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yarny goodness: Printable Pattern Update

You may recognize the “menu” below as being similar to the one on the sewhooked yarn page. You’d be right! After a suggestion from the lovely Pren, I’ve spent the last week or so creating printer-friendly versions of all my crochet patterns, and the knit pattern by my lovely daughter, Elena.

All past pattern posts now have a link directly to the printable version (in pdf format), and let me tell you, that was no walk in the park, but it’s done now…whew!  Each printable pattern and the original post is linked below, for your convenience.


Funky Headphone
Covers

crochet

printable pattern


Oval Headphone
Covers

crochet

printable pattern


CD Canister
Yarn Caddy

crochet

printable pattern


Jack-O-Lantern
Finger Puppet

crochet

printable pattern


Ariel’s
Blanket

crochet

printable pattern


Car Seat
Blanket

crochet

printable pattern

Turkey Fridgie

crochet

printable pattern


Coconut Candy
Blanket

crochet

printable pattern


Hogwarts
Plushie Set

crochet

printable pattern


Turn Around
Granny

crochet

printable pattern


Big Foot
Slippers

crochet

printable pattern

Granny Bag

crochet

printable pattern

A Little Flare

crochet

printable pattern


Faux Knit
Hogwarts Scarf

crochet

printable pattern


Monique Baby
Blanket

crochet

printable pattern

Elena’s Potholder

knitted

printable pattern

Oh Wavy Baby!

crochet

printable pattern


Strawberry
Ice Cream

crochet

printable pattern


Veritable
V-Stitch 12″

crochet

printable pattern


Chained Compass
12″

crochet

printable pattern


Eye of the Vampire
6″
crochet

printable pattern


BD Chessboard
6″
crochet

printable pattern


Vertical Ribbons
6″
crochet

printable pattern

Strings Attached

Bag

crochet

Candy Corn Hat

crochet

Loopy Shells Blankie

crochet

If you make a Sew Awesome Craft or any pattern, craft or recipe from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo.  Email me or add it to the sewhooked flickr group.

updated September 30, 2009

Yarn: Free Pattern Post of Doom

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Many of my friends, both online and in real life, crochet and knit.  Most of them have designed at least one of their own patterns.  Since I don’t host guest patterns for yarn at sewhooked, I thought a lovely big post of all the patterns my friends can throw at me would be fun!

This will be an ongoing and changing list, added to and edited as my crafty friends share their patterns with the world.

You’ll find loads of great patterns below, including lots of Harry Potter-themed crochet and knit projects.

These are roughly in alphabetical order.  I’m sticking with first names since I have a combination of real names and user names.  It’s just easier that way!

And, if you’re one of my friends and your name isn’t on this list…send me your links already! 😉

Archerpren
Ravelry Designer Page

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Caitirin
Ravelry Designer Page

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Dragongsinger
Ravelry Designer Page
Leaky Cauldron Blog (includes patterns)
Cut Out & Keep

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Jenn Bragg
Ravelry Designer Page

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Jewells68
Ravelry Designer Page

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If you’re looking for free crochet patterns by me, you can find them linked sewhooked and on my Ravelry Designer Page.

If you make a Sew Awesome Craft or any pattern, craft or recipe from sewhooked, I’d love to see a photo. Email me or add it to the sewhooked flickr group.

updated 9/22/09

Crochet Granny Handbag

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add this pattern to your ravelry queue

Printable Pattern

From the Way Back Vault today, I have one of my old fabvorites.

The Crochet Granny Handbag dates back to September 29, 2003.

I don’t remember who received the original, but I’ve made several as gifts since then.  It’s a quick and easy pattern and makes a sturdy little bag, especially when it includes the optional lining.

 

You’ll need

  • Small amount of 2 Worsted colors (listed as A & B). Shown are Red Heart Country Blue (A) and Windsor Blue (B).
  • I Hook
  • for optional lining:  fabric, needle, thread, zipper
  • scissors
  • tapestry/yarn needle

(Note – all stitches after the first round are in the back loops except on the corners, when you crochet over the chain.)

