Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas stocking

I was going over some files and ran across my pattern for a Christmas stocking ornament. It's a simple pattern, just a 5 point granny, a pentagon. I'm sure many others have thought of it too. I had it on the web site many years ago. You can still find the pattern at Crochet Cabana, along with more information on how to form the pentagon into a stocking. You can also find other holiday patterns there.

Since we're getting closer to Christmas, I thought I'd share it with you here. They are quick to  make and you could include one with your Christmas gifts if your recipients appreciate handmade items.

Christmas Stocking Ornament

c2009 Sandra Petit,

Materials:  small amount of 4 ply worsted weight yarn in desired color (green, red, Christmas variegated work well), H hook, large eye needle for sewing in ends
If you want a more delicate stocking, you can use thread and a steel hook 

hk = hook
YO = yarn over
dc = double crochet
ch = chain
rep = repeat
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
wk = work
ea = each
beg = beginning

shell = 3 dc

ch 6, join with a sl st to form a ring OR use the adjustable ring as your starting point.
Round 1: ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 3,  * 3dc in ring, ch 3* rep from * 3 times (5 shell groups), join with a sl st to top st of beg ch-3

Round 2: Sl st in ea of next 2 dc, sl st in ch-3 sp, then in same sp wk (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, shell) (first corner),
ch 1, in next ch-3 sp wk (shell, ch 3, shell) (2nd corner), 
ch 1, in next ch-3 sp wk (shell, ch3, shell) (3rd corner), 
ch 1, in next ch-3 sp wk (shell, ch3, shell) (4th corner)
ch 1, in next ch-3 sp wk (shell, ch3, shell) (5th corner)
ch 1, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3. 

At this point, you will have 10 shells.
If you want to make a larger stocking with more rounds, remember that you will always put 3 chains between your corner shells, that you will have a chain-1 space separating your corners from each other, and that a shell consists of 3 double crochets. 

Round 3: sl st in ea of next 2 dc, sl st in ch-3 sp, ch3, 2dc, ch3, shell in same sp (1st corner made),
ch 1, shell in ch-1 sp between groups to form side, ch 1, in next corner ch-3 sp work (shell, ch 3, shell), (2nd corner)
ch 1, shell in ch-1 sp between groups to form second side, ch 1, in next corner ch-3 sp work (shell, ch 3, shell), (3rd corner)
ch 1, shell in ch-1 sp between groups to form third side, ch 1, in next corner ch-3 sp work (shell, ch 3, shell), (4th corner)
ch 1, shell in ch-1 sp between groups to form fourth side, ch 1, in next corner ch-3 sp work (shell, ch 3, shell), (5th corner)
ch 1, shell in ch-1 sp between groups to form fifth side, ch 1, join with sl st to top of ch-3.
Finish off.

You can finish your stocking in one of two ways. You can put a border around your entire pentagon and then fold and sew the sides together, leaving the top open and adding a strand for hanging, OR you can fold now and join with a single crochet stitch. I chose the second method. 

With front side facing up, with two corners at the top and three at the bottom, join contrasting yarn on the top right side, east corner.
Work 1 sc in corner ch-3 space and 1 sc in ea st and space across. Do not finish off.
Fold right side of pentagon to the back, leaving the opposite front side facing you, toe pointing east. The white border you just completed should be on top.

(You could do a ch-10 here for your hanging loop if you want to.)

Using a single crochet, join stitches along left side, putting one sc in ea dc and in ea ch-1 sp, 3 single crochets in the ch-3 corner space (heel of stocking), then continue with one sc in ea dc and in ea ch-1 sp along the bottom, finishing up in the ch-3 at the tippy toe.

Sew ends in and then add a hanging strand if you haven’t already done so. 

Once you've made one, you'll have a very easy time making many more. You can vary it up by using different colors for the main stocking and/or the edging. Gold or silver would make a nice edging.

Happy crocheting!

Friday, November 18, 2016


My last crocheting hours have been spent working on a cancer ribbon awareness afghan. The pattern can be found at Crochet Cabana

I used Caron Natura yarn which is discontinued. I found some on Ebay. Although this is a No Dye Lot yarn, different skeins DO look different, so buyer beware if you're picking some up to finish a project. I was fortunate to find 11 skeins in one lot. I tried to buy 2 additional skeins but when they came in, they were not only different from the skeins I already had, but were different from one another. No worries. They will get used eventually, but I didn't want to use them for this ghan.

The ghan is 12 squares. Each square took one of the 3 ounce skeins with a small ball leftover. With the leftover balls I was able to get square #12 and do the edging. There are 6 ribbon squares and 6 plain squares. I left a long tail 4x the width of the square and used that to assemble with a whipstitch. I assembled the four rows first and then put the rows together. Edging is (sc, ch 2, 2 dc, sk 2).

This yarn is a little stiff when working but soften beautifully upon washing.

