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




Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Magic Circle

BY: James Lee Kelley

Start with the end of yarn on the left as shown in picture, wrap the yarn over the top of your three fingers and come back up under the bottom.























Now you will bring the yarn over to back of hand and put the end towards your knuckles under your little finger.
As shown in this picture. 

By doing two wraps instead of one, the chance of the circle coming undone after the piece is finished is greatly reduced.


Insert your hook as shown and draw up a loop from the skein end that you previously tucked under your little finger.















It will look like this.








Now you will shift the loops off of the index finger as shown in this picture.












To begin a SC round you will chain one now.














To begin a DC round as I am doing, you will chain 2.













Now proceed to do your DC stitches into the ring until you are ready to close the ring.











Once you have the correct number of DCs in the ring, pull the tail gently until you see which ring of the two is closing. Do NOT close the ring completely.








You will see one ring shrinking like pictured here.












Grab the littler of the two rings and tighten the other ring by pulling it.













Now pull the tail of yarn again and close the ring tightly.












As shown in this picture, the Magic Circle with two wraps is now closed.













Now slip stitch into your beginning stitch as the instructions or pattern stated.












You now have a completed two wrap Magic Circle and the first round of DC stitches complete.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Easter Egg Dishcloth
Designed and written by: James Lee Kelley


Finished Dishcloth Measures 7½” wide by 8½” long.

To download a PDF File Format of this pattern, CLICK HERE

MATERIALS:
Cotton Yarn [The more colorful, the better] (will make one double layered Egg)
H – Hook

INSTRUCTIONS:
Rnd 1 - Magic Circle - ch 1, 10 hdc in magic circle,  join with sl st to first hdc (10sts)
Rnd 2 - ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first hdc (20sts)
Rnd 3 - ch 1, 2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next st, * 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st* repeat between the *s FOUR (4) times, 2dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, 2 tr in next st, 1 tr in next st, 2 tr in next st, 1 tr in next st, 2dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, join with sl st to first hdc (30sts)
Rnd 4 - ch 1, 2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next st, * 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st* repeat between the *s around, join with sl st to first hdc (45sts)
Rnd 5 - ch 1, 2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, * 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts* repeat between the *s around, join with sl st to first hdc (60sts)
Rnd 6 - ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, join with sl st to first hdc (60sts)
Rnd 7 - ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts* repeat between the *s around, join with sl st to first hdc (90sts)
Rnd 8 - ch 1, 1 sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc (90sts)
Finish off and weave in the ends.


You now have an Easter Egg dishcloth.

Make two of these and stitch them together to make an Easter Egg Pot Holder/Hot Pad.
Easter Egg Coasters
Designed and written by: James Lee Kelley


Finished Coasters are 3½” wide by 4” long.

Download this pattern in PDF file format CLICK HERE. 

MATERIALS:
Cotton Yarn [The more colorful, the better]
H – Hook

INSTRUCTIONS:
Rnd 1 - Magic Circle - ch 1, 10 hdc in magic circle,  join with sl st to first hdc (10sts)
Rnd 2 - ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first hdc (20sts)
Rnd 3 - ch 1, 2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next st, * 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st* repeat between the *s FOUR (4) times, 2dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, 2 tr in next st, 1 tr in next st, 2 tr in next st, 1 tr in next st, 2dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, join with sl st to first hdc (30sts)
Rnd 4 - ch 1, 2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next st, * 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st* repeat between the *s around, join with sl st to first hdc (45sts)
Finish off and weave in the ends.


 You now have an Easter Egg Coaster.