Saturday, January 2, 2016

Men's Crochet Post Hat (also for Women or anyone with thicker/longer hair)

Men’s Crochet Post Hat
Designed and Written By
James Lee Kelley


To get this Pattern in a PDF file, CLICK HERE.

MATERIALS:
Approximately 2 to 3 ozs each of two colors of Red Heart with Love Yarn
HOOK Size USKJ-10.5/6.50mm
Yarn Needle for weaving in ends.
Scissors

STITCHES & Abbreviations Used:
MAGIC CIRCLE
CHAIN (CH)
SINGLE CROCHET (SC)
DOUBLE CROCHET (DC)
SLIP STITCH (SL ST)
BACK POST DOUBLE CROCHET (BPDC)
FRONT POST DOUBLE CROCHET (FPDC)

RND 1 – Magic Circle, Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), 13 DC in the Magic Circle. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first DC. (Total 13 DC)

RND 2 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), work two (2) FPDC around the Ch2 and the first DC of previous Rnd, work two (2) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, *work two (2) FPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, work two (2) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd*, Repeat between the *s around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first FPDC. If you wish to change colors here you may do so by drawing the new color up as the yarn of the slip stitch and then crochet over the tail of it and the previous color to weave them in. (Total 26 Stitches)

RND 3 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch),  Work two (2) DC in the same stitch as your slip stitch join, work one (1) DC next stitch, * work two (2) DC stitch, work one (1) DC next stitch*, Repeat between the *s around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first DC. (Total 39 Stitches)

RND 4 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), work one (1) FPDC around the Ch2 and the first DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, *work one (1) FPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd*, Repeat between the *s around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first FPDC. If you wish to change colors here you may do so by drawing the new color up as the yarn of the slip stitch and then crochet over the tail of it and the previous color to weave them in. (Total 39 Stitches)

RND 5 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch),  Work two (2) DC in the same stitch as your slip stitch join, work one (1) DC in each of next two (2) stitches, * work two (2) DC next stitch, work one (1) DC in each of next two (2) stitches *, Repeat between the *s around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first DC. (Total 52 Stitches)

RND 6 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), work one (1) FPDC around the Ch2 and the first DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, *work one (1) FPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd*, Repeat between the *s around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first FPDC. (Total 52 Stitches)

RND 7 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch),  Work two (2) DC in the same stitch as your slip stitch join, work one (1) DC in each of next three (3) stitches, * work two (2) DC next stitch, work one (1) DC in each of next three (3) stitches *, Repeat between the *s around until last FOUR stitches, 1 dc in each of those last four sts. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first DC. (Total 64 Stitches)

RND 8 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), work one (1) FPDC around the Ch2 and the first DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, *work one (1) FPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd*, Repeat between the *s around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first FPDC. (Total 64 Stitches)

RND 9 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), Work one (1) DC in the same stitch as your slip stitch join, work one (1) DC in each stitch around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first DC. (Total 64 Stitches)

RND 10 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), work one (1) FPDC around the Ch2 and the first DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, *work one (1) FPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd*, Repeat between the *s around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first FPDC. (Total 64 Stitches)

RND 11 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), Work one (1) DC in the same stitch as your slip stitch join, work one (1) DC in each stitch around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first DC. (Total 60 Stitches) 

RND 12 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), work one (1) FPDC around the Ch2 and the first DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, *work one (1) FPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd*, Repeat between the *s around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first FPDC. If you wish to change colors here you may do so by drawing the new color up as the yarn of the slip stitch and then crochet over the tail of it and the previous color to weave them in. (Total 64 Stitches)

RND 13 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), Work one (1) DC in the same stitch as your slip stitch join, work one (1) DC in each stitch around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first DC. (Total 64 Stitches) 

RND 14 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), work one (1) FPDC around the Ch2 and the first DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, *work one (1) FPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd*, Repeat between the *s around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first FPDC. (Total 64 Stitches)

