Rainbow Drops {Free Pattern}

I had this idea.  I have a lot of those.  Ideas I mean.  They just pop into my head at the most inconvenient times ever.  This particular idea materialized while I was knitting the Tella Sundress, which was not a good time for ideas to come up.  This idea had to do with white yarn and rainbow yarn. Oh, and bobbles.

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But I am a good girl (or I like to pretend I am) and dutifully finished the dress and took out my yarn and looked it. Bobbles, rainbow yarn and a white canvas. What would you do?

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I made a little clutch.

Rainbow Drops

I am in love with it. Not the actual thing and not crocheting it. I just love the texture and the little bursts of color changing all the time. I lined it and added a zipper but I don’t really want to use it. I don’t think I even want it. I just wanted to see those rainbow bobbles. I wanted to watch them form.

Do you want to make one?
You really should.
I mean every crocheter should do this at least once in a lifetime.
Yeah you know you want to, so here is how.

Materials

2 balls of sport weight yarn one in a solid color and one in a varriegated color (rainbows on white are awesome as you can see)

3mm hook

tapestry needle

scissors

zipper and fabric for lining (optional)

Glossary

SC Single Crochet

HDC Half Double Crochet

SCINC 2 Single crochet stitches in same stitch

RB Rainbow Bobble *yarn over, insert your hook in the stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over once more and draw it through the first 2 loops on your hook* repeat 4 times

* .. * Stitches between asterisks should be repeated

[ … ] number between square brackets indicates number of stitches

The Base

The base is a basic oval done in single crochet while turning after every round.

Start with the solid color and chain 31.

Round 1 : Turn the chain and work 30 SC in the back ridge of the chains. Slip stitch into first chain to
form the first round [60 stitches]
Round 2: SC in the next 30 stitches. 3 SC in turning chain. SC in the next 30 stitches. 3 SC in Slip
stitch. Slip stitch into first SC, turn and chain 1 [66sc]
Round 3: SCINC in next 3 stitches . SC in the next 30 stitches. SCINC in next three stitches. SC in the
next 30 stitches. Slip stitch into first SC, turn and chain 1 [72sc]
Round 4: SC in the next 30 stitches. *SCINC, SC* (3 times) in the next 6 stitches. SC in the next 30
stitches. *SCINC, SC* (3 times) in the next 6 stitches. Slip stitch into first SC, turn and chain 1 [78sc]
Round 5: *SCINC, 2 SC* (3 times) in next 9 stitches . SC in the next 30 stitches. *SCINC, 2 SC* (3
times) in next 9 stitches. SC in the next 30 stitches. Slip stitch into first SC, turn and chain 1 [84sc]
Round 6: SC in the next 30 stitches. *SCINC, 3 SC* (3 times) in the next 12 stitches. SC in the next 30
stitches. *SCINC, 3 SC* (3 times) in the next 12 stitches. Slip stitch into first SC, turn and chain 1
[90sc]

 

Sides

The first and third rounds are worked with the right side facing, while the bobble rounds are worked with the wrong side facing.  The yarn is carried from one bobble to the next.  All HDC stitches are made using the first color and only the bobbles are made with the second color.

Round 1: HDC in each stitch all around, slip stitch into first HDC to join the round, turn.

Round 2: CH 1, *HDC in the next 5 stitches, RB in next stitch using second color*, slip stitch into first HDC to join the round, turn.

Round 3: HDC in each stitch all around, slip stitch into first HDC to join the round, turn.

Round 4: CH 1, HDC in the next 2 stitches, *RB in next stitch using second color, HDC in next 5 stitches * , RB in next stitch using second color, HDC in next 3 stitches, slip stitch into first HDC to join the round, turn.

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Keep the second color in the front and the first color in the back when working on the bobbles.
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Don’t worry about the loop from the main yarn becoming loose you will tighten it later.
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Once you are done with the bobble, push the yarn back to the front, and take the main color from underneath it.
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Tug the main yarn slightly to tighten the loop.
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See how simple it is?
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That is it.
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Keep the yarn tension even so the fabric doesn’t pucker.
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Don’t those floats look cute too.
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Repeat rounds 1 – 4 until the case is the desired height.  Work round 1 one more time.  You may use the second color and work one more round of SC for a border.  Finish off.

Finishing

Weave in ends and make a zippered lining or just add a zipper the quick and dirty way.

