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.





 As shown in this picture. 







Now do a second wrap like the first.











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.