RND 15 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), Work one (1) DC in the same stitch as your slip stitch join, work one (1) DC in each stitch around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first DC. (Total 60 Stitches) 

RND 16 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), work one (1) FPDC around the Ch2 and the first DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, *work one (1) FPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd*, Repeat between the *s around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first FPDC. (Total 64 Stitches)

RND 17 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), Work one (1) DC in the same stitch as your slip stitch join, work one (1) DC in each stitch around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first DC. (Total 64 Stitches) 

RND 18 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), work one (1) FPDC around the Ch2 and the first DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, *work one (1) FPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd*, Repeat between the *s around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first FPDC. (Total 64 Stitches)

RND 19 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), Work one (1) DC in the same stitch as your slip stitch join, work one (1) DC in each stitch around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first DC. (Total 64 Stitches) 

RND 20 – Ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch), work one (1) FPDC around the Ch2 and the first DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, *work one (1) FPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd, work one (1) BPDC around the next DC of previous Rnd*, Repeat between the *s around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in top of first FPDC. If you wish to change colors here you may do so by drawing the new color up as the yarn of the slip stitch and then crochet over the tail of it and the previous color to weave them in.  (Total 64 Stitches)


RND 21 – Ch1 (does NOT count as a stitch), Work one (1) SC in the same stitch as your slip stitch join, work one (1) SC in each stitch around. Join with a Slip Stitch [sl st] in the of first SC. (Total 60 Stitches)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Weaving in Ends - Tight and Good

When I need to weave in my ends on a project,
                      
I do NOT grab a Yarn Needle.

I instead grab one of the type needles

(Dritz brand Yarn Darners - size 14 & 18)



Then I grab a stiff Bread tie wire or a Wire that was holding a cord when I bought something.

These are coated and I take and pinch the coating between my finger and my thumbnail and strip about ½" to ¾" off one end and I bend the bare wire into a U shape to form a hook like.

I then fold over the other end and make like an eye to hold my newly formed Needle Threader with.

WHY Go through all this trouble, you ask.

Because now I can go through the actual yarn fibers (like through the center of the yarn) instead of weaving the ends in through the stitches themselves.

This makes them stay longer as they are tighter and look a little better to me.

Here is a picture of my Yarn Threader stuck through the eye of a Yarn Darner needle.



You just catch the yarn in the hook and pull it through the needle eye. 

The one pictured works on yarn thicknesses up to but not including Bulky weight.

Let me know what you think of this by leaving me a comment.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Glori-Jam Small Handbag

By: James Lee Kelley and Gloria Clayton

MATERIALS:
Red Heart with LOVE in Boysenberry and Blue Hawaii.
I-Hook
H-Hook
PATTERN:
Using an I Hook, chain 32
Change to H hook
Rnd 1 - sc in 2nd st from hook and sc in each st to end (31 sts)

Rnds 2 - 5 - ch1, turn, sc in each st across. (31 sts)

Rnd 6 - ch2, dc in same st, dc in each st across, then dc in each end st of rows and dc in each st up other side and dc in row ends at the other end - join to top of first dc (68dc)

Rnds 7 - ch2, fpdc around ch2 and first dc of previous row, bpdc around next dc. * FPDC around next dc and then BPDC around next dc * repeat between the *s to end and join with sl st to top of first FPDC. (68 sts)

Rnds 8 thru 22 - ch2, FPDC around ch2 and fpdc of previous row, BPDC around next bpdc of previous row, *FPDC around next fpdc and BPDC around next bpdc * repeat between the *s to end and join to top of first fpdc with sl st. (68 sts)

*********** NOTE*************
*** This is where I changed colors ***

TRIM INSTRUCTIONS:
Use an H - HOOK Behind your 2 loops there is a horizontal bar, to make rounds 2 through 5 you will be working in this bar NOT in either front or back loop but behind them. After the 2nd row you will note the loops are pushed together to make a knit look. This is the STOCKINETTE Stitch and more info about it can be found here http://crochetkitten.blogspot.com/2012/11/crochet-stockinette.html

