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Thursday, June 30, 2011

First purse lining

I've made bags before. Small clutch purses, large hobo bags, and many in between. But I've never lined them before. I decided to make my cousin's puzzle piece bag (which is an Autism awareness bag in earth tones instead of bright primary colors) with a lining and a snap. I have minimal sewing skills, so what would take a seasoned seamstress 5 meaningless minutes, took me 4 adventurous hours. And think I still made the lining larger than the bag! I measured 3  times at least. I got out the sewing machine (ok, so an hour of my adventure was trying to get the uncooperative piece of machinery set up and ready to go) and flew through seaming together the perfectly cut *ahem* pieces and inserted the finished lining into the bag. I then painstakingly (and painfully-have you ever stabbed yourself in the tongue with a needle?) hand stitched a snap into the lining and the lining into the bag. Not bad for a first attempt, eh?



Tuesday, June 28, 2011

bag lining

I'm working on another tote bag at this time, and as I finished up the last few rows I thought how much sturdier the bag would be if I could line it. I'm not much of a seamstress, but I think I'll try it.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Simple shell cloche pattern

I thought for once I'd try a regular hat, rather than a novelty hat. This simple shell cloche is perfect for early spring or late fall in Michigan. The stretchy fabric makes this a one-size hat  that's very comfortable.



The shells are increased in size rather than number. The first shells were made of only 3 double crochets, but as I needed to expand the circumference of the hat, I made the shells themselves bigger by using 4 double crochets, then 5, etc. If you find any problems or need clarification, please let me know!

With Buff yarn and G hook, ch 3.
1. 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Join to first dc. (12 dc)
2. ch2 (counts as 1st dc), do not turn. dc in same sp as ch 2. 2 dc in each dc around, join.(24 dc)
3. ch 2, 2 dc in next st. (sc, 3dc in next) 11 times, sc in last. Join to top of ch 2.
4. *sc in next dc (center of 3 dc cluster), skip next dc, 3 dc in next sc, skip next dc* around, (12 3dc clusters) do not join.
5. skip beginning sc and 1st dc, *sc in 2nd dc of cluster. (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next sc.* 12 times, ending with (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in first sc of round, do not join.
6-11. repeat row 5.
12. *sc in center dc of cluster, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc) in next sc.* repeat around, ending with (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc) in first sc of row.
13. repeat row 12, placing sc between 2nd and 3rd dc of cluster.
14. *sc in between 2nd and 3rd dc of cluster, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1 dc) in next sc.* around, ending with (dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1 dc) in first sc of row.
15. *sc in 3rd dc of cluster, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch 1 dc)* around, ending with (dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1 dc) in first sc of round.
16. *sc in center dc of cluster, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc) in sc* around
17. *sc in between 3rd and 4th dc of cluster, (dc, ch1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1 dc)(7 dc cluster)* around, ending with cluster in first sc of round, join with sl st to 4th dc of next cluster, fasten off.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rooster hat with ear flaps

Due to a tragedy of an idea to make a hat that looked like a rubber glove pulled over a head, the rooster hat was born. A friend mentioned the glove hat looked like a rooster hat to a co-worker and he decided he liked the idea! Here you are, coworker in-law.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Penguin earflap hat

Who doesn't think penguins are adorable? This warm earflap hat will keep you warm and stylish! Replace the bow with a rose, or leave off the eyelashes and bow for a more masculine penguin. I even attached a fish to the beak of one hat I made, but have no idea how I managed to make a fish! If you have any questions, need clarification, or find a problem with the pattern, please contact me.