Front/Back (make 2)

Round 1 – With Color A, ch 4, join with sl st. Ch 3 2 dc, ch 2 in ring. (3 dc, ch 2) 3 times, sl st into starting ch 3. Do not turn.

Round 2 – Ch 3, dc in BACK LOOPS to corner ch 2 sp (2 dc, ch 2 2dc in corner sp, dc in back loops across), rep to beg ch 3, join with sl st. Break off Color A. Do not turn.

Round 3 – Join Color B in any ch 2 sp. Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc, (dc in back loops across, 2 dc, ch 2 2 dc in corner sp) around, join with sl st in beg ch 3.

Round 4 – Join Color A, rep pattern of round 3.

crochet bag

A close up of the strap side, using single crochet to join.

Strap

Ch 120, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each chain to end, finish off. Starting in the center stitch on one front/back square, join strap by sc through the back loops only of the strap and the square. Sc in first 25 st to join strap, continue sc st in back loop of front/back square across top of bag. Sc in last 25 st of strap from the 2nd ch in the corner of the square back to where you joined. Join with sl st. Sl st ends of strap then around to back loop on opposite side of strap, crochet around same as for opposite side.

Lining (optional)

For a sturdier bag, line with a scrap of coordinating (shown) or contrasting fabric of the same size. Hand-stitch inside the bag below the sc round (round 4).

To add a zipper, sew it to the lining before you stitch the lining in the bag, then stitch whip-stitch on the lining seam to inside of round 4.

Other Options

For a longer strap, or bigger bag, simply add stitches or rounds to suit your needs, taking into account how many stitches you will need to get the strap all the way around the bag. For more depth, make the strap two or even three rows wide before attaching to the granny squares.

As always, if you make any pattern or craft from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo. Email me or add it to the Friends of sewhooked flickr group.

Happy crafting

This is part of my “Way Back Craft” series; patterns, crafts, tutorials and general crafty memories before the days of this craft blog.

And Now For Something Completely Different: Crocheting Along

Sometimes, when the paper pieced designs aren’t coming easily, or my mind is filled with stress or other things that occupy my time, I find succumbing to another designer’s pattern a lovely way to unwind and unravel the tangled strands of my brain.

Lion Brand has been hosting a Crochet Along for a lovely Sampler Afghan. It grabbed my attention at once as being a project that would be fun and portable, which is how I usually like my crochet! Using their pattern, I created my own sampler, with Harry Potter-inspired colors! The actual idea I had was to make an afghan that resembled the four House scarves. The project, from beginning to end, took about two weeks. For lots more awesome variations, check out the Crochet Along Flickr Group. There’s a black, gray and white version by chooosy40 that I really like.

Lion Brand Crochet Along - Week 2 DONE!
Hogwarts Scarf-ghan

Another great project that I just finished last night was for my dear hubby, who is currently running Call of Cthulhu with his gaming group. Inspired by his eagerness for props, what better than Cthulhu himself? Wee, evil Cthulhu made from this pattern. He’s my first animiguri and while it was a little hard on my hands, I’m quite please with the way he turned out.

Mini Evil...wee Cthulhu
Tiny Cthulhu

I regulary quilt and crochet for a local blanket making charity, The Linus Connection, but I’m always on the lookout for other ways that I contribute with my crafts. Coats & Clark’s Special Olympics Scarf Project caught my eye and I just had to make a scarf! Knitters and crocheters can use any pattern they choose, but I opted for their recommended pattern, which is the same as their Wizard Scarf pattern. I’ve made quite a few of those for my family and fellow Harry Potter lovers, so I knew the pattern was a fast and easy one. It worked up really quickly and I made sure to tie one of my “handmade by” labels to it with a note for good luck at the Games to whoever receives it!