Rnd 23 - Ch 1, hdc in same st as you joined in and 1 hdc in each st around, join with sl st in first hdc (68 hdc)

Rnd 24 through 27 - Ch1, hdc in back bar in same st as you joined in, hdc in back bar of each st around, Join with sl st to first hdc. (68 hdc) Rnd 28: sl st in back bar of each st around. Join with sl st to first sl st. (68 sl sts)

*********** NOTE*************
*** This is where I changed colors ***

Handle INSTRUCTIONS:
Use an H - HOOK

Rnd 29 - ch1, sc in same st as join. Sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (68 sts)

Rnd 30 - sl st in each of next 11 sts, ch15, skip next 15 sts, sl st in each of next 19 sts, ch15, skip next 15 sts, sl st in the next 8 sts. Join with sl st to first sl st. (68 sts)

Rnd 31 - sl st in each of next 11 sts, 15sc in the ch15 space, sl st in each of next 19 sts, 15 sc in the ch15 space,, sl st in the next 8 sts. Join with sl st to first sl st. (68 sts)

Rnd 32 - sl st in each of next 11 sts, 15sc in the ch15 space, sl st in each of next 19 sts, 15 sc in the ch15 space,, sl st in the next 8 sts. Join with sl st to first sl st. (68 sts) 

Rnd 33 - Ch1, sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (68 sts)

Fasten Off

Friday, December 5, 2014

Crochet Post Fingerless Gloves
By James Lee Kelley
To Download a PDF of this pattern, Click HERE
Pattern uses US English Terminology

MATERIALS:
About ½ Skein of Caron Simply Soft or an equivalent yarn
Hooks:
I hook for beginning chain - H hook for smaller gloves (or using RH yarn is what Testers have found)
H hook for rest of project - G hook for smaller gloves (or using RH yarn is what Testers have found)

SIZE:
These gloves should fit most people from young teen to adult women; they even me, although they are somewhat snug.

STITCHES:
FPDC
= (front post double crochet)
BPDC = (back post double crochet)
PDC decrease = (meaning you do the first part of a FPDC or BPDC and then do the first part of a BPDC or FPDC (whichever combo is needed) in the next stitch then draw through the three loops left on your hook).
RSC = reverse single crochet.

PATTERN:
Ch 36 with the size I hook or size H hook for smaller gloves.
Then join (make sure ch is NOT twisted)
Change your Hook to the H-Hook or size G hook for smaller gloves.

Rnd 1 - ch2 (does NOT count as a stitch anywhere through) hdc in each ch - join to top of first hdc (36 hdc)
Rnd 2 - ch2, fpdc around first dc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next dc stitch, *fpdc around next dc, bpdc around next dc* repeat between *s around. Join to top of first fpdc. (36 pdc)

Rnds 3 thru 10 - ch2, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around. Join to top of first fpdc. (36 pdc)

Rnd 11 - ch2, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around until last two stitches, fpdc/bpdc last 2 stitches together. Join to top of first fpdc. (35 pdc)

Rnd 12 - ch2, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around. Join to top of first fpdc. (35 pdc)

Rnd 13 - ch2, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around until last two stitches, fpdc/bpdc last 2 stitches together. Join to top of first fpdc. (34 pdc)

Rnd 14 - ch2, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around. Join to top of first fpdc. (34 pdc)

Rnd 15 - ch2, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around until last two stitches, fpdc/bpdc last 2 stitches together. Join to top of first fpdc. (33 pdc)

Rnd 16 - ch2, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around. Join to top of first fpdc. (33 pdc)
Rnd 17 - ch2, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around until last two stitches, fpdc/bpdc last 2 stitches together. DO NOT JOIN. (32 pdc)

Rnd 18 - ch2 and TURN, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around. DO NOT JOIN. (32 pdc)

