Saturday, 11 February 2017

Winterlude Keyhole Scarflet- a free tutorial

Last October my BBB (best bloggy buddy) Vicki from Off The Hook in the UK sent me a lovely skein of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino.

She had dyed it herself in these beautiful Autumnal colours of greens, rusty oranges, blues.
You can view the process on her blog post here.
She created one skein for herself as well and set a challenge for us to each create a new thing from our 100gm skein.

 
And she gave us 1 week to do it. HA!
Now I know I'm awesome, but even I know my limitations. So I asked if maybe we could give ourselves 1 month instead. So we agreed on a 1 month time limit to create something each and share the pattern with you.
So now nearly 4 months later, we've finally finished!!

Vicki has designed some super warm mitts for you to try. You can find her free pattern on her blog here.

And I have designed a cosy scarflet.



I've actually written the pattern for a Scarflet using the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino with a 4.5mm hook AND for a Scarflet using a super chunky yarn with an 8mm hook.


The Scarflets are basically the same but with enough differences for me to give you 2 tutorials.
FREE! 
As with many of my patterns, if you would like a printable PDF, you can purchase a digital download from my Etsy, or Ravelry or LoveCrochet Stores for the super low price of US$1. Admin costs baby!!
There are two versions. I first created a delicious scarflet using the Debbie Bliss cashmerino which I've named 'Winterlude' Keyhole Scarf: Light & Warm.

The second version uses a thick chunky acrylic which I've named 'Winterlude Keyhole Scarf: Thick & Cosy

For 'Winterlude' Keyhole Scarf: Light & Warm:

Grab yer stuff:
  • 100gm of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. For substitute yarns, visit www.yarnsub.com
  • 4.5mm Crochet Hook
  • 2 faux fur or home made pompoms
  • darning needle & thread.

Abbreviations:  (US crochet terms used)

  • Beg: beginning
  • Ch: chain
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Sk: skip
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • St: stitch
 
The beginning ‘increase rows’ require you to crochet in the 1st and last single SC stitches of the previous row, but in the middle of the rows, only work SC in the Chain 1 spaces. This creates the Moss Stitch effect.

Once the increase rows are complete and you are working on the body of the Scarflet, no crochet stitches are worked in the top of SC stitches of the previous rows. Only in the Ch1 and Ch2 spaces.

Chain 6.


Increase Rows.


Row 1:  SC in 2nd ch from the hook. Sc in remaining 4 chains across. Ch1, turn. [5sc]


Rw2:      SC in 1st st, ch1, skip next stitch, sc in next stitch, Ch1, skip next stitch, sc in last stitch. Ch1, turn.  [3sc, 2 x Ch1 spaces]


Rw3:      SC in 1st st, *(ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 2 times. Ch 1, sc in last st. Ch1, turn.  [4sc, 3 x Ch1 spaces]
Rw4:      SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 3 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [5sc, 4 x Ch1 spaces]
Rw5:      SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 4 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [6sc, 5 x Ch1 spaces]

Rw6:      SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 5 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [7sc, 6 x Ch1 spaces]
Rw7:      SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 6 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [8sc, 7 x Ch1 spaces]
Rw8:      SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 7 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row . Ch1, turn. [9sc, 8 x Ch1 spaces]
Rw9:      SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 8 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [10sc, 9 x Ch1 spaces]
Rw10:    SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 9 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [11sc, 10 x Ch1 spaces]
Rw11:    SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 10 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [12sc, 11 x Ch1 spaces]

Rw12:    SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 11 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [13sc, 12 x Ch1 spaces]
Rw13:    SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 12 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [14sc, 13 x Ch1 spaces]
Rw14:    SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 13 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [15sc, 14 x Ch1 spaces]
Rw15:    SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 14 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [16sc, 15 x Ch1 spaces]
The Main Body
*Handy tip: to keep track of rows, it is handy to place a stitch marker every 10 rows.  I also place a stitch marker at the end of the first of the ‘non increase rows’.
Please note the small change in Row 16 below (in bold).
Rw16:    SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 15 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch2, turn. [17sc, 16 x Ch1 spaces]


So work your first single crochet stitch into the first Ch1 space where the pin is!
For now until the end of the pattern, the Ch2 of the previous row will now count as the 1st stitch. You will crochet your first single crochet into the next available Ch1 space, which will be after the last single crochet stitch of the previous row.
Rw17:    Skip the 1st st, SC in the next Ch1 sp. *(Ch1, SC in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 15 times. Ch1, sc in the top of the last stitch of the previous row. Ch2, turn.

