Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rough Crochet Work Week

Rough Crochet Work Week

Do you see it?
-No, it's not under here.

We need to find it, like now.
-I know, any luck in the tree?

No....Maybe we left it in the car.
-One day in and we've already lost the keys to the building. Monika's going to fire us.

Not if we blame it on the dog, come on!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Two Crochet Horses

Two Crochet Horses

Hey Bill, did you have a nice weekend?
-It was ok, I'm glad to back at work.

-My mom's in town to see her doctor.

Is that bad?
-No, but when she isn't feeling well she can be a real nag.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Connecting Squares Using Double Crochet

Connecting Squares Using Double Crochet

So something I like to do when I'm bored (and yes, I do have time to be bored SOMETIMES!), is to play with different stitches and see if I can use them to crochet squares together. But one of my favorite approaches is using the double crochet stitch. 

In this tutorial I'm going to show you how I use a double crochet to make a solid stripe of color between two crochet squares. There are two approaches to using this stitch: 1. crochet all squares together in rows length-wise and then width-wise or 2. crochet around each square, connecting the adjacent squares as you go. 

For this tutorial I'm going to walk you through crocheting  all squares together in rows length-wise and then width-wise.

Ok, here are our two squares. (The pattern for these squares can be found HERE)

To start, make sure both square are face up, and then align the two sides you'd like to crochet together. For this tutorial, the bottom square that you start with is Square A, the top square that you're connecting to, is Square B.

There are two approaches to adding your first double crochet, depending on your skill level:
1. Slip Stitch in the corner of Square A, chain 2, YO (yarn over), insert hook in corner, YO, pull loop through corner, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook, YO, pull through last two looks on hook.

2. Hold your tail in place against the back on Square A so it doesn't slip free. YO (yarn over), insert hook in corner of Square A, YO, pull loop through corner, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook, YO, pull through last two looks on hook.

 Next step, take your hook out of the loop, insert your hook into the corner of Square B - see picture - put the loop back on your hook and pull your loop through the corner of Square B.

Next, YO, insert hook in Square A corner, crochet a double crochet stitch.

Just like we did before, take your hook out of the loop, insert your hook into the next stitch of Square B - see picture - put the loop back on your hook and pull your loop through the stitch of Square B.

Pretty right?

Ok, do it a bunch more times, until you get to the end.

I love how this ends up looking!

When you get to the end you would then add 3 double crochet foundation stitches to make the intersection of the squares wide enough for the width-wise row to match. What's a foundation stitch? That's where you make a stitch without a chain row.

Double crochet foundation stitch:
YO, insert hook in bottom side loop of last stitch, YO, pull up loop, YO pull through one loop on hook, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 2 loops.

Click HERE for a quick You Tube video.

After you make your 3 double crochet foundation stitches you can move on to your next set of squares. After you've crocheted your whole blanket together in length-wise strips, you'd then turn the hold thing sideways and starting crocheting width-wise. When you get to the intersections you can crochet over each one, weave them one over, the next under, etc, or crochet all of them under.

I know this isn't the best quality (phone picture, ugg!), but here's a picture of a blanket I made for a friend and then mailed to her before taking a proper picture! lol.

I think the stripes made by the double crochet connecting stitch add that certain something to the overall look. Any wider and it wouldn't look as nice. I also matched the stripes to one of the square colors which I think softened the brighter colors.

If you liked my tutorial, let me know by liking my Facebook page! I post a fun picture and story/poem/humor each weekday.

Also, check out my free and other patterns on Ravelry and for sale items on Etsy.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Chasing Down a Crochet Lead

Chasing Down a Crochet Lead

Help! Help!
I only sniffed it! I wasn't going to eat it!

Oh come on, help!
It was just sitting out getting soggy, how was I supposed to know you like it soggy!

Isn't anyone going to help me!? This is crazy, it was just a little kibble.

