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Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic and Ravellenic Games

      As you may or may not know the Olympic Games start today and that also means that the Ravellenic Games start today as well. I have several projects planned for the Ravellenic Games. I have several crochet projects as well as knit projects planned. When choosing my projects I tried to choose projects that I could get done in a relatively short amount of time. I wanted to challenge myself with how many project I could get done but not over extend myself.

     Ravellenic Games Flag Logo Thingy

I have three crochet projects planned and three knitting projects planned.

Two of the three crochet projects are baby hats. I am using a different pattern for each hat. The pattern that I am using for the first hat is Lickety Split Crocheted Newborn Hats The pattern I am using for the other hat is Crochet Baby Beanie. I am planning on donating these hats to a charity so I am using acrylic yarn to make them. I am planning on using the purple yarn with the silver strand in it for the first hat and the sage green color yarn for the second hat.

My other crochet project is Round Bumpy Scrubbie. I am making this out of some cream colored cotton yarn. 

For my knitting projects, I chose projects that would help me get better at knitting and learn more knitting skills. 

My first knitting project I have planned to make is the Waffle Knit Dishcloth. I have not knit very many different stitch combinations so this will be an adventure to try. I chose this pattern because it isn't like anything I have knit before (which isn't really saying much haha) I am planning on making this in purple cotton. I will most likely not use it as a dishcloth but I will probably use it as a blanket square.

My second knitting project is one that I have made before it is Monster Chunks. The first time I made a Monster Chunk the stitches weren't very tight and I had to put lining in it so the stuffing wouldn't show through. I chose this project because I want to improve my knitting in the round. I am using a multicolored blue yarn for the body (I think, I might change my mind) and a light dusty blue color for the feet. 
Body Color (Maybe)
Feet Color (It is kind of hard to see but it is a gray blue color)

My last knitting project that I have planned is Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth. I have made this pattern before, but I did not do the increases and decreases that are suggested in the pattern. This time I am planning on doing the increases and decreases that are suggested in the pattern. I chose this pattern to learn and practice a different way to increase and decrease. I am not sure what yarn I am going to use for this project yet. Perhaps I will use scrap yarn.

I know this post had a lot about knitting in it that is why I am planning on starting a blog just about my knitting adventures. 

I will post updates on the progress of all my Ravellenic projects both knitting and crochet throughout the games. I am really excited for the Olympics and Ravellenic Games to start!! :D :D

I hope you all have great days today!! 

A question for the comments: Are you excited for the Olympics to start? 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Quick Crochet Hook Holder Free Pattern

Quick Crochet Hook Holder

5.5mm Crochet Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn

Stitches Used
ch- chain
dc- double crochet
sc- single crochet
sl st- slip stitch

Note: The starting chain length determines the length of the hook holder. To make a hook holder for more hooks, use a longer starting chain.


Ch 28
R1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc across (25)
R2: Turn work, ch 3 (count as first dc now and throughout) dc across (25)
R3-5: Repeat Row 2
R6: Turn work, ch1, sc across
Finish off, Weave in ends

Optional Strap
Sl st on the end of the middle row, ch 30, sl st into each ch space
Sl st into base, ch 30, sl st into each ch space
Finish Off

Insert crochet hooks into the holder by weaving them in and out of the rows of double crochet.

Roll up the holder and tie with the straps or a piece of scrap yarn loosely around the holder to keep it from coming unrolled (optional)

You can also single crochet around the outside edge of the holder to give it a more completed look if you would like. :)

Please leave a comment telling me what you think of the pattern! :)

Have a great day!! 

Coming Soon: Quick Crochet Hook Holder

I have another free pattern for you all! It is a crochet hook holder. I had made a little pouch for my crochet hooks, but after reading some information I found out that it is not good for your crochet hooks to hit against each other. That is what mine were doing in the pouch I made so I came up with a solution! 

You simply weave your crochet hooks between the rows!