Sploshy Washcloth {Free Pattern}

Sploshy WashclothsBefore I learned crocheting or knitting I couldn’t understand why someone would want to use pretty hand crocheted or hand knit washcloths or dishcloths.  It didn’t make any sense.  I could just buy a much cheaper version from the store and I wouldn’t feel sad when they got dirty or fell apart.

That was of course until I crocheted my own and then knit my own.

First of all knitting or crocheting them is a great way for beginners to learn new stitches and improve their skills without worrying about ruining expensive yarn and they are quick to finish and don’t use up a lot of yarn.

I like my dishcloths on the smallish side and I like them textured too.  It is also best to use 100% cotton because it is really absorbent and hey that is what washcloths need to do right?

 

The yarn I used is mystery cotton but I am guessing it is light worsted or DK weight.

Materials

2 stitch markers

Tapestry needles

Size 6 (4mm) needles

A skein of worsted weight ( my 50gm ball made two washcloths and I still had leftover yarn)

Pattern

Cast on 35 stitches

Row 1 – 8 : Knit

Place stitch markers after the 4th stitch and before the last 4 stitches to mark the garter border.
For all rows knit to the first stitch marker and continue with pattern below, and then knit from the second stitch to the end.

Row 9: Knit

Row 10: *K1,P1*, K1

Row 11: Knit

Row 12: *P1, K1*, P1

Repeat rows 9 – 12, 9 more times

Repeat rows 1 – 8 once.

Bind off and weave in any ends.

 

That’s it.

Of course you could make a cup of coffee and cast on another one.

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Bunnies {free pattern}

I am obsessed with trying to find ways to use up scraps of yarn and leftover partial skeins. If you don’t believe me or haven’t been following long enough you can check these out: Pencil Sleeves, Curvy Pouch, Picture Frames, Pencil Toppers and Coasters.

I have been wanting to make bunnies for a long time and yesterday the idea just popped in my head and I made a bunny.

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And because bunnies need friends, I made another one.
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I even caught them telling each other secrets.
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So do you want to make a bunny

Pattern

Materials

 

DK weight yarn (You can use any weight of yarn, just use needles two sizes smaller than the ball band suggests, so the stuffing doesn’t show)

Size US 2 DPNS

Tapestry needle

Microfilling (or anything you would like to use for stuffing)

Scrap embroidery floss or yarn for embroidering the eyes and nose.

Abreviations

Kfb Knit front and back in the same stitch

K2tog Knit two stitches together.

* … * repeat stitches between the asterisks

Instructions for the body

Cast on 6 stitches, arrange on 3 needles, join in the round and mark the first stitch.

Round 1: Kfb all stitches (12 stitches)

Round 2: *Kfb, K1* (18 stitches)

Round 3: *Kfb, K2* (24 stitches)

Round 4: *Kfb, K3* (30 stitches)

Round 5: *Kfb, K4* (36 stitches)

Round 6: *Kfb, K5* (42 stitches)

Round 7: *Kfb, K6* (48 stitches)

Round 8: *Kfb, K7* (54 stitches)

Round 9: *Kfb, K8* (60 stitches)

Round 10: *Kfb, K9* (66 stitches)

Round 11 – 21 : Knit all stitches around. (66 stitches)

Round 22:*K2tog, K 9* (60 stitches)

Round 23:*K2tog, K 8* (54 stitches)

Round 24:*K2tog, K 7* (48 stitches)

Round 25:*K2tog, K 6* (42 stitches)

 

Now would be a good time to embroider the face and stuff the bunny half full.

 

Round 26:*K2tog, K 5* (36 stitches)

Round 27:*K2tog, K 4* (30 stitches)

 

Add some more stuffing

 

Round 28:*K2tog, K 3* (24 stitches)

Round 29:*K2tog, K 2* (18 stitches)

 

Add some more stuffing

 

Round 30:*K2tog, K 1* (12 stitches)

Round 31:*K2tog* ( 6stitches)

 

Add more stuffing if you can.

 

Cut off a long tail and using a tapestry needle thread through the remaining stitches, pull tight and weave in ends.

Instructions for the ears [Make 2]

Cast on 6 stitches, arrange on 3 needles, join in the round and mark the first stitch.

