Ring Around the Rosie Circular Jacket

I’ve been trying to work on a crocheted circular jacket for my mother-in-law’s friend. She purchased the yarn and pattern from Mary Maxim and just needed someone to make it for her. I can get up to a certain point with it and then the calculations get off somehow. I haven’t given up but it’s requiring an amount of patience that even a laid back person like myself is finding difficult to maintain. Anyway, I went on Ravelry to see if anyone else had made it. Thankfully there is so I asked for some guidance. Only one person responded and suggested also trying the Ring Around the Rosie sweater from The Lavendar Chair. Her recommendation was because its just as cute, similar and much easier. I checked it out right away and decided I liked it enough to try. 

Right off I liked that this pattern uses worsted weight. I had more than enough of that on hand. I decided to use Red Heart With Love in color Minty. I think it was perfect for this project. I used my favorite I/5.5mm hook. I believe this would be about a size 2T. There is an addition to the pattern to add sleeves but I can’t decide. I also can’t decide if I want to add a button. What do you think? Leave me a comment with your suggestion for sleeves and a button. 

P.S. I think I’ll submit this to our County Fair in July. What do you think?

Red Heart App

Hello all! Unfortunately I don’t have any completed projects to share with you but I do have exciting news. I subscribe to the Red Heart yarn newsletter. Today in my inbox I was informed they have a free app for Android and iPhone devices. I, of course, had to download and check it out since I use Red Heart a lot. I just finished looking it over and I am impressed. The photos I’m showing are screenshots from my phone which runs Android. When you first activate the app and give permissions for your camera and location this is the Home screen

I had to check out the Yarn Lovers Gallery. Here you can upload images of your projects using Red Heart yarns.

Next is a basic row counter but a neat feature. Maybe as they improve their app they would consider adding a place where you can list projects you’re working on and save a row counter for each project.

Additionally, you can shop all their yarns and their hundreds, if not thousands, of free crochet and knit projects.

Did any of you receive the Red Heart email? Are you going to give it a try? Simply type Red Heart into AppStore or Google Play Store. Let me know what you think.

Egg Apron

As you may have read in my last post I’ve been working on an egg apron for about a month and a half. I thought it would be super easy. It was up until I got to the pocket part. The apron part is just about 40 rows of half double crochets. I made all 3 rows of pockets per the pattern by Heart Hook Home. Now, I know her pattern is possible…I’ve seen projects using that pattern nevermind that she uses her own pattern and method…but I absolutely could not figure out how to do what she was describing. Ultimately I put it down because I did not have the time nor energy to invest in figuring out what I thought would be a couple nights worth of a project. So the bright yellow and orange yarn sat in my bag staring at me. Finally a couple weeks ago I decided I wanted this apron done (my intention was to give it to my sister-in-law at Easter…that didn’t happen). I decided to make my own pockets and sew them on. It seemed to take forever to sew 16 pockets but its finally done and that’s what is important. 

I hope my sister-in-law likes this. I found after I started the apron that she has 70 chickens. That’s about 50 more than the last count I knew of so she’ll still need a basket or whatever she uses to gather eggs but at least she’ll be super cute while doing it.

Have any of you made these trendy egg aprons?

Don’t you forget about me

Hello Readers.  Based on the title you probably know the song I’m singing to myself. I’m terribly sorry I have deserted you for a couple months. I hope I haven’t lost any of you. Different circumstances had led to my absence but the biggest downer was even after it was all said and done I lost my crojo (crochet mojo). Unfortunately I missed my one year blogiversary and I also reached 59 followers. Today’s post is more of a hello and let yall know what I’ve been working on although I don’t have photos yet. I made one sister-in-law some barefoot sandals. I’ve been attempting a toddler circular jacket for a friend of my mother-in-law and for about a month and a half I’ve been working on an egg apron for another sister-in-law. That one has really stumped me but I figured out my own way which I’ll share when it’s finally done.

Have you ever lost your crojo? What did you do to get your fingers back in the yarn basket and grabbing your hooks? I would try periodically but I just wasn’t in it. I did make sure I continued to scour Ravelry and Pinterest. I read all your blogs and discovered some new ones to follow. I also carried some yarn with me nearly everywhere in case the desire suddenly struck. I also watched and rewatched lots of YouTube. Thankfully it was still incredibly relaxing. 

So in summary, I’m back, hopefully better than ever and can’t wait to share some projects with you.

Holiday Stashdown CAL 2016 Winner

I’m so exited! Remember this Berries Jubilee Infinity Scarf by Oombawka Design I entered into the 2016 Holiday Stashdown? IT WON!! I found out last week from Marie Segares of Underground Crafter (she hosted the crochet along) but I’ve been waiting to see what the prize is to post this. After hearing back from Marie, my prize was 3 patterns from Oombawka’s Ravelry Shop. Yes! Here’s the ones I selected (photos are property of Oombawka Design):

1. Berries Jubilee Hat (how could I not make the matching hat?)

2. Love is in the Air Valentine’s Cowl

3. Rainbow of Butterflies Scarf

I am super excited to get these new projects on my hooks but my craft list is a little long with a couple commitments at the moment. I can’t wait to share those projects with you.

Lastly, in the unlikely event that Marie from Underground Crafter or Rhondda from Oombawka Design happen to come across my little corner of the blogosphere, I give them my biggest thanks for hosting (Marie) the CAL and for submitting great free patterns (Rhondda). I can’t wait to participate again in this years Holiday Stashdown.

Have any of you participated in any great CAL’s lately?

FREE PATTERN: Mickey Mouse Newborn Cocoon & Hat

Here is my first official pattern. I’m really very excited. This is a set I made for a coworker expecting her first child. She absolutely loved it and I hope you love it too. I used Turtle’s Mickey as my inspiration.