For now until the end of the pattern, the Ch2 of the previous row will also count as the last stitch. You will crochet your last single crochet into the last Ch2 space, before you are then instructed to “Ch2, turn”.
Rw18:    SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 16 times. Ch1, sc in last Ch2 sp. Ch2, turn. [17sc, 8 x Ch1 spaces]
This is what your scarflet should look like after Row 19.

Repeat Row 18 for 123 more rows. You may choose to crochet more or less if you want, but this is where we work the ‘keyhole’ and the last row must be an ‘odd’ numbered row.
The Keyhole
Rw142:Skip the 1st stitch, then *(Sc in next Ch1 sp, Ch1, skip next SC). Repeats from * 7 times. Sc in next Ch1 space, Ch2, turn. [8sc, 7 x Ch1 sp]
Rw143: Sk 1st stitch, *( Sc in next Ch 1 sp, Ch1, skip next sc). Repeat from * 7 times. Sc in last Ch2 space. Ch 2, turn. [8sc, 7 x Ch1 sp]. (Do not Ch2 at the end of Row 158).
Repeat Row 143 x 15, ending with Row 158. In the last row, DO NOT CH2. Finish off.
Now you have finished one half of ‘the split’, let’s work on the other half!
Join the yarn at the unworked end of Row 141 (which will be the beginning of this section of Row 142).
Repeat Row 142.

Repeat Row 143 x 15, ending with Row 158. Do not finish off this time. End Row 158 WITH the ‘Ch2, turn’.
Rw159: Skip 1st stitch and SC in the next Ch1 sp. *(Ch1, sc in the next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 8 times. Ch1, then join with an Sc in the next Ch2 sp other side of the split. *(Ch1, sc in the next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 6 times. Ch1, sc in the top of the last sc of the previous row. Ch2, turn.

In Row 159: don't you love it when both sides come together?

Rw160: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 16 times. Ch1, sc in last Ch2 sp. Ch2, turn. [17sc, 8 x Ch1 spaces]
Repeat Row 160 x 4. At the end of Rw 164, DO NOT CH2. Only Ch1, then turn.
The Decrease Rows
Rw165: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 15 times. Ch1, turn. [16sc]

Rw166: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 14 times. Ch1, turn. [15sc]
Rw167: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 13 times. Ch1, turn. [14sc]
Rw168: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 12 times. Ch1, turn. [13sc]
Rw169: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 11 times. Ch1, turn. [12sc]
Rw170: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 10 times. Ch1, turn. [11sc]
Rw171: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 9 times. Ch1, turn. [10sc]
Rw172: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 8 times. Ch1, turn. [9sc]
Rw173: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 7 times. Ch1, turn. [8sc]
Rw174: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 6 times. Ch1, turn. [7sc]
Rw175: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 5 times. Ch1, turn. [6sc]
Rw176: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 4 times. Ch1, turn. [5sc]
Rw177: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 3 times. Ch1, turn. [4sc]
Rw178: SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 2 times.  Finish off! [3sc]

All the wonderful decreases!
Finish Off. Sew in all thread ends.
Grab those two gorgeous fluffy pom poms, and sew one securely onto each end of the scarflet.

Winterlude Keyhole Scarflet: Thick & Cosy

I have used a delicious chunky yarn available in Australia called Moda Vera 'Shiver'. But if you can't get anything like that, type that name into the Yarn Substitute website www.yarnsub.com and it will give you a list of compatible yarns from around the world!

Grab yer stuff:

200gm Chunky Yarn

8mm crochet hook

2 faux fur pompoms

needle & thread



As with the previous pattern, the beginning ‘increase rows’ require you to crochet in the 1st and last single SC stitches of the previous row, but in the middle of the rows, only work SC in the Chain 1 spaces. This creates the Moss Stitch effect.

Once the increase rows are complete and you are working on the body of the Scarflet, no crochet stitches are worked in the top of SC stitches of the previous rows. Only in the Ch1 and Ch2 spaces.