No, no, no, no, no, ehhhhhhhhh, ackkkkk! That's horrible! Ackkkk, ok ok, I'll never touch your bowl again I swear! Just stop ok?

Ode to Food Thievery
Do not eat what isn't yours,
Do not sneak behind closed doors,
Do not crouch behind the couch,
Do not grab or nab or use your fork to stab,
My steak, or kibble, or green beans or crab.
Eat your own food! 
Is that understood?

Failure to do so, is just rude.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Counting the Crochet Clouds

Counting the Crochet Clouds

Hey dad?


Where do clouds come from?

-Hmm, that's a good question. I think they come from a volcano miles away and they're just blowing by. It probably means any minute we'll be covered with lava.

You're so weird dad.

-I hear that a lot.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Crochet Bunny Pile

Crochet Bunny Pile

It's tough being dad to many.

The little ones rub noses on you,
The big one sneaks out to get a tattoo.
A few will gang up on you,
The silly one will relentlessly say 'Moo!'
Half will want pizza,
The other half will want Fajita.
You'll sneak off to be alone,
And your middle kid will break a bone.

Be it brawl,
Getting tall,
Close calls,
and holes in the wall.

A hug from one is enough, a hug from many is more than plenty.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Crochet Dad Story Time

Crochet Dad Story Time

Ok, ok, settle down kids. Who wants to hear about the kitty and the spider?

Mee!! meee!! Dad, can I sit next to you??

Ok, Henry, you come sit by me. Mary, don't hit your brother honey.

Sorry dad.

Now, where was I? Oh yes, the kitty and the spider. Once there was a kitty named Mitch, he was black with white spots and when he walked his little tail twitched. Mitch had a very short tail and the other kitties teased him about it.

How'd he loose his tail daddy?

Little Mitch was born with a little tail and his mommy loved him for it, but all the other little kitties didn't like that Mitch was different. They would tell him he'd fall out of trees and couldn't run and jump like they could because he didn't have a proper tail. It hurt Mitch very much because he thought his tail was nice, if a little small, and he could run just as fast and jump just as far as the other kitties.

How mean!

Well, one day Mitch was playing alone in the yard and he heard a very little voice calling. It was barely a whisper, but Mitch often sat listening to the wind and he knew this was different. His hair stood on end and he had an irresistible urge to follow the noise.

Where'd he go daddy?

Mitch closed his eyes and stretched his head up high and on the edge of the wind he heard the voice again, blowing town from the trees. Looking up, he didn't see anything, but it was definitely coming from a large branch up in the old oak in the yard. Mitch dug his claws in and climbed, slowly but surely up the side of the tree.

With every step he go closer to the branch, he could hear the voice more clearly and it was a tiny tiny voice and he could hear it asking for help. A very sad voice, it made Mitch think of how sad he was when the kitties were mean to him and it made him climb that much faster to help the person attached to that voice.

When he go to the branch he looked around, but saw nothing. He listened again and the voice came louder still from the trunk of the tree. Just where the branch met the tree a small hole could be seen and peering inside, Mitch could see a small spider that hadn't gotten stuck in a bit of sticky sap and couldn't climb out.

"Help me," it called. Mitch looked around, but there were no loose sticks he could pull free and his paws would not fit in the small hole. Frantic, Mitch looked all around and then his small twitching tail came into view. Feeling doubtful, Mitch turned and stuck his small tail into the home. "Grab my tail," Mitch cried.  When he felt a small tug he slowly pulled his tail out and there was the spider, holding on tight to his fur.

"Oh thank you!" the spider cried. Mitch smiled. "You're very welcome," he replied.

Off ran the spider, but not before giving Mitch a brief hug and another thank you. Mitch climbed back down, a small smile on his face and it never went away. Even when the kitties teased him and didn't want to play, Mitch new better, his tail was just long enough and that was all that mattered.

That was a great story daddy!