Each square is about 13 1/2" . With that in mind, I'm going to say it is about 40" x 54". I used almost all of the 33 ounces. If you're buying 3 ounce skeins, I would buy one skein for every square you want to make.

I used an I hook for the main body of the square and an H for the sc edging around each square.

It will be heading off to the recipient today.

Happy crocheting!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Bottle Cozies

My sis needs more bottle cozies so I started making some. I decided to make three different sizes.

The yarn is worsted weight acrylic. The purple is Red Heart With Love Boysenberry. The tan and green I think are Loops and Thread Impeccable Soft Taupe and Fern. I used an H hook.

Here's what I did in brief.

Size: fits a Dasani 16 oz water bottle as shown
Materials: H hook and small amount worsted weight yarn.

Rnd 1: work 12 dc in an adjustable ring, join to first dc with sl st
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each remaining dc. Join to first dc with sl st. (24 dc)
This came out to be about 2 1/2". It will be easier to sew the beginning tail in now.
Rnd 3 - end: ch 1, dc in same stitch, then work even (dc in each dc around). Join to first dc with sl st.  (24 dc)
Finish off. I use the invisible finish off and then weave the tail in.

For the green (tallest) cozy I worked 15 rounds. For the tan I worked 13. For the boysenberry I worked 11.

As seen in the photo below, the tallest is about 6", the middle 5" and the smallest 4". That is with keeping the bottom flat. Size would depend, of course, on your tension, your hook, your yarn.

To adjust size you can use different yarn, a different number of rows or a different size hook.

Some like to make them using single crochet. That would give a tighter weave. You'd need to make adjustments to do that, of course. Shorter stitch requires fewer beginning stitches in the first round, more rounds to get to height etc.

Happy crocheting!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Osgood scarf

The Osgood scarf is done. Much too late I noticed that when I began I was working more loosely and the first stripe is a little wider than the rest. I will have to live with it. heh 

The scarf is about 8" wide x  14' 4" long. (I am still recuperating from surgery and can't get down on the floor to measure so this is approximate.) There are 47 stripes. It's longer than the original Season 13, or stunt duplicate. However, we don't actually know how long the Osgood scarf itself is because, to my knowledge, nobody in the scarf-making universe has seen it or measured it. Knitting rows were counted out as much as possible from screen shots but of course crochet rows are a guess.

I'm told the scarf is K1P1 ribbing while the original scarf is all knit stitch. I'm also told that the K1P1 creates a larger stitch than straight knit stitch. This means the usual half number of knit stitch rows for crochet rows doesn't really apply. That caused me a bit of a problem. Originally I was going to go with 3/4 of the row number, but as I looked at screen shots I saw that some sections just didn't look long enough worked that way. I ended up doing a mishmash of the two Osgood patterns (Sonya and Chris at Ravelry) and the Season 13/stunt dupe. The basic difference in the Osgood is the 3 yellow stripes, which was a pattern error on the old Witty Little Knitter site. In a way it's good because it makes the Osgood recognizable.

While I think the Osgood is probably made with worsted, or whatever comparable yarn is available in the UK, my personal tendency for such a long scarf is to go lighter weight. In sport or DK weight a one-to-one on the rows would, I think, work perfectly and give a less unwieldy scarf. I did use worsted, though it is the light worsted Knit Picks Brava. I don't plan to make a second scarf right now, but should I do one I would use Knit Picks Brava sport I think.

As with my previously made season scarves, the first one is always the experiment. LOL  

I had hoped to finish this scarf before my surgery but that didn't happen. I did finally finish the crocheting of it Sunday (10-9-2016) but still have tails to weave in. 

update: Here is a picture of the completed scarf with tails woven in.

Here are the yarns I used in this scarf. Most are Knit Picks Brava Worsted (which is a light worsted IMHO) - Red, Cream, Cobblestone Heather, Almond, Canary and Fig. The purple is I Love This Yarn Mixed Berry. The Bernat Satin Sable would also work in place of the Knit Picks Brava Almond. It was my second choice.

I chained 31 and used a single crochet stitch. I used an I hook for most of the KPBW colors and an H for the ILTY because it appeared a little thicker than the rest but it's a perfect color, in my view. The Cobblestone Heather is also a tiny bit thicker and you could use the H for it as well or adjust tension.

I think that is it for this scarf. I originally thought I'd work a second scarf with the other yarns purchased to find the right colors but instead I think I will just do plain scarves or something for charity.

Happy crocheting!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

surgery and scarf

My knee replacement surgery took place Sept. 14. I am still recovering but did finish this plain scarf.

Yarn is Red Heart Super Saver Buff. I worked a foundation chain of 27 and 130 rows of dc. Finished size is about 8 1/4" x 72". 

I hope to be able to continue work on the Osgood scarf soon. I don't have a lot left to do on it.

Happy crocheting!