Chain 4

Increase Rows:

Row 1:  SC in 2nd ch from the hook. Ch1, sc in next ch, ch1, sc in last ch. Ch1, turn. [3sc, 2 x Ch1 spaces]



Rw2:      SC in 1st st, ch1, sc in next Ch1 space (immediately after st from previous row), Ch1, sk next st, sc in next Ch1 sp of previous row. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [4sc, 3 x Ch1 spaces]



Rw3:      SC in 1st st, ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp, Ch1, sk next st, sc in next Ch1 sp, Ch1, sk st, sc in next Ch1 sp, Ch 1, sc in last st. Ch1, turn.  [5sc, 4 x Ch1 spaces]

Rw4:      SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 4 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [6sc, 5 x Ch1 spaces]

Rw5:      SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 5 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [7sc, 6 x Ch1 spaces]

Rw6:      SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 6 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch1, turn. [8sc, 7 x Ch1 spaces]

Rw7:      SC in 1st st, Ch1, *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 space) . Repeat from * 7 times. Ch1, sc in last st of previous row. Ch2, turn. [9sc, 8 x Ch1 spaces]

Main body

*Handy tip: to keep track of rows, it is handy to place a stitch marker every 10 rows.  I also place a stitch marker at the end of the first of the ‘non increase rows’.

For now until the end of the pattern, the Ch2 of the previous row will now count as the 1st stitch. You will crochet your first single crochet into the next available Ch1 space, which will be after a single crochet stitch.

Rw8:      SC in the 1st Ch1 space of the previous row.  *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 7 times. Ch1, sc in top of last sc of previous row. Ch2, turn. [9sc, 8 x Ch1 spaces]

For now until the end of the pattern, the Ch2 of the previous row will also count as the last stitch. You will crochet your last single crochet into the last Ch2 space, before you are then instructed to “Ch2, turn”.

Rw9:      SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 7 times. Ch1, sc in last Ch2 sp. Ch2, turn. [9sc, 8 x Ch1 spaces]

Repeat Row 9 x 59 times.

The Keyhole

Rw69:    SC in next Ch1 sp. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 3 times. Ch2, turn. [4 sc, 3 x Ch1 spaces]

Rw70:    SC in next Ch1 sp. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 2 times. Ch1, sc in last Ch2 sp. Ch2, turn. (Do not Ch2 at the end of Row 78).

Repeat Row 70 x 8. At the end of Row 78, finish off.

Now you have finished one half of ‘the split’, let’s work on the other half!

Join the yarn at the unworked end of Row 68 (which will be the beginning of this section of Row 69).

Repeat Row 69.

Repeat Row 70 x 9. Do not finish off this time. End Row 78 WITH the ‘Ch2, turn’.

Rw79:    SC in the next Ch1 sp. *(Ch1, sc in the next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 2 times. Ch1, then join with an Sc in the next Ch2 sp other side of the split. *(Ch1, sc in the next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 3 times. Ch1, sc in the top of the last sc of the previous row. Ch2, turn.


Rw80:    SC in the next Ch1 sp. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 6 times including across the Ch1 sp bridging across the split. Ch1, sc in last Ch2 sp. Ch2, turn.

Rw81:    SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 6 times. Ch1, sc in last Ch2 sp. Ch2, turn. [8sc, 7 x Ch1 spaces]

The Decrease Rows

Rw82:    SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 6 times. Ch1, turn. [7sc, 6 x Ch1 spaces]

Rw83:    SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 5 times. Ch1, turn. [6sc, 5 x Ch1 spaces]

Rw84:    SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 4 times. Ch1, turn. [5sc, 4 x Ch1 spaces]

Rw85:    SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 3 times. Ch1, turn. [4sc, 3 x Ch1 spaces]

Rw86:    SC in the 1st Ch1 space. *(Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp). Repeat from * 2 times. Ch1, turn. [3sc, 2 x Ch1 spaces]

Rw87:    SC in the 1st Ch1 space.  Ch1, sc in next Ch1 sp. Ch1, turn. [2sc, 1 x Ch1 spaces]

Finish Off. Sew in all thread ends.
Grab those two gorgeous fluffy pom poms, and sew one securely onto each end of the scarflet.



And you're done!




How did you go? Feeling much warmer now, aren't you?

I'm super snug and cosy!  In fact I'm absolutely sweltering. Do you want to know why?

Because right now, here in Kangarooland it's summer.

And on the day I took these photos, it was 37c outside. That's 99F!!!! F for certain words you use when you're wearing a winter scarf in the middle of summer!!!

I took these inside the house with no less than:

one dodgy airconditioner
two standing fans
and
three big boxy coolers

My house sounded like one of those wind tunnels they test race cars in.

So I am REALLY looking forward to winter this year when I can snuggle one of these scarflets around my neck!

Show me your makes!  Pop on over to my Spacey Facey page, or tag me on Instabrag.



xox

Louise

The Red Haired Amazona





Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Those lazy, crazy, hazy days of Summer

Have you seen those memes about the start of a new school year/ end of the holidays where parentals make funny comments such as...