Rnd 19 - ch2 and TURN, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around until last two stitches, fpdc/bpdc last 2 stitches together. DO NOT JOIN. (31 pdc)

Rnd 20 - ch2 and TURN, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around. Join to top of first fpdc. (31 pdc)

Rnd 21 - ch2 TURN, slip stitch into next stitch, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around. Join to top of first fpdc. (31 pdc)

Rnds 22 and 23 - ch2, fpdc around first fpdc and ch2 of previous row, bpdc around next bpdc stitch, *fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc* repeat between *s around. Join to top of first fpdc. (31 pdc)

Rnd 24 - ch1, sc in same stitch, then do reverse sc in each st around and join to top of first sc. (31rsc)

OPTIONAL:

Join yarn with slip stitch to opposite side of beginning chain, ch1, sc in same stitch, then do reverse sc in each st around and join to top of first sc. (36rsc)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Autumn Front Post Hat

Autumn Front Post Hat
Written by:
James Lee Kelley


 To Download a PDF of this pattern, Click HERE
Supplies:
Worsted weight yarn ( I used Caron Simply Soft “Pumpkin”  - Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Honey” for hat. Caron Simply Soft “Autumn Maze” – Caron Simply Soft “Stick & Stones” for the flower
H/8 - 5mm hook [for hat] (I crochet extra tight so I used a J/10 – 6mm hook on both the hat and flower)
J/10 – 6mm hook [for flower]
Yarn Needle for weaving in ends

Abbreviations:
Ch - chain
Dc - double crochet
Sl st - slip stitch
Fpdc - front post double crochet


Instructions:
Rnd 1: Magic Ring, ch 2. Inside ring, 12 dc. Pull ring tight, join with a sl st to top ch of first dc. (12 DC)
Rnd 2: Ch 2. dc, fpdc in each dc around. Join with a sl st to top ch of first dc. (12 DC, 12 FPDC) 
Rnd 3: Ch 2. *2 dc in dc. Fpdc in fpdc. Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top ch of first dc. (24 DC, 12 FPDC)
Rnd 4: Ch 2. *2 dc in first dc, dc in next dc. Fpdc in fpdc. Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top ch of first dc. (36 DC, 12 FPDC)
Rnd 5: Ch 2. *2 dc in first dc, dc in next 2 dc. Fpdc in fpdc. Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top ch of first dc. (48 DC, 12 FPDC)
Rnd 6 – 11: Ch 2. *dc in next 4 dc. Fpdc in fpdc. Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top ch of first dc. (48 DC, 12 FPDC)
Change color if you want the band like in picture
Rnd 12 - 14: Ch 2. * dc next 4 dc. Fpdc in fpdc. Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top ch of first dc. (48 DC, 12 FPDC)
Change color if you did the band like in picture
Rnd 15 & 16: Ch 2. * dc in next 4 dc.. Fpdc in fpdc. Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top ch of first dc. (48 DC, 12 FPDC)
Rnd 17: Slip stitch back into last FPDC, ch 1, *skip first dc, 5 dc in second dc, skip 2 dcs, sl st in FPDC Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to ch1. Finish off, Weave in ends.

PUFF FLOWER INSTRUCTIONS: Use a J - HOOK
Compliments of Gloria Clayton.

Puff Stitch: Ch 3, yo, insert hook in same st and draw up a loop, 
repeat 2 more times in same st, yo place hook in next st and draw up 
a loop 3 times, yo and draw hook through all loops on your hook, ch 
3, sl st in same st. Sl st in next st. 1 puff made. 

With J hook make a magic circle and ch 1. 

Rnd 1: Make 12 scs in magic circle; join with a sl st to beginning sc, 
Pull tail to close and weave in short end. 

Petals- Make 6 puff stitches and fasten off.
Place your flower between two of the FPDC rows centered on band of hat and take long stitches at attach the flower to your hat. 
Pull to back and finish off. Weave in end and cut yarn