Thanks kiddos. Now let's head back home for dinner.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Crochet Pumpkin Free Graphgan Pattern

I was feeling a bit creative tonight and behold! A new crochet graphgan pattern

Halloween is 30+ days away, still time to crochet a cool Halloween themed stroller blanket for your adorable baby and/or toddler. Pair it with a pumpkin hat for the best outfit EVER. [yes, I mean that]

You can check out all of my patterns on Ravelry by clicking HERE 

Crochet Dreamer

Crochet Dreamer

In the Savannah with the lions and the cheetah,
I roamed a wide range with my mom and sister Beeta.
We were happy in the sun, walking each day to and fro
Now I'm here in the this lush valley, but I miss the savanna and my puppy Bo.

One day soon, I'll go home to my mom,
I'll bask in the sun until the day is done.
Then I'll cuddle up close under her ear
And I'll listen to her stories about lions and rhinos and herds of deer.

There's a place called home and it's deep in your heart,
And as far as you go and whatever you do
You can find it again with a jump and start.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sunday is Crochet Funday

Sunday is Crochet Funday

It's cold, it's hot,
The foods ready, but I'm not.

Can't find my jersey, can't find my hat,
Can't find the remote, or the dip, or my cat.

It's 10 minutes till kickoff and no one's arrived,
I'm starting to wonder if they think my place is a dive.

Got the dip, found the remote,
Dave showed up and he brought a sushi boat.

Sundays are great, football makes it better,
Here's come kickoff, someone pass the cheddar.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fencing in Crochet Valley

Fencing in Crochet Valley

On a lovely Friday afternoon,
When the your work is done and gone,
Relax and take you mind of things,
By watching two owls fight on the lawn.

I'm told each has a good reason,
For acting really so silly,
I can't say I agree it's good enough
But one of them doesn't really like the other's chilli.

So here they are on a Friday,
Wasting time we could all be spending have fun,
I guess in a way this is entertaining,
Just as long as the sheriff doesn't show up and we all have to run. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Crochet Jump Into Fun

A Crochet Jump Into Fun

And a one, and a two, go!

Green Gary Brown Brown Brown,
Can't chase him down down down,
He's got all the candy candy candy,
Hidden all over town town town town.

Run real fast! 
Or he might get past!
Got to find that candy candy candy,
Because it's not going to last last last.

Going to check every bench bench bench,
Gonna open stuff with a wrench wrench wrench,
Got to check all over town town town,
All because of Green Gary Brown Brown Brown. 

Why do I like to sing, rhyme, and wax poetic about Easter? Well because Easter happens in the spring, which is one of my favorite times of the year. Also, you get candy at Easter and who doesn't like candy...bunnies, bunnies are cool. But why explain it, here's a little something that makes it all seem very sensible:

When it's Winter, I think about spring. When it's summer I think about fall. When it's fall I don't worry about anything at all.

[PS: After writing the above AWESOME song, I thought to myself...'let's just google this name really quick to make sure I haven't subconsciously made use a known song lyric." Good news - I found no evidence of plagiarism (but please let me know if I'm wrong). But what I did find out is that there was a football player named Gary Brown who played for the Green Bay Packers. So it might seam like the song is about him. Which I can confirm wasn't the intention, but if you're a Gary Brown fan and you like the song and agree that the person who hides candy at Easter has the BEST JOB EVER - you are welcome to sing the song, jump rope, and think fond things of that awesome Gary Brown - offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers]

[PPS: I get my knowledge from Wikipedia which I admit may not be a traceable source, so please believe everything I say only as far as you believe Wikipedia is right all the time.] 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Crochet Jousting

Crochet Jousting

Two owls mark off 20 paces or so,
They'll be running straight ahead, coming to a blow.
The watchers are all watching, some through closed hands,
I'm watching too, but from behind the stands.

The owl in purple is a close friend,

And I really don't want to see him come to his end.
I'm crossing my fingers, legs and toes,
I'm trying to cross my eyes, but just looking at my nose.