Or even...





That is not me.
I love school holidays.
If I can, I try and take time off with my kids so it becomes my holiday too.
Holiday programs can be a little expensive and when I pick up Sonofagun No.2 at the end of the day, he's way more physically exhausted than from spending a day at school.
We don't do too much. I do tend to be a bit on the lazy side. But we do fun things. (I had written 'lots of fun things', then realised it wasn't 100% accurate!)
So this little post is about how we spent our long summer holidays!
You'd already know from this blog post that we spent 2 weeks over Christmas in Mollymook with the Mothership and the Fatherdom.



They're almost too polite to say so, but I'm fairly sure they were happy for the peace and quiet when we left!


 
I'm pretty crap at taking fireworks photos. But I still do it anyway. I take hundreds! And then I realise like any Crazy with a smart phone that they all look shithouse, and I should just put down my phone and enjoy it IN REAL LIFE because I'm never going to look back over 247 photos of fireworks in 10 years and be all like, "Awww! Remember that greeny red one from the Ulladulla New Years Eve of 2016? This blurry one is my favourite!"
So we returned home and I continued to make my circles into squares. There were many cups of tea and hours of Netflix involved.





This is where I'm up to now:







I thought crocheting a lightning bolt for my face was the best idea I'd had in years.





If you need a lightning bolt face or even a necklace, the free tutorial is here.



Sonofagun No.2 and I ventured down to our local beach a few times. We found this pair of sunnies in the water with this little sea thing attached. After a few photos, it decided it had enough, detached and swam away.







We visited Melbourne Zoo. SOG2 absolutely had to visit the penguins the minute we arrived.


 
He was only vaguely to 'not at all' interested in the other animals.

"Pfft! Elephants. How boring! Can we go back to the penguins now?"


My favourite section is the butterfly house. He spent the entire time in here declaring loudly in front of everyone, "These are soooo boring! They'll die in a couple of days anyway!"

My Sonofagun No.2 does not have this thing called 'tact' or 'a filter'.  When we went to see Rogue One 'A Star Wars Story' for the 2nd time, there was a memoriam for Carrie Fisher just before the movie started.
As I started to feel a little eye moisture, SOG2 said this so LOUDLY, everyone in the theatre heard:
"HA! IT SAYS RIP! R.I.P. RIP!!!!! LIKE IN THE GRAVEYARDS WHERE THE ZOMBIES LIVE! SHE'S A ZOMBIE NOW!!"


We had to stop by the penguins before we left. To say goodbye of course.







So I have developed a THING where if I can't or don't feel like working on my main projects, I pick up some cotton and make a mandala.


 
This one is halfway through being written down and tested as a future tutorial. So bright and pretty!




I also enjoyed lots of these! A delicious, refreshing cocktail of Gin, Soda Water, Elderflower cordial, lemon and mint leaves.
I can only have one each evening because I'm a Cadbury girl: a glass and a half and I become a pissy* mess.

*drunken, not urinating



 
Down here in Kangaroo land, it was Straya Day on 26th January.
I'm a bit conflicted about Australia Day.


On one hand it's nice to have a national day that celebrates our wonderful country, but not on a day that the Indigenous nations mourn and remember as Invasion Day.



We took the kids down to the local beach for the rides, food stalls and concerts.
We found a spare table and chairs at the park. We took dips and crackers and crochet!




I love this map created by @Amazing_Maps which shows all the different countries that fit into our big island!





Then in the evening, more blurry smartphone fireworks!





While the rest of the country has sweltered in a long heatwave, good old Melbourne has had a nice summer.


My Nashi Pears grew.



And the Rainbow Lorikeets ate them...



They squawk and crap EVERYWHERE. But being the bird lover, I just sit under the tree quietly with a cuppa and watch them happily.




I love roses. This one is called Eyes for You.




And this hybrid tea is Monica.








Has the mandala bug bitten you?






It bit me on the bum and it still itches. I can't get enough of them. The one above was from a pattern from Simply Crochet magazine.


The one in the bag below is my own design. I am addicted to the process of making a perfectly flat circle and with each round, trying to 'math' properly so it stays flat.






This is my 2nd version of the one above but I've realised the centre is very similar to a mandala that has previously been published elsewhere so it's  back to the drawing board!




So that was our summer. The Sonofaguns are back at school. I'm back at work. And already longing for the next school holidays!

xox
Louise


The Red Haired Amazona