Special Olympics Scarf
Special Olympics Scarf

One of my Livejournal friends, caitirin, has turned me on to an excellent new yarn source! Angelicrafts Discount Yarn offers a variety of brands of yarn at discount prices. Just to give them a try, I ordered the Red Heart Mill Ends “Odds and Ends” box. The price of the UPS shipping was totally paid for by the sheer amount of yarn packed into the box. It’s all store-quality, without the sleeve and came with a personal note from the owner, which I thought was a very nice touch. I will definitely be ordering from them again, once I deplete my now ample supply of yarn!

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Yarn from angelicrafts

Another fantastic Livejournal friend of mine, the multi-talented crochet goddess, hp5freak, shared a pattern recently for a Tiny Witches Hat . It’s an adaptation of another pattern that was written so that the hat was made in two parts. Her is easy-peasy and is made all in one piece. I had a brilliant time making this. It whips up in no time and is just the right size to put on a tiny pumkin. This pattern also introduced me to the Magic Adjustable Ring (also called Magic Loop), which I had never tried before but know I will now have a million and one uses for!

Wee Witch's hat in Ravenclaw colors
Wee Witch Hat

I’m currently hooking another Lion Brand Sampler Afghan, this one a smaller version and in baby colors for The Linus Connection. I’ll be keeping track of my progress on Ravelry. 🙂

Happy crafting!

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Yarn Ball Cozy from a CD Canister

Yarn Ball Cozy from a CD Canister

queue this pattern on ravelry!

printable pattern

I had one of those “I could make that!” moments at the craft store this weekend. The culprit was a yarn cozy, big enough to hold one ball or small skein of yarn. My daughter and I were looking over the apparatus, which cost approximately $13. It had a clear plastic bottom with a drawstring top. The plastic bit reminded me strongly of a pile of recyclables I’ve been saving for just such a purpose! If you’ve ever bought a value-sized package of writable cds or dvds, you know just what I’m talking about. I’ve used the lid from one for ages to keep my balls of yarn from dancing around and enticing my cats. Take it a step further, and it’s a cozy caddy and cute, too!

You’ll need:

  • small amount of worsted weight yarn (I used cotton)
  • one cd or dvd value-sized container lid
  • F Hook
  • G or H Hook
  • Drill or dremel, with 1/4″ or slightly larger bit
  • Masking tape
  • scissors
snip off the tabs measure out tape around container
Snip off the tabs off the sides of the lid that would hold it in the base. Measure out masking tape around the container. Tear off enough to have a small overlap.

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Add 1/2″ marks along the tape. Stick on the lid approximately 1/2″ from the top, being careful to keep it even.

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Drill holes along the 1/2″ marks on the tape. Just a quick warning here: I broke a hole punch in my enthusiasm to make this project. Use a drill if you have one, putting a piece of scrap wood behind the plastic to catch the drill bit when it pops through. And please be careful, power tools are, after all, power tools!

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Row 1: Using a hook that will fit through the hole (I used an F, but you can go larger or smaller depending on the holes), Sl st in any hole. sc loosely around. Sl st to join in beg sc.

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Row 2: Using the larger hook (I changed from F to G), Ch 1., sc in first st. *2 sc in next st, sc in next* around. Sl st in first sc to join.
Note: adapt this row in whatever way you need to in order to have even stitching around the perimeter of the circle.

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Row 3 – 7: Ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc around. Sl st in top of first hdc to join.

Row 8-9: Ch 1, dc in same st and in each st around. Sl st in top of first dc to join.

Row 10: Ch 1, sc around, sl st in first sc to join.

Yarn Ball Cozy from a CD Canister

Row 11: Ch 2, sl st in next sc, *ch 2, sl st in next sc* around. Finish off.

Drawstring:
Ch 75. Pull ends tight, trim to approximately 1″ or weave in ends. For some fun varation, use a ribbon or other trim as a drawstring.

Weave drawstring over and under through every two stitches of Row 8 (first row of dc).

Yarn Ball Cozy from a CD Canister
Your yarn caddy is ready to use!

also posted on craftster and cut out + keep

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