Everyone thinks things will go off without a hitch,
I think they're all crazy and I should be cowering in a ditch.
Who needs to come to blows to feel mighty and strong,
Just eat some chillis and go to a karaoke sing-a-long.

And jousting, JOUSTING! Of all crazy things,
And all of the me-ladying silliness it brings.
Call be miss, call me gal, call me lady or 'you,'
But don't try to prove something by acting like a fool. 

I'm off to try archery, it sounded like great fun,
I'll wait till later to see who won.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Polite Crochet Conversation

Polite Crochet Conversation

So there I was, wet, tired, hungry and the Easter Bunny was pointing at me. I didn't know what to say, what to do. I looked over at Buck, but he just shrugged.

"Sure sir," I said. And then the Easter Bunny clapped me on the back and hopped off.

To this day I'm not quite sure what I agreed to but, every time I see the Easter Bunny he claps me on the back and tells whoever he's with that I'm one of his best bunnies.

I Said Yes
When given a choice, I said yes.
Not maybe or someday or let me think about, I said yes.
What a mess.

I said yes to chocolate, yes to pie,
When asked to clean the house, I said "I'm your guy!"
Oh my.

But I'll do what I promised,
I'll get the job done,
Because a promise is a promise
And I've only begun.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Royal in Crochet Valley

A Royal in Crochet Valley

Such a wondrous time for the animals of crochet valley. I can tell you, I've been a bard for some time, and most of my tales have very bad endings. But not this one! - Luckily so too, between you and me the townspeople were getting none to pleased with me. - But here we are, safe and sound and it's all thanks to that wonderful bird - Sir Owl.

And the pony of course. But if we're to be fair, the pony likes to steal apples from the people's trees and he doesn't ask or say thank you, which is kind of rude. But he's the Royal horse now so there's nothing that can be done. It's till better than the dragon.

[Word to the wise, Bards can have difficulty seeing the bright side of things]

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blue and Gray Checkered Scarf

Just finished a new scarf. I'm calling this one the Harlequin Scarf.

There was a lot of trial and error as I didn't want to have to sew in the ends for each row, so the yarn is carried up through the whole scarf, leaving only 4 ends to sew in (2 at the beginning and 2 at the end).

It was a lot of fun to make this one and I hope it goes to someone who'll love it as much I do. It's a diamond pattern in light blue and gray, 100% acrylic. The yarn is 3-ply worsted weight, Loops & Threads, Snuggly Wuggly. Very soft.

When I dropped a color, I carried it behind and then crocheted over it when making my next row and every 2 rows (or after the diamond is formed) I added a row of double crochet using both colors. By doing this, both sides look great - no ugly side and nice side - both sides look nice.

What do you guys think of the pattern? I'm thinking of writing it up for my Ravelry store...hmm.

Crochet Football Love

Crochet Football Love

Football is fun,
Football is terrifying,
Players get trampled,
The excitement is electrifying.

I'm rooting for my home team,
Through the losses and wins,
I'm committed to my team,
I'll stick with them to the bitter end.

So come out to the gridiron,
And cheer with the crowd,
Become part of the fun,
Be boisterous and loud.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Crochet Amigurumi Alien Pattern

I finished my Crochet Amigurumi Alien pattern!! so very excited. It always takes several attempts to test the pattern and make sure the instructions make sense and are correct.

What do you guys think? I had a little fun with the pink one, adding eye brows and head features.

All three aliens will be posted to my CrochetByKarin Etsy shop today and you can buy the pattern on Ravelry HERE

And tell me what you think on Facebook! If you have an idea for my next one, I'd love to get your feedback.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Crochet Fire Most Foul

Crochet Fire Most Foul

The dragon was not amused.
Owl was becoming bruised.

Dragon would not agree.
That the animals should be free.

Owl tried with all his might.
To convince him rather than fight.
But the dragon attacked.
And that was that.
The fight was on.
And owl was set upon.

Dragon breathed fire.
The situation was dire.
Owl grabbed his shield and deflected the blaze.
The dragon became angry, then enraged.