With G hook and black yarn, ch 2
row 1. 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join, ch 1, turn
row 2. 1 sc in same sp as ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 3.(2 sc, sc in next) around (18 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 4. sc, 2 sc in next,(sc in next 2 sc, 2sc) around (24 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 5. sc in next 2, 2 sc (sc in next 3, 2 sc)around (30 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 6. sc in next 3, 2 sc (sc in next 4, 2 sc) around (36 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 7. sc in next 4, 2 sc (sc in next 5,2 sc) around (42 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 8. sc in next 5, 2 sc (sc in next 6, 2 sc) around (48 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 9. sc in next 6, 2 sc (sc in next 7, 2 sc) around (54 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 10. sc in next 7, 2 sc (sc in next 8, 2 sc) around (60 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 11. sc in next 8, 2 sc (sc in next 9, 2 sc) around (66 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 12. sc in next 9, 2 sc (sc in next 10, 2 sc) around (72 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 13. sc in next 10, 2 sc (sc in next 11, 2 sc) around (78 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 14. sc in ea sc around (78 sc) join, ch 1, turn
row 15-19. repeat row 14
row 20. sc in next 30, changing to white in top of st 31, sc in next 4, changing to black in last st. sc in next 9, changing to white in last st. sc in next 4, changing to black in last st. sc in next 30. join (78 st) ch 1 turn.
row 21. sc in next 29, changing to white in to of last st. sc in next 6, change to black, sc in next 7, change to white, sc in next 6, change to black, sc in last 29. join (78 sc) ch 1 turn
row 22. sc in next 28, changing to white in top of st 28, sc in next 3, change to black, sc in next 2, change to white, sc in next 3, change to black, sc in next 5, change to white, sc in next 3 change to black, sc in next 2, change to white, sc in next 3, change to black, sc in next 28, join (78 sc) ch 1, turn
row 23. sc in next 28, change to white. sc in next 9, change to black. sc in next 3, change to white. sc in next 9, change to black. sc in last 28. join, (78 sc) ch 1 turn
row 24. sc in next 27, change to white. sc in next 23, change to black. sc in next 27 (78 sc) join. ch 1 turn
row 25. repeat row 24
row 26. sc in next 28, change to white. sc in next 21, change to black. sc in next 28 (78 sc) join. ch 1 turn
row 27and 28. repeat row 26
fasten off.

Ear flaps (if desired)
lay hat flat with face up. starting at crease on right side, count 8 stitches to the right and attach yarn with sc. sc in next 14 sc, (15 sc) ch 1, turn
row 2. sc in each sc across (15 st)ch 1, turn
row 3. dec by pulling up a loop in next 2 st, yo and pull through all 3 loops. sc in next 9, dec, sc in last st.(13 sc) ch 1 turn
row 4. sc in each sc across (13 sc) ch 1 turn
row 5. dec, sc in next 7, dec, sc in last st (11 sc) ch 1 turn
row 6. sc in each sc across (11 sc) ch 1 turn
row 7. dec, sc in next 5, dec, sc in last st (9 sc) ch 1 turn
row 8. sc in each sc across (9 sc) ch 1, turn
row 9. dec, sc in next 3, dec, sc in last st (7 sc) ch 1 turn
row 10. sc in each sc across (7 sc)ch 1 turn
row 11. dec, sc in next, dec, sc in next (5 sc) ch 1 turn
row 12. sc in each sc across (5 sc) ch 1 turn
row 13. dec, dec, ch 1, turn
row 14. dec, ch 30. sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 28. sl st in unworked st of earflap, fasten off.

repeat for left side ear flap.

feet (if desired)
attach orange to bottom of earflap string. work 3 sc over end of string.
row 1. 2 sc in first sc, sc in next, 2 sc in last (5 sc)turn
row 2. )ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 sc. sc in next st from previous row)repeat 2 times, fasten off. repeat for other earflap

Beak:
with orange, ch2. 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook.do not join
row 2. (2 sc in first st, sc in next) repeat (6 sc)
row 3. (2 sc in first st, sc in next 2) repeat (8 sc)
row 4. (2 sc in first st, sc in next 4) repeat (10 sc)
row 5. ( 2 sc in first st, sc in next 5) repeat (12 sc)
row 6. sc in each sc around (12 sc) sl st in next sc, fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.

Attach beak to white part of penguin face with yarn needle.

With black, if desired, embroider eyelashes above black part of eyes.

The pattern for the rose I found at Planet June

Turtle Hat



I had a lot of fun designing this little friend. One of my childhood friends loves turtles so I had her in mind when I made this up. I simply made a hat that stretched over my ears, added a head, 4 legs and a little tail, and stitched a shell design in the hat body. Isn't he cute?