12.16.2014

HOHOHO HEADBAND

I made my first headband the other day then another and another.  It took me a little while to get them to fit well, but once I did they were perfect!

With Christmas just over a week away and time flying by and so many things to do, I didn't have time to make my usual "Christmas" hats.  So the HOHOHO Headband was born.

I hope you all love it and make a whole bunch of them.



SKILL LEVEL Beginner

ABBREVIATIONS

ch - chain
rpt - repeat
sc - single crochet
sk - skip
st - stitch
slst - slip stitch

MATERIAL
K/6.50 mm hook
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Marker
1 Skien Homespun yarn by Lion Brand (You will have some left over)
Small amount of white fun fur yarn or white bulky yarn
Small amount of black bulky yarn

HEADBAND
Ch 12
Row 1: Sc in 1st ch from hook and each across.  Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rows 2 - 58: Sc in 1st st and each st across.  Ch 1, turn. (12)

Note:  If you prefer not to count rows, measure head and repeat Row 2 until piece measures approximately 1 1/2 inches smaller than head measurement.

Fasten off after row 58 and weave in ends.

With white yarn or fun fur, sc across top and bottom of headband.  

Fold headband in half length wise, right side facing each other and sew short ends together.   Fasten off leaving long tail for cinching middle of headband together.

With seam facing you, pinch middle together from top to bottom.  Sew with tapestry needle and yarn from fasten off point.

BLACK BAND
With black yarn Ch 4
Row 1: Sc in 1st and each ch across.  Ch 1, turn. (4)
Rows 2-15: Sc in 1st and each st across.  Ch 1, turn.  After row 15 fasten off leaving long tail for sewing band together.

Wrap black piece around cinched part of headband, making sure that seam will be at the back of the headband.  Using tapestry needle sew short ends of band together and weave in ends.





12.12.2014

COZY CROCHET CHRISTMAS STOCKING ORNAMENT


SKILL LEVEL Beginner

ABBREVIATIONS
ch - chain
rpt - repeat
sc - single crochet
sk - skip
st - stitch
slst - slip stitch

MATERIAL
K/6.50 mm hook
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Marker
Bulky Yarn 


TOE (Worked in rounds)
Ch 2
Rnd 1:  Work 6 sc in to 2nd ch from hook. (6) 
Rnd 2:  2 sc in 1st and each st around. (12) 
Place stitch counter here to make finding beginning of rounds easier.

Rnds 3-7:  Sc in 1st and each st around. (12)



HEEL (Worked in rows)
Row 1: Sc in 1st 6 sts.  Ch 1, turn. (6)
Rows 2 - 5: Sc in each st across.  Ch 1, turn. (6) 

Cut yarn leaving tail to sew up back seam of heel below.

Creating the heel After row 5 fold heal in half right sides together.  Sew together along Row 5.  This creates the back of the heel.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  Turn seam to inside of stocking.



LEG (Worked in rounds)
Rejoin yarn with slip stitch on centre back seam of heel.

Rnds 1-6: Sc in same st as slst.  Sc in remaining sts around. (16)

Change to contrast colour.

Rnds 7-8: Sc in 1st and each st around. (16) 
Rnd 9: Sc in 1st and each st around.  Join with slst to 1st sc and continue below without fastening off.



HANGING CHAIN
Chain 8. join to stocking with slst in same st as beginning of chain.  Fasten off and weave in ends.






12.08.2014

FREE CROCHET NECK WARMER PATTERN


SKILL LEVEL Beginner


ABBREVIATIONS
ch - chain
rpt - repeat
sc - single crochet
sk - skip
st - stitch
slst - slip stitch

MATERIAL
P-16/11.50 mm hook
Bulky Yarn - I used Patons Shetland Chunky in Biscuit and Soft Teal.  You will need approximately 1 1/2 skeins of each.





INSTRUCTIONS
Neck Warmer is worked in rows width wise then joined at each end to create circle.

Ch 28
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (27)  Ch 1, turn. 
Row 2: (Sc, ch 2, sc) in 1st st, skip next st. *(sc, ch 2, sc) in next, skip next st.* 
Repeat from * to * until end of row. (14 ch 2 spaces) Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: (Sc, ch 2, sc) in 1st ch 2 space. *(sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch 2 space* Repeat from * to * until end of row. (14 ch 2 spaces) Ch 1, turn.
Repeat row 3 until pieces measures 30 inches.  

Change to contrast colour now.  Cut and weave in ends of main colour.  


Repeat row 3 with contrast colour until pieces measures 60 inches.