Dragon stamped his feet and ran to attack
Owl and pony prepared to fight back.
They battled for hours
Dragon's anger soured.

"I've had my fill,
I agree to give up my hill."
Dragon said with disdain
Before giving up his reign.

The animals rejoiced!
From now on they would have a choice.
Owl smiled in relief
That the fight had been brief.

The animals asked owl to stay
He happily agreed to remain and play
From now on the animals would be free every day.
Everyone yelled Hurrah!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Crochet Hero

A Crochet Hero

On a warm sunny day ... maybe in May
A hero came to crochet valley....ok, it was today.
An owl, Bigger than Life,
Trotted up to me atop a purple pony named Bens Wife.
The owl nodded in greeting and asked why people were weeping.
I told him it was Dan, but he didn't understand.
I told him of the dragon up in the castle,
That there was no quick fix and most knights thought the whole thing a big hassle.
The owl nodded and seemed to understand,
But I decided he was crazy when he told me peace was close at hand.
"Give me time," the owl pleaded,
And I agreed to give him the time he needed.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Crochet Dragons Breath Fire

Crochet Dragons Breath Fire

A happy dragon might trip and knock your house down, an angry dragon will set it on fire.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Crochet Dragon and his Castle

A Crochet Dragon and his Castle

Alas the animals of crochet valley may fear 
Now and for all the year, 
The evil dragon named Dan
the man.

He's feared by all and fears all
Because he knows he looks less scary and more like a faded ball.

So he wonders the land, 
Breathing fire on animal and man.

And on weekends, too weak from a week of setting fires,
He sits on the hill outside his castle and laments that he is tired.

Who will come to save the animals from the fearful Dan?
A man?
A man hitting a heavy can?
A man waving a gigantic fan?
Or perhaps it would be better if the animals just ran.

We must all do what we can, 
Until someone comes that can understand,
How to scare away the fearful and much feared Dan.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Once Upon A Time At A Crochet Castle

Once Upon A Time At A Crochet Castle

Away in a valley, far away from normal things,
A dragon lived in a castle and was feared by all beings.

The dragon was fierce, setting fire to animals' homes,
The animals wanted to go for help, but feared leaving their friends alone.

Would someone brave come to save them they wondered,
But those that came ran and hid when the dragon roared and the ground thundered.

It was a dark dark time in a once happy valley,
A hero was needed.

A brave hero, someone strong, someone mighty, someone slightly crazy.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Even Crochet Aliens have Pets

Even Crochet Aliens have Pets

Did you miss me boy?! Did you miss me? What a cutie, what a sweetie, give me hug!

Ahh, no, don't give me a hug. Who let you play in the bog!? Oh no, you are not staying with me.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Crochet Friends and Alien Times

Crochet Friends and Alien Times

Thanks for coming to get me.
Sure, I needed to get off the planet anyway. My mom was bugging me to fix her zoopender.

What'd you think of Earth?
It was hot.

Not like Venus hot.
Well no, but give it time, it's getting there.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Did She Just Crochet Leave Me Behind?

Did She Just Crochet Leave Me Behind?

I could swear that I saw
My boss fly off rather far
She was meant to return
But now I guess I've learned
Don't hide the keys
And demand that she say please
She does own the ship 
And can chose not to take you on the trip.

I wish I had thumbs.

[FYI the alien pictured is from a free pattern that you can find HERE]

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Best Crochet Plans Involve Cleverness

The Best Crochet Plans Involve Cleverness

Why in the world did you throw the keys in this tree?! I mean...I don't even know what I mean. We're leaving now and you throw the keys into a  tree?

Well, it's a good thing I brought a spare, come on, let's get off this planet.

The Assistant's Creed:
When time's running out and you've been trusted with a task,
You need to find a way to mess it up and I mean fast.
You can't be relied upon or trusted in any way.
If you are, there'll be more work and that'll take you all day.
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