of interfacing between the two layers of stockinette.

Then I pulled the second loop of yarn over each peg so that I just had one loop over each peg on the loom.

Finally, I pulled off each loop on each peg and used a crochet hook to slip stitch the tube closed.

This is the tube standing up, and as you can see, it does have some body to it. However, here it is on its side.

It kind of collapses a little. Originally, I was thinking of opening it back and sticking something more stiff inside of it, but the more I have seen my cats play with it, the more I think it is just not wide enough, even if the sides were stiffer.

I was putting toys in there, and it has some interest for the cats as far as playing with when I do that. However. I have noticed that they tend to almost use it more like a pillow. They lean on it for sit on top of it. So now I’m thinking of stuffing the whole thing with fiber fill and stitching the ends closed. I’m not sure yet.

Easy Baby Boy Afghan

Blogged under crochet and knitting,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Tuesday 2 August 2011 at 7:10 am

Despite getting a lot of help from Coco, who swears she just wants to learn how to crochet and is not trying to drive me insane, I finished what turned out to be a really simple baby afghan that is perfect for a little boy.

I used 3 skeins of yarn for this, two of Bernat’s “I’m a Boy” and one of Bernat’s “Pale Blue.” The hook size I used was a G, so this ends up making the gauge a little on the small side. The finished afghan is 36 inches. Basically, to make this, just use the “I’m a Boy” and make the granny square, using up the entire skein. Then attach the blue skein and use that up, and finish with another skein of “I’m a Boy.”

Very no brainer – but it turned out great and is so soft! Of course, as my luck would have it, I have to make two baby afghans right now, one for a girl and another for someone who won’t know if it’s a boy or girl until have she has it. So this baby gan is going in the donation collection. However, considering that it was fast and only used 3 skeins of yarn, this little baby blanket is a perfect donation type of project.

Crochet Scrubbie Project

Blogged under Crafty Videos,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Tuesday 17 May 2011 at 8:08 am

I found this video linked on a post over at Ravelry. It’s an excellent scrubbie project, a great way to use up leftover acrylic or maybe even cotton yarn. As she tells you in the video, the original project instructions are from the Crochet Patterns Only weblog.

Crafting Cat Blankets from Dog Snacks

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Friday 29 April 2011 at 5:32 pm

When it gets a little chilly, I sometimes bring a blanket with me to the TV room. This room is the same one that our dogs hang out in, and inevitably I end up forgetting the blanket in there. As a result, the blanket will turn into a giant dog snack, and by the time I remember to get it back out of the room, it has an assortment of holes in it.

Finally, I thought of a way to get some use out of these holy blankets. I dug out my good sewing scissors and cut them up into small squares. With 4 cats in the house now, that means we have an array of snuggle spots to keep clean and comfortable. For example, we take small boxes and put a towels or blankets in them and then set these in various places, preferably up high.

Here’s Coco in one of her favorite spots, up on top of my filing cabinet.

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