I did not make mine with a strap but there is an option for a strap in the pattern. It is a very very easy pattern. The pattern is worked in rows. I wanted this pattern to be easily adaptable and very customizable. I will try to put the pattern up today or tomorrow. :)

Have a great day everyone!! 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Finished Hat and Mozart

First topic: I finished my hat! (Yay!)
I finished my hat! I really like the pattern. It is a very simple hat and the pattern is very simple as well. I finished my hat in a few hours. It just took me a while to post an update. Here is my hat! Tada!!

I had run out of the tan color but I thought it needed one more row. I used dark brown yarn for the last row. I am really happy I did the last row in dark brown because I think it gives the hat a nice look. I showed a picture of it to my sister and now she wants one. Since she asked for professional colors, I will either make her a gray hat with the last row black or a light gray hat with the last row dark gray.

Here is the link to the pattern if you would like to make your own hat :)

Now, onto the second topic: Mozart
I stumbled upon a blog and one of the blog posts was about taking care of your dogs on July 4th. (Here is the link to the post: Take Care of Your Doggies This Fourth!!!) I really wish I saw this before the Fourth because I have dogs and they did not have fun! They stayed inside, but they were still scared of all the loud noise from the fireworks. One of the suggestions was to play some calm music for your dogs. That reminded me of something that I had heard before (I am not sure where I heard it). It reminded me that classical music calms dogs. One of the more calming classical composers I know of is Mozart. I looked up what Mozart songs are calming for dogs, then I looked those songs up on YouTube. I started playing the music and all my dogs fell asleep. I will definitely start playing classical music for my dogs more often!! 

Question: Do you like classical music?   Please feel free to leave an answer in the comments :)

Have a great day everyone!! 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Making a Hat

I am making a hat.

I have been crocheting for a while now and I have not completed an item that can be worn yet. I am not talking about a sweater or a shawl. I am just talking about a hat or a scarf. I have started a scarf for my mom, but I have not completed it yet. I would like to make myself something as well. That is why I am making a hat.

I have not made a hat before so I want to start of with a simple and basic hat pattern. Nothing fancy, I just want to make a basic hat. Luckily, I found exactly what I was looking for!! I am making Basic Hat Pattern Version 1 by Sherry Etheridge. I found it on Ravelry but the pattern is actually on her blog. Here is the link to  the pattern on her blog, Basic Hat Pattern Version 1 by Sherry Etheridge

I am off to start on it now! Hopefully I can finish it in one day!!
I will update you all when I have finished it :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Multicolored Owl Free Pattern

The Multicolored Owl pattern is now available! Multicolored Owl is also available as a PDF! Here is the download link: Multicolored Owl Download Link

Multicolored Owl

Three different colors of Worsted weight Yarn
WhiteWorsted Weight Yarn
12mm Safety Eyes
5.5mm Hook
3.75mm Hook
Yarn Needle
Stitch Marker
Felt or small amount of different colored yarn for beak

**Multicolored Owl is worked from the bottomup**

Colors I Used
Color A
u Color A will be used in both the bottom and top part of the owl.
Color B
Color C

Body and Head
Using 5.5mm hook and Colors A and B
Placea knot towards the ends of the colors A and B (As seen in photo to the right)

Make a magic ring, 6 sc in ring (6)
R1: 2sc in each st around (12)
R2: 1sc, 2sc in next st(18)

R3: sc 2, 2sc in next st (24)
R4: sc 3, 2sc in next st (30)
R5-8: Sc around (30)
Change to Colors A and C
R9-13: Sc around (30)
R14: sc 7, 2hdc in next st, sc 14, 2hdc in next st, sc 7 (32)
Tie off
Leave a long strand for sewing

Eye Circles (Make 2) Using 3.75mm hook and White yarn (single strand)
Make magic ring, sc 6 in loop 
R1: 2sc in each st around (12) 
R2: 1sc, 2sc in next st (18) 
R3: 1sc in next st, make sl st in next st and use to tie off

Attach the safety eyes to the white eye circles you made.
Weave in the ends. Sew eyes onto the owl.
Attach the beak.
Stuff the owl. Fold the opening to where the stitches are aligned across. Sew together.

More photos for reference are available on the PDF version of this pattern

©Carissa Teixeira
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Donot distribute this pattern as your own