As long as I operate the blog it will be free. Eventually I hope to have a printable PDF option available. It really is a basic pattern and easily customizable. To make it bigger or smaller just adjust the number of starting stitches in the magic ring (if you don’t know how to do a magic ring or prefer not to, you could chain 2 and work in the 2nd chain from the hook). If you use this pattern, please do not sell it (although you can sell what you make). I just ask that you link back to my blog. Thank you and enjoy the pattern!

MICKEY MOUSE NEWBORN COCOON & HAT

Supplies

Yarn-Size 4 Worsted Weight in yellow, black, red and white (you could use white buttons instead)

H hook

Yarn needle

Scissors

Gauge

Not important

Stitches used

Magic ring, chain (Ch), double crochet (DC), slip stitch (sl st), front post double crochet (FPDC), back post double crochet (BPDC)

Special notes

The Ch 2 at the beginning of each round/row does NOT count as a stitch.

COCOON

Round 1: With yellow, Magic ring, Ch 2, 12 DC inside ring, sl st to first DC (12)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2DC in same stitch as join, 2DC in each stitch around, sl st to first DC (24)

Round 3: Ch 2, 1DC in same stitch, 2DC in next stitch, *1DC in next, 2DC in next. Repeat from *. Sl st in 1st DC (36)

Round 4: Ch 2, 1DC in same stitch, 1DC in next, 2DC in next, *1DC in next 2 stitches, 2DC in next. Repeat from *. Sl st in 1st DC (48)

Round 5: Ch 2, 1DC in same stitch, 1DC in next 2 stitches, 2DC in next, *1DC in next 3 stitches, 2DC in next. Repeat from *. Slst in 1st dc (60)

Round 6: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc in next 3 stitches, 2dc in next, *1dc in each of next 4 stitches, 2dc in next. Repeat from *. Slst in 1st dc (72)

Round 7: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 1DC in next 4 stitches, 2dc in next, *1dc in next 5 stitches, 2dc in next. Repeat from *. SL st in 1st dc. (84)

Change to black yarn
Round 8-11
: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc around (84)



Change to Red
Round 12-21
: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc around (84)

Change to black
Round 22-28
: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc around (84)

Round 29: Ch 2, *1fpdc, 1bpdc. Repeat around alternating the fpdc and bpdc.

Finish off and weave in ends

Buttons (make 2)
With white yarn
Magic ring, Ch 2, 12dc inside ring. SL St to 1st dc. Close ring and finish off leaving a long tail (12).
Sew 2 buttons near the top of where the red section ends on the cocoon in the middle leaving a small space between the buttons.

Hat
Round 1: Magic ring, Ch 2, 12dc inside ring. Slst to 1st dc (12)

Round 2
: Ch 2, 2dc in same stitch as join, 2dc in each stitch around. Slst to 1st dc. (24)

Round 3
: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 2dc in next stitch. *1dc in next, 2dc in next. Repeat from *. Slst (36)

Round 4
: Ch 2, 1dc in same, 1dc in next, 2dc in next. *1dc in next 2, 2dc in next. Repeat from *. Slst (48)

Round 5
: Ch 2, 1dc in same, 1dc in next 2, 2dc in next. *1dc in next 3, 2dc in next. Repeat from *. Slst (60)

Round 6-8
: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc around. Slst. (60)

Round 9
: Ch 2, *1fpdc, 1bpdc. Repeat from *around. Slst (60)

Ears (make 2)
Round 1:
Magic ring, Ch 2, 12dc inside ring. Slst in 1st dc. (12)

Round 2
: Ch 2, 2dc in same stitch as join. 2dc in each stitch around. Slst to 1st dc (24)
Finish off leaving long tail.
Sew ears onto hat.

See how basic and easy that was? If you use my pattern I’d love to see it!

 

 

 

 

Pretty Girl Beanie & Shawl

I can’t believe this is my first post of 2017. I literally don’t know where January has flown off to. It was a busy month though. Between work, sick kids and Burger having another surgery it seems it’s been one thing after another. That doesn’t mean my crochet hooks have been left empty however. I’ve made a few messy bun hats (including one for myself) and this gorgeous hat and shawl set. Here’s the details:

My father’s sister-in-law (my step aunt) is battling Stage 3 Colon Cancer. My dad thought it would be nice if she had a hat and asked if I would make her one. Well, of course, Dad! I do not know my step aunt so while I was texting my step mother to learn more about her sister (favorite color mainly) it occurred to me to ask if she thought her sister would like a shawl and we decided she would love a shawl. So my work began.

First, I was told the favorite color is pink so I had to find the perfect pink. I decided on Caron Simply Soft in color Strawberry. Caron is a super soft yarn so when I went shopping I pretty well knew that’s what I wanted. I’ve never made a shawl before so I bought 4 skeins (I ended up only using 2). I prefer the look of triangle shawls so I needed to learn the basics. It was actually kinda difficult to find just a basic double crochet shawl but alas, after many many videos I found this one. This shawl worked up so quickly and easily I’ll be making another one with the remaining 2 skeins.

Next, was the hat. Of course, I know how to make a hat without a pattern but I wanted it to be special. That’s when I found the Pretty Girl Beanie from Crochet Rochelle. Here’s what I love about this hat: it’s easy (just double crochet, and half double crochet stitches until the edging), the edging is an elegant shell stitch, and I love the oversized flower. It sounds and looks like any other basic hat pattern but when its on, it has a 1920’s-ish flair to it. Just beautiful.

The hat and shawl were well received and I’ll be making another set in this color for Etsy. Would you claim it for your own or even have a custom one made as a gift? You can contact me at turtleburgercrochet@outlook.com or leave a message in the comments section.