You will now be joining the ends to create circle scarf.  Fold neck warmer in half length wise short ends together.  Work slip stitch through both layers to join.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

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12.07.2014

MORE THAN JUST A STITCH

I posted on my Facebook page a few weeks back wondering what people would like me to design next.  "Neck Warmer" won hands down.  I love neck warmers.  For the most part they are easy to design, easy to make and an essential here in the winter.

The first thing I think of when designing something new is what stitch to use.  Anyone who has been with me throughout the years knows I am all about texture.  My mom was a knitter and I always envied the beautiful stitches she would produce with her needles.  So it is my goal to do as much crochet with beautiful textures as I can.

Writing a pattern for me though is more than just using a different stitch.  It is about the drape of the final piece, ease of making, warmth, and of course time!  If I can pull off a larger hook I will always go for it when I can.  So with all this in mind, I have come up with my latest neck warmer design FREE TO YOU very soon!


The 11.50 mm hook give this otherwise stiff yarn a beautiful drape.



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12.05.2014

CROCHET HOODED BEAR COWL PATTERN

When it comes to Canadian winters staying warm doesn't always look great.   As temperatures dip into sub-zero territory,  we bundle up in our biggest scarves, warmest hats and fuzzy mittens.  Fashion becomes a complete after thought.

Well here is an awesome crochet hooded cowl that takes all those fashion faux pas away.  This hooded cowl is perfect for those cold days.  Grab one piece and go.  No bulky scarves, no uncoordinated accessories and no need for a hooded jacket.  As the wind howls and tries to blow down your back keep warm and cozy in this crochet hooded cowl made from Super Bulky Wool Blend  Yarn . 


Features crochet stitches that mimic knit 1, purl 1 stitch loved by many knitters.


Even looks great with the hood down. Once the wind stops howling of course!


Why not take those ears off for a more sophisticated look?


All-in-all its just fun to wear!



11.27.2014

Thanksgiving Reflection

Even though I am Canadian and celebrated Thanksgiving a few weeks back I am once again reflecting on what I am thankful for.  Of course my family, health and happiness comes to mind first.  Then I reflect on the past five years since starting Speckled Frog Crochet.

I started Speckled Frog Crochet September 2009, with no clear direction or ideas on what to do with the shop I just opened.  I had so much to learn about photo taking, writing up catchy listings, Facebook, blogging, twitter and creating beautiful items for people to buy.

It wasn't long before I had created my Tiny Textures Newsboy Cap and had them listed for sale.  A few weeks after listing I had people starting to contact me wondering where I got the pattern suggesting I should write it up for sale.   Through their encouragement I drafted my first original design and listed it for sale on Etsy, boy was I nervous. Then ding my first sale - how exciting.  From that moment it wasn't long before I was completely addicted to the world of crochet.

More than the sales though, I am so grateful to have found: friends, confidants, encouragers and some truly amazing women through this business.  I am so blessed to have a whole community to turn to on a both personal and professional level.  I consider all my customers the backbone of my business and for this I give thanks.


11.26.2014

Sneak Peak New Newsboy Cap Pattern

I have worked and reworked this pattern with different hook sizes, different brim styles and different increases.  Early this morning I finished my first one.  I am really excited about this design and its unique brim.

I love this hat so much I want everyone to be able to make it.  To make sure even beginners can I am going to include a lot of instructional photos.

I am aiming for the final release in two weeks.

3.27.2014

Lace Up Cocoon

This lovely cocoon is made from super bulky yarn, made in 13 rounds and can be whipped up in 2 hours or less.
Its open weave allows for little fingers and toes to poke through, and its lace up design makes it really easy to get baby in and out.
If you are a photographer you need one of these - if you are a mom you need one of these :)

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2.14.2014

ERRATA - BRIGHTON BOOTIES

BRIGHTON BOOTY PATTERN 
CUFF FOR ALL SIZES

Row 1: Insert:  Working into sts of round 14*, slst in the flo of next 2 sts, Ch 1, turn. (See reference photo at end of pattern)
Row 2: Working into sts of round 14, slst in the flo of next 2 sts, Ch 1, turn. (See reference photo at end of pattern)
Row 3: Insert: Mark last hdc with stitch marker. Working into sts of round 14*, slst in the flo of next 2 sts, Ch 1, turn. (See reference photo at end of pattern)
Row 4: Working into sts of round 14, slst in the flo of next 2 sts, Ch 1, turn. (See reference photo at end of pattern)
* Refer to pattern and use round specified for the size you are making.
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