Round 1: Kfb all stitches (12 stitches)

Round 2: *Kfb, K3* (15 stitches)

Round 3: *Kfb, K4* (18 stitches)

Round 4: *Kfb, K5* (21 stitches)

Round 5: *Kfb, K6* (24 stitches)

Round 6 – 16 : Knit all stitches around

Round 17: *K2tog, k6* (21 stitches )

Round 18: *K2tog, k5* (18 stitches )

Round 19: *K2tog, k4* (15 stitches )

Round 20: *K2tog, k3* (12 stitches )

Round 21: *K2tog, k2* (9 stitches )

Bind off, leaving a long tail.

Finishing

Sew the ears on the bunny and weave in any remaining ends.

Make a pompom and sew it on as a tail.

 

Pencil Sleeves

What do you do when you want to knit, but don’t really want to knit?  You make pencil warmers.
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I am definitely not the original owner of this idea, I have seen pictures of this before, but I looked for similar patterns on ravelry and online and couldn’t find one so I thought I should share.

 

You can use any fingering scrap yarn you have, you really only need a couple of metres.

Size 0 DPNs.  I think you might be able to get away with upto a size 2 just try to knit as tight as possible.

 

Cast on 12 stitches.  Distribute evenly on 3 needles.  Join and knit in the round until 6 cm long, bind off and weave in ends.

Repeat until you have a rainbow of cute little pencil warmers.
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This also works beautifully with varriegated yarns with really short repeats, it looks like stripes.
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One word of advice though, this is slightly addictive.  It is a project that takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Seeds and Trees Baby Blanket {free pattern}

I love gifting baby blankets. They take longer than a cardigan and a hat, but they are satisfying to make. You might remember seeing me start this a couple of days ago. It was a rough start but once I settled on a stitch pattern I liked it was nice and easy. I used an acrylic yarn because babies leak and I want the mommy to just throw it in the washing machine. It is soft and textural. I love texture and the vertical stripes add enough visual interest to make it really pretty.

It is for a baby boy and I wanted it to look sophisticated and not scream baby so I went for a deep denimy blue. I hate the pale blues and pinks they use for baby stuff.

The seed stitch border is an alternative to the garter stitch but still makes sure that it doesn’t curl at the edges, which I just hate.

Do you want to make one?

The pattern is available for free, just click the link to get it, a chart is also included.

Seeds and Trees Baby Blanket (click this link or any of the images to get the pattern)

Seeds and trees baby blanket

Curvy Pouch {a free knitting pattern}

Update : New version of the pattern here

I hate those half skein leftovers.  They take up valuable space that could house full skeins.  Yes I have lots of those half skeins or less.  So, last night I decided to find a use for them and since my husband was out for the evening I made 2 in a couple of hours.  They take around 50 m /60 yards of yarn and are seamless, knit from the top down.
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They would make great gifts or stocking stuffers. I made mine on the smallish side (6.5 inches across and 4 inches high) but the pattern includes information on how to make the size you want.
I am using it to carry my knitting notions.

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And yes those are cable needles, I got them a couple of weeks ago because I have been eyeing those pretty cables for a while now and I think I am ready to learn cabling.

If you want to make one, just click on the image below to get the pattern.
**Edited to add: the pattern is in pdf format, you need to click the image below to get it, if you are having difficulty getting it leave a comment or email me [ jessyz [at] chocolatemintsinajar [dot] com] and I’ll send it to you. The reason it is in PDF form is so you can download it and print it easily or store it on your smart phone and use it from there without needing to print it at all **

I also have a tutorial for adding zippered linings to your finished items which you can find by clicking the image below

 

Update : New version of the pattern here

The Baby Blues Blankie {a free pattern}

You might have seen it before, but let me tell you the whole story.

I got this
Alize Cotton Gold

Because a friend was going to have a baby, so I could make this.
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And I fell in love with the color and stitch detail
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The yarn was so soft and squishy, perfect for a tiny baby.
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I had to hide it till I gave it to my friend because my little one, loved it too. Oh well, maybe I should make her a bigger one soon.

And guess what, I giving the pattern away for free, so that lots of other little babies (or bigger babies) can enjoy it.

It is small 27 inches by 25 inches, which is perfect for strollers and car seats, the size is easily adjustable, just make sure you have more yardage. You can also use any weight yarn, just use the recommended size hook for it too.

Pattern Details:
Tools needed: 4mm hook
Material needed: 792.0 yards (724.2m) of DK weight yarn
Pattern Difficulty: Easy
Formats Available: PDF
Pattern Style: abbreviated

The pattern also includes a chart for the stitch pattern

Download the BabyBlanketBlues pattern here